Commercial Construction Trends - Continued Labor Shortages, Offsite Construction
Continued Labor Shortages
Ever since the construction industry started recovering from the Great Recession, it has dealt with labor shortages throughout areas of the country. This is expected to continue in 2018 as firms struggle to find enough skilled craft workers to meet the growing demand in order to keep pace with the increase in construction spending... read more...
How to Start a Bricklaying Business
Demand for bricklaying services is high, with employment of bricklayers and stone masons projected to grow 34 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. To start a bricklaying business, you must have practical building skills, experience of working on-site, and the ability to take... read more...
US construction spending rebounded 0.5 percent
U.S. construction spending rebounded 0.5 percent in August after two months of contraction, helped by strength in home building, and commercial and government construction.The climb came after declines of 1.2 percent in July and 0.8 percent in June, the Commerce Department reported Monday. It was the best showing since a 1.6 percent rise in May. Still, the... read more...
A wind farm of epic proportions is taking shape in Africa
In Kenya, efforts to produce wind power on a grand scale are underway. The Lake Turkana Wind Power project is a 12-hour drive from Nairobi and, once operational, is set to provide 310 megawatts (MW) of renewable power to the Kenyan national grid."It is the largest wind farm in Africa (and) it has 365 turbines," Carlo Van Wageningen, director and board member... read more...
The world's first ever offshore wind farm has been dismantled, and its parts recycled
Dong Energy has announced that the world's first offshore wind farm, built in 1991 in the southeast of Denmark, has been dismantled.Used as a demonstration project, the Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm was in operation for over 25 years.In an announcement earlier this week, Dong Energy said that contractors began to dismantle the site's 11 wind turbines in March... read more...
Changes in US immigration are creating a construction cost nightmare
Home builders tend to assume construction costs will not rise because
even if they do go up, home price increases will cover the cost
This time might be different, as the dynamics surrounding home price
and labor supply are very unrelated. Smart builders are putting big cost
increase contingencies in their budgets, which makes land acquisition... read more...
Military Contractors Fined for Using Russian Programmers for DoD Projects
Two former contractors for the Department of Defense (DoD) have agreed to pay close to $13 million to settle a legal case alleging that they hired Russian workers without security clearances to work on DoD computer projects.NetCracker Technology Corp. has agreed to pay $11.4 million, and Computer Sciences Corp. has agreed to pay $1.35 million to resolve a... read more...
Bid Management Platform For Building Contractors BuildingConnected Raises $8.5 Million In Series A
BuildingConnected is a platform to help construction firms manage the details of a job, with the aim to help save time and money on building projects. Today, the startup announced it had raised $8.5 million in Series A financing from Crosslink Capital, Homebrew, Freestyle, Bee Partners and Brick and Mortar.BuildingConnected pulled in a seed round of $2.2... read more...
45% of mega projects reserved for bumi contractors
KUALA LUMPUR: Bumiputera contractors have been urged to get out of their comfort zone and transform themselves by obtaining contracts from the private sector, and by breaking into the international market like other bumiputera companies.The Prime Minister, Najib Razak, speaking at the Malaysian Malay Contractors' Association dinner last night, said the... read more...
Useful Tips For Mastering Plumbing Projects
You should make certain that you resolve your plumbing problems as
well as possible when issues arise. Sometimes, all it takes to fix a
plumbing problem is a bit of information, and this article has that in
If you have pipes that make hammering and squeaking noises, you have
one easy repair. Anchor any pipes that are exposed. Enlisting the aid... read more...
Plumbing Emergencies Mishaps and Steps to Solve the Problems
Imagine the following
situation; you walk into a restroom and the bathtub didn’t drain from
the night before, the toilet won’t flush and you are in a rush.
Clogged or blocked drains and problems
with W’C’s are acquainted plumbing catastrophes requiring a licensed
trained professional to reconcile the situation.
These issues take the skill set of... read more...
Construction Equipment Telematics Create New Opportunities for Contractors, Manufacturers, and Dealers
For construction contractors, managing and optimizing equipment performance hasn't historically been a top priority on their lengthy to-do list. Even though it's among of the costliest pieces of a construction project, analyzing equipment performance and optimizing its operation often falls to the wayside behind more demanding areas like safety and project... read more...
Contractors cited after fatal construction accident
The Department of Labor and Industry has cited and fined contractors for workplace safety hazards related to a Bonney Lake construction accident that killed a family. The state agency said Monday that all the contractors had workers on site April 13 when Josh and Vanessa Ellis and their 8-month-old son Hudson drove under a Highway 410... read more...
Construction contractor accused of fraud, identity theft
EL CAJON, Calif. -- Sixty-one-year-old Kefah Damman of El Cajon had
saved her money over the last couple of years to pay for a dream
backyard, but said it won’t be happening anytime soon.
"Cost me $5,000 so far for nothing," she said.
Damman said it all happened when she hired a man who originally
identified himself as Lionel Atilano Marquez to do... read more...