WCOE Turning Point for 4/5/2016

Brawny Features Inspirational Women

Brawny #strengthhasnogender

"BRAWNY has produced these inspirational and motivational videos about women who have entered into traditionally male-dominated professions. We share the challenges in our career paths and how we did not let the conventional thinking that 'strength and success is based on gender' cloud our vision. We were not often accepted, nor thought to have any chance of succeeding. But, we did not give up and stayed focused on our ability to achieve our goals, while opening doors for other women to succeed."    —Linda G. Alvarado

The maker of Brawny® Celebrates Strong and

Resilient Women on International Women's Day

Denver Businesswoman Linda Alvarado Featured In

#StrengthHasNoGender Initiative

Linda Alvarado, a commercial general contractor in Denver and the first Latino owner of a Major League Baseball team, is one of four women from traditionally male-dominated professions highlighted in a new video series launching this month. In celebration of International Women's Day, Georgia-Pacific's Brawny® paper towels brand recently introduced inspiring stories of four women who have overcome adversity and are empowering others through their accomplishments.

Through its #StrengthHasNoGender initiative, Brawny® is encouraging conversation about strong and resilient women who are fostering female leadership and advancement. A video campaign brings the spirit of International Women's Day to life by telling the personal, social, economic and cultural achievements of the women can be seen here:

Brawny Youtube

"Brawny has produced these inspirational and motivational videos about women who have entered into traditionally male-dominated professions," explains Alvarado. "We share the challenges in our career paths and how we did not let the conventional thinking that 'strength and success is based on gender' cloud our vision. We were not often accepted, nor thought to have any chance of succeeding. But, we did not give up and stayed focused on our ability to achieve our goals, while opening doors for other women to succeed."

The #StrengthHasNoGender initiative is an extension of the Brawny® Stay Giant® campaign, which encourages and honors Americans who face adversity with strength and resilience.

WCOE WCOE and Balfour Beatty Host Networking Event

Lee CunninghamWCOE CA Chapter and Balfour Beatty will host a networking event on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Culver City Courtyard Marriott, 6333 Bristol Parkway, Culver City, CA. Speaker for the event will be Lee Cunningham, CEO of BT Metals and WCOE Board Member, She will talk about "How to Work a Room." Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. on the day of the event.

LA Metro to Unveil $120B Mass Transit Blueprint

Seeking to build public support for a $120-billion ballot measure, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is poised to release a sweeping proposal that would dramatically expand rail service throughout Los Angeles County over the next half-century.

The list of projects includes a long-discussed tunnel through the Sepulveda Pass – one that could include a rail line and toll freeway – as well as new light rail lines in the San Fernando Valley and southeastern L.A. County and faster bus service on some major corridors, according to two officials who have been briefed on the plan but were not authorized to speak publicly.

Voters will likely be asked in November to extend an existing half-cent sales tax for two more decades, and raise the county's sales tax rate by an additional half-cent for four decades or longer. The taxes would raise an estimated $120 billion.

As currently envisioned, the plan would funnel about one-third of the $120 billion into full or partial funding for five new transit lines and at least six extensions of lines that are already built or under construction, the officials said.

The cornerstone of the proposal is the Sepulveda Pass tunnel, which would link the San Fernando Valley and the Westside. Early estimates place the price tag at $7 billion and $9.5 billion .

"What we've been saying is, everyone is going to get something, and no one is going to get everything," Tonilas said. "And not everything can be built in the next 15 years."

The construction plan could be transformative for traffic-choked Los Angeles County , which began building a modern rail system a generation ago, decades after other major cities. The plan would provide several critical north-south links in a rail network that runs largely east to west, along abandoned freight rights-of-way that Metro purchased in the 1990s.

Construction Remains One of Economy's Bright Spots

ABCThe U.S. construction industry added 37,000 net new jobs in March according to an analysis of today's U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics release by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). On a year-over-year basis, construction employment expanded by 301,000 net new jobs, the industry's largest annual increase since May 2015. The industry added 20,000 net new jobs in February (revised upward from 19,000) and 18,000 net new jobs in January.

The nonresidential sector added 12,700 jobs on a monthly basis in March after adding only 1,300 net new positions in February (revised downward from 2,800). Nonresidential specialty trade contractors added 6,500 positions in March after losing jobs in the first two months of the year. Heavy and civil engineering employment added 11,200 net new jobs in March, the sector's largest gain since January 2014, perhaps partially because recently passed federal highway legislation signals more work in the pipeline.

The construction industry unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.7 percent in March, but remains almost a full percentage point lower than at the same time one year ago. The unemployment rate across all industries rose by a tenth of a percentage point in March and now stands at 5 percent. This slight uptick is largely attributable to the 396,000 people who entered the labor force in March, a positive indication for the durability of the expansion.

Nonresidential Spending Slip in February No Cause for Alarm

Nonresidential construction spending dipped in February, falling 1.4 percent on a monthly basis according to analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). Spending in the nonresidential sector totaled $690.3 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis in February. While this represents a step back from January's figure of $700.3 billion (revised down from $701.9 billion), it is still 1.5 percent higher than the level of spending registered in December 2015 and 10.1 percent higher than February 2015.

"February's weather was particularly harsh in certain parts of the country, including in the economic activity-rich Mid-Atlantic region, and that appears to have had an undue effect on construction spending data," said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. "February data are always difficult to interpret, and the latest nonresidential construction spending figures are no different. Seasonal factors have also made state-level data very difficult to interpret.

Beyond meteorological considerations, there are other reasons not to be alarmed by February's decline in nonresidential construction spending," said Basu. "Today's positive construction employment report indicates continued economic growth. Moreover, much of the decline in volume was attributable to manufacturing, but the ISM manufacturing index recently crossed the threshold 50 level, indicating that domestic manufacturing is now expanding for the first time in seven months."

Eight of the sixteen nonresidential subsectors experienced spending decreases in February, though almost half of the total decline in spending is attributable to the 5.9 percent decline in manufacturing-related spending.

Cost to Build Hawaiian Rail Line Grows to $6.7B

The cost to build a 20-mile-long elevated rail line in Hawaii has gone from $4.6 billion to $6.7 billion and could rise once bids for the final 10 miles and last 12 stations are unveiled this summer. This has forced officials to extend a tax for five years.

Mortenson Construction to Build New NBA Arena

Mortenson ConstructionMortenson Construction has been awarded the construction management contract for the new $500 million arena to be used by the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association. Mortenson has built over 160 sports and entertainment projects in the US. The 714,000-square-foot facility will be a public-private partnership among the team's owner, the city, the county and the state.

$1.2B Football Stadium Proposed for Las Vegas

Las Vegas Sands Corp., Majestic Realty Co. and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, propose building a $1.2 billion, 65,000-seat football stadium near the school that would be home to the college team and perhaps a National Football League team. But tourism officials have differing views about it and face the dilemma of prioritizing other proposals, including road work and an expansion of the city's convention center.

Construction Group Blasts Kansas Lawmakers for Reducing Road and Bridge Funding

Kansas was one of only six states that lost construction jobs between January 2015 and January 2016, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. Now a trade group in the state is lambasting lawmakers who have diverted in excess of $2 billion in road and bridge construction funding over six years. It says even more jobs will be lost. A spokesman for the governor said Kansas has high-quality roads and associated the drop in construction employment to the decline in the oil and gas industry.

Research Advancing Greener Concrete

The production of portland cement creates 5% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions, and several research teams around the world are trying to develop techniques to make concrete more green. This article gives an overview of those efforts, including creating a cement-free concrete, locally sourced ultra-high-performance concrete and bioreceptive concrete.

$2B Bond Package for Infrastructure Approved in NC

Voters in North Carolina approved a ballot measure supported by Carolinas AGC that authorizes the state to borrow $2 billion for infrastructure projects. The University of North Carolina system and community colleges will receive about $1.3 billion of that for new buildings and other facilities. Local

parks and water and sewer projects will get the rest of the funding. The governor proposed a larger package to include road and bridge construction, but it wasn't included in the final ballot measure.

Hudson Yards Project Awards Contracts Worth $1.2B to Tutor Perini

Tutor Perini won two Hudson Yards contracts worth about $1.2 billion contract from Related Cos. and the Oxford Properties Group. The first is for a 70-story, 391-unit residential tower; the second is a 1 million-square-foot retail complex. The Hudson Yards development is in New York City.

$1.8 Billion Expansion Approved for Orlando, FL Airport

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority on Wednesday approved a $1.8 billion expansion plan for the Orlando International Airport. Construction of a new south terminal complex is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2017.

CA Plans $15.7B Water Project

Water-starved California is moving forward with a $15.7 billion water project. Officials want to bore two enormous, 35-mile tunnels to transfer water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to communities across the state. Some environmental groups and farmers oppose the plan, saying it will take too much water from the delta. State and federal wildlife agencies must still approve the plan.

Construction Starts at $1.6B Mixed-use Project in Texas

Balfour BeattyBalfour Beatty has started construction at the $1.6 billion Wade Park in Frisco, Texas. The development, which sits on 175 acres, is part of what's known as Frisco's $5 billion mile. The mixed-use project will have two 16-story office towers, a 33-story hotel as well as retail space and a theater.

Ohio Set to Begin $2.1B in Road Construction Projects

Ohio is preparing to begin work on 1,100 road projects that are valued at $2.1 billion. Work will include repaving, lane widening, bridge building and interchange redesigns. A portion of the work is focused on Interstate 270 in Central Ohio.

Approval Clears Way for Construction of $1.3B Plant in VA

Virginia has approved construction of Dominion Power's $1.3 billion gas-fired power plant. The company says it will begin construction later this year. The project is set to be built on 55 acres and will employ more than a 1,000 construction workers. Construction should wrap up in 2019.

Chicago's $1.5B Riverline Project Will Take a Decade

Construction crews are doing initial site work at the $1.5 billion Riverline development, a massive mixed-use project in Chicago that will include five towers with retail and residential space, a river walk and a park. Construction will last for about 10 years.

Vikings Stadium Set to Open in 4 Months

VikingsConstruction crews are putting the finishing touches on the $1.1 billion stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. The facility is set to host its first event in four months. Mortensen Construction, the general contractor, said 58,000 fixed and 6,000 retractable seats have been installed in a setup that is "intelligently designed [to] offer maximum flexibility for events."

WCOE Coming Events

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

Baltimore City is open for business and encourages small, minority and women-owned businesses to bid on open contract opportunities. This seminar series is designed to provide participants with pertinent, helpful information to better position them to successfully compete for contracts. Seminars are held on Monday evenings beginning April 11, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. as shown below.

  • 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

There is a registration fee of $25 per workshop. Sign up for all six workshops for the price of five. Seating is limited; workshops will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register now!

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

10th Annual SFPUC Construction Contractors Breakfast

Friday, May 8, 2016–7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. PDT

War Memorial Opera House, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA

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

4/6/2016 2:00PM ET How to Capitalize on the Strengths of the Millennial Generation
4/13/2016 2:00PM ET Learn about the DOL's Final "Persuader" Rule
4/20/2016 2:00PM ET The Survival Guide for General Contractors
4/21/2016 1:00PM ET Manage Operations with Your Accounting Software
5/25/2016 3:00PM ET Calculating Fall Clearance with Different Fall Arrest Systems

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

4/20/2016   Construction Package 1 Madera Extension Open House, Madera


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

WCOE will grow your contacts, contracts and bottom line.


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