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Lennar begins work on its first Charlotte apartment complex (access required)

Earth is moving this week on a 2.5-acre patch of the Metropolitan district slated to become home to a 261-unit, Class A apartment complex tentatively named in public documents as South Kings Midtown. The project is owned and being built by Lennar Multifamily Inc., according to public records, as part of a $1 billion nationwide dive into the apartment feeding frenzy by the single-family homebuilding giant Lennar Corp.

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Crisis in craftsmen: Construction activity is up again, but the industry faces another, more troubling dilemma (access required)

Staffing firm Manpower has found skilled-labor positions to be the most difficult positions to fill, as tradesmen are on the decline. Photo by Nell Redmond

Construction industry insiders now rushing to determine how best to cope with a labor shortage and its primary cause: Young people largely aren’t interested in joining the trades. Contractors are struggling to find skilled labor, a trend that could hinder future construction work.

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South End by southwest (access required)

Call it what you want, but South End, which was largely carved out of an industrial, railroad-crossed section of westernmost Dilworth in the 1990s, when people thought developer Tony Pressley might be a little nutty, is now rapidly spreading far beyond the traditional boundaries of its historic district.

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OILES opens expansion of Concord headquarters (access required)

CONCORD – OILES America Corp., an industrial bearing manufacturer based in Japan, has opened a $6 million, 48,000-square-foot expansion of the company’s North American headquarters in International Business Park, at 4510 Enterprise Drive Northwest. The OILES expansion project was undertaken ...

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Collaborating in the cloud: Access to 3-D plans allows easy fix for construction emergencies (access required)

"The BIM team" assembles at the construction site of a new emergency department at the Carolinas Medical Center-Morrocroft health care pavilion in SouthPark. They are, from left: Warren Tyler, project superintendent for Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors; Travis Klingberg, senior project manager for B&G; Shelley Stephens, senior project manager for Carolinas HealthCare System's Facilities Management Group; Tucker Craig, assistant project manager for B&G; and Charles "Tommy" Dew, an architect with BBH Design. Photo by Tony Brown

The future is now on view – both on iPad touchscreens and in good old-fashioned steel, concrete and dirt – at Morrocroft, the mixed-use office/business/retail park. That’s where Carolinas HealthCare System’s Facilities Management Group, BBH Design architects, Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors and Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement are collaborating in a virtual, three-dimensional cloud to build a new emergency department at the Carolinas Medical Center-Morrocroft health care pavilion.

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Deconstructing economic theory: Construction activity up in Charlotte despite sluggish economy (access required)

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Traditional economic theory says people follow jobs. In the Queen City over the last four to five years, however, jobs have either decreased or remained relatively stagnant while the city continues to attract migrants, said Bill Graves, assistant professor of economic geography at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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