Rex Construction Services formed after completion of merger
REX Engineering Group has completed the merger with Edwards Construction Services and Integrated Construction Company, creating REX Construction Services.
By combining Edwards' 43 years of experience in the Southeast United States and Integrated's depth of expertise in the Midwest with REX Engineering Group's structural, MEP, connection and construction engineering services, and technology solutions, REX Construction Services offers full-service Design-Build, Construction Management and General Contractor services nationwide.
As part of the rebrand, the firm is also debuting a new logo and an updated website – rexcs.com.
With offices in Chicago, Orlando, Charlotte and Ocala, REX Construction Services provides construction services for a variety of sectors induing Industrial + Distribution, Refrigeration + Manufacturing, Multi-Family, Senior Living + Healthcare, Amenity + Clubhouse, Retail + Mixed Use, Adaptive Reuse, Hospitality, and Office.
"We are excited to further define publicly our holistic approach to construction while adding additional expertise and services," said Steven Uecke, CEO of the REX family of companies.
"Our entire organization has an intense focus on fulfilling the objectives of our customers in a manner that provides additional value wherever possible. This renewed commitment to our customers, subcontractors, and employees is not just a change of name, it is a milestone in our endeavor to fully implement the very best of construction and engineering while positively impacting the built world."
Patrick Kenny, President of Integrated, is the new President of REX Construction Services. Before starting his construction company five years ago, he worked for national construction firms in executive leadership roles for 20 years.
Alongside the firm's sister company, REX Engineering Group, he will be bringing his expertise in construction and management to the REX family.
Edwards Construction Services was founded by Steve and George Edwards in Ocala, Florida in 1978. Long-term relationships with Fortune 500 companies and key subcontractors fostered geographical expansion throughout the US Southeast.
Integrated Construction is a Chicago-based general contractor and construction management firm that provides Owners Representation, Design-Build, Preconstruction, Construction Management and General Contracting services.
Most E&C companies continue to face sustained cost and margin pressures, according to Deloitte, and despite strong order books, companies are experiencing challenges such as project delays and cancellations and difficulty in obtaining permits.
In addition, increases in procurement cost of materials and equipment continue to perplex many E&C companies.
"But there are reasons to be optimistic," it notes. "Connected technologies and an increase in associated investments may help firms realize new operational efficiencies. New business models and an increase in M&A activity are further accelerating the shift toward digital and operational efficiencies. Also, E&C companies are likely to help other industries unlock the future of workplace solutions."
ReCreate project reuses concrete in new buildings
Reconciling the carbon conundrum in construction will not be a quick fix but researchers at Finland's Tampere University may have hit on a way of deconstructing concrete elements and reusing them in new buildings.
Its four-year ReCreate project, which has received €12.5 million of funding under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, involves universities and regional company clusters in Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Germany. All the country clusters will carry out their own pilot projects where they deconstruct precast concrete elements intact and reuse them in a new building.
“By reusing concrete elements, we can save an enormous amount of energy and raw materials,” says Satu Huuhka, adjunct professor at the Faculty of Built Environment at Tampere University, who leads the ReCreate project. “We are specifically looking to reuse the concrete elements as a whole, not as a raw material for something new."
Researchers at the Faculty of Built Environment have been carrying out ground-breaking research into the circular economy in the construction sector for a decade.
Long-term research on renovation and the lifecycle engineering of structures provides a solid foundation for the development of quality assurance procedures that will ensure the safety and integrity of the reused elements. This time, the researchers are set to explore not only the technical implementation of the solutions but also the business perspective.
Huuhka acknowledges there are many unanswerered questions, from assessing structural integrity to building code requirements - and ultimately how to turn ReCreate into a viable business. "We must also consider the social aspects: does the process require new skills or new ways of working?” he adds.
Tampere University researchers will also bring to the project their specialist expertise in circular economy business models, building regulations and law, and occupational sociology. The Finnish country cluster comprises Tampere University, Skanska, demolition company Umacon, precast concrete company Consolis Parma, engineering and consultancy company Ramboll, architecture firm Liike Oy Arkkitehtistudio and the City of Tampere. The communications partner is the Croatia Green Building Council.
Buildings generate nearly 40% of GHG emissions and the rising pace of construction - up to 2 trillion square feet could be added by 2060 - means finding a sustainable concrete solution is essential.
Graphene concrete on firm foundations, CarbonCure accelerates growth and Nexii expands in US
Nationwide Engineering is claiming a world first today as it lays the world's first graphene concrete slab engineered for sustainability in a commercial setting. The new material is strengthened by around 30% compared to standard concrete and so significantly cutting material use.
It has partnered with the University of Manchester's Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre and structural engineers HBPW Consulting; graphene is an allotrope of carbon and the resulting mix with concrete produces a substance that area for area, is stronger than steel, it claims.
CarbonCure manufactures a technology for the concrete industry that introduces recycled CO₂ into fresh concrete to reduce its carbon footprint without compromising performance. It was named one of two winners in the US$20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE and the money will be used to accelerate its mission of reducing 500 million tonnes of carbon emissions annually by 2030. Carbon Cure believes the use of CO2 in concrete is expected to become a US$400 billion market opportunity.
Nexii designs and manufactures high-performance buildings and green building products that are sustainable, cost-efficient and resilient in the face of climate change. It recently teamed up with actor and Pittsburgh native Michael Keaton, who will have an ownership stake and play an active role in Nexii’s upcoming manufacturing plant, which will be its second in the United States and sixth overall.