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Focus – Construction Equipment - Bobcat

AUSTIN – The most popular frame size in Bobcat history got a new upgrade....

Created by : cwright
12/02/2015 17:35:00 | Viewed: 0
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Focus – Construction Equipment - Snorkel

AUSTIN – The new Snorkel S3219E provides 19-feet of platform height from a 32-inch wide chassis and can lift 550 lbs. Non-marking tires and saloon-style entry gates are fitted as standard. It is part of the new Snorkel hydraulic drive electric slab scissor lift family that was launched earlier this year. The family includes four models: S3219E, S3226E, S4726E, and S4732E....

Created by : cwright
12/02/2015 17:30:00 | Viewed: 0
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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...

Created by : cwright-au
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 - A green horizon

AUSTIN - How would you describe the state of the construction industry in general terms? The construction industry as whole is doing fine. There are new projects and new products coming on board every day. Each city faces its obstacles. Our challenges are still the same, lead times for permits are still lagging and the shortage of labor has always been a factor....

Created by : cwiatrekcn
09/13/2017 06:21:00 | Viewed: 0
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Best kept secret

DALLAS/FT WORTH - Twenty years ago, contractors were using fax machines, visiting plan rooms and handling mounds of paper to manage the bid process. The Builders Exchange of Texas (BXTX) was in the thick of it, publishing a printed Bulletin, operating a physical plan room and busily making blueprint copies for its members. Then one day, BXTX received its first CD Rom with plans and specs on it and realized that the world was moving rapidly tow...

Created by : rdoebblercn
09/05/2017 22:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Legal - The Economic Loss Rule and construction defect litigation Part 3: Blurred lines, uncertainty, and recent legal developments

AUSTIN - This is the third article in a three-part series about the economic loss rule. As previously discussed, the rule sorts legal claims by distinguishing whether a party can recover under contract or in tort. Thus, how the rule draws the line between contract and tort claims is vital for those in the construction industry. Indeed, if the rule sets a broad scope for contract claims, parties who rely on the certainty provided by certain contra...

Created by : cwiatrekcn
08/30/2017 21:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule

AUSTIN - On March 25th, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule regarding respirable crystalline silica. Under this rule, employers are now subject to new standards for protecting workers. As the construction industry approaches the required implementation date of September 23, 2017, it is a good time to review the highlights....

Created by : cwiatrekcn
08/30/2017 11:03:00 | Viewed: 0