Mitigating the Labor Shortage

By Randall Curtis, Executive Vice President

It’s no secret the construction industry is facing a labor shortage. Everybody is busy with work and because of that, everyone in the construction industry is holding on to their staff a little tighter these days. It was once common to flood jobs with labor toward the end of a project, working to overcome any delays during the construction process while still getting clients a quality building on time. But if we rely on that plan in today’s market, we may find those resources are no longer available. A historically transient labor force is now working for one company because there is so much available work for these skilled craftsmen.

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Mentoring Is an Opportunity and a Responsibility

By Dennis Quick, Senior Superintendent

When I visit job sites and talk with field personnel, I often hear comments like, “Trade partners are not as qualified as they used to be,” or “The drawings are not as good as we used to have.” This perception could be due, in part, to the economic downturn in 2008, which put a lot of our seasoned trade partners and designers, as well as general contractors, out of business. EVP Randall Curtis wrote about this (Developing Tomorrows Construction Workforce) back in the fall. Learn More Mentoring Is an Opportunity and a Responsibility

Looking Ahead to 2017

By Rob Burton, President and CEO

As 2016 ends, I’ve been reflecting on how the United States is part of a world economy – one piece in a much larger puzzle – and that as we move into 2017, we will face many new challenges. Some of these challenges will be shifts in the global and national scene, but others will be industry-specific, such as dealing with inefficiencies and waste. Learn More Looking Ahead to 2017

National Rural Health Day: What It Means to the Community

By Tala Matchett, Director Business Development

In 2007 I moved to Texas and started working for a boutique healthcare builder. There were more than a few things I didn’t know, but here are the top three….

1) The state is huge!

2) There is a city named Iraan not Iran (and I still pronounce it wrong)

3) I would fall in love with rural healthcare.

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Developing Tomorrow’s Construction Workforce

By Randall Curtis, Executive Vice President

The construction industry is having trouble finding qualified craft workers around the country. During the recession our industry lost 30 percent of its jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Some workers moved to other industries. Some simply retired. Some of the migrant workers went home, particularly after states such as Alabama cracked down on immigration. Learn More Developing Tomorrow’s Construction Workforce

The Three C’s of a Successful Healthcare Builder

by Coker Barton, Sr. Vice President Healthcare

As we celebrate 25 years of providing focused healthcare services, we’ve been thinking a lot about what has made us successful. Our healthcare experience dates back further than 1991, but we celebrate that year as the turning point when we shifted from being builders who take on healthcare projects, to being healthcare builders. The difference, we believe, can be defined by three main attributes – or the three “Cs” of successful healthcare builders.

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Finding Solutions Instead of Providing Excuses

By MC Mercer and Boone White

It’s an age old story in our business: We’re down to the wire, six weeks left on the project, and we are surrounded daily with more and more excuses. Excuses as to why something cannot be done, why something was done incorrectly, or why this issue is going to produce a change order.  Why is it in the construction workplace that when faced with adversity, many people choose to provide excuses, instead of finding solutions? Maybe the better question is how can we at Hoar Construction encourage change in our industry and get away from excuses and find solutions?

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Driving our Competitive Advantage with Enterprise Risk Management

By Amye Carle, Corporate Risk Manager

Enterprise risk management [ERM] is the process of methodically identifying and addressing potential events that represent risks to achieving our strategic objectives or gaining a competitive advantage. When we take a moment to look at the big picture, a comprehensive ERM program begins to manage our risk before we even sign a contract.  Learn More Driving our Competitive Advantage with Enterprise Risk Management