Top 10 Construction Stories This Week: Falling Lumber Prices Cushion Inflation but Not Costs

Most-read construction stories include 931 homes rely on retaining wall in So Cal, construction costs edge up for the eighth straight month, updates on what we know about the Miami condo collapse, world's first 3d-printed school built in 18 hours

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Cu ZelusZELUS10. Will Off-Site Prefabrication See a Renaissance in U.S. Construction Industry?

Left with few options and tremendous unpredictability during the pandemic, builders started to turn to off-site construction. Now, many believe it's here to stay

Cu Home Depot9. The Home Depot Launches Online Rental Reservations, Opens New Rental Locations

From demolition tools like breakers and concrete saws to landscaping tools like tillers and sod cutters to trailers and moving vehicles, customers can now reserve and rent equipment online up to 30 days in advance


Cu 1 2 Tinfrastructure Brent Carron FacebookBrent Carron, Facebook8. $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Set to Boost Economy

Shares of top construction firms were already seeing a momentum shift last week after the President endorsed the $1.2 trillion framework. The plan is expected to encourage widespread economic recovery through 2026 and create 775,000 new jobs


Cu White House Agrees Matt Dziedzic FacebookMatt Dziedzic, Facebook7. White House Agrees to Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan

A bipartisan group of senators who have been working on an infrastructure proposal for weeks have reached a deal with President Biden who announced the $974 billion plan will be moving forward


Cu Striping Tools Joshua Baird FacebookJoshua Baird, Facebook6. 10 Must-Have Tools for Pavement Striping

Avoid unnecessary trips back to the shop with these essential tools contractors should keep stocked in their trailers


Cu 3 D School 14 Trees14Trees5. World's First 3D-Printed School Built in 18 Hours

Using proprietary Holcim ink, the 3D printing process reduced the time, cost and materials used for building housing and schools, while minimizing the environmental footprint by more than 50% compared to traditional methods


Cu Miami Collapse Adobe Stock Images By Felix MizioznikovFelix Mizioznikov, stock.adobe.com4. The Miami Condo Collapse: Everything We Know (So Far)

With all the reports on the collapse of Miami's Champlain Towers South Condo Building, is combing through everything we can find to bring you details of the story all in one spot


Cu Costs Ihs MarkitIHS Markit3. No End in Sight as Engineering and Construction Costs Edge Upward for the Eighth Straight Month

IHS Markit reports engineering and construction costs rose for the eight month in a row in June, with all materials and equipment categories reporting increases for the sixth straight month


Cu Retaining Wall Belgard CommercialBelgard Commercial2. Case Study: 931 Homes Rely on Retaining Wall Construction in Southern Calif.

Developing Portola Hills required converting the site from its natural state of valleys and steep hillsides into acres of construction-ready flat pads. A large retaining wall was constructed to create more property square footage


Lumber Adobe Stock 71388972@ftfoxfoto, stock.adobe.com1. Falling Lumber Prices Offer Anti-Inflation Assurance, If Not (Yet) Lower Costs

Framing lumber prices down a third over the past month are still sky high and contractors aren’t dropping estimates yet, but the correction demonstrates encouraging dynamics on how the economy is emerging from COVID lockdown