• Contractors Association of Eastern Pennsylvania


  • We help Improve Labor Relations

    One major benefit to our members is our well-recognized comprehensive experience in all phases of labor relations.

  • We Help Improve Working Conditions

  • We Foster Strong Industry Relations

  • We Make a Difference in Eastern Pennsylvania

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Contractors Association of Eastern Pennsylvania



From: Robert Latham <rlatham@paconstructors.org>
Sent: Friday, March 27, 2020 2:41 PM
To: Rich Barcaskey <richb@cawp.org>; Jim Davis <jdavis@caoepa.com>; Charles Goodhart <cgoodhart@pa-asphalt.org>; Peter Vlahos <peter@pacaweb.org>; Leeann <leeann@acecpa.org>; John Becker <jbecker@pavement.com>
Subject: Fwd: Email Update

Restart Team Document Submitted

You are no doubt aware that a team including representatives from PennDOT, the PA Turnpike Commission, the PA Division Office of FHWA, the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC), and the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies of PA (ACEC/PA), with input from PACA, PAPA, ACPA, CAEP and CAWP have worked collectively and diligently to develop COVID-19 guidance to safely restart heavy highway construction projects in PA. This proposed guidance plan has been completed and will soon be submitted to the governor for review. While we are uncertain of any timeframe, we hope it will be considered as early as sometime next week.

Also, currently, 25 projects are still posted for letting on April 2.  As soon as the letting can be confirmed, information will be posted on ECMS and the APC website. Otherwise, projects will be moved to subsequent letting dates.   Please call APC’s staff with any specific questions.


From: Robert Latham <rlatham@paconstructors.org>
Sent: Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:34 PM
To: Jim Davis <jdavis@caoepa.com>; Barcaskey, Rich <richb@cawp.org>
Subject: FW: Email Update

Restart Team Nearing Completion of Proposed Process

PennDOT and PTC are considering a three-phased approach which would be utilized for restarting projects.

This phased approach allows for COVID19 controls in start-ups and provide continued improvement as additional construction projects are restarted.  The phased restart approach also provides for the use of risk-based inspection and integrates guidelines for achieving social distancing during various operations that normally involve close interaction. More specifically, guidelines for fabrication, materials, testing, and labor compliance are provided. Minimum COVID19 safety standards for use by Department/PA Turnpike and Contractor staff to minimize contract cost adjustments and claims avoidance are also provided. Guidelines would be provided for maintaining facilities for each entity to follow. 

Upon completion of the Phased Implementation and Safety Processes, the plan will be submitted to the Governor’s Office for review and approval. 

Details will be provided as soon as available.


From: Robert Latham <rlatham@paconstructors.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1:53 PM
To: Jim Davis <jdavis@caoepa.com>; Barcaskey, Rich <richb@cawp.org>
Subject: Update

We have had some positive movement today on the prospect of return to work and resumption of bid openings.  The Restarting Construction Projects Development Team was reactivated today.  In addition, Roger Drake, Ryan King, Steve Reed, Scott Rocuskie and Kent Wible have been tapped to serve as APC’s Bid Processes Subcommittee working with APC Counsel Jim Kutz.  They will hold an initial virtual meeting tomorrow morning.  Project Delivery Chief Chris Reilly contacted us today and we believe the Department is progressing with establishing bid procedures should a resumption of bidding occur.
Robert E. Latham, CAEExecutive
Vice PresidentAssociated PA Constructors
800 North Third Street, Suite 500
Harrisburg, PA 17102
(717) 238-2513 x 102
(717) 649-0056 – cell
Building Highways, Bridging Communities

UPDATE!! 3/23/20  12:17 p.m.

From: Robert Latham <rlatham@paconstructors.org>
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2020 12:17 PM
To: Joseph Mulvihill <jmulvihill@paconstructors.org>; Jason Wagner <jwagner@paconstructors.org>; Kimberly Maiolo <kmaiolo@paconstructors.org>
Cc: Jim Davis <jdavis@caoepa.com>
Subject: For Posting On APC Website

Attachments:  Governor Wolf 3-21-2020    Turzai Governor Wolf Highway Construction 3-21-20

Update on Highway Construction Project Shutdown

Over the weekend APC staff worked in concert with all of our association partners to advocate for a return to work order.  We have reached out to all four caucuses of the General Assembly and we sent the (see attached) letter to the Governor.  Also Saturday, House Speaker Mike Turzai sent a letter (see attached) to Governor Wolf urging him to restart highway projects.  This letter was referenced during a news conference with the governor Sunday evening.   It’s a fluid situation and we will provide any updates as they come in.

Meanwhile, please review the guidance provided by PennDOT and the Turnpike Commission regarding maintaining existing projects during the shutdown.  Please contact APC staff if we can help with questions or clarification of the guidelines.


Robert E. Latham, CAE

Executive Vice President

Associated PA Constructors

800 North Third Street, Suite 500

Harrisburg, PA 17102

(717) 238-2513 x 102

(717) 649-0056 – cell



Please check the website for updates.

The staff will be available to answer any questions via email:

James Davis jdavis@caoepa.com

Diana Perez dperez@caoepa.com

Samantha Schultz sschultz@caoepa.com


We are the Contractors Association of Eastern Pennsylvania, familiarly known as CAEP. Our membership is made up of Heavy, Highway, Railroad, and Utility Contractors in Eastern Pennsylvania.

We serve as the respected voice of these contractors, promoting their views and representing their interests, to all levels of government and agencies – federal, state and local – as well as to industry, engineers, subcontractors, and labor. Equally important, we also serve a wide ranging source of important information and benefits to our members themselves. Since 1915, we have proved ourselves over and over to be invaluable contributors to the well being of our members’ businesses.

We help Improve Labor Relations

One major benefit to our members is our well-recognized comprehensive experience in all phases of labor relations.

CAEP represents its members in collective bargaining negotiations and provides significant assistance in interpretations of agreements. Assistance in resolving disputes and arbitrations is also available, as are Job recovery programs to help the union contractors become more competitive in today’s marketplace.

We Provide Liaison with Owners and Government

Whether our members firms deal with PENNDOT, the City of Philadelphia, SEPTA, or commissions and authorities, such as the PA Turnpike Commission or the Delaware River Port Authority, CAEP can provide beneficial liaison services.

CAEP is also prepared to offer assistance with city, state and federal regulations involving minority business participation.

In its role as advocate for the construction industry, CAEP actively supports beneficial legislation and keeps members informed about pending legislative issues at all levels of government.

We Help Improve Working Conditions

Mindful of the importance of workplace safety, CAEP maintains liaison with OSHA and sponsors certified seminars in a variety of safety concerns ranging from Work Zone Safety and OSHA 10 Hour Outreach for Highway and Road Builders to OSHA Standards and OSHA Recordkeeping requirements. Also, CAEP strives to keep its members updated on all new safety regulations promulgated by OSHA.

CAEP also offers educational courses and supervisory training programs with tuition reimbursement for superintendents, foremen, and junior management for active members through local colleges and universities.

Our Young Executives Council similarly encourages career advancement for young executives of Active Member firms by providing a forum of dialog, networking and education.

We Foster Strong Industry Relations

Membership in CAEP automatically carries with it enrollment in the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the largest organization of general contractors in the nation. Highway contractors are also offered enrollment in Associated Pennsylvania Constructors (APC). Automatic enrollment in AGC offers a number of benefits to members of CAEP, among which are access to special videos and publications at discount costs, access to pertinent federal, legislative, and industry bulletins, access to federal legislators and information on industry trends. Of special value to AGC members is the Constructors Information Network, which permits members to receive on-line all AGC and CAEP bulletins. Also available through the Constructors Information Network are: up-to-date Davis-Bacon wage rates for all regions of the country, chapter and contractor profiles, and a substantial discount on Commerce Business Daily.


We Make a Difference in Eastern Pennsylvania

The CAEP is good for its members, good for the industry, and good for the region. Our members are regarded as efficient, responsible contractors by business leaders, by labor, by management, and by government and its agencies. As a result, the eastern Pennsylvania area has earned an outstanding reputation which helps attracts new construction opportunities.

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