The Grand County Builders Association – an intro
The Grand County Builders Association is an advocate for the building industry. We are a collective voice to be heard in the political arena, a voice in the environmental arena, and most importantly, a voice in our community.
We also monitor local, state and national government legislation and or regulatory actions and how we can help influence state legislation to effectively represent our members.
Lindsey Morrow has been the Executive Director of the Association since 2014. Her commitment to GCBA has been evident over the last few years, where she is serving as the Chair for Communications Committee, Executive Officers committee as well as the Executive Board for the Colorado Home Builders Association. A graduate of the University of Colorado Denver with a degree in marketing, Lindsey leads the daily operations of the Association, she also manages all special events, sponsorships & communications as well as creating and maintaining member relationships.
We have had a busy year with different events and supporting all of our members. Part of our association business is holding monthly membership meetings where our 2015 Education Topic is Communication. Over the past few months we have hosted different educational speakers to help our members with communications. We were happy to have the Grand County Board of Realtors join us and to educate us on current trends they are seeing and how our members can be of assistance with the home buying and selling process.
We also had the Grand County Building Department and local town officials from Grand Lake and Winter Park join us. We worked with the Building Department throughout the rewriting of the Contractor Registration process.
Contractor Registration program ensures that contractors working in Grand County have current liability and work’s compensation insurance. Some highlights and changes to the new program include, all contractors obtaining building permits need to be registered with Grand County. Sub-contractors will not need to be registered with Grand County, unless they are obtaining a building permit for their sub-trade work, not under a general contractor. (i.e. A plumber will need to be registered with Grand County to obtain a permit for a furnace installation, but do not need to be registered if they are a sub-contractor under a general contractor.) The general contractor will obtain the building permit, and be required to register with Grand County.
There is a small annual fee for this registration process which includes demonstrating adequate liability and workman’s compensation insurance. If a contractor is not registered, they will not be permitted to obtain new building permits or continue work on previously permitted work. Homeowners who are pulling permits without a general contractor are exempt from these regulations and are required to execute a property affidavit of contractor license.
There are benefits of this program for both the homeowner and the contractor. Hiring a qualified and insured contractor or subcontractor protects the homeowner should an accident occur on their property. GCBA has been an early supporter and driver in the formation of this registration program for all contractors and subcontractors doing business within Grand County. The specific role that GCBA has with the Contractor Registration is communicating this plan to all constituents within the county in a clear, open manner.
In June we partnered with Habitat for Humanity to host the first annual GCBA and Habitat for Humanity Yard Sale. This was a great event; our goal was to raise enough money to help support both organizations with their missions. Proceeds were spilt with Grand County Builders Association and Habitat for Humanity.
We have also been working with the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce to help host the Fall Business Expo in October. This year GCBA will have 20 vendors under one roof ready to showcase their business in the construction industry. You will see the latest in home construction & remodeling, repair, and maintenance products and services, including: energy efficient replacement windows and doors, high-efficiency HVAC products, kitchen and bath products, granite/tile/cultured stone, awnings, home theater systems, roofing, landscaping, just to name a few!
We also have builders and lenders on site if you are thinking about taking the next step to homeownership. With great interest rates and fantastic products on the market, now is a great time to think about purchasing a home of your own.
We encourage any homeowners, builders & sub trades to contact us if you have any building related questions, we are here to help. Our memberships provides opportunities for networking, education, and company promotion, and are excited for you to be a part of this outstanding group of construction and community business leaders.
2015 Board of Directors
Lindsey Morrow – Executive Director
Joe Gould – President, Rocky Mountain Spray Foam
George Davis – Vice President, Maple Street Builders
John Oliver – Treasure, Complete Home Electronics
Mike Conger – Director, Alpine Lumber
Lou Ulrich – Director, Alpine Lumber
Christine McRoy – Director, Big Valley Construction
Larry Murdoch – Director, The Roofing Company.
Grand County Builders Association
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