Association continues to push for changes to form itself
On Dec. 8, AGC filed suit
against the Small Business Administration (SBA), seeking to compel the agency to restrict its use of the “Loan Necessity Questionnaire” now going out to all companies seeking forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans over $2 million – and ultimately, to compel SBA to revise the form itself. The details lie in the 30-page complaint
that AGC filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Discusses challenges and opportunities
On December 1, AGC of America’s CEO, Steve Sandherr, met with Lieutenant General Scott A. Spellmon
, the new Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, along with other senior Army Corps leaders. AGC and the Army Corps discussed LTG Spellmon’s vision for the Army Corps solutions to the challenges facing our nation’s infrastructure, and how the Army Corps can better partner with the construction industry. AGC looks forward to continuing our decades long history with the Army Corps to ensure the delivery of high-quality facilities and infrastructure and will help ensure a brighter future for the construction industry, the Army Corps, and our nation.
Industry unemployment hits highest November level since 2012 as sluggish nonresidential building and infrastructure construction lags, while residential employment nears pre-pandemic peak
Construction employment increased by 27,000 jobs in November, as continuing robust gains in residential categories masked more sluggish increases in nonresidential jobs, according to an analysis by AGC of America of government data released recently. Association officials cautioned, however, that pandemic-induced project cancellations and looming tax bills for firms that used Paycheck Protection Program loans to save jobs threaten to undermine future job growth in the sector.
The construction industry is experiencing extraordinary times in the world of capital project execution. The COVID-19 pandemic forced many firms to switch to a Work from Home (WFH) environment. While the construction phase by nature requires on-site presence, the construction management, engineering and procurement teams working on pre-construction phases have switched to a mostly decentralized workforce. This novel setting resulted in the exploration of new avenues for the quality management aspect of project execution.
BY HOUMAN PAYAMI. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OFFICE QUALITY MANAGER, FLUOR CORPORATION, A CAROLINAS AGC MEMBER
The construction industry has a rep for being slow on the tech uptake. We asked Gonzalo Galindo why. "It’s the million-dollar question," he replies.
BY AMY DREW THOMPSON
Now with more than 660 episodes and averaging 115,000 listeners, The Peggy Smedley Show is ranked as the No. 1 IoT and digital transformation podcast. On this episode, Peggy and Brian Turmail, VP, public affairs & strategic initiatives, AGC of America, talk about the impact of COVID-19 on construction.
As we move closer to a year of making social distancing a new way of describing the way we interact with one another, many lives, jobs and professions have been negatively impacted as a result. One profession that has historically been built around physical interaction is business development. When many states were shut down with shelter-in-place orders, the challenge of achieving results as a BD professional increased considerably. Add to that events cancelling, networking eliminated and the ability to “work a room” no longer in the equation and it feels as though you are dead in the water. But there are many ways to maintain, grow and engage with clients and prospects in a productive way that can make you stand out and continue to be successful. In this latest BD Best Practice, Danielle Feroleto, Small Giants, discusses how to perpetuate business development efforts for continued success.
After serving as president of McShane Construction Company, a Chicagoland and Arizona Builders’ Alliance member, for 22 years, Jeff Raday will retire at the end of the year. Upon Raday's retirement from the firm, Mat Dougherty, executive vice president at McShane, will transition into the president's role.
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., a member of multiple AGC chapters, recently completed construction on the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) Nancy and Rich Kinder Building. This is the second phase of expansion for Texas’ oldest museum and the largest cultural project in North America. McCarthy served as the construction manager at-risk for both phases, working with the design team, Steven Holl Architects, from the project’s inception to ensure the vision of the museum came to life. McCarthy utilized innovative technologies to construct models and plan for the unique challenges, features and materials that come with building a home for global art and culture.
Turner Construction Company, a member of multiple AGC chapters, recently announced the start of precast erection on the Monroe Street Parking Garage expansion and renovation in downtown Huntsville. The milestone signifies that vertical construction has begun.
Tarlton Corp., a member of multiple AGC chapters, is serving as construction manager for the build-out of the new headquarters of Arcturis, a St. Louis-based national design firm. The project at 701 Market St. is one of several on which the two women-owned businesses have collaborated as designer and builder.
In the photo: Office furniture and finishes are ready for installation at the new headquarters for Arcturis. The open-concept design features sleek industrial finishes in contemporary spaces. Courtesy of Tarlton Corp.
As AGC of Kentucky’s chapter executive, I have been fortunate to lead an organization that places a strong emphasis on strategic planning. This has provided us with the luxury of prioritization and situational fluidity while enabling our leadership to properly align association resources with identified strategies. This focus culminated into a series of initiatives and opportunities that produced a banner year for AGC of Kentucky.
BY RICHARD VINCENT, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, AGC OF KENTUCKY
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Do you have knowledge to share with construction industry safety, health and/or environmental professionals? If so, please complete AGC’s call for presentations for the Construction Safety, Health and Environmental Conference (CSHEC) on July 20-22, 2021 in Washington, DC. Presentation proposals are due Feb. 12, 2021
. Submit your session using AGC’s CSHEC call for presentations form
. For more information, please contact Nazia Shah (safety and health) at email@example.com
or Melinda Tomaino (environmental) at firstname.lastname@example.org
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