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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

A tradition for 19 years, this tournament brings owners, architects and the construction industry on the green at the private Champions Golf Club.

Can't join us on the green? Consider becoming a sponsor for as little as $500. 100% of your contribution helps support local charities with an impact on construction and our community. Sponsorships go a long way in making our meaningful contribution possible. If you're too busy to spend the day at Champions, please consider donating to our very worthy recipients.

The HESS Club
5430 Westheimer
Houston, Texas 77056
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 $45,000. 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, AGC Houston has awarded more than $307,000 in scholarships to students pursuing degrees in construction-related disciplines.
2220 Bevis Street
Houston, Texas 77008
3:30-4:00 p.m.: Member Orientation
4:30-6:00 p.m.: Member Mixer

Join us at our members-only networking mixer! This popular event draws a large crowd of industry professionals. $20 per person - complimentary for general contractors! Includes reception food, beverage and two raffle tickets for an iPad mini! Want to sponsor the event? Contact Meaghan Pier today at (713) 843-3705.
This course is designed specifically for superintendents, project managers, excavators or anyone responsible for storm water jobsite compliance.
Contract Law 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.
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.
For AEC professionals, the AGC Certificate of Management - Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM) is an assessment-based certificate credential that denotes knowledge and understanding of concepts related to BIM adoption, practice and process transformation outlined in the AGC BIM Education Program.
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Topic On Tap: OSHA Partnership

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

Through their knowledge and competence, AGC Houston Safety Committee members enhance the Chapter's safety programs. The committee meets the last Friday of each month and is open to all interested members.

The committee is diverse in its makeup, representing general contractors, subcontractors, specialty contractors, consultants, and attorneys. Additionally, OSHA representatives from the local offices appear before committee members to provide updates on safety issues that arise in our area.This committee is a great place for up-and-coming safety professionals to find resources, training information and mentors.Attendees have an opportunity to network with the best in this field, share lessons learned, and take back information to their companies that can assist them to prevent worker injuries.

Contact Kim Mason for details. For more information about the AGC Houston Safety Services, click here.

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Register your Spanish-speaking employees today! Designed for entry-level construction workers, this two-day course covers the safety requirements as contained in 29 CFR 1926. Specific OSHA requirements will be covered as well as easy tips on keeping the jobsite safe. Participants who complete the full 10-hour course will obtain a certificate of completion. AGC Houston members receive a discount!
This course will provide an overview of the risk management and insurance profession from the health and safety program perspective. Some of the topics covered include identifying and analyzing loss exposures, risk management alternatives, and implementation and monitoring the effectiveness of selected risk management techniques.
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. Upon completion, students will have the ability to explain hazardous actions and motions of various types of machinery, identify methods of safeguarding and match identified safeguards with the applicable OSHA Machinery and Machine Guarding Standards to reduce and eliminate the potential for accidents and injuries.
This course covers safety and health hazards associated with confined space entry, and the evaluation, prevention and abatement of these hazards. This course is designed for small employers or for a designated representative such as a line supervisor or manager who is responsible for developing a permit-required confined space program.
AGC Houston is excited to bring this new, hands-on course for supervisors and workers involved in rigging or hoisting operations while using cranes, heavy equipment, truck cranes or other equipment in any industry.
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This course covers common health hazards that are encountered in the workplace such as exposure to chemicals, asbestos, silica and lead.
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The AGC Houston Employment Practices Committee constantly strives to improve the value of these programs to members. Thanks to EPC member Tony Stergio, Shareholder, Andrews Myers, PC, the Employment Law Summary has been recently updated and contains valuable information that defines your obligations under the various employment-related laws. All AGC Houston members can access this document, located in the Members Only Section of the AGC Houston website, in the Labor & HR Publications submenu.
Leadership and management strategies are essential items for any environmental professional's toolbox. We invite you to join your peers at the 2014 AGC Contractors Environmental Conference (CEC) on June 12-13, 2014, in Arlington, Va. 

This year's conference will focus on developing and honing these strategies—based on the feedback received from past attendees and responses to a survey from AGC's Environmental Forum members. The 2014 CEC will provide invaluable resources for contractors in the building, highway and transportation, federal and heavy, and utility infrastructure markets.
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A salute to McCarthy Building Cos. for topping the Houston Business Journal's Healthiest Employers list in the number one position. With nearly 100 employees, the Houston office—under the leadership of Jim Stevenson—made the top of the list for the second year in a row. Staying fit not only exercises hearts, it also pumps up employees' wallets and strengthens their office relationships, according to a recent article published in the Houston Business Journal.

The employee-owned company launched its wellness program, Build for Life, in 2010 to encourage employees and their spouses to strive toward optimal mental, physical and emotional well-being. The Business Journal's annual Healthiest Employers award program evaluates organizations using six key categories: culture and leadership commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, communication and marketing, programming and interventions and reporting and analysis. "We encourage our employees to make wellness a part of their everyday lives," said regional President Jim Stevenson. The company's Dallas office came in at the number three position in the large company category.

In addition, McCarthy was ranked among the 2014 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America by Healthiest Employers, the leader in employee health analytics, best practices and benchmark data.
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Memorial Hermann Health System is set to break ground on a $650 million expansion and renovation project at its Texas Medical Center campus and this is just one of several projects in the city's construction pipeline. Currently more than $1 billion worth of health care projects are in various stages of development in the city, including a project for Methodist Hospital. "We're expanding capacity where parts of the community are growing," said Sid Sanders, Methodist's senior vice president. "It's really being driven by demand. We're trying to find a balance and staying ahead of the curve."


AGC updates and maps which states, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have state law authorizing CM At-Risk, Design-Build, and P3 projects through the Construction State Law Matrix at In 2013, the Matrix reported 10 new states with laws allowing CM At-Risk on transportation projects. This brings the total of jurisdictions with at least some authority for CM At-Risk for transportation projects to 35. As of 2014, 39 jurisdictions now have at least some form of P3 authority. New reference maps show legal authority for design-build, CM At-Risk and P3 state authority under theAGC construction law page.

A subscription to the Construction State Law Matrix provides more detailed, comprehensive, and concise information that answers questions about state law requirements on P3s and 50+ construction law issues, which are updated annually. Please contact Brian Perlberg at or (703) 837-5318 with any questions.

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 nine 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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