Lack of Skilled Workers Still a Major Bottleneck for New Construction

A lack of skilled workers in the masonry industry and construction in general continues to make it difficult or impossible for contractors to keep up with building demand.  Ironically, according to this article from the Associated General Contractors of America, hiring has actually slowed recently.  The question is, has hiring slowed because demand is falling More Info »

March 1, 2016 by:    Comments



Jose Martinez Wins World of Concrete Fastest Trowel Competition

Jose Noe Martinez won the 2016 Fastest Trowel on the Block Contest at this year’s World of Concrete.  The contest pitted journemen masons and their tenders against one another to see who could build the best 30 foot-long 8″ CMU wall in twenty minutes.  Contestants were judged on both the number of block they laid More Info »

February 11, 2016 by:    Comments



What The Heck Is A WUFI?

WUFI sounds like a Star Wars character, but it’s actually an extremely useful software suite that calculates simultaneous heat and moisture transport in multi-layer building components.  It can account for literally hundreds of variables, from insulation size and type to window and door sizes and types to siding to typical weather conditions for the building More Info »

January 21, 2016 by:    Comments



Second Tier Cities – Where Building Growth Will Be In The Next Five Years

According to the below article, second tier cities like Indianapolis, Kansas City, Denver, Portland, Austin, and other cities in the 1-5 million population range will be where the growth and therefore building demand will be during the next 5 years. Distributors and good contractors in these types of cities will be the hottest prospects for More Info »

December 28, 2015 by:    Comments



Exceptional Industry Growth in Some Sectors, More Growth Projected for 2016

Gilbane, a national construction and real estate development company, said in its Summer 2015 Construction Economics Report, 2015 will see record-breaking spending growth for some sectors of non-residential construction.  Spending on manufacturing buildings was up 50% in 2015 over last year to $86.4 billion, an unprecedented year-over-year growth increase. Other growth areas include education buildings, More Info »

December 14, 2015 by:    Comments