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Construction Leaders Unite to Focus on Diversity

Leaders from throughout Indiana’s construction industry have united to focus on diversity in the industry’s workforce efforts through the Indiana Construction Roundtable Foundation (ICRF). Originally formed out of the Indiana Construction Roundtable (ICR), which is a commercial construction association, the ICRF has now formally brought together union and non-union companies who work in commercial, residential, and road construction markets. Diversity is a central focus of this collaborative effort.

 

Rick Wajda, CEO of the Indiana Builders Association, when asked about this effort, stated, “to best serve our communities all segments of the construction industry must come together for a cooperative effort. By putting aside our differences and shifting the focus to helping people in need, we will raise the tide to meet the needs of all construction employers, regardless of a business’ specialization.”

 

“Construction can provide not just a job, but a good living – and an even better life – for Hoosiers across all demographics,” said Richard Hedgecock, President of Indiana Constructors, Inc.

 

According to Hoosiers by the Numbers, in the fourth quarter of 2017 there were over 8,000 job openings posted in construction, major maintenance, and related fields in the greater Indianapolis region. These openings paid an average of $23.40 / hour, plus paid benefits. “This is a small portion of the total number of open opportunities across the state of Indiana in construction, and more open up every day,” said Mike Thibideau, Executive Director of the Indiana Construction Roundtable, “In every survey conducted of our members and members of partnering organizations, workforce development is nearly unanimously the top concern of the construction business community.” According to Construction Labor Market Analyzer (CLMA), the average construction worker in Indiana is 49 years old.

 

Leaders from throughout the state’s industry cite a lack of diversity as a top concern for the industry’s future. “Historically, the construction industry has largely relied on referrals from their most skilled workers to identify new hires,” says Chris Price, President of the ICRF, “If John is a good electrician, and John recommends Zach, then Zach will probably be a good worker too. Until now, this strategy has been working. Industry has been able to meet the need of construction consumers, but this strategy has perpetuated the lack of diversity within industry.”

 

Price, through his work with the ICR Foundation, originally brought together all of the above named construction segments to focus on student outreach through Build Your Future Indiana. He sees this youth outreach as an essential component to addressing the future needs of industry, but sees more change as being necessary to make change today, and help individuals throughout the state find opportunity in construction.

“The construction industry is trending backwards on diversity,” says Price, “according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 1983, when the first federal legislation was enacted for minority business enterprises (MBE), African-Americans accounted for 6.6% of the construction workforce. As an industry, we are currently comprised of 2.6% women and 5.8% African-Americans. While diversity spending is helping to develop a network of qualified entrepreneurs, additional actions must be taken to reverse this downward trend in our workforce.”

Starting in May, the ICR Foundation will begin publicly marketing plans for a training model that will add focus to the challenge of diversity. This is a one month program, built with the intention of providing individuals with the skills and confidence to begin a career in construction. Built around national industry accredited courses and credentials, participants in the program will have exposure to soft skills training paired with education on hand tools, power tools, construction mathematics, blueprint reading, basic rigging and construction safety. The training will be offered at no cost to the student, and at the end of the program graduates will be connected directly to companies.

 

Price, when speaking about the program, stated, “with minimal outreach to nine regional construction firms, the Foundation has already identified 844 entry level jobs that need to be filled, at an average starting wage of $20.30/hour plus benefits. Never has there been a better time to bring about change. We have an opportunity and obligation to change the course of our industry, for the good of people in our communities.”

The Indiana Construction Roundtable Foundation (ICRF) is a 501c3 charitable organization, with a mission to inform, encourage, and empower individuals to pursue careers in the construction industry and related fields.

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State of Construction

The Indiana Construction Roundtable will be kicking off 2018 with a State of Construction

The 2nd Annual State of Construction will bring in an industry-leading expert on forecasting from FMI to talk about future construction trends, followed by experts from various market sectors. The featured speaker is Randy Giggard, Manager of FMI’s Market Information Group. He will be providing national and state overviews for construction performance in 2017, and discussing factors driving the A/E/C industry in the years to come.

2nd Annual State of Construction

February 28th, Canal 337; 337 W 11th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Other speakers include:

Following Randy Giggard’s presentation there will be four additional industry leaders speaking on behalf of their industry segments. Those speakers will be:

Julia SaltsgaverExecutive Director – Quality Connection
Rod Foley, Vice President – North Mechanical
Sam MishelowChief Strategy Officer – Meyer Najem
Greg JacobyPrincipal, President – Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf

Registration and networking begins at 7:30am, with the program running from 8-9:30am.

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Build Your Future Hiring Fair: March 8th

Everywhere one turns in central Indiana, it is impossible to escape the amount of building that is occurring. One of the largest booms has come in Hamilton County. Often noted as the wealthiest county in the state of Indiana, Hamilton County also possesses a significant number of individuals who are looking to begin a new, high paying, in-demand occupation, and improve their lives.

The ICR Foundation is working with Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program, along with other partners in industry, education, and government, to expose underemployed and unemployed adult populations to the opportunities available in skilled labor. Hamilton County Youth Assistance will be hosting an Adult Career Fair, on March 6, 2018, at the Ivy Tech Campus in Noblesville, from 10am-2pm, in order to help these individuals find living-wage career pathways.

Check out this video for community marketing describing the fair; https://youtu.be/09zyZXK6ktc

The ICRF has allied with local and regional community organizations to help ensure that we can provide the highest quality candidates possible for your positions. If your company is hiring full-time workers with an annual salary over $27,000, we enthusiastically invite you to attend. This will be a great opportunity to have direct face-to-face communication with potential employees. So far, through our three events in Marion County, over 50% of the individuals who walked in the door left with careers in the construction industry, and most of them are still employed today. The ICRF’s goal with this effort in Hamilton County is to continue with this record of success, and maximize the return for your investment of time.

According to Hoosier by the Numbers, in construction, major maintenance, and related fields there were over 8,000 job openings in the fourth quarter of 2017, with an average wage of $23.75. We are looking to connect community with these opportunities, and fairs like this are exactly how we do it.

To register, click here: www.youthassistance.org/fair

For more information, contact Mike Thibideau at Mike@indianaconstruction.org

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ICR Foundation Partners With Residential Builders

The past few years have seen a significant shift in workforce development efforts around the state of Indiana. Looking forward into 2018, leaders around the state have cemented this issue as a top priority for legislation, and more organizations than ever before are focused on tackling this issue head on.

We at the Indiana Construction Roundtable Foundation are committed to maximizing our impact, and bringing individuals of the highest possible quality into our industry in order to meet the building needs of Indiana, while also helping individuals realize their full potential through a rewarding career in the construction industry. We are focused on helping people by connecting them directly to employers and training opportunities.

Over past three years, through the Build Your Future Indiana campaign, ICRF volunteers and staff have spoken to over 60,000 students around the state in hundreds of schools. These interactions and efforts are an essential component of the industry’s future, and the ICRF is committed to expanding our student outreach efforts throughout the state in 2018 and 2019. With this goal in mind, we are proud and excited to announce that we have formally partnered with the Indiana Builders Association on our student engagement efforts. The inclusion of residential construction within this outreach umbrella will allow us to connect more individuals than ever before with rewarding careers in construction.

Residential, commercial and horizontal all have many attributes unique to their specific environments and business models. But there is more that ties them together than there is separating them. When considering a career in the industry, a potential candidate or student is faced with very similar pathways, strengths, and characteristics that embody a successful worker in the construction field. By working together, instead of separately, the industry as a whole is able to provide more information and more choices to these people than ever before. The more high-quality individuals who choose to enter any of these areas of construction, the better off the industry as a whole will be. Rolling out with this new partnership are new materials for educators and students, and an interactive quiz that allows people to see which construction fields they are best suited for.

We look forward to building what the future brings, and are looking to new, exciting ways for companies to get engaged. If you have interest in finding out more about how our workforce development efforts can benefit your company or organization, contact Mike Thibideau at mike@indianaconstruction.org.

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Next Event: State of Manufacturing 9/14/17

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On September 14th, from 7:30-9:30am, at Indiana Landmarks; 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis, IN; the ICR Educational Event Series will be highlighting the Advanced Manufacturing industry in Indiana, and its intersections with commercial construction. Advanced Manufacturing is the largest contributing industry to Indiana’s GDP, and as such also contributes a significant share of the commercial construction opportunities available. The ICR is bringing in leaders from some of Indiana’s most influential manufacturing firms to discuss their investment in Indiana, experiences in construction and renovation, how technological innovation and integration affects their environments, and common challenges in workforce attraction.

Featured Panelists:

Ron Grammas, Director, Project Engineering- Ingredion, Inc.

Ingredion is a Fortune 500 global ingredient solutions company with 2016 net sales of $5.7 billion. For nine of the past ten years they have been recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE magazine, and as one of America’s Best Midsize Employers by Forbes in 2016 and 2017.

Ingredion employs approximately 11,000 employees around the world. Their customers operate in more than 100 countries and represent 60 diverse sectors, including food, beverage, paper and corrugating, brewing and other industries.

Sue Smith, Vice President for the Technology & Applied Sciences Division and Corporate Executive for Advanced Manufacturing – Ivy Tech Community College

An educated, empowered, and informed workforce is one of the greatest challenges facing modern businesses in Indiana. Nearly 50% of companies in Indiana reported having open positions for the past year or more. In Construction this workforce challenge is felt by nearly every employer, and advanced manufacturing is in a similar state. With technological innovation occurring faster than ever before, advanced manufacturers are consistently adjusting the needs of their workforce, and their interactions with higher education. As the largest community college in the country and the leading provider of associates degrees in the state of Indiana, Ivy Tech is working to position itself to build and educate the workforce needed by evolving 21st century industry.

Bill Arndt, Supervisor- Urschel Laboratories, Inc. 

Urschel was founded in Valparaiso, Indiana, U.S.A., by William E. Urschel with his invention of the Gooseberry Snipper, a machine that removed the stems and blossoms from the then popular berry, and was widely sold to Michigan canneries. The machine could do the work of 100 workers a day.

Since 1910, Urschel has been designing and manufacturing precision industrial cutting machinery. From the invention of the Gooseberry Snipper to the development of the Comitrol®, TranSlicer®, and DiversaCut® series of machines, the focus has always been on finding innovative and efficient ways to improve customer productivity.

Urschel has developed a worldwide reputation for excellence by working in partnership with customers over the years to meet the ever-changing challenges in the marketplace. Increases in productivity, new products, energy-saving machinery, and cleaner, more precise cuts, are just a few ways Urschel has – and continues – to rise to the demands of this dynamic industry.

Moderator: David Holt, Vice President of Operations and Business Development- Conexus Indiana

In his role with Conexus, Holt drives the logistics agenda and developed, recruited and led the formation of the Conexus Indiana Logistics Council, a forum of prominent logistics executives, throughout the state of Indiana, and six regional logistics council in Northwest, North Central, Northeast, Central, Southwest and Southeast Indiana.  Under his guidance and leadership, Holt developed Phase I: A Plan for Indiana’s Logistics Future and Delivering Indiana’s Logistics Future, two strategic plans ensuring that those things necessary for Indiana’s transportation network are in place to enhance the environment for companies to grow their business, create a more attractive business environment to locate in Indiana, and create high paying jobs for Hoosiers.  He also moderated Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s Blue Ribbon Panel for Transportation Infrastructure.

Please join us for this important discussion on September 14th, at Indiana Landmarks, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46202, from 7:30am-9:30am.

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Contact Paige Riley with any questions at paige@indianaconstruction.org.

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Annual Event Keynote Speaker Announcement!

Gary Bertoline will be this year’s Annual Event keynote speaker!

Dr. Gary R. Bertoline is the Dean of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and a Distinguished Professor of Computer Graphics Technology and Computer & Information Technology at Purdue University.  He earned his BS at Northern Michigan University, MEd from Miami University, and PhD at The Ohio State University and was on the faculty in the College of Engineering at Ohio State for 3 years before coming to Purdue University in 1990.  From 1995 through 2001, Gary served as Department Head of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University.  From 2002 to 2006 in his role as Associate VP and Director, he led the creation of the Rosen Center for Advanced Computing and the Envision Center for Perceptualization.  He also served 5-years as the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in the College of Technology before becoming dean of the in 2011.

He co-founded the Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) as well as the Polytechnic Institute initiative at Purdue University.  The Polytechnic initiative is a major effort to transform the college’s curricula and learning experience for the students to better prepare graduate for life and work in the digital age.  Gary is the lead for the Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School that will be opening in Fall 2017.

He has authored numerous papers in journals and trade publications on engineering and computer graphics, computer-aided design, and visualization research.  He has authored and co-authored seven text books in the areas of computer-aided design and engineering design graphics with one, Fundamentals of Graphics Communications currently in its 6th edition.  Gary’s research interests are in scientific visualization, interactive immersive environments, distributed and grid computing, workforce education and STEM education.

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Monumental Awards!

CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT


SUBMIT A PROJECT.

Project submissions are now being accepted for the Indy Chamber’s 2017 Monumental Awards. In order to be considered, entries must be received electronically no later than midnight on Friday, July 28. Please follow the button below or visit indychamber.com/monumentalawards to learn more about the entry guidelines, 2017 category requirements and judging criteria.

CELEBRATE WITH US.
Monumental Awards is an annual evening of recognition for individuals and businesses that contribute excellence to the built environment. Registration for dinner tickets are now open. Follow the button below to reserve your spot today!
CLICK HERE FOR DINNER TICKETS

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Turner Construction is ICR’s newest Gold Sponsor!

Thank you to Turner Construction for becoming a Gold Sponsor of The Indiana Construction Roundtable. With Turner Construction as a Gold Sponsor they will be helping contribute to the mission of ICR to improve the quality and cost effectiveness of the construction and major maintenance industries thereby enhancing a facility’s ability to provide added economic value to its organization.

Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company and is a leading builder in diverse market segments. The company has earned recognition for undertaking large, complex projects, fostering innovation, embracing emerging technologies, and making a difference for their clients, employees and community.

With a staff of  5,200 employees, the company completes $10 billion of construction on 1,500 projects each year. Turner offers clients the accessibility and support of a local firm with the stability and resources of a multi-national organization.

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State of the State: Legislative Update

Speaker Bosma Added to Event!

Speaker Brian Bosma was first elected in 1986 to represent House District 88, which today encompasses the northeast portion of Marion County, a portion of southern Hamilton County and the western part of Hancock County.

As Speaker of the 117th General Assembly, Bosma made sweeping changes to education reform through the House Republicans “Strengthen Indiana Plan.” He also broke 195 years of institutional tradition by appointing two Democrats to Committee Chair positions. In 2012, Speaker Bosma co-authored legislation making Indiana the 23rd Right to Work state.

On May 11th, the Indiana Construction Roundtable (ICR) is hosting an educational event focused on providing a summary of the recent legislative session and a statewide perspective on commerce initiatives. With sine die in late April, the state legislature will have recently finished its first session, and approved the budget for the 2017 and 2018 term.  Click here for full bio.

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Kevin Brinegar, President of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce will be providing the Chamber’s perspective on the recent legislative session, as well as describing Chamber perspective and initiatives for the coming year.

Kevin joined the Indiana Chamber’s lobbying team in November 1992, became the chief lobbyist and senior vice president of government affairs in 1997 and president and CEO in 2002.

Previously, Kevin served nine years as a financial analyst for the Finance Committee of the Indiana Senate and three years as a management analyst for the Legislative Services Agency.

Kevin is recognized as an expert in the areas of business taxation, property taxation, local government, state budget and school finance.

Kevin received his bachelor’s of science degree from Indiana University. He holds a master’s degree in public administration, with majors in public financial administration and labor relations, as well as a master’s degree in business administration (with a major in corporate finance), both from Indiana University.

Tom John from Ice Miller will be moderating the session. Tom John is a partner in the Public Affairs Group of Ice Miller. He concentrates his practice in public affairs, government procurement work, state and federal lobbying and administrative and election law issues. During his career, he has represented clients including small businesses, Fortune 500 corporations, municipalities and the State of Indiana.

Join us for this important discussion on Indianapolis’ economic growth on May 11th, at Indiana Landmarks, 1201 Central Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202, from 7:30-9:30am.

Please join us for this informative event. Contact Paige Riley with any questions at paige@indianaconstruction.org.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT!

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CM at Risk a Win for Indiana’s Public Universities

When House Bill 1196 became law in March 2014, it provided a new construction project delivery method for public agencies. State educational institutions were the first allowed to use Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc), also known as Construction Manager at Risk (CM at Risk), and now two years later the new delivery method is proving to be effective.

The Indiana Construction Roundtable (ICR) recently hosted a panel discussion where heads of facilities from Purdue and Indiana Universities along with prominent general contractors and architects discussed CM at Risk. Over 150 construction industry members attended the event where the participants emphasized the opportunities now available as a result of this new delivery method being available for public projects.

CMc is an alternative to the other methods available for public projects: the traditional Design-Bid-Build and Design-Build, which has been available for public projects since 2005. A CMc is responsible for building the project and serving as a trusted advisor to the owner. The relationship between an owner and a CMc is typically much closer than in other delivery methods.

Michael B. Cline, Vice President for Physical Facilities at Purdue University, said the process to get the legislation passed was difficult. “ICR deserves a lot of credit for getting everyone together and bringing comprehensive legislation to the table.”

Purdue currently has six active construction project utilizing CMc. Cline noted that CMc has been very helpful in innovating procurement. “It allows owners to partner with the private sector and provide the most value for certain projects,” he said.

Indiana University has also been able to successfully utilize CMc on major projects. Tom Morrison, Vice President of Capital Planning and Facilities, emphasized that larger projects with tight schedule are where CMc has made the largest impact. He pointed to the recent residence hall project at IUPUI, stating, “There is no way we would have achieved our schedule without CM at Risk.”

Adapting to this new delivery method was not an easy task. “You had to culturally move people,” said Morrison. “It was like starting to turn an aircraft carrier. You had to say ‘look, we can do a project differently’.”

Morrison and Cline both agreed that CMc is now a part of their culture and it is a desirable option for the right project. “Every project we have used this delivery method on has been successful and we are glad to have this tool in our toolkit,” said Cline.

Moving forward, on July 1, 2017, CMc becomes available as a delivery method for smaller public entities such as school corporations. The ICR will be looking to help guide and facilitate trainings for these entities, and ensure that this expansion is well managed and this great resource is successfully rolled out.

For more information on ICR events, membership, and future initiatives, contact Association Coordinator, Mike Thibideau, at mike@indianaconstruction.com.

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