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EDITOR'S NOTE At the Wheel IF YOU'RE A LOYAL reader of Constructor, you know we've covered workforce woes in BY JEANIE J. CLAPP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF almost every issue this year. We launched a series of infographics, based on AGC of America's 2014 survey, that began with the January/February issue. The last of these, The West, can be found on Page 19 of this magazine. This summer, AGC of America conducted another workforce shortage survey and CEO Steve Sandherr talks about the results, along with the association's plan to fix the problem, in his column on Page 13. And if you check out "Final Inspection" on Page 66, you'll see some interesting regional numbers based on the nearly 1,400 survey responses. Did you know, compared to 2014, 30 percent more construction firms in the West report having a hard time finding and hiring quality workers in their region? 30 percent. For more regional and state-by-state stats like this one, visit In spite of the workforce challenges, AGC members stay the forward course: innovating, collaborating and building. Adoption of BIM is on the rise and with it contractors are seeing the added benefit of improving worker and jobsite safety ("Play it Safe with BIM," Page 16). U.S. ports prepare for the larger ships that will pass through the soonto-be-expanded Panama Canal ("Shape Up and Ship Out," Page 30). And, it seems that construction activity can be found in nearly every major airport, and AGC members tackle the unique challenges of these projects with innovative and creative solutions ("Taking Off," Page 22). AGC of America and its chapters continue to drive the industry forward, in spite of potholes that may be in the way. Earlier this year, AGC of America developed a new video of contractors and construction workers calling on Congress to "stop kicking the can" and pass a long-term highway & transit bill ( Congress now has until Dec. 11 to strike a budget deal or face another potential government shutdown (a 10-week stopgap spending bill prevented one in October). Never to stand idle, AGC will continue to urge Congress and the administration to work toward an agreement on a budget framework that prioritizes critical federal infrastructure investments. This March, AGC will hold its 97th Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas. The conference will include more than 15 sessions aimed to educate contractors on emerging industry trends and back-pocket solutions and steer them clear of any business potholes ("Pack Your Boots and Don Your Hat," Page 27). The workforce shortage is real and federal funding is problematic, but with AGC of America at the wheel, the journey will be a little less bumpy. ◆ Have a story idea or information you'd like to share with AGC members? Contact me at Look for web exclusives on and follow Constructor on Twitter @ConstructorMag. @Constr uctor Ma g N O V E MB E R / D E C E MB E R 2 0 1 5 | 9

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