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An article that appeared in Fortune points out that Airbnb is on target to profit by $3 Billion by 2020. That is a lot of growth and something on which contractors should focus. There are a lot of construction opportunities around hot industries such as the travel industry which Airbnb is driving. How many construction opportunities do you miss? Do You Have …
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Throughout your career, you’ll probably receive a large pile of invitations, notices, advertisements, and other mail for this conference or that symposium demanding that you REGISTER TODAY! So, you can pay an “early bird” ticket price now, rather than a more expensive “at the door” price later. But why should you go anyway? You’ve got better things to do and …
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There are many opportunities in the construction industry, and many of those opportunities are perfect for small businesses and new construction companies. Is specialization right for you?  In this blog, we discuss some of the considerations of starting a construction company that specializes. What’s Your Passion? Someone once said when your job is doing what you love, it isn’t work. Do …
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A home-based construction company is clearly not going to work well out of an apartment but for some property owners, home based is the perfect location for starting a small construction company. In fact, there are many benefits for starting small at home and building your empire. Inside, we look at a few of these benefits so you can start …
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A home-based construction company is clearly not going to work well out of an apartment but for some property owners, home based is the perfect location for starting a small construction company. In fact, there are many benefits for starting small at home and building your empire. Inside, we look at a few of these benefits so you can start …
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It’s July, and we’re in the thick of summer now.  The days are longer, the sun is hotter, and that means the dangers of heat stress and heat-related illness are on the rise.  In California we have extra hot summers where more daylight hours should mean more productivity, but the extreme heat index and humidity have different plans.  Acknowledging this …
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Good news! The construction industry future is looking bright – commercial, residential, and industrial construction specialty lines are reporting strong year-over-year growth and forecasting steady increases in total projects and revenue into the foreseeable future. This sounds great on paper and it has many construction professionals charging ahead to grow their operations while the numbers are good and the outlook …
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So you’ve heard all about “going green” in construction circles.  It’s all too easy to list flimsy details like solar panels, recycled materials, and alternative power sources that make us all feel good about being eco-friendly in the way.  While these things convince both normal people and construction professionals that they are mindful of the Earth, have you considered that …
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June is now here and the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that the 12th through the 18th of June is “Safe + Sound Week,” a nationwide effort to raise awareness for the importance of workplace safety and health programs.  The National Safety Council, American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Society of Safety Engineers, National …
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If you’ve been working in construction for some time now, you’ve heard the term prefabrication thrown around before.  The term itself refers to a general process in which various structural components are built and assembled off site, transported to the jobsite, and installed.  In the past, construction professionals saw prefabrication as a cheap, low-end option that made mass-produced construction easier …
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Networking is one of the elements that makes the business world exciting yet terrifying for some.  It’s neither easy nor natural, but it is a solid way to grow your business organically.  Often you’ll hear the famous last words from small business owners of all types: “I’m just not a sales guy.”  Sales gets a bad rap from time to …
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What comes to mind when you think of the average construction worker?  Steel-toed boots, check.  Hard hat, check.  Toolbelt, check.  Protective gear, check.  It’s pretty easy to pick a construction worker out from a lineup, but that “stock” construction worker look above puts you and your staff in a pool of 5.6 million construction and trade workers.  Worried you might …
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For most people, integrated robotics is a far off science-fiction fantasy that you see on screen and read in books.  When people mention the future, it always involves some type of robotic automation that makes both dangerous labor and repetitive tasks easier.  But what if I told you that in the construction industry, that future is now – and it’s …
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Whether it your client’s house, or your house, the roof overhead is an easy structural piece to take for granted.  Since large parts of California have a relatively mild climate, roof issues aren’t usually top of mind for the local homeowner here.  However just because a lot of homeowners don’t have roof problems does not mean you can trick yourself …
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If you’ve ever dealt with excavation and shallow water tables, you’ve probably come across the term dewatering.  Groundwater and construction aren’t friends – there’s hardly a jobsite out there that doesn’t require some water removal.  Construction dewatering is an important preliminary task in which groundwater or surface water is removed from a site, typically by pumping or excavation.  This process …
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Spend some time out on construction sites and you’ll see that they are noisy places.  Loud pneumatic tools, earth-moving machinery, and the large vehicles noise can really take a toll on your ears.  Like most body parts, our ears wear out bit by bit overtime from overuse and overexposure to loud noises.  Hearing loss is a growing problem in the …
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As our nation continues to grow, develop and change over time, so does the housing landscape.  In 2016 and 2017, population growth in metropolitan cities has slowed for the 5th straight year according to new census data.  Americans are trading in their high-density domiciles inside urban centers for land and low-density living out in sprawling suburbia.  Despite what you hear …
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When it comes to landing residential projects, the magic always resides in the bid itself.  Despite modern homeowners becoming more selective when it comes to construction, you can source good work if you know how to properly calculate your time, materials/labor costs, and subcontractors if needed.  If you’re able to interact with people, listen to their concerns, and propose solutions …
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CSLS - Future Construction

The construction industry is undergoing a era of change like no other.  The industry itself plugs into so many different sectors that contribute to overall economic growth.  People are looking towards construction to address environmental issues, rebuild aging cities, while using technology to introduce efficient, green, and most importantly, safe practices.  So with the digital revolution underway, what will construction …
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Tile installations can be pretty tricky.  Whether you own a tile business or are just doing one-off remodels, tile work can turn into a nightmare in a hurry.  Tile experts know that the craftsman is only as good as his or her set of tools.  The proper tools help speed along installs, create cleaner finished products, and make your life …
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