Construction Jobs Increase in 42 States December 2016 Year-Over-Year

Forty-two states added construction jobs between December 2016 and December 2017, while 32 states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between November and December, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Association officials said a new federal infrastructure measure would help guarantee continued employment gains in the sector. “Construction employment is expanding in many parts of the country in large part because of strong private-sector demand,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Any new public-sector investments, particularly for infrastructure projects, would help accelerate job gains in many parts of … Read more

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Hard Hat Heroes Wins CURT Award

NCCER’s Hard Hat Heroes Credentialing Portal won a 2017 Construction Users Roundtable Workforce Development Award. CURT presented the award at its 2017 Awards of Excellence Celebration in November. CURT founded the Workforce Development Awards to recognize companies and organizations for extraordinary, exemplary and innovative recruitment, training and education programs, which encourage people to pursue careers in construction. The Build Your Future military initiative, Hard Hat Heroes, provides a credentialing portal as a way for veterans to receive NCCER credentials for skills and training they received while in the service. Today, there are over 70 task alignments available with more scheduled … Read more

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Gilbane, Design Partners Win Two 2017 U.S. Air Force Design Awards

Gilbane, together with their design partners, were the winners of two 2017 United States Air Force design awards for recently completed healthcare projects. Gilbane, along with Sherlock Smith and Adams, received the Honor Award for Facility Design of the Medical Clinic at Holloman AFB in New Mexico. Gilbane, along with Leo A. Daly, received the Merit Award for Facility Renovations & Additions design of the San Antonio Military Medical Center Hyperbaric Facility in Texas. The Medical Clinic at Holloman AFB is a new 100,000-square-foot outpatient facility. The clinic embraces the southwest desert landscape and channels abundant natural light into the … Read more

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ABC Highlights Construction Worker Shortage during National Apprenticeship Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Associated Builders and Contractors commends the U.S. Department of Labor for declaring Nov. 13-19 National Apprenticeship Week. It’s the third consecutive year that business, labor, government, education and other partners are highlighting the tremendous job opportunities apprenticeships provide and the need for an infusion of Americans to pursue a skilled trade. “The construction industry has a critical shortage of skilled workers,” said ABC President and CEO Michael Bellaman, who this week participated in his first meeting as an appointee of the Trump administration’s newly created Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. “ABC is thankful for the Department of … Read more

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