Bid and Win More Construction Projects

In the wake of COVID-19, all efficiencies that can be gained—from the takeoff process through the project build-out—begins with a high-quality bid. Your bid should be built on the accuracy and timeliness of your company’s takeoff and estimation process. As trades become more specialized, complex, and precise, construction pros must work hard to reduce waste […]

Leaning on Cloud Technology in Tough Times

No doubt, the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing how many construction pros get work done. For an industry built on handshakes and one-on-one conversations, the concept of social distancing may be hard to comprehend. For many, the new normal may involve carving out a workspace on the kitchen table. Your daily worries may revolve […]

How to Recruit Generation Z in Hot Construction Market

Wow. There appears to be no relief in sight for contractors trying to find qualified construction workers. Call it a “nice to have problem” if you like—but the struggle is real. With a record low unemployment rate, most construction firms are worried about where to find the next generation of workers. In some parts of […]

New Materials Take Concrete from Gray to Green

When it comes to the concrete and masonry trades, you don’t have to look far to find lots of buzz around green and sustainable construction methods and materials. This includes everything from scientists studying how cigarette butts can conduct energy in bricks and pavement to paint developers rethinking chemicals and colors for more energy-efficient homes. If you’re a […]

How to Win the Hiring Game in 2020

It’s not surprising that the 2020 FMI Industry Report found that 57% of construction leaders listed “attracting and retaining skilled labor” as their No. 2 concern for future success. When asked their top three concerns, hiring came in just below maintaining jobsite safety (66%) and right above maintaining field productivity (52%). These concerns about the […]

Why Contractors Should Invest in Integrated Tools

Whether your construction business is focused on roofing or concrete, your bidding process may involve lots of moving parts. While you may already be using a digital takeoff tool to eliminate paper blueprints, your estimating workflow may still include a mixed bag of supplier and vendor spreadsheets. Inevitably, this can make bid day a mad scramble—especially […]

It’s Back! $1 Million Tax Break

Despite recession fears and stock market jitters, construction demand and activity have held steady this year with backlogs dipping only slightly in most areas of the U.S. In fact, employment has remained strong with wages rising to their highest in the last decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Odds are your construction business […]

Navigating the Ever-Tightening Labor Crunch

It’s been a long, hot, busy summer for most everyone in the construction industry. If you’ve had a moment to catch your breath, you’ve probably noticed backlogs are still running nearly nine months and demand for all types of construction workers—from hourly craft jobs to emerging roles like construction technologists—has held steady. Officially, the U.S. […]

How Tech is Leveling Preconstruction Playing Field

First, the good news: construction professionals no longer must live by spreadsheets alone.Now, the complicated news: adopting new technology is not a one-and-done process. As file cabinets and spreadsheets make way for cloud software and data optimization, more and more contractors are struggling to get a handle on how technology is both disrupting and leveling today’s preconstruction playing field. […]

The Print Revolution: How 3D is Impacting Construction

Today’s construction industry is changing and modernizing at a rapid pace. There’s no better example of this than how 3D printing is being used to construct homes and commercial buildings.  Consider how far we’ve come since a University of South Carolina professor attempted to build the first 3D printed wall in 2004. Today, Deloitte Global predicts sales […]