Tesla factory announcements, new jobsite safety mandates, and police decked out in orange and yellow safety vests—there's much to cover today in an action-packed edition of the Buildr Newsletter.
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A 2,100-acre plot in Travis County will house the 4-million square-foot factory tasked with assembling Tesla's futuristic-looking new Cybertruck and Model Y small SUV.
While the Austin plant will be substantially larger than the original Tesla plant in Fremont, CA, it will employ 5,000 workers vs. Fremont's 10,000 workers.
The lack of corporate and individual income taxes in Texas surely played a role in Elon Musk's decision-making, and Tesla is projected to receive upwards of $60 million in tax breaks over the next 10 years.
, billed as having "better utility than a truck with more performance than a sports car," admittedly looks like the DeLorean from
if it went on an Amazon spree to build a home gym, stocked up on protein powder, and got shredded during quarantine.
In a nutshell: carpenter, MSc in Engineering, PhD and researcher in construction industry productivity Hasse Neve (cue the "Daenarys Stormborn of House Targaryan..." title-reciting flashbacks) and a team of researchers from Aarhus University have compared productivity data over the last 4 decades to actual output and found that, "If the country's contractors are to make more money, they need to optimize processes."
, Neve and his team found that just 36 seconds per hour dedicated to generating extra value would correlate to a $5.4 billion increase of the construction industry's annual GDP in the US and Canada. This would obviously scale further with any valuable time added beyond 36 seconds.
In the study, project delivery is an oft-cited antiquated process
Other value-adding, seconds-saving practices include prefabrication and modularization, continuous estimating, and physical co-location of project participants on the GC's side (a subtle Zoom burn).
The mandate went into effect on July 27 and will require social distancing measures including face coverings and easy access to hand sanitizing.
Southern California school construction lets out a collective exhale, as Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) sits on a voter-approved bond program currently valued at $27.5 billion.
Of that amount, 650 projects valued at $3.7 billion are in pre-construction and 220 projects valued at $1.6 billion are in construction. With another $900 million in soon-to-be announced projects, that still leaves $21.3 billion, if our calculator app is working properly.
Says LAUSD Facilities Services Division chief exec Mark Hovatter: "Over the next year alone, we expect these projects to create 16,000 construction jobs, making meaningful progress in the economic recovery."
of (scary musical cue) The Biggest OSHA fines of Q2 2020.
We won't summarize the jobsite misconduct penalties that Construction Dive conveniently lists. Our one editorialization we like to make when these lists drop is that it's the construction industry equivalent of peeking into the principal's office to see who's in there.
, 15 more construction workers have tested positive for COVID-19 on the
, bringing the total to 49 confirmed cases.
SoFi Stadium is the future home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.
The $5 billion Turner Construction/AECOM-Hunt Construction Group joint project is approximately 97% complete.
Speaking of editorializing, NBCLA's choice in article title "Is SoFi Stadium Cursed?" makes us realize we've never once factored into the pandemic the possibility of witchcraft and may need to rethink everything.
New York Construction Report
— in an effort to crack down on reckless and distracted driving near workzones, New York police officers will
disguise themselves as construction workers
in Governor Andrew Cuomo's aptly named plan: "Operation Hardhat."
Who owns the movie rights to this story? Should Buildr get to work on an
screenplay with Will Ferrell at the helm as an undercover cop or has someone already called dibs on it?
for being the first construction YouTube channel to surpass 1 million subscribers. With beautiful, high-quality content like "
The Structures That Defy Gravity
," it's no surprise so many people are taking notice.
: The 2020 Emmy nominations
. Some Buildr hot takes include "With 26 nominations,
is still somehow underrated," "Zendaya deserves her nom," and "Baby Yoda was snubbed for Best Supporting Actor."
: In light of (almost) Month 6 of Zoomlife, here's a
cheat sheet of strategies
to help your teams avoid Zoom fatigue. Tips include calling everyone by name, opting not to read from slides, and lightening the mood by bringing up that you think you read a
in a construction tech newsletter.
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