Roofing contractor offers standalone safety service | Drop in construction spending extended into June | Allegiant Stadium arrives on time
August 5, 2020
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Ohio-based Legacy Roofing Services has launched a fall prevention and safety protection service that is available both to roofing customers and non-customers. The service includes conducting inspections and assessments, installing necessary equipment and certifying roofs as compliant with OSHA requirements.
Full Story: Roofing Contractor (free registration) (8/4) 
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News & Trends
The Commerce Department has reported a 0.7% decrease in construction spending for June, extending a decline to four consecutive months. Private and public spending fell by identical amounts, despite expectations for a turnaround.
Full Story: The Associated Press (8/3) 
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Allegiant Stadium arrives on time
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Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium has become the official home of the NFL's Raiders, after meeting a deadline Friday and receiving a certificate of authenticity. Features of the $1.97 billion stadium, built by Mortenson Construction and McCarthy Building, include a cable net truss system for a 7-acre dome roof.
Full Story: KLAS-TV (Las Vegas) (8/3) 
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Small and midsize cities dominate AdvisorSmith's list of places with the best combination of salaries, job opportunities and cost of living for construction workers. The insurance information provider names Springfield, Ill.; Farmington, N.M.; Wheeling, W.Va.; Binghamton, N.Y.; and Huntington, W.Va., as the top five.
Full Story: Construction Dive (8/3) 
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Innovation and Tech
Builders recently added a glass dome that resembles a turtle shell to the roof of Tammany Hall in New York to honor the Indigenous Lenape people who originally lived in the area. The turtle is a sacred symbol to the Lenape.
Full Story: Dezeen (8/4) 
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Energy & the Environment
Reduced air pollution due to coronavirus pandemic lockdowns produced clearer skies that, in turn, yielded a more than 8% boost in power output by solar cells in Delhi, India, according to research by MIT professor of mechanical engineering Tonio Buonassisi and others. The report published in Joule built on earlier work tracking the effects of smoke from forest fires obscuring light reaching solar cells.
Full Story: ScienceDaily (7/22) 
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A planned brick mixed-use tower in Amsterdam will feature multiple green roofs and terraces that collect rainwater to use for irrigation. Some roofs will also have solar panels.
Full Story: New Atlas (7/29) 
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In the Office
Despite the nationwide shutdowns, Joy Gendusa, founder of PostcardMania, applied three strategies to help her business thrive. Her advice involves continuing to run your marketing budget, using your position to communicate and taking advantage of all the free resources you can.
Full Story: Business (8/1) 
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The pandemic, economy and political situation are all causes of chronic stress that require leaders to take care of themselves, help people who seem to be withdrawing and communicate an optimistic but realistic message about the future, writes Michael Lee Stallard. "Effective leaders continually look ahead, scanning the horizon for opportunities as well as possible disruptive challenges or threats, and they prepare to address them," he writes.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (7/31) 
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Government & Regulatory
Top executives from major US companies are asking Congress to extend aid beyond the Paycheck Protection Program and offer long-term loans to the hardest-hit businesses. Congress is also being asked to consider allowing PPP borrowers to receive a second round of funds.
Full Story: Politico (8/3) 
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RT3 Thought Leadership
RT3 extends nomination period for 2020 Innovator of the Year award
Nominators have until August 31 to share in 700 words or less why their nominee deserves the recognition of 2020 Innovator of the Year. Award judging criteria will be based on innovation, results, design and strategy.
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