Stimulus Seminars Set

AGC has joined with the law firm of Stanislaw Ashbaugh to produce a two hour seminar that will provide a comprehensive rundown of the newly enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and its affect on the Washington contracting community. Hear what is planned for federal state and local gove...
Posted on 03/03/2009

FLF Inaugural Celebration Photos

      Photos from the Future Leadership Forum Inaugural Celebration!Check out more photos by Clicking Here.    
Posted on 03/03/2009

Unemployment Insurance Bill Protects Tax Credit, Cuts Taxes

AGC is helping to lead a broad based business coalition to support legislation to improve the unemployment insurance system. SB 5963 addresses the fact that the state system does not currently conform to federal rules. Plus the measure right sizes the unemployment insurance fund by slightly red...
Posted on 03/03/2009

Apprentice Bill Improved but Still Problematic

Legislation regarding apprentices has been improved but is still being opposed by AGC. The original Bill SB 5873 would have required that apprentices be used for at least 15 percent of the labor hours of each trade or craft on public works projects with apprentice utilization requirements instea...
Posted on 03/03/2009

Bills Dramatically Expand Universities' Use of Alternative Procurement

AGC opposes legislation that would give the University of Washington and Washington State University the authority to craft their own alternative bidding processes. AGC supports an alternative bill that affirms that changes to the alternative bidding statures must first be considered by the Capi...
Posted on 03/03/2009

False Claims Legislation Could Put Contractors in Catch-22

Senate Bill 5144 known as the False Claims Act is vigourlusly opposed by AGC. The legislation says that a person who knowingly presents or assists in the presentation of a false or fraudulent claim that results in losses to a state or local government entity of at least $1000 is liable for a civ...
Posted on 03/03/2009

Transit Oriented Development Bill Significantly Alters GMA

House Bill 1490 is an environmental bill that has become well known for its emphasis on fostering transit oriented development. AGC opposes the measure because of the prescriptive burdens and costs that will be placed on businesses families and local governments and corresponding land use litiga...
Posted on 03/03/2009

Sound Transit to Reinstate Mandatory PLA Requirement on U Link Project

As reported previously in AGC Works (see article here) President Obama rescinded the Bush Administration Executive order prohibiting mandatory Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) on projects with federal funds. Last Thursday Sound Transit announced its intention to require a PLA on the U-Link projec...
Posted on 03/03/2009

Granite Northwest and Other AGC Volunteers Create Trout Stream Exhibit

A resident population of cutthroat trout will have a new home thanks to Granite Northwest Inc. and several other AGC members who worked with the Adopt A Stream Foundation (AASF) to create a Trout Stream Exhibit at the Northwest Stream Center (NWSC) located in Snohomish Countys McCollum Park. Dur...
Posted on 03/03/2009

Stimulus Package Seminars - All You Ever Wanted To Know!

The much-anticipated stimulus plan is here-so what does this mean for Washington contractors? A special presentation by Stanislaw Ashbaugh and AGC of Washington is in the works. With the Presidents signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 the federal government has made $48 ...
Posted on 02/24/2009

Covered Loads Bill to Be Heard in Senate Committee

Tomorrow (Wed Feb. 25) the Senate Transportation Committee is expected to hold a hearing on recently-introduced legislation regarding covered loads and AGC seeks the input of members. The elements of the bill (SB 5846) are: • Retains the 6 freeboard exemption until January 1 2014. After that d...
Posted on 02/24/2009

Record Attendance at AGC Lobby Day

James Hawley (Matia Contractors Inc.) Frank Imhof (IMCO Construction) Rep. Doug Ericksen Sharon and Steve Isenhart (Tiger Construction).Sen. Curtis King of AGC member firm King Brothers Woodworking briefs Lobby Day participants.Kurt Trester (Absher Construction) Brad Kilcup and Garrick Hughes (GL...
Posted on 02/24/2009

Whatcom County Construction Academy Students Win Regional Competition

Five Whatcom County high school students are heading to Nationals! The team from the Whatcom County Construction Academy which is supported in part by AGC and several of its Northern District members recently won the regional Construction Challenge competition and will compete in the national co...
Posted on 02/24/2009

AGC Education Foundation Class Asks, What is the Key to Your Success?

Register for these and many other excellent courses by clicking AGC Education Foundation. The Basics of Commercial HVAC SystemsThis class is designed to teach GC estimators PMs and superintendents important aspects of commercial HVAC systems.Mar 12 2009 8 a.m. to noon AGC Building Conference Cen...
Posted on 02/24/2009

agcXML Allows Contractor's Softare to Communicate, Boosting Efficiency

By Gary C. Leaf Director of Information Technology Lease Crutcher Lewis and member of the AGC of Americas EIS Committee AGC is a great help to contractors in many ways. The staff and volunteer committees at the local state and national levels work diligently to solve the many issues that confron...
Posted on 02/20/2009

Safety Kudos for AGC Members

AGC of Washington congratulates BNBuilders Inc. General Construction Co. PCL Construction Inc. and Kiewit Pacific Co. for being named finalists in the AGC of America Construction Safety Excellence Awards. Winners will be announced at the AGC/WILLIS Safety Awards Breakfast during the AGC of Ameri...
Posted on 02/19/2009

Woerman Named to AGC of America Post; Lydig Wins Award

Sean Woerman Project Manager for Lydig Construction Inc. and a member of the AGC of WAs Future Leadership Forum Steering Committee has been named to National AGCs Construction Leadership Council (CLC). In other Lydig news the firm recently won a Build Northwest Award from the Inland Northwest AG...
Posted on 02/19/2009

Construction Opportunities at Fort Lewis

On Feb. 12 over 90 people attended a Corps of Engineers Fort Lewis Construction presentation at the AGC office in Tacoma. For more information and links to a list of upcoming projects click Fort Lewis.
Posted on 02/19/2009

The Stimulus: What it Means to the Construction Industry

Congress passed the stimulus bill. AGC worked to ensure significant infrastructure investment was included and ultimately secured $140 billion in construction spending. For details on how the money will be distributed and specific policy provisions click Rebuild Americas Future on AGC of Americas...
Posted on 02/19/2009

Apprentice Quota Bill Requires 15 Percent of Hours for Each Trade or Craft

Bill SB 5873 requires among other things that apprentices must be used for at least 15 percent of the labor hours of each trade or craft on public works projects with apprentice utilization requirements instead of 15 percent of the total labor hours. Plus contracts awarded by state four-year inst...
Posted on 02/18/2009

Hearing Held on Retro Legislation - Contact Your State Senators

This week a hearing was held on legislation that would negatively impact the AGC Retro and other workers compensation retrospective rating programs. AGC members are strongly encouraged to contact their State Senators about this bill via the Grassroots Action Center on AGCs website. Click AGC Gr...
Posted on 02/18/2009

AGC Mounts Effort to Discourage Cosponsors of 'Card Check'

AGC of America reports that supporters of the (so-called) Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) are making a push to introduce this legislation in the House very soon and are continuing to push for original co-sponsors of the bill. AGC opposes the Employee Free Choice Act and urges AGC members to disc...
Posted on 02/18/2009

Construction Opportunities at Fort Lewis

Construction Opportunities at Fort Lewis On February 12 over 90 people attended a Corps of Engineers Fort Lewis Construction Presentation at the AGC office in Tacoma. The presentation focused on the construction workload administered by the Corps at Fort Lewis through 2010 Milcon Transformation...
Posted on 02/18/2009

Obama Signs Executive Orders Undoing Bush's Support for Open Shop

By Judd Lees Williams Kastner During his two terms in office President Bush did not make many friends of organized labor when he passed several Executive Orders which appeared to open up federally-funded projects to open shop contractors. One in particular did away with project labor agreements...
Posted on 02/18/2009

House Committee Votes in Favor of Cap and Trade Bill

AGC is opposing cap and trade legislation requested by Governor Gregoire. The bill HB 1819 was recently voted out of the House Committee on Ecology and Parks. HB 1819 and the Senate version SB 5735 would implement a regional cap and trade program linking Washington with other states and Canadia...
Posted on 02/18/2009