We’ve picked five of the coolest buildings that completed construction last year. The list spans the globe with commercial construction projects shaped like the sun, a horseshoe and a kitchen utensil, one designed by a Pritzker Prize winner and another made of lots and lots of wood.
The ABI finished 2014 strong with a score of 52.2 in December. All but two months of the year had increases in demand for design activity, shaping 2015 up as strong year for construction spending and activity.
Construction employment rose to 6,166,000 jobs to end 2014 with an impressive 48,000 jobs added in December. The construction industry added 290,000 jobs for the year, with jobs added every month of the year, something that hasn’t happened in nearly a decade.
In November, U.S. construction spending reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $975.0 billion. If this rate can be maintained for the remainder of 2014 once all the revised figures have been calculated, construction spending for 2014 will outpace 2013 by around 7.0 percent.
As we get ready to kick off a new year we provide a rundown of Construction Data’s most popular blog posts of 2014. See which stories topped our list, from OSHA’s new injury reporting and recordkeeping rules that take effect January 1st to the use of drones on the construction site.
We’ve put together a list of mobile construction apps that will help your commercial construction firm be more productive. Whether you need an app to view and manage plans, conduct a safety meeting or replace your outdated timeclock system, we’ve got you covered.
The AIA Architecture Billings Index was released today and despite the score dropping from 53.7 to 50.9 in November, the score indicates a small increase in design activity for the month because any score over 50 indicates an increase in billings over the previous month. This makes seven consecutive months of increases in architecture billings […]
ThyssenKrupp is developing a maglev elevator that would eliminate the need for cables and would allow cars to travel up, down and sideways. The new system would allow for multiple elevator cars to operate in the same shaft. The first system is scheduled to be tested in 2016.
The construction industry picked up an additional 20,000 jobs in November 2014. The unemployment rate rose slightly to 7.5% which could be indicative of more folks seeking employment in the construction industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly earnings for all employees in construction rose to $26.93.
Construction spending has been seesawing up and down over the past five months and is moving back up in the right direction in October with the seasonally adjusted annual rate reaching $971.0 billion. This is the second highest figure reported all year for total construction spending. In May the annual rate of construction spending was at […]
I want to start off by wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. As the month comes to a close it can only mean one thing…the end of No-Shave November. (I can guarantee my wife will be handing me a razor on December 1st and kindly reminding me that I promised to shave it off.) […]
Late last month the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and the National Equipment Register (NER) released their 2013 Theft Report. For the first time in years, the number of reported heavy equipment thefts increased. The 11,486 heavy equipment thefts reported in 2013 is a 5 percent increase over the 10,925 thefts reported in 2012. This […]
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for October was 53.7, down slightly from the score of 55.2 for September. This is the sixth straight month of the ABI indicating an increase in billings and design activity. The ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between […]
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology is increasingly being used on construction projects to increase efficiencies, manage assets and reduce theft. RFID technology is used in a number of applications that you’re probably already familiar with like the E-ZPass transponder in your vehicle or the microchip in Fido that helps you locate him when the dogcatcher picks […]
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the construction industry added 12,000 jobs in October. Employment in the construction industry has increased every month in 2014. The unemployment rate fell to 6.4 percent in October, marking the tenth consecutive month that it has decreased. September’s job gains in the construction industry have been updated […]
For the second consecutive month, the US annual rate of construction spending has dropped. Construction spending fell in September to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $950.9 billion. This is 0.4 percent lower than the revised August amount of $955.2 billion. According to the US Census Bureau, total construction spending from January through September was $710.1 billion which is 6.1 percent higher […]
We’ve compiled our Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry for the 2014 fiscal year. OSHA publishes their own list each year, but it covers all standard violations cited for all industries. Our list is based on all standards cited by Federal OSHA using the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) for the […]
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score was 55.2 for September. This is a couple of points higher than August’s score of 53. This is the fifth straight month of the ABI indicating an increase in billings. Because the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture […]
The construction industry added 16,000 jobs in September. September was the ninth consecutive month that employment in the construction industry increased. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate for the construction industry was at 7 percent in September. This is the lowest unemployment rate since November 2007 when it was at […]
After seeing its largest one-month gain in over two years, US construction spending dropped 0.8 percent in August. Construction spending fell in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $961.0 billion. The estimate for July has been revised to $968.8 billion, down from the initial estimate last month of $981.3 billion. According to the US Census Bureau, total […]