October 25, 2019

CEO REPORT
AGC of Minnesota
Awards and Recognition Event
Safety Performance and Industry Leaders Honored
 
The Minnesota construction industry assembled in St. Paul last night to       celebrate record breaking safety performance and honor two industry giants whose work stands as a testament to professionalism and a dedication to excellence. I encourage readers to explore the details and compelling stories behind all the award winners and honorees here.
 
Thank you to the evening's sponsors - Hays Companies, PetroChoice Lubrication Solutions, Polygon US Corp, and the Union Construction Workers' Compensation Program.
 
CHASE Sets the Standard: The Construction Health and Safety Excellence (CHASE) program is an industry partnership with Minnesota OSHA providing recognition to contractors who implement effective safety and health programs and training. The program provides three levels of participation. Levels 1 and 2 are contractor-focused, while peak Level 3 is awarded on a site-specific basis.
 
The CHASE program now has 43 AGC of Minnesota participants. Together, the total case injury/illness rate reported on 2018 hours worked for these firms is just 1.97. This performance is astonishing considering the industry average injury/illness rate is 5.0. Think of it this way, CHASE participants are 60.6 percent safer than the average safety performance of the industry! Well done and congratulations CHASE participants for choosing to separate yourself from industry peers and lead the way to a safer industry for everyone.
 
Jeff Jensen Memorial Construction Safety Excellence Awards: This distinguished award, named in honor of J.R. Jensen Construction Company's late owner, Jeff Jensen, was established in 2003. Jeff was a passionate advocate for safety and these awards honor his commitment to making jobsites safer for everyone. Winners are determined by applying several measures of safety performance across three distinct man hour thresholds. We salute this years' winners: J.R. Jensen Construction Company, Meyer Contracting, Inc., and Parsons Electric.
 
SRI and Lifetime Achievement Awards: The Skill-Responsibility-Integrity (SRI) Award is given annually to an individual who has consistently demonstrated these core values throughout their career. The 2019 recipient is Stan Jorgenson, Jorgenson Construction, Inc. Stan is a respected and well-recognized industry professional whose passion, vision, integrity, and community involvement are hallmarks of his life's work. Congratulations Stan and thank you for being a long-standing and engaged AGC member.
 
H.T. "Tom" Becken was honored with the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. A third-generation owner of Cemstone Companies, Tom Becken joined the family business in 1957 and helped grow the firm into one of the largest independently owned ready-mix companies in the Midwest. Tom has spent his career dedicated to the betterment of the industry with a focus on products, processes and people. Congratulations Tom, and to the entire Cemstone family, on receiving this special honor. You have given so much to help make Minnesota a great place live and do business! AGC of Minnesota and our members salute you and honor your place among the legends of the Minnesota construction industry.
EVENTS & EDUCATION
STP Registration Open
  
Registration is available for November/December Supervisory Training Program (STP) classes. Click below for more information and to register.
  
Unit 2 - Communication
  
  
Unit 6 - Risk Management and Problem Solving
Construction Specifications Institute Seminar
 
AGC members are invited to attend the Construction Specifications Institute's seminar "Understanding the Fiduciary Duty of the Design Professional Practice and the Important Role of Specifications." This seminar will be held on Monday, November 4, at 11:00 am at the University of St. Thomas Minneapolis campus. More information and registration here.
NEW MEMBERS
AGC of Minnesota welcomes the following new member:
 
Perkins&Will, Inc.
Pete Salmon
80 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
612-851-5068
 
Perkins&Will, Inc., established in 1935, is a global architecture and design firm headquartered in Chicago.
CHASE RECOGNITION
CHASE Level 3 Project
  
Another project has been granted CHASE Level 3 status. RJM Construction LLC received approval for its projects at the Andover Community Center and Public Works.
  
CHASE (Construction Health and Safety Excellence) is a partnership between AGC of Minnesota and Minnesota OSHA Compliance which recognizes contractors for safety programs and performance that go above and beyond basic measures. Level 3 projects must last between six and 18 months and companies must have held CHASE Level 2 status for at least one year to be eligible to apply for Level 3.
GENERAL NEWS
Construction Industry Assessment Survey
  
What challenges is your firm facing? How do you see things changing over the next year? As we do each year, AGC is asking members to take a few minutes to complete a short, confidential survey to tell us how you see the present and future of Minnesota's commercial construction industry. To help complete the picture, responses will also be gathered from our architecture and engineering partners. The survey will close on November 8. Only one response per company. Thank you in advance for your participation.
Have You Downloaded AGC's App? 

AGC of Minnesota is pleased to introduce a new tool to help our members stay connected to AGC and one another - the AGC app! Keep up with the latest news, register for events, discuss issues with other AGC members in online forums, and find useful resources...all with a tap. To get connected:
  1. Download the "AGC Connection" app from iTunes or Google Play
  2. Enter your (work) email address as your username, and click "Forgot Password." You will receive an email to create a password.
  3. Log in to the app once with your credentials and start using!
If you get an error message that your username can't be found, go to www.agc.org and click the "Register" button at the top left.  Once you create an account, your email and password will work for opening the app.

You Could be a Lucky Winner
 
Every Friday through October, a drawing will be held among those who downloaded the app during that week.  Each winner will receive a $25 Target gift card.  Congratulations to this week's winner - Lisa Casanova of Engineering & Construction Innovations, Inc.
 
The winner among those who downloaded the app during last night's Recognition Evening is Diana Nelson of Hunt Electric Corporation and ECSI LLC.
Ongoing CenturyLink Issues

AGC continues to ask for your help in creating documentation on egregious behavior by CenturyLink, or any other utility that breaks the law.  Please take the time to respond to your locate issues by doing the following:
 
1.  Create documentation by taking photos and keeping records with the date and time of any and all issues you are having with a locate ticket with any facility your company has contracted with.
 
2.  Create invoices that keep track of lost downtime and wages.
 
3.  Call 1-800-667-9963 for any issues with a CenturyLink locate ticket. It is a direct number to inquire about open and recently completed locate requests. A contact sheet with CenturyLink Underground Facility Contacts is available here  
  • For "Emergency" tickets, this is a phone call to the number listed for the requestor to make the excavator aware of the expected completion window.
  • For "Meet" tickets, this is an auto message or text with notification that we are running behind, along with a way to reach us for more information.
 
5.  Laura Ziegler (lziegler@agcmn.org) and Lisa Frenette (frenettela@gmail.com) are compiling records of these serious incidences, so please forward a copy of your documents to us so we have this important information as we move forward on regulatory issues.
 
Contact Laura or Lisa if you have questions about the above.
   
CENTENNIAL NEWS
AGC of Minnesota Staff Want to Visit You

During this AGC of Minnesota centennial year, the AGC staff and centennial sponsors will travel around the state, visiting members where you are. Think root beer floats made with 1919 root beer (of course).  Will you be conducting an education day for your staff? Perhaps a holiday event? Maybe your firm will be celebrating an anniversary this year. Whatever the event - or for no specific reason - , please let us know so we can put you on the schedule. We're coming your way!
 
Contact Merry Beckmann at 612-796-2187 or mbeckmann@agcmn.org for more information and to put your firm on the calendar. This centennial year belongs to you, our members! 
CENTENNIAL SPONSORS
Last Chance to be a Centennial Sponsor
 
AGC of Minnesota is still looking for companies interested in sponsoring our final centennial event, the closing reception, being held December 11.  If your firm has not yet participated as a centennial sponsor, this is your last opportunity. Your bronze sponsorship (available to all members) will help defray event costs and bring recognition to your firm. Contact Merry Beckmann at 612-796-2187 or mbeckmann@agcmn.org  for more information. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime sponsorship opportunity!
 
We would like to thank the following, who have already pledged their support of our centennial celebrations with a bronze sponsorship: Adolfson & Peterson Construction; Advanced Masonry Restoration, Inc.; Ames Construction, Inc.; Association of Women Contractors; Blattner Energy, Inc.; Bituminous Roadways, Inc.; Bolander; Danny's Construction Company, LLC; Diamond Surface Inc.; Egan Company; Enebak Construction Company; FPI Paving Contractors, Inc.; George F. Cook Construction Company; Graham Construction Services, Inc.; Grazzini Brothers & Company; Hasslen Construction Company, Inc.; Hoffman Construction Company; JE Dunn Construction Company; J.R. Jensen Construction Company; Jorgenson Construction, Inc.; Knutson Construction Services; Kraemer North America, LLC; Kraus-Anderson Construction Company; Lakehead Constructors, Inc.; Lunda Construction Company; Magney Construction, Inc.; The Mathiowetz Construction Company; C.S. McCrossan, Inc.; McGough Construction; M.G. McGrath, Inc.; McNamara Contracting, Inc.; Molin Concrete Products Company; Mortenson Construction; PCL Construction Services, Inc.; Park Construction Co.; Rachel Contracting, Inc.; Rice Lake Construction Group; Ryan Companies US, Inc.; S & R Reinforcing, Inc.; Twin City Tile & Marble Co.; Ulland Brothers, Inc.; Viant Crane, LLC; and Woody's Rebar Co., Inc.

CAREERS

Associated General Contractors of Minnesota 

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651-632-8929