• October 22, 2012 8:30 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    With less than 3 weeks to go, we request that you encourage your family, friends and employees to vote in the 2012 General Election.  Our industry, and your company needs elected officials at all levels who support transportation, infrastructure, capital projects and regulatory reform  because they all focus on economic development opportunities that not only mean jobs in building the projects, it can also result in good jobs created with the completion of the projects. 


    The AGC Board of Directors, with the AGC Government Affairs Committee recommendations, has endorsed the following candidates from the Congressional level down to our local County as follows:

    • 5th Congressional District - Cathy McMorris-Rodgers
    • Governor - Rob McKenna
    • Lt. Governor – Brad Owen
    • Attorney General – Reagan Dunn
    • State Supreme Court
      • Position 2 – Susan Owens
      • Position 8 – Steve Gonzalez
      • Position 9 – Richard Sanders
    • 3rd Legislative District (Senate) – Andy Billig
    • 3rd State Legislative District – Marcus Riccelli
    • 6th State Legislative District – Kevin Parker & Jeff Holy
    • 7th State Legislative District – Joel Kretz & Shelly Short
    • 9th State Legislative District – Joe Schmick & Susan Fagan
    • 12th Legislative District – Mike Armstrong & Cary Condotta
    • Spokane County Commissioner – Todd Mielke & Shelly O’Quinn

    The AGC process - It is important that voters know what each candidate stand for, and how he/she views issues.  Your AGC Government Affairs Committee interviewed candidates to obtain this information.  The AGC Board of Directors made the endorsements based on the candidate’s answers and their support to the construction industry.  You can make this information available to your employees, so long as you stop short of suggesting that they vote for a specific candidate.


    If you have any questions about the upcoming election, please contact Wayne Brokaw at (509) 535-0391.


    Online Voters Guide

  • October 08, 2012 10:21 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    This one-day conference is to introduce the principles of Civil Integrated Management (CIM), provide examples of technologies and tools available, and provide project examples where it has worked.


    CIM is the collection, organization, and managed accessibility to accurate data and information related to a highway facility. The concept may be used by all affected parties for a wide range of purposes, including planning, environmental, surveying, construction, maintenance, asset management, and risk assessment.


    Earn 7.5 CEUs towards your Oregon CCB License requirements.


    Event Details:

    November 15, 2012
    8–5 pm

    Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 8235 NE Airport Way, Portland, Oregon 97220


    This conference is free to attendees, however all attendees must register. For more information contact Christina Devlin, 503-685-8316 or Bev Eddy, 503-685-8330.


    Learn more here.

  • August 06, 2012 10:56 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    Associated General Contractors of America is Collaborating with ClickSafety, an OSHA-Authorized Provider, to Deliver Wide Range of Construction-Related Safety Courses Online and at a 10 Percent Discount  


    Construction professionals will be able to take a wide range of mandatory and optional safety training programs online thanks to a new collaboration between the Associated General Contractors of America and ClickSafety, who is authorized by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to provide its online Outreach Training Program.  Association officials added that the collaboration will provide a range of online construction-related safety courses, including the mandatory OSHA 10- and 30-hour safety training programs for employees of its member firms. 


    “This new safety program will provide thousands of construction professionals with a tremendous opportunity to sharpen their safety skills,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “Our members are constantly looking for ways to improve the safety of their worksites, and this program is designed to make it even easier for them to do just that.”


    Sandherr noted that the association chose to collaborate with ClickSafety because of its long standing relationship with OSHA and its ability to offer over 300 courses and 70 in Spanish.  In addition, ClickSafety is OSHA-authorized to offer the newly updated OSHA 10-Hour Construction, 30-Hour Construction and 10-Hour General Industry courses. The firm also offers the 10-Hour Road Builder, 10-Hour Cal/OSHA and 10-Hour Construction Spanish courses, all at a 10 percent discount for AGC members. Some of the other courses available to employees of AGC member firms include Focus Four prevention: Fall protection, electrocution, struck-by, caught-between; Mold in construction; EM 385-1-1 safety courses, among others.


    “We are proud to be a long standing OSHA authorized Online Outreach Training provider and collaborate with the AGC to help member firms meet the demands of OSHA standards to educate, enable and encourage safety,” said Brian Tonry, executive vice president and general manager of ClickSafety. “With our combined industry leadership, we will provide AGC members unprecedented access to OSHA and construction, environmental and general industry safety courses, resulting in increased awareness of, and responsibility for, safety training.”


    The new collaboration builds on the association’s long tradition of providing essential safety training for employees of its member firms.  The association has provided the 10- and 30-hour OSHA courses for more than 3,100 workers during the past five years alone. The new collaboration will allow the association to continue providing the mandatory safety training, plus a host of new safety programs designed to reduce construction injuries and fatalities. 


    This safety training collaboration was designed to complement the range of safety programs the association already provides for its members.  Those programs include new, English and Spanish language fall-safety training and a comprehensive work zone safety curriculum.  Thanks to the association’s efforts, and the work of its member firms, the construction fatality rate has declined by over 40 percent since 2006.

    “Just because we’ve made a lot of progress in improving workplace safety, doesn’t mean our job is done,” Sandherr said. “We are going to keep pushing to provide our members with every opportunity to improve the safety of our industry.”


    Click here to view new safety training program or contact 877-507-(7233) or

  • July 30, 2012 2:23 PM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    The AGC Plans Center is pleased to announce a new feature just for AGC members - unlimited downloads of plans and specs! Now, not only can you view all of the plans available in our plans center - you can download them directly to your computer.


    "We are excited to be able to offer our members this new value-added feature," said AGC Executive Director Wayne Brokaw. "This will provide better access to plans for all of our members, making it easier for them to find work and bid on projects."


    If you haven't already, we strongly encourage all of our members to go online today and check out the AGC Plans Center. If you have questions or would like training for your staff, please contact Mary Tantriella at (509) 535-0391.


  • July 24, 2012 10:50 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    Ever wonder what your world would be like without the AGC? Check out the attached article by AGC of America CEO Steve Sandherr regarding the battles being fought on behalf of the industry every day in Washington DC.


  • July 12, 2012 8:48 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of longtime AGC member and past President Ron Clark.


    There are rare people whom we meet that make us feel loved and cared for immediately. Grandpa Ron, as he came to be known over the last several years, is that rare person. It was impossible to meet Ron and not be drawn to his wisdom, caring and thoughtfulness.

    Ron joined the Lord on July 9, 2012 and his spirit will be with all of us who knew and loved him forever.


    Ron was born in Spokane on April 12, 1938 to Herbert and Wilma Clark. As the oldest child and only son, he served as big brother to Patricia (Victor Robisch) and Barbara (Jim Johnson). Ronnie was a constant in Patty, Barb and their families lives. Ron was preceded in death by his parents.


    He attended St. Xavier Catholic School and Gonzaga Prep, graduating in 1956. After serving two years in the Navy, Ron entered Gonzaga University and graduated in 1963.


    Acme Concrete Company was his work "home" for 34 years. The friendships he developed in those years were incredibly important to him. His approach to work was the same as the rest of his life: he was fair, smart and a truly "stand-up" guy. Following his retirement, Ron offered his assistance and expertise to a number of charities including the St. Anne's Children Home and Catholic Charities.

    Marrying the love of his life, Dianne, in 1961, Ron began the journey that gave him profound joy. Their four children, Stephen (Peggy), Lee (Heidi), Shelly (Jeff Duquette) and Rebecca were a source of great pride. He fulfilled his true calling when he became Grandpa Ron to Travis, Nick, Lexi, Annie and Andrew and his step-grandchildren, Zachary and Jordan. His presence at every sporting event was the most obvious view of his dedication to his grandchildren. This was only the beginning of his love and support of his family. He was carpool driver, confidant and best friend.


    Ron was a longtime member of St. Mary's Parish and Past President of AGC Associated General Contractors.


    He is survived by his loving wife, children, grandchildren, sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his Uncle Truman Clark and Aunt Sibyl Chaudoin in Kentucky, his father's birthplace.


    Rosary Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, July 14, 2012 and Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 AM, both at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Spokane Valley, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Nazareth Guild, PO Box 1453, Spokane, 99210, or St. Anne's Children and Family Center, 25 W. 5th Avenue, Spokane, 99204. Please visit Ron's on-line memorial at


  • June 22, 2012 10:31 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    Article by Jason T. Piskel and Wesley D. Mortensen, Dunn & Black P.S.


    On March 29, 2012, Washington's Governor recently signed into law SHB 1559, which amends the scope of the "anti-indemnity statute". Among other changes, that statute now specifically includes design professionals in its coverage.  As previously written, the statute expressly applied to construction contracts, but there was some question whether that broad reference included contracts involving design professionals.  The revised statute clears up any doubt that it applies to construction contracts and contracts for "architectural, landscape architectural, engineering and land surveying services."  However, the new statute does much more than just add design professionals to its scope of coverage.


    In revising the anti-indemnity statute, the Legislature broadened the scope of the anti-indemnity law's coverage to include the duty to defend. The hold harmless obligation in construction generally includes two duties: the duty to indemnify (to pay the ultimate judgment) and the duty to defend (to pay the defense costs until the matter is settled or a judgment is rendered).  In many instances, the duty to defend (the cost of attorney fees, court costs and/or arbitration costs, etc.) can exceed the ultimate judgment or settlement amount.  The Legislature modified the statute such that both the duty to indemnify and the duty to defend are now part of the anti-indemnity statute.  As previously written, construction contractors and design professionals were often required to pay or provide the legal defense related to a negligence claim arising out of the work or services provided, irrespective of whether the entity receiving the defense was also partially at fault.  The revised statute expressly limits the duty to defend and voids the indemnity provisions that require contractors and designers to defend customers for personal injury and property damage negligence claims arising out of the other contractor’s concurrent or sole negligence.  When taking the statute as a whole; the limitation applies to negligent acts not “breach of contract” acts.  Therefore, construction defect cases will still have the duty to defend as before.


    Additionally, the statute previously limited its application to liability for damages arising out of bodily injury or property damages only, but indemnity clauses often encompass a much broader scope of damages.  As revised now, the statute expands the scope to include any damages arising out of the services (work) provided.


    The statute becomes effective June 6, 2012.  We anticipate these changes will have significant impact on construction contracts currently being negotiated, and on contractors who have been relying on the old statute in the creation of their current agreements.  More importantly, it will have a drastic impact on how contractors allocate risk in evaluating their projects and appropriate contract language.  The construction lawyers at Dunn & Black, P.S. are ready and willing to discuss with you any concerns your company may have about this new law, and the implications it may have for your projects.


  • June 19, 2012 11:49 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    Duane Lee Nelson passed away on June 15, 2012. He was born in Beloit, KS to Robert and Ruth Nelson and has been a resident of Spokane since 1956. Duane was an Eagle and Sea Scout in addition to most valuable athlete of his high school in Salina, Kansas.


    Duane enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943. He served in the South Pacific for three years during WWII, fighting in the invasions of Peleliu and Okinawa, then spending six months in China. Upon his return, in 1947, he married Donna Lockie. He played football and basketball at Kansas State University while earning a degree in Ornamental Horticulture. He was called into the Army during the Korean War. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1976 after serving many years with the Army Reserves.


    Duane established Nelson Landscape Service in 1958. He received several national awards for beautification of northwest highways and parks as well as leaving a lasting legacy with his landscaping of Riverfront Park. Duane was the national president of the Associated Landscape Contractors of America and Spokane Nurserymen's Association. He served on the board of the Spokane Tennis Association, Association of General Contractors, Landscape Advisory Board for the WA Dept. of Transportation, and the 1979 Washington State University Building Committee. One of his proudest moments was seeing the completion of the North YMCA on Newport Highway that was built on his donated homestead land, as a place for all families to enjoy. He and Donna enjoyed traveling around the world and pursued that love all of his life. After retirement in 1986, he spent winters in Kauai and Arizona developing his love of painting with watercolors and oils and playing tennis. After Donna passed away in 2003, Duane married Carol Manikowski with whom he continued to enjoy a rich and full life of traveling.


    Duane was known for his integrity, great wit, and loyalty to his friends and family. Survivors include his wife, Carol Manikowski Nelson; daughter Becky (Bob) Clark of Colbert; and two sons Dan (Debi) Nelson of Corvallis, OR and Dave (Kerry) Nelson of Colbert; Gpa's grandchildren: Chelsea, Casey, Katrina, Molly, Ian, Spencer, Blake and Megan; three great-grandchildren and his sister Jane Gorseth in Alaska. Duane will also be greatly missed by his wife and her children, Shari, Lauri and Dave Manikowski, as well as Carol's three grandchildren and all of his many friends and business associates.


    A memorial service for Duane L. Nelson will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at RIPLINGER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4305 N. DIVISION, SPOKANE, WA. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane, 121 S. Arthur, PO Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210. Online guestbook at


  • June 08, 2012 8:51 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    The Inland Northwest AGC would like to congratulate all of our members that received a 2011 Safety Award at our presentation breakfast on Thursday, June 7 at the AGC. The AGC presented both national and local awards to the following companies:


    National AGC Safety Award Winners

    • Clearwater Construction & Management LLC
    • Cobra Building Envelope Contractors
    • Dew Drop Sprinklers & Landscaping
    • Dix Corp
    • Federal Engineers & Constructors
    • Inland Asphalt Co.
    • Larson's Demolition, Inc.
    • Loon Lake Sand and Gravel
    • Piersol Construction, Inc.
    • Steelhead Mechanical LLC


    Inland Northwest AGC Safety Award Winners

    • Basin Refrigeration & Heating, Inc.
    • Brown Contracting & Development
    • Burton Construction
    • Cegnar Company
    • Drywall Specialties, Inc.
    • Frank Gurney, Inc.
    • Inland Empire Fire Protection
    • Lafarge North America
    • Lydig Construction
    • Murphy Bros.
    • N A Degerstrom, Inc.
    • Northwest Fence Co.
    • Performance Contracting, Inc.
    • S & S Coatings, Inc.
    • Shamrock Paving Company
    • TW Clark Construction LLC
    • Wm Winkler Co.

    Recognizing AGC Contractor Members for Safety Excellence Since 1926, the National AGC Safety Awards (NASA) program has been an ongoing effort to offer AGC members an opportunity to evaluate their safety record. NASA compares a member's safety record with other AGC members according to the member size and construction type. Additionally, NASA provides a great opportunity for contractor members to compete for nationally recognized awards that have excellent safety records.


    The Inland Northwest AGC local safety awards honor those companies in our region that go above & beyond to maintain a safe workplace. This program compares companies in the same division on a local level.


    Safety awards are given to members who have an incident rate 25% below each division's average and members who have a zero incident rate in the following divisions: Building, Highway, Heavy/Industrial, Municipal/Utilities and Associate/Specialty.

    Photos of the event are available on our Flickr site.

  • June 01, 2012 9:47 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    You're invited to a brief ceremony on Wednesday, June 13 at 1:30 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the next phase of the North Spokane Corridor (NSC). The event will take place on the northbound lanes of the NSC just north of Farwell Road, which you can access from Farwell Road.

    Two bridges were built at the north end of the route (near the Wandermere Golf Course) and a four-lane section of divided concrete freeway linking the NSC with US 395. A fully paved pedestrian and bicycle path parallels the new freeway, connecting to other trails along the route.

    You will be able to enter the NSC from US 395 via a direct connection, traveling at freeway speeds. This means we will now have traffic flowing on the northern five miles of the 10-mile NSC.

    Funding for this $38 million project came from the transportation package passed by the 2003 Legislature. Graham Construction and Management of Spokane is the prime contractor.

    Learn more here.



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