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Construction costs, which had been relatively low throughout the nation for much of the past year, are beginning to climb at an increasing rate. With El Paso County commercial and residential construction starts stalled at near-2000 levels, logic suggests that the cost of building materials would remain low as well. But pressures from a global… Continue Reading Construction-cost plateau ending as ascent quickens

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Selection of a general contractor to complete interior work on the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters building at 27 S. Tejon St. will be handled through a formal city bid process. “There is no inside track,” said city spokeswoman Sue Skiffington-Blumberg. Lee Jenniges will be the city’s contact for the project award. The deadline for responses to the… Continue Reading RFP published to finish USOC building

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Overnight closures for I-25 at Baptist Road

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Interstate 25 will be closed for two nights this week for girder installation as part of the I-25/Baptist Road Interchange reconstruction project. Beginning at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, one northbound land and one southbound lane will be closed for barrier removal and crane placement. At 10 p.m., I-25 will be closed to all traffic… Continue Reading Overnight closures for I-25 at Baptist Road

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WASHINGTON – Construction spending rose for the second time in three months in June as residential building increased and government-funded infrastructure projects jumped. The report provides fresh evidence that the housing sector may be recovering, while the rise in government spending was partly because of the Obama administration’s $787 billion stimulus package, economists said. The… Continue Reading Construction spending rises unexpectedly nationwide

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The Associated Press and Army Times report that Fort Carson might get to keep more than $500 million to improve its facilities even though it’s no longer receiving a new brigade combat team. A Defense Department budget bill for the year ending Sept. 30, 2010, that was approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee this… Continue Reading Fort Carson funding could stay though troops not coming

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Snapshot of a church remodel

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In order to ensure it could make the most of its remodel budget, the First Methodist Church board of trustees hired Second Opinion construction administrator Jim Smith to run the project. So far, he has overseen key subcontractors, including Whitney Electric, Jean Sebben Associates, Western Services, Sperry and Mock Floor Covering and TECC Painting. Like… Continue Reading Snapshot of a church remodel

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Fresh signs that the economy is stabilizing – though at very low levels – emerged today in reports that home construction rose more than expected last month and wholesale prices remain in check. The building of new homes and apartments jumped 17.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 532,000 units from… Continue Reading Construction numbers hint at economic rebound

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It’s a staggering – and sobering – statistic. While construction accounts for one fifth of the U.S. work force, the recession has battered the construction industry. The result has been the loss of 990,000 jobs and a climb in unemployment to 18.7 percent for the year ending in April, according to Ken Simonson, chief economist… Continue Reading Region’s construction employment: stayin’ alive

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Addition to Marian House finished

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The Marian House Self Sufficiency Center, a 10,864-square-foot, two-story addition to the Marian House Soup Kitchen in downtown Colorado Springs, is finished and ready for use.

Matt Vineyard, J.E. Dunn Construction senior project manager for the building’s general contractor, said that phase one of the two-building campus, which was finished last summer and included a new kitchen, dining facilities, office and administrative areas totaling 15,725 square feet, has been open for one year. Phase two included the construction of the Self Sufficiency Center, which has a clinic, exam rooms, education areas and a donation center.

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Because of a large military population that spends hundreds of millions of dollars annually, Colorado Springs has enjoyed relative economic stability despite the recession. The Army is the state’s second largest employer, with a current active-duty population of more than 20,000 soldiers. And the largest single beneficiary continues to be El Paso County – home… Continue Reading Carson’s growth helps buffer local economy

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