The cost of construction products climbed 7.4 percent over the past year due to double digit increases in commonly-used materialsa, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA)’s new Labor Department.
According to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGCA), construction spending increased 0.1 percent from July to August and 5.3 percent for eight months of 2018 combined, with continued year-to-date gains for major public and private categories.
Timing the office visit, telephone call, or e-mail to an architectural firm according to a project’s development stage is crucial, but providing the most relevant information for the stage and design professional involved is equally important.
Savvy contractors and construction product manufacturers can gain greater project input and secure more work for their companies by becoming involved with design professionals during the early stages of project design.
Architects are often asked by an owner for a contractor, especially when it comes to small commercial and residential projects. While it may be nice to be helpful, they should be aware this advice carries a risk if the contractor performs poorly or defaults.