From the monthly archives: August 2017

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Trump Administration Lays Foundation for Infrastructure Plan

This is an exciting time for construction industry stakeholders, as America’s infrastructure may see its first major overhaul in decades. President Trump’s agenda requires bold bipartisan action from the federal government to reduce regulatory burdens and provide pathways for private sector engagement and investment. The construction industry has a tremendous opportunity to author transformative policies that break the inadequate status quo. 

Navigating Renewable Energy Project Agreements

Successful negotiation of engineering and construction agreements in the renewable sector depends on the unique characteristics of each proposed project, as well as the thorough assessment and allocation of risks. 

Leverage Valuable Data to Build Better, Faster and Leaner

  The real value of data is making it work. Contractors can amass a mountain of usable information, but valuable insight is lost without a system in place to turn that data into action. The great news is the construction industry now has the tools to mine the data that help contractors build smarter. 

Four Tips to Make Sure Drones Don’t Leave You High and Dry

  A decent amount of red tape comes with the adoption of drones in the workplace, so here is what construction owners and contractors can do to avoid putting their companies and crews at risk.

Building a Team by Building the Community

Many organizations have the ability to show support through monetary donations, but Elzinga & Volkers involves each of its more than 200 employees—not just leadership—in the giving process. 

The Power of Prefabrication to Generate Efficiencies and Cost Savings

  Prefabrication no longer means “looks like all the others.” Today, the power of prefabrication exhibits how design technology and manufacturing can work together to improve the industry while still producing unique and visually appealing structures.

Social Media Land Mines: Employer Responsibilities and Employee Rights

Social media law is a relatively new area for companies active in the construction industry, and the laws around this topic, much like the networks themselves, are evolving at a rapid pace. Legal counsel should be poised to help businesses efficiently develop a social media policy and be available to provide advice on content before it’s posted, should there be any concerns on the subject. 

Tire Tech: Look Past the Price Tag to the Total Cost of Ownership

  Because tires are critical to operation performance, construction executives should take the long view when making purchasing decisions. Rather than focusing on the price tag, consider the factors that contribute to the total cost of ownership: application, innovation and functionality. 

Smart Buildings Market Prepares to Take Off

The global smart buildings market is continuing to grow, with a new report from Zion Market Research projecting its value to increase from $7 billion in 2014 to $36 billion in 2020, growing at a compound annual rate of 30 percent.

Gender Diversity in Architecture Shows Improvement

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) recorded an increase in gender diversity of licensure candidates and newly licensed architects for the first time since it began collecting demographic data. In 2016, women made up 36 percent of newly licensed architects, versus 34 percent in 2015.
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