The Future of Construction A 2019 ABC Forecast

January 21st, 2019|Categories: Blog|

One of the top construction industry economists says 2019 should be another positive annum for our business, with a caveat about “wage inflation.” Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu released his 2019 forecast December 4th, in the association's magazine Construction Executive magazine. Job growth, high backlog and healthy infrastructure investment all spell good [...]

Combating Construction Worker Fatigue

January 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Worker fatigue is often an overlooked hazard on the construction site. Fatigue, whether physical or mental, impairs a construction worker's ability to safely and effectively perform their job duties. It increases the risk of accidents and injuries which can lead to unnecessary workers' compensation costs and can greatly reduce productivity on a project. Common [...]

Naming Your Company, Out of State Registration, & Changing an RME

January 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

We begin with a little bit of 'sole', move on with no place like 'home' and help ease the worry about a 'responsible' person hitting the highway…Q: I recently applied for a Contractor's license and I used the word “Builders” in my business name. I checked the status online today and it says, “provide a [...]

Industry Great Bruce Cooksey Retires from J.F. Shea

January 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Celebrating 46 years of experience in the construction industry managing more than 57 water and wastewater related projects in Southern California with gross sales exceeding $360 million, Bruce Cooksey of J.F. Shea Construction will retire. Cooksey’s career spanned a multitude of water resource structures, water and wastewater treatment plants and pipelines, pumping stations, flood control [...]

Jim Burton, Former ECA Executive Director Passes

January 10th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

James Burton, former ECA Executive Director, longtime Santa Fe Springs activist, former councilman, and school board member, died of heart complications on Jan. 2, 2019. He was 76. He served as Executive Director of the Engineering Contractors' Association from 2006 until his retirement in 2011 before that Jim served as the Executive Vice President of [...]

LA’s 100-year-old Water Infrastructure To Benefit

January 7th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Los Angeles County officials have hailed the passage of Measure W, the Safe Clean Water parcel tax. Proposed by the County Flood Control District and approved by the Board of Supervisors, the measure was put to voters on the November ballot — and passed, earning 69.5% of the vote. The tax (a parcel tax of [...]

Caltrans Gets $600M, $80M Funded by SB 1

January 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Caltrans recently announced that the California Transportation Commission has allocated more than $600 million in funding for hundreds of transportation infrastructure, rail and local projects. The funding includes $80 million from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the state’s gas tax increase that was preserved by voters last November. “Caltrans will focus on repairing and rehabilitating [...]

Building Strong Sub-GC Relationships

December 21st, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Editor's Note: This topic is important to all our contractor readers. The piece originally appeared on CMD's Construction Direct. Edited it for space considerations, you can read it in its entirety at: contractors and subcontractors are facing a mixed bag these days. On the one hand, they're experiencing strong, even record demand with backlogs [...]

Safety Pros & NIOSH Partner to Address Youth Safety

December 18th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) Foundation and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) are entering into a collaborative partnership to protect the safety and health of our nation's young workers. The signing of a new five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) took place at NIOSH offices in Washington D.C., October [...]

Filing a Fictitious Name, A Former License CEO. Needing A New License

December 16th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Yes, we did, so no you don't! Our second answer is here today but gone tomorrow. I 'hazard' another for contractors who may help restore or rebuild after disaster strikes, and our last one a real corporate road 'trip'… Q: Your company recently assisted us with obtaining a Joint Venture (JV) license in California. Are [...]

November Golf Tourney Brings Out Winner in All

December 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

ECA golfers were treated to a first-class course as members and guests participated in the association’s 22nd Annual Royal Golf Tournament at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach.Thank you to tournament chairman Lou Rendon of Frazer, LLP, and his committee for putting together this successful event. Special thanks also to our sponsors and players [...]