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McLaren Greater Lansing Breaks Ground on New Hospital

Call for Project Entries – CAM Magazine Special Issue 2019 CAM Magazine’s Special Issue is published each October. The twelve most outstanding construction projects of the previous year are determined by the CAM Magazine staff and the CAM Magazine Editorial Advisory Board, after reviewing all projects submitted for entry. The project entries for Special Issue 2019 must be constructed or designed by a CAM member company, and must have been completed – or reached substantial completion – between June 2018 and June 2019. The twelve finalists will have their Owners, General Contractors and Architects invited to participate in an interview process as CAM Magazine staff members write about each winning project. As an added bonus to being featured in Special Issue 2019, the General Contractors/CMs/Architects of each winning project will be presented with a commemorative plaque at an award ceremony held at the Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow in February of the following year. They will also be eligible to be voted as the CAM 2019 Project of the Year. There are great advertising opportunities in Special Issue 2019. Ad reservations can be made by calling Roy Jones at (248) 972-1115. The advertising deadline is August 23, 2019. For more information and to submit a project, visit Visit us online at

Officials from McLaren Health Care and Michigan State University in late 2018 held a ceremonial groundbreaking at University Corporate Research Park, the next step in building a new $450 million health care campus adjacent to the university in South Lansing. The event marked the beginning of construction on the acute care hospital portion of the project. Design and construction on the campus's medical services building and cancer center will begin within the next year. "Michigan deserves world-class health care. This partnership with Michigan State University, which builds upon decades of close cooperation between McLaren and MSU, is an important step toward that goal," said Phil Incarnati, president and CEO, McLaren Health Care. "Building this facility in such close proximity to MSU will benefit patients and researchers looking for the best health outcomes possible." The new health care campus will be developed on land purchased from the MSU Foundation in its University Corporate Research Park, located between Collins Road and US 127. The campus will house a 240-bed state-ofthe-art hospital, cancer center, medical services building, and other facilities to support health care delivery, educational opportunities, and medical research. When fully complete, this health care

campus will be home to more than 1,000 physicians, researchers, educators and other members of the academic and medical team. The current estimated timeline to open the facilities is early 2022. An estimated 2,500 construction jobs will be created in the development of the health care campus. McLaren expects to add an additional 80 employees to its current workforce of more than 2,000 employees when the campus opens. McLaren has engaged some of the nation's top construction and construction worker organizations to design and build the acute care hospital. Owner's representative services are provided by the Kramer Management Group, Barton Malow/Christman Joint Venture is the construction manager, Gresham Smith and Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) are the architects, Pace Howe Design is providing interior design services, C2AE is providing off-site civil consulting, PEA is the on-site civil engineer, IMEG is the technology consulting and medical equipment planner, Ghafari is providing scheduling consulting, Limbach Mechanical is the mechanical design assist, and Shaw Electric is the electrical design assist. More information about the project can be found at





Michigan Becomes First State to Lower Acceptable Blood Lead Levels for Workers Fall Protection Tops OSHA’s Annual “Top 10” List of Most Frequently Cited Violations The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2018. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA's Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the Top 10 on the Expo floor as part of the 2018 NSC Congress & Expo, the world's largest annual gathering of safety professionals. The top five violations remained unchanged for the fourth straight year, with Hazard Communication, Scaffolding, Respiratory Protection and Lockout/Tagout following Fall Protection, respectively. While the rankings for OSHA's Top 10 most cited violations vary little from year to year, violation No. 10 on this year's list, "Eye and Face Protection" (1926.102) was not on the 2017 list. "Knowing how workers are hurt can go a long way toward keeping them safe," said National Safety Council President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. "The OSHA Top 10 list calls out areas that require increased vigilance to ensure everyone goes home safely each day." The Top 10 for FY 2018 are: 1. Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501) 7,270 2. Hazard Communication (1910.1200) 4,552 3. Scaffolding (1926.451) 3,336 4. Respiratory Protection (1910.134) 3,118 5. Lockout/Tagout (1910.147) 2,944 6. Ladders (1926.1053) 2,812 7. Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178) 2,294 8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements (1926.503) 1,982 9. Machine Guarding (1910.212) 1,972 10. Eye and Face Protection (1926.102) 1,536 8 CAM MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 2019

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Construction Equipment Magazine Announces Its 2018 Top 100 New Products Winners Construction Equipment magazine has announced its annual Top 100 New Products. Chosen by the publication’s editorial staff, the Top 100 list recognizes the year’s most innovative new construction equipment and related products that offer advances in technology, deliver significant improvements to existing products, or increase competition in their field. “Leveraging more than 100 years of combined experience, one of the most important roles of the Construction Equipment staff is to keep our industry apprised of the hundreds and hundreds of products manufacturers introduce each year,” says Rod Sutton, editorial director for Construction Equipment. “The Top 100 represents the most innovative and significant among those introductions — products that increase efficiencies, enhance safety, elevate performance, and otherwise improve the day-to-day work of our readers.” The Top 100 program honors new products across nine categories: heavy earthmoving; light earthmoving; trucking and hauling; paving and compacting; lifting and material handling; drilling and trenching; light equipment; technology; and ancillary products. To view the full list of Construction Equipment’s Top 100 New Products, visit

Workers exposed to lead are now offered greater protection under the new MIOSHA standards. An important step toward keeping Michigan workers safe from lead exposure in the workplace was realized in late 2018 with the filing of updated administrative rules that lower acceptable blood lead levels, replacing decades-old standards. The new rules became effective December 11, 2018. “Fact-based rule promulgation is an essential element of MIOSHA’s mission to protect the safety and health of Michigan workers,” said MIOSHA Director Bart Pickelman. “These updated worker blood lead levels reflect today’s knowledge and are considered necessary to safeguard employees in this great state from the hazards of lead.” The work environment can be the greatest source of lead exposure for adults; a few examples of work activities that may result in exposure to lead: • abrasive blasting of bridges, overpasses or water towers • manufacturing or refurbishing batteries • demolition or remodeling activities • working in gun ranges The diagnosis and treatment of lead exposure is based on the blood lead level (BLL) measured in micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood (μg/dL). Former MIOSHA rules allowed workers to have BLLs of 50 - 60 µg/dL before they had to be removed from lead exposure. Under the former rules, they could return to work when their BLL was below 40 µg/dL. The new MIOSHA rules require that employees be removed from lead exposure when their BLL reaches 30 µg/dL and may not return to work involving lead exposure until their BLL is below 15 µg/dL. The average BLL in the general population is 1.12 µg/dL. MIOSHA was approached by members of the Michigan Occupational and Environmental Medical Association (MOEMA) with a proposal to lower existing limits for worker lead exposure. In response, an advisory committee composed of representatives from industry, labor, management, “The Voice of The Construction Industry®”


construction, and health/medicine was tasked with drafting rule revisions for consideration by the department. A public hearing on the proposed rule revisions was held on August 3, 2018. "We can say with pride that Michigan now leads the nation in protecting workers from harmful lead exposure on the job by being the first state in the nation to update its standards to dramatically reduce allowable blood lead levels,” said MOEMA President Dr. Michael Berneking. “We hope that other states and the federal government will look to Michigan as an example and work toward making changes in the lead standard in their jurisdictions to safeguard the working populations.” The revised rules were filed with Michigan’s Office of the Great Seal on December 11, 2018, with an immediate effective date. MIOSHA’s enforcement divisions are implementing a 60-day temporary stay on the enforcement of new blood lead levels in order to allow employers time to ensure compliance with the new requirements. For more information, visit

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n 2018, the CAMSafety Toolkit articles focused primarily on the seven core elements of an effective safety and health management system. In this toolkit, I would like to take some time to tell our members about a great resource that our association (CAM) has to assist member companies with the developing, implementing, and updating of their safety and health management systems. This resource is the CAMSafety Committee, which is comprised entirely of CAM member companies. I have had the privilege to be the staff liaison to this committee and work with some truly dedicated safety professionals who help to make our workplaces safer not only for their employees but also the employees of the subcontractors that their companies utilize. CAM member companies are welcome to send a representative to the CAMSafety Committee meetings - a listing of the meeting dates and times is available at


information/. Participation in the committee provides member companies the opportunity to network with safety professionals from some of our larger general, mechanical, plumbing and electrical contractors. We also have members who perform road work, roofing, and represent the trowel trades. The role of the committee is to assist CAM with targeting its training programs, develop tools and resources for our member companies, and assist with the planning of the annual CAM Safety Leadership Conference. Another function of the committee is to assist member companies with questions pertaining to matters of safety and health. Member companies may submit a question to the committee through our “Ask the Committee” feature on the committee web page. A hot topic that the committee has been addressing recently is the legalization of marijuana and the impact that this could have on our job sites and safety programming. As the “The Voice of The Construction Industry®”


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staff liaison, I try to incorporate educational opportunities into the meetings. The topic for February related to the use of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality as training tool and was provided by Proficient Training and Consulting. In March, the committee will be viewing a presentation regarding the legalization of marijuana and what things employers need to do to update their programming and pitfalls to avoid. For additional information on how to get involved with the committee, contact Jason Griffin by phone at (248) 972-1141 or send an email to All member companies are welcome to send a representative to the meetings and are encouraged to utilize the “Ask the Committee” feature on the committee’s web page found at

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What’s All the Hype about Hemp?

By Douglas Elbinger, Energy Systems Finance, Newman Consulting Group LLC


emp is a natural fiber that can be used in concrete, insulation, furniture, and much more. Hemp is not new. It has a recorded history going back more than 4,000 years. You may remember hearing that George Washington grew the stuff on his plantation, which he and many others did because, in pre-industrial America, it was a staple cash crop and had many uses like: cloth, sail, rope, netting, paper, and many more. The first drafts of the Declaration of Independence were written on hemp paper, and until the 1890s, most paper in the United States was made from hemp. Hemp was a very common crop in the United States, especially in tobacco-growing states until its cultivation was outlawed in 1937, the same year that cannabis was banned. During WWII, hemp was deemed essential to the war effort and special licenses were granted to grow hemp, but by 1947, hemp was gone. Hemp farmers have been struggling ever since to draw a distinction between industrial hemp, which for all practical purposes, has no psychoactive qualities but many valuable commercial uses, and its close genetic cousin, cannabis (aka marijuana), which is popular with recreational and medical users today. Game Changer. The 2018 Farm Bill The 2018 Farm Bill, which was passed this past December, is a sweeping piece of legislation that bolstered farmers with the passage of The Hemp Farming Act, a bipartisan legislation delisting hemp as a controlled substance allowing for hemp cultivation to be reclassified as an agricultural commodity…breathing new life into the farming industry. This gave the green light, or as I’ve heard, started a gold rush, in a new segment of the agricultural industry. The result: a torrent of new “hemp”-based products that will appear everywhere, especially in the construction industry. Now that hemp is legal, expect to see innovative products hit the marketplace directed toward homeowners, contractors, builders, designers, and architects. Don’t get too excited. Hemp is not the answer to all your prayers, but it does have useful properties, which in many ways can substitute what you are using now for faster, better, cheaper. What We Know about Hemp Let’s start with sustainability. Hemp is a fast-growing, exceptionally strong, non-wood natural plant fiber. It’s a weed that can thrive almost anywhere in the world. It’s possible to grow two or three crop cycles a year in some places in the United States. Compare that to a 15- to 25-year growing cycle for wood fiber products. 12 CAM MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 2019

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European and Canadian builders have a head start with access to hemp, where they have been using it for years for insulation as a cost-effective substitute for fiberglass, cellulose, or mineral wool. Hemp insulation has many advantages. It has a very long service life — walls opened up in France 50 years after construction showed hemp insulation looking essentially brand new. It’s composed mostly of a natural fiber (88% hemp fiber and 12% polyester fiber) with no chemical binders and no VOC offgassing. It’s vapor-permeable and naturally repellant to mold, rodents and insects. Some builders in Europe and Canada have successfully tinkered with a mix of hemp fibers and lime called “hempcrete,” but the wide-scale use of industrial hemp as a concrete substitute has a long way to go in research and development before being adopted in U.S. markets. Early Innovation Almost standing alone is one of the early hemp innovators in the United States, a company called Sunstrand LLC, based in Louisville, Kentucky. Organized in 2014, this vertically integrated company is by its own admission “ahead of the curve.” Since its founding, the company has acquired special permits allowing them to grow and process hemp in Kentucky. Sundstrand cultivates the plants, processes the plants and has its own inhouse product development, manufacturing, and distribution. According to CEO, Trey Riddle, Ph.D., “By 2021, we expect a global demand of over $3.5 billion for natural fiber composites in the building and construction industry. With Americans importing about $600 million worth of hemp annually from places like China and Canada, it makes sense to grow hemp locally, where it seems to thrive.” Trey emphasized that in addition to thermal properties for insulation, natural hemp fibers can be utilized in railings, molding and trim, decking, door panels, window frames, acoustical ceiling tiles, and many other building materials. Sunstrand also supplies natural fibers to a range of other industries, including automotive, cosmetics, textiles, electrical Visit us online at

There is a giant opportunity around hemp, and we wouldn’t have this opportunity without the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. Hemp is a rapidly renewable resource that can optimize sustainability, enhance performance, and promote American farming. –Trey Riddle, Ph. D., founder and CEO, Sunstrand LLC.

and electronics, recreation industries and lightweight composites. But now the company is focused on a finished consumer product of its own in the form of a hemp insulation batt.



Environmentally Friendly The positive environmental impacts of growing the hemp needed to make natural fiber insulation begin as soon as the seeds are planted. As the crops grow, they absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and store it away. Once made into insulation, this carbon is sequestered into the walls, removing it from the environment for the product’s lifetime. Theresa Guerra, a product sales specialist for building materials at Sunstrand, says that the batt is a blend of hemp and kenaf fibers. Hemp is grown locally from seed that Sunstrand supplies. To date, the company has produced enough batts to let local builders try them, but it’s still doing final testing and expanding a retail distribution chain. For the time being, batts are being produced in one size and thickness: 15 1/2 inches x 97 inches and 3 1/2 inches thick. They cost about $1 per square foot, Guerra said. Sunstrand says that the hemp insulation functions like traditional insulation with excellent thermal and acoustical properties, breathable, “without agitating the skin like fiberglass.” The proprietary binder in the blend is fire-, mold-, and fungus-resistant. Adam Block, the company’s vice president for sales and marketing, says that Sunstrand developed the insulation because people were tired of fiberglass and saw only a limited number of alternatives. Asked whether the company was considering expanding its line, Block said that would depend on consumer demand. Sunstrand chose an R-13 batt because it’s the most commonly used type. Whether it would be worthwhile investing more money in research and development, engineering, and manufacturing to make other forms of the insulation isn’t clear quite yet. Improving Home Efficiency In addition to the beneficial environmental impacts that natural fiber insulation provides, it also performs well when compared to other insulating material. Its high thermal mass helps keep the interior temperature of the building stable, reducing the need for a constantly running air conditioning during extreme seasonal months.


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Hemp is a sustainable alternative for wall cavity insulation with price and performance advantages. This is what hemp insulation looks like (L) compared to fiberglass (R). Natural fiber insulation also reduces the growth of mold inside the walls of your home. This is attributed to the breathability of the material and the resilience of the insulation when exposed to moisture. Hemp can naturally absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture, causing it to draw out any moisture that could damage the supporting frame structure of the wall. Once the moisture is collected in the insulation, it will gradually evaporate and keep the interior of the walls dry and mold-free. Noise Reduction. The acoustic properties of the natural fiber insulation help reduce the sounds from nearby noise polluters, making it a great option for buildings located in cities or near busy interstates and highways. Fire Resistant. Sunstrand’s natural fiber insulation is treated with a salt-based fire retardant. This treatment helps reduce the flammability of the material, but also further reduces the development of mold and mildew. Pest Resistant. Thanks to the same properties that allow hemp to be grown without the use of pesticides, Sunstrand’s fiber insulation is naturally pest-resistant. This resistance is improved further by the salt-based treatment discussed above. Non-Hazardous Work Material. Unlike traditional fiberglass insulation, the need for protective equipment during transportation and installation is significantly reduced. The material can be handled without gloves and does not cause the skin, eye, and respiratory irritation associated with traditional materials. Sunstrand has also developed a product CoreBoard, which is made with large hemp particles. This offers an alternative to typical substrates used in furniture, cabinetry, wall partitions, decorative panels and more. As the public demands environmental consciousness, more and more government regulations and codes require sustainable building practices. Hemp-based materials contribute to LEED certification and keep structures in line with eco-friendly protocols. Heads up. Since hemp cultivation is just getting started, it may be awhile before you start seeing it in on the shelf at your favorite builder’s supply. For more information about hemp products, contact: Adam Block Sunstrand LLC VP Sales + Marketing (o) 502.415.8505 Visit us online at



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A Full-Court Press in Steel Midwest Steel Delivers for the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center idwest Steel, Inc., a nationally known company based in the heart of the Motor City, continues to work at the top of its game for two iconic Detroit institutions. Midwest Steel was awarded the structural and miscellaneous steel fabrication and erection contract for the Pistons Performance Center and the Henry Ford Health System William Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine. Both centers will be part of a new campus scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. According to Henry Ford Health System’s website, the new development will include: • A 183,000-square-foot training facility and corporate headquarters for the Pistons • A comprehensive sports medicine, treatment and rehabilitation facility managed by Henry Ford Health System • Pistons Academy basketball program • Fitness, health and nutrition programs through the Pistons Fit and NBA Fit Week • Public space for Pistons’ events, networking receptions and community activities • A private and public parking structure for both Pistons and Henry Ford personnel.



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The Pistons Performance Center is a four-level, steel-framed structure consisting of a cantilevered steel portion of floor, along with a center portion of the building consisting of 142-foot-long joists spanning across the practice courts. Together, man and machine did all the heavy lifting to erect the Pistons Performance Center’s approximately 3,000 pieces of structural steel weighing a collective 1,400 tons.

The training, sports medicine and rehabilitation complex will be a trendsetting, contemporary facility located at the intersection of Second Avenue and Amsterdam Street in Detroit’s New Center area, just blocks from Henry Ford Hospital and about two miles north of the Pistons’ home court at Little Caesars Arena, according to Henry Ford Health System’s website. The construction team is Detroit-based The Christman Company and L.S. Brinker Co. as the construction managers. Midwest Steel’s relationship with Christman/Brinker was the proving ground for the Pistons Performance Center and the Henry Ford Health System William Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine award recommendation. Christman/Brinker played a key role in supporting the engineering coordination by expediting submittals and RFIs for Midwest Steel in order to maintain a prompt fabrication schedule throughout the project and timely deliveries to the field. Christman/Brinker, a crucial contributor and partner to the project’s efficiency and overall success, coordinated site excavation and foundation build-out Visit us online at





schedules in the project’s early phases when bad weather hit the jobsite. It is partners like Christman/Brinker who play a huge role in Midwest Steel's success from one project to the next. A Successful Steel Game Plan Midwest Steel was awarded the contract for the Pistons Performance Center on February 26, 2018. Midwest Steel’s structural steel “work-out” spanned approximately three months from July 25, 2018, to October 18, 2018. The Pistons Performance Center is a four-level, steel-framed structure consisting of a cantilevered steel portion of floor, along

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with a center portion of the building consisting of 142-foot-long joists spanning across the practice courts, according to Midwest Steel. Together, man and machine did all the heavy lifting to erect the Pistons Performance Center’s approximate 3,000 pieces of structural steel weighing a collective 1,400 tons. Midwest Steel launched work on the miscellaneous steel for the Pistons Performance Center on September 25, 2018. The miscellaneous steel consisted of the supply of embeds and lintels, as well as the supply and install of stairs, handrails, guardrails, and exterior wall support steel. Steel fabrication and erection of the Henry Ford Health System Center for Athletic Medicine overlapped with the steel work on the Pistons Performance Center. Awarded the contract on July 30, 2018, Midwest Steel launched work on both structural and miscellaneous steel on September 19, 2018, finishing the threelevel, steel-framed structure shortly before Christmas on December 21, 2018. At publication time in January 2019, Midwest Steel’s miscellaneous steel work continues on both centers. Once completed, both the Pistons Performance Center and the Henry Ford Health System William Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine promise to boost the economic health of the entire New Center area. Moreover, the new sports complex “will provide comprehensive sports medicine, treatment and rehabilitation for all patients from the weekend warrior to elite athletes,” according to Henry Ford Health System’s website.

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Grew ampbell & Shaw Steel, Inc., a structural steel and miscellaneous steel fabricator in Marysville (just south of Port Huron) has completed a 33,000-square-foot addition to its existing 14,700-square-foot facility to house newer structural steel processing technology. The company has installed a fully automated FICEP 1103 CNC three-spindle drilling, layout and sawing structural steel processing production line to assist with its growth into the future. “We are the first structural steel fabrication company in Michigan with this make and model machine,” said Karen Lietke, President and CEO. The new CNC machine automatically loads the structural steel members from the infeed conveyor onto the processing rollers, drills the correct hole size from a six-bit tool selection for each spindle, which automatically changes the tooling, lays out the member with piece marks and cuts the material to length with up to a 60° bevel cut. After the material is processed, it is transferred to the outfeed conveyor for final fabrication. “This machine is capable of running lights out, meaning that our crew can program it, load it up prior to quitting time, and return in the morning to preprocessed steel ready for fabrication,” said Mark Lietke, Vice President.


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LEFT: Fully automated FICEP 1103 CNC three-spindle drilling, layout and sawing structural steel processing machinery. Photo courtesy of caMPbell & shaw steel.

BELOW: Keith Ledbetter, President and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors SE Michigan chapter, Mark Lietke, Vice President of Campbell & Shaw Steel, and Robert Clancy, a director at ABC. Photo c o u r t e s y o f a s s o c i at e d b u i l d e r s a n d c o n t r a c t o r s s e M i c h i g a n chaPter.



Our new 33,000 sf Addition is complete with 6 new overhead cranes and new 3 spindle drill, scribe and saw line. Just completed: OERLIKON METCO Manufacturing Facility 100,000 sf, 800 ton, Plymouth, MI Christian Financial Credit Union Headquarters 47,000 sf, 320 ton, Sterling Heights, MI Arbor Research Collaborative For Health Corporate Center 51,500 sf, 325 ton, Ann Arbor, MI In Progress: Saint Gobain Performance Plastics Addition 105,000 sf, 1,000 ton, Beaverton, MI One of Michigan’s 50 companies to watch nominees in 2019 by MCSB

The company was started by John Campbell and his son-in-law Ken Shaw as Campbell & Shaw Steel Fabrication, Inc., in 1973. When Ken retired in 2011, the company was acquired by Karen and Mark Lietke, who renamed the company Campbell & Shaw Steel, Inc. In late 2016, a decision was made to grow the business with this new technology, giving it a competitive advantage in the structural steel fabrication process. The addition was completed and the machinery was installed in April of 2018. Prior to the expansion, the company’s average new construction project size was approximately 30,000 square feet. Currently, projects can range to over 100,000 square feet. The company is currently fabricating 1,000 tons of steel for the 105,000-square-foot addition to Saint Gobain Performance Plastics in Beaverton, just northwest of Midland, and Visit us online at

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Campbell & Shaw Steel was nominated this year to be in contention for one of Michigan’s 50 companies to watch in 2019 through Michigan Celebrates Small Business . This prestigious award is given to 50 companies in Michigan that have the potential for growth with employment, revenue or both. Qualifying companies for the award must support Michigan’s economy, be headquartered in Michigan, be privately held, be past the startup stage and facing issues of growth not survival, have between 6 and 99 full-time employees, and have between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from either investments or grants. CAM MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 2019


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Lee Xtreme’s Peak Performance: Taking Specialty Lifting Equipment and Services to the Limit Mary Kremposky McArdle, CAM Magazine


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TOP: Lee Xtreme’s Goldhofer is a unique piece of equipment that not many industrial contractors own. The Goldhofer is a self-propelled modular transporter with 10 axles and a 1-million-pound capacity. This specialized piece of equipment is extremely adaptable and economical. BOTTOM: Lee Xtreme’s 70 US ton capacity Terex, with its unique pin-n-go transportation system, eliminates the need for a separate specialized trailer for transportation. This versatile piece of equipment provides perfect support for large crane erection.

super trailer snaps in half on I-94 and strands its 250,000-pound single piece of cargo blocking a major Metro Detroit highway. Lee Xtreme comes to the rescue, arriving on site with a Grove GMK5250L 300 US ton capacity crane. The Grove 5250L crane is the first five-axle 300 US ton series crane in the United States, and the Pontiac-based firm is one of the few companies in Michigan to have the Grove 5250L crane in its arsenal of specialty lifting equipment. The company has the manpower and the expertise to make full use of a crane only recently introduced in 2015. Using the 5250L, Lee Xtreme lifts the fallen behemoth off the interstate, loads it onto one of the company’s own trailers, and hauls it away. Problem solved. Lee Xtreme brings the same efficiency to the lifting, transloading and transportation of power plant turbines, industrial presses and other heavy-duty, large-scale industrial machinery. “Lee Xtreme simplifies specialty lifting and transportation services,” said Tony Solinski, Lee Xtreme. “With our wide range of cranes, we are perfectly positioned to handle any capability when it comes to heavy lifting, transloading and transportation. Our services are aimed at ensuring your next project is safe, efficient and cost-effective.” Another case in point showcases Lee Xtreme’s capabilities in action. Massive crawler cranes are used to install turbines on wind farms. Disassembling the crawler crane, transporting it to the next wind turbine installation site, and reassembling the crane can be a time-consuming undertaking. Lee Xtreme’s use of two types of specialty equipment compresses the task from the typical span of six days all the way down to two days. “On wind farms, we disassemble the boom sections with either the Grove 5250L or a 70-ton crane, depending on what sort of reach we have to make and other factors,” said


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Lee Xtreme’s John Causbie, “and then leaving a large part of the body of the crawler crane together as a 450,000 lbs. unit, we load it on to our Goldhofer modular transporter that has 10 axles and a 1-millon-pound capacity. It is a unique piece of equipment that not many industrial contractors own.” On one particular wind farm, Lee Xtreme drove the Goldhofer and its heavy cargo to another wind turbine site 2.5 miles away, saving the customer both time and money. “It saves the customer a great deal of time, because they do not have to break the crane down into smaller pieces,” said Causbie. “It also mitigates risk, because obviously the more times


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something is taken apart – and the more extensive the disassembly – the greater the chances of breaking bolts and pins or damaging hydraulic lines or drive components. “Because of the size of the equipment, the initial cost appears to be more, but as the project begins, the cost savings start to double, triple, and then quadruple,” Causbie continued. “This is because of the lesser amount of labor hours and the elimination of double handling. Again, cost savings are realized very quickly when a crawler crane can be moved in only two days versus six or seven.” Compared to other companies, “very few to none” have such a singular line of specialty equipment, ranging from the Goldhofer to the Ormig and Trilifter, added Solinski. These gargantuan “tools of the trade” get the job done and get it done on schedule. “Lee Xtreme uses our selfpropelled Goldhofer transport module and our partner fleet to tackle overdimensional items,” said Solinski. “Using our top-of-the-line equipment and inhouse employees allow us to eliminate major sources of delays. This helps us confidently set and meet timelines for a customer’s project.” 26 CAM MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 2019

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LEFT: The Grove GMK5250L 300 US ton capacity crane features 230 feet of main boom and a compact five-axle configuration providing more flexibility and maneuverability for faster setup times on job sites, and it allows the crane to be positioned in tighter spaces. Paired with Grove’s latest technology and Lee Xtreme’s industry-leading operators, this crane makes Lee Xtreme a leader in the 300T class. Lee Xtreme has used the Grove 5250L for such heavy rigging tasks as unloading incoming press parts and turbine transloading. At wind farms, the Grove GMK5250L has also set transformers and off-loaded nacelles to be rebuilt, repaired or replaced, according to Solinski. (Located next to the blade assembly, a nacelle houses the generator, gearbox, drive train and other generating components of a wind turbine.)

ABOVE: With its pick-and-carry capacity and off-road capability, Lee Xtreme’s 70 US ton capacity Ormig offers a unique lifting solution on some of the more demanding construction sites in the industry.

Lee Xtreme’s peak performance on demanding projects helps its industrial customers operate at peak capacity. Launched in 2016, Lee Xtreme supports Lee Contracting, Lee Machinery Movers, and Lee Transportation, along with other firms in need of specialty lifting, transloading and transportation services. “We supply the equipment and the manpower for the job, along with the capability to transport the customer’s equipment, whether it is equipment that needs to be installed or equipment that needs to be dismantled,” said Causbie. Lee Xtreme’s services include project planning, project safety, designing a lift plan, including computer modeling, as well as engineering the spreader beams and required rigging. “We work with preferred engineering suppliers, depending on the complexity of the project,” said Causbie. Lee Xtreme offers a pictorial guide to its host of heavy-duty equipment, including the Goldhofer, the Grove GMK5250L, the Ormig, the Trilifter, and other pieces in its specialty arsenal. Visit us online at



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State Savings Bank Building: A Storied Building Returns to Life By Mary Kremposky Associate Editor


he Georgian marble walls of the State Savings Bank Building in downtown Detroit hold almost 120 years of stories. Built in 1900, this white marble jewel at Fort and Shelby Streets is part of the success story of one of Detroit’s largest banks of the era. In December 1889, George Howard Russel had just been appointed State Savings Bank president. The institution had a million dollars in deposits and ranked in 13th place among its fellow banks, according to an eight-page letter in the archives of the Detroit Historical Society. “Now the State Savings Bank in its new marble building has deposits of over nine million and holds first place among the banks of this city and state,” wrote a satisfied Russel on December 31, 1900. A darker tale of lust and murder surrounds the building’s original architect – the famous, the flamboyant, and the prematurely dead Stanford White. The renowned architect designed the building as a principal of McKim, Mead & White, one of the preeminent architectural firms of the early twentieth century. The New York City firm designed the West and East Wings of the White House, the original Penn Station in New York City, and a host of Beaux-Arts buildings across the country. White’s design of the State Savings Bank Building envelopes the visitor in a flowing harmony of fluted pilasters and soaring archways or arcaded marble walls. His appetite for beauty wasn’t confined to buildings, and on June 25, 1906, the millionaire husband of actress, model and former White paramour, Evelyn Nesbit, shot White at an outdoor theater on the rooftop of the original Madison Square Garden in New York City. White’s untimely end in a building of his own design became known as the crime of the century and was turned into a 1955 movie called “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing.” The State Savings Bank Building almost came to its own untimely end. The building and its 1915 addition had been a bank for almost 80 years, Silver’s office supply until 1995, and home to assorted enterprises before becoming vacant for five years. A past owner wanted to demolish the building and turn the site into a parking lot. Fortunately, this sad story has a happy ending: The Detroit Historic District Commission halted the action. Bedrock, Detroit’s preeminent full-service real estate firm and the building’s current owner, is in the process of fully restoring the delicate marble building that beautifully expresses White’s flair for refined ornamentation and his talent for designing buildings infused with grace, harmony and classical proportions.



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Bedrock’s 2014 acquisition saved the only McKim, Mead & White building in Michigan, according to Mike Kirk, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Neumann/Smith Architecture, the Southfield-based firm entrusted with designing the building’s recent renovation and restoration. More than being the firm’s only Michigan design, “McKim, Mead & White considered the building to be one of its most unique designs,” said Neumann/Smith Senior Preservation Architect Daniel Schneider, AIA. “It was even published in their second volume monograph in 1915.” The building’s architecture proved to be its salvation in the twenty-first century. “The building’s distinguished historic architecture and its prime location were the main drivers behind our pursuit of the acquisition,” said Bedrock’s Director of Acquisitions, Sam Hamburger. “In addition, its large floor plate and open plan with high ceilings allows for a multitude of uses, which gives us the unique ability to bring experiential retail and flexible uses to downtown Detroit in a well-located building in downtown’s financial district.” Bedrock selected the team of Neumann/Smith Architecture and the Detroit office of Roncelli, Inc., Sterling Heights, to bring the building out of the dustbin of history and to make it part of the Comeback City. “We selected Neumann/Smith based on their depth of historic preservation knowledge and experience, especially with stone masonry,” said Bedrock’s Project Director, Malek Eljizi. “Bedrock’s construction team had prior experiences with Roncelli. We appreciate their attention to detail through evolving scopes of work, which is why we thought they’d be the right fit for this project.” The project’s scope of work grew continuously, ultimately restoring the ornamented exterior and the banking hall interior to its original loveliness. The project team, including Strategic Energy Solutions, a consulting engineering firm based in Berkley, threaded contemporary building systems in carefully selected locations throughout the 72,000-square-foot, low-rise building. The systems had to be strategically placed to accommodate both varied events and unspecified future tenants.

The interior of the State Savings Bank offered a fairy-tale setting for a wedding. Roncelli worked rapidly to install new building systems and to achieve temporary occupancy in time for the late September wedding.

so this white marble building was very dynamic in 1900,” said Kirk. Not even the building’s current next-door neighbor – the original red brick Penobscot Building – had been constructed in 1900. In fact, “this gleaming white marble building was next to a woodframed shack,” said Schneider. “The small wood building may have been used as a staging area

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for constructing the bank. A historic photograph of the wood structure shows workmen near the building, as well as stone and brick on scaffolding going from the wood shack to the site of the State Savings Bank Building.” The original builders faithfully crafted a building worthy of McKim, Mead & White’s design. According to Roncelli-supplied information, the building’s main façade along Fort Street features two bays of colossal marble arches flanking a recessed portico. Two fluted columns stand like sentinels at the portico’s entry. “A very unusual construction feature of the building is that the two main columns flanking the entry are each single pieces of marble,” said Kirk. “Usually a column is built in sections, but these two-anda-half story tall columns were carved right out of the quarry.” In the 1900s, the columns were pulled by a horse-drawn wagon to the construction site. Roncelli’s Superintendent Gary Mourtos, intrigued by the history of the building and the story of its original construction, discovered photos of the wagon delivering the massive


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For the decorative ceiling and other elements, Roncelli enlisted the services of talented trade contractors, such as Russell Plastering and Detroit Spectrum Painting, skilled at specialty plaster and painting restoration respectively.

columns. “Gary was out on weekends researching and finding all of these historic photographs,” said Kirk. “He really cared

about the history of the building.” Above the portico and perched on a parapet wall, two classically draped, sculpted female figures, one representing Industry and the other Commerce, hold a scrolled cartouche emblazoned with the Great Seal of the State of Michigan set in marble. The parapet wall and roof balustrade camouflages the building’s trapezoidal-shaped roof that has “a large flat expanse in the center and a perimeter sloped to the outside wall,” said Kirk. Donaldson & Meier, the architects for the first Penobscot Building circa 1905, the David Stott Building circa 1929, and other downtown Detroit landmarks, left their imprint on the State Savings Bank Building. The firm supervised the construction of the 1900 State Savings Bank Building and designed a 1915 addition as almost a mirror image of the original structure, according to Schneider. The building addition follows Shelby Street as it slopes downward from Fort to Congress Streets. Because of this pronounced slope, “the main floor of the Congress Street elevation is raised a full story above the sidewalk on a granite base,” said Schneider. The marriage of the original building and its addition creates a marble colonnade of 11 bays flowing down the Shelby Street slope. Both then and now, these soaring marble archways, inset with bronze window frames and mahogany sashes, bring a Beaux-Arts elegance to downtown Detroit. Beaux-Arts architecture drew upon the principles of French neoclassicism, but also incorporated

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Gothic and Renaissance elements and used modern materials, such as iron and glass. It was part of the City Beautiful movement in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America dedicated to creating grand monumental cities, both for visual beautification and to improve the moral character of its citizenry. Exterior Restoration: A Detective Story Today, this treasure of a building is being lovingly preserved by Neumann/Smith and Roncelli. Bedrock had already replaced the roof with a modern single-ply system the previous year. For the current project, Neumann/Smith created survey documents, meticulously detailing the condition and work required to restore each exterior building elevation. “For historic preservation projects, we put notes on the survey and circle areas in need of repair,” said Kirk. “We use those same drawings, filled with repair notes, to communicate to the contractors the work that must be done. Our survey documents offer a much higher level of detail than is typically provided.” This building’s exterior restoration is both a success story and a detective story. Neumann/Smith called on Saline-based Building Arts & Conservation, a nationally known expert in the field, to analyze the exterior materials. Building Arts Co-owner and Architectural Conservator Ron Koenig conducted eight to nine different tests on the marble and gently stripped away and analyzed the layers of paint on the building’s monumental arched windows. The stone analysis helped the project team select micro-blasting as the cleaning method for the marble. This spray of very fine silicon particles is “almost like a very light power wash,” said Roncelli Project Manager/Estimator Jon Reynolds. “You can actually spray your hand without any problem, and you can also choose your level of clean, making it either super clean or somewhat clean.” Making an historic white marble building as clean as freshly fallen snow is not necessarily ideal. “In building preservation, you don’t want to make a building look brand new, because then you are taking off the outer crust of the material which makes the building weather faster,” said Kirk. “The Roncelli team was able to clean it without any visible deterioration to the stone.” The marble is part of the building’s magic, making this phase of the project pivotal in “ensuring that the building’s beautiful historic Visit us online at

nature and characteristics were brought back to life,” said Bedrock’s Senior Project Manager, Brett Yuhasz. “Façade restoration was extensive to properly clean and re-establish the original stone façade of the building.” For window restoration, Koenig conducted a micro-test analysis of the bronze frames and the decades of paint layered over the metal. The analysis revealed a surprising fact: the bronze frames were originally painted. “The bronze was used originally not because it is a metal, but because it would provide very crisp edges to the window details,” said Kirk. The discovery allowed Roncelli’s field team to simply repaint the bronze rather than restore the patina or install new bronze, saving valuable time on the project. “Ron Koenig’s investigation – he even x-rayed the windows – helped us to speed up work on the windows,” said Reynolds. “At the beginning of the exterior restoration, the thought was to restore the windows to a shiny bronze, but his investigation revealed that the windows were actually painted green in the original design.” Prior to cleaning and repainting the window units, the Roncelli team abated the window’s lead paint and asbestos caulking. “The lead abatement was done methodically by hand to ensure the public’s safety,” according to Roncelli-supplied information. A wood restoration company called North Coast Window Works, Inc., Kalamazoo, restored the wood window sashes and replaced the existing glass with insulated low E glass. The exterior restoration also included mortar re-pointing and the rebuilding of two Ionic columns, Ionic being a classical capital in the shape of two spiral scrolls called volutes. “I would say the trickiest part of the project was the delicacy of the materials, primarily on the exterior,” said Kirk. “Both the marble and the windows turned out great. We are very pleased with the way it all came together.” Founded in 1918, RAM Construction Services, Inc., Livonia, was the time-tested and experienced trade contractor for the exterior restoration. The Roncelli team not only worked with delicate historical materials but also labored in the tight confines of downtown Detroit’s financial district. “We had to be very strategic, because there was so little space on site to both work and maintain public access,” said Roncelli Director of Business Development Ehrlich Crain. The project team completed the exterior restoration at the end of 2017. Unfortunately, previous modern renovations had altered the building’s front entry located within the


confines of the recessed portico, potentially leaving its restoration to the future. A stainless steel system and another type of stone have replaced the original entry and its white marble surround, pediment and keystone window arch above the door. “The same is true of the Congress and Shelby side of the building,” said Kirk. “It was in-filled with a stainless steel storefront window system that wasn’t original to the building but possibly dates to the 1950s.” Wedding Bells in the State Savings Bank A love story sparked the interior restoration of the banking hall. A couple was given the green light to hold their wedding reception in the midst of all that white marble grandeur. Roncelli worked rapidly to install new building systems and to achieve temporary occupancy in time for the late September wedding. The interior offered a fairy-tale wedding in Georgian marble. Step into the banking hall and a refined rhythm of grand marble archways, or arcaded walls, soar to a height of almost 30 feet and form the perimeter of the hall. Ionic fluted pilasters (a flat wall projection resembling a column) frame each marble





archway, adding a touch of neoclassical beauty to a hall almost filling the entire first floor. In the bank’s heyday, the open space was filled with enclosed teller areas in both the original building and the 1915 addition. A two-story vaulted arcade marks the beginning of the 1915 addition. The arcade’s three grand archways maintain the building’s rhythm of openings; a large steel and bronze bank vault, still in place at the floor level of the arcade, maintains the building’s historical legacy as a bank. Prior to the construction of the 1915 addition, the original banking hall had a second-level bridge in the back of the space. The bridge connected to a second-level mezzanine encircling the entire perimeter of the banking hall, the bridge essentially serving as the now missing link in the formation of a continuous second-level walkway. “As part of our master plan, we are proposing some form of second-level access from this same area, whether it is introducing a stair or even putting the second-floor bridge back in,” said Schneider. Bronze window grilles fill the hall’s marble archways at the mezzanine level. The bronze

acts as a screen for the mezzanine office space lining both sides of the hall, including the former bank’s boardroom and executive committee office. The banking hall offers visitors a Beaux-Arts Valhalla designed by master practitioners McKim, Mead & White. From the decorative coffered ceiling and rosette frieze to the stately procession of marble arches, the ornamentation and form is restrained and measured like a beautifully composed and calming piece of orchestral music. For the lucky couple, what the historical interior offered in sheer beauty, it lacked in building systems. Love was in the air, but the air was not yet conditioned. Much of the interior work involved selective demolition to make way for the new MEP systems needed to convert this marble “museum” into a LEDlit, air-conditioned, properly heated, and fire-suppressed interior. “It took three months to achieve temporary occupancy for the wedding,” said Reynolds. Selective Demolition: Over a Thousand Sawzall Blades The team of Neumann/Smith, Roncelli,

Strategic Energy Solutions, and the MEP and fire protection trades made it happen for Bedrock and for the bride and groom. • Air-Handling Units: Removal of outdated MEP systems involved intricate demolition and extraction. Two large airhandling units, trapped in the narrow, attic-like space of a third-level mezzanine, were dismantled with sawzalls and lowered through an opening in the 1900 bank hall’s ceiling using a winch-like pulley system. “We used over a thousand sawzall blades,” said Reynolds. “The pieces of the units were carried through a labyrinth of wooden catwalks above the ceiling and lowered 30 feet below to the bank hall floor through a 4-by-4-foot light fixture opening.” Roncelli extended an existing steel platform on the roof to create space for new air-handling units. The bank hall’s network of interior steps complicated removal. Once outside, Roncelli used “just-in-time disposal” in working on this tight urban site. “Debris, ductwork, and piping were carried and placed into live load dumpsters during off hours to avoid disrupting both pedestrian and vehicular traffic,” said Reynolds. • Heating Systems: The lower level was “packed to the brim with old boilers,” continued Reynolds. “Everything had to be cut down to three-by-three-foot pieces for removal.” Radiators set in the wall beneath the windows were removed as well. “We came back with new unit heaters and a whole new system that is much smaller and more efficient,” said Kirk. The new mechanical systems also included “fan coil units throughout the first floor, new condensers, and an Energy Recovery Ventilator,” according to Roncelli-supplied information. “It was a push to get the mechanical systems operational for the wedding,” said Reynolds. “We were finishing up many of the final hookups and commissioning within the last week or so before the wedding.”

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created permanent custom LED light fixtures for the original banking hall’s decorative ceiling. The ceiling in the 1900 hall now has nine light fixtures, one for every coffer in the large grid of nine square coffers. According to Kirk, the LED lights are set in an aluminum body that hinges upward, making these custom fixtures easily accessible for maintenance via the catwalks above the ceiling. Roncelli installed additional catwalks and safety handrails around each one of the new light fixtures as well. The original 1900 building had a variety of natural light infiltration strategies. The Penobscot Building would not have been built at that time, allowing natural light to pour into the east side of the banking hall through “a full-height glass arched window in the central bay,” said Schneider. Natural illumination 1900s-style included glass tiles in the ceiling of the restroom and in the main concrete roof structure, as well. “They are roofed over now, but this unusual feature of the

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original structure can still be seen from the inside,” said Kirk. Originally, skylights once drew natural light into the banking hall in the original building and in the 1915 addition. The addition’s flat skylight, formed of glass block, was removed, but the glass skylight in the 1900’s section was left in place. Currently, the glass skylight has been removed and roofed over, but “future plans hope to recreate the pyramid skylight with a new one to match the design and character of the original,” said Schneider. According to Reynolds, the need to rapidly make the building – and the leaking skylight – weather-tight, and the need to keep construction and ceiling restoration moving forward steered the team away from restoring the skylight at this time. • Fire Protection Systems: The project team designed and installed a fire protection system as well, including deftly camouflaging the sprinkler heads in each

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ceiling coffer. Kirk compliments the ingenuity of the fire suppression contractor, Elite Fire Safety, Southfield. “We worked out with the fire suppression contractor the pattern of sprinkler head placement, which allowed us to work the heads into the geometric design of the ceiling,” said Kirk. “The modern fire detection and fire alarm system sensors are subtly hidden on the marble transoms at the height of the third-floor mezzanine.” The project team even had to place fire protection heads inside of the thick steel bank vault in the vaulted arcade. “The crew burned through quite a number of drill bits getting through the vault’s thick metal,” added Reynolds. Restoring the Grand Interior Post-wedding, Neumann/Smith and Roncelli launched restoration of the decorative ceilings and continued installation of functional systems. “The interior of the space was more of a ‘fun’ challenge to restore the original plaster coffered ceilings and restore the paint schemes back to the original,” said Bedrock Senior Project Manager Brett Yuhasz.


While the columns only had to be cleaned, repainted and retouched, said Reynolds, the decorative ceiling in the original building had incurred some water damage from the leaky skylight. Roncelli enlisted the services of trade contractors skilled at specialty plaster and painting restoration. “We found companies, such as Russell Plastering and Detroit Spectrum Painting, to work on this signature piece of the project,” said Reynolds. Detroit Spectrum not only painted the decorative ceiling, but the company applied their skills to recreating a bronze patina finish around the archways in the 1915 addition. “Detroit Spectrum had a creative touch,” said Reynolds. “They did a beautiful job of bringing these elements back to their original appearance.” In the past, some marble sections had been removed in both the banking hall and in the lower level. In the 1915 addition, the marble floor was restored in the scavenged areas, while a few of the marble columns were wrapped in drywall to replace the stripped marble. Marble and Money

A wide staircase follows the Shelby Street slope to the building’s lower level once filled with marble and money. Much of the marble wall cladding was removed in the past, but a large amount of marble remains stockpiled and stacked on the basement floor. This intriguing lower level houses seven bank vaults original to the building. One of the vaults has a narrow private staircase leading directly to the bank president’s former office in a first-floor room directly off of the entry vestibule. The office still has its decorative plaster, original fireplace and other historically intact features. “We have done some master plan work with some of Bedrock’s internal design team to explore different uses for the building,” Kirk added. At publication time, “we are using the building for a temporary event space, and it currently houses the Mirage Detroit art exhibit by Doug Aitkin,” said Yuhasz. A Mystery Novel The project team designed new systems and functional spaces without marring this historical gem and without a specific tenant in mind. “We are never in a rush to fill a tenant,”

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said Bedrock Communications Associate Sam West. “It is more important for us to maintain the integrity of the building and to make sure that whatever tenant goes in makes sense for what the building is.” The project team’s attitude of respect was in perfect alignment with Bedrock’s perspective. “We worked at adding mechanical systems and restrooms while still respecting the structure,” said Schneider. In one thoughtful revision, the project team tripled the size of an existing restroom and made it ADA accessible. For the expanded restroom, space for new sinks and fixtures was carved out of an adjacent corridor. Marble now graces the entire restroom, 70 percent of it being original and 30 percent replacement stone to patch in areas altered during the repositioning of the fixtures. The location of vertical risers had to be carefully plotted to accommodate future restrooms and other spaces as well. “Wherever we put those vertical pipes, either coming up from the basement or down from the third-floor mezzanine, we had to be sure that they were in areas that wouldn’t conflict with future uses,” said Kirk. In one instance, installation of new vertical risers was blocked by the building itself. For all of its refined ornamentation, the building is built like a tank. According to Schneider, the floors of the steel-framed structure are formed of dense layers of concrete and clay tile, followed by another layer of concrete and plaster. “Our crew tried coring through one part of the floor and said, ‘We can’t get through this. It’s like a fortress,’” said Reynolds. “We found an existing shaft in a corner of the building as an alternate location.” At the end of the day, Stanford White would certainly be proud of the team’s effort. According to Schneider, a die-hard Stanford White fan, the demolition of McKim, Mead & White’s original Penn Station launched the preservation movement nationally, and today that same movement is part of the force helping to restore the State Savings Bank Building. The expertise of Bedrock, Neumann/Smith, Roncelli, and Strategic Energy Solutions converged to make this exterior restoration and partial interior restoration a success story. The State Savings Bank Building itself is part of the 318-year story of Detroit. The building actually rests on part of the site of Fort Lernoult built in 1779. Today, this white marble gem is part of the future in the continuing saga of this City on the Straits.

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Owner: Bedrock, Detroit Architect: Neumann/Smith Architecture, Southfield Contractor: Roncelli, Inc., Sterling Heights MEP Engineer: Strategic Energy Solutions, Berkley Surveying Engineer and Construction LayOut: Giffels Webster, Detroit • Building Integration & Controls – HEPTA Control System, Inc., Marine City • Carpentry – Diversified Construction Specialists, Rochester Hills • Concrete – Roncelli, Inc. (Self-Perform), Sterling Heights • Demolition – 21st Century Salvage Inc., Ypsilanti • Doors, Frames & Hardware – Stafford Building Products, Ohio • Electrical – LaBelle Electric Services, Inc., Macomb • Exterior Restoration – RAM Construction Services, Inc., Livonia • Field Engineering & Monitoring – Walker Restoration Consultants, Ann Arbor • Fire Protection – Elite Fire Safety, Southfield • Flooring – Capital Flooring, Inc., Wixom • Hazardous Abatement – Sloan Environmental Services, Inc., Taylor • HVAC Mechanical – Mechanical Design & Installation, LLC, Wixom • Marble Tile – Booms Stone Company, Redford • Millwork – Trend Millwork, LLC, Lincoln Park • Misc. Steel – Sav’s Welding Service, Inc., River Rouge • Painting – Detroit Spectrum Painters, Warren • Plaster Restoration and Repair – Russell Plastering Company, Ferndale • Plumbing – Guideline Mechanical, Inc., Clinton Township • Roofing – Royal Roofing Company, Orion • Site Improvements – Blaze Contracting Inc., Detroit • Skylight & Window Replacement – Edwards Glass Co., Livonia • Window Restoration – North Coast Window Works, Inc., Kalamazoo

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HammerHead HydroGuide® HG2200 Winch Topcon Announces Modular 3D Machine Control Excavation System Topcon Positioning Group announces a new 3D machine control system designed to offer a faster, modular and easily upgradeable aftermarket solution for excavation — the X-53x. “It features fully integrated GR-i3 receivers for precise positioning of the boom, stick and bucket at all times, as well as the MC-X1 controller, which offers compatibility with all brands and models of excavators and provides a customizable machine control platform to address future project demands,” said Murray Lodge, senior vice president and general manager for the Topcon Construction Business Unit. “The X-53x maximizes the output of your excavator up to 30 percent more than machines without a 3D system.” The GR-i3 is designed as an integrated GNSS receiver and antenna all in one, providing powerful performance in harsh environmental conditions. The system is engineered to be easily upgradeable for future excavation demands as technology becomes available. “As we continually focus on making our solutions even faster and more efficient, this system is built for easy transition to any developments down the road, while drastically improving productivity today. Customers operating the Topcon 2D X-52i system can easily upgrade to the X-53x by adding the GRi3 receivers for a 3D solution. As future technologies become available, the X-53x system will offer the modular capabilities to facilitate quick and efficient adaptation,” said Lodge. For more information, visit 36 CAM MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 2019

The HydroGuide HG2200 cable winch is designed for maximum efficiency on even the toughest pipe bursting, slip lining and pipe slitting jobs. It utilizes a radio remote control to precisely control all operations to help ensure a fast set up and a smooth pull. With the touch of a button, you can deploy the patented, hydraulic boom and accurately adjust the angle and depth up to 23 feet. The remote control is used to easily adjust the grade of the machine with its standard hydraulic levelling jacks. Users have total control to set the infinitely adjustable line speed and pressure to perfectly suit the project at hand – payout speeds from 0 to 100 feet per minute, pulling speed from 0 to 60 feet per minute, at pressures providing 0.5 to 22 tons. The HydroGuide HG2200 puts 22 tons of power at your fingertips. The HG2200 comes standard with multi-position hydraulic levelling jacks, full radio remote control, auxiliary hydraulic power, remote electric start and remote operation for the deployable mast. It also features radio remote control, which boosts productivity with a highly precise, intuitive control platform. Both line speed and pressure for the unit’s 2,500 feet of cable are infinitely adjustable. Use the same radio-remote control to dial in payout speeds from 0 to 100 feet per minute and pulling speeds from 0-60 feet per minute, at pressures providing from 0.5 to 22 tons. For added safety, there is an optional Electrical Strike Identification system (ESID), an important measure when working close to other utilities. And when it comes to access, the track-mounted configuration can get operators into and out of difficult areas. For more information, visit

Dewalt’s 20V MAX* XR Cordless Compact Router a Winner Dewalt’s 20V MAX* XR Cordless Compact Router, a PTIA 2018 Tool Innovation Winner, provides power like a corded compact router while providing the convenience of a cordless tool. The plastic fixed base and dual LED lights help to illuminate the work surface and provide superior bit visibility. This cordless router is equipped with variable speed control for optimal bit speed in each application. The release clamp allows for quick and easy bit and base change. The router also features a depthadjustment ring that allows for fast and easy height adjustments, a soft-start motor with full-time electronic feedback, allowing the motor to maintain speed during cuts, and an electronic brake that slows the motor down faster after the unit is shut off. For more information, visit

Sierra Monitor Introduces New Line of Flame Detectors Sierra Monitor Corporation, manufacturer of flame and gas detection solutions for 40 years, recently announced the availability of a new line of flame detection “The Voice of The Construction Industry®”


• Multi-IR model 3976 – With the ability to monitor five IR bands, it has a quick response time as fast as 260 milliseconds and the highest false alarm immunity with a longer detection range. Its Fire Event Analysis (FEA) algorithm enables it to have excellent discrimination between real fires and non-fire signals which makes it one of the best on the market. products. The new 39xx series flame detectors go well beyond industry performance standards and include UV, UV/IR, and Multi-Spectrum Infrared models. • UV/IR model 3986 – Technology with a quick response time as low as 50 milliseconds and high false alarm immunity. This model is one of the most universal flame detectors for detecting visible and non-visible fires. Two options are available; one for hydrocarbon-based fire and one for non-hydrocarbon-based fire.

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• UV model 3966 – Technology with the quickest response time as low as 15 milliseconds, and is available in a standard as well as high temperature model rated to +125°C. The hightemp model is ideal for turbine enclosures to detect any visible hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon fires.

New Pig Introduces PIG® Oily Water Cleanup Towels in Vac-Pac

The 39xx series flame detectors also have outstanding indoor and outdoor accountability to meet any application needs.

New Pig has introduced the PIG® Oily Water Cleanup Towels in Vac-Pack. Different than conventional oil-only spill products, these absorbent towels allow





water to pass through during outdoor cleanups and oily tool wipedowns capturing oils, fuels and hydrocarbons. Packaged in convenient and spacesaving vac pacs, the towels are ideal for use in outdoor, wet and rainy conditions to clean up and wipe down oily tools where oil has collected in cracks and crevices. The towels float to remove oil on water - even the sheen - and their white color shows absorbed oil to indicate saturation level. Constructed from lightweight yet durable material that conforms to irregular surfaces and is tough enough to scrub concrete, rocks and asphalt. And they can be wrung out after use to reduce waste or for fuels blending or incineration. For more information, visit

Like its predecessor models, the Statiflex 800 was designed with efficiency and cost savings in mind. The automatic filter cleaning system is an on-board cleaning mechanism that uses blasts of compressed air to knock particulate from the filter surface, extending the time interval between filter replacement. The flexibility of the Statiflex system enables the user to create a configuration tailored to individual needs. Start with the base unit and choose an extraction arm, wall mounting hardware, starting control, fan and (where applicable) the extension crane mounting. For more information, visit

riveting and water jet cutting alignment, to name just a few. Customizations include laser pattern options (lines, crosses, dot patterns, etc.), flash options, other outputs and more. For more information, visit:

Larson Electronics Releases Explosion Proof Portable Evaporative Cooling System, 34 Gallon Tank

BEA Lasers Expands MIL Series with New Laser Alignment Modules Lincoln Electric’s New ® Statiflex 800 Wall-Mounted Welding Fume Extractor Offers Automatic Filter Cleaning and Lower Operating Costs Lincoln Electric’s new Statiflex® 800 is a wall-mounted weld fume extraction and filtration system designed to curtail operating costs via a self-cleaning filtration system that reduces the frequency of filter replacement. The system is designed with dual-arm capacity that includes an optional extended reach of 27 feet. Statiflex 800 is ideal for heavy-duty extraction and filtration in facilities with fixed workstations and limited floor space. The Statiflex airflow in the single-arm configuration is 735 CFM, while the airflow for the dual-arm configuration is 1200 CFM. The system includes a filter capacity of 568 square feet, and an internal spark arrestor that functions as a pre-filter for larger size particulate. 38 CAM MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 2019

BEA Lasers, a manufacturer of rugged laser modules and assemblies, introduces two new additions to their MIL Series of Laser Diode Modules for alignment applications. Both new MIL RA Alignment Modules feature a low profile 3/8” rugged laser housing, fitted with a M12 connector. A PVC jacketed cable 2 meters long, integrated power supply and optional mounting bracket complete this sturdy ready-to-use system. The optional mounting bracket is available in sensor style, or as a multi-adjustable “LB” bracket. The modules can be obtained in straight or rightangle configuration. The MIL RA Series includes the industry’s first rugged right-angle alignment system. The Alignment Modules feature a 3/8” brass, nickel-plated laser housing. This Laser Diode Module occupies only 1.5” of space, allowing it to fit in tight spaces, which is a much smaller profile than other alignment lasers intended for industrial use. The MIL RA Series Laser Modules are typically used for alignment and leveling applications. They are ideal for counting, machine vision, edge detection, paper web,

Larson Electronics has announced the release of an explosion proof portable evaporative cooling system suitable for use in Class I, Division 1 and 2 hazardous locations. This cooling system is a galvanized air chiller that combines a nonsparking fan and dry mist technology to cool commercial and industrial areas. The EPF-AC-30-220V.50HZ-GLVD portable explosion proof evaporative cooling unit is rated for Class I, Divisions 1 and 2, Group D; Class II, Divisions 1 and 2, and Groups E, F and G hazardous work locations. This cooling system features a 30” fan and eight spray nozzles and shuts off automatically when the water reservoir becomes empty. The system has an ambient temperature rating of 10˚C to 65˚C and runs at 8,723 RPM, enabling spaces to experience a temperature drop of 20˚F to 30˚F. It operates with a 30” spark-proof blade cooling areas up to 3,500 square feet with an eight-hour operating time on a single tank of fuel. The 34-gallon fuel tank unit features two separate water filters to cool a work area and is suitable for use in hazardous locations, including at construction sites, on oil rigs, and for tank cleaning applications. For more information, visit

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Building Efficiency in Construction with Mobile Apps By Bob Kernen, Chief Operating Officer, jācapps he whole world seems to have gone mobile! People are spending upwards of three hours a day on their smartphones using apps for dozens of tasks that used to be done on a desktop or laptop computer, or worse, manually on paper. Now all those apps that we use to handle so many daily tasks are finding their way into our professional lives as well. In the past, using digital tools on the job meant putting expensive hardware into the hands of all the right people. But with smartphone adoption at over 80% of adults, your employees, partners, suppliers and others likely already have all the hardware they need – their own personal smartphones. You just need to get them the applications necessary to do their jobs better. A growing number of companies are launching mobile applications to make their businesses more efficient and to improve communications with clients and employees. For the construction industry, where so many key people do their jobs outside of a traditional office, mobile makes a lot of sense. Whether it’s training a mobile workforce, reinforcing safety procedures or just knowing when that load of materials is going to show up, mobile can make life a lot easier for contractors, tradespeople and the people charged with managing them. Here are a few things to consider when thinking about how mobile could improve your business:


Employee Engagement Mobile has the potential to truly transform the construction industry. Employee engagement is key to a successful business. Contractors need to take action to be sure that their professionals are committed to, and care about, their business’ success. Engaged employees drive their company to reach its objectives. So, how can construction companies develop this level of enthusiasm among their employees? Research shows that in the construction industry, momentum in employee engagement can be built through mobile. Sampson Construction launched SampsonHub in 2017. This is an employee app that better connects the company and its employees. The SampsonHub app reaches more than 80 percent of its employees with communications every day. Additionally, last year, SAK Construction launched its employee app, SAK Pipeline, with similar adoption results. The company reached more than 80 percent of their workers in four regional locations, as well as crews on sites throughout the country. These apps drive employee engagement by providing timely, easy-to-access information to a workforce that may be spread across whole cities or states, and who don’t have access to a computer. And better communication solves a whole host of staffing and personnel problems.

Logistics Support and Resource Management Logistics is one of the biggest challenges in the construction industry. Coordinating personnel and materials on a job site is crucial to an efficient and productive operation. But even modern communication like cellular voice calls and text messages aren’t always effective. Major suppliers can use an app to facilitate the ordering of products, communicating information about facility hours, and even product ETAs can be provided through a simple app, available to everyone who needs to know what’s going on. Apps can provide product catalogs, specifications and availability so that the right materials are onsite when they’re needed. Apps can even help companies assign workers to the proper projects and keep track of their time spent on those job sites. With geo-location, it becomes easy to know who is where, and redeploy them, if necessary, to new projects.

Safety and Training One of the most urgent concerns for companies in the construction industry is ensuring that its workers are informed on safety issues, and welltrained to do the jobs they have. Using a simple mobile app, employees can submit forms to evaluate potential hazards on the job site. Crews can go into the app to see not only the latest notification, but also to look through a library of job hazards and safety procedures, including video. This is beneficial because employees can access safety information when it’s most needed and when it’s convenient for them. Managers and foremen can access recaps of on-site reviews or incidents with the crew. Most importantly, if a crew member needs a question answered regarding safety, he or she can easily access a list of safety managers and their contact info right away.

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More urgent communications can also be quickly and effectively pushed out to crews notifying them of emergency situations or updates crucial to on-site conditions. For example, a notification can be sent if there is bad weather or to let the team know of an incident or injury. Construction apps also push out safety alerts following incident reports to make crews aware of them, whether it’s something that happened within the company or even within the industry as a whole. Mobile apps can also support safety awareness campaigns, and get messages out to construction crews on a daily basis. They can remind workers of the very real reasons why working safe is so important by sharing these images throughout job sites and offices, so they can be remembered! Construction apps can also offer various training courses. This can include the option for employees to have their own login IDs and passwords, so they have the ability to see which courses have been taken, and which need to be done. This will help not only the employees stay on top of their training and education requirements, but it will allow management to keep track of each employee’s progress. These are just some of the ways that mobile applications can improve the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of your construction operation. Each of these solutions can be customized to the individual business or trade. The only limit is your imagination. As you go through your work week, think about ways in which a mobile application might be able to improve your experience. Then reach out to one of the many development companies out there to talk to them about your needs and ideas. About the Author: Bob Kernen is the Chief Operating Officer of jācapps, a Michigan-based mobile strategy and development company that is focused on creating native mobile applications with continuity across all devices. Bob has spent 20 years in digital product development for brands like The History Channel and Martha Stewart. jācapps has been in business for 10 years and has developed more than 1,200 apps across a wide variety of businesses, including construction. CAM MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 2019





J.J. Barney Construction, Inc., Rochester Hills, announced that Eric Steck has been named the company’s Director of Building Trades Construction. Steck brings more than 35 Steck years of construction leadership experience to the company. His responsibilities will include overseeing the performance of the company’s building trades operations by providing leadership and oversight. He is actively involved in the Michigan construction industry and has served on the Board of Directors of the Construction Association of Michigan, including as Chairman of the CAM Board in 2014, the American Concrete Institute-Greater Michigan Chapter, and the Association of Concrete Contractors of Michigan. Peter Basso Associates (PBA), Michigan’s largest MEP consulting-only organization, is pleased to announce four promotions. Phil Allen, PE, LEED AP, QCxP, CCP started his career Allen with PBA in 2006. Allen’s 35 years of engineering experience includes the design of highly complex, technical facilities and manufacturing plants, including the 600,000square-foot addition to Dicastal North America’s manufacturing plant in Greenville. Allen is a member of PBA’s Contract Administration and Commissioning Department and of the Building Commissioning Association (BCA). Steve Mrak, PE has over 14 years of experience as a mechanical engineer with a heavy concentration in K-12 school facility design engineering. Mrak has been integral in the mechanical Mrak engineering design for several recent K-12 bond projects at PBA, including the 2016 bond work for Port Huron School District’s Northern High School, the 2014 Novi Community School District bond work at Novi High School, and the 2016 summer bond projects for Farmington Public Schools. He is an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Scott Peck, PE has over 24 years of experience in electrical engineering with a high concentration in K-12 design engineering. 40 CAM MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 2019


Recent projects include Fraser Public Schools 2017 Bond work, Dexter Community Schools New K-2 Elementary School, and over a dozen recent projects for L’Anse Creuse Public Peck Schools. Peck is a member of the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD). Lindsey Stefaniak, PE began her career with PBA in 2007 and became a full-time electrical engineer in 2009. For nearly a decade, she has provided electrical engineering design for many Stefaniak projects with Macomb Community College. Lindsey has also played an integral role in electrical engineering design for Bedrock Detroit, including her design for the international award-winning First National Building lobby renovations. Stefaniak is an active member in the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). TMP Architecture, Inc., Bloomfield Hills, has announced the hiring of Mark McPartlin, RA, LEED AP BD+C, as a Project Manager. McPartlin has experience leading design teams of McPartlin varied project types from high-end restaurants to professional sports facilities. In 2003, he became a registered architect. He also received the designation of Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Building Design + Construction Professional from the United States Green Building Council. TMP Architecture, Inc., is also pleased to announce that Melissa Miron has joined the firm’s architectural department. She has spent the last four years in the San Francisco area working in Miron high-end residential projects and now brings her talents to TMP. Miron received her Master of Architecture in 2014 and her Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 2012, both from the University of Michigan. Brian Mears, of Berkey, Ohio, has been promoted to director, site management, of the Rudolph Libbe Group, Walbridge, Ohio. In 2005, Mears joined the Rudolph Libbe Group as a

project engineer. He holds a degree in bachelor’s construction engineering technology from the University of Toledo. Mears

GFA, Traverse City, is pleased to announce that Jason A. Juilleret, PS, a surveying department project manager, is a 2018 graduate of the ACEC/Michigan Emerging Leaders program. This Juilleret program imparts specific skills and competencies identified by top ACEC/Michigan principals as critical for leadership success. Juilleret has over 14 years of surveying experience, including construction layout and staking, route survey, alignment and ROW, photogrammetric ground control, topographic, mapping GPS, cellular towers, ALTA/ACSM, road and construction staking. The National Academy of Construction (NAC) has elected Tom Sorley as its 2019 President. As NAC President, Sorley will serve as Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for pursuing the Sorley Academy’s mission of recognizing and honoring individuals for their distinguished contributions to the construction industry. Sorley was elected to the academy in 2011 for principled and innovative leadership in the specialty contractor sector of the construction industry and his commitment to the betterment of the industry with an emphasis on building people. Previously, Sorley served as the Academy’s first Vice-President. Since 2000, Sorley has been the Chairman/CEO of Rosendin Electric, the nation’s largest employee-owned electrical contractor and third largest overall.

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J.J. Barney Construction, Inc., Rochester Hills, has been named one of the 2018 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Nation by the National Association of Business Resources for the company’s commitment to “The Voice of The Construction Industry®”


excellence in human resources and employee enrichment. To identify the winners, an independent research firm evaluated each company’s entry based on key measures in various categories, including compensation, benefits and employee solutions; employee enrichment, engagement and retention; employee education and development; recruitment, selection and orientation; employee achievement and recognition; communication and shared vision; diversity and inclusion; worklife balance; community initiatives; and strategic company performance. J.J. Barney Construction, Inc. is celebrating 92 years and four generations as a family-owned-andoperated civil and commercial contractor serving clients nationwide.




The DeVos family recently announced that it has agreed to purchase a vacant office building in downtown Grand Rapids. CAM member company Rockford Construction Co. Inc. will serve as the general contractor for the project, which is being designed by AMDG Architects Inc., also of Grand Rapids. According to a statement, RDV Corp. plans to renovate and expand the five-story building and use it as headquarters. Ottawa Avenue Private Capital, an affiliated investment advisory firm, and the DeVos family foundations also will move into the space when it’s completed. Construction on the building, which has been vacant for nearly a year, is slated to begin this winter and will last for more than two years.

Triangle Associates, Grand Rapids, was recently hired to help renovate the historic Park Place Hotel in downtown Traverse City. This project consisted of the demolition of the existing dome conference center, pool building and adjacent facilities to construct all new structures that more closely replicate the architecture of the historic tower. The Park Place Hotel (formerly the Campbell House) has been a Traverse City landmark since 1873. “Enhancing and increasing indoor meeting space is critical to sustainable tourism in the Traverse City area,” says Trevor Tkach, president and CEO of Traverse City Tourism. “The Park Place renovation is sure to have a positive, year-round economic impact on the region.”

Rand Construction, Brighton, recently completed a new, full-service automotive dealership for Wolverine Toyota in Dundee. This state-of-the-art facility is over 16,000 square feet and contains offices, sales and service areas. The dealership is part of the Lansingbased Spartan Auto Group. Rand Construction is proud to have worked with Wolverine Toyota on this impressive facility.

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February 5, 2019 Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow • Motor City Casino, Detroit, MI This one-day construction industry extravaganza for owners, contractors, architects, suppliers and more is the best place to learn about new construction products and network with those who are building Michigan’s future. For more information, visit

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February 12, 2019 MSAE Legislative & Public Policy Conference • Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol, Lansing, MI Annual conference featuring new leadership visions, policy issues, pundit commentaries and candidate debates. For more information, visit February 23, 2019 CAM Men’s Doubles Classic Bowling Tournament • Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, MI The 67th Annual Men’s Doubles Classic, sponsored by the Construction Association of Michigan. All CAM companies are invited to participate. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., bowling at noon. For more information, visit or contact Ron Riegel (248) 972-1110. February 25-28, 2019 American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) 82nd Annual Conference • Hyatt Regency Indian Wells - Indian Wells, CA New conference schedule held Monday through Thursday. For more information or to register, visit February 27-March 2, 2019 National Pavement Expo 2019 • Music City Center, Nashville, TN Train your crew, enhance your sales and management skills, and research new equipment, products and services. For more information, visit

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Estimating One of the most important steps in kicking off a successful construction project PREREQUISITE: PRINTREADING EXPERIENCE This course provides an overall knowledge of construction cost estimating from the standpoint of a General Contractor or Construction Manager. It focuses on procedures for basic quantity take-offs and pricing for most construction divisions from Earthwork to Electrical. An overview and demonstration of estimating tools and software will be conducted throughout the class. Students will also review of types of estimates required throughout the construction process.

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OSHA 500: TRAINER COURSE IN CONSTRUCTION PREREQUISITE: OSHA 510 course and 5 years of construction safety experience This 4-day course is designed for those interested in teaching the 10- and 30-Hour Construction Safety & Health Outreach Training Program to their employees and other interested groups. Using OSHA Construction Standards as a guide, emphasis is placed on those topics that are most hazardous. Students are briefed on effective instructional approaches and use of visual aids and handouts. This course allows the student to become a trainer in the OSHA Outreach Training Program, to conduct both 10- and 30-Hour Construction classes, and to issue cards to participants after verifying course completion. Students who wish to participate as authorized Outreach trainers in the OSHA Outreach Training Program must prepare a presentation on an assigned topic individually or as part of a group and pass a written exam at the end of the course.

March 4-7 • 8:00 AM—5:00 PM Tuition: $850 REGISTRATION: EMAIL: PHONE: 866.444.4412 FAX: 937.704.9394 This class takes place in the CAMTEC training room at 43636 Woodward Ave. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302


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CAM Magazine February 2019  

In this issue we cover Metal & Steel fabrication as well as Lifting Equipment.

CAM Magazine February 2019  

In this issue we cover Metal & Steel fabrication as well as Lifting Equipment.