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AGC News
The AGC Education and Training Committee, led by Andrew George of Hensel Phelps, is pleased to announce a new Blast Protection Educational Course and our THIRD installment of the LEAN Education Course!

The Blast Protection Educational Course will be held the morning of Friday, May 13th from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and includes breakfast. The topic? Navigating the Government's Blast and Anti-terrorism Standards: The History, the Changes and Lessons Learned.

AGC of DC will also host all seven units of LEAN Construction and the LEAN Exam Certification June 27 - July 1.

Click "Learn More" for further details on both courses and to register for Blast Protection.
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Silica is one of the most abundant substances on earth. It is most commonly found as sand or quartz. Silica is ubiquitous on construction sites by virtue of its presence in many commonly used construction materials including: concrete, bricks, rocks and stones. Construction activities that can generate/spread silica dust include but may not be limited to: jackhammering, grinding, tuckpointing, milling, rock crushing, drywall finishing, earthmoving, sawing and drilling.

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US DOT this week announced that it is soliciting applications for two discretionary grant programs totaling $1.3 billion. The FAST Act created a new program for "Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects" that US DOT is calling the FASTLANE grants program, an acronym that stands for "Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies."

The program makes available $800 million for freight project in FY 2016. The announcement said the process state departments of transportation and other agencies will use to apply for this new funding program will be spelled out in a formal notice of funding opportunity, which would activate the initial round of what will be five years of freight-related competitive grants. It is the first program in the USDOT's 50-year history that establishes broad, multi-year eligibilities for freight infrastructure projects including intermodal.
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President Obama’s Executive Order 13673—commonly called the Blacklisting Executive Order—will require federal prime and subcontractors to report violations of 14 federal labor laws and "equivalent" state labor laws during the previous three years, and again every six months, on federal contracts over $500,000. Prime contractors will also be responsible for evaluating the labor law violations of its subcontractors at all tiers.
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The Transportation Construction Coalition's (TCC) 2016 Legislative Fly-In is scheduled for May 10-11, 2016. While the FAST provides a steady source of funding over the next five years for the highway and transit programs, the legislation did not solve the long term Highway Trust Fund revenue problem. After the expiration of the FAST Act, significant new revenue will be needed just to maintain the funding levels beyond FY 2020. Your senators and representatives need to understand that the industry appreciates what was accomplished in the FAST Act, but now is the time to get started on fixing the transportation infrastructure investment shortfall we are facing now and into the future.
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This unique three–day course provides construction safety and health professionals with the next–level knowledge required to successfully manage a company–wide safety program.

Moving beyond the basics of Focus Four training, AGC’s Advanced Safety Management Training Program will give participants a more holistic view of safety’s role in project and company success, as well as advanced tactics and best practices for managing all aspects of a corporate safety program.

Participants will also focus on the importance of "selling" safety throughout the organization and methods to generate buy–in from different audiences.
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Member News
The American Subcontractors Association of Metro Washington announced the winners of outstanding general contractors on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at the association’s 52nd Subby Awards Gala at the Omni Shoreham Resort in Washington, DC.

The Subby’s honor general building contractors that demonstrate commitment to fairness in construction through outstanding project administration, efficient field supervision and fair financial practices, including prompt payment. Also, awards are presented to recognize a superior project manager, superintendent, a subcontractor that consistently delivers quality projects, a vendor award and an outstanding owner; as well as construction safety awards.

Click "Learn More" to find out which AGC of DC members won Subby Awards.
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The year is 1956. Dwight D. Eisenhower is President. Elvis Presley appears on the Ed Sullivan show and enters the music charts for the first time with his hit "Heartbreak Hotel" that starts the Rock and Roll dance craze. A gallon of gas costs 22 cents, and the average cost of a new car is $2,050.00. The Wizard of Oz has its first airing on TV and Insurance Associates founder, Ted Barker, purchases an insurance agency while working on The Hartford.
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SKB Architecture and Design is excited to host their annual concert "Construction Rocks" on April 14th at the Howard Theatre!

This is THE "battle of the bands" benefit featuring local groups made of musicians who work within the Metro DC A/E/C industry with proceeds going to the Washington Humane Society.

Click "Learn More" to check out the bands, find tickets and see which contractors you might know who moonlight as singers and drummers!
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AGC Partners & Discounts
The AGC Bookstore offers a variety of safety products for construction. From safety booklets and DVD's to OSHA regulation manuals, these products will provide a safer worksite for construction. These resources are invaluable for educating supervisors and construction employees alike. These products will provide essential information to keep the worksite safe and hazard free. Save 20 percent off all safety products with promotional code SAFE20 during checkout.
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Calendar of Events
Please note we are transitioning to our new website. If you have never logged in on the new site, you will need to create an account when registering for your first event. Use your email and the default password: "agcdc2015."

4/14 USACE/NAVFAC CQM

5/09 CCC Golf Tournament and Sponsorships

5/13 Blast Protection Overview

5/24 Spring Fling Networking and Election of Officers

6/16 USACE/NAVFAC CQM6/16 USACE/NAVFAC CQM

6/16 - 7/1 LEAN Construction Units 1-7

7/1 LEAN Certification Exam

7/14 USACE/NAVFAC CQM7/14 USACE/NAVFAC CQM

8/15 AGC of DC Golf Tournament

10/4 Washington Contractor Awards10/4 Washington Contractor Awards

12/6 AGC of DC Holiday Party

Click "Learn More" for the links to register
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Legislative Updates
Dear AGC member,

You have an opportunity to help AGC of America and its chapters gauge the reach of our collective networks and enable us to effectively plan for future public policy discussions. By understanding our network of relationships with elected officials, we can build advocacy programs that help advance our positions on any number of issues that directly impact the construction industry.

As employees, voters, volunteers and contributors to the communities where we live and work, your voices and opinions are extremely influential. Through this brief survey, you can provide information on the issues that are important to you, the stakeholders within your network and the level of advocacy you would be willing to undertake on the association's behalf.
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Young Constructors Forum
Members of the 2016 YCF Steering Committee (left to right): Will Cox, DAVIS Construction; Phil Snyder, LitCon Group; Paul Grossman, Barton Malow; Ksenia Pogossian, Hensel Phelps.

Our Young Contractors Forum started this year off with a bang during a Kickoff Networking Event at DC ChopHouse on Feb. 24th.

YCFers from different Member companies had a fun night of mixing, mingling, and signing up for the 2016 YCF Committees. All the Committee Chairs were approved and they will hold these positions through 2016. Click "Learn More" to see a complete list of the Committees and Committee Chairs.
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What Has AGC Done For You Lately?
AGC joined with nine other construction industry groups in a letter to FHWA Administrator Greg Nadeau asking the agency to complete action on a proposed rule clarifying the applicability of Buy America requirements for manufactured products that may contain steel elements and for incidental products such as nuts, bolts washers and others. In December 2012 FHWA issued guidance to its division offices clarifying that "in order for a manufactured product to be considered subject to Buy America, the product must be manufactured predominantly of steel or iron. The FHWA deems a product to be manufactured predominately of steel or iron if the product consists of at least 90% steel or iron content when it is delivered to the job site for installation." The guidance also waived Buy America requirements for miscellaneous steel or iron components, subcomponents and hardware such as screws bolts and light bulbs. Soon after FHWA issued this memorandum it followed with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Buy America requirements that included this guidance.
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This week, AGC of America President and CEO, Steve Sandherr, joined other transportation leaders in a panel discussion at the Association of American State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Washington Briefing to discuss the passage of the surface transportation re-authorization, the FAST Act.

During the discussion, Sandherr underscored the importance of the collective efforts of AASHTO and other transportation stakeholders in securing support for the FAST Act, which provides five-years of increased funding for federal-aid highway and transportation programs.
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