Constructor - May/June 2015 - (Page 9)
From Start to Finish
EarliEr this yEar, morE than 2,000 construction professionals, sponsors and exhibitors
By JeanIe J. CLaPP
descended upon San Juan, Puerto Rico for a fast-paced, top-notch industry event. AGC's
96th Annual Convention provided three days of inspiration, education, networking and
fun. From start to finish.
Touchdown on the island came with warm sun, blue sky, soft sand, and beautiful
beaches. You couldn't beat the venue and you couldn't beat the weather. From start to finish.
Between the Welcome Reception on Tuesday evening, March 17, at Bahia Urbana, an
area alongside the San Juan Bay waterfront where guests filled their plates with a variety
of authentic local cuisine and local performers delivered great music, and the installation
of officers on Friday night, March 20, attendees hit the ground running each day.
Session speakers captivated audiences, beginning with Ken Adelman, former U.S.
ambassador to the United Nations and assistant to the U.S. secretary of defense. Once
the U.S. arms control director, Adelman recounted his story of the days surrounding the
historic Reykjavik summit between Mikhael Gorbachev and President Ronald Reagan. If I
had to choose two words to describe his presentation, they'd be inspiring and emotional.
Others agreed, as indicated by the standing ovation at Adelman's conclusion.
If it's trending in the construction industry, it was on the AGC menu in San Juan.
Educational sessions included succession planning, marketing, project delivery, safety,
retention, recruitment, and more. Sessions on unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as
drones, packed the house as attendees learned about the many advantages this technology
can provide and the current and proposed FAA regulations. Coincidentally, Constructor is
talking about drones too. See "Flying High: Why the industry needs drones to get off the
ground" on Page 16 for more information on this ever-changing technology.
The AGC Technology and Construction Solutions Expo bustled with activity. More
than 50 exhibitors answered questions and offered solutions to members who traversed
the hall between educational sessions, speaking engagements, and networking breaks.
Thursday of that week was the day to truly celebrate construction. At the Willis Safety
Awards breakfast, AGC and Willis honored those companies that demonstrated excellence
in safety and health performance in 2014. From the 37 finalists, W.B. Moore of Charlotte,
North Carolina was named the grand award winner, or "best of the best."
The Alliant Build America Awards took place later that day and bestowed honors
to projects that have excelled in state-of-the-art achievement, excellence in project
management, innovation, superior client service, and more. There were 11 merit award
winners and 23 Build America winners. JP Cullen received the Grand Award for its Epic
Deep Space project in Verona, Wisconsin. A full list of winners can be found on Page 21
and future issues of Constructor will feature these outstanding projects in more detail.
All award winners were recognized again at the Celebrate Construction Gala Thursday
evening, sponsored by Willis and Alliant, where dangling gymnasts poured champagne,
local music filled the hall, and dancers entertained the crowd.
Whether you returned from San Juan with an award in your carry-on or not, one
thing is certain: AGC undoubtedly made all their members feel like winners. From start
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - May/June 2015
2015 ALLIANT BUILD AMERICA AWARDS
THE MACHINERY OF CONSTRUCTION ECONOMICS
BUILDING OREGON’S WORKFORCE INFRASTRUCTURE
THE NORTHEAST WORKFORCE SHORTAGE REPORT
MEMBER AND CHAPTER NEWS
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
Constructor - May/June 2015