The Impact of 3-D Printing in Construction

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Remember when 3-D meant wearing funny looking plastic glasses to watch a movie and either (a) become immersed in that fantasy world, or (b) come out with a migraine and needing a nap?

Today, 3-D means so much more. Hospitals are using it to create organs for transplants, and the auto industry is using it to construct auto parts. The trend has also greatly impacted construction. Companies in China and the Netherlands have constructed homes within a 24-hour period, utilizing 3D printing. And we’re not talking about tiny houses or trailers here. These are real life, regular sized homes. What’s more, the houses were built on-site, with recycled materials, at a significant fraction of usual construction costs: $5,000.00. Yes, you read that right. You can build a house for five grand.

What does this mean for the construction industry?

Before panic sets in, let’s look at it objectively. Did films come to an end thanks to the ubiquitous use of the Internet? Blockbuster may have had to shut its doors; yet Netflix and Hulu have made a killing streaming movies on demand. What’s the difference between one company’s demise and the other two that are still thriving? Evolving with the times and adapting to technology.

With some 3D printing, the large-scale printers print the materials, but workers are still needed to put together the homes; while with others, the entire project can be done by the printer. There are a lot of benefits for both the end user and the builder: a significant reduction in construction costs, less harm done to the environment, and the ability of completing expansive projects in less time. In addition, this means that the recent workers shortage won’t have a long-term effect within the field; which is more than what could be said about those funny looking glasses.

How Rebuilding is a Lesson in Resilience

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Where were you on September 11, 2001? That’s a question all of us can answer, down to what we were wearing and what we were doing when that first plane hit the twin towers. It was indisputably, one of the darkest days in our country’s history.

After the shock, the heartbreak, the memorial services, the rescue efforts, and the rubble cleanups, New York City, center of the financial universe, was left with a gaping hole that seemed to represent the void we felt collectively as a nation. It was one of the few times every single person in the United States seemed to unite. All of a sudden, trivial things didn’t matter anymore. We were all in this together.

Fifteen years later, at the same site, stands One World Trade Center, 104 stories and 3 million square feet of steel and glass that remind us how, despite the towers and our morale being completely leveled, we got together and rebuilt the iconic location in downtown Manhattan.

A Lesson in Resilience

Rebuilding the World Trade Center meant so much more than erecting a skyscraper. It shone a light on the capacity of humanity to get back up when the unthinkable happens.

The same can be said of reconstructing Miami after Hurricane Andrew; or New Orleans after Katrina. Although there are industries that exist purely as a luxury or for entertainment value, the construction industry has taught us through the ages, that not only is the field essential for socioeconomic progress, but it also shows one of the greatest strengths of the human spirit: resilience.

Bouncing back from adversity doesn’t always have to occur at such a large scale. Sometimes a home or business floods, or experiences some sort of damage that requires reconstruction. Once we recover from the shock, or the anger, or the sadness, or any of the myriad of emotions we experience after a negative event, it’s time to act. Let Eclipse Buliding Corp. help.

Why You Should Renovate Your Business

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Does the inside of your business look like The Brady Bunch’s kitchen? If so, it’s high time you do something about it. If you want to attract guests and customers and remain competitive as new restaurants and cafés open up, you have to get with the program.

Have you been to First Watch in downtown Tampa lately? Just a month ago, they looked like they were straight out of a 1970s low-budget film. Today, it looks like a trendy restaurant for writers and hipsters. And it’s always full.

There are many benefits to redoing your business’ façade; among them:

  1. Attract new customers: If you wanna make more money (and who doesn’t?), you gotta invest money. Everyone knows that. Even when you’ve been running your business for a while, you have to keep reinventing yourself to stay relevant. Get more clients, get more people who want to work for you, and stop getting lumped with passé locales. Your business is not a fad. Evolve with the times to ensure longevity.
  1. Maximize your space: Be honest: Is your current layout the most optimal for your day-to-day business needs? Renovating your workspace can be geared towards using all of your square footage more efficiently: Make it easier for delivery trucks to unload merchandise, increase the flow of natural light, get more storage space or a floor plan that makes employee interaction easier.
  2. Stay competitive: Pick up a newspaper (or go online, I don’t care), and pay close attention: The entire Tampa Bay area is teeming with new restaurants and coffee shops to appease to all kinds of clientele. Wanna sit on a big couch and work on your laptop all day while eating croissants and chai tea lattes? Go to Oxford Exchange in South Tampa. Want a more cozy ambiance with a fireplace to boot? Try Green Springs Bistro in Safety Harbor. Even going to the mall shows you how the traditional low-budget looks of times past won’t longer cut it. International Plaza makes you feel like you can actually eat a gourmet pizza at their food court.

Convinced, but don’t know where to start? Not a problem. Eclipse Building Corp. can help you review your business lease to determine the viability of the project; assist you in obtaining all necessary approvals and permits; and get all the work done. We’ll even do a 10-month follow up and give you a two-year warranty on our work, which is longer than what competitors offer. Contact us and let’s get this started.

Sexual Harassment in the Construction Industry

 

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Remember that movie from the 80s, Flashdance? Back then, it was noteworthy that the main character was a welder because it’s not a career path traditionally pursued by women.

Thirty four years later (yes, it’s been that long. Grab a beer), women are still a rarity in trades industry. In fact, less than 3% of construction workers are female. In order to avoid potential legal liability, it’s essential to understand what constitutes sexual harassment.

The Difference Between Banter and Sexual Harassment

Depending on whom you ask, there will be a long list of different opinions about what are acceptable comments in the workplace. This blog is not about those.

It is one thing to make jokes among friends, but sexual harassment is a monster on its own. And it doesn’t just apply to women. Men have been victims of this type of behavior, if they’re not perceived to be masculine enough. To avoid crossing that line, it’s important to know the following:

Hostile Work Environment vs. Quid Pro Quo

There are two types of sexual harassment under which an employer can be sued: hostile work environment, and quid pro quo.

A hostile work environment exists when a person insists on hitting on someone, asking them on dates, touching them, making sexual comments, or any combination of the above when it is clear the advances are unwanted. It doesn’t take a genius to know when you’re flirting and when you’re just being a jerk. If a person is not interested, grow up and move on… unless you later want to sit on the witness stand and explain to the judge about your failed attempts at being charming.

Quid pro quo occurs when an employer offers an employee any kind of career related benefits, such as a promotion, a raise, or even just the ability to keep their job, in exchange for sexual favors. I don’t even have to explain why this is plainly wrong. Just don’t.

When you’re dealing with a gray area, it is better to be safe than sorry. Your joke might sound funny to you in your head, but you won’t be laughing if your company is served with a lawsuit. Your opinion won’t matter in a court of law, but your past behavior will.

At Eclipse Building Corp we take pride in making sure all our staff, both employees and independent contractors alike have a safe place to work, and anyone, regardless of gender has an opportunity to advance in their career.

We’re Not in the 1990s Anymore: A New Era in Construction

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Have any of you been to CineBistro in South Tampa yet? If you have, you know you’ll never go back to a regular movie theater. If you haven’t, know that you can enjoy full service dining (fancy cocktail and linen napkins included), as you watch the newest film release. And a waiter will bring it to you at your seat, too; so no awkward balancing of trays from your part is required. Don’t worry about this interrupting your movie. Everyone’s orders are brought to them before the previews even start.

This whole experience is part of how innovation has taken over our lives; and it has affected not only how we choose to be entertained, but how we purchase our goods and services as well. Long gone is the Sears catalog and say goodbye to big box retail. Innovation is the mainstream now and those that choose to embrace it will flourish.

This is because buying online has become the norm, thanks to giant retailers like eBay and Amazon, which have contributed to the shut-down of major department stores nationwide. From groceries to plane tickets, people click a few times from the comfort of their couch. There’s no real need to get our purchases as if were still 1999. And since huge commercial buildings are closing, why would younger people be encouraged to go into this industry?

What is a construction company to do? Build more places that allow for innovation like CineBistro’s. Gone are the days of sitting in a hard, stiff chair for two hours with a bag of greasy pop-corn [cue the black and white images from infomercials exaggerating how bad we had it back then]. People are focusing more on the shopping experience rather than buying.

In order to stay relevant (and to stay in business), commercial construction has to center on providing an extraordinary shopping experience for patrons. High-end components have become the common denominators at restaurants, movie theaters, and shopping malls in their quests to remain competitive. It’s what will keep shoppers coming back to a brick-and-mortar retail space, and construction companies need adjust accordingly.

Good thing Eclipse Building Corp has adjusted with the times. So if you’re thinking of revamping the interior of your commercial space for something more modern and innovative, you might want to check us out. Don’t say later that I didn’t warn you.

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