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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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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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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 Name Travelers The Hartford Liberty Mutual Best For Best Overall Best for Government Best for Residential Financial Strength Strong Strong Excellent Customer Service A+ A- B+ Our Rating 10/10 9.5/10 9/10 View Details Travelers #1 Owner-Controlled Insurance Program Best Overall Call: (405) 241-9673 View Rates The Hartford #2 Owner-Controlled Insurance ...

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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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 ...