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329 metro areas added construction jobs in May as new survey results highlight dangers many workers will face in highway work zones

329 metro areas added construction jobs in May as new survey results highlight dangers many workers will face in highway work zones

Posted: July 2, 2020 | Tradewinds

New Survey by the Associated General Contractors of America and HCSS Catalogs Work Zone Risks for Motorists and Workers as Construction Activity Increases Amid Growing Number of Road Trip Vacationers
 

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Construction spending declines 2.1 percent in May as drop in private work outweighs public pickup; Association urges increase in Federal funding

Construction spending declines 2.1 percent in May as drop in private work outweighs public pickup; Association urges increase in Federal funding

Posted: July 2, 2020 | Tradewinds

Federal Infrastructure Measure Can Help Offset Private-Sector Demand that is Likely to Remain Below Pre-Coronavirus Levels amid Economic Uncertainty, While State and Local Budgets Also Appear Sure to Shrink

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My 50-Year Career in Architecture

My 50-Year Career in Architecture

Posted: June 26, 2020 | Tradewinds

Fifty years ago, I was a sixteen year old gaining my first exposure to the field of architecture, running prints of drawings on an ozalid machine, mimeographing specifications books, and trimming rolls of vellum into drawing sheet size. (Hint to Millennials: use Google.) Last fall, thirty-five years after founding my own firm, I closed on the sale of that firm. Not being a very contemplative person, I nevertheless found myself reflecting on a half century engaged in architecture, and the challenging and enjoyable profession that it is.

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Sustainable Practices Can Create Disaster Resilience

Sustainable Practices Can Create Disaster Resilience

Posted: June 26, 2020 | Tradewinds, Project Management

Disasters — whether in the form of hurricanes, wildfires or a global pandemic — can cause significant disruption and change lives in ways large and small. We’ve all witnessed recent examples.

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Defining Construction Cost Estimating

Defining Construction Cost Estimating

Posted: June 26, 2020 | Tradewinds, Estimating

The dictionary defines estimating as a “judgement or opinion about something.” A “judgment” about future costs is necessary so that decisions can be made through the construction process. We call this construction cost estimating. Budgetary estimates are generally qualified as “opinions” of probable cost. Of course, the true cost is not known until the project is complete: Until then, an estimate is just a judgement or opinion.

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