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

Certified Payroll Bill Dies but Issue Will Persist

The Senate Labor Commerce & Consumer Protection Committee recently heard SB 6416 which would mandate certified payrolls on all public works projects. AGC Legislative Counsel Van Collins testified in opposition to the proposal. (See TVW video clip below to view Collins testimony.) While cert...
Posted on 02/07/2012

President's Message: New AGC-McGraw Hill Dodge Partnership

by Steve Isenhart Tiger Construction AGC President I am excited to announce an enhanced partnership between AGC of Washington and McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge that offers more value for AGC members. AGC is always working to help you achieve your business goals. Next to your family your busin...
Posted on 02/06/2012

PCL Construction Adds Top Executive

The Pacific Northwest region of PCL Construction Services Inc. announced the appointment of Wayne Melnyk as Seattle District Vice President and District Manager. A PCL Corporate Executive Mr. Melnyk has enjoyed a 37 year career with PCL Construction working with clients including Anschutz Entert...
Posted on 02/06/2012

L&I Seeks Comment on Structured Settlement Rules

From an L&I press release: The Department of Labor & Industries is holding four hearings to take public comments on rules pertaining to structured settlement agreements for workers’ compensation claims. In 2011 the Legislature passed several key workers’ compensation reforms. Engrossed...
Posted on 02/06/2012

Are WSDOT Contracts Fair and Equitable for All?

From a WSDOT press release: Vendors contactors industry representatives and others who have experience with transportation-related contracts are invited to participate in a new disparity study that will help determine whether Washington State Department of Transportation’s contracting activities...
Posted on 02/06/2012

Prevailing Wage Safe Harbor Bill Progresses

AGC is supporting legislation SB 6480 that would provide a safe harbor to contractors that have obtained an actual determination from Labor & Industries. This bill would prevent an employee or others on their behalf from filing a wage claim against a contractor for the three years of back wa...
Posted on 02/06/2012

Transportation Package Gets Heard; Changes Likely

Governor Gregoires $3.6 billion transportation proposal got its first hearings in the Senate and House transportation committees last week and it is already likely that the plan will be altered significantly. As reported in last weeks AGC Works AGC believes the proposal as a good start but well...
Posted on 01/30/2012

AGC of America Files FOIA Request Regarding Bangor PLA

AGC of America has strongly protested the Navys use of a project labor agreement (PLA) for the building of the $450-550 million second explosives handling wharf at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. Both AGC of America and AGC of Washington have expressed concerns about the PLA in a variety of ways. Bel...
Posted on 01/30/2012

Tom Balbo Named to State Building Code Council

Tom Balbo former AGC of Washington President and retired Vice President of Ferguson Construction was appointed to the State Building Code Council by Governor Gregoire. Balbo will represent the Commercial and Industrial General Contractors on the Council. As a former President of AGC of Washingt...
Posted on 01/30/2012

AGC Elects New Officers and Board Members

At its Jan. 27 annual meeting AGC of Washington elected its 2012 slate of officers and board members. The officers are: Steve Isenhart | President Steve Isenhart is Co-owner Estimator and Project Manager for Tiger Construction. Steve started the building division for Tiger in 1985. He holds a...
Posted on 01/30/2012

AGC Honors Gary Smith, Thom Sicklesteel and Annie Lombroia

AGC of Washington honored Gary Smith President of Lease Crutcher Lewis as Contractor of the Year; Thom Sicklesteel President of Sicklesteel Cranes Inc. as Subcontractor of the Year; and Annie Lombroia Chief Results Officer for Ashbaugh Beal as Affiliate of the Year. The awards were presented dur...
Posted on 01/30/2012

Prevailing Wage Bills Aim to Release Retention, Protect Contractors

Two prevailing wage-related bills supported by AGC received legislative hearings this week. Senate Bill 6421 would permit general contractors or upper tier subcontractors to file affidavits of wages paid on behalf of subcontractors who were no longer available or unwilling to file an affidavit o...
Posted on 01/30/2012

Crisis Looms as Transportation Funding Plummets in 2013

With state transportation funding set to fall off a cliff the Legislature is considering Governor Gregoires proposal to raise $3.6 billion for highway maintenance. AGC appreciates the $3.6 billion proposal as a good start but believes it falls well short of the funding needed to address the stat...
Posted on 01/23/2012

Lydig Announces New Management Structure

Lydig Construction announced that Larry Swartz previously President has stepped into the company’s CEO position and will continue as Chairman of the Board. Gus Gottschalk has been promoted to President of Lydig’s Western Region Group overseeing all operations out of Lydig’s Bellevue office and K...
Posted on 01/23/2012

Contractor Survey: Private Market Expected to Expand in 2012

Significantly fewer construction firms are planning to make layoffs in 2012 than at any point in the past few years according to survey results released today by AGC of America and Computer Guidance Corporation. The survey conducted as part of the 2012 Construction Industry Hiring and Business O...
Posted on 01/23/2012