Economists bullish on commercial and industrial work

DBIA officials cite the inherent value design-build methods bring to projects across the construction sectors, including transportation. The Institute honored the Yadkin River Bridge—a 2,900-ft., twin structure along the Interstate 85, Charlotte–Greensboro, N.C., corridor—with a 2014 National Award of Merit. Flatiron Construction Corp. led the design-build team credited with delivering the North Carolina Department of Transportation project under its $136 million budget.

“A combination of low interest rates; wealth effects stemming from a booming stock market and rising home prices; surging energy production; and expanding industrial output has helped position the U.S. economy for more rapid growth during the next several quarters,” says Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “This will lead to more robust recovery in the U.S. nonresidential construction industry, which has also been aided by stable materials prices and improving commercial real estate fundamentals.”

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Spot labor shortages surface as construction unemployment figures slide

Sources: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Sustaining momentum from April and May, construction employers added 6,000 workers to payrolls in June as the industry’s unemployment rate dropped to 8.2 percent, its lowest level for the month in six years, according to an AGC analysis of new government data.

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Top A/E/C groups pinpoint resilient-project planning, materials

Top A/E/C groups pinpoint resilient-project planning, materials

Design and construction industry leaders, along with building owners and operators, have pledged to promote resilience in contemporary planning, building materials, design, construction and operational techniques as the solution to making the nation’s aging infrastructure more safe and secure.

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Commanding a New Era

David Pitre is 2014-15 Chairman of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute
David Pitre is 2014-15 Chairman of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute

The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute accomplished a great amount in 2013, which seemed fitting as it entered a new era as this year marks ICPI’s 20th anniversary. Convening in New Orleans in late March for the 2014 Annual Meeting and anniversary observance, David Pitre, director of Engineering Products for Pavestone Co., opened the general session and began his two-year term as chairman at the close of the meeting.

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AEM backs Better Highways campaign with Washington, D.C. fly-in credit

Through I Make America, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers is launching an initiative to encourage members and the construction industry’s hardworking ranks to fly-in to Washington, D.C., and support a new federal highway bill. Individuals who attended ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 may be eligible to receive $500 for travel expenses to attend an industry-associated “fly-in” to meet with federal lawmakers and regulators to advocate for funding of highways, roads, and bridges. For those individuals who do not claim their reimbursement, AEM will contribute $500 on their behalf to benefit wounded warriors.

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Top LEED critic endorses ICC’s green code development

Sources: American High-Performance Buildings Coalition (AHPBC), New York; CP staff

A group of associations representing a wide range of building and construction industry stakeholders—and frequent critic of methods behind the development of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system—AHPBC issued a statement in support of the International Codes Council (ICC) transparent process for developing the 2015 International green Construction Code (IgCC) as it convened for its expert committee hearings in Memphis.

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AEM backs Better Highways campaign with Washington, D.C. fly-in credits

Source: Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee

Through I Make America, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers is launching an initiative to encourage members and the construction industry’s hardworking ranks to fly-in to Washington, D.C., and support a new federal highway bill.

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AGC backs new Internet domain: .build

Source: Associated General Contractors of America, Washington, D.C.

AGC and the proprietor of a new namespace recently created by ICANN, the controlling authority for the Internet, have announced a joint initiative to provide .build domain names focused on the construction industry. The .build name is one of several new top level domains launching in 2014 that provide an opportunity for companies to improve their web presence and internet marketing through addresses other than the generic .com.

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BUYING TIME

2011 CONEXPO-CON/AGG PHOTO: Oscar Einzing for AEM
INDUSTRY HEADS TO LAS VEGAS FOR SEVENTH CONEXPO-CON/AGG

After a second consecutive year where concrete, cement and aggregate interests saw modest shipment gains—while overall construction industry increases in 2013 reached the 7-8 percent range—producers are positioned to act on plant and fleet equipment investment carrying them through the growth projected for the remainder of the decade.

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Strong ConExpo-Con/Agg signals easing of protracted capital investment drought

Sources: Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee; CP staff

ConExpo-Con/Agg and IFPE 2014 took center stage in Las Vegas March 4-8 with what organizers dub “tremendous energy and serious buyers,” as registration was just shy of 130,000, second only to the combined events’ 2005 staging, while new scale records were set with 2,400 exhibitors occupying 2.5 million sq. ft of indoor and outdoor space.

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