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How construction worker shortages affect design professionals

The U.S. housing market is showing signs of growth: housing starts have increased 11.3% so far in 2015, while commercial construction spending is up 9.7% in the first half of this year. But are there enough workers to keep up with this growth? Skilled workers have left the industry as a result of the economic … Continue reading

The human cost of deteriorating infrastructure

For the last 20 years, engineers have pointed out that our national infrastructure is deteriorating and that infrastructure investment is not keeping up with what is needed. To date, the focus has been on the lack of public funding due to political pressure to restrain government funding. A recent article in the New York Times … Continue reading

El Niño is coming. How will it affect you?

According to the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association), the strongest El Niño on record is expected to drench the southern part of the United States this fall and winter and bring above-normal temperatures to much of the Midwest region, particularly across the northern states. While this may be welcome news for the drought-stricken parts … Continue reading