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  • Firehouse Shelter Project

    Several months ago, the Firehouse Shelter had to remove their bunk beds due to bed bug infestation.  The Young Constructors Forum (YCF) of the Alabama Associated General Contractors (AGC) was asked by an AGC member familiar with the bed issue to consider project of building new beds.

    The YCF met with the local young professional groups of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Structural Engineers Association (SEA), and Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) to solicit their assistance.

    All groups concluded that this project met the groups mission of strengthening personal and business relationships with each other through social, professional, and service events and projects.

    The group immediately went to work to design 26 bunk beds for the firehouse shelter.  Because of limited funds and to meet the needs of the homeless residents of the the shelter, the design of the beds was a challenge.  Leaders of each group provided input in the design to construct a wood frame bed, durable enough to meet the needs of the shelter in the most cost effective manner as possible.

    AGC member, Webb Concrete and Building Materials out of Heflin, Alabama, has chipped in by providing the materials at cost.

    Members of each group will meet each night, October 6-9, from 4-7 pm, to construct beds at a warehouse (located at 2928 6th Avenue South in Lakeview District of Birmingham) donated by AGC member David Allen Company.

    Members will also work all day Friday, October 10 to deliver and assemble the bunk beds at the Firehouse Shelter in time for the residents to sleep in Friday night.

    Volunteers are need for this project and donations are encouraged to be made to the Firehouse Shelter to cover the costs of this project as well as the mission of the homeless shelter.  To do so, please contact Josh Caton at 205.451.1420 or


  • Skills-based Carpentry Training

    Many general contractors have said they would like to have employees participate in training based on specific skills.

    CEFA is offering just that in a series of four-hour classes beginning Oct. 6 and running through April 1, 2015.

    Simply choose the topic and the number of students to participate in each class.  CEFA asks that attendees register a week in advance if possible. Cost is $20.00 per instruction hour/per student for each set of classes.  Classes start at 5:00 p.m. and end at 8:20 p.m.

    Topics                                                            Dates                                                             Cost/per person

    Commercial Drawings                                Oct. 6, 8, 13 and 15                                     $320.00

    Thermal & Moister Protection                  Oct. 20, 22, 27, 29                                        $320.00

    Cold Form Steel Framing                            Nov. 3, 4, 11, 13                                           $320.00

    Drywall installation                                     Nov. 17, 19, 24, 26, Dec. 1, 3                     $480.00

    Doors and Hardware                                 Dec. 8, 10, 15, 17, Jan. 5, 7, 14, 19, 21      $720.00

    Suspended Ceilings                                     Jan. 26, 28, Feb. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18                      $640.00

    Windows, Doors & Floor Trim                  Feb. 23, 25, March 2, 4, 11, 16, 18            $640.00

    Cabinet Installation                                     March 23, 25, 30, April 1                            $320.00

    Instructors are Mike Echols and Bill Vanderwilt.  Mike Echols has taught carpentry for over 30 years for Bessemer Tech, Tarrant High School and CEFA.  He received his training thru the carpenters local many years ago. Bill Vanderwilt was aCommercial Construction Superintendent with Charles & Vinzant and Watson Bruhn.

    Too many contractors are unable to find workers with true trade knowledge.  This is a chance to upgrade trade knowledge at very reasonable prices.  If you use a STAFFING AGENCY to supply labor and most of the labor could benefit from skills upgrade, why not suggest they place people in the training as a condition of your contract?

    Questions: Call 205-956-0146 or email


  • Learning to Avoid Trouble

    The 2014 Clear Water Alabama Seminar and Field Day, sponsored by the Alabama AGC, will be Oct. 8-9 at the 5 Rivers Delta Resources Center in Spanish Fort, AL. Events, including presentations and site visits, are 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

    The seminars and field day are designed to help planners, designers, contractors, inspectors and others learn more about erosion and sediment control practices and products.

    Those who should attend are: construction firms that utilize BMPs on their sites, road builders and engineers.

    Lunch and Certificates of Training will be provided each day.  Contact hours will be included on the Certificates of Training to reflect the potential continuing education units.

    Register here


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