Upcoming Events Spotlight

September 28, 2017 - 5:00pm - SOLD OUT!!! Fall Membership Dinner

GBCA's Fall Membership Dinner is SOLD OUT! If you would like to be added to a waiting list please call 215.568.7015. Sponsorships will be accepted until 9/18. 

Cocktails and Full-Course Dinner for GBCA members to hear presentation on upcoming building projects including Schuylkill Yards by Sara Merriman, Director, Business Development & Strategic Partnerships,  Brandywine Realty Trust, and Diego Rincon, Deputy Director of Capital Projects, Philadelphia International Airport. The presentation will be moderated by Michael P. Sheward, Principal, The Sheward Partnership​.

* Valet parking is complimentary*

This event is for members, and guests of members only. 


Sara Merriman, Director, Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, Brandywine Realty Trust

Sara Merriman is a trusted, action-oriented leader with over 20 years of experience in marketing, business and economic development. Sara joined Brandywine Realty Trust in January 2017. She leads all marketing and business development activity for Schuylkill Yards, Philadelphia’s next generation innovation community.


Diego Rincon, Deputy Director of Capital Projects, Philadelphia International Airport

Diego Rincón serves as Deputy Director of Aviation and Capital Development for Philadelphia International Airport. He has direct involvement in capital improvement projects with the Airport’s tenants and internal departments, ensuring safety and quality. Rincón oversees major construction and engineering projects, introducing new, progressive approaches to engineering management and execution. Rincon is an Accredited Airport Executive (“A.A.E.”) and aviation professional with an international and domestic background in planning, engineering, airport operations, program management and construction management.  His experience includes over 20 years leading and contributing to major airport programs in Washington, D.C., Dallas, Texas, and Mumbai, and he has supported airport development work in Mexico, Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Venezuela, Argentina, Spain, Hungary and India.  Rincón has served as a consultant and has held senior executive roles in airport management in both public and private sectors.

The Moderator is Michael P. Sheward, Principal, The Sheward Partnership​

As the Design Principal of The Sheward Partnership, Michael has over 25 years of experience in the industry on a wide range of projects. Michael has overseen the design and construction of over $1 billion worth of construction in the transportation, education, and healthcare markets. Significant projects in his portfolio include the design of major aviation terminal projects at Philadelphia International Airport, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Harrisburg International Airport, and Atlantic City International Airport. Michael's firm is also a leader in sustainable design and LEED consulting and has managed the certification of nearly 600 LEED projects, across every major rating system and every certification level. Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College and a Masters of Architecture from The Catholic University of America.



* The deadline for sponsor registration is September 18, 2017 * 




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










October 2, 2017 - 8:00am - CM Lean Exam


The AGC Certificate of Management-Lean Construction (CM-Lean) is an assessment-based certificate credential that denotes knowledge and understanding of concepts related to lean adoption, practice and process transformation outlined in AGC’s Lean Construction Education Program. You must apply for the exam on AGC’s website. Your application will be reviewed against the national database of Lean Construction Education Program course completers. Applications should not be submitted until you have completed all seven units of LCEP. Please allow five (5) business days once this form is submitted for it to be reviewed and approved. You will receive a follow-up email with details related to next steps.

Exam takers must have completed all 7 Lean Units and may have taken them at any AGC approved instruction center across the country:

Unit 1: Variation in Production Systems

 Unit 2: Pull in Production

 Unit 3: Lean Workstructuring

 Unit 4: The Last Planner® System

 Unit 5: Lean Supply Chain and Assembly

 Unit 6: Lean Design and Preconstruction

 Unit 7: Problem-solving Principles and Tools

Participants who successfully complete the Lean Construction Education Program and pass the exam can be recognized for their accomplishment on the AGC CM-Lean Holders web directory. 


***** Please register on AGC’s website:

October 2, 2017 - 5:30pm - Introduction to Estimating and Scheduling

*This is an 8-week long course, occuring every Monday evening from 5:30 - 7:30 pm*

This course teaches the methodology, procedures, and organizational techniques in the preparation of a competitive bid and schedule.  Conceptual and detailed estimates are prepared based on real construction documents.  Review of construction site procedures as well as techniques for estimating unit quantities, cost of materials, labor, and equipment, are introduced and given industry application utilizing building specifications. The final project is the preparation of a formal competitive bid and schedule on a project

Access to Microsoft Project, Microsoft Word and Excel is recommended.  If you have a laptop it would be beneficial to bring to class with the programs loaded. Dinner will be provided each night and participants will receive a textbook that they may keep.

Course objectives

  • Understand the various types of estimates that are used in the construction industry
  • Know how to prepare a quantity takeoff             
  • Know how to extend quantities to cost
  • Prepare a bid summary
  • Locate and compile information vital to the development and maintenance of schedules and budgets
  • Organize, calculate, and present construction project budgets using common spreadsheet applications
  • Interpret the results of changes in the schedule or budget resulting from periodic progress or changes in the scope of work
  • Develop basic schedules using MS Project, Gantt charts and Critical Path Method (CPM)
  • Express the results of schedule and budget studies in concise written form
  • Final project: Complete small commercial takeoff, budget, proposal, and schedule



Professor Jim Smith, Jefferson University (formerly Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)

Required (provided) textbook

 Managing the Construction Process, Estimating, Scheduling, and Project Control, 4th ed. 

October 4, 2017 - 11:30am - Technology Lunch & Learn: Drone Use in Construction

This event will be held in the SkyView Room on the 6th floor of MacCalister Hall located on the South East corner of 33rd and Chestnut Streets behind the Shops at Chestnut Square. It is Buiding 9B on this map.


Drones, while fairly new to the construction industry, are being used on construction sites for all sorts of things from developing topographical maps of jobsites for bidding and resource calculations, to mapping building structures and sites, to tracking progress and so much more. This presentation will focus on the initiative and efforts from a contractors perspective of Skanska’s unmanned aerial systems (UAS) program. We will cover the lessons learned, value and benefit today vs tomorrow, working with the FAA and local/state regulations, as well as applying other emerging technologies to the UAS platform. Joined by Conner Strong & Bucklew and Weber Gallagher, we will also discuss the legality and liability around creating a drone program in our local Philadelphia market. Lunch will be provided and drones will be on site for the presentation!



  • Phil Glick, Senior Vice President, Conner Strong & Buckelew
  • Nicholas Pascuillo, Esq., Weber Gallagher
  • Oliver Smith, Innovative Construction Solutions, Skanska USA Building

Philip Glick is a Senior Vice President for the Property & Casualty Division of Conner Strong & Buckelew. A 38-year veteran of the insurance industry, Glick is responsible for generating new business opportunities and directing account services for large strategic business relationships.

Nicholas Pasciullo represents underwriters in property, energy and engineered risks insurance matters at Weber Gallagher. In his practice, Nicholas provides coverage and defense services to his clients, developing and coordinating legal strategies that avoid or reduce conflicts during the adjustment of claims and where disputes arise, developing and executing detailed litigation plans designed to resolve conflicts in a timely and efficient manner, including through alternative dispute resolution, mediation and litigation.

Oliver Smith has over 16 years of experience within the AECO industry working focusing on design and construction, BIM, sustainability as well as emerging technologies such as augmented/virtual reality, laser scanning, artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing, rovers, and UAS’ (drones). In his efforts, he has helped to facilitate the adoption and integration of innovation by engaging with clients, project teams, and other stakeholders in the building process. Currently, Oliver serves as the Director of VDC for the Southeast region (DC, MD, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, LA, and PR) in addition to creating and leading UAS standardization and operations within Skanska.


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October 10, 2017 - 12:00pm - CLC Leadership Series: Effective Public Speaking

Some people seem to be natural public speakers. Words flow easily and they glide effortlessly across a room. Everyone laughs at their jokes and it doesn’t seem like they know how to perspire.

Fact is, good public speakers are made.

With coaching and practice, you too can become more comfortable and confident with delivering a speech or leading a meeting. Winning over an audience isn’t always about what you’re saying. Body language, energy, eye contact and intonation go a long way in effectively speaking to groups.

During this interactive session, you’ll learn tips and tactics on how to write better speeches, prepare more compelling presentations, and engage your audience.

** Lunch will be served **

About the speaker:

As partner and EVP at one of Philadelphia’s leading communications firms, Matt Broscious has coached CEOs, political leaders and nonprofit executives.








November 14, 2017 - 5:00pm - 2017 Construction Excellence Awards

The 20th Annual Construction Excellence Awards is the premier construction awards program, recognizing excellence in construction and safety. The Excellence Awards Program is dedicated to creating a great awareness throughout the region of the quality workmanship produced by GBCA member companies. We invite you to join us in recognizing our region's winners at this spectacular event! 

The evening will start promptly at 5:00pm with a cocktail reception and networking, followed by a dinner, dessert, and the awards presentation.

Valet parking is complimentary for this event. 

Click here to view the 2017 Award Categories and Submit Today! 




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

Upcoming Events

2017 GBCA Annual Sponsorship Packages

Start Date:November 7, 2016 - 12:00pm

End Date:December 31, 2017 - 5:00pm

Fee:$500 - $20,000

Location:Pay now for your annual sponsorship!

SOLD OUT!!! Fall Membership Dinner

Start Date:September 28, 2017 - 5:00pm

End Date:September 28, 2017 - 8:30pm

Fee:$130 for Members $130 for Guest of Members

Location:Cescaphe Ballroom

CM Lean Exam

Start Date:October 2, 2017 - 8:00am

End Date:October 2, 2017 - 12:00pm

Fee:CM-LEAN Exam: $550 – must register through AGC (

Location:GBCA HQ

Introduction to Estimating and Scheduling

Start Date:October 2, 2017 - 5:30pm

End Date:November 20, 2017 - 7:30pm

Fee:Member  $350 Non-member  $600 CLC  $325

Location:GBCA Training Room

Technology Lunch & Learn: Drone Use in Construction

Start Date:October 4, 2017 - 11:30am

End Date:October 4, 2017 - 2:00pm

Fee:Member   $45 Non-member $90 CLC  $40

Location:SkyView Room on the 6th floor of MacCalister Hall located on the South East corner of 33rd and Chestnut Streets behind the Shops at Chestnut Square



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