Ike's Thoughts November 15, 2019 Print

Executive Director's Report

LAST CHANCE!! Nominations for GC of the YEAR – We Need YOUR Nomination:  Please take the time to make meaningful nominations for this year’s SUBBYs.  A major responsibility as part of your membership in ASAMW is recognizing those who deserve recognition.  Click HERE for the Nomination Form.  

Nominations are for:
General Contractor Superintendent of the Year
General Contractor Project Manager of the Year
General Contractor Safety Program
Best General Contractor National
Best General Contractor Local/Regional
Best Emerging General Contractor
Best GC for Small Businesses
Best General Contractor in the Use of Technology
Great Team
Second Tier Subcontractor, Supplier or Service Provider
Industry Achievement

Share this with your project managers and estimators.  Multiple nominations from a member company are welcome.

Nonresidential Construction Starts Down, Residential Up: October construction starts in the DMV were flat overall with nonresidential starts down 59 percent over last year, while residential starts were up 49 percent.  This information provided by Dodge Data & Analytics. 

Significant Legislative Improvements in other States:
Each member may receive a newsletter from the National Subcontractors Alliance.  Reply to this email and it will be sent to you.  If you take a few minutes to read it you will see what other NSA Chapters have accomplished on legislative issues similar to those on which we are working.  For instance:

  • New York legislation on substantial completion and timely resolution of punch lists.
  • Arizona legislation on partial liability.
  • Several chapters are working on retainage reform.


Skanska Suit: Click here for a report on a $4 million change order case between Skanska and a mechanical sub in New York.  

Six Spots Available for Project Managers' Workshop: Expert practitioners from the industry will lead your less-experienced PMs and APMs on a journey to meet the challenges they are sure to face.  Click here to read more or call Ike if you care to discuss. You must be registered now. There are no spots being reserved for anyone. 

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Advocacy Issues

Maryland:  ACE’s Maryland Lobbyist and I will be meeting with the Senior Staff at the Maryland Comptroller’s office on Monday to discuss how payments by the state to prime contractors can be made public.

DC:  A bill was introduced by the DC Council designed to improve compliance with a District law that requires companies with large public contracts to subcontract some work to small local businesses. Sponsors promise to close loopholes to prevent program abuse and manipulation and it would prohibit contractors from subcontracting work to companies in which they have an ownership stake to fulfill the law’s requirements.  Reply to this email if you would like a copy of B23-0545.

Virginia: A long awaited report from the Governor’s .Commission on Worker Misclassification and Wage Theft has been published.  The Taskforce recommends substantial penalties to deter misclassification and debarment of bidders found in violation.  Eight state agencies are held responsible for compliance both individually and collectively. 

Federal:  ASA of Metro Washington will support an Amicus Brief in the Case of Aarow Electric vs. Hartford Insurance.  The case involves whether a Miller Act surety may rely on a subcontract no-damages-for-delay clause as a defense of its Miller Act obligations.

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