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Five Questions With: Michael Sabitoni

5Q: Michael Sabitoni | President, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council | Chairman, Providence Rises Together Coalition 1. What is the Providence Rises Together...

Bond between struggling restaurants, patrons endures

Blackie’s restaurant in Smithfield posted a farewell message last July that it was closing its doors for good due to COVID-19. On March 1,...

Special election to decide fate of capital improvement projects

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s voters have been tasked with deciding whether the state will spend $642 million on seven proposed capital improvement projects. The total...

Labor, environmental leaders team up on R.I. green-economy goals

PROVIDENCE – Free bus transit, clean energy heating systems in every public building and more bond funding for green initiatives are among the goals...

Wage requirements in Providence TSA proposal pit developers against unions

PROVIDENCE – A proposal to add wage and labor requirements for developers whose projects receive property tax breaks in the city has fanned flames...
PIECING IT TOGETHER: Aetna Bridge Co. ironworker Lisa Silvio helps install bolts on a bridge under construction above the Route 6-10 connector in Providence.  / COURTESY LISA SILVIO

R.I. tradeswomen look to build their numbers

Darche Hood went to college to earn a degree in finance. But now the numbers she’s calculating are from a measuring tape stretched between wall...
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...

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...
AIMING HIGH: A worker from Shawmut Design and Construction communicates with colleagues at the site of the new Brown University Performing Arts Center on College Hill in Providence. The tower crane is being used in the construction of the building, which is being overseen by Shawmut. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

In Providence’s College Hill, a new aerial crane rises to the...

As an economic indicator, tower cranes aren’t on the same level as gross domestic product and the consumer price index. But they can make an...
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...

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