August 21, 2020

Line 3 Pipeline Dealt Another Delay

The Minnesota Department of Commerce this week appealed the Public Utility Commission's (PUC) decision earlier this year to approve the Line 3 Pipeline. Enbridge Energy's proposal to replace a deteriorating pipeline in northern Minnesota with a new pipe along a different route has been in the regulatory and appeals process at the State for the last six years. The Commerce Department contends that Enbridge didn't introduce a long-term demand forecast when the PUC issued the certificate of need, even though the PUC rejected arguments months ago from project opponents that they should weigh new evidence that has emerged since they first approved the pipeline in 2018.
The pipeline replacement is estimated to provide 4,000 jobs over the 6-9 month construction timeline. The company still needs more permits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Join Us at the Sporting Clays Fundraiser Next Month!

Have you registered your team for the 21st AGC Sporting Clays Fundraiser? Held on September 16, 2020 at Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club, this annual tournament benefits the AGC of Minnesota Foundation, which provides scholarships to students pursuing a degree in the construction industry. 

Register your team here, or support the industry as an event sponsor! Contact Lisa Larson with any questions.

STP Registration Open for September-October

AGC is offering two units of the 6-unit Supervisory Training Program (STP) in September/October.  Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, in-person seats are limited.  Register at the links below.

Unit 4: Contract Documents
Five consecutive Wednesdays, beginning September 23

Unit 5: Improving Productivity and Managing Project Costs
Five consecutive Thursdays, beginning September 24
Minneapolis Fed Free Webinar to Discuss Construction Sector Conditions

The Minneapolis Fed regularly gathers survey data from construction firms throughout the Ninth District to track pandemic effects on individual companies and the broader sector.
The most recent survey of construction firms, closed in late July, received almost 650 responses from a wide range of firms in each of the six states in the Ninth District, thanks to the help of more than 30 construction and trade organizations across the District.
Join Ron Wirtz, Regional Outreach Director for the Minneapolis Fed, for a live, free webinar on Thursday, August 27, at 9:00 a.m. to hear about the latest survey results and how the pandemic is affecting the construction sector.
CHASE Level 3 Project - Fairview Southdale

Congratulations to JE Dunn Construction and Sowles Company, who are partnering on the latest CHASE Level 3 project - Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina. Now in it's 17th year, CHASE is the state's longest-running partnership with MNOSHA, and we're incredibly proud of our participating members, who achieve a level of safety on their job sites that is consistently 60% safer than the Minnesota industry average.

View all of the 2020 CHASE Level 3 projects here.
Construction Safety Week: September 14-18, 2020

Construction Safety Week is coming up quickly in September! Find resources and templates here for use at your firm. Do you have some great photos of employees representing best safety practices on your job sites?  Send them to Renee for inclusion in our Safety Week promotions!
4 ways to build around and under an active bridge structure in the heart of Chicago

The Wolf Point property was the subject of many development proposals over the years. Finally, plans emerged for the $1 billion project to be constructed on the 3.9-acre site on the north east side of the Chicago River. The catch? The development would start with construction of a 5,600-square-foot (225' x 25') garage underneath an existing bridge structure that needed to remain open at all times. Learn more
David Sutfin, P.E., S.E. Engineering Program Manager, Foundations Operations
AGC Members: Apply for AGC of America Awards

The AGC of America awards programs recognize the nation's most pioneering projects as well as talented and community-minded contractors, student chapter achievements, and contractors implementing outstanding safety programs.

AGC member companies who meet the competition requirements are encouraged to apply online for some much-deserved recognition.  Deadline: October 21, 2020.

Below: four AGC of Minnesota members receiving their awards at the 2019 AGC of America Annual Convention.  Click thumbnails for larger versions.

JE Dunn Construction and C.S. McCrossan, Inc. receiving their
Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA).

Mortenson and Ames Construction receiving their Build America Awards.
2020 AGC of America Workforce Survey

The construction industry has experienced some very significant and sudden changes during the past few months that have led to dramatic changes in demand for work and the need for new workers. 

AGC of America is asking construction firms to take a few minutes to complete the following workforce survey.

Your responses will be kept confidential; only aggregated results will be reported. The results will help AGC of America better outline the current situation to elected and appointed officials, the media, educators and your peers within the business community. The more people understand the scope, and consequences, of current construction labor market conditions, the more likely they are to enact measures to support the industry.



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