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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 […]

Construction Data’s Ultimate Guide To Jobsite Safety

We’ve gathered our best white papers, eBooks and cheat sheets in one easy to find place. We’ve got you covered whether your looking to beat the heat this summer, create a safer construction site or get some tips on scaffold safety. All of these documents are downloadable and printer friendly and are great for safety […]

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July’s ABI Shows Strong Demand For Design Services

Coming off June’s eight-year high of 55.7, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score in July of 54.7 continues to show strong demand for design services. (Scores above 50 indicate an increase in billings and scores below 50 indicate a decrease.) The ABI acts as a barometer for future nonresidential construction spending since the lead time […]

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2014 State-by-State Construction Industry Economic Impact

We’ve got a state-by-state breakdown of construction employment and private nonresidential construction spending in 2014. Our report takes a look at the biggest winners and losers in terms of construction put in place and jobs added (or lost) for each state as well as a look at the average annual salaries in the construction industry.

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Construction Employment In July Sees Little Change

After no growth in construction employment during June, the industry only managed to add a meager 6,000 jobs in July according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Residential building added 6,000 jobs (about what they lost last month), but nonresidential building construction lost 900 jobs. Heavy and civil engineering construction saw 2,900 jobs […]

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Construction Spending Tops $1 Trillion For Fourth Consecutive Month in June

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of construction spending increased to $1,064.6 billion in June, marking the fourth consecutive month construction spending topped $1 trillion. This is a 12% increase over the June 2014 figure of $950.3 billion. May’s initial estimate has been revised up from $1,035.8 billion to $1,063.5 billion and April’s figure has been […]

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Getting Young People Interested In Construction Careers – ACE Mentor Program

For 20 years, the ACE Mentor Program has been introducing and motivating high school students to careers in architecture, engineering and construction. The program began in 1994 as the ACE Mentor Program of New York City with 17 mentoring firms forming three teams to teach 90 students about the AEC industry. The national not-for-profit ACE […]

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Why The Construction Industry Needs Universal BIM Standards

The adoption and use of Building Information Modeling (BIM), the digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility that creates a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility to form a reliable basis for decisions from conception to the end of its life-cycle, has skyrocketed over the past few years. Some of […]

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Construction Industry Sees No Job Gains In June

Construction employment remained flat in June according to the latest Employment Situation Summary released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) this morning. This is a bit disappointing coming off yesterday’s Construction Spending report that showed the annual rate of construction spending had reached a 6+ year high, hitting pre-recession numbers. The two biggest […]

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May Construction Spending Hits Highest Level In Over 6 Years

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of construction spending for May 2015 climbed to $1,035.8 billion. This is the third consecutive month that construction spending was above the $1 trillion mark with April’s figure being revised up from $1,006.1 billion to $1,027.0 billion and March’s $984.0 billion being revised up to $1,006.4 billion. May marks the […]

10 Fun Facts About Skyscrapers

Two major inventions led to the development of the skyscraper, Elisha Otis’ safety elevator and William LeBaron Jenney’s structural steel frame. The skyscraper race was on and it’s still going strong as taller and taller buildings being erected. When completed in 2018, the Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia will stand as the world’s tallest […]

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Construction Industry Tacks On Another 17,000 Jobs In May

The construction industry added another 17,000 jobs in May, according to the latest release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The largest contribution came from specialty trade contractors with 12,300 jobs added. Construction employment has grown by 112,000 jobs during the first 5 months of 2015 and by 273,000 jobs during the last year. […]

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Annual Rate Of Construction Spending Tops $1 Trillion In April

In April, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of construction spending topped the $1 trillion mark for the first time since November 2008. The annual rate of construction spending jumped 2.2 percent to $1,006.1 billion over March’s revised estimate of $984.0 billion. February’s estimate was revised up again from $972.9 billion to $979.0 billion, marking three […]

Take Our Construction Slang Quiz

Every trade and profession has its own language. The construction industry is no different with its own jargon, lingo and slang. We’ve put together a Construction Slang Quiz to test your knowledge of terms heard on the jobsite. The language used at the construction site can be colorful at times, but we’ve kept the quiz clean. After […]

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ABI Sees Another Drop In Design Activity In April

April brought about another drop in design activity according to the latest Architecture Billings Index (ABI) from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). April’s ABI score was 48.8, a significant decline from March’s score of 51.7. This is the second decrease in design activity reported by the ABI with January having a score of 49.9. […]

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Going Paperless In The Construction Industry

As a construction professional, can you envision the day coming where you no longer use paper in your daily activities? We’re talking no more hard copies of plans and specs, invoices, contracts, timesheets, punch lists, contracts or bids. In such a paper-reliant industry like construction this may seem completely improbable to some. While the notion […]