Geotechnical solutions prevent building distress due to expansive clay soils

Each year, billions of dollars in damage to building foundations and structures is caused by shrinking and swelling behavior caused by clay soil.

Coliving arrives in Queens: Common adds two new coliving homes

As shared living grows in popularity, Common, a coliving company that provides community-minded shared living options, has added two new coliving homes to its portfolio. Common Lincoln, the company’s seventh Brooklyn offering, and Common Cornelia, the first Common coliving home in Queens, are the newest of Common’s 14 homes that span New York, San Francisco, […]

Managing workplace change: The three C’s to building trust

Changes in the workplace can be chaotic at times. Employees often worry about changes for a variety of reasons. In some cases, it’s doubt that the change will lead to improvements. Or they are concerned that the change will hinder their work or ultimately endanger their job security. While some caution may be warranted, and concern can […]

Moderating economic growth triggers construction forecast downgrade for 2017 and 2018

The AIA Consensus Construction Forecast projects annual growth in the 3.5 percent to 4.0 percent range for the remainder of 2017 as well as for 2018, with a slower growing commercial/industrial market, and an institutional sector facing several challenges. While some slowdown in the commercial sector was anticipated for 2017 and 2018, it was expected […]

Non-union labor gaining ground in New York City

Non-union labor is a growing force in New York City’s construction industry, according to an industry trade group official. Lou Coletti, president of the Building Trade Employers’ Association (BTEA), says that 95% of its construction managers and general contractors are open-shop. Coletti said competitive pricing environment favors non-union labor, though he would rather see his […]

The renovation of the business school at St. John’s University looks to keep up with the Joneses

Earlier this month, Shawmut Design and Construction put the finishing touches on its renovation and expansion of the Peter J. Tobin College of Business, a 70,000-sf building located on the Queens, N.Y., campus of St. John’s University.

Nu-Wood brackets give 110-year-old hotel another level of distinction

During a recent restoration, Hotel Breakers, a 110-year-old hotel located adjacent to Ohio’s Cedar Point amusement park, was outfitted with almost 500 Nu-Wood brackets. One of the goals during the hotel’s 2014 and 2015 refurbishment was to create a low maintenance exterior. Because so many brackets were required, and due to the high elevation at […]

AIA selects seven projects for Healthcare Design Awards

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The Psychrometer Duel: Old School vs. New School

Why do we need to measure ambient conditions? Ambient conditions are the prevailing conditions of air temperature, the moisture content of the air (relative humidity), and the temperature at which condensation will occur (dew point).  Most coating specifications have set requirements for monitoring and documenting results for surface and air temperature, relative humidity and dew […]

Free E-Book: Inspection Instruments for the Pipeline Coatings Industry

A new E-Book titled “Inspection Instruments for the Pipeline Coatings Industry” has been released by KTA-Tator, Inc. Written by KTA COO William D. Corbett, it’s the first of three volumes in the series. This E-Book provides information on the proper use of test instruments and kits for verifying the quality of surface preparation of new […]

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