July may have just proven that the summer slowdown is a thing of the past.

This month, the construction industry has been abuzz with news, including huge project announcements, record-breaking top-offs, and landmark legal cases. Since you’re likely busier than ever, we’ve gathered some of the biggest, most exciting, and most controversial construction headlines from July 2019.

The Sydney Morning Herald | July 18, 2019

In one of the biggest industry developments of 2019 so far, Lendlease has sealed a $21 billion deal with Google to develop three of the internet giant’s major districts in the San Francisco Bay area. It will be the global developer’s largest project ever.

HIVE | July 9, 2019

The labor shortage has forced construction costs higher and higher, leading builders to develop creative solutions for tackling it themselves. Katerra has made the decision to invest in the future through their new apprenticeship program, which features both recruitment and training initiatives.

The Philadelphia Inquirer | July 30. 2019

When construction mishaps arise, who is responsible? A bill just introduced in Philadelphia would require parties to hold themselves responsible for the accidents and injuries they cause, meaning any contract that requires a subcontractor to hold another party harmless would be “unenforceable.”

Curbed | July 19, 2019

As of July, Toronto’s domination of the North American construction market shows no signs of slowing. Along with the recently announced $2.7 billion ($3.5 billion Canadian dollars) Union Park project, there are now 400 proposed high-rise projects in the pipeline, and the city has the most construction cranes in North America.

Source: Curbed

ConstructionDive | July 29, 2019

On July 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a lower court’s injunction preventing the use of $2.5 billion of military funds for the construction of barriers at the U.S.-Mexico border. The ruling will allow President Donald Trump’s administration to continue work on border wall projects in New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

Deezen | July 2, 2019

As interest in modular building continues to rise, so do the structures themselves. Construction company Bouygues Bâtiment International has topped off Clement Canopy — a pair of 460-foot-tall towers made of prefabricated concrete modules — and set a new record in the process.

Wrap-up

We’d love to know what you’ve been reading in July. If you’ve seen any great articles or big industry news this month that we missed, let us know on social!

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