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May 24, 2016 In This Issue
New Members
Membership Benefits
AGC News
Member News
Here's Looking At You
News You Can Use
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Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
TAS Commercial Concrete, LLC
Joslin Construction
In honor of Memorial Day, the AGC Houston offices will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 27, and reopen on Tuesday, May 30, at 8 a.m.

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday celebration as America honors our heroes who gave their lives for their country.

Get involved in AGC today! We're bringing people together to advance the issues important to the commercial construction industry.

June 12-15 - AGCTBB Convention
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AGC Houston Members (General Contractors and Specialty Contractors)  may submit any project(s) completed between April 1, 2014 and April 30, 2016 for the biennial APEX Awards. The process has been streamlined this year and all entries will be submitted electronically. Please click here for further details.
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June 12-15, 2016
Horsehoe Bay Resort - Texas Hill Country

Calling all AGC Houston Members! Don't miss this annual event, which includes educational meetings, a golf tournament on Apple Rock Golf Course at Horseshoe Bay Resort, Safety Awards and Outstanding Construction Awards to AGC chapter members.

Download registration form here.
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Thursday, June 16, 2016
7:30 - 9 a.m.

Open to all AGC Houston members interested in Department of Labor - Wage & Hour compliance issues and HR best practices, this specialized group meets to discuss issues facing human resource and training professionals in an open forum.
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Monday, June 20, 2016
Champions Golf Club
11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

A tradition for 21 years, Houston's A/E/C industry has been coming together on the green for camaraderie and to raise funds for the ACE Mentor program. This organization introduces high school students to the wide range of career opportunities in architecture, construction, engineering, and related areas of the building design and construction industry.

For further details, contact Shannon Giordano. Click here for team registration and sponsorship opportunities.
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July 14, 2016
Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria
7 - 9:30 a.m.

Save the date! You won't want to miss a Midyear Safety Meeting that will be out of this world! Hear from Captain Scott Kelly, history-making U.S. astronaut and retired U.S. Navy captain who, in October 2015, set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space by an American astronaut.

We will also present the 2016 AGC Houston Safety Excellence Awards and the Ray Lambright Excellence In Safety Award. Nominate a deserving safety professional and specialty contractors for the Safety Excellence Awards today. 
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In March, AGC Houston launched The Walk-Through, a newsletter dedicated to reporting the latest news on our education and professional development offerings. Read it here.
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Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the Safety Committee Meeting will not be scheduled in May. Plan on attending the Safety Committee Meeting June 24. Contact Kim Mason for more information.
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Local Construction Companies, Associations & Related Industries Form Construction Safety Network Dedicated To Promoting Safety In The Commercial Construction Industry

Join the Construction Safety Network! Next Meeting: June 14, 2016 10 a.m. - noon, IEC, 600 N. Shepherd

This new network is an alliance of Houston construction companies, associations and related businesses that have created an organization to generate safety awareness throughout all ranks of the construction industry. The Construction Safety Network - Houston Chapter is assisted by OSHA and provides safety information and outreach to all companies and their workers, regardless of size, structure or affiliation.

Visit website here and contact Kim Mason for more details.
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New Members
The following companies recently joined AGC Houston. Please consider contacting them for your business needs.

Fasco Fastners and Supply Company
Greg Malloch
(713) 460-8400
5617 Campbell Road
Houston, Texas  77041-7615

Scott Dawe
(281) 732-4172
13642 Schumann Trail
Sugar Land, Texas  77498-3544

Procore Technologies, Inc.
Johnny McGee
(512) 709-5709
807 Brazos Suite 607
Austin, Texas  78701

Redco Tool & Fastner Supply
Justin Knowles
(713) 937-8665
9095 Emmott Road
Houston, Texas  77040-3511
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Membership Benefits
Join AGC Houston and other members from AGC chapters across the state for this annual event. Register for the convention here. Book your room at the resort here.

AGC Safety Awards Luncheon sponsored by CompGroup AGC
AGC TBB Outstanding Construction Awards
AGC Golf Tournament
Education Seminars, Networking Opportunities & more!
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Each quarter Verizon offers AGC members great deals on products and services. Here are some of the latest promotions available:
Through the end of May you can get $250 off any iPad with a two-year contract.

Also available is a $150 instant discount with the purchase and activation of select 4G LTE devices on $24.99 or higher plans. And a minimum $100 trade-in account credit on a smartphone with the purchase/activation of any new 4GLTE smartphone. These two offers are available until June 30.

Smartphone offers when you activate a two-year voice with data plan ($24.99 or higher). See a list of all Smartphone devices.
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On May 12, ConstructConnect Brand announced the merger of BidClerk, Construction Data Company, Construction Market Data (CMD) and iSqFt. According to the press release, " The combination of the four businesses creates a powerful offering for customers looking to access the deepest and most geo-targeted data and customized analytics in the commercial construction industry. The unrivaled technology provides quick access to project leads and delivers relevant insights to give customers a competitive edge in their respective market areas."
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Dividends for Houston Chapter Members in 2015 totaled more than $6.8M!

Texas AGC Members who are actively enrolled in the CompGroup AGC Safety Group and had a loss ratio under 60 percent received more than $6.8 million in dividends last year.

Benefit from financial strength and a superior loss-control program. Managed by a board composed of CompGroup AGC members—Texas-based general contractors and subcontractors—it is a TDI-approved workers compensation purchasing group. CompGroup AGC is a registered safety group formed to administer the workers’ compensation program on behalf of the members of the Texas Chapters of the Associated General Contractors of America, Inc.
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AGC News
As previously reported by AGC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting public comment on its draft 2017 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Construction General Permit (CGP) until May 26. AGC has taken numerous actions over the past several weeks to inform the EPA staff tasked with reissuing the federal CGP of AGC’s main concerns with the agency’s proposed draft.

AGC is very concerned by EPA’s attempt to "add on" electronic SWPPP reporting—in the midst of an already insufficient 45-day comment period on the draft 2017 CGP. 
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The National Center for Construction Education and Research's ‘Build Your Future’ initiative will be accepting applications for 2016 Workforce Development Scholarships starting through June 1, 2016.

Last year the Education and Research Foundation awarded 19 scholarships to students attending technical schools or approved craft training programs.
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The Department of Labor's new overtime pay rule goes into effect Dec. 1, at which time contractors will likely be forced to reduce workers' hours and benefits, according to several trade groups, including AGC. "The Obama administration has placed yet another burden on contractors that forces them to spend even more of their limited proceeds on compliance instead of compensation," said AGC's Brian Turmail, adding that the group would "pursue legislative corrections."
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Baker Triangle
BMF Solutions, LLP
Proline Supply Company
Member News
The Houston-area employees of Gilbane Building Co. were busy in April, supporting several local charities and taking part in Earth Day activities. On April 16, team members  volunteered at the 11th annual Earth Day Houston celebration. Gilbane helped to set up tents and manning the beverage station. The event promotes ways in which we can conserve energy, plant trees and cut down on waste.

A team of women at Gilbane built and donated a playhouse for Girls Inc. Of Greater Houston. The playhouses were part of an event—Project Playhouse—built by architecture firms, engineering firms, builders, contractors, residential brokerages and real estate developers. The playhouses were on display April 14 before being auctioned to raised funds for the organization.

Gilbane employees also collected clothing and personal items for Closed By Faith, to help Houston area flood victims.

Congratulations on your community service projects!
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Gilbane Building Company announced that Sherman Shwartz joined its management ream. Sherman will be working with the operations team on a large scale project in Mexico. He has extensive project management credentials and brings more than 30 years of construction industry experience managing large capital programs across various industries including food & beverage, pharma/bio, life sciences, and general industrial. Most recently, Sherman was a senior Vice President over project delivery and risk management in CH2MHill’s Global Oil & Gas Group, based in Houston, Texas.

Sherman is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where he earned a bachelor's of science in chemical engineering. He is a member of Project Management Institute (PMI), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and the Construction Industry Institute (CII).
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Here's Looking At You
A big thanks to Brian Gaudet, Coats Rose, who taught an informative course on Texas Lien Laws, Friday, May 20. Gaudet is Of Counsel in the construction, and surety and litigation sections.  His practice encompasses all aspects of the project and construction cycle, from contract document preparation and review to litigation and dispute resolution of related claims.

Sign up for the next class on Friday, October 14, 2016. 
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News You Can Use
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a final rule that updates requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals and construction.

The final rule reflects current national consensus standards, and ensures that workers can use up-to-date eye and face protection.
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Provisions call for employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they already record.

The new rule, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2017, requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data that they are already required to record on their onsite OSHA Injury and Illness forms. 
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