Learn more and comment on DOE’s draft changes to solid-waste handling standards

Draft language regarding changes to one of the state’s main solid waste handling rules is now under internal review and not available to share, but Ecology plans to have two public comment periods, at which time draft language will be open for review.
Posted on 04/11/2016

Expect much stiffer fines for certain safety violations next year

A new proposal by the OSHA would increase fines for safety violation fines by 82 percent. Washington State, which manages its own OSHA-approved state plan, will be required to follow suit in 2017.
Posted on 04/11/2016

Strengthening our legislative efforts

AGC of Washington has partnered with AGC of America to gauge the reach of our collective networks and enable us to effectively plan for future public-policy discussions.
Posted on 04/04/2016

Sound Transit unveils its $50 billion plan

Last week, Sound Transit released its draft Sound Transit 3 (ST3) plan, kicking off a public comment period that will likely conclude with the $50 billion plan on the November ballot in the Sound Transit counties.
Posted on 03/28/2016

DOL “Persuader” regulation is back

By Judd H. Lees, Sebris Busto James
Posted on 03/28/2016

Grand opening for WSDOT's new SR-520 floating bridge

AGC of Washington is a proud sponsor of WSDOT's grand-opening "Go Long" celebration for the new SR-520 floating bridge.
Posted on 03/28/2016

Legislative recap: A little more money for construction, no policy changes

Springtime in Olympia can mean only one thing: A special session in the Legislature!
Posted on 03/15/2016

Munro named one of CWD's 2016 Women of the Year

The Center for Women and Democracy's annual "kicking Up Our Heels" event was held on March 8 at the Governor's Mansion in Olympia.
Posted on 03/10/2016

L&I releases video on record-keeping and reporting

Do you know what to do if an employee is injured at your workplace in Washington State?
Posted on 03/09/2016

Free training on using DOE’s WQWebDMR portal

Facilities with an NPDES or State Waste Discharge permit are required to monitor discharge and submit reports
Posted on 02/29/2016

About $100 million more for highway maintenance and preservation

The State Legislature is currently developing a supplemental transportation budget and current drafts contain some good news.
Posted on 02/29/2016

School and higher-ed construction get boost in state budgets

Increased overall emphasis on education in the Legislature, including new laws to reduce class size in grades K-3, is good news to contractors who build schools.
Posted on 02/29/2016

Business, building trades unite to support regulatory reforms

A bill passed out of a Senate committee recently that will give employers, developers, investors and employees greater certainty about the processing of state project permits.
Posted on 02/16/2016

Cargo Preference Act applies to FHWA-funded projects

FHWA has interpreted recent changes in the federal Cargo Preference Act as applying to federal-aid highway contracts. The Act, which has been around since 1954, requires that “at least 50 percent of any equipment, materials or commodities” procured with federal funds, and which may be shipped by ocean vessel, must be transported on privately-owned United States-flagged commercial vessels.
Posted on 02/16/2016

Senate removes Peterson; Gov. appoints Roger Millar as Acting WSDOT Secretary

The State Senate spent Friday, Feb. 8 debating the leadership of Lynn Peterson, the secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Posted on 02/16/2016

New L&I rulings on lead, confined spaces, OSHA penalty values and more

Washington State's Department of Labor and Industries has just released important new rulings for the construction industry.
Posted on 01/22/2016

Ram, Lakeside, Atkinson and PCL win WSDOT awards

Nearly 150 people attended the AGC/WSDOT annual meeting on Jan. 7. Attendees heard valuable information about upcoming WSDOT and Sound Transit projects, the workings of the various AGC/WSDOT committees, WSDOT’s project delivery method selection guidance, and the challenges of IMCO’s I-90 and Atkinson’s Puyallup River bridge projects. Also, awards were announced for the Partnership for Excellence in Contract Administration Awards.
Posted on 01/19/2016

Governor announces mandatory DBE goals for WSDOT contracts

Governor Jay Inslee is implementing mandatory subcontracting goals on WSDOT projects. Specifically, as of January 31, WSDOT will implement a combination of mandatory (18.7%) and aspirational (26%) contract goals for WSDOT construction and design contracts.
Posted on 01/19/2016

Appeal of onerous stormwater permit continues

As reported in the previous AGC Works, AGC and other industry groups have filed an appeal of DOE’s new Construction Stormwater General Permit, which became effective Jan. 1.
Posted on 01/19/2016

WSDOT announces SR-520 grand-opening events

The SR-520 Floating Bridge and Landings project held a media event on Jan. 12 as a “save the date” announcement for the grand opening on April 2 and 3.
Posted on 01/13/2016

AGC, WACA, BIAW, ABC appeal DOE’s new stormwater permit

AGC and other construction industry groups have filed an appeal of the new Construction Stormwater General Permit, which became effective on January 1, 2016.
Posted on 01/04/2016

WSDOT’s project-delivery selection guidance provides objective criteria

WSDOT’s new project-delivery method selection-guidance (PDMSG) process is now in effect. PDMSG is a process to evaluate projects and select the most appropriate project delivery method (PDM) based on each project’s attributes, opportunities and risks that result in the most cost-effective and best-value project delivery.
Posted on 12/15/2015

Workers’ comp rates will increase 2% on average in 2016

For construction, the rates range from a decrease of 12% for Bridge, Bulkhead and Tunnel Construction to an increase of 10% for the Wallboard Installation-Undiscounted Rate category.
Posted on 12/15/2015

Long-term federal highway bill finally signed into law

Washington State’s apportionment increases from $654 million in fy 2015 to an estimated $688 million in fy 2016. Click highway bill.
Posted on 12/15/2015

AGC of Washington endorses Bill Bryant for Governor

AGC of Washington has endorsed Bill Bryant for Governor in 2016. AGC’s Board of Trustees voted to endorse Bryant during its Nov. 9 meeting.
Posted on 11/13/2015