There is little question that drones are already changing the way we live. If retailers like Walmart and Amazon have their way, the change will accelerate over the next few years. There are manufacturers who are developing and testing passenger drones that will have the capability of transporting passengers above the congested freeways in our major cities.
April 27, 2018
We have been following this one for some time. As you might recall, the Millennium Tower, a “pricey” 58-story luxury condominium tower at 301 Mission Street was built on a site of sand and fill from the time when part of the bay was filled to make way for additional development in the City by the Bay.
April 23, 2018
Disney World in Orlando might seem to be a strange place for a conversation about Workers' Compensation in Texas, but it was the right setting for a recent conversation I had with a man who, like me, was looking for a bright sunny spot in the morning cool to sit while his grandkids rode a nearby ride. I found out how serious the lack of Workers' Compensation is on jobs other than construction.
April 09, 2018
This is not an isolated example around Texas and even around the country and while there are problems for developers in some locations, the opportunities for skilled construction workers are getting better as demand rises Whether a plumber or a carpenter, your Spring Outlook is getting brighter.
April 02, 2018
Disruption, chaos, change, firms in the middle of succession plans, mergers, consolidations and acquisitions could be added to the list, but that might overwhelm an already crazy industry. Many of the leaders of construction industry firms are sitting there with “pinwheel eyes and a crenelated mouth” as my mentor, Willie Pena, FAIA used to say.
March 26, 2018
The Trump-set March 5th deadline for Congress to do something about immigration reform has come and gone. The President offered a deal that made the hardline folks who voted for him really angry. “A deal was possible,” said Charles Foster, Chairman of Foster LLP, one of the largest global immigration firms in the US, and who has been an advisor to three presidents on immigration issues.
March 20, 2018
This new commitment comes on the heels of their “pilot trades training program” for separating military members in a partnership with the non-profit National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Home Builders Institute on Ft. Stewart and Ft. Bragg. The first students will graduate from this 12-week pre-apprentice program this Spring.
March 09, 2018
According to the latest BLS numbers, while expanding above the 7 million level, the construction industry has not fully recovered our workforce after the recession. The economy and our industry are now in expansion mode and a number of companies with skilled trades are scrambling for qualified workers in order to be able to meet the demands and schedules on their existing projects, not to mention the ones in the bid pipeline.
March 09, 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