Concrete Delivery Now Covered by Prevailing Wage

A Labor and Industries rule change effective Jan. 2 2009 reverses the departments long-standing policy and states that prevailing wages apply to concrete delivery. During the last decade the prevailing wage program has seen a number of court decisions identify the extent to which prevailing wage...
Posted on 01/06/2009

Members Named to Sound Transit, Port of Seattle Task Forces

AGC formed task forces with the Port of Seattle and Sound Transit in order to improve project procurement and contracting practices with those agencies. The committees are similar in scope to the WSDOT/AGC Lead Team. AGCs Board appointed members to serve on those task forces as follows. AGC/So...
Posted on 01/06/2009

AGC Annual Convention Reminder

The AGC Annual Convention is fast approaching! Check out the full menu of activities including sessions on the state of the 2009 economy and managing business in turbulent times. And dont forget spouse activities wine tasting and after-hours bowling! Info and registration at AGC Annual Conventi...
Posted on 01/06/2009

AGC Promotes Infrastructure Investments via Stimulus Package

Personal earnings increase by $753 million and the gross state product increases by $2.4 billion for every billion dollars invested in new infrastructure projects in WA State. Citing this data AGC announced its support for infrastructure investments in economic stimulus packages. Click Infrastr...
Posted on 01/06/2009

A Legend Retires

With over 28 years spent in the construction industry and more than 20 of those years spent influencing rulemaking efforts Tim Gottberg has become a legend in the construction safety world. Recognized as a founding father of the Safety TeamĀ® program Gottberg also served on nearly every safety com...
Posted on 01/06/2009

Protecting Your Company's Financial Interests During Tough Times

By Ryan W. Sternoff Ahlers & Cressman In todays construction market contractors face increasing challenges thanks to a slowdown in construction projects problems in obtaining credit fewer investors for projects high construction costs and slow payment or nonpayment by clients. All of this c...
Posted on 01/06/2009

Permit Extensions Provide Flexibility to Contractors

In a move that the AGC hopes to see taken by other jurisdictions contractors can now request one 24-month extension on active building permits and other development applications/approvals at the Pierce County Department of Planning and Land Services. This is an attempt to provide increased flexi...
Posted on 01/06/2009

Get Up-to-Date Info on Crane Regulations

AGC is hosting a series of two hour presentations from Steve Jouwsma of Sicklesteel Cranes Inc. Steve will discuss the latest information on the Washington Crane Regulations what is going on with the Federal rule (C-DAC) as well as the latest developments in the national consensus documents (ANS...
Posted on 01/06/2009

What's Up in Olympia? Find Out During Weekly Calls

Plan on participating in AGCs Weekly Legislative Conference Calls during the 2009 State legislative session to keep current on AGC priority issues under consideration by the Legislature. AGC lobbyists will give a brief status report; discuss legislative activities and action alerts and answer yo...
Posted on 01/06/2009

FOR CEOs ONLY: Where Do I Turn For Answers in Tough Times?

It can be lonely at the top - especially in tough times. How can CEOs gain 24/7 access to other non-competing CEOs who are facing the same difficult challenges they are? How can contractors cut costs without cutting capacity? Where can you find benchmarking data which will show you how your op...
Posted on 01/06/2009

AGC-WSDOT Annual Meeting

Jan. 7 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fircrest Golf Club. The day includes presentations on federal transportation dollars bonding and revenue upcoming legislative session design-build manual economic outlook and the 6th annual Awards for Excellence and Contract Administration. For info or registra...
Posted on 01/06/2009

\Brown Bag\ Event: Preventing Workers' Comp Fraud

Date: Jan. 8Time: 11 a.m.Place: AGC Conference Center in Seattle (1200 Westlake Ave.) Januarys Brown Bag will focus on the basics of the workers compensation system and workers compensation fraud. At our first Brown Bag event in October the issue of workers compensation fraud was raised as a pa...
Posted on 01/06/2009

AGC Members Receive \Best Of\ Awards

Congratulations to these AGC members that in addition to those firms listed in the previous edition of AGC Works were honored with Northwest Construction magazines Best of Washington awards which recognize construction and design excellence: Andersen Construction Co. Inc.; GLY Construction; John...
Posted on 01/06/2009

Diamond B Participates in Veterans' Employment Program

AGC member Diamond B Constructors was recently featured in the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce in an article about the Veterans in Piping Program developed by the United Association of Plumbers Pipefitters and Sprinklerfitters. Diamond B hired National Guardsman Bill Gaetner a graduate of the ...
Posted on 01/06/2009

AGC Sets 2009 Legislative Priorities

In preparation for the 2009 session of the Washington State Legislature the AGC Board of Trustees adopted the Government Affairs Council recommendations for its 2009 legislative priorities. Affirmative statements of significant issues AGC will work for or against during the 2009 Legislative Sess...
Posted on 12/16/2008

2009 Forecast: Only Education and Multi-Family Up in WA State

Only education and multi-family construction will see an increase in Washington State next year according to a forecast by McGraw-Hill Construction. The overall level of construction starts nationally in 2009 will slide another 7 percent to $515 billion after the 12 percent decline in 2008 predi...
Posted on 12/16/2008

AGC Annual Convention: Value Driven/Member Centered

How can contractors recession-proof their companies? Whats the likelihood of card check legislation passing Congress? Wheres the price of steel headed? Why do drug dealers live with their mothers? If you bowl a perfect 300 must you buy a round of drinks? Find out the answers to these questio...
Posted on 12/16/2008

Enforcement of Electrical Inspections for Tower Cranes Expected

Many cities will now start to enforce a law regarding electrical inspections and tower cranes that has been on the books for years. The Department of Labor and Industries and the cities that have electrical jurisdiction recently determined that enforcement had fallen through the cracks due to ov...
Posted on 12/16/2008

Workers' Comp Fraud is the Topic of Brown Bag Event

Do you have questions regarding management of workers comp claims or fraud? If so you are invited to AGCs second Brown Bag event. At the first Brown Bag workers comp fraud was raised as a particularly challenging issue. For the Jan. 8 event (11 a.m. AGC Conference Center Seattle) experienced L...
Posted on 12/16/2008

AGC Welcomes New Members

Welcome to our new member companies!Seattle District - AssociateHungry Buzzard Recovery LLCMr. Marc Christiansen1912 - 192nd St. NE Bothell WA 98082Cell: 206.718.1741Fax: 425.489.9245Specialty: Roll off containers for collection of construction recyclables.Southern District - SubcontractorGround ...
Posted on 12/16/2008

Workers' Comp Premiums Increasing by 3 Percent

The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) said premiums for workers compensation insurance will go up on average three percent in 2009. Individual employers could see their rates go up or down depending on their recent claims history and any changes in the frequency and cost of claims in ...
Posted on 12/16/2008

The (So-Called) Employee Free Choice Act: What You Need to Know Now

Passage of the Employee Free Choice Act could bring about major changes in labor law that will make 9(a) union organizing much easier. Join AGC for a webinar that will discuss the myths and facts surrounding this bill and explain how it could affect your company and what you should do to prepare....
Posted on 12/16/2008

AGC Education Foundation - Upcoming Classes

CTS Unit A: Reading Blueprints (T/Th 1/6-2/5) 5pm-8pm TacomaThis is the first unit in the Construction Technical Skills estimating program. Gain confidence when working with plans. This course thoroughly introduces construction drawing organization. Learn how to find desired information in drawi...
Posted on 12/16/2008

AGC Launches \We Are Ready\ Campaign

A message to members from AGC of America: On Dec. 11 AGC of America launched a new national effort to ensure that Congress and the President-elect understand the vital need for investing in infrastructure as part of the pending stimulus package. The centerpiece of this effort is frankly you. As ...
Posted on 12/16/2008

AGC Members Receive \Best Of\ Awards

Congratulations to these AGC members that were recently honored with Northwest Construction magazines Best of Washington awards which recognize construction and design excellence: AMEC Earth and Environmental Inc.; BNBuilders Inc.; Hermanson Company LLP; Lakeside Industries; McKinstry Co.; MidMou...
Posted on 12/16/2008