A Sustainable Workforce Starts With You

“One of the most impactful things we’ve learned is the need to collaborate with other areas of our industry in workforce development. We didn’t bring this situation about by ourselves, and we won’t resolve it by ourselves. Certainly, we are each responsible for our own firm’s performance and practices, but we are measured collectively as an industry by those deciding whether or not to enter our workforce.”
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October 30, 2018
Marek stated that making the e-verify system mandatory would likely drive a large number of existing construction workers out of the industry because many of them are not working legally or are working with falsified documents.
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October 25, 2018
The recently completed Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco now named the Salesforce Transit Center, has been closed after the discovery of two separate cracks in structural beams in the $2.3 billion, 1500-foot-long facility designed to replace the old Transbay Transit Center that was closed in 2010.
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October 09, 2018
At the recent Apex Awards black tie dinner hosted by the AGC Houston Chapter, one of my architecture school classmates, Pete Dawson, AIA, was awarded the 2018 Master Builder Award...
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October 04, 2018
Imagine that you are living in a multi-million-dollar condo 36 floors above the street in a building that has sunk more in the last nine years since it was completed than it was designed to over its 50 year or longer useful life.
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October 03, 2018
Looking for a new career, perhaps one in the trades and construction sector? If you are one of the 6 million folks who are making a transition, you might want to take a look at the Bureau of Labor and Statistics chart that lists potential jobs in the construction and extraction sector, their descriptions and salary levels.
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September 26, 2018
OSHA, in a move thought too restrictive by some and too loose by others, released new rules for Permissible Exposure Levels for silica in the construction industry on March 25, 2016. The rules reduced allowable levels of exposure by 80% and covered workers who might be exposed to levels of silica dust particles of over 50 micrograms per square meter over an 8-hour time span.
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September 19, 2018
Because of the impact of the autonomous vehicles on the construction industry and on our cities and infrastructure as well, we want to give you a bit of an overview of the current status of the technology, the manufacturers, the government rules and regulations that are being developed and give you another peek into the future, a near future that is in flux as we speak, but one that is as inevitable as perhaps those two immutable actions, death and taxes. Well taxes at least.
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August 31, 2018
John McManus, award winning editorial and digital director at Hanley Wood, writes in Architect magazine, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects, about the top 10 take-aways from the recent 2018 Housing Leadership Summit. The overall theme of the conference of builders, investors, lenders, architects, subs and thought leaders from throughout the industry was Collaborate to Accelerate.
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August 28, 2018
The use of drones on construction sites is becoming a little more prevalent, but still not widespread, even though some contractors have shown the cost savings, speed, safety, and accuracy that their use offers.
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August 21, 2018