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CAM ANNUAL REPORT A Recap of the Past Year’s Events and Achievements




SAFETY Plus: A PROJECT ON A MISSION – The Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions

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34 Greenprint for the Future Sustainable Masonry is the Answer

CONSTRUCTION SAFETY 35 Safety Pays in Tough Economic Times RAM Construction and Turner Construction Participate in New MIOSHA Initiative


FEATURES 12 NI-CD Battery Packs

40 Seeking the Holy Grail of Safety at Commercial Contracting Corporation

What You Don’t Know Will Cost You!

14 On the Jobsite Massive Excavation Puts Safety at the Forefront

42 All Hands on Deck at Clayco 43 T.H. Marsh Construction Co. A Growing Company Makes the Safety Investment


16 A Letter from the President of CAM

17 CAM Celebrates Milestone Anniversary in 2010 The CAM 2009 Annual Report


44 A Project On a Mission The Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions

26 Making a Cozy Bed with Masonry Designing with a Higher R-Value

32 2010 Masonry Outlook Remodeling and Renovation Market to Surpass New Construction



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Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., has been in business since 1957. We have many divisions, such as Commercial, Industrial, Residential Service, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Parts Department and a Retail Showroom with all the up-to-date kitchen and bath needs. All of our employees working on construction or service are licensed mechanics, whether it is Mechanical, Plumbing, Boiler, Medical Gas or Back-Flow work. Our company is currently working on projects all over the State of Michigan, from the Ohio border north, to the Upper Peninsula. Projects include: hospitals, schools, prisons, medical care facilities and other multi-use buildings. Remer Plumbing is a member of the Bay Area Association of Northern Lower Michigan, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 85 of Saginaw, and local unions throughout Michigan. We are also members of the Michigan Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association (MPMCA), Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce, Saginaw Township Business Association, Plumbing, Heating Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC), National Mechanical Contractors Association (MCAA) and the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM).

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NEWS Bosch VDA Test Track Project Earns APAM / MDOT Award

Forgue Receives Safety Accolade Congratulations go out to CAM’s Director of Safety Services, Joe Forgue, who has been selected as the winner of the 2010 “Safety Professional of the Year” by the Michigan Safety Conference. Pat Bellm Fisher, of Bellm Safety Health Environmental, nominated Forgue for this honor. The nomination of highly qualified people for this award maintains its high standards and what it represents to the safety profession in the State of Michigan. The Michigan Safety Conference will be held April 20th and 21st, 2010 at the Lansing Center in Lansing. Forgue will receive his award at the President’s Reception on the evening of Tuesday, April 20th, in the Capitol Ballroom of the Radisson Hotel. CAM offers a complete, comprehensive Safety Training and Education Program, of which Forgue is the Director. Thanks to a Grant from MIOSHA’s Consultation, Education and Training (CET) Division, CAM is able to provide construction companies with FREE training on the major Focus Four areas of construction injuries and fatalities: Falls; Electrocutions; Struck-By’s; and Caught-In’s. CAM also offers many ongoing safety education classes, as well as an annual Safety Training Workshop. This hands-on workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 14th at Kart-to-Kart in Sterling Heights. For more information, please contact Joe Forgue at (248) 972-1141, or check out the CAM website



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The American Institute of Architects Michigan (AIA Michigan) recently announced the election of Birmingham architect Alan H. Cobb, FAIA, LEED® AP, as its 2010 president. Other newly elected AIA Michigan officers include Douglas W. Kueffner, AIA, of Wigen, Tincknell, Meyer & Associates Inc., Saginaw as vice president; Tamara E. Burns, AIA, of HopkinsBurns Design Studio, Ann Arbor as secretary; and Victor A. Saroki, FAIA, of Victor Saroki & Associates Architects PC, Birmingham as treasurer. Ronald R. Campbell, AIA, of Oakland County’s Planning & Economic Development Services serves on the board as past president. Frederick F. Butters Esq., FAIA, Frederick F. Butters, PLLC, Southfield, serves as regional director. “For nearly 35 years, Alan has given so much to Michigan’s rich architectural foundation,” said Rae Dumke, Hon. AIA, executive director of AIA Michigan. “We are pleased to welcome him as our president at such a vital time, and are confident that he will continue to promote good design in our ever-changing environment.” Cobb is design principal and director of design, architecture & sustainability for Albert Kahn Associates Inc., Detroit. In the past 12 years, his design leadership has guided Kahn to more than 25 design awards, including three AIA National Honor Awards. He has helped reposition the 115-year old firm with the primary goal of creating sustainable environments. Since 1976, the Birmingham resident has pushed for environmentally sensitive design, including adaptive re-use, daylighting, proper solar orientation, alternative energy sources, and reclamation of Brownfield sites.


Alan H. Cobb Named 2010 President of American Institute of Architects Michigan

The Asphalt Pavement Association of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Transportation recently presented the Robert Bosch Corporation and its project team an Award of Excellence in the Special/Challenging Projects category for the reconstruction of the Vehicle Dynamics Area (VDA) Test Track located at the Bosch Flat Rock Proving Grounds in Ash Township. The project team included Ajax Paving Industries, Inc., D’Angelo Construction Corporation, Ghafari Associates, LLC, and Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc. (SME). The award was presented to the team at the APAM / MDOT Asphalt Pavement Awards program held at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. Projects were judged based on overall appearance, ride, texture uniformity, longitudinal and transverse joint construction, edges, approaches, utility cover adjustments, and degree of complexity. Out of 56 projects submitted in 10 different award categories, the judges ranked the Bosch VDA Test Track project as the overall highest scoring project based on the award criteria.. The test track project covered over 138,000 square yards, or nearly 30 acres of pavement, and included two separate and independently challenging aspects, namely a very large superflat skid pad and a steeply banked high-speed loop that was built with parabolic banking.

Accepting the APAM/MDOT Award of Excellence are (L-R) Chuck Gemayel, PE (SME); Dave Marshall (Ajax Paving); and Chris Keller (D’Angelo Construction Corp.). “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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SME served as the pavement/geotechnical engineer of record for this challenging project. SME performed the subsurface exploration and the geotechnical and pavement evaluation of the site, developed recommendations for site preparation, earthwork and pavement design, and even provided construction materials services during construction. SME also provided recommendations related to materials and methods for obtaining surface smoothness required for Bosch’s vehicle sensors to perform properly. The team had to meet a “friction” requirement related to test vehicle tire/pavement surface interaction. The team worked together during construction, constantly monitoring results during the leveling course to continuously improve paving operations, resulting in the final surface exceeding the flatness and friction criteria required by Bosch. The high-speed loop required the use of a special paver equipped with a parabolic screed, plus differently curved rollers for different heights on the curve, as well as additional equipment to hold both the paver and the rollers on the steep incline during construction.

NAWIC Detroit Chapter 183 News The members of the Detroit Chapter of NAWIC spent an enjoyable and informative evening with G. Asenath Andrews, principal of the Catherine Ferguson Academy for Girls. Located in Detroit, this remarkable school empowers girls who are parents to still achieve their goals. The school’s programs include gardening on a small working farm on the property, carpentry, financial planning and other skills. Every program combines a hands-on Visit us online at

SAFETY TOOL KIT MISS DIG’s DIRT: Get the Scoop By Eric Urbain, MISS DIG System, Inc. hose Spring is finally here. As contractors and excavators gear up for the 2010 digging season, Michigan’s one-call center, MISS DIG System, Inc., is celebrating its 40th anniversary. For four decades, the MISS DIG Call Center has been committed to utility damage prevention, and to providing convenient services to the many stakeholders across Michigan. From Positive Response, to Remote Ticket Entry, there has always been a commitment to helping utility and excavator communicate and work with one another more efficiently. Recently, another program was introduced to take this commitment one step further. MISS DIG has launched the Virtual Private DIRT program. This program is a regionalized version of the national DIRT program, developed by the Common Ground Alliance. DIRT is an acronym for Damage Information Reporting Tool, and was developed as a secure Web application for the collection and reporting of national underground damage information. The main objective of DIRT is to identify root causes of damage, perform trend analyses, and help educate all stakeholders to reduce damages through effective practices and procedures. Many people think this information is currently available through one-call centers such as MISS DIG. Most one-call centers do not collect this data; only certain ones do so because their “call before you dig” law mandates it. The advantage of collecting this data and having the ability to analyze it would help one-call centers determine where the education process needs improvement, i.e., people who don’t know to call before digging; who don’t know to hand dig first; or how a line did not get located. With the answers to these types of questions, education and advertising can be established to get the correct message out. When DIRT was created, it was known that in order to get facility owners and excavators to provide data, they were going to have to know that the data was


secure, could be reported anonymously, and be kept confidential. It was also noted that the ease of reporting the data would be a major concern. DIRT has answered all of these questions. The MISS DIG System is excited about Michigan’s Virtual Private DIRT (VPD) tool being available. If both professional excavators and utility companies would submit their damages to this tool, we would be able to do trend analyses and identify the root causes of underground damages in Michigan. Through the program’s anonymous setup, the Call Center would NOT know which utility, or excavator, submitted the data; who the contractor was that damaged the facility; or which utility company was involved. What would be known is that a gas line was damaged by an excavator performing sewer work because they either did not call MISS DIG; did not hand dig first; or the lines weren’t marked accurately, etc. Excavators also have the ability to enter data about ‘near-misses’ caused by the lack of locating marks or by inaccurate marks. This article will hopefully cause interest in this new tool for damage prevention. However, for all the answers about DIRT and VPD, please check out After creating an account, users can then post information, view reports, download user guides, and view tutorials. MISS DIG will also assist in the account creation process and provide forms to help excavators collect information on the site of a utility damage. We are encouraging the state’s excavators to seriously think about submitting damage data into DIRT to allow MISS DIG to identify areas to improve the education process. MISS DIG is so committed to this process that we are willing to help you enter your data. For more information on how we can help submit your data while remaining anonymous, please contact Eric Urbain, Damage Prevention Liaison, at (248) 3706424, or by e-mail CAM MAGAZINE

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approach as well as adhering to strict academic requirements. In order to graduate from the Academy, students must be accepted into a college of their choice. The school was featured in “O” – the magazine created by Oprah Winfrey - and was named a 2008 breakthrough school by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. In the course of the evening, Andrews recalled countless stories, both humorous and poignant, detailing the struggles of both establishing the Academy and maintaining daily operations. Because both the girls and their children attend the school, the Academy incorporates every aspect of childcare, implements social service programs, offers on-site child healthcare, and offers a complete curriculum on parenting skills. During NAWIC’s visit, Andrews mentioned the Academy would like to initiate a construction project. NAWIC assured Andrews that she could count on NAWIC’s full support to help facilitate her plan. The plan certainly is in line with NAWIC’s primary purpose of enhancing the success of women in the construction industry, regardless of their age. The focus of NAWIC’s annual holiday party was an evening dedicated to thanking their employers for their support and commitment to NAWIC. Members also had the opportunity to educate and inform their respective bosses and co-workers about the association’s activities and scholarship programs. The event included a slideshow presentation, plus the chairwoman of each program or activity presented a brief explanation of the scope and purpose of the endeavor. NAWIC partnered again this year with Viazanko Construction Services, providing toys for Operation Snow Pile to benefit hospitalized children. In order to implement the Chapter’s scholarship programs, NAWIC held a tin can raffle funded by donations from individual members and/or donations from NAWIC member’s employer. One NAWIC member, Karen Hill of the Construction Association of Michigan, entertained the group with her own comedy routine. Her talents made the evening enjoyable and provided lots of laughs, some of them at the expense of a few of the members’ bosses. The hilarity was taken all in the spirit of having a good time. Honoring the support of NAWIC’s respective companies, giving to a worthy cause and funding the Chapter’s various scholarships and projects was a very good way to end 2009 and to look ahead to a successful 2010.

Said Bob Frickel, owner of R.W. Frickel Company, “After 45 years of representing contractors I was looking for the best fit for my clients as I gradually move toward retirement. Doeren Mayhew was clearly the best option with its extensive contractor background, deep industry knowledge and commitment to client service.”

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur Hosts Tour of Phase IV Solar Field Construction at Ohio Air National Guard Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and the Ohio Air National Guard 180th Fighter Wing hosted a tour of the 180th’s newest phase of solar field construction. The Phase IV project will take the Ohio Air National Guard’s alternative energy production to the next level. When complete, the project will allow the Ohio Air National Guard to generate 1.2 megawatts of energy, representing 37 percent of the Ohio Air National Guard’s own energy. The project also will increase the size of the Ohio Air National Guard’s solar field by 50 percent, making it the Air Force’s second largest solar field nationwide and the largest in Ohio. Construction is under way on Phase IV, the latest phase in a project designed to demonstrate the viability of solar power in frequently overcast areas like northwest Ohio, and particularly during fall, winter and spring when the region has the least natural light. The project is scheduled for completion in late June 2010. “The 180th Fighter Wing is a community-based organization whose members are proud of the solar field and of being good stewards of the environment,” stated Col. Mark Bartman, 180th Fighter Wing Commander. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur said, “This project underscores our commitment to making the 180th base a national leader. Working together, we can show the way to energy independence and create good jobs for our local economy at the same time.” Kaptur allocated funds for the project to create an energyindependent function within the Department of Defense. Rudolph/Libbe, Inc., Walbridge, OH, the design/build general contractor for Phase IV of the project, hired all Ohio contractors and suppliers for Phase IV. PHASE IV’S UNIQUE TECHNOLOGY: • A design that is expected to provide more electrical light production during the darkest months of the year than previous

Doeren Mayhew Expands Construction Business The R.W. Frickel Company, a Troy-based CPA firm specializing in serving clients in the construction industry since 1974, has joined Doeren Mayhew, a public accounting and management consulting firm also based in Troy. The move will further assist Doeren Mayhew in serving its large base of construction industry clients. “The synergy between Bob Frickel’s firm and Doeren Mayhew is perfect,” said Mark Crawford, Doeren Mayhew managing director. “The combination of the two firms will create Michigan’s largest construction accounting and consulting practice, which will benefit all clients with its broad-based resources and experience. The transaction was finalized early February 2010. All employees of R.W. Frickel have assumed key leadership positions within Doeren Mayhew. “The transition has been seamless, and we look forward to taking great care of his client base,” Crawford continued. “In these economic times when companies are downsizing, we are growing. We are very optimistic about our continued growth and momentum as we expand our client services and operations in 2010 and beyond.”



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Racks are erected, and solar panel installation is in progress. “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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• An innovative racking system designed and built in Ohio that reduces installation time, cost and maintenance by eliminating complex wiring and fusing circuits. The system allows more panels to be placed in the same square footage. • A system for tracking energy production that will allow real-time data to be reported instantly and will allow the system to be monitored for maintenance.

From left, Col. Mark Bartman, 180th Fighter Wing Commander; Gary Haas, executive vice president, Rudolph/Libbe Inc.; Todd Spangler, Plant Manager, First Solar; and Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, at the Jan. 5 jobsite tour of phase 4.

phases of the project. • An innovative inverter system designed and manufactured by Nextronex, a Toledo-based start-up solar inverter company. The project will use the first inverters produced by Nextronex. • A 1,000-volt, utility-scale system that has only been implemented on a few solar field projects nationwide.

“It’s a great green energy project, and it’s also good economic news for our region,” said Gary Haas, executive vice president of Rudolph/Libbe Inc. “We are installing 399 kilowatts of first solar panels in this phase of the project. We were proud to work with the Ohio Air National Guard on Phase III, where we installed 282 kilowatts. We completed sitework for the first and second research and development phases. The Ohio Air National Guard is an extremely progressive customer, and we’re honored to serve them and this innovative project.”

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FACT: A NI-CD BATTERY PACK COULD LAST UP TO 1000 CYCLES (CHARGES) IF CARED FOR PROPERLY • Stop using a battery as soon as you feel a substantial decrease. Completely running down your battery will permanently damage your battery. • Charge batteries at room temperature whenever possible, and never at extremes. Do not charge in temperatures below 40°F or above 105°F. Under these conditions, the battery will not take a full charge, and may be permanently damaged. If it is too hot or cold the chemical reaction is disturbed causing a loss of runtime. • Charge batteries completely. Removing them before charging is complete won’t cause damage but could waste battery life as the number of charges a battery will accept is limited. • Let batteries rest if they feel warm to the touch. If your tool has a second battery, switch packs while the first cools down to room temperature. • Store batteries in a cool, dry place. • Do not store charged batteries on the charger. • Do not keep battery packs mounted on tools for more than a week.

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Life Preservers BY DAVID R. MILLER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR PHOTOS COURTESY OF L. D’AGOSTINI & SONS, INC. ife preservers are commonly found near water because these simple floatation devices can help struggling swimmers stay afloat long enough for help to arrive. The waters that will eventually flow through the Oakwood Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) in Detroit are obviously not fit for swimming, but the project team employed in the construction of the facility will benefit from their own distinctive variety of life preserver – the dedicated safety team that has effectively managed jobsite hazards thus far. The project team led by engineer CDM, Cambridge, MA; construction manager L. D’Agostini & Sons, Inc./Lakeshore Engineering Services Joint Venture, Macomb; and an able team of subcontractors




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including concrete contactor Barton Malow Co., Southfield; mechanical contractor De-Cal, Inc. Mechanical Contractors, Warren; and electrical contractor Shaw Electric Co., Livonia; has experienced no time-loss incidents to date [at press time]. When complete, the CSO will capture, screen and disinfect up to nine million gallons of water overflowing city sewers during heavy rains, thereby preventing the release or raw sewage into the Rouge River. Many challenges associated with the project relate to its sheer size. Barton Malow, for example, has already worked a total of 165,000 hours installing nine million pounds of reinforcing steel and 33,000 cubic yards of concrete, with more of each material on the “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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way. The 70-foot deep excavation for the pump station poses obvious fall hazards with confined space issues also impacting the subterranean work. Massive lifts are needed to place reinforcing bars for the concrete, but these thoroughly scripted evolutions are often not the riskiest jobsite activity. “It seems like the bigger tasks go off without a hitch because you’ve already done so much planning,” said Joe Benvenuto, project manager for Barton Malow. “It is the everyday tasks that are performed time and time again where you can get complacent after awhile.” Benvenuto credits Barton Malow’s safety culture for preventing this type of complacency on all jobs undertaken by the firm, but he also thinks that continuity of leadership has enhanced safety performance at the CSO. Barton Malow’s involvement with the project began in June 2007, yet many key players worked over the entire duration, including Alan Uhl, superintendent, John Suder, foreman, and Rick Bradley, assistant superintendent. Under the watchful eyes of countless industry veterans such as these, as well as those employed by L. D’Agostini & Sons, Inc./Lakeshore Engineering Services, the subcontractors are working with a level of professionalism that makes even the most complex tasks run smoothly. “On a job like this, there are alot of details that could slip through the cracks if no one was watching,” said Gino D’Agostini, project manager for L. D’Agostini & Sons, Inc. “Luckily, everyone here understands the program and how we want to operate.” The Oakwood CSO will also depend on a system of moving plate screens and six massive 72” pumps, plus two 54” pumps, all of which must also be precisely placed within an inch of their intended locations, to operate as intended. If these complex installations, along with countless other tasks, are completed as expected, the CSO will become operational during the summer of 2011.

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This massive pump station wet well measures 196 feet long by 66 feet wide, with a maximum depth of 70 feet. A slurry wall retention system technique, never used in Michigan before, was utilized during construction.

The completion of this pump station was a major milestone. It took approximately 60,000 work hours to reach this point – all performed with no time-loss incidents.


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A Letter from the President of CAM Dear CAM Members: We launched a year-long celebration of CAM’s 125th Anniversary at the 124th Annual Meeting of the Construction Association of Michigan, on February 3, 2010. Nearly 300 CAM Members attended the meeting and luncheon, which was held during the one-day 2010 CAM Expo at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi. In recognition of CAM’s milestone anniversary, we have received Certificates of Tribute from many government officials. These certificates are now on display at the CAM Headquarters in Bloomfield Hills. We were fortunate to have two guest speakers at this year’s Annual Meeting. Mr. Doug Rothwell, the president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan, presented the Michigan Turnaround Plan, a comprehensive strategy for making Michigan a “Top Ten” state for job & economic growth. Mr. Richard Mclellan, a Lansing-based attorney, spoke to the crowd as an insider specializing in public policy matters. In addition to the information presented at the Annual Meeting, CAM’s consulting economist, Don Wilson, has supplied CAM with the following data regarding Michigan’s present economy: Non-Residential Building Spending Plans Index. This Index tracks the value of investment in new buildings, related additions, and alterations to existing structures. This index funding fell 56% to level of 46 during 2009 from 105 in 2008 (1996=100). On the housing side of construction industry operations, residential investment suffered its fifth year of decline as measured by CAM’s Michigan Residential Building Spending Plans Index, which declined 30% from 2008 to 2009. Combined, residential and non-residential spending plans fell 40%. The overall result of this shrinkage was that unemployment among construction industry skilled trades personnel was about 33% at the close of 2009, compared 14.6% for all types of workers across the state. Tabulations of construction industry employment in surveys sponsored by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show 23,800 members of the Michigan statewide construction industry were furloughed in 2009, compared with 20,100 in 2008. In the Detroit area 13,100 were laid-off, compared with 9,300 in 2008. When and how fast industry job creation will start reducing construction industry unemployment in the future is not easy to predict. In an effort to help small businesses in Michigan, however, some lending institutions are pledging to take a more aggressive posture toward the market in available credit. During this period of Michigan’s economic recovery, I invite you to take advantage of all the cost-saving programs and benefits that CAM has to offer. We have been “Serving Michigan’s Construction Industry for 125 Years,” and with your continued support, will do so for another 125.


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CAM Celebrates Milestone Anniversary in 2010 “Serving Michigan’s Construction Industry for 125 Years”

By Amanda Tackett, Editor President Kevin Koehler called the 124th Annual Meeting of the Construction Association of Michigan to order on February 3, 2010. The event took place at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi. Nearly 300 CAM Members attended the meeting and luncheon, held during a one-day CAM Expo 2010 construction extravaganza. “I welcome you to CAM’s 124th Annual Meeting, celebrating CAM’s 125th Anniversary of service to Michigan’s Construction Industry,” said Koehler. “In recognition of CAM’s 125th Anniversary milestone, we have received official Certificates of Tribute from Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and Lieutenant Governor John Cherry, Jr.; Senator Debbie Stabenow; Senator Michael Bishop; Senator John Pappageorge; Michigan Speaker of the House Andy Dillon; U.S. Senator Carl Levin; and Congressman Gary Peters. These certificates will be on display for all members at the CAM Headquarters in Bloomfield Hills.” This year’s Annual Meeting also featured two guest speakers, Mr. Doug Rothwell and Mr. Richard Mclellan. Rothwell is the first president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan, a Michigan


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business roundtable comprised of senior executives from Michigan’s largest employers and leading universities. In this role, he has led the development of the Michigan Turnaround Plan, a comprehensive strategy for making Michigan a “Top Ten” state for job & economic growth. Mclellan is a Lansing-based attorney specializing in public policy matters. He has been a leader in the business community for many years and is a former Chairman of the Board of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. Mclellan has been chairman of the Michigan Law Revision Commission for over 20 years, chairman of the Michigan Corrections Commission, and chairperson of the Michigan Film Advisory Commission. Following the guest speakers’ presentations and a Q&A session, two scholarships were presented to deserving college students from Ferris State University who are pursuing careers in construction management. Two CAM golf outings recently raised funds for the scholarships; the July 2009 golf outing raised funds for the Don Purdie Scholarship, and this year, for the first time, the August 2009 golf outing raised funds for the Rick Cianek Scholarship. The Don Purdie Memorial Scholarship was presented to Brett Lesiewicz, and the Rick Cianek Scholarship was presented to Thomas Monaweck. CAM MAGAZINE

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CHANGING OF THE GUARD The association’s new officers and directors, who will serve on the 2010 Board of Directors, were installed at the meeting. CAM’s new Chairman of the Board is R. Andrew (Andy) Martin, president of FH Martin Constructors in Warren. Martin has worked in the construction industry for nearly 30 years, and is a third generation leader of his family firm. Martin previously served as Treasurer of the 2009 CAM Board of Directors. He is also a past chairman of the AGC Greater Detroit Chapter and is a member of the Engineering Society of Detroit. CAM’s newly elected Vice-Chairmen are Brian Kiley of Edgewood Electric, and John O’Neil, Sr. of W.J. O’Neil Company. CAM’s new 2010 Treasurer is James Capo of DeMattia Group. Each year three directors retire from CAM’s Board, and CAM’s members elect three new directors. The 2010 newly elected directors are Greg Andrzejewski of PPG Industries; Kevin French of Poncraft Door Company; and Kurt Von Koss of Beaver Tile & Stone Company. The three directors who retired in 2010 after four years of service on the Board are Brian Brunt of Brunt Associates, Wixom; Glenn Parvin of CASS Sheet Metal, Detroit; and outgoing CAM Chairman Bob Michielutti, Jr., of Michielutti Brothers, Inc., Eastpointe. The other current members of the CAM Board of Directors are Stephen Auger of Stephen Auger and Associates Architects, Lake Orion; M. James Brennan of Broadcast Design & Construction, Inc., Mt. Clemens; Frank G. Nehr, Jr. of Davis Iron Works, Commerce Township; Donald J. Purdie, Jr. of Detroit Elevator Company, Ferndale; and Jacqueline LaDuke Walters of LaDuke Roofing & Sheet Metal, Oak Park.

MEET YOUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS GREGORY ANDRZEJEWSKI, SALES REPRESENTATIVE, PPG INDUSTRIES Greg has 34 years of experience in the construction industry, the last 15 of which have been as a sales representative at PPG Industries in Southfield, a supplier of commercial and industrial coatings. Greg is actively involved at CAM, and has served on the CAM Golf Committee, the CAM Bowling Committee (previous Chairman and Vice Chairman), and the CAM Doubles Tournament Committee. Greg is also a member of the National Republican Committee. In his leisure time, Greg enjoys golfing, bowling, ice hockey, reading and family activities. He has been married for 32 years to Kathy, and they are the proud parents of two U of M Wolverines, Greg and Lauren. The Andrzejewski’s attend St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Shelby Twp., and reside in Macomb Twp. KEVIN FRENCH, PRESIDENT, PONCRAFT DOOR COMPANY Kevin is president of Poncraft Door Company, Auburn Hills, a manufacturer of architectural wood doors that has been in business for over 50 years. He has 28 years of experience in the construction industry, all of which have been at Poncraft. Kevin began at the company in an entry level position and then went into machine operations. He later began working in the



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office for all management functions, and eventually acquired the business where he is now president. Kevin is a past officer and director of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), a member of the Door and Hardware Institute (DHI), and a member of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI). He is a current Trustee of the CAM Workers’ Comp Board. In his spare time Kevin enjoys golf, bowling, racquetball and travel. He resides in Waterford. KURT F. VON KOSS, DIRECTOR OF COMMERCIAL SALES, BEAVER TILE & STONE Kurt has 30 years of experience in the construction industry, the last five of which have been with Beaver Tile & Stone, Farmington Hills, a wholesale distributor of ceramic tile and stone. Kurt holds memberships in the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA); Construction Specifications Institute (CSI); the Marble Institute of America (MIA); and NARI. He is a consultant to the Great Lakes Ceramic Tile Council (GLCTC); he represents the Detroit Ceramic Tile Contractors Association on the ANSI-108 Committee for Ceramic Tile Installation & Testing Methods; the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook Committee; the ISO TAG Committee; and is a consultant to Materials and Methods Standards Association (MMSA). Kurt is a Cub Scout Pack Leader, and attends St. Francis of Assisi church in Ann Arbor with his family. In his spare time Kurt enjoys golf and gardening. He and his wife, Lea, have two children, Luke and Christopher, and reside in Ann Arbor.


TCBX / CAM TRI-CITIES In 2009, the TCBX experienced a membership growth of over 10%, bringing their local membership to 250 at the beginning of November 2009 - the largest TCBX membership to date. As was the case in 2008, the TCBX experienced the majority of membership growth from existing member referrals. The TCBX appears to be in a position to grow again in 2010, despite economic forecasts. When the CAM purchased the TCBX there it was anticipated to become profitable in three to five years. The TCBX has accomplished that goal in less than one year, through the streamlining of their operations and membership growth. In 2008, the majority of TCBX members have gone to one of two electronic versions of the North East Michigan News Report, helping to cut costs while increasing the quality of services. The TCBX continues to make ends in this area, and expects to streamline things further into 2010. After CAM felt it had established a strong presence in the Great Lakes Bay Region, in October 2009 the TCBX began the rebranding of the TCBX name to CAM Tri-Cities. The local construction community has grown accustomed to the new name; the TCBX has replaced its signage and company logo to reflect the change, as well as running local commercials for CAM Tri-Cities. There has been a “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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good response from the commercials and added exposure, and the CAM Tri-Cities name continues to be known as a trusted and lasting part of the Greater Tri-County community. In 2010, CAM Tri-Cities will host an open house both for their existing Members and Non-Members. They hope to increase membership, while educating them on all aspects of what CAM can do for them. They will also be hosting the second annual CAM Tri-Cities Sporting Clay Shoot at the Freeland Sportsmen’s club in spring 2010. CAM PUBLIC RELATIONS/BIENNIAL BUSINESS SURVEY In 2009, CAM again collaborated with Plante & Moran, PLLC to issue the 2009/2010 Biennial Business Survey. For the first time, the survey was sent out electronically to all companies for whom the two companies had e-mail addresses, and was mailed to those for whom the companies did not. The results were distributed online as well, though hard copies of the survey booklet were printed for those requesting them. Both businesses and owners participated in completing the survey. Media interviews and a Podcast were recorded regarding the official survey results, as well. THE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT INFORMATION GROUP (CPIG) The Construction Project Information Group (CPIG) at CAM consists of three departments: The Newsroom, the Planroom, and the CAM-Online Planroom. The past year has seen the Construction Project Information Group increase the number of projects reported on, despite the overall decline of bidding projects available industry-wide. In 2009, CPIG has brought the ability to order plans online to subscribers, allowing them to have these plans shipped or picked up at either the Bloomfield Hills or Saginaw locations. 2009 also saw the upgrading of the Private Projects Planroom which allows Owners, Architects, Construction Managers and General Contractors the ability to distribute information and documents to a list of contractors of their choosing.

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CAMSAFETY At the beginning of 2009 CAMSAFETY began offering free training under their MIOSHA-CET grant. Throughout the year 73 training sessions were conducted with 21 companies, reaching 580 workers. Training involves four, 30-minute sessions, each covering one of the four main causes of fatalities in the construction industry: falls, electrocutions, being struck-by something, and being caught-in something. In addition to training covered under the Grant, CAMSAFETY has conducted 13 OSHA classes which include ten, 10-Hour and three, 30-Hour classes. This training reached a total of 187 people. CAMSAFETY is providing OSHA classes to two statewide groups who help Michigan workers gain or add to their skills in an effort to make them more marketable. CAMSAFETY conducted two OSHA 10-Hour classes for the Michigan Works Program in Flint and an additional 10-Hour class for the Michigan Youth Works program in Benton Harbor. The Michigan Youth Works program trains young people for a career, as well as providing their GED. In all, 61 people were trained in those programs. CAMSAFETY is under contract to provide training to the Benton Harbor group for the next two years. For the third year, CAMSAFETY held its annual Construction Safety Training Workshop in the spring. The event was moved to Kart2Kart in Sterling Heights, giving the participants additional room for hands-on training. The 2009 event was once again a success. CAMSAFETY will again look forward to its 2010 event on April 14th - be sure to mark your calendars!

CAMTEC In 2009, CAMTEC Core Classes received 920 total registrations, and tuition collected was $113,580.00. Among the new classes offered

in 2009 were LEED NC EXAM PREP COURSES – 96 students attending (4 sessions offered); MDOT Prequalification & DBE Certification courses – 28/42 (total registered 70); Construction Law Panel Discussion; and Accounting Basic 1 Course for Contractors. In 2009, the very popular Power Lunch program continued to bring in many eager students. Topics included Prevailing Wage Compliance - CAMTEC offered 2 sessions bringing in 2 Sold-Out days with 80 people in attendance; BIM (Building Information Modeling) - 28 registered; Energy Audit Training Overview - 26 registered. CAMTEC continues to offer educational opportunities to help workers move forward when changing gears in the job market, or to stay on top of the latest industry trends and applications. CAMTEC is launching new CAMTEC programs for unemployed students (tuition at half-price) to help individuals in a challenging economy. CAM E-NEWSLETTER CAM’s Electronic Newsletter kept members up-to-date on the happenings at CAM in 2009. Sent to the membership twice monthly, the CAM ENewsletter features weekly project leads, member features, CAMTEC class schedules, Expo updates, and social event schedules. Several links in the E-Newsletter take members directly back to the CAM website, so they will find it easy to use and fun to read. CAM WEBSITE In 2009, CAM launched its new website at With a newly designed layout and user-friendly functionality, the new CAM website is the place where members can find everything they need about their association. Containing the latest industry-related news, links to all CAM departments, schedules, events, and information… the new CAM website has it all! CAM LABOR RELATIONS PROGRAM In its seventh year, the CAM Labor Program continues to be the largest provider of labor relations services in Michigan. Over 375 union contractors, who employ Carpenters, Laborers, Operating Engineers and/or Cement Masons in CAM MAGAZINE

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Southeast Michigan, as well as Operating Engineers in Outstate Michigan, are presently participating in the CAM Labor Program. All benefits of the Labor Program are available at no additional cost. CAM’s Labor Relations Program is making contractors more productive and competitive by providing the best advice and information available. Among the benefits, participating contractors receive: • Informational bulletins relating to current developments in the areas of labor relations. • Advice regarding the proper interpretation of collective bargaining agreements. • Assistance in resolving disputed issues with labor unions related to both contractual and non-contractual matters. • Advice regarding proper work assignments, and assistance in resolving conflicting work claims. CAM’s Labor Relations Program continues to grow as union contactors realize the quality and extent of the assistance available. In 2009, Patrick Baker assumed the duties of Director of Labor Relations upon Forrest Henry’s retirement. CAM BUYERS GUIDE The most widely used construction directory in the state, the CAM Buyers Guide was distributed to 13,000 contractors, architects, buyers and users of construction in 2009. The Buyers Guide provides useful information, and remains a specialized marketing tool for the members of CAM. The 2010 directory will contain over 10,100 classified categories with sub-headings. For the first time, the 2010 Buyers Guide will feature a new LEED section, containing companies that employ individuals who have obtained LEED AP (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, Accredited Professional) Certification. Over 100 companies took listings under this new heading, earning the Buyers Guide more than an additional $5,000.00. CAM MAGAZINE CAM Magazine, The Voice of the Construction Industry in Michigan, held steady amid a tentative economic climate and continued to produce a quality publication. CAM Magazine Online can be found at and has grown to 169 monthly online subscribers. As of November 2009, CAM Magazine had over 51,000 online readers - averaging 228 reads a day - from 65 Countries. CAM Magazine now also has an online presence through Twitter and Facebook, with 440 Twitter Followers and 40 fans on Facebook. PLUS, as a bonus to magazine advertisers, CAM Magazine is now offering click-thru’s from online ads to the company’s actual websites. In 2009, CAM Magazine held its fifth annual Special Issue Award ceremonies at CAM Expo. Commemorative plaques were given to the architects and general contractors whose projects appeared in the Special Issue 2008. CAM Magazine also presented the Green Project of the Year Awards for the first time in 2009, acknowledging one overall winner and four honorable mention “green” projects.



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MEMBERSHIP 2009 was a very challenging year for CAM’s Membership Department; more so than the last several years. In 2009, the Membership Department has seen a drop of about 35 percent in new members signed. CAM members and prospects are faced with the same problems that we are all confronted with on a daily basis regarding the Michigan economy: acquisitions, mergers, financial trouble, and closing doors after many years of business and membership with CAM. However, CAM’s membership goals for 2010 are to continue to work hard to assist our members with the goods and services we have to offer, to focus on our many successes as an association, and to continue to bring in new members. At CAM, our successes make us strong. DISCOUNT PROGRAMS CAM Members continue to take advantage of the many cost-saving programs at CAM. The Construction Association of Michigan has unrivaled negotiating and buying power behind it with its 3,000+ members firms and their 40,000+ employees. In 2009 CAM added a Profit Recovery Program through GreenFlag; an Office Supply Program through Staples; a Fleet Management Program through Enterprise Fleet; a Career Center through CAM Career Center; and Replaced DHL with FedEx Shipping. In 2010 the Speedway SuperFleet Discount Fueling Program will increase from $.04 to $.05. CAM reviews its affinity programs on a regular basis, constantly adding or renegotiating discounts for goods and services that can assist our members and their employees. Because of this, CAM members have a competitive advantage. Look for the CAM-Endorsed Service Provider Logo to receive your discount. The latest additions are listed online at SOCIAL EVENTS In 2009 CAM’s marketing staff and social committee organized many social events for Members. The list includes a well-attended Men’s Bowling Double Classic, an afternoon Bowling League, an evening Bowling League, four Summer Golf outings, and two Sporting Clays events. These outings are a great opportunity to socialize with friends, clients and colleagues and enjoy some down time. In 2009, CAM began its series of CAM Connect networking events. Very popular and well-attended, the CAM Connect events brought CAM members together to network in different venues and further their businesses knowledge by attending free or low-cost industry programs. In 2009 we successfully brought together approximately 400 members at four events: Greektown Casino; LaFontaine Automotive Group; Mariners Boat Club; and Barton Malow Company. The CAM Connect series will continue throughout 2010.

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CAM EXPOSITIONS In 2009, CAM celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the CAM Expo with a change to its original name and several new show features, including the Green Building Products Showcase, the Green Project Awards, and a General Contractors Showcase. CAM’s 123rd Annual Meeting was held on the first day of the show; CAMTEC educational programs were geared towards designers, contractors, owners and suppliers; and the CAM Magazine Special Issue Awards ceremony helped bring in a better attendance to the show. The Expo provides an opportunity for companies to market their products and services to the Michigan construction industry. Several new exhibitors were able to take advantage of this opportunity, introducing their products and services at the 2009 show. CAM ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES The CAM Benefit Program (CBP) is an exclusive Group Health Plan sponsored by CAM for its Members. In 2009, the CBP continues to set the standard for affordable, high quality health coverage. Primary product offerings are Group Medical, including prescription drug coverage; Dental; Vision; Group Life; and AD&D. Over the past two years, CAM Administrative Services (CAMADS) has added over 150 new employers to the CBP, insuring several thousand Members and their families. This Group Insurance Program has been administered by CAMADS, a third party administrator, since 1964. CAMADS offices are located in Southfield. They perform many functions as an insurance company, such as contracting agents, quoting new business, underwriting, policy and ID card issuance, premium billing, benefit administration, claims adjustment, and individual customer service. The CBP is fully insured through Madison National Life Insurance Company which is rated A(Excellent) by A.M. Best. CAMADS and CBP can meet your demanding group insurance needs.

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CAM-COMP This past year, CAM-COMP provided Workers’ Compensation Group Self Insurance to 300 contractor employers, providing coverage to more than 4,000 employees. Loss ratios continued to be very favorable, and resulted in substantial premium refunds to the CAM-COMP membership, equaling $47 million, a 32% average return per year. CAM-COMP provides superior services to its membership, which in turn reduces both workers’ comp claims and loss ratios. Services include: Expert claims consultants who provide aggressive “Fair But Firm” claims handling to include licensed detectives; workers’ comp defense attorneys; and immediate licensed nurse assistance to the injured. Safety Cornerstones Express provides written safety programs, sample policies and procedures, as well as training tools that can be used to present a short toolbox talk. CONSTRUCTION FEDERAL CREDIT UNION (CFCU) “Banking Made Better,” since 1974, Construction Federal Credit Union has focused on improving the lives of those it serves, the hard working members of the construction trades and their families. CFCU remains a FIVE STAR oasis in a world where nothing can be consistently counted on. A full service banking institution, offering everything you would expect, checking and savings for both personal and business needs, direct deposit, free online Home Banking, free online Auto Bill Pay, free check images in online Home Banking, VISAs as low as 6.87%, 1st and 2nd mortgages, home equity lines of credit, commercial loans, IRAs, certificates of deposit with highly competitive rates, note loans, personal loans and just about any other worthwhile cause, we also serve you through 22 Michigan locations. CFCU believes in CAM and its mission, and has an unbreakable allegiance to CAM and its members. Our motto is our mantra, “Work Together to Accomplish More.” Deposits federally insured up to at least $250,000.00, and backed by the full faith and credit of the United States Government, NCUA, a U.S. Government Agency. Get to know your credit union today at Visit us online at


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26th annual CAM Expo was held at the Rock Financial Showplace on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 in a one-day construction extravaganza. This year’s show had over 1,250 attendees, and 70 exhibitors taking 72 booths. The Construction Association of Michigan is acknowledging its 125th Anniversary as an association in 2010, and the official celebrations began at the 2010 Expo. The CAM 124th Annual Meeting luncheon was well attended by nearly 300 CAM Members. The meeting featured two guest speakers. Mr. Doug Rothwell, president of Business Leaders for Michigan, who gave the keynote address on Michigan’s Turnaround Plan; and Mr. Richard Mclellan, attorney and Lansing insider, offered the Lansing perspective on current events in Michigan. At the meeting, three members of CAM’s Board of Directors retired, and three new directors were inducted. The new CAM Chairman of the Board for 2010 is R. Andrew (Andy) Martin, president of FH Martin Constructors, Warren. CAMTEC, the training and education division of CAM, held a series of minisessions at the CAM Expo. Mant topics were covered throughout the day, including: MIOSHA Updates; LEED Materials; M-DOT Design Building; Lien Law Payment Bonds; AIA Forms; Builders Trust Fund; Estimating; Accounts Receivable Management; Insurance & Bonding; Contracts; and the Energy Efficiency Retrofit Market.




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The CAM Magazine sixth annual Special Issue Awards, and second annual Green Project of the Year Awards, also took place on the afternoon of the show. Plaques were presented by CAM President Kevin Koehler and CAM 2010 Chairman Andy Martin to the general contractors and architects whose projects appeared in CAM Magazine’s Special Issue 2009. Awards were then presented to the general contractors and architects whose projects won for Green Projects of the Year 2009, and appeared in the January/February 2010 issue of CAM Magazine.


HENRY FORD WEST BLOOMFIELD HOSPITAL Construction Team: George W. Auch Company / Kasco Construction / Turner Construction Company Design Team: A3C – Collaborative Architecture / Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. / Hobbs + Black Associates, Inc. / Stucky + Vitale Architects


Contractor: Marous Brothers Construction, Inc. / Jenkins Construction, Inc., Joint Venture Lead Architect: Kaczmar architects incorporated Historical Architect: Sandvick Architects, Inc. Interior Architect: ForrestPerkins, LLC

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN MUSEUM OF ART Contractor: Skanska USA Building Inc. Architectural Team: Allied Works Architecture / Integrated Design Solutions, LLC

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ONE HAWORTH CENTER Contractor: Turner Construction Company Architect: Perkins + Will

SPARROW HEALTH SYSTEM WEST WING ADDITION & PARKING STRUCTURE Contractor: Granger Construction Company Architect of Record: HDR Architecture, Inc. Associate Architect: Neumann/Smith Architecture

WING LAKE DEVELOPMENTAL CENTER Contractor: George W. Auch Company Architect: TMP Architecture, Inc.

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LAFONTAINE BUICK-PONTIAC-GMCCADILLAC DEALERSHIP Contractor: Bloom General Contracting, Inc. Architect: Studio Design – ST

DTE ENERGY CAMPUS TRANSFORMATION Contractor: Walbridge Architect: Neumann/Smith Architecture Landscape Architect: Grissim Metz Andriese Associates, Inc.

DOUBLETREE GUEST SUITES FORT SHELBY Contractor: L.S. Brinker Company Architect: Hobbs + Black Associates

PROVIDENCE PARK HOSPITAL Contractor: Barton Malow/White Construction Architectural Team: NBBJ and Dorchen/Martin Associates, Inc.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, LURIE NANOFABRICATION FACILITY Contractor: Skanska USA Building Inc. Architect: SmithGroup, Inc.

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DEVELOPING THE HIGH-R DETAIL The high-R cavity detail released by MIM is new, but it has tried and true masonry minds behind it. “The Generic Wall Design Committee was formed about 15 years ago as a result of changing designs with unit masonry,” said Jeff Snyder, committee member and president of Masonpro, Inc., Northville. “The committee is represented by all facets of the industry. Everyone has input. Everything is discussed and voted upon, and there are several review processes before anything is published.” What the committee does publish fills a vital need for the design community. “We realized back when the committee was formed, as we do now, that masonry is not a required course for graduating architects and engineers,” said Dan Zechmeister, PE, committee member and executive director of MIM. “They don’t get a lot of this information in college, so we p r ov i d e g o o d masonry wall details for them.” They may not be getting the information in college, but they need to get it somewhere. Masonry construction is far more complex than the simple pattern of a finished wall would imply. “There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of potential material combinations,” said Snyder. “A masonry wall is composed of CMU, rebar, grout, brick veneer, air/vapor barriers and insulation products in the back-up or wall cavity. There are 30 to 40 different flashing choices, along with all of the accessories that go with them – termination bars, drainage meshes and weep holes. Architects essentially needed to reinvent the wheel every time they designed a masonry wall. Our goal was to create the highest-performing, most cost-effective masonry details, so architects can basically cut and paste them onto their drawings.” In addition to offering optimum performance, the generic wall design is also supported by new software that greatly simplifies the creative process. Instead of designing masonry components



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individually, RAM™ Elements by Bentley Systems lets users work with entire masonry structural systems. This makes it much easier to determine structural loads around windows or other openings, while facilitating load-bearing masonry and/or hybrid masonry designs, where a portion of the structural load is shouldered by steel framing. “Users can design the entire building at one time,” said Zechmeister. “This is the first system design software we have ever had in the history of masonry.” Whether they choose to take advantage of this new software or not, architects working with the High-R Detail will ultimately design structures that are thermally efficient. Though the cavities inside the walls of these structures will be very similar on the inside, architects are free to use many materials on the outside to create a customized look. Varying cavity widths are also supported to allow for

different design needs and the system supports a variety of insulation choices to suit the preferences of the architect, including extruded polystyrene, spray polyurethane foam and polyisocyanurate. “There are still a plethora of choices,” said Snyder. “The design is cookie-cutter in terms of performance only.” The astonishing thermal performance of these high-R value walls makes cookiecutter performance a very sweet idea. High-R Detail Advantages Masonry cavity walls are thermally efficient because the cavity contains insulation, but current construction codes can limit this effect. Unless a wall-tie analysis is performed, the cavity is limited by code to 4 ½” maximum. This typically leaves only two inches for insulation, as the rest of the space is often used as a drainage cavity. Two inches of rigid insulation will equate to an R-10 thermal barrier. When this insulation is sandwiched between two

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masonry layers, the resulting wall also gains the thermal benefits of the brick veneer and block back-up, combining to produce a formidable thermal barrier, usually having an R-value in the mid to high teens. Structural engineers can enhance this benefit by performing a wall tie analysis that enables them to expand the cavity. This has already been done for designers who use the high-R wall cavity detail. If the brick is designed as veneer, and almost 99 percent of it is according to Zechmeister, the code requires wall ties every 2.67 square feet to tie the brick veneer and the block together. Typical manufactured wall tie assemblies with horizontal joint reinforcement used with the high-R wall detail include ties spaced 1.77 feet apart, allowing for a larger cavity under code. Users can apply this standardized design to accommodate a code-compliant wall assembly with a cavity up to seven inches wide, without changing

The high-R cavity wall detail can provide thermal protection ranging from R-15 to R-38 depending on the size of the cavity and the type of insulation used.

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the wall tie spacing or wire diameter. In fact, the detail includes calculated R-values with cavities of 3 ½”, 4”, 5”, 5 ½”, 6”, 6 ½” and 7” – all with various types of insulation. Snyder also pointed out that standardized design also enhances productivity. As trades workers become familiar with the design through repetition, they will become more efficient with each job. Insulation found inside wall cavities provides good thermal performance because it is light and airy. Instead of being transferred to another surface, air entering the wall assembly essentially gets trapped inside air pockets, thereby preventing thermal transfer to the interior surface. Masonry also tends to have good thermal qualities because it is not as dense as steel. Dense materials, on the other hand, tend to transfer heat very well. For a simple demonstration of this, Zechmeister suggested holding a metal fork near a hot burner on a stove. “You won’t hold it for very long,” he noted. The use of more dense materials in masonry wall assemblies can reduce thermal efficiency. “Traditionally, when the width of an opening is greater than eight feet, most structural engineers would design a onepiece steel lintel to support the brick and block above,” said Zechmeister. The high-R wall detail replaces this steel lintel with two masonry ones, one for the brick (brick masonry lintel) and one for the block back-up (CMU lintel). Reinforcing steel holds the masonry units together, while the masonry design eliminates much of the heat loss that would occur through a steel lintel. The attractive combination of benefits offered by the high-R wall detail will probably encourage a few architects to make their beds with this masonry option. Those who do will have no trouble sleeping in it, even through the coldest Michigan nights. Visit for more information.

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By Joe Neussendorfer


ears ago, the writer had an economic theory that even when new construction was growing in good times, the remodeling and renovation market would, over time, outgrow the new construction market. The construction industry traditionally has kept very good statistics on newly announced construction projects, but it really didn’t have a good handle on the remodeling and renovation market. Now that we are in a very depressed new construction era, the remodeling and renovation sector is becoming the masonry industry’s mainstay, bread and mortar business.The future of the remodeling and renovation market is the future of Michigan’s masonry industry. While there will always be new construction projects, there will be a greater and growing market for remodeling and renovation. Michigan’s masonry construction industry will have moderate growth in 2010 in this market for the following reasons: Educational, local public buildings, churches, retailing and light industrial projects will be expanding. Masonry concrete block and brick structures can



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be economically increased in square footage due to more simplified construction and incredibly competitive material prices. While the State of Michigan has limited funds to assist local governments, the federal government will be providing some funding for local projects. Masonry contractors will have to become more versed on what local governments will be eligible for the federal funding and be proactive in their marketing by suggesting to the public and private owner-user community that they should expand using the available program funding and enhancing the size and value of their projects by utilizing energy-saving masonry construction materials. With such a depressed masonry construction industry in Michigan marketing efforts need to be escalated in getting the word out to owners and users that NOW is the time to build, expand and renovate their buildings because masonry contractors, material suppliers, bricklayers and laborers really need the work, and will be extremely competitive in 2010. ●

Author notes: Joe Neussendorfer has almost 40 years of construction industry experience. He is a Life Member of the Detroit Economic Club, past Chairman of the Detroit Area Economic Forum, National Association of Business Economists, and Past Editor of the Economics Society of Michigan newsletter. He is also a past President of the Masonry Institute of Michigan and past Executive Director of the Mason Contractors Association. His website is

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Sustainable Masonry is the Answer to Local Units of Governments’ Bottom Lines (In Times of Budgetary Constraints) By Joe Neussendorfer ichigan’s counties, townships and cities are under unprecedented, severe budgetary constraints due to diminishing tax revenues. This situation presents an opportunity for them to invest in their futures by taking advantage of the green savings afforded by economical masonry materials, and the ready availability of a productive and skilled masonry construction industry to assist them. Michigan communities, such as Livonia, have over the years reaped economic and aesthetic advantage for their residents and business communities by communicating their commitment to masonry construction. There are several fine examples of excellent masonry construction throughout the City of Livonia. Among them are the City’s outstanding Recreational Center and the new District Court House. In addition, both the Planning Commission and Zoning Board have expressed, over the years, an ongoing interest in asking developers and builders to use masonry materials in buildings, sound barrier walls, and the like. In the present economic environment, funding is gradually being made available from the federal and state governments to local units of government for public construction purposes. While the amount of available funding may not be as much as Michigan’s masonry industry would like, it still remains that local units of government are an extremely important market. Michigan’s masonry construction industry is committed to building and supporting a




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green economy. Masonry, by its own properties, is a green building material. Masonry contractors, suppliers and organized union craftpersons have an outstanding track record of building longlasting and economical public structures. Local units of government that are presently contemplating any new building project should seriously consider specifying masonry construction. Such masonry structures: ● Would save municipal governments considerable amounts of taxpayer funds by engaging masonry contractors, bricklayers, laborers and suppliers who are offering extremely competitive building rates right now due to the depressed economy. ● Would save cities, townships, and counties long-range energy costs in that masonry construction offers lower, sustainable energy efficiencies.

THE FOLLOWING RESOURCES WILL HELP PUBLIC OFFICIALS IN GETTING INFORMATION ABOUT MASONRY CONSTRUCTION: Masonry Institute of Michigan: Masonry construction information: Mason Contractors Association: About the Writer: Joe Neussendorfer has almost 40 years of construction experience. He is a Past President of the Masonry Institute of Michigan, and Past Executive Director of the Mason Contractors Association. His website is:

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Safety Pays in Tough Economic Times By Mary E. Kremposky Associate Editor ometimes, numbers tell a story better than words. Achieving an enviable experience modification rate (EMR) as low as 0.286 has resulted in an average savings in workers’ compensation costs of $82,000 per year for the years 2006, 2007, and 2008 for RAM Construction Services, Inc., Livonia, one of the largest restoration and waterproofing contractors in the Midwest. In the same time frame, workers’ compensation costs on the Michigan office of Turner Construction Company’s Contractor Controlled Insurance Program projects have been $0.02, $0.01, and $0.02 per man hour worked, respectively. These compelling numbers were gathered as part of MIOSHA’s recently launched initiative called Safety Pays. The initiative encourages contractors to tell their own story using hard numbers to show other construction companies how an effective safety and health management system (SHMS) reduces both company costs and worker injuries. Safety Pays aims to become a type of collective toolbox talk designed to instill a safety culture in every company and on every jobsite in Michigan.


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SAFETY PAYS MIOSHA formed a group in 2009 to examine ways to address safety and health issues during tough economic times, said Bob Pawlowski, director of the MIOSHA Construction Safety and Health Division. Maintaining the bottom line has been a struggle for virtually every company in Michigan. Savvy companies know lackluster safety performance damages this vital line. RAM’s effective safety program has dramatically boosted the company’s safety and financial performance. “We formed our program because we cared about the safety and well-being of our employees,” said Robert Mazur, president of RAM Construction Services. “We were tired of our EMR getting to the point where we worked the whole year just to pay the insurance company.” RAM is a living testament to the Federal OSHA estimates that for every $1 invested in workplace safety, employers see a $4 to $6 return. “I can guarantee that that happens at RAM,” said Vince Griffin, RAM’s safety director. This is only one story collected by MIOSHA to broadcast the message “Safety Pays” by collecting stories told by one’s own colleagues and competitors in the construction industry. Somehow, beyond general statistics, conferences, news programs or even magazine articles, hearing something as directly as possible from one’s own “neighbors” seems to make one take notice and take action. “We have always highlighted companies with good safety and health programs, primarily in our MIOSHA quarterly newsletter,” said Pawlowski. “At the group meeting, we said, ‘We need to do more to collect employer stories of how safety and health programs have helped their bottom line, because we believe the best way to convince employers to have a good, solid safety and health system is to show that it is good both for employees and the bottom line.’ A company directly saves money in worker’ compensation costs and medical costs. Indirect costs include the cost of a disruption to the job if someone gets hurt.” MIOSHA hopes that these stories from the front lines may boost job-site safety. “One of our most difficult tasks has been to help employers understand that the time and expense an employer puts into developing a SHMS is paid back well beyond resources allocated,” said a statement on MIOSHA’s website.


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SPREADING THE MESSAGE BUILDING SAFE SYSTEMS As the initial phase of the Safety Pays Pawlowski believes management campaign, MIOSHA developed a commitment and employee involvement is questionnaire and an explanation sheet and the hallmark of a solid safety and health distributed the materials from late August management system. “Having solid safety through December 2009 to partnering policies in place and expecting people to employers and to major construction trade live by the policies shows real concern and associations, including the Construction true management commitment,” said Association of Michigan. The Protecting Pawlowski. “Employees should be included Workers in Tough Economic Times Initiative, in the process. They should be part of the which includes information on the Safety safety committee and part of the jobsite Pays campaign, is highlighted on MIOSHA’s walks to identify hazards.” website at “As More than a written program on a shelf, new information is developed, it will be MIOSHA and other safety professionals are added to the website,” said Pawlowski. advocating the creation of a safety and “Basically, we asked employers to tell us your health system and safety culture. For story and give us specific information on example, a company with a safety system how safety programs have helped your and culture encourages employees to feel company save money.” free to bring up near misses – something In brief, the questions ask if a company’s that almost happened that could have SHMS has decreased employee injuries and resulted in an injury or fatality. illness rates, absentee rates and workers’ A MIOSHA Fact Sheet provides a cogent compensation and medical costs and if the SHMS has increased productivity and morale. “We also ask if the company is willing to have other employers contact them,” said Pawlowski. “We are trying to encourage a mentoring effect, which is why we include the name of an individual and contact information. The Safety Pays campaign is about having employers who walk the walk and talk the talk provide us information on how it has helped their company. We are trying to get that information out to other employers, so they will have an epiphany, so to speak. They will say, ‘Wow, I can actually save some money, I can have a better work place, and I can be more efficient.’ All of these good things can come from a good and welldocumented SHMS. Basically, we hope —Bob Pawlowski, director of the to spread the message that good safety and health programs are also good for MIOSHA Construction Safety and business.” Health Division MIOSHA will use the information to create fact sheets and in PowerPoint presentations to offer to employers and employees. Information packets will also be example of a systems approach to safety: distributed to trade organizations and “The system approach emphasizes continual companies that partner with MIOSHA. “I improvement and systematically encourage folks who have a good safety eliminating the underlying or root causes of story to share to contact us if they want to deficiencies. For example, in a system get publicity and to be highlighted on the approach, if an inspection finds an MIOSHA website,” said Pawlowski. “When we unguarded machine, not only would the put together the information, we send it to unguarded machine be fixed, but there the companies for review before we make would also be a systematic process in place the information available.” to discover and eliminate the underlying reason for unguarded machines. This

process might then lead to the goal of replacing the guards with a more effective design or to the replacement of the machines themselves, so that the hazard is eliminated. The systematic approach seeks a long-term solution rather than a one-time fix.” Said Pawlowski, “In the last few years, we have been moving more strongly in the direction of advocating a systems approach as opposed to a program strictly consisting of a written safety document and safety training alone. When we talk about systems, we are really talking about a cultural change in which safety becomes part of the way the entire company does business.” A STRONG SAFETY NET RAM Construction Services and the Michigan office of Turner Construction Company - two firms that have told their story in the Safety Pays initiative – have incorporated many of these elements into their own safety approach. Robert Mazur, RAM president, calls it delivering the mail. He is referring to the innovative, proactive communication system responsible for instilling safety on every RAM jobsite. The power tool of this proactive system is the safety committee. “Implementation of our safety committee was the success-generating tool in our minds,” said Vince Griffin, RAM safety director, who spends 80 percent of his time in the field examining jobsites and only 20 percent in the shop engaged in paper work. “Once the committee was up and running, everything seemed to fall into place.” The RAM safety committee is a wellwoven safety net whose “threads” include field workers, supervisors, and members of the management team. The 32-member committee has 11 captains, each trained in and responsible for a specific area of safety ranging from confined spaces to suspended scaffolding. Every tradesperson in the field works under a specific safety captain, creating a safety net that protects the entire company. “The whole work force is divided into teams with each safety captain having 20 to 30 people on their team,” said Mazur. This structure was created to quickly spread safety information. “It is our tool to channel safety communication throughout our company,” said Mazur. Added Griffin,

“The Safety Pays campaign is about having employers who walk the walk and talk the talk provide us information on how it has helped their company. We are trying to get that information out to other employers, so they will have an epiphany, so to speak. “



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“Because everybody is involved it is much easier to get the word out from the safety committee into the field as quickly and as accurately as possible.” This safety net even expands over time. Safety captains are rotated every three to four years, giving another person the opportunity to immerse him or herself in a specific area of safety. The jobsite now has a well-trained cadre of ex-safety captains. “We now have approximately 20 ex-safety captains in the field,” said Griffin. “In eight to 10 years, our goal is to have 50 ex-safety captains in the field. Our goal is large, but it is important that we strive for perfection knowing that we will achieve excellence.” Griffin, himself, was the first safety captain in this innovative program. A MEETING OF THE MINDS Monthly meetings are another hallmark of the program. “Every 30 days we have a company-wide safety meeting to discuss the findings and results of the safety committee,” said Griffin. “We review all accidents, all near misses, and all MIOSHA visits. We conduct training 12 months a year, and at that time we let everybody know what training opportunities are available that month.” Consistently scheduled meetings resolve any issues on the safety docket on a monthly basis. “We are trying to resolve any potential problems every 30 days,” said Griffin. “If a concern carries over to the next month that is very unusual. We are very committed to resolving all issues every 30 days. Typically, if you let it go 60 or 90 days, there is a problem.” The safety committee is also an egalitarian body with shared responsibilities and leverage between field workers and management. “Ownership does not vote when the safety committee votes,” said Griffin. “The safety committee proposed two or three potential solutions for a problem, and we vote on it. The vote is final at that time.” Management does not veto a vote, rather the safety committee is empowered to identify and resolve problems with the safety captains being the voice of the workers in the field. “Also, it is shared responsibilities,” added Mazur. “We don’t say because you are a field worker you are going to do X and if you are a member of management you are going to do Y. Everyone on the committee simply rolls up their sleeves.”

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SAFETY BY THE BOOK RAM’s safety system is based on a view of safety “not as one person’s responsibility but as everyone’s responsibility,” said Griffin. This core idea is taken from a book called “24/7: Building an Incident-Free Culture” by Gregory M. Anderson and Robert L. Lorber, PhD. The book became RAM’s safety bible after Mazur heard one of the authors speak at a recent conference. An inspired Mazur purchased 200 copies and distributed them as required reading for everyone in the RAM organization. The purchase of another 250 copies covered all of the company’s 500 employees. Drug testing is another element of the program. “We have pre-hire drug testing and incident-related drug testing, be it an accident, theft, vehicle damage or traffic accident,” said Mazur. “We also have a random drug test procedure on a monthly basis.” Of the overall safety system, Griffin says, “We immediately saw results, but it took a while to get everybody on board and to get all the oars in the boat rowing in the same

direction, but now it is a maintenance issue.” Through lower insurance and medical costs, the safety program is helping to keep the company in business and the crew safe on the jobsite. “We are thinking of the people in the field and their families by being proactive as opposed to reactive,” said Griffin. “We talk about that every single day at RAM. Also, to work safe costs very little money.” PREPLANNING, PREPLANNING, PREPLANNING Turner has been keeping an eagle eye on safety over the course of its company’s history. In fact, this large general contractor and construction management firm appointed their first safety director in 1952. Having developed a safety culture over the years, Turner and its subcontractors consistently have injury and illness rates well below industry averages. In real estate, success is location, location, location. Turner’s safety success is based on several layers of detailed preplanning and communication at all levels of the project,




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beginning with a work plan, followed by a job safety analysis and daily pre-task planning. “In order to identify potential problems, we firmly believe in a thorough preplanning process for all contractors on site,” said Ron Stockley, Michigan safety director, Turner Construction Company. “Any work involving fall hazards, interim life safety measures (ILSM) conditions, public impact, non-typical work, or work that may be delicate in nature will be planned out in advance in order to anticipate potential problems.” Stockley summarizes Turner’s detailed preplanning approach: • Work Plan – “We begin the process by evaluating the schedule and working with contractors to identify areas of concern. From there, we develop a written safe plan of action, which must be completed a few weeks prior to the work operation. The Work Plans are more of a macro planning tool that identifies the more general scope of work, logistics, and the general hazards and precautions of the tasks identified.” • Job Safety Analysis – “We then help break the tasks down into subdivisions in order to develop a Job Safety Analysis, which takes the tasks down to the micro level where steps are identified and risks and precautions spelled out in detail. Key events that are planned in advance would include, but are not limited to critical crane lifts, ILSM impact work, systems interruption or tie in to gas, power supply, water or sanitary systems, and way finding adjustments.” • Daily Pre-Task Planning – “This analysis is designed to review the scope of the work for the day and identify how it can be performed safely in light of the anticipated hazards. The crew or the field personnel prepare the information in the safe plan of action. Signatures of the individuals involved in the process must be included in the document.” • Pre-Task Analysis Forms – These forms fall under the basic core policies included in Turner’s Site Specific Safety Program. These forms “must be completed and submitted by trade contractors prior to the start of critical work operations such as, but not limited to lead/asbestos abatement, confined space entry, fall hazard analysis, helicopter lifts, and excavations.” The whole point of this tiered planning approach is “to ensure proper “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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communication of activities between owner, CM, contractors, and workers in order to prevent problems from developing,” said Stockley. Besides pre-task analysis forms, Turner’s site specific safety program also contains basic core policies tailored to boost safety during common jobsite conditions. These policies include wearing eye protection, a hardhat, and a high visibility reflective vest at all times, the prohibition of metal ladders, keeping a minimum of three feet of clearance when working around live grounded electrical parts, and six-foot fall protection with safety harnesses that must be tied off properly at all times. Preplanning, communication and enforcement form the stable triad of the Turner program. “It is a contractual requirement that contractors, agents and visitors comply with all applicable safety regulations,” said Stockley. If any imminently dangerous safety issues are discovered, “any Turner representative has the ability to suspend or stop the related work immediately. Such activities may result in the removal of an employee permanently from the site and/or fines and back-charges to the contractor.” However, the goal is to help contractors succeed by providing the resources necessary to help identify, solve, and correct problems. “Our safety team brings more than just compliance-driven enforcement to the program,” said Stockley. “We emphasize behavior-based safety and reward success on a regular basis with onsite celebration luncheons and prizes.” Another safety tool is a safety documentation software program called DBO2-Safety Net that enables Turner staff to document safety observations using either a handheld PDA or by entering the observations online. Field staff then has all the necessary information on hand for communication, detailed reporting, tracking and documenting hazard correction. Additionally, Turner conducts a one-day program called “Safety Stand Down,” which raises awareness about major safety issues seen on construction sites. The program educates contractors on the importance of planning and knowing when to stop the work if it is unsafe for themselves, coworkers or others in the immediate area. Delivered in English and Spanish, highlights of the program include proper rigging for cranes, safe and unsafe use of ladders, material handling, electrical hazards, and the use of proper fall protection equipment. The program is conducted on Turner Visit us online at

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Safety Success Stories Seeking the Holy Grail of Safety By Mary E. Kremposky Associate Editor

hirty years ago, the pioneering Lynn A. Corlett, now a certified safety professional, was one of only 8 women out of 1,200 members of IBEW Local 8. As an electrician and an oil refinery operator, she prepared confined spaces for entry, plus entered and performed work in confined spaces with hazardous atmospheres. Today this former electrician and group safety director of Commercial Contracting Corporation (CCC) in Auburn Hills is on the cutting-edge of another pioneering effort, namely a different approach to safety called people-based safety. Dr. E. Scott Geller, a professor of occupational psychology at Virginia Tech, has been studying the psychology of safety for over 40 years. “He took the leap from behavior-based safety to people-based safety,” said Corlett. As a brief summary, people-based safety focuses on fact finding rather than fault finding to get at all of the contributing factors of an incident. By exploring “what makes people tick,” the




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approach explores the reasons driving atrisk behaviors and tries to motivate people to intrinsically care about their own safety and ultimately about the safety of others. People-based safety turns an entire company into a united safety team, led by committed management and fully supported by supervision in the field and the workers in the trenches and on the scaffolds. CCC implemented the approach about 2.5 years ago and now provides every project manager, superintendent, safety professional, and in some cases, general foreman, with four-hour leadership training. The system took root about a year-and-a-half ago when CCC actually hired Dr. Geller to conduct 8hour training for the company’s supervisors. “Several people had a paradigm shift after that meeting,” said Corlett. “They came out with a different attitude.” The new attitude and approach has resulted in a distinct improvement in CCC’s safety statistics. This year, CCC’s workers’

compensation costs are “way down again,” said Corlett. “In these economic times, a company wants to save money everywhere it can.” A MODEL PROJECT Geller distilled the psychological factors promoting jobsite safety down to five factors: self-efficacy (I can do it or I have the knowledge and information to make suggestions or take action); personal control (I am in control or my input can trigger positive change); belonging (I care about my team); optimism (I expect the best or I believe my suggestions and actions can create a safe jobsite); and self-esteem (I care about myself ). Corlett uses a CCC equipment installation project as a model to explain the peoplebased safety concepts in action. In the beginning, the project had to be shut down because of the growing tally of recordable incidents. Corlett convened a mass meeting of all 275 people on the job and enlisted 43 volunteers to join a rotating safety “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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committee. “We said, ‘We want you to think about what we can do to help you be safer on this jobsite,” recalled Corlett. “That way we got their involvement or buy-in immediately. One of the guys raised his hand with trepidation, and said, ‘I think we need some designated aisle ways on the job.’ Of course, I knew we needed that, but I wanted him and the safety committee to take credit.” When the job reconvened, the designated aisleways had been installed. “They said, ‘Wow, they listened to us. They actually took a suggestion we made and did something about it,’” said Corlett. This approach increased a sense of personal control, heightened optimism, and began the work of knitting the crew together in a greater sense of teamwork or belonging. “This safety committee was so successful, they came up with things that we use on every one of our jobsites,” said Corlett. Corlett uses these practices on all CCC jobsites. “In order to arrive at that true sense of belonging on the jobsite, the crew must feel as though they have input into the system and that they are part of the solution,” she said. “Safety committees are a great way to achieve that sense. I get people involved immediately during orientation by asking people if they are willing to help. For example, I always ask if there is anybody in the room who is a volunteer firefighter, and if so, would they like to volunteer for our emergency response team. They virtually always say yes. Even if you never have an emergency on that site, you have made that person part of the team.” This and other approaches build personal control, selfesteem, and a sense of belonging. The people-based approach yielded further results on the equipment installation project. “We had a lot of finger pointing between trades on the job,” said Corlett. Following the people-based approach, “the safety committee met on Tuesday, and on Thursday, held a rotating toolbox talk. But we didn’t have, for example, an electrician report to the electricians or a pipe fitter report to the pipe fitters. We rotated every week, so every week a pipe fitter would report to the electricians or the electrician would report to the ironworkers.” This approach improved

self-efficacy by increasing the knowledge base of workers on the jobsite. For supervision, all CCC project managers, superintendents and safety professionals take OSHA 30-hour training to gain an awareness of potential hazards across all trade lines, added Corlett. At this equipment installation jobsite, the strategy also increased the crew’s sense of belonging or teamwork. “The people on the jobsite saw all the different faces of people

in other trades,” said Corlett. “They knew their names, and they might have met and worked with

the end result of cultivating the five psychological factors of self-efficacy, personal control, self-esteem, belonging, and optimism. Ideally, in a people-based safety system, injury rates fall the farther an individual moves from dependence (safety for the sake of following OSHA rules) to independence (safety for the sake of self ) and finally to interdependence (safety for the sake of others). ENDING THE BLAME GAME The transformation of CCC’s model jobsite was done without “the fear factor” of possibly being thrown off the jobsite for at-risk behaviors. “When you push people they push back,” said Corlett. “You will not only have no positive culture change, you could have negative culture change. This has been proven through some of Dr. Geller’s studies.” “Behavior-based safety focused on the behavior of the individual,” said Corlett. “For example, if the individual didn’t tie off properly, management would discipline him. But if you go beyond the behavior and actually talk to the individual and say, ‘why did you chose to do it that way?’ you are able to identify the problems and the contributing factors. You might identify problems that are wrong with the system, such as management did not have the proper equipment in place. In this example, the person might say, ‘They didn’t have any of the proper anchorage points for the forms I was working on, so I took a spud wrench, stuck it in the form, and hooked off to that.’ “The employee is actually trying to comply with the employer’s 100 percent tie off requirement, but is unable to because there wasn’t enough equipment,” continued Corlett. “That is not the employee’s fault; that’s management’s fault.” People-based safety even has its own language that offers a window into its philosophy. The word analysis is used in place of investigation. “The term ‘investigation’ is associated with police reports in which information is gathered to make a case against someone,” said Corlett. “An analysis is an assessment of the events without placing

As a brief summary, people-based safety focuses on fact finding rather than fault finding to get at all of the contributing factors of an incident. By exploring “what makes people tick,” the approach explores the reasons driving at-risk behaviors and tries to motivate people to intrinsically care about their own safety and ultimately about the safety of others.

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them on the safety committee. Soon people began talking to each other more, and soon the millwrights were telling electricians, ‘Hey buddy, you need a taller ladder, you might get hurt.’” Using this people-based approach turned the project around completely. “We didn’t have another incident, not even a single first-aid case, because everybody was looking out for each other,” said Corlett. Remarkably, this equipment installation project – once a poster child for an injuryprone job - achieved the ultimate goal of the people-based safety system, namely creating an “actively caring” jobsite. As the ultimate goal of people-based safety, actively caring is


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blame.” As another example, the word “accountability” is used in lieu of discipline. “Saying, ‘Why did you do that?’ is accusatory and has a fault finding connotation, whether it is meant or not,” said Corlett. “Asking someone why they chose to do something a certain way implies accountability without hitting them in the face with it. It’s more of a fact-finding question and will prompt more thoughtful responses.” In addition, Corlett never uses the word unsafe. “I use the term ‘at risk’ because it’s more friendly toward the worker,” she said. “When you say, ‘What you are doing is unsafe,’ it sounds very blaming and very negative. I say, ‘What you are doing puts you at risk.’” This term communicates concern and is more likely to motivate positive change.” At CCC, the owner and upper management communicates concern through a weekly safety teleconference broadcast to CCC staff across the country. “There isn’t a safety program on Earth that is going to make it without the absolute buy-in from the owner and CEO,” said Corlett. “The teleconference generally focuses on the positives rather than the negatives, which is a hallmark of people-

based safety. If there are incidents, we focus on corrective measures rather than blaming people. Usually afterwards, the teleconference generates discussion among staff. I myself will frequently get phone calls or e-mails. This again goes back to peoplebased safety and its emphasis on getting people involved and creating that sense of belonging.” Currently, people-based safety is more prevalent in the refinery and power industry. Corlett acknowledges construction’s rotating work force is one obstacle to instilling people-based safety on the construction jobsite. CCC is training its project managers, superintendents, and in some cases, general foremen in this pioneering approach.“It is not an easy program to implement, and there are not many construction companies currently doing it, said Corlett. Turning on the proverbial light bulb in someone’s mind is not easy, but once lit, people-based safety becomes a powerful internal motivator capable of generating the Holy Grail of safety – a jobsite where management looks out for all workers and all workers look out for each other.

All Hands On Deck at Clayco By Mary E. Kremposky Associate Editor

layco, Inc. has achieved impressive safety statistics: a national EMR of 0.50 and a lost time rate of 0.34 and a recordable rate of injuries in 2009 of 1.89 for its Michigan office based in Livonia. Jerry L. Flemming, Clayco’s vice president of risk avoidance, summarizes this large St. Louis, MO-based design-build firm’s approach with a single, focused sentence: “If you see it, you own it.” At Clayco, risk avoidance is part of everyone’s job description.




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“Whether it is our vice president of a particular office or the laborer in the field, you are the one in charge of identifying the hazard,” said Flemming. This approach is based on constant education, training and coaching in risk avoidance. “If I come upon a hazard or an issue, the first thing we ask is, ‘have they been educated, trained or coached in identifying that hazard,” said Flemming. “If not, we stop you – and if you are working for a subcontractor – we also bring the rest of your “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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group over and educate, train and coach the rest of them all at the same time.” Clayco actively maintains two specific programs on each jobsite. The program is called the All Hands On Deck meeting or AHOD. “Every employee and every subcontractor on the site meets once a week, and we go over all the potential upcoming safety issues,” said Flemming. “We also build teamwork and spread good cheer, meaning we talk about the things that they have been doing well, as well as any concerns on or around the site. It is a strong communication tool.” The second official program is called FOD or Foreign Object Debris. “Safety starts with cleanliness,” said Flemming. “On an aircraft carrier a team walks across the deck to pick up objects to prevent debris from injuring the plane or a person during landing and takeoff. We use that same kind of mentality to walk across the site, removing debris that might potentially cause tripping hazards, slips or falls.” The entire crew – down to every member of a subcontracting workforce on site – participates in both the AHOD and the FOD. “After the discussion about potential hazards and safety issues, “the entire workforce walks across the site in an organized fashion, taking about 15 to 20 minutes to clean and remove debris,” said Flemming. “The FOD has improved efficiency, and it makes our subs more profitable. I have had several subs tell me that now. When it started, they probably didn’t think that way, but in the end, they are very pleased.”

passionate leader can dramatically boost a company’s safety record. Such a leader not only inspires, but also does not accept the status quo. “We had zero recordables back in 1995 – the first time in our history,” recalled Flemming. “I had only been at Clayco for three years, and I went in and told Bob Clark the good news. He said, ‘You mean we had zero near misses.’ He was raising the bar, saying, ‘I am glad you achieved that milestone, but we have got to go higher.’ He is not settling for the average.” Whether one calls the near avoidance of an accident a near miss or a near hit, the best safety approach is proactive avoidance of an incident. Because risk avoidance is a continual process of improvement, Clayco focuses on continuous education and c o n t i n u a l improvement. “We focus on providing people with good ‘data and information whether it is a new way of tying off or a new tool,” said Flemming. In addition to specific risk avoidance incentives, part of Clayco’s culture is to positively reinforce safe behaviors with a simple expression of thanks. “When I walk out on the job and see someone tied off, I will say for no other reason, ‘Thanks for tying off. I appreciate it.’ We have risk avoidance luncheons and all the other incentives used by other companies. But showing thankfulness and acknowledging somebody for doing a safe job goes a long, long way.” As a safety professional for over 25 years, Flemming commends the workforce for its much improved and proactive approach to safety on the jobsite. “I would like to give the workforce a pat on the back,” said Flemming. “They have really changed over the course of my 25 plus years in the risk avoidance arena. Just as smoking was more acceptable several decades ago, the attitude on the jobsite was ‘accidents happen.’ I think the attitude now is what can we do better before something even happens,” said Flemming. “What has changed is that we are much more proactive than reactive as a total industry.”

Clayco actively maintains two specific programs on each jobsite. The two programs are ‘All Hands On Deck’ and ‘Foreign Object Debris’ removal.

MANAGEMENT COMMITMENT Clayco’s management is deeply committed to risk avoidance. “Sometimes top management will lead an AHOD,” said Flemming. “It is always beneficial to see the top leaders of the company come out to the site. Our CEO, Robert G. Clark, has challenged us to be the safest company in America.” Flemming believes the presence of a Visit us online at

T.H. Marsh: A Growing Company Makes the Safety Investment T.H. Marsh Construction, Royal Oak, is an expanding general contractor that has grown from a small to a mid-sized company. The savvy firm also expanded its safety program, dramatically improving its safety statistics between 2006 and 2010. “Being proactive instead of reactive is more affordable,” said Daniel Gadbois, Marsh safety director. “Safety becomes expensive when you have to react to incidents. If you catch potential problems up front, it doesn’t cost as much.” Marsh’s safety investment has paid off both in reduced injuries and reduced costs. “As our company grew and our safety program was implemented, it actually stopped our losses,” said Gadbois. “Even in 2006, they only had $23,000 in workers’ compensation loss, which is really unheard of for a company of our size and with the hours we work. “The owners, Barry and Ryan Marsh, strongly support our safety program,” said Gadbois. “We have a top-down commitment. You can have as many rules as you want in your safety program, if you don’t have top management commitment, it’s not going to happen. Everybody at Marsh is on the same page.” Marsh project managers, superintendents and all of its field foremen all take the 30hour MIOSHA class, said Gadbois. His own inspections, a detailed safety manual, and safety orientations and incentives, ranging from cash bonuses to gas cards, all boost safety on the Marsh jobsite. “Our safety policy exceeds MIOSHA requirements,” said Gadbois. “Our crew wants to lead the industry and be the best they can be.” Foregoing confrontation, Gadbois’ open style has forged a team safety spirit. Marsh also has created a relationship with MIOSHA. “When I begin a job from the ground up, I call MIOSHA,” said Gadbois. “I ask them to review our safety orientation, MSDS sheets, our hazards communication program and other items. I ask are we in compliance or are we exceeding their requirements. MIOSHA will help train and encourage the crew in the field. We have a positive relationship with MIOSHA, and they know T.H. Marsh is serious about safety.”


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By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor estoring a vintage building to its original grace was the mission of T.H. Marsh Construction Co., Royal Oak for over two years. At the North American regional headquarters of a Catholic organization called the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, the power drill and the cross joined forces to restore a lovely building to wholeness and to further the holy mission of an Institute serving over 17 countries around the world. Add the quality design of DiClemente Siegel Design Inc., Southfield, to the mix and the result is the resurrection of an ailing and deteriorated building in the University District in Detroit. Working under a design/build contract, T.H.




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Marsh enlisted the services of DiClemente Siegel as architect and engineer of record. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE Initially, the $7.4 million renovation seemed like mission impossible. The roof leaked like a sieve in many places, leaving waterlogged brick and interior damage in its wake. “We used to have a river in the main staircase when it rained,” recalled Father Ken Mazur, Regional Superior of PIME, an organization founded in 1850 in Italy and whose Latin acronym stands for the Pontificium Institutum pro Missionibus Exteris. “It wasn’t just superficial damage,” said Anthony C. Gholz, Jr., AIA, DiClemente Vice

President, Director of Architectural Design. “The plaster and the lath behind it was gone in areas of the main stairwell. In some areas, the ceiling had caved in. There were areas in the building where they literally had to catch the water in buckets.” Water leaking through the limestone caps of the roof parapet was one source of this unwelcome baptism. “The water also soaked through the brick like a sponge,” said James P. Dixon, PE, Marsh’s Senior Vice President, Director of Project Management. Beyond its long list of needed repairs, the building did not serve the Institute’s functional and operational needs. Originally built as a convent for cloistered nuns in “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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who also helped to complete the punch list, also was personally drawn to the project. “Out of all the projects we have done, this one was very gratifying to me,” said Gadbois. “It’s truly a beautiful building.” The wonderful character of this old building includes the small chapel with light entering through pastel-tinted stained glass and a reception bar for fundraising events framed overhead by a large wood beam from the building’s original church. The beam is embellished with plaster stamped moldings and flanked by the faces of two stone angels. The PIME museum, an inviting space with the feel of an old-fashioned parlor, contains casework filled with artifacts from Asia, Africa and South America. Marsh peeled away carpeting to reveal and refinish the room’s original wood floors and painted

A dedicated project team brought this unique enclave back to life. “The end result is more than I would have imagined,” said Father Ken. “It’s just incredible. It was great working with Marsh.” The successful renovation of this 72,000square-foot building required good intentions and savvy design and construction. The project team grappled with a host of issues, ranging from working in an occupied building - PIME maintained temporary living quarters and office space throughout construction – to restoring the building’s beauty and function on a limited budget. “Because of the building’s general deterioration, we had to decide where to best use the money,” said Gholz. A host of unforeseen conditions further strained the budget, added Dixon.

A COMMUNAL BLESSING PIME turned what could have become an eyesore into a blessing for the surrounding community. The dedicated minds, hearts and hands of the entire project team – and the generous wallets of innumerable donors – restored this jewel in the rough. Father Dino, a PIME missionary and gifted carpenter, captured the essence of the project in his transformation of the building’s damaged oak shelving and doors into a beautifully crafted altar and other ecclesiastical furnishings for the Installation of newly renovated chapel. decorative light Both DiClemente Siegel and TH fixtures and Marsh brought their own restoration of personal touch to the project. graceful concrete Gino DiClemente, a founding archways – painted partner of DiClemente Siegel and to simulate limea member of PIME’s Golf Day stone – were both Board, has been involved with part of revitalizing PIME fundraising since 1964. The the elevator and stair lobby. architectural and engineering firm had worked on the building over the decades, but the series of minor projects have been the interior frame of its massive bay window limited to Band-Aid solutions on a to resemble natural stone. In another rare shoestring budget. “We almost didn’t believe touch, a series of sweeping concrete the funds were now available to do the archways - painted to simulate limestone building justice,” said Gholz. “They were grace the stair and elevator lobby, also talking about not just patching but actually containing casework filled with South rebuilding the roof, as well as new installing American artifacts and a massive turtle shell new mechanical and electrical systems from the Amazon basin mounted on the rather than just repairing the old systems.” wall. Daniel Gadbois, Marsh’s safety director

SECURING THE BUILDING ENVELOPE Rebuilding the roof – the Achilles heel of the building – was certainly money well spent. Schena Roofing & Sheet Metal Co., Inc., Chesterfield, removed the old roof and insulation and installed new roofing insulation and an EPDM 60 mil membrane, but first the project team had to pinpoint the source of the roof leaks. “Almost the entire roof perimeter leaked,” said Dixon. As one source, the water leaked through the parapet’s limestone caps that form part of a series of dentil-like projections ringing the building perimeter. Grunwell-Cashero Co., Detroit, removed all the limestone caps and installed new sheet metal flashing on the parapet’s horizontal surfaces. “We installed steel flashing on top with pins sticking out of the flashing, put the limestone back, and secured each cap to prevent any leaks from entering from the top of the parapet wall,” explained Dixon. Roof drains placed next to the parapet were a second source of leakage. “All the water shed from the center of the roof to the parapet, which created even more problems,” said Dixon. The solution was installation of new drains in the center of the roof. “We channeled water away from the parapet and reduced the quantity of roof drains, hence the number of penetrations,” he continued. Fixing these two items still did not resolve


1928, the building’s two upper floors were subdivided into rows of 6 x 10-foot residential rooms or cells, said Father Ken. The lower level of the four-story building – three main levels and a basement – housed laundry, kitchen and dining facilities that were far removed from the upper residential floors. PIME also needed more functional office space for the 15 employees working in the Mission Center. Given such formidable obstacles, PIME was considering the construction of a new building in Novi, but its strong sense of mission to the City of Detroit kept the Institute rooted in its urban home on Quincy Street near Livernois and Six Mile Road. “It probably would have become another huge, abandoned building in Detroit,” said Father Ken, a native Detroiter. “The project is good for the city. The building is also centrally located to our work in this area.”

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Removal of the roof parapet’s limestone caps and installation of new sheet metal flashing on the horizontal surfaces were key steps in rebuilding the roof.

the roof’s persistent and pervasive leaks. “We still had water problems, and we then realized that the water was soaking through the bricks,” said Dixon. “Mortar was missing that had chipped out from the underside of the limestone over time. We fixed those leaks by tuckpointing and sealing all the brick.” Tuckpointing the entire brick and limestone façade and installing approximately 386 new insulated windows completed the task of securing the building envelope. Repairing the shell was paired with restoring the beauty of the building’s exterior. Grunwell-Cashero cleaned the discolored exterior limestone, including the two bay windows – one for the museum and the other for the director’s office. “GrunwellCashero did a great job,” said Rick Konfara, Marsh’s Superintendent. “They power washed the whole building and scrubbed it down with ureic acid.” Grunwell-Cashero also replaced a third of the limestone exterior stairs leading to the main entrance. Schena Roofing restored the cross atop the complex. “The wood center of the cross had rotted away and the copper sheet metal had corroded, but Schena took it back to their shop and reworked and restored the metal,” said Dixon. The gorgeous but battered oak doors were all refinished and restored offsite, along with the decorative hardware gracing these solid oak portals. “They were in bad shape, but we refinished about 12 exterior doors and probably 18 interior oak doors,” said Dixon. “For anyone who loves old buildings, these doors will amaze you.”



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LIVING ON THE JOBSITE Prior to official launch, the first task of the project was actually construction of temporary living quarters and office space for several PIME missionaries who lived in the building throughout construction. Beginning in September 2007, Marsh constructed a fully operational office suite in the basement of a 16,000-square-foot church directly linked to the PIME building, a structure configured like a reverse L with two wings. Marsh also constructed temporary living quarters near the end of the PIME building’s south wing, creating four bedrooms and a small kitchen for a handful of priests. From electrical to hot water, all building services were maintained throughout construction on this live-in jobsite that became a continual exchange of ideas and suggestions. Marsh then tackled renovation of the interior, beginning on the third floor and working its way down through the building. Renovating the upper two residential floors entailed gutting the entire interior. The building’s past had left its mark, not only in the form of small cells, but also in corridors split down the middle by a separating wall designed to maintain the cloister’s quiet life of prayer. “The convent also used to give retreats for young ladies in the Detroit area,” said Father Ken. “But over time, the number of cloistered sisters dwindled a bit.” PIME seminarians in need of a temporary residence during their studies at the nearby University of Detroit-Mercy then began renting part of the building. Ultimately, PIME purchased the building in 1978, but due to more pressing concerns

Prior to renovation, time took its toll on the building’s cross, corroding its copper sheet metal and rotting the wood center.

and limited funding, the split corridors and small rooms remained, minus the removal of a few walls and the enlarging of a few rooms during a 1992 renovation. In 2008, T.H. Marsh completely gutted the two residential floors, removing all non-load bearing walls but revealing an interior expanse with uneven floor lines across the building. Removal of interior, non-loading walls revealed the uneven floor lines across the building. “They built the walls first and then leveled the floors during the original 1928 construction,” said Gholz. “After they took down the walls, all of a sudden we find that these floors are all at different heights.” According to Konfara, the application of a gyp-crete lightweight concrete topping leveled the entire floor for the two residential stories. Post renovation, the residential floors have nine resident suites, 14 guestrooms; two resident suites and two guestrooms are barrier-free. Instead of a long corridor lined with closed doorways, portions of the residential area are open enclaves designed to bring in natural light and provide comfortable gathering and reading areas. “Part of what we did was bring the building back together as a single-use entity,” said Gholz. The residential floors also contain laundry facilities, a new kitchen, a new dining room, a library, a large living room, and a prayer room, a meditative space without curtains whose only “drapery” is the tableau of oak trees in the forested north park of the PIME complex. A two-bedroom guest suite on the lower level completes the residential spaces.

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Schena reworked and restored the copper sheet metal, restoring the cross to its original grace and to its rightful place at the apex of the PIME Building.


RESTORING AN URBAN TREASURE Overall, interior work included some asbestos and lead abatement, the patching and painting of four large stairways threading through the building, and the insertion of a new elevator, said Gadbois. Because of the small size of the original elevator, Marsh installed a new elevator, carving the new shaft through the poured pan concrete floors of this reinforced concrete structure. After pinpointing a proper shaft location, Marsh excavated and shored an elevator pit in the basement over four feet below grade. “We had to line the pit with a waterproofing membrane before we poured the slab rather than pour the slab and then apply liquid waterproofing as is typical,” said Konfara. “We also had to build the masonry walls of the new elevator shaft before we cut the opening, because the shaft became bearing, meaning they became structural walls to support the existing floor.” Systemp Corp., Rochester Hills, installed new heating systems, Mack’s Plumbing, Farmington Hills, installed new plumbing systems, and G & B Electrical Co., Bloomfield, installed new electrical systems in the PIME building and in the adjacent 1957 church. “Two existing boilers feed 31 new heat pumps linked to the boilers by new copper piping,” said Dixon. The heat pumps work in conjunction with the new insulated windows to create a more energy-efficient building. Beyond function, the project restored the building’s treasured spaces on the first floor. Formerly used as a library and as office space, the small chapel at the end of the north wing has been restored to its original purpose. “We prepared a plan to show how they could move offices into other areas of the building and restore the space as a chapel,” said Gholz. Marsh removed all vestiges of office life. A storage space and a restroom were converted into two recessed niches housing devotional statues. Harsh florescent lights have given way to decorative light fixtures that fill the chapel with a soft glow. Original craftsmanship once again fills this divine space. A restoration expert cleaned an applied film from the stained glass. Using repurposed wood, Fr. Dino carved wood candleholders, benches, and a Bible stand, as well as the altar whose sides match the limestone tracery of the stained glass windows. Marsh preserved the aesthetics of this simple chapel of wood and light by concealing the new sprinkler piping behind the wood ceiling’s wood moldings. Marsh removed a wall and opened up the

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T.H. Marsh peeled away the carpet to reveal and refinish the original wood floor of the PIME Museum (above left). Painting the interior frame of a massive bay window (partially shown in the above, right, photo) to resemble natural stone, restored the room’s original character as well.

south wing that once housed the original 1928 church but now is home to PIME’s Mission Center. Marsh carefully matched the new wall surfaces with the original plaster and the wood finishes on the new office doors – created to fit the handicapped accessible doorways – with the original oak doors in the north wing. The Mission Center lobby hosts fundraising events while the office area conducts the Institute’s administrative duties and contains PIME’s first official conference room. As a somber tribute, the room contains photographs honoring the missionaries slain over the course of PIME’s 160-year history. As the final piece of the involved project, Marsh replaced an existing carport and an amalgamation of backyard canopies and entries with a new garage and parking lot. New decorative fencing allows the community a clear view of the beautiful grounds and newly renovated building. This may have inspired people in the neighborhood to renovate their own homes. “There were five homes on a block directly behind us that either installed new roofs or windows,” said Fr. Ken. PIME, a large presence in this Detroit neighborhood, is helping to inspire a community to rebuild by rebuilding its own house. Thanks to T.H. Marsh Construction Co., DiClemente Siegel



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Design, and a host of skilled trade contractors, mission impossible truly became a mission accomplished.

PIME MISSIONARY CENTER CONSULTANTS • Owner Consultant - CCS Fundraising, Southfield • Kitchen Consultant - EF Whitney, Inc., Birmingham SUBCONTRACTORS PHASE I • Dumpster, Construction Dumpster, Phase I, II, – Allied Waste Services, Troy • Temporary Fence, Fencing, Phase I, II – Reliable Fencing, Clinton Township • Demolition, Asbestos Removal, Phase I, II – Great Lakes Environmental, Howell • Asbestos Monitoring – Asbestos Environmental, Chesaning • Concrete – Vaston O’Brien, Inc., Dexter • Millwork – Horizon Millwork, Wayne • Frames, Doors, Hardware, Phase I, II – Nationwide Doors, Ypsilanti • MS/Drywall, Masonry, Painting – Allen Maintenance, Lincoln Park • Acrovyn Products – Scarlett Associates, Southfield • Ceramic Tile – National Tile, Royal Oak

• Acoustical Ceilings, Phase I, II – Innovative Ceilings and Walls, Redford • Flooring – Capital Floors, Wixom • Toilet Partitions, Toilet Accessories – Rayhaven Equipment, Southfield • Specialties Kitchen Equipment, Phase I, Appliances, Phase II – Sears • Plumbing – Patrick’s Plumbing, South Lyon • HVAC – Air Master, Berkley • Electrical, Phase I, II – G & B Electrical, Ferndale • Fire Alarm – National Time & Signal, Wixom • Telecommunications – Precision Communications, Sterling Heights PHASE II • Garbage Service – Veolia ES Solid Waste Midwest, Inc., Northville • Asbestos Monitoring – EKS Services, Inc., Detroit • Sawcutting – MI Concrete Sawing & Drilling, Redford • Landscaping – Artman’s Westland Nursery, Inc., Westland • Concrete (elevator pit) – Kerson Construction, Lapeer • Earthwork, Site Utilities, Asphalt, Flatwork – Cranbrook Pavement, Beverly Hills • Floor Topping – Northwest Systems “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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• Masonry Restoration & Elevator Shaft – Grunwell-Cashero Co., Detroit • Structural Steel – Providence Steel, Howell • Specialty Carpentry – Lawrence Wine Construction Co., Inc., Royal Oak • Millwork – Richmond Millwork, Lennox • Roofing & Copper Restoration – Schena Roofing & Sheetmetal, Chesterfield • Keying, Keys and Locks – Stanley Security Solutions, Inc., Wixom • Windows Furnish – Lakeside Windows, White Lake • Window Installation – Jenks Enterprises, Inc., Oxford • Glazing – Glasco Corporation, Detroit • Lath & Plaster (roof ) – Russell Plastering Co., Ferndale • MS/Drywall – Clouse Construction, St. Clair Shores • Terrazzo Cleaning – Cipriano Coating Technology, Sterling Heights • Flooring, Ceramic Title – Total Floors, Livonia • Terrazzo – Boston Tile & Terrazzo, Detroit • Painting – United Painting, Clinton Township • Toilet Partitions, Toilet Accessories – Rayhaven Equipment, Southfield • Signage – Associated Specialties, Detroit • Kitchen Equipment & Installation – Great Lakes Hotel Supply Co., Detroit • Window Treatments – Tut’s Blind Ambition, Oak Park • Garage Carpenter – BJ Construction, Harrison Township • Elevator – Schindler, Livonia • Plumbing, Social Hall (temp sumps) – Patrick’s Plumbing, South Lyon • Plumbing, Main Building – Mack’s Plumbing, Farmington Hills • Cleaned Drain Lines – Power Vac of MI, Novi • Fire Protection – Jackson Associates, Walled Lake • HVAC – Social Hall (EF Curbs) – Air Master, Berkley • HVAC – Radiator Removal – Tech Mechanical, Inc., Pontiac • HVAC – Main Building – Systemp, Rochester Hills, • Telecommunications – Intelesys, Madison Heights • Security – Centerline Technologies, Centerline Subcontractors listed in the Construction Highlight are identified by the general contractor, architect or owner. Visit us online at

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An Innovative Approach to Conserving Water Two Michigan engineers have developed a unique way of collecting and using rainwater, saving money (and water) in the process. They call their product “Rain Columns.” The method is similar to conventional “rain barrels” in its approach, but uses an architecturally pleasing design to integrate into the aesthetics of houses and other buildings. The Rain Column also achieves greater water pressure for use than the traditional rain barrel can achieve while storing the same amount of water. The first generation of Rain Columns uses a 12” diameter PVC pipe to replace existing downspouts. The column is fitted to a rain gutter and is fastened to the building. It features a conventional hose bib at the bottom, an overflow system and even a site glass to check the level. A typical Rain Column holds about 50 gallons of rainwater, and will fill up within 30 minutes depending on the weather and the roof surface area. So far, two working prototypes have been built, tested and have been in use for several months. Contact Steve Schulte at 586-942-1336 for more information.

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stone, rock, asphalt, non-reinforced concrete and more — on the jobsite. The Hog Crusher is able to scoop up and pulverize recyclable material in minutes, eliminating the need to have this debris removed from the jobsite. The machine has a one-half yard hopper capacity, and up to 10 tons of material per hour can be processed. The Hog Crusher features replaceable carbide bits, and hardened breaker, cleaner and cheek plates for easy on-site maintenance. A demonstration video can be accessed at Full information on the EZ Grout Hog Crusher is available from Multiquip Inc., 18910 Wilmington Avenue, Carson, CA 90749; phone 800-421-1244; fax 310-5373927; e-mail; website

Gradall Introduces Xl 5300 III for Big Productivity, Versatility Gradall Industries, Inc., has introduced the XL 5300 III excavator - the largest model in the Gradall® excavator family of on/off highway machines - with greater capacity as well as the ability to work efficiently in any direction. The unique design, including front axle oscillation locks, enables this on/off highway wheeled model to work at the front, rear or either side of the machine without the need to lower outriggers or the optional front blade. While operators also can use outriggers if they wish for very big loads, the machine’s excellent stability without extra stabilizer support allows this model to accomplish many different high productivity jobs faster, especially when moving big loads around a jobsite. The XL 5300 III has an operating weight of 51,216 lbs. (23,231 kg) with a maximum lift capacity of 13,508 lbs. (6, 217 kg). Rated boom force is an impressive 24,941 lbs. (111 kN) while bucket breakout force is rated at 25,405 lbs. (113 kN). The new model also features the job-

proven Gradall boom. Because the entire boom tilts and telescopes, there's no loss of power through the entire dig cycle as it precisely positions buckets, grapples, hammers and other attachments to accomplish high production excavating, demolition, trenching, pavement removal and material loading and unloading with trucks. All boom movements are controlled with convenient joystick controls. New operators can become more comfortable with this model faster thanks to a switch in the cap which provides a choice of SAE, Deere or Gradall joystick control patterns. The XL 5300 III also features the spacious new Gradall cab design with a host of standard comfort and convenience features including air conditioning, removable front window, radio and a large adjustable seating module. A standard “bucket shake” mode, controlled with a joystick button, allows operators to more evenly distribute fill dirt and rip-rap. A single Detroit Diesel Mercedes engine delivers 173 horsepower to the upperstructure as well as the carrier. The chassis features the new Series III counterweight design that creates a shorter tail swing – a big plus when working in tight quarters or along highways. But even with a compact counterweight design, the machine has excellent working boom reach to 33 feet, 10 inches (10.3 m) and digging depth of 24 feet, 7 inches (7.5 m). The four-wheel-drive undercarriage has rubber tires designed for mobility on rough terrain as well as on highways, where they won't damage the paved surface. Even while the machine is moving, the operator can change between standard and creeper travel mode to efficiently position the machine. Axles are equipped with internal wet-disc type service and parking brakes. All Gradall Series III excavators have around 70 percent parts commonality, simplifying the task of maintaining inventories to complete common service functions. Series III machines also have

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longer routine service intervals, and most service locations can be reached from ground level. A network of authorized distributors supports all Gradall excavators, supplying service advice and authorized Gradall parts. For information and the name of a nearby distributor who can provide an onsite demonstration of the XL 5300 III, call Gradall Industries, Inc. at 330-339-2211, or fax 330-339-8468.

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Meyer's Series 100 & 300 Insulation Blowing Machines Add Profit Wm. W. Meyer & Sons, Inc. has recently introduced the Series 100 and 300 Blowing and Spraying machines. These contractor grade blowing machines capable of blowing all types of loose fill materials such as cellulose, fiberglass and rockwool are easy to use, reliable, and versatile.

The Meyer Series 100 is a compact 175 lb. unit featuring welded steel construction, a heavy-duty rotary air lock, a 100’ corded remote, and an eight cubic ft. hopper capacity. Meyer Series 300 Blowing and Spraying machine has the same heavy-duty construction plus a large hopper capacity, variable speed blower and agitator drive with optional dual blower, and weighs 390 lbs. These weatherization machines can be installed in truck or trailer, or Meyer can supply a commercial duty truck or trailer. Meyer also provides training, consulting and the most comprehensive warranties in the business. For more information contact Wm. W. Meyer & Sons, Inc., 1700 Franklin Blvd., Libertyville, IL 60048-4407; phone 847918-0111 x 231; fax 847-918-8183; or visit

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New Versatile, Lightweight 1/2" Drill from Metabo Provides Extremely High Torque; Easy Handling Metabo Corporation now offers a lightweight, rugged 1/2" drill that provides up to 248 in-lbs. of torque with an 8.2 A motor. With an ergonomic pistol-grip design and easily accessible trigger button, the new BE1020 1/2" drill is especially well suited for joiners, fitters, HVAC installers or any user who requires a universal, high performance tool for drilling both large and small holes in almost any type of metal or wood material. For use in even more applications, users can remove the chuck and access the drill's spindle with a hexagon recess that accepts screwdriver bits up to 1/4" for driving applications. Combined with Metabo's new drill stand (product # 6.00890.00) that enables a maximum drilling depth of 2-9/16 inches, the BE1020 easily transforms into a portable drill press. The new drill press features an adjustable depth stop limit, a stable base plate with grooves to lock the machine vise and unobstructed access to the drill controls. An axial/radial fan cools the drill to provide extended tool life. The BE1020 drill weighs only 5.1 lbs. and has a 2-speed gearbox, a thumbwheel to preselect tool speed and Metabo's unique Sautomatic torque-controlling safety clutch, which helps protect both the operator and the tool in the case of a jammed bit. In addition, the tool's winding protection grid deflects harmful airborne debris away from armature windings, increasing the life of the motor by up to 5 times over tools without this feature. The new drill features an electronic carbon brush wear indicator that flashes when the carbon brushes need changing, enabling the user to change them before damage can occur to the motor. Vario-Tacho-Constimatic (VTC) full-wave electronic speed control allows the speed of the drill to be set to the relevant material-specific cutting speed, making the tool adaptable for almost any application. Because the speed selected always remains constant, the tool performs with greater precision and speed, even at the rated load and under harsh conditions. The tool is designed for ease of use. A reversing switch is equally available to both right- and left-handed operators, and an extra long side handle “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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McGill Introduces Bright Alternative to Challenge of Lighting Tight Work Spaces The McGill Model 5330 Fluorescent Extension Light is a compact, super-bright solution to the challenges of lighting confined areas. Designed to be carried and used virtually anywhere, the Model 5330 emanates soft, glare-free fluorescent lighting that is exceptionally energyefficient. Measuring only 22 inches long, it is effective in lighting tight, restricted spaces where normally only a hand lamp could be relied upon. The Model 5330 offers a host of useful features that will appeal to the construction, maintenance, automotive or electrical professional, such as durable, heavy-duty engineering, no exposed metal parts, and an impact-resistant plastic outer lamp that remains cool even after hours of use. Another big advantage not found on comparably priced lights are the Model 5330's hinged hooks that permit fast setups and take downs. The Model 5330 is available with 4, 8 and 15-watt lamps. It is UL Listed and Visit us online at

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Steven A. Wright, PC, a commercial litigation and construction law firm located in Shelby Township, is pleased to announce that Richard M. Delonis has joined the firm. Delonis has been practicing in the areas of construction, real estate law, and commercial litigation for seventeen years. The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) and its 76 technical affiliate societies bestowed this year’s prestigious Gold Award to Dr. Stephen J. Kirk, a Senior Fulbright Scholar, an executive education instructor at Harvard School of Architecture and Design in Cambridge, MA, and the founder of Kirk and Associates, a consulting firm based in Grosse Pointe Park. This award is given once a Dr. Kirk year to an engineer, technical professional or scientist, who has reached the pinnacle of his/her career and has contributed to the betterment of his industry and society at large. Lansing-based C2AE has announced that Steve Jurczuk, AIA LEED AP, recently had an article published in the January/February 2010 issue of the Michigan Municipal League’s official publication, the MML Review. The article, entitled, “Hastings Transforms Library from Brown to Green to Gold,” was part of the ongoing section of the publication called Greener Communities, Greener Michigan. In other C2AE news, current Chairman and CEO Raymond Tadgerson, is retiring after more than 39 years with the firm. He will remain in a reduced capacity, serving as director of marketing and business development. Walker-based Tubelite, Inc. has hired Steve Wilkening as an engineering manager, helping to expand the company's architectural aluminum products nationwide. As part of Tubelite's leadership team, Wilkening reports to company president Ken Werbowy and manages the engineering and product development staff. DiClemente Siegel Deisgn Inc. (DSD), a Southfield-based engineering and architectural firm, is pleased to announce the promotion of Dan Lutes, electrical designer, to senior associate. Lutes has been managing DSD’s Burton branch office for the last 12 months. Also, DSD is pleased to welcome four new employees: Fabrizio Pesce (senior associate); Thomas Reschke (senior associate); David Perkins (electrical designer); and Robert Foxwell (mechanical designer).



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Christopher Brinks, PE, has joined Wade Trim’s Taylor office as a senior project manager in the Transportation Group where he will be responsible for managing construction engineering projects for large transportation facilities throughout Michigan. Brinks has 25 Brinks years of construction engineering experience. Somat Engineering, Inc., an international engineering consulting firm headquartered in Detroit, recently announced the hiring of Victoria Person, PE, CP, as assistant project manager for Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering Services.


Birmingham-based Sachse Construction, a provider of premium commercial construction and design/build services, has hired Frank Guirlinger as vice president, director of construction. Katie Lamb has passed the Michigan Professional Engineers exam to earn her Professional Engineering license in Michigan, and been promoted to project engineer in the geotechnical group of G2 Consulting Group in Troy. Fanning Howey, Novi, is pleased to announce that Troy Glover, REFP, has joined the firm as an Educational Planner. Glover holds a Masters of City and Regional Planning degree Glover from Ohio State University. He is an active member of the Council of Educational Facility Planners International. ASTI Environmental, celebrating its 25th year of delivering environmental business solutions to commercial, industrial and governmental clients, is pleased to welcome Chris Maike to its West Michigan team based in Grand Rapids. Braun Construction Group, a construction management/general contracting firm based in Farmington Hills, recently announced that Mike Zurek has rejoined the firm. Zurek is the superintendent for the Regency at Bluff’s Park project in Ann Arbor.

Inc. has Clayco announced the promotion of Kurt Jaeger to regional vice president of its Detroit office. Jaeger brings to the position deep industry knowledge and extensive Jaeger expertise in the Clayco philosophy having working with the designbuild firm for over 10 years. Benton Harbor-based Wightman & Associates, Inc. (WAI) recently announced that Jamie Harmon has been licensed by the State of Michigan as a Professional Engineer. Harmon started with the firm in 2005 as a project engineer. She earned her LEED Accredited Professional in 2008 and also holds certifications for Construction Site Storm Water Operator and Soil Erosion & Harmon Sedimentation Control.



Pontiac-based National Enclosure Company, LLC announced recently the completion of its formation as a newlyformed subsidiary of National Construction Enterprises. National Enclosure Company (NEC) is a nationally-focused curtain wall contractor specializing in advance facade systems on commercial buildings.

G2 Consulting Group of Troy is providing geotechnical design and vibration monitoring services for a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) project to rebuild nearly two miles of I-94 in Portage - the nation’s 2,000th project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). ARRA provided $43.9 million in federal stimulus dollars to fund the total project. Brighton-based ASTI Environmental is proud to salute the Gardenview Development Co., LLC. Gardenview Development Company Co., LLC (a Windham affiliate) was honored by the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Southeast Michigan at their awards program in February, for the Gardenview Estates project in Detroit. ASTI Environmental provided Tax Increment Financing to assist the Windham Group in offsetting the cost of remediation. “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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Schonsheck, Inc., Wixom, recently completed construction on the renovation and addition to the historic First Presbyterian Church in Howell. The work included a new main entrance, elevator, stairways and gathering area to improve pedestrian flow and handicap accessibility. Also, Schonsheck, Inc. recently completed construction on the office addition for Canton Waste Recycling, Inc. The addition includes executive and administrative offices for the company. Lake Orion-based Stephen Auger + Associates Architects (SA+A), is pleased to announce the best barbeque in town is soon to be found in downtown Royal Oak, at Lockhart’s BBQ. Ferlito Construction has been selected as the construction manager for the restaurant, scheduled to open in the spring of 2010. Fanning Howey, an architectural and engineering firm located in Novi, is holding a year-long celebration of its 20th year serving Michigan communities. Fanning Howey provides planning and design services to educational, public library, recreation, and religious clients throughout the state. The City of Goshen, Indiana recently selected Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc. (SME), Plymouth, to provide Brownfield consulting services related to the management of a $200,000 U.S. EPA Hazardous Substances Cleanup Grant for environmental cleanup of the Street Department/Former Rieth-Riley Construction Company property. The 6.7 acre site is adjacent to the Goshen Mill Race Canal and is part of an old industrial corridor in Goshen that is being redeveloped into a mixed-use development known as the River Race project.

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BUYERS GUIDE s you all are probably aware, the 2010 Construction Buyers Guide is out on the street. In an effort to keep our information as accurate as possible, we’re including here all the changes and corrections we have received for members’ company listings as of March 4. Changes from the book are in bold. To see continual, up-to-date, complete company listings, check out the Buyers Guide Online at, updated monthly. Check back to this section every month in CAM Magazine to get heads-up information and news involving the Construction Buyers Guide. Questions? Contact Mary Carabott at 248-972-1000 for answers and to find out how to add to your online listings. To obtain additional copies of the Guide, stop by the CAM office and pick them up at no additional charge, or send $6 per book for shipping to have the books sent to your company via UPS. Please call ahead of time for authorization if you need more


than 20 copies. Invoices for the 2010 Buyers Guide listings have been generated and mailed. If you have questions regarding your invoice, call the CAM office. he 2010 CAM Buyers Guide features a new entitled, “LEED Certified section Companies.” CAM would like to clarify that the section should have been entitled, “Companies with LEED Accredited Professionals.” The invitation to list that was originally sent to the CAM Membership did contain this correct verbiage. This heading will be corrected in the online version of the 2010 CAM Buyers Guide, and in future printed editions of the CAM Buyers Guide. CAM regrets any confusion this may have caused.


Aire Exchange, LLC (Formerly Unisales, Inc.) 32500 Grand River, Suite 100 Farmington, MI 48336 Phone: 248-471-5900 Fax: 248-471-3708 Allied Building Products (Formerly Allied Interior Products) 5290 W. Michigan Ave. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Phone: 800-253-7832 Fax: 734-434-0080 Alta Equipment Company (Formerly Alta Lift Truck Services, Inc.) (Formerly Wolverine Tractor & Equipment) 28755 Beck Rd. Wixom, MI 48393 Phone: 248-449-6700 Fax: 248-449-6701 A.Brinker Team Construction Co., MBE 815 W. Grand Blvd. Detroit MI 48216 Phone: 313-230-0208 Fax: 313-899-2951 Building Accessories Corp. 6700 Commerce Rd. West Bloomfield, MI 48324 Phone: 248-360-4225 Fax: 248-360-8537 Email:

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LaDuke Roofing & Sheet Metal Oak Park MI 248.414.6600

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CTI and Associates, Inc. 51331 W. Pontiac Trail Wixom, MI 48393 Phone: 248-486-5100 Fax: 248-846-5050

D-Squared Construction, Inc. 2740 Grange Hall Rd., Suite A Fenton, MI 48430 Phone: 248-588-0540 Fax: 248-588-0541

Michigan Fire Sprinkler 8714 Stoney Creek Dr. South Lyon, MI 48178 Phone: 248-380-2100 Fax: 248-380-2840

Ceco Concrete Construction 4535 Port Union Rd. Hamilton, OH 45011 Phone: 513-874-6953 Fax: 513-874-0447

Den-Man Contractors, Inc. 22772 Groesbeck Hwy. Warren, MI 48089 Phone: 586-772-5500 Fax: 586-772-5896

National Environmental Group, LLC 535 Griswold, Suite 2550 Detroit, MI 48226 Phone: 313-963-8472 Fax: 313-962-8478

Centurion Painting & Wallcovering, Inc. 16020 Myrtle Dr. Macomb, MI 48042 Phone: 586-201-2855 Fax: 586-992-8321

Fort Wayne Contracting, Inc. 300 E. Seven Mile Rd. Detroit, MI 48203 Phone: 313-368-3400 Fax: 313-368-3406

Comins & Bral, Inc. 54670 Pine St. New Baltimore, MI 48047 Phone: 586-725-0705 Fax: 586-725-1301 Corona Construction Co. 20004 Mayfield Livonia, MI 48152 Phone: 734-422-0112 Fax: 734-422-2310

KAS Estimating Services 201 Main St., Suite 200 Manchester, CT 06042 Phone: 860-647-7799 Fax: 860-647-0888 Landstra & Associates, Inc. R.D. 1709 Thompson, Suite 303 Lansing, MI 48906 Phone: 800-367-5227 Fax; 866-610-0160


PNC Bank/Michigan Construction Group (Formerly National City Bank) 535 S. Main St. Plymouth, MI 48170 Phone: 734-459-6721 Fax: 734-459-0171 Paragon Ready Mix (Formerly Nagy Ready Mix) 48000 Hixson Utica, MI 48317 Phone: 586-731-5310 ProTech Demolition (Formerly Pro Tech, LLC) 24146 Keyway Dr. Macomb, MI 48042 Phone: 586-258-9263 Fax: 586-598-7414



Rock Redi-Mix (Formerly Sargent Companies) 2840 Bay Rd. Saginaw, MI 48603 Phone: 989-792-8734 Fax: 989-792-8737

Summit Commercial Construction, Inc. 42722 Willis Rd. Belleville, MI 48116 Phone: 734-391-8657 Fax: 734-391-8596

Rotor Electric Co. 9522 Grinnell St. Detroit, MI 48213 Phone: 313-891-0331 Fax: 313-891-0511

Total Mechanical Construction 26400 W. Eight Mile Rd. Southfield, MI 48033 Phone: 248-223-6504 Fax: 866-867-1811

S & Z Sheetmetal, Inc. 5237 Commerce Rd. Flint, MI 48507 Phone: 810-230-0200 Fax: 810-230-0201

Trinity Enviornmental Solutions 615 Griswold Ave., Suite 1300 Detroit, MI 48226 Phone: 313-498-4272 Fax: 313-221-9600

Sarasota Equipment, LLC 48228 Conifer Shelby Twp., MI 48315 Phone: 586-709-6305 Schonsheck, Inc. 50555 W. Pontiac Trail Wixom, Mi 48393 Phone: 248-669-8800 Fax: 248-669-0850
















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United Painting & Decorating, Inc. 22669 Morelli Dr. Clinton Twp., MI 48036 Phone: 586-465-2235 Fax: 586-465-2248


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Please submit all calendar items no less than six weeks prior to the event to: Calendar Editor, CAM Magazine, P.O. Box 3204, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302-3204.

ADVERTISERS INDEX Ace Cutting Equipment & Supply, Inc. ......30 Aluminum Supply Company/ Marshall Sales ..................................................6 Amalio Corporation ........................................13 CAM Administrative Services ..........................3 CAM Affinity ......................................................IBC CAM Workers’ Compensation ......................21 Connelly Crane Rental Corp. ........................49 Detroit Terrazzo Contractors Association ..............................37 DiHydro Services, Inc. ......................................21 Doeren Mayhew ................................................12 Dow Building Solutions ..................................33 Dunn Blue Reprographics ..............................53 Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. ........................................42

Industry Events Apr. 5-8 – INSTALL Leadership Conference – INSTALL will host a floor covering leadership conference at the Carpenters International Training Center (CITC) in Las Vegas, NV. Contractors, partnering mills and manufacturers will join INSTALL representatives and local leaders at the event, which will include six educational workshops and guest speakers who will address issues crucial to the flooring industry. For more information, contact John McGrath at 215-582-4108 or

Apr. 15-May 13 – The Metal Initiative (TMI) Webinars – TMI is sponsoring three complimentary informational webinars during the months of April and May: Apr. 15 – Retrofit Roofs and Walls May 13 – Building Green For more information, or to sign up for a webinar, please call 847-375-4718, or visit

the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. The show draws over 7,000 attendees each year, along with more than 900 exhibitors. For more information, please contact Wagstaff Worldwide, Inc., at 312-943-6900.

G2 Consulting Group, LLC ..............................38 Hartland Insurance Group, Inc. ....................39 Hilti Fastening Systems, Inc. .......................... 29 Jeffers Crane Rental ........................................55

Jul. 29-Sep. 16 – ASCC Events – The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) has announced the following events: Jul. 29-Aug. 1 – ASCC CEO Forum – Ojai

MasonPro, Inc. ....................................................BC

Valley Inn & Spa, Ojai, CA Sep. 16-19 – ASCC Annual Conference – Little America, Salt Lake City, UT More information is available at, or by calling 866-788-ASCC (2722).

Navigant Consulting, Inc. ................................27

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McCoig Materials ..............................................11 National Construction Rentals, Inc. ............47

Next Generation Services Group ................23 North American Dismantling Corp. ............37 Northern Boulder Baron ................................29 Oakland Companies ........................................25 Oakland Metal Sales, Inc. ................................52 Plante & Moran, PLLC ......................................51 Plumbing Professors ........................................13

Apr. 28-30 – SMPS Hartland Regional Conference – SMPS chapters from a total of seven states will meet in Indianapolis, IN, for this event hosted by the SMPS Indiana Chapter. Once there, they will join with a stellar collection of clients, national speakers and peers for a threeday excursion filled with skills development, market awareness and networking events. Educational programs will focus on client relationships, communication and leadership skills, and differentiation planning. For more information, visit

May 19-21 – Hospitality Design Exposition & Conference – This event, sponsored by Hospitality Design magazine and produced by Nielsen Expositions, will be held at



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Class Schedule CAMTEC, the training & education center of the Construction Association of Michigan, has announced its 2010 class schedule. To register, obtain a class listing, or for more class information, please visit

Date Class Apr. 13 - Blueprint Reading II/Intermediate Apr. 14 - Construction Safety Workshop Apr. 15 - Blueprint Reading I/Basic Apr. 27 - OSHA 10-Hr. Apr. 29 - Scheduling and Planning May 4 - Construction Lien/Payment Bond Docs. May 5 - Fall Protection MIOSHA Constr. Part 45 May 11 - OHSA-30 Hr. May 19 - FA, CPR, AED Combined

Plunkett Cooney ..............................................31 R.S. Dale Company, LLC ..................................IFC Remer Plumbing ................................................7 Rick's Portables Sanitation, LLC ....................57 SMRCA ..................................................................56 Scaffolding, Inc. ..................................................27 StructureTec Corporation ..............................13 Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, P.C. ..............49 Trend Group ......................................................25 Valenti Trobec Chandler, Inc. ............................5 Zervos Group, Inc. ............................................53 “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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