Economist keynoters set the stage by forecasting a recession that will be long but shallow�and definitely global. But the Construction Users Roundtable, meeting at its national convention, didn�t dwell on the negative. Attendees explored how to at�tract and retain the next-generation workforce as well as core issues like safety and cutting-edge contract documents. Jocelyn E. Scott, vice president of engineering for DuPont and chairwoman of the event that drew almost 500 attendees to Rancho Mirage, Calif., Nov. 10-12, said CURT turned to member-firm �millennials,� construction peers born after 1981, for ideas about future workers. Committee members interviewed them and presented
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.