February 14, 2020


2019 Bridge Construction Award Winners Announced

The winners for the 2019 MnDOT - AGC Bridge Construction Awards have recently been selected. The awardees from three categories are:

High Category (Construction cost greater than $5 million) MnDOT District 6. Bridge No. 5900 over the Mississippi in Winona, MN. The contractor was Ames Construction.

Medium Category (Construction cost between $1.5 and $5 million) MnDOT District 3. Bridge No. 86821, Fallon Ave. over Interstate 94 in Monticello, MN. The contractors were E ureka Construction and Redstone Construction.

Low Category (construction cost less than $1.5 million) Fillmore County. Bridge No. 23536, Heron Rd. over the South Branch of the Root River in Carrolton Township, MN. The contractor was ICON Constructors.

Projects were judged based on innovation, complexity, timeliness, and workmanship.
The awards will be presented in Spring of 2020, at the AGC Office in St. Paul. Congratulations to  all awardees for their excellent work!
Gopher State One Call Seeks Stories of the Unexpected
Gopher State One Call has officially announced their Learn From the Unexpected Facebook series project. This series aims to bring the excavation community together over the shared goal of safety and damage prevention. GSOC is currently calling for story submissions in which excavators encountered something unexpected at a jobsite and shares  the steps they took to keep the project on schedule.

Learn more here.
Directors and Officers Coverage Renewal: Pitfalls to Avoid

What do all construction and real estate companies have in common?  They have directors or managers and officers concentrating on running the companies and remaining profitable.  Most companies maintain Directors and Officers (D&O) insurance to protect these important stakeholders from liability and lawsuits that can arise from their work.  Because there is no standard form D&O policy, it is important to pay attention when placing and renewing this insurance. Read More

By Christopher Yetka from Larkin Hoffman Attorneys
MnDOT Respectful Workplace Webinar
MnDOT Office of Civil Rights is hosting a free webinar - "Strategies for Creating a Respectful Workplace: Implementing best practices to improve workplace culture" on March 5 from 12-1 p.m.  Successful construction employers know that to meet future workforce challenges, they need to recruit from diverse talent pools, which means establishing a respectful and inclusive workplace culture that is welcoming to all.
If you are interested in participating in the webinar, please RSVP by February 27 to byron.millea@state.mn.us or 651-366-3315. 
2020 Labor Negotiations Event
If you have a collective bargaining agreement expiring this Spring, be sure to RSVP to Mike whether you are able or not able to attend the negotiations event on March 4th.

Did you complete the survey on negotiation  issues?  If not, please contact Mike.
Form Termination Notices
Termination notices are due to unions with whom you have an expiring collective bargaining agreement.  Form termination notices are available  here (if you are a member and do not have login credentials, Renee would love to get you set up).  If you did not receive an email from Mike about this form and are signed to an expiring CBA, please contact Mike as soon as possible.
Next STP Classes Begin Soon
(Next Week for Unit 4)
Registration is open for the next round of Supervisory Training Program (STP) classes.  These classes are beginning a bit earlier than our normal March/April schedule, so register soon to get a spot!

These will be the last STP classes offered until September 2020.

Unit 4: Contract Documents (Feb 19 - Mar 25)

Unit 6: Risk Management & Problem Solving (Feb 27 - Mar 26)
Next Tuesday - Underground Damage Prevention: National and Local Initiatives
This educational event on February 18 is open to all AGC members. AGC of America's Utility Infrastructure Division Director, Allen Gray, will discuss major initiatives in underground damage prevention and how Minnesota fits into national efforts.

Come to this event to learn about:
  • actions and partnerships that AGC of America has to represent utility contractors.
  • resources your company can access regarding utility damage prevention.
  • state legislation being pushed this year by AGC of MN to address recent utility locating issues.
Details and Registration  
AGC Economic Summit
Where is the construction economy heading?

Is your business model focused on hot markets?

Where are the opportunities?

Which trends are pushing and pulling the industry?

How will materials pricing or challenges in the labor market affect your bottom line? 

AGC is pleased to present a unique opportunity to hear from two nationally-recognized experts, Ken Simonson (Chief Economist, AGC of America) and Jay Bowman (Principal, FMI), as they share observations and insights of significance to the commercial construction industry.

Join us on March 4 for a peek behind the curtain into local and nati
onal economies and  trends.


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