February 11, 2014
Only Two Weeks Left! 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

Time is running short, but it's not too late!  You can still register for AGC of Greater Milwaukee's Annual Safety & Management Training Day.  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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CLC Kicks Off 2014 at Historical Pabst Brewery's Best Place

On January 30th, a robust crowd of 58 attended the Construction Leadership Council's Annual Kick-Off at the Pabst Brewery’s Historical Best Place.  We were excited to see lots of new faces at our premier event, since a main goal of this event is to showcase what the CLC is all about.  It also gave us an opportunity to introduce our new Chairperson, Mike Stern of J.H Findorff & Son, and Vice-Chair Annika Schuller-Rach of Opus Design Build, LLC.   Our Mission is educate, connect and develop the next generation of construction industry leaders, and we accomplished that with the help of Prof. Mark Federle from Marquette University.  He gave a great presentation entitled "Would You Be an Ethical Leader: An Interactive Case Study."  Prof. Federle led the group through several potential situations where an individual's ethical boundaries may be tested, some gleaned from real-life situations, then allowed time for some lively discussion on personal viewpoints at the tables.  It was a highly-engaging format that made for an exceptional presentation.  You can see some of the Animated Discussions on our Facebook Page.

After the Dinner and Presentation, many stuck around to take the Historical Tour of the building.  The area is an integral part of Milwaukee’s history, and it was a great way to see how it played a part in shaping Milwaukee and how it continues to do so today in its new capacity as an eco-friendly business center.  The socializing continued well into the evening after the tour concluded.

For more information on the Construction Leadership Council, membership, and upcoming events, please contact Brian Eigenfeld at the AGC offices at (414) 778-4100 or beigenfeld@agc-gm.org

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Do More With Less

In recent years, AGC members have been pressed to deliver more services at lower cost, while maintaining the highest quality. Recognizing this challenge, AGC developed a "Doing More With Less" webpage, which contains a number of tools and resources to help members maximize their efficiency. These include a searchable database, which will allow contractors of all types and sizes to share cost-saving ideas that have worked successfully in their firms and to learn from others' best practices, a LinkedIn Group, and several AGC Forums. Check out this webpage for more information about how your firm can "Do More With Less!"

 

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Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
 
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, 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, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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ACA Update: What the Construction Industry Should Know
Date: February 19th (Webinar), 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, 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, 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, contact Kim Jalalian at kjalalian@agc-gm.org or (414) 778-4100.

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Successfully Handling an OSHA Inspection
March 4th, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $35, Associate - $45, ACEA/IAP - $55, Non-Member - $90
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.

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

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LEED Green Associate Prep Course
March 6th, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $100, Associate - $175, Non-Member - $250
Frank Falsetti, Hunzinger Constr & Phil Vetterkind, Sustainable Building Solutions

LEED Green Associate Professionals learn a new way of thinking of the built environment. As a result of the Green Associate Accreditation you become a partner in a dynamic process to build more sustainably.  Green Associate Accreditation attests to the candidate’s knowledge of good environmental practice and skill, and reflects an understanding and support of green design, construction, and operations.

The benefits of becoming a LEED Green Associate are:
1. Provides a marketable credential to a prospect, employer or client.
2. Awards a LEED Professional certificate.
3. Recognizes the individual for involvement in the LEED Process.
4. Provides a listing on the Green Building Certification Institute.

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

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In the News
 
Construction Firms Plan to Hire in 2014, Worry About Worker Shortages

Most construction contractors predict that the demand for construction services will either grow or remain stable in virtually every market segment this year, and many firms plan to start hiring again, according to AGC’s recently released survey results conducted as part of Optimism Returns: The 2014 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook.  The survey results reflect a generally upbeat outlook for the year, even as firms worry about growing worker shortages, rising costs, and the impact of new regulations and federal budget cutting.

According to the results, many firms plan to begin hiring again, while relatively few plan to start making layoffs. Contractors have a relatively positive outlook for virtually all 11 market segments covered in the Outlook, in particular for private-sector segments. For five of those segments, at least 40 percent of respondents expect the market to expand and fewer than 20 percent expect the market to decline in 2014. The difference between the optimists and pessimists – the net positive reading – is a strong 28 percent for private office, manufacturing and the combined retail/warehouse/lodging segments, and 25 percent for power and hospital/higher education construction.

Among public sector segments, contractors are more optimistic about demand for new water and sewer construction, with a net positive of 17 percent. Contractors are mildly optimistic about the market for highway construction, with a net positive of 10 percent. Respondents are almost equally divided regarding the outlook for the other four segments, ranging from net positives of 5 percent for public buildings, 4 percent for schools, 3 percent for transportation facilities other than highways, to a negative of 2 percent for marine construction.

Ninety percent of construction firms report they expect prices for key construction materials to increase in 2014. Most, however, expect those increases will be relatively modest, with 43 percent reporting they expect the increases to range between 1 and 5 percent. Meanwhile, 82 percent of firms report they expect the cost of providing health care insurance for their employees will increase in 2014. Despite that, only 1 percent of firms report they plan to reduce the amount of health care coverage they provide.

AGC’s chief economist, Ken Simonson, notes that as firms continue to slowly expand their payrolls, they are likely to have a harder time finding enough skilled construction workers. Already, 62 percent of responding firms report having a difficult time filling key professional and craft worker positions.  Two-thirds of firms expect it will either become harder or remain as difficult to fill professional positions and 74 percent say it will get harder, or remain as hard, to fill craft worker positions.

According to Simonson, the worker shortages are already having an impact on the industry. Fifty-two percent of firms report they are losing construction professionals to other firms or industries and 55 percent report they are losing craft workers. As a result, a majority of firms report they have improved pay and benefits to help retain qualified staff. One reason they are likely worried is that nearly half of the firms believe training programs for new craft workers are poor or below average.

The Outlook was based on survey results from over 800 construction firms from every state and the District of Columbia.  Contractors of every size answered over 40 questions about their hiring, equipment purchasing and business plans. Click here for the full report.  Click here for the survey results.  Click here for state-by-state survey results.

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Irgens Buys Land for 833 East Office on Milwaukee Lakefront

Irgens on Monday announced it bought a 1-acre site on East Michigan Street on Milwaukee's lakefront where, in spring, it will begin construction of the 17-story 833 East office building.

The office will have space for Milwaukee law firm Godfrey & Kahn SC, real estate firm Colliers/Wisconsin and its related company, Inland Cos. It will replace a portion of a U.S. Bank garage near Milwaukee’s lakefront. An Irgens affiliate bought the land for the project from U.S. Bank.

“This is a step in the development process of 833 East,” said Mark Irgens, CEO and president of Irgens. “We still need to achieve a little more leasing before our lending group will let us start construction.”

The building would have 358,000 square feet of leaseable space. It joins a $10 million new office at the Brewery as the first new multi-tenant office construction in Milwaukee since Cathedral Place was completed more than 10 years ago.

Irgens in November locked in an unnamed tenant to fill 10,000 square feet of the 833 East building, and reported it needs another 10,000 square feet of pre-leasing to access financing for the more than $100 million development.

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In This Issue
Only Two Weeks Left! Register TODAY for the AGC-GM Safety Day & Management Training 2014
CLC Kicks Off 2014 at Historical Pabst Brewery's Best Place
Do More With Less
Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
Qualified Crane Signalperson Training
Crane Rigging Training
ACA Update: What the Construction Industry Should Know
Lean Construction Unit 1: Variation in Production Systems
STP 1: Leadership and Motivation
Successfully Handling an OSHA Inspection
LEED Green Associate Prep Course
In the News
Construction Firms Plan to Hire in 2014, Worry About Worker Shortages
Irgens Buys Land for 833 East Office on Milwaukee Lakefront
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