Provide input on updates to Building Code Council rules and bylaws

The State Building Code Council will be seeking public input as it updates its state rules as well as its bylaws.
Posted on 06/06/2016

AGC’s Dave Kearby challenges for 15th District House seat

AGC’s own Dave Kearby is running for the State Legislature! Kearby announced his candidacy for State Representative from the 15th District last week.
Posted on 05/23/2016

OSHA’s new silica rule imposes new regulations on many contractors

On March 25, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica (the “Silica Rule”).
Posted on 05/23/2016

Initiatives could bring mandatory sick leave to construction

There may be two initiatives on the November ballot to raise the minimum wage; both of them go beyond the minimum wage and require paid sick leave.
Posted on 05/10/2016

Got an opinion on the federal change-order process?

Got an opinion on the federal change-order process?
Posted on 04/25/2016

AGC supports Brightwater contractor in legal dispute with King County

AGC is supporting Brightwater tunnel contractors Vinci/Parsons RCI/Frontier Kemper JV (VPFK) in a legal dispute with King County. At issue is the long-standing principle that an “implied warranty” comes with an owner-issued plans and specifications, and how it allocates risk on Washington construction projects if following those plans and specifications does not produce the desired or intended result.
Posted on 04/11/2016

Interested in serving on CPARB’s Project Review Committee?

The Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) is seeking letters of interest from individuals knowledgeable in the use of alternative public works contracting procedures to serve three-year terms on its Project Review Committee (PRC).
Posted on 04/11/2016

Learn more and comment on DOE’s draft changes to solid-waste handling standards

Draft language regarding changes to one of the state’s main solid waste handling rules is now under internal review and not available to share, but Ecology plans to have two public comment periods, at which time draft language will be open for review.
Posted on 04/11/2016

Expect much stiffer fines for certain safety violations next year

A new proposal by the OSHA would increase fines for safety violation fines by 82 percent. Washington State, which manages its own OSHA-approved state plan, will be required to follow suit in 2017.
Posted on 04/11/2016

Strengthening our legislative efforts

AGC of Washington has partnered with AGC of America to gauge the reach of our collective networks and enable us to effectively plan for future public-policy discussions.
Posted on 04/04/2016

Sound Transit unveils its $50 billion plan

Last week, Sound Transit released its draft Sound Transit 3 (ST3) plan, kicking off a public comment period that will likely conclude with the $50 billion plan on the November ballot in the Sound Transit counties.
Posted on 03/28/2016

DOL “Persuader” regulation is back

By Judd H. Lees, Sebris Busto James
Posted on 03/28/2016

Grand opening for WSDOT's new SR-520 floating bridge

AGC of Washington is a proud sponsor of WSDOT's grand-opening "Go Long" celebration for the new SR-520 floating bridge.
Posted on 03/28/2016

Legislative recap: A little more money for construction, no policy changes

Springtime in Olympia can mean only one thing: A special session in the Legislature!
Posted on 03/15/2016

Munro named one of CWD's 2016 Women of the Year

The Center for Women and Democracy's annual "kicking Up Our Heels" event was held on March 8 at the Governor's Mansion in Olympia.
Posted on 03/10/2016

L&I releases video on record-keeping and reporting

Do you know what to do if an employee is injured at your workplace in Washington State?
Posted on 03/09/2016

Free training on using DOE’s WQWebDMR portal

Facilities with an NPDES or State Waste Discharge permit are required to monitor discharge and submit reports
Posted on 02/29/2016

About $100 million more for highway maintenance and preservation

The State Legislature is currently developing a supplemental transportation budget and current drafts contain some good news.
Posted on 02/29/2016

School and higher-ed construction get boost in state budgets

Increased overall emphasis on education in the Legislature, including new laws to reduce class size in grades K-3, is good news to contractors who build schools.
Posted on 02/29/2016

Business, building trades unite to support regulatory reforms

A bill passed out of a Senate committee recently that will give employers, developers, investors and employees greater certainty about the processing of state project permits.
Posted on 02/16/2016

Cargo Preference Act applies to FHWA-funded projects

FHWA has interpreted recent changes in the federal Cargo Preference Act as applying to federal-aid highway contracts. The Act, which has been around since 1954, requires that “at least 50 percent of any equipment, materials or commodities” procured with federal funds, and which may be shipped by ocean vessel, must be transported on privately-owned United States-flagged commercial vessels.
Posted on 02/16/2016

Senate removes Peterson; Gov. appoints Roger Millar as Acting WSDOT Secretary

The State Senate spent Friday, Feb. 8 debating the leadership of Lynn Peterson, the secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Posted on 02/16/2016

New L&I rulings on lead, confined spaces, OSHA penalty values and more

Washington State's Department of Labor and Industries has just released important new rulings for the construction industry.
Posted on 01/22/2016

Ram, Lakeside, Atkinson and PCL win WSDOT awards

Nearly 150 people attended the AGC/WSDOT annual meeting on Jan. 7. Attendees heard valuable information about upcoming WSDOT and Sound Transit projects, the workings of the various AGC/WSDOT committees, WSDOT’s project delivery method selection guidance, and the challenges of IMCO’s I-90 and Atkinson’s Puyallup River bridge projects. Also, awards were announced for the Partnership for Excellence in Contract Administration Awards.
Posted on 01/19/2016

Governor announces mandatory DBE goals for WSDOT contracts

Governor Jay Inslee is implementing mandatory subcontracting goals on WSDOT projects. Specifically, as of January 31, WSDOT will implement a combination of mandatory (18.7%) and aspirational (26%) contract goals for WSDOT construction and design contracts.
Posted on 01/19/2016