Construction Spending Rises To Four-year High

Louisiana construction firms having trouble finding qualified workers, survey says

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The city of Beaufort, town of Port Royal and Beaufort Memorial Hospital each donated $50,000, McBrayer said. The final piece came from Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling’s family. Keyserling said he and his siblings agreed to give at least $50,000 — the proceeds from a class-action lawsuit about the sale of the railroad right-of-way. “Some people in my family didn’t think we had any business suing the federal government over a right-of-way that is pretty inconsequential to the property,” Keyserling said. “So we said maybe what we’ll do is play Robin Hood and instead of taking what we get from the trail and putting it into our pockets we give it to the trail.” Keyserling’s late mother lived along the route. He said the family agreed to give “most or all” of the money, but did not have a final figure.

15, six months ahead of schedule and about $100million under its $580 million budget. Clark/McCarthy, a joint venture of two U.S. construction companies, relied on preassembled kits for the pipes, ducts, and electrical components that it built in nearby warehouses. The old way was that the shop sent giant pieces of raw duct work to the site and the workers cut them to size and then maneuvered them around beams and columns and made tiny adjustments on each one, says Carlos Gonzalez, project director. Now you just snap it in.

Construction to start Monday on next segment of Spanish Moss Trail

(Photo: Mark Duncan, AP) Housing construction in July rose 0.6% Government construction spending fell 0.3% Spending on construction projects in June was revised upward SHARE 208 CONNECT 57 TWEET 9 COMMENTEMAILMORE WASHINGTON (AP) Spending on U.S. construction projects rose in July, led by strong gains in housing and nonresidential projects. Construction spending increased 0.6% in July compared with June when activity was unchanged, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The June performance represented an upward revision from an initial estimate that spending had fallen 0.6% HOUSING: Home prices continue to climb Total construction activity rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $900.8 billion in July, the strongest performance since June 2009. The July gain reflected a 0.6% rise in housing construction with both single-family and apartment construction posting gains.

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Other states that provided large survey samples included Colorado; Florida; Iowa; Minnesota; Mississippi; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oregon; South Carolina; Texas; Virginia and Wisconsin. Many construction firms are already having a hard time finding qualified workers and expect construction labor shortages will only get worse, said Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America. We need to take short- and long-term steps to make sure there are enough workers to meet future demand and avoid the costly construction delays that would come with labor shortages. Brian Turmail, a spokesperson for AGC of America, said 16 firms in Louisiana participated in the survey, landing the state within the top 33 percent of respondents nationally. Turmail said firms in Louisiana have seen an ongoing issue with finding qualified craft workers, such as plumbers, carpenters, electricians, roofers and laborers. Sandherr said that most firms expect labor shortages will continue and get worse for the next year. Eighty-six percent of respondents said they expect it will remain difficult or get harder to find qualified craft workers while 72 percent say the market for professional positions will remain hard or get worse.

Vet varsity construction leaves DFO livid

Though the land was handed over to the revenue department, it has not been declassified, making it reserve forest land. Any construction activity on such land would attract punishment under the provisions of Section 2 of the Forest (Conservation) Act 1980, the report said. Around 40 hectares were allotted by the revenue department to the KAU in 1998 for starting the veterinary college. The government had also allotted parcels of land to Navodaya School, a model residential school and Priyadarshini Estate, among others. “It is understood that multi-crore construction projects are planned at the site allotted to the university by diverting grasslands and swamps, which are vulnerable eco-systems, highly fragile and susceptible to degradation. The land allotted to KVASU is included in the proposal sanctioned by the GoI vide order No F No 8- 16/2002/FC dated 2108/2003 for diversion of vested forest lands for the resettlement of landless tribals. I am not in a position to allow construction activities there,” Kumar said in his report.


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