AGCGA | Georgia AGC | The Forum
June 16, 2010
Volume 6; Issue 23
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Guided by our core principles of Skill, Integrity and Responsibility,
AGC Georgia's mission is ". . . to be the voice of Georgia's construction industry,
provide valuable member services and promote best construction practices."

The Forum is AGC Georgia's weekly electronic newsletter developed in conjunction with the
Chapter's website to deliver timely industry, member and association news.

New Report to Members Features Annual Accomplishments - Available Online

AGC on the Frontline

At the end of each officer term, Georgia Branch, AGC proudly publishes its annual Report to Members. The June 2010 issue of this Report, recapping June 1, 2009 - May 31, 2010, has been mailed with our new 2010-11 Membership Directory and Resource Guide to more than 3,000 industry professionals, including main contacts at Chapter member firms, members of ACEC, AIA and BOMA.

An excerpt from the opening of this Report follows. You and your colleagues are encouraged to review the online version in its entirety by clicking on the link below or the cover image to the right. This is the most concise and easist way for you to learn about the Chapter's accomplishments, member benefits, services, opportunities and resources. Consider passing this link on to a fellow industry professional who could benefit from learning more about Georgia Branch, AGC. 

This has been another solid year of performance for Georgia Branch, AGC despite this being one of the worst economic years in modern times.The challenges impacting many of our members and industry have been enormous. With 2009 ending for the Chapter on a positive note, we are in a great position to serve our membership in 2010. We are financially strong and committed to insuring members receive all of the services and resources they have come to value and expect. At the same time, we continually look for new ways to raise the bar and insure a more beneficial and enjoyable 'member experience.'

Because of the industry’s shrinking workforce and changing landscape, the Chapter finds itself on the frontline helping members to a greater degree than ever before. When a member’s resources are reduced or new delivery methods are used, many times their first call is to AGC to learn how to address their challenges and needs. Our goal for the coming year is to become a more powerful resource and offer greater value to members who are trying to survive and thrive. We are continually finding ways to help members in their turnaround efforts so they can emerge as a stronger company. This follows the mantra recently espoused by Wayne Rivers, President of the Family Business Institute in his February 2010 webinar with AGC. He recommends business owners, including contractors, focus first on “surviving” and then on a “turnaround” that will prepare them and their companies to “emerge healthy.”

AGC begins every year with the sole purpose of serving our members. We want to be part of the solution and help our members navigate all the challenges and more importantly the many opportunities that lie ahead.

View Georgia Branch, AGC's June 2010 Report to Members.

Members and Their Families Enjoy Annual Convention Experience

Over 365 people representing 85 member firms attend convention

Note: All employees of member firms who attended the Annual Convention should have received an email earlier today with a link to a survey asking for feedback about your experience. We greatly appreciate participants' candid feedback. 

This year's Annual Convention 
was proudly sponsored by the following firms.
Georgia Branch, AGC appreciates
their support!

Affinity Service Group


Smith & Howard, CPAs

Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP

Computer Guidance Corporation


Southern Polytechnic State University

Evans Technology, Inc.

Tarpley & Underwood, P.C.


The 2010 Annual Convention held June 6-8 was an early sell-out and based on initial feedback, Chapter members and their families enjoyed the opportunity to get away from it all and connect in an informal setting with other members. Some members arrived early and others stayed on extra days to take advantage of all the amenities offered in this vacation spot.

What members are saying about their convention experience:

-- Very meaningful updates from Steve Sandherr, CEO of AGC of America, and Ken Simonson, AGC of America Chief Economist.

-- Great idea to have the golf tournament start early on a hot day.

-- Good job in keeping things moving during the awards breakfast—covered a lot in a short amount of time.

-- The video presentation of the SIR Award recipient was engaging and well done. A nice surprise.

-- Overall, one of the best conventions—it exceeded my expectations.

-- I thought the entire event went flawlessly. Great job team!

-- The Georgia Branch, AGC Convention is always a great value for the money and always enjoyable. We will continue to attend.

-- The Georgia Branch, AGC staff makes the organization and the convention stand out.

-- I thought it was a wonderful experience and gave me some perspective on the wide range of companies that are part of our industry.

For the majority of members responding to the feedback survey sent earlier this morning, the convention either exceeded or somewhat exceeded their expectations.

From the opening welcome dinner and party Sunday evening to the concluding reception and annual dinner Tuesday evening, members had lots to choose from—business sessions, the golf tournament, awards programs, installation of new officers and Board members, a sandcastle contest for the young and young at heart, four different sessions of the Kids' Club and time to lounge around the pool and beach. Thirty-three young industry leaders who participate in the Chapter’s Young Leadership Program and their guests enjoyed a night of dinner and casino activities. Special programs entertaining young children were available during many planned convention activities.

During the convention, members received the hot-off-the-press, advance copy of the Chapter’s June 2010 Report to Members. They also received a copy of the Atlanta Business Chronicle Special Section dated June 11, 2010 featuring the “Best in Construction—2010 Build Georgia Award Winners” recognizing construction excellence. Out of 96 entries participating in the Build Georgia competition, 27 general contractor members took home first place awards in different project sizes and categories and seven specialty contractors won first place awards.

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Convention Highlights

Sunday: Many convention attendees chose to start their day on the golf course participating in Chapter sponsored tournament. An evening dinner party welcomed everyone and got the convention off to a strong festive start. Members and their families enjoyed this opportunity to socialize with each other, reconnect and make new friends.

Monday: The morning business sessions included an update on the commercial construction industry from AGC of America CEO Steve Sandherr, and a gloomy but very informative recap of the latest economic news from Ken Simonson, AGC's Chief Economist. 

Before convening for lunch and an organized open play golf outing, members participated in educational breakout sessions. Six different topics were offered for the members to choose from. 

A Young Leadership Program member dinner and casino event was held especially for this group Monday evening, while other members enjoyed dinner on their own at local restaurants. 

Tuesday: The awards program started off the morning where member firms are recognized for excellence in safety and construction. Directors of CompTrust AGC MCIC declared a $1.25 million dividend for the 2009 program year attesting to the safe practices and excellent safety records of participating firms. Shown below, individual dividend checks were presented to joyous members who were present for the awards ceremony. 

Member firms with excellent safety records received AGC of America and Georgia Branch, AGC awards as did members participating in the Build Georgia awards competition. The afternoon found more than a dozen families on the beach enjoying a fun, but very hot afternoon in the sun as they worked hard to build the best sand sculpture in the annual Sandcastle Contest.

Tuesday evening, Georgia Branch, AGC hosted a networking reception followed by its annual dinner where the gavel is passed to a new Chapter President. During the program, Dan Baker of Duffey Southeast presented Mr. Dan Yates, Jr., Yates Insurance Agency, with the prestigious SIR award for his individual industry accomplishments. Gary Newell of Collins & Company in Smyrna was installed as the Chapter’s 2010-11 President and he then announced the coming year’s officers and members of the Board of Directors.

Mr. Yates bestowed with prestigious SIR Award honor

View a "life and times" video including stories of Mr. Yates throughout his respected career.

Mr. Dan Yates, (right) proudly displays the 2010 Georgia Branch, AGC SIR Award with his son, Danny Yates after the conclusion of the Tuesday evening convention activities.

Chapter President Dan Baker presented Mr. Presley Daniel “Dan” Yates, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Yates Insurance Agency, Inc. with the 2010 SIR Award on June 8 during the Georgia Branch, AGC Annual Convention in Hilton Head, SC. The award recognizes Mr. Yates’ exemplary service and substantial contribution to the industry as well as his ability to exemplify what is meant by “skill, integrity and responsibility.”

Georgia Branch, AGC established this annual award program in 1983 to honor one individual who has distinguished themselves and Mr. Yates follows in the

footsteps of other outstanding construction leaders. In honor of the recipient, the chapter makes a contribution to AGC of America’s Education & Research Foundation.

Mr. Yates was born in 1918 in Atlanta. He grew up on the East Lake Country Club golf course where he tagged along with his brother Charles and the great Bobby Jones when he could. He attended Boys High in Atlanta, and then attended Georgia Tech where he was captain of the golf team for three years. His golf victories are many and in 1939, while at Georgia Tech, he won the Georgia State Amateur Championship at Sea Island, Georgia. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1941 and in 1942 joined the U.S. Army where he served four years.

In 1949 he and his brother, Alan Yates, Sr., founded Yates Insurance Agency and began to sell to Georgia contractors. Yates Insurance Agency became a leader in specialty insurance and bonds for the construction industry. Mr. Dan Yates said, “We are going to look after our clients and prospects needs like they are our own, and our goal each day is to do our best.”

Mr. Yates was one of the founders of the Atlanta Country Club. He has served as Director of the Georgia State Golf Association and the Georgia State Golf Association Foundation. He worked as a volunteer at The Masters Golf Tournament for over 50 years. In 1996 he was inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame.

Today, Mr. Yates continues to work every day representing his insured’s and fostering the many relationships he has formed in his business over the years.

New chapter president, officers & board

Georgia Branch, AGC, is proud to announce Gary Newell as the 2010-11 Chapter President. Installation of the new president, other officers and Board members took place on June 8, 2010 at the Chapter’s annual convention in Hilton Head, South Carolina with over 385 individuals attending including members and their families. 


Gary Newell (right) accepts the President's Gavel from 2009-10 Chapter President Dan Baker after being installed as the Georgia Branch, AGC's 2010-11 Chapter President.

Dan Baker (right) accepts his Past President's Plaque honoring his year of service to the Georgia Branch, AGC.

Gary is President of Collins & Company a commercial general contractor and construction management firm founded in 1965. Collins & Company is located in Smyrna, and builds retail, medical, private institutional, recreational, and industrial projects.

Gary is extremely involved in AGC at the local and national level. For three years, he served as Chairman of AGC of America's Electronic Information Systems (EIS) Committee helping implement the Internet Plan Room and the creation of AGC xML schemas to increase interoperability and productivity in the construction industry. At the end of his term, he was awarded AGC’s highest honor, Chairman of the Year.

On a local level, Gary is involved in the Chapter's Technology Committee, having chaired the committee for several terms in recent years. He's served on the Chapter's Board of Directors and has been a member of the Chapter's Executive Committee serving as Treasurer and Vice President during the past three years. 

During the convention's closing dinner, newly installed Chapter President Newell announced the members of the 2010-2011 Board of Directors.

Serving as officers with President Newell for the 2010-11 term include:a

Ken Swofford - AGC Board of Directors

Vice President
Tony Pellicano
Pellicano Construction

Ken Swofford
Swofford Construction, Inc.

Dave Cyr
Parrish Construction Group, Inc.

Please click here to view the names of all members serving on the 2010-11 Board of Directors.  

2010 Build Georgia Awards Program receives 96 nominations, top projects honored

The Build Georgia Awards program is an annual tradition that Georgia Branch, AGC designed to recognize the outstanding achievements by Georgia construction firms. The program also honors the talented and dedicated men and women in the office and field who make up the state’s construction industry. Their skill, integrity and responsibility combined with a spirit of innovation and tremendous pride produce the buildings that contribute to the quality of life enjoyed by the people who live, work, pray, learn and play in communities throughout Georgia.

Eligible projects for these awards were completed by the end of 2009. General contractors and specialty contractors had an opportunity to compete in several different categories depending upon the size of their firm, the type of project delivery method used, and the type of construction. Award winners were judged on criteria including innovation in construction techniques, safety performance, use of sustainable building practices, excellence in project management and scheduling, and dedication to client service.

View winners in the General Contractor Division of the Build Georgia Awards.

View winners in the Specialty Contractor Division of the Build Georgia Awards.

Mark Your Calendar! Nominations for the 2011 Build Georgia Awards Program will be due in mid February of 2011. Please contact Alyson Abercrombie, Director of Communications and Marketing should you need more information prior to the release of the next Build Georgia Awards nomination forms in January 2011.

Member firms recognized at 2010 Convention for their safety excellence

Georgia Branch, AGC presented safety awards to member company representatives who were present for the Chapter's Annual Convention Awards Breakfast on June 8, 2010. Members pictured in the below photo earned awards from both AGC of America and Georgia Branch, AGC.

To see a full list of all member firms who received certificates of achievement and criteria for the program, please click here.

To learn more about how your firm can begin participating in the Safety Awards, please contact Cherri Watson, Director of Safety, Education and Workforce Development.

Isakson Confirmed as AGC's Keynote Speaker in August

Metro Atlanta Members First Meeting promises to draw large participation - plan now to attend

Thursday, August 26, 2010
Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center

11:15 am – Registration Opens; Networking Reception Begins
Noon – Lunch followed by Senator’s Remarks

3405 Lenox Rd, NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

More details to come in July. Mark Your Calendar Now, and Plan to Attend!

Regional News

July Regional Meetings

2010 Legislative Session Recap:
New Laws - New Rules

July 13 - South Georgia/Valdosta
July 14 - West Central Georgia/Columbus
July 20 - Central Georgia/Macon
July 22 - Southwest Georgia/Albany
July 27 - Southeast Georgia/Savannah
View Brochure

A key benefit for Chapter members is full-time representation under the Gold Dome during each legislative session. Mark Woodall, Georgia Branch, AGC’s Director of Governmental Affairs plans to report on the recently concluded 2010 Legislative Session, (Georgia’s longest legislative session on record) and the upcoming 2010 Elections.

There were many important issues impacting the construction industry that were addressed during the Session including State Immigration Reform, State Reciprocal Preference and Procurement Law, new federal and state Lead Paint Abatement Regulations and much more. AGC is also working closely with many of our state agencies such as GSFIC and the Board of Regents in an advisory capacity. Register several members of your team today for this important program.

For more information about these meetings, please contact Denise "DD" Latham, Meeting and Event Planner at 678-298-4118.

Upcoming Education, Safety and Professional Development Courses

New Course Offering for Superintendents, Project Managers and Senior Executives

Discover How YOU Can Be More Valuable to Your Company!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
8:00 - 11:30 am
AGC Training Center in Atlanta
View Course Offering Brochure for Full Details

Join this workshop to grow your career and gain skills to bring value to your company by helping bring in new work. Many firms are forced to concentrate on the immediate problems at hand and don’t spend much time marketing their firm. This how-to workshop teaches you to become an exceptional leader in the future, complete with the top client skills for new business.

Determine how to:

-- Build on Existing Relationships
-- Find Out about Upcoming Work
-- How to Qualify a Lead
-- How to Deal with Follow Up
-- Develop Internal Lead Procedures
-- How to Master a Presentation
-- Be Successful at Networking Events
-- How to Look Good at Trade Shows
-- Know how you are Hired as a Contractor

For more information on this course please contact Jenny Tuggle, Administrative-Services Assistant at 678-298-4112.

Great courses offered through July 2010

The following courses are available through Georgia Branch, AGC's Education, Safety and Professional Development Program. To view a course description, click on its name. Unless otherwise noted, courses are held in Atlanta at the AGC Training Center at I-75 and Windy Hill Road.

To view a listing of all currently scheduled courses for 2010, please click here.

June 24 BIM for Construction Forum AGC
June 29 Energy Efficiency & Sustainable Construction Act Workshop AGC

June 30

Discover How YOU Can be More Valuable to Your Company!


July 12

Georgia Contractor Licensing Prep Course
Registration is handled by independent facilitator


July 14

NPDES Level 1A Recertification Course


July 14
July 15
July 16
July 23

EPA Lead Renovation, Repair & Painting (RRP) Course


July 15

OSHA 10-Hour for Construction


July 20

Beginning of OSHA 30-Hour for Construction


July 28

Green Associate Exam Prep for LEED


July 30

Competent Person Training: Trenching & Excavations


For more information on any of the courses listed above or if you want to discuss adding a new course to meet your needs, please contact Jenny Tuggle, Administrative-Services Assistant at 678-298-4112.

FREE Job Leads for all Georgia Branch, AGC Members

Your connection to improving profits delivered direct to your inbox every day - May 2010 Results

A secret to contractors' success is their ability to learn of new projects in a timely manner. Since March 2005, Georgia Branch, AGC has proudly offered a FREE service called Daily Project Updates to introduce new projects to members through our partnership with iSqFt.

The latest figures for May 2010 show the following project leads published for Georgia Branch, AGC members to review.


196 or 56 %


118 or 33 %


27 or 8 %


1 or 3%

Total Project Leads


For those of you who are familiar with the Daily Project Update service, you also know there is an ability to view plans and specs for the projects that are listed by subscribing to the AGC iSqFt Internet Plan Room. That's right - no driving to the plan room, looking for the right roll of plans or calling around town to locate the plans. All you have to do is subscribe to a very reasonable and valuable Internet Plan Room system and see everything pertaining to a project (including word search capabilities to determine if a certain trade is needed on a project) right there on your monitor. All aspects of what is online can be printed in many formats should you desire to do so in the comfort of your office.

If you are new to learning about Daily Project Updates, you can click here to see a sample of the information that is delivered each morning to a member's in-box. If you would like to begin receiving this daily update, please email Machell Harper with your name and company. She can set up an account for your email delivery and then email you back with your password and directions to use the service.

If you want to learn more about the Internet Plan Room geared toward Specialty Contractors and Suppliers in the industry or the Construction Office, which is specific to General Contractors, visit iSqFt or call 800-364-2059.

From AGC of America - A National Voice Working for You

Employment Up, But Construction Still Struggles

According to a Washington Post article, April saw the addition of 290,00 jobs, a possible sign that the economy is starting to recover. Jobs have been added every month since January 2010, however the unemployment rate has slightly increased. Though Reed Construction Data reports that economic activity increased in twenty-seven states from January through March, many construction sectors are still hurting, particularly the hotel market.

The Wall Street Journal describes the debt situation of many hotel chains as a muddled mess with unsure outcomes. Many large hotel chains are struggling to refinance loans on billions of dollars of debt. For example, budget chain Red Roof Inn has been trying to restructure $1.2 billion dollars of debt since the summer of 2009 with no foreseeable outcome. Reed Construction Data's Jim Haughey believes that hotels are at their rock-bottom levels, and that the current occupancy rate of 58 percent will slightly rise by the end of this year, with "progressive" improvement over the next few years, aided by the slowly expanding economy.

For more from the Washington Post, please click here.

For more information on state by state economic activity, please click here, and for a ranking of state economic performance, please click here.

To read the Wall Street Journal article on hotel debt, please click here.

For Reed's article on the hotel market, please click here.

Contractor's Guide To Green Building Construction LEED

Item No. 5100

This “how-to” book enables you to meet the challenges of green building construction. It introduces how the “green” or “sustainable” elements of a project may impact construction management practices. It briefly covers the available green building rating systems and guidelines such as LEED and Green Globesy.

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