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Newsletter 2016-4 January 29, 2016
PREVAILING WAGE REPEAL HOTLY DEBATED ON HOUSE FLOOR
The House of Delegates Wednesday passed H.B. 4005, the prevailing wage reform bill, after
nearly three hours of debate, some very hot, all very passionate. The vote was 55-44, with eight
Republicans joining the House’s 36 Democrats in voting against the measure. Proponents argued
that the 81-year-old prevailing wage law continues to inflate wage rates for construction workers on major state-funded construction projects. Opponents of the bill stated that the prevailing wage law provides for a trained and safe workforce that assures the public gets its money’s worth. The Senate Government Organization Committee is expected to bring up H.B. 4005 on Monday at 9 A.M. The bill goes to the Senate, which passed companion legislation to make West Virginia a right-to-work state on a party line 17-16 vote on January 21. A public hearing was held in the House Chamber Thursday on S.B. 1, the right-to-work bill, eliciting the same passion and conviction as prevailing wage. After more than five hours debating S.B. 1, the House Judiciary Committee voted 13-10 to report the bill to the full House of Delegates. The bill could be up on passage stage as early as Thursday, February 4.
The governor’s bills to divert money from infrastructure projects to help offset the state’s General Fund debt have been introduced. H.B. 4217 decreases funding by $10 million this year for the West Virginia Infrastructure Fund and S.B. 400 reduces the School Building Authority’s budget $4 million. H.B. 4294 and S. 356 eliminate the transfer of consumer sales on highway construction materials to the State Road Fund from the General Fund. This will cost the SRF about $10 million.
Other bills have been introduced to reduce the state’s gasoline tax, which would further erode the WV Division of Highways’ maintenance and construction budget. Notwithstanding the current $353 million budget deficit expected in this year’s general budget, the CAWV argues these construction projects create jobs and generate tax revenues back to the state’s general fund and, for these reasons, the Legislature should reject them.
For more on this week’s legislative activities, see the Monday, February 1, CAWV Legislative Bulletin.
SUE CLINE APPOINTED TO 9TH DISTRICT SENATE SEATGovernor Earl Ray Tomblin recently announced that Sue Cline of Brenton in Wyoming County has been appointed to fill the vacant Senate seat in the Ninth District. Mrs. Cline becomes the second woman to currently serve in the Senate, along with Senator Donna Boley, R-Pleasants. The new senator has been a Realtor with Century 21 First Choice Realty in Beckley since 2002, and was Raleigh County Realtor of the Year in 2009 and 2012. She also serves as Vice President of the Pineville Area Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of Groundwork Guyandotte Southern West Virginia, and is on the boards of the Wyoming County Planning Commission, Wyoming County Historical Museum Board, and the Friends of Coal Ladies Auxiliary.
REMINDER: CHANGES NOTED ON SCHEDULE OF EVENTS PAGEMembers may have noticed a few changes on the Schedule of Events page of the CAWV Newsletter. The Bid Date, Project Name and Contact information on each project remains the same. Added is “Document Location” which will show where plans and documents can be obtained. The “Bulletin” section will show the date and specific bulletin in which the original notification was published. This section will also note which bin in the CAWV Plan Room the plans are located. The Schedule of Events will also note if plans are available in paper, disc or digital form. The CAWV will no longer be putting an iSqFt tracking number on a project (the number on the far right such as 2547729).
The changes stem from a new arrangement with iSqFt, the internet plan room services company that the CAWV has partnered with since 2005. CAWV members who subscribe to iSqFt will continue to get project information directly through iSqFt as they have in the past. The CAWV will continue to operate our project information and plan room, just as we have for over five decades.
Rena Moles will be assisting CAWV Plan Room Administrator Cheryl Clark in working with owners, architects and engineers in obtaining bidding information on building, heavy/highway and utility construction projects. Architects and engineers will continue to send plans and specs for inclusion in the CAWV Plan Room. Architects and engineers will continue to schedule prebid meetings by contacting Cheryl at 304-342-1166 or email@example.com. Members are welcome to review plans in the CAWV Plan Room. Members can use the computer and monitor in the Plan Room if documents are only available in disc or digital format.
For new members of the CAWV, the Plan Room is accessible to members 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via a combination lock on the Plan Room door. Anyone needing the combination in order to view plans and specs when the CAWV office is closed, please call Cheryl Clark or Rena Moles.
CAWV SAFETY AWARD PROGRAM ACCEPTING ENTRIESEach year the CAWV Safety Committee invites members of the association to participate in the Safety Award Program. Awards are presented at EXPO in March to companies who have exhibited excellence in safety at the workplace. Members participating in the program are scored on their documented safety policies and procedures, their commitment and approach to safety and health, as well as their recorded statistical data for the year. Special attention is given to the quality of safety training provided to employees and to companies who demand active employee involvement in their safety process. The Safety Questionnaire will be mailed to members next week and forms will also be available at www.cawv.org.
Information is due by Friday, February 26, 2016. A panel of safety professionals, owner representatives and insurance experts judge the participants. Finalists are chosen from contractors and associates who achieve an excellent performance rating. Awards are presented in the following categories: Building Division, Utility Division, Industrial Division, Specialty Contractor Division and Associate Division.
Winners in each category will receive a plaque and their choice of items such as hats, jackets, shirts, travel mugs, and golf shirts that will display the CAWV Safety Award logo. Also, the award will be published in the CAWV Newsletter and West Virginia Construction News magazine. Awards will be presented at the CAWV State Meeting, which will be held March 23 at the Charleston Civic Center. For additional information, contact Pat McDonald at (304) 342-1166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEST VIRGINIA CONSTRUCTION NEWS DELAYED DUE TO WEATHER – PROFESSIONAL
DIRECTORY SPOTS STILL AVAILABLEThe November/December issue of West Virginia Construction News should have arrived on members’ desks last week, but the mailing was delayed due to snow. Inside this issue see the 2016 Construction Forecast and analyses of West Virginia’s construction industry by AGC’s Chief Economist Ken Simonson. Members can view the West Virginia Construction News online by clicking here.
Several spots are still available in the 2016 WVCN Professional Directory. For a yearly cost of $195 for 1" or $390 for 2", ads are distributed in all six issues of the magazine to state and federal contracting agencies, legislators, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. A form is attached to this week’s newsletter. Contact Cassidy Webb at email@example.com for more information.
EXPO 2016 REGISTRATION SET TO OPEN IN FEBRUARY
Nearly 200 companies have already reserved over 310 booth spaces for the 37th West Virginia Construction and Design EXPO on March 23 and 24, 2016 at the Charleston Civic Center. The 2016 seminar line-up is currently being finalized and registration is set to open the beginning of February. Members will be notified about select seminars in future Newsletter Bulletins. Booth spaces, Honor Exhibitors (non-displaying), show program ads and sponsorships are still available.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or visit the EXPO website at www.wvexpo.com.
IMPRESSIVE LIST OF SPEAKERS, TOPICS AND DISCUSSION PLANNED FOR MIDYEARMEETING
The CAWV Program Committee has developed an impressive list of speakers and topics for the 2016 Midyear Meeting, which will be held February 12-17 at The Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Over 425 members and guests are scheduled to attend this year’s meeting. “Members will receive information on a wide variety of topics that will impact them professionally and personally,” said CAWV Program Committee Chairman Doug Meeks, Brewer & Company of West Virginia. “The committee realizes that the CAWV and the construction industry will face some new challenges in the next twelve months and we have put together a program that will allow us to turn these industry challenges into opportunities for our members.” On the agenda are speakers who will cover such topics as the current legislative session and the need for infrastructure investment, Disney’s distinct and innovative construction methods, what employers should expect from a new laws that may take effect in our state, and an update from BrickStreet Mutual Insurance and how contractors build a successful return to work program.
In addition to the meetings and seminars, the committee has developed a number of events where members can meet with their friends and peers. “We have a lot of children and grandchildren attending this year’s meeting,” he said. “A lot of our functions are planned to include all family
members.” A sample of the General Business Session topics include:
CAWV members have been able to register for special events, such as the Royal Princess Tea Party at the EPCOT IlluminNations private viewing area, which will be held in the Isle de France Pavillion. (Sponsored by Mountain State Insurance Agency.) The CAWV Golf Outing will be on Disney’s championship course, The Magnolia. If members would still like to sign up for special events, please contact Wendy Long at email@example.com or call the CAWV Office 304-342-1166 to register.
Members can utilize the CAWV Disney Magic website to schedule airport transportation, order discount park tickets, or make dining or special activities reservations as well. The website also allows members to view park maps, hours and events during our visit. We urge members to use the online room check-in feature, which will allow your room to be ready when you arrive.
Attendees will be receiving additional program information next week.
SPONSORSHIPS ARE STILL AVAILABLE UNTIL EARLY NEXT WEEK. PLEASE DO NOT
DELAY IF YOUR COMPANY WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE.Sponsorship forms are available on the CAWV website at www.cawv.org under events. Members who would like to sponsor can contact Wendy Long at (304) 342-1166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members can click here to access the CAWV Disney Magic website.
2114 Kanawha Boulevard East | Charleston, WV 25311 | (304) 342-1166 | (304) 342-1074 Fax 2016 PROFESSIONAL DIRECTORY Please return this form to West Virginia Construction News by January 20, 2016 to ensure your ad will begin in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue and run through the Nov/Dec 2016 issue.
TYPE OF AD:
____ One Vertical Inch or less @ $195
____ Repeat As Is ____ Change As Marked Please provide the content information of your listing in the spaces provided below and attach any logos or artwork. Directory forms and art files may be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to 2114 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV 25311.
Firm Name _________________________________________________________
City _________________________________ State _________ Zip _____________
WV Contractors License Number (if applies) _______________________________
Phone (____) _______________________ Fax (____) _______________________
Name (Please Print or Type) ___________________________________________
Authorizing Signature _________________________________________________
The CAWV posts all projects announced in the Newsletter along with where the plans and specifications can be viewed. For more information, contact Cheryl Clark at (304) 342-1166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAWV JOINT ARCHITECTS COMMITTEE DISCUSSES SEVERAL INDUSTRY ISSUESThe CAWV Joint Architects Committee met on January 27 at the CAWV Headquarters.
Committee members discussed several issues beginning with the School Building Authority of West Virginia’s (SBA) recent changes to their policy and procedures manual. One of the biggest policy changes will be the introduction of Building Information Modeling (BIM) on new school construction projects in 2016. The BIM requirement will be detailed in the specifications of new schools and will require architects, contractors and some subcontractors to submit models in BIM. Starting in 2017, all SBA funded remodeling projects will have the BIM requirements included.