Building Central Florida - Issue 2, 2024

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Career and Technical Education
Continuing Contracts
Private Provider Reforms
Workplace Heat Exposure and Employment Requirements
ABC's Tool Time Tax Holiday Gets Renewed
Federal Updates


The St. Johns River Water Management District's Apopka Service Center, a collaboration between The Collage Companies, Straughn Trout Architects, and TLC Engineering, epitomizes sustainable construction. Meeting high Florida Green Building standards, the center integrates eco-friendly practices and materials, earning a GOLD Level certification and recognition for its commitment to environmental stewardship. This project sets a benchmark for green buildings, emphasizing the importance of functionality and environmental responsibility.

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I am proud to say that ABC has continued to raise the bar on your behalf to help you develop people, win work, and do that work safely, ethically, and profitably for the betterment of the community in which we work and live.

In this issue you will see resources and opportunities such as our Safety Captive and AI resource guide. We are providing our members help to secure projects and grow their businesses successfully based on MERIT. Highlighted in this issue, is our partnership with Orlando Health for upcoming projects and a look back at the St. Johns River Water Management District Service center, as well as the progress on the Howard Frankland Bridge. Don’t miss your chance to have your projects recognized though the Excellence in Construction Awards – the entry deadline is April 30.

ABC has been expanding our extensive training and educational programs to enhance the skills and knowledge of our members. Learn more in this issue about the Third Annual Construction Technology and Innovation Conference on May 7 and how to sign up today and participate. Also, through our Safety Captive, STEP program, Safety Academy, and upcoming Total Human Health Week, ABC is promoting a culture of safety. We are also protecting our members by opposing the final OSHA Worker Walkaround Rule as it is bad policy and does not prioritize workplace safety. This final rule, in which OSHA amends it’s Representatives of Employees and Employees regulation, allows employees to choose a third-party representative, such as an outside union representative or community organizer, to accompany an OSHA safety inspector into nonunion workplaces during site inspections.

We remain committed to upholding the principles of the merit shop philosophy and driving positive change within the construction industry which can be seen with the great work done in our recent Florida State legislative session and our efforts nationally. In this legislative issue we delve into the significant bills and reforms affecting our industry such as: Continuing Contracts, Private Provider Reforms, Workplace Heat Exposure and Employer Requirements, and Career and Technical Education expansion efforts.

Nationally, we are fighting the fight to ensure that all work can be bid on regardless of union or non-union affiliation. We will always be champions for free enterprise and open competition. We fight the fight for your right to work. For example, ABC filed suit in federal court on March 28 to stop the Biden administration’s unlawful scheme to mandate project labor agreements on construction contracts procured by federal agencies. Over 9.5 out of 10 Florida construction

At the ABC National Convention in March, the Chapter was nationally recognized as a:

- High Performing Chapter, marking a significant achievement for the Southeast Region,

- Outstanding in Membership Retention,

- Exceptional in Membership Growth,

- Successful in Membership Goal Achievement.

workers are merit shop. We estimate the Biden pro-PLA policy will affect at least 180 federal construction contracts valued at $16 billion across America on an annual basis, including several federal construction contracts for projects in Jacksonville and dozens of projects in Florida and the Southeast. ABC members won 54% of the $205.56 billion in federal contracts worth $35 million or more during fiscal years 2009-2023 and built award-winning projects safely, on time, and on budget, without unnecessary government-mandated PLAs. Learn more at abc. org/bidenplafaqs and at

Lastly, our hearts go out to our sister chapter ABC Baltimore during this difficult time for the ABC community. Please send your thoughts and prayers to the colleagues and families of the employees who were working on the Francis Scott Key Bridge the evening of its collapse. ABCares created a “designated” fund and any money donated will be given to the Baltimore Chapter; 100% for assistance and support of the families of the victims of this tragedy.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to excellence in commercial construction.

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According to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of 2023 state union membership data published recently by, 97.5% of Florida’s construction workers in private industry do not belong to a union. Nationwide, a record 89.3% of construction workers do not belong to a union, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, up from 88.3% in 2022.

Approximately 7.9 million construction industry professionals did not belong to a union in 2023, and the number of merit shop construction professionals continues to grow year after year. President Joe Biden’s exclusionary policies may secure him endorsements from special interest donors and organized labor, but the overwhelming majority of Florida’s construction industry is operating in a nonunion environment. Biden administration policies threaten to inflate construction costs, steer public works contracts to donors with little competition and exacerbate the construction industry’s skilled labor shortage, all of which stand to undermine taxpayer investments in America’s infrastructure, clean energy and manufacturing projects. All qualified contractors and their employees should be encouraged to bid on and build taxpayer-funded construction projects, so they can be awarded based on cost, quality and safety, not union affiliation.

ABC will continue to challenge exclusionary policies and advocate for all construction workers

controversial Davis-Bacon final rule, the redefinition of independent contractor status and the unprecedented expansion of labor policies onto private construction projects through federal tax code via the Inflation Reduction Act.

The Biden administration continues to push unproductive, anti-competitive regulations, like government-mandated project labor agreements on federal and federally assisted construction projects, sweeping overhauls to the government-registered apprenticeship system, the


Support our efforts in Tallahassee to promote merit shop construction

Construction industry freedom and choice to affiliate with unions independent of government interference creates immense value for taxpayers and the construction industry, which is why ABC will continue to challenge exclusionary policies and advocate for all construction workers to be welcome to build taxpayer-funded construction projects.

ABC of Florida, once again, worked hard in Tallahassee to protect Merit Shop construction this past session through changes to Continuing Contracts with a bill to increase the current statutory cap from $4 million to $7.5 million, private provider reforms, as well as a bill on career and technical education to help address the expanding workforce shortage while allowing teenagers to better explore careers in construction. 









Associated Builders and Contractors has released an artificial intelligence technology guide for the construction community, which includes definitions, construction use cases and considerations. The purpose of the guide is to provide a level of knowledge to ensure contractors can be active participants in the construction AI conversation.

“ABC helps members realize the potential of AI, which helps contractors complete projects on time, minimize staffing challenges, save money and improve health and safety,” said Matt Abeles, ABC vice president of construction technology and innovation. “The construction industry is faced with a steep worker shortage of more than half of a million in 2024, and promising technologies like AI can help address this challenge. As younger workers become industry leaders, we must approach AI in construction as beneficial with a balanced view that includes continuous evaluation, developing ethical guidelines and increasing awareness about what AI can and cannot do.”

“The possibilities of AI technology may sound endless, but we must first educate ourselves on the basics, and this resource is a starting point to understand AI and its potential impact on the construction industry,” said ABC Director of Construction Technology and Innovation Patrick Scarpati. “The industry has



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The guide describes uses of AI during the construction project lifecycle, including preconstruction, construction and building maintenance. It also provides definitions of terms, such as deep learning and predictive AI, as well as best practices in drafting office AI policies.

ABC creates the conditions for construction companies to innovate, differentiate, attract and educate their top talent, ultimately to win and deliver work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. ABC continues to invest in helping its members select and understand high-quality construction technology available to them through its Tech Report, Tech Alliance, Tech Marketplace and Safety Tech Guide. Visit 



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Over 100 ABC members met in Tallahassee for the Annual ABC of Florida Legislative Conference in January. The capitol was full of activity and committee meetings and lunch with guest speaker Representative John Snyder and Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson; the group had the privilege to visit the Senate chamber and hear from Senate President Kathlee Passidomo and Senator Ben Albritton.

Members collaborated with legislators from all counties such as Senator Jason Brodeur, Senator Travis Hutson, Representative Keith Truenow, Representative David Smith, Representative Webster Barnaby, Representative Susan Placensia, and Representative Joanna Lopez to name a few.


Florida CFO Jimmy Patronis and Attorney General Ashley Moody took time out of their busy schedules to speak to members.

ABC’s session-long presence at the Capitol and direct conversations between members and legislators made the difference showing the real-life impact that these bills have on the construction industry. It is ABC and our members that are advocating for the rights of merit shop and free enterprise, as well as continuing to gain the workforce needed to support the industry.

The bills have worked their way through the House and Senate with strong support and following are the big ABC wins of the 2024 session. | THE CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION OF CHOICE 9
Carol Bowen ABC of Florida Chief Lobbyist Christopher T. Dawson Shareholder/Government Affairs Advisor Orlando/Tampa Robert F. Stuart Jr. Senior Government Affairs Advisor Orlando/Tallahassee Christopher L. Carmody Jr. Shareholder Orlando/ Tallahassee


“Priorities come from all of us, as members. A lot of legislators don’t know what construction is, what these priorities mean for the industry, and we need to tell them. Get involved – see how the sausage is made, come to the planning conference, go to to take the survey, and contribute however you can.”

(From left) Ben Goodin, Michael Moore, Taylor Dupree, Matt Walton, Representative Susan Placensia, Tom Wert, Ray Bastin, Rachel Dobbs, Juan Garcia, and Kevin Guerra.

PASSED - Continuing Contracts – HB149 Alvarez / SB 656 DiCeglie

This legislation increased the cap on continuing contracts public works opportunities from $4 million to $7.5 million and attaches future caps to the Consumer Price Index. Continuing contracts saves local governments and the private sector time and money by streamlining the procurement process while remaining competitive.

PASSED - Private Provider Reforms – HB267 Esposito / SB684 DiCeglie

This started as its own bill, but the legislation ended up being added in a Residential Permitting Bill – this comprehensive piece of legislation is a combination of the original ABC Private Provider Legislation, additional language from the Private Provider Association, and Representative Esposito’s priority goal of setting real timelines and deadlines for Building Departments to meet for plan reviews and issuing of permits.

The Bill - requires local governments to approve, approve with conditions, or deny a complete and sufficient permit application within the following time frames:

• 30 business days for the following permits for structures that are less than 7,500 SF: single-family residential unit or dwelling, accessory structure, alarm, electrical, irrigation, landscaping, mechanism, plumbing, or roofing.

• 60 business days for the above-mentioned permits for structures more than 7,500 SF.

• 60 business days for signs and nonresidential buildings less than 25,000 SF.

• 120 business days for multifamily residential not exceeding 50 units, certain site-plan approvals and subdivision plans, lot grading, and site alteration.

• 15 business days for master building permits for sitespecific building permit.

• 10 business days for single-family dwellings utilizing the Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Program.

• The bill modifies provisions requiring local governments to refund permit fees for failure to comply with the applicable timeframes and applies specific timeframes for the processing of permit applications submitted with an affidavit from a private provider who is a licensed engineer or architect.

• Provides an exception to the fee reduction provision when a delay is caused by the applicant or by a force majeure or other extraordinary circumstance.

• Provides that completing an internship program for residential building inspectors is a pathway for licensure as a residential building inspector.

• Reduces the time frame that a local government must issue a building permit to a private provider who is a licensed engineer or architect who seals the affidavit, to 10 days after application, from 20 days.

• Provides that the Florida Building Commission must review certain standards for unvented attics before December 31, 2024, and that certain standards will be effective related to such attics on July 1, 2025.

Finally, the bill requires the Florida Building Commission to provide an exception in the Florida Building Code relating to sealed drawings by a design professional for replacement windows, doors, and garages.

PASSED - Career and Technical Education

– HB917 Snyder / SB460 Simon

The primary purpose of this bill is to order the REACH office for Governor DeSantis to work with the Department of Education and the Department of Commerce to review and assess Florida’s current Career and Technical Education opportunities, how many CTE offerings currently exist, identify any areas lacking options and opportunities, review funding levels, and make recommendations back to the legislature based on in-demand industry needs. It will also look at how CTE is funded and identify if there are ways to streamline the process.

This bill cleans up existing and conflicting journeymen definitions, making them more uniform, mandating reciprocity among local jurisdictions, and eliminates the opportunity to charge a fee to confirm the journeyman standing.

It also establishes that a year of the related technical instruction of an apprenticeship program can result in a college credit. The bill eliminates the previously formed Talent Development Council as it has completed its legislatively established purpose and instead, shifts similar efforts to the REACH office. | THE CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION OF CHOICE 11
Representative John Snyder (left) with Tom Wert

Lastly, the bill establishes that 16-and 17-year-olds may get on-the-job experience on residential construction projects. They must comply with existing OSHA and Fair Labor Standards Act regulations and under no circumstances may they work on a roof.

PASSED - Workplace Heat Exposure and Employment Requirements

– HB433 Esposito / SB1492 Trumbull

This bill was a true collaborative effort among many different industry groups working to ensure that Florida has ONE heat safety standard rather than 67 different county ones and hundreds of municipal ones. The group that got this done is: Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida, Associated General Contractors, Associated Industries of Florida, Agriculture groups, the Chamber and the Florida Homebuilders Association.

The legislation ensures that regulating safety regulations for heat exposure is preempted to OSHA. While opponents incorrectly argued that there are no current standards, OSHA does have the Duty of Care requirements for employers - requiring them to ensure a safe work environment for their employees. Additionally, OSHA is working on a more comprehensive and specific regulation on heat safety standards for the workplace. Currently available on OSHA's website is best practice information this topic. OSHA website -

In addition to the complete preemption of local governments establishing and enforcing heat exposure ordinances, the bill also prevents political subdivisions from using evaluation factors, qualification of bidders, or otherwise award preferences on the basis of wages or employment benefits provided by vendors, contractors, service providers, or other parties doing business with the political subdivision.

ABC's Tool Time Tax Holiday Gets Renewed

Between September 1 and September 7 Floridians will have the sales taxes eliminated on critical industry tools for contractors and individuals getting their start in the industry. Thank you to Rep. Stan McClain and House bill 7073 on Taxation.

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Noteworthy Bills

Iron and Steel Only Made in USA Allowed in Public Works Projects – SB674

This bill requires a governmental entity that contracts for a public works project or for the purchase of materials for a public works project to require that any iron or steel product that will be permanently incorporated into the project be produced in the United States. The bill waives this contract requirement if the governmental entity determines that any of the following apply:

• The iron or steel products required are not produced in the United States in sufficient quantities, are not reasonably available, or are of an unsatisfactory quality;

• The use will increase the total cost of the project by more than 20%;

Compliance is inconsistent with the public interest. A governmental entity may allow a minimal use of foreign iron or steel materials in the project, if they are ancillary to the primary product and the cost of the materials does not exceed 10% of the total contract cost, or $2,500, whichever is greater. These provisions do not apply to contracts procured by the Florida Department of Transportation that are subject to the federal Buy America requirements. The bill requires the Department of Management Services to develop guidelines and procedures by rule to implement the bill.

New Technology Council – SB1680

Creates the Government Technology Modernization Council within the Department of Management Services for a specified purpose.

Council’s purpose is to generally study and monitor the development and deployment of AI systems and provide reports on such systems to the Governor and the Legislature. The council will submit two annual reports: one addressing how to modernize government technology, and the other addressing ransomware incidents.

Generative AI systems can quicken access to ideas and knowledge by helping people more efficiently gather new information, help automate a wide variety of administrative and repetitive tasks and enhance the productivity of many industries. Generative AI systems can also be used in more nefarious ways including increasing the speed and scale of many real-world harms, facilitating the development and proliferation of false information, facilitate the use of copyrighted, proprietary, or sensitive data, without the owner’s or subject’s knowledge, reduce the privacy for users, including minors, through the retention of personally identifiable information without consent, etc.

This bill seeks to address concerns about the potential misuse or unintended consequences of AI and prompt efforts to examine and develop standards at the federal and state levels.

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Noteworthy Bills

Building Construction Regulations and System Warranties – HB481 / SB612

Celebrating Jimmy Buffet – SR 642

This resolution celebrates the late Jimmy Buffet. Transportation Facility Designations/Jimmy Buffett Highway - SB84 Rep. Lauren Book – designates State Road A1A as “Jimmy Buffet Memorial Highway.”

Specialty License Plates/ Margaritaville - SB 434 Rep.

Gayl Harrell directs the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to create a “Margaritaville” license plate honoring the musician, citing his most famous song. The plate signation would cost $7,680 and a committee bill analysis notes that proceeds of the sale will be distributed to the Signing for Change Charitable Foundation to provide grants to nonprofit organizations in communities impacted by natural or manmade disasters. These grants provide for recovery, rebuilding, and future sustainability in those communities, and to promote and inspire local grassroots leadership that will work to improve the quality of life in those communities and the state.

• Expands the scope of work for specified HVAC system contractors to include specified line-side repairs or replacements and the repair or replacement of specified components for dedicated HVAC circuits under specified conditions. Changes current Florida Law that only a licensed electrical contractor may perform “line side” work on the dedicated HVAC electrical disconnect switch. Thus, HVAC system contractors, whether they are class A, class B, or mechanical, are currently prohibited from replacing, disconnecting, or reconnecting power wiring on the line side of the dedicated HVAC disconnect switch or from repairing or replacing power wiring, disconnects, breakers, or fuses for dedicated HVAC circuits.

• Prohibits the conditioning of an HVAC system warranty on product registration and specifies that the full length of such a warranty’s coverage term begins on the date a licensed contractors installs the system.

Public Works Projects – HB705

Revises the definition of the term “public works project” to be something that is paid for with any local or state funding. When a project meets that definition, local governments are preempted from mandating certain wage rates, hiring practices, apprenticeship education via specific apprenticeship providers, etc. It also removed permissions for local governments to impose geographic local preferences. The second part of that bill allows local governments to utilize a local preference when the funding for the project comes 100% from the local government. | THE CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION OF CHOICE 15
From left: Mark Orler, Representative Webster Barnaby, Charles Bracco, and Michael Jordan.

BLOCKED - Construction Contracting – HB1563/ SB1778

ABC helped KILL Construction Contracting which would have impacted our multi-family and condo builders. The bill would have required a “designated contractor or qualified business” that received a payment of $10,000 or more before commencement pursuant to a contract for residential real property improvements to, within 3 business days of receipt, place such payment in an escrow account with specified depository institutions, attorneys, or real estate brokers. Among other things it also would have provided that any specified contractor or business organization that willfully violates the escrow requirement commits a third-degree felony.

Federal Updates:

President Biden issued an Executive Order, Scaling and Expanding the Use of Registered Apprenticeships in Industries and the Federal Government and Promoting Labor-Management Forums. ABC issued a statement regarding the EO and how it will disrupt the construction industry.

“While ABC supports efforts to expand government-registered apprenticeship programs—or GRAPs—as part of an all-of-the above approach to upskilling the construction industry, this latest executive overreach by the Biden administration is likely to be very disruptive and will undermine taxpayer investments in the construction of infrastructure, clean energy and domestic manufacturing projects, the executive order creates an artificial demand for contractors and apprentices participating in GRAPs by directing federal agencies to require or incentivize GRAP participation on federal and federally assisted projects.”


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ABC Annual Bourbon Bash PAC Fundraiser

February 22, 2024

The annual PAC Fundraiser in February raised a record amount of money for our local chapter PAC. This money will be especially important in this general election year to endorse candidates that support and defend open competition and merit shop construction. Thank you to everyone who attended!



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WITHUM CELEBRATES 50 YEARS: A Legacy of Excellence in Construction Services

Since its inception, Withum has achieved remarkable success through its team of expert accountants and advisors. On March 21, 2024, the public accounting firm commemorated 50 years of delivering world-class accounting, tax, and advisory services. This significant milestone is attributed to Withum’s unwavering commitment to building strong relationships with clients, team members, and the communities it serves.

The Withum story traces back to 1974, when Frederick Withum, Leonard Smith, and Ivan Brown launched the firm with just six team members in a small New Jersey office. Today, Withum boasts an impressive workforce of nearly 2,500 team members across 24 offices, spanning both coasts and internationally. Despite this extensive geographic presence and growth, the “Withum Way” culture permeates every office. This unique culture fosters innovation, passion, and a work hard/play hard attitude, all while upholding the highest standards of integrity and quality.

Withum’s Construction practice has deep historical roots within the firm, being one of its first industryfocused practices. Remarkably, some of Withum’s longest-standing clients are companies in the construction sector. The Florida based Construction Services Team (CST) is under the leadership of Ray Bastin, CPA, CGMA.

With an impressive 20-year career, Ray oversees a dedicated team of 10 members who service clients in all aspects of the construction industry in the Florida region. Beyond the CST’s strong presence in Florida, Withum has 14 key leaders who contribute to the practice’s geographic footprint in NJ, NY, PA, MA, RI, DC, MD, and CA. Together, they play a pivotal role in advancing Withum’s commitment to world-class service nationwide.

Withum’s CST is active in many industry organizations as an advocate aiming to improve, protect and educate the construction community. Withum is proud to sponsor trade organization events and conferences to promote industry growth.

Over the past 50 years, Withum has seen tremendous growth and continues to rank among the best accounting firms in the country. During this past year, Withum ranked 16th on Construction Executive’s Top 50 Construction Accounting Firms List™ and was named a Top 25 accounting firm by Inside Public Accounting. These accolades reflect Withum’s intentional effort to bring in and retain the best and brightest to expand its knowledge and service capabilities for construction-based businesses, among other industries.

Withum’s CST has long been an integral part of the construction community, surpassing conventional advisory and accounting roles to serve as a trusted advisor and strategic partner. The key to the firm’s achievements lies in its exceptional team members—individuals selected for their innovative, entrepreneurial mindset, and commitment to client service. Looking ahead, Withum remains dedicated to educating, coaching, and supporting the construction community for many more years. Their mission is to empower and uplift the industry, ensuring sustained growth and excellence.  | THE CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION OF CHOICE 19
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A Paradigm of Sustainable Construction

A Paradigm of Sustainable Construction

A Paradigm of Sustainable Construction

In the realm of innovative and sustainable construction, the St. Johns River Water Management District's (SJRWMD) Apopka Service Center stands as a beacon of modern architectural achievement. This project, spearheaded by The Collage Companies in collaboration with Straughn Trout Architects and TLC Engineering, represents a significant step forward in eco-friendly building. Designed to meet the highest Florida Green Building standards, it demonstrates a harmonious blend of functionality, environmental responsibility, and aesthetic appeal.

Collaboration and Design Process

The success of the Apopka Service Center is rooted in the design-build approach employed by The Collage Companies. This method facilitated seamless communication and collaboration among the contractor, subcontractors, and the owner, ensuring a streamlined process from conception to completion. The project's architectural vision, guided by Straughn Trout Architects, was to create a structure that not only served its practical purpose but also resonated with SJRWMD’s ethos of environmental stewardship.

Challenges in Construction

One of the primary challenges in this project was adhering to the rigorous Florida Green Building standards. Selecting materials that were both resilient and maintenance-free, while also complementing the natural surroundings, required meticulous planning and execution. A significant achievement was the integration of natural daylighting, enabling over 80% of the building’s occupants to enjoy exterior views, a feat that demanded precision in both design and construction.

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Sustainability and Green Initiatives

At the heart of the Apopka Service Center are its sustainability and green initiatives. The Collage Companies' dedication to ecofriendly practices is evident in the use of sustainable materials and energy-efficient systems throughout the building. Features like waterless urinals, highly efficient lighting, and advanced mechanical systems underscore the project's commitment to reducing environmental impact. The site’s landscaping, incorporating Florida-native xeriscape that requires no irrigation, and the strategic use of reclaimed water, highlights the importance of water conservation in the region.

Awards and Recognition

The project's environmental efforts did not go unnoticed. While specifics about the Collage Companies’ ABC Certified Green Contractor status are not provided, their commitment to sustainable construction is clear. The project earned a GOLD level certification from The Florida Green Building Coalition, a testament to its adherence to high sustainability standards. Additionally, the project garnered the ABC EIC Eagle Award solidifying its status as a landmark in green construction.

Project Impact and Conclusion

The Apopka Service Center is more than just a building; it's a testament to the Collage Companies' dedication to sustainable construction practices. By prioritizing environmental responsibility without sacrificing functionality, the project sets a new standard for green buildings in Florida. The long-term benefits, including significant cost savings and a reduced environmental footprint, will resonate for years to come. This project serves not only as a functional hub for the SJRWMD but also as a shining example of how construction can harmoniously coexist with nature, benefiting both the community and the environment.  | THE CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION OF CHOICE 21

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…recently built its fourth consecutive new home for Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola County’s “Home for the Holidays” building initiative. Their veteran team was able to build this new home for a well-deserving family in just 10 days, with all the labor and materials donated by their amazing subcontractor and member subcontractors team! The “Home for the Holidays” build is a great event that brings their team together each year to create a positive impact on the community and create affordable housing for families that are a part of the Habitat for Humanity program. For over 100 years, Williams Company has embraced supporting local charities, and they plan to continue giving back to their community for another 100 years!

…proudly introduces Andy Yarber as their newest divisional manager. Andy has an impressive 30-year career in the construction industry with robust experience in both field and operational roles and holds a degree in construction management from Michigan State University. In his role, Andy will focus on enhancing customer service in the industrial and hospitality sectors. Andy's reputation for delivering results and fostering innovation aligns seamlessly with the company's vision, marking a significant milestone in Williams Company’s trajectory.

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…The day was rainy and dreary, yet the celebration was perfect! O’Nekay Campbell and her four young children cut the ribbon on their brand-new, four-bedroom Habitat for Humanity SeminoleApopka home in Sanford. For the first time, they will have a house and yard in which to play.

O’Nekay was thrilled to be buying the 2023 “HomeBuilders Blitz” house, constructed through Habitat’s partnership with WhartonSmith, Inc. Construction Group and the 29 subcontractors they enlisted to donate funds or materials, talent, and labor. The partnership with Wharton-Smith, a commercial-industrial contractor headquartered in Sanford, is over a decade long.

O’Nekay’s new home is a promise kept to her children. A supervisor at a neurology practice, she worked hard, putting in sweat equity hours and taking financial literacy, home maintenance, and other classes to become a successful homeowner. “The house is a blessing with my name on it. This property was made for me.”

A company’s character is revealed in what it does, reads Wharton-Smith’s website. “And WhartonSmith’s character is one of truly caring about quality of life and affordable homeownership right here in our community,” said Habitat Seminole-Apopka CEO Penny Seater. “Their President & CEO Tim Smith is dedicated to giving back. He loves when he can turn the keys over to a family like O’Nekay’s.”

Tim believes homes like this can be a solution to the affordability crisis. “This home may not be the total solution," he said. “But it does make an impact on the overall issue.” That’s why Wharton-Smith helps Habitat make an impact one house and one family at a time and why he encourages other local builders to do the same. Please visit to become involved.

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…broke ground on an exciting new multi-family development – 52 at Park. Located at 3255 West Colonial Drive, this development is set to transform the Central Florida landscape, offering a modern and vibrant living experience in the heart of Orlando.

Comprising a mix of two 4-story buildings, six 3-story structures, and a clubhouse, this development will boast 300 units. The project broke ground in January of this year and is expected to be completed by early 2026.

Lincoln Avenue Communities (LAC), a prominent advocate for affordable housing and community strengthening, has chosen WPC as the trusted construction partner for their latest development. Their mission revolves around providing quality, affordable homes while delivering social, environmental, and financial benefits to residents and communities.

WPC's extensive expertise in multi-family construction positions them to bring Lincoln Avenue Communities' vision to life, creating an exceptional living environment focused on comfort, community, and connectivity. This partnership underscores Lincoln Avenue Communities' confidence in WPC's ability to execute its vision effectively.

“We are thrilled that our newest ground-up development, 52 at Park, broke ground this month,” said Jordan Richter, LAC vice president and project partner. “When complete, 52 at Park’s 300 units will play an important role in helping confront the affordable housing crisis in Orlando, where families and individuals face a limited supply of homes and escalating rents.”

WPC, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2024, has firmly established itself as one of Florida's premier builders in the multifamily market. With nearly 40,000 completed multi-family units in our portfolio, they are committed to creating spaces that foster a sense of belonging, connection, and vitality. Their dedication to "Do it Right - The First Time" is reflected in every aspect of their projects, from meticulous attention to detail to top-notch craftsmanship.

"We are excited to add 52 at Park to our growing list of multifamily developments across the state," said Jeff Forrest, president and CEO, WPC. "52 at Park exemplifies our commitment to enhancing the quality of life for those who will call it home. We look forward to creating a vibrant and thriving community that residents will cherish."  | THE CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION OF CHOICE 23
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ABC kicked off the 2024 Builder’s Breakfast series with a panel discussing their forecast of the economic situation for this year and how they think it will impact the construction industry. Panelist Trevor Hall, a successful land broker for over 40 years in Central Florida, started things off by welcoming everyone to “the new abnormal.” The COVID era seems destined to plague us still, but despite causing everyone to feel like things will never truly return to normal, there is optimism in the air for 2024.

Opportunities are going to differ regionally, but due to Florida’s continued population boom and lack of state income tax, the state is in no short supply of those opportunities. Central Florida is full of “fruit towns” consisting of good bones that are ripe for redevelopment, especially into the mixed-use spaces that are continuing in their popularity. Although the office market is considered the weakest sector, Jen Pollock, Senior Vice President at Ameris Bank, predicts an increase in smaller projects focused on the

adaptation and redevelopment of these properties. These projects containing small flex offices, as opposed to sprawling office parks, with restaurants and retail spaces will focus on quality vs. quantity in workplaces and follow the newer trend of employers having to “earn the commute” from employees by making going to the office better for overall health.


New office space construction needs to be designed strategically in order to be successful in recruiting and retaining our workforce. Due to the younger generation’s increased love for the “WFH” life and hybrid jobs, there is technically already too much office space built for the next generation.

Pollock also touched on mortgage rates and the prediction that the Fed will soon lower interest rates (although in the January 31 meeting the day after the panel discussion, the Federal Reserve made the decision to hold steady, at least until the March meeting). The current rate with the Fed is 5.25% to 5.5%, but Pollock reminded everyone that the 50-year average interest rate is 7.4% and we are still below that. People tend to have short-term memories when it comes to rates and are still trying to get over the “money orgy hangover” of COVID as Trevor Hall eloquently put it. Lower rates mean something is broken, like a pandemic sweeping the world, but stabilized rates help growth. 2024 has a better feeling of what the future holds, equity requirements will stay high until income stabilizes and catches up to building costs.

Pete Hall, senior design architect and member of AIA, is also feeling good about 2024, he says projects that were put on hold are starting to come back, ready to move forward. Growth in Florida communities is demanding more communal and educational spaces. Highly sustainable projects are also in demand, especially with schools who see them as an opportunity to save money on operating costs and overall, better for the kids. Polk County is one of the fastest growing counties in Florida, because of that, they’re going to need

big transportation budgets and school funding. Additionally, freestanding emergency rooms are popping up in areas like Polk County with high growth expectancies. These pop-up ERs are being placed on chunks of land as placeholders for future full hospitals as the health care needs of those communities increase.

Everyone on the panel seemed to agree that the healthcare sector is still flush with opportunity, but one panelist did dial back his optimism on this to a degree mentioning that the world of telehealth is also increasing and warned of not overdoing it with new construction. Caution should be used until we see where the telehealth trend is going.

The panel’s final parting thoughts to members included asking who in the room was still facing supply chain issues and surprisingly no one raised their hand, much different from the economic forecast two years ago. Additionally, Orlando and Central Florida have high ethics and a resilient economy. We’ve got tourism tax dollars continually coming in going towards projects like the Convention Center expansion. And remember that everything is cyclical including election years – just try to keep your wits about you.

Thank you to the panel: Jen Pollock with Ameris Bank, Ben Lalikos with Cogent Bank, Matt Sloan with ECS Florida, Pete Hall with Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Trevor Hall with Colliers, and Michele Daugherty with ABC Central Florida. 

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Keller Installs Anchors for the New Howard Frankland Bridge, Spanning Tampa Bay.

Since 1959, the Howard Frankland Bridge has connected Tampa and St. Petersburg, carrying traffic across Tampa Bay. With expansions and widening projects occurring since the 1990s, the most recent Florida Department of Transportation megaproject will expand the bridge once more.


The existing crossing consists of two bridges, spanning four lanes each—one southbound and one northbound, providing a passageway between Tampa and St. Petersburg for approximately 500,000 commuters daily. The expansion includes the construction of a new bridge crossing eight lanes wide, including four southbound lanes, four bi-directional express lanes, and a bike/pedestrian lane.

The existing southbound bridge will be converted for northbound traffic, while the existing northbound bridge will be removed after full project completion. Not only will the new construction pattern alleviate traffic concerns, but it will also provide a vital evacuation route during hurricanes.


“Before they could begin bridge construction, the shoreline along the Bay needed to be built up to accommodate the new causeway and bridge approach ramps,” said Engineering Manager Casey Shanahan. “This area required infilling Tampa Bay, which was retained by sheet pile and/or combi-wall bulkheads installed by others—11,000 LF.”

Casey recalled, “The soil conditions on-site were typically loose to dense sands underlain by clay over karstic limestone,” he continued, “We designed the larger anchors to bond into the limestone, which proved difficult due to approximately 100-ft variances in limestone depth in some areas. Keller’s CAD team modeled the limestone profile to best determine anchor lengths beforehand. In the end, some anchors were up to 200 ft-long.”

Keller designed and installed a permanent soil anchor solution to support bulkheads. Anchor loads were heavily influenced by the fill heights and proximity of the bridge’s MSE approach ramp fill. In the highest loaded areas, the MSE ramps reached nearly 30 ft tall and encroached within five feet of the bulkhead wall, resulting in anchor design loads up to 370-kips.

Drilled shaft foundations and other structures were installed before anchor construction. To avoid conflicts with the piping and structures, anchor angles were skewed horizontally and vertically. However, through 3D mapping and coordination with the GC, the project team accommodated all modifications to the soil anchor alignment with minor impact.


“Most of the anchor work was performed from barges,” said Senior Project Manager Trey Davis, “in some cases, the bay water depth and existing structures created access constraints, impeding barge work; those anchors were drilled landside with an excavator-mounted drill mast.

“Construction went well, but we were at the mercy of the Bay and its tidal fluctuations. The waler work required welding to a dry surface, and anchor elevations were generally located in the zone between low and high tides.”


On average, the bay water levels fluctuate between two to four feet, depending on the lunar stage. Adding to the challenge was the king tide, high winds, and even hurricanes from time to time. “Working over open water is certainly a challenge,” says Trey, “Mother Nature cannot be controlled, and you must learn to adjust your plan constantly. You take what you're given, and the team is committed to being as efficient and productive as possible all the way to the finish line.”


In total, 1287 anchors were installed. “Alongside the installation, we completed a significant testing regiment,” continues Trey, “1094 anchors were proof-tested, 128 were performance-tested, and 65 were creep-tested. Of these, only three anchors were replaced for low capacity. Considering the scale of this project and the challenging geotechnical profile, I’d call that a major success!”

Casey and Trey agreed that the success came down to knowing the variances for the top of limestone, manipulating the designs where needed, and proper construction sequencing based on the weather and tidal conditions.

“First and foremost,” Trey concluded, “We had a great team on site to make it all happen. When you’re on a project for 18 months, challenging or not, the tasks at hand can be tough to maintain. But our field leadership and employees stuck to the plan and delivered a quality product at the end of the day.”

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Collegiate & Young Professionals Golf Tournament Fundraiser


Friday, February 23, 2024

As the Central Florida chapter works to bring the community and younger generations together, the annual ABC Collegiate Golf Tournament was a joint effort this again year. ABC/UCF/Seminole State students teamed up with the Young Professionals Group resulting in attendance of 144 golfers and raising over $23,000 that will help fund the Student Chapter's programs and annual CMC - Construction Management Competition at National ABC Convention and the 2024 programs designed to engage and grow ABC's Young Professionals.

A special thank you to those who take the extra mile in growing and preparing the collegiate students for their annual Construction Management Competition!

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Upcoming YP Events


Volunteering Event

A chance to give back to the community with other Young Professionals.


Bowling Tournament

Earn major bragging rights and show off your killer bowling skills at the first YP Bowling Tournament!


Project Site Tour

Do not miss out on this opportunity to see behind the scenes of upcoming projects in Central Florida.

Discover more about YP events on our website or scan the QR code for details. If you have any questions or are interested in joining the YP group, please email

APRIL 11 ABC on Tap (Gatlin Hall Brewing) 11 Soaring into Excellence - EIC Workshop 18 Builders' Breakfast with Miller Construction 22 Spring Golf Tournament #2 (Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill) 24 State of Construction Luncheon (Maitland Civic Center) 24 Trestles Frontline Supervisor 29 Intro to Construction Estimating I 29 Total Human Health Week - Stress Relieving Demonstrations 30 Total Human Health Workshop - Suicide Awareness & Prevention, NARCAN training, Financial Well-being MAY 1-2 Safety Training Academy 2-3 Common Sense Construction Law (14-Hr CEU) 7 Florida Construction Technology & Innovation Conference (Dr. Philips Academic Commons) 14 Basic Blueprint Reading TBD Lien Law Level One 16 Maximize Your Membership 21 CPR/First Aid 23 Legislative Hobnob (Leu Gardens) 23 Crisis Management Workshop for C-Suite Leaders JUNE 3 Intro to Construction Estimating II 3 ADEPT Foundations of Leadership 4 NEXGEN Graduation TBD Lien Law Level Two 11 OSHA 10-Hour Outreach in Spanish 24 ABC Legislative Week 2024 (Washington D.C.) JULY 13 Red, White, and Blue ABC BBQ 18-20 ABC of Florida State Convention (St. Pete Beach) 22 Stepping Up to Supervisor AUGUST 15 CPR/First Aid 16 Casino Night Fundraiser (Orlando Science Center) 22 ABC on Tap 30 Fall Golf Tournament #1 (Celebration Golf Club)
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Join ABC to meet some new contacts in the healthcare sector to stay current - learn what Orlando Health has planned and how you can help them on their upcoming projects - Orlando Health wants to work with you and your company.

Founded more than 100 years ago, Orlando Health is committed to growing alongside their community and serving the community the “Orlando Health Way.” With physicians in over 100 specialties, over 25,000 team members, and covering 14 counties coast to coast in Florida, Orlando Health provided more than $1.3 billion in total community impact in the form of charity care, community benefit programs, services, and community building activities last year.

Walsh told members, “We want to work with good people that will work through problems with us. We are focused on project managers, superintendents, and team experience. Prior project experience is important to us.” But Walsh and McMurphy expanded on that, explaining that it isn’t just experience in the health care sector that is important to them, commercial and retail experience is included in that, and members should not hesitate to reach out to them if they do not usually work exclusively with healthcare.

John Walsh, vice president of facilities development, and Kim McMurphy, director of facilities development, spoke to ABC members at a Builders’ Breakfast that was at max capacity with attendees looking to hear how they can get involved with upcoming Orlando Health projects.

Orlando Health is committed to diverse and minority inclusion to represent the diverse community they serve. A Supplier Diversity Program roadmap on how to connect with Orlando Health was shown to attendees with how to register as a vendor and go through the review process (Visit www. It’s not just suppliers the health group is looking for though, they are eager to bring on new trade partners in almost every area. They need partners from the ground up, new construction on planned projects is going to start as greenfield spaces, starting with land developers, surveyors, and environmental studies.

Orlando Health has allocated $7 billion for a seven-year capital improvement plan, which has already been fully funded. Walsh commented that “We can’t spend money fast enough.” A list of upcoming projects was displayed, including a new 102-132 bed hospital in Osceola County where there is currently a freestanding emergency department, and the Wiregrass hospital plans that an RFP will have gone out for by the time this article is published. They also reviewed some current construction on a new hospital in Lake Mary to open later this year as well as the Bayfront hospital in Tampa.

Downtown Orlando will always be the central hub of Orlando Health, the roots they started from. There is no space to add anything else to that hub though, and with their plans to double their reach by 2030 – two-thirds of that expansion will be within the 14 counties they already service and the remaining third will be starting to stretch out even further. Florida is going to continue to grow and Orlando Health right alongside it.

Walsh and McMurphy thanked ABC members for everything the construction industry does to expand and provide healthcare to the community, acknowledging the need for this strong partnership to continue their success. 

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Repurpose Your Old Hard Hats with These Creative Ideas!

Whether your hard hat has just hit its life expectancy, or you’ve replaced it due to dents, cracks, penetration, or wear from rough treatment, we’ve put together some ideas for how you can repurpose your old hard hats into something new!

OSHA’s recent announcement switching from traditional hard hats to safety helmets to protect agency employees from head injuries better may also create a new pile of swapped out hard hats waiting to be your next project.

• Turn them into flowerpots or planters.

• Donate to school drama clubs or local theatres to use as props.

• Make a table lamp.

• Spray paint and hang it on a wall as a catchall or place for keys/wallet.

• Have fun testing the durability – run it over, throw it, smash it.

• Make a bird house.

• Use it for a kids Halloween construction themed costume or a bucket to collect candy when they’re out trick or treating.

• Paint them and upcycle for kids’ room or outdoor decorations – Think Ladybugs or any type of bug.

• Glue random objects on them and spray paint everything metallic to create a steampunk style hat for a costume party.

• Turn them into Easter baskets for your kids.

• Create a new game to play with friends or for kids –Drill a container to the top (Like a 16oz Sour Cream Container), the person wearing the hat must try to catch a water balloon in the container being thrown by another person.


Hard hat shells need to be replaced every 2-5 years depending on the environment they’re used in, and they need to be replaced immediately if they are struck by anything. Inner suspension needs to be replaced every 12 months. Refer to the manufacturer for explicit safety recommendations.


After World War I, Edward W. Bullard created the “hard boiled hat,” made of steamed canvas, shellac and black paint. These hats were optional for miners and other laborers until the construction of Hoover Dam in 1931 and the Golden Gate Bridge in 1933, the first two projects where hard hats were required.  | THE CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION OF CHOICE 33 Serving the Construction Industry Statewide for over 33 years. No Setup or Membership Fees (407) 834-9288 • 2917 West State Road 434, Suite 101 • Longwood, FL 32779
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BUILDERS OF LASTING RELATIONSHIPS Through Trust, Commitment and Service Excellence

WELBRO Building Corporation (WELBRO) celebrates their 45-year milestone.

For nearly half a century, WELBRO continues to be a dominant force in construction with a significant market presence in the education, hospitality, and industrial markets throughout Central Florida.

From their beginnings as WELBRO Constructors in 1979, founders Butch von Weller and Gary Brown (Wel + Bro = WELBRO) shared a vision to provide solid construction practices, professionalism, and consistent, honest relationship building to clients. The successor company, WELBRO Building Corporation continues this tradition, as one of the largest, privately held and employee-owned construction firms in Central Florida.

Their founding philosophy centers around establishing productive client relationships right from the inception of each project. By fostering effective teamwork and emphasizing exceptional performance, WELBRO consistently achieves great success securing repeat business with satisfied owners while providing growth and development opportunities for their employees.

In addition to their excellence in construction, WELBRO remains committed to supporting the local community through their WELBRO Gives Back program and other charitable activities. They actively help develop and guide small businesses through subconsultant partnerships, as well as Mentor-Protégé collaborations to provide opportunity, while ensuring their core values – Trustworthy, Curious, Passionate, Supportive and Customer Forward align in every partnership.

As WELBRO grows, so does the understanding that investing in technology and a thriving workforce reflects in the quality of service to their clients, and ultimately, to WELBRO’s success. We invite you to join us in celebrating WELBRO’s 45 years of success and innovation.

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MARCH 3-9, 2024

This March, we celebrated Women in Construction (WIC) Week with a series of empowering events that highlighted the contributions of women in the construction industry. Our festivities kicked off with the 2nd Annual WIC Week Panel at ABC Central Florida Office. Attendees were inspired by the stories of top women executives and their journey to leadership.

The highlight of the week was the Tradeswomen Lunch held on March 6, 2024, at the Universal Epic Universe site. This bilingual event was a resounding success, with over 250 tradeswomen in attendance. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Milwaukee Tool for providing lunches and to our sponsors Guignard Company, Hensel Phelps, DEWALT, KHS&S Contractors, Lott Energy, LLC, Terracon, and all the door prize sponsors for their generous support.

A special shoutout to the contractors who gave their female employees ample time to attend and enjoy the event. We also applaud the tireless efforts of the organizers

FEBRUARY 21, 2024

In an exciting development, we recently launched our High School Career Express Program in collaboration with CareerSource Central Florida. This initiative represents a significant development as high school students tour top companies in our region to explore a variety of career opportunities across different industries.

RAYANNE CHARLES CONTROLLER FOUNDRY COMMERCIAL SUZANNE BARNES DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICES SPIEZLE ARCHITECTURAL GROUP, INC. ALEXIE FONSECA SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT CENTRAL FL FOR COLLIERS 651 Danville Drive, P: 407.628.2070 CONNECT | EDUCATE | ADVOCATE KEYS THE ABC Central Florida Office 651 Danville Drive, Orlando, Florida 32825 Join ABC & NAWIC for the 2nd Annual WIC Week Panel! Don't miss this empowering panel featuring top Women Executives Discover their stories and learn about their journey to leaders Breakfast Included and sponsored by NAWIC Greater Orlando! For additional
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ABC members showcased the dynamic world of construction by setting up booths at the event. It was an inspiring day filled with job exploration demonstrations, providing students with an excellent chance to delve into the construction industry and discover a wide range of career paths.

We extend our gratitude to Milwaukee Tool, KENPAT, Jamco Inc, Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC, Tri-City Electrical Contractors, Inc.,


Greater Orlando Chapter 73, Southern Safety Supply, UCF Student Chapter, and Promising

People Social for their support in making this program a success.

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Construction sites are dynamic environments that contribute to the growth of our cities and communities. However, they also present a hidden hazard: construction dust. This dust is not just a minor annoyance; it poses significant health risks to workers and residents nearby, including lung diseases, cardiovascular problems, and skin irritation.


Lung Diseases: Dust particles can penetrate deep into the lungs, leading to conditions like silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and asthma. Silicosis is particularly common among workers handling materials like concrete and stone.

Cardiovascular Problems: Long-term exposure to fine dust particles can affect the heart, potentially leading to cardiovascular diseases. This risk extends not only to construction workers but also to people living close to construction sites.

Skin Irritation: Dust can cause dermatitis and exacerbate existing skin conditions, leading to discomfort and itching.


Dust Screens: Using barriers around the site helps contain dust within the work area.

Water Sprays: Applying water during certain activities reduces the amount of airborne dust.

Covering Materials: Using sheets or tarps to cover construction materials prevents dust from spreading.

Barriers and Enclosures: Creating enclosed spaces with proper ventilation helps contain dust.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Workers should wear protective gear, including masks and goggles, to reduce exposure.

Regular Site Cleanup: A consistent cleanup routine helps remove accumulated dust from the site.

Construction dust poses significant health risks, but with proactive measures and a commitment to safety, contractors can mitigate these hazards. From employing dust screens and water sprays to using covering materials and personal protective equipment, adopting a comprehensive approach to dust control is essential. By prioritizing the health and well-being of workers and nearby residents, the construction industry can continue to thrive while minimizing the longterm health implications associated with construction dust exposure. 





MAY 1 THE ROAD TO THE ROAD TO WORLD CLASS SAFETY WORLD CLASS SAFETY MORE INFORMATION SCAN QR CODE TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT MAY 2 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Speaker Greg Sizemore ABC National Vice President Workforce Development Safety Health and Environmental 407.628.2070 Dissatisfaction with Current Performance Leadership Commitment What Makes a Safety Program Effective? Cultural Transformation Making Safety a Core Value Transformation Plan for Company and Individual World-Class Results Transformation Plan from "Good" to "World-class" Best Practice Systems and Process SAFETY CORNER

Free to attend, but must preregister. (Lunch included)

prevention while creating a forum for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges and by promoting help-seeking and help-giving.


12:00pm Lunch

12:30pm Narcan Training by SAVI EHS


April 29, 2024, 4:00pm-6:00pm Free to attend, but must preregister

1:00pm Financial Well-being by Tao Financial

DEMONSTRATIONS: Tai Chi | Yoga | Massage Therapy | Acupuncture sponsored by ABC Central Florida and


Come unwind after work with ABC and NAWIC Members! Learn how you can de-stress, and take care of yourself.

1:45pm Hands-Only CPR by SAVI EHS

APRIL APRIL 29-MAY 3, 2024 29-MAY 3, 2024



9:00am Suicide Awareness & Prevention by Michele Daugherty, ABC President & CEO

Participants will gains the skills and tools needed to appreciate the critical need for suicide prevention while creating a forum for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges and by promoting help-seeking and help-giving.

12:00pm Lunch

29 - MAY 3, 2024

Total Human Health Workshop

12:30pm Narcan Training by SAVI EHS

Safety Academy

Stress Relieving Demonstrations

1:00pm Financial Well-being by Tao Financial

APRIL APRIL 29-MAY 3, 2024 29-MAY 3, 2024

1:45pm Hands-Only CPR by SAVI EHS

April 30, 2024, 9:00am-2:00pm Free to attend, but must preregister. (Lunch included)

APRIL APRIL 29-MAY 3, 2024 29-MAY 3, 2024

May 1 & 2, 2024, 8:00am-4:00pm


Stress Relieving Demonstrations

Stress Relieving Demonstrations

April 29, 2024, 4:00pm-6:00pm Free to attend, but must preregister

Safety Academy

ABC Members $249 per person, Nonmembers $399 per person (Lunch included)

9:00am Suicide Awareness & Prevention by Michele Daugherty, ABC President & CEO

sponsored by ABC Central Florida and NAWIC of Greater Orlando

May 1 & 2, 2024, 8:00am-4:00pm

DEMONSTRATIONS: Tai Chi | Yoga | Massage Therapy | Acupuncture sponsored by ABC Central Florida and NAWIC of Greater Orlando

April 29, 2024, 4:00pm-6:00pm Free to attend, but must preregister

Come unwind after work with ABC and NAWIC Members! Learn how you can de-stress, and take care of yourself.

Participants will gains the skills and tools needed to appreciate the critical need for suicide prevention while creating a forum for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges and by promoting help-seeking and help-giving

Come unwind after work with ABC and NAWIC Members! Learn how you can de-stress, and take care of yourself.

DEMONSTRATIONS: Tai Chi | Yoga | Massage Therapy | Acupuncture sponsored by ABC Central Florida and NAWIC of Greater Orlando

ABC Members $249 per person, Nonmembers $399 per person (Lunch included)

This program is an in-dept, two-day exploration designed to help attendees understand the importance of leadership commitment, cultural transformation and the safety management processes in achieving a world class safety culture.

April 29, 2024, 4:00pm-6:00pm Free to attend, but must preregister

12:00pm Lunch

Total Human Health Workshop

12:30pm Narcan Training by SAVI EHS

Come unwind after work with ABC and NAWIC Members! Learn how you can de-stress, and take care of yourself.

Total Human Health Workshop

1:00pm Financial Well-being by Tao Financial

DEMONSTRATIONS: Tai Chi | Yoga | Massage Therapy | Acupuncture

1:45pm Hands-Only CPR by SAVI EHS

April 30, 2024, 9:00am-2:00pm

Division Managers

This program is an in-dept, two-day exploration designed to help attendees understand the importance of leadership commitment, cultural transformation and the safety management processes in achieving a world class safety culture.

April 30, 2024, 9:00am-2:00pm Free to attend, but must preregister. (Lunch included)

Designed for Owners, Principals, Vice Presidents, Operations and

Free to attend, but must preregister. (Lunch included)


Total Human Health Workshop


Designed for Owners, Principals, Vice Presidents, Operations and Division Managers

Safety Academy

Presented by Greg Sizemore, ABC National Vice President Workforce Development, Safety Health and Environmental.

9:00am Suicide Awareness & Prevention by Michele Daugherty, ABC President & CEO

April 30, 2024, 9:00am-2:00pm Free to attend, but must preregister. (Lunch included)

Presented by Greg Sizemore, ABC National Vice President Workforce Development, Safety Health and Environmental.


Above classes location: ABC, 651 Danville Drive, Orlando, FL 32825

9:00am Suicide Awareness & Prevention by Michele Daugherty, ABC President & CEO Participants will gains the skills and tools needed to appreciate the critical need for suicide prevention while creating a forum for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges and by promoting help-seeking and help-giving.

Participants will gains the skills and tools needed to appreciate the critical need for suicide prevention while creating a forum for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges and by promoting help-seeking and help-giving

Above classes location: ABC, 651 Danville Drive, Orlando, FL 32825

12:00pm Lunch

May 1 & 2, 2024, 8:00am-4:00pm ABC Members $249 per person, Nonmembers $399 per person (Lunch included)

12:00pm Lunch

12:30pm Narcan Training by SAVI EHS

Safety Stand Down

9:00am Suicide Awareness & Prevention by Michele Daugherty, ABC President & CEO

12:30pm Narcan Training by SAVI EHS

1:00pm Financial Well-being by Tao Financial

Safety Stand Down

May 3, 2024

1:00pm Financial Well-being by Tao Financial

1:45pm Hands-Only CPR by SAVI EHS

May 3, 2024

This program is an in-dept, two-day exploration designed to hel attendees understand the importance of leadership commitment, transformation and the safety management processes in achieving class safety culture.

Participants will gains the skills and tools needed to appreciate the critical need for suicide prevention while creating a forum for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges and by promoting help-seeking and help-giving

1:45pm Hands-Only CPR by SAVI EHS

12:00pm Lunch

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Live on Social Media. More details coming soon.

Safety Academy

12:30pm Narcan Training by SAVI EHS

Designed for Owners, Principals, Vice Presidents, Operations a Division Managers

Email: OR Call 407.628.2070 or scan QR Code to register

1:00pm Financial Well-being by Tao Financial


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1:45pm Hands-Only CPR by SAVI EHS


May 1 & 2, 2024, 8:00am-4:00pm ABC Members $249 per person, Nonmembers $399 per person (Lunch included)

Presented by Greg Sizemore, ABC National Vice President Workforce Development, Safety Health and Environmental.

May 1 & 2, 2024, 8:00am-4:00pm

ABC Members $249 per person, Nonmembers $399 per person (Lunch included) Safety Academy

407.628.2070 |

Safety Academy

This program is an in-dept, two-day exploration designed to help attendees understand the importance of leadership commitment, cultural transformation and the safety management processes in achieving a world class safety culture.

Above classes location: ABC, 651 Danville Drive, Orlando, FL 32825

Safety Stand Down

May 1 & 2, 2024, 8:00am-4:00pm

May 3, 2024

407.628.2070 |

Designed for Owners, Principals, Vice Presidents, Operations and Division Managers

ABC Members $249 per person, Nonmembers $399 per person (Lunch included)

Live on Social Media. More details coming soon.

Email: OR Call 407.628.2070 or scan QR Code to register

This program is an in-dept, two-day exploration designed to help attendees understand the importance of leadership commitment, cultural transformation and the safety management processes in achieving a world class safety culture.

Presented by Greg Sizemore, ABC National Vice President Workforce Development, Safety Health and Environmental.

Above classes location: ABC, 651 Danville Drive, Orlando, FL 32825

Designed for Owners, Principals, Vice Presidents, Operations and Division Managers

Safety Stand Down

This program is an in-dept, two-day exploration designed to help attendees understand the importance of leadership commitment, cultural transformation and the safety management processes in achieving a world class safety culture.

May 3, 2024

Presented by Greg Sizemore, ABC National Vice President Workforce Development, Safety Health and Environmental.

Live on Social Media. More details coming soon.

Providing you with worry-free project management through completion of your commercial concrete project.

Designed for Owners, Principals, Vice Presidents, Operations and Division Managers

Email: OR Call 407.628.2070 or scan QR Code to register

Above classes location: ABC, 651 Danville Drive, Orlando, FL 32825

Safety Stand Down

Specializing in:


Presented by Greg Sizemore, ABC National Vice President Workforce Development, Safety Health and Environmental.

May 3, 2024

• Structural Concrete • Post Tension

Above classes location: ABC, 651 Danville Drive, Orlando, FL 32825

• Tilt Up • Elevated Decks • Masonry

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Email: OR Call 407.628.2070 or scan QR Code to register

Safety Stand Down

May 3, 2024

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