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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.

    Building Inclusive Cultures & Company Success

    Building Inclusive Cultures & Company Success

    Building Inclusive Cultures & Company Success
    Although inclusive cultures offer clear benefits, companies still struggle with knowing how to cultivate the right culture for all their employees. On this episode, Mark Havens talks about how his organization WMFDP | FDP Global (White Men As Full Diversity Partners) transforms mindsets and behaviors to help organizations sustain truly inclusive cultures. We also talk with President & CEO of Clark Construction Company Sam Clark on how he learned the skills needed to build strong relationships, navigate difficult conversations and become an ally. AGC’s Brynn Huenke shares what AGC is doing to provide companies with training and resources that translate learning to action.

    Show Notes
    Mark Havens
    Senior Consultant
    White Men As Full Diversity Partners (WMFDP | FDP Global)

    Sam Clark
    President & CEO
    Clark Construction Company

    Brynn Huneke
    Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Member Engagement
    Associated General Contractors of America

    Culture of CARE
    Launched in 2020, a partnership between AGC of America and AGC of Washington, Culture of CARE is asking companies to make a public commitment to creating diverse and inclusive workplaces by taking the Culture of CARE pledge.
    Learn more at www.BuildCulture.org

    AGC’s Construction Diversity Image Library
    The Construction Diversity Image Library is a collection of photographs for use by the media featuring diverse individuals in the construction workforce. By making imagery that showcases diversity easy to access for reporters, the library aims to increase representation and empower the industry to appeal to new, diverse talent.

    • 44 min
    Construction Site Security and Theft Prevention

    Construction Site Security and Theft Prevention

    Contractors may have millions of dollars of equipment, tools and materials stored on their job sites. On this episode, John Wallen of HUB International discusses how to position your firm to best manage the risk of theft. That includes being aware of the coverage details of your insurance policies, taking a multi-layered approach to keeping sites secure and deterring theft, and considering “Internet of Things” (IoT)-based solutions. Also hear tips and best practices on filing a theft report and insurance claim.

    John Wallen CPCU, Vice President at HUB International, Wisconsin Construction Industry Practice Leader

    Best Practices for Deterring Crime at Construction Sites

    Solving a Billion-Dollar Problem

    National Insurance Crime Bureau

    • 30 min
    How Advances In Artificial Intelligence Are Benefiting Construction – Part 2

    How Advances In Artificial Intelligence Are Benefiting Construction – Part 2

    In part two of this series, we explore how artificial intelligence (AI) can streamline critical construction project workflows by automating time-consuming and repetitive processes like building a submittal log and tracking changes to specs over the course of a project. Bryan Rumple of Mortenson and Sameer Merchant of Autodesk Construction Solutions discuss document management challenges and how AI technology can improve productivity and reduce project risk.

    Bryan Rumple, Lead Project Management Controls Engineer at Mortenson

    Sameer Merchant - VP of product development at Autodesk Construction Solutions

    About Pype: https://pype.io/

    Pype, part of Autodesk Construction Cloud, is a suite of construction software solutions that use AI and machine-learning algorithms to elevate your efficiency from preconstruction through closeout – specifically for project requirement identification, submittal log creation, and project closeout.

    About Autodesk Construction Cloud:
    Autodesk Construction Cloud is a construction project management platform that connects people and data across the building lifecycle, from design through operations.

    • 28 min
    How Advances In Artificial Intelligence Are Benefiting Construction – Part 1

    How Advances In Artificial Intelligence Are Benefiting Construction – Part 1

    On this episode, Josh Levy of Document Crunch, Paul James of BOND Brothers and Brian Perlberg of ConsensusDocs dive deep into how AI and Machine Learning are being used to assess contract risk and inform approaches to construction risk management. They discuss finding the right balance using technology versus operational discretion when bidding contracts, negotiating contracts, administrating projects, and managing insurance compliance. Hear their first-hand experiences on how AI powered contract review software for the construction industry can reduce costs, improve efficiencies and lead to a better industry understanding of what is fair and considered a best practice.

    Josh Levy, Co-Founder at Document Crunch

    Paul M. James, Senior Vice President, Risk Management & General Counsel at BOND Brothers, Inc.

    Brian Perlberg, Executive Director and Senior Counsel at ConsensusDocs

    Document Crunch, curated by legal professionals and risk management experts in the construction industry, harnesses state of-the-art artificial intelligence/machine learning technology to quickly identify what curators believe are the most important provisions in contract documents, and to also provide key insights and rationale, as well as sample contract provisions and other language.

    Special Offer for ConstructorCast listeners:

    Register at https://agc.documentcrunch.com/ for
    • Free Upload ($300 Value)
    • 10% off All Future Uploads at Document Crunch

    • 47 min
    Committed To Holistic Safety

    Committed To Holistic Safety

    On this episode, President and CEO at Gilbane Building Company Mike McKelvy covers everything you need to know about Construction Safety Week 2021 – happening May 3rd through May 7th. Mike shares his excitement to be the chairman of this year’s event and his passion behind the “Holistic Safety” theme; walks through the wealth of planning resources and communication tools that firms can use to participate; and talks about lessons learned, future goals, and how he keeps him team engaged in safety initiatives. Also hear from some Construction Safety Week partners who are offering free training and resources. Kevin Cannon, head of AGC’s safety and health services, ties it all together with what you need to know about OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, which is happening the same week.

    Featured Guests:
    Michael E. McKelvy, President and Chief Executive Officer at Gilbane Building Company and Chairman of National Construction Safety Week 2021 -- https://www.gilbaneco.com/
    Kevin Cannon, Senior Director of Safety & Health Services at AGC of America -- www.agc.org/safety (via email at safety@agc.org)

    Additional Resources-
    1. Construction Safety Week: https://www.constructionsafetyweek.com/
    a. Planning Resources: https://www.constructionsafetyweek.com/plan-for-safety-week/
    b. Certificate of Participation (via AGC): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KYH2BD8
    c. Media Coverage Request Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H8RPZGZ

    2. OSHA National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction: https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/
    a. Resources: https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/resources.html
    b. Certificate of Participation: https://www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/index.html#cert
    c. Media Coverage Request Form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H8RPZGZ

    3. AGC Construction Safety Week and OSHA Falls Stand-Down Webpage: https://www.agc.org/industry-priorities/safety-health/2021-osha-falls-stand-down-construction-safety-week
    Here you will find additional information to help you plan your event, including the resources referenced by Procore, Milwaukee and Fastenal in this episode.

    • 42 min
    Leading Women Lead In Construction

    Leading Women Lead In Construction

    As construction continues to be an essential industry in helping our nation’s economic recovery, firms are fighting the growing workforce shortage and looking to recruit more women than ever before. Women are making an impact in the industry by bringing new skill sets, opinions, and experiences into the office and the field – and a diverse workforce leads to stronger companies. Yes, there are certainly challenges. But perceptions and cultures are changing. During “Women in Construction Week 2021,” AGC’s ConstructorCast celebrates the successes and talks about what women have done to further the industry.

    In this episode, leading women – Lori Dunn-Guion of Swinerton, Maura Hesdon of Shoemaker Construction Co., and Lauline Mitchell of BBI Construction and current NAWIC National VP – share their stories and insights on how to recruit, train and empower women in construction. Listen to find out what attracted them to construction, the skills that have helped them succeed in the industry, and the tools for building a more welcoming, safe, and inclusive workplace.

    Lori Dunn-Guion, Division Manager at Swinerton - https://swinerton.com/
    Maura Hesdon, General Manager at Shoemaker Construction Co. - https://www.shoemakerco.com/
    Lauline Mitchell, Project Manager at BBI Construction - http://www.bbiconstruction.com/ and 2020-2021 NAWIC National Vice President

    * All the additional resources shown below can be found on https://www.agc.org/news/2021/03/09/agc-celebrates-women-construction-week

    U.S. Department of Labor workforce statistics:
    • Women make up close to 50 percent of the total workforce - https://www.dol.gov/agencies/wb/data/facts-over-time/women-in-the-labor-force#civilian-labor-force-by-sex
    • Women comprise only 10.9 percent of the current construction workforce - https://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat18.htm

    AGC’s Culture of CARE Sexism in the Workplace Toolkit - https://buildculture.org/make-an-impact/#educate-&-train (consists of three toolbox talks and a discussion guide to help “pledged companies” prepare for and successfully hold discussions with their employees about sexism in the workplace and create actionable next steps following those conversations)

    Constructor Magazine “How Personal Protection Equipment for Women Pays Off” (March 3, 2021) - https://www.constructormagazine.com/vested-interest/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ConstructorMagazine+%28Constructor+Magazine%29

    National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Home Page - https://www.nawic.org

    AGC/NAWIC Partnering Agreement - https://www.nawic.org/nawic/Partners.asp

    Block Kids Building Competition / NAWIC Education Foundation - https://nef-edu.org/home-page/k-12-education/block-kids-building-competition/

    NAWIC Emerging Professionals Committee - https://www.facebook.com/EPNAWIC/ (email at

    Mentoring Young Women in Construction (MyWIC) Philadelphia - https://nawicphl.org/mywic

    Shoemaker Construction Co. Wins AGC Diversity & Inclusion Award (May 5, 2019) - https://gbca.com/agc-news-resources/shoemaker-construction-co-wins-agc-diversity-inclusion-award/

    GBCA’s Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Coffee Chat with Maura Hesdon of Shoemaker Construction Co. - https://gbca.com/uncategorized/clc-coffee-chat-with-maura-hesdon-of-shoemaker-construction-co/

    Swinerton Equity & Inclusion - https://swinerton.com/who-we-are/equity-inclusion/

    Swinerton Empowering Women in Construction (Blog) - https://swinerton.com/blog/empowering-women-in-construction/

    • 41 min

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