This is a tentative schedule of events. Please be aware that the start and end times for some events overlap. Please click on the session titles below for more information for each specific session. *Session titles & speakers are subject to change.
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.
John Mumma, Michigan State University
Jay Smith, The Christman Company
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.
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.
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.
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
Leadership Development – Dealing with Personalities in the Workplace Alan Bond, AGC Student Chapter Faculty Advisor, Construction Management Department, California State University Chico
End Student Session please join us for the First Time Attendees Reception in Strand 13
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.
Maria Guy, GiANT Worldwide
Sam Hatchell, Jaynes Corporation
The construction industry is a high-risk industry for bid competition, labor shortages, tight profit margins, and injury free job sites. Every year companies write-down millions of dollars and do not meet their fee. Furthermore, stress and distractions are adding to the write-down costs. A 2.8 second distraction doubles a non-life-threatening injury at a job-site and 60% of healthcare visits are due to stress related illnesses. Stress and distractions increase mistakes, health care costs, OSHA recordables, worker’s compensation, project timelines, and decrease employee health and well-being. On any given project, mistakes can mean extended timelines, higher costs, shrinking profits, and worse yet, loss of life.
The good news is mistakes, stress, and distractions are preventable. This session is designed to teach managers and project teams how to prevent making mistakes previously made by others. This will be done by utilizing the case study method where session participants analyze a case, discuss challenges, and identify techniques to replicate a successful project. Session participants will understand why mistakes happen, identify what to do from shared industry and case study best-practices, and learn how to apply these best-practices at their jobsite as they lead projects and continue to maximize productivity and profits. Lastly, participants will experience a practical and evidence-based stress management technique to combat distractions and stress real-time.
This session will equip participants with the competencies to build stronger and long-lasting working relationships with owners, architects, subcontractors, and project teams while maximizing profits, reducing stress and mistakes, and increasing repeat business from clients.
Debra Lindh, Mindful Effect, LLC
Jim Hess, Jim Hess Associates, LLC
J. Michael Shook, Turner Construction Company
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.
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.
Debbie King, Association Analytics
Building Engagement and Innovation into Your Safety Program
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.
Eric Lambert, Zurich North America
Steven McGill, Volkert, Inc.
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.
Danielle B. Feroleto, Small Giants
James Paul Murphy, Willmeng Construction
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jason Koss, Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania
Rich Barcaskey, Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania
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.
Ron Ciotti, Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP
Brian Perlberg, AGC of America and ConsensusDocs
AGC Economic Issues Outlook, Legislative and Regulatory Overview
Construction Risk Partners Build America Awards Luncheon
Keynote Speaker: Neil Jacobstein
Grab n’ Go Lunch in AGC Expo – Open to All Attendees
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.
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.
Doug Tabeling, Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP
Daniel M. Carrico, Hensel Phelps Construction Company
Fritz Hain, DPR Construction
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.
Sue Klawans, Gilbane Building Company
Victor Sanvido, Southland Industries
Steve Jones, Dodge Data & Analytics
Greg Gidez, Hensel Phelps
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.
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.
Lowell Aplebaum, Vista Cova
Utility Infrastructure Division (Education Session and Meeting)
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.
Kris Lengieza, Stiles Construction
Josh Bone, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
Greg Martin, The Weitz Company
David J. Wilson, Oticon A/S
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.
Wilburt H. Hinton, II, Dispute Resolution Board Foundation
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.
Join us for a discussion about ways your chapter can partner with AGC of America to grow and engage your chapter membership. You’ll have an opportunity to talk membership marketing best practices with other chapter staff and learn ways in which you can leverage the AGC of America value proposition.
Gain a better understanding of how adding video to tell your members’ AGC story can improve your value proposition
Learn ways to grow non-dues revenue through better engagement with industry suppliers and service providers
Understand the benefits of a chapter diversity & inclusion program and how it can help grow your membership
And, learn how leveraging technology to onboard and engage members can lead to improved member retention