The White House Delivers a New Definition for Zero-Energy Buildings

July 22, 2024
Kriston Capps - Bloomberg

The White House is rolling out a federal definition of zero-emissions buildings for the first time, outlining a new guide for top-tier building energy performance in the US that sets what it hopes will become an industry baseline.

While the guidance lacks any legal weight, the administration hopes this new yardstick will send a strong market signal about the future of sustainable building and energy performance nationwide.


ICYMI: Highlights From NIBS’ Building Innovation Conference 2024

July 15, 2024
Jordan LeGras - Construction Executive

The National Institute of Building Sciences’ Building Innovation Conference 2024, held in Washington, D.C., from May 22-24, offered attendees insights on incoming shifts within the industry with hard-hitting declarations from experts who broke down what the future of the built environment holds. Chief among the discussion topics were the supply chain, workforce diversification and social equity, and climate adaptation and mitigation.

Reprinted courtesy of Jordan LeGras, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.

Ms. LeGras may be contacted at legras@abc.org


Fall Protection for Everyone

July 8, 2024
Mark McGhiey - Construction Executive

In the construction industry, safety lapses can have dire consequences. A recent incident on a multistory construction site underscores the critical need for rigorous safety protocols. An employee slipped and nearly fell from the top level during a routine task of disposing refuse into a trash chute. Fortunately, thanks to the company's recently enhanced fall-protection program, the worker's safety equipment prevented what could have been a fatal accident.

This incident is a stark reminder of the ongoing risks of falls in construction. Despite continuous efforts to improve safety, falls remain a leading cause of injury and death on jobsites, second only to vehicle accidents. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that more than 400 fall-related deaths occur annually, a distressing statistic that has remained consistent over the past decade.

Reprinted courtesy of Mark McGhiey, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.


New Survey Finds Construction Industry Salaries Remain High

July 2, 2024
The National Center for Construction Education and Research

ALACHUA, Fla., June 05, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) released its 2024 Construction Craft Salary Survey, and the results reflect high earning potential for skilled craft professionals. NCCER received responses from 183 organizations representing nearly 323,000 employees from the industrial, commercial and residential construction industries across the United States.

According to the results, average annual salaries ranged from $52,520 to $89,609, with more than 80% of positions reporting salaries above $65,000. General foreman and instrumentation technician topped the list with salaries of more than $89,600 and $84,700, respectively. The salaries represent average annual earnings for individual craft areas and do not include overtime, per diem or other incentives that are common in the construction industry.

In addition to specific craft positions, some of the other factors that determine a skilled professional's salary include construction type, credentials, certifications and experience.

About NCCER – The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) is the leading provider of construction education for industry and career and technical education programs. With flexible workforce development and learning solutions, NCCER's programs provide consistency and quality to ensure craft professionals and learners receive industry-recognized certifications and credentials. To learn more, visit www.nccer.org.


New York City Nabs Stretch of Brooklyn Coastline to Redevelop

June 21, 2024
Stephen Lee - Bloomberg

New York City will take control of 120 acres of Brooklyn’s coastline, intending to develop a rugged patch of land into housing, retail, green space, and a modern, environmentally friendly port.

The no-cash deal, which will be announced Tuesday, represents the city government’s biggest real estate transaction in terms of physical size in at least two decades. The redevelopment zone stretches more than a mile, from the southern edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park down to the Red Hook neighborhood, and in some places a block inland. Most of that land is currently controlled by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.


UK Construction Industry Grows at Fastest Pace in 14 Months

June 17, 2024
Tom Rees - Bloomberg

Britain’s construction industry expanded at its fastest pace in 14 months in April, adding to confidence the economy is rebounding from a recession.

The construction purchasing managers’ index jumped to 53 in April, up from 50.2 the previous month, S&P Global said Tuesday. It was well above economists’ expectations of 50.4, with any score above 50 signaling growth.

It added to signs that the economy kept expanding in the second quarter after a shallow downturn in the final months of last year. Official data on Friday is expected to show that the gross domestic product returned to growth at the start of 2024, with forecasters predicting a 0.4% gain in the first quarter.


US, Canadian Crews Will Meet in the Middle With Gordie Howe Bridge Sections

June 10, 2024
Jeff Yoders - Engineering News-Record

Two crews working in Detroit and Windsor, Ont., Canada, will meet in the middle of the Gordie Howe Bridge by the end of June, according to the joint-venture contractor, Bridging North America, managing both sides of the project.

Mr. Yoders may be contacted at yodersj@enr.com


Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Construction Industry: Understanding the Challenges and Solutions

June 3, 2024
Jennifer Klose & Dr. Lauren Koth - Construction Executive

In the bustling world of construction, where towering structures rise and heavy machines hum, the dangers that lurk within the workspace often go unnoticed. Among these hazards lies a significant and frequently disregarded threat: concussions.

A concussion is a simple way of saying mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI). In terms of traumatic brain injuries, there are three types: mild TBI, moderate TBI and severe TBI. This article will discuss mTBI within the construction industry.

CONSTRUCTION SECTOR VULNERABILITIES
Concussions pose a significant but frequently disregarded risk within the construction industry, arising from various occupational hazards. Studies show a notable incidence of concussions resulting from falls, falling objects and other construction-related incidents, underscoring the widespread occurrence of these injuries in the sector. The impact of concussions goes beyond immediate health implications, encompassing short-term cognitive impairments, long-term neurological issues and an increased risk of accidents at construction sites.

Reprinted courtesy of Jennifer Klose and Dr. Lauren Koth, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.


Tar Heel Construction Group, LLC Receives Prestigious President's Club Award

May 28, 2024
Tar Heel Construction Group, LLC

Bel Air, Maryland, May 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tar Heel Construction Group, LLC announced today that it has been recognized as a 2023 two-star President's Club Awards winner. Each year, GAF, a Standard Industries company and North America's largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer, selects the most elite roofing contractors certified by GAF to receive its prestigious GAF Master Elite® President's Club Award. This annual recognition celebrates contractors that showcase exemplary efforts in high-quality service and leadership in the roofing industry across the country.

GAF Master Elite® President's Club Award winners are selected from an elite group of roofing contractors that must first demonstrate proper licensing (in states that require it), maintain insurance, a proven reputation, and a commitment to ongoing professional training. In addition, qualifying contractors must also have met the criteria to earn the designation of a GAF Master Elite® residential contractor.

About Tar Heel Construction Group, LLC:
Tar Heel Construction Group, LLC, based in Bel Air, Maryland, has been serving Harford County, Maryland and the Greater Baltimore area for over 20 years. Our mission is to deliver top-notch roofing solutions while prioritizing customer satisfaction and community engagement. As a GAF Master Elite® residential contractor, we uphold the highest standards of craftsmanship and professionalism in every project we undertake.

About GAF:
GAF, a Standard Industries company, is the leading roofing and waterproofing manufacturer in North America. For more than 135 years, GAF has been trusted to protect what matters most for families, communities, and business owners with its innovative solutions and focus on customer service. GAF's leadership extends to its commitment to making a positive impact on its communities, industry, and planet. Learn more at www.GAF.com.


Payrolls in US Construction Industry Rise by Most Since May 2022

May 20, 2024
Vince Golle - Bloomberg

US construction firms boosted payrolls last month by the most since May 2022, helping the overall labor market nail down the strongest job growth in nearly a year.

Nearly 42% of the 39,000 increase in construction industry employment was due to the additions of nonresidential specialty trade contractors. However, payrolls growth also strengthened in the residential categories as well as heavy and civil engineering construction.

“Structural transformations in the economy, including replenished domestic supply chains, expanded data center demand and augmented infrastructure, are making it difficult for many project owners to wait for lower construction delivery costs,” Anirban Basu, chief economist at Associated Builders and Contractors, said in a statement.


Calculating the True Cost of Underinvesting in Construction Health and Safety

May 13, 2024
James Alexander - Construction Executive

As the construction sector embarks on another fiscal year, prioritizing health and safety is increasingly imperative. New industry-specific safety research and technology aims to help directors effectively optimize their financial resources and more precisely understand the economic impacts of safety strategies.

SHIFTING THE PARADIGM
The construction industry across America is evolving quickly—especially when it comes to cutting-edge technological solutions in software and hardware, aimed at reinforcing safety protocols and yielding both operational and economic advantages. However, implementing these advancements often hinges on showing a tangible economic benefit, an issue that an innovative new initiative seeks to tackle by merging insights from academia and industry professionals.

Reprinted courtesy of James Alexander, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.


Skanska Lands $1.4B Contract to Revamp Seattle's Portage Bay Bridge

May 6, 2024
Matthew Heller - Engineering News-Record

The $1.4-billion rebuild of Seattle’s Portage Bay Bridge to meet current seismic resiliency standards was awarded to Skanska by the Washington State Dept. of Transportation (WSDOT) last month.

ENR may be contacted at enr@enr.com


Contractors Oppose OSHA Rule on Employees' Walkaround Reps

April 29, 2024
James Leggate - Engineering News-Record

Despite contractors’ opposition, the U.S. Dept. of Labor published a final rule in the Federal Register April 1 concerning nonemployee representatives during workplace safety inspections. The rule, effective May 31, allows employees to select a third party to represent them during Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspections.

Mr. Leggate may be contacted at leggatej@enr.com


OSHA Cites Texas Contractor After Trench Collapse Kills 18-Year-Old Employee

April 22, 2024
James Leggate - Engineering News-Record

The U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Texas contractor Hurtado Construction Co. March 15 after an 18-year-old worker was killed in a trench collapse last September. OSHA proposed $257,811 in fines.

Mr. Leggate may be contacted at leggatej@enr.com


US DOT Awards $830M for Resilience-Related Infrastructure Upgrades

April 15, 2024
Tom Ichniowski - Engineering News-Record

Continuing the rollout of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funds, the U.S. Dept. of Transportation has awarded $829.6 million to 80 road, bridge, transit and other projects to improve their ability to withstand floods, rising seas and other harmful effects of climate change. The winning projects are located in 37 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.

Mr. Ichniowski may be contacted at ichniowskit@enr.com


Safety is in your hands. Every dig. Every time.

April 8, 2024
Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc.

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa., April 2, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- April is a busy time of the year, notifying 811 for every digging project, every time helps ensure worker safety and prevents costly utility damage.

Pennsylvania One Call System, Inc. dba Pennsylvania 811 is proud to join a nationwide effort to raise awareness and promote safety. Safe Digging Month emphasizes the importance of contacting 811 at least three business days, no more than 10 business days, in Pennsylvania before any excavation work. It is never worth risking safety and financial consequences by not following proper procedures.

Help Pennsylvania 811 keep everyone safe during all excavation projects. No matter how large or small your project is, always contact 811 at least three business days before you dig! Safety is in your hands. Every dig. Every time. www.pa1call.org/notify

About Pennsylvania 811
Pennsylvania 811's mission is to prevent damage to underground facilities. To promote safety, Pennsylvania 811 provides an efficient and effective communications network among project owners, designers, excavators, and facility owners. Since its inception in 1972, membership has increased from 6 utilities to over 3,700 underground facility owners and operators in 67 counties. Membership has been mandatory for facility owners that serve customers or consumers since 1987. The service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Pennsylvania 811 serves all 67 counties and employs over 80 people.


Mitigating Struck-By Incidents on the Jobsite

April 2, 2024
Rob Dahl - Construction Executive

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are roughly 150,000 injuries each year on construction sites. Many of these injuries can be avoided through more effective planning, communication and training.

Struck-by incidents account for nearly 20% of all construction fatalities. These incidents include workers being backed over or run over by equipment or vehicles, pinned between equipment or other objects, struck by swinging equipment parts or falling loads, and crushed beneath overturned equipment and vehicles. Yet, the measures taken most often by contractors to protect workers from these struck-by hazards are personal protective equipment, back-up alarms and use of spotters. These are passive measures and by themselves are not do not entirely eliminate incidents on their own—contractors must implement more proactive controls to complement these existing measures and prevent injuries and fatalities.

Reprinted courtesy of Rob Dahl, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.

Mr. Dahl may be contacted at rdahl@holmesmurphy.com


Construction Adds 23,000 Jobs in February for 11th Straight Monthly Gain

March 25, 2024
Tom Ichniowski - Engineering News-Record

Construction posted another monthly employment gain–the industry’s 11th consecutive monthly increase–adding 23,000 jobs in February, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported.

Reprinted courtesy of Tom Ichniowski, Engineering News-Record

Mr. Ichniowski may be contacted at ichniowskit@enr.com

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How to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck Out of the Infrastructure Bill

March 19, 2024
Rich Meene - Construction Executive

The U.S. federal contracts and grants space has historically been one of the largest, most predictable global marketplaces. The U.S. government spends a staggering amount of money on the procurement of goods and services. The government is also an extremely reliable payer and can quickly become one of the organization’s most consistent customers. Plus, federal awards tend to have longer periods of performance, adding predictability to business planning through consistent revenue projections driven by a steady pipeline of recurring and potential new work.

For both companies and longtime contractors that have hesitated to enter the U.S. federal market, new opportunities and advantages may be present through current infrastructure spending.

Reprinted courtesy of Rich Meene, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.


Is Golf’s Next Paradise in the Middle of a Florida Swamp?

March 11, 2024
Michael Croley - Bloomberg

Florida is often considered an underwhelming place to play golf. Sure, it’s fun to wear shorts in February, but good golf terrain has movement, and bland, flat marsh doesn’t have the same cachet as wind-swept cliffs overlooking the Pacific. The Sunshine State stereotype is a course surrounded by retirement homes that looks as if it just rolled off the production line. The state has more than 1,200 courses, the most in the US, but just three on Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses list.

That’s a lot of mediocre links—and yet it isn’t enough. More courses opened in the US last year than any time in over a decade, according to the National Golf Foundation, and almost a third of them were in Florida. NGF says the state has 16 new course projects under construction or in planning, twice as many as any other state.


Construction Adds 11,000 Jobs in January, 10th Monthly Gain

March 4, 2024
Tom Ichniowski - Engineering News-Record

Construction employment remained on its upward trend, adding 11,000 jobs last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports, with the industry recording its 10th consecutive monthly increase. Architectural, engineering and related services, which are categorized separately from construction, posted an increase of 9,900 jobs in January.

Mr. Ichniowski may be contacted at ichniowskit@enr.com


How AI Can Help the Construction Industry Meet the Need for Housing

February 19, 2024
Jim Campbell - Construction Executive

According to research from the National Association of Realtors, the United States is facing a shortage of 5.5 million homes. The gap continues to grow despite widespread efforts to meet rising demand, like a multi-family housing boom in 2023. While construction companies are fighting hard to keep up, they are limited by a pressing labor shortage, among other critical hurdles like supply shortages and steep pricing. The same is true in real estate, an industry dealing with pandemic-spurred job hopping and an aging workforce that’s retiring and leaving a sea of empty seats to fill. Without people to do the work, growth is an elusive target.

Reprinted courtesy of Jim Campbell, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.


Policy Purchased by Mortgagee Does Not Insure Homeowner's Hurricane Damage

February 12, 2024
Christie Chapman - Construction Executive

Imagine a future in which you don a headset to enter a virtual-reality simulation of a construction site before it exists. A future in which a robot analyzes a space slated for renovation, recording each minute detail, from measurements to materials, in a fraction of the time and cost it would take humans to do the work. And imagine that, in that future, the world of creating buildings is so friendly to its human workers that language barriers are no longer an issue, with in-ear translation technology that allows people to communicate onsite, hands-free, in real time.

Advances like these would be game-changing—life-changing, in some instances.

Reprinted courtesy of Christie Chapman, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.


How Builders Use Technology to Win Infrastructure Contracts

February 5, 2024
Wayne Nunziata - Construction Executive

Last year’s Pittsburgh area Fern Hollow Bridge collapse and the I-95 Philadelphia collapse may portend more infrastructure spending to come. The U.S. Department of Transportation's 2021 national inventory estimated that 44,000 bridges nationwide are rated in poor condition. Contractors must be able to act fast and have a plan in place to secure infrastructure work, including obtaining bid bonds in a timely manner while preparing and updating bids.

The savviest construction and engineering companies are already leveraging technology solutions to optimize the construction phase, to increase productivity, trim costs and track projects in real time. Bidding/bonding is one essential and underutilized phase in which digital solutions can help contractors win in a fiercely competitive environment. Contractors should seek to take control of their bidding by leveraging online tools for bonding.

Reprinted courtesy of Wayne Nunziata, Construction Executive, a publication of Associated Builders and Contractors. All rights reserved.



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