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August 9, 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.

September 10 - APEX Awards Gala
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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. Thank you for supporting this event, which raises funds for the AGC Houston Scholarship fund.
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Saturday, September 10, 2016
The Astorian
7 p.m. - Midnight

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. Thank you to our members and to our industry partners who have helped to sell out this event, which will also honor Paul Bell, Jr., P.J. Bell Co.,2016 AGC Houston Master Builder award recipient.
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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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Don't miss the application deadline August 15, 2016.

AGC Houston Is 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.
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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.

Prevent heat stress. Download OSHA ’s Heat Safety Tool today!
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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
Bautex Systems, LLC
Nita Miller
(512) 637-1200
5602 Central Texas Drive
San Marcos, Texas 78666

Empire Scaffold
Matt Leahy
(713) 534-0600
208 W Shaw Ave
Pasadena, Texas 77506-1212

Integrated Network Solutions, Inc.
Christopher Balque
(713) 203-2875
P.O. Box 750492
Houston, Texas 77275

PDG Architects
Joe Mahler
(713) 629-6100
3100 Weslayan, #200
Houston, Texas 77027

Ruppert Landscape
Chris Southworth
(281) 888-6116
10918 Palestine St.
Houston, Texas 77029-2857

S & S HVAC Equipment
Angela Sherman
(281) 463-9999
18085 West Little York
Katy, Texas 77449

The Rhodes Group
John Palmer
(713) 252-3444
Two Allen Center, 16th Floor
1200 Smith Street
Houston, Texas 77002
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Membership Benefits
• 2,000 discounted core-contract items
• 400 custom priced items based on your buying preferences
• 15% off web/retail price on most products outside of core-contract items
• Free Next Day Shipping - no minimum

For more information or further details, contact Office Depot customer service at:
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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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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 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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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
Member News
Slack & Co. Contracting is pleased to announce the promotion of Julio Gaviria to Chief Estimator. Gaviria supervises the day-to-day estimating activities to secure contracts for Slack & Co.’s civil construction services, which include underground utilities, site preparation, earth work, excavation and paving.

Gaviria joined the company in 2015 having spent his 18-year career procuring and managing commercial and industrial projects for national general contractors.
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News You Can Use
Construction employment increased in 228 out of 358 metro areas, was unchanged in 48 and declined in 82 between June 2015 and June 2016, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released  the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials urged Congress to act on legislation to reform and increase federal funding for career and technical education to encourage more high school students to pursue high-paying careers in construction.

"Contractors are adding employees in most parts of the country, while construction job losses are primarily in areas that are most affected by the steep decline in oil and gas drilling," said Ken Simonson, AGC of America’s Chief Economist, adding that construction employment hit new peak levels in 32 metro areas. "However, increases in construction employment are becoming less widespread as more contractors run into difficulty finding qualified workers."
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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, 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 on this notice; the current deadline is August is external)
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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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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 2-4 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 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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