Construction employment increased by 11,000 jobs in May to the highest level since October 2008, and average weekly hours set a series high for May as contractors struggled to find enough workers to meet demand for projects, according to an analysis of new government data by AGC of America. Association officials urged lawmakers and other public officials to address the growing shortage of available qualified workers by funding and reinvigorating career and technical education programs.
The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act by a voice vote. The bipartisan vote shows the broad support for the bill, which reforms and reinvigorates the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act to meet the current workforce needs through better program alignment, better reporting, increased work-based learning, promoting industry-recognized credentials and increased federal investment. The bill generally addresses AGC's recommendations, and AGC is calling on the U.S. Senate to swiftly consider the bill. Contact your Senators and urge them to support the bill.
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The results of the survey will first be revealed in October at AGC’s 2017 Construction HR & Training Professionals Conference
in Phoenix, AZ, and all attendees will receive a free copy of the final report before it is made available to others. The report will be shared with all survey participants as well as the broader industry later this year.
Forty-four percent of highway contractors have experienced a work zone vehicle crash in the past year, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. More than 80 percent say the risk of such crashes has increased in the last decade.
Following months of hard work, the AGC-TBB team would like to thank and congratulate the authors and sponsors of three key pieces of legislation that have survived the Texas Legislature and now await the governor's approval.
include: State Breach of Contract – House Bill 2121; School Background Checks – House Bill 3270; and Contractor Liability for Defects – Senate Bill 1215.
AGC-TBB staff will coordinate letters from individual AGC chapters and member companies urging Gov. Greg Abbott to sign the bills. We will need to copy Lt. Gov. Patrick, Speaker Straus, and the bills' authors and
sponsors on those letters. AGC members attending the Texas Building Branch convention June 18-21 at the
C'oeur d'Alene Resort in Idaho will be briefed about the Legislative Session and the upcoming Special Session.
Hurricanes and the effects of severe thunderstorms pose
high risks to construction sites, with their incomplete structures; expensive
machinery and equipment; flood-prone excavations; and building materials that
can quickly become projectiles in high winds.
AGC Houston Safety Committee has prepared the "Guidelines for Creation of
Emergency Preparedness Plan," a highly useful free document. Click here
download the document.
AGC Houston members support this new network, which is an alliance of Houston construction companies, associations and related businesses. The Construction Safety Network meets monthly.
Kurt Roedel has joined Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc. as the company's newest Estimator. During his 12 years in the construction industry, Roedel has worked in a variety of roles including estimating, project management, project design, contract negotiations, and business development.
A graduate from Texas A&M University, he most recently worked for Primoris Services Corporation in Stafford.
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Pictured in first photo are AGC TBB Chairman Paul Waldrop, Waldrop Construction Co., Inc.; James and Abby Bryant, Anslow Bryant Construction, Ltd., and David Marshall, Marshall Construction Co., Inc., president of CompGroup AGC. Pictured in center photo are Paul Waldrop and David Marshall. Pictured in third photo are Paul Waldrop, Tony Mansoorian, W. S. Bellows Construction Corp.; and David Marshall.
Congratulations to the following AGC Houston member companies that received Safety Awards and Outstanding Construction Awards at the 2017 AGC Texas Building Branch Convention June 18-21 in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho.
Congratulations to Linbeck Group, LLC, Vaughn Construction, MLN Company and Walker Engineering for winning AGC Texas Building Branch Outstanding Construction Awards. The awards were presented on June 20, 2017 at the AGC TBB Convention at the Coeur D'Alene Resort in Idaho. AGC Houston received a record 40 entries this year. Selected projects competed with other AGC Chapter entries statewide.
The following projects and companies won:
- Building 3 ($2-$5M) - The Kinkaid School Dining & Learning Center - Linbeck Group, LLC
- Building 5 ($30-$75M) - Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences - Vaughn Construction
- Building 6 (Over $75M) - George R. Brown Convention Center Improvements - Vaughn Construction
- Healthcare 3 (Over $30M) - Houston Methodist Outpatient Center - Linbeck Group, LLC
- Electrical 3 (Over $10M) - Marriott Marquis Houston - Walker Engineering
- Mechanical 1 (Up To $5M) - Johnson Space Center Independence Plaza - MLN Company
San Jacinto College, North Campus, will be hosting a Career Fair in July and is inviting interested AGC Houston members to be part of the event, which will take place at its new Center for Industrial Technology building.
Interested companies should contact Olga Garza, San Jacinto College, Sr. Administrative Assistant | Business &Technology Division (281) 998-6150 x7221 or by email: Olga.Garza@sjcd.edu
Undocumented workers and the businesses that knowingly or unknowingly employ them are coming under the microscope. President Trump has implemented two immigration bans, is challenging so-called "Sanctuary Cities" that do not help Federal immigration enforcement, has instructed government agencies to become more aggressive in enforcement of immigration laws, and is already reviewing proposals to strengthen the border wall.
How can Texas contractors offset the impact of the current labor shortage crisis, complete jobs and not run afoul of any contractual default provisions? Read more
in this article penned by Michael Kelsheimer
and J.P. B. Vogel
of Gray Reed & McGraw, LLP
as they tackle I-9 Compliance Policy issues, along with audit guidance and other key labor topics.
OSHA has announced the release of the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool. The new app, available for Android and iPhone, is a collaborative effort between OSHA and NIOSH to update the OSHA Heat Safety Tool.
Anyone using the current OSHA Heat Safety Tool is encouraged to download the new OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool. The OSHA Heat Safety Tool will be available through September 30, 2017.
for Apple link Click here
for Android link
Architecture firm billings increased for the third consecutive month in April. However, the Architecture Billings index (ABI) score of 50.9 for the month indicates that fewer firms reported billings growth this month than in March. Firms indicated that plenty of work remains in the pipeline, though, as inquiries into new projects and the value of new design contracts both increased again in April.
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