Hurricane Florence Relief Effort

AGC-MCRBA-BCRBA  encourage you to help make a difference by donating to the Hurricane Florence Relief efforts by making either a cash  or in-kind donation.

We are working with Volunteers of America Southeast (VOASE) who is accepting donations for the victims of Hurricane Florence through Friday, September 21st.  
All donations will go directly to the victims of Hurricane Florence.

Please drop items off  any of the items listed below between 8AM and 4 PM to their corporate office
located at 1204 Hillcrest Road, Mobile, AL 36695.  

For more information please contact Amanda Gonzales:  251-463-9342
or agonzales@voase.org

Hurricane Florence Flyer

AGC Foundation Scholarship Program

The Associated General Contractors of Alabama, Inc. is Alabama’s largest construction trade association.  Our members include more than 800 of the top general contractors, construction managers, specialty contractors, and service and supplier companies.  These members support Alabama's commercial construction industry and are dedicated to our principles of Skill, Integrity and Responsibility.  We are one of 95 chapters affiliated with AGC of America representing over 30,000 members nationwide.

AlabamaAGC wants to present worthy undergraduate students pursuing a degree/career in construction with a $1,000 scholarship. The recipient shall be a well-rounded student who excels academically and participates in extracurricular activities – on and off campus.

The application deadline for the upcoming AlabamaAGC Foundation Scholarship Program is November 30.  Recipients will be notified and awards made in January.  The criteria for receiving the scholarship are:

•     Must be a resident of Alabama
•     Must be enrolling in, or attending a junior college, technical school or university in Alabama
•     Must be enrolled/enrolling in a construction-related curriculum

 

APPLICANT MUST PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING:

•     College or high school transcripts (whichever is most recent); At least one letter of recommendation; Proof of residency (example: copy of state issued identification/license, etc.);

•     Involvement in extracurricular activities (student construction
organizations, university organizations,
community service organizations, etc.) 

APPLY HERE

AGC Education and Research Foundation Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarship Application Process is Now Open

Each year the AGC Education and Research Foundation offers undergraduate and graduate level scholarships to students enrolled in ABET or ACCE accredited construction management or construction related engineering programs. The application opened July 1, 2018 and closes November 1, 2018.

 

Over $10 million in scholarships have been awarded to more than 4,000 students attending colleges and universities across the country. Through endowments made by AGC members and supporters, as well as AGC Chapters, the Education and Research Foundation awards over 150 scholarships each year to students dedicated to pursuing a career in the construction industry.

 

Students can click here to apply and also is an attached flyer which can be distributed on college campuses.

 

If you have any questions please contact Courtney D. Bishop, Associate Director, AGC Education and Research Foundation, Courtney.Bishop@agc.org

Have you applied for the JLT Build America Awards yet?

Apply today for the JLT Build America Awards

Application Deadline: October 24, 2018

 

The JLT Build America Awards have demonstrated the very best when it comes to building a better America and improving our quality of life. Is one of your projects worthy of such recognition?

Apply Today

  

2019 Marvin M Black Partnering Excellence Award
Application Deadline: October 24, 2018

  

To evolve its showcase, the JLT Build America Awards now include a "Partnering Excellence" category to recognize those projects best epitomizing the principles of partnering. Inspired by AGC's Past President Marvin M. Black, the inclusion of partnering into the JLT Build America Awards represents a timely and unified celebration of the construction industry's finest. 

Apply Today

 

The JLT Build America Awards highlight the nation's most significant construction projects. A panel of judges, representing all areas of construction, evaluated an impressive number of submissions this year, assessing each project's complexity, use of innovative construction techniques and client satisfaction, among other criteria. The awards, which were announced during the association's annual convention in New Orleans, are considered by many to be the most prestigious recognition of construction accomplishments in the U.S.

 

Application Questions?

Please contact Nahee Rosso, Senior Director of Communications:

Email: rosson@agc.org

Office: 703-837-534

Link to ALDOT'S Ross Clark Circle preliminary plans

Link to ALDOT's Preliminary Plans

State Construction Engineer, Skip Powe, asked we inform you that a preliminary set of plans for the improvements to Ross Clark Circle in Dothan are posted on the ALDOT Project Letting website.  It is tentatively scheduled for the September 28th letting.  Due to the volume of work that is required, they wanted bidders and suppliers an opportunity to see the work being proposed.  Final plans are still being tweaked in preparation for their normal advertising that begins in two weeks.
 

AGC of America's Business Development Forum

AGC of America’s Business Development (BD) Forum is a FREE resource to help members increase the profitability and visibility of their firms by connecting them with other BD professionals from across the country to share ideas as well as publications, webinars and other BD resources.  A snapshot of some of our initiatives include:

 

In addition to the above, the BD Forum will be offering free marketing consultations with members at the next AGC Convention.  Members will be able to sign-up for one-on-one sessions to trouble shoot their burning questions about their website, marketing collateral, social media campaigns, proposals and more – keep your eyes peeled for more information and ways for your members to sign-up.

AGCA has created a page on AGC’s Chapter Exchange that includes a “Share a BD Resource” button.  Click this button to find and download BD resources.

 

Interested in more information? Check out our AGC Business Development Forum Video and register for our Chapter-Only Webinar on September 12, 2 pm EST where chapter staff and members will discuss how the AGC Business Development Forum can help you and your members.  

 

Court Ruling Puts 2015 WOTUS Rule In Effect in 26 States

As a result of a federal court ruling today, the Obama administration’s 2015 “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule—which expands federal environmental permitting jurisdiction involving wetlands—is now in effect in 26 states (listed below).  AGC members in areas where the 2015 rule is in effect may have questions about what waters are jurisdictional moving forward.  AGC of America will provide additional guidance in the coming days, but we caution a measured approach for the moment as this issue is still developing and the situation may change again in short order.

 

The United States District Court for the District of South Carolina issued a ruling blocking a regulatory attempt by the Trump administration to delay enforcement of the 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule until 2020. Earlier this year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a rule to allow more time for the agencies to repeal and replace the 2015 WOTUS rule. Despite this court’s ruling, twenty-four states have injunctions that remain in effect and halt enforcement of the 2015 WOTUS rule within their borders. 

 

The 26 states where the 2015 WOTUS rule is now in effect are:

 

California

Connecticut

Delaware

Hawaii

Illinois

Iowa

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Tennessee

Texas

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

OSHA Publishes New Silica Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Construction Industry

OSHA Publishes New Silica Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Construction Industry

               

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has just released a set of 53 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to provide guidance to employers and employees regarding OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica standard for construction.  Through the Construction Industry Safety Coalition (CISC), the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) was heavily involved in the formulation of these FAQs.  The development of the FAQs stemmed from litigation filed against OSHA by numerous construction industry trade associations – including AGC – challenging the legality of OSHA’s rule.  OSHA has also agreed to issue a Request for Information (RFI) on Table 1 to revise the Table to improve its utility.  AGC will continue to look for ways to work with OSHA to improve the workability of this significant rule.

 

The FAQs are extensive and organized by topic.  A short introductory paragraph is included for each group of questions and answers to provide background information about the underlying regulatory requirements.  A  four-page document with some of the clarifications and a PDF version of all the FAQs has also been created.  AGC encourages its members to review all of the FAQs to assist in their compliance efforts. If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Cannon at (703)837-5410 or cannonk@agc.org. You can also contact Nazia Shah at (703)837-5409 or nazia.shah@agc.org

ARBA Board - Alternative Bidding of Pavement Material

Yesterday afternoon, ALDOT emailed to announce changes to their concrete paving specs.  The email and the attachment are below.  It allows for the use of 100% limestone in new concrete paving, requires concrete shoulders be included with concrete paving, and limits thickness to no more than 12 inches. 

Obviously, this is a concession ALDOT has made to Del Marsh with respect to the concrete industry’s involvement in the process.  Obviously, concerns regarding pavement selection in a bill are moot as it appears this is the way their concerns have been met.

On another note, I have been informed that plans are being made to provide the Mobile Port with $10mm a year out of any new revenue generated.  I believe this to be the result of political pressure from Shelby who has secured some federal funding for the port which requires state matching funds.

Two of the working groups on infrastructure (Revenue & Policy) are meeting this morning where these and other items will be discussed.  I’ll report back this afternoon.

Tom Layfield

Executive Director

Alabama Road Builders Association

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Alabama AGC Association Health Plan

Dear Alabama AGC members:

After the tremendous response we received from the membership expressing interest, the Alabama AGC is putting together an Association Health Plan so that we can help you control your health care costs. In order to build the right plan for our industry we need additional information. Please fill out the attached form and provide a census of ALL employees (not just those enrolled in your existing health plan). 

The census should include:

Name

DOB

Gender

Zip Code

If you will please provide this data we handle everything from here. Returning this data is not a commitment to participate in the AHP, it is simply a release required to gather data on members not currently enrolled in your current offering. We want to find solutions to your most pressing business needs, but we can’t do it without your input, and that’s why it’s so important that we get as much participation as possible. 

Please send the completed form and all supporting material to the email address listed on the form. Thank you for helping bring this potential new benefit to our association and your employees.

Billy Norrell

CEO 

Alabama AGC Business Associate Form

Support Guest Worker Visa Program

The construction industry is experiencing record economic activity with low unemployment and little expectation that the current domestic workforce can alone meet employment demand. 

Currently, our nation's immigration system provides the high-tech sector, agricultural businesses, and seasonal employers with options for legal work authorized immigrants. It does not for construction.

Legislation has been introduced in Congress that would allow contractors to hire year-round construction guest workers, who otherwise have no legal immigration avenue. The Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act would provide industries like construction access to tens of thousands of new temporary workers while protecting Americans and alleviating incentives for individuals to enter the country illegally. 

Contact your members of Congress and urge them to support this legislation.