Weekly Poll (15)


Recently, the city of Milwaukee Plan Commission and the Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee approved changes to the Ascent timber building (slated to be the tallest wooden building in North America) to make the structure even taller. How long do you think the structure will be able to keep this title after its completion?


According to a survey released from the Associated General Contractors of America, along with Autodesk, 80% of construction firms reported to struggle with filling hourly craft positions. Since the survey’s findings were released, the AGC has called on the federal government for help. Which, if any, of the federal requests to aid in filling craft positions do you think will be the most useful?


Last month, a new report from GlobalData—a research firm that breaks down construction projects in the United States—found that nearly 60% of the construction market is occupied by just 10 states. The report aims to provide an assessment of the current construction project pipeline, based on various data collected from the 10 key states over a five-year span. Do you think the study will help improve future construction methods?


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with the city’s Department of Buildings, announced just last month that there would be major updates taking effect in the city’s building code, including reducing barriers to cost-effective construction and developing a wider range of materials and technologies. The changes represent the first major revisions to the standard in 70 years. Do you think other cities are in need of these kinds of upgrades?


Late last month, Saudi Arabia firm Elite for Construction & Development Company purchased The Bod 2, a modular gantry-based 3D construction printer. With the ability to produce buildings 12-by-27-by-9 meters, as well as three-story structures of 300 square meters per floor, do you think other commercial-based companies could benefit from having a similar system?


Officials in charge of San Francisco’s sinking/tilting Millennium Tower are looking at micropiling as a way to stabilize the structure. Do you think this will be a sustainable solution?


Construction spending patterns vary among public and private segments. Which segment do you think will show the most promise this year?


Florida wants to again tighten the statute of limitations for suing over construction defects, even for public works construction. How long should builders, developers and contractors be on the hook for their work?


The UK, which has the world's smallest houses, has for the first time adopted minimum space requirements in homes. Good idea or bad idea?


What industry economic indicators do you follow most closely?


Several homeowners have been forced to remove murals painted on their property. Who should have the final say over an exterior mural on a private home?


Architects in the UK, where the average one-bedroom home is 495 square feet, are fighting for larger mandated minimum home sizes. Do you agree with this effort?


Experts say more lives could be saved in tornado-prone regions by building codes and ordinances that mandate basements and sheltering spaces. What do you think?


How do you see the construction industry in 2012?


In terms of both esthetics and building envelope performance, which of the following types of exterior cladding materials would you prefer to use for urban residential construction?


 
 
   

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