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
Continued expansion of the population of the Las Vegas area has resulted in significant increases in business for a leading area building contractor. DR Horton, a national construction company with local offices in Henderson, Nevada, started approximately 350 new single-family residential projects in the early part of 2014. These housing starts include homes in Las Vegas, Henderson and Clark County, according to data compiled by Construction Monitor. Continue reading DR Horton Stays Busy in Early 2014 With Residential Construction in Las Vegas Metro Area
For those awaiting Atlanta’s new Braves stadium, it’s overdue and for those opposed to it, it’s too soon. For all concerned, the first construction phase of the stadium is finally set for July 15, 2014. That’s when preliminary site clearing begins and, by September, grading should be in full operation. The legions of local contractors in Atlanta construction who will build the actual structure should begin arriving in February of 2015. Continue reading Construction on Atlanta’s New Braves Stadium Set to Break Ground in July