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WCOE WCOE Announces Partnership with Travelers Insurance

Travelers InsuranceRick Keegan, President of Travelers Construction, and Caryn Boisen, President of Women Construction Owners & Executives, USA (WCOE), have announced that Travelers Insurance has joined WCOE as a Corporate Alliance Partner.

"Travelers Construction is proud to sponsor the Women Construction Owners & Executives organization. Our mission is to provide a cornerstone for contractors to realize their vision as they build America's communities by delivering construction expertise and offering insurance solutions that help transform hard work into success. Our alignment with WCOE supports and strengthens our mutual goal of success within this complex and demanding industry," said Mr. Keegan.

"We are very excited to be partnering with Travelers Insurance, a company that closely aligns with WCOE's mission and vision," said Ms. Boisen. "This partnership is beneficial for WCOE and all of our members throughout the country."

Since 1983, WCOE's primary goal has been to help their members' businesses grow and prosper. Dedicated to creating a level playing field for women-owned firms in the construction industry, WCOE is proud to represent large and small woman-owned firms as well as executive women in policy-making positions with some of the largest corporations in the country.

WCOE enjoys a prestigious reputation on Capitol Hill and uses that clout to advocate for issues that are important to women who have entered the construction industry. Whether it is equal access to federal contracting opportunities, opposition to onerous federal regulatory challenges, support for expanding access to business financing, or participation in Congressional hearings, WCOE represents its members' business interests.

WCOE Tracy Young, PlanGrid Co-founder and CEO,
Announced as Conference Featured Speaker

Tracy YoungWCOE has Announced Tracy Young as a featured speaker at the 2017 Leadership Conference to be held in Washington DC April 2–4. Her session, titled the Power of Breakthrough: Pursuing Passions Despite Social Norms will take place during the Monday afternoon sessions.

Tracy Young is the co-founder and CEO at PlanGrid, the leader in construction software for the field, where she oversees the corporate direction and strategy of the company, focusing on leadership, innovation, and customers.

PlanGridYoung founded PlanGrid with Ralph Gootee, Ryan Sutton-Gee, Antoine Hersen, and Kenny Stone in the fall of 2011. Prior to founding PlanGrid, Young helped build several hospitals as a construction engineer. She likes to joke that she went from working for one superintendent to hundreds of thousands through PlanGrid.

Young holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering Management from California State University-Sacramento.

WCOE Exelon Participates in WCOE's Annual Leadership Conference

ExelonThe Exelon Corporation Takes Diversity Seriously

Women Construction Owners & Executives, USA is pleased to announce, the Exelon Corporation will be attending and sponsoring the Annual Leadership Conference in Washington DC, Sunday, April 2nd through Tuesday, April 4th. Diversity certified suppliers accounted for $2 billion dollars of Exelon's total supply budget in 2016 and Washington, DC based Pepco Holdings, the newest utility of the Exelon family of companies, achieved a record setting 20% of their supply chain, in the first year as part of the Exelon family in 2016. The Exelon representatives attending this intimate conference welcome your introduction. Should you be attending and prefer an introduction be facilitated by a WCOE member, they will be available throughout the conference. For more information, please go to www.womenbuildamerica.com.

What Is Lean Construction & Why You Should Care

Jessica KaneBy Jessica Kane

Lean construction is a way of designing production systems in a construction environment with the aim of decreasing time, effort, and a waste of materials.

Lean construction ensures that a project is quickly done, and lower costs are incurred during the building process. Moreover, lean construction is aimed at maximizing value and minimizing costs involved during construction project maintenance, design, planning, and activation. Worldwide, the use of Lean construction increases the productivity of the construction industry.

Lean construction possesses the following key essential characteristics:

  • Concurrent design and engineering
  • Objectives that are explicitly set for the delivery process
  • Employment of project control which is implemented across the project life cycle; from design to delivery.

Every person involved in the lean construction project, from the constructors, architects, designers, savvy owners to the last tradesman, is taken into consideration for ensuring that the construction project is of high quality, delivered faster, and less costly.

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$524 Million NBA Arena 20% Complete

The new $524 million basketball arena for the Milwaukee Bucks is 20% complete, and 275 workers are on-site. Mortensen Construction says about 10,000 square feet of concrete is placed every day, and work should be complete before the 2018-19 basketball season.

Wisconsin Road Expansion in Jeopardy After Cost Increases

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation wants to rebuild and add two lanes to Interstate 39 from Madison to the Illinois state line, but the cost has increased from the estimated $715 million a few years ago to $1.75 billion today. Because Republicans, who control the state Legislature, are divided over whether to increase transportation funding, the project's fate is in jeopardy.

Work Progressing at $1.3 Billion Las Vegas Mixed-use Development

A lawsuit that had stalled a Las Vegas arena and mixed-use development has been dismissed, paving the way for the $1.3 billion project with an arena, hotel, restaurant and retail space. Although site work has started, some observers wonder if building construction really will proceed.

MMEX Resources to Build $450 Million Crude Refinery in
the Permian

Austin, Texas-based MMEX Resources wants to build a $450 million crude oil refinery in the Permian Basin on a 250-acre site in Pecos County, a project that would create about 500 temporary and permanent jobs. The construction of the refinery, which would have a capacity of 50,000 barrels per day, is expected to begin in 2018 and be completed in 2019.

$149 Million Project Started to Repair Detroit Bridge

The Interstate 75 Rouge River bridge connects Detroit with other communities in the region, and a two-year, $149 million project to repair the aging span has started. The crews' three-week, 24-hour-a-day effort will remove concrete on the southbound deck, and eventually all the concrete will be removed and replaced on the eight-lane, 1.63-mile span.

Ikea and Other Projects Coming to Texas City

Part of Grand Prairie, Texas, is undergoing significant transformation with a 290,000-square-foot Ikea store and a $100 million parks-and-recreation project that includes a water park with a retractable roof. Other retail projects are proposed.

100-Acre Redevelopment Project Planned in Hartford, Connecticut

HOK Group and WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff will begin creating a redevelopment plan for about 100 acres near Union Station in Hartford, Conn. The team will need to consider a planned Interstate 84 project that could cost up to $5 billion.

3-Tower Project Approved by Tampa City Council

A mixed-use, three-tower project planned in Tampa, Fla., will be anchored by a 40-story tower and include apartments, a hotel, boat slips, offices, retail and restaurants. The project was approved by the City Council.

Kinder Morgan Finds Buyer for 49% Interest in LNG Export Project in Georgia

Kinder Morgan plans to sell a 49% stake in the $2 billion Elba Island liquefied natural gas export project in Georgia to EIG Global Energy Partners for $555 million. Kinder Morgan has been looking for another partner in the project since Royal Dutch Shell abandoned its 49% stake nearly two years ago.

Construction to Start this Summer on $460 Million HOT Lanes in Virginia

A $460 million project to construct eight miles of toll lanes in Virginia will start this summer. The high-occupancy lanes will be built on Interstate 395 from Alexandria to Washington, D.C., and Transurban, which operates other HOT lanes in the region, will collect tolls and pay the state $15 million a year.


Correction: In the March 7, 2017 Turning Point, the title of the story about Gilbane Project Executive Michael P. Sousa should have been Gilbane Project Exec Completes His Mission Against the Odds. The article was not related to the Gilbane Building Company Subcontractor Outreach Event.

WCOE Coming Events

WCOE CA Chapter Events
There will be a lunch following the Women In Construction conference on March 31.

Chicago Caucus
For those not attending the WCOE Leadership Conference, Diane Middlebrooks from the Itasca Bank has extended an invitation to attend an up and coming program, The Why and How of Video Marketing. The program is free of charge.

To RSVP, Contact Monica Anderson, CT Mechanical – P (630) 227.1700 x1008

Associated Builders & Contractors

4/4/2017 2:00PM ET Learn to Be Lean: Best Practices for your Business
4/13/2017 4:00PM ET Manage the Job With Your Accounting Software: Project Management, POs, Document Imaging & Mobile
5/3/2017 1:30PM ET Skin Cancer Awareness for Construction Workers

American Subcontractors Association

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

4/5/2017   Community Open House in Fresno
4/13/2017   Community Open House in Wasco


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


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