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An overwhelming majority of construction firms report trouble finding qualified craft workers to fill key spots as demand for construction continues to rebound in many parts of the country, according to the results of an industry-wide survey released last week by AGC of America. Association officials called for new career and technical school programs, as well as other workforce measures to offset the labor shortages that are forcing firms to change how they operate and pose risks to workplace safety. Learn More...
In today's competitive world, contractors must streamline operations and come up with innovative solutions to a variety of construction challenges. Many firms have embraced Lean methodology as a way to deliver projects more efficiently. The September/October issue of Constructor looks at how Lean can minimize costs and maximize value on your construction projects in our cover story, "Lean in and Learn."  Other highlights of the September/October issue include "Getting Ready for the Big Ships," a story on how the New Panamax ships and the business they carry have inspired renovation projects at ports around the world; "Old, New, Tried & True," an article filled with strategies to keep up your marketing sleeve; and "The Picture of Health," a piece aimed to help members weave their way through the Affordable Care Act maze.
Get the recognition you deserve for all the outstanding community work you do. Apply for the AGC in the Community Award today! AGC Charities is looking for members who are giving back to the community. AGC member companies and chapters in good standing who meet the competition requirements are encouraged to apply online for some much-deserved recognition. Apply by Friday, October 30, 2015, for full consideration. Learn more about AGC of America’s awards programs at
We strongly encourage AGC member companies in good standing who meet the competition requirements to submit an online application for the Alliant Build America Awards for some much-deserved recognition for their outstanding projects. As an added bonus, all entry fees are donated to the AGC Education and Research Foundation’s Alliant Build America Scholarship Fund and matched by Alliant to double the impact for young constructors across the country. (Not that you needed another reason to apply, of course!) Apply by Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, for full consideration. Learn more about AGC of America's awards programs at
AGC of America will continue to provide highway work zone safety training classes next year thanks to a new federal safety grant the association earned. The association will use the $120,000 Susan Harwood Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to offer the safety training classes designed to prevent injuries among highway, street and bridge construction workers, officials said. "No amount of safety gear will protect a worker if they get hit by a speeding vehicle," said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. "The best defense from crashes is teaching crews how to set up and operate safer work zones." Learn More...
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The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee could meet as early as this week to mark up their version of a multiyear highway & transit bill. However, they have yet to make any formal announcement or release the bill. Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said this week that the committee is working to finalize the bill and determine a markup date. Learn More...
Business Tips
The industry is moving in the right direction. Workplace fatalities are down 35 percent since 2006, but there still is room for improvement. Here are five ideas to help general contractors coordinate subcontractors and make sure that their sites are as safe and efficient as possible. Learn More...
Member News
Allensworth & Porter, an Austin-based construction law firm and Austin Chapter member, recently announced the selection of Joe R. Basham as managing partner for the firm. Basham has been with the firm since 2002 and was elected to the position in a unanimous decision. In his new role, Basham will provide strategic leadership and direction for the firm. Learn More...
A groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, marked the start of construction on a new Renaissance® hotel in Plano, Texas. Part of the new 250-acre Legacy West master development, the 15-story, 304-guestroom hotel will feature a modern, upscale design. The luxury hotel will also include more than 100,000 square feet of conference and meeting space, feature lobby, restaurants, outdoor bar terrace and a third-floor amenity deck with a swimming pool, bar, spa and fitness center. An attached parking garage will provide 470 parking spaces for hotel guests. Learn More...
Will Hodges, president of Cadence McShane Construction Company, a TEXO and Houston Chapter member, recently announced that the firm has been selected by Port Logistics Realty (PLR) for Phase 1 of Southport Logistics Park, a new 531-acre master-planned industrial development. The project is a joint venture between PLR and Diamond Realty Investments (DRI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation. Five buildings total will be built during Phase 1 of this prestigious nine million-sq-ft development. The first two buildings will be speculative industrial facilities totaling nearly 1.5 million square feet scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2016. Learn More...
In a milestone for Downtown Miami’s resurgent residential market, the first condo planned for Brickell Avenue since the recession has topped off construction at 44 stories. The Bond on Brickell, a 328-unit luxury tower under development by Rilea Group and MDR Toledo, is located at 1080 Brickell Avenue in the heart of Miami’s Brickell Financial District. The project, slated for delivery in the first quarter of 2016, is already nearly sold out, with 97 percent of the building’s condo units under contract. This marks the latest collaboration between Rilea Group, Coastal Construction, a South Florida Chapter-AGC member, and leading Miami architecture firm Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates (NBWW). Learn More...
Commodore Builders, a Newton-based commercial construction management firm and an AGC of Massachusetts member, announced recently that Mark D’Alleva and Chris Sharkey have joined the firm as project executives. In their new roles, D’Alleva will focus on the execution of law firm and financial projects, while Sharkey will utilize his extensive healthcare background to lead developments in this respective division. Learn More...
On Aug. 18, 2015, Knutson Construction, an AGC of Minnesota member, participated in a ground-breaking event for the Career Technical Education Center at Heintz (CTECH). Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) and Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) selected Knutson to provide construction management services for the 22,350-sq-ft, $6.5 million CTECH and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) facility addition at the University Center Rochester campus. Learn More...
The Phoenix office of Skanska, a member of multiple AGC chapters, has completed work for Seven Canyons Golf Clubhouse located at 755 Golf Club Way in Sedona, Arizona. This is Skanska’s first hospitality project in Arizona. Learn More...
Sundt Construction, Inc., a member of multiple AGC chapters, completed construction of the new Interdisciplinary Complex at Coast Community College District’s Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. Learn More...
Pulitzer Arts Foundation’s lower-level interior gallery expansion, completed by St. Louis-based general contractor and construction manager Tarlton Corp., a member of multiple AGC chapters, is a finalist for a Keystone Award from the Associated General Contractors of Missouri. Learn More...
Tocci Building Companies, a Boston-area construction management company and AGC of Massachusetts member, announced that Lindsay Oleson, accounting manager, recently received the Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS®) designation. Developed by the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI), this insurance designation recognizes specialized expertise in construction insurance and risk management. Learn More...
Industry Events
September 17, 2015 
WEBINAR: Differing Site Conditions: Who Pays for Undisclosed & Unforeseen Risk 
2 - 3:30 p.m.

September 17-19, 2015 
CLC Leadership Development Conference 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

2 - 3 p.m.

2 - 3 p.m.

September 23-24, 2015 
Offsite Construction Expo 
Washington, D.C.

September 24, 2015 
WEBINAR: What Owners Really Want (from your Model)
2 - 3 p.m. 

2 - 3:30 p.m.

September 2 9 - October 1, 2015 
Utility Infrastructure Conference 
Louisville, Kentucky

3 - 4:30 p.m.

2 - 3 p.m.

October 7,  2015 to Friday, October 9, 2015
HR & Training Professionals Conference
St. Louis, Missouri

October 7, 2015 to Friday, October 9, 2015
AGC Safety Management Training Course SMTC
St. Louis, Missouri

October 7-9, 2015
San Diego, CA

2 - 3 p.m.

October 20, 2015 to Wednesday, October 21, 2015
2015 Fall BIMFORUM
2 - 3 p.m.

September 30, 2015 

Hiring Fairs 
September 16, 2015 
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Pittsburgh Expo with Pittsburgh Pirates 
Pittsburgh, PA 

September 16-17, 2015 
5:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Camp Pendleton Transition Summit
Camp Pendleton, CA 

September 17, 2015 
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Philadelphia Hiring Fair 
Philadelphia, PA

September 17, 2015 
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Las Vegas Hiring Fair 
Las Vegas, NV 

September 22-24, 2015 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Washington State Service Member for Life Transition Summit 
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 

September 23, 2015 
7 to 9 p.m. 
San Antonio Military Spouse Networking Reception 
San Antonio, TX 

September 24, 2015 
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
San Antonio Military Spouse Hiring Fair 
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX 

September 24, 2015 
4 to 6 p.m. 
Transitioning Senior Military Leadership Networking Reception 
Arlington, VA 

October 1, 2015 
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
San Diego Hiring Fair 
San Diego, CA

October 6, 2015 
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Los Angeles Hiring Fair 
Los Angeles, CA 

October 6, 2015 
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Virtual Hiring Fair 

October 7, 2015 
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Knoxville Hiring Fair 
Knoxville, TN

October 7-8, 2015 
12 p.m. (10/7) to 3 p.m. (10/8)
Camp Lejeune Transition Summit 
Camp Lejeune, NC 

October 14, 2015 
1:30 to 3 p.m. 
Tampa Military Spouse Networking Reception 
Tampa, FL 

October 15, 2015 
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Tampa Military Spouse Hiring Fair 
Tampa, FL

October 20, 2015 
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Warwick Hiring Fair 
Warwick, RI

October 21-22, 2015 
9:30 a.m. (10/21) to 4 p.m. (10/22) 
Fort Carson Transition Summit 
Fort Carson, CA 

October 21-22, 2015 
3 (10/21) to 4 p.m. (10/22)
Fort Campbell Transition Summit 
Fort Campbell, KY 

October 21, 2015 
7 - 9 p.m. 
MCAS Miramar Military Spouse Networking Reception 
San Diego, CA 

October 22, 2015 
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
MCAS Miramar Military Spouse Hiring Fair 
San Diego, CA 

October 27, 2015 
8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Ft. Worth  Hiring Fair 
Ft. Worth, TX 

October 28, 2015 
7 - 9 p.m. 
Quantico Military Spouse Networking Reception 
Quantico, VA 

October 29, 2015 
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Quantico Military Spouse Hiring Fair 
Quantico, VA 
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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