Master Builders' Association
 Leading the Industry, Building the Region!

MBA News 
Construction Industry News

Frick Environmental Center Building Tour
Presented by MBA Green Builders Committee and Green Building Alliance

Thursday, May 11, 2017
6 p.m.

This free event is part of an ongoing initiative to explore living building challenges through hands on conversations. The construction team will discuss the unique challenges presented by the project and the creative solutions that were utilized.

3 p.m. Presentation + Q&A
4 p.m. Building Tour
5 p.m. Happy Hour, Networking and Continued Discussion

The tour is already at 67% capacity, so register today!


OSHA Delays Silica Enforcement
Enforcement to Begin September 23, 2017

On April 6, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it will delay enforcement of the respirable crystalline standard for construction for three months—until Sept. 23, 2017. In its announcement, OSHA explained that the construction silica standard has a number of unique features warranting development of additional guidance and educational materials before enforcement begins. AGC continues to believe that implementation of this standard is technically infeasible and continues to challenge it in court.  

Although OSHA enforcement of the standard is delayed, the notice does not alter the compliance date of June 23, 2017. OSHA will not take enforcement action against contractors that fail to meet the standard on their sites between June 23, 2017 and Sept. 22, 2017, but legally, the standard will still be in effect.

While an interested group could file a lawsuit challenging the three month delay, that appears to be unlikely given the short duration of the delay and the broad enforcement discretion federal agencies—like OSHA—have traditionally enjoyed. The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) will continue to fight this standard in court and advise OSHA on the problematic issues the construction industry faces with implementation. In addition, members should review AGC educational resources on its comprehensive silica website, found here.


In the News

Preventing Fatalities in the Construction Industry
Fatality Report

MBA Kids Construction Art Contest
The MBA's annual construction art contest is underway. Click here for more information. To get your child's school involved, please contact Angela Barbaro at the MBA at 412-922-3912 or

Howick Partners with Autodesk

MBA 2017-2019 Source Books
If you have not yet received your source book, please stop by the MBA office to pick one up. 



Optimizing BIM for Construction
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Click here for details and registration

2017 Evening Hands-On Courses
Hosted by The Keystone + Mountain + Lakes Carpenters’ Training Center
Door Hardware   Tuesday, April 25, 2017

MASHA 2017 Safety and Health Conference
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Click here for details and registration

CCAC Presents: Employee Real Estate Construction Trust Funds
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Click here for details and reservations

Zurich Presents: Strategies for keeping your project dry during construction
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Click here for details and reservations

Frick Environmental Center Building Tour 
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Click here for details & registration

Kids Art Contest
Deadline - Friday, May 12, 2017
Click here for details and entry form

MBA YC Golf Classic
Olde Stonewall
Monday, May 15, 2017
Information, Registration, and Sponsorship Opportunities

SMPS Upcoming Programs – Save These Dates:
May 10, 2017  Architectural Photography Best Practices
May 17, 2017– Building Transportation Systems


Share Your News
Do you have news you want the MBA to promote?  Email MBA