June 3, 2014
Association Highlights
 
CLC Golf Outing Deadlines are Closing in Fast!
Sponsorships will close in two weeks!

There is still time to register or sponsor this event, but it is closing in fast! Sponsorships will close on June 17th, registration will close on June 20th.  We are still in need of donations for raffle & door prizes, as well as Sponsorships.  Make sure to take advantage of our Eagle Sponsorship, which includes a Foursome and an EXCLUSIVE Hole Sponsorship!

Proceeds from this event help fund programming for the CLC throughout the year, geared toward getting the next generation of construction leaders and students more involved and gain a deeper understanding of our industry.  We provide events such as tours of major projects in the area, networking events, as well as Roundtable discussions with students from our local universities.  Your support at this event provides the invaluable resources needed to keep these quality programs going.

Thank you all for your onging support, and we will see you at Ironwood in just a few short weeks!

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Thank You to Our Volunteers! CLC Community Outreach Picnic

The CLC would like to thank all of the volunteers and donors that helped make our most recent Volunteer Picnic Event happen!

This past weekend, the Construction Leadership Council led a Volunteer Event where we took some children from a local shelter on an adventurous picnic outing in a park.  Children and volunteers alike enjoyed climbing monkey bars, sliding down slides, a rousing game of kickball, and throwing around frizbees.  We then sat down to a grill-out lunch, courtesy of grillmistress Alice Westphal.

We would like to send a special thanks out to our volunteers:

Shauna Boyer, CG Schmidt
Crystal Marmolejo, MSOE
Gretchen Toshach, MSOE
Lauren Celano, Marquette
Mark Dudasik, Marquette 
Glenn Banks, Mortenson Construction
Kristen Tews, Children's Hospital
And a special thanks to Alice Westphal, Mortenson Construction, for coordinating everything!

We would also like to thank those that donated supplies and materials: Bridget Slack of Mortenson Construction, and Professional Services, Inc.

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Save the Date: AGC Corporate Golf Outing Set for Monday, August 11th!
Sponsorship Information Will be Available Soon!

The AGC is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our Annual Golf Outing on Monday, August 11th, 2014 at the beautiful Ironwood Golf Course in Sussex.

As always, all proceeds of this event benefit the Education & Research Foundation, which provides scholarships to students entering the construction field at local Colleges and Universities.  This event is one of two annual events held by AGC to provide funding for the Foundation.  Sponsorship opportunity details will be sent out shortly.  For more information, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

We will see you on the greens!

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In the News
 
411 Office Tower in Downtown Milwaukee Sold; $17.5 Million Upgrade Planned

A Chicago investment group bought the 411 East Wisconsin Avenue office building for $74.3 million, prompting the building’s anchor tenant, law firm Quarles & Brady LLP, to renew its lease there.

The 411 building in downtown Milwaukee is 30 stories tall and includes a 523-stall parking structure between North Jefferson and North Milwaukee streets. Its occupancy has lagged in recent years compared with other buildings in the downtown class-A office market.

Riverview Realty Partners, a Chicago-based affiliate of Five Mile Capital Partners, bought the building.

“With Quarles & Brady’s commitment as an anchor tenant for the long term, we look forward to investing in the building to attract additional tenants,” said Jeffrey Patterson, president and CEO of Riverview Realty Partners.

The company plans to spend $17.5 million upgrading the property.

The 411 building previously belonged to an affiliation of more than 30 investors. The group bought it in 2005.

Quarles & Brady leases the building’s top eight floors, totaling 186,000 square feet. The law firm’s lease renewal will last through September 2025.

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Reed Street Yards Office Building for Water Companies to Start Construction in Fall

A four-story office and research building for water technology companies could break ground this fall in the Reed Street Yards in Milwaukee.

General Capital Group LLP, Milwaukee, and local developer Peter Moede will develop the 80,000-square-foot building. Those two are lead developers of the 17-acre Reed Street Yard project south of the Menomonee River in the shadow of the Sixth Street Viaduct.

The business park is intended for water technology companies. As a neighbor to the Global Water Center, which is filling up, it is ground zero for growth in the local water industry cluster. The proposed four-story office would be the first building in the yards.

Michael Weiss, president of General Capital, said the Global Water Center’s success finding tenants provides the momentum for the new building. The center likely will be at capacity before the new building opens, he said.

The office building is designed to be environmentally sustainable and to earn a Platinum certification for the LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, rating standard. It is planned at the Reed Street Yard’s northeast end, near the Global Water Center.

“We could do four similarly sized buildings, and maybe even taller,” he said.

The developers want to get lease agreements from tenants for about half of the building before starting construction, Weiss said. Discussions with potential tenants are underway, he said.

The city of Milwaukee financed the Reed Street Yards infrastructure construction through a tax incremental financing district. In conjunction with this new building, city officials will consider earmarking $5 million in that TIF district to support future, job-creating projects, said Jeff Fleming, spokesman for the Milwaukee Department of City Development.

No specific projects are identified for that $5 million, but it could be used if a company, for example, wants help renovating space it will lease in the new building.

The TIF district lets the city offer grants, loans and other support for development, and to pay off the money using property taxes generated by new development.

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Remote Control Created to Operate Heavy Construction Equipment

Construction workers could soon be using a device similar to a modern video game controller to operate equipment and machinery from the safety of a remote vantage point.

The new SafetySense Controller being developed by Humanistic Robotics bears an uncanny resemblance to the sleek and ergonomic controllers used to operate modern console gaming devices such as the Nintendo Wii and the Playstation. With its stubby thumb-operated joysticks and plethora of conveniently-placed buttons, the device would look perfectly at home on the floor of an adolescent’s rumpus room.

Instead of using the device to manipulate digital sprites on a television or computer screen, however, Humanistic Robots hopes it will enable construction workers to control construction equipment with heightened precision and ease from the safety of a remote vantage point.

While the strong resemblance that the device shares with modern gaming controllers may confer it with a novel or even comical appearance in the eyes of many, its developers are hoping that this feature will strongly enhance its usability for a younger generation of budding construction professionals, who have been weaned on video games from an early age.

Their reasoning runs that the ability kids acquire to operate simulated vehicles while playing games such Grand Theft Auto and Halo throughout the course of their formative years can be readily transferred to a construction site simply by adapting the control devices for building equipment to what they’ve long been accustomed to playing.

This makes the device far easier to use than most other control options currently available on the market, which often possess bewildering control configurations that can take novices a while to grapple with.

The SafetySense is also lighter and more compact than most other operating devices, which are invariably large and unwieldy, while its remote communication capabilities, available in a broad range of frequencies including 900Mhz, 2.4Ghz and 1.3hz, dispense with the need for long and cumbersome control cords.

The device can be reconfigured for use with a broad variety of modern construction machinery, and provides flexible interface options, including RS-232 Serial, CAN, USB and Analog/Digital I/O.

While the controller has yet to make its official debut on the market, SafetySense has already commenced testing of the device with a number of pilot projects involving large-scale construction equipment.

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
CLC Golf Outing Deadlines are Closing in Fast!
Thank You to Our Volunteers! CLC Community Outreach Picnic
Save the Date: AGC Corporate Golf Outing Set for Monday, August 11th!
In the News
411 Office Tower in Downtown Milwaukee Sold; $17.5 Million Upgrade Planned
Reed Street Yards Office Building for Water Companies to Start Construction in Fall
Remote Control Created to Operate Heavy Construction Equipment
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