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JUNE 7, 2021
 
VIRTUAL EVENTS
June 10 - 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
The increase of cybersecurity risk in construction -- and how to be prepared
As our world continues to open up, the importance of cybersecurity remains high, especially for contractors. With additional requirements now in place for those working with the Department of Defense, it’s even more important for organizations to review their current cybersecurity frameworks and identify what areas may need additional support.
Join cybersecurity expert Troy Hawes of Moss Adams
to learn more about the cybersecurity factors impacting contracting companies, including:

  • DoD government contractors' cybersecurity requirements
  • Cyberliability and risk management
  • Cyberthreats in the WFH environment and infrastructure in place to prevent breaches
Troy Hawes has been providing IT consulting services since 2001. Troy serves clients in a variety of industries including communications and media, utilities and critical infrastructure, health care, and higher education. He is adept at working with the specialty IT compliance and security needs of SEC registrants, private businesses, government and tribal entities.  Join us via Zoom! Register today...
June 25 - 10:00 a.m.
DES: Preview of state's record-breaking $6.3B capital budget
The State Legislature just passed a record-breaking $6.3 billion capital budget and the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) will provide AGC members with a project preview on June 25 at 10:00 am via Zoom. DES will provide project lists and timelines, and will discuss delivery methods.
The capital budget contains projects of all shapes and sizes and reaches into every corner of our state. Projects for the community and technical colleges, universities and other state agencies are included. Janet Jansen from the DES will have a short presentation and then open it up for Q&A.
Please click here to join us -- free to AGC members -- and get the best information on this year’s enormous capital budget. Register today…

Great showing for Northern District
at '21 Build Washington Awards

On May 20, AGC recognized the best of the best in construction and safety over the past year with the 2021 AGC Build Washington Awards sponsored by Moss Adams. The Northern District was well represented, with the following firms earning hardware and the deserved recognition for their commitment to quality work and safety:
  • Aldrich + Associates  Construction Excellence for their CHI Franciscan St. Joseph Med. Center Level-III Neonatal ICU project for Tenant Improvement (public/private), Under $5M.
  • Exxel Pacific  Construction Excellence award for their Center Steps project for Private Building: $50M – $100M and Safety Excellence Construction Manager Over 400K Worker Hours.
  • Granite Construction earned two Construction Excellence awards for their Case Road Fish Barrier Removal project for Highway/Transportation: Under $5M and their College Way (SR 538) Widening for Highway/Transportation: $5M – $15M and also earned Safety Excellence for General Contractor (Highway/Civil), Over 500K Worker Hrs.
  • UMC  Kurt Baish earned the 2021 Brian Salsgiver Safety Professional of the Year award and Safety Excellence Specialty Contractor, Under 1M Worker Hours award.
Check out the entire slate of 2021 Build Washington Award winners here.
Long-Term Care Act: Information you need to know!
AGC hosted the Washington State Employment Security Department on June 2 as they presented details on the recently established Long-Term Care Act (LTCA) by the Washington State Legislature. This long-term care insurance program exists for all eligible workers to address future long-term care. ESD covered details on the rationale of the LTCA, employer responsibilities, employee exemptions, and other details. A few key items were presented we think you should be aware of:
  • This is an employee only deduction of .58% with no cap on earnings.
  • Each eligible beneficiary can access services and supports costing up to $36,500 for a lifetime.
  • To be eligible for the benefit you must have earned your WA Cares benefit by working and contributing 1) at least ten years at any point in your life without a break of five or more years within those ten years, or 2) three of the last six years
  • You must reside in Washington State to receive the benefits
  • For employees to exempt themselves from this deduction they have to have a qualifying long term care insurance poly by Nov 1, 2021 and have to apply to ESD for any exemption between Oct 1, 2021 – Dec 31, 2022
For further details on the Long-Term Care Act, you can access the slide deck that ESD provided from the presentation here. As more information on this program is developed, AGC will be sure to keep you up to date! Click here for more information.
COVID Safety Resources page updated
Our COVID Safety Resources web page has been updated to reflect the latest info from Olympia. Take a look today and see the latest requirements, tools and resources, links and more. Click here to see the latest...
INDUSTRY NEWS
AGC presses feds on timeframe
for PPP forgiveness applications

(Construction Dive) The Associated General Contractors of America is putting pressure on the Small Business Administration to disclose more about how it's fielding Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness applications of $2 million or more, a process AGC claims is now taking up to eight months.
The AGC filed a Freedom of Information Act request last week to get data about how long it takes the agency to review applications, the steps involved in approving or denying requests and who is ultimately making the decision about the loans.
Michael Kennedy, AGC's general counsel, said the agency has been less than forthcoming about its decision-making. "The process continues to be very opaque," Kennedy said. "As time has gone by and the delay has increased, we've become increasingly concerned about what those standards and procedures may be." An SBA spokesperson declined to comment. Read more…
U.S. could double tariffs on Canadian lumber, despite soaring timber prices
(Archinect) The U.S. Commerce Department has released a report concluding that the United States must double its tariff on Canadian softwood lumber, raising the figure from 9% to 18%. As reported by Fortune, the increase would seek to combat alleged unfair Canadian trade practices, where lumber production is subsidized by the Canadian government.
Canadian softwood lumber accounts for over 25% of all softwood lumber used in the U.S. construction sector. A doubling of tariffs on imports would further compound the major increase in construction timber prices across the United States, which have risen 323% since April 2020 and now sit at an all-time high. Read more…
Wearables drive jobsite productivity, profitability
(Construction Executive) Productivity issues plague the construction industry’s bottom line at a cost of billions of dollars each year, according to a 2020 study published in Construction Engineering and Management. Where labor can account for a significant percentage of project costs, and with much of the industry shifting toward the delivery method of Integrated Project Delivery, significant effort will be focused on maximizing workforce productivity. Simply improving the efficiency of on-site labor during the execution phase can decrease the risk of cost overruns and reduce delays, producing significant savings.
Fortunately, the industry can combat workforce inefficiency through innovative technologies, such as IoT sensors, which help improve the communication, workflow, safety and overall productivity of the jobsite. Contractors are increasingly connecting these devices between workers and to equipment and key areas of the jobsite, generating critical information on how labor and resources are being utilized and how they are interacting with the environment. This enables them to increase productivity and shorten project timeframes, which ultimately help improve the bottom line.
Here are four ways that innovative contractors are doing just that using wearables and other sensors to improve productivity.  Read more…
2021 construction salary survey
now open

The Moss Adams 2021 Construction Industry Salary Survey is now open and will run through July 30. This survey isn’t possible without valuable insights from engaged AGC-member companies like yours. The survey helps create a comprehensive industry report on compensation trends that provide contractors with comparative information—especially vital for an industry in which such data is difficult to obtain or present in a meaningful way. The report will be a useful tool for contractors in the United States to measure their employee compensation against industry peers and prepare their strategies for the years ahead. Click here to take the survey today!
The Northern District Golf Tournament is back! 
Registration now open
for August 27

Plan your foursome and grab the clubs! The 2021 AGC/AIA Scholarship Golf Tournament is back!
Plan to join the Northwest Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the AGC Northern District as we co-host the 2021 Scholarship Golf Tournament at Avalon Golf Links in Burlington on Friday, August 27.
Make sure you register early, as this tournament will sell out – we're offering an early-bird rate this year of $105, which will increase to $125 after Wednesday, June 30, 2021. Included in your registration is lunch, a bucket of range balls, 18 holes of golf, a delicious dinner and awards program, and some great raffle prizes – don’t miss out! Register today to join the fun!

Masks keep
us open;

no masks

shut us down.


Visit StaySafeWA.com
to learn how
you can help.

The AGC Education Foundation continues to offer virtual continuing-education classes in a live, interactive, remote environment. They're working closely with instructors to maintain high-quality training programs and are finding great success in the virtual environment.
Online classes start June 28th.
Visit their website for a complete list.


GC/CM: General Contractor/Construction Manager Workshop
June 15 (1:00 – 3:00 pm) | Remote Class | Register here
This free seminar is to update people about recent GC/CM legislative changes.

CESCL: Stormwater BMPs for Construction Recertification

June 21 (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) | Remote Class | Register here

CESCL: Stormwater BMPs for Construction
June 28 – 29 (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) | Remote Class | Register here

24-Hour Fall Protection Competent Person

June 29 – July 1 (7:30 am – 4:30 pm) | Seattle | Register here

Fall 2021 Construction Leadership Series
Developed by industry experts for tomorrow’s leaders
Partnering with industry leaders, the AGC Education Foundation is launching Construction Leadership. This comprehensive leadership skills training series is created for select individuals with ten-plus years of industry experience who have been identified by their companies as one of tomorrow’s leaders. Click for more information…


Questions? Comments?  Please email Lance Calloway,
Northern District manager


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