Mindful of the U.S. economy's ups and downs, the U.S. construction industry is applying efficiencies in engineering to step up cost-effectiveness in a dicey market, according to this article. Among recent innovations is a move toward having both engineering and project coordination in-house, with models moving directly from engineering to construction to cut months off project times, says Mike Miller of Southland Industries, a mechanical engineering building firm in Maryland. Modular construction, energy efficiency and adapted sheet metal are also discussed.

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