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 17 Tips for Choosing Construction Suppliers and Subcontractors You Can Trust
2017 presents great opportunities and equally great challenges for general contractors. The promise of a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure by the new administration gives hope of a decade-long boost to the entire industry. Aside from President Trump’s infrastructure plan, Dodge Data and Analytics is forecasting a 5 percent year-over-year growth — a moderate but positive outlook.
With spring and the building season on the horizon, savvy general contractors are working now to make the most of every opportunity. But even established GCs will have to overcome some tall obstacles to be successful. Here’s a quick look at the top 5 challenges for general contractors in 2017.
The lack of skilled labor has been a significant issue for the last few years. The industry is trying to bring new talent to construction by increasing wages across the board. The average pay rate in construction increased by 3.2 [Read more…] about Top 5 Challenges for General Contractors in 2017
Construction starts will increase by 5 percent over 2016 to $713 Billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics 2017 Construction Outlook. That’s all well and good, but the Dodge forecast was released in October 2016, before Donald Trump won the election. Now, with a Republican majority in the U.S. Congress and President Trump in the White House, many are wondering how the construction industry will be affected in 2017 and beyond.
President Trump has announced plans to address two key areas that will certainly affect construction: infrastructure and real estate.
Growing Infrastructure Opportunities
“We will rebuild our infrastructure, which will become second to none,” said President Trump in his election night victory speech. He echoed this sentiment in his inaugural address. “We will build new roads, and highways, and [Read more…] about How Could President Trump Affect Construction in 2017 and Beyond?
Office trailer rental costs vary in price based on the size of the office trailer, the duration of the rental agreement, the building configuration, the location of your rental and the level of service from your office trailer provider.
- 12’ by 56’ (672 sq. ft.) Office trailers can be rented from $275-$525 USD for a month for a six month lease, or purchased for $4,000 to $40,000 depending on their amenities and condition.
- Local delivery and return plus basic setup and teardown will cost about $1,500 additional.
Here’s a closer look at the factors that affect mobile office rental prices. [Read more…] about How Much Does a Mobile Office Trailer Cost to Rent?
Generating revenue right out of the gate is critical to the success of every new business. With costly inventories and high demand for the latest models, the countdown to ROI is especially important for auto dealers. Watch this short testimonial to hear how one auto dealership started selling sooner with a modular sales office.
With more than 1.5 million total apps available in the App Store, you are sure to find helpful tools to make for a more effective work week. However, finding the best app for you can also become quite the job, so we’ve done the research for you. Here are our suggestions for the best construction apps for 2016.
Instantly share complete construction plans with your project team from anywhere and with or without an internet connection. App users can also track revisions, share photos and reports, document progress, manage issues and RFIs in the field.
- Updated: 5/6/16
- New features: Improved annotations filters, new views in the “Team” and “Sheet Compare” sections
With a five star review, Photo Measures lets you draw and edit measurements directly on your own photos. Add text to photos, then save, organize and share images as PDFs and JPGs.
- Updated: 3/2/16
- New features: Improved support for 3D Touch devices