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Women Shattering HVAC's Glass Ceiling


The Social Security Administration estimates 22 percent of the U.S. workforce will retire over the next eight years. For the HVAC industry, which is chock full of retiring baby boomers, that percentage is probably much larger.


While HVAC's experienced veterans continue to disappear into retirement, the industry has struggled to replenish its crop of skilled workers. Recent studies from the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) quantify the need, estimating that 115,000 new HVACR workers must be trained by 2022 to meet an anticipated demand that is set to increase 14 percent, which exceeds the average growth rate for all other occupations.


While this technician shortage affects all corners of the country, perhaps one solution lies in closing the gender gap.


In 2015, women comprised 57 percent of the national labor force, according to the DOL; however, only 1.7 percent of the total employed heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration installers and technicians were women.


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Mayor Emanuel Names New Public Building Commission
     Executive Director


Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently named Carina Sanchez the Executive Director of the Public Building Commission (PBC). Felicia Davis, the current PBC Executive Director, is stepping down to pursue other professional endeavors.


Sanchez is currently the Deputy Clerk for the Office of the Chicago City Clerk, a position she has held since 2012. Previously, she has held various outreach, external affairs and government administration positions within the offices of the Cook County Board President, the Illinois Treasurer, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and various other government agencies.


As Deputy Clerk, Sanchez manages approximately 100 employees and a $10 million operating budget that generates approximately $150 million in revenue for the City. In this role, she has overseen and managed the historic transition from seasonal sales of Chicago Vehicle Stickers to a year-round sales program, which has brought $35 million in new revenue.


Wrigley Field, Wrigleyville Renovations Push Forward


Project 1060, in Year 3 of a five-year, $750-million process, is in the destruction phase. Seats behind home plate have been removed in favor of newer, and in some cases, more expensive ones.
   A 7,200 square-foot, underground "VIP experience" dubbed the " American Airlines 1914 Club" is being constructed and will be under the seats between the dugouts behind home plate. That portion of the project is scheduled to be finished at the start of the 2018 season.


In the meantime, the dugouts will be moved further toward the foul poles to accommodate the facility, which will push the bullpens, formally down each foul line, under the bleachers in right and left field. New seats will be added where the bullpens were and there will be more restoration done on the park's Addison Street facade.


Turner Hired to Manage Construction of $480 Million Hospital in New York


Turner ConstructionTurner Construction Co. will be the construction manager for a $480 million hospital in Utica, N.Y. The 750,000-square-foot project is still in the planning stages, and Turner will work with architectural firm NBBJ on community outreach for input on the project.


San Diego Chargers to Join Stadium Under Construction in LA


The San Diego Chargers will relocate to Los Angeles and become a tenant of the stadium under construction for the Los Angeles Rams. Construction of the stadium should finish in 2019.


$6 Billion Ethane Cracker in PA Could Create 6,000
   Construction Jobs


A $6 billion ethane cracker project was granted a conditional use permit by Pennsylvania's Potter Township and still needs additional state and federal permits before construction can proceed. Shell Chemicals says 6,000 construction jobs will be created.


Mixed-Use Project Planned in Tallahassee


A $158 million mixed-use project with residential and office space, restaurants and a hotel is planned in Tallahassee, Florida. The project will preserve historical buildings and be the first park-amenity redevelopment in downtown Tallahassee.


Second $900 Million Power Plant Proposed at Site in Ohio


Clean Energy Future is developing the $900 million Lordstown Energy Center in Lordstown, Ohio, and has proposed developing the Trumbull Energy Center, another $900 million project in the same area. Fluor, Siemens Energy, Siemens Financial Services and BNP Paribas could all be involved in the project.


U.S. Contractors Expect Growth This Year


U.S. contractors are hopeful about President-elect Donald Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure proposal, and a recent survey by the Associated General Contractors of America shows that 3 out of 4 companies expect to add new workers. But a shortage of labor is an ongoing challenge for the industry.


Two Residential Towers Under Construction at $1.5 Billion
   Boston Development


Work is underway on two residential towers in Boston that will become part of a $1.5 billion community of offices, a hotel and retail and restaurant space. To accommodate the plan, an existing parking garage with 2,300 spaces will be reconfigured and made smaller.


Los Angeles to be Site of George Lucas Museum


Filmmaker George Lucas has chosen to build a museum to house his private memorabilia collection in Los Angeles near Exposition Park, which has several other museums. He will spend about $1.5 billion, including the value of the art he donates, to create an endowment and construct the building.


Construction Booms Around Lambeau Field


Like several other teams in the National Football League, Wisconsin's Green Bay Packers are developing a destination space adjacent to its stadium. While that Titletown District is taking shape on one side, the Green Bay Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday approved a plan for the 90-acre, mixed-use development called Legends District on the other side.


Construction to Start on Lagoon at $1 Billion Texas Development


Construction of an 8-acre lagoon at a $1 billion water park development in Rowlett, Texas, will begin in March. The 262-acre project will include commercial, office and residential space, beach clubs, a hotel and lakefront trails


PANYNJ Considers $32 Billion Capital Improvement Plan


The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is considering a 10-year, $32 billion capital improvement plan that includes $2.7 billion toward the $24 billion proposed rail tunnels under the Hudson River. The plan also contains money to renovate area airports and public transit projects.


Texas Features Preferred Site for $10 Billion Petrochemical Plant


A $10 billion petrochemical plant planned in Texas' San Patricio County could create 11,000 construction jobs. The Exxon Mobil and the Saudi Basic Industries project faces some opposition from the local community, but the companies have alternative sites in mind if it doesn't work out.


Work Moving Along at $732 Million Red Wings Arena


Detroit Red WingsStructural framing of the Detroit Red Wings' $732 million arena is complete, and more than 86,000 cubic yards of concrete have been placed at the arena and structures nearby. The project has about 1,000 construction workers on site each day, and the developer is streaming live video of the project.


$490 Million Sports Complex Proposed in DC


The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial stadium in Washington, D.C., won't be used much after the DC United soccer team abandons it for a new stadium in a few years. A $490 million plan to repurpose the site's parking lots would include an indoor sports complex, multipurpose fields and a food market.


Rangers to get HKS-Designed Stadium


Baseball game days could turn the Texas Live area into a "phenomenal urban environment," architect Bryan Trubey of HKS says. The $1 billion retractable-roof stadium will have a more historical, urban design, similar to those found in Chicago and Boston.


New York Plans $10 Billion Overhaul to JFK Airport


New York has started an overhaul of LaGuardia Airport, and Wednesday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a $10 billion plan to reconstruct the John F. Kennedy International Airport. It's not clear when construction will begin, and the governor didn't identify specific revenue sources but noted that about $7 billion would come from private funding.


Los Angeles to Get Nearly $1.5 Billion in Federal Funds for
        Subway Extension


The federal government has committed $1.487 billion worth of loans and grants to help Los Angeles extend its Purple Line. Construction has already started on the $2.64 billion first phase of the project, and all Purple Line work should finish in 2035.


WCOE Coming Events


WCOE CA Chapter Events
   Our first upcoming event is a gathering after the Beaver dinner in LA on 1/20/17. Contact Brenda Radmacher (bradmacher@wshblaw.com) or Danette Beck (danette.beck@marsh.com) if you are interested in meeting up after the dinner.


Our first membership meeting of 2017 is on 2/15/17 – with featured speaker, Lee Jay Berman, an executive coach and mediator who will be presenting on "Using Your Personal Power," tackling the issues of executive presence, group dynamics, and how to read and run meetings effectively. We will have this LIVE in the West Los Angeles area and available via conference call as well. For information contact Brenda Radmacher (bradmacher@wshblaw.com) or Linda Clifford (ljc034@gmail.com).


WCOE Chicago Chapter Events
   Thursday, February 9, 2017
   Luncheon Meeting and Program
   11:00 am – 1:30 pm
   225 West Washington Suite 550
   Chicago, IL
   Cost $75 – Reservations contact Monica Anderson manderson@ctmwbe.com by Feb. 1.


There will be two very special guests presenting at this month's meeting; Anne Pramaggiore, President & CEO of ComEd and Associates from BBC Research & Consulting, which performed the most recent disparity study for IDOT.


Associated Builders & Contractors


1/19/2017 11:00AM ET Busted! The Top Six Myths of Lean Construction
1/26/2017 2:00PM ET Building an Employee Engagement Strategy for 2020
2/2/2017 11:00AM ET Six Critical Factors to Lean Construction Success
2/9/2017 2:00PM ET 5 Drawing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them


American Subcontractors Association


1/24/2017   Webinar (Complimentary): OSHA Transgender Bathroom Requirements
2/14/2017   Webinar: Cost Coding Made Simple
3/1/2017   OSHA Silica Rule: Applications for Subcontractors
3/15/2017   SUBExcel 2017
4/11/2017   Webinar: Incentive Compensation Plan Best Practices
5/9/2017   Webinar: Prompt Payment and How/When to Suspend Work
5/23/2017   Webinar: Technology and Transparency
6/13/2017   Webinar: Killer Contract Clauses


California High Speed Rail


2/8/2017   Community Open House in Corcoran




2/16/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
3/16/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
4/19/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
5/10/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
6/14/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
7/12/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
8/16/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
9/13/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
10/11/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
11/15/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
12/13/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform


2017 HUBZone Small Business Summits
   Each Summit features educational sessions and match-making opportunities with agencies & primes.
   Choose one or both!

April 26 – Philadelphia, PA
   Hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency

July 27 – Columbus, OH
   Hosted by the Battelle

Environmental Risk Management for 2017: A Webcast Update
   Join Marsh on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 1 p.m. (EST) for a 30-minute webcast, "Environmental Risk Management for 2017: A Webcast Update."
   During the webcast, our panel of experts will discuss:


  •    What's driving the environmental insurance market, including critical changes within the industry and markets, and how they're affecting insurer appetite and policy terms and conditions.
  •    Products such as pollution legal liability, contractors pollution liability, financial assurance and combined form programs.
  •    Solutions for known conditions, including cost cap and environmental liability buyouts.
  •    Trends with environmental claims.



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