Clear Water AL 2019

2019 Clear Water Alabama

Seminar and Field Day Spring to Action

for Clear Water

Prattville, AL

October 23-24, 2019

Doster Community Center

The Clear Water Alabama Seminar and Field Day are offered by the Alabama Erosion and Sediment Control Partnership to help planners, designers, contractors, inspectors, and others learn more about erosion and sediment control practices and products.

Who Should Attend:

Representatives from construction firms that utilize/install BMPs on their sites

Professional Engineers

Road Builders

Representatives from firms that prepare erosion control/stormwater plans

County and city engineers, planners, and/or their staff

Representatives of local Home Builders Association and Associated General Contractors

Representatives from the Alabama Department of Transportation

Inspectors from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management

Soil and Water Conservation District Boards and their field employees Municipal Officials

Certified Professionals in Erosion and Sediment Control, Landscape Architects,

Registered Soil Scientist, and other Qualified Credentialed Professionals

Staff of the Natural Resources Conservation Service

Clear Water AL Brochure  

For more information contact:

Earl Norton

Erosion & Sediment Control

Program Coordinator

334-728-4107

ETA Grant Opportunity/Highway Construction Workforce Partnership

The Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has released a grant opportunity notice to support occupation skills training, education and other employment services. The grants may be of particular interest to Highway Construction Workforce Partnership (HCWP) Working Groups or as an incentive to form HCWP Working Groups as a partnership of highway industry organization and State or local workforce development board representatives. Attached is a description of the HCWP. More information including an HCWP Playbook is available on the HCWP website at: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovativeprograms/centers/workforce_dev/hcwp/

The ETA notice is titled “Grant Opportunity for Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC): A Grant Initiative for the Appalachian and Delta Regions.” It is available only to the Appalachian and Mississippi Delta Region states. The full release can be found at: https://www.doleta.gov/grants/pdf/FOA-ETA-19-08.pdf

Highlights of the grant notice are:
Proposals are due by July 15, 2019, 4:00 p.m. EST and can be submitted by mail as described on page 1 or online on at Grants.Gov or ETA as described on page 14.The purpose is to prepare dislocated workers, new entrants, and incumbent workers for good jobs in high-demand occupations;Eligible recipients must be located in the Appalachian and Mississippi Delta Region states;Total funding is $29.2 million with individual grants awards to range from $150,000 to $2.5 million;There is no cost share or matching funds requirement, however grantee resources will be considered as leveraged resources and considered favorably in the award decision process; The period of performance is 36 months from the October 1, 2019 start date;Support services are eligible expenses including transportation assistance; drug screening for trainees; work attire and work-related tools, protective gear; child care, and other support services.Eligible applicants include State/County/City Governments; Institutions of Higher Education, Tribal Governments; Non-Profit Organizations and a number of other organizations.
This notice has been sent to key transportation and workforce organizations in the Appalachian and Mississippi Delta Region states that may have an interest in highway construction workforce development. Recipients include executives and workforce coordinators for the Associated General Contractors of America, the American Road Transportation Builders Association, Federal Highway Administration Divisions, and State and selected local workforce development boards.
Overview - HCWP June 2019

Caddell Construction Awarded Contract with Johnson Controls for Steam System Improvement project at Naval Station Norfolk

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Monday, June 9, 2019 – Caddell Construction’s Industrial Division has been awarded a contract with another Fortune 500 company. Johnson Controls, Inc. (JCI) has contracted with Caddell for a Steam System Improvement project at Naval Station Norfolk (NSN).

 

Caddell will be responsible for the design and construction of a new, replacement steam production and distribution system that helps support the operational readiness of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. The new piping system will ensure the capability of providing steam from multiple directions is maintained and will ultimately increase system reliability and resiliency in direct support of the NSN mission.

 

The new system will create clean, easy and reliable access to steam for ships in the fleet directly at the pier and will feature several different piping types and specs for above-ground, below-ground, and pier piping. 

 

Caddell’s architect of record for the project is Fosdick & Hilmer, a mechanical and industrial engineering firm thatspecializes in bringing design and utility together. Caddell’s vice president for the industrial group, Turner Bates, said they are a firm the company has wanted to work with for some time. “We’re excited for the opportunity to combine our talent and expertise,” he said. “They are a top-notch group, and I expect this to be the beginning of a long and prosperous relationship.”

 

The proposal and bidding process was a long, arduous one that took more than a year. “We were confident in our effort,” said Mac Caddell, executive vice president, “Given our long, successful relationship with the Navy—and NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic, specifically—we felt this project was a perfect fit for Caddell. We are especially honored to work for JCI in a location that we already know very well.”

 

Piping and industrial work on a military base has unique challenges, according to Caddell. “Add in the underwater aspect and the mission-critical importance of uninterrupted operations during construction, and the challenges add up to a really complex project,” he said. “Caddell loves complex projects,” he added.

 

Caddell Construction Co. (De), LLC is an international, full-service general contractor for projects in the federal, commercial and industrial/power sectors. With more than $10 billion in projects in 37 countries and every region of the U.S., Caddell is recognized as an international leader in construction safety, quality and schedule performance.

caddell.com

 

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OSHA’s Heat Illness Awareness Day is May 31st

Please Host A Safety Meeting/Tool Box Talk
on May 31st Focusing on  Heat Illness Awareness

Everyone on a construction site should know
how to prevent  heat related illnesses!

Construction jobsites and other workplaces across America are
being asked to host a Safety Meeting/Tool Box Talk focusing on
heat illness prevention
 on May 31st.

Alabama AGC and CompTrust AGC are strong supporters of OSHA’s
campaign to educate field employees on the dangers of heat illness and
how to look for warning signs in fellow employees.

This time of year can be brutal on construction  employees in  Alabama.

Heat illnesses can be deadly, but they are preventable with the proper education and team work.
Take some time to educate your employees on the dangers of working outdoors and the
precautions which can save their lives.
OSHA has provided a training guide to assist you in which can be found on
OSHA  or AlabamaAGC websites or by clicking on the links below.

OSHA Heat Illness Training Guide
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/index.html

OSHA Quick Card—Heat Stress
https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3154.pdf

2019 Heat Illness Stand Down

OSHA Heat Stand Down 2019 Information

For More information, please contact
Charlotte Kopf:  251-344-8220    staff@agcmobile.org

CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 250 OUT OF 358 METRO AREAS FROM APRIL 2018 TO APRIL 2019 AS DEMAND FOR WORK OUTPACES SUPPLY OF WORKERS

 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale and Monroe, Mich. Have Largest Gains While Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, N.C.-S.C. and Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Miss. Have Biggest Losses for the Year

 

Construction employment grew in 250 out of 358 metro areas between April 2018 and April 2019, declined in 53 and was unchanged in 55, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said construction employment in many parts of the country likely would have been higher if firms could find more qualified workers to hire.

 

“Demand for construction is steady or rising in most parts of the country, and many contractors are adding workers when they can find them,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “At the same time, many firms report they would have hired even more employees if only they could find enough qualified workers.”

 

The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. metro area added the most construction jobs during the past year (16,600 jobs, 14 percent). Other metro areas adding a large amount of construction jobs during the past 12 months include Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (9,200 jobs, 6 percent); Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. (8,400 jobs, 6 percent); Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga. (7,000 jobs, 6 percent) and Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev. (6,800 jobs, 11 percent). The largest percentage gain occurred in Monroe, Mich. (26 percent, 500 jobs) and St. Cloud, Minn. (26 percent, 1,500 jobs), followed by Auburn-Opelika, Ala. (25 percent, 600 jobs) and Norwich-New London-Westerly, Conn.-R.I. (16 percent, 600 jobs).

 

The largest job losses between April 2018 and April 2019 occurred in Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, N.C.-S.C. (-2,600 jobs, -4 percent), followed by Baton Rouge, La. (-1,800 jobs, -3 percent); Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Conn. (-1,600 jobs, -8 percent) and Longview, Texas (-1,300 jobs, -9 percent). The largest percentage decrease took place in Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Miss. (-13 percent, -1,200 jobs) and Atlantic City-Hammonton, N.J. (-13 percent, -800 jobs), followed by Niles-Benton Harbor, Mich. (-12 percent, -300 jobs); Evansville, Ind.-Ky. (-9 percent, -1,000 jobs) and Longview, Texas.

 

Association officials said that even though construction employment continues to expand in many parts of the country, workforce shortages remain problematic for many contractors eager to keep pace with strong demand. They urged federal officials to boost investments in career and technical education and to enact immigration reform that allows more men and women with construction skills to legally enter the country. They also urged state and local education officials to establish more school programs that offer exposure to essential construction skills.

 

“One reason relatively few young adults choose to pursue rewarding careers in construction is because not many of them are being told it is an option to consider,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “We have a lot of contractors looking for workers so they can keep up with the amount of work that is out there.”

 

View the metro employment data, rankings, top 10, history and map.

 

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Attached Press Release

SIXTY-SEVEN PERCENT OF NATION’S ROAD CONTRACTORS EXPERIENCED VEHICLE CRASHES AT WORK SITES, PUTTING MOTORISTS’ AND WORKERS’ LIVES AT RISK

Associated General Contractors of America Launches Radio and Media Campaign to Urge Summer Travel Motorists to Slow Down and Be Alert amid Growing Concerns with Highway Work Zone Crashes and Fatalities

Sixty-seven percent of highway contractors report that motor vehicles had crashed into their construction work zones during the past year, according to the results of a new highway work zone study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America.  In response, association officials have launched a new radio and media campaign urging drivers to slow down and remain alert in highway work zones.

“There are simply too many cars crashing into too many work zones, putting too many lives at risk,” said Brian Turmail, the association’s national spokesman.  “That is why we are launching a nationwide outreach effort designed to better educate motorists about the need to drive with care in highway work zones.”

Turmail said that 70 percent of contractors reported work zone crashes on their projects in which motor vehicle operators or passengers were injured. In addition, 28 percent of those crashes involved a driver or passenger fatality. Highway work zone crashes also pose a significant risk for construction workers, Turmail noted. He said that 28 percent of work zone crashes injure workers and 8 percent of those crashes kill them.

In response, the construction association announced the launch of the new safety education campaign. Association officials noted that 73 percent of contractors report that the risk of highway work zone crashes is greater now than it was a decade ago. Turmail noted the increased risk was “unacceptable.”

Association officials are launching the nationwide outreach campaign to try to improve highway work zone safety for workers and motorists alike. As part of the new effort, association officials will be talking to radio stations around the country about what drivers should do while passing through construction sites. The association will also use social media to urge drivers to be more careful and alert in highway work zones.

The association is also working with construction equipment and technology firms to develop systems to better alert workers when vehicles come too close to job sites. And the association’s chapters will continue to work with local and state police and state departments of transportation to ensure adequate highway work zone protections are in place.

“When you see construction signs and orange barrels, obey the posted speed limit, keep your eyes on the road and get off the phone,” the association spokesman said. “No amount of saved time, and certainly no social media post or text, is worth the safety of you, your passengers or the men and women working on our roads.”

The work zone safety study was based on a nationwide survey of highway construction firms the association conducted this April and May. Nearly 400 contractors completed the survey.  Click here to view the national, state and regional highway construction zone survey results.

 

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Attached Press Release

ARBA CALL-TO-ACTION

ARBA CALL-TO-ACTION

General Fund to move in senate tomorrow - Sen. Greg Albritton (R-Atmore), General Fund chair in the senate, moved his version at 11:00 am today in committee.  His version includes a $20 million transfer from the Road and Bridge fund to the Office of the Courts, which was not included in the governor’s proposed budget or the house passed version.   While not the $35 million they have been taking, it’s time to voice our objection stronger than we have in the past and end this practice.  We have some support for its elimination with other budget chairmen and the governor’s office.  Ask them to eliminate the transfer!

CALL YOU SENATOR TODAY!  The Full Senate will take up the General Fund Budget TOMORROW.

Contact info for senators below.  You may also call the senate operator in MGM - 334-261-0800 and ask for their office.

General Fund Chairman Greg Albritton - 251-282-7182 - Ask him to take the transfer out!

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AGC Convention registration fees to go up in 5 days!

207 attendees already registered for Annual Convention…Have you? This year's big event will be held at The Sandestin Hilton on June 13-16. Register to join in on the fun for the upcoming Annual Convention by visiting https://www.alagc.org/convention

Save yourself some $$$$$ and register for the 2019 Alabama AGC convention before May 13th.  Prices increase on May 14th. IF you have registered you would have received a confirmation email.


AGCA Infrastructure Action Alert Tomorrow

All,

 

Given yesterday’s announcement between President Trump and congressional Democrats to collectively work on a $2T infrastructure package, I wanted to let you know that AGC of America will tomorrow morning email all members an Action Alert. The alert calls on AGC members to “Tell the President and Congress to Act on Infrastructure NOW!”

 

Please find below a link to the alert that you can share with your members. More information will follow in AGCA communications as well.

 

https://www.votervoice.net/AGC/campaigns/65860/respond

 

As always, thank you for all that you do,

 

Jimmy

 

Jimmy Christianson

Vice President, Government Relations

Associated General Contractors of America

703-837-5325 (office)

 

QUICK ACTION NEEDED ON AGREEMENT BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND TOP DEMOCRATS TO PASS A $2 TRILLION INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              CONTACT:  Brian Turmail

Tuesday, April 30, 2019                                                                                (703) 459-0238; turmailb@agc.org

                                                    

QUICK ACTION NEEDED ON AGREEMENT BETWEEN PRESIDENT TRUMP AND TOP DEMOCRATS TO PASS A $2 TRILLION INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE

Top Construction Official Notes the New Measure Will Fund Needed Investments to Aging and Overburdened Infrastructure and Keep American Businesses Competitive for Years to Come

 

The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement in reaction to the agreement between President Trump, Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader Schumer to Pass a $2 Trillion Infrastructure Package:

 

“The fact President Trump and Democratic Congressional leaders agree to enact a much-needed new infrastructure measure underscores just how vital these investments are to the country’s continued prosperity and global competitiveness.  Congress and the administration need to act quickly to convert this bipartisan agreement into a comprehensive infrastructure measure that will fund significant upgrades to our aging and over-burdened infrastructure.

 

“Once enacted, these infrastructure improvements will cut commuting times, lower shipping costs, support new economic development projects and allow our businesses to remain globally competitive for years to come. As part of our forceful advocacy for these new infrastructure measures, we have identified - through our Americans for Better Infrastructure campaign - tens of thousands of Americans of all political persuasions who expect Congress to act. Moving forward, we will encourage these Americans and our members from across the country to urge Congress and the administration to deliver on today’s promised measure.”

 

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EEO-1 Update & AGCA WebEd

AGC Membership:

I wanted to again remind you about the free WebEd for AGC members on Thursday—entitled ““Critical EEO-1 Survey Reporting Requirements Update.”  Last week, the federal court ruled that employers must submit two years of EEO-1 pay data by Sept. 30, 2019. See below for more details.


Jimmy Christianson

Vice President, Government Relations

Associated General Contractors of America

703-837-5325 (office)



Court Orders Employer Submission of 2 Years of EEO-1 Pay Data by September 30

On April 25, the DC District Court ruled that applicable employers must turn over two years’ worth of worker pay data to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by September 30, 2019, as part of the annual EEO-1 survey. The judge ordered 2018 and an additional year’s worth of data to be submitted, but the exact additional year has yet to be determined. This ruling follows the recent court order reinstating the previously revised Obama administration EEO-1 form’s pay data reporting requirements that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) halted in 2017. The EEO-1 is an annual survey that requires all private employers with 100 or more employees and federal government contractors or first-tier subcontractors with 50 or more employees and a federal contract, sub­contract or purchase order amounting to $50,000 or more to file the EEO-1 report. The filing of the EEO-1 report is not voluntary and is required by federal law.


The traditional EEO-1 report (“Component 1”) requires employers to tally employment data by race/ethnicity, gender and job categories. The reinstated “Component 2” of the report requires employers to query their databases for W-2 pay data and FLSA hours worked information, even though individual pay data is not actually reported to the EEOC. Barring EEOC action or an appeal by the administration before the survey’s new deadline—September 30, 2019—filers should be prepared for the pay data requirements to be included in the survey.


AGC opposed the new data collection, calling upon the Trump administration and Congress to rescind the Obama administration Presidential Memorandum ordering the new EEO-1 form, and the form itself. AGC submitted comprehensive comments explaining its position to the EEOC in April and August 2016. Additionally, on April 3, AGC and other business groups filed a motion requesting status as an amicus to present information to the court about the concerns of the employer community that have been absent from the case. 


As a resource, AGC of America is offering a free WebEd for AGC members—entitled “Critical EEO-1 Survey Reporting Requirements Update”—on May 2, 2:00-3:30 PM ET to update all contractors and subcontractors on the status of the situation and provide a refresher along with new training necessary to prepare for the collection and submission of Component 2 data.

For more information, contact Claiborne Guy at claiborne.guy@agc.org or 703-837-5382.

Earn CE Credit for Your CM-Lean by Attending AGC's Upcoming WebEd: Enthusiasm for Lean

AGC Membership,

I wanted to let you know about a great opportunity to learn how to build enthusiasm on your project team for implementing Lean. AGC’s Lean Construction Forum Steering Committee brings to the membership a new AGC WebEd:

Enthusiasm for Lean

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 2-3 pm EST

For many lean leaders and coaches a primary concern is obtaining the full engagement of everyone on a project team in lean practices. Despite best efforts at directing people toward lean behaviors, universal lean buy-in has been difficult to achieve. This webinar presents knowledge about how enthusiasm for lean can be methodically generated within project teams working in the building design and construction industry.

Join Tom Richert, Lean Project Consulting and Joanna McGuffey, Unconventional Works, LLC as they discuss a rarely told history of Toyota, an understanding of the root causes of behavior and outline the elements at play when there is enthusiasm for collaborative, lean work.

Lean more and register here.

Best,

Paige Packard

Associate Director, Building Division

The Associated General Contractors of America

Direct line: (703) 837-5387

Email: Paige.packard@agc.org

Alabama AGC Centennial 2020 – pictures needed!

Alabama AGC Membership: As we prepare for Alabama AGC to celebrate its centennial year in 2020, we need your help accurately representing the history of our incredible association. 

 

Contractors and Associates, please send in 3-5 high resolution, digitalexamples of your work, both old and new! If you have pictures of construction, AGC events or members who were part of your leadership and at Alabama AGC, we need your pictures.  Thank you!

  

Send all of your examples to: jennar@alagc.org

Important information for your membership: Jefferson County mayors' no-poaching pledge

AGC Membership: You may have read or heard about a no-poaching pledge that has been signed by almost two dozen mayors in Jefferson County. In essence, the mayors agree they will not “poach” businesses from other cities in Jefferson County through solicitation or incentives. This is a new approach to economic development in the county, and it has naturally generated some questions and conversations, particularly about the implications for commercial real estate.

As such, participating mayors want to provide factual information to you so that you can share it with your organizations and colleagues as appropriate. Attached is a basic fact sheet that includes participating cities and the intent with regard to incentives. Also attached is a copy of the full pledge itself. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to Mountain Brook Mayor Stewart Welch at stewart@welchgroup.com

BASIC FACTS

GOOD NEIGHBOR PLEDGE