Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Inquire About Membership
Community Search
Building Jobs Coalition
Share |



In 2009, the Building Jobs Coalition (BJC) was created to advocate for growing jobs in Minnesota through design and construction of commercial, industrial, residential and institutional projects.  The BJC attracted a diverse group of contractors, building trade unions, architects, engineers, economic developers and public officials focused on growing jobs in the state of Minnesota.  Founding leaders included Beverly Hauschild-Baron (American Institute of Architects Minnesota), Harry Melander (Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council), and Dave Semerad (Associated General Contractors of Minnesota).


Since 2009, many sectors have recovered from the height of the recession.  However, the construction and design industries continue to lag behind.  As the economy has improved, a skilled workforce shortage is an emerging problem.  The design and construction industries are responding through investment in advanced technologies that increase worker efficiencies and productivity.

Members of the BJC have revved up their organizations’ recruitment, training and retraining efforts. Design and construction firms along with their partners in the trades employ strategic, managed capacity of workers in project planning to ensure when one project or phase of a project is completed, workers can be shifted to the next project or phase of a project. 


Leadership is provided by Tim Worke (CEO, Associated General Contractors of Minnesota), Mary Margaret Zindren (Executive Vice President, American Institute of Architects Minnesota), and Harry Melander (Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council).

Partners of the BJC include:

North Central States Carpenters
American Council of Engineering Companies/MN
Minnesota Laborers
Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
International Operating Engineers
Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council
Minnesota Pipe Trades
Association of Women Contractors
Minnesota Mechanical Contractors

For more information, please contact Dee Schutte at or 651.221.0851.



2016 Approved Building Jobs Coalition Platform

2015 Approved Building Jobs Coalition Legislative Agenda

Governor Dayton Wants $842M in Debt-backed Public Construction Projects

Building Jobs Coalition announces support for Governor Dayton's Bonding Bill

2014 Approved Building Jobs Coalition Platform


Building Jobs Coalition Successes 2010-2013


2013 Approved Building Jobs Coalition Platform

Building Jobs Coalition Session Conclusion

9/10/2018 » 10/15/2018
STP Unit 2: Communication

9/13/2018 » 10/11/2018
STP Unit 1: Leadership