AGCVA eBulletin
Member News
Sussex Development is celebrating their 30th Anniversary this May.  Sussex Development was formed in 1990, by Harry Davis, a Virginia Beach native and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University graduate. He spent his early career working with one of the largest construction firms in the country, and a few other mid-to-large scale general contractors.
 
  
Clancy & Theys Construction Company is pleased to announce the addition of David Maggio as our new Corporate Environmental Health & Safety Director. He brings 11 years of industry experience along with a BS in Safety & Environmental Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dave will be responsible for developing & implementing high-level EH&S strategies across multiple projects & divisions, as well as delivering & revamping our training programs. We are confident Dave will be an invaluable asset to lead our culture of safety.
  
Congratulations to Bruce & Charlene Tibbetts on their third grandchhild. Theodore Martin Tibbetts arrived Saturday, April 25th weighing in @ 7 lbs. even and 21 inches. Congratulations to the Tibbetts family.
 
 
  
Here’s to our health hero’s! The Richmond District had the privilege to partner with Q Barbecue and Draper Aden to drop off fresh smoked barbecue for the incredible medical staff at VCU Medical Center on Monday, April 27. A huge thank you from AGCVA Richmond District for all that you do. 
  
Tony Wilt (Superior Concrete) and is a member of the House of Delegates along with Mark Obenshain treated the Broadway Rescue Squad to dinner from the Gobbler Grill. This was their way of saying thank you for all they are doing for the community during this time. Thank you to all our first responders! 
 
 
 
 
The Valley District YCL held a Virtual Happy Hour on Thursday, 04.30.2020. They discussed how COVID-19 is effecting their projects, customers, employees, timelines, and budgets. The group found that they are all struggling with similar situations, as well as dealing with the of unknown and uncertainties for the future. One specific concerns shared is that they may not feel the true impacts of COVID-19 until 12 months down the road.
Some of the topics discussed were increasing hurdles preforming projects, decreasing margins, potential need for sub specific restrooms on job sites, the backlog not replenishing for quite some time, losing public funding for certain projects, the increase in online learning and potential impact on school spends for brick and mortar space, impact on the commercial real estate market due to more companies transitioning for long term remote work, Tom Brady’s transition from the Patriots to the Buccaneers, NASCAR starting mid-May without fans in the stands, Moscow Mule vs. Kentucky Mule, is Cameron’s beard brown or red, etc… The Valley YCL has another virtual happy hour scheduled for 4:00 pm on May 14th. Matt Smith from YHB will send you an email invite. We hope to see you then!
 
  
Zack Fletchall, the AGCVA Valley District President and an employee of Harman Construction, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020 from complications of leukemia, an illness diagnosed just days prior. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Zack’s wife, Elizabeth and to their children, Will, Benjamin, and Matt, and to Zack’s extended family, friends, and colleagues.
Zack’s church family at Muhlenberg Lutheran Friends started a GoFundMe, in hopes of helping with these unexpected medical bills, future educational expenses for their boys, and to support them as they find their way through their grief with the reality of Zack’s death.
Please join this effort of support for Zack’s family. The link for the GoFundMe account is below, if you can help. https://www.gofundme.com/f/love-for-the-fletchalls?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet
Please feel free to share this link with any others, if you will. Our thoughts, concerns, and prayers are with all who are missing Zack. Rest in peace Zack…
   
Peckar & Abramson
      
Scaffolding Solutions, LLC
   
Industry News

May 2020 eBulletin

  
In a rapidly changing work landscape, safety is top of mind for the majority of our contractors. AGCVA is looking for ways to best leverage the talent we have in Virginia by harnessing the focus of our safety professionals. That is why we are launching an AGCVA Safety Taskforce. 
This Taskforce will be led by Safety Directors across the state. Resources would be available to all members on an online forum focusing on sharing best practices, vetting suppliers and resources, and steering conversations on relevant concerns/considerations. This forum would help our community of contractors navigate what takes precedence during the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as, focus on long term safety strategy. We hope you consider having someone in your company participate!
  
Construction firms are protecting their workers and the public. AGC of America and construction contractors understand that the only way to work amid the current pandemic is to work safely.  Check out the new website showing best practices that contractors are using...
Quick receipt of Paycheck Protection Program loans may be helping contractors retain or add staff, despite mounting project cancellations. A survey that AGC conducted online April 20-23 drew 849 respondents. Of the 741 who answered a question about PPP loans, 74% reported applying for a loan: 44% had received funds, 15% had been approved but had not received funds, 8% were awaiting an answer, and 7% had applied but had been told no more funds were available.
The Roanoke District recently donated $2,500.00 to the “Meals for Heroes” fund created by The Shenandoah Club and The Roanoke Law Foundation. This program will feed lunch and dinner to the doctors, nurses and clinical workers once a week to show appreciation for their dedication during this trying time. The Carilion Clinic Roanoke Memorial Hospital has dedicated its 8th floor to fighting Covid-19. The 8th floor has over 120 employees. They carry on this battle while exposing themselves to illness. Increased work hours, diminished resources, mental and physical fatigue are all part of the job. These employees may go home after their shift but only under strict protocols required by the Hospital. The ”Meals for Heroes” is accepting donations from individuals and companies until the end of May. If you would like to donate please reach out to Jenny@agcva.org and she will get the information to you. We want to thank ALL MEDICAL HEROES for their amazing stamina and dedication during this time.
Over the past couple weeks, as preparation for candidate interviews, your CEO Search Committee has held very informative and beneficial Zoom interviews with the entire AGC-VA Staff. In addition, we did the same with an equal number of Key Stakeholders, whom we consider to be instrumental in collaborating for the overall success of our Industry. The Committee is currently completing its receipt of resumes this week, having received submissions from (21) qualified candidates. Over the next few weeks, we will be ranking the submissions, holding Zoom interviews for the selected candidates, and narrowing the list to a few finalists for potential face-to-face interviews in late May or early June. Overall, we are on schedule and headed towards finding an exceptional candidate for presentation to the Board of Directors by mid-June. Please feel free to reach out to us at agcvaceo@gmail.com if you have any questions or comments as we work hard to prepare the AGC-VA for the next generation of leadership.
 
  

 

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AGCVA celebrated Volunteer Week by sending a thank you to all our volunteers. To those that serve on committees and boards throughout the state, to our District Officers and District Executive Committees and Board of Directors; the Membership Committees and the Recruiters for representing our organization.  Young Construction Leaders Groups; the Workforce Solutions Committees and Build Your Future Virginia board.  The Convention Planning Committee
Thank you for all you do! 
  
AGCVA members stepped up and showed the safety measures they take to keep construction essential in Virginia. 
 
 
Safety
  
Virginia Tech Environmental Health and Safety has received funding through the OSHA Susan Harwood Training Grant Program to develop and provide training on fall hazards in general industry. They are offering both a Train-the-Trainer program and awareness-level training. Given the current public health emergency, OSHA is allowing them to deliver the awareness-level class online on the following dates:
 
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 10:30 AM
 
Thursday, May 14, 2020 at, 2:00 PM:
 
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 2:00 PM:
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at, 10:00 AM:
 
The awareness-level course takes approximately two hours and covers five topical areas. Throughout the course, references are included to current OSHA Standards covering walking-working surfaces. Topics covered include:  Introduction to OSHA; Falls; Fall Hazards: Recognizing and Evaluating Fall Hazards; Fall Hazards: Correcting Fall Hazards; Best Practices
This course is substantially different from OSHA 3115 and many other fall protection training programs in that it focuses primarily on the general industry environment and is more than just a standards compliance course. For more information, visit https://www.ehss.vt.edu/training/Falls.php
  
Presented by: Courtney M. Malveaux, Attorney at Law, Jackson Lewis P.C.​
The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way OSHA and VOSH enforce workplace safety and health, and it is changing best practices almost daily. Topics Discussed: Recording and reporting requirements; Best practices for workplace safety and health; Changes in OSHA/VOSH enforcement; OSHA guidance on use of respirators and personal protective equipment 
Legislative & Legal
  
On April 29, AGC called on the Secretary of the Treasury to provide more clarity regarding its recent guidance warning firms of future audits and potential legal risks for companies that apply for loans. AGC is having discussions with key Administration officials on the impacts this guidance has had and ways it can be addressed. As this has created quite a bit of confusion, AGC sought to provide clarity to members through its ConstructorCast Coronavirus Special Report, which you can watch or listen to.
On April 23, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of the Treasury issued new guidance (see question #31) that puts Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers and potential borrowers on notice that they should be able to prove in “good faith” that “[c]urrent economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support [their] ongoing operations” to be eligible for the loan.
This appears to be a warning to PPP borrowers of the possibility of federal audits and investigations to come. The guidance goes on to state that any “borrower that applied for a PPP loan prior to the issuance of this guidance and repays the loan in full by May 7, 2020, will be deemed by SBA to have made the required certification in good faith.”
  
Governor Northam amended several bills to delay enactment of Prevailing Wage, PLA legislation and Minimum Wage increase until May 1, 2021. AGCVA is a founding member of the Coalition for a Strong Virginia Economy and the coalition has been offering insight & suggestions to state leaders on the business impact of the economic climate and how governments can best support the construction industry. Read the latest letter HERE from the coalition to legislators prior to the reconvened Session on April 22. 
  
 
Senator Creigh Deeds joined Piedmont District members for a Virtual Legislative Update. Members received an informative update and were able to interact with the local senator.  
 
  
Legislative Libations with Spencer Wiegard & Gordon Dixon went on but PLAN B had to be implemented due to our Stay Home Order.   We held a free webinar with over 30 members attending. Spencer and Gordon provided a detailed account of the bills that AGCVA worked hard on this session. Just in case you were unable to attend we recorded the session and it will be available in the members-only section.
  
Governor Northam signed legislation that will no longer mandate contractors working on public work be held liable for eternity on the work. Virginia is among the minority of states with no limitations on public construction work. A November 2016 Supreme Court decision, acknowledged the eternal liability and further opinioned on how a General Contractor can pass the never-ending liability on to their subcontractors. AGCVA had worked with the Administration for three years to find a compromise, held public hearings with the Department of General Services and worked with legislators State Senator Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg) and Delegate Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg).
Calendar & Events
Webinar Central District Legislative Update & Impact with Herschel Keller & Gordon Dixon on Wednesday, May 13th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Hear the break down on what happened in the General Assembly and the Impact on the construction industry. 

AGC Calls for Clarity of PPP Guidance

AGC is finalizing a pair of webinars on this and other questions regarding the Paycheck Protection Program:

May 6, 2:00 PM
Paycheck Protection Program: Key Updates and Developments in the Ground Rules of the Program

May 7, 2:00 PM
Paycheck Protection Program: Preparing Your Business Today for Audits, Oversight, and Agency Enforcement and Whistle Blower Actions Tomorrow

(MUST have National AGC login account to register)
Tuesday, May 12th – 2:00pm to 3:00pm,Tuesday, June 23rd – 2:00pm to Tuesday, July 28th – 3:00pm
Training/Professional Development
 
Meet Cintas’s Uniform, Facility, First Aid Safety and Rental Solutions
(MUST have National AGC login account to register)
Thursday, May 14, 2020 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Safety and Health 
 
(MUST have National AGC login account to register)
Monday, June 8, 2020 to Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Washington , District Of Columbia 
 
(MUST have National AGC login account to register)
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 to Thursday, July 16, 2020
Louisville, Kentucky
Safety and Health
  
The Peninsula District held a webinar hosted by PBMares on Navigating the Crisis Essential Next Steps for Contractors.  Members learned what contractors should do now to manage through this disruption.