From the monthly archives: October 2014

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Eight Ways to Improve Surety

As a result of the construction recession, many contractors are feeling the pinch from their surety company and it’s affecting their balance sheet. Every job is scrutinized and subject to intense questioning, which leads to slower approvals. Profit margins have decreased, bid lists are long, private work is minimal and the credit markets aren’t loaning money. Now, more than ever, it’s imperative that contractors do everything in their power to build or maintain their surety relationship.

2014 Senate Races to Watch: Final Predictions

To clinch control of the Senate, Republicans must simply win one out of the remaining five toss-up races. Right now they lead polling averages  in Iowa and Colorado, trail narrowly in North Carolina and New Hampshire, and Kansas is too close to call. By giving each party the  races they currently lead, Republicans likely will control 53 seats, good for a net gain of eight.

Bidding on Public Works Jobs in California Just Got More Expensive

Doing business in California got a little tougher this summer with Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval of S.B. 854—a law requiring all contractors planning to bid on future public works jobs in the state to register with the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and pay an annual registration fee that will be deposited into the newly created State Public Works Enforcement Fund.

A Developer's Perspective on Student Housing

Capstone Development Partners Principal Jeff Jones offers his insight on construction activity, financing trends and what contractors can bring to the table to win more work.

Contractor Risks and Rewards in Public-Private Partnerships

  Current constraints on government capacity are driving the public sector toward the innovation, quality risk allocation and new revenue sources derived from P3s. Contractors that successfully navigate P3s can end up in a strong position going forward. This success is connected to the evaluation of certain risks, which can be segmented into three areas: procurement, performance and permanency of participation.
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Industry Changes Push AEC Firms Toward Proactive Recruitment
When it comes to recruitment, the AEC industry is grappling with an already...

Gauging the Swing of the Republican Pendulum
As suddenly as the window of opportunity blew open for Republicans by the winds...

Q: What does it mean for your company to be employee-owned?
Employee ownership allows Choate to share long-term success with our employees...

Service Above Self
Two years ago, Gary Neal—an engineer and project manager with MEC Contractors...

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