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June 21, 2016 In This Issue
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Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
TAS Commercial Concrete, LLC
Joslin Construction
Join us in preparing for the 2016 APEX Awards Gala as AGC Houston hosts a contest for members to #NameThatGC.

Building photos of past APEX Awards entries will be posted on our Facebook page. All you have to do is tell us who built the project. To participate, just LIKE the AGC Houston Facebook page and comment on our #NameThatGC posts throughout the summer. Click here for contest rules.
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Ray Lambright Excellence In Safety Award - Recognizing An Outstanding Safety Professional
All AGC Houston member companies can nominate a deserving safety professional.
Click here to fill out the nomination form.

Safety Excellence Awards - Recognizing Small And Large Specialty Contractors
All AGC Houston Specialty Contractor or Subcontractor may nominate their companies.
Click here to fill out the nomination form.

All nominations must be received by June 24, 2016.
The Safety Excellence Awards and Ray Lambright Award will be presented at the Midyear Safety Meeting on Thursday, July 14, 2016. Register for the event featuring Astronaut Scott Kelly here.
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July 14, 2016
Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria
7 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Get your tickets today before this event sells out!
 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 set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space by an American astronaut in October 2015.

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. 

All companies that took part in the Safety Stand-Down May 2-13, 2016 will be recognized!
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Wednesday, July 20
AGC Houston
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Join Julie Schatz, CompGroup, AGC Program Manager, as she presents an educational program on improving profits while reducing insurance premiums. This free program is open to company owners, HR directors, risk managers and safety directors.
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Thursday, August 4, 2016
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Crisp in The Heights
2220 Bevis Street Houston, Texas 77008

We are mixing up some fun this summer at our August networking mixer! This popular event draws a large crowd of commercial construction industry professionals.
Thank you to  Procore for sponsoring this event!

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September 22, 2016
Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria
11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Join your fellow colleagues in the commercial construction industry—including owners, architects, engineers, and service and supply representatives—to discuss technological innovations in case studies as well as the issues related to their adoption and successful implementation.

Featuring a keynote address by Scott Dadich, Editor-in-Chief, WIRED (2012 – Present); Vice President, Editorial Platforms and Design, Condé Nast (2010-2012); Creative Director, WIRED (2006-2010).

Now accepting call for presentations and welcoming attendees, exhibitors and sponsors. Click here for details.
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AGC Houston accepting applications for Leadership AGC Class of 2017

In 2015, AGC Houston launched an immersive development program that helps participants become transformative leaders. To date, close to 30 individuals—earmarked by their companies as up-and-coming leaders—have taken the interactive course. During the eight-month program, participants gain a better understanding of the responsibilities and qualities that leaders need to successfully shape AGC and the Houston commercial construction industry.

AGC Houston is now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 session, which begins in September. A limited group of 20 participants will be chosen for the class of 2017.
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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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Friday, June 24, 2016
AGC Houston
6:30 - 7:15 a.m. - subcommittee meeting
7:15 - 8:30 a.m. - open committee meeting

The Safety Committee meeting is open to all AGC Houston members interested in safety and health matters as well as regulatory issues. Please 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.

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C.
Thomas Barber
(713) 222-1470
8690 Lambright Rd. 
Houston, Texas  77075-3121

D. H. Griffin of Texas, Inc.
Willie Smith
(713) 991-4444
8690 Lambright Rd. 
Houston, TX 77075-3121
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Membership Benefits
As a member of AGC, you can always count on Budget to save you money and time whenever you need to travel on the road. You've got your very own offer code here which saves you up to 25 percent.

For additional information or to make a reservation call (800) 527-0700.
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  • 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
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    As a busy AGC contractor, you should never be forced to choose between employee purchase control and convenience when buying materials for your business.

    The BuilderPro FleetCard by Comdata is a complete purchasing solution that allows your employees to buy only the things they need to get the job done: materials, fuel and maintenance. It delivers purchase control, savings, and convenience in managing your business’ biggest expenses.

    Earn 5 percent cash rebate on purchases made at big box home improvement retailers such as Home Depot and Lowe’s**: 
    • Save on the purchases you’re already making for your business, at even more locations
    • Use the card at hardware, home improvement and building supply retailers nationwide. Save up to 6¢ per gallon on all fuel purchases*
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    AGC News
    The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that will allow the construction and development industries with a way to respond immediately to overly aggressive assertions by the federal government that the property they want to build contains jurisdic­tional "Waters of the United States" (WOTUS). 

    AGC was the only trade association to advance the commercial construction industry’s interest in the outcome of this case and, once again, AGC has succeeded in changing facts on the ground. This decision will have a material impact on the way that the Section 404 permit program actually functions.
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    On June 15, 2016, AGC of America and seven other trade associations  jointly filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in the Browning-Ferris Industries case concerning the definition of "joint employer" under the National Labor Relations Act.  The brief supports Browning-Ferris Industries’ appeal of the August 2015 National Labor Relations Board decision (link is external) expanding that definition. 
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    Thirty-nine states added construction jobs between May 2015 and May 2016 while construction employment only increased in 19 states between April and May, according to analysis of Labor Department data released June 17 by  Associated General Contractors of America.

    "With construction demand remaining high and construction unemployment getting lower, the slowdown in monthly hiring probably has a lot more to do with a lack of workers than it does a lack of work," said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the association. "Overall the construction market appears robust and as long as most firms can find qualified workers."
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    Baker Triangle
    BMF Solutions, LLP
    Proline Supply Company
    Here's Looking At You
    A big thank you to all of our sponsors and players who braved the heat on June 20 for the 21st golf tournament underwritten by Thomas Printworks. The event took place at Champions Golf Club and helped to raise $25,000 for the ACE Houston Mentor program. 

    AGC Houston presented the check to ACE Houston Chairman of the Board Angela Cotie, Gilbane Building after the tournament dinner in the clubhouse dining room. The program mentors high school students to find their way into the architecture, construction and engineering industries. Look for photos soon in the 2016 Photo Galleries and our Facebook page.  

    Pictured from left are AGC Houston President/CEO Jerry Nevlud; Angela Cotie and Andrea Dunn, Gilbane Building Co.; and Adam Cryer, Pinnacle Structural Engineers. 
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    Pictured in photo at left are: CompGroup AGC President David Marshall, Marshall Construction Co.; James and Abby Bryant, Anslow Bryant Construction, Ltd.; and AGC TBB Chairman, Bill Peacock, Peacock General Contractors, Inc.

    Pictured in photo at right are: David Marshall, Marshall Construction Co.; Terry Buza, Slack & Co. Contracting Inc.; and Bill Peacock, Peacock General Contractors, Inc.

    Congratulations to the following AGC Houston member companies for capturing AGC Texas Building Branch Safety Awards, which were presented at the state convention on June 13, 2016 at the Horseshoe Bay Resort. 

    Safety Awards Sponsored By CompGroup AGC

    Building Division - Category 1: Satterfield & Pontikes

    Associates/Specialty Division
    Category 1: Building Concrete Solutions
    Category 2: Karsten Interior Services, LP
    Category 3: Peterson Beckner Industries

    Zero Lost Workday Awards
    Anslow Bryant Construction, Ltd.
    Brookstone, LP
    Durotech, Inc.
    Marshall Construction Co.
    Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
    SpawGlass Construction Corporation
    Sterling Structures, Inc.
    Trio Electric, Ltd.
    W.S. Bellows Construction Corp.
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    News You Can Use
    The final rule says employers may provide limited financial and other incentives in exchange for an employee answering disability-related questions or taking medical examinations as part of a wellness program, whether or not the program is part of a health plan.
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    What does it take to succeed in the highly competitive industry? Hear from over 20 respected leaders across multiple sectors including commercial, infrastructure and residential just to name a few - get lessons learned and words of wisdom helping you build your own career path and future leaders today. 

    The report contains a lot of advice and recommendations from 26 construction industry VPs to support construction professionals in their career planning. 

    View insights from AGC Houston members:

    And from AGC Houston CEO/President Jerry Nevlud

    To request a copy of the report and to view an insightful video, click here.
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    Houston foundation repair company pays nearly $100K in back wages, liquidated damages to 30 workers after U.S. Labor Department investigation

    A U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation found MMM Foundation Repair violated the overtime and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Investigators determined the employer misclassified employees as independent contractors, and paid them flat-day rates without regard to how many hours they worked.

    Violations resulted when these employees worked more than 40 hours in a week and the employer failed to pay them overtime. MMM Foundation Repair also failed to keep time or payroll records for some employees, as required by FLSA.

    The resolution? MMM Foundation Repair paid $49,980 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages, for a total of $99,960 to 30 employees. The company also agreed to keep proper records and comply with all provisions of the FLSA in the future.
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