August 13, 2015
Making Progress:
View Time-Lapse of Northwestern Mutual Tower & Commons Construction
Officials with Northwestern Mutual released new video this week showing the progress that’s being made on its new Tower and Commons structure in downtown Milwaukee.  The time-lapse video represents construction that took place between March 30th and July 3rd.
Nearly three dozen small businesses have been contracted in the design and construction of this project. Construction is on schedule and should be finished in 2017.
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Association Highlights
It's Almost Time to Tee Off & We Want to Thank All Those Supporting the AGC Golf Classic
To be held Monday, August 17th at the Exclusive Wisconsin Country Club

This year on August 17th, the AGC of Greater Milwaukee will again host its Annual Golf Classic to raise money for the Education & Research Foundation, which has supported construction education programs since the 1970's.  Support from our members is a critical and integral part of this program and this event! 

View the Program Here

This year AGC would like to extend our thanks to all the companies who have contributed to this event:

Ace Iron & Steel Corp.
Aon Risk Solutions
Babcock Solutions LLC
Brehmer Agency, Inc.
C.G. Schmidt, Inc.
C.W. Purpero Inc.
Clean Power
Common Links Construction LLC
Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental
Diversified Insurance Solutions Inc.
Doral Corporation
Fabick Rents - The CAT Rental Store
Gateway Concrete Forming Systems, Inc.
I Sq Ft
Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Lemberg Electric Company, Inc.
M3 Insurance Solutions, Inc.
Michels Foundations
Midwest Drilled Foundations & Engineering Inc.
Mortenson Construction
NEXT Electric, Inc.
Olympic Companies, Inc.
Pieper Electric Inc.
R & R Insurance Services, Inc.
Sonag Ready Mix, LLC
The Blue Book Network
The VanderBloemen Group LLC
Travelers Bond
Velcheck & Finger Roof Consulting & Service
VerHalen Commercial Interiors
Weather-Tek Design

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AGC-GM Fall Education Calendar is Here!


August - September

AGC of America WEBINAR: Creating a Safety Culture in your Company
August 11, 2015 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
Member Price: $79, Non-Member Price: $99
All webinar times are in ET
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Speaker: Cindy DePrater, ALCM
Vice President, Director EH&S
Turner Construction Company

The objective of this webinar is to discuss the process of creating a world class safety culture in your company and why it’s important. We will review how a systematic approach to developing a culture can assist you in creating a safety culture in your own organization. We will also discuss the value and importance of using benchmarking to improve practices and performance in safety.

After attending this webinar participants will understand:
-What Proactive and Progressive Construction Companies Do To Achieve Safety Excellence
-Turner’s Building L.I.F.E. (Living Injury Free Every Day) Safety Culture
-Leading and Lagging Indicators and how you can quantify and measure your progress
-How to create a world class safety culture at your company

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Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
August 25th
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

Rough terrain forklift training vividly impresses upon the students the necessity for safety in all aspects of lift truck operations and procedures.  The safety standards reviewed in detail include graphic illustrations of the personal and economic dangers inherent in the use of forklift equipment.  The step-by-step progression of this training is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to become a safe and professional forklift operator.  This is the classroom portion of the total training requirement for rough terrain forklifts.  
Intended Audience: This course is intended for all individuals on a jobsite who may be charged with operating a forklift at any time.

To register, contact Kim Jalalian at or (414) 778-4100.

AGC of America WEBINAR: Industry Application of Paul Akers Book 2 Second Lean: How to Grow People and Build a Lean Culture
August 25, 2015 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
Member Price: $79, Non-Member Price: $99
All webinar times are in ET
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Speakers: Remo Mastroianni, P.E., LEED AP BD+C - Engineering Manager, Walbridge
Jeff Creighton - Benchmarking & Lean Manager, Walbridge
Mark Federle (moderator) - McShane Chair of Construction Engineering, Marquette University

Changing a company culture is probably one of the most difficult challenges a CEO and top management will have in the construction industry. 2 Second Lean is a refreshing story of how Paul Akers’ company made the breakthrough to a truly lean culture. His challenges will resonate with the experienced Lean practitioner and is a great roadmap for those just starting their lean journey.
Join Remo Mastroianni and Jeff Creighton of Walbridge as they present their experience implementing concepts in Paul Akers’ book and dive into real-life construction examples of what can be accomplished when you train employees to “see waste,” set expectations for continuous improvement, allow employees to make small changes, and communicate those changes and sharing lessons learned. With any long lasting change in an organization, it takes passion and relentless perseverance to nurture the desired outcome.

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WEBINAR: Understanding the Fine Print: Contract Clauses Contractors Must Know (and Revise)
August 27, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Member Price: $79, Non-Member Price: $99
All webinar times are in ET
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Speakers: Philip E. Beck, Esq., Partner - Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP
Ronald D. Ciotti, Esq., Partner - Hinckley Allen
Carrie L. Ciliberto, Esq. - Moderator, Senior Director & Counsel - The AGC of America
There are certain contract provisions that can make or break a project for contractors. Knowing how to identify these critical clauses, and knowing how to revise them, when necessary, is vital to help ensure project profitability. Two top-tier, legal professionals in the construction industry will discuss a number of contract provisions that are essential to contractor success. They will review and analyze key requirements, and how various contracts address key risk allocation issues, so that you know how to best protect yourself in the future.
Learning Objectives:
-Identify certain contract provisions that are critical to success for contractors    
-Review and analyze those key provisions                                              
-Learn about the consequences of poorly written or one-sided contracts    
-Discuss changes that should be made to poorly written or one-sided contracts
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First Aid/CPR/AED Training
August 31st & September 1st  (Must attend both nights)
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $60, Associate - $70, *CBA’s - $85, Non-Affiliated IAP - $125
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, contact Kim Jalalian at or (414) 778-4100.

STP 1: Leadership and Motivation
September 14th, 16th, 21st & 23rd
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $150, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450
Dan Burazin and Gert Grohmann, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

This course will describe the value of effective supervision of workers and improve the construction supervisor’s ability to lead and motivate others.
Unit 1 Explores:
• The dollars and sense of people in construction
• The role of the construction supervisor
• Helping people perform better
• Motivating others
• Leading others
• Positive Feedback
• Training and orienting crew members
• Teams and team building
• Leadership skills in action

To register, contact Kim Jalalian at or (414) 778-4100.

OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
September 15th, 17th, 22nd & 24th
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, contact Kim Jalalian at or (414) 778-4100.

Sales & Use Tax - How is Your Business Impacted?
September 23rd
8:00 am to 10:00 am
Corp. G.C. - Comp, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
Carl Marzolf, Sitzberger, Widmann & Co., S.C.

Are you calculating your sales & use tax (SUT) liabilities correctly? SUT rules are complex in any type of business, and it can be difficult to know how to apply general rules to your unique situation. Join AGC of Greater Milwaukee for Sales & Use Tax–How is Your Business Impacted? for tips and guidance to help you stay current and in compliance.
The first 45 minutes of this 1-1/2 hour workshop will cover general SUT issues impacting most businesses. The last 45 minutes will include your choice of a general roundtable discussion to ask questions for further understanding or a session to address specific issues impacting the manufacturing industry.
You will learn…
•  How to limit your sales and use tax liability exposure
•  When to charge your customers sales tax and when to self-assess use tax
•  Best practices in structuring transactions to reduce tax obligations
•  How to identify overpayments and potential refund opportunities
Who should attend: Accounting managers, accounting personnel, purchasing agents and small business owners will benefit from attending.

To register, contact Kim Jalalian at or (414) 778-4100.

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Schlitz Park to Undergo $76M in Development Over Next 5 Years
Schlitz Park in downtown Milwaukee is slated to get $76 million in new development over the next five years, including significant office space, a 140-room hotel and new apartments.
The development campaign was announced by the business park’s owners on Thursday. It comes in response to increasing downtown vibrancy from projects such as the arena, streetcar and new apartments, said Gary Grunau, a member of the business park’s ownership group. With leasing activity in Schlitz Park’s existing buildings, including a new tenant to be announced next week, the park will have a shortage of vacant office space, he said.
”We have a tremendous pool of labor downtown and the way these apartments are being built, we have more people moving downtown,” Grunau said. “We’ve got the jobs. We’ve got the housing and we’ve got the people.”
“We need to keep growing our product here to satisfy the market,” he added.
The large former brewery stretches along the Milwaukee River north of downtown Milwaukee. Its owners over the past four years have spent $62 million renovating and modernizing most of the office complex. The latest phase of work restored two connected buildings into office space that was filled by the Milwaukee Bucks and UMB Fund Services. If discussions with two prospective tenants come to fruition, that building will be full, Grunau said.
The owners also reopened the Brown Bottle Restaurant and demolished an unsalvageable former Schlitz brew house building to clear land for a park.
“We found when employees want to work here, employers want to come here,” Grunau said.
The next campaign of work will add about 290,000 square feet of office space and could bring the job count to 6,000 for the business park.
Construction of that space would begin in the first quarter of 2016 in the existing Rivercenter building. Grunau said about 50,000 square feet of warehousing space in that building’s first floor will be converted to offices.
That space currently is occupied by Assurant Health, but the company plans to move out in early 2016. The new office space could be ready for tenants by the fourth quarter of next year, he said.
Grunau said construction also could start next year to expand Schlitz Park’s Powerhouse building into 80,000 square feet of offices. The building bears the large Schlitz Park mural and currently houses only a chiller system.
Grunau said discussions are underway with a suburban company that could occupy 20,000 square feet of the expanded and renovated Powerhouse. That tenant is looking to move in during the first quarter of 2017, he said.
Schlitz Park’s owners want tenant commitments to fill about half of the Powerhouse office space before construction can begin, Grunau said. The Rivercenter renovation and Powerhouse projects could cost $20 million combined.
“The warehouse is less determined by tenants,” he said. “The Powerhouse, we’re going to need tenants to get started.”
Schlitz Parks owners also need tenants to begin construction on a vertical addition atop the Rivercenter building, where Grunau hopes to bring in a corporate headquarters. That four-story addition would have glass exterior walls and 160,000 square feet of space. The budget is estimated at $20 million to $25 million.
“That’s going to depend on developing somebody,” Grunau said. “That gets a little more lead time.”
Also slated for a possible late 2016 construction start is a new hotel along the Milwaukee River with 140 rooms. That hotel would be built at North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Vliet Street. Grunau said he is seeking a developer experienced in building hotels to partner on that project.
Schlitz Park’s owners also want a development partner for a planned 140 market-rate apartments on West Pleasant Street between First and Second streets, Grunau said.
On the timing of the apartments, Grunau said they could be built in two phases, but added that, “I’d say we’re open for business right now.”
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In This Issue
Making Progress:
View Time-Lapse of Northwestern Mutual Tower & Commons Construction
Association Highlights
It's Almost Time to Tee Off & We Want to Thank All Those Supporting the AGC Golf Classic
AGC-GM Fall Education Calendar is Here!
AGC Law in Brief
In the News
Schlitz Park to Undergo $76M in Development Over Next 5 Years
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