$1B development project planned in Ill. | Commerce Department: Housing starts saw a major boost in June | Company plans to begin selling system to detect heatstroke
July 21, 2017
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$1B development project planned in Ill.
A $1 billion technology park is proposed on 85 acres of farmland in Elk Grove Village, Ill. The first phase of work would include building four speculative structures designed for robotic and automatic manufacturing companies, among others.
Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) (7/19) 
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News & Trends
Commerce Department: Housing starts saw a major boost in June
Housing starts -- led by multifamily construction -- rose in June compared to the previous month, reversing three months of decline, the Commerce Department reports. Although builders are less confident and the labor market is tight, "demand for new housing continues to outpace supply," wrote NatWest Markets economists.
Bloomberg (7/19),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (7/19) 
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Company plans to begin selling system to detect heatstroke
Company plans to begin selling system to detect heatstroke
Heatstroke is a major problem for construction workers, and Fujitsu has developed a system that uses artificial intelligence and sensors integrated with wristwatches to alert workers of potential danger. The company plans to begin selling the product by the end of the month.
Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration)/The Japan News (7/17) 
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JFK airport solicits design proposals for $10B upgrade
JFK airport solicits design proposals for $10B upgrade
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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is planning a $10 billion renovation to the John F. Kennedy International Airport and is seeking preliminary design and engineering proposals. The goal is to unify the various terminals as well as upgrade the roads, parking and public transportation.
Reuters (7/18) 
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Energy & the Environment
SolarCity co-founder to leave post at Tesla
The solar panel manufacturer SolarCity, which was acquired by Tesla eight months ago, is losing co-founder Peter Rive, who is looking to explore new opportunities. Rive's responsibilities included overseeing the creation of solar roof tiles that are expected to enter production this summer.
Reuters (7/19) 
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Tasmanian resort will feature green "roofscape"
A planned luxury resort hotel on the island of Tasmania will be sunken into a cliff with a green "roofscape" designed to conceal the below-ground levels. The green roof will cover most of the building and will act "as an extension of the land behind," according to a design statement.
Architecture and Design online (Australia) (7/20) 
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In the Office
Be mindful of posture, clothing and speech to make the best impression
Your posture and attire are among the subtle ways you tell others about yourself, even if you're not conscious of the messages you're sending, writes Molly Reynolds. Similarly, your word choices, including proper pronunciation and not swearing, can also have a positive effect on how others see you.
Inc. online (7/17) 
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Coaches offer advice for tackling hard discussions
Make tough conversations constructive by trying to see where the other person is coming from and keeping the focus of the exchange on creating value, according to members of the Forbes Coaches Council. Approach conflict with an openness to change, practice empathy and use "I" statements to keep things civil.
Forbes (7/17) 
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Government & Regulatory
Fed to face challenge of conflicting data next week
The Federal Reserve will be challenged by conflicting economic data when it meets next week to discuss interest rates. Unemployment reached a 16-year low in May, while inflation figures have been weak for the past three months.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (7/19) 
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The modern tape measure dates back to 1860s Connecticut
The modern tape measure dates back to 1860s Connecticut
The flat-wire hoop skirts of the 1800s led James Chesterman of Britain to obtain the first patent for a metal tape measure in 1829. The earliest patented version of the modern spring-click tape measure had to wait until 1868 when Alvin Fellows of Connecticut claimed his version was a reinvention, not just an improvement.
Smithsonian online (7/14) 
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Check out Professional Roofing's July Details!
Professional Roofing profiles NRCA member Stefan Peters in the July Details section. Each month in the Details section, Professional Roofing asks an NRCA member a variety of questions so readers can learn more about the individuals who are members of their association. Check it out here!
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Construction employment increases in June
Construction employment increased by 16,000 jobs in June to the highest level since October 2008, according to www.agc.org. Although construction unemployment tends to decline in the summer, the decline still is significant because industry unemployment now stands at 4.5 percent -- near lows achieved in 2006. Construction employment totaled 6.896 million in June, an increase of 206,000, or 3.1 percent, from June 2016. Find more information here.
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