“Earthquake Safety Bed” protects occupants from building collapse

Admittedly, this is a little strange, but clearly could be a practical measure in certain parts of the world. Dahir Insaat Corporation is a Turkish company that specializes in pre-fab cast-in-place construction buildings ranging in size from a small cottage to an entire apartment block. The company also has developed a design concept for an … Continue reading “Earthquake Safety Bed” protects occupants from building collapse

How can design and construction firms survive the massive changes taking place in the industry?

Disruption is a word that is overused in Silicon Valley, and elsewhere in the tech world. The idea is that sometimes a new player comes along with an approach to doing things in such a radically different way that it disrupts the entire industry.

With advancements such as building information modeling (BIM), virtual/augmented reality (VR/AR), semi-private cloud-sharing of information, drone photography, the Internet of Things (IoT), prefabrication and/or modular construction, 3D printing, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and so on and so forth… — the construction industry of the next couple decades will look absolutely nothing like the previous couple decades.

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While prefabrication seems great in theory, for contractors, it may not be ready for prime time

Earlier this week, I shared an article that touted all the amazing benefits to be gained from prefabricating some assemblies offsite. So how long will it be before the entire construction industry shifts to a paradigm in which building consists primarily of assembling prefabricated components? FMI, a management consulting firm that specializes in nonresidential construction, … Continue reading While prefabrication seems great in theory, for contractors, it may not be ready for prime time

Marriott to use prefabrication and modular construction on up to 50 new hotels

Marriott is going modular in a major way. By prefabricating portions of hotels off-site in controlled environments, and then assembling the modular components, the hotel chain sees numerous advantages. With one prefab modular hotel already operational, the company is now planning to pursue the process on up to 50 more. Clayton Moore, of Digital Tends, … Continue reading Marriott to use prefabrication and modular construction on up to 50 new hotels

The next skilled labor shortage in the construction industry will involve computer programmers

People may think I’m nuts to suggest it, but I truly believe that one of the most important skills needed in the built environment over the next couple decades lies within the realm of computer programming. After all, someone needs to program all the robots…

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London: Failed, fallen structural components at the Cheesegrater building prompt investigation

The Leadenhall Building at 122 Leadenhall Street in London, also known affectionately as the Cheesegrater due to its unique shape, is 47-stories tall and is the UK’s 4th largest building. Featuring a cutting edge high-performance building envelope incorporating passive heating and cooling elements, 85% of its construction took place off-site, making it one of the largest and most complex prefabricated projects to date. Continue reading “London: Failed, fallen structural components at the Cheesegrater building prompt investigation”

“Smart Bricks” are like Lego blocks for building real buildings better, faster and cheaper

Modular construction—using prefabricated building components to rapidly assemble complete structures—has garnered significant interest in the industry over the last decade or so. An innovative startup out of the UK, Kite Brick Ltd, has come up with a downright playful approach to modular construction. The so-called smart bricks that are being prototyped by the company (US … Continue reading “Smart Bricks” are like Lego blocks for building real buildings better, faster and cheaper

China: Highly efficient 30-story hotel built in 15 days using pre-fab

A colleague sent this to me just now. BROAD Sustainable Building Co., LTD accomplished a fascinating feat through pre-fabrication of erecting an entire 30-story hotel in just 15 days. The project is located in the Hunan province of Southern China and was designed/engineered to be incredibly energy efficient, with less than 1% construction waste, as … Continue reading China: Highly efficient 30-story hotel built in 15 days using pre-fab