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November 9, 2012
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  • Fabric roof installation follows steel work at Calif. arena
    A fabric roof will be installed on the Santa Cruz Warriors arena in Santa Cruz, Calif., after the steel structure is completed. Work on the stadium was halted after a 175-foot-long piece of steel collapsed due to a hinge problem. Work resumes today, and the problem will not affect the opening of the 30,000-square-foot facility on Dec. 23, according to Warriors President Jim Weyermann. Santa Cruz Sentinel (Calif.) (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News & Trends 
  • Structural issues put roofing project of Mass. school at $2.25M
    A roof replacement project at the Easton Middle School in Easton, Mass., could cost $2.25 million. That's up from an initial estimate of $1.5 million after an engineering study found structural problems. The concrete deck of the roof is deteriorating, and the structure has breaches that cause leaks. The 83,285-square-foot roof has 21 separate areas. Wicked Local/Easton, Mass. (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Visually tracking stimulus projects
    This piece showcases some projects in California paid for with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Projects include wetlands restoration in Huntington Beach, solar panel installation on Alcatraz Island, an affordable housing project in San Diego and wind, solar and other clean energy projects. "On the individual level, the void between paying your taxes and the where, why and how these funds are spent is quite large," said Chad Ress, who photographed some of these projects to fill that void. Inhabitat (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Energy & the Environment 
  • N.C.'s Research Triangle Park to undergo sustainable transformation
    North Carolina's 7,000-acre Research Triangle Park will undergo a strategic transformation that will "maximize efficiency, mobility and synergy among the region’s universities, businesses and governments" and realize the Research Triangle Foundation's "commitments to environmentally sustainable development," according to this piece. Work includes refurbishment of existing structures and the creation of mixed-use urban hubs and multi-tenant clusters. Inhabitat (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • The key to establishing a strong culture
    It's important to create a company culture that matches your values and approach to doing business, writes Ken Thoreson. "What are the basic tenets of your leadership/management style?" he asks. "This basic belief will guide you in how you make decisions, how and what you communicate to your employees and how you manage your business." (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RFID technology offers potential for workforce management
    Radio-frequency identification technology could become more common in the construction industry because it can be used for tool-tracking and workforce monitoring, according to this article. A case in point would be Turner Construction in New York, which is using ADR Software to check on crews at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia project. The RFID tags are placed on hard hats and ID badges and allow the company to ensure productivity and safety on the job site. Constructech (free registration) (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • 9 uncertainties that are less so after Obama's re-election
    President Barack Obama's re-election means business owners should expect continued implementation of the health care law and prepare for the possibility of the end of the Bush-era tax cuts for top earners. Small businesses received more than $280 billion in federal contracts during Obama's first term, but there might be less money to go around if spending cuts are used to lower the deficit in his next term. The Wall Street Journal (11/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • Join NRCA now
    Join NRCA by Nov. 30 and receive $100 off your membership dues. With the limited-time offer, you also will receive up to $1,500 worth of NRCA publications and DVDs free, including The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems -- 2012. When you join NRCA, your company will be listed in NRCA’s online Membership Directory and online referral service, which generates thousands of leads each month; have access to customized worker training programs tailored to your company’s specific needs; gain priority access to NRCA’s technical experts for answers to questions about roof system performance, materials and application techniques; and receive a host of additional money-saving benefits. Learn more and join NRCA. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NRLRC offers construction contracts guide
    The National Roofing Legal Resource Center (NRLRC) has released A Roofing Contractors Guide to Construction Contracts, which addresses how to identify and understand critical contract clauses, providing a roofing contractor with more effective ways to manage risk and reduce claims. The guide also discusses the rules of contract interpretation, payment terms and scheduling costs, as well as dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration versus litigation if roofing contractors become involved in contract disputes. The NRCA member price for the guide is $125, and the retail price is $250; the publication is free for NRLRC members. Purchase it here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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