February 13, 2018
Association Highlights
 
Projections Show Sustainable Growth in Construction

According to Kevin Hilton (IMPACT)  and Bob Woods (Go Build) the construction industry is projected to grow 22% by 2022.

Another example of forecasted growth in the industry is from leading provider of construction information and technology solutions, ConstructConnect, who forecasted an annual gain of greater than five percent through 2022.

ConstructConnect’s forecast combines their proprietary data with macroeconomic factors and Oxford Economic’ econometric expertise in which three trending reasons were identified that will influence new construction in 2018:

  • A rise in GDP growth to near +3.0 percent
  • A new tax plan that already encourages individuals and corporations to increase spending
  • Ongoing improvements in global trade

 
They also found that from 2019 forward, U.S. Manufacturing will advance for the following reasons:

  • The new U.S. tax plan
  • The U.S. inclination to lead in technological advances
  • The surplus of North American-extracted energy supplies
  • Global economic growth which will help lift the U.S. national output
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New AGC Education Program - Building Enclosure - Exceed your Owner’s Project Requirements
Class is Held at ACG-GM's Downtown Office March 13, 4-6 PM

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.

Class is held at ACG-GM's downtown office March 13, 4-6 PM.

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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RELEASED - Construction Employment Numbers - December 2017
On February 6th, the AGC of America's Chief Economist, Ken Simonson, released the December 2017 construction employment numbers the 358 metro areas across the US. Though the State of Wisconsin saw a year-over-year increase of 3 percent, the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis MSA area saw a 4 percent decline in construction employment. Madison (10%) and Oshkosh-Neenah (9%) saw the largest gains, while Eau Claire (-9%) saw the steepest decline. Read the full list to see how your area fared.
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The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in February and March


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

 

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.

STP 1: Leadership and Motivation
March 5th, 7th, 12th & 14th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $175, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450


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

Basic First Aid/CPR/AED Training
March 26th & 27th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $60, Associate - $70, *CBA’s - $95, Non-Affiliated IAP - $150
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.

Building Enclosure
Exceed your owner’s project requirements

March (TBD)
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Corp. GC/CM - Comp., Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75


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 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 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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Foxconn to Create North American Headquarters in Downtown Milwaukee
Foxconn has agreed to buy 132,800-square-foot building at 611 E. Wisconsin Ave. from Northwestern Mutual
Foxconn Technology Group is coming to downtown Milwaukee with plans to buy a seven-story office building — giving it space for potentially hundreds of employees.
 
Foxconn has agreed to buy the 132,800-square-foot building at 611 E. Wisconsin Ave. from Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. for an undisclosed price, it was announced Monday.
 
The building will apparently be Foxconn's North American headquarters, one source said. Along with its future Mount Pleasant factories, the company also has a small research operation in Harrisburg, Pa.

"They're obviously going to be widening their footprint in this country," said the source, who asked not to be identified.
 
Foxconn estimates it will have...
 
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Metal Construction News Hosts Industry Summit Meeting
Chicago, April 11-12

Metal Construction News will host an industry summit meeting in Chicago on April 11-12. They're gathering industry leaders to face off on one of the biggest challenges contractors face: Finding and training skilled labor.

Beginning with a reception Wednesday evening and continuing through Thursday, this event will help contractors learn more about the best practices their peers are using to attract and train quality workers. In addition, they will discuss what the industry can do to improve its ability to attract the best talent. They will report the results in a special issue of Metal Construction News in July.

Highlights of the event will include:
•             An industry expert keynote
•             How to work with millennials
•             Best practices for attracting the best talent
•             Training programs that work
•             Small learning sessions where top contractors can learn from each other

More information about the event here

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In the News
 
Gilbane Set to Win Big Foxconn Flat-Screen Plant in Wisconsin
According to several sources close to the project, Rhode Island-based Gilbane Building Co. has been chosen as general contractor for the 22-million-sq-ft, $10-billion flat-screen-panel manufacturing campus to be built by Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn in Mt. Pleasant, Wis. Gilbane, which has a large office in Milwaukee, has led several large Wisconsin projects in the past few years, including the recently completed Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, with CG Schmidt. Foxconn and state officials did not say when the selection will be announced, but they hope to begin construction on the first buildings this spring.

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Obama Admin. 2015 WOTUS Rule Delays

Obama Admin. 2015 WOTUS Rule Delays
February 5, 2018

Status Quo Remains in Effect Implementation of the Obama administration’s 2015 “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule—which expands federal environmental permitting jurisdiction involving wetlands—has been delayed. On Jan. 31, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army... Read More

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Highrise Building Boom Continues with Milwaukee CCRC Project
Less than a decade ago, Saint John’s on the Lake constructed a new 21-story tower on its urban campus just north of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Now, the nonprofit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is about ready to start construction on another tower, this one to be even taller at 22 stories.
 
The project is part of a trend of high-rise senior living buildings going up in large and mid-size cities around the country. New York City; Washington, D.C.; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Tempe, Arizona are among the metro areas where senior living buildings will be altering the skylines.
 
Demand for urban senior living is on the upswing, and Saint John’s on the Lake has experienced this firsthand. Its 21-story South Tower opened in 2011 and was full by 2012; the CCRC’s waitlist has grown consistently since then, President and CEO Renee Anderson told Senior Housing News.
 
Saint John’s on the Lake decided to... Read More 
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In This Issue
Association Highlights
Projections Show Sustainable Growth in Construction
New AGC Education Program - Building Enclosure - Exceed your Owner’s Project Requirements
RELEASED - Construction Employment Numbers - December 2017
The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in February and March
Foxconn to Create North American Headquarters in Downtown Milwaukee
Metal Construction News Hosts Industry Summit Meeting
In the News
Gilbane Set to Win Big Foxconn Flat-Screen Plant in Wisconsin
Obama Admin. 2015 WOTUS Rule Delays
Highrise Building Boom Continues with Milwaukee CCRC Project
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