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  • Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in Canada and Trend Graph – October 2017 November 17, 2017
    The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in October 2017. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and non-residential building categories in Canada. There are several reasons for highlighting upcoming large projects. Such jobs have often received a fair […]
  • 12 Mid-November Economic Nuggets – With a NAFTA Update Lead-In November 17, 2017
    Another round of NAFTA trade talks is getting underway and there remain some yawning chasms between the goals of the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The U.S. wants stricter ‘rules of origin’ to ensure there is more American content in manufactured goods, especially vehicles. It would also like to see Canada relax its supply management practices […]
  • Section 199 Deduction and the Construction Industry November 17, 2017
    The holiday season is upon us: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Tax Return Preparation!  All over the land, Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) are busy updating their software, familiarizing themselves with the new laws and restocking their liquor cabinets. The recent tax reform proposals add special excitement, bringing new provisions and removing some old ones. […]
  • Architecture Billings Get Back on Track in October November 15, 2017
    The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) got back on track in October with a score of 51.7 to reflect an increase in billings after a slight bump in the road the previous month. September’s score of 49.1 was the first time demand for design services had contracted since January 2017. For the ABI, scores above 50 […]
  • Boost Your Construction Firm’s Marketing Efforts, Answer These 4 Questions November 14, 2017
    Do you remember the last job you lost to a competitor? I remember mine vividly because, despite my best efforts, I simply could not convince my prospect to choose my company. No matter how much evidence I presented, they remained unswayed. While sometimes there’s nothing we can do, more often than not, there is, and […]

CDCNews’ Hot Projects for the Week of April 1 – 5, 2013

Listed below are CDCNews’ Hot Projects for the week of April 1 – 5, 2013. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are selected from the most viewed projects in CDCNews’ Lead Manager database by our customers. Connecticut Sacred Heart University School of Business Location: Fairfield, CT Industry […]


Bidding Insights: Finding the Right Work

Part I: Finding the Right Work Introduction CDCNews ( has teamed with Matt Stevens of the Stevens Construction Institute ( to bring CDCNews’ readers a series of executive briefs titled Bidding Insights. These executive briefs are not meant to be a step-by-step guide to bidding; nor are they designed to be an instructional guide as […]


Southeast Region Bidding Landscape – January 2013 – March 2013

Today we are going to take a look back at the bidding landscape for the Southeast region from January to March 2013. This includes the states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. CDCNews reported on 4,335 construction projects that had a bid date between January 1st and March 31st. Of those 4,335 projects, […]

CDCNews’ Hot Projects for the Week of March 25 – 29, 2013

Listed below are CDCNews’ Hot Projects for the week of March 25 – 29, 2013. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are selected from the most viewed projects in CDCNews’ Lead Manager database by our customers. Connecticut United Community & Family Services Renovation & Addition Location: Norwich, […]

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Avoiding OSHA’s Fatal Four Safety Hazards – Fall Hazards

Construction sites are one of the most dangerous workplaces in the country. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), “nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites on any given day. The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average in this category for all industries.” […]

CDCNews Gives Contractors an Edge on the Competition with Online Business Intelligence Tool

(Vero Beach, Fla. – March 13, 2013) — Designed to let contractors do more with proprietary project data, commercial construction leads provider CDCNews has added the Commercial Construction Market Intelligence™(CCMI™) application to its popular Lead Manger™ tool. CCMI provides historical data on projects in local markets, as well as gives CDCNews users unprecedented insight into […]


Rebuilding Failing Infrastructure through Public-Private Partnerships

A recent report from the American Society of Civil Engineers states nearly $2.75 trillion will need to be invested in U.S. infrastructure by 2020. With only 60 percent of that amount expected to be funded, federal and state agencies are tasked with finding ways to bridge the $1.1 trillion gap. Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) could be […]


Mid-Atlantic Region Bidding Landscape for February 2013

Today we are going to take a look back at the bidding landscape for the Mid-Atlantic region during the month of February 2013. This region covers the states of Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. CDCNews reported on 1,441 construction projects that bid during the previous month.  Of […]


The Importance of Proper Construction Fleet Maintenance

Whether you have a construction fleet of five or 500, the key to keeping your company’s vehicles and heavy equipment operational is implementing an effective preventive maintenance program.  The average cost for a piece of heavy equipment is over $20,000. Depending on how many pieces of equipment your company owns, a large percentage of your […]


LEED Certification and the Future of Green Construction

What is LEED? LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, was developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) which began certifying projects in 2000 to promote green construction. LEED certification is administered by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) which provides independent, third-party verification based on five categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, […]

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.