Related Links: Construction Industry Needs to Coordinate Its Work Force Solutions You Actually Found Some Skilled LaborNow What? Faced with what could be an unprecedented labor shortage as the economy picks up, construction professionals are uniting to rebuild the pipeline of young workers that once flowed into the industry from vocational and technical programs across the U.S."Somewhere in recent decades, our country made a collective decision that everyone should attend college. The robust workforce and technical education programs that once existed in our high schools disappeared in favor of college-track programs," says Brian Turmail, executive director of public affairs for
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.