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

Wade Perrow and Friends Celebrate 30 Years of Construction Excellence

Wade and Beth Perrow and WPC President Dan McKinney celebrate the firm’s 30th anniversary Wade Perrow Construction celebrated its 30th anniversary on Oct. 1 with more than 200 people including former and current clients design firms engineering firms and subcontractors with whom the company ha...
Posted on 10/13/2009

New Class Targets Frontline Workers' ABS

AGC Education Foundation is offering an innovative frontline worker-focused education program called ABS (Attitude-Behavior-Skill/Safety). This new six-hour training program will be available at a significant discount to AGC members on Nov. 17 in the AGC Building’s conference center in Seattle. ...
Posted on 10/13/2009

IPD Webinar Oct. 29 Includes Free ConsensusDOCS Tri-Party Agreement

What is Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and how can all stakeholders on a construction project benefit from this process? Why are Owners choosing multi-party agreements? AGC of America webinar covers these topics and participants receive a free sample copy of ConsensusDOCS 300: Tri-Party Colla...
Posted on 10/13/2009

AGC of America's Environmental Network

Stormwater climate change and diesel retrofit are among the issues covered during AGC of America’s Environmental Network Conference Call Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. Through the Network AGC members keep pace with the latest developments and participate in the associations policymaking on environmental matt...
Posted on 10/13/2009

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep

U.S. Green Building Councils LEED 2009 v3 offers the new Green Associate credential. Passing the GBCI exam that awards this accreditation requires an understanding of LEEDs core concepts and strategies but it does not require the hands-on technical knowledge that for example architects and engine...
Posted on 10/13/2009

Green Building Holds Risks, Opportunities for Contractors

In a green building project the contractor has to account for the added risk of not achieving the certifications; overselling of performance by architect; and assuring subcontractor compliance and lack of control over final acquisition of certification. On the other hand if properly done the con...
Posted on 10/12/2009

Construction Leadership Council Fall Working Weekend

All early- and mid-career professionals working in the construction industry are invited to join the annual AGC Construction Leadership Council Working Weekend to be held Nov. 19-21 2009 in Nashville Tennessee. This event is co-sponsored by the AGC of America Construction Leadership Council AGC o...
Posted on 10/12/2009

Vic Scalzo, former AGC President, Passes Away

Victor Joseph Scalzo 89 passed away peacefully on Sept. 17 2009. Vic was president of AGC Mountain Pacific Chapter (later AGC of WA) in 1961 and an honorary AGC of Washington member. Vic began his career in highway construction at an early age following in his fathers footsteps. Along with his ...
Posted on 09/28/2009

AGC of America Announces Economic Recovery Plan

In response to the extremely difficult economic conditions facing the industry AGC of America developed a comprehensive recovery plan for construction. “Build Now for the Future: A Blueprint for Economic Change” outlines commonsense incentives tax credits and policy changes designed to stimulate ...
Posted on 09/28/2009

AGC Pushes Reform of Washington State's Illogical Workers' Comp System

AGC of Washington will work to reform the workers’ compensation system in the 2010 Legislature. The 7.6 percent tax hike proposed by Labor and Industries – actual rates will vary widely among individual construction class rates – was one more source of motivation for seeking a major overhaul of t...
Posted on 09/28/2009

Want to Lower Your EMR Rate? Attend These Events to Learn How

AGC Group Retro is hosting meetings around the state regarding Experience Modification Rates (EMR). Topics covered include the factors that impact your rates the calculation strategies for lowering your rate and protesting your EMR. AGC Group Retro staff will also provide you with your projecte...
Posted on 09/28/2009

From Concept to Completion: Experience the Virtue of VDC at Free Event

Join industry professionals as they gather to address the value of Virtual Design and Construction to experience projects before they become real. Learn how architects engineers contractors and subcontractors win business by using VDC. This Oct. 15 event is co-sponsored by AGC and free to members...
Posted on 09/28/2009

Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Program Contracting Event

WSDOT is hosting a voluntary pre-advertisement meeting to discuss the next contract for the Stage 2 contract (road and bridge construction). Learn more and talk with the project team on Oct. 8 9 to Noon. Click WSDOT Event for details.
Posted on 09/28/2009

Get Help with Tax Issues - Including Reseller Permits - From DOR

(Editors Note: Last month AGC held a “brown bag seminar” on the new sales tax/reseller permit law with the help of Linda Miller Baldwin and John Wack of the Department of Revenue. At that event it became clear that there was confusion about the role of DOR’s Taxpayer Services Division which provi...
Posted on 09/28/2009

Need a Conference Room? Try the (Free) AGC Conference Center

One of the benefits of AGC membership is access to the conference rooms – with great views of Lake Union – on the second floor of the AGC Building in Seattle. The rooms can accommodate up to 45 and 25 persons respectively with classroom-style seating or up to 70 people when used as one large roo...
Posted on 09/28/2009