All Construction & Building Materials Articles
  • Healthy buildings: Construction’s answer to health crises

    Mike Floeck Construction & Building Materials

    After 12 months of living under the shadow of a global pandemic, burnout about the topic of health is spreading contagiously. If we’re not actively working to keep others healthy, however, we’re likely to experience future, large-scale outbreaks. The buildings in which we live, work and thrive can be more effective at protecting us from harm and preventing the spread of disease by incorporating intelligent design elements. Check out the infographic in this article to learn more about the features that make healthy buildings so healthy, and about the benefits they offer to those who live and work within them.

  • Infographic: Why you need diversity in the supply chain

    Brian Wallace Distribution & Warehousing

    Why does the supply chain need to be diverse, you ask? There are underserved populations and businesses that are minority-owned who are not getting a seat at the table. According to Avinandan Mukherjee, dean of the Lewis College of Business at Marshall University: "Small companies are at the mercy of larger retail buyers and suppliers sometimes, and they get less focus and attention, especially when production is lower at the other end. So bargaining power definitely creates some risk for smaller companies." Also, large corporations are often missing the mark for their minority suppliers. Diversity needs to be less talk and more action.

  • 6 tips for financing heavy equipment for your construction business

    Abby Drexler Construction & Building Materials

    Heavy equipment financing permits you to get a bank loan or lease to buy construction equipment for your business. This makes it more convenient to have equipment without purchasing the equipment outright. The construction equipment that is bought with the loan acts as collateral for the loan. Although you may have the funds to purchase the construction equipment you need, it is best to opt for heavy construction equipment financing. This will allow you to devote your cash flow to more important networks. This article features six tips for financing heavy equipment for your construction business.

  • Infographic: How to become an entrepreneur

    Brian Wallace Business Management, Services & Risk Management

    If you go back a few generations in time, entrepreneurs were not all about the glitz and glamor of today. It was actually a looked down upon profession. So, what’s changed in the world? Entrepreneurship only works properly with a contract with society to succeed.

  • 5 less explored marketing channels that can bring a lot of value

    Petra Odak Marketing

    Marketers have multiple options to promote their products and services. You have almost certainly heard of email marketing and social media marketing. Marketers use these methods because they work. And when the marketing is effective, the money comes in. But what about the other avenues you might be ignoring? In this article, let’s look at five less-explored marketing channels that can still bring a lot of value to your business.

  • 10 ways to make a positive first impression at a new job

    Hank Boyer Business Management, Services & Risk Management

    First impressions are lasting impressions. Every new employee is under intense scrutiny as hiring managers and HR attempt to evaluate each new hire’s potential. Impressing in a series of interviews and during the selection process was only the preliminaries. Every new employee starts out at exactly the same place in the job, since there is no performance track record to view, no known bad habits, and an equal opportunity to excel. Here are 10 ways to stand out and make a great first impression during your onboarding period.

  • 5 ways CIOs can deliver business-critical results during the pandemic and…

    Sean Ryan Business Management, Services & Risk Management

    In January 2020, you were likely paddling through the rapids of "old normal" business-critical issues, including providing systems that help business leaders deliver outstanding results, creating competitive advantage by improving the customer journey and overall experience, and nimbly adapting to constantly changing technology. Then, bam! COVID appeared around the next bend in the river and the world rapidly became far more difficult and treacherous. You’re now paddling in cataclysmic rapids amidst a world of perpetual whitewater. As CIO, to paddle your way to survival, or even to thrive, you will need to focus on these five key areas.

  • Reimagining the workplace for the post-COVID era

    Chris Kane Business Management, Services & Risk Management

    The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed where, when and how people work. Most who have now experienced remote working are questioning the ways we used to work and the purpose of the office. Answers to these questions will have repercussions for the future of our cities. Even before the pandemic, the traditional meanings of workplace and the office had been reshaped by technology. With good connectivity widely available, easy access to the internet and effective cloud computing, any space could become a workplace.

  • How connected smart cities will help prevent future pandemics and more

    Kevin Grauman Science & Technology

    Smart city initiatives place a heavy emphasis on the Internet of Things (IoT) and its potential for transforming society for the better. The list of possible applications includes tracking new disease outbreaks, minimizing transmission risks in hospitals and nursing homes, improving air quality and filtration, and monitoring general sanitation in buildings and on public transit. If all of this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s basically a greatest hits record of ways to battle COVID and prevent future pandemics.

  • Seattle, Salt Lake City, Boston top list of best cities for construction

    Justin Gitelman Construction & Building Materials

    With high business failure rates, long payment delays, safety risks, and complex regulatory requirements, U.S. construction companies operate in a challenging environment. But every city is not created equally; location makes a big difference in a construction company’s opportunity for success. In a review of the 50 largest U.S. metro areas, Levelset compared cities on a variety of construction-related factors, including starts, employment, safety, salaries, weather, and lien security. Ten cities won top honors as the best places for construction businesses and laborers.