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

Birch Turns 40, Achieves Federal DBE Certification

AGC member Birch Equipment headquartered in Bellingham kicked off its 40th Anniversary year by announcing it has received Federal DBE Certification under the US Department of Transportation’s DBE program. According to records maintained by Washington State’s Office of Minority and Women’s Busine...
Posted on 01/23/2012

AGC Opposes Covered Loads, Sick Leave Legislation

AGC is providing testimony in opposition to these bills during legislative hearings this week. Click the bill number to review the full bill: Covered loads -- HB 2455 HB 2455 Introduced by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-32 Lake Forest Park) this bill would require that all loads of dirt sand rock or gravel...
Posted on 01/23/2012

Kuney, General, Scarsella, Mowat, CH2M Hill among WSDOT/AGC Award Winners

Seven transportation construction projects were honored for administrative or environmental excellence by WSDOT and AGC of Washington. Awards were presented by WSDOT Secretary Paula Hammond at the WSDOT/AGC annual meeting January 5 2011 in Fircrest WA. Five projects were selected as winners of ...
Posted on 01/10/2012

AGC Protests Use of PLA on Bangor Project

For the first time on any Department of Defense project the U.S. Navy is requiring the use of a project labor agreement (PLA). AGC protests Naval Facilities Engineering Commands (NAVFACs) use of a PLA for the building of the $450-550 million second explosives handling wharf at Naval Base Kitsap-...
Posted on 01/10/2012

Ban on Truck Driver Use of Hand Held Mobile Phones

US DOT has issued a final rule that restricts the use of hand-held mobile telephones by interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers (CMV) and interstate hazmat drivers beginning January 3 2012. The rule does not restrict or prohibit the use of hands free devices. The rule does not currently appl...
Posted on 01/09/2012

Progress on Columbia River Crossing; Kuney to Test Techniques

In December Federal transportation agencies gave formal approval for the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project plan which allows final design and construction planning to proceed. The Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration signed a record of decision for the CRC. Signa...
Posted on 01/09/2012

Seattle Considers Setting Apprenticeship Graduation Rates for Projects

Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark is considering a proposal to recognize only state-approved apprenticeship programs for public works contracts with the City if they have a completion rate of 60% or greater for the licensed trades - electrical plumbing and elevator workers. AGC views this p...
Posted on 01/09/2012

Soiza to Succeed Silverstein as DOSH Chief

Dr. Michael Silverstein L&Is assistant director for the Division of Occupational Safety and Health announced he will retire at the end of February. Leadership of DOSH will transfer to Anne Soiza currently deputy assistant director for DOSH. AGC has had much interaction with Silverstein over ...
Posted on 01/09/2012

With Time Ticking, Your Voice Matters in Redistricting

by Rick Slunaker AGC Government Affairs Director With the holidays upon us it’s hard to think about politics. But intense negotiations are occurring in Olympia by the Washington State Redistricting Commission which is trying to draw our state’s new boundaries for the 10 congressional and 49 legi...
Posted on 12/12/2011

$2 Billion Proposal Could Jumpstart Public Capital Projects

AGC is pursuing a capital projects proposal of up to $2 billion that if enacted could generate 30000 jobs and jumpstart scores of public projects such as sewers community college classes and labs and a variety of vertical and horizontal projects. The idea is to issue bonds backed by some of the ...
Posted on 12/12/2011

Sound Transit Releases PLA Study

The long awaited Sound Transit PLA study has been released. The study which has been under review for months was released in response to a public records request by the Laborer’s Union. Sound Transit had wanted to review the study with its officers prior to release. According to Sound Transit t...
Posted on 12/12/2011