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Oh, the places they could go ... Industry experts say the benefits of drone use on construction jobsites could be significant: from marketing materials to determining the quality and compliance of safety processes. So, while the FAA finalizes its rule for commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles, the May/June issue of Constructor examined the many possibilities of this emerging technology in our cover story, "Flying High."
Other highlights of the May/June issue include "The Machinery of Construction Economics," a feature that identifies the factors and calculations that go into the equipment equation; an infographic on the Workforce Shortage Report: Northeast Region; Ken Simonson's economic news; and the Technology Toolbox column, featuring NoteVault.

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On Wednesday, April 29, AGC of America made a significant announcement about increases in construction jobs in Orlando and other metro areas during a visit to a local apartment construction project. Officials with the construction group toured the project, released NEW construction employment figures and outlined steps the association is taking to address growing worker shortages. Brian Turmail, national spokesperson for the association, released the data and outlined steps the association and its chapters are taking to address worker shortages. Cadesman Pope III, director of business development with Roger B. Kennedy Inc. Construction and president of the AGC of Greater Florida, provided an update on construction of the new apartment complex. View more pictures of the event here.
Construction firms added 45,000 jobs in April and 280,000 over 12 months, as the sector's unemployment rate fell to a nine-year April low of 7.5 percent, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that even as the industry continues to expand, growth has been erratic and inconsistent. Learn More...
On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania's Rich Barcaskey called on federal lawmakers to increase investment in transportation. The event is part of a series of appearances to promote the launch of AGC of America's #DriveBetterRoads campaign which encourages people to take photos of bad traffic, aging bridges, and poor road conditions and share them through social media platforms. Construction projects like the refurbishment of the Liberty Bridge, where the media event took place, will be in jeopardy unless more money is authorized. The temporary extension of transportation funding is set to expire on May 31. In addition to the social media campaign, AGC has created a website that allows people to contact their lawmakers.

Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell speaks during the AGC-organized media event on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, as Allegheny County Executive Mike Fitzgerald listens.

Mike Fitzgerald, Allegheny County chief executive, urges Congress to pass a long-term highway and transit bill during AGC of America's organized event.

Richard Barcaskey speaks during the Pittsburgh event as former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell looks on.

The House approved a measure to rescind the administration's controversial proposed rule redefining "Waters of the U.S." By a vote of 261-155, the House passed H.R. 1732, which would require EPA and the Corps to withdraw the regulatory proposal within 30 days and then set up a consultation process with state and local stakeholders as well as industry and small businesses in an effort to craft a new, better rule. Learn More...
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Business Tips
Thousands of professionals in the construction industry use a work van on the job every day. In fact, according to Automotive Fleet, the top 300 commercial fleets utilize a total of 202,331 work vans. With so many work vans on the road, there is an increasing demand for professionally installed upfits. An upfit provides professionals with an organized system for storing cargo items such as tools, parts, and other equipment. Learn More...
Member News
As part of ongoing safety efforts on the Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park, American Builders 2017, a joint venture between Brasfield & Gorrie, Mortenson Construction, Barton Malow Company and New South Construction Company, all AGC members, has teamed up with Kids Chance, a nonprofit organization that supports children affected by catastrophic workplace accidents. Learn More...
BOND, an AGC of Connecticut and AGC of Massachusetts member servicing the higher education, healthcare, electrical transmission, gas transmission and infrastructure sectors, is pleased to announce the promotion of Executive Vice President Frank Hayes to the position of chief operating officer. Learn More...
Geotechnical specialty contractor Hayward Baker Inc. (HBI) has been named the recipient of a Keystone Award from AGC of St. Louis. The award was presented to HBI in the "Specialty Contractor/Subcontractor Project Under $1 Million" category for performing earth retention work on Quincy Blessing Hospital, which is a healthcare institution located in an urban, historic neighborhood of Quincy, Illinois. Learn More...
In an industry faced with change at every juncture, one factor remains constant: building relationships. Giving your word to a co-worker, client, or industry colleague and living up to that word can’t be replaced by technology or a new process, according to Shad James, president and COO of Jaynes Construction, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. "We are confronted on a daily basis with new technology, new equipment, new people," he says, "but buildings cannot get built without the relationships between contractors and owners, architects, engineers, suppliers, subcontractors, and communities. It is what I love about our industry." James recently provided Constructor and its readers insight on this great industry from his Construction Corner. Learn More...
MWH Constructors, a leading construction firm and wholly-owned subsidiary of MWH Global and a member of Colorado Contractors Association and Las Vegas Chapter AGC, recently announced it has hired Todd Kerschbaum as the vice president and director for global energy. Learn More...
PC Construction, an AGC of Maine and AGC of Vermont member, joined local nonprofit leaders at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath on April 15, 2015, to present three Maine-based nonprofits with donations totaling $15,000 as part of the company’s Building Communities: PC Construction Gives Back contest. Learn More...
The Texas Department of Transportation recently selected Sundt Construction, Inc., a member of multiple AGC chapters, to reconstruct the U.S. Route 84 bridge over Old Highway 80 and the Union Pacific Railroad in Abilene, Texas. Learn More...
Turner Construction, one of Atlanta’s top construction companies and a member of multiple AGC chapters including AGC Georgia, has moved to a new 10,000-sq-ft office at 3495 Piedmont Road, Suite 700, in the heart of Atlanta’s Buckhead business district. The new space offers collaborative advantages that are allowing the company to respond quickly to client needs as business growth accelerates. Learn More...
Xpera CM, a San Diego-based construction management consulting firm, and a San Diego Chapter member, was retained by the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians to provide construction management services for a second hotel tower at the Viejas Casino in Alpine. Construction is currently underway. Learn More...
Industry Events
Hiring Fairs 
May 19, 2015 
Fort Belvoir Military Spouse Networking Reception 
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Fort Belvoir, VA 

May 20, 2015 
Boston Hiring Expo with Boston Red Sox 
Boston, MA 

May 20, 2015 
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Fort Belvoir Military Spouse Hiring Fair 
Fort Belvoir, VA 

May 21, 2015 
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Atlanta Hiring Fair 
Atlanta, GA 

May 21, 2015 
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Pensacola Hiring Fair 
Pensacola, FL 

May 21, 2015 
4 to 6 p.m. 
Transitioning Senior Military Leadership Networking Reception 
Arlington, VA 

June 3, 2015 
8:30 a.m. to 1  p.m.
Fort Bliss Hiring Fair 
Fort Bliss, TX 

June 5, 2015 
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
San Juan Hiring Fair 
Carolina, PR

June 7-11 , 2015 
Japanese Theater Transition Summits 
Japan, AR 

June 9, 2015 
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
Fort Bragg Wounded Veteran & Caregiver Employment Conference 
Fort Bragg, NC 

June 16, 2015 
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Columbia Hiring Fair
Columbia, SC 

June 18, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Buffalo Hiring Fair 
Buffalo, NY 

June 18, 2015 
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Nashville Hiring Fair 
Nashville, TN 

June 24-25, 2015  
Fort Gordon Transition Summit 
Fort Gordon, GA 

June 25, 2015 
4 to 6 p.m. 
Transitioning Senior Military Leadership Networking Reception
Arlington, VA 

June 27, 2015 
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Greater New York City Hiring Fair
East Rutherford, NJ
Associated General Contractors of America
2300 Wilson Blvd, Suite 300
Arlington, VA, USA
Ph: 703-548-3118 Fax: 703-837-5402


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