WCOE Turning Point for 3/15/2016

Women Build America is a three-day national conference on construction opportunities hosted by Women Construction Owners & Executives (WCOE) that brings together leaders in the construction industry.

Be part of an important initiative to engage the nation's leading builders, women-owned firms and construction industry executives in a new conversation designed to look at women, their growth as corporate leaders, their progress as business owners and the next generation of young women builders who are entering the industry.

Sponsorship Information. For more information on the Conference and Sponsorship Opportunities, please contact Krista Gobins at kgobins@sackscom.com or 212.756.1236 ext. 104.

Denise Turner Roth

U.S. General Services Administration
Elizabeth Heider

Chief Sustainability Officer

Skanska USA Inc.
  Feniosky Peña-Mora


NYC Department of Design and Construction
Michael J. Garner, MBA

Chief Diversity Officer

Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Magalie D. Austin

Chief Diversity Officer

NYC Department of

Design and Construction
Alison Premo Black

Senior Vice President

Policy; Chief Economist;

Deputy Managing Director,

Contractors Division
American Road & Transportation

Builders Association
Caryn Boisen


Women Construction

Owners & Executives;

and Partner, Larson King, LLP
Deborah Bradley


Deborah Bradley Construction &

Management Services

Inc. and
Women Builders Council
Ida Brooker


Construction Consulting Northwest
Cosema E. Crawford

Senior Vice President

The Louis Berger Group
Lee Cunningham


BT Metal Sales
Lorraine D'Angelo


LDA Compliance Consulting Inc.
Kevin Ellman


Wealth Preservation Solutions, LLC
Y. Lisa Colon Heron


Fort Lauderdale office of Smith Currie & Hancock
Theresa Kern


MA Rebar Services, Inc.
Brennan Gilbane Koch

Client Relations Manager

Gilbane Building Company
Michael Likosky

Principal, Infrastructure

32 Advisors
Joan McDonald


JMM Strategic Solutions;
Former Commissioner, NYSDOT
Robert A. Murray

Chief Economist and Vice President

Dodge Data & Analytics
Colette Nelson

Chief Advocacy Officer

American Subcontractors Association, Inc.
Michele O'Connor


Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc.
Carol J. Patterson

Senior Partner

Zetlin & De Chiara LLP
Rosana Privitera-Biondo


Mark One Electric Co., Inc.
Carla Hunter Ramsey

Director of Supplier Diversity

National Grid
Loryn P. Riggiola


Zetlin & De Chiara LLP
Zenaida Rodriguez

Assistant Director, Business & Diversity Initiatives Department of Diversity and Civil Rights

Transportation Authority
Kenneth D. Simonson

Chief Economist

The Associated General Contractors of America
Gloria Shealey


The Daniele Company and Past National President, National Association of Minority Contractors
Laura Stipanowich


Smith, Currie & Hancock
Karen Sweeney

Senior Vice President

Diversity Inclusion and Community

Turner Construction
Elizabeth Velez

President and Chief

Contract Administrator

The Velez Organization
Carra Wallace

Chief Diversity Officer

Office of the NYC Comptroller
Sandra Wilkin


Bradford Construction Corporation

WCOE Danette Beck Named Power Broker for the Construction Industry

Danette BeckDanette Beck, CPCU, ARM, CRIS, newly promoted to Managing Director at Marsh and WCOE National Board Member, has been named as a Power Broker for the construction industry by Risk & Insurance Magazine.

Danette joined Marsh in 2010 and is the West Zone Construction Practice Leader, located in the Los Angeles, CA office. She is responsible for developing, managing and delivering construction risk management services to contractors, architects, engineers, project owners and developers throughout the West Zone.

Her experience with construction projects and contractor businesses include the design of traditional and alternative and/or integrated risk management and consolidated insurance programs. She has consulted on insurance programs for over $50 billion of project values on over 40 large projects over the past 22 years including international projects. Danette has also worked with contractors and engineering firms to design, implement and manage their insurance programs.

Congratulations, Danette!

WCOE Mary McNamara to Receive iNpact Award

Cornell Roofing owner and WCOE National Board Member Mary McNamara has been selected to receive the iNpact award from the Independence Economic Development Council of Independence, MO. The award recognizes independent businesses and organizations which have made significant positive economic impacts through the addition of new jobs and/or capital investment during the past year. This is the fourth year in row that Ms. McNamara has received the award.

The awards will be presented at the annual business awards luncheon on Friday, April 8th at the Stoney creek Inn and Conference Center in Independence. The award will be presented by Independence Mayor Eileen Weir and the award sponsor Stewardship Capital.

WCOE WCOE Members Honored at ASA Awards Gala

ASATwo WCOE Members were recently honored awards during a gala held on March 5, 2016 on board the luxury yacht The Biscayne Lady in Miami, FL. The gala was held in conjunction with ASA's annual convention and 50th anniversary celebration, SUBExcel 2016.

ASA honored Anne Bigane Wilson, P.E., CPC, Bigane Paving Company, Chicago, IL, with ASA's Outstanding Service Award. This award recognizes an individual or individuals for "exemplary service to ASA." Wilson served as the 2002–03 ASA President and continues to actively advocate for ethical contractor behavior, the end of predatory contract clauses, and the fair treatment of subcontractors and specialty trade contractors.

Also honored was Sheila Ohrenberg, Sorella Group, with the Excellence in Ethics Award for achieving "the highest standards of internal and external integrity for a subcontracting firm.

Smith Currie San Francisco Office Announces Event

An educational seminar and open house will be held Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 3 pm to 7:30 in San Francisco. The seminar will be held from 3 pm to 5 pm at La Meridian, 333 Battery St., San Francisco, followed by an open house from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Smith Currie Office, 275 Battery St. Suite 1300, San Francisco.

Topics for the seminar include Drones in Construction, Working in Multiple States, Collection Tools and Tricks, New California Employment Laws for 2016 and How to make Insurance Companies Live up to their Promises.

Reservations can be made by calling 415-394-6688.

San Francisco's East Bay Bridge Coming Down

Demolition crews in San Francisco recently completed a two-day operation to remove a 504 ft. long, 2.500 ton bridge truss in one piece. The 96 ft. tall by 80 ft. wide steel assembly, once part of the nearly 2 mile-long East Bay Bridge on to a pair of barges on the San Francisco Bay. The dismanteled bridge was replaced in 2013 with a $6.4 billion self-anchored suspension bridge.

During the first phase, crews worked hundreds of feet above the bay to cut apart the 80 year old bridge's 2,420 ft. long cantilever section. Workers wore full-hood respirators to contend with the thick lead paint coating the steel.

The same dangerous paint covers the beams to be removed in phase two, but to litigate environmental and worker risk the beams will be kept intact for removal.

Construction Spending Rises

Spending on construction jumped by the largest amount in eight months, reaching an eight-year high aided both by private and public expansion. The economic outlook was further bolstered by another recent report showing that manufacturing appeared to stabilize in February and upbeat data on consumer spending

The Commerce Dept. reported that construction spending in January increased 1.5% to $1.14 trillion, the highest level since October 2007, as both private and public outlays rose. Construction outlays were up 10.4 % from a year ago.

Federal Funds Secured, Removal of Ohio's Cuyahoga River Gorge Dam to Proceed

The Gorge Dam on the Cuyahoga River between Akron and Cuyahoga Falls could be coming down in 2019. That surprising news came from Bill Zawiski of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, who announced this week that the federal government has agreed to provide 65 percent of the $70-million cost to remove the 57-foot-high dam and deal with sediments behind it.

SBA Adds and Changes Industry Code Eligibility for the

ED/WOSB Program

SBAIn response to the Congressional mandate that the Small Business Administration complete a new study to determine industry eligibility for the ED/WOSB set-aside program, the Small Business Administration worked with economists at the Department of Commerce to complete the study. This study was completed 12/31/15. Recently, the SBA released the results and set forth the process to publish a new set of industry NAICS codes eligible for ED/WOSB set-aside contracts.

There have been numerous changes in eligible NAICS for woman-owned firms including eligibility between WOSB and EDWOSB. Below are a number of links:

$650M Expansion of Chicago's McCormick Place Underway

A $650 million expansion of the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago is underway and includes a hotel and college basketball arena that also will serve as event center. However, some are concerned that it won't attract the hoped-for convention-goers because the fixed seats would make the arena less flexible for event planners.

275B Needed to Replace Nation's Lead Water Pipes

Water utilities may need to spend more than $275 billion to replace the country's 6 million lead service lines, according to Fitch Ratings. A recent survey by the Environmental Protection Agency found that water infrastructure improvements may cost $385 billion through 2030.

$230M Hospital Expansion Planned in NY

Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y., has designs on expanding and has proposed building a 280,000-square-foot, eight-story pavilion with space for ambulatory care, medical offices and private rooms. Construction should start later this year and could create 225 construction jobs.

NFL's Cowboys are Building "Revolutionary" Mixed-use Development

CowboysThe National Football League's Dallas Cowboys are building the Ford Center at The Star, a mixed-use development with a $250 million, 12,000-seat indoor stadium, gym, sports medical facility and hotel and retail space. Owner Jerry Jones says he has already spent $700 million toward development of the 90-acre property. Other NFL teams also are pursuing similarly dramatic, mixed-use training facility designs.

11 Contracts Worth $63.8M OK'd by Illinois Tollway Directors

SBAThe Illinois Tollway has approved $63.8 million in construction and engineering contracts that are part of the Move Illinois program. Among the awardees are Walsh Construction, which will work on widening part of Interstate 90, and Wight & Company/GSG Consultants, which will work on the Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project.

Miami's Underline Plan Secures $75,000 in Private Funding

Miami's plan for a linear park underneath Metrorail's elevated tracks is moving forward thanks to $75,000 in private funding, about one-tenth of what backers say they need to start construction on the first section in 2017. The park, dubbed the Underline, is expected to be 10 miles long, connecting South Miami with the city's financial district and providing more green space.

4 US Airports Undergoing Major Expansions

The airports in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Orlando, Fla. and Tampa, Fla., are in the middle of billions of dollars worth of renovations and expansion. Much of the work includes building new terminals, runways and taxiways.

Team Selected to Build $3.3B Light-rail Line in MD

A team that includes Fluor Enterprises, Meridiam and Star America will design, build and operate the $3.3 billion light-rail Purple Line in Maryland. Construction of the 16-mile line should start sometime this year and take about six years to finish. Twenty-one stations will be built. The project is the largest public-private partnership in Maryland's history.

Construction Starts at $1.7B Miami Mixed-use Project

CoastalTishman is building the $1.7 billion Miami World center in Miami. The mixed-use development is being built across six blocks and will include a residential tower, hotel, convention center, restaurants and retail and office space. Construction has started on the initial phase, a 60-story, $500 million tower.

Consortium Selected to Build Section of CA High-speed Rail

CHSRCalifornia Rail Builders, a consortium among Ferrovial Agroman US Corp, Euroestudios and Othon, has signed a $444.2 million design-build contract to construct a section of California's high-speed rail network. Work includes site prep, relocation of freight tracks and building road overpasses, bridges and wildlife crossings. CRB must complete the 22-mile section in slightly more than two years.

Texas Developing $1.3B Interstate Project

Texas officials will begin construction on the $1.3 billion widening of LBJ East, an 11-mile segment of Interstate 635, in 2018. The project as envisioned now calls for the construction of five new free lanes and two toll lanes, as well as a $300 million interchange.

$1.1B Plan Proposed to Extend PA Rail Line

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority plans to build a $1.1 billion high-speed rail spur along the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the King of Prussia area. The extension to the Norristown High Speed Line will be up to 5 miles long and will be elevated 17 feet.

More than $100 Million in VA Road Contracts Awarded

Virginia has awarded contracts worth $102.5 million for nine road projects. One of the larger contracts, a $43.2 million road-widening project, went to Fort Myer Construction, which also nabbed part of a $44.9 million paving and maintenance contract.

WCOE Coming Events

Save the Date!

WCOE 2016 Annual Leadership Conference – April 3–5

The Willard Hotel, Washington DC

Baltimore City Vendor Development Seminar Series for Small, Minority and Women Business Enterprises

Date: April 4 to May 9, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Small Business Resource Center

1101 E 33rd St., Baltimore, MD 21218

  • April 4 – Marketing Opportunities in Baltimore City Government
  • April 11 – Bid Documents and Contractor Relationships (Prime and Subcontractor)
  • April 18 – General Requirements
  • April 25 – Prompt Payment/Invoicing
  • May 2 – Optimizing Your Certification
  • May 9 – Resources/Baltimore SourceLink

Webinars | Affordable Care Act 101

SBA and Small Business Majority will host free Affordable Care Act 101 webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces. The webinars begin at 2pm ET.

Annual SBA Export Lenders' Roundtable

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 | 12:30–5:00 PM

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade | Washington, DC

Given today's strong dollar; small businesses increasingly need financing to offer extended terms and remain competitive—something that SBA's Export working capital program can help support. In fact, SBA's export loan programs are designed to help small business throughout their export development cycle. Please join us to:

  • Learn how to become an SBA Preferred Lender for Export Working Capital Loans up to $5 million with a full 90% guaranty
  • Receive updates on loan processing requirements
  • Review newly revised lenders guides for both the Export Express and Export Working Capital loan programs
  • And, provide your input on how SBA and other federal agencies can better support your customers and small business exporters in your community

To reserve your space today, please RSVP with name, title, lender, and address to: OIT@sba.gov.

Is your business prepared in the event of a cybersecurity breach?

Now is the time to take stock of your cybersecurity health, including the importance of securing information through best cybersecurity practices; identifying your risk and the types of cyberthreats; and learning best practices for guarding against cyberthreats.

This self-paced training exercise provides an introduction to securing information in a small business. Topics include:

  • Defining cybersecurity
  • The importance of securing information
  • Identifying types of information that should be secured
  • Identifying the types of cyber threats
  • Defining risk management
  • Listing best practices for guarding against cyber threats

WBENC is proud to offer its Executive Development Program the 2016 Tuck-WBENC Executive Program, brought to you by IBM on September 25–30, in Palisades, NY.

We are now accepting applications! Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of the Class of 2016 by attending the Tuck-WBENC Executive Program. Join the over 550 WBEs who have participated in this 5-day executive development program specifically designed to make a substantial impact on how you think about and operate your business. WBEs will focus on increasing their competitive advantage in the way of leadership, financial and marketing analysis and form an invaluable network of WBEs that will continue to provide a source of support, expertise and opportunities even after graduation.

2016 Tuck-WBENC Executive Program

When: September 25–30, 2016

What: An intensive, advanced 5-day program

Where: Palisades, NY

Program fee: $3,750.00

Application Deadline: Monday, May 2, 2016

Associated Builders & Contractors

3/22/2016 1:00PM ET Defining a Mobile Strategy to Improve Your Organization's ROI – Making Sense of Mobile Apps for Construction
3/29/2016 2:00PM ET Explore Master Agreements, Task Orders and Other Small Firms Agreements

American Subcontractors Association

4/12/2016   2016 April Webinar: The Payment Dance in the Construction Industry
5/10/2016   2016 May Webinar: Websites, Email, Social Media and Your Domain Name
6/14/2016   2016 June Webinar: Damages For Lost Labor Productivity

California High Speed Rail

3/2016   No events scheduled.


3/16/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
4/13/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
5/18/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
6/15/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
7/13/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
8/10/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
9/14/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
10/12/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform

WCOE Chicago Caucus Meetings

We have scheduled dinner meetings for the following dates in 2016:

  • May 12
  • August 11
  • November 10

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