As labor shortages hang over the construction industry, suppliers and contractors ponder how they might use the latest technologies to replace human functions. Five years ago, around 20% of builders reported they had begun to tinker with technologies such as drones and 3D printers. Since then, robots have surfaced doing everything from installing studs, drywall and tile to laying bricks at a rate of 1,000 per hour. Now, engineers at Carnegie Mellon University are taking [more]
Ronald Olson, a former vice president and deputy operation manager for Turner Construction Co., pleaded guilty to charges of evading taxes on more than $1.5 million in bribes he received from subcontractors in exchange for being awarded contracts for Bloomberg projects. He is one of four who have been charged in the scheme, which amounted to bribes exceeding $5.1 million.
On July 24, 2020 in related proceedings, Michael Campana, a former construction manager at Bloomberg LLC, [more]
Safety, security and acoustic performance—all are benefits of laminated glass. But what happens when someone in hurricane-prone Miami, for example, in a busy high-rise neighborhood, wants glazing that combines sound control with the required hurricane performance? That’s somewhat of a challenge, according to Steve Bennison, a technology fellow with Kuraray, who discussed a new laminated glass technology for combining both hurricane and acoustic glazing technologies. Bennison explained that the polymer requirements are different for each [more]
The U.S. has reimposed a 10% tariff on non-alloyed unwrought aluminum imported from Canada, citing a substantial increase in imports over the period from June 2019 through May 2020. The tariff will take effect August 16, 2020.
The U.S. originally imposed a 10% tariff on Canadian aluminum in March 2018 as part of Proclamation 9704, using section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. In May 2019, the U.S. government determined that aluminum imports from [more]
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire glass industry, from manufacturing and supply chains to design and construction. While the first day of the National Glass Association (NGA) Summer Conference included a focus on the manufacturing perspective, the session, “The New Normal – Design & Construction,” included a different perspective.
Domenic Cristofaro, an associate principal with HED Design, provided an architect’s perspective on the crisis.
“Protecting occupants from the spread of disease will be foremost in the [more]
The value of nonresidential architectural glass and glazing activity was slightly down again in June, according to glass industry research firm Key Media & Research (KMR). Glass-related nonresidential construction spending decreased 1.2% from June 2019 and 0.6% from May 2020, at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate.
KMR’s glass and glazing activity figures are developed from the U.S. Census Bureau’s monthly construction spending report, with weighting and models applied to industry-relevant subsectors.
Despite the more-than-1% dip in architectural [more]
In addition to topics focused on how the glass industry has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Glass Association’s (NGA) Summer Conference featured a codes update with insights into what’s new and upcoming in bird-friendly legislation, energy codes and more.
Nick Resetar, an NGA technical codes consultant with Roetzel & Andress, discussed the Bird-Safe Buildings Act of 2019, which recently was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives as part of a larger transportation act. [more]