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MASONRY Sparking Renewal: Restoring the Masonry of the Durant Hotel 2012 MASONRY OUTLOOK: Masonry Straight Talk

Catching Wind and Rays in Southeast Michigan


2011 Events and Achievements 126th Annual Meeting Recap Meet the New CAM Board of Directors


ENVIRONMENTAL 32 Barton Malow Gets a Second and Third - Wind in Michigan’s Thumb “VOIC E OF TH E CONSTR UCTION I N DUSTRY”®


36 Catching Some Rays in Southeast Michigan

13 CAM 61st Annual Doubles Classic Recap

40 Greenprint for the Future Achieving LEED Certification Produces Existing Building Benefits

14 CAM Annual Report



22 JC Beal Brings the Broderick Back to Life The Lights are Back On in Another Historic Skyscraper in Downtown Detroit

44 Lessons in Sustainability


Henry Ford High School Goes Green

26 Sparking Renewal: Restoring the Masonry of the the Durant Hotel

30 2012 MASONRY OUTLOOK Joe Neussendorfer Provides Masonry Straight Talk



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William L. Borch, Jr. Ironworkers Local Union 25

Gary Boyajian Universal Glass and Metals, Inc.

Marty Burnstein Law Office of Marty Burnstein

George Dobrowitsky Walbridge

Daniel Englehart Peter Basso and Associates, Inc.

Chris Hippler Capital Letters

Dennis King Harley Ellis Devereaux

Nancy Marshall Aluminum Supply Company

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DeMattia Group Programs and Designs New Wind Tower Plant in Monroe DeMattia Group, Plymouth, provided planning, municipal approvals, architecture/engineering services and cost estimating for Ventower Industries, LLC’s new wind tower manufacturing facility in Monroe. Ventower will manufacture towers to support wind turbines in this new 115,000-square-foot facility built on a reclaimed 33.4-acre Brownfield site. “The soil conditions on the site presented significant challenges, particularly due to

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the significant loads generated by the fabricated materials,” said W. Keith Owen, AIA, LEED AP, Executive Vice President, DeMattia Group. “The building foundations and floor slabs are constructed on a Controlled Modulus Column Ground Improvement System by Menard. The building is a pre-engineered metal building by Nucor with 40-ton cranes spanning over 100 feet.” Owen describes the manufacturing process: Plate steel enters the receiving area; the steel is rolled and welded into 15foot diameter monotubes that are assembled into 115-foot-long sections. These sections are blasted and painted in the plant. The final step is field assembly of the sections to heights of approximately 240 feet. The site has access to rail and water routes, allowing components to be delivered to areas east of the Mississippi River. The facility has a planned expansion of 76,000 square feet.

Preparatory Work Underway at Ludington Pumped Storage Plant Detroit Edison and Consumers Energy are gearing up for a major upgrade to the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant. The coowners are investing close to $100 million dollars a year over the course of the next six years to upgrade the 40-year-old facility on Lake Michigan near Ludington. The upgrade will produce 100 construction jobs per year and increase the plant’s power generation by 15 percent, according to a DTE Energy press release.

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Detroit Edison and Consumers Energy signed a contract in 2011 with Toshiba International Corporation for the design, fabrication and installation of new turbine runners, motor generators and other large pieces of equipment needed to refurbish six 312 MW hydroelectric units. “Some of those parts take up to 2.5 to 3 years to build,” said Dave Sonntag, Detroit Edison project manager. “All of that work is in process and will be shipped to the site next year.” In 2012, Michigan contractors began preparing the site for the planned overhaul, slated to begin in September 2013 and conclude in 2019. “We hired a number of Michigan firms to upgrade the buildings onsite and the site infrastructure,” said Sonntag. Grand River Construction, Hudsonville, is building temporary fabrication shops in the north and south sections of the site. Hardman Construction, Ludington, recently completed a barge landing to accept large deliveries of heavy equipment. “The site work will continue all year, and the idea is to have the site work completed by the end of this calendar year,” said Sonntag. “We are also going to construct a temporary building to house personnel during the overhaul.” Replacing the gantry cranes is another part of the preparatory work. “Kone, the crane manufacturer, is building the crane right now and will be installing it later this year,” said Sonntag. “There are only a few firms in the world that can make a gantry crane this big. Each of the two gantry cranes will be able to lift well over 400 tons.” The first load of heavy equipment for the refurbishment of the first of six units will be shipped to the site during the summer of 2013. As manufacturer and contractor for the work onsite, Toshiba will complete construction on one unit or turbine per year for six years. “It will take eight months to disassemble, refurbish the unit and then reassemble it,” said Sonntag. “We are going to do the work outside of the summer months. Because of the higher power demand during the summer months, we want to have all the units in operation at that time.” The services of a variety of trades will be called into play for the overhaul, including electricians, crane operators, welders, pipefitters and carpenters. Local union halls in the Ludington area will supply general labor and mechanical work, said Sonntag. Specialty workers will be brought on-site for such intricate electrical tasks as assembling the motor generators. The Ludington Pumped Storage Plant is built into the existing bluffs of Lake Visit us online at


Ergonomics By Tracey Alfonsi, Director of Education & Safety Services ince taking over safety services here at CAM, I have had the pleasure of presenting safety training at our own Training and Education Center (CAMTEC), as well as the Masonry Institute of Michigan. When I tell students, “Today, we’re going to talk about ergonomics,” they usually respond Tracey Alfonsi with, “Isn’t this supposed to be construction safety training? I thought ergonomics only pertained to factory workers.” While it’s true that ergonomics has been highlighted in assembly line operations, it is applicable to all types of work, including delivery drivers, office personnel, and especially construction workers. In 2009, more than 40% of construction worker injuries were the result of ergonomic-related issues, also known as sprains and strains. Back strain, tendonitis, rotator cuff issues, knee pain, and hernia surgeries are all common among construction workers and are the leading cause of lost-time injuries. They are often the most expensive claims, requiring rest, physical therapy, days away from work, and restrictions. Can these injuries be completely eliminated? Maybe not. But there are many things that can be done to reduce worker exposure to the five risk factors that will eventually lead to an injury.


1. REPETITIVE MOTION Repetitive is defined as making the same motion every few seconds over a period of two or more hours. Painting and welding are just two of the many trades that require a repetitive motion to complete their work. Carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, and bursitis are commonly reported among these employees. Prevention strategies include worker rotation, frequent breaks, and stretching before and after work. 2. FORCEFUL EXERTION Laborers, delivery personnel, and cement masons can all tell you about forceful exertions. Forceful is defined as lifting 75 lbs. once; lifting 55 lbs. 10 times; or lifting 25 lbs. in awkward position 25 times. The exertion can be reduced by using appropriate lifting techniques and carrying the load as close to the body as possible, between the shoulders and the hips. Workers should never twist at the waist while manually moving material. 3. AWKWARD POSTURE Any work performed over the head or below the knees is considered awkward. Repeatedly working in this position can cause rotator cuff injuries, osteoarthritis in the knees, and low back problems. Rodbusters, electricians and bricklayers are at high risk for developing these conditions. Rebar-tying tools and unique solutions which bring the level of work into the “strike zone,” or area between the shoulders and the knees, are beneficial for reducing the wear and tear on the body. 4. CONTACT STRESS The use of hand tools, common among plasterers, carpenters, and sheet metal workers, creates a stress point which reduces blood flow to arm and wrist. Repeatedly pounding and gripping can cause nerve damage, resulting in numbness, tingling, and burning in the affected area. This exposure can be reduced by modifying tools with tape or foam padding, selecting tools with longer handles, or purchasing those designed to maintain alignment between the arm and the wrist. 5. VIBRATION When a muscle is exposed to vibration, its natural reaction is to tense and push back against the force. Constant tension will lead to fatigue, exposing the worker to a possible muscle or ligament tear. Employers should consider investing in new equipment, like Makita’s line of tools dubbed “AVT” for Anti-Vibration Technology. Vibration reducing gloves are an inexpensive way to protect workers, as well. While there is no OSHA standard to point to when it comes to the “how” behind creating an ergonomic worksite, there are many industry best practices available. For more information on how to protect your workforce, please visit or or contact CAMSAFETY at (248) 972-1000. CAM MAGAZINE

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Michigan. “It was quite an engineering masterpiece,” said Sonntag. In fact, the plant was named one of Michigan’s top 10 civil engineering projects of the 20th Century by the Michigan chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Originally constructed in 1973, the refurbishment will maintain the plant’s rotating equipment and will boost the plant’s efficiency and capacity, said Sonntag. The Ludington plant pumps water uphill 350 feet to its 27 billion gallon reservoir during periods of low demand when excess power is available on the grid. The water is then released into the turbines to generate electricity during peak demand. The purpose of the plant is “to generate, store and control power to support the Midwestern Independent System Operator (MISO) grid.” The plant also provides a storage mechanism for such renewables as wind power produced during off-peak periods. “It will also help support renewables or any changes in the grid structure that we have going forward as far as electricity on our transmission lines,” said Sonntag. The Ludington Pumped Storage Facility is only one of 40 such plants in the United States; it also ranks as the second largest in size with the largest located in Bath County near the Virginia and West Virginia border.

ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. Beefs Up Fleet With Five New Link-Belt Truck Cranes in 75- and 100-ton Capacities The ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. Family of Companies has added five new Link-Belt hydraulic truck cranes to its fleet, including two HTC-8675 Series II and three HTC-86100 units. The 75-USt (70-mt) LinkBelt HTC-8675 Series II telescopic boom truck crane is Link-Belt’s newest version of its popular HTC-8675. The crane features a 41- to 127-foot, four-section full power boom; the maximum tip height is 230 feet with extensions. The crane’s 127-foot formed boom is 12 feet longer than its predecessor, and uses Link-Belt’s patented latching boom, known for its ability to telescope loads. For more flexibility, four boom modes are available instead of two. The Series II has a longer reach, outstanding lift capacities and improved over-the-road mobility. The 100-ton (85-mt) Link-Belt HTC-86100 features a 38- to 140-foot, five-section main boom, a 35- to 90-foot jib. The crane has a 237-foot maximum tip height. The HTC86100 offers excellent transportability, and can be configured to meet some of the toughest transportation laws.



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MARKETING This five-crane purchase comes on the heels of an 18crane Link-Belt package that included six RTC-80110 telescopic boom rough terrain cranes; eight 238 HSL lattice boom crawler cranes; three 75-ton TCC-750 telescopic crawler cranes; and one HTC-3140LB (long boom) truck crane. “By the end of this summer, all 23 of our new Link-Belt machines will have been put into service for customers all over North America,” says Michael Liptak, president of the ALL Family of Companies. “That’s important to me, because it’s important to our rental customers. They expect us to meet their growing equipment needs, and few crane rental companies are in a position to do so as aggressively as ALL.” Since 1964, the ALL Family of Companies has grown to become one of the largest crane and equipment rental companies in North America. The company offers its fleet of cranes, aerial work platforms, boom trucks, material handlers and other lift equipment from strategic locations, providing rental, sales and service, plus jobsite analysis to help customers get the right equipment for the job. An important measure of their commitment is meeting or exceeding all pertinent regulatory and safety standards. For more information, contact ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp., 4700 Acorn Drive, Cleveland, OH 44131. Phone: 216524-6550. Toll free: 800-232-4100. Fax: 216-642-7633. On the Web:

Beal Group Launches CityFARM CityFARM offers design, installation and maintenance of urban farms. An urban farm is any urban or suburban space used for growing food, such as a backyard raised bed, a patio container garden or a half-acre community garden. CityFARM has different sized urban farm packages that include everything needed to grow a season’s worth of food in your backyard. CityFARM offers free at-home consultation to assess a potential client’s property and plan an urban farm specifically tailored for the property. CityFARM also offers standardized complete urban farm packages. All services are completely customizable to fit a client’s vision and budget. This new enterprise also provides organic gardening, cooking, canning and composting classes for individuals or groups. CityFARM is also giving back to the community through its social mission of fighting hunger one CityFARM at a time. CityFARM is creating an urban farm in the heart of downtown Ypsilanti at 103 N. Adams. The Adams Street Farm will serve as a demonstration garden to allow those interested in seeing what an urban farm is a chance to experience it first-hand. For every garden bed the company installs on a client’s property, the company will install one of the same size at Adams Street Farm. CityFARM will then donate all the food grown on the plot to a non-profit dedicated to feeding the hungry. Visit us online at




Four Tips for Social Media Marketing By Chris Hippler ocial Media (SM) is one of the most powerful forms of communication to come along in decades. In marketing, SM is a valuable tool in Business-to-Consumer (B2C), and its role is growing in Business-to-Business (B2B). But is SM a good strategic marketing tool for your business? CAMConnect helped CAM members answer that question on Chris Hippler February 23 by hosting a panel discussion entitled, “What’s Your ROI on Social Media?” The room was packed, Amanda Tackett moderated, and I was one of five panelists who participated in a lively and informative discussion. If you’re considering SM to market your business, here are four tips.


1.) DEVELOP A STRATEGY Strategy should be the foundation of all of your marketing, and SM should have its own objectives. Know your audience, know their pain points, then talk to them. Once you’ve clearly identified the needs of your prospect, develop a strategy for reaching them. If SM makes sense, the most popular channels include LinkedIn, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and blogging. There are several others, but start with the ones most broadly used.

2.) POST GOOD CONTENT When developing SM content, make sure you engage your prospects and bring them into the relationship with you. Write from their perspective, not yours. Content also affects Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Google’s algorithms are widely believed to focus on “quality content” versus “self promotion”; “real” commentary found on blogs and social media sites carry more weight than the “self-promoting” content written for your website.

3.) KEEP POSTS SHORT Your prospect’s time is precious. Don’t expect them to read long posts about you and your company; they won’t. Find their pain point and write brief posts that address their problem. Business blogs often feature commentary by management, product updates, upcoming events or recent news.

4.) THE FUTURE: VIDEO The growth of video in SM will continue to blossom. It is a smart marketing tactic for many reasons. For starters, video allows you to demonstrate your expertise. People will probably watch a video before they will read. Another reason video is powerful: search engines are constantly updating algorithms to rank pages where visitors stay longer. Visitors watching videos is perfect. Google (which owns Youtube) prioritizes ranking “Youtube video results” in its algorithms.

ARE YOU SOCIAL MEDIA CURIOUS? Social Media is growing and changing at an incredible pace (i.e. Google+ was just introduced in November 2011). Keep learning. Here are a couple of resources: • Recommended Social Media reading: Social Boom! By Jeffrey Gitomer • Recommended group: Social Media Michigan (SMM) is a local group of entrepreneur that meets monthly to share successful SM strategies. • In B2B, relationships and the quality of your work will always be the foundations of your business. • Before investing in a SM, identify your prospects, determine the best way to reach them, and weigh all the costs first. “Marketing on the Level” is a monthly column written specifically for the commercial and industrial construction industry. Got an idea for a column, or a question about marketing? Contact Chris @ or 734-353-9918, or visit Capital Letters at CAM MAGAZINE

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With over 2,000 square feet of growing space, CityFARM could grow more than 6,000 lbs. of food that will be donated to those in need. “I believe that urban farming can help improve the environment, while promoting healthy food alternatives and improving our community’s food security,” said Stewart W. Beal, CityFARM. The idea was conceived years ago by Stewart and his wife Kathi while travelling through Italy’s countryside. “Food production is extremely rewarding, and you don’t have to be a farmer to grow food for your family,” said Lauren Maloney, CityFARM. “With some hard work and basic gardening knowledge, an urban garden can produce food all season.” Maloney, an organic vegetable farmer since 2005, is extremely excited to work for CityFARM. CityFARM is a member of the Beal Group, a group of companies led by Stewart W. Beal and Fred J. Beal that is primarily focused on the real estate and construction industries in Ann Arbor and Detroit. The group consists of CityFARM, Vigilant Security, LaborNOW, Beal Properties, Beal Demolition, Beal Maintenance & Improvement and JC Beal Construction Inc. CityFARM has Urban Farming Internships for this spring and summer. Contact Lauren Maloney at for more information. For additional information please go to or contact Lauren Maloney

CORRECTION In the January/February 2012 issue of CAM Magazine, Corporate News, we listed Carl Walker, Inc. as being located in Ann Arbor. The company is actually located in Kalamazoo. CAM Magazine regrets the error.

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Tournament Director Ron Mitzel (right) awards the winners Brent Pretzer (left), XYZ Company, and David Drouillard (center), XYZ Company.

ongratulations go out to Brent Pretzer and David Drouillard, who bowled with Excalibur Construction Co of Clinton Twp., for winning the 61st Annual CAM Men's Doubles Classic with a score of 1445. Last year was the closest tournament in recent history. This year, Brent and David beat a field of 340 bowlers by taking command early; each bowled a 280 in the first game, and won the tournament by 99 pins. This annual event was held on February 25th at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park. Bowlers began checking in for lane assignments at 10:30 a.m. Competition in this tournament was guided by each participant’s highest USBC Average, as listed in the 2010-2011 Yearbook. Each team received a handicap of 100% of the difference from 400. The prize check ratio this year was 1-4, with low in the money at 1245. Each team was also given one deck of playing cards, compliments of the CAM Doubles Committee. This year’s highlights included the Tournament High Games of 300 by Jeremy Houghtailing, bowling with Field Construction, Inc. Close behind with a 299 was Robert Laight, who bowls in the CAM Evening League at Fairlanes in Madison Heights. The Tournament High Series of 796 was rolled by Jeremy Houghtailing, on games of 300-229-267, and Casey Bell with Field Construction, on games of 249-278-269. Brent Pretzer was right behind Jeremy and Casey with a series of 772. Tournament bowling began promptly at Noon and was followed by a buffet dinner in the Thunderbowl dining hall. Later, Tournament Director Ron Mitzel, of The Mitzel Agency, began the awards ceremony and the door prize drawings. Mitzel expressed his deep thanks to all of the companies that donated a total of 67 door prizes


Top 10 Final Results: CAM 61st Annual Men’s Doubles Bowling Classic Place 1 2 3 4 5 Tie 7 8 9 10

Score 1445 1346 1339 1336 1335 1329 1323 1320 1319

Prize Winners Brent Pretzer Tom Joseph Jeffrey Brown Jeremy Houghtailing Brian Melton Carl Paschall John Unger Shane Evitts Chris Southard Mike Bayer

Partners David Drouillard Kevin Chadwick Robert Brown Paul Bonarek Scott Campbell Daniel Brownlee Patrick Whalen Enrique Ramirez Tom Korpal Alex Golembiews

to the event. The donated prizes are always a highlight of this tournament, and because of this support from the members who donate each year, this tournament is always a success. At the conclusion of the day’s events, all registered bowlers were invited to stay and join a variety of card games. In addition to Tournament Director Ron Mitzel, the Doubles Classic Committee includes: Chairman, John Giannotta; Vice Chairman Greg Andrzejeski; Treasurer, Kevin Koehler; Secretary, Ron Riegel; and Larry Bowman; Roy Byczynski; Andy Privette; Tom Templin; and Roger Troke.

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CAM Celebrates 126th Annual Meeting and Tradeshow at MotorCity Casino Hotel By Amanda Tackett, Editor he 126th Annual Meeting of the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) was again held at Sound Board Theatre inside MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. The event took place on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 in a one-day construction extravaganza that also included the CAM Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow. Over 400 people attended the Annual Meeting luncheon, which was emceed by magician and amusionist, Al the Only. CAM President Kevin Koehler called the meeting to order, and introduced a Hollywood caliber video that showcased CAM’s accomplishments over the past year. The CAM Magazine Special Issue Awards, Green Project Awards, and 2011 Project of the Year were presented during the luncheon. The Special Issue Awards honored each project that appeared in CAM Magazine’s Special Issue 2011, along with each project team of contractor and architect. The Green Project Awards appeared in the January/February 2012 issue of CAM Magazine, and had one overall winner and four honorable mentions. CAM also presented its 2011 Project of the Year Award, as determined by online votes of the CAM Membership. This year’s winner was The U of M Football Stadium Expansion and Renovation in Ann Arbor. The project collected nearly 70% of online votes; voting was available on the CAM website from October 2011 through December 31, 2011.

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The 2012 CAM Board of Directors, from left to right: CAM President Kevin Koehler; Todd Hill; Stephen Hohenshil; Kevin French; Larry Brinker, Jr.; Donielle Wunderlich; James Brennan; Mary Marble; Greg Andrzejewski; Eric Steck; Don Purdie, Jr.; Kurt Von Koss; and 2012 Chairman of the Board Frank Nehr, Jr.

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The 12 Winning Projects of CAM Magazine Special Issue 2011:

DETROIT PEOPLE MOVER, MILLENDER CENTER STATION LIGHTING ENHANCEMENT Project Team: The Beresh Group, Inc.; Steven C. Flum, Inc.; and Bouyea & Associates

HILLSIDE PLACE APARTMENTS, MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY Project Team: Gundlach Champion, Inc.; Neumann/Smith Architecture


MIDWEST MEDICAL CENTER Project Team: The Dailey Company; HOBBS+BLACK Architects

QUICKEN LOANS WORLD HEADQUARTERS Project Team: Sachse Construction; von Staden Architects

DETROIT ARSENAL ADMINISTRATION BUILDING Project Team: Granger Construction Company; Neumann/Smith Architecture

HELEN DEVOS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Project Team: Wolverine Building Group and Turner Construction Company; URS Corporation; Jonathan Bailey Associates

UNIVERSITY PREPARATORY SCIENCE & MATH HIGH SCHOOL Project Team: The Monahan Company; Resendes Design Group


MARYSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL Project Team: McCarthy & Smith; French Associates

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MARYCREST HEIGHTS Project Team: Damone Construction, LLC; Edmund London & Associates, Inc.



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FARMINGTON HILLS CITY HALL REVITALIZATION Project Team: Contracting Resources, Inc.; Lindhout Associates Architects AIA, PC

The 2011 Green Project Awards HELEN DEVOS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL Project Team: Wolverine Building Group; Turner Construction Company; URS Corporation; Jonathan Bailey Associates

WINNER: ACCIDENT FUND NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS/OTTAWA STREET POWER STATION REDEVELOPMENT Project Team: Accident Fund Holdings, Inc.; Phoenix Development Partners, LLC; Christman Capital Development Company; HOK; and Quinn Evans Architects

Changing of the Guard fter the Awards presentation, the association’s new officers and directors who will serve on the 2012 Board of Directors were installed at the Meeting. CAM’s new Chairman of the Board is Frank G. Nehr, Jr., executive vice president at Davis Iron Works in Walled Lake. Frank has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry. He is a past president of the Great Lakes Fabricators and Erectors Association and attended Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, where he received Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering. Frank most recently served as treasurer on CAM’s 2011 Board of Directors. CAM’s newly elected vicechairmen are James Brennan of Broadcast Design & Construction, and Donald Purdie, Jr. of Detroit Elevator Company. CAM’s incoming treasurer is Gregory Incoming 2012 Chairman Frank Andrzejewski of PPG Industries. Each year three directors retire Nehr, Jr. (left) presents a from CAM’s Board, and CAM’s commemorative portrait and members elect three new plaque of thanks to outgoing directors. The 2012 newly elected 2011 Chairman Jim Capo (right).




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OAKLAND COUNTY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TERMINAL Project Team: Frank Rewold And Son, Inc.; Neumann/Smith Architecture

directors are: Larry Brinker Jr. of The Brinker Group; Stephen J. Hohenshil of Glasco Corporation; and Donielle Wunderlich of George W. Auch Company, Inc. Retiring after four years of service to CAM’s Board are Stephen Auger of Stephen Auger + Associates; Jacqueline LaDuke Walters of LaDuke Roofing and Sheet Metal; and outgoing 2011 Chairman of the Board, James C. Capo, AIA. The other current members of the CAM Board of Directors are: Kevin French of Poncraft Door Company, Auburn Hills; Todd Hill of Ventcon, Inc., Allen Park; Mary Marble of Marble Mechanical, LLC, Birmingham; Eric Steck of Amalio Corporation, Sterling Heights; and Kurt Von Koss of Beaver Tile & Stone, Farmington Hills.

Meet Your New Board Members LARRY BRINKER, JR., DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, THE BRINKER GROUP Larry has 10 years experience in the construction industry with the Detroit-based Brinker Group. This organization includes five commercial contracting firms: Brinker Team Construction; L.S. Brinker Company; Universal Glass and Metals; City Carpet and Flooring; and Edgewood Electric, LLC. Starting as project engineer, he quickly advanced to project manager and “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

then director of business development given his ability to interact with clients and procure new business opportunities. Larry is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he earned a B.S.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is a member of Kappa Psi Fraternity and supports non-profit organizations that educate and provide opportunities for young people in our community. He is a Board Member for Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit and the Wayne County Sheriff Youth & Senior Education Fund. An active Board Member of the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce and the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA), Larry also serves on the BING Institute Emerging Leaders Roundtable. At CAM, he participates in the Boy Scouts of America Building Connections annual event and served on the executive committee for the 2011 fundraiser. A member of TPC of Michigan, Larry enjoys golfing and other sports. He and his wife, Erica, live in Northville with his son and namesake, Larry III. Larry is proud to dedicate a great deal of time to his son’s extracurricular activities and enjoys traveling with his family. STEPHEN J. HOHENSHIL, PRESIDENT, GLASCO CORPORATION Steve is president of Glasco Corporation, Detroit, a supplier, installer and distributor of glass, storefront and curtain wall systems. He has a total 35 years of experience in the construction industry, the last 32 of which have been at Glasco. A 1979 graduate of Western Michigan University, Steve is currently active in the Western Michigan University Alumni Association and the Western Michigan University President’s Club. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Glazing



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CAM TRI-CITIES: CAM Tri-Cities, CAM’s Saginaw office, has continued to serve the Flint/Saginaw/Bay City area members well. Suzie DeSonia was promoted to Tri-Cities office manager, and also continues to serve as a membership representative. Heather Carrier joined the Tri-Cities team as office assistant. 2011 has brought a greater exposure in the Great Lakes Bay Region for CAM, and in 2012 CAM will continue to reach out to those contractors. Newsroom cross-training will allow CAM Tri-Cities to process and post high priority projects in their member service area. More networking and sporting events for Tri-Cities members are being planned. With increased reporting, training and upgraded technology, 2012 is on track to be another good year for CAM Tri-Cities. CAM PUBLIC RELATIONS: Nearly 250 construction professionals attended the CAM-BIA Mid-Year Economic Forecast, held on June 29, 2011 at the Best Western Sterling Inn in Sterling Heights. This was the first joint partnership event between the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) and the Building Industry Association (BIA). Two VIP speakers were featured at the event: Mr. Paul Traub, business economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Mr. John Rakolta, Jr., chairman and CEO of Walbridge, Detroit. Both presented their views and statistics on the current state of Michigan’s business climate, especially pertaining to the construction industry. The entire event was well-attended and well-received. In 2011, CAM continued its series of brief monthly surveys online – the CAM Construction Activity Index - in an effort to keep a pulse on the construction industry in Michigan. CAM reported on the results of these surveys via the CAM E-Newsletter. In the fall of 2011, CAM once again partnered with Plant Moran to launch the Biennial Business Survey of 2011-2012. Conducted every two years, this survey is sent to thousands of construction companies and owners to provide an in-depth look at the commercial construction industry in Michigan, today and in the foreseeable future. C.P.I.G. & PLANROOM: 2011 has brought many exciting changes to CAM’s Construction Project Information Group (CPIG) and the CAM Planroom. The end of summer 2011 saw personnel changes in the CAM News Operation. Bernice Tanner, CAM planroom coordinator for over 40 years, retired, as did longtime CAM courier, Joe Cochran. Vera Ashford was promoted from architectural reporter to newsroom managing editor. The newsroom reporting process continued to be streamlined in 2011. In an effort to improve relations with Michigan’s owner and design teams to bring CAM Members the most up-to-date and accurate information possible, the CAM Newsroom has proactively engaged with developers regarding upcoming projects. New project reporting for August, September and October 2011 exceeded the monthly 2010 numbers for the same months. In 2011 the CAM Planroom underwent renovations – fresh paint, new carpet and some remodeling have given it a new look. CAM CPIG is very excited about these changes, as well as plans for 2012. CAM continues to be the premier construction news organization in Michigan, now and in the future.



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CAMSAFETY: CAMSAFETY continued offering free training under its MIOSHA-CET Grant. Throughout 2011, CAMSAFETY conducted 14 training sessions; training involves four sessions of about 30 minutes each. Each session covers one of the four main causes of fatalities in the construction industry: falls, electrocutions, being struck-by and being caught-in something. Audiences were very receptive and involved. In addition, the expanded grant funded several opportunities for consulting services. CAMSAFETY met with companies, reviewed their existing programs, and provided solutions to their problems. There were a total of 22 companies serviced. In April 2011, CAMSAFETY again presented its Construction Safety Training Workshop. This all-day event featured training on Safety Leadership; Pre-Task Planning; Safety & Pre-Qualification; Fall Protection; Aerial Lifts; Cranes Rigging & Signal Person; Work Zone Safety; Accident Investigation; Electrical & Arc Flash; Masonry Wall Bracing; and Safety for the Non-Safety Person. CAMSAFETY also conducted 14 OSHA classes, including eleven 10-Hour and three 30-Hour classes. Together with CAMTEC, CAMSAFETY provided safety-specific training to a total of 474 individuals. In 2011, CAMSAFETY welcomed Tracey Alfonsi as the new Director of Education & Safety Services. Tracey has chaired the safety committee for the Mechanical Contractors Association and currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Michigan Workers Compensation Placement Facility. Tracey is a Certified Workers Compensation Professional (CWCP), Confined Space Authorized Attendant, and is certified by the American Red Cross as a Bloodborne Tracey Alfonsi Pathogens Instructor. She is currently in the process of obtaining her authorization as an OSHA Outreach Trainer and will soon be teaching the OSHA 10- and 30-Hour courses. In 2011, CAM member companies were encouraged to tally and submit their injury & illness data for the 2010 calendar year for the CAMSAFETY Achievement Award. Forty-one companies provided their information, and the winners received their award at the April 2011 Construction Safety Training Workshop.

CAMTEC: CAMTEC is the training and educational division of the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM). Each year an extensive listing of core educational programs, as well as new classes, are offered to the construction industry. In 2011 CAMTEC trained nearly 844 people in classes, seminars and onsite training sessions, with tuition revenues at approximately $44,000.00. CAMTEC strives to provide speakers and topics that will meet members’ needs in Michigan’s current tough economy. CAMTEC has been working to make their continuing education offerings more accessible to a greater number of CAM members. Throughout 2011, CAMTEC took its “show on the road,” presenting training classes at many facilities and jobsites. The department “kept in touch” with constant communication though fax-blitzes, mailings, enewsletters, and maintained up-to date information on newly added classes or changes through CAM’s website. CAMTEC’s current curriculum has been revised so that the standbys such as Blueprint Reading, Estimating and Lien Law Payment Bonds classes can be taken independently or as a group leading to a “certification.” New classes such as Advance Bonding, Arbitration & Mediation, Design Phase, Bidding and Proposals and Starting a New Company, Which Entity Do I Choose?, are just a few of the new topics added to the list of classes to be launched in 2012. In 2012, CAMTEC will continue to offer "economic stimulus discounts" to new CAM members, as we are cutting tuition in HALF for qualified unemployed professionals, with proof of unemployment status required.

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CAM E-NEWSLETTER: In 2011, the CAM E-Newsletter continued to be released to the membership twice monthly. The award-winning CAM E-Newsletter is the one-stop news-in-brief service that CAM provides for its members. It contains all the latest CAM events, educational classes, legislative updates, member news and human interest features.

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-con¬tractual 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. Patrick W. Baker, M.A., J.D., serves on the CAM staff as Director of Labor Relations.

CAM WEBSITE: In 2011, the CAM website continued to be the place for CAM members to go to find everything they need to know about their association. Containing the latest industry-related news, links to all CAM departments, schedules, events, and information… the CAM website provides it all! In 2011, the CAM website launched the official CAM Blog, a popular feature widely read, focusing on a variety of topics including construction projects, industry events, and new concepts and industry practices. Also new in 2011, the CAM website partnered with to offer our members construction estimating software in our very own software store, accessible via the front page of the CAM website. The CAM website continues to offer MCM – the Michigan Construction Marketplace - a one-stop online e-commerce center for equipment dealers, suppliers, materials providers, or anyone interested in purchasing or selling construction equipment, supplies and materials. The website also received an enhanced Online Buyers Guide section, making it more user-friendly and expanding its search capabilities. In 2011, all website maintenance continues to be in-house, and the CAM staff remains responsible for its content, upkeep, and layout. CAM LABOR RELATIONS PROGRAM/GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE: In its ninth year, the CAM Labor Program continues to be the largest provider of labor relations services in Michigan. Over 400 union contractors, who employ Carpenters, Laborers, Operating Engineers and/or Cement Masons in Southeast Michigan, as well as Visit us online at


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In 2011, CAM formed the Government Affairs Committee to identify governmental issues and/or trends which impact the construction industry in Michigan. The committee researches these concerns and advises the CAM Board of Directors. To achieve this objective, the committee’s responsibility is to: • Seek to improve the national, state and local business climate for contractors, sub-contractors, supplies and others involved in the construction industry, and the business community at large • Facilitate communication between CAM members, elected officers, staff members, and governmental leaders regarding pertinent issues and/or trends • Position CAM as an important and politically active entity within the Michigan construction industry working in concert with other construction related organizations • Seek the advice, counsel and view of fellow CAM members regarding present issues and trends • Advise and coordinate CAM’s Governmental Affairs firm • Increase awareness and appreciation of CAM, its members, and its role within the construction industry to governmental leaders and agencies CAM selected John Raimondo, PE, Director, Roncelli Inc. as the first Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee. John has 25 years of senior management and executive leadership within the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction industry and currently serves as a Michigan Board Member and Vice President of the Legislative and Advocacy Committee for the Design Build Institute of America's Michigan Chapter. The Governmental Affairs Committee is coordinated by CAM's Government Affairs Coordinator and Director of Labor Relations, Patrick Baker. In 2011, CAM retained Lansing-based Kindsvatter and Associates, Inc. as its full-time lobbyists in Lansing. It is vital that our membership has a seat at the table when - and even before - vital issues are being decided. The CAM Board of Directors authorized the hiring of this Government Relations firm to carry the collective voice of CAM’s 3,000 members to the halls of power. CAM BUYERS GUIDE: The most widely used construction directory in the state, the 2011 CAM Buyers Guide was distributed to 10,000 contractors, architects, buyers and users of construction. The Buyers Guide provides useful information, and remains a specialized marketing tool for CAM Members. For the first time, the 2011 Buyers Guide featured a new SBE section, containing companies who qualify as Special Business Enterprises. Headings include MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE, SDB, DCBE, WCBE, DVBE, VOB, SDVOSB, DSB, VOSB and HBZN. The 2011 Buyers Guide again featured a LEED section, featuring companies who employ LEED Accredited Professionals. The 2011 Buyers Guide unveiled a new look, featuring plastic spiral binding and indexed pages. The 2012 directory will again feature this improved format, and will contain over 10,000 classified categories with sub-headings. The CAM Buyers Guide is also accessible online via the CAM website. New in 2011, the CAM Buyers Guide launched a mobile app for Smartphones, enabling users to access the Buyers Guide online with just a touch of their phone screen!



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MEMBERSHIP: 2011 was a very challenging year for the CAM membership department. As the construction industry continued its downward trend, CAM membership saw a drop of over 10% in new members acquired. However, in the area of retention, CAM was able to keep membership losses to less than 5%, as compared to 6% last year. The CAM Membership Department’s goals for 2012 are to continue working hard to assist our current members with the multitude benefits and services we offer, and to persevere to bring new members to our association. Our ultimate goal is Membership Plus 1! DISCOUNT PROGRAMS: CAM Members continue to take advantage of the many cost-saving discount programs at CAM. The Construction Association of Michigan has an unrivaled negotiating and buying power behind it with 2,300 + Members firms and their excess of 40,000 employees. The affinity program is reviewed 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! In 2011, Capital Letters - a local discount website company - was added to our growing list of preferred providers. Look for the CAM-Endorsed Service Provider Logo to receive your discount. The latest additions are listed online at SOCIAL EVENTS: In 2011, CAM’s dedicated marketing staff, assisted by strong committee support, facilitated many social events for CAM Members. The list includes a well-attended Men’s Bowling Doubles Classic, an afternoon bowling league, an evening bowling league, four summer golf outings, two sporting clays events, and a European pheasant hunt. These outings were a great opportunity to socialize with friends, clients and colleagues, and enjoy some quality together. The CAM Connect networking events continued successfully throughout 2011. Over 700 CAM members participated in this year’s four events, which included outings at Comerica Park, Lily’s Seafood, Willys Overland Lofts, and the Woodward Dream Cruise. Watch the CAM website for upcoming events “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

CAM EXPOSITIONS/TRADESHOW: In 2011, CAM hosted a one-day industry event: The Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow. The show was held for the first time at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit on February 2nd, 2011. Along with the show, this busy day hosted CAM’s 125th Annual Meeting celebrating CAM’s 126th Anniversary as an Association; CAMTEC educational classes; the CAM Magazine 2010 Special Issue Awards and Green Project Awards; the 2010 Project of the Year Award; and countless opportunities for networking. The CAM Tradeshow 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 2011 show. CAM ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES/CAM BENEFIT PROGRAM (CBP): The CAM Benefit Program continues to set the standard for affordable, high quality health coverage for Michigan’s construction industry. This program offers fully insured group insurance plans including PPO’s, HSA’s and HRA high deductible plans. Our primary product offerings are: • Group Medical (Cofinity formerly PPOM, Preferred Provider Network including Prescription Drug (CVS Caremark National Pharmacy Network) • Group Medical (Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS) – National/Travel Network) • Group Dental (DenteMax Preferred Provider Network) • Group Vision (VSP Preferred Provider Network) • Group Term Life & AD&D Over the last four years, CAM Administrative Services (CAMADS) has added over 250 new participating employers to the CAM Benefit Program that insures several thousand members and their families. Each month, new and existing employers (association members) continue to enroll and participate in the CBP Group Health Coverage. The CBP offers high quality, affordable coverage that provides for the continuity of CAM Members renewing each month and gives the CBP one of the highest persistency ratios among health carriers. This Group Insurance Program has been administered by CAMADS, a third party administrator, since 1964. CAMADS offices are located in Southfield and perform the administrative functions of an insurance company, such as contracting agents, quoting new business, underwriting, policy and ID card issuance, premium billing, benefit administration, claims Visit us online at

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JOBSITE Michigan at the time of its original construction in 1928. The lobby was once filled with rich black marble walls, coffered ceilings and decorative bronze elevator doors. This treasure trove of impressive detail fell into decay, for the building stood vacant – except for two street-level restaurants - for 25 years. The Broderick Tower is now being transformed into retail and restaurant venues on the first floor and mezzanine, commercial office space on the next three floors, and 125 residential units on the fifth through the 34th floors. This adaptive rehabilitation of the tower and adjacent lot will restore another piece of Detroit’s legacy of historic structures. Located at the southeast corner of Woodward Avenue and Grand Circus Park, the Broderick Tower - along with the David Whitney Building in the southwest corner - will once again serve as the grand entry into Detroit’s Lower Woodward Commercial District. ASSEMBLING THE DEAL MOTOWN CONSTRUCTION PARTNERS, LLC is the owner and developer representing 25 investors. JC Beal is not only the construction manager but also a lead player in assembling the redevelopment plan. “JC Beal Construction was originally introduced to the project in late 2005, at which point Kraemer Design Group, Detroit, was engaged to start design,” said Fred J. Beal, president of JC Beal Construction and manager of Motown Construction. The revitalization of this iconic Detroit skyscraper hit several roadblocks, including the bank crisis of 2008. “The project was ‘close to’ financing in late 2006 and again in 2008 before the bank crisis hit,” said Beal. “With additional effort, including a prolonged lobbying effort in Lansing, the project was able to qualify for additional historic tax credits in late 2009 that allowed final planning to proceed. The deal closed on December 22, 2010. “The major challenge of the project to date, now overcome, was the extremely hostile lending environment of the last several years,” Beal added. “Working first with Bank of America, and then with numerous additional partners, we were able to assemble a complex tax credit incentivized financing structure that may become a model for other Detroit deals.”

JC Beal Brings the Broderick Back to Life By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor Photos: Courtesy JC Beal Construction Inc. C Beal Construction Inc., a construction management company with offices in Detroit and Ann Arbor, is turning the lights back on in another historic skyscraper in downtown Detroit. The 34story David Broderick Tower was the second tallest skyscraper in




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SETTING UP SHOP After “sealing the deal,” JC Beal tackled the exterior restoration of this magnificent building, originally called the Eaton Tower and designed under the direction of respected architects, Louis and Paul Kamper. Beal describes the building’s three sections: ● As the building base, speckled granite, interrupted by large windows in cast iron surrounds and mullions, extends from the first to the fourth floor. ● The shaft of the tower is clad in Indiana limestone veneer on two building elevations and buff-colored brick on the remaining faces. ● The capital at the top of the building is composed of beautiful bands of terracotta, pilasters between windows, and a setback above the 30th floor emphasizing the loggia on the two uppermost levels, as well as a brick parapet wall that replaced the original cornice at some point in the building’s long history. JC Beal and a team of specialty contractors began restoration of the specialty windows at the building base and the four bays of double windows at the top of the building. “The window restorations have been extraordinarily difficult, requiring a unique on-site approach to creating replacement parts,” said Beal. At the building base, “many pieces of the decorative cast iron “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

window surrounds on the second to the fourth floors had rusted or fallen off,” said Beal. JC Beal’s superintendent Brad Brown set up a shop inside the building where a group of workers from Beal Incorporated, Ann Arbor are creating molds for the innumerable and varied shapes required for replacement of these original pieces. The crew is then casting fiberglass/resin components to fill in the missing and damaged areas. Akins Construction, Inc., Sterling Heights, and JC Beal will be working together to install the replacement parts. “J&B Painting, Livonia, has already prepped the remaining cast iron components and will be ready to blend the finishes of the existing and new pieces together to create a uniform exterior,” said Beal. “Environmental Glass, Inc., Livonia, is inserting a double-glazed, semi-concealed aluminum frame and glass to recreate the appearance of the original system.” Beal explains the equally intricate work at the top of the building: “The 33rd and 34th floor windows were originally constructed with a tube steel frame and steel sash and door components – all to create a curtain wall look. The steel sash had completely deteriorated, and the frames were in very poor condition. Addison Iron, Detroit, has been tasked with restoring the steel framework and spandrels, after which Environmental Glass will be installing new windows and doors to match the original, plus painting any remaining exposed steel on the exterior.” As of mid-February, JC Beal had already replaced over 900 of the metal-framed, double-hung windows on the building’s shaft. The firm is also repairing, replacing, cleaning and tuck-pointing the limestone and brick façades, as well as the terra cotta capital. As of mid-February, JC Beal had completed cleaning and tuck-pointing on three building elevations. Add installation of a new roof to the demanding winter workload of this skilled construction firm. One of the last items on the exterior will be installation of new entrance doors and reconstruction of a “severely deteriorated entrance canopy in a manner sympathetic to the historic structure,” said Beal.

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REWIRING THE INTERIOR The interior of the vacant Broderick Tower was a sadly familiar ghost-scape of debris. “The building interior was substantially deteriorated by age, water infiltration and vandalism,” said Beal. “While the structure remained generally sound, all building systems were obsolete or completely stripped out.” Visit us online at


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A crew member works on electrical ceiling rough-in on the 11th floor of this towering 34-story building.

Working in a shop established within the Broderick Tower, a worker prepares cast iron as part of the mold-making process needed to restore the historical windows on the building’s second to fourth floors.

JC Beal “rolled up its sleeves,” completing interior demolition and interior framing up to the level of the 28th floor by mid-February, followed closely by framing, rough in and drywall work. “Repair of exterior walls and existing ceilings have proven to be a significant challenge due to the deteriorated condition of the existing plaster,” said Beal. Ultimately, JC Beal Construction will completely restore the historic marble-clad entrance lobby to its original grandeur, as well as create contemporary residences in the heart of Detroit’s sports and entertainment district. The revitalized building will have Internet service, cable television, and other basic necessities of contemporary life. All the tell-tale signs of habitation – light, heat and water – are returning to the interior spaces of this grand old building. “The building’s electrical, mechanical, plumbing and communications systems will be completely modernized,” said Beal. “New electrical switch gear has been installed, and each tenant or dwelling unit will be individually metered. A new heat pump system will be installed to provide economical heating and cooling to the residential units, while individual mechanical units will serve the retail/commercial component.” The building will be equipped with a modern fire alarm and fire suppression system, as well. “Extensive coordination between trades, and close cooperation with City and utility officials have been the key to this effort,” said Beal.

new stair from the basement through the sixth floor. “The new stair will serve as a continuation of the existing stair, serving floors six through 34,” said Beal. Four elevators will be completely rehabilitated with new controls and machinery. Dedicated elevators will serve residential areas to allow for efficient movement through the building and for separation between residential and retail/commercial use. Beal expects to have the first model unit -17J - completed by April 5, 2012. “Starting in March, finishes will be going in throughout the lower floors,” said Beal. “The first elevator will be functional by late April, and we will be planning for the removal of the exterior hoist in June.” The project is slated for completion in September 2012. Exterior lighting will be added to highlight the terra cotta and stone details on the façade, as well as the crown at the top of the building. Apartments will range in size from studio to three-bedroom units. Floors 25 through 34 are designated as “Sky Top Penthouses,” featuring 35 apartments with upgraded amenities, a dedicated elevator and some of the highest panoramic views from a residential building in the State of Michigan. Thanks to the dedication of JC Beal Construction and Motown Construction Partners, the Broderick is coming back to life. Other project participants include Architects Kraemer Design Group, Detroit; MEP Engineers, Strategic Energy Solutions (SES), Inc., Berkley; façade engineer, Soils and Materials Engineers, Inc., Plymouth; project attorney, Dykema Gossett PLLC, Detroit; tax credit consultant, AKT Peerless, Detroit; and financing, Bank of America, Chase Bank, Invest Detroit, and Michigan Historic Preservation Network.

WELCOME TO 17J Creating logical egress routes are part of the revitalization of this landmark building. “The egress system was disjointed and confusing,” said Beal. Egress modifications include constructing a



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Sparking Renewal BY DAVID R. MILLER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR reating and sustaining a flame ranks among the earliest skills learned by the human species. Though methods varied based on materials that were regionally available, striking metal against flint was a common method for producing a spark that could ignite combustible materials. Metal tools were similarly used in the city that shares its name with the mineral found in an early fire starter’s toolkit to start a more symbolic blaze of urban renewal. Although the masons working at Flint’s Durant Hotel were not treated to the immediate lightshow that their ancestors were, the end result of their efforts burns just as brightly against the city’s skyline.




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Construction manager, BuildTech, LTD, Lansing, and architect Kraemer Design Group, Detroit, led the effort to restore this unique structure, with restoration contractor Chezcore, Inc., Detroit, also playing a key role. RESTORING THE MASONRY Named after the automotive pioneer William C. Durant, the Durant Hotel was itself a product of visionary thinking. Those who created the building saw the potential of the city and they created an opulent environment that hosted Flint’s most prestigious visitors from 1920 to 1973. Sadly, the 11-story structure fell into disuse, but it was restored to its former glory

through the efforts of a dedicated team of industry professionals. The years had not been kind to the structure. Masonry parapets that crowned the building needed to completely removed and replaced. The water table, a slight projection from the wall that served to protect the structure from rainwater, was also damaged and the stones needed to be re-anchored, but the most extensive decay was found in large brick sections in the interior courtyards. “Those were in complete disrepair from the watershed and the open voids in the roof that allowed water to come in and cascade down the walls,” comented Pete “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®


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Chezcore restored the entire exterior façade, cleaned or replaced lintels, and tuck-pointed 5,000 square feet of masonry.

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800 square feet of brick. Chezcore also restored the entire exterior façade and replaced 30 to 40 steel lintels that carried loads above window openings. The remaining lintels, about 400 total, were in

better shape, so they were individually cleaned and treated with a rust inhibitor. Any cracks in the façade that were big enough to allow moisture in were ground out and repointed with mortar that was custom-matched to the existing design. This tuck-pointing alone accounted for 5,000 square feet of work for Chezcore. Massive pieces of limestone that formed a decorative belt course on the exterior walls also needed attention. In addition to complete tuck-pointing, about 30 stones, each weighing 300-400 pounds, had to be completely removed and replaced. These walls were so impacted by heaving that their smooth linear form of the top course of limestone had gradually shifted to a more serpentine appearance over the years. The setting beds for these stones were cleaned up, and all the stones that were not replaced were reset with new stainless steel pins. Even with the mammoth amount of exterior work, Chezcore needed to do more on the inside to make the Durant Hotel ready to receive guests again. “In conjunction with the historical restoration of the exterior, we also

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performed a significant concrete restoration package,” said Tim Levely, superintendent for Chezcore. “We refurbished the carrier beams and re-poured floors, as well.” Several stress cracks were also discovered during a structural analysis and a portion of the northeast corner was separated from the remainder building. Chezcore performed a stitch repair by putting in a metal support structure and grouting over it to address this issue. Many tasks were complicated by existing conditions at the Durant Hotel. OPERATIONAL ISSUES Given the age and condition of the Durant Hotel, there were significant operational issues associated with the restoration, but the majority of them involved the parapet wall at the top of the structure. “The parapets were the biggest challenge,” said Thomas Olson, site foreman for Chezcore. “We had to maintain a safe working environment while de-cladding the entire edge line of the structure. We had to keep our areas blocked off so no one was walking underneath us. The people performing the work had to be tied off with a safety line and a five-point harness. With every step we took and every brick we handled, every method had to be safe.” Without careful planning, the removal of the parapet wall could have been hazardous for more than just the masons on the job. “The parapet wall was a mass masonry wall,” explained Randy Castle, project manager and estimator for Chezcore. “It was about four wythes thick and roughly six feet tall. When we removed it, we created a hazard. Without that wall there, you could walk right off the building. We had to run tensioned cables that workers could clip onto.” Finding suitable anchor points on the building’s aging structure was difficult. Crews dropped anchors into an existing concrete floor beam and used turnbuckles to tension the cables. This arrangement provided for a safe working environment for the masons and other contractors who worked along the building’s edge, though even the most experienced industry veterans must have felt uneasy working so high above the ground. A major safety hazard came from a creature that felt a little more at home. A peregrine falcon nest was discovered on the roof and the crew had to work around it until the eggs inside hatched. The crew was very careful to give the nest a wide birth, but the territorial bird still reminded crews of Visit us online at

her presence by swooping down on them on occasion. Though the falcon was pretty good at taking care of herself, she also had help from the National Audubon Society. Chezcore contributed to the effort and even let the Society use their Stinger Truck to relocate the bird to another rooftop after the chicks hatched.

Working around the nest did impact the schedule, but the end result was well worth the extra work. Many sparks flew as metal tools stuck the well-worn stones in Flint. Hopefully, the rejuvenated Durant Hotel will kindle a rebirth that will engulf the entire town.

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By Joe Neussendorfer is here. If you are a mason contractor or supplier, you are no doubt asking yourself, “Why am I in this business anyway?” With future projects down at an alarming rate, with your labor force decimated, and political gridlock in the public sector, you tell yourself that you must be crazy to hang on to the business. However, you know in your heart that you hope to hang in there because things have got to get better. The good news is that the masonry construction business is a lot like the automotive manufacturing industry; both will see 2012 recoveries because you can only go so long on an old car or a building that needs to be updated or expanded. Words of encouragement come from William H. Belden, Jr., chairman of Belden Brick, one of the nation’s largest brick makers. In announcing that Belden Brick had purchased Lawrenceville Brick Company, he said that, “at this stage of the construction cycle, there’s more risk than average...but this is the United States of America. Over the longer term, construction activity will return to its more normal level.” He went on to say, “All of us know that these are not the best of times for anyone supplying building materials to the construction marketplace, but we have confidence that the market will soon get better.” Because of the current masonry construction economic situation, it is imperative, more than ever, to become a much more informed mason contractor or supplier and learn about every service and marketing assistance offered by Michigan’s outstanding masonry organizations. Specifically, reference the following groups and their websites: Mason Contractors Association: Masonry Institute of Michigan: International Masonry Institute: Even though 2012 is a major political election year and the conventional wisdom is that nothing major in terms of construction




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or infrastructure programs will be forthcoming from the federal government, there still remains a pent-up demand by private owners and users to expand or renovate their existing facilities to meet even modest gains in the U.S. and Michigan economies. These owners and users have become increasingly sophisticated in getting more value and space for their construction budget dollars, which means that the masonry construction business is exceptionally well positioned in the marketplace. That’s because when it comes to the most economical building construction system, masonry is “head and shoulders” above all others. The 2012 Masonry Construction Outlook is one of continuing, slow recovery. Those masonry contractors even thinking of throwing in the towel should reconsider and have faith that their chosen profession has survived since the days of the Pyramids.

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Barton Malow is busy installing octagonal foundations for DTE’s new wind parks in Michigan’s Thumb.

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he farm fields of Michigan’s Thumb are producing a bumper crop – not of sugar beets, grain or corn – but of wind turbines. The harvest is expected to be in by Dec. 31, 2012. Thanks to Barton Malow Company, 69 wind turbines in three wind parks will be spinning their blades in the breeze by year’s end. The Southfieldbased firm is the only “homegrown” Michigan company installing wind parks in the Thumb, and one of the very few at work in the state’s wind energy industry. Blades of fiberglass will soon be spinning over blades of corn in three DTE Energy wind parks: the nine-turbine McKinley development near the western fringe of Huron County; the 40turbine Sigel park located directly opposite of McKinley on the county’s eastern edge; and the 20-turbine Minden unit located south of Sigel in Sanilac County. The three wind parks occupy nearly 15,000 acres and will generate 110 MW of power, according to DTE Energy media relations. Barton Malow is building all three parks under one contract for DTE, added Matt Lentini, project director in charge of Barton Malow’s wind work. The wind parks will produce energy for the grid and construction jobs for a variety of trades. “Manpower needs obviously fluctuate, but these wind parks will create from 100 to 110 union jobs,


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obviously, but we are in charge of the design, all road construction and foundations, plus installation and turbine erection,” said Lentini. “For the Thumb projects, we have one major subcontractor, which is MJ Electric of Iron Mountain.”

A WALK IN THE PARK With three wind parks spread over 90 square miles, the name of the game is logistics. The game plan must efficiently move manpower and equipment, including a Manitowoc 18000 crane and an assortment of crawler cranes, rough terrain cranes and support vehicles. As a core part of the plan, Barton Malow will install 42 miles of crane walk within the parks. “I don’t know of any other company that has created this much crane walk in one piece,” said Lentini. The crane walk will serve as a support pathway primarily for the large Manitowoc 18000 supplied by Jeffers Crane Service, Inc., a part of the All Crane family of companies. The massive machine will be disassembled for transport between parks, but will travel the crane walk installed between each turbine site within each wind park. “We might walk the Manitowoc 18000 anywhere from a quarter-mile to a mile-and-a-half, depending on how far apart the next turbine is,” said Lentini. In some instances, avoiding the grid of power lines above will require a partial breakdown of this mammoth machine. “In a few cases, we will have to do a full breakdown on certain sites, because there is just no way to walk it,” said Lentini. Constructing a crane walk for the 37-footwide Manitowoc involves stripping the pathway of vegetation, compacting the 45to 50-foot-wide path with a roller, excavating any poor soil and then filling the excavation with suitable fill. “We proof roll it with a high PSI water truck that actually has more pressure per-square-inch than the huge crane,” said Lentini. Building a cushion for the crane and a slight cushion in the schedule will ease the logistics of installing these 1.6 megawatt wind turbines across three different parks. According to DTE, the Sigel wind park is approximately 11,000 acres, while the Minden and McKinley parks are each about 2,000 acres. Adding another layer of complexity, the turbine components are being shipped from different places within the United States and from around the world. The actual building blocks of these amazing wind machines include four tower sections for the 96M and five for the 100M, plus a rotor, the actual blades, and a nacelle housing the drive train, gearbox and other generating components. “We build these jobs like an assembly line,” said Lentini. “Every task needs to keep moving, and our crews need to work in a “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

sequential order. If so many turbines are stacked up ready to go, and all of a sudden the deliveries stop, then everything stops. We are mitigating these possible occurrences by leaving some cushion in between tasks.” LAYING THE GROUNDWORK The schedule is already unfolding according to plan. Barton Malow arrived in the farmlands of Michigan’s Thumb in fall 2011, first installing access roads in the McKinley wind park in October and beginning foundations on Dec. 1, 2011. Because portions of the land were still in development, Barton Malow could only install roads and foundations in areas with access. “We could only get into certain areas on certain terms,” said Lentini. “But we made ourselves as prepared as possible for 2012 by doing work wherever we could.” As of mid-February 2012, Barton Malow has completed roads and installed five foundations at McKinley. Ninety percent of the roads and 11 foundations have been installed at the Sigel development. Work

has not started in Minden. Because of freeze-thaw, changing water table levels and other winter conditions, Barton Malow ceased work the second week of January 2012 and will return as soon as frost restrictions permit. “We will be back at the end of March or early April,” said Lentini. Because DTE has earmarked the Minden units for first delivery, Barton Malow will tackle wind turbine construction at this southernmost park first. “We will shift gears and begin in Minden first and work our way up the Thumb,” said Lentini. Once the frost laws “break,” Barton Malow will create access roads and spend the next month installing foundations for the 96meter (315-foot-tall) Minden turbine towers. “The octagonal foundations are about 10 feet in depth below grade, and measure about 55 x 55 foot across,” said Lentini. “We are looking at a month’s schedule for foundations, both poured and back filled.” The next job on the list is to install the 100 meter (328-foot-tall) wind turbine towers at the McKinley and Sigel parks. Barton Malow is taking wind energy to

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, as well. The wind-savvy company is installing the 14turbine Garden Wind Park on the Garden peninsula for Heritage Sustainable Energy. “We have one unit up right now, and we are waiting again for the frost laws to break for the remaining 13,” said Lentini. The Garden Wind Park will be composed of two megawatt units measuring 90 meters or about 295-feet tall. Clearly, the wind energy industry is picking up speed in Michigan and adding both renewable energy to the grid and some valuable jobs to the construction industry.


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This sea of solar panels on the rooftop of Emagine Theater in Royal Oak produces about 10 percent of the entertainment complex’s electricity.

By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor he Emagine Theater has done the unimaginable by installing 162 rooftop solar panels at its cinema in Royal Oak, courtesy of Michigan Solar Solutions, Commerce Township. The solar arrays are producing approximately 10 percent of the entertainment complex’s electricity, said Mark Hagerty, president of Michigan Solar Solutions. Emagine Royal Oak’s 39.7kW system is

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adding solar power to the star power and glitz of the movie business. The solar business is gaining momentum in other communities, as well. Brownstown Township has made a remarkable commitment to install solar panels on all of its township buildings. As a result, the township buildings in this western Wayne County community are soaking up the sunshine, thanks to 196 solar panels

provided courtesy of Michigan Solar Solutions. Michigan Solar Solutions designs the systems, handles the contract work with the utility company and provides on-site technical assistance, dealing mainly with electrical contractors. DMH Electric, Berkley, worked on Emagine Royal Oak; Rauhorn Electric Inc., Macomb Township, worked on the Brownstown Township buildings. “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

Placed on four different buildings, the Brownstown installations are a type of demonstration project, intent on showcasing different solar uses and applications. This amazing community-based solar power grid includes the following: • The fire station has 66 panels installed as a ground-mounted solar array • The police station has 78 solar panels mounted on the carport of the police station • The township pavilion has 28 solar panels placed on its pitched standing seam roof • The City Hall features two solar installations, one array serving as the building awning and the other mounted on a ballasted flat roof. With its 49.5kW system, Brownstown Township is proving that even communities in the frosty, snow-bound Midwest can capture sunlight for power. “Panels are much more efficient when it is cold,” said Hagerty. “Warmer states get more sun, but we actually create more power during the hours of peak sunlight. In addition, the panels still produce even when there is up to about a half-inch of snow on them.” Of course, the sun is sometimes a rare sight in the Great Lakes State, but advances in technology, such as new micro inverters, have the ability to increase solar power production by about 10 percent and to produce more power on overcast days. Michigan Solar Solutions used micro inverters for the installation of solar panels on the Brownstown Township City Hall and on the township pavilion. “We used the micro inverters on only two of the Brownstown sites, because we wanted to show different inverter options as part of creating a showcase of different solar applications,” said Hagerty. Hagerty explains the benefits of micro inverters: The advantage of a micro inverter system is that each panel has its own inverter installed behind the panel in a one-to-one pairing. The micro inverter is capable of isolating the reduced power production of a single shaded panel to that particular panel rather than the entire solar array. Conversely, in a bank-style inverter, the entire output of every panel on the string is brought down if even one of the panels fall into shadow in the DC series wired circuit feeding the inverter. The micro inverter system also extracts the maximum power production available from every single panel in a solar array. “All solar panels have a power tolerance rating – the panel’s amount of rated power guaranteed by the manufacturer,” Hagerty Visit us online at

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The Brownstown police station now has 78 solar panels mounted on the carport, thanks to Michigan Solar Solutions.

This is not a movie. This solar array is among 162 rooftop solar panels turning sunlight into electricity at Emagine Theater in Royal Oak. One row of panels even acts as the screen wall for the HVAC on the south side of the building.

explained. “Some import panels have a wide power tolerance rating of as much as five percent to eight percent. This means that a 200-watt panel could put out from 92 percent of 200 watts to 105 percent of 200 watts. In a bank-style inverter, the one that’s 92 percent will bring every other panel on its DC series wired circuit down. A micro inverter system will allow the panels to contribute their total output.” Clearly, clouds are not an effective “sun block” given such advances in solar technology. “Solar panels are constantly improving,” said Hagerty. “Panels on both the Brownstown and the Emagine Royal Oak projects are better than panels available just a few years ago. Germany has less sunlight than Michigan on an annual basis according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, but they produce more power from solar than any other country.”



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SOLAR INCENTIVES Both Michigan projects feature SolarWorld panels, with Emagine Royal Oak producing about 50,000kWh and Brownstown generating approximately 60,000kWh. Beyond power production, the panels meet additional building needs and reduce some building costs. “At the Emagine Theater, the panels act as the screen wall for the HVAC on the south side of the building, saving the owner thousands of dollars on the cost of a southern screen wall,” said Hagerty. “At Brownstown, the solar panels doubled as an awning, shading the office windows of City Hall during the summer and allowing for a reduction in air-conditioning costs and an increase in occupant comfort.” Rising electrical costs and specific incentives are encouraging the selection of solar panels as a power source. “It is estimated that electricity costs are ready to skyrocket,” said Hagerty. Both Brownstown and the Emagine Theater had more immediate incentives, including DTE’s SolarCurrents program that covered approximately 30 percent of upfront costs, and will cover an additional 30 percent over the span of a 20-year contract. “This program has since expired,” said Hagerty, “but the program’s Phase II is expected to be announced in the coming months.” As a taxable entity, an additional 30 percent tax credit was available for the Emagine Theater. “Emagine also took advantage of an SBA 504C loan, which substantially increases the loans available for adopting renewable energy,” added Hagerty. “The SBA offered twelve times the amount the system cost in loans.” FUTURE SOLAR DEVELOPMENTS While solar is still a modest industry in the United States and sunny California leads the nation in GWh (gigawatt hours) of solar electric power produced, solar is still making inroads in Michigan. For example, the City of Ann Arbor has a solar policy. “Ann Arbor has solar panels at their farmers market,” said Hagerty, “along with having solar-powered parking meters. They are also planning a parking structure with solar panels.” Other Michigan solar projects include the Ford Motor Wayne assembly plant on Michigan Avenue, a DTE-owned 100 kW system near Ann Arbor at the intersection of Scio Church and Wagner Roads, and a 150 kW system owned by a company that sells a hundred percent of the electricity to Consumers Energy for use in the Battle Creek area. Hagerty predicts slow but steady improvement in solar panel efficiency based on contributions from the U.S. space program. “The Mars Exploration Rovers, which have performed far longer than expected, use a solar technology that isn’t yet commercially available,” said Hagerty. “Many companies in private industry are spending aggressively on their research and development budgets in this area.” In the best of all possible future worlds, Hagerty believes off-grid systems work best when wind and solar installations are combined. “This is because solar produces more in the summer and wind produces more in the winter,” Hagerty said. “This combination allows for fewer batteries.” Michigan Solar Solutions worked with Detroit Electrical Services, Detroit, for both the solar and wind energy installations at Henry Ford High School in Detroit. Whatever the course of the future, the ability to harvest sunlight with a silicon chip – the botanical equivalent of a chloroplast helping to turn sunlight into food – is clearly food for thought and clean power for the grid.

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Achieving LEED Certification Produces Existing Building Benefits By Mark Zoeteman, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. ishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber’s (FTC&H’s) Grand Rapids, MI corporate headquarters is a Class A office building built in 2001. The decision to pursue LEED for existing buildings (LEED-EB) allowed our firm to reduce energy and water costs and provide a healthier environment for our employees. We were able to showcase FTC&H specializations including Existing Building Commissioning (EB Cx), energy auditing, interior design services, low impact site design, sustainable landscaping design and LEED administration. Increased real estate market value was also a significant benefit. As a result of our team’s efforts, FTC&H’s corporate headquarters was awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in November 2011. The LEED-EB rating system measures operations, improvements and maintenance using consistent scales, and helps building owners and operators maximize facility operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts. It identifies and rewards current industry best practices and provides guidance to use less energy, water and natural resources; improve indoor environment; and uncover operating inefficiencies. The LEED-EB system also addresses cleaning and maintenance issues, recycling programs, exterior maintenance programs, and systems upgrades. This rating system provides opportunity for building owners and operators to meet sustainability goals, reduce their building’s environmental impact, and enhance occupant health.


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owners and managers identify building problems, which ultimately helps to improve building performance, and maintain this performance over time. Adhering to the LEED framework reduces cost streams associated with building operations, creates healthier and more productive employee workspaces, and provides public recognition for leadership in sustainability. The majority of certification requirements are operations and maintenance industry best practices. A recent CBRE study indicates LEED buildings garner higher rental rates with non-LEED buildings, averaging 4.8% lower rents than broader market with LEED buildings averaging 7.4% higher. WHO CAN USE LEED-EB? The rating system is targeted at single buildings, whether owner-occupied, multi-

tenanted, or multiple-building campus projects, and includes performance standards for certifying operations and maintenance of existing commercial or institutional buildings and high-rise residential buildings. LEED-EB can be applied both to existing buildings seeking LEED certification for the first time, and to projects previously certified under LEED for New Construction. A minimum one year of operation is required before certification. During a feasibility assessment, a project team evaluates mandatory prerequisite achievement and potential project points using current rating system checklist. A building can be a LEED certification candidate if meets all nine prerequisites, achieves minimum point requirements, and meets minimum program requirements. The standard focuses on five main areas: site, water, energy and materials conservation, and indoor environment. SITE Site conservation addresses the environmental concerns related to building landscape, hardscape and exterior building management practices. FTC&H established site management practices, integrating surrounding landscapes to achieve the lowest environmental impact possible while supporting building performance. Highlights include: • Reducing turf grass mowing area and reclaiming to natural vegetation and wildflowers. • Annual Spring soil test to adjust fertilizer program to match tested conditions. • Optimizing turf grass irrigation system to prevent excessive growth and reduce fertilizer applications. • Stormwater management plan which mitigates 100% of annual stormwater runoff. • Exterior lighting that reduces light trespass and improves night sky access. WATER Water conservation encourages use of strategies and technologies to reduce potable water consumption and addresses environmental concerns relating to building water use and disposal. FTC&H was able to reduce site irrigation by 52% through high efficiency irrigation technology and indoor water use by 40% utilizing low-flow plumbing fixtures.

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ENERGY Energy conservation section promotes monitoring and improving building energy performance, eliminating CFCs and using renewable energy. One significant element of LEED-EB is existing building commissioning (EB Cx) which is checking your buildings energy systems to make sure they are operating properly and at highest efficiency. EB Cx typically provides a favorable return on investment. A study by Lawrence Berkley National Laboratories of 244 commissioned buildings shows that EB Cx produced a median payback in less than nine months on Cx services investment. FTCH’s in-house professionals were able to perform EB Cx which resulted in several energy conservation measure opportunities. One lighting measure reduced system wattage 88% by switching to LED lamps resulting in $2,500 annual electricity cost savings. Additionally, cooling system energy savings are occuring since the LED lamps give off less heat. The EB Cx process has resulted in ENERGY STAR rating of 88 by achieving a 10% total building annual energy cost reduction putting FTC&H’s headquarters energy performance among top 12% of similar U.S. office buildings. MATERIALS Materials conservation addresses environmental concerns related to materials selection and sustainable purchasing, waste disposal, and waste reduction. FTC&H’s materials achievements include: • 100% recycling of newspaper, glass, aluminum, corrugated cardboard and batteries. • Development of a Sustainable Purchasing plan for office paper, office equipment, furniture, furnishings and building materials where 96% of office supply and furniture purchases meet LEED sustainable purchasing guidelines. • 92% of cleaning products meeting LEED sustainability standards. INDOOR ENVIRONMENT This section addresses environmental concerns relating to: indoor air quality; occupants’ health, safety and comfort; air change effectivenesss and air contaminant management. FTC&H worked with their cleaning company, Century FloorSpace, and Action Chemical, their janitorial supply provider, to develop, implement and maintain a green Visit us online at


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cleaning policy that uses products that are safer and healthier for cleaning staff and general employee environment. Green cleaning and building maintenance should be a core program element. Green cleaning products minimize pollutant introduction into buildings without compromising product performance or maintenance budget. Unlike conventional cleaning products, they contain no harmful chemicals that can cause health problems along with skin or eye irritations and contain reduced VOCs that diminish indoor air quality. SURPASSING NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS Historically, USGBC has seen the stock of LEED-certified green projects made up of newconstruction projects. As evident by

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precious jobs especially for construction workers. Making these existing buildings energy and water efficient has an enormous positive impact on the building's cost of operations. And the indoor air quality improvements that go with less toxic cleaning solutions and better filtration create healthier places to live, work and learn." The LEED Green Building Rating System for Existing Buildings includes performance standards for certifying the operations and maintenance with intent of promoting high-performance, healthful, durable, affordable and environmentally sound practices in existing buildings. FTC&H has been providing LEED specific consulting services for past 10 years which includes LEED feasibility assessment, administration and oversight; existing and new building commissioning and energy modeling; energy auditing; life cycle cost analysis; ECM implementation; indoor air quality testing; and corporate GHG analyses. FTC&H is a full-service architectural/engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, and construction management firm. Since 1956, we have provided our clients with innovative designs, technical quality, and exceptional service. With offices in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Farmington Hills, and Kalamazoo, MI, and Cincinnati, OH, our staff of over 300 people serve clients from the industrial, governmental, institutional and private sectors worldwide. Mark Zoeteman was project manager for FTC&H’s LEED-EB program at their Grand Rapids Headquarters. He is involved in many LEED projects as LEED Administrator, energy simulation analyst, or mechanical engineer. He has been a technical submittal reviewer for USGBC’s LEED-CI program. He sets project sustainability goals and performs energy audits, lifecycle cost analyses and EPA Energy Star verifications for FTC&H. Zoeteman is a LEED Building Design and Construction accredited professional, Certified Energy Manager, ASHRAE High Performance Building Design professional and professional engineer licensed in 10 states. He can be emailed at



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Lessons in Sustainability By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor


as was about .25 cents a gallon and green was just a color when Henry Ford High School was originally constructed in 1955. Of course, much has changed since that golden age of cheap gas and canned food. With the recent completion of a fullscale renovation, Henry Ford High School, itself, has moved far beyond the fifties and is now part of the 21st Century’s collective experiment in sustainability. Two Detroit firms – KEO & Associates, Inc. and CM Partners Architects – paired with McCarthy & Smith, Inc., Farmington Hills, and DiClemente Siegel Design, Inc., Southfield, to create an outdoor sustainability courtyard nestled in the very center of this 250,000-square-foot school complex. Students can view the courtyard’s four vertical axis wind turbines rotating in the wind and watch the sedum come to life on the pavilion’s green roof, thanks to the project’s architectural partners



and KEO-McCarthy & Smith Team, LLC. Along with two sustainable technology labs, Henry Ford High School now has the tools it needs for the development of a cutting-edge Sustainability Academy within this northwest Detroit high school. The $18 million dollar renovation focused not only on introducing “green” technologies into the curriculum, but also on upgrading the MEP infrastructure throughout the three-story building, as well as renovating all 55 classrooms, expanding the dining area, and boosting security systems. “Besides general maintenance, there hadn’t been any major work at the school since an addition was built in 1961,” said Andrew Wieland, DiClemente Siegel project manager. Seven new computer labs, netbook (small, lightweight laptops) vaults on every floor and smart boards in some classrooms have brought the school solidly into the 21st Century. “We converted a “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®



the LEED strategy of sourcing materials within a 500-mile radius. LiveRoof in Grand Rapids provided the pavilion’s green roof. As the renewable energy company for the project, Michigan Solar Solutions, Commerce Township, aided in the design of the two solar panel arrays and the four 1.2-kilowatt vertical axis wind turbines. “We procured all the parts for both systems, and we were on site during the installs, lending technical assistance to Detroit Electrical Services, the Detroitbased company that was the electrical contractor for the whole job and completed the wind turbine installation,” said Mark Hagerty, Michigan Solar Solutions president. Windspire is the name of the turbines manufactured by Mariah Power in Manistee. KEO-McCarthy & Smith and DiClemente Siegel assisted the school in selecting wind turbines with sufficient fall space for such tight quarters. “With their proximity to the school, we were really limited by the height that we could provide on the wind turbines,” said Strozeski. “We worked very closely with our contractors to get the best possible product for the district. The original program called for two much larger horizontal axis wind turbines that could not be provided in the desired locations due to fall zone restrictions. Instead we provided four smaller vertical axis wind turbines that still provide the school district with a wind power demonstration in the courtyard.” A Davis Weather Station collects data on wind speed, barometric pressure, rainfall and other factors influencing wind and solar energy production. “Students can manually adjust the position of the solar panels and then see the difference in energy collection on a website linked to the teacher’s computer station,” said Blakey. Beyond lessons in clean energy, this living textbook is a study in A LIVING TEXTBOOK water quality and conservation. A walkway of pervious concrete The project team also served as careful stewards of the school’s pavement, a bioswale and a small retention pond demonstrate financial resources. Rather than construct a new addition as originally sustainable stormwater management strategies. “The courtyard also proposed in the project program, the project team used space within has rain water harvesting,” said Cereghino. “Water from the green roof the existing school to create two sustainable technology labs. and greenhouse collects “Utilizing existing space in rain barrels. Students that was going to be will then use the gray mothballed provided a water to irrigate an urban substantial savings to garden that will be the school,” said planted this spring.” Strozeski. This relatively small Each sustainable space has a strong technology lab is the impact, because the eye product of merging can take in a broad two existing classrooms sweep of thoughtand a hallway, said provoking strategies in Wieland. Open ceilings one glance. Virtually all and polished concrete Henry Ford students are floors create an exposed to this industrial feel in labs wonderful teaching housing both venue. With the traditional classroom courtyard located in the areas and open shop center of the school space. Insertion of complex, a large number industrial doors and a The sustainability courtyard at Henry Ford High School is a garden “growing” a of classrooms offer a ramp will allow the variety of green strategies, including four wind turbines, two solar arrays, and a clear view into this introduction of largegreen roof on the pavilion, as well as a bioswale and a walkway of pervious concrete inspiring outdoor scale equipment, such pavement. classroom. as an electric demonstration vehicle, A BRIGHTER OUTLOOK said Cereghino. The labs also have new lighting and occupancy Sustainability doesn’t stop in the courtyard. DiClemente Siegel/CM sensors, a new heating and ventilation system, and a new rooftop unit. Partners converted DPS bond dollars into MEP improvements to Fittingly, a new greenhouse serves as the leafy gateway to the boost the facility’s energy efficiency and to significantly upgrade the school’s unique sustainability courtyard. Once a parking lot and now infrastructure of this 57-year-old building. For starters, new an outdoor classroom for all things sustainable, the courtyard temperature controls adjust to the building’s variable occupancy contains systems homegrown in Michigan – an approach in line with PHOTO COURTESY OF MCCARTHY & SMITH, MATT STROZESKI

previously analog school to digital,” said Dwight Blakey, McCarthy & Smith contract administrator. The construction team ran miles of cable to link new digital overhead projectors to teacher computer stations in every classroom. Albert Kahn Associates, Detroit, designed the new information technology package for Henry Ford High School and for the entire Detroit Public School (DPS) bond program. Amazingly, the entire renovation was accomplished in only 10 months. KEO-McCarthy & Smith were awarded the design/build contract in July 2010, work in the field began November 2010, and the project concluded in August 2011. “Typically, a full high school renovation takes about 16 to 18 months – and includes two summers for work,” said Matt Strozeski, McCarthy & Smith project manager. “We worked some second shifts. We were also very aggressive in tracking long lead-time items.” KEO-McCarthy & Smith deserves an A+ for schedule, for the project was delivered on time, despite the added scope of a complete IT package, plus a security and elevator upgrade. “We took on the added scope and integrated it into our schedule without missing a beat,” said Strozeski. As another accomplishment, KEO-McCarthy & Smith exceeded the Detroit residency requirements of the project labor agreement. “Sixty percent of the trade contractors had to be Detroit-based,” said Michelangelo Cereghino, KEO general manager. “We used 62.8 percent. For the non-trades, we had a 40 percent commitment. We reached 67 percent, exceeding this goal, as well.”

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Program. “With this projector, I can put anything on the screen that I have on my laptop,” said Dr. McDowell. “I love it. I think our school is just gorgeous since they have redefined it.” The new renovation feeds the mind and the body. The project team expanded the cafeteria by about a third by adding a halfmoon addition on the west side of the school along Evergreen Road. Demolition of an east wall turned a classroom – a portion of it was once the original cafeteria - into part of the expanded student eatery. “In 1955, most students went home for lunch,” said Wieland. “Now they do not. The school was up to having four lunch periods, which was becoming an issue to manage.” The expanded dining area accommodates more students per lunch period and also doubles as a multiple use space for MEAP testing, adult education programs and after-school meetings. The renovation involved extensive infrastructure upgrades, plus lighting, painting and new The new west addition gives the 1950sflooring throughout the corridors and classrooms of this 250,000-square-foot high school. era school a contemporary presence on the schedule, said Wieland. In addition, “we provided much more efficient street; new furnishings and new ceramic tile within the addition boilers that will last another 50 years,” said Strozeski. interior adds a contemporary flair to the overall dining area. All of New lighting throughout the building also boosts energy efficiency these architectural upgrades provide tangible evidence of the voters’ and well-being. “We don’t have any incandescent light bulbs in the bond monies at work. “Much of the project was updating school now,” said Wieland. “We mainly have fluorescent T8s.” Lighting infrastructure, so this made the project visible to the community,” said improvements now brighten corridors and classrooms, bringing the Wieland. entire school up to the required average of 40 foot candles of illumiThe renovation also brought the cafeteria up to contemporary nation, said Cereghino. The teaching staff is noticing the benefits of code. “We added a wall to the existing north wall to meet contemthese infrastructure revisions. “I love it; the classroom is much porary code for fire separation,” said Wieland. The expanded cafeteria brighter,” said Marie Brown, Henry Ford High School’s lead teacher in also has new MEP infrastructure, as well as an upgraded kitchen with the social studies, world history, and geography departments. new fryers, ovens and refrigerators, plus a new makeup air unit. New windows throughout the school brighten and insulate the interior. According to Wieland, the original windows were split into COLOR-CODED CONSTRUCTION two sections, the upper being glass block and the lower containing KEO-McCarthy & Smith installed foundations for the half-moon clear, single-pane glass. The project team boosted the R value by addition in the winter and waited for summer recess to open the west installing insulated double pane glass on the lower half. Installing wall and build the semi-circular addition, said Cereghino. Clearly, Kalwall on the upper half offered a constructability advantage and working in the middle of an occupied high school on a full-scale drew more natural light into the interior. renovation involved creating a detailed game plan. Fresh coats of paint and new flooring have boosted the school’s KEO-McCarthy & Smith performed work in modest-sized pieces visual appeal. New linoleum flooring in the corridors is split between throughout this massive building, first working with the school light and dark gray zones accented with bold triangles of color. “Our administration in identifying the amount and location of open goal was to enliven both the infrastructure and the overall interior classrooms or swing spaces available for student relocation during finishes,” said Wieland. “The new lighting, the paint and the floor construction. “We also worked with the school to determine which finishes brighten all of the hallways and classrooms.” teaching spaces, such as science and computer labs, were unavailable,” said Strozeski. “We then looked at the floor plan to FEEDING MIND AND BODY determine which classes we needed to take over and in what Inserting new education technology into this mid-20th Century sequence, because we had to keep in mind the need to install fire building was another facet of this full-scale renovation. “Netbook separations and allow for a means of egress out of the building.” vaults allow teachers to roll a cart stocked with 30 netbooks into any The end result was a color-coded floor plan. “It became very simple, classroom in the building,” said Wieland. “Overhead projectors link to because each color moves on a certain day and then moves back on the teacher’s computer station, allowing teachers to draw online the appointed day,” said Strozeski. “Dr. Layne Hunt, principal, and material more easily into the classroom and project it on a pull-down Henry Ford staff and administration, were absolutely phenomenal to screen.” work with. They were able to meet our phasing needs, which Working in an existing, older building, KEO-McCarthy & Smith expedited the schedule. They deserve a great deal of credit for a installed all of the necessary cabling on surface-mounted raceways. successful project.” “We didn’t have the luxury of going inside the walls,” Blakey said. The Asbestos abatement required special phasing. “The abatement end result has been greeted with enthusiasm by such instructors as included all of the floor tile and a substantial amount of pipe,” said Dr. Ann McDowell, an English teacher in the school’s Title One Strozeski. “We took the flooring up during school breaks. There were



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times when the floor remained concrete while school was in session, so that we could phase through construction more quickly.” New flooring was put in when an area was scheduled for work in the phasing plan. The project team blended add-on security systems seamlessly into the schedule and into the visual flow of the interior. “We were able to accomplish these security measures without making it too intrusive,” said Wieland. In the new entry security suite, View Scans unobtrusively line the door openings, while school personnel monitor the scans at a front desk. An adjacent security office, along with the DPS Command Center, monitors approximately 150 newly installed school cameras. The project team worked together su ccessfully to bring the school solidly into the 21st Century. “It was a natural marriage,” said Wieland. “KEO was a Detroit firm that we had worked with before on such projects as the $19 million renovation of the Northwest Activity Center in Detroit, and McCarthy & Smith has extensive school experience.” Added Strozeski, “Darren McKinnon, the Walbridge project manager assigned to this project, was a great team member who worked very well with us and did a great deal to make this project successful.” Thanks to this group effort, the students of Henry Ford High School have the tools they need to build a more successful and sustainable future. THE FOLLOWING FIRMS PROVIDED THEIR QUALITY SERVICES TO THE RENOVATION OF HENRY FORD HIGH SCHOOL: • Earthwork and Site Utilities, Foundation & Flatwork – Simone Contracting Corporation, Sterling Heights • Selective Demolition – Blue Star, Inc., Warren • Masonry – Dixon, Inc., Detroit • Structural Steel – Ross Structural Steel, Inc., Detroit • Carpentry and General Trades/Metal Studs & Drywall/Acoustic Ceiling/ Casework – Rice & Werthmann, Detroit; Kulbacki, Inc., Clinton Township • Roofing – CASS Sheet Metal, Detroit • Hollow Metal, Wood Doors and Finish Hardware – Laforce, Inc., Troy • Aluminum, Glass & Glazing – DZI, Clarkston; Environmental Glass, Inc., Livonia • Hard Tile – Boston Tile & Terrazzo Company, Detroit • Carpet & Resilient Flooring – Master Craft Carpet Service, Inc., Redford • Painting – Eugenio Painting Company, Grosse Pointe Woods • Signage – Townsend Neon, Inc., Rockwood Visit us online at

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The Michigan Office of Turner Construction Company is pleased to announce the following new hires. Gary Szor joins the company as senior project engineer. His tenure in the construction industry exceeds Szor 24 years with a focus on commercial, higher education, industrial and government construction projects. Michael Zurek joins the company as senior project superintendent. His experience in the construction industry exceeds 27 years with a primary focus in Zurek the construction of commercial, healthcare, higher education, and government facilities. Sara Schilling, LEED AP, joins the company as project engineer. Her tenure in the construction industry exceeds Schilling 15 years with a focus in the construction and LEED documentation of commercial, educational and government facilities. Turner has local offices in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Troy. Gary Cudney, president and CEO of Kalamazoo-based Carl Walker, Inc., a nationally recognized parking consultant, was recently named “Outstanding Leader” by the National Parking Association (NPA). Cudney was recognized for his leadership of the NPA’s Parking Consultants Council and involvement on the NPA Cudney Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Cudney has over 27 years of experience in the parking industry, and has served as CEO and president of Carl Walker, Inc. for twelve years. Spalding DeDecker Associates, Inc. (SDA), a regional civil engineering, landscape architectural and surveying firm with offices in Rochester Hills and Detroit, is proud to announce that Dana Suggitt has been named the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Southeast Suggitt Michigan Branch’s Young Civil Engineer of the Year. This award recognizes younger members of the branch for their continued and active service to the branch and profession. Brett C. Gatti, design technology leader for Harley Ellis Devereaux, Southfield, led a discussion on “Long-Term Autodesk Revit Projects and the Autodesk Yearly Release Cycle” at the recent Autodesk University Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Gatti’s discussion



outlined reality in the architecture and engineering design industry, where most projects span multiple releases of Autodesk’s Revit software. His session brought together industry professionals facing a new software release, to discuss how to determine which projects should migrate to the new version and which should be completed in the current one.



Clark Construction Company, based locally in Lansing and Southfield, has announced the following new hires: Jim Steiner has been hired as project manager; Marcus Jackson will serve as a project engineer; Mike Miller has been hired as a CQC manager; Troy Tau'a has been hired as a site safety & health officer (SSHO); Josh Pettijohn will serve as a project superintendent; and Andy Richter has been hired as a project engineer.




Joe Neussendorfer has been appointed to the

State of Michigan’s Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth’s Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration (MIOSHA)

General Industry Part 17 Refuse Packer Units Advisory Committee . Neussendorfer has 42 years of service in Michigan’s Neussendorfer construction industry. He is currently president & CEO of U.S. Construction Research & Construction Answer Man Services.

Alexandra Papasifakis recently joined the Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group of Plunkett Cooney law firm. An attorney in the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office, Papasifakis Papasifakis represents financial institutions in the areas of loan workouts and foreclosures, commercial real estate, loan documentation and bankruptcy.

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SHW Group, one of the nation’s largest educational architecture and engineering firms, has added seven new staff members to its Berkley, MI office. The new employees include: Amy Bos as marketing coordinator; Ronald Chapdelaine as mechanical designer; Derek Crowe, PE, as senior mechanical Kokx engineer; Christopher Gillen as architectural intern; Crystal Kokx, AIA, NCARB, LEED® AP BD+C, as project manager; David Milligan, AIA, LEED® BD+C, CDT, NCARB, as project manager/project architect; and Richard Skowron, as senior project architect/BIM coordinator.


The Board of Directors of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. (FTC&H) is pleased to announce the promotion of Michael D. Colvin, CPG, to the position of principal, the highest management and leadership honor at FTC&H. Colvin Colvin has over 30 years of experience in geology/hydrogeology; he joined

FTC&H’s Environmental Division 20 years ago and became an associate in 1996, senior associate in 2002, and environmental services department director in 2011. FTC&H is a full-service environmental, civil engineering, architectural/engineering, and construction management firm, with offices in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kalamazoo, and Farmington Hills, MI, and Cincinnati, OH.



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A project manager in Wade Trim's Taylor Municipal Services group, Brian Woodworth, PE, has been elected to the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber’s Executive Committee as secretary. During his one-year term, Woodworth will participate in monthly meetings and provide guidance and recommendations to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Woodworth Woodworth has 20 years of experience in infrastructure projects and has provided continuing engineering services to the Charter Township of Brownstown since 1996.

Nanette Rose, senior marketing specialist at Testing Engineers & Consultants, Inc. (TEC), Troy, was recently named to the Southeast Michigan Society for Healthcare Engineering (SMSHE) Board of Directors and was honored Rose with the 2011 President’s Award for exceptional dedication and contributions to the organization. Rose has been a member of SMSHE since 2008, and chairs the Communications/Marketing Committee.

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O’Brien Construction, based in Pontiac and Detroit, has been recognized by the AGC of Michigan with a Build Michigan Award for their transformation of Detroit’s century-old San Telmo Cigar Factory into 5716 Wellness, a landmark health and wellness outreach center. The project, developed by Southwest Housing Solutions, is seen as a major step in re-invigorating the city’s struggling Michigan Avenue Corridor. Governor Snyder has also recognized the development with the “Reinventing Michigan Award.”

Ann Arbor. At The University of Michigan Mott Cardiac Catheterization Lab, Contracting Resources is completing work in 1,100 square feet of shelled space on level 11 of the new CS Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospitals building. The architect is FTC&H, Farmington Hills. At The University of Michigan Mott Central Intake, Contracting Resources is providing renovations to approximately 1,100 square feet of existing storage space into new office space. The project architect is Hobbs+Black Architects, Ann Arbor.

Spalding DeDecker Associates, Inc. (SDA), a regional civil engineering, landscape architectural and surveying firm with offices in Rochester Hills and Detroit, has opened an office in Livonia. This office expands SDA’s geographical coverage in Michigan and is consistent with their growth initiatives. This will allow SDA to better serve their clients in western Wayne and Oakland counties, as well as Washtenaw and the surrounding counties. Transportation, municipal, construction engineering, land development, landscape architecture, and survey services will be offered through this office.

Plumbing Professors, Canton Township, has been awarded the 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately five percent of all the businesses rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies. Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements including earning a minimum number of reports, an exemplary rating from their customers and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines. Service business ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List, but members can find the 2011 Super Service Award logo next to business names in search results on

Contracting Resources, Inc., a Brighton-based, design-build and construction services company, is providing general contracting services for two projects at The University of Michigan, located in

Grand Rapids-based Walker Custom Sheet Metal, a company specializing in custom sheet metal fabrications, has received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise. The certification was bestowed by the Women Business Enterprise Council – Great Lakes (WBENC – Great Lakes), a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). The certification process includes an indepth review of the business and site inspection to ensure that at least 51% of the business is owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women. Walker Custom Sheet Metal is 100% women-owned. Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. (FTCH), headquartered in Grand Rapids, was recently featured in a Huffington Post article on parking garages that blend into their neighborhoods and have flair. Huffington Post picked seven distinctive garages from around the world, and the Michigan State University Grand River Avenue Parking Ramp was among those selected. FTC&H was involved in the design and construction of the garage. The article stated, “Seamlessly blending into Michigan State University’s campus, the façade of this 730-car parking facility is made of brick and limestone. Many mistake it for an academic building, which was precisely the designer’s intent.”


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RC Directional Boring, Inc. P.O. Box 706 Howell, MI 48444 Phone: 517-545-4887 / Fax: 517-545-0518 Wheeler Companies, LLC (Formerly Wheele Building, LLC) 4198 Orchard Lake Rd., Ste. 200 Orchard Lake, MI 48323 Phone: 248-706-2900 / Fax: 248-706-2922

ADVERTISERS INDEX ARC/Dunn Blue ..................................................................................50 Ace Cutting Equipment ..................................................................27 Allingham Corporation....................................................................10 Aluminum Supply Company/Marshall Sales ..............................6 Amalio Corporation ..........................................................................27

Access Revoling Door Specialists, Mfg. Rep. 540 Lincoln Dr. Lake Orion, MI 48360 Phone: 800-685-3667 Fax: 800-223-2986 Advanced Lighting & Sound 1026 Maplelawn Dr. Troy, MI 48084 Phone: 248-817-2092 Fax: 248-817-2093

DeVange Construction, Inc. 3025 Rochester Rd. Royal Oak, MI 48073 Phone: 248-291-5877 Fax: 248-291-5882 JMC Electrical Contractor, LLC, WBE 2020 Riggs Ave. Warren, MI 48091 Phone: 586-427-4860 / Fax: 586-427-4870


Kennedy Industries 52900 Grand River New Hudson, MI 48165 Phone: 248-684-1200 / Fax: 248684-6011

Beals Hubbard, PLC ..........................................................................23 Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union Local #1 ..............29 Broner Glove and Safety ................................................................43 CAM Administrative Services ..........................................................3 CAM Affinity ......................................................................................IBC CAM Buyers Guide Mobile APP ....................................................31

Landstra & Associates, Inc., R.D. 1080 Sunset Ave. Lansing, MI 48917 Phone: 800-367-5227 / Fax: 800610-0160

CAM Comp ..........................................................................................19 CAM ECPN ....................................................................................52, 53 C.F.C.U.


Connelly Crane Rental Corp...........................................................23 Curran Crane, JJ..................................................................................31 Cut Core Concrete Cutting, LLC ....................................................49



DKI, Inc. ................................................................................................8 Detroit Terrazzo Contractors Association ....................................8 DiHydro Services ..............................................................................37 Doeren Mayhew ................................................................................10 Environmental Maintenance Engineers ....................................38 Executive Vehicle Sales, Inc. ..........................................................17 Facca Richter & Pregler, P.C.............................................................12


G2 Consulting Group ......................................................................17 Hartland Insurance Group, Inc. ....................................................43 Jeffers Crane Service, Inc.................................................................35 Kem-Tec ..............................................................................................12


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MasonPro, Inc. ..................................................................................IFC McCoig Materials ..............................................................................28 Next Generation Services Group..................................................41



Oakland Companies ........................................................................25


North American Dismantling Corp. ............................................47 Oakland Metal Sales, Inc. ................................................................39 Plante Moran ....................................................................................51


Plunkett Cooney ................................................................................34 SMRCA



Scaffolding, Inc. ..................................................................................27





Sani-Vac ..............................................................................................42 Testing Engineers ..............................................................................33 Unistrut ..............................................................................................33


Valenti Trobec Chandler, Inc./ Griffin Smalley & Wilkerson........................................................5 Zervos Group ......................................................................................50

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