May 132015

There are some very interesting articles out there about construction and we would like to bring them to you from time to time.  Here is what we are reading.

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How 3d printing is changing the global construction industry forever
- Infrastructure – Apr 16, 2015
The concept of 3D printing has been hovering around for some time now. The actual use of 3D printing and its adaption into the construction industry is now starting to become a reality. Architects and contractors around the world are beginning to build the first 3D residential structures including houses and apartment buildings……Continue reading here.

Dodge Momentum Index Moves Higher in April

NEW YORK – May 7, 2015 – The Dodge Momentum Index rose 0.8% in April to 122.6 (2000=100) from March’s 121.6, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. April’s slight rise shows planning activity beginning to edge up once again after retreating 2.5% in March, continuing the up-and-down pattern that’s been present so far in 2015. Although the planning statistics have essentially plateaued in early 2015, the level of activity continues to be higher than a year ago, enabling the latest month’s Momentum Index to be up 8.5% compared to April 2014. With the commercial sector still helped by improving occupancies and rents, while the institutional sector is benefitting from the passage of recent bond measures, it’s expected that the Momentum Index will see a more sustained upward trend as 2015 progresses.  Continue reading here

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Jackson Clements Burrow’s “Lego tower” in St Kilda taking shape

6 May, 2015 Nathan Johnson An 18-storey apartment tower that will eventually look like a stack of colourful Lego blocks has commenced construction on the corner of a busy St Kilda intersection. Designed by Jackson Clements Burrows, ‘The Icon’ will rise 56 metres into the Port Phillip skyline in six modular tiers, wrapped in different coloured powder coated mesh screens. The first floors of The Icon were uncovered of their scaffolding wrap this week and the building will be revealed in one level sections over the course of three months as the construction progresses….Continue Reading Here

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