Commercial and Industrial Painting

Infrastructure’s long, long road

The road to passing Speaker John Boehner’s energy and infrastructure bill looks to be as bumpy as the highways it’s trying to fix. GOP leaders insist they will bring their energy-expanding and road-building plan to the floor this month, but it’s clear they have a ways to go before uniting the Republican Conference. And thanks … Read more »

Employers added 243,000 jobs in January, pushing unemployment rate down to 8.3 percent

WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate fell for the fifth straight month after a surge of January hiring, a promising shift in the nation’s outlook for job growth. The Labor Department says employers added 243,000 jobs in January, the most in nine months. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent from 8.5 percent in December. That’s … Read more »

Light at Tunnel’s End? Survey Projects Growth in Non-residential Construction

The survey, 2012 Construction Industry Forecast, conducted by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Inc., reported the “optimism quotient”—the survey’s primary benchmark for measuring contractor and equipment  distributor sentiment—at 114 for 2012, an increase from 96 a year earlier. Read more at DURABILITY+DESIGN.

Where’s the Data? Call for Standards Issued at Coatings Symposium

Architects, construction specifiers and building owners are shortchanged on comprehensive, objective technical information about the properties and performance characteristics of architectural paint and coatings when faced with the task of evaluating and specifying such materials. That was a central message delivered Tuesday during the opening program presentation at the SSPC Commercial Coatings and Flooring Symposium, … Read more »

IUPAT California: Frances Ann Doherty, City Contractor, Accused of Stiffing Employees Out of Wages

IUPAT representatives play key part in bringing criminal charges against a San Francisco painting contractor for wage theft and benefits misappropriation.  See the report from below… “A San Mateo County woman has been charged with 57 felony counts of cheating her employees of more than $600,000 in wages while working on projects for both the … Read more »

IUPAT California: Bay Area Painting Contractor Charged with Cheating on Wages, Workers’ Comp Fraud

IUPAT representatives play key part in bringing criminal charges against a San Francisco painting contractor for wage theft and benefits misappropriation.  See the report from DURABILITY + DESIGN below… “A San Francisco painting contractor is facing criminal charges after authorities said she cheated employees out of more than $600,000 in wages and failed to pay … Read more »

Building Momentum? Survey Suggests Fewer Layoffs are Expected This Year

U.S. construction companies plan to make fewer layoffs in 2012—with only 9% saying layoffs are likely, compared to 37% last year and 55% in 2010, according to an industry survey. Read more at Durability + Design.

Crunching the Numbers on Polished Concrete, Other Flooring Types

Polished concrete has gained a great deal of traction in design and construction, thanks to the technology’s quickly-earned reputation as a sustainable, durable and aesthetically appealing flooring option. Read more at Durability + Design.

Off the Wall: Hard Sell? Faux-Concrete wallpaper Labors to Build Following

Enter the concept of “faux concrete” wallpaper and a company behind the idea, Concrete Wall of Norway. The product may be an option for those looking for a little more concrete in their lives, according to a recent entry in the Dornob Blog, which suggests the option of wallpaper that looks like concrete panels, masonry, … Read more »

Survey Suggest Green Schools are a High Priority with Most Americans

According to a nationwide poll, three out of four Americans support federal investment in school-building improvements related to creating healthier learning environments, saving tax dollars or lowering carbon emissions. The independent survey, sponsored by United Technologies Corp. and the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools, indicated that one in three of those surveyed … Read more »