November 4, 2014
Association Highlights
 
AGC Recognizes Members Making ENR's Top 600 Specialty Contractors List

The scope of the recovery can be seen in the results of this year's ENR Top 600 Specialty Contractors list. As a group, the Top 600 cleared revenue of $88.23 billion in 2013, up 8.5%, from $81.33 billion, in 2012. The Top 600 revenue figure from 2013 is a record, topping 2008's mark of $87.07 billion.  The AGC of Greater Milwaukee would like to recognize its members who made this list: 

Faith Technologies, Menasha
JF Ahern Co., Fond Du Lac
Staff Electric Co. Inc., Butler
Edgerton Contractors Inc., Oak Creek

 

Congratulations on your success, and we wish a successful and steady recovery to every company in our membership!

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Early Bird Donation Opportunities for AGC's Holiday Gala Close Friday
Friday, December 12th in the Streets of Old Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Public Museum

AGC's Annual Holiday Gala, benefitting the Education and Research Foundation will be held Friday, December 12th in the Streets of Old Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Public Museum.  Donations are needed for our Silent Auction, the proceeds from which go toward providing students attending local universities with scolarships toward construction-related degrees.  Early bird donators will be recognized on the invitations, which will be going out to all of our members soon!
Thank you to our current donors:

Jens Construction Corp
Common Links Construction
Mortenson Construction
C.G. Schmidt, Inc.
Hurtado Zimmerman S.C. 

For your company's name to be included on the invitations being sent out to all of our members, your donation must be received by Friday, November 7th.

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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Wisconsin Annual Asbestos Seminar Registration is Open!
Friday, December 5th at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells

The Planning Committee for the annual Wisconsin Asbestos Seminar has finalized the agenda, topics and speakers for the 2014 Conference.

The conference will be held December 5th at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. This year's keynote speakers include Dr. Deborah McKean, EPA toxicologist, who will provide an update on the Libby, Montana EPA Superfund Case. This project has been referred to as the “U.S. Disaster of the Century.” The afternoon keynote session includes a panel of key WDNR, WDHS and OSHA representatives that will discuss “Agency Pet Peeves” and field questions from attendees.

“After reviewing feedback from last year’s seminar, the committee focused this year’s agenda on addressing attendees’ requests and to present what’s most important to them,” said John Bushman, ad hoc chairman of the Planning Committee. “For example, in addition to the keynote presentations, there will be nine technical sessions in three educational tracks, as well as an interactive containment mock-up display,” Bushman added.

Topics for the sessions range from “How Clean is Clean?” and “Abatement Planning” to “Best Work Practices” and “Legal Aspects of Liability.” Additional sessions focus on ladder safety and fall protection. The containment display will be available for viewing throughout the day and attendees may identify containment violations to win raffle tickets for door prizes that will be drawn at the conclusion of the seminar.

The annual seminar began almost twenty years ago as a joint effort between state regulators and private industry to share and disseminate relevant information with those involved in managing or handling asbestos. The 2013 seminar drew a record 275 attendees, including facility managers, demolition/abatement contractors, architects, attorneys, maintenance managers, school building managers and others involved in asbestos management.

Individuals interested in attending the seminar are encouraged to register early. Registration forms can be found at either the state’s DHS or DNR website:

http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/asbestos/
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Demo/documents/2014AsbesIntroPreRegForm.pdf

For Additional Information:

Barbara Swenson
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Phone: 608-267-2378
Email: Barbara.swenson@wi.gov

Kristi Tennie
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Phone: 608-266-9379
Email: Kristi.tennie@wi.gov

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AGC Webinars
 
Webinar: The Role of Communication in Supporting the Development of a Lean Culture
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 1:00 - 2:30 PM CST

Implementing Lean Construction as a business operating system in an organization represents a powerful improvement opportunity, which requires company-wide change, especially for top management. Great two-way communication is the cornerstone for the development of organizational teamwork and the accomplishment of company goals. Everyone pulling in the same direction toward the company goals is the ultimate destination of teamwork.

Additionally, great verbal and visual communication provides the benefit of:

     • Eliminating rumors and gossip which can negatively affect morale, productivity, and culture.

     • Promoting the Continuous Improvement (Kaizen) process

     • Supporting the elimination of the 8 types of waste in construction processes

     • Building vulnerability based trust

     • Supporting the development of future Lean Leaders by modeling the power of an effective communication process

This Webinar will provide an organizational-wide communication plan and checklist to support the development of a Lean Culture. Actual company examples will be discussed.

Register Here

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Webinar: Is the Pace of Construction Investment Set to Quicken?
November 20, 2014, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m., CST
Will 2015 see further steady progress, or will it be sidetracked by the likes of material and labor shortages, commodity prices surges, further political bickering in Washington or military turmoil in hot spots around the world. Join an amazing team of economic exerts for an insightful, informative and interactive account of the outlook for construction in the upcoming months. Chief Economists from CMD, the AGC and the AIA combine forces for a lively, fast-paced economic webcast.  For more details, and to meet the experts, Click Here.
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Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
 
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, please 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
Blake Wentz, Milwaukee School of Engineering; Held at AGC Offices

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, please 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, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or 414-778-4100.

*Collective Bargaining Authorization to AGC of Greater Milwaukee

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Harassment-Free Workplace Training
December 11th, 8:00 am to 10:00 am

Corp GC/CM - Comp, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
Pamela Ploor, Quarles & Brady LLP

This training will equip you to take steps to avoid unnessary workplace disruptions and harassment and discrimination claims.  We will examin and answer the following questions:
 • What does “bullying” really mean?
 • When does “bullying” become illegal harassment?
 • How to ensure all legally protected bases, including sexual orientation
 • What you can do to insulate your organization from bullying and harassment claims and to create a respectful work environment for everyone

To register, please 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
December 15th, 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 in 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, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or 414-778-4100.

*Collective Bargaining Authorization to AGC of Greater Milwaukee

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Ethics in Project Planning Instructor and Participant Notes
Free case studies based on real job-related issues faced by contractors

The AGC Education and Research Foundation commissions case studies based on actual job-related issues faced by AGC contractors. These real-life issues are presented in hypothetical scenarios by contractor/faculty teams to allow students the opportunity to debate various methods of resolving conflicts. The case studies do not advocate for specific solutions, particularly in areas where laws may differ from state-to-state but they allow instructors to provide an environment in which students may be presented with the range of knowledge they must have to effectively address issues that will most certainly face them in their careers. Over time, the foundation plans to provide a library of case studies available to trainers and faculty for use by their students.

AGC members can take advantage of this deal at http://store.agc.org/New-Products and by using promotional code CASE1 at checkout.

If you have any questions about the Education and Research Foundation, please contact Melinda Patrician at patricianm@agc.org.

If you have any questions about the AGC Store or are having difficulties obtaining these items, please contact Adam Brizendine at adam.brizendine@agc.org.

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Association Highlights
AGC Recognizes Members Making ENR's Top 600 Specialty Contractors List
Early Bird Donation Opportunities for AGC's Holiday Gala Close Friday
Wisconsin Annual Asbestos Seminar Registration is Open!
AGC Webinars
Webinar: The Role of Communication in Supporting the Development of a Lean Culture
Webinar: Is the Pace of Construction Investment Set to Quicken?
Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
Crane Rigging Training
STP 5: Planning and Scheduling
OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
Harassment-Free Workplace Training
Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
Ethics in Project Planning Instructor and Participant Notes
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