Design activity increased again in March according to the latest Architecture Billings Index (ABI) from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). March’s ABI score was 51.7. This is a good sign after seeing a decrease in design activity to start the year with a score of 49.9 in January, followed by a quick rebound in February […]
Since it’s Earth Day today, I thought it would be the ideal day to take a look at some of the ways companies and researchers are working to make cement more environmentally friendly. Cement, of course, is the binder that when mixed with aggregate, typically sand and gravel, and water forms concrete. Concrete is used […]
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With the launch of the Apple Watch just a couple of weeks away, now is the perfect time to talk about wearable technology in the construction industry. The use of tablets and smartphones at the construction site is a commonplace sight these days. There are an ever-growing number of apps available to tackle a wide […]
The construction industry lost 1,000 jobs in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This ends 14 consecutive months of steady job growth. The last time the construction industry shed jobs was back in December 2013 when it lost 16,000 jobs. With the revised numbers for January (41,000 jobs added) and February (29,000 […]
The seasonally adjusted annual rate of construction spending dropped again in February to $967.2 billion according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This is down about 0.1 percent from the revised January estimate of $967.9 billion. January’s preliminary estimate was $971.4 billion. Part of the blame for the drops can be attributed to the brutal winter […]
Today we are going to talk about scaffold safety. On Monday, our local construction community was rocked by tragedy following a scaffold collapse. Three workers, Anderson Almeida, Jose Luis Lopez-Ramirez and Jose Erasmo Hernandez, were killed and another worker, Elmer Guevera, received serious injuries when they fell from a mast climber that collapsed while being […]
OSHA is finally getting around to updating its construction industry standards for eye and face protection. A proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on March 13, 2015 that would update the standards to be more in line with the general industry and maritime industry standards for eye and face protection. The purpose is […]
Today, March 18th, marks the second anniversary of the official launch of Construction Data’s Building Blocks Blog and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who reads, comments and shares our posts on social media. We will continue striving to bring you the latest news and information about the commercial construction industry as […]
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) bounced back in February with a score of 50.4 to show an increase in design activity. This comes on the heels of a decrease in activity in January which recorded a score of 49.9. (Any score above 50 reflects an increase in design activity and scores below 50 indicate a […]
A number of state legislatures have wasted little time this year by enacting laws or introducing bills to either repeal or scale back their state’s prevailing wage laws. A prevailing wage, sometimes known as common construction wage, is the hourly wage paid to a majority of workers in a specific area for a given trade or […]
Back in November 2013 we wrote an article asking Does It Matter Who Wins the Race to Create the First 3D Printed Building? We determined that being first didn’t matter nearly as much as the fact that there were a number of firms working on the technology to make 3D printed buildings a reality. Some […]
In an effort to ensure that local residents get hired for a $1.4 billion multi-stage sewer project, the city of Akron, OH is planning to start its own construction company. It’s a bold plan. It’s an innovative and unique idea. It’s a grand and noble gesture to provide jobs for its citizens. But is it […]
The construction industry added 29,000 jobs in February 2015 while the unemployment rate increased to 10.6%. The construction industry has added 79,000 jobs in 2015.
The seasonally adjusted annual rate of construction spending for January 2015 was at $971.4 billion according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This is down 1.1 percent from the newly revised estimate for December 2014 of $982.0 billion. While this isn’t the start to the year that we were expecting, the January 2015 estimate is 1.8 […]
This is probably not the start to 2015 that most people were hoping for with the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Architecture Billings Index (ABI) dropping below the score of 50 for the first time since April 2014 to 49.9 in January. A score of 49.9 means there was a slight decrease in design activity […]
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The construction industry added 39,000 jobs in January 2015 while the unemployment rate increased to 9.8%. The construction industry has added an impressive 113,000 jobs during the past three months.
The annual spending rate for construction hit an all-time high for the year in December at $982.1 billion, seasonally adjusted. Total construction put in place for 2014 hit $961.4 billion, the highest post-recession value and the fourth consecutive year of increase.
See which trends in the commercial construction industry will be making a splash in 2015. We’ve got a rundown on why we feel that 2015 will see more technology adoption, increased construction spending and employment and with better project collaboration and healthier buildings.