July 1, 2014
Wishing You a Great Holiday Weekend!
 
Happy Fourth of July to Our Members

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee would like to wish all of our members, their diligent staff, and their families a Happy Independence Day!  We hope you all have a happy, fun, and safe Fourth of July Weekend!

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Association Highlights
 
Thank You from AGC to All 2014 AGC Labor Negotiators

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee would like to thank all those selfless members who volunteered their valuable time to serve as negotiators in our recent collective bargaining activities with the carpenters, laborers, bricklayers and cement finishers.  See the details of these negotiations Here. Beginning in late March of 2014 negotiations ensued, requiring enormous amounts of time, energy and patience in dealing with one of the more difficult tasks associated with the construction industry.  With some union craft negotiations meeting over 8 separate sessions, most of which were 4-6 hours in duration, it is remarkable the commitment given by these AGC members on behalf of their fellow association members and the industry as a whole.

Led by Tim Just (Berghammer Construction), 2014 AGC Labor Policy Chairman, we had a most capable team on all bargaining committees.  For the Carpenters, Larry Rocole (J.P. Cullen & Sons Construction) ably served as the Committee Chairman and led an incredible team of individuals which included: Eric Wynn (J.F. Findorff & Sons), Kevin O’Toole (Hunzinger Construction) and Tim Jones (Mortenson Construction).  The Laborers negotiations were wisely represented by Rupert Kotze (Kotze Construction), Mark Schmidt (C.G. Schmidt Construction) and Tim Just (Berghammer Construction).  As for the Bricklayers, Joel Becker (Hunzinger Construction) and Rupert Kotze (Kotze Construction) did a remarkable job on behalf of the interests of those AGC members who employ bricklayers.  Finally, hats off to Matt Bratzke (OPUS) and Mike Abuls (C.G. Schmidt) for their patient and thoughtful leadership in our negotiations with the cement finishers.

All AGC members and area contractors as a whole have significantly benefited from the work these generous individuals have put in to provide for labor predictability and stability for the three-year term of these contracts.  On behalf of the AGC of Greater Milwaukee we want to offer you a very sincere—THANK YOU!

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The AGC Alternative Set to Launch in July

The AGC of America is preparing to launch the AGC Alternative in July.  The AGC Alternative is a private health insurance exchange that AGC of Greater Milwaukee Members can use to control health insurance and benefit expenses, reduce its administrative burden, comply with new federal regulations and give employees greater flexibility and choice.

1. What is The AGC Alternative?

The AGC Alternative is a private insurance exchange that operates as a vehicle that the AGC of America and their insurance broker, Willis, will have stocked with health and other insurance benefits.  It is private, standardized and available to many AGC Member companies looking for a new way to provide health care and other benefits to its employees.

2. What are the benefits of The AGC Alternative?

The AGC Alternative makes it much easier for AGC Member Companies to budget the current cost of health and other benefits, and much easier to control their future cost.  The exchange also reduces the administrative burden of providing such benefits, gives employees more choices, and facilitates compliance with the Affordable Care Act.

3. How does The AGC Alternative differ from traditional health care programs that employers have long offered to their employees?

The AGC Alternative enables AGC Member Companies to change the way they provide health and other insurance benefits to their employees.  Instead of making a traditional commitment to pay a certain percentage of current or future premiums for such benefits, AGC Member Companies can simply commit to pay a flat dollar amount (defined contribution).  Employees can then go to the exchange and use the employer’s contribution—and any amount they would like to contribute on their own - to shop for and purchase health and other insurance benefits that fit their individual lifestyles.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of The AGC Alternative go to www.agc.org/exchange for more information or contact Mike Fabishak at AGC-GM at 414-778-4100.

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Fall Protection Training in the Construction Industry - FREE TO ALL ATTENDEES
August 5, 2014, 8:00 am 5:00 pm

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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Great Turnout for the 12th Annual CLC Golf Outing

We could not have asked for a better day to hold our 12th Annual CLC Golf Outing at Ironwood Golf Course!  Over 80 individuals took to the links to play a little golf, and have a lot of fun last Thursday.  Check out some of the photos Here! Proceeds from this event will 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 provided the invaluable resources needed to keep these quality programs going.  

This year's winners were:

3rd Place
Matt Brennan - JM Brennan, Inc.
John Rogers - JM Brennan, Inc.
Mike Jahner - JM Brennan, Inc.
Alan Peschel - JM Brennan, Inc.

2nd Place
Gene Sheedy - Midwest Drilled Foundations & Engineering Inc.
Erik Wildes - Midwest Drilled Foundations & Engineering Inc.
Andy Miller - Midwest Drilled Foundations & Engineering Inc.
Rupert Kotze - Kotze Construction

And This Year's 1st Place Winners Are...
Brent Arnold - Hunzinger Construction
Michael Duffek - Kotze Construction
Nicholas Musolf - JM Brennan, Inc.
Matt Ostovich - JM Brennan, Inc.

Congratulations and Thank You to all who participated!

And another big Thank You to those who generously sponsored and donated to this event:

Eagle Sponsors
Advanced Disposal
JH Findorff & Son, Inc.
JF Ahern Co.
JP Cullen & Sons, Inc.
Midwest Drilled Foundations & Engineering Inc.

Tee Sponsors
Circle Electric, Inc.
Duwe Metal Products, Inc.

Hole Sponsor
iSqFt

Dinner Sponsors
Kotze Construction
Midwest Drilled Foundations & Engineering Inc.
Veit Companies

Beer, Soda & Water Sponsors
LaForce Inc.
Creative Constructors, LLC

Margarita Sponsors
Cornerstone Plumbing, LLC
FJA Christiansen Roofing Co., Inc.

Promo Table at Tee
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.
Professional Service Industries, Inc.

Raffle Donations
Hunzinger Construction
Veit Companies
AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Door Prizes
Cardio-Start
Sanchez Painting Contractors
AGC of Greater Milwaukee
Stano Landscaping
FABCO/Lincoln Contractors

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AGC Golf Classic Coming Up August 11th! Sponsorship & Donation Opportunities Open!
Invitations will be mailed out soon!

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee is gearing up for our Annual Golf Classic, and we need your help!  We are seeking sponsorships, and donations for raffle, hole contest, and door prizes.  We will be teeing off at the beautiful Ironwood Golf Course in Sussex, WI on Monday, August 11th.  Invitations for registration will be sent out soon.

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, so please consider donating to this worthy cause.  Thank you in advance for your support!

For more information, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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In the News
 
Construction Employment Increased in 218 of 339 Metro Areas in May YoY

Construction employment expanded in 218 metro areas, declined in 72 and was stagnant in 49 between May 2013 and May 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials warned that job losses could spread to more metros unless policy makers in Washington quickly agree on providing new funding for the federal highway program.

“Construction employment continues to rise in about two-thirds of the nation’s metro areas,” said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. “However, there are still many areas that have not achieved consistent growth, and very few metros have exceeded previous peaks of construction employment.”

AGC officials urged Congress and the White House to adopt legislation for funding relief for the federal highway trust fund and a long-term renewal and reform of the program. Payment to highway contractors is under threat as well as a looming suspension of the highway and transit construction programs if new authorization is not approved by September 30.

“This is no time to play chicken with vital public works projects or the livelihoods of the dedicated workers who are building them,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “Passing highway and transportation legislation should be an immediate priority for policy makers.”

To read the AGC press release in its entirety, click here.

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Bay View Building Sale Revs Up Area Revitalization

A building on the busy South Kinnickinnic Avenue in Milwaukee sold for a new apartment development, adding 'oomph' to the Bay View neighborhood’s accelerating revitalization.

Also this week, Wangard Partners Inc. is nearly done leasing the retail space in its Avenir apartments in the Park East corridor.

In Bay View, the King Building at 2534 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. sold in mid-June to Scott Genke of SG Property Management LLC, said Colin Hough, sales associate at Anderson Commercial Group of Greenfield. Genke plans to keep the building’s storefront and build a vertical addition with more than 30 apartments. The State Bank of Newburg, which took over the King Building in fall 2013, sold the property.

Genke’s redevelopment is the type of project — first-floor commercial space with apartments on upper floors — that area Ald. Tony Zielinski is encouraging. He said he supports the King Building renovation and Dermond Property Investments LLC’s plan to demolish the Faust Music building at 2202 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. for 72 new apartments and retail space.

“We want to get more population density on Kinnickinnic,” Zielinski said. “My vision is to move forward in a big way with more residential, modern apartments, above commercial.”

Hough and Ray Goodden, also of Anderson Commercial, have been targeting the Bay View neighborhood for listings, attracted by its potential. Goodden also is a member of the Faust building’s ownership group that is partnering with Dermond on the site’s planned redevelopment into a five-story apartment.

Goodden said Hough and he started looking for listings in Bay View about three years ago.

“It seemed like there were more and more calls of smaller users in that area, so Colin and I started to go door to door,” Goodden said, saying they now have about 12 local business owners looking for places to open restaurants or stores.

“We just can’t find the space for them,” he said. “The demand far outweighs the opportunity.”

A big opportunity is the 6.3-acre property at 2151 S. Robinson Ave., about a block off Kinnickinnic. Sweetwater Organics, which closed its operations last year, formerly used that property. It currently is leased to industrial tenants, but Hough and Goodden are marketing it for redevelopment.

“It’s out there and people are looking hard at it,” Goodden said.

Zielinski said he is involved in the efforts on that property. As for potential new uses, such as more housing, he said “we’re looking at all options.”

Low vacancy

Wangard Partners just topped off its Avenir apartment building in the Park East and, pending the closing of the lease with a “national telephone provider,” will have only one retail space left to lease.

The apartment building at 1437 N. Jefferson St. has 7,062 square feet of sidewalk-level retail space below 104 apartments. Tenants already announced include Jimmy John’s, Great Clips and Elite Nutrition. If a lease is sealed with the telephone company, only a 1,200-square-foot space will remain, according to an announcement from the Milwaukee developer.

The developer owns two blocks in the Park East at North Milwaukee and East Lyon streets and can build up to 500 apartments there, including those in Avenir, said chairman and CEO Stewart Wangard. Construction on a second building with 94 apartments will start shortly after the Avenir’s completion in October, he said. That second phase would be complete in 2016.

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New 3rd Ward-Walker's Point Bridge Idea Revived, Could Spur Area Developments

As Milwaukee officials plan to better connect the downtown lakefront to the busy 3rd Ward, real estate pros revived the idea of building a bridge over the Milwaukee River to extend the new thoroughfare into the Walker’s Point neighborhood.

That bridge would be built where a rotating railroad trestle currently sits in the river where East Polk Street dead ends in the 3rd Ward. Polk Street connects with North Harbor Drive, a less-traveled street. That will change once the city, as part of the Lakefront Gateway project, extends North Lincoln Memorial Drive south and connects it to Harbor Drive, creating a new link between the downtown lakefront and the 3rd Ward.

With that project routing drivers from downtown to the 3rd Ward, the city should add one more link by building a bridge from Polk Street over the river, said Bruce Westling, of NAI MLG Commercial in Milwaukee. That bridge would connect to East Florida Street in the budding Walker’s Point area, he said.

Westling’s idea was among those shared during the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Real Estate Roundtable at The Pfister Hotel June 24, which was attended by 18 Milwaukee-area real estate executives. Among those in attendance were Rick Barrett of Barrett Visionary Development, John Kersey of Zilber Ltd., Michael Weiss of General Capital Group and Jerry Franke of WisPark LLC.

Italian Community Center and Marcus Investments LLC officials floated that same concept two years ago, saying it would make the ICC’s parking lot in the 3rd Ward easier to develop. While the first leg of the plan will be realized through the Lakefront Gateway project, city discussions around the trestle bridge site are veering more toward planning a public space to combine with the river walk.

As envisioned, the new bridge would be the center link of a main line from the Iron Horse Hotel and Reed Street Yards on East Florida Street, east through two budding neighborhoods south of downtown, past the Summerfest grounds and up to the lakefront.

“There’s a great opportunity if you take that and run it right through where the railroad trestle is now, take down those grain silos and have it run right through to Florida Street,” Westling said. “You’ve got a great arterial there and Florida Street is just teeming with opportunity. It’s got great opportunity and slides further south all the way to Walker’s Point. The new real hot area I think is that area on Florida Street if you punch Lincoln Memorial through, and now the street grid that sits in the 3rd Ward can be a little calmer, and not necessarily have to take all the pressure from people who are looking to get through.”

Chris Korjenek, executive director of NAIOP Wisconsin, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, seconded the idea.

“There’s always a problem with the transportation modes in between there,” she said.

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In This Issue
Wishing You a Great Holiday Weekend!
Happy Fourth of July to Our Members
Association Highlights
Thank You from AGC to All 2014 AGC Labor Negotiators
The AGC Alternative Set to Launch in July
Fall Protection Training in the Construction Industry - FREE TO ALL ATTENDEES
Great Turnout for the 12th Annual CLC Golf Outing
AGC Golf Classic Coming Up August 11th! Sponsorship & Donation Opportunities Open!
In the News
Construction Employment Increased in 218 of 339 Metro Areas in May YoY
Bay View Building Sale Revs Up Area Revitalization
New 3rd Ward-Walker's Point Bridge Idea Revived, Could Spur Area Developments
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