AGCVA eBulletin
Industry News

February 2020 eBulletin

  
 “Build our Future, Take Action Now!”
I would like to start by again thanking Bruce for his leadership this past year. Unfortunate for me but very fortunate for the organization Bruce is truly a “raise the bar” kind of guy. The energy, the organization and the amount of thought he has brought to the chairman’s role over the past year has been amazing. So Bruce – THANK YOU!
I also want to thank each of you for giving me the opportunity to serve as your Chairman. It truly is a privilege that I am grateful for! I pledge to do my best in maintaining the high bar that Bruce has set.
A couple of years ago, while he was Chairman, we continuously heard Robert state that the Organization was shifting to a more forward-thinking approach.  From reactive to proactive.  This was cemented through the ongoing strategic planning effort which Robert began with a goal of providing and validating further member value and positioning the AGC as “The Voice” of the construction industry in Virginia.
  
The AGCVA held its Annual Convention at The Greenbrier Resort on January 23-26, 2020.
With over 550 attendees saw the 2020 officers and board installed. Our new officers are (L-R) 
Immediate Past Chairman: Bruce Tibbets – EMC Mechanical Services
Chairman: Kirk Adams – Riddleberger Brothers Inc.
Vice Chairman: Trip Smith – MEB Contractors
1st Vice Chairman: Anthony Smith - Service Contracting of Virginia Inc.
There was great networking at the Friday Night Party “Team Up We Are Better Together”. Informative sessions on Technology, Legal Trends, Risk Management, Workforce Development, business planning and advocacy on state and federal issues.  Plan to join us in 2021.
THANK YOU... 2020 Convention Sponsors

Friday Night Party Sponsor

W M Jordan Co

Banquet Co-Sponsor

MEB General Contractors Inc

Riddleberger Brothers Inc

Kick Off Breakfast Co-Sponsor

Draper Aden Associates

EMC Mechanical Services

Chairman's Reception

AGCVA - Richmond District

Friday Night Bar Sponsor

Scaffolding Solutions, LLC

Key Card Sponsor

YHB | CPAs & Consultants

After Banquet Bar Sponsor

TowneBank

After Banquet Dessert Sponsor

Towne Insurance

Banquet Wine Sponsor

Scott Insurance

Reception Area Sponsor

Carter Machinery Co, Inc

 Newcomer & Welcome Reception Sponsor

Brown Edwards & Co LLP

Gentry Locke 

Kick-Off Breakfast Bloody Marys & Mimosas Sponsor

ColonialWebb Contractors

Liphart Steel Co Inc 

Hospitality Area Sponsor

Piedmont Plaster & Drywall Inc

Piedmont Plaster & Drywall, Piedmont Concrete Contractors

Piedmont Waterproofing Contractors

R E Lee & Son Inc

 

 

 

Platinum Sponsors

A G Dillard Inc

Anderson Construction, Inc

Atlantic Constructors Inc

Clancy & Theys Constr. Co

EMC Mechanical Services

English Construction Co Inc

Hirschler

JRC Mechanical

Southern Air Inc

Gold Sponsors

DAVCON Inc

McGriff Insurance Services

Momentum Earthworks

Ocean Construction Services

Oldcastle Infrastructure

S B Ballard Construction Co

Warwick Mechanical Group

Silver Sponsors

Compo Construction Company

Faulconer Construction Co Inc

Hitt Electric Corp

S L Williamson Co Inc

Sussex Development Corporation

Vandeventer Black LLP

Zurich Surety 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blackjack 101 Sponsor

Old Dominion Demolition

Bourbon Tasting Sponsor

Rockydale Quarries Corp

Convention Program Sponsor

AssuredPartners

Cornhole Bar Sponsor

MEB General Contractors Inc

Selfie Station Sponsor

Lyndon Steel Company, LLC

Young Leaders Seminar Reception

DAVCON Inc

Cornhole Tournament Sponsor

A G Dillard Inc

EMC Mechanical Services

Harman Construction Inc

Johnson Controls Inc

Luck Stone Corp

Service Contracting of VA Inc

Trane Commercial Systems

Doorprize Donations

AGCVA - Central District

AGCVA - Peninsula District

AGCVA - Piedmont District

AGCVA - Richmond District

AGCVA - Roanoke District

AGCVA - Tidewater District

AGCVA - Valley District

 Sporting Clay Sponsors

A G Dillard Inc

Air Conditioning Equipment Sales Inc

Allied Concrete Co

American Civil Constr., Inc.

Boxley Support Center

Copeland Excavation and Construction

Hobbs & Associates Inc

Ocean Construction Services

Oldcastle Infrastructure

Perry Engineering Co Inc

Procon Inc

Sign Printing Sponsor

Eddie Edwards Signs, Inc 

 

  
Virginia specific Construction Wage Survey on the way!
Members have asked for it and we will deliver. Participate in the Construction Wage Survey from our long-time partners at PAS - Personnel Administrative Services. This is a confidential survey and they only way to receive the results is to participate.
Legislative & Legal
  
Among economic special interest groups in Virginia, organized labor is consistently one of the top contributors to political campaigns. According to the Virginia Public Access Project, Big Labor has contributed $46 million to candidates since 1996-97, almost all of it to Democrats. The construction unions, which are the biggest donors of all, have been rewarded this year by a raft of bills that would give them a huge leg up in projects involving government, independent authorities, and even private developers seeking zoning approvals.
Only one bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Richard Saslaw, D-Springfield, has made it past the committee stage so far. But the bills seen collectively provide a road map of the construction unions’ legislative agenda and what the anti-business wing of the Democratic Party is prepared to support.
  
AGCVA members attended Small Business Day at the Virginia State Capitol on January 9th. Members heard from legislators on how the new majority led by Democrats in House, Senate and Governor’s office are going to govern Virginia. AGCVA members spoke to legislators about eliminating the eternal liability contractors accept when working on a public project, concerns around Project Labor Agreements and establishing Prevailing Wages on public projects.
 
Pictured:  Scott Brannan, Delegate Buddy Fowler (55th District) and Taylor Brannan of F Richard Wilton Jr Inc 
 
  
DGS Final Report on Statute of Limitations.  Report on current Virginia law and best practices as they relate to the statute of limitations on state contracts for construction services
  
On Jan. 23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized an AGC-supported rule to define “waters of the United States” – providing clarity when a federal permit is needed for work in or near federal waters. The new Navigable Waters Protection Rule better identifies federal waters, respects states’ primary role in land use and pollution prevention, and balances major case law from the last couple of decades.
  
Republicans Respond with Key Principles
On Jan. 29, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of the House Democratic leadership released a framework for addressing the nation’s infrastructure needs, calling for an investment of $760 billion over five years. The framework breaks out this investment into specific infrastructure categories but leaves the question of how to pay for the investment unanswered for now. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Republicans also released their own principles for consideration as part of the FAST Act reauthorization effort. In response, AGC’s CEO Stephen Sandherr stated, in part, that: “The broader significance of these announcements . . . is that they signal something we have strongly advocated: that Congress should make passing a bipartisan measure to improve the nation’s aging and overburdened infrastructure its top priority.”
   
Peckar & Abramson
      
Scaffolding Solutions, LLC
   
Workforce Development
  
February is CTE Month, a public awareness campaign that supports career and technical education and CTE programs across the United States.
CTE Month is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate career-focused education. As construction is one of the great career paths available through CTE, February is an exciting month for the industry. CTE Month is a perfect time for programs and companies alike to promote the importance of craft education. Teachers and students can showcase the success and aspirations of their training programs, and it’s an opportunity for industry leaders to build connections and partnerships with schools and educators. It’s also a good time to engage with groups like policymakers, parents and the media to grow awareness and support for CTE
  
The AGCVA Educational Foundation & the Richmond District made a $10,000 donation to the Goodwill Industries - Center for Building & Construction. About Center: The Goodwill Center for Building and Construction Trades is scheduled to open its 2nd location by the summer of 2020 in Richmond. Once this program is in operation, it will be producing students with skilled trades training supported through John Tyler and Reynolds Community College paired with employability/life skill training provided by Goodwill. Goodwill is raising funds through donations and working with local contractors to help manage and complete the renovations of the training space. 
(center to right): AGCVA Chairman Bruce Tibbetts, Richmond District President Jack Heisler,
Richmond District Manger Jennifer Gray & AGCVA CEO Gordon Dixon
February 25, 2020 in Roanoke - 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
This event will bring industry, education, and community leaders together to learn how to better serve one another and address the workforce shortage.
As an AGCVA member benefit we are offering to showcase your company’s overall profile, positions, and career pathways to CTE Directors, School Administration, Workforce Development, Economic Development Resources, and Career Counselors, and more so the local community can better guide talent pipelines into a career at your company. 
Questions? Courtney Baker, courtney@agcva.org
  
AGCVA “played in the dirt” with 6th-12th graders from Goochland schools. Over 1,400 students explored career opportunities in construction, engineering, architecture, and more. Goochland Tech Center boasts 1 of only 2 heavy equipment operating training programs for high schoolers in all of Virginia. That must be why students were especially drawn to AGCVA’s Build Your Future booth where they could challenge their friends at scooping and placing objects using our remote control excavator! Want to get introduced to the up and coming skilled trade’s students in Goochland? 
Celebrating 68 years!
Perry Engineering Co Inc
With 68 years of experience, we at Perry Engineering Company Inc. have dedicated our efforts to satisfying the needs of our customers! We offer complete site delvelopement for industrial, commercial, residential , and civil public works!
See our website for services offered
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Safety
  
National AGC Safety Awards Program (NASA) compares an AGC member’s safety record with other AGC members according to the member size and construction type. Additionally, NASA provides a great opportunity for members who have excellent safety records to compete for nationally recognized awards. Deadline is February 7, 2020
Questions?  Sheila Collins, sheila@agcva.org
   
The Law Office of Christopher G Hill PC
   
Calendar & Events
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.
  
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has asked AGCVA members for help in reviewing the Pluming and Masonry Curriculum for K12 Career and Technical Education. 
We are looking for industry professionals who are interested in reviewing curriculum in order to provide sound advice on how to best prepare students for a career in these fields.
Serving on the VDOE curriculum review committee is a one day commitment in Richmond, VA. The trade dates are as follows:
Plumbing I & II – February 7th, 2020
Masonry I & II – February 21st, 2020
  
Apprenticeship Job Fair on February 12, 2020, 9 AM to 11 AM at UVA's Alumni Hall.  Open to the public. Showcasing apprentice positions at UVA FM and entry-level or apprentice positions with other local contractors. 
 
Application opens February 3
Plumbing ▪ Electrical ▪ Masonry ▪ HVAC ▪ Carpentry. 
Online Only No trades experience required.
 
 
 
  
February 27 @ 8:00 AM thru February 28 @ 5:00 PM
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Free Construction 10 Hour Course in Spanish on Feb 27 and 28th. Event Contact:Marinho Goncalves, (804) 371 3104 | Ext: 106, marinho.goncalves@doli.virginia.gov
Member News
  
Tidewater held their Kickoff Event at the Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach. Members learned about how to get the most out of their membership through sponsorship, legislative advocacy, young leader involvement, workforce solutions and networking events. 


Welcome New Members


New Contractor Member

Central District
C&C Piping and Fabrication
853 Lynch Mill Rd
Altavista, VA 24517
(434) 444-4146
Contact:  Codie Cyrus
Specialties:  Welding, Mechanical Contractors, Pipe Fabrication, Piping Contractors,
Plant Maintenance, Process Piping
Certifications:  ASME, AWS, Class A Contractor, Micro SWaM, SWaM
http://wecanweldit.com


New Contractor Member

Richmond District
Convergint Technologies
2812 East Parham Rd
Richmond, VA 23228
(757) 585-8498
Contact:  Mark Burwell
Specialties:  Life Safety, Alarm & Security Systems, Fire Detection Equipment, Security & Access Control
Certification:  DCJS


New Contractor Member

Tidewater District
Allfirst, LLC
1990 Northgate Commerce Pkwy.
Suffolk, VA 23435
(757) 934-3951
Fax:  (757) 934-7963
Contact:  James Templeton
Specialties:  Mechanical Contractors, Construction & Renovation: Commercial,
Electrical Contractors, Millwright, Rigging, Welding
Certifications:  ASME, Class A Contractor
Recruited by:   Tim Griffin, MEB
http://www.allfirstllc.com 

New Contractor Member
Tidewater District
Caligari Gerloff Painting Inc
2421 Florida Ave
Norfolk, VA 23513  
(757) 216-7147   
Fax:  (757) 216-7149  
Contact:   John Yuill 
Specialties:  Painting & Wallcovering Contractors, Abrasive Blasting, Acoustical Plaster, Acoustical Treatment: Spray-On, Construction & Renovation: Bridges, Construction & Renovation: Industrial
Certifications:  Class A Contractor, LEED, NCDOT, RAPIDGate, SSPC QP1, SWaM, VDOT
Recruited by:   Lauren Simone, WM Jordan
http://www.caligarigerloffpainting.com

 

New Contractor Member
Valley District
J&M Infrastructure
240 Cold Springs Ln
Lexington, VA 24450 
(434) 941-0092  
Contact:   Jacob Beasley
Specialties:  Civil Contractor, Excavating Contractors, Site Development,
Site Utility Contractors,
Sitework, Underground Utilities
Certification:  SWaM
http://jandminfrastructure.com

 

New Service/Supplier Member  
Central District  
Finly Corporation
3401 Forest Brook
Lynchburg, VA 24502 
(434) 385-5028  
Fax:  (434) 385-8943
Contact:   Mark Fariss
Specialties:  Concrete: Ready Mixed, Concrete: Precast, Grading, Sewer Contractors
Certifications:  Class A Contractor, VDOT 
http://www.finlycorporation.com

 

New Service/Supplier Member  
Tidewater District  
Rick Hendrick Chevrolet / Norfolk
6252 E Virginia Beach Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23502 
(757) 455-4429   
Fax:  (757) 455-4430  
Contact:   Steve Ciccone 
Specialties:  Automotive: Commercial Vehicles, Fleet Management, Truck Parts 
http://www.rickhendrickchevroletnorfolk.com