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Construction Drives Technology Innovations

Posted by John Rexroad on Apr 17, 2017 11:41:01 AM

Have you noticed how fast some new construction projects get completed these days?  Within months or even weeks, a plot of empty or defunct real estate can be completely transformed into a vibrant shopping village, office building or residential complex. Advancing technologies make it all possible. We can thank the construction industry for developing many technological innovations that improve life and work as we know it today.

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Topics: Construction Industry

The Q1 Nonresidential Construction Index Says Prepare for Growth!

Posted by John Rexroad on Mar 21, 2017 12:53:37 PM

The first quarter of 2017 rumbles with growing consumer confidence and a number of other key economic indicators that signify more significant growth than we’ve seen in the last few years. The construction sector, as always, will help to directly drive growth in other areas like energy, manufacturing and business services. Not enough can be said about the impact of a healthy construction market on a prosperous country. At the risk of sounding too bullish, we’re very excited about the possibilities for a construction boom in just about every region of the country over the next few years.

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Topics: Construction Systems, Safety, Construction Industry

OSHA Expands Fall Protection Options for Walking-Working Surfaces

Posted by John Rexroad on Feb 27, 2017 11:27:01 AM

There is now more flexibility in safety rules for industrial walking-working surfaces thanks to OSHA’s recently released standards for General Industry Personal Fall Protection and Walking-Working Surfaces. The term “general industry” applies to just about everything outside of construction, agriculture and maritime industries. Warehousing & distribution, manufacturing, service centers and many other commercial enterprises fall under the new standardized rule.

Some of the safety standards have been informed by effective fall protection measures used at construction sites. One of the benefits of this new ruling is more consistency between construction standards and general industry standards, making compliance easier for companies that conduct business in both of these sectors. Such consistency in rules clearly affects most organizations with industrial facilities or physical plants.

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Topics: News

Keep Sidewalks Open and Safe with Façade Netting

Posted by John Rexroad on Jan 23, 2017 9:12:43 AM

It’s a huge problem in New York City! Dark, unsightly, restrictive and even dangerous steel and wood debris scaffolding, aka “sidewalk sheds,” are plaguing entire city blocks throughout Manhattan. These steel tube structures with wood-plank roofing are constructed to protect pedestrians from falling objects and debris around building exteriors amiss of building codes or under renovation. In many cases, especially in New York, they can linger for years and present a host of serious problems for local businesses, residents, tourists and passersby. Unintended consequences can even include providing darkness and cover for crime, which is well known to occur.

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Topics: Construction Systems

Construction underway for the Rams' future home in Inglewood

Posted by John Rexroad on Oct 4, 2016 9:00:00 AM

An immense stadium is currently being constructed in Inglewood, which will eventually house the Rams'. The stadium has already been in construction for over a year, but much of the construction is still yet to be completed. Within the next two or three months, more thorough and complex construction is slated to begin. It's believed that the stadium will be entirely completed in 2019, which means that the project is likely a little more than a quarter completed.

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Topics: Amusement

Largest Indoor Theme Park Coming to Meadowlands

Posted by John Rexroad on Sep 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM

The largest indoor theme park in America will soon be opening in Meadowlands. With a size of 3 million square feet, the American Dream will contain a variety of attractions by Nickelodeon in addition to retail spaces. Spongebob Squarepants, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will share spaces with Lord & Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue, creating an all-in-one venue for those of all ages and all interests. 

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Topics: Amusement

Alternative Museums - Interaction is the art here

Posted by John Rexroad on Sep 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Not every museum has to serve as a complete repository of art, history, and culture. In fact, in the last few decades, many interactive museums have been developed for both kids and adults. Quirky, alternative, and interactive museums can be a great way to round out a trip, or even a destination all of their own.

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Topics: Amusement

Amusement Parks Begin to Appear in Persian Gulf Countries

Posted by John Rexroad on Sep 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Though these countries have been traditionally resilient to distractions such as amusement parks, amusement parks are nevertheless beginning to appear throughout the Persian Gulf countries. There are two major driving forces here: the Westernization of many countries, which have made parks more socially acceptable, and the need to bolster tourism. Of particular note is a new $1 billion Spider-Man and Hulk themed park

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Topics: Amusement

Latest Hardware Monitors Construction Workers' Safety

Posted by John Rexroad on Sep 6, 2016 9:00:00 AM

SmartSite is currently testing out new, technologically advanced sensors, as a way to improve upon the safety of workers at construction sites. Construction is a notoriously dangerous industry, and many construction companies have been working towards finding new ways to improve safety without putting the burden on employees. Passive safety measures such as sensors may be able to improve the overall safety of employees without requiring that they take additional measures to protect themselves.

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Topics: Safety

Theme Parks Catching Franchise Fever

Posted by John Rexroad on Aug 30, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Theme parks are now moving towards "world building": immense, sprawling landscapes that have been experienced throughout movie, television, video games, and other franchise media. With experiences such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, Avatar, and Frozen, this has led to the construction of extensive paradises, designed to be safe, family-friendly, and fun. This new trend will be an interesting boon to both the theme park and franchise industry, necessitating larger constructions and an emphasis on creativity and architecture over thrilling rides and attractions.

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Topics: Amusement