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Understanding Battery Options for Cordless Power Tools Enhancing Sustainability Through Battery Recycling

CAM Construction Expo and Annual Meeting Take Center Stage Plus: Prefabricated System Cuts Construction Time at Hilton Garden Inn, Novi

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FEATURES 30 What Every Tradesperson Needs to Know Before Climbing Up Understanding Scaffold, Scaffold Platform and Ladder Safety Requirements

10 CAM Turns 125 CAM Celebrates 125 Years of Service to the Construction Industry and Receives Accolade from Governor Granholm

36 Think You’ll Bounce Back From a Fall? Think Again. Analyzing Fall Injuries


38 Expo 2010 Show Preview 39 Expo 2010 Floorplan 40 Exhibitor Booth Listings 41 Alphabetical Exhibitor Directory 24 The Dollars and Sense of Geothermal Frank Rewold and Son, Inc. Pioneers a Growing Industry




48 CAM Magazine Green Building Awards 58 Green Building Awards Subcontractor Lists 60 LEED Certfied Companies “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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80 Greenprint for the Future Enhancing Sustainability Through Battery Recycling


66 Concrete in Living Color Iafrate Earns State and National Accolades for Decorative Concrete Project

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72 Spence Brothers Takes Concrete Construction to a New Level Mega Concrete Pour at Commerce Township Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion




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Dear CAM Member: We are proud and excited to announce that 2010 celebrates the 125th Anniversary of the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM). This year-long commemoration will officially kick-off at the 2010 CAM Expo, held on February 3, 2010 at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi. We have streamlined this year’s show into a one-day Expo extravaganza, packed with activities from start to finish. There will be exhibitors displaying construction products and services; the CAM 124th Annual Meeting with keynote speakers; ongoing CAMTEC education classes; the CAM Magazine 2009 Special Issue Awards and Green Project of the Year Awards; and countless opportunities for networking. CAM was founded in 1885 as the Builders and Traders Exchange, by 21 prominent leaders of the Detroit construction Industry. Today, CAM is 3,200+ members strong, and prides itself on being the cutting edge association for those in Michigan’s commercial construction industry. The CAM News Operation offers both printed ad online specs and reports on thousands of active projects each year; CAM Magazine is now available online and is receiving world-wide readership; the CAMSafety Department received a MIOSHA-CET Grant that enables them to travel to our members’ jobsites and educate them for FREE; CAMTEC has many ongoing, relevant educational classes; CAM has a full time Labor attorney on staff to answer your Labor questions; and CAM offers a wide array of social and networking events to keep our members in touch and informed. In honor of our 125th Anniversary, CAM has received a special Certificate of Tribute from Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm and Lt. Governor John Cherry, a copy of which can be seen to the right. Please join us at CAM Expo 2010. Show hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Wednesday, February 3, 2010. For ticket or exhibitor information, please contact CAM Expo Manager Ron Riegel at (248) 972-1000. You can also pre-register online by visiting the CAM website,, under the CAM Expo Section. Sincerely,

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Madonna University Franciscan Center for Science and Media Building Dedication Madonna University in Livonia held a dedication ceremony for the Franciscan Center for Science and Media Building in mid-October 2009. Dignitaries at the event included Madonna University President, Sister Rose Marie Kujawa, CSSF; Archbishop Allen Vigneron of the Archdiocese of Detroit; Adam Cardinal

Maida; Edmund Cardinal Szoka; Sister Mary Renetta Rumpz, CSSF of the Felician Sisters of Livonia; and Livonia Mayor Jack Kirksey. Designed by the SmithGroup, Detroit, and constructed by Clark Construction Company, Lansing, the sustainable structure will preserve and beautify the campus for years to come. The 60,000-square-foot building provides the University’s growing science program with laboratories that meet nationally recognized standards for higher education, along with state-of-the-art production facilities that meet the highly technical demands of the broadcast and cinema arts program. The building also houses classrooms, a lecture hall, student gathering area and a high-definition media studio. It is the first stand-alone building to be constructed on the campus in 40 years and has the distinction of being the first LEED-certified project in Livonia. Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc. (SME), Plymouth, worked closely with Madonna University, Clark Construction Company, Focus Facility Consulting Services, Inc. (owner’s representative), and the SmithGroup during design and construction of the center. SME provided geotechnical engineering services, including recommendations for soil and groundwater conditions, seismic site class, soil corrosivity, site preparation and earthwork, foundations, below-grade walls and drainage,


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Clark Construction Presents Check to Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Tribal Housing Fund Clark Construction Company, Lansing, and its subcontractors for the construction of the FireKeepers Casino near Battle Creek recently donated $18,608.63 to the Tribal Housing Fund of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of



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Potawatomi, which operates the casino. “Clark Construction and all of our subcontractors contributed five cents per hour worked during the course of the project,” said Clark’s project director at FireKeepers, Sam Clark. “Everyone who worked on FireKeepers considered it an honor to be part of such a great project, and we are delighted to make this contribution to the Tribal Housing Fund.” Located east of Battle Creek off of I-94, the $300 million Las Vegas-style FireKeepers Casino opened on August 5, 2009. The 236,000-squarefoot property features eight restaurants, lounges, and a 107,000-square-foot gaming floor with 2,600 slots, 70 table games and 120 seats for poker. The FireKeepers Casino has created more than 1,500 full- and part-time jobs for tribal members and the community. FireKeepers is the second successful Las Vegasstyle casino project managed by Clark Construction. The company also served as construction manager for the Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey.

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Ghafari’s work on Sutter Health’s Castro Valley Medical Center was co-presented by leadership from Sutter and Ghafari as a keynote case study at the Business of BIM Conference sponsored by McGraw-Hill Construction in September. The case study was also featured in the 2009 Smart Market Report released at the same time.

AIA Huron Valley Announces 2009 Honor Awards Recipients As part of its commitment to advancing the contemporary understanding of architecture, the Huron Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the recipients of its 2009 Honor Awards Program at its recent annual awards ceremony at the University of Michigan’s Union. AIA Huron Valley presented awards for emerging architect, distinguished community service, 20-year plus recognition, and firm achievement. Twenty-four projects, designed by registered architects practicing in the Huron Valley Chapter area (Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties), were submitted for consideration to an independent jury. Seven of the projects were selected by the jury to receive a merit-based Honor Award for the demonstration of skill and sensitivity in the resolution of aesthetic, functional and technical requirements, and/or the advancement of the contemporary understanding of architecture. All submissions will be exhibited at several different locations throughout the year, beginning with the Ypsilanti District Library, Whittaker Road Branch for the month of November. The traveling exhibit will then move to the Ann Arbor District Library Malletts Creek Branch for the month of December. The 2009 AIA Huron Valley Honor Award recipients are: • Building category: Lord Aeck & Sargent, Inc., Ann Arbor, for design of the 203,000-squarefoot, $83.5 million Margaret M. Alkek Building of Biomedical Research in Houston, TX for Baylor College of Medicine. Contractor: Vaughn Construction. • Sustainability category: Lord Aeck & Sargent, Inc. for design of the 15,000-square-foot, $4.74 million Twin Creeks Science & Education Visit us online at

Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN for the National Park Service. Contractor: Hedges Construction. • Interior Architecture category: David Milling Architects, Ann Arbor, for design of the 76,000square-foot, $13.1 million Medina County District Library Main Branch in Medina, OH. Contractor: The Ruhlin Company. • Interior Architecture category: Hobbs+Black Associates, Inc., Ann Arbor, for design of the 150,000-square-foot, $40 million Mercy

Memorial Hospital in Monroe. Contractor: Contracting Resources, Inc. • Preservation category: Quinn Evans Architects, Ann Arbor, for design of the 45,200square-foot, $1.8 million Glazier Building renovation/restoration in Ann Arbor for Dahlmann Properties, LTD. Quinn Evans also earned a second award in the preservation category for design of the 19,430-square-foot, $1.4 million Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church renovation in Ann Arbor. JC Beal Construction,

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Inc. was the contractor on both projects. • Preservation category: Lord Aeck & Sargent, Inc. for design of the 36,000-square-foot, $6 million William W. Cook Legal Library Lighting Improvements Renovation for the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor. Contractor: Phoenix Contractors, Inc. Other awards included: A Twenty Year Plus Recognition Award presented to Cornerstone Design Inc., Ann Arbor; a Firm Achievement Award presented to Quinn Evans Architects, Ann Arbor; the Emerging Architect Award presented to David Lewis, AIA, of Lewis Greenspoon Architects, Ann Arbor, for his exceptional accomplishments in and contribution to the profession; and the Distinguished Community Service Award presented to Denis Schmiedeke, AIA, Ypsilanti. Schmiedeke’s accomplishments include service as AIA Huron Valley past president and involvement in other organizations. AZ Shmina, Inc., Dunn Blue Reprographics, Motawi Tileworks, and Structural Design Incorporated sponsored the 2009 AIA Huron Valley Honor Awards Program. For more information, or to obtain additional digital photographs of the projects, please contact David Lewis, AIA at or 734-786-3757.

ProSeal Service Group Conducts Two-Day Reliability Conference Pontiac fluid handling firm supports industry with technical training in equipment reliability concepts. In mid-September 2009, ProSeal Service Group hosted a Best Practices Reliability Conference at their headquarters in Pontiac. Partnering with recognized industry experts, ProSeal provided four technical courses for conference attendees. Students were able to attend classes on mechanical seal environmental controls, lubrication, fluid film bearings (both sleeve and tilting pad thrust bearings) and centrifugal pumps. Each class was centered on improving machine reliability.

Attendees were also able to experience hands-on demonstrations, tour the mechanical seal repair shop, walk through the pump repair facility, and spend time in a “manufacturers marketplace” where the latest developments in reliability products were on display. One maintenance foreman remarked, “I’ve never gotten such positive feedback from our employees like I did when they returned from this conference.” Rob Schmitt of ProSeal responds, “We have long been concerned about the exodus of technical expertise from the mechanical maintenance ranks, and the recent economic contraction has only caused this trend to accelerate. We want to provide some way to counteract that loss. Hosting this free Reliability Conference is one way ProSeal can give something back to the industry and help maintenance and engineering professionals learn concepts that can immediately improve their operations and reduce costs.” BMW Motorcycles of Southeast Michigan was also on site for the two-day event. BMW conducted demo rides on a variety of BMW bikes. According to Bruce McCartney, president of ProSeal Service Group, “Everyone here has some affection for machinery, and a lot of maintenance people are motorcycle enthusiasts.

SAFETY TOOL KIT Tips on Walking Safely in a Winter Workplace Wonderland By Tracey Alfonsi, Danboise Mechanical alking to and from parking lots or between buildings at work during the winter months requires special attention to avoid slipping and falling. Slips and falls are some of the most frequent types of injuries during this time of year. No matter how well the snow and ice is removed from parking lots and sidewalks, you will still encounter some slippery surfaces when walking outdoors in the winter. It is important for everyone to be constantly aware of these dangers and to learn to walk safely on ice and slippery surfaces.


• In cold temperatures, approach ground surfaces with caution and assume that all wet, dark areas on pavement are slippery and icy. • During bad weather, avoid boots or shoes with smooth soles or heels. Instead, wear shoes or boots that provide traction on snow and ice; boots made of non-slip rubber or neoprene with grooved soles are best. • Use special care when entering and exiting vehicles; use the vehicle for support. • Walk in designated walkways as much as possible. Taking shortcuts over snow piles and other frozen areas can be hazardous. Look ahead when you walk; a snow or ice-covered sidewalk or driveway, especially if on a hill, may require travel along its grassy edge for traction.




• Point your feet out slightly like a penguin! Spreading your feet out slightly while walking on ice increases your center of gravity. • Bend slightly and walk flatfooted with your center of gravity directly over your feet as much as possible. • Extend your arms out to your sides to maintain balance. • Keep your hands out of your pockets. Hands in your pockets while walking decreases your center of gravity and balance. You can help break your fall with your free hands if you do start to slip. • Watch where you are stepping and… GO SLOWLY! • Take short steps or shuffle for stability. • Wear a heavy, bulky coat that will cushion you if you fall. • Try to avoid landing on your knees, wrists, or spine. Try to fall on a fleshy part of your body, such as your side. • Try to relax your muscles if you fall. You’ll injure yourself less if you are relaxed. These may all sound like simple ideas, but an injury from a fall on the ice, especially if you hit your head in the process, is no simple matter.

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We thought it would be fun to have a few wellbuilt motorcycles around for people to check out and ride. It provides an interesting break from the intensity of the training classes.” ProSeal Service Group is a major supplier of pumps, mechanical seals, lubricants and related products to all users of pumps, compressors and other types of rotating equipment. ProSeal also provides repair services for all makes, models and sizes of pumps and related equipment, along with mechanical seal repair from two world-class facilities in Pontiac and in Kenai, AK.

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Clarification: Unistrut Detroit Service Company, Wayne, was responsible for the unistrut on two of the projects in the Special Issue 2009. Unistrut Detroit Service Company was a supplier of the unistrut for Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, as well as Providence Park Hospital. CAM Magazine regrets this omission.

C2AE Establishes Memorial Scholarship Fund in Memory of Richard T. Beaupré C2AE, a firm with offices in Beaupré Lansing, Gaylord and Grand Rapids, recently established an annual scholarship fund to provide scholarships for students at Michigan Technological University (MTU). Richard (Rick) Beaupré, PE graduated from and earned multiple engineering degrees from MTU, including a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering. Rick began his career at C2AE (then Capital Consultants, Inc.) in 1975. After his substantial contributions to the company’s success in the Lansing area, he was instrumental in expanding the firm into northern Lower Michigan by opening the firm’s Gaylord office in 1991. He was a former principal, board member, and director of the firm. He retired from C2AE in 2003. Rick passed away at the age of 61 on September 1, 2009 at his home in Gaylord. Rick played a major role in helping to create the firm that C2AE is today. C2AE is a growing firm that provides architectural, engineering, surveying, construction management, and other related design services for both public and private clients. The Richard T. Beaupré Memorial Scholarship Fund is being administered by the Michigan Tech Fund, a non-profit corporation existing solely for the benefit of MTU and its students. The scholarship fund is meant to provide financial support for students entering or already attending MTU. The Beaupre Fund is open to graduates of either Gaylord High School or St. Mary Cathedral High School in Gaylord. Qualifying students also must possess a GPA of at least 2.75, must be pursuing an engineering degree, and must be a sophomore, junior or senior. Although C2AE has committed to fund the scholarship for the next four years with possible extensions, individuals may also contribute to the scholarship fund. If you wish to make a donation, please mail a check to Michigan Tech Visit us online at




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2009 “JUST BUILD IT!” Construction Career Expo 1,200 Young People Learned How to Build Their Future They soldered pipe. They designed a city. They laid brick and block. They raced journeymen carpenters in nailing contests. They tried out CAD design programs. They used power tools. Over 1,200 8th through 12th graders from 36 schools were introduced to the broad range of career opportunities that are available in the construction industry when they participated in the “JUST BUILD IT!” Construction Career Expo. Students tried their hands at construction work and learned the education and training requirements for these careers. Student discoveries included: School officials attending the 2009 “JUST BUILD IT!” Construction Career Expo gave the event high marks for giving students the opportunity to talk directly with people that work in the construction industry. Exhibitors included skilled trade apprentices, engineers, architects, surveyors, general contractors, subcontractors, and construction associations. The event provided a career exploration experience that is impossible to provide in an educational setting.

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New Concrete Sustainability Hub Launched at MIT New Center Will Accelerate Concrete Research Concrete is the most widely used building material on the planet, however the production of some of its component materials accounts for up to 5 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions annually. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently announced the creation of the Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSH), a research center established at MIT in collaboration with the Portland Cement Association (PCA) and Ready Mixed Concrete (RMC) Research & Education Foundation. The new center will address the sustainability and the environmental implications of the use of concrete, a material serving as the backbone of our housing, schools, hospitals and other built infrastructure, ranging from highways and tunnels to airports and rail systems. CSH will provide $10 million in sponsored research funding over the next five years as part of its goal of accelerating emerging breakthroughs in concrete science and engineering and transferring that science into practice. Researchers from MIT’s School of Engineering, Sloan School of Management, and the School of Architecture and Planning are expected to participate in the new center’s research activities. Visit us online at




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The launch of CSH incidentally coincided with the recent announcement of an EPA initiative to move in the direction of enacting rules to curtail greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and large industrial manufacturers. If enacted, these rules would likely impose regulations on all of the 118 cement plants in the United States. RMC and PCA leaders are hopeful that research results emerging from CSH projects will help ease the way for the industry to meet any changes that would be required by those new regulations. “The concrete industry has the honor of producing the world’s most favored building material, but this honor comes with a responsibility for the industry to minimize its ecological footprint,” said Julie Garbini, executive director of the RMC Research & Education Foundation. Added Brian McCarthy, CEO and president of PCA, “The MIT research team is an exceptional group of dedicated interdisciplinary faculty. The CSH will take a holistic approach to research that allows science to feed seamlessly into today’s concrete applications like paving and wall systems. For ultimately, the greatest opportunity for the building industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions may lay in the development of more durable and energy-

efficient roads, houses, and buildings.” Said Subra Suresh, dean of engineering, and Vannevar Bush, professor of engineering at MIT, “This collaboration is an excellent example of how MIT is addressing complex, interconnected issues of sustainability - and working to provide solutions. Putting engineers together with economists, urban planners, architects and industry experts and practitioners on issues related to our built infrastructure will create truly novel opportunities for intervention.” CSH research will initially be organized around three focus areas: concrete materials science, building technology and the econometrics of sustainable development. The first two projects, “Green Concrete Science,” and “The Edge of Concrete: A Life-Cycle Investigation of Concrete and Concrete Structures” are already underway. Franz-Josef Ulm, the Macomber Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will serve as the CSH’s inaugural director and the lead investigator on the Green Concrete Science project. The CSH will be codirected by John Ochsendorf, Class of 1942 Career Development associate professor of building technology in the Department of Architecture and the Department of Civil and

Environmental Engineering. “It is rare that one has an opportunity to have a positive environmental impact on the most prevalent building material in the world,” said Ulm. “This means working closely with industry partners over time to ensure that our ideas and research are sustainable economically, as well as environmentally, and are a source of job creation.” For more information, please visit the Portland Cement Association’s website at and the RMC Research & Education Foundation’s website at

2009 AIA Detroit Honor Awards Recognize Exceptional Architectural Merit Two hundred people were on hand at the School of Architecture Gallery at Lawrence Technological University for the annual Celebration of Architecture sponsored by the Detroit Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in late November. Eleven projects were recognized for their exceptional merit. Four individuals were also honored for their contribution to architecture.

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The Charles Blessing Award was bestowed posthumously to Colin Hubbell for his efforts to revitalize Detroit by building bridges of inclusion, respect and community. Livonia architect Benedetto Tiseo, AIA received AIA Detroit’s highest honor, the Gold Medal, for his efforts to improve architectural practice. Two Honorary Affiliates were named: Ron Rea, a designer based in Birmingham, and Michael Stapleton, founder of Prop Art Studio in Detroit and creator of the Red Wings purple octopus. Plaques were awarded to the firms that created the work and to the building owners whose cooperation and understanding of the work made creative solutions possible. A panel of distinguished architects, headed by Pittsburgh, PA architect Rob Pfaffmann, chose the winning buildings from among 47 anonymous entries: The winners include inFORM Studio, a Northville-based firm that captured four plaques overall for EnovateIT in Ferndale, Bagley Avenue Pedestrian Bridge in Detroit, Traverwood Library in Ann Arbor, and Farmington Hills City Hall, Farmington Hills. SHW Group, Berkley, scored two winners: William Atkinson Hall Information and Technology Center in Jackson and the College of Education & Human Services in Mt. Pleasant. According to Detroit AIA, other winners include McIntosh Poris Associates, Birmingham, for the Lofts at 400 Parent Avenue in Royal Oak; Allied Works Architecture and Integrated Design Solutions, Troy for the University of Michigan Museum of Art in Ann Arbor; Hamilton Anderson Associates, Detroit, for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway Master Plan in Trenton; Luckenbach/Ziegelman Architects, Birmingham and Ann Arbor, for the Thal Residence in Birmingham; and Gensler, Detroit for Team Detroit in Dearborn. The following is a brief summary of each project.

Bagley Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, Detroit Category: Unbuilt Architect: inFORM Studio Owner: MDOT Contractor: Walter Toebe Construction Co., Wixom

Traverwood Library, Ann Arbor Category: Sustainable Architecture Architect: inFORM Studio Owner: Ann Arbor District Library Contractor: O’Neal Construction, Ann Arbor

EnovateIT, Ferndale Category: Interior Architecture Architect: inFORM Studio Owner: Fred Calero Contractor: Sterling Contracting, Farmington Hills

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NEWS Farmington Hills City Hall, Farmington Hills Category: Unbuilt Architect: inFORM Studio Owner: City of Farmington Hills William Atkinson Hall Information and Technology Center, Jackson Category: Building Architect: SHW Group Owner: Jackson Community College Contractor: Walsh Construction Co. of Illinois, Detroit

College of Education & Human Services, Mt. Pleasant Category: Building Architect: SHW Group Owner: Central Michigan University Contractor: Walsh Construction Co. of Illinois, Detroit

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Team Detroit, Dearborn Category: Interior Architecture Architect: Gensler Owner: WPP Group Contractor: Turner Construction Company, Detroit

Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway Master Plan, Trenton Category: Urban Design Architect: Hamilton Anderson Associates Owner: Wayne County Division of Parks, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service




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Joseph A. DeMaria, Sr. passed away on December 8, 2009 at his home, at the age of 75. DeMaria was the owner of DeMaria Building Company, with offices in Detroit and Novi. He proudly served in the U.S. Army, and was a member of Church of the Holy Spirit. He is survived by his wife, children, grand-children, siblings, and extended family. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.


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Drilling operations for the vertical system at Farmington Hills City Hall entailed installation of 40 bore holes to a depth of 285 feet.

The Dollars and Sense of Geothermal FRANK REWOLD AND SON PIONEERS A GROWING INDUSTRY By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor etting close to Mother Earth is not just for “tree huggers” anymore. Some construction managers, large equipment manufacturers, and mechanical contractors are beginning to enter the geothermal field propelled by new tax credits, reduced electrical rates, and sheer client demand. Frank Rewold and Son, Inc. has been breaking new ground in the geothermal industry for at least a decade and is now in the forefront of this growing marketplace below grade. The Rochester-based construction management firm is knowledgeable, experienced … and certified. Currently, Rewold is one of the few construction firms in Southeast Michigan to be certified by the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA), the educational and accrediting body of





Photography courtesy of Frank Rewold and Son, Inc. the geothermal industry headquartered on the campus of Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK. Rewold and Son took the plunge into the geothermal arena about 12 years ago as the construction manager supervising the geothermal installation for French Associates, Inc.’s architectural offices in Rochester. “Before it was cool to be ‘green,’ we were managing these types of installations,” said Frank Rewold, president of Frank Rewold and Son. Over a decade later, the world has caught up with Rewold and Son. Rising energy costs, more competitively priced equipment, and brand new tax incentives are among the forces converging to shrink the payback period and to expand the geothermal market. More “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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building owners are going green, because it is both “the right thing to do and the smart thing to do,” said Rewold, in discussing a system with the ability to reduce your carbon footprint and to virtually eliminate your gas bill. GEOTHERMAL INCENTIVES The year 2008 marked the passage of new tax credits for geothermal and its recognition as a renewable energy source. Under the federal Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, a 30 percent tax credit for residential geothermal and a 10 percent credit for commercial projects was established, said Dave Dimoff, Rewold general superintendent. Currently available through 2016, the tax credit marks the first time geothermal has been recognized as a renewable energy source. “Until 2008, only solar and wind was regarded as renewable energy,” said Dimoff. As a further incentive, Detroit Edison began offering a reduced electrical rate for geothermal installations

two to three years ago. Dimoff outlines the program, termed D 1.7 metering: “Geothermal doesn’t use any gas, but it still relies on some electricity for operating pumps and motors. Currently, we are probably paying close to about 8 cents a kilowatt for electricity. Geothermal system users obtain a reduced rate of about 4 cents a kilowatt under D 1.7 metering.” Beyond specific incentives, rising energy costs allow owners with geothermal systems to remain snug in their building, enjoying the warmth without taking the heat of a high gas bill. Summertime brings the same easy living, comfortable cooling, and low energy costs. A quick review of Geothermal 101 explains the system’s basic workings: On a bone-chilling winter day, the system will use the constant 52 degree F warmth of the Earth to heat the building to a comfortable temperature instead of expending a vastly greater amount of energy to heat, for example, 10 degrees F air to room temperature. The converse applies

in the summer. The heat-fused pipes snaking through a building owner’s own patch of Terra Firma – or possibly a pond – will act as a geo-exchange system, delivering the coolness of the ground to indoor heat pumps and other equipment to efficiently temper the heat of summer. A growing number of owners have taken this lesson to heart and triggered more geothermal inquiries and more actual projects. “Geothermal is at least discussed on almost every job that we are now involved with,” said Rewold. “We have done probably a dozen geothermal installations, but about 10 of those have been within the last few years. It has really spiked upwards.” This mix of increased demand, incentives, and rising energy costs is drawing more – and larger - equipment manufacturers into the geothermal playing field. “The number of equipment manufacturers has probably doubled since the early days of geothermal,” said Dimoff. “Because more players and larger equipment manufacturers are


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involved in producing the heat pumps and other pieces of equipment, the equipment has become more competitive – the price has basically come down. This same scenario has driven the technology. The single-screw compressors, twin screw compressors, variable speed drives, and other components have been incorporated into geothermal equipment to make the units even more energy efficient.” Because of incentives and market forces, owners of geothermal systems now enjoy a swifter payback on installation. The payback has shrunk from 10 to 12 years to roughly five to six years. “The rule of thumb is now six years,” said Rewold. “The payback on a particular installation depends on several factors, but it could be anywhere from four to six, possibly eight. At any rate, the payback is in the single rather than the double digits now. “That is a short time when one looks at how long an owner occupies a building,” he continued. “From about year six, it’s money in an owner’s pocket. Even if the owner elects to sell the facility, the geothermal system becomes a strong selling point.” THE GEOTHERMAL TOOL BELT All of these trends inspired Rewold and Son to add more tools to its geothermal tool belt. Dimoff is the first in the company to attain IGSHPA certification, but Rewold and Son’s goal is to have all of its field superintendents certified to provide owners with a skilled

cadre of geothermal supervisors and installers. Dimoff is a walking, talking textbook of geothermal information, having attended IGSHPA’s national convention in Dallas, as well as innumerable IGSHPA’s continuing education courses. IGSHPA has state-of-the-art facilities for conducting GSHP system installation training and geothermal research, according to the association’s website. With IGSHPA certification, Rewold and Son can wear many hats on the jobsite, whether helping an owner evaluate the benefits of geothermal for their facility, supervising a project as construction manager, or installing the geo-exchange system as a subcontractor to another construction manager, or even a mechanical contractor. Rewold and Son served as construction manager on the Mind, Body, & Spirits eatery in downtown Rochester. “We hired a subcontractor to install the geothermal system, but we oversaw and managed it, using our knowledge and certification in helping us monitor the work,” said Rewold. Rewold and Son is the construction manager on a new 17,000square-foot terminal for Oakland County Airport slated to begin construction in Spring 2010. Rewold and Son and Neumann/Smith Architecture, Southfield, guided the airport authority in its decision to install a geothermal system to service the new development. “The three of us had a strategy meeting,” said Rewold. “Once we laid out the facts, and they saw the payback in X amount of years, the airport decided that geothermal was absolutely the way to go.”

Drilling operations on a 20-well vertical system in Bloomfield Hills is another project in Rewold and Son’s geothermal or geo-exchange portfolio.




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Before beginning backfill operations, the expert team conducts pressure and flow testing of half of the horizontal ground heat exchanger application at Waterford’s Kingsley Montgomery School.




Added Rewold, “We are able to better educate owners on the pros and cons of a geothermal installation. We can walk them through the steps, and the Oakland County Airport is a prime example.” Rewold and Son’s recent geothermal projects include installation of a horizontal system the size of a football field for a Waterford middle school, drilling wells for several large residential projects, and installation of a 40-well geothermal system for the Farmington Hills City Hall. Rewold and Son was a subcontractor to the Braun Construction Group, Inc., Farmington Hills, on the Waterford project, and to Contracting Resources, Inc., Brighton, for the Farmington Hills City Hall. Rewold and Son has even worked as a subcontractor to a mechanical contractor. “If the geothermal system is structured as part of the whole mechanical package, we do the ground heat exchange portion, especially on some of the larger commercial projects where the outside ground heat change and the indoor mechanical systems are engineered as one,” said Dimoff. “It all depends on how the specification is written. At Farmington Hills City Hall, a separate bid package was issued just for the ground heat

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exchange, because it had to be completed as one of the first steps on the job. We took our portion into the building to a termination point, and the mechanical contractor took it from there.” Whether Rewold and Son serves as construction manager or subcontractor, the firm’s experience and ICGSHPA seal of approval can aid the quality of installation. Because many geothermal subcontractors are from out of state and local firms tend to focus on small residential work, “we decided to become trained and certified so that we could self perform the work if appropriate and if competitive,” said Rewold. With such varied contractual arrangements and depth of knowledge, Rewold and Son is a valuable asset to the owner and to the entire project team. “We not only wear the construction manager hat that allows us to address the big picture, but we also can address the details, such as this is how long it takes, how much it takes, the payback, the type of equipment, and the type of space one needs for a geothermal installation,” said Rewold. MADE FOR MICHIGAN Geothermal installations themselves employ a variety of approaches from closed loop horizontal and the drilling of closed loop vertical wells to the submergence of piping in a pond. “We have even drilled a geothermal system underneath a portion of a building,” said Dimoff. Some buildings even use hybrid geothermal systems. “Many larger commercial buildings are cooling-dominated loads, meaning they require tons of cooling,” said Dimoff. “Often sufficient area isn’t available or the installation would require the drilling of so many boreholes, it wouldn’t be cost effective. A hybrid system or a partial geothermal system with supplementation is one solution.” The type of system must be tailored to the particular site and building. As a whole, geothermal installations are tailor made for Michigan and other states with a four-season climate. In Arizona, for example, the cooling-dominated load and constant heat rejection could overheat the geothermal field, resulting in reduced efficiency. “The system would have to be oversized to accommodate this tendency,” said Dimoff. “Of course, geothermal can be used all over the country, but it must be properly designed. In Michigan, we have a much better balanced heating and cooling season than Arizona. Our systems don’t have to be as sizeable, as any overheating or cooling of the field is ultimately brought into balance.” Because geothermal has such a solid future in the Great Lakes State, “there are some other companies that are now starting to become IGSHPA certified,” said Rewold. In other geothermal developments, Dimoff anticipates a possible extension of the tax credits, the creation of even more incentives, and the qualification of geothermal for future carbon credits. Dimoff has even attended a stakeholders’ forum in Lansing as the State of Michigan forges a bulletin, possibly for release in January 2010, on statewide guidelines or regulations for the geothermal industry to be adopted on a county-by-county basis. “Currently, geothermal guidelines vary from county to country with certain counties having none at all,” said Dimoff. The state and industry stakeholders are discussing grouting procedures, the interface of geothermal wells and water wells, and other important facets of geothermal installation. Founded in 1918, this third generation company is helping to pioneer the growth of the geothermal industry in Michigan. Frank Rewold and Son even hopes to install a geothermal system in its proposed new LEED Gold-registered office in Rochester, said Dimoff. Of the growth of geothermal, Rewold says, “I think it is here to stay. It’s not a fad; it’s not weather-related. It is truly exciting.” Visit us online at

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Falls from 11 feet have only a 50 percent survivability rate. The odds of a fatality increase sharply at higher elevations, but death or serious injury is also possible from falls over a much shorter distance.

What Every Tradesperson Needs to BY DAVID R. MILLER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR easily rank as the most obvious hazard on jobsites. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to look at the top of a ladder or scaffold and realize that a rapid trip down might hurt, though a brain surgeon could probably provide some unique insights on the topic. Studies have shown that falls from 11 feet have only a 50 percent survivability rate. The odds of a fatality increase sharply at higher elevations, but death or serious injury is also possible from falls over a

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much shorter distance. In spite of this, seven of the top 25 Serious Violations of MIOSHA Construction Safety Rules for fiscal year 2007-2008 involved scaffolds, scaffold platforms or ladders – a total of 268 Serious Violations resulting in initial penalties of nearly one quarter of a million dollars. These are in addition to a number of top 25 Serious Violations that could have involved scaffolds and ladders but fell under a rule that does not specifically refer to them. “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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SCAFFOLDS MIOSHA rule 408.41213 (1) covers guardrails and fall arrest devices. These rules, particularly the ones regarding guardrails, can be very specific. “The rules specify what guardrails need to look like, how high they need to be, and whether you need to add a mid rail or a top rail, depending on if you have cross braces and where they intersect,” said Bob Pawlowski, director of MIOSHA’s Construction Safety and Health Division. The finer points of these rules are best left to safety professionals, but there are a few things that everyone can look for. Generally speaking, guardrails are required anywhere workers on scaffolds are exposed to the potential of a fall of 10 feet or more, but many in the industry recommend using them at any height above six feet because the potential for serious injury, or even death, exists at this elevation. If a guardrail is not installed at a height of 10 feet or more, there must be a job-specific reason for leaving it off, and alternate safety measures

onto the scaffold. Though these can serve as part of the guardrail system, they should never be used without an additional top rail, mid rail, or both. An additional mid rail is needed if the pivot point is between 36” and 48” above the platform, and an additional top rail is needed if the pivot point occurs 18” to 36” above the platform. If the pivot point occurs less than 18 inches or more than 48 inches above the platform, then both a top rail and mid rail are needed. Cross braces should also never be used to climb up the scaffold, as they are not designed to withstand vertical loads. Cross

to level the structure. Blocks, boards or other jury-rigged devices used to level the scaffold are non-compliant and should be an obvious red flag. The structure should also include mudsills or some other type of secure footing with sufficient surface area to prevent it from suddenly penetrating the ground under a load, as a simple straight pipe can. Many safety violations involve platforms that are not fully or properly planked, so workers should keep looking down, even as they climb onto the deck of the scaffold. The platform must be a minimum of two planks


CAM Magazine recently spoke with a number of safety professionals in the hope of developing a series of common sense guidelines to keep workers safe at high elevations. This article is in no way intended to diminish the importance of having a qualified safety professional assess and remediate all jobsite hazards, but rather to reinforce the work of this professional by training extra sets of eyes to spot commonly-occurring issues.

Guardrails provide no protection in the event of a collapse. Users should inspect the base of a scaffold before climbing up, as vital clues to the overall stability can be found at ground level.

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braces are usually substantial pieces of metal, and they will probably support a climber, but they only need to break one time to cause a serious fall. A person who is climbing onto a scaffold for the first time has a natural tendency to gauge the hazards by looking up at the top structure. This is unfortunate because the base can provide vital clues about its overall stability. Scaffolds should be placed on a firm surface that is reasonably flat, though screw jacks can be extended up to 18 inches

laying side to side, but the entire deck between the uprights must be planked unless this is not practical for a specific reason and the space between the platform and the uprights should never exceed 9 ½”. If wood is used, it must be scaffold-grade lumber that has a minimum fiber stress value of 1,500 pounds per-square-inch. This type of lumber is marked with a stamp that is easy to see in the field, but deficiencies can often be spotted in the field without even looking for this. Most people who have CAM MAGAZINE



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competent person (as defined by MIOSHA rule 408.41203 (11)), or safety specialist has evaluated it. Scaffolding cannot be placed so that a worker or material can get within 10 feet of power lines that are not insulated or when this insulation has been compromised. Insulated lines up to 300 volts only require three feet of clearance. Scaffolds that


worked in construction can easily “eyeball” a piece of lumber to determine its dimensions, and scaffold grade planks are typically 2 x 10. The 2 x 6s and 2 x 8s that are commonly used on jobsites do not meet the standard. Toe boards to protect workers below from falling debris are another required item that is commonly missing. Users should also be aware of the capacity

MIOSHA’s scaffold standard allows for work platforms that are mounted onto the forks of a rough terrain forklift, but there are several requirements that must be met, many of which are absent in this photograph.

of the scaffold they are using. Light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty scaffolds are rated for loads of 25, 50 and 75 pounds persquare-foot, respectively. Determining the maximum allowable load is a fairly simple operation. A 5’ x 5’ light-duty scaffold has a weight limit of 625 pounds (25 square feet x 25 pounds per-square-foot = 625 pounds). Material weights can also be determined by multiplying the weight of each unit times the number of units. It would not take many 40-pound bricks, plus the weight of the workers, to exceed the capacity of a lightduty scaffold, but workers should be advised that many scaffolds can be upgraded to a higher capacity by following a procedure set by the manufacturer. Still, if the numbers don’t add up, or if the scaffold is bowing or showing other signs of instability, it is a good idea to stay off the scaffold until a foreman,




exceed a 4-1 minimum base width to height ratio must be tied-in to the adjacent structure to be compliant, but a number of factors can make scaffolds unstable even when this rule is followed. Weight should be evenly distributed on the platform and workers should exercise extreme caution when using tarps or other materials to act as a windbreak on cold days. Safety directors may not even be aware that workers are doing this, but they will surely find out if the windbreak acts as a sail and knocks the scaffold over. This underscores the need for regular surveillance from a qualified or competent person to assess safety, which is also a requirement under MIOSHA rules. Rules governing scaffolds can be complex, but vendors who specialize in this field can provide valuable information and insights that can keep contractors on track.

“The bottom line is that I want to help the end-user,” said Jim Rebits, salesperson for Scaffolding Incorporated, Detroit. “It usually doesn’t take that much longer to do it right and you get a better job in the end. You can’t get good production if people have one hand doing what they are trying to do and the other hand is just holding on.” SCAFFOLD PLATFORMS – ROUGH TERRAIN FORKLIFTS MIOSHA’s scaffold standard allows for work platforms that are mounted onto the forks of a rough terrain forklift, but there are a number of requirements that must be met, many of which are identical to the requirements for other types of scaffolds and aerial lift platforms. Steel guardrails and toe boards are required, and the platform must be fully planked with wood planking, steel plate, or steel grating that is bolted or welded to the bottom of the platform. One key difference is the requirement for workers to be tied-off, even when a compliant guardrail is present. If there is a gate, it must be closed at all times. If an appropriate landing platform exists, gates can be opened to transfer workers from a forklift-mounted platform to a scaffold because they will be surrounded with guardrails during the entire operation. Of course, all the guardrails and fall protection in the world will not do much good if the platform simply slips off the forklift. Even though wooden palettes and trash bins are commonly placed atop forklifts, they must never be used to support workers. MIOSHA rule 408.41243 (2) specifies “the scaffold platform shall be attached to the forklift by enclosed sleeves and shall be secured against the back of the forks with a mechanical device so that the platform cannot tip or slip.” The phrase “mechanical device” means a chain with a locking device or a bolt on the forks that prevents the platform from slipping off. “Someone could argue that metal wire is a mechanical device, but we would not accept that,” said Pawlowski. “It needs to be a bolt or a clamp, or some other reasonable type of mechanical device capable of preventing the platform from slipping off or moving.” A number of common jobsite practices can make even compliant platforms unsafe. Driving the forklift with workers on the platform, except for minor repositioning of the vehicle, is never allowed under MIOSHA. A licensed operator must also be present whenever workers are on the platform. “The operator of a rough terrain truck has “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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Seven of the top 25 Serious Violations of MIOSHA Construction Safety Rules for fiscal year 2007-2008 involved scaffolds, scaffold platforms and ladders. How many are visible in this photograph alone?

limited visibility because of the structure of the truck itself,” explained William Taylor, corporate technical safety training manager for Alta Equipment Company, Wixom. “There are blind spots in the front and the back and limited visibility on the sides as well. He has two options, he can raise the boom high enough so he can see in front as he is driving, or he can drive in reverse.” Driving backwards can be tricky, so most will opt to raise the platform, thereby reducing the stability of the vehicle by making it more top-heavy and potentially exposing the occupants to injury from overhead obstacles such as power lines. While on the topic of power lines, users should realize that they should never be within 10 feet of lines carrying up to 50 kilovolts, with even more space required around higher voltage lines. There are exceptions to the rule under MIOSHA Part 16, Power Transmission and Distribution, for linemen who have extensive training on close electrical work. Workers on forklift-mounted scaffold platforms must also have a way of communicating with people at ground level, either by radio or hand signals, but this can be sorted out at the pre-lift meeting, which is another MIOSHA requirement when working with this type of equipment. Unlike forklift-mounted scaffold platforms, ladders are found in most households. Unfortunately, this familiarity does not guarantee that even professionals will use them properly. FIXED AND PORTABLE LADDERS MIOSHA rule 408.41124 (5) spells out some pretty specific requirements for fixed and portable ladders, but a good set of eyes, along with a healthy dose of common sense, will go a long way towards meeting them. The first thing to check is to make sure that the right ladder is being used for the right job. Ladders can be rated to support as much as 375 pounds (type I-AA –




Commercial/Industrial) or as little as 200 pounds (type III – Residential, which MIOSHA does not allow for construction operations). Ladders must support four times their intended load to earn this rating, but this testing is done when they are brand new and in a controlled setting. Gambling that a ladder will perform as well as it did before it even hit the jobsite is a sucker’s bet. In fact, ladders may not even support their rated limit if they are not maintained properly. A visual inspection is a must before climbing up any ladder. The best way to inspect a ladder is to start from the ground up. The shoes tend to take the most abuse as they are dragged across the ground, but they must be in good condition to prevent slippage. While looking at the shoes, it is also a good idea to see what they are sitting on. Ladders should only be used on level ground that is free of debris or any viscous substances like oil that could reduce traction. The slip resistant feet should not be substituted for proper placement, lashing or holding of a ladder that is being used on a slippery surface. Even if the shoes are intact, any ladder with damaged rails, rungs, hardware or locks should never be used. Deciding not to use the ladder is only the first step, it should also be tagged as “damaged” and removed from the jobsite until it can be repaired or replaced to prevent others from accidentally using it. After the ladder has passed inspection, the next step is to determine how it will be used. If the ladder is going to be used to gain access to a higher level, it must extend three feet above this level or there must be some sort of handrail to stabilize users as they step off. The rules also stipulate a 4-1 ratio between the height of the ladders resting point and the distance from the base of the ladder and the base of the object being climbed, but contractors need not pull out a tape measure every time they climb a ladder. “The goal is to go up vertically without having to lean forwards or




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back,” said Joe Forgue, CAM’s director of education and safety services. “Just put your feet at the base and place a hand on a rung. That’s how firemen do it.” Contractors should probably ask one additional question before climbing a ladder – should they be using a ladder at all? Ladders provide very little room to work and they are not well-suited for many construction activities. “Ladders are made for a specific purpose,” said Leno Corradi, president of National Ladder & Scaffold Co., Madison Heights. “Sometimes people use a ladder when they should be using scaffolding. If you will be working at the same height all day, and you have room for a scaffold, you are really better off using one. You have a much larger platform to work off of.” No matter what they choose, safety directors should carefully inspect any vertical access system before use. Safe operations are virtually ensured when these inspections are augmented by diligent observation from every tradesperson who climbs up.

CAMSAFETY offers FREE on-site, hands-on training on Fall Protection, Electrocution, Struck-By and Caught-In accidents. CAMSAFETY has been awarded a grant from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration – Consultation, Education and Training division (MIOSHA-CET) to provide training to prevent these types of injuries and fatalities. This training is provided through the grant and is of NO COST to you, the contractor. This training project will follow four basic steps: 1. A comprehensive site audit to identify site-specific hazards as they relate to the “big four” causes of injuries. 2. Interviews will be conducted with management to determine if there are any additional issues that have been identified through incident analysis, near-miss accidents or insurance audits. 3. Existing training programs will be customized based on the first two steps. 4. Training on the “big four” will be conducted, and workers who attend all four sessions will receive a pocket card documenting that attendance. Contact Joe Forgue at CAMSafety for more information at 248-972-1141 or via email at


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Think You’ll ‘Bounce Back’ From a Fall?

THINK AGAIN. isregard what you might have seen on certain TV cartoons – you will rarely survive a fall off a cliff. In fact, many people don’t even survive a fall of less than six feet. A surprising number of workplace deaths are due to accidents that most people think they would “bounce back” from, such as falls:


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from a ladder - 17% of all fatal falls from the floor, dock or ground level – 6% on the same level – 12% from a non-moving vehicle – 12%

The good news is that falls have declined as a cause of workplace fatality by 50 percent since 1995. But in 2008, falls were still the third leading cause of death and caused 13 percent of all fatal injuries on worksites, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. While not all falls are fatal, this is a dangerous workplace injury that needs to be taken seriously when it occurs. As a Level 1 trauma center in a major manufacturing area, Detroit Receiving Hospital sees a significant number of workplace fall injuries each year. Depending on the height of the fall and how the victim landed, injuries will vary in severity, the location of the injury, length of recovery, and the possibility of permanent disability. Here are some major categories of injuries that can result from a fall:




by Erik Olsen, M.D. Assistant Medical Director, Emergency Department DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital

TRAUMATIC SPINAL CORD INJURY About 10,000 new spinal cord injuries occur each year, with a significant number due to falls. These injuries are frightening because they can leave an individual completely or partially paralyzed, leading to permanent disability. The amount of nerve damage in the spinal cord determines long-term outcomes. Even if there has been no break in the spinal bones, the nerves can be bruised. Rehabilitation from such injuries can take years and, depending on the injury, there may be no improvement in deficits. Emergency responders will nearly always immobilize a person injured in a fall with a neck collar and transport on a rigid backboard. This helps prevent further injury if a spinal cord injury has occurred. If a worker has a pre-existing back condition due to heavy lifting, for example, a fall could exacerbate this condition, even if the fall was not very severe. EXTREMITY INJURIES It is instinct: When you fall, you reach out your arms to try to break the fall. This reaction, however, can cause a severe arm injury. The Emergency Department at Detroit Receiving treats many broken arms, legs, ankles and knees from falls.

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Fractures of extremities usually can be categorized as: • those that require operations and immobilization • and those that require only immobilization or casting Falls can also cause soft tissue injuries, commonly known as sprains, strains and bruises. These can occur along with a broken bone or without any fracture evident. Recovery time from extremity injuries involving fracture is usually between 6 and 8 weeks, but may be prolonged if there is extensive damage to the bones. For most broken bones of the leg or foot, crutches will be required and no weight should be placed on the injured limb. CLOSED HEAD INJURY Closed head injuries are very commonly associated with falls. Striking the head can cause bleeding, bruising and swelling of the brain, which can permanently destroy delicate brain tissue. Depending on the

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severity, closed head injury symptoms can range from mild and temporary to severe, long-term brain damage, and even death. If there is significant bleeding inside the head that results in a neurologic deficit, a patient may require drainage of the blood by surgery, removing a portion of the skull to relieve swelling or drilling a hole in the skull to drain fluid and blood and provide monitoring of the pressure inside the brain. Even if no discreet damage to the brain is found with a CT scan, a head injury can leave a person with headaches, sleep disturbance, dizziness, fatigue, difficulty focusing, memory problems, depression, anxiety and irritability. Symptoms can be immediate or delayed.

EXPERIENCE DOESN’T HELP For any fall accident, call 9-1-1 immediately. Don’t move the patient, which can worsen possible spinal cord injuries and fractures. Be especially careful with older people who have fallen. Interestingly, the fatality rate for falls is three times higher for workers over 65 years old compared to any other age group. Obviously, older workers may have more difficulty with good balance, which may cause them to fall. In addition, they are more likely to have pre-existing conditions such as circulatory disease or diabetes that may complicate treatment and recovery.

MULTIPLE INJURIES Because of the nature of falls, non-fatal falls often cause multiple injuries. While any fall can be dangerous, the higher the fall, the more likely there will be several types of injuries, such as multiple fractures, damage to internal organs, and head injuries. This, of course, makes treatment much more difficult and recovery will take much longer.

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Expo 2010 will be held at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, on February 3rd. The 26th edition of this event for industry professionals is sponsored by the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM). This year during our One-Day Construction Event, CAMTEC will get the day started with education programs beginning a 9:00 am followed by the opening of CAM Expo at 10:00 am.

Many exhibitors plan to launch new construction-related equipment, tools and services. "Contractors, designers, and construction buyers will be able to actually see, test and learn about the newest equipment, products and services available," said Ron Riegel, CAM manager of expositions. "This year we are again featuring the Green Products Showcase. This new area is dedicated to exhibitors with environmentally friendly buiding products or services." The CAM Magazine Special Issue Awards will take place at 3:30 p.m. Each architect and general contractor of the 2009 Special Issue's 12 featured projects will be receiving a commemorative plaque. CAM President Kevin Koehler and Bob Michileutti, 2009 Chairman of the CAM Board of Directors, will present the awards. The CAM Green Project of the Year Awards for 2010 will be




presented immediately after Special Issue Awards have been issued. CAMTEC, the educational division of the Construction Association of Michigan, will have new updated educational opportunities. The 2010 program schedule will include programs for architects, contractors, owners and suppliers. Seminar registration information is available by calling CAMTEC at 248-972-1000. CAM will be celebrating its 125th Anniversary during the Annual Meeting, by invitation only, at the Rock Financial Showplace beginning at 11:30 a.m. "Tickets to CAM Expo 2010 are now available in several locations and can be picked up at CAM Headquarters," said Riegel. "However, the most convenient way to get tickets to the show is to pre-register online now at CAM's website:" Attendees pre-registering before January 15th will have their name badges mailed, and those pre-registering after January 15th can pick up their badges at the door of CAM Expo. There is still time for exhibitors to join the show. Call CAM Expositions at (248) 972-1000.

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ABTEK Card Services 5841 Andersonville Rd Waterford MI 48329 Contact: Tami Cohorst (248)623-4430 • (248)623-4444 Fax Products on Display: Credit Card Processing, Gifts Cards

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One Haworth Center:

2009 GREEN PROJECT OF THE YEAR By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor Magazine commends the efforts of our annual Green Building Award winners. The 2009 winner is One Haworth Center in Holland. The four winners in the honorable mention category are Traverwood Branch Library in Ann Arbor; Strategic Energy Solutions corporate offices in Berkley; the Michigan DEQ/DELEG offices in Bay City; and General Motors Global Battery Systems Laboratory in Warren. A harmony of site and structure marks the amazing global headquarters of Haworth, Inc. in Holland, MI. The 310,000-square-foot building appears to be part of the rolling green landscape, a wonderful illusion generated by a sloping green roof and the site’s sculpted terrain. But the material conservation, stormwater management and energy strategy of this sustainable wonderland are no illusion. Turner Construction Company’s West Michigan office in Grand Rapids served as construction manager on this remarkable building for Haworth, Inc., designed by Ralph Johnson of Perkins+Will. GMB Architects and Engineers, Holland, served as the civil and structural engineers of record, as well as the engineers responsible for the design of the original MEP design/performance intent for this LEED-NC Gold-registered project. (The intent was finalized and constructed by design/build subcontractors.) The project propelled Haworth, Turner, and the entire project team into the forefront of conscientious corporate pioneers dedicated to





conserving material resources. Altogether, Haworth and the Turner team diverted an impressive 97.4 percent of waste from a landfill, according to information provided by Turner Construction. Turning what could have been a mountain of waste into a molehill, only 3,500 yards of refuse were taken to a landfill from the selective demolition of Haworth’s original 255,000-square-foot building. Haworth’s reuse campaign began with furniture donations to local schools and charitable organizations. In addition, approximately 578,240 pounds of carpet tiles were recycled by either donation to local schools or reuse in other Haworth facilities, according to Daniel J. Sinnott, general manager, Turner, West Michigan. Beyond aiding local schools, recycling carpet tiles fueled the growth of the new “green” economy by delivering more business to such companies as OPT3, a division of DPM Enterprises in Kingsport, TN that processes and recycles used carpet tiles. Salvaged materials also include door locksets that were removed and reused in other Haworth facilities. Haworth even drained and treated 75 gallons of hydraulic fluid from the existing elevators for reuse in One Haworth Center’s new elevators, according to Haworth’s website. In essence, the project team reused much of the original building, retaining the original concrete floors and steel beams as the structural frame for its new sustainable, light-filled paradise. Turner recycled virtually the entire facility from the most

Photography by Clayton Studios inconspicuous item to the steel, glass, and exterior concrete panels of the original building. Overall, Turner recycled 321 tons of steel and 12.5 tons of other metals. About 9.23 tons of window glass from the original building were mingled with 3.25 tons of concrete waste dust generated from the manufacture of Haworth’s own TecCrete® access flooring. Commingling two waste streams helped to form 8,000 concrete blocks for a new firewall in One Haworth Center. Troy-based Aggregate Management, LLC helped to devise the plan for reusing the concrete waste dust, according to Haworth’s website.

USING THE COSMIC LIGHT BULB: THE SUN From the access floors to the rooftop, energy-efficiency was another driving force in this 50,000-square-foot expansion that added 20 percent more space to the original building but reduced energy usage by about 10 percent. Haworth’s TecCrete access floor provides under-floor air distribution in the office areas, creating a system that is up to 30 percent more energy efficient than overhead air systems, according to the Haworth website. The atrium’s 1,000-foot-long tableau of glass and the building’s southern clerestory dazzle the interior with daylight. Reducing energy usage, the glass atrium wall draws daylight into the entire 100-foot-deep office floor plate. The composition and cant of a three-story glass atrium wall provides “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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exceptional thermal performance. The atrium’s Viracon glass wall has a U-factor of 0.21 BTU/F, according to Haworth’s website. The angled wall shades the adjacent outdoor concrete patio, preventing this long linear zone from collecting or reflecting heat into the building. A building management system and an array of occupancy sensors also boost energy efficiency. Haworth’s remarkable vegetated roof reduces energy costs by offering superior insulation throughout the year. As a stormwater management tool, the roof can retain 78 percent of water from a one-inch storm event, said Sinnott. With one portion forming a steep hillside from rooftop to grade, the roof directs stormwater almost directly into a rain garden, adding water conservation to the roof’s long list of benefits. This 45,000-square-foot lofty meadow of sedum is one of the largest modular green roof installations in North America and the third largest in Michigan, said Sinnott. LiveRoof® modules are farmed off site and installed with fully-grown plantings. Beyond its lush blanket of Michigan-grown sedum, this sustainable roof is “green” in another way: the 22,500 roof modules were manufactured with plastics recycled from Haworth’s own products and molding processes.

SUSTAINABLE COMFORT Haworth’s “green” mission continues in the building interior. The reception desk and the lobby’s three-story wall, both clad in recovered ebony oak, embody sustainability. Timeless Timber supplied the certified timber salvaged from the waters of the Great Lakes and other U.S. and Canadian waterways, often used for transport of virgin old-growth timber during the logging boom

of the late 1800s and early 1900s. “The wood carries the Scientific Certification Systems seal of approval for being produced from 100 percent recovered submerged timber,” according to the Haworth website. “None is harvested from current old-growth forests.” The Trend Millwork Group of Companies, LEED and FSC-certified manufacturers with offices in Lincoln Park and Ann Arbor, executed the millwork contract.

CREATIVE EARTH-FORMING The landscaping is as remarkable as the vegetated roof. Requiring only minimal irrigation, the landscape’s native and drought-resistant vegetation helps reduce One Haworth Center’s water usage by 30 percent. Two different types of low-maintenance fescue grass blanket the site’s topography, formed mainly of a drumlin-like berm and a series of forked swales. The end of the berm slopes away from the long edge of the linear outdoor plaza, creating a backdrop of green that visually pours into the building through the glass atrium. Requiring mowing only once or twice a year, the berm’s fescue grass reduces maintenance, lowers energy usage, and feeds the senses with a graceful expanse of natural vegetation. The berm slopes and tumbles to the west in a series of forked swales planted in a darker shade of no-mow fescue grass. As the last landscape element, a rain garden depression blooms with moisture-tolerant plants such as dwarf red twig dogwood, irises, ribbon grass and horsetail. The rain garden is both beautiful and functional. A key part of the site’s stormwater management plan, the rain garden has a linear, underground gravel trench drain that collects much of the runoff by slightly restricting the amount of water exited through the drain. “During large storm events, a drain inlet sized to accommodate the full amount of runoff generated within the watershed is placed approximately two feet higher than the surface of the trench drain, so it would accept the excess high water,” said Sinnott. Overall, the site’s creative earth-forming acts in concert with the roof to manage stormwater, helping Haworth limit flooding and protect water quality.

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As the 4th largest office furniture manufacturer in the world and a design firm specializing in workspace solutions, Haworth has created a global headquarters dedicated to protecting both the natural world and creating the optimal workspace. The 35,000-square-foot atrium, coupled with the open vertical face of three floors of office space, provides outdoor views for more than 90 percent of the 800 workstations. “Since we moved into this building, all I have to do is look up and I see three stories of nothing but light, trees, and nature. I directly benefit from feeling more energized at the end of the day,” said Beth Straebel, Haworth human resources executive, in a written statement. This flexible interior is a model for comfort and productivity. A sound-masking system in the raised access floor manages auditory distractions in an open office environment. Plus, floor diffusers can be manipulated to produce comfortable

temperatures based on individual preference. Likewise, Haworth’s products are both comfortable and sustainable. For example, Haworth’s well-known Zody Seating has earned several commendations: the task chair is approved by the American Physical Therapy Association; it is the first task chair certified as a Cradle to Cradle™ Gold product by McDonough Braugart Design Chemistry, LLC; and the Zody is GREENGUARD Air Quality Certified. As the quintessential “green” chair, “the energy used to assemble Zody is offset by purchasing wind energy certificates,” according to Haworth’s website. Both Haworth and Turner Construction are moving the 21st Century’s “green” economy and their own companies forward. These leading-edge companies are paving the way for the sustainable world of the future by the work they are producing today.

Homrich Aids Haworth’s Transformation -By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor s the selected demolition subcontractor, Homrich, Inc., Carleton, played a pivotal role in the amazing transformation of Haworth’s conventional corporate offices into the innovative and sustainable masterpiece rising out of the rolling site. With its green roof and sculpted terrain, the building almost appears as a sliver of glass between the green of the Earth and the broad tableau of sky. Homrich orchestrated an elaborate “face-lift” of the original building, as well as selective demolition of its 255,000-square-foot interior. “Removal of the façade included removal of the glazing, precast horizontal façade panels, and the 20-foot precast vertical wall panels,” according to information supplied by Homrich. As part of the firm’s total scope of work, “Homrich performed total structural demolition of portions of the office structure and bridges, and selective demolition of interior ceilings, walls, floor coverings and MEP.” Homrich carefully coordinated its work with other trades and accomplished its mission in two different phases. Homrich’s detailed sequence of selective demolition tasks included concrete cutting and total structural demolition calculated to avoid disturbing other trades and to prevent disruption of areas that remained occupied throughout demolition. First phase demolition took place in May, June and July 2006; second-phase demolition spanned from the end of 2007 through February 2008. Homrich did its part for the “greening” of Haworth, carefully dismantling the original façade to preserve the structural frame for reuse and the demolished materials for recycling. “Precast façade panels were rigged and removed with portable cranes to eliminate any potential of damage from





falling concrete,” according to information provided by Homrich. “The precast panels were crushed and recycled as hardfill to be used at a later date. Homrich crews trimmed and hand prepared portions of the structural steel to eliminate any potential damage to remaining structural members.” Other demolition work entailed cutting and rigging of concrete where new floor and roof penetrations were cut into the concrete and total structural demolition of bridges and building for new steel to be erected. Homrich’s work also involved rigging and dismantling of vertical precast panels for recycling, as well as selective demolition, followed by separation and segregation of materials to improve recycling and reduce waste – a task now commonplace for this experienced firm. Removal and recycling of Haworth’s original glass windows was all in a day’s work for a company that spent seven years at the Renaissance Center in Detroit removing hundreds of window panels as a subcontractor to Turner Construction. Homrich has vast experience in other LEED projects, having successfully accomplished similar recycling goals in cooperation with Christman Construction Company at the Immaculate Heart of Mary motherhouse in Monroe. According to Homrich, “Our experience recycling these usable products assisted us in finding a use for items such as carpet squares at Haworth. Many were reused in local schools, and some were shipped to Kentucky to be used by less fortunate families. Other carpet squares were shipped to DPM Enterprises in Kingsport, TN. The list of recycled products also includes ceiling tiles, glass, light fixtures, steel, aluminum, and concrete products.”

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TRAVERWOOD By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor Photography by Justin Maconochie t Traverwood Branch Library, the books on the shelf and the wood on the walls both have a story to tell. The story is a tale of respect and renewal. The interior of this Ann Arbor branch library is enveloped in Ash wood harvested from the dead Ash trees of the facility’s own four-acre site. This interior wrap of beautiful wood blankets the floors, walls and ceiling, and even serves as structural columns with the random grooves created by the infamous Emerald Ash Borer exposed to view. As of 2009, this invasive beetle has decimated over 70 million Ash trees throughout the Midwest and southern portions of Canada, and threatens 7.5 billion Ash trees nationwide. This new building tells the story of the unfortunate Ash and its resurrection and reuse as a valuable resource whose use permits the enjoyment of wood without the cutting of living timber. The “authors” of this story are the Ann Arbor District Library, inFORM studio of Northville, and


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O’Neal Construction, Ann Arbor. A site analysis identified scarred and sparsely vegetated edges along the property’s southwest corner. Placing the new 16,776-square-foot building at this corner softened the building’s impact on this heavily wooded site. The sensitive placement of the building was matched by the inspired decision to harvest dead Ash trees from the site for re-use in the building interior. “The Emerald Ash Borer aggressively attacks North American Ash trees by feeding on the water- and nutrient-conducting tissues under the bark, killing the tree over a period of three to five years,” said Cory Lavigne, AIA, LEED AP in a written statement. “Preliminary research showed that Ash is especially well-suited to milling, as the insect does not damage the interior portion of the wood.” Ash trees were removed in a respectful spirit using methods protective of the site’s living fabric

of vegetation. “We wanted to avoid any unnecessary disturbance to the existing woods and existing ecosystem,” said Lavigne. Hand cutting and draft horses were used in lieu of large machinery to minimize root damage to the existing trees. O’Neal Construction contracted with Johnson Yarema Hardwood Floors, Troy, to remove Ash trees deemed most suitable for reuse. According to inFORM, “With a custom-ordered Swedish Gransfurs Axe in hand, they proceeded to manually cut down 60 dead ash trees, ranging in diameter from 10 inches to 22 inches. To avoid the inevitable damage caused by large machinery removing logs from the site, Percheron draft horses were used to pull those trees cut beyond the limits of the active construction zone to a cleared portion of the site. The harvested Ash forms a stunning interior of honey-colored wood installed by John Yarema of Johnson Yarema Hardwood Floors in conjunction with Norm Nielsen, an independent contractor. Lavigne describes the library’s wood interior: “Used in the floors, walls and ceiling as an interior wrapper, the Ash wood flows from the main entry floor and walls into a ceiling condition, stretching along the entire eastern interior edge of the building and culminating in Ash-wrapped reading rooms.” Seemingly ensconced within a living tree trunk, reading room patrons can then look westward to the actual forest where the wood originated. “Additionally, large sections of the logs were used as structural columns, accommodating vertical and lateral loading along the large southwest expanse of glass,” continued Lavigne. “The bark has been stripped from these log columns exposing the randomized grooves and carvings created by the Emerald Ash Borer larvae.” More than telling the story of the Ash trees destruction, the project team has left an actual physical record of this occurrence. In essence, the project team “has created a visual and tactile testament to the life and destruction of the Ash tree in Michigan, the surrounding area, and more specifically, on this site,” said Lavigne. The district, inFORM, and O’Neal Construction have also re-used “a viable indigenous material, offering a public reminder of the many ways in which this dying wood can achieve a new life and remain a valuable resource.” Beyond salvaging Ash trees on site, this 16,776-square-foot branch library, located at Huron Parkway and Traverwood Drive, has several sustainable features. The energy performance of the building will reduce the operating costs of the facility by more than $3,000 per year. The project team used the Energy Star Target Finder to establish the energy performance of the building. The Target Finder showed that the design of the building would score a 94 for Energy Star Labeling with a 51 percent energy reduction and a reduction of carbon emissions of 50 percent. Other sustainable features include: • Sun Shading – This is accomplished with a large overhang on the south face of the building, along with motorized shading devices along the west CAM MAGAZINE



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This interior wrap of beautiful wood blankets the floors, walls and ceiling, and even serves as structural columns with the random grooves created by the infamous Emerald Ash Borer exposed to view. The wood was harvested from trees on site that were killed by this destructive beetle.

and south-facing glazed facades. These shades are linked to solar sensors that automatically lower the shades as the path of the sun shifts from afternoon to evening. • Stormwater Management - Implementation of a subsurface stormwater filtration system, a multi-level rain garden, and reduced impervious paving to improve water quality, eliminate erosion, and alleviate flooding. • Heat Island Reduction - Use of high-reflective, high emissivity roofing, underground parking, shading of on-street parking with street trees, and other measures to reduce the heat island effect. • Lighting and Daylighting - Use of indirect light fixtures to provide a more even distribution of lighting; shallow floor plates allow natural day light to become the primary source of light within the library; and windows to the west and south create a visual connection to the preserved natural areas of the site. • Natural Ventilation - The library has a series of mechanically controlled operable windows to utilize both wind-driven and stack ventilation – the two types of natural ventilation occurring in buildings. Altogether, this library is a wonderful “read,” both in its sustainable features and its aesthetics. The branch library recently earned an AIA Michigan 2009 design award.

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GREEN PROJECT OF THE YEAR HONORABLE MENTION Strategic Energy Solutions Shrinks its Carbon Footprint By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor Photography Courtesy of Strategic Energy Solutions here is no energy crisis at the newly renovated corporate offices of Strategic Energy Solutions (SES) in Berkley. This high-energy provider of MEP and low voltage system engineering design services has created a model facility for lowering energy consumption in commercial buildings, significantly reducing the carbon footprint of its own office facility at 4000 W. Eleven Mile Road. From a ground source geothermal heating and cooling system to the use of soy-based foam insulation, virtually every building system and material contributes to the goal of energy efficiency in this showcase example of the new building ecology of the 21st Century. “The new office is intended to be a display of sorts for these technologies,” said John Abraam, SES associate, senior electrical engineer, in a written statement. “The systems are not hidden, but are on display for all to see.” SES continually conducts facility tours for groups interested in learning about sustainable building strategies. The City of Berkley Environmental Advisory Committee, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Detroit Chapter, and the City of Detroit Parks and Recreation Department are among the groups who have toured this environmentally friendly facility


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designed by Kraemer Design Group, Detroit, and constructed by SES and the Detroit Land Company, Ferndale. SES also managed the MEP engineering of its own facility. SES has demonstrated its strong commitment to sustainability both through energy efficiency measures and through its decision to renovate a vacant building into its new corporate offices. SES pursued tax credits for Brownfield redevelopment in the renovation of this functionally obsolete tool and die shop. The building is embedded in an already developed and active community, further reducing its environmental impact and earning LEED points for Development Density and Community Connectivity. The project is the first within the City of Berkley to achieve LEED certification. In fact, this sustainable showcase was recently awarded LEED Gold certification in the new construction category. (If a project team renovates over 50 percent of a building, LEED places the project in the new construction category. At SES, over 70 percent of the building underwent renovation.) SES explains the many steps taken to attain this achievement, beginning with the geothermal system. The geothermal installation is a vertical

closed loop system with 16 boreholes drilled to a depth of 200 feet beneath the parking lot in the back of the 9,200-square-foot office building. In addition to self-performing the system’s final connection to the building interior, SES is now one of only three certified geothermal designers in Michigan. “This certification speaks to the commitment of the company to deliver a fully engineered geothermal system from bottom of the loop to top of diffuser,” said Abraam. Certification is granted through the combined efforts of the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association, the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium, and the Association of Energy Engineers. As part of its successful quest for LEED Gold, SES achieved 42 percent in energy savings as compared to the baseline building performance in the non-amended ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004. Beyond the geothermal system, “the savings can be attributed to the building envelope and controllability of mechanical and electrical systems,” said Abraam. The building envelope includes replacement of original single pane warehouse glass with new thermally broken frames and low-E glass windows. CAM MAGAZINE



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Work included strengthening the energy efficiency of the building envelope by replacing original single pane warehouse glass with new thermally broken frames and low-E glass windows.

A building management system fully integrates the lighting controls, dimming the system based on the percentage of natural light.

Abraam defines a thermally broken frame: “During the manufacturing process, a material of low thermal conductivity is inserted between members of high conductivity in order to reduce heat transfer. To be considered thermally broken a system must conform to the U.S. National Fenestration Rating Council’s spacing requirements of 5.30mm separation between the materials. The end result is a high-performance window system.” Another element of this energy-efficient envelope is 1.5 inches of soy-based foam and 4 inches of cellulose insulation derived from recycled newspaper. Completing this sustainable material “blanket,” SES used salvaged brick for the masonry restoration of the building exterior. In the future, the ballasted roof, currently sound, will be replaced with either a white membrane or a green roofing system, added Abraam. Ensconced within the building envelope’s protective cocoon, the building systems efficiently heat, cool and illuminate the interior. A completely automated Building Management System (BMS)




ensures the optimal orchestration of both the mechanical and electrical systems. First, the electrical system has its own share of bright ideas. According to SES,“The BMS fully integrates not only the mechanical systems, but also the lighting controls, dimming the system based on the percentage of natural light. Control of window shades is also incorporated and works in conjunction with the lighting system.” Beyond the specific BMS system, 70 percent of the facility’s electric power is derived from the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits. SES also carefully managed the exterior lighting systems to reduce light pollution. According to SES, “Pole-mounted parking lot light fixtures were not used in the parking area. The parking is illuminated from full cutoff building-mounted fixtures.” Abraam explains, “The term full cutoff is used to describe light fixtures that have no direct uplight or no light emitted above horizontal.” Additionally, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America also requires full cutoff light

fixtures to comply with certain glare reduction requirements. As part of SES’s quest for energy efficiency and improved indoor air quality, the firm installed an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) with a desiccant wheel. Basically, the unit transfers temperature and moisture from the outgoing exhaust air to the incoming stream of fresh air, allowing the building to “inhale” more fresh air without escalating energy usage. In Michigan’s bone-chilling winters, the exhaust air in this system significantly warms the incoming air before its introduction into the building. Abraam defines the system and explains its benefits: “An ERV is a mechanical HVAC unit that recovers energy from normally exhausted building or space air and pre-treats the incoming outdoor ventilation air. The ERV utilizes desiccants to transfer moisture through the process of adsorption, which is driven by the difference in the partial pressure of vapor within the opposing air streams. The ERV allows the HVAC system to meet and exceed ASHRAE ventilation and energy standards, while improving air quality and reducing total HVAC equipment capacity, thereby helping to make mechanical ventilation more cost effective by reclaiming energy from exhaust airflow.” At SES, the tempered air is ducted to six water source heat pumps providing HVAC to all occupied areas. According to SES, “Design outdoor air supply rates are nearly 50 percent higher than ASHRAE Standard 62-2004 ventilation rates.” The ERV is scheduled to energize 30 minutes prior to routine building occupancy; a space override switch permits manual startup of ERV if the building needs to be occupied during periods of atypical building use. The Building Management System is vital to optimal ERV operations. “Airflow measurement stations track exhaust air and outdoor air volumes of the space,” according to SES. Plus, “CO2 sensors, monitoring and trending controls are present in the building and are incorporated into the HVAC system operating controls and the Facility Monitoring System.” As a further step into a sustainable future, SES selected R-410a refrigerant for its mechanical systems. “The refrigerant has a rating of zero Ozone Depletion Potential and a low Global Warming Potential when compared to widely used alternative choices,” said Abraam. In addition, SES employed an outside commissioning authority to review and verify all building systems in an enhanced commissioning process. Clearly, at SES “It’s all about the energy!” This is SES’s mantra, creed and guiding principle. “The leadership at SES is passionate about this statement,” said Abraam. In other measures, dual flow level valves, low-flow sensors, and waterless urinals achieved a 30 percent reduction in water usage; low VOC paints, carpets and adhesives boosted indoor air quality; and daylighting and views are provided for over 90 percent of occupied spaces. With all of these well-considered measures within and beyond its office walls, SES has clearly answered the global SOS of the 21st Century. “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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GREEN PROJECT OF THE YEAR HONORABLE MENTION Pumford Paints the Town Green By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor Photos Courtesy of Pumford Construction ichigan is combating the economic blues by going “green.” The public sector has embraced the “green” economy, not just with tax incentives encouraging alternative energy industries, but also with its own sustainable facilities. The new district office for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG) is a prime example of Michigan’s immersion in environmentally friendly initiatives. Michigan’s greenbelt, stretching from West to Southeast Michigan, has now reached into the Great Lakes Bay Region, an area covering Saginaw, Bay and Midland Counties. Pumford Construction,


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Inc., Saginaw, has constructed the first and only LEED Gold-Certified building in Bay City and in the region, as well as one of the few LEED facilities reaching northward towards the snowbelt. “The building is one of only two LEED Gold-Certified projects in Michigan north of the Flint/Lansing line,” said Brian Swedorski, AIA, LEED AP, of Pumford Construction, in a written statement. State and local officials gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Earth Day 2009 to mark this new sustainable venture as Michigan pushes for more green jobs, a diverse energy portfolio and industry diversification. As both designer and builder, Pumford poured its expertise into delivering the 23,000-square-foot

office facility into the hands of DEQ and DELEG. In bringing the project to life, Pumford worked closely with Green Leedership, LLC, an affiliate of ProVisions, Bingham Farms. Practicing what it preaches, these two state offices now have a 50-kilowatt wind turbine on the grounds of its new facility at 401 Ketchum Street. The building itself embodies the best in “green” practices from its white reflective roofing to the walls insulated with denim batts made from recycled blue jean remnants. The building’s roofing system is a white, single-ply membrane selected for its ability to reduce heat gain to the building and to minimize the Heat Island Effect, the documented rise in temperature in developed areas partially generated by dark surfaces. Of course, curbing energy consumption is part of this “green” building’s core mission. Tempered indoor air is recycled through filter systems until CO2 sensors, installed in the duct system to monitor air quality, detect the need for additional fresh air. “In the winter, this means that the system is not continuously pulling cold air in from the outside and heating the frigid air,” said Swedorski. “Rather, the already heated indoor air is recycled through the filters until outside air is necessary, making the process more energy efficient.” The access floor system, in place throughout the office space, saves energy and boosts occupant comfort. “This raised floor system circulates air to the space through a subfloor plenum,” said Swedorski. “This constant volume system has individual control dampers at each office and cubicle to allow the users individual control of their space. The air circulates from the subfloor plenum to the return air grilles located near the ceiling to promote positive air flow within the space.” The building’s 28 skylights and the careful placement of windows distribute natural light to the workspaces and curtail electrical consumption. Photo and motion sensors control the level of artificial illumination. “Light fixtures within the building are controlled by a photo sensor to detect when more or less lighting is needed,” said Swedorski. Motion sensors automatically turn off lights in unoccupied rooms after a specified amount of time. This former Brownfield site is as “green” as the building. The landscape’s native, drought-resistant plants reduce irrigation requirements, while on-site retention ponds manage stormwater run-off. Another “green” amenity is preferential parking for fuel-efficient vehicles. “An incentive for employees and visitors to the facility to embrace the “green” movement is the fact that the parking spaces located nearest the entrances are specifically reserved for fuel-efficient vehicle parking,” added Swedorski. Reduced energy costs, increased occupant comfort, and now the best parking spot – the advantages of sustainability keep mounting. Thanks to Pumford Construction’s expertise, these two state agencies are now part of the drive to lead Michigan into a more sustainable future, both economically and environmentally. CAM MAGAZINE



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Reducing the “Carbon Tire Track” Roncelli Builds GM Test Lab for Electrically Powered Vehicles By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor Photos Courtesy of Roncelli, Inc. t General Motor’s Warren Technical Center, a renovated building with a reduced carbon footprint houses a new test lab dedicated to advancing the quality and effectiveness of electrically powered vehicles. GM’s Global Battery Systems Laboratory is a “green” building constructed to aid the automotive giant in bringing vehicles with a reduced “carbon tire track” to the roadways of the world. Roncelli, Inc., Sterling





Heights, built this innovative hub, delivering an environmentally friendly building devoted to the greening of both the automotive and the construction industries. “The Global Battery Systems Laboratory is the epitome of an Earth-friendly project,” said John P. Johnson, Roncelli’s senior project manager, in a written statement. Giffels LLC/IBI Group is the architect and

engineer for this new facility that “provides a multi-channeled platform for the development of energy storage systems for electric, hybrid, plug-in, and extended range electric vehicles,” said Johnson. “The facility provides General Motors with the ability to perform multiple testing scenarios that enhance its ability to bring this alternative energy technology to production on an accelerated schedule.” Testing of this alternative technology is partially powered by alternative energy, itself. Roncelli assembled and installed six AVX1000 wind turbines for use in charging and testing of battery systems. Manufactured by AeroVironment, “the wind turbines are part of a research program to determine how wind-generated power can be integrated into charging,” said Johnson. The 36,000-square-foot building saves energy and materials. “The battery charging and test systems allow for a 90 percent recovery of the electricity used to charge batteries,” said Johnson. “The energy is recovered by using battery cyclers that utilize inverters to discharge the batteries. The available power is fed back through a distribution panel for power use elsewhere in the facility.” Energy savings are gained through the use of automation systems, allowing remote monitoring and control of testing equipment 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Remote or distance testing in an unlit and unoccupied lab reduces overall demand for lighting and HVAC. As a further energy savings, programmable lighting and light dimming systems, as well as energy-efficient LED lighting, is installed throughout the facility. Insulation with a high value adds to the energy efficiency of the facility. International Cellulose K-13 insulating materials were spray-applied to the roof structure and are installed in the open grid system of the laboratory ceiling spaces, as well. The material is urea formaldehyde free, boasts a recycled content of 80 percent, boosts the acoustical performance of the facility, and reduces the ambient noise generated by the test equipment.

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE The project team conserved material resources by constructing the laboratory within an existing facility located in the Tech Center’s Alternative Energy Center. Because the project used existing infrastructure, only minor changes to existing paved areas were required to incorporate 12 outdoor stations for charging battery-powered vehicles, according to information provided by Roncelli. One key alteration was replacing existing bituminous paving with new concrete and carport structures using metal panels with a greater solar reflectance index.” By reusing an existing building, the interior masonry remained but modifications were required to relocate openings. Rather than manufacture and ship the required replacement ceramic-faced brick masonry, the project team maintained its dedication to sustainability by using a combination of recycled and reclaimed ceramic-faced brick masonry units from elsewhere “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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on the Tech Center campus. “As quantities of the reclaimed brick were not sufficient for the entire renovation, an existing local supply of the same size module was used and coated with a SCAQMD-compliant Zolatone product to provide a matching appearance,” said Johnson. This re-purposing campaign continued throughout the existing space. “Carpet tiles, ceiling tiles and light fixtures in areas slated for demolition were salvaged for re-use elsewhere in the facility,” said Johnson. “Existing sound-rated doors and frames were re-used in new locations to fit the project’s space planning requirements.” Recycled materials include Ecostone flooring, a 100 percent recycled rubber tire product installed in the main access corridors, and Interface GlasBac, a carpet tile with 47 percent recycled content installed in the new conference and media rooms. Two other pivotal products form the ceiling and walls. Corridor and office ceilings utilized low-VOC emitting USG ceiling tiles. Sound absorption wall panels, manufactured by Industrial Acoustical Company, Troy, reduce the room reverberation, further boosting the lab’s indoor environmental acoustical qualities.

GREEN CONSTRUCTION Roncelli closely guarded indoor air quality throughout the project. Johnson explains: “Demolition and the application of spray-on products can produce a significant amount of airborne particulate matter, as well as affecting both carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide levels. Air monitoring and high-level alarm systems were employed in both the construction and immediately adjacent areas to allow for the close control of operations to insure that indoor air quality standards were maintained during construction activities.”

Roncelli has delivered a sustainable building that serves as a wise shepherd of energy and resources. Roncelli also was a careful steward of schedule and budget for General Motors. “By working multiple shifts and shifts during hours with less building occupancy, Roncelli, its subcontractors, and the test equipment suppliers were able to accelerate the schedule and bring the laboratory facility online and operational before the anticipated date,” said Johnson. The daily interaction of General Motors Battery Systems personnel providing architectural development and design direction, coupled with Last Planner style scheduling, facilitated completing the project under an extremely aggressive schedule. “Last Planner scheduling is a short-term scheduling management technique for production planning of construction work that is one of the philosophies of the Lean Construction Institute,” explained Johnson. “Its basis is that reliable weekly plans are created to generate the maximum project benefit. The approach provides the ability to identify problems and issues in the planning stages. It is a proactive information system rather than a reactionary/recovery-based system.” The combined efforts of General Motors, Roncelli Inc., Parsons Brinkerhoff Michigan, Inc., Warren (provided owners representative services for contract administration), Giffels LLC/IBI Group, Southfield, and the trade contractors using over 56,000 man-hours to complete the project without a recordable or lost time injury - allowed the facility to be completed four months prior to General Motor’s original expectation. The savings to General Motors in outside testing costs was reported at $6 million. Roncelli and the other participants have created an Earth-friendly, safe and cost-effective project.

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SUBCONTRACTOR LISTS FOR 2009 GREEN PROJECT OF THE YEAR ONE HAWORTH CENTER • Peter Lindsay Schaudt Landscape Architecture, Chicago, IL • Commissioning Agents: Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc., Grand Rapids • Lighting Design: Radient Design, Grand Haven • Conceptual Engineering and Sustainability: Battle McCarthy, London, UK • HVAC & Plumbing (Design Build) – Allied Mechanical Services, Kalamazoo • Fire Protection (Design Build) – Brigade Fire Protection, Belmont • Electrical (Design Build) – Parkway Electric, Holland • Rubbish Removal – Allied Waste Services Detroit, Jenison • Excavating – Al’s Excavating, Hamilton • Studs and Drywall – The Bouma Corporation, Grand Rapids • Tile – Central Tile & Terrazzo, Kalamazoo • Excavation, Site Utilities – Connan, Zeeland • Access Flooring – Data Supplies, Plymouth • Painting & Wall Covering – Dave Cole Decorators, Sparta • Waterproofing, Resinous Flooring – Helms Caulking & Waterproofing, Jenison • Demo/Excavation/Remediation – Homrich, Inc., Carleton • Landscaping – Katerberg VerHage, Grand Rapids • Portable Toilets – Kerkstra, Hudsonville • Doors, Frames, Hardware – Laforce, Inc., Green Bay, WI • Roofing – Langerak Roof Systems, Sparta • Window Replacement – Madison Heights Glass, Ferndale • Elevator – Otis Elevator Company, Grand Rapids • Hardware Supply – Page Hardware, Wyoming • Masonry – Roossien Masonry, Grandville • Structural Steel – Steel Supply & Engineering, Grand Rapids • MEP & Misc Equipment – Turner Logistics, Detroit • Millwork – Trend Millwork, Lincoln Park • Acoustical Ceilings/Demolition – Turner Self-Perform Group, Troy • Trailer Cleaning – United Commercial Services, Grand Rapids • Metal Wall Panels – Universal Wall Systems, Grand Rapids • StrucFolding Partitions/Fire Doors – Won Door Corporation, Salt Lake City, UT






• Mechanical, Electrical Engineers - Veazey Parrott Durking & Should, Indianapolis, IN • Structural Consulting - Robert Darvas Associates, Ann Arbor • Landscape Architects Grissim/Metz/Andriese Associates, Inc., Northville • Electrical - A.F. Smith Electric, Ypsilanti • HVAC - Al Walk Plumbing, Inc., Ann Arbor • Drywall/Metal Studs - Ann Arbor Ceiling & Partition, Ypsilanti • Toilet Partitions - Ann Arbor Commercial Construct, Ann Arbor • Misc. Trades - Brunt Associates, Inc., Wixom • Roofing - Christen Detroit, Detroit • Retaining Wall - Civiltech, Canton • Window Treatments - Creative Windows, Ann Arbor • Landscaping - Crimboli Nursery, Inc., Canton • Hard Tile - Decorative Flooring Services, Maumee, OH • Flagpole - Delta Construction Associates, Ft. Gratiot • Glass/Glazing - Edwards Glass, Livonia • Masonry and Painting - IES, Allen Park • Fire Suppression - Interstate Fire Protection, Inc., Milford • Earthwork and Site Utilities - JC Holly Contracting, Inc., Romulus • Ash Columns/Plank (Material) - Johnson Yarema Hardwood Floors, Troy • Precast Concrete Plank - Kerkstra Precast, Grandville • Doors/Frames/Hardware - La Force, Inc., Troy • Waterproofing/Joint Sealants - Michigan Restoration Group, Livonia • Asphalt Paving - Nagle Paving Company, Novi • Plumbing - Oakland Plumbing Co., Ray Township • Plumbing Layout/Staking - Professional Engineering Associates, Howell • Steel Erectors - Redinger Steel Erectors, Fowlerville • Metal Siding - Reliable Sheet Metal, Byron Center • Humidifer - Robertson Morrison, Ann Arbor • Ash Flooring - Schafer Hardwood Flooring Co., Tecumseh • Elevator - Schindler Elevator Corp, Grand Rapids • Carpet - Tri State Industrial Floors, Toledo, OH • Structural Steel - Valley Steel Company, Saginaw • Carpentry - Wally Kosorski & Co., Clinton Township • Ash Column and Plank Installation Nielsen Quality Homes, Fenton

• Masonry – James Ross Construction, Inc., Hartland • Rough and Finish Carpentry – Detroit Land Company, LLC, Ferndale • Cabinets and Laminates – City Cabinets, Warren • Insulation – Novi Insulation Incorporated, Farmington Hills • Suspended Ceilings – William E. Harnish Acoustical, Inc., Redford • Interior Door Frames and Hardware – Tanner Supply Co., Toledo, OH • Interior Aluminum Door Frames & Glass – Michigan Glass Company, Dearborn • Glazing (Windows and Exterior Doors) – Matt’s Glass Depot, Inc., Madison Heights • Roofing – LaDuke Roofing & Sheet Metal, Oak Park • Carpet & Vinyl Base – Intramode, LLC, Detroit • Polished Concrete – Marso Chem, Flat Rock • Toilet Accessories and Partitions – Rayhaven Group, Southfield • Exterior Painting – Delcar, Inc., Lenox • Structural Steel – Disenos, Inc., Detroit • Structural Engineer – Wagner Structural Solutions, Howell • Spiral Ductwork – Air Design, Southfield • Geothermal Drilling – Midwest Geothermal, Grand Rapids • Excavation – J & R Cement, Inc., Clinton Township • HVAC Controls (Building Management System) – Michigan Environmental, New Hudson • Sheet Metal – Dynamic HVAC, Inc., Ortonville • Plumbing – Bob Turner, Inc., Lake Orion • Plumbing Fixtures – Burke Agency, Inc., Walled Lake; Kohler Co. • Plumbing Fixtures/Specialties – Diversified Spec Sales, Inc., Oak Park • Electrical – G&B Electric, Ferndale • Light Fixtures – Gasser Bush Associates, Livonia; Resource Lighting, Berkley • Electrical Devices – Electrical Materials, Inc., Sterling Heights • Security and Access Control – Michigan Environmental, New Hudson • Final Cleaning – Sterling Cleaning Services, Inc., Troy • Legal – McClelland & Anderson LLP, Lansing

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MDEQ/DELEG OFFICES • Raised Floor Installer – Data Supplies Company, Plymouth • Metal Stud/Drywall – Acoustical Arts, Caro • Door Supplier – Allen Supply, Saginaw • Site Contractor/Excavator – American Excavating, Saginaw • Duct/Sheet Metal – Arizona Heating & Air Conditioning, Freeland • Aluminum Glass/Glazing – Bay Glass Company, Bay City • Electrical – Blasy Electric, Midland • Tectum Deck and Roof – Buchinger Roofing, Inc., Reese • Plumbing – Earegood Plumbing, Saginaw • Testing and Balancing – Hi-Tech Test & Balance, Freeland • Fire Suppression – John E. Green Company, Saginaw • Furnish and Install HVAC Units – Johnson Controls, Saginaw • Landscaping – Knoll Landscape, Hemlock • Painting – Murray Painting, Freeland • Overhead Doors – Norandex/Reynolds, Saginaw • Flooring and Bathroom Wall Tile – Northeastern paint Supply, Saginaw • Asphalt Paving and Striping – Pyramid Paving, Essesville • Operable Partition Walls – Symons Building Specialties, Saginaw • Roof Joist and Misc. Steel – T&K Steel, Saginaw • Millwork – The Cabinet Shop, Saginaw

• Spray-On Insulation/Painting – Niles Industrial, LLC, Fenton • Environmental Remediation – Rand/IWC Services LLC, Romulus • Doors Frames and Finish Hardware – Rayhaven Group, Inc., Southfield • Masonry – Robovitsky, Inc., Southfield • Carports Structures – Ross & Barr, Inc., Warren • Fire Protection Phase 2 – S.A. Comunale, Farmington Hills,

• Electrical – Superior Electric G.L. Co., Troy • Plumbing Phase 2 – Universal Piping, Inc., Oak Park • Epoxy Resin Flooring – Tristate Industrial Floors, Toledo, OH • Structural and Miscellaneous Iron – Vertex Steel, Inc., Milford • HVAC Phase 2 – Ventcon, Allen Park • Eco Flooring Phase 2 – Vocheck Floor Services, Sterling Heights

GENERAL MOTORS GLOBAL BATTERY SYSTEMS LABORATORY • Overhead Doors – Applied Handling, Inc., Dearborn • Roofing – Christen Detroit, Detroit • Carpentry, Drywall and Acoustical Ceilings – City Renovation, Auburn Hills • Fire Protection – Crook Fire Protection Co., Royal Oak • Drywall and Acoustical Ceilings Phase 2 – Denn-Co. Construction, Inc., Detroit • Demolition – Detroit Dismantling Corp., Detroit • Aluminum, Glass & Glazing – Edwards Glass Co., Livonia • Acoustical Panels – Environetics, Inc., West Bloomfield • Equipment Installation, Rigging – International Industrial Contracting Corp., Sterling Heights • Plumbing/Piping – John E. Green, Highland Park • HVAC – Dee Cramer, Inc., Holly • Mechanical Insulation – Michigan Mechanical, Farmington Hills • Building Automation Controls – Seimens Building Technologies, Livonia • Eco Flooring and Carpeting – MPS Group, Detroit Visit us at




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LEED Certified Companies AIS Construction Equipment Corp. 65809 Gratiot Ave. Lenox, MI 48050 Phone: 586-727-7502 • Fax 586-727-7311 A-1 Affordable Asphalt, LLC Suite 115 Garden City, MI 48136 Phone: 734-722-2011 Name: Robert George E-mail: A3C-Collaborative Architecture 210 East Huron St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Phone: 734-663-1910 • Fax: 734-663-8427 AZZ Galvanizing Of Hamilton 7825 S. Homestead Dr. Hamilton, IN 46742 Phone: 260-488-4477 • Fax: 260-488-4499 Name: Jim Gatz Name: Tom Ness Acoustics By Design, Inc. Consultants in Acoustics & AVL Systems Design 124 Fulton St. E., 2nd Floor Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Phone: 616-241-5810 • Fax: 616-588-6390 Anderson, Eckstein & Westrick, Inc. 51301 Schoenherr Rd. Shelby Twp., MI 48315 Phone: 586-726-1234 • Fax: 586-726-8780 Name: Patrick R. Phelan, PE, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Jason R. Arlow, RA, LEED AP E-mail: Artisans Group, LLC 306 S. Washington Ave., Suite 222 Royal Oak, MI 48067 Phone: 248-586-9750 • Fax: 248-586-9935 Name: Joseph V. Maiorano, LEED AP E-mail:

B&C Ten Air HVAC Systems, Inc. 41441 W. Eleven Mile Rd. Novi, MI 48375 Phone: 248-348-1360 • Fax: 248-348-1387 Name: Gregg Dattolo E-mail: Name: P. Tim Biehl E-mail: Name: Jason Chaldelott E-mail: Basso Associates, Inc. Peter 5145 Livernois Troy, MI 48098 Phone: 248-879-5666 • Fax: 248-879-0007 Bedzyk Bros., Inc. 30057 W. Eight Mile Rd. Livonia, MI 48152 Phone: 248-473-0200 • Fax: 248-473-0719 Name: Robert A. Bedzyk E-mail: Berbiglia Associates, Inc. 36400 W. Twelve Mile Rd. Farmington Hills, MI 48331 Phone: 248-489-3100 • Fax: 248-489-3161 Name: John L. Berbiglia, PE, LEED AP E-mail: Name: James A. Miloch, PE, LEED AP E-mail: Name: John C. Clay, PE, LEED AP E-mail: Best Impressions, Inc. 19014 Hayes Detroit, MI 48205 Phone: 313-839-9000/586-293-5969 Fax: 586-293-3610 Name: Mark Nadolski E-mail: Bloom General Contracting, Inc. 25601 W. Eight Mile Rd. Redford, MI 48240 Phone: 313-532-8860 • Fax: 313-532-0367 Name: Gary Laundroche, LEED AP E-mail: Boone & Darr, Inc. P.O. Box 1718 Ann Arbor, MI 48106 Phone: 734-665-0648 • Fax: 734-665-9731 Name: Anna Marie Weller E-mail:




Braun Construction Group 39395 W. Twelve Mile Rd., Suite 100 Farmington Hills, MI 48331 Phone: 248-848-0567 • Fax: 248-848-1039 Name: Mike Zatroch E-mail: Name: Scott Collins E-mail: Name: Joe Orlich E-mail: Name: Sarah Cicero E-mail: Name: Andy Reynolds E-mail: Name: Jason Heffelbower E-mail: Brick Faced Concrete Walls, Inc. 40469 W. Eleven Mile Rd. Novi, MI 48375 Phone: 248-476-3650 • Fax: 248-476-2858 Name: Duane T. Drzazgowski E-mail: Bricklayer & Allied Craft Workers, Local #1 21031 Ryan Rd. Warren, MI 48091 Phone: 586-754-0888 • Fax: 586-754-5889 Name: Peter Loughney E-mail: Bumler Mechanical, Inc. 6260 18-1/2 Mile Rd. Sterling Hts., MI 48314 Phone: 586-731-0028 • Fax: 586-731-7020 Century A&E 277 Crahen Ave. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525 Phone: 616-456-5227 • Fax: 616-456-5228 Name: John P. Corrigan, PE, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Robert B. Arbetman, PE, LEED AP E-mail: Clark Construction Company 3535 Moores River Dr., P.O. Box 40087 Lansing, MI 48901 Phone: 517-372-0940 • Fax: 517-372-0668 Covenant Environmental, LLC 10227 Bergin Rd. Howell, MI 48843 Phone: 810-991-1331 • Fax: 810-991-1332 Dee Cramer, Inc. 4221 E. Baldwin Rd. Holly, Mi 48442 Phone: 810-579-5000 • Fax: 810-579-2664 Name: Jeremy Moore, LEED AP E-mail:

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Delta Temp 500 Ajax Dr. Madison Hts., MI 48071 Phone: 248-589-2828 • Fax: 248-589-2828 Name: Salvatore Petras E-Mail:

Duthler Truck Center 4525 Clay Ave. SW, P.O. Box 9403 Wyoming, MI 49509 Phone: 616-531-9150 • Fax: 616-531-7659 Name: Ron Grill E-mail:

Deppmann Co., R.L. 20929 Bridge St. Southfield, MI 48033 Phone: 248-354-3710 • Fax: 248-354-3763 Name: Dave Shugars E-mail: Name: Paul Prentice E-mail: Name: Mark Fine E-mail:

Dynalectric Of Michigan 1743 Maplelawn Troy, MI 48084 Phone: 248-649-5400 • Fax: 248-649-7312 ETS Engineering, Inc. P.O. Box 1116 Royal Oak, MI 48068 Phone: 248-744-0360 • Fax: 248-744-0367 Name: Douglas M. Sayles, PE, LEED AP E-mail:

DeMaria Building Company, Inc. 3031 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 624 Detroit, MI 48202 Phone: 313-870-2800 • Fax: 313-870-2810

Edgewood Electric, Inc. 1225 Spartan St. Madison Hts., MI 48071 Phone: 248-542-4500 • Fax: 248-542-3474 Name: Manuela Kemp, Elec. Engr. LEED AP E-mail:

DeMattia Group 45501 Helm St. Plymouth, MI 48170 Phone: 734-453-2000 • Fax: 734-453-2947 Name: W. Keith Owen, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP E-mail:

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Electrical Power & Design 18840 Woodworth Redford, MI 48240 Phone: 313-537-3080 • Fax: 313-537-6826

Dietrich, Bailey & Associates, P.C. 107 S. Main St. Plymouth, MI 48170 Phone: 734-455-3111 • Fax: 734-455-3127 Name: Stephanie L. Harbour, PE, LEED AP E-mail:

Elkhorn Construction Co., Inc. 6072 N. Birch Hill Smiths Creek, MI 48074 Phone: 810-367-7460 • Fax: 810-367-7462 Name: Gerry Nutt E-mail:

Diversified Construction Specialists, Inc. 2141 Austin Rd. Rochester Hills, Mi 48309 Phone: 248-293-0066 • Fax: 248-293-0077 Name: Mary Warnick E-mail: Name: Richard Winslow E-mail:

Environmental Engineers, Inc. 18620 W. Ten Mile Rd. Southfield, MI 48075 Phone: 248-424-9510 • Fax: 248-424-2954 Name: Paul J. Lewsley, PE, LEED AP E-mail:

Dorchen/Martin Associates, Inc. 29895 Greenfield, Suite 107 Southfield, MI 48076 Phone: 248-557-1062 • Fax: 248-557-1231 Dusty Ducts, Inc. 18510 Dix Melvindale, MI 48122 Phone: 313-381-7801/877-381-7801 Fax: 313-382-1471

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Fanning Howey Associates, Inc. 28001 Cabot Dr., Suite 110 Novi, MI 48377 Phone: 248-848-0123 • Fax: 248-848-0133 Name: Theodore G. Pappas, AIA, NCARB, REFP, LEED AP E-mail: Name: James R. Mumby, AIA, LEED AP E-mail: Name: John Davids, AIA, REFP, LEED AP E-mail: Name: David Milligan, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CDT E-mail: Name: Tracy Petrella, AIA, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Anthony Sikora, LEEP AP E-mail: Name: Paul Shay, PE, LEED AP E-mail: Farnell Equipment Co. 2950 Todd Rd. Troy, MI 48084 Phone: 248-643-8890 • Fax: 248-643-9472 Name: Diane Hannah Email: Ferndale Electrical Company, Inc. 915 E. Drayton Ferndale, MI 48220 Phone: 248-545-4404 • Fax: 248-545-8140 Flooring Services, Inc. 12815 Wayne Rd. Livonia, MI 48150 Phone: 734-522-2622 • Fax: 734-522-2488 Name: Bruce Reeve, LEED AP E-mail: Gee & Missler, Inc. 744 Vinewood Wyandotte, MI 48192 Phone: 734-284-1224 • Fax: 734-284-1250 Name: Dan Gee E-mail: Guideline Mechanical, Inc. 24323 Sorrentino Ct. Clinton Twp., MI 48035 Phone: 586-792-3100 • Fax: 586-792-3736 Name: Michael Johnson E-mail:

Giffels-Webster Engineers, Inc. 2871 Bond St. Rochester Hills, MI 48309 Phone: 248-852-3100 • Fax: 248-852-6372 Name: Loren Crandell, PE, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Scott Clein, PE, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Scott Ringler, PE, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Mike Polmear, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Eric Lord, PE, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Joe Anderson, RLA, PE, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Jason Mayer, PE, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Ryan Schultz, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Nancy Todd, LEED AP E-mail: Grissim Metz Andriese Associates, PC 300 E. Cady St. • Northville, MI 48167 Phone: 248-347-7010 • Fax: 248-347-7005 Name: Richard G. Houdek, ASLA, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Michael D. Franklin, ASLA, LEED AP E-mail: Heil Partnership, Inc. The 26400 Lahser Rd., Suite 325 Southfield, MI 48033 Phone: 248-799-9111 • Fax: 248-799-9112 Name: Gregory P. Heil, AIA, OAA, NCARB, LEED AP E-mail: Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn, LLP 2290 First National Bldg. 600 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48226 Phone: 313-465-7376 • Fax: 313-465-7377 Name: Margaret E. Greene, LEED AP E-mail: Hoyt, Brumm & Link, Inc. 1400 E. Nine Mile Rd. Ferndale, MI 48220 Phone: 248-548-3355 • Fax: 248-548-6644 Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc. 555 Hulet Dr. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303 Phone: 248-454-6300 • Fax: 248-454-6312 Name: Larry Ancypa E-mail: Name: Jamie Burton E-mail: Name: Brad Shepler E-mail:




inFORM Studio, Inc. 235 E. Main St., Suite 102B Northville, MI 48167 Phone: 248-449-3564 • Fax: 248-449-6984 Interior Partnership Group, Inc. 1332 Anderson Rd. Clawson, MI 48017 Phone: 248-244-9015 • Fax: 248-244-8496 Name: Mark Sawchuk E-mail: msawchuk@ Name: John Bergmann E-mail: Name: Sara Ochadleus E-mail: Name: Jared Sluiter E-mail: JSN Architecture 30100 Telegraph Rd., Suite 350 Bingham Farms, MI 48025 Phone: 248-433-2030 • Fax: 248-644-3919 Name: S, Craig Varday E-mail: Jenkins Construction, Inc. 985 E. Jefferson Ave. Detroit, MI 48207 Phone: 313-625-7200 • Fax: 313-625-7207 Name: Kent I. Jackson, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Darrell Greer E-mail: Name: Dana Hardy E-mail Kaser-Spraker Construction, Inc. 25487 W. State Rd. 2 South Bend, IN 46619 Phone: 574-232-8010 • Fax: 574-232-1580 Name: Marc Garrett E-mail: Name: Evan Henry E-mail: Kem-Tec & Associates 22556 Gratiot Ave. Eastpointe, MI 48021 Phone: 586-772-2222 • Fax: 586-772-4048 Name: Jeffrey Graham Kirco Manix Construction, LLC 101 W. Big Beaver Rd. Troy, MI 48084 Phone: 248-680-7180 • Fax: 248-680-7181 Name: Dan Lopes, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Lynn Trevor, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Ronald G. Arbogast, Ph.D, PE, LEED AP E-mail:

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L & A Architects, Inc. 2430 Rochester Ct., Suite 200 Troy, MI 48083 Phone: 248-524-4700 • Fax: 248-524-9746 Name: Rich Burke, LEED AP E-mail: Library Design Associates, Inc 1149 S. Main St. Plymouth, MI 48170 Phone: 734-459-5000 • Fax: 734-459-6971 Name: Jennifer Kotelnicki, ASID, IIDA, LEED AP E-mail: MAEngineering, Inc. 200 E. Brown St. Birmingham, MI 48009 Phone: 248-258-1610 • Fax: 248-258-9538 Name: John D. Richards E-mail: Mans Lumber & Millwork 3300 W. Jefferson Trenton, MI 48183 Phone: 734-714-5800 • Fax: 734-714-5838 Name: Bill Fox, CGP, LEED AP E-mail: McCarthy & Smith, Inc. 24317 Indoplex Farmington Hills, MI 48335 Phone: 248-427-8400 • Fax: 248-427-8401 Name: Steve Cipparone, LEED AP Name: Robert Simpson, LEEP AP McCoig Materials P.O. Box 6349 Plymouth, MI 48170 Phone: 734-357-2111 • Fax: 734-414-0447 Name: Jeremy Chesterfield E-mail: Name: Tim Mostoller E-mail: McDonald Modular Solutions, Inc. 23800 W. Eight Mile Rd. Southfield, MI 48033 Phone: 248-356-0366 • Fax: 248-356-5021 Name: William (Bill) Duffield E-mail: McIntosh Poris Associates 36801 Woodward Ave., Suite 200 Birmingham, MI 48009 Phone: 248-258-9346 • Fax: 248-258-0967




Mechanical Contractors Association of Detroit (MCA) 14801 W. Eight Mile Rd. Detroit, MI 48235 Phone: 313-341-7661 • Fax: 313-341-1007 Name: Molly Forward, LEED AP E-mail: Mechanical Electrical Engineering Consultants, PC 1415 Goldsmith Plymouth, MI 48170 Phone: 734-454-5516 • Fax: 734-454-5517 Name: William Vernier III, PE, LEED AP E-mail: Merlyn Contractors, Inc. 28361 W. Park Dr., P.O. Box 917 Novi, MI 48376 Phone: 248-349-3800 • Fax: 248-347-2966 Name: Robert Solway E-mail: Metropolitan Stone, Inc. 4835 Oakville Waltz Carleton, MI 48117 Phone: 734-654-1750 • Fax: 734-654-1751 MICCO Construction, LLC 715 Auburn Rd. Pontiac, MI 48342 Phone: 248-334-7753 • Fax: 248-338-7430 Name: Duane Bernard E-mail: Name: Tony Ciciretto E-mail: Name: John Claycomb E-mail: Michigan Concrete Association 2937 Atrium Dr., Suite 200 Okemos, MI 48864 Phone: 517-347-7720 • Fax: 517-347-7740 Name: Kerry Sutton, PE, LEED AP E-mail: MIG Construction 607 Shelby St., Suite 300 Detroit, MI 48226 Phone: 313-964-3155 • Fax: 313-964-3264 Name: Brian Deming E-mail: Motor City Electric Co. 9440 Grinnell Detroit, MI 48213 Phone: 313-921-5300 • Fax: 313-921-5310 Name: Mark Ireland, LEED AP E-mail:

NSA Architects, Engineers, Planners 23761 Research Dr. Farmington Hills, MI 48335 Phone: 248-477-2444 • Fax: 248-477-2445 Name: Frank A. Ray, AIA, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Roy Baker, AIA, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Michael Serdiuk, AIA, LEED AP E-mail: Name: James Hutchens E-mail: Nationwide Doors, Inc. 4875 Carpenter Rd., Suite B Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Phone: 734-434-6300 • Fax: 734-434-7300 Neumann/Smith Architecture 400 Galleria Officentre, Suite 555 Southfield, MI 48034 Phone: 248-352-8310 • Fax: 248-352-1821 Newman Consulting Group, LLC 6600 Valley Spring Dr. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301 Phone: 248-626-4910 • Fax: 248-671-0482 Name: Jim Newman, CEM, LEED AP E-mail: O’Boyle, Cowell, Blalock & Assoc., Inc. 521 S. Riverview Dr. Kalamazoo, MI 49004 Phone: 269-381-3357 • Fax: 269-381-2944 Name: Sandra J. Bliesener E-mail: Ope’s Landscaping, Inc. 3166 Wintergreen W Saginaw, MI 48603 Phone: 989-529-2029 • Fax: 989-401-3364 Name: Andrew Opalweski E-mail: PMA Consultants One Woodward Ave., Suite 1400 Detroit, MI 48226 Phone: 313-963-8863 • Fax: 313-963-8918 Name: Dax Ponce de Leon, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Kirsten Sell, LEED AP E-mail: Name: John Zann, PE, LEED AP E-mail: RBE, Inc. 44060 Woodward Ave., Suite 206 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 Phone: 248-874-2006 • Fax: 248-874-1966

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Remer Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning 5565 State St. Saginaw, MI 48603 Phone: 989-792-8738 • Fax: 989-793-7312 Name: Mark Kate E-mail: Robertson Morrison, Inc. 4721 Runway Blvd. Ann Arbor, MI 48108 Phone: 734-662-3141 x115 • Fax: 734-662-6084 Name: Frank Johnson E-mail: Rogvoy Architects, PC 32500 Telegraph Rd., Suite 250 Bingham Farms, MI 48025 Phone: 248-540-7700 • Fax: 248-540-2710 Name: Mark B. Drane, AIA, LEED AP E-mail: Roncelli, Inc. 6471 Metro Parkway Sterling Hts., MI 48312 Phone: 586-264-2060 • Fax: 586-979-3190 Royal-West Roofing & Sheet Metal 10505 Plaza Dr., Suite B Whitmore Lake, MI 48189 Phone: 734-449-7663 • Fax: 734-449-4333 Ruby & Associates, Inc. 30445 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 310 Farmington Hills, MI 48334 Phone: 248-865-8855 • Fax: 248-865-9449 Name: David Walenza, PE, LEED AP E-mail: Schonsheck, Inc. 51331 W. Pontiac Trail Wixom, MI 48393 Phone: 248-669-8800 • Fax: 248-669-0850 SHW Group, LLC 2338 Coolidge Berkley, MI 48072 Phone: 248-336-4700 • Fax: 248-336-4701 Shaw Electric Company 33200 Schoolcraft Livonia, MI 48150 Phone: 734-425-6800 • Fax: 734-425-6824 Sidock Group-Wilkie & Zanley Architects 43155 Main St., Suite 2310 Novi, MI 48375 Phone: 248-349-4500 • Fax: 248-349-1429 Name: David Zanley, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Lisa Abraham E-mail:

SmithGroup, Incorporated 500 Griswold St., Suite 1700 Detroit, MI 48226 Phone: 313-983-3600 • Fax: 313-983-3636 Name: Wayne Bills E-mail: Name: Kathleen Hudson-Beitz E-mail: Name: Scott Courtney E-mail: Name: Sarah Wickenheiser E-mail: Sorensen Gross Construction Services 3407 Torrey Rd. Flint, MI 48507 Phone: 810-767-4821 • Fax: 810-238-6222 Stantec Consulting Michigan, Inc. 3959 Research Park Dr. Ann Arbor, Mi 48108 Phone: 734-214-2518 • Fax: 734-761-1200 Name: R. Brian Simons E-mail: Name: Mark Pascoe E-mail: Strategic Energy Solutions 4000 W. Eleven Mile Rd. Berkley, MI 48072 Phone: 248-399-1900 • Fax: 248-399-1901 Name: Steve DiBerardine E-mail: Name: J. Michael Callahan E-mail: Swan Electric Company, Inc. 6133 Aurelius Rd. Lansing, MI 48911 Phone: 517-882-3904 • Fax: 517-882-3678 Name: Ms. Jennifer Tascarella E-mail: Synergy Group, Inc. 39400 Woodward Ave., Suite 190 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 Phone: 248-740-7400 • Fax: 248-740-7401 Name: Michael Bolger E-mail: TEMP-AIR, Inc. 21683 Ryan Rd. Warren, MI 48091 Phone: 586-427-2780 • Fax: 586-427-2785 Name: Paul McCarthy E-Mail: Name: Scott Brainard, LEED AP E-Mail:

TMP Architecture, Inc. 1191 W. Square Lake Rd. Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 Phone: 248-338-4561 • Fax: 248-338-0223 Testing Engineers & Consultants, Inc. 1343 Rochester Rd. Troy, MI 48083 Phone: 248-588-6200 • Fax: 248-588-6232 Name: Scott Chandler, CIH, LEED AP E-mail: ThermalNetics 3955 Pinnacle Ct. Auburn Hills, MI 48326 Phone: 248-276-3309 • Fax: 248-276-3301 Name: Rick Sutkiewicz E-mail: Name: Tim Winn E-mail: Name: Jon Sheard E-mail: Name: Nick Evanoff E-mail: Name: Jamie Jankowski E-mail: Name: Cory Petersen E-mail: Vanston/O’Brien, Inc. 2375 Bishop Circle West Dexter, MI 48130 734-424-0661 • Fax: 734-424-0677 Name: David Brewer, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Christine Nass, LEED AP E-mail: Villanova Construction Co., Inc. 20765 Parker St. Farmington Hills, MI 48336 Phone: 248-476-5122 • Fax: 248-476-5011 Name: Anthony P. Soave, VP E-mail: Name: Lawrence Bukowski, LEED AP Project Engineer E-mail: Name: Angela Kelley, Secretary E-mail: Wigen Tincknell Meyer & Associates 100 S. Jefferson Ave., Suite 601 Saginaw, MI 48607 Phone: 989-752-8107 • Fax: 989-752-3125 Name: Thomas E. Reay, AIA, LEED AP E-mail: Name: Kurt R. Fogelsonger, AIA, LEED AP E-mail:

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By Mary E. Kremposky Associate Editor


he University of Michigan’s fabled maize and blue is forever stamped into the hearts and minds of alumni and football fans. Thanks to Angelo Iafrate Construction Company, Warren, the well-known insignia is now stamped in decorative concrete at The University of Michigan-Flint campus. U of M alumnus and Iafrate project manager, Michael A. DeFinis, PE, showed his school colors and professional acumen in managing the installation of a multiple-use roadway reconnecting the campus and




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the City of Flint. With its skilled concrete installation in two different stamping patterns and four different colors, Iafrate, along with U-M and Flint-based Rowe Professional Services Co., has earned a Michigan Concrete Pavement Association Award (MCPA) in the Special Innovative category and a national American Concrete Pavement Association award as a Silver Winner in the Municipal Streets & Intersections category (less than 30,000 square yards). East meets west at the $1.2 million Kearsley Street Reconnect, a “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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roadway knitting together Flint’s cultural center, east of I-475, with the U of M-Flint campus west of the Interstate. The 1,600foot-long roadway divided into three different uses: a bike path; an asphalt road with three, decorative concrete crosswalks in a stamped herringbone pattern of red brick; and pedestrian promenades dotted with gathering spaces cradled in low, semicircular walls of decorative concrete. The Iafrate team also created a fitting western campus gateway at Kearsley and Wallenberg Street with the creation of a paved concrete intersection emblazoned with M-FLINT in large hand-etched and hand-painted letters. Two smaller logos flank a stamped concrete crosswalk that is part of a diagonal pathway leading from UM Flint’s new residence hall into the main campus. Designed by Rowe Professional Services, the Kearsley Street Reconnect is both a welcoming gateway to the campus and “a part of an overall City of Flint traffic pattern master plan,” according to the MCPA award statement. The mayor of Flint, the

downtown development authority, and U-M representatives all attended the grand opening ceremony to celebrate putting this street back on the map. CONCRETE CRAFTSMANSHIP Iafrate enlisted Decorative Concrete Resources of Saginaw to supply the rubber stamp mats, the powder dyes for the integral colored concrete, and the paints for the three logos. Iafrate then set to work hand pressing the rubber stamps into the poured concrete to produce the Wallenberg intersection stamped with a Roman slate texture and the three crosswalks stamped in a pattern of herringbone brick. The Iafrate team then hand chiseled the University’s iconic block-M into the walnutcolored Wallenberg concrete using airdriven chipping hammers with bushing heads. “Our site superintendent, Doug Carstens, and I laid out the block-M by hand,” said DeFinis. “The crew then chipped along the lines of a steel-edged template to outline the M before chipping away the internal areas. We removed between an

Iafrate removed a thin surface layer of concrete to reveal the aggregate and to give the embossed logo a different texture.

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eighth to three-eighths of an inch of the concrete – just enough to break the surface, reveal the aggregate, and give the embossed logo a different texture.” Prior to chiseling, a 10 x 10-foot square mockup allowed Iafrate to experiment with using different bushing heads in the chipping hammer. “Different heads applied with varying amounts of pressure, resulted in different textures for the logos,” said DeFinis. Chiseling the more elaborate flourishes of the word, FLINT, proved more challenging than the basic rectangles of the block-M. For the FLINT, Iafrate programmed a plasma cutter in its own shop, using the engineer’s CAD files to accurately cut a template out of a large piece of stainless steel. Overall, Iafrate produced 3,000 square feet of 8-inch-thick stamped and colored concrete pavement. The walnut-colored Wallenberg intersection and the red brick crosswalks are both integral colored concrete, but the 1,000 square yards of maize and blue logos are hand painted. Iafrate had to experiment with different

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The Iafrate team hand chiseled the University’s iconic insignia into the concrete using air-driven chipping hammers with bushing heads.

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hues before obtaining the proper color tone, particularly for the maize. “We went through a number of iterations with the Owner, because the integral walnut-colored concrete changed the maize,” said DeFinis. Beyond purely decorative work, Iafrate installed 25,000 square feet of 8-inch-thick concrete sidewalk and 3,200 feet of curb and gutter. Iafrate’s work also included the conversion of the east end of the existing roadway into a boulevard for better traffic flow. GOING THE EXTRA MILE Iafrate also crafted a decorative concrete retaining wall near the eastern gateway, plus nine semi-circular walls serving as gathering areas along the pedestrian pathway. In the hands of the Iafrate team, cast-in-place concrete was turned into decorative brick by adhering form liners with a brick pattern to the interior of the concrete forms. “We then poured the colored concrete and installed a masonry cap on top,” said DeFinis. “We also

hand tooled and colored the joints between the ‘bricks.’ In total, we created 400 square feet of decorative retaining wall and almost 300 linear feet of gathering space walls.” The crescent-shaped gathering areas are equipped with quality benches, trash receptacles, and other amenities. “They are landscaped very nicely, so students walking from class have these wonderful new gathering spaces,” said DeFinis. As prime contractor, Iafrate enlisted the services of Marine City Nursery Co, China, MI, landscaping; Walker Electric Inc., Flint, site electric; Maddox Irrigation Inc., Macomb, sprinkler systems; and Ace Asphalt & Paving Co. Inc., Flint, asphalt paving. Clearly, Iafrate went the extra mile to install this gateway to the University, working conscientiously throughout this high-profile project to meet U of M’s quality standards and tight schedule. “We held daily meetings between on-site representatives of the entire project team and weekly meetings at the project management level,”

said DeFinis. Iafrate managed vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic at the gateway of an active campus. On the west end, Iafrate had to coordinate work to avoid interfering with traffic generated by campus theater productions. On the east end, Iafrate managed vehicular traffic near the well-used parking structure. Plus work spanned from late spring to November 2008, taking place in close proximity to the fall influx of students establishing residency in the new dormitory. Installed in only six months, the project attracted attention from the local press and from students swarming the campus. In fact, an aspiring civil engineering student often visited the site to observe this awardwinning project unfold in living color and to learn directly from Iafrate’s team of consummate professionals and craftsmen who have delivered a stellar, award-winning project to students, the University of Michigan and the City of Flint.

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pence Brothers of Ann Arbor is filling a tall order for the expansion of the Commerce Township Wastewater Treatment Plant. The expansion called for the placement of concrete walls reaching almost 30 feet in height as part of the plan to more than triple the plant’s capacity from 2.4 million gallons a day (mgd) to 8.5 mgd. Monolithic or single, continuous pours were par for the course on this massive concrete contract. Overall, Spence Brothers will pour 20,000 cubic yards of concrete for four new buildings whose foundations extend three levels or over 35 feet below grade, said Chad Nienhuis, LEED AP, Spence project manager for the concrete portion of the expansion designed by Giffels-Webster Engineers, Inc., Rochester Hills. Spence Brothers began work in September 2008 as both construction manager and self-performing concrete contractor on this $50 million project with a $14 million concrete package as







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square feet of precast concrete plank. Each oxidation structure is 380-feet-long by 66-feet-wide; • Two new 56 x 52 foot selector tanks with 16-feet-high walls. • Four new buildings “The main challenge in the management of a project of this size and with so many different structures is scheduling and managing work flow,” said Nienhuis. “Keeping all members of the project team up to speed and involved is essential to a successful project.” The extensive concrete project also required 2,100 tons of reinforcing steel and approximately 500,000 square feet of concrete formwork. Superintendent Dave Spence and General Field Superintendent Ed Spence III analyzed and selected the optimal type of form system for each concrete structure. Spence Brothers ultimately used three different form types: gang forms for large walls and structures set by crane; hand set Symons forms for smaller walls and structures; and a variety of handbuilt custom forms. “Our carpenters custom built forms for flow channels, troughs, and other smaller, more intricate areas that needed to be a particular size or shape,” said Nienhuis. “Typically, no one makes a form system able to service these smaller areas.” BATTLING THE ELEMENTS Beyond the sheer size and scope of the project, Spence grappled with a long list of challenging conditions, including a high water table, winter temperatures, and the poor (in this case clay) soils common to wastewater treatment plant sites. Four wells and an assortment of sump pumps were used to manage the high water table during installation of the plant’s deep-level concrete structures. They will remain in operation for the duration of the concrete contract. “Conditions were not optimal for installation of the deep structures due to the high water table,” said Nienhuis. “Plus, most of the work on these structures took place last winter in order to meet the overall construction schedule.” Spence Brothers battled Old Man Winter with temporary heat, tarps and concrete blankets. This protective system extended over a sizeable 40 x 40-foot area. “The area increased in size the higher the work climbed out of the excavation,” said Nienhuis. (In wastewater treatment plant or pump station construction, water enters at the lower level and the building footprint Visit us online at

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new vaults and splitter boxes, over 32,000 square feet of concrete paving and sidewalk, and modifications and repairs to various other structures, Nienhuis added. The entire concrete portion of the job is slated for completion in June 2010, followed by the scheduled completion of the entire job in December 2010. Bob F. Jesse, Jr., LEED AP, is Spence Brothers’ project manager for the entire endeavor. Bill Basinger is the overall site superintendent for the construction management portion of the project. Spence Brother’s excellent management of workflow is aiding Commerce Township in managing wastewater flow in this growing sector of Michigan. The new expansion is a tall order indeed but one well met by this expert concrete and construction management firm. “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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performance from the tools they buy. In addition to numerous different types of batteries, variables such as voltage and amp-hours will directly affect how well batteries work in the field. CAM Magazine recently spoke with two industry veterans who have decades of experience with multiple tool manufacturers – Bill Parkhill, president and owner of CTS – Construction Tool & Supply Co., Warren, and Brian Boychuk, vice president of Midland Tool & Supply Co., Inc., Oak Park – so readers will be able to sort through the hype and make informed decisions about the batteries that power their tools. “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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POWERFUL OPTIONS Before making any decisions about batteries, contactors should first ask themselves how much power they actually need. Those who simply choose the biggest available battery really do themselves a disservice. “Everything used to be 12-volt, then 14.4volt, but 18-volt seems to be the standard these days,” said Boychuk. “There might be better options for some contractors. If they have a lot of drill motors on the job, or if they interchange batteries with a lot of other power tools, a 14.4-volt might be more economical for them and it might give them the power that they need. It all depends on how long they need to have the battery last and how much torque they need. Some 14.4-volt tools offer enough power for a lot of jobsites.” Users should also know that voltage is not the only indicator of how much work a battery can do. “People get wrapped up in the voltage most of the time,” said Parkhill. “It can be a ‘macho thing’ – kind of like having a Hemi under the hood of your Dodge. Manufacturers also feed into that by coming out with bigger battery packs. Voltage is important, but there are other things to consider.” Amp-hours essentially measure the storage capacity of a battery. Much like an automobile with a fine engine and an undersized gas tank, a high-voltage battery with limited amp-hour capacity will not perform the way users want. The type of work being performed is also crucial, with tougher jobs like drilling into concrete draining batteries much faster then setting screws into wood. Parkhill flatly stated that he sells 14.4-volt tools that will offer comparable, or even better, performance than 18-volt tools on certain jobs because of the larger amp-hour capacity of the batteries. Manufacturers sell tools around the voltage, so this information is easy to find on the box, but buyers often need to read the fine print to determine the amp-hours of the batteries – if the information is even there. Even if they can find all the information they need to make an informed decision, matching the right battery to the task being performed is a job best left to a knowledgeable tool expert. “We’re not just here to sell tools. We’re here to provide a service,” said Boychuk. The service that tool experts provide goes far beyond simply identifying the best voltage and amp-hour options. Tool buyers must also choose from an increasing number of battery types. Visit us online at

BATTERY TYPES Tool users basically have three battery options: nickel-cadmium (NiCd), nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) and Lithium-ion (Li-ion). Each have advantages and disadvantages. “One thing that NiCd has going for it is a proven track record in the industry,” said Parkhill. “The construction industry isn’t

Li-ion may drive up the cost, but it also dramatically reduces the weight of the battery. Parkhill noted that the heavier weight of a large NiCd battery pack can be compounded when the structure of the tool must be modified to hold the heavier battery securely in place. Boychuk, on the other hand, pointed out many manufacturers are making

“Everything used to be 12-volt, then 14.4-volt, but 18-volt seems to be the standard these days.

There might be better options for some contractors. If they have a lot of drill motors on the job, or if they interchange batteries with a lot of other power tools, a 14.4-volt might be more economical for them and it might give them the power that they need.

It all depends on how long they need to have the battery last and how much torque they need. Some 14.4-volt tools offer enough power for a lot of jobsites.” Brian Boychuk, vice president Midland Tool & Supply Co., Inc. friendly to batteries. Jobsites are cold, which makes for a poor environment for charging. NiCd has proven that it can handle the temperature ranges in Michigan and it is also less expensive. You need more electronics with Li-ion, which drives up the cost of the tool.”

tools lighter to accommodate the demand for more battery power. He cited an example from a major manufacturer’s drill line where an 18-volt tool actually weighted less than it’s 14.4-volt counterpart. This reduced weight comes with a price. “The only way to bring down the weight of CAM MAGAZINE



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a tool is to use plastic or some sort of composite material,” said Boychuk. “There are a lot of plastic pieces in tools these days, but a lot of people aren’t happy about that because more repairs are needed; or at least that has been my experience.” Boychuk also noted that most people tend to carry their tools on carts, only lifting them when needed, which negates many of the benefits of lighter battery packs. Still, the smaller and lighter battery packs make working at awkward angles or on ladders much easier, which has helped to make Li-ion batteries a very popular choice. Another perceived benefit associated with Li-ion tools is that they operate at full power, or not at all. NiCd batteries, on the other hand will gradually lose power as they run down. From Bouchuk’s experience, this benefit is not particularly important for users, with most of whom having no preference either way. NiCd and Li-ion batteries are popular options, but NiMH has never really “taken off” according to Parkhill. NiMH batteries are still available, but most major manufacturers offer far more tools that utilize NiCd or Li-ion batteries. One advantage that both Li-ion and MiMH have over NiCd is that neither contain cadmium, a toxic material that is considered an environmental hazard. Generally speaking, NiMH and Li-ion are seen as better environmental choices. Another environmentally friendly option is to skip the battery altogether and use a corded tool. Even though they have fallen out of favor, corded tools can be the best option for certain tasks, particularly if a large amount of power is needed or if the user will move very little over the course of the workday. If batteries are used, a tool expert can provide valuable tips to help users get the most out of them. GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR BATTERIES Users can do a number of things in the field to promote longer battery life, but how much of a role charging technique plays is open for debate. Parkhill cited one major manufacturer’s recommendation that NiCd batteries be completely charged five times to “train” the battery to accept a full charge, but he also noted that many manufacturers are moving away from these types of recommendations, mainly because they provide competitors with ammunition with which to criticize their products – i.e. “You don’t want to buy their tools, look at what a pain it is to charge their batteries.” “Manufacturers have kind of pooh-




poohed the importance of the initial charge,” said Parkhill. “They say it doesn’t matter, but in reality, it does.” An even greater controversy arises from the recommendation to completely drain NiCd batteries before charging them the first few times. Manufactures have shied from this once-common away recommendation, but Parkhill still advises customers to do it. He noted that manufacturers often produce reconditioning chargers that completely drain batteries before charging them, but these specialized devices are usually well outside the price range users want to pay, so he recommends simulating the effect of a reconditioning charger by draining batteries completely. Boychuk, on the other hand, sees absolutely no value in this practice, and Parkhill was careful to point out that it only applies to NiCd batteries. The best advice for contractors is to carefully track what works best for them, with the realization that NiCd batteries will never be harmed by draining them completely the first few times, and that this practice might prolong their useful lives. From Boychuk’s experience, users generally have good experiences with their batteries, but he sees a fair number of chargers brought back for repairs. The most common issue is overheating, possibly even melting the terminals inside the unit, but he honestly admitted that he is not always exactly sure what users are doing in the field to cause this. He stressed the importance of unplugging chargers when they are not in use and not overcharging batteries. Unlike older batteries, which could take six hours to charge, most new batteries take only one hour. Running too many extension cords into gang boxes can also contribute to overheating problems. Most modern chargers contain a fan to prevent overheating, but users cannot depend on this fan effectively shedding heat from an overloaded unit. Although Boychuk does not believe that poor ventilation is a major contributor to overheating issues, he did point out that charging units should have at least one foot of clearance on all sides to allow for air circulation. Users who are having trouble with their chargers, or who need help selecting the proper batteries, would do well to tap the expertise of a qualified salesperson who is familiar with multiple product lines. Their knowledge and expertise can be a valuable tool, especially for contactors who are deciding what should go into their own toolboxes. “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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Creating a More Sustainable Construction Site Through

Battery Recycling By Carl Smith, LEED® AP CEO and President, Call2Recycle®


n recent years, builders, contractors, architects, developers and construction managers have become acutely aware of the impact that sustainable business practices can have on the environment. Several strategies have been pursued to incorporate eco-friendly practices throughout the industry and offset the environmental impact of construction projects, particularly seeking to have products certified as “green” under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. A third-party verification system that uses various strategies and metrics designed to improve overall performance, the LEED certification framework lays out practical and measurable green building solutions for all stages of the construction and maintenance lifecycle. Among the credits that building managers may pursue to achieve LEED certification, is stewardship of resources and recycling. One simple and free way for building professionals to immediately give themselves a greener edge and work towards




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LEED certification is to implement a recycling program for batteries. Many kinds of batteries are used to power the cordless drills, hammers, saws, screwdrivers, laptop computers, cell phones, two-way radios, and digital cameras that are found on a typical construction site, or are used to maintain an existing facility. Recycling spent batteries benefits the environment by reusing and recycling broken-down materials, ultimately keeping them from entering local landfills. At the same time, pursuing battery recycling practices also demonstrates a company’s strong commitment to protecting the environment by adopting an environmental strategy. Building professionals can begin to fulfill their environmental obligation and improve LEED performance with Call2Recycle’s free national rechargeable battery recycling program. The program boasts a network of more than 30,000 recycling drop-off locations in North America, which helps builders, architects, engineers, contractors, suppliers and their partners seamlessly integrate green practices into operations. Call2Recycle can be implemented as a robust and accessible on-site recycling solution, helping advance green efforts that contribute to business growth. Recycling batteries fulfills a commitment to sustainability while helping construction professionals improve their marketability as an environmentally sensitive company. Operated by the non-profit Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), Call2Recycle is the most active voice in promoting the ecosafe reclamation and recycling of rechargeable batteries. Since its inception in 1994, Call2Recycle and its network of recycling partners have collected more than 50 million pounds of rechargeable batteries for recycling. For more information about enrolling in the program or to find local drop-off sites in your community, visit, or call toll-free 877.2.RECYCLE.

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Child’s Play

YIELDS A PLACE TO STAY By David R. Miller, Associate Editor

rector Sets are a mainstay for many children. There is a true sense of accomplishment as small pieces come together to form walls without mixing mortar or contending with most of the other complexities that define full-scale construction. A project team employed by Etkin White Novi, LLC, Southfield, recently rediscovered this simple joy with the construction of the Hilton Garden Inn in Novi. Construction manager The Dailey Company, Lake Orion, and architect Jarratt Architecture, South Lyon, applied their combined expertise to create the 90,000-square-foot, 148-unit hotel with the Infinity Structural System which utilizes EPICORE MSR® Composite Floor System floor slabs sitting atop





Photos Courtesy of Hilton Garden Inn pre-fabricated, load-bearing metal stud wall panels. Even though the construction process resembled child’s play, the project team overcame many obstacles to complete one of Michigan’s first facilities built with this revolutionary system. UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS The Infinity Structural System that was used to build the Hilton Garden Inn resulted in significant time savings. The project team estimates that the panels shaved one or two months off of a construction schedule that was already quite aggressive. “It was really just a matter of brining them out on a flatbed truck “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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and putting them together like an Erector Set,” said Vincent Washington, project superintendent for The Dailey Company. In addition to being much larger than typical Erector Set, the Infinity Structural System is also far more complex. The walls on each floor are rated to support the structural load, but they depend on the floor slab above for lateral support. Extensive shoring was needed to support the walls until the entire structure was complete. This effectively reduced the amount of working room inside the structure, but each floor included a walking corridor that was free of obstructions from the shoring to alleviate this. Working conditions were also enhanced by the pre-punched openings in the panels that greatly reduced the amount of labor needed to install doors, windows and electrical gear. The panels were fabricated offsite by Jasman Construction, Inc., Whitmore Lake, in a controlled environment under stringent quality control requirements. This production method eliminated guesswork in the field and greatly reduced to amount of scrap and wasted material. The 322 panels were ready for speedy installation when they arrived on the jobsite, which allowed more time for the completion of high-end interior finishes that greatly enhance the finished product. Getting the building enclosed quickly was a crucial part of the overall plan. “We pushed the envelope on the timing for this type of building,” said Paul Danko, project manager for The Dailey Company. “It was tough getting some of the last pours in because we were reaching the end of the season.” Pouring concrete floors during winter conditions typically involves covering the concrete at night and utilizing temporary heat to ensure proper curing, but these measures add considerable costs. Some temporary heat was necessary on the project, but this was minimized to keep the cost of the Infinity Structural System comparable to other building methods. The facility’s metal frame roof, which was installed in December and January, includes layers of metal decking, plywood and shingles. Snow frequently had to be shoveled off of one layer to allow installation of the next. Once the walls and roof were in place, crews working inside were shielded from the elements, so they could turn their considerable talents towards delivering a quality hotel for the guests who would soon arrive.

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APPRECIATING THE RESULT The new Hilton Garden Inn boasts a number of amenities geared towards accommodating various types of guests. Spacious rooms with king beds have proven to be popular with business travelers, while the long “shotgun” style suites cater more to families. The expansive front lobby, complete with lush seating and a fireplace, should be comforting to any guest and all are free to use full-service restaurant, pool and workout facility. The facility also houses a bar for the over-21 crowd, and three versatile meeting rooms that can be combined into a single room to accommodate nearly any type of conference or occasion. Etkin Equities, the local partner in this development, had previously developed, but

has since sold, the neighboring Residence Inn. The land where the Hilton Garden Inn now sits was already graded and site infrastructure had already been brought in to support the Residence Inn, which made the Hilton Garden Inn site a prime candidate for development. “We had the land for awhile and we wanted to put it into use,” said Josh Suardini, development project manager for Etkin Equities. “Being close to retail and food amenities in Novi, we thought that a hotel would be a good fit.” Accommodating guests for short stays quickly emerged as the best use for the site because the neighboring Residence Inn already catered to extended stay guests with suites that featured kitchenettes and other amenities. Soon after the ideal usage was

Spacious rooms with king sized beds have proven to be popular with business travelers, but the pool is one of many amenities that appeals to lodgers of all types.




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The Infinity Structural System that was used to build the Hilton Garden Inn resulted in significant time savings.

determined, the Infinity Structural System quickly emerged as the best way to achieve this result. As with all new ideas, there was resistance at first. “Our biggest concern was that we just weren’t familiar with it,” admitted Suardini. “Our structural engineer [Marlin Bridges and Associates, Birmingham, AL] showed us several projects where it was used, mostly in the southern region. Our partner [White Lodging Services, Inc., Merrillville, IN] had also used it, and having a partner who had done it before raised our comfort level. Everyone involved felt comfortable with the design and the way it worked.” The contractor also needed to develop a level of confidence in the system, as The Dailey Company had never used the Infinity Structural

System before, though Washington had used it before. After reviewing the system and securing a spot on the project team for their preferred carpentry contactor, Jasman Construction, The Dailey Company was more than willing to give the revolutionary construction method a try. Because it uses interior walls for structural support, the Infinity Structural System is best suited for projects like hotels and other residential uses where internal spaces are compartmentalized into small rooms. Adapting the system for office buildings and other uses where large clear spans are desired would be more difficult. Those who are considering using the Infinity Structural System for any type of facility in Michigan need travel no farther than Novi to see a great example of how the system can be used.

The Hilton Garden Inn houses a variety of spaces that can accommodate elegant dining, impromptu meetings, or anything in-between.




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• Asphalt Paving – Nagle Paving, Farmington Hills • Ceramic Tile – Southeastern Tile, LLC, Mount Clemens • Civil Engineer – Environmental Engineers, Inc., Southfield • Concrete Flatwork – Merlo Construction, Northville • Concrete Foundations – JLL Construction, Wixom • Doors and Hardware – R.K. Hoppe Corporation, New Hudson • Earthwork and Utilities – Site Development, Inc., Madison Heights • EIFS – Superior Designs, Inc., Oakland Township • Electrical – GSI, Troy • Electrical Engineer – Strategic Energy Solutions, Ferndale • Elevators – Otis Elevator Company, Farmington Hills • Fire Protection – Wolverine Fire Protection Company, Mount Morris • Floorcoverings – SCI Floor Covering, Inc., Southfield • Glass and Glazing – Modern Mirror, Roseville • HVAC – Great Lakes Mechanical, Inc., Dearborn • Kitchen Equipment – Great Lakes Hotel Supply Co., Detroit • Masonry – Connolly Masonry, Inc., Clarkston • Metal Studs, Drywall and Carpentry – Jasman Construction, Inc., Whitmore Lake • Mirrored Closet Doors – Arcadia Industries, Inc., Chicago, IL • Operable Partitions – Gardiner C. Vose, Inc., Bloomfield Hills • Painting – Valley Painting, Flint • Plumbing – Pender Mechanical, Keego Harbor • Retaining Walls and Pavers – WallTek Design Build, Inc., Clarkston • Roofing – Lutz Roofing Company, Shelby Township • Structural Engineer – Marlin Bridges and Associates, Birmingham, AL • Structural Steel – Campbell and Shaw, Marysville • Swimming Pool – DC Pools, Inc., Wixom • Toilet Accessories – Stock Building Supply, Macomb • Windows – Wojan Window and Door Corporation, Charlevoix

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Carlisle SynTec Roof Gardens Offer Immediate Rooftop Coverage on Day of Installation Carlisle SynTec has introduced a new Roof Garden system that provides instant vegetative coverage. Carlisle’s new Vegetated Sedum Tiles add another dimension to the Carlisle Roof Garden family by offering consumers immediate rooftop plant coverage on the day of installation. Sedum Tiles greatly expedite vegetative installation. After being dropped into place over Carlisle’s Growth Media, the installation is complete. These unique

A.E.R.T. Launches New MoistureShield® Fire-Rated Decking To help design professionals and builders meet strict fire codes without aesthetic appeal, compromising Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies (A.E.R.T.) has introduced MoistureShield FR. MoistureShield FR is the latest addition to the MoistureShield line of environmentally friendly decking products. It has been approved by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and is listed as an approved product in the recently published

pre-consumer recycling content, helping reduce waste going into landfills. In addition, MoistureShield decking and accessories require no special tools to install and are backed by a limited lifetime warrantee against rot, decay and insect damage. MostureSheild product also exceed the requirements for landscape decking published in the LEED for Homes green building standard. For more information on MoistureShield, please contact A.E.R.T. Customer Service at 866-729-2378, or visit

Douglas Electrical Components Solution Offers Fully Harnessed Back Potted Seals Douglas Electrical Components, Inc. (DECo) has developed back potted epoxy hermetic seals as fast, flexible, reliable and low-cost alternatives to expensive standard ceramic or glass seals. The back potted epoxy seals provide a fully harnessed pressure and vacuum sealing solution that can be customized to meet customer needs. DECo provides fully harnessed back potting solutions that avoid some of the drawbacks associated with generic glass or ceramic connectors, which traditionally come supplied with only solder cups or

tiles simplify installation and eliminate the need for landscapers, as well as the tedious labor associated with planting a large roof area. Carlisle’s Vegetated Sedum Tiles are shipped in a manner that prevents damage and mold, which ensures that a quality product is always delivered and installed. Sedum mats often arrive damaged and moldy due to the lack of air and compaction from the rolled packaging method. These tiles greatly reduce maintenance costs, as there is little room for airborne seeds to root. The need for watering is also greatly reduced because the tiles arrive already established. Four tile choices are available – All Season Mix, Tuff Stuff Mix, Shade Mix and Color Max Mix. For more information, call 800.4.SYNTEC or visit Carlisle’s roof garden website at:




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PCB tails, creating potential points of failure. Without a wire harness, these connectors also need additional assembly work and potential investment in tooling, training, quality control and testing. With a nimble solution not limited by months of turnaround time, engineers are able to respond more quickly to changes in design. “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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Express Blower’s HighCapacity TM-70 Handles Blowing Projects of Any Size

Optional packages are available for even more efficient blowing of heavier and more abrasive products. The TM-70MD includes a 300-horsepower Caterpillar C-7 engine while the TM-70HD is powered by a 335-horsepower Caterpillar C-9 engine. Both optional packages offer a more powerful pneumatic blower and heavyduty hydraulic systems. For greater ease of operation, efficiency and optimal equipment reliability, several enhanced technological features are incorporated into the TM-70. A selfdiagnosing system monitors for low oil pressure and shuts off in the event of excessive temperatures. In addition, a computerized control package automatically adjusts the entire feed system based on material and operating conditions, eliminating the need for complex system settings. The TM-70 is equipped with Express Blower’s patented material feed system. Featuring a solid belt floor and electronically controlled auger system with large motors that minimize stress on the unit’s hydraulic system, the feed system proves

Designed to handle jobs of any size, the TM-70 pneumatic blower from Express Blower, Inc. spreads a wide array of materials, including mulch, compost, soil blends, wood chips and aggregates. The high-capacity blower is well suited for projects ranging from commercial and residential landscaping to highway work and expansive erosion control jobs. The TM-70 is a fully self-contained, steel-framed aluminum box that features a 275-horsepower, turbo-diesel, Tier 3 compliant Caterpillar C-7 engine. For greater flexibility, the unit is designed to work with a variety of tractor configurations.

more reliable and durable than walking floor and push-ram feed systems. The system also improves volume output, eliminates material waste, and reduces time-consuming clean-up tasks. For topdressing turf or installing lawns, an optional Supplemental Injection System uniformly applies mixes using Express Blower’s Terraseeding™ process. Terraseeding is the calibrated injection of seed in a compost, mulch or soil mix as the material is blown into place. By measuring precise amounts, this injection system optimizes seed usage and reduces the occurrence of over- or under-seeding. The result is faster, more uniform germination

Design engineers can specify from a range of commonly available plastic and metal connectors, from jam-nut and o-ring to wall mount, radial o-ring and others including the accommodation of fiber optic connectors and cables. Today’s range of high-performance epoxies greatly extend the application range of this versatile hermetic sealing option; the DECo epoxy material can withstand pressure up to 15,000 PSI and temperatures ranging from cryogenic to over 350F. Current application areas for back potted seals include semiconductor fabrication, HVAC compressors, magnetic bearing enclosures, electrical switch gears, X-ray machines and military applications. For additional information on DECo solutions, including product brochures and videos, please visit

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and healthier turf. The supplemental system also allows injection of granular soil enhancers or weed inhibitors. The TM-70 has an increased level load capacity of approximately 70 cubic yards that minimizes drive time to and from a mulch or material supply source, thus maximizing time on the jobsite. Bulk offloading is more efficient thanks to a tophinged hydraulic tailgate. A good combination of blower pressure, air volume and air velocity allows the TM70 to manage material blowing jobs with standard 4-inch hoses, making handling easier for operators. A 5-inch hose is available for jobs where the material will allow for increased production rates. The TM-70 has a 390-foot hose assembly and is capable of blowing material more than 500 to 800 feet. This discharge range allows users to effectively reach any area of a jobsite, in some cases vertically more than 20 stories in rooftop garden applications. A remote radio control allows one or two man operation of the entire blower. At the start of an application, the operator can simply pick up the end of the hose and use the remote control to start the system and adjust material flow as necessary throughout the project. The remote is designed with frequency-hopping technology for more reliable response between the remote and the blowing unit. Remote diagnostics provide for fast and comprehensive assessment of machine performance, and the control package eliminates the need for many looms, wire strips and junction boxes. Other standard features of the TM-70 include a programmable display and a dust suppression system. The entire unit is backed by a one-year limited warranty, a two-year Caterpillar engine warranty, while the Parker hydraulic hoses and fittings are covered for three years. Express Blower equipment is designed to expand performance capabilities to open new markets and opportunities for landscape and erosion control companies. Through enhanced productivity and labor flexibility, contractors can work more efficiently and increase profits. The TM-70 is available with custom options to enhance contractor brand visibility on the road and on the jobsite. For more information, contact Express Blower, Inc., 1275 Bailey Hill Road, Eugene, OR 97402; call 800-285-7227; fax 541-349-8161; e-mail; or visit the website




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General Equipment has Introduced the FCS10 Rip-RStripper™ Floor-Covering Remover General Equipment Co. has introduced the FCS10 Rip-R-Stripper™ to its line of floor-covering strippers. This electricpowered model provides a compact, lightweight alternative to larger walkbehind units. It accommodates cutting blades up to 10 inches wide and offers high performance, an ergonomic design and multiple accessories. It is well suited for applications that include removing carpet, VCT, linoleum and mastics. Featuring an operational weight of only 40 pounds (18 kg), the FCS10 allows the operator to transport the unit and traverse stairs much more easily than with larger units, which can weigh more than 100 pounds. The small size also provides superior maneuverability in confined areas. Constructed of a high-tech, composite tube, the machine’s lightweight handle offers better weight and vibration reduction than steel or aluminum. It can be removed in seconds, allowing the operator to easily lift the machine into the trunk or backseat of small sedans and other compact vehicles. Built with a 2,300-watt electric motor, the FCS10 operates from a standard 15ampere circuit, which is commonly found on residential jobsites. With a unitized, welded steel-plate frame and only one moving part, it is designed to handle the rigors of most jobs while requiring minimal routine maintenance. Oversized, high-capacity rubber mounts, extra capacity ball bearings and high-alloy aluminum castings help prevent damage from abuse or high shock loads. Several blade options are available to handle different materials and applications. These include 6- and 10-inch straight blades for removing VCT; 6- and 10-inch angled blades for mastic removal; and an 8-inch scoring blade for removing glued-back carpet and linoleum. All




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Pinpoint Laser Systems® has introduced a new right 90Line Square Plane. This newest Pinpoint product is well suited for squaring machinery and equipment, setting up presses, checking machine tools, aligning guide rails, establishing parallelism between web rollers, idlers and take up reels and a wide variety of other measuring and alignment tasks. Coupled with the Laser Microgage system, the 90Line Square Plane allows quick and precise equipment measurement and alignment for optimal production efficiency. The 90-Line Square Plane is placed into the path of the laser reference beam and forms a precise right angle laser reference beam for checking alignment and taking measurements. The nosepiece of the 90Line, and the right angle laser beam projected from it, can be turned through a full 360° rotation to define a flat reference plane. This is ideal for checking the squareness and flatness of flanges, press plates, rolls and web handling equipment, machine tools and many other precision alignment tasks. The 90-Line Square Plane is machined from a solid block of aluminum and covered with a hard anodized coating for years of reliable use on the factory floor. A fine adjustment knob helps position the laser at long distances and a lock secures the beam in place. The housing for the 90Line has a variety of tapped mounting holes and machined reference surfaces for added versatility when working with production equipment. The 90 Line Square Plane and the Laser Microgage provide precise measurements accurate to 0.0001 inch (2.5 micron) and can be used over ranges up to 180 feet (55 meters). A digital interface connects directly to a

Metabo Corporation recently released the BS18 LT drill/driver. As the latest tool in the 18 V PowerMasterSeries of lithiumion cordless power tools, the new economical BS18 LT provides Metabo's advanced tool ergonomics plus the performance and capacity advantages of lithium-ion batteries. Fitted with the Li-Power

Plus 18 V, 2.6 Ah battery, the cordless drill/driver charges faster and lasts longer than other charging technologies. Metabo's unique aircooled charging technology, that utilizes guided air flow ducting to cool the battery pack to an optimum temperature level during charging, reduces charging times by 30% to increase productivity. Standard on all PowerMasterSeries cordless tools, Metabo's Electronic Single Cell Protection (ESCP) cell monitoring electronically monitors individual battery cells while in use and during charging to prevent damage due to a complete discharge while working and from overcharging while charging. Damage prevention ensures longer battery life. The BS18 LT's combination of premium battery and charging technologies provides extended work time between charges and requires less time during charges for maximum productivity. Users in the field, such as electricians, contractors, remodelers, cable installers, HVAC technicians and others in rugged industrial and commercial construction “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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Cooper Lighting Introduces Halo 4-Inch Compact Fluorescent Downlights Cooper Lighting has added a new line of ENERGY STAR® 4-inch compact fluorescent (CFL) downlights to its Halo recessed downlight family. A popular choice for both residential and light commercial spaces, the small aperture energy-efficient line includes both 13-watt and 18-watt models available in both new construction and remodel housings. A design complement to the 5-inch and larger 6-inch recessed CFL downlights, the 4inch aperture size is commonly used for accent, task and perimeter area lighting. The 4-inch CFL downlight housings are designed for insulated ceilings (IC-rated) and can be in direct contact with ceiling insulation. These AIR-TITE™ housings prevent airflow between attic and living areas and save on both heating and air conditioning costs. The electronic compact fluorescent ballast meets stringent ENERGY STAR® requirements including FCC Title 47 CFR part 18 for consumer equipment.




Numerous contractor-friendly installation features include the GOT NAIL! ™ Bar Hangers that are designed with a preinstalled nail that easily installs in regular lumber, engineered lumber and laminated beams. Halo’s popular Pass-N-Thru™ feature allows bar hangers to be shortened-tool-less-without removing from the plaster frame. Additional features include a Safety and Guidance System and Automatic Leveling Flange An array of trims choices includes baffles, reflectors, decorative trims and new lensed shower and metal baffle trims. Multiple finishes include Halo’s new high quality designer metallic finishes of Satin Nickel, Antique Copper and Tuscan Bronze. The thermally protected, fused, 120V electronic ballast provides full light output and flicker-free and noise-free starting and operation. In addition to being ENERGY STAR® qualified and certified AIR-TITE™ under ASTM-E283 in meeting the Washington State Energy Code and the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code; the downlights are compliant with the 2008 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24), effective January 1, 2010; and the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code® (IECC) high efficacy provisions. For additional information, visit or e-mail

Glacier Computer has Released the Ridgeline T400 Semi-Rugged Tablet Computer Glacier Computer has announced shipment of the Ridgeline T400 tablet computer. The Ridgeline T400 offers customers in the warehouse, freight, manufacturing, and field service markets a Windows XP, semi rugged tablet. The T400 is an easy-to-carry 10.4” tablet with high bright display and touchscreen. Designed for continuous use, the T400 weighs less than 3 lbs and has a hot swap battery function allowing for uninterrupted operation. The T400 is boasts a 1.6 GHz Atom processor, up to 2 GB of DRAM, onboard camera and numerous programmable function buttons. The T400 is a versatile tablet computer with optional add-on modules for specific applications. RFID, Magnetic stripe reader, GPS, and bar code scanner, are all available features that can be ordered with the T400. Optional cases, shoulder straps, and battery chargers are also available. “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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Bruce M. Pregler and Patrick A. Facca, partners of the law firm Facca, Richter & Pregler, PC, Troy, have been selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as two of Michigan's top Pregler lawyers in "Construction Litigation" for 2009. Attorneys awarded this honor are nominated by their peers as possessing exceptional skills in the respective field. Mr. Pregler and Mr. Facca specialize in construction litigation from their law offices, located at 6050 Livernois in Troy, Michigan. The Albert Kahn Family of Companies (Kahn), a leading provider of architecture, engineering, planning, design and management services headquartered in Detroit, Montague is proud to announce the appointment of W. Clift Montague, AIA, LEED AP to chief strategy officer. Midwestern Consulting, Ann arbor, recently announced that Mark VanderVeen has received his professional surveyor’s license from the State of Michigan. VanderVeen VanderVeen joined Midwestern Consulting in 2005 and provides expertise in high definition surveying (HDS). Lansing-based Clark Construction Company recently announced that the following project managers have received the U.S. Army Corps of actor Quality Control (CQC) designation: Heidi Hitz; Michael Schuchaskie; and Karl Schellenberger. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) requires all contractors performing construction for them to comply with the CQC provisions in their contracts. The certification issued upon the successful completion of the Corps training programs is valid for Corps, Navy and other



federal agencies’ projects. Also, Clark Construction recently hired two new employees: Scott Auge, as information technology manager; and David Reece, AIA, as director of healthcare. Architectural Contractors Trade Association (ACT) presented its 2009 Associate Member of the Year award to Mark Marentay of Marentay Commercial Building Materials, Ypsilanti, at their annual Appreciation Night in September 2009. This is Commercial Building Material’s first time winning the Associate of the Year. Hamilton Anderson Associates (HAA) is pleased to announce that Barbara Owens has joined the firm as vice president of business development in the Detroit office. Prior Owens to joining HAA, Owens was the chief development officer for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History located in Detroit. Braun Construction Group, a construction management/general contracting firm based in Farmington Hills, recently announced that Scott Collins, LEED AP, has been promoted to vice president of corporate development, and Bari Livsey has joined the company as director of business development.


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DiClemente Siegel Design Inc. (DSD), a Southfield-based engineering and architectural firm, is pleased to welcome three new employees: Lorenda Clarkson joins the firm as senior marketing coordinator; Erin Carpenter joins as marketing coordinator; and David Shelley joins as mechanical engineering co-op. Jonathon French, PE, LEED AP, an electrical engineer for DSD, has been promoted to senior associate.

Jason Stoops, PE, project manager in the geotechnical group at G2 Consulting Group in Troy, has been named Outstanding Young Civil Engineer of the Year by the Stoops Southeastern Michigan Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The award recognizes Stoops for his role serving as chair of the society’s legislative affairs committee, his lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C. on behalf of the civil engineering community, and for his work with G2 on the ITC headquarters project in Novi. Oliver/Hatcher Construction, Novi, recently announced that six employees have been certified as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Accredited Professionals (LEED AP) by the U.S. Green Building Council. They are: David Tremonti; Jason Salazar; Dan O’Donnell; Ted Miller; Tim Bryan; and in Oliver/Hatcher’s Grand Rapids office, Tom Bennett was also certified as a LEED AP. Brighton-based ASTI ENVIRONMENTAL, INC., an environmental services firm that has served the needs of industry and government in the Great Lakes region for the past Ushery 25 years, recently announced that Kevin Ushery has joined the firm as a technician in the firm’s Environmental Planning Group. Clark Hill, PLC, a fullservice law firm with more than 190 attorneys and profesKeranen Gallant sionals and offices throughout Michigan, is pleased to announce the addition of Thomas M. Keranen and Jeffrey M. Gallant to their Construction Practice Group. Vincent Tomkinson has been named managing partner of Grant Thornton LLP’s Southfield office. Prior to being named managing partner, Tomkinson was an audit partner serving both publicly traded and privately held clients in a variety of industries.



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Architectural firm Hobbs+Black is pleased to announce the promotion of Robert Wight to director of the midMichigan office, located in Lansing. Wight is a senior vice president and has been with Hobbs+Black for over twenty years. Michigan Super Lawers Magazine recently named 30 attorneys from Plunkett Cooney to its 2009 list of “Super Lawyers.” Attorneys from the Bloomfield Hills office: Michael P. Ashcraft, Jr.; Douglas C. Bernstein; William D. Booth; Charles W. Browning; Henry B. Cooney; Dennis G. Cowan; Jerome A. Galante; Jeffrey C. Gerish; Robert G. Kamenec; Theresa Smith Lloyd; Stanley C. Moore, III; Scott H. Sirich; D.J. Watters; and Michael D. Weaver. Members from the Detroit office: Loretta M. Ames; Ernest R. Bazzana; James R. Geroux; Christine D. Oldani; Stanley A. Prokop; Mary Catherine Rentz; Mary Massaron Ross; and James C. Thomas. Attorneys from the East Lansing office: Anita B. Folino and David K. Otis. Attorneys from the Flint office: H. William Reising. Attorneys from the Grand Rapids office: Mark H. Verwys. Attorneys from the Kalamazoo office: Michael S. Bogren. Attorneys from the Mount Clemens office: D. Jennifer Andreou and Lawrence R. Donaldson. Attorneys from the Petoskey office: Steven L. Barney. Also at Plunkett Cooney, attorney Nicole E. Wilinski recently joined the firm as a member of its Insurance Law Practice Group.



The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) has awarded the Barton Malow Company, Southfield, 2009 Corporation of the Year in the Construction Category for the fifth consecutive year. The 26th Annual Awards event was held in Detroit in September 2009.

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Ultimate Epoxy of Lake Orion, an asphalt materials and epoxy formulation company, recently acquired DBE certifications through the Michigan Department of Transportation. Ultimate Epoxy supplies bulk asphalt liquids, finished asphalt materials, epoxy products and flooring installation services. Ultimate Epoxy is also the exclusive mid-west distributor of a Green certified asphalt bulk liquid formula. The R. L. Deppmann Company (RLD), headquartered in Southfield, is pleased to announce that they have been chosen as the new Michigan representative for Bryan Steam, LLC. Bryan Steam, headquartered in Peru, Indiana, is an American manufacturer of Hydronic and Steam Flex Tube boilers. R.L. Deppmann Company serves Michigan and Ohio with offices in Southfield, Grand Rapids, Bridgeport and Cleveland, and has been serving the industry since 1927.

Michigan State University (MSU) and Michigan Department of the Transportation (MDOT) recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for grand reopening of Farm Lane which runs through the south end of MSU’s campus in East Lansing. During the design phase, Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc. (SME), Plymouth, performed various geotechnical evaluations for the project. In other SME news, for the third consecutive year, SME has been named one of “Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” by the Michigan Business and Professional Association.

United Rentals, Inc., based locally in Romulus, today announced that the company has been selected by GI Jobs Magazine as one of the nation¹s Top 100 Military-Friendly Employers for 2010. Over 5,000 U.S. companies with revenues of at least $500 million were considered for the honor, which was awarded based on the strength of a company¹s military recruiting efforts, percentage of new hires with prior military service, and workforce policies regarding National Guard / Reserve service.

The Albert Kahn Family of Companies (Kahn), Detroit, a leading provider of architecture, engineering, planning, design and management services, is proud to announce its recognition as a certified Planetree design firm and member of the Planetree Visionary Design Network. Honored at the 2009 Planetree Annual Conference in Baltimore in October, Kahn is one of only five firms nationwide to receive this certification. The designation establishes Kahn as a specialist in evidence-based healthcare design following the Planetree philosophy and its core components of healing architecture, such as welcoming a patient’s family and friends, valuing human beings over technology, enabling patients to fully participate as care partners, and fostering a connection to nature and beauty.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA) has named Plunkett Cooney, headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, as one of “Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For.” Also, for the second consecutive year, the Detroit Free Press has named Plunkett Cooney to its list of “Top Places to Work” for 2009 as determined by employee surveys and independent research.

Turner Construction Company, Detroit, has been named an Elite Award Winner in addition to being selected as one of “Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For” by the Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA). This is Turner’s first Elite Award in Michigan, and third consecutive year being named as one of “Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For”.

Novi-based DeMaria Building Company’s recently completed Rosa Parks Transit Center Project in Detroit recently won the Midwest Construction Magazine’s “Best of 2009 Project of the Year” award in the Transportation category. This annual contest recognizes excellence in heavy construction and design in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan and Minnesota.

West Michigan-based A/E firm, TowerPinkster, is proud to announce that it has been selected as the best mid-size firm to work for in the United States for 2009. Management consulting and research firm ZweigWhite and engineering media specialists Stagnito Media have identified the best civil engineering, structural engineering, multidiscipline A/E services, environmental services, and architecture firms to




work for in its annual ranking of top industry firms. TowerPinkster was selected as the best in the country based on their commitment to provide a positive work environment and challenging and interesting work opportunities for employees. Contracting Resources, Inc., a Brightonbased, design-build and construction company, recently management announced it has been awarded the following projects: Design/build and development services for the new Monroe Cancer Center, in Monroe; General Contracting services for the City of Brighton Street Improvements project; General Contracting services for the University of Michigan Cancer Center Infusion Expansion and Pharmacy Renovation project in Ann Arbor; General Contracting services for the University of Michigan Cancer Center Digital Mammography project; and Development and Construction services for the 205 West project located in Brighton, consisting of a two-story mixed use building of both retail and office space. Novi-based Oliver/Hatcher Construction has renovated 160,000 square feet of warehouse space to house the new General Motors Company lithium-ion battery pack assembly facility in Brownstown Township. Oliver/Hatcher’s work on the plant included interior renovations of the facility’s manufacturing and office space and new mechanical, utility and air piping systems. In other project news, the firm recently completed a major façade renovation of the Novi Town Center, a 444,198-square-foot shopping center in Novi. The project involved extensive exterior work, including new rubber and sheet metal roofs, awnings and light fixtures for the outdoor center. Also, the 10th annual Oliver/Hatcher Construction Charity Golf Outing raised $50,000 for the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Child and Family Life Department in September 2009 at Meadowbrook Country Club in Novi. Including this year’s donation, Oliver/Hatcher has raised a total of $663,000 for C.S. Mott’s Child and Family Life Department.

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Employees of Rudolph/Libbe Inc. and GEM Inc. have achieved a combined safety milestone of 5 million hours worked free of lost-time incidents. That means there have been no safety incidents that resulted in any employee missing work. The two nationally ranked contractors are subsidiaries of Rudolph/Libbe Companies. Rudolph/Libbe and GEM Inc. are subsidiaries of The Rudolph/Libbe Companies, which is among the nation’s largest contractors and employs nearly 1,500 construction trades through offices in Lima, Toledo, Cleveland and Walbridge, OH; Plymouth, MI and Atlanta, GA. Sachse Construction of Birmingham, a provider of commercial construction and design/build services, recently completed a new 14,000-square-foot Walgreens drug store in Lowell, located in West Michigan. The firm also completed five construction projects valued at more than $1 million in airports in Michigan, New York City and Cleveland, OH in third quarter 2009. The build-outs include a 1,630-square-foot Watermark Books store at LaGuardia Airport in Queens, NY; a 940-square-foot Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen at Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport; a 670square-foot Greenleaf’s & Bananas restaurant at Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport; a 2,425-square-foot Wendy’s restaurant in the McNamara terminal at Detroit Metropolitan Airport; and an 808-square-foot I-Tech X-Perience at Cleveland’s Hopkins International Airport. Grand Rapids-based Triangle Associates, Inc., providing construction management, general contracting, design/build services, and sustainable/LEED consulting across a wide variety of business sectors, was recently awarded nearly $90 million in construction management services for the Fremont, Montague and Vestaburg school districts. As part of these contracts, Triangle will provide construction management services for the following: Freemont School District - a 175,000square-foot new high school that will replace the existing 90-year-old building, designed and built to LEED silver standards; Montague School District construction and renovation of five facilities within the district, including a new Childhood Center, additions and renovations to Oehrli Elementary, renovations to NBC Middle School, Visit us online at

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Industry Events Jan. 25-27 – Duro-Last® 2010 National Sales Seminar – The Duro-Last Roofing 2010 National Sales Seminar will be held at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, AZ. The theme for the event is “Partners for a Strong Tomorrow.” For more information, contact Fred Sitter at 800-248-0280 or visit Jan. 29 – 33rd Annual SOURCE Awards Entries Due – Entries for SOURCE Awards must be postmarked on or before January 29, 2010. The competition is open to all lighting designers, architects, engineers, professional designers, and consultants who use Cooper Lighting fixtures in an interior or exterior design project. Winners will be announced in May 2010. To download a complete list of rules, visit the company website at or e-mail Feb. 1-5 – World of Concrete – New ideas and innovative strategies to work smarter and uncover new opportunities for profit will be showcased at this event, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Attendees can choose from expert-led seminars and designated tracks featuring 90-minute and 3hour sessions, or even earn a WOC Master Certificate in as little as three days. More information is available at Interested parties can also get information from the show on Twitter at

Feb. 3 – CAM 124th Annual Meeting and EXPO 2010 – CAM is pleased to announce that this year’s exposition will again be hosted at the Rock Financial Showplace, conveniently located in Novi, at the crossroads of I-696, I-275, and I-96. Along with numerous exhibits for construction products and services, the EXPO will include: CAMTEC educational programs; the CAM Magazine Special Issue / Green Building of the Year Awards; the 124th CAM Annual Meeting with keynote speakers; and many exhibitors, products and services. Visit for more information, or please call (248) 972-1000.

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Feb. 8-11 – 59th Annual Industrial Ventilation Conference – This event will be held at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing. More than 25 industrial ventilation experts from across the U.S. and Canada will provide instruction and lectures on the design, construction, use and testing of, ventilation systems. The Conference has an introductory course and an advanced course of instruction. For more information, contact Suzy Carter toll free at (866) 423-7233 or, or visit

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