January 14, 2014
Association Highlights
 
Chief Economist Ken Simonson to Give Economic Forcast at AGC-GM 2014 Annual Meeting
Registration Closes Friday! - Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 at The Wisconsin Club

Ken Simonson, Chief Economist of AGC of America, will join AGC of Greater Milwaukee at our Annual Meeting to give his Economic Construction Forecast for 2014.  His analysis will cover the Metropolitan Milwaukee as well as the State of Wisconsin and National Construction outlook.  Additionally, he will look at various sectors (manufacturing, schools, retail, multifamily housing, etc.) seeing where the future opportunities lie.  Mr. Simonson will also talk about the construction materials pricing and give the lowdown on credit financing for developers.  So, mark your calendars for this great opportunity to see what 2014 has in store for construction.

Call now!  Registration closes Friday, January 17th!

To register, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or at (414) 778-4100.

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CLC will Kick-Off 2014 at Pabst Brewery's Best Place
Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 6 pm

The Construction Leadership Council is pleased to announce its Annual Kick-Off Event will be held on Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the the Pabst Brewery’s Best Place.   We will begin with a buffet-style Dinner Reception before Professor Mark Federle of Marquette University presents us with Would You Be an Ethical Leader?: An Intersctive Case Study. Afterwards we invite you to stay and socialize and take an historical tour of of The Best Place building.

After dinner, the program will focus on specific issues that face leaders in construction. Professor Federle presents this topic in a highly interactive way by presenting an issue, and having the audience discuss in small group settings whether they consider the actions taken to be ethical – and if so, why, and if not, why not.  Real studies of actual events will be used for the cases!  For instance, many companies define aggressive buyout in such a way that there is a blurry line between doing one's job and unethically bid shopping – come to this session and see what others think.  Student chapter members from both MSOE and Marquette will be invited so they can benefit from the expertise in the room.

To download the event flier from our Facebook page, Click Here.

To register, please contact Brian Eigenfeld at beigenfeld@agc-gm.org or (414) 350-3865.

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AGC of Greater Milwaukee Wishes Long-Time Association Member Richard Zirbel a Happy Retirement!
After 44 years of dedicated service in the construction industry, Richard Zirbel is taking off the tool belt and retiring.  He began his career at Edward E Gillen Company, and is now retiring from service at Michels Foundations.  He is looking forward to spending more time with his family and 10 grandchildren.  Congratulations, and we wish you all the best!
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A New Semester of Training from The Knowledge Source
 
First Aid/CPR/AED Training
January 22nd & 23rd, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $60, Associate - $70, ACEA/IAP - $80, Non-Member - $120
Gert Grohmann, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Medic First Aid, CPR and AED training is designed specifically for the occupational first aid provider.  This extremely valuable program will help employers comply with OSHA and other federal and state regulatory requirements for training employees on how to respond and care for medical emergencies at work.  Two-year certification cards are issued upon completion of this course. 
Intended Audience:  This course is for any adult who wishes to become certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, especially those charged with the responsibility to respond in an emergency.  

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
January 28th & 30th & February 4th & 6th, 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Corp. G.C. - $125, Associate - $165, ACEA/IAP - $190, Non-Member - $280
Gert Grohmann & Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Need your OSHA 10-Hour training card to get on the job?  You’ve come to the right place!  This 10-Hour construction safety course was developed by the US Department of Labor to provide construction workers, supervisors, and other personnel responsible for construction activities with an awareness of construction safety and health concerns in the construction industry.  All attendees will become familiar with reading and using the OSHA standards for construction 23 CFR 1926.  Other construction safety and health standards are also discussed.  Attendees receive an update and review of standard construction safety and health principles and information that prepares them to recognize and control a variety of hazardous conditions.  An OSHA card, certificate of completion and hardhat sticker will be issued. 
Intended Audience: This course is intended for anyone within the industry who has a stake in jobsite safety, especially field crews.

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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STP 2: Oral and Written Communication
February 3rd, 5th, 10th & 12th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $190, Associate - $275, ACEA/IAP - $335, Non-Member - $800
Gert Grohmann & Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Each day, decisions made by every foreman and superintendent are crucial to the success or failure of every construction project.  This course presents a body of knowledge and a skill that today’s construction supervisors need in order to be effective communicators on their job site.  Unit two explores effective communication, learning to listen, persuasion, negotiation, and confrontation, meetings that work, electronic communications and improving communication.

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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LEED v.4 Introduction Presentation
February 6th, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Corp. G.C. - Comp, Associate - $25, Non-Member - $35
Frank Falsetti, Hunzinger Constr & Phil Vetterkind, Sustainable Building Solutions
Hunzinger Construction and Sustainable Building Solutions will be presenting a one hour overview of the latest LEED rating system, LEED v.4. USGBC’s LEED green building rating system has been a significant driver for market transformation since its debut in 2000.  This session will provide a comparison of LEED v.3 to LEED v.4, a general overview of the technical changes taking place and information of specific interest to the Wisconsin region. It will also include a look at supporting tools and resources for the LEED v.4 program. Come be one of the first to receive an in-person informational session of LEED v.4 and what it will mean for your projects and the state of sustainability in Southeast Wisconsin.
Learning Objectives:
• Articulate the overarching environmental priorities of the LEED v.4 program
• Describe the new credits within the LEED v.4 program and their environmental value
• List the new market sectors that LEED v.4 accommodates
• Summarize the technical changes from LEED v.3 to LEED v.4

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
February 17th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $35, Associate - $45, ACEA/IAP - $55, Non-Member - $90
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

OSHA requires you to meet new requirements under the New Crane Standard for Construction Operations – Subpart CC.  Effective November of 2010, anyone performing crane signals on a construction site has to be “qualified.”  For your employees to fit into this category, they must:  be competent in the application of the types of signals used, have a basic understanding of crane operations and the limitations, know and understand the new crane standard as it applies to signaling, and demonstrate all of the above through testing.  This new course will help contractors meet their obligations under this newly revised standard. 
Intended Audience:  This training is intended for anyone who intends to perform signal person duties on construction jobsites. 

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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Crane Rigging Training
February 19th, 4 pm to 8 pm

Corp. G.C. $60 plus $20 for materials, Associate $80 plus $20 for materials, Non-member $150 plus $20 for materials.
Gert Grohmann, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

In addition to qualified signalpersons and certified operators, the new OSHA crane standard requires employees who perform rigging operations to be “qualified.”  This course has been developed by the Crosby Group to assist employers in qualifying their personnel as a “Qualified Rigger” as required in the new crane standards.  The standard also requires an experience component which is not provided in this course.  Note: This course is four hours in length. 

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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In the News
 
Innovative Materials, Including Concrete, Could Transform the Future of Sustainable Building

Soon, home builders may be growing their own insulation right in the walls of the home. And bricks could grow in a mold rather than bake in a kiln.

Manufacturing traditional construction products like bricks and insulation consumes a lot of resources. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that residential and commercial building contributes up to 40% of landfill wastes, and 40% of global carbon dioxide emissions are linked to the construction industry. Also, the building products industry is a large consumer of non-renewable materials and embodied energy.

To reduce the environmental impact of building, scientists and entrepreneurs are creating products that are grown, not made.

Two of the winners in the recent Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge show how renewable biological resources can give buildings a whole new shade of green.

The goal of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is to chart a path for products that can be created from safe materials, that are built with renewable energy, and are completely reusable.

One of the innovation winners, bioMason, has developed a brick made from bacterial byproducts that cement sand particles together in a matrix that’s strong enough to use for homes.

It takes only about five days for bacteria to create a natural cement similar to coral that binds aggregate into a brick. That’s without the heat and raw materials required for masonry bricks. About 40% of the cost of a masonry brick is in the fuel for kiln firing.

The bio brick process can use waste products such as urea and common bacteria grown with salt and yeast extracts. The creators are experimenting with using seawater to bring the product to remote areas short on fresh water.

Another winner, Ecovative, has created a mushroom insulation material that uses agricultural waste products like plant stalks and seed husks bound together with mycelium, a fungal material.

The fungus can be grown in a mold or inside a wall cavity, providing rigid structural insulation for the home’s walls. It can also be used as spray-on foam insulation, blown onto a wall in a structure.

The resulting insulation is fire-resistant and fully compostable, and does not contain formaldehyde or other potentially harmful volatile organic compounds.

The material can also be used as a compostable packaging. After you open your parcel, you can chuck the packing foam into the garden.

Other bio-based building products are in the works as well.

Bacteria engineered to thrive in dry climates is helping to create a concrete that can repair itself. The bacteria are mixed into the concrete and release calcium carbonate, similar to limestone, as part of their waste process. The material fills in holes and cracks in the concrete, making it last longer and reducing maintenance costs.

Of course, homes have been built with natural products—like wood, earth, and straw bale—for centuries, but the future could mean growing your home, or parts of it, right on the spot. And biologically based materials could make green building the natural way to go.

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Demolition to Start Soon in Milwaukee's Beerline for Housing Development

Demolition of industrial buildings along the Milwaukee River in the Beerline neighborhood may start next month to clear space for a 58-unit apartment that is to open summer 2015.

The site at 2056 N. Commerce St. in Milwaukee was the last available land in the Beerline, a former industrial area that Milwaukee cleaned to make way for a series of condominium developments. Kendal Group Ltd., Waukesha, bought the property last month for $1.57 million, according to state records, and plans two apartment buildings with a combined 113 units.

The eastern-most industrial building on the land will be torn down after tenants move out this month, said Ryan Bedford, president of Bedford Builders LLC, general contractor on the project. Vertical construction for the first new apartment will be under way by June, with occupancy set for summer 2015, he said. Construction of a second building with 55 apartments will start after the first is 80 percent is leased, he said.

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
Chief Economist Ken Simonson to Give Economic Forcast at AGC-GM 2014 Annual Meeting
CLC will Kick-Off 2014 at Pabst Brewery's Best Place
AGC of Greater Milwaukee Wishes Long-Time Association Member Richard Zirbel a Happy Retirement!
A New Semester of Training from The Knowledge Source
First Aid/CPR/AED Training
OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
STP 2: Oral and Written Communication
LEED v.4 Introduction Presentation
Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
Crane Rigging Training
In the News
Innovative Materials, Including Concrete, Could Transform the Future of Sustainable Building
Demolition to Start Soon in Milwaukee's Beerline for Housing Development
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