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The Dotted Line: What builders need to know about the Brazilian plywood 'ban'

The Dotted Line: What builders need to know about the Brazilian plywood 'ban'

Will the material be the next Chinese drywall, or are American manufacturers trying to exclude a cheaper alternative from the market?

- Construction Dive
Is Brazilian plywood the next Chinese drywall, or are American manufacturers just trying to exclude a cheaper alternative from their market?
That’s the question contractors need to consider as a dispute between the U.S. Structural Plywood Integrity Coalition and third-party certification firms continues to play out in federal court.
In May, a federal judge in the Southern District of Florida barred PFS-TECO, a Wisconsin building products ratings firm, from giving U.S. PS1...

Texas Construction Defects Lawyer: Marc Gravely

Texas Construction Defects Lawyer: Marc Gravely

- Interview Platform
Marc Gravely, leading Texas Construction Defects Lawyer, renowned speaker, and author of the new book, “Reframing America’s Infrastructure,” offers unique insight into the state of American infrastructure, the role infrastructure played in the collapse of leading civilizations, and the players responsible for ensuring we don’t meet the same fate.
Interview Platform sat down with Gravely to learn more about which areas of infrastructure most impact our...

Texas Panel Revives Condo's Hail Damage Coverage Suit

Texas Panel Revives Condo's Hail Damage Coverage Suit

- Law 360
A Dallas condominium community hit by two hailstorms was given another chance to secure millions in coverage for the first storm when a Texas appeals court decided that an appraisal of damages only accounted for the second storm.
A panel of Fifth District judges Monday said RSUI unit Landmark American Insurance Co. failed to show that an appraisal award of below $100,000 also included damages to the Richland Trace Owners Association for the earlier storm. The panel's ruling sends Richland...

Deadly construction collapse opens investigation into what went wrong

Deadly construction collapse opens investigation into what went wrong

- Fox 26 Houston
More than 24 hours after the collapse of a stairwell, at a high-rise construction project, that killed three, the long process of investigating the cause of the accident is just beginning.
Construction on the foundation of the new Marathon Oil building started late last year, and the City of Houston issued a permit to build the tower in May.
Somewhere, in the ensuing months, people who look at construction-defects say something went very wrong. "For a collapse, like this, to happen...

Michigan Supreme Court clarifies contractor CGL coverage for sub defects

Michigan Supreme Court clarifies contractor CGL coverage for sub defects

- Construction Dive
Dive Brief: The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that a subcontractor's unintentionally faulty work was an "accident" as it relates to commercial general liability (CGL) insurance and therefore is a valid claim under the subcontractor's insurance coverage. The case that the state's highest court reviewed was Skanska USA Building Inc. v. MAP Mechanical Contractors Inc. Skanska sued MAP and two Amerisure insurance companies for $1.4 million over damage caused by MAP's...

Allen's Eagle Stadium to reopen for graduation after $10 million-plus in fixes

Allen's Eagle Stadium to reopen for graduation after $10 million-plus in fixes

- The Dallas Morning News
Fifteen months after Allen ISD shut down its $60 million high school stadium because of significant structural defects, crowds will once again stream through the gates starting with graduation on Friday.
The repair costs so far exceed $10 million, according to Pogue Construction and PBK, the contractor and architectural firm paying for the work. But bills are still coming in. A final total isn’t available yet.
While the expense is significant, the facility doesn’t have...