With the 2018 construction season drawing to a close and pressures to make deadlines, solve problems and meet budgets finally letting up a little, November brought with it a much-needed opportunity for contractors and construction industry workers to gather with colleagues to network, learn and kick up their heels in celebration.
The annual conference of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska, held Nov. 7-10 in Anchorage, provided a chance for members to recognize the many successes of 2018 while learning new skills and gathering information about potential projects that will carry them into 2019.
More than 200 conference-goers, from contractors to students and industry professionals, attended functions at the Hotel Captain Cook in downtown Anchorage. The event kicked off with a presentation by the U.S. Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin about military projects happening across the state, and from the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities about its upcoming projects. Attendees learned about soil stabilization and got tips on taking better photographs, making interesting presentations and keeping their businesses safe from hacking and other online threats, as well as being prepared for an emergency both in the office and on the jobsite.
Guest speaker Ron Black advised attendees how to maintain a productivity and life balance, and Katie Nokelby of Bradison Management Group provided information on time management. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium presented information about moving villages in rural Alaska, while AGC leadership met to discuss legislative priorities that the group will soon be presenting to leaders in Juneau. Eddie Stewart, the AGC of America president, spoke at the ExxonMobil Saturday Breakfast, the Anchorage School District updated listeners about its projects and Beacon Occupational Health & Safety presented information to help employers combat opioids and marijuana use on the jobsite.
The four-day conference was capped by the American Fast Freight and Spenard Builders Supply Family Fun Night and the ever-popular dinner dance.