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Pack Your Boots and Don Your Hat AGC HAS A TEXAS-SIZED PARTY PLANNED FOR MARCH THEY SAY EVERYTHING'S BIGGER in Texas so it should be no surprise to AGC of America members that grand plans are underway for the 97th Annual Convention, set for March 9-11, 2016, in San Antonio. Designed to spur new business ideas and saddle attendees with back-pocket construction solutions, the conference will include more than 15 educational sessions (, dynamic speakers, and numerous networking opportunities. And the city itself, best known as home to five-time NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs, has much to offer attendees when the day is done. GRAND PLANS AT THE GRAND HYATT This year's venue is the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, situated along the renowned San Antonio River Walk, a 15 mile stretch of sidewalks and paths that lead visitors through the heart of downtown to museums, Spanish missions, hotels, shops, and top-notch restaurants. REMEMBER THE ALAMO? Many know the motto. Less know the history. But visitors to San Antonio can walk this historic site and learn the rich history behind it. The Alamo, originally called Mission San Antonio de Valero, was founded in 1718 as the first mission in San Antonio, serving as a stopping point between east Texas and Mexico. By the late 1700s, it became secularized and local authorities took control, eventually becoming a military garrison. Then, in 1836, a small band of Texans held the outpost for 13 days against more than 1,000 of General Santa Anna's troops from Mexico. The Alamo fell in the early morning hours of March 6, 1836, but the deaths of the defenders has come to symbolize courage and sacrifice. Weeks later, Sam Houston, leading the Texan army, overpowered Santa Anna at the battle of San @Constr uctor Ma g Jacinto and shouted "Remember the Alamo!" as he did so. MISSIONS POSSIBLE In the 18th century, Spanish priests established five missions along the San Antonio River, which today represent the largest concentration of Spanish colonial missions in North America. Consequently, they were recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site after meeting stringent selection criteria that confirmed their historical importance. This rare honor has been bestowed upon only 23 sites in the United States. The missions are the first World Heritage Site in Texas ( Only-in-San-Antonio/The-Alamo). FOODIE FEVER For those with a little foodie fever, San Antonio has the cure. There's no shortage of top-shelf restaurants in the city, home to the Culinary Institute of America, where worldrenown master chefs impart their impressive culinary wisdom to novice students. The challenge to visitors will be to decide where to eat. This guide may help: Dining/Dining/Secrets-of-the-Locals. Photo courtesy of AWARD-WINNING CONSTRUCTION San Antonio Chapter members know how to build. The joint venture of Linbeck Group LLC and Zachry Corporation won a 2015 Alliant Build America Award for the construction of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. This project involved the complete renovation of the historic Municipal Auditorium's treasured façade, while incorporating a brand new 183,000sf, 1,700-seat, multipurpose performance arts hall into the original framework. The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts has quickly become a new landmark for the San Antonio community and a new performance arts venue in high demand by both the community and tourists. Several good shows are scheduled around the time of AGC's national convention (http://www. Bursting with activity inside the convention site and loaded with fun outside, AGC's 97th Annual Convention is the place to be this March. Check the convention site often for updated information (http:// Then, pack your boots and don your hat. We'll see you ◆ in San Antonio! San Antonio Chapter Members to Remodel Morgan's Wonderland As part of Operation Opening Doors, a national program of AGC Charities, Inc., San Antonio Chapter members have committed to an Extreme Makeover-like community service project at Morgan's Wonderland. This facility is a popular 25acre amusement park, designed for children and adults with special cognitive and physical needs. The very first theme park of its kind, it has welcomed more than 500,000 guests from all 50 states and 49 other countries. Gordon Hartman, a local business leader, philanthropist, and developer of the project talks about it in this moving video from 2010: watch?v=TFCxD24iR2M. The San Antonio Chapter is very excited about working on the next phase of the park's development-Inspiration Island, a unique water park expansion and has organized a working group to help ensure its success. NO V E MB E R / D E C E MB E R 2 0 1 5 | 27

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - November/December 2015

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Play It Safe With BIM
Workforce Shortage Report: Western Region
Taking Off: The Unique Nature of Airport Construction
Pack Your Boots and Don Your Hat
Simonson Says
Shape Up and Ship Out
AGC San Diego Opens Fall Protection Campus
Inside AGC
Beyond Insulation
Member and Chapter News
Technology Toolbox
2015 Software Services Guide
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection

Constructor - November/December 2015