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  • 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
  • Congress should take this opportunity to transform thousands of women’s lives by passing the infrastructure bill with the Gillibrand amendment.
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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
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    Could 'smart walls' replace barriers at the US-Mexico border?

    President Joe Biden's stop-work order on construction of a southern border barrier doesn’t mean the end of contract opportunities for private companies, writes security expert Nelson Balido.

    Nelson Balido • July 28, 2021
  • How safety programs can help contractors save on insurance

    By following a few basic guidelines, employers can implement or improve their documented safety programs in order to potentially lower their insurance costs, according to two risk management experts.

    Blair Koorsen and Jeff Greenhalgh • June 25, 2021
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    10 COVID-19 logistics lessons for construction firms

    A methodical approach to tracking materials helped to make New York City-based HAP Construction more productive during the pandemic, according to vice president Stefano Braganti.

    Stefano Braganti • June 21, 2021
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    What to know before starting a drone program

    Contractors need a robust system for storing, sharing and filing the images gathered by drones, according to a data capture expert.

    Rod Dir • June 9, 2021
  • 7 fundamentals of a no-nonsense toolbox talk

    An insurance expert offers tips on how to deliver a valuable jobsite safety presentation in less than 15 minutes.

    Sam Meenasian • May 27, 2021
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    Delay provided perfect timing for Procore's $635M IPO

    Stalled by the pandemic, the construction management software firm’s recent initial public offering positions it to take advantage of several positive market factors this year.

    Dmytro Spilka • May 26, 2021
  • How to fulfill the innovation potential of D&I initiatives

    Diversity and inclusion goals can help construction firms spur innovation, but it doesn't happen automatically, writes executive coach Gary Covert.

    Gary Covert • May 12, 2021
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    6 steps to protect your data and improve cybersecurity

    Construction firms that embrace technology also leave the door open to cyber risk, says insurance expert Phil Casto. Here's how to protect your data.

    Phil Casto • April 21, 2021
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    Take these steps to avoid COVID-19 personal injury lawsuits

    The more a construction firm can limit workers' exposure to the coronavirus on the job, the less likely it will be liable for either an OSHA violation or a lawsuit, according to attorney Stefan Borovina.

    Stefan Borovina • Feb. 4, 2021
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    2020's data can help construction firms succeed in 2021

    Before creating a strategy for the year ahead, it’s important to take a look back and evaluate your projects and teams from the year before. Here are five metrics to consider.

    Michel Richer • Feb. 3, 2021
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    Construction employers can help alleviate workers' risk of heart disease

    While one in four construction workers are at high risk for heart attacks and strokes, employers can offset the dangers with education efforts focused on healthy lifestyle choices, writes a Skanska executive.

    Gordon Childress • Feb. 1, 2021
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    Insurance 101 for small contractors

    Here are 10 ways that small and medium-sized construction firms can keep insurance costs low while maintaining proper coverage.

    Rakesh Gupta • Jan. 22, 2021
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    7 legal, other trends influencing construction in 2021

    Prolonged court closures, more payment disputes and increased small business bankruptcies are a few of the factors that will influence commercial construction this year, according to two industry experts.

    Jeffrey Kozek and E. Mitchell Swann • Jan. 19, 2021
  • How OSHA priorities could shift under President-elect Biden

    In addition to COVID-19 issues, there are several other construction-related workplace concerns that could become front and center for OSHA this year, according to attorney Casey Verville.

    Casey Verville • Jan. 5, 2021
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    Many contractors overlook this lucrative tax credit

    The research and development federal tax credit of up to 12% is available to innovative construction firms, but many are unaware of it, says tax expert Cole Marr.

    Cole Marr • Nov. 2, 2020
  • Infrastructure investments will be driven by new technology

    New innovations and practices will be imperative to stretching public dollars and convincing private investors of above market returns on infrastructure opportunities, writes industry expert Kate Gasparro.

    Kate Gasparro • Oct. 14, 2020
  • Why construction documentation matters more than ever during COVID-19

    The pandemic has forced contractors to quickly shift to solutions such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, virtual tours and project management software, says the head of contech firm StructionSite.

    Matt Daly • Aug. 19, 2020
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    Paying employees during a coronavirus-related project suspension: What do federal laws say?

    As the number of contractors faced with a project suspension continues to mount, one increasingly common question arises: "Am I obligated to pay my employees for time off during a COVID-19-related suspension?”

    Roscoe Green and Benjamin Briggs • April 17, 2020