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Builders Education and Training Foundation Further Increases BA Membership Value

  • By Abby Koppers
  • February 1, 2014
The BETF has taken steps to co-sponsor the Mechanical Contractors Association’s Construction Education Institute Program in an effort to further increase Builders Association membership value. Additional seminars can help you advance your career and make better decisions for your company!

How Will New Drug And Gun Laws Affect Your Workplace This Year?

  • By Abby Koppers
  • January 14, 2014
Register today to make sure you don't miss out on February's Contractor Safety Forum, focusing on medical marijuana, concealed carry and workplace violence.

BuildersConnect Less Than A Month Away!

  • By Stacey Kelly
  • November 14, 2013

Connect with industry colleagues, hear compelling presentations, and celebrate another year in the books with Chicagoland's construction leaders.

Running Into Language Barriers With Spanish-Speaking Workers? Free Safety Resources Available!

  • By Abby Koppers
  • August 16, 2013

The Latino Worker Safety Resource Center (LWRC) is offering FREE Safety Hazard Awareness Classes and Class Certifications taught in Spanish.

August's Contractor Safety Forum

  • By Abby Koppers
  • August 15, 2013

This morning's Contractor Safety Forum was educational and relevant, thanks to Attorneys Bradford Purcell and KKingshuk Roy, and OSHA Compliance Officer Larry Joswiak.

Executive Committee Welcomes McLaughlin

  • By Builders Association Executive Committee
  • July 17, 2013

Prior to being named the Executive Director of the Builders Association, Dan McLaughlin served for 21 years in the same position with the Plumbing Contractors Association.

LEED v4: Seeking Greener Pastures

  • By Abby Koppers
  • July 10, 2013

Members of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have voted to pass changes in LEED ratings.

Docu-Drama: What to Expect at This August's Safety Forum

  • By Abby Koppers
  • July 3, 2013

August 15th marks the date of this year's third Builders Association Contractor Safety Forum, featuring attorney Bradford Purcell's presentation, "Critical Safety Documents Used in Litigation."

A Successful Stand Down

  • By Abby Koppers
  • June 14, 2013

The Builders Association is proud to see so many members actively showing their workers that safety is their number one priority. Our First Annual Safety Stand Down was a huge success and we look forward to annually discussing important safety topics at the jobsite level. We would also like to congratulate Thorne Associates, Inc., for joining our Safety Alliance with OSHA.

Read All About It

  • By Abby Koppers
  • June 7, 2013

The latest issue of Building Chicago: 2013 has just been released. Read more about what's inside, or just take a look for yourself!

FMI 2013 NRCI 2nd Quarter Report Released

  • By Abby Koppers
  • June 7, 2013

The NRCI reports that the construction industry is slowly on the rise. Read on more for more detailed highlights of the findings.

W.E. O'Neil Construction Company Partners with The Safety Alliance

  • By Abby Koppers
  • May 24, 2013

The Builders Association would like to thank W.E. O'Neil Construction Company for participating in the Builder's Association's Safety Alliance with OSHA. W.E. O'Neil Construction Company will be holding special safety training at the University of Chicago to help keep its laborers safe on the job. Members of the Safety Alliance incur less incidents than non-members nationwide, annually.

Labor Department Provides Model Exchange and COBRA Election Notices Required by Affordable Care Act

  • By AGC of America
  • May 24, 2013

Information on Exchange or Marketplace Notices for employers regarding the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment for Marketplaces beings October 1, 2013.

Avoid The Falls Before They Happen

  • By Andy Cole
  • May 16, 2013

Contractors can participate in Chicagoland's first ever Safety Stand Down on Wednesday, June 12.

Spring Summit Celebrates Safety And Covers Affordable Care Act

  • By Ashley Mastervich
  • May 8, 2013

On Tuesday, May 7, over 90 attendees came to the Hyatt Lounge to participate in the Builders Spring Summit. Safety awards were bestowed to a variety of companies and a partner from Seyfarth Shaw LLP was the keynote speaker concering the Affordable Care Act.