Building Contractors Association of New Jersey MONTHLY UPDATE December by Rollingstone

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									Building Contractors Association of New Jersey MONTHLY UPDATE

December 2007 New Members
In December, Building Contractors Association of New Jersey welcomed the following companies as new members: URS Corporation New York, NY Oliver Sprinkler Co., Inc. King of Prussia, PA

Calendars & Events
Earlier this month, a complimentary calendar from BCANJ and 2008 schedule of programs and events were sent to all members. As noted, additional programs will be scheduled throughout the year. As they are, we will notify you accordingly. If you did not receive this mailing, please contact the Association office.

Reminder: AGC’s 89th Annual Convention
Associated General Contractors of America’s 89th Annual Convention & Constructor Expo is scheduled for March 10-14, 2008, in Las Vegas. New this year: Tiered registration fees depending on how many days you attend. Register online at www.agc.org.

NJ Special School Election Results
Earlier this month, a list of the New Jersey School Construction Referendum results from Tuesday, December 11, 2007, was distributed. This information can be accessed via B-#12307 on the “Members Only” section on the BCANJ website, www.bcanj.com.

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AGC/A Reviews New AIA A201
On December 4, 2007, a group of members joined BCANJ at our Edison office to participate in an AGC/Asponsored audio conference that reviewed the AIA’s new A201 2007 General Terms and Conditions. The panelists discussed the new language of A201 and how it affects our members by shifting more risk from the architect to the contractor. Access more details and a copy of the AIA Document Comparative in the “Members Only” section on our website, www.bcanj.com, via bulletin B-#121-07.

Tuition Reimbursement Program
BCANJ continues to offer a Tuition Reimbursement Program for full-time employees of BCANJ member firms that contribute to the Industry Advancement Program. Eligible employees who have worked 1,500 hours within the last 12 months qualify to receive 75% tuition reimbursement for approved courses, up to a maximum of $1,500 per calendar year. Approved courses should be aimed at providing job-related knowledge and skills for construction personnel in both office and field operations. We encourage you to circulate copies of B#120-07 to your employees.

AGC/A Forecasts 2008 Construction Economy
In a national audio conference on December 13, 2007, sponsored by Associated General Contractors of America, construction industry experts and economists discussed the outlook for construction and materials in 2008. Overall, the experts predicted 2008 non-residential construction growth will slow, but certain market segments will remain strong. Please refer to B#124-07 for a full summary of the conference.

Construction Project Management Series
The Center for Continuing Studies at Mercer County Community College is offering its Spring 2008 Construction Project Management Program, a series of courses leading to a certificate in project management. Architects, e n g i neer s, pr oject m a na ge r s , contractors and others may also take courses on a non-certificate basis. Enclosed with this mailing is a detailed flyer/registration form.

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Safety News...
National AGC Safety Awards (NASA) Program All BCANJ active members that hire jobsite craft labor and have BCANJ as their “home chapter” are eligible to participate in this year’s NASA program. In order to qualify for an award, members must have entered for three consecutive years. As it did last year, the NASA program is using a participant form to collect the necessary information to determine eligibility. All forms must be completed and returned to the BCANJ office no later than Thursday, January 31, 2008. Entry forms were sent with B#125-07. OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety Course As announced in B-#126-07, BCANJ will host OSHA 30-Hour training on January 14, 21 and 28, 2008. Classes are limited to the first 28 registrants, and registration must be made using the BCANJ registration form. If you need a registration form, please contact the Association office. BCANJ also plans to host OSHA 30Hour training in February, March, May, September, November and December.

NJBIA’s 2008 New Good Neighbor Awards
As we announced in the November Update, nominations are now being accepted for NJBIA’s 2008 New Good Neighbor Awards. The award recognizes organizations that have worked to bring about an improved business climate in New Jersey by building or renovating a commercial facility. Completed nominations must be received by NJBIA on or before February 4, 2008. If you need a nomination form, please contact the Association office.

45th Annual Concrete Awards
Nominations are now being accepted for the 45th Annual New Jersey Concrete Awards, recognizing projects completed during 2007 that demonstrate creative, successful applications of concrete. Nominations are due by January 17, 2008, and awards will be presented at the annual dinner on Thursday, May 8, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick. A nomination form is enclosed with this mailing.

Associate Member
We are pleased to include information from the following Associate Member: Gamka Sales Company Edison, NJ

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Legislative News...
Cost Estimate Bill Advances A top BCANJ legislative priority to require published construction cost estimates and tighten the grounds for bid rejections continues to move forward during the frenetic lame-duck session. In early December, the measure was approved by the Senate State Government Committee and then amended by both houses in special floor votes later in the month. We are hopeful the legislation will earn final passage from the Legislature before the session comes to a close on January 7, 2008. Minimizing Impact of Lame-duck Legislation BCANJ and our business and labor partners have worked together to minimize the impact of dozens of bills being jammed through the State Senate and General Assembly in the race to the end of the legislative session. The topics range from additional penalties for violations of various environmental laws to increased taxes on solid waste, and from overreaching green building standards to tinkering with the prevailing wage laws. Refer to B-#127-07 for information on two construction-related bills that were signed into law following Governor Corzine’s conditional vetoes.

Public Utilities “One-Call” Regulations Revised As we reported in B-#128-07, the NJ Board of Public Utilities has adopted regulations updating its One-Call Damage Prevention System. The rules contain both substantive and technical amendments. Members can obtain a copy of the new regulations by contacting the Association office.

2008 Holidays
The following list includes federal and state-recognized holidays: January 1 - New Year’s Day January 21 - Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday February 12 - Lincoln’s Birthday* February 18 - Washington’s Birthday Observed March 21- Good Friday* May 26 - Memorial Day July 4 - Independence Day September 1 - Labor Day October 13 - Columbus Day Observed November 4 - Election Day* November 11 - Veterans Day November 27 - Thanksgiving Day December 25 - Christmas Day *State-only holiday


								
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