Get to Know Your AGC Staff: Penny Schmitt

Penny Schmitt is originally from New York and moved to Seattle when her employer Uniguard Insurance transferred her out here. She worked for Uniguard for 31 years. She left Uniguard to open a restaurant in Ballard with her husband Pete. After a couple of years they shut the business down and sh...
Posted on 08/04/2009

In High Heat, Remember Heat Stress Practices and L&I Rules

With temperatures warmer than normal in many parts of the state this week the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is reminding everyone that working outdoors in hot weather can put you at risk of heat-related illness. Plus a Washington state safety rule requires employers to protect o...
Posted on 07/24/2009

Task Force Works to Improve Responsible Bidder Implementation

(Editor’s Note: AGC members who have concerns about supplemental responsible bidder criteria found in bid notices should contact Rick Slunaker AGC’s Director of Government Affairs at or 360-352-5000.) Let’s say you were bidding on a public works project and the owner intende...
Posted on 07/21/2009

Free AGC Seminar on Assisted Living/Medical Facilities Construction

On September 22nd from 2pm-3:30pm at the AGC offices in Tacoma (942 Pacific Avenue) we will hold a free Assisted-Living/Medical Facilities Seminar. Most all AGC members have at some point either completed an assisted-living or medical construction project have reviewed the opportunity or plan to...
Posted on 07/21/2009

Ten Things You Should Know About Federal Contracting

By James F. Nagle Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLC Editor’s Note: The following info was part of the recent Winning Federal Stimulus Contracts seminar presented for AGC members by Oles Morrison. 1. Know the rules. The Federal Acquisition Regulation is at Title 48 of the Code of Federal Re...
Posted on 07/21/2009

Online Classes Announced by AGC Education Foundation

Answering the call for more accessible learning and more flexible schedules the AGC Education Foundation is now offering online training. Topics include STP estimating green building construction math and others. For info and registration click Online Classes.
Posted on 07/21/2009

AGC Welcomes New Members

AGC has approved and welcomes the following firms for membership: Compass General Construction LLC; Compass Construction Management; Pegasus Global Holdings Inc.; Pierce College Construction Management Program.
Posted on 07/21/2009

Turning Points in Construction - Free Webinar

Join economists Jim Haughey (Reed Construction Data) Ken Simonson (AGC of America) and Kermit Baker (AIA) for a free webcast focused on the key factors affecting the recovery of the construction industry on July 23 11 a.m – 12:30 p.m. (PDT). Click Economics Webinar for info and registration.
Posted on 07/21/2009

PSI Invites AGC Members to Rally for the Cure

Ride your motorcycle relax on the beach eat great barbecue groove to live music – all while raising money for a good cause! AGC members are invited to join Professional Service Industries Inc. as it hosts the first-annual Rally for the Cure on Saturday on August 29. The core of this family-frie...
Posted on 07/21/2009

DHS to Implement E-Verify Rule but Revoke No-Match Rule

Department of Homeland Security will implement a rule (beginning Sept. 8) requiring federal contractors to use the E-Verify system to verify employees authorization to work in the US. Also DHS will rescind a rule establishing procedures for employers upon receipt of a no-match” letter. READ MOR...
Posted on 07/21/2009

Show Your Achievements in Safety - Display AGC Safety Team Banner

AGC Safety Team banners featuring the new AGC logo are now available! Display them on your jobsites and let people (and potential clients) know of your commitment to safety and risk management! AGC Safety Team members can order these online (click Safety Team banners) or contact Penny Schmitt a...
Posted on 07/20/2009

Subcontractors: AGC of America Wants to Hear from You

AGC of America Specialty Contractors Council is surveying specialty contractor members regarding their firms involvement with AGC and current needs and priorities. The survey will help AGC of America and local chapters better serve this segment of the industry. Click Specialty Contractors Survey...
Posted on 07/20/2009

WSDOT Takes Contractor Bidding System Online

WSDOT will begin taking construction contractor bids online in September an effort expected to reduce administrative paperwork and staff time as well as reduce costs for contractors. Moving to an online bidding process is also in response to a recommendation in the January 2008 Construction Mana...
Posted on 07/20/2009

APWA/AGC 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament

The APWA/AGC 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament will be held Aug. 14 at the beautiful Avalon Golf Club in Burlington. $60 early bird registration. Special Offer: Included with your online registration is a 1-year subscription to Golf Digest. Click APWA/AGC Golf for info.
Posted on 07/20/2009

Port of Seattle to Restart Construction on Sea-Tac Rental Car Facility

Citing recent signs of hope in the global economy Port of Seattle Commission voted to restart construction on the new rental car facility to serve Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The June 30 vote followed the recent sale of revenue bonds to finance the facility scheduled to open in 2012. C...
Posted on 07/06/2009

AGC Names Sen. Holmquist Legislator of the Year

Sen. Janéa Holmquist (R-13 Ephrata) was named Legislator of the Year by AGC of Washington. Sen. Holmquist was presented the award on June 23 during the AGC Board of Trustees annual retreat. “Sen. Holmquist in her role as Ranking Republican Member of the Senate Labor Commerce & Consumer Prot...
Posted on 07/06/2009

How Did Your Legislator Vote? See AGC's 2009 Vote Record

AGC presents its 2009 Vote Record to let its members know how legislators voted on bills important to the construction industry. In the 2009 session 13 votes were selected as fairs representation of these issues. See the “score” for each State House and Senate member below. Under that are summ...
Posted on 07/02/2009

More Stimulus-Funded Projects: DOE

Department of Ecology announced stimulus-funded clean water projects totaling when combined with state funds more than $140 million including $2.7 million to construct the Deschutes Parkway Reclaimed Water Pipeline and $1.8 million to retrofit Tacoma’s stormwater treatment system. For links to t...
Posted on 06/23/2009

Federal Agencies to Discuss Projects and Processes in Tacoma

AGC and the Oles Morrison Law Firm have come together to offer a free and very informative federal contracting seminar. The seminar will be held on June 30th from 2pm-4pm at AGC’s Tacoma office 942 Pacific Ave. Come hear from the people who will be responsible for administering the new federal ...
Posted on 06/23/2009

Construction Fatalities Way Down

The number of construction-related fatalities has declined precipitously during the first six months of 2009 according to data from the Department of Labor and Industries. Since Jan. 1 there have been only two construction-related fatalities compared to recent yearly averages of 16 fatalities wi...
Posted on 06/23/2009

Concrete Safety Roundtable

Written by Howard Hawk of CadmanThe “Concrete Placement Safety Roundtable” now re-named the “Concrete Safety Roundtable” (CSR) met at The Conco Companies administrative office in Kent on June 17 2009. Those present were representatives from the AGC Safety Department local general contractors conc...
Posted on 06/23/2009

Working Out of State? Get AGC's State Law Matrix

AGC of America’s State Law Matrix is the most comprehensive publication regarding a wide range of state law issues that can affect your public or private construction project. It’s an essential resource to improve compliance and enforceability under state law. The recent version includes new info...
Posted on 06/23/2009

Interested in UW Business? Attend UW Capital Projects Office Events

July 23: Contractor Welcome and Orientation. Become familiar with UW CPO forms and procedures including bidding and award scheduling and contractor evaluation. July 16: Safety Seminar. An introduction/refresher regarding construction project safety requirements. Info and registration: Kath...
Posted on 06/23/2009

IMCO on Best Companies to Work for List

Congratulations to AGC General Contractor member IMCO General Construction Inc. of Bellingham for being named to Seattle Business Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work for List. Kudos also to AGC subcontractor and associate firms on the list: McKinstry Co. Hermanson Co. University Mechanical Co...
Posted on 06/23/2009

Centennial Contractors Honored by UW

Centennial Contractors Enterprises Inc. of Fife was recognized by the UW Capital Projects Office for its outstanding rating with no safety incidents and the “high standards and professionalism they bring to work each day.” Centennial Contractors has achieved the outstanding rating six times in 2...
Posted on 06/23/2009