John Donne said, “No man is an island.” The same can be said for construction firms. Today’s general contractor requires a vast network of subcontractors and suppliers to deliver projects on time and within budget. But contracting with these vendors brings additional risk as GCs are ultimately accountable for all project operations, whether they’re performed by their own employees or vendors. This risk includes supply chain interruptions, safety violations, quality of work, project delays and licensing issues, just to name a few. Meanwhile, choosing the right vendor can ease some of the heavy lifting and accelerate projects at the same time. To help you in your search, here are [Read more…] about Tips for Choosing Construction Suppliers and Subcontractors You Can Trust
As the last quarter of 2018 draws near, the construction industry is already looking to the future hoping to determine what non-residential construction markets have the greatest growth potential in 2019. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) weighed in last month suggesting that the U.S. economy will see a modest 4 percent jump in construction spending, a slight decline versus the expected 4.5 percent this year.
Some segments are poised to grow faster than others. The top three construction sectors for growth in 2019 are:
3. Industrial – 4.9% (up from -0.1%)
2. Education – 5.2% (up from 4.0%)
1. Public Safety – 5.9% (down from 10.9%)
These segments at the bottom of the list stand to show little or no growth:
3. Amusement/Recreation – 2.8% (down from 4.0%)
2. Retail – 2.7% (down from 6.3%)
1. Religious – 0.0% (up from -4.1%)
See the AIA’s forecast here, then get started on your game plan for 2019.
The Construction Exchange of Buffalo and Western New York, with assistance from ModSpace, held a Women in Construction Day for high school girls aspiring to work in technical fields. 40 young women from McKinley High School, located in Buffalo, NY, spent the day learning about the growing opportunities for women in the construction industry. ModSpace’s Caryn Ciotti was on hand to participate in the event.
“We kept the girls engaged with a game show format,” said Danielle Bickel, vice chair of Construction Exchange and outside sales rep for Upstate Rebar, a woman-owned business. “We played games called Musical PPE (like musical chairs but with personal protective equipment), Guess My Profession and Construction [Read more…] about Women in Construction Day Opens Minds and Doors to Careers in Technical Fields
Stevens Institute of Technology needed a permanent, swing-space facility before beginning a major renovation to their academic center. Stevens needed the facility operational by the next semester to accommodate the faculty and students [Read more…] about Modular Construction Lets University Keep Teaching During Renovations
This 1-minute video shows how simultaneous in-factory fabrication and site preparation allow modular construction to cut build times by up to 50%. Under the direction of the ModSpace Franchise and Retail Team, this project not only had an accelerated path to occupancy, but reduced material waste and comparatively less site disruption.