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The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

2016 BuildSouth Alabama Awards Honorees

Ten contractors from across the Alabama AGC chapter will be honored with BuildSouth Awards at the 18th BuildSouth Awards Banquet on January 15th at The Club. Judges recognized projects in 11 categories located in Alabama to Abuja, Nigeria, as the most outstanding completed in 2015.

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2016 Alabama Construction Hall of Fame Inductees

Lowell K. Christy, PE, Christy/Cobb, Inc., Thomas E. Doster III, Doster Construction Co., G. Gray Plosser Jr., FAIA, KPS Group, and William K. Whitesell Jr., Whitesell-Green, Inc. have been inducted into the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame at the BuildSouth.

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A Good Safety Program Makes Good Business Sense

Congress has authorized OSHA to substantially increase OSHA penalties.  Preparation to reduce the risk and cost of citations should begin before OSHA ever arrives. Of course, the best way to avoid inspection is to have reduced injuries and good employee morale.

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OSHA to increase maximum penalties for citations

A provision of the “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015,” signed by President Obama on November 2, 2015, requires OSHA to increase its maximum penalties for citations for the first time since 1990.  A 70-80% increase in maximum penalties is expected.

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2016 Hall of Fame Inductee: Lowell K. Christy

Lowell K. Christy is President of Christy Cobb Consulting Engineers. Mrs. Christy has been honored by the American Council of Engineering Companies with the 2014 Community Service Award for making an extraordinary impact on the quality of life in the Birmingham community. And now she has earned her a place in the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame.

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2016 Hall of Fame Inductee: Thomas E. Doster III

Thomas E. Doster, III, is founder, Board Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Doster Construction Company. He grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Alabama in 1964. After college, he led a combat engineer platoon in Vietnam.

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2016 Hall of Fame Inductee: G. Gray Plosser Jr.

G. Gray Plosser Jr. is the President of KPS Group in Birmingham. He has been a leader in the practice of architecture in the Southeast for more than 30 years, going back to Tulane University where he earned his Master of Architecture in 1968. Mr. Plosser practices architecture but also gives back to his profession. For the American Institute of Architects he served on the Regional Committee, the Urban Design and Disaster Assistance Committee, the National Board of Directors, and its Long-Range Planning Task Force.

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2016 Hall of Fame Inductee: W.K. “Bill” Whitesell Jr.

W.K. “Bill” Whitesell, Jr., is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Whitesell-Green General Contractors in Pensacola, Florida. Mr. Whitesell is a long time active participant in AGC national affairs. Following Ralph Green's death in 1994, Mr. Whitesell remained to oversee the entire operation of this closely held family business. Mr. Whitesell had a tremendous impact in Northwest Florida and throughout the country. He constructed some of the most challenging projects in aid of our national defense. 

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Keeping the Pedal Down

2015 President Rick Pate will be a tough act to follow. In Rick’s year the Alabama AGC created a Scholarship Foundation, wrote and passed the transformational workforce legislation -- the Alabama AGC Craft Training Act -- that will generate $5 million annually to train open shop craftsmen for the industry, and overhauled our CompTrustAGC workers’ compensation program that continues to lead the industry.

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3 Contractors Honored For Safety at BuildSouth Awards

Three contractors were honored at the Annual Alabama AGC Build Alabama Awards Banquet for their efforts to make the construction industry safer. McWhorter & Co., Anniston, Rast Construction, Inc., Birmingham, and Saliba Construction Co., Inc., Dothan, were chosen to receive the AGC Build Alabama Excellence in Safety award at the 2016 BuildSouth Awards Banquet.

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Flagger Training

The Alabama AGC and ARBA support the Alabama Technology Transfer Center.  Read more to be informed about future seminars and training. 

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Sign on as an AAI Coalition Partner

Recently, members of Alabama's business community including the Business Council of Alabama, Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama as well as local chambers of commerce, industry associations and community organizations have been working together to communicate the need for fixing Alabama's transportation infrastructure network.  One result of this work is the creation of the Alliance for Alabama's Infrastructure (AAI). 

 

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