Interested in Diesel Retrofit Grant?

AGC asks members to complete a short survey regarding a potential federal diesel retrofit grant. The recently-passed stimulus package includes $300 million to clean up diesel engines nationwide and could result in a grant of more than $1 million for AGC Chapters to distribute to member companies...
Posted on 03/31/2009

Viaduct Replacement: Contracts and Legislation

(Editors Note: WSDOT is hosting a voluntary contracting event to discuss upcoming work for the Alaskan Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Program. Thursday April 2 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Wells Fargo Building 999 Third Ave. Seattle 23rd floor training rooms. Click here for more info.) While le...
Posted on 03/31/2009

Retro Bill Fails Constitutional Tests According to Legal Analysis

The Retro Bill being opposed by AGC in Olympia has some serious constitutional problems according to a legal analysis. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP at the request of AGC and its business coalition partners reviewed legislation ESSB 6035 and constitutional issues raised by it. A primary motivation ...
Posted on 03/31/2009

$400 Million SeaTac Rental Car Facility Appears Back On Track

One of the more prominent casualties of the credit crunch had been the $400 million rental car facility at Sea-Tac airport. The project was suspended in December 2008. As a result of the frozen credit markets the Port of Seattle found it could not sell the long-term bonds it needed to finance t...
Posted on 03/31/2009

Kuney Joins Gregoire, Murray to Announce Stimulus-Funded Project

Max Kuney President of Max J. Kuney Company joined Gov. Chris Gregoire Sen. Patty Murray WSDOT Secretary Paula Hammond and other dignitaries to commemorate one of the first stimulus-funded projects to go to bid in the state. At the Mar. 30 event in Bellevue Gov. Gregoire and Sen. Patty Murray an...
Posted on 03/31/2009

AGC Welcomes New Members!

Andersen Structures LLCMr. Robert Okano6712 N. Cutter Circle Portland OR 97217Phone: 503.283.6712Fax: 503.283.3607Email: okano@andersen-const.comSpecialty: Concrete construction. Bureau VeritasMr. Brent Eddings4636 E. Marginal Way S Ste. 140 Seattle WA 98134Phone: 206.763.7364Email: brent.edding...
Posted on 03/17/2009

Senate Passes Bill to Expand Apprenticeship Quotas to Higher Ed

The State Senate passed legislation opposed by AGC which extends apprenticeship quota requirements to higher education projects and adds violations of apprentice regulations as elements in both determining bidder responsibility as well as a possible Prevailing Wage strike for bidding eligibility ...
Posted on 03/17/2009

House, Senate Pass Opposite Alternative Bidding Bills

A legislative showdown is brewing as the House and Senate passed seemingly opposite bills. The Senate passed SSB 5760 allowing UW and WSU to create any alternative contracting procedure they choose if project funding is not state appropriated. The House passed HB 1690 to limit the universities ...
Posted on 03/17/2009

Senate Passes Retro Bill - AGC Asks Members to Attend House Hearing

Just ahead of a legislative deadline the Senate passed by one vote an AGC-opposed bill impacting Retro plans keeping the measure alive and sending it to the House. The Senate passed an amended version of SB 6035 (see original Retro article here) but the bill continues to restrict refund flexibili...
Posted on 03/17/2009

What Legislation is AGC Tracking in Olympia?

AGC Legislative Update(as of March 17 2009) Business Regulations Retro: Oppose Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6035Status: Passed the Senate (yeas 25; nays 24; absent 0; excused 0)Hearing Scheduled: House Commerce & Labor Committee on Tuesday March 24 at 10:00Action Alert: Click here for A...
Posted on 03/17/2009

Bill Limiting Physician Contact Could Increase Duration of Timeloss

The House passed legislation (SHB 1402) that says if a workers compensation claim is appealed employers and the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) will not be able to discuss an injured workers condition with the physician if the issues are related in any way to the appeal unless specif...
Posted on 03/16/2009

AGC's Southern District Hosts Pierce County Executive McCarthy

New Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy addressed a capacity crowd at the AGC Southern District monthly meeting in March. McCarthy addressed many issues including transportation funding permitting efficiency Fort Lewis construction efforts local economic stimulus and Ranked-Choice Voting. In p...
Posted on 03/13/2009

AGC Health Plan Continues to Thrive After Defeat of Bill

House Bill 1714 introduced by Rep. Eileen Cody would have essentially eliminated association health plans. AGC joined with several other associations and fought this legislation which died in the House of Representatives. The defeat of this bill is a big win for the AGC Health Plan and the cont...
Posted on 03/13/2009

Guy F. Atkinson Wins Work Zone Safety Awareness Award

Guy F. Atkinson Construction LLC was recognized for its commitment to safety at the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) ninth annual Roadway Work Zone Safety Awareness Awards event on March 10 at the National Traffic Managemen...
Posted on 03/13/2009

More Stimulus Projects: View List from PSRC

Puget Sound Regional Council selected its projects to receive $78 million in FHA funding through the federal stimulus package. The FHA dollars will fund 28 road and bridge projects including the S. Spokane St. viaduct and the Lincoln Ave. grade separation project at the Port of Tacoma. For a co...
Posted on 03/13/2009

New Rules May Save Money on Employees Working Out of State

Thanks to a state law change successfully sought by AGC Washington contractors in some cases wont need to pay L&I workers compensation for employees when theyre working out-of-state. In the past Washington employers with employees working out of state sometimes faced paying workers comp prem...
Posted on 03/13/2009

What Legislation is AGC Tracking in Olympia?

2009 Legislative Update Business Regulations Retro: Oppose Senate Bill 6035AGCs Legislative Action Alert: Yes      Status: Senate Rules Committee The Senate is considering legislation what would impact your Retro program. Tell your state Senator that you dont need their protection from your R...
Posted on 03/10/2009

State Economic Stimulus Passed; Projects Already Advertised

The Washington State Legislature has approved transportation funding and supplemental transportation appropriations for the 07-09 transportation budget. The first projects funded by these appropriations have already been advertised. ESSB 1978 provides authority to the Washington State Departmen...
Posted on 03/10/2009

Senate Approves Deep Bore Tunnel to Replace Viaduct

On a vote of 43-6 the Washington State Senate has passed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5768 which identifies that the final design for the replacement of the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be a deep bore hybrid tunnel. The bill expedites the environmental review and design processes to replace the v...
Posted on 03/10/2009

Card Check Bill Mandates Binding Arbitration after 120 Days

With the election of President Barak Obama and the House and Senate moving to the control of the Democrats many of the legislative initiatives of organized labor will come to the forefront in 2009. Of President Obamas first actions two were issues pushed by the Unions - the Fair Pay Act (Lilly L...
Posted on 03/10/2009

AGC Urges Congressional Support for Columbia River Crossing Project

AGC has contacted the Washington State Congressional delegation requesting support for the Columbia River Crossing Project. The new Crossing will not only solve a wide range of transportation issues it will ensure the vitality of our northwest economy AGC Executive Vice President David DHondt sa...
Posted on 03/10/2009

Manson, Advanced American, Natt McDougall Win Aon Awards

A new bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis that replaced the collapsed I-35W Bridge was named today as the most significant construction project of 2008. The bridge which was completed by Longmont Colo.-based Flatiron Construction and Seattle Wash.-based Manson Construction was on bu...
Posted on 03/10/2009

BNBuilders, PCL, Kiewit Pacific Among Safety Excellence Winners

Several AGC of WA members were recognized for the strength of their safety programs and overall safety performance during 2008. Congratulations to these firms that received Construction Safety Excellence Awards from AGC of America: PCL Construction Inc.; BNBuilders Inc.; and Kiewit Pacific Co. ...
Posted on 03/10/2009

CWU Students Win National Construction Championship

A team of students from Central Washington University were selected by a panel of national construction professionals as among the most skilled future construction managers and builders in the country.  The team which traveled to the San Diego-based national convention of the Associated Gene...
Posted on 03/10/2009

Retro Bill Passed by Senate Committee

AGC and a broad business coalition are working to oppose legislation that would affect the workers compensation retrospective rating programs offered by AGC and several other organizations. SB 6035 has been passed by the Senate Committee on Labor Commerce and Consumer Protection. Among other th...
Posted on 03/03/2009