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Spire’s Corporate Home Earns LEED Gold and IES Lighting Awards

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The design-construction team of Arcturis and Tarlton Corp. announces that the project they completed at 700 Market St. in downtown St. Louis received LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It was also recognized with an Edwin F. Guth Award for interior lighting design from the Illuminating Engineering Society.

The project was finished in April 2015 and is the new home of Spire (formerly The Laclede Group). Prior to the interior build-out for Spire, Tarlton completed the core and shell historic renovation of the structure for building owner The Koman Group. The building was the youngest listed on the National Register of Historic Places when it was added in 2008.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the U.S. Green Building Council’s rigorous green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices through four levels of certification: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. To receive LEED Gold certification, projects must earn a minimum of 60 points on the USGBC rating scale. The LEED Gold designation also recognizes minimized environmental impact, maximized occupant comfort and high-performing tenant spaces.

Major design and construction highlights of the project that helped earn the LEED Gold distinction include the following:

  • Nearly 53 percent of the on-site generated construction waste diverted from the landfill
  • Installation of materials and products with low volatile organic compounds for optimum indoor air quality
  • Reduction of potable water use by 39 percent through the use of efficient fixtures
  • Energy-saving LED lighting and connected lighting power
  • Extensive use of recycled building materials
  • An automated shade system that operates based on the sun’s position, season and room usage
  • A fully programmable lighting control system that automatically adjusts to harvest and maximize daylight

The Edwin F. Guth Award for interior lighting design from the Illuminating Engineering Society recognizes exceptional interior lighting projects that balance the functional illumination of space with the artistic application of light to enhance the occupant’s experience. The Spire project received the Award in September 2016.

Spire moved into the 130,000-square-foot, six-story structure in 2015. The building was designed by famed architect Philip Johnson, who won the 1979 Pritzker Architecture Prize for his work on its design. It had been vacant since 2004 prior to its recent redevelopment.

“The building at 700 Market St. has been an important part of our city’s architecture since it first opened its doors in 1977. We are proud to be part of the team that not only brought it back to life, but made it a more environmentally sound place to work and do business. We received these awards because of the combined commitment of Spire, Koman, Tarlton and Arcturis to honor its history and bring it into the future,” said Arcturis designer Brian Waite, LEED AP, IES, LC.

Tracy Hart, Tarlton president, noted this is Tarlton’s fifth LEED Gold project. “Sustainable construction has become standard practice in our industry, with building owners and project teams looking to build sustainably on every project, registered or not,” she added. “Having built our LEED Silver headquarters in 2004, we know how to build these buildings, and we’re proud to help create healthful work environments.”

Both Tarlton and Arcturis are based in LEED Silver offices.

Saint Louis Construction Cooperative Salutes Cortex Innovation Community & St. Louis Construction Leadership

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Saint Louis Construction Cooperative (formerly PRIDE of St. Louis Inc.) has honored a community of entrepreneurial idea generation and enduring leadership in the local construction industry.  The Cortex Innovation Community was awarded the labor-management organization’s 2016 Joe Rinke Impact Award at its ninth annual awards luncheon on October 27, 2016.  Dennis Corrigan, CEO of Corrigan Co., the mechanical contracting firm celebrating its 120th anniversary this year, was honored with the Al Fleischer Management Award.  Dr. John Gaal, director of training and workforce development for the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council was saluted with the Dick Mantia Labor Award.  The awards were presented at a luncheon at the Cedars at St. Raymond’s at 939 Lebanon Dr. in St. Louis.

“We are honoring a legacy of entrepreneurial excellence in the construction industry while also saluting champions of strengthening St. Louis’ entrepreneurial and workforce development future,” said John Stiffler, executive secretary-treasurer of the St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO and Saint Louis Construction Cooperative board member.

Founded in 2002, the Cortex Innovation Community is a vibrant 200-acre innovation hub and technology district integrated into St. Louis’ historic Central West End and Forest Park Southeast residential neighborhoods.  It is surrounded by nationally ranked universities and medical centers and abundant cultural and recreational assets.  Since its inception, Cortex has completed or has under construction one million square feet of new and rehabilitated space totaling $350 million of investment and generating 2,500 technology-related jobs. When fully implemented, the Cortex master plan projects $2.1 billion of construction, more than 4.5 million square feet of mixed-use development (research, office, clinical, residential, hotel, and retail), a new MetroLink light-rail station and 13,000 permanent technology-related jobs.  For more information, visit

Dennis Corrigan is the third generation of his family to lead Corrigan Co.  Founded in 1896 at the dawn of indoor plumbing, Corrigan has grown to serve the complex mechanical engineering and construction needs for a variety of industries.  For more than 25 years, Corrigan has guided the firm’s award-winning and customer-focused approach serving energy and nuclear power, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, data centers, public works, commercial and other industries.  Today, 16 of the 20 largest high rises in St. Louis have Corrigan installed HVAC systems.

Corrigan has been highly active in improving the mechanical and construction industry locally and nationally.  He is past president and current board member of the Mechanical Contractors Association, Eastern Missouri.  As a board member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Corrigan serves its government affairs committee. He is also a mentor for the AGC of Missouri Stempel Mentor-Protégé Program.  His enduring commitment to the Saint Louis Construction Cooperative includes current service on its executive committee.

As director of training for the Carpenters Regional Council, Dr. John Gaal oversees five federally-approved joint apprenticeship training programs and three full service training facilities.  He has an associate’s degree in construction management, a bachelor’s degree architecture, a masters in international business and a doctorate in organizational leadership. In addition, Dr. Gaal has completed a post-doctoral project on trade union leadership at Harvard University.  As a labor representative, he has served on the Missouri and St. Louis County Workforce Investment Boards and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans committee on training and education.  Dr. Gaal has been honored with the 2004 Missouri Trade and Technical Outstanding Leadership Award, the 2007 Missouri NEA’s Horace Mann Award, the 2007 NAACP Labor Diversity Advocate Award and the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers 2008 Diversity Champion Award.

The Saint Construction Cooperative was founded in 1972 and is the oldest voluntary local construction labor-management organization in the nation. For more than 40 years, it has pioneered a collaborative approach to sustaining harmony and building cooperation among St. Louis area AFL-CIO construction craft workers, contractors, construction buyers, architects, engineers and suppliers.  For more information, visit

The Saint Louis Construction Cooperative awards recipients seated in the front row are, left to right, Dennis Corrigan, , CEO of Corrigan Co., Dr. John Gaal, director of training and workforce development for the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council, Mike Sullivan, COO of the Cortex Innovation Community.  In the back row, left to right, are John Stiffler and Tom Heeger, Saint Louis Construction Cooperative co chairs, and Jeff Aboussie, former secretary-treasurer, St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO.

Industry Information Forum for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Next NGA West Campus “N2W”

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District will host an Industry Information Forum for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Next NGA West Campus (N2W) program. The Forum will be held on December 8, 2016 at 9:00 AM located at the Central Library, St. Louis, Missouri.

The purpose of this Information Forum is to:

  • continue the open communication with Industry regarding the NGA program
  • improve Industry’s understanding of USACE’s requirements – 2 Phase design build
  • provide an update about the program schedule
  • answer questions on the N2W Program
  • provide information on how the community can support this program
  • provide networking opportunities

For planning, logistics and security purposes, contractors interested in participating shall RSVP by submitting your company name, address, and the names of no more than two attendees to no later than November 15, 2016.

Industry Forum Date: December 8, 2016

Time: Please arrive before 8:45 AM for registration.

The presentation will begin at 9:00 AM and will conclude by 10:00 AM

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – potential prime contractors will be available for networking opportunities

Location: St. Louis Public Library – Central Library – Auditorium

1301 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

RSVP no later than: December 5, 2016

RSVP to:

Please include Onsite NGA in the Subject Line as well as submit your company name, address, and the names of no more than two attendees and e-mail address.


NOTE: if you are unable to attend this event, additional industry events are tentatively planned for February and June 2017.

Central Collinsville Health Center for Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation

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Construction-management firm IMPACT Strategies today announced it has been hired by JCH Collinsville, LLC, to build a 12,000-square-foot medical office building at 1215 Vandalia Street in Collinsville. A groundbreaking ceremony held in September at the site officially kicked-off construction of the Central Collinsville Health Center for Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation (SIHF).

SIHF is expected to occupy the space upon completion in March 2017. The health center will include three physician providers, a behavioral health provider and a dental provider. The building is conveniently located on IL-159 next to Cedarhurst Assisted Living.

“The new Central Collinsville Health Center continues SIHF’s mission to bring healthcare directly to the patients who need it most,” said Larry McCulley, president & CEO of SIHF. “Through this relationship with IMPACT Strategies and our other partners, we can ensure the residents of Collinsville will have easy access to comprehensive, integrated care once the center is complete.”

Working in collaboration with IMPACT Strategies on the Central Collinsville Health Center project are Paul Sabal of Bates Architecture of St. Louis, Missouri, Braddock Architectural Services of O’Fallon, Illinois, and Netemeyer Engineering Associates of Aviston, Illinois.

IMPACT Strategies, Inc. specializes in Retail, Commercial, Medical, Senior Housing and Education construction and offers comprehensive construction services including design-build, general contracting, construction management and pre-construction management.

Aegion Corporation Receives Project of the Year Honors for Two Infrastructure Solutions Projects

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Aegion Corporation (“Aegion” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq Global Select Market: AEGN) today announced that Trenchless Technology magazine has recognized two pipeline projects from Aegion’s Infrastructure Solutions platform in its 2016 annual awards for top trenchless pipeline construction projects in North America. Aegion’s recently acquired Fusible PVC® pipe technology received top honors in the New Installation category while the InsituMain® cured-in-place pipe (“CIPP”) technology received Runner-Up honors in the Rehabilitation category.

Aegion’s project that rehabilitated approximately 1,200 feet of a 12-inch pressure pipeline received recognition as Project of the Year Runner-Up in the Rehabilitation category. The next-generation InsituMain® CIPP product infused with specialized glass materials for increased structural stability was used on the project. Completion of the project required working with multiple government entities, general contractors and engineers during the planning phase and included installation during inclement weather in Colorado’s Eldorado Canyon State Park.In the New Installation category, more than 14,000 feet of Fusible PVC® pipe was used in two long distance horizontal directional drill (HDD) casing installations to house 230 kV power transmission lines beneath an environmentally sensitive area for a large southeast utility. Frank Firsching, President of Aegion’s Infrastructure Solutions platform, said, “This project set the record for our longest HDD installation of Fusible PVC® pipe to date, and tested the ingenuity of our engineering and operations teams to solve the unique technical and logistical challenges presented by twin 7,000 linear foot crossings under the intercoastal waterway. The successful completion of this project is the latest demonstration of the advantages of Fusible PVC® pipe in long distance HDD projects. It also demonstrates the benefits of non-metallic casings in underground power transmission applications.”

Charles R. Gordon, President and CEO of Aegion, said, “I am proud our Company has been recognized by Trenchless Technology for these two projects, which demonstrate the versatility of our technologies as well as the expertise of our sales, engineering and operations teams. Aegion acquired Underground Solutions’ Fusible PVC® pipe technology to not only strengthen our portfolio of pipeline rehabilitation technologies, primarily in pressure pipe applications, but also to add an experienced and dedicated sales force able to work with customers to promote our entire range of engineered solutions. These projects are examples of our commitment to work with customers to provide the best, long lasting solutions to meet their pipeline needs.”

New HOK/CoreNet Global Report Explores Impact of Coworking on Corporate Real Estate

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HOK’s WorkPlace practice, in partnership with the UK Chapter of CoreNet Global, has released a new report that studies the impact of coworking from a corporate real estate (CRE) perspective.

Coworking is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the commercial real estate market. The new report, Coworking: A Corporate Real Estate Perspective, examines the drivers of coworking from the demand and supply sides, the industry risks and implications for corporate real estate, as well as information about the owners, coworkers and centers.

The HOK/CoreNet Global Coworking report highlights the ideas that changing business priorities and the need to attract talented people, reduce real estate costs, improve speed to innovation and increase productivity are driving corporations to consider different workplace models, including on- and off-site coworking.

“Although coworking space makes up less than one percent of the world’s office space, it represents an important workforce trend and highlights the strong desire of today’s employees to have workplace choices, community and flexibility,” said Kay Sargent, director of WorkPlace at HOK. “Driven by demand factors, including next-generation work styles and the desire for real estate portfolio agility, C-suite executives from human resources, operations, real estate and finance are increasingly interested in how coworking affects their work practices and policies—and how they need to design, manage and operate their workplaces.”

Key findings from the Coworking report also include:

The coworking concept is evolving to comprise accelerators, incubators and maker spaces. It reaches beyond office settings to include college campuses, retail locations, hotels and libraries.

The impact of coworking spaces on CRE includes providing new uses for older properties and for underutilized spaces in existing facilities.

The lowest engagement levels are found in employees who never work remotely. The highest employee engagement levels occur among those who work remotely less than 20% of the time.

Many coworking centers emerged in a time of high unemployment and low rents. But 54% of the coworkers will leave a specific location in less than a year. The high turnover and tenant instability challenge coworking centers to maintain profitability. They are vulnerable to market conditions and new competitors.

“For corporate occupiers and other real estate professionals, the coworking trend is worth watching, exploring and testing,” said Curtis Knapp, director of consulting for HOK. “It is a way to add flexibility to the portfolio and help match the ebb and flow of supply and demand. It can be one solution to the many challenges posed by the changing nature of both work and worker.”

HOK Coworking Report

Lutheran Senior Services Begins $5.8 Million Expansion Of Dunn Road Manor Affordable Living Community In Florissant

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Lutheran Senior Services (LSS) broke ground this week on the $5.8 million construction of 36 new affordable housing apartments at its 62-unit Dunn Road Manor affordable living community at 3399 Dunn Road in Florissant. The new apartments will be located in a new wing added to the existing building that provides direct access to a variety of health-related and social services including a shared commercial kitchen, computer lab with internet access, library, parish nurse, chaplaincy services, multipurpose room and a unique tele-health kiosk already enjoyed by current Dunn Road Manor residents.  When completed, Dunn Road Manor will provide independent living for 98 residents with an average age of 78 and average annual income of $11,000.

The project will utilize the Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) offered by the Missouri Housing Development Commission.  In 2012, LSS opened its first LIHTC project at the Village at Mackenzie Place in Affton.  LSS currently provides decent, safe and affordable housing to nearly 800 very low income older adults in the St. Louis area as part of its mission to help older adults live life to the fullest.

“LSS is able to provide more than the bricks and mortar of housing, but also a family-like atmosphere where low income residents have an opportunity to successfully age in place, remaining at home where they wish to stay,” said Susan Hutchinson, Executive Director of Affordable Housing at LSS. “Dunn Road Manor has experienced a significant waiting list since it first opened, and this new addition will help provide a service enriched environment that meets the marketplace demand.”

Paric is providing general contracting services, and St. Louis Design Alliance in the project architect.  Construction is scheduled for completion in Fall 2017.

St. Louis Named a Top “Sell” Market for Retail Real Estate

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Ten-X, the nation’s leading online real estate marketplace, this week released its latest U.S. Retail Market Outlook, including the top five ‘Buy’ and ‘Sell’ markets for retail real estate assets. The long-term forecast reveals the sector is still recovering, slowed by the rise of e-commerce and major shifts in consumer behavior.

Milwaukee, Detroit, St. Louis, Memphis and Philadelphia are the top markets where Ten-X Research estimates that market conditions might cause retail investors to consider selling their properties. These cities reflect several lagging economic and demographic indicators in the Midwest and Northeast, where stagnating wages and lackluster growth outside of the major urban cores have made for a weakened retail climate.

The long-term forecast reveals Austin, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and San Francisco as markets in which investors should consider buying retail assets. These markets, concentrated largely in the Southeast and West, are being fueled by robust local economies, where a steady influx of new residents are able to find jobs and fuel overall growth.

The Ten-X Research report notes that 13 percent of all retail sales are now conducted through e-commerce – a share that is expected to climb in the years to come. This has impeded demand for retail space, but the very low level of new retail construction means that absorption will outpace new supply nationally over the next two years. The result will be continued slow recovery in vacancies, though research indicates demand may begin to dry up by 2019, pushing vacancies back above 10 percent and close to recession-era peaks.

“As more consumers opt to do their shopping online, the retail market is battling major headwinds as it crawls toward a comeback after the downturn,” said Ten-X Chief Economist Peter Muoio. “Strong economic conditions in certain regions are propping up the sector nationally on a statistical level, but this lasting shift in behavior will remain a stubborn impediment to the retail industry in the years to come.”

During the quarter, a modest uptick in demand pushed rents up 2.1 percent year-over-year and vacancies fell by 20 bps to just under 10 percent. Overall deal volume in the sector fell to $17.6 billion during the second quarter – a 10.3 percent reduction from the same period in 2015.

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The Retail Sector’s Top Five ‘Buy’ Markets:


Austin’s economic fortunes continue to soar, making it an ideal spot for retail investment. Local employment has grown between 3 and 5 percent over the last five years and shows no signs of slowing, while population growth has more than tripled the national rate for more than a decade. Coupled with a thin supply pipeline, strong demand for retail in the area is poised to drive vacancies below 5 percent by 2018, and rents are expected to rise by more than 4 percent over the same period.


Burgeoning leisure and hospitality industries have been powering Miami’s swift recovery from the recession, helping to push overall employment to an all-time peak. While unemployment is still hovering slightly above the national rate, it has dropped drastically from its pre-recession peak. The city’s retail sector has been thriving, with rents climbing more than 4 percent over the last year. Vacancies are expected to dip as low as 4 percent by 2018, and a dearth of supply additions on the horizon puts buyers in position to capitalize on the strong market.

Fort Lauderdale

Retail conditions are also inviting in Miami’s neighboring city to the north, Fort Lauderdale. Though vacancies and rents have been mostly stable over the last year, a steady stream of supply is expected to dry up in the near future, pushing the market sharply in the right direction. The city’s recovery from the recession has been robust, and unemployment is currently just above 4 percent – well below the national average. Ten-X Research data indicates strong population growth and job projections are likely to set investors up for annual NOI growth of about 4.2 percent through 2020.

West Palm Beach

The third South Florida city to make the ‘Buy’ list, West Palm Beach is benefitting from escalating population growth and steadily increasing employment numbers, each of which outpaces national averages. Retail demand is strong enough to withstand healthy additions to supply, and Ten-X Research forecasts that it will pull vacancies below 7 percent by 2018. Rents should continue an accelerating growth pattern over the same period, and steadily improving fundamentals show NOI will continue to grow at close to 4 percent.

San Francisco

The surging tech sector in and around San Francisco continues to make the city a solid bet for investors. Employment has taken off since the recession, with job growth averaging better than 4 percent per year and unemployment hovering just above 3 percent. Coupled with an empty supply pipeline, the continued boom projects to lower vacancies to 1.9 percent by 2018 – a historical low. While overreliance on a single sector can make a metro market particularly volatile, data suggests rents are poised to climb in the coming years, pushing NOI up roughly 3.2 percent each year.

The Retail Sector’s Top Five ‘Sell’ Markets:


Despite an unemployment rate below the U.S. average, Milwaukee is hampered by a struggling economy, including tepid employment growth and near-stagnant population levels. Ten-X Research predicts that the city will continue seeing lukewarm demand for retail space, and with 650,000 square feet of product hitting the market, vacancy rates will stay above the mid-11 percent range in the next two years. The influx of supply will limit rent growth to less than 1 percent per year through 2018, and annual NOI gains are expected to average a meager 0.4 percent through 2020.


Detroit’s population is growing for the first time in a decade, but the city’s total employment remains more than 10 percent lower than its prior cyclical peak, in part due to the muted comeback of the city’s manufacturing sector. Even with limited supply coming to market, the report indicates that middling retail demand will nudge vacancy rates into the high-10 percent range by 2018, before the market enters a projected downturn. Ten-X Research predicts that rent growth will average just 1.2 percent over the next two years before declining in a cyclical downturn, while NOI growth is expected to average 0.5 percent per year through 2020.

St. Louis

St. Louis’ metro population growth has lagged behind that of the U.S. for several decades, measuring 0.2 percent in 2015. While the city has surpassed its previous peak in terms of total employment, St. Louis job growth is expected to be 1 percent per year through 2018. The city’s retail market will see modest supply additions in the coming years, but the report notes that weak demand will likely keep vacancy rates at or above the mid-11 percent range over the next few years. Ten-X Research predicts effective rents will grow by 1.3 percent per year through 2018 before falling, while NOIs will grow by 0.8 percent annually through 2020.


Buoyed by a transportation/utilities sector which set a new peak level for employment in 2016, Memphis’ total employment numbers are 1.4 percent below their prior highs. The city’s retail supply pipeline is limited, but Memphis’ population grew 0.1 percent in 2015 — a metro that has lagged behind the country in this measure for nine straight years. Ten-X Research projects vacancy rates will remain above 10 percent through 2018 before increasing more drastically. Effective rent growth faces a similarly bleak outlook, with projections averaging 1.3 percent over the next two years before declining during 2019 and 2020.


Philadelphia’s economy is accelerating, with payrolls 2.5 percent higher than their prior peak, but the city’s population growth slowed in 2015 and its unemployment rate remains higher than the U.S. average. Even with a modest supply pipeline, the city’s limited demand for retail space is expected to keep vacancy rates hovering over 10 percent in the coming years. Ten-X Research projects effective rents climbing just 1.6 percent per year through 2018 and annual NOI growth of 1 percent through 2020.


McGrath Completes Construction on $1.9 Million Expansion & Renovation of Pi Beta Phi International Headquarters in St. Louis

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McGrath & Associates has completed construction on the $1.9 million expansion and renovation of the Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women international headquarters in St. Louis. HKW was the architect.

The expansion connects to Pi Beta Phi’s international headquarters building on Town and Country Commons Drive in west St. Louis County, which McGrath built in 2002.

The 4,200-square-foot two-story expansion includes an enlarged break room, conference room and mailroom on the first floor, and office space and expanded archives on the second floor. The layout of the existing building also was adjusted to add new offices.

Interior finish improvements were made to approximately 65 percent of the existing building space, which was fully occupied during the renovation. McGrath installed temporary workspaces and coordinated extensively with Pi Beta Phi to allow their staff to maintain day-to-day operations.

McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983.

OSHA Requests Nominations for Advisory Committee on Construction Safety & Health

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is accepting nominations for eight new members to serve on the 15-member Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health. Nominations will be accepted from those interested in representing employee (3), employer (3), public (1) and state safety and health agency (1) groups. Nominations may be submitted at, the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Submissions may also be sent by mail or facsimile. See the Federal Register notice for details. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 27, 2017.

ACCSH, established under the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, advises the secretary of labor and assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health on construction standards and policy matters.

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