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Commercial Construction Delivery Methods: 3 Times To Go With A Negotiated Bid

Commercial Construction

Any long-time readers of Hard Hat Chat have probably picked up on the fact that I’m a big fan of the negotiated bid. Our firm takes pride in being a true partner to our clients, and we believe a great way to elevate that client relationship is to work on a negotiated basis – a process where the client hires a general contractor early-on in the project after agreeing on general conditions and a contractor fee.

Grading of Cement based on American and European Codes

The Constructor

In the earlier part of this series (Grades of Ordinary Portland Cement Based on IS Codes), I discussed the grading of Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC). Building Materials Building Technology Guide

Labor secretary: OSHA jobsite inspections likely to increase

Construction Dive

The agency's visits to construction sites will ramp up once new inspectors are fully trained, labor department head Alexander Acosta told a House committee

Mobile Solutions Empowering Field Teams to do More

John Chaney

The Construction Industry is Undergoing a Digital Transformation and Mobile Technologies are Leading the Movement. Paper got the job done. So, why did the industry shift from paper to computerized technologies? The quick answer is efficiency.

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

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

Louisiana’s Agribusiness Sector Expands

Business Facilities

From sustainable row crops such as sugarcane and soybeans, to world-class fisheries, livestock production and vast forestlands, Louisiana is advancing itsr agribusiness industry through value-added projects. Read: Louisiana’s Agribusiness Sector Expands at

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NABTU: Union, wage protections must underlie $1T infrastructure plan

Construction Dive

Union leaders and lawmakers at a conference this week called for prevailing wages, project labor agreements and other standards to be included

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Season 2 — Episode 3: The Future Of The Connected Jobsite

John Chaney

A Viewpoint on Construction, Modern Takes on a Transforming Industry. Season 2 — Episode 3: The Future Of The Connected Jobsite.

Workforce Training & Talent Acquisition

Business Facilities

Today’s workforce training and talent acquisition is a multi-faceted effort that brings targeted skills to students, and new workers to locations they’ll be happy to live in. Read: Workforce Training & Talent Acquisition at

Contractor Bookkeeping: Outsource Or Do It Yourself

Contractor Bookkeeping

I would like to start my blog post by asking you to reflect on your WHY. Pause for a while and think about the reason or reasons why you started your business. I highly doubt that your answer is rooted in accounting tasks or involved any type of bookkeeping project at the slightest.

The simple safety tweak to boost engagement, competitive advantage

Construction Dive

Presenters shared a way that smartphones can be paired with interactive Q&A sessions to derive more value from typically blasé safety briefings

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The Interconnected Construction Organization — Part 1: Downfalls of Disconnected Software

John Chaney

Having integrated data and workflows is the key to contractors’ success. Searching for data on a construction project siphons time. Finding outdated information on that same project leads to mistakes. Ensuring accurate data, accessible in real time, creates a smooth working model.

Polycap Establishing First U.S. Manufacturing Facility In Virginia

Business Facilities

The Canadian company will invest $7.7 million and create 48 new jobs in Lebanon, VA. Read: Polycap Establishing First U.S. Manufacturing Facility In Virginia at

RSU 21 Additions and Renovations Project Awarded AGC Build Maine Award

PC Construction Blog

Last night PC Construction was honored to accept a Build Maine Award from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Maine for the major renovation and expansion project at three school buildings within Regional School Unit. Awards Education & Campus

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Leaders are key to building a culture that motivates, innovates

Construction Dive

Competitive advantage lies in an environment that frees employees to experiment and encounter tech's value at their own pace, according to a VDC director and an Autodesk strategist

When Women’s PPE Doesn’t Fit

Construction Equipment

As more women enter male-dominated fields, the supply of appropriate and necessary safety gear hasn’t always caught up with the changes. This is why last month, an advisory panel on women in the Armed Forces made the request for equipment sized to the female body. According to a March Defense

Zotec Adding 300 Jobs At Indiana Headquarters

Business Facilities

The company has broken ground on a new $47 million national headquarters facility that will nearly triple its footprint in Carmel, IN. Read: Zotec Adding 300 Jobs At Indiana Headquarters at

Getting Smart on Smart Plumbing and HVAC

Contractor Magazine

In this article, I will explore some of the trends impacting the smart HVAC and plumbing space as well as provide details on why and how to enter this exciting market


Amazon chooses Whiting-Turner, Kokosing to build $1.5B air cargo hub

Construction Dive

The joint venture will reportedly work with designer AECOM and engineer Woolpert on the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport facility

The construction industry has a problem, and women are going to solve it


The 8-trillion dollar construction industry has a major problem. Simply put, we do not have enough people to meet construction demands worldwide

Northrop Grumman Expansion Creating 500 New Jobs In West Virginia

Business Facilities

The company will also retain more than 1,100 jobs as it increases the capacity of its Allegany Ballistics Laboratory at Rocket Center, WV. Read: Northrop Grumman Expansion Creating 500 New Jobs In West Virginia at

Payment terms and marketing: Can you break the conventions and succeed?

Construction Marketing Ideas

Architectural business practice consultant Enoch Sears advocates in a recent eletter that architects should set up systems where clients pre-pay for services, often with their credit cards.


Colorado bill set to make wage theft a felony

Construction Dive

The proposed measure would increase the penalties for underpaying employees — including migratory and foreign laborers — by $2,000 or more

3 essential technologies for a successful project


Technology is changing how construction projects are delivered. From utilizing virtual reality to create immersive owner experiences, to capturing and tracking real-time data, technology plays a vital role in delivering consistently successful projects

Indiana Lands North America’s Largest Plant-Based Protein Operation

Business Facilities

Greenleaf Foods, SPC is investing $310 million to build a manufacturing facility in Shelbyville, IN, creating 460 new jobs. Read: Indiana Lands North America’s Largest Plant-Based Protein Operation at

The adopter curve and your marketing: Change, disruption and new ideas

Construction Marketing Ideas

Mark Mitchell, who focuses on building supply manufacturers, has for the last couple of years been warning them about impending technological and business process changes affecting the construction industry.


World's most expensive place to build is now San Francisco

Construction Dive

The city's average construction costs of $416 per square foot increased 5% in 2018 to surpass New York City

Raising the roof is cool again


In popular culture, it hasn’t been cool to “raise the roof” since the late 1990s. But one company is trying to start a new, very literal “raise the roof” trend in the AEC industry.

Business Facilities LiveXchange 2019: The Future Is Now

Business Facilities

Held at the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel, the annual event's conference program showcased the prognostications of a futurist and experts in the emerging tools of predictive analytics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

Transition times: Moving to the next stage (and its marketing challenges)

Construction Marketing Ideas

April, like spring, has been a time in my life for rebirth and new discoveries. Special experiences and epiphanies date back to my younger years, including the point after the third year in university, I realized I could experience my career as a journalist/writer.


Developer-builder to invest $1B in heartland opportunity zones by 2022

Construction Dive

Decennial Group aims to direct up to $20 billion of construction to the economically-challenged tax havens during the next 10 years

Job Order Contracting - Untitled Article

Job Order Contracting

Attention Public Sector Procurement and FM Professionals: STOP Paying too much for Facilities Repair, Renovation, and Construction. All renovation, repair, and new construction work should be based upon recent, similar work, as embodied within a LOCALLY RESEARCHED UNIT PRICE BOOK.

Toyota Boshoku America Creating 400 Jobs In Alabama

Business Facilities

The automotive supplier will invest more than $50 million to build a new manufacturing facility in the Breeding North Industrial Park in Athens, AL. . Read: Toyota Boshoku America Creating 400 Jobs In Alabama at

The Marketer’s Action Plan: A step-by-step tactical approach to marketing campaigns

Construction Marketing Ideas