May 2013

Episode #41 of the Maryland Construction NetworkMCN Podcast 130x130 Brown

In this episode of the Maryland Construction Network Rob Bertazon interviews Ms. Jennifer Horn, an attorney with the law firm of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman P.C. about an upcoming “Education Connection” MCN is presenting titled “Managing the Liability and Risk of BIM”, on October 1, 2013.

Print-O-Stat, Cohen Seglias, and Mid-Atlantic Builders Exchange hosted a similar event in Pennsylvania. This event will be as much about networking as it is about learning. Meet and interact with people that are using BIM and learn from their experience.An MCN Education Connection - Managing the Liability and Risk of BIM

Whether you are a seasoned veteran with BIM technology or you have never used BIM before, you will find good information and make great contacts that can help you to be more successful down the road.

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Episode #40 of the Maryland Construction NetworkMCN Podcast 130x130 Brown

In this podcast MCN host Rob Bertazon interviews Mr. Champe McCulloch as a part of Maryland AGC’s Spotlight Sponsorship to discuss upcoming events for MD AGC. Champe is the President of Maryland AGC.

The Maryland Chapter of the Associated General Contractors 27th Annual Golf Outing is being held at Queenstown Harbor – 301 Links Lane; Queenstown, Maryland 21658. Contact Sue at 410-321-7870 for more information or registration details!

  • Foursomes are still available but going quickly
  • Sponsorships are still available – especially tee sponsors
  • You can contribute items for inclusion in the “goodie-bag”

MD AGC is hosting the presentation – “Maryland Public Private Partnerships – A New Beginning” on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the Embassy Suites at BWI – 8:00 am – 12:15 pm.

  • Keynote speaker is Maryland’s Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown
  • Maryland has enacted legislation that will greatly promote Public Private Partnership (P3) opportunities
  • This presentation will explore the possibilities, limitations and challenges of P3’s
  • An extensive panel of P3 experts from across the country has been assembled to offer their insights and guidance to developers and contractors interested in becoming involved in P3 projects
  • This event will also allow you to meet other individuals and company’s that are looking to work in P3’s
  • Specific topics of the presentation include
    • Maryland’s P# Statute – What’s New
    • P3 and Other Innovative Financing for Transportation
    • P3 for Social Infrastructure
    • P3 Best Practices

MD AGC’s Fall BIM Education Program schedule has been announced.

  • AGC offers a Certificate of Management – Building Information Modeling
    • AGC is the leading association in BIM training
    • This program has been in existence for two years
  • Classroom instruction is presented on the following areas of BIM Management
    • An Introduction to Building Information Modeling – 09/12/2013
    • BIM Technology – 09/26/2013
    • BIM Contract Negotiations & Risk Allocation – 10/17/2013
    • BIM Process, Adoption & Integration – 11/07/2013
  • Following the completion of these four classes registrants can sit for an exam
  • Participants passing the exam will be awarded their Certificate of Management – BIM from AGC of America

To register for or receive more information on these programs, please contact Sue at 410-321-7870.

Maryland AGC wishes to recognize the following NEW MEMBERS:

  • C J Miller, LLC –
  • The Morin Company, LLC –
  • Turner Construction Company –
  • Diversified Safety Services, LLC –

And don’t forget to register for MCN’s May 22nd “Direct Connect” Network Event! Over 140 people are already registered to attend. Click here for more information!

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Episode #39 of the Maryland Construction NetworkMCN Podcast 130x130 Brown

In this episode of the Maryland Construction Network Rob Bertazon meets with Ms. Karen Barbour, Founder and President of The Barbour Group – 410-876-9610. Rob and Karen discuss legislation passed in this years’ session of the Maryland General Assembly titled the Subcontractors Equal Access to Bonding Act of 2013.

Legislation was written following issues Ms. Barbour had when clients (subcontractors) would receive bonding for public projects in Maryland from sureties that were approved to do business in the state and satisfied the requirements of the state, but those bonds were sometimes rejected by the Prime Contractor on the project. Prime contractors often require subcontractors to bond back either because of internal protocols or, as requirement of their own surety.

  • Ms. Barbour formed the Coalition for Contracting Fairness in the fall of 2012
    • Members were from small and minority businesses
    • Members were also construction organizations
    • The coalition secured a lobbyist – Gil Genn – Capital Hill Strategic Advocates
    • Language of the bill was drafted
      • The effective message of the bill is that if a Prime Contractor requires a Subcontractor to bond back on a state project, and the Subcontractor furnishes a bond that is produced by a surety licensed to do business in the state of Maryland, and acceptable by the state, the Prime Contractor cannot decline that bond
      • Bond limits acceptable by the state must also be accepted y the Prime Contractor
  • The bill was filed in the Senate (SB 599) and the House (HB 585)
    • Bill sponsors included – Senator Conway,  Delegates Reznik, Bromwell, Costa, Cullison, Donoghue, Elliott, Frank, Frick, Healey, Hubbard, A. Kelly, Kipke, Murphy, Nathan–Pulliam, Oaks, Pena–Melnyk, Ready, B. Robinson, Tarrant, and V. Turner
  • Following some amendments this legislation was unanimously passed in both the Senate and the House
  • The bill was signed by the Governor and the law will go into effect on July 1, 2013

A copy of the enrolled bill can be found at

Karen would also like to invite everyone to join her in support of the 5th Annual Party for a Cure at the L’ Hirondelle Club on June 5th to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The event is being hosted by  Jennifer Gilbert of Fox 45 with anchor sponsorships being provided by Gaines Construction, Medifast and The Barbour Group. Contact the MDA office in Towson – 410 494-7106 – for more information on how to attend and support this event!

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