The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

Firehouse Shelter Project

Several months ago, the Firehouse Shelter had to remove their bunk beds due to bed bug infestation.  The Young Constructors Forum (YCF) of the Alabama Associated General Contractors (AGC) was asked by an AGC member familiar with the bed issue to consider project of building new beds.

The YCF met with the local young professional groups of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Structural Engineers Association (SEA), and Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) to solicit their assistance. All groups concluded that this project met the groups mission of strengthening personal and business relationships with each other through social, professional, and service events and projects.

The group immediately went to work to design 26 bunk beds for the firehouse shelter.  Because of limited funds and to meet the needs of the homeless residents of the the shelter, the design of the beds was a challenge.  Leaders of each group provided input in the design to construct a wood frame bed, durable enough to meet the needs of the shelter in the most cost effective manner as possible.

AGC member, Webb Concrete and Building Materials out of Heflin, Alabama, has chipped in by providing the materials at cost.  Members of each group will meet each night, October 6-9, from 4-7 pm, to construct beds at a warehouse (located at 2928 6th Avenue South in Lakeview District of Birmingham) donated by AGC member David Allen Company.

Members will also work all day Friday, October 10 to deliver and assemble the bunk beds at the Firehouse Shelter in time for the residents to sleep in Friday night. Volunteers are need for this project and donations are encouraged to be made to the Firehouse Shelter to cover the costs of this project as well as the mission of the homeless shelter.  To do so, please contact Josh Caton at 205.451.1420 or