AGC’s 2019 BuildCon: Preparing the Industry for Exponential Growth

AGC’s 2019 BuildCon featuring AGC’s owner group, the Public/Private Industry Advisory Council, provides construction professionals the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and insight from industry leaders, owners, and contractor peers as we prepare for exponential times.  C-Suite attendees from companies across the nation will hear models of collaboration, behaviors, work-force skillsets and ideologies that will propel our industry forward.

This year, we partnered again with the Highway and Utility Contractors Conference for joint conference programming we are calling the Joint Contractors Conferences.  Join your industry colleagues at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona –November 6-8, 2019 to network and hear about the latest industry issues and developments.

2:00 PM 3:00 PM Lean Construction Forum Steering Committee Meeting
2:00 PM 3:00 PM Specialty Contractor Council Steering Committee Meeting
3:00 PM 5:00 PM Project Innovation & Delivery Forum Steering Committee Meeting
3:30 PM 5:00 PM Business Development Forum Steering Committee Meeting
7:00 AM 7:30 AM Breakfast
7:30 AM 11:00 AM Building Division Leadership Meeting
12:30 PM 5:00 PM Ritchie Brothers Golf Tournament
6:00 PM 7:00 PM Welcome Reception
7:15 PM 9:15 PM Building Division Leadership Dinner
7:30 AM 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM 9:30 AM Joint Session:
Welcome & Washington Legislative & Regulatory Outlook
Stephen Sandherr, CEO, AGC of America
9:30 AM 10:30 AM

Keynote: The Future is Now
Brian David Johnson, Futurist, Arizona State University

The future is built every day by the actions of everyone. To change the future, you must change the story that people tell themselves about the future they want to live so that they can begin making different decisions. If people carry on and are passive about the future, in 15 years they will have to deal with the consequences of the present that they didn’t have a say in. Johnson told the audience, “Ask yourself what your idea for the future is and what you want to avoid. Have an opinion. Talk to people about it. Do something!”

The future is Brian David Johnson’s business. As a futurist he works with organizations to develop an actionable 10 -15 year vision and what it will feel like to live in the future. His work is called futurecasting, using ethnographic field studies, technology research, cultural history, trend data, global interviews and even science fiction to provide a pragmatic road map of the future. As an applied futurist Johnson has worked with governments, trade organizations, start-ups and multinational corporations to not only help envision their future but specify the steps needed to get there.  Johnson is currently the futurist in residence at Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination, a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the Director of the ASU Threatcasting Lab.  He is also a Futurist and Fellow at Frost and Sullivan.

Johnson speaks and writes extensively in ongoing columns for IEEE Computer Magazine and Successful Farming where he is the “Farm Futurist”.  He has contributed articles to publications like The Wall Street Journal, Slate, and  Wired Magazine.  Johnson holds over 40 patents and is the best-selling author of both science fiction and fact books (WaR: Wizards and Robots, 21st Century Robot and Science Fiction Prototyping). He was appointed first futurist ever at the Intel Corporation in 2009 where he worked for over a decade helping to design over 2 billion microprocessors.  Johnson appears regularly on Bloomberg TV, PBS, FOX News, and the Discovery Channel and has been featured in Scientific American, The Technology Review, Forbes, INC, and Popular Science.  He has directed two feature films and is an illustrator and commissioned painter. In 2016 Samuel Goldwyn released “Vintage Tomorrows” a documentary based upon Johnson’s book of the same name.

10:30 AM 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM 12:00 PM Joint Session
Workforce Roundtable: What are Chapters, Contractors and
States Doing to Address Worker Recruitment, Training and Retention
Moderator: Art Daniel, President and COO of AR Daniel Construction Services, Inc.
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Joint Contractors Conferences Lunch
1:00 PM 2:15 PM BuildCon Breakout Session:
Panel Discussion: Integrating the Industry in Exponential Times

Panel discussion showcasing projects, ideas and stories that highlight models of collaboration/behaviors/ and skillsets that enhanced performance on a project and how this can impact the future of the industry.
Panelists: Ryan Abbott, Senior Vice President, SUNDT Construction, Inc,
Building Division Chair, Carole Wedge, FAIA LEED AP, AIA, CEO, Shepley Bulfinch & Kenneth Wiseman, MRAIC, AIA, Design Principal, Cannon Design
2:15 PM 2:45 PM BREAK
2:45 PM 3:00 PM Public/Private Industry Advisory Council (PIAC) Introductions
Sue Klawans, Chair, PIAC
3:00 PM 5:00 PM Target’s ConstructReach Program
Amber Koehler, Sr. Director, Target Corp., and Brett Budzius, Sr. Director, Target Corp.Banner Health University Medical Center New Patient Tower:  A case study in stakeholder management, collaboration, and process
Steve Eiss, Sr. Project Executive, Banner Health

Equitable Practice:  Guidance and Case Studies
Carole Wedge, AIA, President, Shepley Bulfinch

Hiring Our Heroes….And Their Spouses
Brian Turmail, VP Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives, AGC & Jack Mumma, Construction Contract Administrator, Michigan State University; APPA; COAA

Discussion of Other Initiatives and Successes
Sue Klawans, Chair, PIAC

5:30 PM 7:00 PM Joint Conference Networking Event
7:30 AM 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM 10:15 AM It’s Goin’ Down, we’re yelling TIMBER!!!  Michigan State University’s new STEM project looks to the future while honoring the past.
Tim VanAntwerp, PE, Esq., Vice President, Granger; Ken Gottschalk, Michigan State University; and Jeff Kasdorf, Michigan State UniversityUpdate on ConsensusDocs for Prefab and Offsite Construction
Brian Perlberg, Esq., Exec. Dir. & Sr. Counsel, ConsensusDocs
Group Discussion and Knowledge Sharing About Other Successes and The March to Las Vegas:  What Can We Accomplish?
Sue Klawans, Chair, PIAC
10:15 AM 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM 11:30 AM Advancing Further and Better Together
Multi-Association Efforts:  APPA, COAA, NASFA, PIAC – Transition from Construction to Operations:  Best Practices discussion; bringing the pieces of the puzzle together
Sue Klawans, Chair, PIAC & Jack Mumma, Construction Contract Administrator, Michigan State University; APPA; COAAConsortium Approach:  Discussion of Other Opportunities; Agree on Objectives
Sue Klawans, Chair, PIAC
11:30 AM Closing


  • Tucson International Airport (TUS)


  • Uber and Lyft services are available in Arizona.
  • To reach the cab stand, exit Baggage Claim on the lower level and cross the first roadway. Taxis should be to your left at the second roadway.
  • Yellow Cab at (520) 300-0000

Hotel Parking

  • Complimentary valet and self-parking

Conference Manager
Brittany Buchanan
Ph: (703) 837-5380
Email: brittany.buchanan@agc.org

Rockkie Dunton
Ph: (703) 837-5304
Email: duntonr@agc.org

Program Questions
Paige Packard
Ph: (703) 837-5387
Email: paige.packard@agc.org


Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

7000 N. Resort Drive, Tucson, AZ 85750
Phone: (520) 299-2020
Website: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

To make your reservations, call the reservations department at 1 (800) 228-9290 and please mention the “AGC Joint Contractors Conferences” to receive your discounted rate.


Hotel Overview

Relax and recharge at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, a top choice among Arizona luxury resorts. Stay in a luxury Tucson hotel room that’s spacious and comfortable. Start your day off with a game of at the Ventana Golf & Racquet Club, located just steps from the front lobby. Courses are designed to blend into the Santa Catalina Mountains’ natural features. Scenic canyons as well as a unique variety of desert fauna. Savor delicious cuisine at Flying V Bar & Grill. Unique Southwestern flair, steaks, fresh fish and scallops and regional favorites like grouper tacos, buffalo sliders, and ceviche. Explore the best of Tucson and enjoy the stunning Catalina Mountain range. During your stay, enjoy the sunshine, the miles of hiking trails, the 80-foot waterfall, and all of our other relaxing, indulgent offerings. Loews Ventana Canyon offers close proximity to the University of Arizona and to many other activities, making it ideal for convenient Tucson travel.

Group Rate: $189 + tax                         Cut Off Date: Monday, October 14, 2019

Check In: 4:00pm                                    Check Out: 12:00pm

Cancellation: Guestroom cancellation must occur 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid additional charges.

To make your reservations, visit the special group website or call the central reservation line 1 (800) 234-5117 and please mention the “Joint Contractors Conferences to receive your discounted rate.


Complimentary wireless internet access will be available in guest rooms.

Health Club

Adjacent to the Flying V; 5 AM–8 PM

Wear layers meeting room temperatures can run hot and cold.

November 6-8, 2019: Business casual for all events.

The average weather in Arizona in October is a low of 56 degrees and a high of 85 degrees.

Emergency Information and Security Offices

In the case of an emergency contact the front desk at (520) 299-2020480) 293-5000 or dial 911, immediately.

Lost and Found

Contact front desk at (520) 299-2020 to be transferred to hotel security in the case of lost and/or stolen items.

Shipping Information 

The following information must be included on all packages to ensure proper delivery:

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

2019 Highway & Transportation, Utility Infrastructure & Building Contractors Conference

Package Recipient Name:

7000 N. Resort Drive
Tucson, AZ 85750

To receive packages out of the hotel: 
Guests are informed during check in if they have a package. The package can be delivered to the meeting space, guest room or picked up at the front desk. Call (520) 299-2020 to be connected to the shipping department for additional information.

To mail packages out of the hotel:  
Attendees can use UPS or FedEx. If attendees do not have preprinted labels, visit the concierge for assistance. Additional charges can be applied to the room or individual.

UPS:  Call l 1-800-742-5277 or 1-800-PICK-UPS for any questions.
FED EX: Call 1-800-463-3339 for more information.