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Women in Construction – Studying, networking key for women

FORT WORTH – What is your background in the construction industry? I came out of the military, where I managed transportation. When I was recruited from the military, I went into manufacturing, then left corporate to start my own business. I founded my company in 1995, first as a construction cleaning company. In 1996, I actually merged to general contracting. My background is concrete; I do commercial and heavy highway....

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04/01/2015 18:08:00 | Viewed: 0
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FOCUS – Construction Education - Education and experience equally important

SAN ANTONIO – How have construction education and training changed over the years? Construction education has always been dynamic and evolving. The demand of stringent industry standards and quality, as well as the growing emphasis on making buildings more energy efficient, require a high level of knowledge and education. Keeping abreast of current technological changes, emerging techniques and methods and computer knowledge and skills will h...

Created by : mpaulcn
02/26/2015 19:29:00 | Viewed: 0
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FOCUS – Construction Safety – Safety records affect profits

DALLAS – How does construction safety impact a company? With over $55 billion spent annually in disabling workplace injuries and illnesses, workplace safety practices have a tremendous impact, both morally and financially, on organizations within the construction industry. In today’s competitive market, organizations are seeing profit margins shrink and are seeking ways to reduce cost and improve their bottom line....

Created by : mjonesmeyercn
02/05/2015 16:43:00 | Viewed: 4
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Focus – Growth rapid, but cost an issue

FORT WORTH– How would you describe the state of the construction industry in general terms? Fortunately, the Fort Worth Metroplex has experienced rapid growth in population, as well as increased construction activity in residential, commercial and industrial fields. This growth translates into increased production in my architectural and construction firm since we have experience in site planning, architecture, interior design and general co...

Created by : mjonesmeyercn
11/06/2014 17:02:00 | Viewed: 15
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Focus – Business up, labor needed

DALLAS – How would you describe the state of the construction industry? The construction industry in Texas has always been active to some degree. Even with the economic downturn back in 2009, Texas still had more projects in the works than any other state. I relate that to labor costs, cost of living and the Texas government policies in effect that make it easy to not only relocate but build in this state. The Texas Enterprise Fund has been ...

Created by : mjonesmeyercn
10/07/2014 15:08:00 | Viewed: 23
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FOCUS – Cost may hinder building design innovation

DALLAS – Why is green building important to your clients? There are two types of clients. The first desires a building to occupy and is more interested in the cost to use it; implementing energy-efficient materials will keep costs down over time. The second client builds something to resell; those clients feel using green materials, and even securing LEED certification on a building, increases its resale value....

Created by : mjonesmeyercn
09/29/2014 19:46:00 | Viewed: 23
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Focus - Opportunities are up in architecture

AUSTIN - How would you describe the state of the construction industry in general terms? It’s wonderful! The level of activity and optimism is fueling tremendous opportunities....

Created by : kestescn
10/30/2017 11:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Legal - Taking cover after the storm

AUSTIN - This hurricane season is on track to be one of the most active seasons of record. Hurricane Harvey hit a vast portion of the Texas coast and affected numerous construction projects. A hurricane of this magnitude results in delays and added costs to projects. As projects get back on track after Harvey, contractors should re-review their contracts to ensure compliance with all notice and documentation requirements, if there is a time an...

Created by : kestescn
10/30/2017 11:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Insurance - Game of drones

AUSTIN - What do the U.S. military, Super Bowl LI, Texas Dept. of Public Safety, Austin City Limits Music Festival and the construction industry have in common? All have utilized drones to enhance the activity at hand. From search and rescue operations to documenting artistic performances to monitoring projects for safety and quality control, commercial drones (also known as “unmanned aircraft systems”) are becoming an increasingly predominan...

Created by : kestescn
10/30/2017 11:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Accounting - Potential payroll pitfalls

AUSTIN - Your focus is your company’s growth, but you might be jeopardizing that growth if you’re not aware of various payroll pitfalls. Voluntary compliance with IRS regulations can save hours of time and thousands of dollars in penalties and assessments in the event of an audit, so it’s important to understand how to avoid these issues before that happens....

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10/30/2017 11:00:00 | Viewed: 0