Tag Archive for Green Building

Could the Tech Industry Save Office Construction?

amazon Rufus 20 campus seattle 300x171 Could the Tech Industry Save Office Construction?Across the country, office construction has seen a recent boom, thanks to technology companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook. These multi-billion dollar firms are expanding rapidly, and looking for more space for offices and data storage.

A recent article, titled Demand from Tech Sector Helps to Reboot Office Market, from Engineering News Record (ENR.com), took an in-depth look into the recent “reboot” of office construction, highlighting cities like Seattle, San Francisco, and even Read more

Top 50 Tech Firms for Construction

technology 298256 1920 300x160 Top 50 Tech Firms for ConstructionThe secret’s out; construction is going high-tech. From mobile apps that empower project managers to cloud-based collaboration tools to the widely used BIM, there’s no shortage of new technology for architects, engineers and construction professionals.

This increasing adoption of new technologies has spurned a bevy of both new and tenured tech firms to develop the next generation of intelligent tools for construction. Yesterday, the editors at Constructech.com released their list of the top 50 most influential construction technology providers. It’s a powerful statement about where construction is headed. Here’s a peek at the top 10.

  1. AboutTime Technologies, Payson, UT – Product: Mobile resource management
  2. Aconex, San Bruno, CA – Product: Online project collaboration Read more

Excellence in Construction: The 2014 Global Best Projects Awarded

¬ Sam Burrell Halley VI winter view 300x194 Excellence in Construction: The 2014 Global Best Projects AwardedWhat does it take to be considered the Global Best Project of the year? According to a panel of expert judges from across the industry, the best construction projects are leaders in innovation, safety performance, global teamwork, quality and success in overcoming challenges.

The 2014 Global Best Projects Awards were recently announced at the ENR+Dodge 2014 Global Construction Summit in New York City. The winners represent the best of what modern architecture, engineering and construction can do to make our world a better place for everyone. Here are a few of the winners that caught our attention: Read more

How to Build Better Mobile Offices Part 3: Finishes, Testing and Inspection

Watch the last chapter in this series as ModSpace VP of Construction Services Sam Tikriti walks you through the installation of interior and exterior finishes followed by thorough testing and an end-to-end inspection. They’re the final steps in building a better mobile office. Click the video below to see for yourself.

Make sure to watch part 1 and part 2 of this video series to see everything that goes into building better mobile offices.

How to Build Better Mobile Offices Part 1: The Foundation

Not all mobile offices are created equal. Precision in-factory construction can produce high-quality mobile offices with all the amenities and comforts of a conventional full-service office building.

Click on the video below to watch ModSpace VP of Construction Services Sam Tikriti walk you through the first of our three-part series on how to build a better mobile office.

Be sure to check back later this week as we post the next video in this series.

14 Construction Apps for Project Managers in 2014

iphone tool belt 300x286 14 Construction Apps for Project Managers in 2014Apple’s App Store recently topped 1 million apps, with approximately 25,000 new apps being added every day, or one every 3.5 seconds. For construction, the store has more than 10,000 good and not-so-good tools available to help project managers be more effective and efficient on the job. With so many options, finding the right one for you can be a task in itself. To help you get a jump on your app search, here are 14 you should consider downloading in 2014.

1. Archipad Lite

A version of Archipad software made for the iPad, this free app allows project managers to create and send punch lists, reports, and drawings with specific locations for items. It also “learns” to autocomplete entries based on familiar phrases you use. Archipad Lite automatically formats information, eliminating time-consuming steps to ensure your information is conveyed in a neat, concise way. 

2. iAuditor: Safety Audit and Checklist

Do paperless safety checks and inspections for free. Edit, sign-off and approve,  then email completed audits in PDF or Microsoft Word formats. The iAuditor has more than Read more

Sustainable Architecture Takes On Urban Agriculture

nyc dragonfly night 300x196 Sustainable Architecture Takes On Urban AgricultureArchitects are coming up with some innovative ways to make sustainable buildings. Many of these sustainable projects are still in the concept phase. Among them, two proposed projects recently caught our eye as both aspire to integrate large areas for farming in urban settings.

Here’s how these proposed projects may take urban architecture and agriculture to new heights… Literally.

Belgian architect Vincent Callebaut designed a 132-floor urban farm concept for Roosevelt Island in New York City. The proposed “Dragonfly” development would rely on Read more

Growing Bricks Creates New Opportunities for Sustainable Building

bioMason Brick Growing Bricks Creates New Opportunities for Sustainable BuildingThe search for sustainable building materials has technology firms and construction companies looking in some surprising places. One such firm, bioMason, found a way to create construction-grade bricks from, believe it or not, bacteria — bacterial byproducts to be specific.

From Bacteria to Bricks

Bacteria create natural cement (similar to coral) in as little as five days. This cement is combined with sand to form bricks capable of holding up to the pressures of residential and commercial construction. Essentially, the bioMason brick is Read more

LEED vs. Green Globes: The Battle for Sustainable Building Supremacy

greenbuilding 300x274 LEED vs. Green Globes: The Battle for Sustainable Building SupremacyThere’s a new kid on the green construction standard block. The Green Globes rating system is being touted as a less-expensive method of rating the sustainability of construction projects. Until recently, LEED was the leading certification program that offered ratings for green architectural design and development, construction and maintenance. Now, LEED is facing competition from Portland, Oregon-based Green Globes, causing controversy and competition throughout the green building industry.

Differences & Similarities

Both LEED and the Green Globes provide national/state/local certification for sustainable building projects; however, there are quite a few ways in which these two systems differ.

  • LEED is based on a system of 110 points whereas the Green Globes utilizes a 1,000 point system.  Each requires a minimum of points in order to be certified. Read more

Survey Confirms Modular Construction to Expand in 2014

ModularOfficeBuilding 300x148 Survey Confirms Modular Construction to Expand in 2014A recent FMI survey revealed some compelling trends in prefabricated and modular construction in the near future. The survey targeted a blend of mechanical, electrical, and general construction contractors, as well as construction management firms. Here are some of the noteworthy findings:

  • Respondents believe that prefabrication services will grow by more than 5% per year for the next three years.
  • More firms are considering in-house prefabrication (17% in 2013 compared to 5% in 2010). At the same time, the number of respondents who have definitive plans to start up their own prefabrication facilities dropped from 57% in 2010 to 33% in 2013.
  • 40% of all respondents have prefabricated construction as a part of their companies’ strategic initiatives.

While the survey as a whole appears to convey mixed messages (specifically point 2 above), it is obvious that industry participants believe that prefabrication and modularization services will play important roles within construction projects in the future.

The question remains as to the number of respondents that will take on those responsibilities themselves or look to subcontractors for in-factory construction. As with all expansion plans, ROI will determine whether or not in-house modular divisions will be cost effective.

With nearly a half century of experience in modular, we’re happy to see more firms are seeing the benefits of in-factory building and look forward to what 2014 reveals.