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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 - Industry is in “boom,” labor recruitment expanding

DALLAS – How would you describe the general state of the industry? The general state of the industry is vibrant and flourishing. As for how my company looks at this industry, I could say that our staff would probably call it a “boom,” because right now, what we’re seeing on the ground is a massive need [for labor]. We have experienced a steady increase in business growing at about 170% each year. Our corner of the industry usually follo...

Created by : mpaulcn
08/06/2014 14:23:00 | Viewed: 169
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Focus - Energy slowdown temporary, copper theft not

DALLAS – How would you describe the state of the construction industry in general terms? Have you heard of an increase or a slowdown in business? Our construction market focus is Fortune 500 companies in energy and industrial manufacturing. Energy construction has been a bull market for over 10 years and just recently we have experienced a decline in new projects. Industrial construction continues to be a steady source of new and remodel proj...

Created by : mjonesmeyercn
07/02/2014 16:26:00 | Viewed: 91
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Focus - Green Building - A green horizon

AUSTIN - How would you describe the state of the construction industry in general terms? The construction industry as whole is doing fine. There are new projects and new products coming on board every day. Each city faces its obstacles. Our challenges are still the same, lead times for permits are still lagging and the shortage of labor has always been a factor....

Created by : cwiatrekcn
09/13/2017 06:21:00 | Viewed: 0
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Best kept secret

DALLAS/FT WORTH - Twenty years ago, contractors were using fax machines, visiting plan rooms and handling mounds of paper to manage the bid process. The Builders Exchange of Texas (BXTX) was in the thick of it, publishing a printed Bulletin, operating a physical plan room and busily making blueprint copies for its members. Then one day, BXTX received its first CD Rom with plans and specs on it and realized that the world was moving rapidly tow...

Created by : rdoebblercn
09/05/2017 22:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Legal - The Economic Loss Rule and construction defect litigation Part 3: Blurred lines, uncertainty, and recent legal developments

AUSTIN - This is the third article in a three-part series about the economic loss rule. As previously discussed, the rule sorts legal claims by distinguishing whether a party can recover under contract or in tort. Thus, how the rule draws the line between contract and tort claims is vital for those in the construction industry. Indeed, if the rule sets a broad scope for contract claims, parties who rely on the certainty provided by certain contra...

Created by : cwiatrekcn
08/30/2017 21:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule

AUSTIN - On March 25th, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule regarding respirable crystalline silica. Under this rule, employers are now subject to new standards for protecting workers. As the construction industry approaches the required implementation date of September 23, 2017, it is a good time to review the highlights....

Created by : cwiatrekcn
08/30/2017 11:03:00 | Viewed: 0