Commercial Construction Trends: Three Headlines That Won’t Die In 2019

CHUCK TAYLOR | January 30, 2019

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After nearly 10 years of publishing Hard Hat Chat more to come on our blog’s 10th anniversary later this year, we know there’s never a shortage of fresh topics and trends to discuss in the commercial construction industry. At the same time, some subjects seem to come up again and again, whether on this blog, in the news media or in conversations with clients and colleagues.

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