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AIC Constructor News - September 2013
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THE NEWSLETTER OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF CONSTRUCTORS

FMI Third Quarter Nonresidential Construction Index


If we had avoided a couple of “current issues” questions this quarter, our report for the third quarter 2013 would look very much like the second quarter. The NRCI index score moved up 0.2 points, so not great cheers, but always good to see some improvement. Three components continue to hold down a faster rise in the Index—cost of construction materials, cost of labor and productivity. All three components are in line with national trends for other industries. One problem may be that industry, construction included, isn’t investing enough in technology, equipment and training that would improve productivity. Rather, there seems to be more reliance on working harder than working smarter. Businesses are understandably shy to make any large investments in an uncertain economy; yet it is exactly those types of investments that are needed to get the economy off dead center and move on. 

So what is causing all this uncertainty that keeps coming up? We hit on some items in our current issues section this quarter. Before discussing any results, let’s just throw out the three topics, and you can check your blood pressure before and after you read this. The immigration/labor bill. The impact of delays in the implementation of “Obamacare.” The impact of residential growth on nonresidential construction. It is clear in the response to questions about these issues that we pressed a couple of hot buttons. Confusion, uncertainty and delay are three words we don’t like to hear in business. However, these are issues our panelists, as well as the rest of the nation, are dealing with. The third one, the connection between residential and nonresidential construction, is less of a hot-button problem than it is a market forecasting problem. If a close connection between the two existed in the past—say a lag of 16 months after residential picks up, nonresidential is sure to grow—this is not true today, according to the opinions of the majority of our panelists. Then again, it doesn’t hurt, except maybe to help keep materials costs high and take some good workers away from nonresidential construction.

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Mr. Ethics 


September 2013

Dear Mr. Ethics,

When we submitted our bid to the project owner we accidentally included a copy of our final bid sheet. We discovered our error when the project owner called to advise us that we are the lowest bidder but they want to discuss lowering our number because of the bid sheet. We have told the owner that it is not right but their reply has been “you opened the door.” The owner also told us that if we do not talk about lowering our bid they will re-bid the project because our bid sheet shows the project can be done for less while leaving room for a “reasonable” profit.” What should we do with this unethical owner?

Brett

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Design-Build Best Practices


The AIC has been asked by the Design Build Institute of America to participate in their quest to develop "universal" best practices for effective design-build project delivery.  Based on our mutual commitment to enhance the efficiency of the A/E/C industry for the good of our members, our economy, and our nation, we are seeking comments and feedback to help DBIA with their endeavor.  

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Special Thank You


The American Institute of Constructors Constructor Certification Commission Examination Committee thanked and honored  Edward M. Brayton for his many years of hard work and commitment to the Constructor Certification Examination committee. Ed was presented a certificate of appreciation, a numbered Limited Edition etching of the Library and Museum under construction and a piece of stone  used in the construction of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum from his friends on the Examination Committee.  Ed has been a vital part of the Examination Committee since it was initially formed and has dedicated countless hours to improving the Constructor Certification Examination process and furthering professionalism in the Construction Industry.
Ed Brayton receiving a special thanks from the Examination Committee for his long time support. 
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Constructor of the Month - Mitch Wilson, AC

September 2013

The AIC is happy to announce our first Constructor of the Month, Mitch Wilson, AC of WW Builders in Duncan, OK.  We had a chance to sit down with Mitch and get to know him.  

Born in Duncan, a small town about an hour and a half south of Oklahoma City, OK.  He credits working on his grandparents farm for having a major impact on his work ethic.  He also spent time as a general laborer for the family construction company, WW Builders, Inc.  After high school Mitch made his way to the University of Oklahoma and studied Construction Science.  After passing the Associate Constructor exam and earning his degree, Mitch rejoined his father at WW Builders and is currently overseeing his first major project, a 5 million dollar hotel new build.  

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The Constructor of the Month program is a new way for the AIC to recognize best and brightest AIC Members, Associate Constructors (AC), and Certified Professional Constructors (CPC).  Each month we will be featuring a new individual and the work they are doing in our industry.  We will also profile additional individuals on the AIC Website each month.  

To be eligible you must be an AIC Member, AC, or CPC in good standing.  To have yourself profiled on the AIC site you must use the submission form available here.  Complete forms and supporting documents should be emailed to info@professionalconstructor.org.

AIC Mid-Year Meeting


The AIC Mid-Year Meeting is coming on October 17 & 18 at the Sheraton Suites in Old Town Alexandria, VA.  This event features a session from Peter Eyre of the Construction Industry Ethics and Compliance Initiative and Brian Perlberg, Esq, Executive Director of ConsensusDocs.  

Attendees of the Mid-Year Meeting not only have access to high quality, budget friendly professional development sessions, but also the opportunity to network and attend AIC Committee Meetings.  This is the ideal meeting for those looking for a way to get more involved in the AIC or someone looking for professional development. 

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Call for Presentations


The AIC Annual Forum has opened the submission process for speakers/presentations for it's 2014 event.  The 2014 Annual Forum is taking place April 16-18 in Greenville, SC.  The Forum is a great opportunity for speakers of all levels to present on topics relevant to the individual constructor.  If you or someone you know is interested in presenting in 2014 please download the Call for Presentations Document.  The deadline for submission is September 30, 2013. 

Completed forms and questions may be submitted to info@professionalconstructor.org.  

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