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  • Barn raising construction

    A History of Tilt-Up Construction

    11/14/22 |

    While Thomas Edison was credited for a number of revolutionary inventions, he also deserves some credit as one of the pioneers of tilt-up construction. Very few realize that tilt-up construction became popular around the turn of the century, when Edison became a prominent name, and even fewer know that the practice originated long before this.

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    Sand: The Forgotten/Disappearing Construction Material

    10/06/22 |

    When you hear the words “construction materials,” it is only natural to think of the more common commodities, like lumber, steel, or glass. Someone in the industry might also include less popular materials like gypsum or copper. However, a material not often considered is one that directly affects the production of a number of vital materials: sand, which is in short supply globally.

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  • Glass storefront window system on a building

    Volatility of Construction Materials in Q3

    09/22/22 |

    The previous two years have been a wild ride when it comes to the prices of construction materials. While some materials have fluctuated drastically, many others have steadily risen. With bottlenecks in the supply chain and rising gas prices, along with other untimely factors, the cost of securing necessary construction materials placed an added burden on every firm across the nation. These costs had to be, unfortunately, passed on to the consumer.

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  • Man holding a semiconductor chip

    What to Know About Semiconductor Construction in Phoenix

    09/20/22 |

    Phoenix natives know that driving north on Interstate 17 means two things – traffic and scenery. But well before the terrain turns to majestic mountains, there is another changing landscape, just as you’re leaving Phoenix, that has also been turning some heads.

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  • The Loosening Supply Chain in Q3

    09/15/22 |

    In late 2021 and into the early part of 2022, the supply chain outlook was dire. A combination of logistical bottlenecks, production setbacks, and labor shortages brought shipping to a near halt. The combination of volatile global politics and domestic instability further complicated the situation.

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  • 2022 Construction Labor Report

    Breaking Down Q3 Construction Labor

    09/09/22 |

    When it comes to employment in the construction sector, the numbers can be a little misleading if you are not exactly sure how to interpret them. There are so many different positions that need to be filled, across a number of skilled trades, so the overall figures may look positive when, in fact, there is still a long way to go. This is the case for the present situation in which the construction industry finds itself.

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    What to Expect for Construction in H2

    08/29/22 |

    When looking at the sectors in which we build (industrial, mixed-use, office, retail/hospitality, medical, and tenant improvement), demand still remains across almost all of them. There is an expected 14.3 percent growth in nonresidential construction expected for this year, before slowing down going into 2023. 

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  • Construction Labor Outlook for Q2 of 2022

    06/09/22 |

    One of the major pain points for general contractors, right now, is the shortage of skilled workers. Despite the steady decline of construction unemployment, firms are still struggling to find the necessary manpower across a number of different trades.

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  • Cost of Construction Materials to Remain High

    05/31/22 |

    The good news for the construction industry is that the market is beginning to have some semblance of what it looked like prior to the pandemic.

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