The Three Sectors of the Construction Industry

Construction is the broad term that we apply to the industry that builds things. All of the man-made structures you see as you drive through town, including the road on which you’re driving, Everything that has been built is a product of construction; the industry has had a huge hand in quite literally building our nation into what it is today. Places like New York City and Washington D.C. that are heralded for their architectural wonders and structural masterpieces owe their fame to impeccable construction. Every corporation, means of transportation, and form of communication in some part owes its success to at least one of the three sectors of construction, building, infrastructure, and industrial. Let’s break each of them down.

Building Construction

Building construction is exactly what it sounds like: it’s the sector of construction that deals with buildings and institutions all around us. This sector is broken down further into two sub-sectors, residential construction and commercial construction,

Residential construction is everything that involves housing and places where people live. This includes houses and apartment buildings of all types, shapes, and sizes.

Commercial construction, also known as non-residential and institutional, deals with erecting buildings for business use. These buildings are often leased out as shopping outlets, medical centers, offices spaces, and small-scale restaurants.

Infrastructure Construction

Infrastructure construction handles the heavy duty, high-traffic and high-use aspects of the industry that we use every day but rarely ever think about. The facilities provided by infrastructure construction include, but are not limited to, roads and highways, bridges and dams, mass transit systems like trains and subways, electrical power and telephone lines, law enforcement agencies and prisons, schools, hospitals, and waste removal facilities. This area of construction is incredibly important, because they are crucial to the small, constant aspects of our everyday lives.

Industrial Construction

Industrial construction is the sector that handles what the other two sectors don’t cover. This is the sector that handles the creation of huge buildings and structures that deal with things on a massive scale. The builders who work on those projects must be highly trained on numerous, specialized tasks so they are able to construct multiple aspects of these titanic projects. Workers in industrial construction deal with large-scale structures and must be able to design, install, and maintain these massive projects. Some of the projects that are handled by industrial workers include manufacturing plants, oil refineries, power plants, and factories, and can even extend to some specialized projects like dams or bridges.

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