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WANTED: Shooting Teams For The Sporting Clays Tournament
Patrick J. Kiley Leads Economic Forecast
New Winter Cornerstone Hot Off The Press!
Submit Your Safety Program In The National Safety Awards Competition
Women In Construction & Veterans Virtual Town Hall Meeting
How Construction Will Be Affected Under President Biden
AGC Secures $10B For State DOTS
OSHA To Adjust Civil Penalties
Construction Costs Squeeze Intensifies In December
Wondering what’s in store for the economy in 2021? Join Patrick J. Kiley for his expert predictions as SMPS Houston and AGC host our Annual Economic Forecast event!
WANTED: Shooting Teams
2021 Advocacy Sporting Clays Tournament
Join us on February 9th at the Greater Houston Gun Club for the first in-person event of the year!
Registration and sponsorships are now open.
We're Planning A Starry Night!
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.
FROM COMBAT BOOTS TO WORK BOOTS, LEARN WHAT IT TAKES TO BRING A CONSTRUCTION PROJECT TO LIFE
Do you know a student pursuing a career in construction?
AGC Houston is pleased to announce that applications for the Patrick J. Kiley Excellence In Leadership Scholarship are now being accepted through March 1, 2021.
No fees required! For qualifications criteria and other information, click here.
Lean Construction Program: Units 1-7 (Virtual Option)
Begins January 27, 2021, through March 3, 2021
This class is taught online using Zoom Meetings and is a joint venture between AGC Houston, AGC of Metro DC and AGC Florida East Coast Chapters.
How lean is implemented within a construction firm can vary based on many factors, and the lean transformation is most effectively driven and planned by individuals within a firm. Following completion of this program, individuals will have a deep knowledge of both the theory and application of Lean Construction and will be able to sit for an exam to earn AGC's Certificate of Management - Lean Construction (CM-Lean) credential.
Check out all of 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.
1-3: OSHA 502: Update for Construction Industry Outreach Trainers
3-5: OSHA 503: Update for General Industry Outreach Trainers
8-11: ATP 191: Safety and Health Authorized Trainer
9-11: OSHA 3115: Fall Protection
10:-18: OSHA 30-Hour For Construction
16-18: OSHA 2264: Permit-Required Confined Space Entry
23-26: OSHA 2225: Respiratory Protection
24-25: OSHA 10-Hour For Construction
8-11: OSHA 2045: Machinery And Machine Guarding Standards
10-18: OSHA 30-Hour For Construction
16-18: OSHA 3115: Fall Protection
Recognizing AGC Contractor Members for Safety Excellence since 1991, the National AGC Safety Awards (NASA) program is an ongoing effort that allows AGC members to evaluate their safety record.
Safety awards are given to members who have an incident rate 25 percent below each division's average and members who have a zero incident rate in the following divisions: Building, Highway, Heavy/Industrial, Municipal/Utilities and Associate/Specialty.
AGC helped secure $10 billion for state departments of transportation to help offset lost transportation revenues threatening bid lettings and project cancelations as part of the year-end COVID-relief and government funding bill enacted on December 27, 2020.
AGC members generated more than 50,000 messages to their members of Congress and President Trump in support of this request, in addition to many phone calls and contacts by AGC Chapters.
AGC of America's Chief Economist, Ken Simonson, revealed that a cost squeeze for contractors intensified in December as the producer price index (PPI) for nonresidential building construction — a measure of the price that contractors say they would charge to build a fixed set of buildings — inched up 0.1% from November, while the PPI for inputs to new nonresidential construction jumped 1.7%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Data Digest report was released January 15, 2021, and includes data on job starts, construction job openings, construction spending and other relevant statistics.
The ConstructorCast is AGC of America's monthly podcast covering all the news, views and interviews relevant to your construction business. Each month, we pick a new topic and sit down with experts to go in-depth on some of the most pressing subjects in the construction industry.
Search for it on your mobile device's podcast app to subscribe, or visit AGC's website for more information.
Construction 3D Printing In The Here And Now - Featuring Ryan Shults, Gilbane Building Co. and Steven Koehler of Linbeck Group, LLC.
ACE Mentor Program Houston is proud to be able to offer high school students a hands-on experience even when they cannot be face-to-face!
Students are designing and BUILDING bird houses based off of their own tree house designs, which will be given to individuals in the community for enjoyment.
ACE Mentor is turning to companies and members AGC Houston for tool and supply donations.
Please click here to see what we still need and sign-up if you can help!
Founded in 2010, the program mentors high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. Through after-school group mentoring and a robust college scholarship program, the organization is building the next generation of architects, project managers, contractors and engineers.
The AGC Southwest Chapters 401k Plan has more than $40 million in assets.
For more information contact Stephen Ellsworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-296-8050.
The new Winter edition of Cornerstone is hot off the press and features:
Strategic Planning and Leadership Transition by Jerry Nevlud
Remaining Active and Engaged in 2021 by John Marshall
AGC Houston Rallies to Save Jobs and Soars to New Heights by Patrick J. Kiley
2021 Board of Directors and AGC Houston Chairman profile
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, AGC Houston has been committed to providing our members with valuable resources and updates on a dedicated COVID-19 web page.
Get your AGC "Keeping Safety Viral" hardhat stickers! Free for AGC Houston members. Contact the Chapter today.
Who’s getting the vaccine now?
If you are a front-line healthcare worker or resident of a long-term care facility, you have been eligible to receive the vaccine since December 14. This group is considered Phase 1A.
Phase 1B recipients include:
People 65 years of age and older; People 16 years of age and older with at least one chronic medical condition that puts them at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.
Find out more about the state's COVID-19 vaccine information including a vaccination providers map here.
News you can Use
Cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline and an end to border-wall work are two examples of executive actions from President Joe Biden that affect the construction industry. Through executive orders, proclamations and other memoranda, Biden addressed issues such as COVID-19 mitigation, economic relief, combating climate change and advancing racial equity, many of which will have implications for U.S. contractors.
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced adjustments to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) civil penalty amounts based on cost-of-living adjustments for 2021.
OSHA’s maximum penalties for serious and other-than-serious violations will increase from $13,494 per violation to $13,653 per violation. The maximum penalty for willful or repeated violations will increase from $134,937 per violation to $136,532 per violation.
OSHA has removed 628,316 workers from COVID-19 hazards during the coronavirus pandemic since March 2020. Take a look at the stats provided by OSHA and the COVID-19 Response Summary.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reminds employers that the agency will begin collecting calendar year 2020 Form 300A data on January 2, 2021. Employers must submit the form electronically by March 2, 2021.
Electronic submissions are required by establishments with 250 or more employees currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20-249 employees classified in specific industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses.
Visit the Injury Tracking Application Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Records to OSHA for more information and a link to the Injury Tracking Application.
Zach Mortice predicts construction technology trends for 2021 will include pocket-size lidar scanners, wireless charging for construction equipment, virtual reality inspections, aerial construction drones, and technology to assist with contract tracing for COVID-19. "As the pandemic marches on, pressure is increasing to create ways for people to experience and understand spaces virtually in order to keep safe distances," he writes.
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