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Ask the Expert: Challenges of Winter Construction

What happens to Minnesota construction in winter? And what are the key issues to keep in mind for cold-weather operations?

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Ask the Expert: Concrete Protection Tips for Winter

Concrete can sustain damage as seasons change and temperatures begin to fluctuate. What to do - and NOT do - to maintain your concrete surfaces in winter.

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Ask the Expert: Everything Changes -- Why Would Drive-Thru Restaurants Be Any Different?

The look, feel and functionality of drive-thru restaurants has undergone a renaissance as owners continue to innovate to meet market conditions and demands.

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Modular buildings are an alternative construction method that can save time, money, and be more energy efficient.

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Ask the Expert: The Evolution of Building Materials

Construction building materials have been around for a very long time. So how have construction materials evolved, and where are they trending to?

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Ask the Expert: How does the Lumber Industry and Pricing Work?

The lumber industry has seen dramatic increases in cost over the past year - why? How does the lumber industry work?

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Ask the Expert: Construction Labor Shortages - Developing the Workforce of Tomorrow

Construction labor shortages have been attributed to many factors, including the financial crisis of 2008, the retirement of the baby boom generation, and millennials that are entering the workforce.

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What is the Lifespan of a Commercial Building? — Ask the Expert

With modern cities turning into concrete jungles, it is inevitable to lose sight of the overpowering structures with glass facades spearing into the blue skies. Most of the time, onlookers tend to believe that buildings are permanent fixtures in the settings of a vicinity. However, like everything else, they too come with an expiry date and go through various stages of a lifecycle. 

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Ask the Expert: Alternative Energy Sources – What's new?

There are many new alternative energy technologies available today that can impact construction costs, both at time of construction and over the course of the life of the building. Many of these technologies are already available today, and others are still being developed and tested. The two that are currently most widely used are geothermal and solar.

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Ask the Expert: The Insulated Concrete Form - Is it right for everyone?

The insulated concrete form (ICF) is a system of formwork for reinforced concrete usually made with a rigid thermal insulation that stays in place as a permanent interior and exterior substrate for walls, floors, and even roofs. Find pros and drawbacks of using ICF here.

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