High-Tech Nuts and Bolts: Hilti Brings IoT-Enabled Smart Fasteners to Construction Industry

Dallas Innovates | February 06, 2020

Construction industry products maker Hilti has launched Internet of Things-enabled smart fasteners with its Tracefast technology at the World of Concrete trade show this week in Las Vegas. Hilti Corp. is a Liechtenstein-headquartered multinational company that develops, manufactures, and markets products for the construction, building maintenance, energy, and manufacturing industries. Its North American headquarters are in Plano. The connected fasteners each have a unique identifying code on them to ease the digital documentation of anchors, screws, and bolts installed on a job site. The back-end tech uses a data matrix code and allows construction workers to scan the code with the Hilti Connect App to view installed fastener details. Bringing IoT to job sites helps to provide control and digital access to setting instructions, training, and inspection documents and certifications, according to a release.

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SafwayAtlantic by BrandSafway provides demolition, construction access for JPMorgan Chase HQ

BrandSafway | December 13, 2022

SafwayAtlantic by BrandSafway, was selected by AECOM Tishman to provide an eight-car personnel and material hoist complex for the 1,388-foot, 60-story JPMorgan Chase global headquarters at 270 Park Ave., New York. The common tower and hoist complex masts will have a total weight and impact load of 6,500 kips (6,500,000 lbs.) and hang from pinned connections pushed through steel plates welded to building columns on two floors. (No ground loading was permitted due to Metro North train tracks running below ground level.) Previously, AECOM Tishman selected SafwayAtlantic to provide services for the demolition of the old 52-story, 700-foot JPMorgan Chase headquarters, located at the same address. Demolition and new construction started in 2020, proceeding simultaneously, and both had ground-loading limitations and other challenges. “We have a long-time relationship with AECOM Tishman. We listened closely and worked hard to design new solutions for every phase of these unique projects, We custom- fabricated numerous solutions, including a four-car hoist for the demolition, shoring, ground protection, overhead protection, needle beam platforms to support three levels of scaffold during demolition, scaffold ties, edge protection, a debris shoot, the eight-car hanging hoist complex and the world’s longest hoist car.” -Keith Lynch, president, SafwayAtlantic. Virtually every step required out-of-the-box thinking, says Tanya Charlesworth, professional engineer and director of engineering for SafwayAtlantic. AECOM Tishman trusted us with creating first-of-a-kind engineering approaches, and the value to both our businesses is immeasurable. Even in congested urban environments and with extremely tall buildings, we can devise solutions that enable demolition and construction teams to work safely and efficiently. Shoring and debris removal The old and new JPMorgan Chase headquarters occupy the full city block between Park and Madison Avenues and 47th and 48th Streets. Metro North tunnels run underneath three sides of the building (only the Madison Ave. side sits wholly on bedrock). Further, these tunnels were completed in 1875 and some of the structural steel elements have thinned and delaminated. As a result, no loading is allowed on the street above the tunnels. Even then, the tunnels needed shoring to withstand the increased construction traffic. SafwayAtlantic engineered and custom fabricated shoring, some of it using high-strength steel to meet a capacity requirement of 130 kips. SafwayAtlantic also fabricated two ground protection platforms rated for 600 PSF and a 20 kip point load to support the trucks and debris bins that removed a total of 81,600 tons of debris. The platforms tied into the old building’s steel columns (to eliminate ground loading); and a ramp enabled trucks and debris bins to roll on and off the platform. Innovative solutions facilitate demolition To demolish the 700-foot-tall tower of the old headquarters, SafwayAtlantic erected Systems™ Scaffold around it’s 500-foot perimeter. Because scaffold legs cannot support 700 feet of weight, SafwayAtlantic installed needle beams on the 41st, 29th and 16th floors to create a cantilevered scaffold platform with a 300 PSF load rating. Other innovations that facilitated demolition included fabricating a steel debris shoot and fitting it inside an old elevator shaft. Instead of the traditional cable and orange netting on the exterior of the building, the contractor used BrandSafway’s RAPID-EPS edge protection system, a vertical debris shielding system made from lightweight aluminum panels attached to compression posts. The panels remove and reinstall easily as demolition progresses, which reduces waste compared to plastic netting. For contractor access to all levels of the old tower, SafwayAtlantic installed a four-car hoist. World’s longest hoist cars To facilitate moving the new building’s curtain walls (aluminum-framed, triple-paned glass panels for the building exterior), SafwayAtlantic worked with RAXTAR to design two dual-mast hoist cars that measure 25 feet long by five feet wide by nine-and-a-half-feet high. They can carry loads of up to 10,000 lbs. at speeds up to 300 fpm. They are the longest hoist cars in the world and feature Designed Access’s EZ call system, which provides call-to-floor buttons. A loading dock television display shows hoist location at all times, and cloud-based software books hoist times to reduce overall downtime on the job site. The hoist complex will also use six conventional hoist cars with a 7,000-lb. capacity, as well as a mast climber from Hydro Mobile, another BrandSafway company, affixed to the outer masts of the common tower and positioned above the hoist cars. Access crews use the mast climber to erect each successive story of the common tower. It improves scheduling efficiency and eliminates interference with construction crews using the hoist cars. Construction of the hoist complex began in March 2022, and it will remain in place until 2025, the scheduled completion date of the new headquarters. About SafwayAtlantic: SafwayAtlantic by BrandSafway delivers comprehensive world-class access solutions in New York, New Jersey and Chicago as well as on the West Coast. From new construction and skyscrapers to high-rise buildings and historical renovations, SafwayAtlantic safely and efficiently provides a full range of access products and services for complex urban-area projects. About BrandSafway: With a commitment to safety as its foremost value, BrandSafway provides the broadest range of solutions with the greatest depth of expertise to the industrial, commercial and infrastructure markets. Through a network of 360 strategic locations across 30 countries and more than 40,000 employees, BrandSafway delivers a full range of forming, shoring, scaffolding, work access and industrial service solutions. BrandSafway supports maintenance and refurbishment projects as well as new construction and expansion plans with unmatched service from expert local labor and management. Today’s BrandSafway is At Work For You® — leveraging innovation and economies of scale to increase safety and productivity, while remaining nimble and responsive.

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Armstrong Steel Shares 2023 Pre-engineered Steel Building Trends

Armstrong Steel | November 28, 2022

The demand for pre-engineered steel buildings is exploding, according to Armstrong Steel. Because of the many benefits that these pre-engineered buildings provide, new industries are turning toward this type of construction for their structure needs. The recently released 2022 Pre-Engineered Buildings Global Market Report showed that the global steel market is expected to be worth $26.87 billion by 2026, which would represent a CAGR, or compound annual growth rate, of 11.98%. Pre-engineered buildings have structural columns, rafters, girts, purlins and sheeting which are engineered and manufactured specific to each building purchased and then assembled on site per the erection drawings and all the parts are numbered to correspond with the drawings. While pre-engineered steel buildings such as the ones manufactured by Armstrong Steel Buildings have been used extensively for workshops, storage, community halls, factories, airport hangars, strip malls and much, much more, they are also in high demand today for office buildings. Pre-engineered steel buildings provide many benefits, including their flexibility in usage, the speed at which they are constructed, and their overall cost. It's only natural, then, that more and more industries are turning toward this type of structure for their building needs. The increased demand for pre-engineered steel buildings in the office space market is a significant contributor to the market's expected growth as a whole. In many developing countries experiencing economic growth and rapid urbanization, these pre-engineered steel buildings are preferred because they are cost-effective and can be erected faster than traditional buildings. The report also states that pre-engineered steel buildings make up anywhere from 75% to 80% of all new corporate and commercial construction. It's no surprise, then, that the industry is expected to experience explosive growth in 2023 and beyond. One of the biggest trends in the steel building industry, according to Armstrong Steel Buildings, is the adoption of green building practices to positively impact climate change. Steel production has traditionally consumed a significant amount of energy and created a lot of emissions. New technological advances are allowing steel manufacturing companies to not only reduce their energy consumption but also reduce their emissions at the same time. Pre-engineered steel buildings are very eco-friendly, too. Armstrong Steel notes that steel itself is 100% recyclable and can be used multiple times over without compromising the integrity of the material. This is yet another reason why pre-engineered steel buildings are a smart investment for any company, organization, or individual who needs a new structure. About Armstrong Steel As a leading manufacturer of pre-engineered metal buildings, Armstrong Steel Buildings takes pride in delivering high-quality steel buildings across North America. Armstrong Steel Buildings has been delivering high-quality steel buildings for nearly twenty years and provides structures to residential, commercial, agricultural, industrial, cannabis, government, and military agencies.

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DC Capital Announces Launch of Akela Engineering and Consulting

Akela Engineering and Consulting | December 06, 2022

DC Capital Partners Management, LP ("DC Capital" or "DCCP"), a sector focused private equity firm that invests in middle-market companies in the Government and Engineering sectors, today announced the launch of Akela Engineering and Consulting ("Akela"). Akela is a full-service Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) firm providing engineering and consulting services to the construction industry in California. Industry veteran Dennis Berlien, P.E., has joined Akela as Chief Executive Officer. Akela partners with public and private entities to provide a diverse range of services, including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, commissioning, sustainable solutions, architectural lighting and technology. The firm serves clients in the military, life science, government, education, corporate, multi-family, sustainability, hospitality and healthcare spaces. DC Capital serves as the parent company to Akela. Michael Wall Engineering, Inc. and DEC Engineers, Inc., two leading Southern California MEP engineering firms, united to form Akela, which is a sister company of Michael Baker International, a global leader in engineering, planning and consulting services. "Akela is the fusion of two successful engineering firms combining 47 years of shared experience, We are extremely pleased to share the official launch of Akela and welcome these industry experts to our portfolio of companies providing differentiated and innovative services and solutions in the Government and Engineering markets." -Thomas J. Campbell, Founder and Managing Partner of DC Capital. Mr. Berlien brings more the 25 years of experience to his role as CEO at Akela. He most recently served as President for Glumac, a Tetra Tech Company, and prior to assuming that role, he held a variety of executive roles since joining in 2011. Throughout his career, Mr. Berlien also held leadership positions at Vanderweil Engineers, Wright Engineers, AMEC, Adobe Consulting Engineers and Bechtel. Mr. Berlien holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Orangewood Foundation, one of the leading providers of services to foster and community youth in Orange County. He was a Director for the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), an organization committed to a sustainable, prosperous future through its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria as well as a DBIA certified professional. Mr. Berlien is also co-author of the book, "Connections: Everyone Happens for a Reason." "Akela is dedicated to delivering innovative design and sophisticated solutions to complex challenges and our culture emphasizes a collaborative wolf pack approach, We believe we are Stronger Together, and I look forward to partnering with our colleagues and clients to deliver results for the communities we serve." -Dennis Berlien, P.E., Chief Executive Officer at Akela. About Akela Engineering and Consulting: Akela Engineering and Consulting (Akela) is a full-service Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) firm providing engineering and consulting services to the construction industry in California. In 2022, Michael Wall Engineering (electrical engineering since 1996) and DEC Engineers (mechanical engineering since 2000) amalgamated to create Akela.

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Franklin Construction Group Remains Industry Leader in Middle Tennessee

Franklin Construction Group | December 15, 2022

Franklin Construction Group (FCG), a leader in the construction industry in Tennessee, today announced its milestone of $450 million in building contracts, with another $315 million in its construction pipeline from 2022 through 2025. Projects under contract span Middle Tennessee and include approximately 250 single-family homes, 100 townhouses, and over 1,780 apartments. FCG projects include construction and renovations in Spring Hill, Gallatin, Nashville, Lebanon, and Franklin. "We attribute our exponential growth to our team's long-standing track record of delivering efficient, on-time construction projects while maintaining our relationship-first commitment, We feel fortunate that the construction industry is thriving throughout Middle Tennessee, enabling us to continue delivering high-quality projects." -Will Schaedle, Senior Partner at Franklin Construction Group. 2022-2025 Franklin Construction Group projects in Tennessee include: Chartwell Manor at Beechcroft,124 houses in Spring Hill, is a residential development comprised entirely of single-family homes. The Chartwell at Green Lea,garden apartments, townhomes, and single-family houses, is a new mixed-use residential community planned for Gallatin, TN, on 44 acres. The development, currently under construction, will consist of 414 apartment units, 65 townhome units, and 49 single-family homes. The residential development will also include upscale amenities, such as a fitness center, an oversized pool, grilling stations, and a centralized clubhouse for their use. The Chartwell at Marathon Village are wrap-style/podium construction apartments and townhomes in downtown Nashville on the former Union Station Brick Yard site. The Marathon Village project is in a Qualified Opportunity Zone, a federally designated distressed community marked for revitalization, economic development, and job creation. This property will feature a luxury pool, outdoor amenity space, tenant-shared workspaces, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a parking garage. Fitzroy Townhomes at Lebanon Marketplaceis answering the call for more housing opportunities in greater Nashville. Its locale is considered the "new gateway" to Lebanon. The project comprises 33 townhomes as part of a mixed-use development of 75 acres north of Interstate 40. Watkins North,wrap-style apartments in downtown Nashville, will have 377 apartments with upmarket appliances and finishes. In addition, it will feature amenities such as a tenant clubhouse, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an outdoor pool, and a parking garage. The Chartwell at Kedron Square, a garden apartment and single-family home development in Spring Hill, is part of a 124-acre master-planned community. It features a 292-unit multifamily apartment and 27 single-family cottages. Kedron Square will be one of the largest commercial districts in Spring Hill. Marriott Cool Springs, in Franklin, included renovating all guest rooms and bathrooms at the Franklin Marriott and the addition of the M-Club lobby lounge. The hotel is connected to the Cool Springs Conference Center and features nearly 30,000 square feet of event space plus 300 hotel rooms. Solstice at June Lake,garden apartments in Spring Hill, is an example of FCG providing construction company expertise to other qualified and reputable developers. Southeast Venture is the owner/developer of this project. Franklin Construction Group has become an industry leader in major Middle Tennessee markets. Since February 2021, they have created more than 1,000 jobs for the region's subcontractors, vendors, and suppliers. About Franklin Construction Group: Franklin Construction Group is the affiliate construction company for the Chartwell Companies. Its mission is to capitalize on its team's vast skills and experience to deliver cost-effective, timely construction projects of the highest quality. With completed projects exceeding $4 billion in aggregate value, the team has over 100 years of combined construction experience. This includes over 12,000 apartments, 15,000 single-family homes, 50 hotels, and several hundred thousand square feet of commercial space.

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