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Tree Houses: Are Wooden Skyscrapers the Future of All Buildings?

Excerpt from an article from the Guardian: The world is in the midst of a tall building boom, with more skyscrapers being built now than ever before. From the outside, these towers present the epitome of the modern city, combining weird and wonderful forms with seemingly endless curtain-wall glazing. Continue Reading

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Design Disclaimers: Subtle Language Can Lead to Big Shifts in Risk

Excerpt from an article from Ahlers & Cressman PLLC: We recently wrote about design disclaimers here, but revisit the topic to further discuss how subtle language can transfer the entire risk for defective designs from the designer to the general contractor. Bidding contractors need to be aware that any language suggesting that a design may not be adequate for the item to function for its intended purpose may shift the entire risk of that design, including the costs to make the item function as intended, to the bidder. Continue Reading

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City’s Building Boom is Good News for a New Generation of Workers

Excerpt from an article from the Seattle Times: In Seattle’s love-it-or-hate it building boom, even the color of the construction cranes is a matter of perspective. For most of us, they’re ominous yellow flags, signifying change, progress or disruption. But for anyone wearing a hard hat and toiling beneath one, they’re pure gold. Continue Reading

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CMD: Non-Residential Starts Climb 30 Percent in May

Excerpt from an article from ConstructionDIVE: Non-residential construction starts soared by 30.3 percent in May after taking a 5.6-percent hit a month earlier, according to data provider CMD. Continue Reading

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U.S. Building Permits Near Eight-Year High; Starts Pull Back

Excerpt from an article from Reuters: U.S. permits for future home construction surged to a near eight-year high in May, suggesting a building up of momentum in housing and the broader economy after a dismal performance at the start of the year. Continue Reading

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What is the Future of Metamaterials?

Excerpt from an article from Daily Commercial News: The word “metamaterial” is coming up more and more often in the news, often referring to some pretty esoteric characteristics that have been changed by scientists. Continue Reading

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Construction Input Prices Increase in May

In May, prices for inputs to construction industries saw their largest month-over-moth increase in more than two years, according to analysis by the Associated Builders and Contractors. Continue Reading

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Notre Dame Construction Boom is Biggest Ever

Excerpt from an article from WNDU.com: Students may be on summer break, but there’s more ‘work’ than ever going on at Notre Dame. Construction work, that is. Continue Reading

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Trusses Bigger Than Bridges, 17 Giant Cranes: Everything is Huge at Boeing’s New 777X Wing Plant

Excerpt from an article from Puget Sound Business Journal: The massive steel trusses that hold up the roof of Boeing’s new 777X wing plant resemble a series of bridges. Except they’re bigger and heavier than some bridges. Continue Reading

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35 Story Carbon Neutral Wood Skyscraper Proposed For Paris

Excerpt from an article from Green Building Elements: Vancouver architect Michael Green is a world leader in designing and building tall buildings out of wood, says a report in the Vancouver Sun. In fact, he quite literally has co-authored the definitive book on the subject. It’s called The Case For Tall Wood Towers and it has caused a stir among architects since it was first published in 2012. Continue Reading

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