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Tips to Prevent and Detect Bid Rigging
By Tiffany Couch, Construction Executive
It’s common practice for most public and some private companies to issue bids with the intent that local subcontractors and vendors will assemble their most competitive proposal to compete for a specific piece of a project. In theory, competitive bidding promotes a fair, equitable and...
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the Economy's Success Depends on Infrastructure
By Kevin Breuninger, CNBC.
Corporate earnings certainly have been very, very strong. there's no question about that. And it's also no question that market's job is to look ahead," Ross says. "I think a lot will have to do with whether infrastructure gets the kind of treatment that it really deserves."...
Tech Strategy Requires a New Type of Construction Worker
By Kathleen Brown of Construction Dive
Introducing technology at a construction company isn’t as simple as supplying iPads and downloading “freemium” project management apps — it involves a plethora of hardware, software, people and processes and requires someone at the helm who understands how all of...
Midterm Wins Tally at Least $24B in Construction Bonds
By Kim Slowey of Construction Dive
Voters nationwide last week approved at least $24.4 billion in bond initiatives that will back construction projects ranging from schools to infrastructure, Bloomberg reported. There was more than $76 billion worth of such measures — the highest dollar amount since 2006 — ...
Fall Project Roundup: What's Being Built Where?
By Kim Slowey of Construction Dive
With big projects in various stages of development booming around the country, it's hard to keep up with what's being built where, so Construction Dive has rounded up some of the most notable hives of construction activity.
Construction Employment Rises by 30,000 Jobs in October
Source: AGC of America
Construction employment increased by 30,000 jobs in October and by 330,000 jobs over the past year, topping 7.3 million for the first time since April 2008, while the industry’s average pay jumped and unemployment decreased to a historic low, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated...
4 Strategies to Get Construction Projects Back on Track
By Jean Dimeo of Construction Dive:
Contractors usually see indicators in their jobsite and financial data when something is going wrong with a project. But sometimes, a project succumbs to troubles even when the data looks great, two construction industry veterans said during a session at Procore's Groundbreak Construction...
SWACCA Applauds National Apprenticeship Week
SWACCA (Signatory Wall and Ceiling Contractors Alliance) today announced its strong support for National Apprenticeship Week, a week-long recognition of the value of apprenticeships to the future U.S. workforce. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), National Apprenticeship Week runs November 12-18. National ...
OSHA Creates New National Emphasis Program for Trenching and Excavation
By Douglas J. Suter, Hahn Loeser
Effective October 1, 2018, Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created a new National Emphasis Program (Directive Number CPL-02-00-161) for Trenching and Excavation due to a recent spike in trenching fatalities nationwide. This new Program provides updated guidance...
Mind the Gap: Insurance Coverage for Construction Defects in the Wake of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Decision in Ohio Northern
By: Ian H. Frank, Frantz Ward LLP
On October 9, 2018, the Ohio Supreme Court issued an important decision in Ohio N. Univ. v. Charles Constr. Servc., Inc., Slip Opinion 2018-Ohio-4057. Departing from the majority view, the Ohio Supreme Court held that a general contractor’s commercial general liability (CGL) policy does not...