Brick by brick: the coolest projects in the region
The west coast of Florida has a high quotient of cool construction projects — but it comes with a chilly caveat: The industry’s severe labor shortage continues to drag down the otherwise robust sector, both in the state and nationwide.
For starters, 80% of construction firms report having a hard time filling hourly positions, which represent the bulk of the construction workforce, according to an industry-wide survey released Aug. 29 by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America. “Labor shortages in the construction industry remain significant and widespread,” ACG Chief Economist Ken Simonson says in the statement. “The best way to encourage continued economic growth, make it easier to rebuild aging infrastructure and place more young adults into high-paying careers is to address construction workforce shortages.”
'Labor shortages in the construction industry remain significant and widespread.' Ken Simonson, chief economist, Associated General Contractors of America.
Some companies are moving forward with new hiring and recruiting strategies. Nearly two-thirds, 62% of companies on a national scale, have raised hourly salaries, the report shows. One-fourth of the respondents rare providing or improving incentives and bonuses to attract workers, while 24% have improved employee benefits. In Florida, 77% of respondents say their companies are bumping up salaries, and 43% are introducing or enhancing benefit programs.
Of course, even with the labor shortage, lots of work is getting done.
In this issue the Business Observer highlights over a half-dozen projects, more than $50 million in total value, that stand out for a variety of reasons. There’s a college dorm in Manatee County that lives like a resort. There’s a veterinarian practice’s new main office — a onetime Bob Evans restaurant in Lee County. And in Tampa, a credit union’s new digs leads the way in solar for a new commercial project.
Did we miss any cool projects? Let us know. Send an email to Mark Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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