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State needs new direction on housing

The Great Recession is often pointed to as when construction of new single-family homes precipitously dropped, and from which the state has yet to...

Westminster Lofts Renovation

THE STORY: Site Specific was founded in 2004 and started small, but the contractor was named one of the region’s fastest-growing companies by Providence...
Thanks to digital imaging, more work for construction projects can be done in house. In this case Arden Building pipefitter/welder Andy Guimond can weld and grind 30 of the 40 connections needed for this pipe at the company’s Pawtucket facility before taking the piece to the building site. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

As more construction jobs open, finding workers continues to be difficult

Still wanted: Quality-control personnel, estimators, project managers, welders and many others for construction companies in Rhode Island. There are simply not enough people to go...
FINISHED ORDER: Machine operator Claudia Herrera completes an order at ParsonsKellogg in East Providence. The company prints and embroiders company logos on products for promotional purposes.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. bizs much more confident in themselves than state economy

Rhode Island businesspeople can be an insecure bunch. Even when the economy appears to be humming along, many have difficulty shaking a nagging feeling that...
HOME CONSTRUCTION INCREASED IN AUGUST to its fastest pace since 2007, with both apartment projects and single-family homes showing strength despite greater fears of an economic slowdown. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

U.S. home starts reach highest level since 2007 in broad advance

WASHINGTON – U.S. home construction surged in August to the fastest pace since mid-2007 on more apartment projects and single-family houses, a welcome sign for...
CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT In Rhode Island increased 5.2% year over year in July, the fastest rate of increase in New England./ PBN FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. construction employment growth highest in New England in July

PROVIDENCE – The year-over-year construction employment growth rate in Rhode Island in July was the 15th-highest in the nation, according to the Associated General...
PHASE II of the Newport Pell Bridge road deck replacement project is scheduled to begin Monday. Above, a rendering of the traffic pattern shifts that will accompany the phase. / COURTESY R.I. TURNPIKE AND BRIDGE AUTHORITY

Lane closures coming to Newport Pell Bridge for next phase of...

NEWPORT – The second phase of the Newport Pell Bridge road deck project, part of the structural rehabilitation work on the 60-year-old bridge, is...
CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT in the Providence metro area increased 1% year over year to 25,800 jobs in June. Above, Journeyman glazer Michael Bennacchia of Chandler Architects works on the interior window frame during renovation of the Empire Street wing of the Providence Public Library. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Construction employment in Providence metro grows in June

PROVIDENCE – Construction employment in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area increased 1% year over year to 25,800 jobs in June, according to the Associated...
RHODE ISLAND will receive $60.3 million in federal INFRA grants for the reconstruction of the viaduct that carries Interstate 95 north through downtown Providence. Above, construction on the Providence Viaduct carrying I-95 south. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. to receive $60.3M federal grant for Viaduct reconstruction

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will receive a federal $60.3 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America, or INFRA, grant to replace and upgrade the northbound Providence...
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PBN on WJAR-TV, July 22, 2019

The state is stepping up enforcement of labor laws, but are the penalties for misclassification tough enough? Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears...
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