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July 12, 2016 In This Issue
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Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc.
TAS Commercial Concrete, LLC
Joslin Construction
We're bringing people together to advance the issues important to the commercial construction industry.

August 4 - Member Mixer
September 10 - APEX Awards Gala
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July 14, 2016
Hyatt Regency Houston/Galleria
7 - 9:30 a.m.

Thanks for making the Midyear Safety Meeting & Networking Breakfast our hottest event of the summer! We're excited to hear from  Astronaut Scott Kelly and salute the 2016 AGC Houston Safety Excellence Award recipients and the Safety Stand-Down participating companies. 

Registration for the Midyear Safety Meeting closed on Friday, July 8. If you still wish to attend, on-site registration is available to members for $100. 
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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.
Click here to register.
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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Crisp in The Heights
2220 Bevis Street Houston, TX 77008

4:30 - 6 p.m.
$20 - Early Bird Pricing By July 29
$25 - July 30-August 3
$30 - At The Door

FREE FOR GCs! Please contact Shannon Giordano to place attendee names on the guest list.

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 80 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.

A Technology Conference Designed For Houston's A/E/C Community. Reserve Your Seat Now!

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.

This conference is designed by Houston contractors to provide real and valuable information to all members of the A/E/C construction teams.

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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There will be no Safety Committee Meeting in July. However, the committee will reconvene on Friday, August 26 at 7 a.m. Please contact Kim Mason for details.
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AGC Houston members are supporting this new network, which is an alliance of Houston construction companies, associations and related businesses. Each month, the Construction Safety Network hosts meetings on relevant topics.

Click here to view future meetings and topics.
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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.

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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The Leading Edge, a bimonthly newsletter dedicated to updating AGC Houston members about safety issues in the commercial construction industry.
The newsletter brings up-to-date information regarding regulatory issues, health and safety tips, articles on construction HR matters, educative news, updates from AGC and other valuable resources. You'll also find our latest class offerings taught in-house by safety professionals, including instructors from the Region VI OSHA Education Center at The University of Texas at Arlington.

Subscribe today! Click here
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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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AGC of America is happy to announce that the July bookstore promotion offers $30 off AGC’s Professional Crane Operators Manual.

AGC's Professional Mobile Crane Operations Program is designed to assist the construction community  as a whole to prepare for the certification requirement to reflect the provisions in the new standards. This student guide is designed to help participants become a better crane operator by learning safe and efficient practices. Upon completion of the program participants will understand various operational and safety principles and practices that can be used every day. This program covers rules and regulation, site review and set-up, operations, conditions affecting operations, basic rigging and wire rope, maintenance and inspection, load charts, and crane types.
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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.
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Attention specialty contractors: AGC Houston, in partnership with ABC, ASA, NECA, IEC and MCAA, are currently conducting an industry wage survey and we need your help!

Survey results will include hourly labor rates for more than 50 worker classifications (as well as benefits provided).

Please click here to participate or contact Tamara Hancock.
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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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Baker Triangle
BMF Solutions, LLP
Proline Supply Company
Member News
"It is with a great amount of gratitude that we thank you for supporting our mission, students and mentors," stated ACE Mentor Houston Chairperson, Angela Cotie, Gilbane Building Company, upon receiving a $25,000 check, which was raised at the annual AGC/AIA Golf Tournament on June 20, 2016.

"As we embark on our 9th year in the Greater Houston Area, ACE Mentor Houston could not do it without the continued support of the AGC and the AIA. Last year, we served nearly 300 students throughout our city."

Pictured are high school students participating in the annual ACE Mentor Program Build It Forward project at the offices of Marek Brothers Systems, Inc.
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McCarthy Building Companies’ Specialized Solutions Group has begun construction for a new state-of-the-art facility for Texas Children’s Hospital that will house the new Pediatric and RPCG Clinic for Texas Children’s, offering world-class pediatric and primary care to children and families. Construction of the Pediatric Cullen and Residents’ Primary Care Group (RPCG) Clinic began on May 10, 2016.

The scope of work includes a nonstructural demolition of existing interior space and build back of a new 20,000-square-foot facility. When completed in Nov. 2016, the building will include a new waiting area, exam rooms, nurses’ stations, several administrative offices, staff lounge, storage, nurses’ lounge, future radiology and ultrasound space, and work room.  
Led by McCarthy Senior Project Manager Preston Hodges and Project Superintendent Mike Kacal, the Houston-based Specialized Solutions Group concentrates on unique healthcare, laboratory, and higher education interior renovation projects.

The group targets higher education and healthcare clients within a 3- to 5-mile radius of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world.
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The Lamar Consolidated Independent School District is soliciting responses for the following Competitive Sealed Proposals: CSP #32-2016VRG, Lamar Consolidated ISD Huggins Elementary New Parent Drive as part of the 2014 Bond Program, until 2:00 pm for the Proposal on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. 
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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 wealth 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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OSHA’s maximum penalties, which have not been raised since 1990, will increase by 78 percent.

In 2015, Congress passed the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act to advance the effectiveness of civil monetary penalties and to maintain their deterrent effect. The new law directs agencies to adjust their penalties for inflation each year using a much more straightforward method than previously available, and it requires agencies to publish "catch up" rules this summer to make up for lost time since the last adjustments.

As a result, the U.S. Department of Labor announced today two interim final rules to adjust its penalties for inflation based on the last time each penalty was increased.

Read the press release here. View the 2016 Inflation Adjustment Fact Sheet here.

View The 2016 Inflation Penalty Chart here. Read a section regarding OSHA's penalty increase (29 CFR Parts 1902, 1903) here.
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The Department of Labor has published answers to frequently asked questions on the overtime rules set to take effect in December. The questions touch on topics such as bonuses, part-time workers and employee classification.
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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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