ConstructionPro Week, Volume: 4 - Issue: 50 - 12/31/2015

Construction Blog Highlights

ConstructionPro Network takes a look at interesting blog posts from the past week.

 

Teamwork key to successful 4,700 CY concrete pour
At the Constructorator Blog site, posts from 12/8 and 12/15 illustrate the importance of teamwork in planning and executing concrete pours. The pour required 80 concrete trucks to keep up with the 600 CY/hour pour for the 4-foot slab on the $430 million Utah Valley Regional Medical Center expansion project. Check out this and other posts at the site aimed at management, as well as those wishing to become foremen or to improve their supervisory skills.  Read complete post.

 

Affordable Care Act reporting deadline extended two months
For those companies required to report under the ACA, a two-month extension has been granted, according to the folks at the Aronson blog.  See post for details.

 

5 most spectacular construction projects for 2015

These five projects are pretty impressive.  They include:

  • Shimao Wonderland Intercontinental - Songjiang, China
  • Mexico City International Airport - Mexico City
  • Al Noor Tower - Casablanca, Morocco
  • 432 Park Avenue Luxury Apartments - New York City
  • Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building, UTS Business School - Sydney, Australia

To learn more and see the photos, visit the Procore Blog here.

 

Congressional action in December offers funds for construction

Congress passed the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST) on December 4, authorizing $305 billion for highway, transit and Amtrak programs for the next five years.  In addition, on December 18, President Obama signed a tax-cut and omnibus spending package that will provided substantial fiscal 2016 hikes for some major construction programs, according to ENRClick here for complete article.

 

New silica rules may debut in 2016

According to the HCSS blog, on December 21 OSHA submitted new rules for silica dust exposure to the White House for final approval.  The proposed standards will be analyzed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) before the final rule is approved or rejected; OBM has 90 days to conduct the review.  Click here to read the complete post.

 

A case for doing away with vented crawl spaces

A bit off topic for our generally heavy-construction oriented subject matter, this post at the Green Building Advisor blog site caught our attention. The article and subsequent comments should be of interest to anyone involved with design and construction of structures that employ crawl spaces.  Read the complete post.

 

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