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CDOT Completes U.S. 36 Phase 1 Expansion
07/01/15
Phase 1 of the project is 11 miles long, from Federal Boulevard to 88th Street in Louisville/Superior in the north Denver metro area.

Photo courtesy of CDOT


CSU Researchers to Study Effects of Green Schools on Student Performance
05/06/15
CSU researchers will measure the quality of buildings in the Poudre and St. Vrain Valley school districts.

Photo by David Patterson Photography, courtesy of RB and B Architects

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07/01/15 Nonresidential Construction Spending Grows Further in May
From January to May, nonresidential sector spending expanded by 7.1%.
07/01/15 Architecture Billings Index Returns to Positive Territory
The American Institute of Architects reported the May ABI score was 51.9, up from a mark of 48.8 in April.
07/01/15 Consumer Confidence Index Increases Again in June
Consumers’ optimism about the short-term outlook also increased in June.
07/01/15 CDOT Accepts Statements of Qualification From Five Teams For I-70 East Project
CDOT is pursuing a possible public-private partnership to deliver I-70 East, based on a design-build-finance-operate-maintain model.
06/18/15 I-70 East Viaduct in Denver Showing Signs of Age Deterioration
CDOT says that early repairs to the I-70 East viaduct between Brighton and Colorado boulevards are beginning to deteriorate.
06/18/15 Construction Backlog Indicator Declines 3.2% in Q1 2015
Construction firms report a revenue-weighted average backlog of 8.4 months, 0.3 months below the fourth quarter of 2014.
06/18/15 Construction Materials Prices Up in May, Down For the Year
Prices for inputs to construction industries expanded by 1.1% in May, the largest month-over-month increase in more than two years.
06/03/15 Construction Employment Continues to Rise Across the U.S.
The Denver metro area added $10,800 jobs, or 12%, to its construction workforce in the past year.
06/03/15 Nonresidential Construction Spending Surges in April
Nonresidential spending expanded 3.2% on a monthly basis in April and spending totaled $646.7 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis.
06/03/15 U.S. Consumer Confidence Increases in May
The index now stands at 95.4 (1985=100), up from 94.3 in April.
05/21/15 New Construction Starts in April Advance 10% Nationwide
Through the first four months of 2015, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis were reported at $208.2 billion, up 24% from the same period a year ago
05/20/15 Commentary: Colorado Construction Defects Law: All May Not Be Lost

The construction industry's efforts to have the Colorado legislature pass a revised construction defects law has failed.
05/20/15 Nearly Half of Highway Contractors Suffered Crashes in Their Work Zones Last Year
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05/20/15 Commentary: States Confront the Upcoming Cliff in Highway Finance

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05/20/15 U.S. Job Growth Rebounds With 223,000 New Jobs

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05/20/15 Architecture Billings Remain Stuck in Post-Winter Slowdown
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05/04/15 Consumer Confidence Retreats in April
The Consumer Confidence Index now stands at 95.2 (1985=100), down from 101.4 in March.
05/04/15 Nonresidential Construction Spending Inches Lower in March
Nonresidential construction spending has now declined during each of the year’s first three months.
04/22/15 Sun Belt States Like Utah and Colorado Are Seeing Increased In-Migration
The 11 greatest migration-gaining large metropolitan areas in the U.S. are all located in the Sun Belt.
04/22/15 Architecture Billings Index Accelerates in March
AIA reported the March ABI score was 51.7, up from a mark of 50.4 in February.
04/22/15 March Construction Starts Slide Back 13% Nationwide
The March decline followed strong gains in January, up 9%, and February, up 17%.
04/21/15 U.S. 36 Bus Rapid Transit Project to Unfold Over Next Several Months
The service plan proposes to increase service hours by 10.7% and the number of trips by 16%.
04/21/15 Construction Materials Prices Expand in March
March marks the fourth consecutive month that year-over-year input prices have declined.
04/08/15 U.S. Consumer Confidence Rebounds in March
Consumers’ optimism about the short-term outlook, which had declined last month, rebounded in March.
03/25/15 Commentary: Some Contractor Debts May Be Dischargeable in Colorado Bankruptcies

The court decision could make it more difficult to have debts declared non-dischargeable in Colorado.
03/25/15 Construction Firms Add Jobs in 43 States in Past Year
Colorado is among the national leaders in creating construction jobs, but Wyoming lost industry jobs in the past year.
03/25/15 Dodge Momentum Index Rises in February
The Dodge Momentum Index gained 4.3% from its January number.
03/25/15 Architecture Billings Index Improves in February
The ABI has been positive for 10 out of the past 12 months.
03/25/15 Commentary: Fed Decision Could Mean Higher Interest Rates

The Fed’s timing on raising rates will heavily depend on its confidence in the continued vitality of the U.S. economy.
03/25/15 Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry Confidence Increases Again in March
The 72.1 mark for the index was the highest level in four years, and an increase from the February index of 66.3.
03/25/15 February Construction Starts Jump 16% Nationwide
Much of the lift for February came from three massive projects valued each in excess of $1 billion.
03/11/15 Commentary: Will the Colorado Senate Bill Bring More Condo Projects?

The bill is aimed at curtailing homeowner association lawsuits or reducing the dollar amounts of judgments against developers, designers and contractors.
03/11/15 Sales of Existing Homes Provide a Mixed View of Housing Market
Existing home sales declined 4.9% in January to a nine-month low of 4.82 million.
03/11/15 Equipment Leasing Confidence Remains at Three-Year High
Confidence in the equipment finance market is at 66.3, a slight increase from the three-year high level reached by the January index of 66.1.
03/11/15 Year-End National Construction Backlog Drops 1 Percent
Despite the decline, the backlog ended the year at 8.7 months, which is still 4.4% higher than a year ago.
03/11/15 Sustained Hiring and Strong Starts Growth Lift Construction Industry
Within construction, specialty trade contractors added 27,200 jobs and nonresidential added 5,700 jobs.
03/11/15 Private Construction Spending Up From a Year Ago
Construction spending rose modestly in January from year-earlier levels despite retreating from a six-year high in December.
02/25/15 Architecture Billings Index Softens in January
The ABI score reflects a modest decrease in demand for design services.
02/25/15 CDOT Recommends Private Financing for I-70 East Project
The I-70 East Corridor project is not affordable under a design-build model but can be afforded under both the DBOM and DBFOM models.
02/25/15 January Construction Starts Climb 9% Nationwide
The increase for total construction was the result of an especially strong performance by the nonbuilding construction sector.
02/25/15 Consumer Confidence Declines in February
The Consumer Confidence Index stands at 96.4, down from 103.8 in January.
02/25/15 Construction Materials Prices Plummet in First Month of 2015
Construction input prices dipped 2% in January and have now failed to rise for six consecutive months.
02/06/15 RTD Selects Final Four Teams to Bid on Southeast Light Rail Line Extension
The extension will add 2.3 miles of track from Lincoln Station to RidgeGate Parkway in southeast Denver.
02/04/15 Construction Spending Ends 2014 at Highest Level Since 2008
Construction spending rose in December to a six-year high of $982 billion as public construction for the year increased for the first time since 2009.
01/27/15 Red Rocks Receives $1M Grant to Expand Arvada Campus
The money will go toward building the Arvada Health Professions and Science Building on the Arvada campus.
01/27/15 Consumer Confidence Index Up Sharply in January
The index now stands at 102.9 (1985=100), up from 93.1 in December.
01/27/15 Hiring in Nonresidential Construction Sector Surges in December
The U.S. construction industry added 48,000 jobs in December, including 22,800 jobs in nonresidential construction.
01/27/15 Construction Materials Prices Dip in December
Construction input prices dipped 1.4% during the final month of 2014 and are down nearly 1% on a year-over-year basis.
01/26/15 Commentary: Five Questions to Ask About Management Incentive Plans

Retaining or placing employees in key positions is a primary element to success, and incentive plans can be a powerful tool to ensure employee loyalty and longevity.
01/26/15 New Construction Starts in December Pull Back 16% Nationwide
New construction starts in December retreated 16% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $568.2 billion.
01/14/15 New DOE Grant Aims to Improve Wind Energy Forecasting
The grant will be used to help improve wind-energy forecasting in mountain and valley regions.
01/09/15 Colorado Business Confidence Remains Positive for Q1 2015
The index says the confidence of Colorado business leaders has increased slightly going into 2015.
12/30/14 Consumer Confidence Index Bounces Back in December
The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had declined in November, improved in December.
12/29/14 Construction Employment Increased in 38 States in Past Year
Construction firms added jobs in 38 states and the District of Columbia between November 2013 and November 2014.
12/23/14 November Construction Starts Jump 13% Nationwide
New starts in November rose to an adjusted annual rate of $677.8 billion.
12/18/14 Boom Replaces Bust in Regional Construction Markets

A construction surge is forecast for both Colorado and Utah in 2015.
12/17/14 Nonresidential Construction Adds Nearly 5,000 Jobs in November
The U.S. construction industry added 20,000 jobs in November, with nonresidential construction contributing 4,900 of them.
12/16/14 New Study Touts Economic Value of Building Infrastructure
Two-thirds of the economic benefits and jobs created by federal highway and transit investment occur in nonconstruction sectors.
12/16/14 Construction Materials Prices Down Again in November
Materials prices have fallen in five of the past six months but still are 0.6% higher on a year-over-year basis.
12/08/14 October Construction Starts Recede 4% Nationwide
New construction starts settled back 4% in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $589.8 billion.
12/03/14 Construction Backlog Indicator Reaches Another High During Q3
The third quarter backlog is 6.9% higher than the third quarter of 2013.
12/03/14 Economic Impact of Denver Arts Complex Tops $141 Million
In 2013 more than 781,000 patrons attended performances and events held at the arts complex.
12/03/14 Consumer Confidence Index Down Nationwide in November
The index now stands at 88.7, down from 94.1 in October.
12/03/14 Nonresidential Construction Spending Rebounds in October
Spending for the month totaled $611.8 billion on a seasonally adjusted basis.
11/19/14 Construction Materials Prices Dip Nationwide in October
Inputs to construction industries were down 0.9% for the month but expanded 1% on a year-over-year basis.
11/17/14 Dodge Momentum Index Rises in October
The Dodge Momentum Index rose in October, climbing to 125.5 for the month, up 7.6% from September.
11/05/14 September Equipment Leasing Volume Up 21% From Last Year
New business volume was up 31% from August, and year to date, cumulative new business volume increased 8% compared to 2013.
11/05/14 Consumer Confidence Index Rebounds in October
Consumers’ optimism, which had declined considerably in September, improved in October.
11/05/14 Nonresidential Construction Spending Slips for Second Consecutive Month
Nonresidential construction spending slipped 1% in September but has still managed to expand 4.2% on a year-over-year basis.
10/23/14 Construction Materials Prices Inch Down in September
Inputs to nonresidential construction fell 0.2% for the month but were 1% higher than in September 2013.
10/23/14 Commentary: The Real Scoop on Business Development Training

Only a small percentage of practitioners feel comfortable and are effective at new business development.
10/23/14 Commentary: Turning Down Unnecessary Restaurant Noise

Excess noise will hurt sales in the long run and has a negative impact on repeat customers.
10/23/14 Solar Energy Prices Saw Double-Digit Declines in 2013
Prices for solar panels are expected to drop another 3% - 12% in 2014.
10/23/14 Colorado Employment Growth Will Continue Into 2015, CU Report Says
During the third quarter, 27,640 new businesses filed with the secretary of state’s office, marking the fastest growth in filings since 2006.
10/23/14 AGC Says 83% of Contracting Firms Report Labor Shortages
Sixty-one percent of firms are also having a hard time filling professional positions.
10/23/14 Architecture Billings Index Shows Robust Conditions Ahead for Construction Industry 
AIA reported the September ABI score was 55.2, up from a mark of 53.0 in August.
10/23/14 September Construction Starts Climb 10% Nationwide
During the first nine months of 2014, total construction starts gained 5% to $419.5 billion.
10/09/14 Stanley Marketplace Could Become a 'Catalyst Development' for Aurora
Plans call for a mixed-use redevelopment of the site into a destination marketplace that will house restaurants and retailers.
10/09/14 U.S. Nonresidential Construction Spending Falters in August
Nonresidential construction spending shrank 1.2% on a monthly basis in August but still managed to expand 6% year-over-year.
10/09/14 Credit Managers Index Drops to Two-Year Low
Several unfavorable factors in the index worsened, indicating possible business distress.
10/09/14 Colorado Business Confidence Dips But Remains Positive for 2014
The confidence of Colorado business leaders in the economy continues to be positive heading into the fourth quarter and is up from a year ago.
10/09/14 September Construction Employment Sees Modest Gains
The U.S. construction industry added 16,000 jobs in September, while nonresidential construction added 3,200 jobs.
09/25/14 Construction Spending Reaches a Six-Year High
All major categories of construction spending increased in July, and total construction reached the highest level since December 2008.
09/25/14 Dodge Momentum Index Makes Small Gain in August
The improvement in August is on the heels of a 5.7% decline in July.
09/25/14 Little Change for Construction Materials Prices in August
Construction materials prices were unchanged in August but are 1.7% higher than this time last year.
09/25/14 Equipment Leasing and Finance Confidence Up in September
Overall confidence in the equipment finance market is 60.2, an increase from the August index of 58.9.
09/25/14 August Construction Starts Fall 9% Nationwide
The August decline followed July’s elevated volume, the strongest so far in 2014.
09/25/14 State Policies Can Effectively Reduce Power Plant Emissions, New Study Says
The success of the EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan depends on the effectiveness of state policies in reducing power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions.
09/25/14 CSO Plan for Boettcher Hall Remodel Emphasizes Modernity and Flexibility
The remodel plan envisions a modernized and upgraded building that allows for greater flexibility in programming.
09/25/14 Construction Employment Continues to Rise Across the U.S. in August
Construction firms added jobs in 36 states between August 2013 and August 2014.
09/10/14 Commentary: The Shocking End to a Long Mechanics Lien Case

After eight years of litigation and appeals, the contractor now stands to have a lien for about one-third of what it was owed.
09/10/14 Nonresidential Construction Employment Retains Momentum in August
Construction industry employment reached a five-year high in August as the sector added 20,000 jobs and its unemployment rate fell to 7.7%.
08/27/14 Dodge Momentum Index Loses Ground During July
July's 4.4% decline marks the index’s first drop in four months.
08/27/14 Commentary: LegalZoon.com Is Not Always the Right LLC Solution

All LLCs must maintain records, bank accounts and monies separate and apart from their owner-members.
08/27/14 July Architecture Billings Index Reaches Highest Mark Since 2007
The July ABI score was 55.8, up noticeably from a mark of 53.5 in June.
08/27/14 Consumer Confidence Index Improves for Fourth Consecutive Month in August
The Consumer Confidence Index now stands at 92.4, up from 90.3 in July.
08/27/14 Contractors Turning Down Work Due to Labor Shortages
A new industry labor survey says that 25% of firms report labor shortages are forcing them to turn down work.
08/27/14 July Construction Starts Rise 6% Nationwide
For the first seven months of 2014, construction starts were reported at $311.6 billion, a 4% gain compared to the same period a year ago.
08/14/14 July Credit Managers Index Shows Improved Confidence
New credit applications improved from 61.5 to 62.4, the second straight month above 60 and at a yearly high.
08/14/14 Construction Industry Adds 22,000 New Jobs in July
Construction employment totaled 6,041,000 in July, the highest total since May 2009.
08/13/14 Nonresidential Fixed Investment Expands 5.5% During Robust Q2 2014
GDP increased 4% during the second quarter of 2014.
08/13/14 Nonresidential Sector Spending Growth Falters in June
Spending for June totaled $588.8 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, a 2.8% drop.
07/30/14 Construction Industry Employment Increases in Most Metro Areas This Summer
But the 18% drop in employment in Cheyenne was among the largest percentage declines in the past year.
07/30/14 Nonresidential Fixed Investment Expands 5.5% During Second Quarter
Real GDP also increased 4% during the second quarter.
07/30/14 Commentary: Five Tips for Working Out of State

Here are some ways to avoid surprises when you perform a construction or design contract outside your home state.
07/30/14 June Construction Starts Jump 6% Nationwide
New construction starts in June advanced 6% to $549.7 billion, the highest level so far in 2014.
07/29/14 July Consumer Confidence Index at Highest Level Since October 2007
The index now stands at 90.9, up from 86.4 in June.
07/29/14 Denver Museum of Nature and Science Addition Achieves LEED Platinum
The expansion operates at a savings of 62.2% in energy use, with a 50% reduction in energy costs.
07/29/14 Commercial Real Estate Development Growing at Strongest Pace Since Recovery Began
The NAIOP report says that development growth for the rest of 2014 and into 2015 will be 8% - 15%.
07/16/14 Construction Materials Prices Inch Higher in June
Nonresidential construction materials prices expanded 0.1% for the month and are 1.4% higher than one year ago.
07/16/14 Commentary: Solving the Big Four Issues on Design-Build, P3 Projects

The ways to lose projects can be broadly categorized in one of two major areas: teaming and neglect.
07/11/14 Construction Spending Shows Steady Gains in Nonresidential Sector
Construction put in place totaled $956 billion in May, 0.1% above the upwardly revised April total.
07/11/14 Colorado Poised for Continued Job Growth in 2014
The Colorado economy continues to outperform the U.S. economy and grow at a magnitude that slightly exceeds previous expectations.
07/11/14 RTD Reopens 40th Avenue Between Blake and York Streets
The segment of East 40th Avenue between Blake and York streets was closed for 19 months due to rail construction.
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