Changing the Face of Men's Health

Over the course of 30 days, members of the Pennsylvania construction industry committed to giving back to their communities one moustache at a time by supporting the Movember Foundation. The organization has raised more than $550 million to date and funded more than 800 programs in 21 countries to help save and improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues.

A Well-Informed Public: The Best Defense Against Bad Government Policies

Bad government policies hurt good people. But many people simply don’t understand how or why and blame the wrong people when it happens. A well-informed public is the best defense against these policies. That is the cornerstone of a new partnership between Job Creators Network (JCN) and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

How Do You Deal With Technology Overload Personally and Within Your Company?

There will always be challenges in keeping up with technology. Our goal is not to create “paralysis through analysis,” but rather focus on the need and then find the appropriate solution.

Final Rule Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

  The DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a final rule Dec. 9 implementing Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in federal employment.

Executive Salaries and Bonuses Continue to Slide

Engineering and construction executives’ pay has declined about 8 percent since 2008, according to a recent white paper published by FMI. However, pay for construction and engineering professionals is on the rise, with FMI reporting a 10 percent overall increase in professional compensation since 2008.

ENERGY STAR Certifications Awarded for 17 Existing Multifamily Properties

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the first 17 existing multifamily housing properties to earn the new ENERGY STAR multifamily certification for superior energy performance. Previously, only newly constructed multifamily properties could earn certification.

Percentage of Unionized Construction Workforce Declines

  Union membership in the U.S. private construction workforce declined from 14.1 percent to 13.9 percent between 2013 and 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, construction unions gained 53,000 members in a year-over-year comparison. This conflicting data indicates fewer construction workers joined a union as the construction industry workforce grew with the improving economy.

Using the Cloud to Cut Project Closeout Time

Using the cloud to store punch lists will go a long way toward increasing overall project closeout efficiency. However, there are many other aspects involved in truly modernizing this process. When analyzing an existing punch list process and researching ways to improve it, consider solutions that deliver efficient list creation, real-time updates, clear issue descriptions (including photos, locations, descriptions) and simple report creation.

More Cranes in Skyline Mean More U.S. Construction in 2015

The residential market—specifically condominium and apartment developments—continues to lead the U.S. construction recovery. The commercial, health care, hospitality and education sectors also have started to see increases in crane activity.

Shifts in Technology and Processes Steadily Improve Construction Outcomes

Design-build is certainly an important contributor to progress in the construction industry, but it hardly represents the type of revolutionary development that is embodied by the microprocessor, shale oil or robotics. The construction industry’s process and outcome revolution remains in its early stages, but is sure to come eventually.  
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Changing the Face of Men's Health
Over the course of 30 days, members of the Pennsylvania construction industry...

How Do You Deal With Technology Overload Personally and Within Your Company?
There will always be challenges in keeping up with technology. Our goal is not...

Putting Their Own Spin on Giving Back
Community service can come in many different forms: running a 5K, serving food...

Cultural Transformation: Establishing Safety as Everyone’s Core Value
Transforming a safety culture from one where safety is a priority to one where...

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