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    Construction fire safety at ‘major crossroads,’ industry expert says

    Contractors must bring the same level of fire prevention to construction sites as they do to the finished building, writes a certified fire investigator.

    John Heinen • Feb. 22, 2024
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    Drones know the dirt: How UAVs can measure jobsite materials

    A reality capture manager at Columbia breaks down the basics, from software and training to regulations like the upcoming Remote ID Rule.

    Erik Gronneberg • Feb. 14, 2024
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    3 reasons why new tradespeople don’t stick around

    Poor training, bad bosses and other frustrations can drive away new recruits to the construction industry, writes a Texas quality control manager.

    Fulton Cure • Feb. 6, 2024
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    4 ways to level construction’s playing field

    Barriers that impede minority-owned businesses reflect a broader systemic issue, says an industry executive.

    Andre Sappington • Feb. 5, 2024
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    7 ways that Davis-Bacon changes could cost contractors

    Updates to prevailing wage laws will impact builders looking to win in the booming federal infrastructure market.

    Ashley Eley Cannady • Feb. 1, 2024
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    5 benefits of arbitration for construction disputes

    Avoiding court can save time and money while leading to better project outcomes, says attorney Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt.

    Jacqueline Greenberg Vogt • Jan. 26, 2024
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    Why — and how — to ignore nasty emails

    Don’t fall for these common mistakes when a rude message hits your inbox, writes consultant Matt Verderamo.

    Matt Verderamo • Jan. 24, 2024
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    How to gain respect from experienced co-workers

    Young construction leaders must learn how to navigate relationships with the seasoned pros on their team, according to an industry consultant.

    Matt Verderamo • Dec. 18, 2023
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    5 tactics to tell — and sell — your firm’s story

    Once you know what you want to say to potential clients, decide how best to present it.

    Chemene Phillips • Dec. 14, 2023
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    3 steps to a profitable exit strategy

    To make the most money when it’s time to sell, owners need to focus on building value in their firms, writes construction consultant Matt Verderamo.

    Matt Verderamo • Nov. 21, 2023
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    8 ways to build your brand

    Contractors often downplay marketing efforts and instead rely on word-of-mouth connections, but a few simple steps can help find new clients, says a construction branding expert.

    Chemene Phillips • Nov. 7, 2023
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    Billions in deferred maintenance projects coming to US facilities

    A nationwide push to address delayed upkeep on public buildings and infrastructure will create myriad opportunities for contractors, according to a consultant.

    Mary Scott Nabers • Oct. 25, 2023
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    5 ways to improve construction DEI

    One CEO says some companies may overlook the importance of diversity, but the business case for it is compelling.

    Jim Fowler • Oct. 20, 2023
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    Diversity, not racism, must be construction’s default

    In an industry known for overcoming challenges, progress on inclusion doesn’t measure up, according to one construction CEO and author.

    Melvin Gravely • Oct. 17, 2023
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    Are your subs covered?

    A COI does not promise actual insurance coverage, so contractors must be thorough in confirming that they are protected. Here are five things to look for.

    Melanie C. Kalmanson • Sept. 14, 2023
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    The time is now to protect your firm from ransomware attacks

    Contractors are prime targets for hacks, but there are important steps businessowners can take to protect themselves, writes one cyber expert.

    Stel Valavanis • Sept. 13, 2023
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    How lean construction helps clients and improves contractors’ profits

    Beyond better collaboration and time savings on projects, gains show up in builders’ bottom lines, writes a Rochester, New York, construction executive.

    Ken Osmun • Aug. 23, 2023
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    How to comply with E-Verify

    As Florida joins other states using the online system, contractors should get familiar with the process, so they don’t open themselves up to liability or citations.

    Kim Coan • Aug. 17, 2023
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    AI holds promise for contractors that understand the risks

    From go/no go decisions to proposal development, firms are already using the technology in surprising ways.

    Richard Friedman • Aug. 16, 2023
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    How to support the mental health of an injured employee

    Taking certain steps can help workers heal faster, according to Jennifer Cogbill, vice president at third-party claims firm Gallagher Bassett.

    Jennifer Cogbill • Aug. 10, 2023
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    How to embrace tech to help manufacturing clients attract, retain workers

    JE Dunn's design management director describes a range of innovations that make it easier for customers to staff their plants.

    Drew Overmiller • July 19, 2023
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    The infrastructure act was historic. Now, we need workers to get the job done.

    To make the most of public works dollars, the construction industry should support foreign-born and diverse applicants entering the workforce, says New York Building Congress CEO Carlo Scissura.

    Carlo Scissura • July 18, 2023
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    5 factors that can make your construction risk register obsolete

    Contractors should recalibrate risk to account for today’s challenges in order to mitigate disputes and potential litigation.

    James Gallagher • July 11, 2023
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    How Skanska addresses ‘total worker health’

    The contractor’s U.S. health and safety director emphasizes the need to include mental wellness in overall safety.

    Joaquin Diaz • July 6, 2023
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    Midyear check-in: How’s your construction firm doing?

    At the halfway point of 2023, UBS financial advisor Jason Lowy says that construction leaders should assess their year-end goals.

    Jason Lowy • June 29, 2023