Ike's Newsletter April 2, 2021

Executive Director's Report

Work Picture Questions – Residential is starting to slow down, but nonresidential is picking up.  This begs two questions: Who should I bid and what should I bid?  Here are some things to consider:

  • Indications are that demand for most subcontractors will continue.  Should you expand your workforce to get more work, or stay the same and get more profitable work?

  • Who is the most profitable GC to work for and what type of projects are most profitable for you?

  • Subcontractor/Supplier members of ASAMW share their experiences on a Subcontractor Information Exchange (SIE) every other month.  The next one is April 8thClick here to register.

  • Dodge report indicates construction starts in February were down 14 percent overall with residential down a whopping 32 percent but nonresidential up 2 percent.  Is it time to change focus from residential/multifamily to nonresidential?

2021 SUBBY’s Soiree Simplified will be June 23rd and Subcontractor of the Year Nominations are in – The following companies are nominated by ASAMW’s GC Partners for Subcontractor of the Year: Beckstrom Electric, Genco Masonry, Goldin & Stafford and Sparkle Painting.  The GCs will vote on the winner next month. 

As the deadline approaches, every member is asked to submit nominations for this year’s SUBBY Awards.  Awards will be presented in seven categories, including:

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

The fifty-seventh SUBBYs will be held on June 23rd at Westfields Golf Club in Clifton, Virginia.  The SUBBY’s Soiree simplified will include awards and fabulous food and drink, as well as the best opportunity to network with those in the industry whom you most wish to see in person. 

GOLF at Whiskey Creek is SOLD OUT -  Foulger-Pratt’s ASAMW Spring Golf Tournament is sold out.  Sponsorships are still available.  A few sponsorships are available. Please contact Ike or Patti if you are interested.

Payment in 30 Days?  Sometimes you are at the precipice, looking over into the abyss and wondering if you should jump.  That is where we are today in this country, and especially in the construction industry. Do we jump or do we wait for changes to dictate our business future?  At a time like this there are three questions to be asked:

  1. What should fair construction be?
  2. Why isn’t it?
  3. How do we repair it?

What Should Fair Construction Be?  As a Subcontractor, you might say fair construction includes getting subs out of the construction financing business.  Maybe in this changing world there is a way to construct a building so that the owner insures the subcontractor is paid for work completed within 30 days of invoice.  We will be discussing how this might be possible with a panel of the most influential construction owners in the DMV.  On April 20th, MWAA, JBG-Smith and Redbrick will discuss subcontractor payment from the owner’s perspective.  Don’t miss this valuable exchange.  Click here for more information and to register.  

Women Surviving in Construction - To meet the growing need for labor, subcontractors are finding women capable of filling positions in the field.  You should read this Construction Dive article about bullying and harassment in construction to see what women face when they leave the office.  Addressing this issue will ensure more capable women stay in our industry where they are sorely needed.   

Advocacy Issues

Maryland: The Legislative Session will end on April 12th with no action expected on prompt payment and retainage reform legislation.   A few ASAMW members wrote their delegates about voting the prompt payment legislation out of the House Committee on Health and Government Operations, but it did not come up.  These bills will be re-introduced in the 2022 Session.   


DC: The meeting between ASAMW representatives and DC’s Office of Contracting and Procurement was rescheduled to April 13th.  ASAMW will suggest:

  • ASAMW Subcontract Addendum to incorporate in their contract with a prime contractor.
  • Include a copy of payment bond on DC’s Payment Website.
  • Receive ASAMW’s Cash Flow and Change Order papers.
  • Address Wage Theft to assure a level field of bidders on DC work.
  • Help DBEs with bonding costs.


Virginia: 
The Session has ended and the deadline has passed for the Governor to sign new laws.  There will be special sessions to vote on the budget, redistricting and judges.

Membership Updates

Welcome Gabriel Santos and his team at Blueridge of DC to the ASA family. 

 

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