AGCVA eBulletin
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August 2019 eBulletin 

  
Order establishes 42 percent target for state procurement contracting and further defines Virginia’s commitment to the small business community
Governor Northam today signed Executive Order Thirty-Five, which establishes goals and programs aimed at expanding opportunities for Virginia’s small-, women-, minority- (SWaM) and service disabled veteran-owned businesses. Governor Northam has directed the executive branch agencies and institutions that have statutory authority over procurement to achieve a target of procuring 42 percent of discretionary spending from certified small businesses. The Executive Order also maintains a set-aside for certified micro businesses, which have fewer than 25 employees and no more than $3 million in average annual revenue over a three-year period.
The Executive Order directs the development of an updated study to determine whether there is disparity in the marketplace regarding contracting with women- and minority-owned businesses. The Commonwealth previously produced disparity studies in 2004 and 2011 finding that 1.27 percent (2004) and 2.82 percent (2011) of total state contracts were awarded to women- and minority-owned businesses. Conducting an updated disparity study is the first step toward determining whether these businesses still face disparate treatment and tailoring new programming to address the findings of the report.
  
The AGCVA Board of Directors is looking to fill two vacant At-large seats starting in late January.  If you are interested and want to know more about the responsibilities, please contact Gordon Dixon at gordon@agcva.org or Trip Smith at Tsmith@mebgc.com.  AGCVA is striving to find diverse and talented leadership to help guide your association into a successful future.
  
Crowder Construction a Tidewater District member was recognized on the AGC National platform as a 2019 Construction Risk Partners Build America Award Winner. The project that was selected is the Sustainable Water Imitative for Tomorrow (SWIFT) Demonstration Facility in Suffolk.
  
In a rebound from recent years, Virginia edged out Texas as the nation’s top state for business in CNBC’s annual rankings released Wednesday.
CNBC’s 2019 America’s Top States for Business study cited Virginia’s landing of Amazon’s $5 billion HQ2 project in Arlington and Alexandria as a leading factor in the decision. The largest economic development project in Virginia history, Amazon’s HQ2 East Coast headquarters will employ 25,000 workers within the next decade.
  
Do you have a star on your ID?
Virginians now have the option to upgrade to a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or identification card, or stick with DMV’s standard credential.
The monthly architecture billings index came in at a score of 49.1 last month, which is a 1.1-point decrease from last month and signifies contraction in the industry.
AIA's monthly Architecture Billings Index (ABI) for June came in at a score of 49.1. This is a 1.1-point decrease from last month's score of 50.2, marking a contraction in demand for design services. The ABI is a leading economic indicator of construction activity in the U.S. and reflects a nine- to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending nationally, regionally, and by project type. A score above 50 represents an increase in billings from the previous month, while a score below 50 represents a contraction.

Hole in One at AGCVA Summer Board Meeting!

The AGCVA Summer Conference was held July 26-28th at The Greenbrier.  We had over 90 members in attendance.  Steve Sandherr, CEO AGC of America was the guest speaker at the Board of Directors Meeting.  Members enjoyed a reception at Katies Mountain Lodge

Congratulations to Lee White of Draper Aden who hit a hole-in-one at the Greenbrier Resort just before the AGCVA Summer Board meeting.  Playing with Lee were, Eddie Gupton (Rockydale Quarries), Fran Burke (Faulconer Construction) and Bruce Tibbetts (EMC Mechanical). 

       

 

   

 

   
BuildingPoint Southeast
      
Scaffolding Solutions, LLC
   
Legislative & Legal
  
Monday, October 7, 2019
Country Club of Virginia
709 S. Gaskins Rd. Richmond, VA 23238
The chance for input and the opportunity to support the construction industry in the November elections are critical for the construction industry.
  
Congressman Ben Cline touring a job site with Lantz Construction in Broadway, Va. discussing the need for workforce education.  
Congressman Cline learned the numerous firms involved in rebuilding a public local school, the tight timelines the contractors, subcontractors and suppliers are under to complete the work before school starts.  He also heard of the Construction industries need for additional workers to fill the work demand. 
Effective August 1, 2019 for the Virginia Board for Contractors - Regulations
Effective August 1, 2019 for the Virginia Board for Contractors - Individual License & Certification Regulations
Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY), Ranking Democrat Tom Carper (D-DE), Highway Subcommittee Chair Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Subcommittee Ranking member Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 to reauthorize FAST Act programs. ATIA is a 5 year bill with funding levels of $287 billion (a 27% increase over current levels).  Of that total,  $259 billion (90%) will be distributed through formula programs to maintain and repair America’s roads and bridges. There are some new programs that they will be created and a few of those programs will be funded through HTF dollars including electric vehicle/alternative fuel infrastructure.  There will also be a resiliency/climate component and streamlining provisions. 
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Workforce Development
  
The Tidewater District donated $5,000 to the AGCVA Educational Foundation (AEF) from proceeds raised at the annual Powerboating event.  This is the 11th year that the district has contributed to the AEF bringing the total to $55,000 over 11 years.  
The AEF provides scholarships to students interested in the construction industry field. 
  
When thinking about a future career, employment opportunities and high-paying salaries rank right at the top, even for Gen Z. With construction offering job advancement and salaries that can reach six figures, the industry should be a top choice.
  
Who Says You Have to Spend Money to Make Money?
The AGCVA has an opportunity to receive a FREE Labor Force Report for 2019. 
There is only one catch – we need our AGCVA members to participate in the survey! AGC of America has started circulating a professionally built survey to find labor needs across the nation. Once completed, we will receive a Virginia specific report detailing the findings.
  
Faced with a mounting list of facility needs, Roanoke County school leaders are gently nudging the county to consider reevaluating its long-standing approach to project financing.
In a joint sit-down Tuesday, the county school board shared a new internal analysis that estimated it could take 20 years or more to tackle the school division’s renovation needs under the current financing plan.
Sadie Elyse ... Anyone who knows me knows I work in construction, and that involves a hard hat and boots on a daily basis.
Today while closing up my project’s jobsite in uptown... Charlotte, a mom with her young daughter walked past me while I locked the gates, and the mother thought it was a good lesson to tell her daughter she needed to work hard and be smart so she didn’t end up like me.
To that mom, you should hope your daughter grows up to be like me because that means she will have worked hard and earned her engineering degree from a top university that also was named in the top 50 in the country for highest salaries.
That means she will have chosen one of the only industries where the wage gap between her and her male coworkers does not exist.
If she grows up to be like me that means she will be fiercely independent and confident enough to sit in a room as the only female, be 10 years younger than anyone else, and have her opinion heard and respected.
To the mom on the corner of Church and Trade today, I hope your daughter grows up to be smart, confident, independent, and maybe if you’re lucky she’ll wear a hard hat to work.
  
Anne Lassere is the very model of a young woman whose career is about to take off. Competent, confident, poised and well-educated, the daughter of a doctor and a lawyer, she’s studied sculpture and anthropology and has lived in France, where she worked as a translator. She’s recently left her job to launch her own firm, at age 32.
The business? Construction.
Lassere is a skilled carpenter with a brand-new contractor’s license, and on the first project for her new company—renovating a house near downtown Charlottesville—she’s handling everything from replacing the flooring to moving the staircase to updating the bathrooms, with a little help from her friends: plumber Kristi Williams and electrician Chelsea Short.

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Safety
  
AGCVA Tidewater District participated in a Workplace Violence and Active Assailant Readiness training seminar.  This event was offered to AGC members for FREE by Marsh and McLennan Agency.  Topics included how to create a healthy work environment, ways to identify a mentally unstable employee, how to react if your workplace becomes a target of an active shooter, and it even touched on how 3 people can work together to disarm an assailant.  Trident Shield handled the presentation to a full room.  A big THANK YOU to MMA for putting this event together and for providing the training to AGC members at no cost!
  
 
Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace safety and health programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America's workers safe.
Why Participate?  Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get your program started, energize an existing one, or provide a chance to recognize your safety successes.
  
On July 11, Kevin Cannon, AGC’s Senior Director of Safety and Health Services, testified before the House Committee on Education and Labor’s Subcommittee on Workforce Protections on the topic of heat exposure in the industry. Cannon testified to AGC’s thorough, proactive work on this subject and informed lawmakers that legislation mandating the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to quickly formulate a one-size-fits-all national standard to address workplace heat exposure is unwarranted. In addition, AGC pointed out how the Obama administration’s OSHA previously denied a petition for such a standard given existing agency authorities to take enforcement action when heat hazards exist on the jobsite. AGC will continue to be proactive in providing outreach and education on this important workplace safety issue.
Calendar & Events
  
You're Invited to Attend this FREE Business Event
presented by:  Thryv with Google & AGCVA.
Wednesday, September 25th from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at AGCVA Headquarters in Glen Allen, VA.
You will learn business building strategies, tips and techniques all geared toward increasing your productivity and business success. 
Learn how the following topics effect your business: Google  -  Social Media  -  Mobile 
Supervisory Training Program (STP)
Unit 6 - Risk Management & Problem Solving
August 13-14, 2019
AGCVA Headquarters    TIME: 8:30 am to 4:30 am (each day)
Cost Per Unit: $350 (Member)  $550 (Non member)
This course will cover the roles and responsibilities of a construction supervisor in accident prevention and loss control.
 
Project Management Program
MODULE 3 Project Administration
August 15-16, 2019
AGCVA Headquarters    TIME: 8 am to 5 pm (each day)
Cost Per Unit: $350 (Member)  $550 (Non member) 
This course will assist early-career project managers in identifying the role pre-planning has in affecting the success of a project and furthering their understanding of the different areas of planning for the construction phase of the project. 
  
September 11-13, 2019 at The Founders Inn and Spa (Tapestry Collection by Hilton)
The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, presents the Virginia Occupational Safety & Health Conference. This conference helps educate and provide affordable safety and health training opportunities to employers, employees and safety and health professionals.



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Member News
  
W. M. Jordan Company announced that Farrah Massenburg has joined the firm as Supplier Diversity Manager. Massenburg will operate from the firm’s Richmond office, a central location for their business operations.
Massenburg works to promote diversity and inclusion of small, minority-owned, women-owned and veteran-owned businesses into the supply chain of commercial construction projects. W. M. Jordan Company’s goal is to stimulate contractor interest and assist SWaM and HUB firms to become significant value-added service providers to the industry. She educates individuals how to become SWaM-certified and how to develop business opportunities.
  
Engineering Consulting Services (ECS) is pleased to announce that Dave Stinnette, PE, has been appointed Office Manager for the ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC Charlottesville office. Mr. Stinnette has 11 years of service with ECS in the Virginia Beach and Richmond offices. He holds more than 30 years of experience in the field of Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Testing, and he gained valuable knowledge while working with a construction company later in his career.

Jobsite tour of the VCU Engineering Research Building

Richmond District's Young Leaders jobsite tour of the VCU Engineering Research Building.
A 123,000 sq ft. cast-in-place 5 story concrete structure scheduled to finish in early fall of 2020.

Tidewater Powerboat Event

This was the 11th Anniversary of PowerBoating for a Cure, and Bob Veith, the Event Chairman said, if you use the word “Epic” to describe this year’s event it would almost be an understatement….This year we had 56 Boats and 225 Riders Participate in the Run.

As in recent years, the 2-day event kicked off with “Fun Run”, where 25 boats, and 116 Participants traveled up to Bennett’s Creek Marina where they enjoyed the outdoor pool, easy docking accommodations, and a lunch buffet provided by Decoy’s.

The Waterside Sheraton and the Waterside Marina were home to the Event. With a very slight breeze, temperatures around 90 degrees, on Saturday the fleet traveled to Leeward Municipal Marina and then to Gatling Point. Next Stop (#3) was Blue Water Yachts , which is a mandatory lunch stop/relax in the pool stop.

After lunch, it was the helicopter back in the air, and the boats traveled to Rudees Restaurant at Rudee Inlet. After a cold refreshment in Rudee Inlet, everyone traveled into Lynnhaven Inlet for the 5th Stop, and finally back to Waterside Marina. The course this year covered 155 miles. That evening we enjoyed a Silent Auction, Dinner and Awards Party at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel.

 

At the awards party,
the 1st - 5th best card hands were recognized along with: 

  • Longest Tow (California)
  • Best Looking Boat

Also presented:
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research for $35,000
(the 11year Total to over $325,000)


Associated General Contractor’s Scholarship Fund for $5,000 
(the  11year Total to $55,000)  

 

WELCOME NEW MEMBER 

New Supplier/Service Member
Richmond District
Wright Constable & Skeen, LLP
West Shore III
301 Concourse Boulevard #120
Glen Allen, VA 23059
Phone: (804) 362-8293
Fax: (804) 441-8293
Contact: Thomas Moran
Specialty: Attorneys & Law Firms
Recruiter: Mike Stover
https://www.wcslaw.com