Tuskegee University-Spring 2019 Career Focus (D+CM Expo)

AGC Membership,

 

This is to bring to your attention of the upcoming Spring 2019 Design and Construction Management Exposition (D+CM Expo), also known as Career Focus week, at Tuskegee University’s Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science (TSACS). This event welcomes presentations as well as career fair sessions specific to the construction management and architecture students, staff and faculty at Tuskegee University. You as our dear partners are cordially invited to participate in either or both of the areas aforementioned.  Please see the information below pertaining to registration and other related details;

 

1)    Date(s) and time of the event:

The dates are February 11-15 and the career fair is Tuesday, February 12th and Thursday, February 14th

 

2)    Location/Address

The event will be held in Willcox Building C at Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088

 

3)    Cost/Early registration rate:

Each table is $150 and there are options for firms to purchase advertisement space in the program booklet (see the Eventbrite for specifics)

 

4)    Deadline to register

The deadline for companies to register is January 25th by 12:00pm

 

5)    Link to registration

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/design-construction-management-exposition-dcm-e-tuskegee-university-tickets-51900484747

 

Once you register, please send us a confirmation e-mail and we will begin coordinating your participation.  Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2019 career expo!

AGC Alabama - 2018/2019 Membership Directory

20th Annual AGC-Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) 

Deadline for Submitting Applications is December 14, 2018 
 

The AGC-Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) is the industry’s elite safety excellence awards program for contractors, service providers, and suppliers of all types and sizes. CSEA recognizes companies that develop and implement premier safety and risk control programs and showcases companies that achieve continuous improvement and maintenance of their safety and health management system. So, don’t miss this opportunity to be recognized for your best-in-class safety program! Please visit agc.org/csea for more information on the AGC-WTW CSEA program.

ALDOT CM-8 Follow Up

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Plan Needs for Traffic Striping, Dotted, Markings, and Legends:


Follow-up for CIM 8-2018



  

Attached is a follow-up to CIM 8-2018 to give guidance on recent traffic striping issues and needs for our plans for Lane Drop Markings and Specialty Traffic Control Markings.  Please share with your designers so that we can better address these items in our plans and contracts and make sure your project managers are aware of what is needed in the field.  

Thanks in advance, and if you have any questions, please let us know.

Skip Powe, P.E.
State Construction Engineer
Alabama Department of Transportation
Construction Bureau
(334) 242-6209
 

5th Annual Construction Law Summit

Join Alabama AGC as it serves as a sponsor for the 5th Annual Construction Law Summit hosted by the Construction Law Section of the Alabama State Bar.  Endorsed by CompTrustAGC, this one-day seminar is designed to help contractors better manage their risk.

This year's event will be hosted on December 4 at the Hyatt Regency Wynfrey Hotel.  Topics include:

* I-9 Compliance & Immigration Issues

* Dealing with Contract Change Orders

* Construction Delay Claim Analysis

* Harassment, Discrimination, and #MeToo

* Cyber Exposure: Controls, Liability, & Insurance

* Alabama Building Commission Contract Form Update

* and more ...

 Registration form and additional information attached

 

 

Register for the Davis-Bacon Compliance WebEd Training Series

Two-Part WebEd Series:

Davis-Bacon Compliance Training 
(Beginner and Advanced Level) 

Register Now


December 11, 2018 | December 13, 2018 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

Member Price: $119
Non-Member Price: $149
*Price includes both WebEds*

This two-part webinar series seeks to help contractors avoid consequences of federal non-compliance by educating staff tasked with Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) compliance and administration on coverage, requirements, pitfalls, and enforcement of these laws. 

Webinar participation is recommended for federal prime and subcontractors.

More Information... 

Session One: Beginner Level

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST

  

This session is perfect if you are a new staff person responsible for federal contract compliance or you've been in your role for a while and need a refresher course. This presentation will provide an introduction to DBRA coverage and how to read and interpret a wage determination. The training will also cover DBRA compliance principles, Wage and Hour Division's investigative techniques, and the administrative process for concluding an investigation, including withholding contract funds and debarment.

Rebecca Clark

Regional Enforcement Coordinator for Government Contracts

US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division

Western Region: AK, WA, OR, ID, CA, NV, AZ, HI

Alexander J. Passantino

Partner
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

 

  

Session Two: Advanced Level

Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST

  

This session will perform a deeper dive into the intricacies and unique challenges of the laws. The second part of the training will be focused on contract clause 29 CFR 5.5(a)(6) – the regulation requiring prime contractors to keep their subcontractors and lower-tiered subcontractors in compliance. The “Best Practices Plan” that was developed by the US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (WHD) with founding AGC member, Clark Construction, will be used to offer strategies for effectively policing subcontractors on DBRA covered projects. 

Rebecca Clark

Regional Enforcement Coordinator for Government Contracts
US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division

Western Region: AK, WA, OR, ID, CA, NV, AZ, HI

Wayne T. Gray

Senior Director of Operations Finance
Clark Construction Group, LLC


Courtney Christensen

Human Resource Manager

Clark Construction Group, LLC
 


Everyone who registers for an AGC WebEd will receive a link with access to the recording and the presentation.
 

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Save The Date - AGC CLC Habitat For Humanity Holiday Project

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Our group is scheduled to participate in house construction on 

Thursday, November 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


1st Shift: 8AM - 11AM

2nd Shift: 11AM - 3PM

The house site address is 2400 3rd Avenue, Irondale, AL 35210

Each individual volunteer is required to register online prior to construction work day and will “check in” when they arrive onsite. The registration link is included in the registration information

Note, online registration automatically populates required Release Waiver so there’s no need to bring paper to the construction site.

Onsite provisions:

·        Water, portable toilets, construction materials, tools, hard hats, and work supervision are provided

·        Lunch, snacks or transportation are not provided

·        A hospitality tent will be open for meals/snacks/breaks, etc. (tables and chairs provided)

·        Clothing must be appropriate for construction activities. Do not wear open-toe shoes or sandals, large earrings or over-sized clothing

·        In the event there is inclement weather contact the construction site supervisor, Jack at (205) 965-5115

Homeowner Gifts

Your participation and contribution is gift enough. Gifts are not requested nor expected by partner families or Habitat. In the spirit of the season we understand some may want to add festive décor to the house – a doormat, door decoration or a mailbox decoration, or pantry items is sufficient. Should you choose to provide a decoration, please consider there are two families/houses. Presentations of gifts will not be made during the house dedication ceremony.

Please direct questions regarding volunteers and/or volunteer registration to Melanie

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM

OSHA Final Crane Operator Rule

OSHA Issues Final Rule on Crane Operator Certification and New Evaluation Requirements

On Nov. 7, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rulethat clarifies certification requirements for crane operators, and maintains the employer’s duty to ensure that crane operators can safely operate the equipment. Under the final rule, employers are required to train operators as needed to perform assigned crane activities, evaluate them, and document successful completion of the evaluations. Employers who have evaluated operators prior to Dec. 9, 2018, will not have to conduct those evaluations again, but will only have to document when those evaluations were completed.

The rule also requires crane operators to be certified or licensed and receive ongoing training as necessary to operate new equipment. The final rule also revises a 2010 requirement that crane operator certification must specify the rated lifting capacity of cranes for which the operator is certified. Operators can now be certified based on the crane’s type and capacity, or type only. Compliant certifications that were already issued by type and capacity are still compliant under this final rule.

The final rule, with the exception of the evaluation and documentation requirements, will become effective on Dec. 9, 2018. The evaluation and documentation requirements will become effective on Feb. 7, 2019. AGC will provide more information as it continues to review the final rule.

 

Special Information Regarding Crane Operator Certification Exams Taken in Spanish

 

We have heard from AGC members that the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is not currently issuing cards to candidates passing their Crane Certification exams in Spanish. 

 

Communications from exam proctors to successful candidate may read something like this:

 

“Unfortunately, the NCCCO will not issue cards to the candidates passing the exams in Spanish, as NCCCO are still awaiting approval/accreditation from ANSI. At this point, NCCCO only issues a letter to the successful candidate and his or her certification can be verified on NCCCO’s website.”

 

AGC approached OSHA to clarify how enforcement would take place in the absence of a physical card. We have been instructed that the card is not an issue as long as it can be independently verified. NCCCO’s process includes a letter and website verification. As such, AGC is relatively confident that the lack of a card does not present a potential violation of the standard. AGC is basing this estimation on the following communication with OSHA:

“You [AGC] are correct in that a testing organization must be accredited as meeting criteria specified by certification requirements of the cranes standard (subpart CC of 29 CFR Part 1926). As we understand per our discussion, you are aware that particular certifications offered by a testing organization are still under review for accrediting. The organization must first administer enough tests for psychometric evaluations before the reviews can be completed. However, the organization is still accredited to issue other crane operator certifications. In the interim, the organization issues letters to operators who passed certifications that are still under review and makes available all information required by the crane standard about the operators and the tests passed. You ask would this be considered a valid certification.

Because the organization is already accredited to issue other crane operator certifications, it meets the requirements of 29 CFR1926.1427(b)(1) and we have no reason at this time to conclude that the certifications which are still under review and issued by the organization are not valid.”

For more information please contact Kevin Cannon at (703) 837-5410 or cannonk@agc.org.

Great Turn out for AGC Gulf Coast Safety Summit held Wednesday, November 7th

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Appreciation to our panelists of professionals who participated in  the 2nd Annual AGC Gulf Coast Safety Summit
sponsored by Mobile Section, AlabamaAGC and CompTrust AGC  at the Country Club of Mobile on November 7th.

Topics of interest  were discussed such as a brief update on OSHA’s Silica Standard;
“Ways to Prevent Soft Tissue Injuries” and a roundtable discussion on  “How to Handle the Opioid Crisis on your Jobsite”.

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Final Call for Registration to AGC's Gulf Coast Safety Summit this Wednesday November 7th

Reminder - AGC Gulf Coast Safety Summit 
Wednesday, November 7th

If you have not already registered please let us know you plan to attend by noon tomorrow.

November 7 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Please make your reservations for AGC’s Gulf Coast Safety Summit scheduled for this Wednesday, November 7th.
Click link to view details:  AGC Gulf Coast Safety Summit Flyer 2018 Final
Reservations are Required to attend by contacting us:  staff@agcmobile.org

“Stretch, Drugs, & Rock & Roll”
Wednesday, November 7, 2018     11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
Country Club of Mobile 4101 Wimbledon Court—Mobile, AL  36608
Reservations Required:  
staff@agcmobile.org or 251-344-8220

                         Registration & Lunch
Welcome—AGC Safety Chair Buzzy Riis – Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC
Safety Moment—Torrey Garrison—Performance Contractors

Preventing Soft Tissue Injuries—
Richard Sullivan—Industrial Wellness Rehab, Inc.

Brief OSHA Silica Standard Update
Gary Blake – Safety Plus, Inc.

Roundtable Discussion:
Combating the Opioid Crisis on Your Jobsite
Dr. Terry Taylor—OHC – from a Doctor’s Perspective
Katy Willis—Burr Forman – from a Lawyer’s Perspective
Chad Moore– Millennium Risk Managers – Worker’s Comp Perspective
Torrey Garrison—Performance Contractors  – from a Contractor’s Perspective     

Press Release: CONSTRUCTION SPENDING INCREASES TO RECORD HIGH OF $1.329 TRILLION, MOST PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SEGMENTS SHOW HEALTHY GROWTH

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, November 1, 2018                                 

 

CONTACT: Brian Turmail

(703) 459-0238, turmailb@agc.org


CONSTRUCTION SPENDING INCREASES TO RECORD HIGH OF $1.329 TRILLION, MOST PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SEGMENTS SHOW HEALTHY GROWTH

Construction Spending Should Stay Robust through Early 2019, But Trade Disputes, Workforce Shortages and Rising Interest Rates Threaten to Undermine Long-Term Growth in Construction Demand, Officials Caution

 

Construction spending hit a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.329 trillion and grew 5.5 percent for nine months of 2018 combined, with continued year-to-date gains for major public and private categories, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said that while demand for construction should remain strong for the next several months, the construction sector could be impacted by new trade tariffs, continues workforce shortages and higher interest rates.

 

“Construction spending has increased among nearly every project type and geographic area this year,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Despite month-to-month fluctuations, the outlook remains positive for modest to moderate increases in most spending categories at least through the first part of 2019. However, damaging trade policies, labor shortages and rising interest rates pose growing challenges to contractors and their clients.”

 

Spending year-to-date through the first nine months of 2018 was 7.0 percent higher than in January through September 2017 for public construction and 5.1 percent for private construction, the economist commented. Within private construction, spending for residential projects increased 6.4 percent and 3.5 percent for nonresidential projects.

 

Major segments continued year-to-date gains, Simonson observed. The largest public categories recorded year-to-date gains of 5.8 percent for highway construction, 2.0 percent for educational construction and 15.8 percent for transportation construction. Of the three private residential spending categories, single-family homebuilding rose 6.4 percent year-to-date, multifamily was virtually unchanged and improvements to existing buildings climbed 7.1 percent. Among private nonresidential spending segments, the largest—power construction (including oil and gas field and pipeline structures)—edged up 2.3 percent, commercial (retail, warehouse and farm) construction rose 4.8 percent, office construction increased 7.4 percent and manufacturing construction declined 3.4 percent.

 

Association officials said that overall economic conditions remain positive as the economy continues to benefit from recently enacted tax and regulatory reforms. But they warned that a growing trade dispute with China, shortages of qualified workers and rising interest rates could undermine future demand for construction services. They urged federal officials to resolve trade disputes and boost investments in career and technical education programs.

 

“Washington has taken a number of positive steps to deliver robust economic growth during the past two years,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “The best thing federal officials can do to maintain current rates of growth is to resolve potentially costly trade disputes and boost investments in workforce development.”

 

Attached Press Release

2018 CompTrust AGC Partners in Excellence

Platinum - Top Producing Agency

J. Smith Lanier & Co., a Marsh McLennan Agency LLC Company

$3,061,679

Gold - $2 million - Above

Turner Insurance & Bonding Co.

Silver - $1 million - $2 million

McGriff, Seibels & Williams, Inc.

Bronze - $500k - $1 million

Fitts Agency, Inc.

S.S. Nesbitt

Cobbs Allen

Thompson Insurance, Inc.

Pritchett-Moore, Inc.

Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management

Lyon Fry Cadden Insurance Agency, Inc.

USI Insurance Services, LLC