Report highlights need for rural road improvement

In 2012 22 percent of Washington’s major rural roads were rated in poor condition -- the 12th-highest rate nationally.This is one of the findings of a recently released report Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland by national transportation research group TRIP. Th...
Posted on 07/18/2014

Members sought for State building-code council

The State Building Code Council is seeking members for all of the technical advisory groups (TAGs) in preparation for the 2015 code-adoption cycle. TAGs conduct research into code-related matters review proposed amendments to codes and identify and define issues related to the codes as requested ...
Posted on 07/09/2014

2014 Safety Team Golf Tourney recap

Even with a classic northwest mixture of sun clouds wind drizzle and -- believe it or not --  occasional rain nothing could ruin this year’s 16th annual AGC Safety Team Golf Tournament at High Cedars golf course in Orting (more photos here)! With a full field of 144 golfers we congratulate the ...
Posted on 07/07/2014

Court strengthens insurer-paid defense component of contractors' liability policies

By John Riper Ashbaugh BealJust one day before departing for last week’s Fourth of July holiday the Washington Supreme Court unanimously decided a case that brings good news to Washington contractors and others who purchase liability insurance. The case is particularly welcome to AGC of Washingto...
Posted on 07/07/2014

Seattle construction cranes a welcome sight

Have you noticed? A plethora of construction cranes is now visible across the Seattle skyline in this YouTube video. Although some are obscured or difficult to see there are 18 construction cranes -- mostly tower cranes -- in this video clip taken last week from the Seattle AGC Building. Con...
Posted on 06/24/2014

Korsmo, Moen host legislators to launch LEARN program

Senators Christine Rolfes (D-23) and Jim Honeyford (R-15) got up-close looks at construction projects thanks to hosts John Korsmo owner of Korsmo Construction and Michael Moen co-owner of G.H. Moen. Sen. Rolfes saw Korsmo’s Suquamish Tribal Clearwater Casino Resort expansion project outside of...
Posted on 06/24/2014

AGC Retro celebrates award winners and whopping refund

See AGC Retro Top Performers here! Congratulations to them all! In events held around the state AGC Retro members recently celebrated top refund performance and lower experience modification rates (EMRs) achieved through their shared commitment to safety and to accommodating injured workers with...
Posted on 06/23/2014

Stillwell, Lange named to Foundation Board

The AGC Education Foundation Board of Trustees welcomes Mark Stillwell (L in photo) of Foushée & Associates Inc. and Ron Lange (R in photo) of Parker Smith & Feek Inc. as new members of the board. Additionally Kurt Boyd will continue his service through a renewed affiliation with Valley...
Posted on 06/20/2014

SBA increases small-business size standards for construction

From AGC of AmericaOn June 12 the U.S. Small Business Administration issued an interim final rule that increases a number of construction industry small-business size standards to account for inflation since 2008. The size standard for Commercial and Institutional Building Construction (NAICS cod...
Posted on 06/20/2014

Gas-tax increase proposed in U.S. Senate

From AGC of America With the balance in the federal Highway Trust Fund quickly being depleted to the point that it is projected to have insufficient revenue to pay states for ongoing construction activities within the next few weeks Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn) introduc...
Posted on 06/20/2014

AGC Education Foundation announces 15 scholarship winners

The AGC Education Foundation of Seattle has announced its 2014-2015 scholarship recipients!University of Washington• Lee “Colton” Cox Duvall WA: Chester H. & Elizabeth N. Johnson Memorial Scholarship• Sergio Ortega Edmonds WA: William and Jean Scott Building Construction Scholarship• Nick San...
Posted on 06/20/2014

AGC Seattle offices complete move

AGC of Washingtons Seattle headquarters completed the move of its offices on June 10 vacating the previous space that it held for more than thirty years. It wasnt a long move however; staff are now located on the west side of the same third floor in the same Westlake Avenue (AGC) building instead...
Posted on 06/10/2014

Insurance coverage: Be careful what you ask for

By Tristan Swanson Ashbaugh Beal Contractors and owners alike want additional insured coverage that fully covers them against damage caused by downstream contractors. However as demonstrated by the recent Washington Court of Appeals decision Lewark v. Davis Door Service Inc. careless contract la...
Posted on 06/10/2014

AGC's Mandi Kime honored for safety leadership

AGC Safety Director Mandi Kime was given an award for outstanding safety leadership during a recent meeting of L&I’s Construction Advisory Committee.“I am proud to say that Washington is a national leader in establishing the best of construction practices and that includes the construction-wo...
Posted on 06/10/2014

AGC protests exclusion of women-owned firms from WSDOT DBE program

WSDOT is moving forward with its proposal to exclude non-minority women-owned businesses from Washingtons DBE program goals for federally-funded contracts. WSDOT recently submitted its proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportations Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). If approved by FHWA th...
Posted on 06/10/2014

AGC of America joins Hiring Our Heroes program to add 100K vets to workforce

AGC of America announced that it is joining the national Hiring Our Heroes program as part of the construction industry’s effort to add 100000 veterans over five years. The new partnership will make it easier for construction contractors to find recruit and hire veterans association officials add...
Posted on 06/10/2014

Safety Stand-Down Week, June 2-6

Falls account for the highest number of deaths among construction workers nationally and more than half of all worker hospitalizations across all industries in Washington state. Because of the high number of falls in the workplace the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries is ...
Posted on 05/29/2014

Workers' comp news: Fraud prevention, structured settlements, medical network

Fraud prevention: L&I recently made several announcements about peopled arrested or convicted for workers’ comp fraud. For example three defendants from Tacoma East Wenatchee and Idaho in three unrelated cases pleaded guilty to felony theft for stealing workers’ compensation benefits. Each wa...
Posted on 05/23/2014

Another big AGC Retro refund!

AGC Retro just received a whopping 42% group refund! More than half of the members in the program are earning 54% refunds on their workers compensation premiums as a result of a performance-based refund distribution designed to reward safety and light duty efforts!  Van Hardy chairman of the prog...
Posted on 05/23/2014

Transportation and the Governor's climate executive order: Your thoughts?

Gov. Inslee’s recent Executive Order regarding climate change has received a lot of attention most of it focused on his plans for a carbon cap-and-trade program. However there are several other elements to the Executive Order (full copy here) that could impact the construction industry including ...
Posted on 05/23/2014

Lydig, Centennial take home 2014 Build Washington Grand Awards

A packed house at Bellevue’s Hyatt Regency saw Lydig Construction and Centennial Contractors Enterprises take home Grand Awards for Construction and Safety respectively at the 2014 Build Washington Awards on May 15. Dave Ross of KIRO radio was the evenings master of ceremonies. Lydig Constructio...
Posted on 05/23/2014

Want to be a dot-build rather than a dot-com?

From AGC of America:The new .build website domain is now available for registration! Similar to .com .org and .biz .build is one of the initial 250+ internet domains that have recently been released by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Over the next few years it is...
Posted on 05/12/2014

New water-quality rules will impact construction

Governor Inslee will soon make a determination regarding fish consumption in Washington State. This seemingly innocuous determination though could have a big effect on utility rates future development and construction. The figure that the state adopts for “fish consumption” – basically the amoun...
Posted on 05/12/2014

Gov. Inslee signs executive order on carbon reduction

Gov. Jay Inslee recently signed an executive order outlining a series of steps to cut carbon pollution in Washington through a cap-and-trade program a low-carbon fuel standard more energy-efficient buildings and other tactics. The Governor’s executive order does not implement any new programs but...
Posted on 05/12/2014

CWU honors AGC's Mandi Kime

AGC Safety Director Mandi Kime was honored as a distinguished volunteer by CWU President Dr. James L. Gaudino and the College of Education and Professional Studies Dean Dr. Connie Lambert at the 2014 Volunteer Appreciation Celebration. Mandi (second from right in photo) was honored particularly ...
Posted on 04/28/2014