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Free Webinar to Focus on New Federal Rules on Executive Compensation & Subcontractor Awards
August 28, 2012 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST

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AGC will hold a free webinar on August 28 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m EST to educate federal contractors about a final executive compensation and subcontractor award rule that is going into effect on August 27. Mr. Edward DeLisle, a partner in the construction and federal contracting groups of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC, will discuss the rule’s scope and how federal contractors can comply with the new rule. Read more.

Work to Begin in September on AGC Charities’ Operation Opening Doors Fall Project
Help Us Open the Closest American Legion Post to the Capitol to All Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen

AGC Charities is currently working with local Georgetown architect, Alex Zara of Zaras & Neudorfer Architects to draw up plans and complete permitting for renovations at the American Legion Post located in Capitol Hill. The construction work is expected to begin in September and lead contractor, Clark Construction Group is working with local subcontractors to get materials and labor donated to complete the charity project. Read more.

South Dakota Building Chapter Kicks-off Eighth Operation Opening Doors Project

Operation Opening Doors, a nonprofit arm of the Associated General Contractors South Dakota Building Chapter has identified an Aberdeen man, Staff Sergeant Sean Johnson as the recipient of their eighth renovation project in South Dakota. Staff Sgt. Johnson, an ammunitions inspector with the Aberdeen-based 452nd Ordnance Company of the Army Reserve, served his country for 23 years including three deployments: Operation Desert Storm, Operation Joint Guard, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He most recently was bestowed the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in Iraq when a mortar exploded near him. Read more.

Construction Employment Declined in 31 States Between July 2011 and 2012
California Adds the Most Construction Jobs and North Dakota Adds the Highest Percentage Year-over-Year

Construction employment declined in 31 states from July 2011 to July 2012 and in 28 states in the past month, according to an analysis by AGC of America of Labor Department data. Association officials noted that construction employment decreased in the majority of states as public construction funding continues to shrink, offsetting gains in homebuilding and nonresidential construction. Read more.

Construction Materials Prices Post Rare Year-Over-Year Dip in July
Increases in Diesel and Steel Prices Since Mid-July May Renew Squeeze on Contractors

The cost of key construction materials dropped for the third consecutive month in July, pushing down year-over-year prices for the first time since 2009, according to an analysis of producer price index figures released by AGC of America. However, association officials warned that recent spikes in diesel fuel and steel prices may drive up the cost of construction again, and they urged lawmakers to invest in needed infrastructure projects promptly while prices remain low. Read more.

AGC Helps Members Cope with Fast-moving Price Increases

Prices for a wide variety of construction materials and fuel have suddenly heated up. By documenting recent and past price changes, AGC helps members with future work, current projects and previous bids that may have been shelved. On Monday, steel makers Nucor, WMC, and Insteel all increased prices on wire mesh for reinforcing concrete, effective immediately, without prior notice to their distributors.  Insteel’s increase ranges from 8 percent on rolls and 10 to 11 percent on sheets. Other steel price increases have been announced or put into immediate effect in recent weeks. Read more

After Pressure from AGC, Corps of Engineers Pulls Back on One-Step Design-Build Procurement

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Headquarters recently issued a directive noting limitations on the use of one-step selection procedures for design-build projects. AGC has objected to the use of the one-step process because of, as USACE notes, “the high cost of proposal preparation and the limited likelihood of success when competing with dozens of offerors.” Additionally, over the years, AGC noted that the one-step process has been used for projects not authorized by statute, which USCAE recognizes. Read more.

AGC Releases First Safety & Health Newsletter
Free Subscriptions for AGC Members

The inaugural edition of Safety Matters, an AGC electronic newsletter designed to provide valuable safety and health information to construction professionals, was released last week. Whether on the road or in the office, Safety Matters allows you to stay informed about safety and health practices in the construction industry. This monthly publication will deliver timely news, important regulatory updates, best practices and chapter and member information. If you would like to start receiving this monthly electronic newsletter, please click here.

AGC of America Collaborates with Master Builders’ Association to host Fall Protection Training
Sept. 6-7, 2012 | Pittsburgh, Pa.

AGC of America, in collaboration with Master Builders’ Association of Western Pennsylvania, will be hosting Fall Protection Training Seminars on Sept. 6 and 7, 2012.  It is the same seminar being hosted on two different days.  Please click here for more information. Please contact Raj Vohra at vohrar@agc.org for additional information.

AGC Safety Management Training Course
Sept. 18-20, 2012 | Madison, Wisc.

The next AGC Safety Management Training Course (SMTC) is being offered Sept. 18-20, 2012 in Madison, Wis.  The course provides intensive instruction on the basic skills needed to manage a safety program within a company.  The program builds on Focus Four training, prepares attendees to manage key safety issues on the job site, and provides techniques for delivering basic safety training to field personnel.  Participants will receive instruction and training that will allow them to return to their firms with readily applicable new skills. For more details and to register for this course, click here.

AGC to Host Construction Leadership Council Fall Working Weekend
Sept. 20-22, 2012 | Seattle, Wash.

AGC is seeking young and mid-career professionals to attend the annual two-day event in Seattle, Wash. Chapter staff who work with CLC groups also are encouraged to attend. The event is designed to help AGC of America’s mid-career professionals get connected and share best practices. Attendees do not have to be a member of a CLC group to join this event. Read more.

AGC to Support the Big Build at the National Building Museum
Sept. 22, 2012 | Washington, D.C.

AGC will be sponsoring the Big Build at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 22, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  The event is designed for children ages 5-13 and includes fun construction-related activities, including dry wall finishing, woodworking and nail driving, as well as the opportunity to meet and talk with plumbers, architects and landscape designers. The event is free and open to the public.  A $5 donation is suggested. For more information, contact Nahee Rosso at (703) 837-5348 or rosson@agc.org.

AGC Foundation Awards First Case Study Grant
Focus on Ethical Situations in Construction Project Management or Cost Estimating

A brand new initiative for the AGC Education and Research Foundation will produce industry case studies for use in the classroom.  In its pilot phase, the Case Study Project issued its first RFP in April for case studies on ethical situations in construction project management or cost estimating. Applicants from academic institutions were required to team with an AGC member contractor. The winning proposal was submitted by Dr. Ihab Saad of Northern Kentucky University and a team from Turner Construction Company that includes: Doug Bennett, Project Executive; Ted Boeckerman, Project Executive; and Mark Terhar, Vice President and Operations Manager. The Northern Kentucky team will submit its final case study by the end of 2012. Read more.

National Utility Contractors Association Joins ConsensusDocs Coalition
ConsensusDocs Coalition Continues to Grow

The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA), the national trade association representing utility and excavation contractors, joined the ConsensusDocs Coalition, and has become the 37th member of this unique coalition that produces best practice contracts for the design and construction industry. “NUCA is excited to join the ConsensusDocs Coalition,” states Bill Hillman, CEO of NUCA. “Joining the Coalition helps NUCA members by ensuring not only that they have a voice in the drafting process, but that they have easy access (and a member discount) to fair and balanced contracts that are relevant to today’s design and construction projects.” Read more.

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