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Three Trends the 2021 Construction Industry Is Seeing

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As the year moves on, it’s clear that the commercial construction industry is shaping and changing, as all industries do, to keep up with modern demands. Fortunately these trends have the effect of creating better builds as clients demand more out of their commercial contractors and, in turn, customers demand more from those clients.

While we’ve discussed the anticipated overall future of our field post-Covid in our blog, “The Future of the Construction Industry Post-Covid 19,” and we’ve talked about architectural design in  “Top Architectural Trends for 2021,” it’s time to take a look at execution. Read on to learn some ways that commercial construction management is innovating and rethinking its trade.

Keeping Employees Healthy

Of course, keeping our hardworking staff has always been paramount to our mission at Miller! Industry-wide, though, it’s shifted to the forefront of other companies, as well. The pandemic forced commercial contractors and managers to re-envision their safety approaches, bringing the topic forward and reinforcing its importance.

This is seen in the increased implementation of drones for tasks that used to be dangerous when done by hand. Small and maneuverable, they can easily survey terrain that would be treacherous to access on foot, for example.

Continued Adaptation of Modern Machinery

The affinity for drones also shows us that the commercial construction industry too is embracing new tech to get the job done. Artificial intelligence, for instance, is assisting construction project management companies in maintaining timelines and mapping sites. Self-driving vehicles are being created to complete straightforward “grunt work” like pouring concrete.

It’s obvious across the board that the commercial construction industry demonstrates a hunger for the new, efficient, and exciting.

Modular Construction

When the pandemic began in 2020, various established supply chains were rattled to their cores. Perhaps this has led to the trend of modular construction, wherein instead of materials being shipped directly to the jobsite, they are assembled into parts at separate locations and shipped to the site for their final placement.

This new stop in the supply chain helps keep workers at a safe distance from one another, as it requires a smaller workforce onsite. It also can help account for long shipping times, as the process can work simultaneously with other tasks, like pouring foundation.

Miller Architects & Builders: Always On-Trend, Always Cutting-Edge

Since we began our business in the 1800s, we’ve been the obvious choice for a business who wants the most out of their modern build. Give our Saint Cloud office a call today at 320-251-4109.