As we reported in a recent post, construction is the second most likely industry in the US where substance abuse exists. According to a Bisnow article entitled “The Silent Killer On The Job Site: Inside Construction's Battle With Opioids” It seems that the construction industry, while certainly aware of the problem of substance abuse, is ill prepared and unwilling to discuss the Opioid issue.
October 30, 2017
One change that is underway in the industry that might help is the move to digitalization of many of the tasks needed to design and build the buildings of tomorrow. Bulmer believes that augmented reality (AR), the use of drones, and the widespread use of BIM (Building Information Modeling) is attractive to younger candidates.
October 26, 2017
Governor Jerry Brown, on Saturday, issued a statement saying that he was signing Assembly bill 1701. According to the signing letter, “This bill would extend the liability against a general contractor for wages owed to workers of a subcontractor and create new wage collection remedies for private non-public work projects.” The bill as signed will be effective on January 1, 2018.
October 17, 2017
The economy is growing at 3.1 percent. That is the good news. The recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida flooded or destroyed thousands of homes and buildings. That is not good news for the country. Demand for construction materials for reconstruction has spiked and that is on top of an already robust marketplace. What response would you expect from the materials manufacturers in light of improving conditions? If you said, “Raise prices.” You would be correct.
October 12, 2017
Across the street the Millennium Tower continues to sink at a rate much higher than expected. Residents of the pricey condo tower have filed a lawsuit against the City of San Francisco claiming that the de-watering of the Salesforce Transit Center caused the soil to lose its bearing capacity thereby creating the problem for the tower, developed by Millennium Partners in New York City.
October 02, 2017
Recently I visited my hometown of Amarillo, Texas, USA in time to go to the Tri State Fair, that annual gathering of folks from the panhandle areas of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. I had not been there since the 1960s when, as a thrill-crazy kid I would play every “rigged game” and ride the wildest rides they had on the Midway.
September 27, 2017
Here's a look at two legal developments in California that might show up in your backyard soon. First, according to our friends over at Construction Dive, The California State Assembly last week passed a bill requiring general contractors, or direct contractors, to pay the wages of their subcontractors’ employees if the subcontractors do not pay them. The bill, if signed by Governor Jerry Brown, would go into effect in January 2018.
September 21, 2017
The McKinsey team posed the question: “Why do so many large projects continue to fall short of expectations despite so much global experience, learning, discussion, and analysis?” To find out they “researched the literature and had in-depth interviews with 27 large project practitioners, who collectively have more than 500 years of project delivery experience.”
September 19, 2017
A number of companies are in the process of finding interim space. Many companies have been forced out of the buildings and are making plans for their employees to work from home for the next two to six months while their buildings are drained, the wet drywall and insulation ripped out, buildings dried out, sprayed with anti-microbial and anti-mold solutions before being restored and re-occupied.
September 07, 2017