The new year has brought with it a new decade, and it’s time to take stock of the construction trends that have shaped the past ten years as well as look ahead to the future of the industry. As the second-largest industry in the U.S., construction has often seemed resistant to change – but as technology, business and the structures we build evolve, the job itself has begun a gradual shift to the modern practices that inform our everyday lives. FUSED has compiled a short list of the top construction trends to pay attention to in 2020 and beyond.
An Upward Trajectory for Construction in Major Cities
While the boom in construction that began after the 2008 financial recession is beginning to slow, individual metro areas will still be seeing strong construction markets in 2020. Houston in particular ranks among Boston, New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles for continued construction growth in the new decade. The Bayou City is expected to see an increase in jobs in the coming year thanks to its growing construction sector.
Prefabricated and Modular Construction
Although it’s nothing new to the construction industry, prefabrication has been making a comeback in recent years and promises to continue a steady rise in popularity in 2020. Advances in tech and design have made it possible for buildings to go up more quickly since their components are manufactured off-site. The construction of prefabricated buildings also wastes fewer materials in its relative efficiency. Prefabricated and modular construction usually follows specified standards, so the results will also maintain consistent quality.
Innovations in Construction Technology
2020 has positive implications for the construction market as a whole, but niche technological areas of the industry will see a continued rise in favor as well. As companies look toward the future, sustainable building regulations are driving environment-friendly “green” construction. 3D printing, virtual reality and robotics lend their utility to trends in interactive building design. And project management software continues to disrupt the old ways of conducting business. As technology continues to advance, these trends will soon become mainstays of the construction industry.
Whether it’s project management, commercial buildouts or municipality projects, FUSED stays on top of the construction industry to keep your project forging ahead. Contact FUSED today to see how we can work together to make 2020 the best year yet!