Women Find Opportunities Pursuing Construction Trades

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Lily Thompson laughs when she hears that women can’t handle themselves on a construction site. “That’s a societal thing as much as anything,” said Thompson, a journey-level carpenter with Local 336 of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters. “If a mother can pick a sleeping child out of bed 2,500 times, there’s no reason she can’t pick up metal …

Contractors, Trade Unions Enhance Apprenticeships Targeting Women, Minorities

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About 20% of the construction workers who built the Hilton Cleveland Downtown hotel on The Mall were minorities, and 6% were women. That’s a big improvement for an industry that used to have the reputation of lacking a diverse workforce. One reason for the change is a joint effort by contractors and the construction trade unions to build a pipeline …

Improvements in Technology are Already Affecting Loss Control

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Insurers are looking for new ways to control losses, improve underwriting and attract business after last year’s catastrophes failed to induce marketwide rate hikes. Greater use of technology to reduce exposures and improve safety are being introduced as underwriters seek to differentiate their services, insurers say. And market strategies are changing after recent mergers and acquisition have transformed some insurers. …

Georgia Case Reminds Contractors Sovereign Immunity Can Limit Ability to Recover

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Sovereign immunity is the legal doctrine, dating back to the days of the British monarchy, that a sovereign or state cannot commit a legal wrong and is immune from suit: in essence, “the king can do no wrong.” Fulton County v. SOCO Contracting Co., a recent decision by the Georgia state appeals court, reminds contractors on government projects that sovereign …

VA Sets Aside Millions for Construction Projects

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has set aside $685 million in congressional funding for several State Veterans Home construction projects. The projects will be funded through the VA State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program and will be used for repairs, renovation, or new construction. This is the largest appropriation to the grant program in its 50-year history and is …

Surety and Mass. University are Selecting New Contractors to Complete Projects

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FITCHBURG — Last year, Fitchburg State University exited early from two construction contracts with a Haverhill company that has run into conflicts in other communities around the state. According to university officials, FSU contracted with GTC Construction Management on two projects: the renovation of Percival Hall and the creation of a “game studio” in the Main Street Theater Block. Read …

Contractors’ Bond Capacity Can Improve by Working With a CPA

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As a contracting business grows in capacity to handle projects, an important question that arises is how to also increase your capacity to obtain larger amounts on your bonds required for construction projects. Without increasing your bond line, you are limited in the amount of work you can undertake which in turn is necessary to grow your business further. Read …