Is uncertainty making it hard to plan for the future? Tabitha S. Stine, the director of construction solutions services at the steel and steel products company Nucor, has a strong sense of what the construction industry can expect. In her presentation for Outlook 2022, she draws connections between COVID-19, supply chain disruptions, the price of steel, and near- and mid-term prospects for the construction industry and the economy writ large. In the long-term, material prices continue to rise: From Jan. 2011 to Sept. 2021, ready-mix concrete prices increased more than 40%, softwood lumber nearly 70%, and hot rolled steel 40%. Stine also offers tips for managing risk in acquiring steel, such as early involvement with suppliers and locking in firm price agreements to avoid volatility.