AGC Continues Fight Against PLA at Bates

AGC is considering legislative options in light of the Department of Enterprise Services decision to proceed with a project labor agreement (PLA) on the new Communications Tech Center at Bates Technical College in Tacoma. As reported previously in AGC Works AGC protested the use of a PLA for the...
Posted on 04/15/2013

Public Works Trust Fund Under Attack in Olympia

Tell Your Senator to Preserve Current Funds for Local Construction Projects Its crunch time in Olympia as the Legislature is taking action on many fronts that will impact funding for all types of construction. Todays focus is the Public Works Trust Fund. Click the Take Action link below to eas...
Posted on 04/12/2013

Employers Still Vulnerable to City Second-Guessing Hiring Decisions

The Seattle City Council will soon consider updates to proposed legislation that affects employers’ ability to use criminal background checks when hiring. The legislation being sponsored by Councilmember Bruce Harrell will: “Ban the Box” to get rid of “Have you been convicted” checkboxes on ap...
Posted on 04/09/2013

Fast Bid 3 (FB3) Online System

At the next meeting of the American Society of Professional Estimators Builders Exchange of Washington (BXWA) will present their all-new FastBid-3 viewing and takeoff tool which has a number of new features and collaborative functions as well as support for a much wider variety of browsers and de...
Posted on 04/09/2013

CIRC: Construction Industry Research Conference

Join us for lunch…stick around to experience the future! Please join the University of Washington Department of Construction Management and College of Built Environments for an exciting afternoon of applied research presentations and demonstrations at the Pacific Northwest Center for Construction...
Posted on 04/09/2013

National Safety Awards for Multiple AGC of WA Members

One more bit of evidence of the commitment to safety made by AGC of Washington members: Of 29 first place winners of national AGC-Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards presented at the recent national convention five are AGC of Washington members! Congratulations to Mowat Construction Co....
Posted on 04/02/2013

New Policy to Help Speed Retainage Release

AGC applauds the recent announcement by L&I regarding efforts to speed up the release of retainage on public works projects. L&I said that beginning April 1 it will implement a new policy designed to distribute money more quickly to contractors for projects for which L&I receives comp...
Posted on 04/01/2013

Governor's Proposal Cuts Funding for Local Public Works

Gov. Inslee released his state budget proposal last week. The Governors Budget Priorities for a Working Washington significantly increases funding for education -- as required via the State Supreme Courts McCleary decision -- and includes new revenues to pay for it. Click here for more info fro...
Posted on 04/01/2013

Bill Cracks Down on Metal Theft

Last weeks brazen yet ultimately unsuccessful attempt by thieves to yank copper wire out of ten street lights along a busy Olympia highway -- causing $5000 worth of damage -- was one more reminder that metal theft continues to be a significant problem for contractors utilities government agencies...
Posted on 04/01/2013

AGCEF and Partners Promote STEM in Seattle Public Schools

It’s not just industries that need students to be more proficient in science technology engineering and science – it’s also kids who need to see the promise of careers in science technology engineering and science. That’s the message that members of the STEM Industry Partnership including the AG...
Posted on 04/01/2013

AGC of WA Wins National PR Award

Congratulations to AGC of Washington staff and members! From among AGC chapters AGC of Washington received the Best Individual Public Relations Campaign award from AGC of America during the recent national convention. Heres the write-up of the campaign from AGC of America: AGC of Washington fo...
Posted on 04/01/2013

Advanced American, Flatiron, Kiewit, Walsh, Lydig Among National AGC Winners

Several AGC of Washington member firms received awards during AGC of Americas national convention. Congratulations to all these winners: Alliant Build America Awards These awards recognize excellence in the construction industry. Criteria include state-of-the-art advancement; excellence in proj...
Posted on 04/01/2013

CWU, WSU, UW Students Take Honors at ASC Competition

Congratulations to construction management students from Central Washington University University of Washington and Washington State University who won awards at the 2013 Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Competition Region 7 in Sparks Nevada. The AGC of Washington Education Foundation pr...
Posted on 04/01/2013

Volunteers Needed to Repair SLU Wooden Boat Center

As its Community Service project for this year the AGC Seattle District has picked a series of small repair projects to help our neighbor the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) located at the south end of Lake Union. CWB is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving maritime heritage for f...
Posted on 03/25/2013

Tunnel DBE Open House

Meeting held by Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP) contractor for the SR 99 Tunnel Project will include info about future contracts and one-on-one discussions with contractor team members. Click open house.
Posted on 03/19/2013

Prices for Construction Materials Jump

Click here for latest PPI tables and price trends for asphalt steel products lumber etc. Prices for construction materials jumped in February driven by extreme increases in items used in new housing and nonresidential building renovations according to an analysis of new federal figures released ...
Posted on 03/18/2013

L&I Drops Proposed Change to Fringe Calculation

In response to concerns raised by AGC and other industry groups L&I will not be proceeding with a proposed change to how it calculates employer fringe benefit contributions on prevailing wage jobs. The proposal had it taken effect would have increased payroll costs and taxes for many contrac...
Posted on 03/18/2013

AGC Protests PLA Use on Bates Project

AGC has responded to a request for comment from the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) concerning the possible use of a government mandated project labor agreement (PLA) on the new Communications Tech Center at Bates Technical College in Tacoma. “It is our view that a PLA is unwarranted for...
Posted on 03/18/2013

Interview with New L&I Director Joel Sacks

Editor’s note: We asked the Department of Labor & Industry’s new director Joel Sacks to answer a few questions for this newsletter so that you could get to know him and his goals for the department. We thank him for taking the time to meet with a group of AGC leaders in January and to help AG...
Posted on 03/18/2013

Reverse Prevailing Wage Mission Creep

Prevailing wage laws are receiving more scrutiny in this legislative session than they have for years due in large measure to the State Senate’s “Majority Coaltion” that elevated Sen. Janéa Holmquist-Newbry (R-13) to Commerce and Labor Committee Chair. The sheer number of prevailing wage bills –...
Posted on 03/04/2013

Bill Radically Changes Definitions of 'Employer' and 'Employee'

AGC is strongly opposed to a bill that has been sold as rooting out fraud and abuse associated with the “underground economy” and leveling the playing field for honest employers yet actually creates major new risks and liabilities for honest employers and independent contractors alike. The bill ...
Posted on 03/04/2013

Discuss STEM Education with Seattle Superintendent Banda

AGC members are invited to visit with Seattle Schools Superintendent José Banda and talk about STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) in schools at a March 7 reception at McKinstry Innovation Center. AGC Education Foundation and AGC have teamed with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center the...
Posted on 03/01/2013

Valuable Federal Contracting Documents

Northwest construction opportunities presentation the Army Corps gave to AGC this week. Thanks to the large group who attended. Click to view a list of contractors doing renovations and repairs at JBLM currently. Or click to view AGC of Americas analysis of how sequestration may touch federal co...
Posted on 02/27/2013

In Memory of Dr. Nielsen

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Kris Nielsen President and Chairman of Pegasus Global Holdings Inc. (AGC member-firm in Cle Elum). Dr. Nielsen made significant contributions to the construction industry in the area of risk management and best practices spending his entire career wo...
Posted on 02/22/2013

Tacoma Permitting Task Force

AGC serves on a task force charged with reviewing permitting policies at the City of Tacoma. A more in-depth update on the task force’s work can be found here.
Posted on 02/20/2013