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Lights. Camera. Action!
Presenting AGC Houston's inaugural Videos in Construction (VIC) Awards  

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!

  • All entries are due Oct. 31
  • Read about the requirements here
  • No Entry Fees!

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!

Register

 

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

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! 

 

Join Texas Mutual at the Work Safe Texas Summit, Oct. 22, 8 - 11:30 a.m.

Houston Marriott Medical Center

Industry-specific resources that protect your people, strategies for handling an OSHA audit and more. FREE Register at worksafetexas.com/houston

AGC News
  
Launched last year, AGC Houston created a Women In Construction Steering Committee designed to produce events that bring insight to the ups and downs of women pursuing a career in construction.
Check out our dedicated Women in Construction web page that contains a variety of helpful resources.
  
Check out our Facebook and LinkedIn pages.
 
In observance of Day of the Girl on Oct. 11, Angela Cotie, Gilbane Building Company, and Women in Construction Sterring Committee Chair, penned a blog dedicated to "Coach Lew, Mr. Hamlett and my dad" the driving force behind her life choices and career's success. Read the tribute here.
Construction employment increased by 7,000 jobs in September and by 156,000, or 2.1%, over the past 12 months, while the number of unemployed jobseekers with construction experience reached a record low for September, according to an analysis of new government data by AGC of America.
 
Average hourly earnings in construction — a measure of all wages and salaries — increased 2.2% over the year to $30.81. That figure was 9.7% higher than the private-sector average of $28.09, according to Ken Simonson, AGC of America Chief Economist.
 
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. 
AGC Education and Research Foundation Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarship Application Deadline is November 1, 201 
Through endowments made by AGC members and supporters, as well as AGC Chapters, the Education and Research Foundation awards over 100 scholarships each year to students dedicated to pursuing a career in the construction industry. 
Students can click here to apply. 
 
Attention AGC Houston members! Be on the look out for the Patrick J. Kiley Excellence in Leadership Scholarship application in the coming weeks! The AGC Houston scholarship program has awarded over 168 scholarships totalling $512,000 to students pursuing construction-related careers.
Knight Security
Mustang Cat
Education/Training

Thursday, Oct. 31 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at AGC Houston

Lunch provided; $40/member LIMITED SEATING!

Registration Details

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.

 

Next Class: Project Administration. SIgn Up Today!

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!

 
Cadence McShane Construction Company LLC
Safety

Hear About HR and Safety Best Practices in the Construction Industry

Friday, Oct. 25

7 - 9 a.m.     Free - must register to attend!

Key Topics Of Conversation From A Panel Of Experts:

·     Termination Best Practices

·     Family Medical Leave Act

·     Drug Testing

 

  

The CSEA recognizes companies that have developed and implemented premier safety and risk control programs and showcases companies that have achieved continuous improvement and maintenance of their safety and health management systems.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be recognized for your best-in-class safety program! For more information on the CSEA program, please visit www.agc.org/csea. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, Dec. 13.

Resources

Take advantage of early voting through Friday, Nov. 1 and avoid long lines! 

Visit ConstructionVotes.com for resources on voter registration, absentee ballots and early voting. Share info. with your colleagues, employees, family and friends! Exercise your right to vote.

 

  
Halloween may lose some of its terror as we get older, but for parents it can still be frightening to have your kids running around at night in costume. The numbers show that kids are twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. 
Check out the National Safety Council Safety First blog post to learn why seeing - and being seen - need to be trick-or-treat priorities. Check out the Center for Disease Control for more health safety tips related to Fall celebrations.
Here's Looking at You

Congratulations to the 18 construction industry professionals who were selected to make up the Leadership AGC Class of 2020! These individuals were chosen to take part in the program, based on a variety of criteria which includes their involvement in an industry organization outside of his or her company; their position within their organization and skillset and ambition levels; and their commitment to participate in the Leadership AGC program.

The program kicked off Sept. 26 at Galveston Island’s Moody Gardens. Check out more about the Leadershiop AGC class here.

 

Member News

Congratulations to Cherry Companies on being named ENR Texas & Louisiana's 2019 Specialty Contractor of the Year! The Houston-based firm has been family-owned and operated since 1952, and is one of the largest recyclers in Texas and Gulf Coast, recycling more than 2 million tons of concrete and asphalt, and thousands of tons of steel every year.

Among the firm's major recently completed projects are the demolition of Block 42 (the old Houston Chronicle Parking Garage) in downtown Houston, and the demolition of the DA Building, also located in downtown. 

Read the news story. Pictured top left,  the demolition of Southmore St. Bridge at Highway 288 in Houston earlier this year. Pictured at right are Caitlyn McKissick, Joe Rizzo, Stephen Rogers and Audra Bateman AtAthey at the C3 Golf Tournament Oct. 7 at the Braeburn Country Club.

Vaughn Construction recently broke ground on the South Tower Expansion project for Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital. The second phase of their master-planned expansion includes a six-story, 100-bed patient tower and a new six-story, 1,000-space parking garage. Houston Methodist CEO Debbie Sukin said the new patient tower will bring an additional 350 jobs and be completed in 2022. Vaughn Construction built the first phase of the hospital, which won a Bronze APEX in 2018.


Tellepsen kicked off October with a company-wide event to support breast cancer awareness month. Team members across jobsites work pink shirts and pink hardhat stickers. Proceeds from the shirts and hard hat stickers will go to The Rose Foundation to help fund mammograms for women who may not have insurance to cover the cost.

  
It is with great sadness that AGC Houston has learned of the passing of Patricia Jones, co-founder of Raven Mechanical, LP.
 
Over the years, Raven Mechanical, LP and the Jones family have supported our chapter in numerous ways, including serving on the AGC Houston Board of Directors: Bill Jones from 2000 through 2002 and his son, Stephen L. Jones, who currently is serving a two-year term.
This year, Raven Mechanical, LP is celebrating its 40th anniversary. 
 
The Jones family welcomes all to a viewing and Rosary, which will be held Thursday, October 17, 2019, from 6:00 pm. to 8:00 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Plantersville, Texas. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 18 at 10:30 a.m. followed by internment at the St. Mary cemetery.
 
AGC Houston sends it deepest sympathies to the Jones and Raven Mechanical family.
 
News you can Use
When Force Majeure is for Sure: The Business of Construction in Disaster-Prone Areas
Instead of solely relying on force majeure clauses, contractors building along the hurricane-prone Gulf Coast should have disaster action plans that provide guidance on what to do when a storm has been predicted, when it is happening and after it has passed, write attorneys from Jones Walker in Texas. Contractors should also identify potential suppliers, labor sources and modes of transportation that may be available.
 
Employers have had nearly four years to prepare for changes to federal overtime regulations. Legal experts agree that employers will be required to pay newly eligible workers overtime or give them raises to meet the higher pay threshold for exclusion.
  
WE ARE BUILDING HOUSTON
Work with students in your community and make a difference
 
The ACE Mentor Program Houston is currently in the search for enthusiastic professionals to share their passion with local high school students to get them excited to join the building industry!  If you are a designer, engineer, contractor, or otherwise engaged in design and construction and want to get involved as a 2019-2020 Houston Mentor, please send us an email at mentors@acementorhouston.org .
 
Meetings take place at various locations throughout Houston, beginning in mid-October through mid- April. You will work together with other professionals and high school students as they work on a design project from conceptual design through what it would entail to construct it. The goal is for students to gain an idea of what it means to be a part of the building industry in a fun and interesting way!  
New Members
Claypoole Group, LLC
Chase Claypoole
chasec@claypoolegroup.com
(713) 882-8870
6767 Portwest Dr. Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77024
www.claypoolegroup.com
Rocket Materials, LLC
Kristopher Reyes
Kristopher.reyes@rocketreadymix.com
(346) 444-6862
14115 Luthe Road Suite 104
Houston, Texas 77039
www.rocketreadymix.com
Dally + Associates, Inc.
Fred Dally
fdally@dallyassociates.com
(713) 337-8881
9800 Richmond Ave. Suite 460
Houston, Texas 77042
www.dallyassociates.com
Simron Properties L.P. dba Simron Oil & Gas
Neal Singh
neal@simronproperties.com
(832) 886-2886
54 Sugar Creek Center Blvd. #300
Sugar Land, Texas 77478
www.simronoilandgas.com
Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, PC
Thomas Barber
trbarber@munsch.com
(713) 222-1470
700 Milam Street, Suite 2700
Houston, Texas 77002
www.munsch.com
 
 

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