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Project labor agreements feature article — Jan. 17

Project labor agreements are a consistent debate in the construction industry, as employer-focused groups like the Associated General Contractors and the Associated Builders and Contractors maintain they restrict competition and don’t take into consideration the large portion of workers who have no union affiliation. However, proponents of PLAs claim they are a way of controlling costs and quality on the job, and they reject the idea that they place an undue burden on nonunion contractors and employees.

In our feature article on Tuesday, Jan. 17, we’ll explore both sides of the PLA argument and find out how union and nonunion industry players view the future of the contentious issue.

Pierrette Tierney-Magleby Q-and-A — Jan. 17

From reporting out of CNN’s London bureau to leading Taylor Morrison’s Northern California division and now to heading up business development for a luxury custom homebuilder in Utah, Tierney-Magleby has climbed the ropes in homebuilding, and quickly at that.

At Design and Construction Week in Orlando, FL, we sat down with the 37-year-old vice president of business development at Magleby Construction, in Park City, UT, to discuss her career path, the challenges facing builders today and what joining the industry on its downward slide taught her about managing business.

AIA Billings Index — Jan. 18

The American Institute of Architects will release its Architectural Billings Index on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Last month, the AIA reported the index slipped slightly to 50.6 in November, almost unchanged from October’s score of 50.8. November marked the second-consecutive month of increased demand for design services.

In last month’s report, AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker said it was “still too early” to determine how Trump’s infrastructure plans will impact the industry, and he expects the next few months to offer a more clear direction for its future.

The ABI is a significant report for the commercial construction industry, as it serves as an indicator of future construction spending with a lead time of about nine to 12 months. Will Wednesday’s report show the industry responding positively to the incoming administration?