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Architecture Billings Index Signaling Gains for Fourth Straight Month

Washington, D.C. – Billings at architecture firms across the country continue to increase.  As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the Architecture Billings Index reflects the approximate nine- to twelve-month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending.  The American Institute of Architects reported the November ABI score was 53.2, up from the mark of 52.8 in October.  This score reflects an increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings).  The new projects inquiry index was 59.6, up slightly from the 59.4 mark of the previous month.

Haskell Acquires H.R. Gray, Expands Municipal Service Offerings

Columbus, Ohio – H.R. Gray, a Columbus, Ohio-based firm providing program management and construction management services, was recently acquired by Haskell, a design-build firm headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. The acquisition will increase levels of expertise at Haskell, which works with some of America’s Fortune 500 companies to develop highly efficient and cost-effective facilities.

AGC Reports on Construction Material Prices, Fiscal Cliff

Construction materials costs dropped in November, aided by a plunge in diesel prices along with smaller decreases in a variety of other inputs, according to an analysis of new federal figures released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that some of the price declines may be related to the fact that the threat of the fiscal cliff is already having an impact on demand for construction and related materials.

Balfour Beatty Joins W&J and M.W. Williams in Groundbreaking on Florida Tech Center

HarrisTechCtr-ShovelsPalm Bay, Fla. - Balfour Beatty Construction, W & J Construction Corporation and M.W. Williams Construction Group broke ground on the $100-million Harris Technology Center in Palm Bay, Fla. 

At a groundbreaking ceremony on November 27, Florida Governor Rick Scott and Harris Corporation President and CEO William Brown joined other state and local dignitaries to kick off construction on the facility that will become the centerpiece for some of the company's most advanced engineering efforts.

Video Showcases New Reinforcement for Parking Garages

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – A new video from AltusGroup, a North American network of 14 precast concrete manufacturers dedicated to innovation, is intended to educate parking garage owners and engineers about the use of carbon fiber grid reinforcing in the flange of precast concrete double tees. The video appears on AltusGroup’s website and YouTube channel.

Puyallup, Wa. Welcomes Green Medical Facility

Group Health Puyallup 1 RPUYALLUP, Wa. — Group Health Cooperative recently opened its new Puyallup medical center. Just over a year ago, this 50,000-square-foot, two-story facility was little more than a cardboard mock-up in a warehouse in Tukwila. This cutting-edge facility, reminiscent of a lodge and complete with a green roof, graces a wooded park-like setting in Puyallup’s South Hill neighborhood.

AGC Reports on Fiscal Cliff, Construction Employment

Construction employment declined by 20,000 jobs in November while the industry's unemployment rate hit 12.2 percent, according to an analysis of new federal data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. The construction employment figures likely reflect the fact many contractors have already cut staff and delayed hiring new employees because of the threat of the “fiscal cliff,” according to results of a survey of member firms the association also released today.

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