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Nov 19, 2020
Ranking State Highway Systems on Performance and Cost-Effectiveness

The 25th Annual Highway Report measures the condition and cost-effectiveness of state-controlled highways in 13 categories, including pavement condition, traffic congestion, fatalities, and spending per mile.

In the overall rankings of state highway performance and cost-effectiveness, Reason Foundation’s 25th Annual Highway Report finds North Dakota, Missouri, and Kansas have the nation’s best state-owned road systems. In terms of return on investment, New Jersey, Alaska, Delaware, and Massachusetts have the worst-performing state highway systems, the study finds…read 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 strategies..read 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
SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19 IMPACTS CONSTRUCTION, AND RESULTS AREN'T GOOD

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

Nov 7, 2020
US construction spending up again, rises 0.3% in September

U.S. construction spending rose 0.3% in September, the fourth straight monthly gain after a coronavirus-caused spring swoon, although a smaller gain than analysts had expected.

The Commerce Department reported Monday that the September gain follows a downward revised gain of 0.8% in August. Spending on residential construction was strong yet again, with single-family home projects jumping 5.7%.

Demand for single-family homes remains healthy as buyers rush to the market pushed by historically low interest rates under 3%. A lack of existing homes for sale has builders rushing to fill the void with newly-constructed houses…read more

Nov 2, 2020
Modular Monitor: Offsite construction's advantages & challenges

Construction Dive rounds up the biggest trends in modular construction over the past 12 months…read more

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