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Mobile Offices Help Home Builders Manage Projects and Start Selling Sooner

Mobile offices can be delivered and operational before new home construction projects break ground. These modular structures are easily customized to meet any need, so home builders can effectively manage projects onsite and start selling sooner. Watch this short video to see a typical setup of mobile offices at a new home construction site.

How to Set Up School Campuses with Modular Classrooms and Administrative Buildings

Modular buildings can be added quickly and almost anywhere on a school campus. They’re great for keeping learning on track during renovations, after natural disasters or when additional space is needed due to overcrowding. Watch this video to see an example of how to set up school campuses with modular classrooms and administrative buildings.

Tips for Buying Used Office Trailers

Tips for Buying Used Office Trailers

ModSpace remodeled used office trailers to construct its permanent office in Hartford, CT.

Used office trailers can be a faster, more affordable alternative to building new. They come in a range of sizes and are easily customized to virtually any need. However, like commissioning the construction of a new building, buying used still requires several considerations. To help you find the right building and get your project up and running sooner, here are some tips for buying used office trailers.

The process for finding and buying used office trailers can be broken down into four parts: budget, permitting, intended use and timing.

Budget

As with anything else, knowing your budget before you go shopping is essential. Much like buying a new or used car, shopping for a used office trailer has several Read more

How to Set Up Manufacturing Sites with Office Trailers and Portable Storage Units

When facilities are needed to support new projects, here’s how to set up manufacturing, agriculture and industrial sites with office trailers and portable storage units for day one and sustained productivity.


What You Need to Know Before Using a Drone on a Construction Site

What You Need to Know Before Using a Drone on a Construction SiteThere’s little doubt that the drones are here to stay for construction. Though their safe and legal use among other air traffic and over pedestrian areas is a growing concern. The Drone Act is part of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 2012. It requires the FAA to “fully integrate the use of drones into U.S. airspace by 2015.” Several regulations have been passed as a result. Here’s what you need to know before using a drone on a construction site.

Know Before You Fly

FAA has enacted strict regulations regarding the commercial and private use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones in all shapes and sizes, including remote Read more

Non-Residential Construction Jumps 32.4% in March

$25 billion in non-residential construction starts in March marked a 32.4% climb over February numbers according to the just released Construction Industry Snapshot by CMD Group, formerly Reed Construction Data. The positive number in March confirms an upward trend in construction spending, but falls short of the same period last year when spending increased by 40.3%. For comparison, the long-term February-to-March increase has been 6.0%. See the full report from CMD here.

Non-Residential Construction Jumps 32.4% in March

Graph courtesy of CMD Group

2014 Construction Industry Roundup and 2015 Forecast

2014 Construction Industry Roundup and 2015 ForecastWhile architects, engineers and construction pros close the books on 2014, industry experts have already crunched mountains of data and released their predictions regarding where the construction industry is headed in 2015. Here are some highlights from industry analysts.

The Associated General Contractors of America @AGCofA

AGC of America Economist Ken Simonson took a look back at 2014. In a recent release, Simonson cited a report from the Department of Labor which confirmed 37 states and the District of Columbia added jobs between October 2013 and October 2014. The association’s chief economist noted, “These year-over-year and one-month changes show that construction is doing well in most of the country. Yet, the list of states that have added construction jobs varies from month to month, showing that the industry’s recovery remains vulnerable to worker shortages and unfavorable governmental actions.”

Forbes @Forbes

Houston was the fastest growing U.S. city in 2014, according to Forbes Staff Writer Erin Carlyle. The oil industry metropolis was the site of $25.1 billion in new construction in Read more

Could the Tech Industry Save Office Construction?

Amazon Rufus 2.0 office contructionAcross 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

Essential Design Factors of Net Zero Energy Buildings

Net Zero Energy BuildingsNet zero energy buildings are structures, either site-built or modular, that produce as much energy as they consume, resulting in zero additional energy required from outside sources. While defining the parameters of what makes a building net zero certified had previously been a bit hazy, the Living Building Challenge recently developed more defined criteria. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the essential design factors in every net zero energy building.

Good Design Dictates Lower Energy Needs

Good design is the start of every net zero energy building. Before considering renewable Read more

The Pros and Cons of Energy Usage Disclosure

Energy Usage DisclosureAs global green initiatives continue to increase and energy efficiency remains a priority, the question of energy usage disclosure has become a highly contested issue. As its name suggests, energy usage disclosure is the requirement that building managers report the total energy consumption rates of their respective properties.

Much of the country already complies with such informational reporting (specifically Northeastern states), however California, due to state law AB 1103, and Chicago now require that commercial building owners disclose their energy use. Other major cities, including New York, Austin, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. are Read more