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AEM Updates Roller Compactor, Directional Drilling Tracking Equipment Safety Manuals

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has updated its Roller Compactor and Directional Drilling Tracking Equipment Safety Manuals with new pictorial graphics that conform to ISO and ANSI standards and are included in the AEM Pictorial Database.

AIA Unveils New Leading Indicator in Construction Research White Paper

WASHINGTON, D.C. — By measuring the movement of design contracts in the monthly Architecture Billings Index, the American Institute of Architects is now able to trace the path of resources into the design and construction industry from the earliest conceptualization until it results in finished projects. This new indicator is being spotlighted in an AIA economic research white paper, Designing the Construction Future.

Brasfield & Gorrie Begins $30M Construction Projects in Greenville

DRB-3GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Brasfield & Gorrie announced the start of construction on two projects in downtown Greenville, S.C., totaling $30 million.

The general contractor recently began work on the Aloft Hotel, a seven-story, 144-room hotel with an amenity pool deck. Developed by McKibbon Hotel Group, the 90,100-square-foot hotel will be completed in late 2015.

Construction Jobless Rate Declines, Reports AGC

Construction employers added 19,000 workers to payrolls in March, bringing industry employment to the highest level since June 2009, while the industry’s unemployment rate dropped to the lowest March level in seven years, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials warned that the pool of available workers is declining rapidly, raising the prospects for significant labor shortages if demand continues to expand.

DBIA Releases 10 Best Practices for Design-Build Done Right

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Design-Build Institute of America has announced the release of “Design-Build Done Right Best Practices” guidebook. Based on research, case studies and extensive industry input for more than a year, DBIA has identified the design-build best practices and implementing techniques that directly impact project performance.

Barton Malow-Hunt-White to Build New Detroit Events Center

DETROIT, Mich. -- The City of Detroit Downtown Development Authority Board approved the recommendation by Olympia Development of Michigan and the Downtown Development Authority staff to hire Barton Malow-Hunt-White as general contractor for construction of the new Detroit events center.

Notable projects by team members include Ford Field, Comerica Park, the expansion and renovation of The University of Michigan Football Stadium, Detroit Riverfront, Detroit Medical Center Pediatric Specialty Center and Amway Arena in Orlando, Fla.

Q2 Economic Outlook Upgrades 2014 Equipment and Software Investment Growth Forecast to 4.2%

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Investment in equipment and software is expected to grow 4.2 percent in 2014, according to the Q2 update to the 2014 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook released by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation. The Foundation increased its 2014 equipment and software investment forecast to 4.2 percent, up from 3.1 percent growth forecast in its 2014 Annual Outlook released in December 2013. The Q2 report expects equipment and software investment to steadily grow over the next six months as economic conditions solidify and business confidence continues to recover. The Foundation report, which is focused on the $827-billion equipment leasing and finance industry, forecasts 2014 equipment investment and capital spending in the United States and evaluates the effects of various related and external factors in play currently and into the foreseeable future. 

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