Tue.Aug 11, 2020

The future is touch-free

Construction Specifier

by Mark Lawinger. Photos courtesy Sloan. The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a new normal across all walks of life. The reality is certain elements of society and infrastructure will forever be changed due to the measures that have come along with the virus—increased levels of sanitation, minimized hand-to-hand contact, and the rise of work from home culture, to name a few. The commercial restroom is no exception to these overhauls.

Study finds COVID-19 protocols led to a 7% loss on construction projects

Construction Dive

Based on data that has ramifications for the entire industry, a new report from a subcontractor association also said that its members have taken a nearly 18% hit to productivity since the coronavirus outbreak began

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Renewable Energy: Shifting The Balance Of Power

Business Facilities

EIA’s Energy Outlook 2020 forecasts a rapid decline of coal and nuclear power in this decade, the continuing expansion of renewables and the growth of U.S. exports of oil and gas. Read: Renewable Energy: Shifting The Balance Of Power at BusinessFacilities.com.

Another bird-friendly building mandate for the East Coast

Construction Dive

Howard County, Maryland, is the latest jurisdiction to mandate construction standards that lessen fatal bird collisions with buildings, following similar laws in New York City and San Francisco

You Can't Improve Construction Safety from Inside a Filing Cabinet

How mobile technology can mitigate risk, save money, and provide a competitive advantage.

Southern Champion Tray To Invest Nearly $85M In Tennessee Expansion

Business Facilities

The paperboard packaging manufacturer will create more than 120 new jobs at a new manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, TN. Read: Southern Champion Tray To Invest Nearly $85M In Tennessee Expansion at BusinessFacilities.com.

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UK Construction Employment Decline Worst Since 2010

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83,000 lost jobs in 2nd quarter 2020 (Office of National Statistics). via Four BT, LLC – Four BT, LLC provides innovative integrated project delivery solutions inclusive of detailed locally researched construction cost data, and enabling SAAS technology. We help guide organizations to achieve accelerated improvement of their facilities repair, renovation, and construction outcomes, via client-specific programs centered upon achieving best value outcomes.

Infrastructure Jobs Slip by 4,000 in July

Construction Equipment

Construction employment increased by 20,000 jobs in July but the gains were limited to housing, while employment related to infrastructure and nonresidential building construction slipped by 4,000, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of government data released

Google Trends: Buyers Interested Despite Declining Consumer Confidence

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Google Trends: Buyers Interested Despite Declining Consumer Confidence. cbroderick. Tue, 08/11/2020 - 09:55. Although Fannie Mae’s monthly Home Purchase Sentiment Index shows consumers are less confident in homebuying, Google Trends show many are still interested. The percentage of respondents to Fannie Mae's survey who think it is a bad time to buy increased from 27% to 38%, but that lagging confidence doesn't mean consumers are closing the doors on purchasing a home.

Sustainability is key for Denver Water’s modernized campus and distribution system


Last November, Denver Water, the largest water utility in Colorado, opened its new six-story, 186,000-sf administration building, located southeast of downtown Denver. As part of the public agency’s multiphase modernization that linked eight new or fully renovated facilities within a 35-acre operations campus, the building was designed to achieve LEED-NC Platinum and Net Zero Energy certification standards. .

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Who Is The Average 2020 U.S. Homebuyer?

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Who Is The Average 2020 U.S. Homebuyer? cbroderick. Tue, 08/11/2020 - 10:02. Point2Homes, an online real estate marketplace, analyzed five months worth of searches on its site to determine the average 2020 American home seeker, along with comparing buyer interests before and after lockdowns. The main differences Point2 wanted to compare were price ceilings, space needs, and home features.

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4 Ways to Improve Building Sanitization During the Pandemic

The Constructor

Building sanitization has become an integral part of facilities management in today’s COVID-stricken world. Though the impact of the virus hasn’t subsided, several regions are braving to reopen offices and commercial buildings post lockdown. And to keep businesses running, it has become necessary to implement a number of changes for the safety of the building […]. The post 4 Ways to Improve Building Sanitization During the Pandemic appeared first on The Constructor.

The Reimagined Country Vacation Home

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The Reimagined Country Vacation Home. cbroderick. Tue, 08/11/2020 - 10:18. In the woods of Hudson Valley, the Catskill Mountains, and rural areas of Connecticut, developers are scooping up acres of land for high-end communities. With consumer demand for more space, privacy, and an escape from city life, developers are hoping their communities can replace traditional vacation homes, such as timeshares in the Hamptons, according to the New York Times.

UC Davis’s new dining commons is a nod to the region’s agricultural roots


The Latitude Dining Commons at UC Davis is a new 500-seat facility with a design inspired by the Central Valley. The space represents the food and farming culture of both the university and the surrounding region

Manitowoc Names New President & CEO

Construction Equipment

Manitowoc has announced that Aaron H. Ravenscroft, currently the company’s EVP of cranes, has been appointed its new president and CEO, and a member of the Board of Directors. Ravenscroft succeeds Barry L. Pennypacker, who is stepping down from his role as president and CEO, and as a member of the


Groundbreaking Marks Start of Mill District Parking Garage Project

PC Construction

Today marked the official start of construction for the eagerly awaited Mill District Parking Garage project in Biddeford, Maine. Guest speakers included City Mayor Alan Casavant, George Campbell and Stephen Jones from Treadwell Franklin Infrastructure. All Commercial Projects Groundbreaking Maine

Oregon County May Delay Transportation Projects

Construction Equipment

Multnomah County, Oregon, said it would be forced to delay some road maintenance projects in the metro area and implement a hiring freeze because people are driving during the pandemic. The county also faces a $2 million hit in the next year due to gas and tax revenue declines. The funding decline

Study Says Popular Face Covering Could Worsen Virus Spread

ENR Construction

Known for helping limit face heat, buffs or gaiters may contribute to trouble, researchers say


Navistar Partners with Geotab on Telematics

Construction Equipment

A partnership with Geotab enables Navistar International customers to add Geotab fleet-management through Navistar’s factory-installed telematics device. Geotab specializes in IoT and connected transportation and has more than 2 million vehicles connected to its fleet management platform, according

UPDATE: Deadly Baltimore Blast Revives Concerns About Natural Gas Infrastructure

ENR Construction

Utility finds no leaks in gas mains, but says data indicates "some type of issue beyond the.meter on customer-owned equipment.&

Caterpillar Retail Sales Off 23%

Construction Equipment

Caterpillar worldwide retail sales were down 23 percent in June, according to a Form 8-K the company filed. This followed a similar decline noted in May. The data represent “constant dollars and are based on unit sales as reported primarily by dealers,” the report states. The largest percentage

Inefficient air conditioning is a key contributor to global warming


Air conditioning systems are significant contributors to global warming, and replacing them with more efficient systems could have a big impact, according to a new UN report. An estimated 3.6 billion cooling appliances are in use globally today, and that number is growing by up to 10 devices every second, the report says. To make matters worse, most air conditioning units use hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are potent greenhouse gases

Doosan DX42, DX50-5K Excavators

Construction Equipment

The DX42-5K and DX50-5K Doosan excavators are updates. Operating weights are 10,114 pounds and 11,486 pounds, respectively, and they feature maximum dig depths, respectively, of 10 feet 5 inches and 11 feet 5 inches. A new dual-flange track roller system works in tandem with an enhanced


JF Ahern Named ENR Midwest Specialty Contractor of the Year

ENR Construction

JF Ahern, a mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineer with a strong array of prefabrication capabilities, is ENR Midwest Specialty Contractor of the Year

Fleeing City Dwellers Increasingly Search For Homes Outside Their Metros

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Fleeing City Dwellers Increasingly Search For Homes Outside Their Metros. cbroderick. Tue, 08/11/2020 - 10:27. The number of urbanites searching for suburban homes grew in the second quarter, says Realtor.com. But while the majority have limited their searches to areas near their current homes, a growing number are looking to rural communities out-of-state.

ENR Southwest Announces 2020 Best Projects Winners

ENR Construction

ENR Southwest is pleased to announce its 2020 Best Projects winners


Small and Medium Business vs. COVID-19


Small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) across all market segments have been hit hard by COVID-19 and the resulting economic shutdowns. The impact of COVID-19 on SMBs has been documented by the SMB Group , a technology, analysis, and consulting firm focused on technology adoption and trends in the SMB space. SMBs: Navigating a Path Forward includes its July survey results exploring how SMBs are adapting to the shifting realities of the “next normal” to get their businesses back on track.

Bond Civil & Utility is ENR New York's Specialty Contractor of 2020

ENR Construction

The firm, which builds critical infrastructure for major utilities and power and energy companies, saw 87% revenue growth after it became its own company under its parent

You've Never Seen A Wall Like This.

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You've Never Seen A Wall Like This. sparker. Tue, 08/11/2020 - 14:12. Introducing the Wetwall Water-Proof Wall Panel System. A revolutionary approach to the shower/bath surround. Wetwall was engineered for easy installation, lasting beauty, and low cost of ownership. With simple tongue-and-groove installation the average install time is 2.5 hours

6 must reads for the AEC industry today: August 11, 2020


From lobby to penthouse, elevators can be a 100% touch-free experience (BD+C) . MAD Elevator’s Toe-To-Go (T2G) foot-activated call button allows for the activation of hall and car station buttons by, you guessed it, foot. The large, durable buttons sit just inches off the ground making it easy for anyone to activate with a gentle kick

More Urbanites Searched for Suburban Homes in Second Quarter

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More Urbanites Searched for Suburban Homes in Second Quarter. cbroderick. Tue, 08/11/2020 - 10:09. During the second quarter of the year, suburban home searches by city dwellers in the 100 largest metro areas increased to 51%, the highest level since Realtor.com began tracking metro-level search data in 2017. Urban residents don’t seem interested in moving very far though.

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10 Ways to Stop Feet Sweating in Work Boots

Work Gearz

Are you tired of sweaty feet? Are you tired of experiencing wet boots every time you remove them? Do you want to get rid of this issue but are unaware of the ways? Well, we have got you covered! To avoid this, there are plenty of ways to keep your sweaty feet at bay but I’ll share 10 of my preferred DIY methods. The steps are quite simple and easy to perform at home. The list includes both natural as well as artificial ways to overcome this sweaty issue.

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UPDATE 8/13: Deadly Baltimore Blast Revives Concerns About Natural Gas Infrastructure

ENR Construction

Utility says its inspection found none of its gas mains, lines and meters caused Aug. 10 explosion