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CEO’S LETTER AGC Opens Doors THIS ISSUE OF CONSTRUCTOR COMES out in conjunction with AGC’s National Convention, BY STEPHEN E. SANDHERR AGC CEO We doubled our efforts to open doors to the latest information about industry news, safety practices, technological innovations, and business trends. 14 constructor | M ARCH/ APRI L 2013 and with that the release of AGC’s Annual Report. At convention, AGC members not only discuss the future of the industry, but they take a look back at what has happened since they last convened. Which is why we are very excited to release this year’s Annual Report in Palm Springs – it is an inside look at everything we – our association, our chapters and members – have accomplished over the past year. As we face what is certain to be a challenging year, the Annual Report gives us a reason to be proud and a reason to continue to push ahead. The theme of this year’s Annual Report is Opening Doors. Many of you are aware of AGC Charities’ Operation Opening Doors (OOD) project – an opportunity for our members to give back to the community through charitable donations and made possible by so many great member volunteers. So yes, this year’s theme marks the fi rst year AGC was able to undertake two very successful OOD projects, but it also represents much, much more. It speaks to our purpose as your association. As the only association representing the entire commercial construction industry, we work on a wide range of issues. But however wide that range is, our intent remains the same: to open doors for you, our members. In some cases, we literally open doorways to the offices of key officials, but in every other way, we work to open doors to information, to technology, to experience and to opportunities. We do this because it allows you to focus on what matters most – succeeding. In 2012, AGC of America opened many doors for its members. We found new ways to connect members with each other and the contacts they need to succeed. And we found ways to turn tepid economic conditions into promising opportunities. In a year where partisanship polarized the nation, we pushed forward. We didn’t let party politics stop us from doing our job – fighting to represent the interests of the construction industry. We spent much of 2012 opening doors up and down the halls of Congress and federal offices, protecting vital infrastructure investments, preventing costly and unnecessary new regulations and producing measures to boost private sector demand for new construction. We doubled our efforts to open doors to the latest information about industry news, safety practices, technological innovations, and business trends. And because we know your time and travel budgets are limited, we worked to make sure our educational programs and information are as easily accessible as possible. We opened the doors to new and enhanced educational and training programs so members can continue to improve the quality and depth of their workforce. We worked to create as many opportunities as possible for you to connect with one another. And building connections goes beyond networking – it extends to finding ways to collaborate; to the exchange of ideas; and to the sharing of information. When we opened the doors for you to connect with each other, we opened the doors to your industry. AGC of America has worked to serve the construction industry, our chapters and our members for 93 years. And we consider the greatest part of that effort to be giving you the tools you need to succeed – even in the toughest of times. 2012 wasn’t just about making things happen. This past year was about opening doors to future successes just as much as it was about winning present-day battles. So – when you have the opportunity to read this year’s Annual Report – I hope that you are as proud of our accomplishments and as excited for our future as I am. ◆

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