BUILD STRONG #VBstrong Fundraiser
In less than 3 weeks the building community came together with enomours support to pay tribute to friends and families affected by the May 31st Tragedy. Over 400 people attended the BUILD STRONG #VBSTRONG fundraiser and helped raise over $60,000. This event will be a yearly event to help those effected by this tragedy.
Video - https://youtu.be/p_WXaCC8wdg
||Pictured (L-R): Carol McCormick President/ CEO of Hampton Roads United Way, Aaron Rouse VB City Councilmember, Stephanie Rogers from HRHUCA, the VB Mayor Bobby Dyer, Michael Berlucchi VB City Councilmember, and three AGC members: Rolley Davis (Sussex Development), Brian Giblin (Core Assurance Partners), and Ellen Pelstring (Draper Aden Associates).
Fails to Address Growing Construction Industry Skills Shortage
On June 25, the U.S. Employment and Training Administration issued a notice of proposed rulemaking
to establish a process for recognizing Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs) that would operate in parallel with the existing registered apprenticeship system. However, the construction industry would not “initially” be eligible to participate in this proposed IRAP process. In a statement, AGC CEO Stephen E. Sandherr noted that “[a]t a time when the vast majority of construction firms report having a hard time finding qualified workers to hire, it is deeply troubling that the Trump administration has opted to not include the sector in its new apprenticeship proposal.” For the complete AGC statement, click here
. AGC will submit comments on the proposal by the August 26 deadline.
Virginia Tech is building its newest campus in the city of Alexandria, Virginia, just south of the planned location of Amazon’s site in Arlington. The facility is expected to offer graduate-level courses in cybersecurity, quantum computing, artificial intelligence and other forward-looking technologies that have become growing focal points for regional employers, particularly government contractors. But observers also say Virginia Tech’s enhanced presence in the region could lure more product-focused tech companies, like those that dominate Silicon Valley.
“Bring sexy back.” Those famous Justin Timberlake lyrics were thrown around several times at a forum discussing workforce shortages and talent attraction and retention.
There’s still a labor shortage in Hampton Roads and without diversification in the economy and less dependence on the defense industry, growing companies won’t be able to find adequately talented and skilled employees. That’s according to a new six-month study on workforce shortages and talent alignment released by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and Hampton Roads Workforce Council. The 2019 Talent Alignment Strategy has three parts: a workforce analysis, supply-demand analysis and talent alignment strategy.
2019 VOSH CONFERENCE - ONLINE REGISTRATION
Go to the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry website at www.doli.virginia.gov.
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A proposed new U.S. Dept. of Labor regulation that would reshape apprenticeship programs across a wide range of industries has drawn sharply divided reactions from construction industry groups, with unions praising the plan, a major contractor group strongly criticizing it, and at least two organizations representing contractors in certain industry sectors also welcoming the proposed rule.
The key construction provision in the proposed rule, which Labor released
on June 24, would exempt the industry from taking part in so-called Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Programs (IRAPs), "at least initially," DOL says. [View text of proposed regulation here
The building trades unions welcomed that exemption and want to see it made permanent. But the Associated General Contractors of America and Associated Builders and Contractors want to see construction included in the program.
Thank you Senator Dunnavant for a great lunch and celebration on National Flag Day.
Flag Day is a celebration of the American flag. What we know fondly as the “Stars and Stripes” was adopted by the Continental Congress as the official American flag on June 14, 1777. On National Flag Day, Americans show respect for the U.S. Flag and what it represents...independence and unity.
L-R: Jennifer Boniface (AGCVA), Senator Siobhan Dunnavant, Suchit Gahndi (Pirtek), and Taylor Brannan (F. Richard Wilton)
M. SCOTT BRADSHAW MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The purpose of these scholarships are to provide financial assistance to qualified and deserving students attending institutions of higher learning.
The M. Scott Bradshaw Memorial Scholarship is funded by the AGCVA Piedmont District as well as private donations from friends and colleagues and will be an amount up to $2500 annually. The Piedmont District Scholarship Committee will determine the actual amount of the scholarships.
Applications are due on or before August 2, 2019
In June the Riddleberger Brothers, Inc. team reached 1 million man-hours without a lost-time incident, and while we're proud of the achievement, we're most thankful for what it represents - our team is returning home safely at the end of each day. Thank you to every member of the RBI team for your commitment to creating safe work environments, and congratulations on working together to achieve this safety milestone!
July 16-17, 2019
TIME: 8:30 am to 4:30 am (each day)
Cost Per Unit: $350 (Member) $550 (Non member)
This course covers understanding how project estimates are compiled, how to compare actual project costs with those estimated and how to control costs to meet the estimate. This course also details how productivity is measured, how the supervisor plays a major role in increasing jobsite productivity and how a small increase in productivity can have a significant impact on the time and cost of a project.
July 18-19, 2019
TIME: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
AGCVA Headquarters (Glen Allen, VA 23059)
COST Per Person: AGCVA Member: $350 / Non Member: $550
This course will provide an understanding of how basic contracts are structured, how different types of contracts are used, and how project documentation relates to effective contracting for early-career project managers.
July 26-28, 2019 at The Greenbrier Resort. 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 855.453.4858 to make reservations in the AGCVA room block. The block expires July 5, 2019
Brown Edwards is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Roanoke and Lynchburg practices of Cherry Bekaert, LLP effective June 1, 2019. Cherry Bekaert Partners Randy Burton and Richard Hedley in Roanoke will be joining Brown Edwards, as will most of the staff located in both offices. A significant number of Cherry Bekaert’s clients are expected to transition to Brown Edwards as well.
With these changes, Cherry Bekaert clients will continue to work with professionals committed to excellence, delivering with high standards for quality, and with superior client service. They can be assured the transition to Brown Edwards will be seamless.
Site Tour of Farmhouse Brewing led by Axis Global
AGCVA Tidewater held a site tour of Design Build Project - Farmhouse Brewrey. Our tour guide is also part owner of the brewery! Thanks Axis Global for integrating the future into our past.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
New Contractor Member
Toney Construction Inc.
2350 Gumtree Rd
Forest, VA 24551
Work Phone: (434) 525-3725
Fax: (434) 525-4306
Contact: Donnie Toney
Specialty: Underground Utilities, Directional Boring, Site Utility Contractors,
Sitework, Utility Pipeline Contractors
Certifications: Class A Contractor, SWaM, VDOT
New Contractor Member
Baker DC, LLC
1000 Potomac St NW #106
Washington, DC 20007
Work Phone: (202) 461-3350
Contact: Richard Williams
Specialty: Concrete Contractors, Concrete: Formwork
Certifications: Class A Contractor
New Contractor Member
Brite Electrical Services, LLC
201-A Dexter Street West #108
Chesapeake, VA 23324
Work Phone: (757) 452-3118
Contact: David T. Walsh Jr.
Specialty: Electrical Contractors, Alarm & Security Systems, Design/Build: Electrical Systems,
Emergency Power Systems, Lighting Specialists, Lighting: Outdoor
Certifications: Class A Contractor, RAPIDGate, SBE, SWaM
Recruited by: Devon Heath, HRB/Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC
New Contractor Member
Chesapeake Bay Contractors
2835 Crusader Circle
Virginia Beach, VA 23453
Work Phone: (757) 468-4600
Contact: Cameron S Shelhorse
Specialty: Underground Utilities, Site Development
Certifications: Class A Contractor, Newport News waterwork
Recruited by: Bryan Hitt, Hitt Electric Corp.