WASHINGTON (April 21, 2022) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced a new program that unlocks $6.4 billion in formula funding for states and localities over five years. The new Carbon Reduction Program (CRP), created under the president’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will help states develop carbon reduction strategies and address the climate crisis facing our nation.
RALEIGH, N.C. (April 6, 2022) — FMI Corporation, a leading provider of consulting and investment banking services to the built environment, released the 2022 North American Engineering and Construction Outlook Second Quarter Edition today. The report provides a comprehensive second quarter forecast for a broad range of construction and engineering segments in the U.S. and Canada.
WASHINGTON (April 19, 2022) — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Vice President of Regulatory, Labor and State Affairs Ben Brubeck today issued the following statement on the final National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule:
HAMILTON, N.J. (April 19, 2022) — Total construction starts fell 12% in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $903.8 billion, according to Dodge Construction Network. Nonresidential building starts lost 29%, in part due to the start of three large manufacturing facilities in the prior month. When those three large projects are removed, nonresidential starts in March would have risen 10%.
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (April 7, 2022) — The American Concrete Institute (ACI) announced the launch of NEU: An ACI Center of Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete, at its spring convention in Orlando, Florida, USA. NEU aims to collaborate globally to drive research, education, awareness and adoption of carbon neutral materials and technologies in the industry.
WASHINGTON (April 12, 2022) — For the first time, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a National Emphasis Program to protect millions of workers from heat illness and injuries. Through the program, OSHA will conduct heat-related workplace inspections before workers suffer completely preventable injuries, illnesses or, even worse, fatalities.
WASHINGTON (April 12, 2022) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) this week highlights the importance of protecting highway construction workers, who will be doing more work repairing and replacing roads and bridges due to funding from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week provides an opportunity to raise public awareness and urge drivers to help keep road crews safe.
WASHINGTON (April 12, 2022) — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator increased to 8.3 months in March, according to an ABC member survey conducted March 22 to April 5. The reading is up 0.5 months from March 2021.
WASHINGTON (April 1, 2022)—National nonresidential construction spending was down 0.1% in February, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of data published on April 1 by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted annualized basis, nonresidential spending totaled $844.5 billion for the month.
WASHINGTON (March 30, 2022) — Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) today announced a collaborative partnership to address mental health and suicide prevention throughout the U.S. construction industry.
WASHINGTON (March 18, 2022) — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has announced $10 million in funding from the Fiscal Year 2021 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise/Supportive Services (DBE/SS) program to help eligible small businesses compete for federal highway contracts in 45 states, as well as Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S.
HAMILTON, N.J. (March 16, 2022) — Total construction starts rose 9% in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.013 trillion, according to Dodge Construction Network. Nonresidential building starts swelled 32% due to the start of three large manufacturing facilities. By contrast, residential starts fell 3%, and nonbuilding starts fell by less than 1%.
WASHINGTON (March 4, 2022) — The construction industry added 60,000 jobs on net in February, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, the industry has recovered virtually all (99.0%) of the jobs lost during earlier stages of the pandemic.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (March 2, 2022) — Construction Business Owner, the leading business magazine for contractors, is pleased to announce a free webinar presented in partnership with Fulcrum.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 1, 2022) — Today, U.S. President Joe Biden spoke to the nation in his State of the Union address, in which he hit on many expected points of interest, including unification with Ukraine amid ongoing Russian invasions; expressing post-COVID-19 optimism; mitigating inflation issues; tackling the opioid epidemic and mental health; and addressing safety and equal justice, among others.
WASHINGTON (Feb. 23, 2022) — The construction industry will need to attract nearly 650,000 additional workers on top of the normal pace of hiring in 2022 to meet the demand for labor, according to a model developed by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).
MOLINE, Ill. (Feb. 21, 2022) — The latest updated quarterly American Rental Association (ARA) forecast for equipment rental revenue now calls for a 10.2% increase in 2022 to reach $52.7 billion in the United States, a slight increase from the previous forecast in October 2021, reflecting the positive influence of expected increases in infrastructure spending.
ARLINGTON, Va. (Feb. 15. 2022) — Prices of construction materials jumped more than 20% from January 2021 to January 2022, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) of government data.
WASHINGTON (Feb. 15, 2022) — The White House announced on Tuesday a new task force to promote use of construction materials with lower life cycle emissions as it works to speed U.S. government purchases of greener products.