Blog 88 Green BuildingBy Brian Binke

Since buildings place a significant strain on the nation’s power grid, the demand for more zero-energy buildings continues to grow. More construction firms are focusing on building structures that are resilient and also able to generate much of their own power through renewable sources like solar panels, efficient heat pumps, radiant cooling systems and techniques that improve building envelopes.

ThinkstockPhotos 821933106By Eric Weisbrot

Construction project management can be a lucrative business for those who are willing to put in the time and effort to be successful. However, creating a thriving business is not often mastered in a training course or a during a stint at college. The experience that comes from winning – and losing – on the job lays the foundation for long-term accomplishments. But licensed and bonded construction project managers need to also embrace the following steps in order to be effective.

Blog 80 Fostering Leadership


By Brian Binke

Hiring the best construction talent for project management, superintendent and estimator jobs is just the first step in the process of driving success for your firm. The most reputable construction firms also focus on building leaders within their ranks. Creating strong leaders helps build a solid core in your organization, keeping it steady in the face of change or adversity. Here are some tips for fostering leadership skills in the workplace. 

ThinkstockPhotos 483045249By Kevin Hill

A growing number of construction companies are embracing sustainability by implementing lean practices that minimize waste, improve safety and maximize value for the customer even with tight timeframes and limited budget. Here are six lean principles that construction companies can implement to be more productive, reduce costs, save time and boost project management efficiency: 

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By Roy Rasmussen

The construction market is booming in 2018. Construction spending reached a record $1.257 trillion last November, the industry added 30,000 jobs in December, and three-quarters of companies plan to hire more workers this year.

This optimistic outlook is great news for constructional professionals, but it also means construction firms will be facing more competition from rivals who want to capitalize on the current industry boom. Here are three tips to help you stay ahead in today’s competitive construction market.

ThinkstockPhotos 900629074By Felix Vasquez

The (NAHB) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR) project positive economic growth in 2018.  The NAHB expects a 7.9 percent increase in single family housing starts this year. With tax reform in place promising to further historically low unemployment rates and higher wages, we see a great opportunity for builders to perform in 2018.  

However, builders still wrestle with a list of critical issues – discerning homeowners, an on-going labor shortage, additional business management activities, an increase of products to track and manage – creating a productivity/profit dilemma. Builders need to keep their crews working at maximum productivity, while selling what they build at a maximum profits, especially as construction costs are predicted to remain high and even climb in many markets, potentially eroding hard-earned profits.

4 Preconstruction Considerations to Know Before You Break GroundBy Lauren Topor-Reichert

The preconstruction process is essential. It involves the fundamental planning that not only defines a specific project, but also identifies potential problems and analyzes costs. The preconstruction process should be deployed as early as possible, as it defines the project scope, cost and schedule. Preconstruction efforts can have a significant impact on a project, as it can reduce the number of changes, schedule variations and unexpected costs of a project. While the preconstruction process will vary by project, adhering to these four considerations is crucial.

3 Strategic Resources to Accelerate Your Construction Business SuccessBy Roy Rasmussen

The construction industry is booming, with 75 percent of firms expanding their payrolls this year in light of optimism over falling taxes and regulatory burdens, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

However, offsetting this is concerns that steel tariffs will increase the overall costs of construction and infrastructure projects, thereby raising the cost of raw materials and causing layoffs.

As construction firms grapple with this sense of optimism and challenge, experts say it's important to do everything in your power to capitalize on opportunities and offset costs. Here are three strategic resources that can help propel your construction business to the next level.

Blog 71 Heavy CivilBy Brian Binke

It’s a good time to be involved with the construction industry. Members of Congress have been discussing legislation that could lead to spending $1.5 trillion on improving the country’s infrastructure. Candidates with the right skills will continue to be in high demand as a number of significant projects have been announced or are already underway. Heavy civil construction recruiters are partnering with relevant companies to find people who are skilled in building everything from roads and bridges to dams and sewers. Here are a few heavy civil construction projects from around the country.

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