Growth to Remain Modest in 2018

A dip in public works combined with a substantial decrease in utility work, weak industrial markets and slower-than-anticipated growth in residential construction all put a damper on general construction growth in 2017. The consensus among economic forecasts analyzed by ENR indicates a very modest rebound in growth in 2018. The American Road & Transportation Builders […]

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Radio Broadcast Booth, TV Studio In Design Plans For Hartford’s Weaver High School

A radio broadcast booth, a TV studio and four arts studios will be included in the $133 million Weaver High School when it reopens after renovation, according to architectural designs presented to the public this week. With construction underway, a chief architect for the project said the first floor will also include a WQTQ-FM radio […]

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Tweed Airport Authority approves $2.9M for 3rd phase of sound insulation

The Tweed New Haven Airport Authority unanimously approved a $2.56 million contract Wednesday for the third phase of its residential sound insulation program, which will soundproof 54 houses in East Haven and the Morris Cove section of New Haven. The authority also unanimously approved a task order for $774,274 in design and construction services for […]

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Hearing set for $30 million Brainerd Place construction details on Elmcrest site

The commission is scheduled hold a public hearing on the site plan for the proposed $30 million mixed-use development during a meeting beginning at 7 p.m. in the Mary Flood Room of the Portland Public Library. Brookfield-based BRT proposes to construct some 240 studio, one-, and two-bedroom rental units, as well as various retail and […]

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Plan for new East Hampton police station/town hall on Tuesday’s ballot

One key issue tops the ballot in Tuesday’s election: Whether residents will end 30-plus years of dithering and approve a proposal to build a new Town Hall/police station. Heading the ballot is the proposal to spend $18.98 million to build a 33,400-square-foot building on a 5.4-acre parcel of land in the Edgewater Hills mixed-use development. […]

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2018 construction starts will climb to $765B

Dodge Data & Analytics in its 2018 Dodge Construction Outlook forecasts a 3% rise in the value of total construction starts to $765 billion next year. Robert Murray, Dodge chief economist, said the slower growth of 2016, 2017 and 2018 compared to the double-digit boom years from 2012 to 2015 signifies a “mature stage of expansion” for […]

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With construction permits down, Connecticut builders wonder about 2018

In Connecticut, construction industry employment dropped sharply since June, according to estimates by the state Department of Labor. As of September, builders employed 56,200 people in Connecticut, DOL determined, down nearly 9 percent from last April that represented the sector’s peak employment in 2017. Since then, construction employment has dropped five months running, and is […]

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Connecticut Budget Has New Prevailing Wage Rule

Contractors that do business with the state of Connecticut no longer have to pay prevailing wages on construction projects that cost less than $1 million. Kimberly Glassman, director of the Foundation for Fair Contracting of Connecticut, said other states that have increased prevailing wage thresholds, or repealed the law altogether, have not seen significant savings. […]

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PSEG announces apprenticeship initiative in Bridgeport

Dubbed PSEG Ready2Work, funded with $500,000 from the company and managed and run by The Workplace and Building Pathways CT, the apprenticeship program unveiled Wednesday resulted from a deal the city and PSEG brokered in 2015 and early 2016. That pact — a “community environmental benefit agreement” — required PSEG’s controversial coal-fired plant to cease […]

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