Rebuilding Together, the leading national nonprofit organization providing critical home repairs and revitalizing our communities today announced the election of two members to its national board of directors. Letitia (“Tish”) King, communications consultant for the Center for Security and Emerging Technology at Georgetown University and Bob Miller, Chairman, Owner of The Schulte Group, and former South Florida AGC Chapter President were elected unanimously to the organization’s governing body.

In recent Unified Agendas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have indicated their intention to review and amend the 2008 Compensatory Mitigation Rule.  AGC supports this effort, because challenges in implementing the Mitigation Rule can further complicate and delay the permitting process for infrastructure projects.  AGC is compiling industry concerns with the Mitigation Rule for the agencies to consider while they prepare a proposal to amend the rule.  Ultimately, AGC seeks to streamline the review process for approving new mitigation banks and in-lieu fee programs -- leading to greater availability of credits for infrastructure projects. 

Sudden swings in trade policy in the past two years have caused two types of problems for contractors. Many firms have been hit by unexpected increases in materials costs and in some cases, delivery delays. An impact that is harder to measure but may ultimately be more serious is postponement, or cancellation, of projects by owners that have lost export markets or face higher input costs.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) EPA recently finalized a rule to reduce the dust-lead hazard levels on floors and window sills – from 40 micrograms (µg) of lead in dust per square foot (ft2) and 250 µg/ft2 to 10 µg/ft2 and 100 µg/ft2, respectively.  The new standards take effect Jan. 6, 2020.  These standards apply to most pre-1978 housing and child-occupied facilities (COF), such as day care centers and kindergarten facilities.  Apart from COFs, no other public and commercial buildings are covered by this rule.

Just as unforeseen site conditions can test a contractor’s problem-solving skills, unexpected events can test a construction employer’s crisis-management readiness. Crises can hit at any time, and individuals involved in human resources are usually — and rightly — on the front lines of working with a company’s management team to address the challenges that any present.

Construction companies facing increasingly tough workforce shortage problems are finding innovative ways to excite more people into the industry.

Construction Official Says Administration Missed an Opportunity to Fill Thousands of High-Paying Construction Career Opportunity by Excluding Construction From New Apprenticeship Program.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has determined there were many errors in the design and construction of the Florida International University pedestrian bridge that collapsed in 2018, killing six people.

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