Ike's Thoughts February 7, 2019 Print

Executive Director's Report

Vote for SUBBYs – It is Your Duty – Some members have yet to vote and TODAY is the deadline.  To meet our mission of fairness, it is imperative that each ASAMW member vote for the General Contractors, or their representatives, who best exemplify fairness and efficiency.  Results are NOT KNOWN until the night of the event.  The SUBBYs is the culmination of a year of working toward a better industry for all.  Your VOTE makes sure the most deserving win.  You can abstain on any or all categories, but please VOTE!  Each member company gets one vote.  Please look for your voting email and vote today.  The deadline is TODAY!

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.  

On the Mark – Mark Drury with Shapiro & Duncan has a good handle on working with today’s youth.  Last week he brought Mark C. Perna to Montgomery County to explain how to connect with your younger workers, children and grandchildren.  His Career Tree Concept just might be the game-changer we have been looking for.   

Women Breaking the Mold in Construction on March 5 – NAWIC DC and ASA of Metro Washington invite you to a discussion with a dynamic panel of speakers who will share perspectives on how they are succeeding in a predominantly male industry. Find out more information on this can't miss event on the ASAMW Website

ASA Website is a Valuable Resource – Mick Beckstrom called to express how satisfied he is with the new Websiteavailable for ASA National. There is a valuable section on negotiating a subcontract that Mick uses regularly.  ASA members need information like this to negotiate their subcontracts – in all cases. 

Go to www.asaonline.com, click on the Member Login button in the Quick Index at the top of the page, then click “Create an Account.” Once you have created your account, you will receive an email with information on activating your account.  This is a members’ only Info Hub.  Email ASA at [email protected] if you have any trouble or questions.

Is Residential Dropping? – Although we are still in a growth cycle, Dodge reports that residential starts (multi-family) dropped by 23 percent in December while non-residential rose 43 percent.  For 2018, overall building was 22 percent higher than 2017 with non-residential up 31 percent and residential up 13 percent. 

Reply to this Email if you were among those on Great Team Award projects
You will be recognized at SUBBYs and invited to come on stage if your project wins.  Therefore, we need the names of all the companies involved in the Great Team projects.  They are:

  1. Capitol Crossing – Balfour Beatty Construction GC
  2. Capper 769N – Bozzuto Construction GC
  3. Mid-Town Center (Fannie Mae) – Clark Construction Group GC
  4. IFC HQ – DAVIS Construction GC
  5. The Boro Block C – Skanska USA GC

Please reply to this email stating which project(s) you were involved in and you will be recognized.  Thanks to those who replied to the previous request.

Registration is now open for the 2019 Mid Atlantic Construction Safety Conference (MACSC 2019) Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD.  Click here to register.  This year’s Keynote is Chief Richard Picciotto, FDNY Chief and Highest Ranking Firefighter to Survive the World Trade Center Collapse, with a presentation entitled Last Man Down: A Fireman’s Story.

An exciting and interactive program of speakers and companies has been lined up to update and enhance safety and performance in the field.


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Advocacy Issues

  • Virginia – Senate Bill 1119 was defeated – see article in body of newsletter.  Senator Frank Wagner (R- Dist 7, VA Beach) introduced SB1696, which would require employers to include on pay stubs the name and address of the employer, the number of hours worked during the pay period, and the rate of pay.  It is expected that this will address wage fraud issues.  Let us know what you think.   

  • District of Columbia – The planned meeting with the new Director of the Department of Employment Service, Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes, was postponed until a later date.

  • 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.  So far the State is unresponsive on our attempts to get information on change order improvements.  Keep that in mind as you bid work for entities of the State of Maryland. 

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Member Updates

  • Welcome District Electrical ServicesWe are proud to welcome District Electrical Services as a member of our growing community. Jim Dunn is a past president of ASAMW.  We look forward to working with him and his team.   

  • Welcome Foulger Pratt as ASAMW’s Newest GC Partner – We welcome Brett Harton and his team at Foulger Pratt as a GC Partner supporter of ASAMW. Foulger Pratt increases our emphasis on owner/GC/Sub teams to accomplish outstanding construction projects in the DMV. 

  • Matarie Broom has joined Early, Cassidy & Schilling LLC (EC&S) as Principal, Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer (COO).

  • Scott E. Damiecki, CPA, CCIFP, is now a partner at CohnReznick’s Bethesda office and a member of the Firm’s Construction Industry Practice. He has served on several panels for ASAMW and is President of CFMA.  Click here for more about Scott.

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