What to expect from commercial construction in 2019

The commercial construction industry, like residential, is in in the midst of a skilled labor shortage. So you can expect the recruitment process will pick up where it left off in 2018. Here are a few other trends to anticipate over the course of 2019:

1. Growth in modular construction
As reported by Markets and Markets, modular construction - or buildings that are developed  off-site and then installed later on - is poised to intensify in activity, rising by a compound annual growth rate of 6.9 percent. Modular Building Institute spokesperson Tom Hardiman told Construction Dive that modular structures are more popular today because development is faster and the costs are more predictable. 

2. More opportunities in Midwest
Nationally, the construction industry added 280,000 jobs to the economy in 2018 and the Midwest is poised to continue that encouraging trend. In Jefferson City, Missouri, for example, the city issued 12 building permits worth a combined $68 million in 2018, according to The News Tribune.

3. Uptick in automation usage
Automation is increasingly affecting many industries and commercial construction is no exception. However, experts from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute told Construction Dive that robotics serve as a supplement for laborers, not a replacement.

Here's to a successful year that builds upon the gains achieved in 2018.  

Modular homes and buildings are gaining traction in construction.