Recent upswings in the construction employment numbers nationwide point to continued improvement in the health of the construction industry. In March, 2014, the construction industry added some 19,000 jobs, according to statistics reported in the Engineering News-Record. Many of these jobs were in specialty trades. Continue reading Construction Employment on the Rise Across the Nation Compared to Same Time Last Year
Rising steel prices throughout the United States and around the world shows that demand for new construction and renovation continues to climb, according to construction industry sources. Continue reading Steel Prices Rise: Indicating a Healthy Surge in Construction Demand
Large-scale construction projects can sometimes have unexpected consequences. In San Francisco, construction of a subway system in North Beach has caused a substantial upsurge in the number of rats seen on the streets and in residents’ homes. Continue reading Rats: The Unexpected Consequence of San Francisco Subway Construction
Environmental concerns continue to be a factor affecting modern construction processes and technology. In the roofing industry, interest in photovoltaic roofing (PV) as a green option is growing among both residential customers and commercial clients. These solar panels allow customers to produce a substantial amount of their own electrical power from solar energy while providing a visually appealing option as roofing material. Continue reading How the Roofing Industry Is Going Green With Photovoltaic Technology
Like many other segments of the construction industry, crane companies have been hit hard by the recent decline in building. While prospects for these companies are looking up, work isn’t always found in the traditional large building projects. The crane’s versatility and wide variety of uses has been keeping crane companies busy in some unexpected ways. Continue reading Crane Companies Are Looking to New Avenues of Business to Weather Economic Downturn
As new home construction is predicted to grow by 14 percent into 2016, drywall and plaster costs are expected to follow suit and rise by 7.5 percent per year. The continued recovery of residential construction is apparent in industry metrics like building permit data. In fact, drywall and plaster costs aren’t the only building materials to see increases on the horizon in the three-year time frame. Plywood and particle board costs will rise by 4.8 percent and 5.3 percent respectively. Medium density fiberboard is also going up, with anticipated increases topping 5 percent. The increase in raw copper costs is expected to continue boosting prices for electrical wiring as well. Continue reading Why Are Costs on the Rise for Drywall, Plaster and Other Building Material?
Although it’s been dubbed the greenest skyscraper by its supporters, some suggest the Bank of America building in Manhattan is a perfect illustration of the LEED rating system’s shortcomings. Despite being loaded with eco-friendly technology and achieving the LEED Platinum rating (the highest possible), the building is still relatively inefficient. Continue reading The Debate Over Manhattan’s Bank of America Building, Known as the Greenest Skyscraper
Lennar Homes, one of the top general contractors in the U.S., reports significantly increased new residential construction starts in the first quarter of 2014 among its numerous regional offices throughout the United States.
The Miami-based construction and renovation firm states that some of the more notable construction increases occurred in communities such as San Bernardino, CA; Sparks, NV; and Cape Coral, FL. Other significant projects undertaken by the company have been ordered in Kissimmee, FA; Austin, TX; and Bakersfield, FL. Continue reading Lennar Homes Kick Off First Quarter of 2014 With Significant New Construction
Just as with fashion trends, landscape architecture trends are influenced by local weather and lifestyle preferences that vary from one part of the country to the other. By knowing what property owners in different regions will be looking for this year, you’ll be better able to show potential clients that you’re the right contractor to meet their needs. Continue reading What’s Hot in Landscape Architecture in 2014 — and How It Varies Regionally
On any construction project, efficiency translates into better profits, more satisfied customers and a better reputation in your local area. Here are five construction tips you can use right now to improve project efficiency and boost results. Continue reading 5 Construction Tips to Keep Your Projects as Efficient as Possible