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June 28, 2016 In This Issue
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We're bringing people together to advance the issues important to the commercial construction industry.

July 4 - AGC Houston Office Closed
August 4 - Member Mixer
September 10 - APEX Awards Gala
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In observance of July 4, the AGC Houston offices will close Friday, July 1 at 3 p.m. and reopen on Tuesday, July 5 at 8 a.m.

For a list of local activities that celebrate our nation's Independence Day, click on the link below.
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July 14, 2016
Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria
7 - 9:30 a.m.

Sponsorships End Friday, July 1!
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 - 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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August 12, 2016
Hermann Park Golf Course
7:30 a.m. - noon

Celebrating its 12th year at the Hermann Park Golf Course, the Construction Leadership Council Golf Tournament swings into action on Friday, August 12, from 7:30 a.m. to noon. This event draws the commercial construction industry's young professionals to raise funds for the AGC Houston Scholarship fund. For team registration and sponsorship details, see link below.
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September 10, 2016
The Astorian
7:00 p.m. - Midnight

The 2016 projects have been judged and the winners will be announced on September 10! You won’t want to miss it! Sponsorships & Tables available now.

We're Puttin' On The Ritz at The Astorian to celebrate the APEX building Awards in grand style. More than 70 entries representing the AGC Houston Chapter territory will receive awards. We will also honor Paul Bell, Jr., P.J. Bell Co., with the 2016 AGC Houston Master Builder Award.
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September 22, 2016
Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria
11:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Now accepting call for presentations and welcoming attendees, exhibitors and sponsors. Click here for details.

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).
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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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AGC Houston needs your help to determine which of our members currently offer internships.
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AGC Houston Now 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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Specially designed for early-career project managers or those moving into such roles. PMDP is a nationally recognized training standard. Individuals who complete all five PMDP courses will receive an AGC Project Manager Development Program Certificate of Completion.
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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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Heat Illness Can Be Deadly

The body normally cools itself by sweating. During hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating isn't enough. Body temperature can rise to dangerous levels if you don't drink enough water and rest in the shade. You can suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

In 2014 alone, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable.

Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat. An employer with workers exposed to high temperatures should establish a complete heat illness prevention program.
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New Members
The following company recently joined AGC Houston. Please consider contacting them for your business needs.

MK Marlow Company, LLC
Ron Crawford
(832) 831-7379
5151 Mitchelldale Drive, Suite B-3
Houston, TX 77092
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Membership Benefits
The Summer edition of Cornerstone is out, but you don't have to wait for your copy to arrive in the mail. You can view the digital edition now. Simply click on the link below to see the table of contents.

Highlights of the Summer Cornerstone include:

* Case Study: A Look at How Vaughn Construction Rebuilt UTMB's Galveston's Clinical Services Wing After Hurricane Ike
* Temporary Employees: Who Really is the Employer?
* An Update on the UpSkill Houston Initiative in the Construction Sector
* AGC Houston Presents 2016 Patrick J. Kiley Excellence in Leadership Scholarship Awards, Standard of Excellence Recipient and Recognizes Leadership AGC Class of 2016 Graduates
*Scenes from the 25th Annual Barbecue Cook-Off and Fair
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  • 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
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    AGC Houston emblem stickers available to all members! Show your AGC pride. Contact AGC Houston today at (713) 843-3700 and get hard hat stickers while they last. They're free for members!

    Got the AGC logo on a jobsite banner? Send us a photo and we'll share it in Member's Edge and on our Facebook page! Contact Catherine Bezman for stickers or to send your jobsite banner photos.
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    AGC News
    On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finalized a new and comprehensive set of rules for the commercial use of small drones in all industries, including construction.

    AGC of America submitted detailed comments on the proposed rules and continues to assess the FAA’s response. At the outset of its letter to the agency, AGC encouraged the FAA "to create a straightforward and streamlined process for companies to request exemptions from the agency’s [proposed] requirements and restrictions" where alternative approaches to "specific aircraft operations" would be "equally effective" in addressing the agency’s concerns.
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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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    BMF Solutions, LLP
    Proline Supply Company
    Member News
    On Thursday, June 9, 2016, McCarthy Building Cos. poured 97 yards of concrete for the Museum of Fine Arts - Houston Glassell School of Art parking garage. The pour took eight hours to complete and is one of approximately 10 to 12 pours for the parking garage level 2.

    The redevelopment of the campus replaces the original 1979 building, representing a new 80,000 square-foot-facility scheduled for completion in late 2019.
    The school, along with a new 164,000 square-foot exhibition hall, the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building for modern and contemporary art, will link to two existing gallery buildings and the sculpture garden to create a 14-acre public campus.

    Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the new, L-shaped structure will define two edges of the new Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza. With an entrance fronting onto the plaza, the school’s roofline will extend downward to a stepped amphitheater with outdoor space for programs and performances, and upward to the walkable, trellised BBVA Compass Roof Garden, which will provide dramatic views of the campus.

    Got news to share? Send your images and press releases to Catherine Bezman.
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    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.

    To view photos of the event, click on the link below.
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    Congratulations to Linbeck Group, LLC and Vaughn Construction for taking home awards at the 38th Annual Texas Building Branch Outstanding Construction Awards June 14 at the Horseshoe Bay Resort. Linbeck Group, LLC and Vaughn Construction swept the awards in the medical categories and each won three awards. A record 79 projects were submitted by seven AGC chapters. This included 13 specialty contractor projects, the first time that these were on the ballot.

    B4 - Building 4 ($10 – 30 M)
    Vaughn Construction:Texas Orthopedic Vertical Expansion

    DB2 - Design Build 2 ($10 – 30 M)
    Linbeck Group, LLC: Houston Methodist Orthopedic Sports Medicine Building at Sugar Land

    HC1 - Health Care 1 ($0 – 10M )
    Vaughn Construction: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - Clark Clinic 11th Floor Redevelopment
    HC2 - Health Care 2 ($10 – 30 M)
    Linbeck Group, LLC: Kelsey-Seybold Main Campus Expansion

    HC3 - Health Care 3 (over $30 M)
    Vaughn Construction: Clinical Services Wing

    IF4 - Interior Finish-Out 4 (over $5 M)
    Linbeck Group, LLC: JLABS @ TMC
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    A BIG Thank You to Hudson Building Systems, Ltd. and to Haworth for letting us host our 57 judges, drivers and volunteers in their gorgeous showroom on Friday, June 24! More than 70 entries were judged for the APEX Awards Gala presented on September 10 at The Astorian. We're putting on the ritz to recognize and honor firms for their excellence in construction, their contributions to the community and commitment to skill, integrity and responsibility. Sponsorship and ticket information on the link below.
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    OSHA recently issued a rule that requires employers to 1) inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation, and 2) provide that procedures for reporting work-related injuries and illnesses are reasonable and don’t deter or discourage employees from reporting.

    The anti-retaliation provisions, which go into effect on August 10, 2016, potentially have far-reaching implications for AGC members. In addition, OSHA finalized new electronic employment rules which will require  all employers with 250 or more employees, and employers with 20 or more employees in the construction industry, to electronically submit information from their 2016 Form 300A to OSHA by July 1, 2017.

    To read a fact sheet penned by Employment Practices Committee member Anthony Stergio, Andrews Myers, click here.
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    Thursday, July 7, 2016 NEW WORKSHOP
    AGC Houston
    8:00 a.m. - 10:00  a.m.

    Join OSHA's Jim Shelton, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Houston North Area Office who will lead a free workshop on the Final Rule issued to improve tracking of workplace Injuries and illnesses. Limited seating! 

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    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—and get lessons learned and words of wisdom to help 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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