The latest construction news from around the globe…
Catch up on what’s going on in construction this week. From some of the top commercial building code violations of 2019 to a new NYC luxury office building, we’ve got you covered on all the industry news from around the world.
Big Money from Big Tech Won’t Solve California’s Housing Crisis
On Monday, Apple announced it would be donating $2.5 billion to go towards creating affordable housing in the Bay Area. This move is similar to plans recently announced by Facebook and Google. However, many are wondering how much impact this money will actually make.
Do you know the top commercial building code violations of 2019?
A new report from the International Code Council has highlighted the most common building violations of 2019. Can you guess what violation came in first?
The Power of the Reconstruction Sector
According to BD+C’s 2019 Giants 300 Report, 27% of the 486 companies surveyed earned at least half of their total 2018 revenue from the reconstruction sector. Every year BD+C ranks the largest AEC firms in the country, find out who topped the list.
Mixed-Use Office Building in NYC Sets the Stage for a New Era of Luxury Building
Spearheaded by RAL Development Services, Zero Irving is a new 21-story office building currently under construction in the heart of New York’s Union Square. When completed, the office is expected to feature a sky lounge, urban food hall, fitness center, digital skills training area, and a high-tech event & conference center. Photo courtesy of RAL Development Services
AECOM Brings on a New Chief Technical Officer
It was recently announced that the multinational engineering firm and construction leader has hired Giles Price, formerly technical and quality director at British Airport Authority, as their new CTO. With experience in major development, delivery, and maintenance operations, Giles is expected to be a major stakeholder in AECOM’s international expansion efforts.
How Two Guys Created One of the Nation’s First Building Codes for Low-EC Concrete
When Bruce King, a structural engineer, and William Kelley, a deputy director for building and safety, met up for lunch back in February 2018, they would have never guessed they were about to embark on a major quest for sustainable building. Flash forward to almost two years later and the two are now hoping to get their first-of-a-kind building code approved by their county’s board of supervisors.
The Technology Dilemma
In the age of information and automation, processes that were once tedious and burdensome have become instantaneous and effortless. However, some construction professionals are beginning to worry that machine takeover may one day become inescapable.
How to Employ Risk Mitigation in Your Construction Company
If you ask anyone in construction, they’ll tell you the truth: the real silent killers aren’t nightmarish doomsday risks but the poor processes that plague your team every day. And yet, almost a third of GCs and trade contractors say they are unsure of how to best mitigate risk on their jobsite. Here are some strategies on how to actively minimize risk from becoming a pain in your bottom line.
New Study Reaffirms Construction Opioid Crisis
A study published last week by the Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research at the New York University College of Global Public Health, shows that construction workers are most likely to misuse prescription opioids in comparison to workers in other industries. Get the full summary here.
US Construction Spending Up 0.5% From Previous Month
Construction spending increased by 0.5% in the month of September according to the Commerce Department. In total, construction spending in September amounted to $1.29 trillion, 2 percent lower than spending from the same time last year.