Forecast Follow-Up

Image 1.7In our inaugural, January newsletter, “2013 Construction Forecast,” we took an in-depth look at our nation’s economic health, spotlighting commercial construction sectors. Economists predicted noticeable growth of the construction industry and the economy as a whole. At the start of the year, there was already reported growth in most sectors and what appeared to be an increase in their overall financial health.

It was estimated that there would be a 6% increase in construction within the United States. This figure, according to the 2013 Dodge construction Outlook, was slightly higher than what had been previously predicted for 2012.  With the first half of the year behind us, economists remain hesitant with “wait and see” attitudes.

Economists were “cautiously optimistic” at what the current year would bring, and viewed the construction industry as a good thermometer for the nation’s economic health. After all, this month marks the fifth year of recovery with the country on an economic rebound. CDG Builders anticipated growth for the upcoming year as well, with volume having increased noticeably in 2012.

The first quarter saw little national growth, and, while major construction sectors remained in the positive, the expectation for the remainder of the year was good, but not great. (continued.)

Service to Others

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Our slogan, “Service to Others” reaches far beyond our business clients. At CDG Builders, one of the most important ways we serve is through community outreach. CDG Builders has worked with a variety of local non-profit organizations to help benefit and enrich the lives of others. This month we invite you to learn more about the organizations and community projects that we have had the opportunity to serve. (continued.)

Behind the Builders

Image 1.5Over the last five years, CDG Builders, Inc. has worked tirelessly to provide “Service to Others.” Founder, Greg Horvath and Partner, Chris DeFazio, along with their passion for quality and 30 years shared experience in the industry, have created a niche within their trade, pursuing excellence and thriving on providing incomparable service to clients.

Principal and founder, Greg Horvath, a graduate of North Carolina State University, began his career by jumping immediately from obtaining a degree in Construction Engineering to working with Fluor, a worldwide power industry construction leader. From construction management to project engineering, Greg continued to enhance his construction IQ. In 2005, as a Project Engineer, he would unite with fellow Project Manager, Chris DeFazio, at Rudolph and Sletten.

With a family history rooted in the construction industry, Chris DeFazio, Principal at CDG Builders, began his career as a jack of all trades, building retail stores alongside his uncle. With field experience now under his belt, Chris was given the opportunity to become an Office Manager for PMC, a small concrete construction company. While at PMC, Chris was introduced to the inner-workings of construction management. Armed with his field and managerial experience, he would leave PMC to become a Field Supervisor for Rudolph and Sletten in 2000. From here, Chris’s career path accelerated, being promoted to Sr. Project Engineer in 2002 followed by a promotion to Project Manager in 2004.

In 2005, while working together in the Special Projects division for Rudolph and Sletten, Greg and Chris formed a friendship of trust and respect, bonding over similar principles and values. The two achieved much success in their division, overseeing a wide array of project types and delivery methods.  (continued.)

LEED the Way

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This issue, CDG Builders has decided to “go green” and take a step back in honor of Earth Day, 2013.  On April 22nd, millions all over the globe celebrated a day dedicated to environmental protection-a day of planting trees, picking up roadside trash, and celebrating the environment.

The cultural phenomenon of “going green” started well over a decade ago.  In recent years, however, momentum has increased, sprouting a green umbrella that encompasses far more than biodegradable potato chip bags and compact fluorescents.  The practice of green living, using products that do not exhaust earth’s resources, has formed roots in the construction industry as well.  Sustainable building is now on the rise, reducing the overall impact of the built environment on the natural environment as well as overall human health. (continued.)

Safety Dance

Image 1.3At CDG Builders, our top priority is safety; safety for our employees in the field, as well as our clients who continue to work while we do. We strive for an accident-free work place, year over year and it’s easy to see why. Over 3 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses were reported in 2011 across all industries, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of those injuries and illnesses, more than 8% were construction related incidents. The number may be off-putting, but, with safety continuing to be the primary focus for the construction industry, in the last few years there has been a noticeable decline of reported incidents. This decline can be attributed to a number of factors, the most substantial being a general concern for worker and building occupant safety and well-being. (continued.)