Why Flexible Construction Works For Office Spaces

Today when most people speak about flexible office spaces, they're commonly referring to the new trend of coworking spaces or shared offices. While traditional office space can get overlooked when we say the word "flexible", traditional space is often the right solution for both new and established businesses.

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What You Should Know About Sustainable Construction

Sustainability is one of the world's most used and talked about but least understood words. What it means to be called sustainable can often be clouded or misinterpreted, because it's so widely used. For most, it's the preservation of the environment, and building better by reducing the number of resources required. To some it goes as far as social progress to stable economic growth and the elimination of poverty.

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Construction Costs: Can You Ever Be Certain?

A lot of tools and resources exist to help general contractors estimate construction costs. In fact, there are so many that it can get a little confusing. Here are just a few that we found after doing a quick search: 2017 Assemblies Cost Data, 2017 Building Construction Cost Data, 2017 Commercial Renovation Cost Data, 2017 Concrete and Masonry Cost Data, 2017 Facilities Construction Cost, 2017 Facilities Maintenance and Repair Cost Data, 2017 Green Building Cost Data, 2017 Interior Cost Data, Markup & Profit, A Contractor's Guide, and the list goes on and on.

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Why Healthcare Facilities are Building Better and What You Need to Know

Consumerism and patient influence on healthcare facilities is growing. According to Health Facilities Management and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering of the American Hospital Association's 2016 Hospital Construction Survey, more than 86% of survey respondents said that patient satisfaction is "very important" in driving design changes in health facilities and/or services. The survey also reported that 63% of respondents stated they include the public in the design process.

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Staying on a Construction Schedule: A Case Study

Whether you're the one building it or the one who's working in it once complete, most of us have asked ourselves, "How do I stay on schedule with my construction project?" Remember our post about the future of construction? In it we learned the 3 things most say after a construction project is done are:

  1. It took longer than I thought.
  2. It cost more than I thought.
  3. The quality isn't as high as I'd anticipated.
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Where Did the Skilled Construction Labor Go? A Changing Industry

In today's construction market, the labor shortage appears to be getting more dismal while demand is growing. Some American contractors cite their biggest problem is finding people to do the work. In fact, the Associated General Contractors of America estimate there are 17% fewer people working in construction. In a country that's known for building amazing structures, this is a relatively new challenge and the industry is looking for a solution. After all, the U.S. built revolutionary structures like the Empire State Building (the tallest building in the world from 1931 to 1970) and the Hoover Dam, which controlled the Colorado River for the first time in history. So how did we get here?

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Why We Love Healthcare Construction and Design (and You Should Too!)

Over the past decade we've seen dramatic changes in healthcare construction in terms of demands and delivery. This extends to cost factors and green building requirements, which are having a profound and exciting impact on the development of healthcare facilities. Changes are often difficult to predict so new buildings are being designed to be flexible and adaptable. It can get especially tricky with the redevelopment of existing buildings. Those responsible for redeveloping existing buildings know it can adversely affect air quality or have long construction timeframes.

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How DIRTT's ICE® Melts Construction Timelines and Cost Uncertainty

A Video Game for Design

We had such a great response to our post, What Will Construction Look Like in 30 Years?, that we wanted to answer your questions and tell you a bit more about how and why ICE® software by DIRTT is changing the construction industry.

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What Will Construction Look Like in 30 Years?

While the digital revolution has changed the way we work and build, the Engineering and Construction (E&C) sector has historically been slower to adopt new technologies than other industries. However, given today's factors like stricter environmental requirements, a shortage of labor, and clients who demand cost certainty, the Construction sector needs to evolve. And this crucial transformation will rely heavily on new advances in technology to do so.

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Why You Should Make the Switch from Conventional to Manufactured Construction

Drywall has been the key material for building interiors for over 100 years. And in the past century, interior construction hasn’t evolved like most other industries…at all. Change is good, and technology has driven much of that change. So why not use technology to manufacture interior solutions, such as DIRTT, and transform the construction industry? Using forward-thinking ICE technology, DIRTT produces real-time design, pricing, and material specifications, and creates an interactive, 3D experience for customers. It brings your space into the 21st century.

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