AGCVA and AGC of America would like to invite your firm to participate in a nationwide coronavirus safety stand down we are organizing for this Thursday, April 9th. This event – set for anytime you want on Thursday, will encourage member firms, to participate in the coronavirus safety stand down to make sure everyone on their projects knows, and follows, all appropriate coronavirus safety guidelines. While the primary objective of this effort is to make sure firms are doing everything possible to protect workers, we also need to reassure the broader public, and government officials, that the industry can continue to operate in a way that does not increase the spread of the coronavirus.
Below is a toolkit with ideas, talking points and a request you send us photos of your firm and industry relations practicing coronavirus safety guidelines.
AGC Webinar on Protecting Your People & Your Projects [Recording, Slides ]
“Factors that Construction Companies Need to Consider, as They Strive for Business Continuity”
We recognize your business is at risk and want to position you for the best advantage.
Though the IRS has not extended the filing deadline for tax returns, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on March 17, 2020 that individuals and businesses will be able to defer tax payments for 90 days. Individuals can defer up to $1 million in tax payments and corporations up to $10 million in tax payments. The deferred payments will not incur interest or penalty charges. The move comes after President Trump’s Oval Office address on March 10, when he said he would be instructing the Treasury Department to defer tax payments for those affected by COVID-19.
On Monday the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued guidance in response to AGC’s concerns regarding the SBA Paycheck Protection Program eligibility criteria, found HERE
. That guidance includes the following:
Question: Does my business have to qualify as a small business concern (as defined in section 3 of the Small Business Act, 15 U.S.C. 632) in order to participate in the PPP?
Answer: No. In addition to small business concerns [which in construction are generally determined by an average gross annual income test], a business is eligible for a PPP loan if the business has 500 or fewer employees whose principal place of residence is in the United States, or the business meets the SBA employee-based size standards for the industry in which it operates (if applicable).
The new guidance also states that “[b]orrowers . . . may rely on the guidance provided in this document as SBA’s interpretation of the CARES Act” and its interim final rule. At the time it posted this guidance, the Treasury Department also made a point of reaching out to AGC and notifying the association of its action. HERE is a copy of that notice.
While the new Treasury Department guidance appears to clear the way for construction firms that employ 500 or fewer people to qualify for the new Paycheck Protection Program loans, its fix is, at best, procedurally sloppy. AGC will work with the SBA to ensure its regulations and guidance are harmonized with this Treasury guidance.
Take Action by April 9th!
During the Virginia General Assembly’s 2020 session, legislators in Richmond swiftly advanced a handful of bills that would upend the construction industry.
If these bills are signed into law by Gov. Ralph Northam, the state’s construction industry, including small-, women-, and minority-owned (SWaM) businesses, will be hit especially hard along with Virginia’s economy and taxpayers. Government-mandated PLAs are discriminatory, costly schemes that will steer public works construction contracts to out-of-state union contractors and union workers at the expense of Virginia’s construction industry.
Construction is all around us. From the roads we drive on to the electricity that powers our world, construction impacts lives. Discover the passion and potential in a career in the building crafts. BYF produced/released the following video for WIC week and we wanted to share.
The Roanoke District Connecting for Success Event held last month was mentioned in the Roanoke Business Partners Newsletter. The Roanoke Workforce Solutions Committee, led by Rob Leonard with F&S Building Innovations, hosted the event and was attended by 80+ people including AGCVA members, community workforce solutions resources, education administration, and career and technical directors/instructors.
With support from Roanoke County Economic Development and others, the Associated General Contractors of Virginia brought together representatives from construction, economic development, workforce agencies, CTE leaders and more at a Workforce Solutions event.
AGC of Virginia is proud to recognize Perry Engineering and Winchester Precast, members of the AGC of Virginia chapter since 1952 and 2018 respectively,and 2020 recipients of the AGC CSEA Awards (CSEA; Construction, Safety, Excellence Award).
“We are very excited about the recent CSEA awards for both Perry Engineering and Winchester Precast. To have both companies win safety awards at a national level is phenomenal. This was the 2nd year in a row for Perry Engineering. We’ve put a tremendous amount of effort into the safety programs for both companies and we’re proud of what our employees have accomplished. We’re using the CSEA awards both as confirmation that our employees can achieve great things when we work as a team as well as a motivator to continue incremental improvements in our safety program and to not get complacent.”
Ken Pracht, Safety Director for Perry Engineering
Communication is Key... AGCVA is committed to providing service to our members during this time. AGCVA has setup a COVID-19 webpage. AGCVA recognizes the impact and uncertainty COVID-19 is creating in our industry and community. Based on reports from government officials and following the lead of many other organizations. We will are looking at ways to continue to bring value to your membership – providing webinars, holding conference calls and meeting with public officials on issues impacting the industry.
The Richmond District Young Leaders held their first virtual happy hour with 12 people that participated on the call. There were a lot of good conversations amongst our members about working remotely, jobsite safety and what the “new normal” looks like now. With everything going on at this time, it was great to get the Young Leaders together to enjoy a beverage and connect with each other. Stay tuned for our next Young Leaders Virtual Happy Hour.
Piedmont District on Thursday, April 23rd from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
Virtual Legislative Update with Senator Creigh Deeds
Piedmont District will be doing a Virtual Legislative Update with Senator Creigh Deeds.
It will be free and will be a zoom meeting.
Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. announced today a significant addition to its senior leadership team: Jonathan Cadle has been named Senior Vice President.
Cadle joins Shockey from Hitt Contracting, Inc. where he served as Vice President. In his new leadership role at Shockey, Cadle will oversee all construction operations for the 124-year-old company and will be responsible for ensuring that the highest levels of systems and processes are in place. Cadle will focus on maintaining ongoing client and subcontractor relationships, as well as training and attracting top industry talent to develop and manage high-functioning project teams.
We know these are challenging times, and want you to know that Anthem remains deeply committed to supporting you and the communities we serve as we join together as a nation to weather this health crisis. This is why we're focused on addressing critical issues that need attention now, including affordability and access.
We're taking unprecedented action to eliminate your employees' cost shares if they receive treatment for COVID-19 from doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals from April 1 through May 31, 2020. Their COVID-19 testing is covered, too. They'll also pay nothing if they have a telehealth visit with a doctor in their plan through June 14, 2020.
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Welcome New Members
New Contractor Member
Greenland Enterprises Inc
2713 Magruder Blvd #A
Hampton, VA 23666
Fax: (757) 864-0876
Contact: Steve Seckler
Specialty: Design/Build, Boilers: Installation & Repair, Mechanical Contractors,
MEP/FP Consultants, Utility Plants & Components
New Contractor Member
J M Scott Construction, Inc.
719-A Johnston-Willis Dr
North Chesterfield, VA 23236
Fax: (804) 893-4286
Contact: Matthew Scott
Specialty: Construction & Renovation: Commercial, Construction & Renovation: Healthcare
Certifications: Class A Contractor
New Contractor Member
Talon Veteran Services, Inc.
3516 Belt Blvd
Richmond, VA 23234
Contact: Grayson Negaard
Specialty: Construction & Renovation: Healthcare, Construction & Renovation: Commercial, Construction & Renovation: Government, Construction & Renovation: Industrial, Construction & Renovation: Institutional, Construction Management Administration
Certifications: Class A Contractor,SDVOSB
Recruited by: Courtney Baker, AGCVA
New Contractor Member
Speight, Marshall & Francis
1228 Perimeter Parkway #201
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Fax: (757) 427-5919
Contact: Andrew Woods
Specialty: Architectural Consultants, Engineering Consultants, Engineering: Structural
Recruited by: Lauren Simone
New Service/Supplier Member
Skyline Brick LLC
3900 Seminole Trl
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Fax: (434) 973-3385
Contact: Jeff Carlson
Specialty: Block: Building, Block: Split-Faced, Brick, Building Materials,
Hardscape Accessories, Pavers: Interlocking
New Education Member
Advanced Technology Institute
5700 Southern Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Fax: (757) 499-5929
Contact: Mike Ambrose
Specialty: Education & Training