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Construction Standards - Division 1

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Committee Chair/Co-Chairs

Meetings and News Bulletins

Meeting Notices

Regular committee meetings are held in January, March, May, September, and November, usually from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Locations and dates vary. These meetings are for core committee members and invited guests. 

At each APWA-WA spring and fall conference, we hold an open committee meeting on Wednesday morning, where we encourage anyone interested to come and find out about our current activities.  You do not need to be registered for the conference to attend the committee meeting.

News Bulletins

  • Buy  America -- National APWA has joined the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) in opposing the application of Buy America requirements to construction projects based on federal funds used for preconstruction activities such as design,NEPA and right of way. This application creates an additional administrative burden to track and report on Buy America compliance at the local, state and federal levels. There currently are no mechanisms in place for oversight agencies to adequately track projects utilizing no federal funds in the construction phase. See the joint letter HERE.  (Posted 2/14/13).

Committee Information

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide Division 1 General Special Provisions (GSPs), bidding/contracting forms, and best practices, to help Local Agencies bid and administer public works projects when using the WSDOT/APWA Standard Specifications as a base.  To do that, we:
  • Learn ­– Network and gather information on Local Agency current practices, concerns, and needs; current public works procurement and administration issues; and current and pending related laws and regulations.
  • Develop tools – Develop, write, and publish GSPs that complement Division 1 of the Standard Specifications; select bidding and contracting forms, information, and checklists; and select Best Practices.  We also pursue approval of these tools for use on FHWA-funded projects.
  • Share and teach – Share pertinent and timely information and promote discussion through webinars, CASC workshops, APWA Conference sessions, or other means.
Please contact us! Email or call a committee co-chair with questions, comments and ideas for Local Agency GSPs, or ask to be added to our email list.

Current Initiatives - we welcome your input

  • We are currently working on a major overhaul of the Insurance GSPs - 1-07.18.  Please contact Gretchen Johnson with any suggestions or markups.

Links and Resources

CASC/MRSC - Construction Bid Documents Potpourri, September 2012
Key Committee Contributions, Training, and Outreach


Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)

Wage Rates

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