EXTREME MAKEOVER BIAW MEMBERS STEP UP TO THE CHALLENGE, HELP SUPPORT INDUSTRY-FRIENDLY CANDIDATES
This spring, longtime Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association member and Washington Affordable Housing Council (WAHC) advocate Gary Wray presented a challenge to BIAW’s government affairs team they simply couldn’t resist. Wray offered to shave his
Immediately following the board of directors meeting, Gary Wray delivered on his promise to shave his beard and cut his hair if $10,000 was raised for WAHC. Above, BIAW members are in awe of Wray’s makeover transformation.
trademark beard and cut his hair during the summer board meeting if $10,000 could be raised for WAHC.
CHALLENGE MADE, GOAL MET
Wray, who recently ended his term as WAHC chair, is a huge proponent of the building industry and raising money for WAHC is just one of his many talents. Thanks to his courageous challenge and the generosity of many BIAW members, the $10,000 goal was met! WAHC provides financial support to home building industry-friendly candidates. During the WAHC meeting, WAHC dollars were put to good use with a unanimous vote to support Representative Alex Ybarra (R-Quincy, Dist. 13) in both the August primary and November general election. Ybarra was appointed to fill the seat vacated earlier this year by Representative Matt Manweller and is on the ballot for a special election this year to retain the seat. At the conclusion of the summer board of directors meeting, Wray stayed true to his word. With the help of hairstylist Jose Lopez of the Gentleman’s Barber Shop in Yakima, Wray’s facial and hairstyle were utterly transformed. Later, Gary’s wife, Moe, informed us that she had not seen him clean-shaven during their entire 47-year marriage. Needless to say, she was pleased with the end result. While Gary is currently in the process of growing back his beard and locks, he is eager to see who steps up next to help out WAHC with a challenge of their own.
ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE
“Legislation and elections impact every BIAW member and their businesses every day and I’m happy to help out this cause,” said Wray. “I’d like to see someone top my efforts for the next fundraiser.” If that someone is you—raising funds for a good cause—contact BIAW Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh at (360) 352-7800 ext. 135 or firstname.lastname@example.org with your challenge. A huge thank you to Gary and everyone who donated to make this one of the most significant WAHC fundraisers in recent memory. Before and after photos of Gary Wray during his extreme makeover.
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CONTENTS // // EXTREME MAKEOVER 2
// BIAW FILES LAWSUITS 5
WHO WE ARE
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 MBA of King & Snohomish Counties Second Vice President Chris Lockhart MBA of Pierce County
Treasurer Tracy Doriot BIA of Clark County // COALITION BUILDING 8
// STRATEGIC PLAN 7
Secretary LouAnne Neill HBA of Tri-Cities Immediate Past President Kevin Russell, CGP North Peninsula Building Association BIAW STAFF Executive Vice President Greg Lane
// EIR WINNERS REVEALED 12
PRESIDENT’S PERSPECTIVE BITS AND PIECES Perspectives from the road
// CHECKS DELIVERED 18
GOALS APPROVED Board approves strategic plan, purchase of a new building
Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh General Counsel Jackson Maynard Administrative Services Director Jan Rohila R.O.I.I.® Select Director Mark Shaffer Communications & Public Relations Director Jennifer Spall
On the Cover: In tribute to BIAW’s Spike Party theme, A Night at the Movies, Spokane Home Builders Association members Deacon Band, Nick Scheel, Nick Barnes and Nick Gilliland bring to life the characters of the film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
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PERSPECTIVES FROM THE ROAD
BITS AND PIECES
4 As I write this, the fourth of July has come and gone. Like many of you, I hit the road to spend it with friends and family. My trip found me traveling through the beautiful the cities of: Jackson Hole, Wyoming where I experienced early-morning balloon races and an evening cattle-ranch supper show; Idaho Falls, where I en// RICK HJELM joyed an incredible 40-minue PRESIDENT fireworks display; and beautiful Park City, and many national parks in southern Utah.
BEST PLACE ON EARTH
The reason for my detailed travel dialogue is although all the destinations were amazing, the time spent on this trip allowed me to think about how lucky we are to live in this great country, in the land of the free, and to be afforded so many possibilities. These include being able to choose your profession, work in this profession, and for many of us, after a day’s hard work, enjoy the excellent views from our jobsites.
MEMBERS VOTE FOR STRATEGIC PLAN, NEW BUILDING
Due to having a little bit of obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms, (yes, acknowledging you have a problem is the first step) my thoughts wandered back and forth between the following: George Carlin’s advice: “If all holidays were observed on Wednesdays, we could have 9-day weekends.”; The NAHB Spring Leadership Meeting in Washington, D.C., the visits to members of Congress, and our private tour of the U.S. Capitol building (thanks again, ... the time spent on this trip BIAW Communications and Public Relations Director Jennifer Spall); Mark Twain’s words of wisdom: “Patriotism is supporting your country allowed me to think about all the time, and your government when it deserves it.”; how lucky we are to live in The BIAW summer board meeting and the important work we accomthis great country, in the land plish—from the approval of the Strategic Plan to the emotional decision to move ahead with the purchase of a new building; and, of the free... The words of Stephen Covey who once said, “I am NOT a product of my circumstances, I AM a product of my decisions.”
GRATEFUL FOR BIAW MEMBERS
In closing, if you’ve ever watched the Pixar movie, Inside Out, you can see into how my brain works. The film shows how emotions such as joy, sadness, anger, fear, and disgust work in a person’s mind. What you don’t see, however, is my heartfelt thank you to our members for your decisions in bettering our industry, working so hard on all levels to making BIAW better, and our industry stronger.
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DEFEND MEMBERS’ INTERESTS
BIAW FILES LAWSUITS
LAWSUITS WOULD HELP MEMBERS PROTECT WORKERS’ COMP FUND, CLARIFY STATE AUTHORITY
STOP RAID OF WORKERS’ COMP FUND
BIAW filed a lawsuit last month against the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) and the Washington State Treasurer that aims to stop the use of workers’ compensation funds for purposes other than its intended purpose, to compensate injured workers. “This session, the Legislature passed SB 5116, which was part of Governor Inslee’s package of environmental bills,” stated BIAW General Counsel Jackson Maynard. “This is not a dispute over the policy in the bill. However, taking $625,000 from the Workers’ Compensation Fund (Medical Aid & Accident) for the bill’s implementation is not allowed under the state constitution.” The $625,000 figure is a combination of the budget bill that provided the transfer of $313,000 from the accident account and $312,000 of the medical aid account to assist in funding the SB 5116 related to Governor Inslee’s clean energy plan. The problem is that money from those accounts is required to be used for compensating injured workers and transfers in the state budget for the energy bill are not, thus making the them unconstitutional. The Workers’ Compensation Fund, which was established in Article II, Section 31 of the Washington Constitution, also requires the Legislature to pass bills to protect workers. The Washington Supreme Court refers to the Workers’ Compensation Fund as a “trust.” “We are seeking a court order to stop L&I and the Treasurer from spending these funds on anything other than worker safety,” continued Maynard. “The Legislature has a fiduciary duty to protect injured workers in our state and the diversion of these funds for any other purpose is unlawful and unacceptable.”
CLARIFY AGENCY’S AUTHORITY
The second lawsuit, also filed in July, is against Governor Jay Inslee, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW), and the State of Washington. The lawsuit alleges the governor and Legislature overstepped their constitutional authority in legislation that created new fines for builders. The governor violated the constitution by vetoing a small portion of a bill, specifically a subsection. Although the governor has the authority to veto parts of bills passed by the Legislature, he must veto an entire section rather than veto a single item or line. The Legislature violated the constitution’s single-subject requirement by passing a bill that had matters not reflected in the title. “The process of adopting this bill raised a number of constitutional concerns,” stated BIAW General Counsel Jackson Maynard. “First, the bill violated the single-subject requirement. Compounding the problem, the governor vetoed a subsection of the bill in violation of the state constitution’s clear requirement that a governor must veto an entire section of a bill, not subsections.” As a result of these illegal actions, Maynard explained, there is confusion about the authority of WDFW to implement the bill through enforcement and rulemaking. The bill repealed the existing ability of WDFW to fine for violations and the governor vetoed the new authority. As a result, it is unclear whether and how the WDFW can issue civil fines at all. “Actions by the governor have raised a number of questions on constitutionality, enforcement, and rulemaking authority that need to be cleared up as soon as possible, to give predictability and certainty to the process for our members,” concluded Maynard.
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BOARD APPROVES STRATEGIC PLAN, PURCHASE OF A NEW BUILDING
6 I would like to thank all our members who attended BIAW’s summer board meeting in Yakima. I sincerely believe we will all look back on that meeting as a historic one for BIAW.
STRATEGIC PLAN ADOPTED
The first significant decision made by the board of directors at the meeting was the adoption of an aggressive and ambitious Strategic // GREG LANE Plan. Developed over the last six months with the involvement of members representing every local association, the Strategic Plan is EXECUTIVE a comprehensive document that reflects the mutual priorities of the VICE PRESIDENT membership. The five strategic priorities include: 1. Government and Legal Affairs 2. Communications 3. Workforce Development 4. Continuing Education 5. Thriving Association Achieving the many goals outlined under each of those strategic priorities now becomes the focus of the entire BIAW organization. I look forward to reporting back to the membership on a regular basis on the progress we make toward achieving those goals. See page 7 for more information on our Strategic Plan.
NEW BIAW FACILITY
The second major decision made by the board was to approve the purchase of a new building to house BIAW’s operations. As you may know, Member Services Corporation (MSC) directors and BIAW senior officers initiated a process last fall to evaluate the long term facility needs of the organization, as well as assess if BIAW’s current home, the McCleary Mansion, could meet those needs. After receiving a comprehensive independent report indicating that the Mansion does not meet BIAW’s office space needs and the task force determining a remodel would not be a viable option, they recommended purchasing a property located approximately one mile south of BIAW’s current location. The Parkside Building is located at 300 Deschutes Way SW, Olympia, WA 98501. BIAW is currently in the final stages of the feasibility process and will likely close on the purchase in August.
Achieving the many goals SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 22-24, 2020 - SUMMER BOARD MEETING outlined under each of those In response to members’ requests for BIAW to host board meetings at family-friendly locations, we have secured the location of next year’s strategic priorities now summer board meeting at Skamania Lodge. (The dates changed to a becomes the focus of the week earlier so as to not coincide with the July 4 holiday weekend.) entire BIAW organization. BIAW also negotiated special pricing for members wishing to arrive early or depart later.
GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY
Finally, the board meeting also marked the one year anniversary of the board of directors voting to honor me with the privilege of serving as BIAW’s executive vice president. It was not lost on me that just one year later, the board chose to re-invest in the organization by purchasing a new facility. I will continue to work as hard as I can to deliver for all members a return on that investment by achieving the goals outlined in our Strategic Plan.
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MOVING BIAW FORWARD
BIAW BOARD APPROVES STRATEGIC PLAN - STAFF BEGINS CRAFTING PLAN OF ACTION
After months of work and input from BIAW leadership, members, and local association staff, BIAW’s board approved the Strategic Plan during the summer board meeting held in Yakima in June. BIAW staff would like to thank the executive committee, along with everyone who participated and provided valuable input to the direction our organization will take over the next few years. The top five main pillars of the Strategic Plan are shown below. Each respective department will craft individual plans, budgets, and a blueprint for execution. To view a full copy of the approved Strategic Plan, go to BIAW.com.
GOVERNMENT AND LEGAL AFFAIRS // BIAW will promote and influence public policy in laws and regulations to make housing attainable across Washington state.
BIAW will educate elected officials and the public about economic, social, and civic benefits of attainable housing, and positive impacts of home builders.
CONTINUING EDUCATION //
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT //
THRIVING ASSOCIATION //
BIAW will offer classes that best support the technical needs, professional growth and success of our members.
BIAW will coordinate and provide support for member and local association efforts to recruit more people into the trades for residential construction.
BIAW will utilize sound financial planning, provide transparent, responsive and accountable leadership,and foster creativity and teamwork to successfully serve its members.
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COALITION BUILDING HOUSING FORUM FORGES BIPARTISAN PARTNERSHIP TO TACKLE STATEâ€™S ATTAINABLE HOUSING CRISIS BIAW joined forces with the Association of Washington Business (AWB) and eight other partners to hold a Housing Forum July 8 at the Hilton Bellevue that covered the necessity of an attainable housing supply across the state. Over 200 attendees from all around the state heard from elected officials, legislators, economists, attorneys, Realtors, and many more about issues facing our industry. From land use and supply to code requirements and permitting, the discussion was as diverse as the conference attendees.
HOUSING DEMAND OUTPACES SUPPLY
The event began with a conversation about both shortterm and long-term solutions for the housing industry. Statewide, Washington is seven million housing units behind demand. June, usually the busiest month of the year for the housing market, had only 1,309 homes on the market in Kitsap, King, Mason, Spokane, Snohomish, Kittitas, Whatcom, Skagit, Thurston, and Pierce counties combined. The number of permits filed for single-family homes, which dropped dramatically after the Great Recession, is just now starting to reach pre-recession levels and is still not enough to keep up with demand. Representing the building industry, BIAW Executive Vice President Greg Lane spoke during the concluding session, Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh was a moderator, and five BIAW members served as panelists during the daylong event. The housing forum brought together an unlikely coalition of housing advocates to begin the conversation to help solve the ever-increasing lack of attainable housing in Washington state. BIAW looks forward to continuing being a partner in the solution of creating and providing all types of attainable housing for all Washingtonians.
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Panelists discuss the Nuts and Bolts and Dollars and Cents of Building a Home during the Housing Forum. (l to r) MBA of Pierce County member Kurt Wilson, BIA of Clark County member Ann Anderson, HBA of Tri-Cities member and BIAW Secretary LouAnne Neill, Central Washington HBA member Jay Roberts, and moderator Toby Broemmeling, executive director West Plains Chamber of Commerce.
BIAW Executive Vice President Greg Lane (l) takes a moment to discuss attainable housing issues with Housing Forum guest speaker Congressman Denny Heck (D-10).
State Representative Andrew Barkis (R-Olympia) who has worked in the housing industry for decades, suggests to attendees that government needs to lower the cost of development 20-25% to achieve affordable housing.
BIAW Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh and Carl Schroeder, Association of Washington Cities, moderate the Infrastructure and Housing Affordability session. (l to r) Panelists included MBA of King and Snohomish Counties member George Newman, Jeff Tate, City of Auburn, and Dennis Hanberg, Pierce County.
STUDY SHOWS NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION’S IMPACT ON STATE’S ECONOMY
NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION GENERATES THOUSANDS OF JOBS, REVENUE FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS BIAW recently commissioned the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to study the economic impact the home building industry, specifically, the construction of new, single-family homes has on the state’s economy.
DIRECT, RIPPLE AND OCCUPANCY PHASES The report, based on the construction of 24,000 single-family homes built in 2018, included the construction phase, direct, and indirect impacts; the ripple phase, spending of income and taxes from the construction phase; and, the occupancy phase, the ongoing, annual impacts when the homes are occupied.
JOBS, WAGES, REVENUE
Additionally, the report also examined jobs created, family wages, and state and local taxes generated during each phase. “ When residential construction occurs, it generates substantial economic activity in the state,” stated BIAW Executive Vice President Greg Lane. “New home construction’s economic impact on our state not only generates billions of dollars in income and revenue for state and local governments, but creates hundreds of thousands of family-wage jobs for residents of our state. That’s a good thing for our members, industry, and our state’s economic health.”
state based on
single-family homes built in 2018
Construction Phase direct and indirect impact
$8.4 billion in family wages $2.2 billion in state and local taxes
103,315 jobs created Ripple Phase
spending of income and taxes from construction phase
$3.2 billion in family wages $774 million in state and local taxes
46,381 jobs created Occupancy Phase ongoing, annual
$1.2 billion in family wages $436 million in state and local taxes
18,251 jobs created
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A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
SPIKE PARTY SHENANIGANS THE STARS COME OUT TO HONOR SPIKES’ RECRUITING EFFORTS
BIAW’s annual celebration to honor Spikes and their recruiting efforts throughout the year brought out many celebrities from all across our state. BIAW staff greeted nearly 100 members and guests dressed at characters from the silver screen to the small screen. Numerous door prizes, generously donated by local associations and BIAW member companies, were raffled off during the evening. The night was topped off with awards for best individual and group costume. Thank you to all our Spikes for making A Night at the Movies a most memorable event. B
[A] Spike Party Chair and master of ceremonies Chris Hangover character Alan, with baby Carlos, Lockhart. [B] BIAW President Rick Poncho Villa and Linda senorita Hjelm. [C] I Dream of Jeannie characters BIAW First Vice President Sherry Jeannie and Joe Major Nelson Schwab. [D] BIA of Whatcom Counties members Roger Wyatt Earp Almskaar and Carla Annie Oakley Lee with Spike guest Jan Dolly Parton Brown. [E] 101 Dalmatians characters and OMB staffers Angela Perdita White and Jenni Pongo Hatfield with OMB members Bob Jasper Kagy, Linda Rolly Mosier-Vaudt, OMB staffer Erin Lucky Hall and Debbi Cruella de Vil Boyd.
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[F] “Movie stars” in the best costume contest await the judge’s decision. [G] Joseph Adult Film Star and Melissa Nunya Business Irons. [H] BIAW Treasurer Tracy Indiana Jones Doriot with 2017 President Dave John Wayne Main. [I] SCIBA member Wayne Over-regulated Builder Keffer claims his raffle prize. [J] MBA of King and Snohomish Counties members Kimberly Risky Business character Joel Goodsen Martin and [K] Robin Rizzo Nolan. [L] Top Gun characters BIAW Secretary LouAnne Maverick and John Goose Neill. [M] KBA member Ron country cowboy Perkerewicz gives the thumbs-up signal.
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BEST OF THE BEST
WINNERS REVEALED BIAW HONORS EXCELLENCE IN REMODELING PROJECTS ACROSS STATE
More than 125 members and guests gathered to honor BIAW’s 2019 Excellence in Remodeling (EIR) Award winners. The annual event recognizes outstanding remodeling projects throughout the state in categories including best kitchen, bath, historic renovation, entire home, commercial, outdoor living, and many more. Remodeling projects in 33 categories were submitted for judging by a panel of industry experts and peers. The 27 winners and four honorable mentions include seven first-time awardees. BIAW Treasurer Tracy Doriot was master of ceremonies. Congratulations to all the 2019 EIR winners.
BASEMENTS/ADU OVER $125,001 Pathway Design & Construction
EXTERIOR OVER $40,001 R4 Construction
KITCHEN UNDER $45,000 509 Design
KITCHEN $45,001 - $75,000 R4 Construction
KITCHEN $75,001 - $140,000 Arrow Kitchen + Bath
KITCHEN $75,001 - $140,000 HONORABLE MENTION Tenhulzen Residential
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BIAW’s Excellence in Remodeling winners and representatives proudly display their awards during the annual reception.
13 13 KITCHEN OVER $140,001 York Enterprises
BATH UNDER $35,000 R4 Construction
BATH UNDER $35,000 HONORABLE MENTION Vanderbeken Remodel
BATH $35,001-$60,000 Kingdom Builders Construction
BATH $60,001-$80,000 Arrow Kitchen + Bath
BATH OVER $80,001 A Kitchen That Works LLC
ADDITION UNDER $125,000 Sockeye Homes
ADDITION $125,001-$250,000 Tenhulzen Residential
ENTIRE HOUSE UNDER $200,000 Sockeye Homes
ENTIRE HOUSE $200,001-$400,000 Pathway Design & Construction
ENTIRE HOUSE $200,001-$400,000 HONORABLE MENTION Irons Brothers Construction
ENTIRE HOUSE $400,001-$600,000 Band Construction
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ENTIRE HOUSE OVER $600,001 Phase II, Inc.
ENTIRE HOUSE OVER $600,001 HONORABLE MENTION Sockeye Homes
AGING IN PLACE/UNIVERSAL DESIGN OVER $80,001 Irons Brothers Construction
COMMERCIAL OVER $750,001 Credo Construction, Inc.
GET AWAY ROOM Irons Brothers Construction
OUTDOOR LIVING UNDER $100,000 Cyneburg Scapes
OPEN UNDER $125,000 Vision Woodworks
OPEN OVER $125,001 Phase II, Inc.
It’s not too early to think about next year’s Excellence in Remodeling awards! Companies report when they successfully market themselves as an”award-winning” company, consumers no longer depend solely on the “low bid” approach. The 2020 EIR awards are in conjunction with BIAW’s summer board meeting scheduled for June 22 at Skamania Lodge. For more information, contact Al Audette at (360) 352-7800 ext. 105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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L&I SAFETY CONSULTATION PROGRAM: NO-FEE & CONFIDENTIAL // Many employers may not realize L&I offers a no-fee, confidential service called the DOSH Consultation Program. It’s included as part of your workers’ comp premiums. A DOSH safety consultant will visit your place of business, at no charge, and check to make sure all required paperwork is in order. They can alert you of any safety violations at your shop or jobsite. You will not be fined by a consultant (consultants cannot write citations), however, you will be required to correct serious hazards, but you face no financial penalties. It’s better to find out where you stand on violations while no fines are attached, rather than during a compliance inspection later. L&I compliance inspectors are not allowed to review the safety consultant’s inspection report unless you volunteer it. The report can also be used as evidence of your good faith effort to provide a safe workplace. A safety consultation will also remove your company from L&I’s Programmed “random” Inspection list for a year. Visit: lni.wa.gov/Safety/Consultation
ONLINE SAFETY TIPS KEEP UP TO DATE ON SAFETY RULES, UPDATES, TRAINING
Running a business in the residential home building industry and trying to keep up with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), Division of Occupational of Safety and Health’s (DOSH) rules can certainly be a challenge. While it’s true that there are myriad of things to know about keeping in compliance with DOSH rules, below are a few things employers can do to help save yourself some time, money and frustration.
ONLINE RESOURCES // RULE UPDATES/RULES IN DEVELOPMENT // L&I’s Listserv services let’s you keep up to date on rules and those in development. Subscribe online at no charge to receive automatic email updates. Visit: lni.wa.gov/Main/Listservs/SafetyStandards.asp SAFETY & HEALTH // L&I’s What’s New in Safety & Health webpage spotlights new safety and health updates and training. Visit: lni.wa.gov/safety/newsevents/ whatsnew.asp?F=M SMART PHONE APP // L&I’s app, HSEQ/WA, allows prompt reporting of Good Observations, Near-Miss incidents and Accidents via your smartphone. Visit: lni.wa.gov/Safety/GrantsPartnerships/SHIP/ awardees/SherveyAssocSchuchartConstMellora/ HSEQWAApp-NearMissAccRept.asp or youtu.be/Conkpw0GWRM
SAFETY PLANS FILLABLE FORMS TRAINING // Staying current with DOSH rules requires a fair amount of paperwork and training documentation. In addition, many required documents, safety plans and inspection forms can be found online, as well as be easily completed online or from the convenience of the jobsite. Online resources include training, videos, publications, A-Z safety, and health topics, as well as, tool box talks (safety meeting subjects) all free of charge. Visit: lni.wa.gov/safety
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SUMMER MEETING — YAKIMA
BOARD HIGHLIGHTS A
[A] Special guest speaker Senator John Braun (R), serving Thurston, Cowlitz, Lewis and Clark counties, takes questions and answers from members and guests during the general membership luncheon. [B] First Vice President Sherry Schwab with special guest Alicia Huey of the Greater Birmingham Association of Home Builders. Huey
is a candidate for NAHB 2020 Third Vice Chairman and was endorsed by BIAW’s board. [C] Fourth annual cornhole tournament winners MBA of King
and Snohomish Counties member JD Thueringer and BIAW staffer Brenda Kwieciak proudly flash their winnings during the Spike Party festivities.
BIAW EXPANDS COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT
Bailee Wicks is the newest addition to BIAW’s communications team. She will fill a new position as communications writer and editor. In June, she graduated with honors from Central Washington University, majoring in digital journalism. At Central, she wrote and edited articles for the school’s PULSE Magazine for three years before becoming editor-in-chief during her senior year. Wicks’ article, Sexual Assault: What’s Behind the Rise in Reports on Campus? was recognized as a National 2016 Mark of Excellence Award winner by the Society of Professional Journalists in the non-fiction category. PULSE magazine also earned Best of Show during the Associated Collegiate Press’ 2018 midwinter convention held in Long Beach, CA. Wicks originally hails from Fife, WA and is the oldest of three daughters. She currently resides in Olympia and soon hopes to start a ‘family’ with a new puppy. You can contact Bailee at (360) 352-7800 ext. 112 or Baileew@biaw.com.
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LOCAL HAPPENINGS SAN JUAN BA MEETING DRAWS HUGE CROWD
BIAW Treasurer and BIA of Clark County (BIACC) member Tracy Doriot addresses attendees of BIACC’s 50th Anniversary celebration dinner. Recognition of past presidents as well as student scholarships were presented during the tribute to five decades promoting and protecting the building industry.
BIAW would like to welcome Mike Carlson as the new executive officer of the San Juan Builders Association (SJBA). The SJBA held a standing-room only meeting to educate companies on the many benefits of membership, including participation in R.O.I.I.® Select. Welcome, Mike. BIAW looks forward to working with you and helping you grow and retain your membership. Please note: The SJBA office has moved and is now located in Friday Harbor. The MBA of Pierce County Remodelers Council’s annual Seafood Fest attracted over 130 members and guests. Attendees enjoyed live entertainment, feasted on shrimp, salmon, and crab, played cornhole, and created memories with a photo booth. A “Stuff the Bus” bin was also on display for those wanting to provide children in need with backpacks and school supplies for the upcoming school year.
North Peninsula Building Association (NPBA) held it’s annual membership appreciation event at the Sunnydell Shooting Grounds. Above, NPBA members and guests test their shotgun skills hitting sporting clays from the covered stand.
Olympia Master Builders (OMB) Membership Director Jenni Hatfield (seated) and Executive Officer Angela White (l) register and greet attendees of OMB’s Professional Women in Building (PWB) kick-off party last month in Olympia.
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LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS’ CELEBRATE DISTRIBUTION OF R.O.I.I.® SELECT REFUND CHECKS WITH MEMBERS
BIAW staff presents BIA of Clark County member Edwardo Garcia of EGAS Construction his first-ever R.O.I.I.® Select refund check. Garcia was so pleased with his refund and customer service he has received, he immediately recruited two members into the program. Pictured (l to r): BIAW staff Ryan Legaspi, Jenn Kavanaugh, Mark Shaffer, and Ahn Tran.
Jefferson County HBA members are all smiles as they proudly display their R.O.I.I.® Select refund checks.
BIAW staffer Dawn Peterson (r) delivers a R.O.I.I.® Select refund check to MBA of King and Snohomish Counties member Diamond Structures. Pictured: (l to r) Christina D’Amato, Lisa Grose, Jonathan D’Amato, and Johnny Grose.
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BIAW President Rick Hjelm (l) and Lower Columbia Contractors Association (LCCA) President Eric Pucci (r) deliver a R.O.I.I.® Select refund check to LCCA member Casey Heaton of C&R Tractor.
BIA of Whatcom County members receive their R.O.I.I.® Select refund checks during their membership celebration where they served a country-style barbecue lunch.
Central Washington HBA (CWHBA) members Ron Pelson, Matt Willard and Travis Gibson take time out to catch up during CWHBA’s Summer Block Party and R.O.I.I.® Select refund check distribution event.
HBA of Tri-Cities’ R.O.I.I.® Select refund check distribution party was held in conjunction with its third annual belt sander races. The member-only event began with the always competitive, but friendly, belt sander races. Members enjoyed a free BBQ lunch and R.O.I.I.® Select participants received their refund checks. Pictured: Steve Amos, owner of Amos Construction, proudly displays the belt sander races championship belt while his entire “racing” crew basks in glory.
Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association members celebrate receiving their R.O.I.I.® Select refund checks.
BIAW President Rick Hjelm (l) celebrates the delivery of a giant R.O.I.I.® Select refund check to North Peninsula Building Association (NPBA) President Scott Schwagler and NPBA member Chuck Daniel of ACR Construction.
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