February, 2018

3 Construction Strategies for Senior Community Housing Renovation Projects

Commercial Construction

As noted in January’s Hard Hat Chat post about commercial real estate trends shaping Englewood’s work in the year ahead, we expect 2018 will maintain the same strong momentum we’ve recently experienced working with owners and operators to update existing senior communities.

Eco-Friendly Construction Practices That Could Save the World

Construction Marketing Blog

Looking at the great natural disasters of 2017, it’s clear we all need to do our part to preserve the planet. Construction businesses are in a great position to contribute to conservation efforts, so why not take on that responsibility?

Building The Foundation For A Great Safety Culture

FDR Safety

The idea of safety is misconstrued on a daily basis as a “Have To”, “How To” or “Learn To” idea. We’re are constantly reminded of the proper procedures to follow in order to do things the safe way whether at home or at work.

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4 ways to ensure safety on the jobsite

Construction Dive

The industry owes it to its workers to prioritize their safety and give them the tools necessary to prevent incidents before they occur, writes Bill Wilhelm, president of Irvine, Calif.-based based R.D. Olson Construction

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

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

What is a Plinth Beam? Its purpose, Applications and Construction

The Constructor

Plinth beam is a reinforced concrete beam constructed between the wall and its foundation as shown in Figure-1. Plinth Beam Following topics. Structural Design Structural Detailing Structural Engineering Beam Beam Design Structural

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Senior Living Center: Breaking Ground in Dimmitt, Texas

The Korte Company

The Korte Company, along with the Castro County Hospital District, broke ground in Dimmitt, Texas to celebrate the construction of a new senior living facility.

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5 Ways To Give High Fives To Remote Employees

Construction Marketing Blog

Written by Carla Corban Kath, Director of Customer Success Strategy at Staffbase. Recognition drives results. And it doesn’t cost much either.

10 Benefits Of Including Mock OSHA Audits In Your Safety Program

FDR Safety

OSHA Audits can be nerve wracking, tedious, and costly for any business. Rather than being caught off guard by the findings of OSHA during one of their audits, we highly recommend that you implement Mock OSHA Audits into your regular safety program.

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How technology is streamlining the preconstruction process

Construction Dive

Digital tools are creating transparency and allowing for data exchanges that reduce time and eliminate confusion and errors — and the costs associated with them


Measurement of Plinth Area and Carpet Area of a Building

The Constructor

Plinth area and carpet area of a building is measured for estimation and calculation of building cost. It is also a measure of usable space of. Building Technology Guide Buildings

10 innovative construction materials that could revolutionize the industry


The much awaited and anticipated revolution in construction is gaining momentum. We now have drones, virtual reality, augmented reality, BIM, project management and more. But it doesn’t stop here! Researchers and various institutes are taking technology to the next level.

DBIA turns 25

The Korte Company

The Design-Build Institute of America is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018. The organization, which defines, teaches and promotes best practices in Design-Build construction, is near and dear to The Korte Company’s heart—after all, we helped form it 25 years ago

3 Reasons why Asbestos Surveys Are Important

Construction Marketing Blog

Construction materials containing asbestos were in used in Britain until 1999 when asbestos was prohibited. As a result, many buildings today still contain asbestos material which does not present a danger unless the material that contains it gets damaged. Poor maintenance could also potentially cause asbestos fibers to contaminate the air, which, in turn, may present a serious health hazard.

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Shortcuts On The Job: Are They Worth It?

FDR Safety

Over 5,190 fatal accidents occurred in the United States as recently as 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some accidents are simply that, accidents, while others are avoidable.

The benefits of employing drones in construction

Construction Dive

Mike Danielak of Skyward says use cases are emerging that offer business value and competitive advantage for construction companies with drone programs

Precautions for Bored Piles Construction and Inspection

The Constructor

There are several precautions that need to be considered while inspection and construction of bored pile foundation is preceded. These precautions. Foundation Engineering Geotechnical Engineering Pile Foundation Foundation

Project Update: Blue Plains AWWTP TDPS/ECF Passes Operational Demonstration

PC Construction Blog

Starting-up equipment and moving millions of gallons of water at 3 a.m. has become the norm on the Tunnel Dewatering Pump Station and Enhanced Clarification Facility (TDPS/ECF) project as the team has worked toward, and. All Projects Water & Wastewater Treatment

How to deliver in the Northwestern U.S.

The Korte Company

While The Korte Company has delivered thousands of jobs in 43 U.S. states and counting, we’ve become attached to working in the Northwest—and it’s not because of the weather.

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10 quick tips about SMSTS


SMSTS stands for Site Management Safety Training Scheme and it is a significant certificate for anyone who wants to pursue a career as site supervisor/manager or project manager in construction. It can also be a great asset for construction clients and company owners.

Advance Steel Tips, Tricks, and Workflows You’ll Want to Try at the Office

BIM & Beam

When you think Autodesk University , you probably think about learning the latest trends and technologies but also tips & tricks on your favorite products. And that’s just what you’ll find!

Agreement to kick start feasibility study of Cleveland-Chicago hyperloop

Construction Dive

Hyperloops and other high-speed tube systems are gaining ground in the U.S., with several proposed routes and studies underway

Types of Failures Experienced by Different Construction Materials Used in Structures

The Constructor

Types of failures experienced in different structure is greatly influenced by the type of construction material used. The resisting capability of. Building Materials Building Technology Guide Buildings Construction

Hot Weather Concreting Practices for Contractors

GCP Applied Technologies

Hot Weather Concreting Practices for Contractors. Phillip.fry@gc…. Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:29. GCP Applied Technologies. February 19, 2018. Most concrete contractors are well aware of the difficulty of handling, placing, finishing and curing concrete during the hot summer months.

Ribbon cutting celebrated at Scott Air Force Base lodge

The Korte Company

A ribbon cutting ceremony at Scott Air Force Base in southwestern Illinois marked the opening of Scott Inn, a 284-room lodging facility for Airmen, their families and other personnel. The six-story, 170,000-square-foot facility contains 276 guest rooms and 17 business suites.

German construction 2018: What’s next for the industry?


Germany is the financial powerhouse of Europe and construction is probably its most significant driver of growth. During 2017, the German building sector experienced a calendar-adjusted expansion of 2.5%. This is the highest rate since 2011 and it is expected to increase even more in 2018.

Strong start for architecture billings in 2018


This year started on a strong note for architecture firms, as the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) saw its highest January score since 2007. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January 2018 ABI score was 54.7 , up from a score of 52.8 in the previous month.

US construction spending hit record high for second-straight month

Construction Dive

December's record beat analyst expectations by 0.3% and marks the fifth-consecutive month of spending gains

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Common Causes of Failure of Bridge Structures

The Constructor

Different modes of failures of bridge structures under different stages of load either man-made or natural cause, is necessary to develop strong and. Bridges Structures Bridge Bridge Construction

Flying high with SILCOR® liquid waterproofing

GCP Applied Technologies

Flying high with SILCOR® liquid waterproofing. michael.delros…. Tue, 02/27/2018 - 14:43. Gatwick and Heathrow Airports protect high-traffic podium decks. GCP Applied Technologies. February 27, 2018.

173,000-Pound Bridge Erected for Richland Creek Water Supply Program

PC Construction Blog

Last week, the PC Construction team installed an access bridge to the reservoir intake tower at the Richland Creek Water Supply Program project in Dallas, Georgia. At just over 173,000 pounds, the bridge is 150. All Integrated Delivery Projects Water & Wastewater Treatment

Building in binary: Big data and construction waste


Human beings have a problem with the following concept: out of sight, out of mind. It can be applied to a number of things, but we’re looking at it in the form of waste. When we throw something in the garbage and trudge the can to the end of the.

World’s Tallest Timber Tower Might Get Built in NYC

Jetson Green

The New York City-based architecture firm DFA Studio recently turned in a proposal for an observation tower made of wood. If built, the structure would be the tallest timber tower in the world, and would offer great views of NYC from its location in Central Park.

Construction adds 36K jobs in January

Construction Dive

Though employment figures point to industry strength in the near future, contractors should monitor inflation that could push material and labor prices up