As we reported last week, the construction industry in Connecticut hired 2,900 people in March, a big jump from last year’s spring hiring.
Burns & McDonnell, an engineering, architecture, and consulting firm with a large office in Wallingford, was one of the companies we wanted to check in with, but no one was around to talk in time for that story.
Tuesday, Chris Courtright, construction operations manager for the New England Burns & McDonnell office, got in touch.
About 150 people work in Connecticut for the Kansas City-based firm, but more than 300 people are based out of the Wallingford office. Courtright said lots of the men who are managing projects in Pennsylvania or Maine still live in Connecticut and come home on the weekends.
“We’re definitely seeing a rebound,” Courtright said. Where revenue grew between 5 and 10 percent in 2012 compared to 2011, this year’s pace looks like it will be 10 to 15 percent above 2012.
Courtright said not only are the number of jobs increasing, the dollar amount of each job is growing.
And that means the company needs more staff. “We have open requisitions for at least 10 positions,” Courtright said.