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

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