New Record for AGC Retro Three-Year Refunds

AGC Retro received the highest combined three-year Retro refunds ever of $34529551 - bringing the refunds to date at $148 million! AGC Retro members joined together at recent events around the state to celebrate their shared success in decreasing injuries improving safety in construction and hel...
Posted on 06/05/2012

Ferguson Hires New Head of Biz Development

Ferguson Construction announces the hiring of Tom Whiteman as Director of Business Development. Whiteman joints Ferguson Construction after 25 years of service with Cadman Inc. Since 1997 he has served as General Sales Manager responsible for the sales and marketing of ready mix concrete aggreg...
Posted on 06/05/2012

Be Wary of Payroll Request from Clawback

(Editors note: AGC emphasizes that whomever asks for certified payroll information the contractor is not required to send it to the requester but rather to the public agency with which they are contracting. If any AGC member receives a letter from Clawback please send a copy to AGC Government Af...
Posted on 05/29/2012

PM and Superintendent of the Year

Project Manager of the Year Mike Bell Mowat Construction Co. When nominating Mike Bell for this award Mowat Vice President Doug Smith said Mike did a stellar job leading the negotiations construction and closeout of the $73M SeaTac/Airport Station project to a successful conclusion. Mike’s achi...
Posted on 05/29/2012

Category Winners: Safety Excellence

Aecon Buildings Inc. Construction Manager Under 100000 hours Safety is a daily concern at Aecon a member of AGCs Safety Team. George Kramer President challenges Aecon teams to set the bar high. Weekly safety meetings are held for each project with mandatory attendance by Aecon employees and any...
Posted on 05/29/2012

Category Winners: Construction Excellence

Exxel Pacific Inc. Category: Private Building Under $10 Million Project: Art Stable Seattle WA Owner/developer: Point 32 Lead Engineer: DCI Engineers Lead Architect: Olson Kundig Architects A novel geothermal heating and cooling system was a hallmark of this project. Art Stable is an u...
Posted on 05/29/2012

Lewis Celebrates Anniversary with Quarter Million Dollars of Philanthropy

2011 was a milestone year for Lease Crutcher Lewis as it celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding by N.T. Lease in Montana. From humble beginnings building residential and small commercial projects the company is now one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest commercial construction firms wi...
Posted on 05/29/2012

Centennial Contractors Wins Grand Award for Safety Excellence

Centennial Contractors Enterprises Inc. believes that a well-educated workforce reduces accidents and fosters a culture of safety and it implements a comprehensive and robust training program for all of its employees. For its safety record and innovation Centennial received the 2012 AGC Build Wa...
Posted on 05/29/2012

Advanced American Wins Grand Award for Construction Excellence

The 112 feet tall John Day Lock & Dam Gate stood as an icon of our nation’s economic capacity. But at 53-years old it was visibly fatigued putting the entire navigation industry at risk. But thanks to Advanced American Construction (AAC) the complex work of removing the gate and fabricating t...
Posted on 05/29/2012

Improvements Keep AGC Building Almost Full

Under the direction of the Property Committee chaired by Gary Smith of Lease Crutcher Lewis AGCs iconic building continues to be improved and maintained as Class A office space with an enviable -- and practically unheard of -- vacancy rate of nearly zero! The adjoining marina also owned by the as...
Posted on 05/22/2012

NLRB's “Quickie Election” Rule Deemed Invalid

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB or Board) new rule revising election procedures in union representation cases is invalid the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled May 14. The rule often called the “quickie election” or “ambush election” rule because it expedites the el...
Posted on 05/21/2012

Major Victory: Court Unanimously Sides with Contractor in Insurance Case

by John Riper Ashbaugh Beal On May 17 the Washington Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision on a case that the construction industry has not only been watching carefully but also directly participated in. Ahlers & Cressman’s John Ahlers and I briefed and argued the case to the Supreme Co...
Posted on 05/21/2012

Labor Negotiations Update

by Doug Peterson AGC Labor Relations Director With labor contracts expiring May 31 2012 negotiations with the Carpenters Cement Masons Laborers Operating Engineers and Teamsters continue. Meetings are scheduled with all five unions into the final two weeks of the May. Even though no wage incre...
Posted on 05/21/2012

Transportation Bill Priorities: Energy Security, Cut Red Tape

by Rep. Doc Hastings (Editors note: Rep. Hastings who represents Yakima and much of Central WA is Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee and has been appointed to the conference committee hammering out differences between the House- and Senate-passed versions of the Surface Transport...
Posted on 05/21/2012

Case Limits Owners' and Developers' Liability for Safety Violations

By Tristan Swanson Ashbaugh Beal In Washington a general contractor can be sued by any project employee for failure to comply with WISHA regulations. Likewise project owners and developers can be sued for failing to comply with WISHA regulations to the extent they act like general contractors on...
Posted on 05/15/2012

Leaving in Droves: Workforce Shortage Looms

“It is tough to attract and retain workers when employment gains are so spotty” noted AGC of Americas Chief Economist Ken Simonson. “With workers finding jobs in other industries retiring or returning to school contractors face a potential shortage of skilled workers in a year or two.” Thats the...
Posted on 05/15/2012

AGC Members Benefitting from Productivity Tools

By Kirsten Barnes Strategic Account Manager McGraw Hill Construction/Dodge Many AGC members are now taking advantage of the valuable business development tools offered through the new AGC of Washington/McGraw Hill Construction Dodge alliance. We held lunch events a couple of months ago to intro...
Posted on 05/15/2012

End in Sight for Highway Bill Drama? Contact Congress Now!

AGC of America encourages all members to visit our Legislative Action Center and contact your member of Congress and urge them to work together to transportation reauthorization bill prior to June 30 2012. Last week the House and Senate conferees held their first public hearing to discuss passin...
Posted on 05/15/2012

McGraw Hill Project Search Tool on Display in Fife

As an AGC Member you receive discounts on a variety of products and one of them will be on display on May 31. Lunch will be provided at this event that will be held 12-1 p.m. at the Southern District Office in Fife (3601 20th St. E in Fife). These truly impressive McGraw Hill project search too...
Posted on 05/08/2012

Lydig Construction Hires 3 New Project Managers

Bellevue WA – Lydig is proud to announce the hire of three experienced Project Managers. Dan Jawort joined Lydig in January. Dan brings 24 years of project management development and estimating experience on high profile projects such as The Olivian – a 27 story luxury apartment building in Seat...
Posted on 05/01/2012

Whopping Refund for AGC Group Retro

L&I announced the latest workers comp retro refunds and once again AGC Group Retro had an excellent year achieving a whopping 52% premium refund for the group! “This is the third highest refund we have achieved since starting and should put individual refunds towards the 70% range said AGC G...
Posted on 05/01/2012

NLRB Quickie Election Rule Effective Now

From AGC of America: The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) rule on representation case procedures went into effect April 30 2012. The NLRB rule also known as the “quickie election” or “ambush election” rule would expedite the union representation election cycle to as little as 14 days. It ...
Posted on 05/01/2012

AGC Commemorates National Worker Memorial Week

By Mandi Kime AGC Safety Director Last week was National Worker Memorial Week marked by several services in Washington State. AGC Safety was in attendance at two events this year WSDOT Worker Memorial and the Department of Labor and Industries Worker Memorial. The WSDOT event was held Wednesda...
Posted on 04/30/2012

AGC Joins Unique Collaboration Focused on Seattle Legislative Races

As the 2012 legislative session ends the region’s leading business-focused organizations are uniting in unprecedented ways to support legislative candidates in Seattle-area districts who are focused economic growth and job creation. This unifying effort signals a powerful and increased commitmen...
Posted on 04/30/2012

Value of Membership? How About $1 Billion?

By Steve Isenhart President AGC of Washington In the previous AGC Works we reported on the capital projects package passed by the Legislature. As a reminder of the types of projects included in the $1 billion measure click here. Passage of this important package of bills provides a great oppor...
Posted on 04/30/2012