Archive | Subscribe | Printer Friendly Version | Send to a Friend | | Constructor Buyers' Guide June 2015  
Top News
We continue to hear from many of you that the labor market has become tighter since AGC of America last surveyed its members about the extent of workforce shortages. While it is clear that worker shortages are a growing concern, and in some cases a significant problem, for many contractors, we feel it is important to continue our efforts to better quantify where these shortages are taking place, how severe they are, and what steps firms are taking to both cope with tight labor markets and improve the supply of new, qualified workers. That is why we are asking you to take a few minutes to complete the following workforce survey that we prepared. Your responses will help us better define the problem to elected and appointed officials, the media, educators and your peers within the business community. The more people understand the scope, and consequences, of a tight construction labor market, the more likely they are to act on the measures we identify in our Workforce Development Plan that are designed to make it easier for school systems, local associations and private firms to establish career and technical education and training programs. For more information, please contact Nahee Rosso at or 703-837-5348.
Construction firms added 17,000 jobs in May and 273,000 over 12 months, as the sector's unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent, the lowest May rate since 2006, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that the job gains come as the private and public sectors are increasing investments in construction services. Learn More...
Construction employment expanded in 232 metro areas, declined in 66 and was stagnant in 60 between April 2014 and April 2015, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said even as contractors in many parts of the country continue to expand their payroll, many firms remain concerned about the potential impacts of federal transportation funding shortfalls. "Demand, particularly from private sector clients, has rebounded enough that many firms have been steadily expanding their headcount during the past twelve months," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. Learn More...
The AGC community mourned the loss of a dear friend and colleague with the May 25 passing of Richard C. Brown. Rick, AGC's executive director of meetings and convention services, spent more than 40 years working for the association. In addition to serving the association with great distinction, Rick was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather and a highly respected pastor in his community in suburban Maryland. In honor of Rick, AGC of America's past presidents have initiated an endowment in his name for an AGC Research and Education Foundation Scholarship. The Rick Brown Scholarship Fund (contributions may be made online or mailed to the Foundation at 2300 Wilson Blvd. Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22201) will support construction management and construction engineering students in their pursuit of a career in the commercial construction industry. Notes of sympathy for his wife Sue and Rick's family can be sent to 20632 Anndyke Way, Germantown, MD 20874. For more information, contact Melinda Patrician at  
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) on May 27, 2015, completed and released a new and final rule on the water features over which they will claim jurisdiction. The new rule is the culmination of their long and controversial effort to align federal regulations with the latest U.S. Supreme Court decisions and simultaneously make permitting decisions easier. The new rule takes many of AGC's extensive comments into account, and reflects the significant influence that AGC continues to exert. Learn More...
Surety One, Inc.
Business Tips
Like many employers, AGC member firms continue to struggle with health insurance rate increases year after year. But, as health care costs continue to rise, forward-thinking employers are exploring new and creative ways of offering benefits. One solution that employers are considering is private exchange. Learn More...
Need a vendor? Reach thousands of suppliers and service providers in one place: AGC’s official purchasing directory, Constructor Marketplace.  This site places you in contact with vendors from more than 135 categories – everything from acoustical and drywall to windows – quickly, so you can get the materials or the help you need to get the job done right. Use Constructor Marketplace’s free Request for Proposal (RFP) Automator to request custom project bids from multiple Marketplace vendors with just a few clicks. Advertising is available: Place your products or services in front of thousands of contractors per month, one-third of whom are repeat visitors. For more information about advertising, email Jamie Williams at To add your basic listing or update a listing, email Tracy Venzen at This Buyers' Guide is not the AGC Online Member Directory. To access the AGC Member Directory, please visit
Are you acquiring new equipment to meet expanding opportunities from the economic recovery? Are you still keeping old machines running while you wait for the recovery boom? The answer depends on where you are and what type of construction you perform. Learn More...
Member News
Brasfield & Gorrie, an AGC of Georgia member, recently announced that construction is underway on One Museum Place, a new luxury condominium in Midtown Atlanta. Learn More...
The Boston Business Journal recently recognized Commodore Builders, a Newton-based commercial construction management firm and an AGC of Massachusetts member, on its "2015 Pacesetters" list. Commodore placed 42nd on the prestigious list and was highlighted among industry leading firms in the Greater Boston region. Learn More...
C.W. Driver, a premier builder serving California since 1919 and an AGC of California and San Diego Chapter member, recently completed construction on the new City of Manhattan Beach Library. Located at 1320 Highland Avenue in Manhattan Beach, the existing library was demolished for the construction of a new, two-story, 22,000-sq-ft library built with a point supported double glass curtain wall. Construction on the $19 million design-build project began on July 2013 and completed April 2015. Learn More...
HazTek, a leading provider of comprehensive safety management services and an Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey and a Carolinas AGC member, has tapped Charles (C.J.) Beysselance as operations manager for its new Gulf Coast Regional office, soon to be opened in Houston, Texas. Learn More...
Infrastructure and Industrial Constructors, LLC (i+iconUSA), an AGC of Virginia member, recently announced that A. Eric Kishel joined its management team as the executive vice president of i+iconSOUTHEAST, formerly known as Waterfront Marine Construction, Inc. Kishel's focus will be the further development of i+iconSOUTHEAST’s presence in the Tidewater region of Virginia, as well as the continued growth of i+iconUSA’s operating geography southward into the Carolinas and Florida. Learn More...
Adam Delk joins JE Dunn’s Houston office as vice president. JE Dunn is a member of multiple AGC chapters. Delk has managed the planning and construction of many large scale projects, primarily healthcare related, and has held a variety of positions from program manager to executive level. Throughout his career, Adam has contributed to many landmark projects. Learn More...
New Day Underwriting Managers LLC, a Contractors Association of Eastern Pennsylvania member, has celebrated its 10th anniversary as a leading environmental and construction-related professional liability resource for insurance agents and brokers. Founded in 2005, New Day has since grown over the past decade from a three-person environmental insurance firm to an award-winning, specialty intermediary providing a premier service to hundreds of customers and business partners nationwide. Learn More...
The year was 1915, and the president of the United States was Woodrow Wilson. Gasoline was 19 cents per gallon, and the Boston Red Sox defeated the Philadelphia Phillies four games to one in the World Series. America was facing uncertain times as it was being drawn into a war waging in Europe that would inevitably become World War I. Against the odds, entrepreneurs Ben Many and his brother-in-law George Bishop, Sr. started a fledgling basement waterproofing business in St. Louis, Missouri that they named the Western Waterproofing Company, a member of multiple AGC chapters. A century later, that company would grow to become the nation's largest specialty contractor in building restoration and preservation. Learn More...
Industry Events

June 17-19, 2015 
AGC Safety Management Training Course 
Arlington, Virginia 

June 23, 2015 
WEBINAR: The New Confined Spaces in Construction: What's Different? 
2 - 3 p.m. 

June 24, 2015
WEBINAR: New State Laws and How They Impact Project from Bids to Payment 
2 - 3:30 p.m.

June 30, 2015 
WEBINAR: The New Confined Spaces in Construction: The Big Picture 
2 - 3 p.m.

July 8-10, 2015 
AGC Safety and Health Conference 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

July 30-31, 2015 
IT Forum Conference 
Chicago, Illinois 
Hiring Fairs 
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

June 30, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
New York, NY

July 7-9, 2015
Starts at 5 p.m.
Honolulu, HI

July 10, 2015
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cleveland, OH

July 14, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 1 .pm. 
Montgomery, AL

July 14, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ft. Worth, TX

July 17, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Springfield, OR

July 22-23, 2015
10 a.m. 4 p.m.
Anchorage, AK

July 22, 2015
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Davenport, IA

July 30, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Arlington, TX

July 30, 2015
4 to 6 p.m.
Arlington, VA
Associated General Contractors of America
2300 Wilson Blvd, Suite 300
Arlington, VA, USA
Ph: 703-548-3118 Fax: 703-837-5402


We would appreciate your comments or suggestions. Your email will be kept private and confidential.