February 1, 2016
Association Highlights
 
AGC of Greater Milwaukee Welcomes New President, Board of Directors, and Mayor Tom Barrett to 2016 Annual Meeting

Thank you to all who supported us in helping the AGC of Greater Milwaukee put on a successful 2016 Annual Meeting this past Tuesday, January 19th at the Wisconsin Club.  We are glad we could bring everyone together to meet and network.  Browse through our Photo Journal of the event, perhaps you will find yourself or your colleagues!  We appreciated introducing our 2016 AGC President, Eric Wynn from JH Findorff & Son, the new AGC Board of Directors, and recognizing the hard work and dedication of the graduates of our Supervisory Training Program.   Finally, we enjoyed hearing of the exciting developments happening in Milwaukee from our very own Mayor, Tom Barrett.  The heart of our city is indeed going strong again!  You may read the full Event Summary Here.  We look forward to serving you in the upcoming year as together we Lead the Construction Industry Forward!

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CLC Kick-Off is Ready to Launch Your Leadership Training!
Thank you to everyone attending and to our Sponsors!

We are making final preparations and starting the countdown to launch the AGC Construction Leadership Council Annual Kick-Off!  Mark Rounds will take our Leadership training to the final frontier as he demonstrates various styles of leadership in his presentation, “Houston, We Have a Problem - Situational Leadership Lessons from the Apollo 13 Mission."  What would YOU do in a critical situation?  See if you have what it takes to pull through next Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 at the Wisconsin Club!

Thank you to all of our sponsors!

PLATINUM
Babcock Solutions LLC
CG Schmidt, Inc.
Gilbane Building Company
JF Ahern Co.
JH Findorff & Son Inc.
Mortenson Construction

GOLD
JM Brennan, Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Poblocki Sign Co. LLC
PMSMCA
State Painting Company
VJS Construction Services

SILVER
All-Tech Decorating
Beeler Construction
Berghammer Construction Co.
The Blue Book Network
Creative Constructors, LLC
Duwe Metal Products, Inc.
FJA Christiansen Roofing Co., Inc.
M3 Insurane Solutions, Inc.

CAMPUS CONNECTORS
Construction Supply & Erection, Inc.
VJS Construction Services
AGC of Greater Milwaukee
Construction Leadership Council

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AGC Leads the Charge on Securing a New Sales and Use Tax Exemption!
That’s right, we got the government to care!
AGC of Greater Milwaukee has worked diligently for many  years to see this necessary and helpful  legislation become law, and now it’s your turn as AGC General Contractors and Subcontractors to reap the benefits.

Effective January 1, 2016, 2015 WI Act 126 introduces a new sales and use tax exemption for the purchase of building materials that become part of a facility for a non-profit or government organization. This exemption only applies construction contracts entered into on or after January 1, 2016. Simply provide a fully completed exemption certificate (Form S-211) to the seller, checking “Other purchases exempt by law” on the certificate and enter “exempt under sec. 77.54(9m), Wis. Stats.”

Qualified exempt entities include: counties, cities, villages, towns, school districts, county-city hospitals, sewerage commissions, metropolitan sewerage districts, joint local water authorities, or eligible nonprofit organizations.

Facilities include: buildings, shelters, parking lots, parking garages, athletic fields, athletic parks, storm sewers, water supply systems, or sewerage and waste water treatment facilities.

Facilities do not include highways, streets, or roads.

AGC wants to thank all of the individuals and associations involved in the passage of this important legislation.  It was a long haul, but the results should prove of considerable benefit to general contractors and subcontractors. For further information, please contact Nathan Jurowski, AGC General Counsel, at njurowski@agc-gm.org or 414-778-4100.

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Here's What You'll Learn: AGC's February Education Calendar

 


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

February 2016

For a complete list of this semester's classes visit www.agc-gm.org/events
To Register for any classes, contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian at
kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100


STP 4: Contract Documents
February 1st, 3rd, 15th & 17th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $150, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450
Attorney Nathan Jurowski, AGC of Greater Milwaukee


This course will provide 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.

Unit 4 Explores:
• Introduction to contract documents and construction law
• Creating a positive environment through partnering
• Contractual relationships
• Contract forms and documents
• Managing general conditions
• Good documentation practices
• The schedule as documentation
• Changes
• Differing site conditions
• Time impacts
• Negotiation of resolutions


Project Manager Development Program (PMDP)
Module 1: Estimating & Job Costing

February 8th & 10th
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Corp. GC/CM - Comp., Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75


If you are an early-career project manager or looking to move into this role, this is a can’t-miss opportunity.

The Project Manager Development Program (PMDP) is a set of highly-interactive courses that provide participants the essential skills to advance their careers as project managers.

Each program covers the basics of project management and provides tactics and strategies for ensuring project success.

Module 1: Estimating and Job Costing
•      Introduction to Estimating Basics
•      Project Planning and Setup
•      Estimating Costs for Specific Tasks
•      Estimating Costs Not Associated with a Specific Task
•      Estimating Costs of Work by Others
•      Putting Estimates into Action
•      Estimating Redesign and Revisions
•      Project Contributions to Corporate Profits

Lean Construction Unit 2: Pull in Production
February 17th
8 am to 10 am
Corp GC/CM - $100, Associate/BE Members- $175, Non-Members  - $250
ProfessorMark Federle, Marquette University


Lean Construction challenges all project stakeholders to develop and apply better ways to manage the overall construction process.  Unit 2: Pull in Production is a half-day course that introduces the concept of pull as a means to reliable work flow.
•  Compare batch-and-queue and continuous flow production systems
•  Distinguish push systems from pull systems
•  Describe the impact of pull in production systems
•  Explain pull strategies in construction operations


Crane Rigging Training
February 22nd
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $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.
Dan Burazin, 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 “Qualified Riggers” 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 receive a card verifying their attendance in this class, attendees must be present the entire four hours.  


Basic First Aid/CPR/AED Training
February 24th & 25th
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.


Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
February 29th
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


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 signalperson duties on construction jobsites.  

 

For a complete list of this semester's classes visit www.agc-gm.org/events
To Register for any classes, contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian at
kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100

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ACA “Cadillac Tax” Delayed until 2020

The effective date of the Affordable Care Act’s Excise Tax, or “Cadillac Tax,” has been delayed from 2018 to 2020. In December, President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016, which, in part, delays the implementation of the 40 percent tax on high value employer-sponsored healthcare coverage. Click here for the full article from AGC of America. 

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Announcing New AGC Member Discount Program: Citrix ShareFile
AGCA is excited to formally announce the launch of a new member discount program, Citrix ShareFile. The new program provides AGC members a 10% lifetime discount on all Citrix Cloud products such as GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, ShareFile, ShareConnect and RightSignature.  Details are available here.
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In the News
 
First Look: West Allis Reviews Developments for Six Points Area

West Allis officials are sifting through competing project proposals from six of the region’s biggest apartment developers in an attempt to build on activity that has created 1,800 jobs in the city over 18 months.

West Allis plans to sell 13.3 acres of contaminated land it owns in the Six Point/Farmers Market neighborhood. Developers competing for the site are offering apartments and commercial space, such as a brewpub and bistro in one proposal from Mandel Group Inc. Projects range in value from $13 million to $62 million, showing apartment buildings ranging from three to five stories.

The city land is west of 66th Street between Mitchell Street and Greenfield Avenue.

The developers on Jan. 12 presented their projects to West Allis’ Common Council in a private, closed session. Details of each development are not yet available to the public, but the city released renderings from the developers to the Milwaukee Business Journal. You can see those images in the attached slideshow.

Each developer is responding to questions from city officials for more details, said John Stibal, West Allis director of development. City officials are pursuing more mixed-use developments in in-fill projects such as the one at Six Points, he said.

“City officials feel very optimistic that several metro-Milwaukee A-list developers have a common vision for West Allis,” Stibal said. “Their proposals will help create a fundamental change to the neighborhood and the city as a whole, which for over the last decade has been positioning its redevelopment strategy to focus on increasing its image, in order to attract this type of high-quality development.”

Craig Raddatz, vice president of Milwaukee-based Fiduciary Real Estate, said West Allis’ market is improving, and is attractive because not many new apartments have been built there.

“That is one of the key factors for us,” he said.

Stibal said that, regardless of which development is selected, the city will participate in the project to pay for site preparation and clean-up for contaminated soils. Those costs vary by project, depending on the amount of excavation and underground parking, he said.

A tax incremental financing district, or TIF, would cover those costs, Stibal said.

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Happy Birthday Milwaukee! Community Leaders Gather to Celebrate Milwaukee's 170th Birthday

More than 400 Milwaukee-area business and community leaders packed the Grain Exchange in downtown Milwaukee Thursday to celebrate the city’s 170th birthday. Check out the Slideshow put together by Milwaukee Business Journal freelance photographer Sara Stathas to see photos from the event.

The annual birthday party, hosted by the Milwaukee Press Club, is a chance for elected officials, business executives and community leaders to gather and network.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee Common Council president Michael Murphy led the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday."

Others in attendance included Milwaukee Ald. Bob Bauman, Milwaukee Department of City Development commissioner Rocky Maroux, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee executive Geoff Hurtado, Milwaukee attorney David Gruber, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn, Marcus Center for the Peforming Arts president Paul Mathews, Milwaukee real estate attorney Brian Randall and We Energies executive Thelma Sias.

At the event, the press club honored the winners of its “Milwaukee foodie” contest, which included Milwaukee restaurant operator Joe Bartolotta, Milwaukee chef Michael Feker, Sprecher Brewery, Lakefront Brewery, Purple Door Ice Cream and Rocket Baby Bakery.

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
AGC of Greater Milwaukee Welcomes New President, Board of Directors, and Mayor Tom Barrett to 2016 Annual Meeting
CLC Kick-Off is Ready to Launch Your Leadership Training!
AGC Leads the Charge on Securing a New Sales and Use Tax Exemption!
Here's What You'll Learn: AGC's February Education Calendar
ACA “Cadillac Tax” Delayed until 2020
Announcing New AGC Member Discount Program: Citrix ShareFile
In the News
First Look: West Allis Reviews Developments for Six Points Area
Happy Birthday Milwaukee! Community Leaders Gather to Celebrate Milwaukee's 170th Birthday
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