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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Maryland Expanding Green Building Thru Government Leases

Green Building Law Update

The Maryland Green Building Council recommended a broad and deep expansion of green building leasing by state government and the Maryland Department of General Services has agreed to enlarge what is a “high performance building” for the purposes of state government leasing. The regulatory change is being widely heralded as a dramatic step forward in expanding green building in the State and across the country, not only because of its efficacy (i.e.,

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2017 Construction Forecast: A Post-Election Update

What's on tap for construction's economic fortunes in 2017?

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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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Back to the Future with “Navigable Waters of the United States”

Green Building Law Update

Last week the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of the Army finalized a rule adding an applicability date to the 2015 Rule (that never went into effect) defining “waters of the United States.”. But, the 2015 Rule will now not be applicable until two years following publication of the applicability date rule in the Federal Register (scheduled to be this week), giving the agencies the time needed to reconsider the very fluid definition of “waters of the United States.”.

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

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

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

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Factors Affecting Embankment Dams Design and Construction

The Constructor

There are number of factors that affect embankment dam design. That is why the designer needs to take these factors into consideration during the. Dams Water Resources Construction Dam

10 innovative construction materials that could revolutionize the industry

Geniebelt

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.

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.

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

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 Documents for Heavy Civil Construction Projects

The Constructor

Types of design and construction documents for heavy civil projects such as engineering design documents, bid documents, construction documents are. Construction Engineering & Management Construction Project Construction Construction Projects

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

Geniebelt

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.

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!

Important LOTO Ruling for Die Changes

FDR Safety

A decision by the Occupational Safety Health and Review Commission offers importance guidance to all industries, particularly stamping, about when OSHA’s lockout/tagout regulations should be applied and when not. The 2016 ruling involved an automotive supplier, Matsu Ohio, that did not deploy lockout/tagout around its 10 partial revolution mechanical power presses.

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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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

10 quick tips about SMSTS

Geniebelt

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.

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

Strong start for architecture billings in 2018

BD+C

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.

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.

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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How to Prepare Engineering Report of Foundation Investigation?

The Constructor

According to Eurocode 7, engineering report of foundation investigation need to be prepared and submitted to the client or owner as part of design. Foundation Engineering Geotechnical Engineering Foundation

Building in binary: Big data and construction waste

Geniebelt

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.