Commitment to family values, good employees and great customers make a family business thrive, leaders of local multi-generational companies say. Officials with Charlottesville’s S.L. Williamson Co. Inc., an asphalt maker and paving firm, and city-based construction company Martin Horn Inc. credit their staffs and the businesses’ long-term commitment to customers for being able to survive economic downturns and to thrive in good times.
“For us, it’s been about taking care of your people that are out there working for you. They’re the ones who make your reputation,” said Blair K. Williamson, the third-generation leader of S.L. Williamson, founded 70 years ago.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
New Service/Supplier Member
Core & Main
2 Chestnut Creek Dr
Evington, VA 24550
Phone: (434) 525-2657
Fax: (434) 525-7290
Contact: Sean Richey
PRESS CONFERENCE on the Construction Workforce Shortage Survey Results held on Tuesday, August 27 at EMC Fabrication Shop (Richmond, VA) AGC America CEO, Steve Sandherr, AGCVA CEO Gordon Dixon and AGCVA Chairman Bruce Tibbetts presented the survey and what AGC is doing to address these concerns. AGCVA will discuss our efforts around #Build Your Future – Virginia and connections with various community partnerships around the state we have developed to address the shortage. WATCH VIDEO of Press Conference
The Board for Contractors is routinely asked by licensees, citizens, and other individuals to clarify or interpret the regulations and statutes that govern the licensing programs that come under its authority. These interpretations and policies that have been developed as a result of them are reviewed on an annual basis and are used in the processing of applications, investigation of complaints, and by other government agencies for the issuance of construction permits and licensing requirements. At its meeting of June 18, 2019, the Board for Contractors completed the annual review of its policies and interpretations and the following document was adopted.
Careers in Construction Month Help us raise awareness about the opportunities in the construction industry and inspire the next generation of craft professionals. Encourage each state to proclaim October as Careers in Construction Month to help spread awareness of career opportunities available locally.
Building One @ Tech Center Research Park, the first of 10 buildings planned for the 50-acre Newport News research park, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark its official opening, according to an announcement by developer W.M. Jordan Co.
The 81,600-square-foot building has been under construction since August 2017. The $450 million, 850,000-square-foot Tech Center Research Park, which is being developed by W.M. Jordan, Virginia Tech and the city of Newport News, is part of larger, mixed-use campus that will include Marketplace at Tech Center, a 250,000-square-foot project with retail and restaurants, and Venture Apartments Tech Center, a 300,000-square-foot multifamily residential community.
EMC isn’t the only company in the construction industry having a hard time finding qualified workers, according to the results of one recent survey.
More than 80% of Virginia construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly jobs requiring craft skills, jobs that represent the bulk of the construction workforce, according to the survey results released by the Associated General Contractors of America and Autodesk.
The Virginia survey results were essentially the same as the national survey of 2,000 construction firms, showing that 80% are having difficulty finding qualified workers.
National Preparedness Month (NPM), is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. The 2019 theme is "Prepared, Not Scared."
AGCVA has been moving the needle on Virginia’s Statue of Limitations. This year the General Assembly directed DGS to survey the commercial construction industry on the impact of the current warranty for eternity on public projects. DGS has just released the survey, which after reading the information below we ask you complete.
AGC urges its members to contact their U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators to encourage them to pass a robust highway and transit bill. Recently, the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works passed the America's Transportation Infrastructure Act, which dedicates a record $287 billion over five years to federal highway and bridge infrastructure. Although the legislation does not provide a permanent funding fix for the Highway Trust Fund, bipartisan leaders in the Senate are committed to paying for the bill through user fees. To take action and send a letter to your member of Congress.
The November 5, 2019 House of Delegates and State Senate elections are very important. All 100 House of Delegates seats and all 40 Virginia State Senate seats are up for election in 2019. The Republicans currently hold a 21-19 majority in the Virginia State Senate, and a 51-49 majority in the House of Delegates. In 2017 Democrats made significant gains in the House of Delegates, flipping 15 Republican held seats. The 2018 and 2019 General Assembly Sessions, with the closely divided House and Senate, included the introduction of numerous bills that were not in the best interests of Virginia's contractor community, many of which were narrowly defeated. The AGCVA PAC raises funds to support candidates for office who are supportive of the commercial construction industry. Please consider making an individual or company donation to support the AGCVA PAC.
AGCVA PAC Golf Classic on October 7th at Country Club of Virginia.
Monday, October 7, 2019
Country Club of Virginia (Tuckahoe Creek Course)
Registration Opens: 10:00 AM
Shotgun Start: 11:00 AM
Lunch Provided (pick up lunch ticket at registration desk)
Social will follow the event with cocktails and dinner
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Leadership Training in September
Supervisory Training Program (STP)
Unit 5 - Improving Productivity and Managing Project Costs
September 17-18, 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.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT – MODULE 4 Risk Management
September 19-20, 2019
TIME: 8:00 am to 5:00 pmAGCVA Headquarters
11950 Nuckols Road – Glen Allen, VA 23059
COST Per Person: AGCVA Member: $350 / Non Member: $550
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.
Join AGCVA – ACECVA - AIA in a Joint Forum with Northern-Region Public Owners
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
AGC of America Headquarters (Arlington, VA) - 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Participants will join an interactive panel discussion with key Northern-region government decision-makers to discuss upcoming projects and ways the industry can best collaborate with the respective bodies.
Key Virginia legislators will be invited to attend the reception as an opportunity for the industry to connect policy and law-makers. Representatives from the localities of Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax and Loudon will discuss future development as well as successful projects.
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