How the Endangered Species Act (ESA) Impacts Land and Property Development

Do you perform clearing, grading, or excavation activities? Do you build roads, park related projects, homes, or buildings? Are you involved in demolition activities? Will you discharge dredged or fill material to a waterway or wetland? Are you involved in tunnel or pipeline projects? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection…
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Using Drones in Estimating

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word “drone”? I’m willing to bet it’s not “estimating.” Drones can be extremely helpful when estimating. A drone in the sky essentially gives you a top to bottom view of the entire job site. It is…
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Top 5 Benefits of Joint Ventures in Construction

Joint Venture agreements are common in construction, because they allow firms with varying specialties, experiences and resources to come together to meet specific requirements of a construction project. Where a project may have been impossible for a party to complete alone, the combined effort makes it more feasible. Investing in a…
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OCTA Approved $675M Loan for I-405 Project

On Monday, June 26, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) approved a federal loan for $675 million with the U.S. Department of Transportation, coming through the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act. This completes the financing needed for the county’s biggest capital project ever, according to the Orange County Register. The…
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California Contractors DIR Due July 1st

Companies performing prevailing wage work in California, must be registered as a Public Works Contractor with the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and pay an annual fee of $300.00. Registration is now open on the DIR’s website and is due no later than July 1, 2017. Register or Renew Here…
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How to Write a Great RFP Response

READ THE REQUIREMENTS CAREFULLY. It is important to read the guidelines and documents closely to make certain you are aware of and comfortable with all of the requirements before submitting a response. Verify that you want and can take on the work. Responding to a Request for Proposal (RFP) is…
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How to Plan a Success Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

There is no better way to unite your company with the community than with a ribbon cutting ceremony!  A ribbon cutting ceremony can be overwhelming until you look at the steps.  Here is a basic guide to planning your next success ribbon cutting ceremony!  Remember – each company and project…
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5 Technologies that Construction Professionals Need to Be Investing In

How do construction professionals navigate the constant new trends in technology – knowing the different between a passing fad, or a new useful tool?  While most industry experts understand that the innovation taking place will be helpful overall, it can be overwhelming to find the right technology tools to invest in.…
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California Construction Industry

Health of California Construction Industry: April Edition

It is essential that construction industry professionals stay informed about the health of the construction market in their local areas.  The California Construction industry has a lot of factors that contribute to its success, and downturn.  Understanding the trends will assist industry experts in making informed decisions, anticipate the needs…
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What the Construction Industry Needs to Know About AB 199

What is the Purpose of the Bill? AB 199 is a bill by Assemblymember Chu, and labor union group, California Building and Construction Trades Council.  Ultimately, AB 199 could overturn the current law and mandate higher labor and housing costs on new apartments and housing in California. While the authors of…
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