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Seasons Greetings from AGC of DC!

We hosted our annual Holiday Party on Tuesday, Dec. 15th at L2 Lounge in Georgetown. It was a fun night in an exquisite venue, with the warm weather cooperating for cigar nightcaps around the fire pits!

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Burns & McDonnell (BMcD) is a global, 5300 employee, full service Architecture/Engineering-Procurement-Construction (EPC) firm headquartered in Kansas City, MO. They have over a dozen regional offices throughout the United States and perform high level projects in all market sectors including: aviation, manufacturing, energy, commercial, transportation, transmission & distribution, etc.

BMcD was recently awarded a project in the DC area. Their team has been selected as the EPC General Contractor for the US Capitol Cogeneration Facility. They are working with Washington Gas Light Co. to deliver this project for the Architect of the Capitol. Construction is scheduled to begin early first quarter next year.
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In twenty-seven years, Cohen Seglias has grown from a three-attorney construction practice to a firm with over 60 lawyers across nine offices in the Mid-Atlantic region. Serving clients nationally and internationally, Cohen Seglias has cultivated a significant presence in the construction industry. With close to 50 full-time attorneys throughout the firm working on construction matters, Cohen Seglias is now one of the largest construction-industry focused practices in the United States, providing legal services in areas such as construction, federal contracting, commercial litigation, labor & employment, business transactions, real estate, wealth preservation, creditors’ rights, insurance coverage, internal investigations, government law & regulatory affairs, and energy & utilities.
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Photo courtesy of EC&M

Rosendin Electric, one of the nation’s largest private electrical contractors and an employee-owned company, was ranked third by revenue on the 2015 list of Top 50 Electrical Contractors compiled by Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M) Magazine. It was the only privately held electrical contractor to rank in the top four in revenue.

Rosendin Electric was among 10 contractors on the EC&M list to post annual gains of 15 percent or more in 2014. Much of the growth is attributed to economic recovery, since overall revenue from electrical and telecommunications projects climbed from $15.7 billion in 2013 to $21.8 billion in 2014. Regional markets where Rosendin Electric has a strong presence, such as San Francisco and Silicon Valley, have seen resurgence in new construction in 2014 and 2015 due to pent up demand. Rosendin Electric also had a variety of projects in the industries that demonstrated the strongest growth – healthcare, data center, power, education, and manufacturing.
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M.C. Dean, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading electrical engineering and systems integration firms for complex mission-critical facilities, setting the industry standard for design-build-operate-maintain programs and delivering proven energy efficiency and reliability in intelligent infrastructure, security, life-safety, telecommunications, and automation. M.C. Dean is based in Northern Virginia and has 30 offices worldwide.

2014 Electrical Revenue: $620.2 million
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SIGAL Construction Corporation celebrated at this year’s Best of NAIOP Northern Virginia Awards Gala as the NVCC Higher Education Center received a 2015 Award of Excellence. The project was recognized in the Build-to-Suit Institutional Facility Under $20 Million category at the event held on November 19th at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner.
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DPR Construction, one of the nation’s leading builders focused on highly complex and sustainable projects, announced its Washington, D.C. area office will debut its new Reston, Virginia, location in spring 2016. Relocating from Falls Church, Virginia, DPR will complete the 20,000-sq.-ft. renovation with plans to achieve Net Zero Energy Building Certification from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI).

"As the central hub for our mid-Atlantic operations, this new location will allow our 250 employees the flexibility needed to serve our customers throughout the expansive region," said Greg Haldeman, DPR’s mid-Atlantic regional manager. "There is a lot of growth potential in this market and we are excited to be at the center of it."
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Above: DAVIS employees remove picnic tables from Rock Creek.

James G. Davis Construction (DAVIS), a leading general contractor in the D.C. area for five decades, truly believes that corporate social responsibility extends well beyond the bottom line. And 2015 was no exception.

By the numbers: In addition to DAVIS’ continued financial support and donations of toys, clothing, home goods, food and equipment, DAVIS employees donated over 2,000 hours through both in-kind labor and volunteer support to over 100 professional, local community and nonprofit organizations, and continues to demonstrate how their genuine approach to philanthropy affects real change in the lives of thousands.
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We know each of our members are doing great things, and we want to give you the recognition you deserve. We're in the process of updating our website, social media outlets, and email system so we can highlight what each of you is doing more frequently. Please email your press releases to our Marketing Director, Meredith Wells, at: meredith@agcofdc.org so we can help you spread the word. No story too big or too small!
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AGC of DC Connected Community
AGC is launching our brand new website in January.. so get ready for a lot of power! If you are an AGC Member...get ready to connect on a brand new level. Search for contacts, DBEs, Contractors and Subcontractors, and get the information you are looking for by following a community such as Federal Contracting; Healthcare; Safety; or many more. Watch for our email that will give you access to your information. We can't wait for you to see it and use it!
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Calendar of Events
1/18/2016 - 1/22/2016:
Lean Construction Education Units 1 - 7

1/21/2016: USACE/NAVFAC CQM

1/22/2016: CM-Lean Assessment
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Join your fellow construction industry professionals at the 97th Annual AGC Convention, March 9-11, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio.

As the premier event each year, the AGC Annual Convention and Technology & Construction Solutions Expo is the ideal opportunity to see everything AGC can do for you and your business. Join us for more than 15 education breakouts, terrific networking events, and industry leading speakers, all in a perfect location for business, culture, family and fun: San Antonio.
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Legislative Updates
On Wednesday, Congressional leaders released a $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that will fund federal agencies and programs for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2016. Overall, the bill includes mostly good news for construction accounts, as many see increases compared to FY 2015 levels and others receive significantly smaller cuts than Congress initially wanted. The omnibus bill provides nearly $121 billion for federal construction accounts as tracked by AGC. This is an increase of approximately $8 billion from fiscal year 2015 and $15 billion less than the administration’s fiscal year 2016 budget request. To give time for passage of this final spending package, Congress passed another short-term funding bill—called a continuing resolution—that will fund the government through Dec. 22. The House is expected to pass the omnibus bill this week, with a vote in the Senate to follow shortly thereafter.
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For the first time in over a decade, there is a long-term authorization of federal highway and transit programs in place following President Obama signing the five-year $302 billion Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act into law on Friday, December 4th. The FAST Act had previously passed both the House and the Senate by overwhelmingly bipartisan majorities.
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Young Constructors Forum
The YCF Canstruction Team poses in front of their 2015 Cansculpture

After four months of planning and fundraising, our YCF Canstruction "build team" took the floor at the National Building Museum on Nov. 22nd. The goal? Build a "Canstructure" made exclusively of canned goods on an 8x8 foot square pallet. Why? To "OutSMART Hunger" and donate to the Capital Area Food Bank.
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Above: Team Balfour Beatty won the "Best Costume" Award with their three teams dressed as "Lady Elves," "Men Elves," and team Santa!

65 degrees and sunny on a December day?! We couldn't have asked for better weather at the fifth annual YCF Jingle Bell Jog.
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What Has AGC Done For You Lately?
On Wednesday, AGC provided commentary to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Treasury Department officials during a public hearing on IRS’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking [REG–136459–09] regarding the Section 199 domestic production activities deduction (DPAD).

Specifically, the testimony given by Brian Lenihan, AGC’s Director of Tax and Fiscal Affairs addressed the definition of "substantial renovation" as well as the current administrablity of DPAD and proposed reasonability tests for contractors. The government panel consisted of IRS staff from Office of the Associate Chief Counsel: Paul Handleman, Branch Chief; James Holmes, Attorney with a focus on Pass-throughs and Special Industries; John Aramburu, Senior Counsel for Income Tax and Accounting; and Ken Buck, Tax Policy Advisor at Treasury.
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