ENR Midwest Editor and Associate Technology Editor Jeff Yoders has been writing about design and construction innovations for 16 years. He is a two-time Jesse H. Neal award winner and multiple ASBPE winner for his tech coverage. Jeff previously launched Building Design + Construction's building information modeling blog and wrote a geographic information systems column at CE News. He also wrote about materials prices, construction procurement and estimation for MetalMiner.com. He lives in Chicago, the birthplace of the skyscraper, where the pace of innovation never leaves him without a story to chase.
ENR Midwest’s Top Contractor is a driving force in its home states and the region. Employee ownership and its first non-Dunn family CEO have only accelerated its growth, philanthropy and transformation into a regional power.
Political efforts in Washington, D.C., to alter trade and tax policies, coupled with improving global economic conditions and continuing demographic trends, could prompt manufacturers to increase investment in U.S. facilities.
While demand remains strong for renewable power generation and steady for natural gas, the rest of the picture for the power sector remains cloudy as government mandates are changing under the Trump administration.
In addition to featuring the top-ranked general contractors of the year based on 2016 revenue, the July issue of ENR Midwest will also profile Kansas City's JE Dunn Construction as the 2017 ENR Midwest Contractor of the Year.
Because it can moderate the damaging effects of earthquakes, base-isolation is a technique used primarily in seismically active regions. ENR takes a look at some of the largest applications of base-isolation technologies in the world.