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How 3D Printing in Construction Can Benefit the Industry
3D printing technology is showing major promise in helping to make the dream of homeownership a reality for everyone. The production of 3D printed material stretches far beyond the promise of concrete-based construction. The time spent on a build will be reduced dramatically using 3D printer technology. The cost of purchasing or renting the necessary equipment for 3D printing is a challenge to make adoption more widespread. For many, the cost of 3d printing is still a challenge. The lack of government regulation... more
How 3D Printing in Construction Can Benefit the Industry
Types of Construction Contracts: What You Need to Know
A contract is a solidified deal made between the parties involved in the specified project. The Importance of Construction Contracts is a means to protect the rights of both the client/owner and the contractors. The total cost of the Construction contracts are on a complete case-by-case basis, depending on the amount of labor, materials, equipment, and scope of work for the project. The cost-plus contract method is a blend of measures. A joint effort between both parties on an agreed amount.
Types of Construction Contracts: What You Need to Know
3 Ways General Contractors Can Combat Labor Shortages
The labor shortage in construction is something contractors have dealt with for decades. Being strategic with the workforce is more important than ever before to maximize current efforts. Being proactive and planning your workforce months, or years, in advance can prevent these problems. Recruitment and recruitment plans are the best way to prevent the problems. For more information, please visit the company’s website.
3 Ways General Contractors Can Combat Labor Shortages
Top 10 Construction Industry OSHA Violations - 2022
Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration releases the Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for Construction for fiscal year 2022 (October 2021 through September 2022) OSHA hopes to bring greater awareness to the standards most commonly cited for violations to help employers focus their efforts to make workplaces safer for employees. OSHA also has separate sets of standards with different rules to control safety concerns for the construction, agriculture, and maritime industries. Six of... more
Top 10 Construction Industry OSHA Violations - 2022
Construction Equipment – Rent, Buy, or Lease?
If the piece of equipment is something you are only planning on using occasionally or seasonally or if it's a piece of specialty equipment that you only need for a small number of jobs you should probably consider renting. You can get what you need when you need it without having to tie up a lot of cash in buying equipment or get locked into a lease on a piece of equipment that doesn't meet your long-term needs. Buying Construction Equipment Owning your construction equipment means you determine how and when... more
Construction Equipment – Rent, Buy, or Lease?
6 Reasons Why Construction Companies Fail
There are hundreds of reasons why construction companies fail and have to close up shop. Failure to properly manage and deliver projects can result in losses or razor-thin margins. Don’t get overextended or veer too far off the path of what makes your company successful. A successful construction company is only as good as its people. The construction industry is in the midst of a digital transformation that will inevitably lead to the demise of many successful businesses. If your employees aren’s.. failing... more
6 Reasons Why Construction Companies Fail
5 Tips for Promoting Well-Being and Mental Health in Construction
Why are Suicide Rates Higher in the Construction Industry While a handful of root causes and factors leave construction workers more at risk than other occupations, most seem to be traced back to the overarching theme of mental health and job strain. Issues such as undiagnosed mental illness, overconsumption of alcohol, drug dependency, high-stress levels, and the stigma surrounding mental health, especially in men, are all too common in this male-dominated industry. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services... more
5 Tips for Promoting Well-Being and Mental Health in Construction
Suicide in Construction: Awareness & Resources for Prevention
For every 100,000 construction workers, 45.3 will end up committing suicide. This is compared to the national average of 14.2, which means that a person working in construction is 3.5 times more likely to take their own life. The construction industry was ranked the 7th worst mental health score among 22 industries. In 2021, more than 68,000 workers from over 30 states participated in Construction Suicide Prevention Week. In 2020, over 60,000 men and more than 50% of those people will receive a mental health... more
Suicide in Construction: Awareness & Resources for Prevention
What Contractors Need to Know About Risk Management in Construction
Construction Risk Management: What Contractors Should Know As a construction contractor, you likely contend with multiple risks each day. Effective risk management might also help you evaluate potential projects and determine when a project might involve more risk than you are willing to take on. Common Risks in Construction Projects To properly manage risk on construction projects, you first need to know the common types of risks to look for. Some of the most common risks a project might involve include the... more
What Contractors Need to Know About Risk Management in Construction
Using Job Hazard Analysis to Improve Construction Safety
Safety managers and project managers are tasked with identifying and eliminating hazards to ensure the safety of everyone on the jobsite. The first step is to determine which jobs you want to create a job hazard analysis for and prioritize which ones you will tackle first. The process involves breaking down the job into individual tasks, identifying potential hazards for each task. If 10 or more steps are needed, it might be a good idea, it may be a bad idea. It may be good. It might be good idea. If it is needed... more
Using Job Hazard Analysis to Improve Construction Safety
Building Relationships: One Construction Project at a Time
How do relationships between and subcontractor and a general contractor start? Sometimes a general contractor needs additional bid coverage for a project or is expanding into new areas. Regardless the how or why, they usually begin with a single project, a single bid. Be sure to ask any questions if you are unclear on the scope or scale of the project and always attend any pre-bid meeting the general contractor holds. After Bids Are Awarded Subcontractors If you're awarded a contract, you need to meet with the... more
Building Relationships: One Construction Project at a Time
4 Ways to Improve Construction Jobsite Safety
Early in the project, your safety focus will probably be on potential hazards during site work like trenching accidents, cave-ins, equipment rollover, and workers potentially being struck by heavy equipment. As the project moves along you might have more workers working at height, so your focus will shift to fall protection and ladder and scaffold safety. Trade contractors working as subs should work with the GC to provide input to ensure that their workers are properly protected from injuries. Safety Meetings... more
4 Ways to Improve Construction Jobsite Safety
3 Keys to Building Strong General Contractor-Client Relationships
It's a simple formula, the client receives a project completed on time and within budget built to their satisfaction, and the GC gets paid on time and makes a profit. How does a general contractor go about building that relationship? What's necessary to take it from simply rendering services once to something more, something better? Communication Establishing good communication with your client is probably the most important step to building a strong relationship. In addition to regular project updates, you... more
3 Keys to Building Strong General Contractor-Client Relationships
6 Concrete Takeoff Tips for Estimators & Contractors
What is a Concrete Takeoff? A takeoff is simply a complete list of all materials needed, and the quantities of each, based on the plans and specifications. A concrete takeoff would include all the types of concrete required, including their compressive strength, measured in pounds per square inch, and the amount needed, typically calculated in cubic yards. In addition to the concrete takeoff, you'll need to do takeoff on other items required to complete the job like formwork, rebar, reinforced welded wire mesh,... more
6 Concrete Takeoff Tips for Estimators & Contractors
6 Tips to Recession-Proof Your Construction Company

There's over a 50% chance the United States could slip into a recession within the next 18 months according to TD Securities. The construction industry really took it on the chin during the Great Recession. The number of construction firms fell by nearly 150,000 between 2007 and 2013 and over 2.3 million jobs were lost due to layoffs, early retirement, and workers leaving for greener pastures. 

While the duration and impact of the next recession probably won't be as bad as the Great Recession, the

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6 Tips to Recession-Proof Your Construction Company
6 Ways to Improve Your Construction Company's Safety Culture
Your commitment to safety should be one of the core principles of your company’s culture. Your employees are your number one asset, proving to them that their safety is your top concern on every project. Putting safety first can help reduce costs and improve productivity on the jobsite. Improving safety means fewer days lost due to accidents and injuries. A strong safety record can also help reduce insurance costs.
Better Team Collaborations to Boost Profit Margins in Construction
Construction companies face difficulties in generating revenue due to slow billing instances and poor profitability. The best way to ensure you are trying to make money on every project is to figure out and plan your operating margins beforehand. Construction companies will keep growing in complexity, demanding increasingly detailed workflows for efficient project management. While maintaining project quality, cooperation is critical for accomplishing assignments on time and on budget. For more information,... more
Better Team Collaborations to Boost Profit Margins in Construction
How to Build an Effective Multi-Channel Marketing Strategy
The complexity of the commercial construction industry has been underestimated as far back as I can recall. Building product manufacturers can vary significantly in their products. The marketing function is probably one of the most misunderstood and underdeveloped in the BPM space. There are advantages of starts data over PIP data. Contrary to PIP, data provides the B PMs with many more options for many more. The PIP Data provides theBPMs with more options with many many more possibilities. The data series has... more
How to Build an Effective Multi-Channel Marketing Strategy
What I Am Still Learning About Juneteenth
At its core, Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom, progress, and success for African Americans. It marked the end of slavery in the United States and commemorates the date in 1865 when the Union army arrived in Galveston, Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation two years after issuance. The topic of slavery is sensitive and sparks a number of reactions. It's never too late to educate yourself and those around you. It’s never too early to educate yourselves. To be a land where all people are created... more
What I Am Still Learning About Juneteenth
Robots Are Coming to the Construction Site

Imagine walking onto a construction site in the near future to find a team of robots doing site grading and layout, laying a brick wall, or even assembling scaffolding trusses. This may seem far-fetched, something you'd expect in a sci-fi flick or a story by Isaac Asimov or Ray Bradbury, but advances in construction robotic technology are quickly making it a reality. 

In fact, depending on the type of work you do, you might already be using robots at the construction site. Robotic heat welders and

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Robots Are Coming to the Construction Site
Join ConstructConnect in Celebrating Pride and Inclusion
Pride Month is a reminder for people to be proud of who they are and specifically for amplifying the voice of the LGBTQ community. We spend a lot of time at work, so it's crucial that our work environment is a place where we can show up and be supported so we can focus on the work, no matter our race, religion, gender, age, ability, etc. At ConstructConnect, we embrace Pride Month as an action item to continue dialoguing on LGBTQ issues and advocating for the diverse needs of our employees. This sentiment to... more
Join ConstructConnect in Celebrating Pride and Inclusion
10 Road Construction Work Zone Safety Tips
Warmer weather means that roadwork season is in full effect which means more and more work zones are popping up on our interstates, highways, and streets. According to the 2020 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) There were 247 construction worker deaths caused by transportation incidents. Of those, 75 were pedestrian vehicular incidents, with 38 being caused by pedestrians being struck by vehicles. Roadway collisions involving vehicles in work zones.
10 Road Construction Work Zone Safety Tips
Beat the Heat: Keeping Cool at the Construction Site
Construction workers are at high risk for heat-related illnesses due to the strenuous nature of their jobs and prolonged exposure to the heat and humidity brought on during the summer months. The risk is increased for workers where the temperature can reach higher than the outside air temperature such as those performing roof work, road construction or doing interior work on a building with no air conditioning and poor ventilation. To acclimatize, you should start doing about 50% of your normal workload and... more
Beat the Heat: Keeping Cool at the Construction Site
The Foreign Trade and Construction Connection, U.S. and Canada

The foreign trade picture in the United States has worsened considerably. The goods trade balance has deteriorated to -$1.5 trillion USD. That’s an all-time deepest level.

The Foreign Trade and Construction Connection, U.S. and Canada
Construction Cost Estimating: What Is It & How Do You Calculate It

The goal is clear, win the bid. The road toward this goal is full of twists and turns and may include a detour or two and it begins with an estimate. As a construction cost estimator, the ability to pivot and adjust to unexpected changes is a necessary skill.

Construction Cost Estimating: What Is It & How Do You Calculate It
11 Mid-May Economic Nuggets: Inflation, Foreign Trade, & Housing Starts

There’s much subject matter to be wrestled with in the pool of recent public and private sector data releases, so let’s leave our piña coladas (nonalcoholic, of course) beside our deck chairs and dive right in.

11 Mid-May Economic Nuggets: Inflation, Foreign Trade, & Housing Starts
Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. - April 2022
There are several reasons for highlighting upcoming large projects. Such jobs have often received a fair amount of media coverage. People in the industry are on the lookout for when jobsite work actually gets underway. As showcase projects, they highlight geographically where major construction projects are proceeding. Total construction activity is comprised of many small and medium-sized projects and a limited number of large developments. The largest projects, simply by their nature, can dramatically affect... more
Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. - April 2022
April's Nonresidential Construction Starts +51% M/M, +45% Y/Y, & +14% YTD
Finally, Megaprojects Galore

ConstructConnect announced today that April 2022's volume of construction starts, excluding residential work, was $52.6 billion, an increase of +50.7% (i.e., by half) versus March’s figure of $34.9 billion (previously reported as $34.4 billion).

April's Nonresidential Construction Starts +51% M/M, +45% Y/Y, & +14% YTD
Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs - April 2022

Clichés are often true and it is the case that a picture can be worth a thousand words.

Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs - April 2022
How to Recruit and Retain the Next Generation of Construction Workers

Labor shortages are one of the major issues the construction industry is struggling to overcome. For many construction firms, keeping their workforce fully staffed is their biggest challenge. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in March

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How to Recruit and Retain the Next Generation of Construction Workers
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