• News for Builders Corner

    Monday, April 12, 2021
    New Community Development Agency Director is One of County’s OwnTom Lai has served 29 years with the department San Rafael, CA - The next leader of the Marin County Community Development Agency (CDA) has been No. 2 on the team for the past 11 years. Assistant Director Tom Lai, who has spent his entire 29-year professional career with the County of Marin, is the choice to take over CDA following ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Community, Press Release
    Monday, April 12, 2021
    Reprinted from The North Bay Business Journal Kathryn Reed April 8, 2021 Building material costs, with lumber alone up by 180%, may not drop to pre-pandemic levels soon, even when mills return to full staffing and overseas factories fully recover, according to some suppliers and contractors. “This price spike has caused the price of an average new single-family home to increase by more than ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Cornerstone Partner News, Community, Builders Corner, Member News
    Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    Objective: To raise awareness of common hazards associated with compressed gas cylinders. Compressed gas cylinders are hazardous due to the high pressure of their contents as well as the potential hazards of the contents themselves. Before working with cylinders, familiarize yourself with the characteristics of their contents and learn proper cylinder handling procedures.Click here to download ...read more
    Categories: Construction Education & Training, Business Tips, Safety, Cornerstone Partner News, Builders Corner, Member News
    Thursday, April 01, 2021
    Marinwood CSD Park Maintenance Facility Project: Project consists of furnishing all required labor, materials, transportation, equipment, incidentals, and services for construction of a new Park Maintenance Facility consisting of a 1,200 sq. ft. enclosed workshop, break room (not including cabinetry and sink re: Add Alt 02 below), restroom, and storage closet contiguous with a 1,300sf covered ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Project Bid Requests & Informal Bid Notices, Community, Bid Opportunties
    Wednesday, March 31, 2021
    Leading the way for eco-friendly roofing in Marin County CA,  Wedge Roofing moves toward clean energy by adding Ford’s first Hybrid Truck to their fleet. The new 2021 Ford F-150 Hybrid Truck is just the first step in the certified green roofing contractor’s plan to convert their entire fleet of 47 commercial vehicles to all-electric to meet California’s goal of 100% zero emissions by 2035. As a ...read more
    Categories: Press Release, Advocacy and Legislation, Member News, Green Building - Sustainability, Tax Liens and Completions, Builders Corner
    Tuesday, March 30, 2021
    The Marin Builders Association supports efforts to address climate change.  We believe the best way to solve this crisis is through innovation, investment, and partnerships.   A ban on natural gas to residences will increase construction costs, decrease consumer choice, reduce energy availability for homeowners during Public Safety Power Shutdown periods, potentially cause unforeseen impacts to ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Member News, Community, Advocacy and Legislation, Press Release, Marin Builders Association News
    Thursday, March 25, 2021
    Understanding your clients is an important part of your marketing strategy, one that takes some effort. Part of that effort should include spending a little time developing personas. While not as straightforward as, say, completing your Google My Business profile, you have an advantage over business owners in other industries. Because you are in the remodeling industry, you basically ‘live’ with ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Builders Corner, Community, Business Tips
    Thursday, March 25, 2021
    Bond, contractor’s Bond, not that secret agent guy. I ‘apply’ expertise in a couple of NV questions on finances for licensing, and share a big pat on the back for a recent change in the process there…   Q:  I am an attorney and you have always been helpful answering questions for me throughout the years regarding my Contractor clients.  I currently have a client who I am assisting with some ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner
    Wednesday, March 24, 2021
    The Financial Impact of COVID-19 on Marin County BusinessesMarin Builders Joins Coalition Advocating for $2 million in Relief Grants for Local Businesses For Immediate Release:Executive Summary Marin County’s businesses have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact will have lasting effects on our local economy. Leading Business Associations at Keep Marin Working launched a survey ...read more
    Categories: COVID-19 Resources, Community, Marin Builders Association News, Advocacy and Legislation, Press Release, Member News, Builders Corner
    Wednesday, March 24, 2021
    COVID- 19 Vaccine Have questions? We’ve got answers. WHO: Marin Health and Human ServicesWHAT: A 60-minute webinar where you can learn about the vaccines, getting vaccinated, and the truth about some myths and misinformation.WHEN: Every Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. now through May 27th.HOW: Join our Zoom meeting 3 ways: 1. Use the link https://tinyurl.com/4z85kxf2 2. Scan the QR code ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Press Release, Community, COVID-19 Resources
    Wednesday, March 24, 2021
    The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has added an update to the treated wood waste (TWW) FAQ page. Below is the update added and the link to the TWW FAQ webpage.Q: Can you please clarify the rules applicable to residents that generate treated wood waste (TWW)?    A: A homeowner does not require a variance to manage TWW generated incidental to owning and maintenance their own place ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Community, Advocacy and Legislation, Builders Corner, Green Building - Sustainability
    Monday, March 15, 2021
    Objective: To assure that your organization is prepared for an active shooter incident and is taking proactive steps to minimize the chances or effectiveness of a shooter on the premises. No workplace is immune to the risks of an active shooter incident. However, there are steps that you can take to assure that your organization is prepared for the worst. Emergency Action PlanTraining ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Member News, Cornerstone Partner News, Safety, Construction Education & Training, Business Tips
    Wednesday, March 03, 2021
    UPDATE: Because of multiple letters on the item, the County pulled this item from the Board of Supervisors agenda to give additional time for consideration. We've reached out to the county to offer industry perspective going forward. Marin County Board of SupervisorsRE: Project Labor Agreement Policy GuidelinesVia email on March 1, 2021To BOS@marincounty.orgFull pdf. of letterDear ...read more
    Categories: Marin Builders Association News, Press Release, Advocacy and Legislation, Member News, Builders Corner
    Monday, March 01, 2021
    North Bay Construction Corps - Class of Marin addresses the high demand for construction workers in our community. This program enables students to explore a variety of construction related careers and prepares young adults for positions with local Marin Builders Association firms at the end of each class cycle. Made possible by the Mario Ghilotti Family Foundation, the program helps ...read more
    Categories: Community, Safety, Press Release, Event Related, Cornerstone Partner News, Marin Builders Association News, Member News, Builders Corner, Scholarship, Construction Education & Training
    Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    For Immediate Release The Alternative Management Standard (AMS), which allows waste haulers to accept treated wood waste (TWW) from residential and commercial customers, expired on December 31, 2020 when Governor Newsome vetoed a bill to extend the statute (HSC 25150.7) and regulations (22 CCR 67386.1 et seq.).   For this reason, beginning January 1, 2021, waste haulers in the County of Marin ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Member News, Green Building - Sustainability, Cornerstone Partner News, Press Release, Advocacy and Legislation, Community, Business Tips
    Tuesday, January 26, 2021
    AUTHOR Kim Slowey @kimslowey PUBLISHED Jan. 26, 2021 Certain situations like illegality or coercion can invalidate a contract in whole or in part.This feature is a part of "The Dotted Line" series, which takes an in-depth look at the complex legal landscape of the construction industry. To view the entire series, click here. Most contractors are well aware that they must abide by the ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, Builders Corner
    Wednesday, January 20, 2021
    Back in the spring, lots of people thought that COVID-19 was going to have short-term effects on the world, and then everyone would move on. As it turns out, systemic changes in business practices will continue into the new year and beyond. Companies are thinking about how to use commercial spaces when they don’t necessarily want people to come in. With this information, you’ll have a sense of ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Member News, COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips
    Friday, January 15, 2021
    What You Need to Know About Second Draw PPP LoansKey insightsMany entities that were eligible to participate in the first round of the PPP, received a PPP loan, and have fully used those proceeds are eligible to apply for a second draw PPP loan.Second draw PPP loans include a new revenue reduction requirement affecting eligibility.Requesting a re-sizing of your initial PPP loan may result in ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Member News, COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips
    Friday, January 15, 2021
    With news that the Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization for multiple COVID-19 vaccines, many of our friends in the construction industry have asked whether they can require or mandate that their employees receive one of the vaccines. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently updated its guidance on COVID-19-related employment issues to indicate that ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Member News, Builders Corner, Safety, Cornerstone Partner News
    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Jan. 12, 2021 Construction DiveDive Brief:A new California law that went into effect Jan. 1 allows state regulators to shut down jobsites that expose workers to an imminent hazard of COVID-19 infection, while eliminating a previously required 15-day rebuttal period for contractors to respond to any alleged “serious violations” related to COVID-19, according to the ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Advocacy and Legislation, Safety
    Thursday, January 07, 2021
    Billions for roads, harbors, schools, military housing, broadband and clean energy is aimed at spurring construction AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Jan. 7, 2021 Construction Dive The term “construction” appears 636 times in the $908 billion pandemic relief package and $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump at the end of December. In other ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources
    Thursday, December 31, 2020
    Curative testing sites remain free in Marin, but appointments must be scheduled in advance through the Curative website (available in English and Spanish). Appointment slots open about 3-4 days in advance of each scheduled testing day. The updated schedule of Marin County based Curative test sites includes:Bolinas: Mondays, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM; Bolinas Fire Station (100 Mesa Road) Larkspur: ...read more
    Categories: COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Marin Builders Association News, Member News, Press Release, Safety, Community
    Wednesday, December 23, 2020
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    Categories: Business Tips, Builders Corner, Member News, Community, Press Release, Marin Builders Association News
    Tuesday, December 22, 2020
    AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Dec. 21, 2020 Construction DiveDive Brief:Construction workers should receive the coronavirus vaccine after other frontline essential workers and people age 75 and older, according to recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.ACIP voted that the roughly 30 million Americans that fall into ...read more
    Categories: Safety, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources
    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    12/17/20 | 2020-21 EEOC Issues COVID-19 Vaccine Guidance for EmployersIntroduction On December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released much anticipated new guidance on the interaction of various equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws with the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine. Of significant note, this guidance effectively permits employers to implement a ...read more
    Categories: Safety, Cornerstone Partner News, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources
    Tuesday, December 15, 2020
    AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Dec. 15, 2020 Construction DiveDive Brief:A new study tracking the results of more than 730,000 COVID-19 tests found that construction workers had the highest positivity rates for asymptomatic cases of any occupation, including healthcare staff, first responders, correctional personnel, elderly care workers, grocery store workers and food service employees.The ...read more
    Categories: COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips, Builders Corner, Community, Safety
    Monday, December 14, 2020
    AUTHOR Kim Slowey @kimslowey PUBLISHED Dec. 14, 2020 Construction Dive As the end of 2020 approaches, even as many construction businesses are still struggling with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s time to close out the year financially. That means it's time for tax planning and the consideration of other financial issues, both of which will hopefully put contractors in the best ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources
    Wednesday, December 09, 2020
    Please familiarize yourself with the following new regulations/guidelines:  Cal/OSHA has recently issued Cal/OSHA Emergency Regulations to Protect Workers from COVID-19, which are now in effect. There is a one-page fact sheetand FAQs which provide a summary of the regulations. Requirements include: A site-specific, written COVID-19 prevention (see model COVID-19 prevention program) to ...read more
    Categories: COVID-19 Resources, Safety, Community, Press Release, Marin Builders Association News, Builders Corner
    Monday, November 30, 2020
    Are more stop-work orders ahead? Here's what to do to be able to come back in stride. AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Nov. 30, 2020 Construction DiveThis is the second in a two-part series about the potential impacts of the country's surging coronavirus outbreak on the construction industry. Click here for Part 1. With COVID-19 surging out of control across the country, and daily death tolls ...read more
    Categories: Business Tips, COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner
    Monday, November 30, 2020
    AB 685 Creates Employer COVID-19 Notice Requirements and Expands Cal/OSHA Powers effective January 1, 2021 On November 20, 2020, the OSHA Board unanimously adopted proposed regulations that impose requirements on employers to promulgate written policies regarding COVID-19 Prevention Plans.  The new regulations will go into effect December 1, if approved by the Office of Administrative Law, and ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Member News, Press Release, Marin Builders Association News, Event Related, Advocacy and Legislation, COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips
    Tuesday, November 24, 2020
    AUTHOR Jenn Goodman PUBLISHED Nov. 24, 2020 CONSTRUCTION DIVE CPA Jack Callahan sheds light on the new loan necessity questionnaire for Paycheck Protection Program borrowers, a requirement that has been called "confusing and burdensome" by industry groups. Construction firms that received a Paycheck Protection Program loan of more than $2 million got news late last month that they will be ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips
    Friday, November 20, 2020
    NOVATO, Calif. (Nov. 19, 2020) - CP Lab Safety, a Woman Owned Small Business in Marin County, California, announced their new at-home saliva collection kit for COVID-19 Testing. This process uses (RT)-PCR technology (Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction) to diagnose active infections of the virus. The sample is gathered at home and shipped to a certified laboratory. Once it is received at the lab, ...read more
    Categories: COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Member News, Community, Press Release, Safety
    Monday, November 02, 2020
    AUTHOR Joe Bousquin PUBLISHED Oct. 29, 2020Dive Brief:A second wave of business impacts from COVID-19 is reverberating through construction contractors’ operations, and those consequences are getting worse as the pandemic wears on, according to the latest survey results from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).More contractors reported postponed or canceled projects than new ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources
    Wednesday, October 21, 2020
    The industry will start next year facing significant headwinds, economists and other experts predict. AUTHOR Shelley D. Hutchins, LEED-AP PUBLISHED Oct. 21, 2020 More than 10 months since the first coronavirus cases were reported in Wuhan, China, COVID-19's global spread continues to plague commercial construction. Since the pandemic hit the U.S., contractors across the country have faced a ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips
    Wednesday, October 21, 2020
    Safety standard organization ASTM International is leading an effort to establish standards for reusable face coverings. AUTHOR Kim Slowey @kimslowey PUBLISHED Oct. 21, 2020 Most construction workers and site managers are very familiar with the personal protective equipment (PPE) that helps prevent workplace injuries to the head, eyes, respiratory system and other vulnerable areas of the ...read more
    Categories: COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Safety
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    It feels like parts of the world keep spinning, while others are set off their axis. You may have projects to complete, while your suppliers are considered non-essential. This can cause backlogs in your work, as you try to find ways to keep meeting client expectations as you can. Here are a few delays you can expect related to COVID-19, now and for several months into the future.Inspections Many ...read more
    Categories: Member News, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources, Business Tips
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    Marin Builders Association and Marin Economic Forum to Evaluate the Permit Customer Experience for County of Marin    Take the Survey - San Rafael, CA - The Marin Builders Association is announcing a new partnership with the County of Marin and the Marin Economic Forum. The collaboration is designed to help improve the permit process for customers and decrease the amount of non-permitted ...read more
    Categories: CEMIP Permit Simplicity Program, Builders Corner, Marin Builders Association News, Advocacy and Legislation, Press Release
    Thursday, October 01, 2020
    Have you ever met someone who knew exactly what they wanted to do in life from the time they were a small child? Some people are like that. They are practically born knowing where to go. For the rest of us, it’s important to find a good fit. But having a career is so much better when you know you can bring passion to your work. Here are five ways you can tell that your passion (and your future) ...read more
    Categories: Construction Education & Training, Builders Corner, Member News, Community
    Thursday, September 17, 2020
    AUTHOR Kate Tornone @KateTornone PUBLISHED Sept. 17, 2020 Construction Dive If an employee refuses to work although there is no imminent danger, "the courts have made it clear that those employees don’t have to be paid," says a human resources expert. Contractors across the country are dealing with labor issues related to the coronavirus pandemic. Some workers who are receiving unemployment ...read more
    Categories: Community, Safety, Builders Corner, COVID-19 Resources
    Wednesday, August 26, 2020
    AUTHOR Kim Slowey @kimslowey PUBLISHED Aug. 26, 2020 Construction Dive Since the coronavirus pandemic arrived in the U.S., contractors have been increasingly nervous about maintaining and building their backlog of work as jobs in some areas and sectors are put on hold or canceled. To build their books, many firms are bidding on more projects than usual. This is increasing competition, with ...read more
    Categories: Builders Corner, Community
    Monday, August 10, 2020
    With the way that the economy has changed throughout the past 10-15 years, it’s not surprising that people are rethinking about how they consider starting a career. Getting a college degree used to be a popular option that would secure a good job. Now, not so much. Instead, you might be thinking about learning a trade that offers you a lot of upward mobility. But how soon can you start? Here’s ...read more
    Categories: Community, Safety, Marin Builders Association News, Member News, Builders Corner
    Tuesday, August 04, 2020
    You know it could be coming, and it might even happen within the week. When whole states are shutting down construction projects to try to slow the spread of COVID-19, it may not take long before your contracting business is affected. There are times throughout your career that you will need to suspend work on an ongoing project due to weather problems or even a contract dispute. If you have to ...read more
    Categories: COVID-19 Resources, Builders Corner, Member News, Safety, Community
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