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  • Mon, August 15, 2022 8:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The bloom is off the recent historic high optimism of an expanding economy and markets reflected in the CIRT Quarterly Sentiment Index from just a year ago.  The overall 3rdQ/2022 index level plummeted 35% in the last twelve months falling to only a 51.4 reading, barely above neutral (The index is on a scale of 0-100 with a reading of 50 being neutral).  Every index factor recorded a downward trend, which means both inflationary concerns AND economic slowdown worries are in play at the same time. 

    For details and in-depth analysis of some important current issues SEE CIRT 3rd/Q 2022 Sentiment Index Report.


  • Wed, April 06, 2022 4:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bucking the odds and another year of COVID19 induced challenges, disruptions, and school shutdowns, three entries for the 2022 CIRT National Design & Construction Competition have been announced. In its sixteenth year as a collaborative program with ACE Mentor Program of America, the competition attracted 28 entries from 15 Affiliates/Chapters. Again, this year three options or challenges were presented to the competing teams to consider: (1) Memorial for the Future; (2) Strong & Sustainable (use of concrete/cement); and (3) Urban Renewal.

    The difficult process to narrow the submissions to just three, called upon the preliminary judges to both consider the entries on their own AND also in comparison with the other submissions in each category. After being compared side-by-side, only three garnered the coveted right to go onto the final presentation stage to vie for the top prize of $5,000; are as follows:

    Worthy National Finalists

    • ACE Mentor Program of Southern Nevada/Las Vegas, Maverick Design Team for their Memorial of the Future entry
    • ACE Mentor Program of Northeast Florida, Creekside Senior National Team for their Strong + Sustainable entry
    • ACE Mentor Program of Houston, Violet Visionaries Team for their Urban Renewal entry

    Six other teams were recognized as either First Runner-Up ($1,000 prize) or Second Runner-Up ($500 prize) in each of the three different design challenges or options:
    First Runners-Up ($1,000 prize)

    • ACE Mentor Program of Milwaukee for their Memorial of the Future entry
    • ACE Mentor Program of Southern Nevada (Team 2) for their Strong + Sustainable entry
    • ACE Mentor Program of Polk County for their Urban Renewal entry

    Second Runners-Up ($500 prize) 

    • ACE Mentor Program of San Diego for their Memorial of the Future entry
    • ACE Mentor Program of Southern Nevada (Team Next Gen) for their Strong + Sustainable entry
    • ACE Mentor Program of West Michigan, Grand Rapids for their Urban Renewal entry

    CIRT is looking forward to a spirited and exciting NATIONAL PRESENTATION ROUND (among the three “Worthy Finalist” teams) during the CIRT Spring Conference at the Hyatt Regency, Tysons Corner, VA, on April 25, 2022. [NOTE: The presentation round will be streamed LIVE for viewing by interested parties, more details will be coming on this opportunity].


  • Mon, February 14, 2022 1:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The prestigious leaders representing CIRT indicated that they remained bullish on both the design and construction aspects for the industry going into 2022.  Release of the latest Sentiment Index Report for the 1stQtr./2022 saw the measure fall only slightly from its historic highs to 73.2 for overall Construction; with the Design Index subset following suit, declining to 81.5.

    In addition to the Index itself, CIRT members were asked to respond to current issues questions focused on backlogs, capacity, hiring goals and the impact of the infrastructure package on business planning, and to identify top risks and/or concerns for 2022.  While also focusing on the importance of supply chain disruptions and how they affected the twin issues of delays and cancellations compared to more normal years of design and construction activity. Their responses make for fascinating reading.

    Read the full 1stQ 2022 Report here: Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT) - CIRT Sentiment Index

  • Fri, December 03, 2021 3:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us on Wednesday, December 15th at 2 PM ET for the Coalition’s upcoming live webinar: “Managing Subcontractor Default, Bankruptcy, and Owner Insolvency in a Recovering Post COVID-19 Construction Economy (including vaccine mandates, etc.)

    The expert legal panelists will provide feedback on the following key takeaways: 

    ·        Best practices to prequalify your partners to minimize the risks 

    ·        Tell-tale signs of financial distress; and proactive steps you should take to mitigate this risk once it arises 

    ·        Insights reflected in newly revised ConsensusDocs performance, and payment bond forms provide innovative provisions you should consider incorporating. 

    As a current CIRT member, you will receive $20 off on your registration rate using the code COALITION79 upon checkout, reducing the price to $79.00.  

    You don’t want to miss the opportunity to best equip your company to navigate the obstacles set before you during this change in tide, such as the lingering effects of COVID-19, vaccine mandates, supply chain delays and disruptions, and the lack of necessary equipment, materials, and labor workforce and more. Register Today. 


  • Mon, October 18, 2021 3:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Inaugural Construction Inclusion Week is here: October 18 - 22, 2021 and more than one thousand contractors have united to promote inclusion in the construction industry. In November 2020, CIRT held its first session on DEI featuring Dr. Robert W. Livingston, author of The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth about Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations, as well as a panel of CEO leaders:  Mark Cain, President, Smoot Construction; Mike McKelvy, President & CEO, Gilbane Building Co.; Tom Reilly, Executive Vice President, Turner Construction; and Dan Johnson, President & CEO, Mortenson.  This was the genesis of the "Time for Change" Consortium and during CIRT's Spring Conference this past June, members of the Consortium participated in a second panel discussion addressing some of the challenges and solutions related to diversity and inclusion impacting the construction industry. You can watch the full panel discussion below. #ConstructionInclusionWeek #TimeForChange #CEOLeadership

  • Mon, September 27, 2021 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2022 CIRT National Design and Construction Competition is now open! The Competition invites high school students in ACE Mentor Programs around the country to design, plan, and present comprehensive solutions to a complex, real world construction challenge. Submissions are due March 16, 2022, and are reviewed by a jury of industry professionals. The top three submissions will present their work to a jury to compete for the top prize of $5,000 (along with other awards). 

    The 2022 Challenges respond to the real-world challenges and opportunities of the professional design and construction industry: (1) Design a sustainable city to encourage Urban Renewal, (2) Design a memorial of the future to enable gathering, reflection and knowledge sharing, and (3) Design any structure while innovatively applying the sustainable and carbon neutral properties of cement. This year’s inspiration quote from Harriet Tubman encourages teams to think -and dream- big: “Every great dream begins with a dreamer.”

    Each year 50+ teams from across the country participate, building advanced skills and creating top-tier portfolio pieces for secondary education and professional experience. Students also gain fundamental soft skills – collaboration, creativity, self-regulation, communication – and an invaluable life experience, joining a growing network of ACE Mentor alumnus and competition participants.

    The Competition is now open through the submission deadline, March 16, 2022 (11:59pm). Online registration and the project submission portal will be activated in January 2022. The preliminary Jury Review is planned for mid-March, with the announcement of the three finalist teams on March 28, 2022. The “Worthy Finalists”* will present in Washington D.C. on April 25, 2022 to a jury of industry professionals (pending COVID safety guidelines), where the top prize will be announced. 

    All Competition information is available online at www.cirt.org/competition, including a downloadable PDF of the Competition Information Packet which holds more detailed competition rules.

    The CIRT National Design and Construction Competition celebrates the innovations and contributions the design/construction community makes to the quality of American life, while understanding the issues and challenges the industry faces to deliver on this legacy. The Competition is maintained, coordinated, and judged by Construction Industry Round Table. 

    *"Worthy Finalists" are named in honor and remembrance of Ed Worthy, who contributed to the success of the ACE Mentor Program for over 20 years.

  • Mon, September 20, 2021 3:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Don't miss this inaugural podcast / interview with CIRT President Mark Casso and Jack Kalavritinos of JK Strategies talking key policy items impacting the design / construction industry.  This fast-paced program highlights both the long-term issues facing CIRT members, as well as focusing on three recent developments around: (a) PLAs, (b) Risk Allocation related to complex Design/Build-P-3 projects, and (c) Human Resource challenges.

  • Fri, July 23, 2021 3:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CIRT’s third quarter Sentiment Index survey results show both elements of the indices are now reporting all-time highs. The optimism may be a continuation of the “V-shaped” economic climb out of the pandemic and shutdowns along with relief from health risks with wide spread vaccinations taking place. Nonetheless, the latest installment is more tempered with moderately improved optimism across both the overall Sentiment Index and the Design Index component -- which appears to indicate the outlook reflecting a return to some level of normalcy.  

    In addition, the Report also covered a number of significant “Current Trends” related to: project disruptions (comparing 2020 vs. 2021 key elements), business pricing including inflationary pressures, and heightened concerns regarding cybersecurity issues.  Each of these topical matters provide both valuable feedback, but also measures as to how fellow CIRT members have handled or approach a given concern.

    [For details see, 3Qtr./2021 CIRT Sentiment Index Report]


  • Thu, July 01, 2021 1:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With the passing of Donald Rumsfeld this week, Art Laffer (Laffer Associates) has shared a reunion of the 1974 dinner where he, Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney (former Vice President), first discussed the concepts and economic tax policy that was depicted on a napkin and called the “Laffer Curve.”

    Art Laffer has been a speaker at CIRT conferences on multiple occasions.  He has stayed true to the original precepts of the napkin curve, which perfectly captured the true nature of how taxing impacts the amount of something you tax. It is a special moment in time, that changed economic policy in the nation -- enjoy.

    Link: https://youtu.be/4yBgTN5JT-Y

    The clip depicts a reenactment of the now-famous 1974 dinner between Laffer, Rumsfeld, Cheney and Jude Wanniski in which Dr. Laffer scribbled his Laffer Curve on a napkin for then-Ford Administration officials Rumsfeld and Cheney and journalist Wanniski.  The original napkin from that dinner resides in the Smithsonian Institute. 

  • Wed, June 16, 2021 10:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Using a hybrid in-person and virtual format, three “Worthy Finalist” teams competed in the presentations round before a remote audience and five judges to vie for top honors in the 2021 CIRT National Design & Construction Competition. The competition was part of the Construction Industry Round Table’s (CIRT) spring conference held in downtown Washington, D.C. The three finalist teams had survived the unprecedented uncertainties and challenges of the pandemic and shutdowns, in addition to a grueling preliminary round that included 27 entries, from 18 ACE Mentor Program of America Affiliates. All the teams in the final round hailed from ACE Affiliates that had never before gotten to the presentation stage. In the end, ACE Mentor Program of Southern Nevada/Las Vegas, Maverick Design Team emerged to take home top honors as National Champions in the fifteenth annual CIRT competition. They did so, by winning favor with a distinguished panel of judges headed by Wassim A. Selman, CIRT Chairman (ARCADIS), that included: Greg Cosko (Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction); Dave Mahoney, (Dewberry); Michael Choutka (Hensel Phelps); and Jenni Mushynski (formerly with Chicago Architecture Center).

    The order of finish for the competition was:

    • First Place and a prize of $5,000 went to: ACE Mentor Program of Southern Nevada/Las Vegas, Maverick Design Team for their Manufacturing Center/Zone; 
    • Second Place and a prize of $3,000 went to: ACE Mentor Program of Western Michigan for their Homeless Shelter entry; and
    • Third Place and a prize of $2,000 went to: ACE Mentor Program of Greater Milwaukee for their Retrofit School entry.

    After carefully analyzing the presentations as well as the underlying entry’s design/construction approaches within the project’s objectives, the five judge panel balanced the outcome on the basis of the two major elements: quality of presentation and competence of the overall entry. The winning team’s solution exhibited a very strong responsiveness to the criteria of the manufacturing center challenge, by incorporating major elements in their proposal/response, such as: (i) advantageous site selection, (ii) use of intra-modal forms of transportation and networks, in addition to (iii) use of flexible storage and office space to meet various client needs and functionality. Realistic detailed cost estimates as well as construction work flow and calendars were also provided to complete the entry.  

    Seven other teams were also recognized in the 2021 competition as either First Runner-Up ($1,000 prize) or Second Runner-Up ($500 prize) in each of the three different design challenges or options. Among this elite group were:

    Manufacturing Center/Zone Challenge (out of 5 entries): 1st Runner-Up: ACE Mentor of Greater Washington Metro Area/McKinley Tech Team;  2nd Runner-Up: ACE of Northeast Florida/Creekside H.S. Team;
    Retrofit a School Challenge (out of 6 entries): 1st Runner-Up: ACE Mentor of Greater NY/Team 15;  2nd Runner-Up: ACE Mentor of Greater Omaha;
    Homeless Shelter Challenge (out of 16 entries): 1st Runner-Up: ACE Mentor of Southern Nevada/Las Vegas, Desert Design Team; two teams tied for 2nd Runner-Up between: ACE Mentor Program of Greater NY/The Hive Team and ACE Mentor Program of Hawaii/Team Trace.

    The CIRT National Design & Construction Competition is a collaborative effort with the ACE Mentor Program of America and the Chicago Architecture Center. [To watch the recorded copy of the Final Presentation round go to the following link and see JUNE 7, 2021 video]:  RECORDINGS | Cirt Spring (cirt2021spring.com)


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