May 20, 2014
Association Highlights
 
Members Honored at Past Presidents' & Awards Night

Last Tuesday, on May 13th, 170 AGC Members and Guests gathered at the Wisconsin Club to honor those who have served the AGC, the construction industry, and the companies we collectively represent.  At this event, we take the time to acknowledge those companies that put a premium on the safety of their workers, and serving the community in the Greater Milwaukee area.  You can see photos from the event Here, as well as a listing of award recipients.  Congratulations to you all!

We’d also again like to acknowledge and thank those that sponsored this event, and helped contribute to the success of the evening.  They are:

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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Volunteers Still Needed for CLC Community Service Outing; Golf Outing Up Next!

The CLC Still Needs Your Help!  Please Consider Volunteering on May 31st!

Coming up at the end of this month, we have a fantastic opportunity to volunteer to support a local shelter by taking the kids from the shelter for an adventure and picnic outing at a local park.  This event will be held on Saturday, May 31st.  This is a great opportunity for these children to  get out in a safe, supervised environment; to run and play and be kids!  Previous outings have taught us the children bond quickly with volunteers participating in this event, and truly appreciate focused one-on-one attention.  Please contact Alice Westphal with Mortenson Construction to volunteer or with any questions at.

In other news, the CLC Anual Golf Outing is coming up quickly!  Thursday, June 26th we will be teeing off at the Ironwood Golf Course in Sussex.  Sponsorship opportunities are open, and invitations will be going out soon!  This event helps support the rest of our events and efforts throughout the year.  We have picked up some really good momentum, due mostly to the support our members have shown over the past couple years.  We want to thank you, and ask to please consider supporting our future efforts through sponsorship at this year's Golf Outing!  Information has already gone out, but if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at beigenfeld@agc-gm.org.

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Upcoming Trainings From The Knowledge Source
 
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 4:00 pm

Corp G.C. - $175, Associate/BE Members- $300, Non-Members  - $500
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
 
Milwaukee, State Seek $22 Million Grant for Lakefront Gateway Project

The state of Wisconsin and Milwaukee are seeking a $22 million federal grant to cover some costs of the project to rebuild streets and highway interchange at Milwaukee’s downtown lakefront.

The federal grant, if approved, would replace the city and state spending needed for the $34 million Lakefront Gateway project, said Carolynn Gellings, Wisconsin Department of Transportation Hoan Bridge & Lake Freeway project manager.

Officials on Tuesday night released more design concepts, which include a pedestrian bridge over North Lincoln Memorial Drive that would connect to a postcard-worthy park at Milwaukee’s lakefront. Plans also call for a new plaza at the central entrance to the Summerfest Grounds.

See the attached gallery for rough concepts unveiled Tuesday for the pedestrian bridge.

The project is a collaboration between the city and Wisconsin DOT. The state is covering the cost of rebuilding the Lake Interchange and the city is handling local roads and the pedestrian bridge. Work on the interchange and local streets is to start in late 2015.

The envisioned pedestrian bridge may be built after the local streets are reconstructed. It would run from the O’Donnell Park Parking Structure, over East Michigan Street, through the proposed Couture development and then east over Lincoln Memorial Drive. It would end at a new public park east of Lincoln Memorial.

The city of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County in the coming weeks will issue a request for qualifications to hire a firm to lead design for the bridge and a pedestrian park east of the intersection of Lincoln Memorial Drive and East Clybourn Street, said Rocky Marcoux, commissioner of the Milwaukee Department of City Development.

“We want to make sure we have something signature in that space the bridge leads to,” he said. “It may be a commissioned piece. The bridge itself may be part of that. We want to make sure we get this right.”

That pedestrian bridge is in its design phases. It is uncertain whether the $18 million Milwaukee officials approved for the work will cover all of the bridge costs. That depends partially on the final cost of construction work for the rest of the city streets, which won’t be known until the work is bid out, said Milwaukee public works commissioner Ghassan Korban.

Marcoux said that if more money is needed, it could come from the same source as the original $18 million. The city is generating that money through a tax incremental financing district created around Northwestern Mutual’s downtown Milwaukee tower development.

“It’s not a blank check, but I don’t want to leave any impressions that we are going to shortchange one of the most important aspects,” he said.

A major component of the project is extending Lincoln Memorial Drive south into the Third Ward, where it would connect with East Chicago Street. That intersection would stand at the central entrance to the Summerfest grounds.

City officials are working with the Milwaukee World Festival Inc. board of directors to put a new plaza there. Summerfest officials will be involved with the planning and implementation for that plaza, Korban said.

Summerfest CEO Don Smiley said the Lakefront Gateway project will make the festival grounds more accessible to visitors.

“We agreed with this in concept,” he said of the plaza leading to the festival grounds. “We really like the idea.”

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Where Should We Build a New Arena?

Milwaukee development commissioner Rocky Marcoux said he was thinking big when he floated his own plan to create a vibrant new-development zone north and west of the city's convention center that could help revive nearby West Wisconsin Avenue including the struggling Shops of Grand Avenue.

"If we’re a city on the move, we’ve got to think big," Marcoux said. "We’ve got to think beyond one building."

The one building Marcoux referred to is a new downtown arena. He told host Mike Gousha during an appearance at Marquette University the arena could be built on the site of the U.S. Cellular Arena and Milwaukee Theatre with new development in surrounding areas including MacArthur Square.

Marcoux's remarks in September 2013 made a splash even as he said they did not represent the views of Mayor Tom Barrett or the Milwaukee Common Council. With the arena debate heating up, the Milwaukee Business Journal this week revisits Marcoux's vision and what such a project could accomplish better than using the more-discussed sites north of the BMO Harris Bradley Center and the Park East corridor.

Marcoux now distances himself from those remarks mainly because the Milwaukee Bucks are being sold and city leaders want to discuss arena plans, including location, with new owners Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens.

The concept of creating an entertainment district in western downtown also was included in a May 14 study for the Wisconsin Center District, which owns the convention center, the U.S. Cellular Arena and the Milwaukee Theatre. Unlike Marcoux's concept, which radiates out from West Kilbourn Avenue, the Wisconsin Center recommendation calls for an entertainment district to the north between North Fourth and Sixth streets on the site of the existing BMO Harris Bradley Center with a new arena north of that.

I interviewed leading local architects and urban planners who agree with Marcoux that an arena and surrounding private development would give the city the biggest bang for the buck on the blocks surrounding his proposed arena site between Fourth and Sixth streets along Kilbourn. As Marcoux said, boosting West Wisconsin Avenue, including a potential new convention hotel at Fourth and Wisconsin, would be the best use of any city funding.

"If we’re going to make this public investment, where are our strongest needs right now?" Marcoux said. "I believe the further the new complex gets away from Wisconsin Avenue, the more we hurt Wisconsin Avenue."

Standing in the way of Marcoux's vision — aside from complex financing and public/private property considerations — is Wisconsin Center District's Frank Gimbel's staunch opposition to demolishing the U.S. Cellular Arena and Milwaukee Theatre, which I cover in another story in this week's Milwaukee Business Journal.

Ultimately, the location preference of incoming Bucks owners Lasry and Edens will weigh heavily on where a new arena is erected — and the potential for private development to spring up around the project.

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
Members Honored at Past Presidents' & Awards Night
Volunteers Still Needed for CLC Community Service Outing; Golf Outing Up Next!
Upcoming Trainings From The Knowledge Source
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
Milwaukee, State Seek $22 Million Grant for Lakefront Gateway Project
Where Should We Build a New Arena?
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