Knutson Awarded Hoover Elementary School Addition, IAQ Updates

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Knutson Construction has been selected as construction manager for the $10-million indoor air quality upgrade and preschool addition for Hoover Elementary School, located in Rochester, Minnesota. The addition, which will begin construction in September 2017, will include a gymnasium/cafeteria, two conference rooms, three offices, lockers, restrooms and roughly 19 additional classrooms. The IAQ upgrades are slated to begin in June 2018 and both phases will be completed by the start of the school year in September 2018. Hoover Elementary School was built in 1968 and sits on nearly ten acres of property on Elton Hills Drive NW. … Read more

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Dodge Data & Analytics Construction Project Information Integrates with Microsoft Dynamics CRM

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Dodge Data & Analytics has launched PipeLine for Microsoft Dynamics, a new software application that integrates construction project information directly into Microsoft Dynamics, a customer relationship management system. Contractors and building product manufacturers using Dynamics can now more easily find and track construction projects, tying them directly into their opportunity, account and reporting workflows. “Dodge offers the most current and comprehensive information for anyone interested in finding and tracking North American construction projects,” said Mike Petrullo, CEO, Dodge Data & Analytics. “Making this data accessible directly through Microsoft Dynamics is another example of how Dodge is … Read more

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Construction Employment Increases by 11,000 in May to 8-Year High

Construction employment increased by 11,000 jobs in May to the highest level since October 2008 and average weekly hours set a series high for May as contractors struggled to find enough workers to meet demand for projects, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials urged lawmakers and other public officials to address the growing shortage of available qualified workers by funding and re-invigorating career and technical education programs. “Construction firms continued adding new jobs at a faster rate than the broader economy during the past year as demand for their … Read more

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Industry Alliance Formed to Address Construction Productivity Issues

PORTLAND, Ore. — Viewpoint, BKD LLP & FMI Corporation have teamed up to perform deep research into construction productivity issues in order to make practical recommendations for areas of improvement. The lag in global construction productivity has been widely reported by a number of leading research firms and has been estimated at as much as 1.2 trillion dollars annually. Improving productivity by as much as 10-20 percent could make a huge impact on the construction economy, providing more funding and/or resources for critical infrastructure projects which have been traditionally underfunded. Together these organizations will employ cutting-edge tools, including Big Data … Read more

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