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Reshaping the Construction Industry

The incandescent light bulb is about to go the way of its inventor, Thomas A. Edison. The incandescent bulb will become a historical artifact in 2020 when all new bulbs will either be LED or CFLs. 
February 16, 2018
Read an interesting compilation of the highest dollar amounts recovered from workers’ compensation fraud cases in the U.S. during 2017 - $697.4 Million of employer fraud from these ten cases alone.
February 15, 2018
Highway construction prices appear to be rising. The National Highway Construction Cost Index increased 4.2% from March to June 2017 and 3.4% from June to September, according to data the Federal Highway Administration posted in late January. These were the highest quarterly increases since September 2014. The 3.8% increase from September 2016 to September 2017 followed a decrease of 1.6% in the previous 12 months and -1.7% in the 12 months ending in September 2015. 
February 14, 2018
The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the struggle of Southeast Texas to recover from the monster storm is front and center in the newest edition of The Rational Middle Immigration documentary series.
February 13, 2018
In today’s global economy, building owners and employers are looking for ways to compete for talent, reduce operating costs and benefit the environment. While LEED certification continues to be the leader in U.S. commercial real estate sustainability certification market share, trends in the market are causing building owners and employers to consider new aspects of sustainability, new certification systems and new technologies.
February 12, 2018
Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing’s winter newsletter includes stories about a two-year balcony restoration project at a senior living community, a technical look at lock-strip gasket facades widely used through the 1980s, and an article about some of the recent awards the company has received.
February 09, 2018
MAREK Drywall Sales Manager Roland Mercier recently wrote about MAREK Houston's participation in the remodel of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral with General Contractor Satterfield and Pontikes. MAREK's turnkey contract included framing, sheathing, roof trusses, rough carpentry, and thermal insulation, along with drywall, paint, acoustical plaster, and ceilings.
February 08, 2018
Commercial construction companies are not yet threatened by Artificial Intelligence (AI), but they will be within the next decade. Recently, there are several studies and predictions for other industries like manufacturing, professional service and customer facing services that we should take notice of and incorporate in our “now” thinking. We thought that these studies would be of interest to you.
February 07, 2018
Nonfarm payroll employment in January increased by 200,000, seasonally adjusted, from December and by 2,114,000 (1.5%) year-over-year (y/y) in all of 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Friday. The unemployment rate remained at a 17-year low of 4.1% for the fourth month in a row.
February 06, 2018
In his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump called for a massive $1.5 trillion initiative to “rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. America is a nation of builders,” Trump said. “We built the Empire State Building in just one year. Is it not a disgrace that it can now take 10 years just to get a permit approved for a simple road?”
February 05, 2018