ACE Chairman, Andy Porter Nominated for SUBBY Award

American Subcontractors Association of Metro Washington is celebrating 54 years of building together! On Saturday, February 24th, 2018, will host their 2018 SUBBY Awards at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC!

Andrew Porter, ACE Chairman, has been nominated for the distinguished Special Achievement Award to be presented at the (more…)

ACE Sends Letter to Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Mr. John E. Potter, President & CEO
Mr. William S. McDermott, Chairman, Board of Directors
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

Dear Misters Potter and McDermott:
The Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE*), is in receipt of your letter to the American Subcontractors Association of Metro Washington (ASAMW) dated March 27, 2017 in response to their letter dated four (4) months earlier, November 8, 2016. The lateness of the response, coupled without an explanation as to why it took four (4) months to respond to our mutual serious concerns, is deeply troubling and disrespectful to our business community.


Know What You Are Bidding

Recent projects in the DC region have led the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) of Metro Washington to make sure its members and all subcontractors are aware of the inherent risks in bidding projects that include an Owner Controlled Insurance Policy (OCIP) and other terms.  Specifically:

Owner Controlled Insurance Policy (OCIP) often include a transfer of risk to subcontractors:

  • OCIP terms and conditions often flow down from Owner by the GC to subcontractors.
  • OCIP general liability deductible: What is reasonable and how will you cover this deductible in case of a loss?
  • OCIP general liability claim costs: How will you cover investigative costs, court costs, attorney fees, cost of defense?
  • OCIP builders risk deductibles: What level are you prepared to cover if there is a flood, pollution or other items not covered?
  • OCIP’s sometimes will not reimburse subcontractors for profit, tax, overhead, insurance, or bonds attributable to repair or replacement work regardless of who is at fault.

Terms and conditions in the General Contractor’s subcontract:

  • Be aware of phrases that hold all subcontractors collectively responsible for OCIP deductibles in the event of an Act of God.
  • Be aware of phrases that hold all subcontractors collectively responsible for OCIP deductibles in the event the responsible party is not determined.

Change order mark ups flow down from Owner by General Contractor to subcontractors:

  • Changes due to design defects: What is the mark up on change orders and how will you recover your costs?  If not in the bid then you will have to live with the amounts allowed in the subcontract.
  • Changes due to differing site conditions: What is the mark up on change orders due to differing site conditions?  Again, how will you recover your costs?

Know what you are bidding – protect yourself and your company.

Subcontractor Payment is Becoming More Fair

For years, subcontractors have learned to live with slow payments. Most of us expect to pay after we receive a service, have a project completed or obtain an item – like a meal or a new tool, or even a new building. But in the world of construction subcontractors, the company completes its work, pays its employees, vendors, etc and then waits around for 60, 90 days or even longer for payment. One group is trying to make this practice fair. That group is the American Subcontractors Association of Metro Washington.

The result of their efforts is taking shape in the District of Columbia as its Department of General Services prepares to reveal a Website that lists all payments made by the Department of Governmental Services. Once Subcontractors are aware that their prime contractor has been paid, then they can pursue available legal avenues to obtain timely payment for completed work. This results from legislation passed in 2016 that is likely to be a model for similar public displays of payments across the nation.


CyrusOne Data Center: a Hyper-Scaled Project Built in Part by the Powering America Team

The demand for better Internet coverage, higher speeds, and data storage is at an all time high. Not only do we want these solutions available to us, we want them now. CyrusOne’s Data Center in Sterling, Virginia is dedicated to providing those solutions.

Together with the Powering America Team of Rosendin Electric and IBEW Local 26, CyrusOne completed one of the fastest data center builds in history. This hyper-scaled project was no problem for these highly-skilled & professional electricians and technicians; in less than a year, it is in the process of completing a combined 340,000 sq. ft. of space that provides 30-megawatts of high speed Internet to the world.

Washington, DC Electrical Apprenticeship Training Facilities Recognized

The JATC received visits from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez during National Apprenticeship Week

President Obama signed a proclamation designating the first week of November as National Apprenticeship Week and noted: “Without the skills to get new, higher-wage jobs, and without the knowledge to adapt to new machinery, systems, technology, and techniques, the American worker could fall behind. Apprenticeships help people upgrade their skills and keep pace with the demands of the 21st century.” (more…)

D.C. Council Proposes Universal Paid Leave

D.C. Councilmember David Grosso is proposing Universal Paid Leave Act that would create a new bureaucracy for residents of the District of Columbia to receive up to 16 weeks of paid leave for a major life event such as birth or adoption of a child or caring for a sick or injured family member. District of Columbia employers would pay into a self-sustaining, city managed fund on a per-employee basis estimated to be less than 1 percent of the payroll. (more…)

Maryland Healthy Working Families Act Proposed—Again

For the fourth year in a row the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act will come before the Maryland House Economic Matters Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.

Referred originally as “Sick & Safe Leave Bill,” this bill has been passed in some format in some 30 other jurisdictions in the country. In fact, President Obama recently signed an Executive Order requiring all federal contractors to provide paid sick leave benefits.

This legislation was first originated to address low wage earners in the restaurant/food service and hospitality industries. The goal was to prevent workers from being fired should they call in sick. It was also deemed important to have food handlers avoid coming in close contact with the public and remain home while ill.

However, the goals have been broadened to provide paid sick leave to all workers (Those with fewer than 10 employees would be exempt.)

Leave may be used to care for children, spouses, and parents. In addition, it may be used in cases of sexual abuse or sexual assault.

On November 9 ACE delegates met with the proponents of the bill to discuss the objections of the membership. They explained the nature of the journeyperson and apprentices who move between jobs and employers. Because workers are often changing jurisdictions, the bookkeeping aspects would create a hardship.

Other objections included the added cost to the employer, interference with the collective bargaining process, and suggested that sick leave be left to the discretion of the employer. Public hearings will be held in 2016.