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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Building Knowledge A S MANY OF YOU KNOW, this association was created at the request of President BY PAUL DIEDERICH AGC PRESIDENT AGC – at all levels – has to build the knowledge necessary to fight the fights and develop the solutions that advance our industry. Woodrow Wilson in 1918 to unify the industry in the fight to improve labor conditions, encourage continued construction investment as World War I came to an end, and to improve the overall quality of construction work across the country. The contractors who answered Wilson’s call agreed that the primary tasks of the association would be securing better contracts, enhancing the working relationship between owners, engineers, and contractors, and presenting a united front to organized labor. Shortly thereafter, a handful of objectives emerged from an organizational meeting held in New York City – the association was to establish a code of ethics, provide for mutual aid, cooperate with other associations, defend the interests of the construction industry, and generate good publicity where there was very little. While a lot has changed over the past 94 years, there are still constants in this association’s goals, priorities and plans. Because of our presence at the local and national level, AGC has earned the respect of other associations, the federal government, the media, and most importantly, the industry itself. AGC has established itself as a group capable of facing a situation head on, analyzing that situation based upon suggestions from credible industry practitioners, and then developing potential resolutions and implementing realistic solutions. AGC chapters and members have been involved in this fight since the beginning. And today, maybe more than ever, it is important that we all continue to be active participants as AGC takes on the most critical issues facing the construction industry. That is the only way to ensure that a resolution is well fleshed out, improves the overall situation, and pushes us farther towards our goal as an association. In order for AGC to remain relevant and contemporary, our membership must work with both local and national staff, participate in the dialogue, and make the commitment to lend a hand when it is necessary. It is only together that we can continue to positively impact this industry. All of this work comes down to one thing: building knowledge. AGC – at all levels – has to build the knowledge necessary to fight the fights and develop the solutions that advance our industry. Since our founding, AGC has endeavored to build this knowledge – the knowledge necessary to combat the misperception that contractors are amoral and unethical businesspeople, the knowledge necessary to develop a well-educated workforce, the knowledge necessary to provide a safe and efficient work environment, the knowledge necessary to enhance industry productivity and improve every company’s bottom line. The power of building knowledge rests in the very idea that, by developing a thorough understanding of an issue, interested parties will have to respond continued on page 12 10 constructor | M ARCH/ APRI L 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor -March/April 2013

Editor's Note
President's Message
CEO's Letter
Growing up with AGC
Constructor Marketplace
Off-Site Modular Construction Improves Quality and Safety of Projects
Technology Toolbox
Constructive Commentary
Index To Advertisers

Constructor -March/April 2013