Top 10 Things to Know about the Internet of Buildings

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By JEFF CARPENTER You’ve no doubt heard about this phenomenon known as The Internet of Things, or, perhaps, the Internet of Buildings, but you’re not sure how they relate to building design and construction. No problem. In the spirit of the “Late Show with David Letterman,” here are the Top 10 Things to Know. #10.

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Sales Professionals: Challenge Yourself to Go Beyond the Virtual into the Actual

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By TOM WOODCOCK So, we’ve moved into the virtual age of sales, eh? Personal relationship is non-existent now, right? Outside sales is a thing of the past, correct? I beg to differ. The COVID era has moved the bar, but don’t think for a second you can abandon tried and true sales practices. Whether you

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Can Employers Legally Require Their Employees to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

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As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely available, many employers are asking if they can require employees to receive the vaccine and the risks in doing so. Employers may require employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to limited exemptions, which are outlined below. Religious Beliefs – Employees may request

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Copper Prices Soar to 10-Year High, Metal Heads toward Deficit in 2021

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE Copper prices have climbed to their highest level in a decade. According to global metals analyst StoneX, copper was already trading at a nearly eight-year high in January when prices surged again in mid-February. In mid-February, copper contracts topped $4.25 per pound, approaching an

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Building Materials Supplier, AGC Economist Attest to COVID Lumber Price Spikes

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By KERRY SMITH, Editor, St. Louis Construction News and Review Magazine A Metro East building materials supplier with 72 locations across four states says the latest analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America is accurate: Builders and consumers are hurting from un precedented increases in the cost of lumber. Robert Plummer, chairman and CEO

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Transforming the Construction Industry in the Coming Decade: An Opportunity for St. Louis IT Innovation

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By LEE METCALF For the past three years, investments in construction industry startups have skyrocketed. These startups are looking to improve the industry’s communication, payment processes, workforce development and management processes while promoting access to real-time information across the construction value chain. Many of these improvements are driven by significant IT hardware enhancements; building, tailoring

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Top 10 Major Marketing Mistakes That Cost You Money

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By STEPHANIE WOODCOCK I recently purchased a Peloton bike.  I was doubtful at first. Will this become an expensive clothes hanger? Will I feel like going to my basement to literally spin my wheels? After setting up my subscription service with customer care, they said, “Welcome to the Peloton family.” Oh wow. We’re family now?

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COVID-19 Health Crisis Increases Importance of Boilerplate Lease Provisions

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By ANDREW J. WILLIAMS While the COVID-19 pandemic has obviously resulted in far-reaching and fundamental impacts to the commercial real estate market, one phenomenon I have noticed in my leasing practice is the increased interest and focus my clients have on lease provisions that they previously thought of as “boilerplate.” This is understandable, since the pressures

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A View From the Top

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By: Michael Chollet, Publisher – St. Louis CNR Magazine A few weeks ago, my son and I set out on our annual trout fishing trip to the White River in Arkansas. The Fall weather and Ozark mountain scenery were beautiful and the fish were exceptionally cooperative. We’ve been making the trip for several years now

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AGCMO/TRC Partnership Generates 2nd Class of Graduates

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Early in 2020, AGCMO entered into a partnership with Three Rivers College (TRC) in Poplar Bluff to offer a 6-week certification program designed to propel its graduates into Heavy/Highway construction industry. The first class, taught out of the TRC facility in Poplar Bluff, was dramatically impacted by the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, forcing both

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