From the monthly archives: December 2015

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CURT Honors Firms for Excellence in Safety and Training

  The Construction Users Roundtable’s 2015 Construction Industry Safety Excellence awards recognized nine general building, heavy construction and specialty trade contractors for their exemplary safety performance during the past three years. Four other programs were honored with CURT’s 2015 Workforce Development awards.

What Level of Success Have You Experienced With New Technologies Emerging in the Industry?

Our industry still struggles to resolve the liability concerns that surround collaborative design, particularly in the form of contracts and insurance, but I am confident that if all owners and architects get on board and embrace these technologies, collectively we can find solutions to all concerns. 

Build a Strong Brand for Joint Ventures

  Branding a joint venture should involve more than just merging two or three company names together. A strong brand demonstrates the team’s strength and unity—better positioning the partnership to selection committees. A disjointed brand demonstrates potential problems that could occur down the road.

How to Maximize Profits Through Brutal Cost Recapture

Evaluating the direct and indirect costs associated with any project takes departments and the people in them working together and communicating, and it takes knowing the net income target expected for every project. This is how contractors implement the brutal cost recapture method within their company—minimizing cost overruns, maximizing gross profits and laying the foundation for success. 

Make Sure a Building Sounds as Good as It Looks

A number of factors affect how well a building functions as a place of business. Audio performance and the value audio technologies bring to a building are often overlooked, which can lead to costly mistakes in this digital age. 

An Unwavering Commitment to Community

Last year, Allegiance Crane put more than $1 million back into its Florida and Texas communities. CEO Jim Robertson would like it to be $50 million someday. 

FAQs About the 179D Deduction

  Congress created the 179D tax deduction in response to the fact that 70 percent of electricity in this country is consumed by buildings—with nearly half of that attributed to commercial buildings. 179D is a common sense, technologically neutral way of encouraging energy efficiency in these specific types of power-demanding structures. 

Veterans for Hire

When it comes to industries in which veterans are uniquely qualified, construction is fantastic because it really brings out a lot of veterans’ skills. Despite being a great fit, connecting veterans with construction jobs proves to be challenging. 

Five Must-Haves for the Construction Office of the Future

  The movement to the so-called “office of the future” is about more than a physical place; it’s an ideal that combines a healthier, more productive and more flexible culture for a company and its people. 

Regional Outlook: Moving in the Right Direction

  Like the general economy, construction is clearly moving in the right direction. As with all recoveries, some parts of the country are rebounding faster than others. 
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