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Meet The CLC Bunch!
Come see AGC Houston's young power players hard at work - all for a great cause: the AGC Houston Scholarship Program.
 
August 9, 2019
Hermann Park Golf Course

Register by August 2, 2019 
7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.: Registration and Breakfast
8:00 a.m.: Shotgun Start
12:30 p.m.: Mouth-watering Soul-Food Lunch and Awards! 
 
Click here for more details or contact Charlene Anthony

Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
Andrews Myers, PC
Membership Benefits
  
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 and 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. 
Sign up now or call 1.888.708.4100. 
 


Offer can be stacked with the current AGC Discount

Fleet customers purchasing from dealer inventory can receive $500 in Fleet Cash, which can be combined with the National Fleet Purchase Program for Stock Units (FQV), Association Cash and Business Choice Offers on qualifying vehicles. Separately, receive $1,000 in Fleet Cash on 2018 and 2019 Chevrolet Silverado LD Light Duty Pickups (K2) and 2018 and 2019 GMC Sierra Limited Light Duty Pickups (K2).

Please visit any local GM Dealership for details.

AGC News
Learn all about some of the most significant technological innovations, including robotics and blockchain, changing the construction industry: ConstructorCast - Technology Changing the Construction Industry. The ConstructorCast is AGC of America's monthly podcast covering all the news, views, and interviews relevant to your construction business.
 
Construction employment increased by 4,000 jobs in May and by 215,000, or 3%, over the past 12 months, while the number of unemployed jobseekers with construction experience fell to a record low, according to Ken Simonson, AGC of America Chief Economist.
Simonson noted that the unemployment rate for jobseekers who last worked in construction declined to 3.2% from 4.4% in May 2018, and the number of such workers decreased over the year from 415,000 to 294,000. 
On May 21, 2019, AGC submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations. In line with AGC's recommendations to the WHD, this NPRM is the second step the DOL is undertaking to revisit the Obama administration overtime rule that dramatically increased the salary threshold for exempt employees and would have resulted in unintended consequences, particularly for small construction companies construction employers in lower-wage regions and construction personnel.
Knight Security
Education/Training

Open to all AGC Houston members, this committee of human resource professionals meets quarterly to discuss issues and regulations that affect the commercial construction industry.

RSVP here

 
Cadence McShane Construction Company LLC
Safety

7 - 9 a.m. at AGC Houston

Breakfast sponsored by McCarthy Building Company

Open to all AGC Houston members. RSVP to Kim Mason

ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION FROM THE LEGAL PERSPECTIVE

When a serious construction accident occurs, it’s important to conduct a prompt and thorough accident investigation.

Tony Stergio, Andrews Myers, PC, will share his expertise regarding safety laws, regulations and standards governing the construction industry.

 

  
Every year, dozens of workers die and thousands more become ill while working in extreme heat or humid conditions. There are a range of heat illnesses and they can affect anyone regardless of age or physical condition.
 
OSHA's Occupational Exposure to Heat page explains what employers can do to keep workers safe and what workers need to know - including factors for heat illness, adapting to working in indoor and outdoor heat, protecting workers, recognizing symptoms and first aid training. The page includes resources for specific industries and OSHA workplace standards. Look for heat illness educational and training materials on the Publications page.
 
Download the NIOSH Heat Safety Tool Smartphone App!
Click here for Apple link
Click here for Android link
 
 
Here's Looking at You

Pictured from left: Angela Cotie and Taliah McGowan, Gilbane Building Company; Lana Coble, Tellepsen; Abbey Roberson, Texas Medical Center; Lynn Terry, J E Dunn Construction Co.; Randee Herrin, TDIndustries, Inc.; Ashley Rhodes, McCarthy Building Cos.; and Marilyn Greeley, D E Harvey Builders.

More than 100 women in construction — representing all levels in the field, incuding university students — shared their stories of success, endurance, hardships and what it is like to be a female in a male-dominated profession at AGC Houston's first Women In Construction panel discussion.

On Thursday, June 13, 2019, Lana Coble,Taliah McGowan, Marilyn Greeley,  Lynn Terry, Randee Herrin, Ashley Rhodes, and Angela Cotie, shared their careers' lessons learned in the commercial construction industry. Moderated by Abbey Roberson, VP of Planning, Texas Medical Center, the panel discussions brought frank and inspiring stories related to life-work balance  in an open arena. 
 
Check out event photos here

What's It Like To Be A Woman In The Field?

On November 27, 2018, an interactive focus group of women met at TDIndustries, drawing  more than 50 attendees — from young project engineers to seasoned professionals in construction. During the program, the attendees answered questions about their career,  issues they face as a woman in the construction industry and personal information.

Click here to view their responses in the infographic report.

 

AGC Houston celebrated safety professional dedicated to creating a safe work environment at the Midyear Safety meeting on June 14, 2019 at the Junior League of Houston. Close to 300 members attended the meeting, which recognized the Safety Excellence Award recipients and featured guest speakers U.S. Congressman Dan Crenshaw and Tony Militello, Director of Occupational Safety and Health for the Dept. of the Navy.  

Safety excellence Awards recognize companies and individuals who demonstrate leadership in safety management and for the development and implementation of superior safety practices.

Peterson Beckner Industries won in the Small Specialty Contractor Category – under 200,000 man hours.
Big City Access won in the Large Specialty Contractor Category – over 200,000 man hours.
Tony Stergio,  Andrews Myers, PC, received the Affiliate/Associate Award, which  is designed to recognize non-contractor members who are engaged in and dedicate their resources to the promotion of keeping workers safe.
Robert Brown, Safety Director for Camarata Masonry Systems, Inc. received the Ray Lambright Excellence in Safety Award.

Congratulations to all the award winners! Check out the event photos here.

 
A big thank you to Safety Committee Co-Chair Charlie Gertson, of United Tool & Fastener, Inc., for an eye-opening fall protection safety demonstration during the OSHA 30-hour class Thursday, June 20! Great demo on fixed and portable ladder safety, personal fall-arrest systems, fall protection harnesses and more! Taught by Kim Mason, AGC Houston's Director of Safety Services, the 10-hour and 30-hour classes are offered quarterly. 
 
Member News

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has completed construction on the Holocaust Museum Houston, Lester and Sue Smith Campus. The extensive demolition and expansion project more than doubles the building’s original size from 21,000 square feet to 57,000 square feet, making the museum the fourth-largest Holocaust museum in the United States. Construction on the structurally complex building began fall 2017.

“The Holocaust Museum Houston project is very unique in that nearly the entirety of the exterior structure and interiors were demolished, replacing it with essentially four structures, while protecting irreplaceable artifacts,” said Jim Stevenson, McCarthy Houston Division President. “Further, there’s symbolism in almost every design component and it affects not only the final product, but it also affects the way we build it. McCarthy was proactive during the design phase to ensure the finished museum would be both a functional and unique space that educated and inspired visitors.”

For more about the museum, click here.

News you can Use
On Friday, June 14, 2019, Gov. Greg Abbott  signed two major AGC Texas Building Branch bills into law that address construction defects in schools and the right to repair defects in public buildings. 
The bill addressing school construction defects, House Bill 1734, will require school districts to spend funds to actually repair construction defects when those funds are awarded from a verdict or settlement resulting from the defects. 
 
The "right to repair" bill has been one of AGC-TBB's top priorities for the last several years. House Bill 1999, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Leach (R-Plano), will allow those involved in designing or constructing a public building or public work a chance to inspect and repair alleged defects before being sued.
Defense Research Institute's (DRI) Construction Law Committee analyzed and compared the following from the AIA A101 and AIA A201 and ConsensusDocs 200 standard contract documents forms comprehensively with a brief analysis that provides commentary that helps readers determine the advantages and disadvantages in AIA's and ConsensusDocs differing approaches on important contractual issues as well as similarities.
 

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