April 22, 2014
Association Highlights
 
Invitations Have Been Sent for Past Prestidents' & Awards Night
Tuesday, May 13th at the Wisconsin Club's Grand Ballroom

The invitations for our Annual Past Presidents' and Awards Night have been sent, so keep an eye out for them in the mail!  The evening will begin at 5:30 with a Cocktail Hour.  At 6:30, Dinner will be served, with the Program to immediately follow at 7:15.

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 on 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!  We would like to thank all those who helped sponsor this evening:

Gold Sponsor
C.G. Schmidt, Inc.

Silver Sponsors
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Mortenson Construction
Weather-Tek Design Center, Inc.

Bronze Sponsors
Aon Risk Solutions
Brehmer Agency, Inc.
Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Olympic Companies, Inc.
R & R Insurance Services, Inc.
Spancrete 

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The CLC Tours the Kenwood Interdisiplinary Complex at UWM

On the 10th of April, CG Schmidt invited the CLC to have a look at the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Center.  Nearly 50 members, guests and students were very excited to accept this invitation, since it is the first major construction to upgrade the UWM Main Campus in nearly 20 years!  On top of that, this is merely the first of three buildings in the master plan of this project.  These new buildings will address urgent Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) needs on campus through the creation of research labs, core facilities, instructional & collaboration space, and office support space.  They have upped the ante in becoming a top competitor in the national education market.  In this phase, the university will add about 150,000 additional square feet of space on six stories, at a total investment of about $80 million.  A few members of the project team gave a slideshow presentation detailing the various features of the new construction.  These were Tom Pagel, Project Manager, Joe Yanasek, Superintendent, and Brian Schneider, Assistant Project Manager, of CG Schmidt, and Mike Brown, Lead Electrical Engineer from Affiliated Consulting Services.  They then took the group on a walk-through of the site.  Along with this inside look at the building came some spectacular views of the Milwaukee cityscape!   To check out the pictures, Click Here!

After the tour everyone was invited to enjoy some food, drink and socialization at The Pizza Man on Downer.  We really appreciated CG Schmidt for sponsoring the delicious food!  From pizza to antipasti and mozzarella al forno, it was a truly enjoyable spread!  And whether talking business or pleasure, the entire group enjoyed each other’s company, caught up with old friends, and maybe even made some new connections.  Overall, it was another memorable event!  Perhaps for a future tour we could see the completed building, and the next phase of this project!

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Upcoming Trainings from the Knowledge Source
 
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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Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
April 29th, 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

Rough terrain forklift training vividly impresses upon the students the necessity for safety in all aspects of lift truck operations and procedures.  The safety standards reviewed in detail include graphic illustrations of the personal and economic dangers inherent in the use of forklift equipment.  The step-by-step progression of this training is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to become a safe and professional forklift operator.  This is the classroom portion of the total training requirement for rough terrain forklifts. 
Intended Audience: This course is intended for all individuals on a jobsite who may be charged with operating a forklift at any time.

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

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Global Harmonization System
May 1st, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

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

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the Hazard Communication Standard will provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Employers are required by the standard to train their employees in the new labeling elements and the Safety Data Sheet format by December 1, 2013. This course will assist contractors in meeting their training obligation.

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

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STP 6: Understanding and Managing Project Costs

May 5th, 7th, 12th & 14th
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 six covers understanding how project estimates are complied, how to compare actual project costs with those estimated, and how to control costs to meet the estimate.
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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Lean Construction Unit 4: The Last Planner System
May 8th, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm

Corp G.C. - $100, Associate/BE Members- $175, Non-Members  - $250
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University

Unit 4: The Last Planner System is a four-hour course that will be offered at AGC Chapters across the country.  This course, the second of two units introducing the Last Planner® System (LPS), provides the necessary tools for participants to conduct make-ready and weekly work planning sessions. Following completion of this course, participants will be able to:

• Apply the Last Planner system on a project
• Hold make-ready and weekly work planning sessions
• Calculate, track and analyze percent plan complete for a project

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

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OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
May 20th, 21st, 27th & 28th, 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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FLSA and State Wage and Hour Issues: Avoiding and Defending Against Multi-Million Dollar Class Action Claims
May 21st (Webinar), 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Corp. G.C. - Comp, Associate - $20, Non-Member - $30
Thomas P. Godar, Whyte, Hirschboeck, Dudek, S.C.

This webinar will explore the explosion of class action wage and hour claims and how they affect the construction marketplace.  Claims of failure to pay employees for pre- and post-job site tasks, working through unpaid breaks, or for otherwise compensable travel time can lead to demands of millions of dollars.  Likewise, aggressive plaintiffs’ counsel are reviewing claims of misclassification of exempt employees, unpaid donning and doffing of special equipment or clothing, or faulty time clock practices.  This webinar will explore what employers can do to avoid being a target, or respond when sued for failure to compensate employees correctly.

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

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Lean Construction Unit 5: Lean Supply Chain and Assembly
May 29th, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm

Corp G.C. - $100, Associate/BE Members- $175, Non-Members  - $250
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University
Lean Construction Education Program was developed to help contractors develop the knowledge needed to build lean.  Construction professionals at all experience levels will learn the building blocks necessary to transform their projects and companies into a lean operating system.  Unit 5 introduces participants to the concept of lean supply chain and assembly.
Following this course, participants will be able to:
• Differentiate between traditional procurement practices and lean supply chain applications
• Identify waste and value-adding activities within the supply chain and assembly
• Evaluate the impact of using lean supply chain on waste elimination, continuous flow and site operations pull
• Use value stream mapping to diagnose and improve the supply chain

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

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In the News
 
Irgens: 833 East Construction to Start in May; More Tenants Lined Up

Developer Mark Irgens told the Milwaukee Business Journal Tuesday that he plans a late May construction start for his $101.5 million 833 East office building on Milwaukee’s lakefront.

“I won’t say it’s done until it's done, but we are moving ahead,” Irgens said of the 17-story building that law firm Godfrey & Kahn SC will anchor. The building would have 358,000 square feet of leaseable space.

Irgens  first announced the project in June 2012, and said Tuesday that he is putting together the final pieces. Irgens was among the speakers at the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Downtown CEO Roundtable held Tuesday at The Pfister Hotel.

The office building will replace half of an annex garage  Irgens bought from U.S. Bank at 833 E. Michigan St. on Milwaukee’s lakefront. It will be the second major project to begin work on the downtown Milwaukee lakefront, following Northwestern Mutual’s current demolition of one of its buildings for a new tower.

It will be the first new multitenant office building to come out of the ground in Milwaukee's central business district in several years.

“We gave notice to U.S. Bank on April 1st to vacate the annex building,” Irgens said. “It appears that we’ve secured the final tenants we need to open the bank loan.”

In February, Irgens announced that  four lenders had committed a combined $71 million for the office building, contingent on him hitting preleasing commitments. Irgens declined to name the newest tenants for the project.

“We’ve made some very good progress in the last few weeks and we’ve got a stack of loan documents that we’re all going through in negotiating with four banks, which is an interesting experience,” Irgens said. “It appears that things are moving along.”

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Northwestern Mutual Selects Local Builder Team of Gilbane, C.G. Schmidt for Downtown Tower

Northwestern Mutual selected Gilbane Building Co. and locally based C.G. Schmidt Inc. from a short list of four major contractors to build its downtown Milwaukee tower.

The selection puts local contractors in a lead role for the biggest building to be developed in the downtown area in a generation. The project, totaling 1.1 million square feet, includes a 32-story office tower connected to a three-story commons building that will stretch along the south side of East Mason Street. Construction will start later this year and be complete by 2017.

The selection marks another step forward for the insurance company’s $450 million downtown project. It means Northwestern Mutual and the builders will intensify efforts to line up small and local businesses to work as subcontractors on the tower. The building will create more than 1,000 construction jobs.

Northwestern Mutual has Houston-based Hines leading its overall project, which also includes demolition of an existing office and significant underground utility work. But it has tapped local builders for three of its four major phases.

C.G. Schmidt is based in Milwaukee. Gilbane is based in Rhode Island; its downtown Milwaukee office is leading the Northwestern Mutual effort.

Northwestern Mutual selected the team from a list of four potential general contractors. The team stood out because they know the Milwaukee construction industry and have worked with Northwestern Mutual in the past, said Sandy Botcher, Northwestern Mutual vice president and project leader.

“They certainly understand the Milwaukee building community,” Botcher said.

C.G. Schmidt led the first phase of the Northwestern Mutual project, which was completed last fall, said Chris Partleton, Northwestern Mutual vice president of facility operations.

The other builders on the short list were Mortenson Construction, based in Minneapolis with an office in Brookfield; Lend Lease Construction, New York City; and a joint venture between Hunzinger Construction Co., Brookfield, and Clark Construction Group LLC, Bethesda, Md.

Other criteria used to select the general contractor include price and the team’s ability to hit small business subcontracting and local hiring requirements, Botcher said.

Northwestern Mutual has invited 100 local business associations to participate in an April 30 meeting outlining work opportunities on the project, Partleton said.

As part of its deal to get funding support from the city of Milwaukee, Northwestern Mutual agreed to have small businesses get 25 percent of the total construction contract dollars and for Milwaukee residents to perform 40 percent of the hours on the construction site.

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
Invitations Have Been Sent for Past Prestidents' & Awards Night
The CLC Tours the Kenwood Interdisiplinary Complex at UWM
Upcoming Trainings from the Knowledge Source
Large Deals…Important Details
Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
Global Harmonization System
STP 6: Understanding and Managing Project Costs
Lean Construction Unit 4: The Last Planner System
OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
FLSA and State Wage and Hour Issues: Avoiding and Defending Against Multi-Million Dollar Class Action Claims
Lean Construction Unit 5: Lean Supply Chain and Assembly
In the News
Irgens: 833 East Construction to Start in May; More Tenants Lined Up
Northwestern Mutual Selects Local Builder Team of Gilbane, C.G. Schmidt for Downtown Tower
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