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Gray Power in the Construction Workforce

BY ALAN LAIBSON, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT KIMMEL & ASSOCIATES Some companies decline to consider, or even interview, job applicants with resumes showing over 30 years of experience. This decision to pass over seasoned candidates is often driven by a stereotypical notion that senior workers are looking to cruise until retirement. This is a regrettable misconception. Candidates with many years of ...

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How Wood Products Reduce Construction’s Impact on the Environment

BY KENNETH BLAND VICE PRESIDENT, CODES & REGULATIONS AMERICAN WOOD COUNCIL Housing the world’s population of more than seven billion people, the construction industry today has grown to consume more of the earth’s resources than any other human activity.1 As such, there has been growing industry awareness to replenish the earth’s resources while reducing the carbon footprint of the built ...

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NDDOT Seeking Bids for Bridge Project Near Williston, ND

The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is planning to replace the Lewis & Clark Bridge located on US Highway 85 over the Missouri River near Williston, North Dakota. The Lewis & Clark Bridge will be replaced by a new 4-lane bridge to the west of the existing structure. The proposed bridge will be constructed 85 feet wide and 1,520 ...

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Lighten Up

USING GEOFOAM TO SIMPLIFY COMMON SITE PREP CHALLENGES By Nico Sutmoller Contractors have successfully used expanded polystyrene (EPS) geofoam to simplify site preparation since the 1960s. Projects built with the material include road beds, bridge approaches, levees and other civil jobs. Now, geofoam is increasingly solving a host of construction challenges in commercial buildings and large residential applications. GEOFOAM OVERVIEW ...

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Achieving Acoustic Comfort in Green Buildings

BY NIKLAS MOELLER Sustainability is one of the driving forces in the field of construction today, a road that has largely been paved by the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) rating system developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). However, for much of its history, LEED paid little attention to acoustics, drawing criticism from building professionals ...

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Cost-Effective Mobile Apps for Contractors

SAVE TIME, SAVE MONEY AND WIN NEW BIDS BY KEVIN HALTER CO-FOUNDER AND VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT GETABLE, ON-DEMAND EQUIPMENT RENTAL PROCUREMENT Many contractors are wary of spending money on new mobile applications, because they have been successful for years without them. They do everything with flip phones, Excel spreadsheets, Microsoft Outlook, and ERP/accounting software. Contractors invest in people, equipment ...

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LEED Credential Exams to Feature v4 Material

WILL YOU BE READY? BY THERESA LEHMAN, LEED FELLOW, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C DIRECTOR OF SUSTAINABLE SERVICES MIRON CONSTRUCTION CO., INC. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) launched the newest version of its Leadership in Energy & Environment Design (LEED) v4 rating system in November of 2013 at Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.  The updated version of the rating ...

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Built to Last

Q&D CONSTRUCTION CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF BUILDING BUILDINGS, BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY BY DAVID BUNKER Q&D Construction, a Nevada Chapter AGC member, started in 1964 with a $650 kitchen remodel on Crampton St. in Reno, Nev. And true to the pride in his work from the company’s first day, Norm Dianda, founder of the company, still knows, a half century later, ...

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Innovation Indoctrination

ADDING CREATIVITY TO THE COMPANY PLAYBOOK BY STEVE TYINK VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS INNOVATION MIRON CONSTRUCTION Innovation in the workplace stems from the environment in which you work. When the office setting allows for collaboration, it’s easier for employees to come up with solutions to problems and formulate new ideas. This collaboration is one of the keys to success, especially ...

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Are Contractor-Controlled Programs Right for Your Company?

FOUR TIPS TO HELP DRIVE THEIR SUCCESS BY DOUG CAUTI LIBERY MUTUAL INSURANCE The long-awaited recovery of the commercial construction market has many general contractors evaluating the role Contractor Controlled Insurance Programs (CCIPs) may play in better managing risks. When deciding if this approach makes sense for their companies, general contractors should understand the four tips that drive the effectiveness ...

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