From the monthly archives: January 2015

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States Only Used 6 Percent of 2013 Federal-Aid Funding for Roads, Bridges

According to a detailed breakdown of 2013 federal highway funding obligations by the Government Accountability Office, states used just less than 6 percent of the $41 billion contract authority received on construction projects to build new roads or bridges.

FMI Predicts $1 Trillion of Construction Put In Place This Year

In its 2015 U.S. Markets Construction Overview, FMI predicts 2014 will end with approximately 7 percent growth in construction put in place, and this rate of growth is expected to continue with $1.04 trillion total construction put in place in 2015.

Talent Deficiencies Hamper Business Strategies

According to new research released by the Project Management Institute, talent deficiencies hamper 40 percent of strategy implementation efforts, inhibiting companies’ competitive advantage, growth and customer satisfaction.

Lawsuit Filed Against NLRB’s ‘Ambush Election’ Rule

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Texas and the ABC Central Texas Chapter filed a joint lawsuit with the National Federation of Independent Business in Texas challenging the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “ambush election” final rule issued in December. The rule could allow unionization elections to take place within a week of when the employer becomes aware that an organizing campaign is under way. Under current law, on average, a vote occurs 38 days after an employer and its employees are made aware that an election will be happening.

Army and NREL Launch Net Zero Pilot Program

The U.S. Army is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on a new Net Zero Energy Installation (NZEI) initiative to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies at nine sites in the Army’s portfolio. If all nine pilot sites achieve net zero energy, they will replace approximately 8 percent of the Army’s current total installation energy use with renewable energy.

What Steps Have You Taken to Make Your Office and Jobsite Operations More Sustainable, and How Has It Impacted Your Bottom Line?

“Walking the talk” brings attention and recognition to our firm, making us a trusted and respected green organization that goes beyond contracting.

Across the Country, Contractors Give Back

Check out the community service efforts of Willmar Electric Service, Shapiro & Duncan and Comprehensive Energy Services.

Giving an Old Practice a New Twist

Finding the right person, regardless of the generation, and utilizing their strengths and skills is a talent management imperative for all organizations. In fact, utilizing people’s talent in the right way can lead to more profitability than technology by itself. Remember, only people can unlock the power of technology.

Using Technology to Strengthen Communication and Build Business Relationships

Relationships are one of a construction company’s most valuable assets. A CRM system can help employees track and manage each relationship to provide the best experience possible and make sure the company is top of mind when the next job comes along.

Managing the Mobile Data Challenge

Much of the data being generated resides in the cloud and is readable only by machines employing semantic intelligence due to the sheer volume of information. Successful construction companies will work with their supply chain partners and customers to extract business intelligence from their processes and from the assets they help deliver in order to add real value.
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