Commercial Construction 2017 Trends and Predictions

Commercial Construction

Rounding the corner into the final weeks of 2016, it’s time for our annual post predicting the commercial construction trends that will influence the industry in the coming year.

5 Success Factors for Construction Firms

Construction Marketing

Since the economy’s slow improvement, the construction industry has seen growth as well. The issue, however, is the growth is mixed. Some companies are benefitting from the economic environment, while others are still being trampled by the lasting effects of the recession.

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Trump Triumph is Awesome For Green Building

Green Building Law Update

Election day 2016 in which Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States and Republicans control both houses of Congress portends huge business opportunities for green building.

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The Knowledge Problem on the Internet

Collaborative Construction

Interesting article linked below describing how President-Elect Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner leveraged social media to guide a lean, low cost campaign. President Obama pioneered the approach in 2008 and 2012, but it appears Kushner took everything to another level.

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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.

AGC Alaska Conference report

Cassell Construction Estimating

Our CEO Barry Cassell spoke at the 68th annual AGC Alaska conference in Anchorage last month. Barry’s session, “Construction Tech Today and Tomorrow” provided historical perspective and a look ahead at the progress of technology in our industry.

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Functional Requirements of Floors in Building Construction

The Constructor

Floors in buildings provide strong level surface to support occupants, furnitures, and other equipments. There are various functional requirements of. Building Technology Building Tips Structural Detailing Structural Engineering Buildings Structural

Top Five Sustainable Building Trends

Business Facilities

If you’re considering building a new facility for your company’s relocation or expansion project, the option of sustainable or “green” building has probably been a topic of discussion.

4 Reasons to Consider a Single Provider


While stand-alone solutions can offer compelling functionality, they also carry increased complexity


New OSHA recordkeeping rule: Urgent need for employer review

FDR Safety

Thanks to a new OSHA recordkeeping rule, employers urgently need to take a close look at their employee handbooks, safety policies and procedures, safety incentive programs, and drug testing policies. The rule , which was issued late last week and goes into effect within 90 days, provides new means for employees to pursue claims that they have suffered retaliation for reporting safety concerns.

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3 Proposal Debrief Strategies To Help You Win More Contracts

Help Everybody Everyday

You submitted a proposal and lost. Now it’s up to you to figure out what happened. So, what do you do? You ask for a debrief. An agency head of construction management recently told me that he was relieved to just finish up the award of 54 contracts and the conducting of 76 debriefs.

Commercial Construction Trends: Why More Clients Are Choosing the Design-Assist Model

Commercial Construction

Working with a client on a design-assist or design-build basis, as Englewood Construction is with the reimagining of Stratford Square Mall, allows the commercial contractor to provide valuable input during the initial planning stages.

Technology Trends In Construction Improving Job Site Safety

Construction Marketing

A series of innovative ideas in construction have been used to bring a remarkable difference in the industry.There is no shortage of tech gadgets for commercial projects as there are a number on offer for various projects.

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The Future was on Display at Greenbuild

Green Building Law Update

Nearly 20,000 people attended the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild 2016 convention in Los Angeles last week with more than 600 exhibiters from the green building industrial complex showcasing innovations and new products on the expo floor.

Nanotechnology Update - 100 Times Easier to Filter Salt out of Water?

Collaborative Construction

Looks like Lockheed Martin may be on the verge of an incredible breakthrough that would exponentially increase the supply of clean drinking water world wide. Getting the Salt Out! Welcome to the Golden Rule Alliance James L. Salmon, Esq.

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Digital Dryshack #93: Vista Tips – WF Template Reports

Cassell Construction Estimating

By Laurel Cripe A company which is implementing Vista has many resources for learning: the Viewpoint Learning Center, aka “ClearView”, 4988 articles for Vista in the Knowledge Base at last count, the online Help System (F1 or Form Help from Vista), and of course, their Vista consultant. If the help that is needed is a basic list of steps for a process, sometimes the Knowledge Base articles or the videos in ClearView can be overkill, and searching for the right resource time-consuming.

A Long Road to a Professional Engineering License


My boss at my first engineering job told me that a PE license and a dollar will get you a cup of coffee. . Now that’s one heck of a saying, and at 22 years old, I didn’t really get it.

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The Constructor

Types of bonds in brick masonry wall construction are classified based on laying and bonding style of bricks in walls. The bonds in brick masonry is. Brick Masonry Building Technology bonds in brick masonry bricks BRICKWORK

Keeping Up With Advanced Manufacturing

Business Facilities

By Jenny Vickers. From the September/October 2016 Issue. E arlier this year, the National Science and Technology Council sent the White House a report entitled A Snapshot of Priority Technology Areas Across the Federal Government.

Integrated vs. Best of Breed Project Management Systems – What’s Right for Your Organization?


Construction is a big market – 13% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product

July 2016 Newsletter

FDR Safety

FDRsafety VP Brad Giles receives top honor from Board of Certified Safety Professionals. Heat Illness: Are Your Employees Protected? Join Our Mailing List. FDRsafety VP Brad Giles receives top honor from Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

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Secrets of the Selection Committee

Help Everybody Everyday

Did you ever wonder what’s going on in the heads of the people evaluating your proposals? Today, you’ll get some insight into what it’s like being on the other side of the equation. What is it really like to serve on selection committees? What secrets do these people hold?

Go for the Gold: 3 Keys to Finishing a Commercial Construction Project on Time

Commercial Construction

Leading up to the start of the Olympic Games earlier this month, one of the main story lines revolved around the question of “Will Rio be ready?”

Top 10 Inbound Marketing Strategies for Construction

Construction Marketing

Inbound marketing contradicts the traditional outbound marketing strategies. Outbound marketing strategies typically includes trade shows, direct marketing, telemarketing, anything that ‘pushes’ the promotion onto the consumer.

Is California Going to Ban Cows in the Name of Climate Change?

Green Building Law Update

The California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board has issued a “Proposed Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy” that includes the penultimate statement, California’s dairy and livestock industries account for roughly half of the State’s total methane emissions and about five percent of the State’s overall GHG emissions. About half of the emissions from the State’s 5.5 million total beef and dairy cows come from enteric fermentation (mostly belching), and the other half from manure management practices, primarily lagoon storage of flushed manure from milking cows. So, with targets on the backs of cows, “for dairies, California will aim to reduce methane emissions. by at least 20 percent in 2020, 50 percent in 2025, and 75 percent in 2030.”. One of the many problems with that aim is California dairy cows already “produce low enteric fermentation emissions per gallon of milk“. (they belch less) when compared to other U.S. cows. So, the goal of further reducing methane emissions, such that “a gallon of California milk might be the least GHG intensive in the world” also means that it will be among the most expensive milk in the world. The Proposal acknowledges the additional costs and advocates unproven strategies like new “gut microbial interventions” that lab test show have the potential to reduce enteric fermentation emissions 30% without affecting milk production, but those genetically modified organisms don’t sound like organic milk. There are other bad alternatives. Argentina’s INTA governmental research body has developed cow backpacks that trap the Methane they belch in order to turn it into renewable energy. The New York Times ran a story, on December 14, 2008, entitled, “ Eat Kangaroos To Fight Global Warming ”. admittedly of all the ideas articulated to combat climate change, George Wilson of the Australian Wildlife Services may have the least intuitive – eat more kangaroos! Kangaroos don’t produce Methane. But there is a problem. Despite that some consider kangaroo a specialty meat, the reaction has not been positive to Skippy on the menu. Or possibly California could leave the cows alone and concentrate on more realistic matters, like why it took 112 days to plug the leak from the Aliso Canyon storage facility that spewed more than 97,000 metric tons of Methane into the Los Angeles air in what was arguable the single largest source of pollution in the State last year. The Federal government is not targeting cows in its new rules released in May to cut Methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. So why pick on dairy cows? This is not even a save the planet by eating less meat initiative. The root of this Proposal was an October 16, 2014 rulemaking petition filed with the Air Resources Board by the nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund seeking to have the State regulate greenhouse gas emissions from animal agriculture. From that Petition spewed this Proposal. This fall, Board staff will present the final strategy, which many expect will cut in half Methane emissions from dairy operations. Nearly a third of California’s 1,400 dairies, have less than 500 milking cows and it is not clear how they will survive the new regulatory strategy; but then that is the overarching goal. It may not be long before consumers will be smuggling organic milk into California from Nevada and Arizona. Environmental State Sustainability Air Resources Board California dairy enteric fermentation emissions GHG emissions

3D Printed Casts

Collaborative Construction

The uses for 3D printers is, of course, limited only by our imagination. The image below, of a patient specific cast, is only the latest innovation in the arena.

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We’re presenting Construction Tech at AGC Alaska 11/9 in Anchorage

Cassell Construction Estimating

Please come join us at AGC Alaska in Anchorage November 9-12. We’re presenting the session “Construction Tech: Today + Tomorrow” on Wednesday at 2:45. Our session takes a look at the current state of tech in our industry as well as what’s coming in the next few years. We’ll discuss Cloud, Mobile, Drones, 3-d printing and Robotics, to name a few.

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The Challenge of Climate Change for the Construction Industry


The changes we are experiencing in our climate are affecting all of our lives. Every industry is being affected by what is happening, but is having an especially big impact on the construction sector. Governments across the world are waking up to the fact that extremes of weather are rapidly becoming the norm. In many countries, they are gradually changing construction legislation to take account of this fact.

Dam Proof Course (DPC)- Materials and Methods of Applications in Buildings

The Constructor

Damp proof course (DPC) is generally applied at basement levels which restricts the movement of moisture through walls and floors. Materials for damp. Building Materials Building Technology Building Tips Buildings DPC

Illinois: Unveiling the Future of Digital Design and Manufacturing

Business Facilities

By the BF Staff. L ast year, Chicago celebrated the highly anticipated grand opening of the new UI Labs Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) on Goose Island.

2016 CFMA Annual Conference - Building It Forward


This year’s theme for the 2016 CFMA National Conference was Building It Forward and marked

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June 2016 newsletter

FDR Safety

6 tips to help small businesses with OSHA compliance. FDRsafety helps launch Ark Encounter project. Join Our Mailing List. 6 tips to help small businesses with OSHA compliance. By Jim Stanley, President of FDRsafety.

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Robert Cialdini Interview

Help Everybody Everyday

Interview with New York Times Best-Selling Author, Dr. Robert Cialdini Ph.D. If you could ask the foremost expert on influencing human behavior a question, what would it be? And what would that answer be worth to you? How could that answer change your life?


How to Keep Residents Happy During a Senior Housing Community Renovation

Commercial Construction

Last month, I had the opportunity to check in with an Illinois Real Estate Journal reporter for a feature on the latest trends in senior housing ( you can read the article here ).