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  • ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – March 27, 2017 March 27, 2017
    Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of March 20 – 24, 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. Want access to bidding projects in your service area? Get Access […]
  • 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 − […]

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.

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