The Modern Fort Worth AGC
Fort Worth AGC has come a long way from resolving labor disputes for a single
community. As part of TEXO, the Ft. Worth AGC now provides support in several
key arenas to develop its members as better general contractors and to expand
and improve the market.
"Our vision is to build the best contractor
community in the world," said Roussell. "All the things we do make better
contractors. In my opinion, we have the best qualified general contractor community
in the country. What's good for the owner is that we have so many good contractors
that we probably aren't getting paid what we should be getting paid for what we
do. It's very competitive. It's an attractive market.
"I serve on
an economic development group. We've been on three corporate recruiting trips
where I can represent the construction community to an owner. I'm not representing
a contractor; I'm representing the capability of our industry to owners. We're
involved in those things as part of a complete community effort to attract industry
to our market. We try to make sure our members are differentiated and recognized
as the best."
TEXO's efforts now focus on three separate areas:
- Governmental Coordination
- OSHA and Environmental Regulatory Compliance
One of TEXO's primary functions is to work with local governments
to resolve disputes and speak on behalf of the construction industry. TEXO works
with building officials, fire departments and city councils to address matters
and influence legislation. TEXO also participates in the North Central Texas Council
of Governments, working to standardize building codes and other regulatory requirements
across city lines.
TEXO is active in developing market opportunities with
local governments as well. "We have been involved with the $1.4 billion Dallas
Independent School District (DISD) construction program," Roussell said.
"We've met every Monday afternoon for the past 18 months, working out procedures
and how it's going to be handled. Our lawyer spent a lot of time and money, rewriting
the general conditions with their lawyer, to make sure this was $1.4 billion of
work that our members would be interested in pursuing. So far DISD has budgeted
about $300 million of that work, and every single project has gone to one of our
members. In some cases it went to companies that never touched school work before.
What we set out to do, we accomplished. We created a market for our members, particularly
at a time when that was a lot of the only work out there to pursue."
association has engaged in similar efforts with the Fort Worth Independent School
TEXO also works with the minority community to help build minority
contractor capacity. Recently, the University of North Texas sought the organization's
help to ensure minority representation on their new $350 million campus project
in South Dallas. "Today I'm meeting with minority chambers of commerce, minority
contractors and UNT," said Roussell. "We're bringing all the entities
together so we can work out a solution that's good for everyone."
the state level, AGC maintains an office of four full-time lobbyists in Austin.
This group works with the Texas Legislature and develops relationships with state-level
government agencies like the University of Texas system and the Comptroller's
OSHA and Environmental Regulatory Compliance
OSHA and EPA
regulatory compliance has become a cornerstone of TEXO's support to its members.
The group helps to develop safety programs for its members and provides training
classes to ensure that local general contractors have the knowledge and procedures
in place to adhere to government requirements. The AGC works closely with OSHA
and the EPA at all levels to resolve disputes and develop safety policies that
protect the workers and environment while not prohibiting general contractors
from doing their work in a cost-effective manner.
TEXO coordinated with
various federal agencies to develop the SafetyNet program, an application to track
safety and environmental programs at job sites with handheld personal information
manager devices. "We've tried to stay ahead of the curve in terms of providing
services that are innovative, and take some risks in moving those programs forward,"
Roussell said. "In the long run it pays off."
for our relationships with OSHA," Roussell said. "We just created a
partnering agreement with OSHA where, based on our member's program and our recommendations,
they'll sign a partnering agreement where they won't visit that member's job site
more than once. They'll leave it up to us to monitor that contractor thru our
"It's the same with EPA. We have worked out an agreement
with EPA where they'll accept the reports generated by SafetyNet as official job
reports. We were able to accomplish that only because we had EPA at the table
helping us build this program. All of those relationships in the long run benefit
the industry and our members."
Training and Education
to 1995, the local AGC chapters provided extensive training opportunities to craftsmen
in the construction industry. These efforts were duplicated by other trade organizations
as well. In 1996, The Construction Education Foundation (CEF) was created through
an alliance of the members of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), North
Texas Chapter; the AGC, Fort Worth Chapter; Associated General Contractors (AGC),
Ft. Worth Chapter and The American Subcontractors Association (ASA), North Texas
Chapter. The purpose of the CEF was to consolidate the craftsman-oriented training
into one organization.
Since then, AGC's training efforts have focused on
safety education, professional development for middle- and upper-management professionals
and site superintendent training.
TEXO is very active in developing aspiring
construction industry professionals. The group works with nine universities: The
University of Oklahoma; Oklahoma State; Texas A&M; Texas Tech, University
of Arkansas at Little Rock; John Brown University; North East Louisiana State
in Monroe; and Louisiana Tech in Rustin. TEXO provides scholarships and grants
to the schools and serves as advisors to the universities on construction curriculum
One program TEXO supports is the annual Region V Student
Competition. Student teams from area colleges participate in one of three competitions:
Commercial Building, Design/Build and Heavy-Civil. In each competition, the student
teams are presented with an assignment that replicates a real world project. The
teams develop proposals for the project, which are judged by local real estate
developers or other experts. Winners of the competitions earn cash awards for
their schools and the right to move on to the National Competition. TEXO members
help to organize and run this event and provide the cash prizes.
works to bring the best graduates to the Metroplex once they complete their studies.
"We sponsor an interview event for the students and local contractors,"
said Roussell. "Instead of our members having to go to all the universities,
we bring all the students here. We'll coordinate about 1,000 interviews for 150
students with the contractors."
ABC and Ft. Worth AGC / QUOIN Merge
October 24, 2008 the memberships of the Association of Building Contractors of
North Texas (ABC) and QUOIN voted to consolidate the two groups into a single
ABC / AGC Alliance. According to an article in the November 2008 issue of Dallas
/ Fort Worth Construction News, the merger is the next step in the evolution
of both organizations.
For example, the Fort Worth AGC originally catered
primarily to general contractors, while ABC served sub contractors and specialty
contractors. The Fort Worth AGC changed its procedures and structure to allow
specialty contractors to become full voting members and participate in leadership
positions within the organization. With that change, and with the subsequent merger
of the Dallas and Ft. Worth AGC chapters, the distinctions between QUOIN and ABC
became less significant.
Previously, local businesses had to choose which
organization to be part of, or maintain separate memberships with both organizations.
With the merger, full members of each chapter will become members of both national
organizations. The consolidation will reduce duplication of efforts, maximize
operating efficiencies and strengthen the industries' state and local lobbbying
efforts as well, providing a single voice for the ABC / AGC Alliance's 1900 members.
Ft. Worth AGC History NEXT:
Bob Moore Construction and Ft. Worth AGC
Member Bob Moore Construction recognizes that the AGC Ft. Worth's name was changed
to TEXO The Construction Association in 2009. This
followed the merger of the North Texas Chapters of AGC and ABC. While initially
the name TEXO was not widely recognized with other construction and commercial
real estate businesses, it has since become well known and regarded. The merger
of AGC and ABC in Fort Worth will continue to offer benefits to the industry and
has already been instrumental in key legislative changes that have made a positive
impact for General Contractors as well as Specialty Contractors all over the state
The purpose of this website is to provide historical information
about the Fort Worth AGC and to help make the new consolidated organization's
information easier for you to find. For more information about TEXO
The Construction Association Chapters of AGC / ABC, we encourage to you
to visit their website at: