Articles & White Papers

CMAA's editorial staff is dedicated to the examination of timely issues confronting the architectural, engineering, and construction communities. Resources included present the multiplicity of views that exist within the CMAA membership and all involved in the construction process. If you have an article, blog, white paper, infographic, or video you'd like to submit for consideration here, in MCX distribution, or in CM HQ - CMAA's app, please email us!

Business Development

Written by: Cory Factor, President, Sportsdigita | For sales and marketing teams in the construction industry, keeping up with the trends and times is just as important as it is for materials and design professionals.
Written by: Chris Carson, CCM, PMP, Director of Program and Project Controls, Arcadis | Maximum and most effective control of Owner’s project risk requires a risk planning and management culture integral to the project controls disciplines of cost and time management. There is no simple one-step process, but rather a proactive and planned effort.
Written by: Joe Egan, President, Egan Connection Inc. | Construction is a competitive industry that can be harsh at times. It hurts to try hard and still experience failure, especially when the cycle can be relentless. But even failure has merit and can help you build character in a way that also builds your business.
Zach Mortice, architectural journalist based in Chicago | The business value of BIM for owners can’t be denied when it comes to managing cost, reducing waste, and driving efficiency in building projects. As digital construction gains wider adoption, there’s a new consensus: BIM isn’t BIM unless the entire project team uses it the same way.
Written by: George Hedley, Professional Construction BIZCOACH and Industry Speaker | Most construction company team meetings waste time. When people are told what to do — rather than being allowed to make their own decisions — they are not accountable for the outcome.
Written by: Gregg M. Schoppman, Consultant, FMI Corporation | Strategic planning always seems to come back to a question of how to grow a business profitably. While the areas in which a firm might grow are infinite, the reality is that only three paths provide a logical way forward.
Written by: Bob Prieto, National Academy of Construction | Effective listening is an essential element of effective business and project performance. One of the keys to strong client relationships, starting with marketing and selling and continuing throughout the project life cycle, is having a clear understanding of the client's wants and needs.
Written by: Jenn Donahue, President and Owner, JL Donahue Engineering | Today, baby boomers are leaving the workforce at a staggering rate. According to the Pew Research Center, on average, 2 million boomers have retired each year since 2011. That number rose dramatically in 2020 to 3.2 million. Within 2 years, millennials and Gen Z will make up over 52% of the workforce.
Written by: Bob Prieto, National Academy of Construction member | This paper focuses on construction education as opposed to engineering education, as the writer believes construction education presents some special challenges and opportunities. It begins by looking at the role of education in society and recognizing certain characteristics and objectives.
Written by: Lisa Kopochinski, Constructor Magazine | The benefits of working in construction are numerous, and the job opportunities are seemingly endless. Hear from three professionals who took different paths but headed toward the same destination: a rewarding career.
Written by: Joe Egan, President, Egan Connection Inc. | The construction industry is one of the oldest in the world. It began when humans developed the ability to reason: the cognitive ability to draw a conclusion based on the experience or use of tools or other available material. Success in construction depends on many common factors.

Claims & Arbitration

Written by: James G. Zack, Jr., CCM, PMP | Construction projects over the past few decades have become increasingly complex. As a result disputes have grown in direct relation to the size and complexity of projects. One key to delivering a dispute free project is the early identification of potential claims and disputes.
Written by: James G. Zack, Jr., CCM, PMP | Many legitimate construction claims and disputes are abandoned because one or more of the parties involved are unable to afford the legal process. Third party construction mediation, arbitration or litigation funding in the U.S. is emerging to alleviate this situation.
Written by: James G. Zack, Jr., CCM, PMP | Partnering is a process, not a single act. As such, partnering is hard to define. In its simplest form successful partnering is the establishment of a team approach for a mutually beneficial resolution of the ongoing challenges and problems that typically arise on a construction project.
Written by: James G. Zack, Jr., CCM, PMP | Hot Tubbing, also known as Concurrent Evidence, the Tandem Expert Process, or Dueling Experts, originated in Australia in the 1970s and has been exported to Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the U.K., and more recently, to the U.S. While hot tubbing has primarily been used in arbitration it is now being imported to courtrooms.
Written by: Peter V. Badala and James G. Zack, Jr., CCM, PMP | Virtually all construction contracts provide for changes to the Time of Performance of the work of the contract. Each contract provides for a number of types of delay which may or may not qualify for a time extension.
Written by: James G. Zack, Jr., CCM, PMP | Change is the norm on construction projects. Change is, at times, beneficial for both owners and contractors. Owners can modify the project after contract award, if needed, while contractors can increase their scope of work and project profitability without needing to compete for additional work.

Contracting

Written by: Dago Garcia, Senior Content Marketing Manager, Hearth | When business is booming and the workday feels never ending, the last thing a contractor wants to worry about is keeping track of paperwork — losing hours of the day to administrative tasks that could be done with the click of a button. The digital economy is moving faster than ever; however, according to a survey from Hearth, 48% of contractors are still using paper invoices.
Written by: Tim Fandrey, Associate, Construction, Gray Reed, and JP Vogel, Partner, Construction Law, Gray Reed | All construction industry stakeholders are aware that material prices, especially lumber, have seen steep increases that are unprecedented in the U.S. Despite that reality, projects still need to be completed and most have already been financed based upon material prices that have quickly changed.

Cost Estimating

Written by: Piero Anticona | It is well known that indistinctly, private or public projects finish with cost overruns. Causes for cost overruns have been listed by many authors who have done research in different sectors and different project sizes, founding justification on bad estimates, poor tracking and analysis, bad forecast, bad contracts, poor project definition, etc.

Delivery Systems

Written by: Don Young, PE, CCM, Executive Vice President, MBP | Due to future trends, the landscape of new technology, and industry changes, the use of public-private partnerships (P3) continues to be a popular topic in discussions around improving our public infrastructure in the most economical way. P3 delivery remains a unique and highly flexible project delivery method with multiple benefits for public owners and design-build (D-B) teams.
Written by: Joseph W. Delaney, PE, and Dr. Satish Mohan | The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and an increasing number of State Department of Transportation, view Design-Build (D-B) as an acceptable alternative to the traditional Design-Bid-Build (D-B-B) method for public transportation projects.

Leadership

Written by: Dr. Annalisa Enrile, Clinical Professor, University of Southern California, and Oliver Ritchie, Vice President, Technology and Innovation, CMiC | The familiar story of the pandemic is one of health statistics, masks, vaccines and social distancing. However, what the COVID-19 pandemic also redefined is the nature of leadership, necessitating those at the uppermost levels to be a different type of leader. Digital leadership requires executives to inhabit several roles at once: digital strategist, innovator, and driver.
Written by: Dr. Nanette Miner, Leadership Development and Workplace-Learning Strategy Consultant, The Training Doctor | There are various types of assessments an organization can use. While some are used as a screening tool for hiring, they are most often used to identify “potential” and areas where someone could improve their performance with some training or coaching.

Legal

Written by: David J. Pfeffer, Partner and Chair of Construction Group, Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP | A tragedy transpired on June 24 in Surfside, Florida, when the Champlain Towers South suddenly fell, becoming one of the country’s most deadly unintentional building collapses. It is imperative that construction industry professionals be aware of the legal issues that are raised by such ill-fated events.
Written by: Bob Prieto, National Academy of Construction | Here we will look at claims avoidance from an owner’s perspective. However, this paper also serves as a guide for contractors to ensure completeness of bids, smooth execution of work, reasonableness of any claims brought forward, and the likelihood of success regarding those claims.
Written by: Mitch Cohen, PE, Vice President, RT Specialty’s Environmental and Construction Professional Practice | The wrongful performance of professional services can not only result in hefty financial losses, but also structural damages that can cause many problems, from delays to collapses and loss of life. The errors and/or omissions related to engineering and architectural designs, land surveys, construction management, and technical consulting are just a few of the areas where problems can lead to significant professional liability issues.
Written by: Joseph Modica, PE, CCM, Vice President, Service Executive, MBP | In 2016, the City of Norfolk was awarded a $112 million federal grant from the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) for the Ohio Creek Watershed project. Because this project is federally funded through The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the contractor is required to pay the locally prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits as outlined by the Davis-Bacon Act.

Program Management

Written by: Erin Slayton, PE, Director, Transportation Program Management, HDR | Program management is not a new concept in our industry but its usefulness in today’s world of aging infrastructure, funding constraints, and ever-increasing stakeholder expectations is greater than ever.

Project Case Studies

Written by: Sebastian Obando, Reporter, Construction Dive | Thousands of Seattle-area fans packed the Climate Pledge Arena last month when the city’s new National Hockey League franchise, the Kraken, took on the Vancouver Canucks for the team’s home opener. Underway since December 2018, the renovation included interiors and walls but preserved the original roof. The windows system was salvaged, as well as the curtain wall system.
Written by: Rina Diane Caballar, Freelance Writer | The Southeast Asian (SEA) Games is a biennial sports competition in Southeast Asia, bringing together athletes from the region’s 11 countries to battle for gold. For the games, which included 530 events in 56 sports, the country wanted a state-of-the-art sports stadium design that would serve as a centerpiece.
Written by: Bruce E. Hallock and James G. Zack, Jr., CCM, PMP | The construction project delivery environment has undergone dramatic changes due to globalization and growth in both project size and complexity. In the past three decades we have seen the rise of the mega project, large-scale, complex ventures that typically cost over a billion dollars; take many years to develop and construct; and involve multiple public and private stakeholders.

Project Management/Construction Management

Written by: Constructor Magazine Online Exclusive | Lift marks milestone in building shrine dedicated to future saint. When you lift a 32-ton cathedral dome, it all comes down to trigonometry. That was the final check made before teams lifted the giant dome in place on the Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine.
Written by: Ron May, National Academy of Construction | The project charter is a true reflection of what leadership believes will be the project characteristics. It is where the executive and senior leadership of the organization can set the background as to why this project is being accomplished.
Written by: Katie Kuehner-Hebert for Constructor Magazine | A new day, a new technological feat: digital twin. What does it mean and how can it impact your construction project?
Written by: Rick Deans, Executive Vice President of Industry Engagement, InEight | Current project management methodologies tout the “earned vs burned” means of measurement as a way of understanding your project’s overall health. But there seems to be some level of confusion around what this concept means, and how it can be used most effectively.
Written by: Preston Ingalls, President Emeritus, TBR Strategies | Having trained thousands of managers and staff over my 30 years as a consultant, I have always emphasized a key approach to project management: utilizing before action reviews (BARs) and after action reviews (AARs). This article will detail the benefits of these processes and how you can start using them on your projects.
Written by: Michelle Meisels, Principal, Technology Practice, Deloitte Consulting, and Aijaz Hussai, Senior Manager, Deloitte Services LP | There are fundamental shifts happening that will push engineering and construction industry firms to explore radically new ways of creating and capturing value as they make the leap toward the fourth industrial revolution.

Risk Management

Written by: Bob Prieto, National Academy of Construction | This Executive Insight looks at correlation in project and program risk assessments and some of the impacts of a failure to adequately consider such correlation in project risk assessments related to both cost and schedule.
Written by: Mark de Wolf, Freelance Writer specializing in technology stories | Construction sites can look chaotic. Tracking progress in this challenging outdoor environment can be difficult—especially when comparing a real building to a digital model. Now one company has created a four-wheeled robot equipped with LIDAR and cameras that can map a construction site 10 times faster than existing methods.
Written by: Misbah Uddin and James G. Zack, Jr., CCM, PMP | P3 projects are not new, nor was this project delivery method created in the U.S. It has been reported that the first “concession” project was granted in 1782 to Perrier in France.
Written by: Stephen D. Lisse, P.E., DC Clean Rivers Project Commercial Manager, McKissack and McKissack, Inc. | Risk management is essential for any organization designing and constructing complex multi-million dollar civil infrastructure projects. The DC Clean Rivers Project risk management plan uses the risk register to identify, track, and manage risks.
Written by: Philios Angelides, P.E., President, The Angelides Group, LLC | Risk is defined as a situation, event, or condition that, when it occurs, brings exposure to danger, harm, loss, or inability to achieve one’s objectives.
Written by: Andrew Parks, Managing Security Consultant, FoxPointe Solutions, and Marie Gavin, Manager, The Bonadio Group | The construction industry is continually assessing and adapting technology solutions in order to make better decisions, improve jobsite security, increase productivity, and reduce risk. With this increased reliance on technology comes the inevitable attention of malicious third-party actors.

Safety

Written by: Alex Headley, Associate Editor, Construction Business Owner Magazine | The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has stated that female construction workers face specific health and safety issues on the jobsite that may require different personal protective equipment (PPE), gear and apparel than men in the industry require. Because of this, OSHA best practices recommend that, in addition to compliance with the OSHA regulations, whenever employers are required to purchase PPE, they should purchase these items in size ranges that are also suitable for women.
Written by: Bryan Chad Porter, Senior Product Specialist, Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas | Whether or not you continue operating through the winter months, winterizing your construction equipment is crucial for protecting your investment in those machines and the future business they represent. Use the following as a checklist for your equipment walk-arounds this winter.

Scheduling

Written by: Chris Carson, CCM, PMP, and Noah Jones | When transportation projects fall behind, it can be very difficult to regain the lost time, and even harder without increased costs. This paper walks through the resolution of a schedule recovery need for a transportation project which suffered significant production losses by analyzing the project, identifying specific opportunities for acceleration, hosting a recovery workshop, and implementing the solutions.
Written by: Michael Pink, PSP, CEO and Founder, SmartPM Technologies | The critical path method (CPM) scheduling process is not being optimally deployed within many construction organizations, and some may even say the process is “broken.” Here are five actions organizations can take to empower team members so they better understand and appreciate the CPM scheduling process.
Written by: Michael Siburt, PE, CCM, Vice President, Project Controls Services Leader, MBP | Weight, blood pressure, cholesterol – doctors use these values to assess your overall health. Each one represents a key factor that over the years has been confirmed to be a key indicator of a person’s general state of health. Just as we have these data points to assess our health, key schedule metrics can aid in determining if a construction schedule is “healthy,” which is a strong indicator for project success.
Written by: Michael Pink, CEO and Founder, SmartPM Technologies | It’s no secret that construction projects frequently fail to meet desired objectives and timelines. According to McKinsey Global Institute, 77% of megaprojects are 40% or more behind schedule. For key project stakeholders, the primary way to minimize the risks associated with costly overruns, delays, and disputes is to fully understand the most comprehensive, informative, and useful data set in construction: the project schedule.
Written by: InEight Blog Editors | Schedule and cost. Though they may seem very different, in reality, it’s hard to talk about one without also referencing the other — because what impacts the timeline will have an effect on the budget, and vice versa.

Sustainability

Written by: CMAA’s PD Sustainability Subcommittee and John M. Palatiello, COFPAES Administrator | The world’s seven warmest years on record have occurred since 2014 and 10 of the warmest years have been since 2005. Resiliency has been a topic the last few years for CMAA’s PD Sustainability Subcommittee. This article includes a summary of the Biden Administration Fact Sheet on “Agency Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plans from Across Federal Government."
Written by: Diane Nulton, Senior Environmental Project Manager, HDR, and Taylor Horne, Senior Transportation Environmental and Planning Lead, HDR | The U.S. environmental review process can be one of the most time-consuming parts of planning for a major infrastructure project. While important for safeguarding our communities and their future, the process can also be protracted and duplicative. Streamlining this process has been the focus of numerous efforts.
Written by: Dan Taylor and Olivia Montgomery, for Software Advice | The construction industry is going through big changes, and now is the time for construction managers to adapt to a growing demand for more eco-friendly building materials. If you aren’t already taking the use of sustainable materials for construction seriously, your business risks losing out to innovative builders who are meeting the changing customer demand for a healthier home and earth.
Written by: Brandi Heffner, Director, InEight | For centuries, we have been constructing everything from homes to manufacturing plants to transportation infrastructure, building on what we call traditional practices. Each decade moves forward with modernizations to these practices as our knowledge deepens and as we become aware of different resources. Building on those traditions has landed us where we are today; in a position of necessity for more sustainable construction practices.
Written by: Sarah Jones, live-sound editor at Live Design magazine and AEC section editor at Redshift | The degree of global warming is directly proportional to the amount of carbon dioxide that human activities add to the atmosphere. It’s a brutally simple equation: To stabilize climate change, global carbon emissions must fall to zero. The longer it takes to do that, the more the climate will change.

Technology

Written by: Nicolas Mangon, Vice President of AEC, Business Strategy and Marketing, Autodesk | Architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) is a digital industry in which 15 revisions can happen in minutes. And owners are playing a pivotal role in driving industry-wide transformation - a data-driven industry powered by platforms, machine learning, and automation.
Written by: Nick Grandy, Construction and Real Estate Senior Analyst, RSM US LLP | Last year, businesses across industries grappled with new challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Seemingly overnight, construction companies were forced to adapt to an unpredictable reality, navigating state and local ordinances for stay-at-home orders and interpreting government classifications for what were considered essential businesses. These challenges pushed contractors to look for solutions outside of their normal toolbox, with many companies engaging in digital transformation.
Written by: Laura Stagner, Dennis Ryan, Sergio Aranda, and Marty Turner (CMAA Emerging Technologies Committee Initiative) | Data is essential to life. Data shapes our understanding and helps us make decisions. Data helps us convey our ideas. We have relied on data throughout human history. Now, this dependence is deeper than ever.
Written by: Mark de Wolf, Freelance Writer | How do you manage, maintain, or make repairs to systems when they aren’t within easy reach? It’s a problem that’s bedeviled engineers for nearly a century. Now, technology has an answer: the digital twin.
Written by: Tom Stemm, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Ryvit | Like every other industry these days, construction businesses have been embracing digital solutions to conduct daily activities. Because of this digital transformation, application usage in the industry is steadily increasing.
Written by: David Lukić, Information Privacy, Security, and Compliance Consultant, idstrong.com | Construction work is conceptualized by many as an active line of work, far removed from the standard 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. desk job. However, most people do not consider how much information is stored digitally. As a result, people underestimate the wealth of information that might be desirable to hackers.
Written by: Collin Couey, Senior Content Writer, Software Advice | In any construction project, the client is aware that an estimate is not the final number; it’s a roundabout figure. But if your estimate is way off the mark, the client’s project budget will go for a toss and so will your credibility as a contractor or builder.
Written by: Erin Rotz, Head of Inland Marine & Builders Risk, The Hartford, and Toby Cushing, Head of Construction for Middle & Large Commercial, The Hartford | The construction industry faces significant risk management hurdles from on-the-job injuries and physical damage to their own work and to third parties, caused by human error and natural disasters. These risks are going to be especially concerning as the number or construction projects increase, causing strain on owners and construction staffing, and project managers and safety managers that may be stretched thin.
Written by: Deborah R. Huso, Creative Director and Founding Partner, Write Well Media | In the construction industry, building information modeling (BIM) plays a central role in leveraging data from both building models and company processes to dramatically improve decision-making capabilities, establish more efficient workflows, and reduce design and building errors and cost overruns.
Written by: InEight Blog | The following is a helpful checklist of seven of the more critical capabilities you’ll want to have for your best project outcomes. Though some may seem like no-brainers at first as they’re fairly common in most contract software, you’ll want to pay close attention to all seven of them when you’re working with large capital projects.
Written by: Mike Perozek, Technology Sales and Customer Success Leader, Aclaimant | Over the past several years, the pace of digital transformation in construction has accelerated sharply. Indeed, digital transformation in construction is overdue.While there are a variety of reasons why construction productivity has lagged other industries, technology adoption is a big one.
Written by: Sergio Aranda and Marty Turner (CMAA Emerging Technologies Committee Initiative) | Television programming abounds with commercials promoting the virtues of Business Intelligence (BI). You have all seen the ads telling of “a new way to work.” Sounds great, but were you left wondering if Business Intelligence was really needed in the world of construction management or if the promises of mining Big Data had any useful applications in helping you run your project, your region, or your business operations?
Written by: A.D. Thompson for Constructor Magazine | On the jobsite, some of the best tech talks mostly to each other — drones that track progress on builds, and bulldozer blades that move with GPS-based coordinates. They operate on one platform. They share information with each other and key human team members. And all of it moves the construction industry down the field toward optimal efficiency.
Written by: Raymond Volpatt, President, Volpatt Construction | Safety is a number one priority, and the team is always exploring new ways to drive home OSHA compliance while ensuring the safest workplace possible. As an industry, however, there is still a lot of work to do when it comes to using technology and data to prevent work-related injuries.
Written by: Tyler Davey, Chief Executive Officer, Alcumus North America | In the past 250 years, the world has experienced four industrial revolutions. Today, unfolding before us, is the dawn of the fourth industrial revolution: the Internet and the Digital Industry.
Written by: Joel Honeyman, Vice President of Global Innovation, Doosan Bobcat North America | It’s no secret that emerging technologies have improved the compact equipment industry. But what’s next? Ultimately, business owners and contractors will have a variety of choices for which types of solutions they incorporate into their operations, and at what time they do so.
Written by: Matthew Marino, Director of Ergonomics and Human Factors, HeroWear | This trend in workforce wearables provides a welcome lift to tired workers and heavy workloads.
Written by: Karuna Ammireddy, Senior Director of Research and Development, Autodesk Construction Solutions | Construction firms have increasingly been breaking free of the “way it’s always been done” mentality by embracing new technology. And technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning bring unique opportunities to the construction industry.
Written by: Navigant Construction Forum | Technology has transformed the world radically over the last decades. Computers, the internet, the internet of things (“IoT”), solar and wind power generation, and much more have made substantive changes in our personal and professional lives, as well as in the overall economy. Likewise, there have been a number of technology changes impacting construction.
Written by: Jon Fingland, General Manager, Collaboration Solutions, Trimble Buildings’ General Contractor/Construction | It’s no secret that the digital transformation in construction is already underway. In fact, it’s estimated that full-scale digitization in nonresidential construction could lead to annual cost savings of $700 billion to $1.2 trillion within the next 10 years.
Written by: Dale Dutton, Virtual Design and Construction Product Engagement and Project Delivery, InEight | As a construction professional, you know there are certain steps to close-out and turnover of a project, from a project team to an operations team. Many challenges can make turnover a grueling event, for you as an owner and for your contractor. Requiring a digital twin at turnover can help.

Transportation

Written by: Michael Roberts, Structural Engineer, as part of the HDR Experts Talk interview series | Parametric bridge design is becoming more advanced and is as profoundly different from traditional design as CAD is from drafting with ink on vellum. It forms the critical groundwork needed to support digital design’s transition to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Written by: Tyler Mlakar, University of Arkansas School of Law | Arkansas provides the outdoor enthusiast with a gamut of recreational opportunities. Unfortunately, climate change has the potential to upend all of it. Climate change is a by-product of greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions, which are produced by a number of human activities such as energy production, construction, transportation, and agriculture. Highway construction adds significantly to this carbon footprint, as it accounts for approximately 13% of the construction industry’s CO2 emissions in the United States.

Vertical Construction

Written by: Bob Tatum, Cliff Schexnayder, and Joe Hunt, National Academy of Construction members | The technical fundamentals described in this Executive Insight provide a foundation for an increased rate and depth of learning related to the design and construction of structural steel work.
Written by: Debra Wood for Constructor Magazine | Although prefabrication has existed for centuries, building information modeling (BIM) and virtual design and construction (VDC) have given the construction method a boost, saving contractors time and money.

Workforce/Productivity/Performance

Written by: Zachary Phillips, Associate Editor, Construction Dive | Many don't remember a time when there wasn’t a “Help Wanted” sign on most jobsites.Today, the issue is widespread: 92% of contractors have reported difficulty finding construction workers and of those, 42% said they have turned down work because of it, according to the most recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index.
Written by: Ryan Golden, Reporter, HR Dive | An increasing number of job seekers are open to something new. The trouble is, few are likely to set their sights on construction.
Written by: Julie Strupp, Editor, Construction Dive | Over the past year, supply chain snarls and pandemic-related uncertainty have continued to affect the construction industry, leading to high materials costs, delays and difficulty finding skilled labor. It’s not all bad news though.
Written by: Josh White, President, Hoosier Contractors | The construction industry is a major contributor to the U.S. economy, employing more than 7 million people and creating nearly $1.3 trillion worth of structures annually. An impressive portion of these employees have a military background.
Written by: John Manzella, Speaker, Author, Columnist, The Manzella Report | If you can’t find construction workers, you’re not alone. At each keynote speech I give, I ask the audience to raise their hands if it’s difficult to hire new employees and then retain them. Just about everyone raises their hand. What can companies do to attract more workers and retain them longer? Here are nine strategies.
Written by: Edward C. Newman III, PE, CCM, First Vice President, Federal Programs at Hill International, Inc. | Many of Hill International, Inc.’s senior leaders give back to the industry by teaching the next generation of construction managers about the services PM/CM firms provide.
Written by: Shane McKenzie, Director-Veterans Program, and Sean Perseo, Ambassador-Outreach Programs, Sunbelt Rentals | Reentering civilian life after serving in the military can be extremely difficult for veterans, especially when it comes to finding meaningful, long-term employment. The goal is to align the knowledge, skills, and abilities developed during military service to work in the most significant way.
Written by: Susan Stewart, CCM, Senior Project Manager, Parsons | The COVID-19 pandemic changed our world dramatically on a lot of levels, and we’re still adjusting. The rules tend to blur, sometimes week to week. How do you plan for your future when there are so many factors out of your control in the world and in society?
Written by: Dr. Nanette Miner, Leadership Development and Workplace-Learning Strategy Consultant, The Training Doctor | There has been a lot of chatter in both the trade and popular press about how U.S. workers must be reskilled in order for the U.S. to remain competitive in the rapidly changing future.
Written by: Elizabeth Rosselle, Freelance Journalist, Copywriter, and Designer | As women in construction strive to close the gender gap, the face of the industry is changing—fast. And in 2021, these diverse groups in the construction industry are the next frontier in the industry’s evolution.
Written by: Ken Simonson, Chief Economist, AGC of America | Contractors are struggling to fill openings, even though many firms have smaller workforces than a year ago, so say respondents to a recent workforce survey. One-third of the more than 2,100 respondents reported their headcount was lower than one year earlier.