Upcoming Events Spotlight

May 7, 2019 - 12:00pm - Technology Lunch & Learn: Making Safety Training Safer with Virtual and Augmented Reality

Embracing technology will change the way we build in many ways, safety being just one of the them. Aircraft pilots learn to fly through simulations for years and doctors are learning how to operate on patients that way too. As an inherently dangerous industry, construction can adopt virtual and augmented reality to make training safer and even better prepare our workforce for unique or challenging jobsite experiences.

Creating simulated scenarios on jobsites allows employees to experience the immersive, hands-on training before stepping foot on a construction site. Training can be tailored for nearly all construction activities and through real-time visualization technology, workers will not only be familiar with the site but will be competent in the safety practices in place.

Join the GBCA for a panel discussion with Shawn MacDonald, Safety Director for Superior Scaffold, and Daniel Stein, Product Manager of Virtual Reality for NextWave Safety, as our moderator Rob Smith, Supervisor of Instruction from the Carpenters NJ/MD/DC Apprentice Training Funds runs us through how Superior Scaffold and NextWave Safety are making safety training safer!

The discussion will be followed by question and answer, as well as hands-on demonstrations in both virtual and augmented reality.

Lunch will be provided.  



Presenter Bios:

Shawn MacDonald - SAIA Acredited Instructor, Safety Director, Superior Scaffold Services
As the Safety Director for Superior Scaffold Services, it is my job to train workers to become Competent Persons in Supported and Suspended Scaffold. Virtual Reality training allows the trainer to simulate a realistic scenario at heights, without risking the safety of the trainees, or the instructor.

Robert Smith, Supervisor of Instruction, NJ/MD/DC Apprentice Training Funds
Rob is currently, the Supervisor of Instruction for the Northeast Regional Council Apprentice Training Fund.  In this role, Rob is working to create a first class, common core apprentice curriculum for each of the KML Carpenters apprentice trades, using best practices of contractors, product manufactures, training centers experiences, technology and Carpenters International Training Fund resources.  Rob is a 26-year union carpenter from Philadelphia. Rob has worked on projects in the field in the Tri State Area as a Foreman, General Foreman and Project Superintendent, most recently as Project Superintendent on the Fashion District of Philadelphia -35 million-dollar AMC movie theatre.  Previously, he worked for the Carpenters Joint Apprentice Committee of Philadelphia as an instructor, scheduler and grant coordinator for 11 years. Rob has a Vocational education certificate from Temple University, is an OSHA 500 certified instructor and a LEED Green Associate.  Rob has worked to win awards of over 3 million grant funding and 1 million in donations to aid the Philadelphia JAC training budget. Rob is an avid Philadelphia sports fan, ice hockey player and USA Hockey certified coach of 25 years.  Rob currently resides in Aston, PA with his wife MaryAnne and two sons, Robert and Ryan.

Daniel Stein, Product Manager, Virtual Reality, NextWave Safety Solutions
Daniel Stein is a Product Manager for virtual reality at Next Wave Safety Solutions.  He works with subject matter experts and a team of artists and developers to design, create, support, and promote virtual reality safety training.  Daniel has worked in the VR industry for the past 5 years and holds several certifications in the industries he creates training for (including construction safety, industrial powered vehicles, active shooter instruction, and defensive driving).  Daniel holds a bachelor's degree in history from Skidmore College.

May 16, 2019 - 8:00am - FREE Seminar: Safety Training for Fall Prevention in Construction

Construction workers make up approximately four percent of the country’s workforce but account for an average of 19% of all job-related fatalities each year. Consistently, over the past five years approximately 35-39% of those fatalities are from falls. Falls account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction industry, especially among small businesses and businesses with Hispanic workers. In addition, fall protection violations continue to be among the most cited standards in the construction industry. AGC of America is pleased to offer this one-day training program based on OSHA standards and best practices to answer the need for quality training within the industry. 

Who should attend? 

  • Company Officers
  • Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Foremen

What will you learn? 

  • Fall Protection Statistics
  • OSHA Standards for Fall Protection
  • How to Identify Fall Hazard Locations
  • Selection and Criteria of Fall Protection Systems and Equipment
  • Fall Protection Training Requirements

*This course provide .8 CEU

** The training on May 17th will include a "Train the Trainer" option, which will include additional printed materials. 


This is a one-day training. When you register please also note if you plan to attend on May 16th or May 17th. 

You may also download THIS FORM, and send the completed form to

May 23, 2019 - 3:00pm - CLC Hard Hat Tour and Happy Hour

Join the Construction Leadership Council of GBCA for an exclusive hard hat tour of Fashion District Philadelphia. 

The tour will be followed by a happy hour at the Iron Hill Brewery. 

To learn more about this project click here


June 4, 2019 - 12:00pm - WEBINAR: Target Value Delivery: Leveraging Builder Expertise to Deliver a Better Building

Target Value Delivery is a set of lean design and construction practices developed from an understanding of lean principles that integrates the work of people planning, design, and constructing a building project. The intent is to develop a facility that aligns with the operational needs and values of the users, is delivered within an allowable budget, and promotes innovation throughout the development process.

This webinar will focus on Target Value Delivery from a builder’s perspective. It will include a brief introduction to lean design and construction, including background on the development of the Target Value Delivery. It will continue with a description of the builder’s role in each of the core practices, and conclude with a case study of how the practices were used on a recent project.

Who Should Attend? Senior level management focused on client relationships, project managers, and cost estimators from construction managers, general contractors, and trade contractors.


AGC of America recognizes GBCA’s Target Value Delivery Webinar as qualifying for continuing education hours towards the renewal of AGC’s Certificate of Management-Lean Construction (CM-Lean). Each hour of educational content is equal to 1 hour of CE credit. Attendees may earn 1 hour of CE Credit by attending this webinar.









Tom Richert, Principal, Lean Project Consulting, Inc.

Tom coaches lean transformations at the project team and enterprise levels, primarily for owners, architects, contractors, and suppliers in the building design and construction industry. His approach employs a combination of team-based training with hands-on simulations followed by on-the-job observations and coaching, often on a one-on-one basis. His current focus is on helping leadership and project teams develop sustained enthusiasm for lean practices.

Tom began his work with lean principles in 2000 while working at the Linbeck Group, a founding member of the Lean Construction Institute. He was responsible for leading the implementation of lean practices on two New England projects in 2001 and co-designed and delivered companywide lean training workshops. His undergraduate degree in architecture is from Washington University.

Tom has lectured on lean construction at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He is a member of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), and has presented work at past LCI annual conferences. He has facilitated workshops at conferences for Lean Frontiers, the Lean Enterprise Institute, and the Lean Construction Institute; and is a contributor to the Lean Enterprise Institute Lean Post. He is author of Lean Conversations, reporting insights from his work that John Shook, Executive Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Institute, calls the beginning of a landmark initiative.







Susan Pratt Reinhardt, LEED AP, PMP, Associate Principal, Lean Project Consulting, Inc.

Susan began her career as an architect in 1991 designing schools in Switzerland. She excels at managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders, and has acted as project manager for public projects ranging from a $1.5M mountain library to $30M recreation centers to a $4B university in Saudi Arabia. 

Susan quickly developed a reputation for rescuing failing projects and bringing order out of chaos. She began developing new project management methods early in her career to ensure that projects were successful from the beginning. She now coaches project teams on Lean methods, helping them thoroughly satisfy their clients on time and on budget, without resorting to work holidays or weekends!

This is the second webinar in a four part series hosted by GBCA this year.

Save the Dates:

  • March 18 – From Kickoff to Closeout with Josh Progar, PlanGrid, and Steven Martinez, Related Companies
  • June 4 - Target Value Delivery with Tom Richert, Lean Project Consulting, Inc.
  • September 11 - BIM for Facilities Management with Kelly Vigneault, CHOP
  • November 12 – TBD


June 17, 2019 - 11:00am - 2019 GBCA Golf Outing


  • 11:00 am – 12:15 pm: Registration & Buffet Lunch
  • 12:30 pm (sharp): Shot Gun Start
  • 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Open Bar, Hors d’oeuvres, Dinner, Awarding of Golf Prizes

*When you register please tell us if you would like to be on the walking course, or have a cart* 



Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given one week prior to the event. Click here to view the full cancellation and refund policy. 



June 26, 2019 - 5:00pm - GBCA Safety Awards Reception

GBCA invites member safety professionals, executives, and owners to a reception to celebrate and honor those GBCA members who have received safety awards in 2018; these awards include the Associated General Contractors or America's National Safety Awards and the GBCA Project Safety Awards. 

GBCA has a long-standing commitment to safety in the commercial construction workplace, and has continued to reinforce our credibility in the construction industry and safety communities. Safety awards provide member firms with a source of pride and prestige. Our award programs provide the opportunity to document your firm’s achievements in safety, receive well-deserved recognition from your peers in the industry, and provide you a competitive advantage.

Project Safety Awards are designed to acknowledge safe work sites by providing the site owners with a plaque commemorating safe work performed by GBCA members while assigned to their projects.  The GBCA produces the plaque which is then given to the eligible member.  The member, at their convenience, then presents the plaque to the owner or their representative.

To learn more about the Project Safety Awards, or to submit for a Project Safety Award, CLICK HERE. 

This event will include an open bar, hors d'ouevres, and complimentary parking! 

**Parking is located in back of the building.**


Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given one week prior to the event. Click here to view the full cancelation and refund policy. 



September 9, 2019 - 4:30pm - The Principles of Estimating: 10-Week Series

Principles of Estimating is a 10-week basics level course, designed to cover the values of estimating and prepare professionals with an understanding of the estimating process. This program will not cover deeply how to estimate each trade, but rather will point out what constitutes each trades estimate. Nights 1 through 9 will cover the principles with the final night covering estimating software. As technology and software changes and evolves, it’s important to understand the basics of estimating, not just the ability to input an estimate into a program. Participants will take away from this course an understanding of the estimating process. Instructor Terrence McGeehan brings over 55 years of industry experience to GBCA for this program. Mr. McGeehan is a Certified Professional Estimator, a Fellow at the American Society of Professional Estimators, and the Principal of Construction Consultants, Inc.

Dinner will be provided each night. This class is capped at 20 participants.

Course Syllabus: 

September 9:
Tools of the trade
Pre-bid conference
Site Visit
Estimating Forms
General Conditions
Insurance & Taxes

September 16:
Site Excavation
Site Concrete
Storm Drainage
Bituminus Paving

September 23:
Building Concrete

September 30:
Structural Steel
Steel Joist
Metal Deck
Misc Metals
Architectural Metals

October 7: 
Damp-proofing / Waterproofing

October 14:
Doors / Frames / Hardware
Glass & Glazing

October 21:
Ceramic Tile
Wall Covering

October 28:

November 4:
Bid Day Exercise

November 11:
Guest Speaker – Estimating Software  


October 29, 2019 - 8:00am - Construction Technology Expo

Join the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA), Architectural Glass & Metal Association (AGMA), the Mechanical & Service Contractors Association of Eastern PA (M&SCA), and the National Electrical Contractors Association of Southeastern PA, NJ and DE (NECA) as we host our second annual Construction Technology Expo, presented by PlanGrid!

Technology and innovation have revolutionized, and will continue to change, the way we build. The second annual GBCA Construction Technology Expo will offer insight on new technologies that are transforming all stages of the engineering and construction process, as well as give guests an opportunity to see, touch, and feel all types of applications, platforms, products, and services.

Join us to make sure your firm is up to speed on new applications, tools, technologies and platforms. From our keynote and breakout sessions to our hands-on expo floor, learn how to implement new products and services, how they are being used in the idustry, the common pitfalls of technology, and have the opportunity to share and exchange information with other firms.





CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: Are you a general contractor, construction manager, subcontractor, or specialty contractor implementing cutting edge technology on your projects? If so, submit your information via this form to by April 15, 2019.


Tentative Agenda:

8:00 am               Registration & Vendor Exhibits Open

9:30 am               Keynote

11:00 am             Breakout Session

12:00 pm             Lunch

1:00 pm               Breakout Session

3:00 pm               Breakout Session

4:00 pm               Exhibit Floor Closes, Event Ends


Exhibitors Include: 

  • ARC Document Solutions
  • Med-Tex Services
  • Microsol Resources
  • PlanGrid




For sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities, contact Angela Hendrix at

See GBCA’s 2018 Construction Technology Expo here!


Presenting Sponsor: 




Platinum Sponsor:







Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given one week prior to the event. Click here to view the full cancellation and refund policy. 

Upcoming Events

2019 GBCA Annual Sponsorship Packages

Start Date:November 28, 2018 - 12:00pm

End Date:December 31, 2019 - 5:00pm

Fee:$500 - $20,000

Location:Pay now for your annual sponsorship!

Technology Lunch & Learn: Making Safety Training Safer with Virtual and Augmented Reality

Start Date:May 7, 2019 - 12:00pm

End Date:May 7, 2019 - 2:00pm

Fee:Member: $25 Non-Member: $50

Location:Carpenters Health & Welfare

FREE Seminar: Safety Training for Fall Prevention in Construction

Start Date:May 16, 2019 - 8:00am

End Date:May 17, 2019 - 5:00pm



CLC Hard Hat Tour and Happy Hour

Start Date:May 23, 2019 - 3:00pm

End Date:May 23, 2019 - 7:00pm

Fee:Member: $50  Non-Member: $100

Location:8th to 11th, from Market to Filbert

WEBINAR: Target Value Delivery: Leveraging Builder Expertise to Deliver a Better Building

Start Date:June 4, 2019 - 12:00pm

End Date:June 4, 2019 - 1:00pm

Fee:Members: $25 Non-Members: $50




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