AGCVA eBulletin
Industry News

March 2019 eBulletin

  
For the first time in its nearly 100 years, a Specialty Contractor has been installed as Chairman of the Associated General Contractors of Virginia.  Richmond based EMC Mechanical Services President, Bruce Tibbetts, was installed as the Chairman of the AGC-Virginia Chapter at their annual convention held at the Greenbrier resort with over 580 in attendance.  
 
The 2019 Board Officers include:  Bruce Tibbetts with EMC Mechanical Services– Chairman (Richmond), Kirk Adams with Riddleberger Brothers – Vice Chairman (Harrisonburg), Trip Smith with MEB General Contractors – 1st Vice Chairman (Virginia Beach), Robert Lee with English Construction – Past Chairman (Lynchburg).

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT:
MEB’s recently completed $120M improvement to
HRSD’s Virginia Initiative Plant in Norfolk, VA

  

Provided by:  Rachel Reim, AGCVA Tidewater & Peninsula District Manager
On February 20th, MEB General Contractors, HRSD and HDR presented a Project Spotlight on HRSD’s Virginia Initiative Plant in Norfolk. MEB recently completed $120 million in improvements with unique construction features including:  Forty-seven miles of steel and concrete piles, a 200 foot by 100 foot by 40-foot-deep cofferdam, over 100,000 cubic yards of soils excavated, structures with 4-foot thick concrete walls, 108” diameter prestressed concrete cylinder pipe, miles of underground utilities, 40,000 CY of concrete, 5,500 tons of rebar, complete replacement of the facility electrical distribution system, and numerous process mechanical systems including 600 horsepower pumps capable of pumping 33 million gallons of water a day.
 
After the presentation and tour of the facility, members met at Bold Mariner Brewery down the street where they enjoyed networking over some beers and barbeque!

 

 

 

  
Provided by: Kenneth D. Simonson, Chief Economist, AGC of America
Virginia’s economy finally caught some breaks this past year, as tax reform and the bipartisan spending deal significantly lessened the headwinds facing the large portion of the Commonwealth’s economy tied to the federal government. Real GDP growth ramped up to a 2.6% pace from the middle of 2017 to the middle of 2018, which is the latest data available. Lower tax rates helped fuel growth in consumer spending and the leisure & hospitality sector. Capital spending and job growth also received a boost, befitting from both lower tax rates and increased government spending, particularly on defense. Chart on p. 2 shows construction had the second-highest percentage growth in employment of any sector in the state from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the fourth quarter of 2018. The report also contains these comments about construction (p. 5):
  
On February 21st, ACE had its initial Joint Owner Forum of 2019 at the Omni Hotel in Downtown Richmond.This year, we will engage various local governments from around the Commonwealth.  This forum hosted stakeholders and decision makers from the City of Richmond and the Counties of Hanover, Henrico, and Chesterfield. The event was followed by a networking reception that allowed for more intimate conversation with the panelists. The panel consisted of the following participants:
Mark Olinger – Director of Planning and Development Review [Richmond]
Edward Bass, AIA – Senior Capital Project Manager [Henrico General Services]
Al Ciarochi – Assistant Superintendent of Operations [Henrico County Public Schools]
Steve Rusch – Purchasing Division Director [Hanover]
Allan Carmody – Finance Director [Chesterfield]
Great dialogue was exchanged regarding sustainability,upcoming projects, how to get work, the labor marketand procurement vehicles.  Each segment included the audience in a question and answer period that proved to be engaging and valuable. The below sections provide a high level overview of the discussion.
The Shenandoah Valley has been named a top emerging industrial market by Colliers International. Shenandoah Valley was the only Virginia market included on its list of 10 Emerging U.S. Industrial Markets to Watch in 2019. Other markets included Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson in South Carolina, Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania and Savannah, Ga. In addition to the ranking, Colliers included analysis of each market.
  
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Legislative & Legal
Tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that you support the proposed clean water rule -- which will help construction projects move forward in a timelier manner, clearly limit federal jurisdiction over water and wetlands, and continue to protect our nation’s clean water.
  
The 2019 General Assembly session will be remembered chiefly for the scandals that put Virginia in the national media spotlight, but lawmakers passed notable measures on topics ranging from casinos and college tuition to taxes and tobacco. We are still analyzing key issues impacting the construction industry.  Here are several general reasons the session mattered to you:
 
  
Provided by:  Rachel Reim, AGCVA Tidewater and Peninsula District Manager
During Chesapeake City Council’s Meeting on December 18th, 2018, an Emergency Ordinance was proposed by City Councilwoman Debbie Ritter that would limit all construction work and will not allow start times until 7:00 AM on weekdays and 8:00 AM on weekends, currently it is 6:30 AM seven days a week. Rachel Reim, AGCVA Tidewater and Peninsula District Manager, was present at the meeting and proposed on behalf of AGCVA a start time of 7:00 AM seven days a week in Commercial Districts only. It was determined that Sundays were the most problematic and the City Council decided to change the time on Sunday only to 8:00 AM and to continue the Ordinance at the February 26th meeting. Ms. Reim was present and one of two construction related organizations represented at the February Meeting. It was determined this was no longer an Emergency Ordinance as it was presented in response to the Gas Pipeline Project which is now complete in Chesapeake. Tidewater Builder’s Association proposed to allow projects to receive approval for earlier start times on a case basis and the city council voted to research this option and motioned to continue the Ordinance at the March 26th meeting.
   
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Workforce Development
  
Provided by:  Courtney Baker, AGCVA Workforce Development Manager
Would you find it beneficial if you could walk into a room of 50 people, all representing individuals who are looking to start a worthwhilecareer?Would it be helpful if organizations and agencies including the Department of Labor and Industry, college and university career offices, CTE Directors, and more regularly convenedto researchsustainable employment opportunities for their clients? This scenario actually exists in districts across Virginia thanks to Virginia Career Works and their Talent Solutions Groups.  Last week AGCVA staff, Courtney Baker and Jenny Stadheim, had the privilege of attending the Central District Talent Solutions Meeting to give an overview of AGCVA’s workforce solutions initiatives. 
 
Courtney presented on the workforce shortage and how careers in construction are viable options for a wide range of people.  She gave an overview of the Build Your Future Virginia campaign – our newest construction career exploration resource.  And perhaps most importantly, she referenced all our reputable AGCVA members that are looking to add fresh talent to their teams. The message was well received by the Talent Solutions Group, and they are ready and eager to meet the respected companies that make up the AGCVA.  This is an opportunity to connect to pipelines of potential employees that you do not want to miss.  
  
SHENANDOAH COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — A local technical school is giving students hands-on experience, while building something they'll benefit from for years to come. Students at Triplett Tech are building a pavilion at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds to highlight career and technical education.
 
The idea came a few years ago after Connie Pangle, the principal of the school, saw the career and technical education, or CTE, pavilion at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. She decided, why not have the students build their own?
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Safety
  
On Feb. 7, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a temporary enforcement policy for the crane operator evaluation requirements in the cranes and derricks in construction standard.  The effective date for the standard’s evaluation and documentation requirements was Feb. 7, 2019.  OSHA intends to offer compliance assistance, in lieu of enforcement, during the first 60 days of enforcement for employers who have evaluated operators in accordance with the final rule and are making good faith efforts to comply with the documentation requirement. Beginning April 15, 2019, OSHA will fully enforce all applicable requirements of the final rule. To help AGC members understand and comply with these new requirements, please click here for educational resources. 
  
Provided by:  Jenny Stadheim, AGCVA Western District Manager
Central District held an Open Business Meeting and Virginia Best Presentation.  Presenting to us was Jeremias Cruz (VPP Regional Coordinator) and Tommy Gaye (Safety Director, Southern Air).  Virginia Best is designed to encourage high safety measures to benefit construction workers and reduce or eliminate injuries, illnesses and fatalities on construction sites in Virginia (BEST:  Building Excellence in Safety, Health and Training).  There are three levels of this program the third being the coveted which will receive an exemption from planned construction inspections from the VOSH Program.  This benefits VOSH as it lets them focus its limited compliance resources on high injury and illness rate employers.
 
The overview presented demonstrated the application process and walked us through some of the important parts of this program.  Some great dialogue took place with our presenters and some of our members that have already entered the process and some of those who are about to start.  The overview proved to be a great one as we had several companies in attendance that started the assessment process right after the meeting. If you would like more information on this EXCLUSIVE AGCVA member program please contact Gordon Dixon, AGCVA CEO gordon@agcva.org
   
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Calendar & Events
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. 
The orientation will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Delta Chesapeake (725 Woodlake Drive - Chesapeake, VA 23320)
  
AGCVA makes it possible with a wide range of training programs to help members. Recent training programs include: STP Supervisory Training, PMDP Project Manager, Young Construction Leaders Program, CQM Construction Quality Management, LEAN Construction Education Program & LEAN/BIM Exams.
Member News
  
ECS celebrated its thirty-first anniversary on February 15,2019. 
They want to take this opportunity to thank its clients and business associates for helping us realize another successful year.
 
  
Virginia McMahan, CPA has earned the designation of Certified  Construction  Industry  Financial  Professional  (CCIFP)  through  the  Institute  of  Certified  Construction Industry Financial Professionals, Inc. which is associated with the Construction Financial Management  Association.  This  distinguished  certification  is  earned  through  competency  testing  administered by the Institute in the areas of construction accounting and reporting, income recognition  methods,  budgeting  and  planning,  risk  management,  taxes,  human  resource,  legal,  information technology, and joint ventures. Ms. McMahan becomes the eighth member of the firm’s Construction Services Group with this designation.
  
Autodesk recently announced its intent to acquire PlanGrid, and the transaction is now complete. This event is an important milestone, as it accelerates PlanGrid and Autodesk’s joint vision of helping close the construction labor productivity gap with technology.
  
Construction companies have been busy transforming Virginia’s skylines.  Late last year, Capital One opened a 31-story tower at its Tysons headquarters. The structure is the tallest office building in the Washington, D.C., area.
 
In Hampton Roads, work continues on Ferguson Enterprises Inc.’s third headquarters building in Newport News. The eight-story building is located at City Center at Oyster Point, a district that includes residential, retail and business space. Ferguson, the largest plumbing wholesaler in the U.S., is spending $86 million on the project.
 
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
 
New Contractor Member
Richmond District
ICSE Inc. (Instrumentation & Control Systems Engineering Inc)
10991 Leadbetter Rd
Ashland, VA 23005-3409
Phone: (804) 550-5770  -  Fax: (804) 550-5779
Certifications: Class A Contractor, SWaM
Contact: Rick Tinsley
Specialty: Electrical Contractors, Design/Build: Electrical Systems, Lighting: Outdoor, Systems Integration
http://www.icseinc.com
 
New Contractor Member
Roanoke District
Hall's Construction Corporation
PO Box 347
Shawsville, VA 24162
Phone: (540) 268-2285  -  Fax: (540) 268-2286
Certifications: Class A Contractor, SDVOSB, SWaM
Contact: Matt Holcomb
Specialty: Construction & Renovation: Government, Construction & Renovation: Commercial, Construction & Renovation: Industrial
Recruiter:  Eddie Gupton, Rockydale Quarries Corp
http://www.hcc-va.com 
 
New Supplier/Service Member
Richmond District
USA Iron and Metal
1711 Reymet Rd
North Chesterfield, VA 23237
Work Phone: (804) 800-9672  -  Fax: (804) 714-3353
Certifications: SWaM
Contact: Monique Smith
Specialty: Construction Debris Removal-Recycling, Demolition, Recycled Materials, Recycling Yard, Waste & Scrap Management
Recruiter:  Lee White, Draper Aden Associates
http://www.usaironandmetal.com