Construction industry unemployment at record low

With 33,000 net new jobs added to the industry in April, construction unemployment at a record low and other positive signs across the broader economy, a downturn is at bay for at least another year, according to Associated Builders and Contractors’ analyses of Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The construction industry had 256,000 more jobs last month […]
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Rule 1206: YES, it Applies to You!

San Diego County adopted Rule 1206 last November, but it has taken some time for the information to make the rounds in the CRE industry. Rule 1206 is applicable to owners and operators of any demolitions & renovations and requires asbestos testing for areas being disturbed. Now is the time for property managers to become […]
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From the Desk of Jim Dowling: Voting in the USA

The United States is a great experiment. Our founding fathers— learned in the philosophies of Locke, Montesquieu, Adam Smith and others— believed strongly that man has inalienable rights; individual liberty is chief among them. Individuals have rights they are born with. The government does not give rights, they can only protect them or take them […]
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Here are five fun facts about Labor Day!  It is unknown who actually proposed the idea of Labor Day, though many think it was Peter J. McGuire.    Labor Day started as demonstration of workers demanding their rights. Approximately 10,000 workers participated in the 1st Labor Day parade…on a Tuesday. Our neighbors to the north, […]
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National Pet Fire Safety Day: Learn How to Keep Your Pets Safe With These Tips from American Humane

All information below is courtesy of On National Pet Fire Safety Day, it’s important to remember to include your furry family members into your emergency plan should a fire ever occur and Fido needs to find a way out. Each year, more than 500,000 pets are affected by house fires, with 1,000 house fires […]
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History of Father’s Day

It may come as a surprise that idea of Father’s Day came from opposite ends of the country, by two women who wished to honor and celebrate fathers.  The first Father’s Day occurred in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908 when Grace Golden Clayton suggested to her minister that they should hold services to […]
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It’s Fair Time!

Fair season is upon us! The San Diego County Fair at Del Mar Fairgrounds is open June 1st through July 4th, closed on Mondays & Tuesdays. There’s fun for everyone with several different types of exhibits, competitions, rides, food, displays and concerts. Every night there is something spectacular going on, from a beer pairing dinner […]
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Project Recap: Spec Suite 135 — Sorrento Valley

Project Team: Glenn Fricke (PM), Shelby Ballow (PC) and Chad Reed (Superintendent) Project Size: 2,440 est sf Project Cost: ~$116,500.00 Project Duration: 7 weeks It is becoming more common for building owners to invest in building out speculative suites, so the space is “move-in ready” for prospective tenants.  The suite was completely gutted and returned […]
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It’s Just Paint: How Hard Can It Be?

If you’ve ever wondered that then read on.  In our continuing series we answer some often-asked questions in construction and offer tips and answers.  We contacted San Diego painter Paul Schubert of Paul Schubert Painting for his thoughts on the following questions. Why flat versus egg shell versus semi-gloss and what applications decide which should […]
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18 Shades of Success

Last Friday #teamdowling headed to San Marcos to pop up a tent on hole #1 at Twin Oaks Golf Course. Dowling’s giant green tent was a hard one to miss, plus Jim’s cookies, Martha’s banana bread and Shelby’s s’more bars are unforgettable! We also had ring toss to give the golfer’s backs a break from […]
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