October 7, 2014
Association Highlights
 
A Special Thanks to Brian Zimmerman for His Lien Law Expertise

Last Thursday, Brian Zimmerman of Hurtado Zimmerman SC lent his legal expertise to a roomful of AGC members eager to learn the ins and outs of Wisconsin's Lien Law.  Throughout this two-hour class, he explained how to properly apply the laws to protect your lien rights, defend against improper liens, and navigate around common pitfalls of some of the more often misunderstood and misapplied laws.

Thank you, Brian Zimmerman and Hurtado Zimmerman SC, for taking the time to enlighten our members on this important topic!

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Construction Leadership Council is Keeping Active This Fall!

While the summer season may be drawing to a close, there's still plenty to do with the CLC! 

We are keeping busy in October with two tours!

This Thursday, Mortenson Construction is taking us on a tour of the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin expansion.  We will get an inside look at the 8-story, 610,000 sq.ft. project as it's being built.  This is truly a unique opportunity, as it is the final phase of Froedtert's 18-year development plan.

Next week, we have a tour EXCLUSIVE to CLC Members.  We have joined up with SAE to take a tour of Manitowoc Crane on October 14th.  If you've seen a crawler crane on your construction site, chances are it came from Manitowoc Crane.  They have been Wisconsin's premier crane manufacturer for nearly 90 years!  We are very excited to tour their plant, and thank SAE for inviting us to join them.

For November, the CLC is gearing up to be of service to students and our local community. 

November 6th the CLC will be the guests of Marquette University as they host their 2nd annual Roundtable Event.  This is their chance to get a glimpse of what the industry will have in store for them after graduation by being able to sit face-to-face with construction professionals and ask any questions that may be on their mind.  Any companies that may be hiring in the near future would do well to consider sending a representative to this event, since it will include students seeking employment after graduation or as interns from Marquette, MSOE and UWM!  The students are also very appreciative of the time and valuable experience imparted by those who volunteer to head a roundtable discussion.

Also slated for November is our Fall Volunteer Day!  This fall we have chosen to participate in National Make A Difference Day.  On Saturday, November 8th, we will be joining hundreds of volunteers to help older adults prepare for the winter months by taking leaves, cleaning windows, clearing gardens, putting up storm windows and other small projects.  Without our help, many of these homes would not be ready for the long winter months.

We are seeking volunteers for both these November events, and it is not limited to CLC Members!  More details will follow, but if you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Brian Eigenfeld at beigenfeld@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
 
OSHA 30-Hour for Construction
October 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm

Corp. GC/CM - $280, Associate - $355, *CBA’s - $400, Non-Affiliated IAP - $600
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

The OSHA 30-Hour training is designed for construction workers or managers with safety and health responsibilities.  Students learn to identify common hazards found on construction sites, and develop strategies to prevent injuries.  Although OSHA standards are discussed, this training emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention.  Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive and OSHA 30-Hour card as proof of compliance with OSHA mandates. 
Intended Audience: This course is intended for anyone within the industry who has a stake in jobsite safety, especially field crews. 

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

*Collective Bargaining Authorization to AGC of Greater Milwaukee

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Global Harmonization System
October 21st, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Corp. GC/CM - $25, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $80

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 as of December 1, 2013. This course will assist contractors in meeting their training obligation.

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

*Collective Bargaining Authorization to AGC of Greater Milwaukee

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First Aid/CPR/AED Training
October 22nd & 23rd, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. GC/CM - $60, Associate - $70, *CBA’s - $85, Non-Affiliated IAP - $125
Gert Grohmann, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Medic First Aid, CPR and AED training is designed specifically for the occupational first aid provider.  This extremely valuable program will help employers comply with OSHA and other federal and state regulatory requirements for training employees on how to respond and care for medical emergencies at work.  Two-year certification cards are issued upon completion of this course. 
Intended Audience:  This course is for any adult who wishes to become certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, especially those charged with the responsibility to respond in an emergency

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

*Collective Bargaining Authorization to AGC of Greater Milwaukee

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Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
October 28th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. GC/CM - $25, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $80
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

OSHA requires you to meet new requirements under the New Crane Standard for Construction Operations – Subpart CC.  Effective November of 2010, anyone performing crane signals on a construction site has to be “qualified.”  For your employees to fit into this category, they must:  be competent in the application of the types of signals used, have a basic understanding of crane operations and the limitations, know and understand the new crane standard as it applies to signaling, and demonstrate all of the above through testing.  This new course will help contractors meet their obligations under this newly revised standard. 
Intended Audience:  This training is intended for anyone who intends to perform signal person duties on construction jobsites. 

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

*Collective Bargaining Authorization to AGC of Greater Milwaukee

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Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
October 29th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. GC/CM - $25, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $80
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, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414)778-4100.

*Collective Bargaining Authorization to AGC of Greater Milwaukee

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STP 9: Productivity Improvement
November 3rd, 5th, 10th & 12th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. GC/CM - $150, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450
Dan Burazin & Gert Grohmann, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Each day, decisions made by every foreman and superintendent are crucial to the success or failure of every construction project.  This course details how productivity is measured, how the supervisor plays a mayor role in increasing jobsite productivity, and how a small increase in productivity can have a significant impact on the time and cost of a project.  Unit nine explores benchmarking construction productivity, improving productivity, personnel management, planning and scheduling, managing subcontractors, and record keeping, control, changes and defect analysis.
Intended Audience: Those on a construction jobsite in a supervisory role - from the new supervisor and foreman to the experienced superintendent.

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

*Collective Bargaining Authorization to AGC of Greater Milwaukee

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In the News
 
Germania Building to Become Apartments
118-year-old building would be converted to 74 apartments at prominent downtown corner

Another Westown building is slated to become apartments following the approval of tax credits for the project. The Germania Building at 135 W. Wells St., a classic old downtown building, will be converted from office space to 78-apartments by a partnership of the Endeavour Corp and the Vangard Group. The $14.1 million project will be financed in part by federal tax credits administered by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA).

The tax credits are awarded on a competitive basis, with the bulk of awards being issued in April. The Germania Building did not receive credits at that point, but will in a special round to be announced today. The tax credits, which are often sold to other entities, require the developer to set aside a set percentage of the units for residents whose income does not exceed 60 percent of the area’s median income. Those restrictions expire after 30 years, at which point the building is open to conversion to fully market rate apartments. The Germania Building previously applied for $850,000 in tax credits (which can be sold for approximately two-thirds of their value) and in exchange will set aside 72 of the 78 units.

The 117,752 square-foot Germania Building was originally constructed in 1896 for George Brumder and his German Publishing Co.,  the largest publisher of German-language newspapers in the nation. The entrance to the building featured the three-ton Germania statue, which was removed in the middle of the night to prevent vandalism during World War I (the building was also renamed to the Brumder Building, which it would be known as until 1981). Urban Milwaukee contributor Brian Jacobson explored where the statue might be today in great detail in an August 2013 article.

The building has listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1983, as well as being historically designated by the City of Milwaukee this year (the national designation makes it eligible for the 40 percent historic preservation tax credits we’ve covered before). It remains to be seen if the developers intend to apply for those credits as well. Milwaukee-based Korb Tredo Architects will serve as the architect on the project, while the firm of Schnetzky & Liebert originally designed the building.

The property is currently owned by Equitable Bank following a foreclosure on real estate firm Bando/Chmura, which includes developer Sonny Bando (son of former Brewer Sal Bando) and former Packer tight end Mark Chmura. Bando/Chmura acquired the building in 2007 for $4 million, when it was reportedly 95 percent occupied. In 2013 it was reported the building was 80 percent leased (with it being 70 percent leased during the foreclosure process the year before). Endeavour and Vangard will acquire the property for $3 million. The building is assessed at $3,340,200 ($594,300 land, $2,807,700 improvements). Retail spaces in the Germania Building are currently occupied by Refuge Smoothie Cafe and Drench Fitness, both with addresses at 763 N. Plankinton Ave, as well as the U.S. Marketing Corporation, accessible off the building’s lobby.

Bando/Chmura also formerly owned the four-story, 153-year-old Iron Block Building, which was sold to Dental Associates following a dispute between Bando/Chmura and their lenders. Dental Associates undertook an extensive renovation process and relocated their headquarters from Wauwatosa to the building at the southeast corner of N. Water St. and E. Wisconsin Ave.

The project is yet another win for Downtown, which is seeing a number of major projects moving forward following the recession. The Germania project will have a number of positive side effects. The amount of vacant office space will drop. The number of Downtown residents will increase. The city’s tax base will increase. The west side of downtown, which has big attractions (arenas, convention center), will get another small scale project that will make it a more walkable and inviting area.

UPDATE

Following a 1:30 p.m. press conference today led by Vangard Group’s Kalan Haywood, more details about the project emerged. Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch was on hand to award Haywood with $850,000 in tax credits and announce the 73 construction jobs the project is expected to provide. She noted that she looked forward to returning when the project is complete. Kalan Haywood expects the grand opening to come 18 months from now, with construction starting in January.

Vangard is the lead developer on the project now (they had previously been referred to as a consultant), with Endeavour still part of the effort in a role that is undefined according to Haywood. The size of the project is now 74 units, not 78 as was previously applied for. Vangard did not have the number of income-restricted units on hand. Haywood was quick to note that loved the location in the “heart of downtown.” He went on to note that part of the reason they chose the site was that the intersection it sits on was noted in the downtown plan as a target for redevelopment.

Vangard will leverage the building’s historic designation to apply for both state and federal historic preservation tax credits. The credits can total no more than 40% of the value of the project.

Parking for the project will be provided using 27 underground spaces currently in the building, as well as the lot behind the building that is owned by Zilber Property Group. Zilber serves as a mentor to Kalan Haywood.

During the announcement, Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch remarked “this is going to be one of the finest addresses in the city proper.” While this project is in a great, prominent location, it’s unlikely a low-income housing tax credit development will be able to fulfill that lofty goal.

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New Development in Brady Street Area
Old Hamilton Stables will be renovated to create seven “micro-industrial spaces” on Hamilton St.

The northwest quadrant of the Brady Street neighborhood is a relatively isolated area, with short blocks and frequent dead ends. Like the rest of the district, it primarily provided housing for working class residents who often found employment in the nearby tanneries, breweries and other manufacturing concerns that lined the Milwaukee River.

Mixed in with the modest frame houses were a significant number of small businesses and shops. Some of these places, like paint factories, carpet cleaners, tin workers and blacksmith shops, would not be permitted in a residential area today; many left a toxic legacy that is still being cleaned up. Some of these old structures remain and a number are vacant.

This brings us to a building at 902-914 E. Hamilton St., which is now undergoing renovation into seven fair-sized workspaces by brothers Mike Olson and Dave Olson. The units are 1,400 square feet to 3,200 square feet in size, and will rent from $875 to $2,275 per month, Mike Olson, president of Adaptive Land & Building, LLC., says. They should be ready for occupancy by the end of the month.

He calls the place a “micro-industrial space,” and says he has already found interest from a microbrewer and a fitness facility. He also has found there is a growing need for warehouse, distribution and fulfillment centers for online businesses. “The internet has really opened things up,” he adds.

Olson also owns the Nut Factory and the Toy Factory in Riverwest, which have been similarly re-purposed. He is a member of the board of directors of Riverworks.
“This building’s ideal for people transitioning from their garage or basements,” he says. “They have to move [their business] out or their husbands or wives are going to kill them,” he jokes.

The original use of the land is lost in time. This area was developed early in the city’s history. Olson says he understood that in the 1870s part of the property was used as stables for the Uihlein family, owners of Schlitz brewery. Like many of the wealthy, they preferred to keep their horses within hailing distance — but far enough away to protect the owners from the accompanying smells.

The current structure, with a number of additions, appears in the city records as a 45 foot by 96 foot livery barn constructed in 1891 at a cost of $5,000 for William Ormsby. This was a “boarding stable” where private owners could house their horses, unlike the Luick Dairy stable, located just a few blocks south on E Ogden Ave and N. Van Buren St., which housed that firm’s draft horses.

In 1910 Progressive Realty Co. took out a permit to repair the building, and “convert Barn to Lithography purposes.” It was to serve as the home of Imperial Lithography, Inc. for nearly a century. The firm moved when it required more space for the newest generation of printing presses.

Olson, operating as Hamilton Stables, LLC., bought the 19,728 square foot building in 2012 for $150,000. It is currently assessed at $300,300 for the 15,200 square foot lot and just $100 for the building.

He first sought a single tenant for the property. But he found greater demand for smaller workspaces, so he changed his plans, hiring architect Russell E. La Frombois III for the purpose. La Frombois is also the architect of Kane Commons, a Mayor’s Design Award-winning development not far away on the Milwaukee River.

The Hamilton building, with its original portion of unknown vintage, and its 1891, 1921 and 1947 additions, has “good bones,” and as work-only space, needed little in the way of additional plumbing. Olson’s crew opened up the skylights and also exposed a north-facing window wall that had been blocked up for decades. Other windows are being cut into the facade. The interior is surprisingly light and airy.

One challenge of the building vexed Olson. It is covered in an unattractive pebble aggregate. “I tried to remove the pebbles. Some would come right off, others wouldn’t budge,” Olson says. “So I am going to cover the building in a standing seam stainless steel exterior.”

Olson says he is looking in the Walker’s Point area for his next project — hopefully a live-work redevelopment. Milwaukee has never yet had a truly successful one, he says.

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
A Special Thanks to Brian Zimmerman for His Lien Law Expertise
Construction Leadership Council is Keeping Active This Fall!
Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
OSHA 30-Hour for Construction
Global Harmonization System
First Aid/CPR/AED Training
Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
STP 9: Productivity Improvement
In the News
Germania Building to Become Apartments
New Development in Brady Street Area
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