Roofing contractors should spend less time following news that doesn't directly affect their business and more time focusing on the things they can control in order to keep growing during the coronavirus pandemic, writes Roofing Contractor editorial director Rick Damato. He notes that the entire industry is facing the same challenges, and "[h]ow you choose to deal with it is what will set you apart."
Big-box stores are convenient places to buy small items for roofing work, but roofing contractors should also maintain relationships with roofing suppliers because they provide "what we need when we need it," writes Marty Stout, president of Go Roof Tune Up. Roofing suppliers "have the correct materials, e.g. metal flashings, we need and the access to [manufacturers] that can provide technical support and details on new innovative products and installation guidelines," he writes.
The new Apple store in downtown Beijing has glass walls beneath an overhanging roof that is lined with timber underneath and has solar panels on top. "The store is a grand place that connects the inside and the outside," said Stefan Behling of Foster + Partners, which developed the building.
Many of the school buildings damaged in a 2015 earthquake in Nepal were made of stone or brick masonry instead of reinforced concrete, according to researchers at the University of Bristol. The researchers are investigating the prospect of emulating a design principle that involves resting concrete buildings on sliding surfaces.
Architects at design studio Wonderwall have designed a public toilet area in Tokyo's Ebisu Park using 15 interlocking concrete walls. "We kept in mind a facility that distances itself from architectural concepts and elements: an object that stands casually in the park as if it were playground equipment, benches or trees," said Masamichi Katayama, founder of Wonderwall.
MAD Architects has revealed a design for a curved, wormhole-like, concrete library off the coast of China's Hainan province. The structures is being cast with a CNC and 3D-printed model.
Minnich Manufacturing is now offering an on-slab self-propelled wireless dowel pin drill that is compatible with most air compressors and works with Apple and Android devices. Curb Roller Manufacturing has introduced a new corded roller screed and a kerb compactor.
RAK AMI Hotel is making progress on its Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island in the UAE. The $148 million resort, which is 40% completed, is slated to open in 2021 despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Elie Zakhour, chairman of the International Chamber of Navigation of Beirut, says the city should partner with a private firm to rebuild the port in a "build, operate, transfer" model. "Certainly, if the government adopts the BOT system for the reconstruction of the old port, China will participate in the bid, particularly since it has successfully operated several ports in the world through this system," he said.