More construction sites close down

PBC Today | March 24, 2020

ISG, Bovis Homes and Barratt Developments are amongst the latest contractors to close down their construction sites to help ensure people are protected against Covid-19. The latest announcements come just after Galliard Homes announced it would close down all of its construction sites in London. In a statement, Paul Cossell, CEO of ISG, said: “Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our people, our customers, supply chain partners and the people in the communities where we work. We are in unprecedented times and I have decided to take decisive action to help ensure people are protected against Covid-19. Government advice continues to shift in the countries where we operate. What we know is that social distancing is absolutely key to safety – when travelling to site, entering and leaving site and also within sites themselves.

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The construction workforce is evolving in many positive ways, especially as it actively embraces diversity and technology. Nevertheless, it remains one of the most male-dominated industries in the world. Out of the over 10 million construction workers in the US, a little less than one million are female. Even more unbalanced is when you look at the percentage of female construction laborers actually in the field; 1%. That’s right.


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First Residential Building to Be Built Entirely From HOFFMANN Carbon-free and 0% Clinker Concrete

MAULINI | May 11, 2022

Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies an industrial player committed to decarbonizing the construction sector that designs and distributes innovative clinker-free cement, announces the construction of an R+6 (six-storey) building made entirely of Hoffmann decarbonated concrete in Geneva, Switzerland with the Maulini Construction Group. One year after signing its first international contract with the Swiss construction group Maulini, concrete castings made with Hoffmann's H-UKR cement, are accelerating and are currently being used for the complete construction of a six-storey building (foundations, columns, beams, floors and walls) in Geneva. This is the first multi-family building in Europe to be 100% built with carbon-free and clinker-free concrete. "The completion of this large-scale, fully carbon-free construction site in Switzerland demonstrates both the competitiveness and quality of Hoffmann concrete and, more generally, that it is already possible to massively decarbonise the construction sector with our technologies.” Julien Blanchard and David Hoffmann, co-founders of Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies Nicolas Maulini, Chairman of the Maulini Group, states: "We are proud of the partnership we are developing with Hoffmann; it allows us to offer our clients and to use Hoffmann cement on our construction sites right now. On site, Hoffmann's carbon-free concrete performs perfectly and allows us to build this six-storey building with unprecedented environmental performance in full compliance with our schedule and specifications. We will carry on with large-scale projects of this type in order to meet the growing demand of all our partners for carbon-free construction.” ABOUT HOFFMANN GREEN CEMENT TECHNOLOGIES Founded in 2014 and based in Bournezeau Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies designs, produces and distributes innovative extremely low-carbon cements – with a carbon footprint 6 times lower than traditional cement – that present, at equivalent dosage and with no alteration to the concrete manufacturing process, superior performances than traditional cement. With one 4.0 industrial sites already operational and two new sites on the way, the Group has industrialized a genuine technological breakthrough based on alterations to cement’s composition and the creation of a clean, heating-free and clinker-free manufacturing process making it a leading and unique player on a cement market that has not undergone any significant changes in the last 200 years. Within the context of the climate emergency, Hoffmann Green Cement is thus actively participating in the energy transition by working to create eco-responsible buildings and by encouraging the circular economy and the preservation of natural resources. Thanks to its unrivaled technological know-how that is constantly improving, driven by effective and cutting-edge teams, Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies addresses all construction sector markets, both in France and abroad. ABOUT MAULINI Maulini is a century-old family business with 250 employees, which has been one of the main players in Geneva and the Lake Geneva region in construction, renovation, civil engineering and general contracting since 1910. Driven by strong values, the 4th generation is leading the company with the aim of making it evolve with the times and projecting it into a sector that must reinvent itself in order to minimise its environmental impact.

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CONSTRUCTION

Milrose Consultants and Southfield Capital Announce Strategic Partnerships with McCormick Compliance Consulting and SF Codes

Milrose Consultants | March 02, 2022

Southfield Capital, a premier lower middle market private equity firm, and Milrose Consultants ("Milrose" or the "Company"), a leading provider of building code compliance, fulfillment and consulting solutions, are pleased to announce the acquisitions of McCormick Compliance Consulting ("McCormick") and SF Codes. McCormick, founded by Casey McCormick in 2016, is an industry-leading construction consulting and municipal permitting firm based in Los Angeles and Chicago. McCormick has earned a stellar reputation in the commercial real estate industry, working exclusively on several marquee buildings in Los Angeles and Chicago. Specializing in mega development, new-build projects, McCormick has facilitated more than $7 billion of high-end commercial construction. "We're thrilled to welcome McCormick into the Milrose family. This acquisition is a game changing investment for Milrose, as it dramatically accelerates the opportunity to service our national clients in large new markets including Chicago and partner with a firm with incredible talent, experience, and operational excellence. We are certain this combination will pay immediate dividends for our clients and offer our employees continued opportunity to grow with our firm." -Dominic Maurillo, CEO of Milrose SF Codes, founded by Thad Adcock in 2012, is a premier real estate consulting and municipal permit services firm based in San Francisco. SF Codes has grown to be the go-to resource for builders, contractors, and owners of real estate in the San Francisco and Oakland areas. Specializing in new-build projects, SF Codes facilitates the construction of both commercial and residential buildings through its pre-construction development, entitlements, planning, and municipal interface services. We're very excited that SF Codes has joined the Milrose family of companies. The SF Codes team brings additive capabilities and expertise that our nationwide clientele will immediately find valuable. San Francisco and surrounding cities are key to our strategy, and we're excited to offer our world-class services to our existing and new clients in the Bay Area, said Dominic Maurillo. Wiggin & Dana provided legal counsel to Milrose and Southfield Capital. About Milrose Milrose is a leading provider of building code compliance, fulfillment, and consulting solutions to the Class A commercial real estate market. Milrose enables clients to outsource the burden associated with navigating the highly regulated and complex building compliance environment through its diverse portfolio of permitting, code & zoning, regulatory filing, special inspections, due diligence and other compliance solutions.For more information, please visit www.milrose.com. About Southfield Capital Southfield Capital is a private equity firm that invests in high-growth, lower middle market companies in the outsourced business services sector. The firm targets companies with $4 – 12 million in EBITDA and partners with management to scale the business through a combination of organic and acquisition growth strategies.

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CREO Solutions brings Predictive, Controllable Processes to Canada's construction sites with CraneView

CREO Solutions | April 29, 2022

CREO Solutions, a Montreal based firm that offers professional project management services with a focus on implementing technological solutions in the construction industry, and Versatile Inc., a Bay Area construction technology pioneer using artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) to optimize construction processes, announced their partnership to bring Versatile's innovative CraneView solution to the Canadian market. CraneView analyzes thousands of data points from under the hook of any crane to deliver transformational insights on job site performance and streamline decision-making. This first-of-its-kind technology offers production data to provide visibility into crane utilization, outliers, construction progress, and more. Since its 2019 launch, CraneView has been adopted by more than 40% of the leading general contractors in North America. "We believe data is an incredibly powerful tool on the job site and insights from CraneView will make operational processes more transparent and efficient," said Enzo Conte, CEO of CREO Solutions. "Deploying artificial intelligence on construction sites is a logical next step to complement CREO Solutions' technological offerings." Innovation and process improvements in the construction industry have been a major focus for CREO Solutions. Since its founding in 2010, CREO Solutions was among the first in Quebec to use cloud-based collaborative platforms and implement recognized project management best practices. CREO Solutions' highly qualified team of professionals supports the construction industry by optimizing its operations through data analytics. This digital transformation enables informed decision-making using business intelligence. "As we continue to expand throughout North America, it's important for our clients to have access to expert, local representatives. We're excited to provide capable boots on the ground through our partnership with CREO Solutions, Local construction companies can now harness the power of CraneView and CREO Solutions' extended suite of technologies to empower their teams to create new efficiencies on their job sites." Meirav Oren, CEO and co-founder of Versatile About CREO Solutions Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, CREO Solutions offers specialized professional services in the management of building and infrastructure construction projects as well as top innovative technological solutions dedicated to the construction industry. CREO Solutions is also an integrator of the most widely used technological solutions available on the market. About Versatile, Inc. Headquartered in Los Altos, CA, Versatile creates technology that gives construction professionals unmatched visibility into their production rates. By delivering the right data to the right people at the right time while naturally fitting existing processes, a fragmented industry becomes a controllable manufacturing process. The result? Increased productivity, predictability, and safety with the insights needed to manage and bid on future projects more competitively.

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Kioxia Corporation Commences Construction of New Fabrication Facility at Kitakami Plant

Kioxia | April 12, 2022

Kioxia Corporation, the world leader in memory solutions, today held a groundbreaking ceremony for its state-of-the-art semiconductor fabrication facility (Fab2) at its Kitakami Plant in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. Utilizing AI-based cutting-edge manufacturing, the new facility will contribute towards possible expansion of production of its proprietary 3D flash memory BiCS FLASHTM at the Kitakami Plant. Construction of the Fab2 facility is scheduled to be completed in 2023. The Fab2 facility will have an earthquake-absorbing structure and environmentally friendly design that utilizes advanced energy saving manufacturing equipment and renewable energy sources. In addition, an administration building will be constructed to accommodate the control management and technical departments in response to the increased staff. “As a leader in memory, this Fab2 facility will become Kioxia’s key manufacturing hub to produce our memory products at scale. We are planning to introduce automated in-facility transfers and advanced production control to make Fab2 a truly world-class smart fabrication facility, Fab2 will be able to intelligently coordinate and optimize its production with Fab1 at Kitakami Plant as well as our fabs in the Yokkaichi Plant, enabling the company to seize opportunities in the growing memory market in a timely manner.” Nobuo Hayasaka, President and CEO, Kioxia Under its mission of uplifting the world with memory, Kioxia is focused on developing initiatives to strengthen the competitiveness of its memory and SSD business, which it has developed over the past 35 years since inventing NAND flash memory in 1987. Kioxia remains committed to creating consistent and sustainable growth through timely capital investments that meet growing market demand. About Kioxia Kioxia is a world leader in memory solutions, dedicated to the development, production and sale of flash memory and solid-state drives (SSDs). In April 2017, its predecessor Toshiba Memory was spun off from Toshiba Corporation, the company that invented NAND flash memory in 1987. Kioxia is committed to uplifting the world with memory by offering products, services and systems that create choice for customers and memory-based value for society. Kioxia's innovative 3D flash memory technology, BiCS FLASH™, is shaping the future of storage in high-density applications, including advanced smartphones, PCs, SSDs, automotive and data centers.

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Spotlight

The construction workforce is evolving in many positive ways, especially as it actively embraces diversity and technology. Nevertheless, it remains one of the most male-dominated industries in the world. Out of the over 10 million construction workers in the US, a little less than one million are female. Even more unbalanced is when you look at the percentage of female construction laborers actually in the field; 1%. That’s right.

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