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  • Chief Economist Alex Carrick Shares Outlook on 2018 September 22, 2017
    Employment and revenues for architecture, engineering and construction have grown modestly for most of 2017. But the signals for the next 12 months are mixed, with architectural billings positive, construction starts uneven and contractors hiring, but worried about finding enough qualified workers. Meanwhile, there is huge uncertainty about the impact of potential changes in tax, infrastructure, […]
  • 5 Major Changes Coming to the Construction Industry in the Future September 21, 2017
    It’s no secret that construction can be very slow when it comes to change. Nevertheless, the advent of new technologies has dramatically contributed toward the modernization of the whole industry. A general need for change has emerged as a result of the serious productivity problems that are noticed in big markets like the United States […]
  • Architecture Billings Index Reports Solid Growth in August September 20, 2017
    Demand for design services continues to grow with August marking the seventh consecutive month of growth per the latest Architecture Billings Index (ABI) from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). August’s ABI score was 53.7, a nice jump from July’s score of 51.9. With the exception of January, all ABI scores this year have been […]
  • ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – September 18, 2017 September 18, 2017
    Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of September 11 – 15, 2017. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads. Alabama Enterprise Station Location: Enterprise, AL Building Use: Retail – Shopping […]
  • 13 Mid-September Economic Nuggets September 18, 2017
    Hurricane Harvey, which first struck southern Texas on Saturday August 25, and Hurricane Irma, which reached landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday September 10, will ‘muddy’ the economic statistics for months to come. Estimates of the physical damage range widely, with $200 billion as the current outer limit. Homes, shopping malls, schools, churches, fast-food […]
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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.