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Service Above Self

Two years ago, Gary Neal—an engineer and project manager with MEC Contractors-Engineers, West Melbourne, Fla.—met up with a couple other local young professionals to devise a fresh way of networking. Seeing a void in a unified voice for their generation, they started 321 Millennials to bring together professionals in Brevard County, Fla., who care about the future of their community. 

Survey Gives Insight on Architecture and Engineering Firms’ HR Practices

Forty-two percent of all responding firms did not have a full-time HR department, and 81 percent of respondents said that the person in charge of HR functions participates in the firm’s annual business planning process. 

Baton Rouge Leads U.S. Cities in Construction and Extraction Jobs

When it comes to construction and extraction (C&E) job opportunities, Baton Rouge, La., is the place to be. However, when looking at the cost of living, C&E workers in second-place Detroit got a bigger bang for their buck.

U.S. Transportation Market Set to End 2017 on High Note

Airports and ports should continue to experience strong activity through the end of 2017, with increased traffic driving related construction spending on upgrades and expansions. Toll roads will see a more modest boost in revenue due to toll increases and will continue to face resistance from anti-toll groups. 

Who’s someone you look up to, and how do you model him or her in your leadership?

"We strive to exemplify the values my grandfather modeled in our dealings with clients, subcontractors and with each other. They guide us in our partnerships and recruitment efforts and are part of every job description."

Balfour Beatty: Construction Sites Will Be Human-free by 2050

Robots are already in use on the jobsite, filling roles from overhead photography and surveying to worker and equipment tracking, and even site access and security. Technology on the horizon includes teams of remotely controlled machines that can work together efficiently. 

Profiles in Leadership

With the help of recognition from their colleagues, peers, local media and business organizations, Construction Executive identified the following eight people as outstanding leaders who are making notable contributions within their companies, communities and the industry at large. 

Save Local Business Act Would Rein in ‘Joint Employer’ Standard

The Save Local Business Act, sponsored by Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) with the bipartisan support of 29 co-sponsors, would restore the language used to determine when one business should be considered responsible for the labor practices of another, protecting businesses from unnecessary involvement in labor negotiations and disputes involving workplaces in which they do not have direct control.

How do you see technology disrupting the construction industry, for better or worse?

The Boston Consulting Group reported that full-scale digitalization in nonresidential construction will lead to annual global cost savings of up to $1.2 trillion in the engineering and construction phases. Think about the impact that kind of savings could have on our industry—one that has been plagued by low margins and high risk for far too long.

A User’s Perspective on Health Care Trends

Darrell O. Simpson, senior vice president of development at The Sanders Trust, Birmingham, Ala., offers candid feedback o health care segments, workforce concerns, and the benefits of collaboration, BIM and prefabrication. 

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Service Above Self
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