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The Future of Lightweight Structures in Construction

Recent technological innovations have allowed academic researchers and cutting-edge manufacturers to utilize the science (and art) of biomimicry to its fullest potential. It might just hold the key to unlocking a vastly improved, sustainably built environment for commercial construction. Before diving into the applications and benefits for the design-build and

Here’s Why You Should Choose a Self-Performing Contractor

What is “Self-Performing”? Buzzwords abound, and “self-performing” is one to become familiar with. When a contractor is hired to self-perform, it means that they will provide their direct employees to complete a portion of the construction (e.g. concrete work, steel framing, carpentry, or another specialty). Hiring a contractor to self-perform

6 Benefits of Working in Construction

A career working in construction carries many benefits, particularly in Upstate New York. Why work in construction in Upstate New York? For starters, there is growth and a promising future for the industry as a whole. A recent study found that in 2016 the construction industry saw a 2.4% growth

The Rise of Pre-Fabrication and Pre-Assembly in Commercial and Mixed-Use Construction

Many owners and developers choose to incorporate pre-assembly and pre-fabrication processes into their building project rather than using a more conventional approach. With pre-fabrication and pre-assembly, an integrated design-build firm and its construction team will set up a particular commercial space to pre-fabricate processes. These include examples like pre-poured slabs,

4 Benefits of Metal Panel Siding

Metal panel siding has been traditionally used in pre-engineered buildings (PEBs), but more and more building owners are beginning to see the benefit of using metal panel siding for all building designs. In the world of integrated design-build projects, PEBs are a systems building approach designed to maximize the use

3D Printed Buildings Will Change the Design-Build Landscape

Previously, we discussed 3D printing on the VIP Structures blog. The 3D printing market is expected to grow significantly over the next decade. According to MarketsandMarkets, the 3D printing market is expected to be worth 32.8 billion USD by 2023. Between 2017 and 2023, the compound annual growth rate (CAGR)

What is the Best Time of Year to Start Design-Build Projects?

There is really nothing quite like the excitement of breaking ground on a new design-build integrated project. After months of planning, managing, and anticipating, the launch of a new structure signals the culmination of expertise and integration. But when is the best time to get started? This depends on the

Construction Industry Trends for 2017

Construction spending failed to delight analyst expectations in 2016 so a 5% growth prediction in 2017 starts (according to Dodge Data & Analytics) is welcome news. There is still a sense of uncertainty with the new year and how policies and agendas could impact the construction industry, but new technologies

Innovative Use of Building Materials in Construction

The world of building construction may seem to outsiders like a world in which fundamental principles that have worked for so long still continue to function without much change. Buildings are designed, built and enjoyed. But clearly that’s just the surface of what’s happening in the fascinating world of architecture

Benefits of Pre-engineered Buildings (PEBs)

Pre-engineered buildings, or PEBs, are a popular method of construction not only in the United States but across the globe. Market analysts predict the PEB market to grow at a CAGR of 12% through 2020. The key drivers of growth in PEBs over the past decade lie somewhat in e-commerce

3 New Technologies Impacting Construction and Concrete Builds

Construction projects span from foundations to footings for buildings and equipment. Major projects can include everything from large scale buildings, to scale pads, to sidewalks, to curbs. Other projects could be as straightforward as creating concrete settings for generator equipment that sits next to production facilities. No matter what the

6 Factors to Consider When Hiring an Architecture, Engineering or Construction Firm

The process of searching for, deciding upon, and hiring an architecture, engineering, or construction firm for your next building project is a large undertaking. It likely involves multiple levels of decision-makers, resources, and considerable time. As detailed in past blog post titled 4 Reasons to Use an Integrated Design-Build Firm,

7 Tips to Improve Construction Safety

One thing is for sure, construction safety should not be taken lightly. Completing building projects on time and on-budget is important for a construction firm, but on-the-job safety should never be put at risk to accomplish those goals. Construction is a high hazard industry and the best construction firms can

6 Benefits of the Trimble Robotic Total Station

The Trimble Robotic Total Station is a device that helps contractors perform layout tasks more efficiently than with conventional mechanical systems for residential and building construction. The Trimble Robotic Total Station is designed specifically for concrete, MEP and general construction contractors and allows the user to perform jobsite layout and