Maple Grove to develop commercial scheme in Lancashire

Maple Grove Developments | February 17, 2020

Maple Grove Developments has been announced as commercial development partners for the Lancashire County Council-led commercial project. The Lancashire commercial development will create thousands of jobs on a 65-hectare site at Cuerden, near Leyland. Situated at the end of the M65 motorway, and close to both the M6 and M61, the development is planned to include office and business space, logistics and manufacturing commercial space, mixed-use areas and housing. Based in Bamber Bridge, Maple Grove Developments are part of Eric Wright Group. They will now bring their expertise to the plans for the site before detailed plans are submitted later this year. City Deal is an agreement between the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Preston City Council, South Ribble Borough Council and Lancashire County Council, along with central government and Homes England.

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RedTeam enhances growing suite of construction solutions with Paskr acquisition

RedTeam | March 16, 2022

RedTeam, a leading construction management platform provider for mid-size to enterprise-level firms, announces the acquisition of cloud-based construction management solution Paskr. The acquisition enhances RedTeam's continuing mission to deliver a comprehensive suite of premier technology solutions for commercial construction contractors of all sizes. "Both RedTeam and Paskr are driven by a commitment to providing solutions based on the real-life experiences of contractors and their teams, Paskr is designed specifically to help small to mid-size companies increase efficiency and productivity, so it's a powerful complement to RedTeam's existing platform. Incorporating Paskr into our growing inventory reflects RedTeam's strategy to offer one of the industry's leading suites of integrated software solutions." Jim Atkinson, CEO of RedTeam RedTeam's complete cloud-based solution enables commercial construction teams to collaborate effectively throughout all stages of a project, from business development and pre-construction to closeout. Paskr's construction management solution offers small to mid-size contractors an accessible platform with built-in, repeatable processes to reduce risk,increase oversight, and deliver more predictable project outcomes. The Paskr agreement follows RedTeam's 2020 acquisition of Fieldlens, a mobile plan markup tool for contractors that provides visibility and communication throughout the entire project chain. The full RedTeam catalog of applications now includes products ranging from field-management software to enterprise-level workflow and management solutions. RedTeam's trusted investment partners Braemont Capital and JettyCove supported the Paskr acquisition with a recapitalization that bolsters RedTeam's growth strategy and boosts continuing innovation among the company's products. "RedTeam's investment in Paskr enhances each company's strength and allows us to deliver powerful results and value to our customers," said Pat Whelan, founder and CEO of Paskr. "RedTeam and Paskr share the same mission, to help commercial contractors solve real-life challenges. Combing resources presents an outstanding opportunity for us to elevate productivity and efficiency as we work together to meet the needs of our customers." RedTeam was recently included in the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in the United States, with 160% growth over three years. More than a thousand general contractors and several hundred thousand users have managed a collective $25 billion of commercial construction work with RedTeam. For more information, visit https://www.redteam.com. About RedTeam Software RedTeam Software offers the most comprehensive cloud-based solution for construction project and accounting management. With intuitive social design interface and real-time updates, RedTeam enables construction and accounting teams to collaborate effectively online at all stages of a project from business development and pre-construction to closeout. About Paskr Paskr is a cloud-based construction management solution built for every member of your construction team to bid, build, and track great projects. Paskr brings efficiency, visibility, and accountability by streamlining back office and field operations. Users are able to access all project related information through any web connected mobile device, tablet, laptop, or desktop.

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MAPEI Innovation Meets 3D Technology to Build Homes

MAPEI | May 05, 2022

MAPEI Corporation, a leading manufacturer of construction materials for the building industry, and Black Buffalo 3D Corporation, a leading provider of large-scale 3D construction printers, have announced a strategic, research, development, and manufacturing partnership for the 3D construction-printing industry. The first collaboration from this partnership, Planitop 3D, is designed to work with Black Buffalo 3D’s NEXCON printers to provide enhanced performance at a fraction of the cost of existing building materials. Held to the strictest quality standards, each layer of Planitop 3D is designed to quickly set up and support every layer that is printed above it saving time, reducing materials and increasing jobsite efficiency. The official launch of Planitop 3D occurred at the site of a housing project in Virginia, in which 3D contracting group Alquist 3D will use NEXCON printers and the innovative new mortar to 3D-print 200 new homes. Alquist 3D is an innovative builder that is committed to helping rural communities through the use of leading-edge technologies. “MAPEI has always been known for innovation and for helping communities around the nation, These 3D-printed homes and other structures printed with Planitop 3D and Black Buffalo 3D’s NEXCON printers represent technology at its most compassionate and at its highest level of innovation.” Luigi Di Geso, MAPEI Corporation’s President and CEO Michael Woods, COO/CEO of Big Sun Holdings, Black Buffalo 3D’s parent corporation, remarked, “The Black Buffalo 3D team recognized the need for standardization in materials to drive the next phase of growth in the 3D construction industry. MAPEI was able to enhance the formula that our team developed and take it to the next level, outclassing every product on the market – at a cost that makes 3D-printing homes, buildings and infrastructure feasible on nearly every level.” Planitop 3D is now available across North America through MAPEI. The cement-based construction ink/mortar has been developed through years of research, testing and evaluation by independent and in-house material scientists at MAPEI, Black Buffalo 3D and various third-party labs, including Intertek, which is based in York, PA. Kevin Smith, MAPEI Corporation’s National Sales Director – Concrete Restoration Systems, stated, “We were very confident that we could partner with Black Buffalo and their full range of 3D printers to provide an exceptional solution, as this technology is well within our wheelhouse. Black Buffalo 3D met with our R&D team and we quickly developed the correct solution for this project – it’s called Planitop 3D.” Planitop 3D is currently in the verification process for meeting the ICC-ES AC509 standard for 3D-printed walls. Black Buffalo 3D is the first company in the world to submit material for proving its ability to meet this globally recognized criteria. Milestones that have already been achieved include several 13-hour+ printing sessions on NEXCON printers by the Black Buffalo 3D team in Elizabeth, NJ, and a multitude of successful tests for strength, usability, resilience and longevity. The verification process follows the stringent testing requirements of the ICC-ES AC509 guideline for 3D-printed walls. More than 50 countries recognize this guideline for 3D-printed walls. The official results and reporting are expected to be released in the near future. About MAPEI Founded in 1937 in Milan, MAPEI is now one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chemical products for the building industry and has contributed to the construction of some of the most important architectural and infrastructural works worldwide. With 91 subsidiaries operating in 57 countries and 84 manufacturing plants in 35 different nations, the Group employs about 11,000 staff worldwide. The foundations for the success of the company are specialization, internationalization, research & development, and sustainability. Headquartered in Deerfield Beach (Florida), MAPEI in North America consists of the subsidiaries MAPEI Corporation (for the USA), MAPEI Inc. (for Canada) and MAPEI Caribe (for Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands), whose 18 facilities collectively have a workforce of more than 1,600 employees. MAPEI facilities have been certified to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 quality standards. An environmentally conscious manufacturer that reinvests 5% of its revenue into R&D, MAPEI offers training for architects, contractors, installers and distributors through the MAPEI Technical Institute. About Black Buffalo 3D Corporation Black Buffalo 3D Corporation is the NY-based U.S. affiliate of HN Inc. co. Ltd. formerly Hyundai BS&C Co. Ltd. and subsidiary of Big Sun Holdings Group, Inc. Black Buffalo 3D is poised to revolutionize construction and become the leading global provider of smart 3D construction printers (3DCP), proprietary construction “ink” (Planitop 3D) and 3D-print construction consulting services. Print smart and sustainable infrastructure on demand with Black Buffalo 3D NEXCON printers available now. Stay tuned for updates on our clients’ projects and the development of groundbreaking 3D construction-ink materials.

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LandSouth Breaks Ground On Wildwood Apartments

LandSouth Construction | March 24, 2022

LandSouth Construction, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based, award-winning general contractor, has started construction on Wildwood Apartments, a high-end multifamily development in Wildwood, FL. BLD Group is the developer for Wildwood Apartments, and this marks the first collaboration between BLD Group and LandSouth. Wildwood is scheduled to be completed in early 2024. "Wildwood represents expansion in an already fast-growing area of Florida, LandSouth is thrilled to work with BLD Group to bring Wildwood to life. We hope this is the beginning of a long, productive relationship." LandSouth President and CEO, James Pyle Steve Morrill is the LandSouth project manager for Wildwood Apartments. Matt Sullivan is the superintendent. International Construction and Development Advisors, Inc. is the architecture firm for Wildwood Apartments. Wildwood Apartments will be a six-building, garden-style development and will also offer six garage buildings. Residents of Wildwood will be able to choose from three different floor plans, ranging from 725 to 1,255 square feet, all with spacious balconies. Wildwood will include several amenities, including a pool, clubhouse, fire pit, and a pet wash area. Wildwood will be conveniently located and in proximity to The Villages. "Wildwood and the relationship with BLD Group present new opportunities for LandSouth," Steve Morrill, LandSouth project manager, shared. "We're excited to work with BLD Group and bring beautiful, best-in-class multifamily living to Wildwood, Florida.'" LandSouth will employ its unique integrated construction approach to build Wildwood Apartments. Service components work together to provide seamless delivery through proven procedures, systems, and technology. ABOUT LANDSOUTH CONSTRUCTION LandSouth Construction, the Southeast's premier general contractor, specializing in multifamily, senior living, and mixed-use development, was named one of Engineering News Record's Top 400. Since 1998 LandSouth has transformed ideas into best–in–class communities. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. LandSouth has completed more than 25,000 multifamily units.

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Warehouse/Distribution Centers Leverage Connected Technologies to Meet Surging Demand

Dodge Construction Network | March 11, 2022

Dodge Construction Network, in partnership with LiftMaster® today released a new SmartMarket Brief entitled The Connected Warehouse that focuses on the rapidly growing market for sophisticated and technologically connected warehouse/distribution centers in the US. Dodge is currently forecasting $53 billion of construction starts in the US warehouse/distribution center market in 2022, up 1400% since 2010 and representing over one-third (36%) of the entire US commercial construction sector this year. Driven by strong consumer demand in the economy and the explosion of e-commerce retailing, these facilities are deploying sophisticated technologies to optimize performance and respond to changing demands. In addition, they are round-the-clock workplaces for a growing number of employees and require increasing levels of energy, security and safety management. Based on a survey of several hundred industry professionals who create these facilities, the report addresses investment drivers, locational trends, deployment of connected technologies, worker safety and amenities, sustainability initiatives and ways in which design and construction are adapting to support these dynamic needs. "LiftMaster is pleased to work with Dodge on this important research," said Jenny Lytle, General Manager, Commercial Emerging Business. "Managing a warehouse with multiple access points and loading docks can be a stressful and demanding job; any inefficiencies can result in increased expenses or safety issues. LiftMaster has installed connected gates, doors, and docks and myQ Facility and Dock Management software within warehouse/distribution centers across the United States. We have seen firsthand how our cloud-based solutions have provided warehouse managers with an easier way to monitor warehouse doors and docks and collect real-time insight around daily operations, enabling them to make smarter, data-driven decisions." "We hope that sharing these key findings across the industry will accelerate the advancement of these critical facilities and provide a baseline for future studies to track progress,” added Lytle. Key findings include: Investments are driven by the need for flexibility to accommodate higher volumes and changing business models. Fluctuating demand, rapidly changing product lines and evolving business models such as On-Demand Warehousing are driving the need to invest in retrofits and new projects. Facilities are increasingly close to urban centers. All regions of the country report increases in the percentage of projects located in or near urban centers to support rapid delivery expectations from consumers. Connected automation systems are proliferating at loading docks. 77% of respondents report automation of operational and handling processes at loading docks on their recent projects, with as many as 88% citing use of one of the four specific systems studied. Connected technology systems are being deployed facility wide. In addition to the widespread automation of operational and handling processes throughout these facilities, between 60% and 82% of respondents report installation of data-capturing smart controls, A/V and light communications, and security and access control/tracking systems on their recent projects. Worker amenities and safety are increasingly important, especially in a tight labor market. All regions report increases in a wide variety of employee amenities and 88% of respondents say owners place a high priority on employee safety when planning their facilities. Over two-thirds of owners (68%) are interested in creating zero-carbon facilities. Sustainability is important, with high percentages of owners interested in minimizing both energy use and operational waste in their facilities as well as creating zero-carbon buildings. Many are also seeking LEED certification and incorporating a wide variety of green products and materials. Technology is being applied to the design and construction process. Respondents report using technologies such as BIM (building information modeling), software to model energy use and software to simulate operations in the facility to be built during the design and construction process. Many studies by Dodge show that these tools can help to accelerate project delivery, control costs and achieve quality goals, so similar results can be expected in this sector as well. "Warehouses were once seen as a quiet backwater in the overall commercial construction sector," says Steve Jones, Senior Director of Industry Insights at Dodge Construction Network. "But the market has literally exploded in the past few years, and these facilities are becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated. We are glad to have the opportunity to explore this in depth and hope the report raises industry awareness and expertise around these important elements of our economy." The report also features an extensive interview with Tripp Eskridge, Managing Director of Project Management from CBRE who brings a unique perspective from more than 30 years of experience managing the design and construction process for industrial facilities such as these. The SmartMarket Brief that contains the full findings of the study and the interview can be downloaded for free here. About Dodge Construction Network: Dodge Construction Network leverages an unmatched offering of data, analytics, and industry-spanning relationships to generate the most powerful source of information, knowledge, insights, and connections in the commercial construction industry. The company powers four longstanding and trusted industry solutions—Dodge Data & Analytics, The Blue Book Network, Sweets, and IMS—to connect the dots across the entire commercial construction ecosystem. Together, these solutions provide clear and actionable opportunities for both small teams and enterprise firms. Purpose-built to streamline the complicated, Dodge Construction Network ensures that construction professionals have the information they need to build successful businesses and thriving communities. With over a century of industry experience, Dodge Construction Network is the catalyst for modern commercial construction. About LiftMaster: LiftMaster is the number one brand of professionally installed residential garage door openers, as well as a leading manufacturer of commercial door operators, residential and commercial gate operators, telephone entry systems and related access control products. Driven by the access and security needs of the marketplace, LiftMaster’s expansive line of state-of-the-art residential and commercial products are designed to fit any lifestyle or application, providing the latest technology and innovations in safety, security and convenience.

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