ASA of Metro Washington
1004 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 684-3450 Ext 1325

 

Mission Statement:

Better Construction Through Fair Construction

“American Subcontractors Association of Metro Washington promotes the rights and interests of subcontractors and suppliers by building strength in community through education, legislation, networking and professional growth." 
 

Lien Waiver Legislation in Virginia - the Whole Story

                                                                             by Ike Casey, Executive Director

At a meeting of the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of ASA that I attended in Oct. of 2014, I raised the question, “What do we need to do in the Virginia Legislature to improve your business?”  One member replied that he had just signed a contract with a well-known company in our area that stated, in effect, that by signing this subcontract he was waiving his lien rights on the project.

I said, “A general contractor is not able to do that in Maryland and several other states in the area, so we should be able to get this passed in Virginia.”

I floated this idea at a meeting of ACE – the Alliance for Construction Excellence that ASA supports along with seven other associations including NECA, SMACNA, MCAA and the Iron Workers Employers.  They agreed that we should see how we can progress with this.  That is when Fred Codding, the Executive Director of the Iron Workers Employers Association and David Bailey, ACE’s lobbyist with David Bailey Associates went to work.  They found that Senator Chap Petersen, a Democrat in Fairfax not only understood the issue, but also was passionate about getting it passed. 

Sen. Petersen was able to get the bill, now Senate Bill 891, through a Senate Committee and to the Senate floor where it passed by a vote of 25 – 13.  ASAMW’s President, Patty Peterson and I attend the Senate Committee hearing where we were surprised to hear Senator Mark Obenshain speak against the bill.  Senator Obenshain is from the Shenandoah Valley and our members know him personally.  In fact his firm at one time represented the chapter.  We thought we had the connections to get this passed, and we did, even though Sen. Obenshain opposed it all the way.

So next we went to the House, where it went before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Courts of Justice.  The Associated General Contractors testified that they would like to be included on the bill.  We said, “Sure, the problem is usually when an owner requires a lien waiver and the GC passes it on to the Subs, so you are welcome to be covered by this legislation.” 

Then the Virginia Bar got involved.  I think all proposed legislation is sent to them before it goes to the final body, so they suggested some changes to where the bill was located in the Virginia Code and a few tweaks to the language, but we still had what we wanted. But. . .

The Land Title people decided that the new language left them out if they wanted to require a lien waiver of a General Contractor or Owner.  Either we all had to agree, or we fight it out with the Bankers and Title companies in the House.  If the GCs are left out, all subcontractors will have to be aware if a title insurance company requires a lien waiver of the GC or Owner – that means they do not have confidence in the financial wherewithal of the GC or Owner – a major red flag for any subcontractor. 

Our Lobbyist, David Bailey tried to compromise with the Title companies, but in the end they were not willing and tried to kill the bill.  After going back and forth for days trying to reach a reasonable compromise, Sen. Petersen decided to stick with our original bill that left the GCs out.  AGC and ABC agreed to this since they have a lot of subcontractor members as well.  We will all work together to include the GCs in 2016.    

But in the meantime it passed the House on Feb. 25th by a vote of 96 – 0 and we expect the Governor to sign it – Victory!

                                                                                                                  

2015 SUBBY Nominees - Winners Announced on March 7, 2015

NATIONAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR
Balfour-Beatty Construction
Clark Construction Group
HITT Contracting, Inc.
Whiting-Turner Contracting, Inc.


REGIONAL GENERAL CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR
Henley Construction Company, Inc.
Hess Construction + Engineering Services
L.F. Jennings, Inc.
TMG Construction Corporation

EMERGING GENERAL CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR
Asturian
Athena
EGI (Edifice Group, Inc.)

 

GENERAL CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR FOR TENANT INTERIOR BUILD OUT
Donohoe Construction Company
Turner Construction
Twin Contracting

GENERAL CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR FOR RENOVATION & RESTORATION
Grunley
James G. Davis Construction
John C. Grimberg Company

 

ARCHITECT/ENGINEER/DEVELOPER OF THE YEAR
Avalon Bay Communities
Paradigm Companies
SmithGroupJJR

PROJECT MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Larry Meek, Greenway
Nestor Santos, James G. Davis Construction Company

Amy Moreira, Turner Construction

SUPERINTENDENT OF THE YEAR
Ben Lord, Clark Construction
Justin Zubricki, John Moriarty & Associates
Coleby Cyrtmus, HITT Contracting, Inc.

VENDOR OF THE YEAR
Erie Architectural Products, Inc.
Havtech
Pittsburgh Paints
Sunbelt Rentals

ARTHUR C. MEUSHAW SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT
Ken Grunley
Jerry Robinson
Jerry Strieter

SUBCONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR
Acme Mechanical Contractors of Virginia, Inc..
Cochran & Mann, Inc.
Genco Masonry, Inc.
Orndorff & Spaid, Inc.

GENERAL CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR IN OVERALL JOBSITE SAFETY
Clark Construction
Henley Construction Company, Inc.
Meridian Construction Company

 

ASAMW Bi-Weekly Newsletter

Twice a month, Ike Casey, Executive Director of ASAMW, releases "Ike's Thoughts", where he shares what's new and newsworthy in the industry. It is a must read!  Read the latest issue.

Value Proposition of ASAMW

ASA Metro Washington is the only association that advocates exclusively for the rights and interests of subcontractors and suppliers

Education

ASAMW provides education relevant to the Subcontracting community designed to improve performance, thus allowing members to better compete in the ever-changing construction environment.

Legislation

ASAMW is your advocate for Federal, state and local levels, giving you a voice and fighting for your rights as a subcontractor.

Advocates exclusively for subcontractors and suppliers

  • Legislative
  • Regulatory
  • Subcontractors Legal Defense Fund - ASA's Subcontractors Legal Defense Fund supports ASA's critical legal activities in precedent-setting cases to protect the interests of all subcontractors. ASA taps the SLDF to fund amicus curiae, or "friend-of-the-court," briefs in appellate-level cases that would have a significant impact on subcontractor rights.

Networking

ASAMW believes in the power of building business relationships by sharing best practices, ideas, leads and introductions.

Subcontractors Information Exchange – (formerly known as BPIE)

Provides a private forum for member subcontractors and suppliers to share first hand information to enable better business decisions

IESG Supporters

  • TMG Construction Corp.
  • Balfour Beatty Construction
  • Grunley Construction Co., Inc.
  • Henley Construction Company
  • HITT Contracting, Inc.
  • L.F. Jennings, Inc.
  • Meridian Construction
  • Whiting-Turner

The Industry Education Support Group represent the general contractors in the DC area who support ASA’s mission of Better Construction through Fair Construction.

ASAMW  would like to recognize Member Companies for their years of
Membership Support:

50 years, Since 1964
John H. Hampshire, Inc. 
Schnabel Foundation Company
Truland Systems Corporation

40 Years, Since 1974
Superior Iron Works, Inc.

25 Years, Since 1989
Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell
Panel Systems, Inc.
Southland Insulators, Inc.

10 Years, Since 2004
ACECO, LLC
Busy Service, Inc.
Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP
EEC Group, Inc.
Power Services, Inc.
WG Welch & Associates, Inc. 

5 Years, Since 2009
Kogok Corporation
HUFCOR/Potomac, Inc.
PCC Construction Components, Inc.
Scaffold Resource
Alpine Services, Inc.
Telligent Masonry, LLC
BION, Inc.
Briglia McLaughlin, PLLC

 

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