L&I Director on Rates: Aiming for Predictability, Lower Costs

L&I Director on Rates: Aiming for Predictability Lower Costs Editor’s note: We asked the Department of Labor & Industry Director Joel Sacks to answer a few questions for this newsletter about his thinking regarding workers’ comp rates. Click here for a separate article about the propos...
Posted on 10/08/2013

An Insider's Look at Federal Construction Plans on Nov. 6

NAVFAC Corps of Engineers Coast Guard and GSA present projects for the next three years at AGC’s Federal Facilities meeting in Seattle. Immediately following AGC will host a reception for all participants. Don’t miss this valuable networking opportunity! Click federal outlook.
Posted on 10/08/2013

New: Lean Construction Certification Program from AGCEF

Learn new lean techniques and approaches that reduce costs reduce schedules improve quality and remove variability and risk in your projects. The curriculum is designed and provided by Professional Engineers. Click Lean Construction.
Posted on 10/08/2013

Get Info on Shutdown's Impacts

To provide details on how contractors could be impacted by -- and what they can do during --  the government shutdown AGC of America created this Government Shutdown Resource Center.
Posted on 10/08/2013

2014 WA State Construction Forecast on Nov. 20

AGCs Southern District will hold this free seminar at the Fife office (3601 20th Street East) on Nov. 20 from 12-1:30pm. Please save the date and RSVP today. McGraw-Hill Constructions top forecaster will present a 2014 Washington State-specific sector-by-sector construction forecast. This informa...
Posted on 10/08/2013

New Seattle Policy has Contractors Acting Like Banks

By Tymon Berger Ashbaugh Beal In the last days of September the city of Seattle announced dramatic changes to the prompt payment terms found in the citys standard contract provisions for public construction work. The city initially appeared ready to release the proposed changes on Oct. 1 for co...
Posted on 10/07/2013

AGC of Washington Welcomes New Customer-Service Associate

She may well be the first voice you hear when you call or the first face you see when you visit AGCs office in Seattle. Either way were happy to welcome Jenna Shames to the AGC of Washington staff as our new Customer-Service Associate. Jennas a Seattle native but shows very little sign of rust an...
Posted on 10/07/2013

2013 Construction Career Day Wows the Crowd

Over 900 students from 23 King County-area high schools attended the 2013 Construction Career Day event held at Magnuson Park in northeast Seattle on Oct. 2 and 3. This marked the event’s sixth year again with major support from AGC of Washington the AGC of Washington Education Foundation and Was...
Posted on 10/07/2013

Big Bertha

At the October 15th breakfast meeting of the AGC Seattle District Matt Preedy Alaskan Way Viaduct-Replacement Program Deputy-Program Administrator and Chris Dixon Seattle Tunnel Partners Project Manager will update AGC members on the project. Learn about the tunneling process construction cha...
Posted on 09/30/2013

Sixteen Scholarship Recipients Announced

A number of Washington State college students have been awarded AGC Education Foundation scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year. Six are from CWU seven are from UW and three are from WSU. Read more about the award winners all supported by generous AGC Education Foundation donors.
Posted on 09/25/2013

Attend EMR Think Tanks Hosted by AGC Retro

Get your 2014 Experience Modification Rate learn your best possible EMR and hear key guidelines to help you decide how long to keep someone on salary or light duty. Plus learn about and comment on L&I’s new initiatives to improve future rates and customer service.  Visit AGC’s event calendar ...
Posted on 09/25/2013

Welcome, New Members!

The following firms have been approved as AGC of Washington members. Welcome all! Western Forest Products Inc. IMAGINiT Technologies American Pump and Electric Systems West LLC Accrete Construction LLC All Valley Sheet Metal Inc. MacDonald Miller Facility Solutions Salinas Construction...
Posted on 09/25/2013

Seattle Seeks Candidates for Construction-Codes Advisory Board

From City of Seattle press release: Mayor Mike McGinn invites applicants to fill three openings on the Construction-Codes Advisory Board. These new members will fill positions representing three different professions: Organized labor General contractors and Apartment-building owners or oper...
Posted on 09/25/2013

Proposed Workers' Comp Increases Vary by Work Classification

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) proposed an average 2.7% rate increase for 2014 workers’ compensation premiums. Rates are different for each individual risk classification. Within construction the changes range from a decrease of 12% for the bridge bulkhead and tunnel classifi...
Posted on 09/24/2013

GLY Grizzlies First in 2013 Iron Horse Relay

The GLY Grizzlies rule! AGC congratulates GLY’s six-man team of principals who dominated the corporate competition in the 70-mile five-leg relay of paddling biking and running in Cascade country. They had already quaffed two well-deserved pitchers of beer before the second-place finishers in the ...
Posted on 09/24/2013

AGC Supports Member in Court Case against Union and Trust Funds

John Ahlers Ahlers & Cressman PLLC Under 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.  The purpose of these laws is to protect the public entity (owner) from subco...
Posted on 09/24/2013

AGC Education Foundation: A Celebration of Generosity

On September 12 the AGC Education Foundation hosted “A Celebration of Generosity.” Donors and recipients were connected and provided with the opportunity to learn about the varied programs at the AGC EF. It was an event dedicated to the past and present industry leadership scholarship and grant r...
Posted on 09/24/2013

Local Pension Plans Healthier than Most

Doug Peterson AGC Labor Relations Director A review of pension plans across the country is very troubling. A recent survey by the National Coordinating Committee of Multiemployer Plans showed that over 50 percent of the reporting plans are below 80 percent funding. By comparison the plans of the...
Posted on 09/24/2013

AGC Members Make the Case for Transportation Funding

Thanks to AGC members who have participated or are planning to participate in transportation hearings being held throughout the state! The Washington State Senate Republican Caucus reports that hundreds of Washington citizens turned out to share their thoughts and ideas on state transportation i...
Posted on 09/24/2013

Renewed Push for Transportation Package

AGC and its partners in the Keep Washington Rolling coalition are implementing a campaign aimed at convincing the Legislature to pass a new transportation package in a special session or as soon as possible during the 2014 session. Keep Washington Rolling (KWR) is a statewide group that includes...
Posted on 09/10/2013

New Affirmative-Action Rules Finalized

On August 27 the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced two final rules that will expand the affirmative-action obligations of direct federal contractors and their subcontractors with regard to veterans and individuals with disabilities. The rules upda...
Posted on 09/10/2013

Inslee's Executive Order Impacts Contractor-Selection Process

Governor Inslee recently signed an executive order “requiring consideration of lifecycle and operating costs in public-works projects.” The order requires agencies – when hiring an architect engineer GC/CM or Design Build firm for projects funded by the state’s capital budget — to consider the f...
Posted on 09/09/2013

74% of Construction Firms Having Trouble Finding Qualified Workers

Nearly three-fourths of construction firms across the country report that they are having trouble finding qualified craft workers to fill key spots amid concerns that labor shortages will only get worse according to the results of an industry-wide survey released today by AGC of America. Associa...
Posted on 09/09/2013

Washington Court of Appeals Narrows Six-Year Statute of Repose

By Paul R. Cressman Jr. The time limit on a claim for a construction defect is governed by a statute of repose and a statute of limitation. A statute of repose terminates a right of action after a specified time even if injury has not yet occurred. Under RCW 4.16.310 the statute of repose term...
Posted on 08/26/2013

Seattle Agrees – No Sales Tax on Construction Retainage Bonds

By Jerry Dinndorf AGC Seattle District Manager Thanks to the due diligence of Mike Pellitteri PELLCO Construction and a legal assist from Tymon Berger Ashbaugh Beal the City of Seattle reversed its long standing policy of charging sales tax on retainage bonds. Mike questioned the appropriatenes...
Posted on 08/26/2013