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Check Out AGC's Construction Learning Tool for the Emerging Project Manager
Orientation AGC Get's You on the Path to Reap Your Membership's Benefits!
Hear Experts Discuss Data Interpretation and Visualization for Jobsite Innovation
Enroll an Employee in OSHA 10 Class and Get Second Half-Off
Now is the Time to Compare Health Benefit Programs!
Reform Federal Education Policy with JOBS Act
AGC Safety Committee Welcomes HFD Safety Heroes at Monthly Meeting
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION COURSES
Nov. 5: Orientation AGC
Nov.7: Membership Mixer
Lights. Camera. Action!
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!
Enter the Videos in Construction Awards and be prepared to see your name in lights!
Winning videos will be featured on AGC Houston's YouTube channel and recognized at our Annual Business Meeting, Jan. 2020.
Get on the path and reap your membership's benefits!
Whether you are a new member, recently joined your firm or simply want to find out more about AGC, join us for lunch as we share highlights of what we do and how you can get engaged!
Thursday, Oct. 31 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at AGC Houston
Lunch provided; $40/member
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, IronEdge Group, discuss the Interpretation and Visualization of technology devoted to saving time and gathering data.
Value Statement for Analytics in Construction
Registration details here
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 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!
Looking to enhance your career? We've got you covered!
Oct. 18: Texas Lien Laws
Oct. 18: Advanced Texas Lien Laws
Oct. 22-23: PMDP Module 3 - Project Administration
Oct. 24: Lean EP Unit 5 - Supply Chain
Oct. 25: Texas Sales And Use Tax
7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
$50 First Registration, $25 Second Registration
Course covers the safety requirements as contained in 29 CFR 1926. Specific OSHA requirements will be covered as well as tips on keeping your jobsite safe. Participants who complete the full 10-hour course will obtain a certificate of completion.
Class taught in English.
View the full list of OSHA courses here.
Oct: 7-10: OSHA 510: OSHA Standards For Construction
Oct. 8-10: RM 203: Risk Informed Decision Making
Oct. 8-10: Principles Of Scaffolding
Oct. 14-17: OSHA 501: Trainer Course In OSHA Standards General Industry
Oct. 14-17: OSHA 5810: Hazard Recognition & Standards for On-Shore O & G
Oct. 14-17: DR 660: Incident Management Training
Oct. 17-18: OSHA 10-Hour Safety Course
Oct. 21-24: OSHA 2015: Hazardous Materials
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said fall protection remains the safety violation cited most frequently by the agency. OSHA cited 6,010 violations of fall protection from October through mid-August, according to the agency.
Read the article
Tell Congress to reform federal education policy to help the industry meet its present and future workforce needs. Congress can take corrective action by passing the JOBS Act. This legislation will expand needs-based financial aid Pell Grant eligibility to short-term training courses and programs.
Taking action is easy. Submit the pre-written message as is to your Representative and Senators or customize them with personal information on how this issue impacts you and your company.
The Construction Risk Partners Build America Awards (including the Marvin M. Black Partnering Excellence category) and AGC in the Community competitions recognize the nation's most impressive construction projects.
The AGC Diversity & Inclusion Excellence Awards recognize contractors that are champions in advancing diversity and inclusion within their workforce, subcontractor-partners, supply chain, the association, and in the communities they serve.
The AGC Diverse Business of the Year competition honors an outstanding diverse AGC member-firm that is committed to achieving business success. Apply by Wednesday, October 23, 2019 for full consideration.
According to newly-released data from AGC of America, construction employment grew in 252 out of 358 metro areas between August 2018 and August 2019, declined in 60 and was unchanged in 46.While the Dallas, Plano and IRving areas increased construction jobs by 8 percent, many firms are having to boost pay and benefits, investing in more training programs and adopting new technologies to attract talent.
On Sept. 19, Jamey Sanders, Vice President of Choctaw Transportation and Division Chair of AGC of America's Federal and Heavy Construction Division, testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on the importance of water resource infrastructure to the U.S. economy. This is the first of a series of Senate hearings that will be held as Congress considers reauthorization of the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA).
In his testimony, Sanders applauded the Senate for continuing a regular two-year authorization of this legislation and described the impact of underfunded and aging water resource infrastructure.
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.
See how AGC Houston members are circumventing some of the most expensive requirements of health care reform and benefiting from being part of a large group.
Contact Michelle Allison or call (281) 752-9314 today!
The program anniversary date, Nov. 1, is approaching and rates are guaranteed for over a year!
Here's Looking at You
AGC Houston members packed our training rooms on Sept. 26 for the monthly Safety Committee Meeting, which concluded with a "show-and-tell" exhibition by the Houston Fire Department's Station 11 Technical Rescue squad. Attendees heard a brief summary from OSHA's 2019 injury/fatality report, which will be released in full soon. Jim Shelton of OSHA reported that there were several recent injuries and deaths linked to lightning strikes due to severe area storms in summer.
Other current topics discussed included ground-penetrating radar and safety applications; the use of smart safety apps and how technology can be used for best safety measures; mobile safety training and PPE safety rigs that deliver gear to jobsites.
A special thanks to the "TC Jesters" Houston Fire Department Station 11 squadron for bringing its rescue rig and demonstrating how its technical rescue team responds to high-risk, tactical rescues. Check out an HFD technical team rescue at a construction jobsite in January.
AGC Houston will be feauring an article soon on what construction crews can do to facilitate HFD rescue work on a jobsite. Stay turned!
Kim Mason, AGC Houston Director of Safety Services, received an award from the Construction Contractor's College on Oct. 1 during the graduation ceremony of their Cohort VI Class. Mason was recognized for volunteering to teach students two 30-hour OSHA Safety classes for the organization. Since 2014, 75 participants have enrolled in the annual 18-week program, which teachs minority- and women-owned businesss how to compete for contracts in the construciton industry.
Check out the Fall Cornerstone magazine for a feature article on the organization and the AGC Houston members that support it.
Move over, Picasso! The AGC Houston staff headed to a local painting studio to don approns and tackle a blank canvas with paints and brushes. The end result? Everyone's very own interpretation of a beach scene. Now, each one of us is ponderring where to hang that magnificent artwork!
#paintingwithatwist #groupart #teamwork #creativity #creativitymatters #artclasses #bestartclasses #beyou
Galveston Island’s Moody Gardens was the beautiful setting for Leadership AGC’s sixth kick-off, attended by a cross section of AGC Houston members on Sept. 26. Eighteen young professionals have been selected to take part in the nine-month program that is being mentored by Construction Leadership Council leaders as well as past Leadership AGC participants. The two-day program featured group activities developed to overcome obstacles, increase trust, break down barriers, encourage problem-solving techniques and create support systems.
Over the course of eight months, the participants will hone numerous skills and gain a greater understanding of the leaders who helped to shape AGC, the commercial construction industry and the city.
Many thanks to all of the member companies that continue to support this important program designed to grow our chapter’s future leadership!
Thank you to our 2019-2020 Facilitators:
Shannon Davis, Marek Brothers Systems, Inc.; Cole Fuller, Hoar Construction; Jared Glenn, TDIndustries, Inc.; Matt Guderian; Gray Mechanical Contractors, LP; Kyle Holland, Gilbane Building Company; Jason Kopke, Marek Sawing & Drillling, LLC; Adam Laura, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.; David Maniha, Hoar Construction; JP Martinez, Pieper-Houston Electric, LP; John Morvant, Tellepsen; Jerry Nevlud, AGC Houston; Luke Palumbo, TDIndustries, Inc.; and Ryan Shults, Gilbane Building Company.
Announcing Leadership AGC Class of 2020:
Tony Ali, Peckar & Abramson, PC; Jorge Barrera, Hoar Construction; Michael Boeck, Byrne Metals Corp.; Josh Davis, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.; Will Dishman, Gray Mechanical, LP; Cody Fife, Bartlett Cocke General Contractors; Bobby Gloria, Tellepsen; Brandon Hoffart, Pieper-Houston Electric, LP; Jennifer Jones, Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.; Nishi Lagoo, Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.; Kenneth Loper, TAS Commercial Concrete; Eric Mitchell, Marek Sawing & Drilling; Valerie Richter, ISEC, Inc.; Luke Roach, Rogers-O'Brien Construction; Justin Rohr, Gilbane Building Company; Andrew Rupp, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.; Sharon Schoolcraft, Marek Brothers Systems, Inc.; Ryan Viney, O'Donnell/Snider Construction.
News you can Use
From Scott Braddock, Construction Citizen
"Later this year, Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to restart their push to penalize companies that compensate their workers as independent contractors when, by law, they should be classified as employees and compensated as such."
The National Labor Relations Board has issued a proposed rule addressing union recognition in the construction industry. AGC plans to submit comments prior to the October 11, 2019, deadline. The Board is presently proposing a new regulation that would overturn that case law. Under the proposed rule, contract language alone would not be sufficient to establish a 9(a) relationship.
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