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Find Your Paths in the Construction Industry with STONEPILE llc

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If you’re an established contractor seeking to train or retain your team, a parent or guidance counselor who wants to help a young person navigate their future, or a motivated individual ready to establish yourself as a well-paid leader in the thriving construction industry, then STONEPILE is the ideal destination for you. Image by ArtPhoto_studio on Freepik We…
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Meet STONEPILE founder, Dr. Garry Vermaas: The Engineer Behind BASE4

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Dr. Garry Vermaas is the founder and CEO of BASE4. With over twenty-five years of experience in structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering design and construction, he focuses his extensive knowledge and influence on the global hospitality leadership and industry. He earned his Ph.D. and Master’s in Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University, Master’s degree in Structural…
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Construction Industry | Skilled Workers Are Needed!

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The increase in nonresidential buildings has led to a booming construction industry, leaving contractors searching for skilled workers. This presents a great opportunity for job seekers seeking employment in the industry. With plenty of work available, now is the perfect time to consider a career in construction. The Construction Industry Needs You! The construction industry desperately…
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Trend Alert | What is Sustainable Construction

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Green construction technology advancements have enhanced environmental protection measures, improved resource efficiency, and elevated building quality standards. As green building gains popularity, businesses may consider embracing the movement. Read on. What is Sustainable Construction? Sustainable or green construction means using recyclable and renewable materials in building projects and minimizing energy consumption and waste production. The primary…
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Navigating Supply Chain Challenges

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In the past, the supply chain crisis was seen as a problem exclusively for businesses that manufactured construction materials. However, engineers, architects, and others are now beginning to recognize that this crisis will affect them in the coming years. A recent survey by Dodge Data & Analytics found that a significant majority of contractors (93%)…
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Update | The Soaring Cost of College

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For many, a college education has been considered an opportunity for a better life. However, the rising cost of education has made it increasingly difficult for students to justify the investment. As a result, college enrollment in the U.S. has been declining in recent years, with a 4.1% drop in 2022 alone. Read on. The Bureau…
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Boost Your Construction Skills with STONEPILE Summer Semester

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A new semester is right around the corner, and if you’re looking to gain valuable knowledge and skills in the construction industry, then look no further than STONEPILEllc. Founded in 2019 by Dr. Garry Vermaas and Dr. Jodi Vermaas, STONEPILEllc’s mission is to train the next generation of construction leaders with a values-based perspective and real-world…
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Technology in Construction | Artificial Intelligence

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Technology has thoroughly transformed the way we work, play, and communicate. But there are now even more significant breakthroughs on the horizon in the form of artificial intelligence (AI). With artificial intelligence (AI) getting smarter by the minute, a new generation of robots is learning to think for itself. But what does this mean for…
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College Consolidation | What You Need to Know!

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The higher education scene has undergone a significant transformation. Due to pressure to lower tuition, declining state funding, and a decreasing pool of high school graduates, many colleges and universities are consolidating or closing. However, there are cases where others are merging. What does this mean? Read on. In 2016, colleges and universities across the country…
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Are Construction Materials Prices On The Rise?

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According to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index data, construction input prices rose 1.3% in January. Did You Know: The Producer Price Index (PPI) measures the average change over time in domestic producers’ prices for their output. It is a measure of inflation at the wholesale…
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