A different prefabrication and modular construction sector came out of the pandemic. Ambitious startups such as Skender Manufacturing and Katerra folded in the last few years, while one major health care designer lamented an industrywide pullback that saw many of the suppliers they work with cut back on custom, by-project fabrication to standardize on products like headwalls and bathroom pods.
Structural materials have not changed all that much since reinforced concrete was introduced to construction in the late 19th century, but a fiber-reinforced, mineral composite system from a Florida company offers a new alternative.
Proposed EPA mandate's reliance on hydrogen and carbon capture evoked concern in comments sent by an Aug. 9 deadline, but supporters say investment in clean transition approaches already are well underway.
One of the things that Barton Malow’s wholly owned subsidiary, LiftBuild, sought to learn about its “top-down” construction approach for the Exchange residential project in Detroit was whether the process could be improved by automating workforce scheduling and bonus payments to skilled trades, reducing delays due to spikes in material prices and scheduling mix ups.