Will rising construction costs derail a potential building boom?

COMPETING FOR LABOR: Employees of Lincoln-based Century Drywall work at the new University Orthopedics site in East Providence. President and CEO Joel Trojan said four-fifths of his approximately 500 site-based employees are working in the Boston area, where wages and benefits exceed Providence averages. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS
COMPETING FOR LABOR: Employees of Lincoln-based Century Drywall work at the new University Orthopedics site in East Providence. President and CEO Joel Trojan said four-fifths of his approximately 500 site-based employees are working in the Boston area, where wages and benefits exceed Providence averages. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS
Take a drive around Rhode Island’s cities and populated areas, and count the construction sites. The building landscape of the Ocean State is changing every month. In Providence alone, several hotels are under active construction this spring. A series of commercial construction projects is underway near the river, and many more are in process on…
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