Ike's Thoughts May 11, 2018 Print

Executive Director's Report

Meeting with MWAA – Jonathan Mitz and I held a productive meeting with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s Senior Vice President, Anthony Vegliante and Risk Manager, Frank Wojnar to discuss what ASA of Metro Washington considers are unfair terms in their Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP), and the unacceptably low change order markup rates on one of their biggest projects.  We are anticipating that MWAA will announce a unilateral reduction of some of the deductibles on the major project going on now at Reagan National Airport.  MWAA and ASAMW have established good relations which will hopefully lead to further improvements in MWAA’s contracting practices as they apply to subcontractors while lowering the cost of construction to MWAA. If you are on an MWAA job and have any issues or wish to meet with us the next time we meet with MWAA, just reply to this email and we will make sure you are invited.  We plan to meet again in June to discuss progress on our concerns. 

Do Owners Get It?  An article in the Washington Business Journal quoted Meridian Senior VP, Jason Phillips, “I absolutely will see an increase just based on the uncertainty in the steel market and the subcontractors using this as an excuse to jack up prices.”  Click here for article

Official Notice of Annual Meeting – On May 22nd at a dinner being held at Martin’s Columbia on Central Avenue in Upper Marlboro, ASA of Metro Washington will hold it’s Annual Meeting.  This is official notification to all members as required in the bylaws.  Please be present to elect officers and board members, to recognize members who have remained faithful for 5, 10 and 25 years, and to support the leaders who have worked so hard to protect your interest as subcontractors.  Click here for more information and to register.

Outstanding Panel after Annual Meeting – You have the opportunity to hear what industry experts think is most important to your business on issues regarding law, bonding, insurance, banking and accounting.  You will really enjoy this format to learn what you need to be aware of to protect yourself and your company.  See all at Martin’s Columbia.  Click here to Register.

Be at MGM on June 1 – Register here for a full day of valuable information that you will in your business the next day.  With legal, financial and technology tracks, there will be something for Owners, CFOs, HR, IT, Project Managers and Estimators.  ASA of Metro Washington has partnered with Smith Currie to develop down-to-earth information in areas that will impact your business now and in the near future.  Click here for more information.

Board Retreat – Your Board of Directors held an intense retreat last Sunday and Monday along with its advisors and two invited members, Bruce Spengler and Scott Harding.  All events and aspects of our activities were scrutinized to make sure they meet our Mission.  Be sure to thank your leadership for taking so much of their valuable time to work for you and all subcontractors.

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Advocacy Issues

  • Virginia – Battles continue to adopt a budget and to consider gaming for the Commonwealth before the June 30 deadline we await meetings with other construction entities on entrusting payments to subcontractors.

  • District of Columbia – The District is preparing it’s 2019 fiscal budget.

  • Maryland – No report

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Member Updates

  • Welcome to Lerch, Early & Brewer in Bethesda. We are glad to have employment attorney Julie Reddig, who is experienced in employment laws affecting subs, as well as the other attorneys at her firm, who are knowledgeable in real estate and business law.

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