AGC San Diego CONSTRUCTOR Magazine 2019 - Volume 4

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GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY COMPLETE! Plus... Leadership Training UCSD Wins Public Owner Award

New Laws in 2020

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2019 Volume 4

The Associated General Contractors, San Diego Chapter, Inc. 6212 Ferris Square San Diego, CA 92121 Phone (858) 558-7444 Fax (858) 558-8444


8 GOVERNMENT RELATIONS Construction Industry Faces New Laws in 2020


AGC East County Headquarters & Apprenticeship Training Center is Under Construction


“Best of the Best” Construction Projects Honored at Build San Diego Awards


The Construction Industry’s Need for Better Leadership Skills


Skilled & Trained Workforce - Does it Apply to You?

More Inside 12 Holiday Dinner Dance 28 TechTalk



20 New Award Debut

30 Plan Room

26 Fall Golf Classic

32 Aztec Tailgate

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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS Construction Industry Faces New Laws in 2020 By Brad Barnum, Executive Vice President

Governor Gavin Newsom signed 870 new laws in 2019, and on January 1, most of this legislation will take effect. As a contractor and a company doing business in California, you will be impacted by several of these laws in 2020 and beyond.

Below is a summary from AGC’s Legislative Advocates in Sacramento. The descriptions are not intended to cover every aspect of the legislation - only the highlights - so it is recommended that specific bill language be reviewed for complete details.

For a copy of the legislation and a complete analysis, please access the State Legislature’s website at Type in the bill number, then click the “search” icon. Please contact AGC’s Legislative Advocates, Felipe Fuentes, Paul Gladfelty, or Jamie Khan at (916) 444-3116, if additional information is needed. PUBLIC WORKS – PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENTS AB 48 - On March 2020, a $15 billion state bond (Proposition 13) for school re/construction, which prioritizes K-12 projects that have PLAs will be on the ballot. If passed by voters, funding would be allocated as follows:



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$9 billion for Preschool to Grade 12 school facilities $2.8 billion for new construction; $5.2 billion for modernization $500 million for charter schools; $500 million for career technical education $2 billion for the UC and the Hastings College of the Law $2 billion for the CSU $2 billion for community college facilities.

AB 1290 - Requires the City of San Diego to mandate a project labor agreement on the City’s Pure Water projects in order to receive state revolving funds for those projects. EMPLOYER / EMPLOYEES / APPRENTICESHIP AB 5 - Codifies the California Supreme Court decision in the Dynamex case, which presumes that a worker who performs services for an employer is an employee unless they meet the “ABC” test. There is a two-year exemption for the construction industry, as licensed contractors may contract directly with owner-operator truckers until January 1, 2022; however, an owner-operator must register with DIR, even for private work. After January 1, 2020, truck brokers will have to hire owner-operators as employees.

AB 9 - Existing law authorizes a person claiming to be aggrieved by alleged employment discrimination to file a verified complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing within one year from the date upon which the unlawful practice occurred. This bill extends the filing period to 3 years. AB 530 - Requires the Department of Industrial Relations to convene an advisory committee consisting of construction industry representatives to develop a harassment and discrimination prevention policy and training standard. Allows an apprenticeship program, labor management training trust, or labor management cooperation committee to maintain the harassment training certificate of completion for apprentices and journey-level workers in a database that will then provide verification of the training to employers who are party to a collective bargaining agreement. AB 673 - Provides that penalties for late payment of wages shall be recovered by the Labor Commissioner, payable to the affected employee, as a civil penalty or by the employer as a statutory penalty in a hearing pursuant to the Commissioner’s authority under the Labor Code. The affected employee may enforce civil penalties for late payment of wages through the Private Attorneys General Act but cannot recover statutory penalties for the same violation.

AB 695 - Extends the authority for community college districts to enter into design-build contracts to January 1, 2030, provided there are skilled and trained workforce provisions. AB 1475 - Authorizes regional transportation agencies to utilize the construction manager/ general contractor (CM/GC) procurement method on any transportation project that is not on the state highway system. Revises the definition of “construction manager” to mean such an entity that is a licensed contractor pursuant to the Contractors’ State License Law and that is able to provide, or that contracts with entities that are able to provide, appropriately licensed contracting or engineering services, or both as needed pursuant to a CM/GC method contract. SANDAG was granted this authority in 2012. AB 1768 - Only Section 1 is operative, and it expands the definition of “public works” to include work performed during construction site assessments and feasibility studies, and specifies that preconstruction work is part of “public works,” regardless of whether any further construction work is conducted. SB 137 - Gives Caltrans the flexibility in programming between federal local assistance funding and the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program.

SB 778 - Delays until January 1, 2021, the implementation of the requirement for employers with five or more employees to provide at least two hours of sexual harassment training to all supervisory employees and at least one hour to all nonsupervisory employees.

SB 197 - Permanently prohibits Caltrans from withholding retention proceeds when making progress payments for work performed by a contractor.


AB 35 - Requires the Department of Public Health’s Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program to report to Cal/OSHA any instance where a worker’s blood level is at or above 20 micrograms per deciliter and requires Cal/OSHA to take investigative action against the employer.

AB 356 - Establishes a pilot program to authorize the Los Angeles Community College District to use, before December 31, 2024, a best value procurement method for bid evaluation and selection for public projects that exceed $1 million. Contains “skilled and trained workforce” requirements. AB 456 - Allows a current claim resolution process for prompt payments related to undisputed work to remain law until January 1, 2027. (AB 626 (Chapter 810, Statutes of 2016), established the claims resolution process for public works projects, but it was set to expire January 1, 2020.)


AB 203 - Requires construction employers engaging in specified work activities or vehicle operation in counties where Valley Fever is highly endemic to provide effective awareness training to all employees annually and before an employee begins work that is reasonably anticipated to cause substantial dust disturbance. Continues on Next Page > AGCSD.ORG


ENVIRONMENT AB 252 - Extends existing law indefinitely and streamlines the environmental review process for certain public works involving the federal government. AB 423 - Restructures the governing board of the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District, which is currently governed by the five County Supervisors, to be governed by an 11-member board consisting of two county supervisors, six council members or mayors from specified cities, and three public members. SB 44 - Requires the Air Resources Board to update its 2016 mobile source strategy to include a comprehensive strategy for the deployment of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles for the purpose of bringing the state into compliance with Federal ambient air quality standards. SB 210 - Authorizes the Air Resources Board to develop and implement a Heavy-Duty Vehicle


Inspection and Maintenance Program for nongasoline heavy-duty on road motor vehicles. Authorizes the board to assess a fee and penalties as part of the program and creates the Truck Emission Check Fund. REGIONAL AGENCIES AB 1413 - Authorizes a local transportation authority, including SANDAG and MTS, to impose a tax applicable to only a portion of the county if two-thirds of the voters voting on the measure within the portion of the county to which the tax would apply vote to approve the tax. Contains “skilled and trained workforce� requirements. AB 1730 - Allows SANDAG to extend the adoption of the next update to its regional transportation plan until December 31, 2021. Provides that the next update to the regional transportation plan be exempt from CEQA. Sets subsequent deadlines for SANDAG to adopt its revisions to its housing element.

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CHAPTER NEWS Groundbreaking Ceremony Complete! AGC East County Headquarters and Apprenticeship Training Center is Under Construction By Eddie Sprecco, CEO

On a sunny fall day in Lakeside, the AGC Board of Directors and AGC Apprenticeship Training Trustees, broke ground on the future home of AGC in front of 200-plus contractors and community members from across the region. At the November ceremony, 2019 AGC Board President, Steve Friar, thanked past Presidents Eric Stenman (2017) and Jeff Harper (2018) for their key contributions in taking this project from concept to reality. He also recapped the obstacles faced in the planning process and major progress made in 2019 to break ground this year. Many had a hand in getting to this important milestone - and many more will be thanked when it is time to cut the ribbon! AGC Apprenticeship Trust Chair Thomas L. Brown spoke about the importance of the new training center to the construction industry, and to the greater San Diego region. These comments were reiterated by Supervisor Dianne Jacob who noted the need for highly skilled workers to build the regions infrastructure and the importance to residents of her district - construction provides well paying, fulfilling careers that often don't require a four-year degree and accompanying debt. Board Member Mike Furby thanked Supervisor Jacob for supporting the industry during her time in office, and for the River Park plan that balances the need for Commercial and Industrial centers with open space and community parks. The location on Riverford Road in Lakeside is in the center of a growing construction industry hub that stretches across East County. Mike also thanked his father, Jim Furby, for recognizing the importance of AGC to the region and for his contributions to the project. Lisa Anderson, Chair of the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce welcomed AGC to the community as their newest member. Doug Barnhart, on behalf of project General Contractor Barnhart-Reese Construction, presented an Engraved Ceremonial Shovel to AGC noting the Groundbreaking Date of November 14, 2019. After donning their ceremonial hard hats, Board members and Trustees put gold shovels in the ground, officially kicking off the project. Following the ceremony, attendees walked next door to a reception hosted by Marathon Construction Corporation, RDO Equipment, and AGC Apprenticeship Trust. While there is much more work to be done, the groundbreaking ceremony was a big day for the future of the construction industry in San Diego. Thank you to all who attended and contributed to this effort can't wait to see you in summer of 2020 for the ribbon cutting!



INDUSTRY NEWS “Best of the Best" Construction Projects Honored at Build San Diego Awards Luncheon By Eddie Sprecco, CEO

Every two years, AGC recognizes the contractors that build to life outstanding buildings and supporting infrastructure that help make San Diego County such a thriving region. On November 5, AGC honored the "best of the best" projects at AGC's 2019 Build San Diego Awards luncheon at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Over 300 guests enjoyed the afternoon's festivities, including a number of elected officials, government and educational leaders, owners, developers, architects, and engineers. The luncheon was sponsored by Hawthorne Cat, and Torrey Pines Bank. The Master of Ceremonies was Matt Pound of Escondido Materials, and the guest speaker was Poway Mayor Steve Vaus. His comments about the opportunities and challenges ahead for transportation planning in San Diego County set the stage for an outstanding awards program. The Build San Diego Award entries were evaluated in terms of excellence in project management, innovation in construction techniques or materials, excellence in client service, contractor's contribution to the community as it relates to the project and meeting the challenges of a difficult job. The entries were reviewed, and the finalists and award winners were selected by a panel of four judges: • John Addleman - Executive Director of Planning Services, San Dieguito Union High School District • Jim Cleaton - Director of Construction, San Diego State University • Bill Morgan - Deputy Director - Engineering Services Division, County of San Diego Department of Public Works • Michael Tilley - Sr. Program Manager/Airport Design & Construction, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

During the program, eight "best of the best" projects were presented with a Build San Diego Award: BUILDING CONSTRUCTION PUBLIC WORK Erickson-Hall Construction San Dieguito Union High School District Sage Creek High School Performing Arts Center

BUILDING CONSTRUCTION PRIVATE WORK Hensel Phelps InterContinental San Diego


HEAVY/HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION Mid-Coast Transit Constructors Gilman Drive Bridge

UNDERGROUND/UTILITIES Orion Construction Corporation City of Escondido Hale Avenue Emergency Sewer Replacement

UNIQUE SPECIAL PROJECT R.E. Staite Engineering, Inc. General Dynamics NASSCO Graving Dock Cofferdam


UNIQUE SMALL PROJECT PRIVATE WORK TC Construction Company, Inc. Sycamore Ranch

SUSTAINABLE PROJECT Hensel Phelps University of California, San Diego Mesa Nueva

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Seven Merit Awards were presented within some of the above categories because of the tremendous number of excellent construction projects nominated for awards this year: Building Construction - Public Work • Barnhart-Reese Construction - Bayside Fire Station #2 • Clark Construction - Huāxyacac Hall, San Diego State University Heavy/Highway Construction • Skanska - I-805 North HOV/BRT Design Build Project Unique Small Project - Public Work • KTA Construction - Avenida De La Playa Storm Drain Reconstruction, Phase 2 Unique Special Project • EC Constructors, Inc. - Pine Valley Fire Station #44 • Pacific Building Group - San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Walkabout Australia Sustainable Project • Balfour Beatty - North Coastal Live Well Health Center Congratulations to the 2019 Build San Diego and Merit Award winners, and best wishes to those who enter in 2021...may all your construction projects be winners!



INDUSTRY NEWS Public Owner Award Debuts at Build San Diego Awards By Mike McManus, Director of Engineering Construction & Industry Relations

This year at the AGC Build San Diego Awards was the debut of a new award category that we hope will foster ever improving partnering relationships between construction industry firms and public agencies here in San Diego. These awards were based on a confidential survey of the 1,100 member construction industry firms of the AGC San Diego. The staff received over 500 individual agency evaluations from members and then compiled those evaluations into relative scores of each agency that received evaluations. The top five owners received recognition at this year’s ceremony. The 2019 “Best of the Best Public Owner” was UC San Diego and a well-deserved congratulations to them. Several other agencies were not far behind in the scoring, which was highly competitive. Four additional agencies were awarded the “Public Agency Merit” award; the cities of Encinitas, Santee, and Vista and the Padre Dam Municipal Water District. The survey was developed in consultation with the AGC San Diego Engineering, Building and Affiliate Councils. The intent of the survey is to systematically determine which agencies are rated the highest by our members, and then acknowledge those agencies every two years at Build San Diego Awards. It is our hope that public owners who are not rated in the top five will work with AGC to focus on those areas of their operations that will bring them into the top tier of agencies according to their construction industry partners. Just to give some perspective on this effort, here are some quick facts. There are 110 public agencies in San Diego County. That includes: • Federal Agencies • Regional Agencies • Cities and the County • Water Districts • Universities and Community College Districts 20 AGCSD.ORG

2019 AGC President Steve Friar congratulates UCSD's Rhonda Mitchell and Joel King for receiving the best of the best Public Owner Award.

• School Districts Over 90 percent of them received at least one survey, which tells you how many agencies many contractors work with. A few of the larger agencies had as many as 50 surveys completed. Fifty-three agencies had five or more surveys completed about them. Twenty-four agencies had 10 or more surveys done. The top 12 agencies were only separated in scoring by about 15%. It was close at the top, so there are a lot of good public owners in this region. The basis of the evaluation was a set of ten questions that tested an agencies performance

• Quality and Conduct of Resident Engineers and Agency Staff • Partnering Collaboration & Effectiveness • Dispute Resolution • Prompt Contract Closeout • Accurate and Complete Plans & Specifications and clear RFPs • Clear and Fair Procurement Processes • Delivery methods conducive to project success

Four additional agencies were awarded the “Public Agency Merit” award the cities of Encinitas, Santee, and Vista and the Padre Dam Municipal Water District.

and practices related to working with contractors. Those questions were on the following topics: • Prompt Pay of Undisputed Work • Appropriate Allocation of Risk in their Contracts • Fair and Equitable Adjustments for CCO’s

It is hard to generalize on what portions of the evaluations seemed to help or hurt the scores consistently. But, three areas stand out as potentially fertile ground for agencies looking to make improvements. Those are not surprisingly: • Partnering Collaboration and Effectiveness • Dispute Resolution • Prompt Contract Closeout We look forward to working with public owners who want to be recognized as the “Best of the Best” in the future!


EDUCATION & TRAINING The Construction Industry’s Need for Better Leadership Skills By Glen Schaffer, Director of Marketing and Education

The AGC’s Education and Training Committee would like to announce that AGC’s three-day Leadership in Construction Workshop is coming back to the San Diego Chapter in 2020. Every survey taken during the past 15 years on skill needs for the construction employee has put “leadership” at the top, and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) responded by designing the very best program on Leadership for Constructors. Few industries rely on effective leadership for success more than the construction industry. With the overwhelming number of activities on any given jobsite, it takes astute leadership to pull them all together. Without it, project safety, profitability and company reputation are at risk. Attending AGC of America’s Leadership in Construction Workshop will help you enhance your individual skills as a leader and teach you how to become the most effective leader possible. This popular workshop focuses on the Dynamics of Leadership, in which participants: • Identify key leadership concepts • Explore the difference between leadership and management • Analyze intrinsic and extrinsic factors in motivation • Develop strategies for dealing with members of a project team • Analyze an effective model for conflict resolution At AGC’s Leadership in Construction Workshop, participants discover their personal leadership style and how to communicate and work with people who have different approaches. This is accomplished through various team activities and a series of personal assessments, including a 360 survey to identify how their manager, direct


reports and peers interpret their performance. Participants leave with a detailed, practical action plan for implementing the new communication strategies. The AGC’s Leadership in Construction Workshop, produces tangible, learning outcomes such as: • Understanding and ability to apply essential leadership qualities for the professional constructor • Understanding key differences between leadership and management; moving good managers to great leaders • Understanding how to bridge the generational divide to effectively supervise all employees • Understanding and ability to apply effective conflict resolution techniques • Ability to balance vision and effective implementation • Completion of a leadership self-assessment, and development of a personal leadership style • Development of a leadership plan for achieving consistent results from one project to the next AGC’s three-day Leadership in Construction Workshop will be presented May 5 – 7, 2020 at our San Diego Chapter’s training facility. Facilitators

will be Thomas J. Burleson and Charles W. Cook, who are well-respected leaders in AGC, the construction industry, and their communities. The Leadership in Construction Workshop is priced well below other programs while delivering remarkably better results. AGC created the workshop specifically for the construction industry, and it is presented by contractors for contractors. This program is not limited to employees with a single job description, attendance is open to all individuals in the construction industry who direct or influence other personnel to meet project goals. In the past, attendees ranging from foremen to CEOs have benefited from the course. Accountants and project managers have worked together on action plans to improve their leadership skills.

All participants undergo a 360-degree feedback evaluation before the program, and the results are interpreted in a comprehensive report during the workshop. Many companies have found it effective to send several employees to the same session. An Early Bird Registration discount is available, if you register for the program by February 1, 2020. This program has a registration deadline of April 17, 2020, since the material is customized to each participant’s current needs and skills, so please do not wait to register one or more of your employees. And remember that this program is eligible for your Journeyman to use their Journeyman Upgrade tuition credit or vouchers. This workshop is designed for a small number of participants; registration space is limited so please apply early. If you have any questions, please contact Becca Schaffer, Education & Safety Marketing Manager at the AGC San Diego Chapter via email at becca@ or call her at 858-558-7444 ext. 101.


APPRENTICESHIP NEWS Skilled & Trained Workforce – Does It Apply To You? By Pete Saucedo, Executive Director - AGC Apprenticeship

The short answer is ... YES. “Skilled and Trained workforce” is a phrase that has been around for several years now, and if you haven’t heard, it’s coming to a "theater near you!" This short article is not a comprehensive discussion or explanation, but it will provide a summary of recent legislation and the strategy to address these requirements. Skilled & Trained Workforce Summary Starting in 2013 and through 2018, Governor Brown signed several bills regarding skilled workforce. Those bills were consolidated into one bill in 2016 with SB 693, modified or capped in 2017 in SB 418, and penalties and DLSE enforcement were put in place in 2018 through AB 3018.

for years, but never went through an apprenticeship program). The fourth column are journeymen workers who have absolutely no experience – they will not be allowed to work on these types of projects. Their only entry into the workforce will be through an approved apprenticeship program.

Currently, these requirements primarily apply to design-build, lease-leaseback, best value, and SANDAG projects over $1 million. In essence, it requires contractors to utilize a journeyman workforce with a certain percentage that have graduated from an approved apprenticeship program.

As listed in SB 418, the following trades are capped at a 30% threshold for graduates: acoustical installer, bricklayer, carpenter, cement mason, drywall installer or lather, marble mason, finisher, or setter, modular furniture or systems installer, operating engineer, pile driver, plasterer, roofer or waterproofer, stone mason, surveyor, terrazzo worker or finisher, and tile layer, setter, or finisher. The trade of teamster is completely exempted from skilled workforce requirements.

Failure to comply with these graduation requirements will subject a contractor performing work on these types of projects to stiff fines, having their progress payments withheld, or possibly subject them to debarment. Here are some of the requirements in a little more detail. The graph below illustrates the skilled workforce requirements going forward: Date


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The second column is the required percentage of journeymen graduates. The third column is the amount of journeymen who are not graduates, but have an equivalent amount of hours in that trade equal to a graduate (guys that have been with you

For all other trades, the percentages in the graph will apply (50-60%). For the trade of Laborer, up to one-half of the graduation percentage requirements listed above may be satisfied by skilled journeypersons who commenced working in the Laborer occupation before 1999 (Section (d)(3) of SB 418). The law is silent on what type of evidence the contractor would need to prove that individual worker has 19 or more years of experience in this trade.

The only thing worse than training your employees and having them leave is not training them and having them stay. —Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Automobiles


Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to. —Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group

Is Skilled Workforce Spreading or Going Away? Skilled workforce started with a bill aimed at the oil refinery industry. Then it spread to designbuild, lease-leaseback, and so on. SANDAG has adopted it on all their projects over $1 million, and the city of San Diego will implement skilled and trained workforce on its upcoming Pure Water projects. It is already spreading, and rapidly. A certain sector of the industry really likes skilled and trained workforce requirements, and they have had no problems pushing these requirements through the legislature and the governor. Here are excerpts of a bulletin on skilled and trained workforce from the State Building and Construction Trades Council (SBCTC): “Anti-union construction interests in California are continuing their desperate sounding pleas to try to stop bills sponsored by the SBCTC that would have the effect of increasing school districts’ use of a skilled and trained workforce that has graduated from stateapproved apprenticeship programs, on school construction projects, delivering a highly trained, streamlined work force, and ensuring quality of school construction under the lowest bid. They obviously fear that these sensible goals would disrupt their hopes to win construction contracts with lesser trained, lower wage workers. ...These provisions will likely be included in all public works projects and even into privately funded projects that include some public funding.” While it’s difficult to accurately predict the future, it’s reasonable to assume that under Governor Newsom, these requirements will continue to spread - perhaps to all public works at some point in the near future.

The long-term solution to skilled workforce requirements is to embrace apprenticeship, train workers your company’s way, have them receive a formal construction education, and graduate workers from our program. Not only will you have built your graduate workforce for compliance purposes, you will have also engaged and invested in your field staff, which has proven benefits. It's time for construction companies to recognize their people are their most valuable asset to secure success in the future. And if your people are your most valuable asset, it makes sense to invest in them through formal training. Just imagine what your company could accomplish with everyone moving in the same direction. Employees who feel valued will gladly compete in the race, overtake the competition, and cross the finish line first. While training has been proven to benefit contractors in educating their future workforce, reducing their labor costs, and helping them remain in compliance with labor laws, many contractors stubbornly refuse to train and are not afforded the obvious benefits their competitors enjoy. We have come across several contractors who feel that skilled and trained workforce does not apply to them because they don’t perform those types of projects, or they will adjust when the time requires. Our position is this type of thinking is extremely short-sighted. We encourage AGC members to get ahead of the curve. The writing is already on the wall. As stated in this article, it is time to embrace apprenticeship training. Twenty years ago, safety did not have the emphasis and focus that it does today. Apprenticeship training is experiencing a similar transformation. Contact us today for more information on skilled and trained workforce solutions at (858) 558-0739.

The AGC Can Help You The only strategy to address skilled and trained workforce is traditional apprenticeship training! If your company intends to continue bidding and performing all types of projects, you will need a percentage of graduates that corresponds with the law. Apprenticeship training today is as relevant as ever!



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PLAN ROOM Online Plan Room Adds Feature that Provides Benefit to Suppliers and Service Providers By Lisa Lovelace, Director of Plan Room Services

The AGC San Diego Online Plan Room announces a new feature, SubElements, a proprietary technology solution, that allows suppliers and service providers to attach product and service information to project specifications directly in Online Plan Room without compromising the integrity of the source documentation. By bringing supplier solutions to contractors in the online project specifications, SubElements is a dynamic and efficient solution that gets your project materials and services to the right person at the right time. It also gives contractors realtime access to these services during tight bidding cycles. Visit the Online Plan Room page on the AGC San Diego website to watch a video about SubElements at If you are interested in learning more about SubElements, please contact Lisa Lovelace, (858) 558-744 ext. 115, or by email at What is the Online Plan Room? AGC’s Online Plan Room provides users complete access to bidding projects, both public and private, not only including plans and specifications in San Diego, Imperial, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, but statewide access for all users. The Online Plan Room service offers a user-friendly platform of projects and RFPs bidding statewide, and you can specify counties of interest as well as keywords to search available plans for bidding opportunities by trade or materials. Our Plan Room has excellent free tools for onscreen takeoffs, the ability to download and print sheets, plus lets you store your work. It also features a bidding calendar that allows you to see when projects are bidding by date; this is a great resource when researching other projects that may be bidding on the same day. 30 AGCSD.ORG

The AGC San Diego Online Plan Room is part of the Golden State Plan Service which includes 22 locally grounded exchanges and associations that make up the largest plan room network in California learn more at If you require access to this free AGC San Diego member benefit, please email Planroom@agcsd. org. A two-week free trial is waiting for all non-AGC members, please visit Departments/PlanRoom/ and select Free Trial Request.




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