Commercial Construction Trends in 2017

 In Commercial Construction

U.S. corporations hope that 2017 marks the start of a manufacturing rebound. President Trump’s vocal pro-business stance has energized some industry leaders. Earlier this year, the president met with leading manufacturers. The leaders were asked for ideas to increase job growth and develop economic policies favorable to industry.

How the administration’s policies play out for companies remains to be seen. The president’s recently proposed budget included tax cuts for business. But, as is customary, the proposal will go through many revisions and permutations in the coming months, and Congress will have its say in forming the budget and regulations affecting factories.

If manufacturing demand changes significantly, your facility may need a production upgrade. A factory renovation to improve efficiency helps your bottom line whether you business increases or decreases.

ConstructConnect recently published their picks for construction trends to watch in 2017. Here’s a recap, highlighting the points we think could affect Midwest industries and factories.


OSHA increased fines in 2016 for workplace safety violations. Penalties shot up by 78 percent, providing an even stronger motivation for industries to beef up training and factory safety upgrades. With the higher fines we hope will come more attention to keep workers safe and factories and job sites accident-free. Storee Construction is committed to protecting the safety and health of our workers and yours. We offer upgrades that can make your facility compliant and safe.


It’s a safe bet that technological innovations will always top the list of commercial construction trends. Advances in technology is a vast topic that affects just about every type of business. ConstructionConnect pinpoints augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) as hot trends on the horizon. These technologies provide unprecedented project visualization. They improve collaboration between you and your construction contractor and can work in conjunction with building information modeling (BIM). VR can also be used to improve safety training for workers.


Revised FAA rules for commercial drones went into effect August 2016. The rules open the way for more businesses to use drones. No longer are you required to have a pilot’s license or get an expensive waiver for every commercial use. Lots of industries use commercial drones, including manufacturers and industrial construction companies. The unmanned aircraft are useful for surveying a site and inspecting buildings and machinery. The FAA projects the number of non-hobbyist drones in use will be ten times greater by 2021 than it was in 2016.

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