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Construction Techniques

Builders face security, privacy risks as BIM takes off

September 29, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

The construction industry is increasingly embracing collaborative digital tools like BIM. While leveraging BIM brings many benefits, it also comes with unique challenges for contractors trying to land civil projects. Federal and state cybersecurity regulations are evolving rapidly, forcing contractors […]


Construction Processes, Procurement

Specialty Contractors in High Demand Amid Supply Constraints

August 25, 2022

Via: ENR

Steep inflation over the past few months has exacerbated what was already a volatile market for construction materials, further complicating specialty contractors’ efforts to successfully navigate a post-pandemic environment where many markets remain active, albeit with resources in short supply. […]


Construction Site Safety, Hazards

Safety tech boosts productivity, contractors say

August 17, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

As Hensel Phelps looks for better ways to improve on all things safety, the multinational contractor is piloting technology solutions like Edify, an app designed to create safety-minded culture within construction companies. Every morning, Hensel Phelps workers log in and […]


News

ENR to rank Top Specialty Contractors in the Midwest

August 11, 2022

Via: ENR

A preliminary reports shows that 43 firms in the Midwest have completed ENR’s annual survey of Top Specialty Contractors. A full ranking of these firms will appear in our September issue. From this survey data, ENR Midwest will rank top […]


Construction Site Safety, Hazards

Bill mandates breaks every 4 hours for construction workers

July 26, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

At the moment, it’s not clear what kind of impact the legislation would have for contractors. “We would have to consult with our members to see what, if any, impact this [legislation] would have,” said Kevin Cannon, senior director of […]


Construction Processes, Procurement

Gilbane sees slivers of hope for material, supply chain woes

July 12, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

While not universally positive, Pendergrass’s outlook for 2H 2022 pointed to key areas displaying better conditions for contractors. “As we move into the back half of 2022, tighter financial markets, slower growth and a continued improvement of supply bottlenecks could […]


Sustainability

Why June’s upbeat jobs report isn’t necessarily positive for construction

July 11, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

While additional jobs are usually viewed as a sign of industry strength, construction economists found reasons for concern. “This does nothing, however, to dim the risk of recession,” said Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu in a release […]


News

Despite Residential Slowdown, Construction Adds 13K Jobs in June

July 8, 2022

Via: ENR

Buoyed by continued gains among nonresidential specialty trade contractors, overall construction employment increased by 13,000 jobs during June, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. The industry’s unemployment rate decreased slightly, to 3.7%, from May’s 3.8% rate. One industry economist believes […]


Construction Processes, Legal

4 things every contractor should know about insurance

May 19, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

Proper insurance is a critical risk-management tool for contractors, design professionals and project owners. Disputes are an inevitable cost of doing business, and the importance of understanding the types of insurance available and which claims might be covered has never […]


News

No Bidders Submit for $210M St. Louis Convention Center Expansion’s Second Phase

May 12, 2022

Via: ENR

A contract to build the second half of a $210-million convention center expansion in St. Louis drew no bidders as contractors face pricing uncertainty and staffing woes. Members of the St. Louis Board of Public Service said during their May […]


Construction Techniques

Contractors turn to payment apps to speed billing

May 3, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

Jeff Scalisi, vice president of operations at Livermore, California-based Architectural Glass and Aluminum, had no idea his company’s billing had issues until a tech solution came along to fix them. Scalisi was reluctant to turn over something he believed “needed […]


Construction Techniques

Why contractors need integrated construction technology

April 4, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

Technology is a big investment, and it’s common for contractors to invest in multiple systems for different operations to run their businesses. When these systems are not integrated, getting the right information to the right people at the right time […]


News

US infrastructure diversity plan draws fire from contractors, minority groups

March 10, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

The objective of the memo is to create good-paying jobs, with the choice to join a union, for workers in traditionally underserved communities, according to a joint statement from DOL and DOT released this week. But it also said it […]


Sustainability

Construction staffing reaches 99% of pre-pandemic numbers

March 7, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

Many economic issues caused or worsened by COVID-19 have abated, and will continue to fade, according to ABC’s Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “Evidence indicates that contractors have had a somewhat easier time filling available positions recently,” Basu said in a […]


News

Who Gets to Squawk Loudest About Rising Costs, Consumers or Contractors?

March 4, 2022

Via: ConstructConnect

When talking with developers and design firms these days, the discussion will quickly turn to the extraordinarily rapid upticks in material and other construction input costs and how they are causing some owners to put project go-aheads on pause while […]


News

Contractors, local officials clamor to end Seattle-area concrete worker strike

February 11, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

In addition to the group of contractors and developers, local officials also are pushing for the Teamsters and the concrete companies to return to the negotiating table, citing a threat of more than 15,000 layoffs across several industries. Those at […]


Construction Processes, Financial

Contech firm launches new banking service for contractors

January 19, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

Briq Cash wants to solve what it calls “inefficiencies” surrounding payments in the construction industry, from time-consuming tasks like opening multiple accounts to digitizing files and data like receipts and invoices. “There’s different regulatory requirements that sometimes companies have to […]


Construction Techniques

Mistakes in data capture are costly. Here’s how contractors can avoid them.

January 5, 2022

Via: Construction Dive

With some of the slimmest profit margins across different industries, an occasional oversight could lead to bad news for construction companies. It can be as easy as a rounding error here, a missed invoice there, or even an accidental overpayment. […]


Construction Processes, Legal

NYC contractors call new vaccine mandate ‘heavy-handed’

December 9, 2021

Via: Construction Dive

Contractors and unions expressed skepticism about the enforcement of New York City’s vaccine mandate on all private-sector workers. The announcement on Dec. 6 applies to employees working in person in New York City, and will go into effect Dec. 27, […]


Construction Processes, Financial

When will contractors see a boost of infrastructure dollars?

November 29, 2021

Via: Construction Dive

When the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 passed, the public construction firms eagerly anticipated a windfall of funding and new projects. But then localities shifted the projects to other priorities. The Recovery Act “really amounted to a pretty […]