March, 2023

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Construction Trends Forecast for 2023: How Labor, Interest Rates, and Material Prices Are Shifting

Viewpoint Construction Technology

A look at 2023 construction trends forecasts, built on Q3 & Q4's Construction Metrics Index data from Trimble customers!

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Construction employment increases in 45 states

Construction Dive

Contractors are declining to bid on projects because they don’t have enough workers, according to a new report.

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4 Ways to Ensure Your Next Green Building Project Makes a Real Difference

Construction Business Owner

4 Ways to Ensure Your Next Green Building Project Makes a Real Difference ccapoccia Thu, 03/23/2023 - 14:20 When it comes to green building, many people think about incorporating energy-efficient features such as effective insulation and glazing, adding eco-friendly lighting or using recycled or repurposed materials. All of those are important, but it’s also important to step back and think about the construction process itself.

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A Near Record Number of Housing Units Are Under Construction, but They’re Taking Longer to Complete

Pro Builder

A Near Record Number of Housing Units Are Under Construction, but They’re Taking Longer to Complete ldeakins Tue, 03/21/2023 - 11:13 Single-family housing starts are rising, but supply-chain delays are pushing back completions Single-family housing starts rose 1.1% in February to a rate of 830,000, and while a near record number of housing units were under construction in 2022, they took far longer to complete than they did a year prior, Bill McBride reports in the CalculatedRisk Newsletter.

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Forecasting With Confidence: How Contractors Can Solve Four Common Challenges

At the highest level, contractors understand the importance of accurately predicting and preparing for variances in costs or schedules when delivering a construction project. In fact, leaders know it is essential to the profitability, cash flow and potential viability of projects. For that reason, forward-thinking decision-makers who know that forecasting is a complex process, also realize that this is not feasible by using out-of-date systems.

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5 Design Considerations When Building In Harsh Environments

Construction Marketing

As an industry, engineering is always about adaptability. After all, no amount of high-grade construction can stand the test of time if it doesn’t survive its environment. Engineering in harsh environments poses a distinct set of challenges that call for innovative and robust design solutions. This article delves into the five most crucial ones, such as military shelter systems and remote research stations, to ensure structural integrity, functionality, and longevity. 1.

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3 ways prefabrication doubles as a sustainability strategy

BD+C

3 ways prefabrication doubles as a sustainability strategy 0 qpurcell Mon, 03/20/2023 - 11:09 Modular Building Corie Baker, AIA, shares three modular Gresham Smith projects that found sustainability benefits from the use of prefabrication. Corie Baker, AIA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C Healthcare Facilities Modular Building Sustainable Development Sustainable Design and Construction In recent years, we’ve seen an accelerated shift towards the use of prefabrication in new construction.

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One size does not fit all: Lack of proper PPE for women is dangerous

Construction Dive

Baggy gear can lead to new hazards, workers performing tasks without protection or even a lack of confidence and belonging in one’s job, experts say.

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How Does Ladder Use Cost Your Company?

Construction Business Owner

How Does Ladder Use Cost Your Company? ccapoccia Thu, 03/23/2023 - 11:21 The construction industry is burdened with a massive productivity problem. And ladder use is contributing to it. Ladders can cause wasteful motion, which leads to fatigue and reduces productivity. The less productive contractors are, the more costly it is. According to a McKinsey Global Institute report, lagging construction productivity costs the global economy $1.6 trillion a year.

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2023 Franchised Restaurants Design & Construction Trends

Wolgast Corporation

For Quick Service and Fast Casual Concepts Many industries have had to make changes following the pandemic as they sort out the new way to best serve their customers and their adapted routines. The Restaurant industry has definitely had to make adjustments not only from people dining differently, but also from the labor shortage. The design and remodel of Restaurant structures and parking areas play a role in how they are accommodating their new challenges.

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Leading the Way in Construction EHS Software

The Verdantix Green Quadrant: EHS Software 2023 is an independent third-party analysis of 23 EHS software vendors (including Intelex) that provides an in-depth look at the technical capabilities, application breadth, innovation focus, and momentum of key environmental, health, and safety management software market players. The guide is essential reading for EHS software benchmarking, especially for understanding unique vendor strengths and capabilities.

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Teleo Turns Construction Machines into Remotely Operated, Semi-autonomous Robots

Pro Builder

Teleo Turns Construction Machines into Remotely Operated, Semi-autonomous Robots qpurcell Mon, 03/27/2023 - 09:57 After working for years on developing self-driving cars at Lyft, Vinay Shet came to a realization: Autonomous vehicle technology had not yet advanced to the point where fully self-driving cars can roam the streets. But Shet also realized that the technology has progressed enough to enable remote, semi-autonomous operations of heavy construction equipment.

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Enhance Your Mobile Tech Strategy with the ACC App (Previously PlanGrid Build) 

Autodesk Construction Cloud

At Autodesk, we’re committed to helping you streamline project workflows and enable you to get meaningful work done no matter where you are. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that the PlanGrid Build mobile app is now Autodesk Construction Cloud (ACC)! The ACC mobile app houses all project information across many of Autodesk Construction Cloud suite of products, including: Autodesk Build Autodesk Docs Autodesk BIM Collaborate Autodesk BIM Collaborate Pro PlanGrid This tigh

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EV charging stations in multifamily housing

BD+C

EV charging stations in multifamily housing 0 dbarista Fri, 03/31/2023 - 09:45 Ryan Gram, PE, EV Charging Practice Leader at engineering firm Kimley-Horn, provides expert advice about the "business side" of installing EV charging stations in apartment and mixed-use communities. Gram speaks with BD+C Executive Editor Robert Cassidy. Multifamily Housing Ryan Gram, PE, EV Charging Practice Leader at engineering firm Kimley-Horn, provides expert advice about the "business side" of installing EV cha

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Georgia’s booming CareerExpo draws young people to the trades

Construction Dive

Samantha Barnett, 18, discovered she was right for the trades when she snuck into her school’s construction program. Construction Ready's event validated her passion and skill for woodworking.

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The Ultimate Procurement Software Buyer’s Guide

Choosing the right procurement software is a crucial step in ensuring third-party risk management, process governance, and bidding efficiency. With so many procurement solutions to choose from, it can be overwhelming without a frame of reference and a solid starting point. This free buyer’s guide will cover: Benefits of Procurement Software –– Why do you need it?

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Re-Imagining Project Development & Execution

Construction Business Owner

Re-Imagining Project Development & Execution ccapoccia Thu, 03/23/2023 - 14:09 As the world emerges from the COVID-19 crisis, we can clearly see three global trends that will dominate and overwhelm the global capacity to develop and execute capital projects. They are infrastructure, digitalization and decarbonization — the driving forces behind the energy transition.

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Wolgast Corporation Marks 75th Anniversary

Wolgast Corporation

Wolgast Corporation Marks 75th Anniversary! Saginaw, MI - For the first 52 years, the Wolgast family owned and operated Wolgast Corporation. Started by Gerald Wolgast as G.H. Wolgast Masonry in 1948, his motto of “Do it right the first time, every time” has been his legacy that still steers the company today. Gerald’s sons, Lynn and the late Patrick and Mark Wolgast left their own legacy on the general contracting company by diversifying to include Design-Build and Construction Management servic

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As the East Coast Booms, Home Prices Are Falling in the West

Pro Builder

As the East Coast Booms, Home Prices Are Falling in the West ldeakins Mon, 03/27/2023 - 11:50 After a two-year housing boom, the U.S. real estate sector is split, with some markets slowing while others are posting record gains For the past two years, nearly every regional market across the U.S. has seen unprecedented price gains and fast-paced buyer activity, but as a housing correction takes hold, some markets are seeing bigger changes than others.

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Digital Builder Ep 44: Identifying Risk in Old Construction Tech Part 2

Autodesk Construction Cloud

In the second half of our two-part episode with Autodesk colleagues Lisa Chen, Technical Sales Executive, and Ross Wagner, Manager of Technical Sales, we continue talking about the obstacles preventing the industry from digitization and why legacy non-purpose-built tools are holding companies back. If you haven’t yet, catch the first half of our conversation with Lisa and Ross in Episode 41!

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Stop Making These Mistakes and Start Scaling Your Specialty Contractor Business

Anything that is built on a poor foundation will soon crumble from the ground up. This is literally the case in the construction stage of projects and it applies just the same during the pre-construction stage. This free eBook is your ultimate guide to scaling your business with customizable software as early as during the bidding stage.

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4 Key Tips for Steel Contractors to Optimize Labor Resources

Jobsite with Procore

The entire construction industry faces headwinds with the economy and labor shortage, but steel contractors are being hit especially hard. According to Procore and Dodge Construction Network's survey, 58% of steel contractors said half or more of their work is negatively affected by lack of skilled labor, which results in cost overruns, quality issues, and increasing rework.

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Federal infrastructure funds begin to flow, mostly to roadwork

Construction Dive

Spending on roadway contracts in 2022 was more than 29 times higher than spending on rail and transit contracts, per American Road & Transportation Builders Association data.

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5 Myths & Facts About Electric Equipment

Construction Business Owner

5 Myths & Facts About Electric Equipment ccapoccia Thu, 03/23/2023 - 15:06 Whether it’s an excavator, scissor lift, telescopic handler or light tower, all-electric equipment is increasingly available in today’s marketplace. Sustainability has prompted many companies to define their emissions goals for the future. Even so, electric equipment technology is still quite new, bringing with it certain misconceptions and concerns about investing in it.

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Remodel Your Commercial Office to Be More Modern

Wolgast Corporation

Easy Ways to Update Your Look Who doesn’t want to be known for always having the most modern looking office, comfortable staffers, or the ability to attract customers because their place of business is so fresh and enticing? The problem, we understand, it’s cost prohibitive and not a great investment to complete a remodel every year to keep up with new trends.

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The Specialty Contractor's Guide to Job Cost Accounting

Supply chain challenges and rising material costs are forcing specialty contractors to pay more for what they need to complete each job. Following a simple set of principles, this easy-to-follow guide can help you manage job costs, ease the pains of accounting, and run a more profitable businesses. If you are a Specialty Contractor or Self-performing GC, you do not want to miss out on this essential guide!

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Led by Ready-Mix Concrete, Building Materials Prices Inch Higher

Pro Builder

Led by Ready-Mix Concrete, Building Materials Prices Inch Higher ldeakins Wed, 03/29/2023 - 11:16 Ready-mix concrete prices are rising at a historic pace, and prices for other commonly used building materials aren't far behind After four consecutive monthly declines, the producer price index (PPI) for inputs to residential construction ex-energy rose 0.3% in February.

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Meet Spot: A robot that’s being tested to keep construction sites clean

BD+C

Meet Spot: A robot that’s being tested to keep construction sites clean 0 qpurcell Tue, 03/14/2023 - 07:57 AEC Tech What if we could increase consistency and efficiency with housekeeping by automating this process with a robot? Introducing: Spot. Brooke Gemmell and Evan Reilly AEC Tech Innovation Industry Research Trips and falls, falling objects, or cuts can often be avoided by routine housekeeping.

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New Asset Features to Boost Progress Tracking on 2D Drawings

Autodesk Construction Cloud

Tracking progress for different areas of installation on a project can be tricky. While project schedules are helpful, they’re often static and don’t contain real-time info on a project. On top of that, some teams or subcontractors track their own updates independently, leaving other stakeholders out of the loop. This lack of connectivity and collaboration can cause wasted time and avoidable delays.

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Northwestern taps Turner-Walsh JV for $800M stadium project

Construction Dive

The redevelopment of Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois, includes plans for fewer seats to foster a more intimate atmosphere for events beyond football games.

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Report: Optimism for Construction Growth in the Next Year Remains High

Research reveals 96% of respondents are very or fairly optimistic about their organization’s growth prospects for the next year. The InEight Global Capital Projects Outlook also finds over half see digital technology as the greatest growth opportunity. But these are only some of the findings. Don't be kept in the dark when it comes to the future. Read the report today!

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Industry Statistics Show Benefits & Resistance to Lean Construction

Construction Business Owner

Industry Statistics Show Benefits & Resistance to Lean Construction ccapoccia Thu, 03/23/2023 - 08:35 By now, most contractors have heard of “lean” construction; it has clearly gained a foothold in the practices of many contractors. However, according to a recent study conducted by Dodge Construction Network for the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), most contractors are still only lightly engaged with lean, even though increased engagement leads to meeting budget and schedule and improved safet

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Best Types of Solar Panels for Your Home or Business

Civiconcepts

Solar panels are a popular source of renewable energy that has gained immense popularity in recent years.

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Pending Home Sales Are Slowing, but Experts Say the Market Is Turning a Corner

Pro Builder

Pending Home Sales Are Slowing, but Experts Say the Market Is Turning a Corner ldeakins Thu, 03/30/2023 - 10:53 Home sales are falling amid mortgage rate volatility, but despite the slowdown, buyers are gradually mounting a market comeback Pending home sales rose for the third consecutive month in February, but a 0.8% gain was underwhelming compared with the usual run-up to the spring housing market.