Off-Site Building Is 'Ripe' For AI. But Are These The Robots You're Looking For?
Article by Dean Boerner, Bisnow San Francisco Reporter
If a lack of innovation is to blame for stagnating U.S. construction productivity over the last half-century, off-site builders — and some of their AI partners — think they may have the solution.
Around the country, prefabrication companies...
Online Retailers are Transforming Warehouse Construction
By Construction Dive's, Jenn Goodman
This article is ...looking at how online retailing has changed warehouse construction.
As e-commerce has soared in popularity, U.S. warehouses have evolved to meet the needs of online retailers, transforming from basic storerooms into automated, material-handling nerve centers....
How to Build a Line of Lasting Leadership at Your Company
by Elizabeth Manning, Construction Business Owners
From apprentice to journeyman carpenter to project manager, all the way to president and owner of a construction company. It’s the kind of story that makes working in an industry like construction worth the potential challenges—one where a graduate degree or connections...
What is Driving up the Cost of Highway Construction?
By Manny Prunty and David Wessel, Brookings Institution
Possible explanation is an increase in the quantity (not the price) of labor. The authors use unionization rates and the average share voting Democrat in presidential campaigns (an indication of a state’s political leanings) over time as proxies for the importance of...
How Predictive Data Is Revolutionizing Preconstruction Planning
By Sherman Wong Sr., Engineering News-Record
Preconstruction planning has been, and continues to be, one of the most challenging aspects of the building lifecycle. Thanks to modern data science and predictive analytics, those involved in the construction planning phases are now able to supplement historical data with reliable projections...
The Beige Book - July 17, 2019
Cleveland (Fourth) Federal Reserve District: OH, western PA, eastern KY and part of WV
The “Beige Book” is a compilation of informal soundings of business conditions in each of the 12 Federal Reserve districts, which are referenced by the name of their headquarters cities. The latest Beige Book https://www.federalreserve.gov/...
US Construction Wage Tops $30 an Hour as Employment Soars
This article was wrttien by the staff of Global Construction Review
Earnings for US construction workers now outstrip the private sector average as contractors face what’s being called one of the tightest labour markets they’ve ever experienced. The situation has led a contractors’ group there to slam an...
Change Order Process Leaves Casino Subs Short More Than $34M
Kim Slowey, Construction Dive
Some subcontractors who performed work at the $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor casino and resort in Everett, Massachusetts, claim that general contractor Suffolk Construction is withholding tens of millions of dollars for completed change order work, Casino.org reported.
The largest claim is...
US Construction Spending Falls 0.8% in May
By Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press
Spending on U.S. construction projects fell in May, the first drop in six months, as home building fell for a fifth straight month.
The Commerce Department reported Monday that spending fell 0.8% in May, the first decline since a 1.3% drop in November, to a...
According to McKinsey, Modular can Deliver Projects 50% Faster
Written by Kim Slowey, Construction Dive
A new report from McKinsey & Co. says that modular building could be the next big shift in construction, driving the industry to start looking at projects as products instead. Modular, the research company said, could give the construction industry the "productivity...