Wed.May 31, 2023

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The Importance of Fire Safety in High-Rise Buildings

The Constructor

High-rise buildings are typically more than five stories and can range from just a few stories to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, which stands at 830 meters. High-rise buildings are constructed for various uses, including residential, office, and commercial, and are considered a major engineering feat due to the complexities of constructing tall […] The post The Importance of Fire Safety in High-Rise Buildings appeared first on The Constructor.

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The SOLE SOURCE for Current, Objective, Verifiable, and Granular LOCAL MARKET CONSTRUCTION COST DATA

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4BT (Four BT, LLC) is the sole source for current, objective, verifiable, and granular local market cost data that does not rely upon location or economic factoring of national average cost information. Construction cost data is available for for Small Projects, Operations & Maintenance, and Major Renovations and Alterations, as well as Preventive Maintenance.

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£9.3bn race starts for National Grid construction partners

Construction Enquirer

National Grid Electricity Transmission has fired the starting gun on what will be one of the biggest tender races this year for the construction industry. The power distributor is planning to shake-up its delivery model for infrastructure in what will be its largest investment programme in generations. Opting for a collaborative procurement model, The Great Grid Upgrade Partnership will be split into two major lots: covering consultancy and construction works.

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PCL acquires specialty craft firm

Construction Dive

The contractor bought The Companies of Nassal, an Orlando, Florida-based fabricator that focuses on rockwork for theme parks, zoos and aquariums.

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Future-Proof Your Firm: Discover the Power of Next Gen Construction ERP

In the face of rising customer expectations and evolving industry standards, staying ahead in construction demands innovation. A Next Generation Construction ERP is designed to meet these challenges head-on. By integrating this advanced system into your tech stack, you empower your team with a single source of truth, enhancing decision-making and operational efficiency.

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CITB told to improve by Ofsted inspectors

Construction Enquirer

Construction training body CITB has been given a “requires improvement” rating following its latest Ofsted inspection. The inspectors called for improvement across a whole range of fields including quality of education, leadership and management and apprenticeships. The latest ranking comes as CITB has changed its business model since the last “outstanding” rating in 2017.

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Plans in for University of East London campus expansion

Construction Enquirer

The University of East London has submitted plans for 650 student rooms and further teaching facilities at its Stratford campus. The plans will see three interconnected buildings added to the existing site providing around 280,000 sq ft of new space. UEL’s compus expansion will include a landmark 16-storey student accommodation block. Next to it will be built a large U-shaped footprint 6-storey mixed-use building providing 60,000 sq ft of extra residential space, a health and wellness cent

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Swinerton tops out Charlotte mass timber project

Construction Dive

Timberlab, a Swinerton subsidiary, supplied cross-laminated beams and a prefabricated structural system.

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Engineering losses halve Briggs & Forrester profit

Construction Enquirer

Briggs & Forrester Group saw pre-tax profit halve to £1.6m after suffering a £1.6m loss at its engineering services arm due to project delays and cost inflation. The engineering services arm, which is the largest division within the group, has now been streamlined with operations rationalised from four to two regions – South East and Western – to bring significant overhead savings.

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Rebar-tying robot slashes time on Wisconsin bridge project

Construction Dive

The machine fastens reinforcing steel at a rate of over 1,100 bindings per hour.

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Leading the Way in Construction EHS Software

The Verdantix Green Quadrant: EHS Software 2023 is an independent third-party analysis of 23 EHS software vendors (including Intelex) that provides an in-depth look at the technical capabilities, application breadth, innovation focus, and momentum of key environmental, health, and safety management software market players. The guide is essential reading for EHS software benchmarking, especially for understanding unique vendor strengths and capabilities.

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£500m southern highways framework up for renewal

Construction Enquirer

Hampshire County Council has started tendering to appoint a fresh line-up of contractors for its fifth-generation civils and highways framework covering the south of England. The council is the lead procurement body for the framework, which will come into force at the start of next year, and could see a spend of up to £500m over the four-year term. Among incumbent contractors set to fight to retain places are: Dyer and Butler; Eurovia UK; Farrans; Jackson Civil Engineering; Graham; Kier; Knight

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These Western States Are Seeing Their First Annual Price Declines in Years

Pro Builder

These Western States Are Seeing Their First Annual Price Declines in Years ldeakins Wed, 05/31/2023 - 11:43 Home prices are still rising throughout most of the U.S., but seven Western markets are posting their largest declines in years Despite a slower-than-expected spring buying season, home prices increased 4.3% during the first quarter compared with a year ago, though regional markets saw very different changes in housing affordability.

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Align hits key milestone on HS2 Colne Valley viaduct

Construction Enquirer

HS2’s main works contractor Align JV has completed the first set of V-shaped bridge piers for what will be the UK’s longest railway bridge The V-piers are designed to support the viaduct deck over a series of lakes the Colne Valley Viaduct crosses between the end of the London tunnels and the start of the Chiltern tunnels. Designed to bear the weight of the 80m wide arches over the lakes, the ‘v-piers’ are twice as large as simpler piers that carry the viaduct over land.

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A Lack of Listings Is Driving Up Home Prices

Pro Builder

A Lack of Listings Is Driving Up Home Prices ldeakins Wed, 05/31/2023 - 11:52 Despite fast-rising mortgage rates, home prices continue to increase as hesitant home sellers retreat, limiting the supply of homes for sale Home prices continued to rise in March as a largely absent share of home sellers restricted for-sale supply. Even as the Federal Reserve increased rates to tame inflation in the housing market and beyond, the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home-price index rose 0.5% in March c

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Unlock Project Efficiency with the Ultimate Construction ERP Buyer’s Guide

Optimize your construction operations with our in-depth Buyer’s Guide on selecting the right ERP system. As the construction industry evolves, leaders must make decisions that ensure long-term success. Our guide provides a roadmap for choosing a specialized construction ERP that streamlines processes, enhances productivity, and boosts project visibility.

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Oatey Generates Critical Awareness of the Skilled Trades with Book Readings

Contractor Magazine

Conducted at Cleveland Metro Schools, the events involve reading the new children's book, The House That She Built.

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These Western States Are Seeing Their First Annual Price Declines in Years

Pro Builder

These Western States Are Seeing Their First Annual Price Declines in Years ldeakins Wed, 05/31/2023 - 11:43 Home prices are still rising throughout the majority of the U.S., but seven Western markets are posting their largest declines in years Despite a slower-than-expected spring buying season, home prices grew 4.3% in the first quarter compared to a year ago, though regional markets saw very different changes in housing affordability.

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Washington Is Third State To Move Toward New Wildfire Smoke Exposure Rules

ENR Construction

As wildfires become more common across the West Coast, states are enacting protections for outdoor workers likely to be exposed to smoke.

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A Lack of Listings Is Driving Up Home Prices

Pro Builder

A Lack of Listings Is Driving Up Home Prices ldeakins Wed, 05/31/2023 - 11:52 Despite fast-rising mortgage rates, home prices continue to rise as hesitant home sellers retreat Home prices continued to rise in March as a largely absent share of home sellers restricted for-sale supply. Even as the Federal Reserve increased rates to tame inflation in the housing market and beyond, the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home-price index rose 0.5% in March compared with the previous month, Realtor.co

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The Ultimate Procurement Software Buyer’s Guide

Choosing the right procurement software is a crucial step in ensuring third-party risk management, process governance, and bidding efficiency. With so many procurement solutions to choose from, it can be overwhelming without a frame of reference and a solid starting point. This free buyer’s guide will cover: Benefits of Procurement Software –– Why do you need it?

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Washington Is Third State Moving Toward Wildfire Smoke Exposure Rules

ENR Construction

As wildfires become more common across the West Coast, states are enacting protections for outdoor workers likely to be exposed to smoke.

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A Roundup of Energy Efficient Home Upgrades for Any Budget

Pro Builder

A Roundup of Energy Efficient Home Upgrades for Any Budget ldeakins Wed, 05/31/2023 - 11:58 These low-cost home upgrades are inexpensive, easy to complete, and offer long-term energy savings Homeowners are showing more interest in sustainability than ever before, according to the National Association of Realtors, but a recent survey by Thumbtack and Rewiring America revealed that one third of consumers say that green remodeling projects are too expensive to actually implement.

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California Water Agencies Outline $3.2B Plan for Central Valley Flood Prevention Projects

ENR Construction

A key focus of flood prevention efforts are cities on the Lower San Joaquin River that are keenly vulnerable to high water events.

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AHF is Investing in USA Manufacturing Facilities to Provide Quality Flooring Solutions

Pro Builder

AHF is Investing in USA Manufacturing Facilities to Provide Quality Flooring Solutions kcichowicz Wed, 05/31/2023 - 08:05 For more than 150 years, the brands of AHF Products® have stood for innovation, creative and inspirational new ideas, fine craftsmanship, and impeccable quality. Today, the flooring solutions developed at the 9 domestic and international plants – and the strategies we use to deliver them – continue to meet and exceed AHF Products' partners’ expectations, bringing their heri

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Switching to a Robust ERP Designed for Construction: 10 Essential Factors To Consider

For construction firms striving for operational excellence, the right ERP is a game-changer. Upgrading your construction ERP is essential for optimizing operations, enhancing decision-making, and driving growth. By downloading "10 Factors to Consider When Switching Your Construction ERP," you will learn: The importance of adaptability and scalability in ERP solutions.

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Calif. Water Agencies Outline $3.2B Plan for Central Valley Flood Prevention Projects

ENR Construction

A key focus of flood prevention efforts are cities on the Lower San Joaquin River that are keenly vulnerable to high water events.

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SRL expands range including remote stop/go sign

Construction Enquirer

Mobile intelligent transport system (ITS) solutions specialist SRL Traffic Systems has expanded its hire portfolio with the launch of a series of new products designed to enable customers to increase the protection of workers while cost-effectively promoting the safe and efficient flow of traffic around roadworks. The Remotely Operated Stop Go (ROSGO) System and Euro Remote Control (ERC) will be launched this spring, along with SRL’s enhanced Urban64TM intelligent traffic signal control system.

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Time is Running Out: ENR Mountain States’ Top Contractors Surveys Due June 5

ENR Construction

ENR Mountain States' July issue will feature the top contractors in the seven-state region.

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Bipartisan House Bill Aims to Incentivize Home Selling

Pro Builder

Bipartisan House Bill Aims to Incentivize Home Selling ldeakins Wed, 05/31/2023 - 11:36 The "More Homes on the Market Act" seeks to amend the sales gain tax exclusion to bring more supply into the for-sale market The bipartisan “More Homes on the Market Act” was unveiled in March by Reps. Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) and Mike Kelly (R-Penn.) with the goal of amending the tax code to incentivize more homeowners to sell their houses, a solution meant to boost the overall supply of homes available on t

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Stop Making These Mistakes and Start Scaling Your Specialty Contractor Business

Anything that is built on a poor foundation will soon crumble from the ground up. This is literally the case in the construction stage of projects and it applies just the same during the pre-construction stage. This free eBook is your ultimate guide to scaling your business with customizable software as early as during the bidding stage.

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Prepare for the Construction Industry Evolution With a Digital Transformation

Construction Business Owner

Prepare for the Construction Industry Evolution With a Digital Transformation A playbook for modernizing your processes to remain competitive mhodges Wed, 05/31/2023 - 10:34 Construction technology continues to quickly evolve. Not many years ago, it would have been impossible to design, plan, and execute an entire building plan from a single, three-dimensional blueprint via building information modeling (BIM) technology, but today it is.