Managing Environmental Exposures on Health Care Projects

To mitigate environmental exposures, contractors should consider taking a program-based approach, including risk transfer through a comprehensive contractor pollution liability policy that provides coverage for a wide variety of exposures and includes remediation costs.

Contractors Renovate Home of Boston Bombing Victim

More than 75 companies, including Cobb Hill Construction and EnviroVantage, donated materials, time and labor to add a wheelchair-accessible bedroom, bathroom and kitchen to the home of a man injured in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Making a National Impact

Nearly 35 years ago, Dan Brodbeck graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in civil engineering and joined the construction workforce—where he found not just a job, but a lifelong passion for the industry. Today, his enthusiasm for the merit shop construction industry remains firmly intact as a small business owner and 2014 national chairman of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

The Impact of Changing Business Formations

When looking to grow a business, it’s important to consider both the advantages and disadvantages of the firm’s existing legal structure. Before making a decision, determine the impact a change will have on current operations, liability and tax obligations.

Inward Focus

Want to know where the most economic activity will take place in the next few years? Forget New England, the Pacific Coast and the shores of the Great Lakes. It’s time to look inward. So says a 2013 Manhattan Institute report, “America’s Growth Corridors,” which identifies four regions boasting population, income, employment and GDP growth—plus affordable housing, good business environments and the political will to exploit their natural resources.

Empowering Construction With Mobile Technology

  Executives in all industries are realizing the value of mobile technology and leveraging it for improved and timely communication across business operations. The construction industry is rapidly adopting mobile technologies, especially because team members tend to be dispersed and on the move.

Transforming the Delivery of Green Buildings With BIM

The use of BIM makes life cycle cost analysis easier and more reliable, allowing firms to take a long-term holistic approach to project decision-making that considers the cost, environmental and social impacts of materials, equipment and technology not only now, but also in the future.

USACE Requires COBie for Military Construction

  Beginning in fiscal year 2015, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will require all Army design-build and construction contracts to use the Construction-Operations Building information exchange (COBie) standard. Builders will play a key role in COBie’s implementation because submittals comprise the bulk of construction handover data.

Researching the Building Impact of Natural Disasters

  While preparing a structure for exposure to natural disasters isn’t always top of mind in the construction industry, research is continually under way to find ways to limit the damage caused by hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes. 

Do the Math on Older Vehicles

  Each business is unique, and no universal approach to developing a replacement cycle for a fleet of vehicles exists. To ensure vehicles are replaced at appropriate intervals for optimum performance and resale value, a comprehensive cost and replacement analysis will demonstrate conclusively how older vehicles can cost a business a lot more than they’re worth.


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