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BB 2016-25

June 24, 2016

 

FAA Finalizes New Federal Rules on the Commercial Use of Drones; AGC Schedules Follow-Up Programs Specifically for Construction Contractors

 

On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finalized a new and comprehensive set of rules for the commercial use of small drones in all industries, including construction.   This action completes a rulemaking process that the FAA began in February of 2015 – in an effort to meet Congressional demands and to stem a rapidly rising tide of applications for individual exemptions from longstanding rules that make no distinction between manned and unmanned aircraft.   Through January 20 of this year, the FAA had granted 3,136 of these exemptions for the commercial use of drones, and significantly, 48% of that total were for uses in the construction and engineering.

 

AGC submitted detailed comments on the proposed rules and continues to assess the FAA’s response.  At the outset of its letter to the agency, AGC encouraged the FAA “to create a straightforward and streamlined process for companies to request exemptions from the agency’s [proposed] requirements and restrictions” where alternative approaches to “specific aircraft operations” would be “equally effective” in addressing the agency’s concerns.  

 

Perhaps the best news is that the FAA has taken that advice, adding “waiver authority to the regulatory text in order to accommodate . . . unique operational circumstances.”  The agency has created a new “certificate-of-waiver process” specifically to give the agency the flexibility “to assess case-specific information concerning a small UAS operation that takes place in a unique operating environment,” such as a construction jobsite.   

 

AGC continues to study the final rules.  It is also scheduling a series of educational programs on the specific questions drones operations will require construction contractors to address.  The dates and times for the individual programs included in this WebEd series, and the topics that each will address, are the following:

 

Date                             Time                            Topic

September 28   2:00 p.m. Eastern          How Construction Contractors Are Already Using Drones

October 5         2:00 p.m. Eastern          The New Federal “Rules of the Road”

October 12        2:00 p.m. Eastern          Privacy, Nuisance and Other Legal Doctrines Restricting Drone                                                               Operations

October 19        2:00 p.m. Eastern          Insurance and Outsourcing Strategies for Drone Operations

October 26        2:00 p.m. Eastern          How to Manage the Additional Data that Drones Generate

 

For more information, including links to the FAA’s summary of its new rules, to its Fact Sheet on the new rules and to the full text of the rules themselves, click here.   Members should go ahead and mark your calendar for the follow-up programs. They are specifically intended for construction contractors and will address the many unique characteristics of the construction industry.

 

1601-1605 Washington Street West Building demolition, charleston

 

Bids will be accepted until 2:00 PM on 7/6/2016 for demolition of the buildings at 1601-1605 Washington Street West, Charleston, WV.  A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held 6/28/16 at 2:00 PM at the Project Site, 1601-1605 Washington Street West, Charleston, WV.  Bids will be received by Charleston Urban Renewal Authority, Administrative Offices, 815 Quarrier Street, Suite 244, Charleston, WV 25301.  Plans and specifications may be obtained at McKinley and Associates, Inc., The Maxwell Centre, Suite 100, 32-20th Street, Wheeling, WV 26003, (304) 233-0140.  Plans and specifications are available in the CAWV Planroom in bin 44.

 

Raleigh County Courthouse Exterior Drainage Improvement

 

Bids will be accepted until 4:00PM on 7/18/2016 for exterior work to the Raleigh County Courthouse.  A pre-bid meeting will be held 7/7/16 at 10:00 AM at the Raleigh County Commission office, 116 1/2 North Heber Street, Beckley, WV 25801.  Bids will be received at the Raleigh County Commission, 116 ½ North Heber Street, Beckley, WV 25801.  Plans and specifications may be obtained at the Raleigh County Commission, (304) 255-91460.  For additional information contact Detlef Ulfers, (304) 255-9146 or email detlef2006@raleighcounty.com.   Plans and specifications are expected in the CAWV Planroom.

 

Renovation, New Fitness center, oglebay wilson lodge

 

Bids will be accepted until 2:00 PM on 7/15/2016 for renovations for a new fitness center at Oglebay Wilson Lodge, Wheeling. A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at 10:00 AM on 7/1/2016 in Meeting Room A, Wilson Lodge, 465 Lodge Drive, Wheeling, WV  26003.  A single follow up tour will be held at 9:00 AM on 7/5/2016 starting in Meeting Room A, Wilson Lodge. Bids will be received by Andy Barger, Director of Planning, Wheeling Park Commission, Olgebay Resort, 465 Lodge Drive, Wheeling, WV  26003.  Plans and specifications can be obtained from Mills Group, 53 14th Street, Suite 607, Wheeling, WV  26003, (304) 233-0048. Plans and specifications are expected in the CAWV Planroom.  

 

Exterior Step Replacement and Repair, WV Lottery Headquarters

 

Bids will be accepted until 1:30 PM on 7/26/2016 for replacement of front entry steps with concrete steps, repair concrete step at the loading dock and to replace concrete sidewalk at the rear entrance located at Lottery Headquarters, 900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Charleston, WV. A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held 7/6/16 at 10:00 AM at the West Virginia Lottery Headquarters, 900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Charleston, WV. Bids for solicitation LOT1600000009 will be received at the Bid Clerk Department of Administration, Purchasing Division, 2019 Washington Street, East, Charleston, WV 25305 or www.wvOasis.gov.   For additional information contact Michelle L. Childers, (304) 558-2063, michelle.l.childers@wv.gov.   Plans and specification are available on www.wvOasis.gov.

 

Rehabilitate Steel Frame Structure, Greenbrier Valley Airport, Lewisburg

 

Proposals will be accepted by 7/11/2016 to rehabilitate a steel frame structure at Greenbrier Valley Airport, Lewisburg, West Virginia.   Bids will be received at the Greenbrier Valley Airport, 584 Airport Road, Box 1, Lewisburg, WV 24901.  For additional information contact Clyde Green, (304) 667-8366 or ClydeGreen@GVAirport.com.   Plans and specifications are expected in the CAWV Planroom.

 

Security Installation services, U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Facilities

 

Bids will be accepted until 11:00 AM on 7/8/2016 for installation of security systems at 3 recruiting offices in West Virginia. Offices include 1000 Parkway Road, Southridge Center, Charleston, 25530 US Route 60, Ona, and Tygart Valley Shopping Center, 1513 Harrison Avenue, Suite A8, Elkins.  Site visits will be held on 6/28/2016 at 1:00 PM in Charleston, on 6/29/2016 at 9:00 AM in Ona and 6/28/2016 at 9:00 AM in the Elkins location. Bidders are to contact Malcolm Brooks at (410) 962-9320 or email malcolm.brooks@usace.army.mil if they wish to visit sites before bidding. This is a small business set aside. Bids for solicitation W912DR-16-T-0050 can be submitted to Lillian Lamb at Lillian.lamb@usace.army.mil or by fax at (410) 962-2001.  Plans and specification are available at www.fbo.gov.

 

Buckhannon Clinic Renovation

 

Bids will be accepted until 1:30 PM on 7/7/2016 for Buckhannon clinic renovations.   A mandatory pre-bid conference will be held at 10:00 AM on 6/23/2016 at the Project Site, 37 West Main Street, Buckhannon, Upshur County, West Virginia.  Bids will be received by the Community Care of West Virginia, 78 Queens Alley Road, Rock Cave, West Virginia.  Plans and specifications are available from The Thrasher Group, Inc. 600 White Oaks Boulevard Bridgeport, WV 26330, (304) 624-4108.  Plans and specifications are expected in the CAWV Planroom.  

 

Rebid WVu-beckley library renovation 6/10

 

G & G Builders, Inc..................................................................................................... $268,900

Danhill Construction Company.....................................................................................   316,900

Manheim Corp of WV...................................................................................................   344,000

 

Auxiliary Gym & Classrooms Additions, Doddridge County High School 6/21

 

Lombardi Development............................................................................................... $1,769,900

Flint Construction Company, Inc.................................................................................   1,765,320

G & G Builders, Inc...................................................................................................   1,822,000

Veritas Contracting, LLC.............................................................................................   1,847,689

Wolf Creek Contracting Company..........................................................................   1,907,663

Huffman Corporation..................................................................................................   1,921,500

G. A. Brown & Sons, Inc..........................................................................................   2,035,000

Danhill Construction....................................................................................................   2,130,000

 

 

Re-Bid Re-Roof, Webster Springs Elementary School 6/23

 

Boggs Roofing, Inc..................................................................................................... $443,125

Danhill Construction......................................................................................................   478,884

Tri-State Roofing & Sheet Metal Company.............................................................   482,240

Mecklenburg Roofing.................................................................................................   518,410

Kalkreuth Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc......................................................................   667,900

 

Mount View High School Storefront & Flooring renovations, Mcdowell County 6/15

 

Swope Construction Co............................................................................................ $125,200

DCI/Shires.....................................................................................................................   157,800

Danhill Construction......................................................................................................   184,000

 

Improvements, Pleasant County middle school 6/14

 

Danhill Construction...................................................................................................... $333,000

Grae-Con Construction.................................................................................................   339,200

Interiors Plus, LLC.........................................................................................................   380,000

 

 

*CAWV Members in bold type