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Events
  

 Join us on July 28  for our annual economic outlook for K-12 school construction

FEATURING:

Houston MSA Economic and Construction Outlook by Patrick J. Kiley, Kiley Literary Legacies, LLC

2020 Market Forecast and Annual Cost Survey by Bob Richardson, Durotech, Inc.

A4LE Update by Easy Foster, Conroe ISD

TEA Update by Kerri Ranney, Huckabee, Inc.

Industry Panel with Kyle Holland, AGC Houston (Moderator), Randy Whiddon, LECS, David Tunning, Envirotech Mechanical, and Mike Holland, Marek Brothers Systems, Inc.

REGISTER

Monday, August 17, 2020

8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wildcat Golf Club

Join the Construction Leadership Council for some fun in the sun at Wildcat Golf Club for its 15th annual tournament!

Registration and sponsorship details here. Registration deadline is August 13.

We are truly excited to bring you our first Membership Meeting since the onslaught of the pandemic.

Join us Sept. 3 at The Briar Club as we hear from:

Corbin Van Arsdale - AGC Texas Building Branch President and General Counsel
Samuel Pena - City of Houston Fire Chief

Registrations and Sponsorships available through Aug. 31. No walk-ins allowed!

Check out more information.

THURSDAY, AUG. 20, 2020

Boyert Shooting Center, 1200 S. Mason Rd., Katy, Texas 77450
No Military Background Needed!

  • Tournament includes:
    Firearm rental (feel free to BYOG). Rentals will be cleaned after each use
    Ammunition (limited to amount needed for competition only)
    Firearm instruction for novice shooters
    Access to non live-fire simulators (equipment cleaned after each use)
    Entry into both competition categories

REGISTRATION & SPONSORSHIP DETAILS  Registration and Sponsorships End Aug. 14

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

 Join the FREE 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. Sign up now or call 1.888.708.4100. 
 
 
CrisisDriver enables contractors to build project-specific response and crisis communications plans to quickly and successfully manage negative events.
 
With this tool, you’ll be equipped to properly manage a crisis from beginning to the end while communicating clearly throughout the process.  
Available to AGC Houston Members at an exclusive discount. Click here to learn more or schedule a short demo today.
 
AGC News
Construction employment increased from May to June in 31 states and the District of Columbia, but the gains may have stalled, according to an analysis by AGC of America. Association officials have urged officials in Washington to promptly enact funding for infrastructure projects and plug looming state and local budget deficits to head off a new round of job losses.
  
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.  
 
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.

 

 
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.

New AGC Podcast Episode on Lean Construction

AGC recently provided key members of Congress with its recommendations and white paper, detailing construction employer COVID-19 liability protections and unreasonable workers compensation burdens. Without such legislative action, it will be more difficult for the construction industry to help stem the tide of job losses and build the path to economic recovery. 
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Education/Training

Professional Development Classes Tailored to Build Your Career!

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.

Houston MBDA Business Center
Cadence McShane Construction Company LLC
Safety
  
OSHA encourages America's workplaces to commit to workplace safety and health by participating in Safe + Sound Week, Aug. 10-16. This nationwide event recognizes the successes of workplace safety and health programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe.
 

Check out OSHA's Fall Prevention Resource Page - Dedicated to raise awareness among workers and employers about common fall hazards in construction, and how falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs can be prevented.

State Tax Advisors - Taxes Made EASY!
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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

 

Pictured are Daniel Talavera, assistant superintendent and Stefan Anslow, superintendent, Anslow-Bryant Construction, Ltd.

AGC Houston is committed to providing our members with valuable resources and updates. Through social distancing reminders, the additions of hand-washing stations, workplace hygiene protocols, and the wearing of masks, we are seeing the best in our members.

Be sure to check the AGC Houston COVID-19 Resources page for all the information you need.

  
Employers should have an emergency plan in place that specifies what to do if a worker has signs of heat-related illness, and ensures that medical services are available if needed.
 OSHA's Occupational Exposure to Heat page explains what employers can do to keep workers safe and what workers need to know - including factors for heat illness, adapting to working in indoor and outdoor heat, protecting workers, recognizing symptoms, and first aid training.
 

Hurricanes and the effects of severe thunder storms pose high risks to construction sites, with their incomplete structure, expensive machinery and equipment, flood-prone excavations, and building materials that can quickly become projectiles in high winds. 
The AGC Houston Safety Committee has prepared the "Guidelines for Creation of Emergency Preparedness Plan," a highly useful free document. 

Click here to download the document and to view more safety-related resources from AGC Houston.

Here's Looking at You
  
AGC Houston is excited to announce the addition of Kyle Holland, who recently joined the Chapter team as Vice President.
Holland previously worked for Gilbane Building Company, originally as a Project Manager, and more recently as a Business Development Manager. Prior to Gilbane, he also worked for JE Dunn Construction. Holland has been involved with AGC for all of his 9+ years in the construction industry, serving on several committees including the CLC Board, Membership Committee and Construction Futures Committee. Kyle was the first Chair of the Leadership AGC sub-committee, and participated in the original class of the Leadership AGC Program in 2015.
Kyle Holland graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Sports Management, and worked in the sports industry for two years prior to getting back into construction. He and his wife Ashley have two young children and are Walt Disney World Annual Passholders - a passion they share with their daughter and son.  
Welcome to the AGC family, Kyle!

We're so excited about the response we have had from general contractors and specialty contractors regarding our new sticker, which was mailed to members.

These were produced to underscore the need for the industry to remain vigilant as the state reopens for business while the pandemic is still very much part of our lives.

If you would like to order these free stickers and share them with employees and construction workers, please contact Tasha Hernandez.

Member News

Satterfield & Pontikes announced recently that the company has taken the pledge to CARE, a national initiative launched by AGC of America. Companies and organizations that take the pledge believe that "an individual has the right to a work environment that is free from harassment, hazing and bullying." AGC Houston as also taken the pledge and welcomes all of our members to do so as well!
 
"Our company believes that every individual has the right to a work environment that is free from harassment, hazing and bullying. We will take action to ensure every employee at our company has the opportunity to reach their full potential by building a culture that is diverse, safe, welcoming and inclusive," Satterfield & Pontikes stated.

Find out how your company can take the pledge to Build A Culture Of CARE!

The heart of Memorial Park’s new Clay Family Eastern Glades resembles a diamond ring in aerial views, with a tip of sparkling water atop its oval promenade. Agem has been carved from 100 acres of rough.
Tellepsen's construction fences around a southeastern pocket of the nearly 1,500-acre green space will be removed by month’s end, opening up what is essentially a new park within the park. The first major project of Memorial Park’s long-simmering, long-range master plan — set to open the last week of July — has revived land that was previously inaccessible to the public.

Read the full article.

 In late June, Vaughn Construction announced the ground-breaking of University of Houston's new medical school facility. University of Houston's College of Medicine will be the 13th medical school in Texas.  A 43-acre tract of undeveloped property southeast of the campus proper over a building in the Texas Medical Center for the planned college, which would be the first new medical school in Houston in nearly half a century.
The Construction Career Collaborative (C3) project will bring more opportunities for small businesses and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs).
This is also the 49th C3 Project, and it represents a further expansion into a key segment of the commercial construction market, higher education. 

News you can Use
In the multi-employer construction environment, one employer’s efforts can be thwarted if that employer’s employees work side-by-side with the workforce of a contractor that has not taken COVID-19 preventative measures. Tony Stergio, Andrews Myers, PC, states that contractors must plan a course of action to take when working near contractors who have failed to take measures to protect against the virus or, worse, are actively avoiding quarantining and furloughs by permitting symptomatic and directly exposed employees to work.  
A collaboration inspired by Medistar Corp. and including researchers from the University of Houston and Texas A&M has developed a heating ventilating and air conditioning system filter, made from nickel foam, that can trap and instantly kill 99.8% of the coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, say the lead researchers on the team. The investigators also say the filter catches and destroys 99.9% of anthrax spores and other pathogens, including the legionella bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease.
Two recent immigration decisions highlight the need for Congress to enact permanent immigration reform. First, last week, the Supreme Court ruled that recipients under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) can continue to legally work in the country.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released additional guidance to provide information to workers and employers about how the requirements and protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA),(link is external) the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA),(link is external) and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)(link is external) that impact the workplace as they continue to reopen. 
Harris County Commissioners Court approved a $30 million grant program designed to help small businesses that have yet to receive Covid-19 relief.
The Small Business Recovery Fund program, or SBRF, was approved unanimously by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and the Harris County commissioners during the Commissioners Court meeting June 30. The $30 million grant program will be established with federal funding Harris County received through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Pandemic lockdowns have been tough on the construction industry but have been especially difficult for minority-owned firms, which already face challenges. "Now we're in a space where there are, one, fewer opportunities, and two, a more desperate and dire need for access to working capital," which has always been more elusive for minority-owned firms, says Kenneth Thomas, co-founder of the Minority & Women Contractors & Developers Association.
 

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