October 23, 2019
Association News
 
Support the E&R Foundation at AGC's Holiday Gala!
Becoming a Sponsor Today!
This year's AGC Holiday Gala will be held on Friday, December 6th, at the Westin. 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 silent 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 those who have already sponsored!
Balestrieri Environmental & Development, Inc
iSqFt
J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
Michels Corporation
Riv/Crete Ready Mix
Spancrete
VJS Construction Services
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AGC Recognized by Gilbane at Foxconn Safety Professionals Graduation
Governor Evers Provides Keynote Address

The AGC, along with other industry partners, was recognized by Gilbane Building Company for its contribution in training the first class of new safety professionals on the Foxconn mega project.

Gilbane Senior VP, Adam Jelen, acknowledged all the industry stakeholders who made this first-of-its-kind safety program possible, including AGC Safety Professionals Dan Burazin and Gert Grohmann. This graduation ceremony, at the Gateway Tech iMET Center on October 22nd, was highlighted by the Governor’s praise of the graduates’ hard work and industry collaboration.

In addition to the AGC, Gilbane partnered with several industry groups, including WRTP/BIG STEP and the Milwaukee Building-Construction Trades Council, to provide a comprehensive, multi-month safety training curriculum, to ensure the presence of Safety Professionals on every aspect of Foxconn’s construction.
Our participation is just one more example of AGC’s responsiveness to the needs of the industry.

To learn more about our initiatives or Safety Programs, please contact us at (414) 778-4100 or visit us at agc-gm.org.

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Governor Evers Proclaims October as “Careers in Construction Month”

In collaboration with the AGC and the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER), on September 23rd, Governor Tony Evers proclaimed October as Careers in Construction Month (CICM).

This official proclamation is intended to help raise public awareness about the opportunities available in the construction trades professions, and to express appreciation for construction professionals throughout our great state. With the construction industry employing more than 125,000 Wisconsinites, during October, industry stakeholders (employers, associations, and schools) are encouraged to conduct job fairs, panel discussions, and local community events to inform students of the numerous employment opportunities available in construction.

According to the Proclamation, “Careers in Construction Month provides opportunity to honor construction craft professionals as well as the critical role they play in the development of our great state.”

The AGC is engaged with many industry partners, such as NCCER, to bring you initiatives like CICM and Build Your Future (BYF). Feel free to contact us to learn more.

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Education
 
Keep Your Employee's Industry Knowledge Up to Date!
See What's Available in November!

AGC EDUCATION & SAFETY TRAINING CALENDAR: NOVEMBER

 

STP 2: Communication
November 4th, 6th, 11th & 13th
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Corp. GC/CM - $175, Associate - $270, *CBA’s - $300, Non-Affiliated IAP - $450
Kevin Higgs, Langer Roofing and Sheet Metal

This course presents a body of knowledge and skills that today’s construction supervisors need in order to be effective communicators on their jobsite.

Unit 2 Explores:

  • Effective Communication
  • Learn to Listen
  • Carrying on Conversations
  • Persuasion, Negotiation, and Confrontation
  • Communicate with Your Crew
  • Putting it in Writing
  • Meetings that Work
  • Electronic Communication
  • Improving Communication

 

Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL)
November 5th
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

Everyone, from the company owner to the experienced foreman and new trainee/apprentice, needs to own safety and be a safety leader. The Foundations for Safety Leadership (FSL) course is designed to introduce construction workers, particularly those with supervisory responsibilities such as foremen, to safety leadership principles and give them the skills to be a safety leader who can help create and sustain safe and productive jobsites.

 

Successfully Handling an OSHA Inspection
November 7th
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.

 

Build More Value into the Relationship between General Contractors and Subcontractors
November 13th
Red Lion Pub
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Conflict on a project is costly, but conflict can be avoided. Managing the relationship between generals and subs is vital to successful projects and profitability on both sides, both in terms of project completion as well as business reputation. Join the AGC as we host a lively discussion analyzing the factors that contribute to successful relationships and outcomes between general contractors and subcontractors. From opening the lines of communication and establishing mutual respect, to anticipating project needs and delivering on expectations, this program explores key factors for profitable relationships. This hour-long program is followed immediately by a networking event.

Intended Audience: general contractors, subcontractors, project managers, superintendents, and anyone who deals with people in construction.

 

OSHA’s Silica Standard
November 19th
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. Find out what this new standard means to your operation.

 

Blue = Management | Green = Safety
Register online at www.agc-gm.org
*Collective Bargaining Authorization to AGC of Greater Milwaukee
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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CLC All-Student Chapter Meeting Helps Prepare Students for Life in the Workplace
The AGC's Construction Leadership Council brings in the new school year with the CLC All-Student Chapter Meeting (Oct. 2nd) at MSOE's Grohmann Tower.

The first half of our program featured an open networking session with over 50 construction professionals and students from the local AGC student chapters. This networking provided an excellent opportunity for students to begin developing their professional network with Milwaukee’s largest General Contractors and Subcontractors.

The second half of the program featured a mock job meeting put on by CLC members which gave students an insight into the construction industry. Students got to see first hand how these meetings are organized, read the different documents present at these meetings, and see how to properly deal with conflict on a job site. After the mock job meeting students (over 21) were able to continue conversations with construction professionals around the corner at Bar Louie.

Learn More about the CLC here.

Check out more pictures from the All-Student Chapter meeting here.


Special thanks to VJS Construction Services for being this year's sponsor!

 

 

 

 

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Economic Update
 
Milwaukee MSA Sees Increased Construction Employment
August 2019 Construction Employment Data

On October 2nd, the AGC of America's Chief Economist, Ken Simonson, released the August 2019 construction employment numbers for the 358 metro areas across the US. The State of Wisconsin enjoyed a year-over-year increase of 3 percent, while the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis MSA area saw an increase (1%) in construction employment. Of the remaining Wisconsin metro areas, Appleton (7%) and Racine (6%) saw the largest gains, while Green Bay, La Crosse-Onalaska, and Wausau represent the lowest gains, all remained flat at 0 percent.

Read the full list to see how your area fared.

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Local Construction News
 
Renderings for 11-Story, $41 Million Harbor District Apartment Building
Would become the State’s largest apartment building to use a type of exterior concrete wall that insulates against the winter cold and summer heat!

The developer of a proposed $41 million apartment building south of downtown Milwaukee said it could become the state’s largest to use a type of exterior concrete wall that insulates against the winter cold or summer heat.

The Admirals Wharf building would stand 11 stories tall with 133 apartments along the Milwaukee River at 234 S. Water St. Ryan Bedford, of Waukesha-based Bedford Development, worked with city officials in September to refine its design, and will seek approvals starting with an Oct. 21 Milwaukee Plan Commission review.

One design feature Bedford has used on his recent projects is ICF — or insulated concrete form — exterior walls that would seal Admirals Wharf against the elements. The walls will have eight inches of ...Read full article here.

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Mortenson Seeking Bidders for Foxconn Data Center

Bids are open for the first round of work to build a data center on Foxconn Technology Group’s complex in Racine County.

The so-called High-Performance Computing and Data Center would be operated by Foxconn Industrial Internet, or Fii, a subsidiary that works with automation and “smart” manufacturing. Fii recently submitted plans for the project to Mount Pleasant officials.

The proposal calls for the construction of both a 34,000-square-foot data center and a nearly 200-foot-tall globe-shaped structure that would serve as a network-operations center. Mortenson Construction, the general contractor on the project, recently began seeking bidders for five jobs related to the data center. The bids call for doing earthwork and supplying ready-mix concrete and...Read full article here.

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In This Issue
Association News
Support the E&R Foundation at AGC's Holiday Gala!
AGC Recognized by Gilbane at Foxconn Safety Professionals Graduation
Governor Evers Proclaims October as “Careers in Construction Month”
Education
Keep Your Employee's Industry Knowledge Up to Date!
CLC All-Student Chapter Meeting Helps Prepare Students for Life in the Workplace
Economic Update
Milwaukee MSA Sees Increased Construction Employment
Local Construction News
Renderings for 11-Story, $41 Million Harbor District Apartment Building
Mortenson Seeking Bidders for Foxconn Data Center
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