Financial Turmoil and the Bond Market: Seattle District Membership Event

Youve read the news and followed the politics of the proposed financial rescue plan. Now its time to gain insight into specifics about how the recent turmoil will affect your industry. At the Oct. Seattle District Membership Breakfast David Hombach VP at Travelers Bond and Financial Products wi...
Posted on 09/30/2008

Gregoire Suspends the Washington State Family Leave Program…Or Did She?

In a move supported by AGC Gov. Gregoire made a fairly surprising announcement that the state would suspend funding for its paid family leave program. The Governor made the announcement during a debate before the Association of Washington Business and the move was later confirmed by Karen Lee Co...
Posted on 09/30/2008

Ask A General Contractor Anything You Have Ever Wanted To... (But Were Afraid To!)

Join the American Society of Professional Estimators Chapter 45 tomorrow September 17 at the Harborside Restaurant at 5:30 p.m. Their Generals panel will feature Chief Estimators from Walsh Construction Company PCL Construction Absher Construction not to mention several General Contractor represe...
Posted on 09/16/2008

Get to Know Your AGC Staff: Michele Willms

By Sarah TeagueMichele Willms is originally from Monticello Iowa (small town of about 3500 people). She moved to Washington in October of 1983. She graduated from Central Washington University (Go Wildcats!). She started at the AGC in 1995 by helping the Legislative office move into their new off...
Posted on 09/16/2008

Palin and Biden: Getting to Know You

Sarah Palin. Maybe youve heard of her. The mayor-turned-governor-turned-political rock star has made quite the first impression on the country. AGC of Washington members several of whom do work in Alaska have been swapping Sarah stories. Anecdotes are one thing but another is getting a clearer...
Posted on 09/16/2008

L&I Brinks Policy is Important First Step

AGC of Washington endorsed the release of an administrative policy by the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) regarding commute time in company vehicles. L&Is new policy stems from the Washington State Supreme Courts Brinks decision of 2007. The Court ruled that a home security fir...
Posted on 09/16/2008

Economic News: Market Volatility and Material Inflation

Contractors and developers should expect a few days to a few weeks of financial chaos with volatile credit rates and delayed access to credit from the bankruptcy over the weekend of the Lehman Brothers investment bank says Jim Haughey Reed Construction Data Chief Economist. Then the consequences ...
Posted on 09/16/2008

Future Leadership Forum: More Events, New Structure

The Future Leadership Forum (FLF) Steering Committee created an organizational structure that will allow the new group to expand and to better meet the needs of members. More info on that below but first here is a recap of upcoming FLF events: Pub Event: September 25 5:30 p.m. Paddy Coynes 1...
Posted on 09/16/2008

House, Senate Approval Paves Way for Highway Trust Fund Fix

The AGC of America praised the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate for passage of HR 6532 legislation that will transfer $8 billion from the general fund of the Treasury to the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). All members of the Washington State Congressional delegation supported the legislat...
Posted on 09/16/2008

AGC Welcomes New Members

AGC Welcomes New Members Altus Traffic ManagementMr. Michael Hurd2351 S 200th St. Seatac WA 98198Phone: 406.586.8076Fax: 206.577.4577Email: mike.hurd@altustraffic.comSpecialty: Temporary traffic control flaggers signs cones. Ellipsis Construction LLCMs. Nicole Vizquel4580 Klahanie Dr. SE Ste. 5...
Posted on 09/16/2008

Boys & Girls Clubs Seek Sponsors for Build Up! Kits

As part of its continuing efforts to reach interest the next generation in a future career in construction AGC of America has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to offer Build Up! educational tool kits. AGC of America has received a request for two Build Up! kits for the Boys a...
Posted on 09/16/2008

AGC Applauds L&I Brinks Policy as Important First Step

AGC of Washington endorsed last weeks release of an administrative policy by the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) regarding commute time in company vehicles. For a copy of the policy click here. L&Is new policy stems from the Washington State Supreme Courts Brinks decision of 20...
Posted on 09/09/2008

Bolster AGC Endorsement with Personal Commitment

By Steve Barger AGC President Earlier this year AGC conducted a comprehensive decision-making process to consider endorsement of a candidate for Governor. Leaders from our Government Affairs Council met with AGC members in each AGC District and a robust discussion was had by the AGC Board of T...
Posted on 09/04/2008

King County Ordinance Seeks to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The King County Department of Development and Environmental Services in consultation with AGC NAIOP MBA other business local governments the state and the public is developing an ordinance to implement a proposed policy that would allow King County to exercise substantive authority under the Stat...
Posted on 09/04/2008

What Are Your Legislative Priorities? Tell Us Through This Survey

AGC members are invited to complete a survey that will help the AGC Government Affairs Council and legislative staff prepare for the 2009 Legislature. One of the key initiatives of the AGC Legislative Office is to improve communication with and enhance the participation of members in developing ...
Posted on 09/04/2008

Your Questions Answered at Brown Bag Lunch with L&I

Do you have questions regarding management of workers compensation claims? Would you like to talk directly to L&I staff about safety-related issues? If so you are invited to a Brown Bag lunch with staff from the Department of Labor & Industries on Thursday Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. in the AGC Co...
Posted on 09/04/2008

Qualified Bidders Sought for Project at AGC Building

AGC plans a major renovation project at the AGC Building in Seattle with construction scheduled to start early summer of next year. The project involves the installation of a waterproof membrane asphalt overlay and miscellaneous structural work on the parking deck that fronts the Starbuck drive t...
Posted on 09/04/2008

AGC Welcomes New Members

General Contractors Ross Bros. & Co. Inc.Mr. Steven Ross3501 Brooklake Rd. N Salem OR 97303Phone: 503.393.5885Fax: 503.393.5892Email: steveross@rossbros.orgSpecialty: Heavy highway and bridge construction. Swinerton BuildersMr. Ron Montoya3180 - 139th Ave. SE Ste. 250 Bellevue WA 98005Phone...
Posted on 09/04/2008

Future Workers Gather at CWU for Construction Week

The owners of Star Construction at Construction Week sponsored by AGC.Working for companies like Constructed Creations and Green Development dozens of high school students from around the state learned construction and business skills during Construction Week at Central Washington University. Th...
Posted on 09/04/2008

Get to Know Your AGC Staff - Jerry VanderWood!

Get to know your AGC staffers! In offices in Seattle Bellingham Olympia Tacoma and Yakima AGC staff members are working on issues important to you from legislation to safety to labor and more! AGC Executive Vice President David DHondt has made Get to Know Your AGC Staff a regular feature of AGC...
Posted on 09/04/2008

What Are Your Legislative Priorities? Tell Us Through This Survey

AGC members are invited to complete a survey that will help the AGC Government Affairs Council and legislative staff prepare for the 2009 Legislature. One of the key initiatives of the AGC Legislative Office is to improve communication with and enhance the participation of members in developing ...
Posted on 08/26/2008

Brinks Policy Delayed

AGC Works reported that a new L&I Brinks policy was to take effect Aug. 8. However labor leaders asked L&I for and received a postponement. AGC anticipates that the policy generally supported by AGC will take effect in a few weeks. AGC will keep members apprised of developments; meanwh...
Posted on 08/20/2008

You Are Invited: Fundraisers for Rossi, McKenna

AGC Government Affairs Chairman Gene Colin would like to invite his fellow AGC members to a fundraiser he is holding for Attorney General Rob McKenna at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday September 10 at the Tacoma Golf and Country Club. AG McKenna has been a friend to the construction industry dating back ...
Posted on 08/20/2008

AGC Meets with Bush on Cost Increases; Simonson Sees Limited Good News

Douglas E. Barnhart (J. Reese Construction Inc; San Diego Calif.) President of the AGC of America and Stephen E. Sandherr CEO of the AGC of America recently met with President Bush to discuss the impact of rising petroleum costs on the construction industry. Construction costs have risen much mo...
Posted on 08/20/2008

Architects Predict Significant Easing of Commercial Activity

The following information is provided Kermit Baker Chief Economist for the AIA. The complete article is available here. The prospects for the nonresidential construction industry have taken a definite turn south since the beginning of the year. In December the AIA Consensus Construction Panel w...
Posted on 08/20/2008