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Protecting Inactive Construction Sites During the Coronavirus Pandemic

By: John Newbury, Ramtech Electronics Limited

Should construction keep going during the Coronavirus Pandemic? It’s a highly volatile debate, and the rules seem to change every day. Critical infrastructure repair and emergency work must continue, even in major cities like Boston and Cambridge where officials have issued stop orders for most types of construction. Other cities, like New York, cite negative economic ramifications as a reason to deem all construction sites essential, and therefore many remain open.

However, it’s quite possible that most construction across the country may grind to a halt at some point. The health of workers and those they come into contact with, the continued availability or unavailability of personal protective equipment (PPE), and the logistical complications of construction material delivery when our transport systems are already overloaded with the movement of life-sustaining supplies are all in question.

Either way, one thing is clear: construction sites are vulnerable to safety risks and must be secured according to NFPA241 and OSHA guidelines during all phases of construction, even a pause. The Association of General Contractors (AGC) of Massachusetts suggests that the WES3 Enhanced Wireless Alarm System from Ramtech is an ideal fit for just such an application.

Construction sites are always susceptible to a host of threats, but a site left unattended for days, weeks, or even longer is a hotbed of danger, loss, and potential lawsuits. Consider the possibility of intruders committing theft, squatting, arson, vandalism, and other crimes. Also, the possible hazards normally on construction sites such as accumulations of flammable materials, accelerants, and unfinished electrical work remain present and can cause a fire to break out even when no one is working on site.

Hiring security personnel to patrol unattended sites is often recommended. Placing an individual that’s unfamiliar with the site; however, is neither safe nor cost-effective. The WES3 system provides a safe and efficient alternative.

WES3 is comprised of wireless units, typically placed in accordance with the site’s fire prevention plan but can be set up anywhere regardless of the current stage of construction. It’s quick and easy – it takes just a few minutes to get the system up and running to protect the site. Units can be numbered for easy identification.

The units connect to form a network so that if a fire breaks out any unit can automatically trigger a site-wide alarm. The base station pinpoints exactly where the triggering unit is located. As the primary control unit for the WES3 network, the base station enables full management and real-time diagnostics for any connected units. When coupled with REACT, all relevant personnel will be notified immediately via text message from anywhere, on site or off, if an alarm is activated. An accurate log of all system events can be downloaded via USB to allow timely reporting of on-site issues.

WES3 also offers unique and convenient features like dust-resistant smoke sensors with dual optic technology to minimize false alarms, system polling mode to provide an integrity test to confirm any additional or removed units, and full isolation system test mode to individually test alarm points without the need to trigger the entire system. WES3 can also be seamlessly integrated with third party systems including independent or permanent wired fire alarms.

Designed specifically to meet the challenging and ever-changing needs of the construction industry, WES3 units are FCC approved, covered by a full two-year manufacturer warranty, and have a three-year battery life under normal conditions and usage. 

There are many preparations needed to secure a construction site that must sit unattended for an indefinite amount of time. Reducing flammables and combustibles, covering fall hazards, keeping fences and gates intact and locked, and posting appropriate signage are all vital. But surely the most important preparation is having the ability to be notified instantly when something bad happens – not after it’s too late.

As community leaders and key economic drivers, construction companies of all sizes are looking to step up right now. Setting an example by investing in top of the line safety solutions is priceless. Sometimes no news is good news, and the last news anyone wants right now is a headline about a fire or other calamity on a deserted construction site spreading and causing destruction beyond the perimeter of the site itself. That’s particularly true if the fire or event could have been avoided by having sufficient monitoring in place. 

In these uncertain times, we’re all seeking peace of mind. Security is top priority. Let’s work together to keep everyone and everything as safe as possible. For more information, please visit wessafety.com.

Article courtesy of:

Brian M. Fraley
Owner, Fraley Construction Marketing

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Automate the Way You Purchase, Pay, and Get Paid

Eliminating the Manual Procure-to-Pay Process Saves Money and Provides Visibility

By Steve DeFranco, Vice President of Sales, Procurement Services, Corcentric

Uncertainties in the economy, changes in equipment prices, and fluctuations in market expectations contribute to one result: managers of construction equipment and construction firm executives are under pressure to find ways to reduce expenses in order to stay profitable.

Much of what is in the news today is pointing to an economic slowdown in the United States late in 2020. While some sectors of the construction industry – warehouses, data centers, pipelines, and wind and solar projects – look like they will be strong, according to economists at Associated General Contractors, others like medical facilities and infrastructure (barring a well-funded government infrastructure initiative), may not fare so well. 

The South is looking toward strong construction, while the Midwest will likely lag. In addition, construction costs are expected to rise again from their already high levels. Between June 2018 and June 2019 the price of construction equipment rose 5.8 percent and there is no sign that equipment prices will come down anytime soon.

Back-office processes are another factor that contribute to loss of control in spend management. Late invoice payments are one problem that seems to plague the construction industry more than it does other industries, in part because of the volume of paper-based invoices that are still the norm. A recent Rabbet study found that late payments cost construction companies $64 billion a year.

Saving Time and Money

While there is nothing construction firms can do to prevent the economic slowdown or even bring equipment costs down, changes in the procure-to-pay process can result in significant gains. According to Gartner, procure-to-pay (also known as purchase-to-pay) “is a fully integrated solution designed to support an end-to-end process that begins with goods and services requisitioning and ends with ready-to-pay files for upload into an accounts payable system.”

Unfortunately, many construction companies are still using manual processes in their accounts payable departments. If you have not done so already, now is the time to think about automating the entire procure-to-pay process. Doing so can reduce payables costs by up to 82 percent, process time by 70 percent and the exception rate by 50 percent.

A fully automated accounts payable solution takes electronic purchase orders from e-invoicing to approval workflows and ERP integration, all the way through to automated payments.

The Procure-to-Pay Process

The process starts with an electronic purchase order. If your organization is currently not using purchase orders, you probably are having difficulty managing employee spend and are seeing a lot of maverick spend – purchases that are outside of your established procurement guidelines.

A formal purchase order process leads to better management of budgets, order tracking and receipt of products and payments. An electronic purchase order is the first step in improving the efficiency of your procure-to-pay process. Automation allows the purchase orders to be matched to delivery receipts and invoices, meaning discrepancies are found and can be corrected before the invoice is sent.  This should eliminate, or at least curtail, exceptions once invoices are sent.

Here’s how an automated procure-to-pay process works:

  • Procurement generates a purchase order, which goes to the supplier, while a digital copy remains in the PO system.
  • When the goods are received, the person receiving the product enters the PO or packing list information into the electronic PO system to receive the goods.
  • An invoice is received and matched against original purchase orders and receipt of goods. Companies will need to set “workable tolerances.” If the match falls within the workable tolerances, it can be paid. If there is a problem, the e-invoice will be routed to the authorized person for further action.
  • Once the AP department ascertains that the invoice matches the PO and the receipt of goods, it will be submitted for approval and payment.

Three-Way Match Process and Cost Comparison

Ideally, you want a three-way match between the purchaser order, receipt of goods, and the invoice. Here’s what can go wrong with this three-way match when using a manual process:

  • AP receives a paper or e-mailed invoice before the goods are actually delivered.
  • In order to verify a match, someone has to enter certain information – PO number, vendor information or item code – in order to find the original PO.
  • If the data matches, the invoice can be sent on for approval and payment.
  • However, if the information does not match, the invoice cannot be processed and someone has to spend time and effort determining what the problem is. Only when the issue is resolved can the invoice be processed. 

The end result of automation should be a reduction in days sales outstanding because invoice exceptions – one of the biggest reason for late payments – are virtually eliminated. Waiting for invoices to be paid restricts cash flow and can prevent a company from being able to purchase necessary equipment or supplies.

Best-in-class companies are processing 65.3 percent of their invoices straight through, according to a 2019 Ardent Partners report. The average company is only processing straight-through invoices 24.2 percent of the time, the report says.

The report also found that it costs the average company $10.08 to process an invoice, while best-in-class companies are only spending $2.18 to process an invoice. 

Costs savings are not the only benefit of automating your procure-to-pay process. Automation also gives you 100 percent visibility of your invoices in real time. But perhaps most importantly, the reports generated by an automated system provide the information you need to gain greater control over cash flow and working capital.

Why Automate?

Here’s a look at the top five benefits of automating your accounts payable process:

Remove Paper

Paper is the bane of every accounts payable professional’s life. It has to be collected, categorized, sorted, scanned, copied, routed, processed, stored, and then retrieved later. Multiply that by thousands and you’ve got a costly, storage-intensive administrative burden that takes people, time, and expensive equipment to manage. Automation cuts out paper and plugs those resources drains fast. In fact, PayStream Advisors has found that the average cost of processing a paper invoice even higher than Ardent Partners and says it can be as high as $20, versus $4 for paperless invoice processing.

Eliminate Manual Tasks

Paper processes are touch-heavy; yet, even when you digitize the data, there are manual tasks slowing things down. For example, how many manual steps does it take to get invoice data into your financial system, ready for processing? And how many opportunities for error are there? AP automation software enables you to remove the need to touch and process all invoices.

Increase Speed and Eliminate Bottlenecks

When you automate the friction out of processes, you see the immediate improvement where problems typically occur further downstream in the workflow. You also get things like analytics transparency, better cash flow management, and better payment discount capture.

Access Instantly

When your invoices are spread across multiple locations in different departments, you don’t have a clear view of your payment liabilities.  The best accounts payable automation solutions receive and index invoice data digitally and make better cash flow forecasts, so you have instant access to the information you need in one central location. 

Allows Benchmarking

You can’t have meaningful improvement without measurement. So take “before” and “after” snapshots of your performance and track the effects of automation on metrics like first-pass rate and number of exceptions and errors, as well as bigger trends like the percentage of paper invoices compared with electronic. Then you can report effectively to management, show tangible returns on investment, and replicate successes.

This feature appeared in the March 2020 issues of the ACP Magazines:

California Builder & Engineer, Construction, Construction Digest, Construction News, Constructioneer, Dixie Contractor, Michigan Contractor & Builder, Midwest Contractor, New England Construction, Pacific Builder & Engineer, Rocky Mountain Construction, Texas Contractor, Western Builder

The Road to Maximum Efficiency

Morgan Pavement Finds a Custom Solution to Increase Productivity

By Scott Knighton

There aren’t enough hours in a day. Every sealcoat operator, manager, and company president has found themselves thinking this at one point or another. Even without unexpected equipment breakdowns, weather delays or staffing shortfalls, there are plenty of small things that eat away at productivity, leaving crews wishing for just a little more time. 

Even in Utah, which averages more than 14 hours of daylight in summer, asphalt maintenance contractors push their productivity to the max, making every hour in their 12-hour workdays count. For some, this comes at the cost of overall quality. Others, like Morgan Pavement – a full-service asphalt contractor providing earthwork, asphalt paving and asphalt maintenance services – find strict quality control and a proactive approach to tools and products that increase productivity key to optimized efficiency.  

From humble beginnings in 1983 as a Utah-based striping outfit to today’s multi-million-dollar company serving communities in Utah, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and Texas, quality control has set Morgan Pavement apart. It was the driving factor in the company’s expansion into earthmoving, paving, and eventually manufacturing its own sealcoat and slurry seal oils to provide the quality solutions for customers from start to finish. That commitment to the best quality for its customers is the core value that keeps employees like Dean Garrett, President and CEO, clocking in year after year, decade after decade. Morgan Pavement has never shied away from investing in the tools, resources, infrastructure, and employees to ensure its customers receive solutions that are completed quicker and last longer.

With clogs causing productivity problems, Morgan Pavement approached Neal Manufacturing for a custom solution pump and spray system for their high-volume truck

The focus on quality makes Morgan Pavement quick to embrace new technology when it benefits its customers. So, when a new product, Onyx, hit the market in 2012, the company quickly realized the frictional mastic surface treatment’s potential. In terms of quality, it offered customers more friction, durability, and longevity than any other spray applied mastic on the market. Onyx’s proven performance gave Morgan Pavement confidence to expand its application services into roadways knowing it could deliver on its commitment to quality.

The only problem was, its current sealcoating equipment hadn’t caught up with Onyx’s unique properties, resulting in frequent clogs and slowing productivity – putting Morgan Pavement’s reputation and overall efficiency on the line. 

Black Gold

Just what was it about Onyx that convinced Morgan Pavement to risk its 35-year reputation on a product that – temporarily – decreased productivity? Simple, Onyx’s unique ability to load significantly more aggregate than conventional materials. The larger, harder aggregate also improves micro texture on the pavement surface for enhanced friction. 

“Although Onyx is a spray seal – it has significantly higher loadings of unique polymers and catalysts that deliver the long-term performances a customer demands on parking lot roads,” said Garrett. “We want the best for our customers. With Onyx, they’re getting the best ­– durability, permeability, friction, and dark black color – with the ease of installation of a spray seal.”

But it was more than the friction coefficient that convinced Morgan Pavement this was the quality solution its customers deserved. Onyx is specially engineered to provide shortened dry times and extended long-term performance, increasing efficiency, durability and longevity. As a consistently black sealer, Onyx also reduces ultraviolet damage and increases striping contrast for added safety and aesthetics. 

Ingevity, the owner of the Onyx formula, sourced the product through Morgan Pavement’s manufacturing affiliate, NuRock Asphalt Coatings. This allowed NuRock to manufacture a high-quality road and parking lot sealer for its customers’ needs. 

Morgan Pavement recognized the potential of the optional AutoTrim attachment on Neal Manufacturing’s DA-350 to revolutionize cutting in from a time-consuming, labor-intensive chore to a quick, efficient process that would allow the completion of edge work in less than half the time.

However, as part of the partnership, Morgan Pavement was tasked with perfecting the application of Onyx. The mixture’s thixotropic nature and high aggregate load made application a challenge for its current sealcoating equipment. 

“Onyx has an extreme load of polymer and aggregate, making it more difficult to pump with standard spray seal equipment,” Garrett said. “The machines we were using worked well with conventional sealcoats, but with the new aggregate intensive compound, productivity was suffering.” 

Despite 12-hour days and six-day work weeks, Morgan Pavement saw limited productivity with Onyx application due to frequent malfunctions. Clogs developed in the filtration system of their tank truck, causing the seven-person crew to stop what they were doing, clear the clog, and go back and manually apply the product to cover gaps, a process that increased unscheduled downtime and cost money.

“You can imagine you’re clipping down the road at 6 miles an hour and all of a sudden you have a clog for 20 feet,” Garrett said. “That was happening several times an hour. It was very frustrating for the crews and for our customers.”  

Morgan Pavement knew it had the best product with Onyx, but they needed to do something to decrease the downtime brought on by the equipment mismatch. 

In terms of productivity, Neal Manufacturing’s DA-350 has revolutionized Morgan Pavement’s edge work, reducing a seven-person to crew to just one on a DA-350.

The Solution

With only two or three contractors using Onyx in Utah and less than 20 nationwide, mass-market solutions were unavailable. So, Morgan Pavement turned to a trusted name for a custom solution to their Onyx problem – Neal Manufacturing, a Division of Blastcrete Equipment LLC. 

Neal Manufacturing and their parent company Blastcrete Equipment were well known to Morgan Pavement. In 35 years, the sealcoat applicator had found success with a number of Neal Manufacturing machines and appreciated the customer-focused approach and dedication to quality that mirrored its own core values. It had found industry-innovating machines often carried the Neal Manufacturing logo, as well. But it was the OEM’s experience with custom engineering that sealed the deal. 

“They’re open-minded and easy to work with, so when we need a solution, Neal Manufacturing is the first name on the list,” Garrett said. “Not to mention, when it comes to pumps, few understand different consistencies and how to effectively pump sealcoat better than Blastcrete.”

With the DA-350 and spray truck modifications from Neal Manufacturing, Morgan Pavement was able to increase productivity more than 53 percent a day, applying up to 130,000 square feet (260,000 with double application).

Morgan Pavement presented their Onyx spray problem to Neal Manufacturing and within two months, their team had engineered a pump and spray system that virtually eliminated the clogging issues that were costing Morgan valuable daylight. 

With the retrofit, productivity increased immediately. “Before we struggled with multiple clogs an hour, now it was more like one a day,” Garrett said. “Reducing clogs added 10 percent, or an extra hour and a half to our day. The retrofit also reduced cleaning time at the end of the day by 80 percent and saved 90 percent of the material we were wasting during clean up.” 

In that usable time, crews were able to increase application by 28 percent. Heightened productivity also meant jobs progressed quickly and efficiently, improving crew satisfaction and delighting customers in a job done to Morgan Pavement’s high-quality standards. 

Morgan Pavement was back on the road to maximum productivity. But the collaboration with Neal Manufacturing and the success of the refurbished system encouraged management to examine other areas where they could increase productivity. 

Cutting-in edges had always been a time-consuming and efficiency-draining task. The tedious, manual process was always the limiting factor for efficiency on their sealcoating jobs. On roadways and city streets, edge work required a crew of seven and a significant amount of the time budgeted for each contract. While the main truck drove down the center of the street, two hose crews would cut in on either side – one person operating the hand wand and spraying the sealcoat, one protecting the curb and gutter with a guard, and one progressing the hose. On parking lot jobs, the process was slightly more efficient, but only because a single-hose crew was needed and there was less cutting in to do in general. Even with the improved pump and reduced clogs, cutting-in cut into their profits and limited their productivity on roadway jobs. 

It wasn’t as if they were the only applicators battling the drain on efficiency caused by edge work. Industry-wide, the process is a time- and labor-intensive burden, especially for companies with high-quality standards. Sloppy edge work, such as not getting close enough to the gutter or spraying material on the curb, will cause unplanned clean up and dissatisfied customers. As part of its dedication to providing the best solutions for customers, solutions their competitors couldn’t, Morgan Pavement wanted to find a way to do high-quality work faster. 

Working with Neal Manufacturing proved there were OEMs in the industry that would listen to their concerns and help them improve their business. Luckily for Morgan Pavement, since they weren’t the only applicator struggling with cutting in edges, the Neal Team was already a step ahead with the revolutionary DA-350.

All-In-One for Optimum Efficiency

The three-wheeled, self-propelled DA-350, a drivable, dual application sealer buggy, holds up to 350 gallons of material. Operators can choose between the 8-foot Even Flow diamond squeegee assembly with hydraulic windrow or 87-inch, six-nozzle spray bar with electronic actuator for an ideal application on a variety of jobs. The machine incorporates the HDP hydraulic piston pump capable of processing high sand loads for specialty sealants like Onyx. The HDP piston pump can also be used to transfer materials up to 100 GPM.

But the feature that really piqued Morgan Pavement’s interest was the DA-350’s optional AutoTrim, a baffle attachment for automatically cutting-in sealcoat materials while keeping curbs and edges clean. Morgan Pavement recognized the potential to revolutionize cutting-in from a time-consuming, labor-intensive chore to a quick, efficient process that could be completed expertly from the comfort of the DA-350’s driver seat, allowing completion of edge work in less than half the time. 

After seeing the machine at the National Pavement Expo, Morgan Pavement quickly recognized the impact the unit could have on productivity and immediately bought one. Soon after using the new unit, Garrett said they ordered another. 

“In terms of productivity, the DA-350 is revolutionary,” Garrett said. “For us, it took a crew of seven and reduced it down to one man on a DA-350 to do the edge work. Those other crew members can be employed in other areas to get the job done faster – directing traffic, operating other machinery and cleaning up a jobsite. Overall, we’ve been able to significantly increase productivity while decreasing crew size to just five.”

Now, the DA-350 sets Morgan Pavement’s pace. It precedes the main spraying truck, with the driver doing all the edge work on one road before moving on to the next. The machine’s ability to cut a radius while keeping a tight edge with the curb and gutter allows the driver to continue uninterrupted until it’s time to refill the tank. The rest of the crew follows behind, applying Onyx to the center of the road. 

Nowhere has Morgan Pavement seen the benefits of the DA-350 more than in their work with one of Utah’s largest cities. This picturesque suburb of Salt Lake City hosted several events during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. For the past three years, Morgan Pavement contracted with the municipality to seal an increasing portion of city streets with Onyx. 

Like many municipalities in Utah, the city requested a frictional mastic surface treatment – the generic name for Onyx – and they have come to expect exemplarily service from local providers, Morgan Pavement and NuRock Asphalt Coatings. 

In 2017, the first year of their partnership, Morgan Pavement sprayed Onyx on over 1 million square feet of roadway to gauge the performance of the sealcoat. The project lasted over two weeks with crews applying an average of 85,000 square feet a day – 170,000 square feet when factoring in Onyx’s double coat application. A year later, with the DA-350 and spray truck modifications, they were able to increase productivity more than 53 percent a day, applying up to 130,000 square feet (260,000 with double application). In just 11 days, they completed the 1.5 million square feet of roadway and were on to the next job. With the DA-350, Morgan Pavement has seen a significant increase in the number of jobs they can complete in a season as well as an overall increase in their bottom line with smaller crews, more productivity and quicker turnaround.

Industry-wide, the edge work is a time- and labor-intensive burden, but with the DA 350, Morgan Pavement was able to efficiently complete high-quality edge work. 

The Willingness to Embrace Change

At 35, Morgan Pavement is still in growth mode. The company’s willingness to embrace productivity-enhancing techniques and keen eye for quality continues to win them customers and bids across the western part of the United States. 

With Neal Manufacturing’s custom retrofit of their truck system and the addition of two DA-350 units to their fleet, Morgan Pavement realized exceptional productivity without sacrificing its customer commitment and high standards of quality. In the fall, Neal Manufacturing will retrofit three more truck system units, allowing the company to meet the rising demand for Onyx and propelling them toward even greater productivity.

Morgan Pavement still wishes for more hours in a day, but with the DA-350 and custom solutions from Neal Manufacturing, they are able to make each hour of daylight count over 50 percent more than before – all 14 of them.

This feature appeared in the March 2020 issues of the ACP Magazines:

California Builder & Engineer, Construction, Construction Digest, Construction News, Constructioneer, Dixie Contractor, Michigan Contractor & Builder, Midwest Contractor, New England Construction, Pacific Builder & Engineer, Rocky Mountain Construction, Texas Contractor, Western Builder

USGBC Releases the Top States for LEED

Top 10 List Recognizes Leaders Committed to More Sustainable and Resilient Buildings, Cities, and Communities

As cities and states continue to work toward climate action goals, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announces its list of Top 10 States for LEED green building. For the first time since 2011, Colorado took the top spot on the list, which ranks states based on the number of LEED certified square feet per person. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world with more than 100,000 projects engaged. This year’s top states are home to more than 105 million people, including more than 80,000 LEED green building professionals with the skills to support the sustainable transformation of buildings.

“As we embark on a new decade, the USGBC community is focused on helping more projects get on the path to LEED certification and a more sustainable future,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC. “Over the last year, the Top 10 states have certified projects that serve as incredible examples of how green building can create more sustainable and resilient spaces that improve our living standard. There is still much work to be done, but the progress made across these states shows us that our work is having a tangible impact on people’s lives. As we enter our next chapter, we are committed to helping more buildings, cities and communities improve their sustainability performance through LEED.”

LEED-certified projects support personal health and well-being, as well as use less energy and water, reduce carbon emissions and save money for families, businesses and taxpayers. The Top 10 list is based on 2010 U.S. Census data and includes commercial and institutional green building projects certified throughout 2019. Colorado certified 102 green building projects representing 4.76 square feet of LEED-certified space per resident. The state has made the Top 10 list each year but jumped to the top spot after ranking sixth in 2018. Minnesota and Oregon reemerged as Top 10 states after missing the list last year, coming in at number eight and nine respectively. The full rankings are as follows:

2019 Top 10 States for LEED
RankStateCertified Gross Square Footage (GSF)GSF Per CapitaNumber of Projects CertifiedLEED Professionals
1Colorado 23,962,3444.761026,339
2Illinois49,363,8223.851218,662
3New York72,778,9163.7619312,576
4Massachusetts24,505,5123.741016,827
5Hawaii4,083,7133.00121,1,45
6Maryland15,234,5542.64964,998
7Virginia19,981,1122.50986,526
8Minnesota12,708,7062.40253,346
9Oregon8,825,4322.30332,908
10California80,669,0662.1740026,794
**Washington D.C.31,810,01852.861432,597

**Washington, D.C. is not ranked as it is a federal district, not a state

USGBC calculates the list using per capita figures to allow for a fair comparison of the level of green building taking place among states with significant differences in population and number of overall buildings. Despite Washington, D.C. not appearing in the official Top 10 list because of its status as a federal territory, it consistently leads the nation and in 2019 certified 52.86 square feet of space per resident across 143 green building projects. The nation’s capital has a strong legacy of sustainability leadership and has expanded its use of LEED from buildings to cities and communities to support its goals. In 2017, it became the first LEED-certified city and in 2019 certified the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District LEED Platinum, the first business improvement district in the world to certify.

With green building expected to grow globally through 2021, the need for skilled professionals to support green building projects has never been more important. Across the U.S. there are more than 165,000 LEED green building professionals with the knowledge to help cities and communities transition to greener buildings and spaces. LEED professionals demonstrate a competency in green building principles that can set projects on the path to certification and help them consider ways to reduce their impact on the environment and provide people with healthier, more sustainable spaces to live, learn, work, and play.

As USGBC continues to advance green buildings, cities and communities through the adoption of LEED and the latest version of the rating system, LEED v4.1, the organization is also considering a future that is focused on a more regenerative approach. In November 2019 at the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, USGBC introduced LEED Positive – a roadmap that will lay the foundation for a future of LEED that transitions away from strategies that only reduce harm and instead focus on those that help repair and restore. With a continued focus on performance, USGBC is laying the groundwork to ensure sustainable design, construction and operations of buildings, cities, and communities remains focused on better buildings that contribute to better lives.

This feature appeared in the March 2020 issues of the ACP Magazines:

California Builder & Engineer, Construction, Construction Digest, Construction News, Constructioneer, Dixie Contractor, Michigan Contractor & Builder, Midwest Contractor, New England Construction, Pacific Builder & Engineer, Rocky Mountain Construction, Texas Contractor, Western Builder

Liebherr to Celebrate 50th Anniversary in the US

Liebherr in the United States is celebrating 50 years of success as a leading manufacturer in North America this year. 

With its 50th anniversary theme “United by Success,” the manufacturer remains focused on its commitment to U.S. customers. 

Liebherr has been producing in the U.S. since 1970. The company is one of the leading North American suppliers of construction machinery and other technically advanced, user-oriented products and services. The manufacturer sells and distributes products throughout its own locations and through an independent distribution network.

Liebherr has built its U.S. business on a foundation of trust, innovation and engagement with customers. Five decades later, Liebherr’s growth, diversity, and stability are evidence of how the company is united by success with customers as they work on the challenges of tomorrow and focus on the future together. 

Celebrating Together

Throughout 2020, Liebherr will focus on 10 innovative product divisions across the U.S. in addition to its commitment to the success of customers, business partners and employees.

“The ‘United by Success’ campaign shows that our customers and our company are one through each other’s successes and are stronger together,” said Torben Reher, Managing Director of Liebherr USA, Co. 

Plans for 2020 include Liebherr completing the expansion of its Newport News, Virginia, campus, introducing new technologies and equipment, and having a major presence with customers during industry trade shows.

The anniversary campaign will engage with customers on web, social media, and industry events, including a dedicated U.S. anniversary landing page and video. Liebherr will also unveil special anniversary exhibits and host VIP events to thank customers for their loyalty throughout the last five decades. 

The exhibits and VIP events will be held at CONEXPO-CON/AGG (Las Vegas, March 10-14) and MINExpo (Las Vegas, September 28-October 1).

Expanding into the Future

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To keep pace with its growth, a new $60 million state of the art expansion will be completed in spring 2020 in Newport News, which will be home to Liebherr USA, Co. The new site is adjacent to the company’s current facilities, where Liebherr has operated for its first 50 years. The new buildings will add more than 251,000 square feet to the existing 560,000-square-foot campus. Additionally, Liebherr has 13 other locations across the U.S.

This feature appeared in the March 2020 issues of the ACP Magazines:

California Builder & Engineer, Construction, Construction Digest, Construction News, Constructioneer, Dixie Contractor, Michigan Contractor & Builder, Midwest Contractor, New England Construction, Pacific Builder & Engineer, Rocky Mountain Construction, Texas Contractor, Western Builder