Construction Trends for Repurposing Malls

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In 1956, the first U.S. mall opened in Edina, Minnesota. There are entire generations that spent formative years in shopping malls. And construction trends for more malls kept many companies busy for many years.

Over 50% Of Department Stores in Malls Predicted to Close By 2021

U.S. Retail Vacancy Rate May Rise To 7-Year High After Record Store Closings

Macy’s closing 45 More Locations in 2021: What Will Malls Do?

Mall Construction Trends: Now What?

As of 2020, Macy’s was malls’ biggest tenant, and Macy’s has a 3-year plan to shut down 125 stores by 2023. Who’s going to replace Macy’s? It’s silly for mall operators to expect another retail chain to fill the void Macy’s will leave, says financial professional Maurie Backman.

There they sit. Plenty of parking, acres and acres of space. Before they become retail graveyards, what can we do? What can we develop?

Repurposing Ideas

The first and foremost repurposing idea is to develop medical spaces. Vaccination sites dominate, but pandemic mass inoculation may be a temporary event. Healthcare providers are considering mall spaces for primary care offices, specialty care centers, or oncology treatment facilities.

Other ideas include:

  • Churches – Some churches are saying “Hallelujah!” as they take ownership of mall sections. Plus they have room to grow.
  • Gamer sites – Epic Games bought a Cary, NC mall and intends to convert the property. Its entire campus will serve as global gamer headquarters for offices and community space.
  • Offices – If your company is paying rent for several office spaces, centralization can save money.
  • Warehouses – E-commerce/retail fulfillment is big business and even Walmart is seeking space solutions. Modular warehousing can be built inside or added-to a mall space.

Construction Monitor: The Tool for Trend-Setters

Reconfiguring mall spaces will be the construction trend to watch. Or you can be one of the drivers.

Construction Monitor is the nation’s leading source for construction trends. Use our building statistics to develop real-time leads. We’ll show you how.

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All-Inclusive: U.S. Construction Industry

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When you hire a minority employee, you’ve often hired someone with a greater ability to adapt. This is a person that has likely overcome adversity and may have better “survival skills” than most. That’s an advantage to any construction industry company.

One of the questions on the government’s Office of Personnel Management’s website reflects many construction industry companies’ unspoken thoughts: “Are there really any tangible benefits to diversity and inclusion? Isn’t this just corporate jargon?”

The advantages of diversity in the workplace are real:

  • Broader range of experiences added to decision-making and problem-solving
  • Greater employee retention
  • Higher employee morale
  • Improved company reputation and brand perception
  • Increased productivity and profitability

Construction Industry Companies Can Be Leaders in Diversity

Construction projects serve as a critical stabilizing force in many communities, especially during the pandemic… economic focus will turn to construction projects and their capacity to serve as a catalyst for economic growth. Construction Dive

You will be encountering more construction industry projects that have diversity requirements. Avoiding those potentials for profit because you don’t know how to track and manage reports proving diversity compliance is a formula for failure.

The right software can:

  • Eliminate security issues (subcontractors emailing personal worker information)
  • Lower liability (run data-checks to ensure project compliance)
  • Provide a single location for contractors/subs to submit workforce data
  • Provide real-time information
  • Reduce errors caused by manually inputting data into spreadsheets

When bidding on projects that include diversity hiring initiatives and requirements, being able to say you already have the process in place gives you a competitive edge. “This is an opportunity to demonstrate how your projects bring opportunity and positively shape communities for generations to come,” says software company SkillSmart*.

Technology for the Construction Industry Increases Your Profits

Any software that gives you better management and tracking capabilities is an investment; not an expense. The building permit data we have provided since 1989 was, for many construction industry companies, their first investment in acquiring information software technology provides.

Construction Monitor continues to utilize data analytics for better business development. And marketing development people – like you – continue to track construction leads using our information.

Call 800-925-6085 or contact us to learn more.

*Construction Monitor does not recommend nor endorse any technology company products (except ours). References are for informational use only.

Construction Technology: Ways We Can Work Together

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We talk about construction industry-related businesses as if there are non-construction industry-related businesses. The fact is construction impacts every business, every person. Probably the greatest benefit we’ve realized from construction technology is the ability to connect.

Construction is the foundation of nearly every other industry.Autodesk

The Value of Connecting Using Construction Technology

Construction projects today are more complex. Failure to recognize that our processes need to be managed differently can put your company at the bottom of the food chain. No one will need your services because you can’t deliver what others can.

Possibly the most important key to becoming a leader in construction projects – from bidding through delivery – is developing an effective communication chain using construction technology.

Yes, you’re going to need software.*

Traditionally, every project is separated into sectors and each sector does its own thing. This has been the only way to work we knew, and it led to miscommunication, duplicated efforts, wasted time and materials, and do-overs.

“Predictability” is programmed into construction technology software. Based on proven probabilities, you can now make more informed decisions; that’s critical. But making those decisions while connecting in real-time with key players is even more important.

Construction technology drives:

  • Collaboration
  • Ongoing insights into project performance
  • Real-time data available to every sector and every team

And more. You’ll also realize:

Better Bidding

Your relationships with construction professionals that have mentored you are valuable. Bidding software supplements those relationships and builds new relationships.

You’ll be able to bid quickly and with greater accuracy than ever before. Autodesk says its software can even “de-risk partner selection.” You may find partnering with friends isn’t as profitable as making new friends.

Software Technology for Project Development

Building permit information is free, but the information you need is unique. Building permit data is like the top of a huge funnel. You have to sort the information several times to get what you can use.

The Construction Monitor team has tried manually sorting the information from broad-and-generic to what you need. It takes a lot of time and effort. Do you really want to do it yourself? Our software works faster and delivers proven results.

Tell us what you want, what you need. We’ll partner with you to find profitable leads. Contact Construction Monitor today.

*Construction Monitor does not endorse nor recommend any software brand or company (except ours). The information we share is for educational use only.

Protecting Construction Industry Workers (And Your Business)

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Okay, let’s be cynical for a moment: Statistically, construction workers are among those least likely to get coronavirus vaccinations. Many of our teams grumble about social distancing and other safety measures. And then, when an employee contracts COVID-19 on the job, it could follow with a lawsuit or an OSHA violation citation.

No whining. Just work it. Coronavirus variants indicate the pandemic may be around longer than we thought.

Construction Industry On-The-Job Safety Includes Reducing Coronavirus Exposure

There may not be many – because they’re not easy to prove – but personal injury lawsuits are one challenge construction industry owners will face this year. First, it’s difficult to prove you contracted COVID-19 at a jobsite. The incubation period is between 2-14 days. How can anyone claim it’s work-related?

They may claim jobsite-related exposure if a co-worker has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or if their job involves ongoing contact with the public.

Prevention is the best cure. If you’re OSHA-compliant, you should be protected from these lawsuits.

Limit Exposure; Protect Employees

“Contractors should aim to use the most effective control possible given the particulars of the job task or environment,” says attorney Stefan Borovina. These can include:

  • Enhanced ventilation
  • Posted hygiene instructions
  • PPE (protective personal equipment) and masks
  • Social distancing
  • Staggered shifts

Possible exposures should be disclosed without revealing the identity of any workers.

Document and Communicate Policies

No employee should be able to say he or she didn’t know about certain procedures or policies within your construction industry company. Not only should policies be included in employee onboarding, but they should also be posted at the jobsite.

Our Tools Keep Your Company Healthy

We recommend you refer to our construction industry safety checklist and appoint a health-and-safety supervisor for each project. If you want to develop more leads and structure better bids, we recommend you take advantage of our construction industry data analyses. The information is presorted for your business.

One of the great things about Construction Monitor is its ability to see what’s limited to our area… One of the ways it’s helped
our business is to find our target market…to find out

what the competition is doing.Rocky Ridge Rock, Inc.

Maybe it’s time for you to discover what’s great about a Construction Monitor subscription. Call 800-925-6085 (international 435-586-1205) or contact us for more information. Your information.

Construction Industry Remains Union-Strong

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The February 2020 unemployment rate was low: 3.5%. But by December, it was 6.7%. In tough economic times, most of us will take work when and where we can get it.

Less pay for more work thrives during chaos. Despite the pandemic layoffs, 2020 union membership remained strong in the construction industry.

Construction Industry Unions Thrive Despite Pandemic

Construction industry union membership percentages dipped in 2019 but actually increased in 2020 to 12.7%. In 2019, nonunion wages for construction industry workers were 29% less than union members’ wages.

However, union wages decreased from $1,240/week in 2019 to $1,234/week in 2020. Nonunion members’ salaries went up, from $868/week to $920/week.

The Economic Policy Institute says the 2020 pandemic emphasized what unions have been trying to change for decades: U.S. labor law fails to protect working people. 

In spite of their critical role in providing necessary services, these (construction industry) workers have been working
without access to fundamental protections like personal
protective equipment or paid sick leave.

Few take campaign promises seriously, but we can always hope. If the Biden presidency follows-through, the Build Back Better energy plan will add more union jobs this year.

Construction Monitor Increases Work Opportunities for Businesses Like Yours

You’d be surprised at the number of “unofficial” construction industry companies that use building permit data to make marketing decisions. A food truck owner can learn where job sites will be located in the spring and summer by studying building permit applications this week.

One savvy light fixtures salesperson looks for bathroom and kitchen remodeling permits. “If you’re getting a plumbing overhaul, replacing old lighting with modern, ‘smart’ adds an affordable feel-good factor to a renovation expense,” she says.

Construction industry companies use our data analytics to chase leads and build business. Learn more about how we can customize the information you need. Email, call 800-925-6085, or contact Construction Monitor.

Construction Safety Checklist

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The American National Standards Institute and the American Society of Safety Professionals (ANSI/ASSP) revised the A10 Construction and Demolition Operations standards in addition to Fall Protection and Restraint (Z359) guidelines. We should follow their construction safety protocols.

The 2020 construction safety standards revisions were chaired by Richard Hislop. “This is more than putting a cover over a hole or placing a barricade around a hazard. This is about creating a process to manage safety.”

Basic Checklist for Construction Safety

Construction safety policies’ importance can’t be over-emphasized. Construction safety should be owned by everyone in the industry and on the job.

To download the complete form, go to Get the Checklist. Some of its project construction safety tips include:

  1. Appoint a safety/health supervisor.
  2. Develop a health/safety plan and communicate it to employees.
  3. Ensure employees are trained/aware of hazards/controls, safety/health rules required by the project-specific safety and health plan.
  4. Ensure compliance with ANSI/ASSP A10.33-2020; hazardous conditions are promptly abated.
  5. Provide employees with personal protective equipment. Ensure they are trained in its use.
  6. Train employees to safely operate machinery, tools, vehicles, and equipment.
  7. Notify workers they must be fit for duty/free from impairment from medications, illegal substances/alcohol. Assess fitness for duty before each shift.
  8. Recommend appropriate discipline if employees violate safety/health rules and provide recognition for employees who achieve safety and health goals and demonstrate valuable health and safety behaviors.
  9. Conduct/manage daily safety/health inspections. Document/correct hazardous conditions.
  10. Inspect machinery/tools, vehicles/equipment before use at the beginning of each shift to ensure they are free from hazards.
  11. Ensure workers report injuries and have access to first aid supplies.
  12. Document all work-related injuries/illnesses/near misses. Investigate/implement preventive construction safety measures.
  13. Train workers in the emergency action plan (evacuation, etc.)
  14. Stop work if imminent danger is present.
  15. Ensure employees have access to water/bathrooms.

Construction Monitor Increases Profits With Building Permit Data

You’re already managing pandemic protocols to keep workers safe. Hopefully, that’s a temporary process. But our industry’s drive to promote project safety will continue forever.

Make this the year you build your reputation for construction safety; you’ll become the company talented recruits want to join.

Construction Monitor helps companies like yours build business. And we genuinely care about your marketing outcomes. Let us know how building permits have increased your profits. And if you don’t know how to use building permit data, ask us.

Construction Industry Trends and Tools

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Construction-specific tools are taking over,” says construction content writer Anastasios Koutsogiannis. And he’s talking about data analytics, digital solutions, and software. Construction industry trends for better project management will be taking us cloud-high this year.

One Project, One Data Source

Project managers say they spend 40% of their time in meetings, on phone calls, or writing after-the-fact reports. A single data source consolidates everything and reduces your miscommunication margin of error substantially.

If you think in spreadsheet-speak, think of a centralized data source as one spreadsheet with lots of tabs. Centralized project communications – all the project information from every source – will save time and money like never before.

Integrated planning will gather all the sources of data – your team’s different project management software outputs – and pull them into one, manageable place. It’s not easy at first, but it’s absolutely key to better project management.

Safety, Quality Focus

The new administration asked OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) “to determine whether to establish an emergency temporary standard to keep workers safe from COVID-19.” President Biden is also requesting OSHA to target and penalize worksites that do not adhere to safety protocols in 2021.

In 2020, the Labor Department/OSHA issued $3,930,381 in coronavirus violations; failure to comply:

Look for ways to link the quality of work and safety directly to phase one project planning. It minimizes waste, delays, and improves overall quality.

We’ve Got Information You Need on a Need-To-Know-Basis

You can make informed decisions when you get the right information. Construction Monitor is the nation’s leading source for construction industry trends.

Our information can drive your marketing this year and beyond:

Call 800.925.6085 (International/435.586.1205) or contact us today to learn more about using business permit data to increase business opportunities.

Insurance for Small Construction Business Contractors

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Large, global construction firms have attorneys on retainer, but they also have the best insurance coverage possible. If you’re a small contractor or subcontractor company, one liability lawsuit can throw your construction business under the bus.

6 Things You Should Know About Construction Business Insurance

You don’t want to pay more for insurance than you have to. What you want is to be able to insurance-shop and gain a knowledgeable perspective. Even if your best friend is an insurance professional, “shop around,” says biBERK chief operating officer Rakesh Gupta.

1. Bundle

You can save more money if you can bundle insurance policies. This is also more convenient because you have a one-stop-shop for your construction business insurance.

2. Check Subcontractors’ Insurance

File proof of subcontractor insurance before they start the job.

3. Commercial Auto Insurance

Your cousin needs a job, but she’s had several fender-benders. Your construction business pays more for bad drivers. Good drivers make good employees for many reasons, not the least of which is you’ll pay lower auto insurance.

4. Pay Higher Deductibles

The higher your deductibles, the lower your premiums. But always have your deductible amount set aside for that rainy day when a claim is filed. Gupta says choosing a higher deductible and “hoping for the best” can have serious financial consequences for your construction business.

5. Promote Safety

X-MOD is used to calculate your insurance rates. Make safety a priority in the workplace. Promote injury-free days. Actively setting and promoting safety standards can give you a better X-MOD (experience modification) ratio.

6. Workers’ Comp

How this insurance is priced is based on classification codes. The classification codes tell insurance companies the risk level for that worker. You don’t need office workers in the same classification as an onsite employee. However, that frequently occurs, and when it does, a construction business pays more for insurance than necessary.

Use Available Information To Better-Manage Your Business

Finally, make a point to review your insurance coverage annually. You’ve bought more equipment, hired more, laid off more. Construction business changes are a fact of life. You may need to reduce or increase your coverage, but you won’t know if you don’t look.

Many things have happened within the construction business industry that were beyond your control. But you can control your insurance costs if you’re involved. It’s worth your time.

You also have complete control of business development and marketing plans. Construction Monitor data analyses are worth your time, too. Contact us for more information.

Laser Technology in the Construction Industry

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“Laser” was an acronym for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.” The first laser was built in 1960, so it’s not exactly new technology. But 3D laser scanning is just now trending in the construction industry. And the market is expected to grow to $10 billion by 2024.

A laser is a device that emits light through a process of optical amplification based on the stimulated emission of
electromagnetic radiation.

How Laser Scanning Is Used in the Construction Industry

Here are ways laser scanning can be used in a project lifecycle:

  1. Design – Laser scanning is used for BIM (building information modeling).
  2. Build – Onsite laser scanning can spot discrepancies and conflicts between electrical, plumbing, or HVAC systems. Its information can be shared remotely and used to:
    • Document errors
    • Hand-off work
    • Reduce change orders
  3. As-built – Laser scanning details can create permanent records for operations, retrofits, and later renovations.

Laser Benefits for the Construction Industry

Laser technology can reduce project costs, but the initial investment is prohibitive to most small-business contractors and sub-contractors. Training employees is another investment that should be added to the upfront expense.

If you can rent the equipment or service, that’s a great way to learn the benefits of its application. For those that can afford the investment, the advantages are real:

  • Creates more detailed workflows
  • Improves project coordination/collaboration/communications
  • Improves the quality of work
  • Increases accuracy/reduces errors
  • Information is real-time
  • Reduces manual labor
  • Saves money (as much as 50%)
  • Saves time

Construction Data Analytics for Your Business

Construction Monitor shares what we learn about the construction industry. We’ve been around long enough to be amazed at the rapid technological advances within our industry. Our team likes to believe we’re part of the change.

If your business is dependent on growth and works for or with construction industry organizations, our data is easily obtained. But time is money. You should take advantage of our technology to cut to the chase and target specific locales, companies, and trends.

Ask us how. Contact Construction Monitor today.

4 Reasons Why Our Construction Industry Is Changing

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The construction industry changes within the last 10 years have been profound. Here’s why:

1. Client Expectations

It’s no longer enough to have a portfolio that displays what you did for someone else. (But don’t throw it out or delete that website page – its value has not diminished in the least.)

Technology demands you be able to show clients what you can do for them. Clients expect their construction projects to be customized, specific, and they expect energy-efficient solutions and improved safety-and-health options.

2. Less Resistance To Change

The construction industry is historically slow to embrace change but that in itself has been our biggest revolution. And the new, tech-driven jobs are attracting valuable talent, eager to create and build.

3. Startups Are Thriving

The new kids on the block are finding construction industry market opportunities fast. They’re also quick to locate funding.

4. Technology Innovations

The possibilities are limitless! Additive printing, augmented and virtual reality, drones, robotics, and additive printing; construction industry professionals say hardware and software investments are well worth it.

Continuing To Trend: Key Influencers

Technological and digital trends that will continue to evolve and dominate our industry include:

  • BIM – Building information modeling is 5-D technology that has been a game-changer for the construction industry. It will continue to be a foundation for project decision-making.
  • Building materials – Introduction of new building materials (like self-healing concrete) will lower materials costs as well as improve quality and safety.
  • Digital workflows – Workflow solutions deliver better design management, materials tracking, scheduling, crew management, and more.
  • High-definition surveying – GPS, new photo technologies; 3-D laser scanning will continue to improve turnaround times and accuracy.
  • Productivity management – In addition to workflow software solutions, NFC (near-field-communication) devices and sensors improve construction industry productivity.

Construction Monitor Technology Builds Business

Building permit information is a key influencer in developing business leads. With one report, you can learn more about commercial, residential, and solar construction projects in your area than from any other source.

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