The latest news and announcements from the world of North American construction – contracts, projects, products and more

Top training
CT 17 7 News 1Brokk, the world’s leading manufacturer of remote-controlled demolition machines, now offers on-demand, personalized training options for Brokk customers. The offerings allow contractors to provide crews with in-depth operational or mechanical training from an experienced Brokk technician on-site or through Brokk’s Demonstration and Service Center in St. Joseph, Missouri. The flexible options — including curriculum, location, and single- or multi-day durations — offer customers continuing educational opportunities that fit their team and unique applications to increase safety, productivity and machine utilization.

“To help our customers ensure they are using their Brokk machines in the safest, most efficient way possible, our technicians provide in-depth, hands-on training with on all new and used machine purchases as well as rental machine startups,” said Lars Lindgren, president of Brokk Inc. “And as we expand our presence in North America, we’ve been able to go a step further and offer continued training options. These allow contractors to design a curriculum that maximizes their Brokk experience.”


Lift me up
CT 17 7 News 2Superior Rents, a Missouri-based construction equipment rental center, has seen customer success with the non-folding rails of Hy-Brid Lifts’ PS-1930, leading to an increase in unit rentals. “Hy-Brid Lifts have features that make them a top choice for customers,” said Andy Galle, equipment sales specialist for Superior Rents. “The non-folding rails are just the beginning. Operators love the lightweight aspect and the high lifting capacities of the PS-1930, along with the improved drive system and the LeakGuard™ system. We can’t keep these units stocked; they’re always out in the field.”

Steel Wall Construction is one such customer. “I was using a different manufacturer’s 19-foot lift and realized it required folding rails to fit under the doors,” said Bill Shields, owner of Steel Wall Construction. “I called Andy at Superior Rents and asked if he had a solution. That was when I was introduced to the PS-1930 from Hy-Brid Lifts.” The compact dimensions of the PS-1930 allow the unit to fit through standard doors and elevators without an operator exiting the lift to fold down the rails. “The PS-1930 saves at least 15 minutes each time an operator has to go from room to room,” Bill added.


Business update
Boston Properties, Inc. the largest publicly-traded owner, developer and manager of Class A office properties in the United States, has recently provided an update on business accomplishments, including that for the for the month of June, the company collected more than 98% of its total rent payments from office tenants due June 1. Rent collections from all tenants, including retail, were 94% in total.

The company also announced recent asset sales including approx. 455,000 sq ft of Capital Gallery, a Class A office complex in Washington, DC which was sold to the Smithsonian Institution for a gross sales price of approximately $254 million. The Smithsonian Institution, represented in the purchase by Newmark Knight Frank, has been a long-time tenant in the property.

Boston Properties has also actively been working with customers on the repopulation of its properties through the communication and execution of BXP’s Health Security Plan.

Digital twin solution
Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software and digital twins services for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure, has announced acquired NoteVault, a San Diego-based provider of voice-based field automation for construction management. The acquisition expands Bentley’s SYNCHRO digital construction environment with industry-leading mobile field applications to track and manage labor, materials, and equipment. Together, these comprehensive offerings further extend the value of digital twins across construction management, enabling projects to combine immersive 4D models of the construction progress with detailed up-to-date reports on resource expenditures, enabling more effective management of cost, schedule, and risk, leading to better project outcomes.

$135 million contract
CT 17 7 News 3Flatiron has been awarded a contract for a key project to rehabilitate a nearly ten-mile stretch of State Route 210 in the Los Angeles community. Work on the more than $135 million contract for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is expected to commence later this year. Flatiron is one of the largest infrastructure contractors in North America.

The bid-build delivery project will rehabilitate the pavement on SR 210 (from I-5 to the Wheatland Avenue Undercrossing), utilizing approximately 160,000 cubic yards of jointed plain concrete pavement.

“We are excited to deliver this great project,” said Dale Nelson, Senior Vice President of Flatiron’s Southwest Division. “Our team has put together a strategy to rehabilitate this busy stretch of highway in the safest and most cost-effective manner possible.”

Flatiron expects to receive notice to proceed from Caltrans in the coming months.

Blockbuster deal
CT 17 7 News 4Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. and Blackstone have announced that funds affiliated with Blackstone Property Partners will acquire a 49% interest in Hudson Pacific’s three Hollywood studios and five on-lot or adjacent Class A office properties, totalling 2.2 million square feet, at a gross portfolio valuation of $1.65 billion. Hudson Pacific will retain a 51% ownership stake and remain responsible for day-to-day operations, leasing and development. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of this year.

“Hudson Pacific has been at the forefront of Hollywood’s renaissance for more than a decade, owning, operating and building world-class creative office and production campuses for leading media and technology companies,” said Victor Coleman, Chairman and CEO of Hudson Pacific. “Our latest joint venture with Blackstone unlocks a portion of the value we’ve created for our shareholders and provides us with significant capital to grow both our studio and office portfolios, including the build-out of additional development rights at our existing studios.”


Custom beam
CT 17 7 News 5The Caldwell Group Inc. has supplied a custom 75 ft.-long, 50,000-lb. capacity beam for lifting 60 rebar cages at a highway project in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The two-piece beam is currently being used beneath the hook of a 275-ton capacity Grove mobile crane to lift the large pier cap rebar cages, as required for concrete reinforcement during the rebuild of an 8,500 ft.-long, 100 ft.-wide overpass. The cages vary in weight, up to 46,000 lbs., and length, up to 85 ft.

The beam was delivered to James J. Anderson Construction Co. Inc. (JJA), which is delivering a scope of work to Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to construct a two-mile elevated roadway, with ramps, drainage, and associated utilities and civil engineering works. JJA is utilizing its Anderson-owned crane fleet.

Tom Eicher, director of engineering at Caldwell, said: “The beam was designed, manufactured and built in two sections, due to the overall pick length required. It can be used both bolted together at its full length or in individual sections, if required. The rebar cages require support at multiple points from the lifting beam by means of the lower rigging. Multiple lower rigging lugs allow riggers to distribute the weight of the cage to minimize cage deformation. This allows for proper control while handling the lifted load when positioning the rebar cage.”

He added that the upper rigging design arrangement helps further support the lifting beam. The lower lugs are sized for a minimum of three points used to pick up the load. There are ten lower lug lift points on the full 75 ft.-long assembly, while JJA can use any combination as needed to distribute the load as per their lift plans

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