October 14, 2016
Association Highlights
 
The City of Milwaukee NEW Residential Preference Program (RPP): What Your Business Needs to Know!
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 9:00 to 10:30 am

As you know, the City of Milwaukee recently made changes to its Residency Preference Program (RPP) for work on public and certain publicly-financed projects.  These changes are set to take effect on January 1, 2017!  What are these changes, and how will they affect your future contracts on City of Milwaukee construction?

Don’t get caught off guard!  To help you sort through the new rules, AGC of Greater Milwaukee is hosting an information session on Wednesday, November 16th from 9:00 am to 10:30 am at our offices located in The Brewery, 1243 N 10th St., Milwaukee, WI 53205.

Presenting the new rules will be Michelle Kaczmarowski, Contract Compliance Officer, Department of Administration, Office of Small Business Development.  Also at the fore of these new developments, a representative from WRTP/BIG STEP will be helping you figure out how these new rules might apply to your business.

Who Should Attend?  General Contractors, Specialty Contractors, Project Managers, Human Resource Managers

This program is Complementary to our GC Members, $15 for AGC Associate Members, and $30 for Non-Members

To register, fax back to Kim Jalalian at (414) 778-4119 or at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or register online at www.agc-gm.org/events

Share this article: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn
Return to Top
Fall is Here, But Don't Fall Behind on Your Training & Education!


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

October-November 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


Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
October 18th
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 signal person duties on construction jobsites. 

 

Crane Rigging Training
October 19th
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 a “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. 

 

Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
October 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.

 

Lean Construction Unit 6: Lean Design and Pre-construction
October 27th
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Corp G.C. - $100, Associate - $175, CBA’s - $200, Non-Affiliated IAP - $250
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University


Unit 6: Lean Design and Pre-construction is a half-day, instructor-led course that introduces you to the concepts of value-based management, lean in the design process and relational contracting. The course is divided into three sessions:
Session 1 – Defining Design
Session 2 – Applying Lean in Design
Session 3 – Contractors in Design

Following this course, participants will be able to:

·    Distinguish between the varying definitions for design.
·    Define value and commonly used methods to maximize it.
·    Discuss waste and commonly used methods to minimize it.
·    Differentiate between traditional project methods and lean design.
·    Explain the various lean tools used in design and how to deploy them.

 

First Aid/CPR/AED Training
October 31st & November 1st
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.

 

The State of Right to Work
November 1st
8 am to 9 am
Corp. G.C. - Comp, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
Attorney Tim Kamin, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.


Right to Work has been the law in Wisconsin for over a year, but many questions persist regarding its implementation. Through his experience, Attorney Kamin will interpret the components of the law, explain the state of pending court challenges, and offer tips on how to stay compliant.

 

The Economics of Safety
November 2nd
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.

 

STP 6: Risk Management and Problem Solving
November 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 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

 

Lean Construction Unit 7: Problem Solving Principles and Tools
November 17th
8 am to 2 pm
Corp G.C. - $175, Associate - $300, CBA’s - $350, Non-Affiliated IAP - $400
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University


Lean Construction challenges all project stakeholders to develop and apply better ways to manage the overall construction process.  Unit 2 will describe the Lean Problem Solving Process and illustrate how to use tools to solve problems in a lean manner.

Following this course, participants will be able to:

·    Define the difference between traditional and lean problem solving.
·    Describe how to create a team environment to solve problems.
·    Explain how to create trust to avoid problems.
·    Describe Observation Walks.
·    Identify root causes of problems.

 

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

 

Share this article: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn
Return to Top
AGC Annual Convention Registration Now Open

Cultivate, Innovate, Accelerate...Make your plans to attend the 98th Annual AGC Convention and seize your opportunity to cultivate new ideas and partners, see and hear about the latest in construction innovation, and leave with the tools to accelerate your business to the next level.

The 2017 Convention features a packed program focused on sharing solutions from experienced contractors and industry experts on key construction issues, networking events structured so you can make valuable new connections, and opportunities to shape the future of the construction industry and the association.

Register by November 30 to take advantage of the discounted registration fee!  All the details can be found on the convention's webpage.

Share this article: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn
Return to Top
The Elephant of Superintendent Succession

As members of the construction industry, we are all familiar with the shortage of skilled workforce employees. A quick Internet search will yield many links to articles written about the situation, along with statistics on the aging construction workforce, and strategies to overcome these challenges. However, the majority of these articles don’t discuss the elephant in the room, “How are we going to successfully replace our retiring Project Superintendents in a timely manner?”  I think we can all agree that these individuals are the key to the success on our jobsites. The thought of them leaving the company is overwhelming, as they are not easy to replace.

The traditional industry path to become a Project Superintendent has been for them to work their way up through the trades, Apprentice, Journeyman, Leadman, Forman, Area Superintendent, and finally Project Superintendent. As the economy recovers and companies become busy again, they don’t have the time or luxury to wait 15-20 years to develop new superintendents. Due to the recession and the reduction in skilled labor, this path even more arduous as there are fewer of these individuals in the company “pipeline,” and the industry as a whole.

One alternative to the traditional Project Superintendent career path is to consider fast-tracking recent college graduates with Construction Management (or related) degrees. Not all entry level graduates want their career trajectory to follow the job titles of field engineer, project engineer, project manager, etc. My experience as a Construction Management faculty member has confirmed to me that a reasonable number of students want to become Project Superintendents, ultimately running work for their future employers.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, this alternative path had been adopted by progressive minded General Contractors looking to accelerate their Project Superintendent training program. They are focusing on hiring students from Universities with Construction Management (and related) degrees who have expressed the desire to become Project Superintendents. They have created specific job positions and associated training for their interns and recent graduates who are designated as Project Superintendents “in-training”. This career “option” for college graduates has made these companies very attractive with the particular students.

As a member of the AGC, you have a pathway to these students.  The AGC has chartered over 170 AGC student chapters throughout America. Using the AGC website, visit the Student Chapter webpage and find the chapter nearest you using the student directory https://www.agc.org/student-chapter-directory. Contact the faculty advisor, or student leader, and request to host one of their “all members” meeting. Come prepared to make a lasting positive impression of your company. I would suggest the following preparations: give a presentation on one of your best projects; educate them about your company; provide food and swag, and lastly ask the question, “How many of you are considering the career path of becoming a Project Superintendent?”  The response may surprise you. What you decide do with that information may become another enhancement to your Project Superintendent Succession plan.

Read Original Article

Share this article: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn
Return to Top
In the News
 
Making Way for the Couture - Crews Begin Tearing Apart Downtown Transit Center: Slideshow

It has taken years, but the deconstruction of the Downtown Transit Center started this week as Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity crews worked to salvage material from the building that will be replaced by the $122 million Couture project.

Check out the attached slideshow put together by Milwaukee Business Journal freelance photographer Kenny Yoo to get an exclusive look at the deconstruction work and what the rarely used building looks like on the inside.

The transit center has been under-used for years, serving as a stopping point for only a handful of bus routes.

Developer Rick Barrett recently completed his purchase of the site at East Michigan Street and North Lincoln Memorial Drive that he had been working to purchase since 2012. In its place, Barrett will build the 44-story Couture, which will have retail space and a public concourse in its base, where the Milwaukee streetcar will have a station. The upper floors will have 300 high-end apartments. The building also will have 750 parking spaces in an interior ramp on its lower levels.

The Couture will be the state’s largest residential building, and fourth-tallest building overall.

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity crews started work this week. They will salvage materials from the building for up to three weeks to be sold in Habitat’s ReStore, and for other uses.

After Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity crews are done, contractor J.H. Findorff & Son will lead the demolition of the building. The plan is to deconstruct the building “from the inside-out,” to cause a minimal amount of disturbance in the area, Barrett said. That will take about six months.

Ground-up construction of the Couture will begin next year, and take 32 months to complete.

 Read Original Article

Share this article: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn
Return to Top
See the Metro-Milwaukee Area's Construction Boom From the Air: Slideshow

Mid-September‘s clear skies were kind to aerial photographer Curtis Waltz as he flew over the Milwaukee area snapping photos of southeastern Wisconsin's construction boom. Check out the slideshow to get an exclusive look at many of the Milwaukee area's largest construction projects, including the new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks and Northwestern Mutual's corporate headquarters. 

Waltz, owner and photographer with Aerialscapes Inc. in Hartland, got pictures of the area’s activity, including downtown Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, Kenosha County and Menomonee Falls.

His work relies on clear days without a lot of wind, and Waltz said the summer and early fall weather was friendly for the task. Keep an eye out for Waltz’s Cessna airplane over Milwaukee in the coming months as he documents the Bucks construction of the downtown arena.

Read Original Article

Share this article: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn
Return to Top
The Top 10 Green Building Products for 2017
The green building market is teeming with manufacturers seeking to develop products and materials that reduce a building's overall embodied energy while standing up to stringent performance criteria — all in the hopes of helping to create a more sustainable construction industry.

During the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, held this week in Los Angeles, hundreds of companies sought to connect with major stakeholders in the green space. To help break through the noise of the stream of manufacturers, Brent Ehrlich, a products and materials specialist for​ publishing company BuildingGreen, announced its annual list of predictions for the green products likely to have the most significant impact on the market in the coming year.

From composting toilets to electric lawn mowers, BuildingGreen's list offers a forecast for what's on the horizon in the rapidly evolving green building industry.  Click Here
Share this article: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn
Return to Top
Drones: When Will They Take Off in Construction?

The applications for drones are vast—from agriculture, to retail, military, and beyond—but the opportunities in construction also exist. However, it seems there is still a bit of hesitation among contractors to leverage the technology.   The opportunities for drones—also known as UAS (unmanned aerial systems) are endless. These devices can collect data, do manual labor, deliver materials to jobsites—the list is endless.

We are also seeing some big moves lately from the technology providers to enhance integration and provide more solutions to contractors.

Read the Full Article Here

Share this article: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn
Return to Top
In This Issue
Association Highlights
The City of Milwaukee NEW Residential Preference Program (RPP): What Your Business Needs to Know!
Fall is Here, But Don't Fall Behind on Your Training & Education!
AGC Annual Convention Registration Now Open
The Elephant of Superintendent Succession
In the News
Making Way for the Couture - Crews Begin Tearing Apart Downtown Transit Center: Slideshow
See the Metro-Milwaukee Area's Construction Boom From the Air: Slideshow
The Top 10 Green Building Products for 2017
Drones: When Will They Take Off in Construction?
Contact Us
Email the Editor
AGC-GM Website
AGC of America Website
Newsletter Tools
Search Past Issues
Print-Friendly Issue
Forward to a Friend
Subscribe via RSS
Calendar
1243 N. 10th Street, Suite 175, Milwaukee, WI 53205