January 28, 2014
Association Highlights
 
Industry Optimism Grows After Ken Simonson Presents at the AGC-GM Annual Meeting

On Tuesday, January 21st, a crowd of over 125 construction industry professionals gathered at the Wisconsin Club for the AGC of Greater Milwaukee Annual Meeting.  We welcomed our new leaders to our Board of Directors, plus all were eager to hear from Ken Simonson, AGC of America's Chief Economist, to see what 2014 may have in store for the construction industry!

Before the dinner took place, the Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee elected Matt Bratzke of OPUS Design Build, LLC as its 2014 President.  Mr. Bratzke is the Director of Project Management for OPUS Design Build and has been with this award winning firm for over 15 years.  AGC President Bratzke acknowledged the construction industry’s gradual improvement, and stressed that AGC “will continue to seek ways to improve and add to the many services it provides to its membership."  He added, “that as the industry improves…we need to work with our union partners to develop programs that will encourage young workers to consider the trades as a career path."
Other elected officers include: Tom Krause, Jens Construction—Senior Vice President and Richard Schmidt, C.G. Schmidt, Inc.—Secretary/Treasurer.

The 2014 AGC Board of Directors includes all the above named as well as Ron Becher—J.P. Cullen & Sons, Tim Just—Berghammer Construction, Rupert Kotze—Kotze Construction, Kevin O’Toole—Hunzinger Construction, Randy Crump—Prism Technical, Todd Browning—Olympic Companies, Eric Wynn—J.F. Findorff & Sons Construction.

Before the keynote presentation, the AGC of Greater Milwaukee recognized four graduates of the Supervisory Training Program.  The program consists of 12 modules, each requiring ten hours to complete, for a total of 120 hours.  As such, it represents a significant dedication to becoming a better leader in our industry.  The graduates were Sean Cullen, Devin White, and Marty Winter of J.P Cullen & Sons, and Nathaniel Younk of J.H. Findorff & Son.  Congratulations to all of you!

After the presentation of the STP awards, Mr. Simonson offered his projections for this upcoming year.  While things are looking cautiously optimistic, it was encouraging to see things stabilizing and beginning to improve when comapred to the mixed bag of reports of previous years.  Overall, things are beginning to look up!  For all the latest details, Ken offers a weekly summary in his Data DIGest.  AGC of America Members can subscribe for free Here!

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Register TODAY for the AGC-GM Safety Day & Management Training 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Clarion Hotel & Convention Center

February 25, 2014, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,
Clarion Hotel & Convention Center
5311 S. Howell Ave.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee is pleased to present this valuable event for the construction industry.  In addition to more interactive safety training, this event will provide a management training track on such topics as negotiation, partnering and sales.  Choose from topics and courses such as:

Asbestos Awareness
There's an App For That!
Noise in Construction
Hazard Communication and the Global Harmonized System
The Latest on Cranes
Multi-Employer Job Sites
Developing a Positive Safety Culture - The Supervisor's Role
And More!

Over the lunch hour, don't miss Keynote Speakers Joel Dickinson with AON Risk Services and Jerry Walsh, Safety Manager for the Green Bay Packers as they present a behind the scenes look at Game-Day Safety at Lambeau Field.

Sponsorship and Door Prize Donation opportunities are still available!  For more information, or to register, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

 

 

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Upcoming Trainings form the Knowledge Source
 
STP 2: Oral and Written Communication
February 3rd, 5th, 10th & 12th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $190, Associate - $275, ACEA/IAP - $335, Non-Member - $800
Gert Grohmann & Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Each day, decisions made by every foreman and superintendent are crucial to the success or failure of every construction project.  This course presents a body of knowledge and a skill that today’s construction supervisors need in order to be effective communicators on their job site.  Unit two explores effective communication, learning to listen, persuasion, negotiation, and confrontation, meetings that work, electronic communications and improving communication.

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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LEED v.4 Introduction Presentation
February 6th, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Corp. G.C. - Comp, Associate - $25, Non-Member - $35
Frank Falsetti, Hunzinger Constr & Phil Vetterkind, Sustainable Building Solutions

Hunzinger Construction and Sustainable Building Solutions will be presenting a one hour overview of the latest LEED rating system, LEED v.4. USGBC’s LEED green building rating system has been a significant driver for market transformation since its debut in 2000.  This session will provide a comparison of LEED v.3 to LEED v.4, a general overview of the technical changes taking place and information of specific interest to the Wisconsin region. It will also include a look at supporting tools and resources for the LEED v.4 program. Come be one of the first to receive an in-person informational session of LEED v.4 and what it will mean for your projects and the state of sustainability in Southeast Wisconsin.
Learning Objectives:
• Articulate the overarching environmental priorities of the LEED v.4 program
• Describe the new credits within the LEED v.4 program and their environmental value
• List the new market sectors that LEED v.4 accommodates
• Summarize the technical changes from LEED v.3 to LEED v.4

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
February 17th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $35, Associate - $45, ACEA/IAP - $55, Non-Member - $90
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. 
Intended Audience:  This training is intended for anyone who intends to perform signal person duties on construction jobsites. 

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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Crane Rigging Training
February 19th, 4 pm to 8 pm

Corp. G.C. $60 plus $20 for materials, Associate $80 plus $20 for materials, Non-member $150 plus $20 for materials.
Gert Grohmann, 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 Rigger” 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 register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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WEBINAR - ACA Update: What the Construction Industry Should Know
February 19th, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Corp. G.C. - Comp, Associate - $20, Non-Member - $30
Barbara Zabawa & David W Eckhardt, Whyte, Hirschboeck, Dudek, S.C.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is here to stay and the deadline for compliance is quickly approaching.  Is your company ready?  Join WHD attorneys as they discuss a general overview of the ACA and its requirements, compliance steps that employers should be implementing, and the impact of the ACA on employers’ overall health benefits structure.  Although the ACA applies to all companies with over 50 employees, the speakers will focus on the ACA’s particular effect on the construction industry. 

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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Lean Construction Unit 1: Variation in Production Systems
February 27th, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Corp G.C. - $100, Associate - $175, Non-Member - $250
Professor Mark Federle, Marquette University

Lean Construction challenges all project stakeholders to develop and apply better ways to manage the overall construction process.  Unit 1: Variations in Production Systems is a half-day course that introduces one of the foundational concepts of Lean Construction—variation.

In the construction process, the work we do is all connected and variation in even one of those processes affects us all.  This course will provide tools to help participants recognize sources of variation of their own projects, examine the variation’s effect on the operations and mitigate the effects of variation in their every-day work.  Following completion of the course, participants will have the ability to:

• Define the different types of variation
• Explain the concept of throughput and distinguish it from productivity
• Discuss the role of variation in production operations
• List sources of variation in construction settings
• Explain and contract variation mitigation techniques.

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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STP 1: Leadership and Motivation
March 3rd, 5th, 10th & 12th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $190, Associate - $275, ACEA/IAP - $330, Non-Member - $800
Gert Grohmann & Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

The Supervisory Training Program is a construction-specific training curriculum developed, updated and field-tested by and for contractors.  Each day, decisions made by every foreman and superintendent are crucial to the success or failure of every construction project.  This course will teach the value of effective supervision of workers and improve the construction supervisor’s ability to lead and motivate others.
Intended Audience: Those on a construction jobsite in a supervisory role – from the new supervisor and foreman to the experienced superintendent.

To register, please contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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In the News
 
State Bill Introduced to Bolster Couture Lakefront Development

A state bill has been introduced seeking to establish for a second time that the Downtown Transit Center in Milwaukee can be sold for the $175 million Couture high-rise development, the Milwaukee Business Journal has learned.

State Rep. Ron Sanfelippo (R-West Allis), the bill's main author and sponsor, said he expects the Legislature to take it up during the spring session. The bill is meant to wipe away legal questions over Milwaukee County’s proposed sale of the Downtown Transit Center, and deter Preserve Our Parks from suing the county if it is sold for the Couture development, Sanfelippo said.

The county wants to sell the transit center on Milwaukee’s lakefront to developer Rick Barrett for the 44-story Couture, with apartments, a hotel and retail space. Preserve Our Parks argues state law prevents private development of the site because it was formerly part of Lake Michigan.

The latest bill refutes that argument, repeating the same legal point contained in an amendment in last year’s state budget, Sanfelippo said.

“It puts a little more context about why this was done,” he said. “This is kind of like a belts and suspenders approach. We settled this issue in the budget and even though it was in the budget, there’s an organization out there.”

Charlie Kamps, a Preserve Our Parks board member, declined comment.

The bill was introduced with a bipartisan group of 18 legislators signing on as sponsors.

“This has bipartisan support and from our perspective is so important to economic development in the city,” said Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa), a co-sponsor, who introduced the bill with Sanfelippo.

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Offices, Fresh Market Planned for Walker's Point Neighborhood

A Cermak Fresh Market, along with new office and potentially apartment development, could be coming to a major site in Walker's Point under a plan Wangard Partners Inc. and city officials unveiled last Monday.

The development by Milwaukee-based Wangard Partners would fill a seven-acre former foundry site at East Greenfield Avenue and South First Street. The project is to serve as a gateway to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Freshwater Sciences, which is under construction to the east of the property, said Milwaukee development commissioner Rocky Marcoux.

There are multiple buildings planned for the land. An up to four-story building would line the corner of First Street and Greenfield Avenue, with first-floor retail space and offices or apartments on the upper floors, Marcoux said. To the east along Greenfield Avenue, there would be a four-story office building with 45,000 square feet.

No office tenant has been confirmed for the building, but the city will join Wangard in marketing the space, Marcoux said.

A Cermak grocery would anchor the northern portions of the land, said Milwaukee Ald. Jose Perez, whose district includes the site. It would be the second Cermak in the Milwaukee area.

Two stand-alone buildings, potentially for a bank or restaurant, would be built near the Cermak, Marcoux said. Of the planned buildings, the grocery store is the farthest along, he said.

The city would pay for environmental cleanup and infrastructure, including a road leading into the property off of First Street. It also will be involved with a 40-foot-wide strip running between the sidewalks on Greenfield and the buildings fronting on that street. That land is envisioned to be a public space demonstrating storm-water management techniques, Marcoux said.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett called the development plan a product of compromise.

"The neighbors, including the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences and the residents of Walker's Point, had important concerns," Barrett said. "The developer, the alderman, and my administration listened and reached a reasonable accommodation allowing everyone to see a positive outcome from this agreement."

Wangard Partners chairman Stewart Wangard in October said he had the option for the bank-owned land. Citizens Bank of Mukwonago took over the seven-acre site almost a year ago from Andrew and Vicki Busalacchi.

Perez and officials from Wangard will gather reactions to the plan during a neighborhood meeting at 1407 S. First St. Monday night.

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
Industry Optimism Grows After Ken Simonson Presents at the AGC-GM Annual Meeting
Register TODAY for the AGC-GM Safety Day & Management Training 2014
Upcoming Trainings form the Knowledge Source
STP 2: Oral and Written Communication
LEED v.4 Introduction Presentation
Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
Crane Rigging Training
WEBINAR - ACA Update: What the Construction Industry Should Know
Lean Construction Unit 1: Variation in Production Systems
STP 1: Leadership and Motivation
In the News
State Bill Introduced to Bolster Couture Lakefront Development
Offices, Fresh Market Planned for Walker's Point Neighborhood
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