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Be part of a legendary event! Sponsorship is the only way to attend the AGC Houston Barbecue Cook-Off unless you are invited by a cook team.

Hurry! Sponsorship opportunities end March 13, 2020. More details here.

Kick off March Madness With AGC Houston! Join us March 5, 2020 at Crisp in The Heights.

EARLY BIRD PRICING ENDS TODAY! Register here.

Sponsorship Opportunity available! Contact Tasha Hernandez.

Events

Register Your Foursome Before the Event Sells Out! 

A tradition for 25 years, this tournament brings owners, architects and the construction industry on the green for fellowship and a great cause.

Whether you have a great hook, a better slice or are simply looking for a reason to play on this private,18-hole regulation course, form your team now! 

Held on two courses, the event includes a box lunch, drinks during the game and the legendary awards dinner buffet. 

Check out the details.

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

 

The AGC Southwest Chapters 401(k)  is one of the largest super-regional association retirement plans, representing more than 100 companies and holding assets of more than $350 million. 

No liability as Trustee, Plan Administrator or Named Fiduciary!
Read more about the plan
For inquiries, please contact R.W. Baird at (713) 296-8066 or mep@rwbaird.com.
AGC News
  

LAS VEGAS - MARCH 9-12 - The Bellagio Resort & Casino

Last Chance To Register!

The AGC Annual Convention provides contractors of all sizes with the opportunity to gain business-critical insights into the issues affecting their operations.

Check out all the details.

USE YOUR VOTE: Make a difference in the 2020 Texas Primary Elections
 Texas will hold its 2020 primary elections March 3 — it’s one of 14 states to participate in Super Tuesday — and hundreds of candidates across the state have filed to run for public office
 
* Primary Election Day: March 3, 2020 *  * Early Voting: February 18 - 28, 2020 *
 
What's at stake? Candidates for U.S. president, U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Texas Senate, Texas House, the state Board of Education, the Railroad Commission, judicial seats, and local elections. Click here to see a list of all primary election candidates.
Click here for a guide to candidates based on your address.
AGC of America's Chief Economist Ken Simonson released  the following eport on the construction industry's year-end outlook and projections for 2020.

Construction spending decreased 0.2% from November to December as declines in public and private nonresidential projects outweighed a large rise in single-family homebuilding, according to a new analysis of federal data released  by AGC of America. Ken Simonson noted that its recent survey found widespread optimism about prospects for projects available to bid on in 2020 but they urged officials in Washington to follow through on announced plans for infrastructure spending increases.
Mustang Cat
Education/Training

Begins April 14! Details here.

Led by seasoned commercial construction industry professionals!

Zeke Smith, Satterfield and Pontikes Construction, Inc.
John Brock, Tellepsen
Mason Hester, Munsch Hardt Kopft & Harr, PC
Ed Durham, Anslow Bryant Construction, Ltd.

This 25-hour instructor led course consists of nine highly-interactive classroom sessions that focus on the knowledge and skills every supervisor needs to be an efficient manager of people, time, equipment and materials.

This course includes case studies, group activities, and provides jobsite exercises for skill development. Learners will partner with company sponsors to apply the skills learned in the course, evaluate progress, and create a path to advance the student’s career.

Do you know of a shining star who should be recognized?
All construction industry employees are eligible!
Employee nominations of AGC member general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, service companies, as well as architects and engineers qualify. 

Nominations can be based on either a daily commitment to excellence or outstanding personal effort on a special project or event in the workplace.

Hurry! Nomination letters due by February 28, 2020.

Click here for details or contact Charlene.a@agchouston.org.

Houston MBDA Business Center
Cadence McShane Construction Company LLC
Safety

All AGC Houston interested members welcome!

Don't miss this special opportunity to see a Taupen Spider Lift demonstration from United Rentals.

Subcommittee meeting: 6:30 a.m. - 5:50 p.m.

Safety Committee Meeting: 6:50 - 9 a.m.

State Tax Advisors - Taxes Made EASY!
State Tax Advisors
Whether you are a general commercial contractor or a multistate industrial specialty contractor, State Tax Advisors promises to provide the best quality assurance and tax services.  Because each construction project has it's own challenges, our experienced tax consultants are able to assist you with the itricate requirements for federal and state tax regulations.
Click here to learn how we can help
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Resources
  
The Winter 2020 issue of Cornerstone is now available!
Viewing this email on your phone? Our mobile-optimized reading view has you covered, with scrolling views that automatically adjust for your reading pleasure.
 
Click here to start reading this issue now! Downloadable and print-ready articles with just one click.
Check out the 2020 Board of Directors and read about our newest members.
Read how Vaughn Construction is tapping into and benefitting from hiring Vets In Construction.
Here's Looking at You

On Feb. 10, 2020, with the support of the AGC Sporting Clays Event Committee, more than 250 novice shooters and marksmen braved the cold on two shooting courses at the Greater Houston Gun Club. Many thanks to our sponsors, volunteers and to the teams that helped to sell out the tournament, which helps to raise advocacy funds.

Check out photos here. Check out tournament results here.

Member News
  
TDIndustries, Inc. recently announced that Randee Herrin has been appointed to lead the company's Virtual Design and Construction and TDManufacturing groups.
Herrin, who serves on the AGC Houston Women in Construction Committee and sits on the AGC Houston Executive Roundable 2, was most recently the Senior Vice President of the firm's Houston New Construction team.
Herrin joined the company 24 years ago as an Assistant Project Manager and has played an integral role in bringing women into the trades through TDIndustries's partnership with The United Way of Houston's THRIVE program. 

Calling it a “remarkable building that will aid students for decades to come,” Texas A&M University officials  officially opened the school’s new Student Services Building on Jan. 22, 2020. Built by Vaughn Construction, the $42 million facility features 150 offices and 25 meeting rooms dedicated to housing student assistance organizations and departments. The new facility is being praised for its disability resources and feautres a custom-designed art installation.

Centrally located near the Memorial Student Center, Rudder Tower and Simpson Drill Field, The Texas A&M University Division of Student Affairs lead the 95,000-square-foot Student Services Building on Military Walk. Among many other Texas A&M projects, Vaughn Construction has worked on the Memorial Student Center renovation and is working on the Zachry Engineering Education Complex.

News you can Use
We are still learning about the new coronavirus, but so far, the dedicated pages on the CDC website describe it as a very serious public health threat, based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is considered low at this time.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has not declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Nevertheless, employers and individuals should monitor the CDC site, 2019 novel coronavirus, Wu hand China, and other public health sources.
On Feb. 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the current outbreak of coronavirus disease, COVID-19. 
The virus symptoms manifest as a mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing. The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of 2019 - in COV may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
Research has not yet confirmed person to person spread, but it appears to have SARS and MERS generally spread between people who had “close contact,” which could loosely be described as coughed or sneezed upon.
Visit OSHA's dedicated website page to this disease.
The Inflation Adjustment Act requires the Department of Labor to annually adjust its civil monetary penalties to adjust for inflation no later than Jan. 15 of each year. This final rule increases civil penalties the Department of Labor assesses, including those issued by OSHA based on workplace inspections and potential violations of safety and health standards. 
 
Employers who have open and ongoing OSHA inspections can expect that any citations issued by OSHA after today will reflect the increased penalties.
The new 2020 maximum OSHA penalties are as follows:
Other-than-Serious: $13,494 (increased from $13,260)
Serious: $13,494 (increased from $13,260)
Repeat : $134,937 (increased from $132,589)
Willful: $134,937 (increased from $132,589)
Women comprise 9.9% of the construction industry workforce, with an even smaller number of women on the front lines — an estimated 1%. With women making up 47% of all employed individuals, this means that the construction industry is only benefitting from about 1.5% of the total female workforce.
Construction companies are strengthening their efforts to attract women to the industry as one strategy to address today’s workforce needs. Although the industry has been a traditionally male career, women are increasingly recognizing opportunities in construction.

AGC Houston Is Proud to Support the 2020 Census to Ensure that People in the Houston Community Are Accurately Counted and Represented.

For the first time, in 2020 the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online. The process will be quick and secure. You can respond to the census in less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee. You’ll still be able to respond by mail. To learn more about what to expect, visit 2020census.gov

U.S. Census Bureay hiring thousands of people fto fill temporary positions. Click here for details.

Join the LCI Houston Lean Interest Group Presents:
Thursday, Feb. 27
4 - 6 p.m.
True Anomaly Brewery
2012 Dallas Street, Houston, Texas, 77003
Flat Rate Registration Fee: $15.00
New Members

Please consider doing business with these new AGC Houston member companies!

Alpha Insulation & Waterproofing
Aaron Meredith
ameredith@alphaiwp.com
(281) 999-7000
14820 Tomball Pkwy, Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77086
www.alphaiwp.com

Houston MBDA Business Center
Gabriela Zambrano
mbda@hccs.edu
(713) 718-8974
2302 Fannin Street, Suite 165
Houston, Texas 77002
www.hccs.edu/mbda

Belmont Enterprises, Inc.
Pat Willey
pat.willey@bereps.com
(713) 673-4000
13028 Garrett Rd.
Houston, Texas 77044-5137
www.bereps.com

ISK Industries
Denise Pircher
dpircher@isk-industries.com
(713) 851-5261
3201 Tollview Dr.
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-3705
www.isk-industries.com

CIVE, Inc.
Saad Kejii
saad@cive.com
(281) 870-8727
5444 Westheimer Rd., Suite 1440
Houston, Texas 77056
www.cive.com

SMT Houston, LLC
Tim Rutowski
tim.rutowski@smashmytrash.com
(713) 259-0499
5535 Memorial Dr., Suite 101
Houston, Texas 77007
www.smashmytrash.com

 

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