February 24, 2016
Association Highlights
 
Nearly 130 Young Professionals Attend CLC Kick-Off for Leadership Training
Read the Review, and Check Out the Photo Journal!

We had a great crowd of nearly 130 young students and professionals come together on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 in anticipation of honing their understanding of what it means to be a leader.  See the Event Photos Here!  After a reception hour and four-course meal, Brian Eigenfeld, Coordinator for the AGC CLC, introduced himself and began the program by thanking all of our generous sponsors.  They were:

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 Insurance Solutions, Inc.

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

Up next, outgoing Chairman Mike Stern of Findorff reviewed the progress the CLC has achieved this past year, especially in engaging the universities and our Student Chapters, generating enough interest at UWM to have a new student chapter in the works there, as well as preliminary discussions do begin a new CLC scholarship through the AGC Education & Research Foundation.  Finally, he introduced our incoming Chairwoman, Angie Benike from JF Ahern.

Angie took to the podium and committed to continuing these efforts to fruition, and then introduced the 2016 CLC Steering Committee.


Angie Benike, JF Ahern Co., 2016 CLC Chair
Ryan Schmidt, CG Schmidt, Inc., 2016 CLC Vice Chair
Mike Stern, JH Findorff & Son Inc., CLC Past Chair
Ben Bergles, VJS Construction Services
Josh Halvorsen, Mortenson Construction
Randy Hill, David J. Frank Landscape Contracting Inc.
Tony Niemiec, State Painting Company
Alex Raver, Hunzinger Construction
Andy Sisler, Creative Constructors, LLC
Devin White, JP Cullen & Sons, Inc.

At long last, Angie brought up our featured speaker, Mark Rounds, Vice President of Corporate Development for Vogel Brothers Building Co., for his presentation, "Houston, We Have a Problem - Situational Leadership Lessons from the Apollo 13 Mission."  To read the full review of Mark's presentation and the event, Click Here

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Attention AGC GC's, Subs & CBAs - FINAL NOTICE: Injury & Illness Survey Due by March 4th

Attention all AGC Member General Contractors & Subcontractors, and Collective Bargaining Authorization Companies: This is the final notice to return your Injury & Illness Surveys, by Friday, March 4th.  These are used to determine who will be honored and recognized at the AGC Annual Safety & Awards Night as a company that puts a premium on the safety and well-being of their workers, and effectively executes their safety plans each and every day on the jobsite.  Please fill out and return the form to Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or by fax at (414) 778-4119.

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AGC's Education Calender for March, Featuring Lean Exam Review & Certification


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

March 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, or register online

Confined Space
March 1st
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.


Lean Exam Review
March 3rd 
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Cost: $100
Mark Federle, Marquette University


This review will help you get ready for the Lean Exam held at the AGC office on March 22nd.  If you have completed all seven units or would like to learn what Lean Construction is all about, this is your chance.


STP 1: Leadership and Motivation
March 7th, 9th, 14th & 16th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $150, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450
Josh Halvorsen, Mortenson Construction

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


Construction Liens
March 10th
Noon – 1:00 pm
Corp. GC/CM - Comp, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
Attorney Nathan Jurowski, AGC of Greater Milwaukee


In this presentation, contractors will learn:
•    To preserve their lien rights through proper timing of notices
•    To advance and enforce a construction lien
•    About subcontractor rights
•    What bonding is required on government projects.


The Economics of Safety
March 15th
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $25, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $80
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee


Today’s challenging economic climate is not the time to back off on safety, but instead to charge ahead with communicating the importance of an accident-free workplace.  Establishing safety objectives and defining responsibilities has never been as critical as it is today.  Holding people accountable for their actions and evaluating their performance can have a big impact on the bottom line.  At one organization, the average cost of a shoulder injury was $50,000, a back injury was $35,000, a knee injury was $30,000 and a hand injury was approximately $20,000.  Learn how to prevent these losses and protect your bottom line!

Intended Audience: This course is designed for anyone within the construction industry who is charged with the responsibility to manage jobsite safety.

Lean Construction Unit 3: Lean Workstructuring
March 22nd
8:00 am to Noon
Corp. GC/CM - $100, Associate/BE Members - $175, CBA’s - $200, Non-Members - $250
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University


Unit 3: Lean Workstructuring is a four-hour course that will be offered at AGC Chapters across the country.  Following completion of this course, participants will be able to:

• Apply the methods and tools utilized in pull planning
• Describe the concept of Lean Workstructuring
• Outline the desired products of Lean Workstructuring
• Describe the characteristics and application of the Last Planner System


Lean Exam
March 22nd
4:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Cost: $550 will be collected after the candidate application is reviewed and approved

Exam information: the Lean Construction Education Program provides policies and procedures related to the exam.

Eligibility requirements: CM-Lean candidates must successfully complete the seven AGC Lean Construction Education Program courses, provide AGC with record of completion and have an approved application in advance of exam administration.

Application: Visit www.agc.org/CM-Lean for the CM-Lean application and allow 10 days for review and response. Once approval notification is received, allow 10 days to complete the pre-exam checklist in advance of exam day (provided in the approval notification email).

An Evening of Safety
March 24, 2016
4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Midway Hotel Brookfield

Cost: $35 per person *member fee / $70 per person non-member fee. (Price includes dinner)
*Member’s include AGC Membership and CBA’s (AGC hold Collective Bargaining Authorization’s)
Choose between Aerial Work Platforms and Fall Protection for “Stick Framers” the first session and Ladders on the Jobsite or Scaffold Safety Overview the second session.
Sponsorship and donations still needed!!

Successfully Handling an OSHA Inspection
March 29th
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


Employers do have rights during the inspection process, but you must be aware of what they are if you hope to exercise them.  As OSHA continues to change the way it does business, it’s more likely your jobsite will be inspected.  The more you know about handling an OSHA inspection, the more likely your experience will be less painful and costly.  This course will help you find out what you might be doing that catches the eye of the trained OSHA inspector and how to successfully navigate your way through the inspection process.
 
Intended Audience: This course is designed for anyone who works on jobsites and is especially beneficial to field supervisors and their crews.

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, or register online
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Alternative Real Estate Financing Seminar
Friday, March 11th at the Madison Club

In a recent meeting with a Madison developer and three labor-friendly real estate development financing managers--Ullico, AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation (IVT) and the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT), the Construction Business Group of Wisconsin (CBG) discovered the developer was unhappy with conventional financing options.  The GC for the project connected CBG with the developer because they have worked with Ullico, IVT and HIT in the past.  After speaking with a few others, they also discovered that only a few Milwaukee developers are aware of these funding options and almost no developers in the Madison area are aware of these alternative financing vehicles.  Ullico, IVT and HIT have all expressed that they have an interest in finding more projects in Wisconsin (and the Madison and Milwaukee areas specifically) to support.

As a result, CBG has partnered with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek’s real estate team to host a short seminar to educate area developers and GCs on these real estate financing options and to connect Ullico, IVT and HIT with people in Wisconsin’s real estate and construction industries.  The seminar will be at the Madison Club on March 11th from 2-4 p.m. with a cocktail reception immediately following.  Find the invitation for the event Here.  CBG and WHD are inviting GCs and developers from throughout Wisconsin, but anticipate most attendees will be from the Madison and Milwaukee areas.

We hope that you will attend the event and that you pass the invitation on to any who might be interested in the seminar.  It will not just be informative but it is also a great opportunity to connect with larger developers in the state. For more information, please contact Robb Kahl at r.kahl@cbgwi.com 

Find the invitation for the event Here.

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In the News
 
Maintain a Culture of Safety Amid Influx of New and Inexperienced Workers With These 13 Tips
After making significant progress in reducing the total number of construction fatalities from a record high of 1,239 in 2006 to a record low of 738 in 2011, the total number of construction fatalities has once again begun to increase. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 874 construction workers – residential and commercial – died in 2014. So we are urging all firms, regardless of their size, to take the following 13 steps to further improve workplace safety with a special focus on making sure the growing number of new and relatively inexperienced workers joining many firms have the training needed to protect themselves and their co-workers.  See all the tips Here!
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Construction Industry Must Use Technology to Combat Labor Shortage

Two contractors' technology managers at Procore software's user meeting answer the question, "What do you see coming next in construction technology?"

“In my opinion, the future of construction technology all comes down to analytics because we have such a workforce shortage right now,” says Dustin Burns, IT director with Kansas-City-based general contractor McCownGordon Construction. "And there’s so much waste in construction when you compare it to healthcare and manufacturing, the focus is going to be on becoming as efficient as possible in construction.

“It’s going to depend on business-intelligence dashboards (concise, simple presentation of comples data) because we want to know where waste is," says Burns. "It’s going to be tough for the industry, but I think it’s going to come down to workforce management – like tracking where people are on the site and when, and what’s the process they take to get from Point A to Point B.”

“I would say that’s absolutely accurate,” says Chandler Brooks, project engineer in operations technology at Dallas-based Andres Construction Services. “What we possibly take for granted right now is all the experience that’s about to leave the workforce. We’re going to have to rely more on the data that technology provides to help the younger guys, that don’t really have the experience, to make informed decisions. They’re going to be able to look at this information – with the help of the intuition of one or two higher-level guys – and make decisions.”

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
Nearly 130 Young Professionals Attend CLC Kick-Off for Leadership Training
Attention AGC GC's, Subs & CBAs - FINAL NOTICE: Injury & Illness Survey Due by March 4th
AGC's Education Calender for March, Featuring Lean Exam Review & Certification
Alternative Real Estate Financing Seminar
In the News
Maintain a Culture of Safety Amid Influx of New and Inexperienced Workers With These 13 Tips
Construction Industry Must Use Technology to Combat Labor Shortage
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