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    Recession watch: Why the next one will be different

    Executives from Skanska, DPR, Suffolk and others see unique characteristics in an economic slowdown this year.

    Sebastian Obando • Jan. 18, 2023
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    Multifamily developers embrace modular building

    The sector is turning to prefabrication to speed up project deliveries, but not for any real cost savings during the construction phase, experts say.

    Sebastian Obando • Nov. 8, 2022
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    5 tips for managing FMLA leave and PTO in the post-COVID-19 landscape

    On its face, the FMLA may appear simple, but COVID-19 continues to add wrinkles to leave administration.

    Ryan Golden • Nov. 3, 2022
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    Rise of the machines? For construction, not yet

    Robots' promises of safety and productivity abound, but issues like impact on jobs, added costs and specialized training have kept many contractors on the sidelines.

    Matthew Thibault • June 7, 2022
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    Punching out: The dire state of worker mental health

    "It's important that employers do not view mental health as a check-the-box exercise when approaching solutions," said an HR expert.

    Carla Bell • June 2, 2022
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    2 years after George Floyd's death: progress yet 'unfulfilled promises' in construction

    "I'm working with people who at least aren't openly racist" anymore, one worker said. Construction pros reflect on what's changed — and hasn't — since 2020.

    Joe Bousquin • May 23, 2022
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    The Stop WOKE Act may put a 'strategic pause' on DEI efforts

    If the controversial legislation goes into effect as written, it will dampen and in some instances end employer efforts to foster growth.

    Katie Clarey • May 19, 2022
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    Why modular has not clicked in commercial construction

    Offsite building techniques should be a boon for the industry, but modular's market share in North America is under 6%. Why?

    Sebastian Obando • March 23, 2022
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    Amazon is slowing its fulfillment center spend. What's next?

    Heightened demand put Amazon's distribution buildout into overdrive. To speed up delivery and limit costs, it will have to invest more.

    Max Garland • March 18, 2022
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    Hoarding, ghost orders and pop-up warehouses: construction's new supply chain playbook

    Material prices have hit a 35-year high. Here's what contractors are doing to survive inflation.

    Joe Bousquin • Feb. 23, 2022
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    4 inflation-coping strategies employed by top US corporations

    Executives in several sectors describe how they aim to shield profits against rising prices.

    Jim Tyson • Feb. 15, 2022
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    7 trends likely to shape HR in 2022

    Nearly two years into the pandemic, the continued relevance of COVID-19 is reshaping the workplace for the long term.

    Emilie Shumway • Jan. 20, 2022
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    Are digital twins the future of urban planning?

    Digital 3D models can help city leaders plan for the future, but their value will depend on the data.

    Adina Solomon • Nov. 3, 2021
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    Amtrak plans major expansion by 2035 if federal infrastructure bill passes

    The plan would connect small towns, reduce inequalities and boost development, housing and jobs in cities — but those ambitions face hurdles.

    Dan Zukowski • Nov. 2, 2021
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    Food, beverage manufacturers hungry for new plant construction

    Major brands like PepsiCo and Nestle plan to translate increasing sales during the COVID-19 pandemic into expansions.

    Megan Poinski • Nov. 2, 2021
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    Construction's career crisis: Keeping workers on site and in the industry

    Climbing out of the labor shortage requires training new leadership, changing jobsite culture and investing in technology and safety, experts say.

    Zachary Phillips • Nov. 1, 2021
  • Construction companies face an uphill battle recruiting younger workers in 2021, but sources believe there may be opportunities to improve their odds.
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    Construction's career crisis: Can the industry attract millennials and Gen Z?

    Younger workers want flexibility and higher pay, and contractors are trying a variety of tactics to recruit them.

    Ryan Golden • Oct. 27, 2021
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    Construction's career crisis: Recruiters target young workers driving the Great Resignation

    An increasing number of job seekers are open to something new. The trouble is, few are likely to set their sights on construction.

    Ryan Golden • Oct. 25, 2021
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    Construction's career crisis: How did we get here?

    Experts weigh in on the factors that made construction a profession for "someone else's kid," and the long road ahead to fix it.

    Zachary Phillips • Oct. 20, 2021
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    After years of 'Made in China,' suppliers look to alternatives

    The risks of single sourcing from China have been brewing for years, but they bubbled up even more during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Shefali Kapadia • Oct. 19, 2021
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    Pricing insanity: Material costs escalate, driving contractor desperation

    Amid unprecedented supply chain challenges, firms locked into contracts based on last year's prices are feeling the heat.

    Robyn Griggs Lawrence • Oct. 18, 2021
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    What does Katerra's demise mean for the contech and modular industries?

    The company was supposed to revolutionize construction. Instead, it went bankrupt when it couldn't convince developers and builders to move away from their traditional subcontractors.

    Sebastian Obando • Oct. 13, 2021
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    Construction's diversity numbers are awful. Here's how 3 contractors are improving theirs.

    Leaders from PCL, Turner & Townsend and XL Construction detail the strategies they are using to tackle the issue.

    Joe Bousquin • Oct. 12, 2021
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    Construction Inclusion Week: Why 6 top CEOs are drawing a line on hate

    Set for Oct. 18-22, the initiative is aimed at helping contractors "move the needle" on diversity and equity on jobsites, according to the leaders of some of the country's largest construction firms.

    Joe Bousquin • Oct. 5, 2021
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    Is climate change a worker safety issue?

    Many employers do not have plans in place to deal with workplace hazards presented by extreme weather events.

    Ryan Golden • Sept. 28, 2021