March 25, 2014
Association Highlights
 
AGC-GM Signs Statement of Support for the Wisconsin National Guard and Reserve


Top Row: Dan Burazin (AGC Safety Director), Rick Schmidt (CG Schmidt, AGC Board Member), Randy Krump (Prism Technologies,AGC Board Member), Bill Rheingans (ESGR), Commander Jason Welch (Navy Operational Support Center), Mike Stern (JH Findorff, CLC Board Representative)
Bottom Row: Tom Krause (Jens Construction, AGC Board VP), Ron Becher (JP Cullen, AGC Past President), Mike Fabishak (AGC CEO), Matt Bratzke (Opus Design Build, AGC President), Eric Wynn (JH Findorff, AGC Board Member)

Bill Rheingans, Area Chairman of the Wisconsin Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, has announced that Matt Bratzke, President of The Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee Inc. (AGC) signed a Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve on behalf of their association’s membership during their March board meeting.

The Statement of Support confirms that AGC members joins other employers in pledging that:

• We fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
• Our managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
• We appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans.
• We will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families in peace, in crises and in war.

According to Mr. Rheingans, “Employers who sign an ESGR Statement of Support (SOS) are a critical component of our national defense strategy.  The National Guard and Reserve forces make up approximately 50% of our country’s armed forces.  One of ESGR’s missions is to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service members of the National Guard and Reserve.  By signing an SOS, AGC is now part of an elite group of Wisconsin organizations who pledge their support to our Guard and Reserve members who make ongoing personal and professional sacrifices in support of our national defense.”

Speaking for the AGC, Chief Executive Officer Mike Fabishak, stated that AGC members recognize the skill sets military training can bring to the construction industry and encouraged all members to seek out those individuals when hiring.

Also attending the ceremony was Commander Jason Welch from the Navy Operational Support Center in Milwaukee. Commander Welch gave the AGC board members his first had experience in commanding a unit of Navy Seabees and their current mission in Afghanistan.

As the 1.3 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions that require extraordinary actions on the part of everyday citizens, ESGR will continue to be the informational agency for the employers of citizen warriors.   More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at www.esgr.mil, or by calling Chris Campbell of the Wisconsin ESGR Committee, at 608-242-3169

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defence agency established in 1972.   The mission of ESGR is to gain and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the law, and resolving conflicts through informal mediation.   ESGR volunteers provide free education, consultation, and if necessary mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees.

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Past Presidents & Awards Night Will be May 13th, Sponsorship Opportunities Available
May 13, 2014 at the Wisconsin Club in the Grand Ballroom

The AGC Past Presidents & Awards Night is where we honor all AGC Past Presidents, the various AGC Members for the many contributions they have selflessly made to AGC, and finally, those elite companies who have put a premium of construction safety.  It is also a unique networking event that draws over 200 construction industry leaders for an evening of recognition.  The date has been set for Tuesday, May 13th at the Wisconsin Club's Grand Ballroom.

Our sponsrs are a vital part of the evenings success!  Your participation as an event sponsor will provide both reserved table/seats for dinner as well as generous recognition through the dinner invitation, event program, event signage and MC acknowledgement.  You will also help the AGC in its recognition of all those who will be honored that evening.  To receive the full benefits of sponsorship, please contact Kim Jalalian by April 4, 2014 at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100, and she can give you all the options and details.

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Tour the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Center with the CLC
Tour on April 10th, Registration Deadline is April 7th!

The registration deadline for this event is less than two weeks away!  On April 10th, the Construction Leadership Council will be holding a tour of UWM's Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Center.  You won't want to miss this major undertaking on the Main Campus!

Afterwards, we'll have a Social Hour at Pizza Man on Downer.  We'd like to thank CG Schmidt for generously sponsoring pizza and appetizers for us there. 

For full details on the Tour and Social Hour, Click Here!

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Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
 
OSHA 30-Hour for Construction
April 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $290, Associate - $365, ACEA/IAP - $415, Non-Member - $700
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

The OSHA 30-Hour training is designed for construction workers or managers with safety and health responsibilities.  Students learn to identify common hazards found on construction sites, and develop strategies to prevent injuries.  Although OSHA standards are discussed, this training emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention.  Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive and OSHA 30-Hour card as proof of compliance with OSHA mandates. 
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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Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
April 2nd, 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
April 3rd, 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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STP 4: Contract Documents and Construction Law
April 7th, 9th, 14th & 16th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $190, Associate - $275, ACEA/IAP - $330, Non-Member - $800
Gert Grohmann & Dan Burazin, AGC Safety Director

STP promotes an interactive training atmosphere among course participants and employs some of the most dynamic instructors in the construction industry.  Unit four provides information about contract documents and construction law to help supervisors recognize the roles and responsibilities of all contracted parties, to develop an understanding of how contract documents can be helpful to solve problems and resolve conflicts, and to develop positive relationships between all parties in the construction process.   
Intended Audience:  This course was specifically designed for superintendents, foremen, project managers as well as those who aspire to hold these positions in the future.

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

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Corporate & Joint Ventures: Large Deals…Important Details
April 23rd (Webinar), 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Corp. G.C. - Comp, Associate - $20, Non-Member - $30
Eric Lenzen & Phil Koutnik, Whyte, Hirschboeck, Dudek, S.C.

This session will provide an overview of critical corporate law issues arising in connection with bidding and executing large scale construction projects.  This session will place a specific emphasis on negotiating the key legal and business points to carefully consider in construction joint ventures or other multi-contractor groups working together to secure and perform construction projects.

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

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In the News
 
Next Generation Apprentice Survey

Breslin Strategies has released the results of the 2014 Next Gen Apprentice survey. Over 1000 industry professionals and leaders provided their responses and insights. This included union leaders, training professionals, contractors and association professionals.

The goal of the summary findings will assist your organization in developing policies and assigning resources to best identify, train and retain the Next Generation of Apprentices in the United States and Canada.

Download the 2014 Next Gen Apprentice Survey results

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Anticipated Mid-2014 Construction Start for North Avenue Apartments, Climbing Wall

Mandel Group Inc. has partnered with Adventure Rock to build a combination apartment and indoor rock-climbing wall on East North Avenue in Milwaukee.

The four-story building with 46 market-rate apartments would go up at East North Avenue and North Commerce Street, west of the Milwaukee River. Construction could start this summer, pending approvals, for a late 2014 or early 2015 opening, said Robert Monnat, chief operating officer for Milwaukee-based Mandel Group.

Adventure Rock has a long-term lease for a 42-foot-tall space for a climbing wall with windows looking out over North Avenue, said manager Craig Burzynski.

Expanding customer base at Adventure Rock's facility on West Capitol Drive in Pewaukee spurred the search for another location, Burzynski said. He said Adventure Rock has grown to 1,400 members since it opened in Pewaukee 16 years ago. The company would have 24 employees.

“We sold about 100 memberships before we opened, and that’s about how many rock climbers there were in the area,” he said.

Milwaukee-based Johnsen Schmaling Architects designed the building.

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Association Highlights
AGC-GM Signs Statement of Support for the Wisconsin National Guard and Reserve
Past Presidents & Awards Night Will be May 13th, Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Tour the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Center with the CLC
Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
OSHA 30-Hour for Construction
Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
Crane Rigging Training
STP 4: Contract Documents and Construction Law
Corporate & Joint Ventures: Large Deals…Important Details
In the News
Next Generation Apprentice Survey
Anticipated Mid-2014 Construction Start for North Avenue Apartments, Climbing Wall
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