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AGC WORKING FOR YOU
Just Released: Lean Construction Education Program Unit 6
Lean Design and Pre-construction
 


Unit 6: Lean Design and Pre-construction
is a half-day, instructor-led course that introduces you to the concepts of value-based management, lean in the design process and relational contracting. The course is divided into three sessions: (1) Defining Design; (2) Applying Lean in Design; and (3) Contractors in Design. Following this course, participants will be able to: distinguish between the varying definitions for design; define value and commonly used methods to maximize it; discuss waste and commonly used methods to minimize it; differentiate between traditional project methods and lean design; and explain the various lean tools used in design and how to deploy them. The course assumes that participants have a working knowledge of Lean Construction theories, definitions, principles and ideas.  Lean Construction 101 Video, is a recommended prerequisite to taking this course, as are Unit 1: Variation in Production Systems, Unit 2: Pull in Production, Unit 3: Lean Workstructuring, Unit 4: The Last Planner®System and Unit 5: Lean Supply Chain and Assembly. Go to www.agc.org/LCEPto learn more.
Hiring Our Heroes Webinar Recording Now Available to AGC Members
 
The AGC Hiring Our Heroes: Best Practices Construction Employers webinar that took place earlier this month is now available online at www.agc.org/workforce. Featuring Jennifer Giering, Director of Business and State Engagement at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Hiring Our Heroes, this webinar covers how AGC members can get involved in the Hiring Our Heroes initiative and start hiring veterans today. For more information, please contact Sarah Gallegos at gallegoss@agc.org.
AGC IN THE NEWS
Construction Employment Increased in 39 States During the Past Year
Thirty-four States and D.C. Add Jobs Between August and September
 
Construction firms added jobs in 39 states between September 2013 and September 2014, while construction employment increased in 34 states and the District of Columbia between August and September, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by AGC of America.  Association officials noted that the construction job gains come as more construction firms report having a hard time finding qualified workers to fill key positions. “Construction firms in most states have been expanding during the past year,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But as those firms expand, they have to work harder to attract their skilled craft workers and key construction professionals.” Read the full release here.
ENVIRONMENT
Are You Ready for the 2nd Annual AGC Hard Hat Recycling Challenge?
Accepting Pledges Now Through November 10
 
AGC has renewed its commitment to holding an annual Hard Hat Recycling Challenge as part of America Recycles Day this November 15th.   Will you accept the challenge? Here is how it works.  America Recycles Day is on Saturday, Nov. 15.  Make your pledge to AGC by (or before) Monday, Nov. 10 so that we know which members to highlight.  Start collecting your hard hats for recycling, then circle back to AGC by Nov. 17 with information on how many hard hats your company collected for recycling.  Be sure to take some photographs of your efforts, as AGC will be highlighting these efforts through various news outlets.  AGC will identify those members who have pledged to participate in the challenge as part of the notices surrounding America Recycles Day.  Afterwards, AGC will report on the hard hats recycled and further highlight members’ recycling efforts. Learn more here.
HR & LABOR
New VETS-4212 Report Replaces VETS-100
 
On Sept. 25, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) published a final rule that impacts federal contractors and subcontractors that hire and employ veterans under provisions of the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA).  The final rule rescinds the regulations applicable to federal contracts and subcontracts entered into before December 1, 2003, because those regulations are now obsolete. In addition, the final rule revises the regulations that outline the reporting requirements applicable to federal contracts and subcontracts of $100,000 or more entered into or modified after Dec. 1, 2003, by changing the manner in which federal contractors report on their employment of veterans.  The new rule goes into effect on Oct. 27, 2014.  Covered contractors must comply beginning with the annual report filed in 2015. Read more.
AGC FOUNDATION
Scholarship Application Deadline is Quickly Approaching
Applications Must Be Submitted by Nov. 3, 2014
 
Just a friendly reminder that the deadline for the AGC Education and Research Foundation Scholarship applications for the 2015-16 academic year is less than a month away. The application period runs through midnight EST November 3, 2014. Full criteria for scholarship eligibility and the application may be found at http://scholarship.agc.org. Students in ABET or ACCE-accredited civil engineering or construction management programs are eligible for $2,500 scholarships, renewable for up to three years.  Students must be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year (or the final year of a five-year program) in the fall of 2015 in order to apply.  Graduate students are eligible for $3,750 annually for up to two years. For more information, please contact Melinda Patrician at (703) 837-5342 or patricianm@agc.org.
EVENTS
Webinar: Why Field Layout Suffers When Construction Documentation is Not Detailed Enough
…And What to Do About It | Oct. 23, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST
 
Many construction firms are still using multiple documentation and management processes that are 50 years old or more with paper prints and specifications still being the major documentation tool.  To complicate the problem, as projects have become more complex, we have added more documentation, duplicated tasks and delegated responsibilities, creating inefficiencies and errors in the field.  Hear how PCL Construction has utilized Autodesk BIM 360 to create repeatable document management processes to fuel their construction execution activities like layout---resulting in greater efficiencies with fewer errors. Learn more and register here.
Webinar: Building the Best Harassment Prevention Training Program for Your Construction Company
Nov. 4, 2014 | 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST
 
Join AGC and Bert Brannen of Fisher & Phillips LLP for this informative program that will help prepare your company to better deliver harassment prevention and sensitivity training for your workers and supervisors. The webinar will combine various video scenarios filmed on a construction jobsite (taken directly from the DVD), as well as guidance from our expert speaker to cover the following topics: federal laws related to sexual and other types of harassment and discrimination; review of the protected classes discrimination laws are intended to protect, including recent updates regarding veterans, individuals with disabilities and transgender workers; when and how often harassment and discrimination training must take place; various ways harassment and discrimination can occur in the workplace; what topics must be covered during training and what to say to trainees to get them to take the training seriously; the important role supervisors play in supporting the company’s harassment and discrimination policy including how to properly report and document complaints; and additional resources to assist with harassment prevention training for contractors. Learn more and register here.
MEMBER BENEFITS
Get in the Game! Win a Trip to the 2015 Pro Bowl
 
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CONSENSUSDOCS
Takeaway Lessons from AGC Webinar on Design Delegation
 
Risk is potentially bad, but also a potential opportunity for your business to grow and prosper. Constructors/General Contractors increasing role in performing design delegation and shared design is such an opportunity.  AGC recently presented a webinar (available in the AGC Store here) that provided participants with many great takeaways and a closer look at how parameters of design must be delegated clearly in all contracts. ConsensusDocs standard contract documents, which are endorsed by AGC and 40 other organizations, provide advantages over standard American Institute of Architects (AIA) A201 standard contract, with ConsensusDocs requiring an exhibit to spell out the delegated design and the responsible design professional of record to coordinate the overall design. To learn more, please contact Brian Perlberg at perlbergb@agc.org.

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