Commercial Construction 2018 Trends

commercial construction pinehurst, professional commercial construction pinehurstAs professionals plan 2018 and beyond, the direction shaping the construction industry are both

1) innovations on past improvements, such as better technology and offsite construction, and
2) some new trends, like a focus on resiliency after the damaging hurricane season.

Technological Badges And Sensors
New wearables that monitor heart rate, bodily rotation, external temperature, and other physical factors can detect danger before it’s too late. Some sensor empowered products in construction are gloves, helmets, wrist watches, goggles and utility vests. For example, a built-in gyroscope can measure the user’s angular velocity or alert supervisors when someone falls. Or an injured worker could press a button to request immediate help.

Drones Simplify And Maximize
Commercial drone technology has been popular since 2010. In construction, drones can fly around a building to collect data and complete inspections. Surveyors use drones for 3D mapping so that laborers don’t have to work on extreme heights and risk injuries. Some companies use them to showcase project progress for clients.

Workforce Shortage
The U.S. private housing sector has an increased demand for new homes, but 73% of firms are having difficulty recruiting qualified laborers, according to an Associated General Contractors survey. More ‘baby boomers” are retiring and less young people are replacing them. Framing crews, rough and finished carpenters are the hardest areas to fulfill; as a result, contractors take longer to finish projects.

Initiatives To Learn The Skilled Trades
A 2017 survey by National Association of Home Builders found that only 3% of young adults wanted to pursue construction based careers. Millennials often perceive the skilled trades as a “dead end” career. To combat the stigma, many contractors partner with organizations to educate middle and high school students about the high-end technology used in the trades and how rewarding the work can be. Apprentices can gain hands-on, paid experience in construction and are the first considered for full-time employment upon finishing apprenticeships.

Prefabrication And Offsite Construction Continue
The industry is turning to alternative construction methods to make up for the short supply of workers. For example, MEP racks — 20- to 30-foot panels that are pre-fitted with ductwork, piping and raceways — allow contractors to make their final connections more quickly on the job site and require up to 50% less labor. Increased use of modular construction in 2018 and beyond could also reduce the need for additional workers; offsite construction can absorb up to 60% of a projects labor requirements.

Resiliency Encourages More Green Building
Resiliency is set to be one of the construction industry’s watchwords for 2018 after last year’s onslaught of hurricanes, heat waves, cold waves, flooding, tornadoes, and wildfires. As we’ve seen in Houston, the damage from Hurricane Harvey left many families to rebuild: a reminder of how important it is to use quality building materials. To recover, many local governments have taken a “resilient” approach to withstand the elements of nature with “green building” with initiatives that are focused on funding infrastructure improvements. Rather than throwing up duplicate replacement structures, more owners will likely demand resilient site and structure features including adaptive design for extreme weather events.

Commercial Construction In Pinehurst
The professionals at Century Construction Services are informed, certified, insured, professionally trained, and highly experienced. Every client relationship centers on design and construction that improves the look and the value of the property. Century Construction Services is based in Magnolia and serves the greater Pinehurst area along with San Antonio, Austin, Dallas. Contact at (832) 626-4419, or visit centuryconstructionservices.com

Going Green: Sustainability in Construction in 2018

Commercial Construction Pinehurst, Century ConstructionSustainable, green building started trending a decade ago and continues to influence commercial construction.  Developed as a response to environmental concerns, this trend is also driven by consumer demand, cost savings, and high-quality results. In the past, solar panels, geothermal heating systems, window coatings, and air purifiers were installed after the building was completed in order to make it sustainable. Now, green building features are written into the designs from the very beginning. This makes adding green features much more realistic and affordable for building owners.

Green construction is a major movement in the industry. In fact, the green building sector is leading the overall construction growth across the U.S. and is expected to account for more than 3.3 million jobs by 2018, according to ConstructConnect, a construction industry research group. In the U.S., almost all construction projects now incorporate some sustainable or green elements into them. Whether it’s a completely net-zero building or just a few green components, sustainability will continue to be a major trend in 2018.

Trends

One major emerging trend is mass timber construction. Mass timber is a category of framing styles typically characterized by the use of large solid wood panels for wall, floor, and roof construction. It also includes innovative forms of sculptural buildings, and non- building structures formed from a solid wood panel or framing systems of six feet or more in width or depth.

Recycling construction waste is another sustainable measure gaining traction. Waste from demolition and renovation projects are being diverted from landfills and recycled. For example, concrete can be crushed up and used as an aggregate base for roads. Houston is an epicenter due to Hurricane Harvey in 2017. As a community dealing with increased pressure on the landfills, the construction industry has a unique position to help plan for a future of sustainability and resiliency together.

While “sustainable building” has become an important part of the physical building itself, it also has made its way into the processes of contractors and builders. They are eliminating the need for paper by using digital forms of communication, by using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software, and by managing documents and signatures online.

Century Construction

Every new construction project is unique in scope, but at Century Construction, processes are systemically applied to fit every project need. Century Construction seeks to get involved early in the design phase to manage the project more efficiently, provide efficient building solutions, and identify challenges early on to negate design changes after construction commencement. This involves detailed pre-construction planning crucial to successful construction and on-time delivery and allows our client a clear pathway to the bidding process, construction phase, and through to completion. Century Construction strives to create the best possible working environment for our clients, incorporating green building trends at every step.

Four commitments to client projects are:

  • Staying on Schedule– Century is fully committed to achieving our client’s completion dates. Century’s schedules are reflective of the actual scope of new construction work.
  • Cost Control– The proposal we submit will be reflective of the drawings and will be the most responsible offer in order to ensure that our client is purchasing what is specified and that it will be built on time.
  • Quality Control– Our quality control efforts begin in the office during the bid process; our schedules are built in the proper sequence which means that the subcontractors are working in an environment that is ready and suitable for their trade.
  • Project Completion– We distinguish ourselves from our competitors in our approach to new construction project completion. Project completion does not simply mean the client has taken occupancy of their space. It also means that our professionals will inspect the work and direct all finish work to be completed to our client’s satisfaction and that all components and systems operate as specified.

The professionals at Century Construction Services are certified, insured, professionally trained, and highly experienced. Every client relationship centers on design and construction that improves the look and the value of the property.  Century Construction Services is based in Magnolia and serves the greater Houston area along with San Antonio, Austin, Dallas. Contact at (832) 626-4419,  or visit centuryconstructionservices.com