April 22, 2015
Association Highlights
 
Past Presidents' & Awards Night - Read Below to See the Winners!
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 on 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 have been mailed out, so please RSVP as soon as possible.
 
This evening’s program will include the following honorees: 
 
Committee Chairman of the Year - Doug Carlson, KBS Construction Inc.
Gil Czaplewski Superintendent of the Year - Dennis Hanke, Reichl Construction Inc.
Associate Member of the Year - Robert Bartel, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Harvey Peterson Safety Award - Mel Langlais, Mortenson Construction 
AGC Pioneer Award - Larry Rocole, J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc.
S.I.R. Award (Skill, Integrity, Responsibility) - Matt Bratzke, Opus Design Build LLC
Lifetime Achievement Award - Gary Jorgensen, VJS Construction Services
 
Congratulations to all of you!  Additionally, we'd like to thank all of our sponsors who have made this evening possible.
 
GOLD
C.G. Schmidt, Inc.
 
SILVER
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Mortenson Construction
 
BRONZE
Aon Risk Solutions
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal  Inc.
Spancrete 
 
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.
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CLC's Roundtable Review, Upcoming Events, and Golf Outing Sponsorship Opportunities
A group of over 40 students and young professionals came together at the new Grohmann Residential Tower for the 2015 Student Roundtable last week Thursday.  You can check out more photos from the event Here.  Travis Smith, President of the MSOE AGC Student Chapter, presided, welcoming all the guests and thanking the evening's food sponsors, Olympic Companies, Inc. and Triad Construction Inc.  He then introduced the CLC's Vice Chair, Angie Benike of J.F. Ahern Co. who explained that this event is part of the CLC's mission to connect the students to the rest of the construction industry through its parent Association, the AGC of Greater Milwaukee.
 
The students then got the chance to meet industry professionals and ask them questions on whatever was on their minds, and were able to draw on their experiences.  They had four 15-minute sessions of two-on-two conversations, rotating tables after each session.  The excitement and energy was noticeable, and it created a lively din throughout the room.
 
After a brief break, Brent Verheyn of Hunzinger Construction, an assistant project manager for the Grohmann Tower renovation, gave a brief presentation on the challenges presented by re-purposing and finishing a building that was left incomplete and abandoned for over six years.  Everything from broken windows and mysterious leaks to complete tearouts of existing walls and refurbishing or replacing rusty elevators, the challenges Hunzinger faced were countless.  But in the end, as we could all see that night, the finished product was a beautiful space where students could live, study and collaborate at events such as the Roundtable.
 
 If you weren't able to attend this event, don't be discouraged; we have a few more coming up!
 
Thursday, May 28th - Pro 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.
 
Saturday, June 6th (NOTE: Date changed from May 16th)–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, 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.  Details for sponsorship will be mailed out by the end of this week!
 
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AGC 2015 Convention Sessions Now Online!
For those that missed the AGC Convention, you can view many of the professional development programs online!  Individual session programs have been uploaded for your access.  View the programs by clicking here
 
And be sure to save the date for the 97th Annual Convention, March 9-11, 2016 in San Antonio, TX.
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Free Webinar: Will Construction Pick Up the Pace or the Pieces?
April 30, 2015 from 2:30 4:00 p.m. EDT (1:30 - 3:00 CDT)
This free, live economic webcast with industry-leading chief economists, Ken Simonson of the AGC, Kermit Baker of the AIA, and Alex Carrick of CMD gives industry professionals insight into what's expected for this season — from experts inside the construction industry. Ken, Kermit and Alex will discuss:
 
-Areas expected to see the largest gains and areas still struggling;
-Metros with the largest housing increases and areas still distressed;
-Trends helping and trends holding down construction;
-Construction spending, labor and prices;
-Much more
 
The economists will take questions from the audience in the last half hour, and AIA members can receive 1.5 learning units for attending the live broadcast. See what's ahead for 2015. Sign up today to be a part of this year's event!  
 
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Construction Labor Rate Trends and Outlook Report
The Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC) has released their 2015 Union Construction Labor Cost Trends and Outlook Report.  This report contains detailed information on union labor rates for craft workers throughout the construction industry.  The information is presented for the nation and contains nine geographical regions affecting 17 different craft breakouts.  
 
The report will soon be posted and available to AGC-A members, along with other CLRC reports, on the Labor & HR Topical Resources page of AGC’s website at www.agc.org/topicalresources.  Log in and select “Collective Bargaining” from the first pull-down menu and “Collective Bargaining Agreement Data” from the second.
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Free AGC and ConsensusDocs Construction Law Newsletters
Getting concise and free information that impacts the bottom line is both useful and rare. The new AGC and ConsensusDocs newsletters provide your members with useful contract and construction law information that impacts their risk profiles. ConsensusDocs is working with some of the best construction law firms for up-to-date information that will help keep your members in the know.
 
Click here to view & subscribe to the ConsensusDocs Construction Law newsletter.
 
Click here to view & subscribe to the AGC Construction Law newsletter.
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In the News
 
Newly Proposed Rules May Impact Stormwater Monitoring and Air Emissions Reporting

AGC-A has been analyzing two new proposed rules from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine their impact on the regulated construction community: (1) new water pollutant analysis methods for determining compliance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits and (2) new electronic reporting and recordkeeping requirements for submitting specified air emissions reports to EPA.

Stormwater Monitoring

First, EPA has proposed revisions to the pollutant analysis methods that are used by numerous industries to analyze the chemical, physical, and biological components of wastewater and other environmental samples that are required by regulations under the Clean Water Act.  EPA also proposes to: approve certain methods under the alternate test procedures (ATP) program; clarify the procedures for EPA approval of nationwide and limited use ATPs; and revise the procedure for determination of the method detection limit to address laboratory contamination and variability.

EPA approves analytical methods for measuring water pollution. Owners and operators of construction sites or related industrial support operations (as well as laboratories) must use these approved methods for determining compliance with construction or industrial stormwater [NPDES] permits, for example, or other monitoring requirements.  Click here for EPA’s Fact Sheet.  To submit your comments to EPA by the APRIL 20 deadline, go to this website and click on the “Comment Now” box.

Air Emissions Reporting

Second, EPA has proposed revisions to the reporting and recordkeeping requirements for facilities that submit air emissions data under the federal new source performance standards.  The proposal would require affected facilities to submit certain air emissions data reports electronically to EPA through the agency’s Central Data Exchange and would allow affected facilities to maintain such reports electronically rather than in hardcopy.  This is the next step in EPA’s effort to expand electronic reporting to all program areas; AGC has reported extensively on the NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule.

Any AGC member that owns or operates a hot-mix asphalt plant, concrete-batch plant or a rock quarry operation, for example, would be affected.  The reports addressed in the proposal include summary reports, excess emission reports, performance test reports, and performance evaluation reports.  To submit your comments to EPA by the MAY 19 deadline, go to this website and click on the “Comment Now” box.

Contact Leah F. Pilconis, Senior Environmental Advisor AGCA, at piconisl@agc.org with any questions.

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Affordable Care Act Cadillac Tax Q&A
The Cadillac tax of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") begins in 2018.  While many employers recently have adjusted health benefit coverage levels to satisfy the legal minimums of the Employer Mandate, the Cadillac tax may require these same employers to once again adjust coverage levels but this time to avoid exceeding maximum levels specified by ACA. This brief Q&A describes the tax and the recent IRS Notice 2015-16 describing tentative rule-making proposals by the IRS. 
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Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
 
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. 
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OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
April 28th, 30th & May 5th & 7th, 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm
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. 
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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.
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Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
May 20th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. G.C. - $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.
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Crane Rigging Training
May 21st, 4 pm to 8 pm
Corp. G.C. - $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.
Gert Grohmann, 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 Rigger” 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.  
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In This Issue
Association Highlights
Past Presidents' & Awards Night - Read Below to See the Winners!
CLC's Roundtable Review, Upcoming Events, and Golf Outing Sponsorship Opportunities
AGC 2015 Convention Sessions Now Online!
Free Webinar: Will Construction Pick Up the Pace or the Pieces?
Construction Labor Rate Trends and Outlook Report
Free AGC and ConsensusDocs Construction Law Newsletters
In the News
Newly Proposed Rules May Impact Stormwater Monitoring and Air Emissions Reporting
Affordable Care Act Cadillac Tax Q&A
Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
First Aid/CPR/AED Training
OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
STP 4: Contract Documents and Construction Law
Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
Crane Rigging Training
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