Joanna Masterson's Articles

West Virginia Enacts Right to Work Law and Repeals Prevailing Wage

The West Virginia legislature voted 18-16 in the Senate and 54-43 in the House of Delegates to override Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s (D) veto of the West Virginia Workplace Freedom Act, making West Virginia the nation’s 26th Right to Work state. The legislature also voted along partisan lines to override Gov. Tomblin’s veto of a law eliminating the state’s prevailing wage on public construction projects.

Canadian Study Highlights Efficacy of P3s; Model Law Published in U.S.

The performance-based incentives and accountability requirements built into public-private partnerships (P3s) result in high-quality projects being delivered more efficiently, cost-effectively and timely than traditional procurements, according to a report issued by a research team from Western University in London, Ontario. 

LEED Committee Adopts Pilot Credits on Resilient Design

The U.S. Green Building Committee’s LEED Steering Committee approved three pilot credits on resilient design, the first of which encourages designers, planners and building owners or operators to plan for a wide range of natural disasters or disturbances, as well as consider long-term trends affecting building performance such as changing climate conditions. 

Injury and Illness Reporting Goes Electronic

About a year after OSHA’s new injury and illness reporting requirements took effect, the agency launched a webpage where employers can electronically report cases. Employers now have three ways to report incidents: electronically through the new web portal, osha.gov/report; by phone, (800) 321- OSHA; or at the nearest OSHA Area Office. 

Oversight Committee Favorably Marks Up Neutrality Legislation

The Government Neutrality in Contracting Act (H.R. 1671) would increase fair and open competition on federal and federally funded construction projects by preventing federal agencies from requiring contractors to sign project labor agreements as a condition of winning federal or federally assisted construction contracts.

ICC Updates Building Code for Tornado-Prone Regions

The International Code Council (ICC) approved building code changes for tornado-prone regions requiring enhanced protection for new school buildings and additions on existing school campuses, as well as facilities where people regularly assemble, such as gymnasiums, theaters and community centers. 

Price Increases Ahead for Drywall, Painting and Landscape Services

The price of plastering and drywall services is forecast to jump 7.7 percent in 2016. Additionally, prices for painting services are anticipated to increase 5.9 percent, and prices for landscape architecture and design services are expected to escalate 3.4 percent. 

House Passes Resolution to Withdraw WOTUS Rule

Last November, the Senate voted to nullify the WOTUS rule, which would dramatically expand the scope of federal authority over water and land use across the country. 

Expressing the Company Culture Through Service Days

HarenLaughlin Construction has an 84-year history of giving back to the community—a legacy the third-generation Kansas City-based general contractor is very proud of. For the Haren family, it’s all about reciprocating the graciousness the community has shown them since they started developing and building commercial properties in 1932. 

How do you make sure priorities set at the executive level are disseminated, understood and acted upon throughout the organization?

The goal deployment process drives accountability and ownership. Our objectives are tied to significant and measurable results. This strategy drives alignment across the company and focuses everyone on key objectives and projects that move the needle versus daily firefighting. 

 

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2017 Construction Outlook
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