Nikken Sekkei’s Ariake Gymnastics Centre celebrates timber construction
Find original article by Dezeen here. By Jon Astbury One of the largest timber-framed roofs in the world spans 90 metres over the arena of the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo, designed by Japanese practice Nikken Sekkei for the delayed 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The structure, located a short distance from Tokyo's centre in Koto City, was originally unveiled in 2019 and has been the location for artistic, rhythmic and trampoline gymnastics as well as the wheelchair sport Boccia ...
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As inflation fears spike, 1build raises $14M to help construction firms optimize their cost estimates (Tech Crunch)
Find Original Article By Tech Crunch Here By Danny Crichton It’s an extraordinarily exhausting time to estimate costs in the construction industry. Lumber prices skyrocketed during the post-pandemic construction spree, only to come hurtling back down to Earth in recent weeks. Copper, concrete and steel have also seen wild price swings as supply chain breakages, workers shortages, border restrictions and more plague price stability. Construction is among the world’s largest industries, with firms planning and building projects valued at trillions ...
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Building health: New needs are driving construction projects at Maine hospitals (Mainebiz)
Article by Mainebiz Building health: New needs are driving construction projects at Maine hospitals (Mainebiz) By Laurie Schreiber Older facilities and increasing patient volume, faced with new technologies and care protocols, are driving new investment in hospitals around Maine. Northern Light Health is redeveloping hospitals in Blue Hill, Greenville, Bangor, Ellsworth and Portland. In Lewiston, Central Maine Healthcare is building a new cancer care center to consolidate care currently spread among multiple facilities. And MaineHealth, Maine’s largest hospital system, is ...
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Worldwide Long Steel Industry to 2030 – Recovery in the Non-Residential Construction Industry is Driving Growth (Yahoo Finance)
Article by Yahoo Finance Worldwide Long Steel Industry to 2030 - Recovery in the Non-Residential Construction Industry is Driving Growth Dublin, Sept. 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Long Steel Market by Process Type, Product Type and Application: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2030" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. The global long steel market was valued at $476,213 million in 2020, and is projected to reach $731,934 million by 2030, registering a CAGR of 4.1% from 2021 to 2030. Long ...
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$1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill
Written by Melody Eve Ramos On August 10, 2021, the Senate passed a historical $1.2 trillion dollar infrastructure package that is expected to have a far-reaching impact on the construction industry. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act includes $550 billion in new spending, a majority of which will be funding new construction projects. Some highlights of the bill include: Construction Technology Si Katara, the co-founder of The Coalition for Smarter Infrastructure Investments, shared in a statement, “With increased funding, it's ...
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Adoption of Prefabrication in Construction
Adoption of Prefabrication in Construction by Melody Eve Ramos Industry leaders are speaking out on the need for modernization in construction. “There is an urgent need for the construction industries to integrate technologies into their models. Only an effective and immediate digital transition will strengthen a weakened sector and support a green recovery that is more necessary than ever,” said Matthieu Walckenaer, a developer of communication software used in construction. The hope is that adoption of modern construction practices, like ...
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Consumers increasingly opting for fake wood decks (CNBC)
PUBLISHED FRI, SEP 3 20218:00 AM EDT Robert Ferris @IN/ROBERT-FERRIS-A482061/@ROBERTOFERRIS Original Article Here: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/03/consumers-increasingly-opting-for-fake-wood-decks.html Companies that make wood alternative decking materials have boosted sales and grabbed market share, fueled in part by rising lumber prices, and a home improvement boom. Names such as Trex and Azek make decking materials that typically mimic the look of wood, but last a lot longer, retain their original appearance better and require little maintenance in general. The trouble for many consumers is that these ...
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In-Demand Construction Tech Jobs
In-Demand Construction Tech Jobs By Melody Eve Ramos The United States construction industry was valued at $1.36 trillion at the end of 2020. It is projected that the industry value, particularly in the private construction sector, will continue to grow in 2021. Construction standards are always changing with new demands for higher efficiency, energy savings, and building innovation. The construction industry is ideal for skilled workers who want a challenging and dynamic career with plenty of growth opportunities. From the ...
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3 Ways Construction Companies Can Achieve Supply Chain Transparency
3 Ways Construction Companies Can Achieve Supply Chain Transparency The demand for construction services has been on the rise. To cope with this increase in demand, construction businesses will be looking to leverage a global supply chain to procure materials efficiently and with as little risk as possible. However, supplier recovery is expected to be inconsistent and procurement leaders cannot always be assured of material supply levels or delivery timelines. Deloitte’s 2021 Global Chief Procurement Officer Survey revealed that over ...
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Construction tech startup Agora raises $33M in Tiger Global-led round amid 760% YoY ARR growth (Tech Crunch)
Construction tech startup Agora raises $33M in Tiger Global-led round amid 760% YoY ARR growth (Tech Crunch) Mary Ann Azevedo@bayareawriter / 5:00 AM CDT•August 12, 2021 Read the original article here. Feature Image Credit: CEO and co-founder Maria Rioumine / Agora Agora, a startup that has built a materials management platform for contractors, has raised $33 million in a Series B round of funding led by Tiger Global Management. 8VC, Tishman Speyer, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, Michael Ovitz, DST, LeFrak and Kevin Hartz also ...
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Lumber executive says drop in prices has reignited demand for building projects (via CNBC)
Lumber executive says drop in prices has reignited demand for building projects (via CNBC) Pia Singh@PIA_SINGH_ Read the original article here by CNBC. Kyle Little, chief operating officer at New York-based wholesale distributor Sherwood Lumber, told CNBC on Thursday that the recent slide in lumber prices has rekindled demand after a massive runup earlier this year challenged the affordability of building projects. “Over the last three weeks we’ve seen renewed interest,” the industry veteran and former lumber trader said on “The Exchange.” “Our renewed ...
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Senate Begins Voting on Infrastructure Bill Amendments (ENR)
Senate Begins Voting on Infrastructure Bill Amendments READ ENR ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE August 2, 2021 Tom Ichniowski A broad-based major infrastructure package is edging closer to a floor vote in the Senate, as the bipartisan group of senators who negotiated the compromise measure on Aug. 2 released the text of the massive legislation and the chamber began voting on amendments. The measure would provide $550 billion in new federal funds for highways, transit, water, energy and other types of public ...
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Solve Procurement Headaches and Increase Profits with ERP Software: 6 Ways to Benefit
Solve Procurement Headaches and Increase Profits with ERP Software: 6 Ways to Benefit Material procurement is essential to successfully complete construction projects. Inefficient procurement management often means paying more for materials—and extending project timelines. Companies often double work, order extra, or double-handle materials when there is no clear visibility over the supply chain. A software-based material procurement solution, such as construction ERP software, helps organizations manage procurement challenges and achieve efficiency when sourcing materials. Let’s explore common challenges and how ...
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How is the Construction Industry Using Technology? (Latin Post)
How is the Construction Industry Using Technology? By Ernest Hamilton (staff@latinpost.com) First Posted: Jul 23, 2021 11:14 AM EDT Original article found here. Technology has become a part of our day-to-day lives and it is used in almost all aspects of our daily lives. Technology has had a huge impact on our human lives, the way we communicate, the way we learn, and the way we perform several tasks, all of this is influenced by technology. Nowadays almost every industry is ...
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WIFI AND OTHER TECHNOLOGY TRENDS SHOWCASE THEIR CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IMPACT IN 2021 (Influencive Article)
WIFI AND OTHER TECHNOLOGY TRENDS SHOWCASE THEIR CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IMPACT IN 2021 (Influencive Article) During the early stages of industrial growth, construction sites were frequently deprived of innovative technologies. Back then, site managers preferred manual means of operation and labour to automated processes. Find the original article here.  by DIGITAL VIP Contributor. Fast Forward to 2021, and the construction industry embraces every trend of technology innovation that contributes to increased productivity and efficiency. The speed of adoption of new technologies ...
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High lumber prices are easing. Here’s what that means for homeowners and homebuyers
High lumber prices are easing. Here’s what that means for homeowners and homebuyers JEFF OSTROWSKI Bankrate.com Find Original Article Here Home prices are soaring, pushed higher by a combination of record-low mortgage rates, strong demand from buyers and a lingering lack of new construction. In 2021, a new factor put pressure on home prices: Month after month, lumber prices jumped to new highs. Lumber costs soared more than 30% from January through May. However, lumber prices finally are cooling a ...
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Why Effective Collaboration is Key to the Construction Industry’s Post-COVID Resurgence
Why Effective Collaboration is Key to the Construction Industry's Post-COVID Resurgence By Tom Stemm is the CEO/Founder of Ryvit The demand for construction has reached new heights in 2021. This resurgence is expected to be a positive indicator for the health of the U.S. economy. The Associated Builders and Contractors’ Confidence Index showed that business leaders and contractors expect sales, profit, and staffing levels to rise significantly through the rest of the year. However, the extent to which the industry ...
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Lumber prices dive more than 40% in June, biggest monthly drop on record *CNBC
Lumber prices dive more than 40% in June, biggest monthly drop on record *CNBC Read the original article here KEY POINTS
  • Lumber futures tanked more than 40% in June alone, suffering their worst month on record dating back to 1978.
  • The building commodity is down more than 18% in 2021, headed for the first negative first half since 2015.
  • The quick reversal of lumber’s monthslong rally came as Americans started to go on vacations again instead of taking on renovation ...
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Slick Rock, Inc. Becomes an AMAST Supplier
Slick Rock, Inc. Becomes an AMAST Supplier June 25, 2021 - NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AMAST is proud to announce that Slick Rock, Inc.—a Texas-based company and manufacturer of long-lasting decorative concrete landscape elements (Figure 1) with unique contemporary coloring and custom-blended, fiber-reinforced, super-strength materials for residential, commercial, and outdoor spaces —will be a seller on AMAST.  Figure 1. Slick Rock Inc.’s concrete site furnishings include high-performance concrete bench planters to beautify and protect. Slick Rock, Inc. combines ...
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Procore and Lowe’s Partner to Streamline Materials Procurement *Procore
Procore and Lowe’s Partner to Streamline Materials Procurement Materials procurement is not a one-and-done event; it’s a constant throughout the entire lifecycle of a construction project. Agora Systems reports that:
  • Materials typically account for up to 40% of project costs,
  • Specialty contractors could increase their profit margin by 7% with improved materials management, and
  • Foremen lacking visibility into their supply chain will spend 8+ hours per week tracking materials, often leading to repeat orders and late deliveries.
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7 fundamentals of a no-nonsense toolbox talk *Construction Dive
7 fundamentals of a no-nonsense toolbox talk *Construction Dive Read the original article here Communication regarding safety and health on any construction site is critically important. This goes for any workplace where there are significant hazards and risks. Employees need to be constantly trained on what is needed to be safe and healthy on any worksite. Toolbox talks can be immensely helpful in ensuring that all-important communication occurs. But like any form of training, it needs to be done correctly. There ...
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Report: COVID-19 cost NYC construction industry $9.8 billion *Construction Dive
Report: COVID-19 cost NYC construction industry $9.8 billion *Construction Dive Read the original article here Dive Brief:
  • The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in $9.8 billion in lost construction activity and 74,000 direct and indirect lost jobs in New York City, according to a report by the Building Trades Employers’ Association. The decline in jobs contributed to a $5.5 billion loss in total wages, the report said.
  • The decline in activity also affected the city's Minority and Women Business Enterprises, as more than ...
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NYC building inspectors crack down on large construction sites *Construction Dive
NYC building inspectors crack down on large construction sites *Construction Dive Read the original article here Dive Brief:
  • Following a series of recent construction worker deaths, New York City Department of Buildings Commissioner Melanie E. La Rocca this week mobilized teams of enforcement inspectors to perform safety sweeps of the city’s larger and more complex construction sites.
  • While performing these "zero-tolerance" sweeps, DOB inspectors will issue enforcement actions if they observe any safety violations and will shut down sites if ...
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OSHA’s New COVID-19 Standard Lets Most Industries Set Their Own Safety Protocols *For Construction Pros
OSHA’s New COVID-19 Standard Lets Most Industries Set Their Own Safety Protocols *For Construction Pros Read the original article here On June 10, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it will issue an emergency temporary standard to protect healthcare workers from contracting coronavirus. For other businesses, including construction, the agency updated existing guidance but will allow those sectors to continue best practices designed specifically for their industries. The new standard targets workers facing the highest coronavirus hazards, such as direct exposure and treatment ...
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The future of construction & improving the quality of the built environment *Construction Dive
The future of construction & improving the quality of the built environment *Construction Dive Read the original article here If the construction industry was poised for change before, the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed that transformation into overdrive. The industry as a whole has always been reluctant to change, but we’ve reached a critical point where architects, developers, and contractors who fail to evolve risk getting left behind. The years ahead will present construction stakeholders with a wave of new challenges alongside familiar issues ...
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SunRise Solar Becomes an AMAST Supplier
June 10, 2021 - NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AMAST is excited to welcome SunRise Solar, an Indiana-based inventor, manufacturer, and global seller of high-quality solar attic fans for residential and commercial properties. Used to keep buildings cool in hot, humid weather, SunRise Solar fans have one of the most innovative renewable energy designs (see diagram below). A diagram illustrates how hot attics radiate heat into the living area in the passive ventilation process. A second diagram illustrates how ...
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Construction Digitization: Understanding the Impact on Profitability *For Construction Pros
Construction Digitization: Understanding the Impact on Profitability *For Construction Pros Read the original article here For one of the global economy’s largest sectors, the construction industry has a mulish productivity problem. While labor productivity across all industries has jumped 2.8 percent over the past two decades, the construction industry has only seen a one percent productivity increase over the same time period, according to Reinventing Construction: A route to higher productivity, a McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report. That same report made a connection: If ...
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How to 3D Print a House With Concrete * All3DP
How to 3D Print a House With Concrete *All3DP Read the original article here As the construction industry climbs out of the rut created by the COVID-19 pandemic, contractors are challenged to complete projects while protecting staff on-site, comply with government regulations, and manage supply chain interruptions. Today, more than ever, the industry sorely needs new innovations to catch up on lost time and cut costs, while not sacrificing quality. Enter concrete 3D printing. The technology has the potential to significantly ...
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Accelerating Construction Trends in the “New Normal *Contractor
Accelerating Construction Trends in the “New Normal *Contractor Read the original article here As we reach the halfway point in 2020, while many industries continue to suffer, some are seeing a resurgence in both activity and hiring. Leading the pack is the Construction industry which has continued to push forward. Across the US, most states have deemed commercial and residential projects “essential” leading to a significant ramp up in construction activity. The most recent LinkedIn Hiring Report for June shows construction ...
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Reinventing The Construction Workforce *Forbes
Reinventing The Construction Workforce *Forbes Read the original article here When most people think of construction, they think of excavators, bulldozers and a lot of dirt. They don't think about virtual reality, lasers, laptops, robots and autonomy — technology that's more often associated with futuristic portrayals of reality than today’s infrastructure projects. But that's exactly what's driving the construction industry forward, enabling projects to be built better, faster, safer, cheaper and greener using machine control, virtual and augmented reality and remote ...
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