MSU, USM have embraced construction industry with programs | MS Business Journal

Andreas Milano

Building construction degree programs at two state universities are bringing trained employees into the construction industry where they can have long-term careers. The programs at Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi have been embraced by the construction industry.

Lee Nations, president and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors Mississippi Chapter, said, “ABC Mississippi serves on the Advisory Board of both programs at MSU and USM. We work with the programs to provide speakers, programming assistance and industry networking opportunities.”

He says the programs are beneficial to entering the construction industry. “Both construction related degrees are extremely

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Construction, Industry Economic Report at ‘All-time High’

Andreas Milano
  • Economic indicators for industries like construction show “all-time high.”
  • Construction was the fifth-highest growing sector in the report. 
  • “Residential new home construction demand continues to outpace supply.”
  • Construction companies reported the highest price increases for materials and services in March of all 18 services industries.

“All-time high” was the buzz phrase in a monthly economic report meeting for industries like construction, rental, warehousing and others. Anthony Nieves, chair of the Institute of Supply Management (ISM®) Services Business Survey Committee, delivered the March services sector report on April 5. The PMI®, or the Purchasing Managers’ Index, is

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After years of delays, Fort Worth businesses celebrate new bridge connecting them to downtown again

Andreas Milano

A new bridge on White Settlement Road, just west of Henderson, was supposed to have been completed in 2018.

FORT WORTH, Texas — Friday afternoon, a brand new bridge opened, just northwest of downtown Fort Worth, with an incredible view of the city’s skyline.

But the bridge’s road to completion was paved with delays and, for some local businesses, moments of utter despair.

“It’s been hard,” said Storm George, who, along with her husband Jason, owns and runs Angelo’s Barbecue. “There were a lot of tears shed in this house. I mean a lot of just sitting with each other

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Superior business owners along Highway 2/53 prepare for construction

Andreas Milano

The road will be resurfaced, traffic signals at 39th Avenue East will be replaced and both the Nemadji River and Bluff Creek bridges will be rehabilitated. During this time, at least one lane of each side of the road will remain open to traffic at all times, but the speed limit will be reduced from 35 to 25 miles per hour.

This comes after Governor Tony Evers signed a nearly $5 million contract for a resurfacing project on Highway 2/53, and comes as one of the busiest seasons for businesses in the project area approaches.

One of these businesses is

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Leading construction firm wins new high school project | Business Observer

Andreas Milano

BABCOCK RANCH — DeAngelis Diamond, one of the largest construction firms in the region, has been chosen to build the Babcock Neighborhood School High School, a 39,000-square-foot charter High School in Babcock Ranch.

The new high school will be connected to the existing Babcock Neighborhood School, which DeAngelis Diamond built in 2018, in conjunction with Studio+. The pair of firms will partner on the latest project, according to a statement. Highlighting flexible and adaptable spaces, the high school will feature 24 classrooms, academy support spaces, AICE labs and administrative support spaces, the release adds.

In addition to the high school,

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What’s Driving Increased Construction Costs?

Andreas Milano

Although the pace of residential construction in Central Kentucky remains strong, it is not without its challenges, industry leaders said.

While many businesses saw slowdowns, if not complete shutdowns, over the past year, residential construction continued apace, said Chris Howard with Anderson & Rodgers Construction.

“The construction business was booming last year,” Howard said. “We had as many calls as we’ve ever had, and we’re continuing to work through them.”

With schools closed to in-person learning and with more people working from home, many Central Kentucky families decided last year was the time to work on their homes.

“For us

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