• Inland Northwest AGC News

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    Monday, May 18, 2020
    Phase 2 Construction Guidelines Approved by GovernorLate Friday, the Governor approved new guidelines for construction in Phase 2 of the states re-opening plan. It is important to note that this only goes into effect for projects in counties that have been approved to move to Phase 2 early. The Governor has said that Phase 2 for the rest of the state may begin around June 1. Some items to note in ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Friday, May 15, 2020
    As I drive around town, it is great to see our members back to work and helping lead the way back for our economy. The state has used the model established by the construction industry to help develop the guidelines for how to open the rest of the state and we are proud to have been part of the solution.  One quick reminder – our actions are still under close scrutiny from the state and the ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Friday, May 08, 2020
    Alert: Fraudulent Unemployment Claims  There have been reports from companies across the state of people filing fraudulent unemployment claims on behalf of workers. Please carefully check any reports you receive from ESD and verify that those listed have filed for unemployment.  We recently spoke with a representative from the state's Employment Security Department’s Fraud (ESDF) division and ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Tuesday, May 05, 2020
    L&I Updates Guidance on the Use of Face MasksToday, L&I has released its new guidance on the use of face masks. After working with the Construction Roundtable, the agency developed this matrix to help you determine when and which masks are to be used for specific tasks.  It is very important to note that this guidance does NOT replace the Governor’s current mandate on Phase I Construction ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Friday, May 01, 2020
    Governor Extends Stay at Home Order, Introduces Phased Approach to Re-Open WashingtonThis afternoon, Governor Inslee announced that he would be extending the current Stay Home, Stay Healthy order through May 31st, but did present a plan to begin re-opening businesses and gatherings. While he did not indicate a clear timeline for any of these phases, he did outline a procedure for small counties ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Thursday, April 30, 2020
    Phase I Construction Re-Start - What You Need to KnowThere is still a lot of confusion around the Phase I Guidance and how it is to be implemented on the jobsite. Below we will try to answer some of the most frequently asked questions we get and provide additional information we have received.  We were deemed an essential project; can we keep working and do we have to follow the Phase I ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Monday, April 27, 2020
    Governor’s Proclamation on ConstructionYou can view the official proclamation with additional guidance provided by the Governors office regarding the opening of Phase I Construction Projects. This guidance further elaborates on current essential projects, specifically allowing until May 1, 2020 to come into compliance with the Phase I requirements.  New Round of PPP Loans Available with ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Friday, April 24, 2020
    Governor Inslee Allows Non-Essential Phase I Construction Projects to OpenToday, the Governor announced that he will allow the opening of some construction projects. This is based off a recommendation from the Construction Roundtable to begin getting our jobs back open in a phased approach.  We are excited to have played a major role in getting our industry back to work. The AGC reached out to ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Thursday, April 23, 2020
    As you may have noticed, there have been fewer emails this week. In an effort not to overwhelm you with information, we are trying to only send out updates when we have new information. I have been hopeful over the last few days that we would have an update from the Governor on our efforts to re-open construction, but as of this email, there is no word yet. We have heard positive feedback from ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Friday, April 17, 2020
    Construction Roundtable Submits Recommendation to Governor to Re-Open ConstructionThe Construction Roundtable group, which the AGC helped establish jointly with the Governor’s office and labor representatives, has submitted a letter to the Governor asking for a phased approach to begin re-opening construction. This group has met several times over the past couple of weeks with various state ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Wednesday, April 15, 2020
    Recording Available - AGC Webinar – Implementing the COVID-19 Safety & Health PlanThank you to everyone that participated in our webinar this morning. The recording is now available for anyone that was not able to participate. If you have any follow up questions, please feel free to reach out to either myself or Curt Nead.    Share your ideas!Have you found new and innovative ways to comply with ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Tuesday, April 14, 2020
    AGC Webinar – Implementing the COVID-19 Safety & Health PlanLast week, together with Fulcrum Environmental Consulting, and Patrick True, MS, SMS, ASP, the Inland Northwest AGC released our new COVID-19 Safety & Health Plan to give our members a logical, formatted program that you can personalize to your company and your specific jobsite to work safely in this current environment. Tomorrow, April ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Friday, April 10, 2020
    As another week comes to a close, I hope you are all safe and healthy and ready for a weekend off. I know this week has been filled with confusion over many of the federal programs, worry about your employees and your businesses and trepidation about what comes next. I want you to know that everyone here at the AGC is working hard to make sure you are all ready to get back to work as soon as we ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Thursday, April 09, 2020
    New SurveyWe would like to conduct another survey of our members to help gauge the impact of the current Stay Home order on your businesses. Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey – even if you participated in the last one – we are trying to gauge the change from 2 weeks ago to better learn how things are evolving during this crisis. These results have been critical information ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Wednesday, April 08, 2020
    New Safety ResourcesYour Inland Northwest AGC has partnered with Fulcrum Environmental and a certified Industrial Hygienist to develop a comprehensive COVID-19 General Construction Health and Safety Plan for our members. This plan is designed to serve as a baseline model and can be adapted to each jobsite as applicable. Included in the plan are Environmental and Administrative controls, a toolbox ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Tuesday, April 07, 2020
    If you are working at this point in time and are an essential business, then you must make sure that your employees are safe while at work and that you have procedures in place to ensure their safety and health continues.  Follow this link to a working document put together by Fulcrum Environmental Consulting and Inland Northwest AGC to give construction companies a logical, formatted program that ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Friday, April 03, 2020
    Today’s update will be a short one – I know we can all use a break from the chaos for a while, so I hope you have a relaxing weekend at home with family. Stay safe everyone!  Governor Delays Implementation of New State Building CodesThe Washington State Building Code Council’s revisions were set to take effect on July 1, 2020. At the urging of many industry groups, the Governor has delayed ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Wednesday, April 01, 2020
    Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)By now, most of you should have heard about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans.The program would provide cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If employers maintain their payroll, the loans would be forgiven, which would help workers remain employed, as well as ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    To Continue to Operate, You Must Continue to Operate Safely Dear AGC Members:   I have always been extremely proud that one of the defining characteristics of the commercial construction industry is your unwavering commitment to the safety and health of every construction worker. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, your workers and the American public are relying on you to continue that ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    As the debate continues in our state over whether or not construction is "essential", I want to applaud those of you that are still working for the steps you are taking to keep your employees safe out on the jobsite. Safety must continue to be our priority as we begin to get the rest of our employees back to work and assure them and the public that we can do so in a way that mitigates the risks to ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Monday, March 30, 2020
    One Week Down…  As we continue to navigate the ever-changing waters of the COVID-19 outbreak, your AGC staff, both locally and nationally, are working hard to get you the best information we can to help you make an informed decision about what is best for you and your company. One of the things we want to make sure to do is get you accurate information and help dispel any rumors you might have ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Friday, March 27, 2020
    The question of the day is “How do I best take care of my employees?”. I know you are all struggling right now to figure this all out, determine what is best for your employees and your company and hopefully get through the next few weeks. While information is changing rapidly, we want to provide you as many resources as possible to help you make the best decision for you. I would highly advise ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Thursday, March 26, 2020
    I know that many of you are still struggling to determine if your projects will move forward in light of the new guidance from the Governors office. Once again, we are recommending that you be in contact with your owners and your own legal counsel to help determine what is best for your business. I would also strongly recommend that you reach out to your sub-contractors and suppliers to ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Wednesday, March 25, 2020
    Washington State: Governor Inslee issued an updated memo to address the confusion around construction projects under the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. This new guidance does shut down most commercial and residential construction. While the new guidance is still a little vague, after further discussions with his office, we currently know this:WSDOT will cease many of its operations as of end of ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Tuesday, March 24, 2020
    Good evening, I know today has been frustrating and confusing for everyone as we try to determine the impact of the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order on the construction industry. While we continue to work with our Industry partners and the Governor’s office to get some answers, below is some of the feedback we have heard from public owners:WSDOT is open for business and is moving forward ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Monday, March 23, 2020
    I hope everyone had a chance to regroup over the weekend and process everything that happened last week. We are still looking at changes on a daily basis for the foreseeable future and will do our best to keep you up to date on what they mean for you and your business.  I want to take a moment below to answer some of the most pressing questions you might have. We are compiling these in an FAQ ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Friday, March 20, 2020
    New AGC Resource Center: We have created a dedicated page on our website for all of our COVID-19 resources. This page will be updated as new information becomes available. We are also creating a database of sample forms, documents and policies for members to use that will be available soon.   Summary of Paid Leave Mandates under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201: On March 18, ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Thursday, March 19, 2020
    We have established a new document with best practices for you to use to ensure the safety of your workers. These suggestions go above and beyond the CDC guidelines and should be adapted to fit your individual jobsites, but it does provide a comprehensive list of actions that will help keep everyone safe and healthy. We are continuing to update this and will also be putting out a checklist to help ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Wednesday, March 18, 2020
    As you may have heard, the Trump Administration has asked construction companies to donate any extra N95 masks to local health care facilities. After speaking with our representative and local health care leaders, they are in need of this important PPE for their providers. If you have any available to donate, please let us know as soon as possible and we will coordinate to get them to those that ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Friday, March 13, 2020
    Inland Northwest AGC Members -   With the impact of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) being felt across the community, the AGC is working with our local and national partners to compile information and resources to help you, your employees and your clients navigate these challenging times.  We will be evaluating individual classes on a case-by-case basis and will let attendees know as soon as possible ...read more
    Categories: Covid19
    Friday, February 14, 2020
    Thank you to everyone that attended one of our 2020 Construction Owner's Panel in Spokane and Tri Cities. Below are copies of the presentations from each event:Spokane:NAC ArchitectsFairchild AFBDesign WestDSHSArmy - Corp of EngineersSTA - Spokane Transit AuthorityWSDOTITDSpokane International AirportCity of SpokaneTri Cities:Columbia Basin CollegeCity of KennewickCity of PascoCity of ...read more