January 5, 2016
Association Highlights
 
5 Reasons YOU Should Be at the AGC Annual Meeting at the Wisconsin Club on January 19th, 2016
Are you thinking this event is only for the biggest and best construction companies? Exactly!

It's not "just another meeting."  It's a way to develop professionally, learn what's going on in the local industry, and network with your peers and friends.  In short, it's one of the things good companies do to become great companies.

Why Should I Attend and Participate?

1)  Bring your young professionals to drive inspiration, professional development, and leadership skills.
2)  Discover old friends, potential business partners and make key connections.
3)  Engage industry leaders and trend-setters on cutting edge construction issues.
4)  Be part of an exciting day advancing your industry and association.
5)  Create and strengthen your network of owners, contractors and suppliers to help plan your future business strategy.

BONUS Reason:  Our speaker this year will be the Honorable Tom Barrett, Mayor of the City of Milwaukee, speaking on all the latest developments of Milwaukee's construction boom.

Get 2016 off on the right track and register now by contacting Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

 

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Oh What Fun It Was at the AGC Holiday Gala - See Our Photo Album!

It's always good to get together with friends, catch up on new events and remember old times, and create some new memories.  Especially when there's good food, lively music and it's all for a great cause!  That's just what we did at the Westmoor Country Club on December 11th with nearly a hundred AGC Members and guests, on behalf of the AGC Education & Research Foundation.

The E&R Foundation raises money for scholarships and other educational programming at local universities.   Since its inception it has raised over a quarter million dollars for students in construction studies at UW-Milwaukee, MSOE, and Marquette University.  That's right, the money stays right here in Milwaukee, and it has been Members like You who have helped raise it!

The evening started with a cocktail reception in the decadently decorated halls of the Westmoor Country Club in Brookfield, with wreathed chandeliers and a tree so full of red ribbon who could scarcely see a hint of evergreen.  The  liveried staff hand passed delicious appetizers and served up spirits with evident holiday cheer.  Meanwhile our guests perused the items on the tables for our Silent Auction.  They bid on gift baskets to spas and dinners, a mini Harley-Davidson tyke rider, tool kits, and a 40" TV.  These were all donated by our members, and all the proceeds from the auction went directly to the AGC E&R Foundation.  Thank you all who bid, and to all of those who sponsored and donated to this event:

Aon Risk Solutions
Balestrieri Environmental & Development, Inc
Beeler Construction, Inc.
Brehmer Agency, Inc.
C.G. Schmidt, Inc.
C.W. Purpero, Inc.
Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental
iSqFt
Jens Construction Corp.
Kotze Construction Co., Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Midwest Drilled Foundations & Engineering Inc.
Mortenson Construction
R & R Insurance Services, Inc.
Sonag Ready Mix, LLC
Spancrete
VerHalen Commercial Interiors
VJS Construction Services

Alioto's Restaurant
Ironwood Golf Course
Jackson's Blue Ribbon Pub
The Institute of Beauty and Wellness - Aveda Beauty School
Wisconsin Club
Wisconsin Country Club

 

As we called for final bids, we sat down to a spectacular four-course meal in the adjoining dining hall.  Biscuits and salads, then either a delicious filet of steak, marinated chicken or pecan-crusted salmon, followed by a rich velvet mousse cake.  A bit of coffee was served to help things settle so we could be ready for the music and dancing!  Kevin Kennedy did an outstanding job getting the crowd going with all the hot new songs, classic hits, and even taking up the mic himself for a few throughout the evening.  You can see photos of all the fun Here in our Facebook Photo Album.

Again, thank you to all who donated, attended, bid, and had a wonderful time.  We look forward to doing it again next year!

 

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Register Now for the CLC 2016 Annual Kick Off - Failure is Not an Option!

You won't want to miss next year's CLC Annual Kick-Off on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 in the Grand Ballroom of the Wisconsin Club!  The AGC Construction Leadership Council is pleased to be bringing Mark Rounds in to speak on the topic "Houston, We Have a Problem - Situational Leadership Lessons from the Apollo 13 Mission."  In this uniquely interactive presentation, Mark will be introducing you to the Hersey-Blanchard model of Situational Leadership.  Using clips from the hit movie Apollo 13, he will demonstrate how the leaders succeed or fail based on their “style” of leadership for each situation.  Register Now!

Also, we have put together some excellent Sponsorship Packages for you at this event!  All sponsors will receive prominent signage and recognition during the event's announcements, recognition in our weekly reminders, and in publications such as the E-News Bulletin, Facebook and Linked-In.  The sponsorship opportunity levels and benefits are:

Platinum ($750) - Includes Eight (8) Admissions to the event, PLUS One (1) Individual CLC Membership and Three (3) At-Large Memberships.  Platinum Sponsors also get a reserved table with premium seating.
Gold ($500) - Includes Four (4) Admissions to the event, PLUS One (1) Individual CLC Membership and One (1) At-Large Membership.
Silver ($250) - Includes Two (2) Admissions to the event, PLUS One (1) Individual CLC Membership.
Campus Connector ($200) - Includes Two (2) Admissions to the Event, and will allow students from MSOE, Marquette, and UWM to attend the event at no cost.  You will be acknowledged during a special student recognition segment.


Thank you to our current sponsors!

PLATINUM
CG Schmidt, Inc.
JF Ahern Co.
JH Findorff & Son Inc.

GOLD
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.

SILVER
All-Tech Decorating
FJA Christiansen Roofing Co., Inc.

CAMPUS CONNECTORS
AGC of Greater Milwaukee
Construction Leadership Council

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Education Calendar for January 2016 has been Released!
This semester, we've have added MORE Courses in LEAN, LEED & STP!


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

January 2016

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

 

STP 2: Communication
January 4th, 6th, 11th & 13th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $150, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450
Kevin Higgs, Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.

This course presents a body of knowledge and skills that today’s construction supervisors need in order to be effective communicators on their jobsite.

Unit 2 Explores:

• Effective Communication
• Learn to Listen
• Carrying on Conversations
• Persuasion, Negotiation, and Confrontation
• Communicate with Your Crew
• Putting it in Writing
• Meetings that Work
• Electronic Communication
• Improving Communication

To Register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org

Lean Construction Unit 1: Variation in Production Systems
January 20th
8 am to Noon
Corp. GC/CM - $100, Associate - $175, CBA’s - $200, Non-Members - $250
Mark Federle, Marquette University

Lean Construction challenges all project stakeholders to develop and apply better ways to manage the overall construction process.  Unit 1: Variations in Production Systems is a half-day course that introduces one of the fundamental concepts of Lean Construction: Variation.

In the construction process, the work we do is all connected and variation in even one of those processes affects us all.  This course provides tools to help participants recognize sources of variation on their own projects, examine variation’s effect on operations and mitigate the effects of variation in their everyday work.  Following completion of this course, participants will have the ability to:

•    Define the different types of variation
•    Explain the concept of throughtput and distinguish it from productivity
•    Discuss the role of variation in production operations
•    List sources of variation in construction settings

To Register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org


OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
January 26th, 28th & February 2nd, 4th
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, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org


Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
January 27th
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, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org

Full semester's calendar will be posted shortly at www.agc-gm.org

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AGCA Student Chapters on Social Media

AGC-A has revamped our social media accounts adding a new student chapter Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AGCAStudentChapters/ and twitter account at @AGCA_Students.  Please make sure you like, follow and share to spread the word! We hope you utilize these tools to see and share the amazing community service, projects and experiences that students are gaining from being a part of the AGC community!

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AGC Tells Congress about Needed Policy Riders and its FY 2016 Funding Priorities
AGC recently sent a letter to congressional leaders and members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees detailing the construction industry’s priorities for the fiscal year 2016 funding bill.  In the letter, AGC urged appropriators to prioritize infrastructure investment like the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving funds.  The letter also urged pro-infrastructure policies, which include prohibiting implementation of a number of regulations like the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ “Waters of the U.S.” rule, the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council and Department of Labor’s Blacklisting proposed rule, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s local hiring initiatives for federal-aid highway and transit projects.

Congress has not passed any FY 2016 funding bills to date. In September, Congress passed a three-month continuing resolution that prevented a federal government shutdown on October 1. That CR funds federal government agencies at FY 2015 levels through December 11. Congressional leaders and appropriators are currently negotiating a FY 2016 omnibus appropriations bill, which would likely fund the federal agencies through September 30, 2016. Current reports indicate that another CR will be passed to allow negotiations to continue at least into the weekend, if not into next week. A government shutdown is considered unlikely at this point. If Congress fails to agree on an omnibus appropriations bill for FY 2016 before the holiday recess, a CR would likely be passed to fund the government into early January.
AGC continues to meet with members of Congress to press for the importance of infrastructure investment and the need to slow down the regulatory onslaught.

For more information contact Scott Berry at (703) 837-5321 or berrys@agc.org
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AGC-A Adds Best Practices to Business Development Website
New Business Development Resources Available

The Business Development Forum Steering Committee continues to bring more BD resources and best practices to the AGC membership. A new section has been added to the Business Development Forum webpage titled Business Development Best Practices. The goal is to continue to develop this section of the website so it is your one stop for information regarding all things Business Development.

Have your proposals become stale with words like “me, myself and I” taking center stage in your RFP? Take a look at Colleen Kelly’s article. “It’s Not You, It’s Me: Self-Centered Proposal Writing” and find out how boilerplate language and repurposing content may be hurting your business.

Interested in contributing an article? If you volunteer to author an article, you and your company will be prominently featured and marketed to the largest and foremost audience in the construction industry!  The Forum Steering Committee will also provide you with the necessary direction and support to make the process as easy as possible. If you are interested to contributing a best practice, please contact Paige Packard at paige.packard@agc.org.

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VIDEO: Watch a Construction Crane Lift a Crane, Thatís Lifting a Third Crane, Thatís Lifting a Fourth Crane

Sometimes it’s not enough for a company to tell you how much weight one of their pieces of equipment can lift, so they have to show you.  Liebherr, a German manufacturer of construction cranes, did just that, and in impressive fashion, when they put on a very impressive display of strength and engineering as they had a crane lift 3 other cranes at their yearly customer event. 

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In the News
 
New Life for Historic Green Bay Landmark

Developers of a 91-year-old hotel in downtown Green Bay planned to begin renovation work this week. Plans call for restoring the Hotel Northland to its historic grandeur, while developing the property into a boutique 160-room hotel with two full-service restaurants, catering, event space, a fitness center and spa.

According to a news release from the Northland’s branding and marketing agency, Frantz Community Investors and Keith P. Harenda of KPH Construction, work can now start on the restoration of the nine story building after finally closing on the property. Frantz Community Investors – the lead on the project – has said that the complex financial makeup of the $44 million plan has made closing on the property difficult. In April, the the final – and needed – pieces of funding for the project were announced: private financing and federal loan money.

“Completed in 1924, the hotel was one of the largest and most important buildings constructed in Green Bay prior to the end of World War II and reflected the city’s growth,” according to the Wisconsin Historical Society.

It also played a part in the history of the Green Bay Packers. “The Hotel Northland hosted a National Football League (NFL) conference in 1927 and served as NFL headquarters during three Green Bay-hosted championships in 1961, 1965, and 1967. In 1959, it was the setting of one of famed Packers head coach Vince Lombardi’s earliest press conferences.”

The newly redeveloped hotel is expected to employ 166 people full-time. “It’s quite a Christmas gift for us,” said Mike Frantz, one of the founders of Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based FCI in the news release.

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Is Construction Back on Solid Footing? ABI Indicates Yes!
There has been increasing levels of demand for design services for nearly all construction project types for the majority of the year as revealed in the Architecture Billings Index (ABI). 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 October ABI score was 53.1, down slightly from the mark of 53.7 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.5, down from a reading of 61.0 the previous month. Read complete press release here.
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Construction Employment Increases in 180 out of 358 Metro Areas between October 2014 and 2015
Construction employment increased in 180 out of 358 metro areas, was unchanged in 46 and declined in 132 between October 2014 and October 2015, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials attributed the fact that over half of the nation’s metro areas added construction jobs to growing demand for construction but cautioned that labor shortages could be impeding employment growth in parts of the country.

“Contractors are adding workers in many parts of the country again, which is consistent with the robust growth that is occurring in construction spending,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “But job gains would be even more widespread if contractors could find enough qualified experienced craft workers and supervisors as well as new entrants to the industry.”

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif. (9,800 jobs, 13 percent) added the most construction jobs during the past year. Other metro areas adding a large number of construction jobs include Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif. (9,400 jobs, 8 percent), Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colo. (9,400 jobs, 10 percent), and Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev. (8,400 jobs, 19 percent). The largest percentage gains occurred in Weirton-Steubenville, W.Va.-Ohio (56 percent, 900 jobs); Wenatchee, Wash. (21 percent, 500 jobs); Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, N.Y. (19 percent, 4,400 jobs) and Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise.

The largest job losses from October 2014 to October 2015 were in Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas (-6,000 jobs, -8 percent), followed by Bergen-Hudson-Passaic, N.J. (-2,200 jobs, -7 percent); Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Fla. (-2,100 jobs, -5 percent), and Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wisc.    (-1,700 jobs, -2 percent). The largest percentage decline for the past year was in Watertown-Fort Drum, N.Y. (-19 percent, -400 jobs), followed by Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula, Miss. (-17 percent, -1,500 jobs), Bloomington, Ind. (-15 percent, -400 jobs) Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, Ky. (-15 percent, -300 jobs) and Terre Haute, Ind. (-15 percent, -700 jobs).

Association officials said it was likely more metro areas would have experienced increases in construction employment if it were easier for firms to find qualified workers. Yet few communities offer the kind of career and technical education programs, especially for high school students, which were once common throughout most of the country. That is one reason why the association’s Workforce Development plan urges Congress to provide adequate funding for more career and technical education.

“Too few schools offer programs to help students pursue high-paying careers in construction,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “More school systems need to recognize that construction offers rewarding opportunities for students who receive the right exposure and training.”

View the employment data by rank and state. View state employment map.
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In This Issue
Association Highlights
5 Reasons YOU Should Be at the AGC Annual Meeting at the Wisconsin Club on January 19th, 2016
Oh What Fun It Was at the AGC Holiday Gala - See Our Photo Album!
Register Now for the CLC 2016 Annual Kick Off - Failure is Not an Option!
Education Calendar for January 2016 has been Released!
AGCA Student Chapters on Social Media
AGC Tells Congress about Needed Policy Riders and its FY 2016 Funding Priorities
AGC-A Adds Best Practices to Business Development Website
VIDEO: Watch a Construction Crane Lift a Crane, Thatís Lifting a Third Crane, Thatís Lifting a Fourth Crane
In the News
New Life for Historic Green Bay Landmark
Is Construction Back on Solid Footing? ABI Indicates Yes!
Construction Employment Increases in 180 out of 358 Metro Areas between October 2014 and 2015
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