Alabama Construction News

OCT-DEC 2018

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59 OCT-DEC 2018 AL CONSTRUCTION NEWS ABC OF ALABAMA is the voice for the construction industry when it comes to advocacy, initiatives and legislative priorities that affect you and your business. Here's the latest update on what the association is doing for you. V O L U M E 1 I S S U E 6 JOUR NAL Alabama Facilities Directors & Constructors Conference 2018 THE FIFTH ANNUAL ALABAMA FACILITIES DIRECTORS & CONSTRUCTORS CONFERENCE WAS HELD SEPTEMBER 13 THROUGH 14 AT THE RENAISSANCE MONTGOMERY HOTEL & SPA. The two-day event brought together facility directors from campuses across the state, along with contractors, engineers, architects and other construction professionals for a time to focus on all things related to building and renovating facilities. The annual event featured numerous speakers on a variety of topics such as campus security, tends on campus, pre-qualification, bidding and drones. Panels were also on the agenda, which also offered opportunities for attendees to network. "This is an extremely important event, and it's one that offers great insight for facility directors and managers, contractors and everyone involved in the building or renovating of a facility," said Pete Taylor of Standard Roofing Company. "The panel segments are always great, and the topics covered over the two days are topics that are important to everybody. I think everyone who attended got a lot out of the conference." A highlight this year was the closing keynote speaker, Dr. Joseph Erardi. Dr. Erardi just completed a three-year tenure as an executive board member of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), and he recently retired after 40 years of service to Connecticut children. He served as a school superintendent for 20 years and spent the last four years of his career leading the rebuild and recovery of the Newtown, Connecticut, school district. His presentation was entitled "Lessons Learned—Sandy Hook Elementary School," and he spoke with the audience about what he learned during the rebuild after the Sandy Hook tragedy. "My goal is to share what I believe are the lessons learned from the Sandy Hook tragedy," Dr. Erardi said. "I have taken a real deep dive into school safety and best practices so that I can share what I've learned with others across the country. It was a great opportunity to not only share a little about the Newtown story but also talk about the best practices pertaining to building and having oversight for a safe school environment." Like in years' past, the Building Block Bonus Sessions were included—a highlight event every year—which allowed attendees to rotate from table to table every 20 minutes for a quick and interesting discussion about key topics and issues impacting their day-to-day activities. "This conference gives everyone a chance to slow down for a few days, learn from each other, and see what is working on various campuses throughout Alabama," said Hoar Program Management Vice President Jason Abernathy. "It's a great collective learning experience for facilities directors and industry professionals who all work together daily on achieving common goals across the state. It was beneficial to listen to several campus experts discuss current trends they see on their campuses and how they are working together to make sure the design and construction of new and renovated facilities are taking these into consideration for future generations' needs." by PAIGE TOWNLEY "THE THIS CONFERENCE GIVES EVERYONE A CHANCE TO SLOW DOWN FOR A FEW DAYS, LEARN FROM EACH OTHER, AND SEE WHAT IS WORKING ON VARIOUS CAMPUSES THROUGHOUT ALABAMA." –Jason Abernathy, Hoar Construction

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