Ike's Newsletter October 23, 2020

Executive Director's Report

Do You Know When the Prime Gets Paid?  Members recently indicated that transparent payment – knowing when the GC/Prime has received payment from the owner – is more important than just about anything else to improve payment to subcontractors.  However, are you using the tools available to you?  There is no help in Maryland, but here are the payment sites for public work in DC and Virginia.

Virginia: Procurement Transparency for Dept of General Services (DGS) (with matching payment, if available) Click Here

Payment Transparency for DGS (with matching PO if available): Click Here

DC:Click Here

PreFab Contract terms – Click here to learn more about the contract terms developed by ConsensusDocs for PreFab construction. This is an off-the-shelf solution that “defines important new industry definitions and scenarios that are unique to prefabricated construction.” MEP Subs can attest to the fact that PreFab is here to stay and other subs will be smart to get on the band wagon.  Join ASAMW and Shapiro & Duncan for a virtual pre-fab tour on November 13thClick here for more on the PreFab Tour.

Golf Results  – Beautiful day, beautiful course and fun times at the Annual Fall Golf Tournament at Lansdowne Resort.  The contest winners were:

  • First Place (15 under) – Benchmark Utility/HITT
  • Second Place (14 under) – Gilbane
  • Third Place (14 under) – Moriarty
  • Longest Drive (Men)– Hayes Merkert (ACECO)
  • Longest Drive (Women) – Becca Starer (Gilbane)
  • Closest to the Pin – Erik Martel

Click here for pictures.  Thanks to all the sponsors who made this another successful event.  Your support is greatly needed and appreciated. 

PM Workshop Filling Up – Be sure your Project Managers know the latest techniques to protect their company and be successful at ASAMW’s Annual Project Managers Workshop.  The PM Workshop team has revised the curriculum to include more instruction on foundational (i.e. communication) skills as well as specific tools for RFIs, WIPs and other processes.  Be sure to sign up now to assure a spot in this valuable workshop.  Click here for more information and to register your PM, APM, or other person seeking improved management skills. 

SIE – Word on the Street  Yesterday’s SIE included a valuable discussion of Change Orders.  When you are presented with a change, ask if the change is an owner’s change or the GC’s change.  The answer will help in obtaining payment down the road.  Prince William County Virginia seems to have the most favorable owner language to prevent a contracting officer from demanding a change when the funds are not available to pay for it. Reply to this email to receive a copy of that language. 

Members continue to value the opportunity to share experiences with the GCs and Owners they are planning to bid.  These monthly Zoom meetings give everyone the opportunity to share positive and negative experiences on their current projects. Click here to register for next month's members only event.

The FrontRunners hope to see you at the annual paintball event at Hogback Mountain Paintball on November 12th! We hope to see our regulars as well as some new players on the field! Register today.

 

Advocacy Issues

Maryland:  No report.

DC: Several bills protecting subcontractors have been introduced, including:

  • B23-0545 – puts teeth behind the prompt payment law that requires prime contractors to pay their sub within seven days.
  • B23-0406 – prevents contract provision to hold prime harmless in the event of damage to property and bodily damage.
  • There are other bills pending including one to prevent a prime from holding payment to sub because of a dispute on a separate job.

Unfortunately, these bills are not moving as the DC Council address issues they consider more pressing.

Virginia:  A law that will take effect in November after being signed by the governor will have the Commonwealth's Chief Workforce Advisor to the Governor to convene a workgroup to review the Commonwealth's state public works payment process to contractor employees to identify whether misclassification of workers is a prevalent problem. If the findings reveal such misclassification, the workgroup will identify and make process improvement recommendations to correct any identified issues.

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