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BY AMY DREW THOMPSON
IT ISN'T JUST THE most iconic photo in

the realm of construction, it's one of the
most famous shots in the history of photography itself.
"Lunch atop a Skyscraper" appears to
capture a group of fearless ironworkers
having a peaceful, if perilous, break on a
girder some 850 feet above the bustling
streets of Manhattan. In reality, the shot,
taken in 1932, was staged for promotional
purposes, but that doesn't make it any
less powerful in terms of America's brave
working class, flipping a bold bird - one
on each figurative hand - to both danger
and the Depression.
So, too, does it represent the drive
and determination of the construction
industry as a whole, striving ever upward,
often quite literally.
The Empire State Building, completed
the previous year, could have staged a similar shot, of course, but Thomas Leslie would
argue that it might have featured men with
calculators instead of spud wrenches.
Leslie, AIA, is Morrill Professor in
Architecture, Pickard Chilton Professor
in Architecture and Director of Graduate
Education for Iowa State University's
Department of Architecture.
"The thing about the Empire State
Building...is that it's one of the best
planned buildings, one of the best planned
construction projects in the 20th Century.
They sat down and basically had accounting figure out how to squeeze the most
square-footage out of the building. They
had accountants figure out how to make the
building cheapest and fastest. It was where
you started to see what today we'd recognize as value engineering creeping in."
And that, he notes, was another giant
step in the evolution of the industry.

bring them back together," says Leslie.
"The architecture gets big enough and
now there are issues we need an engineer to tackle to ensure the project's
success. And as things begin to move
away from masonry and toward iron
and steel - all the professions now
have to begin working together..."
The early skyscrapers, with their
iron skeletons, needed people who
understood the material.
"That means people who can do the
sophisticated math, to figure out how

these structures are going to stand up not
just against gravity, but wind... And so
[the time at which the AGC was founded]
- this was an interesting time - it's the
first generation of what we'd think of as
the 'super talls.'"

EXAMINING THE SUPER TALLS
The Woolworth Building (1913):
It was the world's tallest building from
1913 to 1930. Its rigid, steel frame supported 60 stories, 5,000 windows and
came at a cost of $13.5 million. Built by

In construction's earliest days, most
often there was just one ring to rule
them all: the master builder. But over
time, sophisticated ideas forced a division
of labor. Architecture and engineering
migrated into their own professions.
"But then, as the 19th century came
to a close, there was a concerted effort to
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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
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Intro
Constructor - January/February 2018 - cover1
Constructor - January/February 2018 - cover2
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 3
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 4
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 5
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
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 22
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
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 29
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 30
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 31
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 32
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 33
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 34
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Improving Safety With Building Information Modeling Technology
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 37
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 38
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 39
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 40
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
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 47
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 48
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 2018 Service & Supply Buyers’ Guide – a Special Advertising Section
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 50
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 51
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 52
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Constructor - January/February 2018 - 67
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
Constructor - January/February 2018 - 69
Constructor - January/February 2018 - Index to Advertisers
Constructor - January/February 2018 - cover3
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