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ABI Sees Another Drop In Design Activity In April

April brought about another drop in design activity according to the latest Architecture Billings Index (ABI) from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). April’s ABI score was 48.8, a significant decline from March’s score of 51.7. This is the second decrease in design activity reported by the ABI with January having a score of 49.9. […]


Going Paperless In The Construction Industry

As a construction professional, can you envision the day coming where you no longer use paper in your daily activities? We’re talking no more hard copies of plans and specs, invoices, contracts, timesheets, punch lists, contracts or bids. In such a paper-reliant industry like construction this may seem completely improbable to some. While the notion […]


Protect Your Construction Company’s Reputation, Don’t Hire Stooges

When interviewing and hiring new employees do you consider how the candidate will impact your construction company’s reputation? Your employees are the face of your company. Your company’s reputation is a direct reflection of the quality of the work they do and their professionalism on the jobsite. They can either help you build and maintain […]


Construction Employment Surges Back In April With 45,000 Jobs Added

After the construction industry lost 9,000 jobs in March, it took a giant leap forward by adding 45,000 jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a majority of those jobs, 41,000, came from specialty trade contractors. The construction industry has added 108,000 jobs during the first four months of 2015 and 280,000 over […]


Construction Spending Slips Again In March, Outpaces March 2014 Spending

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of construction spending for March 2015 was at $966.6 billion. This is 0.6 percent below February’s revised rate of $972.9 billion.  The good news is that with February’s rate being revised up from its preliminary estimate of $967.2 billion, last month actually saw an […]

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The Value Of Apprenticeships In The Construction Industry

According to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), 80% of construction firms are planning to hire more workers in 2015 with only 7% expected to reduce headcounts. This could be challenging since AGC also reported that 87% of companies have reported having difficulties filling positions, especially skilled craft workers. Expect to see a big […]


Architecture Billings Index Continues Improvement In March

Design activity increased again in March according to the latest Architecture Billings Index (ABI) from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). March’s ABI score was 51.7. This is a good sign after seeing a decrease in design activity to start the year with a score of 49.9 in January, followed by a quick rebound in February […]


Construction Industry Sheds Jobs For First Time Since December 2013

The construction industry lost 1,000 jobs in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This ends 14 consecutive months of steady job growth. The last time the construction industry shed jobs was back in December 2013 when it lost 16,000 jobs. With the revised numbers for January (41,000 jobs added) and February (29,000 […]


The Do’s & Don’ts of Scaffold Safety in Construction

Today we are going to talk about scaffold safety. On Monday, our local construction community was rocked by tragedy following a scaffold collapse. Three workers, Anderson Almeida, Jose Luis Lopez-Ramirez and Jose Erasmo Hernandez, were killed and another worker, Elmer Guevera, received serious injuries when they fell from a mast climber that collapsed while being […]


OSHA Updating Eye & Face Protection Standards In Construction

OSHA is finally getting around to updating its construction industry standards for eye and face protection. A proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on March 13, 2015 that would update the standards to be more in line with the general industry and maritime industry standards for eye and face protection. The purpose is […]

Vote For Your Favorite Construction Blog & Wish Us A Happy Birthday!

Today, March 18th, marks the second anniversary of the official launch of Construction Data’s Building Blocks Blog and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who reads, comments and shares our posts on social media. We will continue striving to bring you the latest news and information about the commercial construction industry as […]