AGC Chapters to Hold Seminar on Changes to the New 2017 AIA A201 General Conditions
AGC of New Hampshire, in cooperation with AGC of Maine and AGC of Vermont, are hosting a joint seminar for industry professionals. The seminar "Prepare for the Risks and Challenges - Understanding How Changes to the New 2017 AIA A201 General Conditions to the AIA Standard Contracts Impacts Your Projects and Relationships", will be held on Thursday, October 26th in Manchester, NH. Hear from two of the gentlemen responsible for creating and drafting AGC of America's position on the AIA's changes to the A201.
For more information, download the registration form here. You may also register via paypal below.
AGC of NH Offers Wetland Recommendations for DES
Under the guidance of the Environment Committee, AGC has released a booklet with various recommendations for the NH DES on wetlands issues, including permitting, the ARM Fund, and the appeals process. AGC was able to meet with Commissioner Robert Scott to discuss the suggestions. The full report can be downloaded here.
State Releases Ten-Year Highway Plan
The New Hampshire DOT has unveiled its Ten-Year Transportation Improvement Plan for 2019-2028. The plan outlines future infrastructure projects across the state, which includes an additional $6.8 million in state aid for municipal bridges. According to Peter Stamnas, Director of Project Development, the number of red-list bridges will continue to increase, with 242 bridges expected to join the list. Links to all the documents and the public hearing schedule can be found on the DOT's website here: https://www.nh.gov/dot/org/projectdevelopment/planning/typ/index.htm
AGC in Action - School Building Aid
AGC of NH was the only construction organization to testify on Senate Bill 192 before the Senate Education Committee on February 7th, 2017, asking the state to reinstate the State of New Hampshire's School Building Aid program that has been in moratorium since 2009. The NH Department of Education provided the committee with a list of schools that are in need of repair as well as the status of the debt incurred by the previous program. This year, for the first time, more than $10 million will be available annually as a match to local communities. However, since the Governor added a grant program for school building aid to the state budget, the committee voted to kill the legislation. School building aid will now be considered in House Bill 2 instead.
University System of NH - CM, Design Build & Lump Sum
After months of collecting and studying data, AGC of NH released its findings regarding how different methods of construction can impact a company's ability to win a project with the University System of New Hampshire. The association looked back on more than 10 years of University building projects costing over $2 million, focusing on the various bid methods used by the University to determine if any one method was favored over another, and whether all contractors had equal opportunity. The findings showed that a high percentage of the University's projects that incorporated a committee selection process, very few of those projects went to New Hampshire contractors. The AGC report was included in the October 10th, 2016 issue of the AGC of NH newsletter.
AGC Truck Weights Report & Survey Results
The AGC of NH has released its Truck Weight Overview. The report shows results of a survey the association conducted on local construction and trucking companies to determine how many are affected by the removal of a footnote on the state axle spacing chart. The report also examines safety and financial implications, federal and state truck weight laws, and comparisons with other New England states. The association worked with the state legislature to find a solution and was successful at passing necessary language at the state level. AGC continues to work with our Congressional delegation to fix this for the interstate highways as well. Click here
2017 Legislative ReportEvery year, AGC works hard to follow the bills most important to the construction industry by actively supporting or opposing them. In 2017, the association followed a total of 52 bills, the most important ones being:
- International Building Code change to the 2015 edition
- Not allowing Criminal Background Checks in the Application Process
- Not allowing PLA Agreements on State Projects
- Road Usage Fee
- School Building Aid Funding
Click Here to read the 2016 Legislative Report to learn more about that year's major legislative efforts.