- Third bridge contractor wins thermal plants for $2.67 billion amid workers’ protests
Construction mogul IC İçtaş has won the rights to operate the Yeniköy and Kemerköy thermal power plants
Hurriyet. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:19:00 +0200.
- PG&E Utilizes Advanced Design, Construction And Technology To Strengthen Its Readiness For Catastrophic Earthquakes
SAN FRANCISCO, April 18, 2014 -- Serving an active earthquake region, advanced preparation for natural disasters is a top priority for Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to help ensure safe and reliable operations. ...
PR Newswire. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:20:00 EDT.
- Hitachi seals £2.7bn train deal
Hitachi Rail Europe secures £2.7bn of funding for the construction of 500 carriages for the East Coast rail line.
BBC News. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:33:13 GMT.
- Reality Check: Managing strategic LTE partners
U.S. wireless carriers have spent billions of dollars on the design, construction and operation of their legacy networks and with the ongoing development and implementation of LTE,
Adam Cummins, Principal, Pace Harmon. RCR Wireless. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:00:10 +0000.
- FutureGen signs deal with construction unions
The coal-industry group working with the Department of Energy to build the FutureGen clean-coal project says it has signed deals with 17 unions ahead of construction. The FutureGen Alliance said Monday ...
Yahoo. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:34:33 -0400.
- Construction moving on veterans' nursing home in Tenn.
The long effort by Clarksville, Tenn., to get a skilled-nursing home for veterans is getting closer to reality as construction takes shape on grounds of the newest facility in the Tennessee State Veterans' Home network.
Modern Healthcare. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:00:00 EST.
- Turkmen president: 2015 start for pipeline work
Turkmenistan's president has demanded that construction work begin in 2015 on a pipeline that will carry natural gas from his energy-rich country to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
Miami Herald. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:28 EDT.
From very early times, man began building protective structures made from mud, wood, and stone.
The discovery of bronze and iron allowed the development of better building methods, eventually leading to the construction of settlements, villages, and then cities as people discovered the need for more community-oriented gathering places.
The Egyptians primarily used stone in their construction processes, which necessitated the use of creative methods of moving large and heavy building materials.
The first building code, known as the Code of Hammurabi, was recorded in 1792-1750 B.C. and laid out specific standards for builders which were to be strictly followed under possible penalty of death.
Greek master builders were beginning to construct temples out of marble and limestone and started to organize groups of stonemasons who were specifically skilled.
This is historically significant as it was the first time in known history that workmen were sorted into a particular construction craft, eventually leading to the development of building trades.
The Romans were responsible for many turning points in the history of construction, including the invention of an early form of concrete, the development of domes and arches, the first use of glass in construction, and construction of early roads.
The downfall of the Roman Empire led to a stagnant period in construction, but eventually the Roman Catholic Church began building stone cathedrals throughout Europe starting in 900 A.D.
Craft guilds began to spring up, offering training in specific trades and recognizing masters, journeyman, and apprentices.
Construction Worker Silhouette
The Industrial Revolution paved the way for the modern construction industry and lead to further separation of the facets of construction into architecture, engineering, and building crafts.
Cast iron and wrought iron began to be widely used, especially in the construction of bridges and railways.
Steel and electricity production during the late 1800s led to the first skyscrapers and many large organizations began forming and taking on housing, transportation, and city development projects.
A construction boom occurred after World War II when the demand for housing and infrastructure rose sharply.
Building codes and standards were established to regulate quality control and colleges and universities began to offer degrees related to construction.
Today, there are almost 100 four year colleges and universities offering courses in construction management
related to residential building, commercial building, highway construction, and industrial construction.
The modern construction industry employed over 20 million people in the U.S. in 2012 and accounts for nine percent of our gross domestic product, making it a vital and necessary industry that will always be around despite economic downturns.
Construction-related organizations include the Associated General Contractors of America
as well as other, more specialized or localized, organizations.
The following links include titles and summaries for reference articles and captioned images about construction-related topics.
Architectural blueprints are the road map for building a home addition. Learn more about drawing up home addition blueprints with this helpful guide.
- Pool Decking (Photograph)
This man is measuring wooden decking to ensure a perfect fit around his aboveground pool. A deck can add practicality and sophistication to any aboveground pool, allowing swimmers to lay out around the pool or simply sit with their feet in the water.
- Nailgun Worker (Photograph)
A carpenter uses a pneumatic nail gun to put nails into plywood. The worker wears protective blue earmuffs and plastic eye protection while using electric tools, to ensure his safety during the construction process.
- Carbide Bur Macro (Photograph)
A detailed close-up of a carbide bur is featured on top of a blue, white, and red background. The light from the photographer's camera reflects off of the face of the bur, showing the construction of the bur in greater detail.
- Residential Construction (Photograph)
A construction worker reviews plans outside of a residential construction site. Unfinished homes receive finishing touches before new residents move in.
- Dovetail Joint (Photograph)
A close-up photograph of a sliding drawer with a silver pull focuses on the dovetail joints. This interlocking method of cabinet construction shows attention to detail, craftsmanship, and quality.
- Model Home (Illustration)
A photograph depicts a sketch of a home. Underneath the original sketch the same sketch is rendered in more detail, including the addition of a red roof, howing what the home might look like once completed.
- Prefab Trusses (Photograph)
A close-up photograph of a prefabricated truss shows its detail. The truss will be shipped by large truck to the construction site, where it will be lifted by special machinery into place.