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This article is quite interesting about whether or not construction is blooming in Atlanta. A good read. I predict that it will get better and better. Though construction activity hasn't yet taken off, Atlanta builders are seeing such a surge of preconstruction activity that they are starting to at least think about uttering the "B" word again: Boom. How this expected/hoped-for boom will play out was the focus of an SMPS Atlanta panel discussion I participated in on April 16. Entitled the "Boom is Back; Is It Built to Last?," the panel discussion centered on the impact that the expected construction upturn—symbolized by the city's two major-league stadium projects heading toward reality—will have on area contractors and designers. In addition to myself, other panelists included Scott Shelar of the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia; Chris Soffe of construction consulting firm Gleeds Americas; Russ Brockelbank with DPR Hardin Construction; and moderator Mike Dunham, CEO of the AGC of Georgia. Southeast Construction News The new Atlanta Falcons stadium project, estimated at roughly $1 billion, is one of the megaprojects that will boost the city's construction activity. (Image courtesy 360 Architecture) While the group concluded that Atlanta is not yet booming, panelists appeared to agree on two points: a significant increase in work is coming; and a shortage of workers will pose a considerable challenge to builders. Read More

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