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1,000-Word Charts: U.S. Oil Imports

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • June 20 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Charts: Canada’s Foreign Trade

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • June 20 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – June 21, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • June 20 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Expansion Index Captures Construction Hesitancy

ConstructConnect’s Expansion Index ties to the inventory of all the projects the company has in its database that are in the planning stage, ahead of ‘starts’ or when the ground is broken.

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  • June 17 @ 7:00 pm

What is the Preconstruction Data Lifecycle?

Over the past decade, the world of construction technology has evolved at a breakneck pace. Not long ago, estimators were still calculating numbers by hand and performing 2D takeoffs on pieces of paper. Today, not only are these processes automated but they can even be performed all under the same roof if one wishes.

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  • June 17 @ 7:00 pm

Latest PPI Results Show Construction Material Cost Increases Still Alarming

The most accessible single-source resource on construction material price movements is the Producer Price Index data set from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The PPI series monitors prices charged by producers as they exit through factory gates.

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  • June 16 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – as of June 12, 2021

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • June 16 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Charts: U.S. Foreign Trade

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • June 15 @ 7:00 pm

How To Successfully Determine Your Risk Response Strategy In Construction

The proper practice of managing risks is every construction contractor’s road to a successful business. Risks related to the construction industry are vast and varied given the industry’s inherent nature. As such, project success very much rests on how well construction contractors stay on top of the risk-managing game, particularly when it comes to crafting […]

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  • June 15 @ 7:00 pm

7 Mid-June Economic Nuggets

According to a monthly survey carried out for the Conference Board and The Business Council, CEO confidence is currently the highest it has ever been or at least dating back to when attempts to measure it began in 1976. But expectations of exceptional growth prospects are being tempered by limitations arising from: (a) shutdowns necessitated […]

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  • June 14 @ 7:00 pm

Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs – May 2021

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

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  • June 13 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. – May 2021

The accompanying table records the top 10 project starts in the U.S. for May 2021.

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  • June 13 @ 7:00 pm

May’s Nonresidential Construction Starts -2.0% M/M & -14% YTD

Nonresidential Construction Pales Beside Residential ConstructConnect announced today that May 2021’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential work, was $32.5 billion (green shaded box, Table 8 below), a decline of -2.0% versus April 2021’s $33.2 billion (originally reported as $31.5 billion).

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  • June 13 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – June 14, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • June 13 @ 7:00 pm

In May, Canada Disappoints Once Again on the Rehiring Front

Canada’s Labor Market Hopes on Hold In May, for the second month in a row, total employment in Canada retreated instead of stepping forward, putting a hold on hopes for an improving labor market. The latest month-to-month decline in total jobs was -68,000, coming on the heels of April’s setback of -207,000 jobs.

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  • June 8 @ 7:00 pm

5 Fascinating Facts About Concrete

This week’s World of Concrete in Las Vegas is the first major trade show in the United States since the COVID pandemic changed the face of the convention and meeting business. For many, this is yet another sign of life slowly returning to normal for the construction industry.

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  • June 7 @ 7:00 pm

Stock Market Shifts May Speak Volumes for Construction

North America’s major stock market indices generally ended May in fine fashion, but there were some changes in month-to-month performances that perhaps hold important significance for future construction activity.

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  • June 6 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – June 7, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • June 6 @ 7:00 pm

U.S. Half Million Jobs Increase in May Still Only Drop in Bucket

Big Grin Greets Big Pickup in Youth Employment In any pre-pandemic month, May’s U.S. total jobs count gain of +559,000 would have registered as outstanding. And I don’t want to belittle the achievement, especially since it soundly beats the previous month’s figure of +278,000.

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  • June 3 @ 7:00 pm

13 Costly Bidding Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Putting together a winning bid proposal is a lot more complicated than putting some numbers together and hoping for the best. Good bid preparation requires a lot of time and effort that involves everything from reading and fully understanding the plans and specifications to accurately estimating costs for labor, materials, and equipment. Making even the […]

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  • June 2 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – as of May 29, 2021

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • June 2 @ 7:00 pm

The Unexpected Tie-in Between Airline Travel and the Price of Lumber

The economic world is full of odd connections these days. A case in point is the tie-in between airline travel and the price of lumber.

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  • June 1 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Recreational and Retail, Wholesale, Warehouse Construction Projects – Canada – Ju

The accompanying tables show the top 10 major upcoming Recreational and Retail, Wholesale, Warehouse construction projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

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  • June 1 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Northeast and Southeast Construction Projects – U.S. – June 2021

The accompanying tables show the top 10 major upcoming Northeast and Southeast construction projects in the United States. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

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  • June 1 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – June 1, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • May 31 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Charts: Top U.S. States and Canadian Provinces for Goods Exports

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • May 31 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in Canada and Trend Graph – April 2021

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in April 2021. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and non-residential building categories in Canada.

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  • May 27 @ 7:00 pm

Volatility the Name of the Game With Latest Economic Data Releases

Initial Jobless Claims and UI on Right Track This article features a quick overview of the latest key statistics for the U.S. and Canadian economies, presented mainly in graph form.

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  • May 27 @ 7:00 pm

Beat the Heat: Keeping Cool at the Construction Site

Technically, the first day of meteorological summer doesn’t arrive until next Tuesday when, but parts of the country have already seen record or near-record highs this month. The folks over at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are predicting a hotter than normal summer for most parts of the country. The dog days of […]

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  • May 27 @ 7:00 pm

Protect Your Workers With a Heat Illness Prevention Plan

Are you doing everything you can to minimize your workers’ exposure to heat-related illnesses? Does your company have a heat illness prevention program in place? We’ve got you covered with these tips and guidelines for keeping your workers safe and productive during these hot summer days.

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  • May 27 @ 7:00 pm

Booms in U.S. & Canadian Housing: One Tentative, the Other Boisterous

When presenting housing starts for the United States and Canada, the Census Bureau and CMHC first seasonally adjust monthly ‘actual’ units and then annualize them, to arrive at what are termed SAAR (seasonally adjusted and annualized) figures. ‘Annualizing’ takes the monthly number and projects it out over 12 months.

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  • May 24 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – May 24, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • May 23 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Residential Permits Issued Minus Housing Starts

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • May 23 @ 7:00 pm

Subcontractor Tips for Finding Good General Contractors to Work With

The commercial construction industry relies on a number of mutually beneficial relationships. This is most evident is the relationship between general contractors and trade contractors. General contractors typically subcontract out work to a variety of subcontractors in order to successfully complete construction projects. In turn, trade contractors rely on general contractors to provide them with […]

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  • May 20 @ 7:00 pm

Mid-May Economic Nuggets Report with Focus on Retail Sales, Inflation, & Housing Starts

In this, the latest mid-month Nuggets report, I’ll focus on three major and interlocking (or interdependent) economic indicators: retail sales, inflation, and housing starts.

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  • May 18 @ 7:00 pm

Shockingly High Material Cost Hikes Set Out in 2 Tables & 24 Graphs

An important story that’s emerging in what are hopefully the winding-down days of the pandemic concerns supply shortages and cost hikes.

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  • May 17 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – May 17, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • May 16 @ 7:00 pm

April’s Nonresidential Construction Starts -5.9% M/M & -16.8% YTD

Wind Power Projects in Missouri and Texas Head Top 10 List ConstructConnect announced today that April 2021’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential work, was $31.5 billion, a decrease of -5.9% versus March 2021’s $33.4 billion (originally reported as $32.2 billion). The m/m pullback was entirely due to softness in nonresidential building starts, -23.4%, as […]

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  • May 16 @ 7:00 pm

Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs – April 2021

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

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  • May 16 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. – April 2021

The accompanying table records the top 10 project starts in the U.S. for April 2021.

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  • May 16 @ 7:00 pm

Understanding OSHA’s COVID-19 National Emphasis Program For Construction Industry

OSHA, as associated with the safety and health of the employees, introduced National Emphasis Program (NEP) considering the effect of COVID-19. Since the spread of pandemics has shown some significant downtime for the construction industry like other businesses, the NEP program is likely to have some impact on the construction process.

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  • May 13 @ 7:00 pm

Canada Stubs Toe Along Jobs Recovery Path

Coronavirus Continues Negative Influence Canada suffered a disappointing setback in its quest for jobs recovery in April. According to Statistics Canada, total employment fell by -207,000 jobs in the month, as further incursions of the coronavirus forced stricter closure regimes in many parts of the county.

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  • May 9 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – May 10, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • May 9 @ 7:00 pm

+266,000 for Total U.S. Jobs Not So Great; +331,000 for Leisure & Hospitality Jobs Rates Cheers

A Number to Embrace with Enthusiasm April’s Employment Situation report, released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, records an increase in total U.S. employment of +266,000 jobs month to month. While plus a quarter of a million net new jobs seems, on first blush, to be an impressive figure, Graph 1 makes clear that […]

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  • May 6 @ 7:00 pm

Tips For Ladder Safety in Construction

Last week we took a look at the deadliest jobs in construction. One of the stats we discussed was the fact that about 34% of all construction worker deaths are caused by falls. What might surprise you is the fact that falls from ladders account for about 28% of those deaths. The construction standard for […]

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  • May 6 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Atlantic and Manitoba, Saskatchewan Construction Projects – Canada – May 2021

The accompanying tables show the top 10 largest upcoming Atlantic and Manitoba, Saskatchewan construction projects in Canada.

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  • May 6 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Courthouse and Jail and Prison Construction Projects – U.S. – May 2021

The accompanying tables show the top 10 major upcoming Courthouse and Jail and Prison construction projects in the United States.

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  • May 6 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – as of May 1, 2021

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • May 5 @ 7:00 pm

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. It’s also the time of year when more people are on the road traveling greater distances to the beach, mountains, and other vacation spots.

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  • May 4 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Charts: Stock Markets

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires a detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • May 3 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – May 3, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • May 2 @ 7:00 pm

OSHA’s Fatal Four: Avoiding Construction’s Deadliest Hazards

Construction is one of the most dangerous industries to work in which is why programs and initiatives like Construction Safety Week (May 3 – 7, 2021) are so important to raising awareness about the importance of construction safety. Of the 5,333 worker deaths in 2019, 1,061 were in construction. That means out of every five […]

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  • May 2 @ 7:00 pm

A Quick Guide to Managing Change Orders in Construction

Change orders are an inevitable part of working in the construction industry. You’ve probably had to deal with them at some point on a project and will continue to have to deal with them on future projects.

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  • April 29 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Charts: Inflation in the U.S. and Canada – March 2021

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • April 28 @ 7:00 pm

Who Knew a Pandemic Would Lead to a Housing Boom?

The construction sector is presently generating several big news stories. One relates to building material costs; another concerns infrastructure spending plans. But in this article, through standalone graphs, I’d like to show the boom that is currently underway in housing starts, evident more so in Canada, but also quite apparent in the United States.

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  • April 27 @ 7:00 pm

Deciphering the Interlocking Stock Market-Global Trade Story

Global Stock Market Improvements Broadly Based, Finally On the world economic stage, matters have been taking a turn for the better once again. Table 1 shows that for the first time since before the pandemic, all the major stock markets globally registered year-over-year index gains at the end of March.

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  • April 25 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in Canada and Trend Graph – March 2021

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in March 2021. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and non-residential building categories in Canada.

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  • April 25 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming High-Rise Residential & Transportation Construction Projects – Canada – April

The accompanying tables show the top 10 largest upcoming High-Rise Residential and Transportation construction projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

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  • April 25 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Residential and Transportation Terminal Construction Projects – U.S. – April 2021

The accompanying tables show the top 10 largest upcoming Residential and Transportation Terminal construction projects in the U.S. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

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  • April 25 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – April 26, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • April 25 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – as of April 17, 2021

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • April 22 @ 7:00 pm

Modular Has Construction Industry Seeing Green

On a typical Earth Day, the construction industry is usually called out equally for its role as both a sustainability leader and as a leading offender when it comes to the size of its carbon footprint.

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  • April 21 @ 7:00 pm

Thinking Outside the Concrete Box on Earth Day

More and more builders are starting to think beyond traditional construction methods as we reimagine how projects are conceptualized, designed, and executed. You only need to skim the headlines to discover scientists researching how cigarette butts can conduct energy in bricks and pavement and paint developers rethinking chemicals and colors for more energy-efficient homes.

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  • April 21 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Charts: U.S. and Canadian Construction Material Costs

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • April 18 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Charts: U.S. Construction Material Costs

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • April 18 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Mid-April Economic Nuggets, With an Emphasis on Supply Shortages & Costs

This latest version of the mid-month Nuggets report, rather than proceeding in point form, discussing recent data releases, will be expository concerning some of the most important economic issues of the day.

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  • April 18 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – April 19, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • April 18 @ 7:00 pm

5 Key Factors to Consider in Bid/No-Bid Decision Making

“To bid, or not to bid, that is the question.” It ain’t exactly Shakespeare, but the decision to bid on a project shouldn’t be taken lightly. You invest a great deal of time and resources into putting together a bid, so it’s important to make sure you are carefully identifying the right projects to go […]

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  • April 15 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – as of April 10, 2021

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • April 14 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. – March 2021

The accompanying table records the top 10 project starts in the U.S. for March 2021.

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  • April 13 @ 7:00 pm

Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs – March 2021

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

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  • April 13 @ 7:00 pm

March Nonresidential Construction Starts +60% M/M, but -8% Y/Y & -20% YTD

Tough Competing with ‘Normal’ but 3 Mega Projects Helped ConstructConnect announced today that March 2021’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential work, was $32.2 billion, an increase of +60.1% versus February’s distressed level of only $20.1 billion (see green shaded box, bottom of Table 8 below).

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  • April 13 @ 7:00 pm

Canada’s March Jobs Report a Confidence Builder

Canada Benefitting from ‘Lower Base Level’ Effect The U.S. ‘real’ (after inflation) gross domestic product (GDP) contraction in 2020 versus 2019 was -3.5%. Canada’s comparable figure was -5.4%.

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  • April 11 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – April 12, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • April 11 @ 7:00 pm

What Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Means for the Construction Industry

Last week, President Biden unveiled the American Jobs Plan, an ambitious $2 trillion infrastructure plan. In addition to investing in rebuilding the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges, there would be strong focus on resiliency and sustainability. The plan would also focus on improving drinking water infrastructure, energy infrastructure, and high-speed broadband infrastructure.

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  • April 7 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – as of April 3, 2021

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • April 7 @ 7:00 pm

Real Estimators of Genius – We Salute You

If you’re any kind of a construction estimator, you’ve probably been involved in some crazy, complicated, weird—and wonderful—projects during your years in the construction business.

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  • April 6 @ 7:00 pm

March’s U.S. Jobs Report Delivers What’s Needed

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. total employment in March increased by +916,000 jobs. The increase was really over a million if the upwards revision to February’s originally reported number is also included.

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  • April 5 @ 7:00 pm

4 Graphs That Capture U.S. and Canadian GDP Growth

ConstructConnect-OE’s GDP Projections on the Mark Government statistical agencies in both the U.S. and Canada have recently been putting the finishing touches to their estimates of gross domestic product growth (or, rather, lack thereof) last year.

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  • April 5 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – April 5, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • April 4 @ 7:00 pm

State of the Construction Industry: One Year Into the Pandemic

It’s been a little over a year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. In the days and weeks that followed, we started to get a feel of how it would impact our lives as states began issuing stay-at-home orders, mandating people shelter in place except for essential work and activities.

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  • April 1 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: Canada’s ‘Real’ GDP Growth

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • March 31 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Charts: Retail Sales in the U.S. and Canada

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • March 30 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Charts: Best City Labor Markets in the U.S. and Canada

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • March 30 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Charts: Inflation in the U.S. and Canada

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • March 28 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – March 29, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • March 28 @ 7:00 pm

Housing Starts Catch Breath in U.S., Go Full Steam Ahead in Canada

Permits Still Exceeding Starts In the U.S., new home building, which seemed set to keep surging, has lost some of its momentum in the last two months.

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  • March 25 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – as of March 20, 2021

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • March 25 @ 7:00 pm

Sweet and Sour Spots for Jobs in Suite of 28 Graphs

You can probably learn more about what is happening in an economy by following patterns of employment than in any other way. This article dips below the surface numbers on the U.S. labor market and sets out the historical records of jobs levels in 28 sub-sectors.

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  • March 24 @ 7:00 pm

8 Tips To Build a Stellar Construction Safety Program

Ask any construction business owner, regardless of the size of their firm, what their top priority is and we’re guessing you’ll get the same response every time: worker safety. The real question owners should constantly be asking themselves is whether or not their safety program is robust enough to meet their commitment to protecting their […]

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  • March 24 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Charts: U.S. and Canada’s Foreign Trade

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • March 23 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in Canada and Trend Graph – February 2021

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in February 2021. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and non-residential building categories in Canada.

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  • March 22 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – March 22, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • March 21 @ 7:00 pm

U.S. Construction Material Cost Shock Escalates

Input Cost Increases Migrate Beyond Lumber At the same time as the depth of the nonresidential construction marketplace in the U.S. has become shallower, i.e., there are fewer projects out for bidding due to cutbacks in capital spending plans forced by the coronavirus contagion, material input costs have been escalating.

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  • March 17 @ 7:00 pm

11 Mid-March Economic Nuggets: Emphasis on Material Costs & Jobs Creation

The U.S. ‘headline’ (i.e., for all job categories and seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate is currently 6.2% and it would be easy to pass that level off as not so bad, given all that has transpired. After all, the monthly figure was similarly high as recently as in 2014, not so long ago. In 2013, the […]

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  • March 16 @ 7:00 pm

4 Keys To Effective Construction Project Management

In construction, the successful completion of a job is accomplished through effective project management. Delivering a quality project to your client on time and within budget, while also turning a profit for you and your subcontractors is no easy feat. It requires careful planning, detailed monitoring of the progress, and communication and collaboration among all […]

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  • March 16 @ 7:00 pm

February 2021 Nonresidential Construction Starts -30% YTD Versus ‘Normal’

Latest Starts Expose January’s False Signal ConstructConnect announced today that the latest month’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential work, was $18.5 billion, a decrease of -34.6% versus January 2021’s $28.3 billion and a similarly large contraction of -38.5% compared with February 2020’s $30.1 billion.

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  • March 14 @ 7:00 pm

Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs – February 2021

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

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  • March 14 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. – February 2021

The accompanying table records the top 10 project starts in the U.S. for February 2021.

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  • March 14 @ 7:00 pm

Canada’s February Jobs Jump Shifted Labor Market Closer to ‘Normal’

February’s Labour Force Survey results just released by Statistics Canada record a big gain in employment of +259,000 jobs and an improvement in the ‘headline’ seasonally adjusted (SA) unemployment rate to 8.2% from 9.4% in January.

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  • March 14 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – March 15, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • March 14 @ 7:00 pm

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Estimating a Construction Project

Construction is a tricky business. Especially, when it comes to the initial stages of the project lifecycle such as estimating and bidding process, contractors are often found struggling with inefficiencies. Though it is very natural with construction projects that involve a large number of tasks, it is significantly important to manage all the resources and […]

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  • March 11 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – as of March 6, 2021

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • March 10 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Hotel/Motel and Shopping Center Construction Projects – Canada – March 2021

The accompanying table shows the top 10 major upcoming Hotel/Motel and Shopping Center construction projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

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  • March 10 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Hotel/Motel and Retail/Shopping Center Construction Projects – U.S. – March 2021

The accompanying tables show the top 10 major upcoming Hotel/Motel and Retail/Shopping Centre construction projects in the U.S. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

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  • March 10 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Unemployment Headline Rate and Broadest Measure

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • March 10 @ 7:00 pm

Infographic: Top 20 U.S. Mega Project Starts

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • March 9 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Total Employment

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • March 9 @ 7:00 pm

The State of Women in Construction Infographic

As we celebrate Women in Construction Week (March 7-13th), it’s exciting to look at how and where women are having an impact on the industry.

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  • March 9 @ 7:00 pm

A Strange Pandemic for Asset Valuations: They’ve Gone Up!

Housing & Share Price Wealth Advances For the past year, the news has been filled with deeply distressing stories about the coronavirus contagion and sectors of the economy where jobs and earnings losses have been enormous.

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  • March 8 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – March 8, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • March 7 @ 7:00 pm

Why Women in Construction Are Celebrating

Long viewed as a male-dominated field, the construction industry has slowly been adding more and more women to their offices and jobsites as they fill roles as varied as construction technologists to painters.

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  • March 7 @ 7:00 pm

What’s to Like or Not Like About February’s +379,000 U.S. Jobs Count

U.S. total employment in February rose by +379,000 jobs, according to the latest labor market report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Prior to the pandemic, a month-to-month jump in jobs of +379,000 would have been greeted with cheers. As Graph 1 shows, however, February’s gain was a rather small blip in the grand scheme […]

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  • March 4 @ 7:00 pm

3 Steps to Add Risk Management Into Your Construction Bid Preparation

Effective risk management is key to every successful construction project. It can be the difference between making a nice profit and breaking even or worse, suffering a loss. So when should you begin your risk assessment? Are you doing it during contract negotiations or are you waiting until after you’ve received a notice to proceed? […]

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  • March 4 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – as of February 27, 2021

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • March 3 @ 7:00 pm

Breaking Down the Principles of Lean Construction

The implementation of lean construction has been gaining traction over the last several years as more and more firms realize the benefits of applying lean thinking to construction. The concept is simple enough, maximize value for the client while at the same time minimizing waste. Proper execution of the lean construction philosophy, on the other […]

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  • March 3 @ 7:00 pm

2020 U.S. Mega Construction Projects & Carryover of Work Into 2021

Due to the blows to the economy last year from coronavirus impacts, undertaking mega-sized construction projects presented owners with riskier decision-making.

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  • March 1 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Put-In-Place Construction Spending

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • March 1 @ 7:00 pm

2 Graphs Showing U.S. and Canadian Air Passenger Traffic Deeply Troubled

In mid-March of last year, the consequences of coronavirus infections stopped being hypothetical, mainly happening elsewhere, and instead became very real as they landed on our doorsteps.

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  • March 1 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – March 1, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • February 28 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: Total Retail Sales in U.S. Monthly

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • February 25 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: Total Retail Sales in Canada Monthly

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • February 25 @ 7:00 pm

3 Tips to Help Contractors Emerge Strong From COVID-19

It has been almost a year since the novel coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. After a long and unprecedented year, vaccines are starting to roll out and states are opening up—slowly but surely—and we will likely find some sense of normality soon. Luckily, construction is considered essential work in several […]

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  • February 25 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – as of February 20, 2021

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • February 24 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in Canada and Trend Graph – January 2021

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in January 2021. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and nonresidential building categories in Canada.

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  • February 24 @ 7:00 pm

Moderate Versus Overheated Inflation as the Fulcrum for Well-Being

The ease with which the U.S. and Canadian economies recover from the coronavirus-caused economic downturn is very much going to depend on whether we can escape without a significant upsurge in inflation.

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  • February 23 @ 7:00 pm

The Importance of a Data Driven Business Strategy for Building Product Manufacturers

Understanding the performance of construction industry segments is the key to maximizing sales and profits for building product manufacturers. Currently the construction industry is in a fluid state, breaking from, and yet still anchored to, some long-established processes. This blog will attempt to identify and address the key segments which need monitoring and the use […]

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  • February 23 @ 7:00 pm

U.S. & Canadian Economies Lifted by Fervent Swirl of Housing Starts

Residential Permits Set Feverish Pace There are some exciting stories to tell about new home building in the U.S. and Canada at the beginning of this year. Let’s cover the U.S. first.

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  • February 21 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – February 22, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • February 21 @ 7:00 pm

Soaring Lumber & Steel Prices Confirmed by Latest PPI Results

Soaring lumber and steel prices are all the talk in construction circles these days.

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  • February 18 @ 7:00 pm

Construction Bidding Tips: Finding & Selecting the Right Projects

Winning more construction bids isn’t a direct result of simply bidding more projects. Bidding on every project that comes your ways isn’t a smart or sustainable bidding strategy.

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  • February 18 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton Construction Projects – Can

The accompanying tables show the top 10 major upcoming Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton construction industry projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

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  • February 16 @ 7:00 pm

13 Mid-February Economic Nuggets Spotlighting Construction Jobs & Foreign Trade

As I sit writing this Nuggets report, it’s just after Valentine’s Day and we’re about one month away from the mid-March annual anniversary of when the coronavirus descended on us all and turned our employment and social lives upside down, amidst the terrible medical toll taken on the population at large.

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  • February 16 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton Construction Pprojects – Ca

The accompanying tables show the top 10 major upcoming Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton construction industry projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

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  • February 16 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming California and Florida Construction Projects – U.S. – February 2021

The accompanying tables show the top 10 major upcoming California and Florida construction projects in the U.S. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

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  • February 16 @ 7:00 pm

5 Ways Technology Improves Safety at Construction Sites

Construction sites house nearly 6.5 million American workers and their safety is a key concern for employers. Despite this, the fatality rate in the construction industry is the highest in the U.S. Workers at these sites constantly have to monitor the possible risks of falls, misuse of equipment, and structural failures resulting in injury or […]

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  • February 16 @ 7:00 pm

January Nonresidential Construction Starts -28% Y/Y, But +19% M/M

‘Grand Total’ Starts Thrown Life Buoy by Single-Family Market ConstructConnect announced today that the latest month’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential work, was $26.2 billion, an increase of +19.3% versus December 2020’s $22.0 billion (originally reported as $20.8 billion).

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  • February 15 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. – January 2021

The accompanying table records the top 10 project starts in the U.S. for January 2021.

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  • February 15 @ 7:00 pm

Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs – January 2021

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

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  • February 15 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – February 15, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • February 14 @ 7:00 pm

10 Tips for Keeping Warm on the Construction Site

Winter is right around the corner and we all know that construction work doesn’t get put on ice when the mercury starts dropping. Working in the cold can be dangerous if you don’t take the necessary precautions to keep your body warm and dry on the construction site.

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  • February 9 @ 7:00 pm

A National Capital is the Place To Be in a Pandemic

Salt Lake City at Head of U.S. Labor Market Class As someone often called on to make presentations on the economy, or as a salesperson wishing to sound knowledgeable when speaking with a client, it’s always good to know where the best labor markets are among cities.

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  • February 8 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – February 8, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • February 7 @ 7:00 pm

U.S. Stands Still, Canada Takes Step Back, in January Jobs Reports

U.S. Jobs Claw-Back Ratio Doesn’t Budge The U.S. economy in the kick-off month of 2021 added +49,000 jobs, according to the latest Employment Situation report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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  • February 4 @ 7:00 pm

6 Tips for Dealing With Subcontractor Default

Dealing with a defaulting subcontractor can be a real nightmare for general contractors. A nonperforming subcontractor or one that isn’t meeting its contractual obligations can wreak havoc on a project.

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  • February 4 @ 7:00 pm

12 of 16 U.S. Nonresidential PIP Construction Categories in the Red

A Sharp Divide in the Construction Marketplace The ‘duality’ theme often ascribed to the economy these days—e.g., online retail sales ‘great’ vs ‘bricks and mortar’ retail sales ‘struggling’—since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic can also be applied to the nation’s construction marketplace.

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  • February 4 @ 7:00 pm

2020 U.S. and Canadian Construction Performances in Review

2020 Snapshot U.S. construction starts contracted 18.3% in 2020, the largest percentage decline since the series began in 2005. This took new starts to $678 billion, their lowest level since 2015. Nonresidential building starts saw the largest contraction, down 31.9%, with especially big declines in the industrial and commercial segments. Civil engineering construction fell 19.1%, […]

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  • February 3 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – as of January 30, 2021

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • February 3 @ 7:00 pm

5 Tips for Improving Jobsite Productivity in 2021

Over the years, the construction industry has gone through an evolution of technology. Especially, the introduction of advanced construction project management tools and software have all made it easier for contractors to perform the work of a day in a few hours.

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  • February 3 @ 7:00 pm

‘Short Squeezes’ and the Citizens of Sherwood Forest

Stock Markets: Has All the Bubbly Been Baked In? In January 2021, with the coronavirus pandemic raging as a backdrop, the three major U.S. stock market indices ‒ DJI (30), S&P 500, and NASDAQ ‒ set record highs. The TSX also managed a new perch, but its readings have not been soaring to anything like […]

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  • February 1 @ 7:00 pm

Tame for Now, Is Inflation Preparing to Roar?

8 Different Measures of Inflation, U.S. & Canada One chief determinant of central bank interest rate policy is inflation. Therefore, monetary authorities take an eagle-eyed look at price advances.

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  • February 1 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – February 1, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • January 31 @ 7:00 pm

5 Tips to Get Sustainable Building Materials Specified

As a building product manufacturer, are you currently producing sustainable building products and materials? Over the past couple of decades, green and sustainable construction has slowly gone mainstream. AEC firms like Turner Construction Company, McCarthy, Clark Construction Group, and Holder Construction are just a handful of contractors committed to being more sustainable.

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  • January 28 @ 7:00 pm

U.S. GDP Growth and Initial Jobless Claims Bring Small Smiles

There have been two important U.S. economic data releases today: (1) advance estimates of Q4 and full year 2020 gross domestic product (GDP) growth; and (2) the latest weekly initial jobless claims number.

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  • January 27 @ 7:00 pm

How Technology Can Solve Construction’s Trades Shortage

The construction labor shortage is dire. According to the 2020 Workforce Survey by the Associated General Contractors of America, more than half of responding construction firms said they could not find enough skilled tradespeople for their open jobs.

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  • January 26 @ 7:00 pm

In 2020, U.S. and Canadian Homebuilding Fought the Pandemic and Prevailed

Housing starts in the U.S. and Canada plunged during the several months of late winter and early spring of last year, when the coronavirus arrived in North America as an almost entirely unknown but frightening force. At the time, employment suffered a huge hit and there was an expectation by most analysts that new homebuilding […]

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  • January 25 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in Canada and Trend Graph – December 2020

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in December 2020. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and nonresidential building categories in Canada.

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  • January 25 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – January 25, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • January 24 @ 7:00 pm

Latest Year Changes in U.S. State Resident Counts

The Census Bureau recently released the latest year changes in U.S. state resident population counts. Below are the key findings:

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  • January 24 @ 7:00 pm

7 COVID-19 Related Challenges That Contractors Need to Tackle in 2021

Despite being the leader in technology, research, and health sciences, the US on January 14, 2021, was the country with the highest number of COVID-19 cases surging as high as 23.1 million and more than 384K deaths.

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  • January 21 @ 7:00 pm

Inauguration Day Plus One: Farewell to Keystone?

Key takeaways from the latest U.S. energy trade statistics are as follows:

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  • January 20 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect Solutions Rank Highly in ConTech Report

Great news! ConstructConnect bidding and estimating tools were again ranked as the most popular software solutions available by those participating in the annual Construction Technology Report by JBKnowledge.

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  • January 20 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – as of January 16, 2021

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • January 20 @ 7:00 pm

BPM Tips: Improve Specification Position on the Web & 3rd Party Sites

To building product manufacturers, I cannot stress enough the importance of specification. During the coronavirus pandemic, which is currently keeping us from face-to-face meetings, web-based availability of a BPM’s content to specifiers has never been more of a necessity. Architects, engineers, and specification writers want the latest, most accurate version of the specification and other […]

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  • January 19 @ 7:00 pm

12 Mid-January 2021 Economic Nuggets

Looming largest as an indicator of how well the U.S. economy can perform in the short run is the coronavirus case count. The number of new COVID-19 infections is now averaging 250,000 per day. Deaths have recently been exceeding 4,000 per day, with a cumulative mortality figure since March of 2020 that will soon surpass […]

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  • January 17 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – January 18, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • January 17 @ 7:00 pm

10 Mid-January 2021 Economic Nuggets

Looming largest as an indicator of how well the U.S. economy can perform in the short run is the coronavirus case count. The number of new COVID-19 infections is now averaging 250,000 per day. Deaths have recently been exceeding 4,000 per day, with a cumulative mortality figure since March of 2020 that will soon surpass […]

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  • January 17 @ 7:00 pm

Top 7 Construction Technology Trends for 2021

Last year was a banner year for construction technology adoption. According to JLL’s State of Construction Tech report, the coronavirus pandemic had a big impact on accelerating tech adoption in the construction industry in 2020. Per the findings, the rate of construction tech adoption reached in one year what normally would have occurred in a […]

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  • January 14 @ 7:00 pm

7 Construction Technology Trends to Watch in 2021

Last year was a banner year for construction technology adoption. According to JLL’s State of Construction Tech report, the coronavirus pandemic had a big impact on accelerating tech adoption in the construction industry in 2020. Per the findings, the rate of construction tech adoption reached in one year what normally would have occurred in a […]

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  • January 14 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – as of January 9, 2021

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • January 13 @ 7:00 pm

4 Common Risk Factors on Construction Projects

All construction projects carry some level of risk. Being able to identify and manage risks requires skill, careful planning, and being able to make good decisions quickly. When risks become reality, they can be detrimental to the successful completion of your project. Properly managed risks can lead to higher profits, stronger relationships with clients and […]

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  • January 13 @ 7:00 pm

Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs – December 2020

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

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  • January 12 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. – December 2020

The accompanying table records the top 10 project starts in the U.S. for December 2020.

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  • January 12 @ 7:00 pm

Nonresidential Construction Starts Falter in December; Full Year 2020 -27% vs 2019

Mega Project Collapse in 2020 ConstructConnect announced today that the latest month’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential work, was $20.8 billion, a decline of -30.9% versus November’s $30.2 billion (originally reported as $28.9 billion).

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  • January 12 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – January 11, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • January 10 @ 7:00 pm

U.S. and Canada Suffer Employment Setbacks in December

December 2020’s total employment figure in the U.S. declined by -140,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Neither is this a surprise, nor is it quite as dire as it first seems.

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  • January 7 @ 7:00 pm

10 Tips for Submitting Better Bids

Putting together a winning bid proposal, or even a competitive one, takes knowledge and skill. It’s a bit more complicated than just putting some numbers together and hoping for the best. Good bid preparation requires a lot of time and effort and involves everything from reading and fully understanding the plans and specifications to accurately […]

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  • January 7 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Oil & Gas and Electric Power & Communications Construction Projects – Canada &#

The accompanying tables show the top 10 major upcoming Oil & Gas and Electric Power & Communications construction projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

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  • January 7 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Library and Museum Construction Projects – U.S. – January 2021

,The accompanying tables show the top 10 major upcoming library and museum construction projects in the U.S. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

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  • January 7 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – as of January 2, 2021

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • January 6 @ 7:00 pm

U.S. Construction Employment a Bright Spot in Many Major U.S. Cities

Table 1 sets out the best U.S. city labor markets according to two measurements, unemployment rates (with smallest being most desirable) and year-over-year jobs change (with fastest at the top).

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  • January 6 @ 7:00 pm

Stock Markets Look Beyond Pandemic to Set Record Highs

The U.S. economy may have been battered by the full-on return of the coronavirus contagion in 2020’s fourth quarter, but the nation’s principal stock markets were unfazed. The DJI, S&P 500, and NASDAQ all set new highs in December.

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  • January 4 @ 7:00 pm

Steep Slide in State & Local Taxes in 2020’s Q2 Reversed in Q3

Here are 3 (standalone) graphs on U.S. state and local government finances.

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  • January 4 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – as of December 26, 2020

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • January 3 @ 7:00 pm

What to Expect From U.S. Mobility and Population Change?

Mobility Cut in Half The hope for an economic resurgence once the coronavirus has truly been beaten back, with the help of vaccinations, counts heavily on new housing construction strength. In turn, the need for active home building activity is tied to an expectation that individuals and families will be moving from denser locales to […]

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  • January 3 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – January 4, 2021

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • January 3 @ 7:00 pm

5 Signs You’re Overworking Your Construction Equipment

While early builders proved that construction with primitive tools and materials is possible, it would take them generations to accomplish what modern teams can do in a few months.

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  • December 30 @ 7:00 pm

Looking Beyond BIM in Digital Construction

Building Information Modeling, I think it’s safe to say, is one of the biggest developments in the construction space in the last 50 years. It gives building projects a central repository of information that helps keep projects running on time, to budget, and reduces the risk of costly errors such as clashing, among others.

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  • December 27 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – December 28, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • December 27 @ 7:00 pm

Hand Safety 101: How to Find the Right Work Gloves for You?

Most jobs are already tough enough without cuts and bruises. Add these hand injuries into the equation, and you get a whole new level of complication. Worst of all, some injuries could even keep you away from work. Nothing could help prevent these injuries better than a pair of high-quality work gloves—they reduce the risk […]

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  • December 22 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in Canada and Trend Graph – November 2020

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in November 2020. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and non-residential building categories in Canada.

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  • December 20 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – December 21, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • December 20 @ 7:00 pm

10 Things to Know About $1 Million Tax Break

Are you thinking you’ll be busier in 2021 than in 2020? If that’s the case—it may be a great time to add new construction software or new or used equipment and deduct all of it on this year’s taxes.

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  • December 17 @ 7:00 pm

Construction Worker Deaths Increase 5% in 2019, Largest Total Since 2007

The construction industry again had the highest number of fatalities of all industries in 2019 with 1,061 worker deaths. This is a 5.3% increase over the 1,008 fatal injuries in 2018. It’s the highest total since 2007 when the industry recorded 1,204 fatal work injuries. The construction industry represented 21.6% of all private industry worker […]

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  • December 16 @ 7:00 pm

4 Ways to Nurture the Contractor and Building Supplier Relationship

When it comes to the construction business, the only thing that defines success is the quality of relationships. Either it is the relationships with the customers or the suppliers, it is the key to business continuity that defines the growth model.

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  • December 15 @ 7:00 pm

6 Mid-December Economic Nuggets With an Emphasis on the Savings Rate

Beginning with a catalog of woes (which I’ll quickly leave behind), U.S. jobs recovery versus the huge drop in employment from February to April is barely above 50%.

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  • December 14 @ 7:00 pm

Top 5 Coolest Buildings of 2020

It’s time once again to unveil ConstructConnect’s Top 5 Coolest Buildings of the Year. Each year it gets harder and harder to narrow down our picks to just five buildings. In a normal year, we typically see a few of the projects we have in early consideration get delayed or postponed, and 2020 was no […]

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  • December 13 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – December 14, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • December 13 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Public Building and Defence, Law Enforcement Construction Projects – Canada – Dec

The accompanying tables show the top 10 largest upcoming Public Building and Defence, Law Enforcement construction projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

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  • December 10 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Convention Center and Military Construction Projects – U.S. – December 2020

The accompanying tables show the top 10 largest upcoming Convention Center and Military construction projects in the U.S. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

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  • December 10 @ 7:00 pm

Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs – November 2020

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

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  • December 10 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. – November 2020

The accompanying table records the top 10 project starts in the U.S. for November 2020.

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  • December 10 @ 7:00 pm

November Nonresidential Construction Starts Recorded Some Welcome Upticks

Some Significant Month-to-Month Starts Gains ConstructConnect announced today that the latest month’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential work, was $28.9 billion, a gain of +4.3% versus October’s $27.8 billion (originally reported as $25.9 billion).

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  • December 10 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – as of December 5, 2020

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • December 10 @ 7:00 pm

Protecting Construction Cash Flow During Tough Times

Many construction companies operate on razor thin margins and most are definitely not strangers to cash flow issues. Compound those with a crisis and things can get rocky fast. However, dealing with financial hardships and challenging stretches in business life have given contractors and other construction business owners the skills and steadfastness to withstand difficult […]

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  • December 8 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – December 7, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • December 6 @ 7:00 pm

Minimal Claw-Back Ratio Upticks in November U.S. & Canada Jobs Reports

In U.S., a Quarter Million More Jobs Doesn’t Cut It According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the U.S. total jobs increase in November was +245,000. That would have been a decent enough number to report ‘back in the day’ when a coronavirus-like attack was unimaginable. But having gone through an unprecedented decline in […]

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  • December 3 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Construction Industry Podcasts You Need to Check Out

It’s safe to say that 2020 has pretty much been a dumpster fire of a year. The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders and other health precautions has significantly impacted how we work and live. This year I’ve found myself with, not necessarily more free time, but less things to do to occupy […]

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  • December 3 @ 7:00 pm

Winter 2020-21 Review of U.S. Put-In-Place Construction Outlook

While the U.S. economy is in recovery mode, it remains under stress in a fashion not seen in more than a century. The onset of the coronavirus health crisis in the Spring caused an unprecedented collapse in economic activity that is being reversed, but more gradually than was initially expected. Hopes for a smooth progression […]

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  • December 2 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – as of November 28, 2020

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • December 2 @ 7:00 pm

High-Tech Rides to Rescue of Residential Real Estate

The Fun of ‘Home’ Shopping on the Internet In the early days of the coronavirus health crisis, an expectation was held by many analysts in the U.S. and Canada that residential real estate would be devastated. After all, there were enormous jobs and income losses in March and April and with ‘social distancing’ becoming the […]

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  • November 29 @ 7:00 pm

Two Key U.S. Jobs Indicators for Better Economic Health

After dropping to 711,000 for the week ending November 7, the U.S. initial jobless claims number has been heading back up again for two periods in a row. For November 14, it was 748,000 and most recently, for November 21, it was 778,000.

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  • November 29 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – November 30, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • November 29 @ 7:00 pm

No Reason to Fear Inflation? 8 Hypotheses Argue Otherwise

Inflation Down for the Count? The year-over-year change in consumer prices in the U.S. in October was +1.2%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In Canada, the latest month’s price climb was only +0.7% y/y, as calculated by Statistics Canada.

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  • November 24 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in Canada and Trend Graph – October 2020

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in October 2020. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and nonresidential building categories in Canada.

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  • November 23 @ 7:00 pm

Why Not Prequalifying Subcontractors is Still Risky Business

Not that long ago, general contractors who weren’t using a subcontractor prequalification process were taking a huge risk. We were in the midst of the Great Recession and good contracting opportunities were becoming harder and harder to find. This led to more firms, both general contractors and subcontractors, bidding on projects they weren’t equipped to […]

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  • November 23 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – November 23, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • November 22 @ 7:00 pm

4 Popular Project Management Approaches for the Construction Industry

Construction project management is not a one-size-fits-all practice. Managers and supervisors will change their practices to suit a specific job site, but some approaches continue to be favorites regardless of time, distance or specific need. What are the most popular project management approaches in the construction industry, and why are they essential?

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  • November 19 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – as of November 14, 2020

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • November 18 @ 7:00 pm

5 Tips to Improve Field Operations for Increased Productivity

When it comes to construction project management, project managers often need to deal with unexpected challenges. Though technology has come a long way in improving the process of workflow management and business efficiency, the only thing that defines success is identifying the right set of tools.

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  • November 17 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – November 16, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • November 15 @ 7:00 pm

10 Mid-November Economic Nuggets With a Focus on Mega Construction Projects

You’ve probably noticed that there’s a lot going on these days. The coronavirus crisis is ‘free-ranging’ once again, although the news of a vaccine with 90% efficacy, to be widely available by next spring (all going well), is certainly to be cheered. On the political front, I thought the vote on November 3rd would provide […]

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  • November 15 @ 7:00 pm

October Nonresidential Construction Starts -28% YTD but Level M/M

October Starts Moved Sideways ConstructConnect announced today that the latest month’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential work, was $25.9 billion, nearly a match (-0.4%) for prior-month September’s $26.0 billion (originally reported as $24.3 billion). October’s year-to-date figure, however, remained down significantly compared with the first ten months of last year, -27.8%.

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  • November 12 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. – October 2020

The accompanying table records the top 10 project starts in the U.S. for October 2020.

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  • November 12 @ 7:00 pm

Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs – October 2020

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

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  • November 12 @ 7:00 pm

3 Reasons to Add Integrated Estimating Tools

Whether you’re a roofing or concrete contractor, your bidding process likely involves lots of moving parts. While you may already be using a digital takeoff tool to eliminate paper blueprints, your estimating workflow may still include a mixed bag of supplier and vendor spreadsheets. Inevitably, this can make bid day a mad scramble—especially if you’re juggling last-minute addenda and change orders.  

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  • November 12 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect, AIA Detroit, & Life Remodeled Team Up for Durfee Transformation

The year 2020 has been nothing short of a pandemic-sized surprise. “Normal” has been redefined to include mask apparel, social distancing, and a rewrite on what public life looks like. Despite limitations, there are organizations that continue to cross the divide and care for their own. Such is true for AIA Detroit, a chapter of […]

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  • November 11 @ 7:00 pm

Veterans Day: ConstructConnect’s “Thank You” Effort

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother [and sister] in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” – Abraham Lincoln

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  • November 10 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Private and Government Office Building Construction Projects – U.S. – November 20

The accompanying tables show the top 10 major upcoming Private and Government Office Building construction projects in the U.S. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

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  • November 9 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Private and Government Office Building Construction Projects – Canada – November

The accompanying table show the top 10 major upcoming Private and Government Office Building construction projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

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  • November 9 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – November 9, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • November 8 @ 7:00 pm

October’s Jobs Gains Lift U.S. Claw-Back Ratio to 50.9%; Canada’s to 78.9%

U.S. October Jobs Jump +638,000 October’s Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) records a +638,000 pickup in U.S. total employment, not much different from September’s increase of +672,000.

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  • November 5 @ 7:00 pm

U.S. Economic and Construction Outlooks as the Vote Hangs in the Balance

U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in Q3 2020 increased by about one-third after falling to about the same degree in Q2, but it is still 5% under what it would have been without the onset of the coronavirus crisis.

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  • November 4 @ 7:00 pm

5 Tips For Making Smart Hires For Your Construction Company

When interviewing and hiring new employees for your do you consider how the candidate will impact your construction company’s reputation? Your employees are the face of your company. Your company’s reputation is a direct reflection of the quality of the work they do and their professionalism on the jobsite. They can either help you build […]

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  • November 3 @ 7:00 pm

Construction Worker Training is a Must for Healthcare Facilities

Healthcare facilities are some of the most complex and heavily regulated of any building type. The broad span of spaces inside these buildings encompasses everything from patient rooms to emergency facilities, laboratories to cafeterias to offices, and more.

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  • November 3 @ 7:00 pm

The Slide in U.S. PIP Construction Spending is Just Beginning

So Far, PIP Construction Not Too Alarming, But … The headline numbers on U.S. put-in-place (PIP) construction spending, from the Census Bureau, continue to be somewhat reassuring—or, at least, not too alarming.

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  • November 3 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – November 2, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • November 1 @ 7:00 pm

5 Bone-Chilling Construction Site Ghost Stories

Happy Halloween! Do you believe in ghosts? What about apparitions, ghouls, haints, haunts, phantasms, phantoms, poltergeists, specters, or spooks? Ever experience unexplained phenomena on the jobsite like missing tools or eerie sounds? Probably, but not necessarily the work of spirits from beyond the grave.

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  • October 29 @ 7:00 pm

2 Charts on Today’s 2 Key U.S. Data Releases: Q3 GDP & Initial Jobless Claims

Two key numbers on the U.S. economy were released this morning at 8:30 a.m.: (1) the standard weekly initial jobless claims number; and (2) the ‘Advance Estimate’ of Q3 gross domestic product (GDP) change.

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  • October 28 @ 7:00 pm

How the Construction Industry Can Lead the Economic Recovery

It is no news that the global economy has been a bit shaky for years now, then the pandemic struck and everything went spiraling downward. Statistics show that unemployment was at 14.7% in April 2020, the highest rate in America since the Great Depression, and gross domestic product fell by 4.8%.

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  • October 27 @ 7:00 pm

13 Graphs Show U.S. and Canadian Housing Starts Shrug Off Pandemic

U.S. Housing Starts Surprisingly Buoyant Year to Date One of the true economic surprises of the pandemic is how little sway it has been holding over housing starts.

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  • October 26 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – October 26, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects, both public and private, for the week. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • October 25 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – as of October 17, 2020

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • October 22 @ 6:00 pm

Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in Canada and Trend Graph – September 2020

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in September 2020. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and nonresidential building categories in Canada.

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  • October 20 @ 6:00 pm

Interactive Visual: U.S. 2020 Mega Construction Project Starts

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • October 20 @ 6:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Ontario and Quebec Construction Projects – Canada – October 2020

The accompanying tables show the top 10 major upcoming Ontario and Quebec construction projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

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  • October 19 @ 6:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Water Treatment Plant and Manufacturing & Warehousing Construction Projects – U.S.

The accompanying tables show the top 10 major upcoming Water Treatment Plant and Manufacturing & Warehousing construction projects in the U.S. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

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  • October 19 @ 6:00 pm

6 Construction Safety Myths Debunked

Safety should be the number one priority of every construction company. Unfortunately, there are many myths and misconceptions about safety that are taken as fact. Believing these myths can lead to unsafe work practices and lead to accidents and injuries on the jobsite.

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  • October 19 @ 6:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – October 19, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of October 12 – 16, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • October 18 @ 6:00 pm

Canada Generates Jobs Creation Excitement in September

Canada’s Jobs Claw-Back Ratio Above Three-Quarters In September, the U.S. economy experienced a fourth month of slowing jobs increase. In other words, new jobs creation decelerated. North of the border, according to Statistics Canada, there was an improvement in hiring (or rehiring) in the latest month, versus the period before (+378,000 compared with +246,000), bringing […]

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  • October 15 @ 6:00 pm

13 Mid-October Economic Nuggets

The Presidential election is less than three weeks away and it will be hard to focus on much else between now and November 3rd. Just the same, proper attention needs to be paid to all the other happenings that are proceeding just off center stage. Some incredible statistical results are being racked up in the […]

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  • October 14 @ 6:00 pm

6 Benefits of Using a Digital Bid Board

Whether your construction company has one estimator or a team of estimators, easily and efficiently managing your bid pipeline is key to identifying the right opportunities to bid and winning more contracts to build a healthy backlog to grow or maintain your business.

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  • October 13 @ 6:00 pm

September Nonresidential Construction Starts One Quarter Lower Both M/M & YTD

September 2020 Was Just Plain Weak ConstructConnect announced today that the latest month’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential work, was $24.3 billion (green shaded box, Table 4 below), a drop of one quarter (-24.8%) versus August’s figure of $32.4 billion.

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  • October 12 @ 6:00 pm

Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. – September 2020

The accompanying table records the top 10 project starts in the U.S. for September 2020.

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  • October 12 @ 6:00 pm

Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs – September 2020

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

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  • October 12 @ 6:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – October 12, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of September 28 – October 2, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • October 11 @ 6:00 pm

Top 10 OSHA Standards Violations Cited for Construction in 2020

We’ve compiled the list of Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for Construction for fiscal year 2020 (October 2019 through September 2020).

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  • October 8 @ 6:00 pm

How Purchase Orders Can Help Improve Financial Control in Construction

When it comes to construction, it is extremely important to have control over finances. Though it is one of those industries that have shown significant growth during the last two decades, construction firms are expected to face maximum loss on profit margin due to improper project control.

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  • October 7 @ 6:00 pm

Latest Musings on the U.S. Construction Outlook

U.S. GDP Bounce Back After a change of -5.0% annualized in ‘real’ (inflation-adjusted) gross domestic product (GDP) in Q1 of this year, the U.S. economy plummeted -32.9% in Q2. Annualizing the number essentially means compounding the quarter-to-quarter change to obtain a yearly rate. (The result is usually close to multiplying by four.) The quarter-to-quarter change […]

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  • October 6 @ 6:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – October 5, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of September 28 – October 2, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • October 4 @ 6:00 pm

September’s So-So U.S. Jobs Report Overshadowed by Latest COVID-19 News

A Deceleration in Jobs Increases The total number of U.S. jobs in September, according to the latest Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), rose by +661,000. An increase of nearly two-thirds of a million, on first blush, sounds wonderful. But it needs to be placed in perspective.

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  • October 1 @ 6:00 pm

5 Things You Should Never Leave Out of Your Bid

It’s Bid Day and do you know how accurate your numbers are? Construction industry insider George Hedley estimates 80% of construction owners don’t know the true cost of doing business. Even if you have a backlog of work, bidding more does not always translate into winning the right projects—especially if you’re using bad numbers.

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  • September 30 @ 6:00 pm

Construction Certifications That Can Level Up Career Potential

The construction industry is one of the few left in the world where you can start your career as a laborer and advance through various levels similar to the metaphorical corporate ladder in white-collar jobs. While it’s impossible to do this entirely on your own merit, obtaining construction certifications can make those promotions easier to […]

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  • September 29 @ 6:00 pm

Currency Shifts May Stymie Federal Reserve’s Interest Rate Plans

There’s a two-sided nature to exchange rate stories that make them particularly interesting. If the currency of Nation A is strengthening relative to the currency of Nation B, then there is an equal and opposite weakening of the currency of Nation B relative to the currency of Nation A.

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  • September 28 @ 6:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – September 28, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of September 21 – 25, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • September 27 @ 6:00 pm

Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in Canada and Trend Graph – August 2020

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in August 2020. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and nonresidential building categories in Canada.

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  • September 23 @ 6:00 pm

BPMs: Use the Right Data to Easily Monitor Your Market Share Trend

So, you’re a building product manufacturer and you’ve watched your sales continually rise in this latest, impressive expansion, up to the COVID -19 reset. The assumption would be that things are going well for your company, right? The evidence is in your sales growth chart, a nice steady line upward trend, correct? But is this […]

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  • September 23 @ 6:00 pm

How Time Tracking Can Help Contractors Improve Revenue and Productivity

The introduction of technology into the construction industry has paved way for automated time tracking solutions. However, these time tracking solutions are no longer restricted to their traditional purpose, i.e., calculating work hours and managing payrolls.

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  • September 21 @ 6:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – September 21, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of September 14 – 18, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • September 20 @ 6:00 pm

Texas, at Half Speed, Still Leads All States in Total Nonresidential Construction Starts

Texas the Leader, but Accolades for Missouri and Indiana According to ConstructConnect, U.S. nonresidential (NR) construction starts year to date in 2020 have been -26.9% compared with January-August of last year. Table 1 ranks the Top 20 states by their NR construction dollar volumes.

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  • September 16 @ 6:00 pm

3 Mid-September Economic Nuggets Focusing on State and City Labor Markets

Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City, & Austin Top City Labor Market Rankings A relatively easy, but nonetheless effective, way to assess city labor markets is to rank them in two ways: (1) according to year-over-year jobs-count percentage changes, from biggest to smallest; and (2) by unemployment rates, from lowest to highest.

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  • September 14 @ 6:00 pm

5 Tips for Increasing Your Specification Rate

As a building product manufacturer, getting your products specified is key to getting them sold. You need to understand how architects are researching and selecting the products they specify. To get inside the mind of an architect, you need to answer these questions:

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  • September 14 @ 6:00 pm

August Nonresidential Construction Starts Flat M/M; Down by a Quarter YTD

Last Year’s August Teemed with Mega Projects ConstructConnect announced today that the latest month’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential work, was $31.4 billion (green shaded box, Table 4 below), a little better than flat (+1.2%) versus July’s figure of $31.0, originally reported as $28.6 billion. The sizable positive revision to the previous month’s number […]

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  • September 13 @ 6:00 pm

Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. – August 2020

The accompanying table records the top 10 project starts in the U.S. for August 2020.

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  • September 13 @ 6:00 pm

Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs – August 2020

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

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  • September 13 @ 6:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – September 14, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of September 7 – 11, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • September 13 @ 6:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Midwest and Northwest Construction Projects – U.S. – September 2020

The accompanying tables show the top 10 major upcoming Midwest and Northwest construction projects in the U.S. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

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  • September 9 @ 6:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Educational and Medical Construction Projects – Canada – September 2020

The accompanying tables show the top 10 major upcoming educational and medical construction projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

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  • September 9 @ 6:00 pm

6 Issues Impacting the Commercial Construction Industry

The construction industry has always been important because of its fundamental role in building society as we know it. However, the industry is facing some critical issues that will be crucial for its future development. Here are some of the most essential issues impacting the commercial construction industry.

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  • September 9 @ 6:00 pm

A Deeper Dive Into the U.S. PIP Construction Statistics Reveals a Deeper Dive

PIP Stats Ride in the Wake of ‘Starts’ From an overview perspective, the Census Bureau’s put-in-place (PIP) capital spending statistics are providing a misleading picture of what is happening in the construction marketplace. They are too buoyant.

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  • September 8 @ 6:00 pm

Canada’s August Jobs Count Bounced Higher by One-Quarter of a Million

The ‘Tough Love’ Unemployment Rate 9.0% Canada’s total jobs count climb in August was +246,000, which wasn’t as high as in July or August, +419,000 and +952,000 respectively. Nevertheless, the month-to-month percentage change was +1.4%, which was better than the +1.0% advance that was achieved in the U.S. The latest numbers come from Statistics Canada’s […]

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  • September 8 @ 6:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Three Supports AIA New York’s Annual Day of Service

Time, talent, treasure. These are the core tenets of ConstructConnect’s outreach efforts. We believe that each person is suited differently to give differently. That’s why we recognize a variety of options, empowering the organization, both on a corporate level and as individual team members, to give “the three” away.

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  • September 7 @ 6:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – September 7, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of August 31 – September 4, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • September 6 @ 6:00 pm

August’s U.S. Jobs Report Fails to Take Flight

Disappointing M/M Employment Results According to August’s Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the total number of jobs in the U.S. economy in the latest month rose by +1.4 million and the seasonally adjusted (SA) unemployment rate decreased to 8.4% from 10.2% in July.

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  • September 3 @ 7:00 pm

6 Weird Skyscraper Facts for National Skyscraper Day

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  • September 2 @ 7:00 pm

Surprising Universality to Stock Market Enthusiasm

High Tech Stocks Ride to the Rescue Table 1 below shows several of the key metrics for four major U.S. and Canadian stock market indices. In August, two of the four indices managed to soar to new all-time highs, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ. Furthermore, they reached those summits during trading on the final day […]

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  • September 2 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy, Changing Construction Processes, and Virtual Marketing Tools

Over the past three decades, construction processes have shifted away from the traditional to more collaborative and efficient workflows. As a result, building product manufacturers have had to change the way they market their wares.

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  • September 1 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – August 31, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of August 10 – 14, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • August 30 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Charts: Canada’s Quarterly GDP – Q2 2020

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

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  • August 27 @ 7:00 pm

Construction Industry Weekly News Recap – August 28, 2020

Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s top news and happenings in the construction industry. Each week, we’ll take a look at some of the interesting local, regional, and national stories about construction to keep you better informed of the goings-on in the industry.

  • ConstructConnect
  • August 27 @ 7:00 pm

Pandemic Shines Spotlight on Price Elasticity

Gasoline and Apparel at Opposite Ends of Elasticity Equation An interesting sidebar to the coronavirus story has been seeing how elastic prices are to dramatic shifts in retail sales and other high-profile categories of economic activity (e.g., in the travel sector). Wider than usual percentage changes have made relationships more apparent.

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  • August 25 @ 7:00 pm

Using Tech to Coordinate Between Your Construction Office and the Field

With the spread of COVID-19, the construction industry has gone through drastic situations with the continuous loss of business and the suspension of projects. Considering these difficult times, the construction authorities and the government have imposed strict control regulations even for the construction declared essential.

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  • August 25 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – August 24, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of August 10 – 14, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

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  • August 23 @ 7:00 pm

Construction Industry Weekly News Recap – August 21, 2020

Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s top news and happenings in the construction industry. Each week, we’ll take a look at some of the interesting local, regional, and national stories about construction to keep you better informed of the goings-on in the industry.

  • ConstructConnect
  • August 20 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Medical and Educational Construction Projects – U.S. – August 2020

The accompanying tables show the top 10 major upcoming medical and educational construction projects in the U.S. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

  • ConstructConnect
  • August 18 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in Canada and Trend Graph – July 2020

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in July 2020. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and nonresidential building categories in Canada.

  • ConstructConnect
  • August 18 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Industrial and Water Treatment Construction Projects – Canada – August 2020

The accompanying tables show the top 10 major upcoming industrial and water treatment construction projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

  • ConstructConnect
  • August 18 @ 7:00 pm

Why Cash (Flow) Is King in Construction

Money talks. Cash is king. Bill early and often, and collect all billings. For most business owners, these are more than simple catch phrases. They are the rules of business that spell the difference between success and failure. And perhaps nowhere is that truer than in the construction industry.

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  • August 18 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – August 17, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of August 10 – 14, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

  • ConstructConnect
  • August 16 @ 7:00 pm

14 Mid-August Economic Nuggets ‒ With an Emphasis on U.S. Retail Sales

Writing the latest mid-month Nuggets report has taken me on an interesting journey. You’ll notice that point (1) begins on a sour note, but quickly shifts gear. Many of the bullet points that follow also take up and down trajectories. Be sure to see my wrap-up conclusions in (14).

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  • August 16 @ 7:00 pm

Construction Industry Weekly News Recap – August 14, 2020

Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s top news and happenings in the construction industry. Each week, we’ll take a look at some of the interesting local, regional, and national stories about construction to keep you better informed of the goings-on in the industry.

  • ConstructConnect
  • August 13 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. – July 2020

The accompanying table records the top 10 project starts in the U.S. for July 2020.

  • ConstructConnect
  • August 13 @ 7:00 pm

Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs – July 2020

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

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  • August 13 @ 7:00 pm

July Nonresidential Construction Starts Down by a Quarter Both M/M & YTD

Sidebar Casualty of the Coronavirus Crisis – Mega Projects ConstructConnect announced today that the latest month’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential work, was $28.6 billion (green shaded box, Table 4 below), down nearly one-quarter (-23.1%) versus June’s figure of $37.2 billion (originally reported as $37.6 billion).

  • ConstructConnect
  • August 13 @ 7:00 pm

Strategies for Embracing Flexibility in Construction Management

The construction industry can be volatile and unpredictable at the best of times. With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, construction work is taking a hard hit. Projects are getting delayed and even canceled as regions open and close to try to slow the virus’s spread.

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  • August 11 @ 7:00 pm

In July, Canada Added Less Than Half of June’s Jobs Increase

Canada’s Jobs ‘Claw-Back’ Ratio Now Exceeds 50% In July, the total number of jobs in Canada rose by 419,000, according to Statistics Canada, bringing the cumulative figure for the latest three months to +1.661 million. June’s number was +952,000 and May’s, +290,000.

  • ConstructConnect
  • August 9 @ 7:00 pm

Canadian Retail & Food Services Sales in May Show Some Recovery

A Faint Echo of Normalcy in Hospitality Sales? In the U.S., retail and food services sales are combined in a single monthly report from the Census Bureau. Also, the data is relatively current. Latest results are for June 2020.

  • ConstructConnect
  • August 9 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – August 10, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of August 3 – 7, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

  • ConstructConnect
  • August 9 @ 7:00 pm

Decent, but Decelerating, U.S. Jobs Recovery in July

In July, according to the Employment Situation report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the total number of jobs in the U.S. climbed by 1.8 million (after gains of 4.8 million in June and 2.7 million in May) and the seasonally adjusted (SA) unemployment rate eased to 10.2% (after readings of 11.1% in […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • August 6 @ 7:00 pm

Construction Industry Weekly News Recap – August 7, 2020

Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s top news and happenings in the construction industry. Each week, we’ll take a look at some of the interesting local, regional, and national stories about construction to keep you better informed of the goings-on in the industry.

  • ConstructConnect
  • August 6 @ 7:00 pm

6 Keys To Subcontractor Prequalification Success

As a general contractor you have to be selective when it comes to the subcontractors you work with. You want to choose companies that have a dependable skilled workforce, strong management, financial stability and can perform quality work to your company’s standards. As with any business decision, picking subcontractors to work with requires you to […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • August 5 @ 7:00 pm

Designing & Building a Post-COVID-19 Workplace

Social distancing may feel surreal in the beginning—coworkers avoiding physical contact, people separated by partitions, everyone wearing masks. It might even seem a little lonely with a lot of our coworkers still forced to work at home as organizations ramp up operations, allowing people to return to work in phases. Nonetheless, over time, we’ll get […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • August 4 @ 7:00 pm

Prior to and in Midst of Pandemic, Which U.S. States Doing Best?

Average annual U.S. ‘real’ (i.e., after accounting for inflation) gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the latest 20 years (2000 to 2019 inclusive) has been +2.1%; and for the past 10 years, +2.3%. The latest 10-year (2010 to 2019) annual average isn’t biased downwards by the 2008-2009 recession.

  • ConstructConnect
  • August 4 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – August 3, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of July 27 – 31, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

  • ConstructConnect
  • August 2 @ 7:00 pm

Construction Industry Weekly News Recap – July 31, 2020

Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s top news and happenings in the construction industry. Each week, we’ll take a look at some of the interesting local, regional, and national stories about construction to keep you better informed of the goings-on in the industry.

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 30 @ 7:00 pm

A Midsummer GDP Shocker, -32.9%

Midsummer 2020 will forever be known as a historic time for U.S. economic data releases. On this date, July 30th, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has published its estimate of Q2 versus Q1 gross domestic product (GDP) change, annualized (i.e., extended for a full year), and it’s a searing drop of -32.9%.

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 29 @ 7:00 pm

Defining the Art of Construction Project Management

When it comes to construction management, it starts with an understanding of the project design, construction planning, execution process, along with the effective use of resources. Considering the definition of Project Management Institute, construction project management is defined as the coordination between human and material resources that helps to achieve the defined construction goals while […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 28 @ 7:00 pm

With COVID–19, Indoor Air Quality Is No Longer an Option but a Life-Saving Necessity

In my current position with the nation’s leading construction information platform, ConstructConnect, I am in the unique position to see what building products are being promoted to the nation’s top architects, engineers, and contractors.

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 27 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – July 27, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of July 20 – 24, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 26 @ 7:00 pm

Construction Industry Weekly News Recap – July 24, 2020

Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s top news and happenings in the construction industry. Each week, we’ll take a look at some of the interesting local, regional, and national stories about construction to keep you better informed of the goings-on in the industry.

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 23 @ 7:00 pm

How the Construction Industry Will Change Due to COVID-19

While the construction industry has weathered the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic better than others like retail and hospitality, it hasn’t been all kittens and rainbows either. From February through April, the construction industry lost over a million jobs. To put that in perspective, during the Great Recession the industry lost about 2.3 million jobs. Through June, […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 22 @ 7:00 pm

U.S. Producer Price Index (PPI) for Construction Soft in June, +2.2% Y/Y

Table 1 sets out latest (June 2020) construction-related cost items from the Producer Price Index (PPI) data set published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 22 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in Canada and Trend Graph – June 2020

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in June 2020. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and nonresidential building categories in Canada.

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 21 @ 7:00 pm

How to Properly Vet New Construction Subcontractors

Subcontractors fill various niches in the construction industry, bringing their specialized skills whenever and wherever they’re needed to complete a project. As with most things, it’s important to be careful before choosing a subcontractor for any particular job. What do business owners and project managers need to know to properly vet their new subcontractors before […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 21 @ 7:00 pm

14 Mid-July Economic Nuggets

Too much is happening and there’s no time to waste, so let’s jump right into the ‘nuggets’ to be gleaned from the latest public and private sector data releases.

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 19 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – July 20, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of July 13 – 17, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 19 @ 7:00 pm

Construction Industry Weekly News Recap – July 17, 2020

Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s top news and happenings in the construction industry. Each week, we’ll take a look at some of the interesting local, regional, and national stories about construction to keep you better informed of the goings-on in the industry.

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 16 @ 7:00 pm

3 Tips on Reopening Your Construction Business Safely During COVID-19

The construction industry opened the year 2020 cautious but optimistic about the future, and then COVID-19 swept the nation and the rest of the world. The crisis has prompted governments to implement strict lockdown protocols to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Four months after the first recorded case in the country, several places […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 14 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – July 13, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of July 6 – 10, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 12 @ 7:00 pm

Canada’s June Employment Nearly +1 Million; Claw-Back Ratio 41%

Canada’s Jobs Claw-Back Ratio Outperforming America’s Between February and April, Canada’s total employment contracted by 3.0 million jobs and the seasonally adjusted (SA) unemployment rate soared from 5.6% to 13.0%. The economy, more or less voluntarily, stopped in its tracks and hunkered down at home to slow the advance of the coronavirus contagion.

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 12 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. – June 2020

The accompanying table records the top 10 project starts in the U.S. for June 2020.

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 8 @ 7:00 pm

2020’s H1 Nonresidential Construction Starts Down by Nearly a Quarter

ConstructConnect announced today that the latest month’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential work, was $37.6 billion (green shaded box, Table 4 below), an increase of 10.5% versus May’s figure of $34.1 billion (originally reported as $32.1 billion).

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 8 @ 7:00 pm

Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs – June 2020

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

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 8 @ 7:00 pm

Many Community Colleges Forge Ahead With Major Expansions

COVID-19 continues to take its toll on America. Students of all ages will soon begin fall classes, and school officials are scrambling to ensure safety.

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 7 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Entertainment Facility and Stadium-Arena Construction Projects – U.S. – July 2020

The accompanying tables show the top 10 major upcoming entertainment facility and stadium-arena construction projects in the U.S. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 7 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Alberta and British Columbia Construction Projects – Canada – July 2020

The accompanying tables shows the top 10 major upcoming Alberta and British Columbia construction projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 6 @ 7:00 pm

Total U.S. Put-In-Place Construction to Be -4.5% in 2020 Versus 2019

U.S. put-in-place construction spending, during the coronavirus health crisis, has benefitted from the carryover of work begun last year. 2019 construction starts included an inordinately large number of mega projects valued at $1 billion or more each. There were 35 such projects last year, with a summed value near $80 billion, or 15% of nonresidential […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 5 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – July 6, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of June 29 – July 3, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 5 @ 7:00 pm

U.S. Economy Claws Back 29% of Earlier Big Drop in Jobs

With today’s June Employment Situation report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the U.S. economy has now clawed back 29% of the total number of jobs lost in March and April, when shelter-at-home directives were first enacted to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

  • ConstructConnect
  • July 1 @ 7:00 pm

10 Pandemic Impacts on Construction Costing

As with most things pandemic-related, it’s hard to know where the cost of construction will land six months, or a year, or two years from now. Set out below are 10 ways in which costing in the sector is likely to be impacted in the period ahead.

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  • June 29 @ 7:00 pm

7 Reasons to Be Skeptical Concerning a V-Shaped Recovery

These days, I’m often asked if I foresee a V-shaped recovery. While there are reasons to suppose it’s possible, I’m skeptical.

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  • June 28 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – June 29, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of June 22 – 26, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 28 @ 7:00 pm

How Technology Can Steer the Construction Industry Out of COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 was all about uncertainty and distress. With people being strongly advised to follow social distancing protocols, the government had its focus on controlling the spread of illness by restricting travel and work. And just like any other industry, the construction world is also going through a tremendous struggle in sustaining the […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 23 @ 7:00 pm

May U.S. Retail Sales Back From the Brink

Lines That Sink, Bob Back up and Soar There are some eye-catching results to be observed from the Census Bureau’s Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services, May 2020 report. After shopkeepers posted terrible results in April, there were some astonishing bounce-backs in May.

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 22 @ 7:00 pm

Will Housing Starts Lead the Economic Rebound?

U.S. Equilibrium Vs. Long-Term Average Graph 1, pictured below, is interactive. Unit starts, U.S. and Canada, will appear in a callbox as you run your cursor across the screen. Also, clicking on the selections in the ‘slicer’ box entitled ‘Country’ will enable you to see each curve separately.

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  • June 21 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – June 22, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of June 15 – 19, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 21 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in Canada and Trend Graph – May 2020

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in May 2020. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and non-residential building categories in Canada.

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 16 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From My New Hiding Place – Within the Herd (June 17, 2020)

Since we’re all cautiously emerging from sanctuary, the former title of my articles, written while I was housebound – Notes from the Trenches, – no longer applies. Therefore, I’ve chosen a new heading, as you will observe above. It still captures a certain wariness on my part.

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 16 @ 7:00 pm

Contract Challenges Construction Businesses Must Navigate During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked many industries to their very core. Lockdowns, quarantine, social distancing, and other health-protecting procedures keep the virus from spreading, but they also create numerous challenges for businesses trying to navigate this new normal. What contract issues are construction industries facing, and how can they make their way over this hurdle?

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 16 @ 7:00 pm

9 Mid-June Economic Nuggets ‒ With an Emphasis on U.S. Jobs Recovery

June’s mid-month Nuggets report features eight graphs on employment levels in key segments of the economy (red line), versus the total number of nonfarm jobs in the U.S. (blue line).

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 14 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – June 15, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of June 8 – 12, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 14 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From My New Hiding Place – Within the Herd (June 12, 2020)

Since we’re all cautiously emerging from sanctuary, the former title of my articles, written while I was housebound – Notes from the Trenches, – no longer applies. Therefore, I’ve chosen a new heading, as you will observe above. It still captures a certain wariness on my part.

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 11 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Construction Safety Tips for 2020

Originally published on June 8, 2016. Last updated on June 12, 2020. Let ConstructConnect provide you a few construction site safety tips for workers and employers.

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 11 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. – May 2020

The accompanying table records the top 10 project starts in the U.S. for May 2020.

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 10 @ 7:00 pm

Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs – May 2020

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

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 10 @ 7:00 pm

May Nonresidential ‘Starts’ Almost Even M/M, but -1/2 Y/Y & -1/4 YTD

May 2020 Can’t Compete with May 2019’s Mega Project Strength ConstructConnect announced today that the latest month’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential work, was $32.1 billion (green shaded box, Table 4 below), a slight drop of -2.8% versus April’s figure of $33.0 billion (originally reported as $31.6 billion).

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 10 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Recreational and Retail, Wholesale, Warehouse Construction Projects – Canada – Ju

The accompanying tables show the top 10 major upcoming Recreational and Retail, Wholesale, Warehouse construction projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 9 @ 7:00 pm

4 Ways to Reduce Operating Costs in the Construction Industry

Costs are an integral part of the construction business: the industry spends money to make money. But despite some of its best efforts, considerable operating costs are making it more challenging to compete and, in some cases, undermine the quality and value of the projects delivered to clients. Coupled with this are the mounting administration […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 9 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From My New Hiding Place – Within the Herd (June 10, 2020)

Since we’re all cautiously emerging from sanctuary, the former title of my articles, written while I was housebound – Notes from the Trenches, – no longer applies. Therefore, I’ve chosen a new heading, as you will observe above. It still captures a certain wariness on my part.

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 9 @ 7:00 pm

Good Jobs Gain for Canada in May, but Unemployment Rate Up

Participation Rate Uptick Similar to the U.S., Canada managed a big increase in total employment in May, +290,000 jobs according to Statistics Canada. Unlike the U.S., however, Canada’s unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) climbed rather than fell, reaching 13.7% versus April’s figure of 13.0%.

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 7 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From My New Hiding Place – Within the Herd (June 8, 2020)

Since we’re all cautiously emerging from sanctuary, the former title of my articles, written while I was housebound – Notes from the Trenches, – no longer applies. Therefore, I’ve chosen a new heading, as you will observe above. It still captures a certain wariness on my part.

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 7 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – June 8, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of May 4 – 8, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 7 @ 7:00 pm

May’s +2.5 Million Gets the Ball Rolling in U.S. Jobs Recovery

‘Official’ Unemployment Rate at 13.3% For sure, it’s a good start. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is reporting today, June 5th, that the total number of U.S. jobs in May rose by 2.5 million. And that the unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted (SA), fell to 13.3% from 14.7% in April.

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 4 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From My New Hiding Place – Within the Herd (June 5, 2020)

Since we’re all cautiously emerging from sanctuary, the former title of my articles, written while I was housebound – Notes from the Trenches, – no longer applies. Therefore, I’ve chosen a new heading, as you will observe above. It still captures a certain wariness on my part.

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 4 @ 7:00 pm

Construction Risk Management: Identifying and Managing Project Risks

Construction is a risky business. Each construction project is unique and comes with its own set of challenges and opportunities. Identifying and managing construction project risks can be tricky, but not impossible with careful planning and execution. When a risk turns into reality it can disrupt and derail a project which is why construction risk […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 3 @ 7:00 pm

5 Management Challenges Construction Firms Will Face After COVID-19

With confirmed U.S. cases of COVID-19 standing at 1.87 million, with over 108,000 of those cases resulting in death, to have even a fleeting thought of returning to the pre-COVID-19 workloads is not just lofty, it’s wishful thinking. Construction firms are often an early forecast of the financial times because residential construction is normally considered […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 2 @ 7:00 pm

Stock Market Investors Foresee Blue Skies Beyond the Smoke Monster

Equities and Jobs Sail Past Each Other I’m always looking for compelling economic stories. There’s a doozy in the stock markets.

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 2 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From My New Hiding Place – Within the Herd (June 3, 2020)

Since we’re all cautiously emerging from sanctuary, the former title of my articles, written while I was housebound – Notes from the Trenches, – no longer applies. Therefore, I’ve chosen a new heading, as you will observe above. It still captures a certain wariness on my part.

  • ConstructConnect
  • June 2 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – June 1, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of May 4 – 8, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 31 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From My New Hiding Place – Within the Herd (June 1, 2020)

Since we’re all cautiously emerging from sanctuary, the former title of my articles, written while I was housebound – Notes from the Trenches, – no longer applies. Therefore, I’ve chosen a new heading, as you will observe above. It still captures a certain wariness on my part.

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 31 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From My New Hiding Place – Within the Herd (May 29, 2020)

Since we’re all cautiously emerging from sanctuary, the former title of my articles, written while I was housebound – Notes from the Trenches, – no longer applies. Therefore, I’ve chosen a new heading, as you will observe above. It still captures a certain wariness on my part.

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 28 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in Canada and Trend Graph – April 2020

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in April 2020. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and nonresidential building categories in Canada.

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 26 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From My New Hiding Place – Within the Herd (May 27, 2020)

Since we’re all cautiously emerging from sanctuary, the former title of my articles, written while I was housebound, Notes from the Trenches, no longer applies. Therefore, I’ve chosen a new heading, as you will observe above. It still captures a certain wariness on my part.

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 26 @ 7:00 pm

How Tech Helps Streamline and Manage Construction Businesses

Ever since it struck at the beginning of 2020, COVID-19 has altered our lives. It has wrecked the economy, shoved millions of people out of a job, and locked us inside our homes.

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 26 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – May 26, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of May 4 – 8, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 25 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – May 26, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 25 @ 7:00 pm

The Do’s & Don’ts of Scaffold Safety in Construction

This article was originally published on August 10, 2016. Last updated on May 22, 2020. We all know that fall hazards are the leading cause of construction worker deaths, accounting for about 33.5% of all fatalities in construction each year. Of the 338 construction worker fatalities attributed to falls in 2018, close to 15% were […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 21 @ 7:00 pm

U.S. and Canadian Housing Starts – A Suite of 10 Graphs

U.S. Home Starts -45% Since January; Canada, -24% The story of the recent deterioration in U.S. and Canadian housing starts can best be told through a series of graphs.

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 21 @ 7:00 pm

COVID-19 Construction Industry Weekly News Roundup – May 22, 2020

This article was originally published on April 17, 2020. Last updated: May 22, 2020. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has turned everyday life upside down. New cases are being identified every day and the death toll continues to rise. Almost every state currently has a shelter in place or stay at home order in place with […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 21 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – May 22, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 21 @ 7:00 pm

Toolbox Talks and the Importance of Safety Meetings in Construction

Worker safety should always be the number one priority of every construction company. Safety meetings and toolbox talks should be conducted on a regular basis to educate workers on safe work practices and stay compliant with regulations regarding safety and training.

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 20 @ 7:00 pm

U.S. and Canadian Q1 Foreign Trade ‒ A Suite of Graphs

‘Run of the Mill’ Trade Deficits in March The following seven graphs (and one table) show how the U.S. and Canada performed in foreign trade through the first quarter of this year. Of course, Q1 won’t be setting the pattern for the remainder of the year. The COVID-crisis landed hard on both economies in mid-March, […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 20 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – May 21, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 20 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – May 20, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 19 @ 7:00 pm

5 Health and Safety Tips for Essential Construction Workers

Businesses across the country and around the globe must close their doors to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Anything not considered essential is closed, and that includes many construction sites and projects.

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 19 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – May 19, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 18 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – May 18, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of May 4 – 8, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 17 @ 7:00 pm

10 Mid-May Economic Nuggets ‒ With an Emphasis on U.S. Retail Sales

Earlier, there was a reporting lag of a month or two, but the latest public and private sector data releases are now capturing the deep malaise that has set in throughout the U.S. and Canadian economies. The sugar coating has worn off and hopes that the devastation would not be as bad as imagined have […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 14 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Atlantic and Manitoba, Saskatchewan Construction Projects – Canada – May 2020

The accompanying tables show the top 10 largest upcoming Atlantic and Manitoba, Saskatchewan construction projects in Canada.

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 14 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Courthouse and Jail and Prison Construction Projects – U.S. – May 2020

The accompanying tables show the top 10 major upcoming Courthouse and Jail and Prison construction projects in the United States.

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 14 @ 7:00 pm

COVID-19 Construction Industry Weekly News Roundup – May 15, 2020

This article was originally published on April 17, 2020. Last updated: May 15, 2020. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has turned everyday life upside down. New cases are being identified every day and the death toll continues to rise. Almost every state currently has a shelter in place or stay at home order in place with […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 14 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – May 15, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 14 @ 7:00 pm

April Nonresidential Construction Starts Sink Lower YTD, -16.7%

M/M Fine, but Other Time Comparisons Grim ConstructConnect announced today that the latest month’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential work, was $32.6 billion (green shaded box, Table 3 below), an increase of +2.3% versus March’s figure of $31.8 billion (originally reported as $30.8 billion).

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 13 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – May 14, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 13 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. – April 2020

The accompanying table records the top 10 project starts in the U.S. for April 2020.

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 13 @ 7:00 pm

Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs – April 2020

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

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 13 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – May 13, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 12 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – May 12, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 11 @ 7:00 pm

Online Learning & Training Resources for Construction Professionals

For any sector that isn’t considered essential right now, work is hard to come by. The construction industry has been a mixed bag across states and localities, with some projects continuing and others on pause. While work may be scarce, many supervisors and business owners are looking for ways to keep their teams active and […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 11 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – May 11, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of May 4 – 8, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 10 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – May 11, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 10 @ 7:00 pm

Horrendous April Labor Market Stats for U.S. & Canada

Unemployment Rate at 14.7% could have been Worse It could have been worse. I thought it would be worse. Next month’s figure will probably be worse.

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 7 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – May 8, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 7 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – May 7, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 6 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – Released May 7, 2020

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 6 @ 7:00 pm

Why ConstructConnect is Forecasting a One-Quarter Decline in U.S. Construction Starts This Year

ConstructConnect, in its latest (Summer) quarterly construction starts forecasts, is projecting -27.4% for 2020/2019 grand total dollars and -24.6% for square footage.

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 5 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – May 6, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 5 @ 7:00 pm

COVID-19’s Impact on Commercial Construction Bidding

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its impact on the global economy, the construction industry is facing extreme challenges caused by some state and local shutdowns which have closed construction sites, decreases in funding for public projects that rely on tax revenues, owners putting projects on hold or canceling projects due to […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 5 @ 7:00 pm

Weak Velocity of Money & High Savings Rate Save Stock Markets

Harsh March Followed by Sprightly April on Stock Exchanges North America’s four major stock market indices, as shown in Table 1, all recorded strong recent month-to-month performances. They managed double-digit percentage gains from month-end closings in March to month-end closings in April. The appreciations ranged from a low of +10.5% for the Toronto Stock Exchange […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 4 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – May 5, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 4 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – May 4, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of April 27 – May 4, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 3 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – May 4, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • May 3 @ 7:00 pm

COVID-19 Construction Industry Weekly News Roundup – May 1, 2020

This article was originally published on April 17, 2020. Last updated: April 24, 2020. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has turned everyday life upside down. New cases are being identified every day and the death toll continues to rise. Almost every state currently has a shelter in place or stay at home order in place with […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 30 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – May 1, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 30 @ 7:00 pm

Bid Coach: Interiew With Jason Pulliam, Vitality Marketing Firm

Bid Coach Mark Fly chatted with Jason Pulliam from Vitality Marketing Firm to talk about the changes in marketing construction companies during the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, they discussed ever-changing trends and how small contractors can reach and connect with their audience through social media.

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 30 @ 7:00 pm

3 Tips on How Contractors Can Rise From the COVID-19 Crisis

At the start of 2020, the construction industry’s outlook had never been brighter. The early momentum of the United States economy boosted the confidence of construction industry leaders. According to the Associated Builders and Contractors’ Construction Confidence Index released mid-March, 72% of contractors expected to expand their staffing levels over the next six months, while […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 29 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – April 30, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 29 @ 7:00 pm

U.S. Q1 GDP -4.8%; No Wonder the Price of Oil So Weak

Two Kinds of GDP Change, Y/Y and Q/Q Annualized There are two kinds of ‘real’ (i.e., after inflation) gross domestic product (GDP) percentage-change statistics that are being discussed these days. (Note that since most of the current movement in GDP is downwards, the word ‘change’ is more accurate than ‘growth.’)

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 28 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – April 29, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 28 @ 7:00 pm

Bid Coach: Interview With Jason Shaw, Commercial Distribution Specialists

Bid Coach Mark Fly chatted with Jason Shaw, Territory Manager with Commercial Distribution Specialists, a division of SRS Distribution, Inc. which is one of the largest roofing materials distributors in the U.S.

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 28 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – April 28, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 27 @ 7:00 pm

Bid Coach: Interview With Robert Irving, Better Fire Protection

Bid Coach Mark Fly chatted with Robert Irving, President of Better Fire Protection to discuss COVID-19, building a company with purpose, community service, attitude and more.

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 27 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – April 27, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of April 20 – 24, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 26 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – April 27, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 26 @ 7:00 pm

Monitoring the Economic Slide by Means of Graphs

April’s Unemployment Rate will be 15% at Best U.S. initial jobless claims for the latest week, ending April 18th, were 4.4 million. Only a minimal amount of encouragement can be taken from the fact the figure has been declining for three weeks in a row. A level of 4.4 million reached in only seven days […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 23 @ 7:00 pm

COVID-19 Contractor & Construction Industry Resources

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to upend everyday life, construction (for the most part) is considered an essential business but that doesn’t mean everything is business as usual. In addition to trying to protect workers, especially on jobsites where outbreaks are occurring, construction business owners are having to deal with the challenges of our new […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 23 @ 7:00 pm

COVID-19 Construction Industry Weekly News Roundup – April 24, 2020

This article was originally published on April 17, 2020. Last updated: April 24, 2020. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has turned everyday life upside down. New cases are being identified every day and the death toll continues to rise. Almost every state currently has a shelter in place or stay at home order in place with […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 23 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – April 24, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 23 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – April 23, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 22 @ 7:00 pm

Bid Coach: CARES Act SBA Loans for Construction Firms

During these unprecedented times, many small businesses, including contractors and construction firms, are looking for ways to survive these uncertain economic times during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 21 @ 7:00 pm

First Major Cracks in U.S. Consumer Spending Appear in Retail Sales Data

U.S. March Retail Sales Worse M/M (-6.2%) than Y/Y (-3.8%) The first cracks in U.S. consumer spending appeared in the Census Bureau’s report titled Advance Monthly Sales for Retail and Food Services, March 2020. Retail sales comprise about 40% of consumer spending and consumer spending makes up 70% of gross domestic product (GDP).

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 21 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – April 22, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 21 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – April 21, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 20 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – April 20, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 19 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – April 20, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of April 13 – 17, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 19 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Largest Construction Project Starts in Canada and Trend Graph – March 2020

The accompanying table records the 10 largest construction project starts in Canada in March 2020. Also included is the latest trend graph on starts. This looks at 12-month moving totals of the civil and non-residential building categories in Canada.

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 16 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – April 17, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 16 @ 7:00 pm

COVID-19 Construction Industry Weekly News Roundup

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has turned everyday life upside down. New cases are being identified every day and the death toll continues to rise. Almost every state currently has a shelter in place or stay at home order in place with many businesses and activities are closed in order to help flatten the curve.

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 16 @ 7:00 pm

5 Mid-April Economic Nuggets

The times are turbulent. There’s no point in dilly-dallying. Let’s jump right in with an examination of the latest data releases from public and private sector sources.

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 15 @ 7:00 pm

The Basics of Lean Construction Methods

Most construction companies want to deliver the best possible results for their clients while expending the least possible resources. Yet, the construction industry has traditionally been littered with waste and inefficiencies. Today, some of the most successful companies use lean construction philosophy to guide their operations. Companies that do regularly impress clients, maintain high morale […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 15 @ 7:00 pm

Construction Technology is Reshaping the Industry

This article was originally published on December 5, 2018. Last updated: April 16, 2020. What do a pickup truck, a nail gun, a portable circular saw, a cement mixer truck, and a modern hydraulic excavator all have in common? The obvious answer is that they are all tools and equipment commonly found on construction sites […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 15 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – April 16, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 15 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming Residential and Transportation Terminal Construction Projects – U.S. – April 2020

The accompanying tables show the top 10 largest upcoming Residential and Transportation Terminal construction projects. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 14 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Major Upcoming High-Rise Residential and Transportation Construction Projects – Canada – April 2

The accompanying tables show the top 10 largest upcoming High-Rise Residential and Transportation construction projects in Canada. They are all in the planning stage and are mainly new projects, but may also involve additions and/or alterations.

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 14 @ 7:00 pm

Contractors Converting Convention Centers Into Coronavirus Hospitals

The coronavirus pandemic is putting a strain on the nation’s healthcare system as hospitals try and keep pace with the growing number of confirmed cases of COVID-19. In order to treat the growing number of coronavirus patients, states and healthcare providers are looking for ways to add more hospitals beds in some unconventional ways. Everything […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 14 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – April 15, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 14 @ 7:00 pm

Nonresidential Construction Starts -13.4% YTD in Q1, But Where to Now?

Under the Circumstances, March Starts Stats Held up Well ConstructConnect announced today that the latest month’s volume of construction starts, excluding residential work, was $30.8 billion (green shaded box, Table 3 below), an increase of one-fifth (+21.1%) versus February’s figure of $25.5 billion (originally reported as $23.8 billion).

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 13 @ 7:00 pm

Nonresidential Construction Starts Trend Graphs – March 2020

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

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 13 @ 7:00 pm

Top 10 Project Starts in the U.S. – March 2020

The accompanying table records the top 10 project starts in the U.S. for March 2020.

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 13 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – April 14, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 13 @ 7:00 pm

Survey Timing Means Canada’s March Jobs Plunge Worse than America’s

March 2020 – The Most Notorious Month for Job Losses Ever (So Far) The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in its Employment Situation report, says the U.S. shed 710,000 jobs in March 2020. Statistics Canada, in its Labour Force Survey report, spells out a drop of 1.010 million jobs north of the border in the […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 12 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – April 13, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 12 @ 7:00 pm

ConstructConnect’s Hot Projects – April 13, 2020

Listed below are ConstructConnect’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of April 6 – 10, 2020. Our Hot Projects showcases three currently bidding or sub-bidding projects from all 50 states and the District of Columbia pulled from our extensive database of construction leads.

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 12 @ 7:00 pm

1,000-Word Chart: U.S. Initial Jobless Claims – Released April 9, 2020

Due to its complexity, much of the subject matter concerning the economy requires detailed editorial commentary, often supported by relevant tables and graphs.

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 8 @ 7:00 pm

CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program Available for Construction Firms

The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act includes many potential relief opportunities for the nation’s construction industry, which has been hit hard with disrupted supply demand, delayed projects, closed sites, and labor shortages. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a provision in the CARES Act, will help construction companies keep their workforce employed during […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 8 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – April 9, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 8 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – April 8, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 7 @ 7:00 pm

Toolbox Talk: Protecting Workers From COVID-19 on the Jobsite

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to wreak havoc on our normal, everyday lives in what is expected to be one of the worst weeks in the U.S., with over 400,000 confirmed cases and nearly 13,000 deaths. Forty-two states and the District of Columbia have now issued a “stay at home” or “shelter in place” order […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 7 @ 7:00 pm

Out of Sync Recoveries will Slow Deglobalization and Skew Foreign Trade

Transocean Delivery Delays and an Oil Price-Slide Effect At least neither the U.S. nor Canada has entered the coronavirus ‘soft spot’ with a worsening foreign trade picture.

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 7 @ 7:00 pm

The Economy Under COVID-19: Notes From the Trenches – April 7, 2020

There are currently two crises underway simultaneously. The advance of the novel coronavirus is taking a terrible toll in terms of physical and emotional well-being. At the same time, job losses resulting from ‘social distancing’ are sending the economy into a tailspin. To fight on both fronts, governments are advancing rescue packages of never-seen-before dimensions. […]

  • ConstructConnect
  • April 6 @ 7:00 pm

How COVID-19 Is Affecting Construction Bidding & Jobsite Activity

It’s been 12 23 27 days since the World Health Organization (WHO) proclaimed the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. In the U.S., as of March 23 April 3 April 7, there have been approximately 38,500 245,000 360,000 cases and over 400 6,000 10,000 deaths due to the virus.

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  • April 6 @ 7:00 pm

How the Construction Industry Benefits from the CARES Act

While lawmakers plan another round of stimulus legislation to combat rampant unemployment and help struggling businesses, there is still a lot to unpack for the construction industry around the last one—the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

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  • April 5 @ 7:00 pm