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Skanska rolls out a new tool to evaluate embodied carbon

Construction remains one of the most carbon-intensive industries, with materials often contributing significantly to the final project’s total pollution (concrete production, for example, is responsible for 8% of global carbon emissions). A report from the Carbon Leadership Forum, a network of academics and industry professionals hosted at the University of Washington to focus on reducing […]

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Skanska puts 360-degree photography to work on New York job sites

Three-sixty-degree photography on construction sites is sort of like Google Street View at a smaller scale—a worker walks through a job site with a monopod or sometimes even with a helmet-mounted set of cameras and captures the sights and sounds at all angles. And the technology has become a boon for Skanska, especially for projects […]

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How Skanska is putting 3D scanning to work in New York City

The Swedish multinational construction and development company Skanska is responsible for many of the world’s biggest building projects. Right now in New York City alone, it is overseeing two massive infrastructural and architectural undertakings: The Moynihan Train Hall and the LaGuardia Terminal B redevelopment. The design and construction of these projects are being reshaped by […]

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IKEA’s modular home offshoot names a U.K. manufacturer

BoKlok UK, a modular home development company owned and operated in partnership between IKEA and Swedish construction giant Skanska, has at long last appointed a builder that will help to bring the first of the company’s hotly-anticipated prefab dwellings to market in the United Kingdom. London-based modular homebuilding startup TopHat was selected for the five-year contract, […]

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Advancing Construction Planning and Scheduling 2020

Join us to accelerate your ability to alleviate the pressure and risk of consolidated schedules, exploring the role of technology, lean and innovation to optimize workforces and supply chains With construction sites under scheduling pressures never experienced before, now is the time to plan how to overcome new challenges presented by COVID-19. Join forces with […]

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Muji’s newest prefab home has ample open space and zero stairs

Muji, the famed Japanese retailer of “no-brand” home goods—and over the last 15 years, entire small homes—has released its fourth, and latest, prefabricated abode in Japan. Dubbed Yō no le (Plain House), the dwelling is a noted departure from the retailer’s previous venture into prefab housing, a slim and decidedly stair-intensive abode geared for impossibly […]

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Construction of Santiago Calatrava’s disputed World Trade Center church is back on

Two years after a payment dispute between Skanska USA and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA) shut down construction at the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, things are finally back on track. On January 2, Governor Cuomo announced that work would soon resume under the oversight of a new board. Santiago Calatrava’s […]

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Roaming robot dogs could streamline jobsite documentation

Reality capture has revolutionized construction by increasing job site efficiency and safety and allowing for quick responses to design and building challenges. However, save for the use of drones, often operated by humans, on-the-ground monitoring has required the relatively traditional (and labor-intensive) task of walking around and taking photos and collecting data to feed into […]

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Unity creates new open source tool just for architects with Reflect

Video game software suites like Unreal Engine and Unity have made their way into the architectural arsenal with AEC firms like Skanska, Foster + Partners, and Zaha Hadid Architects using them to visualize and test new buildings. However, these tools weren’t necessarily built with AEC professionals in mind and while they often result in nice-looking […]

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IKEA and the Queen of Sweden update the retirement home for dementia

IKEA and Queen Silvia of Sweden are teaming up to rethink housing the elderly. The project, called SilviaBo, is an offshoot of the furniture giant’s affordable housing arm, BoKLok, and extends its same principles of wooden, prefab architecture for the masses to the world’s aging population.  These days, architects and designers are being challenged to […]

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Advancing Integrated Project Delivery

Accelerate the Adoption of Pure IPD & IPD Lite Learn From Owner/Designer/GC/Trade Industry Leaders Advancing Integrated Project Delivery is returning for its 4th year! This highly acclaimed conference is focused on accelerating Pure IPD and IPD Lite adoption. Our mission is to enable contractors, design firms and clients to work more collaboratively through best practices […]

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How can new technologies make construction safer?

Construction remains one of the most dangerous careers in the United States. To stop accidents before they happen, construction companies are turning to emerging technologies to improve workplace safety—from virtual reality, drone photography, IoT-connected tools, and machine learning. That said, some solutions come with the looming specter of workplace surveillance in the name of safety, […]

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