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Training Ground Every week, Jeff Napolitano hears from contractors, and the message is always the same: We need more help. “Contractors are always looking for skilled labor,” said Napolitano, project […]

Hot Opportunity Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) plans to open a mobile lab on campus to meet a demand in the construction industry for trained asphalt technicians and inspectors. Students […]

Living with the Land Environmentally friendly ideas are nothing new in the architecture and design world, but advances have come at a rapid pace — not just in how green […]

Just Do Something It’s no secret that the call to action to find more ways to go green is growing every day. With eco-friendly movements like plastic-bag bans and solar […]

the Connecticut River is no longer the “best-landscaped sewer in the country.”

Now the Real Work Begins On Sept. 27 and 28, an estimated 3,500 volunteers gathered at more than 125 locations along the Connecticut River and tributary streams in Massachusetts, Connecticut, […]

Help Wanted With home-improvement demand surging in 2019, contractors say they can pick and choose from available jobs, which isn’t always ideal for consumers, who often have trouble finding a […]

Sphere of Influence Work continues on an intriguing and highly visible project to put a fresh, more watertight face on the sphere at the Basketball Hall of Fame. The project […]

A Surge of Confidence By Kathleen Prause and J.D. Harrison Results from the USG Corp. and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index from the second quarter of 2019 indicate […]

People Pipeline Eighty percent of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce, according to a national, […]

History Lessons In its heyday, the Brewer-Young mansion was the center of Longmeadow’s social scene. Those who don’t remember those days know it more as an eyesore alongside the town […]

Sean Callahan (left) and James Jaron

Shining Example Sean Callahan and James Jaron didn’t expect the level of competition — make that outright opposition — they faced when they decided to enter the field of lighting […]

Surveying the Landscape The National Assoc. of Landscape Professionals (NALP) recently released its annual list of the top 2019 landscape trends. Drawing upon the expertise of the industry’s 1 million […]

Designs on Growth As one local architect noted, we’re far enough away from the last recession to start worrying about the next one — and recessions tend to hit this […]

Dorothy Ostrowski says she’s never been happier than she is at the helm of a venerable construction firm.

From Bedside to Job Site Dorothy Ostrowski has never settled for having just one ball in the air. Like the time, a few years ago, when she was building a […]

Total Transformations With the economy chugging along, home-improvement businesses report solid activity over the past few years, with the prospect of more to come. Locally, perhaps partly because of a […]