New Name, Signatory Status for Local Granite Branch

On April 1 the Northwest Washington Branch of Granite Northwest Inc. in Everett became the Puget Sound Branch of Granite Construction Company. In another major change the Puget Sound Branch becomes signatory to the Laborers Operating Engineers and Carpenters Union contracts. According to Steve ...
Posted on 04/15/2009

Dexter + Cheney on Puget Sound Business Journal List

AGC member Dexter + Chaney continued its march up the Journals annual ranking of Puget Sound software developers based on gross revenues. The maker of Spectrum® Construction Software placed 10th in the recently-announced 2009 listing.
Posted on 04/15/2009

Building Green - Market Driven or Regulatory Mandates?

Thats the topic of the Apr. 21 Seattle District Membership Breakfast. Seattle and King County have proposed mandatory green building requirements and some incentives for their respective Councils to act on later this spring. Do these proposals reinforce or detract from what is happening in the ...
Posted on 04/15/2009

Washington Business Week Program Accepting Applications for Summer

In not too many years todays high school students will by your employees and customers. The better prepared they are in terms of education basic work skills good citizenship and appreciation for a positive business climate the better. AGC members can help high school students get a head start f...
Posted on 04/15/2009

Call-In Set for Seattle District Golf Tourney

Seattle District Golf Call-In takes place Thursday Apr. 16 starting at 8 a.m. Please do not leave a message! Keep calling until you speak to someone! Info: Stacy Mullane 206-284-0061.
Posted on 04/15/2009

WSDOT's Go Orange! Campaign to Promote Work Zone Safety

Information from WSDOT: With highway construction season comes the need to remind motorists to drive safely in work zones. Did you know 99 percent of work zone incidents involve only the driver and passenger? Thats why in 2009 WSDOT is building on its Give em a Brake program to encourage more or...
Posted on 04/15/2009

Attebery Honored, Roasted by Bremerton Chamber

Each year the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce presents the prestigious Thunderbird Award to leaders in the community who have shown a deep commitment to the overall prosperity of Kitsap County. This year recently retired Port of Bremerton CEO Ken Attebery became one of the fortunate few who have w...
Posted on 04/15/2009

2009 Build Washington Construction Award Finalists

Build Washington Construction Award Finalists have been CHOSEN! Thanks to all of you who sent in applications for the 2009 Build Washington Awards. Participation in this years construction categories was outstanding. We encourage all members to mark your calendar and use next year to show off yo...
Posted on 04/06/2009

2009 Build Washington Safety Award Finalists

Build Washington Safety Award Finalists have been CHOSEN! Thanks to all of you who sent in applications for the 2009 Build Washington Awards. Participation in this years safety categories was outstanding. We had many companies participating for the first time as well as many repeat applicants. W...
Posted on 04/03/2009

AGC Blasts Legislative About-Face on Unemployment Insurance Taxes

Last week the House Commerce and Labor Committee reneged on a bill to reform unemployment insurance taxes and instead passed out a bill that will raise taxes on business. This is an about-face as the Senate recently passed a bill that would lower taxes for most employers. The Committee took that...
Posted on 03/31/2009

AGC Seeks Volunteers for NW Harvest Repair Project

AGC and AGC Education Foundation will be partnering with Rebuilding Together on Apr. 25 to provide facility repairs for Northwest Harvest and seeks volunteers to help with the work which involves weather-proofing ceiling painting/patch-up electric carpentry locks on bathroom doors and other impro...
Posted on 03/31/2009

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