Associated Construction Contractors of New Jersey

Construction Recap

January 2, 2014

Snowstorm Forces Rescheduling of ACCNJ Annual Meeting

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, began with a fierce and fast-moving snowstorm that forced cancellation of the ACCNJ Annual Membership Meeting. Roads throughout the state were slick starting early in the day, and as much as nine inches of snow and icy rain came down in about as many hours. Adding insult to injury, blinding sunlight appeared in late afternoon as the storm departed. By then most evening events across the state, including ours, had long been cancelled.

However, as you will have seen in Bulletin 53-13, we have rescheduled the Membership Meeting for Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at the PNC Bank Arts Center/Robert B. Meyner Reception Facility in Holmdel.  The program, “P3s:  The Legislation New Jersey Needs Now,” will be presented by Steve Charney, Chairman of ACCNJ member Peckar & Abramson, and Frank Rapoport, a senior partner and leader in Peckar & Abramson’s Public-Private Partnerships practice group.

Members are asked to register for the event, even if you had registered for the original date. Please access the bulletin with the registration form in the members-only section at accnj.org.

 

Steven Eric Eberling, Jr., Member's Son, Passes Away

It is with much sadness that we inform you of the passing of Steven Eric Eberling, Jr., son of Steven Eberling, Principal In Charge and Senior Vice President of Lend Lease's Princeton office. Steven was 17, and lost a two-year battle with cancer on Christmas morning, surrounded by his family. A memorial service was held on Sunday, December 29, 2013, at the Fellowship Alliance Chapel in Medford. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family requests donations to the Stay Strong Ebo Foundation, Inc., PO Box 154, Medford NJ 08055. Our thoughts and prayers are with Steven and his family.

Patrick Campbell, Former Business Manager of Operating Engineers Local 825, Passes Away 

We are saddened by the news of the passing of Patrick Campbell, who served Operating Engineers Local 825 with distinction for many years. Active in the labor movement in New Jersey for more than 50 years, Mr. Campbell served as a business agent, officer and ultimately business manager and Second General Vice President of the IUOE. He was also a Vice President of the New Jersey AFL-CIO. He retired from Local 825 in 1999 after 20 years as Business Manager. The funeral service was held on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church in Bridgewater. Branchburg Funeral Home handled the arrangements. ACCNJ extends our deepest condolences to the Campbell family.

Labor Information Online

Operating Engineers, Local 825

Members received Bulletin 58-13 with the wages and fringe benefits for Operating Engineers, Local 825, effective January 1, 2014. The bulletin is available in the members-only section at accnj.org.

ACCNJ Launches Summer Internship Program

As we announced in Bulletin 54-13, ACCNJ is working with CIAP to offer a summer internship program to all active members. While the program has been in place for highway contractors for some time, this year we are expanding it to include building contractors. Approximately 150 students from NJIT, Stevens Institute of Technology, Rutgers, Fairleigh Dickinson, The College of New Jersey, Rowan, the University of Delaware, Villanova, Essex County College and Union County College have applied for the program, and an estimated 60 of them will be invited to participate in a Job Fair on January 8, 2014, at the Pines Manor, Edison, during which contractors will be able to set up company displays and conduct interviews. For all the details, please access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

Important State Activity

NJ Election Results

In Bulletin 46-13, we reviewed the results of the New Jersey Gubernatorial and State Legislative elections held Tuesday, November 5, 2013, and discussed the leadership changes subsequent to the elections. As you know, Governor Christie won against Democratic challenger Barbara Buono. Democrats maintained their majority and returned all their members' seats in the Senate. Thus they will retain control of both houses of the 216th NJ Legislature, which convenes in January. For further details on the leadership changes, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

NJ DOT Contracting for Bridge Maintenance Work

In Bulletin 56-13, we told members of an information session staff attended at NJ DOT regarding a new way of contracting bridge maintenance work. NJ DOT's "Job Order Contracting" started with three regional bidding opportunities during the week between Christmas 2013 and New Year's Day 2014, and plans to award contracts in March. The Department will host a pre-bid meeting for potential bidders in mid-January. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

School Construction Referendums

As we detailed in Bulletin 55-13, five New Jersey school districts held special elections on December 10, 2013, to decide on bond issues to fund school construction projects. Four of the five districts approved the projects, for a total of $51.5 million out of the $56.5 million requested. Access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

 

Federal News of Note

NHTSA Head Stepping Down

The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, David Strickland, has announced he will resign after four years, although no effective date has been announced. His deputy, David Friedman, will serve as acting administrator when Strickland departs. 

Deputy Transportation Secretary Resigns

Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari also announced his resignation, which became effective December 31, 2013.

AGC of America Resources  

AGC Announces New Building Division Director

Sylvester Giustino joins the AGC of America staff in January as the new Building Division Director. He comes from the Building Owners & Managers Association of Greater New York, where he had served as Director of Legislative Affairs since 2008. Sylvester will be responsible for staffing the Building Division and the Specialty Contractors Council, including the AIA-AGC Joint Committee, Industry Liaison Committee, Lean Construction Forum, Project Delivery Forum, and the Public/Private Industry Advisory Council. He will report to Mike Stark, whose duties have expanded to include leading the Training, Education & Development Department. Beginning January 6, 2014, Sylvester may be reached at 703.837.5387 and sylvester.giustino@agc.org.

AGC Testifies Against Reverse Auctions - Again

For the second time this year, AGC of America testified in opposition to the practice of reverse auction in federal contracting as it pertains to construction services. On December 11, Nigel Cary of Cox Construction in San Diego, who serves as Vice Chair of AGC's Federal and Heavy Construction Division, told a joint hearing of the House Veterans Affairs and Small Business committees that the unique nature of construction, which does not constitute the manufacture of buildings, highways or other infrastructure, poses risks for government agencies when procured through online reverse auctions. AGC had testified before the House Small Business Committee in May, urging the committee to introduce legislation, which it did, to prohibit reverse auctions for construction. The national Association has recently objected to the use of reverse auctions for construction by the Department of the Interior and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and met with the General Services Administration to voice opposition to the GSA's online reverse auction platform, which enables any federal agency to procure certain construction services and materials through an online reverse auction. AGC of America invites members to contact Jimmy Christianson at 703.837.5325 or christiansonj@agc.org.

 

Member News

Tutor Perini Corporation

The civil and building construction company was awarded a $510 million contract for construction of a platform structure at Hudson Yards in midtown Manhattan. Constructed of structural steel with a reinforced concrete deck, the platform will bridge the active Long Island Railroad eastern rail yard located south of West 33rd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Peckar & Abramson, PC

The North Jersey law firm was named "Law Firm of the Year" in Litigation - Construction by US News - Best Lawyers in America. It was also ranked in US News & World Report's "Best Law Firms" list.

Safety Matters

ACCNJ Hosts OSHA Hazardous Communication Review Sessions

On December 18, ACCNJ hosted two review sessions for members on OSHA's revised Hazard Communication Standard, which now aligns with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, known as GHS. Taught by our OSHA 30-Hour instructor, Bob Sagendorf, the two-hour class covered the OSHA-required training pertaining to labeling hazardous chemicals, the new pictograms that replace the old verbiage describing hazards, and the new Safety Data Sheets that replace the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). If you were not able to attend the training, you may find the information and Safety Data Sheets at www.osha.gov. The segment will also be incorporated in the OSHA 30-Hour training offered at ACCNJ.

Calls for Nominations

51st Annual New Jersey Concrete Awards

Nominations for the 51st Annual New Jersey Concrete Awards are now being accepted. "Noteworthy projects completed during 2013 that highlight the successful application of the premier building material -- concrete -- may be nominated." Sponsored by the New Jersey Concrete and Aggregate Association, the state chapter of the American Concrete Institute, the awards this year have a new "green" category. Call or email NJCAA for nomination forms:  609.393.3352 or wflayt01@comcast.net. Deadline for nominations is January 10, 2014.

2014 New Good Neighbor Awards

The 54th Annual New Good Neighbors Awards competition, sponsored by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association and New Jersey Business magazine, is open for nominations. The awards “recognize companies that have worked to bring about an improved economy in New Jersey by building or renovating a commercial facility.” Winners are selected based on architectural merit, economic benefit and job creation, and community involvement. The awards will be presented at a luncheon in June 2014. Nomination forms are available online at www.njbia.org/awards or by calling Katie Wittkamp at 609.393.7707, ext. 9481. Deadline for nominations is February 3, 2014.

 

Upcoming Events

Winter Conference Registration

If you would like to join your colleagues for the ACCNJ Winter Conference in February 2014 at the Regent Palms Resort in Turks and Caicos, please call Carol Fulton, Membership Services Director, at the Association office, 732.225.22665. For registration information, access Bulletin 02-13, available in the members-only section at accnj.org.

RESCHEDULED - Annual Membership Meeting

As we discussed above, the December Annual Membership Meeting, cancelled due to inclement weather, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at the PNC Bank Arts Center/Robert B. Meyner Reception Facility in Holmdel. For more details and to register, access Bulletin 53-13 in the members-only section at accnj.org.

ICRA Program - Members Only

In Bulletin 52-13, we told you of another Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) program training course at the Carpenters' Training Center in Hammonton. We invite members to join us on January 16, 2014, for "Best Practices in Healthcare Construction in Occupied Facilities," when representatives from the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters will explain the training elements of the program as well as ongoing efforts to educate and promote mandatory training and certification to hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout New Jersey.  For more details and to register, access the bulletin in the members-only section at accnj.org.

BIM Units 3 & 4 and BIM Testing

In Bulletin 57-13 we distributed information and registration for two BIM courses ACCNJ is hosting in 2014. Unit 3, "BIM Contract Negotiation and Risk Allocation," is scheduled for Friday, February 28, 2014, and Unit 4, "BIM Process, Adoption and Integration" is scheduled for Friday, March 21, 2014. Both classes are one full day at the Association office. We recommend early registration, as classes fill quickly and are limited to the first 20 registrants. To register, access Bulletin 53-13 in the members-only section at accnj.org. In addition, ACCNJ will offer BIM testing on January 10 and April 10, 2014. Register through the AGC of America website at www.agc.org.

 

2014 Holidays

The following list includes federal and state-recognized holidays:

  • January 1, 2014 - New Year's Day
  • January 20, 2014 - Martin Luther King's Birthday Observed
  • February 17, 2014 - Presidents' Day
  • April 18, 2014 - Good Friday*
  • May 26, 2014 - Memorial Day
  • July 4, 2014 - Independence Day
  • September 1, 2014 - Labor Day
  • October 13, 2014 - Columbus Day
  • November 11, 2014 - Veterans' Day
  • November 27, 2014 - Thanksgiving Day
  • December 25, 2014 - Christmas Day

*State-only holiday

 

Industry News 

Bill would nearly double federal gasoline tax

http://thehill.com/blogs/transportation-report/infrastructure/191758-bill-filed-to-hike-gas-tax

NJ snow-fighting operation tracked by GPC, weather sensors http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/nj_snow_fighting_operation_tracked_by_gps_weather_sensors.html

How to Overhaul the Gas Tax                        

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/24/opinion/how-to-overhaul-the-gas-tax.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0

Review of NJ Transit’s response to Sandy finds need for more coordination, places to shelter  trains

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/review_of_nj_transits_response_to_sandy_finds_need_for_better_coordination_more_places_to_store_trai.html

 

Read more industry news in Hot Topics 

In December, we posted numerous news items on our website at accnj.org/hot-topics/. Every Friday, members receive an email recapping the Hot Topics posted for the week. We encourage members to check the Hot Topics site often for late-breaking news of interest to the industry.