2019

Dollar Saving Tips for Contractors

Surveyor

Sometimes, staying in the green can be difficult with large budgets and complex projects that have many details and variables. From designing effectively to reducing waste, we have come up with seven tips and best practices that can help contractors stay above water. Design Effectively.

How to Keep Your Construction Site Safe

Construction Marketing

If you’ve been on a construction team or helped out a construction site, you understand the importance of maintaining a functional work environment.

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How to Win Construction Bid Proposals

Construction Business Owner

3 simple steps to winning construction bid proposals from expert Dan Taylor

The rise of AI in construction

Construction Dive

Construction remains one of the top five industries driving the world economy. Yet until recently, it’s been lagging behind virtually every other sector in the adoption of technology

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

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

Flagship Store Retail Construction: 3 Reasons Brands Still Build in a Flagship Location

Commercial Construction

With our firm’s long track record in retail construction, we’ve witnessed firsthand the ebb and flow of activity across this sector over the years. So when I came across an article recently asking if “ flagship stores are losing their shine ”, it gave me pause.

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3D: 3 viable printing tech developments for construction

Construction Dive

Completion of the world's longest 3D-printed pedestrian bridge and other recent milestones indicate the technology is making big advancements

Social Media in Construction – 2019 Survey Results

Construction Marketing

The Construction Marketing Association conducted a national survey to identify the effectiveness of different social media approaches of architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals.

Commercial Construction Trends: Three Headlines That Won’t Die In 2019

Commercial Construction

After nearly 10 years of publishing Hard Hat Chat (more to come on our blog’s 10 th anniversary later this year), we know there’s never a shortage of fresh topics and trends to discuss in the commercial construction industry.

Opportunity Zones: Window Of Opportunity

Business Facilities

The new federal qualified opportunity zone (QOZ) tax credits are expected to unleash up to $6 trillion in capital investment in more than 8,700 economically distressed areas in the U.S. Read: Opportunity Zones: Window Of Opportunity at BusinessFacilities.com.

How to Solve the Talent Gap in Construction

Construction Business Owner

The construction industry has a hiring problem. As baby boomers exit the workforce, the industry is seeing an increase in open job reqs. With millennials making up 35% of the workforce, construction companies are wondering what they can do to make the industry more attractive to job seekers

How to Cut Control Joints in Concrete Slab?

The Constructor

Control joints are provided in the concrete slab to reduce cracks formed due to shrinkage. The specifications of the control joints such as the depth. Concrete Crack Repair Concrete Technology How To Guide

5 Ways Leading Contractors Keep Their Clients Happy

Surveyor

Forward-thinking communication and collaboration, a positive culture and modern technology key to building long-term client relationships

Customer Relationship Management: Why Good Relationships Are Good Business in Commercial Construction

Commercial Construction

Most people think of commercial construction as a physical, “bricks and sticks” industry. But if you ask me, commercial construction is first and foremost about relationships.

LEED Prerequisite Now Prohibits Smoking Cannabis

Green Building Law Update

The U.S. Green Building Council issued a LEED Interpretation in 2018 ruling, “smoking of cannabis is considered a form of smoking for the purposes of both the interior and exterior smoking provisions of the LEED Prerequisite Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control.”.

Who Matters The Most? A Few Thoughts On Distracted Driving

FDR Safety

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month meaning organizations such as OSHA, M.A.A.D, and EndDD are releasing annual studies on distracted driving.

Paper vs. Clunky Software vs. Integrated Construction Solution

Surveyor

Place your bets. Who will win the construction heavyweight belt? Paper. It’s always there when you need it.

Report: Construction faces widest foreign language skills gap

Construction Dive

Safety issues on jobsites can arise when trade workers primarily speak Spanish or other languages that managers don't, a survey shows

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Best Practices for Event Follow-Ups

Construction Marketing

Event marketing is a proven strategy for success. In fact, according to statistics, 73% of B2B marketers say live events are better than other tactics for customer engagement.

Commercial Construction Project Management Trends: How to Survive the Incredible Shrinking Timeline

Commercial Construction

One of the biggest challenges for commercial construction firms today is the tighter project timelines that have become the norm at every phase of a project – from shorter deadlines for submitting initial bids and budgets, to quicker resolution on addendums and change orders, to compressed schedules for construction and delivery. Today, we push to build out a restaurant in 22 weeks instead of the 30 that used to be typical, and our target turnaround for a hotel project has gone from 10 to 12 months to an 8- to 10-month timeframe. This trend reflects the sense of immediacy that is pervasive across the modern business world. But as our clients and their project partners look to construction firms to deliver information and completed commercial construction projects at a faster pace than ever before, they should know there are a number of things they can do on their own end to help maximize efficiency: Involve your commercial contractor in the pre-construction planning process. Rather than waiting until a set of plans is finalized and then asking a GC to bid and budget them, clients should bring a trusted construction firm to the table along with other project partners during initial planning. A GC’s perspective is extremely valuable at this early stage in identifying factors that could impact the construction timeline. This could be anything from a commercial construction site where access is limited – thereby necessitating precise scheduling for the delivery of equipment and materials – to specifications for special-order tile or millwork that require a significant lead time. . Likewise, involving a GC early can help avoid issues that potentially cause delays later on. For example, the GC might review initial plans and spot a conflict in the layout of mechanical systems. It’s much better to catch something like this while the project is still ‘at the drawing board,’ rather than discover the issue in real time on the job site, and have construction halted while a work-around is found. Invest in detailed project plans. Most people would be surprised at the range in the quality of the plans a general contractor receives to start bidding and budgeting projects. Best case scenario, we get fully detailed drawings with separate overlays for each mechanical system and trade. But it’s not unusual to be asked to start putting costs together with a lot less to go on – sometimes just a rough sketch that raises a lot of questions. While a skilled GC can call on their experience to make assumptions about missing information, it does require more time because we have to go back and confirm those details with the client. And if the client changes their mind after we’ve started work, or has something different in mind, takes even more time to resolve. Bottom line – the more detailed and final the plans are from the get-go, the more comprehensive we can be during budgeting and planning. That means fewer questions, fewer surprises, and fewer of the changes that inevitably lead to delays. Embrace your contractor’s project management technology. Today, all sophisticated construction firms use some type of project management software to run their jobs. More than just a tool to keep the GC’s team organized internally, these platforms are a great way to streamline communication among the entire project team by providing a communal forum for input. If there’s a question, clarification or addendum to any project element, the project management portal allows all parties to access relevant information and plans and comment in real time. Ultimately, a project management portal can result in fewer bottlenecks in the construction schedule due to waiting for feedback or resolution on questions. However, to maximize effectiveness, it’s imperative that everyone on the project team – including the client – is on board and using the platform as a shared communication channel. Communicate and have realistic expectations. Commercial general contractors understand the scheduling demands our clients are up against – whether they’re trying to hit a firm opening date for a new restaurant or retail location, or simply minimize the amount of time their business is closed or impacted during a renovation. We love when our clients communicate with us about these factors, as it helps us understand what’s driving their deadlines and do all we can to meet them. At same time, a conversation about schedules and timing should be a two-way dialogue. We can be a resource to help clients understand the outside factors that might impact their project’s turnaround time – such as the ongoing construction labor shortage, which means subcontractors are busier and more difficult to schedule. By communicating, we can work together to set a project timeline that is aggressive, realistic and ultimately successful. Construction News and Trends project timelines

Business Facilities’ 15th Annual Rankings: State Rankings Report

Business Facilities

By Business Facilities Staff. From the July/August 2019 Issue. T he rankings ecosystem is getting crowded and, like everything else in 21st Century America, it appears to be dancing to the tune of reality TV. The competition is the show: there must be winners and losers.

Social + Strategy = Fresh Ways to Find and Engage New Hires

Construction Marketing

For small to mid-size businesses the hiring process is often ongoing throughout the year. Marketers need to step in and help companies realize the value of social networking platforms to help with their constant state of recruiting.

How to Stop Moisture in Concrete Floor?

The Constructor

Commonly, concrete floors are vulnerable to moisture and suffer from different detrimental influence of moisture such as lifting tile off the floor, Building Technology Guide Building Tips Flooring Paints & Decoratives

Key Construction Tradeshow Tactics for Delivering ROI

Construction Marketing

Trade shows offer construction companies a unique way to connect with their target audiences for a little face-to-face time. There’s really nothing like it today.

Incorporate These 4 Video Trends into Your 2019 Marketing Efforts

Construction Marketing

Video content has taken its rightful place in construction companies’ strategic marketing conversations. It provides a powerful way to communicate your brand, share your story, and build relationships through sight, sound and motion.

Cannabis Manufacturer Charged with RCRA but No CDS Violations

Green Building Law Update

In a criminal case that says significantly more about the prosecution than the indictment on its face, the Federal government is prosecuting a leading cannabis industry manufacturer and distributor for criminal transportation of hazardous waste.

OSHA Now Using Drones For Safety Inspections

FDR Safety

We are in the midst of a technological revolution. No matter the job, technology continues to find its way into every corner of every industry, including construction.

5 Construction Trends to Watch in 2020

Surveyor

Technology is expected to play a major role in all facets of construction industry growth in 2020 and beyond. Construction Technology/News

New OSHA weighting system could lead to more inspections

Construction Dive

The process, rolled out this week, could put increased emphasis on the Fatal Four, a former Department of Labor official said

Build Quality Leads with Enhanced Google Ads Tactics

Construction Marketing

The construction market is expected to remain competitive in 2019 and that’s a positive position for companies. A strong market correlates to higher demand and more potential business for you to gain. It may also cause more competitors to enter the construction services space as well.

Legalized Marijuana: Opportunities and Impact for Commercial Real Estate and Construction

Commercial Construction

A version of this post was published in Illinois Real Estate Journal as a byline article from Englewood Construction. Earlier this summer, Englewood Construction’s home state of Illinois passed a bill making it the 11 th state in the U.S. to legalize the use of recreational marijuana.

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Editor’s Picks: Sweet Spots For High Tech

Business Facilities

The leading high tech hubs have developed a startup ecosystem that nurtures entrepreneurs and plants the seeds for sustainable growth from innovators who bring scaleable products to life. Read: Editor’s Picks: Sweet Spots For High Tech at BusinessFacilities.com.

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Content for Every Stage in the Client Lifecycle

Construction Marketing

Quality content has the potential to help B2B marketers cost-effectively drive ROI. The key to pulling this off requires a commitment to providing content that puts your audience’s needs first. And it must happen at every point in the selling cycle. It’s also going to take some time and patience.

How to Repair Active Cracks in Concrete?

The Constructor

Active cracks in concrete are live cracks which expand in length, width, and depth over time. These cracks are formed due to overloading and thermal.