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Meet Google’s ‘Crabot’ — Part Crane, Part Robot, All Google

Excerpt of an article from Silicon Valley Business Journal: Say you’re Google Inc., and you’re rethinking the very nature of office space. You have this great idea that would turn interior building elements (like floors) into modular pieces that can be rearranged when the need arises. Great — you’re blowing up paradigms. Continue Reading

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Labor Law Clamp Down Coming for Construction

Excerpt of an article from Construction Informer: Construction firms that regularly skirt labor law to gain unfair competitive advantages by misclassifying workers and hiring people who aren’t legally allowed to work in the U.S., are going to face closer scrutiny this year, according to a report published in the National Law Review. Continue Reading

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Office Pipeline Fills Up Across U.S.

Excerpt of an article from GlobeSt.com: That apartment construction is going through a boom period is not news. And CBRE reported last week that the development pipeline for industrial is quite full at 140 million square feet. Office development, by contrast, has been limited to a handful of markets since the downturn: notably Houston, where more than 18 million square feet are in the works; and Manhattan, which the New York Post reported Tuesday will see at least 9.5 million square feet of new, as-yet unleased space hit the market by 2018—and even more if a proposed office tower near Grand Central Terminal comes off the drawing board. Continue Reading

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Video: Meet Punchbot, the Roving Robot Construction Superintendent Born at AEC Hackathon

Excerpt of an article from Equipment World: What if a jobsite superintendent could be everywhere at once, providing workers with the information the need instantly, with the tap of a button? With Punchbot, that just might become a reality. Continue Reading

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Construction-Defects Reform Bill Introduced in Colorado Senate

Excerpt of an article from the Denver Post: State lawmakers concerned about the slow pace of condominium construction in Colorado unveiled a bill Tuesday that would make it more difficult for homeowners to sue over faulty construction. Continue Reading

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U.S. Labor Secretary Touts Apprenticeships in Cary

Excerpt of an article from the News Observer: U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez visited a Cary manufacturer Wednesday to publicize corporate apprenticeship programs that recall the way businesses invested in their employees a half-century ago. Continue Reading

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Drones Rule: Proposed Rules for Commercial Unmanned Aircraft

Excerpt of an article from the Wichita Eagle: Drone on, the government says. Just not through the night sky. Or close to an airport. Or out of the operator’s sight. And probably not winging its way with a pizza or package, any time soon. Continue Reading

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With a Few Final Tugs, the Clarion Hotel is History

Excerpt of an article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal: With a few final tugs, the Clarion Hotel is history. Originally scheduled for a 2:30 a.m. implosion, most of the 200-room Clarion came down in 10 seconds, tossing up a cloud of dust as 1,100 pounds of dynamite sent the 44-year-old resort crumbling to the ground at 2:57 a.m. Continue Reading

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What’s on the Horizon for the Construction Industry

Excerpt of an article from Vegas Inc.: Nevada’s construction industry is a conglomeration of varied political interests. Commercial and industry project owners, designers, residential homeowners, general contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, materials and equipment suppliers, union benefit trust funds, lenders, surety and insurance companies and title insurers all are affected by changes to the state’s construction laws. Continue Reading

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“Red Tape” Among Primary Concerns for Construction Industry

Contractors in the construction industry feel good about where things are headed, though according to one widespread survey, they remain wary about “red tape.” The … Continue Reading

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