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If only strategic planning was as simple as it sounds. Leaders in the construction industry benefit from the action of strategic planning in addition to a mindset of strategic planning. Together, these components set the stage for sustainable organizational health. A strategic plan cannot happen in a vacuum; rather, it’s an integral part of a construction company that understands the need for driven growth.

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The demand for sustainability and efficiency associated with new construction and renovation projects is higher than ever, as monthly energy costs constitute an ever-increasing percentage of total building life cycle expenses due to rising utility rates. As a result, sustainable construction practices promoting net-zero building designs have become a prevalent industry objective. However, peak sustainability is rarely accomplished due to the high costs and a lack of resources available in the early stages of design and planning.

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Sureties and banks, as well as rating agencies and governmental customers, analyze a contractor’s financial strength using different metrics and methods. Liquidity (the ability to meet obligations as they arise) is generally prized as the greatest strength, with leverage and profitability close behind. For bonding purposes, the contractor must understand the surety’s unique approach to liquidity analysis, with the goal being to steer the bonding company—rather than being steered by it.

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Building a solid foundation for a good relationship with sureties is important to every contractor. Just as with any relationship, it must be built on trust, mutual respect and honest communication. Sureties want to work with contractors that are accountable and proactive. They also expect contractors to have good management skills so that a profit is realized on the majority of their projects.

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Coverage of the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria over the past few weeks has been almost inescapable. While large-scale recovery efforts are well under way, individual companies located or doing business in areas affected by the storms likely will be feeling the effects for much longer, with many facing the very real prospect of having to shutter their operations for good.

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Over the past decade, wildfires have grown in size, duration and destructiveness due to the boom in biomass fuel production, changing climate conditions, rising temperatures, widespread drought and earlier snowmelt. Human error also has caused growth in the number of wildfires in recent years. From 2014 to 2017, the frequency of fires in the United States has been increasing at an estimated annualized rate of 5 percent burning more than 13.7 million acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

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Acquiring new business in the construction industry is accomplished in many ways, especially in a strong economic development cycle. General contractors, construction managers and subcontractors should know their risk control limits and be efficient and confident in the pursuit of new business. The work acquisition process in construction has as many inherent risks—as does work execution. Following are two of the most common ways to gain new projects.

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