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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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OSHA Issues Controversial Final Rule On Silica Dust Exposure

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) finally issued its final rule for occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica this morning. The final rule has two standards, one for general industry and maritime and the other for construction, as expected. The proposed rule was issued back in September 2013. There have been quite a few […]

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February’s Architecture Billings Index Inches Back Into Positive Territory

After a slight dip into negative territory in January, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) saw an increase in design services in February with a score 50.3. This should be a positive sign as we head into the warmer months of spring. Design and construction activity should start picking up over the next couple of months. […]

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Construction Industry Salaries Remain High

Salaries in the construction industry for craft professionals remain strong according to a report released last week by The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER).  The NCCER’s 2015 Construction Craft Salary Survey has project managers with an average annual of $88,675 and project supervisors with an average annual salary of $77,917 at the […]

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

It’s common knowledge that falls are the leading cause of all construction worker deaths every year. What might surprise you is the fact that falls from ladders account for about 25% of those deaths. In 2014, 87 of the 349 fatalities from fall hazards were from ladders. The number of deaths from ladder falls has […]

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Construction Adds 19,000 Jobs In February, Unemployment Climbs to 8.7%

The construction industry added 19,000 jobs in February according to the latest Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics released this morning. January’s total was revised down from 18,000 to 15,000 jobs added. The construction industry has added 253,000 jobs over the past 12 months. Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 242,000 jobs […]

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Construction Data Nominated For Two Industry Blog Awards – Vote Now & Help Us Win

Construction Data Blog has been honored this year by being nominated for two construction industry blog awards. We are asking for your help in winning both of these contests. Show your support and vote for our blog, it only takes a moment. The first is for the 7th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards hosted by […]