Mich. contractor uses long-lasting materials | Sweeping roof tops school in Japan | $400M training facility breaks ground in Orlando, Fla.
May 26, 2017
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Mich. contractor uses long-lasting materials
Summit Point Roofing from Grand Rapids, Mich., is using 50-year-warranty and GAF roofing materials to ensure high customer satisfaction. The goal is to ensure roofs last a lifetime.
WXMI-TV (Grand Rapids, Mich.) (5/25) 
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News & Trends
Sweeping roof tops school in Japan
The sweeping roofline of Chiryu After School in Chiryu, Japan, mimics the neighborhood temples. This historically important school features a ceiling with interlocking timber, creating a geometric look.
DesignBoom (5/25) 
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$400M training facility breaks ground in Orlando, Fla.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Orlando, Fla., for KPMG's $400 million, 800,000-square-foot training facility on 55 acres. Classroom, meeting, dining and residential spaces will be included.
Bradenton Herald (Fla.)/The Associated Press (5/23) 
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Drone cuts costs at London rail project
Using Drone Technology in a Construction Tunnel Environment
(Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)
London's Crossrail project shows how drones can cut costs by saving time and reducing the need for human labor during inspections. "The bottom line difference UAV technology can make today in construction tunnel environments is quantifiable, but the true potential of the technology is just beginning to be explored," writes Jeremiah Karpowicz.
Commercial UAV News (5/23) 
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Energy & the Environment
Telsa's solar tiles sold out
Tesla says its solar roofing tiles are sold out "well into 2018" after beginning to take deposits earlier this month. The company has yet to announce production plans, but demand has exceeded its expectations.
Electrek (5/25) 
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In the Office
Help millennials see why voice calls are a good thing
Millennials typically don't enjoy speaking on the phone because they've grown up using phones for anything but voice calls, writes Lindsey Pollak. Leaders should work to demonstrate the advantages of phone calls, such as being able to hear tone, building relationships through small talk and eliminating the back and forth of email.
Lindsey Pollak (5/23) 
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A guide to overcoming confirmation bias
Confirmation bias means leaders need to actively search for information that challenges their beliefs, writes Shane Parrish. This isn't easy, as we tend to reject evidence that contradicts what we believe.
Farnam Street (5/24) 
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Government & Regulatory
Nev. senator: Stadium forgoes small-contractor outreach
Construction set to begin in January of new Raiders stadium
(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
A Nevada Senate bill is moving forward without an amendment to set requirements for outreach to small contractors working on construction of the Raiders football stadium in Las Vegas. The amendment's sponsor says it would have helped the state reach a 15% threshold for small-business participation.
The Nevada Independent (5/19) 
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Rule to require electronic submission of safety violations suspended
Rule to require electronic submission of safety violations suspended
(Pixabay)
The efforts of construction groups were rewarded Wednesday when the Labor Department suspended a rule that required companies to submit safety labor violations online. The Associated General Contractors of America and others had opposed the rule, saying it could unfairly damage a company's reputation when the records become publicly available.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (5/17) 
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Diversion
Flamingos are born to stand on one leg
Flamingos are born to stand on one leg
(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Researchers might have figured out why flamingos balance on one leg so well, as an experiment discovered even a deceased flamingo can support its weight passively on one leg without muscle activity. Standing on two legs, by contrast, requires ongoing muscle activity and risks fatigue.
The Conversation (Australia) (5/24),  The Atlantic online (5/23) 
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SmartBrief will not publish Monday
In observance of Memorial Day in the US, SmartBrief will not publish Monday. Publication will resume Tuesday.
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