Ike's Newsletter November 17, 2023

You Don’t Have to Suffer with Back Charges

ASAMW Board Member, Justin Musgrove with RCD, Inc. Electrical Services, has developed this paper to control back charges.  He uses this list to stay on top of back charges from the beginning and keep them from being an unexpected expense. 

Please Attend Event on Contracts

On Nov. 29th in Vienna, we will hold a valuable session with Attorneys and a Panel of Subs on how to negotiate fair contract terms upfront so that you do not have to fight for your right to payment during the course of the project.  Click here to register.  The panel leading the discussion will be Andy Cook, K&L Gates; Brian Wood, Smith Currie; Cindy Athey, Precision Wall Tech; Adolph Miranda, A&M Drywall and Martin Press, Press Mechanical.

What Causes the Most Lawsuits in Construction

Changes in Scope” is the top cause of construction lawsuits according to an article from Construction Dive.  This article exposes the greatest problem ASAMW members report on their projects.  Of the next five causes of conflict in the Americas, two involve design flaws.  The only one that is caused by subcontractors is deficiencies in workmanship, which comes in third.  The article explains why finishing contractors suffer the most, when it states, “…cause of conflict arises, as projects evolve, when both owners and design and construction teams discover design gaps and revise their views on specific elements of an asset’s operational requirements.”  This insight comes from the sixth annual Crux insight report on global construction claims and disputes.

Your Time is Needed for SUBBY Nominations

Click here to start nominating those you think should be recognized for excellence in our industry.  There are individuals and companies that deserve a Subby Nomination, but will not be recognized unless you take the time to make meaningful nominations.

The Subby Banquet will be held on Feb. 3rd at the McLean Hilton for our 60th Anniversary Event.  Please put that date on your calendar to join the best in our industry. 

Are You Ready to Work in Prince George’s County?

With the decision to build the FBI Headquarters in Greenbelt, members can see a lot of work coming to that area of PG County in the next few years. The Washington Business Journal reported in this article that there will potentially be $4.1 billion invested in this 40-acre property.  As this project moves forward, this association wishes to ensure fairness for all subcontractors.  PG and the Feds have protections in place, but they will only be effective if you are aware and prepared to protect your company.

Need for Anti-Harassment Training

More than two-thirds of contractors offer anti-harassment training, according to this Construction Dive Article, based on a Dodge Construction Network Report. I did not hear of such training just a few years ago, but now it cannot be overlooked by any contractor of any size. The days of racist, discriminatory construction sites have passed and each member needs to do his/her part to eliminate discriminatory practices. 

2024 Project Manager's Workshop – 10 slots left 

Please register your APMs, PMs or others for the annual ASAMW Project Manager’s Workshop. 

Click here for more information and to register your PMs, APMs, estimators, superintendents, or others.  It is limited to two people per company.

FedRamp Certification

Kahua is one solution to meet FedRamp Certification to use cloud-based services on Federal Projects.  A PowerPoint presented at last week’s seminar is available by request to anyone reading this.  


Welcome RFC – Welcome to Ole Ramirez, CEO and president of RFC, Inc. RFC, Inc. is one of the top framing companies in the Mid-Atlantic and Ole and his team will be a welcome addition to the family of the best Subcontractors in the DMV. 

CBM Offers an IRS Update for Businesses That Filed an ERTC: This article explains how some businesses may withdraw their ERTC claims if they’re concerned about their accuracy. Also, click here to see how CBM was recognized as a top accounting firm for women and leadership equity.

Member Tatiana Ahlborn with Absolute Builders is promoting a lunch and learn event on November 28th. Dr. Madeleine Wallace will speak about her book on Achieving Organizational Transformation; Lunch and takeaway materials will be included. Learn more and register here



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