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We're Here for You! 
As we look to reopening our Chapter, we are making sure to do our part to keeping everyone safe with a continued focus on best practices for safety.
Keep checking the AGC Houston website for a continuously updated list of resources and materials. 
 
Now more than ever, as our state and city begin to slowly re-open for business, it is imperative that we adhere to the safety protocols that have been put in place.
 
Each of us need to do our part to KEEP SAFETY VIRAL. 
 
View  Governor Abbott's updated "Open Texas" checklist.
 
Message from the President/CEO
  
“Nobody told me there’d be days like these…”
 
That line, from a 1984 John Lennon song, has been rolling around in my head ever since the “stay at home” order first came to Harris County. Now, with the governor announcing Phase Two of reopening the state, I am hopeful that these “days” will soon be gone, and my brain will find a new tune to perseverate on.
 
After nearly two months of “lockdown” it was exciting to hear Governor Abbott unveil his plans for moving forward. That excitement, however, is somewhat tempered by what the region could face if we all do not take the required precautions seriously, and personally. As many in our community want and/or need to return to work, it is more important than ever that businesses shine in their ability  to provide a safe and healthy worksite for their workforce, as well as those who patronize their business.
 
We are now closing in on two months since commercial construction was deemed “essential.” To this point, there is no way to aptly thank the folks in our industry on how they addressed and attacked a situation that heretofore had not been seen. From the conception, to the installation and through the execution of the “recommended practices,” the commitment by everyone at all levels has been outstanding.
 
The balancing act in keeping everyone safe and healthy, while affording the opportunity to provide for their families, has been especially gratifying.
 
So, thank you to everyone on the great job of managing the uncertainties of an uncertain time. “Keeping Safety Viral” will remain our mantra as we continue through the unprecedented days ahead. Or, as Mr. Lennon so aptly called them… “Strange days indeed, most peculiar, mama.
Events

You've been featuring your projects on Social Media - Now, it's time to enter them in the APEX Awards!

  • 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.
  • JULY 24: JUDGING DAY: Owners, architects, engineers, and industry partners from the Houston community will review specific entry submission materials and visit the project site.

 

A Special Live Streaming Event

Featuring crisis communication expert and international keynote speaker Anthony Huey.

COVID-19’s parallel unfolding crises present the commercial construction industry with infinitely complicated challenges and no easy answers.

On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, join Anthony Huey for this timely presentation that will provide contractors with pragmatic insider tips on communicating clearly during the current Coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

Click here for details. 

 

CALLING ALL FOURSOMES!

Monday, Oct. 5, 2020
Champions Golf Club - Two Courses
13722 Champions Drive, Houston, Texas 77069

11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.     

Swing into golf season on a Fazio-designed course and enjoy Champions Golf Club's famous mouth-watering dinner buffet!
An AGC Houston Tradition For 20 Years!

Team registration and sponsorship details here 

 

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Membership Benefits

Office Depot, OfficeMax and Staples Advantage offers cleaning and janitorial supplies to keep your workspace squeaky clean!

Through NPP, AGC Houston members can order cleaning necessities and office supplies online. AND for a limited time you can get free delivery with no minimum order. You’ll find bath tissue, disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, dryers, cleaning chemicals, dish soap, detergent, facial tissues, paper towels, trash bags, laundry care, cleaning equipment and more! 

View More and enjoy the deep discounts of NPP's group purchasing power!

 

 
AGC News

 

 
The ConstructorCast is AGC of America's monthly podcasts cover all the news, views, and interviews relevant to your construction business.
Check out the latest podcasts related to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the construction industry.

The Treasury Department’s new Paycheck Protection Program directive gives many construction contractors additional guidance that AGC has been seeking. It provides the clarity that many need to decide how to proceed with their loans. Most important, the Department has opted to provide a safe harbor provision for firms that self-certified their need for loans that totaled less than $2 million.
 
In addition, the new guidance provides a mechanism to allow firms that received loans of $2 million or more and are later found to have not met the Department’s need-standard to repay, seemingly without penalty, those loans.
  
AGC of America launched a nationwide program on May 13, 2020, designed to help expand the diversity of the industry by making job sites more inclusive. Called Culture of CARE (commit, attract, retain and empower), it is designed to help firms create more welcoming workplace environments for staff, particularly those from diverse demographic backgrounds.  
 
“We are asking companies to take bold and visible steps toward creating a more diverse, safe, welcoming and inclusive construction industry,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, AGC's Chief Executive Officer. 
 
In addition to the new program, the association has already released its Business Case for Diversity & Inclusion in the Construction Industry, which provides the economic, safety and productivity rationale for expanding construction diversity. 
 
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Education/Training

Don't Pass Up These Professional Development Classes Designed for Contractors!

AGC offers legal, financial, regulatory and national management programs designed for these times. Special Discounts For MEMBERS!

Presented by industry professionals in a virtual format via Zoom, take the class in wherever you are!

Enjoy Member Discount Rates

Specially For Craft Workers!
The AGC Education and Research Foundation offer Workforce Development Scholarships to individuals enrolled in accredited technical schools or craft training programs in any discipline of commercial construction. 
Interested individuals have until June 1, 2020 to apply for $1,000 scholarships (renewal for up to two years) from the AGC Education and Research Foundation.
To review the complete list of criteria click here. Students can apply here.
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Cadence McShane Construction Company LLC
Safety
  
The Occupational Safety And Health Administration's dedicated resource page provides information for workers and employers about the evolving coronavirus pandemic.
Check out the resources.
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
AGC Houston recently compiled a recommended practices document for jobsites in English and in Spanish. As we continue to monitor the situation, it will update it as needed. Be sure to check the AGC Houston COVID-19 Resources page frequently. 

What best practices are working for you? Let us know! Please send your commentsand photos to catherine.b@agchouston.org.
OSHA 3394 - English: 10 Steps All Workplaces Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus
 
OSHA 3395 - Spanish: 10 Medidas que Todos los Lugares de Trabajo Pueden Tomar para Prevenir la Exposición al Coronavirus
 
AGC of America's National COVID-19 Safety Stand Down Resources (includes tool box talks, job site posters, and more.)
 
COVID-19 Recommended Practices for Construction Jobsite
 
The Department of Labor video quick tips on social distancing, disinfecting workplaces and industry risk factors to keep workers safe from COVID-19.
In order to keep sites running smoothly, contractors must ensure that employees’ anxieties about jobsite cleanliness and social distancing are addressed. Constant worry about exposure to COVID-19, family pressures and the 24-hour news cycle are distractions that can lead to injury.
News you can Use
Parts of the country are cautiously opening up after pandemic lockdowns, but a second wave of the coronavirus is possible in coming months. Kim Slowey explores how construction companies can prepare for that possibility with safety protocols, job site technology, remote work, and legal, insurance and financial protection.
Coronavirus lockdowns caused prices of softwood lumber to decline 21.1% in April compared with March, cutting an annual gain of 26.8% in March to 2% last month, according to IHS Markit. However, prices of ready-mixed concrete increased 3.4% year over year in April, while prices of concrete pipe increased 7.9%.
A bipartisan group of senators has proposed a bill that would allow tax deductions for certain costs covered by Paycheck Protection Program loans. Without the change, payroll costs and mortgage interest paid with forgiven loans will not be deductible for first- and second-quarter estimated taxes in July.
Cities in Harris County, Texas, must adhere to the county's flood plain standards to access $2.5 billion in flood-bond money. The goal is to have more consistent rules so a city doesn't build in a way that increases flooding danger in another city.
 


HTown Counts

2020 response rate totaled 43.7% as of yesterday. Please do not forget to fill out the Census either by phone, online, or by mail.

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Let's continue to do our part to make sure #HoustonCounts.

New Members

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

AAR Incorporated
Dwain Bankston
dwain@aarinc.net
(713) 466-6800
6640 Signat Road
Houston, TX 77041
www.arinc.net

FMS Utilities, LLC
Wayne Trivett
wayne@firemainsolutions.com
(832) 698-2484
315 Magnolia Business Park Dr.
Magnolia, TX 77354-8913

CMC Scaffolding Contractors, Inc.
Eddie Gilbreath
eddie@cmcscaffolding.com
6221 Fulton Street
Houston, TX 77022
www.cmcscaffolding.com

Joeris General Contractors
Steven Turner
sturner@Joeris.com
9720 Cypresswood Dr., Ste 190
Houston, TX 77070
www.joeris.com

 

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