November 19, 2018
AGC's E&R Foundation Presents $110,000 Check and gets Sneak Peek of the Hologram Simulation Table

The Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee (AGC) Education and Research (E&R) Foundation was excited to present the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s (UWM) College of Engineering & Applied Science with a $110,000 check for a state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Infrastructure (VRI) Lab.

This check presentation was held on November 8, 2018, at the UWM Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (EMS) Building. After the check presentation, attendees were given a brief demonstration of the tables functions and abilities.

The Hologram Table will be the center piece of a new VRI Lab, in the heart of UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science. This table will contain data from actual construction projects, providing students the opportunity to run augmented reality simulations as early as the 2019 Spring Semester.

An online promotional demonstration of the Hologram Table is available here. Contractors interested in providing project data are encouraged to contact the AGC.


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Celebrate 38 years of the E&R Foundation at AGC's Holiday Gala!
Becoming a Sponsor Today!

This years AGC Holiday Gala will be held on Friday, December 7th, at the exclusive Pfister Hotel. We are gratefully accepting donations for the silent auction as well as offering exclusive sponsorship opportunities for this event.

Each year, we host a dinner and dance along with our auction to raise money for the Education & Research Foundation, providing educational programs and scholarships at our local universities that will allow deserving students the chance to pursue their dreams of a career in construction. The Foundation’s scholarships include:

  • The MSOE AGC Scholarship
  • The Marquette University Robert Caspari Scholarship
  • The Marquette University Skill, Integrity, Responsibility Scholarship
  • The UW-Milwaukee Skill, Integrity, Responsibility Scholarship

If you have any questions about our Holiday Gala please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org.

Thank you to everyone who has already sponsored!

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP
Cathedral Builders, Inc.
CG Schmidt, Inc.
Common Links Construction LLC
Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental
Hetzel-Sanfilippo, Inc.
Ideal Crane Rental, Inc.
International Concrete Products, Inc.
Kotze Construction Co., Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Michels Corporation
Nations Roof North LLC
Riv/Crete Ready Mix, LLC
Spancrete

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What’s In Store for 2019?: Construction Economic Forecast for Milwaukee & Wisconsin
December 4, 2018, 9:00 am to 11:00 am Wisconsin Club – 900 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

What’s In Store for 2019?: Construction
Economic Forecast for Milwaukee & Wisconsin

December 4, 2018, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Wisconsin Club – 900 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee

Ken Simonson has been the Chief Economist for the AGC of America since 2001.  He has over 40 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues.  He is interviewed and quoted almost daily by local and national media including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and CNBC.

Clare Zempel is a leading business economist and top investment strategist.  He honed his smart, nimble approach to making sense of complex economic and financial issues over more than 30 years as an economist for major national firms.

This compelling event will provide the Milwaukee area construction industry leaders with a comprehensive understanding of what to expect in the construction industry in 2019.  Mr. Zempel will talk about the economic and market outlook in the upcoming year.   Mr. Simonson will then address how the construction industry market is performing in Milwaukee & Wisconsin, and its capacity for sustainability and future growth.  He will forecast the anticipated levels of activity, how much we can expect, and other factors influencing the local and state construction industry economy.  

AGC Corporate General Contractor/Construction Manager – Complimentary,
AGC Associate - $40,  CBA - $50, Non-Members - $75
Ken Simonson, Chief Economist, Associated General Contractors of America &
Clare Zempel, Zempel Strategic

 

To register for this event contact our Education Director, Kim Jalalian, at
kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

 

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See How the September Construction Employment Numbers Fared in Your Area!

On November 1st, the AGC of America's Chief Economist, Ken Simonson, released the September 2018 construction employment numbers for the 358 metro areas across the US. Though the State of Wisconsin saw a year-over-year increase of 7 percent, the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis MSA area saw a 2 percent increase in construction employment. Of the remaining Wisconsin metro areas, Eau Claire (9%) and Sheboygan (9%) saw the largest gains, while Appleton and La Crosse-Onalaska (3%) saw the slowest growth. Read the full list to see how your area fared.

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CLC Supports the Community Through Make a Difference Day

Representatives from the AGC Construction Leadership Council (CLC) performed over 30 hours of community service at this year’s Make a Difference Day on Saturday, November 10th. Despite the snow, participants joined dozens of other volunteers from CG Schmidt, Inc., to help those in need of assistance get their homes and yards ready for winter. This is just one way the AGC and CLC gives back to the community.

Learn more about the CLC and events we are a part of here.

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The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in November and December - STP, Lean Construction and Much More!


EDUCATION & SAFETY
TRAINING CALENDAR

November and December 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

 

Lean Construction Unit 6: Lean Design and Pre-construction
November 29th
8:00 am to Noon
Corp G.C. - $150, Associate - $200, CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University


Unit 6: Lean Design and Pre-construction is a half-day, instructor-led course that introduces you to the concepts of value-based management, lean in the design process and relational contracting. The course is divided into three sessions:

Session 1 – Defining Design
Session 2 – Applying Lean in Design
Session 3 – Contractors in Design
Following this course, participants will be able to:

•    Distinguish between the varying definitions for design.
•    Define value and commonly used methods to maximize it.
•    Discuss waste and commonly used methods to minimize it.
•    Differentiate between traditional project methods and lean design.
•    Explain the various lean tools used in design and how to deploy them.

 

STP 1: Leadership and Motivation
December 3rd, 5th, 10th & 12th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $150, 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

 


Construction Economic Forecast:
What’s in Store for 2019?

December 4, 2018
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Wisconsin Club, 900 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233

Corp. GC/CM - Comp., Associate - $40, CBA - $50, Non-Affiliated IAP - $75
Ken Simonson-Chief Economist, Associated General Contractors of America

Ken Simonson has been the Chief Economist for the AGC of America since 2001.  He has 38 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues.  He is interviewed and quoted almost daily by local and national media including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and CNBC. 

This compelling event will provide the Milwaukee area construction industry leaders with a comprehensive understanding of what to expect in the construction industry in 2019.  Mr. Simonson will address how the construction industry market is performing, and its capacity for sustainability and future growth.  He will forecast the anticipated levels of activity, how much we can expect, and other factors influencing the construction industry economy.  Mike Fabishak, CEO of AGC of Greater Milwaukee stated, “We are extremely interested in hearing Mr. Simonson’s projections to determine the sustainability of our current growth.”

 


Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Training
December 6th 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. 

 


Lean Construction Unit 7: Problem Solving Principles and Tools

December 20th
8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Corp G.C. - $250, Associate - $300, CBA’s - $400, Non-Affiliated IAP - $600
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University


Unit 7: Problem-solving Principles and Tools is a six hour, instructor-led course that describes the Lean Problem Solving Process and illustrates how to use tools to solve problems in a lean manner. The course is divided into three sessions and teaches participants to:

•    Explain the lean Problem Solving Process
•    Use tools to solve problems in a lean manner
•    Descript how to solve problems in a team
•    Use an A3 as a problem solving and communication tool
•    Describe the use of the other tools available for problem solving

 
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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Industry News
 
Commentary: What construction will look like in 2030

Construction is poised to be one of the fastest-growing global industries, with PwC forecasting that the worldwide volume of construction output will grow 85% by 2030. How will the industry, which is one of the largest sectors in the world economy today, evolve over the next 12 years? What will the job site, which is just beginning to embrace innovative technology, look like in 2030, and how do we get there?

As a comparison, 12 years ago, Google had just purchased the startup known as YouTube, Facebook had just been made available to the public and there was no such thing as an iPhone — three fundamental technologies that have transformed our personal and professional lives. By 2030, the construction site will have experienced a similar leap in technology, recognizable still but overall safer, smarter and faster. I'm excited to see other companies out there that share our vision of a smarter, connected job site and join us in bringing that vision to life. Here is the worksite of tomorrow that I see, but it is only through construction companies and technology providers working together...Read full article here.

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Construction Spending Increases to Record High of $1.329 Trillion, Most Public and Private Segments Show Healthy Growth

Construction spending hit a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.329 trillion and grew 5.5 percent for nine months of 2018 combined, with continued year-to-date gains for major public and private categories, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said that while demand for construction should remain strong for the next several months, the construction sector could be impacted by new trade tariffs, continues workforce shortages and higher interest rates.

“Construction spending has increased among nearly every project type and geographic area this year,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Despite month-to-month fluctuations, the outlook remains positive for modest to moderate increases in most spending categories at least through the first part of 2019. However, damaging trade policies, labor shortages and rising interest rates pose growing challenges to contractors and their clients.”

Read full news release here.

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In This Issue
AGC's E&R Foundation Presents $110,000 Check and gets Sneak Peek of the Hologram Simulation Table
Celebrate 38 years of the E&R Foundation at AGC's Holiday Gala!
What’s In Store for 2019?: Construction Economic Forecast for Milwaukee & Wisconsin
See How the September Construction Employment Numbers Fared in Your Area!
CLC Supports the Community Through Make a Difference Day
The AGC's Education Calendar - What You Can Learn in November and December - STP, Lean Construction and Much More!
Industry News
Commentary: What construction will look like in 2030
Construction Spending Increases to Record High of $1.329 Trillion, Most Public and Private Segments Show Healthy Growth
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