The 1980's

With the election of President Reagan, AGC members were hopeful for the future of the country but knew it would be a long, slow recovery out of the recession. These tough times saw many contractors go under and the association was forced to make significant operational changes. Throughout this, they also found new ways to engage with members through community service projects, the formation of the AGC Young Execs and the inaugural Heritage Night event.

Oval Office - 1982
Oval Office - 1982

Ronald Reagan meets with AGC Executive Vice President Hubert Beatty and AGC President

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Downtown Spokane after Mt. St. Helens Eruption - 1980
Downtown Spokane after Mt. St. Helens Eruption - 1980

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K9 Donation
K9 Donation

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Oval Office - 1982
Oval Office - 1982

Ronald Reagan meets with AGC Executive Vice President Hubert Beatty and AGC President

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1980

AGC partners with Spokane Unlimited to fund a study to determine the best use of Riverfront Park, primarily to determine the feasibility of converting the location into an amusement park.

1987

The first AGC Young Executives Committee was formed with a focus on community service and brining more young people into the association.

1981

The AGC Scholarship Foundation was created to help support students as they pursue a college career in construction management or engineering.

 

Following the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980, AGC members helped rebuild much of the infrastructure that was destroyed during the event.

1988

The first “Old Timers” night is held at the Ridpath Hotel in Spokane. What will eventually become Heritage Night, this event was started to honor the retired members of the association and celebrate their contribution to the industry.

1982

The AGC’s Crime Prevention Committee raises $6,000 to purchase the first K-9 for the Spokane County Sheriffs office.

1986

The long recession of the 1980’s has taken it’s toll on the construction industry and on the AGC, dropping the budget levels to a 20-year low and requiring them to lay off staff.

Highlights

Presidents

1980    Paul Lydig, Lydig Construcion

1981    Walter Devlin, S & F Construction Co

1982    Donald Wiley, Sceva Construction

1983    W.H. Murphy, Murphy Bros

1984    Jesse Lill, Lill Construction Co.

1985    Michael Murphy, Inland Asphalt Co.

1986    Bernard Levernier, Levernier Construction

1987    Steve Goebel, Robt. B. Goebel Construction

1988    James T. Welsh, Garco Construction

1989    David R. Shea, Shea Construction

New Members

1981    Modern Dry Wall, Inc.

1984    Dew Drop Sprinklers and Landscaping

1984    AAA Sweeping, LLC

1984    North Star Enterprises, Inc.

1984    Tommer Construction Company

1985    Central Washington Asphalt, Inc.

1985    Inland Empire Fire Protection

1985    Associated Underwater Services, Inc.

1985    Tri States Rebar, Inc.

1985    North Central Construction, Inc.

1985    Northwest Fence Co., Inc.

1986    Graham Construction & Management, Inc.

1987    Travelers Bond

1987    L.A.C. Drywall, Inc.

1988    Eller Corporation

1988    Spokane Concrete Cutting, Inc.

1988    Clearwater Summit Group, Inc.

1988    Cameron-Reilly LLC

1988    Flynn BEC LP