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Reshaping the Construction Industry

President Trump announced on Wednesday that he would impose tariffs of 25% on all imported steel and 10% on all imported aluminum. The impact of tariffs is likely to be severe for construction. "The American Iron and Steel Institute estimates that 43% of U.S. steel consumption goes to the construction industry," the Wall Street Journal reported today.
March 06, 2018
According to the article, “It will be the world's tallest and largest building to be pulled down intentionally.” It will be replaced by a larger taller structure designed to house an additional 9,000 Chase employees for a total of 15,000 users.
March 05, 2018
Fifty veterans connected with local employers to discuss possible career opportunities at the Warrior for Life Luncheon in the Greater Houston Partnership’s Partnership Tower.
March 02, 2018
Over the last few months, we’ve been proud to feature a new documentary series on immigration called The Rational Middle. Now, filmmaker Gregory Kallenberg and former Houston Chronicle columnist Loren Steffy are taking their show on the road to feature the films and engage in discussions about immigration solutions with experts in the field.
March 01, 2018
It is not uncommon to see an article paying tribute to a construction industry CEO or company owner when they pass away.  These leaders have higher profiles; their achievements are known to more people.  However, any company owner or CEO will tell you that many people have played critical support roles in all that they accomplished.  We honor one such superb support team member in this piece.
February 28, 2018
“The president, politicians, and people are arguing one side or the other of the immigration factors from the wall to DACA to I-9, to ICE raids on construction sites. The March 5 deadline on DACA looms before Congress. President Trump has offered compromise; actually, he has offered to negotiate. There is a difference.” – Kollaer
February 27, 2018
The value of new construction starts in January slipped 2% at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, following a 13% jump in December, construction data provider Dodge Data & Analytics reported on Thursday. 
February 26, 2018
Americans are ready to rebuild our neglected infrastructure – schools, highways, bridges, dams, and public transit. But we also can’t neglect the big challenge ahead of us: filling a shortage of 500,000 skilled construction workers – a number that could double if the promise of a $1 trillion infrastructure bill from Washington becomes a reality.
February 23, 2018
Before the Austin City Council had even taken its final vote to approve a new requirement for private employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees, Republican members of the Texas Legislature were already saying they would attempt to overturn it next year. After the council’s vote, some businesses said they’d be forced to leave the city.
February 22, 2018
C3’s strategy is simple. The commercial construction industry needs to look at and follow the lead of other successful industries. We must treat our craft workers as valued assets, as employees, and not independent subcontractors. We must teach them to work skillfully with craft training programs linked to a career path, which enables them to earn a healthy living and live a prosperous life.  And very importantly, we must continuously provide our craft workers the training to work safely.
February 21, 2018