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    How to mitigate the effects of climate change, natural disasters

    Contractors should plan, prepare and consider parametric insurance to help manage risks from extreme weather.

    Cindy Stauffer • May 6, 2022
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    As demand soars, apartment builders battle supply chain woes

    Hoar Construction uses a range of strategies to stay ahead of pricing challenges amid the Sun Belt construction boom.

    Ripley Bickerstaff • April 21, 2022
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    What contractors that work in Russia need to know

    The invasion of Ukraine has set off multiple crises. How should U.S. construction firms that work in Russia deal with these issues?

    Anazette Ray and Michael Vardaro • April 18, 2022
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    5 steps to transfer a construction business to a family member

    Succession planning can be complicated, but these tips will smooth the process, writes a corporate strategy expert.

    Frank Williamson • March 22, 2022
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    How automation and robotics can alleviate the labor shortage

    As contractors struggle to staff jobsites, robots can offer a path forward, writes an expert.

    Raffi Holzer • March 9, 2022
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    Why private construction jobs are requiring surety bonds, too

    Bonding is no longer just a requirement for public works projects.

    Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt • Feb. 11, 2022
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    How builders can help mitigate supply chain issues

    By ordering ahead of time, construction firms can be part of the solution to materials sourcing woes, a supply chain expert writes.

    Ken Pinto • Jan. 27, 2022
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    Mistakes in data capture are costly. Here's how contractors can avoid them.

    By being diligent in what they track, construction firms can save money and time, writes software exec Matt Hardison.

    Matt Hardison • Jan. 5, 2022
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    3 lessons from some of the country's largest civil projects

    The passage of the historic infrastructure act is an opportunity to learn from the country's most impactful builds, according to a construction logistics executive.

    Bart Ronan • Jan. 4, 2022
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    Getting started on ESG reporting

    Thoughtful guidance is coming, but there are steps you can take now to meet investors' appetite for reporting that shows your organization is taking environmental, social and governance performance seriously.   

    John Truzzolino • Dec. 17, 2021
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    Take a STAND: How to combat suicide in construction

    John Somers, vice president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, provides a roadmap to implement a suicide prevention program on the jobsite.

    John Somers • Dec. 2, 2021
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    Energy-efficient infrastructure projects hold a key opportunity for contractors

    For builders that incorporate sustainable systems into their projects, the $1.80-per-square-foot 179D tax deduction can quickly climb to millions of dollars.

    Dean Zerbe • Nov. 16, 2021
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    Modernizing construction with intelligent platforms

    A common data environment, combined with AI and machine learning, captures data and makes it more meaningful and useful to construction workers moving forward, writes one executive. 

    Roz Buick • Nov. 10, 2021
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    How Balfour Beatty takes a multipronged approach to severe weather preparedness

    From securing equipment to using real-time monitoring technology, the contractor's storm preparedness plan helps mitigate potential risks from hurricanes, tornadoes and other extreme weather.

    Christopher Diaz, Eric Yates • Oct. 26, 2021
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    Be a builder, not a fixer: How to make rework a game changer

    Technology can help identify and fix errors before work is done to avoid costly and time-consuming delays. 

    Doron Klein • Oct. 20, 2021
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    Addressing the skilled labor shortage in 4 steps

    It's critical to spread the word that the trades are a smart and viable career option, writes the vice president of a Massachusetts electrical company.

    Luiza Mills • Oct. 7, 2021
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    Supply chain challenges aren't going away anytime soon

    Businesses should prepare for continued disruption and increased costs, writes a supply chain expert at CBRE.

    Joe Dunlap • Sept. 23, 2021
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    Is Biden's vaccine mandate legal? It doesn't matter.

    The administration has decided the economic and public health benefits of a requirement are worth the risk of a judicial defeat later, according to a human resources journalist.

    Kate Tornone • Sept. 15, 2021
  • Why recovery won't come easily for small and medium-sized construction firms

    Contractors must invest in digital technologies and clean up their balance sheets in order to benefit from the coming post-pandemic boom, writes a contech executive.

    Zaid Rahman • Sept. 1, 2021
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    A call to action for COVID-19 vaccinations in construction

    Construction managers must encourage workers to get vaccinated, says the owner of a New York-based contracting firm.

    Chuck Petersheim • Sept. 1, 2021
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    Selecting the right delivery method for the job

    What is the best type of delivery method? It depends on the project, according to three construction attorneys.

    Levi W. Barrett, Nathan A. Cohen, Stewart Shurtleff • Aug. 30, 2021
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    How safe is your business and personal data?

    As construction pros bring technology into their day-to-day processes, they are increasingly at risk for privacy issues.

    David Brian Ward • Aug. 25, 2021
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    Infrastructure bill could expand opportunities for women

    With minor revisions, the federal infrastructure package could help open the door to more women and other minorities in construction.

    Lauren Sugerman • Aug. 24, 2021
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    Navigate cannabis legalization to avoid employment litigation

    Employers should understand and adapt to cannabis legalization at both the state and federal levels, according to two experts.

    Karina Karassev and Kimberly Harding • Aug. 17, 2021
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    5 roadblocks that could slow construction's recovery

    If the industry can overcome these challenges, it will reap decades of unparalleled growth, writes construction attorney Barry B. LePatner.

    Barry B. LePatner • Aug. 6, 2021