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General Services Administration (GSA) Emily Murphy will headline the Federal and Heavy Construction Division Session (April 2 at 9 a.m.) at AGC’s 100th Annual Convention in Denver. Administrator Murphy leads a staff of more than 11,000 employees nationwide, overseeing approximately 368 million square feet of property and approximately $55 billion in annual contracts. Following Administrator Murphy’s remarks there will be a presentation on the recent Laredo Land Port of Entry project by GSA and Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC.

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Daily Schedule

AGC Education & Research Foundation Gala Dinner
Hosted by the Consulting Constructors Council
Tuesday, April 2
6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Seawell Ballroom, Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Join us for a special night “Under the Stars” as we celebrate the great work of the AGC Education & Research Foundation. For more than 50 years the Foundation has made good on its commitment to support the future of our industry through its robust scholarship program and innovative projects. The AGC Education & Research Foundation Gala Dinner will be a can’t-miss evening of dinner, music and dancing, all in support of the Foundation.
Attire: Black Tie Optional
Individual tickets (60% tax deductible) = $300.00
Sponsored table – 10 seats (60% tax deductible) = $5,000.00
Click here for sponsorship details.

AGC Equipment, Technology & Construction Solutions Expo
April 1-3
Mile High Ballroom

Join more than 125 leading solution providers, technology innovators and manufacturers from across the construction industry to find the partners and tools you need to build better. Plus join us for daily activities in the Expo Hall including technology demonstrations, ‘Munch and Learn’ mornings and afternoons, and our daily Contractor’s Happy Hour.

Bill Ratz Memorial Topgolf Challenge
Benefitting the AGC Education & Research Foundation
Thursday, April 4
11:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Topgolf - Centennial, CO

At Topgolf, “Everyone’s game!” Take a swing, score some points, share a laugh … all for a great cause. The 2019 Bill Ratz Memorial golf tournament is going Topgolf. You don’t have to be a serious golfer to join the fun, but serious golfers will have the opportunity to compete head to head (and in teams) for a great list of prizes and a chance to take home the Bill Ratz Memorial Topgolf title. Plus, everyone has the chance to win $10,000 in our hole-in-one competition. Food and drinks will again be par for the course (21 and over for alcohol – ID required), so come join the fun and help us raise money to support the AGC Education & Research Foundation.
Individual tickets = $100.00 ($50.00 for student registrants)
Team Sponsorship (6 golfers) = $2,000.00
Additional sponsorships available. Click here for details.

AGC Diversity & Inclusion Awards - Sponsored by Willis Towers Watson
Tuesday, April 2
8 a.m.
Award winners to be announced at the morning Plenary Session hosted by AGC’s D&I Council. The AGC Diversity & Inclusion Excellence awards honor AGC members that are champions in advancing diversity and fostering a culture of inclusion within their workforce, supply chain and in the communities they serve.
Learn more about Willis Towers Watson.

AGC in the Community Awards
Thursday, April 4
9 a.m.
Award winners to be announced at the Closing Session. AGC in the Community is an initiative of AGC Charities Inc., designed to showcase the community service projects of AGC of America’s chapters and members. The awards recognize chapter and member service projects that epitomize the essence of charitable giving, through actual hands-on service and donations to charitable organizations.
Learn more about AGC Charities.


PipelineSuite, Inc.
Deltek Systems, Inc.

JLT Build America Awards (BAA)
Tuesday, April 2
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Four Seasons Ballroom
Limited Seating – Register Early to Ensure a Spot
The JLT Build America Awards honor AGC members who build the nation’s most impressive construction projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure, and federal and heavy divisions. These projects, with their vision, scope and grandeur, literally dare to challenge, dare to change the industry and way we build. JLT Build America Awards program includes a luncheon, keynote speaker and awards presentation.
Learn more about JLT

Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA)
Wednesday, April 3
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Four Seasons Ballroom
Limited Seating – Register Early to Ensure a Spot
The Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards program will recognize construction firms across the industry who excel at safety performance. Award recipients will have demonstrated a commitment to safety, occupational health management and risk control, with outstanding performance being recognized across seven different divisions and in 21 categories. The Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards program includes a luncheon, keynote speaker and awards presentation.
Learn more about Willis Towers Watson.

AGC Contractor’s Prayer Breakfast
Tuesday, April 2
6:30 - 7:30 a.m.
Join your fellow contractors for a morning of fellowship and an inspiring story from former NFL Quarterback and Super Bowl Champion Jay Schroeder.
Individual tickets = $100.00

AGC Celebrate Construction Party 
Wednesday, April 3
7- 10 p.m.
Ellie Caulkins Opera House, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Sponsored by HCSS and Procore
Open to all convention attendees … the event of the year happens right here! Last year more than 1,300 attendees rocked New Orleans for the Celebrate Construction Party at Mardi Gras World. With four different musical performers, some amazing NOLA cuisine and a great venue, the 2018 Celebrate Construction Party set a new bar for the AGC Convention. So how are we going to elevate things this year? Take the party to Denver obviously. Be sure and make plans to attend the 2019 Celebrate Construction Party at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Built in 1908, this multi-level feat of construction will provide the perfect backdrop for an evening of music, dancing, food and cocktails.

Business Development and Marketing Check-Ups
Presented, free of charge, by AGC’s Business Development Forum
In partnership with SMPS
New this year, AGC of America’s Business Development Forum, with support from The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), will be offering FREE 15-minute one-on-one Business Development “Check-Ups” to AGC Convention attendees to review and offer guidance on their BD and marketing related efforts. Subject matter experts (SME) from across the nation will be matched to assist you with questions and challenges relating to BD planning, sales, proposals, client presentations, branding, brochures, websites, social media, etc. For more information, please contact


7:30 – 8:15 a.m. 
Breakfast: Expo Munch and Learn
Sponsored by NCCER
Mile High Ballroom

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Student Chapter Showcase Lounge
Sponsored by HCSS
Mile High Ballroom

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Silent Auction Open
Mile High Ballroom

8 – 9 a.m.
Tuesday General Session and AGC Diversity & Inclusion Excellence Awards
Sponsored by Willis Towers Watson and United Rentals
Four Seasons Ballroom

9 – 10:30 a.m.
Collaboration between Government and Industry on Critical Infrastructure. A presentation on the Laredo Land Port of Entry by GSA and Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC.
Jason Hard, LEED AP Vice President / Federal Division Manager, Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC; Robert Hammack III Senior Project Manager, Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC; Raul Moreno AIA, LEED AP BD+C Senior Project Manager at U.S. General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service, Region 7; Emily W. Murphy Administrator, General Services Administration
Room 405

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Advancement in Head Protection for the Construction Industry: Leading Innovation and Creating Change
Jason Timmerman, CSP Environmental Health and Safety Director, Skanska USA Commercial Development; Seth Randall, CHST, CSP Division Safety Director, Clark Construction
Room 601

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
The Top 10 Reasons Contractors Succeed
By Dave Cyr Chief Executive Officer, Parrish Construction Group; Wayne Rivers Co-Founder & President, Family Business Institute, Inc.; Dennis Engelbrecht Family Business Consultant, Family Business Institute, Inc.
Room 401

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Delegated Design, Design-Assist, and the Erosion of the Spearin Doctrine, the Risks and Opportunities for Builders
Alicia Lopez Design Management Director, Flatiron; Levi Barrett Senior Counsel, Peckar & Abramson, P.C.; Joe Leone Partner, Drewry Simmons Vornehm LLP
Room 407

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Improving Cash Flow and Inequitable Payment Practices
Michael McLin Managing Director, Maxim Consulting Group
Room 404

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Advancing Technology into the Built Environment – Host by Specialty Contractors Council
Mike Bishop BIM/VDC Manager, Intermountain Electric, Inc.; Chris Porter Regional Sales Manager, Trimble; Nick Lauer Chief Estimator, MTech Mechanical; Richard Lopez National UAS Operations Executive, Hensel Phelps; Pete Busciglio VDC Manager, Hensel Phelps
Room 402

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Attracting People to Construction as a Long-Term Career Choice
R.J. Morris Director Talent Acquisition and Management, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.; Jessica Adame Craft Workforce Acquisition Manager; McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Room 403

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Specialty Contractor Council Steering Committee Meeting
Room 606

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
AGC Contract Documents Forum, Working Session
Room 503

10:30 – 11 a.m.
Networking Break
Sponsored by FedEx
Mile High Ballroom

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
AGC Highway & Transportation Division Showcase
Brandye Hendrickson Deputy (Acting) Administrator, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
Room 406

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cybersecurity: One Contractors Journey to Cyber Resilience
Harvey L. Johnson, CPA, CISA Partner / Cyber & Control Risk Services Team Leader, PBMares, LLP; Antonina K. McAvoy, CISA Cyber & Control Risk Services Manager, PBMares; Brandon Nice VP of Construction Operations, David A. Nice Builders, Inc.
Room 401

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Perceptive Power – Dare to take the survey?
Mike Haller, CHST Director of Safety, The Gallegos Corporation; Nicole Washam, CSP Risk Control Advisor, IMA, Inc.
Room 601

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Value of Marketing Communications for Contractors
Jessica McKinney Director of Marketing, PJDick; Chris Martin President, Atlas Marketing
Room 403

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Faster Forward: Lean’s Influence on Problem-Solving in the Information Age
Keyan Zandy Chief Operating Officer, Skiles Group
Room 404

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion in the Construction Industry
Room 608

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Opportunities and Challenges for Construction After the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
John Armour, CPA, CGMA Consultant, Armour Consulting, LLC; Kelli Franco, CPA Partner, Moss Adams
Room 402

11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
AGC Student Chapter Annual Meeting and Luncheon
Sponsored by Procore
Room 705, 707, 709, 711

12 – 2 p.m.
Luncheon for Spouses/Guests
Capitol Ballroom, 4th


12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
JLT Build America Awards
Four Seasons Ballroom

1 – 2 p.m.
Expo Lunch and Learn 
Mile High Ballroom
Sponsored by BP & COMDATA

1 – 4 p.m.
Business Development/Marketing Check-Ups
Presented by the AGC Business Development Forum and SMPS

Mile High Ballroom

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Tariffs, Taxes and Trade Wars:
Using Material Price Escalation Clauses to Mitigate Risk in an Uncertain Political Climate

Ron Ciotti Partner, Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP; Jack Mumma Construction Contract Administrator, Michigan State University; Bob Majerus, J.D. Vice President & General Counsel, Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Room 407

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Getting the Most from Your PTP/ JHA Process: Fostering Real Engagement with Those Closest to the Work
Barry Nelson CEO & Founder, FactorLab; Dan Saddler, CSP, CRIS Vice President, Safety, Structure Tone Southwest, LLC
Room 601

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Networking Break
Sponsored by Enterprise
Mile High Ballroom

3 – 4 p.m.
AGC Advocacy – Legislative and Political Briefing
Room 401

3 – 4 p.m.
Happy Hour with ConsensusDocs
Room 407

3 – 4 p.m.
Multi-Employer OSHA Liability for General Contractors and Prime Subcontractors

Courtney Malveaux Principal, Jackson Lewis P.C
Room 601

4 – 5 p.m.
Happy Hour in the AGC Technology & Construction Solutions Expo
Sponsored by Athenium Analytics
Mile High Ballroom

4:30 – 8:30 p.m.
AGC Student Chapter Topgolf Challenge
Topgolf Centennial

6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
AGC Education and Research Foundation Gala Dinner, Sponsored by the Consulting Contractors Council (CCC)
Denver Performing Arts Complex Galleria, Seawall Ballroom
Sponsored by Procore and Alliant

What You Need to Know
April 2: 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
April 3: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
April 4: 7 – 11 a.m.
The AGC Annual Convention is a business casual affair.  Please wear layers as the meeting room temperatures can run hot and cold.
Layer up! It is expected to be cool in Denver this week, with the lows anticipated to be in the 30s and highs to be near 60 degrees. Warm jackets, umbrellas, gloves, hats, mittens … bring them all!
The 100th Annual Convention is being held at the Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver, Colorado 80202, in the heart of downtown. There are two partnering hotels:
Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton Street
Denver, CO 80202
Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
650 15th Street
Denver, CO 80202
AGC Equipment, Technology & Construction Solutions Expo

Join more than 125 leading solution providers, technology innovators and manufacturers from across the construction industry to find the partners and tools you need to build better. There are many daily activities in the Expo Hall including technology demonstrations, ‘Munch and Learn’ mornings and afternoons, and our daily Contractor’s Happy Hour.

Daily Recap
AGC of America kicks off its 100th Annual Convention in artistic style
Construction is an art form. We see it all around us every day: in stadiums, in schools, in bridges, in airports. Last night, at the Opening General Session of AGC of America’s 100th Annual Convention in Denver, attendees saw it – well, heard it – in the form of poetry. “Ditch Diggers,” a poem written by Eric Borden of Kissick Construction, is a moving tribute to the construction industry and its craftsman, and was a perfect way – delivered via video - to start off what is sure to be a great week.
Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, AGC had much to celebrate. The accomplishments of the association and the industry were celebrated in a variety of ways throughout the year. But this is not an organization to rest on its laurels so the hard work continued throughout the year – and will continue – to keep the industry vibrant and ensure AGC members remain successful, according to outgoing President Eddie Stewart, incoming President Dirk Elsperman and CEO Steve Sandherr. Workforce development, diversity and inclusion, and advocacy remain top priorities, as well as a focus on technology and innovation as they impact construction. And, as AGC moves into its second century, it will adopt a new logo and tagline: “The Construction Association,” defining them as the association industry professionals, legislators, and the media turn to for answers.
Opening keynote speaker delivers powerful message
Charity: water Founder and CEO Scott Harrison has an interesting story to tell and AGC attendees heard it first hand at yesterday’s General Opening Session. After 10 years of a night-club promoter’s life, living in the fast lane, Harrison took a 180-degree turn and dedicated his life to helping others. While working in Liberia and discovering that half of the country was drinking polluted water, he made it his mission to ensure that everyone on the planet had access to clean water. In order to do so, he created the most hyper-transparent charity around, where private donations were used to help with operational costs, and 100 percent of the public funds went directly to the water projects. It was the first charity to reach one million followers and the first on Instagram, as a way to raise awareness and raise money. In 12 years, one million people have joined Charity: water and more than $350 million has been raised. To learn more about this organization and Harrison’s journey, check out his book Thirst, or visit
Getting Social
Be sure to tweet comments and photos during the Convention. Remember to use the hashtag #AGC2019 and mention @AGCofA and @ConstructorMag!
Constructor will be at Convention too! Be sure to grab the latest issue and tweet a photo of where you take it throughout the convention hall. Don't forget to use the hashtags #AGC2019 and mention @ConstructorMag and @AGCofA. Stop by the Constructor Arcade and say hello to the Constructor team.



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