October 21, 2014
Association Highlights
 
It Pays to Do Business With AGC Members!

The AGC would like to identify and acknowledge the valuable participation of the many Electrical Contractors cited below who are members of our Association.

AGC is consists of a variety of different businesses in the construction industry.  From general contractors to subcontractors—suppliers to service providers, the AGC has a diverse complement of companies  that work collaboratively to construct  the quality buildings that Milwaukee and  Southeastern Wisconsin has come to enjoy and expect.  As a vital and supportive part of our great industry, we would like to thank these contractors for their support and participation in the AGC of Greater Milwaukee.

We would like to recognize our AGC Member Electrical Subcontractors:

Circle Electric, Inc.                              Dairyland Electric Co. Inc. 
Faith Technologies                            J&M Electric, Inc.
Lemberg Electric Co., Inc.                 Next Electric, Inc.
Pieper Electric Inc.                              Staff Electric Co., Inc.
Total Mechanical, Inc.                        Uihlein Electric Co., Inc.
Venture Electrical Contractors Inc.
Inland Power Group                           Wolter Power Systems

  Any of these companies' information can also be found on our website under our Membership Directory.

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Construction Leadership Council is "In Full Swing" This Fall Season!
Volunteers Still Needed for Our Fall Events!

CLC has been keeping busy this fall season! 

We started out with a tour of Froedtert's expansion of their Advanced Care Center on Thursday, October 9th.  See pictures from the Tour Here.  When this project broke ground in August 2013, the $117 million plan called for five stories.  It has since expanded to an eight-story complex, turning it into a $140 million project!  The Center for Advanced Care will be home to both the Froedtert & Medical College Heart and Vascular Center and the Froedtert & Medical College Transplant Center.

When it is completed in 2015, the building will:
•Total eight-stories with 610,000 sq. ft., and have underground parking
•Provide a convenient entrance for patients having surgery and interventional procedures
•Allow replacement of some of the current surgical facilities dating back to the 1970s
•Help to centralize surgical and interventional services onto a single floor spanning the entire hospital

There was a brief presentation explaining some of the details and challenges of this project, before we headed up.  Or down, depending on which group you ended up in.  Some got to see the underground workings of the building and the three levels of undeground parking, while the rest went up to see the view and learn how the building was being partially pre-fabricated on site, and what challenges the expanded scope of the project posed.  The groups met in the middle and switched places to complete the tour.

All that learning made us hungry, so we headed over to Mo's Irish Pub for some refreshments.  Thank you to Mortenson Construction for sponsoring the food, allowing the students to attend this networking hour for free!  We also had a drawing for the students for two gift cards to Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub, donated by JM Brennan Inc.  Thank you for helping make this event such a success!

The next week, on Tuesday, October 14th, the CLC joined with the SAE to tour the Manitowoc Crane manufacturing plant.  See those pictures Here.  It was a great experience to see up close how a pile of pipes can turn into these massive machines we see on our construction sites.  Unfortunately, no photos are allowed inside the manufacturing walls, so you'll just have to keep an eye out for the next opportunity to take the tour yourself with the CLC if you missed it this time!  We did, however, get a few great shots of some of the miniatures in their lobby.  Afterwards, we headed to Silver Valley banquet hall for a family-style chicken dinner and a presentation on Manitowoc's latest developments in their designs.  They had recently redesigned the counterweight bed to move to different positions, depending on where the wight was needed.  This reduced the overall weight needed and could end up saving the owners money in the four major expense categories of owning, operating, and transporting these machines.  It was fascinating that one idea could have so many implications into the efficiency and performance of their products!

We would like to send a special thanks out to Garrett Herning, Chairman for the Milwaukee Section of SAE, for inviting us along to this event!


Those tours were great, but we're not done yet!  We are putting a little extra Giving into the month of Thanksgiving with two opportunities to volunteer!

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 internships or employment after graduation 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.

To volunteer for either of these, please contact Brian Eigenfeld at beigenfeld@agc-gm.org or (414)778-4100.

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AGC's Holiday Gala to be Held in the Streets of Old Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Public Museum, Donation Opportunities Available
Save the Date! Friday, December 12th
Save the date for AGC's Annual Holiday Gala, benefitting the Education and Research Foundation.  It will be held Friday, December 12th in the Streets of Old Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Public Museum.  The proceeds from this event via our silent auction go toward providing students attending local universities with scolarships toward construction-related degrees.  Invitations will be sent out shortly, so keep an eye out for them in the mail!  Donations are needed for this gala event, either as an auction item, or you can donate cash and we will do the shopping for you!  If you would like to donate, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or 414-778-4100.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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Prof. Blake Wentz, MSOE & Wentz Plumbing and Heating, and Shauna Boyer, CG Schmidt to Begin Teaching STP Courses

AGC of Greater Milwaukee would like to welcome Prof. Blake Wentz and Shauna Boyer to the Instructor's Roster for the fall education programming, and thank them as they begin teaching the upcoming Supervisory Training Program units! 

Professor Blake Wentz will bring his teaching skills and work experience to the table as he instructs the STP units this fall and winter.  He has held several positions at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, from Director of construction Management moving to Department Chair over the past 9 years.  Previous to his teaching career, Blake was the Vice President of Wentz Plumbing and Heating.  With his combination of experiences, he is sure to host dynamic classes!

 

 

 

Shauna Boyer began her carreer in the construction industry as an estimator for JP Cullen & Sons in 2004 as she was completing her degree in Construction Management, and is currently a Project Manager for CG Schmidt, Inc.  Shauna also began lecturing at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in 2010, making her an excellent candidate for instructing the upcoming STP classes.

We would like to thank both Prof. Blake Wentz and Shauna Boyer for taking on this role with the AGC of Greater Milwaukee, and look forward to working with them!

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In the News
 
Construction Sector's Unemployment Rate Declines to 7.0 Percent, a Seven-Year Low

Construction Employment Increasing in Both Residential and Nonresidential Sectors, But Concerns about Growing Shortages of Available Qualified Workers Persist Amid Lack of Local Vocational Education Programs

Construction employers added 16,000 jobs and the sector's unemployment rate fell to 7 percent, the lowest rate for September in years, according to an analysis released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the construction employment gains come as more firms report having a hard time finding enough qualified workers to fill available positions, citing the lack of local vocational training programs, especially at the secondary level.

"While we are eager to see even more construction employment gains, there is no denying the fact that the industry has been in recovery mode for much of the past three years," said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association's chief executive officer. "But the industry won't be able to keep filling positions if there aren't enough qualified workers available to fill them."

Construction employment totaled 6,079,000 in September, the highest total since May 2009, with a 12-month gain of 230,000 jobs or 3.9 percent, Sandherr noted. Residential building and specialty trade contractors added a combined 11,800 employees since August and 129,400 (5.9 percent) over 12 months.

Nonresidential building and specialty trade contractors hired a net of 3,700 workers for the month and 100,300 (2.7 percent) since September 2013. However, heavy and civil engineering contractors, which perform the majority of public-sector construction, increased their headcount by only 500 in September and 29,000 (3.3 percent) over the year amid tight government budget conditions.

The number of workers who said they looked for work in the past month and had last worked in construction fell to 604,000 in September. The last time the number of unemployed construction workers dropped that low was August 2007, a time when the construction industry was struggling with widespread construction worker shortages that prompted project delays and increased costs, Sandherr cautioned.

Association officials said many firms cite the lack of local, secondary-level vocational programs as one of the causes for the worker shortages. As a result, association officials continued to urge federal, state and local officials to enact the series of measures the association identified in its Workforce Development Plan that will make it easier for school districts, local associations and private firms to establish career and technical education and training programs.

"Labor shortages happen when a growing industry meets a stagnant pool of qualified workers," said Sandherr. "It is time to align our education and training systems with current economic conditions so more young people can benefit from the rebound in construction demand."

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Architecture Billings Index Exhibits Continued Strength

Washington, D.C. – September 24, 2014 – On the heels of recording its strongest pace of growth since 2007, there continues to be an increasing level of demand for design services signaled in the latest Architecture Billings Index (ABI). As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the August ABI score was 53.0, down from a mark of 55.8 in July. This score reflects an increase in design activity (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 62.6, following a very strong mark of 66.0 the previous month.

The AIA has added a new indicator measuring the trends in new design contracts at architecture firms that can provide a strong signal of the direction of future architecture billings. The score for design contracts in August was 56.9.

“One of the key triggers for accelerating growth at architecture firms is that long-stalled construction projects are starting to come back to life in many areas across the country,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Long awaited access to credit from lending institutions and an increasing comfort level in the overall economy has helped revitalize the commercial real estate sector in recent months. Additionally, though, a crucial component to a broader industry-wide recovery is the emerging demand for new projects such as education facilities, government buildings and, in some cases, hospitals.”

Key August ABI highlights:

• Regional averages: Northeast (58.1) , South (55.1), West (52.5), Midwest (51.0)

• Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (58.1), mixed practice (57.1), institutional (54.0), commercial / industrial (50.4)

• Project inquiries index: 62.6

• Design contracts index: 56.9

The regional and sector categories are calculated as a 3-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.

About the AIA Architecture Billings Index
The Architecture Billings Index (ABI), produced by the AIA Economics & Market Research Group, is a leading economic indicator that provides an approximately nine to twelve month glimpse into the future of nonresidential construction spending activity. The diffusion indexes contained in the full report are derived from a monthly “Work-on-the-Boards” survey that is sent to a panel of AIA member-owned firms. Participants are asked whether their billings increased, decreased, or stayed the same in the month that just ended as compared to the prior month, and the results are then compiled into the ABI.  These monthly results are also seasonally adjusted to allow for comparison to prior months. The monthly ABI index scores are centered around 50, with scores above 50 indicating an aggregate increase in billings, and scores below 50 indicating a decline. The regional and sector data are formulated using a three-month moving average. More information on the ABI and the analysis of its relationship to construction activity can be found in the recently released White Paper, Designing the Construction Future: Reviewing the Performance and Extending the Applications of the AIA’s Architecture Billings Index on the AIA web site.

About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well being.  Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

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Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
 
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
Noveber 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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Crane Rigging Training
November 19th, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Corp. GC/CM - $60 plus $20 for materials, Associate - $70 plus $20 for materials, *CBA’s - $90 plus $30 for materials, Non-Affiliated IAP - $145 plus $40 for materials.
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

In addition to qualified signalpersons and certified operators, the new OSHA crane standard requires employees who perform rigging operations to be “qualified.”  This course has been developed by the Crosby Group to assist employers in qualifying their personnel as a “Qualified Riggers” as required in the new crane standards.  The standard also requires an experience component which is not provided in this course. Note: This course is four hours in length.  To receive a card verifying their attendance in this class, attendees must be present the entire four hours. 

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 5: Planning and Scheduling
December 1st, 3rd, 8th & 10th, 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

The Supervisory Training Program is a construction-specific training curriculum developed, updated and field-tested by and for contractors.  Each day, decisions made by every foreman and superintendent are crucial to the success or failure of every construction project.  This course will help construction supervisors understand the important role that planning and scheduling plays in the successful completion of a construciton project.  Unit five explores preparing the project plan, communicating the plan, the critical path, updating the schedule, the schedule as documentation and using planning and scheduling.
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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OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
December 2th, 4th, 16th & 18th, 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Corp. GC/CM - $115, Associate - $155, *CBA’s - $175, Non-Affiliated IAP - $250
Gert Grohmann & Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Need your OSHA 10-Hour training card to get on the job?  You’ve come to the right place!  This 10-Hour construction safety course was developed by the US Department of Labor to provide construction workers, supervisors, and other personnel responsible for construction activities with an awareness of construction safety and health concerns in the construction industry.  All attendees will become familiar with reading and using the OSHA standards for construction 23 CFR 1926.  Other construction safety and health standards are also discussed.  Attendees receive an update and review of standard construction safety and health principles and information that prepares them to recognize and control a variety of hazardous conditions.  An OSHA card will be issued. 
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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In This Issue
Association Highlights
It Pays to Do Business With AGC Members!
Construction Leadership Council is "In Full Swing" This Fall Season!
AGC's Holiday Gala to be Held in the Streets of Old Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Public Museum, Donation Opportunities Available
Prof. Blake Wentz, MSOE & Wentz Plumbing and Heating, and Shauna Boyer, CG Schmidt to Begin Teaching STP Courses
In the News
Construction Sector's Unemployment Rate Declines to 7.0 Percent, a Seven-Year Low
Architecture Billings Index Exhibits Continued Strength
Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
STP 9: Productivity Improvement
Crane Rigging Training
STP 5: Planning and Scheduling
OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
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