DECEMBER 7, 2020
GBCA Member Spotlight
MEG Glass Inc. is a certified WBE commercial glass and glazing contractor servicing the tri-state area since 2017. Its team has over three decades of experience in the glazing industry.
2020 GBCA Holiday Toy Drive
Get into the holiday spirit and donate to GBCA’s 2020 Holiday Toy Drive! We can't be in person this year, so the Construction Leadership Council is collecting funds online! We're raising funds to purchase toys, sporting equipment, learning supplies, and more for Northern Children's Services.
Carpenters' Apprentice Ready Program Information Session
December 12, 8am - 2pm, Carpenters JAC
The Carpenters JAC is accepting applications for the Carpenters' Apprentice Ready Program. The Information Session and pre-test will take place on Saturday, December 12. This program is designed to help Philadelphians who have faced barriers to employment in the trades. Help us share this with your staff in the office as well as in the field: You never know whose friends or family members need to know that they too can have a great career in construction.
Construction Excellence Awards Winners PBJ Spotlight
The 2020 Construction Excellence Awards winners were celebrated in the December 4 issue of the Philadelphia Business Journal!
COVID-19 Tip of the Week
Last week, the CDC updated its recommendations for quarantine after an individual has close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, or who travels to a hotspot. In summary,
  • Best Practice: Quarantine for 14 days.
  • Reduced Quarantine Option 1: End quarantine after 10 days if you have no symptoms and do NOT take a COVID-19 test.
  • Reduced Quarantine Option 2: End quarantine after 7 days if you have no symptoms and get a negative test result from a test taken no earlier than 5 days after your exposure.

NOTE: These are the CDC's recommendations about quarantine. Individuals who need to quarantine should contact their employers and follow their employers' return-to-work policies.
We have updated our Toolbox Talk on Isolation and Quarantine:
GBCA Safety Toolbox Talk:
COVID-19: Isolation and Quarantine
COVID-19 Vaccine Webinars
This week, there are two webinars about what construction employers need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines for their workers.
Conner Strong & Buckelew Webinar:
COVID Vaccine Requirements for Employer and Plan Sponsors
December 9, 1pm – 2pm
AGC Webinar:
What Construction Employers Need to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines and Flu Shots
December 9, 2pm – 3pm
Stay up-to-date with news and resources about COVID-19 at GBCA's COVID-19 Updates webpage.
CLC Coffee Chat: Pat Pasquariello, P. Agnes, Inc.
December 8, 9:30am - 10am
Join the CLC on December 8 for a Virtual Coffee Chat with Pat Pasquariello, CEO of P. Agnes, Inc.! Learn about his path to becoming an industry leader and what he looks for in tomorrow's construction leaders.
CLC Leadership Series: How to Present Online
December 17, 2pm - 3pm
Improve how you present online! We're doing more virtual presentations: bids, sales pitches, and company meetings are now being done online. This workshop will help you overcome challenges to presenting online, engage your audience, and get the results you want from any online presentation.
Members Only Webinar: Specialty Contractor Impact Forecast
December 17, 10am - 11:30am, ONLINE (via GoToWebinar)
Building on previous political and economic forecasts we will do a deeper dive on how economic factors are likely to impact different specialties.
Thank You to Our Economic Forecast Webinar Series Sponsors:
10-Week Online Construction Courses
January 11 - March 21, 2021
GBCA is offering four online courses from January 11 to March 21, 2021. these courses are on foundation skills in construction, skills that can benefit all construction professionals, if not required of them!
Construction Blueprint Reading
January 11 - March 21, 2021
Construction Materials and Processes
January 11 - March 21, 2021
Estimating and Bidding 1
January 11 - March 21, 2021
Estimating and Bidding 2
January 11 - March 21, 2021
Best Residential, Mixed-Use, or Office Space Project
Congratulations to INTECH Construction, winner of the 2020 Construction Excellence Award for Best Residential, Mixed-Use, or Office Space Project for the Vantage project!
Best Retail Project
Congratulations to Clemens Construction Company, winner of the 2020 Construction Excellence Award for Best Retail Project for the City Winery project!
Bid Opportunity:
Chester County
We're pleased to share bid opportunities with our members. This is a bid for a public, emergency services facility in Chester County.
GBCA Safety Toolbox Talk: Scaffold Planking
This GBCA Safety Toolbox Talk discusses scaffold scaffold planking. Get reminders of what to look for in scaffold planks, as well as reminders of the OSHA requirements for spacing scaffold planks.
GBCA Member Benefit: Safety Services
Did you know that we can help your construction company review and/or develop safety programs and safety manuals? We can also address safety questions involving OSHA, the International Construction Code, and Philadelphia City Ordinances. Contact us for more information about the safety services that we provide our members!
Block a Surprise Federal Tax Increase of Up To 37 Percent on PPP Loan Forgiveness
Tell Congress and the President to enact legislation this year to protect construction jobs by blocking a surprise federal tax increase of up to 37 percent on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness.
AGC Webinar:
Asking for Forgiveness? Navigating the Ever-Changing PPP Loan Process for Contractors
December 10, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
As contractors applied for loan forgiveness, many uncertainties still remain. Get updates to help you work through the process and prepare you for what’s to come.
2021 Preservation Awards Call for Nominations
The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is accepting nominations for the 2021 Preservation Achievement Awards. This awards program honors projects throughout the region that exemplify outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation.
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