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Construction spending grows in several sectors

BY Brae Canlen

Builders and developers spent $799.1 billion on construction projects in August 2011, a 1.4% rise from July’s estimated rate, according to numbers released by the U.S. Commerce Department. Spending on private construction was approximately $511.0 billion, 0.4% above the previous month. Residential construction was estimated at $237.8 billion in August, 0.7% above July’s figure. Nonresidential construction, such as offices, restaurants and hotels, was $273.1 billion in August, 0.2% above the previous month’s spending rate.

In public construction, where the increases were more dramatic, August saw a jump of 3.1% to $288.2 billion compared with July. Educational construction was estimated at $72.7 billion, 4.3% above the previous month. Highway construction was at $80.2 billion, 3.5% higher that July’s estimated spending. 

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MicroPro technology course enters AIA CE syllabus

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Griffin, Ga.-based Osmose announced a new online American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Program course titled, Micronized Technology for Pressure Treated Wood. 

The course for design professionals familiarizes them with wood as a sustainable building material, the pressure treating process, environmental certifications and other benefits of micronized copper pressure treated wood products, according to Osmose. 

A web site allows professionals to take the online quiz and receive CE credit.

 

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Masonry veneer competition calls for entries

BY HBSDealer Staff

The Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association (MVMA) announced its third annual MVMA Design Awards, a program created to recognize the work of industry professionals who are setting trends by featuring manufactured stone veneer in their projects. 

“Our goal is to recognize leaders in the Manufactured Stone industry by highlighting their design successes,” said Mike Fischer, MVMA general manager. “This year’s theme of ‘Natural Beauty Fashioned in Stone’ aims to showcase the beauty and authenticity of Manufactured Stone.”

The entry deadline is Dec. 31, 2011. All entries will be submitted online at MasonryVeneerDesignAwards.com.

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