Building Insight January 2019

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Now that 2018 has come and gone, it’s time to start thinking about beginning 2019 anew. It’s also time to start thinking about posting your Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 300 Summary and beginning a new OSHA 300 log for the new year. For those companies that are required to keep the OSHA 300 logs, posting will begin Feb. 1 and will end April 30. The 300A summary should be posted in the same place you post other required employee posters. Your OSHA log does not need to be submitted to any agency unless you have been informed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) at the start of the year to complete a survey at the end of the year.


n  Employers are exempt from having to keep the OSHA records if your company had 10 or fewer employees at all times during the last calendar year, unless the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, OSHA, or BLS informs you in writing that you must keep records. n  However, also remember that if you had employees only working part of the year—and while they were employed by you, your employee count exceeded the 10 employee mark­—you will need to keep the OSHA log for the entire year as well as post the 300A summary. n  Some employers classified in low hazard industries are exempt. However, exemption rules have changed so if you have not kept the OSHA logs before, you should check to make sure you are still exempt. Visit Topics/AtoZ/RecordkeepingReporting/training.asp for details. NEW ELECTRONIC REPORTING RULES— DO THEY APPLY? OSHA implemented new Electronic Reporting Rules on Jan. 1 of 2017, which required certain employers to submit injury and illness logs starting Dec. 2017. However, this rule does not apply to Washington state employers. The rulemaking process is under way to adopt the rules in Washington state. We’ll provide more information about the state’s electronic reporting rule once it’s developed.



Proper recording is key to keeping your OSHA log. A word of caution needs to be noted, especially for companies struggling to keep a low incident rate for bidding purposes. A common mistake is over-recording. As always, first-aid treatment is not a recordable incident—the most common error. For example, below are some not recordable incidents: n  cleaning a wound n  hot or cold therapy n  using nonprescription medication at nonprescription strength n  using eyewash to remove foreign bodies from the eye First-aid treatment by the doctor is a perfect example of a workers’ compensation case not qualifying as recordable on the OSHA 300 log.


Pay close attention to each entry. An incident may qualify for this exemption, thus lowering a company’s overall incident rate. For employers new to this document, the incident rate determined is not tied to your workers’ comp account. These are two separate issues. For additional clarification, an example of a recordable incident involves “days away from work,” restricted work or “light duty” or any issue beyond first aid. Prescription medicine given due to an incident, regardless of if the employee never missed a day of work, is also a recordable case. This is another common mistake. Lastly, the date of the incident determines the year in which it is to be documented. For example, if an employee was injured on Dec. 30, 2018 and missed 20 days of work thereafter, that incident should be recorded on the company’s 2018 OSHA 300 log—not the 2019 log.





The Building Industry Association of Washington is the state’s largest trade association and represents nearly 8,000 member companies in the home building industry.   Known as the “Champions of Affordable Housing,” BIAW is dedicated to ensuring and enhancing the vitality of the building industry for the benefit of its members and the housing needs of citizens.

2019 SENIOR OFFICERS President Rick Hjelm, CGR MBA of Pierce County First Vice President Sherry Schwab, CAPS, CGR MBA of King & Snohomish Counties Second Vice President Chris Lockhart MBA of Pierce County Treasurer Tracy Doriot BIA of Clark County



Secretary LouAnne Neill HBA of Tri-Cities Immediate Past President Kevin Russell, MCGP North Peninsula Building Association BIAW STAFF Executive Vice President Greg Lane


PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE FORWARD PROGRESS Fumble and recovery changes game plan




LONG-TERM VISION Your participation is critical for BIAW’s success


Administrative Services Director Jan Rohila R.O.I.I.® Select Program Director Mark Shaffer Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh Editorial Staff Leah Jaber and Brenda Kwieciak CONTACT THE EDITORIAL STAFF

Want to submit an article for publication? Have a story tip or suggestion? For consideration, please email On the Cover: 2019 BIAW President Rick Hjelm takes the oath of office delivered by his longtime building supplier Mike McFadden of Gray Lumber.







This is my first article in 2019 as BIAW president. It’s such an honor to be trusted to fulfill this position. Having been part of BIAW for 20 years or so, I’ve had the awesome opportunity to observe some great individuals and mentors who have led us at BIAW. To you, I say thank you for your guidance over the years. I appreciate your support and friendship as I take the reins to lead this association. Personally, over the past 40 years, I’ve served in both secular and social organizations, working alongside other leaders who taught me the dos and don’ts of various leadership styles.


As a self-proclaimed professional people watcher, I often wondered why some leaders struggled while others soared. Through years of observing BIAW leaders, I’ve noticed a common philosophy of those who have prospered. First, those who have succeeded didn’t try to become who they think they needed to be to fill the role. Instead, they are who they are. They stay true to themselves and bring genuine emotions and passions, along with their noncompromising beliefs and values. Even though they may be contrasting, they surround themselves with others who bring their own set of emotions, passions, beliefs and values. Second, these leaders communicate a shared vision (a clear picture of the end result) where trust and genuine hope are created. People then voluntarily commit their time, energy and resources to make this vision a reality and the organization successful. They lead in a horizontal manner, recognizing everyone’s claim for human dignity and respect. They define a clear outline of the organization’s goals and what is required to achieve them. Differences are known and respected. In the end, everyone is willing to sacrifice for a common cause and no one cares who gets credit. It’s because of leaders like these, we continue to give our time and talents to BIAW. This leadership style is what I will aim to achieve as your president in 2019.


However, it wasn’t always that way. In 2004, I suffered a mild heart attack caused by a 99 percent blockage in my coronary artery. Lying in a hospital bed, it hit me that if I had succumbed to the attack, 10 loyal employees and their families would be out of a job. There was no plan without me. I was the company. In the business world, I was practicing a “vertical” leadership style. Everything revolved around my leadership, good or bad. Lying there with nothing to do but think, I realized I needed to change course and I needed to do it fast. Within a few days, I contacted friends who were successful business coaches. They confirmed what I felt and put me on a I commit to you to lead path to become a “horizontal” style leader, by example, creating an saying it would take 10 years to complete process. I thought, “No way, I can do environment of trust, as the it sooner than that.” In the end, they were we work together on our wrong, it took 12 years. Now that the company no longer revolves shared vision for BIAW. around me, it’s satisfying to see my team assume the lead and take the company to the next level. This allows more time for me to be involved in my local association, the Master Builders Association of Pierce County (MBAPC), as well as BIAW. See FORWARD PROGRESS on page 5 //



//FORWARD PROGRESS from page 4


As I begin this journey, years of watching the Seattle Seahawks has helped me see the vision of what lies ahead in 2019. At times, I’ll be required to be in the booth with our executive vice president Greg Lane, observing the field and sending down plays via the headset to the sidelines. Other times, I’ll be on the sideline with the headset on, listening to others and having to make immediate decisions that may affect the outcome of the game.

Russell, for his friendship and trust this past year; friends and associates at MBAPC; and BIAW staff, for their willingness to do whatever is needed.


This year, as we move ahead with BIAW’s strategic planning process, we will strengthen connections with local associations and our communities and continue to focus on growing our programs and services to better serve members. I will work with senior officers, our members and BIAW staff to build an even stronger association in 2019 and beyond. Finally, my wife and I will travel the state and attend as many local association events as possible. I look forward to chatting with you all and hearing your thoughts over the next year.

2018 BIAW President Kevin Russell hugs incoming President Rick Hjelm as he steps up to the podium during the Installation and Awards ceremony in November at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.

Alternatively, there may also be a scenario when I’ll need to be the BIAW quarterback and call audibles with the help of senior officers and the executive committee. Or there may even be a time I’ll need to get down in the mud and play right guard, clearing obstacles necessary for the team to move forward.


I commit to you to lead by example, creating an environment of trust, as we work together on our shared vision for BIAW. I will be an active player in the strategic planning, serving you, as I have been served, by others who have gone before. To cultivate an attitude of gratitude for how blessed we all are.


I have many people to thank for my journey in becoming BIAW president, including my wife and best friend Lynda; my brother Ron, who has unselfishly taken the lead in our business; Tara, the lead designer and project coordinator for our company; our team of loyal employees; Kevin

BIAW President-elect Rick Hjelm escorts his wife Lynda during the grand march entrance during the Installation and Awards ceremony.





6 Happy new year to you all! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season surrounded by family and friends. My family spent the week after Christmas moving into a new house. While we have lived in Olympia for nearly 25 years, my wife and I are downsizing – and beginning that new chapter in our lives is a nice way to start the new year! In December, BIAW President Rick Hjelm, his wife Lynda, BIAW staff and I enjoyed traveling to many local association installation dinners // GREG LANE and celebrations. We will be attending even more in January. Our local associations are thriving and annual transition events like these are EXECUTIVE always filled with optimism for what is to come. VICE PRESIDENT Here at BIAW, we too are looking forward to all the great things we will accomplish in 2019 and beyond. As the building industry in Washington continues to evolve and change, BIAW’s vision to serve our members is more important than ever. One of my favorite quotes about leadership is, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” Some attribute this insightful line to the legendary University of California, Los Angeles basketball coach John Wooden. Others claim it was founding father Benjamin Franklin who first coined the phrase. Regardless, the importance of making a plan—as both a guide and a measuring tool—is a key to success in all parts of life, personal and professional.


This is why I am extremely pleased that BIAW is launching a comprehensive strategic planning process. Over the next six months, we’ll be developing a detailed plan that will establish a long-term vision, as well as specific goals, for our organization that will guide us to growing our industry and, under the guidance of our dedicated and passionate leaders, more effectively represent and serve our members and local associations. Here is what you can expect over the next few months regarding the strategic planning process: n  PHASE 1: MEMBER SURVEY  |  January A survey will be sent to every BIAW member in late January. This is the opportunity for every member to weigh in with their comments and suggestions about the issues, programs, services, etc. that BIAW should prioritize in the next three to five years. As a member-driven organization, we want to learn more about the challenges you face and what you think BIAW can do to help address these challenges. Please take the time to respond to this survey and provide your input, as these responses will serve as the foundation of the planning process.

n  PHASE 2: FOCUS GROUPS  |  March

After the survey results are tallied and analyzed, we will hold 6-8 focus groups across the state to gather even more details about the topics raised in the As the building industry in survey and to start setting some priorities. Facilitated by a professional strategic planning consultant, each focus group will last 3-4 hours Washington continues to evolve and change, BIAW’s and will be comprised of builder members, associate members, local association leaders and local staff. The focus groups will take place in vision to serve our members separate locations across the state, so please look for the opportunity is more important than ever. to volunteer to participate.


The information gathered through the survey and focus groups will then be utilized by the BIAW Executive Committee to draft a strategic plan at a two-day retreat, also led by our consultant. The draft plan will include a vision and mission for BIAW, outline 4-6 ambitious See VISION on page 13//





Every year, BIAW’s award-winning Education Program is proud to offer members the most current, first-rate education classes and continuing education opportunities. In conjunction with our 14 local // HILLARY VANATTA associations, the offerings CERTIFICATION/ BIAW provides EDUCATION MANGER are a valuable resource for both members and the state’s home building industry community. This year, we have an excellent lineup: a diverse collection of classes in several categories, including, business management; marketing; building performance; code compliance; stormwater management; aging-in-place and an variety of legal and business-related matters. To register for a Low Impact Development (LID) workshop or class, visit or contact BIAW Certification/Education Manager Hillary Vanatta at 360-352-7800, ext. 106 or Together, let’s make 2019 the year you take advantage of the most upto-date industry training available for you and your employees.


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Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Companies w/under 50 Employees...................................................Olympia Washington PFML................................................................................... Bellevue Everyday Habits of Highly Successful Companies........................ Tacoma Certified Erosion & Sediment Control Lead (CESCL)..............Vancouver CESCL Recertification.........................................................................Vancouver

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CAPS 1: Marketing & Communicating with the Aging In Place Client........................................................... Bellevue CAPS 2: Design Concepts for Livable Homes and Aging In Place................................................................................. Bellevue CAPS 3: Details & Solutions for Livable Homes and Aging In Place................................................................................. Bellevue Everyday Habits of Highly Successful Companies...................Vancouver

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Creating a Culture of Inclusivity: Anti-Harassment & Discrimination Training................................ Bellevue Certified Erosion & Sediment Control Lead.................................... Tacoma CESCL Recertification.............................................................................. Tacoma Project Management..............................................................................Olympia Certified New Home Sales Professional........................................... Tacoma Certified Erosion & Sediment Control Lead.............................. Kennewick CESCL Recertification........................................................................ Kennewick Project Management............................................................................. Bellevue

LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS Optimizing Your Site: Determining LID Feasibility and Improving Your Site Layout

Participants will review fundamental strategies and techniques to assess soils and other site characteristics to effectively and efficiently plan and develop a site layout using LID principles. Presented in conjunction with the Washington state Department of Ecology (DOE). 1/31 1/31 1/31 1/31

LID—Video Conference........................... DOE NW Regional Office, Bellevue LID—Video Conference........................................ DOE Field Office, Vancouver LID—Video Conference......................................DOE Field Office, Bellingham LID—In Person..............................................................DOE Headquarters, Lacey





Phase II General Contractor MBA of Pierce County

as president, chaired several committees and councils   President Rick Hjelm has including the Remodelers been a member of the home Council, Education and the building industry for more than Mary Bridge Festival of Trees as two decades. well as actively participating in   During that time, he has held many others. numerous leadership roles with   He’s a strong supporter of the Master Builders Association building new membership in his of Pierce County, served twice local association and BIAW and

has earned 478 Spike credits.   At the state level, Hjelm has served as chair of BIAW Legislative Policy Committee, Local Association Presidents Council, Education Committee and Remodelers Council and participated on the Washington Affordable Housing Council as well as been a National Asso-




HCS Construction Services Co. MBA of King and Snohomish Cos. Sherry Schwab has been a BIAW member for more than 20 years and heavily involved in leadership at BIAW and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)


as well as in her local association, the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBAKS). In 2017, she served as NAHB national area 15 chair, representing members in Washington and four other states. For her contributions, she has received top awards from MBAKS, was named BIAW Remodeler of the Year (2002) as well inducted into BIAW’s Hall of Fame (2011). In 2016, she was awarded NAHB’s Professional Women in Business Member of the Year.


// CHRIS LOCKHART AAA KARTAK Glass & Closet MBA of Pierce County

During his years as a member, Chris has been actively involved with his local association, the Master Builders Association of Pierce County (MBAPC). He has served in

several leadership roles, including as second vice president and as chair of several committees, including the MBAPC Awards Committee and BIAW’s Spike Party. In addition, he has led several large events for MBAPC that recognize members and the home building industry. He has also been a champion recruiter focusing his time and attention on bringing in new members. Chris has achieved Green Spike status (50+ credits) with 75 Spike credits.

9 ciation of Home Builders (NAHB) director for BIAW.   In addition to serving the home building industry, his involvement extends to volunteering for community projects in Pierce County, including the Festival of Trees and Rebuilding Together South Sound.   His service also goes beyond the state of Washington where he was selected by the Department of Agriculture to travel through Japan giving seminars on how to switch from building to remodeling.

BIAW’s 2019 senior officers, spouses and special guests prepare for the grand march, which traditionally begins the annual installation and awards ceremony.







Tracy Doriot has been a stalwart supporter of his local association, the Building Industry Association of Clark County (BIACC) and BIAW. He has held numerous leadership positions with BIACC, serving as president in 2010 and in 2016, as well as several other roles. In addition, he has been an active member of BIAW, participating in the Washington Affordable Housing Council and the Legislative Policy Committee. For his service, he has received recognition for his outstanding leadership and contributions, including as a BIAW Builder of the Year nominee in 2017.

As a member of BIAW since 1991, LouAnne has been dedicated to the home building industry at the local and state levels. She has served as chair of several committees, planned special events and volunteered in numerous roles for her local association, the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities. In addition, she has actively participated in committees and councils at BIAW and is an avid recruiter, attaining Royal Spike status (150+ Spike credits) with 229 Spike credits. For her service to the industry, she received the BIAW Associate Appreciation Award in 2016.

Kevin Russell has been in the construction business for more than 10 years in Washington state. During that time, he has held several leadership roles, including serving as president twice for the North Peninsula Building Association. For over a decade, he has also participated on numerous BIAW committees and councils and advocated on behalf of the industry in Washington D.C. For his outstanding contributions, he was recognized with the BIAW Builder Appreciation Award twice and was named BIAW Builder of the Year in 2018.

Doriot Construction BIA of Clark County

Banner Bank HBA of Tri-Cities

Kevin Russell Construction North Peninsula Building Association





Term limits are often referenced as a method to hold legislators accountable, however, really holding legislators accountable is why there are regularly scheduled elections—for Washington legislators that is either every two or four years. It turns out, every two years there are always a significant amount of freshmen faces coming to Olympia. In 2019, there will be 11 new // JAN HIMEBAUGH House Republicans, 12 new House Democrats, one new Senate RepubliGOVERNMENT can and five new Senate Democrats. AFFAIRS DIRECTOR That’s 29 brand-new legislative faces

LD 5 House Bill Ramos (D) won the open seat contest. Currently Ramos is a Issaquah city councilmember and has professional transportation experience. Lisa Callan (D) beat incumbent Rep. Paul Graves (R) and has elected experience as an Issaquah School Board director. Callan is a former Boeing engineer and software consultant LD 6 Senate Jeff Holy (R) comes to the Senate from the House where he’s served three terms. Holy is retired law enforcement and works in private practice as an attorney. This was an open seat, vacated by Sen. Michael Baumgartner (R). LD 6 House Jenny Graham (R) won the open seat vacated by Holy in his run for the Senate. Graham has served in the Army Reserve and the owner of a small business. LD 8 House Matt Boehnke (R) won the open seat race–a seat vacated by retiring Rep. Larry Haler (R). Boehnke is a Kennewick city councilmember. He has military, higher education and business experience.


out of 198—not an insignificant amount. These new legislators find themselves in Olympia where Democrats will handily control both chambers and still have the Governor’s office. There is much talk, when session starts Jan. 14, of a capital gains income tax and making some movement on carbon reductions (could be a tax, could be low-carbon fuel standard, could be 100 percent clean energy requirement, could be requirements on new construction or could be a combination of some or all of these ideas). But let’s get to know the new folks who will be creating Washington’s laws:

LD 10 House Dave Paul (D) beat Rep. Dave Hayes (R) in a neck and neck race. Paul was an appointed school board member, but 2018 was his first foray into being a candidate. He is a vice president at Skagit Valley College. LD 12 House Keith Goehner (R) won the open seat vacated by Rep. Cary Condotta (R). He has served as Chelan county commissioner and on a variety of community boards. He is an elementary school teacher and orchardist. LD 13 House Unknown as of press time. Rep. Matt Manweller (R) won re-election, however, midcampaign he announced he would resign so someone could be appointed to serve in his place. Manweller came under sexual misconduct fire over the course of the election. LD 14 House Chris Corry (R) won the open seat race long held by Rep. Norm Johnson (R). Corry is a University of Washington grad and works in insurance.

11 LD 15 House Jeremie Dufault (R) beat Rep. David Taylor (R) in the August primary. His previous elected experience is on the Selah city council. He is a JAG attorney and a real-estate developer.

LD 32 House Lauren Davis (D), a first-time candidate, was victorious for this open seat held by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D). Davis has a focus on mental health and addiction issues.

LD 16 House Skyler Rude (R) came out victorious for an open seat contest with the retirement of Rep. Terry Nealey (R). Rude will not be a particularly new face as he has served as Sen. Maureen Walsh’s (R) legislative assistant.

LD 34 Senate Joe Nguyen (D) beat many Democrats vying for the seat when Majority Leader Sharon Nelson (D) announced she would not be running for re-election. Nguyen works for Microsoft.

LD 18 House Larry Hoff (R), a former credit union CEO, won a tight race for Rep. Liz Pike’s (R) open seat. Hoff has military experience and a long list of community board service. LD 25 House Kelly Chambers (R) won election in an open seat, when Rep. Melanie Stambaugh (R) decided not to run again. Chambers is a former school teacher who owns a home health care business. Chris Gildon (R) won victory in the open seat formerly held by Rep. Joyce McDonald (R). Gildon is a newcomer to elected office, has military service and is a REALTOR®. LD 26 Senate Emily Randall (D) won the open seat contest in a seat held by Sen. Jan Angel (R). Randall has worked at Planned Parenthood. LD 28 House Mari Leavitt (D) beat incumbent Rep. Dick Muri (R). She is a college administrator and former Pierce County employee. LD 29 House Melanie Morgan (D) beat Rep. David Sawyer (D) in the August primary. Sawyer had sexual misconduct accusations and an ethics investigation substantiating improper behavior. Morgan served on the Franklin Pierce School Board and has professional experience as a landlord/tenant coordinator. LD 30 Senate Claire Wilson (D) was a key pickup victory for Senate Democrats, as Wilson defeated Sen. Mark Milsocia (R). Wilson has been on the Federal Way School Board since 2011 and spent 35 years in the education arena.

LD 39 House Robert Sutherland (R) takes over for Rep. Dan Kristiansen (R). Sutherland has a degree in biochemistry and has worked in that field. He has been active in Republican Party politics. LD 40 House Debra Lekanoff (D) won the election in this open race contest for the seat most recently held by Rep. Kris Lytton (D). Lekanoff is the Swinomish Tribe’s governmental affairs director. LD 41 House My-Linh Thai (D) is Bellevue School Board president and takes over for Rep. Judy Clibborn (D). She is a pharmacist. LD 42 House Sharon Shewmake (D) defeated incumbent Rep. Vincent Buys (R) in a close race. She is a professor at Western Washington University. LD 44 House Jared Mead (D) defeated Rep. Mark Harmsworth (R), and is a Mill Creek city councilmember. His is an investment banker and was a legislative assistant. LD 47 Senate Mona Das (D) defeated Sen. Joe Fain (R). She is an affordable housing advocate.

LD 47 House Debra Entenman (D) beat incumbent Rep. Mark Hargrove (R). This first time candidate has been district director for U.S. Representative Adam Smith. LD 48 House Amy Whalen (D) sought this open seat left behind by Rep. Joan McBride (D). Whalen has been Kirkland mayor and on the Kirkland city council. She is the CFO of a car dealership.

LD 32 Senate Jesse Salomon (D) unseated fellow Democrat Sen. Maralyn Chase. He served on the City of Shoreline city council and has been elected deputy mayor. He is an attorney who has mainly worked in child welfare and public defense.





BIAW is proud to announce four new Certified Builders. BIAW members Curtis Banta, Dylon McClary, John Erwin and Nathan Coons have just received their designations. BIAW’s Certified Builder designation creates a way to recognize and designate achievement for those in the industry whose work experience and business practices exceed state standards. It proves that Certified Builders measure up, care about their work and customers and strive every day to do their very best. BIAW’s main goal in creating the Certified // HILLARY VANATTA Builder designation is to showcase skills, services and business practices CERTIFICATION/ Banta pursued the Certified Builder that are truly needed to EDUCATION MANGER designation because of his commitment to build a better place for excellence in the industry. Washingtonians to call home. Knowing who reaches higher help customers make a more DYLON MCCLARY informed choice, creating a more powerful designation. Rose Construction, Inc. To learn more, please visit BIAWCertifiedA BIAW and Building You’ll find a description of the Industry Association of designation and how you can apply online or Whatcom County member, contact BIAW Certification/Education Manager Hillary Vanatta at (360) DyLon McClary’s passion 352-7800, ext. 106 or for construction matured when he earned his Certificate in Carpentry in CURTIS BANTA Dylon McClary Helena, Montana. Yonkman Construction After graduation, McCurtis Banta, a BIAW and Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association Clary accepted a position building custom (SICBA) member, has been a team member of Yonkman Construction homes and after several years transitioned since 1999 and involved in the construction industry into remodeling. since 1997. In 2005, McClary was hired by BellingA Whidbey Island native, Banta started as a general ham-based Rose Construction Inc. as an laborer, however, his passion for home building led him on-site manager and quickly promoted to work his way up to general manager. Banta says the to general manager, where he focused favorite part of his job is inspiring and cultivating expert craftsmanship that is found in high-quality custom on every aspect of running a remodeling Curtis Banta business. homes. In 2006, McClary purchased Rose ConBanta is a Certified Erosion and Sediment Control struction Inc. and became president and Lead (CESCL), erosion control management and certified in first aid and owner. CPR. He is involved with his local as a builder board member and serves as chair of the Home Tour Committee.


13 //CERTIFIED BUILDERS from page 12

Continuing education is of vital importance to McClary. He takes several classes a year to help keep up with the industry’s latest best practices and new efficiencies. Additionally, McClary encourages his employees to take classes to fine-tune their skills. Becoming a Certified Builder represents McClary’s dedication to being a top professional in the industry.

JOHN ERWIN John Erwin Remodeling, Inc.

John Erwin began his remodeling business in Olympia in 1993 with his truck, tool bags and Joey, his dog and only helper. A lot has changed over the last 25 years, but one thing still remains the same; he prioritizes his client’s needs first and foremost whilst producing award-winning projects. John Erwin Remodeling, “Olympia’s Premier Award- Winning Contractor,” has John Erwin been honored with numerous remodeling excellence awards from his local association, Olympia Master Builders (OMB). Erwin is the first to acknowledge that the success of his company comes from his 15 dedicated and talented employees. He attributes this to one of his mother’s simple lessons: surround yourself with smart, like-minded individuals because it rubs off. Since joining OMB in 1994, Erwin has served as OMB Remodeler chair and is currently a life director. He served as OMB president in 2001 and will again in 2020. Erwin has chosen to pursue the Certified Builder designation as it shows his commitment to excellence.

NATHAN COONS Coons Construction, LLC

BIAW and Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties member Nathan Coons, owner and operator, of Coons Construction, LLC, began his career in 2001 as a remodeling carpenter. He received his Certificate in Carpentry that same year and has been focused in residential construction ever since. Coons believes a major contributor to the success of his company is his pasNathan Coons sion for the industry and the outstanding products his team helps to create.

Become a Certified Builder Today!   There has never been a better time to apply to become a BIAW Certified Builder.   Now through Feb. 1, BIAW members receive 50% off approved applications.   Take advantage of this special offer and apply today.

//VISION from page 6 goals for the organization, and include some strategies to accomplish those important objectives. At the June summer board meeting, the draft BIAW Strategic Plan will be presented for consideration and adoption by the full BIAW board of directors. The strategic plan is a critical component to BIAW’s success in the future. But for the strategic plan to be effective, we need as many members as possible participating in the plan’s development. I strongly encourage every member of our association to actively participate in the process. I think you will also find it rewarding and I thank you, in advance, for you making that commitment to BIAW.


Of course, I would be remiss if my January message didn’t also mention the 2019 Legislative Session, which starts Jan. 14, is a 105-day budget session and the budget proposed by Governor Inslee calls for $3.7 billion in new and higher taxes, including creating a 9 percent capital gains tax and increasing the B&O tax on service businesses by 67 percent. Following the rejection by voters in November of the carbon tax initiative, the governor has a new carbon-reduction package that includes a focus on building efficiency and energy codes. One component of the plan would even allow local jurisdictions to adopt stricter requirements than the state energy code. BIAW’s legislative priorities are the State Environment Policy Act (SEPA) and the Growth Management Act (GMA) reform and condo liability reform. Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh and the advocacy team will be calling on members to contact their local legislators to inform them on these and other issues to promote housing that is attainable for working families. Please contact me any time you have questions, suggestions or concerned at




PFML QUICK FACTS PAID FAMILY & MEDICAL LEAVE PROGRAM WILL IMPACT EMPLOYERS OF ALL SIZES Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) begins the first of the year for employers of all sizes. The program was authorized by the state Legislature in 2017

PFML: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW n  Premium collection begins Jan. 1, 2019, and benefits become available Jan. 1, 2020. n  Employers must report employee wages, hours worked and other information every quarter.

will be administered by the Employment Security Department (ESD). The program will give eligible employees in Washington access to up to 12 weeks of paid leave if they need time off to recover from a serious illness or injury, bond with a new child or care for an aging parent or ill or injured family members.

As an employer, below is what you need to do:

n  Withhold employee premiums or decide to cover them yourself—see premium calculation at right. n  Budget for your portion of the premium, if any. n  Prepare to report all employees’ wages paid, hours worked, SSN or ITIN and full name. You will need to report the total of all premiums withheld throughout the quarter for all your employees combined. n  First reports and premium payments are due to ESD no later than April 30, 2019, by using your existing SAW account or creating a new one.


BIAW PFML CLASS... Attend a class detailing requirements PFML WEBSITE.....................Find details and requirements EMPLOYER TOOLKIT.................Download employer toolkit PREMIMUM CALCULATOR..............Estimate your premiums PFML NEWSLETTER.................... Sign up for email updates new


n  Premiums are 0.4% of gross wages paid each quarter starting in 2019. n  Employers will use their existing SAW account to report PFML, or will need to create one at n  Businesses with fewer than 50 employees are not required to pay the employer portion of the premium. However, they will be required to report employee hours and wages and collect the employee portion of the premium in 2019.


Step #1: Calculate the total premium amount for each of your employees. The premium for 2019 is 0.4%, so: Gross wages x .004 = Total Premium Step #2: Calculate the employee and employer shares. Under the law, employers may split the cost of the program with employees by withholding up to 63.33% of the premium from their paychecks. Total premium x .6333 = Maximum Employee Share Total premium x .3667 = Minimum Employer Share Source: Employment Security Department


Also beginning Jan. 1, the state’s minimum wage increases to $12 an hour. The rate increase is a result of Initiative 1433, which was passed by voters in 2016. For more information, visit the Department of Labor & Industries website at




The team at R.O.I.I. Select has begun the review process for our 2019-2020 plan year re-enrollment. .®

If you are a current R.O.I.I Select participant, look for information about your renewal in February. If you have questions about your participation status or the renewal process, please email renew@biaw. com or contact Jenn Kavanaugh at (360) 352-7800 ext. 123. ®

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A benefit for members who participate in BIAW’s retro program, R.O.I.I.® Select, is having the opportunity to sit down and meet one-on-one with R.O.I.I.® Select field representatives. A top priority of our field representatives is to meet with member companies and discuss ways to improve safety practices with those companies that experience an above average number of injuries, severe injuries or reoccurring worker injuries. Sometimes owners and/or managers are not happy taking time away from running their INJURIES CAN IMPACT BOTTOM LINE// business. However, when presented Sample company ABC Builders has a rate increase of a history of their $.50 per hour because of a severe injury claim. The rate workers’ injury increase will impact their bottom line for three years. claims, it can help paint a picture that 2,080 avg. hours of work per emp/per year usually surprises $.50 per hour increase in your hourly rate them. When employers $1,040 are asked: ‘how x4 number of employees at this rate many claims did you have last year? $4,160 A typical answer is x3 years @ increased premium ‘one.’ However, in real$12,480 cost of additional premiums ity, it is more likely and lost profits over 3 years two or three claims. This has been a common theme we have witnessed during the past several years. Owners remember the “big” claim—a broken leg or arm—but oftentimes forget the “smaller” ones—an eye injury that needed flushing or a cut finger. When we look at all of the small claims together, it’s clear there’s an impact on a company’s bottom line as well as a loss of productivity. Employers need to be reminded that an increase in the frequency of their claims, big or little, will increase the chance of a severe injury happening, leading to an increase in their Experience Modification Rate (EMR) and L&I premiums. Cultivating a safety-conscious workforce and promoting a safe work environment are ways to prevent injuries and potential increases in your premiums. Your good safety efforts show you are invested in your employees’ well being and future. Even doing little things, such as providing safety glasses or cut-resistant gloves (for very little cost on your part), will help prevent workers’ injuries, reduce claim costs and increase your bottom line. We know as busy owners you wear many hats, so if you are contacted by an R.O.I.I.® Select field representative, know that we are here to help you cultivate and commit to a safe work environment. Let the experts at R.O.I.I.® Select show you how to find ways to promote safety that will save you money. For more about R.O.I.I.® Select and the safety services we provide, please visit




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Our safety team at BIAW and R.O.I.I.® Select have compiled important safety tips and ideas to assist employers in creating a safety culture and making improvements on the job site. The class, Everyday Habits of Highly Successful Companies, is designed specifically for company leaders and others who hire or supervise employees. This three-hour workshop encourages participants to join the discussion on proactive approaches to improving employee retention, company culture and safe work habits. You’ll learn how to help improve: n  Employee Retention Learn leadership skills that can improve company culture and help retain skilled employees. n  Costs Explore hidden costs of injury claims that are often overlooked and how to train employees. n  Training Instill work habits that can help avoid expensive workers’ comp claims and downtime. n  Hiring Practices Discover proven hiring practices and company policies that can lower risk and serve as loss control tools. n  Teamwork Learn the 10 things successful employers do to partner with employees and identify scenarios that can lead to costly workplace injuries. Other topics to be discussed include staying in compliance with the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, dealing with inspectors, unpreventable employee misconduct and more.


BUILDING COMMUNITIES CHANGING COMMUNITIES, ONE BRUSH STROKE AT A TIME In honor of Veterans Day, members of the Master Builders Association of King & Snohomish Counties (MBAKS) and community volunteers spent the day giving a fresh coats of paint to community areas and living spaces at the Compass Housing Alliance’s Shoreline Veterans Center as part of their 16th annual Painting a Better Tomorrow.


Below is a current list of upcoming classes. For more information or to register, go to Jan. 17................1 - 4 p.m...............MBA of Pierce County Feb. 28..............1 - 4 p.m................... BIA of Clark County May 9................. 1- 4 p.m.....................................Spokane HBA Class is FREE for R.O.I.I.® Select members. R.O.I.I.® Select Program Safety Services Director Bob White will be your instructor.

Building Permits can be found at

The Shoreline Veterans Program provides transitional housing and case management for veterans in the Puget Sound region. Painting a Better Tomorrow is a one-day philanthropic event that brings MBAKS members and community volunteers together to paint a local service organization’s facility in King and Snohomish counties.

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