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Los Angeles skyscraper tops out as tallest Western building

A new skyscraper in downtown Los Angeles has become the tallest building west of the Mississippi River A 160-foot spire is seen atop the Wilshire Grand Tower building after a crane hoisted it into place early Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. The 10-ton spire makes the building the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. It’s […]

CONSTRUCTION SPENDING REMAINS STEADY IN JULY AND IS UP BY 5.6 PERCENT FOR THE FIRST SEVEN MONTHS OF THE YEAR

September 1, 2016 Private-Sector Outlays Rise 1.0 Percent for the Month While Public Sector Investments in Infrastructure, Other Construction Fall 3.1 Percent as New Survey Finds Most Firms Having Hard Time Finding Craft Workers Construction spending remained steady in July compared to June but is up by 5.6 percent for the first seven months of […]

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT DECLINES BY 6,000 IN AUGUST AS MOST CONTRACTORS ARE HAVING A HARD TIME FINDING QUALIFIED CRAFT WORKERS TO MEET DEMAND

September 2, 2016 Industry Officials Caution that Worker Shortages Could Undermine Sector’s Recovery and Stall Broader Economic Growth without Measures to Recruit and Train New Generation of Craft Workers for the Industry Construction employment slipped from July to August for the fourth time in five months, but year-over-year job gains and recently released spending data […]

Steel Industry Teams Up for Material Transparency

Hot-rolled structural steel sections complying with the definition of structural steel in AISC 303-10 produced in the United States and fabricated by an AISC member fabricator.  July 28 2016 The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), has compiled a comprehensive list of industry-wide environmental product […]

Video Shows Steel Module Installation for Rockefeller University Expansion

August 9 2016 A two-minute video shows the first of 19 prefabricated modules of the Rockefeller University expansion’s structural steel skeleton lifted into place over Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive in New York City via one of the largest barge-mounted cranes on the East Coast. The lift took place in June and is the first of […]

Construction Boom Creates Worker Shortage Across the U.S.

Nearly 70% of construction firms report they’re having trouble finding qualified craft workers to hire amid growing construction demand. (Source: AGC survey)  September 7 2016 Two-thirds of construction firms report they’re having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce, according to the results of an industry-wide survey […]