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CONTENTS

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 | www.constructormagazine.com
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EDITOR'S NOTE

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

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CEO'S LETTER

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BIG PLANS IN THE BIG EASY

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THE WORKFORCE SHORTAGE REPORT

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SIMONSON SAYS

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SUNDT PARTNERING WITH CENTRAL ARIZONA COLLEGE
TO ADDRESS SKILLED WORKER SHORTAGE IN ARIZONA

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By Jeanie J. Clapp
By Art Daniel

By Stephen E. Sandherr
New Orleans is the place to be February 26-28, 2018, as AGC
of America celebrates 100 years of construction at its 99th
Annual Convention.
Nationwide results are in on the status of the labor shortage
in construction.
By Ken Simonson

In a construction industry that expects to have two million
fewer workers than it will need in just three years, two
institutions are working on unique ways to recruit and train
skilled workers.

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Contractors are finding that sending and receiving messages
through Zinc helps connect workers inside and outside the office.
By Debra Wood

STRATEGIC SCAFFOLDING

Seventy-two percent of workers injured in scaffolding
accidents attribute the incident either to the support giving
way, the employee slipping, or being struck by a falling object.
Labor-saving technology and innovative approaches can help
keep workers safe.
By Lisa Kopochinski

25 INSIDE AGC

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A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

In a remote area of the Gila National Forest near Glenwood, New
Mexico, you will find a diamond in the rough - a gem hidden
among the canyons and mesas: the historic - and newly restored
- Catwalk Trail, recipient of a 2017 Build America Award.
By Tom Donaldson

45 HARNESSING EXPENSIVE INSURANCE
CLAIMS WITH BIG DATA

The AGC-supported CICA Center can meet all of your
environmental services needs.

26 VERSATILITY: THE NAME OF THE CONCRETE GAME

Versatility appears to be an ongoing theme for concrete and
asphalt contractors - not just in terms of materials, but also
when it comes to contractors' services, abilities, delivery
methods and available technologies.
By Autumn Cafiero Giusti

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39 TECHNOLOGY TOOLBOX

What do the words 'big data' really mean? And how does big data
affect the construction industry?
By Parker Rains

49 2017 SOFTWARE SERVICES GUIDE -
A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION
54 INDEX TO ADVERTISERS

CONSTRUCTION CORNER

A Q&A with William (Bill) Noonan of Willis Towers Watson,
who provides his insight on how contractors can protect
themselves against the risky business of construction.

32 GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK

Green is the hot color every contractor wants to be wearing.
What are the real-world benefits and challenges of recycling?
By Amy Drew Thompson

On the cover: New Center for Character and Leadership
Development at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs,
Colorado. Photo courtesy of Safway Services, a member of multiple
AGC chapters.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - November/December 2017

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Big Plans in the Big Easy
The Workforce Shortage Report
Simonson Says
Sundt Partnering With Central Arizona College to Address Skilled Worker Shortage in Arizona
Strategic Scaffolding
Inside AGC
Versatility: The Name of the Concrete Game
Construction Corner
Green Is the New Black
Technology Toolbox
A Diamond in the Rough
Harnessing Expensive Insurance Claims With Big Data
2017 Software Services Guide – a Special Advertising Section
Index to Advertisers
Constructor - November/December 2017 - intro
Constructor - November/December 2017 - cover1
Constructor - November/December 2017 - cover2
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 3
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 4
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 5
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 6
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 8
Constructor - November/December 2017 - President’s Message
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 10
Constructor - November/December 2017 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 12
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Big Plans in the Big Easy
Constructor - November/December 2017 - The Workforce Shortage Report
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Simonson Says
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 16
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Sundt Partnering With Central Arizona College to Address Skilled Worker Shortage in Arizona
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Strategic Scaffolding
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 19
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 20
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 21
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 22
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 23
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 24
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Inside AGC
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Versatility: The Name of the Concrete Game
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 27
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 28
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 29
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 30
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Construction Corner
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Green Is the New Black
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 33
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 34
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 35
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 36
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 37
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 38
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 40
Constructor - November/December 2017 - A Diamond in the Rough
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 42
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 43
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 44
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Harnessing Expensive Insurance Claims With Big Data
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 46
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 47
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 48
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 2017 Software Services Guide – a Special Advertising Section
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 50
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 51
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 52
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 53
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Index to Advertisers
Constructor - November/December 2017 - cover3
Constructor - November/December 2017 - cover4
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