Three Specialty Trades Reach Contract Agreement

The Ironworkers ratified a three year agreement by a four to one margin. This concluded the construction industry contract negotiation season for this year. Earlier this summer the plumbers and pipefitters and the sprinkler fitters reached agreement. The only negotiation which resulted in a st...
Posted on 08/20/2008

Bearing Fruit: Students of Construction Academy Bring Skills to AGC Firms

Dale Aamot drilling anchor holes for temporary impact attenuators along SR 20.Students from the Whatcom County Construction Academy which opened its doors last September are now working for AGC member firms. AGC Works checks in on two of those students Dale Aamot and Jarred Smith. Dale Aamot is...
Posted on 08/20/2008

This Election Season, Cast Your Ballot for…the Tacoma Narrows Bridge!

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge project is one of 10 signature transportation projects named as finalists for the prestigious Americas Transportation Award reflecting the best in management and innovation by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Spectacular bridg...
Posted on 08/20/2008

Election Central

As a member of the construction industry you understand that candidates elected this November will have a long-term impact on business and on the states economy as a whole. This page of our website is intended to help AGC members gain insight into candidates views and to keep up-to-date o...
Posted on 08/13/2008

New L&I Policy on Brinks/Commute Time Takes Effect Aug. 8

The Washington State Supreme Courts Brinks decision - regarding whether or not commute time in company vehicles is compensable - is about to come to a resolution of sorts. The Department of Labor and Industries has released a draft policy intended as a guide in the interpretation and application...
Posted on 08/05/2008

EVPs Report: Transition in Full Swing

By David DHondt AGC Executive Vice President Three weeks and counting! The transition is in full swing and I am truly humbled by the opportunity to be the Executive Vice President of this great organization. Being able to transition with Dick Bristow is a distinct advantage for me and the assoc...
Posted on 08/05/2008

Charts Give Snapshot of 5-Year Construction Material Inflation Trends

You know the price of construction inputs have risen dramatically. But when displayed in chart form and juxtaposed with the general consumer price index (CPI) the price increases of diesel asphalt steel and more seem even more alarming. AGC of America Economist Ken Simonson has prepared easy-to...
Posted on 08/05/2008

Advice for DOT on Unprecedented Material Cost Increases and Shortages

AGC of America reports that the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued guidance to all of its state Division Administrators on recommended steps for helping state DOTs deal with the unprecedented increase in the cost of various construction materials and availability of other products. The ...
Posted on 08/05/2008

Development in Many Areas Severely Restricted by New Floodplain Maps

Owners of billions of dollars worth of property in Washington State will see severe curbs on development once the revision of the countrys floodplain maps is completed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA is revising the floodplain maps in support of the National Flood Insuran...
Posted on 08/05/2008

L&I Announces Draft Regs Affecting Virtually All Types of Cranes

True or false: Proposed crane and crane operator regulations only apply to tower cranes. False! If you have or use any of these cranes you are affected: power-operated cranes and derricks used in construction that can hoist lower and horizontally move a suspended load (with or without attachm...
Posted on 08/05/2008

Diamond B's Paul Herbold Offers Top 25 Safety List

(AGC Retro Manager Lauren Gubbe and Paul Herbold of Diamond B. Constructors at a retirement celebration.)Paul Herbold says the secret of his success is AGC Retro. We blush at including such an unabashed self-promotion in an AGC publication but hey the man is an expert. Paul has had a 30-plus ye...
Posted on 08/05/2008

You Are Invited: AGC Future Leadership Forum at Seattle Mariners

Early and mid-career construction professionals - join AGC Future Leadership Forum colleagues for AGC-FLF Night at the Mariners generously sponsored by Moss Adams Friday Aug. 8. Food and drinks at Elysian Brewing Co. then Mariners and Devil Rays at Safeco Field. Click FLF Mariners flyer for det...
Posted on 08/05/2008

New Southern District Manager Named

The AGC has selected Tim Attebery as its new Southern District Manager. Tim began work in the Tacoma Office yesterday Aug. 4. Tims email address is tattebery@agcwa.com and phone number is 253-272-7725. Tims background includes experience working with and within government agencies and for larg...
Posted on 08/05/2008

Northwest Construction and GreenSmart: Best of 2008 Call for Entries

Northwest Construction and GreenSmart magazines seek outstanding construction projects the Best of 2008 competition. Winners will be featured in the magazines and will be honored at events in Dec. Also NW Construction and Design Build Institute cosponsor the Design Build awards. For info visit N...
Posted on 08/05/2008

With a Focus on Member Value, AGC Board Sets Goals for 2009

By Steve Barger AGC President Change is the only constant. Therefore AGCs Board of Trustees and staff continually identify key industry issues discuss them and gain consensus on priorities. The ultimate goal is to increase the value of being a member of AGC. The AGC Board held our annual retr...
Posted on 07/22/2008

BUILD PAC 2008 Endorsements

BUILD PAC the political action committee for the commercial construction industry has endorsed the candidates below because they have indicated support for our issues and a willingness to listen to our concerns. BUILD PAC has made financial contributions to these candidates and encourages you to...
Posted on 07/22/2008

Before Voting, Read Candidate Responses to AGC Questionnaire

Which legislative candidate said The solution to greenhouse gas is not to move our economy back to the 19th century; its to find ways to accommodate the impacts humans have on the environment without having to revert to Stone Age technology and lifestyle? Who said Index the gas tax to inflation?...
Posted on 07/22/2008

August 19 Primary Election Will Use New Top 2 Rules

The primary election will be the first to use the Top 2 rule - the top two vote getters move on to the general election regardless of party affiliation. This applies to partisan races including State Legislature Governor and partisan county offices such as County Commissioner. For info click To...
Posted on 07/22/2008

Responsible Bidder Criteria Showing Up in Bid Documents

House Bill 2010 passed last year by the Legislature allows public agencies to add applicable responsible bidder criteria for specific projects. Recently both King County and Community Transit have used these criteria as included in their bid documents to eliminate otherwise qualified bidders. T...
Posted on 07/22/2008

AGC Health Plan Advocates Help Navigate Health Care System

If you or your employee came down with a complex medical problem wouldnt it be great to have help dealing with the paperwork or correcting billing problems? And wouldnt it provide peace-of-mind to have an advocate who would coordinate multiple diagnostic tests and facilitate the transfer of medi...
Posted on 07/22/2008

Bob Maus Named to WISHA Advisory Committee

Bob Maus Safety and Risk Manager for Ferguson Construction has been named to the WISHA Advisory Committee by Labor and Industries Director Judy Schurke. Maus succeeds Tim Gottberg of GLY Construction. The Committee was established by the Legislature in 1997 to provide a forum for discussion of ...
Posted on 07/22/2008

EPA and AGC Provide Guidance for Reducing Diesel Emissions

Increasingly state and local governments are considering requirements for contractors to reduce emissions from their off-road diesel equipment. As new more stringent clean air standards go into effect and with the potential for the national implementation of the California diesel retrofit mandat...
Posted on 07/22/2008

Help AGC Evaluate Cost Impact of Proposed Confined Space Rule

AGC of America is conducting a survey to determine the impact of costs of complying with OSHAs proposed confined space rule which would mean significant changes for the industry. For background click confined space rule. To complete the survey (by Aug. 4) click confined space survey. Questions?...
Posted on 07/22/2008

Compare McCain and Obama on AGC Legislative Priorities

AGC of America compares presidential candidates based on AGCs legislative priorities. View a side-by-side look at the candidates positions on taxes energy infrastructure immigration and more. Click AGC Presidential Comparison.
Posted on 07/08/2008

Pension Plans for Five Basic Crafts Appear in Good Shape

By Doug Peterson AGCs Director of Labor Relations Construction professionals and craftsmen work hard for many years and deserve a decent retirement benefit. So given the volatility of the stock market over the last few years its prudent to ask: How are the pension plans co-sponsored by AGC far...
Posted on 07/08/2008