Ike's Thoughts January 5, 2018 Print

Executive Director's Report

Change Order Work Group – A blue ribbon work group of GCs and Subs met at the Donohoe office on Dec. 18th to hammer out a strategy to deal with the difficult issue of change order processes.  They will address responsibilities of GCs, Subs and Owners to improve design and coordination so that change orders are obvious to all, resulting in an approval process that will enable prompt payment.  Members of the work groups include:  Ron Churchey (Shapiro & Duncan), Neil Stablow (Donohoe), Jonathan Mitz (Ennis Electric), Bill Whiting (Whiting-Turner), Jitu Patel (Siemens), Ken Collins (LF Jennings), Brett McMahon (Miller & Long) and Steven Wood (Grunley). 

SUBBY Ballot is Coming – A representative of 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. 

Project Manager’s Workshop – The first class of the ASA’s Project Manager’s Workshop was completed yesterday.  Twenty-four emerging leaders are learning the basics of project management from a subcontractor’s point of view.  Interestingly, this class is 25% women.  Is the industry changing?  See the next article.

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.

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Advocacy Issues

Advocacy Issues   –

  • District – Since laws are in place to prevent a Prime from requiring a Sub to waive its lien and bond rights, ACE and ASA are seeking legislation to protect a Sub from being liable for the sole negligence of another.  This protection already exists in Virginia and Maryland.

  • Maryland – On Wednesday, ACE met with Matthew Helminiak, Commissioner of the Dept. of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.  Issues with prevailing wage, workplace fraud and safety were addressed.  Also, ACE is strategizing how to provide payment transparency like we have in DC.

  • Virginia – Senator Chap Petersen has introduced legislation to prevent a prime contractor from using funds due to a sub for purposes other than to pay the sub.  The “right of offset” language you might see in subcontracts will not be enforceable after this bill passes. 


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Member Updates

  • Welcome new member Quantum Global Solutions– we welcome this commercial contracting scheduling consultant in Silver Spring.  Go to their website and seek out Matthew Schofield to help with your scheduling challenges.

  • Welcome new member Miller & Long DC, Inc – welcome back to Brett McMahon and his team at Miller & Long in Bethesda.  This company was one of the founding members of ASA when it was DC MSA. 

  • What You Can do to Promote YOUR Organization – We know that the ASAMW community is full of construction professionals dedicated to growing this organization that promotes the rights of our subcontractor and supplier members.

    You may want to get more involved but are unsure how to:
    • You can join a committee or work with a champion on promoting this growing organization.  This not only benefits ASAMW, but will help you to grow both professionally and personally.  Please contact me via email at ike@asamw.org and we will get you involved right away. 

    • Not sure how to go about talking to fellow professionals in the industry about the benefits of ASA? We have created helpful talking points on how to share all that the organization does and how our efforts can benefit them and their company.  Contact me for this information.

    • Do you already know a supplier or subcontractor member who would gain from the benefits of an ASA Membership?  If so, please share the company and contact information here, or contact me directly, and I will take it from there.

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