New Construction Starts in December Slide 5 Percent

NEW YORK, N.Y. – New construction starts in December slipped 5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $613.0 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The latest month’s decline for total construction was due to sharply reduced activity for the nonbuilding construction sector, reflecting further erosion by public works as well as a steep plunge by the electric utility/gas plant category. At the same time, nonresidential building in December held steady with its November pace, and residential building was able to register moderate growth. For all of 2016, total construction starts advanced 1 percent to $676.5 billion, a … Read more

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Thirty-Two States Add Construction Jobs in 2016

Thirty-two states added construction jobs in 2016 as a dearth of experienced workers kept contractors in many states from hiring as many employees as they would have preferred, according to data in a recently released analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department and the association’s own survey. Association officials said the new Trump administration could help by including workforce development measures as part of its promised new infrastructure program. “Although the number of states reporting construction employment increases has dwindled, contractors are more upbeat than ever about the construction market and intend to hire more workers … Read more

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Brasfield & Gorrie Breaks Ground on New Nursing School

Brasfield & Gorrie recently joined Greenville Health System and Clemson University to break ground on a new nursing school in Greenville, South Carolina. The $31.5-million building on GHS’ Greenville Memorial Medical Campus will house an expansion of Clemson’s traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in an effort to meet a growing need for nurses and bolster health innovation and research efforts. Students are expected to begin coursework at GHS’ Greenville Memorial Medical Campus site in fall 2018, after completing their first two years at the Clemson campus. The program will be housed in a new four-story, 78,255-square-foot clinical learning … Read more

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ABC Releases State Rankings on Policies Affecting Construction Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors recently released its annual update to “Building America: The Merit Shop Scorecard,” which reviews and grades state-specific policies and information significant to the success of the commercial and industrial construction industry. The scorecard highlights states that have created a free enterprise-based environment where merit shop contractors are well positioned to succeed and calls attention to states where strategic improvements need to be made. The Merit Shop Scorecard grades states on their policies on prevailing wage and project labor agreement mandates and Right to Work status, as well as their construction job growth rate, … Read more

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