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

AGC 2014 Annual Convention highlights

AGC of Washington once again featured a wide range of events and happenings at its day-long annual convention at the Seattle Four Seasons Hotel on January 24. These included the convention’s kick-off luncheon with guest speaker Jeff Shoaf AGC of America’s Senior Executive Director for Government ...
Posted on 01/31/2014

Loren Pease named AGC's 2014 Contractor of the Year

Loren Pease of Pease Construction in Lakewood was presented with the AGC of Washington’s 2014 Contractor of the Year award at the AGC’s annual convention held on Jan. 24 at Seattle’s Four Seasons Hotel. Additional annual awards were announced including Subcontractor of the Year presented to Ken D...
Posted on 01/31/2014

AGC testifies on a flurry of labor bills

AGC opposes bills to increase apprentice utilization mandate paid vacation leave and mandate certified payrolls on public projects and supports bills to clarify independent contractor rules. Apprentice UtilizationHB 2526 would make any bidder “non-responsible” that does not meet apprenticeship u...
Posted on 01/31/2014

AGC to Legislature: Restore funding for public works construction

AGC is supporting legislation to restore funding streams to the Public Works Assistance Account which helps fund hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of local construction projects. Local governments and special purpose districts are eligible to apply to the Public Works Board (PWB) for low-int...
Posted on 01/31/2014

Can a contractor be forced to pay twice for a subcontractor's employee benefits? Washington Supreme Court to decide (again).

By James R. Lynch Ahlers & Cressman PLLC(Editor’s note: Oral arguments can be viewed on TVW here.)In the first case of its Winter 2014 term the Washington State Supreme Court is considering whether an employee benefits trust may use the Washington public works bond and retention statutes to p...
Posted on 01/21/2014

Washington construction industry sends every worker home in 2013

That’s right in Washington State in 2013 there were ZERO worker fatalities. ZERO.Rewind the clock about five years and the industry average number of annual fatalities was 18. We have seen a steady drop in our fatality counts each year and this year we got to celebrate the best outcome possible. ...
Posted on 01/20/2014

AGC EF announces inaugural lean certification graduates

Congratulations to the first graduating class of the AGC Education Foundation’s new Lean Construction Certification Program (LCCP)! Thirteen students completed all six modules of the program which taught participants new lean techniques and approaches that reduce costs reduce schedules improve ...
Posted on 01/07/2014

Defense bill boosts local military construction

The $526.8 billion defense budget signed by President Obama during the holidays includes $153 million for projects at JBLM and $85 million for facilities at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.  The local projects funded in the defense bill are:• $79 million for a new Army aircraft maintenance hange...
Posted on 01/06/2014

Workers' Comp Rates will Increase 2.7% in 2014

Premiums for workers’ compensation insurance next year will increase for the first time in three years the Department of Labor and Industries announced this week. The average 2.7-percent rate increase for 2014 premiums is an increase of less than two cents per hour worked. L&I confirmed the ...
Posted on 12/02/2013

AGCEF Helps Students Transition from College to Work

The AGC Education Foundation is helping students from our state universities transition from their education into the industry.  AGCEF sponsored and designed a mentorship program that allows construction-management students from CWU UW and WSU to network with former scholarship recipients donor...
Posted on 12/02/2013

MBDA Helps Connect GCs with M/W/DBEs

The following info is provided by the Seattle MBDA Business Center. Hello AGC members! I’m Rhonda DeVito a business consultant at the Seattle MBDA Business Center and I’d like to invite AGC members to use our services. Never heard of the MBDA? The Minority Business Development Agency is funde...
Posted on 12/02/2013

Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Would Have Negative Impact on Construction

Washington State is considering the implementation of a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS). While some of the effects of such a policy on the construction industry are unknown because it has yet to be tried anywhere the things that are known about the policy are not good. The push for a low-carbon ...
Posted on 12/02/2013

AGC Testifies in Support of Senate Transportation-Funding Measure

The Senate proposal includes a phased-in 11.5-cent per-gallon gas-tax increase (the House-passed bill included a 10.5-cent increase). The gas-tax increase combined with other fees and bonding authority would bring spending to about $12.3 billion. Here’s the list of revenues and expenditures. ...
Posted on 12/02/2013

Washington's 2014 Construction Forecast Positive Across Many Sectors

Click here for the full 2014 economic-forecast presentation. With Washington State among the country’s healthiest economies 2014 looks promising for healthy growth among most of the state’s construction sectors according to Cliff Brewis of McGraw-Hill. Brewis was the featured speaker at Novemb...
Posted on 12/02/2013

Brett Ferullo to Chair AGC's BUILD PAC

Brett Ferullo Northwest Construction was once again elected Chair of the Senior Council for AGC’s BUILD PAC with Dan Absher Absher Construction elected Vice Chair.“One of our immediate goals is to increase contributions to AGC’s BUILD PAC through the dues-renewal process that is underway right no...
Posted on 11/18/2013

Senate Proposes $12B Transportation Package

In a bit of a surprise the State Senate’s Majority Coalition Caucus (comprised of all 23 Republicans and two Democrats) recently proposed a comprehensive transportation-funding package that would increase transportation spending by more than $12 billion.While the Senate proposal ups the ante comp...
Posted on 11/18/2013

Lewis Team Raises $126K to Obliterate Cancer

Lease Crutcher Lewis was the top fundraising team for Obliteride the inaugural bike ride fundraising event recently organized by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  Lewis was an early and major supporter of the event. In the end Lewis donated $126000 raised by employees partner firms friends...
Posted on 11/04/2013

2013 Pierce County Construction Career Day

Pierce County Career Day is an innovative workforce-development tool designed to provide high-school students with hands-on exposure to diverse and growing careers and to provide employers with a pipeline of professionals for tomorrow. The Pierce County Construction Partnership hosts ove...
Posted on 11/04/2013

American Construction Flies the Colors: Purple and Gold

In support of the successful University of Washington football season and the appearance of ESPNs College Gameday show on the UW campus before the recent Oregon game American Construction Company proudly supported the University by flying the purple and gold flag off the SR520 Bridge.American ...
Posted on 11/04/2013

Is There a Carbon Tax in the Atmosphere?

Expect low-carbon fuel standards and a carbon tax to be on the agenda when the State Legislature convenes in January. These and other greenhouse gas-related proposals got a boost from Gov. Inslee on two fronts recently:•    The Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup (CLEW) created by legisla...
Posted on 11/04/2013

Opposition to Tacoma's Paid Sick-Leave Effort

AGC and other stakeholders in the business community continue to fight a harmful paid sick-leave proposal that the labor community is pushing in the City of Tacoma. Recently Tacomas News Tribune wrote an editorial in opposition to the proposal. Read it here.
Posted on 10/23/2013

AGCWA Construction-Processes Class Helps Train DOSH Staff

The Washington Department of Labor and Industries is implementing an AGC of Washington program to help train L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) field staff in construction processes. AGC’s Introduction to Construction Methods Practices & Processes class helps new DO...
Posted on 10/21/2013

AGC Chapter Leaders Visit D.C., Members of Congress

Earlier this month (just as the government was shutting down not incidentally) AGC chapter leaders from around the country descended upon Washington D.C. for its annual National and Chapter Leadership Conference. This conference is designed to bring chapter leaders together to discuss best ...
Posted on 10/21/2013

AGC Submits Testimony to House Panel on Federal Contract Bundling

AGC of America has been working with Congress and federal agencies to help ensure that Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOCs) and Multiple Award Construction Contracts (MACCs) don’t unnecessarily limit competition for federal construction projects. On Oct. 10 AGC submitted testimony to the...
Posted on 10/21/2013