Typically, ensuring safety in public schools is a matter of modifying human behavior. From playground bullying to gang activity to more violent crime, these troubling issues are being addressed through concrete, preventative actions and strategies. But in many cities and towns, there’s another danger, one that is to a great extent out of their control. For schools located in regions susceptible to natural disasters, providing protection rises to a higher and broader concern.

Throughout the Pacific Northwest, communities contend with earthquakes inland and tsunamis on the coast. To withstand a catastrophe of this kind, school districts are taking action to structurally upgrade their facilities, in some cases going beyond current building code standards.


The construction industry must meet three challenges in attracting and training workers with conversations and action. Culture changes in society, academia and construction companies are needed to sustain a labor force that’s undersized and in danger of shrinking.

About 500,000 construction jobs sit unfilled right now. Three converging forces threaten the labor force: A boom in construction is creating staffing shortages; Baby Boomers reaching retirement age at a rate of 10,000 per day is draining the pool of experienced employees; and efforts to attract young people to the industry are not working as they once did.

OP CIVILBy Kristopher Stahle

The performance of the construction sector relies on a complicated web of internal and external factors the level of risk varies wildly from country to country, region to region and even city to city. The construction industry, for example, behaves a lot differently in New York City than it does in Madison, Wis.

To successfully and thoroughly gauge risk, businesses need to understand factors that impact construction on both a macro and micro level. The big-picture economic outlook could look positive, but the behavior of individual companies or within individual locations might not match up.

MATCHMAKING ARTICLEIn dating and in business, it’s about living your core values.   

By Michael Boren

In a lot of ways, business relationships are like your personal relationships. Whether you’re evaluating business partners, hiring new team members or trying to win work, both parties are looking for that special spark. When the chemistry is right, great things can happen. But without it, you eventually find that the passion and caring just aren’t there, and a breakup is inevitable. 

WOMEN IN ARCHITECTUREWhat construction managers need to know about working with women architects.   

By Amy Hood 

Women architects understand the challenges associated with their profession, but what makes it worse are the biases they encounter from a male-dominated discipline. While times are changing, women in architecture and construction have had to overcome reservations that their gender might in some way limit their knowledge, competence, expertise and creativity. 

DIGITAL WORKSITEThere are four reasons to manage your worksite digitally.   

By John Kennedy and Richard Bergfeld

The construction business, with all of the contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and other vendors, manages more critical documents on a day-to-day basis than nearly any other industry. As a result, construction work trailers often become a storage and management nightmare, reduced to document warehouses with little to no room for contractors to conduct business. 


When it comes to accounting, many contractors have two burning questions: which accounting method is best for my company, and which will give me the best tax advantage?

For regular taxpayers, their only concern is whether their overall accounting method should report income on the cash basis or the accrual basis of accounting. However, contractors have other factors that need to be considered. Contractors have the opportunity to use multiple methods of accounting for their long-term contracts. These methods will depend on whether the company is a small or large contractor and whether their contracts are short-term or long-term.

LABOR SHORTAGEHere's how to combat the industry workforce shortage.

By Adam Dalva

The construction industry is experiencing a fundamental shift as fierce competition for candidates to fill both new and open positions intensifies. The pace of monumental-scale infrastructure construction projects is on the rise worldwide, with current annual global infrastructure demand projected at $4 trillion, according to the World Economic Forum. The U.S. government plans to raise $1 trillion in a private/public partnership to rebuild major infrastructure throughout the country, with a focus on roads, bridges and other major construction endeavors. In addition, technology is transforming the way projects are designed and delivered and diversity is becoming an increasingly important focus for the industry, expanding beyond race and gender to include diversity of thought, background and experience. 

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