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The Rise of Construction Costs

The Rise of Construction Costs

Don’t be fooled by the headlines. While building material pricing took a short dip earlier this year and price increases overall have been minimal since then, the continued shortage in skilled labor is offsetting any gains made on the material side of the construction business. The commercial real estate market...

Sep , 29


Training and Education to Reverse Labor Shortage

Training and Education to Reverse Labor Shortage

The two-year recession that began in late 2007 resulted in almost 30 million Americans losing their jobs. During this time, there was a huge decrease in the need for labor in the construction industry with nearly 2 million construction workers laid off between 2007 and 2009. Many of the laid-off...

Sep , 24


Physically Impossible Skyscrapers

Physically Impossible Skyscrapers

It may not seem physically possible for a 950-foot-tall building to be just less than 60 feet wide and still hold its stature against the wind, but for Stephen DeSimone, president of DeSimone consulting Engineers in New York, working with the wind, instead of against it, is what makes these...

Sep , 17


How the Meaning of Mixed-Use Has Changed Over Time

How the Meaning of Mixed-Use Has Changed Over Time

To define the concept of “mixed-use” into a singular, nationwide definition is nearly impossible. Different target markets, financial needs, geographical characteristics and developer visions result in no two developments looking alike. Flexibility is the driving force that makes mixed-use such a popular concept. Mixed-use isn’t a new concept. In fact,...

Sep , 10


As Some States Face the Heat of Construction Oversupply, Texas Keeps its Cool

As Some States Face the Heat of Construction Oversupply, Texas Keeps its Cool

In the last three years, the hype surrounding ground-up construction has increasingly led to concerns about oversupply, which occurs when there are an excessive number of developments that are not occupied or used at an acceptable percentage. While many cities across the country are now left with dozens of complexes...

Aug , 18


KWA Construction 2015 Core Award Recipients

KWA Construction 2015 Core Award Recipients

Last month at a company-wide luncheon, we honored the first of our semi annual Core Award winners who were recognized by their peers for embodying and displaying our core values in their daily work. These award celebrations have quickly become some of our favorite events. This time around we were...

Aug , 2


Two-Step Solution to National Affordable Housing Crisis

Two-Step Solution to National Affordable Housing Crisis

For many low-income families, young professionals starting out and elderly individuals on fixed-incomes, choosing multifamily housing and rental properties is a preferred choice of living. But with rental prices rising across the nation, this arrangement is increasingly not an affordable one. To help address their problem, the U.S. Department of...

Jul , 30


The 5:1 Apartment

The 5:1 Apartment

While it will always hold a special place in your heart, let’s be honest; your first apartment probably wasn’t the greatest. If you’re part of the young demographic moving away from home for the first time, your budget can normally afford you a one bedroom, hole-in-the-wall that’s already got some...

Jul , 23



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