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Griffith Davison & Shurtleff, P. C
THIS Thursday, February 20
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Gordon Biersch Brewery
Cost: $20 for TEXO Contractor and
Industry Members

Join us for our first Dallas IMPACT networking series where our Contractor and Industry members can come together to network and enjoy a fun evening at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant. Click here to learn more and register now.
Monday, February 24
Support the ASC Region V Student Competition and showcase your firm to some of the industry's future stars. Over 240 construction students from regional universities will be in town competing in TEXO's annually sponsored competition. To learn more, click here to download the Sponsor Brochure. To register, click here.
Wine Tasting Social
Tuesday, February 25 - 5-7pm
Location: Total Wine - Dallas Park Lane
Cost: Contractor/Industry Members $25  -- Subscribers/Non-Members $35

We invite you to come network and socialize at the TEXO Women’s Forum Wine Tasting!  This will be a fun evening to relax and get to know other women in the industry.  We hope you can join us as we taste the wines of Australia, New Zealand, Chile and many more. Register today!


As we move further into 2014 I wanted to introduce myself.  I am Doug Watson, the new Vice President of Safety at TEXO.  I have had the pleasure to meet quite a few members already but look forward to meeting more and serving throughout the year.  

My interest in safety began 17 years ago when I realized how important it is to use a ladder properly and implement fall protection safety measures.  After I got up from falling one and a half stories, thankfully not injured, I realized there had to be a better way to ensure jobsite safety.  As you can imagine, that incident left an impression on me.  I began to research better, safer ways to get on and off a roof.  During my research I saw that I could get formal safety training. Now, I am currently completing my Masters Certification in Safety & Health. 

The construction industry can be one of the most dangerous industries to work in. It is not only our duty as Safety Professionals to train ourselves better than current OSHA standards, but to be an example every single day and to hold others accountable so we all can go home to our friends and family at the end of each day.  This is a responsibility TEXO holds very seriously.  We are here to help you train your employees and subcontractors in the latest Safety regulations as well as best practices.  

Here are 3 specific opportunities to accomplish that:

  • TEXO Safety First – Classes have started for 2014 and we offer 4 opportunities per month.  One English class and 3 Spanish classes per month.  TEXO Safety First is an interactive, hands-on training and is also an OSHA 10-hour class.  Upon my extensive review of the program, I am convinced you will not find a more comprehensive and cost effective safety orientation for your employees.  

  • Safety / Superintendent Forum – The 1st Wednesday of every month, TEXO hosts a luncheon for Safety & Superintendent professionals.  The topics are real-time with happenings in the industry and lunch is provided.  This also provides a venue to interact with other professionals in the field.

  • Jobsite Audits – A benefit of your TEXO membership is courtesy safety jobsite visits.  We will walk your job and evaluate for compliance issues and work with you on issues observed.   

As the construction industry advances, training programs need to advance as well.  TEXO’s mission in 2014 is to stay ahead of the trends to inform and train you, our members.  I am looking forward to this year and as we start to roll out new safety programs and training initiatives I welcome your feedback and thoughts on ways to serve you better.  Please feel free to reach out to me at any time, doug@texoassociation.org.

Let’s work together to make North and East Texas a safer place to work in 2014!


Associated Builders and Contractors’ TEXO Chapter Members Earn National Awards

Washington, D.C. – Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) today announced that 10 TEXO Chapter member companies received top honors Feb. 11 during the 24th annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebration at the Grand Wailea in Maui, Hawaii.


"It’s an honor to be able to recognize these amazing companies for their impressive achievements in key areas of project planning, execution and delivery," said 2014 ABC National Chairman Dan Brodbeck, president and CEO of Compass Partners, LLC. "From making safety a core value for their company, to displaying true diversity leadership, to maintaining a commitment to innovation and quality on each job, these winners represent the best the merit shop has to offer."


National Excellence in Construction Eagle Award Winners

·    BakerTriangle – Interiors: Acoustical, Drywall, Millwork, or Plaster – Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas Texas. BakerTriangle relied on ingenuity, BIM and robotic total stations to safely create and install an undulating wire mesh ceiling, metal ribbon wall feature and curved escalator "tube" for a LEED Gold science museum.


·    KPost Company – Exteriors – Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas Texas. After providing three years of design input and pricing, KPost proved to be invaluable onsite for its roofing expertise and ability to solve unique waterproofing challenges on this high-profile science museum.


National Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award Winners

·    Balfour Beatty Construction – Other Construction - $4-100 Million – Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, Texas

·    Chamberlin Dallas, LLC – Exteriors – FMP Roof Replacement & Curtainwall Repairs, Dallas, Texas

·    DynaTen Corporation – Mechanical Projects – More Than $10 Million – Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance, Fort Worth, Texas

·    Sebastian Construction Group, LLC- Residential-Single Family Projects – University Park Residence, University Park, Texas

·    SEDALCO, Inc. – Institutional – Less Than $5 Million – Paul W. Mason Middle School Expansion, Fort Worth, Texas


National Safety Award Winners

·         Polk Mechanical Company, Houston, Texas – Pinnacle

·         Chamberlin Dallas, LLC, Dallas, Texas - Excellence


National Diversity Excellence Award Winners

·         TDIndustries, Dallas Texas – Subcontractor Over $14 Million


The Excellence in Construction awards program honors all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, architect and engineer and projects are judged on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, completion time, workmanship, innovation, safety and cost. This year's panel of judges included representatives from the Design-Build Institute of America, Engineering News-Record, the American Institute of Architects, and the National Association of Women in Construction, and representatives from higher education, among others.


The 2013 National Safety Award winners were selected from ABC member firms that achieved Diamond, Platinum and Gold status in ABC's Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) and were judged on self-evaluation scores, lost workday case rates, total recordable rates, leading indicator use, process and program innovations and video interviews conducted by members of ABC’s National Environment, Health & Safety Committee.


The winners of the 2013 National Diversity Excellence Awards were judged based on the diversity of the company; a focus on diversity in hiring practices, training and retention; and contractor/vendor relationships, among other criteria.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association representing 22,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. Visit us at www.abc.org.

Lane Gorman Trubitt,  L.L.P.
Regulatory Update: What's New and What Will Happen?
Thursday, February 20
Time: 2 - 3pm
Cost: FREE

As a federal construction contractor, you must play by the rules to win awards and successfully complete projects. However, thanks to Congress and agency regulators, the rules frequently change. Take time this week to learn about what's new in regulation laws and what's upcoming because of those new changes.
February 22
This Saturday, with the upcoming great weather, the Dallas Center for Architecture will hold their third annual Form Follow Fitness 5k benefiting their Foundation. This is a great opportunity to get into shape while helping a great cause. To learn more about the race and how you can participate, click here.
Special Offering to TEXO Members!
Wednesday, February 26
12:00pm - 1:30pm
Cost: $75 (unlimited attendance within your company)

Are you already familiar with the LEED Rating system but need a quick update on the recent changes? Then join us for this session where we will quickly review What's NEW in LEED. Learn more and register.

Specialized Training for Construction Superintendents, Project Managers & Safety Professionals!
Thursday, February 27th
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: TEXO Conference Center
Cost: $45 for TEXO Contractor & Industry Members

Now, more than ever, clients are relying on presentations to make crucial decisions on which team to hire for their project.  Whether you are holding a small meeting or communicating with a coworker or presenting in front of panel of clients, you are making presentations daily. Join National Marketing Advisors, Bernice R. Bako and Carolyn Ferguson next week for an informative presentation. Learn more and register today!

Construction Quality Management Course For Contractors
March 7
7:30am - 4:30pm
Location: TEXO Conference Center
Cost: $299 for TEXO Contractor/Industry Members; $349 for Subscriber Member; $399 for Non Members

The Construction Quality Management (CQM) Course for Contractors was developed by the Corps of Engineers to help familiarize contractor personnel with the Corps CQM concepts and procedures. This CQM Certification is necessary when working on ARMY and NAVY or Defense projects. To learn more and register, click here.

Rental One
Starts March 11
All Sessions (9) - 4:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: TEXO Conference Center
Cost: $150 tuition (includes all 9 sessions)

This program is designed to assist small or minority-owned contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in understanding the basic elements of running a commercial construction business. The program focuses on both technical and administrative skills. To learn more, click here, to register, click here.


TEXO is encouraging members and their staff to vote on March 4th. Individuals wishing to cast their vote now may do so in the early voting process between February 18th – 28th. TEXO is working in conjunction with the Texas Building Branch AGC and the ABC of Texas, providing support to several candidates seeking elected office. The candidates receiving support are below and on our website www.texoassociation.org

TEXO, ABC of Texas and the TBB-AGC support principled, independent thinking candidates who understand the free enterprise system and the role the construction industry plays in creating a strong Texas economy.


Governor – Greg Abbott

Comptroller – Glenn Hegar

Supreme Court Chief Justice – Nathan Hecht

Supreme Court Place 6 – Jeff Brown

Supreme Court Place 8 – Phil Johnson

Senate District 2 – Bob Deuell, Greenville

Senate District 3 – Robert Nichols, Jacksonville

Senate District 9 – Kelly Hancock, Richland Hills

Senate District 10 – Tony Pompa Arlington

Senate District 16 – John Carona, Dallas

Senate District 30 – Craig Estes, Wichita Falls

House District 4 – Lance Gooden, Terrell

House District 8 – Byron Cook, Corsicana

House District 9 – Chris Paddie, Marshall

House District 11 – Travis Clardy, Nacogdoches

House District 57 – Trent Ashby, Lufkin

House District 59 – J.D. Sheffield, Gatesville

House District 60 – Jim Keffer, Eastland

House District 62 – Myra Crownover, Lake Dallas

House District 66 – Glenn Callison, Plano

House District 67 – Jeff Leach, Plano

House District 92 – Andy Cargile, Hurst

House District 94 – Diane Patrick, Arlington

House District 99 – Charlie Geren, Fort Worth

House District 105 – Linda Harper-Brown, Irving

House District 107 – Kenneth Sheets, Dallas

House District 114 – Jason Villalba, Dallas

House District 115 – Bennett Ratliff, Coppell


Senate District 23 – Royce West, Dallas

House District 100 – Eric Johnson, Dallas

House District 103 – Rafael Anchia, Dallas

TEXO Bass Fishing Invitational
April 4-5, 2014
Lake Bob Sandlin - Barefoot Bay Marina

DFW Chapter CFMA Announces Scholarship Opportunities Available for Construction/Finance Majors

The DFW Chapter CFMA has announced scholarship opportunities available for students in construction or accounting / finance related fields who intend on applying their craft in the DFW region upon graduation.  CFMA also provides certification monetary awards for those currently working for CFMA member companies. 

To download the application, click here. For more information, click here.

Submit Your Nomination Today!

Each year, ABC presents the Craft Professional of the Year (CPOY) award to an individual who sets a high standard for professionals in their craft by exhibiting outstanding skills and leadership. The recipient of this national award demonstrates a passion for the trade, taking pride in hands-on work, and the satisfaction of a job well done to benefit both the construction industry and the greater community. Click here to learn more.

Baker Triangle
Classes Opening Now!
TEXO Safety First is the revolutionary training initiative that TEXO began in 2013. Not only does TEXO Safety First give you actual hands on training that you need, but it also provides you one of the Metroplex's most cost effective ways to get your OSHA 10-hr card. Learn more today by visiting texosafetyfirst.com. You can see the available class schedule by clicking here
March 10-13
TEXO will be hosting an OSHA 30hr training in March. Don't miss your chance to get your 30 hour card by attending this four day training. To learn more and to register, click here.
March 3 - 6, 2014
Join other AGC Chapters this March in Las Vegas at the 95th Annual AGC Convention. The 2014 Convention features a packed program focused on sharing solutions from experienced contractors and industry experts on key construction issues, networking events structured so you can make valuable new connections, and opportunities to shape the future of the industry and the association. To register, click here.

2014 Safety Training and Evaluation Process—STEP!

Participating in STEP provides you with the opportunity to measure your safety program’s progress from year-to-year and determine how it compares to the programs of other ABC members. There are different levels of participation and all TEXO members are encouraged to participate. Before completing the application, please read the STEP Application Book carefully. Click here to view and complete application. The application is also available electronically at www.abc.org/step.

DEADLINE – March 7, 2014

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