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Get the latest project forecasts, expert insight on upcoming regulatory hurdles, and ample networking opportunities with agency decision makers, all of which are critical to being competitive in the federal construction market. Join construction industry leaders and their federal agency counterparts at the AGC Federal Contractors Conference on May 10-11, 2016 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.
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Have you ever had a question regarding safety in the Utility Infrastructure Construction field? Maybe one you didn’t want to ask your boss, but would be more comfortable asking somebody ELSE’s boss? Maybe you have some questions about OSHA; how to work with OSHA, and how they can help you – but you don’t know who to ask? Or just would you like to talk through something with another Safety expert in the field? 
The Utility Infrastructure Division is pleased to host the first ever AGC Utility Infrastructure Safety "Virtual Office Hours" Talk. Join the Division and members of the our own Utility Infrastructure Safety Subcommittee on a call February 26th, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Eastern time. Feel free to share or forward this message to your employees. To call in use 800-377-8846 and enter the passcode: 07308516#
For more information, contact Scott Berry at or (703) 837-5321

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Member News
Gilbane Building Company welcomes Nicholas Raico to its mid-Atlantic construction operations as a senior project executive in healthcare. He brings 25 years of healthcare building experience and strong relationships with regional healthcare clients and subcontractors. His client portfolio includes INOVA, Kaiser, MedStar, Hopkins and others.
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GeoStructures is pleased to announce the completion of the Wall in the Woods project – Grosvenor Heights in Bethesda, MD.

How do you balance the environmental needs to limit cutting down trees in a forest and constructing a Soundwall to lower the highway noise reaching a new apartment development? You build a wall in the woods! To limit tree cutting, a 10-foot wide limit of disturbance was provided along the length of a 756 foot long wall. A 25 foot wide construction entrance was provided at a third point along the wall to bring in materials. The wall ranged in height from 15 feet to 33.5 feet tall.
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Gilbane recently added over 10,000 square feet to their D.C. office.

Connecting the 10th and 11th floors is a new monumental stair highlighted by a signature Gilbane red backdrop. A 75-seat training room provides education and career development opportunities to employees across the Mid-Atlantic. This space will also be used to host forums and local events! In addition they have created more conference and office space, as well as expanded their open-floor plan.
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Picture: copyright Sarah Mechling. Courtesy Perkins Eastman.

By the end of October, Roosevelt High School was completely transformed from an old, dilapidated 1930’s high school to a new 21st century learning environment. Its crumbling ceilings and cracked floors were restored to their 1930’s glory, while the dark and gloomy interior became a thing of the past. Brightened by the new grand skylight installed in the refreshed atrium and the restoration of a courtyard on the north side of the site, the high school has new life.
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Calendar of Events
April 14th - USACE/NAVFAC CQM Training
Hilton Garden Inn Arlington/Courthouse Plaza
1333 North Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201

MAY - Spring Fling
Location and date to be announced soon

June 16th - USACE/NAVFAC CQM Training
Hilton Garden Inn Arlington/Courthouse Plaza
1333 North Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201

August Golf Tournament
Location and date to be announced soon

September 20th - Tech Summit
FHI 360 Conference Center
1825 Connecticut Ave NW #2
Washington, DC 20009

October 4th - Washington Contractor Awards
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Young Constructors Forum
Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 24th for our first networking event of the year! Learn more about YCF, sign up to be on a Committee, meet the Steering Committee, and network with your industry peers. The fun starts at 6:00pm at District ChopHouse and Brewey.
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What Has AGC Done For You Lately?
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs this week unanimously passed AGC-supported legislation that would (1) require civilian federal agencies—non-Department of Defense agencies—to utilize the two-step design-build selection process for design-build projects greater than $750,000, thereby limiting one-step design-build procurements; and (2) prohibit reverse auctions for construction services. The bipartisan legislation introduced by Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), the Consensus Procurement Improvement Act of 2015, S. 1526, may now move to the Senate floor for consideration and passage. An AGC co-chaired coalition of 15 national construction organizations sent a letter in support of this measure and has long worked to advance it through the legislative process. AGC is working with members of the House to introduce the same bill there.

For more information, please contact Jimmy Christianson at 703-837-5325 or

Members of the House and Senate have recently introduced and advanced legislation that could encourage federal agencies to dispose of, consolidate, or redevelop billions of dollars of excess or underutilized civilian federal real property. This could translate into significant private and federal construction work throughout the nation. As such, advancing these bills are a significant legislative priority for AGC.
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Capital Construction Consultants
Hayward Baker Corporate Office
Peckar & Abramson, P C

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