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Framing the Issue Few industries have been immune to the supply shortages and rising costs that have plagued the world economy over the past few months, but construction is especially […]

Scott Cernak said his company is growing and hiring

Air Apparent Never underestimate the influence of a teacher. Or, in Scott Cernak’s case, two of them, who taught plumbing when he was a student at Smith Vocational & Agricultural […]

Soaring Again   MassDevelopment has provided an $800,000 loan to Eagle Mill Redevelopment, LLC, which is using the proceeds to redevelop the former Eagle Mill and surrounding parcels in Lee […]

With a wave of her hand, Lori Loughlin makes the water flow from a touchless kitchen faucet.

Upscale but Simple While interior-design trends in homes can be slow to change — and, in many ways, have been, as evidenced by the white and grey colors that still […]

A New Environment The world of development — and all the stakeholders who interact within in, from contractors to engineers; from regulators to municipal officials — have certainly been impacted […]

Laurie and John Raymaakers

Building Momentum The past year has been an unusual time for the construction industry — one marked by project postponements, soaring prices for materials, and the establishment of strict COVID […]

renovation on Ferry Street in Easthampton

Firm Foundation Mark Sullivan wasn’t unlike countless other business owners, watching the COVID-19 story develop last February and March and wondering how his construction firm, D.A. Sullivan & Sons Inc., […]

Starts and Stops Total construction starts fell 2% nationally in February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $797.3 billion, according to the latest report from Dodge Data & Analytics. […]

Backyard Experience   By Mark Morris On a Thursday in February while snow fell on the region, Bob Schwein was answering a steady stream of phone calls at Drewnowski Pools. […]

EcoBuilding Bargains

Fueling Interest By Mark Morris John Majercak likes to say the Center for EcoTechnology (CET) has been successful for 45 years because it’s willing to try out approaches to saving […]

Nick Riley

Space Jam By Mark Morris For home builders in Western Mass., 2020 brought opportunity and challenge in equal measure. For example, Nick Riley, owner of N. Riley Construction, said 2020 […]

Building Confidence Construction may be on the upswing in 2021, according to a report by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). “While many contractors enter 2021 with significant trepidation, the most […]

Something to Build On By Joe Bousquin The term ‘construction’ appears 636 times in the $908 billion pandemic relief package and $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress and […]

Constructing a Picture In its recently released 2021 Dodge Construction Outlook, Dodge Data & Analytics predicts that total U.S. construction starts will increase 4% in 2021, to $771 billion. “The […]

It’s All in the Details   The pandemic has upended many activities; however, contractors are continuing to work to modernize homes across the country. Professional remodelers are taking on extra […]