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By Rebecca Stone

One of the biggest trends in construction today is repurposing existing buildings for new uses. Frequently, clients want to adapt old buildings with great bones instead of building new because the design elements and unique attributes within the existing structure often cannot be replicated or recreated. Although repurposed buildings are both trendy and desirable, the challenges that can arise when attempting to enhance their appeal while adding improved functionality are often unexpected.

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By David Bronovicki

From high school kids switching classes to employees wheeling medical equipment, it’s a fact that the interiors of some buildings will take more of a beating than others. When you’re planning high-traffic construction projects for hospitals, outpatient centers, transportation hubs and schools, you understand resilience is often on the want list, while value is always on the need list.

Here are some ways you can upsell interior wall protection that offers clients resilience and value:

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By Brad Shorr

Considering the high value of construction projects, the ROI potential of an effective lead generation website is extremely high for any company in the construction business, regardless of the scope of its operation. The following checklist highlights five website features that drive qualified leads — features many construction company websites fail to execute properly, if at all.

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By Jayme Cook

Construction sites can be brutal on the personal accessories. One slip of the hand can result in the 40-foot drop of a smartphone, ending with the poor little guy in pieces over a slab of sheet rock. One misstep and your expensive shades are launched in a pile of gravel, lens down. Even your favorite wristwatch has fallen victim to the scuffs and scratches that come with the construction zone terrain.

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By Andrew Pempek

When it comes to the items they're ordering from distributors, electrical contractors may require a full round of everything available  or just a few select items. For contractors, quantity and volume do not matter as much as getting the parts or products they need, when they need them. If it takes a week to even get acknowledged for parts, it might be time to find a new supplier. Here are a few important details electrical contractors should look for when working with distributors.

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By Jeffrey Gayer
 
According to a report by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the construction and manufacturing industries are the sources of the most job related eye injuries in the U.S.  These workplace eye injuries range from simple eye strain to severe trauma, which can cause permanent damage or blindness, requiring emergency attention.  However, “90 percent of all workplace eye injuries are preventable with the appropriate eye protection,” the AAO says.
 
So if 90 percent of eye injuries are preventable, why do workers not wear protective eye gear?

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In the construction industry, upstream parties, such as project owners and general contractors, typically seek to secure insurance risk transfer protection from accidents that occur on the job. An indemnification clause in a contract with a subcontractor is one way to achieve that goal. Another way is to require the subcontractor to include an additional insured endorsement in their general liability coverage to extend coverage to an upstream party as an additional insured (AI).

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By Jemima Meyers

Equipment is expensive, and you definitely want a decent and high ROI on the capital that you have invested.  Heavy industrial equipment –especially farming, industrial or mining equipment – demands proper maintenance to ensure it functions smoothly.

Tips for Keeping Track of Your Construction CostsBy Robert J. Hall

The construction business is full of variables: Recent statistics put private sector construction spending, after a variable decade, once again almost at the level it had reached in 2004. Unfortunately, there is still room for growth before it reaches the highs of 2006 to 2007. Public sector spending has held relatively stable over the past eight years, with a slight dip recorded in 2013.

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