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Collaboration - Why It's Essential To Your Construction Company

Contractor Bookkeeping

Many elements are vital to a growing construction business. A financially-astute leader is one. A confident and motivated sales team well-versed in your construction company's service line is another.

10 Years After Construction Accident – Swing Stage Collapse


It’s been 10 years since a Christmas Eve construction accident killed four migrant workers in Toronto, and while the tragedy pushed the province to make changes to workplace safety laws, experts are calling for a change in the culture on work sites.

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Dynamic Compaction: Advantages, Purposes, and Uses

The Constructor

Dynamic compaction is an efficient and cost-effective soil improvement technique that uses the dynamic effect of high energy impacts to densify weak. Geotechnical Engineering Ground Improvement

Phase l Assessments for Tenants are the Hottest Environmental Issue in 2020

Green Building Law Update

The hottest environmental topic for business in 2020, as a result of an amendment to the Superfund law for the first time making clear that tenants can qualify as bona fide prospective purchasers, protected from cleanup costs from the presence of hazardous substances on a property, is prospective tenants are now ordering Phase l Environmental Site Assessments to take advantage of the liability protections in the new law. Buried in the more than 800 page Consolidated Appropriations Act signed on March 23, 2018 was Division N, the ‘‘Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development Act of 2018’’ (the BUILD Act). The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA, commonly referred to as Superfund), 42 U.S.C. § 9601 et seq., provides an important liability protection, including from cleanup costs, for parties who qualify as bona fide prospective purchasers (BFPPs). The potential applicability of the BFPP protection to a tenant who leases contaminated or formerly contaminated real estate has been the subject of debate for the decades since the CERCLA’s enactment. The cases interpreting CERCLA make clear that the mere execution of a lease does not necessarily make a tenant liable as an owner or operator under the law. But courts have acknowledged uncertainty regarding the potential liability of tenants under CERCLA including because a tenant may be an operator of the property as well as a responsible person, but tenants had previously lacked any express protection in the Superfund laws. A prospective tenant may now to seek BFPP treatment in the event of a future federal CERCLA cleanup action at the leased property or simply to ensure appropriate environmental stewardship of the property. Such is a dramatically large issue with the economic contribution of real estate to the U.S. economy, when in any given year the vast majority of real estate transactions are leases and not contracts of sale. In 2020, an increasingly large number of prospective tenants, from commercial banks to sports apparel retailers and the defense industry are actively seeking protection for existing contamination before signing leases. In 2002, as part of the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act, the BFPP definition was amended to include the parenthetical phrase “(or a tenant of a person)” in the description of who can claim the BFPP defense, but there was no other direction on the treatment of tenants. EPA then issued guidance in 2012 on the treatment of tenants as BFPPs, providing that a tenant could only derive it BFPP status through the property owner, and that status was limited to “so long as the owner maintains its BFPP status.” So while instructive, it provided little, if any, comfort to tenants. This 2018 BUILD Act addresses the uncertainty dating to 1980, by amending CERCLA § 101(40) including by in subclause (II), by inserting ‘‘, by a tenancy, by the instruments by which a leasehold interest in the facility is created,’’. And in that subsection, the term “bona fide prospective purchaser” has been amended to mean, (ii) a person who (I) who acquires a leasehold interest in the facility after January 11, 2002; (II) who establishes by a preponderance of the evidence that the leasehold interest is not designed to avoid liability under this Act by any person; and.”. Which has the macro effect of increasing the value of many commercial and industrial properties making reuse viable, obviating one of the longstanding criticisms of CERCLA, that the law limits urban redevelopment across America, and the micro effect of mitigating a tenant’s risk in an individual leasehold, by allowing a tenant to avoid CERCLA liability by any of the following three means: One, establishing the landlord is a BFPP because that landlord completed the “all appropriate inquiries” as required by federal law (including with a Phase I ESA); or two, establishing that the landlord completed all appropriate inquiries, but later failed either with compliance or to complete additional requirements; or three, establish the tenant itself, as the BFPP, by completing all appropriate inquiries prior to acquiring the leasehold interest and maintaining compliance with the additional requirements, if any. A tenant can now assert, without having to rely on the landlord’s status, the innocent landowner defense being protected from CERCLA liability including cleanup costs from the presence of a hazardous substances on the property. In this new decade when cursed energy is “out” and dark energy is “in” Phase I ESAs ordered by prospective tenants are in. As a pendent matter, when a Phase I ESA report exists, it may now as a result of the 2018 Build Act be material information, under state law, that a real estate broker is obligated to disclose to a prospective tenant. Concomitantly, should the Phase I ESA reveal a recognized environmental condition, a tenant could seek protection as a “inculpable person” not liable for existing contamination under state Brownfield laws. In 2020, prospective tenants in commercial and industrial properties are now ordering a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment. Environmental Federal ASTM E1527 CERCLA Phase I ESA Phase l Environmental Site Assessment Superfund

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

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

Modern Materials: 2 concrete innovations and a recycled brick

Construction Dive

A concrete made from bacteria, bricks made from demolition waste and a process to expand concrete's lifespan past 100 years are on the horizon

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Facing Facility Management Challenges After An Expansion

Business Facilities

The challenges that come with a major expansion include facility management issues associated with organizing larger spaces, plus additional workforce, equipment, and maintenance. Read: Facing Facility Management Challenges After An Expansion at

JOC Program Manager’s Duties

Job Order Contracting

A JOC Program Manager’s Duties are critical to assuring quality, on-time, and on-budget construction project delivery.

NAHB: Multifamily construction starts will rise just 1% in 2020

Construction Dive

Multifamily housing starts have leveled off due to lack of skilled labor, rising material prices and expensive regulatory costs, said a presenter at the International Builders' Show this week


Viewpoint Earns Additional SOC Certifications


New SOC 1, Type II and SOC 2 and Type II certifications show data security commitment to clients. Viewpoint News

What is Tie Bar in Constructions? Functions, and Design Specifications

The Constructor

Tie Bars are deformed steel bars, deformed epoxy coated steels, or connectors that used to hold faces of rigid slabs in contact, as per AASHTO, 1993. Construction Engineering & Management How To Guide

Value-based Construction Planning, Procurement, and Project Delivery

Job Order Contracting

Value-based construction planning, procurement, and project delivery can consistently enable quality projects, on-time and on-budget. This optimal outcomes is possible via the appropriate and consistent integration of people, process, information, and technology.

McDermott to file for Chapter 11

Construction Dive

The struggling energy construction giant announced it will file a prepackaged restructuring plan at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Houston today

Eli Lilly And Company Investing $470M In North Carolina Expansion

Business Facilities

Indiana-based Eli Lilly and Company will create more than 460 new jobs at its new manufacturing pharmaceutical facility in Durham, NC. Read: Eli Lilly And Company Investing $470M In North Carolina Expansion at

What is Irrigation? What are the Types of Irrigation?

The Constructor

Irrigation is defined as the science of artificially providing water to the land in accordance with the “crop requirement” throughout the. Irrigation Water Resources

High Level of Construction Activity Continues to Stretch Skilled Labor Availability

Construction Superintendent Magazine

Turner Construction Company announced that the Fourth Quarter 2019 Turner Building Cost Index—which measures costs in the non-residential building construction market in the United States—has increased to a value of 1177.

NY Gov. Cuomo introduces $275B infrastructure plan

Construction Dive

The $175 billion, five-year infrastructure proposal has been added to the governor's previous $100 billion initiative, making it the largest state plan in U.S. history

Milwaukee Tool Expanding In Wisconsin

Business Facilities

The company will invest nearly $26 million to build manufacturing plant in West Bend, WI. Read: Milwaukee Tool Expanding In Wisconsin at

What are Road Humps? Features and Classes

The Constructor

Road Humps are traffic calming devices that help in controlling the speed of the vehicles. The geometry of road humps affects the degree of. Transportation classes of speed humps design criteria of speed humps features of road humps or speed humps road humps speed humps

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What Is Sunken Slab | Advantages & Disadvantages Sunken Slab


What Is Sunken Slab (Sunk Slab)? The sunken slab is one of the familiar and adaptable ways to maintain architectural design in especially the washroom, as well as laundry areas where water drainage systems or pipes installed below the floor or tiles.

DC attorney general orders Power Design to pay $2.75M in wage theft case

Construction Dive

Nearly two years after the complaint was filed, the electrical contractor will have to shell out $879,000 to workers and $1.8 million to Washington, D.C., for failing to pay the minimum wage, benefits and taxes

Macedon Technologies To Create 147 Jobs In Virginia

Business Facilities

The software firm will invest $1.65 million to expand its corporate headquarters in Reston, VA. Read: Macedon Technologies To Create 147 Jobs In Virginia at

Winter Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention

Safety Services Company

Winter Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention. There's no denying that we're in the thick of winter. With the season comes activities people wait for all-year-round. Between ice skating, skiing, and just generally enjoying the snow, they are right when they say ?— it is the most wonderful time of the year.

Bolt Vs Screw | What Is Bolt | What Is Screws


What Is Bolt? A bolt is an externally threaded fastener created for the insertion through holes in the assembled parts. Generally, bolts are intended to be released by nuts.


Austin, Texas, program requires contractors, developers to pay for employee parking

Construction Dive

A new pilot program designed to curb parking shortages caused by construction workers in downtown Austin follows similar efforts by cities in Florida, California, Utah and Colorado

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Colorado, Illinois, New York Lead Nation In LEED Green Building

Business Facilities

Massachusetts and Hawaii round out Top 5 on USGBC's Top 10 States for LEED, which recognizes current leaders committed to sustainable buildings, cities, and communities. Read: Colorado, Illinois, New York Lead Nation In LEED Green Building at

Lime Concrete and its Uses in Construction

The Constructor

Lime is great binding material. Lime concrete is the mixture of lime, sand and gravel in appropriate proportions. Lime concrete is well known from. Building Materials Concrete Technology Others

History of Remote Sensing | Application of Remote Sensing


History of Remote Sensing In the past time, the only way to store records was photography. The contemporary era of remote sensing, rise with the expansion of flight development. In 1858, the prominent name Nadar clicked pictures of Paris from his balloon.


High speed, high tech: how contractors keep up with data center construction

Construction Dive

This business can be lucrative, but the speed to market and skilled workforce requirements can complicate the building process, as Construction Dive found on a recent tour of a leading developer's campus

China-based Minth Group To Invest $87M In Tennessee

Business Facilities

Over the next five years, the auto parts manufacturer will create 254 new jobs in Lewisburg, TN. . Read: China-based Minth Group To Invest $87M In Tennessee at


The Constructor

Lime concrete is the mixture of lime, sand and gravel in appropriate proportions. Lime is great binding material. Lime concrete is well known from. Others

Difference Between Beam and Column | What Is Beam | What Is Column


What Is Beam? • The beam is a structural element that stands against the bending. Mainly beam carries vertical gravitational forces, but also pull the horizontal loads on it. The beam is called a wall plate or sill plate that carries the transmits and load it to the girders, columns, or walls.

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Report: Real estate leasing will continue to expand in 2020

Construction Dive

The Commercial Real Estate Market Sentiment Survey found that medical space will outpace office and industrial leasing, but there are market red flags that could impact contractors building in these sectors

Michigan Strategic Fund Projects Will Create More Than 740 Jobs

Business Facilities

Business expansions, community revitalization projects will spur economic growth and extend Michigan’s leadership in automotive manufacturing and future mobility solutions. Read: Michigan Strategic Fund Projects Will Create More Than 740 Jobs at