L&I cuts retainage release time in half

At the urging of AGC, key legislators pressured L&I to reduce the amount of time the department had been taking to complete its share of the retainage release process.
Posted on 10/10/2017

New disparity study leads to WSDOT’s request to rescind white-women waiver

Based on the results of its recently completed disparity study, WSDOT has asked the Federal Highway Administration to rescind the waiver WSDOT received in 2016 to exclude white woman-owned firms from the race and gender-conscious component of the DBE program.
Posted on 09/26/2017

L&I proposes 2.5% decrease in workers’ comp rates; AGC seeks reforms

The average amount employers pay for workers' compensation insurance in Washington would drop 2.5 percent in 2018 under a proposal from L&I.
Posted on 09/26/2017

Harvey's aftermath will rattle construction supply chain, economists say

Hurricane Harvey’s immediate impact on the construction sector will be a disruption in the supply chain for key materials, along with scheduling problems for projects that were under construction.
Posted on 09/08/2017

No action on capital budget, Hirst fix

Key legislators were recently in Olympia attempting to negotiate an agreement on legislation addressing the Hirst water-rights court decision.
Posted on 08/29/2017

Attorney General’s Office seeks US Supreme Court review in culverts case

The Attorney General’s Office recently filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the “culverts case.”
Posted on 08/28/2017

President Trump’s Executive Order seeks to expedite infrastructure projects

AGC of America reports that President Trump recently issued an Executive Order...
Posted on 08/28/2017

How to handle an environmental inspection

The initial and most critical phase of an environmental enforcement action is the agency inspection of the event or facility.
Posted on 08/01/2017

Apply now for AGC/WSDOT Excellence in Contract Administration awards

The awards, presented annually at the AGC/WSDOT annual meeting, recognize and encourage extraordinary achievements by the contractor/WSDOT partnership responsible for delivering transportation projects in a timely, professional and responsive manner while also considering the needs of others who are affected by the project.
Posted on 07/31/2017

No capital budget, no Hirst fix as Legislature adjourns

After a long session that saw the Legislature reach a hard-fought compromise on the operating budget to address the McCleary decision, policymakers left Olympia last week without passing a 2017-2019 capital budget nor a solution to the water-related Hirst decision.
Posted on 07/24/2017

AGC secures legislators’ help to speed up retainage release

At the request of AGC, key legislators are pursuing faster release of retainage on public works projects. House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee Chair Mike Sells and Ranking Minority Member Matt Manweller as well as Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee Chair Michael Baumgartner are pressing the Department of Labor and Industries to dramatically speed-up the time it takes to release retainage.
Posted on 07/17/2017

Contact your legislators today and urge them to pass the Capital Budget now!

The State Legislature has passed the operating budget -- but not the capital budget, which funds a multitude of construction projects.
Posted on 07/14/2017

Acceptable worksites: new City of Seattle specification provisions now in effect

The City of Seattle’s City Purchasing & Contracting Services recently revised its General Special Provisions for City construction contracts to add new “Acceptable Worksite” language.
Posted on 07/11/2017

No capital gains, B&O tax increase in new state budget

Just barely avoiding a government shutdown, the Legislature on June 30 passed the $44 billion 2017-2019 state operating budget.
Posted on 07/11/2017

Legislature passes compromise paid family-leave bill

The Legislature passed and Governor signed a compromise family leave bill that included significant elements sought by the business community.
Posted on 07/10/2017

Don’t work apprentices out of scope, reminds L&I and WSDOT

In a recent memo to contractors, WSDOT and L&I reminded contractors that they are not permitted to work an apprentice outside of their approved scope of work and that they could be prohibited from bidding should they do so.
Posted on 07/10/2017

L&I says contractors can now submit certified payrolls electronically

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries recently launched the option for contractors to upload payroll records on public works projects to create certified payroll reports.
Posted on 07/10/2017

AGC of Washington mourns the passing of Gene J. Colin

Gene J. Colin, age 76, former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Ferguson Construction, died of natural causes while doing what he loved on Tuesday morning, June 6th.
Posted on 06/12/2017

Court of Appeals to review King County’s attempted end-around venue statute

In April, AGC’s Legal Affairs Committee supported a contractor-member’s efforts before the Washington Court of Appeals. The Legal Affairs Committee joined the contractor in asking the appellate court to consider the contractor’s request to have its lawsuit against King County decided in a Snohomish County court.
Posted on 06/06/2017

General Construction case highlights Courts’ ongoing struggle with Mike M. Johnson

Another court in Washington was asked to apply the Mike M. Johnson decision to a contractor’s claim for extra work. This time it was the Division III Court of Appeals in Washington.
Posted on 06/06/2017

L&I says new system makes it easier to meet requirements

L&I has announced that contractors have a completely redesigned system that makes it easier to meet requirements on public works projects.
Posted on 06/05/2017

WSDOT using Maximum Funds Available specifications for a few projects

WSDOT has announced that a few projects to be advertised by the end of this year will carry Maximum Funds Available specifications. For these projects bids will be rejected if the bid amounts exceed the specified maximum funds available.
Posted on 06/05/2017

WSDOT implements waiver of women-owned businesses from COA goals on FHA-funded projects

Beginning June 1, 2017 women-owned businesses no longer satisfy Condition of Award (COA) goals on federally-funded (specifically Federal Highway Administration funded) projects, WSDOT has announced.
Posted on 06/05/2017

Transportation budget passes but no agreement yet on operating and capital budgets

While deals on the state’s operating and capital budgets remain elusive, the Legislature has passed the 2017-2019 transportation budget, and on May 16 Gov. Inslee signed it.
Posted on 05/23/2017

Governor signs bill requiring generals to post retainage bond upon request of subs

Effective July 23, 2017, general contractors will be required to bond for a subcontractor’s portion of retainage, upon request of the subcontractor.
Posted on 05/23/2017