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June 7: Member Mixer - Sponsored by Buyers Barricades

June 14: Mid-Year Safety Meeting

September 22: SAVE THE DATE! APEX Awards Gala at The Houstonian. Sponsorships now open!

 

 
 
A crisis can happen anywhere: a jobsite, the workplace, a public venue, and even at home. How do you handle crisis management and disaster recovery?
 
On June 14, hear from Tom Muska, Mayor of West, Texas, speak about how his city and government agencies recovered from the deadly explosion caused by a fertilizer plant in April 2013. View a video of the explosion's aftermath.

You'll also hear from Jayne Williams and Steve Little, KPost Company, on crisis management and how critical it is to having a plan in place to recover quickly.

Also Presenting:
The Safety Excellence Awards - Nominations Due June 8
The Ray Lambright Excellence In Safety Award - Nominations Due June 8

Recognizing:
Safety Stand-Down Participants
AGC Houston Safety Committee
U.S. Veterans In Construction

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Membership Benefits

 

We’re pleased to extend association members a private offer 1 of up to $1,000 toward the purchase or lease of select new GM vehicles. You can add on compatible incentives from the National Fleet Purchase Program and Business Choice to get the best value on vehicles that run your business. 
AGC of America's online training collaboration with ClickSafety.com gives Members 10% off a comprehensive library of courses, many available in both English and Spanish, covering a variety of construction safety and general industry topics. 
 
  
AGC members are eligible to participate in more than 20 discount programs specially designed to meet the needs of contractors. Whether you are looking to purchase a new vehicle for your fleet or for ways to cut costs on fuel and shipping, AGC programs can save you money. Enroll and maximize the value of your membership.
AGC News
AGC has prepared a drone use survey to determine the state of the art in drone use on highway, bridge, heavy and civil projects. AGC's Highway and Transportation Division has created a task force to address the use of Unmanned Arial Systems - aka drones - in civil construction operations. The task force is looking at issues such as: how contractors are using drones in day-to-day operations, what impediments to their use exist, what are best practice recommendations, what technical issues need to be addressed, how can AGC work with FHWA and state DOTs in addressing these concerns. 

Please take the time to have the person in your company who is the expert on drone use complete the survey. 

Measures to Reform Taxes, Reduce Regulatory Burdens and Increase Infrastructure Funding are Helping Construction Employers and Workers as Demand and Pay Continue to Expand

Construction employment increased by 25,000 jobs in May and by 286,000 jobs over the past year while construction spending reached $1.310 trillion in April, according to an analysis of new government data by AGC of America. Association officials noted that the employment and spending increases have come as federal officials have reformed taxes, reduced regulatory burdens and boosted infrastructure spending.

"Construction workers and their employers are clearly benefitting from steps Congress and the administration are taking to boost economic demand," said Stephen E. Sandherr, AGC of America's Chief Executive Officer. "Construction pay, employment and demand have all increased as business conditions have improved."

 

Four of the five candidates that Texas Building Branch PAC supported in the May 22 runoff elections won their respective Texas House races.

The four runoff winners backed by TBB PAC now head into general elections in November.  They include three Republicans and one Democrat:

Steve Allison (R-San Antonio) - House District 121
Sheryl Cole (D-Austin) - House District 46
Ben Leman (R-Brenham) - House District 13
Reggie Smith (R-Sherman) - House District 62


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As the technologies continue to progress and the industry expands, some of the largest construction groups are beginning to invest in know-how and advance the development of new materials and processes.

  • Some of the use cases for 3D printing in construction include: printing components at off-site locations, which enables prefabrication to surge, or printing portions of structures on a job.
  • Benefits include saving both time and money on projects. By moving some of these processes to off-site locations, it also enables greater safety and productivity on the job sites.
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AGC Houston’s Vets in Construction group wrapped up Military Appreciation Month with our first annual Military May Shootout May 30.The event was held at Boyert Shooting Center in Katy and consisted of a friendly shooting competition, simulator exercises, recreational shooting and a unique networking opportunity for military veterans currently working or seeking employment in commercial construction.
 
More than 100 people participated, making it the largest private event the shooting center has ever had! "Our Vets in Construction group formed a year ago as a subset of our Safety Committee. It has become an active networking forum for ex-military folks in our industry. Providing this opportunity for veterans in construction is our way of thanking them for their service to our country and to our industry," says Kim Mason, Senior Director of Safety Services at AGC Houston. 
 
Calling all Military Veterans in Construction! Please contact Kim Mason to learn more about this new support group specifically designed for you!
 
For photos and the list of winners, including ou sponsors, visit our Facebook album here. 

Although the heat index was sweltering, 25 young professionals (including members of the AGC Houston staff) came together on Saturday, May 19 in the Fifth Ward for the first Construction Leadership Council Day of Service with Rebuilding Together Houston.

Thanks to Linbeck Group, LLC; McCarthy Building Co.; Gilbane Building Company; Anslow Bryant Construction; Marek Brothers Systems, Inc.; and Tellepsen Builders for providing the talent and a labor of love to lend a hand.

The team performed significant repairs to a house that sustained significant damage by Hurricane Harvey. The homeowner applied through the Rebuilding Together Houston Home After Harvey program. The work included exterior paint to the siding and trim and building three sets of steps with hand rails.
Special thanks to Shannon Davis, Marek Brothers Systems, Inc. pictured left with Charlene Anthony, AGC Houston, for helping to secure and coordinate the project! 
 
Member News
The first phase of the project includes a new 80,000 square-foot Glassell School of Art. McCarthy is the construction manager at-risk and has worked with the design team, Steven Holl Architects, from the beginning of the project to ensure the vision for the school came to life. McCarthy utilized innovative technologies to construct models and plan for the unique project challenges, features and materials.

"McCarthy is pleased to be the general contractor on such an architecturally unique and important project such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston that will offer a lasting legacy to the city," said McCarthy Houston Division President, Jim Stevenson. "We collaborated with the entire project team to ensure the challenges posed by such unique designs were carefully and strategically considered and approached."

The Glassell School of Art is now double in size and will serve more than 7,000 students each year. The school’s addition includes a Studio School for adults, a Junior School with classes for students ages three-to-18, and the distinguished Core Residency Program for post-graduate artists and critics. The school links to two existing gallery buildings and a sculpture garden as part of a redevelopment of the 14-acre, Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus.
 
  
Dinesh Dhansukhlal Ghia, 73, passed away surrounded by family and friends at his home in Sugar Land, Texas on Sunday, May 20, 2018, after a 6-month-long battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). 

Dinesh was born on October 3, 1944 in Gujarat, India, to the late Prabhavati and Dhansukhlal Gheewala and graduated with a Masters degree from VJTI Mumbai in 1966. Dinesh was widely known for his skill and proficiency in the construction industry at Gilbane Building Company, where he held the position of Vice President and Chief Estimator until he retired in 2018 after 40 years of service. Dinesh was responsible for constructing hundreds of buildings during his lifetime, including schools, hospitals, courthouses, convention centers, hotels, and skyscrapers. He performed his job with an eye toward perfection and an unparalleled level of detail. 

Donations in Dinesh's name to ALS Association Community of Hope are welcome and appreciated.
  
Laura Bellows, President and Chairman announced the promotion of her son,  Jack Bellows, as president of W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation, effective September 4, 2018. Laura will continue to serve as chairman and CEO while Jack will move into business development, client relations and personnel support. Both Laura and Jack will continue to work side-by-side with COO Tony Mansoorian as the company transitions into additional leadership roles.
 
Jack Bellows, 33, graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in civil engineering followed by a Master of Engineering in civil engineering in 2008. He joined Bellows Construction in 2008 and has worked on several notable Houston projects such as Texas Children’s Hospital, BLVD Place and the Houston Zoo. Jack is currently project manager for the new Center for Conservation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
News you can Use
On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division will host a free seminar to ensure contractors know how to comply with federal requirements.

Held  at the HCC-West Loop campus from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Event is open to construction contractors, contracting agencies and other stakeholders.

Lee College is looking to hire part-time craft instructors to support a curriculum developed for fast track industrial training. Thanks to a grant from the TWC National Dislocated Worker Disaster Grant (Harvey Grant), the college is able to offer classes to help train and grow a skilled workforce.

Lee College needs instructors who have a minimum of three years of work experience in subject matter as well as one of the following criteria:

· Documented related work experience in area of study;

· Certification(s) in the area of study;

· Associate degree or higher in the area of study.

 Any interested party can contact Lupe Martinez directly at gmartinez@lee.edu or by phone at 281-425-6214. You may also contact Marsha Tuha, Director, Workforce Development at mtuha@lee.edu.

Construction has started on a $962 million bridge replacement project on the Sam Houston Tollway. The Harris County Toll Road Authority expects the cable-stay bridge, which will cross the Houston Ship Channel, to be completed in 2024. The Harris County Toll Road Authority says it’s replacing the bridge so it can handle growing traffic. The bridge currently carries about 55,000 vehicles a day. That’s expected to grow to about 160,000 vehicles a day by 2035.

As of April 17, OSHA and state safety agencies have issued 116 violation citations under OSHA's new silica safety rule. The regulation went into effect September 23, 2017but OSHA began full enforcement October 23, 2017.

The most frequently mentioned violation involved contractors allegedly failing to measure silica levels, which was the subject of 35 citations. Andrews Myers PC attorneys Anthony Stergio andAndrew Clark offer helpful information regarding OSHA safety issues and how they are affecting the construction industry.

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