September 25, 2020

Doran Construction
7803 Glenroy Road
Bloomington, MN 55439

Since 2010, Doran Companies has completed or is currently building 40 multifamily and mixed-use projects in the Midwest. With more than $500 million per year in architectural, construction, management and development transactions, Doran is ranked among the largest general contractors, financiers, and developers of commercial real estate in the state. Doran is routinely involved in projects ranging from $50 million to $100 million or larger in size. With talented employees across Minnesota and Colorado, Doran Companies' reputation as a general contractor stems from its proven ability to take on any project and execute it on time, within budget and according to plan.
Elevator Technical Consulting, Inc.
8009 61st Avenue N
Minneapolis, MN 55428

Elevator TCI partners with general contractors to provide non-proprietary specifications for elevators and escalators including bid administration, contract oversight services, and project management of vertical transportation new installation and modernization projects. Elevator TCI provides warranty inspections, condition assessments of VT equipment, traffic studies, due diligence inspections, damage inspections, and preventive maintenance audits.
Forest Lake Contracting
14777 Lake Drive NE
Forest Lake, MN 55025

Founded in 1975, Forest Lake Contracting is a highway/heavy firm, specializing in earthwork, underground utility, and electrical services.
Kata Consulting
2827 Green Briar Lane
Minnetonka, MN 55305

Kata Consulting provides strategic improvement training and coaching for the AEC Industry. This includes Lean Culture Development, Last Planner® System Deployment,  Project Tact Planning, Process Improvements, and Continuous Improvement Methods.  Kata Consulting is an Approved Instructor for the Lean Construction Institute and AGC's Certificate of Management - Lean Construction (CM Lean).

Stellpflug Law PLLC
920 South Second Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Stellpflug is an experienced defense law firm handling a wide spectrum of claims, from unforeseen conditions, defaults, delay, and disruption as well as design and construction defects. In addition to standard commercial builds, Stellpflug has uncommon experience in the legal defense of claims involving multiple mission critical data centers, modular construction, and renewable energy projects across the region.
Nominations are Open for 2020 MnDOT/AGC Bridge Awards

2020 has certainly changed everyone's lives, but while the world has been changed, bridges are still being built with quality that deserves recognition. It is time for the 19th Annual Bridge Construction Awards nominations. MnDOT, MnDOT State Aid, and the AGC Bridge Committee want to recognize high quality bridge construction projects that have been opened to traffic in 2019 and 2020. Awards will be given in three different categories again this year- bridges under $1.5 million, between $1.5 and $5 million, and over $5 million.

Please contact your MnDOT or other owner project engineer and encourage them to submit a nomination if you believe there is a bridge project that should be considered for recognition. Applications by district/project engineers are due to the MnDOT Bridge Office by October 9th, 2020. The rating panel will select the best projects and present the awards at the AGC/MnDOT Bridge Office semi-annual meeting in spring of 2021.
Changes to Designer Selection Board Submittal Process

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the State Designer Selection Board (DSB) has made significant changes to its processes for DSB submittals, shortlisting meetings, and interviews.  The standard Request For Proposals (RFP) has been amended to reflect these changes and new requirements.  This letter from the Board Chair outlines the new process and RFP requirements. This is still a work in progress as the board continues to work through technical challenges.
Commercial Real Estate Appraisal and Valuation in the Time of COVID-19: What Is the New Normal?

Americans have had to learn to live, work, recreate, shop and transact business - all while social-distancing, self-isolating and not being physically present. Despite these changes, the business of America carries on, including commercial real estate appraisal work. How has COVID-19 affected the appraisal process and the values of the various markets and submarkets of commercial real estate? Learn more
Written by Gary Van Cleve (pictured), Mitchell Simonson and Josh Folland, Larkin Hoffman
The Construction Codes Advisory Council (CCAC) has two open positions available- one vacancy is open for Commercial Building Owners and Managers and the other vacancy is open for a Heating and Ventilation Industry representative. The council reviews laws, codes, rules, standards and licensing requirements relating to building construction, and may: 1) recommend ways to eliminate inconsistencies, to streamline construction regulation and construction procedures, and to improve procedures within and among jurisdictions; 2) review and comment on current and proposed laws and rules to promote coordination and consistency; 3) advise agencies on possible changes in rules to make them easier to understand and apply; and 4) promote the coordination, within each jurisdiction, of the administration and enforcement of construction codes.

For those interested in applying, the application and other information are available here.
All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), construction occupations have the highest rate of suicide, as well as the highest number of suicides across all occupational groups. To combat these statistics, contractors, unions, associations, industry service providers and project owners must work together to STAND up for suicide prevention. The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP) has created some helpful resources to give you tools for sharing the STAND up for Suicide Prevention message.
This short video from the Construction Center of Excellence is one way to get the conversation started about suicide in construction and share resources among your workforce.



Associated General Contractors of Minnesota 

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