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COVID-19: Managing Construction Delays Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Social distancing, quarantines, and remote work operations are all important measures to slow the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. While these measures are necessary to our society, they do not translate to productivity in the construction industry. Now is the time for each project team to determine what it can do to keep its people safe and to start reviewing its contractual rights and obligations ... [Article] [Article PDF]

Power Projects Fuel Construction Industry Growth

Currently, overall construction spending is increasing globally after a prolonged slowdown. In the United States, Interface Consulting expects the increasing demand for energy and the retirement of older, less efficient power plants to drive investment in power projects. In recent years, the quantity and size of power construction projects has reflected considerable growth in that subsector. Based on Interface Consulting’s research and experience, this trend is expected to continue for several years. ...[Full Article] [Article PDF]

The Greening of Building Codes

Building codes are the “minimum requirements” to safeguard public health, safety, and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress facilities (emergency exits), stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, and safety to life and property. These codes protect the public from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment and provide safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations. ...[Full Article] [Article PDF]

Opportunities Abound for Construction/Building Science Grads

Colleges around the nation prepare future construction managers for promising careers Construction management-bound college graduates today are finding that, more and more, universities are responding to the challenges of an ever advancing field. Higher education programs around the nation are collaborating with industry leaders and accreditation agencies to develop specialized curriculums to prepare students for successful careers. As engineers and architects try to keep up with global... [Full Article]

Hurricane Aftermath Leaves Short Supply

The impact of hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the construction industry is expected to be significant. Last year the U.S. construction market experienced huge price increases for virtually all common construction materials. This year, prior to the storms, construction prices ... [Full Article]