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Pre-fabricated, Prefinished Volumetric Construction or PPVC is being used around the world to achieve major savings in construction time and manpower usage.
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July 12, 2017
Happy Independence Day! 1776 - 2017 Remember how many “builders” fought to make our freedom possible! They built the planes, ships, roads, runways, housing, bunkers, hangars, water and waste systems that made it possible for our soldiers to fight for your freedom! Never forget!
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July 03, 2017
Once framed and drywalled on one side with plumbing, electrical and HVAC stub outs in place, they were inspected, fully wrapped and transported to the construction site in the congested Texas Medical Center. On site, they were lifted onto the appropriate floors, dollied into place and then connected to the building systems, inspected the final time, finished and then they became a part of the finished building.
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June 28, 2017
The major issue is job skills mismatch. The people looking for jobs are not trained in the skills that employers need in order to hire them.
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June 22, 2017
No, that is not kickball, it is “kickback,” and it takes place more times than anyone expects. When cases are brought to light and to court, they seem to most often involve public sector cases. Maybe the private sector cases never make it to the light of day.
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June 15, 2017
We have watched and written about Apple Campus 2, the brainchild of Steve Jobs before he died, several times during the last two years of construction. We have been fascinated by the meticulous attention to quality and detail that the architects, contractors, subs and suppliers have devoted to creating what many call "The Mothership” because of its circular spaceship-like design. 
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June 09, 2017
The law of supply and demand is one of the basic drivers of construction economics. It is integral to cost and profit for any construction business from materials suppliers to on site labor and contractors. Labor supply is closely tied to the demand side of the curve and the supply of skilled craftsman is fast becoming an issue that will drive the cost of labor up until a solution can be found.
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June 02, 2017
More important is that the use of prefab can cut construction costs and schedules and can meet more precision requirements by using techniques already used by manufacturers around the world.
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May 30, 2017
Standing at the window of an office in the Texas Medical Center (TMC), I was struck by two things. First, how big and diverse the TMC is. Ten years ago there were 42 institutions included in the TMC. Today, there are 54 located on 1345 acres. On any weekday, the population of that medical center is greater than a large portion of the towns and communities in this nation, over 125,000 with 106,000 employees.
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May 23, 2017
Don’t think that it is just the young and inexperienced worker on your team who is more likely to fall; be certain to train all of your field crews, even your foreman, in ladder safety so that they will all be able to go home to their families tonight and come back to work tomorrow.
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May 19, 2017