Study: Mobile tech improves job site communication, data collection | Construction on roof for UK soccer stadium underway | Miami-Dade commissioners approve country's largest mall
May 21, 2018
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Study: Mobile tech improves job site communication, data collection
A Dodge Data & Analytics study found that mobile technology improves a contractor's ability to collect and process data on a job site. The technology increases communications between the field and the office and helps complete a job on schedule.
Construction Dive (5/16) 
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Construction on roof for UK soccer stadium underway
Construction has started on the roof of the new stadium for the Tottenham Hotspur soccer team in the UK. The team is aiming to complete the stadium, which will have a capacity of 62,062, by the start of next season.
Sky News (5/19) 
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Miami-Dade commissioners approve country's largest mall
County commissioners in Miami-Dade County, Fla., approved a development agreement and zoning changes for the $4 billion American Dream Miami project. The entertainment and retail project would be the largest mall in the country, but the project must still receive several permits before construction can begin.
Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (5/18) 
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San Diego to consider walkable mixed-use project
The San Diego City Council is excepted to vote on a 72-acre, pedestrian-friendly development featuring residential, office, retail, restaurant and hotel space. "We are re-evaluating what the suburbs are and what good planning means for these suburbs," says developer Gary Levitt.
The San Diego Union-Tribune (tiered subscription model) (5/14) 
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Construction initiative offers alternative to college
Construction Careers Pathways aims to inform future workers and their mentors about construction careers as an alternative to college and student-loan debt. The initiative, formed by the Construction Careers Foundation, Minnesota and others, wants to steer young people to careers such as electricians, plumbers and welders.
Finance and Commerce (Minneapolis) (5/15) 
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Innovation and Tech
New US Open stadium in N.Y. to feature retractable roof
The US Tennis Association's new Louis Armstrong Stadium, which features a retractable roof, is set to open in August for the US Open's 50th anniversary. The stadium will feature openings to allow for proper ventilation even when the roof is closed.
Business Insider/The Associated Press (5/18) 
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Energy & the Environment
Premier Inn to add solar arrays
UK brand Premier Inn says it is expanding its portfolio of rooftop solar arrays. The new installations will have a total capacity of more than 1.6 megawatts, and once they are complete, more than 20% of the company's hotels will have solar panels.
BusinessGreen (U.K.) (5/21) 
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In the Office
How to find the courage to set boundaries
Assert your boundaries by preparing for the difficult conversation. This can be done by tailoring your approach to the other person's personality, staying calm and understanding that the other person may be unhappy with you, writes Kathy Caprino.
Forbes (5/16) 
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Brainstorming has its limits
Brainstorming's benefits are best realized under specific conditions and an understanding of its limitations, writes Jeremy Lott. A group brainstorming setting can lead to social pressure to conform and be a poor substitute for the hard work of thinking through problems, he writes.
Michael Hyatt (5/15) 
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Government & Regulatory
Groups seek referendum on new Seattle tax
Groups seek referendum on new Seattle tax
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The Seattle City Council voted to approve a bill that would tax the city's largest companies to generate money for affordable housing. Business groups that were opposed to the tax have started gathering signatures for a potential referendum to overturn the measure.
The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (5/18),  CityLab (5/15) 
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