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Message from the President/CEO
  
 
Everyone Counts! 
That is a key underlying message of the Census 2020 campaign. While the official Census Day is not until April 1, 2020, the Census Bureau is already busy working to ensure that every individual in the United States is counted, only once, and in the right place.
 
Why is that important?
The data derived from the census is used in a variety of very important ways:
• Local government – to ensure public safety and to plan new schools and hospitals
• Businesses – to decide where to build factories, offices and stores – ultimately creating new jobs
• Residents – to support community initiatives such as quality of life
• Real estate developers – to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods
  
Since 1790, the Census Bureau has been conducting the constitutionally mandated census every ten years. It was important to a country one year removed from ratifying its founding constitution and it is equally important to the United States roughly 230 years later.
 
Events

Mix And Mingle With Your Industry Peers!

Thursday, Sept. 5
Crisp in The Heights - 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Early bird deadline ends Aug. 21
 
Click here for registration details. Contact Tasha Hernandez for sponsorship opportunity!
 

Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
Andrews Myers, PC
Membership Benefits
  
Through your AGC Shipping Program you can receive competitive discounts on qualifying LTL (less-than-truckload) shipments greater than 150 lbs. It's free to enroll in the program and there are no minimum shipping requirements to take advantage of your member discounts.
 
If you would like to enroll in your AGC Shipping Program or would just like some more information please call 1-800-MEMBERS (1.800.636.2377, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. EST, M-F) or visit www.1800members.com/agc
 
 

Companies in the plan and those considering joining are welcome!

Aug. 28 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch & Presentation

• Receive your company's specific plan review or a sample review if you're a guest;

• Learn about the new credit given to all participants for 2019;

• Get information on the additional savings for all companies

Click here for more 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.
 

Attention Construction HR Professionals!
Registration is now open for the 2019 Construction HR and Training Professionals Conference and pre-conference Strategic Management Workshop held October 9-11, 2019 in Chicago.
 
AGC's “HR/TED Conference” provides two days of education and networking for HR, training, and workforce development professionals in the construction industry.

 
AGC of America and Autodesk are working to better quantify where these shortages are taking place, how severe they are, and what steps firms are taking to both cope with tight labor markets and improve the supply of new, qualified workers.
That is why we are asking members to take a few minutes to complete the workforce survey that we have prepared.
“Job gains in construction have slowed markedly in recent months but the industry is still increasing employment nearly twice as much as other employers,” said Ken Simonson, AGC of America's chief economist. “The recent slowdown in hiring and construction spending may reflect contractors’ difficulty in finding enough qualified workers, rather than a downturn in demand for projects.”
 
Simonson noted that the 2.8% growth in construction employment between July 2018 and July 2019 was the slowest in more than six years but that the rate remained close to double the 1.5% increase in total nonfarm payroll employment. 
Knight Security
Education/Training

Creating the building blocks for future construction leaders
This program is designed to strengthen the next generation of leaders' civic and professional network and help them emerge with an increased knowledge of our industry's diversities.

Click here For Program Information, Course Cost, Outline and Application.

"Leadership AGC gave me a platform to connect with other peers and develop new leadership skills outside of my job context. This program is the only one in the Houston area that is designed to expose construction professionals to A/E/C leaders who share their career experiences in our industry." 
John Morvant, Tellepsen 

 

An AGC Construction Learning Tool for the Emerging Project Manager

A nationally-recognized training standard, this five-course program covers the essentials of project management for emerging project managers and provides a solid foundation for long-term career development.

Module 1: ESTIMATING AND JOB COSTING |Tuesday & Wednesday, Aug. 13-14

Module 2: CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION | Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept. 17-18

Module 3: PROJECT ADMINISTRATION | Tuesday & Wednesday, Oct. 22-23

Module 4: RISK MANAGEMENT | Tuesday & Wednesday, Nov. 5-6

Module 5: LEADERSHIP | Tuesday & Wednesday, Dec. 10-11

Contact Charlene Anthony for more information!

 
Cadence McShane Construction Company LLC
Safety
  

 

 Every year, dozens of workers die and thousands more become ill while working in extreme heat or humid conditions. OSHA's Occupational Exposure to Heat page explains what employers can do to keep workers safe and what workers need to know.
 
Download the NIOSH Heat Safety Tool Smartphone App!
Click here for Apple link    Click here for Android link
 

Resources
  
Do you have concerns about jobsite safety or potential health hazards that can affect your workforce?
 
The Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) program of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) responds to requests for evaluations of workplace health hazards and conducts free field inspections.
Check out the resources.
 
 
 
IT'S HURRICANE SEASON
Hurricanes and the effects of severe thunderstorms pose high risks to construction sites, with their incomplete structures, expensive machinery and equipment, flood-prone excavations and building materials that can quickly become projectiles in high winds. 
The AGC Houston Safety Committee has prepared the "Guidelines for Creation of Emergency Preparedness Plan," a highly useful, free document. Click here to download the document and to view other resources
 
OSHA's Hurricane Preparedness and Response page provides information on creating evacuation plans and supply kits and reducing hazards for hurricane response and recovery work.
 
Here's Looking at You
AGC Texas Building Branch announced the winner of the Outstanding Construction Awards, which will take place Aug. 22 at the Sheraton Georgetown Resort and Conference Center.
 
All AGC members welcome to attend! Your registration includes dinner and the awards presentation. Price per person is $150, or $1,250 for a table of 10. Please register at www.agctbb.org.
 
Congratulations to the following AGC Houston member companies on their win!
General Contractor- Building 3 ($5M - $10M) - Satterfield & Pontikes Construction: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
 
General Contractor- Design Build 3 (Over $30M) - Gilbane Building Company: Texas A&M Hotel & Conference Center Doug Pitcock '49
 
Specialty Contractor- Electrical 1 ($0 - $5M) - Walker Engireering: Inwood Manor - MEP Infrastructure Replacement
 
Specialty Contractor- Electrical 2 ($5M - $10M) - Walker Engineering: Marriott CityPlace Hotel at Springwoods Village
 
Specialty Contractor- Electrical 3 (Over $10M) - Walker Engineering: Houston Methodist Hospital North Campus Expansion
 
Specialty Contractor- Interiors (All Contract Amounts) - Karsten Interior Services: University of Houston- Clear Lake Pearland Campus Health Sciences and Classroom Building
 
Specialty Contractor- Mechanical 1 ($0 - $5M) - MLN Companies: Lone Star Flight Museum
Member News
 
On July 19, Gilbane Building Company joined Rice Management Company, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, city leaders, Hines, Gensler Architects and SHoP Architects in celebrating the groundbreaking of The Ion. This historic renovation will transform a Sears, Roebuck & Company building that was built in 1939 and turn it into an innovation hub that will consist of co-working, event, academic (classrooms and lecture rooms), restaurant and entertainment amenities.
 
Over the next two years, the 80-year-old Sears building at 4201 Main in Midtown will be transformed into an incubator with workspaces, classrooms, workforce development centers, public exhibits and a restaurant.
 
The Art Deco building will retain some of the signature elements of its original art deco design such as the historic corners, glass block windows, decorative tilework and a three-sided storefront with architectural canopies – while new large windows will connect the open interior to the surrounding streetscape. A new central skylight will shower the building in natural sunlight and, from inside, provide unobstructed views across the ground floor.
 
Learn more about Rice University's acquisition of a new Midtown innovation district that will transform a 9.4-acre site, anchored by the former Sears building, into a hub designed to bring together the area’s entrepreneurial, corporate and academic communities into collaborative spaces and programs.
 
  
AGC Houston member Ritchie Bros. announces the upcoming auction of heavy construction equipment.
 
Wether you are looking for excavators, loader backhoes, pick up trucks, motor graders, dump trucks and more, the event will take place August 20-21, 2019 at their massive lot in Humble.
Test and inspect on site prior to auction. The auction will be open for online and in-person bidding.
 
For more details, contact Nicolas Agudelo at (281) 570-1042. 
News you can Use
  

ACE Mentor Program Houston is saying "Cheers To 10 Years!" with a celebration on Aug. 15, at Brenner's On The Bayou. All ACE Mentor program sponsors are invited to celebrate the program that helps to mentor high school students learn more about the design and building industry.

Featuring keynote speaker, Sue Payne, former executive with Exxon Mobil Corporation.

Register here.

New sponsors needed for the upcoming school year! Learn more about how your firm can get involved. 

 

The National Association of Minority Contractors is honoring Houston's Construction Workers and their families at their second annual "Say of the Construction Workers' on Saturday, Aug. 24 at Minute Maid Park.
The celebration will include safety, health and education exhibits along with activities and entertainment.
NAMC is looking for additional sponsors to host families at the Astros baseball game against the LA Angels, later that afternoon. 
 
For additional details, contact info@namctexas.org; director@namctexas.org or Executive Director Abel Garcia: execufirm1@yahoo.com
 

The Construction Science Department at Prairie View A&M University will be holding its’ first career fair on Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the recently opened Fabrication Center, located southeast of the Nathelyne Archie-Kennedy Building.  The event will be open to all students majoring in Construction Science plus those Architecture and Engineering students who are double majors in this field of study.
The evwent will  includes a general session from 9 a.m. - noon that allows our students to obtain information about the construction firms in attendance and present their qualifications for internships and/or full-time employment.  
See more information.

 

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