February 25, 2014
Association Highlights
 
Thank You to Our Safety Day Sponsors!

Today, AGC of Greater Milwaukee's Annual Safety and Management Training Day is being held at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center.  Here, our members will get a heavy-duty dose of the latest Management training as well as the Safety Training they need to stay current with OSHA and Municipal requirements.  This is always an excellent opportunity to meet many these requirements all in one day! 

This event would not be possible without the generous support and sponsorships from our members!  The AGC of Greater Milwaukee would like to take this opportunity to offer a sincere 'Thank You' to those who were able to offer such support!  They are:

Grand Sponsor:
Miron Construction Co., Inc.

Honor Sponsors:
Balestrieri Environmental & Development, Inc
North Shore Environmental Construction, Inc.
SRS Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.

Friend Sponsors:
Aon Risk Solutions
C.W. Purpero Inc.
Control Solutions, Inc.
Dawes Rigging and Crane Rental
J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc.
Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.
M3 Insurance
Reichl Construction Inc.
Velcheck & Finger Roof Consulting & Service

Door Prize Donations:
Olympic Companies, Inc.
Total Mechanical, Inc.
FABCO Rents - The CAT Rental Store
C.G. Schmidt, Inc.
Balestrieri Environmental & Development, Inc.
Berghammer Construction Corp.
Lincoln Constractors Supply, Inc.
Milwaukee Construction Industry Safety Council
North Shore Environmental Construction, Inc.
SRS Roofing & Sheet Metal

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Dan Burazin Celebrates 20 Years at AGC of Greater Milwaukee

On February 14th, Dan Burazin celebrated 20 years of making construction sites a safer place with AGC of Greater Milwaukee.  He started with AGC as Associate Safety Director, then moved to his current position as Safety Director.

Dan has been able to watch the developent of the indusry's attitude toward safety over these past two decades. "There have been numerous changes in the construction industry since I started here at the AGC but one of the most notable has been the fact that there are so many companies who put a premium on a safe workplace.  When I started, there were only a handful of contractors who had a full-time safety person for the company.  Now, not only are there full-time company safety directors, there are also site-specific safety directors.  And this is in addition to the various consultants who are working to assist contractors who can’t support a full-time position.  Safety has come a long way.  I am grateful that I was part of it."

When asked what he enjoyed most about being involved with AGC's Safety Program, Dan said, "I like being able to see a lot of different trades and different contractors perform their work.  I feel this really helps me pass along what works best to other contractors and what doesn’t.  I also realize that I am helping workers stay safe on the job but may never really know who I helped.  Just the fact that I can make a difference is enough for me."

If you would like to find out more about how AGC can help make your work site a safer place, please contact Dan at dburazin@agc-gm.org or at (414) 778-4100.  As Dan always says, our goal at the end of the day is to make sure everyone gets home safe!

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Congratulations to Matt Burow, Catalyst Construction for Making Milwaukee's 40 Under 40

Every year, The Milwaukee Business Journal complies a list of Milwaukee's young entrepreneurs and philanthropists who have made their mark on the city.

The Business Journal got almost 300 nominations on its website for this year’s selection. That was whittled down to the 40.

The AGC of Greater Milwaukee would like to recognize and congratulate our General Contractor Member Catalyst Construction’s President, Matt Burow, on receiving the prestigious honor of being named as one of Milwaukee’s 40 Under 40!

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

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Global Harmonization System
March 17th, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $35, Associate - $45, ACEA/IAP - $55, Non-Member - $90
Dan Burazin, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the Hazard Communication Standard will provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets. Employers are required by the standard to train their employees in the new labeling elements and the Safety Data Sheet format by December 1, 2013. This course will assist contractors in meeting their training obligation.

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

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Financing Incentives
March 19th (Webinar), 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Corp. G.C. - Comp, Associate - $20, Non-Member - $30
Angela Black & Lynda Templen, Whyte, Hirschboeck, Dudek, S.C.

The difference between a construction project that will happen and one that won’t is often the “financing gap.”  This session will address a variety of financing incentives and strategies that may help bridge that gap.

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

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First Aid/CPR/AED Training
March 19th & 20th, 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Corp. G.C. - $60, Associate - $70, ACEA/IAP - $80, Non-Member - $120
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. 
Intended Audience:  This course is for any adult who wishes to become certified in First Aid/CPR/AED, especially those charged with the responsibility to respond in an emergency. 

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

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Lean Construction Unit 2: Pull in Production
March 27th, 8 am to 12 pm

Corp G.C. - $100, Associate/BE Members- $175, Non-Members  - $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 2: Pull in Production is a half-day course that introduces the concept of pull as a means to reliable work flow.
•  Compare batch-and-queue and continuous flow production systems
•  Distinguish push systems from pull systems
•  Describe the impact of pull in production systems
•  Explain pull strategies in construction operations

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

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In the News
 
FMI Releases Q4-2013 Construction Outlook Report

With FMI's latest forecast and Outlook for 2014, they are seeing good economic reports from almost every corner of the economy. FMI expects construction put in place to end up 7% higher than last year. Unemployment is below 7%. Signs of inflation are few. Interest rates are still low, but showing signs of increasing. Private investment in capital goods is improving. Consumers are spending more, especially for automobiles. Oil and gas prices are relatively stable, and imports are decreasing due to higher domestic production. And, believe it or not, a $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill was passed in the House without much ado and should get through the Senate as well. If there is any bad news right now, no one really doesn't want to hear it. However, that seemed to be the head-in-the-sand attitude prevalent before the recession. Therefore, FMI had added some asterisks after most of the good news headlines.

Download the Construction Outlook, Fourth Quarter 2013 report here.

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ERO: Concrete Recycling Robot Can "Erase" a Building

The ERO Concrete Recycling Robot was designed to efficiently disassemble concrete structures without any waste, dust or separation and enable reclaimed building materials to be reused for new prefabricated concrete buildings. It does so by using a water jet to crack the concrete surface, separate the waste and package the cleaned, dust-free material.

Current concrete-demolition techniques require a lot of power crushing, separation and machinery, not to mention they waste a lot of water in order to prevent dust blooms during operation. Transferring waste material to recycle stations outside the city wastes time, the end result of which means that the materials can be reused only in very limited areas.

The challenge with this project was to separate materials concurrent with deconstruction. Concrete is usually reinforced with a metal mesh inside. Common techniques involve using brute force to pulverize the concrete, which creates a mixed mound of waste material that needs to be separated before it can be reused or sold as second-grade metal or as a filling material. In order to overcome later separation and ease the transport of materials, the process had to start with separation on the spot. It was a challenge to switch from brutal pulverizing to smart deconstruction.

One of the goals of this project was to provide a smart and sustainable near-future approach to the demolition operations that will facilitate reuse as much as possible. Today, operators manually control different sized heavy machinery, which consume a lot of energy to smash and crush the concrete structure into dusty bits. Water has to be sprayed constantly with fire hoses to prevent harmful dust from spreading. After the work is done, big machines scoop up the rebar and concrete mixture and transfer them to the recycle stations outside the city where the waste is separated manually. Concrete needs to be crushed with power crushers in several stages, the end result of which it can only be used for simple construction layouts. The metal is melted for reuse.

An autonomous fleet of ERO Concrete Recycling Robots is placed strategically within the building. They scan the surroundings and determine a route with which they will execute during the operation. Once ERO starts working, it literally erases the building. ERO deconstructs with high-pressure water and sucks and separates the mixture of aggregate, cement and water. It then sends aggregate and filtered cement slurry separately down to the packaging unit to be contained. Clean aggregate is packed into big bags, which are labeled and sent to nearby concrete precast stations for reuse. Water is recycled back into the system. The packaging unit provides ERO with vacuum suction and electrical power. Turbulence dynamos placed within the air suction route produces some percent of power that ERO needs. ERO uses less than what it gets. Nothing is placed in land fills or sent away for additional processing. Even the rebar is cleaned of concrete, dust and rust and is ready to be cut and reused immediately. Every bit of the load-bearing structure is reusable for new building blocks.

This project is an excellent solution for the complexity of today's demolition techniques, which consume a lot of energy to create a lot of waste. ERO simply turns waste into an asset.

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In This Issue
Association Highlights
Thank You to Our Safety Day Sponsors!
Dan Burazin Celebrates 20 Years at AGC of Greater Milwaukee
Congratulations to Matt Burow, Catalyst Construction for Making Milwaukee's 40 Under 40
Upcoming Trainings from The Knowledge Source
Lean Construction Unit 1: Variation in Production Systems
STP 1: Leadership and Motivation
Successfully Handling an OSHA Inspection
LEED Green Associate Prep Course
Global Harmonization System
Financing Incentives
First Aid/CPR/AED Training
Lean Construction Unit 2: Pull in Production
In the News
FMI Releases Q4-2013 Construction Outlook Report
ERO: Concrete Recycling Robot Can "Erase" a Building
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