Former Flextronics, Tesla CEO Aims to Disrupt Construction Industry

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A startup construction firm, Katerra, has building projects in the works all over Northern California, but it has remained quiet until now about its unusual high-tech methods and its backing from finance, real estate, and technology heavyweights. Katerra, a two-year-old company that says its technology platform brings the efficiency of electronics manufacturing to construction projects, announced Thursday it raised $130 …

Lien System Necessary but Susceptible to Abuse, Experts Say

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It may take a village to raise a building, but it takes only one disgruntled subcontractor to ensnare a project in a legal tug-of-war. For One57, the 75-story luxury condo tower on Billionaires’ Row, fire sprinklers are at the heart of an ongoing dispute with the developer and project’s general contractor. Federated Fire Protection Systems, which does plumbing, heating and …

Work to Resume on Water Plant

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Work will likely resume soon on the nearly completed McLean County Regional Water Plant project, two months after the bankruptcy of Evansville contractors Peyronnin Construction brought most of the work at the Calhoun site to a standstill. Bill Quisenberry, attorney for the McLean County Regional Water Commission, said when Peyronnin filed bankruptcy Jan. 9, a trustee was appointed by a …

Federal and State Transportation Programs Favoring DBEs Found Constitutional

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Introduction In 1983, in recognition of the historical impact of discrimination on the ability of racial and minority-owned businesses to contract with the government, the federal government passed a federal disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) programme which has been reauthorised as recently as 2015 in Section 1101(b) of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, Pub L 114–94. The purpose of the …

Apartment Building Developers Face Shortage of Construction Workers

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Apartment building developers have a lot to worry about. So many new developments are under construction, they are likely to compete with each other—and not just for residents. Developers are also competing to find construction workers to build their projects. “A very tight construction labor market is going to get even worse,” says Bill McDonald, president and chief investment officer …