Ike's Newsletter March 5, 2021

Executive Director's Report

GOLF at Whiskey Creek – Register now before it sells out.  ASAMW welcomes members, prospective members and guests to the beautiful Whiskey Creek Golf Course for the Spring Golf Tournament.  Enjoy a day of golf and reconnect with your industry colleagues.  Click here for more information and to register. 

Annual Sponsors (See below) Show up Big at Golf Tournament – A number of General Contractors, Subcontractors and Insurance Companies support our mission through Annual Sponsorship.  If you care to support our mission of Better Construction through Fair Construction, click here to become a golf sponsor.  Your association depends on income from this event to maintain its services.  Thanks for your support.

Do You Know How the Law Protects YOU? Plan to be wowed by recent changes in laws and court rulings in the DMV.  See how both the courts and governmental bodies are becoming aware of the value of subcontractors to the construction process.  What do the GCs think about this?  A blue-ribbon panel of Lauren McLaughlin (Smith Currie), Andy Cook (K&L Gates), Brett Harton (Foulger-Pratt) and Joe Averza/Jay Johnson (Gilbane) will enlighten you.  Click here to register for this virtual event.    

2021 Subby Replacement Event in JUNE!  Still Need Nominations – The fifty-seventh 2021 Subbys will not be held this year, but the SUBBYs SUMMER SOIREE will be an exciting replacement.  SUBBY Awards will be presented in certain categories. You can submit nominations in the following:

General Contractor Superintendent of the Year - Submit Your Nominations Here
General Contractor Project Manager of the Year - Submit Your Nominations Here
Great Team - Submit Your Nomination Here
Second Tier Subcontractor, Supplier or Service Provider - Submit Your Nomination Here

This event will take place at Westfields Country Club on June 15th.  Watch your email for further developments on the 2021 SSS and keep those nominations coming in. 

Annual Sponsor Highlight


A third-generation family-owned business, Shapiro & Duncan has been serving customers for over 45 years. As one of the largest mechanical contractors in the D.C. metropolitan region, the company has built a team of engineers, welders, pipefitters, plumbers, HVAC technicians, instructors, and virtual design coordinators. Our team produces state-of-the-art plumbing and HVAC assemblies and modular system components ready for just-in-time delivery. Completing over 2,500 to-date, Shapiro & Duncan is a leader in a wide range of commercial design-build projects including healthcare, education, institutions, data centers, renovations and government facilities. Our engineering, construction, fabrication, installation and maintenance teams excel at demanding, time-sensitive projects that require sophisticated project management capabilities.

Residential Construction Going Strong – 
Residential starts in January were up 50 percent over last year, while nonresidential dropped 48 percent.  Residential construction was over 100 percent in December, ending the year at plus 4 percent.  Nonresidential ended last year at negative 38 percent.  Thanks to Dodge Data & Analytics for this information. 

Are you seeing material shortages? Material shortages might affect construction prices and slow activity by the middle of this year as reported in Construction Dive.  Appeals have been made to President Biden to provide relief for the soaring lumber prices.  What are you seeing?   

What Can Owners Do to Improve Payment? On April 20th ASAMW will host a panel of owners to discuss how to improve payment to subcontractors.  How can the owner influence your payment process?  Panelists will include Paul Elias (Redbrick) as facilitator, Matt Haas (JBG-Smith), Eric Wayne (Avalon Bay) and Julie Hodge (MWAA).  Click here for more information and to register for this virtual event.

Vaccine Update – According to Construction Dive, construction workers are among the least likely to seek a vaccine.  Construction workers rank fourth from the bottom of those industries surveyed.  But what can you do as an employer?  ASA member, Brian Wood with Smith Currie, suggests that you strongly recommend but not require a vaccine.  This article explains his concern with a requirement.  Research by Kate Drury Adams indicates that Construction workers in Maryland are now eligible for the vaccine.  

Advocacy Issues

Maryland: ASAMW and its lobbying partner ACE are following 37 bills during this active legislative session.  There are many human resources issues being introduced as well as our priority bills which will require retainage payments within 90 days and require payment to primes in 15 days on public construction.

DC: Today, ASAMW is meeting with DC’s Office of Contracting and Procurement which oversees all contracts for DC public construction.  We will discuss fair subcontract clauses, prompt payment and paying legal wages.

Virginia: The Legislative Session adjourned without passage of a Bid listing bill.  After the Senate took out Design Build and Construction Management, it then died in a conference committee. 

There are NEW LINKS for payments by the Virginia Department of General Services (DGS) to prime contractors.  Click here to access the payment page.  Keep this link handy if you plan to do work for Virginia’s DGS.

MWAA – Click here for current contracting opportunities at MWAA. If you would like for ASAMW to notify you of opportunities for your trade, just request by reply email. 

New Member Update

John Moriarty & Associates of Virginia is the newest member of ASAMW’s General Contractor Partners.  We welcome Brad Nicolais and Mike Leavitt to the family of the Best in Construction in the DMV.


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