The construction industry has not embraced automation like other industries such as manufacturing, but a new wave of startups could revolutionize the industry. The startups are developing robot, drone and software technology, and the innovation comes at a time when the industry is struggling with a labor storage.
Construction companies in Columbus, Ind., are working together to recruit high school students into the construction industry, and they recently held an open house. The effort seeks to inform students that there is "a lot more to construction than swinging a hammer."
Construction employment increased in 248 out of 358 metro areas between January 2017 and January 2018, declined in 68 and stagnated in 42, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said future construction job gains could be undermined, however, as new tariffs force contractors to pay more for steel and aluminum products and dampen demand for new construction. "The new tariffs are already leading to increases in what many contractors are paying for steel and aluminum products," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "Most contractors will be unable to pass along these increased costs, leaving less money to invest, ironically, in steel construction equipment as well as personnel." Read full news release here.
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The province of Ontario and the Canadian government have reached a deal on $23.67 billion worth of infrastructure investment. The deal provides funding for public transit and green and other infrastructure over a 10-year period, and it appears a subway extension to Toronto is included.
The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority has selected Populous Architects to provide a "data driven financial and industry marketplace analysis" for the proposed expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The $2.2 million study should be completed in 2019.
Hospitals are embracing consumer friendly design that helps people better navigate facilities, with a focus on features ranging from check-in kiosks to natural lighting. One example is Hackensack University Medical Center, a sprawling campus in Bergen County, N.J. that has developed a GPS-based navigation system that helps patients navigate the facility.
San Francisco's Embarcadero seawall is falling apart and needs an estimated $5 billion is repairs. Several lawmakers have introduced a bill to create a special taxing district that would direct $250 million in state taxes to the project, and the legislation comes at a time when voters are being asked to vote on a $500 million bond measure that will help fund the project.
Despite the convenience of the quick text or e-mail, leaders and staff still need to talk in person to avoid misunderstandings and build relationships, argues Scott Mabry. Face-to-face interactions lead to better body language, fuller attention and a greater likelihood of clarity, he writes.
The Central Florida Expressway Authority expects the tolled Wekiva Parkway extension into Lake County, Fla., to open March 31. Lake County Commissioner Leslie Campione said the extension "opens up much opportunity for the region and will add significant convenience."