Jessica Porter

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Jessica Porter is a New York-based freelance writer and editor. She spent three years working for Construction Executive, leaving as assistant editor. In 2014, she left the magazine to hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Shortly after completion, she began a freelance career and working as editor of the Managing Your Business eNewsletter.

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After years of stagnation, construction of K-12 schools is finally ramping back up in many districts across the country. In fact, institutional construction is expected to increase 10 percent this year to $118.5 billion, according to Dodge Data and Analytics’ 2017 Dodge Construction Outlook. This number largely is driven by the education sector, which comprises more than 40 percent of the institutional market.
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Every year, Associated Builders and Contractor (ABC) holds the National Craft Championships (NCC), in which more than 200 craft trainees from companies across the country compete in their trades—all hoping to win the gold. This year, Iowa Insulation’s Jacob Nelson took home the gold medal for the insulation competition. Another employee from the company competed with ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship & Training Trust, which took home the gold in the team competition.

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Contractors specializing in health care construction were hit with a double whammy in 2009: the economic recession and the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The 2016 Dodge Construction Outlook reports health care construction starts dropped 38 percent in square footage and 32 percent in dollar terms in 2009. After the initial plummet, construction began to increase only to fall again in 2012 during the Supreme Court’s hearing of the ACA. Such uncertainty eroded business owners’ already low confidence in industry forecasts, leading to challenges when making hiring decisions and investment plans. Continue »


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The International Code Council (ICC) recently released cdpACCESS, a cloud-based tool for code development that will make the process open and transparent to people or entities that may be affected by the codes.  The tool allows users to submit code change proposals, stay on top of proposed code changes and offer commentary. It also allows code officials to more easily determine the outcome of proposed code changes.

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Between 240,000 and 360,000 military members transition to civilian life each year. The shift isn’t always easy, leaving many veterans unemployed. To help put them to work, more than 100 construction industry organizations—including Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and many of its members—pledged in 2014 to employ 100,000 veterans by 2019. Continue »