Colorado’s construction landscape currently understaffed by 10,000 workers

It is not news to say Denver is growing. Nor is it really news to say cranes have become as much of a staple of the contemporary Denver skyline as the Republic Plaza. What is news is that all those cranes don’t have nearly enough construction workers operating behind them. Watch the video
9 News

Colorado in dire need of skilled construction workers

The sights, sounds and smells of new construction fill the air in the Denver metro area.The building industry is in full bloom, except for one small detail: A severe lack of skilled construction workers.”There is a 100 percent shortage of skilled construction workers here in Colorado and nationally,” said Michael Smith, Colorado Home Building Academy director. Watch the video
Fox 31 Denver

Colorado faces massive shortage of construction workers. A fix won’t be easy.

In a large warehouse that smells of freshly cut wood in north Denver, 20 adults — including a refugee family from Somalia, a math teacher and a laid-off retail worker — gather in the unfinished frame of a house to take notes on the Pythagorean theorem. Read more
The Denver Post

Q&A: How CO builders are using technical training to fill the worker pipeline

Demand for homes may be strong, but demand for construction labor is even stronger. There were 172,000 construction jobs available nationwide in March 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Read more
Construction Dive

Colorado industry leaders launch home building academy

Fueled by a shortage of qualified workers in nearly every job in the home building industry, construction industry leaders in Colorado have taken matters into their own hands. Late last month, they launched the Colorado Home Building Academy, a construction school that will elevate and support youth and adults starting careers in home building. Read more

Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management establishes Home Builders Academy

The Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business was awarded a $100,000 HELP Grant from the National Housing Endowment Jan. 11, 2017. The grant allows the Burns School to establish the Burns School Home Builders Academy in partnership with Oakwood Homes, Precision Building Systems and the Colorado Construction Institute. Read more
University of Denver

Michael Smith – 2016 Associate of the Year

During the last four years the residential construction industry has been plagued by a shortage of a trained work force that would be available to build our homes. Recognizing these needs, HBA officer and now past president, Craig Campbell reached out to 2016 Associate of the Year award winner to help us make an impact on solving the labor shortage. Read more
Home Builders Association of Metro Denver

Ultra-low construction unemployment a drag on state economy

Nowhere are construction workers in shorter supply than in Colorado, where the shortfall has left the state unable to keep up with population gains and vulnerable to losing its economic momentum. Read more
The Denver Post

Tiny house leads to big lessons for Cherry Creek students

Tiny houses are nothing new in Colorado, but building one of the environmentally friendly structures takes on another dimension when much of the work is being done by high school students. Read more
The Denver Post

Arapahoe/Douglas county workforce center’s industry academies work to put young people to work

Isaiah Jackson wants to own a real estate and construction business some day. Thanks to a construction academy offered through the Arapahoe/Douglas Works Workforce Center, the 18-year-old Aurora resident is now building a skill set to help him reach that goal.Read more
The Denver Post