Contractors

Bringing the concepts of architects, engineers, and clients to life often requires problem-solving and compromise, and always requires hard work on the contractor’s part. Keeping construction within the allotted budget and up to the rest of the building team’s standards requires a combination of extensive technical and product knowledge.
OSHA finalizes new silica dust regulations

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March 25, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Construction industry has until June 2017 to comply.

 

ABC: Construction Backlog expands nearly 3% at the close of 2015

Hilton Cleveland construction in 2015. Photo: Mack Male/Creative Commons.

March 24, 2016 | ABC

Uptick suggests high demand for construction workers will continue.

 

ABC: Nonresidential spending regains momentum in January

Construction of the SLS Hotel & Residences Brickell in Miami in February, 2016. Photo: Phillip Pessar/Creative Commons

March 01, 2016 | ABC

Nonresidential construction spending expanded 2.5% on a monthly basis and 12.3% on a yearly basis...

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Leopardo releases 2016 Construction Economics Report

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March 01, 2016 | Leopardo

This year’s report shows that spending in 2015 reached the highest level since the Great Recessio...

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For the first time since the recession, office deliveries outpaced office starts in 2015, according to JLL's latest construction report. Image: Pixabay

February 26, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Its latest report cautions about ongoing cost increases related to finding skilled laborers.

The Guest Welcome Center at the Huntsville Botanical Garden in Alabama will include a Great Hall that could hold up to 350 guests. Image: Matheny Goldmon Architecture + Interiors.

February 25, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 30,000-sf facility will feature three rental spaces of varying sizes.

The recently completed St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, includes a 12-ton metal dome, the first of its kind to be included in new construction of a basilica in that country. Image: HMC Construction

February 22, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The church is 2½ times larger than the basilica in Ukraine it references.

Spending on lodging construction, like the expansive renovation of the Intercontinental New York Barclay pictured above, should increase by 10.8% to $23.4 billion in 2016. Total spending on nonresidential building is projected to grow this year by 13.7% to $439.2 billion, according to Gilbane. Image: Shawmut Design and Construction

February 10, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

But finding skilled workers continues to be a problem and could inflate a project's costs.

ABC: Nonresidential spending falls again in December

Construction in Indianpolis. Photo: sciondriver/Creative Commons.

February 02, 2016 | ABC

For a second consecutive month, 12 of 16 nonresidential subsectors experienced spending decreases...

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ABC: Tepid GDP growth a sign construction spending may sputter

Construction in Palo Alto, Calif. Photo: albedo20/Creative Commons.

February 01, 2016 | ABC

Though the economy did not have a strong ending to 2015, the data does not suggest that nonreside...

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Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., is one of myriad construction projects that Clark Construction has been hired to build over the past several decades. The company's ownership has been sold to a group of senior-level executives. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

January 15, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The death of its founder last year set the wheels of this transition in motion. 

Economists continue to debate whether the U.S. economy will be more resilient than other nations and thrive, or limp along for the next several years. Image courtesy Pixabay

January 13, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Strong job growth and dwindling consumer debt give rise to hope.

5 ways to handle conflict during construction

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January 13, 2016 | John Jozwick

Rider Levett Bucknall's John Jozwick has five ways to curb disputes and prevent the situation fro...

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Will a notable credential make students preparing for construction jobs more marketable?

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January 12, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Zenith Education Group thinks so, as nine of its campuses offer training certification from the N...

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Novum Structures will pay $3 million to settle violations of ‘Buy American’ regulations

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo. Novum Structures worked on the project. Photo: Nightryder84/Wikimedia Commons.

January 11, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Wisconsin design and construction firm charged with repackaging materials from foreign sources....

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Census Bureau revises 10 years’ worth of construction spending figures

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January 06, 2016 | Construction Equipment Magazine

The largest revisions came in the last two years and were largely upward.

Majority of AEC firms saw growth in 2015, remain optimistic for 2016

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January 05, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

By all indications, 2015 was another solid year for U.S. architecture, engineering, and construct...

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San Diego's skyline is being transformed by new office, hotel, and residential building projects. Photo courtesy Pixabay

January 04, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The city's emission-reduction plan could drive influx into downtown

Architecture Billings Index hits another bump

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December 16, 2015 | AIA

Business conditions show continued strength in South and West regions.

 

AEC leaders say the 'talent wars' are heating up: BD+C survey

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December 08, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

A new survey from Building Design+Construction shows that U.S. architecture, engineering...

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ABC: Continued growth expected for the construction industry

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December 07, 2015 | ABC

ABC forecasts growth in nonresidential construction spending of 7.4% in 2016 along with growth in...

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FMI: Nonresidential construction in a slowdown, according to latest NRCI score

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December 02, 2015 | BD+C Staff

“Economic recovery momentum is losing steam and rising costs in labor and materials start to put...

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ABC releases scorecard on state policies affecting the construction industry

Construction of an apartment complex in Tempe, Ariz. Photo: sdobie/Creative Commons

December 02, 2015 | ABC

The scorecard website identifies states that have good environments for merit shop contractors, l...

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ABC: September's nonresidential spending retains momentum in October

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December 01, 2015 | ABC

Spending increased in 10 of 16 nonresidential construction sectors on a monthly basis.

Data centers turn to alternative power sources, new heat controls and UPS systems

Modules for a data center for one of Skanska’s telecommunications clients were built in an offsite factory. Callison was the architect. Cosentini Associates provided engineering. Photo: Adam Friedberg

December 01, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Data centers account for 2% of the nation’s electricity consumption and about 30% of the power us...

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The contractor’s role in promoting job site sustainability [AIA course]

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December 01, 2015 | Jackie Mustakas, LEED AP BD+C, Robins & Morton

Robins & Morton’s Jackie Mustakas offers specific actions that contractors and construction m...

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November 30, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The contractor's Center for Craft Excellence, in Phoenix, is in response to the labor shortages i...

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FMI survey: Millennials in construction industry are loyal, hard-working

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November 24, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

While the stigma exists that Millennials are entitled, disloyal, and lazy, it appears that this i...

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Construction will outpace worldwide GDP growth over the next 15 years

Construction in Dandong, Liaoning, China, in 2015. Photo: blake.thornberry/Creative Commons

November 12, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Three countries—the United States, China, and India—will account for nearly three-fifths of world...

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Budget bill provision raises OSHA fines for first time in 25 years

Workers building condos in Washington, D.C. Photo: Elvert Barnes/Creative Commons.

November 05, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Inflation-adjusted penalty hikes could go up as much as 80%.

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