From the monthly archives: January 2014

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Broad-Based Recovery Ahead?

For nonresidential construction to experience a dramatic upturn, there needs to be a high degree of confidence among developers, financiers and government budgeting officers. That level of confidence simply does not exist and recent events haven’t helped.

Community Tops Economy When It Comes to Sports Facilities

  While a sense of community spirit is enough to compel cities and universities to continue investing in new athletic facilities,  construction starts in the sports facility segment tend to be erratic. Only so many professional and minor league franchises consider new or upgraded facilities each year.

FMI Reports Skilled Labor Shortage Among Contractors

Fifty-three percent of the general contractors, construction managers, mechanical/plumbing contractors and heavy/highway/civil contractors responding to FMI’s 2013 U.S. Construction Industry Talent Development Report stated they’re facing a shortage of skilled labor.

Sound Construction: The Impact of Wall Building Techniques on Noise

  Sound masking technology can be used in combination with walls built to the suspended ceiling or demountable partitions in order to provide a cost-effective and more flexible alternative to deck-to-deck construction.

What Is Your Company Doing to Help Close the Skilled Trades Gap?

  Three contractors offer insight on how their companies are dealing with the pending shortage of skilled craft professionals.

The Connected Jobsite

Today, the construction industry faces something beyond the emergence of a new technology. The three fundamental aspects of information management—computing, communication and networking—are converging.

Drilling into the 2014 National Electrical Code Updates

  As the 2014 NEC updates are adopted in regions across the United States, it is critical for electrical contractors to have a grasp on this evolving set of rules and understand how they affect their operations. Several key additions and changes to the 2014 NEC focus on safety enhancements to electrical infrastructure and for electrical workers through the expansion of protective devices and new technology.

Realities of Post-Disaster Data Recovery

Data management today requires an enterprise view integrating a company’s increasingly complex and interconnected networks. Data must be construed to encompass all information generated, received, transmitted, stored and retrieved throughout the organization.

Charging Ahead

Although the construction industry faces a looming workforce shortage and numerous economic hurdles, there’s a lot to be excited about regarding the materials, tools, equipment and technology that help bring construction projects to life. Check out a small sampling of innovations firms can take advantage of now and expect in the near future.

Pipefitters' Perseverance Pays Off

The recession brought about a lot of change in the construction industry. In addition to a shift toward a more conservative way of doing business, many skilled craft professionals found themselves with a need to change their skill sets. Take Chad Bass and Brandon Hartford for example. Both were skilled craft professionals working for companies that couldn’t stay afloat in the recession. Facing unemployment, they took matters into their own hands, broadening their skills to find success in other construction trades.
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