November 18, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving to All of Our Members!

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee would like to wish our members and their families a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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Association Highlights
 
Eat, Drink and Be Merry! Register Now for AGC-GM's Annual Holiday Gala
Friday, December 12th, 2014 in the Milwaukee Public Museum's Streets of Old Milwaukee

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 opportunities are still available for our Silent Auction, the proceeds from which go toward providing students attending local universities with scolarships in construction-related degrees.  Invitations 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.
Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental
Midwest Drilled Foundations & Engineering Inc.
Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.
The Brehmer Agency

Donations opportunities are still available for this gala event, either as an auction item, or you can donate cash and we will do the shopping for you!  Thanks to our current sponsors, amongst our other items, we will be having an outstanding jewelry collection up for bid this year, shown above!   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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CLC Volunteer Team Makes A Difference

On Saturday, November 8th, a group of six CLC members and guests joined forces with a team from GC Schmidt to make a difference with the national Make A Difference Day organization.  For the past 22 years, Make A Difference Day has helped home owners who need a helping hand getting their homes ready for the upcoming winter.  Many of these individuals live alone or do not have other family in the area to help them perform tasks such as raking their yards and garden beds or cleaning and hanging their storm windows.  The Construction Leadership Council teamed up with the crew from CG Schmidt, who has been participating in this event for several consecutive years, to help these home owners get winter-ready.  A special thanks to Shelley Anderson at CG Schmidt for organizing this event and inviting the CLC to join forces with them! 

We met at a central location at 9 a.m. for a group photo and to receive our assigned houses.  Each team got two houses to do.  After a bit of a frigid morning, it fortunately warmed up a bit to be a rather pleasant day.  A couple layers of coats or sweaters came off as we got our rakes warmed up.  With a team of six, we ticked the tasks off our checklist rather quickly at the first house.  The owner thanked us profusely, and gave us some sweet treats to show her appreciation.

At our second house, with a larger yard and several tall trees, there was just a bit more work to do.  But again, it was no match for our combined efforts.  We raked, cleaned gutters, trimmed hedges, cleaned fences, and put up snow markers, all in just over an hour.  The home owner here was so thankful she was moved to tears.  After thanking the group and taking our picture, she gave us each some homemade cookies and mini candy bars.

We really worked up an appetite by the time we were done, so we headed over to Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub on Bluemound for some well-deserved food and beverages.  Thank you to Creative Constructors for sponsoring the provisions that afternoon!

The CLC of Greater Milwaukee would like to thank all who gave of their time and energies, and to the CG Schmidt crew for coordinating such a successful event!   We are glad we could help Make A Difference!

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ABI Billings Index Shows Robust Conditions Ahead for Construction Industry
With all geographic regions and building project sectors showing positive conditions, there continues to be a heightened 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 September ABI score was 55.2, up from a mark of 53.0 in August. This score reflects an increase in design activity (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 64.8, following a mark of 62.6 the previous month. Read complete press release here.
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Get a Competitive Edge with AGC of Greater Milwaukee Member Discount Programs

AGC's Membership Discount Program's provide members access to high-quality services, cutting-edge technology and top-of-the-line products. From discounts on vehicles to computers and software, AGC has partnered with some of the best to give you the most for your money and improve your daily business operations.

When it comes to your company's bottom-line, your membership in AGC pays dividends. These value added discounts will give you the competitive advantage over your competition.

To see a listing of incentives Click Here, and start saving!

If you have any questions about these benefits, please contact:
Sarah Black
Associate Director of Marketing
blacks@agc.org
Phone: (703) 837-5352
Fax: (703) 548-3119

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AGC of America
 
EPA’s Lead-Paint Certifications Up For Renewal in 2015
Get started at least 90 days before your current approval expires.

It is time to start thinking about renewing your U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) program certifications. Any construction firm – or you/your employees – are subject to this rule if you perform work for compensation that disturbs lead-based paint in homes, child-care facilities or schools (with kids six years or younger) built before 1978.  Remember that renovation firm and renovator certifications both expire every five years. EPA is encouraging contractors to show that they are an “EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm” by displaying the agency’s new logo.  Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), EPA may file an enforcement action against violators of the LRRP rule seeking penalties of up to $37,500 per violation, per day. 

To read the full article on the AGC of America website, including links to Fact Sheets, Firm Search Tools and more, Click Here.

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Webinar: Construction Technology Forecast - Harnessing Integration, Mobile, Sensors and Augmented Reality
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST (1:00 - 2:30 p.m. CST)

Have you ever wondered how virtual reality will look on the job site? Or wondered how your mobile devices can be better integrated? Wanted to learn more about the innovative solutions your peers in the industry are using?

In this dynamic session, James Benham sorts through the latest trends in building technologies, identifying short-term fads and long-term game changers from mobile apps to augmented reality and drones.

Learn about real companies who are researching and implementing the latest technologies and how they are impacting their construction projects. Mr. Benham will also discuss the statistics behind the fourth annual Construction Technology Report, revealing how over 1,000 construction professionals are employing and integrating technology on building projects.

Register Here

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Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
 
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 construction 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 2nd, 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 unnecessary workplace disruptions and harassment and discrimination claims.  We will examine 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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In This Issue
Happy Thanksgiving to All of Our Members!
Association Highlights
Eat, Drink and Be Merry! Register Now for AGC-GM's Annual Holiday Gala
CLC Volunteer Team Makes A Difference
ABI Billings Index Shows Robust Conditions Ahead for Construction Industry
Get a Competitive Edge with AGC of Greater Milwaukee Member Discount Programs
AGC of America
EPA’s Lead-Paint Certifications Up For Renewal in 2015
Webinar: Construction Technology Forecast - Harnessing Integration, Mobile, Sensors and Augmented Reality
Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
STP 5: Planning and Scheduling
OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
Harassment-Free Workplace Training
Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
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