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Construction Industry Adds 16,000 Jobs In September, Unemployment Lowest In Over 6 Years

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 August. This is the lowest unemployment rate since November 2007 when it was at […]


US Construction Spending Dips Slightly In August 2014

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 […]


Architecture Billings Remained Strong in August

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported August’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score was 53.0, down slightly from July’s score of 55.8. July’s score was the highest it’s been since 2007. This is good news for construction companies because the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. For […]

Bridge In A Backpack Technology Aims To Revolutionize Bridge Construction

According to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) National Bridge Inventory, 147,870 of the 607,751 bridges in the country are deficient. This includes 63,522 structurally deficient and 84,348 functionally obsolete bridges. Structurally deficient bridges are bridges with critical load-carrying elements that are in poor condition due to damage or deterioration. Functionally obsolete bridges are bridges that […]


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 […]