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Focus – Vision into reality

AUSTIN – What is your opinion about the current state of the Austin construction industry? Construction in Austin is back on track. It’s not just the cranes visible in the sky over downtown, it’s the drawings on the boards in architecture offices. It feels healthy and vibrant, and it looks like construction will continue at this pace for a few years....

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11/05/2014 21:48:00 | Viewed: 7
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Focus – Thinking outside the box

AUSTIN – What does it take to be a successful engineer? Knowing your clients and what constitutes a successful project to them are the most important....

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11/05/2014 21:45:00 | Viewed: 9
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Focus – Persevering in the fence industry

AUSTIN – What is your perspective about the local construction industry in 2014? I have a very positive perspective about the construction industry in 2014. Here at Georgetown Fence & Deck, we have seen about a 30- to 35-percent growth in the past two years....

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10/07/2014 15:05:00 | Viewed: 24
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Focus - Opportunities await

AUSTIN – What does it take to be successful in your industry? Persistence was the first thing that came to mind, persistence and patience. In order to gain the trust and respect of customers, you must repeatedly demonstrate that your team is capable of completing projects within budget and in accordance with the schedule....

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07/01/2014 18:25:00 | Viewed: 100
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Focus – Opportunity awaits

HUTTO, TX – Why did you decide to work in the HVAC industry? Before I started working in the HVAC industry, I worked as a night manager at a grocery store in Del Rio, TX. The kid that came to do the maintenance on the air conditioning systems at the store graduated from high school a few years before me. I noticed he sure did have a nice personal truck so I figured there must be better pay in the air conditioning business....

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05/30/2014 16:11:00 | Viewed: 142
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Focusing on performance

AUSTIN, TX – Garrett-Ihnen Civil Engineers has moved to a new office on Technology Blvd. in Austin. L-R: David Presley, Steve Ihnen, Thomas Acosta, Jason Rodgers, Lisa Foret, Marilynn Anthenat, Conan Witzel and Jevon Poston. Not pictured: Mike Wilson –ab...

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08/28/2013 13:17:00 | Viewed: 831
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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....

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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...

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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...

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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....

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08/30/2017 11:03:00 | Viewed: 0