BSCI Student Named Panelist at 2024 AGC National Convention

Alli Ayers, a junior in Auburn’s McWhorter School of Building Science (BSCI), has been selected to participate in a panel discussion at the upcoming Association of General Contractors of America (AGC) National Convention on Friday, March 22.

Allison Ayers
Alli Ayers

Titled “Construction Technology and the Future of the Workforce”, the panel will shed light on technology-focused challenges and advancements in the construction industry. Ayers will serve alongside a student representative of AGC’s Pittsburg State University student chapter as well as two industry professionals. The panel is hosted by the AGC of America Education and Research Foundation.

Ayers attended last year’s event as a recipient of the AGC of America Education and Research Foundation scholarship. She was invited to attend this year’s convention in acknowledgement of her significant contributions to Auburn’s AGC Student Chapter. Ayers served as one of the chapter’s marketing directors during the 2023–2024 academic year and was recently named the 2024–2025 Auburn AGC Student Chapter President.

She was recommended to the panel by BSCI School Head Dr. Richard Burt for her interest in and experience with technologies such as Procore, Bluebeam, Revit and Navisworks. The panel, moderated by event sponsor Procore Technologies, will address critical topics such as the labor shortage and delayed adoption of technology in the construction industry.

“As our industry begins to shift more towards efficiency and higher standards, technology such as Procore helps us to achieve that,” Ayers said. “This panel, and the AGC National Convention overall, focus on the state of our industry, and how we can move to do better each day.”

Ayers plans to attend various sessions beyond her panel to gain valuable insights on the future of construction technology, and she is eager to learn directly from industry experts.

“Hearing industry’s expectations for students firsthand allows us to better identify areas for improvement and address their needs more effectively,” she stated.

Confident in her readiness to navigate the dynamic and ever-evolving construction industry, Ayers appreciates Auburn’s emphasis on construction technology and the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to internships and co-op experiences. Students receive guidance on a variety of advanced software in technology-focused classes such as Construction Information Technology (CIT), but construction technology is woven throughout the curriculum.

“Even in classes that are not directly related to technology, the use of software and technological skills are essential to success,” Ayers noted. “Auburn Building Science has given me a great basis of technological understanding and readiness, but a lot of my development and training for technology has come from internship experience in addition to these courses.”

Eager to contribute to the construction technology discussion, Ayers appreciates the significance of serving as a panelist for a national organization.

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity and look forward to representing Auburn at this year’s AGC National Convention,” she shared.

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