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    2024’s top construction events

    It’s time to plan for the year ahead. Construction Dive has you covered with a full list of industry conferences, expos and meetings on tap for 2024.

    Updated Jan. 12, 2024
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    Construction’s manufacturing boom: Mapping the biggest facilities underway in the US

    Notable updates to the tracker this month include a $1 billion lithium refinery in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and a $200 million Norththrop Grumman manufacturing facility in Waynesboro, Virginia.

    Updated Feb. 15, 2024
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    DPR optimistic but careful about AI in new report

    The Redwood City, California-based contractor has a “curious, yet cautious” approach to AI and machine learning in construction.

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    9 of the top contech deals of 2023

    Autonomous drone technology, metal reclamation and modular construction topped the list of the biggest contech funding rounds last year.

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    CIOs worry about AI’s accuracy

    Tech leaders are uneasy about generative AI’s shortcomings and the impact on employees as pressure mounts to deploy the technology, Juniper Networks data shows.

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    Project Wins

    Millstone Weber nabs $405M Missouri I-70 expansion job

    The contractor is teaming up with designer Jacobs to build the first portion of the 200-mile, $2.8 billion highway overhaul.

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    IIJA may increase transportation’s GHG emissions as states spend more on highways

    The White House is also expected to delay the transition to electric vehicles in a revision to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed emissions regulation.

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    EV battery plant construction booms even as automakers hit the brakes

    Although demand for electric vehicles has slowed, EV-related projects are continuing to help power the construction industry.

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    Buy America rollout causes confusion and delays: trade groups

    The White House must adjust how it implements requirements for construction materials or risk weakening the impact of federal infrastructure funding, the groups said in a petition.

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    Lake Charles Methanol plans $3.2B Louisiana plant

    The facility will produce low-carbon methanol that reduces the release of greenhouse gases.

  • Construction workers help build a mixed-use apartment complex which will hold over 700 units of apartment housing and 95,000 square feet of commercial space on January 25, 2024 in Los Angeles
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    Economic Reports

    Input prices rise after 3 months of decline

    The first increase since September highlights the ongoing presence of material price volatility, said Anirban Basu, Associated Builders and Contractors’ chief economist.

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    5 of the biggest OSHA fines of Q4 2023

    One builder faces over $1.8 million in initial citations due to the use of updated instance-by-instance rules.

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    The average school building is nearly a half-century old

    An NCES survey found about a third of public schools have never undergone any major renovations, been replaced or gotten an addition.

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    Economic Reports

    Backlog dips again amid tight lending conditions

    The heavy industrial sector saw large gains, while institutional and infrastructure segments dropped.

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    Michigan is no longer a ‘right-to-work’ state

    The repeal, which took effect Tuesday, is the first such reversal since states began implementing laws that prohibit union security agreements in the 1940s.

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    LivAway Suites expands as infrastructure spending boosts extended stay demand

    The brand’s latest hotel groundbreaking in Dewitt, New York, is poised to benefit from a nearby $100 billion, federally funded factory project.

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    Q&A

    Slowdown ahead due to interest rates, GC exec says

    As people move to the Southeast, Samet Corp. has seen an increase in demand for multifamily and public projects, according to CFO Doug Beane.

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    Project Milestones

    Turner JV breaks ground on $550M Texas hospital

    University Health’s Palo Alto Hospital is one of two facilities being built by the state entity in the San Antonio metro area.

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    Inflation edges up, pushing back forecast of first Fed rate cut

    Futures traders now see a 52% probability that policymakers in June will cut the federal funds rate from its current peak level between 5.25% and 5.5%.

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    ABC releases builders’ guide to AI

    The manual covers the basics of what contractors need to know about the burgeoning tech.

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    Opinion

    Drones know the dirt: How UAVs can measure jobsite materials

    A reality capture manager at Columbia breaks down the basics, from software and training to regulations like the upcoming Remote ID Rule.

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    Kraus-Anderson buys healthcare-focused Phoenix builder

    Sonoran Crest Construction is the first acquisition for the 126-year-old Minneapolis firm.

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    Most employers lack guidance for using AI, study shows

    “For many organizations, it’s the Wild West with regard to how they are adopting and implementing AI,” a Gallagher expert said.

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    Q&A

    ‘Never give up’ applies to football and construction, says ex-quarterback

    Once on a professional football team’s roster, Bryan Ehrlich now uses a lifetime of construction knowledge to deliver renovation projects in the Southeast.

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    Executive Moves

    WSP names Shawn Wilson as transportation, infrastructure lead

    Wilson, who previously served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, will help the firm find growth opportunities.