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All posts by Brandon Medina

Brandon is a writer for Construction Coverage and Senior VDC Engineer with Truebeck Construction. Before Truebeck, he was a Project Engineer with Gordon Prill, Inc. Brandon grew up in Templeton, California and graduated from California State University, Chico with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and a Minor in Spanish. Through his education and experience with Grodon Prill and Truebeck, Brandon has gained significant experience and knowledge in building information modeling (BIM), site-logistics planning, 4D Scheduling, 5D Estimating, 6D Operations, and creating electronic as-builts. He's worked with many construction and engineering technologies, including Vico Software, Navisworks, Revit, Tekla, and other architecture, autocad and engineering tools.

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Cities With the Most Women in Construction

Construction has long been a male-dominated field. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only about 13 percent of payroll employees in the construction industry are women—a number that has remained relatively stagnant since the 1990s. When also taking into account self-employed workers, the proportion is even lower, at just 10.3 percent. Despite ...

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Baby Boomer-Dominant Housing Markets

Homeownership has long been considered part of the American dream. But first-time home buyers, especially millennials and Gen Xers, are facing an uphill battle when it comes to house hunting. This is in part because of a growing trend in which baby boomers, the generation that owns the largest share of American homes, are planning ...

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The Most Expensive Zip Code in Every State [2020 Edition]

Despite widespread economic declines brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the real estate market has remained surprisingly strong, with record-setting increases in existing home sales in every region of the United States. Recent data indicates that monthly home sales increased by 24.7 percent in July 2020, up from a large rise in June, in which monthly ...

Best Gutter Guards for 2020

Rain and storm gutter systems catch rainwater from a home’s roof and direct it away from the building foundation. However, debris, uneven water flow, and nesting critters can prevent rain gutters from working properly. Gutter guards are devices that prevent leaves, pine needles, twigs, and other debris from entering the gutter and interfering with water ...

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The Best Replacement Window Companies [2020 Edition]

As homes age, parts of their structure, including floors, cabinetry, roofing, doors, and windows, will need to be replaced. When shopping for new replacement windows, homeowners can choose from a large selection of styles, materials, brands, and other options. The purpose of this guide is to explain everything that homeowners and contractors need to know ...

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The Best Commercial Truck Insurance Companies for 2020

Commercial truck insurance is coverage that protects trucking businesses, businesses that use trucks, or independent truck drivers. This guide will cover all of the information business owners and contractors should know when buying commercial truck insurance. More specifically, this guide will review how commercial truck insurance works, how much it costs, different coverage options, requirements ...

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States Where You Are Most Likely to Get Your Identity Stolen

Coronavirus-related scams have proliferated in recent weeks. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), some businesses have already been reprimanded for misleading claims around coronavirus treatments and cures. But not all scams are related to false advertising. Other common scams include fraudulent online vendors claiming to sell in-demand goods, fake charities soliciting donations, robocalls pushing ...

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The Most Unionized Cities in America

With the global economy in flux due to the coronavirus outbreak, worker protections have been under increased scrutiny. Massive layoffs, especially in the retail, leisure, and hospitality industries, have left millions of Americans without a steady paycheck or benefits. Unfortunately, some of the hardest hit industries also report low union membership rates, making workers even ...

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Keep Your Distance: These Jobs Require the Least Interaction With Others

In the wake of the novel coronavirus, social distancing measures have been put into place nationwide in order to slow the spread of the illness. As part of this initiative, most “non-essential” businesses have temporarily closed and many other companies have switched to remote work. Not surprisingly, many jobs requiring frequent interaction with others have ...

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Best Cities for Millennial Home Buyers [2020 Edition]

Over the past few years, homeownership rates for millennials have been slowly on the rise. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the homeownership rate for Americans under 35 grew to roughly 37 percent in 2019. However, homeownership among today’s millennials is still below its peak of 43 percent in 2004 and woefully below the national ...

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Cities With the Most Cost-Burdened Households

According to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, almost one-third of American households are considered cost-burdened, meaning they spend 30 percent or more of their income on housing costs. While this figure has declined by almost 6 percentage points following the Great Recession, it is likely to increase again as the U.S. ...

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The Toughest Cities for First-Time Home Buyers

Owning a home has long been a cornerstone of the American Dream. However, this dream remains out of reach for many Americans. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 64.6 percent of Americans owned a home in 2019. That’s 4.3 percentage points below the peak in 2005. While homeownership rates in the U.S. have picked ...

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U.S. Cities Investing the Most in New Housing [2020 Edition]

New housing construction in the U.S. is slowing down, which isn’t good for families already struggling to afford their first home. Even though multi-family dwellings have accounted for the lion’s share of new home construction growth since the recession, the shift away from single-family homes has failed to lower prices. Data from the Department of ...

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The Complete Guide to Owner-Controlled Insurance Programs (OCIP & CCIP)

The Best OCIPs: Summed Up Understanding Owner Controlled Insurance Programs Owner controlled insurance programs are complex insurance products that can offer great opportunities for cost savings, superior risk management, and streamlined insurance claims processing for property owners and/or construction project managers. However, getting started with an owner controlled insurance program is more involved than setting ...

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The Best Builders Risk Insurance Companies of 2020

Builders risk insurance (also known as course of construction insurance) covers buildings and other structures while they are under construction. There is a lot to know about builders risk insurance before purchasing a policy. If you aren’t already familiar with how these policies work, this guide will help you understand everything you need to know. ...

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Enjoy Working Alone? These Jobs Require the Least Interaction With Others

In recent years, some employers have taken to using personality tests in the hiring process or to learn more about the dynamics within a team. One of the main results of personality tests, such as the Myers-Briggs, is indicating whether an individual leans more toward introversion or extroversion. According to psychologist Carl Jung, who first ...

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The Most Unionized States in America

Union membership in the U.S. reached a new low last year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), just 10.5 percent of all employees were union members in 2018 compared to more than 20 percent in 1983. In the wake of the 2018 Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, which prohibits ...

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Best Cities for Construction Workers

The construction industry plays a vital role in the national economy. As of 2019, the total annualized value of construction work in the U.S. was approximately $1.3 trillion, making construction one of the nation’s largest industries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 5,962,640 employed construction workers in 2018 (not including self-employed), ...

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The Hottest Real Estate Markets of 2019

Since the housing market crash of 2008 and the ensuing recession, the U.S. economy has not only recovered, but enjoyed steady growth. Beginning in 2012, an improved job market, low interest rates, and low rates of new home construction have meant that demand for homes has outpaced supply, causing home prices across the country to ...

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The Most House Poor Cities in America

June of 2019 marked 10 years of uninterrupted economic growth in the U.S., making it the longest expansion on record since 1854, according to the NBER. Unemployment rates are at historic lows and wages are inching up. So it might come as a surprise that more than a fifth of all American homeowners (almost 17 ...

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States Investing the Most in New Housing

The United States is experiencing one of the longest periods of economic expansion in its recent history with both employment rates and real median income rising. However, the number of newly constructed residential buildings nationwide is still far below its 2005 peak of 2.2 million units, with only 1.3 million units breaking ground in 2018.  Residential ...

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These U.S. Cities Are the Most Threatened by Sea Level Rise

With global temperatures rising at an alarming rate, climate change has become one of the most pressing issues of our time. A special report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) contends that land and ocean ecosystems are already starting to change as a result of high carbon emissions, and it is essential to ...

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The Most Expensive Zip Code in Every State

Whether someone is a first-time homebuyer or an investor looking for a rental property, navigating the real estate market can be overwhelming. Local schools, mortgage rates, and the size/condition of the property are a few factors that influence the price tag, but more than anything else, it’s “location, location, location” that dictates the cost of ...

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Cities Investing the Most in New Housing

With mortgage rates and demand for new single-family homes at historic lows, investors are paying close attention to new residential construction this year. Residential building permits and housing starts are two widely used indicators of the broader health of the economy. Increased demand for new homes nationally, and in specific geographic areas, can be a ...

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Punch List

What Is a Punch List? A punch list, also punchlist or snag list, is a document created in the final stages of a construction project to provide a list of items that must be addressed before construction is considered complete and payment is issued. The list is usually made by the owner, architect or designer, ...

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General Contractor

What is a General Contractor? A general contractor, or GC, in a construction project is the party responsible for scheduling and overseeing the day-to-day activities of a construction project. General contractors are hired to manage the project from groundbreak to its completion, providing the materials, labor, and equipment. In the UK, general contractors are more ...