September 24, 2018
Registration Ending Soon for Construction Supervision Fundamentals!

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

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The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in September - OSHA 10-Hour, STP 6 and Much More!


September & October 2018
For a complete list of this semester's classes or to register for any classes,
contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian at or (414) 778-4100

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.

OSHA 30-Hour for Construction
October 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23th
7:00 am to 3:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $280, Associate - $355, *CBA’s - $400, Non-Affiliated IAP - $600
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

The OSHA 30-Hour training is designed for construction workers or managers with safety and health responsibilities.  Students learn to identify common hazards found on construction sites, and develop strategies to prevent injuries.  Although OSHA standards are discussed, this training emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention.  Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive and OSHA 30-Hour card as proof of compliance with OSHA mandates. 

Intended Audience: This course is intended for anyone within the industry who has a stake in jobsite safety, especially field crews. 

Successfully Handling an OSHA Inspection
October 4th
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $25, Associate - $40, *CBA’s - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $80
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.

STP 6: Risk Management and Problem Solving
October 8th, 10th, 15th & 17th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $175, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450

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

OSHA’s Silica Standard
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

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.  Find out what this new standard means to your operation.

Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
October 24th
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

Lean Construction Unit 5: Lean Supply Chain and Assembly
October 25th
8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Corp GC/CM - $250, Associate - $300, CBA’s - $400, Non-Affiliated IAP - $600
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University

Unit 5: Lean Supply Chain and Assembly is a full-day course that introduces the lean strategies and tools used to deliver materials, equipment and prefabricated assemblies to the jobsite in a manner that facilitates flow.
The four-session course challenges class participants to map the supply chain - looking to minimize waste and maximize value - in a collaborative fashion with all project team members, including suppliers and vendors.

Following this course, participants will be able to:

•    Differentiate between traditional procurement practices and lean supply chain applications
•    Identify waste and value-adding activities within the supply chain and assembly
•    Evaluate the impact of using lean supply chain on waste elimination, continuous flow and site operations pull
•    Identify strategies needed at the project and company levels to support the lean supply chain;
•    List examples of process improvements to the lean supply chain
•    Expand lean beyond the individual project
•    Create a value stream map to diagnose and improve the supply chain

Crane Rigging Training
October 25th
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $60 plus $20 for materials, Associate - $75 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. 

First Aid/CPR/AED Training
October 29th & 30th (Must attend both nights)
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. 

Leadership Development & Networking

October 18, 2018
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Third Space Brewing Company - 1505 W St Paul Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233
Corp. GC/CM - Comp., Associate - $40, CBA - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
Presenter: Kimberly Palms, Certified Business Coach

The future of the industry is being built today. With that in mind, the AGC of Greater Milwaukee and the Construction Leadership Council have coordinated to bring together an evening of networking and leadership development training for the construction industry’s rising new talent.

We will be going on location to a local watering hole for a night of networking and fun, all centered around an engaging Leadership Development program, designed to enhance the participant’s communication skills for greater business success.

Registration will begin at 4:15 pm and the Brewery tour will begin at 4:45 pm followed by our programming at 5:30 pm featuring Certified Business Coach, Kimberly Palms, of Focal Point Coaching, who will deliver an hour-long workshop on effective business communication. At the conclusion of this program, participants are encouraged to stay and continue networking with their peers.

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

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Temporary Exclusion from Federal Contractor Paid Leave Rule for CBAs Doesn't Apply to Most Union Construction Contractors

Union contractors may not rely on contributions to typical vacation or welfare plans as a basis for claiming the temporary exclusion to the federal contractor paid sick leave rule, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has informed AGC. WHD provided the information to AGC in response to questions posed by AGC on behalf of questioning members. It supports AGC’s prior urgings that all union contractors working on federal projects should act promptly to come into compliance with the rule’s mandates.

The Rule and its CBA-Related Provisions
The rule implements Pres. Obama’s Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors.  It applies to new contracts awarded, or based on solicitations issued, on or after Jan. 1, 2017.  It covers only contracts directly with the federal government for work to be performed within the U.S.  It does not cover contracts with state government agencies, like state departments of transportation, even if the contracts are federally funded.  The rule requires prime contractors and their subcontractors to allow employees to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked on or in connection with a covered contract, up to 56 hours (7 days) in a year.  It sets forth numerous details and mandates related to... Read full article here.

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With Foxconn in View, Some Developers see Opportunity

The first time California native Tim Ryan visited Racine was on Jan. 17. It was cold but sunny. Snow covered the ground.  
“There were abandoned stores downtown, and we couldn’t get a cup of coffee anywhere,” Ryan said. “My business partner hated it. I said, ‘No, this is the point. It’s perfect.’”

Ryan, president of Arcadia, California-based Tim Ryan Construction Inc., is part of a three-person development team from the Los Angeles area that recently purchased four commercial buildings in downtown Racine and plans to close on two more in October.

Recently, some local and national developers like Ryan have begun to take notice of Racine after hearing about the Foxconn Technology Group development in nearby Mount Pleasant last year, when the Taiwanese manufacturer announced it was going to build a $10 billion complex and create 13,000 jobs.
After many false starts, city officials are hopeful this newfound attention will give Racine, which has struggled for years with poverty, high unemployment and crime, the jumpstart it needs to get back on track.

Diamond in the rough
“I decided to focus, for now, on the downtown area of Racine, knowing that Mount Pleasant is more developed and closer to the Foxconn site, and that Kenosha is ahead of Racine in development,” Ryan said. “Racine really caught my eye as the next up-and-coming location. The harbor is absolutely beautiful and downtown has all of the makings for a great center of town for eating, shopping and entertainment.”
Ryan and his partners, Brittany Seely of Pasadena, California-based New Arbor Development LLC and Todd Bowden of Monrovia, California-based Bowden Development Inc., have formed...Read full article here.

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Project Tour: Synergy at Mayfair Collection

The Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee's Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Is proud to present their next Project Tour, Synergy at Mayfair Collection.

Located at the Mayfair Collection in Wauwatosa, Synergy at the District is a unique 450,000 sf multifamily/mixed use space with 290 enclosed parking stalls. The 6-story project has 270 apartments and features two outdoor rooftop courtyards with grilles, fire pits, cabana and dog run. Synergy also features a Fitness Center with tanning studio; a Wi-Fi cafe; a clubroom with gourmet kitchen, and a Public Plaza green roof.

Special thanks to Berghammer Construction for leading this tour and allowing us access to their jobsite as well as Superior Masonry Builders and Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc. for sponsoring our networking event after the tour.

Participants must follow all safety policies at all times while on the tour.  All persons on the tour are to bring/wear fully-enclosed footwear, hardhats, and safety glasses.  Plan to bring your own PPE unless you are student without it. After the tour, join us at ABV Social (11200 W Burleigh St, Wauwatosa, WI 53222) for drinks, light appitizers and networking!

Space is limited, so RSVP now by emailing the Registration Form to

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In The News
The Continuing Rise of Women in Construction

As she took the stage at the annual Women’s Leadership Seminar in Greeley, Colo., in May, Shannon Gustine felt inspired by the group of industry women sitting before her. The attendees were eager to hear about her construction career and rise to director of operations at Hensel Phelps. Gustine was proud of the many women in the room. Attendance had grown from a mere handful when she started 22 years ago to more than 400 strong that day.

Over the past 10 years, the National Association of Women in Construction says the industry has seen a steady increase in the number of women employed. Although only an estimated 9.1% of the construction industry is made up of women, that number is on the rise, and for good reason. Following the lead of other industries, the construction world is starting to understand the benefits of a diverse employee base. A recent study by McKinsey indicated that companies ranking in the top quartile of executive-board diversity were 35% more likely to outperform others financially. Two heads are always better than one, but the more diverse the heads, the better the bottom line.

“The concept of a true team with different skill sets and expertise coming together to produce a great building is not a small undertaking and brings great reward,” said Gustine. “Having young women identify construction as their passion and making it their career should be, as with any other field, encouraged and embraced.”

Business professors Cristian Deszö of the University of Maryland and David Ross of Columbia University studied the impact of gender diversity in S&P’s Composite 1500 list, analyzing the financial performance of firms. Their research concluded that female representation in top management led to an average increase of $42 million in firm value.

Company review website Glassdoor reported that more than two-thirds (69%) of all executives rate diversity and inclusion as an important issue, up from 32% in 2014. The AEC industry is not only listening to these key statistics, but as Gustine says, embracing them.

More and more companies are creating dedicated leadership programs and providing a positive atmosphere for their female team members. Participants in these...Read full Article here

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Waukesha's New $27.3 Million City Hall Plan Survives After All
Aldermen Decides Not to Rescind Earlier Action

A conceptual plan to redo city hall may be slightly re-envisioned, but aldermen Tuesday decided to stick with their original intent: to build a new facility.

While the Waukesha Common Council on Sept. 18 balked at the idea of spending $29 million overall, aldermen voted against rescinding its Aug. 7 decision to build a new municipal center on the existing campus.That approach will be funded as part of a $318.9 million five-year capital budget approved separately by aldermen during the meeting. The capital budget calls for $19.9 million in city hall construction expenditures in 2019 and $27.3 million overall in the five-year plan.

In considering whether to rescind the previous decision — in a motion that ultimately failed on a 9-5 vote — aldermen largely reiterated the positions they had taken at earlier meetings.
For instance, Corey Payne argued the rising costs of estimates in building a new city hall had grown to the point where he, as well as a majority of other aldermen, could no longer support the concept.

"I talked to almost everyone in this room at some time prior to Aug. 7, and also the temperature in this room on Aug. 7," Payne said. For Erik Helgestad, the fear is that the council would again repeat a pattern of hesitation that allowed city hall cost estimates to climb to the point they have reached today. For anyone wanting to understand how those costs have spiraled upward, the information has already been presented in...Read full article here.

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In This Issue
Registration Ending Soon for Construction Supervision Fundamentals!
The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in September - OSHA 10-Hour, STP 6 and Much More!
Temporary Exclusion from Federal Contractor Paid Leave Rule for CBAs Doesn't Apply to Most Union Construction Contractors
With Foxconn in View, Some Developers see Opportunity
Project Tour: Synergy at Mayfair Collection
In The News
The Continuing Rise of Women in Construction
Waukesha's New $27.3 Million City Hall Plan Survives After All
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