January 30, 2018
Association Highlights
 
The AGC Annual Meeting and Networking Dinner Sets Record Attendance
Thank you to our Participants and Sponsors!

What a way to kick off the new year! Thank you to the 180 individuals who attended our 2018 Annual Meeting and a special thanks to all of our sponsors who made this night possible, CG Schmidt, Inc., Cornerstone Plumbing, LLC, iSqFt, J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc., Milwaukee Scaffolding Inc., Mortenson Construction and Spancrete!

We had the distinct pleasure of hosting Alan Yang, Senior Foxconn Representative and UW-Madison Alumni, and Matthew Moroney, Director of Strategic Economic Initiatives, Wisconsin Dept. of Admin., who presented us with a stimulating and informative update on the Foxconn project. Learn more about the project here.

Our Members gathered at the Grand Ballroom of the Wisconsin Club to celebrate another outstanding year in construction in the Greater Milwaukee Area. They were able to meet the 2018 Board of Directors, and enjoy the fellowship of our Member colleagues and friends. With upwards of half the attendees representing one of our 60 General Contractor representatives, our Annual meeting serves as one of the most valuable networking events of the year.  We have repeatedly heard of lasting professional relationships which have been developed during the reception hour and dinner.Thank you again to everyone who attended, we hope to see you next year!

To learn more about AGC and our upcoming events, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100 with any questions.

Follow AGC of Greater Milwaukee on Facebook to see more pictures from the 2018 Annual meeting.

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The Construction Leadership Council Annual Kickoff
Thank You for Helping Us Rumble into the New Year!

Thank you to everyone who helped us rumble into the new year by attending the Construction Leadership Council's (CLC) Annual Kickoff and at the Harley-Davidson Museum®!

Along with all of the participants, we couldn’t have put on such a great event without our generous sponsors, Beeler Construction, Inc., Berghammer Construction Corporation, CG Schmidt, Inc., Creative Constructors, LLC, Dawes Rigging & Crane Rental, Fabick Cat, F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co., Inc., Hetzel-Sanfilippo Inc., Hurtado Zimmerman S.C., Ideal Crane Rental, Inc., iSqFt, J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc., JP Cullen & Sons, Inc., Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Mortenson Construction, State Painting Company, The Blue Book Network and VJS Construction Services.

We also had the pleasure of hosting nationally recognized communications trainer, Anthony Huey. Anthony is the owner of Reputation Management Associates, one of the nation’s leading communications training and crisis consulting companies. His highly interactive, hands-on session taught our attendee’s effective ways to communicate their message to a wide variety of audiences they deal with every day.

It was a wonderful night of networking, unwinding and celebrating the new year. In addition to great company in a fun atmosphere, attendees enjoyed a gourmet dinner, drinks, and a complementary Museum ticket.

To learn more about the AGC and our many special events, please contact us directly at (414) 778-4100 or kjalalian@agc-gm.org.

Follow CLC of Greater Milwaukee on Facebook for more pictures from the Construction Leadership Council's (CLC) Annual Kickoff.

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Building Enclosure - New Education Program - Mid-March 2018
Exceed your Owner’s Project Requirements

An owner may have several project requirements, ranging from energy efficiency and environmental concerns, to durability and sustainability. Meeting these and other priorities requires you to establish a and follow a process on every project. That is why the AGC of Greater Milwaukee is teaming up with industry experts to bring you a program on Building Enclosure Commissioning.

Building Enclosure Commissioning is a holistic approach that endeavors to ensure that the exterior enclosure of a building meets or exceeds the owner’s project requirements. This program will help you establish a framework that you can apply to your projects, beginning at the predesign phase, all the way to post-occupancy considerations. With ever increasing expectations by owners, this program is a must for any contractor looking to stay ahead of the curve.

For more information or to register for one of our program, contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100 .
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The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in February


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

February 2018
For a complete list of this semester's classes or to register for any classes,
contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian at
kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100

 

STP 5: Improving Productivity and Managing Project Costs
February 5th, 7th, 12th, & 14th4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. GC/CM - $175, 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

 

Successfully Handling an OSHA Inspection
February 21st
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $35, Associate - $50, *CBA’s - $60, Non-Affiliated IAP - $100
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.

 

OSHA’s New Silica Standard
February 27th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $35, Associate - $50, *CBA’s - $60, Non-Affiliated IAP $100
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee


About 2.3 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces, including 2 million construction workers who drill, cut, crush, or grind silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone. Responsible employers have been protecting workers from harmful exposure to respirable crystalline silica for years, using widely-available equipment that controls dust with water or a vacuum system. OSHA’s new Silica Standard is scheduled to take effect in June of 2017. Find out what this new standard means to your operation.

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

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AGC Charities Inc. Offers Helping Hand to Texas Construction Workers
Nearly $200,000 was given to 83 construction workers to help cover losses they incurred as a result of Hurricane Harvey

The AGC Charities Inc, the charitable arm of the Associated General Contractors of America, is providing 83 construction workers in Texas with a total of $195,000 in donated funds to help cover losses they incurred as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The checks, which amount to $2,350 per construction workers, are intended to help employees of firms that belong to the association cover the costs of uninsured and uncompensated damages caused by the storm.

“Contractors may do hard work, but they have soft hearts, especially when it comes to helping some of their own,” said Art Daniel the association’s national president and President & COO of Cedar Hills, Texas-based AR Daniel Construction.  “These checks won’t make everything right, but they will help these construction professionals get their lives back on track.”

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In the News
 
Proposed Legislation to Reduce Contractual Liability

The Wisconsin State Legislature recently introduced a Bill that, in part, is designed to provide contractors with greater control over their liability for deficiencies or defects in an improvement to real property following substantial completion, by reintroducing decades-old standards.

In 1993, the Wisconsin State Legislature introduced a construction liability statute of repose, which created a ten-year “Exposure Period” from the date of substantial completion for personal injury and property damage as a result of a deficiency or defect in an improvement in real property. This change effectively increased the time a contractor is exposed to potential liability from six to thirteen years for personal injuries and damage to property.

On December 19, 2017, the Wisconsin State Assembly introduced legislation that would limit this exposure period to six years, bringing the law more in line with the State’s legislative intent when it established the statute of limitations for improvements to real property more than 40 years ago. Under 2017 Assembly Bill 773, the date the damages occur will still be the trigger date for applying the statute of limitations. However, contractors will not be liable for damages occurring after the exposure period.

The intent behind this piece of the legislation is to set a more reasonable liability period, provide more consistency by aligning with other periods of liability (such as breach of contract), and to get back to the original legislative intent prior to the 1993 amendments. This change comes as part of an extensive modification to how civil actions are prosecuted in Wisconsin, and incorporates several recommendations recently offered by the Wisconsin Civil Justice Council. At a public hearing held on this bill on January 4, 2018, this portion of the bill received no opposition.

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee is committed to enhancing the construction industry through public policy initiatives that help contractors control costs through more consistent and reliable outcomes. We encourage you to join us in our support of 2017 Assembly Bill 773.

For more information or to learn how you can support this and other beneficial legislative initiatives, contact Mike Fabishak at mfabishak@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
The AGC Annual Meeting and Networking Dinner Sets Record Attendance
The Construction Leadership Council Annual Kickoff
Building Enclosure - New Education Program - Mid-March 2018
The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in February
AGC Charities Inc. Offers Helping Hand to Texas Construction Workers
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Proposed Legislation to Reduce Contractual Liability
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