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  • Non-residential construction spending on rise According to Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) the total construction spending in February edged up from January despite adverse weather in much of the nation, as private residential and nonresidential components posted solid growth compared with early 2013 4/10/2014
  • Construction Firms Worried About Worker Shortage The construction industry says it's in danger of running short on workers to keep up with the demand for building projects, as employees age and more teens are pushed to go to college. To counter the effect, a top construction trade group kicked off an effort Tuesday to help bolster the employment ranks. The plan by the Associated General Contractors of America, which represents 30,000 companies, aims to draw more people into building trades by establishing charter schools focused on technical training, starting non-union apprenticeship programs and pushing for immigration reform. 4/10/2014
  • Private projects driving modest construction growth Construction spending across the country continues to inch higher as more private construction projects get under way. According to a news release from the Associated General Contractors of America, construction spending was up in February compared to January 2014. 4/9/2014
  • Construct-A-Lead Reported Today That the Following Georgia Construction Projects Will Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most efficient construction lead service, reported today that the following Georgia construction projects will have the necessary approvals and will go forward. Businesses will have ample opportunities to provide construction bids and other services relative to these projects. Those interested parties are encouraged to visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each construction sales lead: 3/31/2014
  • Construct-a-Lead Reported Today That the Following New York Construction Projects Will Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead’s comprehensive online database supplies the enormous, yet highly under-served construction marketplace with valuable information for companies to be able to compete in the multi-billion dollar global construction marketplace. The following New York construction reports offer users insight into the area’s construction activity. 3/13/2014
  • Construct-A-Lead Reported Today That the Following Florida Construction Projects Will Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead’s comprehensive online database supplies the enormous, yet highly under-served construction marketplace with valuable information for companies to be able to compete in the multi-billion dollar global construction marketplace. The following Florida construction reports offer users insight into the area’s construction activity. 3/6/2014
  • Construct-A-Lead Reported Today That the Following Texas Construction Projects Will Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most efficient construction lead service, reported today that the following Texas construction projects will have the necessary approvals and will go forward. Businesses will have ample opportunities to provide construction bids and other services relative to these projects. Those interested parties are encouraged to visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each construction lead: 2/20/2014
  • "105 Handy Twitter Accounts for Managers" We're #75 on the list Hard-Hat Hank has an innovative approach to the industry, functioning as a subscription based project database for construction projects. It puts contractors in touch with various commercial jobs and explains why it’s such a useful way to locate new projects. 2/8/2014
  • Built in the USA – a snapshot of GREEN BUILDING activity across all 50 states It wasn’t easy to pull together state-by-state facts and figures about the strength of our growing green building marketplace. But we did it, thanks to the help and support of all 77 chapters.* We now have at our fingertips—state-by-state and region-by-region—an impressive collection of some of the countless, market-moving highlights of our 50-star studded flag under one green building nation. 2/5/2014
  • Construct-A-Lead Reported Today That the Following California Construction Projects Will Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead’s comprehensive online database supplies the enormous, yet highly under-served construction marketplace with valuable information for companies to be able to compete in the multi-billion dollar global construction marketplace. The following California construction reports offer users insight into the area’s construction activity. 1/31/2014
  • Construct-A-Lead Reported Today That the Following Mixed-use Construction Projects Will Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead’s comprehensive online database supplies the enormous, yet highly under-served construction marketplace with valuable information for companies to be able to compete in the multi-billion dollar global construction marketplace. The following hotel construction reports offer users insight into the area’s construction activity. 1/27/2014
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  • Construct-A-Lead Reported Today That the Following Hotel Construction Projects Will Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most efficient construction lead service, reported today that the following Hotel construction projects will have the necessary approvals and will go forward. Businesses interested in providing construction bids and other services relative to these projects, should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each construction lead: 1/19/2014
  • An even bigger Texas In the state of Texas, a backbone of expansion sets in motion as the construction industry is alive and well, according to reports from Forbes that ranks the top 20 U.S. cities with the most new construction projects. 1/14/2014
  • Construct-A-Lead Reported Today That the Following Medical Construction Projects Will Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead’s comprehensive online database supplies the enormous, yet highly under-served construction marketplace with valuable information for companies to be able to compete in the multi-billion dollar global construction marketplace. The following medical construction reports offer users insight into the area’s construction activity. 12/24/2013
  • Construct-A-Lead Reported That the following Pennsylvania Construction Projects Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most efficient construction lead service, reported today that the following Pennsylvania construction projects have the necessary approvals and will go forward. Businesses interested in providing construction bids and other services relative to these projects, should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each construction lead: 11/26/2013
  • Construct-A-Lead Reported Today the following Pennsylvania Construction Projects Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead’s comprehensive online database supplies the enormous, yet highly under-served construction marketplace with valuable information for companies to be able to compete in the multi-billion dollar global construction marketplace. The following Pennsylvania construction reports offer users insight into the area’s construction activity. 11/25/2013
  • Construct-A-Lead Reported Today that the Following Construction Projects are in the Planning and Approval Process and Will be Soliciting Contractors/V Construct-A-Lead’s comprehensive online database supplies the enormous, yet highly under-served construction marketplace with valuable information for companies to be able to compete in the multi-billion dollar global construction marketplace. The following planned construction projects offer users insight into the area’s construction activity. 11/4/2013
  • Construct-a-Lead Reported Today That the Following Construction Projects Are Ready to Go Out for Bid Construct-a-Lead Reported Today That the Following Construction Projects Are Ready to Go Out for Bid Construct-A-Lead’s comprehensive online database supplies the enormous, yet highly under-served construction marketplace with valuable information for companies to be able to compete in the multi-billion dollar global construction marketplace. The following ready-to-bid offer users insight into the area’s construction activity. 10/23/2013
  • Latest Press Release: Construct-A-Lead Reported Today That the Following Hotel Construction Projects Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead, the construction industry’s most efficient construction lead service, reported today that the following hotel construction projects have the necessary approvals and will go forward. Businesses interested in providing construction bids and other services relative to these projects, should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each construction lead: 10/12/2013
  • Construct-A-Lead Reported Today That the Following Multi-Family Construction Projects Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most efficient construction lead service, reported today that the following Multi-family construction projects have the necessary approvals and will go forward. Businesses interested in providing construction bids and other services relative to these projects, should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each construction lead: 10/1/2013
  • Latest Press Release: Medical Construction Projects Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most efficient construction lead service, reported today that the following Medical construction projects have the necessary approvals and will go forward. Businesses interested in providing construction bids and other services relative to these projects, should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each construction lead: 9/26/2013
  • Construct-A-Lead Reported Today That the Following Colorado Construction Projects Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most efficient construction lead service, reported today that the following Colorado construction projects have the necessary approvals and will go forward. Businesses interested in providing construction bids and other services relative to these projects, should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each construction lead. 8/29/2013
  • Construct-A-Lead Reported Today That the Following Pennsylvania Construction Projects Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead, the construction industry’s most efficient construction lead service, reported today that the following Pennsylvania construction projects have the necessary approvals and will go forward. Businesses interested in providing construction bids and other services relative to these projects, should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each construction lead: 8/28/2013
  • Construct-A-Lead Reported Today That the Following K-12 School Construction Projects Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most efficient construction lead service, reported today that the following K-12 School construction projects have the necessary approvals and will go forward. Businesses interested in providing construction bids and other services relative to these projects, should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each construction lead: 8/19/2013
  • US homebuilder confidence nears 8-year high Confidence among U.S. homebuilders is at its highest level in nearly eight years, fueled by optimism that demand for new homes will drive sales growth into next year. 8/15/2013
  • New press release: Construct-A-Lead Reported Today That the Following Illinois Projects Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most efficient construction lead service, reported today that the following Illinois projects have the necessary approvals and will go forward. Businesses interested in providing construction bids and other services relative to these projects, should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each construction lead: 7/30/2013
  • Our latest press release: Construct-A-Lead Reported Today that the Following Arizona Projects have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead’s comprehensive online database supplies the enormous, yet highly under-served construction marketplace with valuable information for companies to be able to compete in the multi-billion dollar global construction marketplace. The following Arizona projects offer users insight into the area’s construction activity. 7/25/2013
  • Our latest press release: Construct-A-Lead Reported Today That the Following Ohio Projects Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead’s comprehensive online database supplies the enormous, yet highly under-served construction marketplace with valuable information for companies to be able to compete in the multi-billion dollar global construction marketplace. The following Ohio projects offer users insight into the area’s construction activity. 7/16/2013
  • 70 US Cities Forecast with Higher Home Prices Nearly mid-way through the year 70 U.S. cities housing markets are forecast to recover in 2012, and some of them are already making Houston skyline successful inroads on their way with appreciating home prices. 7/8/2013
  • Single-family vs. Multifamily As of early October, Irvine, Calif.–based Sares-Regis Group had 3,000 apartment units under construction in projects that ranged from 30 to 70 units to the acre. The builder also manages about 15,000 apartments in California, Arizona, and Colorado. 7/2/2013
  • Construct-A-Lead Reported Today That the Following Oregon Projects Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead’s comprehensive online database supplies the enormous, yet highly under-served construction marketplace with valuable information for companies to be able to compete in the multi billion dollar global construction marketplace. The following Oregon projects offer users insight into the area’s construction activity. 6/26/2013
  • Construction Trends - Framing the Future There’s an art, and science, to timing the materials and labor market. 6/26/2013
  • Construct-A-Lead Reported Today that the Following Washington Projects have the Necessary Approvals and will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most efficient construction lead service, reported today that the following Washington projects have the necessary approvals and will go forward. Businesses interested in providing construction bids and other services relative to these projects, should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each construction lead. 6/20/2013
  • Hotel activity on the rise in Midwest, across the country Rockbridge Partners recently acquired the historic Canterbury Hotel in Indianapolis, a 99-room property located in the heart of that city’s downtown. Rockbridge plans to renovate the hotel into an upscale property. The company will spend big to rejuvenate the hotel’s lobby, expand its fitness center and update its lounge. 6/17/2013
  • Study measures major economic impact of hospitals Hospitals across five North Bay counties generate at least $4.9 billion in annual spending and support more than 35,400 jobs, according to a report by the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California. 6/16/2013
  • Construct-A-Lead Reported Today That the Following Texas Projects Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most efficient construction lead service, reported today that the following Texas projects have the necessary approvals and will go forward. Businesses interested in providing construction bids and other services relative to these projects, should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each construction lead. 5/30/2013
  • NEW Press release: Construct-A-Lead Reported Today That the Following California Projects Have the Necessary Approvals and Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most efficient construction lead service, reported today that the following California projects have the necessary approvals and will go forward. Businesses interested in providing construction bids and other services relative to these projects, should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each construction lead. 5/28/2013
  • U.S. Hotel Development Set to Jump The number of hotels opening in the United States is forecast to increase by 42 percent in 2013, after a lackluster 2012, according to new data from STR Analytics Only 420 hotels opened in the United States, which was near the "lowest level in the current cycle," the research firm said. But more than 600 are scheduled to open this year, the firm said. 5/27/2013
  • Lenders Checking In? Hoteliers Say Construction Lending Is Reviving With the U.S. hotel industry nearly fully recovered from the recession, are lenders finally ready to revive the long-dormant construction industry for hotels? Some hoteliers speaking at an industry conference this week in Los Angeles said that construction lending has come back, and a wave of new hotel openings will result in the coming years. Others, however, cautioned that underwriting standards remain stricter than during the boom, and lenders mostly are focusing their attention on the best projects, markets and developers. 5/9/2013
  • Army recruits private companies to run its hotels The U.S. Army wants its servicemembers and their guests to be all they can be in nicer hotels on bases across the country. Today, InterContinental Hotels Group will announce plans to take over hotels on 18 military bases in the next eight years, bringing the number of properties in its IHG Army Hotels program to 76 on 39 bases. The renovated or new hotels will replace Army-run lodging that a 2003 internal study deemed in desperate need of renovation. 5/1/2013
  • Our most recent press release: Construct-A-Lead Reported Today that the Following Medical Construction Projects have Secured the Necessary Approvals a Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most efficient construction lead service, reported today that the following medical construction projects have secured the necessary approvals and will go forward. Businesses interested in providing services relative to these projects should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each construction lead: 4/30/2013
  • NEW Construct-A-Lead press release! Construct-A-Lead Reported Today That The Following New And Renovated Hotel Construction Projects Have The Necessary Approvals And Will Go Forward Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most efficient construction lead service, reported today that the following new and renovated hotel construction projects have the necessary approvals and will go forward. Businesses interested in providing services relative to these projects should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each construction lead 4/25/2013
  • US housing starts surpass 1 million in March WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homebuilders broke the 1 million mark in March for the first time since June 2008. The gain signals continued strength for the housing recovery at the start of the spring buying season. The overall pace of homes started rose 7 percent from February to March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.04 million, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. 4/16/2013
  • Construct-A-Lead: NEW search engine and results! Now it's even easier to do searches! Our search engine was always easy to use and was fast! PLUS: see your search criteria after the search, keep your search results until your done. Look for more cool updates soon! 4/11/2013
  • Good news! US construction up 1.2 percent in February WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects rebounded in February, helped by a surge in home construction, which rose to the highest level in more than four years. Construction spending rose 1.2 percent overall in February compared to January, when construction had dropped 2.1 percent, the Commerce Department reported Monday. 4/1/2013
  • Latest Construct-A-Lead press release! Casinos! Great sales opportunities! Construct-A-Lead reported today the following casino resort construction projects have secured the necessary approvals and will go forward. 3/31/2013
  • HOTEL CONSTRUCTION BOOM CONTINUES, WI-FI AND BREAKFAST INCLUDED BIZMOLOGY — The hotel construction craze of recent years shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Hotel developers are still bullish, especially in Europe and in hip American urban markets. 3/21/2013
  • Press release: Construct-A-Lead Reported Today That the Following Construction Projects Will Go out for Bids and Start Within the Next 90 Days Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most efficient construction lead service, reported today that the following commercial construction projects are currently in the pre-bidding stage and will go out for bids and start construction in the next 90 days. Businesses interested in providing services relative to these projects should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each construction lead. 3/18/2013
  • Construct-A-Lead, the known multi-family experts, quoted in Builder Magazine January 2013 Several factors are giving multifamily an edge, says Sharon Lidman, COO of Chicago-based Construct-A-Lead, an online portal that helps contractors, architects and suppliers find new projects. “Municipalities and communities are rezoning for higher densities,” including smaller metros such as Peoria, Ill. States are releasing funds for the construction of affordable apartments for seniors and lower-income families. And with mortgage lending requirements still tight, renting makes more financial sense than owning for some people, especially while employment remains volatile. 3/17/2013
  • US states consider hotel renovation incentives REPORT FROM THE U.S.—Legislators in at least two states, Mississippi and Pennsylvania, are considering bills that would provide economic incentives to hotel owners who renovate their properties. Lawmakers in Hawaii last year defeated legislation that would have revived a similar program in effect in that state from 1997 to 2005. 3/6/2013
  • Condominium construction explodes in South Florida SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Fla. - Real estate experts say condominium construction is booming again in South Florida. "The crash is over and the boom begins and get ready to go vertical because South Florida is going vertical in a large way," said Peter Zalewski with condovultures.com. There are currently more than 100 proposed pre-construction condominium projects and 16 already under way. 3/3/2013
  • Study: Apartment Construction and Operations Contributed $19.8 Billion to New York City Economy WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- New York State received $129.4 billion economic contribution from the combined construction, operation and resident spending, says new report "The Trillion Dollar Apartment Industry" Despite the worst economy in a generation, apartment construction and operations contributed $19.8 billion to the metro New York City economy in 2011 supporting 151,000 local jobs, according to a new report released today by the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) and the National Apartment Association (NAA). In addition, apartments and their residents contributed $129.4 billion to New York State's economy supporting 3 million jobs. The report, along with an interactive map and economic impact calculator, is available on the new website www.WeAreApartments.org . 3/3/2013
  • CONSTRUCTION: Gearing Up It’s a good time to be a builder in the Upper Midwest. Communities experienced historical building seasons in many parts of the region in 2012 and are looking forward to another active season this year, due to economic recovery across the country and continued strong local economies driven by agriculture and energy production. For construction companies, that means another year of full schedules and big projects, resulting in expansion plans for some and an optimistic outlook for all. 3/2/2013
  • New press release from Construct-A-Lead.....2/28/2013 Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry's most effective construction lead service, reported today that the following retail construction projects are currently in the bidding stages and will be moving forward. Businesses interested in establishing relationships and providing services relative to these projects should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each lead. 2/28/2013
  • U.S. Hotel Construction Pipeline Upticks 5% in January According to the January 2013 STR Pipeline Report, total active U.S. hotel development pipeline comprises 2,637 projects totaling 307,289 rooms. 2/15/2013
  • Construct-A-Lead Press Release - medical construction projects! Construct-A-Lead Reported Today That the Following Medical Construction Projects Have Secured Approvals Necessary to Move Forward Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most effective construction lead service, reported today that the following medical construction projects have secured approvals necessary to move forward. Businesses interested in establishing early relationships and providing services relative to these projects should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each lead. 2/14/2013
  • North Dakota Oil Boom Driving Economic Development While much of the country crawls, North Dakota is sprinting. The lowest unemployment rate of any state. The highest rate of population growth. The Roughrider State is far from an afterthought. It’s become a destination in recent years as workers seek jobs in the oil industry there. New technologies and drilling techniques propelled the oil industry—and economic activity—in North Dakota, making it the nation’s second-largest producer of crude oil behind Texas. Read more: http://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/2013/02/11/north-dakota-oil-boom-driving-economic-development/#ixzz2Ke1ysUKq 2/11/2013
  • Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s Most Effective Construction Lead Service, is Reporting on the Latest in Student Housing and Multifamily Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most effective construction lead service, is reporting on the latest in student housing and multi-family construction trends. For more information on these trends and the construction projects that reflect these developments, visit construct-a-lead.com to obtain direct contact information for all reported projects. 2/4/2013
  • Data centers haven’t just changed computing, they’ve changed communities The technology inside data centers sparks immense industry analysis and speculation. After the media leave, though, data center towns themselves can be ignored, even as they change. I saw this up close while working as a business reporter at the Bulletin daily newspaper in Bend, Ore., a 45-minute drive from Prineville, where Facebook and Apple have been constructing data centers and where other companies have considered building similar structures. 2/4/2013
  • Houston leads markets in assisted living construction activity As of the fourth quarter of 2012, units under construction in assisted living properties equated to 3.0 percent of the existing assisted living inventory within the top 31 metropolitan markets. Construction activity has been oscillating for more than a year, but has clearly moved past the lows established in 2009. 1/19/2013
  • Surge in home construction likely to continue WASHINGTON — The aftermath of the housing bust forced many homebuilders to dramatically scale back construction on new homes to avoid the risk of ending up saddled with a trove of newly built, yet unsold properties. But an improving housing market has homebuilders feeling more confident about sales, and that's likely to kick the pace of new construction into a higher gear this year 1/19/2013
  • Wanted: Workers, housing (Endless amount of jobs in North Dakota) A lack of workers and housing is slowing business development and expansion in the region. A Regional Workforce Roundtable brought together more than 40 business and economic leaders from the region to discuss how to address both issues Thursday. “Housing is scary,” said Rich Garmen, project manager for Great River Energy’s Dakota Spirit AgEnergy ethanol plant. “Where is the workforce going to come from?” 1/18/2013
  • Construct-A-Lead, Reported Today that the Following Large Scale Construction Projects Have Secured Approvals Necessary to Move Forward Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most effective construction lead service, reported today that the following large scale construction projects have secured approvals necessary to move forward. Businesses interested in establishing early relationships and providing services relative to these projects should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each lead: 1/15/2013
  • Housing starts up 48 percent for 4th quarter The North Texas home-building market is gaining momentum, according to two market reports released Monday. Builders started construction on 48.2 percent more homes in the fourth quarter of 2012, Dallas-based Residential Strategies said: 4,549 new homes between October and December, up from 3,068 in the same quarter of 2011. The construction activity is filling a backlog of orders and replacing speculative homes in the market, the firm said. 1/7/2013
  • Gilbane Winter 2012 Construction Industry Economic Report “Supported by overall positive growth trends for year 2013, I expect margins and overall escalation to climb more than we’ve seen in five years, particularly in the rapidly expanding residential side of construction.,” says Ed Zarenski, the report’s author and a 40-year veteran of the construction industry. http://www.gilbaneco.com/NewsDetail.aspx?id=2147487160 12/18/2012
  • New Summary: US construction spending rises SPENDING RISES: U.S. builders increased their spending on construction projects 1.4 percent in October, the biggest increase since May. HOMES DRIVE GAINS: Spending on housing construction jumped 3 percent to drive the overall gain. Spending for non-residential projects, such as hotels and shopping centers, rose only 0.3 percent, while government projects increased 0.8 percent. 12/6/2012
  • Construct-A-Lead Announced That the Following Commercial Construction Projects Are In the Planning Stage and Are Seeking Business Relationships Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry's most effective construction lead service, reported today that the following commercial construction projects are seeking the necessary approvals to proceed. The service features multi-family residential construction, hotel construction, office buildings, retail construction, medical construction, mixed use developments, school renovations and much more, including those hard-to-find private project leads, from planning stage through completion. This year, there have been over 11,000 new construction projects added to the database. 11/16/2012
  • Construct-A-Lead, announces the following retail construction projects have secured the approvals necessary to move forward. Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry's most effective construction lead service, reported today that the following retail construction projects have secured the approvals necessary to move forward. Businesses interested in establishing early relationships and providing services relative to these projects should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each lead: 11/14/2012
  • Construct-A-Lead, Reported Today that the Following Hospital and Medical Construction Projects have Secured the Approvals Necessary to Move Forward Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most effective construction lead service, reported today that the following hospital and medical construction projects have secured the approvals necessary to move forward. Businesses interested in establishing early relationships and providing services relative to these projects should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each lead: 10/30/2012
  • Joplin schools seeking millions in new furniture JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — In advance of spending what will likely be millions on desks, tables and chairs to furnish schools currently under construction, Joplin administrators have visited three furniture manufacturers on trips — paid for by the companies — to see their products firsthand. 10/29/2012
  • Construct-A-Lead Announces the Following Multi-Family Residential Construction Projects Have Secured the Necessary Approvals to Move Forward Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most effective construction lead service, reported today that the following multi-family residential construction projects have secured approvals necessary to move forward. Businesses interested in establishing early relationships and providing services relative to these projects should visit construct-a-lead.com and reference the Project ID listed below to obtain direct contact information for each lead 10/5/2012
  • A New Luxury Hotel for Philly's Skyline? The W Hotel proposed for 1441 Chestnut St. has secured all approvals to move forward, according to the hotel company and a construction-industry website that tracks such projects in the United States. 9/30/2012
  • Philadelphia Inquirer mentions Construct-A-Lead.com! The W Hotel proposed for 1441 Chestnut St. has secured all approvals to move forward, according to the hotel company and a construction-industry website that tracks such projects in the United States. Construct-A-Lead, the online construction-projects database, reported earlier this week that the luxury hotel project was progressing and that "businesses interested in establishing early relationships and providing services relative to the project should visit construct-a-lead.com." 9/18/2012
  • Construct-A-Lead®, the Construction Industry’s most efficient construction lead service, is now flagging data centers on its commercial construction r The question regarding the market size of data center construction may still be under construction, but studies have begun to offer varying estimates as to how large this construction community can be. Christian Belady of Microsoft projects global data center construction will reach $78 billion per year by 2020. The U.S. market for data center construction currently ranges for $15 billion a year, and will likely grow to about $18 billion, before year’s end. 9/7/2012
  • Experts see uptick in hotel construction MEMPHIS, Tenneesee—Don’t look now, but that muted supply growth that hotel industry pundits have been praising as a reason for a swift recovery from the recession is in danger of disappearing. Of course, it won’t happen overnight, but new hotel construction is on the horizon, according to speakers during last week’s Southern Lodging Summit @ Memphis. 8/30/2012
  • Construct-A-Lead Announces the Following Projects are Starting Construction Soon Construct-A-Lead, the Construction Industry’s most efficient construction lead service, reported today that the following commercial construction projects are currently in the pre-bidding stage and will go out for bids and start construction in the next 90 days. 8/24/2012
  • Data Centers Report: Demand ‘exploding’ BD+C's Giants 300 Top 25 AEC Firms in the Data Center sector.Demand for data centers is “exploding,” says Raj Gupta, PE, LEED AP, CEO of Environmental Systems Design and emeritus member of BD+C’s Editorial Board. According to Gartner Inc., in 2010, 2% of data centers contained 52% of total data center floor space and accounted for 63% of data center hardware spending. 8/13/2012
  • Special Report: Rebuilding America's Schools The average public school in this country is more than 40 years old—and showing its age. Roofs leak, walls are ridden with termites and lead paint, and rooms are chronically overcrowded. PARADE looks at two communities that remade their schools—and the lessons they can teach all of us. 8/13/2012
  • Shale Regions Present Opportunity and Risks July 2012 By Anthony D. Whitley Eagle Ford Shale. Barnett Shale. Bakken Shale. Construction companies working in these regions may experience material shortages, volatile prices, and other unique regional risks that may not be present in other areas of the country. Proper contract planning and careful consideration of these risks can help construction companies successfully take advantage of new opportunities in these locations. It should come as no surprise that the shale regions and other fast-growing pockets of the country are experiencing volatile material and labor prices right now. Even recessed areas of the country can experience volatility due to resources being consumed in the booming regions. The ability to identify such shortages of material and labor (and accompanying volatile costs), however, does not mean they are easy to manage. It can still be difficult for a construction company to predict its actual costs on a project that does not start for months or a year after bids are turned in. to continue reading http://www.mcsmag.com/articlesdetail.php?id_articles=1361&id_artcatg=6 8/6/2012
  • Homewood Suites Introduces New Design Concept with Smaller Footprint Homewood Suites by Hilton has opened a new property in Joplin, Mo., and it’s not just significant because it is one of the first businesses to open in the town since it was ravaged by a tornado last year. The 97-room hotel is also notable because it marks the debut of Homewood Suites’ new Generation 9 design prototype, a concept that is expected to have great appeal to developers. 8/1/2012
  • Fallon, Drew Move Ahead on Big Boston Residential Projects Developers like The Drew Co. and The Fallon Co. are taking note as demand for apartments in Boston continues to soar and the call for condominiums is on the upswing. Recently, Drew secured financing for its Waterside Place apartment building and Fallon topped off a development that, once completed, will allow the company to start construction of a high-rise condominium. 7/23/2012
  • MAY 2012 CONSTRUCTION AT $830.0 BILLION ANNUAL RATE The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced today that construction spending during May 2012 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $830.0 billion, 0.9 percent (±1.5%)* above the revised April estimate of $822.5 billion. The May figure is 7.0 percent (±2.0%) above the May 2011 estimate of $775.8 billion. During the first 5 months of this year, construction spending amounted to $310.5 billion, 9.4 percent (±1.6%) above the $283.8 billion for the same period in 2011 7/5/2012
  • TD Economics: Five-Year Multi-Family Construction Outlook Focused on South Atlantic A new report focusing on multi-family housing trends along the East Coast predicts most markets will experience significant increases in multi-family housing construction over the next five years, with the greatest opportunities for growth occurring in the South Atlantic region. 7/4/2012
  • We now have Demolition and Restaurant projects! Construct-A-Lead.com, a leader in the commercial construction lead service, is please to announce that they have now added Demolition leads and Restaurant leads. 7/1/2012
  • Illinois House approves major gambling expansion Casino expansion = more projects to bid! SPRINGFIELD — Shunting aside Gov. Pat Quinn’s concerns, the Illinois House today approved a major expansion of gambling in Illinois that would put a casino in Chicago and four other cities, add positions at riverboats and allow slot machines at racetracks. 5/24/2012
  • US builder confidence at highest level in 5 years WASHINGTON (AP) — Confidence among U.S. builders rose to the highest level in five years in May, a hopeful sign that modest improvement in the housing market will pick up. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index rose to 29 in May. That's the highest reading since May 2007 and up from a downwardly revised reading of 24 in April. The index rose for six straight months before falling in April. 5/15/2012
  • Student Housing: Look for Continued Growth IRVING, TX-A little more than five years ago, the first RealShare Student Housing conference took place in the midst of a strong recession and concerns about the economy. Even with growing alarm over the economy, speakers at the "back-then" event pointed out that student housing was a growing investment and development sector, with demand based on steadily increasing higher education enrollment figures. With the next RealShare Student Housing conference to take place here less than a week away, the Great Recession has ended, the economy is recovering – sort of – and experts tell GlobeSt.com that student housing is still a terrific sector in which to invest, build, own and operate. 5/9/2012
  • Rent for Sale Three and a half years after the recession, many people in the U.S. are still not buying their own homes or apartments. Instead, renting is the new buying. Since the majority of Americans choose, or can only afford to rent an apartment or condominium, prices for rent have gone up. 5/8/2012
  • US homebuilders request most permits in 3½ years WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. builders requested the most permits in March for single-family homes and apartments in 3½ years, suggesting that many expect the housing market to improve over the next year. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that permits, a gauge of future construction, rose 4.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 747,000 in March. That's the highest level since September 2008. 4/17/2012
  • Back to School Capital improvement is rising, and all around the country, colleges are attributed to the increase of newly essential construction happening to various college campuses. 4/13/2012
  • Construction officials pushing prefab revival Connecticut construction officials are urging the industry to renew a building technique hundreds of years old as a way to save money and increase productivity today. The renewed push in prefabrication — or modular construction — comes as the industry is trying to modernize itself with best practices and technology to reverse the fragmented, delayed method where buildings are typically built. 4/9/2012
  • Bringing the Wrigley Building into the 21st Century; as city weighs landmark status for iconic skyscraper, new owners propose changes Like me, you may have wondered: What’s in those mysterious aeries atop the Wrigley Building? Last week, I found out. Inside the tiny, round room near the top of the southern tower of the festive white skyscraper, you spy something you can’t see from street level—winged lions carved into the columns that surround the room. Reached by a spiral staircase, the room was once the top tier of an observatory, I learned. Visitors got drop-dead views of the skyline and the Chicago River, plus, legend has it, a pack of chewing gum. 3/26/2012
  • Oil and shale and construction, oh my! Imagine, you’re living in a town during the recession, but you’re able to find a job after the first interview. Also imagine that job giving you the hours you deserve for the pay you need to put food on the table for you and your families, and then add that imagination with a town that’s seemingly recession proof as a whole. Believe it or not, this is the reality for a town in North Dakota. 3/23/2012
  • Against the odds – How does a Commercial Construction related business start in a down economy In the past few years, our country has been suffering through one of the worst economic times many people have ever seen. Some of our largest industries, namely the construction industry is perceived to be at a standstill. Banks loans are hard to come by, leaving many developers unable to start or finish their commercial projects. Its times like these that have forced many of us to rethink the way we make our livings, it may not be the easiest alternative, but in some cases, it became important to reinvent ourselves and start anew. Good companies can thrive in any economy. 3/21/2012
  • NBA Sacramento Kings new stadium complex Anschutz Entertainment Group had plenty of reasons to pass on investing $58.75 million in Sacramento's proposed downtown arena. The region's economy? Still challenged. The anchor tenant, the Sacramento Kings, have been league doormats with a sometimes toxic relationship with the city. AEG's owner, Philip Anschutz, initially thought it was a bad idea. But AEG committed to the arena anyway, reasoning that Sacramento is a long-neglected market that has nowhere to go but up. 3/21/2012
  • Prospecting Doesn't Have To Be a Dirty Word! Candidly, the majority of salespeople I’ve known and worked with admit this at one time or another in their careers – no matter how successful they are. Face it, prospecting or cold-calling can be a grind. Legions of salespeople find every excuse in the world not to have to prospect. “I’ve been in meetings,” “Our phones are ringing again,” “I don’t have the time.” Why don’t salespeople run into their offices every day with fast heartbeats to pick up the phone or start emailing their prospecting efforts? Here are a few of the “fear factors” -- : 3/21/2012
  • Apple to spend $304M on new Austin, Tex., campus, creating 3600 new jobs Apple plans to invest $304 million on a new campus in Austin that will create 3,600 new jobs and double the size of its workforce in Texas. Apple's plans were revealed on Friday by the office of Gov. Rick Perry, which revealed the state will award Apple $21 million over 10 years through the Texas Enterprise Fund. In return, Apple will expand its customer support, sales and accounting functions in the region. 3/21/2012
  • Kent’s “New World” visionary brings more retail and hotel construction for the community The life and times of Kent, Ohio, isn’t like any other town. It’s the home for 42,000 students at Kent State University, and it’s the location of the famous Acorn Alley. Since its construction progress on Sept. 25, 2009, Kent’s very own Acorn Alley sweeps the streets with a $100 million renovation in downtown and continues to move forward. Acorn Alley is constantly credited by city officials as the catalyst that jump-started it all. 3/7/2012
  • Day care dilemma: Officials says there is a need for 2,400 day care spaces, situation ‘critical’ Williston’s oil boom-fueled population increase has caused a high demand for day care services and supply is still lagging far behind. A need for 2,400 day care spaces exists to date, according to Tom Rolfstad, executive director of Williston Area Economic Development. Rolfstad said there are currently only 470 spaces available. 3/6/2012
  • More small hotels checking in Boutique properties finding their place among Chicago's lodging industry The city of big shoulders historically has been famous for supporting hotels like the 2,019-room Hyatt Regency Chicago, built in the 1970s, and the 1,544-room Hilton Chicago, once the world's largest lodging property. But they aren't making them like they used to. In the aftermath of the recession, hotels are still popping up in Chicago but they're smaller and aim to be uber-stylish with an attitude, eschewing sameness and staidness. 11/1/2011
  • Architecture firm expands in Chicago Lisa Adams is in hiring mode as her employer, HKS Inc., expands into one of the few growth areas for architecture firms: health care. 10/24/2011
  • Hyatt Regency Tahoe Begins $20 Million Renovation Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino is pleased to announce the resort’s commencement of a $20 million renovation of its guestrooms, Sierra Café and the Spa Terrace Conference Center. Boasting an unrivaled location in the Sierras with iconic lake and mountain views, the resort transformation promises an unmatched Tahoe experience with the complete redesign of the property’s 422 guestrooms and suites, not including the property’s 24 lakefront cottages, as well as a completely new look for the resort’s approachable all-day dining restaurant, Sierra Café, and the Spa Terrace Conference Center. Designed by the renowned design and architecture firm with offices in New York City and San Francisco, CCS Architecture, the renovations are slated for completion by Apr. 30, 2012. 10/24/2011
  • Makin’ greens while building green In all the right places, there are new hospitals, casinos, car dealerships and many more buildings still trending in the commercial construction industry. This isn’t new news; however, a new type of trend is spreading to keep these hospitals, casinos and car dealerships up and running, while at the same time, saving both a lot of money and the environment. 10/24/2011
  • Hyatt Summerfield Suites Hotel Expects To Begin Construction This September In Raleigh, N.C., Concord Hospitality Enterprises expects designs and final blueprints of a new hotel to be presented in late July for construction. 8/24/2011
  • Surge in hospital construction on horizon Elmhurst Memorial Hospital’s $450 million main campus opening Saturday is one of the first — and biggest — health care projects completed since the economic downtown. Construction already was under way in 2008 when financing for many such projects dried up due to the crisis in the bond market. 8/9/2011
  • The Next Big Boom? Last month, Humphreys & Partners Architects hit a milestone that the Dallas-based company hasn’t seen for quite some time: Projected billings finally met pre-recession levels. 8/9/2011
  • Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) Jul 13, 2011 (FIND, Inc. via COMTEX) -- SUMMARY: ACCSH will meet July 28, 2011, in Washington, DC. In conjunction with the ACCSH meeting, ACCSH Work Groups will meet July 27, 2011. This Federal Register notice also announces the appointment of individuals to ACCSH. 7/13/2011
  • ASPE And jobsite123 Partner To Provide Contractor Qualifications Tools To Its Members Nationwide American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE) has partnered with JobSite123.com to provide its members with a wide variety of tools designed to facilitate business development opportunities and easy access to Jobsite123.com’s “search and qualify” engine for U.S. commercial contractors. 7/13/2011
  • New Prison Medical Facility to Be Finished By 2013 In Stockton, Calif., two major construction companies such as Clark Construction Group of Bethesda, Md., and McCarthy Building Cos. of Sacramento, will join together with a $512 million contract to build a prison medical facility. 7/10/2011
  • Burlingame shines green lantern on eco-friendly building Burlingame has gone bright green, but it’s the other San Mateo County cities that ought to feel envious. 7/10/2011
  • In the Old House, some new tricks to save energy The Old House at Appleton Farms looks great for its age. You would, too, if you had just spent $1 million for a face lift. 7/10/2011
  • Car Dealership to LEED A Green Path At the Fields Volvo dealership in Northfield, IL, failing the green world is not an option, so to show its commitment and reverence, this company will soon be certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). 7/10/2011
  • 'Green' code gets update A building code adopted by the Scottsdale City Council this week will make it easier for developers to choose green-building alternatives for their projects in the city. 7/9/2011
  • McGinn announces plan to create 2,400 construction jobs Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and City Council President Richard Conlin announced a package of regulatory reforms Friday to help small businesses grow, perk up neighborhoods and create up to 2,400 construction and trade jobs. 7/9/2011
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