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    The 2021 Dodge Construction Outlook Conference Will Address Labor Shortages for General Contractors

    The 82nd annual Dodge Construction Outlook Conference will occur on November 3 from 11:00–3:30 (EDT). Although the conference will be virtual this year, due to COVID-19, it remains a cornerstone event for construction industry leaders and the media. Its forecasts offer critical insights into the U.S. economy and the construction market. The conference will feature two keynotes: The 2021 construction industry findings will be presented by Dodge Data & Analytics’ chief economist Richard Branch and will outline the risks and opportunities… Read More »The 2021 Dodge Construction Outlook Conference Will Address Labor Shortages for General Contractors

      The 2021 Dodge Construction Outlook Conference Will Model Emerging Practices for Building Product Manufacturers to Work With Architects and Engineers

      The 82nd annual Dodge Construction Outlook Conference will occur on November 3 from 11:00–3:30 (EDT). Although the conference will be virtual this year, due to COVID-19, it remains a cornerstone event for construction industry leaders and the media. Its forecasts offer critical insights into the U.S. economy and the construction market. The conference will feature two keynotes: The 2021 construction industry findings will be presented by Dodge Data & Analytics’ chief economist Richard Branch and will outline the risks and opportunities… Read More »The 2021 Dodge Construction Outlook Conference Will Model Emerging Practices for Building Product Manufacturers to Work With Architects and Engineers

        Dodge’s Chief Economist Analyses the August 2021 Construction Starts

        Richard Branch, chief economist at Dodge Data & Analytics, reviews the latest economic indicators for the construction industry in a new video. Here’s the upshot: Total construction starts fell 9% from July to August. This is the third consecutive monthly decline in activity. All three major sectors fell during the month. Non-building starts fell by 2%. Residential starts fell by 9%. Non-residential starts fell by 13%.

          The Fans Chosen by Businesses Across the Globe

          In Big Ass Fans’ two decades of innovation, we’ve helped thousands of businesses just like yours. Our overhead and directional and fans have the power and efficiency to move massive amounts of air with minimal energy use, delivering comfort that transforms how your people work.

            Case Study: Haiku Helps Francis Ford Coppola’s Resort Guests Stay Comfortable

            The illustrious Hollywood director behind The Coppola Family Hideaways envisions his tropical resorts as not just hideaways, but getaways. Francis Ford Coppola wants guests to be able to put their working lives behind them in peace, quiet and total comfort. That means no TVs and no air conditioning. The installation of Haiku fans throughout Coppola Family Hideaways in Belize and Guatemala makes living without air conditioning a breeze.

              Case Study: Keeping Daytona Cool With Big Ass Fans

              For more than half a century, Daytona International Speedway has been the epicenter for American motorsports and NASCAR. Despite continued excellence on the track, the off-the-track amenities increasingly failed to meet modern standards. Over a multiyear renovation, Daytona doubled down on the fan experience and installed Big Ass Fans to keep people cool.

                How 5D BIM is Creating Better Outcomes on Construction Projects

                5D BIM is a five-dimensional way of showing the physical and functional aspects of any project. 5D adds the element of cost to the already existing time management and Common Data Environment (CDE) components of information sharing in construction. When performed correctly, 5D BIM can optimize a project, impact schedule and cost, and ultimately save margins. However, most solutions today are not purpose built for 5D, and instead are a collection of data and solutions that only give a snapshot… Read More »How 5D BIM is Creating Better Outcomes on Construction Projects

                  The Road to Zero Emissions in the AEC industry

                  Currently, the journey to zero emissions in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry remains a moral imperative. As the climate emergency deepens, construction professionals will come under increasing pressure to decarbonize their operations. Government and multi-national organizations are proposing public policy and regulation, such as the Paris Agreement, that will have local and regional impacts on construction operations as soon as 2021. This guide looks at the carbon challenge and how construction operators can play their part in reducing… Read More »The Road to Zero Emissions in the AEC industry

                    Pandemic Skewed Construction Demand; What That Means For General Contractors Today

                    Demand for cold storage and fulfillment centers is through the roof. Some developers have adjusted their plans, hedging their bets by changing hotels and office blocks under construction into mixed-purpose buildings. Others are playing the long game, taking advantage of low occupancy rates to undertake renovations or conversions. As these requirements shift, contractors need to catch up. That means keeping on top of new health and safety demands, like HVAC units with built-in HEPA filters and other interventions designed to… Read More »Pandemic Skewed Construction Demand; What That Means For General Contractors Today

                      Building a Data Center? Here’s What You Need to Know

                      Cloud computing is at an all-time high. Over the past year, meetings have moved online. The document, storage, collaboration, and sharing apps have become essential for organizations of all types. All over the world, people are working from home, learning from home, and accessing all their entertainment from home. This rising internet usage creates oceans of data… and that data needs to be processed and stored. For construction companies and general contractors, this represents a huge opportunity. But building data… Read More »Building a Data Center? Here’s What You Need to Know