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WHO WE ARE The Building Industry Association of Washington is the state’s largest trade association representing thousands of companies in the home building industry.

ROII unveils its new logo. See page 15 for details.

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.

BIAW STAFF Executive Vice President Greg Lane Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh ROII Director Jenn Kavanaugh General Counsel Jackson Maynard Administrative Services Director Jan Rohila

B U IL DI NG INSI G H T ED I TO R I A L STA F F Communications Manager Leah Jaber Writer and Editor Bailee Wicks Layout and Design Brenda Kwieciak

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Workforce development makes strides


Your vote matters, make it count


Say hello to the new ROII logo


Attend a class from the comfort of your home, office, or jobsite

BIAW partners with Home Builders Institute to bring skilled trades curriculum to high schools

WAHC-endorsed candidates need your support

A new brand, but same great benefits

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President’s message This is the “twilight” time of year when we transition from summer to fall, prepare for year-end, and re-examine life and changes needed in our professional and personal lives.

Sherry Schwab

There is much hurt and unrest currently in our country and state. Being isolated by our governor’s restrictions makes it hard to cope. How are you doing? Here are two different perspectives and approaches to contemplate: 1) I belong to a non-construction-related professional group that advises severely limiting your daily news intake. Better advice might be to check news sources from as reliable sources as possible. Information is knowledge, and not knowing what is transpiring could be disastrous, especially during the election period. 2) I also have several acquaintances battling cancer. I am in awe by their positive outlook and goal to find meaning and joy in small acts of life. A drive, no-contact meal outing, or a gesture of caring from a friend can mean so much.


I recently had the privilege of interviewing Secretary of State Kim Wyman during the virtual Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties Professional Women in Building legislative event Sept. 24. Here are some takeaways she shared: • Yes, Washington is very well prepared for the election and ballot returns! • How she balances her rigorous speaking schedule with her family and personal life—by loving her job. Wyman advises anyone to find a different job if they do not love theirs. • Focus on personal core principles and values by finding joy in life, personally and professionally. Careers in Construction Month This issue of Building Insight features Careers in Construction. BIAW members are proud to be a part of the home building industry. Our members provide a critical role in delivering the American Dream of homeownership. Residential construction, once a male-dominated industry, is currently experiencing a renaissance in diversity. A 2019 National Association of Home Builders survey, Women in Residential Construction, reported 1,049 women’s responses. They found: n a majority are white, 45-64 years of age n 46% are principals/owners n 29% are directly engaged in single-family home building n 62% are college-educated n 72% have been in the industry for over ten years n 64% work at companies with less than $5 million in dollar volume n membership in NAHB’s Professional Women in Business is a positive influence of median company revenue I have personally witnessed the construction industry become more accepting of women, while at the same time, women are learning to be more confident in what they do. The adage of having to work harder to be better than a male counterpart to be accepted in the industry is well-known, but so has the acceptance of gender differences in thinking and speaking. Women are experiencing less discrimination in construction as they prove their ability. A closing message One final thought: don’t forget to vote! Exercise your right and express your opinion. May we find solutions to the angst, satisfaction in our work, and joy in simple actions.


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Health Insurance Program

Time for flu vaccine is now While Washington and the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, and as we continue to navigate avoiding contracting the virus, now more than ever, it is crucial to get your flu shot this year. The flu season in the U.S. typically lasts from December to February. That means October is the opportune time to get your vaccine to ensure you are protected once the flu season is in full swing. Many public health officials fear if the U.S. population does not have a widespread flu vaccination this winter, we may face what many health experts are calling a ‘twindemic’—the dual threat of a flu outbreak on top of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19, there are still many important reasons to consider getting a flu shot. First, in 2019 roughly 45% of the U.S. population received a flu shot, leaving more than half of the population unprotected. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the lack of flu vaccines led to 24,000-62,000 flu-related deaths in 2019. Since the viruses that cause the flu and COVID-19 are different, it may be possible to contract them simultaneously, which could be catastrophic, especially for those at an increased risk. Second, getting your flu shot can be beneficial to your community and the country as a whole. Being vaccinated against the flu will reduce your chance of contracting it, therefore limiting its spread and

protecting those around you. If you do happen to get the flu after getting a flu shot, your symptoms will generally be milder. It’s especially critical to have fewer and less severe flu infections to reduce the strain on the medical community. If fewer people are critically ill with the flu, more medical resources will be available to those who may be sick critically due to COVID-19. As you think about getting your flu shot this year, here are a few more things to consider: n The CDC recommends everyone older than six months old receive a flu shot, with only a few rare exceptions n Most health insurance plans cover 100% of the cost of a flu shot; and are readily available at most doctor’s offices and walk-in clinics—contact your health care provider for more information n Flu vaccines cannot cause the flu, the flu shot is made from dead viruses; however, the vaccine can trigger an immune response, so you may have a few mild symptoms (Source: CDC) By continuing to practice social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing your hands, in addition to getting a flu shot this fall, you can make a significant impact. If you are not currently a member of BIAW’s Health Insurance program, now is a good time to consider joining. To receive a free, no-obligation quote, or for more information, contact us at (425) 641-8093 or online at

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Executive Vice President’s message Isn’t it great to have football back?! Even though I miss going to see my Dawgs play in Husky Stadium, just being able to watch the NFL and college games again on television has helped bring some normalcy back to our collective lives. Hopefully, this is a sign the end of 2020 is finally near and we can quickly turn the corner in 2021 back to life as we previously knew it. As more familiar activities return to our lives, what’s most important is that we get our economy back to the level it was before this all started and save as many small businesses as possible. To that end, it is encouraging to see the construction industry leading the economic recovery here in Washington state. As you all know, BIAW fought vigorously to convince Gov. Inslee to authorize the restart of construction just a month after the statewide shutdown of businesses. A September report from the State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council indicates, as we Greg Lane argued, that the construction industry has played a significant role in Executive Vice President reducing unemployment and increasing state revenues the past three months, even though other industries remain restricted or shuttered. However, to achieve and sustain an economic recovery, Gov. Inslee must quickly allow other small businesses to safely increase back to normal operating levels. Careers in Construction Month October is Careers in Construction Month. Promoting the trades and educating students about jobs and careers in the home building industry has become increasingly difficult due to school closures. Nevertheless, BIAW has been persistent in our efforts to fill the labor shortage gap, including connecting two schools— Tumwater High School in Tumwater and Battle Ground High School in Vancouver—to the National Association of Home Builders’ Home Builders Institute (HBI). HBI provides students the skills and experience they need for successful residential construction careers through pre-apprenticeship training, job placement services, mentoring, certification programs, and a robust curriculum. BIAW is proud to partner with HBI to get more students involved and excited about an industry career. Even in trying times, BIAW continues to change and adapt to keep home building thriving. Vote, vote, vote Change is definitely a recurring theme in 2020, and November brings a significant opportunity for you to enact change by electing candidates who support our industry and your business. During the next legislative session, state lawmakers will make decisions that will have a critical impact on your business, including proposals to increase taxes, raise your unemployment insurance rates, and add numerous regulations. Our Government Affairs team will be advocating for your business and fighting back against taxes and added regulations, but make sure to do your part by voting for builder-friendly candidates on Nov. 3. For a list of Washington Affordable Housing Council-endorsed candidates, see page 8. Fall board meeting update Finally, I encourage you to attend BIAW’s fall board meeting, scheduled for Nov. 11-13 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. Recent changes made to state COVID-19 guidelines for meeting venues allow BIAW to hold this important business meeting in person. BIAW is working closely with the Hilton to implement the protocols necessary to ensure everyone is kept safe. This includes: requiring attendees to wear masks; maintaining social distancing; utilizing no-contact meeting check-ins; providing hand sanitizers; etc. Although we won’t be able to hold any large social functions, we are excited to elect and induct new officers and discuss other issues critical to BIAW. I hope you will join us. 6

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Strategic Priorities Update

Workforce development makes strides by Bailee Wicks Writer and Editor

This year has been full of changes making progress on BIAW’s strategic plan more challenging to complete. Despite these challenges, BIAW continues to make great strides. One of the most important things for the residential construction industry’s longevity is to increase the number of construction-related professionals entering the industry and help fill the skilled trades labor gap. BIAW’s workforce development strategic plan priority is to increase public awareness and help recruit young adults into the skilled trades. What better time than October, which is Careers in Construction month? In-person school changed to at-home learning and has created a few obstacles for reaching BIAW’s Workforce Development goals. In previous times, the way to engage students and faculty were through job fairs and career days; however, those types of events have been canceled, and many school districts have no plans to create a virtual experience to take its place. Generating buzz about a career in residential construction had to come from a less traditional format. In steps, Building Industry Association of Clark County, Olympia Master Builders, members, staff, and BIAW Workforce Development Manager Al Audette. We were able to secure a skilled trades career option program with two high schools before the school closures. Working with the National Association of Home Builders’ nonprofit partner, the Home Building Institute (HBI), the HBI program brings skilled trades career options into school with pre-apprenticeship

training, job placement services, mentoring, certification programs, textbooks, and curricula. HBI has an 80% job placement rate, ensuring these students are filling the skilled trades labor shortage gap. Additionally, BIAW is working with our locals to create videos and informational pieces for teachers to use as part of their virtual curriculum and serve as a resource for parents while students are learning from home. The videos are designed for students in kindergarten through fifth grade thinking about residential construction trades as a career option. How many times have you heard a youngster say, ‘I want to be a fireman when I grow up.’ Why can’t it also include carpenter, home builder, or electrician? Creating excitement at an early age is key to recruiting future young adults into a home building industry-related career. As BIAW continues to make more videos, and feedback is received, the goal is to develop content geared toward middle and high school students. Much of BIAW’s workforce development efforts begin with our local associations. With their help and collaboration, BIAW has continued to make progress on its strategic planning goals. Nobody planned for this pandemic, but working together, we can reach our collective goal to recruit more young people into the skilled trades. For information about BIAW’s workforce development efforts, contact Workforce Development Manager Al Audette at (360) 352-7800, ext. 105 or

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General Election November 3

Your vote matters, make it count by Jan Himebaugh Government Affairs Director

With less than a month before the Nov. 3 general election, now is a good time to sit down and review district candidates endorsed by the Washington Affordable Housing Council (WAHC). The endorsements below include input and recommendations from your local association. For local, city, and county candidates, check with your local home builders association endorsements. Look for your ballot mid-October and remember it must be postmarked or dropped in a ballot box by Nov. 3.

Statewide Offices Treasurer..................................Duane Davidson (R) Secretary of State ........................ Kim Wyman (R) Auditor ...........................................Pat McCarthy (D) Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.............Maia Espinoza (NP)

DISTRICT BIAW Voting Record 1st District House pos. 1 Davina Duerr D 21% pos. 2 Shelley Kloba D 21%

DISTRICT BIAW Voting Record 8th District House pos. 1 Brad Klippert R 100% pos. 2 Matt Boehnke R 100%

2nd District Senate House pos. 1 pos.2

9th District Senate House pos. 1 pos. 2

Mark Schoesler Joe Schmick Mary Dye


97% 92% 92%

10th District Senate House pos. 1 pos. 2

Ron Muzzall Greg Gilday Bill Bruch


100% open seat challenge

11th District Senate House pos. 1 pos. 2

Bob Hasegawa D Steve Bergquist D David Hackney D

22% 21% challenger

12th District Senate House pos. 1 pos. 2

Brad Hawkins Keith Goehner Mike Steele


96% 92% 82%

13th District House pos. 1 pos. 2

Tom Dent Alex Ybarra


92% 100%

14th District Senate House pos. 1 pos. 2

Curtis King R Chris Corry R Gina Mosbrucker R

91% 92% 92%

Jim McCune Andrew Barkis JT Wilcox


open seat 100% 100%

Dave Lucas



Mike Padden Bob McCaslin Rob Chase


86% 100% open seat

5th District Senate House pos. 1 pos. 2

Mark Mullet Bill Ramos Lisa Callan


61% 29% 40%

6th District House pos. 1 pos. 2

Mike Volz Jenny Graham


92% 92%

7th District House pos. 1 pos. 2

Joel Kretz J. Maycumber


92% 92%

3rd District Senate r 4th District Senate House pos. 1 pos. 2


For more information on WAHC-endorsed candidates, contact BIAW Government Affairs Director Jan Himebaugh at (360) 352-7800, ext. 135 or

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15th District House pos. 1 pos. 2

Bruce Chandler R Jeremie Dufault R

16th District Senate House pos. 1 pos. 2

Perry Dozier Mark Klicker Skyler Rude


open seat open seat 92%

17th District Senate House pos. 2

Lynda Wilson Paul Harris


89% 100%

18th District Senate House pos. 1 pos. 2

Ann Rivers Larry Hoff Brandon Vick


93% 92% 92%

19th District Senate House pos. 1 pos. 2

Jeff Wilson Jim Walsh Joel McEntire


challenger 92% challenger

89% 92%

20th District Senate House pos. 1 pos. 2

John Braun Peter Abbarno Ed Orcutt


87% open seat 92%

21st District House pos. 1 pos. 2

Strom Peterson D Lillian Ortiz-Self D

21% 21%

22nd District House pos. 2 24th District Senate House pos. 1 pos. 2

Dusty Pierpoint R K. Van De Wege D Steve Tharinger D Mike Chapman D

open seat 35% 21% 32%

25th District Senate Chris Gildon R open seat (92% in House) House pos. 1 Cyndy Jacobsen R open seat pos. 2 Kelly Chambers R 91% 26th District House pos. 1 pos. 2

Michelle Caldier R Jesse Young R

28th District Senate House pos. 1 pos. 2

Steve O’Ban Chris Nye Kevin Ballard


94% open seat challenger

30th District House pos. 1 pos. 2

Martin Moore Jack Walsh


open seat challenger

31st District House pos. 1 pos. 2

Eric Robertson R Drew Stokesbary R

open seat 100%

100% 100%

32nd District House pos. 1 pos. 2

Cindy Ryu Lauren Davis


21% 21%

33rd District House pos. 1 pos. 2

Tina Orwall Mia Gregerson


21% 21%

34th District House pos. 2

Joe Fitzgibbon



35th District House pos. 1 pos. 2

Dan Griffey R Drew MacEwen R

92% 100%

36th District House pos. 1 pos. 2

Noel Frame Liz Berry


21% open seat

37th District House pos. 1

Sharon T. Santos D


38th District House pos. 1 pos. 2

Emily Wicks Mike Sells


N/A 21%

39th District Senate House pos. 1 pos. 2

Keith Wagoner R. Sutherland Carolyn Eslick


100% 100% 100%

41st District Senate House pos. 2

Mike Nykreim My-Linh Thai


challenger 21%

42nd District House pos. 1 pos. 2

L. Van Werven Jennifer Sefzik


76% n/a

43rd District House pos. 1 pos. 2

Nicole Macri Frank Chopp


21% 21%

44th District House pos. 1

John Lovick



45th District House pos. 1 pos. 2

Roger Goodman D Larry Springer D

17% 37%

46th District House pos. 1

Javier Valdez



47th District House pos. 1 pos. 2

Debra Entenman D Pat Sullivan D

21% 24%

48th District House pos. 1 pos. 2

Vandana Slatter D Amy Walen D

21% 34%

Open seat = no incumbent in race Challenger = running against incumbent

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Careers in Construction Month

We build Washington Careers in Construction Month helps increase public awareness of opportunities available in the skilled trades professions.

by Bailee Wicks Writer and Editor

This year has shown us a great need for change when it comes to workforce development. BIAW’s strategic plan goal to increase the number of construction-related professionals all over Washington has not changed; however, how BIAW interacts with students, schools, and programs has altered. Celebrating Careers in Construction Month allows schools, local associations, and members to help spread public awareness of opportunities available in residential construction professions. The home building industry faces many challenges, but the most difficult has always been replacing the retiring workforce. Getting students correct information about the benefits of working in the skilled trades has to come from educators, counselors, parents, and the public. Clover Park Technical College: A success story There are many schools across the state offering programs allowing students to explore residential construction. In particular, Clover Park Technical College, has been around for over 75 years, providing technical training and education to a wide range of students and adults from diverse backgrounds. Partnering with apprenticeship programs to ensure students are ready with the necessary skills to create a lasting career in the home building industry is just one way to fill the On the cover: A student enrolled in the Welding Program at Clover Park Technical College practices her techniques.


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skilled trades labor shortage gap. Although most schools are only attending classes virtually, Clover Park Technical College figured out a way to safely alternate days in the classrooms to continue providing hands-on experience for their students a minimum of two days a week. “The goal of the curriculum we offer is to prepare students for the workforce by giving them up-to-date skills, knowledge, and industry-recognized certifications,” said Clover Park Technical College Workforce Development and Special Projects Manager Michelle Barre. “We work closely with our employer partners through our advisory committees and participation in community engagement to ensure we are offering students a classroom experience that simulates the workforce they are being trained to enter,” added Barre.

The home building industry offers opportunities to those looking for rewarding careers and a generous salary. The top 25% in most construction trades

The goal of the curriculum we offer is to prepare students for the workforce by giving them up-to-date skills, knowledge, and industry-recognized certifications.

—Michelle Barre, Clover Park Technical College Workforce Development and Special Projects Manager

professions earn at least $60,000 annually, and students do not need to follow a typical 4-year college path to be successful. “It’s important to show students that through technical training and hands-on education, there are many viable, rewarding career pathways where they can earn a livable wage without going into debt,” said Barre. “There are many different ways to obtain job skills, education, and training, and not every student learns the same way. Community and technical colleges, as well as registered apprenticeship programs, offer options to meet the needs of students who learn through hands-on education.” Put yourself out there Schools have a significant impact on reaching the potential workforce, however, BIAW members and builders can also participate in filling the skilled

Careers in Construction Month: How to get involved n  Post a “Now Hiring” sign on your jobsite This may seem obvious, but potential employees will know you are hiring and will come prepared to your jobsite n  Post #CareersInConstruction on Social Media Don’t be afraid to boast a little about your career or business on social media. n  Job Shadow Offer to job shadow with a student. Post on social media ‘A Day in the Life of _____’ videos, explaining what a day in your trade looks like. n  Host a virtual field trip to your jobsite Camera phones and drones are great tools for capturing the attention of any audience. Students will be able to gather first-hand information about what it’s like on a construction jobsite. n  Be a guest speaker Contact your local high school or trades college and offer to speak to a class, via Zoom, or other video conferencing programs. Your efforts, no matter how small or big, will make an impact on young adults and future generations seeking a career in the trades. trades labor gap. As an established business in your community, you are connected with your fellow neighbors and can help assist in the outreach and training of the next generation of home builders. If you have any questions about Careers in Construction Month or how you can get involved, contact BIAW Workforce Development Manager Al Audette at (360) 352-7800, ext. 105 or october 2020


ROII Safety Services

Smoky season poses challenges by Bob White ROII Safety Services Director

This year’s wildfire season has been incredibly challenging, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There is concern about the health impacts of wildfire smoke overlapping with COVID-19, as both impact respiratory and immune systems. On top of that, government-mandated COVID-19 restrictions limit how and what employers can do to reduce workers’ exposure to wildfire smoke.

Employee health and smoke

Wildfire smoke contains many hazardous chemicals that can: n  Irritate the eyes, nose, and throat n  Cause wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, headache, and worsen allergies n  Aggravate existing lung, heart, and circulatory conditions, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and angina Various symptoms Different people will experience various symptoms, depending on: n  The amount of smoke in the air n  How long the person stays in a smoky area n  The physical demands of work; for example, high exertion can increase the amount of smoky air breathed in by as much as 20 times 12

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Also, employees may be at increased risk for symptoms if they: n  Have preexisting heart or lung disease. For example, someone with heart disease and high blood pressure might experience chest pain, heart attack, or heart failure. n  They may need relief through cleaner air, medication, and or emergency care n  Are 65 and older n  Perform physically hazardous tasks, such as working on ladders or operating heavy machinery Working alone or in remote locations While the tasks may seem routine, smoky conditions can affect breathing, visibility, temperatures, and other factors that can make it harder to work safely alone or in remote locations. Workers far from emergency medical aid or without nearby co-workers need reliable communication and emergency plans. See WILDFIRES on page 14

ROII Legal Victory

Legal victory for ROII participant in long-running claim dispute In 2018, just his third day on the job of an ROII participant, worker Mike Smith* claimed he tripped over a pallet and fell backwards onto his buttocks, hurting his lower back, that prevented him from returning to work. There were no witnesses to this incident. Smith immediately filed a claim with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) for several lower back conditions. This was just three weeks after Smith received word L&I had rejected a prior claim he had filed for a back and neck injury arising out of an alleged assault at work with a previous employer.

“Low back injuries are always a challenge to litigate. Washington case law allows a claim to go forward even if an incident only slightly aggravated an underlying condition.” —Julie Nichols, ROII contract attorney ROII claim staff immediately urged rejection of the new claim, providing L&I with information regarding the degenerative nature of these lower back conditions. This was the 13th L&I claim Smith had filed since 2001. In May of 2019, L&I issued final orders that Smith’s employer was not responsible for the lower back conditions. The claimant’s attorney immediately appealed the orders to the State of Washington Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals (BIIA). The BIIA is a state agency that hears appeals from decisions made by L&I on workers’ comp claims. Smith’s attorney retained medical experts and

former co-workers to testify on Smith’s behalf, attesting that his pre-existing back conditions were aggravated by the fall and had no symptoms before the fall. ROII’s legal team, headed by contract attorney Julie Nichols, who has represented ROII participants for over a decade, immediately began coordinating with the assistant attorney general on the appeal’s defense. They poured over the claimant’s volumes of medical records. They worked together to secure the expert testimony of a neurologist and an orthopedic surgeon who explained, on the record, that Smith did indeed have back issues, but they were not causally related to the alleged incident. “Low back injuries are always a challenge to litigate,” said Nichols. “Washington case law allows a claim to go forward even if an incident only slightly aggravated an underlying See VICTORY on page 14 october 2020


WILDFIRES from page 12 Air quality matters As air quality worsens, the risk for employees to develop symptoms can increase. Staying informed about changes in outdoor air quality can help employers anticipate possible adverse health impacts on workers. The Air Quality Index (AQI) map rates outdoor air quality as unhealthy, very unhealthy, or hazardous. The AQI rating system can help keep you informed on the air quality and minimize your workers exposure to harmful air conditions. To reduce the impact of unhealthy air conditions, to the extent practical, consider the following best practices: n  Relocate work to less smoky areas n  Reschedule work until the air quality improves n  Reduce the level or duration of work that is physically demanding n  Provide enclosed structures or rooms that supply filtered air n  Provide vehicles equipped with air conditioning; in poor air quality, employees should operate the air conditioning in “recirculate” mode and keep vents and windows closed

Dust masks

Workers may ask to voluntarily wear a non-NIOSH approved dust mask, such as a KN95 or hobby mask, when smoke from wildfires enters the work environment. (The use of NIOSH-approved N95s are temporarily discouraged due to the current shortage and need to reserve existing limited supplies for workers exposed to coronavirus in high-risk occupations like health care.) For more information on wildfire smoke and dust masks at work, download L&I’s dust masks at work flyer at

Find out more

If you are currently an ROII participant and would like more information on how to help keep your employees safe on the jobsite, contact ROII Safety Director Bob White at (360) 352-7800, ext. 109 or If would like more information on how to become a participant, contact ROII Enrollment ManagerJessica Bass at (360) 352-7800, ext. 132 or

VICTORY from page 13 condition. “A good legal defense requires medical experts on our side and ROII members are lucky to have access to these resources.” In this case, despite filing a different workers’ comp claim just a few weeks earlier where he did specify his back as being injured, Smith testified he “didn’t have any trouble with his back” prior to starting work with this employer. “It’s maddening, and that’s why our preparation and aggressive cross-examination are so important,” said Nichols. “The experts for the defense cannot examine the claimant, or have only examined him once. This is the system that we deal with and a built-in disadvantage we have to overcome,” Nichols added. After five days of testimony, seven witnesses examined and cross-examined, and numerous motions flying back and forth on both sides, the BIIA judge ruled in favor of the ROII participant. 14

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Month after month, year after year, the ROII legal team is continuously working behind the scenes on ways to earn favorable court decisions. From focusing on and ensuring effective defense strategies to developing expert witness resources, they are relentless in their pursuit of justice. “This case is a huge win for both the employer and the ROII program,” said ROII Litigation Manager Alan Gruse. “From our claim staff to our in-house medical expert, and up to our contract attorney, Nichols, all hands were on deck for this one.” Assisting with workers’ comp claim appeals is just one of the many no-additional-cost benefits ROII participants can take advantage of. If you’re not currently a ROII participant and would like more information on how to become one, contact ROII Enrollment Manager Jessica Bass at (360) 3527800, ext. 132 or * Claimant’s name has been changed to protect his privacy.


Say hello to the new ROII logo

Big news! After several years, ROII is proud to announce our new brand. This includes a new logo, colors, font, and a shorter name. We are very excited to show you our new look in all our visuals: website, advertising, brochures, and social media. Since our founding in 1982, ROII has identified with similar logos, although very recently we streamlined the text—you can’t really blame us; that tiny font had to go! Over the last few years, we’ve changed a lot: we launched our online inquiry form, return to work and vocational services, added statewide field reps, and increased the ways we communicate with our participants to help them reduce accidents.



The old look didn’t reflect our innovative approach to workers’ comp. As we became the top retro program in Washington and offered more services than our competitors, we needed a look to match. Our fresh logo now reflects who we are today and all that we’d like to accomplish for our participants in the future.

Even though we have a new look, rest assured we still offer the same great benefits ROII participants love and expect. It’s still us, but more instantly recognizable. Our task in the coming months will be to update all our materials, logo wear, business cards, etc. with our new logo. We realize that changing a logo is a process that can involve many steps and takes some time, so we will phase in these changes at a slow and steady pace. We appreciate your patience while we undergo the changes. We hope you like ROII’s new look. Keep an eye out for more updates as we continue to serve our 2015


participants better by keeping you and your workers safe on the jobsite. If you have any questions about the new logo or the ROII program, please contact ROII Director Jenn Kavanaugh at (360) 352-7800, ext. 123 or jennk@

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Education Program

Attend a class from the comfort of your home, office, or jobsite by Hillary Vanatta Education and Certification Manager

Although COVID-19 restrictions have thrown a wrench in our pre-scheduled in-person classes, BIAW is continuously working to offer learning options for our members. In today’s environment, online is the way to go. Not only is the online format safer, but it also gives students and attendees the opportunity of learning from the comfort and convenience of your home, office, or jobsite. Don’t let COVID-19 restrictions stop you from learning a new skill or renewing your certifications. Visit to sign up for a class. If you have any questions about online classes, contact Education and Certification Manager Hillary Vanatta at (360) 352-7800, ext. 106, or

Online Class Schedule


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Certified Erosion & Sediment Control Lead (CESCL) CESCL Recertification CESCL Competent Person: Fall Protection Significant Changes to the 2018 Codes CESCL Recertification

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Best Practices for Generational Hiring and Management Significant Changes to the 2018 Codes Employment Law Trends & News

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Meet our newest Certified Builder Scott Yonkman

Yonkman Construction, Inc.

Native to the West Coast, Yonkman and his wife, Dian, moved to Whidbey Island in the late 1970s. Home building has long been a tradition in the Yonkman family, with Yonkman’s uncle teaching him and his brother the craft of home building. It proved to be a natural skill set and passion for both brothers, and in 1979, Scott launched Yonkman Construction in Oak Harbor. Two years later, his brother joined the business, and together they established Yonkman Construction, Inc. Besides new home construction and remodeling services, Yonkman Construction, Inc. offers site feasibility studies and pre-construction consultations. The Yonkman Construction team is dedicated to a clients’ design and budget goals, and reinforces a positive experience throughout the building process. An active member of his local association, the Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association, Yonkman currently serves as a state director and past president. In addition to BIAW’s Certified Builder designation, he also holds certifications for Built Green Builder and Aging-In-Place Specialist.

Become a Certified Builder today! Certified Builders are builders who go above and beyond standards set forth by the state of Washington. Every BIAW Certified Builder is fully vetted during the application process, ensuring they meet or exceed BIAW’s comprehensive standards. Now is the best time to apply to become a BIAW Certified Builder. Now through Nov. 19, BIAW members pay just $299 for approved applications. Take advantage of this special offer and apply today at .

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LOCAL ASSOCIATION HAPPENINGS [1] BIAW and Professional Women in Building President Sherry Schwab welcomes attendees to the PWB Virtual Lunch hosted by the MBA of King and Snohomish Counties. During the online event, Schwab interviewed main event speaker Secretary of State Kim Wyman about her experiences of being a woman in politics. [2] MBA of Pierce County members, guests, and staff show their spirit during its annual golf tournament. The event attracted over 140 participants for the 80’s-themed tournament held at Oakbrook Golf Club in Lakewood.


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[3] Duana Kolouskova with event moderator Eric Johnson, presents ‘Are Housing Policies Accomplishing Their Intended Goals’ during the 2020 Housing Forum Virtual Fall Series, co-hosted by BIAW. [4] Spokane Home Builders Association hosted its 16th annual Fall Festival of Homes, virtually, featuring 16 builders and 21 homes showcasing state-of-the-art technology, superb craftsmanship, and new design trends.

Welcome new staff Josie Cummings

Government Affairs Assistant Director

After graduating from Seattle Pacific University, Cummings spent two legislative sessions working at the Washington State Senate. She joined BIAW’s government affairs team in 2016 as government affairs coordinator and later government affairs manager. After spending the 2019 legislative session covering 13 western states for the American Forest and Paper Association, Cummings is thrilled to be back at BIAW as government affairs assistant director, and will focus on the association’s environmental policy. In her spare time, Cummings enjoys reading, learning about and drinking natural wine, and kayaking.

Damen Jeg

Government Affair Coordinator

Jeg’s interest in public policy and advocacy stems from his upbringing in agriculture in Chehalis. Having noticed a gap between farmers and legislators during his high school years, Jeg chose to pursue a career in government affairs. After graduating from Washington State University in 2018, Jeg traveled to Washington D.C. working in government affairs with the Hearth Patio and Barbecue Association. After returning to Washington state in late 2019, he was focused on finding a role working in state and local politics—landing on BIAW’s government affairs team. When Jeg is not in the office, you can find him outdoors hiking or helping out on his family’s dairy farm.

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Building Industry Association of Washington 300 Deschutes Way SW, Ste. 300 | Tumwater, WA 98501 (360) 352-7800 | |

Tuesday, November 3 Drop boxes close promptly at 8 p.m.

PLAN TO ATTEND BIAW Fall Board Meeting We miss you! Please plan to attend BIAW’s fall board meeting. Join us for regularly scheduled meetings and the installation of our 2021 senior officers. Discounted room block released Oct. 20. Nov. 11-13 | Hilton Vancouver Washington

General Membership Luncheon & 2021 Election Join us for lunch! Voting will take place for officers, representatives, and delegates. Sign in to receive your director’s voting ribbon. Thurs., Nov. 12 | 11:30 a.m. | $30 RSVP to your local association

Installation and Awards Ceremony You’re invited! Help celebrate the installation of BIAW’s 2021 senior officers and Builder, Associate, and Remodeler of the Year. Thurs., Nov. 12 | 7:00 p.m. | $45 RSVP to your local association

Board of Directors Meeting Get the latest updates on BIAW’s committees and councils. Friday, Nov. 13 | 9:00 a.m. | Open to all

Board Meeting COVID Safety Precautions BIAW and the Hilton Vancouver Washington are committed to providing the safest possible environment for attendees. Protocols are in place and will be strictly adhered to, including: n Face coverings worn at all times in common areas throughout the conference center and hotel n Six foot social distancing n Regular sanitizing between meetings, and common area surfaces throughout the facility n No open, self-serve food or beverage stations n Meeting room capacity limited to 30% and following all distancing guidelines BIAW staff and Hilton EventReady Lead will be onsite to ensure practices are adhered to by all attendees. For a full list of Hilton meetings and events safe practices and protocols visit eventready


BIAW Coloring Contest In celebration of BIAW’s 70th anniversary and Careers in Construction Month, BIAW is holding a coloring contest to inspire young home builders and skilled trades professionals. Cut out and color in the coloring pages however you’d like and mail your masterpiece to BIAW­— it may be featured on the walls of BIAW’s new office building.

Mail: BIAW 300 Deschutes Way, Ste. 300 Tumwater, WA 98501 Attn: Bailee Email:

BUILDING A HOME A construction site is where the activities of building a home take place. It takes many workers doing lots of different jobs to help build a house. Large and small construction equipment also help workers finish the job. Send to: BIAW 300 Deschutes Way SW, Ste. 300, Tumwater, WA 98501, attn: Bailee or

Submitted by: City By submitting this page, you give BIAW permission and the right to reproduce the drawing.



Draw and share with us what you think home means to you. Send to: BIAW 300 Deschutes Way SW, Ste. 300, Tumwater, WA 98501, attn: Bailee or Submitted by: City By submitting this page, you give BIAW permission and the right to reproduce the drawing.