The Construction Industry Has Hundreds of Open Positions –– Why Can’t They Hire Enough Workers?

The construction industry saw the number of job openings grow in August, but the industry is focused on how to fill the positions that already exist. Companies are instating better incentives, offering higher pay and embracing technology to attract qualified candidates, but industry officials argue more needs to be done to promote the industry and … Continued

Construction Among Industries with Highest Job Growth for August

Construction job growth in August ranked fourth among employment sectors adding 22,000 jobs to the month’s total of 187,000 non-farm jobs. Only health care (with a whopping increase of 71,000), leisure/hospitality (40,000) and social assistance (26,000) showed more growth last month, according to the latest report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With the … Continued

The FHWA Grant Program: A Catalyst for Digital Transformation in Design-Build

Contributor: Alicia Lopez, PE, PEng, DBIA; Vice President, Design Management & Innovation; Flatiron Construction In a landmark move toward embracing the digital age, the Biden-Harris administration has initiated the first round of an $85 million grant program to fuel the widespread adoption of digital construction technologies within the transportation sector. This program, launched by the … Continued

Construction Labor Market Still Strong, Withstands Fed Rate Hikes

Despite expectations that Federal Reserve interest rate hikes would negatively impact the construction labor market, the June U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report indicates the industry is still strong with more jobs, consistent wage growth and low unemployment. The Construction Labor Market at a Glance Of the 209,000 total jobs added in June, construction was among the … Continued

Taking a Closer Look: Progressive Design-Build and Best Value Design-Build

The industry’s latest performance research predicts that design-build will deliver nearly half of all non-residential design and construction in the United States by 2026. Because design-build isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach, it allows Owners to choose the variation that best suits their goals, project and team. In addition to cost and schedule savings, the flexibility to … Continued

Innovation, Technology Driving Better Collaboration Between Field And Office

Contributor: Thai Nguyen, Director of Innovation, Hensel Phelps The construction industry has made impressive strides in digital transformation. However, it still faces challenges in fully harnessing the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) due to fragmented data held in silos by individuals, teams and companies. The emergence of new tools and apps adds another layer of … Continued

Getting Down and Dirty with BIM for Design-Build projects

We have all heard it before. How great BIM is. How it is revolutionizing our industry. How it is changing virtually everything. However, maybe you haven’t drunk the Kool-Aid just yet. You see a lot of hype and discussion, and maybe even some cool presentations, but you are missing the everyday practicality of it. You … Continued

It’s Time for a Design-Build Best Practices Update

It has been almost a decade since DBIA published its first Universally Applicable Best Design-Build Practices. That document has helped more teams than we can count deliver Design-Build Done Right® projects of all types and sizes. But, as we all know, design-build continues to evolve and grow. So must our best practices and their implementing … Continued

How to Make Your DEI Initiatives Work

Designing and building a more diverse AEC industry is more than a lofty social goal. It’s vital for the AEC industry’s future. As our industry continues to face worker shortages and challenges in recruiting young and diverse talent, implementing effective DEI programs can help address these workforce challenges. But what makes a successful DEI program? … Continued

Teaming Agreements Are Key to Design-Build Success

“Effective Teaming Agreements are a foundation of design-build success,” says Rachel John, Esq., Assoc. DBIA, Senior Associate at Zetlin and De Chiara, LLP, a New York City-based law firm specializing in construction law. John is also a member of a DBIA-sponsored committee of diverse professionals with extensive design-build project experience – as design-builders, designers, contractors … Continued