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Featuring Dan Bellow, President of JLL-Houston

7:30 - 9 a.m. @ The Briar Club

Registration and Sponsorship Details Here

 
Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
TAS Commercial Concrete, LLC
Membership Benefits
  
 Whether you recently joined AGC Houston, are a seasoned member or are a new employee interested in learning more about what AGC offers, sign up today for the Membership Orientation!
 
Feb. 21, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lunch Provided
 
AGC News
The partial government shutdown that began on Dec. 22 has entered its second week (the longest was the 21-day shutdown in 1995–96). The dispute over funding for the southern border wall remains the roadblock preventing Democrats and Republicans from funding many government agencies.
 
Whether contractors are expected to work during the partial government shutdown depends on the type of work the contractor executes with that agency. If a contractor works for a branch of a federal agency that performs essential work that remains open during the shutdown, the contractor will in turn likely be required to continue work.
Jan. 22, 1 - 2 p.m.
AGC Members: Free
 
In this lively, one-hour WebEd, you'll hear from AGC CEO Steve Sandherr, Chief Economist Ken Simonson and Sage VP Dustin Anderson regarding upcoming 2019 market segments, worker shortages and how contractors are turning to training and technology to cope.
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Construction employment increased by 38,000 jobs in December and by 280,000 jobs, or 4.0 percent, over the past year, while the industry’s average pay accelerated and unemployment decreased to a historic low, according to an analysis of new government data by AGC Od America. 
A new measure announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers will provide the kind of clarity needed to ensure that the waters of the U.S. continue to become even cleaner. The newly proposed clean water rule outlines clear and specific guidelines as to which sites require a federal water permit in addition to state and local water permits, and what needs to be done to protect federally permitted waters.

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.

Baker Triangle
Education/Training


Deadline is Jan. 31.

Qualifications Include:

  • Applicant must be employed by an AGC Houston member firm.
  • Applicant is a dependent of an individual employed by an AGC Houston member firm.
  • Applicant is an active AGC Student Chapter member.

Click here for full details.

Andrews Myers, PC
Cadence McShane Construction Company LLC
Safety
Friday, Jan. 25 — AGC Houston Safety Committee Meeting: 7:15 - 9:00 a.m. Contact Kim Mason for details.
 
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.
 

Jan. 14-16OSHA 502: Update for Construction Industry Outreach Trainers

Jan. 14-April 11MS 901: Mgmt System Design for Environmental, Risk, Safety and Health Programs

Jan. 16-18OSHA 503: Update for General Industry Outreach Trainers

Jan. 22-25OSHA 500: Trainer Course for OSHA Standards in Construction

Jan. 22-25: OSHA 521: OSHA Guide To Industrial Hygiene

Jan. 22-24: AIR 201: Fundamentals Of The Clean Air Act

Jan. 25: AIR 210: Air Quality Compliance In Texas

Jan. 28-31OSHA 501: Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for Gen. Industry

Jan. 28-31OSHA 511: Occupational Safety/Health, General Industry

 
  
Feb. 27 | 1 - 2 p.m.
AGC Member Price: Free
 
This webinar will cover:
• Respirable Crystalline Silica's Definition and Associated Health Hazards
• Principal Elements of two OSHA Standards to Protect Workers from Exposure
• Types of Required Control Measures and Respiratory Protection for Respirable Crystalline Silica and more.
 
 
Member News
  
 
Since its inception more than 15 years ago, the Houston Builders bike team brings together a large group of riders that make up the A/E/C industry — including accountants, architects, attorneys, construction companies and engineers — who ride in the BP MS 150 Ride each spring.
 
Jo Powers, AIA, is the 2019 BP MS 150 co-chair of the Houston Builders team would like to extend an invitation to anyone in the industry (along with family and friends) who wants to take part in the annual event April 27-28.
 
"Bike MS is a physical challenge for cyclists of every level, but it’s so much more than just a ride. The camaraderie, passion and memories that come from sharing this experience with our team will stay with us for a lifetime," Powers said. "It’s a group effort that transcends personal accomplishment and touches the lives of the thousands of people affected by MS in our community."
 
In May, AGC Houston member Curt Martin, Peckar & Abramson, was recognized for having raised more than $17,500 to date for the event and served as Grand Marshal for the 170-mile bike race from Houston to Austin. In Nov. 2016, Martin was inducted into the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Fundraising Hall of Fame in recognition of his efforts over the last 17 years. Martin has been one of the event's top 300 fund raisers since 2008, raising more than $140,000. 
 
For information about corporate sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, email houstonbuildersteam@gmail.com.
 
News you can Use
AGC and Sage Release New Construction Hiring & Business Forecast
 
Seventy-nine percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2019 but an-almost-equal percentage are worried about their ability to locate and hire qualified workers, according to survey results released by the AGC of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate. The findings are detailed in Contractors Remain Confident About Demand, Worried About Labor Supply: The 2019 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook Report.
Contractors and other employers that rely on blue-collar workers have had a more difficult time finding labor in recent years, and that trend is likely to continue, according to The Conference Board. "Companies looking to attract enough blue-collar workers will have to continue increasing wages and possibly experience diminished profits," chief economist Gad Levanon says.
Automation, drones and increasingly comprehensive technology solutions are infiltrating projects one jobsite at a time. Offsite building is becoming more and more prevalent to guard against safety hazards on a worksite and deliver projects faster, cheaper and more efficiently. Mitigating risk is still possibly the most important aspect of a successful job. 
The National Labor Relations Board’s current joint employer standard has received a mixed review from a federal circuit court. The decision is disappointing to AGC, which sought reversal of the standard in an amicus brief in the case, but it provides some valuable guidance on how courts may evaluate the Board’s ongoing rulemaking efforts.
 

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