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Questions to Ask Before Hiring a General Contractor

Gone are the days of behavioral interviews in today’s hiring landscape. The “Tell me about a time when…” approach may prove helpful to gauge character and leaderships skills. However, with the breadth and depth of tools, systems and processes in the architecture, engineering and construction industry (AEC), it’s important to dig deep to find contractors with the right skillset, along with the right mindset. Here are some questions to ask before hiring a general contractor to fulfill your workforce needs.

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AutoCAD Certification Exams Every Architect Should Consider Taking

The famous saying that ‘college degrees are a dime a dozen’ holds sway in almost every market niche Millennials graduate into in this decade and the field of architecture is no different. Sadly, employers in the architectural niche view college degrees as nothing more than the paper which tags you as an architect thereby limiting your employability. And to break the chains of these limitations, some considerable effort must be expended on your part in the pursuit of your professional development.

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Should You Offer Builder Allowances to Your Clients?

There are a few things that will make any construction project go smoothly. High quality work, for example, should be priority number one. Following that, strong adherence to deadlines, an open line of communication and transparency throughout the project lifecycle can ensure complete satisfaction for all stakeholders.

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4 Energy Efficiency Awards Your Firm Should Consider

While some construction firms are doing their best to build with energy efficiency, others are wondering why they should. In a business sense, your motivation behind building with efficiency might be your own savings. However, there are more incentives than just cost savings, and public acknowledgement for your leadership, in regard to energy efficiency, is one of them. Here are three awards that your company might consider applying for.

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Ideas That Bring Summer Fun to Your Construction Business

Now that the kids are on summer vacation, and summer fun is in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about summer outings and team-building activities for your own workforce. Think volunteer work, like cleaning up your local park, or canoeing and kayaking the many rivers and ponds across the states. Or, try hosting a company BBQ, where family and friends are invited to celebrate the July 4th holiday together.

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5 (More) Predictable Ways to Manage Multiple Construction Projects

In June, we wrote about five predictable ways to manage multiple construction projects. The article included things like creating detailed plans for each project, or properly allocating resources, whether materials based or personnel based. Of course, we know that there’s more to this list than the five tips we shared, so here’s part two of our list of predictable ways to manage multiple construction projects.

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Actions That Will Prevent Heat Exhaustion at Your Construction Site

Preventing heat exhaustion should be a priority for every worker in the trade. Contractors don't want to be short crew members when work is at the most fast-paced of the year, and laborers definitely need to avoid the long term effects of a heat-related spell. Heat exhaustion is often overlooked as an aspect of job site safety, and “deal with it” is by no means an effective measure to handle the summer heat.

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