IFS CLOUD FOR CONSTRUCTION – THE TIME TO TRANSITION IS NOW

KENNY INGRAM | May 13, 2021 | 75 views

The construction industry has long been challenged by a number of inefficiencies. As countries across the world look to stimulate their economies into recovery, investment in infrastructure and construction projects is at the forefront for many—meaning now is the time for construction companies to face and resolve their inefficiencies.

In an earlier blog I looked at key trends in the industry for 2021 and noted that increasing productivity is still one of the major hurdles that the industry needs to overcome. However while there is no one-size-fits all to resolving this, there are some general themes that can be adopted by all who are ready to transition to a more dynamic, agile and profitable construction company which is centered around the adoption of best practices.

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EDM set to lead skills development in new £10 million digital engineering centre

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The Future of Construction from a Leader in SLAM-Based Laser Scanning

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TELUS and Adera complete new Smart Building in North Vancouver

Adera Development | December 01, 2022

TELUS continues to grow its Residential Smart Building footprint with the completion of RED Lower Lynn, a new rental development located in North Vancouver’s vibrant Lynn Creek community. In partnership with west coast modern design builder Adera, this six-storey, 88-unit complex features TELUS’ cutting edge smart building technology and automation, offering luxury and comfort paired with savings and efficiency. Residents at RED Lower Lynn can control their smart suites from their smartphones through the easy-to-use TELUS Residential Smart Building app, giving them the flexibility to remotely lock and unlock their keyless doors, or adjust their lights from anywhere, at any time. “We’re excited to bring TELUS’ Smart Building solutions to North Vancouver’s rental market, ensuring residents and staff at RED Lower Lynn have the latest in building automation, security, entertainment, and connectivity solutions, TELUS’ partnership with Adera builds upon our strategy to leverage our world-leading wireless and PureFibre networks to bring our customers the best in home and business automation, while creating sustainable, healthy, and connected spaces to live, work, and play.” -Erin Walker, Director, Residential Smart Communities at TELUS. With TELUS Residential Smart Building, residents are conveniently notified on their smartphone when someone opens the door, the temperature needs to be adjusted, or someone requires entry. RED Lower Lynn’s building operators are also using TELUS Residential Smart Building to access the latest in security technology, 24-hour monitoring, and tools to increase building efficiency, which reduces their carbon footprint and operating expenses. “Providing a safe, secure community for residents is a top priority at Adera. As such, partnering with TELUS for RED Lower Lynn, a purpose-built rental property, aligned with our goals, The integration of smart building technology allows residents to live in a building with an added layer of security, offers peace of mind for residents and ultimately a more accessible, user-friendly experience, whether you are in your own home, the parkade, or one of the many common amenities throughout the building.” -Rocky Sethi, Chief Operating Officer at Adera. About TELUS: TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a dynamic, world-leading communications technology company with $17 billion in annual revenue and 17 million customer connections spanning wireless, data, IP, voice, television, entertainment, video, and security. Our social purpose is to leverage our global-leading technology and compassion to drive social change and enable remarkable human outcomes. Our longstanding commitment to putting our customers first fuels every aspect of our business, making us a distinct leader in customer service excellence and loyalty. The numerous, sustained accolades TELUS has earned over the years from independent, industry-leading network insight firms showcase the strength and speed of TELUS’ global-leading networks, reinforcing our commitment to provide Canadians with access to superior technology that connects us to the people, resources and information that make our lives better.Operating in 28 countries around the world, TELUS International (TSX and NYSE: TIXT) is a leading digital customer experience innovator that designs, builds, and delivers next-generation solutions, including AI and content moderation, for global and disruptive brands across high-growth industry verticals, including tech and games, communications and media and eCommerce and fintech. About Adera Development: With over 50 years of experience, Adera Development Corporation has built a world-class portfolio and emerged as one of the leading multi-disciplinary real estate development organizations and mass timber leaders in British Columbia. Adera remains dedicated to delivering value through a commitment to the communities it builds, its customers, the environment, and the pursuit of agile innovation in their proprietary SmartWood® and QuietHome™ technologies. To learn more about

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Metro Edge Development Partners Announces Team to Design, Build, and Operate World-Class Data Center in the IMD

Power Construction | December 01, 2022

Metro Edge Development Partners, a commercial real estate development firm and minority business enterprise (MBE), announced it has finalized agreements with Corgan, Clune Construction, Power Construction, and Ujamaa Construction to design and build its state-of-the-art data center in the Illinois Medical District (IMD). They join T5 Data Centers as the team that will design, construct, and operate the new data center. “Metro Edge was founded as a firm focused on high-impact, technology-driven developments that have a positive impact on the market and the local community, We are thrilled to have best-in-class partners like Corgan, Clune, Power, and Ujamaa working with us to design and construct this facility. It is a testament to, not only their belief in this project, but also the importance of the development and the positive impact it will have on the West Side. We believe this diverse collection of industry professionals will allow Metro Edge to deliver one of the highest-performance data centers in Chicago.” -Bradley Beile, COO of Metro Edge. The $257 million state-of-the-art data center is expected to break ground in 2023 and open in 2024. Metro Edge recently announced the company secured a 75-year ground lease on a 1.97-acre parcel in the IMD to build and operate a 19.8 megawatt, five-story, 184,720 square foot, high-performance data center that will address the technology infrastructure needs of local and regional healthcare, financial, educational, and government organizations. The facility has already secured 50% preleasing. Located on the West Side of Chicago, the construction of the data center will support over 200 construction jobs and, once completed, over 70 full-time jobs including data center engineers, electricians, tech support personnel, and operations. The new data center will be designed by Corgan, a renowned local architecture firm with decades of experience designing data centers, healthcare and education facilities, commercial buildings, and airport terminals. “Corgan has a rich history of supporting our clients across the data center sector, including the largest wholesale and hyperscale client in the world, We believe the IMD project has the potential to transform the data center landscape in Chicago and we are excited to work with Metro Edge to bring this data center online.” -Dan Drennan, Principal at Corgan. Corgan is leading all the architecture, engineering, and design elements of the project while Clune will oversee all construction aspects of the development in partnership with Power and Ujamaa and T5 as project manager. This project represents a major investment in the West Side of Chicago and meaningfully improves the neighborhood by building on land that has sat vacant for decades, said 28th Ward Alderman Jason Ervin. The development is being led by a top minority-owned real estate company and will generate jobs, revenue, and important social impact programs for the community. About Metro Edge Development Partners: Metro Edge Development Partners is a Chicago-based commercial real estate development firm and minority business enterprise (MBE). Our mission is to pursue institutional-quality investment opportunities that deliver exceptional results to our financial and community partners. Led by a team with decades of private equity real estate experience, Metro Edge targets data centers, life sciences, and technology-oriented developments in primary urban locations around the country. Simply put, we create significant value in areas overlooked by our competitors. About Clune Construction: Clune Construction is a national, employee-owned general contractor, with more than 600 talented professionals located in six offices across the U.S. Since 1997, Clune has provided construction management services for some of the most respected companies in the world. The company manages over $1 billion in construction projects annually. About Corgan: Corgan is a leading architecture and design firm with a decades-long reputation for great customer service. Corgan has expertise across six market sectors – aviation, commercial, data centers, education, healthcare, and interiors. About Power Construction: Power Construction is a management-owned commercial construction company founded in 1926, that focuses on the greater Chicago metro area. With annual revenue of $1 billion and a professional staff of 270, Power is ranked #1 in Chicago on Crain's Chicago Business List of Largest General Contractors. 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About Ujamaa Construction Ujamaa Construction (“UJAMAA”) was founded in 2002 by Jimmy Akintonde to create a working organization that pays an equal amount of attention to quality of completed projects, safety of its employees, social responsibility, sustainability, corporate profitability, and citizenship within the company’s communities. UJAMAA has experienced explosive growth, opening an office in Atlanta, Georgia in 2017.

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The Joseph Group Joins Douglas Elliman Realty

Joseph Design Build | November 30, 2022

Thomas Joseph, cofounder of Austin-based luxury developer Joseph Design Build, announced today the firm's in-house realty group, The Joseph Group, has joined Douglas Elliman Realty, one of the largest independent residential real estate brokerages in the country. The three-person powerhouse team first formed in 2020, and will continue to operate out of the Joseph Design Build headquarters in South Austin. "We are pleased to welcome The Joseph Group to our firm, Their expertise in the Austin luxury market will be an invaluable asset to the brokerage, and we are looking forward to witnessing how they grow and expand their business." -Stephen Kotler, CEO of Douglas Elliman Realty's Western Region. Joining Douglas Elliman represents a powerful alignment, said Thomas Joseph. The Joseph Group is thrilled at the opportunity to continue to learn and grow alongside the industry's top professionals, and we are excited about the ever-evolving direction of the group, and its impact on Joseph Design Build as a whole." The Joseph Group's parent company, Joseph Design Build, is a multi-award-winning luxury design-build firm, specializing in function-forward, expertly built modern infill homes of unrivaled craftsmanship and quality. The homes developed by Joseph Design Build will now also benefit from the same best-in-class Douglas Elliman network. The firm has grown exponentially since its founding, and currently has an active project pipeline in key neighborhoods around Downtown Austin worth more than $160 million. Earlier this year, Joseph Design Build completed development on a three-story office project in East Austin — its first of what are sure to be many ventures in the commercial sector. "Thomas and his team come to us with an impressive track record, along with a creative, forward-thinking mindset in the luxury space, We're pleased to welcome them to the firm." -Catherine Lee, President of Douglas Elliman Texas. A flourishing technology hub, Austin has been among the fastest-growing real estate markets in the United States for six consecutive years. About Joseph Design Build: Joseph Design Build is a turnkey design-build development firm, founded in Austin in 2014. Spearheaded by Gabe and Thomas Joseph, Joseph Design Build offers a vertically-integrated suite of luxury design-build services, including architectural and interior design, site acquisition, permitting and construction. This streamlined approach unites all relevant professions under one roof, ensuring the highest possible quality on every project.

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TELUS and Adera complete new Smart Building in North Vancouver

Adera Development | December 01, 2022

TELUS continues to grow its Residential Smart Building footprint with the completion of RED Lower Lynn, a new rental development located in North Vancouver’s vibrant Lynn Creek community. In partnership with west coast modern design builder Adera, this six-storey, 88-unit complex features TELUS’ cutting edge smart building technology and automation, offering luxury and comfort paired with savings and efficiency. Residents at RED Lower Lynn can control their smart suites from their smartphones through the easy-to-use TELUS Residential Smart Building app, giving them the flexibility to remotely lock and unlock their keyless doors, or adjust their lights from anywhere, at any time. “We’re excited to bring TELUS’ Smart Building solutions to North Vancouver’s rental market, ensuring residents and staff at RED Lower Lynn have the latest in building automation, security, entertainment, and connectivity solutions, TELUS’ partnership with Adera builds upon our strategy to leverage our world-leading wireless and PureFibre networks to bring our customers the best in home and business automation, while creating sustainable, healthy, and connected spaces to live, work, and play.” -Erin Walker, Director, Residential Smart Communities at TELUS. With TELUS Residential Smart Building, residents are conveniently notified on their smartphone when someone opens the door, the temperature needs to be adjusted, or someone requires entry. RED Lower Lynn’s building operators are also using TELUS Residential Smart Building to access the latest in security technology, 24-hour monitoring, and tools to increase building efficiency, which reduces their carbon footprint and operating expenses. “Providing a safe, secure community for residents is a top priority at Adera. As such, partnering with TELUS for RED Lower Lynn, a purpose-built rental property, aligned with our goals, The integration of smart building technology allows residents to live in a building with an added layer of security, offers peace of mind for residents and ultimately a more accessible, user-friendly experience, whether you are in your own home, the parkade, or one of the many common amenities throughout the building.” -Rocky Sethi, Chief Operating Officer at Adera. About TELUS: TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a dynamic, world-leading communications technology company with $17 billion in annual revenue and 17 million customer connections spanning wireless, data, IP, voice, television, entertainment, video, and security. Our social purpose is to leverage our global-leading technology and compassion to drive social change and enable remarkable human outcomes. Our longstanding commitment to putting our customers first fuels every aspect of our business, making us a distinct leader in customer service excellence and loyalty. The numerous, sustained accolades TELUS has earned over the years from independent, industry-leading network insight firms showcase the strength and speed of TELUS’ global-leading networks, reinforcing our commitment to provide Canadians with access to superior technology that connects us to the people, resources and information that make our lives better.Operating in 28 countries around the world, TELUS International (TSX and NYSE: TIXT) is a leading digital customer experience innovator that designs, builds, and delivers next-generation solutions, including AI and content moderation, for global and disruptive brands across high-growth industry verticals, including tech and games, communications and media and eCommerce and fintech. About Adera Development: With over 50 years of experience, Adera Development Corporation has built a world-class portfolio and emerged as one of the leading multi-disciplinary real estate development organizations and mass timber leaders in British Columbia. Adera remains dedicated to delivering value through a commitment to the communities it builds, its customers, the environment, and the pursuit of agile innovation in their proprietary SmartWood® and QuietHome™ technologies. To learn more about

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Metro Edge Development Partners Announces Team to Design, Build, and Operate World-Class Data Center in the IMD

Power Construction | December 01, 2022

Metro Edge Development Partners, a commercial real estate development firm and minority business enterprise (MBE), announced it has finalized agreements with Corgan, Clune Construction, Power Construction, and Ujamaa Construction to design and build its state-of-the-art data center in the Illinois Medical District (IMD). They join T5 Data Centers as the team that will design, construct, and operate the new data center. “Metro Edge was founded as a firm focused on high-impact, technology-driven developments that have a positive impact on the market and the local community, We are thrilled to have best-in-class partners like Corgan, Clune, Power, and Ujamaa working with us to design and construct this facility. It is a testament to, not only their belief in this project, but also the importance of the development and the positive impact it will have on the West Side. We believe this diverse collection of industry professionals will allow Metro Edge to deliver one of the highest-performance data centers in Chicago.” -Bradley Beile, COO of Metro Edge. The $257 million state-of-the-art data center is expected to break ground in 2023 and open in 2024. Metro Edge recently announced the company secured a 75-year ground lease on a 1.97-acre parcel in the IMD to build and operate a 19.8 megawatt, five-story, 184,720 square foot, high-performance data center that will address the technology infrastructure needs of local and regional healthcare, financial, educational, and government organizations. The facility has already secured 50% preleasing. Located on the West Side of Chicago, the construction of the data center will support over 200 construction jobs and, once completed, over 70 full-time jobs including data center engineers, electricians, tech support personnel, and operations. The new data center will be designed by Corgan, a renowned local architecture firm with decades of experience designing data centers, healthcare and education facilities, commercial buildings, and airport terminals. “Corgan has a rich history of supporting our clients across the data center sector, including the largest wholesale and hyperscale client in the world, We believe the IMD project has the potential to transform the data center landscape in Chicago and we are excited to work with Metro Edge to bring this data center online.” -Dan Drennan, Principal at Corgan. Corgan is leading all the architecture, engineering, and design elements of the project while Clune will oversee all construction aspects of the development in partnership with Power and Ujamaa and T5 as project manager. 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About Clune Construction: Clune Construction is a national, employee-owned general contractor, with more than 600 talented professionals located in six offices across the U.S. Since 1997, Clune has provided construction management services for some of the most respected companies in the world. The company manages over $1 billion in construction projects annually. About Corgan: Corgan is a leading architecture and design firm with a decades-long reputation for great customer service. Corgan has expertise across six market sectors – aviation, commercial, data centers, education, healthcare, and interiors. About Power Construction: Power Construction is a management-owned commercial construction company founded in 1926, that focuses on the greater Chicago metro area. With annual revenue of $1 billion and a professional staff of 270, Power is ranked #1 in Chicago on Crain's Chicago Business List of Largest General Contractors. 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The Joseph Group Joins Douglas Elliman Realty

Joseph Design Build | November 30, 2022

Thomas Joseph, cofounder of Austin-based luxury developer Joseph Design Build, announced today the firm's in-house realty group, The Joseph Group, has joined Douglas Elliman Realty, one of the largest independent residential real estate brokerages in the country. The three-person powerhouse team first formed in 2020, and will continue to operate out of the Joseph Design Build headquarters in South Austin. "We are pleased to welcome The Joseph Group to our firm, Their expertise in the Austin luxury market will be an invaluable asset to the brokerage, and we are looking forward to witnessing how they grow and expand their business." -Stephen Kotler, CEO of Douglas Elliman Realty's Western Region. Joining Douglas Elliman represents a powerful alignment, said Thomas Joseph. The Joseph Group is thrilled at the opportunity to continue to learn and grow alongside the industry's top professionals, and we are excited about the ever-evolving direction of the group, and its impact on Joseph Design Build as a whole." The Joseph Group's parent company, Joseph Design Build, is a multi-award-winning luxury design-build firm, specializing in function-forward, expertly built modern infill homes of unrivaled craftsmanship and quality. The homes developed by Joseph Design Build will now also benefit from the same best-in-class Douglas Elliman network. The firm has grown exponentially since its founding, and currently has an active project pipeline in key neighborhoods around Downtown Austin worth more than $160 million. Earlier this year, Joseph Design Build completed development on a three-story office project in East Austin — its first of what are sure to be many ventures in the commercial sector. "Thomas and his team come to us with an impressive track record, along with a creative, forward-thinking mindset in the luxury space, We're pleased to welcome them to the firm." -Catherine Lee, President of Douglas Elliman Texas. A flourishing technology hub, Austin has been among the fastest-growing real estate markets in the United States for six consecutive years. About Joseph Design Build: Joseph Design Build is a turnkey design-build development firm, founded in Austin in 2014. Spearheaded by Gabe and Thomas Joseph, Joseph Design Build offers a vertically-integrated suite of luxury design-build services, including architectural and interior design, site acquisition, permitting and construction. This streamlined approach unites all relevant professions under one roof, ensuring the highest possible quality on every project.

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