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Construction Jobs Numbers Present Mild Speed Bump in Larger Nat'l Jobs Report

In the generally rosy U.S. jobs report, retail and transportation are clear winners, manufacturing suffers an exodus of workers, and construction posts a negligible net loss. Brexit's effects are yet to be felt. Read more

Construction Camp Turns Middle-Schoolers into NextGen Hope for the Trades 

We're the nation whose wives and girlfirends once riveted together the B-29 Superfortess fleet. Now we can't fix a toaster. Construction Camp believes a new Golden Age of skilled labor awaits an army of new craftspeople; our middle schoolers. Read more

Go-Betweens Laundered Construction Payroll For a Fee. And They're the "Legals."

Illegals redefined: undocumented construction workers were paid by documented criminals as frugal contractors sought to save on workman's comp and payroll taxes. Read more

Chemical Giants the Unsung Victims of Construction Pullback

Concrete-bolstering fibers, liquid pigments, fusion-bonded epoxies, glass bubbles; when the construction economy slows it isn't just the hammer manufacturers who sweat. Read more

Troubled Students at the End of the Line Rebuild Self and Community Through Sawhorse Revolution

Seattle's Interagency Academy was the last stop for students who couldn't seem to get it right. Then the Sawhorse Revolution gave them a mission. Boy, did they ever get it right. Read more

Portland's New Construction Excise Tax Diverts Funds to Low-Income Housing Sector

After 17 years, Portland acknowledges its affordable housing problem with a 1% construction excise tax. Not everyone is happy about it. Read more

Women in Construction? There's a Camp for That...

MAGIC girls' camp, despite its acronym, is all about tempered steel and hard hats. How to open up the gender-centric construction industry? One highly trained young woman at a time. Read more

Stahl Construction Jumps on Hip Redevelopment Bandwagon in Move to Repurposed NE Minneapolis Landmark

Fashionably exposed beams and lovingly repurposed raw materials make the historic Miller Textile Building a real find for Stahl. Sixty windows with views is the icing. When your building is your brand nothing else matters. Read more.

Facebook is building a 23,000 square foot diner in Austin. Let's hope the buffet is All You Can Eat. 

Nothing says Social Media Kingpin like Facebook's 9th Floor, $4.8 million Mega-Cafeteria. Oh, and then there is the $200,000 stairway that will guide the lucky diners to their ham sandwiches. Read more.

Where There's Smoke, There's Acquire: Historic Chesterfield Cigarettes Building Joins Health Care Giant's Portfolio.

As a glaring symbol of The Fall of Tobacco and the rise of Healthy Living, this deal is tough to beat. Health Care giant Ventas has doused the final Chesterfield in its acquisition of the historic cigarette plant in Durham, North Carolina.  Read more  

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