April 7, 2015
Mayor Barrett Appoints AGC-CEO Chairman of Compete Milwaukee Construction Industry Advisory Board

Mike Fabishak, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee, has been appointed Chairman of Compete Milwaukee Construction Industry Advisory Council.  Compete Milwaukee is a comprehensive workforce development  initiative of the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board affecting construction, manufacturing, healthcare, service and the financial industry.  The Compete Milwaukee Construction Industry Advisory Council will oversee a comprehensive jobs analysis to clearly understand the needs of construction employers.  By soliciting direct employer input on workforce needs, an inventory of qualified workers can be created that possess the skills necessary to satisfy the needs of the construction employer.

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AGC of Greater Milwaukee Joins Play it Forward Wisconsin Coalition
Southeastern Wisconsinís largest construction association supports Downtown sports and entertainment Arena

(Milwaukee, WI) - The Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee (AGC-GM) supports the efforts of the Milwaukee Bucks and coalition partners dedicated to the construction of a new multi-use sports and entertainment arena in Downtown Milwaukee.  The AGC-GM is also proud to formally join the Play it Forward Wisconsin collaborative to see the new arena project through to completion.

The new arena will spur catalytic development in the City of Milwaukee and serve as an extension of the already vibrant entertainment district Downtown.  These venues service the entire state and attract attendees from across the region. 

As a commercial construction business trade association, our 350 member companies are involved in nearly all the construction of all of this state’s major projects including Lambeau Field, Northwestern Mutual construction, 833 and more.  AGC-GM firmly believes that the new Bucks arena will provide tremendous momentum, and we are encouraged by the conversations between political and business leaders on both a State and Local level that will lead to shovels in the ground by fall, 2015.  AGC-GM Chief Executive Officer stated, “Beyond the new Bucks arena being a once in a generation opportunity, it will serve as a vital catalyst to additional development—providing well-paying jobs, an increased tax base and the exciting renewal of an underused area of this community.”

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AGC of Greater Milwaukee Education & Research Foundation Awards Scholarships to University of Wisconsin Students

The AGC-GM Education & Research foundation recently awarded scholarships to two UWM students pursuing degrees in Civil Engineering.  The AGC SKILL, INTREGRITY & RESPONSIBILITY Scholarships were awarded to Ali Ehsan Ali and Clayton Cloutier, who both acknowledge the AGC for support of their academics.  You can read more about them in their Thank You letters to AGC.  Click Here for Ali's and Click Here for Clayton's.

The AGC Education & Research Foundation is the philanthropical arm of the AGC of Greater Milwaukee and operates multiple scholarship programs at UWM, MSOE and Marquette University.  Through its Board of Directors, Chaired by Rupert Kotze, (Kotze Construction), and E&R Board Members, Rick Schmidt (C.G. Schmidt), Doug Carlson (KBS Construction), Jim Parks (Berghammer Construction), Mike Stern (J.H. Findorff Construction) and Mike Fabishak (AGC-GM), the Education & Research Foundation has provided over $250,000 toward higher education scholarships over the past decade.

If you would like to learn more about the AGC E&R Foundation or contribute, please contact Mike Fabishak at mfabishak@agc-gm.org.

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Past Presidents' & Awards Night
Tuesday, May 12th in the Wisconsin Club's Grand Ballroom

The AGC Past Presidents & Awards Night is where we honor all AGC Past Presidents, the various AGC Members for the many contributions they have selflessly made to AGC, and finally, those elite companies who have put a premium of construction safety.  It is also a unique networking event that draws over 200 construction industry leaders for an evening of recognition.  The date has been set for Tuesday, May 12th at the Wisconsin Club's Grand Ballroom.  Invitations will be sent out via mail soon.

Our sponsors are a vital part of the evenings success!  Your participation as an event sponsor will provide both reserved table/seats for dinner as well as generous recognition through the dinner invitation, event program, event signage and MC acknowledgement.  You will also help the AGC in its recognition of all those who will be honored that evening.  Sponsorships will be open until May 6th. For full details, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

Thank you to our current sponsors!

GOLD
C.G. Schmidt, Inc.

SILVER
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Mortenson Construction

BRONZE
Aon Risk Solutions
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal  Inc.
Spancrete 

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Save the Dates for Construction Leadership Council Tours & Outings!
Exciting Event Lineup for Spring 2015!

The Construction Leadership Council has been busy making plans for their spring activities, and we have some dates lined up for you!  Make sure you Save the Dates for these upcoming events:

Saturday May 16thSpring VolunTOUR Event – An excellent opportunity to spend a Saturday morning volunteering with children from the Sojourner Family Peace Center and see their new facilities.  We will start out by touring the new construction project for the new co-located model of services for families impacted by violence in their community.  We will then spend the morning out on a field trip adventure with the children, followed by a picnic lunch. This is a can’t miss opportunity!

Thursday, May 28thPro Health Care Regional Cancer Center Tour - The ProHealth Care Regional Cancer Center and Ambulatory Campus will be the centerpiece of the ambulatory campus, pulling together all of the services patients need into one location.  Gilbane Construction began this project in October 2013, and includes a green roof where patients receiving infusion therapy can get their care while sitting outside in a rooftop garden overlooking a pond.

Thursday, June 25th - CLC's 12th Annual Golf Outing - Held at the beautiful Ironwood Golf Course, this event is one of our favorites!  Utilize this day out on the greens to network and build relationships outside the office setting.  As always, we will be challenging 18 holes along with on-course contests, followed by dinner, a raffle and door prizes.  Sponsorship opportunities will be opening for this event soon, so watch for more details!

The CLC would also like to take this opportunity to thank the participants and sponsors of the upcoming Student Roundtable Event on April 16th.  So many volunteers and companies stepped up to engage students from MSOE, Marquette, and UWM, they deserve some recognition.

Our Food & Beverage Sponsors for this event are Olympic Companies and Triad Construction.  Thank you for your support!

Another big Thank You to the Volunteers, representing the following companies:

Berghammer Construction Corporation
CG Schmidt, Inc.
Dairyland Energy Solutions
Hunzinger Construction
JF Ahern Co.
JH Findorff & Son Inc.
JP Cullen & Sons, Inc.
La Force Inc.
Michels Corporation
Mortenson Construction
Superior Masonry Builders Inc.
Triad Construction Inc.
VJS Construction Services

Your time and support are always appreciated! 

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Video: Save With AGC-A Member Discount Program
AGC's Membership Discount Programs provide members access to high-quality services, cutting-edge technology and top-of-the-line products. From discounts on vehicles to office supplies to cloud-based construction management solutions, AGC has partnered with some of the best to give you the most for your money and improve your daily business operations.  Click Here to watch the Video!
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AGC of America Awards JP Cullen for Work on Deep Space Auditorium

JP Cullen is the 2015 Build America Grand Award winner for the Janesville company's work on Epic Systems' Deep Space Auditorium, the company announced Thursday.

JP Cullen won the award against 21 other projects across the nation, a JP Cullen representative said.

Associated General Contractors also awarded JP Cullen the Alliant Build America Award for a new building costing more than $200 million.

Deep Space, completed in September 2014, is an underground, 832,000-square-foot facility in Verona consisting of an 11,400-seat auditorium, meeting rooms, event space and conference center.

The project nearly doubled in size during construction with no change in deadline. There were no safety incidents during construction despite workers logging more than 2.3 million labor hours, according to JP Cullen.

“This award is the equivalent of winning an Oscar in the construction world. We have a great team in place and feel honored to have them recognized for their hard work,” said JP Cullen's Epic Division Manager Jim Schumacher.

“We are proud to have Epic as a longtime client who trusts us to take on their tough jobs and look forward to more opportunities to continue to work together,” he said.

JP Cullen's work on the Deep Space Auditorium also won the national Steel Erectors Association of America Project of the Year 2014.

JP Cullen received the awards Thursday at the National Associated General Contractors Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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In the News
 
Wisconsin's Mega Projects Seminar
Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the Country Springs Hotel

DREAM BIG: Challenges and Triumphs of Building Wisconsin’s Mega Projects
Presented by: The Construction & Public Contract Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin in Partnership with State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Country Springs Hotel
2810 Golf Rd.
Pewaukee, Wis.
Schedule:
Registration: 3:30 – 4 p.m.
Program: 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Appetizers & Networking: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The Edgewater Hotel, the Northwestern Mutual Life Tower, The Moderne, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino: All recent Wisconsin megaprojects that dream big. Megaprojects are transforming the face of the built environment in Wisconsin, but they are also transforming strategies for dealing with risks that confront the construction industry, no matter the scope of the project. Whether your organization is planning a large-scale project, or if you’re looking for new tools to better handle your project headaches, we hope you’ll join us as we talk Wisconsin megaprojects with our experienced and star-studded panel. Enroll today!

View the Event Flier with Full Details Here 

Download the Registration Form Here 

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FMIís Construction Outlook 1st Quarter 2015

FMI reports that total construction for 2015 should grow at 8%, outpacing 2014.  Lodging construction is expected to grow 9%, office construction 11%, commercial construction 15% and manufacturing construction 11%,  Even though markets like education and healthcare will grow more modestly, 3% and 4% respectively, slow growth is beginning to catch up to capacity.  The biggest challenge facing contractors this year continues to be finding and retaining the best talent. There is more urgency to grow the talent pool or some contractors will need to turn down new projects.  Finally, the construction industry is beginning to catch up with where it left off in the growth period before the boom busted.  Read the full report with charts Here.

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Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
 
STP 2: Oral and Written Communication
April 6th, 8th, 13th & 15th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $150, Associate - $270, CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450

Each day, decisions made by every foreman and superintendent are crucial to the success or failure of every construction project.  This course presents a body of knowledge and a skill that today’s construction supervisors need in order to be effective communicators on their job site.  Unit two explores effective communication, learning to listen, persuasion, negotiation, confrontation, meetings that work, electronic communications and improving communication.

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

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Lean Construction Unit 7: Problem Solving Principles and Tools
April 17th, 8 am to 3:30 pm

Corp G.C. - $175, Associate - $300, CBA’s - $350, Non-Affiliated IAP - $400
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University

Lean Construction challenges all project stakeholders to develop and apply better ways to manage the overall construction process.  Unit 2 will describe the Lean Problem Solving Process and illustrate how to use tools to solve problems in a lean manner.

Following this course, participants will be able to:

• Define the difference between traditional and lean problem solving.
• Describe how to create a team environment to solve problem.
• Explain how to create trust to avoid problems.
• Describe Observation Walks.
• Identify root causes of problems.

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

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

Corp. G.C. - $60, Associate - $70, ACEA/IAP - $80, Non-Member - $120
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, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
April 28th, 30th & May 5th & 7th

Corp. G.C. - $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, certificate of completion and hardhat sticker 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.

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STP 4: Contract Documents and Construction Law
May 4th, 6th, 11th & 13th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $150, Associate - $270, CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450
Brian Zimmerman, Hurtado Zimmerman S.C.

STP promotes an interactive training atmosphere among course participants and employs some of the most dynamic instructors in the construction industry.  Unit four provides information about contract documents and construction law to help supervisors recognize the roles and responsibilities of all contracted parties, to develop an understanding of how contract documents can be helpful to solve problems and resolve conflicts, and to develop positive relationships between all parties in the construction process.   
Intended Audience:  This course was specifically designed for superintendents, foremen, project managers as well as those who aspire to hold these positions in the future.

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

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In This Issue
Mayor Barrett Appoints AGC-CEO Chairman of Compete Milwaukee Construction Industry Advisory Board
AGC of Greater Milwaukee Joins Play it Forward Wisconsin Coalition
AGC of Greater Milwaukee Education & Research Foundation Awards Scholarships to University of Wisconsin Students
Past Presidents' & Awards Night
Save the Dates for Construction Leadership Council Tours & Outings!
Video: Save With AGC-A Member Discount Program
AGC of America Awards JP Cullen for Work on Deep Space Auditorium
In the News
Wisconsin's Mega Projects Seminar
FMIís Construction Outlook 1st Quarter 2015
Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
STP 2: Oral and Written Communication
Lean Construction Unit 7: Problem Solving Principles and Tools
First Aid/CPR/AED Training
OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
STP 4: Contract Documents and Construction Law
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