The Turner Corp., the nation’s leading general builder, announced that construction costs in 2003’s second quarter are estimated to remain flat from the first quarter. The stagnant costs are primarily due to the commercial construction market’s cap on prices, as well as increasing insurance, bonding and labor costs, said Karl F. Almstead, Turner’s vice president responsible for the Turner Building Cost Index. This is the third quarter in a row that costs have been predicted to remain level.
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For plumbers in Flint, Mich., “it’s been a heck of a year,” said Harold T. Harrington, a master plumber and pipefitter working as the business manager for Flint’s United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 370. Read more stories in 2017 March Issue.