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  • Architecture Billings Index Bounces Back in February March 22, 2017
    After a slight decline in billings in January, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) bounced back in February with a score of 50.7, according to the latest report from the American Institute of Architects. The ABI acts as a barometer future nonresidential construction spending and activity. The average lead time is nine months to a year […]
  • Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs – February 2017 March 21, 2017
    Clichés are often true and it is the case that a picture can be worth a thousand words. Below are six graphs recording 12-month moving averages of ConstructConnect ’s nonresidential construction starts. When the value of the current month is higher than for the same month a year ago, the line will turn up; when […]
  • Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. – February 2017 March 21, 2017
    The accompanying table records the top 10 project starts in the U.S. for February 2017. There are several reasons for highlighting upcoming large projects. Such jobs have often received a fair amount of media coverage. Therefore, people in the industry are on the lookout for when jobsite work actually gets underway. And, as showcase projects, […]
  • ConstructConnect’s -2% February Starts Almost Hold Their Ground March 21, 2017
    ConstructConnect announced today that February starts, excluding residential activity, nearly held their own versus an upwardly revised January. The latest month’s level of $26.2 billion was only -1.7% compared with the volume in the month before. Throughout the long-term history of the starts, there has been a typical drop – due to weather-related factors − […]
  • Working With Women & Minority Business Enterprises in Construction March 21, 2017
    So, you’re a general contractor bidding a project and the contract requires an MBE participation goal of 8% and you aren’t sure where to turn. Maybe you’re a minority or woman owned company working in the realm of the construction industry and want to find more work. Today we’re going to look at some of […]
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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. […]

Construction Data’s Hot Projects – March 21, 2016

Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of March 14 – 18, 2016. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager+ database by our customers. Alabama Renovations to Andalusia Theatre […]

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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 […]

Construction Data’s Hot Projects – March 14, 2016

Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of March 7 – 11, 2016. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager+ database by our customers. Alabama USA Commons Renovations Location: […]

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Make Risk Management Part Of Your Bid Preparation Process

Effective risk management is key to every successful construction project. It can be the difference between making a nice profit and breaking even or worse, suffering a loss. So when should you begin your risk assessment? Are you doing it during contract negotiations or are you waiting until after you’ve received a notice to proceed? […]

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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 […]

Construction Data’s Hot Projects – March 7, 2016

Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of February 29 – March 1, 2016. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager+ database by our customers. Alabama Renovation and Repair […]

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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 […]

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Construction Spending Jumps 1.5 Percent In January 2016

Coming off the best year for construction spending since 2008, the January figures have 2016 off to a great start. The seasonally adjusted annual rate of construction spending for January was $1,140.8 billion. This is 1.5% higher than December’s estimate which was revised up from $1,116.6 billion to $1,123.5 billion. November’s estimate was also revised […]

Construction Data’s Hot Projects – February 29, 2016

Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of February 22 – 26, 2016. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager+ database by our customers. Alabama Havoline Xpress Lube Location: […]

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13 Deadly Mistakes Of Construction Bidding

Putting together a winning bid proposal is a lot more complicated than putting some numbers together and hoping for the best. Good bid preparation requires a lot of time and effort that involves everything from reading and fully understanding the plans and specifications to accurately estimating costs for labor, materials and equipment. Making even the […]

Construction Data’s Hot Projects – February 22, 2016

Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of February 15 – 19, 2016. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager+ database by our customers. Alabama Tanner Medical Center East […]

About Our Blog

The mission of Construction Data’s Building Blocks Blog is to keep you informed by bringing you the latest news, insights, trends and legislation affecting the commercial construction industry. Our blog covers a wide range of topics from the most recent construction spending and employment data to the latest construction software, technology and apps to better run your business to construction safety tips to prevent accidents at the jobsite.

Our blog is home to the Construction Data Index (CDI), a premier user-based, forward-looking economic indicator for the commercial construction industry. This forecast tool reflects the future outlook of general contractors, subcontractors and building material suppliers. Our CDI survey polls industry professionals on how their commercial construction business is doing now relative to six months ago and how they see their business doing six months in the future. The CDI report is compiled quarterly to gauge the state of the commercial construction industry.

We also provide localized coverage of the commercial construction industry with our Hot Projects and our Bidding Landscapes series. Our weekly Hot Projects report showcases three of the most searched bidding and sub-bidding opportunities from each state in our coverage area by our clients in our Lead Manager database. Our Bidding Landscapes are compiled monthly and deliver an in-depth look at construction bidding in the various regions in our coverage area with breakdowns between publicly and privately funded projects and which industries are doing the most construction.

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