(Editor’s Note: Paul Yarossi is executive vice president at HNTB and chairman of the ARTBA Foundation. This column appears in the March/April issue of ARTBA’s Transportation Builder magazine.)

By Paul Yarossi

Building transportation infrastructure—particularly projects financed by public agencies—demands complex leadership, management, specialized safety training, and other business skills not required by general construction managers.

That’s why the ARTBA Foundation’s Transportation Builder Institute (TBI) was created more than a decade ago, and it’s why it continues to this day to provide programs aimed at enhancing those skills sets for industry executives.

The newest is the TBI’s “Transportation Construction Professional Development Week,” which takes place June 4-6 at ARTBA’s Washington, D.C. offices. The schedule is divided into two parts: Safety Training, Certification Preparation & Project Management Academy (June 4-5) and the Annual Law & Regulatory Forum (June 5-6). You can participate in one or both sections.

Who Should Attend?

  • Project managers
  • Supervisors
  • Foremen
  • Safety Professionals
  • In-house legal counsel
  • Staff attorneys
  • Compliance officers
  • Other senior executives

The safety program focuses on identifying and addressing the top five hazards—struck-by, falls, trenching, night work and temporary traffic control— in roadway construction sites. It’s also a primer for the American National Standards Institute-accredited Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals™ program and will include a practice exam and explanation of the correct answers.

The Project Management Academy covers construction documentation, client relations, ethics and compliance programs. And the Law & Regulatory Forum features presentations from top industry lawyers on such topics as compliance, design risk, liquidated damages, risk management and public-private partnerships.

Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are available. Space is limited to 40 people. Visit the event website and register.

By combining the events, the ARTBA Foundation aims to significantly reduce your costs and more effectively deliver the educational content from our presenters, thereby resulting in better bang for your buck. Please consider sending one or two people from your firm or organization. It just might be one of the best investments you make in your employees this year.