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Message from the President/CEO
As 2018 closes and the door opens on many possibilities to achieve and excel in 2019, I, along with the AGC Houston staff, want to extend our gratitude for the continued support you have shown throughout the year.
Without your contributions (whether through talent, time or financial), we would not be among the most engaged and proactive AGC chapters in the nation. Our group of members is a tight-knit community that has represented one unified voice for Houston's commercial construction industry since 1923.
I can't forget to mention the importance we — and our members — share in giving back to our communities throughout the year, and especially now.
In the spirit of the holiday season, AGC Houston has made a charitable donation to Rahab's Retreat And Ranch, on behalf of Susan Bryant and AGC. Following a long-standing tradition, this biennial charitable contribution is selected by the outgoing Chairman's spouse. This organization helps women who have left abusive situations and provides much needed support and resources. Thank you Sue for bringing Rahab’s Retreat And Ranch to light and for your support during James’ two-year service as Chairman!
I believe that Christmas is a perfect time to slow down and cherish our families and friends above all else. All the best to you and your families during this holiday season.
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AGC Members receive a 10 percent discount on all UTA OSHA-taught classes. Call (866) 906-9190 and provide the member code (AGCHOU).
View the full list of OSHA courses here.
Dec. 18-20: OSHA 3115: Fall Protection
Dec. 18-20: OSHA 2264: Permit-Required Confined Space Entry
Dec. 18-21: OSHA 2015: Hazardous Materials
Jan. 7-10: RM 101: Safety, Hlth & Environ Risk Mgmt (SHERM) Principles
Jan. 7-10: OSHA 510: Occup Safety & Health Standards for Construction
Jan. 14-16: OSHA 502: Update for Construction Industry Outreach Trainers
Jan. 14-April 11: MS 901: Management System Design for Environmental, Risk, Safety and Health programs
Jan. 16-18: OSHA 503: Update for General Industry Outreach Trainers
Jan. 22-25: OSHA 500: Trainer Course for OSHA Standards in Construction
The AGC-Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) is the industry’s elite safety excellence awards program for contractors of all types and sizes. Get your safety and risk-control programs recognized on the national level!
Application deadline is Friday, Dec. 14. Details here.
For more than 100 years, the AGC Annual Convention has been the event successful contractors around the country count on for practical knowledge and industry-leading information to guide business decisions, improve operations and shape the industry.
Registration details here.
Construction employment increased by 5,000 jobs in November and by 282,000 jobs over the past year, while the industry's average pay continued to increase and unemployment decreased to a historic low, according to an analysis of new government data by AGC of America.
Santa’s helpers from Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc. are all smiles about their donation of 10 bicycles to BIKE4SMILES, Tellepsen’s holiday program. According to Tellepsen's Safety Director Susan Phillips, the goal is to give 2,000 donated bikes to children in the Houston area this Christmas. Slack & Co. hopes these bikes make a positive change in the lives of the young people who receive them.
Some of SpawGlass Senior Living and Campus Housing Division team members joined forces to assemble bikes for the CYCLE Houston Bike Build 2018 event last week. Once built, CYCLE delivers the bikes to excited students who have earned their reward.
Sign up with NPP and get special member pricing on paints, coatings and painting supplies.
Click here for details, to join NPP for free, then register for the Sherwin-Williams discount. You’ll find a diverse catalog of business offers, as well as lifestyle deals you can share with your employees.
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Safety Professionals representing every aspect of the commercial construction industry headed to Cedar Creek on December 6, 2018 for the fourth annual AGC Houston Safety Professionals Happy Hour.
The festivities were livened by "DJ" Eddie Escamilla, Karsten Interior Services, LP, and by dance-offs by a few brave volunteers. Thanks to everyone who came out, including our sponsors, members of our Safety Committee and the Vets in Construction.
News you can Use
In the two years since Donald Trump's election, the economy has grown and unemployment has reached 3.7 percent, but construction companies are still dealing with the combined effects of looming tariffs and the struggle to find qualified labor.
Technological advances, such as carbon capture and storage, and emissions standards policies are the keys to making greener cement, writes Jeffrey Rissman, co-author of "Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide to Low-Carbon Energy."
The labor shortage requires contractors to become more efficient, and lean construction can help reduce waste and improve productivity. In one example, a contractor worked with an architect on prefabricated bathroom pods at a hotel project, and the effort reduced installation time to 11 days.
In this report, PlanGrid and FMI define construction- specific technology and/or software as products built explicitly for field collaboration, reporting, project management, estimating, safety and more
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