From sun-baked clay bricks in 9,000 BCE to ETFE in the present day, this Friday Fun post illustrates the history of trends in architectural building materials around the world. If one of these materials could make a strong comeback, which one would you choose? Do you have any predictions on what future materials in architecture will be? Let us know and continue the discussion on LInkedIn or feel free to tweet us your comments!Read more
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Written by: Donna Gaines
When employees quit, the main reason is that they were not well matched to their jobs in the first place.” Caliper, a Princeton-based human resource firm, reached that conclusion after surveying 180 companies’ exit interviews. Contrary to some views, employees do not jump ship because of money (only 26 percent mentioned wages) or workplace conflict (11 percent). Rather, the reason most give (40 percent) is a combination of limited challenge, poor advancement potential, and insufficient recognition.
Confirming this, a recent WallRead more
Losing top performers has a negative impact on employee morale, productivity, and company revenue. The top performing employees are the ones who improve your bottom line by closing more deals, writing better proposals, creating more effective business strategies, analyzing your finances more closely and many other ways. That’s not the only compelling reason to hold on to them though.Read more
Last Monday we talked about the US construction industry which is valued at $1.8 trillion. Today we look at the UK Construction Industry and the 53% of jobs in the “contracting sector that are unfilled because of a shortage of skilled workers” as outlined in the info-graph below. We’ve been seeing these kind of statements throughout the building and design industries. What is your take on the seemingly shrinking pool of specialized candidates? Share your thoughts below, on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn!Read more
Did you know the US construction industry is valued at $1.8 trillion? Or that there’s been an increase in construction spending over the past few years? We found these facts along with a whole lot of other interesting tidbits of information on this handy little infographic and thought it was worth sharing.
Have some other fun facts to add? Let us know! Looking for to make some hires in the construction industry? We can help! Just drop us a line.Read more
Stay tuned for next month to hear and announcement from Donna Gaines, our founder and leading lady! And as a teaser, can you guess who from our thirty three year past could possibly be bouncing back into the Gaines game? Find out the answer to both of these questions in next month’s vlog!
And for those of you waiting on the edge of your seat for the next installment of Coffee With A Consultant, you’ll have to wait just a bit longer. In the meantime, click here to view our old episodes and email usRead more
This week’s Link Round Up is packed with industry news! From tantalizing technology and amethyst-inspired architecture to construction come backs, we’ve got it all covered. Here are the links we’ve read about our industry this week:
Architects, get ready for the holographic design process: Microsoft just unveiled its HoloLens headset, according to Archinect.
Chinese company 3D prints six-story multifamily building, featured on Building Design & Construction.
Mystery buyer pays highest ever price for NYC residence, according to Building Design & Construction.
NL Architects proposes “slightly insane” hotel modelled on amethyst crystals, featured in Dezeen Magazine.
While you recover from your hot cocoa and candy cane comas, we wanted to start off your New Year celebration a few days early. This week’s Friday Fun is your guide to New Year traditions around the world, so no matter where you’re celebrating you will be ready to join in on the local fun. Have a safe and happy New Year!
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This week’s holiday-inspired Link Round Up has cozy fireplaces, a Christmas tree, and LEGO’s. Here are the links we’ve read about our industry this week:
- Hello Wood to give 5,000 pieces of Christmas Charity Tree firewood to Budapest community, according to archinect.com.
- Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West to be recreated – with LEGO, according to Building Design & Construction.com.
This week’s Link Roundup is full of A-mazing information about acquisitions, awards, athletics, ancient castles, and the Atlantic coast. Here are the links we’ve read about our industry this week:
CannonDesign acquires Astorino, forms design-led design-build division, according to Building Design & Construction.
Moshe Safdie to receive the 2015 AIA Gold Medal, on Dezeen Magazine.
AIA Honors Peter Eisenman with 2015 Topaz Medallion, according to Arch Daily.
International Olympic Committee releases first images of new headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Building Design & Construction.
Chilly 1620 Castle in Scotland Gets 21st-Century Redo, according to curbed.com.