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Joe Duvall of Kitchell Welcomed as 2015 ABA President!

The ABA welcomed Joe Duval as the 2015 ABA President.  Joe Duvall, Project Executive of Kitchell Construction, has been in the commercial building industry since 1985.

Joe Duvall joined Kitchell right out of college 30 years ago. Since his early days as an estimator and project engineer, he has played a key role on many of Kitchell’s flagship projects including Howard Hughes Parkway Office, Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, Flagstaff Medical Center, Motorola, Peccole Nevada Association, and Mountainview Hospital, plus scores of others representing hundreds of millions of dollars of work. From the very beginning, he has embodied the firm’s purpose and values of honesty and integrity, quality of work, and customer satisfaction. These qualities have made him the consummate internal operations auditor for the company as he travels from jobsite to jobsite sharing his know-how and providing counsel. Born and raised in Texas, Joe’s construction journey has taken him all over the country, from Arizona to Nevada (where he spent 15 years, seven of which running Kitchell’s Nevada office) to California to Colorado to Kansas to Tennessee and, full circle back to his roots, to Texas. read more

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Logan (2017)

Duration 137 mins Genre Action, Drama, Science Fiction. In Cinemas February 28, 2017 Language English, Español. Country United States of America.

Plot For Logan

‘Logan’ is a movie genre Action, was released in February 28, 2017. James Mangold was directed this movie and starring by Hugh Jackman. This movie tell story about In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces. read more


Here’s a breakdown of current Arizona construction market

Ask just about any contractor in the Valley about the state of their current business and projects and they’ll tell you this: Business is booming! But, as fruitful as the Arizona construction and development market is throughout Metro Phoenix, it’s not without its challenges.

Right now, Arizona’s contractors are like a little brother who just got a major score of LEGO kits — build your own Death Star, T-Rex and Batmobile. But, the little brother discovers a catch — his older sibling wants all projects completed in the usual allotted amount of time, yet several essential LEGO pieces are on back order for double the price as normal and his two best friends are working on their own projects. Another buddy is able to help build, but he’s charging 30% more for his labor than the best buds would have.  read more


Here’s how construction industry is building a sustainable workforce

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, upwards of 47 million workers quit their jobs in 2021. Many have coined the disruption of the U.S. labor market “The Great Resignation.” Others — more recently — refer to the state of labor as “The Great Reshuffle,” as hiring rates outpace quit rates (since November 2020). In the construction realm, these semantic terms don’t quite capture the current labor market. If it had to be given a moniker, perhaps “The Great Disparity” would adequately represent the construction workforce environment. read more


John Francis Krecek

It is with great sadness that we announce that John Francis Krecek passed away unexpectedly on December 26th at the age of 64.

John leaves behind his wife of over 40 years, Deb Krecek, son and daughter in law, Brandon and Cody Krecek, and daughter, Ashley Krecek. As well as his mother, Kathy Krecek and siblings, Lynn Strohecker (Jerry), Julie Velasquez (Abe), Mary Lou Cloonan (Rob), Bob Krecek (Robin). John loved Deb’s sisters as his own, Donna Meeker and Mary Jo Heyman (Tim). John had a large family he enjoyed spending time with, including his many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father Francis J. Krecek and his beloved great uncle Monsignor Michael Nestor. read more

Trade competition sets the gears in motion and students up for success

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – A total of 150 students will compete in the Southern Arizona Construction Competition this weekend. The program is called, Joint Technical Education District (JTED). Organizers said, it is important to showcase different types of trade fields, especially now. Worker shortages in most industries are at all-time high and they hope this program will change that. read more


Arizona Builders Alliance members provide gifts for children in need

Through the Arizona Builders Alliance (ABA) annual toy drive, the local construction industry came together to provide a memorable Christmas for hundreds of children in need. Approximately 150 construction companies, including RosendinMcCarthy Building CompaniesHensel PhelpsKitchell, and Sundt, and their employees, donated three 18-foot trailers’ worth of toys and over $40,000 to the 13th Annual ABA Community Service Board’s 2022 Toy Drive, which benefited five nonprofit organizations serving over 2,000 underprivileged children in the Phoenix Metro area. read more


The Arizona Builders Alliance’s Call for Help is Overwhelmingly Answered by Members

The Arizona Builders Alliance participated in a cell phone drive to donate minutes to soldiers overseas.   A total of 1,015 cell phones were collected by more than 100 ABA member companies between Feb. – May of this year.  Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

The phones were donated to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Cell Phones for Soldiers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans. They collect cell phones and sell them to recycling firms, and use those dollars to buy calling cards for soldiers overseas.  For every two phones collected, one-hour of calling time is donated. read more


John Nyman Elected to ABA Board of Directors!

The Arizona Builders Alliance welcomed John Nyman, Tucson President for Concord General Contracting, as a newly elected board member of the ABA’s statewide board at the May 29, 2015 board meeting.

John has 38 years of general contracting experience.  John consistently raises the bar on defining the delivery of excellence as indicated by Concord receiving the 2006 and 2010 Cornerstone Award, General Contractor of the Year.   In addition, John received the 2011 Construction Industry’s Good Scout Award presented by the Boy Scouts of America and the 2012 Jerry Wyatt Community Service Award presented by the Cornerstone Building Foundation. read more

Congratulations ABA Members!

Every year the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the Construction Financial Managers Association recognizes outstanding individuals in the construction industry.  This year the awards recognize the contributions and successes of several members of the Arizona Builders Alliance.

Congratulations to Bo Calbert for winning the Construction Executive of the Year award.  Also nominated was John Krecek of JFK Electrical Contracting. read more


Eric Buchholz installed as Southern Arizona Chairman of Arizona Builders Alliance

April 27, 2015 – Arizona Builders Alliance installed Eric Buchholz, of Sun Mechanical Contracting, as Southern Arizona Chairman.  The new leadership team also includes CORE Construction’s Fred Knapp.  The two were sworn in at the 21st annual ABA Installation Dinner on Friday, April 17th, at the Tucson Country Club.  More than 200 attended the event, including Tucson Mayor Jonathon Rothschild and Marana Mayor Ed Honea.  Outgoing Chairman Brad Lloyd, Lloyd Construction was honored along with the leadership team that included committee chairs and industry advisors. read more

ABA Leads Efforts to Pass State Bill 1446 Changing TPT Laws

The Arizona Builders Alliance has worked with the Department of Revenue, the League of Cities, the Construction Financial Managers Association, the Arizona Tax Research Association and industry allies to pass SB 1446, creating sweeping changes to sales tax on contractors. The Arizona construction industry was braced for confusing and unworkable changes to the prime contracting tax law effective January of 2015. The State Legislature had previously enacted changes to TPT that range from who must have a tax license to a major switch creating a difference between service and prime contracting. read more


Bo Calbert, a finalist for CFMA’s Executive of the Year Award!

Bo Calbert, President of McCarthy, was recently named a finalist for the CFMA’s 2015 Executive of the Year Award!

Robert “Bo” Calbert, president of McCarthy Building Companies Southwest Region, oversees the 150 year-old firm’s construction operations in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. Under his leadership, McCarthy earned the prestigious industry honor of being named 2014 Contractor of the Year by Engineering-News Record Southwest. During his more than 30-years with McCarthy Bo has been involved in building communities across more than 10 states with major projects in healthcare, semiconductor, water/wastewater, solar, education, hospitality and entertainment, laboratory, aviation, office and retail. In addition, his community leadership encompasses involvement in civic, industry and non-profit organizations, including Greater Phoenix Leadership, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Alliance for Construction Excellence, Arizona Builders Alliance, Scottsdale Airport Advisory Commission and the Caitlin Robb Foundation. read more

ABA LDF Graduate Luncheon

Held December 12th at the DoubleTree Inn by Hilton, the ABA honored graduates of the Senior Executive Program and the Leadership Development Forum. Over 250 members attended to honor the graduates. Featured speaker, Carol McMullen, offered 10 tips for building relationships. Carol will be retiring from the ABA at the end of December and taking on a role as a Consultant with the Association. The ABA extends Congratulations to the 2013 graduates of the SEP and LDF Programs!Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)watch full Baahubali 2: The Conclusion 2017 movie online read more