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The latest news and insights from Hanley Wood’s outspoken experts and key thought-leaders throughout the residential and commercial design and construction industry.
Robert Dietz / NAHB / September 10, 2013
The count of construction sector job openings in recent months is at levels last seen in 2008 according to government employment data. While the increase of unfilled positions in 2013 is consistent with the uptick in construction sector activity, particularly for home building, the data reflect only modest increases in total employment thus far. The rise in the count of open positions is thus consistent with reports of local labor shortages.
For the construction sector, Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate that grossRead More
Greig O'Brien / ARCHITECT / September 5, 2013
ADP and Moody’s Analytics released their August employment report, which shows continued, steady job growth nationwide.
It appears that August will continue the steady job growth seen over the last couple of months. ADP and their partner, Moody’s Analytics, released their August employment report today, which showed that the economy added 176,000 jobs last month. This was down from July’s initially reported 200,000, but is still higher than the lull we saw this past spring.
July’s numbers were also revised down by 2,000 jobs (to 198,000 jobs added), making lastRead More
Hallie Busta / ARCHITECT / August 26, 2013
Boston civic and industry leaders outline design strategies for protecting coastal urban centers from severe weather damage.
Rising sea levels and stronger storms have garnered national attention as some of the more visible effects of climate change. Their increasing frequency is testing the mettle of coastal built environments, requiring architects and building owners to think twice about how they’re integrating resilient design practices. A new report for the Boston Society of Architects and the Boston Foundation for Architecture, commissioned by the city of Boston and
Joe Stoddard / REMODELING / August 16, 2013
There are plenty of great construction-oriented smartphone and tablet apps out there, and more are popping up every day, but sometimes KISS (keep it simple, stupid) is the way to go. Here are several of my favorite utility-type mobile applications that you may not have considered. If you don’t like these, there are loads of similar apps out there in each category — just search the AppStore (iOS) or Google Play for Android.
Illuminating app: Don’t laugh, this has turned out to be something I use almost every day. The best ones use both the camera’s flash LED and the screen itself for brightnessRead More
John Caulfield / BUILDER / August 8, 2013
Insights, analysis, and expert hiring Tips to help you staff up for the new-Home Building comeback.
The Beutler Corp., one of the largest HVAC, plumbing, and fire sprinkler contractors in the western U.S., hired 270 employees last year, bringing its total workforce to more than 600. It expects to hire another 250 employees in 2013. At a time when home builders and subcontractors around the country are becoming nervous about the availability and rising cost of labor in core trades, McClellan, Calif.–based Beutler is Exhibit A for how construction companies with foresight are getting