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  • Bridge Girder Erection Mega Machine

    10/14/2015 11:59:15 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 28 replies
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  • State responds to I-69 environmental concerns

    09/26/2015 8:09:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Indiana Daily Student ^ | August 27, 2015 | Annie Garau
    Years ago, the Tokarski family gathered with friends around a kitchen table in an old Indiana farmhouse. They were discussing the looming construction of Interstate 69 and how they could possibly stop it. The group suspected a project of such magnitude, an interstate route stretching across the southern half of Indiana, would cause severe environmental 
damage. “We really had the project almost at a standstill until Mitch Daniels came into office,” said Thomas Tokarski, now the president of Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads. “We still have huge amounts of support from the people in Indiana.” Since that farmhouse meeting, Tokarski...
  • At I-75 and University Parkway, it's construction vs. the clock

    09/22/2015 7:02:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | September 12, 2015 | Emily Le Coz
    In a state where four out of five traffic improvement projects bust their original deadlines, Florida transportation officials expect to beat the odds with one of the largest jobs ever undertaken in the Sarasota-Manatee region. Construction of the states first diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 75 and University Parkway, which began Aug. 3 and is set for two years, will end before the September 2017 World Rowing Championships draw tens of thousands of visitors to nearby Nathan Benderson Park, state officials promise. But the timeline leaves Prince Contracting, the Tampa-based company that won the $74.5 million contract, just one month...
  • Power Grab: STIB Directly Paying Companies Millions

    09/20/2015 10:17:42 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Nerve ^ | June 1, 2015 | Rick Brundrett
    Most folks probably think of the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank as just that – a bank that finances major highway and bridge projects. S.C. Rep. Chip Limehouse, R-Charleston and a member of the Infrastructure Bank (STIB) Board of Directors, described the bank, created by the Legislature in 1997, as a “funding arm” in a recent (Charleston) Post & Courier story. But in addition to providing funding to the state Department of Transportation and local governments, STIB in recent years also has assumed the role of a general contractor or project manager, paying millions of dollars directly to certain companies for...
  • Man chased from job by owner with stun gun - awarded pack pay

    09/11/2015 10:09:24 AM PDT · by JimBobWay · 4 replies
    Journal Star ^ | 11/20/2013 | Nicolas Bergin
    A man who complained about a pay practice was chased by.... read more at excerpt
  • Digging into Northeast neglect

    08/22/2015 8:05:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | August 21, 2015 | The Baltimore Sun
    It may have escaped the attention of Baltimoreans but things have gotten a little testy in the New York-New Jersey area in recent weeks over the state of century-old rail tunnels running under the Hudson River. The deteriorating condition of the tunnels is threatening Amtrak and other rail service, but how to pay for a $14 billion-plus replacement has proven a challenge. Unfortunately, that's not just a problem for New York City but for Baltimore and other stops along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor, the nation's most heavily traveled railway handling more than 750,000 passengers a day. The stations in Baltimore and...
  • Lincoln-Way choice to build two schools was questioned at the time (Illinois)

    08/13/2015 8:11:37 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 13, 2015 | Gregory Pratt
    Lincoln-Way choice to build two schools was questioned at the time Gregory Pratt Lincoln-Way 210 officials had big plans for the school district's future in 2005 booming population growth would fuel new success. Ten years and a $225 million referendum to build two schools later, District 210 is on the state's financial watch list and needs to close one of its four schools to try and make ends meet. District officials defend the decision to forge ahead with the construction of two schools in the late 2000s, saying they trusted enrollment figures that showed the district would have thousands...
  • Experts address promises and problems of 3D printing large structures

    07/26/2015 4:31:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Vanderbilt University Research ^ | July 24, 2015 | David Salisbury
    Experts gather at Vanderbilt to discuss the future of 3D printing with concrete.Every month or so an article comes out reporting that some new object has been made using 3D printing: Everything from jewelry to prosthetic devices to electronic circuit boards to assault rifles to automobiles has now been created in this fashion. The prospect that this revolutionary manufacturing method will have a major impact on how we construct the various concrete structures that dominate the modern built environment brought almost three dozen experts to the Vanderbilt University campus July 16-17 to identify the areas of research required to realize...
  • Chinese company builds 3D-printed villa in less than 3 hours

    07/24/2015 5:05:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Inhabit ^ | July 22, 2015 | Lucy Wang
    (SLIDE-SHOW-AT-LINK)A pioneering 3D-printed house just popped up in Xian, China - and Chinese company ZhuoDa built the two-story villa in less than three hours. Made up of six 3D-printed modules, the house was assembled like LEGO bricks before a live audience who were then invited to explore the interior. The modular fireproof home can withstand a magnitude-9 earthquake and is made from a special construction material the company is keeping secret. The company completed approximately 90 percent of the construction in an off-site factory before shipping the modular pieces to the installation site. The company completed approximately 90 percent of...
  • Tom Rice | International Drive another badly needed project delayed [by environMENTALists]

    07/21/2015 8:10:28 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    Myrtle Beach Online ^ | July 17, 2015 | Tom Rice
    I was interested to read the article from The Sun News on Thursday about the last-minute delay of the permit to pave International Drive. This project will take thousands of cars off of the gridlock of Highway 501, and relieve congestion in Carolina Forest. On the day before we were to receive the permit from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Coastal Conservation League filed an appeal. It seems they want the road to be redesigned to include multiple bear crossings, at a cost of millions of dollars to the taxpayers of Horry County. Thats millions of scarce taxpayer dollars...
  • I-74 Bridge Project in Jeopardy of Coming to a Halt

    07/20/2015 10:12:52 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    WQAD 8 ^ | July 11, 2015 - updated July 13 | Angie Sharp and Jonathan Ketz
    Construction on the new Interstate 74 Bridge is supposed to be done by 2020, but money and time is running out. On Saturday, July 11th, 2015, Representative Cheri Bustos visited the Quad Cities to meet with local leaders about federal funding. Right now, Congress is trying to pass a highway bill to fix and fund our areas infrastructure. However, if they dont find a solution by July 31st, 2015, federal funding for those projects like the I-74 Bridge will end. Monday, July 13th, 2015, a spokesman for Bustos said that if federal funding for the project...
  • China begins construction of 'world's tallest' dam (314-metre high..What could possibly go wrong?)

    07/16/2015 10:23:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/16/15 | AFP
    Beijing (AFP) - China has begun building a 314-metre (1,030-ft) high dam which will be among the world's tallest, officials said, as the country massively expands hydropower. The Shuangjiankou dam on a tributary of China's mighty Yangtze river will be completed in 2022, the environmental ministry said on its website Tuesday. The facility, costing 36 billion yuan ($5.8 billion), will be higher than the world's current tallest dam, the 305-metre Jinping-1, also in China. China has been expanding its hydropower electricity generating capacity as it seeks to reach a goal of obtaining 20 per cent of its power from non-fossil...
  • Finnish startup Fimatec unveils concept for ready-built 3D printed walls for modular apartments

    06/26/2015 11:32:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    3Ders.org ^ | June 24, 2015 | "Simon"
    While there are currently many developments being made across the entire additive manufacturing industry, among others that have been standing out as of late have consisted of 3D printing applications that are of either very large scale or very small scale applications. So far, the smaller applications have mainly consisted of research into nanoscale 3D printing for purposes such as biomedical engineering applications including cell scaffolding while the larger applications have been focused on creating architectural structures such as those that can be created in any geographical area using found materials. Needless to say, the developments surrounding these scaled applications...
  • North Texas is the country's hottest rental market right now: Rents rise 4.9%

    06/11/2015 9:59:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    HousingWire ^ | January 7, 2015 | Brena Swanson
    The North Texas rental market is on fire, with properties springing up, people flocking to the city for corporate relocations and builders working to keep pace with demand. According to an article from WFAA, apartment rent reached an all-time high last year, with rents rising 4.9% in 2014 and the average monthly rent for an apartment in Dallas-Fort Worth surging to $919. "Annual increases above 4% are rare in this market," said Greg Willett, an MPF Research vice president. "Because we're such a construction hot spot, the flow of new product moving through initial lease-up normally holds rent growth below...
  • Obama to sign highway bill

    05/31/2015 2:13:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 29, 2015 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama on Friday will sign a two-month extension of highway funding into law, the White House said. The measure prevents a sudden halt in infrastructure funding that was slated to begin May 31. But White House press secretary Josh Earnest criticized the stopgap bill as a punt and urged Congress to pass a long-term measure to fund road projects. Its the presidents view that the era of short-term patches ... must come to an end, Earnest told reporters. Earnest noted it was the 33rd temporary fix for highway funding since 2008. The uncertainty caused by that approach has led...
  • DOT requirements for a construction truck and trailer.

    04/25/2015 9:05:17 PM PDT · by enduserindy · 11 replies
    www.freerepublic.com ^ | 4/25/2015 | self
    I have a growing construction business and am thinking about using an extended cab long bed truck with a 14' enclosed trailer for tools. I currently use a Chevy Express van. I wanted the truck so I could haul material or debris while leaving the trailer onsite. The combined weight of the truck and trailer will be over the 10,001 lbs limit and require DOT numbers. I know about inspection requirements but what about fees and insurance requirements? I have commercial vehicle insurance but I will have to up my weight for policy ratings. Is it worth it to have...
  • How will 3D printing alter the building industry?

    04/08/2015 1:29:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Construction DIVE ^ | April 6, 2015 | Sharon O'Malley
    A Chinese engineering firm that claims it built 10 houses in less than 24 hours last year using a 3D printer has unveiled the worlds tallest printed building. The five-story apartment building is on display next to a 1,100-square-foot mansionalso created on a 3D printerin Suzhou Industrial Park in Jiangsu province. The mansions furniture and decorations also were made on a 6.6- by-10-meter tall printer, which uses an "ink" composed of glass fibers, steel, cement, hardening agents, and recycled construction waste to build one layer at a time for builders to assemble. The apartment building took a day to print...
  • Major Omaha-area construction projects face a shortage of workers

    03/11/2015 4:28:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Omaha World-Herald ^ | March 9, 2015 | Janice Podsada
    Some are calling it one of the biggest construction projects in the country right now the $400 million expansion of Googles data center operations in Council Bluffs, a massive undertaking involving roughly 2,000 construction workers with no deadline announced. We dont how long its going to be going on, we just know that theyre continuing to build, said Bob Mundt, president and chief executive of the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce. Since 2007, Google has invested more than $1.5 billion in its facilities in the Lake Manawa area and now at a 975-acre site opposite the MidAmerican energy...
  • United States set to feel more pain resulting from illegal immigration

    03/10/2015 8:08:01 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 41 replies
    usfinancepost.com ^ | Mar 10, 2015 | By Melody Dareing
    Illegal immigration has long plagued American craftsman and has far-reaching implications that communities and federal, state and local governments have yet to realize, according to those who have worked in the construction industry. If you wait 20 years, youre going to see what happens to all of these houses and buildings, said Kevin Larsen, a veteran brick mason with 33 years of experience. Larsen left his trade several years ago and now works at a railroad yard. He applauds the federal judges Feb. 16 decision to halt President Barack Obamas executive order that protects as many as five million immigrants...
  • An economic riddle: Where are all the construction workers?

    02/28/2015 10:57:18 AM PST · by posterchild · 48 replies
    finance.yahoo.com ^ | Feb 27, 2015 | Michael Santoli
    The housing bust and Great Recession might have scared a generation of would-be construction workers away from the building trades. Thats the strong suggestion of some new research by the Federal Reserve, which explored why shortages of construction workers are emerging even as large numbers of people who seem good candidates for that type of work remain under-employed. A working paper by Fed economist Andrew Paciorek notes that construction employment growth has badly lagged the recovery in the labor market as a whole.
  • A Room-Sized 3D Printer Will Make Freeform Concrete Design Easy

    02/28/2015 12:24:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | February 26, 2015 | Jamie Condliffie
    Concrete is an amazing building material: cheap to create, strong when used correctly, and hard-wearing, too. But turning it into exotic and shapely forms can be prohibitively complex and expensive. Now, a 3D printer capable of producing one-off moulds as large as a phone booth could help turn architectural dreamw into affordable reality. The Engineer reports that a collaboration between 3Dealise, a 3D engineering company, and Bruil, a construction company, has spawned the new device. The pair claim that the machinepictured belowcan "create irregularly curved surfaces, lightweight half-open mesh or honeycomb structures, and even ornamental craftwork." The printer is used...
  • Forget Pizza Delivery: How Drones in Construction and Agriculture Help Save Time and Money

    02/24/2015 1:49:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Autodesk ^ | February 12, 2015 | Jeff Walsh
    When people discuss business uses for drones, they tend to jump to the novelty end of the consumer marketfrom the drone hobbyist with a GoPro camera to a complete overhaul of delivery services. In the press, you always hear that Amazon will deliver a book, or pizzas will come to your house, says Amar Hanspal, senior vice president at Autodesk, during a recent discussion on drones at Gigaom Structure Connect. That is a cute thing to talk about, but the real action is in B2B industrial applications. That is where were watching the democratization of a broad use of drones...
  • Sarah Palin TV Show Goes Maverick over Massive Automated Home

    02/18/2015 12:01:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Consumer Electronics Pro ^ | February 17, 2015 | Jason Knott
    Sound Concepts installs the largest Elan g! system ever in 43,000-square-foot home featured in 'Amazing America with Sarah Palin' and 'Clash of the Ozarks' cable TV shows. Home amenities include a tanning room, golf simulator and deer processing plant. How do you get your home or technology installation featured on national television? Make it enormous, make it impressive and create an original house that blows people away. Having recently appeared on both Discovery Channels Clash of the Ozarks and Sportsman Channels Amazing America with Sarah Palin, this Arkansas residence has many unique and luxurious features, including the largest ELAN g!...
  • Houses hot off the 3D printer

    02/14/2015 4:46:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Yahoo! Homes ^ | February 11, 2015 | Ilyce R. Glink
    Robotic building by Contour Crafting won the grand prize in a NASA magazine's Create the Future contest.In the not-too-distant future, building a new home may be as simple as printing it out. The process of wielding 3D printers to make homes is in its infancy today, but someday soon you may look out your window at a large-scale printer, swiftly spitting out a whole home under the instruction of just one operator. "Generally, they'll be much cheaper, much faster, much safer and with much nicer architectural features [than traditional homes]," says Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis, creator of and lead researcher for...
  • The Most Economically-Correlated Commodity Is Flashing Red (Lumber)

    01/22/2015 5:58:17 AM PST · by blam · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-22-1015 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 01/21/2015 While Crude Oil and Dr. Copper are often cited as economic indicators, as @Not_Jim_Cramer notes, in fact Lumber prices are the most correlated with ISM and GDP of all industrial commodities. That is a problem. Lumber prices are tumbling and are breaking the 6-year up-trend that has 'proved' the recovery. With no CCFD manipulation and less financialization than crude, perhaps Lumber is the real canary in the economic collapse coalmine... Lumber is the most correlated to ISM and GDP of all the industrial commodities... and that is not good for the US economy...
  • World's first 3D-printed apartment building constructed in China

    01/21/2015 6:45:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    CNet ^ | January 20, 2015 | Michelle Starr
    A Chinese company has successfully 3D printed a five-storey apartment building and a 1,100 square metre villa from a special print material.While architectural firms compete with their designs for 3D-printed dwellings, one company in China has quietly been setting about getting the job done. In March of last year, company WinSun claimed to have printed 10 houses in 24 hours, using a proprietary 3D printer that uses a mixture of ground construction and industrial waste, such as glass and tailings, around a base of quick-drying cement mixed with a special hardening agent. Now, WinSun has further demonstrated the efficacy of...
  • Reports: Obama Mulling Sanctions on Israel

    12/04/2014 5:07:17 PM PST · by Nachum · 73 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 12/4/14 | Adam Kredo
    The Obama administration is refusing to discuss reports that emerged early Thursday claiming that the White House is considering imposing sanctions on Israel for continuing construction on Jewish homes in Jerusalem. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf dodged several questions on Thursday when confronted with reports that the administration had held secret internal meetings to discuss taking action against Israel for its ongoing building in East Jerusalem. The classified meetings were reportedly held several weeks ago and included officials from both the State Department and White House, according to the Israeli daily Haaretz, which first reported on the meetings. The possibility...
  • Obama: US infrastructure embarrassing

    12/04/2014 7:40:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 3, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama told corporate leaders Wednesday he was embarrassed by U.S. infrastructure that was "falling behind" countries like China who spent aggressively on construction projects. "Id much rather have our problems than Chinas problems. That Im confident about. On the other hand, the one thing I will say is if they need to build some stuff, they can build it," the president said during a Q-and-A with members of the Business Roundtable. "And over time, that wears away our advantage competitively. Its embarrassing. You know, you drive down the roads and you look at what theyre able to do." The...
  • Washington Stresses 'Consistent Opposition' to Construction

    11/19/2014 11:51:17 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/11/14 | Ben Ariel
    In what has become somewhat routine, the United States on Wednesday condemned Israels latest approval of construction in Jerusalem. According to Reuters, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke stressed Washington's "clear and consistent opposition to construction activity in East Jerusalem." "During this sensitive time in Jerusalem, we would see such activity as inconsistent with the goal of lower tensions and seeking a path toward peace," he added. The latest criticism from Washington was made after the Jerusalem municipality approved the construction of 78 new homes for Jews in Jerusalem. Municipal spokeswoman Brachie Sprung said 50 homes will be built in Har...
  • Psaki: Jerusalem Construction 'Exacerbates' Violence

    11/12/2014 3:40:00 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 31 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/11/14
    The United States Wednesday sharply condemned Israeli plans to build 200 new Jewish homes in Jerusalem's Ramot neighborhood, according to AFP, warning such moves would only "exacerbate" spiraling tensions in the city. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also denounced the alleged torching of a mosque blamed on suspected Jewish extremists calling it a "hateful and provocative" act and urging officials to investigate. "We are deeply concerned by this decision, particularly given the tense situation in Jerusalem, as well as the unequivocal and unanimous position of the United States and others in the international community opposing such construction in east Jerusalem,"...
  • Tape measure falls 50 stories, killing man at construction site

    11/04/2014 5:37:32 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 67 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 04, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    A man delivering drywall to a New Jersey construction site was killed Monday when a tape measure fell 50 stories, striking him on the head, authorities said. The 1-pound tape measure became dislodged from the belt of a worker on the 50th floor and struck construction equipment about 10 to 15 feet from the ground, according to Carly Baldwin, a spokeswoman for Jersey City's Department of Public Safety. It then ricocheted and struck Gary Anderson, 58, who had just stopped to speak with another worker who was in a pickup truck just before 9 a.m. in the city's downtown section....
  • First Entirely 3D Printed Estate is Coming to NY, Including a 2400 Sqft House, Pool & More

    08/23/2014 2:35:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    3D Print.com blog ^ | August 20, 2014 | Eddie Krassenstein, CEO, AY.com, Web Developer, Domain Investor, Internet Marketer
    Building site of the first ever 3D printed estate in Gardiner, New York. New York City architect/contractor Adam Kushner begins construction of the first ever 3D printed estate, which features a 3D printed swimming pool, 4-bedroom, 2400 square foot home, and more. The 3D printer which will be a modified version of Enrico Dini’s D-shape printer, will, if all goes as planned, eventually be able to automatically place rebar within the 3D printed house, as it prints. We have covered a lot of news concerning the 3D printing of houses, over the course of the last year or so. Whether...
  • Coalition Urges Malloy, Foley To Consider Taxes, Tolls to Raise Transportation Money

    08/20/2014 12:08:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Hartford Courant ^ | August 19, 2014 | GREGORY B. HLADKY
    HARTFORD - A broad coalition of environmental, economic, regional and construction groups urged Connecticut's gubernatorial candidates Tuesday to conduct a debate focused on transportation issues, and to consider higher taxes and tolls to pay for the state's dire transportation needs. The activists put out a four-point program they said the state's next governor must consider, and expressed concern about the possibility that massive federal funding for highways and mass transit might dry up in the next few years. The coalition's key issues are: Making certain that state revenue that is supposed to be devoted to transportation - such as gas...
  • Reid blasts House on immigration bill one year since its passage

    06/26/2014 7:05:47 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday marked the anniversary of the passage of comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate and slammed the House for doing nothing on the issue. Today marks the 365th day that the Tea Party-driven House of Representatives has sat on their hands refusing to fix our broken immigration system, Reid said on the floor. The Senate was able to pass immigration reform 52 weeks ago because both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate understood the urgent need to mend our nations immigration laws.
  • Unintended Consequences: Fly-Ash Shortage (Vanity)

    06/15/2014 12:07:35 PM PDT · by BwanaNdege · 20 replies
    6/15/2014 | BwanaNdege
    I went to two different local concrete ready-mix plants on Friday, looking to get a small quantity (two buckets) of fly-ash for an R&D project. Both places mentioned the shortage of fly ash.
  • Big new project on I-95 in Baltimore

    05/30/2014 12:56:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 28, 2014 | Robert Thomson
    Drivers traveling into or through Baltimore on Interstate 95 are going to encounter a construction project that will replace the highways concrete deck along the 4.4 miles between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Exit 50 at Caton Avenue. Nothing like this has happened since the tunnel opened in 1985. If your summer vacation drives take you through Baltimore, if you plan to see the Orioles or Ravens, or will be visiting the Inner Harbor, Fells Point or Fort McHenry, you will want to be aware of this work, which is scheduled to end in 2016. The Maryland Transportation Authority project...
  • California: CEOs Rate It Worst U.S. Business Climate For 8 Years Running

    03/21/2014 7:02:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    RCM ^ | 03/21/2014 | Carson Bruno
    California's economy continues to experience a tepid recovery since the Great Recession. One reason why: according to CEO Magazine, California has had the worst business climate in the nation for the last eight years, due in no small part to policies out of Sacramento.Any economic growth in the Golden State is largely driven from the continued tech boom in Silicon Valley - although even it may not be immune to California's poor business climate. Depending on how one categorizes "small businesses"- typically, either fewer than either 50 or 100 employees - as of the 3rd quarter of 2012, between 96%...
  • California Republican lawmakers call for immigration reform

    09/12/2013 5:57:33 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo! News ^ | September 12, 2013 | By Sharon Bernstein
    SACRAMENTO (Reuters) - A group of Republican California lawmakers are breaking with their party's skepticism over immigration reform and asking the U.S. Congress to give immigrants a path to citizenship to help their state's heavy dependence on migrant labor for agriculture and construction. Flanked by representatives of the state's agricultural, construction and restaurant industries, 16 Republican state senators and assembly members joined a national push to demand a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
  • How a Chinese Company Built 10 Homes in 24 Hours

    04/16/2014 1:27:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Apr 15, 2014
    Chinese companies have been known to build major real-estate projects very quickly. Now, one company is taking it to a new extreme. Suzhou-based construction-materials firm Winsun New Materials says it has built 10 200-square-meter homes using a gigantic 3-D printer that it spent 20 million yuan ($3.2 million) and 12 years developing. Such 3-D printers have been around for several years and are commonly used to make models, prototypes, plane parts and even such small items as jewelry.
  • PHOTOS: This Groundbreaking 3D Printer Built 10 Homes in 24 Hours

    04/14/2014 9:05:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    RYOT ^ | April 14, 2014 | Oliver Micheals
    From Oreos to body parts, 3D printers have been cranking out some pretty unbelievable stuff lately. But in Shanghai, WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. has been using a monstrous printing device to build homes at a breakneck pace 10 homes in 24 hours. Measuring out at roughly 105 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 21 feet tall, this clearly isnt your average retail printer. Unlike most 3D printers, this printing giant is fed with cement rather than plastic, making it especially well-suited for home construction. The best part is the houses are super cheap to make and theyre made...
  • Dutch firm building a house with a giant 3D printer

    03/25/2014 10:35:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Ecumenical News ^ | March 19, 2014 | Art Villasanta
    Currently rising layer by layer in Amsterdam is the world's first house to be built by 3D printing technology. Dutch architectural firm Dus Architects commissioned the 20-foot tall 3D printer given the name, "Kamermaker," or room builder. The project to build the 3D house is simply called the "3D Print Canal House." Dus had Kamermaker built when it decided upsize the scale-model rooms it was already 3D-printing and turn them into the real thing. What Kamermaker does is to build a series of rooms that can be snapped together to form an entire house, Lego-brick style. So far, the printer...
  • Report: DCs green-approved buildings using more energy

    03/04/2014 12:18:49 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    daily caller ^ | 3-4-14 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Washington, D.C. may have the highest number of certified green buildings in the country, but research by Environmental Policy Alliance suggests it might not be doing much good.The free-market group analyzed the first round of energy usage data released by city officials Friday and found that large, privately-owned buildings that received the green energy certification Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) actually use more energy than buildings that didnt receive this green stamp of approval.LEED is the brainchild of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a private environmental group.
  • 3D printing could transform home building

    01/22/2014 10:29:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 22, 2014
    Building a 2,500-square-foot house in less than 20 hours? It sounds like a tall tale, but a professor at the University of Southern California says it is absolutely possible. He would toss out traditional building practices and replace them with a single 3D printer. It's called contour crafting, creator Behrokh Khoshnevis, the director of the manufacturing engineering graduate program USC, tells CBS News. "Construction the way its done today is very wasteful," he explained in a presentation at TEDxOjai. "Our solution benefits from advanced technology...it is essentially a way of streamlining the process of construction by benefiting from the experience...
  • 7 great reasons why you should consider building your next house with Straw Bales

    01/17/2014 2:08:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    StrawBale blog ^ | January 1, 2014 | Andrew Morrison
    Why Build With Straw Bales? Straw bale construction lends itself well to an owner builder project. Some of the applications well suited for straw bale include: a cottage, office, garage, studio, and an art barn. You dont have to limit yourself to these smaller projects. Thousands of people have successfully built their own straw bale house. As a world leader in straw bale education we want to help you every step of the way. Ive created a great introductory video on why to build with straw bales. You can watch that by clicking the play button below. Please read on...
  • The 3D printer that can build a house in 24 hours

    01/08/2014 9:51:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    MSN's Innovation ^ | November 20, 2013 | Mark Hattersley
    The University of Southern California is testing a giant 3D printer that could be used to build a whole house in under 24 hours. Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis has designed the giant robot that replaces construction workers with a nozzle on a gantry, this squirts out concrete and can quickly build a home according to a computer pattern. It is basically scaling up 3D printing to the scale of building, says Khoshnevis. The technology, known as Contour Crafting, could revolutionise the construction industry. The affordable home? Contour Crafting could slash the cost of home-owning, making it possible for millions of displaced...
  • 3D-Printed Room Looks Like Gaud On Steroids, Could Signal New Age Of Architecture

    12/30/2013 4:48:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The International Science Times ^ | December 30, 2013 | Ben Wolford
    Architects in Zurich have erected an impossibly ornate room entirely from 3D-printed blocks. The designers say it's the first time anyone has used a 3D printer to design a work of architectural art from sandstone and could suggest a new way of thinking about building construction. "We aim to create an architecture that defies classification and reductionism," said the architects on the project's website. We'll attempt to classify and reduce it anyway: It basically looks like Antoni Gaud crammed all the flourishes of La Sagrada Familia into a 172-square-feet room. Designed by "customized algorithms," the architects say the work (called...
  • Netanyahu Defies Americans, Will Announce Extended Construction

    12/25/2013 5:40:02 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 46 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/12/13 | Elad Benari
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu plans to announce extended Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria next week, Channel 2 News reported on Wednesday. The announcement is expected to come parallel to the release of another 26 terrorists as a gesture to the Palestinian Authority (PA). With the planned announcement, Netanyahu has essentially rejected a request by the United States, which had asked him to hold off on new construction announcements so as not to hurt the ongoing peace talks with the PA. Previous announcements on construction raised the ire of the PA, which demanded that Israel cancel any tenders it has...
  • A bold new future for construction materials approaches (Self-forming 4-D skyscrapers?)

    12/16/2013 4:14:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    New Civil Engineer ^ | December 11, 2013 | Alexandra Wynne
    Building on the Moon, 4D printing, self-repairing bridges, movement monitoring quadrocopters, 3D printed concrete houses and generating electricity from unwanted noise may all sound like science fiction. But at computing giant Autodesks annual convention in Las Vegas last week, it all began to look a little realistic. There was a growing movement throughout the conference that urged engineers to rethink their traditional methods, to look outside their organisations for innovative ideas and to place themselves on a higher plane of thinking to allow the computers to do the repetitive leg work. But there was another faction present that wanted to...
  • SketchUp's Open-Source 3D-Printable WikiHouse Snaps Together Like Lego Bricks

    12/15/2013 7:48:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Inhabit Blog ^ | November 20, 2013 | Lidija Grozdanic
    What if you could assemble your house like Legos using free modeling software and a 3D printer? Thats the idea behind Eric Schimelpfenings WikiHouse a home designed entirely in SketchUp that can be downloaded by anyone, customized to fit the users needs and sent to the 3D printer. The components are then snapped together using less than 100 screws to make rooms that can be rearranged as easily as you would rearrange furniture.The WikiHouse Open Source Construction Kit can be downloaded by anyone interested in building a house. What distinguishes it from the modular houses of the 1950s...
  • Energy construction jobs booming as more than $100 billion in new building planned

    09/18/2013 12:06:38 PM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 18, 2013 | Emily Pickrell
    Downstream capital spending projected to hit $100 billion over the next three years will create labor shortages, especially in skilled trades, panelists said at a conference Wednesday morning . The Gulf Coast will see much of that spending and the tight labor market as companies build or expand refineries, chemical plants and pipelines, speakers told oil and gas leaders at a forum sponsored by the research firm IHS. But the labor demand will not approach the heyday of 2007, characterized by relentless recruitment wars between companies and double-digit wage inflation. speakers said. Wage growth for skilled trades probably...