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Brinkmann Constructors Receives Safety Award From Associated General Contractors Of Missouri

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E.C.L Wagner Safety Award recognizes exemplary safety record for the past five years.

Brinkmann Constructors received the inaugural Building Division E.C.L. Wagner Safety Award from The Associated General Contractors of Missouri (AGCMO). This award is presented for maintaining an exemplary safety record for the past five years. The AGC of Missouri Safety Committee selected Brinkmann Constructors based on a comparison of Brinkmann Constructors’ total hours worked in Missouri, total injuries and total lost day cases over the past five years. The award was presented on April 6, 2016 at the Awards Breakfast held in conjunction with the AGC of Missouri Annual Convention at the InterContinental Hotel in Kansas City.

Brinkmann Constructors is a national general contractor that has completed approximately $3 billion in construction since 1984.

Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program Donates To Southwestern Illinois College

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The Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program and Southern Illinois Builders Association recently donated $25,000 to the Construction Management Technology Program at Southwestern Illinois College. This donation will strengthen and advance educational offerings related to construction technology and integrate current scanning technology into SWIC’s Computer Applications and B.I.M. curriculum.

Items that will be purchased with this donation include: hand held and static scanners including software and training for both pieces. This technology is an essential communication tool for the construction industry as it evolves toward collaboration based project delivery methods.

SITE Improvement Association Reaches 50 Year Milestone of Service to St. Louis Construction Industry

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The SITE Improvement Association has reached its 50 year milestone of providing successful labor negotiation, safety training and government relations services to the St. Louis area construction industry.  Begun in 1966 when three construction contractor specialty associations came together on behalf of their members to negotiate labor agreements, today SITE has four full time employees serving 170 contractor members primarily in the concrete, earthmoving, landscaping, asphalt paving, highway/bridge, sewer/utility and specialty construction segments.  The association continues to represent the interests of members in negotiations with labor unions, and has expanded its scope of services in the area of political and legislative advocacy at the local and state level and providing a wide range of safety and technical training for members.

“SITE prides itself in being the only truly independent and strictly local association of construction contractors in the area that is not affiliated with any state or national organization,” said Terry Briggs, Executive Director of SITE.  “This means that all of our decisions are made locally and all of our members’ resources are deployed in the St. Louis region. This has helped us grow and thrive while staying true to our purpose over the years.”

SITE has successfully negotiated well over 100 labor contracts with St. Louis area unions on behalf of its members and built its influence in the local construction industry while earning the respect of a wide range of contractors, association executives, labor union leaders and political officials.  SITE also led the successful efforts to establish the One Call system in Missouri, a statewide service locating underground utility lines prior to digging and in the passage of the workers’ compensation premium adjustment credit program equalizing the cost of workers’ compensation insurance between higher and lower wage paying employers.  Today the association is working to amend the state’s workers’ compensation premium rates to make Missouri more business-friendly while protecting medical benefits for injured workers.

In 2014, SITE purchased its first new headquarters building, a 4500 square foot building at 2071 Exchange Avenue in St. Charles which now offers a combination of administrative office support, board room and large training rooms for its members to use.

SITE will hold a special 50th anniversary celebration for its members on June 10 at Busch Stadium.

For more information on SITE, visit www.sitestl.org.

Roofing Contractors Association Announces June 5-11 is National Roofing Week

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The roof is one most important components of every structure, yet it is often taken for granted until it falls to disrepair. To raise awareness of roofs, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced National Roofing Week will take place June 5-11.

National Roofing Week also promotes the good deeds of the roofing industry and stresses the value of professional roofing contractors.

During National Roofing Week, NRCA encourages its members to participate by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.

NRCA also will be sharing its member’s stories through its various social media outlets. Members throughout the U.S. are encouraged to share their stories of charitable giving, crew and staff appreciation, worker training and signature roofing projects with NRCA.

“Professional roofing contractors contribute a great service to our communities, and National Roofing Week is an excellent time to promote our industry,” says Lindy Ryan, NRCA’s chairman of the board.  “I encourage the roofing industry to share its successes, and look forward to seeing all the good things we’ve done this year.”

In addition, NRCA members are encouraged to promote the importance of what a roof does by encouraging children to participate in NRCA’s 2015 Children’s Art Contest. For the first time, the contest is open to children in grades 1-8 who are relatives of all NRCA members or their employees. Entries will be accepted until April 15.

Additional information about National Roofing Week can be found at www.nrca.net/National-Roofing-Week.

NRCA represents all segments of the roofing industry, including contractors; manufacturers; distributors; architects; consultants; engineers; building owners; and city, state and government agencies.

Lessons Learned from Award Winning Sustainable Design Projects

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High-performance and passive design practices are being applied to projects of all types, scales and budgets

In order to examine how the architectural community is evolving in regards to sustainable design practices, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) undertook an in-depth study of nearly 200 COTE Top Ten Award winning projects encompassing almost 20 years.

The findings have been complied in a report, Lessons from the Leading Edge, that reviewed a variety of performance measures, including energy efficiency, water conservation, and indoor environmental quality to evaluate how these exemplary projects demonstrate COTE’s mission to “enhance both the design quality and environmental performance of the built environment.” The research represents the most comprehensive study of the COTE Top Ten program to date.

“Top Ten winners are an extraordinary group of case studies from the leading edge of sustainable design over the past two decades,” said Lance Hosey, FAIA, lead author of the report and a member of the COTE Advisory Group. “The projects have been studied and published widely as individual projects, but never as a group—until now. What we found is that Top Ten winners are outpacing the industry by virtually every standard of performance, but they also exemplify the integration of design excellence and sustainable performance.”

Key takeaways from report:

  • Many project examples show extraordinary performance at very low or average costs, dispelling the misperception that higher building performance requires higher costs.
  • Projects range in size from small houses under 1,000 square feet to community master plans at millions of square feet.
  • The average energy savings for these projects is 54% better than industry standards.  In the past five years, the average energy savings has improved to 65%, exceeding AIA 2030 Commitment targets.
  • The average water reduction is 52% better than industry standards.
  • The majority of projects are in urban locations, while less than one fifth are found in rural areas. One third of all Top Ten winners are located on the West Coast of North America.

COTE founding chairman, Bob Berkebile, FAIA, added, “We have seen a significant transformation in how these project examples have evolved and advanced.  Initially, the design teams were acutely focused on efficiencies within an individual building and in recent years they are also looking at more horizontal and far-reaching economic, ecological, social equity, public health and resilient outcomes.”

Recommendations for architecture and design industry:

  • Embrace design before technology to improve both performance and quality
  • Study best practices for higher performance at lower costs
  • Pursue post-occupancy evaluations as standard practice to understand better how actual performance aligns with design intent
  • Promote more ambitious adaptive reuse projects to preserve existing building stock and conserve resources more extensively
  • Drive greater awareness of the health impact of building materials and need for better indoor air quality

Lessons from the Leading Edge is being released in advance of the 2016 Top Ten Green Project awards, to be announced on Earth Day, April 22nd. A special session on the report will occur at the national AIA convention in Philadelphia on Saturday, May 26.

About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities.

OSHA Updates Eye And Face Protection Standards In Final Rule

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a final rule that updates requirements for personal protective equipment for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals and construction.

The final rule reflects current national consensus standards, and ensures that workers can use up-to-date eye and face protection.

The rule updates references in OSHA’s Eye and Face Protection Standards to recognize the ANSI/ISEA Z87.1-2010, Occupational and Educational Personal Eye and Face Protection Devices, while deleting the outdated 1986 edition of that same national consensus standard. OSHA is also retaining the 2003 and 1989 (R-1998) versions of the ANSI standard already referenced in its standard.

In addition, the final rule updates the construction standard by deleting the 1968 version of the ANSI standard that was referenced and now includes the same three ANSI standards referenced above to ensure consistency among the agency’s standards.

OSHA’s final rule becomes effective on April 25, 2016.

OSHA Announces Final Rule on Exposure to Silica Dust

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On March 24, 2016 OSHA announced a final rule to improve protections for workers exposed to respirable silica dust. OSHA says the rule will curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica.

The new rule dramatically lowers the allowable exposure to silica dust over an eight-hour workday from 250 micrograms per cubic meter of air to 50 micrograms.

“The previous exposure limits were outdated and did not adequately protect workers,” said OSHA Assistant Secretary Dr. David Michaels. “Limiting exposure to silica dust is essential. Every year, many exposed workers not only lose their ability to work, but also to breathe. Today, we are taking action to bring worker protections into the 21st century in ways that are feasible and economical for employers to implement.”

About 2.3 million men and women face exposure to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including two million construction workers who drill and cut materials such as concrete and stone, and 300,000 workers in operations such as brick manufacturing, foundries and hydraulic fracturing. OSHA estimates that when the final rule becomes fully effective, it will save more than 600 lives annually and prevent more than 900 new cases of silicosis – an incurable and progressive disease – each year. The agency also estimates the final rule will provide net benefits of about $7.7 billion per year

OSHA says most employers can limit harmful dust exposure by using equipment that is widely available – such as using water to keep dust from getting into the air or a ventilation system to remove it from the air. The rule provides greater compliance assistance to construction employers – many of which run small businesses – by including a table of specified controls they can follow to be in compliance. The rule also staggers compliance dates to ensure employers have sufficient time to meet its requirements.

Tool companies already are promoting tools that they claim will help employers meet the new standard. Bosch Power Tools, for example, has started promoting its Speed Clean Bits as “part of a comprehensive system that reduces dust while producing precise, clean holes in concrete.”

The final rule is written as two standards, one for construction and one for general industry and maritime. In addition to reducing the permissible exposure limit for crystalline silica, the rule includes employer requirements such as limiting worker exposure through work practices and engineering controls (such as water or ventilation); providing respiratory protection when controls are insufficient; training workers; limiting their access to high exposure areas and providing medical exams to highly exposed workers.

OSHA schedules Special Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will hold a special meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health to discuss a draft construction version of the agency’s Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines. The meeting will be held April 25-26, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

The agenda includes remarks from Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels, drafting the construction version of the SHPM Guidelines, and a public comment period.

ACCSH will meet from 1 – 5 p.m., Monday, April 25 and from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 26. Both meetings will be held in Room N-3437 A-C, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20210.

The meetings are open to the public. Persons interested in submitting written comments or requests to speak may do so electronically at www.regulations.gov, the Federal eRulemaking Portal, using Docket No. OSHA-2016-0009. Submissions will also be accepted via mail or facsimile. See the Federal Register notice for details. Comments and requests to speak are due by April 15, 2016.

Restoration Affiliates (RA) has announced its new officers for one-year terms, 2016-2017

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FengerPresident

Ras Fenger

Disaster One, Inc.

 

SucatoExecutive Vice President

Justin Sucato

Carrara Companies

 

McCutcheon Treasurer

Sean McCutcheon

Catastrophe Services, Inc.

 

Bogar Past President

Debbie Bogar

Woodard

 

RA is a national network of the leading, independent, full-service disaster restoration companies in America. RA currently has 22 full members and 13 associates producing close to $500 million in disaster restoration services coast-to-coast. RA provides single-source solutions for all fire, water, and storm related emergencies. RA provides national coverage combined with local expertise.

To inquire about membership, visit www.restorationaffiliates.com or emailinfo@restorationaffiliates.com.

Home Builders Association Donates $15,000 to Great Circle

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On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2016 HBA President Kim Hibbs of Hibbs Homes (left) and HBCF Vice President Dave Griege of Paramount Mortgage Company (right) presented a $15,000 donation to Erica Holliam, advancement manager for Great Circle.

The donation will be used to renovate and upgrade four restrooms in Great Circle’s Leighton Cottage. Leighton Cottage serves as a residence for girls on the organization’s Webster Groves Campus. Great Circle is one of only two residential/school programs offering autism diagnostic, academic, residential and respite services in the St. Louis area. In addition to housing, the children have access to educational programs which include typical core curriculum surrounded by music, speech/language and occupational therapies.

The HBA is a local trade association of more than 500 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

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