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AGC of America produces a monthly podcast, the ConstructorCast, a source for all the news, views, and interviews relevant to your construction business.

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AGC of America produces a monthly podcast, the ConstructorCast, a source for all the news, views, and interviews relevant to your construction business.

    ConstructorCast - 2023 Vision: The Outlook for Design & Construction

    ConstructorCast - 2023 Vision: The Outlook for Design & Construction

    On this episode of ConstructorCast, two of the nation’s leading construction economists will discuss where the economy is headed, construction categories they think will do particularly well, and share their insights on top issues including supply chains and inventories, finding qualified workers, and materials costs.


    A.C. Michael Guckes
    Senior Economist

    Construction Economic Resources
    Construction Economic News

    Kenneth D. Simonson
    Chief Economist
    Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)

    Data Digest, a weekly one-page summary of economic news relevant to construction:

    AGC's Construction Inflation Alert:

    More AGC construction economic information:

    • 35 min
    ConstructorCast - What's at Stake? 2022 Midterm Elections

    ConstructorCast - What's at Stake? 2022 Midterm Elections

    Election day is two weeks away! Are you wondering how results could impact you and the industry?

    On this episode, AGC Chief Executive Officer Steve Sandherr, Jimmy Christianson, Vice President of Government Relations, and David Ashinoff, Director of Political Affairs discuss all things midterm elections including what congress has accomplished in the current cycle, match-up analysis, and seat predictions.

    Visit https://constructionvotes.com to register to vote or confirm registration status, obtain early voting and absentee ballot information, confirm your polling place, download employer resources, and more. Members are also encouraged to visit https://advocacy.agc.org to learn more about AGC’s political action committee (AGC PAC) and the Construction Advocacy Fund.


    This episode was recorded Oct. 12, 2022. Please be sure to keep up with recent polling results to make your most informed decision on Election Day!

    • 35 min
    ConstructorCast - Evolving Marijuana Laws and Workplace Safety

    ConstructorCast - Evolving Marijuana Laws and Workplace Safety

    Grappling with the maze of marijuana laws and your company policy? On this episode, Bill Judge of Drug Screening Compliance Institute talks about considerations for employers to create and enforce drug-testing policies that are consistent with the laws in all of the states in which they operate – as well as best practices for addressing safety-sensitive roles.

    William J. Judge, JD, LL.M.
    Drug Screening Compliance Institute

    At the federal level, marijuana is listed as a Schedule I drug (https://www.dea.gov/drug-information/drug-scheduling) under the Controlled Substances Act. Many federal contractors and all federal grantees are required by law to establish and maintain a drug-free workplace policy. In addition, some federal agencies have rules in place for specific industries/occupations that require employers to have drug testing programs. For example, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)[https://www.transportation.gov/odapc] and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)[https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/drug-alcohol-testing/overview-drug-and-alcohol-rules] have adopted drug testing rules for certain drivers. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)[https://www.samhsa.gov/workplace/employer-resources/federal-laws] provides guidance to employers on how to implement drug-free workplaces that will comply with federal laws.

    States are continuing to legalize marijuana, either for medical use, recreational use, or both. Here are maps of where things currently stand in September 2022 – https://www.agc.org/sites/default/files/Files/ConstructorCast/THC_Group_2022Sep27.pdf. State laws may dictate how (and to what extent) employers can do pre-employment screenings, drug testing, or make employment decisions based on an employee’s drug use.

    Many employers choose to drug test employees because of safety-sensitive positions, reductions in rates for workers’ compensation insurance, or to ensure that their employees are not impaired on the job. It is particularly important that construction companies review current policies and evaluate the need for changes – based on evolving marijuana laws and to ensure employee safety and reduce company risk.

    • 41 min
    ConstructorCast - Build America, Buy America: What You Need to Know

    ConstructorCast - Build America, Buy America: What You Need to Know

    In this episode, AGC’s own Jimmy Christianson, Vice President of Government Relations, and Deniz Mustafa, Program Coordinator for the Building Division take a dive into what Buy America/n requirements are, why we have them, and what we may be able to expect from new Buy America Build America Act regulations that come with the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. As government agencies work through their individual processes and procedures, AGC would like to prepare members for imminent changes involving material procurement.

    Deniz Mustafa, Program Coordinator, Building Division, AGC of America, deniz.mustafa@agc.org
    Jimmy Christianson, Vice President, Government Relations, AGC of America, jimmy.christianson@agc.org

    Made in America Office within the White House Office of Management and Budget: https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/management/made-in-america/
    AGC's comments to OMB:

    • 18 min
    ConstructorCast - Assessing Design Build Risk

    ConstructorCast - Assessing Design Build Risk

    Who’s on the hook for design defects in design-build projects? It may not always be who you think. In this episode, Dirk Haire, co-chair of Fox Rothschild’s Construction Law Practice Group, and David Hecker, group general counsel overseeing all claims, litigation, and investigations for Kiewit Corporation, share their wealth of knowledge on design-build risk. Find out when and why contractors do not always bear the risk of design errors or omissions on a design-build project. This episode explains design-builders’ liability standard and discusses certain types of overreach by owners that merit pushback from design-builders.

    This podcast episode will help you:

    1. Understand the differences between design and performance specifications and how they may govern design liability on a design-build project.
    2. Determine when the Spearin Doctrine applies to design-build contracts.
    3. Identify cases where a design-builder has received equitable adjustment for defect designs, as well as examples of cases where the design-builder incurred liability for design.
    4. Learn how contracting officers’ actions and federal contracting rules and regulations can dramatically raise a design-builder’s risk exposure.

    Dirk Haire, Fox Rothschild LLP - https://www.foxrothschild.com/
    David Hecker, Kiewit Corporation - https://www.kiewit.com/
    Brian Perlberg (co-host), AGC of America - https://www.agc.org/contract

    AGC 2022 Convention Slides – https://www.agc.org/sites/default/files/Files/AGC%20Design%20Build%20Presentation%20March%202022(132260853.1)-C%20(1).pdf
    AGC Article -- Unfair Risk Allocation on Design-Build Project: https://www.agc.org/news/2022/05/23/unfair-risk-allocation-design-build-projects
    AGC Article -- When is the Price Right? Setting the GMP for Design-Build: https://www.agc.org/news/2022/06/27/when-price-right-setting-gmp-design-build
    AGC design-build page -- https://www.agc.org/design-build

    • 39 min
    ConstructorCast - Winning the War on Talent

    ConstructorCast - Winning the War on Talent

    Struggling to find enough workers? On this episode, three young construction professionals share their insights about how they made a decision on a full-time position and why their selected firms stood out.

    This episode was pre-recorded at AGC's Annual Convention. When recording on the road, audio isn't always studio-quality, but the content is worth the listen! Thanks for following!

    Our guests each bring different perspectives on the recruitment and hiring process and share what got them where they are now.

    Trent Fair - Pittsburg State University / Simpson Construction Services, https://simpsonconst.com/
    Jack McGavran - Pittsburg State University / McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., https://www.mccarthy.com/
    Collette LeManske - Kansas State University / Brinkmann Constructors, https://brinkmannconstructors.com/


    AGC Student Chapters - Membership in an AGC Student Chapter provides young professionals with an opportunity to observe and develop their skills with current industry leaders. AGC of America, in conjunction with our local Chapters, supports more than 170 Student Chapters nationwide. https://www.agc.org/connect/chapters/student-chapters

    AGC Construction Leadership Council (CLC) - The purpose of the CLC is to act as a conduit for participants to network, exchange ideas about work and the industry, serve local communities and continuing education which includes both professional development and leadership skills. www.agc.org/clc

    Undergraduate and Graduate scholarship opportunities with AGC open July 1, 2022. Visit www.agc.org/foundation for more information.

    • 33 min

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