AGC Members and Staff Have Huge Impact on 2009 Legislature

By David DHondt AGC Executive Vice President Given what we were faced with in the 2009 Legislature the eventual outcome is a compelling reason why contractors should want to be members of AGC of Washington. A well thought-out and Board-adopted plan a hard working staff and unprecedented member i...
Posted on 05/12/2009

Bid Opportunities: Brown Bag Lunch on New Capital Projects

Want to know about upcoming opportunities? Hear about dozens of construction projects included in budgets passed by the Legislature at this free Brown Bag event June 1 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Harborside Room of McCormick and Schmicks Restaurant on the first floor of the AGC Building in Seattle. Reps f...
Posted on 05/12/2009

AGC Webinar: What Has The Legislature Done to Me Now?

The Legislature has acted and now the AGC wants you to know how enacted bills will affect your company including such things as changes in sales tax procedures restrictions on communications in workers comp appeals and issuance of stop work orders. AGCs Legislative Staff will host the 30 minute ...
Posted on 05/12/2009

Legislative Recap: Summary of Bills Dead and Alive

Among the bills that passed with AGCs support were those involving unemployment insurance and resale certificates. Among AGC-opposed bills that died were those dealing with Retro greenhouse gasses and covered loads. Click Legislative Update for a summary of industry-related bills that passed th...
Posted on 05/12/2009

Army Corps Releases Stimulus Project List

The Army Corps of Engineers has released its list of Civil Works projects to be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The full list can be accessed by clicking Army Corps projects. Eighteen projects in WA State are on the list.
Posted on 05/12/2009

AGC Group Retro, the Industry's Best

It is enrollment time for AGC Group Retro participants and as you are the cream of the crop we expect you will be marketed by competing programs. Regarding quotes keep in mind there is no oversight by the Insurance Commissioners office or by the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) regar...
Posted on 05/12/2009

Federal Contracting: Stimulus at Work Webinar Series

Its more important than ever that contractors - those experienced in Federal work or those looking to move into this market - are aware of the ramifications of rule and regulation updates and the impact of the stimulus bill on the Federal contracting process. An AGC of America webinar series prov...
Posted on 05/12/2009

AGC Helps Secure LeMay Museum Construction Financing

AGC testified before the Tacoma City Council in support of a resolution clearing the way for the LeMay Museum to apply for a $3.5 million loan from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Developments Section 108 program. AGC testified alongside the Lemay Museum and the Pierce County Buildin...
Posted on 05/12/2009

Making Every Penny Count

  On April 25 a team of 45 people came together to help restore and upgrade Northwest Harvests food bank on Cherry Street. This Rebuilding Together project involved fixing leaks painting walls building shelving and other miscellaneous tasks. Serving up to 2500 pe...
Posted on 05/12/2009

AGC Joins WSDOT for Work Zone Memorial Event

  Mandi Kime AGC Director of Safety at the WSDOT Work Zone Memorial   On April 23 Washington State Department of Transportation AGC and other partners recognized the more than 5000 WSDOT workers and the thousands of city county and contractor crews working to improve ...
Posted on 05/12/2009

L&I Issues Draft Heat Stress Implementation Directive

A significant proposed change from last years directive is that failure to train employees as required under the rule will be considered a serious rather than a general violation with increased fines. Click L&I Heat Stress for details.
Posted on 05/12/2009

AGC Members Win WACA Awards

Congratulations to these AGC members that were recently named WA Aggregates and Concrete Association award winners: Turner Construction Co.; GLY Construction; Tri-State Construction Inc.; BOSS Construction Inc.; Fisher & Sons Inc.
Posted on 05/12/2009

Tech Awards to GLY and Andersen; Nutter Honored for Health Efforts

Congratulations to Dave Burger of GLY Construction and Jeff Slinger of Andersen Construction who took second and third place respectively in the 2009 Best Information Technology Solutions (BITS) contest at AGC of Americas Annual Convention. The BITS Contest showcases the most innovative uses of ...
Posted on 05/12/2009

Celebrate Your Industry at Build Washington Awards

Celebrate the innovation and craftsmanship of AGC members at the annual Build Washington Awards May 20 at UWs Kane Hall. Hear the details of the teamwork and skill that built the top construction projects of the year honor the achievements in safety of AGC general and subcontractor members and l...
Posted on 05/12/2009

President's Column: AGC 2009 Work Plan Summary

By Lee Kilcup President AGC of Washington AGC and our members are facing challenges that are unique in terms of complexity and severity from any Ive seen during my 30 years with the construction industry. Our response to these challenges also needs to be unique innovative and assertive. AGC mus...
Posted on 04/28/2009

Contractors' Protests Derail Sales Tax Compliance Bill

After several AGC members testified in Olympia and many more took the time to send 3600 emails to legislators in less than a week the so-called sales tax compliance bill was knocked off its fast track. Instead the Legislature passed an amended version of SB 6173 that retains the ability of const...
Posted on 04/28/2009

House Backtracks, Passes Bill to Lower Unemployment Insurance Taxes

After a journey of many twists and turns a bill that will lower unemployment taxes was passed by the Legislature in the wee hours of Sunday night as the legislative session came to a close. AGC supported the original version of the bill SB 5963 but then opposed it as the House added amendments t...
Posted on 04/28/2009

Aecon Buildings Receives Award from L&I

by Sarah Teague On April 8 2009 Aecon Buildings Inc. was presented with an award of commendation from the Department of Labor and Industries. The framed certificate was signed by Director Judy Schurke and presented by Consultation Manager John Geppert in recognition of a full calendar year (2008...
Posted on 04/28/2009

Governor Gregoire Signs Prompt Payment for Extra Work Legislation

By John Ahlers In midst of the budget gloom-and-doom coming from Olympia last week a single ray of sunshine for contractors emanated brightly. Governor Gregoire signed House Bill 1195 which now requires that public works owners pay contractors the undisputed amount of any extra work within 30 d...
Posted on 04/28/2009

AGC: THANK YOU Members for Your Legislative Support!

Seven thousand one hundred and thirty five. Thats how many email messages went to legislators from AGC members a record by all accounts! AGC sent action alerts to members about 11 different bills in 2009 and AGCs position prevailed eight times - a 72 percent success rate and a testament to the ...
Posted on 04/28/2009

Shared Work Program Provides Alternative to Layoffs

If you face a temporary decline in business the States Shared-Work Program offers an alternative to layoffs. The program allows you to reduce the hours of full-time employees while workers collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of lost wages. It helps retain skilled workers r...
Posted on 04/28/2009

Celebrate Your Industry at Build Washington Awards May 20

Celebrate the innovation and craftsmanship of AGC members at the annual Build Washington Awards May 20 at University of Washingtons Kane Hall. Hear the details of the teamwork and skill that built the top construction projects of the year and honor the achievements in safety of AGC general and s...
Posted on 04/28/2009

WSDOT Hosting Bored Tunnel Contracting Forum

Forum is to discuss preliminary contracting plans for the tunnel replacement of viaduct including project timeline and potential contract packages. May 5 1-3 pm Seattle Central Library 1000 4th Ave. Due to space limitations WSDOT requests no more than three reps per company. RSVP: 1-888-AWV-LI...
Posted on 04/28/2009

Congress Should Eliminate Restrictions on Green Jobs Training

Congress should eliminate restrictions on new green jobs training grants that disqualify construction training programs that arent affiliated with a union the AGC of America said. Saying the future economy should be as inclusive as possible it urged members of Congress to support newly introduce...
Posted on 04/28/2009

What is a Green Job? A Construction Job!

In a letter sent to Congressional leaders AGC of America CEO Steve Sandherr made the point that construction jobs meet all the criteria of the loosely defined green job including: • Improving the environment; • Offering good-paying jobs; • Offering opportunities for advancement; • Are jobs that ...
Posted on 04/28/2009