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

Seattle Revises Its Recently Published WMBE Plan

As a result of a workshop sponsored by AGC on Seattle’s new WMBE requirements the City has developed a new version of the plan. The new plan removes the dual-elements used to determine marketplace availability. Instead the City will utilize past performance alone. The new form reflects this chan...
Posted on 12/12/2011

No Mandatory Apprenticeship Quotas on Pierce County Project

AGC applauds the recent announcement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy that she will not implement a mandatory government apprenticeship quota on the $300 million Chambers Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion. AGC encouraged the Public Works Department and the Executive to abide by c...
Posted on 12/12/2011

No Mandatory Apprenticeship Quotas on Pierce County Project

AGC applauds the recent announcement by Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy that she will not implement a mandatory government apprenticeship quota on the $300 million Chambers Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion. AGC encouraged the Public Works Department and the Executive to abide by co...
Posted on 12/12/2011

Positive News on Workers' Comp, Unemployment Insurance Rates

AGC is pleased to announce good news with regard to both workers compensation and unemployment insurance. Today Governor Gregoire announced there will be no overall increase in workers’ compensation insurance premiums next year (however construction firms will see a smaller-than-proposed increas...
Posted on 12/01/2011

Make Change with Dollars for McKenna and BUILD

By Pat McGarry President AGC of Washington 2012 presents us with a rare opportunity. All nine statewide offices (including of course the Governorship!) are up for election along with all 98 members of the State House of Representatives and 25 members of the State Senate. Simply put we have a ...
Posted on 11/15/2011

AGC, Contractors Express Concerns for New WMBE Plan

The City of Seattle’s new WMBE inclusion plan has been through a real-world bid process and the preliminary conclusion from AGC is that it’s a flawed plan that creates another hurdle to participation in City projects. On the other hand despite its flaws contractors will likely be able to meet th...
Posted on 11/15/2011

Industry, Especially Construction, Show Improved Job Sites

Washingtons job sites were safer in 2010 continuing a trend that began nearly a decade ago according to survey results released by the Department of Labor & Industries. The Occupational Injury and Illness Survey for Washington State showed that 5 out of every 100 full-time workers in Washing...
Posted on 11/15/2011

Young Professionals Get Career Advice and a Glimpse of the Future

Members of AGC’s Future Leadership Forum gained career advice and a glimpse of the industry in the coming years during FLF’s Panel of Execs event cosponsored by the AGC Education Foundation. With David Ashbaugh (Ashbaugh Beal) moderating industry leaders Nancy Munro (MidMountain Contractors); To...
Posted on 11/14/2011

Southern District Food Bank Efforts

As the 2011 Holiday Season approaches it is time again to count our many blessings. This year has brought even more change to the world we live in. Unfortunately one of the biggest changes is the increase of families in our local community that need help providing food and gifts for children dur...
Posted on 11/09/2011

AGC Southern District Holds Free 2012 WA Construction Forecast

The Southern District will hold this free seminar at our Fife Office (3601 20th St E.) on Nov. 18 at noon. McGraw Hill is flying-in their top forecaster for this event and he will present a 2012 Washington State-specific sector by sector construction forecast. This information is valuable! Don’t ...
Posted on 11/08/2011

Get to Know Your AGC Staff: Lauren Gubbe

As Director of AGC’s Workers’ Comp Group Retro program Lauren Gubbe oversees the Group Retro program and staff works closely with the plan underwriter negotiates back to work services develops training and works with the legislative team for lobbying on workers’ comp issues. She started as the as...
Posted on 11/01/2011

GLY Receives Vision Award from Leadership Eastside

GLY Construction was recently awarded the Vision Award by Leadership Eastside a local organization known for bringing together leaders across the Eastside to address community issues. As a recipient of a “LENi” or Leadership Eastside Network Inspiration Awards GLY was selected from nominations s...
Posted on 10/31/2011

Lease Crutcher Lewis: Quarter Million Dollars for Charity

This year Lease Crutcher Lewis has donated more than $125000 to local charities in Seattle and Portland in honor of the company’s 125th Anniversary. Recently CEO Bill Lewis doubled that gift with his own $125000 donation to Washington STEM. “The idea for this 125th Anniversary Philanthropy Campa...
Posted on 10/31/2011

Major Community Service Award for Korsmo

Korsmo Construction has been chosen to receive the State’s most prestigious civics award. Korsmo and Sterling Savings Bank are recipients of the 2011 Corporations for Communities award which honors exceptional Washington businesses that make community a priority. Sterling is the winner of the la...
Posted on 10/31/2011

AGC Members – Sign Up to Save Lives through Disaster Response

(NOTE: AGC members who are willing to be placed on the AGC Disaster Response Team list should email Mandi Kime or call her at 206-284-0061. Please include some details about the equipment that you will be willing – as available – to invest in a disaster response. Plus let Mandi know if you wo...
Posted on 10/31/2011

Next Southern District Dinner Meeting is November 2

Time for politics! Come and hear from the best. Longtime Tacoma News Tribune Political Reporter Peter Callaghan will cover it all. McKenna vs. Inslee state budget shortfalls special sessions in Olympia the Liquor Privatization Initiative another transportation-related Eyman Initiative GOP Preside...
Posted on 10/24/2011

ACTION ALERT: Don't Raise Workers' Comp Rates in 2012

As scheduled Workers’ Comp rate hearings approach AGC members are encouraged to contact the Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries (L&I) and offer your comments on the proposed 2012 rates. The key points here will be made in an official communication from the AGC but is very helpful...
Posted on 10/24/2011

Gas Compact with Tribes Means Less Transportation Funding

In 2007 the Legislature passed a bill authorizing the Governor to enter into new fuel tax compacts with federally-recognized Tribes that operated fuel stations in Washington State. Since then these compacts have allowed tribes to undercut private fuel station operators give away needed revenue fo...
Posted on 10/18/2011

The “Wade Perrow Plan” Solves Gig Harbor Planning Dilemma

The legendary Gordian Knot is a metaphor for an intractable problem solved by a bold stroke. For years the city of Gig Harbor had been dealing with its own version of the Gordian Knot: How could they restore Donkey Creek to its natural state when significant parts of it had been covered by a ro...
Posted on 10/17/2011

Teens Get Something to Think About at Construction Career Days

Nearly 1000 high school students operated heavy equipment explored construction technology learned about training programs and otherwise pondered a future in construction during King County Construction Career Days held Oct. 4 and 5. AGC and the AGC Education Foundation spearhead the annual even...
Posted on 10/17/2011

One Year, Three New Facilities: Greenberry Industrial is Booming

In the couple of years after the economic downturn of 2008 Corporate America didn’t spend much on facilities. But now the pent up demand for newer safer and larger facilities is causing many companies to address industrial maintenance and expansion needs notes Greenberry Industrial’s President a...
Posted on 10/17/2011

Ballots in the Mail; Check Out These Endorsements

Believe it or not ballots for the November elections will be appearing in voters’ mailboxes any day now. Be sure to vote and before you do consider these ballot positions by AGC and/or BUILD PAC: Initiative 1125 – AGC Opposes Among other things I-1125 would prohibit tolling to pay for ongoing ...
Posted on 10/17/2011

AGC Opposes I-1125 as a Hit to Transportation Financing

AGC’s Board of Trustees voted to oppose Initiative 1125 a proposal to limit the use of toll and gas tax revenues in Washington State. AGC encourages a “no” vote because I-1125 will further constrict already tight transportation financing. I-1125 is opposed by a broad coalition of business labor ...
Posted on 10/17/2011

ASSE Puget Sound Chapter Newsletter

Attached you will find the latest issue of the ASSE Puget Sound Chapter Newsletter. We sincerely hope you can join us for the upcoming membership meeting on October 19. This is a breakfast meeting at the Best Western Executive Inn. Cost is $20 per person and includes a delicious breakfast! Ou...
Posted on 10/10/2011