2012 Continuing Construction Education

Does The Responsible Developer take advantage of construction industry opportunities for continuing education?  Absolutely!

Here are some great local and national seminars to attend that provide the most current news and information on public and private development and construction:

1.   For the developer or contractor interested in public schools, here is a great opportunity, on two dates in two cities:

The Washington Association of School Business Officials
Capital Project & Facilities Workshop
March 14, 2012 in Yakima and March 20, 2012 in Renton:

  • Bidder Responsibility Criteria and GC/CM & Design Bid Build
  • Legal Tools for Effective School Construction Contracting
  • Construction Budgeting & Accounting and State Match 

Foster Pepper's own Greg Guedel will be speaking on the first topic. 

2.   For the developer or contractor involved in bidding government projects, there is the Seminar Group's Construction Bidding on March 15, 2012 in Seattle: 

  • The Bidding Process
  • Alternative Public Project Procurement Process
  • Insurance Considerations in the Bidding Process
  • Contractor and Municipality Perspectives on Bidding Construction Projects
  • Strategies for Bidding Claims

 Foster Pepper's own Tom Ahearne will be speaking on the third topic. 

3.   For the developer or contractor looking for a comprehensive national construction seminar on both public and private projects, this annual event is not to be missed:

The ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Midwinter Meeting on February 2-3, 2012 in Houston:

  • Design Control and Delegation
  • Current Issues Facing Complex Project Funding
  • Open Book Accounting in Cost Reimbursable Contracts
  • A Study of Issues Posed by Schedules on Complex Cases
  • A Review of Good and Bad Assurance/Quality Contract Case Studies
  • Practical Tips in Navigating Project Labor Disputes
  • Others 

This Editor looks forward to seeing you there. 


The Right Time To Develop Green Highways?


Despite national, state and local budget woes, should the Responsible Developer pour more money into green sustainable transportation?

The US Departments of Commerce and Energy, along with the Washington Departments of Commerce and Transportation, say YES!

Given the civil unrest in North Africa and the Middle East and concern for disruption in the flow of oil, record high retail gas prices are predicted for this summer.  There may not be a better time to own a Chevy Volt, Ford Focus, Nissan Leaf (or if you are rich, see above) a Tesla Model S, or other all electric car.  The problem is, on a long drive, where do you stop to "fill" up? 

As you may recall in 2010 the DOC awarded the State of Washington $1.3 million for a series of electric car charging stations on I-5, in part to implement the nation's first "electric highway", a 1350 mile strip starting in Mexico and ending in Canada.  This is known as the "West Coast Green Highway."  

WSDOT also expects to create another section of green highway by the end of this summer, the Stevens Pass Electric Vehicle Highway.  WSDOT is holding two meetings to provide more information and to help local partners prepare for alternative fuels.  The meeting will be held on March 8th in Leavenworth and March 9th in Sultan

General Electric is also sponsoring a local event to promote "EVs" (electric vehicles).  The GE EV Experience Tour will be held on March 15th in Seattle, at the Experience Music Project.  The workshop will include technical and business tracks for developing EC Ecosystems, strategies and facilities.  Also, you Responsible Developers, heads up, GE is also looking to partner with public and private owners, property managers, electrical contractors and commercial and residential builders. 

While you are there you can even test drive some of GE's EV fleet vehicles (sorry no Teslas).

Still, imagine the day when you are cruising along I-5, for work or pleasure, where there is less engine noise, less exhaust fumes and when you stop to "fill up" your EV, your hands do not smell like gasoline and the only money you spend is in the EV convenience store....on health food.  Kidding, it's likely junk food will still be sold too, because no matter how driven we are, we're still Americans.