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Construction Employment Increases by 20,000 in December and 151,000 in 2019; Contractors Expect to Hire in 2020 but Anticipate Difficulty Filling Slots

Construction Employment Increases by 20,000 in December and 151,000 in 2019; Contractors Expect to Hire in 2020 but Anticipate Difficulty Filling Slots

Posted: January 12, 2020 | Tradewinds

Survey Finds Optimism about 2020 along with Even Tighter Labor Supply as Construction Unemployment Sets Record December Low; Association Calls for Government to Boost Career Opportunities, Immigration

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Nonresidential Construction Employment Up in December, Says ABC

Nonresidential Construction Employment Up in December, Says ABC

Posted: January 10, 2020 | Tradewinds

The construction industry added 20,000 net new jobs in December 2019, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a year-over-year basis, industry employment has expanded by 151,000 jobs, an increase of 2.0%.

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SmithGroup Forecasts Trends for the 2020s in Design & Health Care

SmithGroup Forecasts Trends for the 2020s in Design & Health Care

Posted: January 10, 2020 | Tradewinds, Cost Trends

SmithGroup one of the nation’s leading integrated design firms, has tapped its broad network of 1,300 interdisciplinary design professionals to offer its predictions for the trends and challenges that the design industry will face in the decade ahead. A firmwide discussion has yielded major disruptors that are likely to impact design of health care environments in the 2020s.

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Nonresidential Construction Falls in November, Says ABC

Nonresidential Construction Falls in November, Says ABC

Posted: January 3, 2020 | Tradewinds

National nonresidential construction spending declined 0.3% in November but is up 5.1% year over year, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, spending totaled $781.1 billion, 1.8% lower than the cyclical peak in April 2019.

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How Design-Assist Moves the Needle on Collaboration and How it Differs from Design-Build and IPD

How Design-Assist Moves the Needle on Collaboration and How it Differs from Design-Build and IPD

Posted: January 3, 2020 | Tradewinds, Legal Advice

New technology, processes, and project delivery methods are quickly blurring the lines between design and construction. The barriers which formerly existed between design professionals and constructors, both physical and legal, are gradually being broken down. Where design, procurement, and construction were traditionally undertaken independently, now design, estimating, scheduling, planning, value engineering, and procurement can be performed simultaneously by a team of designers and constructors from many different companies.

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