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Future leaders

AUSTIN – The Greater Austin Contractors & Engineers Association (ACEA) recently made five high school seniors very happy with its annual scholarship program....

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08/30/2016 19:58:00 | Viewed: 0
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Aloha spirit

AUSTIN – Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Centex Chapter let loose on Aug. 16 with an “Aloha”-themed party to celebrate its 20th anniversary at the Oasis on Lake Travis. There were 125 people in attendance, who enjoyed impressive food and dancers from Hawaiian Kona Isle. A few of the more uninhibited contractors/instructors, including Matt Tolbert, Alan Anders and Jym Damico, got up and shook their stuff with the dancers....

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08/30/2016 19:49:00 | Viewed: 0
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The real green grocer

AUSTIN – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its committee on the environment has selected H-E-B at Mueller in Austin as one of the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and ecological design projects that protect and enhance the environment.  H-E-B is the first grocer to be named a Top Ten Green Project in America.  The 2016 Top Ten projects were honored at a ceremony on May 19 during the 2016 AIA Convention in Philadelphia....

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08/30/2016 19:40:00 | Viewed: 0
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Going for the gold

AUSTIN – The Renaissance Hotel in Austin was the scene for the Central Texas Masonry Contractors Association’s (CTMCA) 2016 Golden Trowel Awards on Jun. 17. The food got rave reviews from the attendees and Spike Cutler, Cutler Smith PC, kept everyone entertained as the awards presenter and emcee. Congrats to the winners! –cw (Photos by Kristen Cannon with Continental Cut Stone)...

Created by : cwright
07/28/2016 14:18:00 | Viewed: 0
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Fore the bird(ie)s!

AUSTIN – On Jun. 14, the Greater Austin Contractors & Engineers Association (ACEA) sponsored its summer golf tournament at Falconhead Golf Club. Congrats to the winners! –cw...

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07/28/2016 14:12:00 | Viewed: 0
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Making waves

AUSTIN – Fire protection contractors from across the state played golf and went fishing at the Skins & Fins Tournament held at South Shore Harbour Resort in League City in Jun. 9-12....

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07/28/2016 14:09:00 | Viewed: 0
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Focus - Green Building - A green horizon

AUSTIN - How would you describe the state of the construction industry in general terms? The construction industry as whole is doing fine. There are new projects and new products coming on board every day. Each city faces its obstacles. Our challenges are still the same, lead times for permits are still lagging and the shortage of labor has always been a factor....

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09/13/2017 06:21:00 | Viewed: 0
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Best kept secret

DALLAS/FT WORTH - Twenty years ago, contractors were using fax machines, visiting plan rooms and handling mounds of paper to manage the bid process. The Builders Exchange of Texas (BXTX) was in the thick of it, publishing a printed Bulletin, operating a physical plan room and busily making blueprint copies for its members. Then one day, BXTX received its first CD Rom with plans and specs on it and realized that the world was moving rapidly tow...

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09/05/2017 22:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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Legal - The Economic Loss Rule and construction defect litigation Part 3: Blurred lines, uncertainty, and recent legal developments

AUSTIN - This is the third article in a three-part series about the economic loss rule. As previously discussed, the rule sorts legal claims by distinguishing whether a party can recover under contract or in tort. Thus, how the rule draws the line between contract and tort claims is vital for those in the construction industry. Indeed, if the rule sets a broad scope for contract claims, parties who rely on the certainty provided by certain contra...

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08/30/2017 21:00:00 | Viewed: 0
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OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule

AUSTIN - On March 25th, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule regarding respirable crystalline silica. Under this rule, employers are now subject to new standards for protecting workers. As the construction industry approaches the required implementation date of September 23, 2017, it is a good time to review the highlights....

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08/30/2017 11:03:00 | Viewed: 0