It’s true that trends come and go, yet some have staying power that become the new standards of doing business for decades into the future.
The current status of the growing economy, the shortage of qualified workers and public-sector financing are transforming the way that construction professionals approach jobs. Beth Ann Bovino, chief U.S. Economist for Standard & Poor’s Rating Services, has said that the economy is nearing a state of normalcy because of lower unemployment rates, growing worker confidence and the growth of construction projects.
As we look ahead, here are a few construction industry trends that may very well carry on through the next three decades.
Take a look around the world and you’ll see buildings getting taller and taller by the year. This is a trend that shows no signs of slowing down. Super-tall and mega-tall buildings are trending toward becoming mini-cities that include residential space, shopping, restaurants, theaters and offices. Also, architects will need to stand out in a crowded marketplace by designing oddly shaped buildings that entice our imaginations.
Dr. Ian Pearson of the U.K. equipment rental firm Hewden created a report to predict what the construction industry will look like in 2045. In a review of the report on Construction Junkie, Shane Hedmond notes that these materials go beyond structural elements and glass.
In order to accommodate buildings that are taller, stronger and more versatile, the construction industry is starting to respond with improved building materials that maximize efficiency. Many of the materials that will be used in 30 years don’t even exist today. For example, Pearson has predicted the emergence of special coatings to make solar panels more aesthetically pleasing.