Leading Through Turbulent Times Presented at AGC Annual Convention

This year’s Annual Convention at the Hyatt in Bellevue features eleven enlightening break-out sessions. One of those is a special presentation by experts from the Disney Institute. You will learn to lead with vision while managing with discipline create and sustain a high performance culture enha...
Posted on 12/22/2009

Unemployment Insurance Tax Changes for 2010

By Christine Swanson AGC Government Affairs Manager During the week of December 7 the Employment Security Department started mailing tax notices for 2010. Unfortunately tax rates will rise in 2010 for many employers. The average tax rate in 2010 will be 2.38 percent up from 1.55 percent in 2009....
Posted on 12/22/2009

Termination Do's and Don'ts

There is a right way and a wrong way to terminate an employee. In a webinar for AGC Stanislaw Ashbaugh described seven steps to take when it unfortunately becomes necessary to terminate someone. The Daily Journal of Commerce covered the webinar and produced a detailed review with the “seven steps...
Posted on 12/22/2009

Data Shows Low Construction Prices May Soon be Coming to an End

New federal data showing sharp increases in the prices of key construction materials like diesel copper and brass mill shapes likely foreshadow future increases in construction costs the AGC of America announced. The new November producer price index (PPI) report from the Bureau of Labor Statisti...
Posted on 12/22/2009

Crane Certification Checklist

The last issue of AGC Works included a recap of the looming crane and crane operator certification rules – and the fact that many firms have not yet begun the certification process. As one more reminder AGC’s Safety Department has prepared a simple checklist of what needs to be done prior to Jan....
Posted on 12/22/2009

AGC Welcomes New Members

The following firms were recently approved for membership by the AGC Board of Trustees (click links for more info): Omega-Morgan; Puget Sound Refrigeration Inc.; and ProBuild.
Posted on 12/22/2009

From the AGC President: The Year in Review

By Lee Kilcup CEO and Chairman of GLY Construction and AGC President 2009 may not have been the year to be a contractor but it was a great year to be an association that provides real value in a time of need. From the very beginning of the year our focus was on creating real help to our member...
Posted on 12/08/2009

Gregoire's Move Toward Streamlined Permitting Applauded by AGC

In what appears to be a significant win for AGC and a stride to increased government efficiency Gov. Chris Gregoire signed an executive order last week last week to transform the way multiple state agencies handle environmental permit reviews. The executive order promotes AGC’s position that agen...
Posted on 12/08/2009

Pease Construction Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Patty Candiotta and Loren Pease at Pease Constructions 25th Anniversary party Twenty-five years ago there was an addition to the Pease family when Pease Construction was born. Pease Construction spun-off from Pease & Sons Inc. in 1984 to capture federal small business cont...
Posted on 12/08/2009

Crane Certification Rules Apply to YOU (Most Likely)

By Mandi Kime AGC Safety Director New crane certification rules take effect in less than a month – and it looks like only a fraction of construction cranes have been certified! During the promulgation of the new crane safety standards for Washington the Department of Labor and Industries estima...
Posted on 12/08/2009

Registration Open for AGC's Annual Convention

It’ll be unlike any convention the AGC of Washington has produced in recent memory so don’t miss out! The event features 11 educational and leading edge breakout sessions lunch with Attorney General Rob McKenna invaluable networking at the Berntson Porter reception and plenty of fun at the Stanis...
Posted on 12/08/2009

L&I Confirms 7.6 Percent Workers' Comp Increase; Reform Battle Looms

The Department of Labor & Industries announced Nov. 30 that the proposed 7.6 percent average increase in workers’ compensation insurance premiums will indeed take effect January 1 2010. The increased rate remains unchanged from the amount originally proposed by the Department in October desp...
Posted on 12/08/2009

Workers' Comp Release Takes Effect for Retainage on Public Work

L&I can now collect unpaid workers’ comp premiums from the retainage funds kept by a public agency on most prevailing wage projects. Upon completion of a contract over $35000 the new law requires the public agency that contracted the project to notify both L&I and the state Department of...
Posted on 12/08/2009

Earl Bell, Long-Time Staff Member and Friend to AGC, Passed Away

It was with a great deal of sadness that the AGC of Washington members and staff learned of the loss of one of its long-time staff members Earl Bell to cancer on November 6. Earl had been living in Arizona with his wife Robynn since he retired from AGC in 1995. Earl was born in Gresham Oregon No...
Posted on 11/18/2009

Apply for a Reseller Permit NOW to Avoid Cumbersome Rebate Process

Have you applied for your reseller’s permit yet? If you haven’t consider this information from the Department of Revenue (DOR): Many businesses have said they will not sell at wholesale and will charge sales tax unless a reseller permit is presented by January 1 2010. Plus without the permit you ...
Posted on 11/18/2009

Free Webinar: The Do's and Don'ts of Terminating and Laying-Off Employees

In this difficult economy many companies face the prospects of terminations and layoffs. David Ashbaugh and Jenny Faubion from Stanislaw Ashbaugh law firm will discuss tips and procedures for terminating employees under WA and Federal Law. Learn what you can and can’t do and how to protect your c...
Posted on 11/18/2009

WSDOT Workforce Agreement for 520 Pontoon Project Benefits All Involved

A project agreement for the 520 Bridge pontoon project has been negotiated by labor unions and the joint venture firms that will be submitting bids to WSDOT. At the request of WSDOT and the project’s qualified bidders the agreement was facilitated by AGC. Because of the size and uniqueness of th...
Posted on 11/18/2009

New Members Welcomed to AGC of Washington!

General Contractor: Skanska USA Civil Northwest Inc.; Subcontractors: Campbell-Cox Floor Covering Inc. Canam Steel Corporation Flagging Service NW Inc. Sequoyah Electric LLC; Associates: Breedt Production Tooling and Design Honeywell New York Life Olympic Associates Company Solbakken Company The ...
Posted on 11/18/2009

Save the Date: AGC Annual Convention is Jan. 22

Disney…Business Development…Bowling…Sound Transit…Champagne…Safety…Attorney General…BIM…What do these have in common? Find out at the AGC of WA Annual Convention Jan. 22 2010 at the Bellevue Hyatt (great room rates will be available). We will have eleven top-notch educational breakout sessions…an...
Posted on 11/18/2009

Updated Construction Financing Guide Released

One of the major hurdles that almost any owner faces in a construction project is financing the construction and other development costs. More and more contractors are finding themselves involved in the financing process. The just-completed AGC of America’s Guide to Construction Financing—Second ...
Posted on 11/18/2009

AGC Members Among Fastest Growing

AGC member companies recently named to Puget Sound Business Journal’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies list: BNBuilders Inc.; GLY Construction Inc.; and Lydig Construction Inc.
Posted on 11/18/2009

Billion Dollars-Plus in Federal Agency Work Headed to Northwest

At the annual Federal Agency Three-Year Construction Outlook Briefing for AGC members Federal Agencies identified project work conservatively estimated in excess of $1.3 billion over the next two years. (Click here for project lists and handouts.) Highlights include over $ 240 million dollars o...
Posted on 11/10/2009

Workers' Comp Rate Increase \Takes the Wind Out of Our Sails\

Several AGC members (see list below) took the time to testify at hearings around the state regarding the proposed increase in workers’ comp rates. These members protested this increase during such difficult economic times and called for major reforms of the system. “There is no good time for an...
Posted on 11/09/2009

Help Us Help You: Be Involved in Legislative Activities

Much is at stake in the 2010 Legislative session. AGC priorities are workers’ comp reform infrastructure investment improvements to the sales tax permit process and prevailing wage clarifications to avoid delays in retainage releases. To achieve these goals we need your help; involvement is as ea...
Posted on 11/09/2009

Where's Your Market Headed in 2010? Some Sectors Looking Up

Of course it’ll still be way off the pace of its recent heyday but Washington State’s construction industry can expect to see an uptick in 2010 compared to 2009 said Cliff Brewis economist for McGraw Hill Construction. With a host of caveats that could turn this hopeful prediction around Brewis ...
Posted on 11/09/2009