From the category archives: Business


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. 

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. 

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. 

2016 Economic Outlook

  If the economic recovery were likened to a college basketball game, the nation would be in the early to mid-stages of the second half. Mid-June marked the tipoff of the seventh year of economic recovery. 

IRS Curtails Automatic Extensions for W-2 Forms

Under recently proposed and temporary regulations, the ability to file for an automatic W-2 filing extension will be eliminated on Dec. 31, 2016. Instead, a single 30-day extension will be available by application for the 2017 filing season and later. 

Construction Executive Hosts First Webinar on Business Development

  This one-hour webinar provided insights for owners, executives, estimators, project managers and business development professionals on how to develop a market strategy, leverage a company’s strengths, build systematic business development processes, win more business and ensure customer satisfaction. 

Executive Order Requires Federal Contractors to Offer Paid Sick Leave

  President Obama announced a new executive order requiring federal contractors to offer employees working on contracts subject to the Davis-Bacon Act and the Service Contract Act up to seven days of paid sick leave. The new provisions would be included in any new contract from Jan. 1, 2017, and beyond. 

Choosing Collaboration Over Competition

  Five AEC stakeholders weigh in on productivity barriers, safety best practices and the industry’s image problem.

Throw Away the Box

  Ten ways to spark corporate innovation and instigate personal growth.


Mitigate Risk by Managing Information
Modern building and infrastructure projects generate a lot of data, and it’s...

Rethinking Health Care Construction
Outpatient and walk-in urgent care facilities are far less costly for organizations...

Pave It Forward
In September, The PHILLIPS School in Annandale, Va., debuted $150,000 worth...

2017 Construction Outlook
For now, it’s tempting to maintain a somewhat pessimistic outlook. A combination...

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