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AGC Installs 2018 Officers, Spotlights Industry Issues During January Meetings

AGC of California held its first Division and State Board meetings of 2018, and its Installation of Officers banquet at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma January 25-26, 2018.

The State Board tackled a variety of issues during its January 26th meeting. Topics ranged from AGC’s 2018 legislative priorities – including protection of SB 1 transportation funding and garnering support for Prop 69 to protect those funds – to increasing member engagement and AGC’s efforts to deliver value to members while examining the “whys” in all areas of its service delivery. 

State directors heard from the association’s top leadership, including reports from AGC of California’s new CEO Peter Tateishi and 2018 President Walt Johnson. 2018 officers were officially sworn in. They include: President Walt Johnson, K.G. Walters Construction, Senior Vice President Jerome Di Padova, Skanska USA Civil West CA District, Vice President Mike Blach, Blach Construction, and Treasurer Dina Kimble, Royal Electric Co.

During a joint session of AGC’s Building and Jt. Engineering divisions, California Assemblyman Jim Wood discussed current work underway in the state capitol. He acknowledged the importance of the recently enacted SB 1 transportation funding measure, which provides $52 billion to road and bridge projects over 10 years. 

He also recognized AGC’s leadership role addressing the skilled labor shortage in the industry. “I truly appreciate the work (AGC is) doing through the AGC (Construction Education) Foundation’s GoBuild program,” he commented. Wood said his Sonoma County district communities face a “huge challenge” securing adequate labor and resources to rebuild areas devastated by the October 2017 wildfires. 

Regulatory Challenges

In an interactive audio presentation from Washington, D.C., AGC of America Senior Environmental Council Leah Pilconis told joint division attendees about AGC of America’s national efforts to improve the regulatory process that contractors must navigate on federal jobs. The highly redundant, laborious environmental review process “presents a lot of schedule, budget and legal hurdles to project delivery,” she said. 

During AGC of California’s Joint Engineering Division meeting, directors heard transportation updates from both John Hakel, Executive Director of the Southern California Partnership for Jobs, and California Transportation Commission member Matthew Yosgott. Hakel described the latest efforts by opponents to repeal SB 1 and noted that Prop 69 on the June ballot would enact strict provisions to ensure SB 1 funds are spent solely on transportation-related projects.

During the Building Division meeting, Turner Construction moderated a panel discussion on successful project outcomes through process improvement and the Last Planner System. Additional meeting topics included newly updated AIA contract forms and an overview of AB 1701, with took effect this year.

AGC Officers Installation Banquet

Over 200 people turned out to welcome AGC of California’s leadership for 2018 during the Installation of Officers banquet on the evening of January 26th, held in conjunction with the first quarterly board meetings in Sonoma. 

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