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Reshaping the Construction Industry

The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) has some very interesting videos on YouTube about what it is like to be in the construction industry. ...
September 14, 2010
We found more information on the manpower shortages from around the world, not only in the construction trades, but in other jobs as well.  This time Silicon India reported on a recently released Manpower, Inc. survey.  About the survey, entitled Strategic Migration - a Short-Term Solution to the Skilled Trades Shortage, Silicon India wrote, “Unless businesses, governments and trade associations work together to develop long-term strategies to alleviate talent shortages among skilled trades, future economic growth will suffer. Worldwide, skilled trades positions are the hardest to fill, reveals Manpower's recent global Talent Shortage Survey of 35,000 employers across 36 countries and territories.”As we have been discussing in some of our posts, the report restates that the need for mid-level craftspeople in the construction industry will reach a critical stage  
September 13, 2010
This economy has not recovered by any stretch of the imagination, but that doesn’t mean that you, as the owner of your construction business, should sit on the side of the road...
September 13, 2010
Everyone knows Ground Zero.  Everyone remembers the horror of 911.  Construction teams and first responders arrived before the smoke had cleared.  Construction workers searched the site after the collapse.  Construction workers cleared the site and then combed through the debris looking for the remains of the thousands of people who died that day.  Construction workers helped strategize with the planners and the Silverstein Properties who have worked for the last 9 years on a plan to rebuild the site in an appropriate way that respects the people who lost friends and families that day.  Now the six new buildings are being erected at the site by an amazing team of construction professionals.Fox News is reporting on the progress all this week and you can see some of the designs, the 7 levels below grade, the park where the first of 400 trees were placed over Labor Day and the progress on the new buildings that are rising from the site.  
September 09, 2010
“Try to guess the fraction of US air pollution that comes from each of these three groups: Industry, Transportation, and Buildings.”   This is the challenge a Construction Citizen staff member put to nearly two dozen interviewees from a large variety of disciplines and spread across three generations.  All 20 of these men and women were university-educated, and considered by our staff member to be intelligent.  The average of their guesses is probably not too different from your own; the public perception of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions varies very little from one person to the next.Unfortunately, this means that almost everyone is wrong together.  
September 09, 2010
Will the new 2500 page healthcare bill “level the playing field” for contractors and specialty contractors who bid projects every day in this country?  Yes, and this is how....
September 08, 2010
New Hampshire Governor John H. Lynch signed Executive Order 2010-3 on Friday which directs departments and agencies who deal with employee misclassification to work together, and...
September 07, 2010
Congressman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) was in Houston last week to participate in a national program to end the Energy moratorium, or as he said “To put a face on the impact that the...
September 07, 2010
The construction industry is sometimes able to weather the economic turmoil because the projects take several years to plan, design and build. The issue for us is that when the...
September 06, 2010
Yesterday the NY governor’s office announced that Governor David A. Paterson has acted on 92 bills, signing 66 into law including the Construction Industry Fair Play Act, which...
September 01, 2010