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Our quarterly advisory is designed to keep you informed of the latest construction-related news that could impact your next project.

Whether its material price escalations, changes in laws that affect how your project is run, or methods that improve project implementation, we share our insights to help you ask the right questions when starting your next project.


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Q3 2020 Summary:

The pandemic continues to impact all sectors of construction. Equipment, materials, and services are being delayed due to disruptions in global supply chains. However, delaying a project to seek a price bargain is not the most advantageous to the project.


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Delay of Outsourced Structural Steel Shop Drawings

Outsourcing structural steel shop drawings to foreign countries is a common practice, but detailing is taking longer because of the pandemic...

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Supply Chain Disruptions Cause Product Delays

Material and equipment manufactured internationally are delayed due to plant closures. Specifically, televisions, fire alarm system components, and HVAC equipment have been impacted...

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Manage Market Fluctuations with a Long-Term Strategy

There is an old saying in the construction business, “It will never be cheaper to build than it is today.” We believe this is especially true in the current economic situation...

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Keeping Project Momentum During a Pandemic

Many project teams are keeping projects moving forward while maintaining social distance by shifting to virtual technologies at every phase of a project. Following are some of the ways you can maintain momentum so projects finish on time....

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Construction Cost Impacts

We recommend Owners not delay projects and push through the preconstruction phase now so projects are “shovel ready.” We predict projects designed and poised to begin procurement will benefit from favorable market conditions in the near future. ...

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Is your Facility 5G Cellular Network Capable?

You may have heard a lot about 5G, the new cellular network that is 10 times faster than 4G. If you are interested in enabling your facilities to provide 5G technology...

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2020 Outlook: Labor Shortages Continue

Despite the national economic and political uncertainty, Texas' construction market remains one of the strongest in the country...

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Anticipate 5% Cost Escalation in 2020

Tariffs, trade deals, Brexit, and pending elections are causing material price fluctuations which will affect projects...

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City of Houston Amends Stormwater Drainage Requirements

In October 2019, the City of Houston amended its stormwater drainage criteria as a result of a U.S. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) analysis...

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Managing Expectations for Architectural Concrete

The key to successfully using architectural concrete on a project is to manage the team's expectations regarding the finished product...

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3D Laser Scanning Benefits Renovations

The success of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for renovation projects hinges on accurately reflecting the projects' existing conditions in the design documents...

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Protecting Healthcare Workers from Hazardous Drugs: Are you USP 800 Compliant?

U.s. Pharmacopeial (USP) 800 "Hazardous Drugs - Handling in Healthcare Settings" provides standards for safe handling of hazardous drugs to minimize the risk of exposure to healthcare personnel, patients, and the environment...

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Increased Use of Chill Beams in Higher Education and Healthcare Facilities

The utilization of chilled beams in place of traditional variable air volume (VAV) for heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning in higher education and healthcare facilities has become increasingly popular in recent years...

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Tariffs Update! Keep Calm, Build On

As of August 2019, raw material prices and lead times for imported materials are back to pre-tariff levels...

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2019 Outlook: Normal Price Increases Expected

As of November 2018, our estimating department planned on typical four to five percent material price escalation...

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Moisture Issues May Void Roof Warranties

Over the last few years, manufacturers of adhered roofing systems have experienced a surge in warranty issues associated with moisture in the concrete decks under their roof systems...

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Labor Shortage: 30 Years in the Making

Although the construction industry has been experiencing labor shortages for at least five years, an unskilled craft workforce has been a problem in the making for more than 30 years...

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