The latest construction news from around the globe…
Catch up on what’s going on in construction this week. From an update on U.S. infrastructure amidst COVID-19 to OSHA’s stance on illness record keeping, we’ve got you covered on all the industry news from around the world.
Building Inspections Turn Remote
In a recent International Code Council webinar, a number of construction professionals from across the country weighed in on the current state of the industry and how they are facilitating remote building inspections. By utilizing inexpensive tools like Facetime, Skype, Google Duo, and Microsoft Teams, these pros have found ways to keep projects on schedule and moving forward.
Taking Healthcare Construction Modular
One area of the industry that will not be slowing down anytime soon is the healthcare sector. Check out this article to find out how prefab building methods are enabling faster and more efficient construction of hospital beds.
Where will construction technology be in 2025?
According to a recent white paper from Ernst & Young LLP, construction technology (contech) is expected to see major growths in the coming years. While some technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and BIM will realize a steadier growth, more specialized solutions such as smart building technologies and 3D printing are likely to skyrocket. Check out the full report here.
World’s Largest Living Building Set to Break Ground in Portland
What exactly is a living building? As defined by researchers at Georgia Tech, it’s a building that generates all of its own energy, captures and treats its water, and operates cleanly and efficiently. Now, construction of the world’s largest certified living building is scheduled to kick off sometime this year. Designed to last 500 years, this living building is sure to be a showstopper.
The State of US Infrastructure Amidst COVID-19
Just days after signing the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, President Donald Trump called for a $2-trillion infrastructure plan. However, as the economic impacts of COVID-19 have continued to develop, the push for public work has diminished. Yet, some advocates are still hopeful and maintain the need for infrastructure funding in a future recovery bill.
How Hoar Construction is Putting Waste to Good Use
AEC Business recently sat down with the President of Hoar Construction, Turner Burton, to discuss how Hoar has cut down on their construction waste. By prioritizing collaboration between the owner, architect, and contractor during the design phase, the company has been able to reduce time, materials, and labor waste successfully.
Milwaukee Tool Releases Guide for Keeping the Jobsite Sanitary
Earlier this month Milwaukee Tool put out an informative guide to teach builders how to properly clean and sanitize power tools on the jobsite. The guide’s best suggestion is to use mild soap and let the tool rest for three days before allowing another individual to use it. Check out the complete guide here.
OSHA’s Stance for Recording COVID-19 Cases
OSHA recently announced some temporary clarifications on when contractors should record a COVID-19 case as an illness on OSHA Form 300. For now, OSHA will not enforce record-keeping requirements unless it is clear that there is “reasonably available” evidence that a COVID-19 case stems from the workplace environment.
Turner Takes Hospital Construction Up Up Up
Find out how construction giant, Turner Construction, has made vertical expansions of hospitals nearly seamless. By utilizing 3D rendering and virtual reality, Turner has constructed countless healthcare facilities that are better equipped to serve the needs of its patients.
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