Upcoming Project Management Course Offering


I wanted to let you know about an upcoming workforce development opportunity happening at the beginning of March in Atlanta, GA. AGC of America will be hosting a Construction Project Manager Course from March 3 - March 8 at the Peachtree City Hotel & Conference Center.

The AGC's Construction Project Manager Course (PMC) offers the opportunity for project managers to hone the skills necessary to work more efficiently, increase productivity, and propel your construction business to the next level.

Upon successful completion of this course, your Project Managers will be able to:

·         Identify the importance of pre-planning and its correlation with a company’s bottom line

·         Discuss the impact of low job site productivity on the project contractor, craftsperson, project owner, and designer

·         Discuss information required to evaluate and select subcontractor and vendor services and material and equipment purchases

·         Identify legal actions, or lack thereof, that can have far-reaching legal consequences for the project manager, their company, and many others

Participants must have a minimum of six years project management experience, or a BS or BA in construction management or a related field and a minimum of two years of project management experience.

Interested in learning more about the course modules and learning objectives? Visit the AGC of America website.


AGC Members - $4,850/person

Non-Members - $5,660/person




*This is an all-inclusive fee that includes tuition, hotel accommodations for five nights, all meals at the hotel and all course materials.

If you are interested in learning more about the upcoming meeting, visit http://meetings.agc.org/PMC.


2019 Central Alabama Construction Safety Conference and Expo

2019 Central Alabama Construction Safety Conference and Expo

Get up to date on OSHA regulations, Safety training and safety products. Breakfast, lunch, training, networking, exhibits and door prizes all included.


Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 8:00AM

Hyundai Training Center, Montgomery, AL


***Free event thanks to the contributions of the sponsors and exhibitors


How to register:

 (copy & paste link into your internet browser)


If assistance is needed, call 205-934-7076.


More Information:

 The Hyundai Training Center is located just south of Montgomery. Exit 1-65 at Hope Hull and go right on US 31. Turn right to Hyundai Boulevard. The Training Center is the first building on the left.

There are several lodging options at the Hope Hull exit-Fairfield Inn, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Quality Inn.

Doors open at 7:00 a.m. Report to the registration station, then proceed to the breakfast area outside the auditorium.

For Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 attend any session in any track. Track 5 is a Spanish language track.

Track 6 will cover Fall Protection and only be offered three times.

 Information Flyer

Schedule for the day

Local contractors, projects honored at BuildSouth Awards


Jan 29, 2019, 9:12am CST Updated Jan 29, 2019, 11:56am EST

Several Birmingham construction companies brought home awards for projects completed across the U.S. in 2018.

Alabama Associated General Contractors recognized local companies as well as several local projects at its recent BuildSouth Awards event.

You can see several of the projects in the attached photo gallery.

Here are the awards Birmingham companies won:

B.L. Harbert International:

  • Renovation Construction Management for Jordan-Hare Stadium Fan Experience Improvements in Auburn.

  • New International Construction for London Embassy in the U.K.

  • New Construction Management for Timbers Kauai in Hawaii.

Brasfield & Gorrie:

  • Honorable Mention – Specialty Contractor New Building Construction for Grandview Cancer Center in Birmingham.

  • New Heavy Industrial Construction for CSX Bayou Sara Swing Replacement in Mobile.

Doster Construction:

  • Specialty Contractor – New Building Construction for The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery.

  • Honorable Mention Specialty Contractor Building Renovation for Cullman Regional Medical Center Vertical Expansion.

Dunn Construction:

  • Highway Construction Renovation for Interstate 65 resurfacing project in Chilton County.

  • Renovation Specialty Contractor for Interstate 459 rehabilitation project in Hoover.



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Rives Construction:

  • Specialty Contractor Renovation Under $5 million for Hand Arendall offices in the Merchants Building in Mobile.

Other local companies honored included David Allen Co. Inc. of Bessemer for its work on Strong Hall Science Building at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Marathon Electrical Contractors of Irondale for U.S. Mission Fit-Out NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium; and 3Way Cleaning Co. of Bessemer won a business development award.

UAB's new recreational facility was recognized for the design-build work done by Sports Turf Co. Inc. of Whitesburg, Ga.

BuildSouth Community Involvement Award – Travis L. Rabren Foundation Memorial Golf Tournament

January 16, 2019

(1) BuildSouth Community Involvement Award – Travis L. Rabren Foundation Memorial Golf Tournament

“Rabren General Contractors grew from a specialty concrete contractor into one of the largest general contractors in the state of Alabama. In 2008, founding partner Travis Rabren lost a hard-fought battle with cancer. His family and Rabren General Contractors founded the Travis L. Rabren (TLR) Foundation to benefit the community of Auburn, Alabama. The foundation helps charitable organizations fund efforts that directly affect the community, such as Our House, a facility which provides a safe place for underprivileged children to go before and after school, and the Shine Prom’s “Prom Night Out” for local people living with disabilities. The TLR Foundation’s annual Memorial Golf Tournament hosts over 100 golfers and raises approximately $50,000 annually with a match of the proceeds from Rabren General Contractors. Countless people have been inspired through the leadership of CEO Matt Rabren and his dedication to the Auburn community.”

(2)BuildSouth Speciality Contractor Award – Auburn University President’s Home Renovation

“Renovation of the historic University President’s Mansion included a 4,000 square-foot addition, featuring a central courtyard, entirely glass-enclosed atrium, and state-of-the-art event and catering kitchen. The home also offers guest quarters with a private kitchen, and a garage with adjacent entertainment space. The team followed LEED practices to salvage, then reinstall, historical elements of the home, such as the fireplace surrounds, chandeliers, and more. Design details could be decided even after construction was underway, thanks to innovative project management technology. The home will host successful ventures for the University and its foundations for many years to come.”

Read more: https://rabren.com/2019-alabama-agc-buildsouth-awards/

John Garrison of Garrison Steel honored with Alabama AGC Gary Savage Workforce Development Award

John Garrison (Garrison Steel) of Pell City (right) receives the Alabama Associated General Contractor's Gary Savage Workforce Development Award at their annual banquet last week. Gary Savage (left) presents the award to John Garrison. Photo submitted  Edward Badham

John Garrison (Garrison Steel) of Pell City (right) receives the Alabama Associated General Contractor's Gary Savage Workforce Development Award at their annual banquet last week. Gary Savage (left) presents the award to John Garrison. Photo submitted

Edward Badham

Special to the News-Aegis

Jan 28, 2019

On Thursday, January 10 the Alabama Associated General Contractors hosted their 21st annual BuildSouth Awards at The Club in Birmingham where they honored contractors from across the state.

Among such awards given was the Gary Savage Workforce Development Award. Workforce is the backbone of the construction industry and has been a focus of Alabama AGC for nearly 100 years.

In 2017 Alabama Chapter President Gary Savage took the association’s involvement to a different level. Savage called upon the members to participate in the recruiting-and-placement process. He created an active Workforce Committee. He worked with the Craft Training Board on skills-education programs and the first round of grants. He brought new workforce ideas to Alabama from around the country. These ongoing Alabama AGC efforts - first put in place by Gary - will change the face of the construction industry in the state.

To honor his effort, Alabama AGC created the Workforce Development Award to be given to contractors who demonstrated the same passion that Gary Savage does for developing the workforce and improving the construction industry and it’s future.

2019 Workforce Development Award recipient, John Garrison, has managed such jobs as the Riverchase Galleria, Georgia World Congress Center and Southtrust Tower; started his own company, Garrison Steel; and even though semi-retired is addressing a challenge facing the ironworking industry-training the next generation.

An impending skills gap prompted Garrison and 11 other industry professionals to work with the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) to develop a curriculum just for the ironworking trade. The first classes were held at the Jefferson State Community College Pell City campus supported by funding, materials, and the first instructor from Garrison Steel. The program now employs a full-time instructor and is growing into the Ironworkers Skills Institute.

In its fourth semester the program has participation from seven high schools spread across three counties.  Garrison also started a training program at Garrison Steel in Pell City, helped launch the Go Build Alabama program, and dedicated himself to the Alabama Craft Training Board. He has impacted the future of the ironworking industry and those companies who can step up to help fill the gaps.

Since January 1, 1920, Alabama Associated General Contractors:

(AGC) has brought together qualified construction contractors and industry-related companies dedicated to skill, integrity and responsibility. The Association provides broad influence and a full range of services satisfying the needs and concerns of its members, partners and the industry, thereby improving the quality of construction and protecting the public interest. Today, it is the oldest and largest association of non-residential contractors in the state. http://www.Alagc.org

Stanley named to Construction Hall of Fame

Thornton Stanley Sr. and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Stanley, after Stanley's induction Jan. 10 into the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame.

Thornton Stanley Sr. and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Stanley, after Stanley's induction Jan. 10 into the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame.

By Shelly Haskins | shaskins@al.com

Thornton Stanley always wanted to be a builder.

It took some time for a black man in 1960s Alabama to establish himself in a business dominated by white-owned companies, but through hard work and determination, he made his dream come true and then some.

Stanley, founder of Huntsville’s Stanley Contruction Co., was inducted Jan. 10 into the Associated General Contractors of Alabama’s Construction Hall of Fame, a legend among his peers.

Even today, at age 81, he is still involved in the company, advising his children as they run the day-to-day operations. And he is proud, but humble when talking about his accomplishments.

“I didn’t set out to be a legend. I wanted to enjoy the work, build a legacy for my family and to create jobs for as many people as I could,” Stanley said.

He truly accomplished those goals. Founded in 1961 as a landscaping company, Stanley Construction does not only road work, but all manner of construction work, and employs about 50 people.

In 2001, Stanley was recognized by President George W. Bush as the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year. In 2017, Stanley Construction was recognized by the Associated General Contractors for its design and construction of retention ponds at Bragg Farms in Taft, Tennessee, then the largest irrigation reservoir in the Southeast.

Like so many men of his generation, Stanley learned hard work the hard way. It was especially hard for a black man in the segregated South.

“It was definitely difficult, but I was no stranger to hard work or racist attitudes,” Stanley said. “Before college, I picked cotton, helped my father in his grocery store, and did other odd jobs to make money.

“To get to Alabama A&M, my high school ag teacher, Mr. Nance, recommended me for a $25 Sears Roebuck scholarship, and I put the rest of my tuition together by milking cows, doing yards for faculty members, being in ROTC and just working hard. So, for me to start a business in 1961, I already knew life was hard for a black man. I just kept pushing.”

A native of Leighton in northwest Alabama, Stanley entered Alabama A&M University at the age of 16, graduating in 1957 at the age of 20. His wife of nearly 58 years, Mary Elizabeth Bates Stanley, also of Leighton, graduated from Alabama A&M in 1958, then went on to get a master’s degree in counseling from Atlanta University in the 60s and a Ph.D in the 70s from Peabody College for Teachers, now a part of Vanderbilt University.

Stanley built his reputation for quality work by designing and installing residential landscapes, using his training as “ag man” from Alabama A&M.

“I was willing to go on the slippery slopes of Monte Sano, and thus I was able to carve out a niche getting jobs that others did not want to do. But my business dream was to be a road builder,” he said.

Right after college, before starting his own business, he had learned the road construction trade working for Stacy Construction Co., a black-owned road builder out of Guntersville.

After he started his own company in 1961, having built a reputation for excellent work as a landscaper, he branched out into driveways, concrete work and paving, then eventually full sitework contracting.

As an Alabama A&M graduate and huge fan of the Bulldogs sports teams, Stanley’s pride and joy is the site work his company did on A&M’s Louis Crews Stadium in the mid-90s. He’s also proud of the Bragg Farms irrigation project, which was designed by his youngest son, Algernon.

“Honestly, I am proud of every job, because as I tell my people, you must do the work, finish every job and build relationships that help you to get repeat work,” Stanley said.

His proudest legacy, however, is his children.

His oldest daughter, Karen Stanley, recently moved back to Huntsville after several years working as a chemical engineer and financial analyst in the corporate world, to be the family company’s vice president of finance. She’s earned degrees from Vanderbilt University, MIT and Harvard.

His second daughter, Deidre, is executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Thomson Reuters, with degrees from Duke University, the London School of Economics and Harvard.

“I am super proud of the work she does with corporate strategy and managing over 100 lawyers across the globe,” Stanley said.

His third child, Thornton Stanley Jr., is Stanley Construction’s executive vice president of operations, having joined the company after earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical and biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University.

“I have been grooming him since boyhood, when I took him on job sites, taught him to run the roller and every other piece of equipment we have,” Stanley Sr. said.

His youngest son, Algernon Stanley Sr., is the family company’s vice president of project management, having earned his engineering degree from Auburn University and a master’s in construction management from the University of Texas at Austin.

Stanley’s niece Wanda, daughter of his late brother Henry, is a civil engineer with the company with a degree from the University of Alabama.

“My kids can hold their own in any company, and I am just thankful some of them choose to be in the family business, which I never pushed on them, I just let them know it was an option,” Stanley said.

Stanley’s advice to young people preparing for careers today? Have a curious mind and an unstoppable work ethic.

“No matter your career choice, I encourage young people to do well in school, try to get exposure to the field of your interest through job shadowing, internships or part-time work,” Stanley said. “When I first went to Guntersville, I told Mr. Stacy I would work for free for a few days to show him what I could do, and then he could decide if I would be an asset to his operation.”

Undoubtedly, Stanley proved himself an asset, not just to his first employer, but to generations of Alabamians to whom he provided jobs, a high standard of ethics and workmanship, and a wonderful example.

Haskins writes about points of pride statewide. Email your suggestions to shaskins@al.com, or tweet them to @Shelly_Haskins using #AlabamaProud

AU BSCI / Summer camps

This is a great opportunity for rising high school juniors and seniors!


Auburn University is offering a Construction Management Summer Academy for Young Women—June 4-8, 2019. To learn more about the academy and the application process, visit: www.aub.ie/construct4women.


We are once again offering the Building Construction Camp opportunity —June 23-28, 2019—that may also be of interest to all rising 11th and 12th graders. Please visit http://www.auburn.edu/outreach/opce/auburnyouthprograms/buildingconstruction.htm for more information on that opportunity.


If you or any interested students have any questions about the programs, please don’t hesitate to email me (kmb0023@auburn.edu) or visit our website http://cadc.auburn.edu/.

Alabama AGC Association Health Plan UPDATE

Alabama Associated General contractors, in partnership with Alliance Insurance Group and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, announces the formation of our association health plan for its membership. Stay tuned for the official launch of the website and prepare to submit your information for consideration and to save on health care costs for your company.

Association Health Plans work by allowing small businesses, including self-employed workers, to band together by geography or industry to obtain healthcare coverage as if they were a single large employer.

Association Health Plans will also be able to strengthen negotiating power with providers from larger risk pools and greater economies of scale and allow us to develop a sustainable healthcare offering for all members.

We look forward to working with you all and appreciate the opportunity to serve you.



Certified Stormwater Inspector™ training since 2003.

Over 6,000 inspectors trained! 


Certified Stormwater Inspector - MS4


Birmingham, AL on March 25-26, 2019

Montgomery, AL on March 28-29, 2019

Mobile, AL on May 20-21, 2019

Huntsville, AL on November 18-19, 2019

Mobile, AL on November 21-22, 2019


Designed specifically for municipal personnel, this course focuses on stormwater permit compliance as the key to restore and maintain the waters of the United States. Testing will be conducted. Students are expected to achieve a minimum overall score of 75% to be awarded 1.2 CEUs and a five (5) year Certified Stormwater Inspector™ Certificate. This certification indicates that the services are being performed by professionals who have completed the stormwater inspector certification requirements and have met established standards of knowledge, experience, and competence required in the field of stormwater inspections.


This course is appropriate for Municipal stormwater personnel including:

· Public Works personnel

· Building Code personnel

· Code Enforcement personnel

· FOG (Fats, Oils, Grease) inspectors

· Floodplain and watershed personnel

· Consultants to MS4s


Our CSI classes are designed specifically for stormwater personnel. Our instructors are experienced in stormwater enforcement at the Federal or State level.  


Class Agenda




The morning session begins with a review of the law, which is the Clean Water Act and NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System).   If you know it as LPDES (Louisiana) or TPDES (Texas), it is still NPDES.


The afternoon session is all about Industrial and Construction permits as well as Post Construction  Controls. 




The morning session covers municipal stormwater permits, illicit discharge detection and elimination, pollution prevention and inspections of municipal,  industrial, and commercial activities.


The afternoon session of the second day includes inspecting construction sites, and public participation, involvement, and education.  


By the end of this two-day class students will have gained an in-depth understanding of stormwater permits, the six minimum control measures, and their authority and discretion as stormwater inspectors.


Course and Registration Fee: $824.00 ($799 course, $25 registration)Discount: $50.00 per person discount for two or more registrants from same organization.

Terms: Registration fee is non-refundable. Course fee may be applied to another scheduled class, transferred to   another registrant, or it will be refunded if cancellation received a minimum of 7 days prior to class start date. Certificates of Training valid for 5 years and 1.2 CEUs awarded by National Stormwater Center will be issued to attendees who achieve a minimum of 75% accuracy on overall testing.                   


Please register on our website OR copy/paste the following information into an email and send toinfo@npdes.com




Class Location & Date:

Name of Attendee:

Job Title:

Business Phone Number:

Cell Phone Number:

Email Address:




Payment Method: Check______________ Invoice Us____________Credit Card__________


Please call the office at 888-397-9414 if paying by credit card



National Stormwater Center, LLC

107-F East Broadway

Bel Air, MD 21014

Phone: 888-397-9414

Email: Info@npdes.com


Invitation to Bid from Smith-Doyle Contractors, Inc.

You are invited to submit your proposal to Smith-Doyle Contractors, Inc. for the referenced project in accordance with the Drawings, Specifications and all applicable Contract Documents.

Submit Proposals via fax 901-213-3994 or email 

BID DUE DATE:        02/28/2019 12:00 PM Central


7299 UPS Alabaster


180 Airview Lane

Alabaster, AL 35007






Work of this Contract comprises of facility alterations and additions to a Ground Facility. The scope of work includes, but is not limited to, the following: site alterations employee parking; heavy duty asphalt paving; concrete staging pads; and modifications and additions to existing building that is approximately ±73,174 sf with
interior office structure that is approximately ±6,707 sf. Two MDCs at approximately 1,303 sf each are included in the project with respect to foundation and utility needs. Remote structures on the site include an above ground fuel storage tanks with fuel
dispensers. All mechanical and electrical requirements, as specified in the Project Manual and drawings, are included in this project.

The project includes  demolition, concrete, masonry, misc. Steel, rough carpentry, millwork, waterproofing, insulated metal wall panels, sealants, hollow metal doors and frames, flush wood doors, access doors and panels, sectional doors, aluminum frame storefront and entrances, door hardware, glazing, louvers, drywall, tiling, acoustical ceilings, resilient flooring, carpeting,  painting and coatings,  signage,  toilet compartments, toilet bath and laundry accessories, fire protection specialties, wall and corner protection,  lockers, vehicle service equipment, loading dock equipment, wet-pipe sprinkler system, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, earthwork, exterior improvements including asphalt paving, concrete paving and walks, landscaping, irrigation, site utilities and above ground storage tanks.

To access plans, CLICK HERE
go to 
www.smithdoyleplanroom.com and
enter Access Key: 3BF4959BB4

Submit RFI's by to Dan White at danw@smithdoyle.com




Proposed General Application Special Provisions

Industry Review List,

Attached are proposed General Application Special Provisions for the 2018 Standard Specifications for Highway Construction.

Please review the Special Provisions and provide any comments you may have.  The deadline for providing comments is Friday, March 1, 2019.


The proposed Special Provisions may also be viewed here: https://www.dot.state.al.us/conweb/2018ProposedGASP.html


ALDOT Special Provisions


Proposed General Application
Special Provisions

Section 510 

Section 503 
Structure Foundations

Section 740
Traffic Control Devices for Construction Work Zones

Please review the Special Provisions and provide any comments you may have.  The deadline for providing comments is Friday, March 1, 2019.
The proposed Special Provisions may also be viewed here: https://www.dot.state.al.us/conweb/2018ProposedGASP.html



Friday, February 1, 2019


CONTACT: Brian Turmail

(703) 459-0238; turmailb@agc.org

Government Data on Construction Spending, Association Survey Find Demand for All Project Types;

Officials Call for More Funds for Training and Education, Immigration Reform to Keep Work on Track


Construction employment increased by 52,000 jobs in January and by 338,000 jobs, or 4.7 percent, over the past year, while the latest reading on construction spending showed moderate increases in all major categories, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials urged government officials to strengthen career and technical education programs and facilitate immigration for workers with construction skills before a worker shortage stalls completion of needed infrastructure.


“There has been no letup in demand for construction projects—or workers,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Even though the industry added employees at more than double the pace of the overall economy in the past year, the average workweek in construction reached an all-time high and unemployment in construction hit a series low, indicating that contractors would hire even more workers if they were available.”


Construction employment totaled 7,464,000 in January, the most since January 2018. A report on construction spending—delayed a month by the partial government shutdown—showed an increase of 0.8 percent from October to November and 4.5 percent year-to-date for the first 11 months of 2018 combined compared to the same period in 2017. Year-to-date spending rose by 3.9 percent for residential construction, 3.5 percent for private nonresidential construction and 7.0 percent for public construction.


Average weekly hours in the industry increased to 39.9 hours in January, the highest since the series began in 2006, the economist noted. Average weekly hours of production and nonsupervisory employees, a series that dates back to 1947 and covers construction trades, set a record of 40.6 hours, Simonson added.


The unemployment rate for jobseekers with construction experience in January was 6.4 percent, down from 7.3 percent in January 2018. The number of such workers fell to 638,000 from 707,000 a year earlier. Both figures were the lowest for January since those series began in 2000, Simonson pointed out.


In a survey the association released in January, more contractors reported they expect the dollar volume of projects available to bid on to expand than to shrink in 2019 in each of 13 project categories. In addition, 79 percent of construction firms reported that they expect to add employees in 2019. However, nearly as many—78 percent—reported they were having trouble filling some positions and 68 percent said they expected that hiring would remain difficult or become harder. Association officials cautioned, however, that contractors’ expansion plans could be thwarted if Washington officials fail to fund more career and technical education to prepare more individuals for construction careers and to allow firms that document a shortage of qualified workers to bring in workers from outside the U.S.


“The pool of unemployed workers with construction experience has virtually evaporated, and everyone in the industry is working longer hours than ever,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “The only way to satisfy the demand is to provide more people with the skills needed to work in construction and to expand the nation’s labor force with qualified workers from outside our borders.”



Attached Press Release

Deadline for Crane Operator Evaluations Looms

January 10, 2019 – International Risk Management Institute, Inc.


Contractors have until February 7, 2019, to conduct an evaluation of individual crane operators for the size and configuration of the crane being operated and specific tasks the crane operator will be performing. Evaluations must be documented and must affirm the operator's skills and knowledge required to operate the equipment safely as well as the ability to recognize and avert risks associated with the operation.

This rule expands the operator certification requirement (C.F.R. § 1926.1427) that took effect on December 10, 2018, by requiring an on-site evaluation of the operator's ability to perform assigned hoisting tasks, including blind lifts, hoisting of people, and multicrane lifts. Certification alone is no longer sufficient to demonstrate qualification to operate a crane.

For operators employed prior to December 10, 2018, contractors can provide documentation of previous assessments in lieu of performing new evaluations as long as the operator is still using the same type of equipment.

The attached sheet provides answers to the most commonly asked questions.  For additional information, you may contact your CompTrustAGC Loss Control Consultant.

Dothan Section supporting the First Responders Relief Fund

Dothan Section.jpeg

At the Dothan annual meeting in November, the section presented a check of $2,000 dollars to the Chief of Police, Steve Parish. Parish is going to turn it over the panhandle of Florida law enforcement organization. This money will go to the first responder’s relief fund. Pictured from L to R are: Ricky Saliba, Saliba Construction Co., Inc., Wayne Palmer, Engineered Systems, Inc., Steve Parish, Dothan Chief of Police and Eric McCord, Midsouth Paving, Inc,.  



Tuesday, January 29, 2019


CONTACT: Brian Turmail

(703) 459-0238; turmailb@agc.org


 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land and Weirton-Steubenville, W.Va.-Ohio Have Largest Annual Gains;

Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, Calif. and Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, Mass.-N.H. Have Biggest Losses


Construction employment grew in 273 out of 358 metro areas between December 2017 and December 2018, declined in 37 and was unchanged in 48, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the job gains came amid strong demand throughout 2018 for construction projects but noted that tight labor market conditions likely prevented additional job gains last year.


“Construction employment continued to expand in most parts of the country in 2018 as demand for many types of construction projects grew,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “As welcome as the job gains were, many firms would likely have added even more workers if labor market conditions were not so tight.”


The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas metro area added the most construction jobs during the past year (19,400 jobs, 9 percent). Other metro areas adding a large amount of construction jobs during the past 12 months include Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (17,700 jobs, 13 percent); Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. (16,200 jobs, 14 percent); and Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Fla. (11,400 jobs, 15 percent). The largest percentage gain occurred in Weirton-Steubenville, W.Va.-Ohio (28 percent, 500 jobs), followed by Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Conn. (23 percent, 4,300 jobs); Bridgeport-Stanford-Norwalk, Conn. (23 percent, 2,600 jobs) and Lewiston, Idaho-Wash. (23 percent, 300 jobs).


The largest job losses between December 2017 and December 2018 occurred in Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, Calif. (-2,800 jobs, -3 percent), followed by San Diego-Carlsbad, Calif. (-1,900 jobs, -2 percent) and Honolulu (-1,500 jobs, -5 percent). The largest percentage decrease occurred in Lawrence-Methuen Town-Salem, Mass.-N.H. (-9 percent, -300 jobs), followed by Abilene, Texas (-7 percent, -300 jobs); Wichita Falls, Texas (-7 percent, -200 jobs) and Elmira, N.Y. (-7 percent, -100 jobs).


"There were 278,000 job openings in construction at the end of November, a record for the month, so it's likely that more metro areas would have had job gains in December if contractors had been able to find qualified workers," Simonson said.


Association officials said that workforce shortages in the construction sector are limiting the full economic benefits of robust demand for construction in many parts of the country. They urged federal officials to increase funding for career and technical education and to enact comprehensive immigration reform that will allow more people to legally work in construction.


“Exposing more high school students to construction as a career choice will help connect more young adults to high-paying careers in construction,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “While reforming the nation’s immigration laws will create more opportunities for workers to legally enter the country and begin contributing to the economy.”


View the metro employment data, rankings, top 10, history and map.



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