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    Report: Materials prices soared 20% in 2021

    The high cost of construction materials could damage the industry's recovery in 2022, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.

    By Jan. 14, 2022
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    2022 outlook

    The 5 contech trends that will power jobsites in 2022

    From data usage to 3D printing and more, construction tech is poised to blast off this year.

    By Jan. 12, 2022
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    Labor

    A roundup of articles about issues affecting the workforce.

    By Construction Dive staff
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    Despite new federal ruling, Alabama proceeds with plans to build prisons with COVID-19 relief funds

    The Treasury Department's ruling said that American Rescue Plan funds generally may not be used to build prisons.

    By Jan. 12, 2022
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    2022's biggest construction conferences

    Many in-person industry events are back on this year. Here is the full rundown.

    By Jan. 12, 2022
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    7 things we know (so far) about the infrastructure act

    While much of the spending package is still coming into focus, there’s a lot that construction leaders can start planning for.

    By Jan. 11, 2022
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    Economic outlook: The issues that will boost, challenge construction in 2022

    Obstacles including inflation, pricing woes, omicron and more will continue into the new year, as developers face a now-or-never moment to build. 

    By Jan. 10, 2022
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    5 CRE trends will drive the market in 2022

    These hurdles and opportunities are changing how — and where — commercial real estate developers are looking to turn dirt, according to a new report.

    By Jan. 7, 2022
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    Backlog breakdown

    How COVID-19, supply chain woes hit contractor backlogs

    During the pandemic, construction backlog data tracked the swings of COVID-19 closely. Now, it gives a unique view of what lies ahead.

    By Dec. 15, 2021
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    Backlog breakdown

    Public contractor backlog weathers ups, downs during the pandemic

    Companies that cater to oil and gas have struggled, while those in sectors like warehouses and infrastructure experienced a boost in new work.

    By Dec. 13, 2021
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    How these public contractors' backlogs changed during the pandemic

    Though COVID-19 has disrupted the pipelines of Fluor, Tutor Perini and other public construction firms, most have been resilient, analysts say.

    By Dec. 9, 2021
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    New report examines roadblocks to construction's digital transformation

    A Dodge Construction Network survey found that while industry workers are open to change, barriers like tech issues and bad data stand in the way of further digitizing their work.

    By Dec. 8, 2021
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    Infrastructure drives new opportunities, risks for construction, report finds

    The international construction market is set for a sustained period of growth, with modular building and renewable energy projects taking on a major role, according to global insurance firm Allianz.

    By Dec. 6, 2021
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    The top 12 drivers of construction disputes and how to avoid them

    A new HKA study shows design issues have eclipsed scope changes as the top cause of claims in the U.S.

    By Nov. 30, 2021
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    Report: $61B lost per year due to waste, inefficiency in 811 utility system

    A new study found that while problems with the country's "call before you dig" system are large, they can be mitigated.

    By Nov. 24, 2021
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    All-electric Ford F-150 Lightning sparks interest as electric vehicles make waves

    Pickup truck aficionados and first-timers alike are anticipating new electric releases from Ford, Tesla, Rivian and Chevy.

    By Nov. 19, 2021
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    5 graphs that illustrate construction's challenging year

    Elevated materials costs, labor woes, inflation and more made for a difficult 12 months for contractors, but there are positive signals too.

    By Nov. 18, 2021
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    Biden signs long-awaited $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill

    The legislation includes $110 billion for roads and bridges and $66 billion for passenger and freight rail.

    By S.L. Fuller • Updated Nov. 15, 2021
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    Federal, state partnership aims to expedite port, infrastructure projects in California

    Projects that could receive support through the agreement include port upgrades, expanded capacity for freight rail and inland storage facilities.

    By Max Garland • Nov. 16, 2021
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    How the pandemic has affected the just-in-time inventory approach

    The lean model, in which businesses aim to match their level of inventory to demand, has been challenged in recent months by supply chain upheaval.

    By Matt Leonard • Nov. 15, 2021
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    Homebuilder combats critical supply chain shortages

    Drees Homes has found creative workarounds for delayed materials, like assisting homeowners with buying their own appliances and working closely with trades teams.  

    By Nov. 10, 2021
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    'Once-in-a-generation' $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill heads to Biden's desk

    The legislation, long-awaited by many in construction, includes $110 billion for roads and bridges and $66 billion for passenger and freight rail.

    By Nov. 8, 2021
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    6 things construction companies should know about the Biden tax proposals

    As the fourth quarter is in full swing and the end of the year quickly approaches, it is traditionally the time for business owners to meet with their advisors and discuss year-end tax planning.

    By Andrew Schoenemann, CPA, Conor Barnes, CPA, Joseph Breen, CPA • Nov. 8, 2021
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    Construction spending falls in NYC, but outlook is positive

    Total construction spending in the Big Apple remains down from pre-pandemic levels, but is expected to rebound in the next few years.

    By Nov. 5, 2021
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    News report: Evergrande's unfinished $1.8B stadium taken over by Chinese government

    The government agency hopes to sell the struggling real estate giant's project in Guangzhou, Reuters reported.

    By Updated Nov. 29, 2021
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    Biden announces actions to boost US supply chain resiliency

    "​​​​​Now that we have seen how vulnerable these lines of global commerce can be, we cannot go back to business as usual," the president said at the G20 Summit in Rome.

    By Colin Campbell • Nov. 3, 2021