June, 2017

New Ideas for Old Shopping Malls: 3 Ways Retail Developers are Remixing the Shopping Center Experience

Commercial Construction

Brewery-based restaurant concepts, such as this BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse Englewood Construction recently completed in Fort Wayne, Ind., are popular additions to existing malls.

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You Need a Green Building Consultant (Who Speaks for the Trees)

Green Building Law Update

We are often asked “what is the best way to assure success in a green building project?”. Whether that query is from a Fortune 1000 businesses or an architect, the answer is the same, have the owner engage an experienced green building consultant as early as possible in the project.

Launch of the c4SMC

Collaborative Construction

Western Sydney University official launched the Centere 4 Smart Modern Construction this week in Australia. Championed by my friend and colleague David Chandler, c4SMC promises to revolutionize construction in Australia and all along the Pacific Rim.

OSHA proposes delaying recordkeeping rule, and may change it

FDR Safety

OSHA has proposed delaying the start of a new electronic recordkeeping rule until Dec. 1, and intends to make a separate proposal to reconsider, revise or remove some of those requirements. The recordkeeping rule , put in place in May 2016 with an effective date of July 1 of this year, requires employers to electronically submit injury and illness forms to OSHA, which the agency said it would then publish on a searchable website open to the public.

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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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Bears Ears

Business Facilities Blog

A monumental fight over federal land is heating up in the state with the second-largest percentage of it. Read: Bears Ears.

PACE in Maryland is Not Keeping Pace

Green Building Law Update

In 2008 I said Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans “ could be bigger than anything in U.S. real estate since the invention of the glass window.”. But today, despite Maryland having enacted a PACE enabling law in 2014, only one PACE loan has closed in the State.

WeWork Acquires FieldLens

Collaborative Construction

WeWork, a well funded new generation construction management company just acquired FieldLens! The two companies appear to be a match made in heaven. And don't be surprised if you see these two operating on a blockchain platform in the not too distant future.

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How to Rebuild Construction's Image


In 1996, Apple verged on bankruptcy. The company had failed to adapt to a rapidly changing industry and was paying the price. Construction finds itself in a similar situation today.

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

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

Sustainable Co-working Space in the Himalayas

Jetson Green

Who says co-working spaces are only for big cities? There will soon be a place where you can go work in deep, untouched wilderness. The firm Carlo Ratti Associati is planning to build Pankhasari Retreat, which will be located in the Himalaya Mountains.

Calcium Silicate Bricks or Sand Lime Bricks for Masonry Construction

The Constructor

Calcium silicate bricks are made of sand and lime and popularly known as sand lime bricks. These bricks are used for several purposes in construction. Brick Masonry Building Materials in Construction Building Technology and Construction Guide bricks Building Materials Buildings

De Waal Net Zero House, Edmonton

SAB Magazine

TECHNICAL AWARD WINNER - This new residence replaces a 1950s bungalow which had been the childhood home of one of the owners.

Attorney General’s End of Third Party Settlements is Good for the Environment

Green Building Law Update

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo on June 5, 2017 to all Department of Justice components and 94 U.S.

Construction Health Indicator (We're keeping score.)

The Construction Health Indicator is a daily pulse of the construction industry.


Collaborative Construction

Procuring facilities, infrastructure and residential assets (FIR Assets) under the traditional legal framework imposed on the built industry reminds me of poor Sisyphus! Sisyphus, whose eternal punishment entailed pushing a rock up a mountain everyday, only to see it roll back down to the bottom.

This must be the most brutally honest, yet logical BIM strategy you’d have the chance ever to read!


At least, I hope so.

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Battery Made From a Sheet of Paper

Jetson Green

As bacteria feed on organic waste electrons are produced, so they could potentially be used as a source of power. A team of researchers at Binghamton University, NY have found a way to incorporate microbial fuel cells into a battery that is made of paper and also foldable.

Fire and Safety Features of High-Rise Buildings and Structures

The Constructor

Fire and other safety features of high rise buildings and structures is essential. Types and concerns related to these features is discussed. Construction Engineering & Management Construction safety

Why A/E Marketing Is A Career To Pursue

Help Everybody Everyday

Yes, working in A/E marketing can be a challenging career. So, why do I recommend that recent graduates with marketing, public relations, or journalism degrees pursue this line of work? Well, the more I think about it the more thankful I am that I landed in this industry.

Retailers Pay Millions for Hazardous Waste Violations

Green Building Law Update

Retailers across the nation are buttressing their trash disposal practices after Dollar General Stores and Big Lots Stores paid Millions of dollars to settle civil suits for environmental violations for the unlawful disposal of hazardous waste, including customer returned merchandise and batteries.

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The 6 Keys to Customer Success in Construction


Addressing customer linked problems can be quite difficult for several construction companies.

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Debunking another BIM myth: FM enabled BIM models do not automatically pop out of Construction BIM models


For years I’ve been consistently preaching that BIM can be started at any point of a construction project lifecycle and it can be successful. Unfortunately, the level of success is closely linked to skills, motivation, depth of participation etc.,

Using Mushrooms to Build Homes

Jetson Green

The use of mushrooms in architecture has been proposed before, but now Aleksi Vesaluoma, a student at Brunel University has taken it a step further.

Understanding the lines Used in Architectural Drawings

The Constructor

The structure that is planned to be built is described by using lines, symbols and notes in architectural drawings. Read More at Understanding the. How To Guide

Construction safety tips: Avoiding the 10 most common hazards in construction

The Korte Company

Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) publishes a list of the ten most common violations it issues on construction sites. Last year’s top ten violations are the same as in 2015.


Building for the future: Five trends in higher education projects


The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque is engaged in construction and renovation projects that represent the second-highest capital outlay—$180 million—in its 128-year history. Three projects in progress there are the $25.6

UK Construction Restrictions: The Struggle For Momentum


The nature of UK construction is adversarial. This is what you often hear about the construction industry. We had no problems agreeing that UK construction industry has to face a number of difficulties. During our combined working life we have seen more than enough!

Marine Gateway Development, Vancouver

SAB Magazine

MIXED USE AWARD WINNER - The Marine Gateway Development is a transit-oriented, mixed-use project located at a significant new transit node in south Vancouver.

Chopsticks Recycled Into Beautiful Modern Furniture

Jetson Green

Chopsticks have been around for almost 4000 years, but they also present quite an environmental problem. It is estimated that just in China, around 80 billion chopsticks are thrown away every year, with the number much higher if we factor in all the Asian food restaurants around the world.

Health Issues with Building Materials During and After Construction

The Constructor

Building materials used in construction of building structures can welcome health issues subsequently for occupants or to workmen involved in. Building Materials in Construction Building Technology and Construction Guide Building Materials Buildings

Foreign Investment In U.S. Real Estate Rising

Business Facilities Blog

China was the top country of origin in both buying and selling commercial real estate in 2016, and Florida was the top destination of choice for international clients. Read: Foreign Investment In U.S. Real Estate Rising.

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This floating hotel in Sweden freezes in place during the winter


The Lule River in Sweden is about to become the location of one of the country’s most unique hotels. Arctic Bath , designed by Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi, floats on the river in the summertime, and then freezes in place during the winter

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