ConstructorCast

The ConstructorCast is AGC of America's monthly podcast covering all the news, views, and interviews relevant to your construction business. Each month, we pick a new topic and sit down with experts to go in depth on some of the most pressing subjects in the construction industry. For podcast ideas and collaboration inquiries, please contact Multimedia Communication Coordinator Sophia Valentino at sophia.valentino@agc.org.    

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Using Weather Data To Manage Project Risk: The weather is consistently rated as one of the most frequent and harmful causes of construction project delays. Weather-related claims are also a frequent source of dispute between contractors and project owners. On this episode, Athenium Analytics explains how contractors, their risk management departments, and even their insurance carriers can use hyper-local forecasts as well as historical weather data to manage and mitigate delays, lost weather days, and onsite damages from natural hazards.

 

Increasing Lean Construction Engagement On The Jobsite: In this episode, three “Lean” practitioners and advocates share their personal stories on how to increase Lean engagement on construction jobsites to reduce waste, improve workflow and add value for project stakeholders. Hear Henry Nutt of Southland Industries, Keyan Zandy of Skiles Group, and Joe Donarumo of Linbeck explain their unique approach to getting earlier and more Lean buy-in from the “boots on the ground” leaders in the field (superintendents and last planners), rather setting Lean performance goals by using a top-down approach. Discover how a “Builder’s Lean” model can produce immediate, positive change on your projects.

 

Building a Culture of CARE in Construction: AGC’s Culture of CARE initiative is challenging leaders to take a bold and visible step towards ensuring their workplaces are welcoming, safe and inclusive for an increasingly diverse and talented pool of workers. On this episode, our guests share how this important program got started, how it’s growing, how it’s benefiting contractors in the AGC family, and how more contractors can sign the pledge and get started.

Controlling Communication and Reputation: The harsh reality is that 30 years of work can be destroyed in 30 seconds. On this episode, Anthony Huey, president of Reputation Management and creator of CrisisDriver, shares communication tips, techniques and tools that any construction firm can use before, during and after any unfortunate incident to protect their hard-earned image and reputation.

Cybersecurity and Construction: Construction firms are vulnerable to many forms of cyberattack, including social engineering, ransomware attacks, wire fraud, and hacking. On this episode, Nikki Ingram, a cybersecurity risk engineer with Zurich North America, talks about what you need to look out for and shares some tips and preventative measures that will help contractors protect themselves.

Natural Disaster Impacts On Construction Projects – PART 2: We wrap up this two-part series with expert advice on how to navigate through a complex property and/or business interruption claim, common insurance policy coverage issues, and strategies to full recovery after a natural disaster. Our special guests – Tracy Alan Saxe of Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C., Frank Russo of Procor Solutions and Consulting and Joseph Poliafico of Interstate Restoration – share with us how they have worked through these tough issues. Check out Part 1 for best practices on preparing for and mitigating the impacts of a natural disaster.

Natural Disaster Impacts On Construction Projects – PART 1: We kick-off this two-part series discussing how natural disasters affect construction projects, insurance considerations and lessons learned in mitigating losses. Our special guests – Tracy Alan Saxe of Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C., Frank Russo of Procor Solutions and Consulting and Joseph Poliafico of Interstate Restoration – discuss how they have worked through these tough issues. Listen to Part 2 for their expert advice on how to present a natural disaster claim for insurance recovery.

2020 Outlook for Design and Construction: On the latest episode of the ConstructorCast, we speak with two leading economists covering the construction sector: Ken Simonson, chief economist for AGC, and Kermit Baker, chief economist for the American Institute of Architects to provide a fast-paced overview of what to expect in the coming year.

Using Virtual Design To Build Better: On the latest episode of the ConstructorCast, we speak with virtual design and construction (VDC) leaders from Barton Malow Company, Matt Hedke and Alan Todd, about the benefits of VDC, technology selection and how to ensure successful companywide integration.

Handling a Crisis: On the latest episode of the ConstructorCast, we speak with two industry experts on how construction firms can best prepare for and handle the aftermath of a crisis. We discuss the logistical implications of crisis preparedness as well the imperative to address the psychological and emotional repercussions of job site accidents.

The Evolving Construction Risk Environment: In this episode we explore how the construction industry's risk environment is evolving and what it means for your business. Ryan Howsam, Principal at FMI Corporation, explains the results of the AGC/FMI 2019 Risk Study, highlighting key trends and takeaways.

Technology Changing the Construction Industry: on this episode we speak with a panel of industry experts on the most significant technological innovations changing the construction industry, including robotics, blockchain, BIM, interoperability, and more.

AGC 100th Convention Highlights: we sit down with panelists from four interesting Convention sessions on how to handle material cost escalations from tariffs and/or trade wars, what you need to know about new hard hat technology, how surveys can improve your firm's safety culture, and more.

Special Edition - Ep. 10 – $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Investment Bill: In this episode, AGC’s VP of Gov’t Relations Jimmy Christianson lays out how the proposed House infrastructure package would provide needed investments in a broad range of aging infrastructure and support economic recovery by promoting demand for new construction careers, equipment and materials.

COVID - 19 Special Edition - Ep. 9 – PPP Flexibility Act: Get the key facts on how the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 makes significant improvements to the original program that will allow businesses more flexibility in using their loan funds. AGC’s tax, fiscal affairs and accounting expert Matt Turkstra walks through the notable changes regarding how borrowers can spend the funds, and how long they can take to spend the funds, and still qualify for loan forgiveness. This episode also covers new safe harbors for hiring or rehiring qualified employees, as well as changes in the terms of the loan and the repayment timing of any unforgiven loan amounts.

COVID - 19 Special Edition - Ep. 8 – Going Virtual: The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on AGC educational programs. Since mid-March, all of AGC’s live events have been postponed or we’ve looked for a way bring the same caliber of information to contractors in a virtual format. On this episode, AGC staff goes over the changes AGC has made to move our programs and events online, including the upcoming Federal Contractors Virtual Conference and Construction Safety, Health & Environmental Virtual Conference.

COVID-19 Special Edition - Ep. 7 – Priorities for Phase 4 Coronavirus Relief: On this episode, we talk with senior AGC staff about Congress’ next coronavirus relief funding proposal, expected policy disagreements, AGC’s top priorities, and the great deal of outreach and advocacy work that the association is doing to keep workers safe and keep construction going. NOTE: As of press time, House Democrats released their recovery bill, and AGC is working on its analysis of the measure.

COVID-19 Special Edition - Ep. 6 - Small Business Loan Success Story: In this episode, Ali Mills from Plum Contracting Inc., talks about how the new federal Paycheck Protection Program has made a meaningful difference for her company, allowing her to rehire and retain employees and endure the construction stop order in Pennsylvania. As construction is given the green light in PA on May 1, Ali anticipates all her employees will be back to full salary, a story that she will also share at a press conference at the White House.

COVID-19 Special Edition - Ep. 5 - Paycheck Protection Program Guidance: In this episode, two partners in one of Washington’s most prominent law firms, Crowell & Morning, put the new guidance of the Paycheck Protection Program loans into context and explain how borrowers should respond to it, including the potentially severe consequences of not assembling the documentation they might need. This information is significant as AGC’s Chief Economist reports that a large share of construction firms have received loan funds, allowing contractors to add and retain employees, as evidenced by AGC’s latest survey results.

COVID-19 Special Edition - Ep. 4 - Critical Workforce; 2nd Round Small Biz Relief: In this episode, AGC explains key changes in Version 3.0 of the feds guidance for identifying the “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce,” which state/local governments may use to decide what construction activities may continue during the pandemic. Recognizing that many firms are struggling to retain their crews, we update you on the federal Paycheck Protection Program that ran out of funding last week, and what relief small business contractors can expect in the near term. Also this week, Congress is expected to release a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) reauthorization bill; listen as AGC shares its top priorities and key policies to protect the nation from floods and keep our waterways open to navigation.

COVID-19 Special Edition - Ep. 3 – Infrastructure for Next Stimulus,Culture of CARE: Today, our host Leah Pilconis talks with Cory Gattie about how AGC of America is making infrastructure a key part of our economic recovery suggestions as we work with Congress and the Trump administration to rebuild the economy. Leah also talks with AGC’s Brynn Huneke about how the association’s new Culture of CARE program can help firms and workers as they cope with the challenges of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Special Edition - Ep. 2 - PPP Loans Eligibility Criteria; Safety Stand Down: This episode of ConstructorCast COVID-19 Special Edition offers a preview of the week ahead, including more details on the April 9th National Coronavirus Safety Stand Down and the steps AGC of America is taking to get the Small Business Administration to fix the qualification guidelines for its new Paycheck Protection Program loans so that all construction firms that employ 500 or fewer people can qualify.

COVID-19 Special Edition - Ep. 1 - Coronavirus Relief Bill (CARES Act) Details: There is so much going on in Washington DC, especially the last two weeks. We brought together our team of lobbyists who have worked to help craft the coronavirus relief bill that is set for a vote as early as today (March 27, 2020) in the House. They provided an analysis of what is in the measure and how it could help the construction industry.

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