Is the Fiscal Cliff Already Affecting your Business?

According to a survey of members by AGC of America the fiscal cliff is already impacting contractors and how they conduct their business. The survey results also highlight the drastic action that members will potentially be forced to take if indiscriminate tax increases and indiscriminate spendin...
Posted on 12/10/2012

AGC: Don't Drive Fledgling Recovery Off Fiscal Cliff

Good news: Local construction job numbers are the best theyve been in years. Bad news: The fiscal cliff could choke off the positive momentum. Those were the dual messages targeted at Congress presented at a press conference held by AGC of America and AGC of Washington in Seattle last week. ...
Posted on 12/06/2012

Pot Initiative: Implications for the Workplace

Passage of Initiative 502 which legalized marijuana use under state law is not expected to have much impact on workplace drug policies. As noted in the Ahlers & Cressman Construction Law Blog presented below employers may maintain drug-free workplace policies which prohibit employees from us...
Posted on 11/26/2012

Southern District Food Bank Efforts

As the 2012 Christmas Season approaches it is time again to count our many blessings. This year has brought even more change to the world we live in. Unfortunately one of the biggest changes is the increase of families in our local community that need help providing food and gifts for children d...
Posted on 11/26/2012

AGCA, Rep. Dicks Say Postpone Automatic Cuts

At last weeks Federal Facilities event at the AGC Building in Seattle Jimmy Christianson AGC of America Federal Construction Director described construction cuts in the looming sequestration process and the impact these cuts would have on existing and future contracts. He expressed AGC of Americ...
Posted on 11/13/2012

Closing Argument in Case for Rob McKenna

by Steve Isenhart President AGC of Washington The nine most terrifying words in the English language are Im from the government and Im here to help. -Ronald Reagan I hope it hasnt escaped your attention that AGC of Washingtons Board of Trustees endorsed Rob McKenna for Governor. We believe Ro...
Posted on 10/29/2012

Tower Cranes and Neighbors' Air Rights -- Should Contractors Pay?

By John P. Ahlers and Lindsay K. Taft Ahlers & Cressman PLLC Over the past decade or so although noticeably less so in the past few years tower cranes have been a ubiquitous part of both Seattle and Bellevue’s skyline. A visual barometer of the construction market’s health the operation of...
Posted on 10/29/2012

Sunset Forces Review of GC/CM, D-B, JOC

39.10. Thats the parlance for the states alternative public works contracting procedures reflecting the pertinent chapter in the Revised Code of Washington. But unless the Legislature reauthorizes it 39.10 goes away next year. 39.10 is set to sunset at the end of June 2013 and were it to do so...
Posted on 10/29/2012

CITC Announces New Board

The Construction Industry Training Council (CITC) announced its new Board of Trustees that will serve through 2013. Board officers are: Chair Dave McFerran from Merit Mechanical; Vice Chair Mike Price from Specialized Pavement Markings; Treasurer Adam Pinsky from S.M.E. Inc. of Seattle; Secreta...
Posted on 10/29/2012

AGC Protests Change to Fringe Calculation on Public Projects

Labor and Industries is proposing to move forward -- outside the normal rule-making process -- with changes on how it calculates employer fringe benefit contributions on prevailing wage jobs. The move would increase payroll costs and taxes for many contractors. AGC is fighting the change. This ...
Posted on 10/29/2012

Construction Career Day Shows Teens the Possibilities

More than 900 students from 31 high schools throughout the region got a close-up look at rewarding and interesting construction careers during King County Construction Career Days held at Magnuson Park in Seattle Oct. 3 and 4. The event is aimed at reaching future workers long before theyre seri...
Posted on 10/16/2012

Prestigious Safety Awards for DBM

DBM Contractors Inc. received two safety awards from The International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC). DBM was one of only four contractors to receive the award in the U.S. for contractors who perform single projects in excess of $750k and one of only two contractors to receive the Ric...
Posted on 10/15/2012

AGC and Members Ramp Up Support for McKenna

AGC of Washington and BUILD PAC both made significant contributions recently to the Republican Governors Association (RGA) which has been producing and funding TV ads in support of Rob McKenna for Governor. (Click here for a Seattle Times article that recaps the RGAs and other groups involvement ...
Posted on 10/02/2012

2013 AGC Membership Directory Ad Sales Begin on October 1

Sometime within the first week of October our publisher (and AGC member) Performance Publishing will be giving you a call regarding the opportunities available to your company to place an advertisement in the AGC Membership Directories (print and online). There are many prices available for you ...
Posted on 10/01/2012

SSCC Expands Gene J. Colin Education Hall

Last week local dignitaries helped South Seattle Community College officials officially open a new building for expanded teaching and training programs. The facility at the Georgetown Campus expands technology and business development training at the Gene J. Colin Education Hall named for the Fe...
Posted on 10/01/2012

Record Crowd for National Young Constructors Event in Seattle

Husky Stadium Rob McKenna Argosy Tours Mt. Everest -- all played a role in making the recent national Construction Leadership Council event in Seattle memorable! The Fall Working Weekend was co-hosted by AGC of Americas Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and AGC of Washingtons Future Leadersh...
Posted on 09/27/2012

What is Sequestration and Why Should You Care?

Jimmy Christiensen lobbyist for AGC of America reports that on Sept. 14 the Obama administration released a report to Congress providing a first guess at how they will implement $1.2 trillion in automatic budget cuts—called sequestration—slated to begin on Jan. 2 2013. This sequestration process ...
Posted on 09/24/2012

Mountain States Parades its Support for McKenna

Hank Stamschror and his firm Mountain States Construction Company in Sunnyside showed its support for Rob McKenna AGCs endorsed candidate for Governor during the recent Sunshine Days Parade. The young guy featured in two of these photos is Hanks six-year old grandson Delton Bonds Jr. Young Delt...
Posted on 09/18/2012

Proposed 2013 Workers' Comp Rates Low

Thanks to safer jobsites and the workers comp reforms pushed by AGC L&I announced it is proposing no increase in the average rate for workers’ compensation insurance. If adopted this would be the second straight year with no increase in workers’ comp rates. Note that the average increase is ...
Posted on 09/18/2012

AGC Members Get Insiders' Look at Arena Deal

AGC members got an insiders look at the arena deal reached by the Seattle and King County Councils and Chris Hansens ArenaCo at todays AGC Seattle District Membership Meeting. Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess and King County Councilman Joe McDermott discussed many of the specifics of the deal...
Posted on 09/18/2012

Seattle Public Utilities - GCCM Opportunity

PW# 2012-020A Landsburg Facilities & Chlorination GC/CM Preconstruction & Construction Services. The project delivery method for the Project is General Contractor/Construction Management (GC/CM) as defined in Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 39.10.340 -.410. The GC/CM will work with SPU ...
Posted on 09/11/2012

Supreme Court Allows Suit over State/Tribe Gas Tax Deal to Proceed

The Washington State Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of AGCs position on an issue involving the siphoning of state highway funds for non-transportation purposes. AGC filed an amicus brief in support of Automotive United Trades Organization (AUTO) an organization of gas station operators th...
Posted on 09/04/2012

GOP Platform Addresses Several AGC Priorities

The Republican platform that was adopted last week addressed several AGC of America priorities including tax policy labor and employment policies infrastructure investment and energy. Here is a very short summary of specific issues address in the party platform: Taxes: The platform includes a g...
Posted on 09/04/2012

Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference

Washingtons 61st Annual Conference welcomes you to participate in industry workshops like Accident Investigation/Root Cause Analysis AVADE Workplace Violence How the Workers Compensation System Works - Project Help New Washington Dig law Staff as Personal First Responders and many many more! To v...
Posted on 08/24/2012

Columbia River Crossing, Pt. Defiance Bypass Get a Boost

Yesterday President Obama announced that the Columbia River Crossing and Point Defiance Bypass projects will be expedited to put Americans to work replacing aging infrastructure and improving the reliability and resiliency of critical highway transit and rail systems. The White House said it is ...
Posted on 08/21/2012