June 17, 2014
Association Highlights
 
Fall Protection Training in the Construction Industry - FREE TO ALL ATTENDEES
August 5, 2014, 8 am 5:00 pm at the Clarion Hotel

Each year, falls consistently account for the greatest number of fatalities in the construction industry. Over the last 5 years, on average, more than 350 workers were killed each year in construction-related falls according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. AGC of America is pleased to offer this one-day training program based on OSHA standards and best practices to answer the need for quality Fall Protection training within the industry.

Who Should Attend?
· Company Officers
· Managers
· Project Managers
· Supervisors
· Foremen
· Both Union and Non-union Contractors

What Will I Learn?
· Fall Protection Statistics
· OSHA Standards for Fall Protection
· How to Identify Fall Hazard Locations
· Selection and Criteria of Fall Protections Systems and Equipment
· Fall Protection Training Requirements

Sponsoring Chapter:
AGC of Greater Milwaukee
Program Date and Location:
August 5, 2014, 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Training Location:
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
5311 S. Howell Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Phone: 414-481-2400

For more information contact:
Dan Burazin
or Kim Jalalian
AGC of Greater Milwaukee
Phone: 414-778-4100
kjalalian@agc-gm.org
Raj Vohra
AGC Safety and Health Department
Phone: 703-837-5409
Fax: 703-837-3119
Email: vohrar@agc.org

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CLC Golf Outing Sponsorships Close TODAY! Registrations Close Friday!
Thursday, June 26th at Ironwood Golf Course
There is still time to register, but it's running out fast!  Sponsorships will close AT THE END OF THE BUSINESS DAY TODAY!  Registration will remain open, but only until Friday.  If you were considering participating in this event, contact Brian Eigenfeld at the AGC offices today at beigenfeld@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.  For more details, visit our event page Here

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.

We will see you at Ironwood next week!

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AGC's Annual Golf Classic Sponsorships are Now Open
Monday, August 11th at Ironwood Golf Course

The AGC is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our Annual Golf Classic on Monday, August 11th, 2014 at the beautiful Ironwood Golf Course in Sussex.  Sponsorship opportunity details have been sent out in the mail, so keep an eye out for them! 

Your support of this event is appreciated by us, local students, and the industry as a whole!  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.  For more information, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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In the News
 
Irgens Unveils Big Ruby Farm Redevelopment in Brookfield

Irgens submitted plans to Brookfield for its $153 million redevelopment of Ruby Farm, which includes retail buildings along West Blue Mound Road and three large offices along Interstate 94. See the first renderings released exclusively to the Milwaukee Business Journal in the attached slideshow.

The development would cover the largest undeveloped site in Brookfield, bringing up to 3,084 jobs and 787,700 square feet of building space. The new mixed-use area called “The Corridor” would be connected by new roads and sidewalks to be built on the vacant, 65-acre Ruby Farm. Irgens bought the property in October.

The north section along Blue Mound Road would be retail buildings similar to the shopping centers along that thoroughfare and the south end would be a traditional office park similar to others that line I-94 in the city. Between them, uses are more open but could include health care offices and a fitness center. Full build-out could take five to 10 years.

“It’s modern and new, but it’s also consistent and respectful to the neighboring area,” said David Merrick, vice president and market manager for the Wauwatosa-based developer.

Irgens presented conceptual plans to the city this week to start a discussion and get feedback. Construction on the infrastructure for the project could start in the fourth quarter of this year, Merrick said, and some retail buildings could be complete in the second half of 2015.

Irgens proposes up to 137,700 square feet of retail space in five buildings on The Corridor’s northern end. Four smaller outlot buildings would front Blue Mound, two of which have the potential for restaurants, according to plans submitted to Brookfield.

South of those is a larger retail building with space for three stores, the largest of which would have 50,000 square feet. The three connected retail spaces, along with the stand-alone buildings, each can be built separately as tenants sign on, Merrick said.

Combined, the retail has an estimated value of $32.6 million, according to the project plans.

“We’re talking to a lot of people,” he said. “I’d say there is solid demand.”

South of those is a center “mixed-use” area where Irgens prefers to build a medical office and fitness center, Merrick said. Those would add good amenities for employees in the offices to the south, he said. However, there are other options for the buildings that could go up there, he said. Those include more retail or offices, residential or a hotel, according to the project plans.

South of those are three proposed office buildings, each with about 180,000 square feet, Merrick said. In keeping with the rest of the development, there is flexibility for those offices, he said. They could be built for single tenants that need large spaces or for multiple companies, he said. Construction on those depends on leasing, he said.

Those offices have a combined value of $96.6 million, according to project plans.

“This is really market driven,” Merrick said of The Corridor. “It’s market reality as far as the scope and the product type here. We think it’s achievable.”

Brookfield may hold public hearings at its Plan Commission next month on the project. Plans are subject to change depending on reactions, Merrick said. He declined comment on whether Irgens will seek city financial support for the development.

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3rd Ward Apartment, River Walk Designs Get Plan Commission Approval

Designs for Mandel Group Inc.’s DoMUS apartments in Milwaukee's 3rd Ward and the neighborhood’s final major link in the river walk gained a design endorsement Monday.

The six-story building with 132 apartments is planned at 401 E. Erie St. It will replace a parking lot Mandel Group owns along the Milwaukee River. Robert Monnat, the Milwaukee developer’s chief operating officer, said construction will begin this year for a 2015 opening.

Milwaukee’s Plan Commission unanimously endorsed the designs Monday.

Construction includes a new length of river walk along the length of the project. The city of Milwaukee owns a former railroad right-of-way south of the building, and it plans to turn that into a public space with the last short link for the 3rd Ward river walk.

The river walk along the DoMUS building will have large planters with tall grasses that are native to the 3rd Ward prior to its development, said design architect Jim Shields of HGA Architects & Engineers, of Milwaukee. Five ground-level apartments and a fitness center in DoMUS will open onto the river walk, he said.

That fitness center will be unique because it will focus on water sports, Monnat said. It could have kayaks or paddle boats, unique stationary rowing machines and a bike repair shop, he said.

“We’re looking to make it a little more ecosport driven,” he said.

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$65M Mixed-Use Redevelopment Planned in Racine

Financial District Properties, a development group based in Davenport, Iowa, has purchased 20 acres in Racine and is planning a $65 million redevelopment of the property.

Rodney Blackwell, managing principal of Financial District Properties, said his firm plans to build the mixed-use development project between the Root River and Water Street in downtown Racine that includes a grocery store, retail and residential units.


City of Racine officials are calling the parcel Machinery Row, which will include residential lofts, a common lobby space, business center, exhibit hall, promenade, outdoor event area and enhancements to Water Street.

“It was amazing to me that we’ve been coming up here for two years now,” Blackwell said. “I remember going back to the office saying, ‘There’s a project I want to do in Racine.’ I was just amazed by the leadership and the plan and everything that was going on.”

There is still quite a bit of heavy lifting to do on the project, including getting the financing in order from state, local and federal sources, and doing the environmental clean-up of the site as some of the property has asbestos in the panels, Blackwell said.

“We’re extremely excited that we have the land under control now, and now we can get working on developing it and doing all of the heavy lifting,” Blackwell said.

Racine Mayor John Dickert said the project represents "the single-largest redevelopment project in the history of the city of Racine.”

“The river was something that had separated the city in the past, and now it was time to bring us all back together,” Dickert said.

The project, which is one of five in a Root River Corridor Redevelopment Plan called RootWorks, calls for the reuse of 500,000 square feet of manufacturing space in the Machinery Row portion of the project.

Construction is expected to begin in six months and should be completed by fall 2015.

Key to getting the project off the ground was the state’s newly created Historic Tax Credit, which allowed the city to compete with other states for development projects.

“To redevelop our riverfront as part of this RootWorks plan is really going to bring people back to the river,” State Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine) said. “When you think about Racine, people think about Lake Michigan. But a lot of people forget that Racine would not be what it is today if it weren’t for the Root River.”

Mason said that many successful communities that are located on the Great Lakes or on big rivers - like Sheboygan and Cedarburg - invest in riverfront areas.

“It’s a great asset for the community economically, it’s a great opportunity to improve water quality and it’s a fantastic opportunity to reconnect the citizens of this community with the riverfront,” Mason said.

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Association Highlights
Fall Protection Training in the Construction Industry - FREE TO ALL ATTENDEES
CLC Golf Outing Sponsorships Close TODAY! Registrations Close Friday!
AGC's Annual Golf Classic Sponsorships are Now Open
In the News
Irgens Unveils Big Ruby Farm Redevelopment in Brookfield
3rd Ward Apartment, River Walk Designs Get Plan Commission Approval
$65M Mixed-Use Redevelopment Planned in Racine
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