More than Money

Attracting and retaining the best and brightest employees is a catch-22 of the construction industry. The best and brightest want to work for companies with stellar reputations, but companies achieve outstanding reputations only when they can attract and retain the best and brightest. We asked some of the successful companies we have interviewed what they are doing to recruit and retain. Here is what we found out.

Creating Workplaces that Work

Under the Sea

Marine construction – a combination of harsh environment and special considerations. North America has plenty of coastline and the demand for construction in the marine environment isn’t going away any time soon. Yet we don’t often consider or even think about what goes into the design and construction of the structures that bridge our waterways, line our shores and allow the docking of our largest cargo ships.

Challenges and Opportunities in Marine Construction

Recycling and Reuse

For thousands of years, concrete has been one of the most widely-used building materials in the world for many reasons. It is relatively inexpensive, extremely durable, and not prone to rot, rust, or decay like wood or metal…

Concrete and Asphalt for the Modern AgeConcrete and Asphalt for the Modern Age

Waiting for the Bubble to Burst

The world’s leading bankers and analysts are closely watching the Canadian real estate market, chiefly hot markets in Toronto and Vancouver, trying to make sense of the perceived volatility that many speculate will result in a bubble and a subsequent crash.

Making Sense of the Canadian Real Estate Market

A Proactive Approach to Resolving a Longstanding Debate

About forty skilled Central and South American workers from Ecuador, Peru, Columbia and Costa Rica came to British Columbia, Canada as temporary foreign workers (TFWs) in 2006. This story incited Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) call for reforms to Canada’s TFW program (TFWP) and the International Mobility Program (IMP). LiUNA, a powerful voice within the construction industry with over half a million members – 110,000 of whom are in Canada – has been the only Canadian union to address the issue.

Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA)

Aesthetics, Functionality and Purpose

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Roybal Campus headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia is a perfect example of how a building can be designed and constructed to play a vital role in the health and well-being of society. The CDC is the leading public health institution in the United States. Its location was chosen for its proximity to the malaria outbreak that was affecting the southern United States in 1947, but it has evolved with the needs and priorities of the nation.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Reconsidering NAFTA

The history of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) begins in the early 1980s, spanning the Republican Presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, before being signed into law by Democratic President Bill Clinton on December 8, 1993. The agreement entered into effect shortly after, on January 1, 1994.

What are the Stakes?

Gearing Up

In recent years, many industries have adopted new and exciting technologies to boost productivity and profitability, and construction is no exception. From wearable technology to drones, remote-controlled loaders and advanced software helping streamline massive amounts of data, these modern-day marvels are making the construction process more efficient, less wasteful and a lot safer. And as structures from housing to office towers must be erected as quickly and effectively as possible, advances in construction-related technology continue to grow rapidly.

Today’s Construction Trends

A Strong History and a Bright Future

Totten Tubes knows a thing or two about the importance of family. The Azusa, California-based Steel Service Center was founded in 1955 by Marvin Totten and has since built a reputation around having the product customers need when they need it by stocking unusual and difficult-to-find sizes and shapes of tubing.

Totten Tubes

Advocating HSS

Since it was formed almost one hundred years ago, the Steel Tube Institute (STI) has evolved to meet the needs of industry. It was created in 1930 when several manufacturers came together to educate about the many advantages of using steel tubing, and STI continues to endorse this well-known construction material. It also advocates best practices and safety initiatives specific to steel tube producers.

The Steel Tube Institute

More than Money

Attracting and retaining the best and brightest employees is a catch-22 of the construction industry. The best and brightest want to work for companies with stellar reputations, but companies achieve outstanding reputations only when they can attract and retain the best and brightest. We asked some of the successful companies we have interviewed what they are doing to recruit and retain. Here is what we found out.

October 18, 2018, 5:14 PM EDT