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.

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

Photo: Dave Reid/Creative Commons

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

Photo: Pioneer Library System/Creative Commons

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]

Courtesy Robins & Morton

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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Photos courtesy Sundt Construction

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

Photo: Atomische * Tom Giebel/Creative Commons.

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%.

ABC, AIA & NAHB: Residential and nonresidential construction growth expected in 2016

Homes under construction in Solano, Calif. Photo: Robert Couse-Baker/Creative Commons.

November 03, 2015 | ABC

Economists from the three trade associations discussed several indicators for sector performance...

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ABC: September's nonresidential spending slip no cause for concern

Roadway under construction near Medina, Wash. Highway and street-related construction spending increased 0.3% in September. Photo: Washington State Dept of Transportation/Creative Commons

November 02, 2015 | ABC

Despite the monthly drop, September's year-over-year increase is largest in seven years. Seven of...

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ABC: Economic growth stronger than headline GDP figure suggests

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October 30, 2015 | ABC

GDP expanded 1.5% during the third quarter while nonresidential fixed investment expanded by 2.1%...

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MIT develops ‘river of 3-D pixels’ to assemble objects

The Kinetic Block by MIT's Tangible Media Group

October 29, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Asistant Digital Editor

The Kinetic Blocks can manipulate objects into shapes without human interference.

New office space core and shell construction costs are highest in the two coastal cities.

October 28, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

A CBRE report found that New York’s construction costs are more than $500 per sf. San Francisco i...

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Cosntruction in Houston. Photo: Patrick Feller/Creative Commons.

October 16, 2015 | ABC

In the first half, sales expectations and profit margin expectations rose while staffing level in...

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Skid steers are susceptible to theft construction site lojack

Skid steers are susceptible to theft. Photo: Ildar Sagdejev/Creative Commons 

October 07, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Poor security and lax inventory control make jobsites sitting ducks for robbers, according to cri...

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Renderings revealed for proposed curvy and lush second office for Apple

The 777,100-sf development by Landbank Investment on Central & Wolfe in Sunnyvale, Calif., is just five miles from Apple’s current Cupertino headquarters.

October 05, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Asistant Digital Editor

The project has been dubbed as another “spaceship,” referencing the nickname for the loop-shaped...

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OSHA’s announces Top 10 Violations for 2015

Scaffolding on a building in Cincinnati, Ohio. OSHA listed scaffolding as a frequent workplace safety hazard.

October 02, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Fall protection, hazard communication lead the list.

Eight of 16 nonresidential construction sectors—including healthcare, manufacturing, and lodging—experienced spending increases in August on a monthly basis.

October 01, 2015 | ABC

Spending totaled $696.3 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis in August, a 0.3% incr...

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Takeoff! 5 ways high-flyin' airports are designing for rapid growth

JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at New York’s JFK International gives passengers a sense of place with its new rooftop garden. Photo: @Paul Rivera

September 30, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Nimble designs, and technology that humanizes the passenger experience, are letting airports conc...

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FMI: Construction in place on track for sustained growth through 2016

Photo: Salim Virji via flickr Creative Commons

September 30, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

FMI’s latest report singles out manufacturing, lodging, and office sectors as the drivers of nonr...

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What went wrong? Diagnosing building envelope distress [AIA course]

Image depicts a brick veneer exterior that has expanded and pulled away from the window. Image: Hoffmann Architects

September 29, 2015 | John J. Hoffmann, FAIA, and Deborah J. Costantini, AIA, Hoffmann Architects

With so many diverse components contributing to building envelope assemblies, it can be challengi...

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The AMIE building, unveiled by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory at the DOE’s Industry Day event. Images courtesy SOM

September 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AMIE) building features a high-performance shell wi...

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Tokyo Olympic Stadium saga ends for Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid's original concept for Tokyo's Olympic Stadium. Rendering courtesy Zaha Hadid Architects

September 21, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

After resubmitting a bid, the firm will not design the main venue for the 2020 Olympics after all...

CONVENTION CENTER SECTOR GIANTS: Gensler, AECOM, Turner top rankings of nation's largest convention/events sector AEC firms

Music City Center, Nashville, Tenn. Photo: Michael Rivera via Wikimedia Commons

September 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest convention/events sector design and construction firms, a...

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AIRPORT SECTOR GIANTS: KPF, Hensel Phelps, Jacobs top rankings of nation's largest airport terminal sector AEC firms

Terminal B, Logan International Airport, Boston. Photo: Robb Williamson, courtesy AECOM

September 17, 2015 | BD+C Staff

BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest airport terminal sector design and construction firms, as...

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