This week in construction
Each Monday, we'll let you know what's coming in the week ahead, including important economic report releases, as well as our feature articles. We'll add links to the stories as we post them throughout the week.
What makes a successful P3? — Tuesday, Aug. 29
The measure of a public-private partnership's (P3's) success changes based on the project, but there are a few common characteristics that make some more likely to have a positive outcome than others. In our feature article on Tuesday, Aug. 29, we'll share what the experts consider to be the keys to a successful P3. Read more.
Designing for security — Wednesday, Aug. 30
Buildings such as data centers and embassies are designed with security in mind — and they look like it, too. But many public buildings don't have it so easy. Schools, religious facilities and local civil agencies must provide an inviting, transparent atmosphere for occupants while still protecting them from danger. In our feature article on Wednesday, Aug. 30, we'll look at how public buildings can use design for protection in today's environment of heightened security. Read more.
Bringing green space into the sky — Friday, Sept. 1
Sky gardens are one way to bring a little green to high-rises while giving occupants access to fresh produce or even just the beauty of nature. In our feature article on Friday, Sept. 1, we’ll take a look at the latest trends in urban gardens. Read more.
Construction spending — Friday, Sept. 1
Despite dropping slightly from May to June, construction spending has been on an upward trajectory in recent years and is expected to continue to do so. Yet uncertainty around the Trump administration's plans for a massive infrastructure spend and a general shortage of skilled construction labor could threaten that growth. On Friday, Sept. 1, the Commerce Department will offer its spending figures for July, shedding more light on trends in construction activity. Read more.
Construction employment — Friday, Sept. 1
Contractor payrolls are growing, albeit slowly, as the industry continues to recover from the recession. One challenge threatening a plateau in that trend is the lack of new, younger workers entering the field in tandem with the exodus of older workers who are retiring. On Friday, Sept. 1, the Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its monthly jobs report. That afternoon, the Associated Builders and Contractors will offer its take on the data, and we'll cover both reports in a combined story.