The latest construction news from around the globe…
Catch up on what’s going on in construction this week. From the NFL Green Bay Packers’ Innovation Center to the stats you need to know about when you’re hiring, we’ve got you covered on all the construction industry news from around the world.
GB Packers’ and Microsoft Bring Innovation to Life
In partnership with Microsoft, the NFL Green Bay Packers have officially broken ground on TitletownTech, a 50,000-sf innovation center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. TitletownTech is just one part of the Packers’ 45-acre Titletown District, a $170 million business district that already includes a hotel, sports medicine center, restaurant, and 10-acre public plaza.Photo courtesy of SGA and Ari Burling Photography
Coalition of Contractors Sue NYC MTA
Contractor group, the Alliance for Fair and Equitable Contracting Today (AFFECT), is suing New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) over its debarment rules. AFFECT alleges that the MTA’s regulations are unconstitutional as they mandate that contractors be debarred from government contracts if they go too over budget or get too behind schedule. Learn more here.
Why Situational Awareness Matters in Construction
New research shows that construction workers spend up to 70% of their day on activities, such as searching for information and waiting, that do not yield any tangible results. One solution that may help to reduce this astonishing number is situational awareness in which every involved individual is given all the information they need about a project’s past, present, and future status.
The Truth About Elon Musk’s Tunnels
Once viewed as the future of infrastructure, Elon Musk’s Boring Company has not lived up to the expectations that were once anticipated. Although Musk originally deemed his Boring tunnels as an underground public transportation system, the reality is not even close.
Toyota to Build ‘City of the Future’ in Japan
Earlier this week Toyota announced its plan to build a new smart city at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. Seated on a 175-acre plot of land, the city will eventually feature autonomous vehicles, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and smart homes. Photo courtesy of Toyota.
What it Takes to Become a Better Leader
The three P’s of accountability: personal accountability, positive accountability, and performance accountability. Following these three strategies might just set you apart from the pack and help to demonstrate your leadership capabilities.
75% of Construction Firms Plan to Hire More Workers This Year
According to a new report from the Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate, three in four contractors are expected to hire new talent in the coming year. However, despite these positive hiring stats, many contractor firms still worry about labor supply and quality. Get the full story here.
The 12 Stats You Need to Know About When Hiring Construction Workers
Check out this infographic created by experts at GetApp, which highlights 12 numbers construction leaders should know about when hiring employees for their firm. One of the most surprising stats? 7 million roles are forecasted to join the manufacturing and construction industries by 2027!
OSHA’s Thoughts About Headphones on the Jobsite
OSHA recently released an official statement regarding their stance on “OSHA compliant” headphones, calling such claims to be misleading and the product of marketing material.
ENR’s Year in Review: Photo Contest
If you have an extra moment, check out this ENR slideshow of the best photos from their 2019 photo contest. Some of this construction photography is truly a work of art. Photo courtesy of Lee Beckmann