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It was no joke when John Lawson II asked his father if he could join his Newport News-based construction company.  Lawson became a field engineer with W.M. Jordan Co. on April 1, 1975, after he graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in geophysics.

“I had several nice offers,” Lawson said. “My dad was completely surprised when I asked if I could live at home and work for his business.”  Lawson said he started out on job sites doing menial work and quickly came to love the industry and the company. Now in his 43rd year, Lawson is president and CEO and took over as chairman of the board from his father this past February.


Richmond, VA – April 19, 2018 – As a long-time Crestcom Franchisee, Buddy Hiatt celebrates 10 years of helping his clients develop their leaders through the interactive Crestcom Bullet Proof® Manager Program. His client’s managers and leaders have walked away with tools, techniques, and how-to systems that they continue to apply to their daily lives that have made them more successful and efficient as managers and leaders. Over that decade, Buddy has certainly made a difference by facilitating in-depth leadership development programs and has helped leaders learn, connect and grow. Crestcom is excited to have Buddy for many more years!


New General Contractor
Richmond District
JCR Underground Corp.
PO Box 67
Quinton, VA 23141
Phone: (757) 582-7054
Contact:  : Jeff Rice
Specialty:  Directional Boring 


New Subcontractor Member
Peninsula District
Barnhart Crane & Rigging Co.
220 Salters Creek Road
Hampton, VA 23661
Phone: (757) 354-7253
Fax: (757) 722-3699
Contact: Ryan Smith
Specialty: Heavy Hauling, Crane Rental Services, Crane Services, Riggers, Rigging, Tug & Barge Services

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Industry News

This is to provide advance notice that the U. S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division will begin conducting a Davis Bacon prevailing wage survey in the Virginia started
June 1, 2018. We will be soliciting payroll information on all federal, state, local and privately funded Heavy construction projects active at any time between March 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018. Information received during the course of our survey will be used to determine the
prevailing wage rates to be paid on federally funded and assisted construction projects in

We would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to participate in our upcoming survey. You should be receiving a notification letter with more specific information in the near future
along with a copy of our data collection form (WD-10). In the meantime, please visit our new web site at for more information regarding the Davis Bacon Act and the survey program. Our updated electronic WD-10 form including
instructions can also be viewed on this site.

Trump Administration Expands Steel & Aluminum Tariffs
AGC Provides Tariff Resources for Construction Contractors
On May 31, U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced steel and aluminum tariffs for Canada, Mexico and the European Union effective June 1. These countries were previously spared from the March 23-imposed 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent tariff on aluminum. According to reports, at least 30 percent of imported steel came from these nations in 2017. As a result, contractors may expect further increases in domestic steel prices and mill delivery delays. AGC has put together several resources for construction contractors regarding the various trade actions affecting construction, including a primer on tariffs in effect or under consideration, and contractual considerations private and federal/federal-aid contractors should consider in light of the tariffs.

Construction contractors are encouraged to contact the president and their congressional elected officials to let them know how these tariffs impact their construction markets.  AGC continues to educate the White House and Congress on the impacts these and other potential tariff actions are having on the construction industry.

ACE Virginia - Joint Owner Forum
ACE Event moves to William & Mary
Monday, June 18, 2018
3:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Cost: $50 per person
The panel will consist of VCU, ODU, Hampton U, Norfolk State and W & M. Come hear the concepts and plans for future development from major higher education institutions on the eastern side of Virginia. Following the panel discussion, we will hold a networking reception with members and the panelists to hold informal conversations.


Help prepare the workforce of tomorrow! The Department of Education is looking for several serious volunteers to help them “update” and re-set CTE (Career & Technical Education). Most importantly current classes only teach residential construction – so we need AGC members to volunteer to help.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help craft the Building Trades I & II on October 26, 2018.
If you are interested please contact Courtney Baker 540.323.0311


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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!
See our website for services offered
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Peckar & Abramson, P.C.
Workforce Development

2 + 2 = Careers in Construction

On May 29th AGCVA members spent their day showcasing careers in the construction industry to over 100 math students at JR Tucker High School in Richmond Va.  From sophomores to seniors, Algebra II and Geometry students were surprised to hear how the math they are learning applies to the construction industry.  They were even more surprised to hear the earning potentials and how they can apply for apprenticeship programs while still in school! 

Our volunteers – Melissa Stallard (Capital Capital Insurance & Bonding Services Co.), Paul Stiles (The Bell Company), Chad Blalok and Chuck McCarthy (W.M. Jordan Company), and Bob Bonk and Chiara Arch (Draper Aden Associates) all came equipped to share how they started in the industry and what viable career options await a student that has a desire to work with their hands.  Students were introduced to our career pathway hub at Build Your Future (, where they can discover different construction trades and find the training they will need.

Within one day of visiting the school, we have had several students reach out to Courtney Baker (AGCVA’s Workforce Development Manager) seeking more information on next steps to starting their careers in construction.

Thank you to our members who spent their day investing in our future workforce.  And thank you to our host Holly Condon, a math teacher at Tucker High School, who wants to see her students presented with all options as they begin career exploration.  


CTE Cocktails in Central 

Central District held what they called CTE Cocktails.  It was a meet and greet evening with some of our members and invited guests from the Career and Technical (CTE) world within the Lynchburg surrounding area.  We had representation from all but two localities as they had prior plans and were not able to change.  Robert Lee (English Construction and AGCVA Chairman of the Board) and William Cook (Jamerson-Lewis Construction and Central District President) started off the evening with introductions.  Our CTE representatives were Robbie Dooley (Supervisor of Career and Tech Education) and Sonny Walker Morris (Skills USA Treasurer) and our AGCVA member reps were Robert Lee (English Construction, Inc.) and Paul Denham (Southern Air).  They all shared thoughts of what they need and want from us and likewise.  Our next step is to have a more business like meeting in mid to late July.  We hope to have more instructors so that we can hear their thoughts as well.  We all feel this was a great start to something that is very important to all of us in all of OUR DISTRICTS.  Please feel free to send an e-mail to either or  if you have any interest in being a part of this or feel you have something to share with us.  We look forward to our next meeting to be announced soon. 


ColonialWebb, a local mechanical-contracting company, recently hosted its own Safety Week. Each year, the company dedicates an entire week to safety training and safety celebration. This year was no exception as staff came together to make safety the company’s first priority.  The week started off with a day called Flood the Workplace Day where leaders of the company spent time in the field showing their commitment to safety and having safety conversations with employees. Leaders from Baltimore to Norfolk spent the day visiting large and small job sites and having individual safety conversations and larger group conversations.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018
8:00 am to 12:15 pm
AGCVA Headquarters
Glen Allen, VA
We welcome your attendance at the Virginia Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Driver Safety Best Practice Day hosted by Cintas Corporation at Associated General Contractors of Virginia Inc. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet and benchmark with the "Best of the Best". Presenters from some of the country's safest companies will share the key ingredients to their success in achieving and maintaining the coveted VPP STAR, the nation's highest level of recognition in occupational safety and health excellence.

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.
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

Calendar & Events

Thursday, June 14 - Friday, June 15, 2018
TIME: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
AGCVA Headquarters
11950 Nuckols Road – Glen Allen, VA 23059
COST Per Person: AGCVA Member: $495 / Non Member: $795

This course will help early-career project managers gain insight into the types and sources of risk, techniques for managing risk, the basics of insurance and bonding and how quality control/quality assurance plans help mitigate performance risk.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018
AGCVA Headquarters
9:00 am - 11:00 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."  SPEAKER: Buddy Hiatt, President, Delta Leadership - Crestcom Richmond


July 20-22, 2018
NEW LOCATION   The Greenbrier
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Board Meeting: Saturday, July 21 at 9:00 am
Rooms: $449 Double Occupancy
$324 Single Occupancy
Room rate includes breakfast in the Main Dining Room, dinner in the Main Dining Room, Draper's Café, The Forum or Sam Snead's at The Golf Club.

Call The Greenbrier for AGCVA room block reservations: 855.453.4858
Block rate ends when all block rooms are booked or June 29, 2018


2018 Management Conference
October 21-24, 2018
Embassy Suites
Charleston, South Carolina
Come enjoy time with fellow AGC members while visiting Charleston, South Carolina.  Full payment is due no later than July 31, 2018. Payments by check are payable to Covington Travel.
For further information, contact Dee Dee White 804-747-4129 -


The Tidewater District sold out its First Annual Dick Moyers Open on May 14th at the Heron Ridge Golf Course in Virginia Beach. The Tidewater District renamed their Spring Golf Tournament upon Mr. Moyer’s retirement from AGCVA in December of 2017. Taking first place in the first flight with a score of 55 was the team from S.B. Ballard which included Chris Andrews, Justin Ballard, Mark Payne and Rick Allard, each person in the foursome walking away with a $100 cash prize.

$11,000 RAISED
at the CHKD Run/Walk

Tidewater AGC was the top fundraiser with over $11,000 raised at the CHKD Run/Walk on May 12th. Two special shout outs:

1.  Lauren Simone for leading the charge and for all of her time and effort in fundraising and putting the team together.

2.  Brian Giblin and Core Assurance for sponsoring the fantastic spread and hospitality suite.

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