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The New Year is fast approaching and economists and construction firms alike are looking forward to see what kind of opportunities 2018 will hold. The 2018 Construction Industry Outlook by Dodge Data and Analytics released this morning predicts builders will see moderate growth at just 3 percent over the previous year for a total of $765 billion.
The AIA agrees. Data crunchers at the American Institute of Architects compiled 2018 forecasts from Dodge, IHS, Moody’s and ConstructConnect, to name a few. Together, the industry experts are in consensus that non-residential construction will expand between 3.5 and 4.8 percent, depending on the specific construction segment, in the next year.
While conservative, the promise of another year of growth is still a welcomed change versus the massive decline and resulting recessing a decade ago. The complete report from Dodge can be found here.
Construction site theft is a well-documented problem that’s not going away any time soon. Heavy equipment and valuable materials (i.e. the copper used in electrical wiring, pipes for plumbing and air conditioning coils) are in high demand while security at construction sites is often minimal. The combination makes construction sites prime targets for thieves. To help you minimize losses that cost both time and money, here are some simple tips for preventing construction site theft.
Make a Plan
Every construction project should have a security plan specifically designed for that site. Write it down and share it with key team members, subcontractors and clients. Next, identify equipment, materials and any other valuable [Read more…] about Tips for Preventing Construction Site Theft
Jobs that require working from new and rural locations are not just another day in the office. In fact, they’re rarely a day in the office at all. Setting your worksite up right from the start can improve operational efficiency, mitigate risk and get you back on track quickly when things don’t go your way. To help you get started right, check out our top 3 tips for remote worksite setup.
Have Emergency Medical Plans
In addition to your normal safety training and requirements, develop a plan for getting emergency responders to your site quickly, in the event they are needed. Research and get in touch with local emergency personnel and become familiar with their [Read more…] about Top 3 Tips for Remote Worksite Setup
As temperatures dip and the winter weather sets in, spending a few minutes to make sure your office trailer is ready for winter can help avoid service outages and project delays. Watch this short video to learn what you need to do to get your office trailer ready for winter.
End of lease charges for cleaning or damages are unplanned expenses that eat away at your bottom line. Fortunately, with a little planning and effort, these charges can be minimized, if not avoided altogether. To help you keep these fees to a minimum, watch this short video to see how to avoid cleaning and damage charges when renting an office trailer.