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Coastal Construction and Togal.AI Win AGC National Innovation Award

MIAMI, FL – Coastal Construction, one of the largest general contractors in Florida and the Southeast, is winning national recognition for using artificial intelligence to accelerate the estimating of some of the most eye-catching and luxurious real estate in America.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has named …

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Hundreds Celebrate the Grand Opening of ABC of Southern California's Riverside Construction Training Center

RIVERSIDE, CA — The Associated Builders and Contractors Southern California Chapter (ABC SoCal) recently hosted hundreds of community members as they cut the ribbon on their third training center in Southern California.

“Today is a celebration, but it also represents a continued commitment by ABC and our membership to supply …

AGC of California Honors Award Winners at 2023 Installation & Awards Gala

SACRAMENTO, CA — The Associated General Contractors of California (AGC of California) recently announced the winners of the Constructor Awards and Achievement Awards at the Fairmont San Francisco, at its annual black-tie Installation & Awards Gala honoring the year's best in the construction industry.

"Every year, AGC of California celebrates …

ACEC California Announces 2023 Engineering Excellence Awards

SACRAMENTO, CA — The American Council of Engineering Companies, California (ACEC California) announces the 2023 recipients of its annual Engineering Excellence Awards. Projects were recognized for demonstrating an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement, and value. Twelve projects earned the Honor Award distinction, 13 were recognized with Merit Awards, and …

Construction Workforce Shortages Risk Undermining Infrastructure Projects As Most Contractors Struggle To Fill Open Positions

Construction workforce shortages are affecting nearly all construction firms, undermining the industry’s ability to complete projects on time and on schedule and threatening the success of new federal investments in infrastructure and manufacturing, according to the results of a workforce survey conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America and …

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APWA Board Selects Pugh as New President-Elect

KANSAS CITY, MO — With just a handful of months to go before a new president heads the American Public Works Association (APWA), the association board has selected a new President-Elect, long-time active member Keith Pugh, PE, PWLF. Previous President-Elect Dan Hartman had to step down from his role, …

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Stanford Center for Academic Medicine Honored for Excellence in Structural Engineering

PALO ALTO, CA — The Stanford School of Medicine Center for Academic Medicine was an Outstanding Project Winner in the 2021 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards presented by the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA).

Stanford University School of Medicine’s new Center for Academic Medicine is a U-shaped, four-story …

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Transportation Advocates Gather to Mark TRIP's 50 Years of Serving the Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Transportation advocates gathered in the nation’s capital to celebrate the 50th anniversary of TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit. Delayed by a year due to COVID-19, TRIP is celebrating five decades as the only national organization devoted exclusively to generating news and social media coverage of …

ABC and AFSP Announce Partnership to Address Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Associated Builders and Contractors and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention announce a collaborative partnership to address mental health and suicide prevention throughout the U.S. construction industry.

The goals of the partnership are to improve the mental health of construction workers through effective suicide prevention education, intervention, …

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HDR Earns 2022 ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards for Projects in California

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Several HDR projects in California received 2022 Engineering Excellence Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). The state-winning projects advanced to the national ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards competition, which culminates with the announcement of national award winners at the Engineering Excellence Awards Gala on …

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O’Connor Elected to 2022 AEM Board of Directors, Construction Equipment Sector Board

LIVERMORE, CA — Topcon Positioning Systems President and Chief Executive Officer, Ray O’Connor, has been elected to the 2022 Board of Directors of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). O’Connor has also been elected to the Construction Equipment (CE) Sector Board, where he previously served from 2014 through 2018. …

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HNTB’s Jenkins Wins Mobility 21 Lifetime Achievement Award

LOS ANGELES, CA — HNTB’s Thomas Jenkins, PE, was honored with the 2021 Mobility 21 Lifetime Achievement Award. The annual award recognizes transportation leaders who contribute to advancement in mobility in Southern California. Jenkins was recognized at the virtual Mobility 21 Southern California Transportation Summit.

“Tom has five …

Transportation Infrastructure Investment Generates $200B in Economic Activity and 700,000 Jobs Annually for California

SACRAMENTO, CA — Federal, state, and local infrastructure funding yields nearly $200 billion in economic activity in California and creates 700,000 jobs each year for the Golden State, according to a new report from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).

In the next 10 years, government investments in …

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IEDA Welcomes Phelan as New Marketing Director

WESTCHESTER, IL — The Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) hires Kim Phelan as its new Marketing Director. An association publishing professional, Phelan has a history in the construction equipment industry and the rental business. For 15 years, she has created or curated written and live content on business subjects ranging …

A Snapshot of the Demolition Industry and Trends for 2021

The demolition process involves an unimaginable breadth of products and services to meet the needs of clients and communities. From structural demolition and dismantlement to industrial recovery and C&D recycling, from specialized rigging and landfilling to insurance services and equipment manufacturing, from general contracting and architectural salvage to facilities decontamination, …

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Stantec-Designed San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Named ACEC California’s Top Engineering Project

SACRAMENTO, CA — The Stantec-designed San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE) Phase 2 modernization and expansion project was recently named the 2021 Golden State Award winner by American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), California. The Golden State Award is the highest honor ACEC California bestows as part of …

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Biden Nominates Pete Buttigieg as U.S. DOT Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President-elect Joe Biden has nominated Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT). The former two-term South Bend, Indiana, mayor (2012 to January 2020) was a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination earlier this year. He withdrew from the race and endorsed Biden …

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ABC 2020 Review and 2021 Construction Economic Forecast

Despite chronic difficulties sustained by contractors and others with securing human capital in January 2020, the nation added 214,000 net new jobs. It followed that up with an even more blistering 251,000 jobs in February.

For 113 consecutive months, the nation had added jobs – an unprecedented winning streak in …

ABC Elects 2021 National Chair, Executive Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Associated Builders and Contractors’ Board of Directors elected Steve Klessig, Keller Inc., to serve as the 2021 ABC National Chair during a meeting at the association’s annual Leadership Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Stephanie Schmidt, Poole Anderson Construction, was elected Chair-Elect, and Milton …

ARA Announces Industry Contributor Award Recipients

SACRAMENTO, CA — Each year, the American Rental Association (ARA) honors individuals for outstanding service to the association and the equipment and event rental industry. The following are recipients of this year’s industry contributor awards, which will be presented at The ARA Show 2021 in Las Vegas.

Industry Ambassador Award: …
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ARTBA 2021 US Transportation Construction Market Forecast

Transportation construction activity is forecast to decline 5.5 percent in 2021, as transportation authorities, state, city, county, and local governments face unprecedented revenue shortfalls, budget pressures and lower demand for travel and freight services, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) model shows. The 2021 market will reflect the …

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How AGC of America is Making Sure Politicians Learn the Right Lessons from the Election

The 2020 elections appear to have delivered simultaneous rebukes to both President Trump and the liberal agenda. While he performed better than most polls predicted, as of writing, the President’s ongoing efforts to contest the election appear to have little chance of success. Yet enough down ballot elections broke Republicans’ …

CII, CURT, and ECC Explore Formation of Official Alliance to Streamline Service and Support for the Capital Projects Industry

AUSTIN, TX — Leaders from the Construction Industry Institute (CII), the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT), and the Engineering and Construction Contracting Association (ECC) are exploring the establishment of a unified, industry alliance to capture benefits of increased content collaboration, better sharing of research, and benchmarking learnings to improve application, diversifying …

CII and AGC Bring Together a Panel of Industry Leaders for COVID-19 Webinar

The Construction Industry Institute (CII) and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) recently held a webinar called “Roundtable on Perspectives and Best Practices in Owner-Contractor Collaboration During COVID-19” to provide updates on a variety of industry topics concerning the virus. The panel for the webinar featured two CII owners, …

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Leadership Through Extreme Circumstances

When Robert “Bob” Lanham, Jr., P.E., started his tenure as 2020 President of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), he set three main goals: expand member engagement, increase federal investment in construction, and reduce and reform federal regulations on construction and development.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. …

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The AED Foundation’s Construction Career Aptitude Test Soon to Launch

SCHAUMBURG, IL — As the AED Foundation (AEDF) continues to address the industry's skills gap through its Vision 2024 plan, the soon-to-launch Construction Career Aptitude Test aims to help address the workforce shortage starting at the high school level. More specifically, the Construction Career Aptitude Test is designed for students …

CSDA Elects 2020 Officers and Board of Directors

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA) announces new Officers and Board Members. The election took place via email and mail-in ballots and results were announced at a recent board meeting, which took place through Zoom, as the association’s planned 48th Annual Convention was cancelled due …

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Kleinfelder Receives ACEC California Engineering Excellence Merit Award for Willow Street Bridge Replacement Project

SAN DIEGO, CA — The American Council of Engineering Companies of California (ACEC California) recognized the City of Chula Vista (City) and primary design consultant Kleinfelder with an Engineering Excellence Merit Award for the Willow Street Bridge Replacement Project. The project was praised for providing the local community with a …

CTBUH Announces Award of Excellence Winners for Annual Awards Program

CHICAGO, IL — The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) announces the Award of Excellence Winners for the CTBUH 2020 Awards Program. The winning projects represent the very best tall buildings, urban contributions, technologies and innovations emerging recently in cities around the world.

Winners were selected across a …

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Hensel Phelps Awarded DBIA’s 2019 Design-Build Project of the Year

CHULA VISTA, CA — At the 2019 Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) National Conference and EXPO in Las Vegas, Hensel Phelps and contributing partners were recognized by DBIA with seven design-build excellence awards, including the 2019 Design-Build Project of the Year. DBIA recognizes companies and their projects annually that …

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ICRI Announces 2019 Project of the Year and Awards of Excellence Winners

SAINT PAUL, MN — The International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) announces the winners of its 2019 Project Awards. The Ile-aux-Tourtes Bridge Rehabilitation was chosen as the ICRI 2019 Project of the Year. This year, three finalists were chosen, and the winner was announced at an awards ceremony.

ICRI awarded seven …

Construction Input Prices Unchanged in October, Says ABC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Construction input prices remained unchanged on a monthly basis in October but are down 2.2 percent year-over-year, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data. Nonresidential construction input prices fell 0.1 percent for the month and are …

Swinerton Chairman Hoopes Named Recipient of City of Hope’s 2019 Spirit of Life Award

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Swinerton, the 20th largest general contractor in the nation, announces that its Chairman, Jeff Hoopes, will be recognized with the 2019 Spirit of Life Award presented by City of Hope’s Northern California Real Estate & Construction Council (NCREC).The award recognizes industry leaders for their …

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Eighty Percent of Contractors Report Difficulty Finding Qualified Craft Workers to Hire

ARLINGTON, VA — Eighty percent of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce, according to the results of an industry-wide survey released by Autodesk and the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the …

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AEC Next and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference Draws Nearly 1,900 Professionals

ANAHEIM, CA — The 2019 editions of AEC Next Technology Expo + Conference and SPAR 3D Expo & Conference recently came to a close at the Anaheim Convention Center. Nearly 1,900 professionals registered for the co-located events from a range of industries including architecture, engineering and construction; surveying and mapping; …

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ASLA Elevates Boland, Dake to the Council of Fellows

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) has elevated 22 members as ASLA Fellows for their contributions to the landscape architecture profession and society at large. Michael L. Boland, ASLA of Presidio Trust in San Francisco and Glen Dake, ASLA of DakeLuna Consultants …

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IEDA Announces Launch of Revamped Website, Hosted by Sandhills Global

VICTOR, NY — The Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) is a self-regulating organization dedicated to advancing the goals of independent used equipment dealers and related businesses worldwide. The IEDA's website is a vital part of its mission to help equipment dealers build more profitable relationships, and to provide its members …

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CSDA Elects 2019 Officers and Board of Directors

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — The Concrete Sawing & Drilling Association (CSDA) announces new Officers and Board Members, who were elected at the 47th Annual CSDA Convention & Tech Fair in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Newly elected Officers are President Matthew Finnigan, National Concrete Cutting, Milton, Washington; Vice President Mike …

ABC Honors Contractors Leading the Industry in Safety Performance

LONG BEACH, CA — Associated Builders and Contractors announces the winners of the 2018 National Safety Excellence Awards during the 29th annual Excellence in Construction Awards at ABC Convention 2019 in Long Beach, California. A total of 42 ABC member companies were recognized for their safety performance.
The National Safety …

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American Concrete Pumping Association Announces Elections Results

LEWIS CENTER, OH — The American Concrete Pumping Association (ACPA) recently announced the election of its new executive board at the ACPA Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation in Las Vegas. Elected to serve a one-year term, the newly elected Executive Board includes:

Executive Board
President: Gary Brown - R.L. McCoy, …
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