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DESIGN AND INITIAL PLANS IN PLACE
Matt Weirich, vice president of the educational market segment for James G. Davis Construction Corp. (DAVIS), an AGC of
Metropolitan Washington D.C. member, is the point person for
the construction team. "DAVIS Construction team members have
provided the estimating and pre-construction services, and about
50 percent of the design is complete - with bids out for a design/
build mechanical package," he says. "We hope to complete the
design in early 2018 so that we can request bid proposals from
the remaining trades in the first quarter."
Although the barn is about 80 years old, the "bones" of the
building are good, says Weirich. "We will replace the existing roof
with a new metal roof and will replace some of the roof structure
that was damaged as a result of leaks," he says. Windows will
be added throughout the building and a second floor will replace
the existing hay loft to house the temporary living quarters for
visitors. "Overall, we will retain the same roof shape but we
will include some structural upgrades to make the barn fit the
organization's needs."
"It is a challenge to fit a modern space into a historic structure,"
admits Weirich. Because of the barn's age, several subcontractors who specialize in renovation of old structures were asked
for advice on how to approach the changes. "They were able to
tell us how to selectively remove existing parts of the interior
without affecting the overall structure."
The barn's history is special, says Wilder. "It was a dairy barn
built in the 1930s and provided milk to soldiers stationed in the
Washington D.C. area during World War II. Now, it will once again
serve the military."
The "coming full circle" message also resonates for one
employee at DAVIS Construction, says Weirich. "When we began
working on this project, we learned that one of our estimators who
grew up in the area used to play in the dairy barn as a child."

VOLUNTEERS CRITICAL TO THE WCC MISSION
Wilder and the small staff of WCC appreciate the generosity
of AGC members who are donating or volunteering to help create
their new headquarters. "Volunteers make it possible for us to
succeed," she says. For example, when a new litter of puppies
is born, a schedule for "petting" volunteers is publicized. "This
is an important early stage of socialization for the puppies aged
three to eight weeks," she says. There is no lack of volunteers
for the spots on the schedule - the 400 to 500 hour-long spots
are quickly filled for each litter. "Almost 50 percent of the puppy
petting volunteers have no military connection but they believe
in what we are doing."
WCC's volunteer and support base has grown through a number
of efforts, including an accidental social media marketing success. "Five years ago, we were asked by explore.org if they could
post a 24-hour puppy cam in our whelping area for the puppy
cam section of their website," says Wilder. "Who will watch a
24-hour puppy cam?" may have been the initial reaction, but
WCC's puppy cam had 2 million views the first year, and viewership has remained strong.
About 500 of the most dedicated supporters recently met at the
new site to celebrate as 19 dogs went to their permanent owners. This group that is fondly called "extreme puppy watchers"
generated Wilder's favorite definition of how a casual volunteer
becomes a strong advocate for the organization: "We came for
the puppies. We stayed for the mission."
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BY THE NUMBERS
Facts about AGC Charities' Centennial Operation
Opening Doors Project

VARIOUS TYPES OF SUPPORT NEEDED
As the process moves forward, AGC and DAVIS Construction
will be looking for subcontractors willing to perform the work at
cost, says Weirich. "It is best to wait until design is finished and
respond to bid requests," he says.
The goal is to substantially complete the project by AGC's 100th
anniversary celebration on Oct. 1, 2018, says Weirich.
When asked what is needed most - money or labor - Anderson
says, "It may not surprise you to hear me say: both." He adds,
"Through the generosity of DAVIS Construction and its subcontractors, a significant amount of in-kind work and labor will be provided
to renovate the barn and create the new Healing Quarters."
Of course, AGC has also committed to cover a large portion
of the construction costs and to provide some starter funds
for the ramping up of the Healing Quarters operations, says
Anderson. "That fundraising effort is starting with the commitments of support from members of the AGC Charities Board." AGC
members can easily donate by going to http://agccharities.org/
operation-opening-doors/current-efforts/.
Monetary donations are an excellent way that AGC members
can participate, points out Weirich. "DAVIS Construction holds a
charity golf tournament every year, and we've designated the
Opening Doors Project as the beneficiary of our 2018 tournament,"
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he says. Previous tournaments have raised in excess of $60,000,
he adds.

$4.5 MILLION - the estimated scope of
work required to complete the renovations
2008 - Warrior Canine Connection founded in
Menlo Park, California
80 acres - amount of Maryland park land on
which WCC's new headquarters is located
54 - WCC-trained service dogs placed with military veterans

500,000+ - veterans diagnosed with psychological injuries since 9/11

$30,000 - cost to care for and train one service dog before placement

2 years - time needed to train a service dog
800 - WCC volunteers in 2017
50 to 60 - VA patients impacted by one dog

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - January/February 2018

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Come for the Puppies, Stay for the Mission
Simonson Says
2018 Regulatory Update: AGC Leaves No Stone Unturned
De-Constructing Delays and Disruptions: Task Force Tackles an Ever-Increasing Problem
Workforce Development Is Priority One
Going Up
Technology Toolbox
Improving Safety With Building Information Modeling Technology
Book Shelf
The 99th Annual AGC Convention: Celebrating 100 Years of Construction
Member and Chapter News
Overcoming Permit Delays
2018 Service & Supply Buyers’ Guide – a Special Advertising Section
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
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Constructor - January/February 2018 - cover1
Constructor - January/February 2018 - cover2
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Constructor - January/February 2018 - 6
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 8
Constructor - January/February 2018 - President’s Message
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 10
Constructor - January/February 2018 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Come for the Puppies, Stay for the Mission
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 13
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 14
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 15
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 16
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Simonson Says
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 18
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 2018 Regulatory Update: AGC Leaves No Stone Unturned
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 20
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 21
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Constructor - January/February 2018 - 23
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 24
Constructor - January/February 2018 - De-Constructing Delays and Disruptions: Task Force Tackles an Ever-Increasing Problem
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 26
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Workforce Development Is Priority One
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Going Up
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Constructor - January/February 2018 - 34
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Improving Safety With Building Information Modeling Technology
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Constructor - January/February 2018 - Book Shelf
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 42
Constructor - January/February 2018 - The 99th Annual AGC Convention: Celebrating 100 Years of Construction
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 44
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Member and Chapter News
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Overcoming Permit Delays
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Constructor - January/February 2018 - 48
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 2018 Service & Supply Buyers’ Guide – a Special Advertising Section
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