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WCOE CEO of Bigane Paving Co. to Receive OPAL Award

Ann WilsonAnne Bigane Wilson, P.E., CPC., M.ASCE, president of Bigane Paving Company and WCOE member will be honored as one of the five American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 2017 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Award winners. Wilson is honored for her work in Construction. She will receive the award March 16, 2017 during ASCE's annual OPAL Gala in Arlington, VA.

Over the past 28 years, Wilson has elevated Bigane Paving Co. to one of the most respected contractors in Chicago. In her role as CEO, she manages private and public works projects with budgets ranging from $25,000 to $25 million. Wilson is also CEO and president of two other hot mix asphalt production facilities: Ogden Avenue Materials and Reliable Ogden. Both located in Chicago.

WCOE Build a Foundation of Trust

Sue DyerBy Sue Dyer, President, OrgMetrics LLC and
"Find Your Guru" Panelist at the 2017 Leadership Conference

Did you ever work on a team where it seemed that everyone was working against each other? Trust erodes into a war. It's no surprise when such a project or initiative fails. Sometimes you just wish that there were a way to get everyone on the same page.

This was the case on one highway-widening project. The team had to calculate how much asphalt it would take to fill the holes left when they dug out the failed areas of the road. The owner and his contractor's superintendent went out and measured the area (a square area at that) to be filled. But time after time they just couldn't agree on the measurement. And that wasn't the only thing they couldn't agree on - how long the project would take, how far the work should proceed in a day, what work had been completed, if the work had been completed correctly, or even on what time of the day to meet – they couldn't agree on anything. Finally, in frustration, the superintendent blew up and was kicked off the job.

This was also the case for an IT project team. The team included thirteen members from three different departments: Information Technology, Human Resources, and Finance. The team was working to install and run a new enterprise-wide human resources program. The CEO had been told that the new program would improve his ability to make strategic business decisions by allowing him to "slice and dice information" in almost any manner he chose. Each of the team members felt that their department should be able to get what their department wanted. Further, each department was reluctant to change its way of doing business (and the three departments all did business differently). So, each department wanted the new program to serve its needs over the needs of the other departments. Distrust had built up over time. Meetings were very heated as team members lobbied to get their own way. Soon people stopped going to the meetings altogether. After a year of fighting, the team, and project, finally crashed and burned when the entire payroll for 30,000 employees could not be printed. A lack of trust prevented people from getting their paychecks!

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WCOE WBE Advocacy Day, Albany

Deborah BradleyMembers of the Women's Business Council will participate in Advocacy Day in Albany, NY on Monday, March 13, 2017. They will be coordinating meetings and events with legislators and key policy makers from across the New York state government.

According to Deborah Bradley, President, WBC and WCOE National Board Member, "Together our voices can truly make a difference for women throughout the building industry."

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Gilbane Building Company Subcontractor Outreach Event
All Interested Contractors Invited!

GilbaneGilbane Project Exec Completes His Mission Against the Odds
While experienced in running projects in an underdeveloped country in which terror attacks and unstable regional politics are routine, Gilbane Building Co. Project Executive Michael P. Sousa wanted no part of a project in Kabul when he first toured it in 2013. The Afghanistan's new Ministry of Defense headquarters was supposed to symbolize the nation's future as a self-sustaining sophisticated structure similar to the Pentagon. But U.S. funding shortfalls stretched an anticipated 18-month project, started in 2009, into years.

But, U.S. Army Major General Harold Greene, then commander in Afghanistan, personally requested Sousa to manage the project before signing the fixed-price contract with Gilbane. Sousa convinced the contractor to support a more expensive value-engineering effort to reduce risks ahead.
"The project was impacted by hostilities at every turn every day" says Sousa. Terror attacks targeting foreigners required constantly changing off-site travel schedules and frequent evacuation drills.
By early 201 the 414,000 sq. ft. structure, which has its own power generation and water and wastewater treatment facilities, as well as 11 other structures, was turned over months ahead of schedule.

California HSR Announces Project Update Report

CHSRThe California High-Speed Rail Authority has submitted to the Legislature the 2017 Project Update Report, required pursuant to Section 185033.5 of the Public Utilities Code.

Since the last report in March 2015, California has made tremendous progress in building the nation's first high-speed rail system—and nation's largest infrastructure project.

Building high-speed rail is creating thousands of new jobs and economic benefits, especially for small and disadvantaged businesses. California's achievements include:

  • Hundreds of workers are building—right now—119 miles of new transportation infrastructure at nine active construction sites that will bring passenger rail service to connect the Central Valley to the Silicon Valley by 2025
  • Over 900 construction workers have good-paying jobs in the Central Valley, with many more coming across California
  • 334 small businesses are engaged in the project right now, of which 102 are certified disadvantaged businesses and 39 are certified disabled veteran businesses

From July 2006 to June 2016, California has invested $2.3 billion, of which 94 percent has gone to companies and people in California, to design and build the high-speed rail system--investments that have involved more than 600 companies and generated up to $4.1 billion in economic activity, 52 percent of which occurred in disadvantaged communities.

» View the report on the Authority's website

Gateway Project Could Create Traffic Problems in NYC

The tunnels under the Hudson River that are part of the $24 billion Gateway project could take seven years to construct and cause major traffic disruptions in the region. The project could employ a cut-and-cover method and could face challenges when it has to dig into historically sensitive areas of New York City.

Project Neon to Enter New Phase

The second lane closure phase of Project Neon in Nevada should start next month, and the Nevada Department of Transportation is looking at ways to reduce the effect on drivers. Construction associated with the $559 million design-build project will widen 3.7 miles of Interstate 15 and is 12% complete.

Fluor Tops Fortune List for 6th Year in a Row

Fortune has ranked Fluor as the most admired engineering and construction company for the sixth consecutive. AECOM, EMCOR Group, Jacobs Engineering Group and Peter Kiewit Sons were near the top of the list.

Mixed-used Development Proposed in San Diego

A transit-oriented, mixed-use development planned on the site of Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego would be anchored by a soccer stadium. The project includes two hotels; office, commercial and residential space; and acres of open space.

Construction Starts on $2.5 Billion Pipeline

Pennsylvania has issued the final permits, and construction has started on a 350-mile natural gas liquids pipeline. Workers are clearing trees and building drill pads for the $2.5 billion Mariner East 2 project.

Buildings Damaged in San Antonio Tornadoes

The National Weather Service says six or more tornadoes struck San Antonio, Texas, Monday with wind speeds of 105 mph. At least 150 structures were damaged, and tens of thousands of homes were left without power.

Construction Started on $916 Million Arizona Freeway Extension

Construction has started on the $916 million South Mountain Freeway in Arizona, a 22-mile extension to Loop 202 that will connect with Interstate 10 on each end. The controversial project still faces legal challenges.

$2.3 Billion I-4 Ultimate Project in Florida More Than
One-third Complete

A 21-mile project to widen and improve Interstate 4 near Orlando, Florida, is 35% complete and scheduled for completion in 2021. Crews at the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate Project must still replace 140 bridges and add tolled express lanes.

$1.3 Billion Project to Raise the Bayonne Bridge Completed

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has completed a $1.3 billion project to raise the roadway of the Bayonne Bridge by 64 feet to allow large cargo ships to pass underneath. The bridge, which recently opened, uses all-electronic tolling.

Construction Continues at $3 Billion Legacy West Project

Some projects are under construction or in the pipeline at the $3 billion Legacy West project in Plano, Texas, and some have been completed. "This coming year, many of the long-awaited projects such as Toyota, Liberty Mutual and a plethora of dining and shopping opportunities will be available," said Harry LaRosiliere, the mayor of Plano.

Feds Delay Funding on $650 Million Grant for San Francisco
Rail Project

FTACaltrain applied for $650 million in funding from the Federal Transit Administration to electrify a train system in San Francisco, but the FTA has delayed its decision after the project faced opposition from congressional Republicans. The agency said it will wait to decide on the grant until after President Donald Trump issues his budget.

Groundbreaking Set for New DC Soccer Stadium

A recent groundbreaking ceremony kicks off construction of a 14-acre, $200 million stadium project for the D.C. United soccer team. The Washington, D.C., Zoning Commission has provided final approval, and construction should wrap up in 2018.

Louisiana Ethylene Project to Employ 3,000 Construction Workers

A $1.9 billion ethylene plant and a $1.1 billion ethylene glycol plant being built in Louisiana will provide more than 3,000 construction jobs. Heavy equipment is arriving, and crews have been clearing the site, driving concrete piles, placing building foundations, installing underground piping and erecting a warehouse and maintenance building.

$1.2 Billion Mixed-use Development Planned in Omaha

A $1.2 billion mixed-use developed proposed in Omaha, Nebraska, would be one of the largest in the city. The developer hopes to start construction later this year on the project that includes single-family homes, office space, shopping, dining and bike trails.

$1.5 Billion Expansion Starts at Javits Center

Construction has started at the $1.5 billion project to expand the Jacob Javits Center in New York City by 50%. The expansion will include a 500,000-square-foot exhibition hall and could create 3,100 construction jobs.

AGC Ramps up Push for Infrastructure Investment

Business and industry groups are pushing for increased infrastructure spending and are lobbying Congress and the public to support the idea. The Associated General Contractors of America has increased its advocacy budget from $800,000 to $1 million this year.

LAX Kicks off Construction at New Concourse

A groundbreaking ceremony at the Los Angeles International Airport marked the start of construction on a $1.6 billion concourse. The addition will include 12 gates and is part of a multibillion-dollar expansion.

Camden, NJ Waterfront Gets $1 Billion Master-Planned Project

American Water is constructing a new headquarters in Camden, N.J., that will be part of a $1 billion, mixed-use waterfront development. The master-planned project also will include a Hilton Garden Inn, retail space and residences.

Top 20 Planned Construction Projects in Florida, California

Construction is booming in Florida and California. Among the top 10 planned projects in each state: new nuclear reactors at Florida Power & Light's $20 billion Turkey Point power plant and the $4.4 billion Sites reservoir in California.

WCOE Coming Events

WCOE CA Chapter Events
There will be a board meeting on March 16, 2017.

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

3/16/2017 1:00PM ET Construction Accounting Overview
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

American Subcontractors Association

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

3/10/2017   Free Small Business Certification Workshop in San Jose


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

New York Build 2017 Women in Construction Networking Session
Wednesday, March 15 from 3:15pm to 5:00pm in the Jarvis Center VIP lounge

The session will open with a Panel Discussion on Improving access for Minority and women-led construction companies featuring:

NAWIC | Ingrid Sletten, President, Greater New York and Long Island Chapter
NAWIC | Doreen Bartoldus, Northeast Regional Director
Professional Women in Construction | Chelsea LeMar, Executive Director
Gilbane | Olivia Rousso, Project Manager, One Wall Street
Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) | Kathleen Culhane, President

Your ticket will allow you access to both days of the exhibition, 2 days of AIA CES training workshops, networking sessions, conference presentations and panel discussions. The expo will host several summits specializing in different areas of construction including: Digital Construction, Design & BIM, Sustainability, Health & Safety, Infrastructure, Architecture, Government Policy, and Real Estate as well as an Architect's Hub Networking Area.

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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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