Members' Edge
August 2, 2016 In This Issue
New Members
Membership Benefits
AGC News
Here's Looking At You
News You Can Use
Quick Links
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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Thursday, August 4, 2016
Crisp in The Heights
2220 Bevis Street
Houston, TX 77008

4:30 - 6 p.m.
$20 - Early Bird Pricing Ends Friday, 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 Procore for sponsoring this event!
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Friday, 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. Great sponsorship opportunities!
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Saturday, September 10, 2016
The Astorian
7 p.m. - Midnight

The 2016 projects have been judged and the winners will be announced on September 10! Sponsorships & Tables available now.

We're Puttin' On The Ritz at The Astorian to celebrate the APEX 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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Hear from commercial construction industry experts in six breakout sessions spotlighting innovative technologies, issues related to their adoption and implementation, and best practices.

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) the Silicon Valley bible that covers the influence of technology and design in our lives. He previously was 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 Now Accepting Applications For Leadership AGC Class Of 2017

Creating The Building Blocks For Our Future Leaders
Leadership AGC is designed to ensure that the greater Houston commercial construction industry continues to be well represented in future key leadership positions.

Developed By Emerging Leaders In The Commercial Construction Industry 
Limited to 20 participants, this program was developed for emerging leaders to strengthen their civic and professional network and emerge with an increased knowledge of our industry's diversities. Application deadline is August 15, 2016.
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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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AGC Houston needs your help to determine which of our members currently offer internships.

Please take a moment to answer this short survey.
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The Leading Edge is a bimonthly newsletter dedicated to updating AGC Houston members about safety issues in the commercial construction industry.
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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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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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New Members
AXIS Builders, LLC
Chad Clark
(832) 900-9424
10924 Grant Rd. #429
Houston, TX 77070

Eldridge Roofing & Restoration, Inc.
Mike Eldridge
(281) 999-4663
7119 Poole Rd. Suite 1
Spring, TX 77379
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Membership Benefits
During August, receive 20 percent off an AGC original DVD, Diversity Rules: Harassment, Sensitivity and Correction Training for Construction Workers and Supervisors. Use Promo Code EE020 at checkout.

The video includes seven video vignettes that address harassment issues regarding age, gender, race and religion. The video for supervisors includes all of the scenarios in the worker video, plus three additional videos that show how to handle tough conversations with workers. Click here for a preview. Please contact or call 703-837-5436.
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Whether working at the office, from the road or even at home, the ConsensusDocs platform provides instant access to your contract documents from any computer through a secure web-based portal.

Simply log in and your personalized dashboard makes it easy to locate recent projects, edit contracts, review changes made by your collaborators or start a new contract using any of our 100+ contracts.
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AGC Houston member companies currently enrolled in the Texas Mutual CompGroup AGC plan will receive $715,259 in dividends! Currently, 400 companies are participating in the program statewide.

Texas Mutual’s board of directors voted unanimously to approve a company-record $240 million dividend distribution in 2016. Qualifying policyholder owners across Texas will share the dividend, which will be distributed by check. This is the 18th consecutive year the board has voted to distribute policyholder dividends, bringing the total to over $2 billion. Over $1 billion of that has been paid since 2012.

Contact your insurance agent for a CompGroup AGC quote or contact program administrator Roberts & Crow at 800-406-9614 — ask for Julie Schatz.
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AGC News
Launching this week, AGC Houston and seven Texas AGC chapters are participating in the Compensation & Benefits Survey, which has been conducted for the past 15 years.

 AGC needs your help! 

Each AGC Houston member company will be receiving via mail a compensation and benefits survey. Please take part in this valuable survey. All participating companies will receive a discount on the purchase of the full survey results.

The survey is conducted by a third party firm, Lane, Gorman, Trubitt, PLLC, and confidentiality is maintained in that neither company nor company code designations are provided other than a participant alphabetical listing.
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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 on the link below to participate or contact Tamara Hancock.
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AGC of America continues to hear from many members that the labor market has become tighter since the organization last surveyed its members about the extent of workforce shortages. AGC needs your help in answering questions in a brief survey.

The more people understand the issue, the more likely they are to act on the measures we identify in our Workforce Development Plan that are designed to make it easier for school systems, local associations and private firms to establish career and technical education and training programs.
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Construction employment increased in 39 states between June 2015 and June 2016, although half the states shed construction jobs between May and June, according to analysis of Labor Department data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. 

"Construction demand is still growing strongly in all regions and among many types of owners," said Ken Simonson, Chief Economist for the association.  "But contractors appear to be struggling to fill jobs in the short run."  As evidence of the challenge in filling jobs, he noted that recent data show a spike in job openings at construction firms and a huge decline in the number of experienced construction workers available for hire.
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Baker Triangle
BMF Solutions, LLP
Proline Supply Company
Here's Looking At You
Congratulations to Holes Incorporated, Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc., and Paul Johnson, Reliant Safety Solutions, LLC on capturing Safety Excellence Awards Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Midyear Safety Meeting. Holes Incorporated won in the Small Contractor Category; Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc. won in the Large Contractor Category; and  Paul Johnson received the Safety Director of the Year/Ray Lambright Award.

AGC Houston members packed the grand ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Hotel/Galleria for the annual safety meeting, which featured U.S. astronaut Captain Scott Kelly, who spoke about his year-long experience aboard the International Space Station.

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News You Can Use
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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On behalf of Bob Fazakerly, Fort Bend Independent School District (FBISD), and the Small Business Enterprise Program (SBEP), AGC Houston members are invited attend the FBISD Phase 2 Bond Projects & Small Business Opportunity event, Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 555 Julie Rivers, in Sugar Land from 2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.

The topics include the upcoming Phase 2 Bond Construction Projects and small business opportunities, The Subcontractor/General Contractor and Project Management, Financial Aspects and the benefits of Networking. For more information, contact Jeanette Boleware at (281) 634-0164
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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 p.m. for the Proposal on Tuesday, August 2, 2016.
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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 Occupational Safety and Health Administration is delaying enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its new injury and illness tracking rule to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. Originally scheduled to begin August 10, 2016, enforcement will now begin Nov. 1, 2016.

Under the rule, employers are required to inform workers of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation; implement procedures for reporting injuries and illnesses that are reasonable and do not deter workers from reporting; and incorporate the existing statutory prohibition on retaliating against workers for reporting injuries and illnesses.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. 
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AGC Houston members are invited to join the Houston Revit Users group, which meets on the second Tuesday of the month. Revit and BIM application users range from beginner to expert skill levels. Since 2002, the Houston Area Revit Users Group (HARUG) has been the main resource in the area for Revit Users, AutoCAD Architecture (previously Architectural Desktop), AutoCAD and other BIM-related tools.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that it is reviewing its 2008 Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Program (RRP) rule(link is external), which has been the subject of much debate and controversy since all the requirements took full effect in April 2010.  

Due to the Lead RRP rule’s significant economic impact on small entities, EPA is legally required to review it, within 10 years of promulgation, to explore options for reducing the compliance costs (e.g., rescission or amendments – in whole or in part).  AGC and other construction partners have requested more time to comment(link is external) on this notice; the current deadline is August 8.
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