Friday, January 13, 2017

We're Excited To Be Invovled With the Wilshire Grand Hotel Project In L.A.

Wilshire Grand Topping Out

We're excited to be provided our UV Threshold Tape to Turner Construction's Wilshire Grand Hotel project, in downtown Los Angeles. Set to be complteted in March, this will be the tallest American building west of Chicago. Standing at 1,099, it will surpass the U.S. Bank tower by 81 feet.

It's always fun to be involved in the construction of a remarkable building, and we look forward to seeing it next time we're working down in Los Angeles.

To learn more about UV Threshold Tape, or any other product we offer, please visit www.buildsitepro.com or email us at sales@buildsitepro.com.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017's Construction Forecast Looks Encouraging

New year, new project starts. A lot of new project starts. Construction projects are expected to increase 5% in 2017, which is a welcome development as 2016's new starts lagged sorely behind expectations - a measly 1% increase was seen in 2016.

Dodge Data & Analytics also expects to see large gains in single family homebuilding, commercial development, and institutional building. Unfortunately, multifamily development is expected to stagnate, as will utilities construction.

Interestingly, both 2015's and 2016's totals were skewed by only a handful of massive projects that kicked off in 2015, effectively acting as enormous outliers and altering both years. 2017 is expected to be far more "normal" in the sense that totals will not be skewed by a few projects (such as 2015's $9 billion natural gas terminal project in Texas). This is also in part responsible for the decline in energy/utilities related building expected this year. 2015's enormous projects are coming on-line, thus driving down the need for new construction in those industries.

While none of the new projects announced this year will need our products and services for some time, we remain excited about the positive prospects that 2017's project starts may bring. Here's to a great 2017!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Making Cold Weather Cities Livable - Edmonton's New Example

In northern cities, wintertime can mean a season devoid of urban co-living. It's too cold, too grey, and too slippery to bother getting involved with public events and to occupy social spaces. This unfortunate reality can hold city growth back. People want to live in happening places - areas where they can quickly access fun social activities.

As an absolutely frigid winter city, Edmonton is well aware of these livability issues. To combat its own stodgy wintertime vibe, Edmonton has placed itself at the forefront of creating urban space designed to minimize winter's effects. To drive social engagement, Edmonton has undertaken plans to create an urban core based upon simple principles of winter-focused design. Mixing evergreen and deciduous trees can create a natural wind barrier, while allowing sunlight to reach through. Brightly colored features add life to grey skies. Lightwells in buildings take advantage of all of the sunlight they receive.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Learn About UV Threshold Tape With Our Latest YouTube Video Production

We have recently returned to making videos showcasing, educating, and using some of the products we offer. We feel that this is a good way for customers to see the benefits of using surface protection on their jobsites. Our first video covers one of our most popular products, UV Threshold Tape

Our UV Threshold Tape video is embedded below, have a look!


Our YouTube pages features a dozen videos discussing everything from the differences between Shoe Covers to protecting cabinets with Protecta-Foam. We will be adding more videos throughout the next year, so subscribe to our channel and stay up to date.

Many of our videos are also embedded on the appropriate product pages on our website, so visit www.buildsitepro.com to find them.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New Commercial Project in Denmark Features Man-Made Ski Slope

With winter upon us and our local ski resort now open (Mt. Bachelor, Oregon), I felt that it was a fun time to write about a crossover project linking skiing and a new commercial development.

Denmark has committed itself to being a carbon-neutral nation by 2030, and to do so they are constructing a number of green energy plants to replace dirty energy like coal. The new Amager Bakke incinerator in Copenhagen will convert landfill waste to energy - a cleaner alternative to allowing waste to release greenhouse gases as it sits in a landfill. The technology, however, isn't the innovative aspect of this new project.


So what's interesting about it? The new energy plant will feature a functional ski slope. When it opens in 2020, riders will be skiing down 280 vertical feet of three different slopes, all sitting atop a massive waste incinerator. Riders will be lifted back to the top of the slope via elevators, seen in the above image. Being among the flattest countries in the world, this is a hugely creative and functional way to mask an industrial structure.

Construction as it currently stands
The need to mask the aesthetic looks of a power plant lie in the location of the plant. Due to the layout of Denmark's energy and heating grid, it is far more efficient for power plants to be located near it's large population center in Copenhagen. However, few people want to live, work, and play next to a large, unsightly power plant. Thus, this marriage of recreation and power generation is a creative and new way to address industrial development in urban population centers.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

We've Published A New Article - Using Surface Protection to Shorten Punch Lists

In addition to the press releases, blog posts, and videos here and on our sister site www.surfaceprotectionexperts.com, we also regularly publish articles through Ezine, the online publication. Our newest article covers the basics of finish stages of construction; and how final checklists of tasks to be completed are made before turning the home over to the new homeowner.

Punch lists are a detailed list of tasks and work that needs to be completed. Every item on a punch list is something that must be addressed before a home is turned over to the client, typically centered around the finish stages of construction. Finish protection drastically cuts down on punch list items, ultimately getting the client into their home as soon as possible, and with the fewest extra costs attached. Keeping floors, cabinets, doors, and everything covered limits extra work and prevents the costly replacement of finishes. Keep your clients satisfied and your punch lists short by using surface protection!

To visit our list of published articles follow this link to our articles page  http://buildsitepro.com/published-articles/

Lear more about surface protection products at our website www.buildsitepro.com  or email us at sales@buildsitepro.com