Nearly $5 Million Windfall for WSDOT

AGC of America reports that the Obama Administration is making $473 million in highway funds available for states to use immediately. More than $4.7 million could be headed to Washington State. The funds come from unspent earmarks that were included in the US Department of Transportation’s appr...
Posted on 08/21/2012

Seattle Public Utilities Offers Construction Opportunities Workshop

Workshop set for morning of Aug. 22 at Seattle City Hall SEATTLE — Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is hosting an August 22 workshop to provide contractors with information about upcoming opportunities to do business with the department before these projects are advertised. View the flyer for thi...
Posted on 08/21/2012

AGC Members Take Active Role in McKenna Campaign

I thought it would be hard but its not says John Huntley owner of Mills Electric in Bellingham referring to the various McKenna fundraisers hes had a hand in creating. Its been nearly a year since AGC of Washington gave an early endorsement to Rob McKenna for Governor. Since then many individua...
Posted on 08/07/2012

Dawson's Safety Milestone: Million Hours and Counting

Multi-faceted Dawson Construction has much to be proud of these days starting with the reaching of a major safety milestone: One million man hours worked without a loss work day. That milestone means that for six years weve met our goal of everyone goes home safe says Dawson President Pete Daws...
Posted on 08/07/2012

STP Series Revised to Meet Students' Needs

AGCs Supervisory Training Program known popularly as STP is a nationally recognized training standard that for many years has been the professional development resource of choice for construction supervisors and managers Now area contractors can improve the supervisory skills of their personnel ...
Posted on 08/07/2012

Prepare for Worst: Estate Tax Set to Take Big Jump in 2013

Estate tax rates are among the many unknowns with regard to tax policy in the coming years. Heres where we stand: Currently the estate tax rate is 35% with a lifetime estate tax exemption of $5.12 million. If nothing happens legislatively in 2013 the estate tax will increase to a 55% top rate a...
Posted on 08/07/2012

McGowan, Workman Named to Foundation Posts

The AGC Education Foundation welcomes John McGowan Abbott Construction President as a new Board member and Rick Workman Senior Project Manager for Lease Crutcher Lewis Special Projects Division as a new Executive Committee member. McGowan began his construction career with Strand Incorporated of...
Posted on 08/06/2012

Midyear Update: New Construction Starts to Rise 2%

by Kirsten Barnes McGraw Hill Construction Dodge (Editors Note: Kirsten Barnes is Strategic Account Manager for McGraw Hill Construction Dodge and is the contact for AGC of Washingtons alliance with Dodge that gives AGC members the lowest prices for bidding tools and market intelligence. Email...
Posted on 08/06/2012

Lydig Employees Summit Mt Adams to Fight Cancer

Twenty-three Lydig Construction employees climbed a Mountain to save lives as part of The Climb to Fight Breast Cancer for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The Lydig team raised more than $100000 of the $641000 raised to support the Hutch this year. Mountaineering was always something...
Posted on 08/06/2012

Impressive AGC/McGraw Hill Project Search Tool Stats

Several AGC members are taking advantage of this new AGC benefit! The McGraw Hill Construction (MHC) active project news database contains individual project information in the pre-planning planning final planning negotiating bidding bid result and start stages. On-line plans and specs are avail...
Posted on 07/31/2012

AGC/BUILD PAC General Election Guide

General election ballots hit the mail Oct. 19! Need help completing your ballot? Committees of AGC members and staff have put in scores of hours interviewing candidates for office searching for the most business- and construction-friendly candidates to recommend for funding by AGCs BUILD PAC (wit...
Posted on 07/24/2012

AGC/BUILD PAC General Election Guide

General election ballots hit the mail Oct. 19! Need help completing your ballot? Committees of AGC members and staff have put in scores of hours interviewing candidates for office searching for the most business- and construction-friendly candidates to recommend for funding by AGCs BUILD PAC (wit...
Posted on 07/24/2012

AGC/BUILD PAC General Election Guide

General election ballots hit the mail Oct. 19! Need help completing your ballot? Committees of AGC members and staff have put in scores of hours interviewing candidates for office searching for the most business- and construction-friendly candidates to recommend for funding by AGCs BUILD PAC (wit...
Posted on 07/24/2012

AGC/BUILD PAC Primary Election Endorsements

Need help completing your ballot? Committees of AGC members and staff have put in scores of hours interviewing candidates for office searching for the most business- and construction-friendly candidates to recommend for funding by AGCs BUILD PAC (with AGC of America PAC contributing to federal ca...
Posted on 07/24/2012

Rigging Rules Postponed Until 2013

by Mandi Kime AGC Safety Director In response to concerns raised by AGC its members and other industry groups the Department of Labor and Industries has postponed the compliance deadline for new rigger rules from July 30 2012 to February 1 2013. As many of you are aware when the Crane Safety St...
Posted on 07/24/2012

Great Learning Opportunity for Your PMs, PEs and More!

by Steve Isenhart President AGC of Washington I wanted to alert you to a valuable opportunity available to the early- and mid-career professionals in your firm. September 20-22 2012 AGC of Washington and AGC of America will host the national AGC Construction Leadership Councils Fall Working Wee...
Posted on 07/24/2012

Seattle-Area Primary Election Endorsements

by Jerry Dinndorf AGC Seattle District Manager Based upon recommendations provided by the AGC Seattle District Local Government Affairs Committee AGC’s BUILD PAC has made campaign contributions to candidates running in the 5th 11th 30th 36th 44th 45th and 48th Districts. Candidates recommended f...
Posted on 07/10/2012

McKenna Event: Cle Elum

AGC Members Dr. Patricia Galloway and Dr. Kris Nielsen with Pegasus Global are hosting a fundraiser dinner for Rob McKenna on Sat. July 7 in Cle Elum. As you know we are only 5 months away from what will be a very important election for Washington State. This will be a great “central location” ...
Posted on 06/28/2012

AGC Skeptical of 19 Percent Workers' Comp Hike

Last week the Department of Labor and Industries revealed to its Workers Comp Advisory Committee that the workers comp system faces a $3.1 billion gap in funding. Eliminating that gap would require a 19% annual surcharge over and above annual break-even premium increases over the next ten years....
Posted on 06/26/2012

Union Agreements Include Sick Leave Waivers; Others Still Affected

Seattles new paid sick leave ordinance takes effect September 1 and nearly all firms with at least five employees will be affected. Firms headquartered outside Seattle will also be affected if they have employees who perform at least 240 hours of work in the city within a calendar year. During ...
Posted on 06/26/2012

New Superintendents, Special Projects Director at Lydig

Lydig Construction Inc. a premier commercial contractor in the Northwest welcomes two experienced Superintendents and a Director of Special Projects: In March Tim Welch joined Lydig as a Superintendent for the Special Projects Group. Welch brings over 30 years of industry experience working on h...
Posted on 06/18/2012

From High School to College to Construction: William Managan's Journey

Hes only a junior at Wazzu but William Managan already has AGC written all over him. William is one of 11 construction management students recently awarded scholarships by the AGC Education Foundation. What makes Williams story a little bit different is that he got his career inspiration from a...
Posted on 06/18/2012

AGC Education Foundation Scholarship Recipients

AGC Education Foundation announces its 2012-2013 scholarship recipients and offers a special thanks to its Scholarship Selection Committee: Chair: Art Solbakken Solbakken CompanyDan Barrett Sellen ConstructionDelton Bonds Mountain States ConstructionShanna Dennis Sellen ConstructionPat McGarry M...
Posted on 06/15/2012

Tentative Agreements Reached with All Unions

On Friday June 1 AGC reached a tentative agreement with the Carpenters Union. With this agreement negotiations with all five of the basic crafts have been completed. The Laborers Teamsters Operating Engineers and Cement Masons agreed to tentative agreements earlier last week. Common elements i...
Posted on 06/05/2012

Be Aware of Changes to Excavation Operation Statutes

By John P. Ahlers and Paige B. Spratt Ahlers & Cressman With the Washington Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act the Legislature made changes to the one-call statute. The Act which is not effective until January 1 2013 is a response to incidents involving underground utilities that have...
Posted on 06/05/2012