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CEO'S LETTER A Look Back, A Look Forward EACH YEAR, AS WE COMPILE THE Annual Report and prep for Convention, we are not only BY STEPHEN E. SANDHERR AGC CEO You are proof that 2013 does not have to be defined by sluggish growth or congressional stalemates. taking a look back at all we've accomplished, but everything that lies ahead for our industry. In 2013, every success, every initiative - they weren't just boxes to be checked off the to-do list. Large and small, they are the things that set the groundwork for an even better 2014. Last year, the construction industry experienced a mild recovery, although it was more uneven and far slower than most of us would have liked. However, AGC did not let a lagging economy and deeply divided Congress stop the pursuit of top legislative and regulatory priorities. Nor did we allow uncertain industry conditions to prevent us from offering you - our members - the things you need to keep your business moving forward. With every step forward in 2013, there will be another success story in 2014. In years past, we have told the story of our accomplishments and victories through our Annual Report, released in conjunction with our National Convention - and this year is no different. But unlike years past, where we have told the story using one voice - our own - this year we wanted to hear from you. Our job here at AGC of America is working for our members. It is only fitting, then, that we hear from you - the project managers, safety directors, crane operators, engineers, human resources personnel, those of you operating out of the C-suite - on how we're doing. If our members aren't benefiting from their AGC membership day-to-day, then we aren't doing our job as your association. The 2013 Annual Report is a vibrant narrative driven by people just like you. Members from across the country took time out of their busy days to tell us what it really means to be a part of their local chapter and AGC at the national level. Not only were we reassured that we're still providing you with top-notch industry tools and resources, as well as premier networking events and the outlets to foster career-building relationships, but we discovered that our members are as proud of what we're doing here in Washington as we are. As an organization focused on advocating for our members here in D.C., it is extremely important that we know how the decisions being made are impacting you at the local level. You are proof that 2013 does not have to be defined by sluggish growth or congressional stalemates. Instead, your stories show us that we were able to give you a voice on Capitol Hill when little was being heard. We were able to continue to offer training and educational programs that make your job easier. We were here to provide you with the information and resources you needed to fight battles at your local level. Yes - in 2013, we saw record BIMForum attendance, the evolution of the CM-BIM program, the development of new Lean curriculum, an extended reach on social networks and media outlets, nine new ConsensusDocs contract documents, increased attendance at annual meetings, 133 AGC Foundation scholarships awarded, and one of the most successful Operation Opening Doors to date. But this year's Annual Report doesn't just capture the big pictures - it captures the day-to-day moments when AGC membership has proved itself invaluable. What we found is that the work we did last year has given many of you the ability to enter 2014 with high hopes. The testimonies you will read in this year's Annual Report are not the only thing foreshadowing a better 2014 - we have the survey results of over 800 AGC members illustrating similar stories. In January, we released an analysis of this survey as part of Optimism Returns: The 2014 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook. Contractors are more optimistic about 2014 than they have been in a long time. Many firms plan to begin hiring again this year, while relatively few plan for layoffs. A large percentage of firms that did not make staff changes last year plan on expanding payrolls and benefits in 2014. As demand, hopefully, rebounds in 2014, AGC will continue to be there to help members take advantage of every opportunity and cope with any challenge likely to come with industry recovery. We were there in 2013 to hear you and give you the tools to keep your business moving forward. In 2014, our commitment to you is to be even more essential to your success than we were in 2013. ◆ MA R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 4 | 15

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - March/April 2014

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Wise Investment
Simonson Says
Water Resources Development Act Addresses Critical Infrastructure Needs
Legislative and Regulatory News
Can-Do Attitude Meets a Job Well Done
Technology Toolbox
The Mobile Gold Rush
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection

Constructor - March/April 2014