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Construction Market Update: Survey Shows Skilled Labor Shortage Impacting Contractors’ Bottom Line

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There’s no doubt the shortage of skilled construction labor is making it increasingly hard to find and hire craftsmen. But that’s not all it is affecting. According to a recent survey, the persisting labor squeeze is impacting contractors’ bottom line. Results from the Q1 2019 USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index show that 70 percent of …

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Projects in the Works: New Element by Marriott Heads to St. Louis with SurePods

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St. Louis, Missouri, is just a year away from experiencing an influx of extended-stay guests. The city’s first Element by Marriott hotel is set to open in 2020, adding 153 spacious, nature-inspired rooms for visitors looking to stay and discover the burgeoning midtown area near St. Louis University (SLU) and the Cortex innovation district. The extended-stay Element by Marriott brand …

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Then and Now: The evolution of prefab bathroom pods

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For years, the phrase “modular construction” carried a negative connotation. It conjured up images of jobsite trailers and simple, Lego box structures cheaply put together offsite with little thought to design or style. These days, prefab is shedding its stigma. And, bathroom pods are helping lead the renaissance. No longer considered a last resort, the unitized pods have evolved to …

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Technical Spotlight #3: Prefab Bathroom Pod Delivery and Load-In

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At Oldcastle SurePods, we often say modular bathrooms are like a dishwasher. Once the pods are delivered to the jobsite, craned to the appropriate floor and slid into place, they’re ready to “plug and play.” A trained crew will anchor the units, and connect the electrical systems, hot and cold water hook-ups and wastewater disposal. Exterior drywall is then installed …

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Senior Living Market Update: The Calm Before the Silver Tsunami

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For decades, the Baby Boomer generation has made a huge impact on the U.S. economy. Now, this well-known group is starting to move into retirement, creating a so-called “Silver Tsunami” of new retirees. The coming population wave is poised to make a big splash on the multifamily and senior living construction markets. According to the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), the …

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When Modular Bathrooms Make Sense

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There are a number of reasons why you might be considering prefab bathrooms for your next build. The pods save time, ensure a high level of quality, reduce labor resources and cut down on project rework in one of the most problem-prone areas in commercial builds. But, are prefab bathrooms the right choice for your project? Modular bathrooms, like any …

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Hotel Business Article – How Prefab Bathrooms Can Save Time and Money

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Hotel Business magazine recently published an article that takes an in-depth look at why more hoteliers are turning to prefab bathrooms as the skilled labor gap widens. Awareness is the first step in education, so let’s get started! As the article states: A growing number of hotels are using prefabricated bathrooms to speed up construction and offset a skilled labor …

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Technical Spotlight #2: Prefab Bathroom Pod Delivery Facts

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Welcome to our second “Technical Spotlight.” Our first post in this series debunked the myth that contractors need to increase building height when using prefab bathroom pods. This post will take a different approach, answering some of our most frequently asked questions about pre-fab bathroom pod delivery. If you’re new to Oldcastle SurePods, our modular bathrooms are built in a …

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Look-Back Top 5 Modular Construction Stories of 2018

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Modular construction projects picked up steam in the face of skilled labor challenges in 2018. But that’s not all they did. They pushed the limits of what’s possible and helped dispel the notion that prefab is a second-rate construction method. To see how they’re moving the industry forward, here’s a look-back at our top 5 modular construction stories of the …

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Construction Market Update: Survey Reveals Most U.S. Construction Companies Use Off-Site Construction

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According to a 2018 survey from The Off-Site Construction Council (OSCC) of the National Institute of Building Sciences, modular construction is no longer the new kid on the block. The OSCC survey found off-site construction is now used by the strong majority of AEC firms, reporting that 87.6 percent of participants used some type of off-site prefabrication method over the …