December 2017 Print

Executive Director's Report

President Rebecca Price’s Message - It has been a great year for me as your President so far. I appreciate your support for me personally and for ASA of Metro Washington as Your Association.  You have a lot of choices for association membership and for organizations that you choose to support.  I am thankful that you choose to support ASAMW.  We do not exist without you and by remaining a member you show us that we are on the right track.

At Engineered Services, Inc. we make a conscious decision about the organizations that we are going to support.  We agree that ASAMW is working hard to meet its mission of “Better Construction through Fair Construction”.  Here are some accomplishments in the first half of our fiscal year:

  •          Great Events – looking back, we had great networking events, a joint meeting with CFMA on the WIP, a meeting highlighting women’s leadership on the Trinity University project and a team building event that showed some of us how to cope in our stressful jobs.  The golf tournament was a sell out and I saw most of you at our Holiday Party.
  •          Building relations with GCs – We met with the 10 General Contractors that make up our Industry Education Support Group.  This interaction is so helpful in bringing programing and advocacy that help us not only have great events, but also to build a community of the best working with the best to provide the best for our clients. 
  •          Advocating for you – We are lining up our legislative priorities in DC, Maryland and Virginia.  We will fill some gaps in current laws that insure your protection and insure that you will get paid promptly. 
  •          Educating you and your employees – We are proud to have a full class for the 2nd edition of the Project Managers’ Workshop, starting in January.  We educated our members about issues with the Reagan Airport job coming out of the ground now.  We learned how to cope with OCIPs/CCIPs and other insurance issues from Jonathan Mitz.  And so much more is coming over the next few months.

I hope this shows you why Engineered Services chooses to support ASA of Metro Washington.  I look forward to meeting you at our upcoming events to hear your story.

SUBBY Ballot is Ready – Each ASA of Metro Washington member will be allowed one vote to determine the winner of the 54th SUBBY Awards.  Click here for a list of the nominees.  Each company should look for an email with the ballot information and place your vote.  Members of ASA of Metro Washington’s Industry Education Support Group will determine the winner of the Subcontractor of the Year and the Subcontractor Safety Award.

To be nominated for a SUBBY Award is an honor in itself.  This means the subcontracting community recognizes these companies for excellence in construction practices. 

Women’s Power Panel Will Be an Interesting Group –   Are you REALLY open to women being equal partners on the job site or do you have blinders on?  Men and Women should attend the NAWIC/ASA Panel which will include Beth Winters with Whiting-Turner, Lisa Enloe with JS Held, Kara Guthro with Montgomery College Construction Management Department, Mike Ritter, Jr. with Long Fence, Otto Girr with Miller & Long, with Sarah Tull with UGI Contracting as moderator.  They are prepared to address the most significant issues concerning women from management to labor.  Register here.

A Worker Killed on School Job in Frederick – ENR Magazine reports that a worker was killed on a job taking down the scaffold.  The article indicates this person was working for an independent contractor.  Please reply to this email if you have any additional information about this unfortunate accident.  Our GC supporters raised the issue of adequate oversight for those working under your direction or as a subcontractor.  This case illustrates the need for caution when hiring an independent contractor.    

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Advocacy Issues

  • District – A GC cannot force a sub to waive its bond rights. While seeking legislation on this we found that the law already exists.  We will move our legislative action toward legislation to prevent your company from being liable for the sole negligence of another company on your projects.

  • Maryland – No report

  • Virginia – Payment Transparency is moving forward, albeit slowly.  The Dept. of General Services has issued a purchase order to develop a page on the eVA website to include payment and bond information on payments to prime contractors.  The items we requested are included.  If you would like a copy, reply to this email.

Other pending legislation includes an amendment to the Lien Waiver that passed in the 2016 legislature to include general contractors and a bill to prevent a prime contractor from using funds due you for other purposes than to pay you.   

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Member Updates

Congratulations to Kim Roy, HITTs New CEO – Click here for an article and video announcing Kim Roy as the new CEO at HITT.

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