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Final Crane Rule Enforcement Postponed

The U.S. Department of Labor announced last week that it is pushing back full enforcement of its new crane operator rule.


Top Contractors Chosen for Clippers Arena

Another stadium could be coming to the Inglewood, California, area as the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers are looking at three contractors to build a new privately funded arena and mixed-use proj...


Feds Sue NJ Contractor for $679K in Delinquent Fines

The U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey filed a lawsuit last week against a New Jersey contractor in an effort to collect $678,053 in past-due fines issued by the Occupational Safet...


Axalta Opens Australia, New Zealand Facility

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta (Philadelphia) announced last week that it has officially opened a new regional multi-functional facility for Australia and New Zealand.


Demographics Focus of Coatings+ 2019 Keynote

Tuesday morning’s SSPC Coatings+ 2019 festivities in Orlando kicked off with a breakfast and keynote session in the Coronado ballroom, featuring speaker Kenneth Gronbach on the topic, “Demog...


Annual Awards Bestowed at Coatings+ 2019

The first full day of Coatings+ 2019, SSPC’s yearly conference and exhibition at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, featured the annual awards luncheon honoring the top people, pap...


SSPC Coatings+ 2019 Officially Opens in Orlando

Coatings+ 2019, SSPC’s rebranded annual conference and exhibition, commenced on Sunday (Feb. 10) at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. Highlights from the first days of th...


In Memoriam: SSPC's Monica Pierce

Monica Pierce, who was a part of the SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings family for more than two decades, passed away suddenly last month at the age of 62.


FAA Updates Specs to Include Precast Concrete

The Federal Aviation Administration recently updated is “Standard Specifications for Construction of Airports” advisory circular, which now contains language for precast concrete.


MN Group Pushing to Lower Age for Construction Work

Organizations in Minnesota are seeking to change a state law that prohibits minors from working on construction sites.


Free Webinar: Liquid, Powder Fluoropolymer Coatings

PaintSquare will host a free webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 13, entitled: “Architectural Applications for Liquid and Powder Fluoropolymer Coatings - An Objective Review.”


Controversy over Holocaust Memorial Continues

Designer Sir David Adjaye of Adjaye Associates is speaking out against criticism of his controversial designs for the Holocaust Memorial in Westminster.


USGBC Announced Top 10 LEED States for 2018

The U.S. Green Building Council has released its annual Top 10 States for LEED, which ranks states based on the number of LEED certified square feet per person.


Plans for $10B WI Plant Now Unknown

Shortly after reporting that everything was on budget and schedule for its $10 billion Wisconsin campus, Foxconn Technology Group is now saying that it is reconsidering the kind of facility ...


RCI Calls for Symposium, Convention Abstracts

Building envelope association RCI Inc. has put out a call for abstracts for its 2019 Building Envelope Technology Symposium and its 2020 International Convention and Trade Show.


NYC Mayor Unveils Plan to Reduce Project Costs

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration announced a new initiative last week that he says will help control the costs and reduce the schedule times of capital projects unde...


Sherwin-Williams Releases Q4, 2018 Numbers

The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) released its 2018 year-end and fourth-quarter financial results on Thursday (Jan. 31) boasting record consolidated net sales at $17.53 billion.


IMCD Opens Coatings Lab in Turkey

Rotterdam-based specialty chemicals company IMCD Group announced last week that it has opened a coatings applications laboratory in Turkey.


$10B WI Project Misses Hiring Goals, Tax Breaks

Foxconn Technology Group has reportedly missed the mark for job creation in 2018 regarding its $10 billion construction project in Racine County, Wisconsin. As a result, the company will mis...


PCI Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Powder Coating Institute recently announced that it is now accepting applications for its 2019 PCI Scholarship Program.


Research Looking at Cement in Microgravity

Researchers at Penn State University are working with NASA to explore how cement solidifies in microgravity environments. This understanding, according to Penn State, will set the stage for ...


DOL Issues Final Rule on Worker Privacy

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported on Thursday (Jan. 24) that it has issued a final rule that eliminates parts of the Obama-era "Improve Tr...


ACI Opens New Regional Office in Dubai

The American Concrete Institute announced earlier this month the opening of a new regional office in Dubai.


NC Apartment Project Trench Collapse Kills 1

According to reports, a trench collapse at an apartment complex project in North Raleigh, North Carolina, on Tuesday killed one and injured two more.


Rust-Oleum Opens New Manufacturing Plant

Leaders at Rust-Oleum (Vernon Hills, Illinois) recently opened the company’s new 110,000-square-foot floor coating manufacturing facility in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.


AGC Announces Push for Diversity in Education

In a press conference last week, the Associated General Contractor of America announced that it’s aiming to make a push for making vocational training more accessible to students across the ...


TX City Sues Developer Over $1B Project

The city of Rowlett, Texas, filed a lawsuit earlier this month against developer Bayside Land Partners LLC over allegations that the firm defaulted on agreements for a $1.1 billion mixed use...


Safety Report Looks at Sensors for Fatigue

The American Society of Safety Professionals Foundation recently released the results of a three-year study on worker fatigue.


Nouryon Announces New India HQ

Amsterdam-based Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) announced yesterday (Jan. 16) that it has opened a new headquarters office and research center in Mumbai, India.


TN Court Fines Company $500K for Labor Violations

The U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Tennessee has fined a construction business more than $500,000 in regard to violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.


Sika Moves to Acquire Parex in $2.5B Deal

Swiss chemicals company Sika has announced a binding offer to buy French coatings company Parex for a reported 2.5 billion Swiss franc ($2.53 billion).


Canada Building Code to Reflect Climate Change

Attendees at 2018’s Toronto Buildings Show got a rundown of how climate change standards are going to be incorporated into Canada’s building codes.


Off-Site Construction Council Releases Survey

The National Institute of Building Sciences has released the results of its Off-Site Construction Industry Survey, which found that a majority of professionals have utilized off-site compone...


EPA Considers Progress with Paint Stripper Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly getting ready to finalize its rule on methylene chloride. According to government documents, the EPA sent proposals to the Office of Managem...


AkzoNobel Innovation Challenge Officially Begins

Global coating company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) has officially launched its inaugural Paint the Future campaign, a call to startups that aims to discover solutions that will “accelerate innovat...


AIA Releases Sustainabile Design Tool Kit

The American Institute of Architects recently released a new tool kit that aims to help those tasked with designing sustainable buildings.


Court Rules Contractors Can Be Cited for Subs

A U.S. Appeals Court has confirmed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration can cite a general contractor—even if its employees are not affected—for subcontractor safety violat...


2019 Conference Boasts 140 on Exhibitor Floor

The exhibit floor at SSPC Coatings+ 2019 promises approximately 140 exhibitors featuring information and demonstrations from exhibitors from every corner of the protective and marine coating...


SSPC to Offer Wide Range of Sessions, Workshops

This year’s SSPC Coatings+ conference, to be held Feb. 11-14, at Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, is set to cover a wide range of educational topics in the industry.


Firm Tapped for $310M Phoenix Airport Project

A general contractor has been tapped for the new $310 million concourse at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.


RPM Releases Q2, Mid-Year Numbers

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), parent company of coatings and sealants brands including Carboline and Tremco, released its second-quarter earnings report on Friday, and reported reco...


CONSTRUCT 2019 Issues Call for Sessions

CONSTRUCT has opened its call for sessions for its 2019 expo, set to be held Oct. 9-11 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.


ACA Nonprofit Launches Paint Recycling Program

PaintCare Inc., a nonprofit organization (and program of the American Coatings Association) that represents paint manufacturers and stewardship programs in the U.S. has launched a new grant ...


Campaign to Train Vets in Coatings Industry

The Chemical Coaters Association International entered an agreement with Workshops for Warriors in 2017 that is now coming to fruition.


RPM Acquires Specialty Mold Solution Brand

RPM International Inc. (parent company of brands such as Carboline, Tremco, Flowcrete and Rust-Oleum) recently announced that its Rust-Oleum group has acquired Siamons International Inc., pr...


Workplace Fatality Data Released for 2017

In 2017, there were 43 fewer workplace fatalities than the previous year (dropping from 5,190 to 5,147). That’s according to the most recent numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Nati...


Notice: Website Changes on Dec. 30

Paintsquare.com, home of coatings industry news from PaintSquare Daily News, JPCL and PaintSquare Press, will be shutting down for maintenance this weekend.


BrandSafway Acquires Forming Concepts

Coatings and industrial solutions company BrandSafway (Kennesaw, Georgia) recently announced that it has acquired Forming Concepts, a provider of concrete formwork solutions in the United St...


Schedule Alert: Year-End, 2019 Look

Technology Publishing Co., publisher of PaintSquare Daily News and Durability + DesignNews, is expanding its coverage of the coatings industry.


MD Governor Unveils School Construction Plan

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan recently announced a plan for state-funded school construction to the tune of $3.5 billion.


Former Bloomberg, Turner Execs Face Charges

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced last week the indictments for former Bloomberg LP and Turner Construction Co. executives, as well as several subcontractors and vendors, on ...


PPG Acquires Low-Friction Coatings Company

Gobal coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) recently announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Whitford Worldwide Company (Elverson, Pennsylvania), a manufacturer that specializes in...


AkzoNobel Acquires Full Ownership of China JV

Global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced late last week that it has completed the acquisition of Swire Industrial Limit’s minority interest in the AkzoNobel Swire Paints joint...


Ontario Proposes New Construction Legislation

The government of Ontario revealed plans earlier this month to amend several regulatory acts that surround labor and construction.


OR Group Gets Land for New Baseball Park

Oregon’s Portland Diamond Project recently announced a deal for the site of its Major League Baseball park project. The team signed an agreement in principle with the Port of Portland to dev...


Dow Announces Increase in Methyl Cellulose

Dow, a subsidiary of DowDuPont (Midland, Michigan), recently announced a series of incremental methyl cellulose capacity investments, which the company says aims to help construction try mix...


2022 World Cup Stadium Nears Completion

It looks like one of Zaha Hadid’s last designs is almost complete with a new video showing the progress of Qatar’s Al Wakrah Stadium.


Axalta Expands China Office, Refinish Center

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) recently announced the opening of a new regional office and Refinish Training Center in Chengdu, China. The company ...


Rust-Oleum Settles with EPA Over Waste Violations

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday (Dec. 4) that it has reached a settlement with coatings manufacturer Rust-Oleum Corporation (Vernon Hills, Illinois), a consumer bran...


Construction Begins on $65M KY Soccer Stadium

Louisville, Kentucky’s new soccer stadium is finally beginning to look the part, as construction on the site began late last month.


Amazon Latest to Restrict Paint Strippers

Online retailer Amazon recently posted a policy update that effectively prohibits the sale of paint strippers that contain methylene chloride and n-methylpyrrolidone, joining the growing lis...


ACI to Increase Foundation Funding to $1M

The American Concrete Institute last week announced that it has increased its funding for the ACI Foundation to $1 million.


PPG Announces Investment in China Facility

Global coatings company PPG announced last least week that it is investing $1.7 million into a new dispense cell at its Kunshan, China, manufacturing facility.


Cal/OSHA Cites, Fines Firm $141K in Trench Death

The California Division of Operational Safety and Health announced earlier this month that it has cited a general contractor—as well as imposed a $141,075 fine—in connection with a fatal tre...


PPG Announces TiO2 Deal Expansion

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) announced on Tuesday (Nov. 27) that it has expanded a multi-year titanium-dioxide supply agreement with pigment manufacturer Lomon Billions.


US Green Building Announces Recertification

The U.S. Green Building Council announced earlier this month that it will begin offering LEED recertification for all LEED-certified projects. To be eligible for certification, projects must...


Trump to Nominate Wheeler as New EPA Head

President Donald J. Trump recently announced that he intends to interim Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler for the position permanently. Trump made the announcement...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Thursday, Friday

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, Durability + Design News will not publish a newsletter Thursday, Nov. 22, or Friday, Nov. 23.


Study: Construction Leads US in Suicide Rates

Late last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, which included statistics from the 2012 and 2015 National violent Death Repo...


US Green Building Announces LEED Zero

The U.S. Green Building Council announced late last week that it has launched LEED Zero, a new program addressing net zero operations and resources in buildings.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Thursday, Friday

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, Durability + Design News will not publish a newsletter Thursday, Nov. 22, or Friday, Nov. 23.


OSHA Finalizes Crane Operator Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health administration published a final rule last week that clarifies the certification requirements for crane operators, about eight y...


NYC Pushes Back New Safety Training Deadlines

The New York City Department of Buildings recently announced that it has extended the deadline by which all workers need to complete the increased hours of construction safety training.


Axalta Announces Opening of Largest R&D Center

Global coatings supplier Axalta (Philadelphia) celebrated the grand opening for what it calls the largest coatings research and development center in the world with a ribbon-cutting last wee...


2018 Green Construction Code Released

The U.S. Green Building Council, along with the International Code Council, ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society, has released the 2018 International Green Construction Code, a mo...


Skanska Confirms Exit from US P3 Projects

Major construction and development company Skanska (Stockholm, Sweden) confirmed in its third-quarter earnings press conference last week that it intends to stop bidding on United States “me...


Axalta Opens Largest R&D Center

Global coatings supplier Axalta (Philadelphia) celebrated the grand opening for what it calls the largest coatings research and development center in the world with a ribbon-cutting last wee...


2nd Annual Contractor Connect Wraps in FL

Technology Publishing Company recently held its Second Annual Contractor Connect event last week, Nov. 6-9, at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida. CEO Brion Palmer called the ev...


KCI Terminal Project Balloons in Cost, Size

Missouri’s Kansas City International Airport could be facing another bout of turbulence as the project balloons in both size and cost: The current plan has grown about 40 percent in square f...


OSHA Reveals Top 10 Violations for 2018

Patrick Kapust, deputy director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, announced the agency’s top 10 violations for 2018, with fall prote...


Safety Certification Internationally Accredited

In mid-October, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association announced that the Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals, one of the only certifications desig...


American Concrete Institute Announces Awards

The American Concrete Institute recently announced the winners of the 2018 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards, with the highest honor going to the Viaduct Over River Almonte in Garro...


AkzoNobel Acquires Malaysia Paint Company

Global coatings firm AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced late last week that it has acquired Colourland Paints, based in Johor, Malaysia.


New CRRC Member Appointed

Business strategy firm The ChemQuest Group Inc. recently announced in an emailed press release the appointment of David A. Cocuzzi as ex-officio member of the board of directors for the Cool...


Lawsuit Coming to EPA Over Paint-Stripper Ban

Earlier this week, a group of workers and environment and public health advocates notified the Environmental Protection Agency of its intent to sue the agency over its failure to finalize a ...


New $13B Mexico City Airport Officially Scrapped

Mexico City’s new $13.3 billion airport—which is about one-third complete—is officially scrapped following a public referendum which ended in 70 percent voting to cancel construction.


AIA Releases 13 New, Updated Documents

The American Institute of Architects released 13 new and updated contract documents earlier this week that the organization says will help architects and contractors with protecting their pr...


Union, Developer Strike NYC Hudson Yards Deal

A construction agreement that was initially announced in August has finally been agreed upon, according to the New York City District Council of Carpenters.


DOE Invests $53M in Solar Tech

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced that $53 million will be invested into projects to advance early-stage solar technologies. Financial assistance will be granted to 53 project...


CA Transit Contractor Sues Owner for $150M

The general contractor joint venture that built the $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center in San Francisco is now suing the structure’s owner—the Transbay Joint Powers Authority—for $150 mi...


Sherwin-Williams Reports Q3 Sales Increases

Consolidated net sales were up in the third quarter of 2018 for The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland), a 5 percent increase over the same quarter in 2017, totaling $4.73 billion. The upti...


Cal/OSHA Issues Regulation on Recordkeeping

California has now put its Division of Occupational Safety and Health on par with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Association’s Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesse...


CIN Invests $7.9M in 'Smart Factory'

Portugal-based coatings company CIN recently announced a 7 million-euro ($7.9 million) investment to “create the first smart factory.”


Report: CA Tower's Sinking Did Not Crack Window

A new report has dismissed the idea that the sinking of San Francisco’s Millennium Tower is what caused a window to crack on the 36th floor.


DowDuPont Taps Leaders of New Companies

Holding company DowDuPont—comprised of The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Michigan) and DuPont (Wilmington, Delaware), which merged last year—recently announced its senior leaders for the up...


Supreme Court Denies CA Lead Paint Case

Last week, the Supreme Court rejected hearing the appeal of a ruling that requires paint manufacturers to pay more than $400 million for lead-paint remediation in several municipalities in C...


Covestro to Invest $1.7B in TX Expansion

Polymers giant Covestro recently announced that its board approved an investment of 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) to build a new world-scale MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate, a key ch...


OSHA Reports on Irma's Toppled FL Cranes

A recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has found that the three cranes that collapsed last year after Hurricane Irma tore through Mia...


Timeline Announced for $1B NY Hockey Arena

An update on the $1 billion arena project in Elmont, New York, revealed that the new home for that National Hockey League’s New York Islanders could be up and running by October 2021, with c...


ABAA to Hold Fluid-Applied Barriers Course

The Air Barrier Association of America recently announced several dates for a training course for those interested in learning about self-adhered and fluid-applied barriers.


Union Using Video Games for Apprentices

A Pittsburgh-based engineers' union is combating the construction labor shortage by utilizing one key tool to help its crane operator apprentices: video games.


PPG Q3 Numbers Show Slight Sales Uptick

Global coatings supplier PPG released its third-quarter financial report Thursday, (Oct. 18) showing an increase in net sales, with sales volumes remaining flat and volume growth offset by l...


AkzoNobel Reports Revenue Dip for Q3

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) published its financial report for the third quarter yesterday (Oct. 17) and reported a 4 percent drop in revenue despite return-on-sales i...


Axalta Names Interim CEO

Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) recently announced that its Board of Directors appointed Robert Bryant, the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, as the company’s inter...


SSPC to Meet on High-Temperature Coatings

Miles Buckhurst, Global Concept Director for Norwegian paints and coatings manufacturer Jotun, will discuss selecting coatings for high-temperature environments at an evening meeting put tog...


High-Rise Code Changes Posed for San Francisco

The city of San Francisco might soon be calling for tighter building codes when it comes to its high-rises, which a panel of experts says are inadequate to deal with the aftermath of a large...


PPG, Kelly-Moore to Discontinue Paint Stripper

Two more paint companies have confirmed that they are discontinuing the sales of paint strippers containing methylene chloride and NMP.


Sherwin-Williams Launches Workforce Initiative

Late last week, The Sherwin-Williams Company announced the launch of a “multi-tiered initiative aimed at easing the shortage of qualified professional painters.”


Arkema to Expand MI Plant Manufacturing

Arkema Coating Resins, a unit of Arkema Inc. announced earlier this week that it plans to expand manufacturing capabilities for its Synaqua platform at its Grand Rapids, Michigan, facility.


Purdue Develops 3D-Printed Cement Paste

Researchers at Purdue University have reportedly created a 3D-printed cement paste that gets tougher under pressure. The technique could eventually be used to build more resilient structures...


Akzo Specialty Chem Rebranded as Nouryon

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals announced Tuesday that it has been relaunched following its move into private ownership. The company will now be known as Nouryon, a name that Akzo says borrows...


RPM Announces Personnel Changes

RPM International Inc., parent company to names such as Carboline, Flowcrete and Rust-Oleum, recently announced multiple senior promotions as part of its organizational realignment.


Axalta Opens New Wood Coatings Center

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta announced last week that it has opened its new Learning and Development Center, which is dedicated to industrial wood coatings technology, in Pomon...


OSHA Announces Emphasis on Excavation Safety

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that it has updated its National Emphasis Program on preventing trenching and excavation colla...


OSHA Announces Harwood Grant Awards

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday the awardees of this year’s Susan Harwood Training Grants, monetary awards to unions, nonprofits and ...


RPM Issues Q1 Report

RPM International Inc., a holding company whose subsidiaries include industrial coatings suppliers Carboline, Stonhard and Tremco, achieved a sales increase but a drop in net income in the f...


AkzoNobel Completes Deco Paint Acquisition

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced Monday the conclusion of its acquisition of Romanian decorative paint and plaster manufacturer Fabryo Corporation.


VersaFlex Parent Acquires Milamar Coatings

Milamar Coatings, an Oklahoma City-based supplier of epoxy and urethane systems for industrial, flooring and wall applications, has been acquired by DalFort Capital Group, the parent company...


AkzoNobel Completes Specialty Chemicals Sale

Concluding a year-and-a-half long process, global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced Monday the completion of the sale of its Specialty Chemicals business to The Carlyle Group and Sin...


Free Webinar: Nanotech in Coatings

Durability + Design will host a free webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 10, entitled: "Nanotechnology Applications Within the Protective Coatings Industry.”


ACI Forms Committee on 3D Printing

The American Concrete Institute recently announced the formation of a new committee to develop and report information on 3D printing and additive manufacturing with inorganic cementitious ma...


Metro OIG Takes Over Silver Line Case

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Office of the Inspector General announced last week it will take over the investigation into quality-control issues on the $2.8 billion D...


AIA Calls for Owner Cap-and-Trade Program

Earlier this month the American Institute of Architects joined the CO2toEE coalition and issued a call to make businesses and building owners eligible for reductions in carbon emissions that...


Dow Releases Plan to Meet Silicone Demand

The Dow Chemical Company recently unveiled a new investment plan that aims to meet a growth in silicone demand and innovation.


JV Tapped to Manage $275M Soccer Stadium

Officials with the Sports Authority of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee, have officially awarded a $167.5 construction management contract to a joint v...


HP Introduces Metal 3D Printer

Office and tech company HP is rolling out a new 3D printer that will allow users to print small objects made of stainless steel in high resolution, further expanding the possibilities relate...


Clariant to Divest Part of Coatings Business

Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant announced an updated strategy last week in light of its recent deal with fellow specialty company Saudi Basic Industries Corporation.


AkzoNobel Acquires Spain Subsidiary

Global coatings firm AkzoNobel has now furthered its foothold in both the decorative paints and wood care segments in Spain with its most recent deal.


Chicago, San Jose Achieve LEED Status

Chicago and San Jose have achieved LEED for Cities Platinum Certifications, joining an elite group of just seven cities to have accomplished the achievement from the U.S. Green Building Coun...


RIBA Announces New Fire Safety Plan

The Royal Institute of British Architects has launched a consultation on its new Plan of Work for Fire Safety in response to the government review following London’s fatal Grenfell Tower fir...


Research Shows Future for Graphene Gilding

Graphene—an atom-thin later of carbon that’s been touted for its strength and conductivity—has found a new use thanks to some engineers at the University of Illinois: The so-called supermate...


ACI Launches New Seminar Series

The American Concrete Institute recently announced that it is launching a series of seminars hosted at its headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan.


5 JVs Gunning for $650M NY Project

Ten construction firms have formed into five joint ventures, all vying for the $650 million Wadsworth Center, a new public health lab for New York state’s Department of Health.


Evonik Announces Silica Facility Expansion

Roughly a month after Evonik Industries announced a joint venture with Wynca to produce fumed silica, Evonik has moved its focus toward expanding production capacity at its facility in Rhein...


San Francisco Stadium Reaches Top-Out

San Francisco’s $1 billion Chase Center, slated to be the new home of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, recently celebrated a major construction milestone by holding a topping-out ceremony la...


Vegas Convention Center Settles on $792M Contract

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority last week gave the final green light needed for the city’s new 1.4 million-square-foot convention center.


ABAA 2019 Issues Call for Abstracts

The call for abstracts for the Air Barrier Association of America’s 2019 ABAA Annual Conference and Tradeshow is open.


Brooklyn Construction Site Collapse Kills 1

Late last week rescue crews recovered a body of a worker after a retaining wall collapsed Wednesday at a Brooklyn construction site.


SSPC SoCal to Meet on Concrete Work

Bob Murphy, an SSPC Certified Concrete Inspector and trainer and recipient of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings' 2017 John D. Keane Award of Merit, will present on the topic of concr...


JV Tapped for $200M VA Metro Station

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the City of Alexandria, Virginia, have officially awarded a $213.7 million construction contract for the Potomac Yard station, a projec...


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DC Metro Contractor Indicted on Bribery Charge

An official from a civil and general construction contractor based in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., has been indicted on a single charge of attempting to bribe a public official, an alleg...


Deal Ends 17-Day Crane Strike in WA

Seattle crane operators are no longer on a 17-day strike thanks to a tentative deal struck between the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 302 and the Associated General Contrac...


RPM Acquires ICF Manufacturer

RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio), parent company of brands such as Rust-Oleum, Tremco and Carboline, announced Tuesday (Sept. 11) that it has acquired Nudura Corporation, a manufacturer...


Wood High-Rise Debate Rages Ahead of ICC Vote

The International Code Council is weeks away from voting on whether to allow construction of wood buildings up to 18 stories, and the debate is far from settled.


Student Tests Masonry for Design Improvements

In the hopes of changing how masonry walls are built, Ph.D. student of civil engineering at York University in Toronto Adrien Sparling recently conducted a series of tests to determine how d...


TiO2 Plant Blamed for Town Evacuation

A titanium dioxide plant is being blamed for a sulfur dioxide release that has led to the evacuation of children from a town in northern Crimea last week.


OSHA Petitioned to Establish Heat Standard

A petition backed by more than 130 industry organizations is making its way to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration arguing for an official standard o...


Steel Workers Vote to Authorize Strike

As contract negotiations between United Steelworkers and U.S. Steel continue, steelworkers in and around Pittsburgh voted Thursday to allow the union to call for a strike if necessary.


Kemper Taps New CEO

Late last week, waterproofing and roofing company Kemper System America Inc. announced that Andreas H. Wiggenhagen will take over as CEO, overseeing operations across the United States, Cana...


R&D 100 Finalist List Includes Coatings Work

R&D Magazine recently announced a number of coating- and adhesive-related developments from a variety of labs as finalists in this year’s R&D 100, an annual awards program presented by the m...


Workforce Advisory Board Calls for Members

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced in late August that the U.S. Department of Commerce, working with the White House, is accepting nominations for the American Workforce Policy...


NYC Contractor Sues Developer for $3.4M

Firms in New York City are embroiled in a $3 million battle over wrongful termination accusations regarding the revamps of a former Long Island hospital.


Countertop Coating Recalled for Lead Levels

Vernon Hills, Illinois-based Rust-Oleum Corp. announced a recall of nearly 2,000 cans of paint last week after its Black Satin Countertop Coating was found to have excessive levels of lead.


PPG to Build R&D Facility in China

Global coatings supplier PPG recently announced plans for a new research and development center in Tianjin, China, part of a larger move to increase the company’s research footprint for cust...


Study Predicts Skyscraper Growth Through 2050

In a recent study that accounts for current socio-economic stability lasting for the next 30 years, authors Jonathan Auerbach and Phyllis Wan predict that the construction of skyscrapers wil...


Smart Surfaces Coalition Launches

Late last week, more than 20 organizations announced the formation of the Smart Surfaces Coalition, a group dedicated to helping cities adopt cost-effective solutions to cut excess heat days...


SSPC Scholarship Winners Announced

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced the winners of its 2018-19 scholarship program, which awarded $2,500 in tuition funding to indvidiual SSPC members and their chil...


Company Revamps Adding Hemp to Concrete

In a search for viable concrete reinforcement materials, Canadian Greenfield Technologies dug into the potential of hemp fiber and developed NForce-Fiber, an additive that boths reinforces c...


Trump Signs Steel, Aluminum Product Exclusions

Last week, President Donald J. Trump signed a proclamation allowing Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to give targeted relief from quotas limiting steel and aluminum imports from select coun...


EC Further Approves Tronox-Cristal Deal

Tronox Limited announced that the European Commission has further approved its acquisition of Cristal, a titanium dioxide pigment business, by green-lighting the divestiture of Tronox’s 8120...


Marines Build 3D-Printed Concrete Barracks

Earlier this month, the Additive Manufacturing Team at Marine Corps Systems Command, working in collaboration with Marines from the I Marine Expeditionary Force, used a 3D printer to create ...


RIBA Releasing New Safety Test Post-Grenfell

The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced that it is introducing a new health and safety test for all members in the wake of London’s fatal Grenfell Tower fire, which claimed m...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

In observance of the Labor Day holiday in the United States, Durability + Design News will not publish a newsletter Monday, Sept. 3.


New Data Breaks Down Worker Shortages

A recent survey conducted by Autodesk and Associated General Contractors indicates that 80 percent of contractors are reporting difficulty filling hourly craft positions, which compose the b...


TX Voters Pass $2.5B Flood-Mitigation Bond

A year after Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of Texas, voters in Harris County have approved a $2.5 billion bond measure that will allow commissioners to move forward with the more than 20...


OSHA Fines CO Companies $170K for Fall

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited two construction companies for a fatal fall that occurred at a Colorado worksite this past spring.


OR First State to Codify Timber High-Rises

The state of Oregon updated its building code earlier this month by becoming the first state in the country to allow timber buildings to rise more than six stories without special considerat...


PPG Appoints New VP, Controller

Pittsburgh-based coatings firm PPG recently announced the appointment of a new vice president and corporate controller following an investigation into the company’s financial reports earlier...


Sherwin-Williams Site Cleanup Suit Dismissed

Almost exactly a year after it was filed, a class-action suit that sought damages and medical testing for neighbors of the so-called “Sherwin-Williams sites,” EPA-designated Superfund cleanu...


Boston Eyes Legislation for Net-Zero Buildings

A city councilor in Boston is preparing to introduce a proposal this fall that would incentivize developers to incorporate more net-zero designs in the city’s building boom.


OSHA Issues New Silica Rule FAQs

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced on Wednesday that new frequently asked questions and training videos on the use of respirable crystalline silica in construction w...


Groups Ask SCOTUS to Review CA Lead Case

The Association of National Advertisers and Atlanta Legal Foundation, a public interest law firm, have filed a “friend of the court” brief has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the lea...


Deadline Approaches for SSPC Structure Awards

The deadline is quickly approaching for submissions to the Structure Awards, the program honoring excellent work on protective coatings projects presented annually by SSPC: The Society for P...


Evonik Pairs with Wynca for Fumed Silica

In response to an increased global market demand for fumed silica, Evonik Industries is forming a joint venture with Chinese company Wynca to produce its Aerosil product. For Evonik, this me...


ABC Launches New Career Resource

Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., working in collaboration with more than two dozen real estate industry associations, has created a website that allows users to explore different ca...


AIA Pushes for School Design Legislation

Shortly after announcing an initiative to influence local, state and federal governments on updating school design guidelines, the American Institute of Architects made its way to the White ...


US Steel to Invest $750M in IN Plant

U.S. Steel announced late last week that, in light of President Donald J. Trump’s tariffs on imported steel, it will be investing $750 million to update and revitalize the 110-year-old flags...


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Sika Acquires Polyurethane Foam Company

Swiss specialty chemicals company Sika announced late last month that it has acquired Polypag, a Swiss-based manufacturer and developer of polyurethane foam systems.


Report: Military Bases Ignored Lead Hazards

A recent investigative report conducted by Reuters about lead levels in children who live on military bases has led to a cleanup effort at one of the most well-known sites: Fort Knox.


Huntsman Expands PU Footprint

Specialty chemicals company Huntsman Corporation announced late last month that it is expanding its Polyurethanes division with the commercial registration of its business in Chile.


SSPC Revises Concrete Surface Prep Standard

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings recently announced the revision of the SSPC-SP 13/NACE No. 6 “Surface Preparation of Concrete” standard, which has been updated with more relevant c...


New Mexico City Airport Fate Up in the Air

A $13.2 billion project in Mexico City that could eventually become one of the world’s largest airports is hanging in midair as the country’s president elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador—know...


SSPC Ontario Announces Golf Outing

The Ontario chapter of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings will be hosting its September Classic Golf Tournament on Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Willow Valley Golf Course in Hamilton, On...


Huntsman Expands Footprint in South America

Specialty chemicals company Huntsman Corporation announced late last month that it is expanding its Polyurethanes division with the commercial registration of its business in Chile.


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AAMA Releases Structural Silicone Glazing Guide

The American Architectural Manufacturers Association recently merged two previous publications to create AAMA SSGDG-1-17, also known as the "Structural Silicone Glazing Design Guidelines,” w...


Study: US Industry is Overspending $177B/Year

A new survey that interviewed nearly 600 participants has found that the construction industry is spending $177.5 billion in non-optimal activities, such as fixing mistakes, looking for proj...


Thortex, Valentus Announce Partnership

Valentus Specialty Chemicals recently announced, in an emailed press release, its commitment to a global technology supply agreement through its protective maintenance coatings segment and t...


Senator Questions United States' Tariff Process

The United States’ tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum are garnering criticism not only from many of the countries that have been subjected to the duties, but from members of U.S. Congress...


New Adhesive Delivery System Released

Coatings and restoration systems company Sto Corp. has introduced a new adhesive delivery system that it says has an advantage over traditional cement-based adhesives.


Plea Deal Tossed in 2016 CA Fire

A judge has tossed out the plea deal offered by two men who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in July, almost two years after 36 people were killed in a warehouse fire in a building...


Axalta Appoints New EMEA President

Global coatings company Axalta announced last week multiple personnel changes in its European regions.


Hudson Yards Reaches Agreement with Carpenters

The developer of the highly touted Hudson Yards project in New York City, The Related Cos., announced last week that it has reached a labor agreement with the New York City District Council ...


SprayWorks Announces Scholarship Program

SprayWorks Equipment Group recently announced its new scholarship program, The James Davidson Innovative Student Scholarship, named after the company owner and geared toward encouraging stud...


CDC Releases Study on Workplace Heat Risks

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently took on research to find out if heat exposure limits recommended by its own National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, as ...


Researchers Use 3D Sand Printing for Concrete

In the latest addition to the DFAB House, a structure largely made with the use of digital technologies, located in Switzerland, researchers have developed the “Smart Slab”—a concrete slab t...


OSHA Announces Harwood Grant Availability

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last week that $10.5 million in funding will be available this year through its Susan Harwood Training ...


App Uses Virtual Reality for Fall Protection

To help workers in the construction industry identify fall hazards and learn how to create a fall protection system, the American Society of Safety Professionals released a virtual reality a...


Arkema, CEO Indicted for Harvey Incident

Nearly a year after Hurricane Harvey triggered a series of explosions at an Arkema chemical plan in Crosby, Texas, a Harris County grand jury has indicted the company and two executives for ...


OSHA Proposes Scaling Back Recordkeeping Rule

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced steps late last month to rescind parts of the Obama-era “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesse...


Carboline Acquires Strathmore, American Coatings

Protective coatings manufacturer Carboline Company announced Wednesday it has acquired coatings firm Strathmore and the American Coatings brand, which Strathmore acquired in 2014.


Axalta Announces TX Plant Expansion

Coatings company Axalta announced on Tuesday that it is expanding its Jacksonville, Texas, production facility.


CA Company Charged $2M in Wage Violations

California’s Labor Commissioner’s office has recently issued several citations to an industry company amounting to nearly $2 million dollars in wage theft violations.


NACE Names New MPI Executive Director

The NACE International Institute announced Tuesday the appointment of Cynthia O’Malley as its new executive director for Master Painters Institute LLC.


MD Latest State to Enact Contractor Wage Law

The state of Maryland is following California’s and Oregon’s lead as the latest state to pass legislation that holds general contractors accountable for wages unpaid by subcontractors.


Concrete Mix Caused Cracks in $70M Stadium

A new report has given officials more insight as to what went wrong in the construction of a $70 million high school football stadium in McKinney, Texas.


AkzoNobel to Open Training Center in Brazil

Global coatings firm AkzoNobel recently announced that it will be opening a new training center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which will include advanced training programs centered around the compan...


Coalition to Make Fire Safety Standards

More than 30 international professional associations and building organizations are banding together to form a new group focused on fire safety.


Foxconn Awards 37 Contracts for $10B Campus

Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group recently announced that it has awarded 37 more contracts for its $10 billion campus project in Racine County, Wisconsin.


Grenfell Inquiry Looks into Design Images

The inquiry into last year’s deadly Grenfell Tower fire continues as officials are now looking at photos of the London high-rises refurbishment.


4 Dead, Dozens Injured in Tokyo Construction Fire

Dozens of people were injured and five were killed Thursday after a fire broke out on a construction site in the Karakida district of Tama, western Tokyo.


ACI Introduces Flatwork Certification

Industry professionals will now be able to achieve two new designations through the American Concrete Institute, according to a new release from the organization last week.


Investigations Deepen in FL Building Collapse

Days after a condominium came crashing down unexpectedly during a planned demolition, a criminal investigation has been opened and the one person injured in the incident has been identified.


AkzoNobel, Startup Collab on Additives

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals announced this week that it is working with Renmatix, one of the winners of the company’s Imagine Chemistry challenge in 2017, on biomass-based performance addi...


NY Construction Execs Charged with Fraud

Two men were indicted in an Albany, New York, court for allegedly stealing the identities of minority-owned Lorice Enterprises Inc. and Precision Environmental Solutions Inc. as well as for ...


Sherwin-Williams Releases Q2 Numbers

The Sherwin-Williams Company released its 2018 second-quarter earnings report on Tuesday, reporting a record for the quarter with a 27.8 percent increase in consolidated net sales to $4.77 b...


Early DC Metro Concrete Tests Favorable

Initial testing triggered by a whistleblower lawsuit, which called out faulty concrete panels on Washington D.C.’s Silver Line Metro stations, suggests that the problem may not be as widespr...


Elevation Awards Nomination Deadline Looms

Time is running out to submit your nomination to Durability + Design's second annual Elevation Awards. D+D is calling for facility owners, architects, contractors, suppliers and others to en...


Research: Corn Might Improve Concrete Durability

In a bid to provide a sustainable building material for aging infrastructure in the U.S., researchers at the University of Nebraska at Kearney recently investigated whether corncobs, the ele...


Clariant, Lintech Expand Partnership

Specialty chemicals firm Clariant recently announced the expansion of its partnership with specialty chemical distributor Lintech International LLC—Lintech will be the sole distributor of Cl...


Waterborne Symposium Calls for Papers

The 46th Annual International Waterborne, High-Solids and Powder Coatings Symposium has issued a call for abstracts for its 2019 conference, slated for Feb. 24 to March 1 at the Astor Crowne...


Miami Beach Condo Collapses, Injures 1

A vacant Miami Beach condominium that was slated for demolition came crashing down Monday morning injuring one construction worker, officials say.


Greenbuild Announces Amal Clooney, Buddy Guy

Earlier this month the U.S. Green Building Council announced both the headliner and keynote speaker for the 2018 Greenbuild International Conference Expo, slated for Nov. 14-16 at the McCorm...


Artist Fined for Vegemite Graffiti

An individual who painted a mural made of Vegemite, depicting an arch bridge, on the wall of Fremantle Train Station in Fremantle, Australia, is now facing a fine.


Coatings Leader Clive Hare Dies at Age 76

Clive H. Hare, a longtime JPCL columnist, coating-chemistry expert and author of influential books on protective coatings, passed away July 14 at the age of 76 at his home in Brookfield, New...


RPM Releases Q4, Year-End Numbers

RPM International Inc., the parent company of paints and coatings firms including Rust-Oleum, Carboline and Tremco, released on Thursday (July 19) its financial report for its fiscal fourth ...


Sales, Volume Growth Up for PPG in Q2

Global coatings supplier PPG Industries released its second-quarter financial report Thursday, indicating increased net sales and sales volumes, noting that a new restructuring program, whic...


PPG Announces Leadership Changes

Global coatings firm PPG (announced two leadership changes earlier this week: Diane Kappas, currently vice president, protective and marine coatings, Americas, was appointed as the vice pres...


DOL Rescinds Union 'Persuader Rule'

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday that it has officially rescinded the Obama-era 2016 Persuader Rule, which was an extension of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.


Revenue Down for AkzoNobel in Q2

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel published the financial report for its second quarter yesterday, reporting revenue 3 percent lower than originally forecast, which can be attributed to...


Report: Construction Disputes Increased in 2017

A new report from global design and consultancy firm Arcadis (Highlands Ranch, Colorado) has revealed that although the value of construction disputes in North America dropped for the fourth...


Firm Pleads Guilty in Deadly NYC Fall

The company that was overseeing a Manhattan construction project where a worker died last fall has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.


London Financial District Skyscraper Approved

Hong Kong-based Lai Sun Development Company recently received approval for the construction of The Diamond, a 56-story tower in the heart of London's financial district. There has been oppos...


Report: Design-Build Use Growing in U.S.

While design-bid-build remains the most widely used project delivery method in the U.S., a new report indicates that design-build delivery—in which an owner works with a single entity for bo...


Tampa Bay Rays Propose $900M Stadium

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays revealed plans for a new 30,842-seat, $892 million stadium that serves, according to Stuart Sternberg, principal owner of the Rays since 20...


New Mall in Mexico City Partially Collapses

A months-old luxury shopping mall and multi-use building in Mexico City partially collapsed last week just minutes after the building was evacuated, blocking lanes of traffic in one of the c...


TCI Announces Expansion, Initiatives

Powder coatings manufacturer TCI recently announced that it's celebrating its 30th anniversary with a branding change and an expansion of services.


RPM Announces Operation Changes

Less than two weeks after announcing new initiatives as part of a cooperation agreement with fund manager Elliott Management, coatings and sealants holding company RPM Inc. said July 6 that ...


MAPEI Signals Expansion

Coatings and building products manufacturer MAPEI Corporation recently announced that it will be expanding its operations through two new locations in Florida and Georgia.


RIBA to Launch UK's First Apprenticeships

UK students will be able to take advantage of architecture apprenticeships for the first time this year, thanks to the Royal Institute of British Architects and a consortium of 20 architectu...


Tronox-Cristal Deal Approved by EC

The European Commission recently approved Tronox Limited’s acquisition of the Cristal titanium dioxide pigment business, even though the original deal closure date was anticipated by the fir...


Just Weeks Left for Elevation Awards Nominations

Time is running out to submit your nomination to Durability + Design's second annual Elevation Awards. D+D is calling for facility owners, architects, contractors, suppliers and others to en...


Canada Grants Coatings Tariff Exemption

With concerns over countermeasure tariffs on U.S. goods rising, the Canadian government has granted the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association’s (CPCA) request for an exemption from these t...


China Building Industry Blamed for Emissions Rise

A new report from the Environmental Investigations Agency is targeting China’s construction industry for a rise in emissions that officials say is hampering the healing of the ozone layer.


EU Approves Steel Anti-Dumping Measures

The European Union voted Thursday to approve a combination of quotas and tariffs on steel products to offset a feared influx of “dumped” steel after the United States placed its own tariffs ...


AEC BuildTech Calls for Presentations

New industry event AEC BuildTech Conference & Expo has issued a call for presentations for its inaugural show April 30 – May 2 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illino...


EPA Admin Pruitt Hands in Resignation

President Donald J. Trump announced the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt via Twitter last Thursday.


Free Webinar: Coating Specs for Concrete Floors

Durability + Design will host a free webinar on Wednesday, July 11, entitled: “Dealing with the Likelihood of Damp Concrete Substrates & Exposure Conditions When Specifying Floor Coatings.”


Report: 39 San Francisco Buildings in Quake Danger

The U.S Geological Survey recently released a report outlining dozens of San Francisco high-rises that would be at risk if a major earthquake were to occur.


Sanitized AG Forms New Business

Antimicrobial materials company Sanitized AC recently announced that it is consolidating its paint- and coatings-related products into a new business, Sanitized Preservation AG, to be headed...


Glasgow School of Art Building to be Dismantled

The Glasgow City Council recently announced that parts of the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building are to be dismantled in light of the fire that damaged the structure in mid-June.


$14M in Contracts Awarded in $10B WI Project

Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group is moving right along with its $10 billion campus project in Racine County, Wisconsin, as the company and its general contractors have awarded $14 milli...


CA Lead Paint Ballot Measure Scrapped

On the day of the deadline to withdraw initiatives from California’s November ballot, manufacturers involved in a yearslong lead paint dispute did just that last Thursday, spiking plans for ...


Groups Release Adhesives Market Report

ChemQuest Group Inc. and Adhesive and Sealant Council Inc. recently partnered to produce and publish ASC’s 2017-2020 North American Market Report for Adhesives and Sealants with a Global Ove...


Philly Council Passes New Construction Tax

The Philadelphia City Council narrowly voted last week to implement a new tax on construction projects.


1 Killed in TX Construction Site Explosion

An explosion at a Texas construction site Tuesday afternoon has reportedly killed one construction worker and injured 15 more, and authorities are ruling the blast an accident.


Global Group Offers Adhesives, Sealant Report

ChemQuest Group Inc. and Adhesive and Sealant Council Inc. recently partnered to ASC’s 2017-2020 North American Market Report for Adhesives and Sealants with a Global Overview.


EPA Proposes New Dust-Lead Standards

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released late last week (June 22) a proposal to lower the dust-lead hazard standards. The public has 45 days from the proposal’s release to comment o...


Experts: Fire System at Mac was Nearly Complete

Less than two weeks after a massive fire at the Mackintosh building at Scotland's Glasgow School of Art, The British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association revealed that large pumps for the fi...


PPG Announces Houston Plant Closure

Pittsburgh-based global coatings manufacturer PPG is planning to close a Houston manufacturing plant, according to documents filed with the Texas Workforce Commission.


Grenfell Inquiry Dismisses 'Expert Architect'

Just days after the officials leading London’s Grenfell Tower public inquiry appointed John Priestley an “expert architectural witness,” the decision was reversed after it came to light that...


US Issues First Steel Tariff Exemptions

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced its first round of exemptions to new steel and aluminum tariffs Wednesday, at the same time noting that it is investigating whether some companies i...


Box Stores Phase Out Paint Stripper

A few days after coatings manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company's recent announcement that it will be phasing out paint strippers that contain methylene chloride, home-improvement box st...


AkzoNobel Expands Organic Peroxide Plant in India

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals recently announced that is has broken ground on a project to expand production capacity and update its organic peroxides facility in Mahad, India.


How to Submit an Elevation Awards Nomination

The deadline to nominate your outstanding projects to the D+D Elevation Awards is fast approaching. With just weeks left to submit your project for judging, make sure you have all the requir...


Carrots, Beets Used to Strengthen Concrete

Engineers at the United Kingdom’s Lancaster University say they have found a way to both strengthen concrete and make it more environmentally friendly by adding nano platelets extracted from...


European Coatings Show Issues Call for Papers

The European Coatings Show Conference, Europe’s largest coatings conference, has issued a call for papers for the 2019 iteration for the show, slated for March 18-19, 2019, in Nuremberg, Ger...


Architects Foundation Increases Scholarships

The Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the American Institute of Architects, recently announced its 2018-19 Diversity Advancement Scholarship winners, extending the awardees...


OSHA Extends Comment Period on Crane Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it will extend the comment period on the proposed crane operator certification rule.


Sherwin-Williams to Phase Out Methylene Chloride

Late last week, The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) announced that it will be phasing out the use of methylene chloride in its paint removal products by the end of the year.


AkzoNobel Acquires Decorative Paint Co.

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel announced the acquisition of decorative paint and plaster manufacturer Fabryo on Monday, which includes two production facilities and six distribution ...


Deadline Extended for 2nd Annual D+D Awards

You requested, we listened! For those of you who didn’t get a chance to submit your projects for Durability + Design’s second annual Elevation Awards, the deadline has been extended.


Fire Ravages Glasgow's Mackintosh Building

For the second time in four years a fire ripped through part of the Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building last weekend, leaving engineers, architects and historians in Scotland left to...


Nominations Open for SSPC Structure Awards

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings is now accepting nominations for its 2018-19 Structure Awards, to be presented in February at the 2019 Coatings+ Conference.


IMCD to Acquire Chemicals Distributor Horn

Specialty chemicals distributor IMCD NV announced Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire U.S. chemicals distributor E.T. Horn Company, subject to regulatory approval.


ACA Opens Nominations for Mattiello Award

The American Coatings Association is now soliciting nominations for the 2019 Joseph J. Mattiello Lecture Award, to be presented at the ACA CoatingsTech Conference in Cleveland next April.


Subcontractors Under Seige at Grenfell Inquiry

A year after London’s Grenfell Tower fire claimed more than 70 lives, the public inquiry hearings are just getting started, with opening statements and fact-checking commencing just last wee...


Huntsman Announces New Dubai PU Plant

Global chemical company Huntsman Corporation (The Woodlands, Texas) recently announced plans to build a new polyurethanes systems house in Dubai. The new facility, to be located in the Jebel...


Elevation Awards Spotlight: The Forge

With just days left to submit an entry for Durability + Design’s second annual Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (June 15) with featured selections of this year’s no...


Report: 90% of Contractors Worried about Labor

Labor shortages and rising steel prices are among some of the top concerns shown in the Q2 2018 United States Gypsum + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index, which was relea...


USGBC Announces First European LEED City

The U.S. Green Building Council, along with Green Business Certification Inc., have announced that Savona, Italy, is the first LEED-certified city in Europe.


NY Official Pleads Guilty to $750M Bid-Rigging

A top executive of Buffalo, New York, general contracting firm LPCiminelli has pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy for his part in an alleged bid-rigging scheme involving hundreds of mill...


Company Turns Project into 'Living Lab'

Students at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, in Boston, are getting a unique hands-on education in construction as a building contractor is using a new academic building project as a t...


Building Innovation Calls for Abstracts

The National Institute of Building Sciences is issuing a call for abstracts for its seventh annual Building Innovation 2019: The National Institute of Building Sciences Conference and Expo.


Firm Finds Way to Reuse Construction Waste

An industry researcher has taken on the task of figuring out a way to recycle medium-density fiberboard by kicking off FibreCarb, a startup dedicated to recycling waste MDF.


Officials Investigating Cracks in $70M Stadium

The firms constructing a $70 million high school football stadium in McKinney, Texas, have now promised to get to the bottom of some suspiciously larges cracks that have appeared on the stru...


ABC Calls for More Collaborative Safety Regulations

In a subcommittee hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Kwest Group President and Chairman of the Associated Builder and Contractors National Safety and Health ...


US Imposes Steel Tariffs on Canada, EU

After months of discussion regarding possible exemptions, the United States allowed new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and European Union countries to take effect Friday, ...


University Robot Creates 'Intelligent' Bricks

Architect and senior lecturer Christian Lange, based out the University of Hong Kong, recently spearheaded the development of a robot that creates “intelligent” bricks that could reduce air ...


AIA Announces Small Project Awards

The American Institute of Architects announced Friday the winners of its 2018 Small Project Awards. Now in its 15th year, the program recognizes small-project practitioners for the quality o...


Stadium Construction Allegedly Disrupts Business

The recent construction of the Orlando City Stadium has caused some backlash from a nearby business, which claims that the vibrations from the stadium’s construction cost it more than $1 mil...


Hempel Acquires Majority of Deco Paint Firm

Global coatings supplier Hempel announced Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire 65 percent of German paint manufacturer J.W. Ostendorf in a move it says is part of a strategy for growth.


Uber Reveals Skyport Proposals

In order to plan for the future demands of transportation infrastructure, Uber recently revealed six Skyport proposals at its second annual Elevate conference. These selections were reported...


DOL Announces Plans to Revisit Overtime Rule

The Department of Labor recently announced its latest regulatory agenda, in which it discussed plans to revisit the overtime eligibility threshold, as well as calculations for regular rate o...


Final Report Issued on TX Arkema Blasts

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an investigative body that examines incidents involving chemical dangers in the country, has released its final report on last August’s fire at an Arkema chem...


CA Lead Paint Case Reaches Partial Settlment

One of the three companies in an ongoing legal battle in California has settled a lawsuit involving lead paint. NL Industries Inc., formerly known as National Lead Co., reached a $60 million...


AkzoNobel Opens New Powder Coatings Plant

Global coatings giant AkzoNobel is continuing its expansion in Asia with the start of production at its new powder coatings plant in Changzhou, China.


NYC Officials Finalize Safety Training Mandate

New York City officials have finalized requirements of a law passed last October that ups the safety training requirements for most of the city’s construction workers.


New ASTM Standard Looks at Floors

The American Society of Testing Materials will soon release a new standard that it says looks at flooring differently than before.


Deadline Approaching for Awards Nominations

Time is running out to submit your nomination to Durability + Design's second annual Elevation Awards. D+D is calling for facility owners, architects, contractors, suppliers and others to en...


Interpreting OSHA's Fall Protection Rule

In my area of responsibility for the National Roofing Contractors Association, fall protection issues generally involve Subpart M of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s const...


IL to Offer Frank Lloyd Wright Trail

In honor of world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Illinois Office of Tourism has designated a trail that connects 13 structures designed by the architect, running as far north as ...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, Durability + Design News will not publish a newsletter on Monday, May 28.


Inmates Graduate from MO Trade Program

The first group of students at a new program in Kansas City, Missouri, graduated last week, and officials are calling the program a success.


Exoskeleton Developed for Physical Labor

Without using computers, batteries or actuators, suitX industrial exoskeletons reportedly reduce the risk of injury from lifting and similar physical labor.


PPG Gets 6-Month Q1 Filing Extension

Nearly two weeks after global coatings company PPG announced that it filed for an extension with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on its first-quarter financial report for 2018, t...


Mass Timber Structures Undergo Blast Testing

The Wood Products Council, along with the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Lab, and Softwood Lumber Board, completed a second series of blast tests on cross-laminated timber structures at...


Silver Line Concrete Issues Allegedly Known Last Year

The timing of a whistleblower lawsuit has allegedly revealed that the issues with several flawed concrete panels along the $2.7 billion Silver Line Metro extension in Northern Virginia were ...


Reinventing Cities Calls for Proposals

Global urban planning organization C40 Cities is in the home stretch of its call for proposals in its Reinventing Cities initiative, which aims to transform underutilized spaces into "resili...


OSHA Nixes Capacity in Crane Certification

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced late last week that it is now proposing a rule to clarify its crane operating regulations.


TX Firm Claims Millions in Savings from iPads

A Dallas construction company recently made headlines when it reported that the use of iPads in the field has saved the company an estimated $1.8 million a year.


NYC Firm Allegedly Stole $10M from Workers, State

A New York City construction firm was recently indicted on charges that it stole more than $1.7 million in wages from its workers and swindled the state out of another $8 million.


Researchers Develop 'Fire Alarm Wallpaper'

Researchers out of the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences have recently developed what they’re calling a “fire alarm wallpaper.”


3-Alarm Fire Guts Multiple CO Projects

On May 10, in Denver, Colorado, near the Broncos Stadium, two town-home buildings that were under construction caught fire. One residential building to the north suffered damage, but those i...


PPG Fires Controller Amid Financial Investigation

Global coatings manufacturer PPG announced Thursday that it has terminated its former vice president and controller after an internal investigation revealed improper accounting practices str...


EPA to Act on Methylene Chloride Paint Strippers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced late last week that it has decided to move forward on its original ruling on methylene chloride, a chemical commonly used for stripping pai...


British Coatings Federation Taps New President

The British Coatings Federation, which represents members of the paints, printing inks, powder coatings and wallcoverings industries in the United Kingdom, welcomed its new president, David ...


Elon Musk Plans to Make Bricks

Billionaire Elon Musk's Boring Company’s boring activities are slated to have an additional benefit—dredging up dirt to be used for bricks for lost-cost housing.


Elevation Awards to Highlight Areas of Expertise

Do you know of a recent coating project that deserves to be recognized for excellence in aesthetic or technical effects? If so, be sure to nominate it for Durability + Design’s second annual...


Home Owners Rebuilding after CA Wildfires

Home owners in California’s wine country, where fires ripped through acres of land and homes last fall, are now starting to rebuild.


Another Lawsuit Surround NYC Hudson Yards

A group of unions recently added to a batch of lawsuits in New York City surrounding development firm Related and its Hudson Yards project.


OSHA, States Tussle Over Recordkeeping

Confusion remains just weeks after the U.S. Department of Labor announced it had corrected an “error” in the implementation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new electro...


Tower Gets Go-Ahead for New Core Design

A new core system design for Seattle’s under-construction Rainier Square Tower has been approved, giving the innovation the green light from a design standpoint.


Crane Simulator Provides New Training

Canada-based CM Labs Simulation recently released new virtual software with Vortex Construction Equipment Simulators that aims to teach crane operation in a dense urban setting.


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Nomination How-To Guide for Elevation Awards

The deadline to nominate your outstanding projects to the D+D Elevation Awards is fast approaching. With just weeks left to submit your project for judging, make sure you have all the requir...


Vegas Stadium Under Political Fire

The future stadium of the National Football League’s current Oakland Raiders is still set for completion in August 2020, as design elements and costs of the Las Vegas project were finalized ...


New Stainer Brush Size Now Offered

Ohio-based Wooster Brush Company recently announced that it is adding to its line of Bravo Strainer brushes with a new size.


US Delays Steel Tariffs for Some Nations

The United States tariffs on steel and aluminum coming from various countries have been delayed as the U.S. continues negotiations that could head off duties for the nations.


Silica Citations Ramp up 6 Months After Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is six months into its enforcement of its new silica rule. So far, more than 100 companies have been cited.


Safety Stand-Down Observed Next Week

Construction industry professionals are taking part in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction next week, to educate workers about the importance of fall protection o...


PPG Announces Job Cuts Amid Cost Hikes

Global coatings manufacturer PPG said Friday it will be cutting more than 1,000 jobs in a restructuring effort that comes in the wake of rising raw-material costs and the ouster of the compa...


Faulty Concrete on DC Metrorail Requires Coating

Several flawed concrete panels, created with an incorrect cement-to-water ratio, found along the $2.7 billion Silver Line Metro extension in Northern Virginia, will reportedly need to be tre...


Perkins Eastman, Dougherty Announce Merger

Global architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman and California-based firm Dougherty recently announced that the two have agreed on a merger, effective May 1.


Design Contenders Chosen for PIT Terminal

The Allegheny County Airport Authority has narrowed down the design firm candidates that are in the running for the Pittsburgh International Airport’s billion-dollar facelift.


Coating Will Remedy Faulty Concrete in Metro Project

A silane coating will be used to help treat several flawed concrete panels found on the $2.7 billion Silver Line Metro extension in Northern Virginia. The concrete issue stems from several d...


AkzoNobel Appoints New Chairman at AGM

Global coatings company AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) voted Thursday (April 26) in favor of all resolutions at this year’s Annual General Meeting.


Perstorp Reports Sales Growth in 2017

Specialty chemicals company Perstorp AB (Malmo, Sweden) reported sales growth in its 2017 annual report, issued Friday (April 20), with its coatings segment representing a third of sales on ...


NYC Council Bill Talks Rooftop Turbines

The New York City Council passed a bill Monday (April 23) that would standardize the installation of wind turbines on rooftops, which is part of a larger move to reduce the city’s carbon emi...


PPG Releases 2017 Sustainability Report

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) recently released its 2017 Sustainability Report, which details the company’s progress in strengthening operations and attaining its sustainability g...


AkzoNobel Reports Revenue Dip for 2018 Q1

Global coatings giant AkzoNobel released its 2018 first-quarter earnings report Tuesday noting an increase in net income year over year. However, the company also reported a single-digit dro...


Research Looks to Improve Rammed Earth

Researchers at the University of British Columbia are researching putting a modern twist on an old building method.


Sherwin-Williams Reports Q1 Profit Increase

Coatings giant The Sherwin-Williams Company released its first-quarter financial report for 2018 on Tuesday, marking consolidated sales at $3.97 billion, a 43.6 percent increase year over ye...


PPG, Home Depot Announce Expansion

Global coatings company PPG (Pittsburgh) and major retailer The Home Depot have announced an expanded partnership, along with the release of a new PPG product.


Architect Pays $1.6M for School Design Flaws

Ohio-based DNK Architects Inc. is to pay $1.6 million for design flaws associated with a school building project completed in 2006, which was negatively impacted by a botched roof installati...


NFL's Jaguars Reveal $2.5B Project Renderings

The National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars held their annual State of the Franchise event late last week and with it came the official announcement of plans for a $2.5 billion redev...


3 More Plead Guilty in WI Fraud Case

Three more people are pleading guilty in a $200 million case out of Wisconsin that accuses a contracting firm of creating fake minority and veteran-owned businesses in order to win federal c...


Contractors Needed for CA City Hall Painting Work

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is seeking contractors for the interior painting and exterior wood trim staining and sealing for the City Hall and Bell Tower Regional Community Center in ...


Collapsible Skyscraper Wins Design Competition

The design for a collapsible skyscraper that could bring relief to disaster zones was recently announced as the winner of the eVolo Skyscraper Competition, an annual award presented by archi...


PPG Reports Sales Up, Volumes Flat in Q1

Pittsburgh-based coatings firm PPG released its first-quarter financial report for 2018 on Thursday (April 19), indicating a 9 percent increase in net sales over the prior year, totaling $3....


ABC, Veterans Group Pen Collaboration

The Associated Builders and Contractors recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Veterans Business Alliance that inks a collaboration on expanding the participation of vet...


Covestro Expedites CEO Succession

Polymers giant Covestro AG announced Friday that Markus Steilemann will take the helm as CEO of the company on June 1 as Patrick Thomas retires, months earlier than originally projected.


TQC, Sheen Combine, Rebrand

After an acquisition last fall, testing instrument manufacturer Sheen Instruments and paint test equipment manufacturer TQC have merged under the same brand—TQC Sheen.


WI Company Charged with $200M in Fraud

Owner of Wisconsin-based contractor Sonag Company Inc. Brian Ganos was recently indicted by the state’s grand jury for 22 counts of fraud, reportedly creating minority and veteran-owned busi...


Lstiburek, Crisman Join Elevation Awards Panel

For Durability + Design’s second annual Elevation Awards, two new judges will be on the esteemed panel of professionals evaluating the work of facility owners, architects, contractors, suppl...


DowDuPont Announces $100M Facility Expansion

Early last week holding company DowDuPont announced that it will invest $100 million to expand a manufacturing facility to meet growing demand in specialty materials.


China University Develops Fire-Resistant Material

Researchers based out of the University of Science and Technology of China recently developed a new fire-retardant construction material capable of resisting flames, even those produced by s...


US Court: Ignorance of Safety Standards Not a Defense

A Georgia court has ruled against a company that claimed its foreman didn’t know the safety requirements for fall protection and therefore should not have been handed a nearly $50,000 fine a...


ASRC Acquires FD Thomas, D. Zelinsky & Sons

Construction engineering company ASRC Industrial Services announced Wednesday the acquisition of F.D. Thomas Inc., an Oregon-based coating and specialty services contractor; and FDT’s subsid...


Lowe's Initiates Trade Education Support

Lowe’s Companies Inc. recently announced an initiative to provide employees the financial support to pursue a skilled trade in an effort to help aid the skilled professional shortage in the ...


Report: Grenfell Cladding Had Been Downgraded

A new investigation suggests that the cladding fitted on the Grenfell Tower had been downgraded before it was installed on the London high-rise, the site of a fire that killed 71 people last...


Hempel Reports Stable Sales, Growth Plans

Global coatings company Hempel released its 2017 Annual Report last Friday, and noted that its income and lowered debt position it for acquisitions and a “leading global role” in the industr...


AIA Awards Annual Grants for Upjohn Research

The American Institute of Architects announced last week the recipients of this year’s Upjohn Research Initiative grants, which provide funding for projects that will advance the future of a...


Paint Companies Accused of Dodging Lead Claims

Milwaukee’s mayor and an attorney representing more than 100 children are accusing paint companies of trying to dodge the blame for the city’s lead poisoning cases and the millions of dollar...


Cases Pile Up After Fatal MA Accident

Investigators have opened a fourth case regarding the site of Massachusetts’ Wynn Boston Harbor resort and casino after a construction worker died in an accident last week.


Nominations Open for 2nd Annual D+D Awards

Durability + Design is calling for facility owners, architects, contractors, suppliers and others to enter our second annual Elevation Awards.


Houston Agency Proposes New Floodplain Standards

In response to the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, Houston's Department of Public Works has proposed that new structures in the 100-year and 500-year floodplains be built 2 feet above the...


Contractor Hit with Slew of Project Lawsuits

Hunt Construction Group is being hit with an eighth lawsuit regarding its Florida Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, this one coming from North Carolina-based CCK Construction Services for $1.2 m...


MIT: Metal Oxides Provide Corrosion Protection

Researchers based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered that a solid oxide protective coating for metals can deform as a liquid would, filling gaps and providing c...


RPM Releases Q3 Report, Sets Record

Holding company RPM Inc., parent company of consumer paints company Rust-Oleum and other coatings firms including Carboline, Stonhard and Tremco, saw record sales and record net income in th...


USGBC Announces LEED Grant Program

The U.S. Green Building Council, along with the creators of LEED and support for Bank of America Charitable Foundation, recently announced the launch of a new grant program, designed to reco...


Report: Contractor CFO Pay, Bonuses Peak

A new quarterly report suggests that high-ranking construction officials are reaping the benefits of the healthy market with significant salary increases and bonuses.


Study Questions Abrasives' Beryllium Content

Manufacturers are questioning new data recently released by a blasting-abrasive industry trade group that appears to show higher levels of beryllium than previously recorded in a number of a...


NJ Company Fined in High-Profile Accident

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited and fined a New Jersey-based construction company six months after an accident killed ex-boxer David Bey.


Bid Requests to Start on $10B WI Plant Project

In preparation for its upcoming $10 billion manufacturing plant, Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group has named the lead contractors on the project.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Friday

Durability + Design News will not publish a daily newsletter Friday, March 30, in observance of the Easter holiday weekend.


Firm Creating 3-D Model of Grenfell Tower Fire

An architecture research firm is calling for anyone and everyone to submit their video footage of London’s fatal Grenfell Tower Fire with the goal of building a 3-D model of how the fire spr...


Researchers Tout Nanocrystal Concrete

Researchers based out of Purdue University recently revealed plans to use concrete infused with microscopic-sized nanocrystals from wood in the construction of a California bridge.


Canadian Terminal Combines Art, Function

A construction process that mixed architecture firms with artists has resulted in Toronto’s new expanded subway system.


AkzoNobel to Sell Specialty Chemical Business

Nearly a year after announcing it would spin off its Specialty Chemicals business, global coatings firm AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) revealed Tuesday (March 27) its 10.1 billion euro ($12.5 billion...


Desert Sand Behind Concrete Alternative

In light of the billions of tons of sand used by the construction industry every year in the manufacture of concrete, a research team based out of Imperial College London has developed a bio...


Officials Investigate Cause of Fatal Fire in Russia

Officials are investigating the cause of Sunday’s massive fire in Kemerovo, Russia, that killed at least 64 people, many of them school-aged children who were at the mall celebrating the sta...


EPA to Hold Leadership Summit on PFAS

The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will convene a national leadership summit to address the topic of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, use...


Local-Hire Fines for Detroit Contractors Hit $5.2M

Contractors working on Detroit's Little Caesars Arena, failing to hire local residents as 51 percent of the project work force, have paid the city $5.2 million in fines. According to reports...


TX House 3-D Printed in Under a Day

Austin, Texas, is playing host to the first 3-D printed home that is both up to code and can house people as-is. With a construction cost of $10,000, the home may prove to be a feasible hous...


OSHA's Hearing-Loss Bulletin Targets Painters

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released a new bulletin related to hearing loss, with special attention paid to ototoxicity, hearing loss brought on by chemical ex...


Firms Tapped for Grenfell Estate Redesign

Six architecture firms have been tapped to bring ideas to the table on the renovation of London’s Lancaster West Estate, the property that contains Grenfell Tower, the site of a massive fire...


Tool Measures Concrete's Environmental Impact

To stay in line with government focus on innovation in the improvement of buildings, Dubai Municipality’s Buildings Department has developed a new smart calculator that can measure environme...


DC Wharf Contractor Files $5M Suit Against Firm

The general contractor behind The Wharf, a $2.5 billion mixed-use development currently under construction in Washington, D.C., has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the project’s master ar...


US Opens Steel, Aluminum Tariffs to Exclusions

Days before new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports into the U.S. go into effect, the Department of Commerce announced Monday how companies seeking to bring steel into the country without ...


RPM's Rust-Oleum Acquires Sealer Company

Coatings and sealants company RPM International Inc. announced Monday that its Rust-Oleum Group has acquired sealers and cleaners company Miracle Sealants Company.


SSPC Guide Addresses Salts on New Steel

Detecting soluble salts on new and shop-coated steel is the topic of a new technology guide from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


More Grenfell Tower Building Materials Fail Tests

Officials investigating the fatal Grenfell Tower fire have released new details on the safety of the building’s materials.


PPG Metal Deco Ink Assets Sold to UK Firm

Sun Chemical, a member of the Japan-based DIC Group, recently announced that it has acquired a portion of the metal decorative ink business of PPG in a deal the financial terms of which have...


Report: OSHA Missing Records from 200,000 Companies

A recent investigation by Bloomberg Environment has revealed that about 200,000 worksites have failed to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new electronic...


DC Launches Infrastructure Academy to Train Workers

On Monday, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser opened the District of Columbia Infrastructure Academy, a new training program focused on preparing workers for fast-growing jobs in infrastr...


Home Depot Foundation Pledges $50M to Training

The Home Depot Foundation, based in Atlanta, recently announced a $50 million commitment to skilled trades training over the next 10 years in an effort to help fill the skilled labor gap.


EPA Settle $280K in CA, AZ Lead Cases

Earlier this week the Environmental Protection Agency announced six enforcement actions related to leads paint in the states of California and Arizona.


OSHA 2019 Budget Slashes Training Grants

In President Donald J. Trump’s budget proposal for 2019, $1.1 billion is slated to be cut from the Department of Labor, with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration requesting the ...


Balkrishna Doshi Tapped for 2018 Pritzker Prize

Balkrishna Doshi, of India, has been selected as the 2018 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, according to an announcement by Tom Pritzker, chairman of the Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors...


Trump Officially Institutes Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

A week after announcing he would institute new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, President Donald J. Trump acted on his promise Thursday (March 8), imposing new tariffs but exempting th...


AIA Announces Partnership for Girls' Education

The American Institute of Architects recently announced that it’s joining forces with The National Girls Collaborative. The goal is to open up pathways for girls to achieve educational goals...


Fatal Denver Fire Sparks Lengthy Investigation

A fatal fire last week a Denver apartment building construction site is prompting a massive federal investigation, according to reports, calling into question under-the-table labor and safe ...


Nippon Paint Allows Wuthelam Board Majority

Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd. recently announced the decision to make Singapore-based coatings group Wuthelam a majority on its board, allowing the company to essentially be in control of N...


LEGO to Launch Sugar Cane Bricks

Toy manufacturer LEGO recently announced that production of a new line of botanical-themed building bricks has begun, and emulating the renewable nature of their plant cousins, the toy block...


AkzoNobel Releases 2017 Q4, Year-End Numbers

Global coatings giant AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) released its 2017 fourth-quarter and year-end earnings reports on Thursday (March 8), noting that its Specialty Chemicals business is reported as ...


OSHA to Enforce Parts of Beryllium Rule in May

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced late last week that it will begin enforcement of much of its new beryllium standard on May 11 in all industries, including constru...


Axalta Acquires CA Facility for Refinish Business

Philadelphia-based coatings company Axalta recently announced that it has acquired what it calls a state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facility in Sacramento, California.


AkzoNobel Names Andersen New Board Chair

Coatings giant AkzoNobel announced earlier this week the nomination of Nils Smedegaard Andersen as a member of the Supervisory Board, with the intention to elect him as Chairman, granted his...


KY Officials Issue Hazard Alert for Trench Fatalities

Officials at Kentucky’s Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation Program recently issued a hazard alert in response to what the organization calls an alarming rise in trench work fatalitie...


US Announces Steel, Aluminum Tariffs

President Donald J. Trump recently announced that he plans this week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports into the country, drawing praise from in the industry but stoking fears o...


Voorhees Named CEO of Rust-Oleum Group

Holding company RPM International Inc. announced late last week that Edward J. Voorhees III, president of Rust-Oleum North America, will take over the role of CEO of the Rust-Oleum Group, ef...


CitiesAlive Conference Calling for Papers

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities’ CitiesAlive: 16th Annual Green Infrastructure Conference has issued a call for papers.


Grenfell Tower Site Could Become Memorial

The fate of London’s Grenfell Tower is one step closer as the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government recently released a set of principles regarding governing decisions on the...


SSPC Issues Call for Abstracts for 2019

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has started accepting paper abstracts for its 2019 Coatings+ conference, which may cover topics across the protective and marine coatings industry.


NAHB Calls on OSHA to Help Small Businesses

The National Association of Home Builders recently spoke at a House subcommittee hearing to call on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to expand its small business compliance ...


OR Considering Construction Wage Protection

In a move to protect construction contractors from wage theft, the Oregon House passed a bill that would require a general contractor to pay wages owed by a delinquent subcontractor if certa...


DowDuPont Reveals Upcoming Company Names

The recently merged DowDuPont announced Monday the names for the three independent companies that each division will assume, continuing the company’s plan to separate.


Greece Subway Construction Unearths Aphrodite

Subway work near the Greek city of Thessaloniki has uncovered a headless statue of Aphrodite, located near the Hagia Sophia, a Byzantine-era church.


Lowe's, Sherwin-Williams Talk Expanded Partnership

Lowe’s Companies Inc. and The Sherwin-Williams Company are taking their relationship to the next level.


Turner Construction Targeted in Kickback Investigation

An investigation that officials say could lead to unearthing $100 million in construction fraud is underway in New York City.


SSPC Accepting Board Nominations

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced last week that it is accepting nominations for one position on its Board of Governors, available as part of its upcoming election.


PPG Announces EPD for Sealant Line

Global coatings company PPG recently expanded green rating opportunities for building professionals with the release of an environmental product declaration for its line of Top Gun sealants.


Anti-McMansion Group Lobbies for Regulation in CA

Coastal neighborhoods of San Diego have begun organizing in protest of “McMansions”—miniature, contemporary mansions—that residents say are taking advantage of a developmental loophole and r...


FL Subcontractor Sues Over Irma-Snapped Cranes

A Florida subcontractor is suing a Pennsylvania crane company in the fallout of last fall’s Hurricane Irma damage.


$6B CA College Project Utilizing BIM

A project in California that’s considered the largest bond construction program in the U.S. has set a strict building information modeling mandate for any firm bidding on a part of the proce...


Notice: No Newsletter Monday, Feb. 19

Durability + Design News will not publish a daily newsletter Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of the U.S. Presidents Day holiday.


Report: Smart Surfaces Save Cities Billions

According to a new cost-benefit report, the use of smart surfaces—green roofs, solar panels, etc.—in cities may contribute to an improvement in health and comfort for residents, among other ...


Construction Firm Suing WA Transit for $12.5M

Puget Sound’s regional transit authority, Sound Transit, could now find itself in hot water. Earlier this month, New York-based Turner Construction filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against...


Roofing Organizations Issue Call for Roofing Day

Roofing organizations that have joined forces to bring Roofing Day (March 7) to Washington, D.C. are seeking help.


New Process Makes Wood as Strong as Titanium

Engineers based out of the University of Maryland, College Park have developed a method involving compression that makes wood stronger than most titanium alloys, resulting in a strong, natur...


Cement Made with Volcanic Ash Stronger, Greener

The production of concrete contributes to percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers, working in conjunction with scientists in Kuwa...


CPWR Releases Report on Caught-In/Between Accidents

The Center for Construction Research and Training recently released its newest quarterly data report in which it covers caught-in/between fatalities in various industries from 2003-15. Const...


AkzoNobel Releases Preliminary 2017 Numbers

On Thursday, global coatings firm AkzoNobel released a preliminary report of its unaudited financial numbers for 2017, which indicated the complete internal separation of the Specialty Chemi...


Huntsman Corp. Founder Jon Huntsman Dies at 80

Jon Huntsman, founder and Chairman Emeritus of chemical company Huntsman Corporation died Friday (Feb. 2) at his home in Salt Lake City after battling long-term health issues. He was 80 year...


International Roofing Expo Runs Through Thursday

The International Roofing Expo, which runs through Thursday (Feb. 8) and is hosted at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, features a variety of educational options and spe...


ACI Reveals Education Subscription Service

The American Concrete Institute recently unveiled its latest education plan, which puts its webinars and on-demand courses all in one place.


FL Man Pinned Under Heavy Equipment

Rescue crews recently rushed to a commercial construction site in Miami-Dade, Florida, after reports said a man had been crushed by construction equipment.


Evonik, Siemens Pair Up for Research

Researchers from Evonik Industries and Siemens Corporate Technology started collaborating this month to convert carbon dioxide into specialty chemicals, using electricity from renewable sour...


Activist Shareholder Sells Clariant Stake

Chemical firm Saudi Basic Industries Corp recently purchased a 25 percent stake in specialty chemicals firm Clariant, effectively ending the company’s fight with an activist holding company ...


Chemical Manufacturer Reports 2 GenX Spills

A specialty chemicals manufacturer that’s come under fire in recent months over releases of potentially carcinogenic substances into the water around its North Carolina plant reportedly admi...


NV Construction Firm Sues Union for Defamation

A Las Vegas-area construction firm is filing a defamation lawsuit against a local union, claiming the group’s secretary impersonated a county official and is intentionally spreading false cl...


Concrete Pipes Could House Tiny Homes

Hong Kong studio James Law Cybertecture says it has developed an affordable housing alternative for those interested living in expensive cities with OPod Tube Housing, which transforms concr...


ICC Seeks Volunteers for New Resiliency Effort

The International Code Council has teamed up with the Alliance for National and Community Resilience to develop the country’s first “who-community resilience benchmarks,” focusing on buildin...


Worker Struck, Killed by Falling Beam at MT Site

A construction worker died last week after a concrete column fell on him at the site of a housing project redevelopment in Billings, Montana.


Firm Looks to Control Nippon Paints Board

Singapore-based coatings group Wuthelam recently announced that it is looking to become a majority on the board for Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd., citing a belief that the group can create ...


Gougeon Brothers Acquires Entropy Resins

Michigan-based epoxy manufacturer Gougeon Brothers Inc. recently announced the acquisition of Entropy Resins, a developer of bio-based epoxy formulations for adhesives, coatings and composit...


NAHB Launch Safety 265 Initiative

An industry association is taking steps to raise awareness on work site safety. The National Association of Home Builders recently launched its Safety 265 initiative, a campaign designed to ...


Bond Legislation Changes for OR, VA Contractors

New rules for contractors in Oregon and Virginia are in full swing after legislation changed last year.


IN Firm Launches Floor Covering Apprenticeship

Indiana-based commercial flooring contractor Jack Laurie Group recently announced that it has teamed up with the Associated Builders and Contractors to offer the nation’s only merit shop flo...


New Study Looks at Mitigation Savings

According to a recent report from the National Institute of Building Sciences, every federal grant dollar spent on disaster resiliency and mitigation can save the United States $6. On top of...


Dow Announces Collaboration with USGBC

Dow Building Solutions—business unit of Michigan-based DowDuPont’s Specialty Products Division—has announced that is entering a collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council.


Corrosion Causes Indonesia Stock Exchange Fall

Reports indicate that loose or corroded joints may be to blame for the recent collapse of the mezzanine floor of the Indonesia Stock Exchange, located in Jakarta. The incident left several p...


World of Concrete Boasts Week of Education, Seminars

World of Concrete, the largest annual international event dedicated to concrete and masonry professionals, launches its 2018 conference today (Jan. 22) at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


PPG Releases Q4, Year-End Financials

Global coatings manufacturer PPG (Pittsburgh) announced its fourth-quarter earnings report Thursday morning (Jan. 18), as well as its 2017 year-end report, boasting net sales increases in ea...


PPG Releases Q4, Year-End Financials

Pittsburgh-based global coatings manufacturer PPG announced its fourth-quarter financial report Thursday morning, as well as its end-of-year report for 2017. Each report indicated an increas...


Report: OSHA Down 40 Inspectors

Since President Donald J. Trump took office, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has reportedly lost 40 inspectors, which accounts for 4 percent of the agency’s inspection forc...


AkzoNobel to Expand Organic Peroxide Facility

Dutch coatings company AzkoNobel Specialty Chemicals announced Wednesday that the company is investing more than 12 million euros ($14.7 million) to expand a facility in Los Reyes, Mexico.


Large UK Construction Firm Financially Collapses

The United Kingdom’s government is doing damage control after one of the largest construction and outsourcing firms financially collapsed on Monday, prompting unions to call for an investiga...


VersaFlex, Raven Linings Announce Merger

Polyurea coatings and linings firm VersaFlex and epoxy linings manufacturer Raven Lining Systems announced Monday that they have merged, in a deal effective Jan. 1.


Painters, Construction Take Spots on Dangerous Jobs List

USA Today recently released a list of the 25 most dangerous jobs in America, with painting in construction and maintenance ringing in at No. 24, based on fatality rates, which are directly i...


WA Contractor Charged After Fatal Trench Collapse

For the first time in the state’s history, a Washington contractor is facing felony charges in connection with an employee’s death.


D+D Sister Site PaintSquare Unveils App at SSPC

A new way to experience Durability + Design's sister company PaintSquare is making its debut today (Jan. 16) at SSPC 2018: the brand-new PaintSquare app, engineered to be a field coating ...


ACI Releases 2018 Collection of Codes

The American Concrete Institute announced last week that it has released its 2018 Collection of Concrete Codes, Specifications and Practices.


Fire Destroys London Paint Manufacturer Building

A massive fire blazed through a warehouse of London-based coatings manufacturer Rustins last week. The company said the flames destroyed everything that was stored there.


Crane Topples at TX Site, Leaves Minor Injuries

Only minor injuries were reported on Wednesday (Jan. 10) after a lattice boom truck crane toppled over at a construction site in Austin, Texas.


Researchers Develop Coating From Potato Starch

In order to expand on bio-based, environmentally friendly options for corrosion protection, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA, workin...


CA Mudslides Destroy Homes, Neighborhoods

Rescue crews worked Wednesday to comb through destroyed homes and neighborhoods a day after mudslides cut through parts of Southern California.


International Builders' Show Runs Through Thursday

The National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show is in full swing at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.


MD Company to Pay $450K in Lead Paint Case

The office of Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced Monday (Jan. 8) that it had reached an agreement with a company accused of misleading consumers into taking cash buyouts in exch...


AkzoNobel Taps Specialty Chemicals CFO

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has named Renier Vree, formerly of design and engineering firm Arcadis, chief financial officer of its Specialty Chemicals business.


Bahamas Developer Sues Contractor for $2.25B

A Bahamas developer is suing China Construction America Inc. for $2.25 billion in damages in relation to the bloated and delayed $3.9 million Baha Mar resort, charging the firm with submitti...


Planned Increases to OSHA Fines Take Shape

Beginning Jan. 2, to account for inflation, the U.S. Department of Labor increased civil penalties for violations of standards and regulations that fall under the Occupational Safety and Hea...


PPG Set to Acquire Paints, Coatings Wholesaler

Early last week, global coatings company PPG announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire ProCoatings, a paint and coatings wholesaler based in The Netherlands.


NIBS Holds 6th Annual Conference & Expo

The National Institute of Building Sciences’ sixth annual Building Innovation Conference and Expo begins today (Jan. 8) and runs through Jan. 11 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington,...


Report: Contractors Expect to Expand in 2018

With 75 percent of construction firms planning to expand payrolls in 2018, reports indicate optimism for the industry, but concern over workforce shortages and infrastructure funding remains...


RCI Calls for Canada Conference Abstracts

An association of building envelope consultants, RCI, Inc., last week announced its inaugural RCI Canadian Building Envelop Symposium, set to be held Aug. 24-25 at the Hilton Mississauga/Mea...


RPM Boasts Record Highs in Q2 Sales, Income

RPM International Inc., parent company of consumer paints and specialty coatings companies including Rust-Oleum and RPM Wood Finishes, announced record sales and net income in the second qua...


Construction Workers Discover Preserved Dinosaur Eggs

For construction workers in China, Christmas delivered an unexpected gift—a nest of dinosaur eggs uncovered at an excavation site.


NC Chemours Contamination Investigation Expands

North Carolina environmental officials could further expand their investigation into the contamination of groundwater near a specialty chemicals plant after GenX, a chemical used in the form...


OSHA Issues New Silica Rule Guides

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released more than a dozen fact sheets related to the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction, with a focus on...


CONSTRUCT Issues Call for 2018 Sessions

National trade show CONSTRUCT is holding a call for sessions for its 2018 conference, slated for Oct. 3-5 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California.


Court Orders EPA to Take Action on Lead Paint

On Wednesday, a San Francisco-based federal appeals court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to take action within the next 90 days to revise standards that protect children from le...


Families at CA School Suing Developer

Families at a Los Angeles-area school have filed a lawsuit against a developer saying the noise and dust from the construction will harm students.


OSHA Renews Alliance with Women's Trade Group

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Friday (Dec. 15) that it will continue to work with the National Association of Women in Construction to safeguard women workers i...


Schedule Alert: Year-End Break, Readers' Choice

As 2017 comes to a close, Durability + Design News will be wrapping up its regular daily news coverage for the year and getting the annual “best of” issues ready.


OSHA: 2016 Injury Reporting Accepted Through Dec. 31

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a memo to businesses saying that it will continue to accept the 2016 OSHA Form 300A data via the Injur...


Schedule Alert: Year-End Break, Readers' Choice

As 2017 comes to a close, Durability + Design News will be wrapping up its regular daily news coverage for the year and getting the annual “best of” issues ready.


ICC Acquires Content Management Company

The International Code Council, which develops codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process, recently announced that it has acquired General Code LLC.


CA Concrete Firms Settle Over Clean Water Complaint

Two California concrete firms have agreed to pay $300,000 in a settlement related to alleged violations of the Clean Water Act after two environmental groups sued earlier this year.


Contractors Fined $140K in Formwork Collapse

The California Department of Occupational Safety and Health announced last week that it has fined three contractors for safety violations that it says led to a May formwork collapse that inj...


2018 Architectural Adventures Guides Announced

The schedule and slate of experts for Architectural Adventures, the travel program of The American Institute of Architects, has been released. Discussions offered during the tours will cover...


Concrete Polishing Council Publishes Statements

The American Society of Concrete Contractors’ Concrete Polishing Council announced last week that it had recently published three new position statements.


Brooklyn Contractor Settles $600K EEOC Case

Prominent New York City contractor Laquila Group was recently handed a $625,000 settlement with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after multiple workers reported having to end...


ICC Releases Toolkit to Build Awareness

The International Code Council has unveiled a toolkit aimed at increasing awareness about building safety.


Trump's OSHA Pick Talks Teamwork at Hearing

Scott Mugno, President Donald J. Trump’s nominee to lead the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as assistant secretary of labor, got through his confirmation hearing last week by ...


Denver Sets Timeline for Mega Project

Denver city officials have established a timeline for the National Western Center project, with construction slated to begin early next year and phases one and two completed sooner than orig...


Manhattan Zoning Law Limits Skyscraper Projects

A new zoning law in Manhattan may restrict the development of future skyscrapers in a specific neighborhood, but a project that is currently underway may be exempt from the new restrictions.


Sika Commences Concrete Reinforcing Fiber Production

Swiss coatings company Sika recently announced that it has started producing high-performance concrete reinforcing fibers at its manufacturing facility in Troisdorf, Germany.


ACI Announces Global Mission Expansion

The American Concrete Institute announced on Wednesday (Dec. 6) that it has adjusted its mission statement to reflect its goal of global standards.


Researchers Develop Plastic Out of Pond Scum

Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros are adding to the world of biopolymers by taking algae out of the ponds and into our homes, so to speak.


TX County Approves Stricter Flood-Plain Regulations

Commissioners in Harris County, Texas, unanimously approved stricter flood-plain regulations this week just three months after Hurricane Harvey flooded the area with 50 inches of rainfall.


Safety Conferences Wrap Up; Call for Papers

The Safety Leadership Conference, presented by EHS Today, wrapped up its three-day event on Nov. 30 at The Hilton Atlanta with the theme “Who Leads Safety?”


A Procrastinator's Guide to OSHA's Injury Rule

The submission deadline of injury reporting records to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new electronic recordkeeping regulation is just around the corner: Dec....


NYC's DOB Releases Public Dashboard, Statistics

In an effort to modernize and increase transparency, New York City’s Department of Buildings has released a NYC Construction Dashboard to the public, effectively displaying the city’s constr...


Sanders Submits $146B Plan for Puerto Rico

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) unveiled a plan last week to rebuild Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands more than two months after the territories were battered by Hurricane Maria.


RPM Acquires Specialty Stain Remover Company

Specialty coatings company RPM International Inc. (Medina, Ohio) announced Monday (Dec. 4) that its Rust-Oleum business group has acquired Whink Products, a specialty cleaners manufacturer.


Latest Issue of Durability + Design Online Now

The latest edition of Durability + Design, featuring looks back on 2017, glimpses to the year ahead and discussions on coating technology, is available online.


Masonry Restoration Program Accepting Registrants

For young professionals looking to learn more about masonry and restoration work, the Green-Wood Cemetery is partnering with Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow to provide building trades tr...


SPF Companies Icynene, Lapolla Finalize Merger

Spray polyurethane foam manufacturers Icynene U.S. Holding Corp. and Lapolla Industries Inc. have announced the completion of their merger.


AkzoNobel Spin-Off Gets Official Green Light

Amsterdam-based coatings giant AkzoNobel held an Extraordinary General Meeting with its shareholders late last week that gave the company the official go-head to spin off its Specialty Chemi...


Covestro Names New CFO

Specialty chemicals firm Covestro announced last week its choice of Thomas Toepfer to fill the position of Chief Financial Officer, effective April 1, 2018.


Axalta and Nippon Paint End Talks

On Thursday, global coatings manufacturer Axalta Coating Systems announced that it has ended talks with Japan-based Nippon Paint Holdings Co. Ltd., terminating the potential deal.


OSHA Extends Injury-Reporting Date Again

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced that the deadline for the electronic reporting of workplace injuries that took place last year has been extended from Dec...


Clariant Discusses Shareholder Talks, Strategy

On Friday, specialty chemicals firm Clariant released multiple statements on the fallout of its terminated merger with Huntsman Corporation, detailing a meeting with activist shareholder Whi...


ChemQuest to Offer Adhesive Bonder Training

Chemquest Group Inc., working in conjunction with Fraunhofer IFAM as its North American partner, is offering a EWF-European Adhesive Bonder (EAB) course, which is slated to begin late Januar...


New D+D In Depth Released

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring four articles covering topics of zinc coatings, transportation terminal materials, SSPC moisture testing and 2018 color forecasts, is now a...


Labor Unions Join Forces for Immigrant Workers

Several labor unions recently announced that they are banding together to form a campaign that’s aiming to save workers of Temporary Protected Status from deportation.


Information Added to Whole Building Design Guide

The DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office has released new information with the Whole Building Design Guide, aiming to help facility experts stay up-to-date on corrosion prevention and m...


Axalta Ends Talks with Akzo, Begins with Nippon

Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) released two statements less than a day apart last week, announcing that it not only ended merger talks with coatings giant AkzoNobel (Amsterdam), but i...


Dunleary Announces New Corporate Unity

Specialty chemicals distributor Dunleary Inc.—which includes the two recently acquired companies DN Lukens and D&F—has announced its new corporate identity: The Terra Firma Company LLC.


Raiders Set Up Live Stream at Stadium Site

The National Football League’s Raiders team will allow the nation to watch in real time as its new stadium is being constructed in Las Vegas.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Thursday, Friday

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, Durability + Design News will not publish a newsletter Thursday, Nov. 23, or Friday, Nov. 24.


Intestinal Bacteria, Mussels Create Super Adhesive

Intestinal bacteria working in conjunction with the underwater adhesive of mussels is on track to become the next super adhesive, but production remains limited.


AIA Releases New Services Document

The American Institute of Architects released a standard last week that’s meant to be added to owner-architect agreements where architects provide services such as building certification ass...


CA's 'Buy Clean Act' Will Impact Contractors

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law the Buy Clean California Act that requires state contractors to use low-carbon construction materials.


White House Submits Third Disaster Aid Package

Last week, the White House sent its third disaster aid request to Congress asking for $44 billion—a move that many in Congress criticized, as it’s about one-third of what Texas and Puerto Ri...


ABC Elects 2018 Leadership

The Associated Builders and Contractors Board of Directors elected its 2018 leadership posts and its Leadership Week Conference earlier this month (Nov. 7).


NYC Files False Lead Inspection Paperwork

A new report released by the Department of Investigation in New York City claims that the chairwoman of the city’s housing authority knew that agency inspectors were not performing required ...


Clariant Expands Agreement with Distributor

Specialty chemicals company Clariant announced Wednesday that it has expanded its partnership with raw materials distributor Palmer Holland for its Additives segment.


Covestro LLC Announces CEO, Personnel Changes

Covestro LLC, the global polymer company’s North American business, recently announced that the head of its Polyurethanes business will be taking the helm as CEO next year.


FL Contractor Arrested for $1M in Scam

Florida’s Department of Financial Services announced earlier this month the arrest of a contractor who is accused of defrauding an insurance company of more than $1 million.


OSHA Delays Crane Rule Once Again

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has extended the certification deadline for crane operators in its Final Rule, released late last week.


ICP Construction Acquires Specialty Coatings Company

A division of the Innovative Chemical Products Group (Andover, Massachusetts), ICP Construction, announced last week that it had acquired Master Coating Technologies, a manufacturer of speci...


Texas Unveils Rebuilding Plan

Recently, the state of Texas submitted a $61 billion rebuilding plan to Congress that detailed how it will rebuild after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in late August.


Perkins+Will Launches Revamped Materials Site

Global design and architecture firm Perkins+Will recently announced an update for its Precautionary List and Transparency tools, which includes a more user-friendly digital database.


Completion Date Set for $2B Las Vegas Stadium

Marking the beginning of the 30-month project, the National Football League's Oakland Raiders have announced both a completion date and a tentative groundbreaking for the new Las Vegas stadi...


Homebuilders Lennar, CalAtlantic to Merge

Two homebuilding companies recently reached a merger agreement that is resulting in the largest homebuilder in the United States.


OSHA Fines ID Company for Trenches

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Boise construction firm for its trenching practices.


EPA to Hold Meetings on Chemical Reviews, TSCA

The Environmental Protection Agency, under the direction of Administrator Scott Pruitt, says it is fulfilling a promise made in August about the transparency of its chemical review process a...


Survey: 81% of Workers Would Consider Leaving

A recent survey found that workers in the Generation X age group are unhappy, overworked, and ready to change jobs, and 81 percent of all workers would consider leaving their current roles f...


Human Skeletons Tallied at Building Site

In an updated report filed in the Philadelphia Orphans’ Court late last week, archaeologists indicated that the remains of more than 400 human skeletons have been removed from a city constru...


Kryton International Acquires Cementec Industries

Kryton International Inc., the inventor of crystalline concrete waterproofing, recently announced the acquisition of Cementec Industries Inc., which specializes in producing concrete additiv...


President Trump Taps Pick to Head OSHA

President Donald J. Trump has announced his pick for Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, the head of the Department of Labor's worker-safety agency


Columbus Tests Deal with Trades Council

Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther is testing out an agreement with the Columbus Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO, that he says will ensure local workers on public jobs and boos...


Sherwin-Williams Launches New Online Tool

The Sherwin-Williams Company has launched an online ordering option for professional customers, which will allow customers to order supplies from their local store at any time.


Former ICC Leader to Head Wildfire Recovery

Former CEO of the International Code Council and former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency James Lee Witt is taking the lead in the rebuilding effort in California following...


New D+D In Depth Issue Released

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring four articles on the D+D Elevation Awards winners, the impacts of color and design, gathering paint samples and dealing with lead paint rem...


Greenbuild Offers Many Education, Training Choices

The U.S. Green Building Council is presenting its annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo next week, Nov. 8-10, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.


Walnut Blasting Regulations Questioned After Death

An Edmonton, Alberta, man has died after being exposed to walnut blasting materials used to remove paint from a fire station, leading to a call for regulating such products.


Worker Falls at Site of $500M WI Arena

An electrician working on a new arena in Milwaukee died late last week after falling off a ladder at the site.


AkzoNobel, Axalta Confirm Merger Talks

After reports released late last week, coatings giant AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) confirmed Monday (Oct. 30) that it is in talks with Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) about a potential merger...


Soft-Growing Robot Has Potential Industry Uses

A new style of robot, resembling a snake or a vine, has recently been invented by mechanical engineers at Standford University, and some of its uses can aid professionals in the industrial a...


Foster + Partners Hit With £3.6M Court Ruling

A United Kingdom High Court earlier this month has handed down a bill of 3.6 million pounds to the regions’ largest architecture firm Foster + Partners. The plaintiff’s lawyer said the case ...


EPA Rolls Back Toxic Substance Review

The Environmental Protection Agency is now saying that it is tightening the parameters of a congressionally mandated review of chemicals in public use, effectively leaving out millions of to...


Huntsman-Clariant Scrap Merger Deal

After receiving pressure from activist investors about the deal, chemical giants Huntsman Corporation and Clariant announced Friday that they will not continue to pursue their $20 billion me...


Benjamin Moore Teams Up for Scholarship

The application period is now open for the 2018-19 Architects Foundation Diversity Advancement Scholarship program, backed by the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation, in partnership with The Arc...


Miami Condominium Worker Falls 10 Stories

A Miami construction worker reportedly died Friday afternoon (Oct. 20) after falling 10 stories.


Coatings Conference Issues Call for Papers

The International Conference on Coatings on Glass and Plastics (ICCG) association has issued a call for paper abstracts for its 2018 annual conference, slated to be held June 11-15 in Würzbu...


Center for Polyurethanes Holds 60th Conference

With over 1,000 industry experts in attendance, the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry recently held its 60th Polyurethanes Technical Conference, where the winner of the Innovation Award ...


Sherwin-Williams Releases Third-Quarter Numbers

The Sherwin-Williams Company released its third-quarter earnings on Tuesday, reporting a continued increase in net sales and record numbers credited to the company’s acquisition of Valspar e...


AIA Releases More Revised Documents

On Monday, (Oct. 24) the American Institute of Architects announced that it is releasing a total of 34 newly revised documents that include Architect Scope documents and frequently used form...


Austin Architecture School Announces Clark Gifts

The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture announced that, because of gifts from the estate of esteemed architect Dick Clark III, it is creating an endowed faculty chair, provi...


NYC Mayor Signs Controversial Safety Bill

Early last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law a controversial bill on worker safety, effectively mandating that 180,000 city construction workers need 40-55 hours of sa...


Landslide at Malaysian Construction Site Kills 11

A landslide at a construction site in Malaysia killed 11 workers over the weekend, and more developments are slated on the region’s hillside, officials say.


OSHA Issues $200K in FInes Over Unsafe Scaffolding

The U.S. Department of Justice recently reported that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is issuing a New Jersey Construction company nearly $200,000 in fines for violations r...


American Concrete Institute Announces Awards

The American Concrete Institute recently announced the winners of the 2017 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards, with the highest honor being presented to R·torso·C, located in Tokyo.


PPG Releases Third-Quarter Numbers

Global coatings manufacturer PPG announced its third-quarter earnings report Thursday morning (Oct. 19), noting a small increase in net sales over this period in 2016.


Locally Made Concrete Demonstrates Promise, Benefits

Researchers based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have begun investigating a new way to formulate concrete that involves the hierarchy arrangements of a natural building blo...


AkzoNobel Releases Third-Quarter Numbers

Global coatings giant AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) released its third-quarter earnings report on Wednesday (Oct. 18), along with a notice of changes to its supervisory board and the announcement fo...


ABC President Tapped for Apprenticeship Task Force

The task force needed to implement President Donald J. Trump’s executive order on apprenticeships is taking shape, and now includes president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors M...


Worker Paralyzed in Accident Settles for $17M

A construction worker who suffered a broken neck from a work site accident settled his lawsuit last week for $17 million.


CPI Announces Polyurethane Innovation Award winner

The American Chemistry Council’s Center for the Polyurethane Industry recently announced the winner of this year’s Polyurethane Innovation Award as Chemours’ Opteon 1100.


CA Fires Death Toll, Damages Take Shape

The fall fire season in California is turning out to be the most dangerous yet, with dozens of lives lost and hundreds of thousands of acres burned.


MO Builder Tracks Stolen Equipment

A home builder in Springfield, Missouri, decided to take catching construction equipment thieves into his own hands recently, investing in GPS tracking devices for all of his equipment and, ...


New Peelable Masonry Cleaner Unveiled

A new cleaner has been released for use on masonry substrates where traditional rinsing is impractical.


Falling Material Kills Cleveland Worker

A construction worker was killed Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 11) while doing work at the Cleveland State University campus, officials say.


OSHA Fines CA Companies for Fatal Wall Collapse

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s investigation of a construction site wall collapse in April that killed one worker and injured another is complete, officials say, and the...


ACI Foundation Secures More Scholarship Money

The American Concrete Institute’s ACI Foundation has announced that it has secured a $500,000 annual commitment for awarding additional student fellowships and scholarships.


Carlisle to Acquire Accella Performance Materials

Carlisle Companies, parent company of Carlisle Construction Materials, announced last week that it has “entered a definitive purchase agreement” to acquire Accella Performance Materials, the...


OSHA Releases Top Violations in 2017

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has released its list of the top 10 violations for 2017. A new category, Fall Protection—Training Requirements, has made its way onto the l...


Lawsuits, Investigation Follow TX Chemical Blasts

Specialty chemicals firm Arkema is facing a criminal investigation by the Harris County District Attorney, in addition to a number of lawsuits from neighbors and first responders in Crosby, ...


Gordon Brush Acquires Kirschner Brush Mfg. Co.

Paint brush manufacturer Gordon Brush Mfg. Co. announced earlier this week that it has acquired the Bronx-based Kirschner Brush Mfg. Company in a move that both entities describe as “a good ...


RPM Releases Q1 Numbers

RPM International Inc., parent company of coatings companies such as Rust-Oleum and RPM Wood Finishes, as well as the Euclid Group, released its first quarter fiscal numbers for 2018 on Wedn...


OSHA Delays Silica Rule Enforcement

The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s new standard for respirable silica took effect Sept. 23, but the agency has extended the date of enforcement by 30 days.


Demo Permit Review in OR Targets Lead Dust

A Portland, Oregon, commissioner has introduced a new regulation that would tighten rules surrounding the demolition of buildings that test positive for lead paint.


CA Bill Would Pin Lost Wages on Contractors

A bill is sitting on California Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk that will hold general contractors accountable for lost wages.


NYC Council Passes New Safety Bill

New York City Council approved a bill last Wednesday after more than eight months of deliberation that will require at least 40 hours of safety training for construction workers.


AkzoNobel Turns Netherlands Sites to Wind

AkzoNobel’s journey to become carbon neutral by 2050 has reached another milestone, according to the company.


Polyurethanes Conference Celebrates 60th Year

The 2017 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, marking the 60th anniversary of the event, will be hosted Oct. 2-4 at the New Orleans Marriott, in New Orleans, featuring over 60 technical prese...


Optic Properties of Glass Revealed

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have been investigating the properties of stable glasses—closely packed forms of glasses that are produced by depositing molecules from a vapor ...


NH House Explosion Kills Painter

A house explosion that killed a painter last week is now under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


ACI Foundation Opens Project Prosposal Requests

The American Concrete Institute Foundation’s Concrete Research Council has opened its annual request for research project proposals, the organization announced last week.


Former Boxer Dies in NJ Struck-By Accident

Former heavyweight boxer David Bey was killed in a construction accident last week in Camden, New Jersey. According to reports, he was struck by materials.


PPG VP Announces Retirement

Last week, PPG Industries announced a number of personnel changes, including the retirement of executive vice president Viktor Sekmakas.


Construction History Society Calls for Abstracts

The Construction History Society of America has announced a call for abstracts for the sixth Biennial Meeting on Construction History, which will be held May 24-26, 2018, at the University o...


Association Formed for Underlayment Standardization

Four roofing companies have come together to create the Asphalt Underlayment Council, which supports the standardization of the quality of underlayment products.


Last Chance to Register for Material Selection Conference

On Tuesday, Durability + Design is devoting a full day to helping professionals stay on top of issues relating to an understanding of hygrothermics, exterior wall coatings and fluid-applied ...


2 Workers Killed in Separate NYC Fall Incidents

Two construction workers were killed in two separate work site incidents that occurred on the same day in Manhattan.


AkzoNobel Taps de Vries as New CFO

Global coatings manufacturer AzkoNobel has named Maarten de Vries as its new chief financial officer just a week after the company detailed other management changes.


Company Increases Clariant Stake, Targets Merger

White Tale Holdings has increased its stake in Clariant, aiming to prevent the company from merging with fellow chemical manufacturer Huntsman International LLC. Clariant, however, says that...


International Union of Architects Taps New President

Thomas Vonier, FAIA, 2017 AIA President, was elected the president of the International Union of Architects (UIA) during the UIA World Congress and General Assembly in Seoul, South Korea ear...


OSHA, ACC Team Up on Isocyanate Safety

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration teamed up with the American Chemistry Council for a two-year alliance to promote both awareness of worker exposur...


Earthquake Leaves Buildings Collapsed, Damaged

Dozens of buildings collapsed and scores more were damaged Tuesday as Mexico was hit with its second earthquake in as many weeks. As of Wednesday afternoon, the death toll was up to 225.


Obituary: Angus Wurtele, Valspar CEO

C. Angus Wurtele, Valspar's former CEO who built the company up over the course of his career, died earlier this month at age 83.


Droplet Research Indicates Spray Coating Improvement

Researchers based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they've made a discovery about droplet behavior that could impact the use of spray coatings in certain applications.


DowDuPont Adjusts Its Company Split

Newly merged DowDuPont says it has completed a portfolio review of the three companies it had planned to spin off, and has decided to adjust the Materials Science and Specialty Products segm...


Falling Equipment Kills Atlanta Worker

A worker at an Atlanta construction site was involved in a fatal accident Friday afternoon.


Safety of Broken Crane Causes Dispute

One of three Miami cranes that snapped during Hurricane Irma has sparked a dispute between local government and the contractor who owns the crane, detailing whether or not the crane is actu...


Woman Sentenced in London Architecture Fraud

A woman was sentenced last week after a guilty verdict stemming from falsifying documents to the Architects Registration Board, in London.


Clariant Partners Up for Polymer Production

In a move to expand its high-end polymer business in Asia, Clariant recently announced its new partnership with Tiangang Auxiliary Co. Ltd., a UV light stabilizer supplier.


Inaugural Class of Elevation Awards Winners Announced

D+D launched its Elevation Awards competition this year to honor architects, interior designers, painting contractors, decorative artisans, manufacturers and suppliers for the outstanding wo...


Suggestion Announced for $1B Airport Terminal

The Kansas City (Missouri) Council selection committee has chosen its recommendation for which group will be awarded a $1 billion project at the Kansas City International Airport.


AkzoNobel Announces Management Changes

Recent changes in personnel and structure were announced last week by global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel, including the official appointment of CEO Thierry Vanlancker to the Board of Man...


Applicator Made for Automatic Drawdown

For labs that apply drawdowns manually, but are interested in moving to an automatic tool, paint testing equipment firm TQC has introduced its new Automatic Film Applicator Compact as an ent...


Hurricane Irma Causes Cranes to Snap

Three cranes have snapped in the wake of Hurricane Irma, adding to the damage already caused by the storm's Florida landfall.


Sika Acquires Turkish Manufacturer

Specialty chemicals company Sika has acquired ABC Sealants, a Turkish-based sealants and adhesives manufacturer.


CONSTRUCT Goers Invited to Awards Ceremony

Industry professionals attending this week’s CONSTRUCT 2017 (Sept. 13-15) in Providence, Rhode Island, have the opportunity to catch Durability + Design’s inaugural Elevation Awards ceremony...


DowDuPont Says Merger is Successfully Complete

The merger of The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont was completed right on schedule, according to a press release issued by the new company, DowDupont.


Residents Near FL Cranes Advised to Leave

Officials are telling residents in Miami living near high-rise construction sites to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma’s estimated arrival, according to local news reports, because of the dan...


AkzoNobel's Disa Acquisition Complete

AkzoNobel announced Monday that its acquisition of Disa Technology, a leader in aerospace technical marking systems, is complete.


Call For Powder Coatings Symposium Abstracts

The Waterborne, High-Solids and Powder Coatings Symposium, which will take place Feb. 4-9, at the Astor Crowne Plaza, in New Orleans, has issued a call for abstracts pertaining to surface co...


Non-Slip Coating Made for Aggressive Environments

Axalta Coating Systems (Philadelphia) has designed a new powder coating that provides a non-slip solution for heavy traffic areas.


PPG Closes Last Glass Deal

Global coatings giant PPG Industries announced Tuesday that the sale of its remaining fiberglass operations is complete.


TX Evacuation Lifted After Chemical Plant Fires Burn

Officials have confirmed that there is no longer a threat of explosions at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, after several of its trailers were ignited in a controlled burn over th...


Paint Company Sued Over Former NJ Plant

Late last month, a group of New Jersey residents filed a class-action suit against The Sherwin-Williams Company, accusing the paint manufacturer of contaminating the soil and water around a ...


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

In observance of the Labor Day holiday in the United States, Durability + Design News will not publish a newsletter Monday, Sept. 4.


Harvey Sparks TX Chemical Blasts, Property Damage

A series of explosions was triggered Thursday morning (Aug. 31) at an Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, after officials say Hurricane Harvey flooded the plant, cutting off all power so...


Survey IDs Hardest Industry Positions to Fill

An industry-wide survey has indicated that 70 percent of construction firms are having trouble finding qualified craft workers, another symptom of what industry groups say is an ongoing labo...


Paint Chemicals Trigger Blasts in Flooded TX Plant

A series of explosions were triggered Thursday morning (Aug. 31) at an Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas, after officials say Hurricane Harvey flooded the plant cutting off all power so...


Solar Panel Made for Flexible Installation

Solar panels have gone flexible with Sunflare, which uses a light, thin solar cell model that is only a few micrometers thick.


Material Selection Conference Profile: Ken Trimber

Durability + Design is set to launch its inaugural Material Selection Conference, a one-day seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport in Pitt...


OSHA Suspends Injury Reporting Site

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Health and Safety Administration has suspending its only injury reporting system after a possible security breach, officials say.


$1B Gehry Project Files Building Permits

The $1 billion, Frank Gehry-designed mixed-use project slated for downtown Los Angeles has filed building permits.


Chicago Takes the Lead in LEED Certifications

Chicago has officially surpassed San Francisco as the greenest major real estate market in the United States.


Ontario's Building Code to Change

The Ontario Building Code is set to undergo a massive facelift, with the end goal of bringing existing buildings closer to net zero energy usage, and will take effect Jan. 1, 2019.


Fake OSHA Training Certificates Plague NYC

Fraudulent Occupational Safety and Health Administration training cards are circulating around the black market of New York City’s streets, and officials are cracking down.


OSHA Shares Heat Protection Success Stories

The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is reminding employers of the importance of protecting workers from heat-related illnesses, even as summer nears its e...


Material Selection Conference Profile: Andre Desjarlais

Durability + Design is set to launch its inaugural Material Selection Conference, a one-day seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh....


New Lightweight Mortar Option Released

A new mortar now on the market aims to ease the challenges associated with gauged porcelain tile installations.


Trump Ends Flood Rule, Accelerates Reviews

On Tuesday President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order on Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure, which inte...


AkzoNobel Brokers Agreement with Elliott Hedge Fund

AkzoNobel, a paints and coatings manufacturer based in Amsterdam, announced Wednesday that an agreement with hedge fund Elliott Advisors had been reached, bringing a temporary end to the dis...


Finalized TSCA Rules Met with Resistance

Last Friday the Environmental Protection Agency published its third and final Toxic Substance Control Act Framework rule, dictating the inventory notification requirements of retrospective c...


New Paint, Primer Aimed at DIYers

PPG Paints has launched a new paint and primer for both exterior and interior use that’s aimed at giving DIYers the confidence of professionals.


Australian Lab Finds New Use for Old Butts

Researchers based out of RMIT University, in Melbourne, Australia, have come up with a solution to address one of the industry's chronic pollution issues by adding an unusual component to as...


Free Webinar: FEVE Resin Technology

Durability + Design will host a free webinar on Wednesday (Aug. 23) entitled: “Architectural Protective Coatings—FEVE Resin Technology.” AGC Chemicals’ Kristen Blankenship will explore diffe...


Invitation Out for Coatings Fest Papers

The Pacific Northwest Society for Coatings Technology has issued an invitation for presentation submissions for its 2018 Coatings Fest, which is slated to be held Oct. 10-12, 2018, at the In...


Canadian Companies to Use Waste in Cement

Concrete is being mixed with the residuals of water filtration in Vancouver in order to address environmental impact concerns, as well as meet sustainability goals.


Material Selection Conference Speaker Profile: Brown

Durability + Design is set to launch its inaugural Material Selection Conference, a one-day seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh.


FL Contractor Gets $1.5M in OSHA Fines

A Florida roofing contractor has been fined over $1.5 million by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration after multiple investigations yielded several ci...


Struck-By Injuries, Prevention Report Released

Struck-by injuries are among the top four hazards in construction, and the latest quarterly Center for Construction Research and Training report breaks down the data on this particular type ...


ACA Announces 2018 Call for Papers

Acting in partnership with Vincentz Network, the American Coatings Association is looking for paper submissions for its American Coatings Conference 2018, which will run April 9-11 in Indian...


New Film Highlights Bridge Painters

A new documentary follows the men and women who paint America’s bridges, illuminating the importance of their work and the bonds that connect them as a team.


OR Contractor Gets Jail Time for Fraud

An Oregon contractor is serving prison time after he lied to federal investigators and tried to bribe his workers into lying as well.


IRCC Call for Paper Abstracts for Conference

The Roof Coating Manufacturers Association is now accepting abstracts for its fourth biennial International Roof Coatings Conference.


Huntsman-Clariant Present First Update on Merger

Clariant and Huntsman recently presented the first merger update for shareholders. Huntsman also recently announced a subsidiary company’s IPO.


EIMA Announces Release of New Guide

The Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems Industry Members Association recently announced the release of the "Guide to EIFS with Drainage Detailing."


Reformulated Underlayment Aims to Reduce Waste

Manufacturing company Laticrete has revamped the formula for its Drytek Skimcoat, a fast-drying underlayment.


AG, Attorneys Debate Lead Paint Settlements

The Maryland attorney general’s office and attorneys for 100 people injured by lead paint went head-to-head in a hearing on Tuesday to decide who could get the lead-paint victims the restitu...


OSHA Grants $10.5M for Worker Safety

This year, $10.5 million is available for the Susan Harwood Training Grants, which fund worker-safety education programs run by nonprofits, according to the Department of Labor’s Occupationa...


AkzoNobel Revenue Up in Q2, Half-Year Point

Global coatings firm AkzoNobel released its second quarter earnings on Tuesday (July 25), reporting an increase in revenue driven by Performance Coatings and Specialty Chemicals.


RPM Acquires Coating Company

RPM International Inc. has announced its latest acquisition—Key Resin Company, a manufacturer of polymer flooring and coating systems.


PPG to Acquire Coatings Application Services Provider

PPG Industries recently announced that it has come to an agreement to acquire coatings application services business The Crown Group.


Fire Destroys Boston Apartments Under Construction

An eight-alarm fire in Boston claimed a five-building luxury apartment complex that was under construction early Sunday morning.


RPM Reports Year-End, Q4 Results

RPM International Inc., the parent company of paints and coatings firms including Rust-Oleum, Carboline and Tremco, reported a major dip in net income over the course of the past year, despi...


PPG Releases Q2 Numbers

Global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries announced its second-quarter earnings Thursday morning, touching on a slight uptick in net sales year over year and also discussing the impact tha...


Valspar Boosts Up Sherwin-Williams' Q2

The Sherwin-Williams Company released its second-quarter earnings report on Thursday, reporting an increase in overall net sales and unveiling a new structure in the wake of its acquisition ...


Dow Opens Polyurethanes Center in Romania

The Dow Chemical Company recently announced the opening of a new polyurethanes service center in Romania.


Vanlancker Inherits Akzo, Initiatives Post-Büchner

Early Wednesday morning global paint and coatings firm AkzoNobel announced that CEO Ton Büchner has stepped down effective immediately, citing medical reasons.


OSHA Reporting Site Planned Despite Rule Status

Last Friday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced plans to launch an online injury-reporting application Aug. 1, despite still working on changes to the already delaye...


Breaking: AkzoNobel's Buchner Steps Down

Early Wednesday morning (July 19) global paint and coatings firm AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) announced that CEO Ton Büchner has stepped down effective immediately, citing health reasons.


$39M Verdict Upheld in Parking Garage Incident

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals recently upheld a $39 million verdict against Advance Cast Stone, the firm that built the O’Donnell Park parking garage in Milwaukee where a 15-year-old boy wa...


Worker Crushed to Death at MA Renovation Site

A man was killed on Tuesday afternoon while working on the foundation of the Woburn Public Library in Woburn, Massachusetts.


Investor Wants to Stop Huntsman, Clariant Merger

Investment firm 40 North and hedge fund Corvex, led by activist investor Keith Meister, have recently acquired 23.9 million shares (or 7.2 percent) of Clariant and are actively trying to pus...


4 Paint Companies Settle FTC Charges

Four paint companies have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that they deceptively promoted products as zero-VOC or emission-free.


Houston Contractor Talks Lead Challenges

“Tangibly creative”—that’s how Dan Bawden describes his remodeling profession. “I love driving by a home and saying, ‘I’ve built that,’” he said. “I’ve left my mark in a very tangible way on...


Roofing Fumes Cause FAA Evacuation

The Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control center in Leesburg, Virginia, was evacuated Monday night after fumes caused by roofing work traveled into the building’s air-condition...


Officials to Change Safety Tests After Failures

A 100 percent fire fail rate of 200 cladding samples of high-rises in the United Kingdom is leading officials to recommend broadening the tests.


Study Indicates Concrete Removes Air Pollutants

Researchers out of Stony Brook University have confirmed that concrete can help deal with rising pollution levels.


Hedge Fund Sues AkzoNobel Over Chair

Elliott Advisors, an arm of investor Paul Singer’s Elliott Management, is now the largest shareholder of coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel, and is attempting to force out Antony Burgmans, chai...


Arson Suspected in Latest CA Construction Blaze

Arson investigators parsed through the charred remains Monday morning (July 10) of a fire that ripped through an Oakland, California, construction site early last Friday (July 7).


App Made for Powder Coatings Selection

AkzoNobel Powder Coatings has released an Android app to complement its iOS app, which enables customers to purchase powder coatings directly from any device—tablet, phone or computer—that h...


Production to Begins on DAQRI Smart Glasses

Los Angeles-based technology firm DAQRI has entered into an agreement with manufacturer Flex (Cork, Ireland) for its augmented reality headsets Smart Glasses.


AkzoNobel Announces Multiple Acquisitions

U.K.-based Flexcrete Technologies Ltd. has become the most recent addition to AkzoNobel’s portfolio, according to an announcement from the Dutch coatings giant, which is also in an acquisiti...


Evonik Reorganizes Resource Efficiency Segment

Global specialty chemicals manufacturer Evonik Industries AG recently made a change to utilize its expertise in crosslinker technology, the company says.


Carbon Black Marked For Environmental Safety

A Dutch firm's carbon black has recently been certified for environmental safety.


Anger Lingers in Industry Post Grenfell Fire

Industry professionals in the United Kingdom and beyond are expressing frustration as more cladding samples are failing and a task force is set up to oversee immediate safety decisions acros...


OSHA Moves to Delay Electronic Reporting

The Department of Labor has confirmed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is moving to delay the electronic reporting compliance date to Dec. 1, five months later than the...


Nanomaterials Resource Site Goes Live

A new website that helps guide industry professionals and the public with matters related to nanomaterials has been launched by the European Union.


Europe Approves Evonik Silica Buy with Conditions

German specialty chemical firm Evonik has been granted approval by the European Commission for its $630 million acquisition of Huber Silica—however, there are some conditions.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday or Tuesday

In observance of the Independence Day holiday in the United States, Durability + Design News will not publish a newsletter Monday, July 3, or Tuesday, July 4.


New D+D In Depth Issue Released

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring four articles on the challenges and growth of different architectural coatings and related materials, is now available online.


House Reauthorizes Perkins Act

On Thursday (June 22) the House of Representatives voted to reauthorize an act that would help address current labor difficulties in a number of different sectors.


Bidding Begins Next Month on $1.9B Raiders Stadium

Around 1,300 people interested in being a part of building the new $1.9 billion, 65,000-seat domed football stadium in Las Vegas showed up to the project’s kickoff meeting earlier this month...


OSHA Considers Delay of New Crane Requirement

Earlier this month, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration held a mandatory advisory meeting to discuss a deadline extension for crane operation certifications.


Material Selection Conference: Introduction to WUFI Software

Durability + Design is set to launch its inaugural Material Selection Conference, a one-day seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh....


Spray Polyurethane Foam Under Fire in CA

A number of industry groups have expressed their concerns about an effort by the California Department of Toxic Substances to name spray polyurethane foam as a “priority product.”


Former Valspar CEO Takes New Position

Building materials company CPG International announced Monday that it has appointed former Valspar Corp. CEO Gary Hendrickson as Chairman of the Board.


Architect Sues Over Alleged Stolen Design

The president of Qube Architecture LLC, Jeehoon Park, has accused major architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP of falsely claiming design credit for the 104-story One World Trade C...


Trump Signs Order to Expand Apprenticeships

On Thursday, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that would increase federal funding for apprenticeships to $200 million—about double what it is now.


Material Selection Conference Registration Underway

Durability + Design is set to launch its inaugural Material Selection Conference, a one-day seminar on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh....


New Portable Mixer Allows for Economical Approach

Graco Inc. has added to its ToughTek line of products with the CM20 continuous mixer, a piece of equipment that the company says offers contractors a portable and more economic way to approa...


CO Shifts, Backs Developers

The combined movements of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Supreme Court have effectively shifted the attitude toward developers when it comes to construction defects.


Worker Dangles From Scaffold at FL Site

A construction worker is safe after dangling from a scaffold for nearly an hour on Sunday morning in Sarasota, Florida.


OSHA's Tips for Dealing With the Heat

Summer is heating up, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued some tips for dealing with increasing temperatures.


Department of Labor Withdraws Joint Employer Guidance

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced that the Department of Labor is withdrawing the 2015-16 informal guidance for joint employers and independent contractors.


PPG Announces Sale of Plasterboard Unit

PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) has completed its second divestment of a non-coatings unit in as many weeks with the sale of its Plaka plasterboard and cement-board business to Knauf Internation...


IMCD to Acquire Bossco Specialty Chemicals

The specialty chemicals distribution business of Bossco Industries Inc. (Houston), will soon be acquired by specialty chemicals company IMCD N.V. (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), according to a...


RCMA to Celebrate National Roofing Week

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association will observe National Roofing Week this week to commemorate the importance of roof construction and maintenance, and the good deeds of those in th...


2 Arrested for Deadly CA Fire

Two men have been charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter for the Dec. 2 fire at the “Ghost Ship” warehouse in Oakland, California.


Architects Respond to Climate Change Pullout

The American Institute of Architects weighed in on the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, and insisted it would continue its practice of maintainin...


Axalta-Valspar Wood Coatings Deal Closes

Axalta Coating Systems has finalized its $420 million purchase of the Valspar Corporation's North American Wood Coatings business, the Philadelphia company says.


PPG Pulls AkzoNobel Merger Proposal

After three bids in less than three months, PPG Industries announced Thursday it would no longer pursue a merger with Dutch rival AkzoNobel.


Sherwin-Williams Seals $11.3B Valspar Deal

The Sherwin-Williams Company closed on its acquisition of the Minneapolis-based Valspar Corporation Thursday (June 1), creating the world's largest coatings manufacturer by sales.


Covestro Appoints Steilemann as CEO

German polymer giant Covestro announced that Markus Steilemann has been appointed as the firm's next CEO.


Workers Trapped in Wet Concrete After Collapse

A dozen workers came away with only minor injuries last week when a building under construction in Oakland, California, partially collapsed.


PPG to Sell Last Fiber Glass Unit; Releases Akzo Statement

The world’s largest coatings manufacturer announced Friday (May 26) that it will be selling the last facet of its fiber glass business, turning its focus to paints, coatings, and specialty m...


Sherwin-Valspar Deal Set to Close This Week

Last week, the United States Federal Trade Commission and the Canadian Competition Bureau both gave their approval to the merger between two of the largest paints and coatings manufacturers ...


New D+D In Depth Issue Released

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring five articles on the challenges and growth of different architectural coatings and related materials, is now available online.


Schedule Alert: No Newsletter Monday

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, Durability + Design News will not publish a newsletter on Monday, May 29.


Last Chance: Elevation Awards Entry Ends Tonight

Midnight tonight (May 26) is the deadline to nominate your outstanding projects for the inaugural D+D Elevation Awards. Don’t miss your chance to have your best work evaluated by a panel of ...


Firm Designs Housing for Homeless Veterans

Affordable housing developer Skid Row Housing Trust recently teamed up with architectural design firm Brooks + Scarpa (both of Los Angeles) to bring to life a 52-unit development called “The...


Huntsman, Clariant Announce $20B Merger

Global chemical companies Clariant and Huntsman Corporation are planning to merge into one company, with predicted annual sales of more than $13 billion, according to an announcement made on...


Only Days Left to Submit Elevation Awards Nominations

There are only days left to submit an entry for Durability + Design’s inaugural Elevation Awards.


EPA Accepts Standards for Sustainable Products

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency said it will recognize The Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard, which is recommended at the highest level for seven building materials and con...


New Certification Targets Fair Architecture Firms

A new certification initiative has just been launched with the hopes of highlighting which architecture firms treat their staff well with fair and equal—not to mention legal—pay.


Raiders Finalizing Contracts for $1.9B Stadium

A May 22 deadline is rapidly approaching as officials rush to finalize the contract for a new stadium in Las Vegas, a project that's slated to be complete in time for the National Football L...


Shareholder Turmoil Heats Up at AkzoNobel

Shareholders of Dutch coatings giant AkzoNobel are raising concerns amid the company’s rejection of rival PPG Industries’ third merger proposal earlier this month.


ABC Asks for Drug Testing in NYC Construction

The Empire State chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors—a non-union organization—has asked the New York City Council to consider adding mandatory alcohol and drug testing to its ...


Charges Filed in NY Wall Collapse Death

The owner of two New York construction companies was indicted for putting workers in danger after allegedly ignoring their concerns about an unstable wall that collapsed at a work site, kill...


Design Aims to Reshape FL Beachfront

Madrid-based multidisciplinary firm Ecosistema Urbano emerged as the winner of the Shore to Core waterfront design competition, which pitted more than 40 international architects, artists an...


PPG Still Up for Talking to AkzoNobel

On Wednesday (May 10), PPG Industries issued a new statement in response to AkzoNobel's (Amsterdam) rejection of its third merger proposal. According to the release, the Pittsburgh-based com...


Carpenter Awarded $2M in Contractor Negligence Case

A construction worker who was partially blinded on a job site has been awarded $2 million after a New Jersey jury found the contractor negligent.


Safety Stand-Down Week Focuses on Falls

Construction industry professionals are taking part in the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction this week, taking action to educate workers about the importance of fal...


Third PPG Proposal Rejected by AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel announced Monday morning that it has rejected a third merger proposal from PPG Industries following two weeks of deliberation and a meeting with the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based ...


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Library Gilding Restoration

With only weeks left to submit an entry for Durability + Design’s inaugural Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline by featuring a select nomination each day, giving you a...


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D+D to Highlight Elevation Award Nominees

With only weeks left to submit an entry for Durability + Design’s inaugural Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (May 26) by featuring a select nomination each day, giv...


NY Man Charged in Architecture Fraud Case

A New York man has been charged with nearly 60 counts of larceny, forgery, fraud and unlicensed practice of architecture.


D+D Elevation Awards Touts Nine Categories

Do you know of a recent coating project that deserves to be recognized for excellence in aesthetic or technical effects? If so, be sure to nominate it for Durability + Design’s inaugural Ele...


New High-Rises Proposed for $5B Mile in TX

Frisco, Texas’ $5 billion mile just got a little bit bigger. Developers along the Dallas North Tollway just announced two residential high-rises will be added to the vast mixed-use campus.


NYC Passes Slew of Construction Safety Bills

New York City’s Housing Committee has approved six pieces of 21 construction-related safety proposals in the wake of an increase in construction site deaths. The committee, however, tabled a...


ABC, NAHB Throw Support Behind New DOL Head

The new Department of Labor Secretary, R. Alexander Acosta, was confirmed Friday (April 28) with a 60-38 vote, marking the fourth time Acosta has been confirmed for an executive-brand positi...


Federal Agencies Ramp Up Home Depot Probe

Atlanta-based home improvement company The Home Depot faces investigations and fines in at least three states after its contractors allegedly mishandled the removal of lead paint.


Officials Disagree on Canadian Lumber Tax Impact

Last week the U.S. Department of Commerce announced it would begin imposing an import tax on Canadian softwood lumber, averaging about 20 percent. The move comes after an investigation on Ca...


Building Safety Month Campaign Begins

May is “Building Safety Month,” and the International Code Council is encouraging industry professionals to join its 57,000 members in the public awareness campaign.


Painters Union Takes Part in Community Day

Last week, members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades gave back to their communities as part of the union's Community Day of Action.


Nomination How-To Guide for Elevation Awards

Monday (May 1) is the early deadline to nominate your outstanding projects to the D+D Elevation Awards. With only days left to submit your project for judging, make sure you have all the req...


AkzoNobel Rejects Meeting Request, Backs Chair

Dutch coatings company AkzoNobel has officially declined a shareholder request for an Extraordinary General Meeting.


SSPC 2018 Abstracts, Scholarship Apps Due

Two important deadlines are nearing for members of SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, as abstracts for consideration for the SSPC 2018 conference and applications for this year’s SSP...


EPA to Hold Meetings on TSCA, Asbestos, Lead

Those who wish to give their input on the regulations put into place regarding the Toxic Substances Control Act have until Thursday (April 27) to register.


PPG Makes Third, 'Last' Offer to AkzoNobel

For the first time, Dutch coatings company AkzoNobel will consider a merger offer from PPG Industries, which has made its third attempt at the proposition.


Sherwin-Williams Releases Q1 Numbers

Paints and coatings manufacturer The Sherwin-Williams Company reported a 7.3 percent increase in sales to a record $2.76 billion, according to its first quarter earnings report.


Air Barrier Conference Wraps Up 3-Day Program

The Air Barrier Association of America educated and honored industry professionals this week at its sixth annual conference (April 18-20) in Reston, Virginia.


PPG Releases Q1 Numbers, Nods to AkzoNobel Offer

Global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries reported growth in net sales and sales volumes in its first quarter, bolstered in part by a 7 percent jump in sales in the Industrial Coatings seg...


Early-Bird Deadline Extended: D+D Elevation Awards

The May 1 deadline for receiving the discounted early-bird rate when entering Durability + Design’s inaugural Elevation Awards competition is just around the corner. Don’t miss this chance t...


WI Governor Rejects Labor Agreement Rules

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the latest in a slew of government officials moving to block mandated project labor agreements. On Monday (April 17) Walker signed Act 3 into law, which ensure...


Fire-resistant, Wood-veneered Frame Products Unveiled

A new line of wood frames has combined steel with a wood-veneered metal for an aesthetically pleasing barrier to radiant and conductive heat transfer, according to Technical Glass Products.


Deadline Looms for EPA's Rules in New TSCA

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the home stretch of finalizing its Framework Action rules for the revamped Toxic Substances Control Act, which got its first upgrade in 40 years las...


Tool to Track Bio-based Raw Materials in Pilot

AkzoNobel, in partnership with Advanced Biochemical (Thailand) Co. Ltd. and professional services firm EY, has unveiled a pilot project that consists of an online tool that tracks the use of...


Notice: No Newsletter Friday

Durability + Design News will not publish a daily newsletter Friday, April 14, in observance of the Easter holiday weekend.


EPA Reveals Small Business Innovation Research Grants

A concrete alternative, an isocyanate-free polyurethane and a bio-based replacement for fumed silica are among the developments on the receiving end of a new round of Small Business Innovati...


Ruling on Electronic Recordkeeping Mandate Stalled

A ruling in the case in which industry groups, including Associated Builders and Contractors and the National Association of Manufacturers, challenge the Department of Labor on its new elect...


CA Official Charged in Bid-Rigging Scheme

Federal prosecutors have charged a former high-ranking official in California's Veterans Affairs department and seven others after an investigation of alleged bid-rigging on public construct...


OSHA: New Silica Rule Pushed Back to September

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday (April 6) that it would push back enforcement of the construction industry's new respirable cr...


Deadline Approaching: D+D Elevation Awards

Durability + Design is calling for facility owners, architects, contractors, suppliers and others to enter the Elevation Awards, which will be presented during a ceremony at CONSTRUCT...


Bloomberg Launches Smart City Certification

Two years after its inception, Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities program announced an initiative that will direct cities on how to use data to improve their smart infrastructure.


Wet Film Thickness Gage Offers Two Measuring Units

KTA-Tator Inc. is offering a new wet film thickness gage that is made to measure mils or microns with one tool.


NYC Firms Accused of Cheating 40 Subs Out of $10M

At least 40 subcontractors who worked on 34 construction projects in New York City were bilked out of $9.6 million they were owed, authorities alleged Wednesday (April 5).


PPG Reiterates Akzo Invitation

For the third time in under a month, PPG Industries is trying to set up talks with Dutch coatings firm AkzoNobel.


RPM Q3: Sales Up, Income Dips

RPM International Inc., the parent company of well-known consumer coatings brands like Rust-Oleum and Zinsser, slightly increased sales in its 2017 third quarter, but posted a drop in net in...


BASF Names New President of Coatings Division

Chemical company BASF Corp. has announced a new president for its Coatings division. Dirk Bremm, who has spent nearly two decades with BASF, was appointed to the position on April 1.


Sprayers Offer Quick, Smooth Finish

Graco Inc. has revealed a new line of airless handheld sprayers, which include new features that make it easier to spray more paint in less time.


Concrete Wall Collapses in CA, Kills 1

A collapsed concrete wall at an El Cajon, California, work site has killed one construction worker and left another injured.


ACI Elects New President, Officers

A construction industry leader will head the American Concrete Institute for the 2017-18 term, according to an announcement from the organization.


Tilting Tower Suit Seeks Fix

The Millennium Tower (San Francisco) saga continues with the largest legal action yet; the sinking and tilting building’s homeowners association is suing the developer and others for more th...


Proposals Would Ban Border Wall Builders

Hundreds of contractors want to help build President Donald Trump’s wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but doing so may risk their involvement in public building and transit projects, under ...


AkzoNobel Reveals Carbon Goals

Amsterdam's global coatings giant says it wants to be carbon-neutral in the next three decades, amid plans to split off a business unit.


Congress to Cut OSHA Rule

Congress has voted to ditch a workplace regulation that extended the time period for federal workplace safety authorities to cite employers for failing to report workplace injuries and illne...


Dow-DuPont Merger Gains EU Approval

Dow Chemical and DuPont are one step closer to becoming DowDuPont, with the companies’ recent merger approval coming from the European Union.


Trump Stops Contractor ‘Blacklist Rule’

President Donald J. Trump has struck down a rule that would have required contractors seeking work on federal projects to disclose labor civil, administrative and workplace protection violat...


Contractor’s Bookkeeper Admits Fraud

A former bookkeeper of an Ohio-based contractor has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a multi-year fraud scheme, authorities have announced.


Equity Firms Buy Powder Coating Firm

A major player in the United Kingdom’s architectural powder coating industry has been acquired.


DeFelsko Reveals New Detector

A new instrument designed to detect holidays and pinholes in coatings on metal and concrete is available from DeFelsko.


Trade Group Offers Maternity-Leave Benefits

Paid maternity leave is practically unheard of in the building trades; however, the Iron Workers and the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperation Trust say they are on a mission ...


Construction Job Growth, Shortages

U.S. construction employment increased by 58,000 jobs in February, to reach 6.8 million, the highest level since November 2008, according an analysis of new government data.


OSHA Revamps Protocol with New Campaign

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is calling on employers to update their safety protocols with the recently launched “Safe and Sound Campai...


Safway to Merge with Brand Energy

Two major providers of services related to blasting, painting and corrosion protection announced Monday that they will be merging.


City Sues Over 500 Gallons of Dumped Paint

A year after 500 gallons of latex paint were dumped in Chesapeake, Virginia’s South Hill neighborhood, the city is suing those it says are responsible.


PPG’s Second Offer to AkzoNobel Declined

Dutch coatings firm AkzoNobel has declined a second "unsolicited proposal" from PPG Industries, the world's largest coatings manufacturer.


President Proposes Cuts to EPA

The federal agency responsible for environmental protection efforts, enforcing lead-based paint renovation laws, and regulating chemicals found in paints and coatings would see a 31 percent ...


Concrete Coating Maker Opens New Hub

Arizona Polymer Flooring, a growing flooring products and concrete coating manufacturer, has opened a new 50,000-square-foot mixed-use facility, set to serve as the company’s international h...


Study: Flame Retardants Impact Child Behavior

In a new pilot study, Oregon State University researchers report that they have found a significant link between social behaviors in children and their exposure to flame retardant chemicals.


Massive Blaze Hits Construction Site

A residential building under construction in Raleigh, North Carolina, was destroyed and nine nearby structures were damaged when a massive five-alarm fire ignited and tore through the city's...


Lawmakers Revive Timber Bill

A controversial bill meant to bolster research, development and the construction of high-rise wood buildings in the U.S. has been reintroduced.


RCMA Recognizes Key Players

During the annual roof coatings conference, held at the end of February, the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association elected two new members to its board of directors and recognized three me...


High-Rise Painting Robot Makes Debut

Improved worker safety and increased productivity are the goals behind a new robotic painting and cleaning system now in operation in Singapore.


Contractor Blames Sub for Hotel Delays

The construction of a 1,048-room, $370 million luxury hotel in Austin, Texas, has faced delays and the general contractor says a subcontractor is responsible.


Bill to Expand Lead Testing Rules

A California lawmaker has introduced a bill that would alter the state’s Health and Safety Code and require all children ages 6 months to 6 years be tested for lead poisoning.


Flooring Expert Joins ChemQuest

A floor coverings expert with more than 35 years of experience has been tapped by The ChemQuest Group.


Workers Fired After Skipping to Protest

More than 100 protestors in the United States lost their jobs last month after taking part in the “Day Without Immigrants” demonstration, including at least 70 employees in the construction ...


Concrete Alternative Spurs Startup

Engineers from the University of Arizona say their new development, Acrete, is a lighter, stronger and less expensive alternative to Portland cement.


Apartment Builders Unearth Historic Coffins

The jobsite of a future 10-story apartment complex in Philadelphia’s Old City has been transformed into an archaeological dig.


Greenbuild 2016 Diverted 90% of Waste

Greenbuild, the largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, has released its 2016 Sustainability Report with the event’s 90 percent diversion rate topping the list of successes.


PPG Makes Bid for AkzoNobel

PPG Industries made an offer to buy its largest competitor in the paint and coatings industry, AkzoNobel, but the Dutch firm rejected the bid, and is now exploring the possibility of spinnin...


Roof Coating Group Reports ‘Active Year’

Standard development, congressional activity and sharing “cool stories” capped off a successful year for the national trade association representing manufacturers of asphaltic and solar refl...


Sales Increase, Profits Dip in Valspar Q1

Successes in the coil and wood coatings and consumer paints product lines are behind Valspar’s 2.5 percent net sales increase to $907.6 million according to the company’s first-quarter earni...


Senate Strikes Federal Contracting Changes

Congress has moved to strike a rule that would have required contractors bidding on federal projects to disclose civil, administrative and workplace protection violations.


SSPC Guides Now Available

Technology Publishing Co., the publisher of Durability + Design News and other coatings-related titles, is pleased to offer books and resources through its online retail site.


Carson to Lead Federal Housing Agency

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be led by Dr. Ben S. Carson, Sr, a retired neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate who ran against President Donal...


Contractor CEO Gets Prison for Union Theft

A Washington, D.C. area builder will serve more than five years behind bars for his involvement in a scheme to steal more than $1.7 million from a labor union, authorities have announced.


Contractors Fined for Violating RRP Rule

Two Denver-area contractors have settled with the federal government over allegations that they violated the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.


Call for Entries: D+D Elevation Awards

Durability + Design is calling for facility owners, architects, contractors, suppliers and others to enter the Elevation Awards, which will be presented during a ceremony at CONSTRUCT, the C...


Paint Contractor Bookkeeper Faces Charges

A former bookkeeper of a Syracuse, New York-area painting contractor has been charged with stealing nearly $700,000 from his employer, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.


Trump Focuses on Repealing Regulations

President Donald J. Trump's plan to roll back federal regulations is in play.


Hotel Developer Gets Prison in Visa Scam

A 33-year-old aspiring Chicago hotel developer will spend three years behind bars for bilking Chinese investors out of nearly $158 million for a hotel and convention center project that neve...


Report Analyzes Reducing Construction Risk

A recent industry analysis found that construction risk has fluctuated since the recession with 75 percent of building owners and contractors experiencing a dispute or claim in the last five...


No Delay in Silica Rule Challenge

The legal challenge against the new federal respirable silica rule remains on schedule, despite a recent attempt to delay proceedings.


New Issue Now Online

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring four articles on technological advances and standards in architectural coatings, is now available online.


Guilty Plea in University Painting Bribe Case

A former university maintenance supervisor has admitted to taking bribes from a painting contractor in exchange for more than $1 million in dorm painting contracts.


US Suit Defends Safety Whistleblower

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed suit against a global chemical company for allegedly firing two employees after they reported safety concerns regarding the handling of hazardous chemi...


Pruitt Begins as EPA Leader

On Tuesday (Feb. 21) newly confirmed Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt delivered his first speech to his employees and the nation.


Architects Weigh in on Immigration

Immigration policies aimed at deportation and closing the nation's doors can impact the design and building industry, U.S. architects say.


Pay Scheme Results in $3.2M Fine

A New Jersey-based contractor with ties to several New York City public projects faces $3.2 million in fines for underpaying dozens of immigrant workers, authorities have announced.


Graco Reveals New Spray Tips

Graco Inc. (Minneapolis) has introduced a line of fine-finish, low-pressure spray tips that can be used with lacquer, varnish, stain, enamel, oil-based paints and latex primers and paints.


Evacuations Lifted After Crane Safety Scare

More than a dozen buildings surrounding a high-rise construction project in downtown San Francisco had to be evacuated this week, when concerns about the stability of a crane and 2-ton concr...


Notice: No Newsletter Monday

Durability + Design will not publish a daily newsletter Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of the U.S. Presidents Day holiday.


Report Tackles Worker Health Issues

Nearly a third of construction workers lack health insurance despite half experiencing at least one doctor-diagnosed health condition, according to a recent report.


Scaffolding Firm Exec Gets Jail Time

The owner of two New York-based scaffolding businesses that worked on city, state and private projects has agreed to spend 16 weekends behind bars and pay $2 million for underreporting milli...


Workers, PPG Donate $111K in EMEA

PPG employees in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region have given more than $111,000 to selected charities in the first year of a new program, the global paint manufacturer announced Mon...


Titan Unveils New Airless Spray Tip

Made for residential and commercial professional painting projects, Titan Tool’s new High Efficiency Airless (HEA) TR reversible airless tip will be available in U.S. and Canada this spring.


$227M Settlement in Philly Building Collapse

In a settlement reached last week, $227 million will be paid to family members of the seven people who died and 12 who were injured in the June 5, 2013, building collapse in downtown Philade...


Officials Probe Deadly Collision at FL Jobsite

Federal workplace safety authorities are investigating after one construction worker was killed and another one injured when a rail car collided with an elevated bucket boom Wednesday (Feb. ...


New York Painter Charged in Fraud

The owner of a New York-based interior painting company faces 15 years in prison for allegedly misreporting over $570,000 in revenue.


R&D Concerns in Dow-DuPont Deal

Innovation concerns are at the center of the regulatory review of The Dow Chemical Company's multi-billion dollar bid to merge with DuPont, reports relate.


Feds: Owner Paid $1M in Bribes for Jobs

An Atlanta-based construction executive has admitted to bribing city officials in order to obtain lucrative business deals on high-profile public projects.


ACI Issues ‘Comprehensive’ Concrete Guide

A new guide seeks to answer any questions related to concrete, including design and specification, inspection and testing topics.


Bill Seeks to Stop ‘Blacklisting’ Rule

A rule requiring contractors bidding on federal projects to disclose civil, administrative and workplace protection violations may be rolled back under a new bill.


Construction Sees Job Gains, Higher Pay

U.S. construction employment started 2017 on a positive note, adding 36,000 net new jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in January, as well as increasing worker pay, according to new analyse...


AIA Posts Healthy Outlook for Construction

Retail, office and hotel construction is forecast to dominate the building recovery in 2017. However, industrial construction is projected to see almost no increase.


Safety Bills Divide Workers in New York

A set of 21 bills aimed at increasing construction jobsite safety and a report revealing a crisis in rising construction fatalities in New York are fueling debate in the construction industr...


Commercial Workshop Kicks Off SSPC 2017

Contractors, facility owners, specifiers, suppliers and other coatings professionals convened Monday (Jan. 30) in Tampa to kick off the SSPC 2017 Featuring GREENCOAT conference.


Steel Company Found Guilty in Falling Death

A federal judge has found a Missouri-based steel company responsible for a 22-year-old apprentice’s 2014 falling death.


AkzoNobel Opens New China Powder Coatings Plant

AkzoNobel has expanded again in Asia—the Amsterdam-based coatings company has recently opened a new €11 million ($11.7 million) powder coatings facility in Chengdu.


OSHA Releases Silica Guide

As the construction industry prepares for new respirable crystalline silica rules to take effect in June, the federal agency in charge of enforcement is offering some guidance.


Specification Software Companies Unite

ARCOM, a Salt Lake City-based specification publisher, has announced the acquisition of Portland, Maine-based InterSpec, a firm that provides the BIM-to-specification software, e-SPECS.


Learn about Architecture for Free

The Harvard Graduate School of Design is set to offer a free, online introductory course called “The Architectural Imagination” beginning Feb. 28.


Researchers Study Roman Concrete Recipe

Did the ancient Romans know the secret formula for extraordinary concrete? Researchers at Rice University are investigating; they are studying a mineral t


Demand Surges Amid Patent Growth

The global concrete floor coatings market is expected to reach $2.6 billion by 2022, a recent forecast suggests, meanwhile technology advances are responsible for a boom in patent activity f...


Building Collapses, Kills Firefighters

Government authorities are investigating what caused a high-rise building fire and collapse in Iran that killed at least 20 firefighters Thursday (Jan. 19).


ICP Group Acquires Rock-Tred

The Innovative Chemical Products Group has acquired the Illinois-based polymer floor coating manufacturer Rock-Tred Corp.


Coatings Maker Settles Hazardous Waste Case

A Vermont-based coatings manufacturer has agreed to design and install a new system to capture and control solvent vapors at its manufacturing facility to resolve a case with the U.S. Enviro...


Website Tackles Misclassification

The consequences of misclassifying workers are real; workers may miss out on wage and benefit guarantees they deserve.


OSHA Probes Steel Fabricator after Death

Federal workplace safety regulators are investigating the crushing death of a worker at a structural steel facility in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.


Study Looks at Beam Behavior

The American Concrete Institute has revealed a new research study evaluating seismic behavior of coupling beams with different types of steel fiber reinforced concrete.


New Standard Proposed for Liquid-Applied Polymers

ASTM is proposing a new set of test methods that will help support the growing number of roofing projects that use liquid-applied polymers.


Masonry Contractor Faces Repeat Fines

An Illinois masonry contractor with a history of health and safety citations now faces $77,606 in new fines for alleged violations of federal fall protection rules.


Construction Outlook Positive for 2017

Nearly three quarters of American construction companies plan to increase headcounts in 2017, according to a survey released this week.


Follow D+D on Social Media

Social media users can now keep up with architectural coatings industry news and insights in more ways, as Durability + Design and its partner publications have expanded their presence on so...


Beryllium Rule Made Final

Employers have less than two months before new limits regarding workplace exposure to beryllium go into effect.


AIA Teams Up With James Hardie

The American Institute of Architects has partnered with James Hardie Building Products Inc., a leader in fiber cement siding.


US Suit Defends Safety Manager

The Labor Department has filed suit against a Georgia-based multistate roofing contractor and its owner for allegedly firing an employee after he cooperated in a federal workplace inspection...


China to Ease Israel’s Labor Woes

China has agreed to send up to 20,000 construction workers to Israel to help alleviate the country’s labor shortage.


Sea Sponge Offers Structural Lessons

Sometimes inspiration for building technologies can come from unusual natural sources—enter the orange puffball sea sponge.


OSHA Calls Roofer ‘Severe Violator’

An Illinois roofing contractor with a history of exposing workers to unsafe working conditions has once again been cited by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Construction Near Nest Sparks Suit

Two office buildings under construction and a pair of eagles are at the center of a controversy in Manassas, VA.


Builder Spending Surges to 10-Year High

Investment in both private and public construction sectors helped propel U.S. construction spending to its highest level in 10 years, according to new federal data.


OSHA Targets Four Firms after Fall

Four contractors face fines after a 33-year-old worker fell 11 feet to his death through an unprotected stairway opening at a housing complex under construction in Florida, according to auth...


PPG to Sell Plasterboard Unit

Following its global restructuring efforts, PPG has announced plans to sell the assets of its Mexico-based Plaka plasterboard and cement-board business to Knauf International GmbH of Germany...


Contractor Fined $10K for Manslaughter

A New York general contractor convicted of manslaughter last June has been ordered to pay a $10,000 fine after refusing to obey the original sentence imposed, authorities relate.


Canada Targets Asbestos, New Building Codes

Government officials in Canada say they are committed to eliminating asbestos in the country by 2018.


Moveable Anchor System for Personnel Protection

Manufacturer MSA has announced the launch of the MSA Beam Trolley, a moveable anchorage designed to support personnel or material in building construction, oil and gas and other industries.


University to Collect $6.9M Over Floor Slabs

The University of Oregon will receive $6.9 million in a settlement with the architect, engineer and contractor of a residence hall with cracking concrete floor slabs.


Weather Device Tracks Lightning Onsite

A recently introduced product from a weather technology startup is designed to help contractors, roofers and others in need of real-time weather updates in the field.


CA Firm Enters Lead Safety Settlement

A California company that specializes in coatings and window installation has settled with government regulators over alleged failure to employ federally mandated lead-safety practices.


'Best Of' Issues Ahead, Schedule Notice

To wrap up 2016, Durability + Design News will bring you a series of "Readers' Choice" editions in lieu of regular, daily news coverage.


Fire Hits NYU Hospital Construction Site

A rooftop area of a hospital building that is currently under construction was the site of a fire that sent black smoke billowing over Manhattan Wednesday (Dec. 14).


Life of the Dance Party: A Cement Mixer

Usually, when a party is a “mixer,” it just means people get to mingle and meet new friends. But a French artist recently proved that a cement mixer can be the center of attention—if you dre...


Wildfire Damage Estimate Tops $500M

Historic Tennessee wildfires were responsible for killing 14 people and damaging more than 2,400 structures in and around the city of Gatlinburg, officials announced in a press conference Tu...


Wooster Introduces New Pro Brush

The Wooster Brush Company (Wooster, OH) has announced a new addition to its lineup of professional paintbrushes.


School Focuses on Concrete, Manager Training

Middle Tennessee State University is focusing on training managers and skilled laborers in the construction industry.


Painters' Union Debuts Wage App

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, labor worker centers and others groups have joined together to develop a new tool to combat wage theft and labor exploitation among imm...


Contractor Sought in Nigeria Church Collapse

Dozens of worshippers were killed Saturday (Dec. 10) when a church in Nigeria collapsed during a large ceremony, and local officials quickly ordered the arrest of the contractor who had rece...


Contractor, Roofer Settle Stadium Death Case

Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium builder and roofing subcontractor have paid nearly $150,000 in combined fines stemming from the August 2015 falling death of 35-year-old Jeramie Gruber, authori...


Quikrete Acquires Concrete Pipe Business

Concrete and waterproofing product manufacturer Quikrete Holdings Inc. has acquired a concrete pipe business owned by Cemex S.A.B. de C.V.


Brazil Eyes World Cup Stadium Bid Rigging

Two years after Brazil hosted the World Cup soccer tournament, regulators in that country say a “cartel” of large construction contractors colluded to fix bids and inflate contracts for the ...


Join Us for Concrete Floor Guidance

A new free webinar will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of various concrete flooring options as well as their maintenance requirements and costs.


Valspar Issues Wood Product Recall

Valspar has voluntarily recalled wood cleaner and brightener products due to a chemical hazard, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.


Unpermitted Work Eyed in Oakland Blaze

Authorities in Oakland, CA, are investigating possible building code violations related to the fire that claimed at least 36 lives Friday night (Dec. 2).


Superfund Site Cleanup to Begin

Federal environmental authorities have reached agreements with several public and private entities, including PPG Architectural Finishes and the City of San Francisco, to begin cleanup of an...


Anti-Retaliation Rule Survives Challenge

A federal judge recently rejected an industry request to further postpone the implementation of controversial anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration...


UK ‘Blacklist’ Investigation Not Over

Months after contractors agreed to pay millions in settlements related to the case, the U.K. government is reopening the file on the alleged blacklisting of thousands of construction workers...


Overtime Rule Roadblock Under Appeal

The future of a new overtime-pay rule that would have made overtime pay available to 4.2 million workers is uncertain due to a federal court ruling in Texas.


Stucco Firm Stuck with $345K in OSHA Fines

A Pennsylvania stucco contractor is still facing nearly $345,000 in worker-safety fines after a judge upheld nine violations issued in 2014, but reduced the associated fines by more than $70...


Experts to Deliver Free Webinars

Developments in architectural coating technologies and air barrier systems are two concepts that will star in upcoming webinars offered by Durability + Design.


EPA to Assess Asbestos, Other Chemicals

Asbestos is listed among the first 10 chemicals the Environmental Protection Agency is investigating under new powers granted under the Toxic Substance Control Act reform.


Space Agency Confirms Sinking Tower

It’s been established for months now that San Francisco’s Millennium Tower is sinking, but the latest twist in the story reveals that the subsidence can even be seen from space.


Contractor Guilty in Tribal Pay-to-Play Scheme

The president of a Montana-based construction company faces up to 20 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines for bribing tribal officials in order to receive lucrative contracts on...


Team Studies Concrete Moisture, Corrosion

Sensing problems in concrete is the focus of ongoing research at North Carolina State University.


Tool Made to Measure Concrete Coatings

A U.K.-based inspection equipment manufacturer has launched a new tool for coating thickness inspection on concrete substrates.


Former Building Inspector Faces Prison

Prosecutors have accused a former New York City Department of Buildings inspector and the owner of a local construction business of conspiracy to commit extortion.


Notice: No Newsletters Thursday and Friday

Durability + Design News will not publish new issues on Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25.


New Rule Targets Slips, Trips and Falls

Federal workplace safety regulators have published a final rule in the Federal Register regarding slip, trip and fall hazards for general industry.


Painter Fined in Fall Case

A Florida painting and waterproofing contractor faces nearly $90,000 in fines after an employee was injured in an 18-foot fall in May at a condominium development in Lauderdale By The Sea.


MSA Unveils Fall-Protection Equipment

MSA (Cranberry Township, PA) has rolled out three new fall-protection products for construction and related industries.


Heat Stress Death Leads to Fine

U.S. labor officials have fined a Missouri-based commercial roofing and waterproofing company $12,471 in the death of a worker at a high school project in Jefferson City.


Homebuilding Giant Told to Pay $16M

One of the United States’ largest homebuilders has been ordered to pay $16.3 million in damages for mishandling the finances of the homeowners association at a condominium complex it was bui...


Acquisition Expands Safway’s Portfolio

Already one of North America's largest suppliers of scaffolding and equipment, Safway Group Holding LLC has announced the acquisition of Seattle-based SafeWorks LLC, a global leader in motor...


Industry Focuses on Trump Presidency

U.S. builders and architects are putting the contentious election behind them and focusing on the future and what they can expect from the mega-builder and developer turned President-elect D...


Explosion, Burns Spark Fines

A California roofing contractor faces nearly $25,000 in fines after a tank explosion burned two workers and launched them 10 feet to the ground.


Webinar: Estimating Costs of Air Leakage

Building envelope expert Andre Desjarlais of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN) will present an upcoming free webinar on Durability + Design.


Survey: Architecture Shows Gender Pay Gap

The results of a recent survey suggest a gender pay gap exists in the field of architecture, but also reveals signs that diversity in the industry is on the rise.


Painter Expected to Plea in $900K Theft

A Pennsylvania house painter is expected to plead guilty to bilking a couple out of nearly $1 million while doing work for them, according to local reports.


Top OSHA Hazards Persist

Fall-protection lapses have dominated the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's annual list of the most frequently cited federal workplace safety violations in the U.S. for the fif...


Building Green in a Steel City

Transforming a one-time industrial powerhouse into a city known for its sustainable approach and healthy buildings is no small feat.


Dulux Paint to Pay Fine for ‘Cool’ Claims

A federal court in Australia has ordered international coatings manufacturer DuluxGroup Pty Ltd to pay a $400,000 AUD ($306,992 USD) fine for making false or misleading claims about two of i...


FL Painter Burned in Jobsite Accident

Federal workplace safety regulators are investigating after a Florida painting contractor was injured Friday (Oct. 28) in a fire said to have been sparked by a spraying machine.


Lead Reports Prompt Calls for Action

A group of state lawmakers from the Philadelphia area are calling for increased investments to help combat lead paint that remains in older houses in that city and beyond.


Licensing Officials Cite Dozens in Sting

Dozens of California contractors, including painters, concrete workers and others, suspected of contracting without a license were recently cited on various charges, licensing authorities ha...


Sherwin-Williams, Valspar: Deal Unchanged

The Sherwin-Williams Company and Valspar intend to close their pending merger on schedule in early 2017 and at its planned price, the companies said Friday (Oct. 28), in the face of a report...


New Issue Now Online

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring four articles on technology advances and color trends in commercial and architectural coatings, is now available online.


Last-Minute Order Delays Contractor Rule

A federal judge in Texas has issued a last-minute preliminary injunction against the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Rule, which was scheduled to go into partial effe...


Report: Construction Industry to Hit $713B

Most U.S. building sectors will enjoy modest growth in 2017, according to a major new construction forecast that sees a $713 billion year ahead.


Tilting Tower Developer May Drill Deeper

The developer behind San Francisco’s famously sinking Millennium Tower has reportedly changed plans for another tower project in the same area, likely redesigning its foundation so that it’s...


OSHA Further Delays Anti-Retaliation Measures

Employers will get yet another reprieve in anti-retaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s controversial “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnes...


Condo Construction Accident Kills 1

Federal workplace safety regulators have opened an investigation after one person was killed and several others were injured Wednesday (Oct. 19) evening when building materials rained from t...


Feds: Multifamily Production Drops 38%

Multifamily construction dropped sharply in September, bringing nationwide housing starts down 9 percent to an annual rate of 1.05 million units, according to new federal data.


NYC Site Safety Backlog Questioned

The president of a safety-management company in New York City says a lack of site safety managers is slowing construction in that city—and he’s pointing the finger at the city’s Department o...


Whistleblower to Cost Masonry Firm $135K

One of the nation’s largest producers of masonry units has agreed to pay $135,000 in back wages and compensatory damages to a former employee in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labo...


Survey: Architects Back in the Black

According to a new survey from the American Institute of Architects, the architecture industry in the U.S. has nearly fully recovered from the recent recession, and firms have been able to r...


NYC Contractor to Pay $9M for Fraud

One of the largest construction concerns in New York City has agreed to pay more than $9 million in restitution and penalties for systematic overbilling clients over a 13-year period, author...


Detroit Fines Arena Builders

Several contractors working on the new $627.5-million National Hockey League arena development in downtown Detroit have failed to follow a local hiring mandate, costing them at least $500,00...


Worker Removes Harness, Falls to Death

Authorities are investigating the falling death of a 27-year-old worker who plunged 13 floors Monday (Oct. 10) at a construction site in Perth, Australia, various reports said.


OSHA Proposes New Respirator Protocols

Federal regulators are looking to add two new fit-testing protocols to their standards on respiratory protection.


Sounding the Alarm on Carbon Reduction

American architects are not keeping the pace needed to meet ambitious carbon reduction targets—i.e., carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030.


'Smart Skin' Could Show Structural Damage

Researchers at the University of Delaware are working on a material that could help make structural damage obvious to the eye, even when it would normally be invisible.


17 Killed in China Building Collapse

Four buildings in a city in eastern China collapsed early Monday (Oct. 10), killing at least 17, according to reports from the scene.


Specification Company Acquired, Names New CEO

Arcom, a leader in the building specification software industry, has been acquired by a private equity firm and has appointed a new chief operating officer.


3M Issues Fall Protection Recall

In light of reported incidents and potential for misuse, 3M and Capital Safety recently issued a voluntary recall of a product that has been used in the fall protection industry for more tha...


Building Under Construction Falls, Kills 2

At least two people were killed and several others injured after a multi-story residential building under construction collapsed early Wednesday (Oct. 5) afternoon in Bengaluru, India, raisi...


RPM Posts Record First Quarter

North American commercial construction markets bolstered results for RPM International Inc.'s first quarter of 2017, which ended Aug. 31.


First Day Injury Prompts Fine

Federal workplace safety regulators say a Florida roofing contractor’s safety failures resulted in the partial impalement of a worker in March. It had been the worker’s first day on the job.


Overtime Rule Outrage: New Bill, Lawsuits

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday (Sept. 29) to stall the Labor Department’s controversial overtime rule for six months—the latest volley in the dispute over the rule that aim...


Feds: Project Manager Stole $2.7M

A former project manager with one of the largest construction companies in Indiana has been accused of bilking the business out of $2.7 million, according to authorities.


New Meter to Detect Moisture in Wood

Tramex Moisture Meters (Dublin, Ireland) has launched a new hand-held, digital pin-meter moisture testing instrument for wood, drywall and other surfaces.


Audit Details Problem-Plagued Hospital

Department of Veterans Affairs leaders have been accused of “gross mismanagement” when it comes to federal oversight of a $1.7 billion VA hospital in Aurora, CO, according to a new audit.


Painter Electrocuted at FL Jobsite

Federal safety authorities say they are investigating the recent death of a 50-year-old, experienced painter in Jacksonville.


D+D Site Maintenance This Weekend

Attention readers: Our website will be undergoing scheduled maintenance beginning at 8 p.m. ET Friday (Sept. 23) to 8 p.m. ET Sunday (Sept. 25).


CA Governor OKs Contractor Reporting Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation that will provide the state’s Contractors State License Board with more information about contractors, and require contractors to report an...


OSHA Grants to Train Workers

Workplace safety regulators have awarded $10.5 million in grants to 77 nonprofit organizations across the country in an effort to create safer worksites.


Study: Indoor Spaces Rampant with Toxins

Indoor dust is often laden with toxic chemicals from building materials, cleaning products, furniture, electronics and other common items, a new study suggests.


NYC Said to Undercount Job Fatalities

The official count of worksite deaths in New York City is greatly underinflated, some are saying, while the office of Mayor Bill DiBlasio is calling the matter an “accounting distinction” an...


Concrete Trade Groups to Merge

The American Society of Concrete Contractors will be augmenting its concrete polishing programming through a merger with the Concrete Polishing Association of America, the two groups have an...


Barriers to Britain’s Paint Recycling Effort

The U.K. generates over 55 million liters of leftover paint, and currently most of that ends up in a landfill or incinerated, according to the British Coatings Federation.


Lawmakers Demand Answers for Project Costs

The budget-busted Veterans Affairs hospital construction project outside of Denver has once again been thrust into the national spotlight.


Institute Honors Specification Experts

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) bestowed a number of awards and honors upon leaders in the construction industry during a ceremony held Thursday (Sept. 8) at CONSTRUCT 2016 &...


Former City Engineer Faces Prison

A former California city engineer faces nearly 14 years in prison for allegedly embezzling more than $500,000 over a three-year period.


OSHA Fine Hikes Hits Home for FL Roofer

A Florida roofing contractor is facing $128,000 in fines after federal officials allegedly found workers performing a roofing job without adequate fall protection, the fourth such citation i...


Valspar Reports Q3, Merger Costs

Foreign currency translation nicked earnings for Valspar Corp.’s third quarter and overall volumes grew 2 percent, as the company prepares for the proposed merger with The Sherwin-Williams C...


Accessory Aims to Speed Up Cut-Ins

A new spray gun accessory from manufacturer Titan is built to make spraying and cutting in quick and easy, without masking.


Officials Probe Deadly Garage Collapse

The collapse of an under-construction four-story underground parking garage near a medical center in Tel Aviv, Israel, remained under investigation Tuesday (Sept. 6).


Contractors: Qualified Workers Scarce

Contractors throughout the United States are having a tough time finding qualified craft workers, leading to a recent decrease in employment in the construction industry, a new survey sugges...


Supplier Cited in Painter Death

Federal authorities have cited Cleveland-based paint maker Sherwin-Williams after a painter died at an apartment building project in Springfield, MO.


Sika Buys Concrete Fiber Producer

Specialty chemical company Sika Corp. has announced the acquisition of FRC Industries, an Alabama-based producer of polypropylene fibers for concrete.


Architect May Face Suit in 2013 Collapse

Philadelphia architect Plato A. Marinakos Jr. obtained immunity in order to testify against two contractors in the criminal case surrounding a deadly 2013 building collapse in Philadelphia, ...


In Depth Explores Microbes, Masonry

From a restored historic mansion in Newport, RI, to the eye-catching designs of the Las Vegas Strip, the new issue of D+D In Depth explores significant projects and the architectural coating...


CA Weighs New Builder Disclosure Rules

California legislators are looking to increase regulations on contractors and balcony construction, specifically, in the wake of the June 2015 balcony collapse in Berkeley, which killed six ...


Federal Contractor Rules Set to Change

An new order designed to ensure that contractors who disobey rules aren't rewarded with federal work are set to take effect next month, authorities have announced.


9/11 Museum Suit Dismissed

A New York appeals court has sided against a steel company that claimed it lost millions in its work on the National Sept. 11 Museum.


Sinking Tower Sparks Suit

A resident of San Francisco’s pricey Millennium Tower condos has filed suit over the 58-story building’s documented sinking and tilting.


Tool Automates Jobsite Safety Monitoring

A new technology developed in the U.K. could change the way onsite worker safety is handled, automating some monitoring jobs and alerting workers and safety managers if something is amiss.


Lead Levels Prompt Relocation Efforts

In what some have described as a “Flint 2.0” situation, at least 1,000 residents of a low-income housing complex built near a former industrial site in East Chicago, IN, will soon be displac...


Rules Proposed for Building in Flood Areas

A week after recent historic flooding hit central Louisiana, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has proposed new regulations aimed at rebuilding flood-prone communities “higher and stro...


OSHA Adds $89K to Roofer's Unpaid Bill

An Illinois roofing contractor is facing $89,100 in federal worker-safety fines on top of more than $250,000 in past penalties that the government says he has failed to pay.


Tool Predicts Fatal Construction Mishaps

The Construction Industry Institute is touting a new tool for predicting, and reducing the risk of, deadly accidents in the construction industry.


Miami Scaffold Fall Claims Worker’s Life

A construction worker in Florida died Wednesday (Aug. 17) of injuries sustained when the scaffolding he was working from collapsed, according to local media reports.


NZ Flooring Firm Faces Fireball Fine

A flooring company in New Zealand has been fined over worker safety issues after an employee was burned by a fireball while applying adhesive.


EPA Fines Cement Maker $1.69 Million

Cement manufacturer Cemex Inc. faces a $1.69 million penalty and will invest $10 million in cutting emissions at five of its plants as a result of a recent settlement with the U.S. governmen...


OSHA Fines Roofer $124K for Fall Risks

The U.S. government has cited a Boston-area roofing contractor for numerous worker-safety violations, and issued the company proposed fines of nearly $125,000.


Architecture Takes Heavy Toll on Students

Mental health issues among students studying architecture are widespread in the United Kingdom, a new study suggests.


Crane Hits World Trade Window

Three World Trade Center, currently under construction, suffered only minor damage Thursday night (Aug. 11) when a construction crane hit the building.


Trump Continues to Face Contractor Suits

As he campaigns for votes in the battleground state of Florida, real estate developer and Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump continues to fend off suits in that state from contr...


Steel Exec Guilty in WTC Fraud

The chief executive of a steel erection company that received nearly $1 billion in contracts to build the World Trade Center projects in New York City now faces 40 years in prison.


CA Mayor Resigns After Bribery Plea

The mayor of a Southern California city resigned Tuesday (Aug. 9) after admitting he took bribes from a construction contractor.


New Green Building System Reaches U.S.

Eyeing the 5.6 million existing buildings in the U.S. not currently covered by existing green building programs, the U.K.-based Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Metho...


Solvay Cited for 11 Hazards

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Solvay Specialty Polymers USA LLC with 11 alleged violations, including exposing employees to dangerous chemical hazards at i...


NFL Kickoff Marred by Sticky Paint

Paint is being blamed for the cancellation of this year’s Hall of Fame Game, the traditional first preseason game of the National Football League's year, in Canton, OH.


Accusations Loom Over Architect's Contract

A New Mexico lawmaker is in hot water over what some are calling nepotism after he directed funds to a charter school that awarded his brother, an architect, a contract.


Two Firms to Pay $2.4M in Wage Probe

A New England construction concern and a related company have been ordered to pay nearly $2.4 million in back wages and damages to almost 500 employees for misclassifying them as independent...


UK, US Construction Spending Lags

Uncertainty stemming from June’s vote to leave the European Union may play into lagging numbers in the U.K. construction industry in July, while brand new numbers on American construction in...


NIOSH App Supplies Chemical Safety Info

Workplace chemical safety can be in the pockets of workers and supervisors anytime with the release of a new mobile application from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health...


Floor Collapse in India; 9 Dead

Nine workers were killed after a 13-story residential building under construction partially collapsed Friday (July 29) morning in Pune, India, reports said.


Specifying, Green Coatings Top New Issue

Expert advice on fire-resistive coatings and specification writing are a part of the new issue of Durability + Design In Depth, now available free online.


SSPC Workshop to Tackle Moisture Challenges

Coating suppliers will be able to tout their specific brands as solutions to moisture problems in buildings as part of a workshop with an experimental format at SSPC 2017.


PPG to Sell Glass Unit; Bunch to Retire

After more than 130 years in the segment, PPG says it will sell off its flat glass business to the largest glass producer in Mexico for approximately $750 million.


Wooster Retools Painter’s Comb

A newly redesigned professional painter's tool from The Wooster Brush Company is designed to quickly and thoroughly clean paint brushes, the company says.


Worker, Tesla Settle Low Wage Suit

A Slovenian worker who was injured in a three-story fall at a Tesla Motors paint shop factory in California has settled a worker’s compensation and wage case against the electric automaker a...


Builders See Slow, Steady Growth

U.S. builders broke ground on new homes at a slightly faster pace in June, signifying that the market continues to inch toward recovery, new federal data shows.


OSHA Delays Part of Injury Reporting Rule

Federal workplace safety regulators have delayed enforcement of anti-retaliation provisions in its new hot-button injury and illness reporting rule.


AkzoNobel Volumes Inch Up

Amsterdam-based AkzoNobel released its second-quarter earnings report Tuesday (July 19), revealing good news in each of its three main business lines, but noting challenges stemming unfavora...


Lift Falls 18 Stories, Kills 8

Eight people were killed when the construction elevator they were in dropped 18 stories in eastern China, according to reports.


Spray Paint Ad Claims Draw Fire

One line of spray paint from an industry giant is under fire from advertising watchdogs for what could be construed as unsubstantiated claims—but the product hasn’t been pulled or renamed ju...


NY Firm Sentenced in Fatal Trench Case

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge has ordered a construction company to fund public service announcements on worker safety as punishment in a manslaughter case; however, attorneys for the comp...


OSHA Fines to Jump in August

Starting next month, companies found to be in violation of workplace safety rules in the United States will face fines nearly double what they would have paid previously.


Painters, Others Caught in Sting

Nearly 20 California-based contractors, including painters and flooring professionals, were arrested in the state’s latest undercover sting operation to crack down on off-the-book operators.


$249K in Safety Fines Upheld for NY Firm

More than three years after the original inspection, a judge upheld nearly $250,000 in fines for a New York contractor accused of putting workers in danger of serious falls at a midtown Manh...


Structural Silicone Glazing 101

Join us for an exclusive webinar on the topic of silicone structural and protective glazing systems.


Architect, Builder Suicide Rates High

According to a new report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, construction workers and architects appear in the top five on an unfortunate list: occupations with t...


Dow to Cut Jobs, Close Plants

The Dow Chemical Company will cut 2,500 jobs in the wake of its strategic ownership restructuring of Dow Corning Corporation, and anticipates closing a number of facilities, including manufa...


New Issue Released; Schedule Alert

Durability + Design is pleased to announce the release of its June issue of D+D In Depth, featuring four articles on best practices in selecting architectural coatings for a variety of appli...


EPA Crackdown Leads to Lead Safety Fines

A number of contractors in Denver and North Dakota are facing fines for violating federal law regarding work done on older buildings that might contain lead paint.


5 Injured in Floor Collapse

Federal safety regulators are investigating a partial floor collapse at a Florida hotel construction project that injured five workers Tuesday (June 28) morning.


Bone Buildings of the Future

Buildings of the future could one day be constructed using artificial bone and eggshell.


Could ‘Brexit’ Dog UK Construction?

Some in the British construction industry are worried that the pending exit of the U.K. from the European Union could exacerbate a shortage of skilled workers that’s already affecting the co...


Flooring Giant Nets Safety Victory

Federal product safety officials have ended a year-long investigation into the nation’s largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring without issuing a product recall.


Inspector Accused of Assault

City building codes allegedly got personal at a meeting in Portsmouth, NH, leading to the city’s chief building inspector’s arrest on simple assault.


Shareholder Files Suit in Valspar Deal

A Valspar Corp. shareholder has filed a suit against the company, alleging that aspects of its pending sale to The Sherwin-Williams Company constitute a breach of fiduciary duty.


Study Finds ‘Everyday Sexism’ in Engineering

A new study sheds light on why women are less likely to stay in the engineering profession.


Stadium Worker Death Spurs Fines

Minnesota workplace health and safety regulators have levied fines against the contractor and a subcontractor who helped build the new professional football stadium in Minneapolis.


Free Webinar Covers Controlling Moisture

Using coatings to minimize moisture in concrete is the topic of the next free webinar from Durability + Design.


Cleanup Update at Sherwin-Williams Sites

The federal government is moving ahead with action to clean up the site of a former Sherwin-Williams paint factory in New Jersey that it says contaminated its surroundings with toxins and ca...


Contractor Convicted in NYC Pit Collapse

A New York construction company was convicted Friday on a manslaughter charge stemming from the death of a worker in a trench collapse in Manhattan last year.


Settlement in Ashland Hiring Case

In a settlement reached last week, a manufacturer of thickeners and other paint components will take a financial hit after allegedly using hiring practices that were discriminatory against A...


Contractor Charged in Fatal Fall

A New York-based concrete contractor and his companies have been indicted on manslaughter and other charges in connection with the falling death of a worker.


Study Finds Costs, Causes of Disputes

Construction disputes in North America are taking less time and money to resolve, a new study suggests.


Construction Family Headed to Prison

A New York-based father and daughter construction team will serve time behind bars for cheating clients out of more than $350,000.


Owner Gets Probation in Immigration Case

A Washington State drywall company and its owner have been sentenced for illegally hiring workers in violation of immigration laws.


Researching a New Cement Recipe

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are on the hunt for a new bio-inspired recipe for cement paste could make buildings, bridges and other structures more sustainable and...


Construction Spending Plunges

After a strong March, new federal data shows that U.S. construction spending fell 1.8 percent in April—the largest drop since January 2011.


PPG Bows Waterborne Intumescents

PPG has announced new products in the Steelguard range of intumescent fire protection coatings for steel structures.


New Issue Now Online

The latest issue of D+D In Depth, featuring four probing articles on architectural coatings and related technologies, is now available online.


Rio Breaks Contract with Olympic Builder

With just weeks before the Summer Olympic Games start on Aug. 5, Rio de Janeiro authorities have cancelled a contract with the contractor in charge of building a major venue, reports say.


Drywall Issues Spur Suit

The joint venture in charge of building a $1.05 billion mixed-use development in Miami has sued a drywall subcontractor for alleged substandard work.


AIA Elects New President, Officers

The American Institute of Architects elected new officers, including its 2018 president-elect, at its annual convention in Philadelphia earlier this month.


Carboline Acquires Chinese Venture

A St. Louis-based manufacturer of high performance coatings, linings and fireproofing products has completed an acquisition of a Chinese joint venture.


Scientists Find Cure for Concrete Cancer

In a recent study, Canadian researchers reported the ability to calm a chemical reaction that has traditionally caused glass-fed concrete to weaken, expand and crack, a reaction known as “co...


House OKs Chemical Update

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a final version of a bill that will update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), governing the manufacture, transportation and regulation of ...


Concrete Contractor Settles 1 WTC Case

New York and New Jersey officials have agreed to hand over $12.3 million to settle an ongoing dispute with a One World Trade Center contractor, according to various reports.


Coil, Wood Coatings Bolster Valspar’s Q2

Net sales and total volumes dropped slightly in the second quarter for Minneapolis-based Valspar, as the company prepares for a proposed acquisition by Sherwin-Williams.


OSHA: 2 Stucco Firms ‘Bypass’ Safety

A pair of Pennsylvania stucco contractors with histories of workplace safety violations is now facing more than $235,000 in federal fines after exposing workers to nearly 40-foot falls at a ...


Industry Groups Slam Overtime Rule

Construction industry groups argue that the new overtime wage rule aimed at increasing wages for middle-income Americans will actually do the opposite.


7 Killed in Wall Collapse

Seven construction workers were killed Saturday (May 14) evening at a five-story mall project under construction in Guntur, India.


EPA, PPG Settle Hazardous Waste Allegations

PPG will pay the federal government $59,000 as part of a settlement over allegations involving hazardous waste at research and manufacturing facilities in Springdale, PA.


Lawsuit Claims Castle is Short on Steel

Designed as a residence that could withstand a hit from an F5 tornado, earthquake, bomb blast and remain standing for 2,000 years, Chateau Pensmore’s fate in Highlandsville, MO, is left unce...


FTC Probes Sherwin-Williams Deal

Federal trade regulators want to know more about The Sherwin-Williams Company’s quest to acquire Valspar in an $11 billion deal that would create the world’s largest paint and coatings produ...


OSHA Issues Final Injury Reporting Rule

Federal workplace safety authorities have finalized a rule requiring employers in construction and other industries to electronically report workplace injuries and illnesses on a public webs...


Free Webinar Offers Concrete Floor Advice

Coatings for aggressive environments are the topic when Durability + Design presents the third installment of its webinar series on concrete floor coatings on Thursday, May 19.


Final UK Blacklist Cases Settled

Eight contractors implicated in a blacklisting scheme in the U.K. will pay a total of £75 million (about $108.2 million) in compensation and legal fees, according to media reports.


Goodwin to Receive ASTM Honor

ASTM International’s Committee on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates will present its Award of Merit this year to Fred Goodwin, of BASF Construction Chemicals.


Contractor Pays $682K for Unpaid Overtime

A Texas contractor has paid $682,318 in back wages to 161 employees to resolve allegations the company did not pay the workers overtime wages, according to federal officials.


Evonik to Buy Air Products Unit for $3.8B

German chemical company Evonik has announced plans to buy U.S.-based Air Products & Chemicals’ performance materials unit, which produces raw materials used in paints and coatings.


Construction Spending Up, Labor Warning

New federal data suggests that the U.S. construction industry is continuing along the path to recovery, while industry officials warn that more qualified workers are needed to meet rising de...


Bill Aims to Spur Wood Building Boom

A new bipartisan bill aims to accelerate research, development and the construction of high-rise wood buildings in the U.S.


OSHA: Builder Fails 21 Inspections

A New Jersey contractor with a “callous disregard for its employees” is now facing nearly $900,000 in proposed federal fines, authorities have announced.


‘Blacklisted’ Construction Workers Settle

More than 400 construction workers and union members who were blacklisted and denied work on building projects have settled an ongoing High Court case involving major UK builders.


Olympic Games Run-up Claims 11 Workers

As the world awaits the 2016 Olympic Games kickoff in Rio de Janeiro this summer, Brazil’s preparations have claimed 11 lives.


Valspar Gives $2.5M to Habitat

Coatings manufacturer Valspar has announced that it has donated $2.5 million in products and cash to Habitat for Humanity in association with the company’s National Neighborhood Week volunte...


Concrete Group Issues Safety Bulletins

The American Society of Concrete Contractors has announced the publication of three new safety bulletins, covering issues affecting structural, architectural and decorative concrete contract...


LEED Floats Credit Aimed at Illegal Wood

Cutting out the use of illegally harvested timber is at the heart of a new LEED credit being piloted by the U.S. Green Building Council.


OSHA: Workers Exposed to 14 Hazards

Federal authorities have cited a supplier of chemicals used in paints and coatings, alleging 14 serious violations, stemming from a complaint investigation launched last October.


New Spray Gun to Offer Comfort, Control

Titan has introduced RX-PRO, an airless spray gun, designed to offer paint contractors comfort, control, durability and convenience.


ACA Names New Chairman, VP & Treasurer

American manufacturers of coatings have elected two leaders with more than 70 years in combined experienced to serve on the industry association’s board of directors.


Report Questions Builders' Labor Worries

Construction industry groups have incessantly sounded alarms that the biggest challenge facing the recovering housing market is a lack of skilled labor; however, a new report seems to questi...


Free Webinar Covers Retail Flooring

Selecting and specifying floor finishes for high volume retail buildings is the topic of a free upcoming webinar hosted by Durability + Design.


Volume Up, Revenue Dips in AkzoNobel’s Q1

AkzoNobel opened 2016 with volume increases across the board and a warning that the market environment remains uncertain with challenging conditions.


Feds: Payroll Scam Nets $17.4M

An Orlando woman faces decades in prison for allegedly running a scam that allowed construction contractors and subcontractors, including painters, to conceal the use of undocumented workers...


Wet Concrete Falls Off Building, Hits Car

A woman’s car window was shattered Thursday (April 14) when a portion of wet concrete fell from a construction site in downtown Jersey City, NJ, according to various news reports.


Worker Suffers Burns in Paint Plant Fire

Authorities are investigating the cause of a recent blaze at a paint and coatings factory in Norfolk, MA.


Hands-On Safety Training Center Opens

A new safety training center made to provide hands-on training to painting contractors and others has opened in near Pittsburgh, PA.


Winds Blamed in Deadly Crane Collapse

A construction crane collapse that killed 18 workers in China remains under investigation.


AIA Issues Guide to Materials Transparency

Materials transparency has become both necessary and beneficial, according to a new white paper from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).


‘Serial Violator’ Hit with $385K OSHA Tab

A New Jersey contractor with a lengthy record of recent past safety violations, now faces more than $385,000 in federal fines for allegedly exposing workers to dangerous fall hazards.


See Seattle’s Landmark Take Shape

For the first time, a collection of 2,400 photos documenting the construction of Seattle’s iconic Space Needle have been digitized.


Free Webinar: Why Permeance Matters

A free, two-part webinar series hosted by Durability + Design explores water vapor permeance of coating systems on building exteriors. Part one, held Feb. 24, defined permeance; part two, co...


New Painter Dies in 50-Foot Fall

Federal workplace safety authorities are investigating the death of a 25-year-old painter who fell five stories at an apartment project last month in Springfield, MO.


Reality TV Painting Company Draws Fine

An Oregon painting contractor has once again been thrust into media spotlight, but this time, it’s not for projects featured on hit television shows.


Groups Seek Silica Rule Review

Several construction industry groups are petitioning a federal appeals court to review the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new rule regulating silica dust exposure.


Construction Jobs, Spending See Growth

“The demand for construction is robust and well-balanced among residential, private non-residential and public segments,” says Ken Simonson, chief economist of the Associated General Contrac...


Architect Gets 33 Months in Bribery Case

A Virginia architect who was found guilty of using inside information to obtain contracts at a Veterans Affairs hospital will spend 33 months behind bars, according to federal prosecutors.