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Spotlight – Jim Fontaine, CEO/President, Tella Firma Foundations

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – Building businesses has been a life-long passion for Jim Fontaine, but the idea to build a business in the construction industry surprised even him. When a bad thing happened to his dream lake home, he turned it into a “sometimes bad things happen for a reason,” and then turned that lesson that into a new business path....

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08/30/2016 16:01:00 | Viewed: 0
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Spotlight – David Snell, Owner, DFW Custom Wood Floors

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – Although it would seem that a man who owns three businesses would live to work, David Snell actually works to live the good life, and to live it now. By working smarter and not harder, Snell can slip away from work to spend his time his way, which is usually by the water....

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07/28/2016 18:55:00 | Viewed: 0
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Spotlight – Ken Morrison, Founder/President, StoneCoat

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – For Ken Morrison, there is a thrill in finding the “next big thing” – the thing that no one knows about that is destined to become a staple in people’s lives. That’s why he was so excited to stumble upon StoneCoat, a sprayable stone that he hopes will become the next big thing in construction. But even if he succeeds, will it tame his entrepreneurial spirit? Even if it doesn’t, he can always count on his family ...

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06/27/2016 15:22:00 | Viewed: 0
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Spotlight – Holly Hall, President/Partner, HPD Architecture

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – Holly Hall isn’t afraid of the word “no.” Or change. Or what others think. Or what the future holds when it’s uncertain. Instead, she embraces it as an adventure. Hall earned two degrees, pursued a career in the male-dominated field of architecture and started – and sustained – her own firm in a blistering economy. Now, true to form, she’s enthusiastic about her next challenge: Reimagining what she wants HPD Ar...

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05/26/2016 19:52:00 | Viewed: 0
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Spotlight – Daryl Bowen, President, Taurus Commercial Inc., Dallas

DALLAS – The characteristics of the zodiac sign Taurus include practicality, reliability and an eye for beauty, which made Taurus Commercial Inc. the perfect name for Daryl Bowen’s general contracting company. It also speaks volumes about how the May-born Bowen approaches both his work and his free time. Whether Bowen is building one-of-a-kind projects or sailing the seas, he can be counted on to make sure he approaches it with practicality a...

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04/27/2016 19:06:00 | Viewed: 0
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Spotlight – Kevin Butler, President/Partner, Merrick Butler, Vice President/Partner, Butler and Butler Construction/Butler Masonry, Lancaster, TX

DALLAS/FORT WORTH – Brothers Kevin and Merrick Butler have masonry and construction in their bloodline, thanks to observing their father run his own masonry business. After reestablishing that company for themselves, they now are celebrating Butler & Butler Construction/Butler Masonry’s 10-year anniversary with a blow-out party, and a look back on how it all started....

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04/01/2016 15:33:00 | 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....

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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