2014

2015 Commercial Construction Industry Trends and Predictions

Commercial Construction

It has been another whirlwind year at Englewood Construction and we are happy to report that our predicted 2014 commercial construction trends came true, which has meant a lot of new projects on our end.

Jennifer Lanzetti Launches Cn3D Construction

Collaborative Construction

My friend and long term member of Collaborative BIM Advocates Jennifer Lanzetti recently launched her own company, Cn3D Construction and I''m excited to share the news with readers of the blog.

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Brinno Construction Time Lapse Camera

Construction Marketing Blog

The Brinno Time Lapse Camera is a great way to record any construction project. Recording a construction project used to be very time consuming and could be very expensive however, Brinno has changed all that.

The Best Kept Secret in Green Building - a Conversation with Jerry Yudelson

Green Building Law Update

I had a conversation with Jerry Yudelson last week, six weeks after he became the President of the Green Building Initiative, the non profit with the rights to distribute Green Globes in the United States. Jerry is known to many in the green building world.

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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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Bluebeam Tip: Improving Estimating (Take-off) Measurement Accuracy

Carol Hagen

Bluebeam Revu provides measurement tools ideally suited for construction estimating take-off.

October 2014 newsletter

FDR Safety

Off-the-job accidents: hidden costs to employers. Motivating workers to be safe – 24/7. Join Our Mailing List. Off-the-job accidents: hidden costs to employers. By Fred Rine. CEO, FDRsafety.

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Punishing the Tattletale

Mr Ethics

Dear Mr. Ethics, One of my employees just reported to me that he overheard another employee speaking angrily and disrespectfully to one of our clients. This is a violation of our ethics code. While I am upset at the person who spoke improperly to a client, I am more upset by the tattletale.

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5 Ways I Use Landing Pages To Identify Potential Clients

Help Everybody Everyday

Last week, I let you in on the secret weapon I’ve been using for the last year to grow my lists of potential clients. I even shared with you my personal results.

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

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

A Simple Floating Greenhouse

Jetson Green

Studiomobile, an Italian design firm, has joined forces with Stefano Mancuso, a professor at the University of Florence and the director of the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology, in an effort to create a prototype floating greenhouse.

Englewood Construction: Ten Years of Providing Leading Commercial Construction Services

Commercial Construction

Twitter for Construction

Collaborative Construction

FieldLens is a communications platform developed by construction industry professionals for construction industry professionals.

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2014 Construction Marketing Outlook- Survey Results

Construction Marketing Blog

To further understand current marketing plans and priorities in the construction industry, the Construction Marketing Association conducted a national survey of construction professionals. The following questions were asked: 1.

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Construction Health Indicator (We're keeping score.)

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

The Wild West of Solar Renewable Energy Credits

Green Building Law Update

The closing of the doors last week at a mid-Atlantic states solar installer highlights the uncertainty of the photovoltaic market and brings to the fore the vagrancies of renewable energy credits (RECs) and in particular solar renewable energy credits (SRECs).

Construction Fatalities Infographic From Maxwell Systems

Constructonomics

Infographic by Viewpoint

DD # 72- Why the Cloud works for Business Travelers

Cassell Construction Estimating Blog

Our work took us up to Alaska the first week of December, always a trip that I look forward to. Some people call it crazy, but I enjoy Alaska in the winter as much as in the summer. One reason is that only Alaskans are there this time of year, as all the tourists have gone home or elsewhere.

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Quick Bluebeam Tip: Pan and Markup

Carol Hagen

Have you ever grabbed a Bluebeam markup tool and realized that your current view of the document was not where you wanted to place the markup? This often happens during the punch or document review process. So what do you do?

SEIU uses new opening to go along on OSHA inspections

FDR Safety

OSHA last year cleared the way for union representatives to accompany OSHA compliance officers on worksite inspections even if the union doesn’t represent the company’s workers, and now the consequences are being felt.

YouTube Stars

Mr Ethics

Dear Mr. Ethics, An employee recently told me about a video that that is on YouTube. The video shows some of our workers sitting on the roof of a condo project we have in lawn chairs, drinking beer and lighting off bottle rockets. If I caught these employees in the act they all would be fired.

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RATE ANALYSIS OF PLASTERING WITH CEMENT MORTAR

The Constructor

Rate analysis of plastering with cement mortar requires the quantity estimation of materials cement mortar, i.e. quantity of cement, sand and water. How To Guide Rate Analysis Cement Mortar Plaster Sand

Gorgeous Shipping Container Home Goes Up in Ireland

Jetson Green

This recently constructed shipping container home is another prime example of just how versatile cargotecture really can be. Irish architect and farmer Patrick Bradley built this home using four shipping containers, which he obtained from the Belfast Docks.

Commercial Construction Best-Practices: How to Avoid Scandals

Commercial Construction

Workers remove wall panels from a high rise to accommodate new windows for one of the many projects Englewood Construction negotiates with its clients. Be sure to check references of general contractors before entering into a negotiated or competitive bid situation.

Utica Shale Paying Off for Ohio

Collaborative Construction

Long time readers may recall a post from 2011 in which I wondered whether the Utica Shale formation, which unlike the shallower Marcellus Shale formation, extends well into Ohio, would be developed and become an economic boon to eastern Ohio. See, Uitca Bigger than Marcellus?

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Top 4 Benefits of Using Social Media For Your Construction Firm

Construction Marketing Blog

Using social media for some brands and companies is a no brainer. It seems like almost every company in the United States and around the world has at least some sort of social media presence. The construction industry however is one industry that has been very hesitant to fully embrace social media.

Model Sustainability and Green Building Initiatives for a More Verdant City and Town

Green Building Law Update

A package of local government bills introduced on January 29th aim to ensure that Montgomery County, Maryland remains at the sustainability forefront.

Good Faith and Fair Dealing: The Essence of Construction Agreements

Constructonomics

Everybody loves to get hung up in contract language. On construction projects, contractors, owners, and subs will fire contract language back and forth like missiles in what gets to be an arms race of legalities that negatively affects projects by creating panic and anxiety. When lawyers get involved, the language starts to get twisted and manipulated along with all the facts of what has taken place.

DD# 71: Time Impact Analysis for Schedule Extension

Cassell Construction Estimating Blog

On a recent trip to Hawaii, one of our clients brought a problem to our attention that we’ve heard numerous times before. Their original one-year contract term had grown to eighteen months (and counting).

Arizona Sales Tax Prime Contracting Examples for 2015: How to Receive Automatic Updates

Carol Hagen

Marj Weber, Irontree Construction Inc introduces the AZ sales tax panel (left to right): Craig McPike, Snell & Wilmer; Christie Comanita, Arizona Dept.

OSHA focusing on increased fatalities on communication towers

FDR Safety

OSHA is expressing concern about an alarming increase in the number of deaths resulting from work on cellphone towers and is pointing to fall protection problems as a major contributor.

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Dynamo Now Pre-Installed with Revit

BIM & Beam

Autodesk’s open source computational design tool Dynamo is now automatically installed with Revit as of Revit 2015 R2. Using visual programming and popular scripting, it is possible to drive Revit geometry by programmatic means, super charging the design process.

RATE ANALYSIS OF EXCAVATION IN EARTHWORK

The Constructor

Rate analysis of excavation in earthwork is the measure of quantity of excavation to be carried out, the cost of equipment, machineries and labors. Excavation How To Guide Work Procedures Rate Analysis Soil