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Construction is central to much of our modern world. Read on for information about innovation in building designs, recent construction statistics, technological advances, and much more about this ever-evolving field.

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Floor Plan Symbols, Abbreviations, and Meanings

Floor Plan Symbols, Abbreviations, and Meanings

Floor plan symbols are structural elements that depict walls, doors, windows, and other elements in a building. We'll explain how to read each symbol below.

What is a Shear Wall and Why Is It Important?

What is a Shear Wall and Why Is It Important?

Types of Foundations in Construction Projects

Types of Foundations in Construction Projects

Construction Punch List [Free Downloadable Template]

Construction Punch List [Free Downloadable Template]

Illegal Dumping Facts and the Consequences of Carelessness

Illegal Dumping Facts and the Consequences of Carelessness

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Download any of our free rental guides and learn how to pick the right equipment to fit your project needs.

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25 Must Haves in a New Home + Free Printable Checklist

25 Must Haves in a New Home + Free Printable Checklist

Build the custom home of your dreams with this list of 25 must have features.
25 Must Haves in a New Home + Free Printable Checklist

American Infrastructure Statistics and Facts to Know in 2023

American Infrastructure Statistics and Facts to Know in 2023

We usually think about “infrastructure” as roads and bridges. But the label also covers other kinds of public works. There are many types of infrastructure that affect nearly everything we touch and everywhere we go in modern society.
American Infrastructure Statistics and Facts to Know in 2023

Pre-Construction Meeting Agenda, Checklist, and Questions

Pre-Construction Meeting Agenda, Checklist, and Questions

This guide will help you understand what a pre-construction meeting is and how to run an effective one so that your project goes smoothly.
Pre-Construction Meeting Agenda, Checklist, and Questions

What Is Construction Site Preparation?

What Is Construction Site Preparation?

Before construction can begin, you’ve got to prepare your site. That includes breaking up the land, grading, leveling, demolition, and more. If you follow the proper site preparation methods, you can ensure that the construction project goes smoother, which is why this is such an important phase. This guide describes site preparation, from the construction […]
What Is Construction Site Preparation?

Home Building Checklist: What You’ll Need At Each Step

Home Building Checklist: What You’ll Need At Each Step

Learn what you'll need at each stage of the home-building process.
Home Building Checklist: What You’ll Need At Each Step

What Is Grading in Construction? Types of Land Grading and How To Make a Grading Plan

What Is Grading in Construction? Types of Land Grading and How To Make a Grading Plan

Learn what grading is, the six main types, and how to read and create a grading plan.
What Is Grading in Construction? Types of Land Grading and How To Make a Grading Plan

4-Step Guide to Backfilling Trenches and Foundations

4-Step Guide to Backfilling Trenches and Foundations

Backfilling a trench or foundation can be tricky if you don’t know where to start. Here’s a guide to help you pick your method, material and equipment.
4-Step Guide to Backfilling Trenches and Foundations

85 Common Construction Terms Defined

85 Common Construction Terms Defined

If you’re just starting in the construction industry, it's important to understand the jargon. In this post, we define 85 construction terms you should know.
85 Common Construction Terms Defined

What Is Dewatering? 4 Methods for Your Construction Site

What Is Dewatering? 4 Methods for Your Construction Site

Dewatering is the process of removing water from a construction site and moving it to another place, like a detention pond or forest, to make the construction site safe to work on.
What Is Dewatering? 4 Methods for Your Construction Site

What is Asphalt Milling and When Should You Use It?

What is Asphalt Milling and When Should You Use It?

In this article, we go over the process of asphalt milling, what equipment you need, the types of asphalt milling, and how it can benefit your project.
What is Asphalt Milling and When Should You Use It?

Asphalt Resurfacing in 7 Easy Steps

Asphalt Resurfacing in 7 Easy Steps

Asphalt resurfacing is a relatively cheap and easy process that only requires 7 steps. Learn more about asphalt resurfacing here.
Asphalt Resurfacing in 7 Easy Steps

5 Building Construction Types: Fire Resistance Ratings

5 Building Construction Types: Fire Resistance Ratings

Learn more about the rating system for buildings that determines how fire-resistant a structure is.
5 Building Construction Types: Fire Resistance Ratings

What Is Trenching?

What Is Trenching?

All trenches are excavations, but not all excavations are trenches. Read on to learn about what trenching is and how it’s used in construction.
What Is Trenching?

The Construction Risk Management Guide

The Construction Risk Management Guide

Our construction risk management guide details the steps you’ll need to take to control hazards in your projects.
The Construction Risk Management Guide

How Earthquake-Proof Buildings Are Designed

How Earthquake-Proof Buildings Are Designed

Earthquakes cause billions in damages and thousands of deaths a year. Here are the materials and technology used to design earthquake-proof buildings.
How Earthquake-Proof Buildings Are Designed

Modular Construction: Reinventing the Building Process

Modular Construction: Reinventing the Building Process

Learn more about how modular buildings can help reduce waste and emissions in the construction industry.
Modular Construction: Reinventing the Building Process

How To Construct and Prepare Buildings in Wildfire Zones

How To Construct and Prepare Buildings in Wildfire Zones

If you’re building in a fire zone, it’s important to take precautions. We’ll explain fire-resistant materials to use and how to create a defensible space.
How To Construct and Prepare Buildings in Wildfire Zones

The State of Mental Health in the Construction Industry

The State of Mental Health in the Construction Industry

With suicide rates continuing to increase, more companies need to make an effort to increase awareness and decrease the stigma around mental health in the construction industry.
The State of Mental Health in the Construction Industry

How Are Bridges Built? A Visual Guide

How Are Bridges Built? A Visual Guide

How are bridges built to transport people and vehicles on an everyday basis? Special engineering techniques and steps are required to design a functional bridge – here's how they are constructed.
How Are Bridges Built? A Visual Guide

Construction Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) to Reduce Runoff

Construction Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) to Reduce Runoff

Stormwater best management practices, called BMPs, are useful for reducing the spread of pollutants caused by stormwater runoff. This runoff poses a threat to the environment because it can collect pollutants from impervious surfaces, such as city streets and parking lots, and flow into nearby waterways.
Construction Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) to Reduce Runoff

Plaster vs. Drywall: Dissecting the Differences

Plaster vs. Drywall: Dissecting the Differences

Plaster and drywall are the most popular options when choosing an interior wall finish. They’re commonly found in both residential and commercial buildings, and they each have distinct features that set them apart.
Plaster vs. Drywall: Dissecting the Differences

12 Best Cities for Construction Jobs in 2022

12 Best Cities for Construction Jobs in 2022

If you’re looking to start a career in construction, you’ll appreciate our round-up of 12 of the best cities for construction jobs in 2021.
12 Best Cities for Construction Jobs in 2022

Women in Construction: The State of the Industry in 2022

Women in Construction: The State of the Industry in 2022

Although they make up only 10% of the construction workforce, women are steadily rising through the ranks and becoming leaders in the industry. Learn about the current state of women in construction and the women who are breaking glass ceilings.
Women in Construction: The State of the Industry in 2022

How to Create a Mold-Resistant Home

How to Create a Mold-Resistant Home

Different kinds of mold can create different kinds of health hazards, which is why it’s important to keep your buildings mold-free. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can do so, ranging from moisture control to the kind of materials you employ in construction and maintenance projects.
How to Create a Mold-Resistant Home

Retainage 101: What Contractors Must Know

Retainage 101: What Contractors Must Know

The construction industry is full of specialized guidelines and procedures. Everything from determining milestones to transferring funds must be defined in a construction contract. Contracts provide the fundamental legal and financial framework of a project. In most projects, this framework governs the speed of completion. Retainage is one of the terms that can determine how and when a project is completed.
Retainage 101: What Contractors Must Know
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