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Futuristic Construction Technologies – Transparent Aluminum

For decades, chemical engineers have dreamed of a material that combines the strength and durability of metal with the crystal-clear purity of glass. Such a “clear metal” could be used to construct towering glass-walled skyscrapers that require less internal support. Secure military buildings could install thin transparent metal windows impervious to the highest-caliber artillery fire. […]

Carbon Nanotubes – The Future Of Construction

Carbon nanotubes have the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any material on Earth and can be stretched a million times longer than their thickness. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. A single sheet of paper is 100,000 nanometers. To construct materials at the “nano” scale would seem impossible, but scientists and engineers have successfully created tubes of carbon with […]

Next Big Thing In Construction – Robotics

Automation has revolutionized factory work. Now researchers have their sights set on construction – The open dome looks like a foam igloo rising from the asphalt. It’s a design that would have been tough for construction workers to build quickly using traditional methods. But it’s not a problem for the DCP — a Digital Construction Platform built […]

4 Construction Stories That Dominated The First Half Of 2017

As the sun prepares to set on the first half of 2017, we’re taking a look back at the biggest construction stories so far this year. Whether they’re based on legacy issues or on new concerns, these stories captured the industry’s attention from January through June. The new year brought the U.S. a new president, Donald […]

45-Meter Spiraling Tower Lets You Walk Above The Trees

A 600-meter treetop path culminates with a 45-meter-tall spiraling observation deck. If you find hiking trails and walkways that stay on the ground a bit passé, or maybe if you just never outgrew your love of treehouses, then you may want to turn your attention to the forest of Gisselfeld Klosters Skove, about one hour south […]

Builders Addressing Multi-generational Households

Living with mom and dad it is trending. That is, whether due to financial, health or other circumstances, young adults are moving back home after college and older adults are moving in with their children later in life, bringing multi-generational households to the forefront once again. This style of living, wherein two or more adult […]

Top Secret Construction Projects

Secret government jobs, high rises and retail selected for winning steel erection projects – The Steel Erectors Association of America (SEAA) has announced the winners of its annual Project of the Year for steel erection contracts topped out in 2016. Five companies in four contract level categories were honored at the 2017 Annual Convention and Awards Gala […]

Multifamily Cooldown A Drag On Housing Starts In April

Housing starts dropped 2.6% in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.172 million from March’s downward-revised 1.203 million, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. April’s figure is 0.7% ahead year-over-year. Building permit authorizations, an indicator of future construction activity, cooled in April, falling 2.5% from March’s rate of 1.260 million to 1.229 million for the […]

How Amusement Features Are Driving The ‘Experience Economy’

Mixed-use developers, retailers and even public agencies are fighting for people to show up at their events, resorts and shopping centers, spending a lot of time and money in the process. However, today’s target market isn’t the mall generation of yesterday. There is a new wave of shoppers, tourists and adventurers looking for something more, […]

Construction Material Costs Outpace Contractors’ Pricing

Double-digit price increases for key construction materials pushed up construction costs in March, while the prices charged by contractors remained moderate, according to a new analysis of federal producer price data released on April 19 by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America.  Association officials urged policy makers to avoid adopting restrictions on international trade that would […]