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Press Release

Engineering News-Record and the Construction Users Roundtable Present the Construction Business Forum on June 14-15 in Atlanta
New York, NY – May 22, 2011


McGraw-Hill Construction’s Engineering News-Record (ENR) and the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT) will connect owners with construction industry professionals at the 5th annual ENR-CURT Construction Business Forum on June 14-15, 2011, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, GA.  An opening night reception on June 14 features W. Paul Bowers, president and CEO of Georgia Power.  Other keynote speakers include William McCollum, Jr., COO of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Robert Pragada, Group Vice President, Jacobs Engineering Group.

Sessions will focus on an industry in transition—with the worst of the recession in its wake. Attendees will discuss capitalizing on new investments, executing projects more efficiently, leveraging workforce skill sets, and the role globalization will play in competition, productivity, and technology innovation.  In addition, Robert Murray, McGraw-Hill Construction’s VP of Economic Affairs, will provide updated projections for 2011 construction starts by sector, covering public works and electric utilities, manufacturing buildings, housing, commercial buildings, and institutional buildings.  Other prestigious speakers include:

  • Boyd Black, President, Construction Owners Association of America and Assistant Vice, Capital Project Delivery Facilities Services, University of Chicago
  • Paul Bonington, VP, Sales, McGraw-Hill Construction
  • Mark Cervenka, Facilities Manager, Texas A&M Health Science Center
  • Michael Conley, President, The Construction Users Roundtable and Construction and Engineering Manager, DuPont
  • Wayne Crew, Director, Construction Industry Institute
  • John Cross, VP, American Institute of Steel Construction
  • Derek Cunz, VP and General Manager, Mortenson Construction
  • Brent Darnell, Owner, Brent Darnell International
  • Rosemarie DeMonte, VP and Director of Recruiting, Turner Construction Company
  • Keith Fox, President, McGraw-Hill Construction
  • Daniel Groves, Director of Operations and Workforce Consultant, The Construction Users Roundtable
  • Robert Ivy, EVP and CEO, The American Institute of Architects
  • Mark Konchar, Corporate VP, National Integration, Balfour Beatty Construction US
  • Michael Le Fevre, VP, Planning and Design Support, Building Information Modeling, Holder Construction Company
  • Stephen Sandherr, CEO, Associated General Contractors of America
  • Tom Sawyer, Senior Editor, Information Technology, Engineering News-Record
  • Gregory Sizemore, EVP, The Construction Users Roundtable
  • Christopher Sloan, Director, Government Affairs, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
  • Tom Smith, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Jan Tuchman, Editor-in-Chief, Engineering News-Record

For more information or to register, visit or call 1-800-371-3238.  Press passes are available, as are discounts for groups of four or more.
The ENR-CURT Construction Business Forum is produced by McGraw-Hill Construction; Engineering News-Record, the leading source of news, data, trends and analysis for the construction industry; and the Construction Users Roundtable, which provides a forum for the exchange of information, views, practices and policies of owners at the national and local level.  Gold sponsors include CMiC; silver sponsors include The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), B4 Consulting, and Viewpoint.  The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) are supporting sponsors.

About McGraw-Hill Construction:
McGraw-Hill Construction connects people, projects, and products across the construction industry. For more than a century, it has remained North America’s leading provider of project and product information, plans and specifications, and industry news, trends, and forecasts.  McGraw-Hill Construction serves more than one million customers in the global construction industry through Dodge, Sweets, Architectural Record, Engineering News-Record, GreenSource, and SNAP.  To learn more, visit or follow @mhconstruction on Twitter.

About The McGraw-Hill Companies:
Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies is a leading global financial information and education company that helps professionals and students succeed in the knowledge economy.  Leading brands include Standard and Poor’s, McGraw-Hill Education, Platts energy information services, and J.D. Power and Associates.  The Corporation has approximately 21,000 employees with more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Sales in 2010 were $6.2 billion. Additional information is available at

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Media Contacts:

Lisa Jaycox, Manager, External Communications,
The McGraw-Hill Companies Information & Media, +1 212-512-3272,

Kathy Malangone, Senior Director, Marketing Communications,
McGraw-Hill Construction, +1 212-904-4376,

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