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Construction Employment Increases in 36 States during Past Year

Construction firms added jobs in 36 states between August 2013 and August 2014, while construction employment increased in 28 states between July and August, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted construction activity continues to spread across most of the nation even, as employment gains remain uneven by month and state.

“The number of states with increases in construction employment over the last 12 months moderated in August but remained strongly positive as construction activity continues to spread across most of the nation,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “While most states remain far below pre-recession peak employment levels, more states are approaching previous highs and more contractors have been reporting difficulty in hiring qualified workers. These trends are likely to intensify if the recovery in construction continues.”

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Dodge Momentum Index Makes Small Gain in August

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Dodge Momentum Index made a small gain in August, increasing to 118.8 (2000=100) for the month, up 0.2 percent from the July reading. The improvement in August is on the heels of a 5.7 percent decline in July, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial.

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McCarthy Completes UC Merced Science and Engineering Building Incorporating “Net-Zero” Sustainability Goals

se2McCarthy recently finalized construction on the new University of California, Merced Science and Engineering Building 2. A ribbon-cutting event commemorating its completion and a grand opening was held on Aug. 27, which was attended by employees of UC Merced, McCarthy, project architect SmithGroupJJR and visiting dignitaries.

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Carolina Construction Organization Names Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractor of the Year

ABC-Carolinas-GC-of-the-YearRALEIGH, N.C. -- Brasfield & Gorrie recently announced the company has been recognized as General Contractor of the Year by the Associated Builders and Contractors Carolinas chapter.  

Presented during the organization’s Carolinas Construction Conference on Aug. 8, the peer-nominated award recognizes Brasfield & Gorrie’s Raleigh, North Carolina office for outstanding business practices and service to the industry.

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Turner Group Predicts Pace of Zero Net-Energy Building Construction Will Exceed Expectations

RoseCottageCONCORD, N.H. -- William A. (Bill) Turner, PE, LEED AP, senior vice president of The H L Turner Group Inc. and president/CEO of Turner Building Science & Design, LLC predicts the pace of growth in zero-energy building construction will grow even faster than recent estimates done by Navigant Research, who indicates the market growing to $1.4 trillion in 2035.

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McCarthy, Donley Awarded $20M Education Resource Center for University of Virginia Health System

McCarthy 1ST. LOUIS, Mo. – McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and Donley’s have been awarded a $20-million Education Resource Center project for the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Virginia. The team will break ground in early October 2014 on the four-story, 46,000-square-foot facility, which is being built on a tight site directly across the street from University of Virginia Medical Center. Total project cost is expected to be $24-26 million.

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Boston’s Iconic Unicorn, Lion Statues are Coming Down

BOSTON, Mass. -- The Bostonian Society embarked on a multi-faceted preservation project on the Old State House at the beginning August. Work will include roofing and window repairs, repointing of the masonry on the west facade and restoration of the building's lion and unicorn statues on the east façade.

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