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Begin The New Year With AGC Houston's Annual Business Meeting!
Reserve Your Seat At The APEX Awards Gala.
Vote For Your Favorite AGC Houston Elves' Treats
Safety First! Check Out The OSHA Classes In December
AGC Responds To Proposed Changes In The Nationwide Permits
Saving Construction Jobs And The Future Job Growth Is AGC's Focus
AGC Houston's annual State of the Chapter meeting featuring guest speakers Bob Lanham and Steve Sandherr and the presentation of the 2021 Standard of Excellence Award
Join us virtually for this special event featuring:
Jerry Nevlud, CEO AGC Houston
2020-2021 AGC of America Chairman Bob Lanham, Jr., President Williams Brothers Construction
Register now and don't miss out on an opportunity to hear about the state of the commercial construction industry and plans for the Chapter in the coming year.
We're Planning A Starry Night!
The APEX Awards Gala has moved to Saturday, May 22, 2021. Join us as we will be celebrating Excellence In Construction From The Group Up and honoring John Kirksey, Kirksey Architecture, 2020 Master Builder Award recipient.
Click here for all the details.
AGC Houston is proud to partner with the The Region VI OSHA Education Center at The University of Texas at Arlington. The OSHA Education Center at The University of Texas at Arlington is the top-ranked OSHA Training Institute Education Center in the country.
Additional classes scheduled for January. View the full list of OSHA courses here.
14-17: OSHA 3095: Electrical Standards
14-17: OSHA 510: Standards For Construction
15-17: OSHA 3115: Fall Protection
The AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA), sponsored by Willis Towers Watson, is the industry’s elite safety excellence awards program. The CSEA recognizes companies that have developed and implemented premier safety and risk control programs and showcases companies that have achieved continuous improvement and maintenance of their safety and health management systems.
The finalists in each divisional category will compete at the AGC National Convention for either a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place award.
On November 13, 2020, AGC submitted comments generally supportive of recently proposed revisions to the Nationwide Permits (NWP). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposal included revisions to several NWPs, including modifications to the thresholds for streambed loss for certain permits, establishment of a new mitigation requirement, and clarifications to the pre-construction notification process.
AGC Houston members are encouraged to take part in this important survey, which will be conducted by Sage. The survey results will be compiled trough early December, and Chief Economist Ken Simonson and other AGC staff will prepare any analysis of the findings.
Click here to complete the survey.
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.
AGC of America has reduced the registration fees 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.
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. By joining the Forum, you'll have access to other BD professionals from across the country in various construction sectors as well as publications, webinars and other BD resources to help increase the profit and visibility of your firm.
Get the details here.
Rusty DeBorde has joined JE Dunn Construction Company as the new Vice President, Senior Client Solutions Director, of the Houston office. In this position, he will lead all Business Development efforts in the Houston metropolitan area and southeast Texas.
DeBorde is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin and brings over 18 years of business development, marketing and sales experience to the Houston team. Prior to joining JE Dunn, Rusty has served as Vice President of a prestigious national construction consulting firm and Director of Business Development of a premier local engineering firm. Under his tenure as President of a regional residential builder, the company was named 2009’s Builder of the Year of the Pearland/Bay Area.
As a 40-year Pearland resident, he has served on the Pearland YMCA board, is past president of the local nonprofit organization, PATH, a current member of Pearland Lion’s Club, and served as president of the Pearland ISD School Board for four years, where he was involved in multiple collaborative building efforts and working relationships with the city.
Check out the Fall edition of Cornerstone magazine now online.
The digital version offers quick access at your fingertips.
Read about our Safety Award recipients, the Midyear meeting and AGC Champions Golf Tournament highlights, Tony Mansoorian's final column as Chairman, and more!
AGC Houston Members Save 20 % Through NPP On The Following:
All AGC Houston member companies and their employees can save $ through NPP.
Simply click here to join (free) and check out all of the products and services available.
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Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we all adhere to the safety protocols that have been put in place. It is equally important that each of us continue spreading that message up and down the supply chain. As has been stated many times, COVID-19 is global, but personal. Each of us need to do our part to KEEP SAFETY VIRAL.
Check out AGC Houston's special COVID-19 Resources page.
As U.S. officials designate priority groups to receive vaccines, essential workers will likely come after healthcare and nursing home staff and residents, but before others who can work from home. Stephen Sandherr, AGC of America CEO, advocated for healthcare workers to receive vaccines first, but stated that "other essential workers who cannot work form home, such as construction workers, should quickly follow."
With the start of the holiday season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued communications on limiting exposure that places individuals at risk of COVID-19. The latest newsletter addresses the wearing of face masks, households living in close quarters, attending events and other topics.
Here's Looking at You
The AGC Houston Staff Elves are busy in their kitchens at night making tasty treats during our 12 (Business) Days of Recipes!
We need you to vote for your favorite holidy recipes. Check out our Facebook posts daily and like our culinary treats. You might just win an AGC Houston Swag Bag!
P.S.: Can someone tell Ada that it's OK to remove the ticket tag and it's not considered an accessory?!
Zeke Smith, Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, Inc. moderated a lively discussion on December 3, 2020, amongst members of the Safety Committee and Employment Practices Committee. He was joined by panelists Tony Stergio, Andrews Myers, PC; Shannon Gatlin, Cokinos | Young; Dr. Rick McShane, Occucare International; Susan Phillips, Tellepsen; and Bobby Skyles, Marek Brothers Systems, Inc.
Topics included policies and protocols related to COVID-19, best practices guidelines, the future of vaccines and medical clarification related to the pandemic, how CCD guidelines have affected the workplace, as well as legal and compliance topics.
Many thanks to our panel of experts and to everyone who signed up for this informative discussion!
Missed the meeting? Check out the recording here.
News you can Use
Construction Sector Adds 27,000 Jobs in November, But Project Cancellations, Looming PPP Tax Bill Will Undercut Future Job Gains
Construction employment increased by 27,000 jobs in November, as continuing robust gains in residential categories masked more sluggish increases in nonresidential jobs, according to an analysis by AGC of America data released recently. AGC cautioned, however, that pandemic-induced project cancellations and looming tax bills for firms that used Paycheck Protection Program loans to save jobs threaten to undermine future job growth in the sector.
Banks will continue to support construction as the economy emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, but one banker says they will have a sharper focus on prospective cash flow. A real estate investment professional offers a similar outlook and advises builders approaching investors to first secure sound banking relationships.
Construction technology focused on collaboration, scanning, safety and design have seen the widest uptake across the industry during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by JLL. Other solutions, such as 3D printing and artificial intelligence, remain in early stages of adoption.
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