Technology Shaping 2016 Construction Trends

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Several analysts predict that 2016 will see a 6% growth in the U.S. construction industry, including a jump of 20% in residential building and 11% in commercial building. Advances in technology are leading the way. Some of the trends to watch:

  • 3D BIM modeling is becoming the standard, providing owners with better visualizations. No longer limited to architectural models, BIM is being used to model structural engineering, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. Clash detection programs allow for early discovery of interference among systems and management of potential problems long before construction.
  • Prefab/offsite construction methods will become more popular. These methods offer the benefits of reduced construction time, less waste, and possible cost savings, but the biggest payoff is when they are used in volume. It can also mean improvements in safety since some of the more technical work is performed in a more controlled environment away from the jobsite.
  • Green building will continue to grow. While commercial construction has led the way in adoption of green technology, the residential sector is catching up, driven by consumer demand, lifecycle cost savings, and the aging in place movement. Currently, green building accounts for 26-33% of the total residential market.
  • Robotic automation can handle repetitive manual tasks. Automated technology will be increasingly integrated into the construction industry, such as robotic bricklaying. Skilled workers who can oversee and operate robotic technology will increasingly be in demand.

Top Planning, Design, and Development Websites

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View Planetizen’s annual list recognizing 10 websites as some of the best resources for urban planning, design, and development. This year’s list highlights sites that allow interactive street design, use crowd-sourced public engagement, and use geotagging on Instagram to create databases of the built environment. Sites are judged on content, design, and usability.

Peloton Names Additional Leadership

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Peloton recently elected Jonathan Ragsdale and Marc Paquette as Associate Principals, and Erik Hinklin, Paulo Misi, Brad Sicard, Tim Whitefield, and Jonathan Fleming as Associates. Read full press release.

Scientific American 2015 Top 10 List

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Scientific American publishes Top Science Stories of 2015. Interesting topics include drones, clean diesel, concussions, and data breaches.

Peloton Builds Bikes for Local Charity

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The Fort Worth office of Peloton Land Solutions recently joined the local engineering community in the Christmas Wish Project’s annual bike and toy build. This volunteer, non-profit organization works closely with the Tarrant County Foster Parents Association and the staff of Our Community Our Kids to provide Tarrant County foster children with the best Christmas possible. Each year, 100% of the donations from the community go to towards the purchase of toys.

Austin Makes Top Ten List

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I-35 between East Riverside Drive and E. Dean Keeton Street in Austin was ranked the 10th worst traffic bottleneck in America (and worst in Texas) in a recent highway users’ study. This bottleneck accounts for 3 million total delay hours annually, resulting in a lost value of time of $73M and more than 1.7M wasted gallons of fuel.

Data for the study came from GPS-enabled gadgets such as smart phones and mapping devices to track the number of cars and their location and speed. Three roadways in North Texas (all in Dallas) made the top 50 (coming in at #27, 43, and 48) as well as three in Houston (#22, 25, and 34).

I-35W Expansion to Alliance Proposed

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As reported in today’s Fort Worth Star Telegram, North Tarrant Express Mobility Partners has submitted an offer to TxDOT to extend the I-35W expansion it is currently constructing to Alliance Airport. This would extend the existing project, which currently stretches from I-30 near downtown Fort Worth to U.S. 287, about 8 miles to the north.

Empty Bowl Project-Austin

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Together, with sponsors and donors, Peloton Land Solutions-Austin joined the Capital Area Food Bank, Central Texas’ largest hunger relief organization, in raising funds for programs which help alleviate child hunger. Nearly 25% of children living in Travis County are food insecure- that’s 1 in 4 children. Peloton employees and their families participated in the Austin Empty Bowl Project for the second year in a row, helping with food preparation, set-up, and other support activities. Afterwards, employees donated to the cause by purchasing locally crafted ceramic bowls, which were filled with soup and bread donated by Austin area chefs, restaurants, and bakers. All donations benefit Kids Café, a program which helps provide nutritious meals at times when other resources might not be available, and Meals for Kids, a program of Meals on Wheels & More which provides nutritious, kid-friendly after-school snacks and nutrition education to children of low-income families.

Peloton Austin Volunteer Day

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Our Austin office participated in the Real Estate Council of Austin’s Christmas in October event benefiting the Blackland Community Development Corporation (CDC). Nearly 100 volunteers redesigned and renovated the Blackland CDC’s shared conservatory and play spaces, giving residents a better place to spend quality time with their family, friends, and neighbors. Volunteers constructed a gazebo and neighborhood entryway, installed new swings, painted houses, and constructed picnic tables, flower beds, and gardens. More than $92,000 was raised in cash and in-kind donations leading up to the volunteer event.

The Blackland CDC was created in 1983 to provide neighborhood stability through transitional and permanent supportive housing for families of moderately low to very low incomes. Its mission is to retain the Blackland neighborhood as an inclusive, affordable place families can thrive through a variety of social services and housing options. Much of their funding comes from private donations and city administered HUD funds, which have been used to acquire and/or build 56 units scattered throughout the 28-block neighborhood on the east side of I-35 in Austin.

Peloton Adds Program Manager to Austin Office

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Adding more key staff to its expanding Texas operations, Peloton Land Solutions announces the hire of Jeff Scott as program manager in its Austin office. Jeff brings 15-plus years’ of diverse land development project experience in the private, public, and federal sectors. Jeff joins the Peloton team to lead the advancement of the growing site civil business segment to include commercial/retail, multi-family, and institutional development.

“Jeff has been a key player in the Austin land development market for a number of years and is so highly regarded. We knew immediately that he would be a strong asset to our expanding team there,” said Peloton President and CEO Aric Head. “We look forward to his leadership and expertise,” he added.

A professional engineer, Scott has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. in Finance from St. Edward’s University. He has earned numerous certifications, and is involved in several professional organizations including the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Austin Contractors and Engineers Association (ACEA), and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-LEED) to name a few. In 2010, Scott was a part of RECA’s Leadership Development Council.