It’s been another remarkable year for the construction industry and for the team here at Construction Citizen, another year of covering the trends and issues that matter most to our readers. Our coverage is free for you to read but it is not free to produce, so our sponsors cannot be thanked enough for another year of bringing to light the challenges and progress of the industry.
Before closing the book on 2018, it is appropriate to look back on some of the stories and issues that garnered the most interest. Based on how many of you viewed our articles and shared them with others, here are the top 10 stories of 2018 on Construction Citizen:
- As Nearly 80% of Texas Contractors Struggle with Workforce, Industry Leaders Call for Immigration Reform as Part of Comprehensive Plan
- Salesforce Transit Center Floating Away?
- Federal Judge in Texas Could Take Up to a Month to Rule on Protections for Young Undocumented Immigrants
- Shattering the Concrete Ceiling: Gender Diversity in Construction
- Charles Calvin Kubin of W.S. Bellows: The Epitome of a Construction Man
- Senators Consider Different Perspectives on Expanding Apprenticeship Opportunities in the United States
- Texas Capitol Complex Construction to Get Going in December
- California Construction Company Operators Charged with Fraud and Wage Theft
- Upskill Works: Partnering to Build a More Competitive Houston Workforce
- Community Family Centers Begins Expansion for Construction Training
On the key issue of immigration, the filmmakers at The Rational Middle have had a full year of fostering discussion among the public at large and decision makers. The final two episodes of Season 1 are in pre-production now and are slated for release early in the new year. We'll look forward to what else Loren Steffy and Gregory Kallenberg have in store for 2019.
Construction Citizen's Jim Kollaer covered the fact that the Construction Career Collaborative, or C3, hit a home run this year in downtown Houston when Hines announced it has designated a major development as a C3 project.
"The move by Hines is a first for the company headquartered in Houston and demonstrates the highest standard of care for the construction workforce that will build the tower under the direction of Gilbane Building Company, an accredited employer member of C3, and a global builder with offices in Houston," Kollaer wrote back in July.
This past Spring, Construction Citizen's Elizabeth McPherson continued her yearly coverage of the ABC National Craft Championships, an inspirational competition bringing together our country's most talented craft professionals.
As we look ahead to 2019, our plan is to continue to cover the stories that matter most to you – whether the news is good or highlights another challenge the industry needs to address. From the biggest and best projects to finding ways to protect the health and financial well-being of the workforce of today and tomorrow, we’re here to serve you.
Happy New Year from the entire Construction Citizen team.