Today’s construction site is about to get a high-tech overhaul.
When it comes to technology adoption, a 2016 study ranked the construction industry at the bottom of the innovation heap - right next to agriculture and hunting. Jacksonville’s esteemed construction, engineering and architecture business, The Haskell Group, immediately seized the opportunity to propel their industry forward by launching their own innovation and investment arm, Dysruptek. In our tenth episode of Innovate Jax, Dysruptek’s director, Cutler Knupp, shares how with everything from modular construction to wearable sensors, the job site of the future will be connected, safer and cutting edge - and attract an entirely new workforce.
It’s natural that The Haskell Group would lead the innovation charge since founder and CEO Preston Haskell rewrote the rules of commercial construction from the time he founded the company in 1965. His integrated “design-build” approach is now a global industry standard. With Dysruptek conducting R&D in its Atlanta-based innovation center, discovering early-stage companies with novel solutions, collaborating with an ecosystem that includes local companies like Miller Electric and academia who can train tomorrow’s workforce, Haskell continues to build on this legacy. And Jacksonville can be proud of the thriving foundation being laid around the world.
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