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Construction Employment Declines In 31 States

Construction Declines in 31 States
by in Economy | Real Estate

Construction employment declined in 31 states between August and September with fewer people working in that field compared to last year in 40 states, the Associated General Contractors of America reported in an analysis of state employment data released today by the Labor Department. Construction employment is likely to continue to worsen amid uncertainty about… Read More →

Can Sustainable Housing Really Be A Part of Arizona’s Future?

Local neighborhood

Perched on the threshold of economic recovery, cities whose housing markets crashed and burned during the Great Recession are struggling like modern-day Phoenix birds to rise from the ashes. While rebirth comes naturally for some, others seem caught between a trap labeled “sprawl” and a wide-open window tagged “sustainability.” The question is, can cities that… Read More →

hardison/downey Becomes Part of Kitchell

by in Real Estate

Two familiar names in Arizona’s construction industry are joining forces as hardison/downey construction inc. becomes part of Kitchell Corp., it was announced today. The move is a transitioning from a joint-venture partnership between the two companies for the past four years. “We have both historically served very distinct markets and rarely compete for business,” Kitchell… Read More →

Vacancy Rising In Phoenix Despite Construction Pullback

Vacancy Rising in Phoenix
by in Economy | Real Estate

Though employment growth will stimulate an increase in retail sales in 2010, the job additions will not be sufficient to prevent the vacancy rate in Phoenix from rising for the fifth consecutive year, according to the latest Retail Research market update from Marcus & Millichap. Unlike previous years when excessive construction drove vacancy increases, lagging… Read More →

3Q Figures Upbeat For Office, Industrial & Retail Market Sectors

3rd Quarter Figures Upbeat for Retail and Market Sector
by in Economy | Finance | Real Estate

The Arizona economy has marked some improvement and is much better than the public perceives, according to the Third Quarter 2010 Economic Outlook released by the Forecasting Project at the University of Arizona. However, the report also states that will it will take some time for many Arizonans to recognize the improvement in the state’s… Read More →

National Construction Employment Near 14-Year Low

Construction at an All Time Low
by in Economy | Finance | Real Estate | Workforce

The number of people working in construction is approaching a 14-year low now that the industry lost 21,000 jobs in September, while construction unemployment is at a September high of 17.2 percent, according to an analysis of federal employment figures released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. The construction industry continues to suffer… Read More →

Newly Formed Arizona Commerce Authority Convenes Its Inaugural Board Meeting

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by in Blogs | Finance | Workforce

Vowing that “today the rubber hits the road,” Gov. Jan Brewer and Jerry Colangelo assembled and introduced 35 state leaders representing diverse backgrounds for the inaugural board meeting of the Arizona Commerce Authority. The private-sector board will work to align diverse assets and opportunities within the state to compete economically in both domestic and international… Read More →

Arizona’s Unemployment Rate Climbs In August

by in Economy | Workforce

Despite some gains in the governmental sector, the state’s unemployment rate for August rose one-tenth of a percent to 9.7 percent as private sector hiring was flat, according to the Arizona Department of Commerce. Usually, Arizona’s economy generates jobs in August, but last month only 28,000 jobs were created. That was still better than August… Read More →

Greenroads: A Sustainable Performance Metric For Roadways

by in Blogs | Green | Tech

Windows rolled down. Wind whipping through your hair. Music blaring from the speakers. Does this scene sound familiar? Chances are many (if not all) of you have experienced driving down the highway and can relate to this imagery. Indeed, driving on the millions of miles of American highways is as embedded in our culture as… Read More →

Recycled Plastic Bottles — Building Material For Classrooms

Recycled Plastic Used as Building Material
by in Blogs | Education | Green

It’s all about the three Rs right? — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Laura Kutner certainly took this idea to a whole new level when she led the way in the construction of a school building in Guatemala, using discarded plastic bottles. The inspiration came to her when she realized there was plastic trash everywhere yet classrooms… Read More →

Green News Roundup-Greener Building, Education & More

Recycling Bins
by in Blogs | Education | Green

For those of you involved in the green/sustainability arena, you are probably still decompressing from the impressive event that was the Greenbuild 2009 Conference and Expo that was held last week. With over 27,000 attendees, the Phoenix Convention Center, Chase Field, local businesses, and the entire community were host to a remarkable event. Produced by… Read More →

Best of the Best Awards 2009: Real Estate Residential

Pulte Homes - Best of the Best 2009 presented by Ranking Arizona
by in Events

Real Estate Residential Honoree: Homebuilders: 12 developments or more Pulte Homes and the Communities of Del Webb Building on a reputation of quality home construction and commitment to superior customer satisfaction, Pulte Homes and the Communities of Del Webb provides customers a home buying, building and living experience second to none. With more than 90… Read More →

Mixed-Use Developers Urged To Plan For Defect Claims Before Signing Contract

Mixed Use Development

Developers of mixed-use projects can reduce the likelihood of costly construction defect litigation by anticipating risk and allocating responsibility at the time of contract. Unfortunately, developers often assume that the standard industry forms provide sufficient protection. These forms, however, rely heavily on good faith for resolution of issues in the future. There are certain approaches… Read More →

Jeff Roberts – Vice President Of Real Estate Development At Opus West

Jeff Roberts Opus West

About 10 years after its Phoenix headquarters opened in 1979, Opus West came up against a major recession in the Valley. It survived that test and is weathering today’s economic downturn with the same tactics. A division of the Minneapolis-based Opus Group real estate development company, Opus West is going head-to-head with Arizona’s moribund economy… Read More →