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Message from the President/CEO
  
Reports surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) have caused concern among AGC members and the general public. As of March 3, 2020, fewer than 90,000 people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19 with slightly more than 100 in the United States. While those numbers are sure to rise, keep in mind that this flu season the USA alone has seen over 32 million people come down with the flu and over 18,000 of them have died. There is no telling if the coronavirus will reach or exceed those levels, but it currently has a long way to go. Much like the flu, we can all take positive steps to prepare. AGC has assembled general guidance and links to information from our federal agency partners and health organizations. AGC will continue to monitor the situation and update the information on this page accordingly.
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.

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

Early registration discount ends Monday, March 16, 2020Check out the details.

 

 

Enter Your Construction Projects For The 2020 APEX  Awards

Easy Online Submittal Process. All submittals will be submitted electronically. 

Click here to view submission and judging criteria.

AGC Houston Members can submit any project(s) completed between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2020 and located in the Chapter territory.

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

 

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
AGC of America's Chief Economist Ken Simonson released  the following report 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.
Associated General Contractors of America announced that 21 construction firms will be awarded grants to provide more than 300 fall protection safety harnesses designed for women. The grants are designed to address one of the most significant safety hazards for construction craft professionals and recruit more women into high-paying construction careers.  
“We recognize the need for more women to join the construction industry to help fill the labor gap, and keeping them as safe as possible must be top priority,” said Allison Scott, director at Autodesk Construction Solutions. “For three hundred women in construction, AGC and Autodesk are highlighting this need, and this is a first step in drawing attention to the importance of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other customized equipment for women.” 
  
AGC TBB's convention will be taking place June 15 through June 17, 2020, at the Beauport Hotel in Gloucester, MA. Click here for more details. Conference registration ends May 29, 2020.The last day to book hotel rooms is May 10, 2020.
Registration includes a Monday evening reception, Tuesday and Wednesday sessions and luncheons, and Wednesday night dinner. Optional events include a 9-hole shoot-out golf tournament, Taste of Gloucester Foodie Tour, and a whale-watching sailing trip. 
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.

Joslin Construction
Cadence McShane Construction Company LLC
Safety
  
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” to help companies respond in the event of coronavirus in the workplace. The guidance was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).
 
In addition to the guidance, OSHA recently launched a COVID-19 webpage that provides infection prevention information specifically for workers and employers, and is actively reviewing and responding to any complaints regarding workplace protection from novel coronavirus, as well as conducting outreach activities.
 
For further information about Coronavirus, please visit the HHS’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
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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.
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Resources
Already causing havoc in China, the threatened global pandemic of the coronavirus will likely cause disruptions of supply chains and other businesses involving trade, manufacturing, retail, and financial services. Cokinos | Young provides information on dealing with the business impact of the Coronavirus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases a helpful guide to plan, prepare and respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019.
The COVID-19 virus (the “coronavirus”) is now making an impact closer to home, so many businesses are reviewing their contracts to determine if force majeure declarations provide relief for delayed or interrupted projects and operations. Because force majeure clauses are often tailored to a specific project or supply agreement, the language can vary significantly. As a result, the availability of force majeure relief depends on the terms of the contract, the applicable law, and the circumstances to which they are applied.

Champe Fitzhugh of Andrews Myers, PC explains how to navigate contracts with the Force Majeure clause.
As the deadly new Coronavirus, recently named COVID-19, continues to spread, employers
need to be prepared for the challenges this new health issue may bring to their workplace. Tony Stergio, Andrews Myers, PC, pens a helpful article on how employers and employees can prevent the spread of disease and minimize the risks for themselves and their families.
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 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 COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
 
Visit OSHA's dedicated website page to learn more about this disease.
Controlling written agreements will determine which party is responsible for the risk and additional costs of construction delays resulting from the current coronavirus outbreak. "The force majeure clause must be examined to determine if the virus outbreak constitutes an excusable delay extending the completion date and excusing the contractor from liability for any applicable liquidated or actual damages," an attorney writes.
Full Story: Construction Law Zone (3/2) 
As the coronavirus spreads around the world, its impact on many businesses and industries, including the construction industry, is increasing.
The construction industry in the United States relies heavily on foreign suppliers and manufacturers of goods for construction materials. Who bears the risk and the loss for resulting construction delays or increased construction costs due to the coronavirus?  
 
Here's Looking at You

Congratulations to AGC Houston members W.S. Bellows Construction Corp., Tellepsen, Rogers-O’Brien Construction, Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing, Peterson Beckner Industries, Inc. and Polk Mechanical, who were recognized for Safety Excellence at the Willis Towers Safety Awards breakfast March 11, 2020, in conjunction with the AGC of America Convention in Las Vegas.

AGC Houston is proud of these six member companies who were recognized for their outstanding safety and health programs and records! This marked the 21st year AGC of America has held the Construction Safety Excellence Awards.

BUILDING DIVISION

400,000-900,000 Work Hours

First Place: W.S. Bellows Construction Corp.

Second Place: Tellepsen

Third Place: Rogers-O’Brien Construction

 

SPECIALTY DIVISION

Under 275,000 Work Hours

First Place: Peterson Beckner Industries, Inc.

 

275,000-650,000 Work Hours

First Place: Polk Mechanical

 

1.2 Million-2 Million Work Hours

Third Place: Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing

  
It was an evening to remember for AGC Houston member Mauricio Rivera, Project Engineer at McCarthy Building Companies, who was recognized during the AGC of America Education and Research Foundation Gala on Monday, March 10, 2020, for having received the AGC of America Lanham Family Scholarship.
 
The event helped to kick off the AGC of America Convention at the Bellagio Las Vegas Hotel and fundraise for the Foundation. AGC also presented a specially-produced video that featured Rivera and footage taken at McCarthy Building Companies' Museum of Fine Arts - Houston expansion jobsite. In the video, Rivera explains how the scholarship helped ease the financial burden of paying for college.
 
Rivera interned at McCarthy Building Companies for approximately six months while he completed his studies in Construction Science at the University of Houston. He is a former president of the AGC Student Chapter and regularly volunteers at AGC Houston's scholarship fund-raising events. Congratulations, Mauricio! Your AGC Houston family is truly proud of this achievement!

Thank you to all of the AGC Houston members who came out to celebrate our first Member Mixer of the year! A special thanks as well to Board of Director members Brian Cook, Hoar Construction; Steve Mechler, TI Constructors; John Marshall, Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Co.; and Nikki Morgan, TDIndustries, Inc. for partaking in the festivities. A THANK YOU to OneDigital for sponsoring our event!

Check out the photos here.

 

Member News
  
Tellepsen announced that it has appointed Steve Olson as Chief Operating Officer of the company's Commercial Group. "Steve will serve in a strategic role, working with our company leaders to take Tellepsen to the next level," stated Tadd Tellepsen, CEO of the firm.
 
Olson will oversee the company's divisions, which include Tellepsen Builders, Building Concrete Solutions, TI Constructors and Tellepsen Services. A graduate of Bradley University, Olson brings 38 years of construction industry experience including positions with Balfour Beatty and Hoar Construction.
 
  
Not many employers can celebrate employee milestones such as the one Linbeck Group, LLC recently did: 45 years of service by Joe Meschwitz. As Senior Superintendent, he was commended for his service on "a wide array of clients - from Prairie View A&M and Rice University to One Market Square and City Centre" - and for having "committed your life's work to serving the greater Linbeck family. We couldn't be more honored of your dedication, commitment, and drive to succeed and truly motivate those around you every single day." Congratulations, Joe, from AGC Houston!
 
Pictured from left are David Stueckler, Linbeck Group, LLC, President and CEO; Leo LInbeck III, President and CEO at Aquinas Companies; LLC; and Joe Meschwitz, Senior Superintendent, Linbeck Group, LLC.
News you can Use
After an economic impact statement and safety rules are completed, the Texas High-Speed Train may begin construction before the end of 2020.
David Hagy with Texas Central said The Texas High-Speed Rail, a 240-mile high-speed rail line meant to make a 90-minute commute from Houston to Dallas, is expected to complete its Economic Impact Statement and safety guidelines by this summer. 

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 Bureau hiring thousands of people to fill temporary positions. Click here for details.

Texas topped the US last year with more than $54 billion in property activity, according to a report from NAIOP. Nationally, investment in and development of buildings such as office and industrial facilities provided 9.2 million jobs and added $1.14 trillion to the economy.
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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