Ike's Thoughts April 13, 2018 Print

Executive Director's Report

Managing BacklogRegister here for this important dinner meeting on April 17th.  Most of ASA’s IESG Supporters will be with us as we address issues facing you on how to handle backlog.  This event will include an Owner, GCs and Sub talking about their expectations in addressing the labor shortage.  When do you say no?  What should you expect from GCs and Owners and what do they expect from you?  There are a lot of questions and now it is time to seek some reasonable answers.  Panel members include Paul Elias (JBG Smith), Buddy Henley (Henley Construction), Jared Oldroyd (Clark Construction) and Sheldon Shapiro (Shapiro & Duncan). 

Thanks to an ASAMW Member, Working for the District Has Improved – Calvin Reid with Atlas Manufacturing has been working with Roscoe Grant for years to improve payments by DC to subcontractors.  Their efforts paid off when the DC Council passed, the Accessible and Transparent Procurement Amendment Act of 2018Click here to learn what the law includes.    

Please Help With Change Order Law in Maryland – If you have any experience – good or bad – with change orders on work for the state of Maryland, please reply to this email so that I can contact you.  I am meeting with Senator Justin Ready (R-Carroll County) on Monday to discuss the status of the regulations that were passed in 2016 to improve change orders in construction.  Thanks for your help. 

Who’s Who in Building & Construction Showcase powered by Blue Book Network will be on Thursday, April 26th at FedExField.  ASA of Metro Washington is participating and we recommend that you join us.  Over 100 local commercial general contractors, government, and other construction buyers will be there for the specific purpose of meeting subcontractors in the Mid-Atlantic region.  The event is free to park and attend, just complete the online registration process by clicking here. http://www.thewhoswho.build/showcases/landover,md

Golf is SOLD OUT – April 20th is next Friday and we project a perfect day for Golf.  If you are not registered, sorry.  You can join us for dinner or you can sponsor.  We return to the ever-popular Whiskey Creek for this great event.  Reply to this email if you would like to sponsor.  Your sponsorship support is what keeps ASA operating.  Please consider a sponsorship and thanks for your generous support of ASA and its mission of fairness. And remember, our next golf tournament is October 4th at Westfields.  Please consider registering your foursome early to ensure your spot! Thanks to Henley Construction for being our Spring Tournament Sponsor. 

June 1 is Corporate Wellness Day – Plan now to spend Friday, June 1 at the MGM National Harbor for a full day of valuable seminars to evaluate your company’s status in three important areas: Legal, Financial and Technology.  Each of these tracks will appeal to those in charge of your company’s success in these areas -- from Project Managers to Company Owners.  Click here for more information.  

2018 Mid Atlantic Construction Safety Conference (MACSC)is now open for registration. MACSC 2018 will be held April 24, 2018, at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD.  This is the premier regional conference focused on construction safety.  The keynote talks are two highly regarded fire service professionals: Chris Connealy, the Texas State Fire Marshall, and Eric Thompson, the lead coordinator for the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System.  Both will speak to emergency preparedness and lessons learned from two significant and tragic events: the West Fertilizer Plant explosion in April of 2013 and the preparation and response to Hurricane Harvey in August of 2017.  Register here.

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Advocacy Issues

    • District – If you are dissatisfied with First Source, Apprenticeship or other aspects of DC government, then you have the opportunity to express your concerns at hearings before the DC Council on April 18th.  Just reply to this email and Ike will contact you. Do not work in DC on Monday, April 16th on any construction work that requires a permit.  Working could result in a stop work order.

    • Maryland – General Contractors are now liable for unpaid subcontractor wages in Maryland.  SB 853 passed the Maryland Legislature.  Click here for more information on this new law. 
      The retention legislation mentioned in past eNewsletters died in committee.

    • Virginia – HB 375, a bill which would have prohibited local governments from requiring their contractors to pay employees a higher wage than that which the state requires, was vetoed by the Governor. 





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