From the monthly archives: February 2014

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What Design Trends Are Emerging This Year and How Will They Impact the Way Projects Are Built?

Three architecture firms weigh in on design trends that will influence construction projects for public, nonprofit and health care clients this year.

Diversification Strategy Pays off for Painting Subcontractors

  As the economic crisis grabbed hold of the nonresidential construction industry, small subcontractors grappled with whether to shrink their operations in the hopes of surviving or expand their capabilities to gain access to more work. For Zebby Sulecki, Inc., Broomall, Pa., and R.J. Forbes, Attleboro, Mass., the opportunities associated with diversification were worth the risks.

Making a Major Impact With Minor Expansions

  For Oregon-based Market Contractors and Nevada-based Tradewinds Construction, unique growth opportunities accompany tenant improvement projects.

Executive Insights

  Construction industry stakeholders give insights on False Claims Act violations that are under heightened scrutiny by the government, what contractors should know about potential changes to the economic loss rule and how contractors can minimize the potential for contract disputes.

A Path to a Better EMR

During ABC's STEP Plus Safety Excellence Academy, David M. Wolfford & Son, Inc., picked up on the importance of leadership commitment, cultural transformation and safety management processes in achieving a zero-incident jobsite. The academy went beyond the technical side of safety and explored the emotional and behavioral components that make safety the core value on which all business decisions are based.

Activity-Based Learning: A Good Fit for the AEC Industry

  Companies can stop throwing money away on training that is easily forgotten—and encourage fundamental changes from employees—by using interactive, activity-based methodologies, such as games, simulations and other kinesthetic learning.

The Legal Pitfalls of Guaranteeing Bonds for Another Contractor

  In today’s tight construction market, larger contractors may be tempted to guarantee bonds for smaller contractors under a joint venture or other surety support agreement that compensates the larger contractor and enables the smaller contractor to provide the required bond for a public works or large non-public project. Larger contractors should avoid this type of business deal altogether. But if the temptation is too great to resist, following are some legal safeguards the larger contractor can contractually require to lessen (although not eliminate) the risk of guaranteeing bonds for another contractor.

Passion for Supporting Indiana’s Veterans Leads to Service Project

Get to know the Indiana/Kentucky Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and it’s clear why the group chose the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF) of Indiana for its annual ABC Cares project.

A Strategic Move

ABC National moved its office from Arlington, Va., to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The new 19,830-square-foot office features exposed construction materials, many sustainable elements and ABC members' work. The downtown location also puts ABC in a strategic position to advocate for the merit shop philosophy and safety in the construction industry, as well as for developing a skilled workforce.

Outside Influences on the Interior Construction Market

  The long-term outlook for interior building contractors and suppliers is highly complex because it’s influenced by economic cycles, the relentless corporate goal of cost minimization, and the growing urgency among universities, government agencies and nonprofits to manage costs more carefully.
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