August 26, 2015
Association Highlights
 
Highlights Video from AGC's 2015 Golf Classic

On Monday, August 17th, 124 golfers teed up to support the AGC Education & Research Foundation. The rains held off just long enough to enjoy a round of 18 holes at the exclusive Wisconsin Country Club.  Check out all the fun in this Video Scrapbook! or our Photo Album on Facebook.  The E&R Foundation has supported our industry's future since the 1970's through scholarships to local universities, endowments to AGC Student Chapters, and other construction education programs.  Over the past decade alone, it has provided well over a quarter million dollars in support!  This is thanks to the unwavering support of Members like you who sponsor, attend, and participate in our two major fundraising efforts each year: this Annual Golf Classic, and our upcoming Annual Holiday Gala.  Thank you for your support over the years, and your continued support for this worthy cause!

Again, many thanks to all the sponsors of the 2015 Annual Golf Classic!

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
Spancrete
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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MAWIB Creates Workforce Development Construction Industry Advisory Board - Four AGC Member Companies Appointed
Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board
Creates Workforce Development Construction Industry Advisory Board
Four Board Members Affiliated With AGC  

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee (AGC) has been aggressively working to help solve some of the workforce shortages currently occurring in our industry.  As a new workforce initiative, three AGC Member Companies as well as the AGC CEO will be serving on the Construction Industry Advisory Board (CIAB) of the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board.  They include: Dawn Pratt, Payne & Dolan; Brian Mitchell, Choice Construction Co.; Robert Fisher, Ahern and Mike Fabishak, AGC.  

The CIAB was created to enlist the expertise and leadership of construction industry executives to engage in identifying strategies to solve the problems associated with the workforce shortage in our industry.   The foundation on which this initiative rests is to have those who employ construction workers determine the strategies and tactics necessary to solve this problem. 

As strategies are examined and developed over the course of the next few months, the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board will then apply the necessary resources from their $25 million dollar annual budget to help place individuals to work in the construction industry, and thus become an important component in solving this challenging problem. 

If you would like to learn more about this new initiative, please contact Mike Fabishak at mfabishak@agc-gm.org or at 414-778-4100.

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No Shortage of Upcoming Projects in Milwaukee
The Building Advantage's Comprehensive Listing of Summer 2015 Projects in the Pipeline

A Comprehensive Listing of Milwaukee Area Building Project in the Pipeline and Under Construction

Every year Building Advantage provides a comprehensive listing of all vertical building construction projects planned or under construction in Southeastern Wisconsin Area.   By Clicking Here, you will see 75 individual projects of various sizes and composition throughout the area.

Building Advantage is a Southern Eastern Wisconsin organization whose goal is to promote quality construction through the use of union contractors and union labor. 
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OSHA Launches New Webpage on High Penalty Enforcement Cases by State
OSHA launched a new webpage highlighting enforcement cases, organized by state, that have initial penalties above $40,000. Cases are based on citations issued to employers beginning Jan. 1, 2015. The page features an interactive U.S. map where visitors can click on a state and view a list of cases. It also offers an alternate view of all the cases by state in a table format. Lists provide links to inspection details for each case and are updated weekly.
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Upcoming Trainings on the AGC Fall Education Calendar


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

August - October

For a complete list of this semester's classes visit www.agc-gm.org/events


WEBINAR: Understanding the Fine Print: Contract Clauses Contractors Must Know (and Revise)
August 27th, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm EDT
Member Price: $79, Non-Member Price: $99
All webinar times are in ET
Register at www.agc.org


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
 
Register at www.agc.org


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 kjalalian@agc-gm.org 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 kjalalian@agc-gm.org 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 kjalalian@agc-gm.org 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 kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.


Understanding Your Pension Liability as a Union Contractor
September 29th
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Corp. G.C. - Comp, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
Mike Gantert, Executive Director - Building Trades United Pension Trust Fund (BTUPTF)
 
As a Union General Contractor or Subcontractor, you contribute pension benefits into the BTUPTF on behalf of all those field personnel whom you employ.  While your contributions serve to provide a pension, there are other vital considerations that you should understand as an informed contractor.  Mike Gantert has served as the Executive Director of the BTUPTF for over two decades.  He will bring valuable insight concerning various laws that come into play that dictate certain aspects of this pension plan.  Additionally, he will discuss the current pension plan status and what factors lay ahead that will have an important impact on the plan’s status. This program is a “can’t miss” for those educated contractors who want to clearly understand the various liability aspects of your participation as a contributor to this plan.
 
To register, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.
 
Confined Space
September 30th 
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $25, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $80
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee
 
Attendees will learn OSHA requirements for confined space entry, hazard identification, atmospheric testing considerations, basic ventilation principles and use of entry permits. 
 
Topics Include:
Confined Space Hazard Identification 
Air Monitoring
Basic Ventilation
Permits
 
Intended Audience: Any supervisor who will be assigned to confined space job sites and those individuals who need to become familiar with OSHA Confined Space Entry Requirements.

To register, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.
 
 
Emerging Technologies in Managing Construction Projects
October 1st
8:00 am to 10:00 am
Corp. GC/CM - Comp., Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University
 
This will be a panel format featuring leading local contractors, with Prof. Mark Federle (Marquette University) serving as the moderator.  The program will look at current and future use of technology in design and construction.  Members of the panel will speak to how they are implementing the use of technology in project delivery and on construction sites as well as share their impressions of its benefits regarding cost, schedule and human connections.
 
STP 6: Risk Management and Problem Solving
October 5th, 7th, 12th & 14th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $150, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450
 
This course will cover the roles and responsibilities of a construction supervisor in accident prevention and loss control.  
 
Unit 6 explores:
• Safety leadership, communication and expectations
• Planning for site safety
• Site safety management
• Site security and protection
• Multi-employer safety
• Construction risk management
• Safety and Human Resources
• Regulatory procedures, record keeping and documents
 
To register, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.
 

For a complete list of this semester's classes visit www.agc-gm.org/events
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This Year’s AGC-A Building Contractors Conference Rebranded as BuildCon 2015
October 7-9, 2015 | San Diego, CA
AGC BuildCon 2015 brings together leaders, owners and peers of the industry to share, learn and discuss vital business topics to help attendees compete and excel in today's market. For this premiere event sessions are designed to present attendees with result driven project delivery approaches, business development practices and organization safety practices. This two-day conference provides more than 15 hours of education, round table discussions and networking events. Everyone will walk away with practical skills that they can implement immediately. Below is a session highlight:
 
It's All about the Owner: Collaboration for Results:
Building on the stories from the Collaboration Chronicles, what are we learning? Is our industry creating the proof owner organizations need to make change in their procurement and project management processes? Using survey data, Collaboration Chronicles and case studies, we'll build the case for owners.
 
Registration is available here. For additional questions contact Sarah Gallegos at gallegoss@agc.org or Paige Packard at paige.packard@agc.org.
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In the News
 
More Work on the Way? Architecture Billings Index Points to Yes! Highest Mark Since 2007
Paced by continued demand for projects such as new education and healthcare facilities, public safety and government buildings, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) increased in June following fluctuations earlier this year. 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 June ABI score was 55.7, up substantially from a mark of 51.9 in May. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 63.4, up from a reading of 61.5 the previous month. Read complete press release here.
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Join WasteCap at The Emerald Evening
Thursday, September 17th, 2015 at Best Place

The Emerald Evening

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH AT THE BEST PLACE IN MILWAUKEE!
5:30pm - 8:30pm - 901 W Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233

Cocktail Attire Recommended

Join WasteCap Resource Solutions for our third annual fundraising gala, the Emerald Evening! This event features live performance art, sustainable cuisine from local restaurants, free beer, specialty drinks, and unique silent auction packages all while supporting our vision of Transforming Waste into Resources!

Why The Emerald Evening is so important this year is that the funds generated from the event are making a direct impact in our new salvaging and deconstruction initiatives. In conjunction with the City of Milwaukee, WasteCap is saving materials from foreclosed homes and buildings ready to be razed.

The funds are not only helping secure the resources needed to do the work, but actually putting people to work with paid employment and education opportunities for individuals here in Milwaukee through the Milwaukee Community Service Corps and Northcott Neighborhood House, all while keeping resources out of landfills!

The Event is Free to Attend, but Space is Limited so Register Now!

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
Highlights Video from AGC's 2015 Golf Classic
MAWIB Creates Workforce Development Construction Industry Advisory Board - Four AGC Member Companies Appointed
No Shortage of Upcoming Projects in Milwaukee
OSHA Launches New Webpage on High Penalty Enforcement Cases by State
Upcoming Trainings on the AGC Fall Education Calendar
This Year’s AGC-A Building Contractors Conference Rebranded as BuildCon 2015
In the News
More Work on the Way? Architecture Billings Index Points to Yes! Highest Mark Since 2007
Join WasteCap at The Emerald Evening
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