Monthly News Update - January 2021
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Chapter/Industry Events
2021 Forecast Survey Results
State Legislative Session
Project Manager & Other Classesogram
Celebrating 75 Years
Exclusive AGC Benefits
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Safety Committee Monthly Meeting - February 1 (contact Michael)
Outstanding Construction Awards Dinner - (postponed)
Intro to Blueprint Reading - Starts Feb. 4 online w/AGC of Colorado
Supervision Fundamentals - Starts Feb. 11 online w/AGC of Colorado
CLC Professional Development Walk - February 17 (location TBD)
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)
CLC Happy Hour - March 17 (location TBD)

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

Texas building contractors foresee a big drop this year in office, retail, lodging and public building markets. Meanwhile, some increases are seen in healthcare, hospitals, warehouse, and school construction sectors. These insights come from the survey results released this month by the AGC of America and  Sage Construction and Real Estate and detailed in The Pandemic's Growing Impacts on the Construction Industry: The 2021 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook Report.

National survey results here and Texas results here.

Other bits of data from the Texas survey include:

* 81% of Texas firms expect to increase or maintain their headcount in 2021
* 45% of Texas firms are having a hard time filling some or all positions
* 58% of Texas firms increased pay rates in 2020, while 37% did not
* 62% of Texas firms have projects taking longer than expected, while 41% have project costs higher than expected.
* 46% of Texas firms have projects postponed from 2020 to 2021, while 41% have seen projects cancelled and not rescheduled.
* 35% of Texas firms say their volume already matches or exceeds the year-ago level

Speaking anecdotally, the Texas results generally track what the Austin AGC sees here locally. However, as the Austin area continues to be a strong magnet for new employers and new residents, we do expect the local building market to fare better in 2021 than others around Texas. As an example, the survey indicates that multi-family across the state is expected to drop 10% in 2021. However, by all indications the local MF market is stable and growing along with the population increase.

Not much has been happening so far up at the the Texas State Capitol building since the new legislative session began on January 12.  Both House and Senate Committees aren't expected to begin meeting until March.  Our state lobbying team continues to focus on key issues for the AGC Texas Building Branch (TBB) this session, including: 
  • Omnibus pandemic bill - working for business liability/insurance protections for contractors related to COVID
  • Shortening statute of repose (currently 10 yrs + 2 yrs tail)
  • Ensuring contractors not liable for design defects
  • Supporting tuition revenue bonds (TRBs) for higher ed construction
  • Protecting construction defects bills from last session that may be attacked/watered down.  These bills require funds won in school lawsuits to be spent on defect repair, allow contractors right to cure, and restrict lawyer contingency fee cases.
The Austin AGC looks forward to working alongside our state TBB team and other AGC Chapters across Texas to protect and promote the industry at the Capitol in 2021!

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 1946, Austin's population was roughly 100,000 people, a very small fraction of the nearly 1 million people living within the City limits today. That same year, a small group of building contractors began meeting at the Driskill Hotel
 downtown to discuss issues of common concern facing the industry. These industry leaders soon agreed to establish a formal relationship with the 
Associated General Contractors of America and the Austin Chapter was officially created on July 2, 1946.

Since that time, the Austin AGC has helped strengthen the local commercial construction industry through advocacy, networking, education, safety, building information, employee benefits, and many of other business services. We are truly grateful for the vision of the Chapter founders as well as for the many company members that have supported us over the years and today. We look forward to serving the local commercial construction industry for many more years to come!

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 January we take a look at the search for a permanent office location back in 1946 that to a generous lease deal struck in January 1948 for the land where our current building stands today. Click here for the story!


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