Upcoming Events Spotlight

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 14, 2019 - 10:00am - GBCA Alex's Lemonade Stand

Join GBCA in supporting a good cause!  

We are accepting donations online, you can DONATE directly to our lemonade stand online.


GBCA's Alex's Lemonade Stand will take place on June 14, 2019, from 10:00am - 2:00pm; however, we will be collecting donations through the end of June. 

Help GBCA make a difference! Our goal is $2,500 this year! 


About Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation:

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) shares the vision of founder and creator, Alexandra “Alex” Scott—a cure for all children with cancer.  Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is the living embodiment of Alex’s spirit of determination and hope. Like Alex, we believe that every person can make a difference. Together, we can bring about a cure. Please join us in “making lemonade” today!

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

**The 2019 Golf Outing is SOLD OUT. Please call 215.568.7015 to be added to the wait list**


  • 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

* Caddies are provided for all players, on all courses. All caddie costs and gratuities have been pre-paid by GBCA*






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 of 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 2, 2019 - 12:00pm - AutoCAD: Basics and Intermediate, 4-Part Online Course

Webinar Dates: 

  • October 2, 12 - 2pm
  • October 9, 12 - 2pm
  • October 16, 12 - 2pm
  • October 23, 12 - 2pm

In the Construction world, we don’t always need advanced drafting and design tools, but it can be a huge time -and money- saver to just open a DWG file and make some simple edits or calculations. This course is designed to help the casual user become proficient with everyday tasks and tools in the AutoCAD system. Whether you’ve used AutoCAD for a while and just want a solid refresher on basic skills, or you’re a new user trying to get just the tools you need to do your job efficiently, this class will help.

This eight (8) hour course is delivered in four (4), two-hour long sessions that students can attend online, right from their own desk. A live instructor will explain the detailed functions, and address questions as the class progresses.

Note: Instructor will present using AutoCAD 2019. Students who wish to follow along with instructor are encouraged to use the same version.


Course Work Includes:

Weeks 1 & 2 Basics

Session 1: Understanding the Basics

  • Drafting Primitives (Lines, Arcs, Shapes, etc.)
  • Understanding Concepts of Scale
  • Working with Model and Paper Space
  • Understanding Viewports
  • Understanding SNAP and OSNAP Tools
  • Grip Editing and Control of Objects

Session 2: Simlified Drafting

  • Working with Basic Editing Tools (Move, Copy, Rotate, etc.)
  • Understanding and Controlling Layers and Linetypes
  • Working with Hatch Patterns
  • Creating and Editing Blocks
  • Using the Block Editor


Weeks 3 & 4 Intermediate

Session 3: Annotations and References

  • Understanding Text and Dimension Styles
  • Adding Text and Dimensions to a Drawing
  • Understanding Xref Concepts
  • Overlay vs. Attachment Xrefs

Session 4: Working with Polylines

  • 2D Polyline Advanced Controls
  • Polyline Editing Tools
  • Polyline System Settings
  • Working with 3D Polylines






James Coppinger
Principal, ZenTek Consultants

With over 25 years of experience developing and managing Computer Aided Design (CAD)  and Document Management systems for large, multi-discipline, design firms Mr. Coppinger brings a real world, cost and ROI based viewpoint to any technical discussion. He has extensive experience as  a civil/architectural designer, and construction estimator, and has been a department manager for all these disciplines. Mr. Coppinger is an industry noted expert, writer, and speaker on all things technology related. In addition, Mr. Coppinger has a broad background in both training and technical support for software technologies across multiple industry sectors.


Additional information:

This class is capped at 25 participants on a first come, first served basis. All four sessions are held ONLINE. You must have internet access to register for this. If you wish to follow along with the instructor it is recommended you have AutoCAD 2019.




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.


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
  • BuildingPoint NorthEast
  • Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Med-Tex Services
  • Microsol Resources
  • PlanGrid
  • Raken




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

GBCA Safety Awards Reception

Start Date:June 26, 2019 - 5:00pm

End Date:June 26, 2019 - 7:00pm


Location:Yards Brewing Company

The Principles of Estimating: 10-Week Series

Start Date:September 9, 2019 - 4:30pm

End Date:November 11, 2019 - 6:30pm

Fee:Member: $400 Non-member: $800 CLC: $350 Sponsorship: $1000  

Location:GBCA Training Room

AutoCAD: Basics and Intermediate, 4-Part Online Course

Start Date:October 2, 2019 - 12:00pm

End Date:October 23, 2019 - 2:00pm

Fee:Member: $200 Non-Member: $400


Construction Technology Expo

Start Date:October 29, 2019 - 8:00am

End Date:October 29, 2019 - 4:00pm

Fee:Member: $50 Nonmember: $150 Exhibit Table Member: $350* Exhibit Table Non-Member: $700* *Exhibiting opportunities are limited to companies who have a physical product, platform, tools, or system to showcase.

Location:Penn State at the Navy Yard



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