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Volume: 6, Issue: 27 - 07/07/2017


By Stephen Hess


“Substantial completion” is largely viewed as the contractor’s big payday when retention is released and the contractor finally collects a large share of its profits. At the same time, substantial completion has many other ramifications under most form contracts.


Many state laws use substantial completion as an important milestone as well for purposes of calculating statutes of limitations and statutes of repose (which in turn govern when lawsuits must be commenced) as well as lien rights. Read more.


The Hudson Yards Redevelopment is one of NYC's largest projects in history. The megaproject is located on Manhattan's middle west side, and will attract over 65,000 visitors a day upon completion in 2024. Read more.


Volume: 6, Issue: 26 - 06/30/2017


By Bruce Jervis


The cynical view of contractor licensing requirements is that they are intended to generate revenue and restrict competition. The broader view – and official public policy – is that licensing schemes protect consumers and project owners. And, the statutes are effectively enforced through provisions that make it impossible for an unlicensed contractor to sue for payment for its work. Read more.


This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:


  • OSHA’s “Water. Rest. Shade.” Campaign
  • New Bills Could Boost FAA Construction Grants
  • Robotic Builders on the Job Site


Read more.


If all goes according to plan, The Jeddah Tower will open in 2020 and become the world’s tallest building. Check out this video of a tour group starting at the 56th floor and being lowered to the ground from a materials hoist by a crane. It’s an amazing view and the building is only one-quarter complete.


Volume: 6, Issue: 25 - 06/23/2017


By Jim Zack


Construction claims are becoming increasingly prevalent and expensive. It is key that owners and contractors work together to keep the project on schedule and communicate any deviations from plan.


The key to successful projects is communicate, communicate, communicate! Whether you are dealing with a partnering situation or a normal construction project, it is imperative to openly communicate early and often.


In reality, in construction, we often stifle communications for fear of liability. But, bad news delivered early is useful information. Bad news delivered late is a disaster!

The article reviews such possible aspects of project communication as partnering, pre-construction audits, delegation, project trending, document trail, use of technology, log and schedule submittals and more. Read more.


 This week's blog highlights from across the industry look at:


  • New 3D Printer Will Create Buildings in a Matter of Days
  • Passive House Projects

Read more.


The 821 foot city skyline consists of 145 residential condos that were designed to look like individual homes stacked on top of each other, giving the building its “Jenga-like qualities.” See time-lapse video of construction progress from 2012 to late 2016. 



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