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At the Wheel
IF YOU'RE A LOYAL reader of Constructor, you know we've covered workforce woes in
BY JEANIE J. CLAPP
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 http://bit.ly/AGC_survey_results.
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 (http://hardhatsforhighways.org/). 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.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - November/December 2015
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
Shape Up and Ship Out
AGC San Diego Opens Fall Protection Campus
Member and Chapter News
2015 Software Services Guide
Index to Advertisers
Constructor - November/December 2015