Amazon’s Block 21 project moves forward

Amazon’s Block 21 project moves forward

11/10/17

Amazon may be looking for a second place to lay down roots, but the online giant is still growing in Seattle. Last week, the city issued shoring and excavation permits for the company’s fourth block of their downtown campus. The complex will be designed by Seattle’s Graphite Design Group—a departure from NBBJ, who designed previous downtown towers—and […]

Construction spending inches up in August

Construction spending inches up in August

10/10/17

Construction spending started 2017 off strong, contributing to industry-wide optimism for solid activity throughout the year. Those numbers have steadily declined since March, though modest increases in this month’s report could point to a change in direction. Meanwhile, the value of construction starts is pacing slightly below expectations. Heading into 2017, Dodge Data & Analytics projected the figure […]

Bill to up safety training for construction workers passes City Council

Bill to up safety training for construction workers passes City Council

10/10/17

A hotly debated bill to require construction workers to take more safety training after a series of deaths on the job passed the City Council Wednesday. The bill will require workers on most construction sites to receive at least 40 hours of safety training. The real estate industry has fought the bill, saying it will […]

Industry Pulse: The latest construction data and statistics

Industry Pulse: The latest construction data and statistics

01/09/17

This construction data hub is updated when any of the following five industry reports is released. These charts offer a look at the construction industry’s health over the past two years. Construction spending While often revised in subsequent months, construction spending figures each month from the U.S. Commerce Department examine the private and public construction […]

Downtown Seattle’s construction boom surges to new record, with no end in sight

Downtown Seattle’s construction boom surges to new record, with no end in sight

21/07/17

Just when it looked like the construction surge couldn’t get any busier, developers keep building more apartments and offices. The demand for new housing and offices in Seattle’s core somehow keeps getting stronger, as the greater downtown region hits another record for construction. There are 74 major projects getting built from South Lake Union to […]

NYC construction salaries averaged $80K in 2016: report

NYC construction salaries averaged $80K in 2016: report

05/07/17

The average number of construction workers in New York City soared to 146,200 last year, marking the first time employment in the city has exceeded 140,000 in at least four decades, according to a new report. Specialty trade workers, a group that includes plumbers and electricians, accounted for a majority — 93,900 — of the […]

Portland tower becomes first timber high-rise to gain planning consent in the US

Portland tower becomes first timber high-rise to gain planning consent in the US

12/06/17

A 12-storey building proposed for Portland’s Pearl District has received the go-ahead from planners, paving the way for it to become the USA’s first high-rise wooden structure. The Framework Building, designed by Lever Architecture to be built from mass timber, was approved for construction by the State of Oregon and the City of Portland this […]

Oak View Group officially selected to renovate KeyArena

Oak View Group officially selected to renovate KeyArena

12/06/17

City will move forward with OVG’s proposal Plans to renovate KeyArena just took one big step forward: Oak View Group has been officially selected to re-build the Seattle Center venue. Oak View Group was the only proposal left at the table after Seattle Partners, which includes AEG, pulled their bid over the weekend. At a […]

San Francisco’s tallest building, the Salesforce Tower, puts final beam in place

San Francisco’s tallest building, the Salesforce Tower, puts final beam in place

25/05/17

Topping-off party featured spiritual blessing, cedar tree tradition, and tour of the very top floor. “And now we bless this edifice, the Salesforce Tower.” Not something one expects to hear at the topping-out celebration for the (newly minted) tallest building in San Francisco, but that’s just what happened during Thursday’s celebration of the Salesforce Tower. […]