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M&A Activity Spells a New Future for the Built World

April 10, 2019

December 2017 to December 2018 saw a flurry of M&A activity in the construction technology space. Not only did we see the birth of two new “unicorns,” but a few “legacy” technology companies acquired a variety of startup solutions. We set out to figure out why these acquisitions happened and what they mean for the built world moving forward.

The Built World Investment Report Card

March 27, 2019

The Built World Investment Report Card is meant to summarize where we are as an industry and where we’re going. We’ll cover large-scale themes like the growth in investment entering the space, the solutions that solve pain points in the market, strategic investment and its importance, and vertical integration.

Streamlining Bid Management

February 27, 2019

Bidding and estimating is a crucial component of preconstruction planning. New construction software platforms are making that process easier for owners, general contractors, and subcontractors with intuitive digital bid management tools.

Managing Financial Risk in Construction

February 19, 2019

Financial risk is apparent throughout the construction industry, often causing delays, cost overruns, and issues in the payment process. Major technology players offer more transparent, digital communication networks, all under the guise of reducing the risk that’s associated with a given construction project.

Damping Systems in Supertall Buildings

February 13, 2019

With increasing urban density and our continuous need to build up, we have become tasked with greater feats of engineering in order to keep people safe and comfortable while surpassing the cloud line. The supertall revolution is impacting all members of the building process from design to construction to maintenance and operation.

Building Toward Infrastructure Resilience

January 30, 2019

The growing risk of extreme weather has placed significant stress on our infrastructure networks. How can the design, operations, and maintenance of critical infrastructure assets evolve to facilitate resilience?

AI & Machine Learning in Preconstruction

January 16, 2019

Artificial intelligence and machine learning have already begun taking over the technology landscape in 2019. We’re diving into how these groundbreaking computer-aided softwares are impacting the preconstruction process, diving into what you need to know in order to evaluate new companies and the use cases for your business.

Avoid Added Delays with Jobsite Monitoring

December 12, 2018

From small residential contracting to large scale infrastructure construction, a project manager’s ability to ensure profitable, timely, and injury-free project delivery depends on their ability to monitor all activities performed on site. This isn’t always feasible or efficient; with crews of workers from different trades, material suppliers, field service technicians, […]

Going Lean: Toward Waste-Free Building

November 15, 2018

A recent report produced by Transparency Market Research projects that the world will generate nearly 2.2 billion annual tons of solid waste by the year 2025, up from 1.3 billion tons in 2012. Astonishingly, it is estimated that nearly half of that waste is generated on the construction job site. […]

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Top Lists

2019 Mavericks 50

April 3, 2019

The 2019 BuiltWorlds Maverick Awards winners highlights 50 individuals who have acted as trendsetters and innovators in the built world, from architects and engineers to contractors, real estate moguls, technologists, venture investors, and urban designers.

2019 Venture Deals 50 List (of 2018)

March 6, 2019

We’re laying out the top 50 venture deals that took place in 2018 within the built industry. You know the biggest deals, but the rest might surprise you.

Building Tech 50 List 2019

February 6, 2019

The Building Tech 50 list features 50 leading companies and solutions that are pushing the boundaries of how smart buildings are designed, built, operated, and maintained in 2019.

Top 20 Built World Moments of 2018

December 19, 2018

2018 was yet another big year in the built world. Whether through technology, venture financing, or sheer innovative thinking, the construction, architecture, engineering, and real estate industries continued to evolve. At BuiltWorlds, we witnessed that evolution firsthand as the world’s leading thinkers, builders, technologists, and deal-makers pushed the industry onward and upward in the face of new challenges

BuiltWorlds Holiday Gift Guide 2018

November 16, 2018

It’s that time of year as Cyber Monday approaches where you spend hours scouring the internet to find the perfect gift for your nephew, sister, parent, or co-worker. We’ve come across lists laying out the most popular gifts of this holiday season but what about a list with double meaning? Where can you find a […]

Adoption Leaders 50 List 2018

October 24, 2018

Following the success of last years Adoption Leaders Top List, we put a call out to our community for nominations for the 2018 List. Individuals were able to nominate themselves or their peers who are not only champions of technology within their organizations but leaders who stepped into newly created roles that exist today as […]

Venture Investors 50 List 2018

October 3, 2018

Earlier this year BuiltWorlds released its first ever list highlighting venture investors within the built environment. We saw major names like Brick & Mortar, Tech Stars, and the Autodesk Forge Fund, among other venture funds, accelerators, and strategic investors. It’s time we expand on that. We have found it imperative to keep our network informed […]

Connected Job Site 50 List 2018

August 22, 2018

We are excited to present to you the 2018 Connected Job Site 50 List, the easiest way to understand the companies changing the future of job sites through IoT-enabled, data collecting products and systems. Read on to see who made the list.

Building Tech 50 List 2018

July 24, 2018

INTRODUCTION Welcome to the 2018 Building Tech 50 List, your guide to the companies paving the way for the connected buildings of the future. Read on to see who made the list.     Download the full List with descriptions below.     WINDOWS 1. View  Removing the need for blinds altogether, View’s Dynamic Glass […]

News & Analysis

Articles & Feature Stories that cover the latest news & trending topics

How Chicago retail is meeting consumers’ desire for “experiences”

It’s no secret that the retail industry is changing. Over 4,000 legacy retail stores locations – including Payless ShoeSource – are expected to shut their doors this year alone, and Sears is on the endangered list. Simply put, customers’ tastes and needs are changing.  In 2006, customers under 25 did […]

Shifting Gears: It’s Time to Focus on the Industry’s Mounting Skills Gap

This is a Contributor Post from Assignar. If you are interested in having your thought leadership pieces appear in BuiltWorlds’ News Section and distributed across our Member Network, apply to be a Contributor here A Well-Trained Workforce Can Help Retain Workers, Enhance Productivity and Boost Profits There’s been a lot […]

Fireside Chat with Paul Ozinga, Owner & Executive Vice President of Ozinga

BuiltWorlds sat down with Paul Ozinga, Owner and Executive Vice President of Ozinga, a concrete, cement, logistics, and energy company based in Chicago. We talked about the company’s family roots, goals, and the amazing Chicago-based projects Ozinga has been vital to. Here in Chicago Ozinga is a really well-respected company. […]

7 Key Trends Disrupting Finance In Buildings and Construction

Later this week, during our Venture Conference, one of the most prominent topics we’ll be tackling in FinTech. Technology is changing all aspects of the jobsite, including the way money moves around projects. With that in mind, we looked at some of the most powerful trends at work in the […]

3 Open Innovation Options Giving Startups a Head Start

Traditionally, when we think of startups gaining traction, a venture capitalist plays significantly into the success of a hot young company. You might have a great idea or product, but you don’t have any capital. VCs and angel investors provide that cash-infusion so many startups need to get out of […]

Technology Jumpstarts Lean Construction Practices

This article is a Contributor Post written by Sarah Lee of Pype. If you are interested in the BuiltWorlds Contributor Program, click here.  The most important elements of any construction project are time, cost and quality. Often, one of those three will get deprioritized or outright dismissed by way of stakeholder priorities. […]

Maverick Award Winner Q&A: Suffolk’s Jit Kee Chin, talks data and the jobsite

We sat down with Jit Kee Chin, Suffolk’s new Executive Vice President and Chief Data Officer, a new role we’re seeing cropping up in the industry. One of our Maverick Award winner, Chin is doing a lot of exciting things to leverage data on the jobsite. BuiltWorlds’s News Analyst, Jim […]

How Ozinga’s CarbonCure-treated concrete was leveraged in McDonald’s Chicago flagship restaurant

The new McDonald’s flagship store in Chicago’s River North neighborhood is unlike any McDonalds’ restaurant you’ve ever seen. Designed by the iconic Ross Barney Architects firm, this beautiful structure of glass and steel has more in common with an Apple store than your run-of-the-mill restaurant. Aside from its striking appearance, […]

Office Transition Survival Guide

Thousands of businesses across the country have some sort of office transition each year. In some cases, it’s because they have grown too large for their current spaces, or maybe it’s because they are downsizing to smaller, more cost-efficient real estate. It could also be a strategic move to be […]

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Video Vault

Explore videos covering expansive topics in the built world

Recap – Goose Island 2.0 | Project Innovation

On March 17, BuiltWorlds launched its Project Innovation Series, which kicked off with Goose Island 2.0, an event sponsored by CBRE and presented by Structured Development’s J. Michael Drew, R2’s Matt Garrison, CBRE’s Dan Lyne, and UI Labs’ Caralynn Nowinski. Much more than a beer company, Goose Island is one of Chicago’s most historical, yet underappreciated neighborhoods.

Goose Island 2.0 | Innovation Plans

On March 17, BuiltWorlds hosted ‘Goose Island 2.0’, a well-received presentation and panel discussion on creative urban redevelopment in Chicago and elsewhere. Moderated by Dan Lyne of CBRE, the panel included
Matt Garrison of R2 Companies, Caralynn Nowinski of UI Labs, and J. Michael Drew of Structured Development.

Recap | BIM/IPD Night

Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) are two complementary tools in today’s AEC toolbox, but that doesn’t mean they always work together harmoniously. With that in mind, HOK’s David Ivey eight years ago started the Chicagoland buildingSMART meetup group for interested industry tech players to discuss “pain […]

Recap | AEC Hackathon 2015

Get a glimpse of what you missed at the first ever Chicago AEC Hackathon.

Highlights | Demo Night

Get a taste of what you missed on Demo Night as general contractors were out in strength, joining more than 100 other visitors from architects, subs, owners, and tech vendors who flocked to BW to play with toys like
DAQRI’s ‘Smart Helmet’ and IrisVR’s 3D headset.

BuiltWorlds & Chicago VR Meetup | Virtual Reality Night

BuiltWorlds in collaboration with the Chicago VR Meetup will be hosting a night centered around VR, with demonstrations and Q & A with VR professionals in architecture. irisVR will be doing a demonstration with
Oculus Rift Technology with founders Shane Scranton and Nate Beatty. Damon Hernandez of Spiral Concepts will be talking with the group as well and discussing VR in the built environment.

Lunch Break with Divvy

Elliot Greenberger of Divvy and Sean Wiedel of CDOT came by BuiltWorlds to discuss how Divvy has changed Chicago’s built environment and what their plans are for expansion in 2015

A Few Minutes With… Bridgit

Divvy Luncheon with BuiltWorlds

On January 15th, come learn about how Divvy, the bike sharing system across Chicago, is changing the built environment.