John Chaney

Last week when I was preparing for a couple of weeks on the road I wrote about why I value the trade show experience. Now I’m right in the middle of that experience and loving it, despite a hoarse voice and sore feet.

Englewood Commercial Construction News: Two of the Best Words in Business…We’re Hiring

Commercial Construction

As commercial construction news reports say business continues to pick up, we are happy to see some new faces around the office at Englewood Construction. That’s right; we are adding staff to our national commercial general contracting firm in what has been a very robust period of activity.

Social Media in Construction 2013 – Infographic

Construction Marketing Blog

In September 2013, the Construction Marketing Association conducted the second annual survey of construction professionals regarding their use of social media. The following questions were asked: 1. Do you employ social media in your marketing program?

CFMA 2013 Annual Conference: What’s In It for Me?

Carol Hagen

Each year the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) gathers the best speakers, trending topics and resources together at their annual conference and exhibition.

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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.

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Going Up? That’s Going To Take A While


Over the last century there have been plenty of construction blunders that have left people asking “how could that happen?” Thanks to some overzealous developers in Spain, we are left asking that question once again.

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Comment period begins for OSHA proposal on silica

FDR Safety

OSHA has now entered the 90-day countdown period to receive comments on its proposed 755-page rule on exposure to respirable crystalline silica in general industry, construction, and shipyards. A coalition of construction trade groups has already let it be known that they are opposed. “We

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Digital Dryshack #63: Agile Project Mangement

Cassell Construction Estimating Blog

I had the opportunity while on vacation in Southern Utah recently, to talk with a veteran project manager in the high-tech field. My friend has managed projects for two of the most recognizable names in tech for more than ten years.

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Teacher Builds Tiny House in the Forest

Jetson Green

Brian Schulz recently completed his forest house in the Oregon Woods. He built the home himself, and the design and concept of it were inspired by the traditional Japanese Minka homes, which are built using local materials and steeply sloped roofs to create affordable, open structures.

Aviation Maintenance Provider Plans To Create More Than 500 New Jobs In Kansas City

Buisness Facilities Contributed Content

Posted by Heidi Schwartz . Everett, WA-based Aviation Technical Services (ATS) announced the company plans to open a new facility at the KCI Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Base at Kansas City International Airport in Kansas City, MO.

4 Mistakes to Avoid in Construction Bidding

John Chaney

I’m pleased to introduce Byron Largen, CPA from Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP (MCM) , as this week’s guest blogger. MCM is a CPA firm with a team of accountants dedicated to construction accounting.

2014 Commercial Construction Industry Trends and Predictions

Commercial Construction

Englewood Construction recently completed a Season’s 52 on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. Upscale restaurants will be a growing trend in 2014. We are coming into the final stretch of 2013, a year that has been rather good for the commercial construction industry.

Strategic Construction Marketing Tools

Construction Marketing Blog

As mentioned in a previous blog post on market research , there are several options for gathering information about customers and their buying preferences and purchase intentions. But what are some of the strategic tools that can be employed to assist in marketing decision-making?

Winning Projects with Interactive Construction Presentations

Carol Hagen

Turn Your Whiteboard into a Touch Pen Display. Construction presentation effectiveness is the difference between winning and losing a project. Since Powerpoint came on the scene, the innovative contracting firm has mastered storytelling and realizes than communication is a two way street.

Junk Science And Heat Island Effect: The Unintended Consequences of Reflective Pavements

Green Building Law Update

Among the most interesting exhibitors at the recent Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia may have been the Asphalt Pavement Alliance challenging what we thought we knew about urban heat island effect with new research from Arizona State University.

When did Atlas Shrugged become the "How to Manual" for the US Government?

Collaborative Construction

Since launching Collaborative Construction in 2007 I''ve worked hard to develop integrated legal instruments that support building information modeling (BIM) on the one hand a lean construction processes enabled by integrated project delivery (IPD) on the other.

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FYI – Pro Labor Is Not Necessarily Pro Union


I’ve occasionally dansed around the issue of construction labor unions on this site, but of course I have not taken any definitive stance on one side or the other.

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Hidden hazard in the workplace

FDR Safety

Our guest blogger today is Dan Zarletti, who recently joined FDRsafety as a senior advisor specializing in construction safety, scaffolding and systems safety management.

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Digital Dryshack #62- Viewpoint User Conference 2013 Recap

Cassell Construction Estimating Blog

Just in case you missed it, Viewpoint Construction Software recently held its annual User’s Conference 9/24-9/26/2013 in Portland, Oregon.

Brooklyn Couple Building a Home From 21 Shipping Containers

Jetson Green

Construction has begun on a new shipping container home in Brooklyn, New York. The house in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn will be a single-family residence and was designed by LOT-EK.

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3 Reasons to Change Your Construction Accounting Software

John Chaney

Throughout the year, I talk to a lot of construction business owners and accounting staff who are considering a change in their construction accounting software. I’m occasionally asked by companies, particularly those on the proverbial fence, why they should make a switch.

Cloud Software Conclusions

John Chaney

I’m constantly amazed by the speed with which new technology and new devices are reaching the marketplace. It was only a few years ago that the iPad debuted, but tablet sales have grown so fast that now more than one-third of adults in the U.S. own one.

National Commercial Contractors Bring Success to Nation’s New Boom Towns

Commercial Construction

Commercial construction is making a slow-and-steady comeback in most markets nationwide, but if you are looking for a good old-fashioned commercial construction boom, there is really only one place to look in the country right now—North Dakota.

Houzz: New Social Network For Construction-Related Users

Construction Marketing Blog

Houzz is the leading online platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. In other words, Houzz is the Pinterest for the remodeling, design, or the construction industry.

NAWIC Block Kids: The Future of Construction

Carol Hagen

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) has a wonderful program to nurture the future constriction industry professional for children in 1st – 6th grade called Block Kids.

Green Building is Now the Law in Dallas

Green Building Law Update

Dallas has now accepted the first building permit applications under its green building ordinance. Dallas is one of the first major cities in the nation to implement comprehensive mandatory green building standards for both all new residential and commercial construction.

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(BIM)X Googlizes Knowledge

Collaborative Construction

Below is an excerpt from my lecture on how (BIM)X is Googlizing Knowledge in the built industry. I spent time over the last two weeks refining the lecture and creating the accompanying power point presentation. During that time a couple of interesting blog posts cam across my radar.

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What Is Everyone Looking At?


And furthermore, why do these photos have a blue or red tint to them? Well, I’m not really sure about the tint, but I suspect it has something to do with lighting at the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting last night.

Our Chief Transportation Advisor reflects on safety

FDR Safety

A review of the history of safety over the last few decades offers good reason for hope, says Rose McMurray , Chief Transportation Advisor at FDRsafety.

Digital Dryshack #60, First look: Viewpoint Mobile Field Manager (MFM)

Cassell Construction Estimating Blog

We recently attended a demonstration of Viewpoint’s new Mobile Field Manager, its new jobsite data collection software. MFM is an efficient, tablet-based system that captures employees’ cost-coded time info, job productivity, and Daily Report data, all in one easy to use platform.

Single Mom Builds a Home Out of a Shipping Container

Jetson Green

Lulu, a single mom from Southern California, recently went back to school, which prevented her from working full time to pay a market rent.

Six Ways to Control Rising Commercial Construction Costs

Commercial Construction

The summer construction season often brings rising costs. Englewood recently began work on Season’s 52 in Chicago. Construction season is upon us, and you know what that means…rising commercial construction costs.

Tablet Wars and Cloud Computing

John Chaney

It seems like nearly every week I read about a new tablet offering of some sort – whether it’s a new version, a mini-version, or a brand new tablet. Along with the product announcements, I usually see a buzz of activity around the tech blogs proclaiming why or why not the tablet will succeed.