I have a new year’s resolution. I resolve to not rip on the authority of the business world and specifically construction organizations. And I will also lay-off the d-bag bankers and other greedy manipulators that have been spending the past decade hoarding money while screwing the….OK, OK, I’m done – seriously. It’s a new year, in fact, it’s a new decade, and we’re going to let bygones be bygones. We never hold grudges in the construction industry – right?Anyway, I’m going to list the top ten things to be optimistic or happy about at the onset of a year that will kick off a decade that has to be better than the last. At a time when it is difficult to muster up much optimism, I’m going to do my damnedest.10. The recession is over! Well, technically. Of course this won’t turn into real things like jobs and money, but at least it’s a start.9. This is the bottom for unemployment. I wish I could give some statistical information that shows decreasing unemployment (for construction) or even slowing increasing unemployment in the AEC industry, but unfortunately, as far as I can tell, I can’t. So as far as employment goes, we just have to realize that it can’t get any worse. Even though I don’t have substantial evidence to prove that this is bottom, it is. Trust me. I can feel it in my bones.8. The world’s tallest building, the Burj Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is open for business despite severe vacancy and financial problems. You should go check it out.7. Actually after further review, I found that McGraw-Hill construction forecast is predicting construction starts to increase by 11% in 2010.6. This is a great time to build. If you have money or the access to it, you should certainly put it to work because construction is cheap, cheap, cheap, and we are poor, poor, poor.5. This is a great time to hire. If your company has work and you’re able to grow, you have access to some of the best construction talent ever to wait in line at the unemployment office.4. Building Information Modeling technology will continue to boom moving the industry in a more integrated and collaborative direction. Don’t worry, there will still be some good arguments.3. The low hanging fruit of the construction industry is most likely picked off, and no longer in business. This could actually be a good thing for increasing the quality of design and construction firms as the economy continues to improve.2. For what it’s worth, Bank of America has pledged to increase lending to small and medium sized businesses by at least $5 billion in 2010 and the rest of the banks better follow suit. You can’t get government bailout and then sit on the money. I would think that banks are not making money if they are not lending, so they better start. If they don’t, I would count on a little “intervention”, if you know what I mean.And the number 1 thing to look forward to in the construction industry for 2010…..1. Green, green, green, green, green. That’s right, the green revolution is in full force, and the AEC industry is right in the thick of it. Green building has increased exponentially recently and it will continue to do so through 2o1o and beyond. Not only are we getting energy savings, more natural daylight, improved air quality, green jobs, and a slew of other benefits from building green, but we are also curbing global carbon emissions that are contributing to global warming and posing a catastrophic threat to humanity.Happy New Year!