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Why the Interstate Highway System Cost More than $535 Billion

Every day, most of us are driving on the most expensive construction project ever to have been completed in the world – the Interstate Highway System. This project is the biggest reason why our country functions the way it does today, and how our economy works. Due to the brilliance of a few men with goals of connecting us together, ...
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Earthquake Resistant Buildings are on the High Rise – Literally

On this day in history, Ecuador faced a massive earthquake measured at 6.7 magnitude in 1949. This natural disaster is ranked one of the world’s deadliest earthquakes as it killed an estimated 6,000 people and injured another 20,000. It damaged buildings across 1,500 square miles and left more than 100,000 people homeless. Japan is also widely known as the Pacific ...
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The Hidden History of Scaffolding

Many see depictions of ancient Egypt or the Roman Empire with wood scaffolding as they build some of the Wonders of the World. However, seeing a painting displaying what they did to accomplish these incredible construction projects is much different than seeing it in person. Unfortunately, when it comes to thousands of years ago, cameras were not available to capture ...
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Why Drywall is More Popular than Plaster in the 21st Century

In every construction project that requires new or upgraded walls, the decision between drywall and plaster must be made. However, in today’s world, it’s a no brainer – drywall always wins. Between the two is amazing history regarding how our world has used them in past centuries, as well as how they differ to bring different design ideas to life. ...
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The Basics of Concrete – the Most Popular Man-Made Material

Quite literally, since the beginning of human civilization, concrete has been used for building. The Pyramids of Giza were built around 3,000BC. Holding the blocks together are a mortar made from gypsum and lime that hardened like modern day concrete. The Colosseum and Pantheon in Rome, Italy also used concrete-like mortar by mixing fine volcanic ash and clay with similar ...
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How Casino Designs Make You Spend More Without You Knowing

Building casinos from the ground up or simply constructing hotel additions can be extremely costly. They’re always updating their décor, hotel rooms, and gaming floors to consistently appease players and hotel guests, which can lead to major pay outs from the owners. Many casinos double as a hotel, which alone cost on average $23 million for 155 rooms with full ...
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Build With Us: St. Johns Animal Clinic

In June, we completed the renovations and additions for the St. Johns Animal Clinic! This project consisted of multiple additions, installing uncommon equipment, and improving the layout of the entire building! The building was originally built in the 70's and has received minimal renovations throughout the years. This project was the largest renovation of the building, and ultimately the best ...
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Build With Us: G.A.R. Island Park

Another completed project is in the books this month! We officially completed the improvements and upgrades for the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Park in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. This island already has an impressive history before we had the amazing opportunity to bring it back to life! In 1872, the island was owned by J.D. McAuliffe, and was much ...
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Why Log Cabin Construction Isn’t as Simple as It Looks

Fort Christine Cabin, Fairbanks House, C.A. Nothnagle Cabin, Loomis Homestead, and Richad Sparrow Family Home On this day, 383 years ago, America’s first log cabin was constructed in Wilmington, Delaware at Fort Christine. Following the immigration of Swedes and Finns, and the purchase treaty with the Native Lenape tribe, they built a fort with two log cabins inside. As more ...
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The Construction Industry is Making Big Moves!

Being able to lift a whole building and relocate it with very little to no damage is as astonishing as it is unbelievable. ‘Structural relocation’ came about in the 1700’s when people would move their homes with horses or oxen, however, the buildings would be damaged in the first few yards with chimneys collapsing due to poor structure bracing. With ...