April 7, 2016
Association Highlights
 
Next in AGC's Tech Series: “How Technology Enables Prefabrication & Modularization”
A Presentation You Can’t Afford to Miss! Thursday, April 28, 9-11 am

Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee &
Marquette University Construction Engineering Management Program
present
“How Technology Enables Prefabrication & Modularization”
The Epic Project, A Case Study Approach  
Thursday, April 28, 2016, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Joseph J. Zilber UWM School of Public Health
1240 North 10th Street, Room 590

        

This unique technology program will examine the project delivery method and owner involvement in a prefabrication and modularization environment at the Epic Project located in Verona, Wisconsin.  Marquette University Professor Mark Federle will moderate an experienced panel discussion featuring four of the leading construction companies in Wisconsin.  The panelists will cover the following:
•    Understanding what the right project delivery style and team makeup looks like for a successful prefabrication project.
•    Identify the benefits of prefabrication and modularization—learning how to identify the right opportunities.
•    Understand the methods of prefabrication and modularization for commercial construction through case studies.
•    Distinguish the considerations for prefabrication and modularization—a focus on safety, quality, schedule and cost impact.

Joining Prof. Federle will be representatives from the following companies:
•    JP Cullen – Pete Scharenbroch, BIM Manager and Mike LaRue, Prefabrication Manager
•    General Heating & Air Conditioning – Mechanical Systems
•    Hooper Corporation – Fire Protection
•    Monona Plumbing & Fire Protection - Plumbing    
•    The Morse Group - Electrical              
              
Who Should Attend? Contractors, Architects, Developers, Owners, Facility Managers & Municipal Engineers

To register, contact Kim Jalalian at (414) 778-4100 or at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or register online at www.agc-gm.org/events

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Congratulations to Mortenson Construction on Being Selected as Construction Manager for Milwaukee Bucks $500M Arena!

AGC of Greater Milwaukee member Mortenson Construction has won the biggest financial prize for the new Milwaukee Bucks arena — the construction management contract on the $500 million project.

Mortenson, which is based in Minneapolis, MN and has its Milwaukee-area office in Brookfield, was believed to be one of at least three national contractors with arena-building expertise that were finalists for the project.

Bucks executives confirmed for the Milwaukee Business Journal that the Wisconsin Center District, which will own the new arena, recently approved the selection of Mortenson for the 714,000-square-foot venue.
“Mortenson is widely regarded as one of the top sports builders in the world, and their unmatched expertise will be an enormous asset as we get to work this summer constructing a world-class, multi-use facility that will be a source of economic growth and civic pride for all of Wisconsin,” Bucks president Peter Feigin said.

The Bucks said Mortenson is the second-largest sports builder in the country and has completed more than 160 sports and entertainment projects in the United States. The company currently is constructing the future homes of the Minnesota Vikings — U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis — and the Atlanta Braves — SunTrust Park. Mortenson has also been tabbed to construct the Chase Center, the future home of the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco.

Mortenson is well known in the metropolitan Milwaukee construction market where it has performed projects for more than 30 years. Among the projects Mortenson has completed are the 1000 North Water office tower downtown, the Kilbourn Tower condos in East Town and the Harley-Davidson Museum.

Mortenson is currently working with southeastern Wisconsin clients including Froedtert Health, Uline, Kohl’s Corp., Marquette University, Acuity Insurance, St. Camillus, and Kohler Co.

“Mortenson brings 30 years of local Milwaukee construction experience and is proud to partner with the Milwaukee Bucks to deliver this transformative project for our community,” said Scott Heberlein, vice president and general manager of Mortenson. “We share in the team’s excitement and commitment to provide local workers and businesses the opportunity to help build this world-class arena.”

The Bucks said Mortenson has a strong reputation for incorporating workforce development and diversity inclusion into its projects. The Bucks have committed to meeting Milwaukee city and county job requirements as part of the arena construction, including 40 percent city-resident hiring and 25 percent small-business enterprises on the project.

Other contractors that may have been in the running for the Bucks arena project include: AECOM/Hunt Construction of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Turner Construction Co. of New York City; and Gilbane Building Co. of Providence, R.I.

Local firms believed to have teamed with national contractors include C.G. Schmidt Inc., which is building the $450 million corporate headquarters for Northwestern Mutual in downtown Milwaukee, and Hunzinger Construction, which was part of the team that built Miller Park.

John Hunzinger, president of Brookfield-based Hunzinger Construction, said his firm teamed with Hunt Construction on the proposal. He had not heard anything about the Bucks arena contract as of Friday evening. Rick Schmidt, president of C.G. Schmidt, Milwaukee, said he had also not been contacted yet.

Construction on the Bucks arena is expected to begin by July and will last two years or more with a goal of completion by fall 2018. The new arena will be built immediately north of the Bucks current home court at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, 1001 N. Fourth St., in downtown Milwaukee.

Work cannot begin until the Bucks owners complete lease negotiations with the Wisconsin Center District. Neither side would provide an update other than to say talks are ongoing.

The Bucks also are seeking detailed design plan approvals from the city of Milwaukee.

Completed Mortenson basketball arenas include: the Pepsi Center, home of the Denver Nuggets; the KFC Yum Center, for the University of Louisville Cardinals; and the FedEx Forum for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies.

There were hints the past year or so that the Bucks owners were leaning toward Mortenson.

The Bucks retained Mortenson in 2015 to help with calculating project costs and feasibility issues on the arena project. Mortenson executives said in August 2015 they planned to bid on the project.

The Bucks in August 2015 hired Alicia Dupies, who for 11 years was project development director for Mortenson Construction’s Milwaukee-area office, as vice president of community relations.

The naming of the construction manager comes 13 months after the Bucks announcement about the architecture team. Eppstein Uhen Architects of Milwaukee is on the team led by Populous of Kansas City, Mo., and HNTB Corp., also of Kansas City.

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Day into Night: AGC Hosts First Safety Night!
Watch for News on our Autumn Safety Night!

We asked for your feedback, and we listened!  From your feedback, we took our Annual Safety Day and reformatted it to make it more convenient, accessible, and relevant to you and your employees.  See the Photo Album from AGC's new Safety Night Here!  Thank you to all who volunteered to speak, donated door prizes, and sponsored this event!  The event started out with dinner, making sure the students that evening had a solid base to learn the latest safety tips.  There were two sessions of trainings, and they could choose one of two topics each session. Session One participants could choose to learn about Aerial Work Platforms or Fall Protection for "Stick Framers," taught by Peter Nowack and John Correveau, respectively.  Session Two included training on Ladders on the Jobsite from Chuck Cain, or a Scaffold Safety Overview with Dan Burazin.

After an information-packed evening, it was time for a little fun, with prizes and giveaways back in the reception hall.  Who were the lucky winners?   Check the Photo Album and find out! 

Again, many thanks to all who supported this New event with their time, donations and sponsorships!

Speakers

John Correveau - Lighthouse Safety, LLC
Pete Nowak - Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental
Chuck Cain - Bird Ladder & Equipment Co., Inc.
Dan Burazin - AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Sponsors

AGC of Greater Milwaukee
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.
JM Brennan, Inc.
Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental
Beeler Construction

Door Prize Donations

AGC of Greater Milwaukee
CG Schmidt, Inc.
Beeler Construction, Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Milwaukee Construction Industry Safety Council
Milwaukee Screen & Stitch

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2015-2016 Legislative Session Roundup: Triumphs and a Frustration
We at AGC are actively engaged in public policy debate, with the intent to positively impact the construction industry in Wisconsin. With the 2015-2016 Wisconsin State Legislative Session in the books, we would like to take a moment to reflect on some of the more relevant legislative initiatives during this past legislative cycle.

Sales and Use Tax Exemption

During this session, we aggressively worked to enact legislation to cure the long-standing problem of tax exempt entities indirectly paying sales and use taxes on construction material. Now, effective January 1, 2016, the sale of building materials which become part of a facility for a non-profit or governmental organization are now exempt from sales and use tax.

School Board Referenda

We also joined several other construction and education associations in opposition to an attempt to limit school boards’ authority to raise funds for capital projects by referenda. Senate Bill 355 was introduced, which, in part, would have imposed a 730-day moratorium on any school district from adopting a resolution to increase revenue or borrow money on a capital expenditure if the initial resolution was originally rejected by a majority of the voters within the school district. This initiative was defeated by inaction.

Prevailing Wage

Finally, despite our best efforts, we could not prevent the narrow passage of legislation which guts the long-standing and proud tradition of ensuring fair wages and high productivity on government construction projects. Under 2015 Wis. Act 55, starting January 1, 2017, prevailing wage rates will only apply to state agency and state highway projects. On those projects, the prevailing wage rates will be those issued by the U.S. Department of Labor under the Davis-Bacon Act.

At AGC of Greater Milwaukee, we are constantly working to improve and protect the construction industry. Your participation and feedback are crucial to those efforts. We want to thank all of the individuals and associations who support us in our efforts. To ensure that we are able to continue to offer exceptional services, we invite anyone to contact us with comments.
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Final Classes for AGC's Spring Education Calendar


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

April - May 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




Termination of Employment & Unemployment Insurance
April 14th
Noon - 1:00 pm
Corp. GC/CM - Comp, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
Attorney Nathan Jurowski, AGC of Greater Milwaukee


This presentation will explain how to navigate the termination process in order to avoid costly mistakes.  This presentation will also discuss when a former employee is eligible for unemployment benefits, as well as explores the cost-benefit analysis of contesting a claim for unemployment benefits.


Lean Construction Unit 4: Production Management
April 20th
8:00 am to Noon
Corp G.C. - $100, Associate/BE Members- $175, CBA’s - $200, Non-Members  - $250
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University


Everyone related to the construction process has incentive to get the project done faster and at a lower cost - from the project owners who want to see tangible results for their investment to the contractors and designers who want to do their job well and move on to the next project. Lean Construction is based on the holistic pursuit of continuous improvements aimed at minimizing costs and maximizing value on a construction project: planning, design, construction, activation, operations, maintenance, salvaging, and recycling.
Lean Construction Education Program was developed to help contractors develop the knowledge needed to build lean.  Construction professionals at all experience level, will learn the building blocks necessary to transform their projects and companies into a lean operating system.


Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
April 26th
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.


Basic First Aid/CPR/AED Training
April 27th & 28th
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.


OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
May 3rd, 5th, 10th & 12th
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.  


STP 5: Improving Productivity and Managing Project Costs
May 2nd, 4th, 9th, & 11th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $150, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450


This course covers understanding how project estimates are compiled, how to compare actual project costs with those estimated and how to control costs to meet the estimate.  This course also details how productivity is measured, how the supervisor plays a major role in increasing jobsite productivity and how a small increase in productivity can have a significant impact on the time and cost of a project.

Unit 5 explores:

• Construction estimates
• Who controls project costs
• Reporting and analyzing actual costs
• Planning for cost control
• Labor cost variances
• Working with project partners
• Managing risk and loss potentials
• Cost control strategies
• Project-cost evaluation
• Benchmarking construction productivity
• Improving productivity through pre-planning
• New skills for effective supervision
• Personnel management
• Equipment management for productivity improvement
• Jobsite productivity, planning and scheduling
• Quantifying labor cost productivity
• Record keeping, control, changes, and defect analysis


Lean Construction Unit 5: Lean Supply Chain and Assembly
May 18th
8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Corp GC/CM - $175, Associate/BE Members- $300, CBA’s - $400, Non-Members - $500
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University

Lean Construction Education Program was developed to help contractors develop the knowledge needed to build lean.  Construction professionals at all experience levels will learn the building blocks necessary to transform their projects and companies into a lean operating system.  Unit 5 introduces participants to the concept of lean supply chain and assembly.

Following this course, participants will be able to:
•    Differentiate between traditional procurement practices and lean supply chain applications
•    Identify waste and value-adding activities within the supply chain and assembly
•    Evaluate the impact of using lean supply chain on waste elimination, continuous flow and site operations pull
•    Use value stream mapping to diagnose and improve the supply chain.

 

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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AGC Files Suit To Block Administration's Misguided Silica Rule
The Louisiana chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America today filed a challenge to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) final respirable crystalline silica rule in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In doing so, the chapter joined a number of local industry partners who are also concerned about the impact of the rule on the construction industry.

“Our members are deeply committed to taking every possible step to reducing silica exposure on their worksites,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the national association’s chief executive officer. “However, we have significant concerns about whether this new rule is technically feasible, given that the agency’s final permissible exposure limit is beyond the capacity of existing dust filtration and removal technology.”

Sandherr added that while the administration did make a number of the changes to the final rule, including dropping requirements for contractors to establish regulated areas that would block access to parts of construction sites where dust is being generated, the association continues to feel that this final rule is not acceptable.

He added that the association has long urged federal officials to craft measures that would allow the roughly 25 percent of firms not meeting the prior standard to comply. Given the tremendous reductions in silicosis within the construction industry that has taken place since that standard was put in place, even more lives could be saved by getting greater compliance with that standard, the association executive noted.

Filing the petition today starts what is likely to be a lengthy legal challenge to this measure, Sandherr added. But he cautioned that as flawed as the new Silica rule is, victory in court is far from certain. That is why he said the association would continue to work with Congress and the next presidential administration to seek measures to improve this flawed rule in a way that truly benefits the health and safety of our workforce.
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Spotlight on Savings: Construction Products from Fastenal
AGC members continue to save significant amounts of money through the products and services they buy and use every day that are available to members at exclusive discounts.  Products such as Verizon phones and cell service, Staples office supplies, shipping by FedEx, and vehicle leasing by Enterprise Fleet Management and Pro Leasing.

Another way to save money through your membership is to take advantage of the exclusive discounts available to you through Fastenal, one of the world’s largest suppliers of construction products.

You’ll find a Fastenal store in your area by going to their website – www.fastenal.com – and putting in your zip code for a list of locations near you.  There are 2,700 Fastenal stores nationwide.  And while on the site, take a look at the hundreds of product catalogues with thousands of products available to you at a discount given your AGC membership.

So if you are looking for anything from abrasives to tools and fasteners to safety products Fastenal is the source you should use.  For the Fastenal discount, please follow the simple process below and sign-up with NPP, a partner of AGC of America and AGC of Michigan.  If you should have any questions, please call Michael Smith, (248) 763-8520.

Take action now and begin saving money today!

Signing up to be an NPP member is free and easy:

1) Visit www.mynpp.com, click on “Join Now.”
2) Select “Company,” then “Construction,” then “Commercial.”
3) Select “AGC-Participating Chapters” from the Association dropdown menu and complete enrollment.  It’s that easy!


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In the News
 
Slideshow: A New Vision for Milwaukee Harbor would Sprout Buildings, Green Spaces and Jobs

Instead of a heavily industrialized area shut off from its bustling surrounding neighborhoods, a new vision for Milwaukee’s Harbor District calls for extensive green spaces and new buildings for water technology research, cafes and housing.

There could be barges parked on the shoreline with public pools or beer gardens, and new land masses built up along the harbor breakwater with plants and places for fish to spawn. The visions all came from a recently completed design charrette organized by Harbor District Inc. to guide efforts to transform that area of Milwaukee.

See the Slideshow for renderings and recommendations from that charrette.

The harbor district runs roughly east of South First Street and the Milwaukee River, centering around the inner-harbor and including Jones Island. A multi-year effort between the city and businesses is striving to revitalize the area, similar to the transformation of the Menomonee Valley.

The Harbor District organization is a year old this month, and is on track to complete a water and land use plan by early 2017, said Dan Adams, Harbor District planning director. That plan will create a long-term vision for the neighborhood and guidance on which heavy industrial buildings should be redeveloped, and whether retail, housing, offices or other new uses should replace them. It will make recommendations to guide public policies on transportation, green spaces and zoning.

The district and city of Milwaukee hired four consultants from outside the region to participate in a planning charrette. Their final reports were recently released. The recommendations from the charrette will influence that final water and land use plan, Adams said. Many proposals suggest new buildings, especially on the western shore of the harbor, that could host a range of users, including water tech researchers.

The four consultants drafted proposals affecting the entire district, but focused on the city-owned coal pile property fronting on the harbor south of Greenfield Avenue and the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences. The last remnants of the coal pile will soon be gone, and the city’s lease with current user Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP ends next year, Adams said.

“We thought, there’s a clear breaking point in the lease and a clear breaking point in the use, and it’s city owned, so maybe this is a good place to focus the conversation because there is a good possibility that things could happen there,” Adams said.

One challenge will be preserving the Port of Milwaukee operations and current industrial businesses while adding housing and commercial uses. Three of the four teams on the charrette recommended concentrating industrial uses on Jones Island, and opening up the harbor’s western bank for new development.

That area of the district mixes existing heavy industrial businesses with other sites that have redevelopment potential. The coal pile and another prime redevelopment prospect, the 46-acre former Solvay Coke Co. property, are on that western side of the harbor.

“People like coming down to see the mix of uses, that’s one of the draws of the district,” Adams said. “They like the mix of things, but there are clearly certain uses that are more difficult to mix together, like really heavy industrial users and an apartment building. What we have to figure out is where is that line where we divide out the heavy industrial users and give them their space, and where do we let new development come in?”

Another common theme among the four charrette teams was making better street, pedestrian and bike connections between the district and neighboring Walker’s Point. The district for a century was intentionally segmented from the rest of the city because it was industrial, Adams said. Today, that means city residents for the most part don’t venture into the district, and don’t have places to go once they do.

There are 9 miles of waterfront on the harbor district, but the county-owned boat launch is currently the only point where the public can get to the water’s edge, Adams said.

Design teams came up with multiple scenarios to solve that problem. Denver-based Wenk Associates recommended the short-term solution of docking barges along a harbor dockwall that would be open to the public with pools, plantings or — this being Milwaukee — a beer garden. River walks were in the plans for all four teams, Adams said.

The design teams all wanted more green space in the district. Consultant PWL Partnership, Vancouver, Canada, recommends the coal pile site transform into an “experimental landscape” with extensive plantings. It could be a test ground for research on plants and technology that can improve water quality. Pathways through the property could lead to boat slips, play areas for children and a cafe. Part of the land could be reserved for water research incubator buildings.

The most unusual green space proposal came from Chicago-based Studio Gang with a plan for the 3-mile breakwater that protects the harbor. That breakwater is aging and eventually must be rebuilt. Studio Gang recommends an “ecological breakwater” with sediment building up on both sides of the structure offering places for plants to grow, and fish to spawn. The concept, when used in other harbors, has proved to be more protective for ships than traditional breakwaters.

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Irgens Proposes Five-Story 3rd Ward Office Building

Irgens is proposing a five-story office building southeast of Catalano Square in Milwaukee's 3rd Ward neighborhood.

The 168,000-square-foot building would have ground floor retail and office spaces lining the sidewalks. Its exterior is mostly glass windows with metal framing.

Dubbed “One Catalano Square,” it would have one level of underground parking. It could have a green roof or rooftop terrace for tenants.

The new building would take up the northern two-thirds of a triangular block bordered by Young, Erie and Milwaukee streets. The Babcock Auto Spring Co. building would be demolished for the project. A one-story building on the south end of the block would not be affected.

Babcock Auto Spring relocated in November 2015 to 241 W. Edgerton Ave., Milwaukee, near General Mitchell International Airport.

Project architect Aaron Ebent of Kahler Slater Inc., Milwaukee, and Irgens vice president Tom Irgens unveiled the project plans on Wednesday to the Historic Third Ward Architectural Review Board.

The review board gave the building design an initial review and gave the building conceptual approval, asking for more detailed plans to review in the future with specifics on the exterior and its materials.

"I think it’s very impressive, absolutely,” said Ald. Robert Bauman. "Top notch.”

The site is on a planned future extension of the Milwaukee streetcar route, Ebent said. Kahler Slater also designed the Kimpton Journeyman hotel building that is under construction in the 3rd Ward.

The office building would have large floor plates that are “unprecedented" in the 3rd Ward, which allows for existing businesses in the neighborhood to expand, Ebent said. Upper floors would offer views of downtown Milwaukee and an underground garage would offer 70 parking spaces.

The main entrance to the lobby is on Young Street, across from Catalano Square.

"This will really give that Catalano park square an edge,” Ebent said.

Other first-floor offices or stores would have entrances off the sidewalk on Young Street.

"At the street level we’ve really paid attention to what this could be, to activate this and make this pedestrian friendly,” Ebent said.

Irgens has the land under contract for purchase, Tom Irgens said. He said the one-story building on the south end of the block was not for sale. He said no companies have yet committed to leasing space in the building.

"Before we would start construction, we would want to pre-lease it to the point where we can get a construction loan," he said.

The 3rd Ward remains one of Milwaukee’s most active neighborhoods for new development. Developer Mandel Group Inc. recently started work on its Domus apartment building across Erie Street from the office building site. Several buildings along North Broadway, north of the Irgens site, are being renovated.
There’s also a lot of activity on North Water Street, including expansion of the office building at Water and East Buffalo streets for marketing firm Hanson Dodge Creative.

Green Bay developer Commercial Horizons Inc. recently secured city approvals to eliminate an alley that ran through the center of the block so it can be consolidated for a project.

Milwaukee-based Irgens recently completed its 833 East office building on East Michigan Street on the downtown lakefront. That building counts law firm Godfrey & Kahn SC as its anchor tenant.

Steve Palec and Mike Wanezek of Colliers International Wisconsin, who also did listing work for 833 East, will be marketing the 3rd Ward space to office tenants.

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FMI's 1Q Nonresidential Construction Index Report
In the results of FMI's Nonresidential Construction Index (NRCI) report survey this past quarter there is a puzzlement to understand why so many NRCI panelists, whose hiring plans are same or higher than last year, have downgraded their views of the economy and nonresidential construction markets. One panelist explained, “Although the markets have grown and even been robust over the last couple of years, there is a steady uneasiness based in part on how severe the last downturn was.”

To read the entire report, click here.
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In This Issue
Association Highlights
Next in AGC's Tech Series: “How Technology Enables Prefabrication & Modularization”
Congratulations to Mortenson Construction on Being Selected as Construction Manager for Milwaukee Bucks $500M Arena!
Day into Night: AGC Hosts First Safety Night!
2015-2016 Legislative Session Roundup: Triumphs and a Frustration
Final Classes for AGC's Spring Education Calendar
AGC Files Suit To Block Administration's Misguided Silica Rule
Spotlight on Savings: Construction Products from Fastenal
In the News
Slideshow: A New Vision for Milwaukee Harbor would Sprout Buildings, Green Spaces and Jobs
Irgens Proposes Five-Story 3rd Ward Office Building
FMI's 1Q Nonresidential Construction Index Report
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