Jessica Porter's Articles

Retaining Construction's Greatest Asset

As the industry struggles to improve its reputation among the younger generation, many tactics can be used to foster a company culture that improves employee retention. Offer attractive benefits packages. Provide access to training and education. Keep communication with leadership clear and comfortable. Focus on safety. Encourage employees to become active in their communities. And, don’t be afraid to have a little bit of fun.

Back in Session

After years of stagnation, construction of K-12 schools is finally ramping back up in many districts across the country. In fact, institutional construction is expected to increase 10 percent this year to $118.5 billion, according to Dodge Data and Analytics’ 2017 Dodge Construction Outlook. This number largely is driven by the education sector, which comprises more than 40 percent of the institutional market. 

Taking Construction to New Heights

The industry has just scratched the surface on drones’ capabilities, and contractors currently able to use them are pioneering the way. 

Exceeding Expectations

In any industry or company, the poor actions of a few can overshadow the good work of the majority. To combat this in the construction industry requires consistency, dedication and a commitment to getting the job done right the first time. Just take it from McGann Construction and Trunnell Electric, two contractors that have built a reputation for consistently producing high-quality work. 

Remodeling Modern Medicine

Fast forward to 2016 and contractors are regaining confidence in the market. This year’s Dodge Construction Outlook forecasts 1 percent growth in square footage and a 4 percent increase in the dollar value of activity, while Associated Builders and Contractors predicts an 8 percent increase in spending compared to 2015. Health care construction may be picking back up, but—like many other markets—the industry operates a little bit differently than it did before.

Veterans for Hire

When it comes to industries in which veterans are uniquely qualified, construction is fantastic because it really brings out a lot of veterans’ skills. Despite being a great fit, connecting veterans with construction jobs proves to be challenging. 

Breaking New Ground

Members of the construction industry worry most about three main issues: the workforce shortage, the changing climate, and aligning government and business to advance energy-efficient and high-performance buildings. These issues require solutions, and the solutions likely will change the future of commercial and industrial buildings.

A Risky Business

All construction projects have a defined set of risks—from bad weather, non-payment and schedule delays to safety, permitting and regulations—but how those risks are mitigated and distributed among all parties varies greatly. Three industry stakeholders—a small subcontractor, a mid-size general contractor and a large self-performing developer—explain their strategies for distributing risk as fairly as possible, as well as mitigating their own risks.

U.S. Construction Volume Set to Expand

Forty-one states and the District of Columbia received a Reed Construction Data Expansion Index greater than 1 in December—indicating overall construction volume will expand in the next 12 months to 18 months.

Bill Seeks to Extend Vets’ Educational Credits

Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) introduced the Veterans Entry to Apprenticeship Act (H.B 3384), which would allow veterans to use their educational benefits for enrollment in pre-apprenticeship programs.

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