March 2018
AIA Architectural Billings Index, Annual Value Update & more
Each month, the Construction Business Owner team compiles statistics from several different sources, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the United States Census Bureau, to give you a better understanding of the current state of affairs for the construction industry. The...
Why your choice in battery platform will drive the decision-making process
When a general contractor heads out to pick up a new 18-volt impact driver for the jobsite, what exactly is that construction pro purchasing? The answer might be a surprise, because it’s not actually a power tool—it’s a battery system. Unless a professional user is already dedicated to a battery...
Steps to ensure you keep costs low for your required licensing
As spring approaches, many contractors are undoubtedly looking either to get first-time licenses or renew current licenses to prepare for the rush of summer projects. On paper, the process seems pretty straightforward—complete required training, pay applicable fees, get bonded and insured....
Smart software solutions & how they can pave the way for improved processes
Heavy construction requires heavy equipment, and how a contractor maintains and manages his or her fleet has a big impact on the ability to meet project deadlines and budget targets. Mark Hooks, a sales engineer at B2W Software, says technology presents the opportunity to take a more holistic...
Creating concrete solutions for an industry facing change
Another year, another solid week at World of Concrete (WOC) in Las Vegas. This year’s show was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 22-25, 2018, boasted 58,222 attendees and featured more than 1,567 companies exhibiting across more than 747,411 square feet of space. Of those exhibitors...
How preventive audits of your equipment’s safety points can help to reduce accidents
Recently, a crew working a “tilt-up” job in Austin, Texas, got a frightening reminder of how important regular crane maintenance and equipment inspections can be after an accident on the jobsite. (You can watch live video of the accident at youtube.com/watch?v=Mn6PYOG6sWw.) In any accident...
A strategic approach to recruiting the best in the business
Hiring talented individuals has become the latest in a long line of routine challenges for many business leaders. Whether it is exhausting the new channels of social media or tapping old relationships in the recruiting world, firms have made it a full-time job to increase the capacity in their...
3 key technologies better connecting the office, team & field
Construction doesn’t happen in the office—it occurs out in the field among the project teams and during collaboration with everyone involved in the project. This collaboration and the timely sharing of information for fast, well-informed decision making is crucial to success. Data and information...
How not letting go is holding you back
Currently, there is less than 2 percent unemployment for project managers, estimators and field supervisors in the construction industry. Keeping your best talent should be your top priority. Let’s review a few causes of great employees leaving good companies, and what happens when business owners...
Environmental Restoration's Tim Bland stays ahead of the fleet
Imagine maintaining 300 pieces of rolling stock plus 200 pieces of equipment spread across the entire United States, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. That’s the challenge Tim Bland, assistant operations manager at Environmental Restoration LLC, faces every day. For 20 years, Bland and his staff...
We asked industry experts what guidelines employees need.
Christopher M. Mason Attorney Jennings, Strouss...
Get a handle on fuel, oil & coolant to help extend machine life
Fluids—particularly diesel fuel, diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), engine and transmission oil, hydraulic fluid and coolant—are your machine’s lifeblood. These fluids require exceptional care, especially as equipment continues to be manufactured with sophisticated technologies. 1. Read the Manual...
The California project took a critical path toward safety
Construction business owners face challenges daily. Whether it’s a delay in materials, finding skilled labor or keeping projects on budget, there is no shortage of obstacles. Perhaps the most difficult issue for owners is workplace safety. According to statistics compiled by the Occupational...
Learn about the licensing shift that’s helping firms to win more business
Increasing profitability is a key challenge for construction companies of all sizes. One area that presents tremendous untapped growth potential for construction firms is business licensing. In an industry where there is no such thing as a simple job, licensing adds an unwelcome layer of complexity...
A practical introduction to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act & the ways it could change your business
On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law “An Act to Provide for Reconciliation Pursuant to Titles II and V of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2018.” Commonly referred to as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (the Act), it consists of sweeping changes for individuals...
Utilizing new collaboration tools for maximum efficiency on the jobsite
Relationships within a construction project are numerous and complex. Owners, subcontractors, general contractors, architects/engineers and other partners create a plethora of information that must be communicated accurately in order to produce a world-class project. And just like building the...