Congressman from Virginia’s 5th Congressional District Notes that 92 percent of Commonwealth’s Contractors are Having a Hard Time Finding Qualified Workers to Hire During Visit with R.E. Lee & Sons, Inc. Congressman Denver Riggleman (VA-5) called on Congress to take steps to address construction workforce shortages and pass a long-term infrastructure bill during a visit to a local construction firm today. The Congressman made his comments while touring a local construction project by R.E. Lee & Son, Inc. along with representatives of the firm’s state association, the Associated General Contractors of Virginia and national association, the Associated General Contractors of America.
Virginia’s construction and manufacturing companies have a desperate need for workers, but are struggling to find the skilled employees they require.
“There is a mismatch between skills and available jobs,” said Tracey Sloan, a program manager for the Virginia Department of Transportation and a member of the Build Virginia advisory board.
Build Virginia is an initiative of Gov. Ralph Northam. Introduced in June last year, it seeks to connect workers throughout the state with training and employment opportunities in the skilled trades, with a focus on shipbuilding, construction and advanced manufacturing.
“Jobs of the future are neither blue collar nor white collar but new collar,” Northam said in a press release about the initiative.
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Canstruction once again was a fun event in the CENTRAL District as our YCL got to work with the students of RS Payne Go Center school in Lynchburg, VA. This year the theme was ‘Farm to Table- A Fresh New Way We CAN BEET Hunger.’ Our group used over 4,000 cans to create TASTY TABLE. All of our cans as well as everyone else that participated will donate them to the Blue Ridge Food Bank – to help fight hunger! Thank you to John Anderson (Anderson Construction), William Cook (Jamerson-Lewis Construction) AGCVA YCL Co-Captains, Robb Foster (Jamerson-Lewis Construction) and others that helped in this process. Thanks also to the donations of member companies Anderson Construction, Jamerson-Lewis Construction and Central District to help make this possible.
Governor Ralph Northam came to Tidewater Community College Skilled Trades Academy in Portsmouth to sign House Bill 2020. The bill is specifically for apprenticeship programs, which creates new online and classroom opportunities for apprentices at all Virginia community colleges. Local Skilled Trades organizations and companies came together with Build Virginia for a great discussion on our impact in the Hampton Roads Region.
Mechanic’s liens are a big topic here at Construction Law Musings. I’ve discussed everything from the picky nature of this powerful payment tool
to the changes that are upcoming on July 1, 2019
. Given the strict way that the form and timing of a Virginia mechanic’s lien is so critical, I thought a quick reminder was in order. Two numbers that are critical to the timing and content of any mechanic’s lien are 90 and 150, both found in Va. Code 43-4
. 90 days is the time from the last date of work
(not invoicing), or last date of the last month in which work was done given proper circumstances. The 150 days discussed in the Virginia Code section above prescribes what particular work’s value can be included in the mechanic’s lien total.
The power of showing up in person and having small conversations can have a big impact for our industry. Just last month, the Roanoke District held their legislative luncheon where 6 Contractors and 24 construction firms discussed key issues from this past session and important issues facing the 2020 Session.
Workforce issues were top of mind for many in the room where AGCVA displayed our efforts around Build Your Future https://virginia.byf.org
. The legislators attending all agreed this is the type of information their constituents need to hear. They plan on using the platform with talking with constituents. Legislators also reminded the attendees to be mindful of what you are competing against for future talent. Pay, benefits, opportunity to be trained more for future advancement are all key drivers for prospective employees.
Legislators who attended were: State Senator John Edwards, Delegate Chris Head,
Delegate Charles Poindexter, Delegate Sam Rasoul and Delegate Chris Hurst.
Not Your Traditional Signing Day
You may be familiar with the pomp and circumstance that comes along with sports signing days - the colleges, the recruiters, the confetti, and those coveted ball caps. But these days you will find a line of students who are trading in the sports paraphernalia for a hardhat. Instead of choosing from a slew of colleges, these best and brightestare deciding at which construction company they want to work.
Every year, Virginia is graduating students that not only have a diploma, but also carry a skilled trade. Carpentry, electrical, plumbing, and more – these students are opting out of the traditional college trajectory in favor of immediate employment, benefits, and compensated continuing education.
High school administrators recognize the achievement of Trade and Industrial students, so they developed a way to aid a young person who is choosing to start their career directly out of school. Construction Signing Days are similar in set-up to any other signing day. Reputable companies form a line with their offers and benefit packages in hand, ready to put a logoed hardhat on their newest employee. The room is electric as parents, instructors, and peers witness these new graduates taking the next step in their career pathway.
This celebration is a way to shine a light on the achievements of those learning a trade. It also encourages a deeper relationship between the business community and our education community – a relationship that will help foster a healthy future for our industry.
Below are pictures of singing day media coverage around the state. If you are interested in participating in a 2020 signing day, contact Courtney Baker firstname.lastname@example.org or 540.323.0311
Americans owe more than $1.5 trillion in student debt, that's according to the Federal Reserve. The Roanoke County Public Schools Apprenticeship Program is taking on that problem head-on. Nineteen RCPS high school students made one-year commitments to one of eight area businesses, with wages starting at eleven bucks an hour.
New Horizons Signing Day & Check Presentation
The Peninsula District raised funds at their Annual Casino Night/Silent Auction for New Horizons to support programs like the “Good Life Solution” which transitions students to employment in the Automotive, Construction and Manufacturing industries. Pat Walsh of Walsh Electric presented Casey Roberts, Executive Director for New Horizons a check for $6,000 at their Signing Day.
AGCVA Workforce Development went to Suffolk to support the students of Prudent Center for Technology in a skilled trades demo! AGCVA wants to help you get connected to this talent pipeline!
The AGCVA Valley District recently awarded $3,000 in scholarships to four area students. The Valley District is thrilled to be a part of the future successes of these students and look forward to the possibility of having them working alongside our members, in the future. Congratulations Brandon Dean Landes, Emma Grace Gallagher, Davis Cogar, and Evan Lam!
|AGCVA Announces Special Recognition Award to employees at Virginia Department of Labor & Industry for efforts around Virginia BEST program
The Associated General Contractors of Virginia (AGCVA) recognized the employees of the employees of the Virginia Department of Labor & Industry for their efforts to bring the Virginia BEST program from a best in class dream to reality.
Thursday, May 23, 2019 was special evening for 600+ member firms of the Associated General Contractors of Virginia. The Richmond District held their dinner meeting with members from all across Virginia. While the evening was social, historical & educational, there was also a significant opportunity to recognize a team of employees dedicated to making all contracting firms safer without additional regulatory burdens.
Ten years ago, AGCVA members, were concerned with the number of injuries on jobsites, met with the team at the VA Department of Labor and Industry and asked how the private sector can make the construction job site safer – after many years of back and forth, together that team from the public and private sector helped created the VA BEST program. VA BEST is a joint public and private industry partnership to make jobsites safer. AGCVA Chairman, Bruce Tibbetts captured the essence of VA BEST as “a significant cultural shift of looking at safety at all angles: from the principal's office all the way to the front line where the most dangerous work in our industry happens every day.” The effort has resulted in dozens firms of all sizes discussing, sharing, and learning more about VA BEST and the safety culture that results in stronger firms and better work environments.
Commissioner DOLI, Ray Davenport
& AGCVA Chairman, Bruce Tibbetts
Full Press Release
The VA BEST review board looked at several applications and approved Southern Air Inc. out of the Central District to VA BEST – Level 1. Level 1 is the first level toward level three. Paul Denham, President of Southern Air, said; “This process has made our company stronger. I can only hope that together, we will influence the industry and encourage other companies to follow this same path. Only together can we really impact safety in our industry.”
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July 26-28, 2019 at The Greenbrier Resort
$449 Double Occupancy / $324 Single Occupancy
There is an additional $50 per night, for every 3rd or 4th adult occupant in a guestroom. All attendees must also be registered with AGCVA RESERVATIONS: Call The Greenbrier Resort at 855.453.4858 to make your reservations in the AGCVA room block.
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Sharon Rheinhart, an At-Large Board Member of AGCVA, recently accepted a position with DPR Construction. She was previously the Director of Supplier Diversity & Inclusion with W. M. Jordan Company where she spent the last 17 years. As of April 29th she is the Social Responsibility Manager for DPR’s Northeast Region (which includes Virginia).
Social Responsibility is a pretty broad term, but to have someone in this role, shows DPR’s commitment to improve the communities in which they build. Sharon said her focus is: “The DPR Point of View” which is “Respect for the individual” and “Change the world”. She strives to stay true to DPR’s 4 Core Values: Integrity, Enjoyment, Uniqueness and Ever Forward and said that along with her colleagues, she will continue community involvement, increase D & I efforts (diversity and inclusion) and always aim to make positive impact. Sharon said: “We all need to be more intentional about making a positive difference.”
Hourigan is pleased to announce that The Capstone Contracting Company, a Richmond, VA-based general contractor, has merged its operations and staff with Hourigan.
The combined resources will provide enhanced capacity and capabilities in tenant improvements and small commercial projects across many market segments. It will also expand Hourigan’s current offerings in the areas of multi-family and retail environments.
The Marketing Coordinator’s primary function is to assist and support the Vice President in providing the information necessary to be successful with Business Development and Marketing initiatives as well as Corporate Public Relations. This position will also assist the Executive Vice President and the Preconstruction Services Group with support documents as necessary to respond to proposals.
Seeking a Marketing Coordinator who possesses a four-year degree in either Graphic Design, Marketing, Business, or English, and/or has previous experience working as a Marketing Coordinator. Industry experience is not required, however is recommended.
Even though it rained in the morning, the Richmond District Golf Tournament was a success. Thank you to all of our sponsors!
Welcome New Members
New Contractor Member
Baker DC, LLC
1000 Potomac Street NW Suite 106
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: (202) 461-3350
Contact: Richard Williams
Specialty: Concrete Contractors, Concrete: Formwork
Certifications: Class A Contractor
New Contractor Member
Gilbane Building Company
3435-B W Leigh St
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: (804) 782-6500
Contact: Brett Thompson
Specialty: Construction & Renovation: Commercial
New Contractor Member
Touch of Color Flooring Inc
6303 Allentown Blvd
Harrisburg, PA 17112
Phone: (804) 299-2344
Fax: (804) 299-3534
Contact: Tim Terakita
Specialty: Flooring Contractors, Flooring: Carpet & Vinyl, Flooring: Ceramic & Quarry Tile,
Flooring: Resilient, Flooring: Rubber & Specialty, Flooring: Wood
New Contractor Member
Anoia & Associates Inc
PO Box 8503
Virginia Beach, VA 23450
Phone: (757) 632-7911
Contact: Nicholas Anoia
Specialty: Concrete: Sealing, Demolition, Restoration, Silt Fence Installation, Waterproofing
New Contractor Member
Weaver Insurance & Financial Advisors
201 Osage Lane, Suite 1
Waynesboro, VA 24431
Phone: (504) 943-1221 Ext: 127
Fax: (540) 221-6427
Contact: Morgan Staton
Specialty: Insurance, Insurance: Casualty, Insurance: Commercial, Insurance: Property
Recruiter: Erin Meadows, Eddie Edwards Signs, Inc.