Members' Edge
In this issue...

A Virtual Zoom Meeting
Wednesday, November 4, 2020      7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.

From accidents, to natural catastrophes and global pandemics, crisis can come at any moment and have a huge impact on your job sites and projects. 

Don't miss this opportunity to learn from industry leaders on minimizing or controling the potential effects on your business. Knowing what to do and how to create a crisis management plan is essential!

Moderators: Committee Chairs, Audra Athey, Cherry Companies & Manny Rodriguez, TAS Commercial Concrete

Panelists: Anthony G. “Tony” Stergio, Andrews Myers, PC; John Schmidt, Cadence McShane Corporation; John Marshall, Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc.; and Dennis Winkle, Winkler Public Relations

Details Here

 

  

The year 2020 brings another round of elections for president, legislators, attorneys general, district attorneys, mayors, city council members, school committee members and even judges.

Visit ConstructorsVote.com and Harrisvotes.com for more information and resources.

OCTOBER
30 - Early voting ends for Nov. 3 general election

NOVEMBER
3 - General Election Day

Events

NOVEMBER

4: Crisis Communications & Media Response

12: CLC Tailgaiting Party - RSVP to Charlene Anthony

JANUARY
14: Annual Business Meeting - SAVE THE DATE!

30: APEX Awards Gala - SAVE THE DATE!

MARCH
26-27: AGC Houston BBQ Cook-Off

  

With renewed excitement, we are announcing that the 30th AGC Houston Barbecue Cook-Off will head to the Pasadena Fairgrounds March 26-27, 2021

Be Part Of The Excitement As A Cook Team and/or Sponsor
This sanctioned barbecue draws thousands of construction industry professionals each year. 
No tickets sold on site. Tickets only available through cook teams and sponsors. 
Last day to register is 3/11/2021 - Check out the details.

Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
Andrews Myers, PC
Membership Benefits
 
AGC of America is happy to announce a new member discount program with Michelin Tires.
This program covers Michelin, BFGoodrich, UNIROYAL and TWEEL tire brands as well as automatic enrollment in Michelin ONCall. 
 
With MICHELIN® ONCall, drivers can get roadside assistance all day, every day, no matter where they are. This gets your trucks back up and running, whether it is tires, mechanical, or towing, to ensure that you maximize your productivity.
 
AGC MEMBERS SAVE UP TO 31% 
Get all the details.
 

Access products and services, while leveraging the power of group purchasing, to get valuable discounts for your business, employees and yourself. Membership is free and NPP negotiates the rates, and makes them available to AGC members. 

 

AGC News
Construction firms reported diverging views over the past month about when business will “return to its normal level of operations relative to one year ago,” based on results from Census’s latest weekly Small Business Pulse Survey, released by AGC of America with responses from October 4 to 12. The share of firms that expect returning to normal will take more than six months edged up to 33.6% from 32.0% in the September 6-12 survey.
 
View the full report here.
The 2021 AGC Construction Safety & Health Conference is going virtual Jan. 13-15. Join us, from wherever you are, for the same superior educational content and peer-to-peer engagement that you have come to expect from AGC. We have reduced the registration fees for this conference to reflect the virtual delivery format. And, if you are unable to join us on those dates or for a specific online session, your registration gives you access to recordings of the education sessions.
 
Industry recruitment and retention are essential to the future of the construction industry. Just as important as finding craft workers, project managers and supervisors is ensuring that these essential workers are properly educated and trained. Efforts through AGC and its network of chapters and industry partners are focused on the goal to attract, retain and train the future construction industry workforce.
 
The Construction Risk Partners Build America Awards (including the Marvin M. Black Partnering Excellence category) and AGC in the Community competitions recognize the nation's most impressive construction projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure, and federal and heavy divisions; those contractors excelling in their partnering and collaborative endeavors; and the charitable contractors and chapters giving back to their communities.
The AGC Diversity & Inclusion Excellence Awards recognize contractors who are champions in advancing diversity and inclusion within their workforce, subcontractor partners, supply chain, the association and in the communities they serve.
Mustang Cat
Education/Training
2021 Leadership AGC Applications Now Open
 
Creating the Building Blocks for Our Future Leaders
Designed to develop and grow our industry’s future leaders, this program will provide a forum for and increase the awareness of potential AGC leaders by giving them an intensive experience that  encompasses a broad scope of community and industry concerns.
 
The 12-session series will connect Leadership AGC participants with leaders in the construction, development, business, medical, industrial, political and educational arenas.
 
 

Strategic, Resourceful and Decisive!
For construction leaders on the rise, no program provides a more comprehensive, uniquely focused program than AGC's Advanced Management Program (AMP).

Held just one time each year, this exclusive six-day program grounds construction industry executives in the essential skills and techniques required to successfully lead an organization.
 
Virtual Advanced Management Program - Registration Now Open
Thursday, November 5, 2020 - Kickoff Meeting
Monday, November 9, 2020 to Wednesday, November 18, 2020

GET THE DETAILS

Joslin Construction
Safety
  
This course is designed to provide entry-level construction workers general awareness on recognizing and preventing hazards on a construction site. This class covers the safety requirements as contained in 29 CFR 1926.  Last 30-hour class of the year, this course will be held Thursday, November 5 and Friday, November 6, 2020.
The 2021 Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) competition is now open.
Click here to access the application; you will be directed to Formsite, AGC of America's application platform. You must create an account to view/complete the application. You will also see an option to download an application PDF.
Applications are due on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 
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
Discover a multitude of information related to trenching and excavation, including OSHA's trenching and excavation construction regulations, hazard recogition, possible solutions and general resources. The website provides technical bulletins, hazards and solutions, as well as industry resources. 
 
OSHA has published additional frequently asked questions and answers regarding the need to report employees’ in-patient hospitalizations and fatalities resulting from work-related cases of the coronavirus.
 
These FAQs are the latest effort by OSHA to provide employers and employees with more information about how it will enforce its standards and regulations during the pandemic. OSHA has also previously published revised enforcement guidance detailing how OSHA will enforce the recordkeeping requirements of 29 CFR 1904 for employee coronavirus illnesses for all employers.
 
Here's Looking at You

Are you in our photo albums? Check out all of our events this year - and from past years - on Facebook. We've captured highlights from all of the moments and events that bring the commercial construction industry together.

Give us, you, your friends and peers a thumbs up and Like us on Facebook!

Check out the photo albums.

 
As in past years, a few AGC Houston staff members showed their carving and creativity skills in our pumpkin-carving contest. We've posted each one in our Facebook album and it's up to our friends to determine the winning "Curcubita Pepo" (its Latin nomenclature). The votes will be open through Friday morning, so cast your ballot today!
 
Member News
  
 
Several AGC Houston members turned up on the golf course in full costume to play in the Torneo De Los Muertos golf tournament October 26 at The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch. This event benefits We'll Get This!, a non-profit organization supporting children with cancer and their families with transportation costs and other challenges.
Some of the supporting member firms included W.S. Bellows Construction, Corp.; Dynamic Systems, Inc.; i.e.SmartSystems, LLC; Fisk Electric Company, JE Dunn Construction Company; Humphrey Company, Ltd.; McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.Rogers-O'Brien ConstructionSpawGlass Construction Corp.; TDIndustries, Inc.; and Tellepsen.
 
Pictured from left are W.S. Bellows Construction Corp.'s Tommy Kubin, Tommy Lee, David Kubin, Nick Mathews.
News you can Use
According to the latest Contractor Compensation Quarterly (CCQ) published by PAS, Inc., Open Shop contractors anticipate skilled craft hourly wage increases of 2.64% in 2020 (2.91% excluding zeros). Actual increases for 2019 were 3.25% (including zeros) and 3.26% (excluding zeros).  These increases are across the board for all craft, contractor types, sizes, and regions of the country. 
For the past two year, ConsensusDocs has been working with industry leaders to offer a standard prefabricated construction contract document. Industry leaders representing the Modular Building Institute (MBI) as well as individual volunteers and staff from National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), Off-Site Construction Council, worked through “the new ConsensusDocs Prefabricated construction contract advances the understanding and risk allocation desperately needed because prefabricated construction is revolutionizing the way construction will occur in a post pandemic construction world."
  
Monday,  November 9,2020
5-6:30 p.m. on Zoom
$40 individual ticket
To register, click here
 
You are invited to join us for a UNIQUE GAME NIGHT HAPPY HOUR EXPERIENCE to support the ACE Mentor Program Houston! There will be games, prizes, the opportunity to spend quality time together with our ACE Houston network AND delicious drinks! Yes, REAL drinks!  Once you register for this event and provide your address, our team will deliver a small gift box in advance of the Happy Hour. 
More work means greater need for costly equipment, but there are ways to keep costs in check. Caterpillar's Lonnie Fritz examines options for renting, for equipment that performs multiple tasks, for adding attachments that generate revenue and for monitoring effective utilization.
The US has led the world with 55,000 hotel rooms added during the coronavirus pandemic, but the country has seen a 56% year-over-year increase in deferred hotel construction, according to STR. "We expect that new construction will slow further as hotel demand isn't expected to return to 2019 levels," said Jamie Lane, an econometric adviser at CBRE.
 

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