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Architecture / Engineering Firm Recognized among Automaker’s Top Global Suppliers Ghafari Associates, Dearborn, was recognized by Ford Motor Company as one of its top performing global suppliers in 2011, receiving the automaker’s prestigious World Excellence Award at a reception on May 31. The World Excellence Awards, Ford’s highest recognition for its suppliers, honor companies that have demonstrated superior quality, delivery and cost performance. Ghafari was the sole architecture/engineering (A/E) firm out of the 46 suppliers recognized at the event held at Ford World Headquarters. “Suppliers are a critical part of our success, and a driving force for continued growth at Ford Motor Company,” said Ford’s Tony Brown,

group vice president, Global Purchasing, who thanked each supplier for its dedication throughout 2011. “Without the support, hard work and innovation of our suppliers, we would not be able to deliver on our promise to build quality vehicles.” Ghafari has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Ford, having worked with the automaker on hundreds of projects ranging from facility upgrades to new assembly plants. Last fall, Ford ranked Ghafari the highest among its A/E Alliance partners in a survey conducted by its Facilities Engineering Team. “We are honored to receive the World Excellence Award,” said Yousif Ghafari, the firm’s chairman and founder. “Ford is an exceptionally loyal client that we have been proud to serve for the past 30 years. This award is a testament to our mutual commitment to quality and innovation, as well as the many successes we have shared in our years working together.” Ghafari is a leading full-service architecture, engineering, consulting and construction management organization with a 30-year history of client focus, quality design and technological innovation. With offices around the globe, Ghafari distinguishes itself as an operations-focused practice with experienced management leadership, expert technical resources and an impressive portfolio of

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Rudolph/Libbe and GEM Receive 2011 World Excellence Award from Ford Motor Company Local contractors are the only Ohio firms among 62 suppliers recognized Rudolph/Libbe Inc. and GEM Inc., of The Rudolph/Libbe Companies, Walbridge, OH, have been recognized with a World Excellence Award from Ford Motor Company. The World Excellence Awards honor Ford Motor

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ISS DIG System, Inc. is a Michigan-wide one-call excavation safety and utility damage prevention company that has received in excess of 19 million marking requests since the one-call center opened in 1970. If you’re involved in any kind of disturbance of the earth that involves the use of machinery, you are required by law to contact MISS DIG at least three working days in advance of starting the job and submit a ticket request for marking. Hand-digging or using “soft” excavation procedures can also damage underground utilities and should be preceded by a marking request. Your request can be made one of two ways: You can dial 800-482-7171 or 811, 24 hours a day, seven days a week; or you can visit the MISS DIG website to enter the information electronically. Go to and click on E-Locate. You can also receive text messages from the utility companies confirming that they have responded to your marking request. In April 2012, a new bill was submitted to the Michigan legislature calling for some significant updates to the MISS DIG law. Some of the highlights include creation of a 60” Caution Zone on either side of the marks, additional assistance available from the utility locators within three hours of a request, and quicker response time for re-marking requests.





While there is still much work to be done to this Bill before it becomes law, all excavators, landscapers, and road builders are encouraged to become familiar with the provisions and stay up to date on its progress as it works its way through the system. There is a strong possibility that it will be finalized before next year’s dig season. You can see a copy of the proposed Bill by going to and entering 1083 in the box entitled Bill Number. You can also follow MISS DIG on Twitter @CallMISSDIG and on Facebook to receive additional updates. I have joined the Michigan Damage Prevention Board (MDPB) and the Ticket Initiation Management and Execution (TIME) Committee and will be attending meetings as a representative of CAM members. CAMSAFETY is in full support of the proposed legislation and we have reached out to Senator Mike Noffs, Chair of the Energy & Technology Committee, to express our opinion. Ultimately, it will increase the level of service required of the utility owners and locators and create a safer work environment for your employees. If you have any concerns about the new legislation or questions about utility damage prevention, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I can be reached at (248) 972-1000 or at

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Company’s top performing global suppliers. Sixty-two suppliers from around the world were recognized during the 14th annual event at Ford World Headquarters on May 31. The awards were presented by Alan Mulally, CEO of Ford Motor Company. GEM and Rudolph/Libbe are the only Ohio firms and the only construction companies among the 62 suppliers recognized. Over the last 14 years, the Rudolph/LibbeGEM Construction Commodities Management (CCM) team has managed facility improvements, and automation and conveyance system installations for new model launches in multiple states for Ford Motor Company. The companies also have performed decommissioning services for Ford in Ohio and Virginia. Suppliers were recognized for outstanding quality, on-time delivery, innovative and sustainable solutions, cost competitiveness, corporate responsibility, customer satisfaction, continuous improvement and overall business relationships. Rudolph/Libbe and GEM share a Silver World Excellence Award from Ford, which recognizes superior quality, delivery and cost performance. Ford presented 12 Gold and 24 Silver awards this year. The Rudolph/Libbe Companies is among the nation’s largest contractors and employs 1,0001,500 construction trades through offices in Lima, Toledo, Cleveland and Walbridge, OH; and Plymouth, MI.

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an auction process managed by CBRE. “We expect our portfolio leasing activity to remain strong as businesses continue to recognize the value of our strategically located industrial properties,” said Neal. “We remain focused on value-added opportunities nationwide, with a primary focus in Southern California.” Hager Pacific Properties owns and manages nearly 100 properties located in major metropolitan markets across the nation valued in excess of $1 billion.

Hager Pacific Properties Secures $15 Million Lease in Detroit Hager Pacific Properties, Newport Beach, CA, one of the largest privately owned real estate investment firms in the west, has leased 293,200 square feet of industrial space at Gateway Industrial Center, a 70-acre, 1.2 million-square-foot industrial park located adjacent to Interstate 96 at Southfield Freeway in Detroit. Detroit Manufacturing Systems, a minorityowned parts supplier and subsidiary of Faurecia North America, signed the 15-year lease with an option to expand up to 480,000 square feet of total space. The lease transaction is valued at $15 million. Randall Allman, Dan McCleary and Matt Osiecki of CBRE Detroit represented Hager Pacific. Mike Bennett of Colliers represented Detroit Manufacturing. “We see increasing demand for premium industrial real estate with strong location attributes throughout the Detroit area,” said Rob Neal, managing partner of Hager Pacific. Visit us online at






Clark Construction Achieves New Safety Milestone: Three Million Hours and Counting With No Lost Time Due to Injury Clark Construction Company, Lansing, achieved yet another safety milestone on Friday, June 15, as the company reached the milestone of having gone three million worker hours without lost time due to injury. The historic safety accomplishment has covered all Clark Construction projects since 2001, and underscores the company’s reputation as a national leader in workplace safety. “Our program has allowed for a safe work environment for our workers and we are committed to continuing this trend for years to come,” said Clark Construction CEO Charles Clark. “I am proud of our entire team for their continued commitment to a safe work environment and our overall safety program.” Clark Construction has completed $2.5 billion worth of projects from Jan. 2001 to Jan. 2012. Some of the major projects completed during this period include: • Howell Public Schools Multiple Bond Programs - Howell • FireKeepers Casino – Battle Creek • Michigan State University Brody Hall

Renovations – East Lansing • Boyne USA Resorts – Boyne Falls, Boyne Mountain, Petoskey/Bay Harbor, and Big Sky, MT • Lansing Community College (4 projects, 3 years) – East Lansing • Twelve Oaks Mall Expansion – Chesterfield Twp. • Ann Arbor Municipal Building – Ann Arbor • IKEA Home Furnishings – Canton and Cincinnati • Harborside Office Center – Port Huron • State of Dept. of Corrections – East Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility – Ionia • Fowlerville Community Schools Bond Program – Fowlerville • Waterside Marketplace – Chesterfield Twp. • Madonna University Franciscan Center for Science & Media – Livonia • Odawa Casino Resort – Petoskey Clark management and staff have consciously refused to accept accidents as an unavoidable aspect of construction and set a safety goal for the company of zero hours of lost time due to injuries. The resulting program has earned Clark Construction widespread government and industry recognition for its safety accomplishments, receiving several major awards in recent years, including: • CET Platinum Award from MIOSHA for outstanding accomplishments in safety

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• CET Gold Award from MIOSHA for outstanding accomplishments in safety • Safety Excellence Award from the Michigan Chapter of Associated General Contractors (AGC) • Outstanding Safety Performance Award from the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America Clark received the CET Gold award from MIOSHA in 2005 after the company had gone more than eight years and 2.5 million worker hours without lost time due to injuries. In 2010, Clark was the first construction company to received MIOSHA’s CET Platinum award for achieving 2.5 million hours with no lost time due to injuries. “MIOSHA applauds Clark Construction’s dedication to protecting their workers, as witnessed by their record of more than three million work hours without a lost-time incident,” said MIOSHA Director Martha Yoder. “Clark Construction is one of Michigan’s premiere construction companies and recognizes that a safe workplace provides the foundation for a productive workplace.” Clark Construction was the first Michigan construction company to join Michigan AGC and MIOSHA in a landmark government/industry safety alliance designed to protect the safety and health of Michigan’s construction workers. “The construction industry is one of the most hazardous industries in Michigan,” said Clark. “Only about four percent of Michigan’s workforce is employed in construction, however, construction fatalities account for nearly 40 percent of all fatal workplace accidents. This underscores the significance of our achievement in safety and shows how difficult it is to overcome those odds.”

Integrated Design Solutions Named AIA Michigan Firm of the Year Integrated Design Solutions, a full-service architecture and engineering practice in Troy, has been named the AIA Michigan’s Firm of the Year. The award was presented at the annual Celebration of Architecture Awards in June. The Firm of the Year Award recognizes an organization of architects who have consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years. Further, the firm “shall have great depth, breadth, be widely known for quality and its work shall be the product of a collaborative environment.” Integrated Design Solutions’ portfolio includes several buildings on The University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor; several buildings on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing; numerous K-12 school districts and several community colleges. The firm has also partnered with the Detroit Medical Center on its recently opened Pediatric “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®





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The American Institute of Architects Michigan, headquartered in Detroit, recently announced the seven buildings which were singled out for design excellence and recognized at their Celebration of Architecture Awards in June. A total of 64 projects were submitted in the competition, and were judged by a jury from Chicago, IL, chaired by John Ronan, AIA. The seven winning projects are: Kettering University Incubator Building – Flint, MI / Category: Building Architect: SHW Group Owner: Kettering University Contractor: Sorenson Gross Construction Services Lakeshore Residence – Good Hart, MI Category: Low Budget Architect: HUE Projects, Inc. Owners: Louis and Amy Harp Contractor: Thomas Sebold and Associates Prototype Housing Unit – Porte-au-Prince, Haiti / Category: Steel Architect: Luckenbach/Ziegelman Architects, PLLC Owner: government of Haiti Contractor: Tom Hitz, Dan Mooney AIA, Robert Ziegelman FAIA University of Louisville, Clinical and Translational Research Building – Louisville, KY / Category: Building Architect: SmithGroup JJR Owner: University of Louisville Contractor: Messer Construction Rock Companies Executive Suite – Detroit, MI Category: Interior Architect: Rossetti Architects Owner: Rock Companies, Dan Gilbert Contractor: Sachse Construction Frita Batidos – Ann Arbor, MI Category: Interior Architect: Neal Robinson Owner: Eve Aronoff Contractor: Wilson & Company Contracting, Inc. DDA Façade Improvement and Lighting Plan – Detroit, MI Category: Sustainable Design Architect: McIntosh Poris Associates Owner: DDA-Detroit Economic Growth Corp. Contractor: JC Beal Construction, Inc. Visit us online at

By Chris Hippler f your car is stolen, the police will attempt to recover it, and your insurance company will compensate you for your loss. But what if your brand Chris Hippler is stolen? Or worse yet, what if someone accuses you of stealing their brand, yet you’ve been using it for years? It happens. And when it comes to Intellectual Property (IP) protection (including trademarks and brand names), an ounce of prevention is far better than a pound of cure. Tim Kroninger has seen it all. As the chief legal officer and president of IPPES LLC, he heads up a local business devoted to helping small businesses protect their assets. With over 25 years in the business, including acting as trademark counsel for General Motors, Tim has a valuable perspective of IP protection. I spoke to him recently about IP as it relates to CAM members.


Q: What IP issues affect CAM members? The issues in the IP arena are not unique to the construction arena; I see them across all industries. But the vulnerability is still there if your business, service or products are not adequately protected. Q: How can you protect your trademark? There are two broad ways to protect a trademark. The first is by “common law,” which occurs just by using it. It is protected essentially by you using it first. Whoever adopts it and uses it first, is generally recognized as the owner. The second way is to register it on a state and/or federal level. By registering it, the brand is afforded better protection. Once you have a registration, you are legally presumed to be the owner of the brand. Q. What is the worst case scenario of IP/trademark problems? When somebody accuses you of trademark infringement and they try to shut you down. A local business owner came to us about a year ago. They had been using their brand

name for 20 years, but another company – in another state having a federal registration for their nearly identical brand name – filed a federal lawsuit and issued a “cease and desist” order for trademark infringement. They spent over $125K in attorney fees fighting the other company before they came to us. We helped them resolve the legal challenge without spending any more money, but they still had to change their name, which we researched and then registered for them at both the state and federal levels. Q. How much does it cost to protect your trademark assets? Cost depends on many factors, but most of our Protection Services tasks are fixed-fee based (not hourly like most IP law firms), and can be affordably done with some of our protection services starting at a few hundred dollars. Q. What are the misconceptions of IP protection? A lot of people think that paying taxes, and using the name means you own that name, or that somebody won’t come after you later. That is not enough. Q. Any last words of advice? Do your research up front, and it is never too late to start adequately protecting your most important business assets: your name and logo. Our company offers a free, no obligation consultation. Visit, or contact me directly at (248) 519-2344. I would be happy to help out another fellow CAM member. “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 through E-mail at or call 734-353-9918, or visit Capital Letters at





Lurking Beyond Construction Liens and Payment Bonds Lies the Powerful Remedies under the Michigan Builder’s Trust Fund Act By Marty Burnstein, Law Office of Marty A. Burnstein y now, our readers know about the right to record a Burnstein construction lien against the owner’s land on private projects. They know about the rights of subcontractors, suppliers and laborers on public projects to make a claim against the payment bond furnished by the contractor and its surety. But few know about another powerful payment remedy – a lawsuit and possibly a criminal prosecution under the Michigan Builder’s Trust Fund Act (MBTFA). The MBTFA is the subject of this article. Using this remedy, the individual owners and officers of a contractor company can be personally liable and also be accused of a crime if the contractor fails to use the payments received from the owner to pay subcontractors and suppliers. Also, a Builder’s Trust Fund claim, if proven, cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. The Michigan Builder’s Contract Fund Act (MCL 570.151 et seq. MSA 26.332 seq.), also known as the Builder’s Trust Fund Act (MBTFA), was created in 1931 to supplement the existing Michigan Construction Lien Act by creating an additional civil and criminal remedy for unpaid subcontractors, suppliers and laborers. The MBTFA applies only to private construction projects but not to public (governmental) projects. The MBTFA is intended to prevent contractors from juggling and co-mingling funds between unrelated projects. The MBTFA requires that monies received from owners be used to first pay subcontractors, suppliers, and laborers. The MBTFA states that the monies paid by an owner to a contractor are deemed held “in trust” by the contractor for the benefit of the subcontractors, suppliers, and laborers. The




contractor is considered a “trustee” of the owner’s payments. The contractor is the party that has a contract (oral or written) with the owner or tenant. The subcontractors, suppliers, and laborers are considered the “trust beneficiaries.” If the contractor fails to pay subs, suppliers and laborers from the owner’s payment, the contractor, including the corporate owners and officers, has violated the MBTFA. Good faith is not a defense nor is the fact that the project may be “upside down.” The MBTFA also applies to the monies paid by the contractor to a subcontractor. In such a case, the subcontractor is considered the “trustee” and must use the contractor’s payments to pay other subcontractors, suppliers, and laborers. As a result, both contractors and subcontractors (including their individual owners and officers) can be liable for violating the MBTFA. The contractor who receives monies from the owner (as well as subcontractors who receive payments from the contractor) cannot use these monies for: • any other project; • any other business expenses; or • any purpose other than to first pay subcontractors, suppliers, and laborers. Over the past 10+ years, as the construction industry has collapsed, contractors and subcontractors have gone out of business, gone into bankruptcy, gone out of Michigan, and have otherwise closed up their business. However, under the MBTFA, unpaid subcontractors, suppliers, and laborers may still pursue the owners and officers of these now defunct, inactive, and bankrupt companies. The leading court case is Livonia Building Materials Company vs. Harrison

Construction Company. The Livonia Building Materials case was decided in 2007 by the Michigan Court of Appeals, our state’s second highest court. In the Livonia Building Materials case, the Michigan Court of Appeals found liable the company’s individual owners and officers where the property owner paid the contractor but the contractor failed to pay the supplier - Livonia Building Materials. Harrison Construction went out of business. The individual owners and officers sought to defend their failure to pay Livonia Building Materials by arguing that (a) that there was no proof that the individual owners and officers diverted any funds to any other project; (b) Livonia Building Materials provided materials to projects that were “upside down,” meaning they owed more money to trades that they had coming from the owner, and therefore, there was not enough money to go around; (c) the economy took a downturn causing the project to become unprofitable; and (d) that neither owner personally guaranteed the contractor’s debts. All of these defenses were rejected by the Court of Appeals. In the Livonia Building Materials case, the Court of Appeals stated “the difficulties posed by a downturn in the economy or poor business acumen did not excuse noncompliance with the MBTFA’s obligations in regard to accounting practices and ordering of payments. Although the individual owners and officers may not have acted with bad faith and were only trying to keep their business afloat by paying other obligations, the MBTFA still requires that subcontractors and suppliers get paid first. In 2010, the Michigan Court of Appeals decided the case of BC Tile & Marble Co. vs. Multi Building Co. In BC Tile, although the “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

builder-contractor was out of business, the company’s president could be found personally liable for violation of the MBTFA. After receiving payment from the homeowner at a closing, the buildercontractor (Multi-Building) failed to pay BC Tile (the tile and marble subcontractor) claiming defective workmanship and untimely performance. The company president denied that he had any day-to-day involvement with, or exercised any decision-making regarding, the payment of trades like the tile subcontractor. He also denied that he personally used the payments received by his defunct building company. All of this did not matter. The Court of Appeals ruled that the president could still be personally liable. The unpaid subcontractor did not have to prove that the corporate officer personally misappropriated the contract (“trust”) proceeds paid by the owner to the builder. Even if the company owner files personal bankruptcy, he cannot escape a MBTFA claim. If a subcontractor or supplier files and proves a violation of the MBTFA claim in the Bankruptcy Court, then the individual owner or officer cannot obtain a discharge of the unpaid subcontractor or supplier’s debt. Therefore, the Bankruptcy Court will not insulate nor protect the corporate owner or officer that violated the MBTFA. The MBTFA is also a criminal statute. This means that a contracting company, including its owners and officers, can face a criminal prosecution if it fails to use the progress or final draw payments received from the owner to first pay subcontractors and suppliers. As an example, if a contractor misuses or diverts monies received from an owner rather than first paying subcontractors and suppliers, the county prosecutor’s offices may well decide to start a prosecution under the MBTFA against the construction company and its owners. Under the MBTFA, the appropriation by a contractor (or subcontractor) of monies paid to him without first paying subcontractors, suppliers, and laborers entitled to payment is evidence of an intent to defraud. In summary, the MBTFA provides an additional powerful remedy beyond a construction lien and payment bond – that should be considered by subcontractors, suppliers, and laborers who fail to receive payment once the owner has paid the contractor.

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Disturbing Repose and Limiting Limits By Noreen L. Slank, Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff, P.C. ometimes it seems that construction contractors are the Rodney Dangerfields Slank (“…don’t get no respect”) among building industry professionals. If architects, engineers and surveyors mess up a project and cause injuries or damage, their mistake is called malpractice. But if a construction contractor makes a mistake and causes the same kind of injury or damage, it’s just called negligence. What the law decides to name an industry’s mistakes is a strong indicator of how long a person has to sue after suffering


personal injury or property damage. Michigan passed new legislation in 2011 that applies to injuries that occur after January 1, 2012. It doesn’t benefit everyone in the building industry equally. Contractors didn’t fare quite as well as the rest. The new legislation reacted to a 2006 decision from Michigan’s Supreme Court (Ostroth v Warren Regency) that did not go well for those involved in real property improvements. Before Ostroth, the industry argued - and usually won - that when a party could sue was governed both by statutes of limitation and by statutes of repose. After Ostroth, all that applied was the statute of repose. Put

simply: having two ways to argue that a plaintiff has sued too late is about twice has good as only having one way. A statute of repose reckons the latest date when lawsuits can be filed by setting a time limit after some relatively fixed event. And that event isn’t when the accident happened. As originally passed in 1967, the statute of repose only applied to architects and engineers “performing or furnishing the design or supervision of an improvement to real property” and surveyors. In 1985, contractors “making the improvement” were finally added to MCL 600.5839’s statute of repose. In most cases, the statute gives an

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construction contractors to eat and have their cake when it comes to accessing both statutes of limitation and repose. But the statute of limitation works differently for construction contractors as compared to architects and engineers. It doesn’t treat injured parties as miserly as the malpractice statute of limitation does. Injured parties will have three years from the injury date to sue

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interior, complete with household appliances for patient education. The second floor hosts MCO faculty offices and University-wide spaces, including several general classrooms, a tiered auditorium for distance learning and the lobby/student gathering space. The third floor houses the College of Optometry’s highly technical laboratories and academic areas. A concise design organizes all of these diverse uses. “We were able to consolidate all these different programs in the same building within a concise, well-organized container and with a minimum amount of exterior wall,” said Joel Smith, AIA, partner Neumann/Smith. As a point of organization, the design takes full advantage of the site’s significant slope. With about 50 percent of the first-floor clinic earth-integrated into the site’s hillside, the large clinic juts out from beneath the two, smaller upper levels. The site also lent itself to the creation of a southern University entrance at the top of the slope and a northern clinic entrance at the bottom. The University entry opens to a spacious, light-filled lobby and a monumental stair leading to the second and third floors. At the lower north entry, senior citizens and other clinic patrons have easy access from an adjacent parking lot and entry under a covered canopy.

nyone who can’t see the incredible transformation in Ferris State University’s Michigan College of Optometry (MCO) may need to have their eyes examined. In fact, the community clinic within this new academic, clinical and laboratory building is the perfect place to do it. The clinic is double its previous size, and its eyeglass dispensary – once housed in a single, small room - has the visual pizzazz and open space of a high-class retail outlet. Having been housed in an old dormitory for the past 35 years, MCO’s new facility is a beautiful sight to behold, thanks to the design talent of Neumann/Smith Architecture, Southfield, and the construction savvy of Clark Construction Co., Lansing. Brick cladding links the facility to its neighboring health-science buildings, but the new MCO comes into its own with its “crisp, modern form,” said James M. Stock, RA, LEED AP BD+C, Neumann/Smith associate, design director. At MCO, brick meets sleek metal panels, the white panels being the building’s own version of a clinical white “coat” and the silver corrugated panels adding texture and an industrial sheen expressive of the high-tech labs within this 82,661-square-foot building. Showing its school colors, the three-story structure is crowned with a large circle or drum, clad in metal panels and colored a custom Ferris red. As MCO’s own grand canvas, a two-story lobby, wrapped in glass curtain wall, displays the activity within the building by day and showcases the lit facility at night. “It’s a beautiful structure from the outside,” said Dr. Michael T. Cron, MCO dean, in a FSU University News press release. “But, most significantly, it’s a highly functional structure from the inside, aimed directly at helping MCO achieve its mission to educate students to be the best optometrists they can possibly be and to provide top-notch eye and vision care to our patients.”


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AN EYE FOR ORGANIZATION The project team clearly fulfilled the college’s mission, delivering a building with a series of cutting-edge spaces, including an innovative “teaching in the round” classroom housed in the top level’s red drum. Called the Dow Interactive Eye Center, 24 student eyeexam lanes radiate from a central teaching space like the spokes of a wheel, fostering student-professor interaction and giving each student a clear sightline to the instructor. Neumann/Smith designed this custom space that is probably the only one of its kind among the 20 optometry colleges in the country. Called the University Eye Center, the public clinic, eyeglass dispensary and optical fabrication lab occupies the entire first floor of the building. This one-stop clinic offers specialty exam spaces for pediatric and low vision patients, including a replicated home

PERFECT TIMING In visual appeal, function and organization, this amazing building is clearly a far cry from the Michigan College of Optometry’s former home in Pennock Hall, a dormitory built in 1968

and occupied by the college since 1977. With its succession of small rooms and outdated finishes, the old dormitory was definitely unsightly and certainly not the best configuration for state-of-the-art optometry labs. On the University’s wish list since 2004, at last, a combination of funding from the State of Michigan, FSU and a few private donors turned wishful thinking into an actual building. Neumann/Smith and Clark Construction used these precious financial resources wisely by creating an energy-efficient building composed of durable, low-maintenance materials, plus delivering the $26.8 million dollar facility on time and under budget. Long before the first shovel of dirt was overturned, the plan for this building underwent a series of revisions. Like an optometrist flipping lenses until a patient’s vision is perfected, the project team carefully analyzed its options to achieve the best building. Clark Construction provided preconstruction services, tweaking the ratio of metal siding to glass curtain wall to trim costs for the owner while preserving the design intent. “We added a little more metal panel to the building in areas that weren’t as visible to save costs,” said Kenneth G. Lawless, executive vice president, Clark Construction, as well as the project executive and a distinguished FSU alumni. As the University’s master planners since the late ‘90s, Neumann/Smith tweaked the schedule by selecting a new site for the building. “The original site was a partial wetland and it needed a lot of utilities,” said Stock. Time needed for permit approval and

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replaces the traditional glass window. As another significant accomplishment, “the utility extension would be time taken from an The entire building is calculated to balance building envelope is about 28 percent more already tight schedule. heat and solar gain from all directions. The energy efficient than ASHRAE Energy Standard The original site was located in the south-facing curtain wall is deeply set beneath 90.1,” said Stanley E. Cole, AIA, principal, residential hinterlands in the far western a large overhang, and a series of sunshades are Neumann/Smith, LEED AP BD+ C. The building reaches of the campus. Moving the site closer placed along the whole height of the clear, is wrapped in a three-inch thick blanket of to the academic heartland along State Street high-performance glass curtain wall. The spray foam insulation. “The spray foam gives reinforced this main campus thoroughfare southwest corner – an exposure potentially the building an R value of seven per inch, with another example of quality architecture, drawing in the highest heat gain – is clad creating an overall weighted average R value of and made the clinic more accessible to mainly in metal wall panels. The lower levels 22 just on the building envelope itself,” said patients. Moreover, the new building now joins windows that do exist in this hotspot of a Cole. “The spray foam, applied between the the neighboring Pharmacy and Allied Health corner are deeply set to diminish direct sun brick and back up material, also serves as an air buildings to form FSU’s health sciences exposure. and vapor barrier.” complex. As part of sustainability, the building’s Having an energy-efficient envelope is the Because the site once supported a gas own lighting incorporates LED fixtures, true work horse of a sustainable building. station and a landfill of rubble and concrete, occupancy sensors and dual switches. “The “Mechanical systems start to lose efficiency as the project earned LEED points for cleaning up dual switches offer a 50 percent or a 100 they age, but an energy-efficient envelope will this corner of State Street and Ferris Drive. “We percent light level, depending on need and stay efficient and continue to perform over had to create a large undercut under the usage,” said Cole. time,” said Cole. basement to remove contaminated soils and For its part in LEED Gold, Clark Construction Minimizing the amount of exterior wall and bring in sand backfill,” said Lawless. established a series of Post-removal, Clark separate dumpsters for Construction poured recycling concrete, brick, spread footings and block and the tons of concrete basement walls packaging generated by beginning in December a construction project. 2009. “We set a record “We provided separate pace to get that building dumpsters, so there was done in 13 months,” said no question where that Lawless. “That’s a lot of material had to go,” said building in a short period Lawless. “We would talk of time.” about recycling at Clark followed a rapid weekly meetings and but controlled schedule monitor to make sure it to erect the structural was being done.” Clark steel frame and achieve Construction achieved building enclosure. Once an impressive 98 percent enclosed, “we ran double of construction waste shifts for some of the diverted from a landfill. mechanical and The interior is electrical portions of the formed exclusively of job,” said Lawless. “One durable, long-lasting of the big scheduling materials, both for lowsuccesses was the fact maintenance costs and that we used BIM Neumann/Smith designed an innovative “teaching in the round” classroom composed for preserving a modeling for clash of 24 student eye-exam lanes radiating from a central teaching space. building’s embodied detection. BIM energy. Stainless steel eliminated any rework handrails and stained concrete stairs eliminate earth integrating half of the first floor in a and enhanced the quality.” Clark delivered the the need for painting. The interior is predomicocoon of soil aided in the creation of an building in time for mid-term classes, nately integrally colored and finished masonry efficient building envelope, as well. beginning shortly after the Jan. 1, 2011 with drywall used in only a few locations. The Neumann/Smith also took full advantage of a completion date. drywall that is used is high-impact, abusebuilding that inherently has spaces without a resistant gypsum board, said Cole. need for windows. “Many of the eye lanes or LEED GOLD: AN EYE TO THE FUTURE Aesthetically, Neumann/Smith selected exam rooms just don’t need windows,” said Beyond timely delivery, the project team can “masonry units with a visually pleasing scale Stock. “For example, we inserted the eye lanes list another achievement to its credit. The new rather than use 8-by-16 units, particularly in the in the clinic into the hillside.” Michigan College of Optometry facility is the teaching in the round classroom,” said Stock. Neumann/Smith also organized the rest of first LEED Gold academic building for Ferris Masonry forms low-rise divider walls between the building based on natural light demands. State University. The project earned two LEED eye lanes and between the lanes and the Some optometry and distance-learning credits for Innovation in Design, leading the central group instructional space. “The third classrooms need very low light levels. These facility to become 17.5 percent more energy floor was pretty intricate in terms of classrooms are clustered in the west and are efficient than a conventionally constructed scheduling,” said Lawless. “A lot of the finish given pop-out windows, essentially narrow slits building, thanks to the mechanical engineering masonry work actually had to be installed as with the actual windows facing due north. expertise of DiClemente Siegel Design, Inc., the building went up. Then, we had to Turning a blind eye to the west, metal cladding Southfield.



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integrate all the technology within that masonry space.” Such effort has been awarded with an actual 2012 M Award for Excellence in Masonry Design from the Masonry Institute of Michigan and AIA Michigan. SEEING IN A NEW WAY The building’s core use added another level of complexity to the design of this awardwinning building. Essentially, Neumann/Smith had to see the world through the eyes of an optometrist. Designing eye lanes with a specified distance between patient and exam wall was only the beginning of Neumann/Smith’s immersion in the world of optometry. “We used audiovisual consultants to make sure high-definition images of the eye were clear and bright in three of the optometry classrooms,” said Stock. Students also needed good sightlines throughout this specialty classroom to see images flashed on dual screens, showing healthy versus diseased or damaged eyes. In the optics lab, Neumann/Smith designed a room enabling students and instructors to accurately craft lenses. The tables or work stations - equipped with large bars to hold trays loaded with sensitive optical equipment in place - had to be precisely placed to allow students and instructors to gaze at a set of distant targets in order to craft lenses with the proper focus. “We did a number of room studies that we presented to the College of Optometry for their review,” said Stock. MAKING EYE CONTACT Neumann/Smith was an apt learner in the unfamiliar discipline of optometry. The teaching in the round classroom was the firm’s own creation. Students work in pairs in the 24 eye lanes, meaning the entire classroom can accommodate 48 students. All can make eye contact with the professor, and without any back walls, each eye lane is open from both front and back, allowing professors to freely circulate and observe the students’ exam techniques from all angles. “In the old dormitory - arranged in a series of small rooms along a hallway - the professor could only address one student at a time,” said Smith. From tack boards to individual lighting controls, every component is designed to support optimal, optical learning in the new MCO. The low-rise masonry walls combine with Ferris red acoustical panels to provide visual and acoustical privacy between each eye lane. “Because this is a round space, we looked at it very closely acoustically,” said Stock. “Our consultant suggested thick acoustical panels and some directional ceiling tiles to control sound. It works fantastically.” A moveable wall partition can divide the

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room’s lanes and central group instructional space into two different pre-clinical practice areas, as well. “This teaching in the round is going over very well,” said Stock. “Other colleges are visiting and seeing what they have at Ferris. Word is starting to get out that this is an interesting teaching environment.” This innovative space occupies about 6,500 square feet of the total 23,000 square feet on the third floor. Fitting this round peg into a rectangular floor plan has its advantages. In this case, the residual areas were perfect for a gathering place for optometry students with leftover space for custom lockers, also designed by Neumann/Smith. Neumann/Smith designed large lockers to house the extensive equipment of each aspiring optometrist. “We measured their lab cases and did drawings of the lockers to see how all of the equipment, plus their books and coats, could fit in,” said Stock. These custom lockers even have built-in chargers to service each student’s optical instrumentation, including a large piece of optical head gear called the BIO. “Students don’t want to take all their instruments home every day and charge them, so we even provided electrical outlets in the lockers for charging,” added Stock. FSU’s Michigan College of Optometry has waited over three decades for such a grand new home. Thanks to this dedicated project team, the wait has paid off in this amazing facility designed to preserve the incredibly precious gift of sight by training the optometrists of tomorrow and serving the community today. MCO EARNS TWO LEED INNOVATION IN DESIGN CREDITS At the Michigan College of Optometry’s new building “a LEED credit for Innovation in Design was awarded for the reuse of heat absorbed by the loop water circuit from the heat pump and the water-cooled A/C units in the reheat system to maintain space temperature,” according to information provided by Neumann/Smith. “The building incorporates water-saving fixtures and sensors providing a 30 percent savings over similarly constructed buildings without these measures. A chemical-free water treatment system that provides significant energy savings through the elimination of scale and biofilm from heat transfer surfaces earned another LEED credit for Innovation in Design.” CONSULTANTS AND SUBCONTRACTORS FOR FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY’S MICHIGAN COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY INCLUDE: • Medical Planners – Medical Design International, Norcross, GA • Mechanical/Electrical Engineer – DiClemente Siegel Design, Inc., Southfield

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Solo-T™ Ceiling Panels Bring Warmth of Natural Wood to Interior Spaces Decoustics, the custom acoustic product division of CertainTeed Ceilings, is enhancing its product line of highperformance ceilings solutions with its new Solo-T™ natural wood veneered lift and shift ceiling panels. Solo-T enhances the aesthetic appeal and comfort of interior spaces through the warmth of natural wood. Solo-T panels consist of a perforated medium density fire-rated fiberboard with a ribbed natural wood veneer laminated to the face and an acoustically transparent mat

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CORSA Launches Commercial Exhaust Line for Fleets, Work Trucks Fleet and business owners in search of improved fuel economy, greater torque and more horsepower can now outfit their work trucks with a quality exhaust system from CORSA Commercial Exhausts. CORSA Commercial, a new brand from the leading exhaust system manufacturer, offers stainless steel cat-back exhausts for today’s working trucks. Designed to deliver improved fuel economy with less strain on the engine, CORSA Commercial Exhausts also add greater torque and horsepower during towing. Additionally, the company’s patented Reflective Sound Cancellation™ (RSC™) technology – which uses sound waves to eliminate low frequency resonance while minimizing backpressure – plays an important role in keeping the truck’s cabin drone-free. The CORSA Commercial exhaust systems are crafted in the United States from premium stainless steel and feature polished, stainless steel slash cut tips. They come with all necessary hardware and an illustrated installation guide for do-ityourself installation. CORSA Commercial Exhausts is a brand of TMG Performance Products headquartered in Berea, OH. Its quality exhaust systems, which deliver power and efficiency for working trucks, come with a limited 10-year warranty to the original owner from the date of purchase against defects in material and workmanship. For more information, visit or call 855.322.6772.

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Design Plus, Inc., an architectural and engineering firm based in Grand Rapids, is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Welsh, AIA, LEED AP as a licensed architect; Welsh Phillip Southland as an architectural job captain; Iván Cortés as an architectural job captain; Paula Lawrence, A.ASLA as a landscape architecture associate; and Lisa Hjort, LEED AP ID+C as an architectural administrative assistant.




Randy Jobin, vice president of planning, estimating and business development at Clark Construction, Lansing, retired at the end of June after more than 21 years of outstanding service. Jobin began his career at the firm Jobin in 1990 as a project manager for special GM and K-12 projects, and later switched to the business side as Clark Construction began to diversify. Jobin also held the positions of project director and business development director before he obtained his current position as vice president. Kalamazoo-based Yeo & Yeo, CPAs, is pleased to announce that Carol A. Patridge, CPA has been appointed a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) Construction Task Force. The Construction Task Force is comprised of Certified Public Accountants with expertise in serving the construction industry. The Partridge group addresses issues that face the construction profession in general, pending legislation and accounting standards, and directs conferences for sharing information with their peers.



Plante Moran CRESA, a fully integrated independent real estate transaction and consulting firm, recently announced that Ronald J. Gantner, CPA; Erica Holton, JD; and Gantner Mike Carl have joined the Transaction Management Team. With more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience, Ron Gantner joins Plante Moran CRESA as a partner; Erica Holton joins Plante Moran Holton CRESA as vice president of transaction management; and Mike Carl joins Plante Moran CRESA as a senior associate of transaction management. Plante Moran CRESA now has 36 staff members providing fully Carl integrated real estate services, including corporate real estate transactions, tenant representation, project management, and strategic real estate consulting. C2AE, a full-service architectural, engineering and planning design firm headquartered in Lansing, today announced the promotion of Tobi Lyon as the director of marketing Lyon and communications. In this position, Lyon will be responsible for overseeing and executing marketing initiatives to meet the strategic goals and growth objectives of the company. She will create, implement and measure the success of the firm’s comprehensive marketing, communications, business development and public relations programs across various market segments that C2AE serves nationally. Lyon joined C2AE in April 2011 as business development manager.

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Roncelli, Inc., based in Sterling Heights, has announced the following new hires: Joe Wright has been hired as senior estimator; and Rob Moelich will serve as a project engineer. Roncelli is a privately owned construction company with ongoing operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico delivering benchmark-setting, award winning design, construction, and facility management solutions to customer base.







The Decorative Concrete Council (DCC), a specialty council of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), has announced its fifth annual Decorative Concrete Awards. The competition is open to DCC members and non-members. Entries are invited in the following categories: overlays, cast-in-place – stamped and special finishes, stained, polished, countertops, vertical application, concrete artistry, multiple applications, graphics and epoxy/polyaspartic flooring. With the exception of countertops, two awards may be given in each category - for projects 5,000 SF and less, and projects over 5,000 SF. Submittals are judged on craftsmanship, aesthetics, functionality and creativity. The deadline for submittal is October 1, 2012. The awards will be presented at the World of Concrete 2013. For more information, or to receive a call for entries brochure go to or call 1-866-788-2722. Plumbing Professors, Canton Township, a 24-hour service plumbing, sewer repair and epoxy pipe lining company, has been awarded the Phase 2 epoxy pipe lining contract at The University of Michigan East Quad, in Ann Arbor. Skanska USA announced today that it has relocated its southeast Michigan office from Southfield to Livonia. Skanska has been building in southeast Michigan for more than 70 years and, during that time, has been involved in many major projects in the area that have contributed to southeast Michigan’s economic development.

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Carl Walker, Inc., Dearborn, a nationally recognized consultant in the parking industry, has announced the recent completion of an intensive campus parking and infrastructure improvement project at Henry Ford Community College (HFCC), Dearborn. Carl Walker, Inc., in collaboration with Ann Arbor-based Beckett & Raeder, Inc., developed a renovation plan for the vehicular portion of the campus, its pedestrian spaces and connection to the campus interior. Campus improvements were implemented to correct existing parking and traffic issues, that include a new ring road, separated parking lots with dedicated access to the ring road, vehicular turnarounds and drop-off areas, pedestrian crossings, landscaping, and new green spaces to reorient the academic core toward the river. Massachusetts-based Kleer Lumber, Inc. is proud to announce the addition of Biewer Lumber as its newest Kleer authorized distributor in the Midwest, servicing dealers throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Kleer manufactures free foam cellular PVC building products including trimboard, decking, mouldings, sheets, adhesives and fasteners. Effective immediately, Biewer Lumber sales representatives will be tasked with building and strengthening relationships with new dealers across the Midwest, educating them on the benefits of stocking Kleer products for resale to their builder and contractor customers. For more than 45 years, Biewer Lumber has been delivering high quality building products to customers across the Midwest. The company’s businesses include four sawmills, three pressure-treated lumber facilities and several distribution facilities throughout the region. Effective January 1, 2012, StructureTec Corporation announced that it has become StructureTec Group. StructureTec’s Board of Directors have developed and approved a plan for the restructuring of the corporation to now become a holding company. StructureTec, Construction Services Group, Building Products Group, Maintenance Service Financial Corporation, and ServiceTec are now deemed subsidiaries under StructureTec Group and will be expected to continue to achieve maximum results.

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D’Alessandro Contracting Group, LLC 3800 Woodward Ave., Suite 410 Detroit, MI 48201 Phone: 313-420-1170 Fax: 313-420-1177

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Interface Financial Group..........................37

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Marshall Sales ............................................6 Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union Local #1 ........................................13

Lawrence Technological University ......19

Broner Glove and Safety ..............................5

McAlpine Attorneys & Counselors ....................................14, 15

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Michielutti Brothers ....................................21

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North American Dismantling Corp. ......19

CAM Travel ....................................................36

Oakland Companies....................................30

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Plante Moran, PLLC ....................................18

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