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Bringing Balance Back to the NLRB

Although its purpose is to interpret the National Labor Relations Act in a fair and impartial way, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has suffered through nearly a decade of unprecedented partisan legal decisions that have the chance to reshape the entire American workforce. 

Q: How do you use social media to engage with employees, clients, project partners and your community? What’s the value?

To engage with other construction professionals, or even potential new team members, we share industry news and highlight construction awards and expertise. Because of the personal nature of Facebook, we use it to post about community involvement and company events, interact with team members and share project updates. On Twitter, we focus on engaging content that speaks to a variety of audiences about Forrester’s expertise and core values. We also use Twitter and Facebook to support our client and philanthropic partners in their missions, which is very valuable for relationship building.

2018 Regional Construction Outlook

Starting in 2012, the construction sector generally has turned in stronger growth than the overall economy. However, that growth has not been evenly distributed within the industry. Residential construction has had the strongest rebound, with notable differences. Multifamily construction has fully recovered, while single-family construction, although improving, struggles with starts still well below the nation’s long-term needs. The outlook is for multifamily construction to continue roughly around its current level and for single- family construction to slowly grow. The South and West will be the main beneficiaries of the improvement in single-family construction. 

The DNA of Giving Back

This month marks 89 years in business for Vogel Bros. Building Co., a fifth- generation construction services firm with offices in Madison, Wis., and Lakeland, Fla. The firm’s mission statement says it all: “to continually improve our services in order to enhance the lives of the people in the communities we serve.” In other words, giving back to the community isn’t something Vogel Bros. does in addition to its core services—it is part of its core services.

Industry Changes Push AEC Firms Toward Proactive Recruitment

When it comes to recruitment, the AEC industry is grappling with an already limited pool of talent, mass retirements of baby boomers and difficulties attracting millennials—compounded by rapidly advancing technologies, evolving project delivery methods and owners demanding specific capabilities on complex projects. 

Owners also have become increasingly savvy and well-educated in terms of design concepts, construction processes and delivery methods. They want to be highly engaged in the construction process, and many have their own internal design and construction teams that understand costs, schedules and constructability issues.

Gauging the Swing of the Republican Pendulum

As suddenly as the window of opportunity blew open for Republicans by the winds of change last November with the election of President Trump, some fear that a string of GOP congressional special elections are evidence—although limited in nature—that the party’s opportunity to enact its agenda may be winnowing already, if not positioning itself to slam shut. 

Republicans not only have control over both Houses of Congress in Washington, but also have control of 34 governor’s mansions—up from 31 in 2016 and the high-water mark since President Warren G. Harding used a radio for the first time in the White House (and only four shy of the threshold to amend the Constitution on a party-line vote). 

Q: What does it mean for your company to be employee-owned?

  Employee ownership allows Choate to share long-term success with our employees while also remaining an independent, internally operated company—keeping the business “in the family” and complementing our core values and mission. And while employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) are not for every company, Choate was a good candidate for this type of ownership because it has zero long-term debt. 

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. 

Three Contract Options for Differing Site Conditions

The only limit the parties have in drafting a site conditions provision contract is their own creativity in crafting a site conditions business deal. 

Stay Ahead of the Contractual Curve

  Construction is a risky business and so is predicting the future. Looking forward, two types of general contractors will exist: those that embrace change and plan accordingly, and those that stay the course and sink. Industry standard contracts establish the foundation for risk in construction, and they are changing too. 
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Bringing Balance Back to the NLRB
Although its purpose is to interpret the National Labor Relations Act in a fair...

2018 Regional Construction Outlook
Starting in 2012, the construction sector generally has turned in stronger growth...

The DNA of Giving Back
This month marks 89 years in business for Vogel Bros. Building Co., a fifth...

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