The Iron Messenger: An IMPACT Publication, August 2018 Issue
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Iron Workers Local 5 (Upper Marlboro, Md.) just completed DC United’s $500 million Audit Field on time, under budget without any recordable incidents. Approximately 100 ironworkers worked with 9 partner contractors on the project: Bosworth Steel (Dallas), Schuff Steel (San Diego), Precast Erectors (Hurst, Texas), Premier Consultants (Washington, D.C.), Dynamic PSG (Berlin, Conn.), Tidewater Glazing (Hanover, Md.), Bulldog Construction (Lanham, Md.), and LongFense (Chantilly, Va.). Ironworkers installed structural steel, precast panels, and completed ornamental work. The project started in July 2017 and met the 51 percent new hire resident requirement for Washington D.C.
Burgoyne Bridge Replacement
Walters, Inc. in Hamilton, Ontario worked with Local 736 (Hamilton, Ontario) to replace an old trestle bridge in St. Catharines, Ontario, with a striking new 330-metre-long twin structural steel box girder viaduct structure. Walters Inc. erected massive and highly complex truss elements for the arch span without causing traffic disruptions. The company was responsible for erecting the entire bridge, which involved sophisticated construction engineering, crane and landing equipment and a team of highly skilled ironworkers.
OSHA Extends Deadlines for Parts of Beryllium Standard
OSHA has extended some of the general industry compliance dates for the beryllium standard to Dec. 12, 2018. This rule change does not affect the construction industry’s compliance requirements.
IMPACT Training in September
When Should Contractors Say No To New Business?
Many contractors would likely cringe at the idea of turning down work. But experienced contractors warn there are a number of good reasons not to take on too much.
Dodge: July Construction Starts Down 9%
Following robust increases in the value of new construction starts in May and June, 14% and 11% respectively, July starts dropped 9% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $817.4 billion, according to the latest report from Dodge Data & Analytics.
Dodge: 2018 So Far a Mixed Bag for Commercial, Multifamily Starts
After an analysis of U.S. commercial and multifamily starts for the first six months of 2018, Dodge Data & Analytics reported this week that total volume of $101.4 billion was 1% less than what was recorded for the same period in 2017 but was 2% greater than starts from January through June 2016.
How AI Can Drive the Most Value for Construction
A McKinsey & Co. study released earlier this year predicted that the engineering and construction sector will be slow to embrace artificial intelligence (AI), but despite this slow adoption, presenters during a webinar hosted by Engineering News-Record said it can help E&C companies expedite early processes, create the best plans for projects and identify if a project is starting to go awry.
Dodge: High-rise Construction Ebbs, Flows with Economy
Construction of high-rises – buildings taller than 10 stories – in the U.S. tends to rise and fall with the health of the overall economy, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. At the tail end of the Great Recession in 2009, fewer than 100 of these buildings broke ground.
Pew Research Center: Most Americans View Unions Favorably
Most Americans like labor unions, at least in the abstract. A majority (55%) holds a favorable view of unions, versus 33% who hold an unfavorable view, according to a Pew Research Center survey from earlier this year.
Ironworker News & Resources
Manufacturers Have A Recruitment Problem, So Why Aren’t They Hiring More Women?
“The Iron Workers recently agreed to provide six months pre-delivery and 6-8 weeks of postpartum paid maternity leave to help recruit and retain more women. The organization also launched a campaign titled “Be that one guy” to prevent workplace harassment.”
HireLAX Apprentice Readiness Program
HireLAX Apprentice Readiness Program is an 8-week training program held at the Los Angeles Southwest College with instructors from Los Angeles Trade Technical College to provide trainees the skills they need to succeed. The goal of the program is to maximize the economic impact of the LAX airport project by hiring local workers. Ironworker Local 433 (Los Angeles) apprentice James Moreno featured in the video was placed on the LAX project through this program upon graduation.
Contractor News & Resources
Iron Workers General President Eric Dean Talks NAFTA Deal On HillTV Show Rising
Iron Workers Genereal President Eric Dean was on the HillTV show Rising with former MSNBC Anchor Krystal Ball and nationally syndicated host Buck Sexton. The interview was on the NAFTA deal. Watch it here
Thoughts From the Iron Workers-IMPACT Safety & Health Roundtable in Ann Arbor
Some thoughts from the Iron Workers-IMPACT Safety & Health Roundtable held in Ann Arbor, Mich. last month. Watch it here
Best Practice: Quality Management
The CII research team analyzed and documented the Quality Management (QM) systems, programs, and improvement activities currently used in the Capital Facilities Delivery (CFD) industry.
Key elements of an effective QMS were identified as reported by owners, contractors, and suppliers. The team found that no single QMS standard would ensure an organization’s ability to achieve the highest levels of quality. While ISO 9001 is the most commonly used QM standard, most of the other industry QM standards have elements in common. Read more
IMPACT & Iron Workers In the News
MGM Springfield Casino Opening Sparks Praise
Fiore Grassetti, business agent for Iron Workers Local 7 (Boston), said he never felt so proud as he did marching with union members after completing the project ahead of schedule and on budget.
Ironworkers Top Out the IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union Headquarters
Ironworkers from local 111(Rock Island, Ill.) topped out the new IHMVCU HQ headquarters on the Moline river this month.
Iron Workers Training Center Expansion to Increase Apprenticeships
The PAsmart initiative will invest $30 million in workforce development, including $7 million for apprenticeships. The program aims to double the number of registered apprentices by 2025. The number of registered apprentices in Pennsylvania has increased by nearly 20% from 13,282 registered apprentices to nearly 16,000 since Gov. Wolf established the Apprenticeship and Training Office in 2016.