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Winter presents a unique set of challenges for construction. Heavy equipment is more vulnerable to breakdowns, but a larger problem is safety hazards. Make this season accident-free. Here’s how to ensure your fleet works in a safe, efficient manner all winter long. Winter calls for extra caution with equipment Operating heavy equipment always requires extreme […]

Groundbreakings on several mega projects late last year lifted ConstructConnect’s 2017 total U.S. starts to +11.1% versus 2016, more than the +7.9% set out in the previous quarterly forecast. The out-front timing of those mega project starts also caused trimming of ConstructConnect’s expectations for 2018, which is now being projected at +3.0% year over year […]

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of February 5 – 9, 2018. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads. Alabama Jack’s Family Restaurant / Muscle Shoals Location: Muscle Shoals, AL […]

It’s an interesting time for the construction industry. Growth has been strong the past several years, with U.S. construction spending now at an all-time high. Despite having weathered the storm of the Great Recession, the construction industry is still facing challenges, both old and new, moving forward. Rising material and labor costs, labor woes, increased […]

From the turn of the century until the present, there have been nearly 20 years during which the age of both the general population and Canada’s workforce have been climbing. The impetus behind this shift in age structure has been the exceptional level of births that occurred after the Second World War – i.e., the […]

This report was written by Abby Samp of Oxford Economics. Total construction starts in the US grew by 11.1% in 2017 to reach $760bn, a modest slowdown from the 13.2% growth posted in 2016. Civil engineering was the main driver of growth, boosted by a number of mega-projects in the airport, power and miscellaneous civil […]

In January, net new U.S. jobs creation was +200,000, according to the latest Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The +200,000 jobs figure was greater than the monthly average increase throughout last year of +176,000. The unemployment rate in the latest month stayed the same as in December, at 4.1%. Only rarely […]