Court Grants Injunction on NLRB Posting Rule

From Denise Gold Associate General Counsel AGC of America April 17 2012: In the continually changing saga of the National Labor Relations Board’s new regulation to require most private-sector employers to post certain notices informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations...
Posted on 04/17/2012

AGC's 2012 Legislative Recap

The following bills passed the Legislature. EHB 2660 - Transportation Revenue AGC: Supported Summary: This legislation was originally introduced as the Governor’s request bill to generate new revenue for transportation which included the proposed $1.50 per/barrel of oil fee. The bill passed ou...
Posted on 04/17/2012

Capital Projects Measure Passes with Strong Support from AGC

A $44 million nursing facility in Walla Walla a $3 million Lake Sammamish event structure and a $63 million UW Bothell building are among the projects that will be funded and built thanks to passage of a Capital Projects package that was a top priority of AGC. The legislative package fast-tracks...
Posted on 04/17/2012

Mowat Receives Spellman Safety Award

Evergreen Safety Council honored Mowat Construction as the 2011 recipient of the John D. Spellman Safety Award. Evergreen Safety Council (ESC) has established this annual safety award in order to recognize member organizations who have demonstrated significant improvements or achievements in the...
Posted on 04/17/2012

Imhof Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Frank Imhof founder and president of IMCO General Construction was named Northwest Business Monthly’s “2012 Lifetime Achievement” Honoree at the 26th Annual Whatcom County Business Person of the Year Awards Dinner. The event was at the Inn at Semiahmoo on March 28. Gerald Baron prominent Belling...
Posted on 04/10/2012

Almost Half of New Nonresidential Construction to Soon be Green

Construction overall has been down over the last few years but one aspect of it has retained an upward trajectory: green construction. In fact McGraw Hill Construction predicts that by 2015 40-48% of new nonresidential construction by value will be green -- meaning a $120-145 billion market opp...
Posted on 04/10/2012

Qualify for Construction at Boeing

Attached is a Boeing supplier qualification form to be completed by potential suppliers. It can be returned to Ida Brooker.  She is in the process of putting together a means of introducing suppliers to Boeing and this will help get the program started. Ida’s email is ida.b.brooker@boeing.com    ...
Posted on 04/04/2012

NCM Achieves National Safety Recognition

AGC of Washington member NCM of Snoqualmie was named one of the nations safest construction companies by AGC of America. NCM received a first-place Construction Safety Excellence Award (CSEA) during the national convention. “This award reflects the everyday commitment we make to the safety of o...
Posted on 03/27/2012

Labor Negotiations Begin

By Doug Peterson AGC Labor Relations Director Labor negotiations between AGC negotiation teams and each of the five crafts are underway. Meetings with the Operating Engineers and Laborers are schedule for this week. Initial meetings with the Cement Masons Teamsters and Carpenters are schedule ...
Posted on 03/27/2012

2012 Excellence in Partnering Awards

Named for AGC of America’s 1991 President Marvin M. Black – an ardent supporter of the partnering process – the Liberty Mutual Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Awards are presented annually to construction projects that epitomize the principles of partnering and the successful collaborati...
Posted on 03/27/2012

2012 Alliant Build America Award Winners

BUILDING NEW NGA Campus East Fort Belvoir Virginia Clark/Balfour Beatty A Joint Venture Lead Architect: RTKL/Kling Stubbins Lead Engineer: RTKL/Kling Stubbins National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Campus East is the largest project delivered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since the P...
Posted on 03/27/2012

AGC and Partners Receive Grant for Tunnel Safety

To improve tunnel safety and to help tunnel contractors reduce the amount of time spent doing basic jobsite safety orientations AGC and its partners applied for and received a grant from L&I to produce a new Hazard Orientation & Labor Education (HOLE) video project for underground constru...
Posted on 03/27/2012

Tacoma Building Department Restructuring Fees

AGC is part of a stakeholder group reviewing potential changes to the City’s fee structure. If you are interested in this topic please review the handout and the powerpoint.
Posted on 03/22/2012

Rebuilding Together South Sound (RTSS) Information Sheet

RTSS is a volunteer charitable group and repair or rebuild homes at no cost to low-income homeowners particularly those who are elderly disabled or families with children. Several of you have asked how you can help this great organization. Click here for more information.
Posted on 03/22/2012

Action Needed Now on Capital Projects Bill

Your immediate action is needed. Please send a message NOW to let your Senator and Representatives know that you want them to vote YES to make needed capital investments create jobs and jump-start economic recovery. The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn by mid-night tomorrow (March 8) and ind...
Posted on 03/07/2012

Whew! Bill Passes to Prevent SR 520 Work Stoppage

The Governor is expected to sign AGC-backed legislation that preserves 900 construction jobs. The bill keeps work on the new SR 520 floating bridge going despite a lawsuit filed by environmental groups. If the bill had not passed during the waning days of the legislative session construction on...
Posted on 03/06/2012

Supreme Court Decision May Undermine WA Construction Contracts

by Tymon Berger Indemnity provisions are one of the primary and most easily recognized tools used in allocating risks in a construction contract. When used properly these clauses improve efficiency by allocating risks to the parties best able to control or bear them. Fortunately for public and ...
Posted on 03/06/2012

Stay Competitive with AGC's New Green Program

It is no secret that the issue of sustainability is becoming increasingly important on both company and industry wide levels. To help its members take advantage of new sustainability-related opportunities AGC in partnership with the AGC Education Foundation announce an innovative member-benefit ...
Posted on 02/28/2012

Progress for $2 Billion Infrastructure Package

The infrastructure package supported by AGC took significant steps toward passage last week. Three related bills (SHB 2168 SHB 2792 SHB 2793) were passed out of the House Capital Budget Committee on Friday. (To read a Seattle Times guest opinion piece about the proposal co-authored by AGC Pres...
Posted on 02/28/2012

Where Are We With Transportation Funding?

With legislative leaders saying that 2012 is definitely not -- for economic and political reasons -- the year for a big transportation package a handful of bills are keeping major projects on track and laying the groundwork for additional revenues in the future. Some highlights: Supplemental Tr...
Posted on 02/28/2012

AGC Protests Sound Transit's PLA Extension

Over the strong objections of AGC the Sound Transit Board voted last week to continue using a controversial PLA for billions of dollars in upcoming light rail projects. The PLA was used on Sound Transits first major phase of capital projects called Sound Move. The board voted to extend the agree...
Posted on 02/28/2012

A Tribute to “Built to Last” Companies

We celebrated these AGC members that have been in operation for more thana century! Depressions recessions World Wars...these exceptional fi rms have thrivedthrough it all and exemplify what it means to be “Built to Last.” At the annual conventiondinner we made a special tribute to these pioneeri...
Posted on 02/28/2012

Please Support the Prevailing Wage Reforms in SSB 6421 and SSB 6480!

Substitute Senate Bill 6421 would specifically authorize contractors to file affidavits of wages paid on behalf of other contractors that are either out of business or simply refuse to cooperate. Of course this will speed up release of retainage and closeout of projects. Substitute Senate Bill ...
Posted on 02/10/2012

Oppose House Bill 2412

Oppose House Bill 2412 which will impose major new civil and criminal penalties in WISHA cases. AGC and its members work hard to help protect workers’ in the construction industry. House Bill 2412 does nothing to promote safety. If adopted House Bill 2412 would impose new civil and criminal pena...
Posted on 02/10/2012

Bill Removes Retainage Inequity

By Tymon Berger Kicking off AGC’s Lobby Day efforts last week I joined Northwest Cascade’s Doug Watt and AGC’s Van Collins to address the Senate Committee on Labor Commerce & Consumer Protection regarding Senate Bill 6421. SB 6421 provides contractors a much needed tool for complying with pr...
Posted on 02/07/2012