Monthly News Update - February 2021
In This Issue
Chapter/Industry Events
Winter Weather Aftermath
Lumber Prices
Project Manager & Other Classesogram
Celebrating 75 Years
Update Membership Details
Exclusive AGC Benefits
Quick Links
Join Our List
Safety Committee Monthly Meeting - March 1 (contact Michael)
Fundamentals of the Clean Air Act - March 10 (UTA ETI class at Austin AGC)
Excavation, Trenching, & Soil Mechanics - March 16 (UTA #3015 at Austin AGC)
Spring Golf Tournament - May 13 at Plum Creek

Safety training (OSHA 10/30, First Aid, etc...) available on demand. Contact Michael Welvaert to schedule.

Many homes and buildings in Austin have suffered burst water pipes and leaks due to the unusually cold temperature experienced last week. Here's an update with information and resources to help both contractors and community members during this challenging time:

  • The City of Austin Development Services Department (DSD) has an excellent online page with information about permitting and inspections related to emergency water and other repairs. The good news is that emergency work can begin immediately without a permit. Typically it is required within 1 day of the emergency repair, however the DSD is being flexible with that requirement given the current and very challenging circumstances. Also, the City Council is expected this week to approve a 5 day window for obtaining a permit. Again, there is substantial additional information related to permitting on that DSD page here. 
  • Regarding inspections, City staff has prioritized repair work at this time and that may impact inspection wait times for any new construction projects you have. 
  • We are hearing that plumbing materials, and not just plumbers, are in short supply at this time. For example, it is estimated that nearly 2,000 tankless water heaters - often installed outside a home - have broken this past week and to be replaced. If you have contacts with plumbing suppliers in other states, please reach out to them! 
  • The AGC and other industry trade associations have worked with the Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA) to compile plumbing firms open and available for repair help. That resource list is here, and if you would like to be added you can do so here. 
  • We are hearing of construction firms shifting workers from new construction to emergency repair help. Please consider this shift as well if you are able. 
Also, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has waived certain regulations to allow more help for plumbing emergencies:
Plumber's Apprentices 
Expired Licenses
Out of State Plumbers

AGC called on President Biden to take immediate steps to address soaring lumber prices, as well as rising costs for other construction materials. AGC CEO Steve Sandherr warned that rapidly rising lumber prices pose a growing threat to multifamily housing and other construction sectors. He urged the administration to work with domestic lumber producers to ramp up production to ease growing shortages. He also called on the President to work with Canada on a new softwood lumber agreement and eliminate existing tariffs on wood products.
Sandherr also urged the administration to look for ways to facilitate shortening delivery times of lumber to end users. This could include easing cross-border truck and rail shipments, unloading at ports, hauling of logs and other raw materials to mills and engineered-wood producers, and shipping wood products to distributors and construction sites.


Registration is now open for the Austin AGC's first Project Manager Development Program (PMDP) online course in 2021! Building on the success of last year's classes, we are again partnering with Procore Technologies to bring this training to contractors in Austin and beyond via the Zoom platform.

This recently updated 40 hour training was developed by AGC member company project managers for aspiring and new construction project managers. The curriculum is best suited for an early-career project manager or someone looking to move into this role. 

More info here:

We also are working to offer the AGC Lean Construction  course this way with Procore as well later this year.

We're joining with other AGC Chapters to offer other industry classes including Blueprint Reading and Construction Supervision Fundamentals

We are hosting numerous safety and environmental training classes offered through the OSHA Education Center at The University of Texas at Arlington in our new training room.

Last, we are working on a leadership class taught by Safety Director Michael Welvaert who will bring his years of military and construction industry experience to this training for your personnel. Stay tuned for more information and scheduling. 
The year 2021 marks our 75th anniversary as a trade association for commercial builders working in Austin and throughout Central Texas! 

In recognition of this important 75th anniversary milestone, over the course of 2021 we are diving into our archives to share key moments from our history and highlight some of our members' contributions to building Austin's quality of life over the years. 
This February we take a look at the annual Outstanding Construction Awards and learn how AGC leaders have worked on Commodore Perry projects both in the 1940s and today.   Click here for the story!
We're busy getting the annual member directory together for publication in April.  so don't forget to update your company profile information on our website.  Log in with your username/password and you can then make address, point of contact, phone numbers and other information. If you need you details to access the website directory, e-mail Toni Osberry for your info!  


The Austin AGC offers exclusive benefits to member companies for health insurance, workers comp, and 401k plans!  Click on any of the links above for more information on each program