US homebuilder sentiment reached its highest point in four months during February, according to the National Association of Home Builders. One of the biggest challenges facing the home construction and remodeling businesses right now is a lack of young labor entering the industry, said National Kitchen & Bath Association CEO Bill Darcy.
Tile roofs can be trouble for solar panel installers, especially those with a heavy foot, writes Billy Ludt. He also compares the advantages of replacement tile mounts versus roof hooks for solar installations.
The US Department of Labor may change the salary exemption rules by increasing the salary threshold for employees to be considered exempt from being paid overtime, warranting a review for roofing companies to ensure employees are being paid fairly, Richard Alaniz writes. Though no new rules have been issued, he explains how to determine whether an employee is exempt.
With the popularity of Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri and all of the other virtual assistants, the search game is changing. Why? Because people don't speak the same way that they type into Google's search bar, so all of the keyword targeting you have done with your digital marketing may no longer be as effective. Read more.
A company building a pipeline in Pennsylvania has reached out via email to subcontractors who worked on the project encouraging them to contact the surety for a contractor that collapsed. The company said the surety has already processed some claims but can only help subcontractors that follow the correct claims process.
In response to California Gov. Gavin Newsom's decision to scale back construction of a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Trump administration has vowed to cut off $929 million in congressionally approved funding for the line and wants the state to repay an extra $2.5 billion it already has used. The state intends to fight to retain funds.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority intends to award a $1.4 billion contract to joint venture between Tutor Perini and O&G Industries for construction on the Metro Purple Line Extension. Tutor Perini has been conducting design work for an accompanying tunnel project.
Construction has topped off at Windrose Tower, a 27-story luxury high-rise in the $3 billion Legacy West development in Plano, Texas. Sixty-five percent of the building's units have been sold, and some residents will move in later this year.
With 66 major projects under construction, 32 new ones primed to begin soon and an additional 129 in various planning phases, Seattle's construction boom isn't slowing down. Residential construction has been a major contributor to the growth as developers wade back into the condo market.
As contractors like UCI Construction are learning, building information modeling gives concrete construction crews a visual representation of what they are building and helps them develop better formwork for concrete placement as well as provide better cost estimates. In the field, BIM allows crews to share as-built model information and expedite communication.
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