Construction Employment Rises in 36 States in August Year-Over-Year

Thirty-six states added construction jobs between August 2015 and August 2016 while construction employment increased in only 24 states between July and August, according to analysis of Labor Department data recently released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said demand for construction appears to be cooling in some markets but added that many firms report they would be expanding their headcount if they could find qualified workers to hire. “The construction market has cooled off in recent months but continues to outperform the overall economy in most states, with solid year-over-year job gains,” said Ken Simonson, chief … Read more

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BNBuilders, AC Martin to Renovate Caltech Biomedical Laboratory

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – BNBuilders is the design/builder with AC Martin to renovate a Caltech biomedical laboratory for Professor Lihong Wang, a new Medical Engineering professor with Caltech’s Engineering & Applied Science Division. The new laboratory will bring Dr. Wang’s breakthrough research and tissue imaging capabilities to Caltech in Pasadena, California. The renovated space will feature new imaging laboratories, a tissue culture room, an instrument room and office space of approximately 10,800 square feet. The new space will allow for non-invasive imaging of cells, tissues, animals and humans using lasers and ultrasound technology. Construction has started within the existing W.M. … Read more

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Architecture Billings Index Slips, Overall Outlook Remains Positive

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the heels of six out of seven months of increasing levels of demand for design services, the Architecture Billings Index fell just below the positive mark. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate 9-12- month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects reported the August ABI score was 49.7, down from the mark of 51.5 in the previous month. This score reflects a decrease in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.8, up … Read more

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HITT Contracting Inc. Opens New York Office

The owners of HITT Contracting Inc. recently opened a New York office with the acquisition of Manhattan-based Americon Construction, a full-service commercial contractor with more than 26 of experience in commercial interiors. Americon will operate as an affiliate of HITT, and do business as Americon HITT. Headquartered just outside of Washington, D.C., HITT will be expanding their reach northward. The company maintains offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; Denver, Colorado; Houston, Texas and South Florida, along with satellite locations in Baltimore, Maryland; Dallas, Texas; Richmond, Virginia and Seattle, Washington. HITT’s work includes healthcare, hospitality, technology, government, institutional, law firms, … Read more

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