Ike's Thoughts January 11, 2018 Print

Executive Director's Report

SUBBY Nominees DeterminedMembers have nominated GCs and individuals in twelve categories as the best in the DMV.  Click here to see if you agree with the selections and look for your ballot in the next week or so.  Each member company has the opportunity to vote their selection in nine of the categories.  Awards will be presented at the SUBBYs on Feb. 23, 2019.  Register now to be at the 55th Annual SUBBY Awards Gala.  Watch for special happenings as we celebrate the Emerald Anniversary of the SUBBYs.  

Last Chance! Project Managers Workshop for Subcontractors – There are four spots open for your up and coming project managers.  The first class is Tuesday January 15, 2019 at Capital Tristate in Upper Marlboro and is limited to the first 24 who pay the $795 registration fee.  Click here for more information.

Non-Residential Construction Drops in November – Dodge reports that nonresidential constructions starts in the DMV dropped 41 percent in November, while residential went up 49 percent.  For the year we are up 29 percent in nonresidential and 15 percent in residential. 

Two Educational Events Were Held This Week:

  • WIP Webinar – more than 155 members nationwide were educated on Work-in-Progress reporting from an operations point of view by Steve Blankenship of Ennis Electric Company.

  • First Source compliance was provided at WCS Construction for 60 members and guests. A compliance officer and a subcontractor who is successfully complying with the First Source requirements provided the information a company needs to determine if they are going to bid DC work with First Source requirements. 

Document Effects of Government Shutdown – You are reminded to keep good records of the effect of the Federal Government Shutdown on your projects.  We have a 2011 article by K&L Gates on the effects of a shutdown on your projects.  Reply to this email to request a copy of the article.  

What Subs are saying about First Source in DC – If you are willing to work with the population of DC residents who are hard to employ, you can be successful with First Source.  If your mind set is that they will fail then you will be proven correct.

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Advocacy Issues

  • Advocacy Issues   

    • Virginia – Senate Bill 1119 was introduced by Senator Chap Petersen. GCs will not be able to enforce a contract clause allowing them to hold money on one job because of a dispute on another job - called right of offset or right of set off.      

    • District of Columbia – A few ASA members and representatives of ACE will meet with the new Director of the Department of Employment Service, Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes on Thursday to explain how First Source and Apprenticeship can be effectively administered.

    • Maryland – The Annual Legislative Dinner with members of the MD State House and Senate committees will be held on February 6 in Annapolis. We continue to seek construction payment transparency and improved change order processes on State work. 

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Member Updates

  • We are pleased to welcome our newest member, Oak Tree Masonry in Frederick. We will see Jack Conrad and his team at the SUBBYs, as well as other events. 

  • We are also pleased to welcome Philip C. Jones, Attorney, who has a strong background in Construction Law. Check out his Website to see how Phil can help your company.

  • Briglia McLaughlin has merged with Smith, Currie and Hancock.  Click here to learn about this merger of two active ASA members.
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