Are Your Construction Site Fire Extinguishers Up to Par?

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Disclaimer: This blog article is not meant to replace proper OSHA fire fighting protocol. 

You likely ran through a checklist before you headed out to the construction site.

Tools? Check.
Building materials? Check.
Lunch box? Check.
Fire extinguisher? Wait, what?

The need for fire extinguishers on construction sites may seem odd, but few places are in greater need of such […]

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8 Ways to Reduce Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

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Every day, thousands of construction workers around the world use vibration-heavy equipment. These tools include air hammers, jackhammers, chain saws, power grinders, and many others. While these can cause initial fatigue due to the constant vibration, with years of use, these vibrations may cause much more severe and even permanent damage to nerves and […]

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6 Ways to Reduce Commercial Construction Waste

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You’ve likely seen a dumpster brimming waste on some construction sites. Much of the rubbish you may see is genuine garbage—materials packaging, discarded disposal tool consumables, and the like. You may also see some items that don’t seem so much like garbage, such as building supplies in varying conditions. While some discarding building materials […]

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What Does a Commercial Constructor Cost Estimator Do?

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“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” – Luke 14:28

Yes, it seems like the role of Cost Estimator in commercial construction has been a role in existence since before the days of the […]

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How to Drive a Bobcat: Skid-Steer Loaders Explained

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Disclaimer: This piece is not meant as an exhaustive operating tutorial of any item of construction equipment. It is only a brief overview of the operating controls.

You’ve likely stopped for a few moments to take a look at a construction site. On that construction site, there’s a good chance you’ve witnessed a skid-steer loader […]

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How Construction Dump Truck Drivers Practice Safety

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Whether demolishing an existing structure or building a new one, dump trucks are an essential part of almost every construction project. You’ve probably seen these mega-vehicles cruising down highways and back roads. It may seem like one false move can spell disaster. To keep themselves, fellow construction crew members, and the public safe, there […]

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Don’t Overlook the Soft Costs of Construction

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“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” – Matthew 14:28
If you’re getting ready to undergo an extensive real estate or commercial construction project, it is essential to consider all of the costs of […]

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The Emergence of IoT Technology for Smart Buildings

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With the proliferation of wireless internet capabilities into every facet of our daily lives, the idea of something not having “wireless capability” may seem silly to many of us — especially those of younger generations. IoT has inundated the home like never before. What started as the marvel of the cordless phone has grown […]

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The Pros of Using Experienced Construction PMs

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Whether you’re in the planning stages of a new construction project or you’ve realized that you need additional help on an existing one, receiving support from an experienced construction manager can be an immense relief. Let’s take a look at why you should be using a professional construction project manager for all of your […]

By |December 18th, 2019|Cowen Construction News|Comments Off

5 Interesting Historical Construction Facts

1. The World’s Tallest Building For 3,800 Years Was a Pyramid

 

For 3,800 years, the Great Pyramid of Giza was the world’s tallest building. Built between 2580-2560 AD at a height of 455 feet, the Pyramid of Giza was the tallest man-made structure in existence. Its record was broken in 1311 by the Lincoln Cathedral in […]

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