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Message from the President/CEO

Everyone Counts! 

That is a key underlying message of the Census 2020 campaign. While the official Census Day is not until April 1, 2020, the Census Bureau is already busy working to ensure that every individual in the United States is counted, only once, and in the right place.


Why is that important?

The data derived from the census is used in a variety of very important ways:

• Local government – to ensure public safety and to plan new schools and hospitals

• Businesses – to decide where to build factories, offices and stores – ultimately creating new jobs

• Residents – to support community initiatives such as quality of life

• Real estate developers – to plan new homes and improve neighborhoods


Since 1790, the Census Bureau has been conducting the constitutionally mandated census every ten years. It was important to a country one year removed from ratifying its founding constitution and it is equally important to the United States roughly 230 years later.


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AGC News
Learn all about some of the most significant technological innovations, including robotics and blockchain, changing the construction industry: ConstructorCast - Technology Changing the Construction Industry. The ConstructorCast is AGC of America's monthly podcast covering all the news, views, and interviews relevant to your construction business.


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AGC of America and Autodesk are working to better quantify where these shortages are taking place, how severe they are, and what steps firms are taking to both cope with tight labor markets and improve the supply of new, qualified workers.

That is why we are asking members to take a few minutes to complete the workforce survey that we have prepared.

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“Job gains in construction have slowed markedly in recent months but the industry is still increasing employment nearly twice as much as other employers,” said Ken Simonson, AGC of America's chief economist. “The recent slowdown in hiring and construction spending may reflect contractors’ difficulty in finding enough qualified workers, rather than a downturn in demand for projects.”


Simonson noted that the 2.8% growth in construction employment between July 2018 and July 2019 was the slowest in more than six years but that the rate remained close to double the 1.5% increase in total nonfarm payroll employment. 

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Knight Security
Member News

On July 19, Gilbane Building Company joined Rice Management Company, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, city leaders, Hines, Gensler Architects and SHoP Architects in celebrating the groundbreaking of The Ion. This historic renovation will transform a Sears, Roebuck & Company building that was built in 1939 and turn it into an innovation hub that will consist of co-working, event, academic (classrooms and lecture rooms), restaurant and entertainment amenities.


Over the next two years, the 80-year-old Sears building at 4201 Main in Midtown will be transformed into an incubator with workspaces, classrooms, workforce development centers, public exhibits and a restaurant.


The Art Deco building will retain some of the signature elements of its original art deco design such as the historic corners, glass block windows, decorative tilework and a three-sided storefront with architectural canopies – while new large windows will connect the open interior to the surrounding streetscape. A new central skylight will shower the building in natural sunlight and, from inside, provide unobstructed views across the ground floor.


Learn more about Rice University's acquisition of a new Midtown innovation district that will transform a 9.4-acre site, anchored by the former Sears building, into a hub designed to bring together the area’s entrepreneurial, corporate and academic communities into collaborative spaces and programs.

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AGC Houston member Ritchie Bros. announces the upcoming auction of heavy construction equipment.


Wether you are looking for excavators, loader backhoes, pick up trucks, motor graders, dump trucks and more, the event will take place August 20-21, 2019 at their massive lot in Humble.

Test and inspect on site prior to auction. The auction will be open for online and in-person bidding.


For more details, contact Nicolas Agudelo at (281) 570-1042. 

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Cadence McShane Construction Company LLC
Membership Benefits
Through your AGC Shipping Program you can receive competitive discounts on qualifying LTL (less-than-truckload) shipments greater than 150 lbs. It's free to enroll in the program and there are no minimum shipping requirements to take advantage of your member discounts.


If you would like to enroll in your AGC Shipping Program or would just like some more information please call 1-800-MEMBERS (1.800.636.2377, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. EST, M-F) or visit



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Do you have concerns about jobsite safety or potential health hazards that can affect your workforce?


The Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) program of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) responds to requests for evaluations of workplace health hazards and conducts free field inspections.

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Hurricanes and the effects of severe thunderstorms pose high risks to construction sites, with their incomplete structures, expensive machinery and equipment, flood-prone excavations and building materials that can quickly become projectiles in high winds. 
The AGC Houston Safety Committee has prepared the "Guidelines for Creation of Emergency Preparedness Plan," a highly useful, free document. Click here to download the document and to view other resources


OSHA's Hurricane Preparedness and Response page provides information on creating evacuation plans and supply kits and reducing hazards for hurricane response and recovery work.

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Here's Looking at You
AGC Texas Building Branch announced the winner of the Outstanding Construction Awards, which will take place Aug. 22 at the Sheraton Georgetown Resort and Conference Center.


All AGC members welcome to attend! Your registration includes dinner and the awards presentation. Price per person is $150, or $1,250 for a table of 10. Please register at


Congratulations to the following AGC Houston member companies on their win!

General Contractor- Building 3 ($5M - $10M) - Satterfield & Pontikes Construction: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral


General Contractor- Design Build 3 (Over $30M) - Gilbane Building Company: Texas A&M Hotel & Conference Center Doug Pitcock '49


Specialty Contractor- Electrical 1 ($0 - $5M) - Walker Engireering: Inwood Manor - MEP Infrastructure Replacement


Specialty Contractor- Electrical 2 ($5M - $10M) - Walker Engineering: Marriott CityPlace Hotel at Springwoods Village


Specialty Contractor- Electrical 3 (Over $10M) - Walker Engineering: Houston Methodist Hospital North Campus Expansion


Specialty Contractor- Interiors (All Contract Amounts) - Karsten Interior Services: University of Houston- Clear Lake Pearland Campus Health Sciences and Classroom Building


Specialty Contractor- Mechanical 1 ($0 - $5M) - MLN Companies: Lone Star Flight Museum

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News you can Use
The National Association of Minority Contractors is honoring Houston's Construction Workers and their families at their second annual "Say of the Construction Workers' on Saturday, Aug. 24 at Minute Maid Park.

The celebration will include safety, health and education exhibits along with activities and entertainment.

NAMC is looking for additional sponsors to host families at the Astros baseball game against the LA Angels, later that afternoon. 


For additional details, contact; or Executive Director Abel Garcia:

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