A Look at 7 Incredible Feats in Modern Construction History

Throughout history, there have been many incredible feats of construction. From the building of the pyramids to the mysterious construction of Stonehenge, one-of-a-kind structures have come to life in different time periods that still impress us today. These marvels of the modern world deserve to be recognized for their size,

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Urban Planning – Creating a Culturally Diverse Experience

Urban planning trends are constantly changing. Cities and suburbs grow, adjust, and update based on the needs and wants of the population. Syracuse is no different; it continues to see a growing interest in living downtown with an occupancy rate hovering well over 95%. Our fully integrated design-build team is

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5 Game-Changing Materials to Create a Better Way to Build and Design

The design-build and construction industry is always evolving. Both processes and the materials that go into those processes are constantly being evaluated to create more effective and efficient outcomes. “Super materials” have multifunctional traits, meaning they can give a building the power to clean the environment, repair itself, and much

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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