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AGC Reports Construction Employment, Spending Rises in March

Construction employment increased in 152 out of 339 metropolitan areas between March 2012 and March 2013, declined in 126 and was stagnant in 61, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that many metro areas are adding jobs as construction spending increased 4.8 percent, or $38.9 billion, during the same timeframe.

Straub Construction, Inc. Celebrates 1,000,000 Safe Man Hours on Job Site

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Straub Construction, Inc., recently celebrated a million-hour safety milestone with their joint venture partner, Martin Harris Construction. The million hours, without a single case of serious injury, was performed by over 1,000 workers at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. on the Quality of Life Bachelor Enlisted Quarter Packages 9 and 4.

“This is an unprecedented accomplishment of safety,” said Navy Lieutenant Commander Matthew Bedard, resident officer in charge of construction, at a recent One Million Hour Safety Celebration at the Base in Twentynine Palms. More than 500 workers, on each of these projects, have been working since 2008 to build new bachelor enlisted quarters for the Combat Center Marines.

McCarthy Completes $42.5-Million Cape Girardeau Schools Program

St. LOUIS, Mo. -- McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has worked closely with Cape Girardeau Schools since 2009 to plan, design and build $42.5 million of improvements for the Cape Girardeau, Mo. School District. The completed program includes a total of 154,422 square feet of improvements for eight schools.

More Positive Momentum for Architecture Billings

Washington, D.C. – The Architecture Billings Index is reflecting a steady upturn in design activity.  As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate from nine- to twelve-month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending.  The American Institute of Architects reported the March ABI score was 51.9, down from a mark of 54.9 in February.  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 60.1, down from the reading of 64.8 the previous month.

AIA Honors Lombardi Projects for Design Excellence

FSU FOLKLIFE CENTER INT-34-1f RFOLLANSBEE, W.Va. – Three of the eight architectural design awards given in 2013 by The American Institute of Architects – West Virginia went to projects built by Lombardi, a general contractor known for partnering with design professionals on high-caliber new builds and renovations. Honorees were announced April 13 at the 35th AIA-WV Design Awards Gala and Scholarship Benefit in Charleston, W.Va.  Judges gave Merit Awards for Achievement in Architecture for the Raleigh County Judicial Center in Beckley and for two separate projects – one overall and one interior – at The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University in Fairmont.

National Craft Championships Showcases Best and Brightest Construction Talent

20130424154116ENPRNPRN-ABC-NATIONAL-CRAFT-CHAMPIONSHIPS-90-2-1366818076MR RBIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- On May 1 and 2, nearly 1,000 people will gather at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex for the National Craft Championships, an annual event that draws the construction industry's top apprentices and trainees and pits them against each other over the course of two days.

OSHA Schedules Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health May 23-24 in Washington, D.C.

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