Category Archives: Association News and Events

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator rebounds in August; contractor optimism builds

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator rebounds in August; contractor optimism builds

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Associated Builders and Contractors reported today that its Construction Backlog Indicator rebounded to 8.0 months in August, an increase of 0.2 months from July’s reading, according to an ABC member survey conducted Aug. 20-Sept. 1. The August backlog is a half-month lower than in August 2019. ABC’s Construction Confidence Index readings for sales, […]

Monthly construction input prices rise in August, says ABC

Monthly construction input prices rise in August, says ABC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Construction input prices expanded 0.6% in August over the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices increased 0.3% for the month. Natural gas prices rose at the fastest rate in August, increasing […]

Construction employment continues to recover in August, says ABC

Nonresidential construction employment continues to recover in August, says ABC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Construction industry employment expanded by 16,000 jobs on net in August, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the last four months, the industry added 658,000 jobs, recovering approximately 61% of the jobs lost during March and April. The […]

NEPA modernization reforms must be upheld, ARTBA tells federal court

NEPA modernization reforms must be upheld, ARTBA tells federal court

  WASHINGTON, D.C.— The Trump administration’s recent modernization of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is a “long overdue remedy” bringing “much-needed clarity after decades of conflict and confusion” that have needlessly delayed essential transportation projects, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) told a federal court September 2. The ARTBA filing at the U.S. […]

2020 AGC NYS chapter safety award application now open

2020 AGC NYS chapter safety award application now open

The AGC NYS Safety Excellence Award recognizes and honors AGC NYS Members for having and implementing outstanding safety programs. Awards will be given to AGC NYS Members with excellent safety programs that meet the stringent minimum criteria, criteria which exceed industry standards, and also demonstrate excellent safety practices in the field. Award recipients will be honored during […]

ABC endorses President Trump for reelection

ABC endorses President Trump for reelection

WASHINGTON, D.C.   —Associated Builders and Contractors is proud to announce its endorsement of President Donald J. Trump for reelection. In a letter to the president, ABC President and CEO Michael D. Bellaman and ABC 2020 National Chair Tim Keating, owner and president of R. C. Stevens Construction Co., Winter Garden, Florida, said: “Your continued support for […]

Free registration for virtual World Demolition Summit 2020

Free registration for virtual World Demolition Summit 2020

Join us for this year’s World Demolition Summit (WDS), which will be held as a virtual event on 12 November because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Summit is free to attend and registration is now open. The event, starting at 15:00 (UK time) on the 12th, will comprise four presentations highlighting world-class demolition projects from […]

Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence improves in August

Washington, D.C. – The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (the Foundation) recently released the August 2020 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) today. The index reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $900 billion equipment finance sector. […]

ABC honors student winners of 2020 Construction Management Competition

ABC honors student winners of 2020 Construction Management Competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Twenty-six teams of undergraduate students from colleges and universities nationwide put their construction project leadership skills to the test during Associated Builders and Contractors’ annual Construction Management Competition, held virtually for the first time this week. The four-person teams, which were assigned to complete the same construction management project, received awards in five […]

AEM mobilizes voters with new Equipped to Vote campaign

AEM mobilizes voters with new Equipped to Vote campaign

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) recently launched Equipped to Vote, a national get-out-the-vote campaign to urge the 2.8 million men and women of the industry to register to vote and support pro-manufacturing candidates during the 2020 election. The goal of the campaign is to engage, educate and mobilize manufacturing voters […]

Monthly construction input prices rise again in July, says ABC

Monthly construction input prices rise again in July, says ABC

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Construction input prices rose 1.9% in July over the previous month, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices rose 1.8% for the month. Among 11 subcategories, four experienced monthly increases, with the largest price […]

Florida adopts ACI concrete repair code

Florida adopts ACI concrete repair code

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI  – The seventh edition of the Florida Building Code (FBC) was recently released for review and now references the American Concrete Institute’s, ACI 562-19 Code Requirements for the Assessment, Repair and Rehabilitation of Existing Concrete Structures.  Effective December 31, 2020, Florida will become the third state to reference ACI 562, joining Hawaii […]

Support the AGC NYS Scholarship with an online silent auction item

Support the AGC NYS Scholarship with an online silent auction item

In June of this year, the AGC NYS Scholarship Committee awarded $55,000 in scholarships to well deserving students majoring in construction related programs who plan to work in our industry. One of our greatest scholarship fundraisers each year takes place at the Anthony S. Santaro AGC NYS Golf Classic. As you are aware due to COVID-19 we […]

Nonresidential construction spending falls slightly in June, says ABC

Nonresidential construction spending falls slightly in June, says ABC

WASHINGTON, D.C. —National nonresidential construction spending declined 0.2% in June, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of data published today by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis, spending totaled $812.9 billion for the month. Among the 16 subcategories, six were down compared to May 2020 data. Private nonresidential construction […]

Annual request for research proposals now open

Annual request for research proposals now open

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI  – The ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council seeks to advance the concrete industry through the funding of concrete research projects that further the knowledge and sustainability of concrete materials, construction, and structures. The annual request for proposals is open now through December 1, 2020. Proposal and funding parameters include: Topics are encouraged […]

In Memoriam: Joseph Scalamandre of Peter Scalamandre & Sons

In Memoriam: Joseph Scalamandre of Peter Scalamandre & Sons

We are saddened to inform you that Joseph Scalamandre (7/17/1934 to 7/29/2020) passed away yesterday at the age of 86. Joe was born and raised in Freeport, NY. He is survived by his son Peter and daughter Jill, daughter-in-law Connie, daughter-in-law Renee, son-in-law Mark, grandson Richie, and granddaughters Nicole, Caroline, Paulette and Allegra. He is […]

AEM adjusts summer and fall conferences, seminars and events

AEM adjusts summer and fall conferences, seminars and events

As the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, AEM quickly responded by shifting many of its committee meetings, conferences and events to virtual to continue to offer these programs to the association’s members. While the circumstances surrounding the pandemic’s impact continues to evolve with time, the AEM staff continues to work hard to ensure members still have opportunities to learn, […]

American Concrete Institute offers new Shotcrete inspection certification program

American Concrete Institute offers new Shotcrete inspection certification program

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – The American Concrete Institute (ACI) is now offering a Shotcrete Inspector certification program to certify individuals who demonstrate the knowledge and experience required to properly inspect the placement of shotcrete. Comprehension of the responsibilities and qualification requirements of a Shotcrete Nozzleman are necessary. The Shotcrete Inspector program joins several others in […]

Investment in New Jersey’s water infrastructure would yield major benefits for Garden State, ARTBA chief economist testifies

Investment in New Jersey’s water infrastructure would yield major benefits for Garden State, ARTBA chief economist testifies

WASHINGTON, DC — Investing in New Jersey’s drinking water, wastewater and storm-water infrastructure provides an immediate economic boost while creating long-lasting benefits for businesses and residents, American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Chief Economist Dr. Alison Black said in testimony before the New Jersey Assembly Special Committee on Infrastructure and Natural Resources. “New Jersey […]

American Concrete Institute and Post-Tensioning Institute announce expanded partnership

American Concrete Institute and Post-Tensioning Institute announce expanded partnership

  FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – In direct response to expressed industry need for building code requirements that address the unique aspects of post-tensioned concrete design, the American Concrete Institute and the Post-Tensioning Institute are pleased to announce a new, expanded partnership to increase efficiency for design of structural post-tensioned concrete structures. While the two organizations […]

34th Annual Construction Industry Conference – we’re going virtual!

34th Annual Construction Industry Conference – we’re going virtual!

The 2020 Construction Industry Conference will be conducted as a virtual event over a series of dates throughout December. The decision to go virtual was made out of concern for the health and safety of all meeting attendees, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In reviewing existing governmental restrictions and guidelines, and in consultation with our […]

Trump Administration NEPA reforms won’t be realized without long-term transportation finding bill, ARTBA says

Trump Administration NEPA reforms won’t be realized without long-term transportation finding bill, ARTBA says

WASHINGTON, D.C. — American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) President & CEO Dave Bauer released the following statement in response to President Trump’s July 15 announcement about modernizing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): “The National Environmental Policy Act’s antiquated, three-decade old review procedures have unnecessarily stymied critically needed infrastructure improvements. “We heartily endorse […]

Transportation construction project workers are pedestrians and need protection too, ARTBA reminds Federal Safety Summit

Transportation construction project workers are pedestrians and need protection too, ARTBA reminds Federal Safety Summit

  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Transportation construction workers face on-the-job risks that federal officials should address as they focus on the rising tide of pedestrian fatalities on the nation’s roadways, the ARTBA told participants on July 15, at the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) Summit on Pedestrian Safety. “When policymakers seek to mitigate risks to […]

Future-proof the construction business

Future-proof the construction business

Learn how to use data to make better decisions Few industries have been immune to the economic shocks of COVID-19, and the construction industry is no exception. Research reveals an alarming amount of construction firms are not positioning themselves for post-COVID-19 recovery, while longer-term underlying changes to the construction industry continue. However, construction is poised […]

Louisiana Transportation Chief, Pennsylvania and Indiana projects & ACS Infrastructure Development executive receive national public-private partnership awards

Louisiana Transportation Chief, Pennsylvania and Indiana projects & ACS Infrastructure Development executive receive national public-private partnership awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, the State Street Redevelopment Project in Indiana, Louisiana Transportation Secretary Dr. Shawn Wilson and ACS Infrastructure Development Vice President of Project Management Noah Jolley have been recognized as models of excellence in innovative transportation finance and leadership, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced July […]