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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Pricing discounts through August 31, 2017

Designed for Houston's A/E/C community, this conference will showcase how the construction industry is implementing different innovative technologies in design, data integration, building, and field operations. 

Project teams will offer insight on construction technology trends, emerging innovations, budgeting, system integrations and more. 

Attendees can earn AGC CEUs and 1.5 AIA CEUs per session.

 
See the full conference details here.

Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
TAS Commercial Concrete, LLC
Membership Benefits

Whether you are currently in the AGC 401(k) Plan or want to find out more about it, head to the AGC Houston office on August 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch and a copy of the plan review.

  • Get advice from our auditors on avoiding 401(k) plan pitfalls and more!
  • Assess the competitiveness of your plan design features compared to other AGC plans
 
Join the FedEx Advantage program and the discounts keep coming. AGC members will enjoy savings of up to 78% on select services. The program is free to join, with no minimum shipping, copy or print requirements to take advantage of this great member benefit. What’s more, you may be eligible for other special offers and promotions.

Enroll today or call 1.888.708.4100.
 

Find out where your company stands in its financial data/compensation practices in the Texas commercial construction industry by participating in this annual survey.
 
AGC News
On August 11, 2017, Texas lawmakers entered day 25 of Gov. Greg Abbott's special session with must one of the governor's 20 priorities passed by both sides of the Capitol.However, that one item—"sunset" legislation to keep several state agencies running—was, for all intents and purposes, the only must-pass legislation facing the 181 members of the Texas Legislature. 
Read more about this, the overhaul of school funding, the balancing of the budget, the property tax plan for cities and more here.
In 2018, AGC of America will celebrate 100 years of serving the construction industry. While we celebrate the past and the present, we are also looking forward, hoping to address the issues currently affecting the industry to ensure a bright future for construction. In this spirit, AGC is introducing the Innovation Award to provide incentive to encourage free thinkers within the field to provide pioneering solutions to a challenge faced daily by its members.
Ken Simonson, Chief Economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, said many states were struggling financially. Illinois, for example, briefly suspended work on 900 projects in early July during a standoff over the state's budget.
'It's always easier to defer new construction than to stop paying people who are on the payroll or the welfare rolls," he said. "A lot of states are under real stress."
Explore management solutions, tools and technology, and best practices at AGC's 2017 Construction Environmental Conference. The 2017 CEC is about being prepared and having a plan in place to address environmental responsibilities during all phases of a project. We will look at how environment compliance fits in with estimating, permitting, acquiring and closing out properties, common pitfalls during operations, and more. The 2017 CEC will also deliver current information you have come to expect on a wide range of environmental compliance topics, sustainability, and green infrastructure. 
American Door Products
Baker Triangle
Education/Training
Technology Solutions for Leveraging BIM Data

NEW DATE! September 21, 2017

7:30-10 a.m.

For the first time, AGC Houston is excited to bring this presentation that will showcase how you can leverage the BIM data for preconstruction and construction workflow. You will learn how to condition a model with information outside of the design model so that it can be organized for estimation purposes.

"Historically, only a few subcontractors, if any, have had access to the 3D models in the bid stage. Our goal is to make BIM and 3D-related information widely accessible across project teams to more efficiently and accurately communicate scope." said Howard Davis, CEO, Assemble Systems.

 
Joslin Construction
Proline Supply Company
Safety
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.
Here's Looking at You
AGC Houston’s young construction professionals headed to Hermann Park Golf Course Friday, August 11, 2017 to play in the 13th annual Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Golf Tournament. The sold out event drew more than 150 construction industry professionals and raised $10,000 for the Patrick J. Kiley Excellence In Leadership Scholarship and the AGC Endowed Scholarships.

Special thank you to our sponsors and volunteers who helped to make this such a successful event, and congratulations to the following golf tournament teams and individuals:
• First Place – Drake Environmental Houston, LLC
• Second Place – ARC Document Solutions
• Third Place – MK Marlow Company, LLC
• Closest To the Pin – Casey Mims, Construction EcoServices
• Longest Drive – Caleb Asp, Century Asphalt Materials
• Dead-Ass-Last – Marek Brothers Systems, Inc. – Team 2
 
More than 150 AGC Houston members headed to Crisp restaurant August 3 for our quarterly membership networking mixer. Many thanks to all who attended and especially to our sponsor, Peckar & Abramson, P.C.! Congratulations to Liliana Hernadez of Occucare International who won a Predator FPV drone. 
 
Congratulations to team Brookstone Prime for completing and winning the bid in the Estimating and Job Costing competition in the Project Manager Development Program on August 9, 2017! A special thanks to Tellepsen Builders and TDIndustries, Inc. for loaning us some awesome instructors: Guy Cooke and Tasos Banos.

Member News
  
The Texas Division of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. recently hired Wendell Rychlik as vice president of business development for the civil business unit. Rychlik is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with owners, clients, engineers, subcontractors and suppliers. He will focus on market development and strategic planning to help grow the Texas Division’s business across all heavy civil market sectors, including transportation, transit, marine, industrial and water infrastructure.
News you can Use
  
Most states in the path of the Aug. 21 total eclipse are limiting or suspending public construction projects around the time of eclipse totality. Officials in affected areas are bracing for an influx of visitors plus the traffic and safety issues the event brings.
Mobile crane risk continues to rise along with the total number of construction projects, necessitating loss-of-use coverage and other solutions for companies that want to protect themselves, according to Jake Morin, niche president of construction for ProSight Specialty Insurance. The risk presented when moving mobile cranes on and off the jobsite or transporting them is the highest risk associated with mobile crane use, Morin said.
The City of Houston announced the opening of their new office, which moved from 3924 Dacoma St. to 10555 Northwest Freeway, Suite 148. The phone number is (832) 395-6585.
On Aug. 1, OSHA launched a web-based form that allows employers to electronically submit required injury and illness data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A. The webpage will offer three options for submitting data and includes information on reporting requirements, a list of frequently asked questions and a link to request assistance with completing the form.
OSHA Workplace Posters are available for free and published in numerous languages.

The OSHA Job Safety and Health: It's the Law poster, available for free from OSHA, informs workers of their rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. All covered employers are required to display the poster in their workplace. Employers do not need to replace previous versions of the poster. Employers must display the poster in a conspicuous place where workers can see it.
  
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.

Click here for Apple link              Click here for Android link
Many of the region’s top contractors report a slower start to 2017 across Texas and Louisiana. While industry leaders remain optimistic and firms are completing plenty of projects, some market sectors lag their performance of past years, especially oil and gas. Shifts in the marketplace mean that contractors must remain nimble, diverse and adaptive to stay competitive.
New Members
Welcome New Members! Please Consider Contacting These Companies For Your Business Needs
Cobb, Fendley & Associates, Inc.
Monica Silver
13430 Northwest Freeway, Suite 1100
Houston, TX 77040
(713) 462-3242
Tolunay Engineering Group, Inc.
19407 Park Row Dr. Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77084
(281) 815-4900
Miam & Masoom Law Firm, PLLC
2401 Fountain View Drive
Houston, Texas 77057
(281) 968-4524


 

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