Cleveland Building Trades expecting busy 2018 construction year

A rending of how Quicken Loans Arena will look following the completion of renovation work.

Members of the Construction Trades should have the opportunity to put in a good amount of hours on the jobsite in 2018, as the construction forecast points to another busy year.

CBCTC Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski

National estimates show positive expectations for the construction industry, which Robert Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics, said is moving into a mature stage of expansion.

“Overall, the year 2018 is likely to show some construction project types register gains while other project types settle back, with the end result being a 3 percent increase for total construction starts,” Murrray said in a prepared statement.

Locally, Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary Dave Wondolowski, expects his members to be as busy or busier than 2017.

“Work has never been better than it has been in the last dozen years,” said Wondolowski. “We are optimistic that this trend will continue over the next 24 months.”

Affiliated members are currently working on new school projects in Cleveland, Euclid and Berea. Other larger projects include the Beacon Building and the Amazon Projects.

A rending of how Quicken Loans Arena will look following the completion of renovation work.

A rending of how Quicken Loans Arena will look following the completion of renovation work.

Wondolowski said he expects work to begin later in the year on a few other big projects such as the May Company building, the John Hartness Brown Building project and the Quicken Loans Arena renovation.

The only thing holding back the start of many of these projects is the winter weather. The one major exception is the start of the The Q Transformation project, as a majority of the work will only begin upon completion of the Cavaliers season.

Once the weather breaks, the region’s skilled tradesmen and tradeswomen should be prepared for another busy year, as the area continues to transform itself into one of the top metropolitan regions in the country.

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