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April 23, 2018
We have been following this one for some time. As you might recall, the Millennium Tower, a “pricey” 58-story luxury condominium tower at 301 Mission Street was built on a site of sand and fill from the time when part of the bay was filled to make way for additional development in the City by the Bay.
April 23, 2018
Candace Hernandez writes about the latest leading indicators and industry issues for Houston-area clients of FMI.
April 20, 2018
In an effort to inspire an interest in young women to consider a career in the Construction Industry, CMEF and Construction Industry professionals facilitated the 2018 Girls Construction Camp at CMEF’s Performance Verification Center in La Porte, TX.  On February 28th, 31 eighth grade female students joined by eight chaperones spent the day with 24 volunteers to experience a fun-filled day participating in numerous hands-on skills that are performed daily by craft professionals.
April 19, 2018
Educators from all over Southeast Texas gathered in Houston this month to talk with leaders in the petrochemical and construction industries about improving their collaborative efforts to put people to work in high-paying careers.  
April 18, 2018
As technology makes inroads onto the jobsite, it is time to find ways to identify and track workers on the site as a matter of life safety and security, and Disney has taken that idea to the next level.
April 17, 2018
The producer price index (PPI) for final demand in March, not seasonally adjusted, rose 0.5% from February and 3.0% year-over-year (y/y) from March 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Tuesday. AGC posted tables and an explanation focusing on construction prices and costs. Final demand includes goods, services and five types of nonresidential buildings that BLS says make up 31% of total construction.
April 16, 2018
You know that one street that always seems to be a bit rough and filled with potholes?  Every town I’ve lived in seems to have the one road that needs to be under construction.  Roads like that are part of the plan to rebuild our infrastructure, but who’s going to do it? Sixty-one thousand jobs were added to the construction industry in February, a significant portion of the 313,000 positions that were added to the job market that month.  It comes as no surprise to those of us in the industry; it’s been estimated that there will be a shortage of 1.5 million craft professionals by 2021.
April 13, 2018
Last week, high school students from across Texas gathered to compete at the SkillsUSA State Conference in Corpus Christi. Over 8000 regional finalists were in attendance, competing in 200 competitions, vying for scholarships, awards, recognition, and a chance to compete at the national level.
April 12, 2018
William Fuller, Craft Development Manager at Construction and Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF), the educational affiliate of the Houston chapter of ABC, was selected from among five national finalists as the instructor who espouses the merit shop ideals through effort and talent in his position.
April 11, 2018