Great news on job creation last week was offset somewhat by surprising employment losses in construction. While the national economy added 165,000 jobs, construction was actually down 6,000 jobs in April. That’s the first time since October 2012 that construction saw a decline in new jobs.
Dow Jones reports that blame for April’s construction industry stumble should be left on the government’s doorstep. With various budgetary cuts at the Federal level attributed to the Sequester, funding reductions are now making their way to the state level, and adversely affecting local infrastructure projects.
Construction added 18,000 jobs last month, driving industry unemployment down to 14.7 percent according to the recently released Jobs Report. It was the 10th consecutive month of increases in construction jobs, and a three-year national high.
Analysts for the Associated General Contractors of America maintain a tempered optimism however, as strong growth in the residential and non-residential sectors is contrasted by flat or falling trends in public works construction. Officials noted that, for policy makers to benefit, they must focus on improving infrastructure for the entire construction industry.
Since opening late last year, the ModSpace refurb center in Elizabethtown, PA has been taking in our oldest mobile office trailers and turning out high-quality workspace. The E-town facility was recently featured in an article on LancasterOnline.com.
We completely refurbish them. When they go out the door, they look like a new, Plant Manager Randy Weaver told reporter Chad Umble.
The Final Four are heading to Georgia with thousands of screaming fans in tow. ModSpace is stepping up for The Big Dance with a fleet of mobile offices to support the surge of media and jam-packed calendar of special events around college basketball’s grand finale.
Click on the image below for an up-close look at ModSpace mobile offices in action.
As you prepare to get your next construction project off the ground, here are a few simple tips that may make getting started a little easier.
1. Get on the Same Page
Align yourself and your project with designers, architects, engineers and builders that share your vision. This may seem obvious, but it’s often overlooked. Working with people who understand your needs and want to bring them to fruition is a critical first step.
2. Look Past Price
In construction, like most everything, spending less usually means getting less. While a lower cost may be fit nicely into your budget, consider the implications of cost overruns, project delays and the opportunity cost Continue reading →
Rising energy costs and global climate change are compelling arguments for sustainable construction. Yet some builders, developers and owners don’t see the value in green construction, particularly as it relates to their bottom line.
Good, Not Green
At the 2013 Greenprints sustainability conference, LEED founder Rob Watson suggested “eliminating ‘green’ as a modifier,” noting that “there are good buildings, and there are bad buildings…Good buildings save energy, water, time and effort — but perhaps most importantly to their occupants, they save money.”
That’s not to say that companies aren’t building green. LEED has helped spur energy-efficient construction Continue reading →
Though the domestic modular construction industry has been growing over the past several decades, it is only recently that US designers and builders have started taking sky-scraping cues from overseas projects. New York City’s Atlantic Yards development is a prime example, as it is targeted to be the tallest modular structure in the world, surpassing England’s University of Wolverhampton’s 25-story dormitory, completed in 2009.
These two projects notwithstanding, modular construction that reaches for the sky isn’t relegated to the US and UK. The Asian market went tall the in Hunan Province with high-rise modular projects courtesy of developer Zhang Yue, whose company erected a 30-story modular building over 15 days in 2011, a feat that was captured in a powerful time-lapse video.
Even now the Broad Group in China has signed a deal to erect a 100-story prefab building in the city of Continue reading →