September 6, 2018
AGC-GM to Host Brand New Course: Construction Supervision Fundamentals

We are pleased to announce that the AGC of America has chosen the AGC of Greater Milwaukee to host a brand new course, the Construction Supervision Fundamentals (CSF) program! CSF provides front-line management with a path to develop the knowledge and skills to boost communication, teamwork, and operational competence to improve organizational project performance.

Held October 3 - 5, 7:30am-4:30pm at our Milwaukee office (1243 N. 10th St), our three day, 25-hour, instructor-led course has been designed for brand new supervisors and structured as classroom sessions that focus on providing the resources every supervisor needs to be an efficient manager of people, time, equipment and materials.

This course includes highly interactive sessions that incorporate case studies, activities, group discussions and jobsite exercises for skill development.

Course Outline:

  • Session 1 - Team Management
  • Session 2 - Project and Team Leadership
  • Session 3 - Communication Skills
  • Session 4 - Time Management and Project Scheduling
  • Session 5 - Risk Management
  • Session 6 - Construction Law and Contract Documents
  • Session 7 - Problem Resolution
  • Session 8 - Productivity and Cost Control
  • Session 9 - Skills Development

**This unique final session is focused on jobsite exercises for skill development where trainees review the completed assignments with company mentors, so that they can apply the skills learned in the course, evaluate progress, and create a path to advance their career.

 

For more information about this course offering, please contact:
Warren Kiesel
Director, Curriculum Development
Associated General Contractors of America
(703) 837-5389
warren.kiesel@agc.org

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Make Sure you're Taking Advantage of our New Website

We appreciate your continued support to AGC-GM and as you know we've recently updated our website.

We’ve introduced a range of new content to the website, including an “Events” page that not only will show you upcoming events and classes that we are hosting, it also gives you the option of registering for these events directly on the website. In addition, our “News” section will keep you up to date and properly informed on all aspects of the commercial construction industry.

Someone from your company should have received an email with instructions on how to log in to your companies account.

Make sure you log in for your special access to exclusive information on our website including:

  •  Advocacy Initiatives
  •  Legislative Updates
  •  Labor Contracts
  •  Collectively Bargained Wage Rates
  •  Labor Relations Updates
  •  Toolbox Talks
  •  And much more!

If you have any questions about logging into your account please reach out to Henry Kruger at hkruger@agc-gm.org.

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Error in Tax Reform Law Jeopardizes Certain Building Renovation Projects

A drafting error in the new tax reform law—referred to as the "retail glitch"—causes interior construction renovations to retail stores, restaurants and leaseholds to be written off over 39 years instead of one year, as intended by Congress. In the absence of this new business investment deduction known as Qualified Improvement Property (QIP), some businesses are delaying and even canceling capital improvements such as flooring, lighting, sprinkler systems, or other types of remodeling and interior improvements to these types of nonresidential buildings. Without a legislative fix to date, AGC–along with business organization allies—urged the U.S. Treasury Department to fix this error by issuing new guidance based on Congress's...  Read full article here.

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The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in September - STP 4: Contract Documents


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

September 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 4: Contract Documents
September 10th, 12th, 17th & 19th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $175, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450

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



Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
September 27th
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 3: Lean Workstructuring
September 20th
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $150, Associate - $200, CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University


Unit 3: Lean Workstructuring is a half-day course that introduces an essential component of the Last Planner System, Lean Workstructuring.

Within construction, we all strive to plan our projects in a way that produces predictable workflow and continuous improvement.  This course provides participants with t eh tools needed to apply Lean Workstructuring principles within the Last Planner System.

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

Lean Construction Unit 4: The Last Planner System
September 20th
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Corp G.C. - $150, Associate- $200, CBA’s - $300, 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 4: The Last Planner® System is a half-day course that delves in creating six-week look-ahead schedules and weekly work plans

Within construction, we all strive to plan our projects in a way that produces predictable workflow and continuous improvement. Unit 4 is the second of two units introducing the Last Planner System (LPS). This half-day, facilitator-led course shows how to conduct make-ready and weekly work planning sessions. Following this course, participants will be able to:

·    Apply the Last Planner® System on a project
·    Hold make-ready and weekly work planning sessions
        ·    Calculate, track and analyze percent plan complete for a project


OSHA 10-Hour for Construction
September 25th, 26th, October 2nd & 3rd
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.

Opioid Abuse in Construction:
What To Look For And How To Help Your Employees

September, 13th
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Corp. GC/CM - Comp., Associate - $40, CBA - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
Paul Krupski, Director of Opioid Initiatives for the
Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services


The annual costs of opioid addiction in construction continues to grow, both in terms of human impact and lost production on the jobsite. And the AGC of Greater Milwaukee focuses on this issue as part of its multi-faceted approach to safety.  

That is why the AGC is working with the State of Wisconsin to bring in Paul Krupski, Director of Opioid Initiatives for the Dept. of Health Services, to speak to our members about the opioid epidemic in Wisconsin, as well as warning signs and treatment options. The second part of the program will focus on resources for employers, effective communications with employees, and ways to successfully assist an employee’s return to work following an injury.

Safety conscious employers who attend this program will attain the basic tools necessary to create a safer worksite for their employees and company.

 

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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Addressing the Opiod Crisis
Join us September 13th to learn how to keep your jobsites safe and employees healthy

We are all waking up to the realities of the devastating effects opioid abuse can have on the employees and businesses in the construction industry. The statistics are overwhelming and only offer a glimpse of the human impact borne by our workers and their families. Fortunately, our industry and political leaders have begun to champion and implement real solutions aimed at eliminating this scourge.

The House and Senate are currently moving forward with over fifty measures to combat this problem. At the state level, the Dept. of Health Services and Dept. of Justice are creating resources for individuals and businesses. And even here at home we are taking effective steps by participating in the Construction Trades Substance Abuse Testing & Assistance Program (SATAP), which is a comprehensive, universal state-wide testing program.  

In addition, the AGC of Greater Milwaukee is digging deeper to provide you with direct access to these resources and to learn the best practices on policies & procedures, training, programs and communications to keep your jobsites safe and employees healthy. Join us September 13th, at the AGC Milwaukee Offices where we will cover all these topics in greater depth and offer you key takeaways on effective solutions.

Review our Event Flyer to learn more or to register today or contact us directly with any question at njurowski@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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Our Business Development (BD) Forum is a Great Member Resource

AGC of America’s Business Development (BD) Forum is a FREE resource to help you, our members, increase the profitability and visibility of your firms by connecting them with other BD professionals from across the country to share ideas as well as publications, webinars and other BD resources.

A snapshot of some of our initiatives include:

In addition to the above, the BD Forum will be offering free marketing consultations with members at the next AGC Convention.  Members will be able to sign-up for one-on-one sessions to trouble shoot their burning questions about their website, marketing collateral, social media campaigns, proposals and more.

Interested in more information? Check out our AGC Business Development Forum Video.

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U.S. Marines 3D Print Concrete Barracks In Just 40 Hours

The United States Marine Corps announced that it just used the world's largest concrete 3D printer to construct a 500-foot barracks. The new printer was tested out at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Champaign, Illinois.

The building was constructed in 40 hours, but Captain Matthew Friedell explained that it could be done in just 24 hours once the process is fully automated. During the test, Marines were constantly monitoring the progress and manually filling the printer with concrete, which added to the construction time.

It would normally take ten marines at least five days to build a similarly sized barracks using traditional construction methods. Along with the extra time and manpower, soldiers who construct buildings in active warzones are at risk... Read full article here.

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Foxconn pledges $100 Million Matching Gift to UW-Madison to Establish New Research Enterprise

MADISON - Foxconn Technology Group pledged up to $100 million to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, including funding to help establish a new interdisciplinary research facility for the College of Engineering that will collaborate with the company's planned manufacturing complex in southeast Wisconsin.

Foxconn Chairman and founder Terry Gou was on campus to make the announcement at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery alongside UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank and several campus deans from colleges that stand to benefit.
To receive the full $100 million from Foxconn, UW must raise another $100 million in private gifts over the next two years as part of a broader, $3.2 billion fundraising campaign dubbed All Ways Forward.

The subcampaign to match Foxconn's gift will focus on supporting research that advance... Read Full article here.

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FAR Council Adopts Federal Contractor Paid Leave Interim Rule without Change
Administration Finalizes the Requirement, Extinguishing Hope of Repeal/Improvement
The Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council on August 22 issued a final rule adopting a December 2016 interim rule that implements former-Pres. Obama’s Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors executive order and the related September 2016 final rule issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). 

The new rule, which takes effect immediately, adopts the interim rule without any change and contains the same employer mandates as the DOL rule.  Accordingly, contractors need not alter their policies or practices in response to this latest action, provided that they are in compliance with existing regulations and federal contracts.  The action does send a signal, however, to those still holding out hope that the Trump Administration might rescind the executive order and... Read full article here.
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In This Issue
AGC-GM to Host Brand New Course: Construction Supervision Fundamentals
Make Sure you're Taking Advantage of our New Website
Error in Tax Reform Law Jeopardizes Certain Building Renovation Projects
The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in September - STP 4: Contract Documents
Addressing the Opiod Crisis
Our Business Development (BD) Forum is a Great Member Resource
U.S. Marines 3D Print Concrete Barracks In Just 40 Hours
In The News
Foxconn pledges $100 Million Matching Gift to UW-Madison to Establish New Research Enterprise
FAR Council Adopts Federal Contractor Paid Leave Interim Rule without Change
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