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A common question for construction companies is when to repair or replace failing equipment that may have some life left in it. Too often, this question arises at the time of equipment breakdown, when other matters are more pressing. The fleet manager and business owner make a decision based solely on the cost of the repair versus the cost of a new piece of the same equipment. They know there are additional factors to consider, there just isn’t enough time to address them.

When it opens later this year, the Bullitt Center in Seattle will take the ideas of sustainability and “green” building further than they have ever gone before for office buildings.

“This is designed to be the world’s first living office building, and the most efficient commercial building in the world,” says Casey Schu­chart, a project manager with Schuchart, the general contractor.

An American embassy is more than just a building – it’s a physical representation of diplomacy that communicates the values and spirit of the United States while acknowledging the cultures of the nation in which it resides. For the citizens of countries that have a U.S. diplomatic presence, it represents the United States itself.

In today’s residential construction market, the routine of buying land, breaking ground, building new homes and expecting people will come to you is timeworn and passé. Just waiting for customers to visit guarantees failure. You need to be proactive and engage with potential buyers, and that means you must establish and maintain strong relationships where customers are performing a majority of their leisure activities. That area now is social media.

As more local consumers look for construction companies online, if your marketing plan is still primarily offline, you could be missing out on customers. Luckily, you don’t have to start from scratch when developing your online marketing plan. You can transition many types of offline advertising you may be doing now to the Web.  Here are five ideas to consider: 

When asked what their jobs are, most employees respond by naming their job titles such as electrician, plumber or estimator. Yet, the more accurate and desired answer is, “to make money for the company.” Employees accomplish this by working both efficiently and productively, which are often intertwined.

Golf, like many other industries in the United States, has been hit hard by the slumping economy. Public golf courses are battling for market share, and private clubs are scrambling to attract new members and retain existing ones.

Despite a struggling economy, solar energy has become one of the fastest growing industries in America. The total size of the U.S. solar market grew 67 percent from $3.6 billion in 2009 to $6 billion in 2010, according to the “U.S. Solar Market Insight: Year-in-Review 2010,” published by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. This astonishing growth has continued in 2011. During the first quarter of 2011, grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) installations grew 66 percent over the same period in 2010.

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