Specialty Contractors

September 24, 2013
The theme of this year’s 2013 AGC Building Contractors Conference is “Increasing Your Firm’s Productivity Through Industry Innovations”. The event brings together high-level leaders in the building construction industry to share, learn and discuss the issues that are essential to them and their business. This event is quickly approaching and you will not want to miss any of the sessions or networking opportunities.
September 24, 2013
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) remained positive again in July with a 52.7 reading, improving on the June score of 51.6.  As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending.
September 4, 2013

Nationwide Survey Finds Most Firms Worry There Are Not Enough Craft Workers Available to Meet Growing Demand for Construction as Officials Call for Immigration and Education Reform to Help

Seventy-four percent of construction firms across the country report they are having trouble finding qualified craft workers to fill key spots amid concerns that labor shortages will only get worse according to the results of an industry wide survey released today by the Associated General Contractors of America.  Association officials called for immigration and education reform measures to help avoid worker shortages.

July 23, 2013
In recent years, AGC members have been pressed to deliver more services at lower cost, while maintaining the highest quality. Recognizing this challenge, AGC developed a “Doing More With Less” webpage, which contains a number of tools and resources to help members maximize their efficiency.
July 23, 2013
In May, the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI), rebounded back into growth territory with a reading of 52.9 after last month’s reading dropped below 50 to 48.6. This was the first significant decrease in design activity after eight straight months of gains.
July 23, 2013
At the 2013 Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) Spring Owners Leadership Conference, Mortenson Construction conducted a survey on construction owner’s perspective on facility management and project delivery.  More than 60 facilities professionals including facilities leaders for organizations such as higher education, healthcare and government participated in the survey.
July 8, 2013
AGC testified at a U.S. Environmental Agency (EPA) public hearing on June 26, 2013, regarding EPA’s ongoing evaluation into whether and how to regulate renovation, repair and painting (RRP) activities in all public and commercial buildings that purportedly have lead-based paint. 
July 5, 2013
On July 2, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the results of the member ballot for the newest version of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system for green buildings.  With 67 percent of the overall vote needed to pass the changes, LEEDv4 received 86 percent if the membership’s vote.  USGBC will launch LEED v4 this fall at its annual conference, Greenbuild, in November 2013.
July 3, 2013
Green Globes®, used for the environmental assessment and certification of commercial buildings, has recently undergone revisions.  The Green Building Initiative (GBI), the administrator of the program in the U.S., announced the availability of an updated version of Green Globes for New Construction (NC), which is also used for major renovations. The recent changes to Green Globes NC are based on an ANSI standard, ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings. GBI intends this update to improve technical rigor and enhance ease of use.
June 18, 2013
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is the leading economic indicator of construction activity, with approximately a nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending.  The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the April ABI score was 48.6, down from a mark of 51.9 in March.  After eight straight monthly gains in design activity, revenue at architecture firms fell in April.


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