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February 15: Active Shooter In The Workplace
February 15: First Aid/CPR/AED Training
February 2-3: OSHA 10-Hour Safety Course For Entry Level Construction Workers
February 6-9: OSHA 510: Occupational Safety and Health
February 7-9: RM 601: Intermediate Accident Investigation and Photography
February 13-20: HC 301: Trainer Course For Healthcare Employee Safety And Health
February 14-16: OSHA 3115: Fall Protection
February 15-16: HC 400: Trainer Course for Medic First Aid and CPR
February 16: OSHA Record-Keeping Workshop
February 20-23: OSHA 511: Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry
February 20-March 2: OSHA 511: Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry: EVENING
February 24: AGC Houston Safety Committee Meeting
February 27-March 2: OSHA 500: Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for Construction
AGC Houston members are supporting this new network, which is an alliance of Houston construction companies, associations and related businesses. The Construction Safety Network meets monthly.
The Associated General Contractors of America and its Texas chapters launched a new campaign on January 25, 2017 designed to highlight the many benefits of working in the construction industry. The new campaign, called Texas Builds, relies on testimonials from dozens of construction workers throughout Texas to highlight the industry's commitment to safety and the many career opportunities that exist in the sector.
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President Barack Obama issued an executive order that mandated use of project labor agreements on large-scale federal projects, but a coalition of several trade groups, including the Associated General Contractors of America, have asked President Donald Trump to rescind the order. The groups estimate that the mandate would add 12-18 percent to construction costs.
Construction Attorney Curtis W. Martin inducted into the Fundraising Hall of Fame of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Matt Moore has recently joined Peckar & Abramson, P.C. as a Partner in its Houston office. Matt focuses primarily on the transactional, litigation and dispute resolution aspects of construction law. He represents general contractors, sureties, owners, developers, subcontractors and suppliers in all phases of construction and on a wide variety of construction-related issues in both the public and private sectors. Matt has been selected each year since 2012 as a Texas Super Lawyer and Rising Star in the area of construction litigation, and was among the first group of candidates that successfully completed the Texas Board of Legal Specialist (TBLS) exam, thereby qualifying him for designation as Certified Construction law Specialists.
Angela Connor recently joined the law firm as an Associate in its Houston office, where she focuses her practice on construction litigation and dispute resolution. Angela represents general contractors, subcontractors, owners, sureties, and suppliers in a wide range of construction-related matters.
On January 20, as the structure for the final floor of the highly anticipated new parking garage and office building project was put in place, Rice University and JE Dunn Construction held a "topping-out" celebration.
The new six-story, 67,000 square foot office facility will house administrative departments on levels 2-6. A portion of the first floor will house shared meeting spaces to be made available to students during the evenings.
Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc. has promoted John Benton to Operations Manager. John joined Slack & Co. in 2014 as Director of Project Management. With over 25 years of experience with earthwork and utility projects, John has demonstrated superior management skills with his team of project managers. John holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University.
Adam Ryan has been promoted to Director of Project Management at Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc. In 2009 he joined the company as an Estimator. His grasp of the industry and management skills have earned him several positions at Slack & Co. From Estimator to Assistant Project Manager, then Project Manager to Assistant Director of Project Management, and now his new position. Adam is a Construction and Engineering graduate from North Carolina State University.
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The Construction Leadership Council hosted a mixer on Thursday, January 26, drawing more than 70 young construction industry professionals. The group also holds an annual poker and golf tournament to generate educational scholarship funds that benefit the Patrick J. Kiley scholarship program. Contact Charlene Anthony for more information.
News you can Use
The Environmental Protection Agency's 2017 construction general permit, taking effect February 16, 2017 will make site operators jointly and severally liable for infractions. Several industry groups oppose the provision.
The IHS PEG Engineering and Construction Cost Index of construction labor and material costs increased 2.6 points to 53.3 in December after two months of declining prices. Labor costs increased in the Northeast, Midwest and Southern regions but stayed the same in the West.
Congress is expected to focus on flood insurance reform in the spring, as the National Flood Insurance Program will expire Sept. 30. Some lawmakers support the development of a private flood insurance market as part of reform.
Houston is in the middle of a construction boom, with several new skyscrapers completed and others still under construction. A Houston Chronicle article featuring the new towers, includes a photo gallery of the new towers.The Market Square Tower is 498 feet tall, excluding it from the list of Houston's 30 tallest skyscrapers by roughly five feet. The second tallest skyscraper to be built this year was the BHP Billiton Tower (477 feet), found at 1500 Post Oak Boulevard. Three other skyscrapers, Marriott Marquis Convention Center Hotel (395 feet), Hilcorp Energy Tower (346 feet), and Le Meridien Hotel (338 feet) were also built in 2016.
In August 2016, the Houston Business Journal launched Crane Watch, an interactive map with details of major construction projects currently underway in the Houston area.
Project categories include education, hotel, industrial, medical, mixed-use, office, residential, retail and other. In addition to the project’s location, each description includes size, developer and/or owner, estimated completion date and other aspects. Companies are encouraged to add data to the map.
AGC Houston members are invited to join the Houston Revit Users group, which meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Revit and BIM application users range from beginner to expert skill levels. Since 2002, the Houston Area Revit Users Group (HARUG) has been the main resource in the area for Revit Users, AutoCAD Architecture (previously Architectural Desktop), AutoCAD and other BIM-related tools.
Join ACE Mentor Houston to celebrate our current mentors and to hear what is new for the ACE Mentor Program for 2017.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Networking/Breakfast: 7-7:30 a.m.
Annual Update & Awards: 7:30-8 a.m.
Speaker/Program: 8-8:45 a.m.
Featuring Guest Speaker Diana Eidenshink, Interim Executive Director, ACE Mentor Program America
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