Developers chose Kansas-based A.L. Huber to oversee construction of The Grove, which should take approximately 10 years to complete.
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Highlights from the panel sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and USG Corporation
On Thursday, June 15, construction experts convened at the Columbus Club in Washington, D.C. to discuss the future of their industry. Hosted by RealClearPolitics and sponsored by USG Corporation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Building the U.S. Economy: The Construction Industry’s Role panel brought together voices from business, politics, and research.
“It’s going to make us smarter about the future challenges,” said Jennifer Scanlon, President and CEO of USG Corporation, who spoke before the panel and worked with the Chamber on developing the index. “We’re shining a light on this critical role that commercial construction plays in our economy. It will identify areas of strength and pinpoint opportunities for improvement.”
Congressman McKinley of West Virginia also endorsed the index. “Most Americans, and… certainly most people in Congress have no idea of the impact [of construction],” he said. “So this idea of the index, and more focus we can have on this is going to be very helpful… We’ve got to make sure people understand how this connects our whole economy.”
What follows are highlights from the panel, which covered topics including labor, regulation, building green, infrastructure, and technology in construction.
With the construction industry facing an acute labor shortage, the panelists weighed in on how this affects the industry and what they can do to face this challenge.
“We want to make sure we have the right people to do the job, with the right quality control. That’s our big focus right now… It’s hard to find and recruit that talent.”
— Colin Dunn, President of Heffron Company
“There’s an enthusiasm gap for construction related jobs in the colleges… It’s our job to get out to the public that this is a great industry to be in.”
“In the construction industry based on what we’ve seen based on the macroeconomic data is that is was by far the hardest-hit industry in the recession. 21% of the jobs were lost, only 10% of those jobs have come back… we have to be prepared for tomorrow, because we’re going to get back to that pre-recession level of employment within the next 5 to 10 years.”
— Andrew Hanson, Senior Research Analyst for the Center of Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University
The consensus from the panel was that fair regulation is welcome and needed, but that current over-regulation restricts industry growth and hurts small construction businesses.
“That red tape is going to add cost and prevent the construction industry from expanding employment, creating jobs, so absolutely I think that that’s an issue. But in general what I would like to see from our politicians at multiple levels is more transparency.”
— Andrew Hanson
“There has to be some regulation, but it’s so over-regulated that you can’t get a job off the ground.”
— Todd Hitt
While building green is more expensive, it’s increasingly desired by clients, required by law, and supported by the construction industry.
“I think 20 years from now we’re not going to see anything that’s not considered to be a LEED silver building being built new… it’s coming, so everybody needs to prepare for it.”
— Todd Hitt
“We fully support it… But the cost of doing green needs to incorporated up-front with the developer.”
— Colin Dunn
The only surety in American infrastructure is that it needs serious work. There is uncertainty in the construction industry about what an infrastructure bill might look like, and how they could fulfill that work under the present labor shortage. However, non-traditional collaborations like private equity and private-public partnerships could help fill the gap.
“When it comes to infrastructure, I think you’ll find that private equity — which we participate in through Kiddar Capital — is poised to help fund these things in innovative ways.”
— Todd Hitt
Technology in Construction
“Technology is changing our industry a lot in the sense that a lot of the up-front work is done at a computer, not by a foreman on-site laying it out.”
— Colin Dunn
“We invest heavily out of our capital unit into technologies, what we call built world technologies. Real estate, construction, automation, logistics, right, all crucial to where construction is going.”
— Todd Hitt
Watch the full discussion at realclearpolitics.com.
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The many ways in which technology has changed the approach AEC professionals can take to a given task or project is a theme that we’ve explored, but the people at BIMStorm are tackling the issue in far more complete manner. Their BIMStorm AEC Game Changers series is taking an in-depth look at how various advancements in technology are impacting the Design and Building industry and dramatically altering the way everyone lives and works.
Their upcoming webinar is titled: “BIM for Life: Total Cost of Ownership”. It will be focused on the disruptive changes AEC professionals are dealing with to help them reconsider how they can and should tackle certain problems and issues. To get a sense of what’s going to be shared and showcased during the webinar, we caught up with Kimon Onuma, creator of BIMStorm and the ONUMA System. We talked about some of the technologies that have created disruption, how professionals can ensure they’re not being negatively disrupted by new technology and plenty more.
You can sign up for the webinar here.
Jeremiah Karpowicz: Have the technology changes that are disputing the AEC industry made more of an impact on a technical level or on a conceptual one? That is to say, are these disruptions more about using a new/updated tool, or are they about needing to adopt a completely new approach?
Kimon Onuma: A better hammer is still just a hunk of steel until it is placed in the hands of a person ready to do work with it. Implementing technology is always going to be about adopting new approaches because ultimately the tools do not work alone, but need to be used by people. The users need to understand how to properly apply the new tools to improve their everyday workflows. BIMStorm brings the people and tools together to challenge and create faster disruptions for AEC.
Can you give us an example of a new technology that changed a methodology which had been in place for decades?
One of the starkest examples we have been talking about in BIMStorm is the rise of the smartphone. The smartphone is actually a confluence of numerous technologies that place a tremendous amount of information and capabilities in the palm of your hand. But from those technologies, it has changed the way we can communicate, work and interact with each other because it is successful at taking industry data standards, and making the entire universe of information available at your disposal. The next disruption is to bring smartphone type of functionality to the AEC industry.
What kind of challenges have you seen professionals run into when the wrong decisions are made early in the planning process? How can they impact the entire project?
We talk about this a lot in BIMStorm. This is the difference between an “Agile” process or a “Waterfall” process. Traditionally, many organizations use the waterfall approach. That is, they try to plan out and solve all anticipated problems and issues before they start a project. When new issues crop up, as they always do, they start all over again from the beginning. The newer, agile approach assumes not all will be known at the start of a project to even define completely the problem statement. Through a series of develop “sprints”, the team is in a constant cycle of developing and evaluating where they are. This mitigates the challenge of running into unexpected wrong decisions at any point in the process and course correct as efficiently as possible.
Is there a certain approach or mindset that professionals should consider in order to ensure they’re not being negatively disrupted by these kinds of changes to the technology?
Many highly trained and intelligent professionals seem susceptible to the notion, “oh that will never happen…” attitude when it comes to new processes and workflows. It is not too long ago (20 years or so) if someone said we are going to organize all of the world’s information and make it useable, people would not even understand what that meant. Today, people Google for information many times a day without really even considering the amount of planning this took. If those same dubious people were asked if it is possible to have a “magic” search box in a computer to search for info, they probably would say this would never happen.
Most of these issues are going to be more fully explored in your upcoming webinar. What else are you looking to explore during the event, and what sort of person is going to get the most out of attending it?
We have found in our BIMStorms, many people who say “I have always run into a similar problem, but I thought I was the only one…” It seems industry problems can become so entrenched that people just accept it as a given, even though in the back of their minds they wonder if there isn’t a better way to work. For any of those people, BIMStorm would be worth looking into. There are also some very forward looking scenarios that are bringing together game changing innovations in where the AEC industry is going. We do not limit who can participate. The main thing is to jump in. The best way to learn how to ride a bike… is jump on a bike, a BIMStorm bike in this case.
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Some say that AEC is slow to innovate, but it only takes one talk with a company like BuildingSP to see how tired that idea is.
CEO Brett Young describes BuildingSP as a software development firm that “uses technology and computation to improve the building information modeling (BIM) process, which improves project outcomes through better planning.” That’s underselling what they do, because the company is already forging a path toward a truly advanced artificial intelligence for AEC, and all the efficiency gains that entails.
This post is written by Ray Daddazio, President of Thornton Tomasetti
Originally published by our friends at The Combine.