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AGCVA Group attends National Convention in New Orleans
... more than Bourbon Street!

Fellow AGC Members,
Serving in my capacity as  Vice Chairman of AGC Virginia, I attended the recent National Convention in New Orleans as a first time attendee of this grand event. AGC is celebrating its 100th anniversary and this was the 99th Convention. Next year the 100th Convention will be held in Denver, Colorado on April 2-4th. If you have had the opportunity to attend a National event in the past you can appreciate all the benefits of attending and if you have not yet done so I would encourage you to plan on attending a future event. Below are a few takeaways that I thought you might find meaningful along with a few supporting attachments; read more...
Thanks,
Bruce
Bruce Tibbetts - President

 

  

Provided by: Virginia Business - March 2, 2018
Linda Green in photo

In the first six months of the current fiscal year — July 1 through Dec. 31, 2017 — economic development project activity more than doubled in the Southern region.

“We have seen a big upswing in the number of prospect visits,” says Linda Green, executive director of the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance, which covers a region stretching along the North Carolina line from Patrick through Halifax counties. “We’re seeing more mature projects where the average wage is higher.”

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Legislative & Legal

Authored by Attorney Gretchen M. Ostroff,gostroff@vanblacklaw.com; 757.446.8530
On March 8, 2018, President Trump issued a proclamation formally ordering tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The proclamation states that starting March 23, 2018, all “steel articles” imports “entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption” will be subject to an additional 25% duty (essentially, a tax). The proclamation defines “steel articles” to include flat-rolled products, bars, roads, wire, sheet piling, rails, fish-plates, sole plates, tubes, pipes, hollow profiles, ingots, and stainless steel products.

The tariff applies to imports of steel articles from all countries except Canada and Mexico, which the President described as a “special case” given the “shared commitment” between those countries and the United States “to supporting each other” in certain national security and economic matters. March 8, 2018 Proclamation, para. 10.1 The proclamation mentions only Canada and Mexico, but on March 22, 2018, the President announced temporary exemptions for Argentina, Australia, Brazil, South Korea, and the countries in the European Union. It is unclear how long those exemptions will last. Additionally, a procedure will be put in place whereby importers can request special exclusions from the tariff in very limited circumstances.

 
  

The 2018 Legislative Session is complete – except for the budget details which will be hammered out between now and mid-April.  A special thanks to all the members of the AGC Legislative Committee who worked on issues this summer, fall and then met weekly during the Legislative Session to provide subject matter expertise and research. 
By the numbers 2018:
3,722 Bills were introduced, 296 were approved. 7.9 % passed*.
(*More will be approved by the Governor prior to the Veto Session).
AGC supported 8 key bills of which 7 passed. 87% passed.
AGC opposed 16 bills of which all 16 failed. 100% failed.
AGC monitored 30 bills related to public procurement.
House General Laws Committee will look at many of these bills later this summer.

2017 “Short” Session
2,959 Bills introduced – 1,722 Approved -58% passed
AGC supported 15 Bills & 10 Passed. – 66% passed.
AGC opposed 6 Bills & 5 Failed. – 83 % failed.
AGC monitored 16 bills related to public procurement.

Most bills are in solid shape, like AGC’s Mechanics Lien bill (SB 319), which ensures Contractors are not forced to waive mechanics lien prior to beginning work, have already been approved and signed by the Governor.  This bill which was controversial a few short years ago, passed with no opposition thanks to efforts during the summer and fall, pre-work and running the necessary legislative traps by the AGC legislative committee members and staff to clearly define the issues and address any opposition well ahead of the Session.  A special thanks to State Senator Frank Ruff (General Laws Chairman) and Delegate Barry Knight for carrying this legislation through.  If you have questions on any bill or suggestions on issue coming up, please contact:  Gordon Dixon at gordon@agcva.org.

  

Published by:  ConstructionDive - March 13, 2018
Almost 200,000 jobsites neglected to file their 2016 annual injury and illness log summaries by Dec. 31, breaking compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) new electronic record-keeping rule, according to Bloomberg Environment. OSHA had anticipated 350,000 worksites to file, but only 153,653 did, in addition to nearly 61,000 worksites that were not required to file electronically but did so.

Legal experts told Bloomberg that the low compliance rate for Form 300A could be because some employers thought they were exempt based on their size or industry. In other cases, experts said, some employers may have expected that the compliance date would be delayed again or that they would be better off withholding their summaries than giving OSHA the information on which the agency could base future inspections. In addition, some employers might not have wanted their summary information to be posted online as the rule mandates.

Provided by:  AGC of America – March 22, 2018
On March 21, congressional leaders unveiled a funding bill for fiscal year (FY) 2018 that includes at least $10 billion in additional infrastructure investment—compared to FY 2017 and promised in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018—for roads, bridges, mass transit, airports, ports, flood control, drinking water and waste water facilities, military construction, low income housing construction and more. To view summaries of the various pieces of this legislation, click here and here.

As of publication, the House passed the funding measure on a 256-167 vote and the Senate is expected to do the same before March 24, or otherwise risk shutting down the government for the third time in three months. AGC called on thousands of its social media grassroots supporters to urge Congress to keep its $10 billion infrastructure investment promise.  AGC pushed for Congress to pass the bill; however, the association also noted the litany of critical construction issues that remain unresolved by this bill and Congress, including but not limited to the need for long-term infrastructure funding, border security and immigration reform, and multiemployer pension reform. AGC will provide more details on this FY 2018 funding bill as it continues its review of the legislation.  

   
Roof Systems of Virginia, Inc.
      
Scaffolding Solutions, LLC
   
Workforce Development
  

The 54th Annual SkillsUSA Virginia State Leadership Conference and Skills Championship will be held on April 20 and 21 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center and other facilities throughout the Virginia Beach area. Approximately 1,200 high school and college students will be participating in 115 competitions demonstrating their skills in career areas including manufacturing, transportation, construction, hospitality and human services. Specific contest names include Crime Scene Investigation, Mobile Robotics Technology, Television Production, Cosmetology, Bricklaying, and many more.

The skills championships will take place in the Virginia Beach Convention Center on April 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The students, who will be graduating from CTE programs, are the solution to the current and future demand for a skilled workforce. The public is invited to attend to see the future workforce of Virginia free of charge. Award ceremonies have a $10 entry fee.
For more info:  https://www.skillsusa.org/ 

  

$1000 SCHOLARSHIPS
The purpose of these two (2) scholarships are to provide financial assistance to qualified and deserving students attending post-High School educational/training institutions and who plan to enter the construction industry in their professional careers, including but not limited to contractors, skilled trades, and engineering.

The AGCVA Valley District Construction Scholarships are funded by the AGCVA Valley District and each annual scholarship will be $1,000. 

Scholarship Deadline:  May 1, 2018 
For more information contact Missy Gupton 

  

David Pearson - Central District YCL Chairman
David grew up in Forest, VA has a Bachelors of Science from East Carolina University with a Minor in Business Administration. He has worked 8 years in the DC area after college as a Project Manager. Returned to work in Lynchburg in 2012 as a Project Manager for English Construction Company
David is recently married. Hobbies include fishing and going to sporting events.  David's goal is to help the Central YCL grow and become a respected resource to the local community.
David S. Pearson, LEED AP
Project Manager - English Construction Company 

 

  

Arthur Rogers - Piedmont District YCL Chairman
Arthur Rogers holds a BA in Industrial Design from Appalachian State University. He worked as HVAC / Mechanical Coordinator, Estimator, and Designer with Chapman Mechanical in Greensboro, NC. While working with Chapman Mechanical, he received certificates in Hydronics, Boilers, and Photovoltaics. He and his wife, Rebekah moved to Charlottesville in 2012, and he began work with Martin Horn, Inc. While working with Martin Horn, Inc he has received training in Leadership from the Center for Creative Leadership, as well as, training on various construction related software and tools. He has served as Project Manager, Estimator, Designer, Coordinator, Marketing/Business Development, and IT Leader for Martin Horn. He has led the Design-Build process for local non-profits such as Region Ten and the Virginia Discovery Museum, and local for-profit companies like Roots Natural Kitchen, Starr Hill, and Bold Rock Cider.  He and his wife are co-owners of Acorn Academy, LLC. Acorn Academy is a at home childcare program for children ages 6 months to 4 years old. Their two children Kaylee, 3 and Jacob, 2 attend with other local children.

Arthur Rogers
Project Manager - Martin Horn, Inc

  

John Paul DiMarco - Richmond District YCL Chairman
John Paul graduated East Carolina University in 2011 with a BS in Construction Management and a Minor in Business Administration. Following graduation, he moved to New York and worked for Newmark Knight Frank; a company he had a previous summer internship with. In 2013, moved to Richmond and worked for Kjellstrom and Lee up until several months ago, when he joined The Capstone Contracting Company as a Project Manager. John Paul has been with Capstone Contracting for five months, however his time with the AGC Richmond District Young Leaders exceeds my current position. He joined the AGCYL committee in 2015 and helped organize a project tour at the Valentine History Museum. That same year the AGCYL hosted our first Pig & Oyster Roast. The event was a huge success and raised a large sum of money for the Wounded Warrior Project, which we were all very proud of. Later this year, we intend to host the fourth installment.  John Pauls main goal for the Young Leaders in 2018 is to facilitate great events that allow people to network, learn about our industry, and perform community outreach in a fun and inviting atmosphere.
John Paul DiMarco
Project Manager - The Capstone Contracting Company

  

Blake Webb - Roanoke District YCL Chairman 
Blakes home is Franklin Co. Virginia, nestled here along the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Growing up farming was everything, peach/apple orchards to dairy. If I wasn’t milking cattle you might find me selling fresh produce on the Roanoke City farmers market.
After high school he moved to Knoxville, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee. After 5 football seasons he moved back to the Roanoke Valley and soon afterwards started his career at PER Inc. concrete pumps and Telebelts. Blake has a small family with his partner Leah and their two sons Chris and Stathan.  Blakes hobbies include but are not limited to antiquing, exotic bird collecting, cooking, BBQ smoking, and roller coaster enthusiast.  The goals for the Roanoke Valley YCL is to provide a minimum 100 hours of community service while strengthen our district through membership and social events.
BLAKE WEBB
Business Development Manager - PER, Inc

  

Danny Lee - Tidewater District YCL Chairman
A Virginia Beach native and a proud graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor’s degree in Building Construction. He held several internships during summer breaks and have worked in Construction Management since graduation. Currently, a Project Manager for W.M. Jordan Company and have managed several diverse projects throughout the Tidewater area.  Danny has been involved with the Tidewater AGC Young Leaders for several years now and in 2017, took over as the Chairman of the Young Leaders group. The Tidewater AGC Young Leaders has a great deal of participation and attendance from new and familiar members with an average attendance of 50 young professionals. Our goal is to continue to improve on the successful groundwork laid in previous years. We have a tremendous amount of expectations for our organization with a focus on education and community service.  This year, we have 12 events for our Young Leaders group from February through November. In addition to our staple Membership Drive events and various competitive tournaments, we’ve mixed in professional development, educational, and multiple service-oriented events. Along with the Tidewater AGC, we'll also be supporting the Skills USA Competition in Virginia Beach. A huge part of our success is attributed to sponsorships from Tidewater AGC member companies. Without these companies’ support we would not be able to provide the quality, quantity, and variety of events to our Young Leaders.
Danny Lee, LEED AP BD+C
Project Manager - W.M. Jordan Company

  

Ryan Amos - Valley District YCL Chairman
Native Virginian who grew up in Roanoke and studied Building Construction with a minor in real estate at Virginia Tech. After graduating, hired on with Kjellstrom and Lee and have been with them since then. He has worked in multiple cities across Virginia but is now located in our Staunton office. Current projects are a church addition for Trinity United Methodist in Lexington, Va, Blue Ridge Community College’s new Bioscience Building in Weyers Cave, Va. and Lord Fairfax Community College’s new Hazel Hall in Warrenton, Va. His hobbies are anything outdoors, golfing, and my interests are anything to do with sports.  Goals for the YL 2018 are to grow our membership and create a solid base for the upcoming years so we can provide great community service and help foster more participation in the Valley.
Ryan Amos - Kjellstrom & Lee

  

The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry is celebrating 2018 as its 80th year in administration of the Registered Apprenticeship Program.  We serve all types of employers, private companies, and local state and federal governments, non or not for profit companies, Unions or Joint Apprenticeship Training Committees, sole proprietors, or groups serving as intermediary sponsors.

We serve all types of industries given their occupations meet the requirements of the guidance from our federal and state regulations.  The most familiar occupations using Registered Apprenticeship (RA) are the building trades and the personal service trades.  Electricians, bricklayers, plumbers, ironworkers, carpenters, HVAC mechanics are some of the building trade occupations.  Barber, cosmetologist, nail technician are some in the latter category.  Emerging occupations are daycare teachers, Cybersecurity technicians, cooks, water authority technicians, brewmasters, investigators and more coming each year.

YOU, as the employer might have a need for an occupation that you have not been used to seeing in the apprenticeship arena.  We can assist you in developing that occupation, if appropriate to meet the pipeline needs you have. 

The benefits to bringing the RA model into your business plans are:

·         Apprenticeship fosters loyalty

·         Apprenticeship boosts retention

·         Apprenticeship provides higher return on investment

·         Apprenticeship can be a critical element of succession planning

Trends are showing that this current generation of workers, the millennials are boldly seeking professional development in their work life.  We like to think that job seekers who are actively engaged in their career development turn into engaged employees.  RA offers that development and thus can be a recruitment tool.

Celebrating 65 years!
Perry Engineering Co Inc
With 65 years of experience, we at Perry Engineering Company Inc. have dedicated our efforts to satisfying the needs of our customers! We offer complete site delvelopement for industrial, commercial, residential , and civil public works!
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Safety
  

May 7-11, 2018
OSHA has announced the dates for this year's Safety Stand Down. This is a voluntary event that encourages employers to have a conversation with their workers about fall hazards and prevention. The week-long event is sponsored by OSHA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and CPWR (The Center for Construction Research and Training).

  

Founded in 1995 Circle Safety & Health Consultants is a recognized leader in providing comprehensive occupational safety and health services to a wide range of customers. As part of their many offerings, Circle Safety & Health Consultants provides effective and functional Safety and Health Programsincluded in a Comprehensive Safety& Health Manual.

Safety Manuals are a critical management tool to define and communicate worker safety, health policies and procedures for an organization. They provide clearly defined safety and health processes and responsibilities which empowers management and workers. In turn, this fosters a safe work environment where supervisors and workers know what to expect, understand the processes and are willing to bring potential safety issues to the attention of others.

Cost:
VOSH/OSHA Compliant Safety Manuel: $4,400
VOSH/OSHA and EM 385-1-1 Safety Manual: $5,000
For more information: Sheila Collins at AGCVA 804.364.5504 x211

  

Many of you have read and heard about the VA BEST (Building Excellence in Safety, health and Training) program – an exclusive partnership with VOSH.  VA BEST General Information can be found here, but the self-assessment and questionnaire may result in other questions.  Several firms have started the process of what it takes to improve safety and save dollars. 

Now we are taking the program to members locally and holding small informal Q & A sessions for GCs and Subcontractor members to get the serious questions answered.  We will walk through the application process and answer questions.

Space is limited.  If interested, contact gordon@agcva.org  and let him know which venue you want to attend:

Tuesday, April 10 @ 10 – 11 am
at WM Jordan Company - 11010 Jefferson Ave, Newport News, VA 23601

Tuesday, April 17 @ noon
at R. E. Lee Construction - 2811 Hydraulic Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Wednesday, April 18 @ 10 am
at AGC’s Richmond Office – 11950 Nuckols Rd, Glen Allen, VA  23259

   
The Law Office of Christopher G Hill PC
      
Peckar & Abramson, P.C.
   
Calendar & Events
  

VCIEF New River Brewfest
The New River Brewfest is a fundraiser for VCIEF (Virginia Construction Industry Education Foundation) that supports programs and activities throughout the Commonwealth designed to attract and train skilled workers for the construction industry.

Saturday, April 14, 2018 
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Nesselrod Bed & Breakfast
7335 Lee Hwy - Radford, VA 24141
Learn More...

  

Virginia Tech has multiple opportunities for general contractors and subcontractors to compete on upcoming capital construction projects planned for 2018. Come join us to discuss two upcoming projects: (1) The Kentland Farms Upgrade and the (2) Hahn Hall Undergraduate Lab Renovation Project. Hear from VT personnel and design team representatives about the timeline of events, opportunities for your firm to participate, as well as network with other firms for collaboration opportunities. General contractors as well as potential subcontractors are encouraged to attend one of these informational sessions!

Roanoke |Tuesday, May 1 – Roanoke Higher Education Center
108 N Jefferson Street - Room 709 | Roanoke VA 24016

Richmond |Tuesday, May 15 – Virginia Tech Richmond Center
2810 N Parham Road - Suite 300 | Henrico VA 23294

Both Projects Will Be Discussed At Each Reception
4:30 PM to 7:00 PM (Project Overviews presented at 4:45 PM and again at 6:15 PM)
Light Refreshments will be served 

  

April 20-21, 2018
Hilton Garden Inn Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Board Meeting Scheduled for: Saturday, April 21st at 9:00 am
Virginia Beach Convention Center where the SkillsUSA State Competitions will be in progress.

$75 per person  Includes Reception and Shrimp Boil 

$500 Sponsorship   Reception and Shrimp Boil  

Friday, April 20th at 6:30pm
Reception and Shrimp Boil:  On the Sundeck at Hilton Garden Inn

  

Put on by: Towne Benefits - Hosted by: AGC Employee Benefit Solutions Team (Bob Veith, Brian Marks, Sam Slagle, Chris Lyon, Debbie Stocks) 
The employee benefits world is ever-changing and we all have questions on where it’s heading in the future. We invite you to join our Towne Benefits Compliance Specialist Corbin Granger as she presents a different compliance topic each month in her webinar series!

The Changing Benefits World – Wednesday April 11, 2018, 2:00PM
The employee benefits world is always changing, but even more so this year with the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. What will affect your company and employees and how should you adjust?
Register here!

Compliance Challenges; An Open Forum – Wednesday May 16, 2018, 2:00PM
How do you deal with compliance challenges as an HR Manager or Benefit Administrator? Bring your questions, concerns and scenarios to Corbin for an Open Forum Q&A.
Register here!

Pre-Tax Plans – Wednesday June 13, 2018, 2:00PM
Join BeneFlex Vice President Tammy Farmer for the benefits of pre-tax plans as well as everything HRA/HSA/FSA related.
Register here!

  

7 Steps to Effective Delegation 
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
AGCVA Headquarters
7:30 am -10:00 am
Registration Fee: $99 per person

"Effective leaders make people feel they are at the very heart of the organization and make a different to their team's success." In this session, we will detail the skills needed in effective delegation. We'll also:

* Develop methods to keep team members focused on results,
* Use delegation to build trust, commitment and confidence,
* Discuss redirecting time to priorities and productivity.
SPEAKER: Buddy Hiatt, President, Delta Leadership - Crestcom Richmond

Member News
  

Capstone Contracting Co.
Capstone Contracting Co. a general contractor and design/builder based in Richmond, VA has made the following changes to their team:

Will Bynum has been promoted to director of operations.
Matt Hollingsworth has been promoted to director of preconstruction.

  

Published by: ConstructionDIVE - March 21, 2018
PlanGrid is strengthening its relationship with file hosting service Dropbox to allow the app's users to access and use a broad range of tools and platforms, according to the company.
The move aims to increase ease of collaboration and efficiency among project stakeholders through better connected technology.

PlanGrid's integration with Dropbox allows users to upload and transfer plans from PlanGrid's app to Dropbox, and vice versa, where files, design plans and other project documents can be accessed from any device or platform in real time. The partnership also aims to reduce the need for rework by providing a mechanism for having the most up-to-date files available across project stakeholders.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

New Subcontractor Member  
Tidewater District
EcoFoam USA
109G Gainsborough Square #126
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Phone: (757) 663-3328
Contact:  Ned Kegan
Specialty:  Spray-On Insulation, Insulation Contractors 


New Service/Supplier Member  
Tidewater District
Prosper Insurance
361 Southport Circle, 201
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Phone: (757) 995-4301
Contact:  Ryan Tinney
Specialty:  Insurance, Insurance: Casualty, Insurance: Commercial, Insurance: Property

New Service/Supplier Member
Richmond District
South State Bank
4222 Cox Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Phone: (804) 931-5921
Contact: Sean Link
Specialty: Banking & Financing, Financing: Construction Equipment
http://www.southstatebank.com

New Service/Supplier Member   
Piedmont District
Specialized Insurance Services, Inc.
2250 Old Ivy Road, Suite 5
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: (434) 529-6000
Fax:  (866) 264-7224
Contact:  Neal Gorman
Specialty:  Insurance, Bonds: Surety & Fidelity, Bonds: Surety & Insurance, Insurance: Casualty, Insurance: Commercial
http://specializedins.com/ 

 

ATTENTION:  AGCVA Mail Address Change
Use Physical Address – AGCVA No Longer has a PO Box 
USPS will no longer forward mail sent to PO Box
11950 Nuckols Road
Glen Allen, VA 23059

Send Press Releases to:  sheila@agcva.org