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Sept 21, 2021

OSHA to develop heat standard

The White House announced yesterday that OSHA plans to create a federal standard to help prevent a growing and largely under-reported hazard on construction sites: heat-related illnessread more

Nov 18, 2020
Construction begins on $20M Norfolk apartment complex

Construction began late last week on a $20 million apartment complex at the site of the former American Cigar Co. in Norfolk, according to S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.

The 118-unit complex (including one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans) will be located at 1140 and 1148 E. Princess Anne Road in Norfolk’s Bruce’s Park neighborhood. The Ashton Apartment Homes name is derived from a cigar brand….read more

Nov 18, 2020
Autodesk acquires Spacemaker to boost AI development for designers

Autodesk today announced that it has acquired Oslo-based Spacemaker for $240 million. While Autodesk CEO Andrew Anagnost said he’s excited about the potential for Spacemaker to aid urban planning, he also believes the startup’s underlying technology will help catalyze AI development across his company.

Autodesk has been pioneering next-generation technology for designers for almost four decades, using computer-assisted design software. But as technology keeps leaping ahead, the company has become a big believer in the power of data, cloud, cheap computing, and AI to create even more powerful design tools…read more

Nov 17, 2020
CBRE: US data center market to grow by 13.8% in 2021

With more than 373MW of new data center capacity under construction, CBRE is forecasting that total data center inventory will grow by 13.8 percent in 2021.

CBRE’s forecast’s come from its 2021 Market Outlook which covers the real estate market and all potential impacts such as the US Election, green energy, and Covid-19…read more

Nov 16, 2020
Researchers designing wearable exoskeleton

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one in 10 construction site workers is injured every year, while 21% of worker fatalities are in construction. Hoping to improve worker safety and efficiency, LSU and Rutgers University researchers are collaborating to develop an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to bring emerging robotic technologies, such as a wearable exoskeleton, to the construction industry that will save lives and time…read more

Nov 16, 2020
How office construction will change post-pandemic

Even though companies have discovered how effective their employees can be working virtually, the office still holds value as a primary space for collaboration and socialization, the study found.

The coronavirus outbreak and increased emphasis on virtual work have transformed the way that employees use office spaces. Leo A Daly architects looked at the future of office construction and proposed the following more

Nov 13, 2020
It's been 2 years since Amazon announced HQ2 would be in Arlington

It was November 13, 2018 when Amazon announced its second headquarters would be built in Arlington. Two years later, construction on the massive HQ2 site is now underway on South Eads Street in Pentagon City. That’s where Amazon is building two 22-story office towers, with plans to hire 25,000 HQ2 employees over the next decade.

The project started with the demolition of several 1950s-era warehouses that once stood on the HQ2 site located near the intersection of South Eads Street and 15th Street South…read more

Nov 13, 2020
U.S. Industry - Oct Nonresidential Construction Starts -28% Ytd

ConstructConnect announced today that the latest month’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential work, was $25.9 billion, nearly a match (-0.4%) for prior-month September’s $26.0 billion (originally reported as $24.3 billion). October’s year-to-date figure, however, remain…read more

Nov 12, 2020

Health experts had warned that the COVID-19 pandemic could last around two years, and that a second wave of cases could be expected by winter 2020. This is already happening, and over 600,000 daily cases are being reported globally as of November. Since construction is a high-investment and high-risk sector, the second wave of COVID-19 is having a notable impact.

There are many ways in which the coronavirus outbreak has affected construction. Companies have instructed many of their collaborators to work from home, and this reduces the demand for office space. Also, construction firms are being affected by the disruption of global supply chains, and the extra safety measures to protect their staff from the virus. There is also skepticism in the industry, especially when dealing with multi-million-dollar projects, and this slows down investment…read more

Nov 7, 2020
What's in store for contractors under a Biden presidency?

From infrastructure spending and union support to immigration, taxes and regulations, the construction industry will face a new set of challenges and opportunities under a Biden administration…read more

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