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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Great People Doing Great Things DESPITE OUR ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL SITUATION, this is an exciting time to be in the construction industry. We have been through quite a year, with the elections and worries surrounding the “fi scal cliff” both seeming to never end. It is tough right now, not knowing where the next project will come from, but contractors are optimists by nature. We are programmed to deal with adversity and to come out ahead. We are innovative and results-oriented, so we will fi nd a way to succeed in this difficult environment. Moreover, the industry is in the midst of one its most significant and exciting transformations ever. We are communicating and collaborating like never before. Collectively, we want what is best for the project. From design to preconstruction to construction, we are understanding the intent more comprehensively and our execution is better in every aspect. We know what the other party is doing and what their interests are. This is vitally important in establishing a level of understanding and trust that will help everyone overcome the hurdles that inevitably arise on a project. Fortunately, our contracting formats are headed in the same collaborative direction as well. Improvements in technology have fueled this change. The use of BIM has become commonplace and expected. If you are not using BIM today, exactly what are you waiting for? The use of Lean construction principles has now been formally introduced into the construction process. These procedures, combined with sustainable design, will continue to make the construction process more efficient, more cost effective and of a higher quality. But these technological advances must be coupled with efforts to meet and get to know those with whom you will work to achieve an optimum level of trust and productivity. My theme for the year, “Building Connections,” was intended to highlight the importance of establishing relationships that will add value to our projects and make our lives more fun. As every past president has told me, this year will fly by … and they have been correct. My wife, Anne, and I have met so many outstanding people who are truly engaged in the AGC for the right reasons. They care about the industry, want to contribute, and are eager to learn from each other. It is this combination of positive activity by competent people that has made my chapter visits so enjoyable. We have visited wonderful places, viewed fantastic scenery, and received excellent hospitality everywhere. We want to thank everyone who has hosted us and made us feel so welcomed. It has truly been an experience we will never forget. On the fl ip side, I hope that my visits have made the activities and successes of the National AGC clearer to those whom we have met. AGC is truly a wonderful organization made up of great people doing great things. Thank you for your interest, support and friendship. ◆ BY JOSEPH H. JARBOE AGC PRESIDENT AGC is truly a wonderful organization made up of great people doing great things. J A N U A R Y / F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 3 | www.constructormagazine.com 13 http://www.constructormagazine.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - January/February 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
CEO’S LETTER
A SLOW CLIMB
OPTIMISM MATERIALIZES
BIM BUZZ
HIGH HEELS AND HARD HATS
ACHIEVING NET ZERO TAKES TEAMWORK
SECURE THAT SITE
AGC IN ACTION
ACCELERATED BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION EARNS HAMILTON TOP HONORS
WHO ARE YOU? PART II
LOW IMPACT AT HIGH SPEED
BUILDING CONCRETE RELATIONSHIPS THROUGH BIM
TECHNOLOGY TOOLBOX
TECHNOLOGY TOOLBOX
MEMBER AND CHAPTER NEWS
LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY NEWS
UPCOMING EVENTS
2013 SERVICE & SUPPLY BUYERS’ GUIDE - A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
PRODUCTS & SERVICES MARKETPLACE
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
FINAL INSPECTION

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