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WM Jordan, receives VA BEST Level 1 Certification, program open to all GCs, will be open to Subcontractors beginning in 2018.  WM Jordan was recently recognized by the Virginia BEST Review Board and the Virginia Department of Labor for meeting the VA BEST Level 1 program requirements.  WM Jordan is the first firm to go through the process.  Scott Sutton, Director of Safety at WM Jordan, said “I am pleased with our team and everyone’s effort to get us to this point.  Just going through the process and exercises to meet the  of Virginia BEST, has made us an even better company.”

Subcontractors will be encouraged to apply in 2018.  The VA BEST Review Board and DOLI staff will make a presentation to the AGCVA Board on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the Winter Convention.  Applications will be available at that time.  For more information, contact Gordon Dixon at gordon@agcva.org

  

New Deadline: December 15, 2017
On November 24, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule extending the deadline for submitting injury and illness data to December 15 to allow affected entities sufficient time to familiarize themselves with the electronic reporting system. In August, OSHA launched the web-based Injury Tracking Application (ITA), which allows employers to electronically submit the required data from their completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A – the only information required for the 2017 submission. The application will be accessible from the ITA webpage.

The data submission process involves four steps: (1) Creating an establishment; (2) adding 300A summary data; (3) submitting data to OSHA; and (4) reviewing the confirmation email. The secure website offers three options for data submission. One option will enable users to manually enter data into a web form. Another option will give users the ability to upload a CSV file to process single or multiple establishments at the same time. A third option will allow users of automated recordkeeping systems to transmit data electronically via an application programming interface.

  

Plenty of news has been circulated about the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s began full enforcement of its respirable crystalline silica standard for construction. AGC is working to help members become prepared to handle the compliance regulations.  AGCVA will offer Competent Person Training in all Districts for those interested and to help educate members, AGC developed the "Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction" webpage with a host of resources—sample forms, webinars, flowcharts, FAQs, and more—to help AGC members understand their compliance responsibilities.

Most recently, AGC developed a silica inspection reporting form to track enforcement. OSHA has not yet released the standard’s companion compliance directive and their interim enforcement guidance is incomplete. AGC believes that this could result in inconsistent enforcement across regions. If your members have been subjected to an OSHA silica compliance inspection or silica compliance was assessed as part of another OSHA inspection, please encourage them to share the details of the inspection(s) with AGC by completing the form. AGC will report the findings to OSHA’s national office and use it to continue our advocacy efforts on behalf of the regulated community. 

  

Rachel Reim has become the new Eastern Region District Manager for the AGCVA.  She will be responsible for the Tidewater and Peninsula districts activities and membership recruitment.  Rachel is a Michigan native and graduated with her Bachelors of Arts from Grand Valley State University in Hospitality Tourism Management, specializing in Meeting Planning. She resides in Virginia Beach with her Family, her husband Benjamin who is a Civil Engineer, their 1-year old daughter, Hannah and yellow lab, Frank. 

She began employment on October 16, 2017 and has jumped in by working on several workforce development solutions with local school districts and community colleges and has been learning the ropes from Dick Moyers who will be retiring this month.  Welcome Rachel!

  

Richard “Dick” Moyers will be retiring from AGCVA on December 4, 2017.  Dick has been with AGCVA since 1998 as the Executive Director and Eastern Regional Manager.  He has been an effective District Manager with many Sold Out Events in his districts. 

Dick has been a leader with a “get it done” attitude that has served the Districts well.  Through his leadership, the Districts have helped members grow their business, help their communities, and learn the meaning of teamwork!

He moved his family from the Shenandoah Valley with experience as the Executive Director of the Virginia Poultry Federation.   He graduated with a Masters from James Madison University. We wish him well on his retirement and he will be missed.

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Legislative & Legal
  

AGC held a conference call last week to update members on the two tax packages going through Congress.  The House passed its version and the Senate is close to being voted on.  We have provided you a comparison chart to help you understand how the tax packages may impact your business…How the House and Senate Tax Bills Stack Up and What You Can Do to Improve Them for the Industry

The House and Senate are working on different tax reform packages.  AGC created a chart comparing key sections of each bill.  The biggest tax-related concern is how tax reform treats pass-through businesses. The bills each take a different approach at taxing pass through and are granting a lot more tax relief to C corporations.  We are working hard to get improvements for pass-through entities and have made some progress.

The House bill also repeals private activity bonds and the Historic tax credit, which would eviscerate the market for the rehabilitation of historic buildings.  AGC is asking you to contact your members of Congress and urge them to treat S-corps fairly as compared to C-corps and maintain incentives for public and private construction in tax reform.

  

OSHA Crane Operator Certification Requirement Extended - AGC Supports OSHA’s Final Rule & Year-Long Extension
Provided by AGC Construction Legislative Week in Review

On November 9th, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule to further extend the employer's responsibility to ensure crane operator competency and enforcement for crane operator certification from Nov. 10, 2017 to Nov. 10, 2018. During this time, OSHA will work to address stakeholder concerns over the operator certification requirements in the 2010 Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard. AGC submitted comments on the initial proposal in favor of the extension, which will avoid any potential disruption in crane operations on construction sites.

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Workforce Development
  

The NCCER and Build Your Future had a video contest that aimed to give aspiring craft professionals (state apprentices) and their instructors an opportunity to showcase construction projects.  

Congratulations to Southern Air, Inc. - they submitted a video and WON 1st place receiving national recognition for their Apprenticeship Program - Southern Air Video 

Jerry Baker of WE Bowman has been appointed to serve as a member of the business panel to review instructional frameworks for the Safety Manual for Career and Technical Education curriculum. Content and workplace experts from across the Commonwealth provide valuable guidance for development of technical programs that prepare students for successful transition to further education and the workforce.

   
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VOSH and UVA-FM are partnering to offer a free OSHA 10 hr Construction in both Spanish and English. The courses will be held at UVA (Charlottesville), at the Zehmer Hall and it will take place over two days on February 22-23. Please feel free to share this information with your contractors and let me know if you have any questions. 

For More Information:  marta.fernandes@doli.virginia.gov 

 

  

No matter type of business you conduct at your workplace, fire safety should always be a main concern. Here are a few fire safety tips you can distribute to your staff.

Fire Prevention
• Keep your work area free of waste paper, trash and other items that can easily catch fire.
• Check on your electrical cords. If a cord is damaged in any way, replace it. Try not to lay cords in  places where they can be stepped on, as this will contribute to deterioration of the protective outside coating.
• Don't overload your circuits.
• Turn off electrical appliances at the end of each day.
• Keep heat producing equipment away from anything that might burn. This includes copiers, coffee makers, computers, etc.
  
In the Event of a Fire
• Upon finding a fire, call 911 immediately and don't hand up with the emergency responder until told to do so.
• Close doors when exiting to help limit the spread of smoke and fire throughout the building.
• Never use elevators during an evacuation.
• Follow the escape plan and meet at a per-determined place outside of your building and away from danger. Conduct a headcount to ensure all of your staff has evacuated.

Calendar & Events

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Lunch provided
We have prepared for you an orientation WELCOME.  This will be an overview of all that local AGC District Councils, AGC of Virginia and AGC of America offer you as a member of the organization.  It might even answer some questions you have about the Association or provide you with the right network to solve solutions on a key issue.  Ultimately, this meeting will help you understand how to best leverage your membership to increase your business.  

  

January 18-21, 2018
The OMNI Homestead Resort
Hot Springs, VA
On behalf of the AGC Convention Committee, it is a pleasure to invite you to attend AGC's 2018 Annual Convention. It is scheduled on January 18-21 at The Omni Homestead Resort. Get ready for a great event with lots of opportunities to network with your peers.

ACE Virginia established to develop best practices in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering industries.  The purpose of ACE Virginia, a joint venture of the American Institute of Architects, Associated General Contractors & American Council of Engineering Companies of VA (AIAVA, AGCVA & ACEC/VA), is to educate and promote best practices of the design and construction industry to our members, owners and developers (both public and private) and the general public.  Event Details:  Monday, February 19, 2018
Omni Hotel - 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm - $50.00 Per person – Limit 30 members

Member News
  

Michael L. Sterling, Managing Partner of the Vandeventer Black law firm, was selected as a Fellow in the Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA). The criteria for CLSA’s Fellowship of preeminent construction lawyers is a combination of Fellow input, independent and internal research, nominations by CLSA Fellows, attorney opinions, evaluation of client selection of counsel and reviews of acknowledgment and recognition by other peer reviewing sources and associations. 

  

Scott Insurance has appointed Keith Man as the company’s new chief operating officer and chief financial officer.  Craig Ryder, who has served in those roles since 1994 for the Lynchburg-based insurance company, will retire at the end of the year. This transition concludes a multiyear planning and search process.

Mann joined Scott in July with 20 years of experience in corporate finance, accounting and leadership roles. A native of Lynchburg, he is a graduate of James Madison University where he majored in accounting and obtained a bachelor’s degree in business.  After college, Mann worked 10 years at Omni Electrical in Lynchburg before moving to leadership roles at Rubatex International and TRAX International. Most recently, he served as CFO of Schewel Furniture in Lynchburg.

  

Piedmont Waterproofing Contractors' team of waterproofing experts have been dedicated to keeping water out of local buildings for over 20 years. Our collaborative and cost effective approach to waterproofing is only a fraction of what we have to offer. Find out more at our new website: pwcnowater.build

 

  

Cherry Bekaert LLP has acquired Berlin Ramos & Co. PA, expanding the firm’s reach in the Washington D.C., area.  The acquisition adds six partners and more than 40 professionals to Cherry Bekaert. The firm’s greater Washington, D.C., practice now has more than 150 professional staff in its offices, including 19 partners.

  

Vandeventer Black LLP was recently recognized by the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in the 2018 "Best Law Firms" list. Firms included in the list are recognized for their professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.

  

Engineering News Record’s annual Best Projects award program announced winners with several AGCVA members being recognized for spectacular projects.  ENR is dedicated to honoring the best construction projects and the companies that designed and built them in all 50 states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Congratulations to Judge Mark Lambert of KBS, Inc. Mark Lambert has strategic and day to day responsibility for leading KBS’s safety department.  He heads the effort to promote and maintain safe, clean and efficient jobsites.  Lambert and his team carry out weekly project site visits, providing oversight and training for superintendent and subcontractors.

Project of the Year/Excellence Award in Safety: Elizabeth River Tunnels Project 

Best Cultural Worship: Science Museum of Virginia Renovations 

Health Care: Best Project: Valley Health Cancer Center 

Residential/Hospitality Best Project: "The Main" Norfolk Hilton Hotel and Parking Deck 

 

New General Contractor Member
Roanoke District
S Lewis Lionberger Construction Co Inc
PO Box 20209
Roanoke, VA 24018-0507
Phone: (540) 989-5301
Fax:  (540) 989-5426
Contact:  Sam Lionberger
Specialty:  Construction & Renovation: Commercial, Construction & Renovation: Churches, Construction & Renovation: Healthcare, Construction & Renovation: Industrial, Construction & Renovation: PPEA-PPTA, Construction & Renovation: Retail Shopping Centers
http://www.lionberger.com/ 

New General Contractor Member
Tidewater District 
Belfor Property Restoration
909 Executive Ct
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Phone: (175) 754-4604
Contact:  Michael Hall
Specialty:  Building Preservation

New General Contractor Member
Tidewater District
Marine Contracting Corporation
1397 A Air Rail Ave
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455
Phone: (757) 460-4666
Fax: (757) 363-9647
Contact:  Woodrow Ford
Specialty:  Marine Contractors, Pile Driving & Shoring
http://www.marinecontractingcorp.com/

New General Contractor Member
Tidewater District
Provost Construction
208 W 25th Street
Norfolk, VA 23517
Phone: (757) 651-4423
Contact:  Jonathan Provost
Specialty:  Construction & Renovation: Commercial, Construction & Renovation: Healthcare, Construction & Renovation: Multi-Family, Construction & Renovation: Residential, Construction & Renovation: Restaurants, Construction & Renovation: Retail Shopping Centers 
http://www.pro-vost.com/  

New Subcontractor Member
Piedmont District
Piedmont Waterproofing Contractors
2811 Hydraulic Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Phone:  (434) 973-9730  
Contact:  Kevin Markey
Specialty:  Caulking & Weatherstripping, Dampproofing, Waterproofing
http://pwcnowater.build

New Subcontractor Member
Roanoke District
Old Virginia Tile
2854 Nicholas Ave NE
Roanoke, Virginia 24012
Phone: (540) 420-3291
Contact:  Jeremy Gill
Specialty:  Ceramic Tile

New Subcontractor Member
Tidewater District
RDH Enterprises Inc
3315 S Military Hwy
Chesapeake, VA 23323 
Phone:  (757) 485-8400
Fax:  (757) 485-7763
Contact:  Richard Hester
Specialty:  Ceiling Contractors, Demolition, Drywall Contractors, Exterior Insulation & Finish, Metal Studs

New Subcontractor Member
Tidewater District
Sprinkle Masonry Inc.
4217 Bainbridge Blvd
Chesapeake, VA 23324
Phone:  (757) 545-8435
Fax:  (757) 545-4228
Contact:  Robert Hedrick
Specialty:  Masonry Contractors, Masonry Restoratio

New Service/Supplier Member
Richmond District
Maurice Electrical Supply
923 N Meadow Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Phone: (804) 762-0329
Fax:  (804) 762-0235
Contact:  Sean Brooks
Specialty:  Electrical Supplies
http://www.mauriceelectric.com/
 
New Service/Supplier Member
Tidewater District
HazTek Inc.
9613-C Harford Road #141
Baltimore, MD 21234
Phone: (202) 578-8399
Contact:  Ralph Borgess
Specialty:  Occupational Safety Consultants, First Aid Training, Life Safety, Safety Consultants: Inspections-Training, Staffing: Project Management
http://www.haztekinc.com/