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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...
BACK HOME: The Rhode Island Home Show, after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will return to the R.I. Convention Center April 7-10. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HOME SHOW

Editor’s Choice: Rhode Island Home Show return after 3-year hiatus

EDITOR’S CHOICE Rhode Island Home Show returns after 2-year hiatus THE RHODE ISLAND Home Show, led by the Rhode Island Builders Association, will return to...
HELPING HAND: Jhonny Leyva, owner and president of Heroica Construction Inc. in Providence, says state government needs to do more to support minority contractors by awarding projects properly.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Leyva tries to build ways around the inequities

(Editor’s note: This is the 18th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...

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...

Five Questions With: Carol O’Donnell

Carol O’Donnell is a 30-year veteran of the construction and sales industry who serves as chair and president of the Rhode Island Builders Association....
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...
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