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October Architecture Billings Index Shows Continued Growth

Demand for design services remained high in October with an Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score of 53.1. This is down just a bit from September’s score of 53.7, but still indicates a strong increase for design services since all scores above 50 indicate an increase in billings and scores below 50 indicate a decrease. The […]


Worker Misclassification In The Construction Industry

Worker misclassification is a serious problem in the construction industry that often goes unchecked and unpunished. Penalties for misclassifying employees as independent contractors can be severs, but unfortunately the risk of getting caught has historically been minimal. They payoff for unscrupulous business owners who purposely misclassify workers can be enormous. It’s a classic risk vs. […]


September Construction Spending Up 14.1% From A Year Ago

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of construction spending increased to $1,084.2 billion in September 2015. This is a 14.1% higher than the September 2014 estimate of $959.2 billion. September’s annual rate is 0.6% higher than the revised August estimate of $1087.5 billion, up from August’s preliminary estimate of $1,086.2 billion. July’s amount was revised back […]


Some Assembly Required: Building Skyscrapers With Modular Construction

Modular construction has been around for decades and used in a variety of applications such as single-family residences, data centers, schools and hospitals. A number of benefits of modular construction have been cited such as decreased costs, shortened project schedules, reduced waste and safer conditions. With the modules being constructed inside a factory it eliminates […]


Top 10 OSHA Violations Cited For The Construction Industry

  We’ve compiled our Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry for the 2015 fiscal year. OSHA publishes their own list each year, but it covers all standard violations and for all industries. Our list is geared toward the most cited Federal OSHA standards for the construction industry using the North […]

Pertamina Tower/Image Credit: SOM

Supertall & Sustainable: Building Greener Skyscrapers

According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, there are nearly 140 supertall skyscrapers, buildings that are 984 ft. or taller, currently under construction. With the proliferation of supertall structures going up over the next five years, the question needs to be asked, ‘How green and sustainable can these skyscrapers be?’ The Shanghai […]


Heavy Equipment Thefts Increased Again In 2014

For the second year in a row, heavy equipment theft has increased according to the “2014 Heavy Equipment Theft Report” released this month. The report, co-published by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and the National Equipment Registry (NER), shows there were 11,625 thefts reported in 2014 to law enforcement. This is a 1.2% increase […]


Has Construction Employment Plateaued? Only 8,000 Jobs Added in September

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their jobs report for September and the construction industry only added 8,000 jobs.  The construction industry hasn’t seen a big jump in jobs added despite construction spending continuing to increase. August’s numbers were revised up from 3,000 to 5,000 jobs added but when you factor in the […]


Construction Spending In August Reaches Highest Level Since 2008

Construction spending rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,086.2 billion in August according to the U.S. Census Bureau, with total nonresidential construction at $696.3 billion. This marks the ninth consecutive month of increased spending going back to December 2014. The annual rate of construction spending has seen gradual increases over the past few […]


Collaborative Consumption, Crowdfunding & The Construction Industry – Part II

In yesterday’s blog post we talked about how companies are using the collaborative consumption economic model to disrupt and change the construction equipment rental market. Today, we are looking at another form of collaboration, crowdfunding, and how it is being used in architecture and construction. Crowdfunding is an alternative financing method for funding projects or […]


Collaborative Consumption, Crowdfunding & The Construction Industry – Part I

Collaborative consumption, sometimes referred to as the sharing economy or access economy, has seen tremendous growth over the past several years. The most popular forms of collaborative consumption can be found in rental accommodation services like Airbnb and ride/car sharing services such as Uber and RelayRides. Collaborative consumption has reached nearly every industry and commercial […]


Don’t Fear Change Orders, Learn To Master Them

Change orders are an inevitable part of working in the construction industry. Whether you are a general contractors or a subcontractors, you’ve had to deal with them at some point on a project and will continue to have to deal with them on future projects. Being able to effectively manage change orders doesn’t have to […]


5 Tips For Effective Construction Communication

Effective communication is vital to the successful completion of any construction project. Good communication can improve teamwork and lead to better project collaboration. Poor communication can result in misunderstandings, delays and problems down the road. Communication is simply the exchange of information in order to convey a message and good communication involves being able to […]


Construction Spending Remains Strong In July, Up 13.7% Over The Past Year

Construction spending continues to climb with July’s seasonally adjusted annual rate increasing to $1,083.4 billion, the fifth consecutive month construction spending topped $1 trillion. This is 0.7% higher than June’s revised estimate of $1,075.9 billion, which is up from its initial estimate of $1,064.6 billion. July’s estimate represents a 13.7% increase over the last 12 […]