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Construction Employment Hits 5-Year High, Industry Adds 20,000 Jobs In August

Employment in the construction industry continued to grow with 20,000 jobs added in August. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the unemployment rate for the construction industry was at 7.7 percent in August.  The unemployment rate is slightly higher than the 7.5 percent reported in July, but is the lowest rate for the […]

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The Drones Are Coming! The Drones Are Coming! (To The Construction Site)

In the very near future, drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), will be flying over your construction site if they aren’t already…and that’s a good thing. Drones are expected to have a positive impact on the construction industry in a number of ways such as improving jobsite safety, providing detailed 3-D models of construction sites […]


When Are Site Safety Managers Not Site Safety Managers?

Answer: When they are hairdressers, musicians, bellhops and short order cooks posing as site safety managers. This may seem crazy, but last week two companies and seven individuals were indicted in New York State Supreme Court and charged with a number of offences including grand larceny, scheme to defraud and criminal possession of a forged […]


Why Some States Have Banned The Use Of LEED Green Rating System

Four states, Alabama, Georgia, Maine and Mississippi, have essentially banned the use of LEED to certify state-funded green building projects through legislation and executive orders.  Other states like Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Ohio have attempted to impose LEED ban. The reason for the ban is a credit worth a whopping 1 point out […]


OSHA’s National Fall Prevention Stand-Down – June 2-6, 2014

OSHA is holding a National Safety Stand-Down this week, a voluntary event geared at bringing awareness to a specific safety topic. The focus for the weeklong event is on preventing falls in construction and eliminating fall hazards. Anyone in the construction industry can participate in the Safety Stand-Down by either attending one of the many […]


The Halo Light™ From ILLUMAGEAR Combines Functionality And Safety

One of the favorite things about my job is discovering all the new technologies being developed for the construction industry. This includes everything from software apps and building materials to heavy equipment and tools and gadgets. New products are coming to market everyday so when the opportunity to test out The Halo Light™ came up, […]

Getting Young People Interested In Construction Careers – DC Students Construction Trades Foundation

This is the second installment in our ongoing series that focuses on highlighting programs and organizations aimed at introducing young people to, and getting them interested in, careers in the AEC industry. Today we are going to look at the DC Students Construction Trades Foundation and I’d like to thank Stacey Ehring with Shapiro & […]

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At Diggerland USA, Heavy Construction Equipment Is The Main Attraction

Diggerland USA, a new construction-themed amusement park, is scheduled to open next month in West Berlin, NJ, just in time for the summer vacation season. The park is unique because a majority of the rides and attractions are made from modified heavy construction equipment. The park is being billed as “North America’s first-ever construction-themed adventure […]

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Google[x] Spin-Off Vannevar Technology Gets Name Change & Financing

Back in October we wrote about Vannevar Technology, a spin-off company from Google[x], which was developing a new technology for the AEC industry that could revolutionize the way buildings are designed, built and maintained. The collaborative design software which is currently being developed and tested will reportedly enable sustainable and environmentally-friendly buildings to be designed […]

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Building Blocks Blog Receives Top Honors In The 2014 Best Construction Blog Competition

Construction Data’s Building Blocks blog finished second overall in Construction Marketing Ideas’ 2014 Best Construction Blog competition. The competition was judged by a panel of industry experts who reviewed the entrants based on blog design, frequency of posts and writing quality and relevance. More than 40 blogs were entered into this year’s competition. Thanks to […]

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Why Don’t We Have A National Construction Safety Day?

Last week the state of Washington held its 7th annual Construction Safety Day. The event is sponsored by the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the state Department of Labor & Industries. The daylong event included workshops, exhibits and demonstrations with cranes, job site tools and job site equipment. The workshops included an […]

Getting Young People Interested In Construction Careers – NEF Block Kids And More

It’s no secret that the construction industry is facing a skilled worker labor shortage. Over the past few months there have been a number of news articles published in both national and local media outlets regarding this topic and how it’s already affecting some areas of the country. How this happened should not be a […]