About Us


The Associated Builders & Contractors, (ABC) Inc., a National Trade Association founded in 1950 in Baltimore, MD, represents over 21,000 general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and associates from more than 19,000 firms.

The National Association has 69 Chapters throughout the Nation. The Cumberland Valley Chapter is one of these chapters and serves over 125-member companies in the tri-state area. The Cumberland Valley Chapter is dedicated to assisting its members to grow and prosper. Architects, developers, owners, and contractors frequently contact ABC to find qualified member contractors, suppliers, and associates. The Cumberland Valley Chapter is proud to refer our member firms each year. Such service is worth millions in potential business to those firms.

The Cumberland Valley Chapter was formed as the Western Maryland Chapter originally in 1957 based in Hagerstown, MD. The chapter starting training students in the construction trades in 1958 with tuition of $30 per student. The membership of the western Maryland chapter started to grow and move into parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia and the Chapter was eventually renamed the Cumberland Valley Chapter.

In the early days through 2005 the chapter conducted its training in different locations around the region and the office was in several locations also. In the early 2000’s the chapter was able to buy its current location on Locust street and renovate the 30,000 SQF school to fit its needs.

Girls School


The Broadway School was originally built in the mid-1800s. After students were injured due to poor conditions, there were attempts to make repairs. However, in 1927, the Washington County Board of Education announced its decision to erect a new building because the old building could not be repaired for the cost to erect a new school.

Requests for bids to build the new Broadway School were published in June of 1929 and building permits were issued in August of 1929. The new Broadway School was completed in August of 1930 and was also referred to as the Broadway-Wayside School.

The Broadway-Wayside School had a few other moments and milestones, like in the late fall of 1930, just months after completion, five students were arrested for breaking 26 of the school’s windows. The Broadway-Wayside School made history by being the first school to have a cafeteria that provided free lunches to students who were unable to purchase lunch.

The building has belonged to additional local organizations, most notably Grace Academy between 1998 and 2000. It was then purchased by Associated Builders and Contractors, Cumberland Valley Chapter in July of 2005 and has since become the building you know today.

Equal Opportunity

The Barr Construction Institute admits students of any race, sex, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to make available to students at the school. It does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its admission policies, education policies, and loan programs are available. All are encouraged to apply.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction
 industry trade association established in 1950 that represents more than 21,000 members.
 Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 Chapters help members
 develop people, win work and deliver that work safely,  ethically and profitably
 for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.