6 ways the coronavirus outbreak will affect construction

Construction Dive | March 13, 2020

Three words stand out to construction attorney Steve Lesser when thinking about how U.S. contractors should react to the negative effects of the global coronavirus pandemic: Wait and see. Lesser, the chair of Becker’s construction law practice, said he thinks the best thing for contractors to do is nothing at all, as the fallout from the effects of COVID-19 on the U.S. is far from complete and no one can predict its full impact. The smart money rests on the principle that full speed ahead with a planned construction project does not make business sense, he said. Take a breath, slow down and know that every day may bring more information, and the more information we have the better we can predict what to do. A sense of panic in affected areas is nearly as debilitating as the health effects themselves, said Lesser, a past chairman of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law. Until people feel more secure it’s going to be a roller coaster of a ride, he said.

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Sciens Building Solutions Announces First Acquisition in Maryland

Sciens Building Solutions | September 23, 2022

Sciens Building Solutions ("Sciens") today announced it has added to its growing portfolio Maryland-based LS Systems just outside of Baltimore. With four already-established Northeast locations, LS Systems increases Sciens' presence in this region, along with the Washington metropolitan area, allowing them to provide coverage and expanded capabilities to even more customers, while leveraging the unique offerings of LS Systems across the Sciens portfolio. "Sciens' commitment to a Mid-Atlantic regional expansion, combined with our capabilities and relationships, will enhance our ability to serve our loyal customers, as well as new clients, We chose to partner with Sciens to become part of a platform that can serve our customers locally, regionally, and nationally. LS Systems and Sciens both view growth as a top priority, not only for our customer base but for our valued employees, so we're excited to be a part of the ongoing expansion across the country." -Derrick Mitchell, President of LS Systems. LS Systems was established in 1996 just outside of Baltimore, Maryland, where it quickly became a well-respected life safety powerhouse focused on design, construction, and maintenance of fire protection, electronic security, and emergency communication systems. Its team of over 90 professionals are market leaders in providing fire and life safety services in the complex healthcare, retail, hospitality, higher education, and government spaces. "We're taking the fun Sciens journey to Maryland, an exciting addition to our many locations across the country. LS Systems is a true life-safety leader in the Baltimore-area with a team of industry experts whose experience positions them well for growth, Sciens is delighted to partner with Derrick and the entire LS Systems team as we continue on our quest to build the largest independent fire and life safety integrator in the United States." -Terry Heath, CEO Sciens. About Sciens Building Solutions: Headquartered in San Francisco, California, and backed by The Carlyle Group, Sciens Building Solutions is a holding company focused on the fire detection and security services sector. This includes the design, installation, and provision of maintenance services for fire detection and clean agent fire suppression systems in a variety of commercial, institutional, and government facilities. About LS Systems: Founded in 1996 and headquartered near Baltimore Maryland, LS Systems is an industry leader in safety and security systems design, implementation, and maintenance. They offer their clients leading-edge technology, integrated solutions, and passionate problem-solving.

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ENGINEERING TECH

The Engineered Stone Group Announces Agreement to Acquire Resiblock

The Engineered Stone Group | October 18, 2022

The Engineered Stone Group (the "ES Group" or the "Company"), announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of Resiblock S.L., Baniana Bath S.L, and Bold The Solid Company S.L., (together "Resiblock"), a leading Spanish manufacturer of engineered stone and solid surface shower trays and washbasins. The acquisition further establishes the ES Group's position in the engineered stone bathroom products space, a growing segment within the broader bathroom products market. The transaction is expected to close at the end of this month and financial terms were not disclosed. The ES Group is a global leader in the production of engineered stone bathroom products. The Company provides a broad offering of brands and high-quality products, coupled with a commitment to outstanding customer service and the scale to invest in continued product innovation. In addition to Resiblock, the ES Group is comprised of Marmite, Acquabella, F&D Group, Mcbath, Nuovvo, Fiora, MTI Baths and Aquatica. The ES Group is led by CEO Brian McCluskie and was established by The Cranemere Group, a holding company focused on building high-quality businesses for the long term. Resiblock has established a track record of manufacturing high-quality engineered stone and solid surface shower trays and washbasins. Resiblock supplies a diverse base of customers in Southern Europe with particular focus on Spain. Resiblock will maintain its headquarters in Cordoba, Spain, as a member of the ES Group and will maintain its existing manufacturing locations and workforce, while continuing to serve its valued customers as it does today. We continue to see strong demand for engineered stone products in the bathroom as it replaces materials such as acrylic and porcelain. Resiblock's manufacturing capabilities, complementary geographical focus and reputation for value make them a compelling addition to the Engineered Stone Group, said Mr. McCluskie. "We are thrilled to join the Engineered Stone Group, We look forward to partnering with Brian and the team at the ES Group to further invest in product innovation and capacity expansion and to offer a broader portfolio of products and enhanced service levels to our valued customers." -Juan Vacas, Founder and CEO of Resiblock. We continue to see a significant opportunity to lead the material conversion to engineered stone over the long term. Resiblock is an important addition to our Company and enhances the ES Group's position as a leader in this segment, said Christopher Mahan, Chairman of the Engineered Stone Group. About The Engineered Stone Group: The Engineered Stone Group is a European holding company established by The Cranemere Group to be the global leader in engineered stone products. The ES Group is comprised of Marmite, Acquabella, F&D Group, Mcbath, Nuovvo, Fiora, MTI Baths, Aquatica, and now, upon completion, Resiblock. About Resiblock: Resiblock is a leading provider of engineered stone and solid surface shower trays and washbasins in Southern Europe with particular focus in Spain. Based in Cordoba, Spain, Resiblock offers products at outstanding value, quality, and speed. About The Cranemere Group: The Cranemere Group is a holding company focused on partnering with founders and management teams to build industry-leading businesses in essential industries. As a pioneer in professionally managed long-term capital, The Cranemere Group provides experience, expertise and global networks to support the growth of its companies and to create value for all its stakeholders. The Cranemere Group is headquartered in London and has offices in New York and Washington, D.C.

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FMI’s State of Global Preconstruction Report Reveals Significant Upside from Investment in Effective and Digitized Preconstruction

Procore | September 21, 2022

In partnership with Procore Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: PCOR), a leading global provider of construction management software, FMI Corp. released the results of The State of Global Preconstruction Report. This report discusses the current environment for preconstruction and the characteristics of organizations that do it well, including what constitutes above-average preconstruction processes and the effects of efficient and digitized preconstruction. This report, sponsored by Procore Technologies, is authored, researched and published by FMI, a leading consulting and investment banking firm dedicated to serving companies working within the built environment. This year, Procore partnered with FMI to survey 979 construction industry stakeholders worldwide. Participants were asked to describe the preconstruction practices in their organizations, tools and technologies, project experiences and outcomes. “The results from the State of Preconstruction survey are clear: investing in preconstruction can provide tangible returns on profit, schedule and client satisfaction, Many of the most successful contractors around the world focus their efforts on preconstruction because ultimately, better planned projects drive better outcomes. Data shows that organizations are willing to invest in preconstruction, and construction is not slow to adopt technology but waiting for the right tech for their businesses. We’re proud to invest in Procore's Preconstruction solution, which can help users manage designs, estimates, bids, and budgets across projects on one, integrated platform.” -Tooey Courtemanche, founder, president and CEO of Procore. About Procore: Procore is a leading global provider of construction management software. Over 1 million projects and more than $1 trillion USD in construction volume have run on Procore's platform. Procore’s platform connects key project stakeholders to solutions Procore has built specifically for the construction industry—for the owner, the general contractor, and the specialty contractor. Procore's App Marketplace has a multitude of partner solutions that integrate seamlessly with Procore’s platform, giving construction professionals the freedom to connect with what works best for them. Headquartered in Carpinteria, California, Procore has offices around the globe. About FMI: FMI is a leading provider of consulting and investment banking services to the built environment. We provide services in the areas of strategy, leadership and organizational development, performance, technology and innovation, mergers and acquisitions, financial advisory and private equity financing.

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New Model-Based Workflows, Reality Capture and Extended File Support in Autodesk Construction Cloud Make BIM More Valuable to Construction Teams

Autodesk | September 28, 2022

Autodesk University – Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) today announced a suite of new capabilities across Autodesk Construction Cloud, making it easier for construction project teams to use and maximize the value of BIM from the office to the field. The enhancements provide all stakeholders with immediate access to model data and information that's relevant, empowering team members to simplify workflows and make critical decisions faster. Also announced today are significant advancements to Schedule and Cost Management capabilities within Autodesk Build, the comprehensive construction management and field collaboration solution of Autodesk Construction Cloud, aimed at helping customers deliver construction projects on time and on budget. "To stay in command of increasingly complex and demanding construction projects, we need to ensure teams can work from the latest information and quickly make informed decisions, The model is a great source of truth during design and planning, but data isn't easily transferred to construction teams during the build phase of a project. With the new model-based capabilities added to Autodesk Construction Cloud, we can use live Revit data to create assets, tie model properties directly to the assets, and view all the information we need in either 2D or 3D. We're now able to take full advantage of model data to save time across all projects, minimize miscommunication and make smarter business decisions." -James Mize, VDC and digital delivery specialist at CRB Group. 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