The Construction Insiders Podcast

The Construction Insiders Podcast

Construction industry experts talk best practices, the latest trends, and what you need to know to make your next project a success.

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December 11, 2020 32 min

In this conversation about all things Nashville, host Jessica Busch speaks with CapEX Cumming founder Joe Saatkamp about the resiliency of the Nashville market, its transformation from a healthcare-heavy economy to one that is increasingly diverse and dynamic, its status as a destination for companies and people looking to relocate, its prospects going forward, and much more. 

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In this episode, Jessica hands the hosting duties over to Zair Sheema, a Sr. Cost Manager at Cumming who specializes in healthcare MEP systems. Zair leans on his specialized expertise to speak with guest Gary Hamilton, a Sr. VP and healthcare leader with WSP USA, about a range of topics related to healthcare mechanical systems and construction. They talk about COVID-19 mitigation applications for existing facilities, the resiliency...

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Jessica, still at the CASH Conference in Long Beach, sits down with Julie Strauss from HMC Architects and Dana Grudem from Irvine Unified School District. They talk about developing facility master plans, the ins and outs of program funding, the new regulations of Prop 13, and much more.

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Insiders host Jessica Busch visits the CASH Conference in Long Beach and catches up with Michael Krause, Assistant Superintendent at Anaheim Elementary School District, to talk about the art and science of planning and implementing a school district construction program.

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Cumming’s Vice President of Energy and Sustainability, Christine Marez, discusses the latest in sustainability efforts and trends, including changing attitudes, some of the exciting new technologies being utilized to counteract the effects of climate change, and much more. 

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Cumming's Vice President of Themed Entertainment, Asif Parkar, talks with Jessica about the unique characteristics of this exciting sector, including the three main elements of a themed entertainment project and why theme parks are more immune to economic downturns than most project types.

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In this episode, Cumming Vice President and in-house economist Dan Pomfrett joins Jessica to talk about the trade war between the U.S. and China, and the resulting tariffs from both countries. They examine the details of these tariffs, including the rationale behind their implementation, their effects to date, and what to expect going forward. 

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Noted MEP estimating expert Pete Melucci talks with Jessica Busch about why published metrics are so valuable in producing estimates, and how their widespread adoption will enable construction projects overall to be more efficient, reliable, and transparent.

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