December 15, 2009
A recent article that addressing potential insurance and litigation issues involving the construction of green building projects cautions contractors to protect themselves when promising to meet specific green standards.  Lost tax incentives caused by failure to meet certain green building requirements is a liability that is not often addressed, the article says.  It also urges contractors to manage their risk beginning with the contract.
December 14, 2009
A Building Design and Construction article quotes AGC of America's Steve Sandherr citing the urgent need for federal assistance to the private construction industry.  Sandherr noted that the increase in public construction is "welcome news" but he urged Congress to endorse AGC's "Build Now For The Future: A Blueprint for Economic Growth" in order to avoid further job losses and stimulate private construction and the general economy.
December 9, 2009
With the downturn in the availability of commercial work, many construction contractors are bidding on federal and federally-assisted work, and facing the mandates of federal prevailing wage laws, for the first time. The application of the Davis-Bacon Act to all projects funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is also responsible for leaving many contractors uncertain about the requirements of federal prevailing wage laws and the consequences of non-compliance.
December 1, 2009
The AGC Building Contractors Conference will offer a chance to learn more about Lean Construction with the debut of the Lean Construction Forum, which was established to create a community where anyone within the AEC industry can come together to engage in a dialog on Lean Construction.  The Forum will unveil a Web site soon and is currently developing educational resources and learning opportunities on the use of Lean principals in the construction industry.  More than seven hours of Lean Construction con
December 1, 2009
Originally written in 1999, a task force of AGC members updated and recently completed the AGC Guide to Construction Financing-Second Edition.  This 26-page publication clearly explains the construction financing process and points out some of the opportunities and pitfalls for the contractor.  It is intended to serve as a reference to get contractors thinking about the risks associated with project financing. 
December 1, 2009
Written by John Lynch from the State of Washington and published as a joint effort of AGC of America and the National Association of State Facilities Administrators (NASFA), this eight page article is targeted toward public owners who construct capital projects and those contractors who are engaged in this type of work.  It is particularly useful in this challenging economy. 
December 1, 2009
On November 10, 2009, ConsensusDOCS released the construction industry's first and only comprehensive standard contract document addressing the unique risks and responsibilities associated with building green projects - the ConsensusDOCS 310 Green Building Addendum.
December 1, 2009
Join AGC and SMPS on December 17 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET for "The Ten Rules of Networking."  Speakers Dana Birkes and Donna Jakubowicz, along with moderator Rick Andritsch, will make sure you are taking the right steps to secure your company's future.
November 20, 2009
AGC of America and ten other organizations sent a letter October 28, 2009 to House Committee on Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) and Ranking Member Spencer Baucus (R-AL) encouraging them to focus on financial reforms that support the recovery of the market and have a positive impact on the commercial real estate sector.  Click here to view the letter.
November 16, 2009
New York City city council has proposed a law that would allow building permits to be renewed up to four years after their expiration.  Under the new law, buildings that wish to renew expired permits must comply with strict safety requirements to ensure that the jobsite is safe and properly maintained.   


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