A little bit of fear goes a long way. It is priceless when you’re in an immediate life-threatening situation. Beyond that, fear is a huge impediment to living, to learning and to creating. And if a construction company has a culture of fear, it’s usually because of its leadership.
Self healing concrete hits the market this year, and it’s got some new tricks that building owners and contractors just might be ready to pay for.
By Monica Albert
Made to build buildings, pave roads and span bridges, concrete is one of the most commonly and widely used construction materials. In spite of having a considerable demand, the problem with it is that it cracks due to air, water and chemical exposure.
Community involvement is a game changer for construction companies because it makes them part of the community team. Here are ideas to make it work for your company.
By Carolina Norgaard
Construction companies exist to create change—and while the change is usually for the better, the local community doesn’t always see it that way. In many cases, new projects are met with resistance. Community members may have a sentimental connection with a building that’s set for demolition. Or, maybe they’re unhappy about the way their tax dollars are being spent on the construction of a new government building. Whatever the reason for the resistance, it can affect your ability to get the job done, and get it done on time.
GPS fleet tracking offers construction companies more control over vehicle and equipment costs. Discover these five advantages.
By Robert J. Hall
For construction companies, finding ways to reduce costs and improve income is always a top priority. Yet management often loses control over vehicle and equipment fleet costs. GPS fleet tracking is one tool you can use to get back in control, and stay there. With the right fleet tracking system, you can reduce fuel costs, reduce wear, reduce maintenance costs, lower your exposure to theft, and improve billing accuracy.
People are continuously pushing the limits of wood construction. Now, even very tall buildings, once only the domain of concrete and steel, are getting designed using wood as structural components. Proponents claim the payoff can help trim humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions, lower material costs, reduce transportation costs, and speed up on site assembly.
In the category of unusual construction project, things don’t get much more unusual than building a place to surf that’s about four hours from the nearest ocean. But, that’s what’s getting under construction in Austin, Texas, with completion slated for 2016, or about eight months after kick off.
By Beth Livingston
To help contractors, builders, and designers create climate-appropriate, beautiful landscapes that use water efficiently, EPA created the WaterSense® Water Budget Tool. The Web-based tool requires simple inputs such as zip code and desired plant type to determine whether a landscape design uses too much water for the region.
Rob Mescolotto, founder and owner of Hospitality Construction Services, answers some questions about restaurant construction trends, the challenges of building them, and tells how his company differentiates itself in the busy hospitality sector.