It was built to code. It had working sprinklers. But as local firefighters pointed out, once the lightweight wood assembly caught fire, sprinklers were simply no match for the 5-alarm blaze that tore through this luxury apartment complex recently in Edgewater, New Jersey. It prompted local officials to declare a state of emergency, and displaced more than 1,000 residents. Read More>
When the economy collapsed and construction work slowed, skilled masons, electricians, carpenters, plumbers and other craft and trade workers found themselves having to find jobs in other fields, dropping out of the labor force or retiring.
Now that construction is booming again in the Gainesville area, contractors and subcontractors are faced with a shortage of skilled workers to handle all of the new building and renovation work at the University of Florida, Celebration Pointe, Butler Plaza, new apartment complexes and hotels.
The worker shortage, they warn, could lead to construction delays and higher costs as they have to raise pay to compete for the available workers and bring in more from outside the area, often from areas that are also seeing an increase in construction and a shortage of workers. Read more>
HACKENSACK, N.J. (CN) - Tenants displaced from last week's massive residential apartment fire along the Hudson River in Edgewater, N.J., claim in court that the lack of sprinklers in attics of their complex and use of lightweight wood construction "may have accelerated the spread of the fire."
The class action against Avalon Bay Communities in Bergen County Superior Court comes just days after a Jan. 21 fire burned to the ground the 408-unit luxury housing complex known as Avalon Bay at Edgewater, constructed in 2002. Read More>