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 OP INSTITUTIONAL opener

By Michael Armento

Despite robust construction occurring on college campuses around the country, supply is struggling to keep up with demand. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, total undergraduate enrollment is projected to increase to 19.6 million students by 2024, compared to a record-high 17.5 million students in 2013. At the same time, research from Michael Gallis & Associates reports American colleges are short on beds, with the shortage estimated 1.5 million to 2.15 million. 

 OP COMMERCIAL opener

By Peter Di Natale

At a recent presentation to the New York Building Congress, a panel of construction professionals including builders, architects and healthcare facilities experts spoke in depth about Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), considered by many to be a cutting-edge approach to design and construction.

 OP RESIDENTIAL 01

By Richard Trimber

Recently, I visited a specialty contractor client’s jobsite to meet with the superintendent about a change initiative. Etched neatly on the recently poured concrete near the entrance, I saw insulting graffiti about the general contractor my client is working with. My thought was “that contractor has a really poor internal reputation; at least we don’t have that problem.”

 OP NY NJ FOCUS 01

By Lawrence Dany III and Patricia Gorham

In recent years, government investigations and enforcement actions relating to compliance with Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) programs have become more prevalent, causing concern among contractors and suppliers alike. These programs exist at the federal, state and local levels and generally require that a certain percentage of work on government-funded contracts be performed by disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs). DBE programs are designed to stimulate business opportunities and are intended to aid small, minority-owned, and women-owned businesses in gaining access to opportunities on government contracts and construction projects.

 OP INSTITUTIONAL 01

By Michael Kurzman

Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, the cranes have returned to Florida. Not whooping cranes, but tower cranes – those tall, long-jibbed metal monsters that swing over high rise construction projects and neighboring properties. After the great recession, the tower cranes have returned with a vengeance.

 OP COMMERCIAL 01

By Vincent Alonzi

Commercial construction projects are projected to rise once again in 2016, with a potential 11 percent increase in new starts, up from the 4 percent increase from 2015. This means more office buildings, retail shopping centers, manufacturing plants, parking garages and medical centers adding to the more than 90 billion square feet of commercial floor space already existing in the United States today.

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 OP CIVIL 01

By John Campbell

In the highly competitive construction industry, how contractors deliver services to clients is constantly evolving along with the risks and exposures they face daily.

From contractors moving into the design field to the increased use of joint ventures and integrated project delivery agreements, construction delivery methods also are becoming more sophisticated. Staying on top of these changes, which has significant financial implications, often requires a dedicated team of professionals with deep expertise in the construction business and insurance market.

 MARKETING 01A little communication can go a long way for contractors.

By Chris Martin

The frantic pace of today’s business environment means that one of the most important building initiatives, the effort of building relationships, often falls by the wayside. Continuous and consistent communication with customers is critical during the frenzy of meeting tight deadlines. One of the most efficient ways to keep in contact is via marketing.

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