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Reshaping the Construction Industry

Do you ever feel that way? “I just can’t get respect from my crews.” The issue may not always be with everyone else; it may be a simple issue that you may not even be aware of. I see many tradesman, office workers, clerks, managers, and many others of those in the workforce that are trying so hard to achieve their own goals that they set for themselves, they forget about the many people around them that could make achieving their goals much easier. It starts out small, by putting demands on those around you that are not explained, or delivered in a respectful way to the other person. Over time it comes to a point where you are blaming everyone around you for not doing a good job, or “I am so overworked I have to do everything.”
May 08, 2017
The following article originally appeared in the May newsletter to clients of Kiley Advisors, now a part of FMI Corporation, for the purpose of providing the latest leading indicators and industry issues to those clients. Reprinted with permission . Two and a half years after the fateful Thanksgiving OPEC decision in 2014, our Houston construction market is starting to feel the full impact of oil’s decline. Increasingly, contractors are having to look to public work for the meatier projects as the private sector waits for energy prices to stabilize.
May 05, 2017
This is the change year for politics, construction, and technology. One wise philosopher once said that, “Every time of change brings tremendous risk, but also brings tremendous opportunity.” Emily Peiffer over at Construction Dive published a paper on 10 Construction Industry Trends to Watch in 2017. Watch if you want to, but I would go further and say that if you want to emerge in a better position in 2018, you had better incorporate some of these changes into your business today.
May 04, 2017
Hi there. The Chamberlin Man here.You know every project we take on at Chamberlin is important, but we have to admit some just have “star” quality. Going to work each day at The Star complex, a 91-acre campus in Frisco, Texas, that is home to the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and training facilities was, indeed, stellar.  The campus includes The Ford Center, a state-of-the-art, 510,000-square-foot indoor training center with office space, a practice field and a hydrotherapy center. 
May 03, 2017
As part of a nationwide push, Republicans in Missouri have now voted to bar local governments from “tipping the scales” when it comes to so-called “project labor agreements” on construction sites across the state. The governor is expected to sign the measure, which he asked lawmakers to put on his desk as soon as possible.
May 02, 2017
The Construction Labor Research Council issued Union Construction Labor Cost Trends and Outlook 2017, covering construction union local pay agreements ratified in 2016. First-year increases are projected to rise from 2.8% in both 2015 and 2016 to 2.9% in 2017 and 3.1% in 2018. Among 17 crafts, 2017 first-year increases range from 1.6% for boilermakers to 4.1% for painters. Among eight regions, increases range from 2.3% in New England to 3.4% in the South Central region.
May 01, 2017
Construction Dive’s Hallie Busta recently listed six construction documentary films that you should watch if you are interested in construction. One of those films, Block by Block documents the men who are building the tallest building in India, a country not known for its safety on construction sites.
April 28, 2017
After conducting a detailed analysis of three years’ worth of construction fatality information, the Associated General Contractors of America unveiled a series of recommendations aimed at improving safety for workers on jobsites in Texas and across the nation. Speaking in Austin this month, AGC of America CEO Stephen Sandherr said contractors throughout Texas "have been particularly successful in improving workplace safety." In fact, Texas had the 17th largest decline in its construction fatality rate of any state between 2008 and 2015, Sandherr said, adding that in 2015 Texas had the second lowest construction injury rate of any state.
April 27, 2017
While at the ABC 2017 National Craft Championships, I enjoyed talking with three individuals who are all involved in training programs for the skilled craft trades.  This is the third in a series of posts featuring excerpts from conversations I had with some of the industry leaders I met at the event.  
April 26, 2017
Construction schedules are a lot like peanut butter – smooth and creamy or crunchy. That might seem like a bit of a stretch but check this out. Anyone who has been around the design and construction world for even a short time knows that the project schedule makes or breaks a build’s safety, profitability, and even its ultimate marketability.
April 25, 2017