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Construction Industry Adds 8,000 September Jobs

Construction employment increased by 8,000 jobs in September to the highest level since October 2008, amid a tight labor market that may be keeping contractors from hiring as many workers as they need, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, VA. Association officials said construction employment …

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Dodge Momentum Slows in September

The Dodge Momentum Index fell 8.4% in September, to 116.4 (2000=100) from the revised August reading of 127.1. The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. Both components of …

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Good News in AIA 2016 Firm Survey

The AIA’s (American Institute of Architects, Washington, aia.org) annual firm survey report, The Business of Architecture 2016, contains good news for architects, contractors, and facility owners. Likely the best news is that non-residential-construction has almost returned to the level we enjoyed before the Great Recession. Nonresidential construction was estimated to be $450 billion by the …

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New Urbanism Starts with Walkability

CNU 24.Detroit is the annual meeting of the Congress for the New Urbanism, a non-profit organization established with the goal of transforming the built environment from ad-hoc suburban sprawl toward human-scale neighborhood development. The meeting is being held this week in the Motor City. As opening speaker, and CNU co-founder, Andres Duany, principal at DPZ …

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Collaborate! It Will Make a Difference

Good communication and cross-functional collaboration yields the best and most efficient results. Karen Lee, applications marketing, Osram Sylvania Good communication and cross-functional collaboration yields the best and most efficient results. The most innovative inventions seem to come when industries or technologies clash, cross-pollinate, and find some exciting synergy. In the building industry, this often manifests …

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