Construction is a large and complex worldwide industry constantly shaped by new information technologies, advanced materials, environmental policies, regulations and changing building methods. Most importantly, though, construction is shaped by people. Sustaining a strong industry requires attracting and valuing a skilled, career-driven, high quality workforce... who also like to build! How is the construction industry attracting the skilled workforce for future growth market demands? Do prospective candidates see construction as a viable career choice?

Two men in Georgia have been arrested on federal charges that they intentionally misrepresented the employment classification of construction workers on a project for the Centers for Disease Control, which is headquartered in Atlanta. Cesar Arbelaez Tabares and Juan Carlos Bazantes were arraigned after prosecutors said both men "committed fraud in connection with a construction project" for the CDC.

Prosecutors said the men engaged in a somewhat elaborate scheme to defraud both the CDC and the Internal Revenue Service. Their actions caused IWES to fail to report over $800,000 in wages to the IRS, investigators said.    Read more » about Federal Charges Filed in Connection with Alleged Payroll Fraud Scheme in Georgia

Construction Citizen has over the years highlighted the fact that there are fantastic careers for women in the skilled trades.  That's despite the stereotypes out there about men being the only ones welcome on construction sites and in other jobs where people work with their hands.

The fact is that women are some of the best candidates for many jobs in construction because they demonstrate better attention to detail and have more patience than men in plenty of instances.  During a recent panel discussion at Community Family Centers in East Houston, construction executives broke down many of the myths about working as a craft professional.

Educating folks about the realities of working in the skilled trades is an ongoing process.  For further proof, take the story of a young woman from the Pacific Northwest who is working with her father in their family plumbing business.   Read more » about Woman in the Trades Hopes to Inspire Others [VIDEO]

Hi there.  The Chamberlin Man here.

It’s no secret we love history at Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing (‘cause we’ve got quite a long history ourselves)!  So it’s especially exciting when we’re working on a project we feel will become an integral part of that story.  Even before ground is broken some projects are just special.  They are challenging and rewarding all at the same time.  They are notable and significant.

Austin’s highly anticipated new JW Marriot is that kind of project.  With more than 1,000 guest rooms and a three-level below-grade parking garage, the hotel and conference center is Marriott’s largest property in North America – the second largest worldwide.

Chamberlin is mighty proud to have been appointed by joint venture general contractors Hunt Construction Group and Hardin Construction to provide a comprehensive scope of waterproofing services that touched the building envelope, the parking garage, the pool deck and even an underground sedimentation tank.   Read more » about Making History – A Project for the Books

The following article was originally published by Forbes and authored by Jennifer Latson. Reprinted with permission.

While the Houston metro-area boasts one of the fastest growing economies in the U.S., nearly 855,000 Houstonians aged 25 and older do not have the minimum credentials for middle skills jobs.1 Lone Star College, a growing contributor to the Houston economy, recognized this challenge and partnered with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to pioneer a groundbreaking program to match the needs of local employers with the aspirations of potential employees.    Read more » about How One College Is Supporting Houston With Skills And Training Programs

Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) of Greater Houston presented the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) awards at the July ABC Membership Breakfast. The Greater Houston chapter has 70 contractor member companies who are participating in STEP - including 52 Diamond and Platinum level recipients, the highest of the program’s accolades.

The STEP program was established in 1989 by the ABC National Environment, Health & Safety Committee. It was developed and written by contractors, for contractors. Participating in STEP provides contractors with an opportunity to measure their progress through a 20 Key Component self-evaluation to identify areas of improvement and benchmark performance with fellow ABC members. More specifically, the program:    Read more » about ABC of Greater Houston Presents Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) Awards

“Jill Wells, an official of Engineers Against Poverty, an advocacy group in Britain, described the guidelines issued by CH2M as commendable. But, she said, the company’s actions were unlikely to have much practical impact because construction companies passed responsibility for worker welfare down to subcontractors.

“What the main contractors do is pass the risk down the subcontracting chain, and it is the workers on the bottom of the chain” who bear it, Ms. Wells said.” (New York Times)

The New York Times reported this week that the 2014 DLA Piper report on the mistreatment of workers on the construction sites for the 2022 World Cup has resulted in few changes even though the FIFA scandal and the concerns of Qatar were thought to bring about major changes.    Read more » about More Hearings on the FIFA Scandal

Recently twelve junior high and high school aged girls participated in a three-day camp at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, Virginia focused on introducing young women to careers in construction.

Magic Camp: Mentoring a Girl in Construction exposed the girls to careers in several skilled trades including carpentry, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical.  Representatives from heating and air conditioning giant TRANE brought equipment for demonstrations.

WSLS-10 news anchor Dawn Jefferies reported:

“Camp instructor Veronica Spradlin studied building construction at Virginia Tech.  While there, she found guidance through the National Association of Women in Construction.  She says she wants to offer other young girls the same.”   Read more » about Construction Camp for Girls [VIDEO]

The administrator of the Department of Labor’s wage and hour division, Dr. David Weil, this week issued an administrative guidance document aimed to curb the misclassification of workers as 1099ers or independent contractors rather than employees. We would urge that you review it carefully, especially those of you in the construction industry.

This document comes out in the middle of an on-going argument over the misclassification and mistreatment of workers as reported on here in previous posts. The document entitled, “The Application of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “Suffer or Permit” Standard in the Identification of Employees Who Are Misclassified as Independent Contractors” is sure to create a number of new questions especially in the new economy workforce.

The document begins by defining Misclassification.   Read more » about Department of Labor Administrator on Misclassification of Workers