Professionals from many facets of construction industry comprise new BC&E Board

(Towson, Md. January 1, 2017) –– The Building Congress & Exchange (BC&E) is pleased to announce its new Executive Committee and Board of Directors for 2017.

The 2017 Executive Committee includes: President Ed Joffe of Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.; President-Elect John Prusak of Johnson Controls; Vice President Gary Berger of HMS Insurance Associates, Inc.; Treasurer Marty Copsey of MacKenzie Contracting Company, LLC; and Secretary Wayne Matheu of Enterprise Electric Company.

Three new directors joined the BC&E Board as of Jan. 1, 2017: Joe Bailey of Lewis Contractors, David Brodie of Wohlsen Construction, and Rick Scheetz of Gray & Son/Maryland Paving Management.

They join returning directors: Ted Bowes of Excell Concrete, Curtis Dalsimer of Plano-Coudon Construction, Michael Martin of Live Green Landscape Associates, Kevin McCarthy of James Posey Associates, Amy Mercurio of Johns Hopkins University Facilities & Real Estate, R. Nelson Oster of HMS Insurance Associates, Laura Penza of Penza Bailey Architects, and Donna Venerable-Davis of D&L Cleanup, LLC.

BC&E is Metropolitan Baltimore’s premier organization for networking, education and business development for professionals in the construction industry. The organization has nearly 190 member companies representing all facets of the industry. For more information, visit www.bcebaltimore.org.

Building Congress & Exchange Honors Talented Craftsmen with Annual Awards

(Towson, Md. Nov. 3, 2016) –– The Building Congress & Exchange (BC&E) honored and recognized the extraordinary skill and talent of 21 individuals from the construction and design industry at the 78th Annual Craftsmanship Awards on Nov. 3 at the Warehouse at Camden Yards. The winners represent all facets of the industry.

Ove three days in June, the Craftsmanship Committee judged 49 nominations that ranged from architectural millwork and lighting to HVAC, carpentry, stone and metals. Each nominated project was judged based on overall craftsmanship including the quality of work, complexity of both technical and design challenges and the level of difficulty.

A complete list of winners is located below. To review videos about the winning craftsmen and their work, please visit the BC&E website at http://www.bcebaltimore.org/about-the-craftsmanship-awards/.

During the evening, the Building Congress & Exchange Foundation also honored four promising high school students with Future Craftsman and Design Awards: Nicholas Calvert from Western School of Technology, for Mechanical Construction/Plumbing; Anthony Evans from Edmondson-Westside High School, for Carpentry; Spencer Koenig from Carroll County Career and Technology Center, for Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration; and Jared Lafferty from Carroll County Career & Technology Center, for Welding. In addition to recognition for their achievements, these students also receive scholarships to pursue further training, degrees or supplies to begin work in the construction or design field.

New this year, the Building Congress & Exchange introduced the Judge’s Choice Award. This award recognizes the highest scoring craftsman. This year’s award recipient was Daniel Ramirez from Hilgartner Natural Stone Company for his Interior Stone and Marble work at the Hilgartner Natural Stone Company Headquarters Building.

The second annual Rising Star Award, which recognizes an outstanding young craftsman who exceeds their company’s expectations and shows exceptional skills and promise in the industry, was awarded to Matthew Anderson, a Journeyman/Chiller Mechanic with Johnson Controls, Inc.

78th ANNUAL CRAFTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS

ROMARIO AMAYA
Roman Mosaic & Tile Company
Ceramic Tile and Terrazzo
Atholton High School

BRIAN BORROR
Mitre Wright Woodworking, Inc.
Architectural Millwork, Casework and
Laminates
Hotel Indigo

JOSH BRUNDIGE
Standard Restoration
Historic Brick & Stone Restoration
UMB Pine Street Police Station
Restoration

ROBERT BRUSH/ BOB WHITLOCK
Baltimore Steel Erectors
Stainless & Exposed Structural
Steel Framing
UMB Lexington Garage
Entry Canopies

JOE CHAMPION
Champion Brothers, Inc.
Architectural Millwork
Caves Valley First Hole Cottages

BRIAN FERGUSON
Eastern Glass & Glazing, Inc.
Windows and Storefronts
JHU Applied Physics Lab

CHRIS GELLIEN
Urban Sign Company, Inc.
Lighting Systems
UMBC Monumental Sign

MICHAEL GILLESPIE
Green Contracting Company, Inc.
HVAC Piping
NCI Frederick Building 1040 –
Chilled Water Plant

GREG GUERIN
Eastern Caisson Corporation
Underpinning, Foundations and
Excavations
Towson University Burdick Hall
Expansion

JOE LILLIBRIDGE
Enterprise Electric Company
Power Generation, Distribution and
Switchgear
UMB Medical School Teaching
Facility – HVAC Upgrades

JOHN MINIHANE
Worcester Eisenbrandt, Inc.
Rough Carpentry
JHU Latrobe Hall –
Cupola Restoration

DANIEL RAMIREZ
Hilgartner Natural Stone Company, Inc.
Interior Stone and Marble
Hilgartner Natural Stone Company
Headquarters Building

JOSE RAMIREZ
Hilgartner Natural Stone Company, Inc.
Interior Stone and Marble
Gilchrist Hospice Center –
New Contemplation Room Addition

HECTOR RIVERA
Champion Brothers, Inc.
Interior Stairwell, Wood Trim
Caves Valley First Hole Cottages

EARL SCOTT
Worcester Eisenbrandt, Inc.
Finishes, Plaster & Copper Flashing
Archbishop’s Residence
Renovation

TROY SHEWELL
Fingles Metalworks, Inc.
Escalators, Ornamental Metals and
Metal Fabrication
WMATA – 128 Escalator
Replacement Project

MIKE SMITH
Campitelli Masonry, Inc.
Unit Masonry
Rita Church Community Center
Gymnasium

ERIC TIMMONS
Enterprise Electric Company
Power Generation, Distribution and
Switchgear
BGE Electric Service and Distribution
Replacement – G&E Building

VERNON VERMILLION
The Poole and Kent Corporation
Power Generation, Distribution and
Switchgear
Combined Heat and Power Plant

MIKE WOOTERS
Banner Masonry Corporation
Butler Stone Site Walls
Bryn Mawr School Northern Parkway
Entrance Signs

Building Congress & Exchange Welcomes New Directors and Executive Committee Changes

(Towson, Md. Dec. 3, 2015) –– The Building Congress & Exchange (BC&E) have
elected a new Executive Committee and four new directors. Their new roles and
terms begin Jan. 1.

The 2016 Executive Committee includes President Henry “Joe” Knott III of Henry J. Knott Masonry, Inc.; President-Elect Laurie McLain of Hord Coplan Macht; Vice President Ed
Joffe
of The Whiting Turner Contracting Co.; Treasurer Gary Berger of HMS Insurance Associates, Inc; and newly elected Secretary John Prusak of Johnson Controls.

The four new directors are Ted Bowes of Excell Concrete Construction, Curtis Dalsimer of Plano-Coudon Construction, Amy Mercurio of Johns Hopkins Facilities & Real Estate and R. Nelson Oster of HMS Insurance Associates.

The new directors will be joining returning Directors Ronnie Brouillard, Kinsley Construction, Inc.; Marty Copsey, MacKenzie Contracting Company, LLC; Tom Gnau,
J. Vinton Schafer & Sons, Inc.; Michael Martin, Live Green Landscape Associates; Kevin McCarthy, James Posey Associates; Laura Penza, Penza Bailey Architects; and Donna Venerable-Davis, D&L Cleanup, LLC.

Former President Paul Hume of GWWO, Inc./Architects and former Directors David R. Erdman, United Rentals North America and Steve Workmeister, Premier Concrete, Inc. have retired from the BC&E Board.

BC&E is Metropolitan Baltimore’s premier organization for networking, education and business development for professionals in the construction industry. The organization has nearly 170 member companies representing all facets of the industry.

Building Congress & Exchange Honors Talented Craftsmen with Annual Awards

(Towson, Md. Nov. 6, 2015) –– The Building Congress & Exchange (BC&E) honored and recognized extraordinary skill and talent from 20 individuals from the construction and design industry at the 77th Annual Craftsmanship Awards on Nov. 6 at the Warehouse at Camden Yards. The winners represent all facets of the industry and their projects are as diverse as their skills.

The Craftsmanship Committee spent three days and judged 39 nominations that ranged from woodwork and lighting to masonry and landscaping. Each nominated project was judged based on overall craftsmanship including the quality of work, complexity of both technical and design challenges and the level of difficulty.

A complete list of winners is located below. To review videos about the winning craftsmen and their work, please visit the BC&E website at http://www.bcebaltimore.org/about-the-craftsmanship-awards/.

During the evening, the Building Congress & Exchange Foundation also honored three promising high school students with Future Craftsman and Design Awards: Victoria Johns from Eastern Technical High School, for engineering; Jacob Long from Carroll County Career and Technology Center, for HVAC; and Tyler Cooper from Sollers Point Technical High School, for construction management. In addition to recognition for their achievements, these students also receive scholarships to pursue further training, degrees or supplies to begin work in the construction or design field.

New this year, the Building Congress & Exchange introduced the Rising Star Award, recognizing an outstanding young craftsman who exceeds their company’s expectations and shows exceptional skills and promise in the construction industry. This year’s award recipient was Andrew Colopietro, a 5th year plumber apprentice form the Poole & Kent Corporation.

 

77th ANNUAL CRAFTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS

University of Maryland Medical Center
Craftsman: Steve Langrill
Employer: Brown & Heim, Inc.
Type of Work: Power Generation, Distribution and Switchgear

National Aquarium
Craftsman: Eric Rapsinski
Employer: Aquatic Exhibits International
Type of Work: Aquatic Life Support

Baltimore Museum of Art
Craftsman: Eric Lee Klingman
Employer: The Valley Craftsmen, LTD
Type of Work: Plaster

Baltimore Museum of Art
Craftsman: Tyler Harris
Employer: Finishes, Inc.
Type of Work: Drywall

Undisclosed Location
Craftsman: Frank West
Employer: Structural Restoration
Services, Inc.
Type of Work: Exterior Stone

Maryland Zoo
Craftsman: Jeff Reichart
Employer: Cemrock Landscapes, Inc.
Type of Work: Shotcrete Structures

Maryland Zoo
Craftsman: Allan Sutherland
Employer: Allan Sutherland Design Studios, LLC
Type of Work: Specialty Theme Painting

Maryland Zoo
Craftsman: Mick Hilleary
Employer: Total Habitat
Type of Work: Shotcrete Structure

Upper Chesapeake Cancer Center
Craftsman: Jon Wainwright
Employer: Enterprise Electric Company
Type of Work: Lighting Systems

Upper Chesapeake Medical Center Cogeneration System
Craftsman: David Charles
Employer: Green Contracting
Company, Inc.
Type of Work: Co-generation Mechanical

National Aquarium
Craftsman: Mark Melonas
Employer: Luke Works
Type of Work: Ornamental Pre-cast Railing & Trim

National Aquarium
Craftsman: Rick Dimler
Employer: J.F. Fischer, Inc.
Type of Work: HVAC Piping

Grace United Methodist Church
Craftsman: Jose G. Montes
Employer: Live Green Landscape Associates, LLC
Type of Work: Hardscape

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
Craftsman: German Ceballos
Employer: Allstate Floors
Type of Work: Brick Veneer

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
Craftsman: Kevin Lenderking
Employer: J.F. Fischer, Inc.
Type of Work: Central utility Plant Chillers and Boilers

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
Craftsman: Charlie Griffiths
Employer: Vigilant Woodworks
Type of Work: Architectural Millwork

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
Craftsman: Ryan Binnie
Employer: Enterprise Electric Company
Type of Work: Combined Heat and Power Package

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
Craftsman: Garry Beverly
Employer: Mahogany, Inc.
Type of Work: Woods and Plastics

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
Craftsman: Tony Smetana
Employer: Enterprise Electric Company
Type of Work: Lighting & Lighting Controls

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
Craftsman: Ron Smyth
Employer: The Valley Craftsmen, LTD
Type of Work: Ceilings, Bulkheads and Wall Finishes

Construction Industry Expo to Bring All Segments Under One Roof!

2015_BCEexpologo_updated_noborder_webAttendees can earn 3 Continuing Education credits at no cost

(Towson, MD April 20, 2015) — The Building Congress & Exchange will host the 3rd Annual Construction Industry Expo on Wednesday, April 22 — uniting the industry in one location.

With more than 70 exhibitors, attendees will have access to industry partners and decision makers, as well as an array of products and services. There is no cost to attend the Expo, which will take place at the Maryland Fairgrounds from 2 pm to 5 pm.

“This is the ultimate networking event,” said BC&E President Paul Hume. “It’s an opportunity to connect with other professionals in the industry, build valuable relationships and grow your business.”

This year, BC&E and AIABaltimore have partnered to bring attendees a Continuing Education Program that could earn them up to 3 CES HSW LUs at no cost. The program, which will take place during the Expo, will feature award-winning projects from BC&E Craftsmanship Awards and the AIABaltimore Design Excellence Awards. Attendees will learn from outstanding design and craftsmanship in three areas: healthcare, higher education and institutional/cultural projects.
For more information, visit the BC&E website at www.bcebaltimore.org

For more a complete list of exhibitors, please visit www.bcebaltimore.org/2015-expo-exhibitors/

Registration for the Continuing Education Program is still open. Register at: www.bcebaltimore.org/event-registration/?ee=107

Special thank you to the Construction Industry Expo event sponsors: AIABaltimore, ASA of Baltimore, Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association, Maryland AGC, MCA Maryland and USGBC Maryland.

About the Building Congress & Exchange
The Building Congress & Exchange (BC&E) is Metropolitan Baltimore’s premier organization for networking, education and business development for professionals in all facets of the construction industry. BC&E offers diverse and productive networking events, promotes improvements in the construction industry through educational programs and recognizes the finest craftsmen in the region with its annual awards program.

BC&E Foundation Elects New Board Members

Brodie_Dave_02The Building Congress & Exchange Foundation has appointed David Brodie of Wohlsen Construction Company and Paul Crampton of KCI Technologies, Inc. to its Board of Directors. They will each serve three-year terms.

The Building Congress & Exchange Foundation has also appointed Laurie McLain of Hord Coplan Macht as President Elect. Laurie McLain will begin her term as president in 2016.

Brodie is a senior vice president at Wohlsen Construction Company, where he oversees and directs all business development in the Baltimore market. Cramption is a vice president and regional practice leader in KCI’s Land Development practice and oversees staff in the firm’s Maryland and Delaware offices.

Crampton and Brodie join six other members of the board: Foundation President Paul Hume of GWWO, Inc./Architects, Treasurer David Humm of Crampton_Paul_webProfessional Mechanical Contractors Inc., Secretary Dominick Dunnigan of Southway Builders Inc. and Directors Warren Hamilton of J. Vinton Schafer & Sons, Michael Martin of Live Green Landscape Associates and Laurie McLain of Hord Coplan Macht.

“We are excited to have Dave and Paul join our organization,” Hume said. “Their insight and expertise will help strengthen the Foundation’s mission to promote growth in our industry throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan market.”

A special thank you to Whiting Turner Contracting Co.’s Lisa Decker and Enterprise Electric Co.’s Wayne Matheu for serving a three-year term on the Board, which ended on Dec. 31. The BC&E Foundation would also like to thank GWWO, Inc/Architects’ Spero Demetrides, who retired from his firm and the BC&E Foundation in March after serving on the board for one year.

BC&E Elects New Executive Committee and Four New Directors

(Towson, Md. Jan. 8, 2015) –– The Building Congress & Exchange (BC&E) elected a new Executive Committee and four new directors, who all began their new roles and terms on Jan. 1.

The members of the 2014 Executive Committee are President Paul Hume of GWWO, Inc./Architects; President-Elect Henry “Joe” Knott III of Henry J. Knott Masonry, Inc.; Vice President Laurie McLain of Hord Coplan Macht, Inc., Treasurer Ed Joffe of the Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. and Secretary Gary Berger of HMS Insurance Associates, Inc.

The four new directors, each serving a three year term, are Michael Martin, Live Green Landscapes; Kevin McCarthy, James Posey Associates; Laura Penza, Penza Bailey Architects and Donna Venerable-Davis, D&L Cleanup.

The new directors join board members Ronnie Brouillard, Kinsley Construction; Marty Copsey, MacKenzie Contracting Co.; Dave Erdman, United Rentals North America, Inc.; Tom Gnau, J. Vinton Schafer & Sons, Inc.; John Prusak, Johnson Controls, Inc. and Steve Workmeister, Premier Concrete, Inc.

“This organization has been built on the successful leadership of our board and our members,” said Hume. “I am honored to work with these individuals to help continue the legacy.”

Hume is also serving his third year as president of the BC&E Foundation, BC&E’s charitable arm that focuses on the future of the construction industry’s workforce.

Former BC&E President Doug Eder of Oak Contracting, LLC; and Board Members Fred Judd, Judd Fire Protection, LLC and Wayne Matheu, Enterprise Electric Co. have retired from the board.

“Over the years, Doug, Fred and Wayne have been valuable contributors to the success of BC&E,” Hume said. “We know their dedication to our organization will continue.”

BC&E currently has more than 170 member companies representing professionals in all facets of the construction industry.

About the Building Congress & Exchange

Founded in 1888, the Building Congress & Exchange (BC&E) is Metropolitan Baltimore’s premier organization for networking, education and business development for professionals in all facets of the construction industry. BC&E’s diverse and productive networking events bring together general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, developers, interior designers and building owners as well as associated professionals in finance, insurance, law, bonding and other industries. BC&E promotes improvements in the construction industry through educational programs about new technologies, market trends and best business practices and recognizes the finest craftsmen in the region through its annual awards program. For more information about the Building Congress & Exchange, please visit www.bcebaltimore.org.

Building Congress & Exchange Honors Talented Craftsmen with Annual Awards

craftsmanship_logo_web2(Towson, Md. Nov. 7, 2014) –– The Building Congress & Exchange (BC&E) honored 21 talented individuals from the construction and design industry for their exemplary artistry and workmanship at the 76th Annual Craftsmanship Awards on Nov. 7. This year’s winners delivered impeccable workmanship under extraordinarily challenging conditions including difficult design issues and unfavorable weather conditions.

“Our craftsmen’s artistry and skill are what sets our industry apart,” says Steve Workmeister, Craftsmanship Committee Board Liaison.

The Craftsmanship Committee spent three intense days, traveled hundreds of miles and judged 44 nominations that ranged from flooring and rooftops to curtainwalls and landscaping. Each nominated project was judged based on overall craftsmanship including the quality of work, complexity of both technical and design challenges and the level of difficulty.

A complete list of winners is located below. To review videos about the winning craftsmen and their work, please visit the BC&E website at www.bcebaltimore.org/craftsmanship.

During the evening, the Building Congress & Exchange Foundation also honored three promising high school juniors with Future Craftsman and Design Awards: Gabriel Bocchina from Harford Technical High School, for carpentry and welding; Daniel DiCocco from Eastern Technical High School for mechanical engineering; and Nathanial Dlugonski from the Center of Applied Technology North for plumbing. In addition to recognition for their achievements, these students also receive scholarships to pursue further training, degrees or supplies to begin work in the construction or design field.

“When you listen to what these kids are doing and what they are competing in and succeeding with, it is so impressive,” said Future Craftsman Committee Chair John Stahl of Swirnow Building Systems. “One of the great things we do at the BC&E Foundation is help push these kids along with these awards.”

The Building Congress & Exchange Foundation’s prime mission is to promote careers in construction and design, and support the education of interested and promising individuals. For the last 15 years, the Foundation has directed more than $500,000 into efforts to advance training in construction and design by awarding Future Craftsman and Design Award scholarships as well as grants to high schools, community colleges, specialized learning facilities and other institutions that teach quality construction and design programs.

76th ANNUAL CRAFTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS

Holy Cross Germantown Hospital
Dave Colston
Henry J. Knott Masonry, Inc.
Stone Masonry

David Contrino
Henry J. Knott Masonry, Inc.
Brick Masonry

Upper Chesapeake Health
Cancer Center

Jose G. Montes
Live Green Landscape Associates, LLC
Green Roof System, Hardscapes and Landscapes

Greg Cohron
Tate Ornamental, Inc.
Ornamental Metals-Entrance Canopy

Notre Dame of Maryland University
John Maciolek
Campitelli Masonry
Brick and Precast Exterior Masonry

Johns Hopkins University, Malone Hall
Pete Silva
Henry J. Knott Masonry, Inc.
Masonry

Paul Guercio
Zephyr Aluminum, LLC
Curtainwall

Andy Woolsey
HK Griffith, Inc.
Slate Roofing

Chesapeake Bay Residence
Vern Quesenberry
Ruff Roofers, Inc.
Standing Seam Copper Roofing

Mount Saint Joseph High School
Athletic Center

Edgar Carreto-Ramos
Boatman and Magnani, Inc.
Epoxy Terrazzo Flooring

National Institutes of Health Ambulatory Care & Research Facility
Dave Akehurst
Kent Island Mechanical
Removal and Installation of Custom Air Handling Units

The Center for Parks and People at Auchentoroly Terrace
Lee Dewitt
Ruff Roofers, Inc.
Slate and Copper Roofing

Towson Family Center YMCA
Antony West
Gutierrez Studios, Inc.
Metal Fabrication

UMBC Performing Arts, Phase Two
Jeremy Gajeski
MG McGrath, Inc.
SS Shingles and Framing Design

Erick Ascencio
Roman Mosaic & Tile Company
Terrazzo Flooring

Ted Scharf
Enterprise Electric Company
Dimming Room Conduit, Wireways and Wiring

Raul Garcia
Commercial Interiors
Concert Hall Metal Ceiling

Mike Nonn & Jimmy Miller
Mahogany, Inc.
Wood Panel Layout, Fabrication and Installation

Tom Baran
Ted Turner Company, Inc.
Ornamental Metal-Screenwall

Pat Joy
Master Care Flooring, Inc.
Concert Hall Wood Floors

 

About the Building Congress & Exchange
Founded in 1888, the Building Congress & Exchange (BC&E) is Metropolitan Baltimore’s premier organization for networking, education and business development for professionals in all facets of the construction industry. BC&E’s diverse and productive networking events bring together general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, developers, interior designers and building owners as well as associated professionals in finance, insurance, law, bonding and other industries. BC&E promotes improvements in the construction industry through educational programs about new technologies, market trends and best business practices and recognizes the finest craftsmen in the region through its annual awards program. For more information about the Building Congress & Exchange, please visit www.bcebaltimore.org.

BC&E Foundation Donates $40,000 to Construction Education Programs

(Towson, Md., September 15, 2014) As part of its mission to inspire and enable individuals to develop careers in the construction industry, the Building Congress & Exchange (BC&E) Foundation has awarded nearly $40,000 in grants to nine Maryland programs that provide career training to high school students and adult learners.

The 2014 grants include:

  • $5,000 each to ACE Mentor programs in Baltimore, Frederick and Annapolis. ACE provides students with structured mentoring from construction, architecture and engineering professionals who introduce students to industry fundamentals and help students tackle real-world design challenges, such as designing a fresh use for Baltimore’s Harbor Point site.
  • More than $17,000 to scholarship programs for students pursuing degrees or certificates in construction or engineering at Frederick Community College and the Community College of Baltimore County Catonsville.
  • $10,000 to Living Classrooms’ Fresh Start program – a 40-week curriculum that teaches academics, employability skills and construction skills in order to prepare students aged 16-19 to obtain and retain employment.
  • $5,000 to Kennedy Krieger High School to support the creation of a new remodeling unit for its construction students. Kennedy Krieger enables students with various disabilities to complete both high school academics and career training.
  • $2,000 to Eastern Technical High School to support extracurricular programs for students in the school’s Construction Management and Engineering Careers programs.

“We are very pleased to be able to support these programs,” said BC&E Foundation President Paul Hume. “Organizations – such as Living Classrooms, Kennedy Krieger, Eastern Tech, ACE and our community colleges – help students find interesting career options within the construction industry and obtain quality education. They do a great service both for the students and for our industry.”

Such specialized training and scholarship programs, Hume added, provide talented and much-needed workers to the construction industry. Those workers include individuals who without the programs’ help, would not have the resources to pursue construction careers.

“We want to be a foundation that makes a real difference in the construction industry,” said John Stahl, a long-time member of the foundation board. “We don’t just send money to any construction-related organization. We direct money to situations where there is a real need in organizations that are doing exceptional work, creating potentially life-changing opportunities for individuals and benefitting the industry in the process.”

For the past 15 years, the BC&E Foundation has supported a wide array of programs that enable high school students to explore careers in the construction industry and adult learners to master the skills of craftsmen and construction professionals. To date, the Foundation has directed about $500,000 to selected programs.

The BC&E Foundation also supports special projects that combine construction-industry training with community benefit. In the 2013/2014 school year, the Foundation contributed $15,000 to Harford Technical High School for the development of a new curriculum to educate students in the construction trades. This curriculum, which included green technologies, was developed and used to great success in the building of a Habitat for Humanity house by students at Harford Tech. Ultimately the intention is to provide this new curriculum to other school systems in Maryland to help improve the overall education of future craftspeople. In June, a dozen BC&E member companies donated another $3,000 worth of materials and volunteer hours to help complete the house.

The BC&E Foundation plans to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity’s next house with Harford Tech as well as the Foundation’s ongoing programs through the upcoming BC&E Foundation Gala – A Night of Discovery at the Maryland Science Center on September 27. Proceeds from gala tickets and the event’s silent auction will go to the Foundation’s continuing efforts to grow the local construction industry with qualified, dedicated individuals. Tickets are available online at www.bcebaltimore.org or by calling the BC&E office at 410-823-7200.

About the Building Congress & Exchange Foundation
The Building Congress & Exchange Foundation is a 501(c)3 established to promote and support education and building programs that are beneficial to the recognition, future development and growth of the Greater Baltimore construction industry. For more information, http://www.bcebaltimore.org/foundation/

BC&E Builds New Mentorship Program to Help Industry Firms Succeed

BCE_MentorshipProgram_Web(Towson, June 26, 2014) The Building Congress & Exchange has created a new program that will connect, educate and foster growth among member firms looking to succeed in the Baltimore Metropoli­tan region’s construction industry.

The new BC&E Mentorship Program will offer emerging businesses — firms that are three years old or younger — and small businesses with 5–10 employees or less (depending on their line of business) the opportunity to participate in a small working group with industry mentors.

BC&E is unique in that it represents every potential aspect of the industry — from general contractors, construction managers, architects and engi­neers to lawyers, accountants, vendors, suppliers and more. This gives BC&E the opportunity to assist every segment that does business in the industry.

“We have a responsibility as the region’s premier construction industry association to help foster growth among the businesses in our industry,” said BC&E President Doug Eder. “The recession took a toll on all of us. This new program is a way for us to help small and new businesses get to the next level.”

BC&E will host four quarterly meetings, where attendees will hear from experienced keynote speakers on topics important to every business owner. Topics will include finance, bonding, hiring practices, business development, teaming, bidding, marketing and more.

In addition to each meeting’s topic, attendees will break into their designat­ed smaller groups with mentors who will work with the group the entire year. The smaller group setting allows attendees to have more intimate conversa­tions, ask challenging questions and build key relationships with their peers

 “We want good quality com­petition in this market,” Eder said. “Our mentors will be able to provide the guidelines and insight to help these companies understand what needs to be done to compete. They will learn how to be successful from people who are successful.”

Emerging Business Members and Small Business Members will receive all the benefits of BC&E membership from their company listing in the Here’s Who Membership Directory, exhibit space at the annual Construction Industry Expo, discounted tickets to events and the opportunity to work on BC&E committees.

The annual membership dues for Emerging Businesses three years old or younger is $495. Small Businesses with an employee size of 5 -10 or less, depending on their primary line of business, will pay $595 for their annual membership.

The first of the mentorship events is slated for late September. The event, which will have a nominal fee to cover the venue, drinks and appetizers, will be open to BC&E members who are not Emerging or Small Business Members if space is available.

If you are interested in learning more or to find out if your company qualifies for the Small Business Member category, please contact BC&E’s Co-Executive Director Tim O’Ferrall at 410-823-7200 or toferrall@bcebaltimore.org.

To apply for the Mentorship Program, you can go directly to the BC&E website http://www.bcebaltimore.org/membership-application-2/