by Admin on July 27th, 2014

Are consumers feeling more confident about spending? Are they feeling more comfortable investing dollars in the Commercial Construction and Residential Construction markets? According to the NAHB, they are! In fact, the numbers are showing it. First quarter results were making home remodelers feel pretty good. The good news is, second quarter results were even a bit better!

The National Association of Home Builders, also known as the NAHB, found that the Remodeling Market Index (RMI), rose from 53 to 56. In addition, an index, which looks at future business trends also rose from 52 to 56.

There are several factors that go into the future index: these include calls for bids, amount of contracted work for the next ninety days, backlog of jobs, and proposal appointments.

The NAHB also cited rising employment rates as a factor in the improving economy and the residential market.

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by Admin on July 13th, 2014

There’s no doubt that professional sports stadiums and arenas have evolved. And as the stadiums get better and better, it makes others want to push the envelope even more.

Consider the new stadium that will house the Atlanta Falcons. The new stadium will have a retractable roof that retracts in eight pieces. When it’s open, the top of the stadium looks like a pinwheel.

The overall design will produce a 1.8 million square-foot facility, with a 105,000-square-foot opening directly over the field. Total costs of the new facility are estimated to be $1.2 billion.

The design team, 360 Architecture, which is based out of Kansas City MO, wanted to reimagine the game-day experience could be like, as well as reject current thinking in the realm of architecture and stadium design.

From the looks of things, it appears they’ve scored a touchdown...

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by Admin on June 29th, 2014

Mitchell Drywall and Plastering, Inc. Owner, Delvan R. Mitchell Sr., Hits the Links With Tom Kite and Steve Pate at the 2014 Big Cedar Lodge “Legends of Golf”
Event Sponsored by Bass Pro Shops.


Monday, June 30th 2014 [Springfield Missouri]

On Wednesday, June 4th and Thursday, June 5th, Delvan R Mitchell Sr., owner of the Springfield-based drywall contracting company, Mitchell Drywall & Plastering, experienced what it’s like to play golf with Tom Kite and Steve Pate at the “Legends of Golf” Pro-Am, sponsored by Bass Pro Shops.
 
The official tournament, a Champion’s Tour event, was a two-man team competition played over 54 holes on the Par-3 Top of the Rock course, designed by Jack Nicklaus and the 18-hole Buffalo Ridge Course, which has been redesigned by Tom Fazio. Prior to being held in Branson Missouri this year, the tournament has been held in Savannah, GA., the past 11 years. This event happened to be the first event to utilize a Par-3 Course in official competition.
 
In addition to Tom Kite and Steve Pate, World Golf Hall of Fame members Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Gary Player and Lee Trevino played in the event, among others.
 
The Champions Tour is an organization made up of professional golfers age 50 and older. Originally conceived as the Senior PGA Tour in 1980, the Champions Tour’s purpose is to provide financial opportunities for players, entertain fans, deliver value to partners, provide opportunities for volunteers to give back, and create charitable and economic impact for local communities.
 
According to Branson Chamber of Commerce officials, the June event generated $3.5 million for the Branson Missouri economy.
 
“It’s great having events like this come to the Ozarks,” says Delvan R. Mitchell, golf enthusiast and Missouri native. “It’s great for the game of golf, and it’s great for our local economy too. I was born and raised here. The Ozarks have a lot to offer, and events like this give our local community much more exposure. It was an honor to be involved, and to have the opportunity to play in the Pro-Am alongside Tom Kite and Steve Pate.”
 
About MDPI:
 
Mitchell Drywall & Plastering founded by Delvan R. Mitchell Sr., is a drywall contracting and commercial construction company that has been serving the Ozarks since 1992. Since the company’s inception, the organization has been delivering the highest quality drywall, plastering, and commercial construction contracting solutions in the area.
 
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by Admin on June 23rd, 2014

According to a recent press release from The Associated General Contractors of America, overall construction employment is increasing as the commercial construction industry slowly rebuilds.

Overall, the states of Nevada and California have the largest gains over a 12-month period, while West Virginia and New Jersey experienced the biggest declines.

According to Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO of the AGC of America, "With demand for construction growing in most states, many firms are slowly rebuilding their depleted payrolls. But if overall economic growth slows, construction employment could backslide in many states."

Construction employment increased in 40 states and D.C. from a year ago, and in 30 states and D.C. from April through May of this year. Association officials have stated that although the gains have helped, construction employment still remains below peak levels in every state and the District of Columbia - the only exception being North Dakota.

With that being said, it's still possible that construction employment levels could continue to improve. AGC officials emphasized that members of Washington could bring additional job security to the industry through new legislation designed to finance highway and transit construction. As a result, new legislation may ultimately add additional stability to what has been an inconsistent construction industry recovery.

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by Admin on June 12th, 2014

In response to the devastating tornado that rocked Moore Oklahoma on May 20th, 2013, the city has adopted a new ordinance that amends the city's building code. The ultimate goal is to improve the overall safety of the area during violent weather. The new provisions require more wind-resistant construction that will better withstand the force of tornados and strong winds.

Unfortunately, last year's tornado was the third of its kind in only 15 years for the city of Moore. The frequencey of tornados in the Oklahoma area, are ultimately what prompted city officials to take action to improve buildings and ensure they will not only be stronger, but also safer in the event of another disaster.

According to Chris Ramseyer, a structural engineer and University of Oklahoma professor said, "It makes sense to spend that small amount of money - about a dollar per square foot - to build a superior product that can withstand forces we know the building will probably see in its lifetime."

Some of the new construction provisions include:
  • Requirements for plywood  on gable end walls
  • Overlapping wood panel sheathing at rim boards
  • Continuous sheathed portal frames at garage door openings
  • And more...
Many of the new provisions for residential and commercial construction in Moore OK are described in the APA's Building for High Wind Resistance in Light-frame Wood Construction, Form M310.

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