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Focus – Architecture & Engineering – Legislative year brings changes to industry

AUSTIN – As with all odd-numbered years in Texas, 2015 brought with it a legislative session to Austin. The 84th legislature of Texas made a few changes that affected the engineering community. Unlike the 2013 session, which through the passage of the Sunset bill for the Engineering Practice Act, brought us the fingerprint-based Criminal History Records Check (CHRC), the bills passed in the 2015 session should be much more well-received. Som...

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10/29/2015 16:29:00 | Viewed: 0
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Focus - Specialty Contractors - Safety first priority at Lasco

AUSTIN – What do you do on a daily basis at Lasco Acoustics & Drywall? I am the safety director at the Austin office but I also travel to work in Dallas and San Antonio....

Created by : abementcn
10/14/2015 19:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Focus - Specialty Contractors - Regular session of the 84th Texas Legislature

AUSTIN – The 84th Texas Legislature completed its Regular Session on June 1, 2015. The Texas construction industry will benefit from the passage of the following bills:...

Created by : cwright
10/14/2015 18:55:00 | Viewed: 0
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Focus – Green Building – No signs of slowing down

AUSTIN – In your opinion, what is the current state of the local construction industry? The commercial construction industry is booming all across the state of Texas right now, and we don’t see any signs of a slow down yet. We work across the entire state – from Houston to El Paso and Brownsville to Amarillo - and have seen very steady work for contractors and suppliers throughout the summer....

Created by : abementcn
08/31/2015 19:04:00 | Viewed: 0
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Focus – Green Building – Green and getting greener

AUSTIN – In your opinion, what is the current state of the local construction industry? The last five years have brought sustainable building practices into both the commercial and residential mainstream. Commercially, there are many financial case studies now showing the financial benefits of building green with the LEED metric: 1.) LEED Certified projects operate at greater efficiency and thus lower cost; 2.) LEED Certified projects have gr...

Created by : abementcn
08/31/2015 19:01:00 | Viewed: 0
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Service Providers - Impacting lives

AUSTIN – How would you describe the state of the construction industry from your perspective? I think the construction industry is very strong in 2015....

Created by : abementcn
07/31/2015 19:01:00 | Viewed: 0
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OSHA - Cranes and derricks in construction: Operator qualification

AUSTIN - OSHA changed the regulation governing crane operator certification in construction. First, this final rule removes the requirement that crane operator certifications include the crane’s rated lifting capacity. The two testing organizations that have certified the majority of operators have issued certifications by “type” but not “capacity.” These certifications, therefore, would not have been valid without a change to the rule....

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11/28/2018 18:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Legal - What to do if you suddenly become involved in a multi-party construction defect lawsuit?

SAN ANTONIO - Times are changing. Around Texas, there is an onset of multi-party construction defect lawsuits. In the Valley and recently in Bexar County, various school districts have filed lawsuits. In the current climate of public owners or owners of multi-family housing units, construction defect lawsuits are becoming prevalent. When public owners are involved, the two or four year statutes of limitation do not apply. Instead, lawsuits may be...

Created by : contributorcn
11/28/2018 18:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Accounting - Part III: Plan ahead for accounting for new long-term contracts

AUSTIN - Your company established the completed contract method of accounting for long-term contracts that are exempt from Code Section 460 because its gross receipts fell under the $10 million threshold....

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11/28/2018 18:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Focus - Embracing staffing & technology challenges

DALLAS/FT WORTH - It’s a good time to be in construction and engineering/ architectural design in Texas....

Created by : contributorcn
10/29/2018 17:01:00 | Viewed: 0