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More post-Katrina (non-residential) construction forecasts

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released a report on the impact of Katrina on the construction markets and the economy in the gulf region. Taking into consideration the larger context of the overall regional economy, the report examines the timeline for rebuilding efforts, the economic and construction indicators for Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, and the outlook for building materials and construction labor demand. The... ...Read More...

Lethal impact of Hurricane Stan

Rains across Central America have aggravated conditions in areas hit by Hurricane Stan and its remnants, causing fatal mudslides in Guatemala. According to reports, at least 500 people are dead; thousands more may be buried alive in places like Panabaj, where mudslides have engulfed entire towns. CNN has a report... ...Read More...

Massive earthquake (7.6) hits Pakistan and surrounding area

More than 40,000 people are feared dead after an earthquake and its numerous aftershocks hit 60 miles north of the Pakistani city of Islamabad. Details can be found here. Focus on the Kashmiri quake has prompted discussion of “the big one” along California’s Hayward Fault. It’s only a matter of time, according to many experts; some predictions anticipate a major San Francisco area quake within the next 30 years. Listen to... ...Read More...

Plant explosion in Galveston/Corpus Christi area

Yesterday (10/6), there was an explosion at a plastics plant in the already shattered Gulf Coast region of Texas. For an update on the story, see this article from today’s Houston... ...Read More...

Friday Funny: what a difference a typo makes

I don’t know how many of you saw this Oct. 5 blurb from Reuters, but for some reason, it struck me as amusing (in a facility management/editorial kind of way)…. HEADLINE: MF starts as Intern and ends in Fun Here’s a recap. Apparently, maintenance work was being performed on some of the letters of the International Monetary Fund’s new building (with new signage), which opened this past May. After the “L” fell... ...Read More...

The pitfalls of homeland security on the cheap: pay more, waste more

Good update on this story (10/6) from the New York Times (registration required). >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> With more than $2 billion already spent on Katrina aid, FEMA procurement officials are still rushing to find supplies. As a result, many items are being purchased at full price and with no bidding–outside the normal low bid process. Laura Sullivan, Morning Edition, 9/29/05, NPR reports that FEMA is supposed to arrange... ...Read More...

Op-Ed from George H. Russell

The following piece does not reflect the views of the editors of Today’s Facility Manager or Facility Blog; it is merely the presentation of one person’s observations. For 40 years, I have been attempting to educate electric utility companies in Texas about the virtues of placing their distribution lines underground to avoid power outages caused by wind and falling trees. In many modern nations such as Italy and England it is... ...Read More...

Katrina's impact on employment numbers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is scheduled to report on the September employment situation tomorrow (10/7). Jim Lanzalotto from Yoh, says, “Hurricane Katrina has had a dramatic effect on the labor market in the Gulf Coast and will be a significant factor in the September Bureau of Labor Statistics report. But despite a projected decline in U.S. payrolls, we still anticipate the report of healthy growth in temporary hiring nationwide, from... ...Read More...

Katrina’s impact on employment numbers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is scheduled to report on the September employment situation tomorrow (10/7). Jim Lanzalotto from Yoh, says, “Hurricane Katrina has had a dramatic effect on the labor market in the Gulf Coast and will be a significant factor in the September Bureau of Labor Statistics report. But despite a projected decline in U.S. payrolls, we still anticipate the report of healthy growth in temporary hiring nationwide, from... ...Read More...

Construction costs forecasts: increase for third quarter '05

According to the quarterly Turner Building Cost Index, construction costs for the U.S. industry should increase for the third quarter of 2005, over the second quarter of 2005. As per the Turner Building Cost Index, the third quarter 2005 index will rise to 726, showing a 3.13% increase over the second quarter 2005 index of 704 and a 9.67% increase over the third quarter 2004 index of 662. Says Karl F. Almstead, the Turner vice president... ...Read More...