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Agenda 2018-02-27T14:13:45+00:00

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EDUCATION SESSION SUBJECT MATTER KEY
(all education sessions take place February 26-27, 2018)

Finance Insurance & Risk Highway & Utility Infrastructure Workforce Jobsite Productivity Technology Safety
12:00 PM 7:00 PM Registration and Info Desk Open Elite Foyer, Lvl 1
11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day, and for contractors, there is no greater responsibility than ensuring that workers return home safely at the end of each day. A safer jobsite is a more successful jobsite, which puts the onus on everyone to encourage safety and develop data-driven best practices.

The good news is that technology is catching up to drive the industry forward. The new “ConstrucTech” ecosystem, comprised of mobile apps, wearable technology, VR/AR, and drones, is helping the industry build smarter and safer than ever before. Wearable devices in particular are being used to protect the industry’s most valuable resource – the workforce. By alerting site supervisors and safety personnel the moment an incident occurs, and showing where it occurs on site, help can be sent more quickly and the risk of compounding injuries declines.

Leading GCs like Suffolk are embracing innovation to tackle issues including site control, risk management, and safety. By nurturing “smart labs” that focus on identifying, researching and piloting emerging technologies, Suffolk is able to expand their technological toolbox and advance preconstruction scheduling, lean construction, safety and quality assurance initiatives. In addition, by promoting a standard template that outlines hypotheses, identifies resources, establishes milestones and tracks results, Suffolk is able to take an integrated, controlled approach to new tech.

Knowing is the first step towards effective risk management and response, and automatically recording the who, what, when, where and why of daily construction operations and site safety incidents through emerging technologies allows everyone to build safer and smarter than ever before. Learn how Suffolk is using these technologies, including spot-r by Triax, to ensure a safer, more efficient jobsite.

Speaker(s):

Chad Hollingsworth, Triax Technologies, Inc.
Doug Ware, Suffolk

Strand 11b, Lvl 2
12:00 PM 5:00 PM 535 Club Open – Open to 535 Club Members Only – Visit to Learn More Strand 12, Lvl 2
12:00 PM 5:00 PM

Silent Auction Open – Benefiting the AGC Education & Research Foundation 

Empire Foyer, Lvl 2
1:00 PM 2:00 PM

Has your safety program gone stale? Did your safety committee putter out? This presentation will provide some case studies that might inspire you to revamp your safety program based on the unique characteristics of your trade and the specific vein of motivation at your company. Utilizing case studies from a mid-sized general contractor followed by break-out group exercises with other attendees, we’ll explore potential safety approaches, ideas or initiatives to help you overcome the inertia.

Speaker(s):

Demetra Star, MS, Fortis Construction, Inc.

Strand 11b, Lvl 2
2:15 PM 3:15 PM

Faced with diminishing returns in injury reductions through traditional workplace safety management systems, senior leadership at C.R. Meyer adopted an innovative Human Factors approach to improving personal safety skills within their own workforce and saw dramatic results. Wanting their unionized contract labor force to share in the benefits they had seen in their own personnel, the company then reached out to The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) to conduct a pilot training project involving over 1000 UBC members. The results were impressive – a 75% reduction in the Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR) of the test group versus workers not trained in the personal safety skills concepts and techniques.

In this joint presentation, John Groff, Corporate Safety Trainer for C.R. Meyer will share his experience with Human Factors safety from the company’s perspective. Don Wilson of SafeStart will give an educational overview of the concepts behind the innovative 24/7 approach to personal safety adopted by C.R. Meyer. The session will conclude with many new ideas and skills that attendees will be able to immediately adopt personally as well as ideas for improving engagement within the workforce for safety when they return to work.

Speaker(s):

John Groff, C.R. Meyer
Don Wilson, SafeStart

Strand 11b, Lvl 2
3:00 PM 5:30 PM Allianz LogoUtility Infrastructure Contractors Division Leadership Meeting – Open to All Attendees Bolden 6, Lvl 2
3:00 PM 5:30 PM Allianz LogoBuilding Contractors Division Leadership Meeting – Open to All Attendees Bolden 5, Lvl 2
3:00 PM 5:30 PM Allianz LogoFederal and Heavy Construction Contractors Leadership Meeting – Open to All Attendees Bolden 4, Lvl 2
3:00 PM 5:30 PM Tensar LogoHighway and Transportation Contractors Division Leadership Meeting – Open to All Attendees Celestin A, Lvl 3
5:30 PM 7:00 PM United Rentals LogoAGC Convention Welcome Reception – Open to All Attendees
Sponsored by AGC’s Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee
Elite Hall, Lvl 1
6:30 PM 10:30 PM The Consulting Constructors’ Council of America presents:
Boogie Woogie Bugle Bash
 (Additional Fee Applies)      SOLD OUT
benefiting the AGC Education & Research Foundation | 
Buses Depart at 6:15 PM From the Hotel Lobby
National WWII Museum – US Freedom Pavilion
6:30 AM 6:00 PM Registration Open Elite Foyer, Lvl 1
7:00 AM 7:00 PM Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards Judging Strand Foyer, Lvl 2
7:00 AM 8:00 AM Contractor’s Prayer Breakfast (Additional Fee Applies)
Speaker: Phil Downer
Celestin D, Lvl 3
7:30 AM 5:00 PM 535 Club Open Strand 12, Lvl 2
7:30 AM 5:00 PM Silent Auction Open Empire Foyer, Lvl 2
7:30 AM 6:00 PM AGC Expo Open Elite Hall, Lvl 1
7:30 AM 8:15 AM Grab and Go Breakfast in AGC Expo – Open to All Attendees Elite Hall, Lvl 1
7:45 AM 8:20 AM AGC Student Showcase Open Empire Foyer, Lvl 2
8:30 AM 10:00 AM Autodesk LogoAGC Opening Session
Keynote Speaker: Issac Lidsky
Empire Ballroom, Lvl 2
10:30 AM 11:00 AM Plangrid LogoNetworking Break Elite Hall, Lvl 1
11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Statistics show serious injury and fatality rates have declined over the past 25 years and are currently stagnant. Safety professionals have relied on Heinrich’s Law to warn leadership that lesser severity events are precursors to more serious injuries, including serious injuries and fatalities (SIFs). Recent

studies show that the Heinrich Theory is not effective at preventing SIFs. Data suggests there are precursors to SIFs that should be used to predict which operations have the greatest risk. This session will investigate these theories, define SIF events a describe when precursor analysis can be applied. Attendees will better understand precursor analysis and its application in the work environment.

Speaker(s):

Eric Lambert, ARM, CRIS, CHST, Zurich North America
Mark Mumford, Cajun Deep Foundations and Cajun Maritime
John Gambatese, Oregon State University
Greg Driscoll, MS, CSP, American Contractors Insurance Group

Strand 11b, Lvl 2
11:00 AM 12:00 PM

There aren’t many owner-constructor relationships that last more than a century, but Michigan State University and the Christman Company have been working together since 1908. During that time, Christman has constructed dozens of buildings on MSU’s campus, and renovated many more. The key to maintaining this relationship is healthy and respectful communication, and choosing to deal with problems rather than writing each other off. In this session, representatives of Christman and MSU will discuss some of the watershed moments, and how the partners have built on past success and learned from failures.

Speaker(s):

Jack Mumma, Michigan State University
Jay Smith, The Christman Company

 Elite Hall, BR4, Lvl 1
11:00 AM 12:00 PM

Construction partnering was all the rage in the 1990-2000s when state Departments of Transportation realized that resolving construction issues and concerns at the lowest level reduced disputes and litigation thereby saving time and reducing costs. Some say that partnering is a relic of the past and most DOTs no longer are engaged. An Iowa State University study says otherwise – Partnering is alive and well and is now even being used on design-build and CMGC projects.

This session will provide a report on the state of the art in partnering across the country and present you with ideas for engaging your own state DOT to reenergize their partnering efforts.

Speaker(s):

Doug Gransberg, Iowa State University

 Elite Hall, BR3, Lvl 1
11:00 AM 12:00 PM

D. Albert Brannen, co-author of the AGC’s video “Diversity Rules,” will offer practical advice on how to prevent harassment in the workplace. This session is particularly relevant and timely given the recent outbreak of #MeToo complaints and other unfortunate news stories. The session will take into account recent EEOC Guidance and offer advice on how to make harassment prevention programs more effective and to create the right workplace culture.

Speaker(s):

D. Albert Brannen, Fisher & Phillips LLP.

Elite Hall, BR2, Lvl 1
11:00 AM 12:00 PM

The AIA A201 2017 General Conditions Document has been rewritten and restructured its insurance requirements in the new edition and created a new Insurance Exhibit A. This will impact how insurance requirements required by Owners and insurance products Contractors must procure (and avoid exclusions). The AGC-endorsed ConsensusDocs also made significant changes in its updated standard documents that among other things now defaults to the Constructor procuring the Builder’s Risk Policy, instead of the Owner. Find out what you need to do to comply or alternatively contract negotiation strategies.

Speaker(s):

Bob Majerus, Hensel Phelps
James O’Connor, Maslon Law
David Suchar, Maslon Law

Strand 13, Lvl 2
11:00 AM 12:30 PM

In today’s highly competitive business environment, everyone knows that association memberships don’t sell themselves to busy contractors. But savvy chapter executives realize it’s the job of every staff member, not just the membership director, to successfully recruit and retain members. Often, the difference between winning and losing a member is directly tied to how the organization is perceived at every level, including front-line staff, event organizers, training managers, accounting, and of course, membership development.

This highly engaging one-hour session will introduce chapter staff of all levels to key strategies and techniques to breathe new life into the membership sales process.

Speaker(s):

Anthony Huey, Reputation Management, Inc.

Celestin B&C, Lvl 3
11:00 AM 12:30 PM

2017 was a historic year in destruction of infrastructure from weather and climate disasters. The disasters caused $306 billion in total damage in 2017, with 16 events that caused more than $1 billion in damage each.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the lead federal agency for navigation, flood control, shoreline protection, hydropower, dam safety, water supply, environmental restoration and protection, and disaster response and recovery.

With its 300-year history and unique geographic location, New Orleans is one of the world’s most experienced cities in natural disasters recovery.  Hurricane Katrina was one of the costliest natural disasters and ranks in the top five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States.  Estimates found the federal government spent approximately $120 billion on Hurricane Katrina related recovery projects, more than three times the annual budget of Louisiana.  Please join Col. Michael Clancy, and other members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, for a discussion on:

  • Lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina;
  • How these lessons can be applied to other cities;
  • The status of New Orleans recovery efforts; and
  • How the agency works with federal contractors to rebuild after a national disaster.

Speaker(s):

Col. Michael Clancy , Commander & District Engineer of the New Orleans District
Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Elite Hall, BR 1, Lvl 1
11:00 AM 12:30 PM Specialty Contractors Council Steering Committee Meeting (open to all attendees) Bolden 2, Lvl 2
11:00 AM 4:00 PM HCSS Logo
11:00 AM Welcoming Remarks
Paige Packard, AGC of America
Marty Garza, President, AGC Education & Research Foundation
11:15 AM

AGC Education & Research Foundation Awards

  • 2018 Outstanding Educator Award Winner
  • 2018 James L. Allhands Student Essay Competition Winner
11:30 AM

Outstanding Student Chapter Presentations

  • 2017 OSC First-Place Winner – Project Presentation
  • 2017 OSC Second-Place Winner – Project Presentation
  • 2017 OSC Contest Third-Place Winner – Project Presentation
12:05 PM

Networking Lunch
Sponsored by HCSS

12:40 PM

DISC Profile Form

1:05 PM

Industry CLC Panel – Early Career Development
This session will introduce you to young leaders in the construction industry as they discuss their first 5 years in their careers, their lessons learned and share how to be an exceptional contributor to your company. Learn what you can do now and in the next 5 years to develop your skills and how AGC can help you in your journey. This session will be followed by more personal industry roundtables
Moderator: Frank Wilson, MCM, GCPM, CM-BIM, CEO, BFW Contractors

2:05 PM

CLC Roundtables

2:35 PM

Break

3:00 PM

Leadership Development – Dealing with Personalities in the Workplace
Alan Bond, AGC Student Chapter Faculty Advisor, Construction Management Department, California State University Chico

4:00 PM

End Student Session please join us for the First Time Attendees Reception in Strand 13

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Celestin E, Lvl 3
11:30 AM 1:30 PM Luncheon for AGC Spouses and Guests Celestin D, Lvl 3
12:00 PM 2:00 PM AGC Service & Supply Council Steering Committee Meeting  Foster 2, Lvl 2
12:30 PM 1:15 PM iSqFt LogoGrab and Go Lunch in AGC Lounge – Open to All Attendees Elite Hall, Lvl 1
1:00 PM 2:30 PM Highway Division (Education Session and Meeting) Elite Hall, BR 1, Lvl 1
1:30 PM 2:30 PM

Nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day, and for contractors, there is no greater responsibility than ensuring that workers return home safely at the end of each day. A safer jobsite is a more successful jobsite, which puts the onus on everyone to encourage safety and develop data-driven best practices.

The good news is that technology is catching up to drive the industry forward. The new “ConstrucTech” ecosystem, comprised of mobile apps, wearable technology, VR/AR, and drones, is helping the industry build smarter and safer than ever before. Wearable devices in particular are being used to protect the industry’s most valuable resource – the workforce. By alerting site supervisors and safety personnel the moment an incident occurs, and showing where it occurs on site, help can be sent more quickly and the risk of compounding injuries declines.

Leading GCs like Suffolk are embracing innovation to tackle issues including site control, risk management, and safety. By nurturing “smart labs” that focus on identifying, researching and piloting emerging technologies, Suffolk is able to expand their technological toolbox and advance preconstruction scheduling, lean construction, safety and quality assurance initiatives. In addition, by promoting a standard template that outlines hypotheses, identifies resources, establishes milestones and tracks results, Suffolk is able to take an integrated, controlled approach to new tech.

Knowing is the first step towards effective risk management and response, and automatically recording the who, what, when, where and why of daily construction operations and site safety incidents through emerging technologies allows everyone to build safer and smarter than ever before. Learn how Suffolk is using these technologies, including spot-r by Triax, to ensure a safer, more efficient jobsite.

Speaker(s):

Chad Hollingsworth, Triax Technologies, Inc.
Doug Ware, Suffolk

Strand 11b, Lvl 2
1:30 PM 2:30 PM

The secret to building leadership capacity? Apprenticeship.

When it comes to leadership, high-performers often become victims of their own success when they are put into positions of leadership ill-prepared to handle the rigors and challenges of managing or developing others. The solution is right in front of us. In fact, no other industry understands effective employee development better than construction. The trades practice it, every day. Apprenticeship is the intentional transfer of skills, knowledge and expertise. What if we take a cue from the craft side of construction to build an intentional leadership program within construction organizations to produce secure, confident and humble leaders? It could potentially change the next generation of construction leaders.

In an August 2017 Harvard Business Review article, the author wrote how Google’s two-year study on team performance revealed that the highest-performing teams have one thing in common; psychological safety, which is the belief that you won’t be punished when you make a mistake. The article went on to say that “psychological safety allows for moderate risk-taking, speaking your mind, creativity, and sticking your neck out without fear of having it cut off.” This kind of environment is present when someone is intentionally taken through an apprenticeship program. Apprentices are given an opportunity to learn and make mistakes under the guidance of another.

This workshop will explore the basic principles of an apprenticeship model of leadership development. There will be practical examples from an AGC member in New Mexico that has used this approach in their employee development. Concepts will be illustrated through visual tools that, while representing profound leadership concepts, are simple, memorable and transferable. Participants will walk away with a framework to begin looking at their employee development through a different lens.

Speaker(s):

Maria Guy, GiANT Worldwide
Sam Hatchell, Jaynes Corporation

 Elite Hall, BR4, Lvl 1
1:30 PM 2:30 PM

This session will be a panel discussion on Congress’s tax reform efforts, and the impact of tax reform proposals on the construction industry. The panelists will include Matt Turkstra, AGC, and a CPA/Tax Professional. Matt will provide an update on AGC’s tax reform priorities and activities, and will discuss the implications of tax reform proposals on the construction industry. Depending on how far along Congress is in the tax reform process, panelists will be able to discuss how tax reform will affect strategic decisions and business practices for the broader industry but also for individual companies. They will also provide an update on changes in accounting standards for revenue recognition and leases and how they will affect the industry.

Speaker(s):

Matthew Turkstra, AGC of America
Perry McGowan, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

 Elite Hall, BR3, Lvl 1
1:30 PM 2:30 PM

Thinking is slow. Seeing is fast. The human brain processes images 3X faster than numbers, and our brains are great at pattern detection. Pictures and colors allow us to take mental shortcuts. We understand the red stop sign and the yellow warning symbols even before reading the words. Data visualization tools make it possible for us to understand and communicate important information quickly, and according to Google’s Chief Economist, this will be the most important skill in the next decade. Join us for this fast paced and energetic session to learn about the art and science of storytelling with data and the tools associations can use today to create powerful visualizations to communicate internally with staff and leaders, as well as externally with members and prospects.

Speaker(s):

Debbie King, Association Analytics

Celestin B&C, Lvl 3
1:30 PM 2:30 PM

Design liability exposure has become one of the most important risks facing builders today. General Contractors are often faced with correcting defective design; performing delegated design (sometimes without clear delegation). This is often mandated without adequate compensation or liability protection. Moreover, previous protections under the Spearin Doctrine for change orders to correct defective design plans and specifications is under assault in contracts and in the courts. The line between assessing blame for defective design or negligent means & methods has blurred and this panel will explore how design-assist and more collaborative delivery methods provide solutions to this growing riddle.

Speaker(s):

Joseph Leone, Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP
Ryan Lamb, Weitz
Bryan Kelley, Howard S. Wright  
Kristen Brown, Brown Builders

Strand 13, Lvl 2
2:30 PM 3:00 PM Plangrid LogoNetworking Break Elite Hall, Lvl 1
3:00 PM 4:00 PM

Has your safety program gone stale? Did your safety committee putter out? This presentation will provide some case studies that might inspire you to revamp your safety program based on the unique characteristics of your trade and the specific vein of motivation at your company. Utilizing case studies from a mid-sized general contractor followed by break-out group exercises with other attendees, we’ll explore potential safety approaches, ideas or initiatives to help you overcome the inertia.

Speaker(s):

Demetra Star, MS, Fortis Construction, Inc.

Strand 11b, Lvl 2
3:00 PM 4:00 PM

Following several years of decreases in fatal crash rates, fatalities versus miles driven are on the increase. Statistics for 2015 and 2016 indicate estimated increases of 4.6% and 2%, respectively. Those statistics, combined with an increase in overall vehicle crash rates, are driving additional focus on fleet safety issues.

This session will emphasize factors impacting vehicle crash increases, discuss approaches to help manage driver distraction, and highlight technological tools to improve driver behaviors and results. Attendees will learn strategies for implementing an effective vehicle telematics program and for turning data into actionable insights to improve driver performance.

Speaker(s):

Eric Lambert, Zurich North America
Steven McGill, Volkert, Inc.

Elite Hall, BR4, Lvl 1
3:00 PM 4:00 PM

Every firm is experiencing a true war on talent- keeping your best people while competitors eagerly pursue them, and finding skilled workers, educated professionals and future leaders in one of the greatest shortages our industry has experienced. This effects the client experience, the culture and the healthy growth of our firms.

Ironically, many construction companies don’t think of recruiting as a corporate strategic plan and marketing challenge. Instead, they think of it as an HR issue. However, acquiring and retaining talent is really no different than acquiring and retaining clients- develop a strategy, filter through an unwavering culture, and execute with a strong marketing approach. Most companies would not consider approaching a client acquisition strategy without a clear value proposition, segmentation, profitable fee structure, collateral, sales approach and brand; yet, when it comes to talent acquisition, we tend to abandon strategy and focus on the immediate need and/or technical resumes.

In this session, we will apply the strategy, culture indicators, and a comprehensive recruiting marketing strategy to assist the audience in crafting their own Employee Retention and Recruitment Goals and actions that will ensure improved engagement and prospective employee awareness and interest in your firm.

Speaker(s):

Danielle B. Feroleto, Small Giants
James Paul Murphy, Willmeng Construction

Elite Hall, BR2, Lvl 1
3:00 PM 4:00 PM

Construction can be an argumentative, claim-laced, legal quagmire, and this is not out of necessity, but more from choice. So, how can we change for the better and make construction enjoyable, and more profitable? We will pursue happiness through the collaboration and accountability generated from a BIM process. This session will walk through what leaders need to do to start and execute change for their companies and for the Trades Contractors, Architects, Engineers, and Owners they work with. How do we use BIM to establish a collaborative environment? How do we use BIM to increase accountability and reduce risk? How does BIM increase contractor and trade profitability? BIM can’t solve all your problems, but it is a good place to start.

Speaker(s):

Benjamin Crosby, Yates Construction

Elite Hall, BR3, Lvl 1
3:00 PM 4:00 PM

Every contractor wants to make money, and an efficient project site is critical to making that happen. In the third of our popular and interactive round table discussions, we will explore the keys to success through the eyes of both prime and sub-prime contractors. We’ll continue the discussions in an open invitation post-session happy hour, and share examples of how you can make an impact through Chapter based round tables.

Celestin G-H, Lvl 3
3:00 PM 4:00 PM Featured Session: AGC PAC Political Briefing Elite Hall, BR 1, Lvl 1
3:00 PM 4:30 PM Featured Session: State of the (Building Trades) Unions
Speaker: Brent Booker
While organized labor represents a minority of workers in construction, its actions have a significant impact on the industry and the nation in general, making this session of interest to both union and nonunion contractors and chapters alike.  Brent Booker, secretary-treasurer of North America’s Building Trades Unions (the Building and Construction Trades Department of AFL-CIO), will talk about the building trades’ current priorities and initiatives, and will be available to respond to questions about contractor concerns.
Celestin B-C, Lvl 3
3:00 PM 5:00 PM AGC Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee Meeting Bolden 5, Lvl 2
3:30 PM 5:00 PM

The Contract Documents Forum (CDF) will conduct an open, working session to create and review standard contract documents, which shape industry risk allocation principles and best practices. The CDF serves as AGC’s vehicle to participate in the ConsensusDocs coalition, which publishes a comprehensive catalog of best practice standard construction contract documents endorsed by AGC for the express purpose of advancing the A/E/C industry.

Bolden 4, Lvl 4
3:30 PM 5:00 PM

Meet up and chat with other AGC Chapters and their Membership Directors about membership recruitment and retention best practices.  Share challenges and hear new ideas, solutions and opportunities from your colleagues.  This is a great time to connect and engage with other chapter membership professionals.  Here are a few topics we’ll discuss:

  • Best practices in membership growth (what’s working?)
  • Best practices in member engagement (what’s working?)
  • Low-cost/no-cost member benefits/education/networking that have member’s loving AGC
  • Data-driven marketing & communication strategies that get results

Bring your questions and join the conversation!

Bolden 6, Lvl 2
4:00 PM 5:00 PM Ford LogoFirst Time Attendee Reception – Invitation Only Storyville Hall, Lvl 3
4:00 PM 5:00 PM Contractor Reception – Open to All Attendees
Hosted by the Specialty Contractors Council
Celestin E, Lvl 3
5:00 PM 6:00 PM Autodesk LogoHappy Hour in the Expo Elite Hall, Lvl 1
6:00 AM 6:00 PM Registration Open Elite Foyer, Lvl 1
6:30 AM 8:30 AM Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Lt. General Russel L. HonoréWTW Logo
Empire Ballroom, Lvl 2
7:30 AM 5:00 PM 535 Club Open Strand 12, Lvl 2
7:30 AM 6:00 PM AGC Expo Open Elite Hall, Lvl 1
7:30 AM 8:15 AM NCCER LogoGrab and Go Breakfast in AGC Lounge – Open to All Attendees Elite Hall, Lvl 1
7:30 AM 5:00 PM Silent Auction Empire Foyer, Lvl 2
8:30 AM 12:00 PM AGC Student Chapter Showcase Empire Foyer, Lvl 2
8:30 AM 10:00 AM

This session will address the issues of common interest between the construction and architecture sectors and how education, technology and other factors are presenting new opportunities for improved collaboration and coordination.

Speaker(s):

Wellington “Duke” Reiter,  Arizona State University

Elite Hall, BR1, Lvl 1
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Union Contractors Steering Committee Celestin A, Lvl 3
9:00 AM 10:00 AM

Faced with diminishing returns in injury reductions through traditional workplace safety management systems, senior leadership at C.R. Meyer adopted an innovative Human Factors approach to improving personal safety skills within their own workforce and saw dramatic results. Wanting their unionized contract labor force to share in the benefits they had seen in their own personnel, the company then reached out to The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) to conduct a pilot training project involving over 1000 UBC members. The results were impressive – a 75% reduction in the Total Recordable Injury Rate (TRIR) of the test group versus workers not trained in the personal safety skills concepts and techniques.

In this joint presentation, John Groff, Corporate Safety Trainer for C.R. Meyer will share his experience with Human Factors safety from the company’s perspective. Don Wilson of SafeStart will give an educational overview of the concepts behind the innovative 24/7 approach to personal safety adopted by C.R. Meyer. The session will conclude with many new ideas and skills that attendees will be able to immediately adopt personally as well as ideas for improving engagement within the workforce for safety when they return to work.

Speaker(s):

John Groff, C.R. Meyer
Jim Grieve, SafeStart

Strand 11b, Lvl 2
9:00 AM 10:00 AM

We already know that companies with effective diversity and inclusion strategies are more competitive, sustainable and profitable. But, how do you build an effective diversity and inclusion program? Where do you begin? How do you know what works and what doesn’t?

This session will feature a panel of construction industry leaders who will share best practices and effective tactics their companies have used to leverage diversity and inclusion on jobsites. You also will learn how these companies integrate diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their business operations, including workforce, partnerships and joint ventures, and supply chain.

Speaker(s):

William Noonan, Willis Towers Watson
Krista Twesme, Mortenson Construction
Miguel Galarza, Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction, Inc.
Karen A. Sweeny, Turner Construction Company

Elite Hall, BR2, Lvl 1
9:00 AM 10:00 AM

The challenge that IT organizations have faced since their inception is making sure that the services they are delivering are moving in the same direction as the business. Framework and best practices like ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) explicitly try to deliver on this promise.

In the construction industry, the growth of technology solutions demands that IT leaders be intentional about choosing the projects they take on. There are so many competing voices all demanding our attention – from inside the organization (from the field, administrative support teams, and executives) to outside the organization (software and hardware vendors). IT doesn’t suffer from a lack of opportunities to implement new tools, systems, and processes; but they will surely fail if they don’t support the business.

In this session, we will discuss three evolutionary steps to enhance alignment of IT projects: identify one key area of focus for the entire business and evaluate current projects; define second-order areas of focus for different parts of the business (design, field management, administration, project management) and prioritize projects that drive results in each; and communicate that focus to the team and help them keep the business outcomes front-of-mind.

Speaker(s):

Adam Krob, Boh Bros Construction

 Elite Hall, BR4, Lvl 1
9:00 AM 10:00 AM

Future Road Builders 2.0 (FRB 2.0) is an effective and interactive virtual pre-apprenticeship tool that uses technology to engage its users to learn about construction jobs, complete in-context challenges, play microgames, and watch short project videos coupled with virtual exploration of a jobsite. This session will be interactive, allowing the audience to participate and also contemplate how FRB 2.0 is an innovative workforce development tool relevant to their organizations, as well as the construction industry at large. Background information on the initial development of the Future Road Builders virtual pre-apprenticeship program and its recent enhancements and upgrades with the recent release of FRB 2.0 will be presented. The desired outcome of FRB 2.0 is to attract more pre-qualified diverse applicants to apprenticeship programs and also to engage younger individuals in early career exploration to consider careers in construction.

Speaker(s):

Jason Koss, Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania
Rich Barcaskey, Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania
Ken Smith, Simcoach Games

 Elite Hall, BR3, Lvl 1
9:00 AM 10:00 AM

The AIA A201 is the most litigated contract document in construction. Find out the most troubling changes made to the 2017 AIA A201 and contrast this with the AGC-endorsed ConsensusDocs provisions. This session will dissect what the AGC membership absolutely needs to know when forced to use AIA contract documents. As well as, contrast these changes with the alternative provisions from ConsensusDocs to make your contract negotiation better.

Speaker(s):

Ron Ciotti, Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
Brian Perlberg, AGC of America and ConsensusDocs

Strand 13, Lvl 2
9:00 AM 11:00 AM

The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) will meet for a brief ELC Business Meeting and a Professional Development Session, which will include a panel discussion with AGC member contractors.

Below are the highlights:

  1. Chapter execs will take part in the annual Election & Installation of New ELC Officers.
  2. Hear ELC and AGC of America updates from ELC Chair Russ Hanson and Chair-elect Ken Naquin.
  3. Learn more about Billhighway and how it can help your chapter streamline and professionalize your membership join and renew system and improve data management and sharing with AGC of America.
  4. Hear a brief report from AGC of America staff on the Gold Shovel Standard.

Stick around and hear from a panel of contractors on “The Future of the Construction Industry:  Is Your Chapter Ready?

Celestin B-C, Lvl 3
10:00 AM 10:30 AM eMARS LogoNetworking Break Elite Hall, Lvl 1
10:30 AM 11:30 AM

Many construction markets continue to grow. Federal regulatory burdens are under attack. And tax reform may help spur construction owners and companies to invest in new facilities and their businesses. But will Congress act on an infrastructure and environmental streamlining bill? If so, will the construction industry have enough workers? Join the best economic, legislative and regulatory team in Washington, D.C., for a discussion on the latest developments from the nation’s capital impacting your construction business and market.

Moderator:       
Stephen E. Sandherr, AGC Chief Executive Officer

Speaker(s):
Ken Simonson, AGC Chief Economist
Mike Kennedy, AGC General Counsel
Jimmy Christianson, AGC Vice President, Government Relations
Matt Turkstra, AGC Director, Congressional Relations—Tax, Fiscal Affairs, and Accounting

Celestin D-E, Lvl 3
11:00 AM 12:00 PM Lean Construction Forum Steering Committee Bolden 4, Lvl 2
12:00 PM 2:00 PM AGC Business Development Forum Steering Committee Bolden 4, Lvl 2
12:00 PM 2:00 PM CRP LogoConstruction Risk Partners Build America Awards Luncheon
Keynote Speaker: Neil Jacobstein
Empire Ballroom, Lvl 2
12:30 PM 1:15 PM cmic LogoGrab n’ Go Lunch in AGC Expo  – Open to All Attendees Elite Hall, Lvl 1
1:15 PM 3:15 PM CLC Steering Committee Bolden 6, Lvl 2
2:00 PM 5:00 PM American Express Contract ConnectionsBusiness-to-Business MatchmakingAMEX Logo Storyville Hall, Lvl 3
2:30 PM 3:30 PM

Everywhere you look, there’s a new mobile, drone or wearable device. How are these technologies evolving construction projects? How are top contractors running research and development on emerging technologies? Get ahead of the learning curve and hear about the up and coming technology solutions your peers in the industry are already utilizing. In this dynamic session, James Benham sorts through the latest trends, solutions and devices in building technologies and how they will rewrite the rules for construction projects. Mr. Benham will also discuss the statistics behind the annual Construction Technology Report, a survey of thousands of construction professionals on how they are employing and integrating technology on building projects.

Discuss real companies who are researching and implementing the latest technologies and how they are impacting their construction projects; see demos of the next generation of technology that are keeping developers busy; and review the technology tools and strategies you can implement today to be ready for the tech of tomorrow.

Speaker(s):

James Benham, JBKnowledge, Inc.

Elite Hall, BR4, Lvl1
2:30 PM 3:30 PM

Design flaws are a constant risk in construction. Acknowledging that threat, owners and contractors typically address the risks of design deficiencies in their project planning and contract documents. The allocation of those risks, however, can and does differ considerably from project to project. Contracting parties can better identify, negotiate, and manage transfers of design risk by understanding how and why they are commonly achieved.

This session will be an interactive, conversational panel discussion of design risks, including strategies to negotiate and mitigate those risks and predictions on future trends and how to prepare for them. The panelists will share their own specific experiences and recent court cases as examples to bring the issues to life in the context of real construction projects.

Speaker(s):

Doug Tabeling, Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP
Daniel M. Carrico, Hensel Phelps Construction Company
Fritz Hain, DPR Construction

Elite Hall, BR2, Lvl 1
2:30 PM 3:30 PM

Drawing upon original research from Dodge Data & Analytics (DD&A), the efforts to promote best practices by the Public/Private Industry Advisory Council (PIAC) and COAA, and the experiences of contractors who have successfully employed them, this session will provide attendees with tactical data to help them better implement, track and analyze Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) on their projects.

Several recent studies conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics reveal the risks that create uncertainty on projects and the challenges the industry faces in dealing with them. One critical strategy to do so is to create a better, more precise understanding of projects, one based on a system of metrics that allow for comparisons on performance across projects. These Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are often recognized as important, but the challenge in collecting them and in not being overwhelmed in data can prevent contractors and the industry in general to derive the full benefit they could offer.

This session will present new research on the most effective KPIs: those considered the most valuable and those that are relatively easy to gather and analyze. These findings will be placed into the context of the work being done in this area by the Public Private Industry Advisory Council by Sue Klawans from Gilbane, and real-world discussion of implementing these effectively and how they can improve projects will also be provided by Greg Gidez from Hensel Phelps and Victor Sanvido from Southland Construction.

This session will provide insights into which KPIs would benefit contractors most while still being relatively easy to implement. It will also look at the challenges and opportunities firms face when considering the best approach to tracking KPIs, with a frank discussion of what can be learned and how to overcome resistance within the organization and best utilize the data obtained.

Speaker(s):

Sue Klawans, Gilbane Building Company
Victor Sanvido, Southland Industries
Steve Jones, Dodge Data & Analytics
Greg Gidez, Hensel Phelps

Elite Hall, BR3, Lvl 1
2:30 PM 3:30 PM

When is the last time you bought something because of the product brochure? Yet, the majority of association’s marketing budgets still go toward traditional marketing collateral. In a world of ratings, reviews, and testimonials, we decide where to invest our time and resources based not only on the perceived quality of a program or product, but by what those who use it have experienced.

This session will focus on how we capture, enhance, and expand the story of your chapter through your member’s eyes – highlighting the association experience through their authentic voice. During this interactive session you’ll learn how to better identify and develop stories of you chapter’s success and value. We will explore how to focus on your primary audiences, hone in on their greatest needs, and then identify what must-have solutions you provide.

Then, we’ll explore at least a half-dozen approaches to capturing, retelling, and amplifying the story of those whose careers and lives have been affected by your chapter’s efforts. Whether that is in a series of tweets that build upon a narrative, the sharing of concurrent content on LinkedIn with community discussion, or a highlight reel of chapter movers and shakers, you will walk away from the session with ways to inspire and grow association evangelists.

Speaker(s):

Lowell Aplebaum, Vista Cova

Celestin B-C, Lvl 3
2:30 PM 3:30 PM Construction Safety Excellence Awards Judges’ Panel Foster 2, Lvl 2
2:30 PM 4:00 PM Utility Infrastructure  Division (Education Session and Meeting) Bolden 1, Lvl 2
2:30 PM 4:00 PM Student Chapter Faculty Advisor Meeting Bolden 5, Lvl 2
3:30 PM 4:00 PM eMARS LogoNetworking Break Elite Hall, Lvl 1
3:45 PM 5:00 PM AGC Chapter Staff Track: Breakout 1 – The Blended Sell (D&I) Strand 7, Lvl 2
3:45 PM 5:00 PM AGC Chapter Staff Track: Breakout 2 – The Blended Sell (Non-Dues Revenue) Strand 8, Lvl 2
3:45 PM 5:00 PM AGC Chapter Staff Track: Breakout 3 – The Blended Sell (Onboarding & Engagement) Strand 10a, Lvl 2
3:45 PM 5:00 PM AGC Chapter Staff Track: Breakout 4 – The Blended Sell (Video) Strand 10b, Lvl 2
4:00 PM 5:00 PM

Driving a culture of innovation at your organization can be a great way to increase profits on your bottom line, but the question is- at what cost? This session will discuss the keys to engaging your employees in your innovation efforts. Driving innovation from the bottom up can be a cost-efficient way to improve company best practices and processes. Often times organizations believe that innovation is an expensive effort that does not fit within their current budget, but that does not have to be the case. Using pilot projects and scaling efforts across the organization can allow teams to engage, pilot, and scale efforts on projects as necessary, encouraging employees to feel empowered to innovate processes internally. Utilizing innovation committees and think tanks can be a great way to spur forward thinking ideas and allow for knowledge sharing across the organization. Innovation can be a key component to recruiting and retaining young and top talent at your organization, so having an innovation plan can be critical to future success. Creating an innovative culture in your organization is not just the latest buzzword, but a way to ensure the future growth and success of your organization for the foreseeable future.

Speaker(s):

Kris Lengieza, Stiles Construction
Josh Bone, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
Mike Prefling, Ryan Companies
Ira Samm, Bechtel

Elite Hall, BR4, Lvl 1
4:00 PM 5:00 PM

Disputes and claims have been a part of construction projects for many years and often drag out well after the completion of the project, tying up valuable resources and adding costs. Disputes can also lead to friction between the parties during construction. Actively managing the dispute or claim, or better yet, helping avoid the claim or dispute entirely, saves time and money for all the parties involved.

Although Dispute Review Boards (DRB) have been used for many years on transportation related projects in some states, they have seen limited or no use in other states and other heavy/civil type projects and vertical construction. Owners, engineers and others who develop the contract documents are key to getting DRB provisions incorporated into the contract. By having a DRB start at the beginning of a project, the DRB can many times help the parties avoid a dispute by being proactive with the parties in getting issues settled and avoiding a dispute altogether. If a dispute does arise, the dispute can be settled early and at the project level, which is a benefit to the parties.

This session will provide a history, overview and development of the DRB process and how a DRB can help avoid disputes or get them settled in a timely and efficient manner. The session will also give the audience an understanding of the formation and duties of the DRB, and what the parties using the DRB are expected to do.

Speaker(s):

Wilburt H. Hinton, II, Dispute Resolution Board Foundation

Elite Hall, BR2, Lvl 1
4:00 PM 5:00 PM

In this session, panelists will identify the unique issues facing contractors in transitioning businesses to current or future employees, and will present ideas and methods to resolve some of those issues.

Speaker(s):

Craig Olsen, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Dominic Zamora, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Gene Huebner, Aldridge Electric, Inc.

 Elite Hall, BR3, Lvl 1
7:30 AM 5:00 PM Silent Auction Closes at 5:00 PM Empire Foyer, Lvl 2
5:00 PM 6:00 PM Trimble LogoHappy Hour in the Expo Elite Hall, Lvl 1
7:00 PM 9:30 PM HCSS LogoAGC Centennial Celebration Mardi Gras World
6:30 AM 11:00 AM Registration Open Elite Foyer, Lvl 1
7:00 AM 8:30 AM AGC Board of Governors Meeting and Breakfast Celestin D-E, Lvl 3
7:30 AM 12:00 PM 535 Club Open Strand 12, Lvl 2
8:00 AM 11:00 AM AGC Student Chapter Showcase Empire Foyer, Lvl 2
8:00 AM 5:00 PM PIAC Meeting Celestin F, Lvl 3
8:00 AM 12:00 PM Lean Construction Education Program Unit 1: Variation in Production Systems
(seperate registration required)
Bolden 2, Lvl 2
8:30 AM 5:00 PM AGC In-House Environmental Managers Meeting
(separate registration fee)
Bolden 6, Lvl 2
9:00 AM 10:30 AM GM LogoAGC Closing Session:
Featuring: AGC in the Community Awards and Diversity & Inclusion Awards Presentations
Keynote Speaker: Stephen F. Hayes
Empire Ballroom, Lvl 2
12:00 PM 5:30 PM Bill Ratz Memorial Golf Tournament English Turn Golf & Country Club
1:00 PM 5:00 PM Lean Construction Education Program Unit 2: Pull in Production
(seperate registration required)
Bolden 2, Lvl 2
8:00 AM 12:00 PM Lean Construction Education Program Unit 3: Lean Workstructuring
(seperate registration required)
Bolden 2, Lvl 2
1:00 PM 5:00 PM Lean Construction Education Program Unit 4: The Last Planner® System
(seperate registration required)
Bolden 2, Lvl 2

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The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, AGC has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, AGC is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is a Registered Provider with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems. Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported to CES Records for AIA members. Certificates of completion for non-AIA members are available on request. The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State Boards of Accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual course for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.