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October 28, 2009
October 29, 2009, 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET   Learn more about Integrated Project Delivery, and how all stakeholders on a construction project can benefit from this process in AGC's upcoming webinar "Integrated Project Delivery (IPD): Why Owners Choose Multi-Party" on October 29 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET.
October 23, 2009
75% Increase in Usage Since 2007 According to McGraw-Hill Construction   AGC cosponsored a McGraw-Hill Construction SmartMarket Report titled "The Business Value of BIM," which estimates that 49% of the construction industry is now using BIM.  According to the report, "users [of BIM] gain bankable benefits that enhance productivity, improve their ability to integrate teams, and give them an edge on the competition."
October 23, 2009
Join us January 20-22, 2010 in San Juan, Puerto Rico   The AGC Building Contractors Conference will offer a chance to learn more about Lean Construction.  AGC will be debuting the Lean Construction Forum, which will include seven hours of content focused on all aspects of Lean Construction from definitions and culture to owner benefits and case studies.  You will also be briefed on the work of the AGC Lean Construction Advisory Group, including the development of a Lean Construction Curriculum.
October 23, 2009
The Fall AGC BIMForum was held October 8-9 in Philadelphia, and attracted 250 attendees from all sectors of the industry, including architects, engineers, lawyers, contractors and subcontractors.  More than 30 presentations were given over the two day conference, which included in-depth discussion of how BIM as a process and technology is improving the way buildings are designed and built.  The meeting featured cutting-edge practices, case studies, presentations and panel discussions that illustrated how the standard of care for how buildings are built is evolving.
October 23, 2009
On September 17, 2009, the House passed H.R. 3221, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009, which authorizes more than $4 billion for elementary and secondary school facility projects over the next two fiscal years, and ensures that school districts will receive funds for school modernization, renovation and repairs that create healthier, safer and more energy-efficient teaching and learning climates.
October 23, 2009
AGC unveiled a new plan designed to revive the hardest hit sector of the economy, the nation's construction industry. The plan, "Build Now for the Future: A Blueprint for Economic Growth," is designed to reverse predictions that construction activity will continue to shrink through 2010, crippling broader economic growth.
October 15, 2009
Engineering News-Record reports "These days, revenue is a deceiving gauge of market conditions. Many top contractors reported record revenue for 2008 and they expect to finish out this year with strong numbers as they consume backlog built up in better times. But as jobs won during the boom reach completion, the reality of today's troubled market is settling in, leaving large firms nervous about what late 2010 and 2011 could bring."
October 13, 2009
According to a Wall Street Journal article, federal officials are trying to prevent commercial foreclosures from creating another economic downturn in the fashion that housing market securities have created.  Two looming problems in the commercial-mortgage-backed-securities sector are a cause for concern: bad underwriting, and the inability of owners to refinance loans. For the full article, please visit The Wall Street Journal (Subscription Required).
October 9, 2009
A third quarter survey released by the Real Estate Roundtable of 120 commercial real estate executives indicates that attitudes toward the current market conditions still remain quite bleak.  The president and CEO of the Roundtable Jeffrey DeBoer asserts that "the vast challenges facing commercial real estate today are far from over.  Continued comprehensive policy action is called for to bring liquidity back to the market and avoid a cascade of negative repercussions for the economy."
October 6, 2009
AGC announced the results of a new analysis that found construction safety incidents dropped 38 percent over the last ten years and the construction fatality rate declined 47 percent since 1998, the year the federal government switched to a safety oversight approach known as "collaborative safety."

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