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Boston bans construction, not a step yet in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – Construction activity continued in Rhode Island this week as major projects moved toward completion in Providence, including the massive 6-10 Connector work...
WATCHFUL EYE: A worker from Shawmut Design and Construction oversees the building of the new Brown University Performing Arts Center on College Hill in Providence in December. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Boston’s building boom drawing labor from R.I.

Finding office space in northern Rhode Island for a Massachusetts company that wanted to relocate proved so difficult recently that it required some quick...

Scituate planning addition to animal shelter facility

SCITUATE – The town is requesting bids from general contractors for an addition to its animal shelter. Bids are due on Friday. The project involves 900...
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY'S new $13.8 million School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management building is set to open Wednesday when students return to campus. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY

RWU’s new engineering and construction management lab building to open Wednesday

BRISTOL – Engineering and computer science students returning to Roger Williams University from winter break this week will start taking classes and do lab...
A rendering of reconfigured northbound lanes after construction of the Interstate 95 viaduct is complete in 2025. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

DOT preps for massive I-95 viaduct project in 2020

While from outward appearances the reconstruction of the Interstate 95 viaduct through downtown Providence seems to be at a standstill, behind the scenes the...

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...

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