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The level of activity and optimism in
each region or state can differ. In Florida,
Michael C. Brown, executive vice president and general manager for Skanska
in Florida, foresees strong growth in the
healthcare and higher education sectors
in his state for several reasons. "As the
economy stabilizes and grows, both the
healthcare and higher education sectors
have funds available to address the pentup demand for new or expanded facilities," he says. "In Florida, the University
of South Florida, the University of Central
Florida and Miami University all have
robust building plans in place for the next
two years."
Along with growth in construction
projects comes a need to expand the
workforce - which is the greatest challenge identified by construction company
owners. Seventy six percent of survey
respondents indicated that they are

planning to increase their headcount in
2018: 50 percent plan to increase headcount between 1 and 10 percent; 21 percent plan an increase of 11 to 25 percent;
and 5 percent plan a workforce increase
of more than 25 percent.
"Last year, 73 percent planned to
add to their workforce in 2017, so this
is an increase," says Simonson. "Only 3
percent plan to decrease the number of
employees."
When asked what positions are difficult to fill, 50 percent of construction
company representatives surveyed said
that they have a hard time filling both
salaried and craft worker positions, and
21 percent said that they could fill salaried positions but not craft worker positions. Survey respondents don't anticipate
the shortage in qualified employees to
change much, with 53 percent indicating
that they believe it will continue to be

hard to find and hire qualified professionals in the next year.
Strengthening the labor pipeline will
require some grassroots efforts such as
those taken by McAlvain Companies in
Idaho, an Idaho Branch member. "We
have a workforce of 150 to 175 craftsmen,
and it is difficult to find carpenters and
laborers," says Chuck Graves, president of
construction and concrete for McAlvain.
His company starts building its pipeline
in the junior high schools by talking with
students, teachers and parents about
construction careers to build awareness
of the industry and to create interest in
construction job opportunities. "We will
hire someone with no experience and
train them," he adds.
"Last year, we also increased wages
and benefits to attract and keep good
employees," says Graves. His company
was not alone with wage increases:

Construction owners are most positive about private office, transportation,
retail, warehouse, lodging, water, sewer and manufacturing, with each of these
sectors reporting a net positive of 20 percent or more.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - March/April 2018

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Focused on the Future
Simonson Says
2018 Construction Outlook: Positive but Workforce Challenges Persist
Span Cycles
Chapter Connection
Technology Toolbox
Legislative and Regulatory News
Member and Chapter News
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Constructor - March/April 2018 - intro
Constructor - March/April 2018 - cover1
Constructor - March/April 2018 - cover2
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - 5
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 6
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 8
Constructor - March/April 2018 - President’s Message
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 10
Constructor - March/April 2018 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Focused on the Future
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - Simonson Says
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 20
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 2018 Construction Outlook: Positive but Workforce Challenges Persist
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - Span Cycles
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - Chapter Connection
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 36
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Technology Toolbox
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - Legislative and Regulatory News
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - Member and Chapter News
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - Index to Advertisers
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