Tag: construction trades

A new blueprint for America’s construction trades

It’s been weeks since Hurricane Harvey devastated the city of Houston and Southeast Texas. Damage estimates go up to $190 billion. The cleanup has...

The madness of ignoring what people do

These days, I try to limit my outrage to onerous parking tickets, ($120! For blocking my own driveway?!) and programs I DVR that run...

Rebuilding the labor force for multifamily

Several days earlier, the writer, narrator, producer, actor and former host of the popular television show Dirty Jobs delivered the same message to a...

The incredible disappearing tradesmen

Construction costs rose eight percent from 2011 to 2013, with another four percent boost expected by 2015. While commodity prices have gone up, the...

The incredible shrinking workforce

Now, a big caveat: That big October drop in participation could have been skewed slightly by the government shutdown. The official household survey counted...

When something’s just not right

The problem these developers face is another type of shortage; finding qualified manpower. Like many of those in the trades, construction managers and designers...

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