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  • Chief Economist Alex Carrick Shares Outlook on 2018 September 22, 2017
    Employment and revenues for architecture, engineering and construction have grown modestly for most of 2017. But the signals for the next 12 months are mixed, with architectural billings positive, construction starts uneven and contractors hiring, but worried about finding enough qualified workers. Meanwhile, there is huge uncertainty about the impact of potential changes in tax, infrastructure, […]
  • 5 Major Changes Coming to the Construction Industry in the Future September 21, 2017
    It’s no secret that construction can be very slow when it comes to change. Nevertheless, the advent of new technologies has dramatically contributed toward the modernization of the whole industry. A general need for change has emerged as a result of the serious productivity problems that are noticed in big markets like the United States […]
  • Architecture Billings Index Reports Solid Growth in August September 20, 2017
    Demand for design services continues to grow with August marking the seventh consecutive month of growth per the latest Architecture Billings Index (ABI) from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). August’s ABI score was 53.7, a nice jump from July’s score of 51.9. With the exception of January, all ABI scores this year have been […]
  • ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – September 18, 2017 September 18, 2017
    Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of September 11 – 15, 2017. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads. Alabama Enterprise Station Location: Enterprise, AL Building Use: Retail – Shopping […]
  • 13 Mid-September Economic Nuggets September 18, 2017
    Hurricane Harvey, which first struck southern Texas on Saturday August 25, and Hurricane Irma, which reached landfall in the Florida Keys on Sunday September 10, will ‘muddy’ the economic statistics for months to come. Estimates of the physical damage range widely, with $200 billion as the current outer limit. Homes, shopping malls, schools, churches, fast-food […]

Construction Data’s Hot Projects – February 15, 2016

Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of February 8 – 12, 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 The Orthopedic Center Renovation […]

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Construction Firms Will See Higher Penalties & New Rules From OSHA In 2016

For the first time in 25 years, the maximum fines for OSHA violations are set to significantly increase this year. A provision in the budget bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama last year included a provision in the “Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015” that would […]

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Construction Firms Are Realizing The Benefits Of Virtual Reality

A recent survey by ARC Document Solutions on emerging technologies in the AEC industry revealed that 65.3% of respondents indicated virtual reality would be the next big technology trend. (The use of drones for surveying and project documentation was second at 61.9%.) The top two benefits of virtual reality use cited were easier visualization of […]

Construction Data’s Hot Projects – February 8, 2016

Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of February 1 – 5, 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 ALDOT West Central Regional […]

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Construction Industry Adds 18,000 Jobs To Start 2016

The latest Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics was released this morning and the construction industry added 18,000 jobs in January. This is a bit of a letdown since the industry added an impressive 146,000 jobs during the final quarter of 2015. October (33,000), November (65,000) and December (48,000) for nearly half […]

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Annual Value of Construction Put In Place Tops $1 Trillion For First Time Since 2008

Great News! As we predicted for most of last year, total value of construction put in place (CPIP) for 2015 was $1,097.3 billion, surpassing the $1 trillion mark for the first time since 2008 when it hit $1,077.4 billion. This is a 10.5% increase over the 2014 CPIP which was $993.4 billion. Based on the latest […]

Construction Data’s Hot Projects – February 1, 2016

Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of January 25 – 29, 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 O’Reilly Auto Parts Relocation […]

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Entering The Age Of Autonomous Construction Equipment

Imagine walking onto a construction site to find a fleet of bulldozers, graders and excavators doing site prep without any operators behind the controls. Upon closer inspection, you notice some of the equipment is cab-less with no manual controls. The operators might be standing at a safe distance operating the machine remotely. Maybe the equipment […]

Construction Data’s Hot Projects – January 25, 2016

Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of January 18 – 22, 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 Hilton Garden Inn & […]

Construction Data’s Hot Projects – January 18, 2016

Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of January 11 – 15, 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 Central High School Addition […]

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.