Members' Edge
Thursday, October 20, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
AGC Houston

Make Your AGC Membership Work for You! We encourage all members to attend the Member Orientation to learn about the many benefits AGC offers and how to get more involved with the chapter! You'll hear from AGC Houston staff, active members and company representatives about the many benefits AGC offers.

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Be part of the only tech conference designed for the Houston Commercial Construction industry! Contact Charlene Anthony for Exhibitor, Sponsorship and Attendee information.


Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
TAS Commercial Concrete, LLC
AGC News
On Tuesday, September 19, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration  issued a memorandum (attached) to OSHA Regional Administrators announcing how the Agency will handle enforcement of the new silica standard for the construction industry, which takes effect on September 23, 2017.
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."
Construction Official Says Congressman Faso’s Bill Will Also Lower Costs of Federally-Funded Projects in New York By Preempting State’s Unique and Dated Absolute Liability Standard.
Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO of AGC Of America released the following statement in reaction to Congressman John Faso’s introduction of legislation to preempt New York state’s so-called Scaffold Law on federally funded projects:
Hurricane Harvey Related News
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, AGC of America has set up a call for funds through its AGC Charities, Inc., which will be dispersed to AGC chapter members (companies and their employees) who were directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
AGC Houston encourages all members of the commercial construction industry to aid with disaster relief by donating to AGC Charities, Inc. To apply for financial relief, please visit for more details. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who  is dealing with the impact of this unprecedented natural disaster and its aftermath. As members of the greater Houston community, we stand united and are Houston Strong!
 For Post-Harvey Hurricane Resources, please click here.

Hurricane Harvey created record flooding over a heavily populated area; huge amounts of housing will need to be rebuilt, replaced or relocated. But, so far, there have been few reports of lasting damage to production capacity or infrastructure. AGC of America released a report on the toll it the flooding has taken on the commercial construction industry.

The Comptroller’s office has compiled information for taxpayers affected by the storm, including details on:

• How to request an extension of filing tax returns;
• The temporary waiver of state and local hotel tax for disaster victims and relief workers; and
• Certain sales tax exemptions available as a result of a declared natural disaster.

For more information, please visit the Declared Natural Disasters and Emergencies Tax Help webpage.
American Door Products
Baker Triangle
Member News

Claudia De La Torre has been promoted to Safety Supervisor at Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc. After graduating from Texas A&M University, she worked for Zachry Industrial and A.H. Beck Foundation in San Antonio, her hometown. In 2014, she joined Slack & Co. as a Safety Assistant.

In her new role, Claudia will take on more responsibilities such as job site inspections and audits, consulting on policies and procedures, and assisting with accident investigations. She is a graduate of Leadership AGC.

AGC Houston members are invited to attend the first Houston Parking Party, which will bring together designers, constructors, fabricators and installers in the parking industry September 28 from 4-7 p.m. Beverages and food provided!
Membership Benefits


Join the largest 401(k) plan in the nation with over 90 companies and $260 million in assets

• Receive benefits the Department of Labor only allows to Multiple
Employer Plans
• Remove liability as trustee, plan administrator and named fiduciary
• No individual company audit regardless of size; • No individual company 5500

For more information, please contact:
Stephen Ellsworth, Robert Brann or Ginger Gray of Baird at (888) 792-7650 or
Hot off the press, AGC Houston's Cornerstone magazine reports on the Safety Stand-Down, the Midyear Safety Meeting, the revised AIA Prime Contract, how New Technologies Present New Liabilities, and much more.

Joslin Construction
Proline Supply Company
Here's Looking at You

AGC Houston sends out a special thank you to Kendall Pouland, Tellepsen, and Michael Cortez, Andrews Myers, PC for leading the Project Manager Development Program class on Contract Administration September 19 and 20, 2017. Attendees learned about using different types of contracts and how project documentation relates to effective contracting.

On September 12 and 13, AGC Houston held two workshops on Silica in Construction: Implementing & Managing Your Program. Thanks to Kellie Vazquez, Holes, Inc.; Susan Phillips, Tellepsen; and Grace Fox, TAS Commercial Concrete for leading the classes. Two additional classes were held September 20 and 21. 

After more that a year of hard work and preparation, the  AGC Houston Guide to the OSHA Silica Standard  is now complete and available to download.
News you can Use
Strong winds from Hurricane Irma have damaged several construction cranes in South Florida. Miami officials had warned residents that construction cranes could collapse during the storm.
Contractors in Louisiana are worried that the hurricanes in Houston and Florida could have a significant impact on the construction labor market in a region still working to bounce back from the 2016 floods. According to Ken Simonson, Associated General Contractors of America chief economist, said enough work exists in Louisiana, meaning there is "little incentive" for workers to leave the state.
A survey by HNTB Corp. showed that 84 percent of Americans would support tax increases or tolls if the money was only spent on infrastructure. The survey also found that 73 percent support public-private partnerships and eight in 10 respondents support tolling existing roads.

Construction of commercial buildings declined 2.4% in July, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, extending a decline that has lasted much of this year. GDP growth has maintained momentum, according to NAREIT economist Calvin Schnure, which is likely to result in a favorable balance of supply and demand in the months ahead.

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.
New Members
Welcome New Members! Please Consider Contacting These Companies For Your Business Needs
AssurSteel LLC
Celeste Starr Shaw
8867 FM 1774
Navasota, Texas 77868 
(936) 224-0449

Backwater Fence, LLC
David Miears
11603 N. Houston Rosslyn Rd. Bldg. 2
Houston, Texas 77086
(832) 680-6107

Cato Industrial Group, LLC
David Kalinec
5600 NW Central Dr. Suite 160
Houston, Texas 77092
(713) 491-6539

Edminster, Hinshaw Russ & Associates
Rhea Hernandez
10555 Westoffice Dr.
Houston, Texas 77042-5310
(713) 784-4500




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