NEW JERSEY (August 17, 2020)—Total construction starts fell 7% in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $631.6 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The decline was due to a significant pullback in the nonbuilding segment, which fell 31% from June to July. Nonresidential building starts rose 3% while residential building starts increased 2%.

NATIONAL (August 12, 2020)—United Kingdom-based general contractor Balfour Beatty reported its half-year 2020 results this week. The firm reported a 26 million pound ($34 million) loss in Q1 and Q2 of 2020, mostly attributed to the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

PLANO, Texas (July 23, 2020)—Hilti North America announced a new innovation that is more connected to its customers than any tool of its time, the EXO-O1 wearable exoskeleton. Hilti’s new human augmentation device will help commercial contractors, tradesman and management alike tackle health and safety as well as labor shortage challenges.

WASHINGTON (July 22, 2020)—Demand for design services from architecture firms began to stabilize in June, following their peak declines in April, according to a new report today from The American Institute of Architects (AIA).

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (July 22, 2020) — Autodesk, Inc. announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Pype, a provider of cloud-based solutions for automating construction project management workflows.

Birmingham, Ala. (July 20, 2020)—Construction Business Owner, the leading business magazine for contractors, is pleased to announce a free webinar presented in partnership with AvidXchange.

The live, online event, “5 Tips to Protect Your Construction Business Against Financial Fraud” will take place Aug. 20, 2020, at 2 p.m. EDT, and will cover how to recognize and prevent common types of fraud attacks.

NATIONAL (July 17, 2020)—Construction employment increased from May to June in 31 states and the District of Columbia, but the gains may have stalled, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of government employment data released and a com

WASHINGTON (July 21, 2020)—As a result of the partially shutdown economy, businesses and organizations will continue to be hesitant to invest in modernized or new facilities, according to a mid-year update to the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Consensus Construction Forecast. The trend ends an almost decade-long expansion in construction spending.