The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the American Subcontractors Association, Inc. (ASA) and the Associated Specialty Contractors (ASC) have a variety of unique and exclusive functions but at least two common goals: more efficient, timely and economical construction for the mutual benefit of owners, architect/engineers, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers; and equitable and ethical relations between general contractors and subcontractors.
The associations’ commitment to the promotion of these goals led to a working relationship on issues of common concern and interest. Working together, the three associations have developed a series of guidelines and forms, which reflect construction practices that are fair and equitable to owners, general contractors and subcontractors alike. These guidelines and forms have been approved by the boards of directors of the three associations and will be posted at this site.
The guidelines and forms are intended to help identify responsible local industry practices and are appropriate for distribution by individual contractors and local associations to owners, architects, engineers and others. Local industry groups representing general contractors and subcontractors might effectively carry out this effort.
AGC is a national trade association of more than 33,000 firms, including 8,000 of America’s leading general contracting firms. They are engaged in the construction of the nation’s commercial buildings, shopping centers, factories, warehouses, highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, water works facilities, waste treatment facilities, dams, water conservation projects, defense facilities, multi-family housing projects and site preparation/utilities installation for housing development.
ASA, based in metropolitan Washington, D.C., is a national organization representing the concerns and interests of all construction subcontractors, both union and nonunion, regardless of trade specialty. ASA concentrates primarily on the business, contract, and payment issues affecting all subcontractors. The association seeks solutions to the problems created by slow pay, unnecessary retainage, bid shopping and peddling, and unreasonable federal, state and local government regulations. The association pursues these solutions through education, government relations, public relations and liaison efforts with others in the construction industry. ASA has more than 7,000 members participating in 72 chapters nationwide. In addition, ASA represents 21 national specialty trade associations with members of their own.