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  • The One Word Problem with Brexit June 24, 2016
    My immediate reaction upon waking up this morning and hearing voters in the United Kingdom had chosen to leave the European Union (EU) was, “Who needs this?” Hasn’t the world been through enough over the past ten years? What a litany of troubles: first the sub-prime mortgage disaster in the U.S.; followed by the worldwide […]
  • U.S. Hourly Compensation Rates in Construction − 10 Trades in 16 Cities June 24, 2016
    This article sets the scene for what is already a simmering topic and is sure to heat up further in the months ahead—mounting pressure on wage rates in construction. The jobless rate in the construction sector is now only 5.2%. Rarely, in previous periods of strong building activity, has construction’s jobless figure ever fallen below […]
  • Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs – May 2016 June 23, 2016
    Clichés are often true and it is the case that a picture can be worth a thousand words. Below are six graphs recording 12-month moving averages of ConstructConnect ’s nonresidential construction starts. When the value of the current month is higher than for the same month a year ago, the line will turn up; when […]
  • May’s Architecture Billings Index Records Highest Score of 2016 June 22, 2016
    May’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) recorded its highest score for the year with a 53.1. This is the fourth consecutive month of increases in design activity according to the latest report from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). May’s score is 2.5 points higher than April’s ABI score of 50.6. With the ABI, any score […]
  • Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in the U.S. – May 2016 June 22, 2016
    The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in the U.S. in May 2016. There are several reasons for highlighting upcoming large projects. Such jobs have often received a fair amount of media coverage. Therefore, people in the industry are on the lookout for when jobsite work actually gets underway. And, as showcase […]
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Construction Data’s Hot Projects – May 9, 2016

Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of May 2 – 6, 2016. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager+ database by our customers. Alabama FedEx Ground – Van […]

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U.S. Construction Spending Climbs 0.3 Percent in March

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of construction spending for March was $1,137.5 billion, according to the latest release from the U.S. Census Bureau. This is a 0.3% jump from February’s estimate which was revised down from $1,144.0 billion to $1,133.6 billion. January’s estimate, which previously was at $1,150.1 billion, has been revised down to $1,122.0 […]

Construction Data’s Hot Projects – May 2, 2016

Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of April 25 – 29, 2016. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager+ database by our customers. Alabama O’Reilly Auto Parts Store […]

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Cyber Security, Data Breaches and the Construction Industry

Is cyber security a major concern for your construction business? Maybe you don’t think your company is a potential target for a cyberattack. You’d be right too if your company doesn’t use computers to store any information about your business and if you never connect to the internet. As the construction industry becomes more connected […]

Construction Data’s Hot Projects – April 25, 2016

Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of April 18 – 22, 2016. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager+ database by our customers. Alabama Additions to Etowah Middle […]

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March’s Architecture Billings Index Reflects Increased Design Activity

Demand for architecture design services increased again in March, according to the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Architecture Billings Index score for March was 51.9, up from February’s score of 50.3. The ABI score has been steadily increasing each month in 2016. Hopefully, we can avoid the sharp decline in design activity we saw […]

Construction Data’s Hot Projects – April 18, 2016

Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of April 11 – 15, 2016. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager+ database by our customers. Alabama New Decatur High School […]

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Future Building Materials: Transparent Wood, Self-Healing Concrete & More

 Most people probably don’t give much thought to advancements in building materials. The oldest known bricks date back to around 7500 BC.  Concrete-like substances were in use as far back as 6500 BC and the ancient Romans mixed lime and a volcanic ash, pozzolan, to make concrete which was used to build structures like the […]

Construction Data’s Hot Projects – April 11, 2016

Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of April 1 – 8, 2016. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager+ database by our customers. Alabama Burger King – Federal […]

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Legal Dustup Over OSHA’s Final Rule On Respirable Silica

A group of construction industry organizations are challenging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) final rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica On Monday, April 4, 2015, less than two weeks after the final rule was issued, a petition for review was filed with the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The eight […]

Construction Data’s Hot Projects – April 4, 2016

Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of March 28 – April 1, 2016. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager+ database by our customers. Alabama Animal Ward II […]

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Construction Spending Fell 0.5 Percent in February

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of construction spending for February was $1,144.0 billion. This is a 0.5% drop from January’s estimate which got a big bump when it was revised up from $1,140.8 billion to $1,150.1 billion. December’s estimate was also revised up from $1,123.5 billion to $1,125.9 billion. Despite the drop in February, construction […]

Construction Data’s Hot Projects – March 28, 2016

Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of March 21 – 25, 2016. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager+ database by our customers. Alabama Daphne Commons Retail Center […]

About Our Blog

The mission of Construction Data’s Building Blocks Blog is to keep you informed by bringing you the latest news, insights, trends and legislation affecting the commercial construction industry. Our blog covers a wide range of topics from the most recent construction spending and employment data to the latest construction software, technology and apps to better run your business to construction safety tips to prevent accidents at the jobsite.

Our blog is home to the Construction Data Index (CDI), a premier user-based, forward-looking economic indicator for the commercial construction industry. This forecast tool reflects the future outlook of general contractors, subcontractors and building material suppliers. Our CDI survey polls industry professionals on how their commercial construction business is doing now relative to six months ago and how they see their business doing six months in the future. The CDI report is compiled quarterly to gauge the state of the commercial construction industry.

We also provide localized coverage of the commercial construction industry with our Hot Projects and our Bidding Landscapes series. Our weekly Hot Projects report showcases three of the most searched bidding and sub-bidding opportunities from each state in our coverage area by our clients in our Lead Manager database. Our Bidding Landscapes are compiled monthly and deliver an in-depth look at construction bidding in the various regions in our coverage area with breakdowns between publicly and privately funded projects and which industries are doing the most construction.

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