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60 percent of construction firm owners
increased based pay, 36 percent provided
incentives and bonuses; and 24 percent
increased contributions and/or benefits
- according to the AGC survey.
Although higher wages might attract
employees, they also pose a challenge for
contractors who are also having to train
employees with less experience, says Bob
Shafer, president of Ranger Construction
Industries in Florida, a Florida East Coast
Chapter-AGC member. "We have to take a
close look at how we bid projects and take
production loss into account when looking
at the owner's timetable," he says. "Less
experienced workers cannot work as fast,
and we have to provide more training to
ensure their safety. This must be considered upfront in the bidding process."
The use of technology in construction is one way that contractors plan
to improve productivity, planning and
scheduling. Forty-three percent of contractors plan to increase their firm's
investment in information technology in
2018. Not only do 20 percent of respondents plan to increase investment in
Building Information Management (BIM)
software, but investment in the following
types of software are planned:

* Document management software - 27
percent
* Estimating software - 27 percent
* Project management software -
27 percent
* Fleet tracking/management software -
22 percent
In addition to worker shortages, contractors identified five other key challenges
in their responses:
* Increased competition for projects -
39 percent
* Growth in federal regulations -
28 percent
* Lack of infrastructure investments - 24
percent
* Growth in state and local regulations
- 23 percent
* Safety - 20 percent
One trend that Brown expects an
increased interest in is private-public
partnerships (P3s). This delivery method
can address the infrastructure investment
challenge cited by contractors. "There are
many benefits to a public entity with a P3,"
he says. "A state or local government can get
a project built without burdening taxpayers
or delaying the project." Although Florida is
a leader in adoption of P3s, Brown sees the
trends growing nationally for large public,
infrastructure projects.
While the P3 approach doesn't solve
the workforce problem completely, it can

help contractors better handle the need
for additional employees, says Brown.
"Rather than the traditional design, bid
and build process, in a P3 project, all
members of the team are involved earlier
in the process, which gives contractors an
opportunity to plan ahead for how many
employees and what type of skills will be
needed at different points," he explains.
Although contractors expressed
concern about federal regulations and
lack of infrastructure investment, the
contractors who perform public-sector
work were optimistic about 2018, says
Stephen Sandherr, chief executive officer of AGC. "The association has been
working aggressively to push for new
investments," he says.
Another legislative priority for AGC
is related to the workforce shortage,
Sandherr says. "Congress can also help
address the workforce shortage by
enacting a new Perkins Act that boosts
funding for career and technical education," he explains. "The act would give
state and local officials flexibility to
put programs in place to address local
market conditions, instead of federal
priorities. AGC will continue to lead the
effort to encourage federal, state and
local support to rebuild the pipeline to
prepare the next generation of construction professionals."
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Although
contractors
expressed concern
about federal
regulations
and lack of
infrastructure
investment, the
contractors who
perform
public-sector work
were optimistic

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - March/April 2018

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Focused on the Future
Simonson Says
2018 Construction Outlook: Positive but Workforce Challenges Persist
Span Cycles
Chapter Connection
Technology Toolbox
Legislative and Regulatory News
Member and Chapter News
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Constructor - March/April 2018 - intro
Constructor - March/April 2018 - cover1
Constructor - March/April 2018 - cover2
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 3
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 4
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 5
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 6
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 8
Constructor - March/April 2018 - President’s Message
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 10
Constructor - March/April 2018 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Focused on the Future
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - 14
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 15
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 16
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 17
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 18
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Simonson Says
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 20
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 2018 Construction Outlook: Positive but Workforce Challenges Persist
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - 27
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 28
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Span Cycles
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - 32
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - 34
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Chapter Connection
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 36
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 38
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Legislative and Regulatory News
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 40
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - 42
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Member and Chapter News
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - Index to Advertisers
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