AGC provided solutions to the challenges facing our nation’s infrastructure, and how the GSA can better partner with the construction industry.
On October 6, AGC met with Nina Albert, the Commissioner of Public Buildings Service for the General Services Administration (GSA), to discuss the current and future role for the agency and to provide AGC guidance on improving GSA. Among the topics discussed, AGC provided solutions to the challenges facing our nation’s infrastructure, and how the GSA can better partner with the construction industry. AGC emphasized the strain contractors are facing with construction materials at record high prices and the continued availability challenges. AGC encouraged GSA to continue to consolidate and reduce federal footprint and reduce short-term leased facilities. AGC urged the agency to rescind GSA’s Project Labor Agreement (PLA) preference policy that gives additional points to contractor bids that include PLA, and warned of the impacts on the new proposed rule mandating PLAs on federal construction projects valued at $35 million or more. Of the major federal construction agencies, GSA is the only one that includes a bid preference for construction services proposals for contracts that include a project labor agreement. AGC neither supports nor opposes contractors’ voluntary use of PLAs on the Laboratory Project or elsewhere, but strongly opposes any government mandates or preferences for contractors’ use of PLAs.
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