ConstructionPro Week, Volume: 6 - Issue: 29 - 07/21/2017

Construction Blog Highlights

This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:


Are High-rise Timber Buildings the Wave of the Future?


A research team is attempting to prove that an 80-story, 800-foot mass-timber tower along the Chicago River’s South Branch is a possibility, according to a blog post in ConstructionDIVE.  Author Hallie Busta’s article discusses this research and describes recent examples of mass-timber buildings.  Click here  to read the full blog feature.



Caterpillar Invests $2M in Fastbrick Robotics
In a ConstructionDIVE brief, Emily Peiffer reports that Caterpillar has invested $2 million in Fastbrick Robotics to collaborate on the development, manufacturing and sales of the Australian company’s robotic bricklaying technology. Read Dive’s insight on this partnership here.



Help Is Coming to Women and Minority-Owned Construction Businesses in New York
According to a Building Design + Construction post by Peter Fabris, New York City has recently created a $10 million fund to pay up to $500,000 of surety bonds per contract to help women-and minority-owned businesses win construction contracts. Click here to learn more.



Interview with College Student Promoting Women in Construction
In another ConstructionDIVE post, author Mary Tyler March discusses the labor problem that exists today because younger people aren’t choosing a career in construction industry. The current construction workforce is getting older and many workers are retiring without younger replacements. Click here  to read an interview with Stephanie Crepeau, a construction management student at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, about how her radio show promotes women in construction.






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