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

U.S. House and Senate pass long-term highway bills

Contact your Congressmen and tell them to support a long-term bill! Send your message via AGC of America’s Hardhats for Highways website!
Posted on 11/13/2015

Unintended consequences of Governor’s carbon plan

Gov. Inslee has asked the Department of Ecology to write a rule that would cap and reduce carbon pollution (greenhouse gasses). Ecology is focusing on businesses and organizations (see the list here) that are responsible for producing 100,000 metric tons or more of greenhouse gases.
Posted on 11/13/2015

Court issues nationwide stay of EPA/Corps' “Waters of the US” regulation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has issued a nationwide stay of the new federal regulation redefining "Waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) for the purposes of the Clean Water Act.
Posted on 11/03/2015

Volunteers needed for AGC of America’s Environmental Steering Committee

Each year AGC of America seeks nominations for qualified and motivated individuals from the AGC Environmental Forum to serve on the steering committee for the forum. Would you like to play a leadership role in AGC of America’s environmental advocacy, education and outreach efforts?
Posted on 11/03/2015

Make your voice heard — VOTE!

You should have received your ballot in the mail for the upcoming General Election on Nov. 3. It is important that you take the time to vote -- and before you do, check out AGC's BUILD PAC's endorsement list.
Posted on 10/22/2015

Looking ahead to 2016

Legislators are already looking ahead to the 2016 elections which will be a very big deal for our state Legislature. All 98 members of the State House and 25 member of the State Senate are up for election plus all of the statewide races such as Governor and Lt. Governor.
Posted on 10/22/2015

Talk to your employees about the election!

Let your employees know who you will be voting for and why. Research tells us that 4 out of 5 employees want information from their employers about candidates and elections.
Posted on 10/22/2015

Shortfall could put cleanup and new construction on hold

Washington State Department of Ecology has suggested that many projects to clean up contaminated sites – and redevelopment that could follow the cleanup – could be put on hold due to a shortfall in the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) account.
Posted on 10/19/2015

AGCWA leaders visit Congress to urge passage of highway bill, pension reform

Act now! All members of the U.S. House of Representatives need to hear from their constituents that any further extensions are unacceptable.
Posted on 10/13/2015

L&I proposes 2 percent average increase in workers’-comp rates for 2016

The Department of Labor and Industries proposed a two percent average increase in workers’ comp rates for next year.
Posted on 10/13/2015

Having trouble finding qualified workers? You’re not alone!

An overwhelming majority of construction firms report trouble finding qualified craft workers to fill key spots as demand for construction continues to rebound in many parts of the country, according to the results of an industry-wide survey released by AGC of America.
Posted on 10/13/2015

Make your voice be heard: VOTE!

Late next week, you will receive your ballots for the Nov. 3 general election. AGC’s BUILD PAC 2015 general-election endorsements are listed here.
Posted on 10/13/2015

October Retro Think-Tank meeting schedule announced

Mark your calendar and don’t miss your upcoming October EMR Think Tank meeting! You can leave the meetings with your 2016 proposed EMR and valuable information that will save you time and money by lowering your L&I rates and maximizing your premium refund.
Posted on 09/28/2015

NLRB’s joint-employer decision could have implications in construction

While employers were troubled by the National Labor Relations Board’s decision to issue a complaint against McDonald’s last year based on the alleged unfair labor relations acts of its franchisors, the Board’s pending Browning-Ferris decision represented more potential downside for the construction industry based on the Board’s potential expansion of the definition of “joint employers.”
Posted on 09/28/2015

AGC of America comments on CMGC proposal

The MAP-21 transportation bill allows states to use the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC, also known as GCCM) contracting method for Federal-aid highway projects. The Federal Highway Administration has now proposed the regulations that will govern how this contracting method can be used.
Posted on 09/28/2015