In Honor of the Cubs: What has changed in construction since 1908

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Cubs World Series and Construction Evolution

Chicago, IL -- As a Chicago company, F.E. Moran is excited about the Cubbies making it to Game 7 of the World Series.  In honor of this, we're going to go through the top 7 changes in construction that have happened since the last time the Cubs won the World Series in 1908.

1)   Building Information Modeling (BIM) - Imagine construction without computer-based designs.  Before the 1970s, that was the life.  BIM is a "digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility."  BIM not only makes construction easier, but it also let's different contractor diciplines work more cohesively.  Now, this has evolved even more with 3D modeling.

2)   Closets and Storage Built into Construction - Home construction didn't usually include storage space or closets.  In 1908, Sears & Roebuck catalogue debuted a furniture version of a closet to store clothes.

3)   Drones in Construction - Within the last decade, drones have had a significant impact on the construction industry.  They can survey and map and monitor progress in real-time.  This let's project managers make changes to construction plans on the fly.  Companies that use drones report more efficiency, which means less time on the job and more profit.

4)  Safety Boots -  Safety boots weren't used until WWII.  Soldiers were issued reinforced toed boots and Red Wing Boots Manufacturer later developed the steel-toed boots used in construction.  

5)  Eye protection - Eye protection was one of the few items of safety equipment that weren't inspired by military protective equipment.  They were invenited in the 20th century by welders. 

 

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This was taken in 1932.  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was barely a thought 24 years AFTER the Cubs won their last World Series.

 

6)   Stainless Steel was invented - In 1916, stainless steel was invented by Henry Bearly.  Stainless steel is corrosion resistant.  It is used for architectual cladding, handrails, drainage and water systems, wall support products, roofing, structure, and fixings.  

7)  Modular construction - Modular construction is when pieces of a building are built off-site and brought to the site.  Construction is done quickly with less environmental impact and easier logistical planning.  It started in the 20th century, with Sears & Roebuck selling 500,000 pre-fabrication homes between 1910 and 1940.    

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