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April 8, 2014 In This Issue
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Champions Golf Club 13722 Champions Drive Houston, Texas 77069 11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m. - Shotgun Start 5:30 p.m. - Dinner and Awards Register your foursome now before the event sells out! Held on two courses, the annual event includes a box lunch, drinks during the game and the awards dinner. Whether you have a great hook, a better slice or are simply looking for a reason to dust off your clubs, join us on the green!
The HESS Club 5430 Westheimer 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. $25 per ticket Seven deserving college students pursuing degrees in a construction-related discipline will be awarded a Patrick J. Kiley Excellence in Leadership Scholarship, totaling more than $40,000. Support your industry's future and hear guest speaker Jim Furr, Managing Principal Emeritus, Gensler. Established 19 years ago, the Excellence in Leadership Scholarship was named in honor of Patrick Kiley who served as AGC Houston Executive Vice President for 21 years until 2004. Since its inception in 1996, more than $307,000 in scholarships have been awarded to students pursuing degrees in construction-related disciplines.
Crisp 2220 Bevis Street Houston, Texas 77008 Join us at our members-only networking mixer! This popular event draws a large crowd of industry professionals. $20/person - Complimentary for General Contractors! Includes reception food and beverage and two raffle tickets for an iPad mini! 3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Member Orientation 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Member Mixer
BIM Process, Adoption, and Integration is a full-day (8-hour) course that provides a foundation for participants to establish and execute the BIM process, facilitate its adoption, and achieve integration on a single project and at a company level to execute multiple BIM projects simultaneously.
This course is designed specifically for superintendents, project managers, excavators or anyone responsible for storm water jobsite compliance.
Contracts 101 explores what it takes to form a contract; the common issues associated with contract information, change, and enforcement that are applicable to project executives, contract administrators, and C-level executives.
This course is designed specifically for superintendents, project managers, property managers, property owners, or anyone responsible for storm water jobsite compliance.
Course objectives include: The different tax responsibilities for lump sum and separated contracts; the different tax responsibilities for real property repair, remodeling,and maintenance; how to calculate and pay the appropriate local taxes; the effects of successor liability; and audit tips.
Temporary Employee Safety: A Joint Agency And Host Responsibility OSHA has been focusing on the safety of temporary employees due to their exposure to hazardous conditions while frequently not being adequately trained as required by OSHA. This workshop will discuss an overview of OSHA’s expectations in regards to temporary employee safety.
This class meets five consecutive Thursdays: April 10, April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8 from 7:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The OSHA 30-Hour Construction safety course is intended for supervisors or for workers with some safety responsibility. It provides a greater depth and variety of training on an expanded list of topics associated with workplace hazards than the 10-Hour course.
OSHA 2015 - Hazadous Materials This course provides an overview of OSHA's General Industry standards regarding hazardous materials as well as other proprietary and consensus standards related to hazardous materials. Subjects covered include proper storage and handling procedures; precautions for hazardous waste operations; and processes for handling flammable and combustible liquids, compressed gases, and cryogenic liquids.
This course will provide an overview of the risk management and insurance profession from the health and safety program perspective.
This course covers the process to identify, select and properly safeguard machinery to protect employees and others in the work area and deliver appropriate training in safe work practices.
This course covers safety and health hazards associated with confined space entry, and the evaluation, prevention, and abatement of these hazards.
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AGC Houston lost former staff member Barbara Bailey Myers after a prolonged battle with cancer on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Barbara died at her home on Lake Conroe and is survived by husband Don Myers and a number of stepchildren and step grandchildren. She was preceded in death by former husband Bud Bailey. A memorial service will be scheduled in the coming weeks. Barbara joined the Houston Chapter AGC in 1991 and retired in 2006.
AGC Houston is pleased to announce the merger of its 401(k) Multiple Employer Plan with the Louisiana AGC's Multiple Employer Plan 401(k) - forming the AGC Southwest Chapters 401(k) Plan - which was officially signed Friday, February 28, 2014. The AGC Southwest Chapters 401(k) Plan is now one of the largest super-regional association retirement plans, representing 60 companies and approximately 4,500 employees participating between Texas and Louisiana.
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Young and old enjoyed a full day of fun during the 23rd Annual AGC Houston Fair & Barbecue Cook-Off on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28. Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers, teams and sponsors who helped to make this two-day event one of the best in recent history.
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Construction employers added 19,000 workers to payrolls in March, bringing industry employment to the highest level since June 2009, while the industry's unemployment rate dropped to the lowest March level in seven years, according to an analysis of new government data by AGC of America. Association officials warned that the pool of available workers is declining rapidly, raising the prospects for significant labor shortages if demand continues to expand. "The rate of construction hiring continues to outrun job growth in the overall economy for the past year," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "Furthermore, the pickup has been well balanced, as both nonresidential and residential construction segments added workers last month and over the past 12 months."
The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division has increased its focus on identifying and resolving instances of employer retaliation against workers in the Southwestern U.S. In fiscal year 2012, the division concluded seven cases where employers were accused of retaliating against workers.
Total construction spending in February edged up from January despite adverse weather in much of the nation, as private residential and nonresidential components posted solid growth compared with early 2013, according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data by AGC of America (AGC). Association officials noted that the construction spending figures would have been stronger if not for declines in public sector construction and infrastructure investments. "Overall construction spending in the first two months of 2014 is nearly 9 percent higher than in the same period of 2013 even though public spending has continued to slip," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "Several private nonresidential categories have rebounded impressively, while both home and apartment construction remain far ahead of year-ago levels."



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