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New USGBC study finds green construction is major economic driver

New USGBC study finds green construction is major economic driver

A new U.S. Green Building Council study finds that green construction’s growth rate is rapidly outpacing that of conventional construction and will continue to rise.

U.S. construction spending surges

U.S. construction spending surges

Construction spending continued its strong year-over-year gains, as the industry posted a 13.7 percent increase in July, to a $1.1 trillion annual rate, according to Census Bureau statistics reported by ENR. This is the highest level of construction spending since May 2008, The Wall Street Journal said.

Exploring fully electric construction equipment

Exploring fully electric construction equipment

Skanska, Volvo and the Swedish Energy Agency are partnered on a nearly $25 million research project to explore the possibilities of fully electric construction equipment in a quarry environment.

Congress passed another short-term transportation bill

Congress passed another short-term transportation bill

Racing against a July 31 deadline, Congress last week wrapped up yet another short-term measure to keep federal highway and transit funds flowing, this time just until late October.

Skanska UK advancing use of robots in construction

Skanska UK advancing use of robots in construction

Skanska UK has been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the UK government to develop the use of robots for onsite and offsite construction. Cutting and drilling are among the tasks identified for the robots.

Team integration key to project success, study finds

Team integration key to project success, study finds

Researchers have found that project delivery method is less of an indicator of project success than team integration and group cohesion. To help owners maximize team integration – and thus help avoid cost and schedule growth – under any contracting scenario, a team funded by the Construction Industry Institute and the Charles Pankow Foundation has released a 54-page guide for owners.

Healthcare COE explains industry trends

Healthcare COE explains industry trends

What are the five big ideas we need to fully understand and act upon to continue as one of America’s top healthcare builders? What are key healthcare market trends, and key figures relating to Skanska’s healthcare work? Learn all this and more from new publications from our Healthcare Center of Excellence.

Obama signs short-term highway funding extension

Obama signs short-term highway funding extension

President Obama on May 29 signed legislation authorizing the Highway Trust Fund to provide money for transportation projects until July 31. The law, known as the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, is the latest of 33 short-term funding measures passed in order to finance the trust fund since 2008.

Karl Reichelt joins boards of DBIA and AIAI

Karl Reichelt joins boards of DBIA and AIAI

Karl Reichelt, Infrastructure Development North America executive vice president, has been appointed to the board of directors of two influential, national industry organizations: the Design-Build Institute of America and the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure.

Construction poised for continued steady growth in 2015

Construction poised for continued steady growth in 2015

Two leading industry indicators point to construction continuing to grow at a steady rate through at least 2015, with an ENR survey indicating that growth may moderate by 2017. The strongest markets include manufacturing, multi-unit residential, office and lodging.