No. 11

ABA November 
Hello ABA Members,

If you were able to join us at our annual convention in Tubac, Arizona, this year, then I don't have to tell you how well supported the event was by sponso
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Erica Lange
Assistant Executive Director
rs, or how well-attended it was by members and first-attendees, or how many influential speakers presented key information for the industry, or how many key relationships were formed, or how much fun was had at the welcome party, Friday dinner party, poker or golf tournaments.  

If you missed convention this year, however, I'd highly encourage you to attend in 2015.  It truly delivers so many paramount benefits, in addition to being an experience you won't soon forget.  Look for more information in the near future about both the dates and the location. 

In the meantime, please enjoy these photos collected at convention.  Click on a photo to view the album.

Have a fabulous month!

Erica Lange

Unions Delay Sky Harbor Construction Project
by Mark Minter

Mark Minter
Executive Director

One of the largest construction projects in Arizona was stopped dead earlier this month after a 5-4 vote by Phoenix Mayor and Council. While the stated purpose of the delay was to analyze the project's impact on holiday and Super Bowl travelers, the real reason was more nefarious. The Arizona Building Trades Unions had gotten their allies on the City Council to delay the project to pressure the general contractor to hire more union subcontractors. The unions tried this tactic earlier in the year with a different political subdivision, as well. The City Council vote to delay the project came even after staff estimated the cost of the delay at $1.9 million! 

After learning of the Sky Harbor delay the Arizona Builders' Alliance and the Associated General Contractors swung into action. We sent a strongly worded letter to Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and the rest of the City Council. The letter pointed out the possible illegal actions of the City Council by violating Arizona's PLA ban and the state procurement code section on subcontractor selection. We emphasized the economic importance of construction jobs and the impact of Sky Harbor itself. We contacted city officials including the City Engineer and City Manager pointing out these issues. 
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Chuck Keller Receives 2014 Defender of the Industry Award
by Tom Dunn


Tom Dunn
Tom Dunn
Director for Southern Arizona

October's membership dinner quickly followed the state convention and the turnout was outstanding. Snell & Wilmer's Chuck Keller updated the membership on hot topics with respect to OSHA issues and concerns. Keller's presentation highlighted new OSHA reporting requirements and how to maneuver through them successfully. He also reported on the recent Federal OSHA and ADOSH developments and actions taken by Federal OSHA. 

Chuck Keller's service and advocacy for the entire commercial construction industry was recognized by Southern Arizona Chairman Brad Lloyd. For his relentless and selfless efforts of defending our businesses, our livelihoods and ultimately or rights, Chuck Keller was named 2014 Defender of the Industry.

Chuck Keller Receiving the 2014 Defender of the Industry Award
Apprenticeship Updates
by Jeff Hooper
Jeff Hooper
Director of Apprenticeship & Training

Over the last three and half months we really have put our noses to the grindstone in evaluation of our apprenticeship program. We have identified areas that we believe will improve our program greatly, including:  

  • Adding a part-time administrative assistant in our office at GateWay. She will be working from 4:30 to 8:30 two evenings per week. This will greatly improve our outreach and access to the ABA student body. This will also get attendance updates to the contractor even before the weeks end. 
  • Adding a part-time lab assistant. This position will greatly enhance our lab areas, help our instructors facilitate labs, work with students, and provide consistent analysis with up and coming technologies.

Both of these roles have been filled by ABA electrical apprenticeship alumni. We are thrilled to have them aboard.


We are working with GateWay Community College to mainstream the process of registration and payment. Unfortunately, it looks as if we will have to manage through the GateWay policy change throughout the rest of this school year - with significant changes pending for fall 2015. 

It has been my honor to serve as your Director of Apprenticeship and Training these past few months. Unfortunately due to life circumstances I will be moving to Spokane WA to aid in the care of my mother. The transition of my replacement has already begun with a new hire. He and I will work together for the next couple months to insure a seamless transition.

If I can leave one lasting impression, it would be this: training makes us better, training makes us safer, and training makes the industry more profitable.

ABA Endorsed a "YES" Vote on Prop 480: Mission Accomplished!

The Board of Directors of the Arizona Builders' Alliance voted unanimously to endorse the passage of Proposition 480 to provide funding for expansion of the Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS).  


Fortunately, the Proposition passed on November 4 and funding for the nearly $1 billion of new construction will support and expand activities at the Maricopa Medical Center, the Arizona Burn Center and facilities in Avondale, Chandler, El Mirage, Glendale, Guadalupe and Maryvale. The MIHS is the county's only teaching hospital and Arizona Burn Center is the major facility in the state for treating burn victims.

The ABA's support and promotion of the Proposition helped create an overwhelming Yes on 480 Vote!  Thanks to members for helping get the word out!
ABC's Fleet Vehicle Discounts through Enterprise Fleet Management 
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Enterprise Fleet Management provides ABC members cost-effective and comprehensive fleet management solutions that can improve your bottom line:


  • Monthly reporting
  • Licensing and titling
  • Vehicle Acquisition
  • Fuel programs
  • Vehicle remarketing
  • Risk management
  • Maintenance management 


If your business has between 20 and 250 vehicles, call Enterprise Fleet Management today to find out how you can start improving your cash flow and for details regarding savings for your company.


ABC's GM and Ford discount programs are also available through Enterprise Fleet Management solutions.

The ABA receives a revenue share with vehicles purchased from Enterprise Fleet Management by members!


To take advantage of these offers, contact ABA member, Kyle LeBaron of Enterprise Fleet Management.  You can reach Kyle by phone at (480) 783-8128.
AGC of America Offers a Private Insurance Exchange

The AGC Alternative is a private insurance exchange that operates like an online store (think, making it easy for your employees to shop for health insurance and other benefits all on their own or through the help of our dedicated employee hotline. 

It is interactive, easily reproduced and available exclusively to AGC member companies interested in having its own insurance exchange - not only to offer a broad range of health and other insurance benefits to its employees but also to administer the benefits they select.

Discover how the AGC Alternative can help you build a better employee benefits package - one that benefits you and your employees.

News from the Tucson ABA Branch
Jamie Olding of Building Excellence helps at Faith Lutheran School
Volunteer Day

We're closing in on another successful Volunteer Day (20th annual!) thanks to our entire Volunteer Day committee led by Jamie Olding, owner of Building Excellence and Susan Mulholland, Mulholland Art & Design Commercial Interiors. Our next meeting will be immediately following the Wednesday, November 12 Advisory Board meeting (estimated 9am on site). It's never too late to help out. Contact the office with any questions.

Our recipient, Faith Lutheran School, has been very impressed with the quality of our membership. This year has been like no other as the recipient has partnered with the ABA fundraising efforts and overall support of the project. Susan and Jamie met with the recipients prior to the beginning of the undertaking and helped instruct them about the importance of facility maintenance and efficiency. Much of the efforts began during the school's fall break. Substantial drainage repairs, kitchen remodel and fencing was in progress. LDF graduate Jamie Olding service leadership is commendable and he would be the first to state that others have given more.

Explorer Post 811

Explorer Post 811 toured the University of Arizona's ENR2 building. The Hensel Phelps
Explorer Post 811 touring the ENR2 building
team led the Explorer tour. Moises Hernandez informed the Explorers about the details of the project. Trista Shomo highlighted the importance of safety to the project and the industry. The tour was comprised of the background, planning stages and actual construction of the $75 million project. The Explorers originally toured the project site in May and the progress they experienced was impressive and impressionable. The 17 students were enthralled with the technology, the building and possible careers in construction.

See ENR2 website for details.

Click here to view more photos from the tour. 

Exploring is an educational program for young men and women to learn more about different careers. These students may be your future employees, so please participate when you can. ABA members are helping provide future career opportunities! If you're interested in presenting your company and/or work sites, contact Tom Dunn.
The 2014 ABA Toy Drive.  How Can You Help?

The ABA will once again be collecting toys for disadvantaged children over the holiday season. Collected toys will be given to children who are part of the Sunshine Acres Community and Sunshine Group Homes Organizations. These organizations provide homes and care for needy children who have been displaced, abused, neglected or orphaned.

Here are several ways you can choose to help:
  • Donate a NEW toy or gift for a child between the ages of 4-18 to the ABA office by December 12.
  • Start a collection in your office by displaying this flyer with a box and collecting toys as a company. Please bring toys to the ABA office by December 17.
  • Make a cash or check donation, made out to the ABA, which we will be used to buy additional toys for the children.
  • Print these flyers and distribute them throughout your office or e-mail them to your employees, vendors, and clients.
  • Post this information on your website to encourage employee, client, and vendor participation.
  • Join the Community Service Board and help collect, coordinate, and distribute the gifts to the children. Contact 
  • If you are a general contractor, please consider posting this "faux" bid report on your website to encourage subcontractor participation.

For more information, please contact Erica Lange.

ABA's 2015 Community Service Project: Applications Being Accepted Now!
Every year, the Leadership Development Forum (LDF) chooses a community service project to complete during their year. The ABA's Community Service Board is requesting applications now to be considered for the 2015 Class of LDF.    

Our mission is to give back to the Phoenix metropolitan community through charitable projects and endeavors. If your organization is in need of construction assistance or if you have a philanthropic organization that could use assistance, please consider applying for the ABA's Community Service Project by e-mailing this completed form by January 6, 2015 to Erica Lange.

The 2014 LDF Class worked on improvements for VALLEYLIFE, this year's LDF Community Service Project. Valley Life is committed to providing high quality programs and services to disabled individuals and their families who require a family living environment, vocational training, day program services or in-home care. Hundreds of parents throughout our community depend on VALLEYLIFE to provide safe, loving and consistent care to their children and adult family members with special needs. 

The LDF class took on repairing at least 2 group homes that Valley Life needed assistance with. Click on the photo above to see the 2014 LDF class in action at VALLEYLIFE.

VALLEYLIFE is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Since 1947, they have been assisting individuals with disabilities in the Greater Phoenix community in the pursuit of a full and meaningful life
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Built in only 16 months between 1941 and 1942, the Pentagon is only 71ft tall and yet it has 5 floors, 17.5 miles of corridors, 131 stairways, 284 restrooms, 691 drinking fountains, and 7,754 windows. 

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