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How the Recession Has Affected the Commercial Construction Industry

For some time, I have asked myself (and others), “What was so great about The Great Recession?” This economic crisis has been deemed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as the worst world-wide recession since World War II. Its impact has been felt in nearly every industry imaginable, and particularly in the construction industry. It ran its course for 18…

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Construction Site Safety Checklist

“What to wear” checklist: • Wear Safety Glasses or Face Shields, whichever suits better, to protect your eyes from harmful exposures like dust, chemicals, flying particles, smokes and what not – especially if your job involves welding, cutting, grinding, nailing, concreting and chemical-related works. • Use proper boots – insulated, water and skid proof – whatever protects you best. The…

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Using Parallel Construction in Technical Documents

The careful technical writer always uses parallel construction in paragraphs, lists, even sentences. For sentences that is just good grammar. So what is parallel construction? Parallel Sentences According to my oldest text book on technical writing, a sentence is parallel if its coordinate elements are expressed in the same grammatical form. By creating and sustaining a recognizable pattern for the…

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Construction Bonding

To provide an expert’s view on construction payment and performance surety bonds, I sat down with Ellen Neylan, the owner of Surety Bond Associates, a WBE surety bond agency and consulting firm that provides specialty surety services to small, minority women and veteran owned contractors. Often projects presented accompany a bonding requirement – too many times this is seen as…

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The Importance of Foam Insulation in Commercial Construction

It used to be that building “insulation” evoked images of rolls of fiberglass batting material in either pink or white/yellowish color. Since the late 1930s, long strips of fiberglass batting have been cut to fit between wall studs and sandwiched between the exterior wall and the sheetrock interior. Fiberglass provided far superior (and safer) building insulation than had been used…

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