Lean Construction Training Offered by AGC Education Foundation

AGC Education Foundation (AGCEF) is piloting a Lean Construction Series to help contractors reduce costs through streamlining and efficient project management keep work flowing so that crews are always productive installing product reduce inventory of material and tools and improve bottom lines. ...
Posted on 08/26/2013

L&I Announces New COHEs

Labor and Industries press release: The Department of Labor & Industries has finalized new agreements with health-care organizations to provide Centers of Occupational Health and Education (COHEs). COHEs are organizations that improve medical treatment for Washington’s injured workers. “The...
Posted on 08/12/2013

WSDOT's Disparity Study Suggests DBE Goals up to 14.9%

AGC takes issue with a report that recommends DBE goals between 8.4% and 14.9% on federally-funded WSDOT projects. “AGC is supportive of the policies and ideals behind assuring opportunities to minority and women owned contractors” AGC President Butch Brooks (Brooks Construction Management) told...
Posted on 08/12/2013

Mark Your Calendar to Participate in Transportation Reform Meetings

AGC members are encouraged to mark their calendars and participate in one or more of the following meetings requested by Senate Transportation Committee Co-chair Curtis King to discuss transportation reforms. (Click here for an article giving more background info on the meetings.) Times and spe...
Posted on 08/12/2013

WSDOT Reform Takes Center Stage

Two substantive efforts to consider reforms of WSDOT and transportation spending are underway. AGC is participating in a legislatively-mandated study of transportation cost-drivers. Meanwhile Senate Transportation Committee Co-Chair Curtis King has announced a series of meetings around the stat...
Posted on 08/12/2013

Contractors' Insurance Rights Wins Round in Court

By John Riper Ashbaugh Beal AGC of Washington recently gave amicus support in successfully persuading the state’s highest court to grant special review of a case that could be important to construction contractors’ insurance rights. The case involves the circumstances in which an insurance comp...
Posted on 08/12/2013

Congressman Kilmer Updates AGC

Written by Congressman Kilmer Seven months after becoming the new Representative from Washington’s 6th District one of the questions I’m probably asked most is this: “Is Congress as bad as it looks?” The short answer is that Congress continues to be somewhat of a “fixer-upper.” Unfortunately t...
Posted on 07/31/2013

AGC Founding Member of Tax Coalition on Effective Rates

AGC of America and its partners established the Coalition for Fair Effective Tax Rates which officially launched last week. The focus of the group is to persuade lawmakers opinion leaders and the public to view tax reform through the lens of effective tax rates the amount in taxes that businesses...
Posted on 07/30/2013

House Passes AGC Supported Coal Ash Bill

By a vote of 265-155 the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed HR 2218 Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 which prevents the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from designating fly ash and other coal ash residuals from being classified as a hazardous waste. The legislation...
Posted on 07/29/2013

WSDOT Sec. Peterson Talks Permit Reform, Culverts

Permitting reform is shaping up to be one of the more politically popular reforms impacting transportation construction. WSDOT Secretary Lynn Peterson told the audience at the AGC-WSDOT annual meeting that streamlined permitting is one of the department’s priorities. Last week Senate Majority C...
Posted on 07/29/2013

Elcon, Nutter, Manson-Mowat JV, Graham among AGC-WSDOT Excellence Winners

Seven transportation construction projects were honored for administrative and environmental excellence by WSDOT and AGC of Washington. Awards were presented at the AGC-WSDOT annual meeting in Fircrest WA. Five projects were selected as winners of Partnership for Excellence in Contract Administr...
Posted on 07/29/2013

Endorsements: Ballots Hit the Mail This Week

Believe it or not its election season once again! Ballots for this years important off-year elections are hitting the mail. AGCs BUILD PAC has made several endorsements including Jan Angel running in the special election in the 26th District State Senate race and Ed Murray for Seattle Mayor. A...
Posted on 07/16/2013

Flatiron Linksters Win Safety Team Golf Tourney

It was a perfect 85 degrees at this year’s 15th Annual AGC Safety Team Golf Tournament at High Cedars Golf Course. Check out all the photos -- courtesy of Cascade Concrete Sawing & Drilling -- on AGCs Facebook page. With a full field of golfers we congratulate the team from Flatiron Constr...
Posted on 07/16/2013

AGC Organizes Improvements and Repairs to the Center for Wooden Boats

Members of AGC of Washington whose building overlooks the CWB’s Lake Union site and the National Electrical Contractors Association are having a special impact on the facility by providing materials equipment and skilled carpenters electricians roofers crane operators and other craftsmen for a se...
Posted on 07/16/2013

Contractor Open House for Children and Family Justice Center

From King County Facilities Management Division: A Contractor Open House will be held on July 19 to discuss King Countys intent to replace the Youth Services Center at 12th and Alder in Seattles First Hill neighborhood. The new $210 million Children and Family Justice Center will be built on the...
Posted on 07/15/2013

How Can WSDOT Projects be Built More Efficiently?

Please take this brief confidential survey to share your thoughts on transportation project cost drivers and potential efficiencies. The Legislature appropriated funds for a study the goal of which is to construct WSDOT projects more efficiently and to build and operate them at a lower cost whil...
Posted on 07/15/2013

The Future of Leadership for Construction Industry Women

by Liz Evans AGC Northern District Manager Certainly no one can argue that construction is a male dominated industry. Women do not tend to grow up with big dreams of leading teams to construct skyscrapers hospitals bridges and power plants. According to John Schaufelberger Chairman of the Con...
Posted on 06/25/2013

DOE Interpretation Impacts Handling of Cementitious Material

According to a recent presentation to the Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association (WACA) the State Department of Ecologys Northwest Regional Office appears to be interpreting state laws in a manner that will significantly impact the handling of cementitious materials. If its interpretatio...
Posted on 06/25/2013

Legislature to Vote on Transportation Package

Please contact your Legislators -- even if you recently did so -- urging support for the transportation funding bill. Click Take Action below to easily send messages to legislators as the bill is expected to be voted on in the State House of Representatives today or tomorrow and if it passes a v...
Posted on 06/24/2013

Seattle Passes “Ban the Box” Law

The Seattle City Council unanimously voted to pass the criminal background check law with several improvements championed by AGC the Seattle Chamber and other members of a business coalition. (See original AGC Works article about the “ban the box” ordinance here.) The coalition fought for amend...
Posted on 06/24/2013

Retro Celebrates Top Performers!

See AGC Retro Top Performers here! Congratulations to them all! In events held around the state AGC Retro members celebrated top refund performance and lower experience modification rates (EMRS’s) achieved through their shared commitment to safety and to accommodating injured workers with light ...
Posted on 06/24/2013

Employers: October 1 Deadline for Obamacare Notices

The Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform) requires employers to provide notice to employees regarding the availability of health insurance coverage through a Health Insurance Marketplace (commonly referred to as the “Exchange”). The notice must be provided by October 1 2013 and a model notice...
Posted on 06/24/2013

Construction Finance Management Association Seminar at Fircrest

The South Sound Construction Finance Management Association holds an education seminar each year. This year they are holding a seminar on July 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Fircrest Golf and Country Club on the topic of “Construction Contract Mistakes Case Studies.” For this seminar the contrac...
Posted on 06/17/2013

Opposition to Potential Tacoma Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

The AGC is helping lead a coalition of trade associations and businesses in Tacoma in opposition to any government mandated paid sick leave policy. Proponents are circulating a draft proposal that would mandate paid sick leave for people who work more than 80 hours per year within city limits. ...
Posted on 06/17/2013

Movement on Budget, Workers' Comp, Transportation Reform

As of press time on Tuesday morning it appears that the special session will end without a budget agreement (meaning a second special session looms) but it will close with a flurry of activity. Here’s a brief review: Budget and taxes: Bottom line is that the Democrat-controlled House is easing ...
Posted on 06/10/2013