Archives for January 2018

2018 LCCA Scholarship Program – Application Period Open

Scholarship Web BannerThe Lower Columbia Contractors Association will be awarding scholarship grants to college or vocational/technical school-bound students, who currently intend to pursue studies leading to a career in the building industry, such as: Engineering, Architecture, Drafting, Industrial Design, Carpentry, Electrician, Plumbing, Construction Management.

All application packets must be postmarked by April 13, 2018. The selection committee will make its decision in early June. Scholarship recipients will be contacted by mail. All applicants will be mailed notice of their final status.

2018 LCCA Scholarship Application Form


Paid Sick Leave Workshop

January Sick Leave Workshop Postcard

January 24, 2018 11AM Presentation, 12PM Lunch 
Instructor: Nicole M. Tideman; Walstead Mertsching
Initiative 1433 created a mandatory paid sick and safe leave requirement for all employers that went into effect January 1, 2018.
The instructor will discuss a variety of options you have available to comply with the new law.
Join the LCCA on Wednesday January 24th at 11 AM to learn more about your requirements as employers regarding the paid sick leave law.

BIAW Supports Hirst Fix Legislation Passed by Legislature

January 19, 2018

The Building Industry Association of Washington, which represents nearly 8,000 members in the home building industry, applauds the Washington State House and Senate for passing SSB 6091 yesterday evening, which fixes the 2016 Washington State Supreme Court ruling known as the Hirst decision. Governor Inslee signed the Hirst fix legislation at 12:25 p.m. today.

This legislation will ensure home builders can get back to building in rural areas that rely on household wells, and will help the people of Washington in keeping housing affordable.

“We fully support the final bill passed by the House and Senate,” said 2018 BIAW President Kevin Russell. “In the bill, for example, rural areas can continue to rely on the Department of Ecology as the state’s resource manager, which creates certainty and predictability for home builders, property owners and families that rely on household wells to build on rural land.”

BIAW thanks Sen. Judy Warnick (R-Moses Lake), Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside), Rep. David Taylor (R-Moxee), Rep. Vincent Buys (R-Lynden), Sen. Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim), Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D-Burien) and Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland) for their leadership in  working on a Hirst fix on behalf of Washington’s residents.

SSB 6091 passed last night includes:

  • 3,000 gallons per day per connection for domestic wells in certain basins with existing watershed planning.
  • In certain basins without watershed planning, household wells could withdraw 950 gallons per day per connection. This would change to 350 gallons per day for indoor use only in drought conditions. However, outdoor use would be permitted for fire buffers. The home building industry would also have representation on water enhancement and restoration committees in these local basins. These committees will invest $300 million dollars into improving the state’s water resource.
  • Local governments would once again be able to rely on Ecology as the state’s resource manager.

Prior to the passing of this legislation, those impacted by the Hirst decision faced expensive water surveys in some counties to determine the availability of water and moratoriums on building permits in others. The result was that new construction in many rural areas came to a near halt, leaving home builders, property owners and families in limbo on if they could rely on household wells – or build on their land in the near future.

Last September, an economic study commissioned by BIAW revealed full implementation of the Hirst decision would lead to $6.9 billion lost in economic activity each year in Washington, $37 billion in lost property values in areas impacted by Hirst, and nearly 9,300 lost jobs (FTEs) annually in rural Washington, among other impacts.

“This legislation provides clarity, certainty and predictability for rural home builders, property owners and families and will continue to preserve rural jobs and protect rural economies,” said BIAW Executive Vice President Art Castle.

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Known as the “Champions of Affordable Housing,” the Building Industry Association of Washington is the largest trade association in Washington State, representing nearly 8,000 member companies involved in the home building industry.

2018 LCCA Installation & Awards Banquet

January 30th, 2018
5:30 PM Social, 6:30 PM Dinner

Installation Invitation 2018

2017 Fall Homeowner’s Resource Guide Now Available

The 2017 Fall/Winter Homeowner’s Resource Guide is now available! Download a copy for an up-to-date list of LCCA members – contractors and associates – by trade category and alphabetically. Read about Fall Home Maintenance Tips from our members including:

2017 Fall Directory Cover

  • Simple Things to Try Before Calling Your HVAC Service Provider
  • Choosing a Builder for your New Home
  • Ask the Pro’s: Septic & Sewer Maintenance
  • Renovation Financing
  • Outdoor Home Maintenance for this Fall
  • Don’t Forget about your Lawn in Autumn
  • Heating & Cooling your Homes
  • Helpful Fire & Water Damage Tips

Also see our Online Directory.


C&R Tractor & Landscaping

C&R Tractor & Landscaping is an award winning, full service design/build company serving SW Washington and the greater Portland area. They perform all phases of landscape design, construction and maintenance for commercial and residential sites. They take pride in providing their clients with unique and creative landscapes, hardscapes and outdoor living space solutions.

C&R Tractor & Landscaping offers a wide variety of services including; design, landscaping, pavers, water features, ponds, irrigation systems, landscape maintenance and more.

Visit their website to learn more.


Newrock Homes

sponsor-newrock-homesBuilding a new home with Newrock Homes will be an exciting and enjoyable experience. They make every effort to ensure that the building process is clearly communicated to you, making sure your needs are meet. With over 50 floor plans available, you’ll be able to choose something that’s unique to you and has lasting value for future generations. If you can’t seem to find the right plan they can build from something that you provide or they can draft the perfect home for you. Newrock Homes provide services in light commercial and remodel/additions. Their team will be with you from the initial vision to the final walkthrough. Visit their website to start your home building experience today!


Renaud Electric, Heating & Cooling

Renaud Electric strives to provide customers with quality workmanship. For over 55 years, Renaud Electric Heating & Cooling has built its reputation on quality residential, commercial, and industrial work. With their team of veteran installers, service technicians, and electricians, you can be assured of the highest quality of craftsmanship in the industry. Licensed and bonded in both Washington and Oregon. Visit their website to explore their services.

Lexar Homes

Lexar Homes LogoCustom Homes That Pay You Back. Each Lexar Homes project is built to the highest standards in the industry. They save you money now and long into your ownership. Our team of professionals can handle all phases of your project, from property acquisition to site development and turnkey service. Give one of our sales reps a call at 360-807-1722 or find us online at

All Out Sewer & Drain

All-Out Sewer & Drain Services, Inc. provide professional septic, sewer, and drain services to Longview, WA. Offering a wide variety of services to commercial clients, residential clients, and private businesses throughout southwest Washington and northwest Oregon. Their expert technicians guarantee quality work for your satisfaction. Visit their website today!