A Georgia court case is a reminder that sovereign immunity can limit a contractor's ability to recover damages, an attorney writes. The case shows how vital it is for contractors to strictly follow the terms of a state or municipal contract to ensure the validity of a claim that sovereign immunity has been waived, the attorney writes.
Contractors and building trade unions in Cleveland are enhancing and expanding apprenticeship programs that target women and minorities to help deal with construction labor shortages. A 2017 survey found that 73% of the area's construction firms were struggling to find qualified employees.
Japanese construction companies are preparing to use robots that can weld, lift and bolt to help deal with labor shortages in the country's booming construction industry. The robots will be deployed at construction sites this year.
Corporations in various industries offer mindfulness training or encourage similar practices to help staff focus and manage stress, write Christian Greiser and Jan-Philipp Martini of The Boston Consulting Group. Mindfulness "helps people to inspect and adapt their behaviors in short cycles, relax so that they can rewire established attitudes, and think clearly in the midst of overwhelming digital stimuli," they write.
Marriott International plans to build three hotels in Tampa, Fla., adding 1,400 rooms. "Tampa has got extraordinary potential," says Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott, which already has 29 properties in the area.
A $1.1 billion resort and convention center is expected to create 10,000 construction jobs, and Chula Vista, Calif., and the Port of San Diego have reached a financial agreement that greenlights development. The project could feature restaurants, retail and a marina and nearly 3,000 hotel rooms.
Workers have begun installing the super structure on the $1.5 billion Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach, Calif., preparing for an initial surface of concrete slabs. Construction of the second-tallest cable-stayed bridge in the US started in 2013, and it has faced cost overruns and delays.
A ceremonial topping-out was held at the $270 million Summa Health System tower under construction in Ohio. The six-floor tower is expected to be finished in 2019, and it's part of a larger campus modernization and expansion.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia in the Okanagan region say their version of compressed soil, also called rammed earth, could become seen much more in modern building construction. The researchers have used fly ash and calcium carbide to bind the rammed earth, making the material as much as 25 times stronger.
Developing and maintaining relationships is key to bidding and winning public construction contracts. While emails and phone calls play a role, it's important to have face-to-face meetings with important contacts at public agencies.