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February 10, 2015 In This Issue
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Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
TAS Commercial Concrete, LLC
Betco Scaffolds
It's time to start planning for the 24th annual AGC Houston Barbecue Cook-off March 27 and 28 at the Sam Houston Race Park. Thousands of people are expected to converge on the Sam Houston Race Park  as cook teams will man their barbecue pits around the clock for two days. Don't miss out on the Houston commercial construction industry's most popular event.There are plenty of ways to get your company name in front of industry professionals through sponsorships!

Thanks to the following sponsors:
Andrews Myers, PC: Carl Lee Judging Tent Sponsor
Anslow Bryant Construction, Ltd.: Carl Lee Judging Tent Sponsor
Big City Access: AGC Houston Grand Stage Sponsor
Cadence McShane Construction Company: Carl Lee Judging Tent Sponsor
Gulf Coast Railings, Inc.: Kid's Zone Sponsor
MLN Company: E-Ticket Sponsor
ModSpace: In-Kind Sponsor
Rogers-O'Brien Construction: Quadcopter Sponsor
Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.: Heavy Equipment Sponsor
Southern Botanical: Tailgate Sponsor

Cook team registration deadline is Friday, February 20, 2015. Questions? Contact Charlene Anthony for more information.
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Don't delay and register today for the AGC of America Convention March 18-20, 2015, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. AGC Houston is proud that Chuck Greco, Chairman, Linbeck Group, LLC., will become President of AGC of America. This prestigious honor marks only the second time an AGC Houston Leader has led the organization to such a level since Warren S. Bellows in 1946. At the same time that Chuck will take his new position, Jerry Nevlud, President/CEO of AGC Houston will become Chairman of the Executive Leadership Council with the AGC of America’s organization of CEOs.
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Get all the information you need electronically! The 2015 AGC Houston Resource & Membership Directory is available in digital format. Need extra copies? Come by the AGC Houston office.
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Join us on March 3, 2015, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the AGC Houston office where The Council of Educational Facility Planners International and AGC Houston will be discussing the economic outlook for our local school districts. Guest facilitator Patrick J. Kiley will present a Houston MSA Economic and Construction Outlook and other guests will speak about construction cost trends. For registration information or questions, please contact Amy Collins.
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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. Successful candidates will carry the CM-BIM designation.
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This class develops professional estimating skills, including: an understanding of the different types of estimates; the importance of documentation and formatting; and the link between design, estimating and project costs.
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BIM Technology explores the major applications and classes of BIM tools across all project phases; how BIM processes for QTO, shop drawing and fabrication, and construction scheduling can improve projects; and the impact models have for improving estimating, scheduling, and coordinating.
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This course meets the requirements of OSHA Paragraph 1926.50. Upon successfully completing the course, participants will receive an American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid and CPR/AED wallet card valid for two years.
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The first AGC/TBB Safety Committee Meeting of 2015 will be held on February 19-20, 2015, at the AGC Houston office. This two-day meeting will cover topics such as AGCA Safety Meetings, OSHA at the state and national levels, and relevant legislative topics. If you're interested in attending or would like more information, please contact AGC Houston Director of Safety Services,  Kim Mason.
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This trainer course will provide participants with the skills and knowledge to educate employers and employees on the hazards associated with H2S (hydrogen sulfide).
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New Members
Please consider the following companies for your business needs:

18502 Clay Road
Houston, TX 77084-3883

2500 Wilcrest, #300
Houston, TX 77042

2611 Cheshire Oaks Drive
Houston, TX 77054

11097 NW Freeway
Houston, TX 77092

3718 Mount Vernon Street
Houston, TX 77254

6968 Old Katy Road
Houston, TX 77024

PRV Services, Inc.
8314 Lemonmint Drive
Katy, TX 77494

24624 Interstate 45 North, #200
Houston, TX 77386
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AGC News
The 2015 Annual AGC Houston Fair and Barbecue Cook-Off is right around the corner and it’s time to get fired up! We’d love for you to share your favorite photo with us! AGC will be raffling off a barbecue set and a gift card to Goode Company BBQ - Kirby. All those who submit photos are eligible to win.

To enter:
Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and then send your favorite photo from a previous AGC Barbecue Cook-Off to Jaclyn Lee or Catherine Bezman. Check back daily to view the photos on our Facebook, LinkedIn page and on Twitter. The winner will be selected on Friday, February 27, 2015. Limit one entry per person.
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Eighty percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2015 while only seven percent expect to reduce headcounts according to survey results released today by the Associated General Contractors of America indicates that most contractors are optimistic about the year ahead and ready to expand but will have to cope with challenges including worker shortages and regulatory burdens.

"Contractors are extremely optimistic about the outlook for 2015," said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. "Indeed, if their predictions prove true, industry employment could expand this year by the most in a decade." You can view the full results of the survey here.
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With the 84th Texas Legislature underway, AGC Texas Building Branch President Michael Chatron and Vice President Corbin Van Arsdale are working on priority issues that will affect the Texas commercial construction industry. To keep the AGC members informed, AGC TBB recently launched  Capitol Roundup, a weekly newsletter that is sent every Thursday around noon. For more information, questions or to submit additions for the newsletter, please contact Legislative Assistant Zach Buccheit.
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Benefit from financial strength and a superior loss-control program. It is managed by a board composed of CompGroup AGC members—general contractors and subcontractors from all parts of Texas are represented. Learn more about membership benefits in the CompGroup AGC, Inc. today or click here for more information! Contact your insurance agent or call Program Administrator Roberts & Crow at 800-406-9614 — ask for Julie Schatz.
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The AGC Alternative is a private insurance exchange that operates like an online store, making it easy for your employees to shop for health insurance and other benefits on their own or through the help of our dedicated employee hotline.
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AGC members receive valuable discounts of up to 29% on select FedEx Express and FedEx Ground shipping services, up to 70% on FedEx Freight shipping services. There are no costs and no minimum shipping, copy or print requirements to take advantage of this great member benefit.

For FedEx shipping services, you can save up to:
  • 29% on select FedEx Express U.S. services
  • 25% on select FedEx Express international services
  • 20% on select FedEx Ground services
  • 10% on select FedEx Home Delivery® services
  • 70% on select FedEx Freight services
Learn more about the AGC-FedEx member discount and how you can begin saving today!
Did you know one of the many benefits of being an AGC Member is access to our résumé service? As a service to our members, we compile résumés of job-seeking professionals in the construction industry. To access this service, simply log in to the Members' Only section at to view the most current list.

Interested in posting a résumé on our website? Contact Jaclyn Lee to have yours posted today.
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AGC Houston and other AGC Texas chapters have joined forces to help promote careers in the commercial construction industry by launching More than just a website that allows employers to post jobs and job seekers their résumés, the site offers a plethora of information on craft training and professional education resources and job fairs throughout Texas. Click here for more information.
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Member News
AGC Houston is proud that six member companies have been selected as finalists in the AGC/Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards national competition. The CSEA selection process is comprehensive with judges looking for evidence of company management commitment, active employee participation, safety training, work site hazard identification and control, and safety program innovation. To qualify, AGC Houston members must have participated in the program for the past three years.

The six finalists will compete at the AGC National Convention by giving an oral presentation before an independent panel of judges on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Puerto Rico. First-, second- and third-place winners are announced at the Willis Safety Awards Breakfast during the AGC Annual Convention.

Congratulations to these AGC Houston members who are representing our chapter as CSEA finalists!

Aggregate Technologies
Anslow Bryant Construction, Ltd.
Brookstone, LP
Linbeck Group, LLC
Peterson Beckner Industries, Inc.
Satterfield and Pontikes Construction, Inc.
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Aggregate Technologies, Inc. recently completed the cut, removal, and haul off of three precast panels for a fifth-floor office renovation at Lakewood Church, in Houston, Texas. The panels were approximately 80’ above ground, 9’ x 11’ in size, each weiging 7,500 lbs. Operators utilized a swing stage, mobile crane, and other equipment to complete this work during the night hours.  Special challenges included ongoing services at Lakewood and Greenway Plaza, so the crane had to demobilize and set-up each night prior to start of work. Additionally, he crane operator had no direct visual of the panels as the crane had to set-up on the opposite side of the wall from the location of the panels. Congratulations on a job well done!
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Manhattan Construction Co. has announced the promotion of Kevin McKay as operations manager for the company’s Houston-area office, where he will oversee construction quality, subcontractor management and safety program adherence to ensure building excellence for Manhattan’s clients. His portfolio of work includes $2 billion in projects across three states, including Louisiana, Texas and Virginia.

"I have had the privilege of working with Kevin on several major projects and can easily say he is among the best builders in the industry," said Manhattan Construction Senior Vice President Bob Bowen. "I am thrilled for our Houston-area clients and team members who will benefit from Kevin’s leadership and expertise with successfully delivering highly complex projects."
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Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, LLC recently completed construction on The Houston Research Center. The 54,000-square-foot project broke ground in 2012 and was open for use in November 2014. The facility has laboratory space, imaging, office space, conference rooms, and common areas. A new front façade and landscaping welcomes employees and visitors to the center. Senior Project Manager Sudip Guha said "A primary goal of the project was to provide office and laboratory space as quickly as possible," Guha said. "All entities worked together to identify critical activities and phase design packages to expedite delivery of the project."
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AGC Houston members packed Crisp restaurant in The Heights on February 5, 2015, for the first networking mixer of the year. The event drew close to 130 members for a chance to network and win Rockets tickets from our sponsor, Coats Rose. Congratulations to Jeff Middleton, Karsten Interior Services, LP who won the Rockets tickets. Thanks to all members who helped to make our first Member Mixer of the year a big success and a big thank you to Coats Rose for sponsoring the event!

Save the date for our next Member Mixer, May 7 at Crisp. Interested in sponsoring this popular event? Contact Amy Collins for more information.
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The final piece of the Senate's transportation solution fell into place Feb. 4 as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and his Transportation Committee Chair, Sen. Robert Nichols, unveiled bills to divert vehicle sales tax revenue to a permanent funding stream for transportation. The Senate's proposed components to fund transportation this biennium include what is now $2.6 billion out of the state's Rainy Day Fund; the end of $1.2 billion in diversions out of state's motor vehicle fuel taxes; and $1.2 billion out of vehicle sales tax. That puts new transportation funding this session at roughly $5 billion.
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For many trades, the complexity of the workforce shortage issue is the challenge (lack of craft and safety training, misclassification of craft workers as subcontractors thereby avoiding payment of overtime and payroll taxes such as social security, and not providing employee benefits or workers’ compensation insurance coverage, all in the pursuit of low bid and covered up by a seeming limitless supply of undocumented workers who labor in the shadows, which depresses wages).
All of which is why C3 needs the leadership and support of a critical mass of organizations in the A/E/C industry in order overcome it. We all must recognize that there is no quick resolution to a workforce problem that has been compounding itself for more than 30 years. Click here to learn more about C3.
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The ACE Mentor Program is currently recruiting for new committee members for 2015! The ACE Program has recently increased by over 100 students and has moved to a bigger, better location. ACE needs help in the following committee areas: communications, fundraising, accounting, grant writing, and event judging, If you're interested in becoming a part of ACE, please contact Angela Cotie, Gilbane Building Company, Chairman of the Board, for more information.

What's in store for ACE Mentor in 2015? Join ACE Houston Representatives at The Junior League of Houston for the ACE Mentor Program Houston "Building Blocks Breakfast" on Tuesday, February 24, and find out. Jerry Gehm, Gensler; Jim Springer , Gilbane Building Co.; and Dilip Choudhuri,Walter P Moore,  will be discussing Industry "Hot Topics" and answer questions from the audience. For sponsorship opportunities or to register, click here.
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The Houston Independent School District is seeking participants for the When I Grow Up Career Expo, which will be held on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the HISD Administration Building. This free event is a great opportunity to showcase careers at your company, educate students on potential career fields, and engage parents at the same time. In previous years, the event drew thousands of attendees from all over Houston. To register or for more information, click here or contact Dana Sturdevant.
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ARC Document Solutions will be holding a happy hour and technology show on Thursday, February 25, 2015, from 5-7 p.m. at the Saint Arnold's Brewery to showcase their latest technology being used within the commercial construction industry. ARC will be featuring the newly launched document management solution system for the construction industry, SKYSITE, iBIM technology, and much more. Submit completed registration forms to ARC by February 19.
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