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OSHA Passed New Beryllium Limit and You Have One Year to Comply

Beginning on March 10, the year-long countdown begins for jobsites to comply with OSHA’s newest beryllium limit. The organization estimates that this could save 94 lives and prevent 46 new cases of chronic disease each year. To learn how to avoid penalties, read on.

This New Material Could Put Life on Mars and Dollars in Your Pocket

Thanks to the brains at MIT, we’re one step closer to building on Mars. The new compound is ten times stronger and five percent less dense than steel. But the link between this, the labor shortage, and astronomical savings will astonish you.

ABC Calls on Trump to Repeal Obama’s Executive Order on Federal Contracts

ABC President and CEO Michael Bellaman sent President-elect Trump a letter urging him to guarantee government neutrality in federal construction contracting. What does this mean for employers?

This Box Can Predict Disaster on Your Jobsite, and You Can Afford It.

Fire, water, and mold damage - any of these risks could cost you (or your insurance company) millions of dollars in damages. So how do you prevent these things from happening? Pillar Technologies, a New York-based startup, has a solution.

VIDEO: Drone Footage of Apple’s New Spaceship Shows HQ is Reaching Closeout

Apple has gotten so big that it is running out of space for its 13,000 employees. Drone footage of their new Spaceship Campus – nicknamed by many within the company due to its spaceship-like design –  reveals that construction completion is in sight.

Kentucky Lawmakers Drop the Hammer on Construction Wages and Unions

Effective immediately, Kentucky has become the 21st state to strike down set wages for construction workers on public construction projects. The Senate also passed the Right to Work legislation, preventing workers from being required to join a labor union in order to accept or maintain a job. Is this a trend that our industry is moving towards post-election?

Lessons In Green Building from Africa’s First LEED-Certified Hospital

Architect Pat Bosch wants you to know that he achieved green certification in a third world country without the use of high-tech solutions. Could his perspective help you achieve the same right here in the U.S. of A? Read on to find out... 

Turner Construction Named to Mohawk Valley Health System’s Newest Project

Current plans call for a 750,000-square-foot hospital with 400 beds and an estimated price tag of $480 million. Design will be overseen by architectural firm NBBJ, and Turner Construction Company as the construction manager. 

USITC Claims Canada is Guilty of Harming American Lumber. That’s Not Good, Eh?

If you were hoping to see a dip in lumber costs this quarter, you’ll have to wait a little longer. Because, the US International Trade Commission (USITC) has turned up the heat on the Canadian Softwood Lumber industry. What happens next could make Canada very unhappy.

Construction Explosion in Downtown LA

Juiced by foreign investments, Downtown Los Angeles is witnessing the biggest explosion of construction projects since the 1920’s. How far spread will the ripple effects be felt?