Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Five habits that are keeping your digital strategy from working

Today, construction is seeing heavy investments in digital capabilities. From 2010 to 2017, construction technology companies garnered $10 billion in investment funding. As of July, VC investments have hit $1.05 billion for 2018. In the context of design and construction companies, this is translating into serious investment for creating and executing digital strategies. As consultants, we see construction companies aiming to make significant overhauls to their IT infrastructure, grow their digital teams, and implementation new design tools.

First mass timber panel made from structural composite lumber gets APA certification

Freres Lumber Company says it has achieved Mass Plywood Panels (MPP) certification under the APA - The Engineered Wood Association’s ANSI/APA PRG 320 standard.

The massive facelift of New York’s famed Waldorf Astoria moves into Phase Two

The nearly $2 billion reconstruction and renovation of the Waldorf Astoria New York is moving into its second stage of construction.

The iconic hotel, which opened at its current site in 1931, has been closed since February 2017, and is scheduled to reopen in 2021 (one year later than previously announced). With the interior demolition mostly completed, contractor AECOM Tishman has signed a new contract with Anbang Insurance Group, the property’s owner, to begin construction of 350 condominiums and 350 new hotel rooms and suites.

Meet the new vo-techs

Anyone looking for the latest trends that are driving K-12 education might turn their attention to the $82 million, 375,000-sf Olathe (Kan.) West High School, which opened last fall in this Kansas City suburb.

One of those trends is project-based learning, and the 900-plus students in Olathe West’s inaugural class were the first to be issued MacBook Air laptops by that school district. The high school includes eight maker spaces, several of which are equipped with 3D printers.

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts receives $50 million expansion

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach Fla., is set to receive $50 million worth of upgrades that will increase the size of the center and make it more user-friendly.

Monday, August 20, 2018

More districts are reusing empty offices, stores, and other buildings to upgrade their schools

The average age of the 84,000 public elementary and secondary schools in the U.S. is 44 years since construction, and 12 years since a major renovation, according to the Department of Education. School districts, say AEC experts, are more inclined than ever to tear down old schools and build new with the latest technological and security systems.

Marketing for engineering firms: 3 reasons to embrace the revolution

We regularly field inquiries from national and regional engineering firms about marketing and lead generation services — and in particular, about the latest trends in professional services marketing.

I’ve been talking to marketers and executives in engineering firms about the revolution that has been underway in AEC marketing. It’s a real shift away from traditional marketing techniques and toward online marketing.