Greater DC Area 8th in Metro Area with Most New Residents

The broadly-defined Washington, DC-VA-MD-WV came in 8th among metro areas when it comes to increase in residents, according to HousingWire.com and the latest figures for the U.S. Census Bureau released last week. This metro area added nearly 64,000 residents from July 1, 2014, to July 1, 2015. Two metro areas in Texas, Houston-The Woollands-Sugarland and the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington areas came …

NCCER Releases 2015 Construction Craft Salary Survey Results

The average annual salary for numerous construction trades remains high, according to a survey by NCCER (formerly known as the National Center for Construction Education and Research). Salaries for 31 trades range from $47,166 for scaffold builders to $88,675 for project managers.   http://www.nccer.org/uploads/docs/2015_ConstructionCraftSalarySurvey.pdf OSHA to Propose Construction Industry Specific Safety Guidelines When OSHA releases its updated voluntary management guidelines for …

26th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards

Wohlsen Construction Co. Renovated the Hamilton Health Center Was once an abandoned building, is now a medical and dental clinic Greener Tomorrow award winner Design Build Institute of America Award winner ABC Baltimore member Renovation $10 million to $100 million Harrisburg, PA The Tri-M Group LLC. Electrical/Commercial Alfred I. Dupont Hospital for Children Pavilion Wilmington, DE ABC Baltimore Member Pyramid …

Celebrate Women in Construction Week

March 6 marked the beginning of National Women in Construction Week, the annual observance started by the National Association of Women in Construction to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in construction. The latest figures from 2014 found that nearly 9 percent of the 9.8 million construction industry workers were women, according to NAWIC. For more information, visit …

Construction Spending Rebounds from Great Recession

 January 2016 construction spending was 10.4 percent higher than a year ago, and hit its highest level in eight years, according to the latest Commerce Department report. There’s more on how the construction industry has rebound, and the numbers that matter, in this Construction Dive report. http://www.constructiondive.com/news/construction-spending-surges-to-8-year-high/414800/ The Case for Infrastructure Spending—Now. Read the details in this CBSMoneyWatch opinion piece …

Paid Sick Leave Support Falls When Reality Sets In, Poll Finds

Would you support mandatory paid sick leave if it meant fewer jobs, fewer available work hours, cuts in health care and retirement benefits, higher prices for goods and services, and if the mandate was paid for with a payroll tax assessed on workers? These questions were asked at random in a recent poll conducted by Annapolis-based Gonzales Research & Marketing …

House Bill Would Give Property Tax Break to New/Small Businesses

Known as the Personal Property Tax-Credit for New or Small Businesses, the bill, if passed, “would give every county in the state, as well as Baltimore city, the option to give a property tax credit up to 100 percent against the county or municipal corporation property tax imposed on property that is owned or leased by a new or small …

Industry Execs’ Outlook Optimistic For 2016, But Less So Than 2015

The construction industry expects higher profits in the coming year and an overall growth in the next two years, according to the 2016 Construction Industry Forecast by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, an annual survey of construction executives conducted in the previous fall, now in its 40th year. While still bullish on the economy, the Wells Fargo Construction Optimism Quotient, a …