BuildCon 2018-08-21T17:54:11+00:00


AGC BuildCon 2018 provides construction professionals the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and insight from industry leaders, owners, and contractor peers on improving your organization’s safety strategies, project delivery approaches, and business development practices.

With many education, round-table discussions and networking events, this day and a half conference provides maximum value for those looking to help their organization compete and excel in today’s market. Participants will walk away from this year’s event with practical skills they can implement immediately. Do not miss this premiere event.

2.0 CM – Lean CE Credits | AGC of America recognizes BuildCon as qualifying for Continuing Education (CE) hours towards the renewal of AGC’s Certificate of Management-Lean Construction (CM-Lean). Each hour of Lean Construction educational content is equal to 1 hour of CE credit. Attendees may earn up to 2.0 hours of CE Credit by attending BuildCon.


This is a tentative schedule of events. Please click on the session titles below for more information for each specific session. *Session titles & speakers are subject to change.

12:00 PM 5:30 PM BuildCon Pre-Meetings
5:00 PM 6:00 PM Joint Contractors Conference Welcome Reception
8:00 AM 9:00 AM Joint Continental Breakfast
7:30 AM 11:00 AM Building Division Leadership Meetings
11:15 AM 12:15 PM Opening Session: Welcome & Tariffs & Rising Material Prices: Strategies for General Contractors

We have all witnessed the impact on the cost of certain goods as a result of recent economic conditions and trade policies governing the importation of such goods.  As a result, it has never been more important for contractors to be prepared with strategies to mitigate the risk of material price escalation in order to preserve the feasibility and profitability of their projects.  This presentation will provide a series of risk mitigation strategies available at different stages of the project, including the critical use of various forms of material price escalation clauses.

Speakers: Ronald D. Ciotti, Partner, Hinckley Allen; Jimmy Christianson, Vice President, Government Relations, Associated General Contractors of America

12:15 PM 1:00 PM Joint Contractors Lunch – Open to All Attendees
1:00 PM 2:15 PM Current and Future State of Construction Technology
(crossover session with the CLC)

Unifying data to increase communication –  What started with embracing Building Information Modeling (BIM), has led to a dedicated and trusted centralized Virtual locations to create and share project data.  Currently, technologies such as Robotic Total Stations, Laser Scanning, Drone, Self-Performed Modeling, Prefabrication are driving field technologies helping to unify data and increase communication across project teams.  Moving forward centralizing data to make it accessible to project teams, not just within your company but across companies from the start of design through turnover to owner, will allow project teams to make faster, more informed decisions in real-time.   This coupled, with new technologies such as AI, Predictive Analytics and continued advances in robotics and wearables will drive the future of construction technology and continue to increase communication through data unification.Russ Gibbs will discuss in detail how his company has adopted these technologies to improve communication across their teams, and Raf Colasante will describe how new technologies and platforms are allowing contractors to continue to improve their communication, efficiencies and worker safety.

Speakers: Russ Gibbs, Director of Innovation and Operational Technology, Brasfield & Gorrie, L.L.C. ; Raffaello Colasante, Product Development, Head of Product Design, Procore Technologies

2:15 PM 2:45 PM Networking Break
2:45 PM 5:00 PM D & I as a Competitive Edge for the Senior Construction Professional

With the U.S. becoming increasingly diverse, our industry in general and construction companies will need to reflect changing demographics to maintain, grow and/or reinforce a competitive edge. The arguments for a company including diversity and inclusion as a key business strategy go beyond the moral imperative of “doing the right thing” and focus on the measurable financial results that can be achieved by cultivating a sound D & I culture. Diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives are valuable strategies to generating innovation, increasing profitability, and ensuring a positive and sustaining legacy of progress.

This session will feature D & I professionals from top US construction firms as they share their best practices for establishing and growing a D& I program within their organizations. The session will highlight key points from AGC’s white paper, The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion in the Construction Industry, to provide tangible tools and data supporting an authentic and robust diversity and inclusion business strategy within your company.

5:00 PM 6:00 PM Joint Contractors Reception – Open to All Attendees
7:30 AM 8:30 AM Joint Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM 10:00 AM Joint General Session Keynote: When Generations Connect – Communicating with Four Generations of Employees

Four distinct generations are working together shoulder to shoulder, each with a unique set of attitudes, values and work styles. It used to be that older worker were bosses and younger ones took orders. Now, roles are all over the map and rules are being rewritten. Organizations are feeling the pain of generations as they struggle to manage productivity and morale while maintaining high standards of quality and service in a challenging economy. This program will give you the tools to convert this form of diversity from an obstacle into an opportunity.

Key Takeaways:

  • Explain who the generations are in today’s workplace
  • Identify the stereotypes that keep us from understanding other generations
  • Present solutions from engagement, team synergy, and motivation for all generations
  • Help you develop approaches for communicating across generational divides
  • Identify key trends of the future of the workplace

Speaker: Scott Zimmer, Keynote Speaker and Consultant, BridgeWorks

10:00 AM 10:30 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM 12:30 PM From Uncertainty to Excellence— Transforming the Owner’s Experience

On every project, we’re managing uncertainty and risk. So what can be done to mitigate uncertainty and risk and drive toward predictable projects with high performing teams? During this three-part owner interactive session, you will gain a 360-board range of solutions.

Dodge has followed up on the Managing Uncertainty research report by publishing a Project Planning Guide that offers practical guidance to mitigate uncertainty. Steve Jones from Dodge will review the Guide and update us on the development of a new Cost of Uncertainty database tool using data from real completed projects to help owners and project teams be better prepared to plan and mitigate the negative cost impact of uncertainty factors on their upcoming projects.

Following Dodge’s update, Sue Klawans will share key take-a-ways from the recently released Charles Pankow Foundation IPD Guide (get proper nomenclature), which provides concrete how-to’s.

However, now everyone is able to go full IPD, so when you can’t AGC ConsensusDocs is able to provide various riders and contracts that help mitigate risk. During this session, Joe Leon will be sharing more details about the recently released Lean contract and Design Assist Addendum.

12:30 PM 1:30 PM Closing Lunch
2:00 PM Shuttles begin departure for AGC Centennial Program at the Ronald Reagan Building
3:00 PM 4:30 PM State of the Industry – AGC Centennial Update
4:30 PM 9:00 PM AGC Centennial Reception & Dinner


  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)


  • Uber and Lyft services are available in VA
  • A one-way taxi ride between DCA airport and hotel is approximately $10.  Expect the travel time to be about 7 min.
  • A one-way taxi ride between IAD airport and hotel is approximately $45. Expect the travel time to be about 40 min.

Hotel Parking

  • On-site parking fee: $20 USD hourly, $34 USD daily
  • Valet parking, fee: $40 USD daily

These rates are subject to change.

Conference Manager

Brittany Lord-Buchanan
Ph: (703) 837-5380
Email: brittany.buchanan@agc.org


Crystal Gateway Marriott

1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: (703) 920-3230                          Fax: (703) 271-5212
Website: Crystal Gateway Marriott

  • To make your reservations, call the reservations department at 1 (800) 228-9290 and please mention the “AGC Joint Fall Meeting” to receive your discounted rate.

Hotel Overview

The Crystal Gateway Marriott is a modern hotel in the heart of Crystal City, Virginia near the Pentagon and less than one mile from Reagan National Airport, with an interior corridor connecting you to the Crystal City Metro.  Located in vibrant Crystal city, hotel provides easy access to restaurants, the metro and Washington D.C. For a day of relaxation, take a dip in our indoor/outdoor pool or maintain your workout routine in our upgraded fitness center.

Group Rate: $259 + tax                         Cut Off Date: September 10, 2018 (on or before 6 pm)

Check In: 4:00pm                                    Check Out: 12:00pm

Cancellation: Guestroom cancellation must occur 24 days prior to arrival.


Complimentary in-room internet access for associates.

Health Club

Complimentary Health Club access.

Call 1 (800) 331-1600 to make reservations and provide the AWD number below or click the button and reserve online

AWD number: A587198.

The average weather in VA in September is a low of 60 degrees and a high of 77 degrees.

Wear layers meeting room temperatures can run hot and cold.

September 28-October 4, 2018: Business attire for all events.

Emergency Information and Security Offices

In the case of an emergency contact hotel front desk to be transferred to security office or 911, immediately.

Lost and Found

Contact hotel operator to be transferred to hotel security in the case of lost and/or stolen items.

Shipping Information 

You are responsible for all cost associated with any packages.
Information on the package should include:
Crystal City Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA 22202
AGC Joint Fall Meeting, September 28-October 4, 2018
Package Recipient Name: YOUR NAME

To receive packages at the hotel:
Guests are informed during check in if they have a package. The package can be delivered to the meeting space or picked up at the front desk. Call (703) 920-3230 for additional information.

To mail packages out of the hotel: 
Attendees can use UPS or FedEx. If attendees do not have preprinted labels visit the business center.
UPS:  Local Commerce City facility call 1-800-742-5277
FED EX: Call 1-800-463-3339 for more information