If the previously sleepy West Dallas construction scene has fallen off your radar, now’s the time to start paying attention again. Although developers began securing land in West Dallas around 10 years ago, actual development has been slow to come. Many developers either had no specific plans or were waiting on other developers to take on the risks first. Over the last few years, however, West Dallas has seen an upsurge in apartment construction and the pace of growth is picking up. Continue reading West Dallas Seeing Significant Increase in Apartment Construction
Steel has long been among the most highly valued construction materials, but recently it’s been gaining appreciation for a trait other than its strength—namely its sustainability. Understanding the place steel holds among today’s green building materials will help you spot more opportunities to profit from this versatile and eco-friendly metal. Continue reading How Steel’s Efficiency Makes It a Sustainable Construction Material
The Wharf, a significant Washington, D.C. construction project, broke ground on March 19, 2014, with an estimated completion date for Phase 1 in 2017. The project encompasses 27 acres of land and 50 acres of water along the Washington Channel. This $2 billion project, adjacent to the National Mall, will have over 3 million square feet of building space. The project will have residential, class A office, retail and open, public spaces oriented toward the Channel. Continue reading Residential and Commercial Construction Now Underway at The Wharf in Washington, D.C.
Blue and green roofing and both provide numerous benefits that are helping them gain ground on traditional asphalt and other roofing types. As more property developers opt for these eco-friendly roofs, the benefits become increasingly clear, encouraging even greater investment. Continue reading Blue and Green Roofing: Are These 2 Environmentally-Friendly Options the Wave of the Future?
The good news is that Nashville construction is in resurgence as statistics for housing starts and commercial construction alike recover from the recession. The bad news? This recovery is accompanied by a shortage of qualified men and women to do the actual work. The latest building permit data shows that the jobs are there and more are coming. However, while project managers and other upper supervisory positions are readily filled, many companies are struggling to staff construction projects at the hammer-and-nail level. Continue reading Nashville Construction Boom Continues, But With a Shortage of Experienced Workers
Unlike the annual basketball or football finalists, the top OSHA safety violations in the construction industry tend to be the same ones year after year. As housing starts and other construction increases, so do the hazards. Here are the top OSHA safety violations for the most recent year and some tips to prevent them: Continue reading Top OSHA Safety Violations Seen on Construction Sites Nationwide and Prevention Tips
Short for “building information modeling,” BIM and general construction are more compatible than ever. BIM generates 3D models of the entire structure of a building, including services like plumbing and electricity, before a single nail is hammered. This allows designers, contractors, builders, suppliers and others involved to have not only a three-dimensional virtual representation of the project, but also an abundance of additional intelligence incorporated in the total BIM package. A BIM model is rich in data that facilitates the project from design through construction, then into the occupancy and maintenance phase, and even far into the future if/when renovations are performed. Continue reading BIM and General Construction Go Hand-in-Hand for Cost-Effective Collaboration
Among the more compelling and potentially useful of recent technological advances is 3D printing. On a small scale, this technique has been used to produce objects such as architectural models, medical devices and parts for manufacturing. Advances in the uses of 3D printing are happening quickly as the technology improves. Home construction and the construction industry appear to be the most recent areas in which 3D printing could bring about dramatic changes and innovations. Continue reading 3D Printing: A Viable Building Material for Residential and Commercial Construction?
A new study from Yale University and the University of Washington suggests that returning to widespread construction with wood will significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions and fossil fuel consumption around the world. Continue reading Study Promotes Construction With Wood Over Steel and Concrete to Reduce Emissions
A friendly, respectful relationship with suppliers is critical to a contractor’s ongoing project success. A reliable and loyal supplier understands the many variables of the construction industry and will be willing to put in the extra effort required to meet your requirements. Here are some tips for developing and maintaining a solid professional relationship between contractors and suppliers. Continue reading Contractors and Suppliers: Tips for Maintaining This Crucial Relationship