Meet Anthony, Chair of the Ƶ Construction Leadership Committee (CLC)!Anthony has over 17 years of leadership responsibility with Pepper Construction. His experience includes working on some the companies most high-profile and complex institutional projects designed by world-renowned architects David Chipperfield and Studio Gang Architects. Recent projects include the expansion of the Saint Louis Art Museum, the expansion and renovation of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, and the Great Apes Exhibit at the Brookfield Zoo. In addition to these projects, he has worked in many markets including high-end retail, hospitality, historic renovations, and higher education. As Director, he oversees project teams throughout the entire construction process from preconstruction through building turnover. Anthony continues to support his alma mater as a member of the Iowa State University Industry Advisory Council for Construction Engineering. Anthony is the Chair of the Construction Leadership Committee for the Ƶ of America.

The 2024 Construction Super Conference (CSC) will occur at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas from December 9 – 11, 2024, and offer continuing legal education. This year’s Call for Presentations is now open through Friday, June 7, 2024. Find the Call for Presentations here. All educational content will be selected from submissions through this Call for Presentations. The Construction Super Conference Board of Advisors will review and select the most qualified submissions for the 2024 event. Ƶ is a proud sponsor of the Construction Super Conference and an Ƶ representative sits on the advisory Board.

On April 18, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued its final rule to better protect miners against occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The final rule will not only cover contractors who operate surface mines, but also any contractor who performs construction or maintenance activities at a mine site. After the publication of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) final rule addressing exposure to crystalline silica, many surface mine operators established programs that incorporated the OSHA requirements.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule to regulate certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund as it is more commonly known) has cleared the interagency review process. Completion of this step signals that EPA is very close to issuing the new rule. Ƶ has long discussed risk exposures for contractors associated with this regulatory approach: where contractors encounter these chemicals in earthmoving or dewatering activities. Most recently, Ƶ raised these concerns to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works as they considered possible implications of EPA’s forthcoming rule at a March 2024 hearing. Construction companies, along with several other industries, are at risk of litigation for contamination not originating with them. Many groups, like Ƶ, are asking Congress to step in to protect innocent parties from liability---provisions that the law currently does not provide.

The Ƶ Contracts & Construction Law page recently added significant new content. Among these updates is a new dispute resolution and mitigation subpage featuring a recent paper by Christoper Brasco of Watt, Tieder LLP entitled Mediation Uncompromised. The paper emphasizes the importance of selecting the right mediator and understanding negotiation paradigms and styles. This article summarizes the mediation best practices outlined in the paper.

The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) has released its annual report on Union Labor Costs in Construction. The report is useful for understanding current trends in collectively bargained compensation for union craft workers in the construction industry, providing data analyses by region and trade. It can be a valuable resource when preparing for collective bargaining negotiations, particularly when used in conjunction with CLRC’s latest Settlements Report.

The Ƶ Education and Research Foundation is committed to the growth, development, and encouragement of field research initiatives to enhance the education of construction management students. In support of this vision, the Ƶ Foundation commissions case studies that will provide today's construction management students the tools to build the industry's future. Cases written by faculty-contractor teams are based on actual experience and provide students with the opportunity to work through issues in a classroom setting.