While it's important for construction pros to stay up to date on the latest trends and technologies, who has time for a class or book? Another form of learning — podcasts — lets listeners absorb insights and tips on the go.
Below, we've rounded up some of our favorite construction-related podcasts, from new construction technology trends to effective management topics. Did we miss something? Let us know.
The flagship podcast of construction-focused social media site Hammr, Bred to Build is helmed by Hammr’s CEO Brek Goin and co-piloted by construction influencer Matt Panella, better known as “MattBangsWood.” The pair cover topics relevant to the construction industry with a wide target audience from tradespeople to executives, bringing in experts to discuss their specific areas of expertise. Past episodes have covered the uncertain economic climate, mental health in construction and women in the trades. You can listen to the podcast here.
Build Better with Anastasia Barnes
On Build Better, Anastasia Barnes, the publisher of High-Profile Monthly, interviews the “people behind the buildings.” Every other Tuesday, she interviews professionals in the AEC industry actively pursuing new technologies and innovations. The podcast, launched in February, has featured employees from Gilbane Building Co., Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts and more. Listen to Build Better here.
Buildings Podcast touches on topics like facility management, green issues, security and building performance on segments ranging from four minutes to 30 minutes, making it a quick dive into the latest trends in construction. Listen to Buildings Podcast here.
Hosted by Joe Kelly, an independent consultant at Mass Construction Consultants, Inc., the Mass Construction show covers real estate, code, risk management, technology and more, but with a bit of “Massachusetts bias.” Kelly talks to a range of construction professionals on topics ranging from how building materials affect the environment and health to the ways modular construction is changing the industry. Listen to Mass Construction Show here.
CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio: Construction Technology Trends for Contractors Podcast
Launched in 2016 and hosted by Peggy Smedley, CONEXPO-CON/AGG Radio was begun to expand listeners' construction knowledge. Its new series, Contractor Conversations hosted by Missy Scherber, features stories from construction business owners. The podcast is released twice a month and was picked to be Construction Junkie’s 2018 Best Construction Podcast. Listen to Construction Technology Trends for Contractors Podcast here.
Produced by the Construction Management Association of America, the Construction Leaders podcast is helmed by vice president of professional development at CMAA Nick Soto and senior manager of professional development eLearning Carly Trout. The first season of the podcast covers topics ranging from starting a construction firm to an episode on the economic outlook of the industry. You can listen to the podcast here.
The Construction Management Podcast
The Construction Management Podcast is for both new and seasoned construction professionals who want to better understand how to further their management career in the industry. Hosts Damien Edwards and Jason Shipe share their knowledge and ideas and bring in special guests to discuss the intricacies of a career in construction management. Listen to The Construction Management Podcast here.
Beyond CAD by Civil FX/Parametrix
Beyond CAD focuses on the future of engineering and construction, discussing new technological trends poised to affect these industries. Each episode is about 3D visualization, BIM or a new type of software or technology that could affect commercial building. Listen to Beyond CAD here.
Hosted by construction technologists who geek out on a different topic each week, the Contech Crew podcast discusses news and current trends within the construction and technology industries with special guests. The series is sponsored by College Station, Texas-based IT solutions provider JB Knowledge. Listen to The Contech Crew here.
This show focuses on one of the nation’s fastest-growing and most popular delivery methods, and looks at the challenges and opportunities that collaborative delivery brings to teams. The Design-Build Institute of America created the podcast to help team members from all disciplines learn more from their peers and AEC industry leaders. Listen to Design-Build Delivers here.
Hosted by London-based AECOM employees James Banks and Roma Agrawal, Talking Infrastructure discusses the industry's most important engineering and infrastructure topics, key projects and the groundbreaking innovations that are helping to solve some of the world’s most complex challenges. Listen to Talking Infrastructure here.
This show from Canada-based Giatec Scientific Inc. covers the practices, people and companies that are shaping the construction industry, with an emphasis on materials and cutting-edge technology. Host Eric Yee interviews people on a variety of topics ranging from drones, data and robotics to ways to reduce the industry's carbon footprint. Listen to Construction Revolution here.
For a European perspective, check out this podcast about innovation in construction. U.K.-based hosts Peter Finn, a builder, and Henry McDonald, an investigative journalist, produce a mix of reporting and interviews with movers and shakers in the industry. They've covered inclusivity, health, sustainability and more with their expert guests. Listen to Constructive Voices here.
The Weekly Take
Every week, this podcast from CBRE offers insight into a wide-ranging array of topics in the commercial real estate industry, including building. Host Spencer Levy brings on guests who are experts in timber construction, the future of suburban and city planning and many other trends. Listen to The Weekly Take podcast here.
Conversations with the Best Minds in Real Estate
Executives from real estate consulting firm RCLCO host this monthly podcast, bringing on industry leaders from around the sector to discuss hard lessons learned, secrets to success and opinions on the market. Listen to Conversations with the Best Minds in Real Estate here.
The ICC Pulse podcast offers a rotating cast of hosts from the International Code Council and expert guests who bring the latest news and new technology in the building safety industry. Every month or so, they demystify safety, inspection, engineering and other code-related topics. Listen to the ICC Pulse Podcast here.
The Art of Construction
This show aims to help listeners build up their contracting businesses, with the help of expert guests from a variety of backgrounds in the industry. Host Devon Tilly has covered topics including leadership strategies, emerging tools, financing, safety and more. Listen to the Art of Construction here.
The Contracting Coachcast
This podcast offers bite-sized tips and insights to help listeners improve their contracting businesses. Episodes typically run under 20 minutes, during which host Tony Booth offers useful and accessible advice on everything from project management to marketing. Listen to The Contracting Coachcast here.
Construction Genius: A Leadership Master Class
For construction company owners and executives who want to learn from their peers, this weekly podcast offers wisdom and practical inspiration. Host Eric Anderton talks with a different industry leader each week about strategic planning, business development and more. Listen to Construction Genius here.
For a storytelling approach to the industry, check out Barton Malow's recently launched podcast about unconventional approaches and successes on projects. Barton Malow employees Eric Fish and Rob Riley discuss the "untold stories from the jobsite." Their inaugural episode is about "goat busters," a herd of goats that cleared a jobsite that was tangled with invasive weeds. Listen to Said Differently here.
The Touchplan Podcast Network
Construction planning and analytics platform Touchplan has recently released two podcasts delving into construction technology and more. Build. Lead. Succeed, created in partnership with the National Association of Women in Construction and hosted by construction project manager Angela Highland, focuses on the stories of women in the field. Voices of Construction, hosted by Touchplan’s Noah Baker, has industry perspectives from around the world. An upcoming episode will feature a construction executive in Antarctica. Listen to Build. Lead. Succeed. and Voices of Construction here.