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Richard E. Wainerdi, 1931 – 2021

Shortly after Hurricane Rita came ashore near the Texas-Louisiana border and a month removed from Hurricane Katrina devastating New Orleans and its surrounding area, I received a call from Dr. Richard Wainerdi, at the time the President of the Texas Medical Center (TMC). He was reaching out to see if AGC Houston would take a leading role in developing best practices for securing construction sites in preparation for oncoming storms. By the end of the 2005 hurricane season a team of professionals that included TMC members, contractors, architects, engineers and equipment manufacturers had produced the TMC Hurricane Preparedness Action Plan. It is a document that is still in use today.

Although I had been around Dr. Wainerdi on numerous occasions due to the strong relationship he had established with AGC and my predecessors (Pat Kiley remembers Dr. Wainerdi), it was the first time that I worked with him directly. It was also the first time I saw the passion he had for the TMC. That passion and his desire to work with AGC contractors – whom he always considered the best – were two of many reasons he was the hands-down choice as the recipient of the AGC Houston 2002 Master Builder Award.

Dr. Wainerdi passed away last month at the wonderful age of 89. I cannot state how much I appreciated his reaching out to me and to the AGC whenever there was any point of discussion related to construction at the Texas Medical Center. Knowing its stature in the world, it was always a highlight of mine to be associated in any way with the TMC.

As is highlighted in his obituary, his legacy, both personal and professional, is well secured.

By: Jerry Nevlud, AGC Houston President/CEO

Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
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Spring into action with AGC Houston professional development programs! These courses are intended for the following construction professionals: Superintendents, Project Engineers, Project Managers, Accounting Staff, Project Support Staff, Project Executives, Business Development, Technology Support Staff and more!


22: Texas Construction Law Basics

23: Texas Sales and Use Taxes for Contractors

29: Employment Practices HR Roundtable


4: Jobsite Innovation Forum: Maximize Your Tech Resources

12: Contract Law

17 - June 21: Intro to Construction Plan Reading & Specification Documents

25: Conceptual Planning and Scheduling and Risk Mitigation



Last year was unlike any other for construction related businesses ... but not just because of COVID-19. There were a number of changes relating to how construction businesses and contractors operate, manage their employees and deliver their services.

Join us for a webinar on April 7, 2021 (12:00 p.m.) presented by Gray Reed construction law attorneys, where we will uncover the lessons learned in 2020 and what you can do to safeguard your business for the future.

Register now.


Upcoming Safety Classes

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.


12-15: OSHA 5810: Hazard Recognition & Standards for On-Shore O&G

13-15: OSHA 3115: Fall Protection

26-29: RM 101: SHERM Principles

26: OSHA 7100: Intro to Machinery & Machine Safeguarding - Spanish

27-29: OSHA 2264: Permit-Required Confined Space Entry - Spanish

30: OSHA 7505: Intro to Accident Incident Investigation


3-6: OSHA 3095: Electrical Standards

5-13: OSHA 30-Hour

10: OSHA 7405: Fall Hazard Awareness for Construction Industry

How to Do Employer-Operated Vaccinations

Make sure you are adhering to the agency’s and CDC workplace guidances.

The news is filled every day with wave after wave of reports about the progress we are making in getting the U.S. population vaccinated against COVID-19, and the trade press also has been filled with federal and state government pronouncements about how employers and individuals should proceed.

It seems like new vaccines are being announced each week, and as states and localities get a better handle on inoculating their citizens, more age groups are being granted that privilege. (Persuading those who are reluctant to get the jab to do so is another matter entirely). Employers definitely have an important role to play. “Employers are well-positioned to facilitate vaccine access and improve distribution efficiency,” explain attorneys Jennifer Geetter and Allyn Rosenberger of the McDermott Will & Emery law firm... Read on.

AGC News

Inspections to increase in high-hazard industries. Click here to download the full report

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Mark Your Calendar!


7: CLC Spring Cornhole Tournament


Join the Construction Leadership Council on April 7 for some friendly competition. Space is limited, so sign your team up for the Cornhole Tournament today! The event will take place in the back parking lot at AGC Houston!



22: APEX Awards Gala at The Houstonian


18-19: BBQ Cook-Off at Pasadena Fairgrounds

News you can Use


AGC's Women in Construction recently partnered with Grace After Fire, a local non-profit supporting women veterans, to host a town hall discussion on women veterans in the workforce.

View the virtual discussion here.

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Membership Benefits

AGC Members Receive a 20% Discount on all ConsensusDocs Subscriptions

Whether working at the office, from the road or even at home, the ConsensusDocs platform provides instant access to your contract documents from any computer through a secure web-based portal.

Simply log in to your personalized dashboard to locate recent projects, edit contracts, review changes made by your collaborators or start a new contract using any of our 100+ contract templates.

With a 13-year track record of successful projects being completed using ConsensusDocs contracts and the first to address emerging trends in IPD, BIM, green building and LEAN construction, ConsensusDocs is becoming the industry’s default standard contract documents.

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Every week brings new reports of materials costs hitting record highs, while lead times lengthen or become ever more uncertain. 

AGC of America recently released a Construction Inflation Alert. This document is intended to help chapters and members explain to owners, government officials and others, what is happening and what all parties can do to minimize the damage. 

AGC will hold a webinar on "Soaring Material and Supply-Chain Costs and Delays: What to Expect, How to Cope" on Wednesday, April 14, 3:30-4:30 pm EDT. This timely program will cover the latest information on current costs and supply-chain issues for a variety of materials, along with what to expect in the next few months and what contractors and owners can do to minimize the pain. 

Learn more.

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