UPDATE: Pallet jack sold for $4,150 and there were 11 bidders. In this case, the high bidder wins!
Raymond Handling Concepts has started the bidding for a pink walkie pallet jack on ebay that will benefit breast cancer charities on the West and East coasts.
Raymond provides material handling equipment on both coasts and has a Seattle-area branch in Auburn. Proceeds from the auction will go to HERS Breast Cancer Foundation of Fremont, California, and The Community Foundation for South Central New York, a partner of the Tina Turner Memorial Golf Classic in Greene, N.Y.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is October.
The auction for the model 102XM machine started on early Wednesday at $350. As of Wednesday evening, eight bidders had submitted 22 bids to drive the price to $2,000. The auction will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 16.
Here’s a link to the listing: http://tinyurl.com/PinkPallet
The state Department of Transportation made a time-lapse video of last weekend’s work on SR99 that required closing the highway for several days.
Crews from Atkinson Construction and subcontractor Dickson Co. took just 48 hours to replace the section of SR 99 that crosses above Broad Street. They demolished the old roadway and then added fill to the now-closed section of Broad to level it up with the rest of the highway.
The highway reopened Wednesday.
The organization called Crane Institute Certification is holding a regional crane skills competition in Woodland (southwest Washington) that will send two finalists on expense-paid trips to a championship event in late 2015 at a “high profile” venue.
The regional competition will be hosted on Sept. 5 by Industrial Training International at its training headquarters. It’s the second year ITI has hosted the regionals and the fourth year of the competition.
For this year’s competition, there will be more emphasis on skill and less on speed, and organizers have added new twists such as a rigging challenge.
ITI will also have an open house, vendor showcases and several hands-on workshops, including three staged accident scenes.
Last year, operators from Washington, Oregon and Idaho competed at the Northwest event. Organizers want to get additional operators from western Canada and northern California.
Operators can sign up at www.cicert.com/news/compete. The registration fee is $50.
In the fall of 2012, AGC’s Seattle District began a partnership with the Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) to improve and repair CWB facilities. The most difficult project to come out of the relationship was the installation of a hoist system to mechanically raise historic small craft out of the water and into the floating boatshop.
This complex project was designed and engineered under the supervision of Dan Chandler at OAC Services and his team of professionals. OAC redesigned the existing boatshop by changing the roof line at the north end of the shop and strengthening the rafters to accommodate the 30-foot steel I-beam that cantilevers out over the water.
Dan then recruited other northwest companies to build the project. BNBuilders provided a team of carpenters for two weeks to complete the retrofit of the shop and installation of the beam. Additionally, they footed the bill for the construction materials provided at cost by Gray Lumber. BNB also recruited Precision Electric to rewire the area affected by the retrofit. Yakima Steel fabricated and supplied the custom beam for the shop, while Scott Galvanizing of Ballard finished the raw steel. Ballard Hardware donated the trolley for the I-beam, and Al Wirta of Wirta Architectural in Sultan fabricated the overhead winch and pick-frame system capable of pulling a one-ton keelboat out of the water.
In photo, CWB recently hoisted it first historic Blanchard knock-about from the water into the boat shed for repairs — a task that, for thirty years, had been accomplished with sheer manpower using a cranky old float plane drydock.
Never mind. My last post talked about what could happen if Congress lets the federal highway trust fund goes dry.
But, as AGC of America reports, after weeks of back and forth between the House and Senate, a short-term extension of the current transportation authorization with a temporary funding patch for the Highway Trust Fund was passed before Congress left town for its August recess. The Senate, by a vote of 81 to 13, agreed to drop support for its amended version of HR 5021 after the House earlier in the day voted to reject it. The Senate version would have reduced the amount of the transfer by $3 billion and set December 19, 2014 as the authorization deadline.
The final bill transfers $10.8 billion into the Highway Trust Fund, allowing the Trust Fund to support an extension of MAP-21 authorization for the highway and transit programs through May 31, 2015. This transfer was necessary to ensure that the trust fund could meet its funding obligations for the duration of the extension.
H.R. 5021 originally passed the House with an overwhelmingly bipartisan majority on June 15. On Tuesday, the Senate voted to amend the House-passed bill to shorten the length of the extension from May 31, 2015, to Dec. 20, 2014, and cut the general fund transfer to the Highway Trust Fund from $11 billion to $8 billion. The passage of the Senate amendment started a game of legislative ping-pong where the House voted to disagree to the Senate amendment by a vote of 271-149 with 226 Republicans and 45 Democrats voting for and 147 Democrats and two Republicans voting against. Following House action, the Senate withdrew its amendment and the original House bill was sent to the president.
The fate of the Highway Trust Fund has been a popular topic in recent media reports. The fund faces potential insolvency unless Congress acts by to prevent that from happening. This is a cause of concern for all states, and especially those that heavily depend on federal reimbursements to pay for transportation projects.
As most people know, the Congress has failed to pass a long-term federal highway bill. As reported by AGC of America, this week the House, by a vote of 367 to 55, approved H.R. 5021, a $10.8 billion Highway Trust Fund patch which provides sufficient revenue to maintain current funding levels through May 2015. The action now heads to the Senate where there is expected to be debate about limiting the extension until December 31, 2014 with the hope of forcing consideration of a long term transportation bill with sufficient revenue to support it following the mid-term elections in November.
Meanwhile, WSDOT Secretary Lynn Peterson released the following statement:
USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx informed states on July 1 that if Congress fails to act by Aug. 1, 2014, the Federal Highway Administration will institute uniform cash management procedures to distribute the flow of federal dollars twice a month. So, what does this mean for WSDOT’s programs? It means that over the short term, the amount FHWA will reimburse WSDOT will be limited to a share of the available cash in the fund. Our share is based on our portion of the FFY 2014 federal-formula apportionment, 1.72 percent.
We’ve been good stewards of our resources and by using our strategic investment goals – managing to meet our priorities and critical needs, we can sustain the proportional payments of federal dollars under this plan for four to six months.
We remain hopeful that Congress will act in time to stave off more significant, long-term impacts. Look for more updates as their deadline approaches.
That’s right, I said “sedge.” That’s the name for a group of cranes (the bird kind)…you can look it up.
My AGC colleague Sean Lewis shot the video below from our offices on Lake Union. He counts 18 construction cranes on the city skyline, a pretty high number for our informal “crane index”. Back in the heyday of 2007, there were 22. By 2010 there were, oh, zero. But now we’re all the way back up to 18. Our crane index is backed up by some recent, and actual, economic data: Construction employment in Washington State grew 5.5% in the last year — one of the largest increases in the nation, as reported by AGC of America. Plus, the Census Bureau recently announced that Seattle is the fastest growing big city in the country.
It’s great to see this sedge; long may it roost in Washington State!
In case you missed it: Starting June 12, 2014, if a contractor files an Affidavit of Wages Paid and they are exempt from having to pay prevailing wages, they do not have to pay the filing fee. The fee exemption applies to both online filing and paper forms.
All contractors and all subcontractors on public works (construction, reconstruction, maintenance, replacement or repair performed at a cost to state or local government agencies) must file Intent and Affidavit forms that normally require a $40 filing fee each. A new Affidavit filing fee exemption applies to contractors performing public works contracts without any prevailing wage eligible employees:
a. Sole owners and their spouses (i.e. owner operators);
b. Any partner who owns 30% or more of a partnership;
c. The President, V.P. and Treasurer of a corporation if each one owns 30% or more;
d. Contractors and subcontractors working under the federal Housing Act of 1937 exemption;
e. Contractors who have no eligible employees (usually because all contract work was subcontracted.)
On June 12, the U.S. Small Business Administration issued an interim final rule that increases a number of construction industry small business size standards to account for inflation since 2008.
The size standard for Commercial and Institutional Building Construction (NAICS Code 236220), as well as many of the Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction size standards (NAICS Subsector 237), will increase from $33.5 million to $36.5 million. The size standard for Specialty Trade Contractors under NAICS Subsector 238 will increase from $14 million to $15 million. To review the changes to construction small business thresholds, see page 33657 of the rule.
The SBA estimates that “this rule will enable approximately 8,500 firms in industries and subindustries to gain small business status.” The interim rule takes effect on July 14, 2014.
According to L&I, falls account for the highest number of deaths among construction workers nationally and more than half of all worker hospitalizations across all industries in Washington state.
L&I wants to reduce that and has teamed with OSHA to create Safety Stand-Down week — a voluntary event that encourages employers to talk with employees about fall hazards and hammer home the importance of fall prevention. The program runs this week.
“Preventable falls — whether from rooftops, ladders or slips and trips — cause many disabling injuries and a number of deaths in our state each year,” said Anne Soiza, assistant director of L&I’s division of occupational safety and health, in a release. “We hope that every employer in the state will set aside time during the Stand-Down to focus on fall prevention.”
To get the ball rolling, L&I has come up with a series of slightly humorous one-minute videos called Eye on Safety. They can be found at www.EyeOnSafety.info. Below is one on walkway obstruction.
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Kathleen Garrity has served as president of Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington since the chapter was founded in 1983. She sits on the state Prevailing Wage Advisory Committee and served on the committee that rewrote the state’s apprenticeship laws. She is also active on the NAIOP Community Enhancement Committee, is a guest lecturer at the University of Washington School of Construction Management and represents the chapter presidents on the National Diversity Committee.
DJC construction editor Benjamin Minnick was born and raised in the Seattle area. He knows how to swing a hammer without smashing his thumb and can even perform some mediocre carpentry. His goal is to have this blog become the go-to point for construction workers in both the field and office.
Jerry VanderWood is communications director for the Associated General Contractors of Washington, where he gets to learn about construction issues from the best in the business. He's originally from South Carolina, then Washington, D.C., and moved to the Seattle area in 1989. He resides with his wife and kids in the suburbs of Issaquah.
Todd Henry is a partner at Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker, one of the Northwest's oldest law firms. He represents general contractors, subcontractors, project owners and design professionals in all aspects of construction law, from contract preparation to litigation. Prior to his legal career, Todd had a 20-year career in construction management. He is a frequent speaker on construction law topics and remains involved with Seattle University School of Law as a guest lecturer.
Tonia Sorrell-Neal, LEED AP, is the Executive Director of the Washington State Conference of Mason Contractors, representing contractors and manufacturers working with brick, block, stone, marble, restoration, PCC and tile since 2008. She began her construction career focusing on construction defect litigation in Kentucky in 1994 and later transitioned to association government affairs where she has had the opportunity to lobby for the general contractors, subcontractors and homebuilders on issues including licensing, workers compensation and unemployment insurance.