Report confirms the loss of transportation funds to compact

$30 million a year is being siphoned out of gas-tax funded transportation construction by a questionable compact that Washington State entered into with the Tribes in 2007 concludes a report by former Washington State Auditor Brian Sonntag. In 2007 the Legislature passed a bill authorizing the G...
Posted on 04/28/2014

CWU construction program gets boost from AGC

With help from the AGC of Washington an endowment has been established at Central Washington University’s Construction Management program that provides continuous funding for classroom equipment construction outreach and education. AGC recently made the last installment on a $50000 pledge for CW...
Posted on 04/28/2014

State Supreme Court overturns law protecting general contractors from trust fund liens on public works projects

By John P. Ahlers and Masaki James YamadaUnder Washington’s Public Works statutes (RCW 39.08 and 60.28) general contractors who perform public works are legally required to post payment bonds and have retainage withheld from progress payments. The purpose of these laws is to protect the public en...
Posted on 04/15/2014

Milestone for PCL Civil's Sound Transit project

The PCL Civil Constructors construction team for the Sound Transit South 200th Link Extension project was visited by Sound Transit staff members of the congressional delegation Washington State and local officials and the media on April 9th. The start of the guideway erection at Sound Transits...
Posted on 04/15/2014

Development permits no longer hostage to challenges to permit regs

By John Riper Ashbaugh BealRecently the Washington Supreme Court issued a decision that may go a long way toward eliminating challenges to the legality of land use regulations as a tactic for derailing a developer’s permit application.The case involves a proposed development at Point Wells a 61-a...
Posted on 04/15/2014

Nearly half of highway contractors experience work zone crashes

Last week was National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week bringing attention to safety in work zones for both motorists and workers. WSDOT hosted an event on April 8 at the SR 99/new South Atlantic Street Overpass which included the annual Worker Memorial tribute. A focus on highway work zone safet...
Posted on 04/14/2014

AGC's 2014 Legislative Recap

The following bills passed the Legislature in 2014. E2SHB 2192 – AGC’s position: SupportState agency permitting: In response to recommendations from a recent performance audit by the Washington State Auditor’s Office this bill requires agencies to keep track of and public report the amount of ti...
Posted on 04/14/2014

Constantine Builders embraces lean construction as part of growth strategy

George Constantine says that more family time travel and the senior golf tour beckon so he has initiated a transition plan that in a few years will conclude with his son Paul leading Constantine Builders Inc. While that transition is occurring though George and Paul are establishing Constantine...
Posted on 04/14/2014

Help stop NLRB's “ambush” election rule

The NLRB has re-issued a proposed rule on representation-case procedures with a public comment deadline of Monday April 7. It mirrors a 2011 “quickie election” or “ambush election” rule that was ultimately invalidated by a court. To take action click ambush rule.
Posted on 04/02/2014

Arlington modified-duty center opens

AGC Retro has moved one of its modified-duty centers to Arlington. This is an excellent light-duty option for people restricted from performing modified duties at your jobsite. Workers study the core safety codes and can receive CPR/first aid certification flagger certification OSHA ten-hour tra...
Posted on 03/31/2014

IMCO hosts BHS students at Lynden jobsite

AGC of Washington was pleased to partner with IMCO General Construction and Bellingham High School for a Lunch with the Crew and jobsite tour event on March 20th. IMCO superintendent Joe Lupo and his crew hosted eight lucky Bellingham High School students at IMCOs wastewater treatment plant ex...
Posted on 03/31/2014

Rep. Larsen talks workforce, transportation with AGC

AGC members Brett Ferullo (Northwest Construction) Chuck Lutrell (Dawson Construction) and AGC Northern District Manager Liz Evans recently had the opportunity to sit down with Congressman Rick Larsen (photo) for a conversation on various issues affecting the construction industry and Washington ...
Posted on 03/17/2014

U.S. DOT likely to delay reimbursements this summer

AGC of America reports that last week committees in the Senate and the House heard from U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and other Department officials about their FY 2015 budget submission MAP-21 reauthorization and how they intend to administer highway and transit programs consider...
Posted on 03/17/2014

National honors for AGC of Washington members

A number of AGC of Washington members received national recognition at the recent 2014 AGC of America convention in Las Vegas. National 2014 Alliant Build America Awards were presented to Max J. Kuney of Spokane (Highway & Transportation category) for their work on the Skagit River Bridge Re...
Posted on 03/13/2014

ACT NOW: With the clock running down, full-court press on transportation package

With the clock running down in the 2014 state legislative session AGC and others are putting on a full-court press to secure passage of a comprehensive transportation package. AGC members are strongly urged to contact their legislators – even if they already did so earlier this year – and urge t...
Posted on 03/04/2014

Bayley achieves L&I's first START designation for construction

Bayley Construction is Washingtons first construction company to achieve the states START designation. “We are really proud of this recognition as we always want to be the best that we can be -- and safety goes right along with that” says Ron Bayley Chairman and CEO. Both Bayley’s corporate offic...
Posted on 03/03/2014

Bill that reduces L&I claims processing times passes Senate

AGC is supporting legislation SB 5112 to allow Retro plans to schedule independent medical examinations (IMEs) and vocational rehabilitation assessments facilitating faster processing of claims. “Labor and Industries’ caseloads are triple the industry standard” testified AGC Group Retro Direct...
Posted on 03/03/2014

AGC supports employer immunity from suit in Supreme Court appeal

By John Riper Ashbaugh BealA pending lawsuit against The Boeing Company threatens to impose new liability on Washington contractors whose employees have been exposed to toxic or harmful substances on a jobsite. The case involves employer liability for asbestos exposure 28 years ago but the outcom...
Posted on 03/03/2014

Ask Your State Senator to Restore Funding for Public Works

An important public-works bill has passed the House. Act now to urge the State Senate to act! The House passed SHB 2244 a bill to restore funding for the Public Works Assistance Account a key source of financing for local governments for the acquisition construction repair replacement or improve...
Posted on 02/20/2014

Surge in AGC membership applications

AGC of Washington has seen a significant increase in membership applications in recent months as area businesses look to reinforce their bottom line. For 2013 as a whole new-member applications grew by about 14 percent over typical years. 2014 however is off to an even busier start with the chapt...
Posted on 02/17/2014

Senators announce $12.3B transportation funding plan

Last week Sen. Curtis King co-chair of the Senate Transportation Committee unveiled a new transportation funding package. Sen. King was joined by several other members of the Majority Coalition Caucus in announcing the 12-year $12.29 billion proposal which includes an 11.5-cent-per-gallon gas...
Posted on 02/17/2014

AGC working on several labor-related bills

Several labor-related bills – some opposed by AGC some supported – are still alive in the current legislative session. Below is a recap; for additional information contact Van Collins at 360 352 5000360 352 5000.AGC supports:SB 5125 – Changes the statutory definition of occupational disease so th...
Posted on 02/17/2014

ACT NOW to support infrastructure construction

Feb. 14 -- At any moment the State House of Representatives will be voting on a bill to restore funding for the Public Works Assistance Account a key source of financing for local governments for the acquisition construction repair replacement or improvement of bridges streets and roads; water sy...
Posted on 02/14/2014

Bill changes GC/CM for heavy civil projects

HB 2208 is legislation that would specifically allow changes to the current self-performance limitations and allow for part of the project to be negotiated when a project is “heavy civil” in nature. The bill changes the current 30 percent limit on negotiated work to 50%. The Capital Projects Rev...
Posted on 02/03/2014

AGC Elects 2014 Officers and Board Members

AGC of Washington elected a new group of officers at its 2014 annual convention held Jan. 24 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle. The association welcomed Joe Simmons Joseph S. Simmons Construction as president; Gary Smith Lease Crutcher Lewis as first vice president; Mark Seaman Abbott Construc...
Posted on 01/31/2014