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Exclusive: Orlando contractor RL Burns’ Bob Burns to hand over company to daughter Jessica Burns

Jessica Burns, daughter of founder Bob Burns, has taken the reins as president of the active Orlando-based contractor, R L Burns Inc.As her father transitions to retirement, Burns plans to lead the company into expanding into residential construction and continuing its significant role in the community as a successfulBlack-owned business...

Nonresidential Construction Spending Decreases in May, First Time in Nearly a Year, Says ABC

Nonresidential construction spending fell 0.2% in May, marking the end of 11 months of continuous growth. While a 17% growth has been observed over the period, the majority of the increase is due to manufacturing-related construction. Despite these figures, contractors remain optimistic as per ABC’s ConstructionConfidence Index,” said Anirban Basu,...

Town architect on biggest lessons learned from Baldwin Park’s success 20 years later

Mark Jones, principal at LRK, reflects on the success of BaldwinPark community in Orlando, where his firm served as town architect. The community’s vision was to promote interaction while maintaining privacy, leading to thoughtful planning such as positioning of houses and porches. Recent home sales above $2.5million underscore its success....

More than $1 trillion in CRE debt maturities loom. These metros have the most exposure.

Commercial real estate (CRE) faces a looming $1.5 trillion debt due by 2025 amid a challenging economic landscape with high interest rates and decreased leasing activity post-Covid. Key markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, and Las Vegas, carry the most maturing Commercial MortgageBacked Securities (CMBS) debt, triggering...

Gainesville business builds homes out of shipping containers

Welding to Recycle, a Gainesville-based business founded by JohnCook, repurposes shipping containers into sustainable, durable homes and offices. Started with sustainability in mind, Cook’s business aims to extend the lifecycle of containers that would otherwise end up in landfills. Despite challenges with supply chain shortages during the pandemic, the company...

2024 Construction Outlook a Mixed Bag, per Report

Labor has been consistently cited as a top challenge for general contractors, an issue that long predates the Covid-19 pandemic. In December, the construction industry added 17,000 net jobs, part of what was a stronger-than-expected jobs report released late last week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Between December...

Building Your Digital Brand Through Local SEO

By Michael A. Monahan, Founder, President & Fractional Chief Marketing Officer BUILT Marketing Strategies In the ever-evolving world of construction marketing, staying ahead of the competition is crucial for success. The construction industry is no stranger to fierce competition, with countless firms vying for the same projects. To thrive in...

Builders and Contractors: A Primer on the Importance of Optimizing Your Company’s Google Business Profile

By Michael A. Monahan, Founder, President & Fractional Chief Marketing Officer BUILT Marketing Strategies In today’s digital age, where online presence can make or break a business, optimizing your builder or contractor company’s Google Business profile is not just a choice – it’s a necessity. Your Google Business profile is...

Unlock the Power of Business Listings for Your Builder/Contractor Firm

By Michael A. Monahan, Founder, President & Fractional Chief Marketing Officer BUILT Marketing Strategies In today’s digital age, your business’s online presence is more crucial than ever. Customers are constantly searching for products and services online, and having accurate and readily available business listings is like shining the bat signal...