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The Dotted Line: Taking over construction mid-project

Oct 29, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

Circumstances can change quickly in any business environment, construction included. Contractors can take on a project that looks profitable on paper but ends up being a time and money pit because of something they overlooked during the bid process, unanticipated material increases, skilled worker shortages or other trades falling behind — the list goes on […]

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Out of hemp’s many promising uses, one of the best could be in construction

Oct 22, 2020 (0) comment , ,

Affordable liability insurance for the cannabis industry.

  A studio built with hempcrete, designed and built by architecture students from London Metropolitan University making use the newly designed corrugated hemp boards. It has become almost a cliché to discuss the benefits of hemp, the supposed wonder plant with almost endless uses — from woven fibers to edible seeds to bioplastics. “Of course, hemp is […]

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Exoskeleton suit allows construction workers to lift 200 lbs

Oct 13, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

Brief: Sarcos Robotics recently announced technology advancements to its Guardian XO Max full-body, all-electric, battery-powered industrial exoskeleton robotic system that is capable of allowing a human operator to safely lift and manipulate up to 200 pounds, the company said. A single charge lasts for up to eight hours and battery modules can be “hot swapped” in […]

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5 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran

Oct 09, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

Real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran has a truly inspiring rags-to-riches story. You may know her as a multi-millionaire investor on ABC’s Shark Tank, but New York real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran didn’t become one of the highest-paid female investors in the world overnight. Like many other entrepreneurs, she climbed her way to the top from nothing. […]

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Sacramento, California, contractor buys naming rights for sports-conference center

Oct 01, 2020 (0) comment , , , , ,

Brief: One of the largest general contractors in the Sacramento, California, area is making its mark along the lines of SoFi, Allegiant Air and Globe Life by putting its name on a local sports venue. Roebbelen Contracting has purchased a naming rights sponsorship for the Placer Valley Event Center, part of the $47 million transformation of @the […]

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Construction scores a hat trick: Starts, jobs, backlog all rise

Sep 24, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

Brief: New data turned heads last week when new construction starts, jobs and backlog all notched solid gains to provide a glimmer of hope for the industry, following a summer of worrisome trends that emerged in the immediate aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonresidential building starts rose 16%, while nonbuilding construction — which includes infrastructure projects […]

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4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Be Relentless Like Michael Jordan

Sep 17, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

Michael Jordan’s success offers valuable lessons about entrepreneurship. Tim S. Grover, known for his work with elite champions, wrote a book aptly titled Relentless, chronicling his training career and how he took legends like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, and others, from good to great to unstoppable. In the book, Grover describes the workout regimen, both physical […]

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Scientists Found a Way to Turn Bricks Into Batteries

Sep 10, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

One of the biggest barriers to the renewable energy revolution is working out how to store power when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow. Now scientists have shown standard construction bricks can be converted into energy storage units, potentially turning our houses into giant batteries. While lithium ion battery technology has seen […]

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Concrete, a Centuries-Old Material, Gets a New Recipe

Sep 02, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

A building block in most construction projects, concrete is responsible for about 8 percent of global carbon emissions. Several companies are working to create a greener mix. On any given day, Central Concrete, in San Jose, Calif., does what concrete companies have been doing for centuries: combining sand, gravel, water and cement to create the […]

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When should contractors use COVID-19 liability waivers?

Aug 27, 2020 (0) comment , , ,

As a result of the novel coronavirus’ spread, construction industry players are preparing for permanent changes to the way they do business. Other changes that contractors likely will encounter moving forward through and after the pandemic, however, will be in their contracts, both between the owner and general contractor and between the general contractor and […]

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