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Housing leaders: Excessive red tape, labor shortage slowing new construction in...

A recent report naming Rhode Island the slowest state in the nation in erecting new housing illustrates a decades-old problem with widely varying construction...

Home Show return is sign of normalcy

The return of the long-running Rhode Island Home Show in April after a three-year hiatus will hopefully be one of many signs of normalcy...
THE RHODE ISLAND HOME SHOW, after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will return to the R.I. Convention Center on April 7-10. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HOME SHOW

R.I. Home Show returns after 3-year hiatus

PROVIDENCE – After an extended pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of Rhode Island’s longest-running conventions will once again feel like home in...
PLENTY OF PROJECTS: Jonathan Yaghjian, left, project manager, and Kurtis Quinn, a carpenter apprentice with Cranston-based Pariseault Builders Inc., work on the Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority House on the University of Rhode Island campus in South Kingstown. While many businesses were forced to close their doors 
for much of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pariseault continued to work on a number of multimillion-dollar projects. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Builders: Have work, will train

Although the COVID-19 pandemic kept many Rhode Islanders close to home for much of 2020, Pariseault Builders Inc. didn’t slow down. With construction deemed an...
PAPER TRAIL: Jeff Sweenor, founder, CEO and president of Sweenor Builders Inc., used to meet with all of his clients face to face to review paper blueprints of projects. Now most of the designs are reviewed in videoconferences. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Homebuilders discover tech can be a handy tool

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, when custom homebuilder Jeff Sweenor reviewed blueprints and spending plans with his clients, it was sometimes a haphazard task. First, clients...

Five Questions With: John Marcantonio

John Marcantonio is CEO of the Rhode Island Builders Association, a trade association that represents the interests of member businesses such as home builders...
TEAMWORK: Robert Tolson, left, Lisa Silvio and Kyle Brown, right, line up beams to be bolted as part of the ironworking segment of Building Futures’ five-week pre-apprenticeship in 2019. Participants construct a 70-foot-by-14-foot project that contains many of the tools, materials and techniques used in building steel structures.   / COURTESY BUILDING FUTURES

Building a future in construction

R.I. Department of Labor and Training Director Scott Jensen says the decision by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo to allow the construction industry to remain...

Luxury projects keeping homebuilders busy

Homebuilder Mark Horan has never seen it so good. Limited inventory of existing homes, low interest rates and new trends that have grown out of...
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...
DRUG TESTING: Craig Pickell is the president and CEO of Bullard, which makes custom grinders and abrasives. Manufacturers such as Pickell, who also serves as chairman of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, are concerned about the worker-safety issues and employer rights regarding drug testing if recreational marijuana use is legalized.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘We’re not going to stop [legal pot]’

Amid the rolling fields and wooded hills outside Worcester, Mass., people park their cars in a dirt lot then take a shuttle bus to...
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