February 15, 2017
Association Highlights
 
OSHA’s Silica Rule is Coming! – ARE YOU PREPARED??? - Limited Registration!!!
March 10th, 8:30 am at Alioto's Restaurant

OSHA’s Silica Rule is Coming! – ARE YOU PREPARED???

March 10, 2017
Registration: 8:30 am; Program: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Alioto’s Restaurant – 3041 N Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa
Continental Breakfast and Lunch Included
Cost: $150 per person

Recently, a meeting of the Associated General Contractors of America’s Safety and Health Advisory Committee was held. One recurring issue that was on every attendee’s mind was the upcoming OSHA regulation involving exposure to respirable crystalline silica. This new construction standard, which is slated to hit enforcement on June 23, 2017, will affect all trades and many common construction operations. The Construction Industry appears to be somewhat unprepared for this new regulation.

Producing respirable crystalline silica occurs frequently on construction sites. And when it does, it happens ‘right now.’  The material is present in many of the products you use every day. Products like concrete, masonry and sand all have the potential to contain silica. Grinding, cutting and drilling are operations that cause the silica to become “respirable.” Sampling is one way we can determine whether a hazard exists. But many times, scheduling a vendor to sample may not work out due to scheduling. One possible solution would be to have company personnel trained in proper sampling procedures.

Here at the AGC, we have put together a training class for your representatives to learn what is involved in taking samples at your site. They will also learn where they can rent or buy the equipment to perform the sampling. And finally, they will learn how the sample should be handled and who should receive the completed sample. From that point, qualified industrial hygienists will be able to analyze the data and determine if your work crews are at risk.
If you have personnel that you would like to have attend this training, please refer to the attached flyer for further information and to register for the class. Attendees will receive a certification of completion. Class size is limited so act now!

Don’t get caught unaware. Register today!

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Photos & Review of the CLC's Annual Kick-Off!

At this year's AGC Construction Leadership Council's Annual Kick-Off on Thursday, February 9th, about 100 aspiring professionals came to the Domes Greenhouse Annex to develop their Leadership skills. See the Event Photo Album Here!  They enjoyed socializing and hand-passed hors d'oeuvres during the reception hour, before being seated to a delicious dinner.  Following the meal, attendees heard from Keith Hawk, father of long-time Green Bay Packer AJ Hawk, on the topic, "Being a Leader is a lot Like Being a Great Dad."  He drew parallels of running a business team and running a family from his personal experience, such as looking out for your team members like you would look out for your sibling.  Or setting goals as a family like you would at work, and getting to the core of the purpose of each by finding your "Why," with a clear mission.  He then opened the floor up to an open Q&A session, where the audience asked for further insights into leadership, family, and, of course, the Green Bay Packers!    


We would again like to thank our generous Sponsors for their support of this event!

PLATINUM
CG Schmidt Inc.
JH Findorff & Son Inc.
Mortenson Construction
VJS Construction Services Inc.
iSqFt
The Blue Book Network

GOLD
Common Links Construction LLC
David J Frank Landscape Contracting Inc.
Grunau Co.
JP Cullen & Sons, Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
State Painting Co.

SILVER
FJA Christiansen Roofing Co., Inc.
Hays Companies
JF Ahern Co.

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AGC 2017 Collective Bargaining
Keeping our contractors engaged and informed!
The AGC’s management bargaining committees are hard at work identifying the crucial issues that will define collective bargaining this year with the Bricklayers, Carpenters, Cement Masons and Laborers. The AGC encourages your feedback as we continue to examine and refine these issues.  

Our bargaining team is led by a group of knowledgeable and experienced contractors, dedicated to maintaining fair and balanced labor agreements. Through the course of early meetings, our committees have discussed several issues which will guide our labor policies this year, including Right to Work, Prevailing Wage, and random drug testing policies.

To keep you informed and engaged, the AGC has sent a series of updates and surveys to local union contractors. Your insights have proven valuable in shaping our strategies and goals. We will continue to notify you of our progress, so that you are prepared for any changes to the labor agreements.

If you have any questions please contact AGC General Counsel, Nathan Jurowski, at njurowski@agc-gm.org or at (414) 778-4104.
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Up Next on AGC's Education Calendar:


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

February-March 2017

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

Lean Construction Unit 2: Pull in Production
February 20th
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Corp GC/CM - $200, Associate - $250, CBA’s - $350, Non-Affiliated IAP  - $450
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: 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 operation


OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
February 21st, 22nd, 28th & March 1st
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.


Lean Exam
February 23rd
8 am to Noon
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).


STP 4: Contract Documents
March 6th, 8th, 13th & 15th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $175, 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


Employment Law: Worker’s Compensation
March 14th
8:00 am to 9:30 am
Corp. GC/CM - Comp., Associate - $40, CBA’s - $50, Non Affiliated IAP - $75
David Leix, CSP, Safety & Risk Manager, Worker’s Compensation Division, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development


Mr. Leix is a Worker’s Comp. expert, with four decades of experience in safety and the insurance industry. He will help you navigate the complexities of the worker’s comp., to help you stay compliant with your obligations under the law.

Topics will include recent changes in the law, how rates are calculated, and contractors’ rights and obligations. This seminar will be highly interactive, questions are encouraged.


Lean Construction Unit 3: Lean Workstructuring
March 20th
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $200, Associate - $250, CBA’s - $350, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450
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

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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In the News
 
70 Acres in Milwaukee's Harbor District on Market for Possible Development

Marketing is ramping up to find businesses to develop or move onto two large waterfront properties covering almost 70 acres in Milwaukee’s harbor district.

The two properties are both south of Greenfield Avenue fronting on the inner harbor and have long been off the market. Through separate efforts, promotions ramped up this week to find future users for both.

The Port of Milwaukee this week posted a request for companies to lease 13.8 acres it owns immediately south of Greenfield Avenue, where a coal pile stood for years. Across the railroad tracks to the south of the port land, the 46-acre former Solvay Coke property is on the market and could be auctioned off in April.

The two properties are key pieces of the ongoing revitalization effort for Milwaukee’s Harbor District. A real estate firm that currently is marketing the Solvay Coke property called it “one of the most pivotal development sites in Milwaukee, perhaps in the state of Wisconsin.”

For now, their future is a blank slate. The Harbor District Inc. group is drafting a long-range plan for the area that will suggest future uses for the land.

The city's request for proposals for the port site made Harbor District Inc. members more vocal about their hope for new development on the property. The Port of Milwaukee site has generated discussions because it could remain a shipping center for port use, but also has the potential for private commercial or housing development.

Ivan Gamboa, senior vice president at Tri City Bank, and president of the Harbor District Inc. board of directors, called the port property “an amazing waterfront development opportunity.”

“As work in the Harbor District continues to gain momentum, we’ll be looking for users who can really capitalize on the unique location and share our vision for a vibrant waterfront,” Gamboa said.

Houston-based Kinder Morgan leases the land and ran the coal distribution operation there. But Kinder’s lease expires at the end of this year, creating the question of what future use the city should encourage.

The land sits at a deep part of the harbor where heavy ships can dock, making it a valuable amenity for Great Lakes shipping. But the removal of the coal pile has stakeholders questioning whether it could have more value to the area as a private development site.

A non-port use is “certainly within the realm of possibility,” said port spokesman Jeff Fleming. The site is being made available only for lease, not for sale, through a request for proposals the Port of Milwaukee distributed this week. The city’s request for proposals says job creation and investment is a priority in selecting a future user for the land.

Any plan to lease the land would require approval from the Port of Milwaukee and Common Council.

“It is part of a collaborative process that includes elected officials and other stakeholders such as the Harbor District,” Fleming said.

Fleming said the port has received inquiries regarding the land, but no formal submittals.

Lilith Fowler, executive director of Harbor District Inc., welcomed the city’s effort to market the land.

“It’s such an attractive spot, with really great potential,” Fowler said. “We think it’s been selling itself short in recent years, and hope it can find someone who will appreciate all the wonderful things it has to offer.”

The 46-acre Solvay Coke site is privately owned, and discussions over its future have centered on whether it should become a light industrial park or mixed-use commercial and housing development. It has been tied up in a bankruptcy lawsuit for years, and is contaminated.

A federal bankruptcy judge in Illinois last month signed off on a plan to sell the land this spring. Wisconsin Gas, a subsidiary of WEC Energy Group in Milwaukee, is the leading bidder to buy the property with a $4 million offer. WEC Energy has said it wants to work with the city and Harbor District to revitalize the property, but hasn’t released any specific plans.

The court-appointed receiver overseeing the property has hired Hilco Real Estate LLC of Northbrook Ill., to market the property to other potential bidders. Other companies must submit offers of at least $4.2 million by March 21. If any competing bids emerge, an auction will be held April 3.

“This site could essentially be the keystone for any future development of Milwaukee’s harbor area, especially given its proximity to the interstate and public transportation,” said Joel Schneider, senior vice president of Hilco Real Estate.

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Association Highlights
OSHA’s Silica Rule is Coming! – ARE YOU PREPARED??? - Limited Registration!!!
Photos & Review of the CLC's Annual Kick-Off!
AGC 2017 Collective Bargaining
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