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

House Passes Health Care Bill; Focus Now on Senate

On Saturday night the House passed the Affordable Health Care for America Act 220 to 215 legislation strongly opposed by AGC of America. Washington State Congressional delegation voted along party lines. AGC made a particular push with Rep. Adam Smith (D) who was considered undecided. Rep Smit...
Posted on 11/09/2009

Top 10 Things Contractors Should Know About Climate Change

The U.S. Congress is considering whether to enact “cap and trade” program that would enable the federal government to regulate greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). Policymakers are seeking to enact a comprehensive energy and climate change bill that aims to increase energy efficiency address the ri...
Posted on 11/09/2009

AGC of WA Members Win 13 McGraw-Hill \Best Of\ Awards

Congratulations to AGC of WA members who have been named winners of McGraw-Hill’s Northwest Construction Best of 2009 awards competition: Andersen Construction (Best Healthcare Best Office) BNBuilders (Best Tenant Improvement) General Construction/Kiewit (Best Transportation) IMCO Construction ...
Posted on 11/09/2009

Fleet Discounts Can Save You Thousands

Save thousands on trucks vans and cars through a variety of fleet discounts offered by AGC of America. AGC has partnerships with Ford GM and Enterprise Fleet Management that include discounted vehicle pricing flexible vehicle funding vehicle maintenance programs fuel program and a disposal progr...
Posted on 11/09/2009

Future Leadership Forum to Hear from Sen. Holmquist

Sen. Janéa Holmquist named AGC’s Legislator of the Year will meet with the FLF Nov. 17. The event also features AGC Lobbyists presenting the most significant issues of the 2010 Legislature. For example workers comp: will the legislature simply stand by with a large rate increase or will they acc...
Posted on 11/09/2009

Beware Faxed Scam Membership Directory Applications

Faxed scam solicitations appearing to come from “American” General Contractors or “National Association for General Contractors” are again circulating. Neither AGC nor our directory provider sent these faxes. Couple things to note: All update forms for the AGC of WA directory were mailed last m...
Posted on 11/09/2009

WACA Economic Luncheon Nov. 13

Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association invites all members of the construction industry to attend this popular event. Presenters will cover national regional and state economic indicators forecasts and trends. Click WACA Luncheon for details.
Posted on 11/09/2009

WSDOT Hosts SR 520 Contracting Open House on Nov. 6

Open house is to discuss potential work for the Eastside Transit and HOV Project. WSDOT is working towards design build procurement of the Medina to SR 202: Eastside Transit and HOV Project one of four projects comprising the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program. Click SR 520 Open House for ...
Posted on 10/26/2009

AGC Recommendations: Mallahan, Hutchinson, Merritt

Were just a week away from the general election! Mail your ballot before Nov. 3 so it gets properly postmarked. Click AGC Recommendations for the complete list of endorsements that includes ballot initiatives as well as mayoral county executive legislative and port races.
Posted on 10/26/2009

AGC Opposes Initiative 1033

AGC’s leadership voted to oppose Initiative 1033. I-1033 would limit tax-revenue increases for state city and county governments to the rate of inflation and population growth. AGC’s officers share the concern of several business groups that the initiative would harm public and private constructi...
Posted on 10/26/2009

Attend Federal Construction Outlook, Get Free Registration for Protests Seminar

The Navy Facilities Command NW Corps of Engineers GSA Coast Guard FAA and the National Park Service present their projects for the next three years Nov. 5. Click Federal Facilities for details. Members who register for this briefing will be offered free registration for the AGC of America Federa...
Posted on 10/26/2009

The Davis-Bacon and Related Acts: The Ins and Outs of Federal Prevailing Wage Law

Many contractors are bidding federal work and facing federal prevailing wage laws for the first time. Plus the application of the Davis-Bacon to stimulus projects leaves uncertainties about the requirements of federal prevailing wage laws. AGC of America’s webinar series will provide informatio...
Posted on 10/26/2009

One Video Shows Simulated Viaduct Collapse, One Shows Promise of Tunnel

As if we needed one a video by WSDOT gives a chilling reminder of what could happen if a major seismic event were to shake the region. Click Viaduct Collapse Video. On a happier note check out this video simulation of the tunnel to replace the viaduct.
Posted on 10/26/2009

Future Leadership Forum to Hear from Sen. Holmquist

Sen. Janéa Holmquist named AGC’s Legislator of the Year will meet with the FLF Nov. 17. The event also features AGC Lobbyists presenting the most significant issues of the 2010 Legislature. For example workers comp: will the legislature simply stand by with a large rate increase or will they acc...
Posted on 10/26/2009

WACA Economic Luncheon Nov. 13

Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association invites all members of the construction industry to attend this popular event. Presenters will cover national regional and state economic indicators forecasts and trends. Click WACA Luncheon for details.
Posted on 10/26/2009

Decline in Price of Construction Inputs May be Nearing an End

PPI for some inputs to construction rose recently. Diesel reached an 11-month high. Copper and brass mill shapes steel mill products aluminum mill shapes plastic construction products and insulation material prices are all up. However gypsum asphalt paving mixtures and blocks lumber and plywoo...
Posted on 10/26/2009

2010 Construction Outlook - Where's the Northwest Heading?

Hear a detailed forecast of the Northwest construction industrys economic environment and market trends at McGraw-Hill Constructions Outlook 2010 Regional Conference on Nov. 3. Click Construction Outlook for details.
Posted on 10/26/2009

AGC of America Urges Senate to Extend Home Buyer Credit, 5-Year Carryback

The Associated General Contractors of America today urged senators to extend the first-time homebuyer tax credit and the five-year carryback of net operating losses to help reverse dramatic declines in construction employment. Noting that construction employment figures show jobs losses in every...
Posted on 10/26/2009

agcXML Speeds Sharing of Transactional Data Among All Project Participants

The agcXML Project is an industry-wide initiative led by AGC of America to enable the efficient and reliable exchange of electronic construction project information among all design and construction professionals. It focuses on transactional data that architects engineers contractors subcontracto...
Posted on 10/26/2009

Accord Reached on Diesel Cleanup in Federal Highway Projects

Diesel smoke might soon be a thing of a past at big highway projects under a landmark accord reached between major construction and environmental groups. The Associated General Contractors of America and the non-profit Clean Air Task Force jointly called on Congress to give state officials both ...
Posted on 10/26/2009

Workers' Comp Tax Increase and Reform: Your Help Needed

AGC strongly encourages members to attend and provide testimony at upcoming hearings regarding the proposed workers’ comp tax increase. The proposed 7.6% increase is an average for all employers. Rates vary by classification and firms’ EMR so your rate could be considerably different (and highe...
Posted on 10/13/2009

Kilcup, Zamzow and McGarry Lobby Congress on Card Check, Infrastructure and More

AGC of Washington President Lee Kilcup (GLY Construction) and Anne Kilcup visit with AGC of Utah President Rob Moore (Big-D Construction) during the National and Chapter Leadership Conference. Card check legislation infrastructure spending and three percent withholding requirements were among ...
Posted on 10/13/2009

Need Some Quick, Free Legal Advice? Try AGC's One Call Program

AGC members sometimes need immediate access to an attorney for competent advice on matters that may not go any further than one telephone call. AGC’s Legal Affairs Committee created the One Call Program through which qualified attorneys are available for a phone conversation with AGC contractors...
Posted on 10/13/2009

Federal Agencies to Present Project Lists Nov. 5

Navy Facilities Command NW Corps of Engineers GSA Coast Guard FAA and the National Park Service will present their projects for the next three years at AGC’s annual meeting with these agencies. Other topics include Buy America LEED and compliance requirements for stimulus projects. Register Fede...
Posted on 10/13/2009