Despite bumps and twists in Arizona’s commercial and housing construction markets, builders and high-school educators there have linked to keep the craft pipeline full for an anticipated market revival and expected retirement-driven workforce gaps. Photo: Arizona Builders’ Alliance Adam Rodriguez, an HVAC apprentice with a local firm, uses lab facilities to train. “We believe the economic downturn is a temporary phenomenon, and when it’s over, we will have more work than we have skilled labor,” says Dave Pittman, director of the Southern Arizona division of the Arizona Builders’ Alliance, a statewide contractor group whose 400 members include both union and
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.