Ike's Newsletter September 18, 2020

Executive Director's Report

Economist Reveals Markets to go After – Expect to see bids for data centers and distribution facilities close to high residential areas, according to Ken Simonson, the Economist, who spoke to a joint session of ASAMW and CFMA members on Sept. 8th.  School construction will be needed to meet the number of students in the area, with private and charter schools in demand.  Over the long term, owners will be reluctant to start new construction, high-end residential will suffer, office space will drop sharply and the DMV will see the effects of a decrease in business travel.  Please send an email to [email protected] to receive a copy of the deck used in this presentation. 

Are you Working in DC? Several members met with DC Council Members Robert White and Kenyan McDuffie to discuss the concerns subcontractors have about working in DC.  One of the points made was that those contractors who attempt to abide by the laws are more likely to receive audits resulting in fines than those who choose to skirt the laws.  Wage theft is a major issue.  Thanks to Cindy Athey (Precision Wall Tech) for orchestrating this meeting.  The Survey about technology mentioned below will include questions about working in DC. Click here for the Survey. If you would like the notes from this meeting, please send a request to [email protected].   

Meeting with GC Partners -   As reported earlier, the ASA of Metro Washington Board met with its General Contractor Partners on Sept. 2, 2020.  The final report from that meeting was approved by the board and sent to the GC Partners.  It is now available to members upon request by emailing me. There is a Survey here that asks about the technology you prefer to use (and about working in DC).  Please take a minute or two to respond.  Click here for the Survey.

SIE – Word on the Street was Yesterday – These meetings include confidential discussions and specifics are not repeated.  The ASAMW Board has decided to hold these discussions each month for subcontractor and supplier members of ASA of Metro Washington.  On the call most considered the work picture strong with a lot of budgeting going on.  Members were warned that some subcontracts contain broad wording holding subs to RFIs, design documents, etc. that may be changed without notice.  Review these sections carefully.  More members are working in Baltimore and find that payment on public work in that area takes about 90 days.   

How About Golf at Lansdowne on Oct. 5th?  Many people, like me, were too late to get into the WBC Golf event, but there is still time to get into the ASAMW event at the same location – Lansdowne.  Click here for more information to sponsor or register.  COVID-19 restrictions will be similar to those at the June golf outing.   We need your support during the pandemic to keep your association strong.  Besides dues, our major fundraisers are Golf and Subbys. Your support makes it possible to achieve our mission of Better Construction through Fair Construction.

Advocacy Issues

Maryland:  Unlike other jurisdictions, Maryland will NOT have a special session and will begin the regular session in January.  

Legislation in DC on “no right of offset” and anti-indemnity (B23-0406) is in the works.  Your help in getting these passed would be appreciated.      

Virginia:  Although the legislature is in special session, there seem to be procedural matters that are preventing bills from moving forward.  ASA and ACE will be promoting legislation to ensure subcontractors are aware whenever a prime has been paid by a public entity.  There is a clunky Website that lists payments by DGS in Virginia by clicking here.  

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