Category: Industry Trends

Customizing Your Career: Role Diversification Creates Path for Passion Pursuits

Imagine a career without a rigid job description. There are no bullet points; only foundational requirements. The rest – day-to-day responsibilities, accountability, and long-term career planning – are up to you and your manager. You are in the driver’s seat. It doesn’t sound real, does it? But it is, and it’s available through one of […]

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  • architecture
  • construction
  • design
  • innovation
  • mentorship
  • Preconstruction
  • safety
  • scheduling

Construction: A New Frontier for Tech-Savvy Innovators

Think construction work, and the physical steps of building may come to mind: pouring concrete, bolting steel, installing systems, and hanging drywall. But beyond the cranes, lifts, ladders and tools, a technological revolution is taking place. While one person may be operating a front-end loader, another is flying a drone. While crews are setting up […]

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  • Careers in Construction
  • David Pratt
  • drone
  • Information Technology
  • Operational Technology
  • robotics
  • Technology

Taking a Closer Look at Careers in Skilled Trades

The shortage of craft workers in construction presents a significant challenge for builders, but a considerable opportunity for career seekers. The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), the educational affiliate of the Associated Builders and Contractors, reports that one million additional craft professionals are needed by 2023 to keep pace with demand. Without […]

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  • ACE Mentor Program of America
  • apprenticeships
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Build Your Future
  • concrete
  • construction
  • craft professionals
  • electrical
  • employment opportunities
  • mechanical
  • NCCER
  • plumbing
  • skilled trades

Careers in Construction Month: Trades, Tech and Management

One of the greatest misconceptions about careers in construction is that they’re one-dimensional. In reality, the way that the industry is rapidly evolving, increased levels of specialization and technology have made formerly linear career paths more dynamic. In the coming weeks, we’ll explore several of these paths, the flexibility within each and hear from a […]

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  • building science
  • careers
  • construction management
  • internship
  • mentorship
  • training
  • university

Storytelling Through Design

It is legend that within the Smoky Mountains, there is a magic lake that humans cannot see. The Cherokee call it Atagahi, and it is said to heal all who enter its waters, but it is only accessible to the animals. Although the lake is forever barricaded from humans, on cool mornings you may be […]

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  • Cherokee
  • Cherokee Indian Hospital
  • culture
  • design
  • healthcare
  • heritage
  • North Carolina

Thinking Outside the Box

As facility owners place increasing emphasis on speed to market and cost-effective practices in construction, project teams continue to search for creative solutions in methods, materials and new uses of existing building technology. That pursuit is behind the growing adoption of tilt-up concrete construction. The method – which uses horizontally cast-in-place wall panels that are […]

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  • commercial construction
  • concrete
  • freestanding emergency departments
  • healthcare
  • innovation
  • tilt-up construction

Rethinking Hospital Central Energy Plant Investment: 5 Questions with Kyle Davis

Invisible to patients, staff, and visitors, the Central Energy Plant (CEP) is the beating heart of a hospital campus. With its 24/7/365 distribution of heating, cooling, and power redundancy, a well-operated CEP underpins the treatment of each patient and the success of every caregiver. Despite its critical nature, reinvesting in CEP infrastructure often slips down […]

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  • central energy plant
  • energy savings
  • healthcare
  • infrastructure
  • operations
  • Technology

Future of Construction Project Delivery Will Require Early Intervention, Amplified by Localized Presence

By Eric Groat, Robins & Morton San Antonio Office Leader and Operations Manager Construction, like any other industry, experiences transformational periods, often brought about by technology, innovative processes or changes in conventional thinking. After observing the manufacturing industry’s success with Lean practice implementation, one such period has emerged as construction leaders are adapting those philosophies […]

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  • Eric Groat
  • innovation
  • integrated delivery
  • Lean
  • manufacturing
  • project delivery
  • San Antonio
  • Technology
  • Texas

Authenticity in Historic Preservation: Memphis Central Station Hotel

In April 2017, a small group of developers, architects, and construction managers gathered to walk through the deteriorating Central Station in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. They planned to conduct a routine assessment of the existing condition of the 1914-era building – the first step in what would become a multi-phased restoration of the celebrated but long-neglected […]

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  • AmTrak
  • BGKT Architects
  • Bounds & Gillespie
  • Central Station Hotel
  • Chad Evans
  • City of New Orleans
  • Danny Bounds
  • David Green
  • historic preservation
  • Kemmons Wilson
  • Matt Preisz
  • McLean Wilson
  • Memphis
  • National Park Service
  • Robins & Morton
  • Tennessee
  • Tennessee Historical Commission
  • Tony Bologna

Observing Earth Day Amid COVID-19: Sustainability and Humanity

It’s impossible not to notice that the beginning of spring looks a little different this year. Ball parks, schools, store shelves and restaurants sit empty, while our homes buzz from morning to night with constant activity – becoming a temporary stand-in for workplaces and classrooms. With Earth Day clearly in sight, Robins & Morton’s Sustainability […]

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  • COVID-19
  • Earth Day
  • economic
  • environmental
  • gratitude
  • social
  • Sustainability
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