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

Bill Mandates Major Reductions in Buildings' Energy Use

AGC opposes legislation to significantly tighten building envelopes and save energy as a means to reduce greenhouse gasses. The bill (HB 1747) would require the Department of Community Trade & Economic Development (CTED) to develop and implement a strategic plan for enhancing energy efficien...
Posted on 02/18/2009

Annual Convention Photos

  Whether you were there to take part in the festivities or you want to see what you missed photos from the outstanding 2009 Annual Convention are now available.To view more photos please visit: www.collages.net. User Name: 2009 AGC Annual MeetingPassword: 17899 ...
Posted on 02/04/2009

AGC to Legislature: Preserve Unemployment Tax Credits for Employers

Tucked within Governor Gregoires state stimulus package is a provision that has gotten the attention of the business community. Gregoire has proposed an expansion of unemployment benefits as well as a temporary reduction in the unemployment insurance tax. AGC endorses the infrastructure investm...
Posted on 02/04/2009

Devil in Details of Employer \Gag Rule\ Legislation

The title of the legislation seems innocent enough: Prohibiting certain employer communications about political or religious matters. But the bill describes political communications in such a way as to squelch important discussions between employer and employees. SB 5446/HB 1528 defines politi...
Posted on 02/04/2009

Measure Could Allow L&I to Shut Down Operations for Minor Infractions

The Department of Labor and Industries could shut down a jobsite or even a contractors entire operations for employee classification errors should bills HB1554/SB5613 be passed by the Legislature. Rick Slunaker AGCs chief lobbyist testified in strong opposition to the bill before the Senate Comm...
Posted on 02/04/2009

Bill Restricts Employer-Physician Workers' Comp Communications

If a workers compensation claim is appealed employers will not be able to discuss an employees condition with that employees physician according to a measure now before the State Legislature. AGC adamantly opposes the legislation SB5627/HB1402. This legislation removes a useful claims managemen...
Posted on 02/04/2009

Bid Listing Bill? Hear More During Legislative Conference Call

A bill would require the listing of all first tier subcontractors with bids in excess of $50K or any other subcontractor whose bid exceeds $350K. Plus it shifts the burden of proof against bid shopping claims to the general contractor. More details will be published in AGC Works but hear the la...
Posted on 02/04/2009

You're Invited: Future Leadership Forum Inaugural Celebration

Come and celebrate the first year of the AGC Future Leadership Forum! All early- and mid-career professionals (and a guest) are invited to attend this festive event that will feature heavy hors doeuvres beer and wine and dancing! Sponsored by Absher Construction Ferguson Construction GLY Constr...
Posted on 02/04/2009

Support the Industry! Meet the Governor and Legislators at AGC Lobby Day

Learn about legislative issues that impact your business and take the industrys message to Legislators and the Governor at AGCs Lobby Day Feb. 19. Please plan to attend and play a key role in advancing the industrys objectives! GLY Construction has generously donated a van to bring participants...
Posted on 02/04/2009

Congratulations to AGC/DOT and CFO of the Year Award Winners

AGC and Washington State DOT announced the winners of the 2008 Partnership for Excellence in Contract Administration as well as the Partnership for Environmental Excellence in Construction Management awards. The administrative teams were honored for delivering transportation projects in a timely...
Posted on 02/04/2009

National Awards for AGC Members

McGraw-Hill Construction announced the winners of its first annual Best of the Best Awards a national competition that recognizes design and construction excellence based on regional winners of McGraw Hills 11 Regional Publications Best of 2008 Awards. AGC of Washington members among the winners...
Posted on 02/04/2009

AGC Education Foundation - Upcoming Classes

Lien Law: January 28 2009 8AM-12PM AGC Building: Conference Center $99Whether you are a General Contractor a Subcontractor Supplier Architect or Engineer it is important to understand your lien and bond claim rights and obligations. This program is revised annually to ensure that you do. Each par...
Posted on 01/27/2009

Lee Kilcup Elected New AGC of Washington President

At its January 23 annual meeting the AGC of Washington elected its 2009 slate of officers and board members. The officers are: Lee KilcupPresident Lee Kilcup is CEO of GLY Construction. Kilcup became vice president of operations for GLY in 1989 and vice president of...
Posted on 01/27/2009

Isenhart, Gray Honored for Service to the Construction Industry

Van Hardy and AGC Future Leadership Forum also Recognized The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington honored Steve Isenhart vice president and owner of Tiger Construction Ltd of Everson as Contractor of the Year and Mac Gray president of Gray Lumber Co. of Tacoma as Affiliate of the ...
Posted on 01/27/2009

2008 President's Review: AGC Membership More Valuable Than Ever

By Steve Barger AGCs Immediate Past President Member value has always been the ultimate goal of AGC - to provide effective innovative programs that benefit of our members their companies and the construction industry. As President in 2008 I witnessed firsthand how AGC staff and members work tog...
Posted on 01/27/2009

The Bug is Back! AGC Unveils New Logo with Old \Friend\

The AGC of Washington presents a new logo that brings back one of the most recognizable icons within the industry: the AGC bug the round symbol with the letters AGC on a red background. Members are invited to use the new logo and it can be accessed in various formats on the AGC website by click...
Posted on 01/27/2009

Stimulus Bill Buoys Multiple Construction Types

At the recent AGC of Washington Annual Convention AGC of America lobbyist Jeff Shoaf and economist Ken Simonson provided an up-to-the-minute review of the economic stimulus package working its way through Congress now. The situation is fluid but here are latest details from AGC of America: Stim...
Posted on 01/27/2009

Possible Repeal of 3% Withholding Law Through Stimulus Package?

The federal economic stimulus package is not just about infrastructure investments. It contains many provisions of keen interest to the construction industry - including the three percent withholding law for government contracts. Jeff Shoaf Executive Director of Government and Public Affairs fo...
Posted on 01/27/2009

You're Invited: Future Leadership Forum Inaugural Celebration

Come and celebrate the first year of the AGC Future Leadership Forum! All early- and mid-career professionals (and a guest) are invited to attend this festive event that will feature heavy hors doeuvres beer and wine and dancing! Sponsored by Lydig Construction GLY Construction and Northwest Ca...
Posted on 01/27/2009

Support the Industry! Meet Governor and Legislators at AGC Lobby Day

Learn about legislative issues that impact your business and take the industrys message to Legislators and the Governor at AGCs Lobby Day Feb. 19. Please plan to attend and play a key role in advancing the industrys objectives! GLY Construction has generously donated a van to bring participants...
Posted on 01/27/2009

Meet Legislators and the Governor at AGC Lobby Day

Help secure a positive business climate in WA State by lobbying your state legislators during AGC/Construction Industry Lobby Day in Olympia on Feb. 19. AGC invites members to attend this important event and discuss issues such as workers comp transportation unemployment insurance and more with ...
Posted on 01/22/2009

AGC Members and L&I Meet to Discuss Workers' Comp Fraud

A packed conference room was one indicator of the strong interest the construction industry has in the issue of workers compensation fraud. On January 8 AGC held its second Brown Bag with officials from the Department of Labor and Industries. Dozens of AGC members discussed fraud issues with Ca...
Posted on 01/22/2009

Streamlined Permitting Could Help Get State Projects \Shovel Ready\

AGC of Washington praised Gov. Chris Gregoires Washington Jobs Now initiative and offered a suggestion regarding permitting to ensure targeted construction projects are truly shovel ready. Governor Gregoire correctly targets infrastructure investments with her investment plan said AGC of Washing...
Posted on 01/22/2009

AGC Supports Gregoire's Tunnel Option

Citing the positive impact that such an ambitious project would have on the construction industry and broader economy AGC of Washington expressed its support for the tunnel option to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct as announced by Gov. Chris Gregoire. Gov. Gregoire Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels Kin...
Posted on 01/22/2009