ThinkstockPhotos 584210406By Construction Today staff editor

Travelers’ latest Risk Index identified three major risks in the construction industry: 1) the ability to attract and hire qualified workers, 2) employee safety and 3) the changing workforce. Other emerging risks include the potential for a cyber attack and distracted driving.

shutterstock 578108446By Roy Rasmussen

A would-be thief got more than he bargained for when he tried to steal a $1,200 saw from a construction site in University Park, Texas. When the suspect tried to get in his car and flee, one construction worker jumped on the hood to prevent him from seeing the road, while others pursued in a pickup truck. The truck then began bumping the car to force it off the road, knocking the back off of the vehicle. Instead of getting away with the saw, the thief barely escaped a beating, and was eventually caught and arrested.

Blog 41 Assisted LivingBy Brian Binke

American Baby Boomers are retiring in record numbers and are often looking to simplify their living arrangements. With the number of Americans over 65 years expected to (more than) double to 88.5 million by 2050, it’s easy to see that assisted living construction will be in high demand. Even though a significant portion of the aging population prefers to remain in their own homes, there are also those who need more specialized living arrangements that are typically provided by senior living communities, nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

ThinkstockPhotos 492914418By Liz Holland

Mixed-use commercial property design is clearly in vogue across the country, but turning the vision of “Live, Work, Play” into reality isn’t easy. How does a developer maximize profitability and minimize road blocks? Through clear, constant communication and condensed timelines.

There’s an inherent push-pull with these types of projects from Boston to Chicago to Houston. Residential and office tenants want to see that first-floor retail hub they were promised in place on move-in day. But retailers and restaurants prefer to wait until loads of built-in shoppers are daily traffic before they commit.

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By Alison Stanton

As you're already likely aware, driving your vehicle to and from as well as within construction sites is not the same as commuting to the office. Of course, these locations can be inherently dangerous, requiring you to maneuver around heavy equipment, through muddy conditions and to avoid fellow employees.

In addition, some of the sites may be quite a distance from your office, which means you'll be putting a number of miles on your vehicle. Ensuring your vehicle is job-site-ready requires some preparation, so here are three tips to get you started.

shutterstock 485734309By Jayme Cook

Construction workers constitute between 5 and 10 percent of the workforce in first-world countries and, in the U.S. in particular, it is an industry that requires few qualifications yet offers relatively good pay, possibly even financial security. Construction work, however, is also one of the most physically demanding and potentially dangerous jobs an individual can work. For construction managers, professionals and executives, the safety of their crews is usually a top priority and never far from the front of their minds. To ensure that safety, employers of construction employees that work in dangerous environments should use this checklist of safety equipment items and consider these tips regarding industry concerns and construction safety.

shutterstock 383356447By Susan Finch

The amount of time spent on construction meetings may be a necessary part of the job to cover everything from project status to safety but doesn't have to consume precious time. Jim Hees argues it's entirely possible for construction meetings to be short, to the point, and effective by staying focused and on task. But how and where you run your meetings also matters.

It’s inevitable to need some on-site meetings with your crew, but that doesn’t mean you can’t rely on telepresence to create a virtual meeting room to reduce travel time and work around busy schedules quickly. It’s also a smart way to monitor your construction site in real time without the need to be there physically. Here’s how to transform your construction business through telepresence.

ThinkstockPhotos 491218972By Brian Binke

The United States is in need of a labor workforce that will bring back a strong middle-class. Collaborations between government and business can help create these opportunities. Hundreds of thousands of these skilled-trade jobs are already in demand and are going unfilled. These $20 to $45 an hour jobs are left unfilled because we don’t have the skilled workers prepared for the positions. Filling these positions will benefit millions of Americans in low-paying jobs and lift many out of poverty. Here are some ways that we can build a strong skilled labor force.  

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