When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, it caught our society flatfooted. Not one sector was left untouched or unscarred by the pandemic. And if you had to rank the impact among industries, you would be hard-pressed to find one more profoundly affected than health care.
Rescue and RebuildingIn the Aftermath
In the devastation of a natural disaster, the people of the construction sector are critical to recovery. The stakes are high, and human lives are on the line. Recently this has been made evident by the massive destruction in Turkey and Syria, where devastating earthquakes have left thousands dead and more than a million without shelter. In the aftermath, it’s the construction companies alongside the emergency rescue teams that literally pick up the pieces and begin to rebuild.
Blade AirMaking Clean Air a Priority
Coming through three years of a pandemic has made us all more sensitive to things we would otherwise take for granted. One of the biggest of these is the air that we breathe—especially in our buildings. When you consider that we spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors and make water quality a necessity, why not air quality as well?
Women in ArchitectureThe Female Gaze
Women have been a part of architecture from the time the first stones were stacked on top of each other to create shelter. The concept of architecture has come a very long way since those early villages were designed, but what about the advancement of women in the field?
Building and Celebrating a Diverse WorkforceIndustry Gamechanger
Rick Perin, co-founder of DPI Construction Management in Toronto, Canada has a lot of good things to say about his senior leadership team and the women who make it stand out, like Jessica Child, Director of Corporate Services. “Jessica is a force within commercial construction in the GTA. Jess approaches any scale mandate with zeal and a commitment to success that is second to none,” he told the Financial Post about her new appointment as director.
Welcome to the New Age of ConstructionBionic Suits, Drones, and Laser Beams
There’s a lot going on at any given construction site. Even before a shovel hits the ground, there’s a great deal of lead-up and planning to design the building, and then the procurement organizing the equipment and workers. And when construction begins, there’s another world of variables and factors to plan for as a project takes shape in the real world.
Stock OwnershipGiving Employees the Ultimate Buy-In
The pandemic has changed many things, but perhaps one of the most unexpected outcomes of COVID has been “The Great Resignation” wherein people took a hard look at their working lives and made changes.
Designing for Happier, Healthier WorkspacesLighten Up
It was 1893 in Chicago and the city was buzzing. The World’s Fair had brought massive numbers to the city to be part of this event on the cusp of a new century and take in the latest technology. But, as it got dark, a completely new experience for the rapt crowds was about to change the way of the whole world.
Building for Better DensityClose Quarters
The pandemic has redefined how we think about many things. One of the biggest is our living spaces and local neighbourhoods. Over the past two years, the rooms in our homes have doubled as offices, gyms, and even classrooms. And between lockdowns and social distancing, it felt like our world shrunk to the blocks that we can walk around in our own neighbourhoods.
Women in Trades – and Corner OfficesLevel the Jobsite
Often, when the conversation starts about how to attract more women to the workforce, it trends toward eliminating glass ceilings, how to increase the numbers of C-suite executives or adding female board members.
Thomas Jefferson’s Famed RotundaArchitectural Resurrection
The University of Virginia was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, including his Academical Village, a series of Greco-Roman-inspired interconnected buildings. And at the center of it all is the university’s original library, the Rotunda.
The Beauty and Value of Heritage BuildingsSaving Grace
Practically every county in the U.S. has a heritage building. In fact, we probably drive by one or more regularly without giving it much thought. But, in many ways, these historic buildings and sites help knit together local history and culture.
Dév MétaBringing Shining Jewels to the Built Environment
Dév Méta Inc., a Montréal-based residential development company, is embarking on some unique undertakings.
Building the San Francisco Public LibraryCommunity Hub
A library can say a lot about a city. It can be bold and modern, historic and rooted in classic architecture principles from the past – or even a combination of all these, reflecting both where a city came from and where it is going.
New Spaces, New Roles for Public LibrariesBy The Books
For many of us growing up, our first experience of being part of a larger community beyond our friends and family started with the local public library. The library is one of the first places you become a member of, complete with your personal card to give you the access (and the responsibility) to borrow books.
Jordan & Skala EngineersA Climate of Change Heats Up Building Design and Construction
Green building, net zero emissions and stewardship of resources require a whole new mindset in the construction industry. And it’s one that will be important for generations to come.
Lagging Productivity Cements Construction’s Move to DigitalNew Foundations
If you did any summer commuting you likely encountered the delays, detours and reduced travel lanes of road construction. It’s no surprise that The Economist says 90 percent of global infrastructure projects are either late or over budget.
Turning Homes into SanctuariesThe Nesting Economy
For many people, the COVID pandemic turned how they lived and thought about their homes inside-out. Up to that point homes for many were a place to come back to after work to eat, sleep and repeat. Those who suddenly found themselves working from home felt their worlds shrinking to the house they live in plus their walks around the block for exercise.
Paradise ExteriorsTurning Florida Homes into Paradise
When a call to customer service begins with, “Hello, Welcome to Paradise” – you know it’s a sign that the company delivers a great experience and feel-good vibes.
EntuitiveThe Growth of Green Building
There’s a strong case that can be made for building green. Sale prices of commercial and residential green buildings that are certified to environmental rating systems can be up to 30 percent higher than conventional buildings. Tenants also find green-certified buildings appealing and this can help raise rental rates by up to 25 percent; likewise, occupancy rates of green-certified buildings are up to 23 percent higher.
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