If not for having the lowest cost of living in the country, according to the MERIC data, MIssissippi would be in contention for the lowest ranking on our list. However, having a 14.5% lower than the national average boosted the state up 15 spots to #35 after adjustment.
Vermont is one of the few states in the Northeast that doesn't have a ridiculously high cost of living, according to MERIC, at only 2.9% higher than the national average. That helped Vermont rank higher than many others in the Northeast in this list, but it's lower than average adjusted hourly rates for the construction industry still kept it on the bottom half of the list overall.
Since the dawn of green buildings, these projects have always been synonymous with LEED certification. The process of obtaining that LEED certification has not always been an easy one for contractors; there is a ton of paperwork and documentation that needs to take place in order to prove all LEED credits have been rightfully earned. A new construction standard, called BREEAM, is hoping to disrupt the United States’ green building certification world with its impending New Construction Standard Release in 2019.
Wind load is an important calculation to figure into the design and construction of most buildings, but a building under construction in Norway will have to pay close attention to something I’ve never even thought about before: wave load.
Sweet Home Alabama to some, but not quite on this list. Alabama did benefit from a cost of living that's 10% lower than the average state, but that could not help them overcome their relatively low wages before adjustment.
Investigators are on the scene of a catastrophic explosion at a Texas construction project that killed 1 and has injured another 15 workers. The explosion occurred on Tuesday afternoon at Coryell Memorial Healthcare System in Gatesville, Texas, which is being expanded.
Coming in at number 38, Massachusetts is now the 5th Northeastern state on the list out of the bottom 13. Like the others, the state gets hurt pretty hard after adjusting for cost of living. Massachusetts has the 5th highest cost of living in the country, at just over 30% more than the average state.