[VIDEO] This Cantilevered Building Was Built With Only Stainless Steel, No Concrete

BROAD Group’s F Tower, via YouTube

There have been many attempts to use different materials for the structural support systems of buildings over the years, but stainless steel is not one that I have come across before. The BROAD Group, based in China, recently highlights a multi-story, cantilevered building made entirely of stainless steel.

The company says that the building method is similar in cost to a more traditional concrete building and that the factory made panels allowed this particular building to be constructed at a rate of 3 floors per day. The secret sauce to them

LEED and WELL in Seattle

New York has the Empire State Building, Chicago the Hancock Building, and Seattle the Space Needle. All iconic structures piercing the sky, photographed by millions, and deserving their place in the history of construction. But the old is always subject to being overtaken by the new. The World Trade Center casts a shadow over the Empire State Building and the Willis (nee: Sears) Tower casts shade on the Hancock.

However, the Space Needle still dominates the Seattle skyline. Opened in 1962 for the World’s Fair/Century 21 Exposition, the Space needle was designed to symbolize humanity’s Space Age aspirations. Located at

1 Year Later: The Effects of Coronavirus on Construction

It’s been a little over a year since the coronavirus pandemic sent the entire world into a period of uncertainty, heartache, and panic. The construction industry itself has undertaken many different challenges, above and beyond keeping their people safe on the jobsite, many of which no one could have expected.

Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) recently completed a comprehensive survey of nearly 1500 contractor members to see how the ongoing pandemic is still affecting their business. Among the challenges still facing many are supply chain constraints, rising material costs, and project delays and cancellations.

“The survey results make it

2021: What’s Coming in Construction

Predicting the future can be fun, scary, positive, or negative. Still, everybody wants to know, what will the year hold for my industry? And for construction, there are quite a few analysts and consultants willing to stick their necks out and forecast the near future.

Take for example LBMC, a public accounting firm and the largest professional services and business consulting firm in Tennessee. They released their fourth annual national Business Outlook Report, offering insight into business trends, challenges, and levels of optimism across seven major industries including construction.

What is predicted for the C&RE (construction and real estate) industry

The World of Concrete is Officially Back in 2021

Last year’s World of Concrete, the large concrete and masonry focused convention hosted in Las Vegas every year, was one of the very last normal events that our industry has been able to take part in since the pandemic started.  While it is typically held in January every year, this year’s event will be pushed back a few months…but it’s actually happening.

On June 8-10, the 2021 World of Concrete will be the first large show to return to the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) in over a year. This announcement comes on the heels of Nevada’s Governor Steve

Travelers Insurance Offering to Pay Contractors in More States to Use Procore

Last summer, we learned that Travelers Insurance believed that using Procore as a project management tool helped contractors reduce risk on their projects so much that they were willing to help pay for them to join the platform. That deal was previously limited to customers in 10 US states, but Travelers and Procore have collaborated to further expand that program.

Travelers Insurance customers can now get a 20% off their purchase of one year of Procore in 38 states (and 1 territory), including:

1. Alabama

2. Arizona

3. Arkansas

4. Colorado

5. Connecticut

6. Delaware

7. Florida

8. Georgia

9. Hawaii

10. Idaho

11. Illinois

12. Iowa

13. Kansas

14. Kentucky

15. Maryland

16. Massachusetts


Doosan Announces Industry First “Transparent Bucket” to Wheel Loader to Eliminate Blind Spots

courtesy of Doosen

“You make a better door than a window!” is what I imagine loader operators constantly yell at the bucket in front of them (or maybe I’m just projecting based on my experience of having the habit of sitting right in front of the TV as a kid). Either way, operators may not be yelling that in the future, as equipment manufacturer, Doosan, has introduced what they claim is an industry first “transparent” bucket.

While the bucket itself looks the same as any normal loader bucket, but is equipped with a variety of sensors, cameras

Flying 3D Relief

Construction is not an office job. Field workers are the backbone of the industry and in many cases, those backs are bent over doing the Three Ds of construction: dirty, dull, and dangerous work. Technology, when it shows up in construction, usually involves computers and software in the office, on tablets in supervisor’s hands, or buried in large equipment. Power tools, equipment and machinery can help but some jobs are just labor intensive. Slowly, contractors are adopting field tech to solve problems and relieve workers of some of those 3Ds.

One technology that has been getting some interest for a

Digital Construction Best Practices: The Bar Has Been Raised

Construction is an inherently optimistic act. Large projects started today won’t provide utility for years to come, and yet every month of every year the shovels go to work, beginning the construction of skyscrapers, transit hubs, and infrastructure promising future benefits. Even after the pandemic and the economic downturn hit, the industry’s confidence was shaken but didn’t collapse, with 75% of contractors still rating their level of confidence in finding sufficient new business as “high” or “moderate.”

And so construction went forward, albeit of course at a much slower pace. Yet month-to-month total U.S. construction spending never went negative even

Hard Hats & Crafts – Celebrating Women Leaders in Construction Safety

The following article has been sponsored by Hilmerson Safety and also appeared first on HilmersonSafety.com.

Defying stereotypes is nothing new for these women leaders in construction. Since the 90’s and early 2000’s they’ve paved new paths for women pursuing careers in construction safety. How did they start? Who mentored them? What were challenges they overcame? What would they do differently? For Women in Construction (WIC) Week 2021 Hilmerson Safety® celebrates women in the field by sharing their stories. Thanks to all who participated!

Marni Hogen,
19 Years’ Experience

Marni Hogen, Director of Health and Safety