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

Federal Highway Trust Fund Continues to Face Insolvency

Efforts to keep the federal Highway Trust Fund solvent were again defeated in the U.S. Senate recently. Absent the fix the trust fund is projected to have a $3.1 billion shortfall in FY 2009. If that huge deficit were offset by obligation limitation reductions it would require reducing the dist...
Posted on 08/20/2008

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