Fall Is Right Around The Corner - Time To Tee It Up!
Monday, Oct. 5, 2020
Champions Golf Club - Two Courses!
13722 Champions Drive Houston, Texas 77069
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!
Registration and Sponsorship deadline is Oct. 1, 2020
Got some heavy hitters on your team?
Join us for a softball home run derby out at Constellation Field in Sugar Land!
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020
Constellation Field: 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77498
Fun Fact: Constellation Field was built by Linbeck Group, LLC, and openned in spring 2012.
9:30-10:30 a.m. Check-In & Vendor Booths Open
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Home Run Derby!
2-3 p.m. Awards Presentation
We're looking for Batters, Volunteers, Vendors.
Join us for this unique opportunity to have fun with your colleagues, peers and your family!
Check out all of the details.
On this special episode, AGC’s Senior Director of Safety and Health Services, Kevin Cannon and Director of Safety and Health Services, Nazia Shah, showcase the events scheduled for Sept. 14-18, 2020, (Construction Safety Week and OSHA’s Fall Safety Stand-down) and how contractors and their partners can take this opportunity to recommit to sending every worker home safe each day. Find out how to participate, access online materials and best practice resources, and be recognized for your efforts.
The coronavirus has harmed the construction industry, prompting project delays and cancellations, layoffs and furloughs, yet it remains difficult for a majority of firms to find craft workers to hire, according to the results of a workforce survey conducted by AGC of America and Autodesk.
On Sept. 9, AGC helped lead an ad hoc coalition of 88 national trade associations and labor unions in calling on Congressional leaders to take action on three priorities: (1) a turn-key, one-year extension of the current surface transportation law—the FAST Act—with increased investment levels; (2) emergency federal funding for state departments of transportation and public transit agencies—$37 billion and $32 billion, respectively; and (3) provisions to ensure solvency of the Highway Trust Fund for the duration of the extension at a minimum.
The AGC Business Development Forum is a group of AGC members who are interested in learning more about business development in all sectors of the industry. The AGC Business Development Forum's mission is to advise AGC members of new market opportunities, to follow and report on trends in the construction market, and to advise members on the techniques and tools of BD.
AGC of America launched a nationwide program esigned 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.
AGC's “HR/TED Conference” this year provides three days of education and networking for HR, training, and workforce development professionals in the construction industry. Educational sessions for training professionals cover the most cutting-edge techniques in training and development currently in use and envisioned for the future in the industry.
Click here to register
Taught by Industry Professionals, Our Classes Are Tailored To Build Your Career
AGC Houston Encourages Construction Firms To Host Safety Stand-Down Events
AGC Houston and the Safety Committee urge all general contractors and specialty contractors to pause and dedicate time to promote worker safety and fall prevention.
Safety Stand-Down, September 14-25, 2020. #StandDown4Safety #StopFalls
AGC Houston member vendors offer free on-site demonstrations. Click here for more details.
Check out these resources specifically designed for the construction industry:
Poorly fitted harnesses are ineffective and can cause fall injuries. Women, in particular, often have a hard time getting PPE that fits at work.
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.
As areas around the country hit triple-digit heat index temperatures, construction firms are reporting challenges in keeping their employees safe from heat-related illness, especially while workers must wear face masks to prevent coronavirus spread. Construction companies have regularly held toolbox talks on dealing with the heat and watching for signs of heat-related illness, but with masks being required and adding to the heat dangers, those talks are coming more frequently.
A BIG TEXAS "Thank You" to Sam Moore, Tellepsen, (top row, far right image) who shared his expertise teaching Unit 1 | An Introduction to Building Information Modeling - Revised Editionon September 15 and 17, 2020.
This class is taught online using Zoom Meetings and is a joint venture between AGC Houston, AGC of DC and AGC Florida East Coast Chapters.
The program is designed to prepare construction professionals at all levels to successfully implement BIM on a construction project and within a firm.
Satterfield & Pontikes, Inc.
announced that it has named Clay E. Morel
as the company's new prsident. George A. Pontikes, Jr., Satterfield & Pontikes’ founder and former president, will continue in his roles as CEO and Chairman of the Board
As president, Morel is responsible for spearheading the company and its subsidiaries’ growth, streamlining operations and implementing new technologies to improve construction industry standards. The Satterfield & Pontikes family of companies includes: Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Greco Structures, Westway Construction Services, and Rollcon as well as its Select Services business line, which provides Construction Management and Program Management services.
“I am confident that Clay can lead S&P into an era of strategic growth based on focused opportunities,” said Pontikes. “He is known for taking a comprehensive approach to business, focusing on market growth and people development. He recognizes that companies are successful if their people are successful.”
Sept. 22 is National Voter Registration Day.
National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy, according to the official website for the observance. The event website says nearly 3 million voters have registered to vote on the holiday to date.
Lean Project Delivery
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Presenter: Kurt Neubek - Page Southerland Page, Inc.
Fee: $5.00 Register
The Tower of Voices – Flight 93 Memorial, a tribute to those who died when the plane crashed during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, received the 2020 Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute's (PCI) Building Information Modeling (BIM) Design Award. The 93-foot-tall tower will house 40 custom-made aluminum wind chimes, one for each of the passengers and crew who died that day. Each chime is cast to produce a distinct musical note, so that together they create a set of 40 “voices."
All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide prevention awareness. National Suicide Prevention Week is the Monday through Sunday surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), construction occupations
have the highest rate of suicide, as well as the highest number of suicides across all occupational groups.
Emerging technologies are enabling operators to more precisely survey and plan the elements of a construction project, perform various construction tasks, and develop and maintain a vital database of construction fleet data. At a time when construction operators face the challenge of tighter project windows, increased building complexity, a greater need for data, and the possibility of less human labor due to budgetary and safety concerns, technologies can give savvy operators a leg up on the competition.
The Wage and Hour Division encourages employers to audit their pay practices and consider participating in the PAID program. On this website, interested employers can find the resources they need to participate in PAID, starting with relevant FLSA compliance assistance materials.
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.
Please consider doing business with these new AGC Houston member companies!