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New Proposal to Reform Multiemployer Retirement Plans Will Help Industry
AGC Chief Executive Officer Releases Statement in Response to Proposed Plan

Watch the video above to learn how AGC has been fighting for you.

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement in response to the release of the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans Retirement Security Review Commission’s proposed plan for preserving, remediating and innovating multiemployer retirement plans: “The Commission’s plan represents a pragmatic, reasonable and – most importantly for taxpayers – self-sufficient approach to preserving and protecting nearly half a trillion dollars worth of multiemployer retirement plans.  These retirement plans, many of which are funded by construction firms, are needed to ensure long-term security for tens of thousands of construction workers.  As important, the retirement plans’ funds provide a vital source of capital for domestic investments in everything from small businesses to major infrastructure projects.  The steps outlined in the Commission’s plan give employers and their workers the tools they need to protect their retirement plans.” Read more.

AGC Builds Presence on Twitter and LinkedIn
AGC Legislative Affairs and AGC’s Building Division Join the Conversation

One of the many goals of AGC of America is to keep our members informed with the most up-to-date industry news. We are able to provide valuable news and updates relevant to our members and the industry at large through outlets like Twitter and Facebook. And as we are always looking for more ways to get you that information, we are excited to announce two new Twitter accounts – AGC Legislative and AGC Building Division – to provide even more industry-specific updates on-the-go. In addition, AGC’s Building Division has created a LinkedIn group as a forum for all things relevant to your business. So – if you haven’t already – join these conversations today.

Still Time Left to Register for AGC’s 94th Annual Convention
March 6-9, 2013 | Palm Springs, Calif.

This year’s theme – Building Connections – will focus on the realities of the construction market today, what you can do to keep your business afloat, and how it just may be who you know that gives your firm that vital, competitive edge. And where better to build connections and grow your business than at the AGC Annual Convention? As our premier event each year, the AGC Annual Convention and Constructor Expo is the ideal opportunity to see everything that AGC can do for you and your business, as well as to learn from industry peers and experts on how they are overcoming today’s challenges. It’s not too late – you can learn more about this year’s convention and register today at http://convention.agc.org/.

California Charity Angel View Selected for Next Operation Opening Doors Project
March 2013 | Palm Springs, Calif.

Mel Haber, President, Angel View Board of Directors talks about project in video above.

Construction charity organization AGC Charities, Inc. will renovate the facility of a Palm Springs area-based group that supports children and adults with disabilities as part of its annual Operation Opening Doors event in March. As part of that effort, contractors will donate their time, expertise and money to make a series of improvements to the headquarters of Angel View.  AGC Charities is teaming up with San Diego-based Hensel Phelps, which has volunteered to serve as the lead contractor for the charitable effort.  The improvements will include transforming Angel View’s existing courtyard into an outdoor recreation area with wheelchair accessible amenities, replacing doors and wainscot damaged by wheelchairs and installing wainscot in a new wing.  In addition, the group hopes to install a sunshade in the drop-off area to protect clients from the sweltering summer sun. Visit www.agccharities.org and watch the video above to learn more about the project and how you can help.

Time for the Industry to Come to its Census
Complete the U.S. Census Bureau’s Economic Census Today

Did you miss the appointment for your check-up? I’m not getting nosy about any medical or dental visits—I’m referring to the Economic Census. The Census Bureau sent notices to virtually every business in all industries between October and December 2012. Responses were due online or by mail on February 12, although businesses can still make use of a 30-day grace period. While writing down all your vital statistics in a checkup may not be fun, this time the Census Bureau has made it pretty painless. All businesses with a single establishment (permanent location)—which includes about 99 percent of construction firms—can report directly online. Multi-site businesses can download a reporting form. And there is no waiting in Dr. Census’s office, even though 4 million patients—, businesses—including nearly all contractors, received notices in December. Why bother (aside from the fact that reporting is required by federal law, subject to penalties of up to $5,000 for failure to report, and $10,000 for intentionally providing false information)? Learn why here.

Senate Democrats Propose Buffet Tax, Spending Cuts as Alternative to Sequestration
AGC Updates Sequestration Report

On Feb. 14, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) unveiled his plan to replace the March 1 implementation of $85 billion in indiscriminate, across-the-board spending cuts—called sequestration—with an even balance of spending cuts and tax revenues. The plan includes a 30 percent minimum tax rate for personal income over $1 million, a change in the tax treatment of employment opportunities outside the U.S., and a new tax on oil from tar sands that will go into the oil spill liability trust fund (these provisions are expected to raise about $5 billion this year and $55 billion over the next ten years).  It also redirects and delays the planned sequester cuts by phasing in $27.5 billion in defense cuts over a six year period starting in 2015.  In addition the plan will reduce farm subsidies by imposing a means test over a 10 year period. Read more.

President Obama Proposes Increased Infrastructure Investment During State of the Union
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Holds Transportation Infrastructure Summit

Investment in transportation and other forms of infrastructure were given high profile in Washington last week. President Obama’s State of the Union Address repeated past calls for transportation infrastructure investment with a new call for a $40 to $50 billion “Fix it First” initiative that would be “targeted to the most urgent upgrades, like the 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country.” The President proposed a Partnership to Rebuild America to attract private capital to upgrade “what our businesses need most: modern ports to move our goods; modern pipelines to withstand a storm; modern schools worthy of our children. “Unfortunately, no additional details were provided on the proposal, including ideas about how to raise the revenue to pay for it.” Read more.

Contractors Lead the Way in BIM Adoption
Learn How AGC Curriculum Can Benefit Your Company

Contractors are leading the way in the construction industry’s use of Building Information Modeling (BIM), according to a McGraw-Hill Construction SmartMarket Report – The Business Value of BIM in North America – released in January. Just a few years ago, according to the report, contractors had a low BIM adoption rate, but today contractors – especially large and medium-large general contractors – are using BIM because they are finding the return on investment (ROI) is worth the investment. Contractors also reported that the more engaged they are with BIM, the better their ROI. Top BIM benefits reported by contractors include: reduced rework, 65 percent; marketing for new business, 56 percent; reduced document errors and omissions, 55 percent; maintain repeat business, 54 percent; and reduced project duration, 53 percent. Read more.

TODAY: Webinar – Application of Lean Thinking to Construction
Feb. 19, 2013 | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET

Join the upcoming AGC webinar where participants will be introduced to the application of lean thinking and film study techniques to construction operations. By participating in this 90 minute webinar, one will learn that opportunities for breakthrough performance and risk management are greater than what one may initially observe. Upon completion of this webinar, participants will: understand the difference between seeing work through the lens of cost control vs. lean flow; gain an introductory level awareness of Lean Production management as it relates to work at the crew level; and gain an introductory level awareness of the application of film study to construction operations. Learn more and register.

Register Early for the 2013 AGC Federal Contractors Conference and Save $100
April 23 – 25, 2013 | Washington, D.C.

The AGC Federal Contractors Conference will be held April 23-25 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Attendees will hear directly from a host of headquarters representatives from a number of federal agencies about their upcoming projects, including: the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command; the U.S. Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment; the General Services Administration; and the Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, for the first time, attendees will have a chance to meet with representatives from the Department of Energy (DOE). Learn more and register today to save.

Spring BIMForum: The Human Side of BIM
April 24-25, 2013 | Miami, Fla.

How many times have you heard someone start a presentation, conversation, or article with “BIM is 10 percent technology, 90 percent sociology?” (Source: Scott Simpson, FAIA, KlingStubbins) It may be becoming trite, but it is also very true. A BIM implementation is only as good as the capabilities of the people implementing it, and it is even more successful when team members collaborate. However, as often as we say it and as important as it is, our study of the “90 percent” tends to be less consistent and engaged than that of the “10 percent” – until now. This conference will practically and deeply investigate the “90 percent”, the human side of BIM. Learn more and register today.

Webinar: Design-Build Lessons Learned
Feb. 21, 2013 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Valuable lessons for design-builders and specialty contractors can be learned from recent cases involving design-build projects. This webinar will highlight key contract terms and risk allocation concepts such as implied warranty, indemnification (hold harmless), differing site conditions, liquidated damages, reliance on bridging documents and bad owner provided data. Learn how best practices in contract drafting and administration can help design-build projects achieve success and avoid problems. The expert panel will also provide insight on how ConsensusDocs standard design-build contracts approach these key risk allocation issues. Learn more and register here.

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