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CMD and AEC Cares Partners Join Forces to Renovate Atlanta Crisis Shelter

Construction Industry Experts “Blitz Build” Crisis Shelter for Homeless and Trafficked youth

CMD, one of the leading providers of construction information in North America, American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Hanley Wood Media joined forces with volunteers from across the country on May 13 to revitalize Covenant House Georgia (CHGA), an inner-city Atlanta shelter for youths in crisis during AEC Cares’ fifth annual “blitz build.”

AEC Cares is an annual event that takes place the day before the AIA National Convention and offers construction professionals the chance to give back by using their skills on a one-day project to improve a local charity. CHGA, a crisis shelter for homeless and trafficked youth, opened its doors in 2000. Since that time, more than 15,000 young people have received support from the non-profit organization.

“We had an unbelievable turnout for the blitz build from our partner organizations and construction professionals from across the country,” said Graeme McCracken, CEO of CMD, and board president, AEC Cares. “The work completed will allow Covenant House Georgia to continue to provide support under the guiding principle of unconditional love and 24-hour care.”

During the blitz build, AEC Cares volunteers tackled projects across the seven-acre campus of CHGA to make it more welcoming, comfortable and safe. This included painting 13,000 square feet of wall space and installing $23,000 worth of blinds in resident rooms and 600 square feet of new carpet throughout the facility. Additional efforts included installing $7,000 worth of new art work, extensive outdoor landscape work, renovation of closets and storage units and other upgrades to the community center that will help CHGA provide support services such as job training, healthcare services and life skills development.

“We are so thankful that AEC Cares chose to renovate Covenant House Georgia for its fifth annual blitz build,” said Allison Ashe, executive director of Covenant House Georgia. “After countless hours from more than 150 volunteers, our closets, dining room and hallways are unrecognizable. Their dedication to this project and their meticulous attention to detail was really impressive.”

The event attracted many honorable dignitaries, which included Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner, Atlanta City Council President Caesar Mitchell, AIA CEO Robert Ivy and AIA 2016 AIA President-elect Russ Davidson. CNN correspondent Holly Firfer emceed the event. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office and the Children’s Restoration Network also partnered with AEC Cares to make the renovation a reality.

CMD, AIA and Hanley Wood Media have joined forces the past five years, during AEC Cares’ annual build, to raise awareness and provide community support for worthwhile projects across the United States. In 2011, these groups collaborated to rebuild five homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Subsequent projects included revitalizing houses for homeless teens in Washington D.C. and renovating facilities for homeless, disabled veterans and adults in Denver. Last year’s project involved transforming a 30-year-old former school building into a cheerful, up-to-date daycare and early learning center for impoverished children in Chicago’s Southwest Side.

For more information about AEC Cares, visit aeccares.com.

About CMD
CMD, the Inaugural Strategic Partner of the AIA, is a leading North American provider of construction information. CMD’s diverse portfolio of innovative products and technologies includes national, regional and local project leads, marketing solutions and market intelligence to provide insight to construction industry professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Visit the CMD website at cmdgroup.com.

About AEC Cares
AEC Cares is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation actively supported by CMD with the AIA and Hanley Wood, generous sponsors, donors and volunteers. Bringing together architects, contractors, manufacturers and industry professionals from across the United States and Canada, AEC Cares works to create positive change through meaningful projects that benefit a new community every year. To learn more about AEC Cares, visit aeccares.com.

About Covenant House
Founded in 1972 with the simple, profound mission to help homeless kids escape the streets, Covenant House today is the largest privately-funded charity in the Americas. Covenant House is dedicated to serving to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked and exploited youth with absolute respect and unconditional love—helping homeless children, and protecting and safeguarding all children in need. Covenant House Georgia is a full partner of Covenant House International. Visit the Covenant House Georgia website at covenanthousega.org to learn more about it.

 

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    CMD, one of the leading providers of construction information in North America, today announced its sixth annual fall free economic webcast: "Is the Pace of Construction Investment Set to Quicken?," will take place from 2:30-4 p.m. EST on Nov. 20, 2014. The complimentary webcast will feature chief economists Kermit Baker of the AIA, Ken Simonson of the AGC of America and Alex Carrick of CMD.  With many anticipating growth and a generally positive outlook for construction next year, the webcast will reveal what economists inside the construction industry expect in the months ahead. All three economists will take questions from the audience in the last half hour. "By the end of 2014, the total number of jobs in the architectural and engineering design professions will recover to their pre-recession peak," stated Alex Carrick, U.S. chief economist for CMD. "The year-over-year employment gain in the sector has been a strong, plus 4 percent. This is good news for on-site activity levels, since new projects appear on drawing boards first." The webcast will cover numerous topics important to the construction industry including: Trends helping construction growth Mild material costs and the items most at risk of price spikes Labor shortages – widespread or isolated? Single-family homebuilding – picking up speed? Regions showing the strongest growth Risks and wild cards that can affect the upcoming season To take part in the webcast sponsored by Info Tech International LLC, register here. AIA members who attend the live broadcast will receive AIA CEU credit, and all who register can download the presentation slides and view the webcast archive. "We are excited to bring together this panel of economic thought leaders," stated Wendy McBay, senior director of marketing for CMD. "Their insights into the construction industry will benefit professionals seeking strategic direction for their business." About The American Institute of Architects For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit the AIA website at http://www.aia.org. About The AGC of America The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is a national trade association, dedicated to furthering the ever-changing agenda of commercial construction contractors, improving job site safety, expanding the use of cutting-edge technologies and techniques, and strengthening the dialogue between contractors and owners. Founded in 1918, the AGC today represents more than 33,500 member firms, including 7,500 of America’s leading general contractors and over 13,000 specialty-contracting firms. Visit the AGC website at www.agc.com. About CMD CMD, the Inaugural Strategic Partner of the AIA, is a leading North American provider of construction information. CMD’s diverse portfolio of innovative products and services includes national, regional and local project leads, marketing solutions and market intelligence to provide insight to construction industry professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Visit the CMD website at www.cmdgroup.com.
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    A generally negative April is brightened somewhat by increases in institutional and heavy engineering starts; industrial starts take a big hit Reed Construction Data announced the value of April construction starts, excluding residential contracts, fell 4.9% to $22.6 billion after rocketing 47.8% in March. Starts were down 7.8% from April 2013. Year-to-date starts data, which totaled $81.9 billion, were 3.6% lower than for the same period in 2013. “April starts data once again point to the negative impact adverse weather is having on construction activity,” stated Bernard Markstein, U.S. chief economist, Reed Construction Data. Commercial starts dropped dramatically in April, giving back over half of their March gain. That left year-to-date commercial starts 28.2% lower than the same period last year. The next few months will demonstrate whether this poor performance is weather-related or an indication of a more serious underlying problem. Lodging (hotel and motel) starts throttled back significantly in April, down by a third. An unusually large March 2013 starts figure continues to distort the comparison of the year-to-date number for lodging, which was down 59.6%. Although April’s $2.3 billion year-to-date starts total was not spectacular, it was the second highest total (after 2013) since April 2009. Year-to-date retail starts were also at their second highest level since 2009 (essentially at the same level as in 2009), but down 27.1% from 2013. Given that retail construction spending has struggled in recent months, declining on a seasonally adjusted basis from December through March, the lethargic performance of retail starts is of concern. One positive for this group is that both private office and government office starts were up on a year-to-date basis.Industrial (manufacturing) building starts have also struggled this year, with April taking a real hit—down 75.0% from March. Year-to-date starts were down a more modest 5.6%. The hope is that this year’s poor weather has adversely affected starts and, as the weather improves, so will starts.Institutional building starts posted a large increase for the second month in a row, up 24.0% in April after increasing 39.2% in March. Year-to-date starts were 9.1% higher than last year. Much of the recent improvement is due to starts for schools and colleges, which were up 62.8% in April and 28.8% in March, and accounted for more than half of the starts for the group. Year-to-date starts were up 5.3%. Another contributor was hospital and clinic starts, which although down for the month, were up 21.1% on a year-to-date basis. Heavy engineering (non-building) starts represent another positive area. Starts were up 1.2% in April following a 19.9% jump in March. Year-to-date starts were 13.1% higher than the same period in 2013. Road and highway starts were the source of much of this strength, surging 50.8% after tumbling 13.8% in March. They were 12.9% higher on a year-to-date basis. Meanwhile, water and sewage starts were up 9.7% on a year-to-date basis. The April starts numbers were generally negative, with only a few bright spots. The year-to-date numbers were somewhat better. Only heavy engineering was showing any evidence of improvement. The weather may still be responsible for the poor starts numbers. However, unless there is real improvement in coming months, this explanation will no longer be viable. “Many factors still indicate the economy is on the mend from the brutal winter and difficult spring,” stated Markstein. “Reed is comfortable with our forecast of nonresidential construction starts improving significantly in coming months and eventually exceeding last year’s starts numbers.” To read the complete report or download the PDF, visit http://www.reedconstructiondata.com/market-intelligence/articles/nonresidential-construction-starts-slip-back-in-april. Since starts data are not seasonally adjusted (NSA), caution should be used in analyzing monthly movements. Year-over-year comparisons are often used, as they remove much of the seasonal effects. The value of construction starts each month is summarized from the Reed database of all active construction projects in the U.S., excluding residential construction. Missing project values are estimated with RSMeans building cost models. A start is determined by taking the announced bid date and adding 30 days. It is then assumed the project will actually break ground within 30-60 days of the start date. Reed continues to follow the project via our network of researchers, so if the project is abandoned or rebid, the start data are subsequently updated to reflect the new information. About Reed Construction Data Reed Construction Data, a division of Reed Business Information and the Inaugural Strategic Partner of the AIA, is a leading North American provider of construction information. Reed provides actionable insight to construction professionals through a diverse portfolio of innovative products and services, including national, regional and local construction project data, accurate and reliable construction cost data, effective marketing solutions and dynamic market intelligence. To learn more about Reed, visit www.reedconstructiondata.com
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    Reed Insight provides access to construction opportunities across the U.S. and Canada, with all-new analytics and forecasting to boost strategic direction and drive growth. Reed Construction Data introduces Reed Insight, the game-changing new platform that provides single-point access to the popular Intelligent Leads, Analyze and Forecast modules. Packed with features for enhanced performance and convenience, Reed Insight gives construction professionals an unprecedented view of opportunities within the U.S. and Canada to strategically drive business success. “Reed Insight gives our customers a distinct advantage in understanding their current and prospective markets,” said Rich Remington, chief operating officer, Reed Construction Data. “For the first time ever, our customers gain access through a single platform to Reed’s powerful forecasting, market intelligence and project opportunities. This strong combination provides the insight necessary to drive their company’s success to new levels.” Developed with a uniquely intuitive and visual design, Reed Insight puts rich, robust content at the user’s fingertips. With just a few clicks, users gain access to a database of hundreds of thousands of construction projects across the United States and Canada, as well as analytic tools and construction starts and forecasts. The Reed Insight platform offers: • Intelligent Leads – Reed’s comprehensive database of construction projects, with fully-searchable plans, specs, key participants, contacts and more • Analyze – Visual and interactive market intelligence that provides a 360 degree view of current market share, potential new markets and competitor activity, based on plans and specifications • Forecast – Detailed view of construction activity developed by industry-leading economists, with historical construction starts and 5-year construction forecasts “The beauty of Reed Insight is not only in its depth of information, but also in the fact that it’s designed, based on direct customer feedback, with a focus on simplicity and convenience,” stated Remington. “Reed has made it very easy for our customers to gain a clear view of what’s happening today, with a view of the past plus a five-year forecast that they can use to plan best courses of action for the future. This is just the beginning of the new innovative tools that will enable our customers.” Reed Insight is available today with Analyze, Forecast and Intelligent Leads modules. For more information, visit www.reedconstructiondata.com/construction-project-leads/reed-insight. About Reed Construction Data Reed Construction Data, a division of Reed Business Information and the Inaugural Strategic Partner of the AIA, is a trusted source for detailed, accurate, and up-to-date information on private, public and civil construction projects across the United States and Canada. Reed’s data collection teams leverage strong industry relationships, innovative technology and third-party data sources to deliver timely and accurate information on projects, companies and contacts, with daily updates for all types of general and civil construction. For more information, visit www.reedconstructiondata.com. About Reed Construction Data Canada Reed Construction Data Canada is a leading provider of construction information solutions and industry news. Reed Canada provides actionable insight to the construction industry through comprehensive project leads, market intelligence and industry news, as well as construction cost tools and a suite of online, digital and print references. For more information, visit www.reedconstructiondata.com/can.
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    Reed Construction Data reported a significant increase in the value of March construction starts, excluding residential contracts. After a 14.2% decrease in February, March starts surged to $23.7 billion – a 46.9% increase and the highest value for starts since November 2013. Starts were up a modest 0.4% from March 2013. Year-to-date starts data, which totaled $58.6 billion, were down 2.9% from the same period in 2013. March starts data are an indication construction is bouncing back from the harsh winter weather. Since starts data are not seasonally adjusted (NSA), caution should be used in analyzing monthly movements. Year-over-year comparisons are often used, as they remove much of the seasonal effects. “We believe the economy is on a clear upward trajectory,” stated Bernard Markstein, U.S. chief economist, Reed Construction Data. “The combination of a growing economy and low long-term interest rates will spur an increase in nonresidential building construction starts, exceeding last year’s starts numbers and, as a result, construction activity.” Commercial starts doubled in March (+109.9%) after plunging 35.9% the previous month. Year-to-date, commercial starts were down 24.1% from the same period last year. To some extent, that comparison obscures the bounce back in commercial starts, since there were some unusually large starts in the first quarter of 2013. The $17.1 billion first quarter commercial starts were the second highest since 2008. First quarter lodging (hotel and motel) starts were at their second highest level since 2009. An unusually large starts figure in March 2013 is skewing the year-to-date total for this category. Similarly, first quarter retail starts lagged behind first quarter 2013 starts, but were at their second highest level since 2008. Industrial (manufacturing) building starts, despite a more than five times increase over an unusually low February number, were still down 41.3% on a year-to-date basis. Although the first quarter 2013 starts were on the strong side, they were not unusually so. First quarter 2014 starts were the second lowest on record since the start of the Reed data series in 2003. The hope is that this year’s slow beginning is weather related and will be offset by stronger numbers in coming months. Institutional building starts are showing strength largely due to a strong gain in hospital and clinic starts, which more than doubled in March (+111.9%). On a year-to-date basis, these starts were up 98.2% from the same period a year ago. In spite of improvements in March (+20.1%), starts for schools and colleges were down 10.8% on a year-to-date basis from last year. Heavy engineering (non-building) starts strengthened 19.2% in March. Year-to-date, starts were up 15.7% from the same period in 2013. Road and highway starts, although off 15.0% in March, were up 9.3% on a year-to-date basis. Surprisingly, heavy engineering starts are doing much better than nonresidential building starts. The weather appears to have adversely affected the latter more than the former. As the weather improves, starts of both should also improve. To view the complete report, click here. The value of construction starts each month is summarized from the Reed database of all active construction projects in the U.S., excluding residential construction. Missing project values are estimated with RSMeans building cost models. A start is determined by taking the announced bid date and adding 30 days. It is then assumed the project will actually break ground within 30-60 days of the start date. Reed continues to follow the project via our network of researchers, so if the project is abandoned or rebid, the start data are subsequently updated to reflect the new information. About Reed Construction Data Reed Construction Data, a division of Reed Business Information and the Inaugural Strategic Partner of the AIA, is a leading North American provider of construction information. Reed provides actionable insight to construction professionals through a diverse portfolio of innovative products and services, including national, regional and local construction project data, accurate and reliable construction cost data, effective marketing solutions and dynamic market intelligence. To learn more about Reed, visit www.reedconstructiondata.com.  
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    Construction economy experts, Bernard Markstein of Reed Construction Data, Kermit Baker of the AIA and Ken Simonson of the AGC join forces in an all-new webcast to discuss what’s ahead for 2014 construction. Reed Construction Data announces its sixth annual spring economic webcast:  2014, Breakthrough Year for Construction. The complimentary webcast, featuring chief economists Kermit Baker of the AIA, Ken Simonson of the AGC and Bernie Markstein of Reed, is set for April 17, 2014. With many anticipating growth and a generally positive outlook for construction this year, find out what economists inside the industry expect in the months ahead. “Construction professionals have a lot of reason to be optimistic this season,” stated Bernard Markstein, U.S. chief economist, Reed Construction Data. “While weather has hindered the early months, and despite a few obstacles still ahead, 2014 is certainly heading in the right direction.” The webcast is open to everyone and will cover topics important to all industry professionals: Trends helping construction growth Bright spots for non-residential construction Competition for skilled labor and difficult-to-fill positions Housing trends - continuing upward? Regions showing the strongest growth Risks and wild cards that can affect the upcoming season The live, interactive webcast airs on April 17, 2014, 2 - 3:30 p.m., EDT. AIA members who attend the live broadcast can receive AIA CEU credit, and all who register can download the presentation slides and view the webcast archive. All three economists will take questions from the audience in the last half hour. To take part in the webcast, register here. “We are excited to once again bring together this panel of economic experts, who can speak to issues that affect all of us,” stated Wendy McBay, Senior Director of Marketing, Reed. “Their insight can benefit everyone who wants to stay up-to-the-minute on trends and issues that affect our industry.” About The American Institute of Architects For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit the AIA website at http://www.aia.org. About The AGC of America The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is a national trade association, dedicated to furthering the ever-changing agenda of commercial construction contractors, improving job site safety, expanding the use of cutting-edge technologies and techniques, and strengthening the dialogue between contractors and owners. Founded in 1918, the AGC today represents more than 33,500 member firms, including 7,500 of America’s leading general contractors and over 13,000 specialty-contracting firms. Visit the AGC website at www.agc.com. About Reed Construction Data Reed Construction Data LLC (RCD), a division of Reed Business Information and the Inaugural Strategic Partner of the AIA, is a leading North American provider of construction information. Reed Construction Data’s diverse portfolio of innovative products and services includes national, regional and local project leads, accurate and up-to-date RSMeans cost information, marketing solutions and market intelligence to provide insight to construction industry professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Visit the Reed Construction Data website at www.reedconstructiondata.com.
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    New strategic alliance between NLCA and Reed will share information on an unprecedented scale, creating outstanding value for the Atlantic construction industry. Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association and Reed Construction Data have signed an agreement to share information, improve the distribution of bid information outside the province and create new economic value benefiting members. NLCA values collaboration; however, we partner selectively – and only when there are clear benefits to our membership,” said Rhonda Neary, President and CEO, NLCA. “Our board carefully assessed the Reed opportunity, and we believe it’s a great fit logically, strategically and culturally, now and for the future.” “The NLCA is a first rate organization. Its leadership, board and staff set very high standards for themselves and their service to their members and the Atlantic construction industry,” added Mark Casaletto, General Manager and Vice President, Reed Construction Data Canada. “Reed is delighted to be partnered with the NLCA.” The alliance exchanges proprietary information between the organizations and creates new economic value from content available within NLCA’s electronic plan room. Specifically, the alliance allows NLCA to better serve and inform its members. Also, building product manufacturers across North America will now have greater visibility into the specifications history and opportunities within Newfoundland’s $9 billion non-residential construction industry. “The alliance with Reed gives us access to valuable and hard-to-get economic and industry intelligence,” said Kevin McEvoy, Chair of NLCA. “The new economic value created funds key events directly for our members.” “Newfoundland’s economic and construction fundamentals are among Canada’s best. Relatively, the province outperforms most other regions,” said Craig Roberts, Senior Director at Reed Construction Data. “Partnering with NLCA provides our customers across North America unparalleled intelligence and data on this important construction market.” The partners have ratified a multi-year legal agreement and are currently implementing its functional aspects.  About NLCA The Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association (NLCA) is an incorporated not-for-profit association of contractors, builders, and suppliers primarily engaged in the construction industry throughout the province. NLCA’s members have representatives of all aspects of the construction industry (including all sectors) as well as architectural and engineering firms. To learn more about NLCA, visit http://www.nlca.ca. About Reed Construction Data Reed Construction Data, a division of Reed Business Information and the Inaugural Strategic Partner of the AIA, is a leading North American provider of construction information. Reed provides actionable insight to construction professionals through a diverse portfolio of innovative products and services, including national, regional and local construction project data, accurate and reliable construction cost data, effective marketing solutions and dynamic market intelligence. To learn more about Reed, visit http://www.reedconstructiondata.com.
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    Reed Construction Data reported the value of February construction starts, excluding residential contracts, dropped 15.6% to $15.9 billion, after falling 13.7% in January – the lowest value for starts since February 2012 and the third consecutive monthly decline. Starts were down 3.2% from February 2013. Year to date, construction starts totaled $34.8 billion – 5.0% lower than the same two months in 2013. Because starts data are not seasonally adjusted (NSA), caution should be used in analyzing monthly movements. Year-over-year comparisons are often used, as they remove much of the seasonal effects. “Given the unusually severe weather, which is continuing into March for much of the nation, it would be premature to conclude that nonresidential construction is in trouble,” stated Bernard Markstein, U.S. Chief Economist, Reed Construction Data. “March and April starts will be key to determining the health of the construction industry.” The value of construction starts each month is summarized from the Reed database of all active construction projects in the U.S., excluding residential construction. Missing project values are estimated with RSMeans building cost models. Commercial starts plunged 33.9% in February after also decreasing 14.5% in January. Year-to-date, commercial starts were 16.1% lower than in the same period last year. One bright spot is retail starts, which increased for the third month in a row, advancing 7.5% in February after advancing 14.1% in January.  Year-to-date, however, retail starts were down 10.0% from the same period a year ago. Private office starts surged 47.8% for the month, but were down 17.6% on a year-to-date basis. Hotel and motel starts rebounded a robust 80.4% from January’s 59.6% nosedive. Year-to-date, they were down 16.3% compared to the same period in 2013. After surging 47.8% in January, industrial (manufacturing) building starts tumbled 22.6% in February. On a year-to-date basis, due to an extraordinarily low number of starts last year, industrial starts were up an astounding 583% from the same period in 2013. Institutional building starts sank 22.7% in February, after falling 10.8% in January. On a year-to-date basis, starts were down 3.1%. Starts for schools and colleges cratered 49.5% in February, after jumping 34.6% in January. Despite the sharp decline in February, starts were 18.1% higher on a year-to-date basis than the same period in 2013. Hospitals and clinics starts also saw an increase in February, up 34.6%, after dropping 36.9% in January; they were up a modest 1.7% year-to-date. Heavy engineering (non-building) starts edged up 0.2% in February after decreasing 19.9% in January. Year-to-date starts were 12.1% higher than over the same period in 2013. Starts for all the categories in the group were up on a year-to-date basis. Road and highway starts, the largest spending category in the group, were up 6.1% in February and 11.1% on a year-to-date basis. Another large category, water and sewer starts, was up 5.7% in February and 9.0% on a year-to-date basis. “If there is a silver lining to the harsh winter, heavy engineering seems to be fairing surprisingly well and may even be benefitting from the impact of the cold weather on the nation’s infrastructure,” said Markstein. “Bursting water pipes force utilities to make immediate repairs and replacements, accelerating planned pipe upgrade projects –particularly in the south where polar vortex visits tested infrastructure. “Nonresidential building construction does not receive any such “benefit” from the bad weather and is clearly hurt by it. As a result, it is too early to determine the outlook for this sector of the construction industry based on the starts data until better weather prevails. Reed’s expectation is that delayed projects will move forward with improved weather, leading to large increases in starts at that point,” Markstein continued. To view the complete report, go to www.reedconstructiondata.com/market-intelligence/articles/nonresidential-construction-starts-down-for-the-third-month-in-a-row. A start is determined by taking the announced bid date and adding 30 days. It is then assumed the project will actually break ground within 30-60 days of the start date. Reed continues to follow the project via our network of researchers, so if the project is abandoned or rebid, the start data are subsequently updated to reflect the new information. About Reed Construction Data Reed Construction Data, a division of Reed Business Information and the Inaugural Strategic Partner of the AIA, is a trusted source for detailed, accurate, and up-to-date information on private and public construction projects across the United States and Canada. Reed’s data collection teams leverage strong industry relationships, innovative technology, and third-party data sources to deliver timely and accurate information on projects, companies, and contacts and daily updates for all types of general and civil construction. For more information, visit www.reedconstructiondata.com.
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    Reed and AEC Cares team up with Metropolitan Family Services to brighten and renovate a center that provides daycare and early learning for infants, toddlers and preschoolers on Chicago’s South Side. Reed Construction Data announces AEC Cares’ fourth annual “blitz build” that brings together design and construction professionals for a special project within a new community every year. Joining forces with Metropolitan Family Services, AEC Cares will renovate a 30-year-old building that provides daycare and early learning for infants, toddlers and preschoolers from very low-income families. The project takes place in June, on the day before the AIA National Convention in Chicago – allowing attendees and exhibitors to participate in the rewarding volunteer experience. This year, AEC Cares will tackle Metropolitan’s newest learning and wellness center, a former school building on Chicago’s South Side. The center offers early learning programs for children who are 6 weeks to 5 years of age, giving them a safe place to stay during the day, while building their confidence, their language and social skills, and their interest in learning. The goal for the project is to transform the dull, dated building into a bright, cheerful and fun place that helps Metropolitan inspire the children to achieve. “We are honored this year to bring AEC Cares to the Chicago community,” stated Renee Pinczes, Vice President of Finance, Reed Construction Data, and Board President, AEC Cares. “Working with Metropolitan and our exceptional group of volunteers, we can create an exciting and fresh environment that encourages young children to learn and excel.” On June 25, 2014, AEC Cares will bring together teams of professionals and volunteers from Reed Construction Data, the AIA and Hanley Wood for the one-day “blitz build” event that will complete the center’s transformation. The 150-plus volunteers will rally to build a colorful play area and renovate the building interior. “Metropolitan truly appreciates this opportunity to work with AEC Cares and Reed to make the most of our new learning and wellness center,” said Ric Estrada, President and CEO, Metropolitan Family Services. “This generosity will help us provide services in an attractive environment that welcomes and affirms the families we serve.” AEC Cares has a four-year record of successful projects organized by Reed Construction Data. Starting in 2011, AEC Cares and Reed rebuilt five houses in New Orleans devastated years earlier by Hurricane Katrina. In 2012, teams of architects, contractors and manufacturers added their time and talent to rebuild a house for homeless teens in Washington, D.C., and in 2013, the volunteer teams completed over $225K worth of renovations to a facility for homeless, disabled veterans and adults in Denver. “We are excited for the opportunity to work once again with AEC Cares and all of our exceptional volunteers and sponsors to create something magical for the children of this community,” said Laura Marlow, Senior Director of Business Development, Reed Construction Data. “On project after project, we’ve been able to see firsthand the profound impact we are making for those who need it most.” To join the AEC Cares’ project or find more information about AEC Cares, visit www.AECcares.com. About AEC Cares AEC Cares is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation actively supported by Reed Construction Data, with the AIA and Hanley Wood, generous sponsors, donors and volunteers. Bringing together architects, contractors, manufacturers and industry professionals from across the United States and Canada, AEC Cares works to create positive change through meaningful projects that benefit a new community every year. To learn more about AEC Cares, visit www.AECcares.com. About Metropolitan Family Services Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857 Metropolitan has been the engine of change that empowers families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. Metropolitan reaches more than 63,000 families and individuals annually through seven community centers, with services that promote education, economic stability, emotional wellness and empowerment. For more information, visit www.metrofamily.com. About Reed Construction Data Reed Construction Data, a division of Reed Business Information and the Inaugural Strategic Partner of the AIA, is a leading North American provider of construction information. Reed provides actionable insight to construction professionals through a diverse portfolio of innovative products and services, including national, regional and local construction project data, accurate and reliable construction cost data, effective marketing solutions and dynamic market intelligence. To learn more about Reed, visit www.reedconstructiondata.com.
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