KCASA Names McCownGordon Large General Contractor of the Year

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — McCownGordon Construction was selected as the Large General Contractor of the Year by the American Subcontractors Association of Kansas City during their Kansas City Construction Industry Awards banquet held Friday, May 6. Mitchell Fuemmeler, of McCownGordon, was also named Project Manager of the Year. Fuemmeler has been with McCownGordon since early 2013. According to Brett Gordon, president of McCownGordon, “Mitchell truly exemplifies our core values. He approaches all that he does with integrity and his positive outlook and problem-solving abilities make him a highly valued member of our team.” The purpose of KCASA awards program is … Read more

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Architecture Billings Index Shows Continued Modest Growth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After beginning the year with a decline, the Architecture Billings Index has posted three consecutive months of increasing demand for design activity at architecture firms. 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 April ABI score was 50.6, down from the mark of 51.9 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 56.9, down from a … Read more

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Dockter Named Gilbane General Superintendent in Reno

RENO, Nev. – Danny Dockter has recently been named Gilbane Building Company’s general superintendent for the Reno, Nevada area. As a four-year veteran with Gilbane, Dokter’s responsibility for local projects will include ensuring worker safety, adherence to project schedules and delivering quality projects to Gilbane’s clients and partners. Dockter has been with Gilbane since 2012 and has more than 30 years of construction industry experience, starting with his apprenticeship in the Carpenters Union Local 971. Dokter has delivered a multitude of successful and award-winning projects including being a past recipient of the firm’s Paul J. Choquette Safety Excellence Award.

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New Construction Starts in April Slide 8 Percent

NEW YORK, New York – The value of new construction starts in April fell 8 percent from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $608.3 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Nonresidential building pulled back following its sharp March increase and the non-building construction sector showed improvement, with public works strengthening after its lackluster March performance. Through the first four months of 2016, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis were reported at $198.4 billion, down 12 percent from the same month a year ago. The first four months of 2015 had been lifted by several … Read more

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