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AGC Houston is on the hunt for the best-of-the-best in construction video footage. From training and professional development to drones, BIM and Lean, we want to see it all!

Highlight your firm and enter the Videos in Construction (VIC) Awards!

Read about the requirements here. 


Events

No Woodchopping Experience Necessary!

Thursday, Oct. 3

Houston Axe 4 - 6:30 p.m. at 6734 Larkwood Drive, Suite B, Houston, TX 77074.
 
All members welcome! Whether you hold an axe double-handed overhead or throw with one arm, experience the rush with your peers! Discover why it's America's fastest-growing passtime.

Great sponsorship opportunities! Check out details and more. 

"Where else can you hurl sharp, heavy objects at the wall without getting thrown out?"     Great Axepectations

 
Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
Andrews Myers, PC
Membership Benefits
  

AGC's Membership Discount Program's provide members access to high-quality services, cutting-edge technology and top-of-the-line products. From discounts on vehicles to office supplies to cloud-based construction management solutions, AGC has partnered with some of the best to give you the most for your money and improve your daily business operation.

Click here to view more information!

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.
 
On ConstructorCast's latest episode, we sit down with industry experts to talk about technological innovations that are changing the industry. It can be difficult to get a grasp on what forms of technology actually have the capacity to bring about true change, especially in an industry as complex as construction. This discussion touches on construction robotics, blockchain, BIM, interoperability and other forms of truly transformative and practical technology.
 
Construction spending inched up less than 0.1 percent in July from June but slipped from year-ago levels, as a weak single-family homebuilding market and declines in some private nonresidential segments masked gains in public and multifamily construction, according to AGC of America's recent survey. Contractors remain eager to hire employees but are having difficulty finding qualified craft workers.
" Public officials can help by boosting investments in career and technical education and allowing for more immigrants with construction skills to legally enter the country,” Stephen E. Sandherr, AGC’s Chief Executive Officer stated.
On August 26, AGC of America submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rule to establish a new system for government approval of apprenticeship programs that would operate in parallel with the existing registered apprenticeship system.  The new system would provide for recognition of “Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs” through an expedited and streamlined process.  
Knight Security
Cadence McShane Construction Company LLC
Education/Training

An AGC Construction Learning Tool for the Emerging Project Manager

Taught by seasoned professionals, this program covers the essentials of project management for emerging project managers and provides a solid foundation for long-term career development.

Courses can be taken individually.

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!

 

Thursday, Sept. 26 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at AGC Houston

While construction technology alone can't solve every productivity challenge that contractors face, properly integrated technology can improve the design and construction processes.

Hear George Sturrock and Greg Bounds, Iron Edge Group, discuss the Interpretation and Visualization of technology devoted to saving time and gathering data.

Value Statement for Analytics in Construction
Building a Construction Analytics Solution
Data Visualization Best Practices
Case Study – Construction Project Management Analytics

Registration details here

Safety

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. at AGC Houston — Open to all interested AGC Houston members, this committee of safety professionals meets monthly to discuss issues and regulations that affect the commercial construction industry. RSVP to Kim Mason.

 
View the full list of OSHA courses here.

 Sept. 9-12: OSHA 2015: Machinery and Machine Guarding Standards

Sept. 9-12: OSHA 510: Standards for Construction

Sept. 16-19: OSHA 501: Trainer Course in OSHA Standards General Industry

Sept. 16-19: RM 701: Advanced Accident Investigation

Sept. 23-26: OSHA 500: Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for Construction

Sept. 24-26: OSHA 2264: Permit-Required Confined Space Entry

Sept. 25-27:  Air 201: Fundamentals Of The Clean Air Act

Sept 30-Oct. 3: OSHA 501: Update For Construction Industry OUtreach Trainers

Sept 30-Oct. 3: OSHA 511: OSHA Standards For General Industry

Oct. 1-3: OSHA 3115: Fall Protection

Oct. 1-4: OSHA 1-4: OSHA Guide To Industrial Hygiene

 
Resources
OSHA's Emergency Preparedness and Response webpage provides information to protect workers responding to hurricanes, wildfirestornadoes, floods and other natural disasters.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Here's Looking at You

AGC Houston 401(k) Plan Reaches $350 Million In Assets

“Our job is not to make employers and employees investment experts; our primary role is to offer AGC members a low-cost 401(k) retirement plan that alleviates the trustee and audit concerns as well as the fiduciary responsibilities,” stated Robert Brann, R. W. Baird & Co., Inc. as he welcomed AGC Houston members at the 401 (k) plan review meeting on August 27, 2019. 

Since merging with Louisiana AGC in 2013, the plan has grown to over 100 participating companies and $350 million in assets.  One of the major benefits of the 401 (k) plan is that there are trustees in place – an advisory committee composed of AGC Houston and Louisiana AGC members – who oversee its management. On hand were plan participants including representatives from Transamerica Retirement Services, Pinnacle Financial, Hannis T. Bourgeois, Dimensional Funds, AGC Houston and Louisiana AGC. 

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News you can Use
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information and comment on Table 1 of the agency’s Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction. OSHA seeks information on additional engineering and work practice control methods to effectively limit exposure to silica for the equipment and tasks currently listed on Table 1.
Comments must be submitted by November 13, 2019. Read the full press release here.
The NEC 2020 code review cycle is underway. See the most significant electrical safety changes on track to pass, explore the reasoning for each update and preview future modifications that may affect you beyond 2020.
New tools have made it possible for parties to more easily evaluate contractors' and subcontractors' bids, but some bidders claim that these tools are time consuming to use, lead to higher costs and can be unfair. Chris Black, director of operations at Appruv, denies that prequalification platforms are "made up entirely of algorithms," as human evaluation and flexibility have become a larger part of such systems.

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 event will include a general session from 9 a.m. - noon that allows students to obtain information about the construction firms in attendance and present their qualifications for internships and/or full-time employment.  

See more information.

New Members


Adaptive Construction Solutions, Inc.
Susana Salgado
susana.salgado@acstexas.com
(832) 488-6169
6509 W Little York Rd

Houston, Texas 77040
www.goapprenticeship.com


Industrial Fabrics
Julie Ross
Jross@ind-fab.com
(713) 641-2727
5102 Galveston Road
Houston, Texas 77017
www.industrialfabricsinc.com

The Bancorp
Fred Bulterman

fbulterman@thebancorp.com
(832) 637-7786
3135 Currant Drive
Manwell, Texas 77578


National Buildings
Liliana Loya
Lili.c@nationalbuildings.com
(713) 442-3800
11730 Aldine Westfield 
Houston, Texas 77093
www.nationalbuildings.com

HG Fire Systems, LP
Tommy Herald
t.herald@hgfire.com
(713) 957-5171
15102 Sommermeyer, #100
Houston, Texas 77098
www.hgfire.com

 

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