US Senate passes long-term highway bill; focus now on the House

The US Senate passed a six-year transportation reauthorization bill – the first time in years that an actual long-term bill was passed rather than a “kick the can down the road” short-term fix. Now it’s up to the House.
Posted on 08/07/2015

All endorsed candidates advance after primary

All of the state and local candidates endorsed by AGC’s BUILD PAC survived the August 4 primary and will appear on the November ballot.
Posted on 08/07/2015

Washington State still has highest workers' comp benefit costs

Latest figures show that Washington States benefits costs per worker are the highest in the nation at $827.
Posted on 08/25/2015

New SEPA exemptions for structurally deficient bridges

Planning is now underway for new SEPA exemptions for certain structurally deficient bridges.
Posted on 08/25/2015

Is your subcontractor an 'independent contractor?' GCs could be at risk.

The DOL now says carpenters construction workers and electricians may be misclassified as independent contractors and that most workers are employees.
Posted on 08/25/2015

Inslee creates subcabinet to boost business diversity

Gov. Jay Inslee convened a new subcabinet focused on increasing access for small and minority- women- and veteran-owned businesses to contracting opportunities with Washington State government. The Governor said diverse businesses make up only about 1 percent of the $6.1 billion that the state s...
Posted on 08/07/2015

Gov. Inslee developing regulatory cap on carbon emissions

Gov. Jay Inslee recently directed the state Department of Ecology to step up enforcement of existing state pollution laws and develop a regulatory cap on carbon emissions. The Governor said the regulatory cap on carbon emissions would force a significant reduction in air pollution and will be the...
Posted on 08/07/2015

2015 Construction Adventure Camp wows kids once again

The AGC Education Foundation recently completed its 2015 Construction Adventure Camp with students getting plenty of hands-on science technology engineering and math experience. Photo: Students from the Seattle Nativity School enjoy hands-on construction experience as they build their toolchests...
Posted on 08/07/2015

Volunteer sought for soil and sediment workgroup

AGC is looking for a volunteer to serve on the Soil and Sediment Workgroup a committee established by the Department of Ecology for the purposes of providing input on new solid-waste rulemaking activity. The workgroup will be creating definitions of clean soil which will include numeric analytica...
Posted on 07/27/2015

Dozens of higher-ed construction projects in new capital budget

More than three-quarters of a billion dollars became available for higher education capital projects thanks to enactment of the AGC-backed 2015-1017 state capital-budget bill. As reported previously in AGC Works the measure includes nearly $4 billion in total funding about $500 million more than ...
Posted on 07/27/2015

Robert Scalzo passes at 92

Robert Joseph Bob Scalzo born May 20 1923 passed away on June 14 2015 after a brief illness. Bob was predeceased in 2005 by his beloved wife of 57 years Mary Celeste Alfieri Scalzo. He is survived by his loving partner Josephine Jody Root nine children: Kathy (Colin Leech-Porter) Celeste Mulroone...
Posted on 07/14/2015

Latest LEARN event features Yakima project

While state legislators had their eye on the finish line last week AGC was busy making sure they didn’t lose focus on issues impacting construction. On Thursday July 9 Tri-Ply Construction hosted representatives from the 13th 14th and 15th districts on a jobsite tour of the new Plath Hall project...
Posted on 07/13/2015

AGC's BUILD PAC 2015 primary election endorsements

AP Hurd of Touchstone Development presents AGC of Washington's BUILD PAC's 2015 endorsees at AGC's Meet the Endorsed Candidates event on July 9.
Posted on 07/13/2015

William "Bill" Dickson passes at 96

Bill was a constant presence in the Puget Sound and Washington State construction industry since the founding of the William Dickson Company in 1940 serving actively as company president from 1971 until his passing in his 96th year.
Posted on 06/15/2015

$16 billion transportation plan passes Legislature!

Completion of State Routes 167 and 509 the North-South Corridor in Spokane and the west end of the 520 bridge – projects decades in the making – will actually come to pass thanks to final passage of the comprehensive transportation-funding package. Thanks to a relentless push by AGC and allies i...
Posted on 07/13/2015

Draft construction-stormwater general permit released; comments welcome

DOE has issued a draft construction-stormwater general permit to be effective Jan. 1 2016. Comments on the draft will be accepted through August 1. Any AGC member interested in commenting on the draft through a coordinated effort may contact AGC’s Chief Lobbyist Jerry VanderWood 360.352.5000.From...
Posted on 07/13/2015

Design-build, permit reform, practical design among bills signed by Governor

As complements to the transportation revenue package the Legislature passed AGC-backed bills that improve permitting processes and authorize expanded use of design-build. On July 6 Governor Inslee signed the following bills into law. Click the links below for additional information. In photo AGC...
Posted on 07/13/2015

School construction gets big boost in $4B state capital budget

One of AGC’s top legislative priorities this year was passage of a capital budget that increases investments in long-term construction projects. Therefore AGC applauds passage of the 2015-2017 state capital budget and the significant new investments that it makes. New headquarters for the Washin...
Posted on 07/13/2015

New law revises requirements for apprenticeship

HB 1595 was signed into law with an effective date of July 24 2015. This change in law revises the requirements for apprenticeship by modifying the current law definition of labor hours as follows:“(3) Labor hours means the total hours of workers receiving an hourly wage who are directly employed...
Posted on 06/29/2015

2015 AGC Group Retro refunds announced

In events held recently around the state AGC of Washington Group Retro members celebrated another outstanding year of performance both in workers compensation refunds as well as lower company experience modification rates (EMRs). “We continue to recognize our members for both their efforts in im...
Posted on 06/15/2015

Tentative agreement reached with operating engineers

The AGC negotiating team has reached a tentative agreement with the Operating Engineers. It is anticipated that the Operators ratification vote will be completed and counted by July 1st with wage and fringe increases retroactive to 6/1/15. With this settlement all negotiations are complete. All a...
Posted on 06/15/2015

Legislature: Double-overtime nearly over; no budget agreement yet

The State Legislature is in its second special session and so far no agreements have been reached on the operating and capital budgets nor on the comprehensive transportation funding package. This special session is slated to end by June 30 but the more important deadline is July 1 – that’s when...
Posted on 06/15/2015

DOE proposes big increase for stormwater permit fees

AGC opposes a rule proposed by the Department of Ecology that would dramatically increase construction stormwater permit fees. Last week DOE announced a draft rule that would increase the fees for both general and individual permits by 5.31% in 2016 and 5.27% in 2017. DOE says that current fees ...
Posted on 06/12/2015

What projects might Sound Transit 3 entail?

Sound Transit is hoping to move forward on its third phase with an up-to $15 billion package. It’s still a long way off with no certainty for its success as the Legislature still has to provide permission to Sound Transit to put the measure on the ballot and then it would have to be passed by vot...
Posted on 06/11/2015

New prevailing-wage determinations for portable toilets, locksmiths, more

The Industrial Statistician recently published prevailing-wage determinations regarding office cubicles and furniture lock and locksmith work portable toilets and construction of a spill-prevention control and countermeasure structure.  Click the appropriate link for the specific determination o...
Posted on 06/10/2015