Weekly Poll (56)


Earlier this month, crews began dismantling the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge (located in the Oregon Inlet of North Carolina) with guillotine-like saw blades in order to use concrete portions for an existing offshore artificial reef. Slated to be complete by 2020, do you think this method of removing the bridge’s piles and spans will prove to be financially effective?


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?


The comment period ends next week for U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s August request for feedback on its current respirable crystalline silica standard as it applies to construction. In receiving feedback on “the effectiveness of engineering and work practice control methods not currently included for the tasks and equipment,” do you think appropriate control measures for pieces of equipment connected to silica exposure will be revised?


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?


In the beginning of July, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $33 million contract for four miles of border wall work in Texas. Environmental regulations including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, among others, for this section of work, were waived. Do you think this is the best policy to speed up the construction?


In June, ground broke on the $2 billion, 170-mile passenger South Florida Rail Project, which will connect Orlando and South Florida. Expected to remove 3 million cars from Florida roadways between the points of travel, do you believe the infrastructure will pay for itself?


In June, Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis went on record to say that Pittsburgh’s International Airport couldn’t afford to not rehabilitate the facility. Although PIT only sees a fraction of annual passengers since its opening in 1992 (from 38 million to 8 million), do you agree that a $783.8M project—that includes decreasing the size and upgrading the terminals—is necessary?


The Florida Department of Transportation recently released information on an $802M infrastructure plan slated to take place in Miami over the next four years. The project involves a new six-arch bridge and rehabilitation to three major highways, all slated to be constructed at the same time. With holidays, weather, special events and unforeseen circumstances all taken into account, do you think the project will be successfully completed by fall 2023?


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?


Last month, Elon Musk and The Boring Company announced its plans for an underground express tunnel in Las Vegas. With various tunnels already completed and others still in the making, none are officially up and running. How soon do you think passengers will be able to experience this hyperloop travel?


The company—which gets about $4 billion in incentives—behind a $10 billion Wisconsin project is now unsure what kind of facility they’re going to put on the property. Do you think large incentives are appropriate for construction projects like this one?


Over the past few weeks, a number of announcements regarding multi-billion-dollar infrastructure projects have been made. Do you think such large-scale projects will become the norm in the future?


Mexico City’s new $13.3 billion airport—which is about one-third complete—was officially scrapped following a public referendum which ended in 70 percent voting to cancel construction. Have you ever had to stop in the middle of a project?


Earlier this month, China announced the opening of the world's longest sea-crossing bridge, which connects Hong Kong, Zuhai and Macao. Do you think more countries will invest in such large-scale projects in the future?


Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced that any environmental regulations regarding the construction or repair of a section of U.S.-Mexico border wall for certain areas in Texas would be waived. Do you think waiving environmental regulations in this context will have a negative impact long-term?


University of Sheffield researchers recently identified new structural forms for bridges that involve a one- and three- spoke design, allowing for the construction of very long-span bridges in locations where traditional bridges aren't tenable. Do you think long-span bridges will be a crucial part of global infrastructure?


NASA recently revealed the finalists for its latest Mars habitat design competition. Is it worth our time and money to work on structures to house people on Mars?


The seventh stadium under construction for the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the world’s first modular stadium, made of shipping containers, allowing it to be disassembled and reassembled practically anywhere. Do you think this type of stadium construction will catch on?


In November, archaeologists indicated that the remains of more than 400 human skeletons had been removed from a city construction site. Have you ever run into anything bizarre on a job site?


A global group focused on infrastructure recently reported that the world will need to step up its spending in the next 20 years in order to keep up with the demand for new infrastructure and fixes to what already exists. Will world governments and private investors heed this call?


Which new technology will have the greatest impact on the bridge coating business in the next 25 years?


A recently constructed roadway in Ireland includes a “bat bridge,” to help maintain the flight path of a threatened species of native bat. What do you think of these kinds of infrastructure investments for the benefit of wildlife?


Manufacturers are increasingly using robots to perform repetitive tasks to save time and money. Is this a serious threat to the construction work force?


The new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur, California, will be constructed using the “roller launch” or “bridge launch” method. Are you familiar with this method of bridge construction?


Federal lawmakers have reintroduced a bill that aims to bolster construction of high-rise wood buildings in the U.S. Opponents argue the measure puts the government in the position of promoting one building material over the others. Do you support this measure?


The Federal Highway Administration is researching augmented reality, an immersive technology that allows a user to see virtual computer-generated images mixed with their actual surroundings in real time, for use on construction sites. Do you think this is a good or bad idea?


A recent climate-change readiness report in Boston includes the possible construction of a seawall in Boston Harbor to guard the city from rising waters. Will new sea barriers be a more common infrastructure project worldwide in the coming decades?


D+D blogger and specification expert Bob Bailey writes that the increased use of delegated design in construction projects has sparked questions over responsibility. Have your projects incorporated delegated design?


Recently Greenpeace protesters were able to access a construction site crane to hang a large poster in Washington D.C. How secure is your construction jobsite?


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


Some subcontractors working on the new hockey arena in Detroit are facing fines for not hiring enough local workers; contractors have said they simply can't find skilled help in the area. Are local-hiring mandates on big jobs like this a good idea, or unfair?


How often should building codes be revised to stay abreast of any significant building or energy efficient practices?


FEMA has proposed new rules that require new construction that uses federal money, including roads and bridges, to build at higher elevations, to mitigate flood-related risks. Is this the best way to address potential flood dangers?


A recent report issued by the CDC found that construction workers appear in the top five on a list of occupations with the highest suicide rates. What do you think is the cause?


A recent survey found that less than 10 percent of Millennials are interested in working in construction, retail or manufacturing careers. What would help the construction industry attract these workers?


During the winter and holiday season, how much is your workload affected?


Florida is weighing a seven-year statute of limitations on lawsuits over construction defects. What time limit should exist for filing suit over construction defects after a project is completed?


A Chinese company has just built a 57-story skyscraper in 19 days from prefab components. Would you live in it?


Many ex-offenders work for construction firms. Should project owners be allowed to dictate whether these, or other contractor employees, may work on a project?


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?


U.S. construction activity was up about 7 percent from 2013 to 2014. What do you see for 2015?


The building industry is under pressure to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. What’s the best way to do that?


What should a builder do if he or she encounters design or specification issues that may affect a building’s integrity or performance?


Generally speaking, do you think that constructing Olympic and World Cup venues is worth the investment?


New research calls construction fraud an epidemic with many forms. What do you think?


The world’s largest labor group accuses Qatar of near-slavery treatment of World Cup 2022 construction workers. What should World Cup sponsor FIFA do?


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?


Overall, who do you think makes the better managers on construction projects?


What is the biggest health and safety challenge facing construction, remodeling and painting-contractor companies?


Whom do you blame most for the prolonged recession in the construction industry?


When do you expect the construction industry to experience strong growth?


How do you see the construction industry in 2012?


What were the biggest news developments for the design, construction and contracting industries this past year?


What is the best strategy to create jobs in construction?


According to recent real estate forecasts, it will take 3-4 more years to work through the glut of foreclosed properties. What does this mean for the construction and coating industries?


How will the new divided U.S. government affect the recovery in housing and commercial construction in 2011-2012?


 
 
   

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