Ike's Newsletter December 4, 2020

Executive Director's Report

2021 Subby Awards are Open for Nomination – We have made it easier to submit a nomination for a General Contractor you think deserves recognition.  Click here to access the nomination form.

For the fifty-seventh year, subcontractor members of ASA will recognize GCs and others for outstanding performance at the Annual Subbys Gala on May 8, 2021.  Anyone in a subcontractor member or non-member company may submit a nomination.  You do not have to complete all the nominations.  Do one each day.  When you catch a GC doing something outstanding, take a minute to nominate that company in one of the categories.  Make your nominations now. And plan to save the date to attend the 2021 Subby Awards Gala

Dodge Report Shows Promise – October construction starts in the DMV were comparable to last year with non-residential down only six percent and residential actually up one percent.  For the year, so far, total construction is down 24 percent.  Thanks to Dodge Data & Analytics for this report. 

VDC by Clark – Construction Dive reports that Clark and Carr used Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) to build the Wilson and The Elm project in Bethesda. This article shows how 3D and 4D will be used going forward on jobs – particularly those like this in busy, tight locations. 

PM Workshop – The popular ASAMW Project Managers Workshop, which was scheduled to start in January, has been postponed until it can be held in person. The Board and instructors felt the most value was the relationships built during the six weeks the program is held. There will be monthly management and leadership sessions available starting in January. Please register your project managers and field management for these sessions to sharpen their skills.

Pre-qualification Requirements – Several members have been contacted to assist Compass, a vendor partner with National ASA to develop a process for significant efficiencies in the pre-qualification process. These members will be asked to participate in a webinar to access the viability of the process being considered. If you have not been contacted but are interested in participating, reply to this email.  

ASAMW Trail Work Project – The FrontRunners will work with Montgomery County Parks on a natural surface trail work project on December 10th from 9am – 12:30pm.The project consists of constructing new sections of trail or repairing sections of damaged trail to improve trail tread and drainage for all visitors to enjoy. If you are interested and available sign up today!

If you are an ASAMW member between the ages of 20 and 40 we hope you will consider joining the FrontRunners commitee. The committee identifies, develops and engages future leaders in the construction industry and ensures future leadership of ASAMW.  If you are interested, contact us to learn more! 


Advocacy Issues

Maryland:  Is anti-indemnity protection adequate in Maryland?  We are considering legislation that would prevent subcontract clauses that make subcontractors responsible for damages if they are at fault in any way. Some states have passed legislation that holds the subcontractor responsible only for the portion of the damage it has caused. Please reply to this email if you have an opinion on this issue.

DC: Two bills that ASAMW and ACE backed will not be considered in this legislative session of the DC Council.  Anti-indemnity and no right to offset payment bills were both introduced but failed to be heard in their respective committees before the session ended. 

Virginia: Wage theft law now in effect.  Workers can sue you and your GC if wages are not being paid properly.  Click here for an article that illustrates how a subcontractor who is unaware can end up paying large sums to workers and attorneys.  


Member Updates

Councilor, Buchanan & Mitchell, P.C. (CBM), an ASAMW Professional Member, is providing 2,500 meals to those facing food insecurity through a donation to the Capital Area Food Bank. Click here to read about the donation and CBM100-Charities initiative on CBM's website.


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