May 6, 2015
Association Highlights
 
Last Chance to Register for AGC Past Presidents' & Awards Night
Tuesday, May 12th at 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.
 
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.  Our sponsors are a vital part of the evenings success!  Many thanks to you all!
 
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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Upcoming CLC Events: ProHealth Cancer Center Tour, VolunTOUR Event, and Golf Outing Updates

 The AGC Construction Leadership Council is excited for a summer of events!  We've got a few lined up for you, so be sure to check them out and Register!

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.  Check out the event page Here.

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!  Take a look at the event page Here.

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.  Sponsorships are open now!  Companies who submit their sponsorships before May 22nd will be recognized on the Event Invitation, which is distributed to over 500 contacts!  See more at the event page Here.

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Webinar: Practical Applications of Lean Concepts in the Field
Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT (1:00-2:00 PM CDT)
In this webinar on May 12, 2:00 p.m., Sue Klawans, Vice President of Corporate Director of Operational Excellence and Planning for Gilbane Building Company and Wendell Barnes, Senior Business Consultant for Gilbane Building Company share their expertise from Gilbane's Lean journey and demonstrate the application of Lean techniques in the field. Project examples and results of project managers and superintendents who have added value by applying Lean to safety, planning, trade coordination, prefabrication, and quality will be used. Learn tools and apps that can be used to gain efficiencies and eliminate waste. Presenters will provide recommendations for further learning. At the end of this webinar, attendees should have at least one short-term takeaway that they can implement promptly to improve their project and one bigger idea to plan to implement in the future. Click here to learn more and register.
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FREE Webinar - The Pit and the Pendulum: The Correlation between Technology and Construction Performance
May 27th, 2015 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT (1:00 - 2:00 pm CDT)
Join this engaging webinar presented by Anirban Basu Chairman & CEO with Sage Policy Group as he discusses the correlation between technology and construction performance. This presentation will focus upon existing evidence regarding the relationship between technological sophistication and construction firm performance. 
Performance will be discussed along numerous dimensions, including profitability, reputation, and quality and attendees will walk away with an understanding of the follow areas: 
National and international economic performance 
Employment data and labor force dynamics at the nationwide and regional level 
The implications of current construction-related economic indicators 
How technological innovation will impact construction industry performance regarding labor, productivity, cost, and project duration 
A look at broader economic trends and how they'll effect the construction industry
 
 
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John Hunzinger Wins 2015 BizTimes Bravo! Entrepreneur Award

Hunzinger Construction Company President John Hunzinger will receive the BizTimes Bravo! Entrepreneur Award from BizTimes Media LLC.

The Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards salute southeastern Wisconsin business leaders for their bold leadership, business growth and innovation.

The winners will receive their awards at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 20th at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Woodland Dreams Ballroom, in Milwaukee at 1721 W. Canal St., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Bravo! Entrepreneur Awards and I.Q. Awards will be presented to the recipients at a luncheon during the 2015 BizExpo. The awards ceremony will be emceed by WISN-Channel 12 News anchor Craig McKee.

John is being recognized for his vision and leadership in bringing Hunzinger Construction Company to the forefront of the industry in both sustainable building and 3-D modeling technologies. Under John’s direction, Hunzinger has been at the vanguard of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green construction practices and administration for over 10 years. Hunzinger has 35 LEED Accredited Professionals on staff and has taken a leadership role in educating clients, property owners, facility managers, subcontractors, and architects on green building practices.

John Hunzinger created a new division, Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS), for the purpose of green education/training, and consulting and has trained 1,000 people for their LEED AP Exams. The impact that these 1,000 LEED AP’s are having has transformed the landscape of sustainable building in Wisconsin. Hunzinger also created the annual Green Building Conference. This free conference is in its 8th year and averages 200 attendees with 1,850 people attending to date. The reach of this educational program has been particularly impactful because the information presented is being used daily by designers and engineers to create a transformed built environment.

Another area where John has been an impactful leader is on 3-D building modeling technology.

Hunzinger has invested significant time and resources into the successful implementation of its trademarked process known as Virtual Design & Construction Coordination™, (V.D.C.C.). The process enhancement of this collaborative effort is truly unmatched in the market. VDCC is more than traditional 3D modeling; Hunzinger integrates its groundbreaking Archispatial Model™ which is an interactive platform utilizing architectural models for the purpose of scheduling, estimating, sequencing and project coordination.  By integrating this pioneering Archispatial Model, VDCC becomes a 5-dimension analysis and collaborative platform that not only virtually constructs, coordinates and quantifies building systems and assemblies in the three traditional spatial dimensions, but also incorporates a 4th dimension of project sequencing /delivery detail (Schedule) and a 5th dimension of project budget and cash flow detail (Cost). VDCC, using Archispacial Analysis™, has been proven to save both time and money for all project participants and is truly on the cutting edge of the current technology.

“It is an honor to be acknowledged along with this wonderful group of people who have helped to make southeast Wisconsin an exciting place to do business. We have a great team of people at Hunzinger Construction Company and together we make these kinds of recognitions possible,” said John Hunzinger.

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National Safety Stand-Down: AGC-GM Has the Resources You Need
To Prevent Falls in Construction: May 4-15, 2015
The 2015 National Safety Stand-Down: To Prevent Falls in Construction is taking place now through May 15th!  During the two-week stand-down, employers and workers will pause during their workday to focus on preventing fatalities from falls through talks, demonstrations and trainings.
 
The AGC of Greater Milwaukee has developed 8 fall protection topic Toolbox Talks specific to fall protection that can be used to help your crew zero in on Fall Protection Safety during the awareness campaign.
 
 
AGC-GM and safety director Dan Burazin thank all our members for your continued support and commitment towards keeping the working men and women in the Greater Milwaukee area safe, healthy and returning home each and every day to those who need and rely on them. 
 
To find out more about the Safety Stand-Down Campaign, visit OSHA's website Here.
 
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AGC Members Get Big Incentives on Ford Commercial Fleet Vehicles

As a qualified Association Member with an active Ford Commercial Fleet Identification Number (FIN), AGC Members have the opportunity to receive significant discounts on new Ford vehicle purchases

Combined with Ford’s National Commercial Fleet Incentive Program (56M), qualifying AGC Members can save as much as $2,000+ off select vehicles. Vehicle incentives subject to change.

View Current Incentives

Sign Up and Save Today!

Simply visit www.fleet.ford.com (link is external) and complete the online registration form to get your Fleet Identification Number (FIN).

Then contact any Ford or Lincoln dealer, or your Leasing Company, for complete program details, availability, vehicle quotes, or to answer any questions.

For additional questions, ccontact Ford’s Commercial Fleet Program Headquarters at 877-530-9953.

Go to the AGC-A page Here

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Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
 
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.  

To register, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.
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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.  
 
To register, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.
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In the News
 
Tour the Newly Renovated Green Space and Offices at Schlitz Park: Slideshow
This spring brings people and activities to a new green space in Schlitz Park outside of the windows of UMB Fund Services and the Milwaukee Bucks newly renovated office space.
 
That park features elements from the Schlitz brew house building that stood on that property until, after 30 years of trying to save it, the property’s owners decided to tear it down in fall 2013. See the attached slideshow for a walk through the improvements to Schlitz Park in its third and latest phase, which was completed last year.
 
That phase included demolishing the brew house and creating the new park, and renovating the neighboring buildings into new office space.
 
The project recently won a Real Estate Award from the Milwaukee Business Journal.
 
The brew house’s major building elements, such as vintage hand railings, were preserved and will be reused elsewhere on the Schlitz Park campus, said Gary Grunau, a member of the property’s ownership group.
 
The lack of outcry from preservationists over the building’s demolition is a reflection of the amount of work and investment that was put into saving it. Grunau said that, over three decades, they considered renovating the building for Discovery World, a brewery museum, retail center, housing and a hotel. When Grunau’s group first bought the brewery, it was under contract to become an ethanol plant, but that deal also fell through, he said.
 
The building by itself didn’t have interior support to keep it from falling over, Grunau said. Modern buildings rely on interior structures for elevators and stairways for that support.
 
“There’s none of that in that building,” Grunau said. “What was holding it up was the equipment, which was out of there. The concrete floors weren’t poured to have people walk on them. Nothing would work in that building. For two years we worked with Harley-Davidson to put the museum in there. We spent a lot of money and they spent a lot of money because it was such a great building, but it just didn’t work.”
 
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Construction Spending Dips in March, but Q1 is Ahead of Last Year
U.S. construction spending fell in March compared to February as both private-sector and government construction declined. However, spending was up for the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period last year.
 
Construction spending declined 0.6% from February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $966.6 billion in March, the Commerce Department said Friday. That figure is 2% above the estimate in March 2014, when (seasonally adjusted, annual) construction spending stood at $947.3 billion. The March data beat expectations of economists surveyed ahead of the release by Bloomberg, who forecast construction spending  would rise 0.4%.
 
Despite the monthly decline for March, the first three months of 2015 saw construction spending reach $206.7 billion, 3.2% above the $200.4 billion spent in the first quarter of 2014.
 
In March spending on private construction–which accounts for more than 70% of all construction spending–fell 0.3%, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $704.7 billion. An increase in construction of commercial buildings, private schools, lodging and other non-residential private projects was offset by a slight decrease in construction of new single-family homes and apartments. Residential construction, at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $349 billion, was 1.6% below February’s level, while non-residential construction stood at $353.4 billion in March, 1% above February’s pace.
 
Public construction fell by 1.5% in March, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $264.2 billion. Educational construction stood at $58.4 billion, 2.2% below February’s rate. Highway construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $78 billion, 2.4% below February.
 
The Commerce Department survey of construction spending accounts for work done each month on new structures, or improvements to existing structures, for both the public and private sectors. Estimates include the cost of labor and materials, architectural and engineering works, overhead, interest and taxes paid during construction, and contractor’s profits.
 
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In This Issue
Association Highlights
Last Chance to Register for AGC Past Presidents' & Awards Night
Upcoming CLC Events: ProHealth Cancer Center Tour, VolunTOUR Event, and Golf Outing Updates
Webinar: Practical Applications of Lean Concepts in the Field
FREE Webinar - The Pit and the Pendulum: The Correlation between Technology and Construction Performance
John Hunzinger Wins 2015 BizTimes Bravo! Entrepreneur Award
National Safety Stand-Down: AGC-GM Has the Resources You Need
AGC Members Get Big Incentives on Ford Commercial Fleet Vehicles
Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
Crane Rigging Training
In the News
Tour the Newly Renovated Green Space and Offices at Schlitz Park: Slideshow
Construction Spending Dips in March, but Q1 is Ahead of Last Year
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