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A Letter from the President January 2012

Dear CAM Members: I would like to wish each and every one of you a happy and prosperous New Year. Although the past year remained a challenge for Michigan’s construction industry, some indicators are pointing toward a positive turnaround. CAM is doing its best to help your company succeed, save money, find more work, and maintain the competitive edge over our non-member competitors. 2011 brought some exciting changes and accomplishments at CAM, as we celebrated our 126th anniversary as an association. The CAM Annual Meeting/Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow was held at a new venue, MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. Despite the weather challenge that was presented to us by Mother Nature, this one-day event was a huge success. Last year, CAM retained Lansing-based Kindsvatter and Associates, Inc. as our full-time lobbyist in Lansing. It is important that our membership has a seat at the table when - and even before - vital issues are being decided. The CAM Board of Directors authorized the hiring of this Government Relations firm to carry the collective voice of CAM’s 3,000 members to the halls of power. Additionally, we formed the CAM Government Affairs Committee to identify governmental issues and/or trends which impact the construction industry in Michigan. In June 2011, nearly 250 construction professionals attended the CAM-BIA Mid-Year Economic Forecast. This was the first joint partnership event between the CAM and the Building Industry Association (BIA). Two VIP speakers were featured at the event: Mr. Paul Traub, business economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Mr. John Rakolta, Jr., chairman and CEO of Walbridge, Detroit. Both presented their views and statistics on the current state of Michigan’s business climate, especially pertaining to the construction industry. The entire event was well-attended and wellreceived. The end of the year also brought the results of the Biennial Business Survey, conducted jointly through the efforts of CAM and Plante & Moran, PLLC. Conducted online, the responses on this survey reflected the current state of the construction industry in Michigan, and the extended outlook for the coming 18 months. As this year’s survey indicated some positive trends and outlooks, we sincerely hope that this is indicative of an economic turnaround for the construction industry in Michigan. CAM continues to work hard legislatively and in the media to serve our members well. As our mantra states, we are “One Industry, One Resource, One CAM.” We eagerly await our 2012 CAM Annual Meeting and Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow which takes place at MotorCity Casino Hotel on Wednesday, February 8th, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Response has been very positive, and at press time, booth space is nearly sold out. The Annual Meeting will induct three newly-elected members to the CAM Board of Directors, and we will present the CAM Magazine Special Issue Awards, Green Project Awards, and the 2011 Project of the Year Award. This year’s host will be “Al the Only,” magician and amusionist, whose performance is a Don’t Miss. You can register to attend the Tradeshow via the CAM website at See you at the show and the Annual Meeting. Sincerely,

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Top Two Clark Construction Executives Inducted Into the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame Board Chairman John Clark and CEO Charles Clark Receive Distinguished Constructor Award Brothers John and Charles Clark, who led the transformation of a successful commercial construction business into one of the leading, most respected organizations in the industry, were inducted into the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame in late October 2011. The Clark brothers also




received the Distinguished Constructor Award during ceremonies held at Ferris State University. “I am honored and humbled to be recognized with these prestigious honors,” said Clark Construction Board Chairman John Clark.“I have loved every day that I’ve worked in this business, and being inducted into the Construction Hall of Fame is icing on the cake.” “It is a privilege to be considered worthy of the Michigan Construction Hall of Fame,” said Clark Construction CEO Charles Clark. “It is even more special to share this honor with my brother, John. Our father, Leon, also received this distinction posthumously in 2002, so this is a great honor for the entire Clark family.” When Leon Clark founded Clark Construction Company, Lansing, in 1946, the main focus of the company was to help convert General Motors’ wartime production facilities back into automobile factories. John and Chuck Clark took over the helm in the early 1980s, expanding Clark’s market presence in retail, education, correctional facilities and the food and pharmaceutical

sectors. Clark grew to become one of the Top 400 Contractors in the United States. With the company’s rise, Clark Construction expanded its services to include construction management, design/build and program management. By the 1990s, Clark Construction was one of the largest and most reputable full-service construction firms in Michigan. The company’s portfolio expanded to include university, resort, entertainment, government, and healthcare projects. During this expansion, a number of Clark’s projects won awards at the state and national levels, including the prestigious Build America Award. In addition, Clark’s long history of ethical business practices was recognized during the company’s 50th anniversary with a national American Business Ethics Award. In fact, Clark Construction Company remains the only construction contractor in the nation to receive this distinction. Clark Construction has since gone on to develop an award-winning safety program, as well as an award-winning training program. The company is on the leading edge of construction trends and technology,

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Roncelli Receives State Award for Outstanding Safety and Health Record Roncelli, Inc., Sterling Heights, received the CET Platinum Award from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) for an outstanding safety and health record. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). The construction industry is one of the most hazardous industries in Michigan. Only about four percent of Michigan’s workforce is employed in construction, however, construction fatalities account for nearly 40 percent of all fatal workplace accidents. Roncelli has gone more than 1.4 million work hours without a lost time accident. Their safety motto is: Zero tolerance of unsafe behavior and actions. “Your record of 1.4 million work hours without a lost time accident in the construction industry is an astounding success,” said LARA Deputy Director Steve Arwood. MIOSHA Director Doug Kalinowski

presented the award to Roncelli’s Chairman Gary Roncelli, President Thomas Wickersham, and Executive Vice President David Roncelli during an award ceremony at the company’s Sterling Heights headquarters. Employees, Sterling Heights Mayor Richard Notte, Michigan State Representative Marilyn Lane and guests celebrated the award ceremony with a luncheon in recognition of the company’s success. Having gone four years and more than 1.4 million work hours without a lost time accident, Roncelli President Thomas Wickersham, said, “We are proud of our safety record and accept this MIOSHA CET Platinum award on behalf of all the men and women on Roncelli project sites who each and every day are committed to ensuring that our projects are free from recognized hazards and unsafe acts or behaviors. The MIOSHA CET Platinum award demonstrates Roncelli’s commitment and continued success in creating a safe environment.” The MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division recognizes the safety and health achievements of Michigan employers and employees through CET Awards, which are based on excellent safety and health performance. The CET Platinum Award recognizes an outstanding safety record of 250,000 - 7,500,000 continuous

hours worked without days away from work based on the employer’s size and type of business. Besides going more than 1.4 million work hours without a lost time accident, the company has completed the following criteria to receive the CET Platinum Award: • Reduced their injury/illness incident rate by more than 50 percent within the last three calendar years • Developed and implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system • Established a safety and health committee with both employee and management participation • Developed an employee training system with an emphasis on how to do the work in a safe and healthful manner • Worked diligently to change their workplace culture to reflect the importance of worker safety. The company has worked with the MIOSHA CET Division over several years. As part of the award process, CET Construction Safety Consultant Bryan Renaud performed a hazard survey on site, giving the company the opportunity to conduct a walk through with a MIOSHA representative and correct

SAFETY TOOL KIT Power (Telephone) Poles By Gordon Wall, Safety Director, Adams Building Company ecently I received a phone call asking the question regarding the required depth that a power pole needs to be put in the ground in order to remain upright. I told the caller to call Detroit Edison or Consumers Power to get the answer. I then asked the caller why he needed that particular information. I received a play-by-play description of the accident which he was now investigating. Apparently, there was to be an excavation near a power pole, in order to put in the underground utilities and provide the proper level for the future parking lot. What usually occurs is that the power pole is left in place with the original grade in place, with all the preexisting earth removed except for about a three-foot diameter around the power pole. This creates the problem. Because of the loss of dirt the power pole becomes unstable,


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especially when there is a sizeable transformer attached to the pole. The pole comes down, to the surprise of everyone, taking out the power, maybe stopping traffic, hitting pedestrians, and other assorted events that you might be able to imagine. The answer is that the power company puts a metal tag on the pole. A measurement is taken from the tag to the ground. That is how much pole you have in the ground. It may surprise you to learn that the depth averages from 6 to 8 feet. Moral of the story: Have the power company hold the pole in place (if you can get them there in a timely manner) or support the pole yourself. Never excavate around a power pole without evaluating the consequences of not providing enough supporting materials. CAM MAGAZINE





any noted problem areas. The Roncelli safety program governs the activities of all personnel employed in any capacity on Roncelli projects, and is dedicated to the goal of providing work environments free from recognized hazards and unsafe acts or behaviors. Insurance companies, safety organizations, and their clients frequently recognize Roncelli for safety results consistently superior to the industry standards.

MEDC Awards More Than $3 Million for Downtown Kalamazoo Brownfield Mixed Use Project Skanska’s January 2012 Groundbreaking for New West Michigan Development The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) recently announced that it has awarded a Michigan Business Tax (MBT) Brownfield Tax Credit for just over $3 million dollars for a new eight-story, mixed use project in downtown Kalamazoo. Called The Exchange, the project will be built on the site of a surface parking lot at 155 West Michigan

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Avenue. The tax credit for development of The Exchange’s residential, office, commercial and retail space was announced at a board meeting of the MEDC’s Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA). The Exchange project team includes Phoenix Properties, developer; Tower Pinkster Titus Associates, architect; Skanska USA Building Inc., construction; and Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc. (SME). SME completed the MBT application on behalf of the project team and will handle all brownfield remediation activities and geotechnical engineering for the project. All four companies will service the project out of Kalamazoo-based offices. The project is scheduled to break ground in January 2012; completion is slated in March 2013. The project is expected to generate $28.8 million in new investment and create approximately 210 permanent full-time jobs. The State of Michigan provides MBT credits to promote projects that redevelop a contaminated, blighted or functionally obsolete property. Awarded on a case-bycase basis, the credits are available for up to 12.5 percent of eligible investments or up to 15 percent for certain Urban Development

Area Projects as designated by the MEDC’s MEGA Board. Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated (DKI) President Ken Nacci said,“The contribution of a project of this magnitude is immeasurable. We use the word ‘transformative’ quite literally, and expect this project to have a long-lasting, positive impact in the continuing revitalization of downtown Kalamazoo.” The project will change the downtown skyline by making use of a prime piece of underdeveloped property and creating new housing and retail options, plus creating greater walkability with its proximity to nearby parks, libraries, and downtown restaurants, as well as the Kalamazoo Metro Transit System, serving Western Michigan University and the greater Kalamazoo area. The Exchange also meets the goals outlined in the 2009 Downtown Kalamazoo Comprehensive Plan calling for the support and growth of the retail and residential sectors. The Downtown Development Authority will commit up to $143,460 annually for up to 10 years through the capture of tax increment finance revenue. This public investment will be earmarked for

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public improvement-related components surrounding the project, including snowmelt, streetscape, street furniture and other eligible activities. Phoenix Properties also anticipates pursuing a LEED-certified designation through the USGBC Green Building Design and Construction (BD+C) LEED rating system, incorporating sustainable design and construction techniques. The development will require performance of activities necessary to prepare the site for redevelopment, including minimizing landfill waste by recycling the asphalt parking lot materials. For more information on the MEDC’s Brownfield Redevelopment MBT credits and other MEDC brownfield tax incentive programs, please visit /Fact-Sheets/BrownfieldSBT.pdf.


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Gateway Safety Introduces GirlzGear™ Safety Products Made for Safety, Designed for Women Gateway Safety presents a new family of safety products tailored to fit women better. GirlzGear™ is a collection of some of the most trusted brands from Gateway Safety’s award-winning product lines in eye and head protection—with the look, size, and feel that women want. The GirlzGear eyewear collection includes StarLite® SM, StarLite® SM Gumballs, and Scorpion® SM—established styles that are sized 10 percent smaller to fit the female profile better. StarLite SM and Scorpion SM are available in all of the traditional lens and temple color options. Plus, a new pink temple and a pink mirror lens option are available in

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StarLite SM. And from the recently launched Metro™ line of safety eyewear come two trendy frame options for GirlzGear: pink and tortoise shell. But GirlzGear is more than eye protection. The Serpent® vented safety helmet, already a favorite with women, has a rotating ratchet adjustment system that creates a custom fit

for nearly any size head. Lightweight and comfortable, Serpent is available in pink and nine other colors. Although they’re feminine and fun, GirlzGear products are serious about safety. All Gateway Safety eyewear meets the ANSI Z87.1+ high impact standard, and Serpent

helmets meet the ANSI Z89.1 impact standard. For more than 65 years, Gateway Safety has been designing and manufacturing awardwinning, cost-effective safety products in eye, face, head, hearing, and respiratory protection. Gateway Safety works hard to provide personal protective equipment that workers want to wear, helping companies increase safety compliance, improve the overall welfare of their employees, and reduce the high costs associated with workplace injuries. For more information, contact Gateway Safety, Inc., 11111 Memphis Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44144. Phone: (800) 8225347. Fax: (216) 889-1200. Web: E-mail:

Synergy Group’s Best Friend Pet Hotel Wins AIA Award The Miami American Institute of Architects recently honored the Synergy Group, Inc., one of Michigan’s leading design/build firms, for construction of The Best Friends Pet Hotel @ Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Synergy Group and MATEU Architecture, Inc., Miami, were honored with a design excellence award selected by a jury of New York architects. The project team received the award in early November at the AIA Miami 2011 Design Awards Gala. “They thought it was the most interesting project of all 140 plus projects submitted,” said Roney Mateu, principal of MATEU Architecture. AIA Miami even created a new category for the project called the Googie Design Award. “We were told that the jury was very impressed by the work, and felt that the design and construction of the Best Friends Pet Hotel @ Disney World deserved to stand alone in its own category of award, above and beyond the rest of the award submittals,” said Mateu. The project includes 17,000 square feet of air-conditioned space for pets, 10,000 square feet of outdoor patios and play areas and a 25,000-square-foot private dog park. The building offers accommodations for 300 dogs, cats and other pets, a full-service grooming salon and doggy day camp rooms. “A collaborative effort by the architect, the Synergy team and our client resulted in a $1 million project savings,” said Mora. Owner’s Representative Mike Cook, JMC Creations, said the collaboration was one of the most successful of the 40 similar projects built. “If there is a complex construction project or a design/build project with impossible




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deadlines and unique building requirements, you have the ideal Synergy Group project,” said Principal E. “Pete” Petrella. “We were thrilled to work with Mateu Architecture on this project, and we congratulate them on the award-winning design. Having never heard of “Googie” architecture, “we didn’t know what to think about the award, but after learning about it, we are elated at receiving this one-of-a-kind award – the first one ever in Miami and in Florida,” said Petrella. Born of the post-World War II car culture, “Googie” architecture thrived in the 1950s and 1960s. Bold angles, colorful signs, plate glass, sweeping cantilevered roofs and pop culture imagery captured the attention of drivers on adjacent streets. Bowling alleys looked like Tomorrowland. Coffee shops looked like something in a Jetsons cartoon. For decades, many “serious” architects decried Googie as frivolous or crass. But today we recognize how perfectly its form followed its function. AIA Miami has created another new award category this year, called the People’s Choice Award. AIA Miami is asking the public to vote on 10 projects selected by the chapter’s board of directors from the 140 submitted this year. Best Friends Pet Hotel @ Disney World is one of the 10 selected for this new category. Log on to



THE and click to vote for this unique project. Synergy is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and has a Southeastern U.S. Regional office based in Orlando, Florida. For information on Synergy Group, Inc., please visit

New Association for Sons and Daughters of a Family Business Launched The Michigan Association for Sons & Daughters of a Family Business is a newly launched organization actively recruiting new members. The association was founded to develop current and future family business owners in Michigan through education, networking and community involvement. “It is a discouraging reality that many family businesses do not make it through the generations due to lack of planning, innovation, training and transfer of responsibility,” said association founder, Tara K. Perpich, of Great Lakes Mechanical. “As an association, we want to provide the tools family businesses need to take that first step toward changing the statistics.”


2012: A Brand New Year By Chris Hippler randing is more than a business buzzword; it’s your competitive edge. Your brand differentiates you from everyone else in your category. Chris Hippler In a Business-to-Business environment, your competitors can duplicate almost anything of yours. They may be able to do a better job, or sell the product or service at a lower price. But there is one competitive edge they cannot copy: your brand. As Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks said, “A great brand raises the bar - it adds a greater sense of purpose to the experience, whether it’s the challenge to do your best in sports and fitness, or the affirmation that the cup of coffee you’re drinking really matters.”


WHAT DOES YOUR BRAND STAND FOR? Your brand represents intangible aspects of your product or service; it is a collection of feelings and perceptions about quality, image and ethics. Your brand creates in the mind of your clients or prospects the perception that there is no product or service on the market quite like yours. One of the characteristics of a Business-to-Business (B2B) product is that in many cases it is bought by a committee of buyers which makes your brand even more important.These buyers are well-versed with costing levels and specifications, and because they constantly monitor the market, they have excellent knowledge of the products. In many cases purchases are specification-driven, so your brand must be clearly defined and target the appropriate segment. At the end of the day, your brand is your business. When the estimators have gone home, generators have been turned off, plans are folded and put away, what does your brand stand for? Visit us online at

BRAND MARKETING: FROM THE INSIDE OUT A powerful B2B brand, some people say, is created by a powerful marketing program. I disagree. If you can’t convince clients or prospects that your product (or service) is worth purchasing, no amount of advertising dollars or public relations will help you achieve your sales goals. A successful brand begins with superior products and services. The most effective B2B marketing is transparent; it reveals the essence of your brand. B2B marketing is not slick (but should look good). B2B marketing doesn’t sell your brand; it tells the story of your brand from the inside out. Transparent is not the same as nonexistent. You have a story. Tell it. BRAND EXTENSION ON YOUR WEBSITE The online component of your brand cannot be ignored. Today, the internet is the first line of verification. Your website needs to be branded so that your clients see a seamless continuity between your in-person service and your online presence. Quality, or the perception of quality, lies in the mind of the buyer. Build that perception of quality, and you will succeed in creating a powerful brand. Ultimately, a strong B2B brand will reduce the perceived risk for the buyer and help sell the brand. This is a great time to start developing your business brand. Why not make 2012, a brand new year? “Marketing on the Level” is a monthly column written specifically for the commercial and industrial construction industry. Got an idea for a column, or a question about marketing? Contact Chris @ or 734-353-9918, or visit Capital Letters at CAM MAGAZINE





The group’s vision is to create an atmosphere for current and future family business owners to share stories and become educated on such important issues as succession planning, communication, leadership, change management and innovation. All of these issues play a large role in keeping a family business successful and transferring that business to the next generation. The new organization will also provide an opportunity for community involvement through charitable fundraisers. “Sons & Daughters of a Family Business provides a unique opportunity to engage with peers who deal with situations and challenges very similar to my own,” said founding member, Brandon Wettlaufer, of Marble Mechanical, LLC. “Sharing solutions and obstacles creates a support circle that promotes honesty, integrity and leadership, which are essential for the development of a successful personal and professional career.” Another founding member, Lakiah Washington, of Ben Washington & Sons, adds, “The thing I look forward to most as we launch this new association is the development of entrepreneurship through transparent networking, educational resources and a commitment to business principles.” The association hosted its first membership recruitment happy hour in early December at Andiamo’s in Dearborn. Due to the focus of the group, this association is exclusive to current and future family business owners. For more information on the benefits and events offered by the Michigan Association for Sons & Daughters of a Family Business, please contact Tara K. Perpich at (313) 729-0619 or

18 Years of Turner Tree Wrappers Ninety-six miles of shrink wrap – enough to stretch from the Cobo Center in Detroit to the Capitol Building in downtown Lansing – represents the amount of material used by volunteers at the Michigan office of Turner Construction Company since 1993 to wrap and package beautiful, ornate holiday trees sold for charity each year by the local, non-profit organization, Festival of Trees. Festival of Trees benefits the Evergreen Endowment Fund and Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. “Tree Wrapping,” as it’s become known, is an annual Turner Thanksgiving weekend tradition in Michigan dating back to 1993. 2011


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marks the 18th continuous year Turner families and friends have volunteered to help. To date, Turner has wrapped and packaged over 1,300 trees. On a Sunday in late November 2011, Turner employees, families and friends once again gathered in Dearborn to volunteer and assist the Michigan-based charity. Over the years, Turner volunteers have included project managers, superintendents, estimators, executive leadership, sales, marketing and administrative staff. Since 1993, over 325 Turner employees, families and friends have donated hundreds of hours boxing up and shrink wrapping the beautiful trees sold at Festival of Trees for safe shipment throughout Southeast Michigan.

Clark Construction Employees Support Operation Good Cheer Clark Construction Company, Lansing, again participated in Operation Good Cheer, a gift-giving program sponsored and coordinated through Child and Family Services of Michigan, Inc. In late November, Clark employee volunteers collected and delivered Christmas gifts to 30 deserving children. “Every year we receive hand-written thank you letters from most of the recipients,” said Laura Monroe, the executive assistant who coordinates this annual event. “It is such a rewarding feeling to know that we helped make their Christmas memorable.” Each sponsored child personally created a wish list. Clark Construction volunteers then purchased and wrapped the gifts from each child’s list and delivered them. Recipients included infants, children and youth placed in foster care and group homes across Visit us online at





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Radrick Farms Golf Course at the University of Michigan Becomes Certified in Environmental Stewardship Program Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Deputy Director Gordon Wenk recently recognized Radrick Farms Golf Course at the University of Michigan for its efforts to ensure environmental stewardship and enhance wildlife habitat. The golf course recently achieved certification in the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program (MTESP), a nationally recognized program to advance environmental stewardship and increase compliance of Michigan’s turfgrass industry related to environmental risks associated with wellhead protection, pesticide and fertilizer handling, application and record keeping, septic system management, fuel storage, irrigation and water use management areas, and emergency response. “Radrick Farms Golf Course has gone above and beyond environmental compliance requirements to prevent pollution, protect water resources and conserve energy that collectively benefits the environment,” said Wenk. “By reducing maintained areas on the course, implementing best management practices and conducting energy audits, they are saving money, protecting natural resources and reducing their carbon footprint. MDARD is proud to be associated with this unique partnership among state agencies, Michigan State University and industry stakeholders that provide a solid foundation for success as additional properties work to attain certification.” To date, 230 properties statewide have begun to voluntarily participate in MTESP. Only 82 have met the criteria for certification. MTESP certification requires regulatory compliance and implementation of practices that prevent pollution, reduce energy and waste and protect water resources. “Working with MTESP for more than 10 years has been very beneficial for our operation,” said General Manager Corbin Todd. “Dan

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NAWIC Detroit Honors Industry Leaders at 40th Anniversary Gala Detroit Chapter 183 of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) extends a thank you to all those who supported its recent Construction Industry Night and 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester in late October 2011. NAWIC Detroit 183 received congratulatory proclamations from Governor Snyder and the State Legislature. The gala event marked the launch of the Myrt A. Hagood Leadership in Construction Award. The inaugural award went to MDOT Chief Operations Officer Gregory C. Johnson, PE. NAWIC Detroit 183 also presented several other awards, including Longevity with Integrity awards to Commercial Contracting Group and Doeren Mayhew; a Distinguished New Constructor award to VJM Design and Build Corporation; and a Crystal Vision Award to Lori Palmore of Rebuilding Together Detroit. As part of Construction Industry Night, generous donations added to the coffers of NAWIC Detroit’s youth education programs. NAWIC Detroit also looks forward to the industry’s support for its 15th Construction Industry Night in 2012. Beyond Construction Industry Night, NAWIC Detroit continues to present quality programs, such as the November meeting with guest speaker Anne Williams, MDOT, who presented information on how to become an MDOT-certified WBE. Please visit for more information.

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Rudolph/Libbe erected this structure for Spiratex in 1994 and recently built an addition that roughly doubled the size of the facility.

Knowledge is Power at expanded Manufacturing Facility By david r. Miller, Associate editor Photos Courtesy of rudolph/libbe, inc. piratex, a Romulus-based custom thermoplastic extrusion manufacturer, has met highly specialized client needs since 1955. The firm’s Monroe facility, for example, produces ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), a strong material that is used in defense, automotive, belting, construction, conveyor, food, geophysical, marine, wire, cable, and water treatment applications. The ability to fashion this complex substance to meet diverse client expectations did not develop overnight, so the company likewise looked for an experienced team to expand the Monroe facility. Fortunately, company leaders did not need to search very far. The Varco-Pruden pre-engineered metal building erected for the company in 1994 by Rudolph/Libbe, Inc., Walbridge, OH, and Plymouth, has served its purpose remarkably well over the years. For the 48,000-





square-foot addition that will roughly double the size of the facility, Spiratex again turned to Rudolph/Libbe, with John Kohler Architect, PC, Monroe, serving as architect. The building, custom designed by Varco-Pruden, features 17 new production lines and 3,000 square feet of office space. Since bedrock at the site varies from three to five feet below grade, Rudolph/Libbe kept costs for the original building in check by keeping excavated rock onsite for backfill and landscaping, but the company handled the rocky conditions even more efficiently for its second project on the site. “We did some exploration to see how close the rock was to the surface,” explained Gary Hass, vice president of contracts administration for Rudolph/Libbe. “We moved the utilities to where the rock was lower in the ground and we had more dirt to work with, so we didn’t need to “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

dig out as much rock. It was very cost effective that way.” Power metering was performed on the equipment at the existing facility. This information helped with the development of a cost-effective power distribution system that would meet current and projected needs. The new Varco-Pruden building is also much improved over what was built only 17 years ago. Hass cited refinements that allow for safer insulation of the building with less elevated work, an advancement that undoubtedly played a role in supporting Rudolph/Libbe’s stellar safety record. Rudolph/Libbe recently passed the milestone of over 4 million hours worked without a single time loss incident. Safety and productivity are two key factors that help Rudolph/Libbe retain customers for repeat business, which Hass said accounts for 75 to 80 percent of the company’s work. Rudolph/Libbe works with every client to ensure satisfaction long after projects are complete. “We always go back a year or two after we’ve completed a project and we do a walk-through,” he said. “We also check with the owner when we’re about half-way through a project.” Service after the sale will begin for Spiratex in January 2012, when completion of the new facility is anticipated [at press time]. Spiratex will work to meet expanding demand for UHMWPE at their expanded facility shortly thereafter. “The Monroe plant expansion project allows us to keep up with growing demand for our extrusion services,” said Garry Markle, chief operating officer for Spiratex. “The downturn in the economy has forced many companies to lower their inventories and buying domestic reduces transit times. With this business model, Spiratex is increasing its capacity to allow shorter lead-times and more production schedule flexibility, and increasing our customer’s ability to operate on leaner inventories.”

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CAM Members Alfonsi Appointed CAM’s New Director of Education & Safety Services or Tracey Alfonsi, “working in the trenches” is more than just an expression. As a dedicated safety professional, Alfonsi has visited jobsites throughout Southeast Michigan to identify and eliminate trench cave-ins, falls, electrocutions and other potential hazards on a construction site. Over seven years ago, Alfonsi immersed herself in the safety arena in preparation for her appointment as safety director for a multi-million dollar Michigan mechanical contractor. “I took every single class I could get my hands on, including MIOSHA safety and health administrator courses, MIOSHA record keeping, OSHA 30 and MIOSHA 10,” said Alfonsi. Her work as a safety professional included managing the company’s safety program, performing jobsite visits, directing injury care, and facilitating training in bloodborne pathogens, aerial work platforms, ergonomics, asbestos awareness, accident investigation and workplace violence.





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Clearly, the Construction Association of Michigan’s CAMSAFETY and CAMTEC divisions are in good hands with Alfonsi, CAM’s newly appointed director of education and safety services. Alfonsi brings

a passion for safety and impeccable credentials to her new position. She is a former chair of the Mechanical Contractors Association’s safety committee, and currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Michigan Workers Compensation Placement Facility. In addition, Alfonsi is a Certified Workers Compensation Professional, Confined Space Authorized Attendant, and a bloodborne pathogens instructor certified by the American Red Cross. As CAMSAFETY director, Alfonsi plans to introduce classes targeting safety practices in niche environments, such as healthcare construction. “Healthcare is a unique environment because of dust control, infectious disease control and bloodborne pathogen training,” said Alfonsi. In addition, Alfonsi will be teaching OSHA 10- and 30-Hour courses. Along with MIOSHA 10, the construction industry is experiencing a growing need for these comprehensive safety classes. “An employer

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is only required to teach employees about the specific hazards related to their job,� said Alfonsi. “There is no law or regulation in Michigan mandating more comprehensive training, but certain large owners, such as the University of Michigan, are requiring people to have it at certain jobsites. With OSHA 30 or MIOSHA 10, you get a much more robust view of the different safety standards.� With the renewal of CAMSAFETY’s MIOSHA Consultation, Education and Training Grant for another year, Alfonsi will be managing a vital program called the Focus Four. Funded by MIOSHA, the Focus Four program offers training in the prevention of the four main hazards in the construction industry: Falls, Caught-In, Struck By and Electrocutions. “The grant gives us the opportunity to provide free training to members and non-members on these top four hazards,� said Alfonsi. New for 2011-2012, the grant also covers the fine-tuning of existing safety programs. “Under the new provision, I can improve or edit a contractor’s existing written safety program,� Alfonsi said. “I can also provide information on updated standards and hot topics, such as jobsite cell phone use.� CAMSAFETY TRAINING: CONVENIENT, FLEXIBLE AND HANDS-ON With CAMSAFETY’s flexible approach, the scope of safety training can be tailored to fit a company’s schedule. “Small to mid-size companies with limited crews may not be able to have a few people missing from a jobsite for training,� said Alfonsi. “For example, our fall protection training can be offered for an hour, as a 30-minute

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drive one way and that may take four hours of training time,” continued Alfonsi. “Our training is as convenient as we can possibly make it.” The training is also hands-on, using actual fall protection gear and other examples of safety equipment. “The training is more






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Zeroing In on Safety Safe Practices Equal 0 Fatalities and Earn 0.0 Incidence Rates By Mary E. Kremposky Associate Editor

A roofer fell 19 feet and died from a head injury. The victim was helping to wrap up for the night. While installing a tarp on a steep roof, he stepped onto the tarp causing him to slip down and fall off the roof. MIOSHA violations included having no written certification of fall protection training, no accident prevention program, and working on a steep roof without fall protection. — MIOSHA News, Summer 2010 A framing carpenter was elevated 18 feet in a scaffold platform of a rough terrain fork truck. The truck operator was positioning the platform and backed into a mud hole. The fork truck tipped over and the worker was thrown off the platform and died from a head injury. Violating MIOSHA Rule 1243 (12) - fork truck and platform being re-positioned while elevated - and Rule 1243(9) – no fall protection being used while elevated in platform - were only two of the citations issued to the company. — MIOSHA News, Summer 2010 30



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hese unfortunate narratives are only two of the dozens of fatal falls that have occurred on construction sites across Michigan in the last few years. Of the 73 construction fatalities occurring in the five-year period of 2006 to 2010, 24 were the result of falls, according to MIOSHA. In 2010, three out of the 11 program-related construction fatalities were the result of falls, according to Pat Sullivan, MIOSHA Consultation Education & Training (CET) Consultant. Although construction fatalities have fallen from a recent high of 26 in 2006, the MIOSHA report, “Program-Related Fatalities, Michigan 2010,” stated that the construction industry still incurred the largest number of program-related fatalities of any industry in 2010. The industry category called Transportation and Warehousing had the second highest number in 2010 with five fatalities.


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accidents and fatalities. In October 2011, T.H. Marsh Construction Co., Royal Oak, received the MIOSHA CET Gold Award in recognition of its outstanding safety and health record. The firm worked two years without a lost time accident. “We are honored to present this award to T.H. Marsh Construction, and we are pleased to recognize your exemplary record of protecting your workers in this high-hazard industry,” said Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Deputy Director, Steve Arwood. “Your dedication sends the message to Michigan employers that focusing on safety upfront is a sound business decision.” Under the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) code 236220 (Commercial and Institutional Building Construction), T.H. Marsh’s total case incidence rate (TCIR) was 0.0 in 2009 and 2010, compared to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Michigan rate of 3.6 in 2009 and 2.9 2010. (Based on a specific calculation, incidence rates represent the number of injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers.) T.H. Marsh’s total day’s away/restricted cases (DART) rate was 0.0 in 2009 and 2010, compared to the BLS Michigan rate of 1.7 in 2009 and 1.3 in 2010, according to a LARA news release and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. In safety, zero incidence rates and zero fatalities equal success. T.H. Marsh has been rewarded not only with an award but with lower insurance premiums, as well. “Some people might ask, ‘Why do I have to pay a safety person to drive around all day?’ ” said Dan Gadbois, T.H. Marsh safety director and a safety veteran of over 15 years. “Working safely has definitely produced cost savings, and it has affected our bottom line for the better.” As proof positive, T.H. Marsh also earned a berth on Inc. Magazine’s national 5000 Fastest Growing Companies list for 2011.

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FALLS T.H. Marsh is a mid-sized general contractor with a safety program comparable in scope to some of the largest construction managers and general contractors in the state, said Gadbois. The company has successfully tackled safety

issues, including the leading cause of fatalities – falls - with a rigorously formatted and religiously enforced safety program. Beyond the larger construction companies, not very many firms require site specific fall protection plans on jobs with work at a high elevation, said Gadbois.

Nationally, more than 60 percent of the fatal falls occurred among small construction firms with 10 or fewer employees, according to a study presented at the 2010 International Conference on Fall Prevention and Protection sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, Maryland, presented the study entitled, “Fatal Falls in the U.S. Construction Industry, 1992 – 2008.” At T.H. Marsh, roofing, steel erection and other tasks at elevation never begin without a fall protection plan that identifies and eliminates potential hazards. The site specific plan devises the safest approach to a task, whether it means plotting an effective tie-off strategy or ensuring proper footing for a man lift. “The plan must be submitted to and reviewed by me,” said Gadbois. “Under our company’s safety policy, the safety director gives the workers permission to proceed.” T.H. Marsh’s fall protection plans for steel erection even exceed MIOSHA requirements to tie-off for steel erection at 15 feet above a lower level and at 30 feet for workers defined as connectors. “When you sign a contract with T.H. Marsh, we expect you to tie-off at 6 feet for steel erection,” said Gadbois. “Our leadership makes safety a priority. They know the fatality rates for falls, and they support our decisions to be tough on all fall protection plans.” T.H. Marsh has even eliminated the use of ladders in favor of man lifts. “The use of man lifts is much safer,” said Gadbois. “We don’t carry a paint bucket up a 20-foot extension ladder anymore. We work off a platform, and we are tied off to the platform.” STRUCK BY As a safety watch dog, Gadbois places a strong emphasis on pre-task planning and activity hazard analysis. “Pre-task planning and activity hazard analysis are the best tools that we have in the program,” said Gadbois. “That’s how fatalities and injuries are stopped - you plan your activities from start to finish.” Both initiatives are sound practice for fall prevention and all types of accidents, including those in the Struck By category. Struck By incidents resulted in 17 out of 73 fatalities from 2006 to 2010, meaning falls and Struck By accidents combined accounted for 41 out of 73 fatalities in recent




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years, according to MIOSHA. One Struck By fatality occurred in 2010, meaning falls and Struck By accidents accounted for four out of 11 construction fatalities in Michigan last year. “Usually equipment operation is the leading cause of Struck By incidents,” said Gadbois. “You can be struck by a crane, you can be pinch pointed between the boom and a building, a load can fall on top of you or the outriggers could fail and the crane could slip.” T.H. Marsh makes sure the operator is a certified crane operator, “equipped” with a license and experience. Equipment operators must fill out a training card verifying the proper type and level of training. Before work begins, an equipment inspection checklist must verify the safety and condition of the machine. “If I don’t receive a training card, and you don’t fill out the equipment checklist that is in our safety manual, you will not operate equipment on our job site,” said Gadbois. As easy as checking your tires before a long road trip,

Michigan’s Construction Safety Report Card FATALITIES TOP MIOSHA PROGRAM-RELATED CONSTRUCTION FATALITIES 2006 - 2010 Category Fall Struck By Electrocution Caught By Cave In Other Total

2006 9 5 3 3 3 3 26

2007 5 3 2 1 0 0 11

2008 5 6 3 1 0 0 15

2009 2 2 2 2 1 1 10

2010 3 1 1 3 2 1 11

Total 24 17 11 10 6 5 73

Source: Top Fatalities 2006 -2009, MIOSHA News Summer 2010; Top Fatalities 2010, MIOSHA News Editor Note: Program-related fatality information for Michigan is compiled from the “Employers Basic Report of Injury,” Workers Disability Form 100s, and from direct telephone reports of fatalities to MIOSHA. Only fatal cases that are program-related, as defined by MIOSHA, are compiled. Therefore, the data does not include fatalities resulting from heart attacks, homicides, suicides, personal motor vehicle accidents, and aircraft accidents. Definition reprinted from the report entitled, “Program-Related Fatalities, Michigan 2010.”


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Everyone at T.H. Marsh Construction Company shares a sense of accomplishment in having earned this significant safety accolade. Standing to the left of Safety Director Dan Gadbois, T.H. Marsh General Superintendent Kirk Czarnecki proudly holds the company’s MIOSHA CET Gold Award plaque.

a simple checklist could save someone’s life. T.H. Marsh also formulates a site specific crane action plan. “I have a meeting with the operator and the crew to identify any hazards,” said Gadbois. “We walk the site, scanning it for overhead power lines to prevent electrocution exposures. We don’t proceed with the work until everyone signs their names to the crane action plan. We also require the pre-operation equipment inspection checklists to be signed and




printed every day.” Once the job begins, weekly safety audits help superintendents and subcontractors identify and eliminate any new potential hazards on the site. This detailed and methodical level of scrutiny has helped T.H. Marsh attain its 0.0 incidence rate for two years running, and has kept its workers safe on every site. Like careful drivers, no one works at T.H. Marsh without checking their blind spot.

HAVING A GAME PLAN T.H. Marsh was granted the CET Gold Award for implementing an effective safety and health management system. T.H. Marsh also requires all of its subcontractors to have an accident prevention/safety program. “Even if they don’t have one, T.H. Marsh will help companies write their own programs,” said Gadbois. “I would say 40 to 50 percent of the companies that I deal with don’t have a program at first. MIOSHA will also give a company a template for writing an accident prevention program.” Once a subcontractor formulates a program and joins the T.H. Marsh team, “we make the company bound to the program,” said Gadbois. “If they deviate from the program, we have every right to remove them from our site.” This approach can be transformative rather than punitive. “I know a few contractors who created a safety program, and now their company has much better accident statistics because of the programs we’ve helped them develop,” said Gadbois. “It’s serious. It really works.” Of course, a written safety program or a prevention plan without enforcement is the quintessential paper tiger. “If the written program is not managed by a safety director, it is not going to happen,” said Gadbois. A safety director keeps the company focused on accident prevention even on a bustling construction site with all parties under pressure to meet production. Gadbois meets weekly with project managers and scrutinizes every jobsite once every two weeks. “We also have extensive training for our site superintendents, and I audit them all,” said Gadbois. “I have safety documentation for them to fill out, and I report back to the project manager and the owner of the company. If they are not turning in documentation for their safety talks and inspections, they need to be held accountable.” A FORMULA FOR SAFETY SUCCESS Clearly, T.H. Marsh has created an effective formula for success: pre-task planning and hazard identification prior to work + monitoring and enforcement throughout the job. Other important considerations factor into the safety equation. The foundation of a strong safety program is the commitment of top management and buyin from the entire project team. At T.H. Marsh, the very first page of the company safety manual contains a letter personally written by the company’s ownership stating “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

the firm’s high safety expectations. Gadbois meets with every new T.H. Marsh employee, making sure they receive, review and agree to comply in writing with all procedures listed in the safety manual. Stellar safety performance is rewarded with financial incentives. Gadbois reviews the safety records of superintendents and project managers whose safety performance influences the amount of raises and bonuses. For the tradesperson, Gadbois provides incentives such as Visa gift cards. Truly caring about safety is the intangible in this safety equation. “We care about people’s safety,” said Gadbois. “That is the most important thing. I hope to make construction a safer industry, and in the end, if I can save one life I am doing my job.” Safety saves money - according to MIOSHA, every dollar invested in safety yields four to six dollars in return – but at the best of companies, safety is not just cost driven. “The T.H. Marsh leadership has made this safety program happen,” said Gadbois.

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“He cares about people who work here and our subcontractors too. Everybody put their heads together to come up with the best program possible. We are truly proud of the program, and we are proud to work for T.H. Marsh.” In other T.H. Marsh initiatives, all project managers, superintendents and field foremen take the MIOSHA 30-hour Construction Safety seminar; the company established a safety and health committee, with both employee and management participation; and developed an employee training system with an emphasis on how to do the work in a safe and healthful manner.

understand the impact of occupational fatalities in the construction industry. Presented at the 2010 International Conference on Fall Prevention and Protection, the study, “Cost of Fall-Related Fatal Occupational Injuries in Construction, 2003-2006,” estimated the impact on the U.S. Gross Domestic Product from occupational fatalities in the construction industry is about $5.1 billion. Nationally, a total of 4,864 workers died in construction from all causes in this time frame with one third of those construction fatalities resulting from a fall to a lower level. Falls from roofs accounted for 35 percent of those incidents. The model showed that fall fatalities alone represent a $1.6 billion loss to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product. Fortunately, dedicated companies, such as T.H. Marsh, are combatting losses of life, injuries and the high cost of poor safety by forging a strongly enforced safety and health system capable of achieving the Holy Grail of zero lost time accidents for the last few years.

POOR SAFETY: EMOTIONAL TOLL, ECONOMIC DRAIN Poor safety practices and the resulting injuries and fatalities exact a terrible emotional toll on the deceased worker’s loved ones and co-workers, and a financial toll on the entire economy. Researchers at NIOSH’s Division of Safety Research developed a cost estimation model to better









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The Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow will be held at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit on February 8, 2012. The 28th edition of this event for industry professionals is sponsored by the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM). The Tradeshow opens at 10:00 a.m. and runs to 5:00 p.m. 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. CAM will be celebrating its 127th Anniversary during the 126th Annual Meeting, by invitation only, at the Sound Board beginning at 11:30 a.m. CAM Magazine Special Issue Awards will take place during the 126th CAM Annual Meeting. The architects and general contractors whose projects were featured in the 2011 Special Issue will be receiving commemorative plaques. CAM Magazine will also be presenting the Special Issue Project of the Year Award,




as voted upon by the readership of CAM Magazine. The Green Project of the Year Awards for 2011 will also be presented during the ceremony. CAMTEC, the Training and Education department of CAM, will be offering four classes during the tradeshow: Trenching & Excavating; Business Cents; a MIOSHA Update; and a Special Business Enterprise (SBE) Panel discussion. Register online at, or by calling 248.972-1133. Tickets to the tradeshow can be picked up at CAM Headquarters. However, the most convenient way to get tickets 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 Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow. There is still time for exhibitors to join the show! Call CAM Tradeshow Sales at 248-972-1000.

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EXHIBITOR LIST AS OF 1/16/2012 ABTEK Financial

R.S. Dale Co.

Mazzella Lifting Technologies

ACM Panelworx Inc

T. Daniels Consulting, Inc./Dexter+Chaney

Michigan Fair Contracting Center

ARC Michigan AZZ Galvanizing Service Ace Cutting Equipment & Supplies Adaptive Environments, Inc. Advanced Satellite/ASC Security Systems

Delta Thermal Imaging (DTI) Detroit Carpentry Apprenticeship School Efficiency Production Energy Shield, Inc. Foundation Software, Inc.

Michigan Glass Coatings Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association Nova Environmental, Inc. Oakland Metal Sales, Inc. Olson Architectural Products

Aluminum Supply Co., Inc.

GRS Stohler Co.

Operating Engineers Local 324 JATF, Inc.

Ash-Con Pavement Maintenance, Inc.

Great Northern Sentry Co.

PPG Pittsburgh Paints

Ground Penetrating Radar Technology

Pella Windows & Doors

BD Electrical Battery Giant

MC Gutherie Lumber Co.

Professional Building Maintenance

Beal, Inc.

HSE Integrated Ltd.

Ronald B. Rich & Associates

The Blue Book Network

Hansen Marketing Services, Inc.

SMRCA/149 Labor Management

Boomer Construction Materials

Hartland Insurance Group, Inc.

Wm. H. Scarlet & Associates

Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 1

Homrich Wrecking

Simpson Strong-Tie

IMAGINiT Technologies

Speedway Superfleet

InPro Corp.

strataWORKS, LLC

Interface Financial Group

Teletrac, Inc.

Jeffers Crane Service

Townsend Sign

Kelley & Sons Trailers

Unique Metal Products

Kerkstra Precast, Inc.

Unistrut Detroit

Kings of Merch

Urban's Partition & Remodeling Co.

Broner Glove & Safety C.A.S.S. Sheet Metal CTS-Construction Tool & Supply Co. Cannon Truck Equipment Cipriano Coating Technology Construction Points Constructive, LLC

MDOT Office of Business Development

Tim Crawford Insurance Agency, Inc.


Venture Grafix

Marble & Granite Works

Gardiner C. Vose, Inc.

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V & S Detroit Galvanizing, LLC

Marshall Sales, Inc.

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ABTEK Financial 5841 Andersonville Rd. See Our Ad Waterford, MI 48356 On Page 43 Contact: Tami Cohorst (248)623-4430 / (248)623-4444 Fax Products on Display: Credit Card Processing, Gifts Cards ACM Panelworx, Inc. 357 Croft Dr. Lakeshore, ON, Canada, N8N 2L9 Contact: Mark Mrkalj (519)739-2380 / (519)739-1609 Fax Products on Display: Aluminum Composite Panel Systems ARC Michigan See Our Ad 1009 W. Maple Rd. On Page 42 Clawson, MI 48017 Contact: Ken Van Portfliet (248)288-5600 / (248)288-1198 Fax Products on Display: Managed Print Services, Equipment, Software, Copier Rentals AZZ Galvanizing Service 7825 S. Homestead Dr. Hamilton, IN 46742 Contact: Jim Getz (260)488-4477 / (260)488-4499 Fax Products on Display: Hot Dip Galvanizing Structural Steel, Gratings, Handrailings, Industrial Fasteners, Anchor Bolts Ace Cutting Equipment & Supplies 25806 Novi Rd. Novi MI 48375 See Our Ad On Page Contact: Ron Measel 33 (248)449-4944 / (248)449-4946 Fax Products on Display: Concrete & Masonry Cutting Equipment Adaptive Environments, Inc. 43600 Utica Rd. Sterling Heights, MI 48314 Contact: Derek Nowak (586)739-9300 / (586)739-6220 Fax Products on Display: Residential Elevators, Commercial & Residential Platform Lifts, Stairlifts, Overhead Patient Transfer Systems

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Advanced Satellite/ASC Security Systems 12137 Merriman Rd. Livonia, MI 48150 Contact: Marilyn Miller (734)793-1424 / (734)838-3289 Fax Products on Display: Commercial Satellite & Security Systems Integrator. DIRECTV Satellite/TV Systems, Cable RF Distribution, CCTV, Security & Access Control; All Phases of Construction Including Low-Voltage Prewire & Finish; Expert Design, Installation & Service Aluminum Supply Co., Inc. 14359 Meyers Rd. See Our Ad Detroit, MI 48227 On Page Contact: Nancy Marshall 8 (313)491-5040 / (313)491-6380 Fax Products on Display: Fabricator/Distributor Architectural Building Products, Sheet Metal Service Center, Copper, Stainless, Galvinizing, Aluminum, Metal Wall & Roof Systems Ash-Con Pavement Maintenance, Inc. 37600 Utica Rd. Sterling Heights, MI 48312 Contact: Chris Edwards (586)979-8330 / (586)979-8343 Fax Products on Display: Parking Lot Maintenance Services, Seal Coating, Crackfill, Striping, Asphalt & Concrete Repairs BD Electrical 1684 Hydraulic Dr. Howell, MI 48855 Contact: Shawna Oumedian (517)552-8701 / (517)552-8706 Fax Products on Display: We Supply The Highest Quality & Safest Products To The Re-Conditioned & Obsolete Electrical Distribution Market Battery Giant 24508 12 Mile Rd. Southfield, MI 48034 Contact: Ray Cutway (248)327-7876 / (248)327-7879 Fax Products on Display: Batteries For Everything! We Rebuild Cordless Tool Battery Packs

Beal, Inc. 221 Felch St. Ste. 7 Ann Arbor, MI 48103 Contact: Troy Macon (248)762-7243 / (734)662-5869 Fax Products on Display: Building Construction & Renovation, Demolition & Abatement, Carpentry, Facility Maintenance, Infrastructure Construction, Solar & Wind, Residential Remodeling, Waste & Recycling The Blue Book Network 800 E Main St., P.O. Box 500 Jefferson Valley, NY 10535 Contact: Julie Conroy (800)431-2584 / (914)245-0288 Fax Products on Display: Free Digital Work Flow Solutions Boomer Construction Materials 1940 E. Forest Detroit, MI 48207 Contact: Tim Gill (313)832-5050 / (313)832-0520 Fax Products on Display: Construction Materials Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 1 21031 Ryan Rd. Warren, MI 48091 See Our Ad Contact: Mark King On Page (586)754-0888 / (586)754-5889 Fax 21 Products on Display: Trowel Trades Education & Training Broner Glove & Safety 1750 Harmon Rd See Our Ad On Page Auburn Hills, MI 48326 27 Contact: Todd Jones (800)521-1318 or (248)391-5000 (800)276-6372 Fax Products on Display: Making A Difference In Safety With Service, PPE, Plant & Site Safety! C.A.S.S. Sheet Metal 5641 Conner See Our Ad Detroit, MI 48213 On Page 28 Contact: Glenn Parvin (313)571-2277 / (313)571-1954 Fax Products on Display: Custom Architectural Sheet Metal Installation & Fabrication





CTS-Construction Tool & Supply Co. 20866 Dequindre Rd. Warren, MI 48091 See Our Ad Contact: Bill Parkhill On Page 46 (586)757-3330 / (586)757-5399 Fax Products on Display: Fire Stopping Systems, Concrete Anchors, Spring Steel Fasteners Cannon Truck Equipment 51761 Danview Tech. Ct. Shelby Township, MI 48315 Contact: Curt Anderson (586)991-0054 / (586)991-0074 Fax Products on Display: Truck Equipment - Plows, Salters, Dumps, Cranes, Aerials Cipriano Coating Technology 6538 Arrow Dr. Sterling Heights, MI 48314 See Our Ad On Page Contact: Jim Cipriano 43 (586)726-2900 / (586)726-2624 Fax Products on Display: Installation Specialists Of Protective & Decorative Concrete Floor Coating Systems


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Construction Points 500 Enterprise Dr. See Our Ad Allen Park, MI 48101 On Page Contact: Nathan Klein 44 (313)220-0278 Products on Display: Using BIM Technology, We Lay Out Points On Jobsites Saving You Man-Hours & Increasing Your Productivity Constructive, LLC 901 Livernois Ferndale, MI 48220 Contact: Jim Gendron (734)635-2871 Products on Display: Prefabricated Masonry Including All Masonry Building Elements Tim Crawford Insurance Agency, Inc. 1415 Walton Blvd. Rochester Hills, MI 48309 Contact: Tim Crawford (248)402-5005 / (248)402-5011 Fax Products on Display: Bonds, Commercial Insurance, Health Insurance

DTE Energy Your Energy Savings Program P.O. Box 11289 Detroit, MI 48211 Contact: Brian Bennett (866)796-0512 / (877)607-0744 Fax Products on Display: DTE Energy Offers Cash Incentives For The Installation Of Energy-Saving Technologies, Both Electric & Gas, Including New Construction & Retrofits R.S. Dale Co. 6090 Wall St. See Our Ad Sterling Heights, MI 48312 On Page 11 Contact: Randy Dale (586)264-1962 / (586)264-2165 Fax Products on Display: Supplier Of Unistrut, Pipehangers, Anchors, Cutting Products, Through-Hanger Insulation Products, Fasteners, Gaskets, Firestop, Cable Tray, Cadweld, Sioux Chief T. Daniels Consulting, Inc./Dexter+Chaney 265 N. Alloy Dr. Ste. 102 Fenton, MI 48430 Contact: Timothy Ricketts (810)629-0131 / (810)629-6236 Fax Products on Display: Spectrum Construction Software Delta Thermal Imaging (DTI) P.O. Box 640 Walled Lake, MI 48390 Contact: Jerry Marquette (248)303-6603 / (734)522-1226 Fax www. Products on Display: Thermal Scans & In-Depth Reporting By A Certified Thermographer Detroit Carpentry Apprenticeship School 1401 Farrow Ave. Ferndale, MI 48220 See Our Ad Contact: Don Kissel On Page (248)541-2740 / (248)541-1660 Fax 32 Products on Display: Carpenter Training Facility Efficiency Production 685 Hull Rd. Mason, MI 48854 Contact: Mike Ross (517)676-8800 / (517)676-0373 Fax Products on Display: Trench Shielding & Shoring

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Energy Shield, Inc. 138 W. Pike St. Pontiac, MI 48341 Contact: Karl Fritzinger (248)332-2910 / (248)332-4777 Fax Products on Display: Spray Foam Insulation, Spray Foam Roofing, Air Barriers, Spray-On Fiber Insulation, Thermal Barriers Foundation Software, Inc. 150 Pearl Rd. Brunswick, OH 44212 Contact: Debra Smole (330)220-8383 x251 / (330)220-1443 Fax Products on Display: Foundation Software Offers Two Products For Construction: Foundation For Windows Job Cost Accounting Software & An Online Payroll Processing Services GRS Stohler Co. 29557 Costello Dr. New Hudson, MI 48165 Contact: Kelly Stohler (248)446-3700 / (248)446-3711 Fax Products on Display: Anchors, Recips, Metal Cutting Saws, Hole Saws, Tool Bags, Power Tool Batteries, Borescopes

Your Single Source Coating and Polishing Contractor Cipriano Coating Technology was established in 1996 by Jim Cipriano as a contractor of concrete restoration and protective coating systems. We specialize in various forms of coating solutions and along with our years of experience in the industrial, institutional and commercial industries, we have participated in extensive training in order to offer the latest and best technology to our customers.


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Great Northern Sentry Co. 2901 W. Michigan Ave Jackson, MI 49202 Contact: Sherri Messimer-Froling (800)605-4044 / (517)783-4290 Fax Products on Display: Security Guards, Background Checks, Patrol-Investigations, Drug Screening, Seminars & Training Ground Penetrating Radar Technology 2890 Carpenter Rd. Ste. 1000 Ann Arbor, MI 48108 Contact: Mike Chabot (734)780-6849 / (734)975-1973 Fax Products on Display: Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Technology, Providing The Service Of Utility Location & Depth Prior To Concrete Coring & Sawing, Drilling Or Excavation

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MC Gutherie Lumber Co. 12152 Merriman Rd PO Box 51877 Livonia, MI 48151-5877 Contact: Mike Mahoney (734)513-5777 / (734)513-5785 Fax Products on Display: Lite Steel Beams, Engineered Wood Products

HSE Integrated, Ltd. 26401 Northline Rd. Taylor, MI 48180 Contact: Daniel Strecker (734)947-9111 / (734)947-9428 Fax Products on Display: The Largest Industrial Service Safety Provider In North America Offering Safety Monitoring & Training To The Construction Industry

Hansen Marketing Services, Inc. 1000 Decker Rd. P.O. Box 640 Walled Lake, MI 48390 Contact: Jerry Marquette (248)669-2323 / (248)669-5750 Fax Products on Display: Wholesale Distributor Of Building Materials Hartland Insurance Group, Inc. 691 N. Squirrel Rd., Ste. 190 Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2863 See Our Ad On Page Contact: Peggy Wessler 29 (248)377-9600 / (248)377-0082 Fax Products on Display: Discounted Insurance For CAM Members Homrich Wrecking 200 Matlin Rd. Carleton, MI 48117 Contact: Jeff Rider (734)654-9800 x603 / (734)654-3116 Fax Products on Display: Demolition Environmental Services


IMAGiNIT Technologies 1228 Kirts Blvd., Ste. 400 Troy, MI 48084 (248)362-3014 / (248)362-3150 Fax Contact: Phuang Hua Inman Products on Display: Engineering Solutions, Consulting, Software, Training, Services

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InPro Corp. S80 W.18766 Apollo Dr . Muskego, WI 53150 Contact: Shelly Pawlus (800)222-5556 / (262)679-9127 Fax Products on Display: InPro Is The Nation's Premier Manufacturer Of Products Used In The Healthcare, Senior Living, Hospitality, Education & Government Sectors Interface Financial Group 8615 Richardson Rd., Ste. 200 Commerce Township, MI 48390 Contact: Fred Wicks (561)685-6742 / (248)742-3612 Fax Products on Display: We Buy Invoices & Contractor Billings From Sub-Contractors For Cash Needed To Grow Or When Cash Flow Is Low

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Jeffers Crane Service P.O. Box 807 See Our Ad Highland, MI 48357 On Page 47 Contact: Vince Voetberg (248)207-6944 / (248)681-6504 Fax Products on Display: Sales & Rentals Of Manlifts, Material Handlers, Boom Trucks, Cranes, Tower Cranes Kelley & Sons Trailers 12620 Telegraph Rd. See Our Ad Carleton, MI 48117 On Page Contact: Sue Kelley 45 (734)783-6464 / (734)783-0559 Fax Products on Display: Professional-Grade Trailers For Construction, Landscape, Racing & Recreation! Kerkstra Precast, Inc. 3373 Busch Dr. Grandville, MI 49418 Contact: Tessa Emelander (616)224-6176 / (616)224-2651 Fax Products on Display: Precast Concrete Building & Utility Products

Kings of Merch 9070 Lebarron Ct. Saline, MI 48176 Contact: John Butler (734)619-0249 / (734)619-0248 Fax Products on Display: Supplier Of Corporate Apparel, Full-Service Silk Screening, Embroidery & Banner Company Offering Extensive Line Of Garments & Advertising Specialty Items

MIOSHA 7150 Harris Dr. P.O. Box 30643 Lansing, MI 48909-8143 Contact: Katie Benghauser (517)322-1819 / (517)322-1374 Fax Products on Display: Consultation, Services & Information On Workplace Construction Health & Safety

MDOT Office of Business Development 25900 Greenfield Rd., Ste. 245 Oak Park MI 48237 Contact: Ann Williams (248)967-0570 x211 / (248)967-0598 Fax Products on Display: Michigan Road & Bridge Program Through The DBE Program Michigan Trunkline-Bridges

Marble & Granite Works 7171 N. Haggerty Rd. Canton, MI 48187 Contact: Chet Bernotaitis (734)335-9340 / (734)335-9341 Fax Products on Display: Marble & Granite Works Fabricators & Installs Granite, Marble, Quartz & Solid Surface Countertops For Commercial & Residential Applications



The CTS Fastening Center is designed to better accommodate both normal and EMERGENCY NEEDS — for unexpected changes if a breakdown occurs, or if you’re just out-of-stock. We’re loaded with quality concrete anchors, masonry bits, rotary hammer drills, fire stopping materials and spring steel clips, including many hard to find items. Our central location in the Detroit Metro area makes pickup only minutes away from your jobsite.

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Marshall Sales, Inc. 14359 Meyers Rd. See Our Ad Detroit, MI 48227 On Page 8 Contact: Nancy Marshall (313)491-1700 / (313)491-6462 Fax Products on Display: Full-Line Stocking Distributor Of Construction, Industrial, Automotive Fasteners, Tooling, 3M, Paint, Etc., Application/Engineering Services Available, Tool Repair Center Mazzella Lifting Technologies 31623 Stephenson Hwy. Madison Heights, MI 48071 Contact: Steve Ressler (248)752-5361 / (248)588-8776 Fax Products on Display: Manufacture Chain, Wire Rope, Nylon & High-Performance Synthetic Slings; Engineer, Design & Manufacture Cranes, Lift Devices, Die-Related Products & Special Fabricated Items

Michigan Fair Contracting Center P.O. Box 1081 Birmingham, MI 48012 Contact: Dan Argentati (248)836-2770 www. Products on Display: Provides Educational Services On Public Construction Projects To Ensure Compliance With All Applicable Prevailing Wage Rate Regulations & Related Standards Michigan Glass Coatings 1120 Doris Rd. Auburn Hills, MI 48326 Contact: Sarah Goga (248)364-6667 / (248)364-6670 Fax Products on Display: Michigan Glass Coatings Is A Leading Provider In Glass Coatings With Over 30 Years Experience; We Provide Solar, Security & Decorative Films

Michigan Nursery & Landscape Association 2149 Commons Pkwy. Okemos, MI 48964 Contact: Amy Frankmann (800)879-6652 / (517)381-0638 Fax Products on Display: Green Industry Trade Association Nova Environmental, Inc. 5340 Plymouth Rd., Ste. 210 Ann Arbor, MI 48105 Contact: Lisa Whitton (734)930-0995 / (734)930-2969 Fax Products on Display: Environmental Testing, Consulting & Training


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Oakland Metal Sales, Inc. 2430 N. Opdyke Rd. Auburn Hills, MI 48326 See Our Ad Contact: Don McCoy On Page 20 (248)377-8847 / (248)377-4196 Fax Products on Display: Distributor Of Copper, Brass, Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Zinc, Painted Metals, Metal Panels, Gutters, Downspouts, Solder, Nails, Tools & Roof Coatings Olson Architectural Products P.O. Box 88 Sylvania OH 43560 Contact: Tom Olson (734)777-6788 / (734)538-6080 Fax Products on Display: Major Ind-Translucent Panels, Vale Door-FRP Doors, Industrial Louvers, SaftiFirst-Fire Rated Glass, Laminators Inc-Metal Panels Operating Engineers Local 324 JATF, Inc. 275 E. Highland Rd. Howell, MI 48843 See Our Ad Contact: Mary Smith On Page (517)546-9610 / (517)546-9793 Fax IFC Products on Display: Heavy Equipment & Stationary Journeyman & Apprentice Training School PPG Pittsburgh Paints 23361 Telegraph Rd. Southfield, MI 48033 Contact: Todd Gatesy (734)216-5631 / (248)357-4543 Fax Products on Display: Paint & Sundries, Industrial Coatings, Spray Equipment Pella Windows & Doors 1026 Doris Rd. Auburn Hills, MI 48326 Contact: Rick Howe (248)292-5000 or (248)343-2263 (248)292-5001 Fax Products on Display: Wood, Fiberglass & Vinyl Windows & Doors Professional Building Maintenance 23077 Greenfield Rd. #159 Southfield, MI 48075 Contact: Dan Fitzgerald (248)640-3496 / (248)559-1812 Fax Products on Display: Janitorial, Construction Cleaning, Window Cleaning, Floor Waxing, Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning, Blind Cleaning, Supplies & Equipment




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2011 GREEN PROJECT OF THE YEAR By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor euse with a capital R, the historic rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the Ottawa Street Power Station in downtown Lansing is believed to be one of the largest power plant reclamations in history. Repurposing of the power plant into Class A office space has created a stunning national headquarters for Accident





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Fund Holdings, Inc., a major provider of workers compensation insurance. An amazing team of design, engineering and construction professionals has captured the embodied energy of this landmark building, bringing this once obsolescent structure back to life. With Christman Capital as the developer

and The Christman Company, Lansing, as construction manager, “Team Christman” has rehabilitated the 227,000-square-foot building into a state-of-the-art, contemporary office complex. Thanks to the efforts of HOK, Inc. as architect of record and Quinn Evans Architects, Ann Arbor, as preservation architect, the former plant now “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

rises proudly on the banks of the Grand River, its original craftsmanship and Art Deco design preserved and the building newly rehabilitated to meet the energy challenges of a new century. The old plant has new companion buildings in the form of a new 105,000-square-foot addition and a new 1,000-car parking deck. The project has already garnered several awards, including the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation from the State of Michigan, the IDEAS2 Award from the American Institute of Steel (AISC), and a 2011 Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council. The LEED Gold-Certified building has now been named the Construction Association of Michigan’s 2011 Green Project of the Year. A PHOENIX RISES Only three years ago, the two city blocks hosting the old plant told a much different story. Originally constructed in 1939, the Ottawa Street Power Station was virtually an abandoned building, essentially nothing more than a shell. Bowd-Munson, renowned architects of the 1930s, designed the plant as a fine example of classic Art Deco architecture and a celebration of all things coal. The building’s striking features include Art Deco windows shaped to represent a stylized plume of fire and exterior building colors symbolizing the combustion of coal. The plant was decommissioned in 1992 and retrofitted as a chilled water plant and high-pressure steam distribution facility in 2001 to provide cooling for downtown businesses. However, this area landmark and icon of the Lansing skyline had essentially fallen into decline in the heart of Michigan’s capitol. In order to make the project financially feasible, Christman led the development of a public-private partnership consisting of Accident Fund Holdings, Blue Cross, the City of Lansing, the State of Michigan, the Lansing Board of Water and Light (the original building owner), and others. This partnership resulted in a significant package of public financing mechanisms, including a state job creation grant, Brownfield tax increment financing, state and federal historic tax credits, a renaissance zone designation, and many others. “THE GREENEST BUILDING” From the beginning, both Christman Capital as developer and Accident Fund as tenant were committed to sustainability in design, construction and long-term building operations. Energy efficiency for the building’s new use posed several challenges. Solutions addressed the cooling needs of a building strongly sunlit from the east and west, as well as the heating needs Visit us at

produced by the vast expanse of single pane windows. A major character-defining element, the power plant’s vast expanse of stylized, single-pane, steel-framed glazing was projected to produce a significant thermal load. Christman and Quinn Evans successfully worked with preservation officials to arrive at an acceptable high performance replacement window design that reduced energy loads while meeting the historical requirement for design and clear glazing. Basically, the historic steel windows were replicated with an energy-efficient system. Initial energy modeling and life-cycle costing were conducted to determine the most efficient way to restore the power plant. The analysis evaluated several potential HVAC systems for energy efficiency, ventilation effectiveness and individual work space temperature control. An under-floor air distribution system was selected for both the power plant and the addition. Approximately 90 percent of the walls were insulated and dry walled to contribute to energy efficiency. In order to maintain the historic character inside the power plant, brick and architectural tile were left exposed in visually significant areas for maximum impact. Other sustainability measures include the use of dual flush toilets, low flow urinals and faucets, and an efficient outdoor irrigation system and plant design for reduced water use. An insulated white roof on the addition, along with light-colored concrete and hardscape materials, were used to reduce the project’s contribution to the urban heat island effect. Indoor air quality for the power plant was addressed during construction with environmental remediation of asbestos and lead-based paint, required use of low VOC products, and an indoor air quality management plan, which kept the building and ductwork clean. After occupancy, green housekeeping and pest management programs limit the use of harmful chemicals.

Amazingly, this 1930s power plant is now a contemporary, energy-efficient office building. The use of low VOC products, an indoor air quality management plan, and other initiatives earned the project the coveted LEED® Gold certification.

REBUILDING A NEW SHIP IN AN OLD BOTTLE The newly rehabilitated structure proves the truth of Carl Elefante’s (principal of Quinn Evans Architects) statement, “The greenest building is one that is already built.” But reuse was not the easiest path. The masonry envelope required extensive decorative and functional restoration. Original brick was salvaged for reuse during demolition. Meticulous renovation of the masonry included washing and tuck-pointing the brick surface. In some areas, the glazed face of the brick had even spalled. Reluctant to use new brick for repairs, a custom staining and coating process was used to restore





A substantial amount of riveted steel is exposed throughout the building, including seven-foot-deep riveted plate girders originally built to support the plant’s suspended boilers. The massive girders now dominate the sixth-floor meeting spaces and Board of Director’s conference area. The girder’s flat surfaces are mounted with historic photos of the City of Lansing and the power plant’s original construction, along with a display telling the story of the Accident Fund’s own corporate history.

color and prevent further deterioration. Because the structure had been built without expansion units or vapor barriers between the brick and the steel, there were major cracks and walls out of plane. This necessitated a painstaking process of dismantling the brick, removing rust from the columns, coating the steel with epoxy, and replacing the bricks. The structural reconfiguration of the building was a challenge akin to removing most of an old ship from a bottle and building a new and different one in the same bottle. Many of the existing elements slated for removal provided structural stability to the building, requiring systematic, safe removal of the old ones as new ones were installed. Unusable framing, catwalks, platforms, walls, and elevator/stair shafts also had to be removed before constructing new floor plates. After analysis of erection and hoisting scenarios, the team devised an innovative plan to insert the floors from the bottom of the building up. Steel was brought in through two movable roof hatches cut into the roof. Personnel in radio communication on the roof and at the landing zone guided the crane operator to ease approximately 75 percent of the 8,900 pieces of steel used in the building in through the roof. The team’s innovative steel removal and erection approaches earned recognition and an award from the AISC. At the end of the day, this remarkable building is clearly worth all the work. A dedicated team of design and construction professionals has restored the craftsmanship of the past and created a sustainable building pointing to the future.

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GREEN PROJECT OF THE YEAR HONORABLE MENTION Delta Dental of Michigan Headquarters Expansion and Renovation, Okemos GreenWISE Construction at Delta Dental Photo Courtesy of Walbridge Delta Dental of Michigan, one of the nation’s largest dental benefits carriers, announced plans in 2007 to expand its Okemos headquarters and create a modern, sustainable campus. Delta Dental expected its commitment to sustainability to be demonstrated throughout construction. Walbridge’s extensive efforts as construction manager delivered on the Albert Kahn Associates designed, sustainably constructed 22,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art remote data center, a new 82,000-square-foot office building, and 190,000 square feet of renovated existing facilities. Walbridge and Kahn’s innovative spirit and extensive sustainable design and construction experience also enhanced Delta’s outdoor campus. “GREEN” CONSTRUCTION In pursuing LEED® Gold certification, the project team utilized the proprietary Walbridge Intelligent Sustainability and Environmental (GreenWISE) program to identify sustainable, onsite environmental practices. Below are a few of the “green” practices on the Delta project: ● Walbridge’s recycling program diverted 6,823 tons of construction waste from landfills ● More than 76 percent of all construction waste from the site was recycled, including 105 tons of wood, 280 tons of metal and 3,890 tons of concrete ● Temporary lights were shut off during non-work hours ● Milled asphalt from an old parking lot and from roadways, as well as some crushed concrete, was used in lieu of limestone for onsite laydown, subgrade and temporary




“GREEN” DESIGN Suitable reuse of an existing building shell is one of the project’s core sustainable features. Albert Kahn Associates designed a new 21,000-square-foot façade for the west wing of the existing building. This alteration created a two-story, rounded glass lobby, creating a contemporary office environment filled with natural light. Abundant light reaches both the lobby and second-floor corridors, nourishing live palm trees and other indoor plants. Conference rooms and office space were constructed as part of the renovation, along with upgrading of the existing building’s mechanical, electrical, plumbing and telecommunication systems. The new office building is a three-story structure, housing the executive group, open office spaces, a windowed lobby, kitchen, sunlit dining room, and a 250- to 500-person “cafetorium” that showcases an adjacent pond. A skyway and a tunnel connect the renovated and the new buildings. Innovative usage of green roofs on numerous terraces and in a highly visible walkway helped meet Delta’s sustainability goals. A 50-foot-long green roof is covered in vegetation to absorb stormwater and lower energy costs through natural insulation. The headquarters expansion also included construction of a new remote data center on Delta Dental’s campus. In late 2009, the facility earned a Tier 3 rating from the Uptime Institute, making it one of only nine data centers of its kind worldwide to earn that status. A “GREEN” SITE The use of vertical building and other practices assisted in land preservation on the 57-acre site. An extensive walkway system winds through the non-smoking campus and along its neighboring wetlands to create an inviting outdoor setting for employees and the community. Walbridge carried out construction with maximum sensitivity to the environment and to the surrounding community. Walbridge’s work to improve the regional drainage system running through the north edge of the property even helped Delta Dental garner an Environmental Stewardship Award from the Meridian Environmental Commission. Essentially, the Smith Drain was emptied, its water rerouted, and the basin or pond expanded by roughly 30 percent. Walbridge preserved the natural habitat of the pond, critical to wildlife on and near the property, even replacing a fallen, dead tree (a common wildlife home) removed during construction. Emptying the Smith Drain in preparation for its expansion required safe removal of the habitat’s

frogs, toads, snakes and other wildlife. Walbridge worked with a local environmental consultant to coordinate what became affectionately known as the “Reptile Roundup.” Neighbors and Delta Dental employees were invited to collect these aquatic critters, which were harbored offsite in temporary habitats and returned once the pond was renovated and refilled. Walbridge coordinated with local contractors on the environmental layout and installation of native Michigan plants and grasses that were planted around the pond perimeter to slow erosion and enhance wildlife habitat. Additional environmental measures were deployed during construction, including a series of four sediment clarifiers, to capture and filter stormwater runoff before it reaches the Smith Drain. The team also worked to preserve and expand wetlands east of the headquarters structures.

GREEN PROJECT OF THE YEAR HONORABLE MENTION Farmington Hills City Hall Revitalization, Farmington Hills City of Farmington Hills Paints the Town “Green” Photo by Rachel Smaller Photography Blessed with a municipal building with reduced energy consumption and more fresh air and daylight, who would even want to fight City Hall? Thanks to Lindhout Associates and Contracting Resources, Inc., both of Brighton, the newly expanded and renovated Farmington Hills City Hall has achieved a 75 percent reduction in energy costs per-square-foot over the old City Hall. A project team of 10 LEED professionals achieved nine out of 10 Energy Optimization points awarded on the LEED Version 2.2 scale. As subcontractor, Frank Rewold and Son, Inc., Rochester, drilled 40 geo-exchange (geothermal) vertical ground loops, each 285-foot deep. When the addition was completed the natural gas service “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

to city hall was cut off forever. DTE Energy’s preferred rate for geothermal systems further enhances this highly efficient ground source system designed by SES, Inc., Berkley. The Dow Thermax Outsulation System on the addition walls, together with four inches of rigid roof insulation and 4,200 square feet of roof planters, all combine to hit the sweet spot where the peak load of cooling does not outweigh the peak for heating. Balancing the heating and cooling loads optimizes the number of ground loops in the geo-exchange system. Radiant heat flooring is utilized in four areas: the high-ceiling atrium, the receiving area, and at two locations where the second floor projects outward. The highly efficient ground source system is again greatly leveraged at these harder to heat spots. The building also has four solar thermal panels that generate all of the necessary hot water for City Hall showers and sinks approximately 80 percent of the year. LIGHTING EFFICIENCY This sustainability showcase has five different types of LED light fixtures, including the new Lithonia RTLED 1x1 fixtures in the main corridor. The building also lowers lighting consumption by using two-tube T8 fixtures with electronic ballasts. Sensors monitor daylight throughout the building and step down the lighting level accordingly. Energy-efficient fixtures and both occupancy and daylight sensors slash electrical consumption, allowing the facility’s 80 solar photovoltaic panels with a 18.9 kW capacity to generate enough electricity to handle a great deal of the building’s lighting and computer needs. For daylighting, the Farmington City Hall has 10 translucent skylights with a layer of Nanogel insulation, and seven Solatube light tubes in the building’s renovated area. The facility includes 1,350 square feet of translucent, insulated panels that draw diffused daylight into the atrium. These panels provide an R factor that is 50 percent higher than the already efficient high-performance glass. EFFICIENT USE OF RESOURCES Lindhout and Contracting Resources also optimized the use of natural and material resources. Three species of sustainably forested North American trees – Red Oak, Ash and Douglas Fir – were used for the trim, doors, handrail, exterior soffit and auditorium ceiling and wall baffles. Over 86 percent of all deconstructed, non-hazardous materials on the project were recycled, including existing ceiling tiles and carpets. The existing building shell, itself, was maximized in the project. Steel framing, high mass masonry walls, four different concrete floors and the concealed space frame of the former auditorium were all worked into the project. In the end, approximately 60 percent of the City Hall is renovated space versus new construction. A hybrid masonry and steel frame was used as the base of the addition. Thus, burnished face concrete blocks form a finish surface for the auditorium, a thermal mass to help hold heat in the building and a solid base, which allows for less bracing and more glass at the exterior.

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CLEANING WATER, SAVING TREES Two rain gardens and five areas of pervious paving serve to filter, absorb and slow down rain water before it can reach the storm sewer system. In tandem with the roof planters, this allowed the existing municipal center stormwater detention area to remain exactly the same as before the project even though roof and parking areas increased. The addition was placed over a former parking area, allowing as few trees as possible to be removed or transplanted. A portion of the roof is a vegetated roof and another is an Energy Star white roof used to reduce the heat island effect. The color of the pervious concrete pavers also contributes to a higher albedo, or reflectivity level. Other sustainability features include rubber wall bases and an EDPM roof membrane selected in part to reduce the amount of PVC and for durability. Every system and material was examined from a “green” viewpoint, including the use of a “green” hydraulic elevator with biodegradable hydraulic oil without any zinc additives. This cornucopia of sustainable systems and materials offers a template for the transformation of all buildings into environmentally friendly structures. If you can’t beat City Hall, why not join them?

GREEN PROJECT OF THE YEAR HONORABLE MENTION Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids Healing Kids and the Earth Photo by Eric DeWitt, Lucid Architecture Photography Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, part of Spectrum Health, in downtown Grand Rapids is West Michigan’s largest children’s hospital devoted exclusively to the care of infants, children and adolescents. The 464,000-square-foot hospital is a LEED registered building. As construction managers, Wolverine Building

Company, Grand Rapids, and Turner Construction’s West Michigan office implemented a construction waste management program that resulted in 94 percent (16,434 tons) of project waste being recycled and/or salvaged. New materials were chosen for recycled content, low-VOC emissions and regional proximity. URS Corporation, Grand Rapids, served as architectural consultant, interior designer and MEP engineer of record; Jonathan Bailey Associates, Dallas, is the architect of record. The hospital was built in a high-density, downtown urban area on the site of a former parking ramp immediately adjacent to the existing Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. Sustainability measures extend from the building’s footprint (comparatively small for a facility of its size) to the rooftop. The roof of the main tower is white, reflecting heat and counteracting the urban heat island effect; a green roof/play area installed on the top of the hospital’s podium section adds another important sustainability measure. Aesthetically, the building’s design highlights the natural elements of land, sky, sun and water. Like undulating, gentle waves, the building’s exterior metal panels interweave and shimmer in blue and silver. Linetec’s factory and finishing facility in Wausau, WI employed special equipment to safely capture 100 percent of the VOCs released in the painting process, and to eliminate them with 98.5 percent efficiency at the factory – far before the materials arrived on the building site. The patient tower is the first hospital tower in the world skinned with 100 percent vision glass. This four-sided, butt-glazed curtain wall features 140,000 square feet of Arctic blue glass with a custom frit pattern able to minimize solar heat gain and required energy usage. This patented Visionwall 4 Element energy-efficient curtain wall eliminated the need for a perimeter heating system, resulting in lower energy consumption and greater cost savings. Thanks to this patented curtain wall, ample daylight pours into the majority of patient rooms. Sixteen-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows bathe rooms in natural light, brightening spirits, and as research has shown, contributing to faster recovery. The air handling system filters 99.9 percent of the air through HEPA filtration (the commonly accepted standard is only 90 percent). Air systems throughout the hospital run on a building automation system with occupancy sensors that boost both energy efficiency and cost savings. A prime example is the system in the operating room suite, an area with a high number of air changes – up to 20 per hour. The operating rooms utilize a dual-fan, dual-duct air system with occupancy sensors that allow the number of air changes to drop to five per hour when the operating room is unoccupied, significantly dropping energy consumption. Plus, the dual-fan, dual-duct system allows surgeons to cool or heat the room very rapidly, an action sometimes demanded in certain types of surgeries. Energy efficiency was enhanced by heat recovery strategies, including reclaiming the heat generated from the chillers and using it to reheat coils using 105 degree water, thereby reducing the amount of steam needed from the central plant. Additionally, all heating, chilled water and condenser loops have variable control pumps CAM MAGAZINE



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GREEN PROJECT OF THE YEAR HONORABLE MENTION Oakland County International Airport Terminal, Waterford Taking Off in a New Direction Photo Courtesy of Neumann/Smith Architecture The new Oakland County International Airport (OCIA) Terminal defies the conventional. First, there’s the futuristic-looking glass entryway. Then there’s the ceremonial “red carpet” that greets arriving passengers, plus a 1940s-era Pitt Special biplane hanging from the ceiling. And then there are the twirling wind turbines that bring it all to life. Frank Rewold and Son, Inc., Rochester, constructed the new terminal building to replace an obsolete, nearly 50-year-old facility at a bustling county airport that handles 120,000 takeoffs and landings annually. The new airport terminal serves as Oakland County’s “front door” to travelers from across the country. Neumann/Smith Architecture’s design takes inspiration from the science, technology and art of flight. The main public space is a glass-enclosed, light-filled lobby. An iconic angular roof form soars overhead, evoking the imagery of flight as represented by a simple piece of paper folded into a delta-winged aerodynamic glider.




This “model airplane” is also a model of energy efficiency. The project team anticipates LEED Gold certification for this cutting-edge airport terminal and administration building that is expected to generate a 15 percent savings in energy costs. The geo-exchange (geothermal) field at the airport is a 30,000-square-foot horizontal system installed seven feet below ground. The system runs along nearly all of the green space directly east of the building. Installed on the east lawn, three wind turbines by Windspire Energy harness the 11-mile-per-hour average winds on the site, producing 1.2 KW each or about 2,000 KWh/year. Three types of solar panels were installed: the standing seam metal roof over the main lobby has a Uni-Solar photovoltaic film applied to the southern exposure; BP Solar produced the 29 solar panels installed on the flat roof on the east side of the building; and a solar hot water panel by Solar Skies has been installed on the same roof area to provide heat for the domestic water system. Rainwater from the roof will be recycled into rain gardens. The rain water collection and storage system will irrigate a unique, decorative vegetated wall in the lobby. This living wall of ferns, mosses, orchids, bromeliads, ficus vines and spider plants aids in air purification. All the indoor and outdoor lighting is energy-efficient fluorescent or LED. Produced by Relume, the LED lights were installed along the boulevard and in the parking lot. Indoors, one of the main ways the terminal saves energy is through reduced lighting, supplemented by extensive use of glass in every area. The project also conserved land and building materials by constructing the new building on the existing basement and foundation of the original terminal. The original building was demolished to the level of the existing first floor surface elevation; building waste materials were diverted from landfills and recycled whenever possible. The project conserved precious financial resources, as well. Original plans called for major renovations to the existing facility. Frank Rewold and Son proposed cost-effective alternatives, methods and materials for consideration. The end result is a new energy-efficient building for approximately the same price. The new landmark building provides more space on the first floor than the original terminal. Approximately 1,000 square feet of additional space accommodates airport operations, offices, conference facilities, customs offices, and arrival and departure space all on one level. More space and less energy use is clearly the mark of a “green” building. Other sustainability features include electric car charging stations, mechanical systems designed for maximum energy and operating efficiency, and low-flow water fixtures. Local, recycled and reduced VOC materials were used in the building’s construction, as well. This innovative airport terminal clearly meets the county’s goal of creating a building to serve as a catalyst for further sustainable design projects in Oakland County.

2011 Green Project of the Year Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. New National Headquarters, Lansing Ottawa Street Power Station Redevelopment Owner/Developer: Phoenix Development Partners, LLC/Christman Capital Development Company With Tenant/Building User Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. Construction Manager: The Christman Company Architectural Team: • Architect of Record – HOK, Inc., Chicago office • Preservation Architect – Quinn Evans Architects, Ann Arbor • Landscape/Planning Architect – Tower Pinkster, Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids • Design Consultant, Owner FFE – Mayotte Group, Lansing Engineering Team: • Mechanical and Electrical Engineer of Record – Tower Pinkster, Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids • Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Conceptual Engineering – ARUP, Chicago office • Construction Engineer/Structural Consultant – Ruby + Associates, Farmington Hills • Civil Engineer/Staking – Fleis & Vandenbrink Engineering, Inc., Grand Rapids • Parking Deck Architect/Engineer of Record/Demolition Plans – Carl Walker, Inc., Kalamazoo Consultants and Trade Contractors: • Selective Demolition/Abatement – Homrich Inc., Carleton • Chiller Plant Demolition – North American Dismantling Corp, Lapeer • Asbestos & Lead Abatement – Precision Abatement LLC, DeWitt • Selective Demolition/Structural Concrete/General Trades/Carpentry – Christman Constructors, Inc., Lansing • Earthwork/Site Utilities – Merlyn Contractors, Inc., Novi • Pollution Control – Pollution Control Services, Kalkaska • Additional Earthwork – Genesee-Bay Constructors, Inc., Haslett • Caissons – Rohrscheib Sons Caissons, Inc., New Hudson • Sitework Concrete – TCI Inc. of Michigan, Eaton Rapids • Bituminous Paving – Spartan Asphalt Paving Company, Lansing • Pavement Striping – PK Contracting, Troy • Signs – Capitol Barricade, Inc., Holt • Fencing – DeWitt Fence, Lansing • Jersey Barriers – Anlaan Corporation, Spring Lake • Landscaping – HTA Companies, Inc., Dimondale • Retaining Walls – Decra-Scape, Inc., Sterling Heights • Precast Planks – Kerkstra Precast, Inc., Grandville • Masonry Restoration – Schiffer Mason Contractors, Holt • Structural Steel – Douglas Steel Fabricating Corp, Lansing • Ornamental Railings – Dumas Concepts, Detroit • Site Fencing – Future Fence, Warren • Roofing & Sheetmetal – Bloom Roofing Systems, Inc., Brighton • Metal Siding – Architectural Metals, Inc., Portland, MI “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

• Scaffold Systems – Patent Construction Systems/Scaffold, Taylor • Window Replacement – American Glass & Metals Corp., Plymouth; Glasco Corp, Detroit • Glass, Glazing, Aluminum Entrances – Spalding DeDecker, Rochester Hills • Window Restoration – History Construction Management, LLC, Odell, IL • Curtain Wall & Skylights – Lansing Glass Company, Lansing • Interior Glass & Glazing – Aaron Glass Company, Lansing • Window Cleaning – First Class Building Maintenance, Saginaw • Ornamental Door Restoration – Building Arts & Conservation, Saline • Interior Cleaning – Mid Michigan Construction Cleaning, Lansing • Metal Studs & Drywall, Interior Partitions – Bouma Interiors, Okemos • Acoustical Ceilings, Fireproofing – William Reichenbach Company, Lansing • Hard Tile – PMP Marble & Granite, Troy • Carpet and Resilient Tile – Barton Malow Company, Oak Park • Terrazzo – Artisan Tile, Inc., Brighton • Restoration Painting – Niles Industrial LLC, Fenton • Painting – Murray Painting, Freeland • Access Flooring – G3 Technologies, Inc., Byron Center • Loading Dock Equipment – Beuschel Sales, Inc., Sparta • Sectional Overhead Doors – Overhead Door Co. of Lansing, East Lansing • Fire Suppression Systems – Brigade Fire Protection, Inc., Belmont • Mechanical Systems – John E. Green, Mason • Electrical Systems – Superior Electric of Lansing, Inc., Lansing • Electrical Fit Out – Summit Contractors, Inc., Haslett • Emergency Generator – Wolverine Power Systems, Zeeland • Site Lighting – Delta Electric, Lansing • Technology – Johnson Controls, Inc., Auburn Hills • Data Center Electrical – Summit Contractors, Inc., Haslett • Elevators – Otis Elevator Company, Lansing • Buck Hoist – Metro Elevator, Indianapolis, IN • Commissioning – Synergy Consulting Engineers, Belmont • Testing Service – SME, Plymouth; PSI, Lansing • Scheduling Service – Admin Controls Management, Ann Arbor • Environmental Testing – National Environmental Group, Flint; NTH Consultants, Lansing • Office Installation – Corporate Office Interiors, Lansing • Snow Removal – Trees, Inc., Lansing • Construction Office Trailers – Williams Scotsman, Brighton • Cleaning Service – Boling Janitorial Services, Lansing • Security Service – Guardian Alarm, Southfield • Crane Rental – Connelly Crane Rental, Detroit • Security Guards – Moore’s Security Services, Lansing

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• Infrared Survey – Vertical Access LLC, Freeville, NY • Parapet Review – John E. Harry Restoration Services, Allentown, PA • Street Cleaning – Bruce’s Sweeping Service, Grand Ledge • Smoke Control Review – Schirmer Engineering/Aon, Glenview, IL • Video Service – Mayberry Media, Grand Blanc • Corporate Sign – Visual Entities, Grand Rapids 2011 Green Project of the Year – Honorable Mention Delta Dental of Michigan Headquarters Expansion and Renovation, Okemos Owner: Delta Dental of Michigan Construction Manager: Walbridge, Detroit Architect and Engineer: Albert Kahn Associates, Detroit Consultants and Trade Contractors: • Lift Platform, Coiling Doors – Applied Handling, Flint • Ceramic Tile – Artisan Tile, Inc., Brighton • Controls – Bass, Sterling Heights • Glazing – Calvin & Co., Flint • Structural Steel – Casadei Steel, Sterling Heights; Metro Fabricators, Burton • Roofing – Christen Detroit, Detroit; Royal Roofing, Orion • Access Flooring – Data Supplies, Plymouth;




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Gardiner Vose, Bloomfield Hills; Haworth Inc., Holland Waterproofing – DC Byers, East Lansing Demolition – Detroit Dismantling, Detroit Carpet, Resilient – Diversified Construction Specialists, Rochester Hills Masonry – Giannola Masonry Co., Clinton Township; Leidal & Hart Masonry, Livonia Concrete – Grand River Construction, Inc., Hudsonville; Spence Brothers, Saginaw; Kares Construction, Charlotte Kitchen Equipment – Great Lakes Hotel & Supply, Detroit Mechanical – Gunthorpe Plumbing & Heating, East Lansing; John E. Green, Mason; Shaw-Winkler, East Lansing Carpentry – Kulbacki, Clinton Township; Westwood, Birmingham; William Reichenbach, Lansing Painting – Madias Brothers, Detroit Earthwork – Merlyn Contractors, Novi Elevator – Otis Elevator, Farmington, CT Window Treatments – Parkway Contract Group, Livonia; Sheer Shop, Shelby Township Folding Partitions – Payne Rosso, Lansing Paving – Rieth-Riley Construction, Lansing Roofing – Royal Roofing, Orion Fire Protection, Fire Alarm – Simplex Grinnell, Farmington Hills; Dynamic Fire Protection, Newport

• Metal Siding – Stephenson Corp., Flint; Universal Wall Systems, Grand Rapids • Electrical – Superior Electric Great Lakes Company, Troy; Swan Electric, Lansing • Drywall, Acoustical – Diversified Construction Specialists, Rochester Hills • Telecomm – The DataCom Group, Inc., Holt; Superior Electric Great Lakes Company, Troy; Swan Electric, Lansing • Landscaping – WH Canon, Romulus 2011 Green Project of the Year – Honorable Mention Farmington Hills City Hall Revitalization, Farmington Hills Owner: City of Farmington Hills Contractor: Contracting Resources, Inc., Brighton Architect: Lindhout Associates, AIA, Brighton MEP Engineer: Strategic Engineering Solutions (SES), Berkley Structural Engineer: Cory Johnston Design, Clarkston Civil Engineer: Tetra Tech, Pasadena, CA Landscape Architect: Grissim Metz Andriese, Northville LEED Consultant: F.T.C.H, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Grand Rapids Consultants and Trade Contractors: • Abatement – Trust Thermal Abatement, Owosso • Access Flooring – Data Supplies Co., Plymouth • Acoustical Treatments – Great lakes Ceiling & Carpentry, Ann Arbor • Asphalt Paving – Asphalt Specialists, Pontiac • Carpentry and Light Gauge Framing – Brinker Team, Detroit • Civil Engineer – Tetra Tech, Brighton • Cleaning – Elite Property Maintenance, Wixom • Concrete Walks Paving and Flatwork – Roncelli, Inc., Sterling Heights • Demolition – Detroit Dismantling Corp., Detroit • Dock Lift – American Material Handling, Pontiac • Doors, Frames and Hardware –Tupper Door, Farmington Hills • Interior Metal Studs and Drywall – DH Construction, Plymouth • Earthwork and Utilities – ABC paving, Trenton • Electrical – MAS Electrical Services, Livonia • Elevator – ThyssenKrupp Elevator Co., Livonia • Finish Carpentry and Millwork – Sobania, Inc., Detroit • Fire Protection – Simplex Grinnell, Farmington Hills • Flooring – Floorcraft Floor Covering, Clinton Township • Foundations – 6K Construction, Brighton • Geothermal – Frank Rewold And Son, Inc., Rochester • Glass and Glazing – Peterson Glass, Ferndale • HVAC – Heights Heating & Cooling, Auburn Hills • Interior Demolition – Reese Contracting, Commerce • Irrigation – Trost Irrigation, Orion • Landscape Design – Grissim Metz Andriese, Northville • Landscaping – WH Canon Company, Romulus • LEED Consultant – Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Farmington Hills • Masonry – D’Aloisio Masonry, Farmington Hills • Mechanical and Electrical Engineering – Strategic Energy Solutions, Ferndale “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

• Miscellaneous Metals – Nelson Iron Works, Detroit • Overhead Doors – Overhead Door West, Waterford • Painting – JW Painting, Macomb • Plumbing –Mills Mechanical, Ortonville • Polished Concrete – Cipriano Coating Technology, Sterling Heights • Refrigeration – TempCo, Mechanical, Farmington Hills • Refrigerant Abatement – J.M. Sons, Brighton • Roofing, Siding and skylights – Christen Detroit, Detroit • Sealants – DRV Contractors, Shelby Township • Signage – Signs by Tomorrow, Brighton • Structural Steel Contractor – B & A Steel, Chesterfield • Testing, Adjusting and Balancing – Aerodynamics Inspecting Co., Dearborn • Tile – Artisan Tile, Brighton • Toilet Partitions, Accessories and Metal Lockers – R.E. Leggette Co., Dearborn • Unframed Mirrors – Glasco Corp., Detroit 2011 Green Project of the Year – Honorable Mention Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids Owner: Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids Construction Managers: Wolverine Building Group, Grand Rapids; Turner Construction Company Architectural Consultant, MEP Engineering, Interior Design: URS Corporation, Grand Rapids Architect of Record: Jonathan Bailey & Associates, Dallas, TX Commissioning Agent: Peter Basso & Associates, Troy Structural Engineers: Zinser-Grossman, Dallas, TX Civil Engineer: Prein & Newhof, Grand Rapids Consultants and Trade Contractors: • Mechanical and Plumbing – Andy J. Egan Co., Inc., Grand Rapids • Coatings – Aquis, Orlando, FL • Tower Curtain wall, Bridge Glass & Glazing, and Interior Glass & Glazing – Architectural Glass and Metals, Byron Center • Podium Glass – Vos Glass, Inc., Grand Rapids • Metal Fabrication – Architectural Metals, Inc., Portland, MI • Window Cleaning – Award Window Cleaning Service, Grand Rapids • Drywall, Ceilings, SOFP, and Flooring – Bouma Corporation, Grand Rapids • Electrical – Buist Electric, Byron Center • Fire Alarm – Riverside Fire, Grand Rapids • Millwork – Calmar Manufacturing, Calmar, IA • Terrazzo – Central Tile & Terrazzo, Kalamazoo • Caulking – Custom Caulking, Marne • Masonry – Davenport Masonry, Holt • Scaffolding, Lifts – Davitco, Waterford • Miscellaneous Painting – Eckhoff & DeVries, Grand Rapids • Miscellaneous Equipment – ETS Lindgren, Glendale Heights, IL • Low Voltage Cabling – Feyen-Zylstra, Grand Rapids • Mechanical – Franklin Holwerda Co., Wyoming • Safety Supplies – Give ‘Em A Brake Safety, Grandville

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• Podium Concrete – Grand River Construction, Hudsonville • Testing and Balancing HVAC and Water Great Lakes Balancing, Grand Rapids • Miscellaneous Items – Hardman Construction, Ludington • Geotechnical – Hayward Baker, Roselle, IL • Bridge Steel – Hillsdale Fabricators, St. Louis, MO • Insulation – Insulation Environmental Services, Manistee • Food Service Consultant – JRA Foodservice Design, Grand Rapids • Landscaping – Katerberg VerHage Landscaping, Grand Rapids • Superstructure Concrete – Kent Companies, Grand Rapids • Miscellaneous Items – KnightWatch, Inc., Kalamazoo • Lightweight Concrete on the Plaza – Lightcrete Company, Whitmore Lake • Painting – Madias Brothers, Inc., Detroit • Geotechnical – Materials Testing Consultants, Grand Rapids • Kitchen Equipment – Merchandise Equipment & Supply, Grand Rapids • Lightning Protection – Michigan Lightning Protection, Grand Rapids • Fire Protection – Peninsula Fire Protection, Grand Rapids • Miscellaneous Items – Pitsch Companies, Grand Rapids • Roofing – Port Huron Roofing & Sheet Metal, Clyde Township • Controls – Powerhouse Control Systems, Zeeland • Surveyors – Prein & Newhof, Grand Rapids • Building Automation and HVAC Controls – Trane West Michigan, Grand Rapids • Window Treatments – Triangle Window, Grand Rapids • Interactive Playwall – Playvision Technologies, Mountainview, CA • Steel Erection – Pioneer Construction, Grand Rapids • Rigging and Crane Operations – Erickson’s, Inc., Grand Rapids 2011 Green Project of the Year – Honorable Mention Oakland County International Airport Terminal, Waterford Owner: Oakland County Contractor: Frank Rewold and Son, Inc., Rochester Architect: Neumann/Smith Architecture, Southfield Engineer: Peter Basso Associates, Inc., Troy Consultants and Trade Contractors: • Miscellaneous Specialties – Advanced Specialties, Clawson • Concrete Flatwork – Albanelli Cement Contractors, Livonia • Hard Tile – Artisan Tile, Inc., Brighton • Asphalt – Asphalt Specialists, Inc., Pontiac • Selective Site Demolition – Blaze Contracting, Inc., Detroit • Selective Building Demolition – Blue Star, Inc., Warren • Metal Framing, Drywall, Acoustic – BRD, Inc., Brighton

• Electrical – CEI Electric Co., Commerce Township • Roofing – CEI Michigan LLC, Howell • Carpet & Resilient Flooring – Conventional Carpet, Inc., Sterling Heights • Hoists for Plane in Lobby – Crane Technologs Groups, Inc., Rochester Hills • Earthwork & Site utilities – DCC Construction, Inc., Davison • Landscaping – Donato Landscape LLC, Shelby Township • Living Wall – Planterra, West Bloomfield • Final Clean-Up – Executive Housekeeping, Fraser • Art Glass – Fox Fire, Inc., Pontiac • Painting & HP Coatings – GM Painting, Inc., Livonia • Foundations – K&W Concrete, Inc., Romeo • Shelving – Karp Associates, Inc., Maspeth, NY • Hollow Metal Doors & Hardware – LaForce, Inc., Green Bay, WI • Rough & Finish Carpentry – George Landry, Inc., Milford • Vertically Operable Partitions – LPA Solutions, St. Clair Shores • Sawcutting – Macomb Concrete Cutting, Inc., Warren • Masonry – Masonry Developers, Inc., Rochester • HVAC/Geothermal – R.W. Mead Co., Fraser • Dewatering – Mersino Drilling & Dewatering, Metamora • Prevailing Wage Compliance – Michigan Fair Contracting Center, Birmingham • Terrazzo – Michielutti Brothers, Inc., Eastpointe • Architectural Woodwork – Mod Interiors, Inc., Ira Township • Coiling Counter Doors – Overhead Door, Whitmore Lake • Joint Sealants & Waterproofing – RAM Construction Services Michigan, Livonia • Toilet Partitions & Accessories – Rayhaven Group, Southfield • Miscellaneous Metal – Retail Specialty, Inc., Shelby Township • Fencing & Gate – Rite Way Fence, Inc., Sterling Heights • Misc. Aluminum Door Work – Rochester Hills Contract Glazing, Rochester Hills • Appliances – Sargent Appliance, Inc., Rochester • Elevators – Schindler Elevator Corporation, Livonia • Plumbing – Schwartz Plumbing, Inc., Rochester Hills • Fire Suppression – Shambaugh & Son, LP, Southfield • Signage – SignGraphix, Inc., Farmington Hills • Resinous Flooring – Somerset Painting, Washington • Glass & Glazing – Trainor Glass Company, Farmers Branch, TX • Structural & Misc. Steel – Utica Steel, Chesterfield • Security System – Wiltec Technologies, Ann Arbor Professional consultants and subcontractors are identified by the contractor, architect or owner.





NEW CURRICULUM: JANUARY - DECEMBER 2012 Registration starts now! For more information visit CAMTEC, the training & education division of CAM, offers a wide variety of classes, seminars and presentations on all aspects of construction. All sessions are available at the CAMTEC facility in the CAM headquarters located in Bloomfield Hills, or can be taken to the field on jobsites and office settings, etc. CAMTEC has an extensive listing of educational programs for the construction industry, and new classes are continuously added to the list. Programs are designed for the construction industry and are taught by instructors with experience in the industry practices and standards. Construction industry personnel are encouraged to call or write with suggestions for new course offerings. Send your suggestions to or Additional classes can be found under New CAMTEC Classes, at

CAMTEC Certification Requirements: Each of these classes can be taken independently or as a group leading to a "certification.” Students wishing to attain certification in the three areas described below are required to follow the curriculum in the sequence listed below.

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL Management 1 • Blueprint Reading • Design Phase, Bidding & Proposals (Prerequisite-Blueprint Reading) • Estimating (Prerequisite- Blueprint Reading) Management 2 • Scheduling & Planning • Contract & PO's Management 3 • Project Management & Supervision • Project Accounting • Project Close Out


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Starting a New Company- Which Entity Do I Choose? AIA Contract Forms Pay When Paid & Other Key Terms Every Contractor and Sub Should Know Mitigating Contract Risk Construction Liens-A Remedy for Payment on Private Projects Against the Owner's Land Preparing Docs to Preserve Construction Liens Payment Bonds / A Remedy for Payment on Public Work Projects Account Receivable Management & Collections Advanced Bonding Dispute Resolution for the Construction Industry


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Excavations: The Grave Danger - MTI Certificate Program Requirements (CET #0160) Electricity: The Invisible Killer- MTI Certificate Program Requirements (CET #0160) First Aid; CPR & AED COMBINED Fall Protection-Part 45 - MTI Certificate Program Requirements (CET #0160) MIOSHA 10-HOUR - MTI Certificate Program Requirements (CET #0160) OSHA 10-HOUR OSHA 30-HOUR Scaffolds & Platforms-Part 12 - MTI Certificate Program Requirements (CET #0160)



CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL BLUEPRINT READING Instructors: Chuck Bovair - Consultant / Chris Dow, URS Corporation NEW IN 2012! BP 1-3 books are combined. This course combines the basics of working drawings, known as blueprints, and adds in some more technical information to advance the students' grasp of the topic. The focus is on learning the language of print reading, referencing the alphabet of lines, symbols and abbreviations, and explaining how it relates to the activities a student must master in order to accurately understand working drawings. Architectural, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, and HVAC are discussed. Plot plans, floor plans, elevations, sections, and details of all elements that make up a blueprint will be presented. This course provides experience in exploring residential and light commercial documents, as well as large construction project documents. Class discussion and review are followed by assignments on the specific project with follow-up clarifications.

DESIGN PHASE, BIDDING AND PROPOSALS Instructors: Michael Woodhouse - United Consulting Services / Chris Dow - URS Corporation (3 sessions) (Prerequisite- Blueprint Reading) This course will cover the issues and services that a General Contractor or Construction Manager must provide during the Design Phase, Bidding and Proposal phases of a project. Topics covered include: pre-construction analysis of critical project issues, document and constructability review, procedures and preparation for managing the bid process, types of bid proposals and preparation of bid proposals All class participants will be provided with a free six-month license for the CrossTee Construction Bidding System. Go to to review the software.

ESTIMATING Instructor: Michael Woodhouse - United Consulting Services (6 sessions) (Prerequisite- Blueprint Reading) This course provides an overall knowledge of construction cost estimating from the standpoint of a General Contractor or Construction Manager. It will focus on procedures for basic quantity take-offs and pricing for most construction divisions from Earthwork to Electrical. An overview and demonstration of estimating tools and software will be conducted throughout the class. Review of types of estimates required throughout the construction process. All class participants will be provided with a free six-month license for the CrossTee Construction Estimating System. Go to to review the software.

SCHEDULING AND PLANNING Instructor: Michael Woodhouse - United Consulting Services (2 sessions) Learn basic scheduling techniques required to develop simple bar charts and detailed construction schedules. Participants will learn how to examine a set of construction documents and identify the key components of a project. The course is geared towards providing attendees with enough scheduling knowledge to begin developing useful project schedules. The course will cover the development of: Contract Milestones, Project Phasing, Detailed Activity Lists, Schedule Logic, Logic Ties, and more. At the beginning of class, all class participants will be provided with a free six-month license for the CrossTee Scheduling System. Go to to review the software.

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CONTRACT AND PO'S Instructor: Michael Woodhouse - United Consulting Services (2 sessions) The various types of construction contracts and purchase orders will be reviewed during this course. Procedures for reviewing contract documents and preparing the scope of work for contracts and purchase orders will be covered. The essential components of a construction contract will be reviewed and discussed. At the beginning of class, all class participants will be provided with a free six-month license for the CrossTee Project Management System. Go to to review the software.

PAY WHEN PAID & OTHER KEY TERMS EVERY CONTRACTOR & SUB SHOULD KNOW Instructor: Marty Burnstein - Law Offices of Marty Burnstein (1 session) There are some key terms that are consistently found, such as "pay when paid" and "no damages for delay." How can I negotiate and modify them to protect my interest? This workshop is for Owners, Contractors, Subcontractors and Suppliers, and will be presented in plain English and with no "legalese.” Even if a lawyer reviews your contract, you must still understand these key terms.

MITIGATING CONTRACT RISK PROJECT MANAGEMENT & SUPERVISION Instructor: Michael Woodhouse - United Consulting Services (2 sessions) This course is designed to provide an overall knowledge of the construction management process. It will demonstrate how thorough planning, communications and documentation can impact the overall success of a project. The essentials of the construction management process will be covered including: Planning and Design, Budget Management, Scheduling, Contracts, Field Management, Project Close-Out. All class participants will be provided with a free six-month license for the CrossTee Project Management System. Go to to review the software.

PROJECT ACCOUNTING Instructor: Michael Woodhouse - United Consulting Services (1 session) This course will provide a review of the project accounting process. Topics to be covered include preparation of payment applications; sworn statements and waivers of lien; review of certified payrolls; preparation of general conditions estimates; tracking and billing for general conditions. All class participants will be provided with a free six-month license for the CrossTee Project Management System. Go to to review the software.

PROJECT CLOSEOUT Instructor: Michael Woodhouse - United Consulting Services (1 session) This course will provide a review of the typical project closeout requirements and issues that will be encountered on a typical construction project. Procedures for preparing for project closeout during the early stages of a project will be discussed. All class participants will be provided with a free six-month license for the CrossTee Project Management System. Go to to review the software.

CONSTRUCTION LAW & CONTRACTS PROFESSIONAL STARTING A NEW COMPANY-WHICH ENTITY DO I CHOOSE? Instructor: Marty Burnstein - Law Offices of Marty Burnstein (1 session) These challenging times present excellent opportunities for starting a new business. When forming a new business, should I choose a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, or limited liability company? What are the fundamentals for each of these business entities? How do I insulate myself from personal liability? What are the legal, accounting, and tax advantages and disadvantages of each type of business entity? This workshop is a must for anyone choosing to start a new business.

Instructor: R. Edward Boucher - Kotz, Sangster, Wysocki & Bergs, P.C. (1 session) Construction contracts often contain risk-shifting clause that must either be negotiated out of the agreement or, if they cannot be negotiated, should be noted as an important requirement and followed by the project team. This class identifies the most common risk-shifting clause and presents strategies for negotiating over, mitigating, and managing them.

CONSTRUCTION LIENS / A REMEDY FOR PAYMENT ON PRIVATE PROJECTS AGAINST THE OWNER'S LAND Instructor: Marty Burnstein - Law Offices of Marty Burnstein (1 session) This is a fast-paced ‘nuts and bolts’ workshop on how to establish a construction lien for contractors, subcontractors and suppliers on commercial, industrial, office and residential projects. Learn how to prevent liens if you are an owner or a general contractor. Learn the critical time periods and how to fill out the notice of furnishing, claim of lien, sworn statement, lien waiver and other necessary forms. In these challenging times when getting paid is so important; this workshop is a must for Owners, Contractors, Subcontractors, and Suppliers.

PREPARING DOCUMENTS TO PRESERVE CONSTRUCTION LIENS Instructor: Dennis Schultz - Butzel Long (1 session) This class will provide hands-on document preparation to make sure that proper documentation is completed and issued to protect and enforce construction liens and rights to payment under project payment bonds. This course also provides some helpful review of the key requirements of the Michigan Construction Lien Act and Michigan law governing claims under project payment bonds. The benefits of this class can be enhanced by first taking the Construction Lien and Payment Bond class.

PAYMENT BONDS / A REMEDY FOR PAYMENT ON PUBLIC WORK PROJECTS Instructor: Marty Burnstein - Law Offices of Marty Burnstein (1 session) In public work projects, there are no construction liens. Payment bonds are furnished by the contractor to the owner to protect payment to the subcontractor and supplier. In this ‘nuts and bolts’ workshop you will learn what the necessary steps are to establish a claim against the payment bond. You will also learn the critical time periods, how a bond claim is enforced, and how a claim can still be valid if a time period is missed. Since so much of the current work in Southeast Michigan is public and governmental, this workshop is critical.

ACCOUNT RECEIVABLE MANAGEMENT & COLLECTIONS AIA CONTRACT FORMS Instructor: R. Edward Boucher - Kotz, Sangster, Wysocki & Bergs, P.C. (1 session) This seminar will instruct contractors and subcontractors on the use of AIA contracts, including design-build, construction management, and subcontract agreements. Special attention will be paid to AIA A201, the most commonly used set of general conditions in the industry. Other topics include: Contractual assignment of risk; Owner, architect, contractor and subcontractor obligations; Dispute resolution procedures; Change orders; and Key differences between the AIA's A201 and the new Consensus DOCs 200. This course is directed at those who negotiate and manage contracts, such as company owners, senior managers, and project managers.




Instructors: Ronald Rich - Ronald B. Rich and Associates / Mike Merlanti - Finkel, Whitefield, and Selik (1 session) This seminar will take you through the four phases of the debt collection process: 1. The creation of the debt. 2. The delinquency period. 3. Litigation. 4. Post-judgment collections. The goal of the seminar is to assist you in creating more favorable terms for your credit sales and to teach techniques to collect debts in-house. You will also gain an understanding of the litigation and judgment collection process. The seminar is recommended for business owners and those responsible for the monitoring of delinquent accounts. In the A to Z Collections section of this class you will learn how to set up a project so that you get paid. We'll look at everything from the first call to the day you cash the check. Why sell if you can collect? “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®



Instructors: R. Edward Boucher - Kotz, Sangster, Wysocki & Bergs, P.C / Mark Madden - Guy, Hurley, Blazer, Heuer (1 session) Contractors cannot work without surety bonds. However, bonds are harder to obtain these days, and they are backed by one of the most important documents a contractor will ever sign - the general agreement of indemnity. This one-hour seminar provides business owners and executives with the framework of the statutes that command the use of bonds, a discussion of the uses, benefits, and risks of various bond forms currently available, and insight on what is necessary to qualify for a bond.

Instructor: Bryan Renaud - MIOSHA CET Division (2 sessions) This 10-hour program presents an overview of MIOSHA regulations for the construction industry. Detailed information is presented to enable the participant to develop an accident prevention plan as required by Rule 114 of MIOSHA Construction Safety Standard Part 1, General Rules. An overview of MIOSHA inspection procedure is presented, as well as the most frequently cited MIOSHA violations in the construction industry. Participants gain detailed information regarding construction health and safety standards relative to the industry. Students will receive both MIOSHA and OSHA 10-hour cards upon successful completion of the class.

DISPUTE RESOLUTIONS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Instructor: Linda Beyea - American Arbitration Association (1 session) This program will discuss the various Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options for the construction industry. We will consider the benefits of ADR over court; the features and benefits of arbitration and mediation; how arbitration and mediation differ; the role of the arbitrator and mediator; what you should expect in the arbitration process; how to choose whether to mediate or arbitrate; ADR in construction industry form contracts; dispute avoidance and early resolution options; and innovation in construction dispute resolution.




EXCAVATIONS: THE GRAVE DANGER (MTI LEVEL 1) Instructor: Bryan Renaud - MIOSHA CET Division (1 session) This workshop will provide an overview of MIOSHA Part 9: Excavations, Trenching and Shoring. In addition, the electrical hazards and applicable regulations associates will be discussed, as well as identifying hazards at their workplace associated with mobile equipment. This will be followed by a question and answer session.

ELECTRICITY: THE INVISIBLE KILLER (MTI LEVEL 1) Instructor: Bryan Renaud - MIOSHA CET Division (1 session) Putting one's finger in a light socket does not make a lot of sense. Going into a ‘charged' workplace can be almost as dangerous as falling into a pit of vipers. Avoid the obvious - and not so obvious - as we clarify some of the cautions you may not be aware of on the jobsite.

FIRST AID, CPR & AED COMBINED Instructor: National Safety Council (1 session) This course, presented and certified by the National Safety Council, teaches the principles of basic life support for adults, children and infants. The course details how to perform one-rescuer CPR and rescue breathing, and how to manage choking in a conscious person. It also addresses infection control. The AED portion of the program details key precautions. It explains how AEDs work and why they're a critical part of emergency cardiac care.


Instructor: Tracey Alfonsi - Construction Association of Michigan (2 sessions) This program is designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the hazards present in most construction projects. Participants will be able to identify, and then avoid, reduce, or eliminate job hazards. In addition, they will become more familiar with required record-keeping and MIOSHA enforcement procedures. Special emphasis will be placed on those areas that are the most hazardous. Upon completion of the course, the student will receive an OSHA Construction Safety and Health 10-Hour course completion card.

Instructor: Tracey Alfonsi - Construction Association of Michigan (4 sessions) This course is for construction industry personnel and will cover OSHA policies, procedures and standards, as well as construction safety and health principles. Topics include the scope and application of the OSHA/MIOSHA construction standards including inspections, citations and appeals, as well as employee & employer rights under the Act. Additional topics include Pre-Task Planning, Focus-Four Hazards, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and construction specific health issues, among others. Upon completion of the course, the student will receive an OSHA construction safety and health 30-Hour course completion card, now required by many jobsites.

SCAFFOLDS & SCAFFOLD PLATFORMS - MIOSHA PART 12 (MTI LEVEL 2) Instructor: Bryan Renaud - MIOSHA CET Division Attendees will be indoctrinated on the contents of the MIOSHA Construction Safety Standard Part 12, Scaffolds and Scaffold Platforms. This information will be conveyed through the use of PowerPoint, videos, lecture, and the use of a scale model frame scaffold. The focus will be on the most commonly used scaffolds in the construction industry including ground supported, suspended, mobile, and rough terrain forklift scaffolds. Also included will be the common hazards as well as Best Practices associated with the use of scaffolds. At the conclusion of the course there will be a Q & A session followed by a quiz. Agenda: References the different parts of Part 12 Scaffolds and Scaffold Platforms; Apply the MIOSHA Requirements of Part 12 to the most commonly used scaffolds in construction. Discuss Best Practices from the industry.

Instructor: Bryan Renaud - MIOSHA CET Division (1 session) Attendees will review the MIOSHA Part 45 Construction Safety Standard for Protection including the latest OSHA and MIOSHA interpretations. Examination of recent fatal falls in construction and discussion of the latest fall protection techniques for construction will be covered. This will be followed by a question and answer session.

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CRitiCAl MAss By David R. Miller Associate Editor s one of the earliest phases of construction, foundations play a key role in project planning. Finishing foundations ahead of schedule can give other trade contractors more time to perform their own work, while unanticipated delays can have the opposite effect. The importance of keeping foundation work on





Photos Courtesy of Amalio Corporation track is difficult to over emphasize. In Rochester, Oakland University’s new Human Health Building is supported by an innovative foundation that provided numerous benefits, not the least of which was reducing the overall duration of this phase of the work. Instead of sitting atop H-piles or caissons, the “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

building rests on a mass foundation. This 7,600-cubic-yard concrete pad covers the entire footprint of the building and extends eight feet beyond the outside walls, completely eliminating the need for the drilling that deeper foundations would have required. This let the team led by construction manager The Christman Company, Lansing, and architect SmithGroup Inc., Detroit, reclaim critical weeks during the earliest phases of the project, but the success of their approach hinged on the skills and expertise of concrete contractor Amalio Corporation, Sterling Heights. ABOUT THE FOUNDATION The 173,501-square-foot Human Health Building at Oakland University sits atop a four-foot-thick slab of concrete. This pad could have been installed in a single pour, but Amalio Corporation broke the work into six more manageable pours. “The site was large enough to allow us to work at different locations concurrently,” said Eric Steck, vice president of Amalio Corporation. “We performed high wall construction as we continued to work on mass foundations elsewhere and followed up with shorter walls and pilasters in yet another location. Upon completion, we fell back and completed sand backfill.” Perimeter walls at the facility were 24 feet high, so starting them before foundation work was complete gave the project team a significant advantage. Excavation work was also simplified by the mass foundation because a single grade level was required. Spread footings with pile caps would have required multiple excavations at different levels, which would have slowed the process while adding the hazard of deep pits to the jobsite. With a single mass foundation going in at a single grade level, it must have occurred to a few people that a single concrete pour would have been a logical choice. The project team discussed that idea, but multiple pours were ultimately deemed more efficient. “We wouldn’t necessarily have wanted to pour it all at once,” said Steck. “When you perform larger pours, you start working with multiple pumps and more people. Inefficiencies arise and unnecessary overtime occurs. Bigger isn’t always better.” Other trades quickly followed behind these smaller pours. Steel erection was originally scheduled to begin in April 2011, but actually started in mid-January. Some deck pours took place during winter Visit us online at

A shear wall tower is seen under construction in this photo. Winter conditions were a factor, but it was a small price to pay for getting a head start on the work.

conditions because of this, even though they were not scheduled to begin until May. Braving the cold, and the unavoidable delays that came with it, was a small price to pay for the ability to get a head start. Once the weather heated up, the pace of the work did, as well. “We were out there pouring on the first day that we had warm temperatures,” said Brian Crumm, project manager for The Christman Company. “We got the first floor slab-on-grade placed and that allowed the MEP [mechanical, electrical and plumbing] trades to start. That put the interiors of the building much further ahead.” The schedule that allowed all of this to take place was ultimately created by the The Christman Company, but none of it would have been possible without the cooperation of subcontractors, particularly those who worked during the project’s earliest phases. “They [Amalio Corporation] came to the post-bid meeting with a plan and they showed us how they wanted to execute it,” said Crumm. “They had the plan established before they were officially awarded the job. They knew how they wanted it to flow, how they wanted it scheduled and how they would approach it. That gave us a high level of confidence.” Confidence in the concrete contractor

was a necessary commodity, as a number of logistical issues had to be addressed in order for the project to succeed. Logistical Issues Space is at a premium on many projects, but few are as cramped as the Human Health Building site. “Access was a challenge,” said Steck. “The building is built into the side of a hill. Having fewer trades working in the same area at the same time helped us to work safely and more efficiently. We didn’t have to work around a caisson rig and wait for foundations to be excavated. They didn’t have to wait on us either. We had one large, clean, mass excavation to work with. It was a nice, clean working environment and we didn’t have to deal with mud.” The site was near the busy intersection of Walton and Squirrel Roads, while Squirrel Road was also under construction. In spite of this, as many as 130 concrete trucks needed to access the site in a single day when foundation work was at its peak. One person on the site was given the sole responsibility of getting concrete trucks onto the site, and concrete work was also coordinated to take advantage of traffic reductions that take place over the summer. Fortunately, a parking lot that was removed for the building’s geothermal field provided CAM MAGAZINE JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2012



One of the six foundation pours is taking place in this photo. The foundation could have been installed into a single pour, but breaking the work up was much more efficient.

The slab-on-grade foundation being installed here sits atop four feet of granular fill and the building’s mass foundation.

a convenient supply of asphalt pieces that could be reused for a temporary road wrapping around the entire foundation of the building. “There is no way we could have gotten 130 concrete trucks in and out each day




without having a road to drive them on,” said Crumm. Safety was also a major concern, as many activities were taking place on a small site. Breaking the foundation work into six pours enhanced safety by letting workers spread

out over a larger area. As foundations were being poured, steel erection could take place in another location. Tradesworkers performing both tasks could be given their own space and they did not need to monitor the actions of other contractors as closely as they would if they were working right alongside them. Amalio Corporation crews played a key role in planning work so that it could be performed safely and efficiently. “Their field foremen are top notch,” said Crumm. “They think ahead. They understand what we need and they work to give it to us. Freeing up areas so that other trades could work drove the whole schedule.” Work at the Oakland University Human Health Building continues with this talented team of industry professionals in the driver’s seat. Project completion is anticipated in August 2012 [at press time]. “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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Did we carry enough dollars and resources if surface preparation is required on this project? I hope my bid will cover us if the concrete slabs are not as true as specified. I’m not sure we can get a change order to cover the surface preparation needs of the project.

Thoughts like these keep tile and stone contractors up at night. Unfortunately, these nagging issues are commonplace in construction today. Of course, the general contractor takes no responsibility for out-oftolerance concrete slabs and for the expenses to reconcile the deficiencies. Similar scenarios are played out on a regular basis on tile and stone projects. This is a challenge that all of us in the tile and stone industry must address in order to assist tile and stone contractors with these battles. Organizations like the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) are up to this challenge. With its diverse Technical Committee composition, issues faced by tile




contractors are welcomed and dealt with in a responsible and forthright manner. This gives tile contractors a “voice” and the ability to back up their position when facing challenging situations. TOLERANCE DISCONNECTS An example of how to deal with the disconnect between concrete-specification tolerances and tile-specification installation tolerances is to reference the “Floor Flatness” (FF) charts included in the NTCA Reference Manual (table 1). These charts create an understanding between the FF requirements/specifications that a concrete contractor is held to and the TCNA/ANSI subfloor tolerance requirements for which a tile/ stone contractor is responsible. Concrete contractors will bid and pour concrete floors (photos 1 & 2) to a specified American Concrete Institute (ACI) “FF” tolerance under Division 3 of the project specifications. Tile and stone contractors bid and must install the specified tile or stone in accordance with the specified in-plane

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surface tolerance under Division 9 of the project specifications. For example, the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) and the American National Standards Specifications for the Installation of Ceramic Tile (ANSI) requires either a 1/4" in 10' (6mm in 3m) or 1/8" in 10' (3mm in 3m) substrate tolerance. Although the correlation is not exact, these charts from the NTCA Reference Manual provide general guide- lines on how to reconcile subfloor requirements contained in Division 3 and 9 of typical project specifications.

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Additional surface preparation was required on this concrete slab. Floor was screeded with a bonded mortar bed and self-leveling underlayment.

CONCRETE CHANGES In addition to finding common ground with concrete contractors, concern remains that concrete slabs can still migrate out of the required tolerance. Even if a concrete contractor pours the concrete floor to the specified FF requirement, ACI standards (ACI 117- 06 and ACI 117-10) state that the FF be measured within 72 hours of the concrete pour. Yet, concrete will undergo change (e.g. shrinkage, creep, curling, etc.) over time. Therefore, even if concrete is poured correctly, by the time the finish Visit us online at


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contractors arrive on site, more often than not, additional surface preparation is required (e.g. flash patching, grinding down high spots, pouring self-leveling underlayment. Design professionals must consider the effects of floor flatness change over time and how that impacts the ability for tile and stone contractors (and other finish trades) to effectively install the specified finishes. Design professionals should specify a higher floor flatness rating and/or include an allowance for surface preparation in the project specifications.

Reprinted with permission from the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and Art Mintie, Director, Technical Services, LATICRETE International, Inc.

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Grasscrete’s Sustainable Paving System Debuts in Michigan ARTICLE & PHOTOS COURTESY OF CSI GEOTURF ith architects, engineers and owners now embracing “green” construction, the relevance of sustainable paving options continues to grow. A prime example is the pavement system used at the newly constructed Regency Skilled Nursing Center, a 113-bed nursing care facility located on a 14-acre site in Canton Township, built by T.H. Marsh Construction Co., Royal Oak, and designed by NSA Architects, Engineers, Planners, Farmington Hills. The facility hosts the first installation in Michigan of a sustainable paving system called Grasscrete, a lightweight, modular, fully biodegradable, pulp-based concrete form, measuring 2 x 4 x 5.5 feet. Grasscrete’s unique structure creates a series of voids in cast-in-place concrete. As a visualization tool, the Grasscrete forms are shaped somewhat like an inverted egg carton. Before the forms are set, a layer of geotextile and one inch of sand is placed, leveled and compacted on the site. Once the forms and rerod are placed and the concrete poured and hardened, the tops or peaks of the forms are broken with a tamping tool and the voids are filled with gravel or topsoil. Either aggregate gravel or topsoil provides the flow-through necessary for ground water recharge and filtering of stormwater runoff. Because the void fill is not part of the strength of the system, the pavement can support vehicular traffic once the concrete has hardened and before the voids are even filled. The Regency facility took full advantage of Grasscrete’s “green” attributes and its pavement strength. At the Regency facility, a second driveway had to be added to provide improved access to the building for firefighting and emergency response


Grasscrete is composed of a fully biodegradable and pulp-based concrete form, shaped somewhat like an inverted egg carton.

Once the forms and rerod are placed and the concrete poured and hardened, the tops or peaks of the forms are broken with a tamping tool and the voids are filled with gravel or topsoil that provides the flow-through necessary for ground water recharge and filtering of stormwater runoff.




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paving option turned out to be the Grasscrete system. Vanston/O’Brien, Inc., Dexter, was the concrete subcontractor that poured this innovative pavement system.

vehicles. With forested wetlands and a county drain on site, placement of this second driveway was initially constrained by the site’s limited buildable space of only 35 percent. Because the selected location for the service drive was in a buffer zone near the site’s stormwater detention pond, the driveway paving system had to meet the requirements of two reviewing agencies: a pervious system capable of meeting Wayne County standards for building a driveway in a buffer zone, and a paving system capable of meeting the Township fire marshal’s standards for a roadway with the ability to support fully loaded fire trucks with outriggers. In addition, the owner expressed concerns about maintaining and plowing any type of pervious pavement in the winter. Zeimet Wozniak & Associates, Inc., a New Hudson-based civil engineering firm, contacted Jeff Skinner of CSI Geoturf, Inc., Highland, for paving options on the Regency site. The most feasible, value-added porous

GRASSCRETE BENEFITS INCLUDE: • Stormwater does not need to run to a catch basin or other collection area, allowing the parking or access road surface to be flat. This design is more aesthetically pleasing, safer and reduces the cost of drainage collection. • Grasscrete pavement surfaces are not included in hard surface stormwater area measurements, thus saving considerable detention volume requirements, basin costs and contributing to LEED point generation. • The modular design allows for easy design/application, especially around curbs and other projections. • The strength of the GrassCrete system allows for thin total cross sections.

• The structure creates a natural stormwater bio-filtration system capable of draining up to 90 percent of natural grassland. • The forms are biodegradable and made from recycled pulp material. • The Grasscrete system reduces the heat island effect. • The profile of the large void spaces minimizes surface water freezing potential and any frost heave or other hydrostatic concerns. Overall, Grasscrete is an aesthetically pleasing, “green” porous surface available at a reasonable cost and with a capability of generating LEED points. Grasscrete is designed for vehicle parking, access roads, emergency access, helipads, military installations and drainage channels applications. For more information on Grasscrete and other sustainability options, CSI Geoturf can be reached at 1 (800) 6217007.



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Keepers of the Light By Mary E. Kremposky Associate Editor

Photos Courtesy of Quinn Evans Architects

employed masonry techniques original to the tower’s brick he infamous gales of November have been the bane of ships construction, while taking a contemporary approach to accessing on the Great Lakes for centuries. Water of a different sort was the 82-foot-tall structure. National Restoration bridged together responsible for damage to the Fort Gratiot Light Station, the three Fraco mast climbers to oldest lighthouse in Michigan. access the tower and save it for This 182-year-old brick future generations. lighthouse in Port Huron was “What a thing of beauty,” said almost done-in by paint layers Fletcher as he gazes at the nearly trapping water vapor in the brick. finished tower on a bone-chilling With limited maintenance November morning. “Honestly, I leading to the peeling of the have never been prouder of paint and exposure of the brick anything other than my wife and to freeze-thaw damage, fissures children. This tower will last began to form in this once proud another 180 years.” sentinel of the freshwater seas. This lighthouse remains in Less dramatic than an icy gale active service, primarily as an aid but just as destructive, opening to recreational watercraft, thanks the brick skin to the elements to another dedicated “keeper of ultimately threatened to bring the light,” Quinn Evans the lighthouse down like a Architects, Ann Arbor. Quinn shipwreck in slow motion. Evans prepared a Historic “Never paint masonry!” warns Structures Report (HSR) in 2007 John Fletcher, president of for this navigational aid marking National Restoration, Inc., Keego the treacherous shallows at the Harbor, in a voice like a captain of entrance to the St. Clair River and a ship steering his crew away operated by the U.S Coast Guard. from a dangerous shoal. “A The HSR assessed the general variety of specialty masonry conditions and chronicled the coatings should be utilized on history of the lighthouse and its masonry, not paint! The coatings cluster of support buildings, all are typically elastomeric and owned by St. Clair County. A allow for movement, as well as targeted grant, administered being vapor permeable, which through the City of Port Huron allows moisture to breathe out of and partially funded by the the masonry.” National Park Service’s Save A lover of lighthouses and America’s Treasures program, was masonry, he brought the full issued in 2005 and extended in force of his expertise in the 2010 for the stabilization of this mason’s craft to bear on the historic lighthouse. restoration of this lighthouse, originally built in 1829 and listed TAKING ON WATER on the National Register of The original brick was of poor quality, making it more The revival of this nautical Historic Places. Using the best of susceptible to freeze-thaw damage. landmark began in October 2010. both centuries, the company


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“Because of the extreme deterioration of the brick, we were worried it was a structural issue,” said Brandon Friske, Quinn Evans project architect. “We were able to determine that only the outer two layers of brick had deteriorated, even though in a few places you could reach your arm in almost up to your shoulder.” According to Fletcher, the core of the tower’s five-foot-thick walls was intact, and the foundations of hard Bayport limestone remained strong, given the lack of cracks in the base and no evidence of settling. “We were happy to find out it was not a structural issue, but more of a cosmetic issue caused by freeze-thaw and weathering,” said Friske. Stabilizing the lighthouse called for determining the root cause behind its deterioration. Fletcher believes application of modern paint, possibly beginning in the 1920s or 1930s began the decline, because 19th Century lighthouse keepers routinely coated the tower in whitewash, a breathable lime-based coating. Limited maintenance took the lighthouse further down the path of obsolescence. In addition, Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc. (SME), Plymouth, conducted material testing to discern the brick’s absorption rate and other characteristics. The testing found that the poor quality of the brick itself was contributing to the tower’s decline. “This particular brick was more susceptible to freeze-thaw damage,” said Friske. “That is why once the paint began peeling, the brick began to deteriorate rapidly.” In fact, “the faces popped off of probably 16,000 to 18,000 brick,” said Fletcher. “As soon as that face brick pops off, the masonry of the tower is opened up and exposed to rain and all the elements.” A HISTORY TOLD IN BRICK The trail of weathered brick tells the construction history of a grand old lighthouse built in two different time periods. The damage only marred the first 65 feet of the lighthouse, originally constructed in 1829 of the red, poor quality brick. Added in 1862, the upper 17 feet of the tower is built of a much harder, yellow Milwaukee Cream City brick. The original tower was built during the era of Stephen Pleasonton, the Fifth Auditor of the Treasury, and the executive responsible for planning and managing the first lighthouses in the United States. Pleasonton kept a sharper eye on cost than quality in both construction and navigation. In fact, an earlier lighthouse had been constructed in 1825 about 50 feet south of the current Fort Gratiot Light and “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

near the piers of today’s Blue Water Bridge, said Fletcher. Shoddy construction and a fierce September gale wore down the tower, leading to its collapse in November 1828. By 1850, the U.S. Lighthouse Board was launched, boosting quality throughout the country as shown in the Fort Gratiot Light’s addition. “Because the 1862 brick has a different absorption rate and is able to handle the elements better, we found the upper brick in perfect condition,” said Friske. SAVING A TREASURE A walk into the tower interior is a walk through layers of construction history. Walking on brick pavers worn by the footsteps of generations of lighthouse keepers, Fletcher leads the way through a dimly lit 1862 storage room and connecting passage leading to the lighthouse interior. Milwaukee Cream City brick blankets the interior, including the interior cylinder of the actual tower. The cylinder was inserted in 1862 to support the cast iron staircase coiling its way for a full 91 steps up the conical tower to the lantern room. This cylinder is composed of two layers of brick, followed by a two-foot airspace between the cylinder and actual tower, said Fletcher. An interior opening in the tower base for a ventilation louver offers a glimpse of the original brick in this stout masonry load-bearing tower. “The original tower is constructed of about 14 to 16 wythes of brick,” said Fletcher. “Looking at the vent, you can see the depth and the structural fortitude of the tower that has enabled it to withstand the strong prevailing winds at this spot.” Taking shelter within the tower, Fletcher explains the steps needed to stabilize the lighthouse. National Restoration first “removed the outer two wythes of brick, all the way around and all the way up the 65foot-tall portion of the tower,” said Fletcher. “We found pockets where there had been actual water intrusion. Some of our repairs in those areas were 16 to 18 inches deep.” Ultimately, National Restoration laid 1,500 salvaged original brick and 30,000 carefully selected replacement brick. “Selecting a brick that wasn’t too hard was a delicate balancing act,” said Fletcher. “Belden Brick Sales Co. worked very hard with us to find a good matching brick with the right hardness. If the brick is too hard and there is any movement in the tower, the new brick will shear off from the old, resulting in structural problems.” Added Friske, “The outer skin would actually separate from the tower. We also went with a brick that resists the elements better, so that if the new Visit us online at





HIGHLIGHT header courses, so that the outer layers tied in with the core of the tower,” said Fletcher. The bulk of the tower is composed of stretchers, a brick laid with the long, horizontal side down. This interconnected weave of staggered header courses and stretchers links all 16 wythes together in a wonderful display of load-bearing masonry. Repairing the lighthouse without triggering an avalanche of falling brick was an initial concern, but the tower’s core structural integrity held sway with the help of a few lumber pieces for shoring. Fletcher had faith in the quality work of 19th century masons. “What we were banking on is that the original craftsmen of that time carried the woven pattern throughout the entire tower,” said Fletcher. “We had a backup plan, but our assumption proved true.” The upper tower only required repointing. “One hundred percent of the mortar joints on the 1862 face brick were cut out and repointed with Type O mortar made of one part Portland cement, two parts lime and nine parts aggregate,” said Fletcher. Quinn Evans had the original mortar analyzed and matched for the project. “The aggregate used is indigenous to the Port Huron area, because that is what they would have done when they built it,” added Friske. Finally, National Restoration blanketed both tower sections with a breathable masonry coating from Prosoco, Inc., selected by Quinn Evans to keep this historic lighthouse standing throughout the 21st Century.

Thanks to Quinn Evans and National Restoration, this 182-year-old lighthouse has been repaired and recoated for the enjoyment of future generations.

coating ever does peel, we shouldn’t get the same kind of cracking and damage.” Next, National Restoration stripped the lighthouse of its peeling paint, exposing the natural coloration of the copper dome, the yellow and red brick of the upper tower sections and the 1862 entry and storage room addition - affectionately called the doghouse – and the chalky limestone of the tower base and foundation. Stripping was vital to remove excessive paint buildup and to prepare these surfaces for application of a new coating system.




HISTORY IN THE MAKING In laying replacement brick, National Restoration followed the original masonry construction, an intricate weave of staggered bricks without any mechanical fastening, all working together as a single, structural unit to create this strong masonry tower. Every seventh vertical course are header courses placed perpendicular to the exterior face, and facing the core structure. The header courses are stepped into the tower structure all the way through the tapered cylinder. “We had to notch out the

CONTEMPORARY TOOLS Both firms relied on old craftsmanship and contemporary technology. “We conducted a high definition survey, using a laser scan to shoot the building and provide a 3D model for the computer production of the base drawings,” said Friske. “This allowed us to obtain exact dimensions for the tower.” National Restoration used an innovative alternative to conventional scaffolding, namely the bridging of three Fraco mast climbers to access the tower. “The Fraco mast climbers give you a huge carrying capacity of about 20,000 lbs.,” said Fletcher. “We were able to carry several thousand brick, and even place a port-a-john on the platform.” National Restoration successfully used this strategy on the restoration of the historical clock tower on the campus of the University of Detroit-Mercy Campus. “We try to think outside the box,” said Fletcher. “We asked ourselves, ‘How can we make this job more cost-effective and more efficient?’” “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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HIGHLIGHT With all the Fracos positioned at one level, workers could easily walk around the entire tower. If necessary, National Restoration could disconnect one of the platforms, for each is equipped with its own motor. “We typically dropped down the tower in the evening, restocked the materials, and drove back up in the morning,” said Fletcher. The Fraco system was pivotal in efficiently repairing the observation deck, as well. “We were able to load one 400 to 500 lb. section of the cast iron deck on the Fraco,” said Fletcher. “Major structural repairs were done in the shop before loading it back on the Fraco and driving it to the top for the steel contractor.”

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THE FINAL STEPS As the finishing touch, Quinn Evans conducted a paint analysis to determine the original paint colors of the deck and copper dome rather than rely on historical tradition. “Most lighthouses have black-painted rails and a top of colonial red, but for this lighthouse, Quinn Evans had the paint analyzed and selected the colors based on the Munsell Color System, which almost no one takes the time to use,” said Fletcher. The result is charcoal color rails and decking and a dome painted red with a brownish tint. National Restoration also installed new electrical systems for the green navigation light. One of the very last work items is connecting the lightning protection for the lighthouse, along with restoring the storage room exterior. This included replicating the original double-hung window and entry door in mahogany. Beyond admirably executed craftsmanship, the project was delivered on budget, on schedule and in a collaborative spirit. “What is really nice about working with Ilene Tyler (preservation Principal at Quinn Evans and Principal on this project) and Brandon is that they are both knowledgeable and passionate about historical restoration,” said Fletcher. “We are all working for the same end goal, which is to preserve a piece of history. My brother and project manager, Josh, did a fantastic job, along with all the workers on the project.” Quinn Evans has restored both the Pt. Betsie Lighthouse and the South Channel Rear Light, and has conducted studies for the South Manitou and the AuSable Point Lights. National Restoration has restored the Seul Choix Point Lighthouse and the Pointe Aux Barques Light. “This is our third lighthouse, and if I could, historical masonry restoration is all I would do for the rest of my

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FORT GRATIOT LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT TEAM • Civil Survey and High-Definition Laser Scan – Midwestern Consulting, LLC, Ann Arbor • Hazardous Materials Testing – Huron Consultants L&A, Port Huron • Brick Testing – Soil and Material Engineers, Inc., Plymouth • Engineering of masonry and shoring during construction – Fitzpatrick Structural Engineers, Ann Arbor • Roofing – CASS Sheet Metal, Detroit • Steel Repair – Centerline Fabrication, Detroit • Painting – U & S Painting Services, Troy • Electrical – Alliance Electric & Construction, Inc., Bloomfield Hills • Window and Door – Robert Fogelson, Port Huron • Initial Masonry Exploration, 2005 – Mihm Enterprises, Inc., Hamilton • Work on Fog Signal, Lighthouse Keeper’s Dwelling, 2011 – Renaissance Restoration, Birmingham Project participant list provided courtesy of architect and general contractor.




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Maxon Industries introduces the new Techcrete truck-mounted/mobile concrete mixer. The patent pending 10 cubic yard Maxon Techcrete is the first concrete mixer to offer a continuous component weighing system with load cells and Maxon’s exclusive on-board batch controls. The result is the only truck-mounted mixer that produces concrete by weight, not volume, for improved quality assurance, reduced operating costs, and improved productivity. Features of the New Maxon Techcrete include: Load cells independently weigh the sand/aggregate and cement; Printed load ticket displays actual weight of components, actual cement to water ratio and total yards produced; On-board processor can be programmed with an infinite number of mix designs; Precise material delivery system; Processor stores details of last 50 batches produced; Unique proportional load sensing hydraulic valve system; Infintely variable production rates. For more information contact: Maxon Industries, Inc., 3204 West Mill Road, Milwaukee, WI 53209. Phone (414) 351-4000; Fax: (414) 351-9057; website:, E-mail:

Weyerhaeuser Edge Gold™ flooring panels now feature a new fastening template to help builders work faster on the jobsite. The simplified nailing template uses pre-printed dashes – instead of symbols – to guide fastener placement. The panels also incorporate a proprietary edge seal formulation that significantly reduces edge swell. These features combine to improve cycle times and floor performance, and decrease the risk of callbacks. In addition, Weyerhaeuser has more than doubled the time period for the Edge Gold flooring no-sand guarantee, from 90 days to 200 days. Builders using Weyerhaeuser Edge Gold flooring panels can now quickly identify where to nail or screw fasteners into joists. Clear and simple dashes on each panel indicate the possible on-center spacings of underlying joists, without the need to decode




Milwaukee® Introduces Industry’s First 6 in 1 Combination and Long Nose Pliers Milwaukee Tool continues to expand its Hand Tool offering with the introduction of the industry’s first 6 in 1 Combination Pliers and LongNose Pliers. In addition to standard pliers applications, the innovative new tools can be used for reaming pipe, cutting wire, stripping wire and making loops. The 6 in 1 Combination Pliers also have the ability to cut bolts, while the 6 in 1 Long Nose Pliers can easily pull nails. For users that prefer traditional pivot-joint pliers, the 6 in 1 Long Nose Pliers still feature metal deburring, wire stripping, and loop making, without the spring-open action. Backed by Milwaukee’s Limited Lifetime Warranty, each of the new tools is made with forged metal and machined precision for maximum tool strength and durability. The tools also feature rust protection to increase tool life and reduce corrosion. Durable rubber “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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Milwaukee® Introduces M12™Jig Saw with New-ToWorld Hybrid Grip™ Design Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation continues to expand the versatility of their M12™ LITHIUM-ION system with the introduction of the M12™ Cordless High Performance Jig Saw. Featuring a new-toworld Hybrid Grip™ design, the M12™Jig Saw combines the best features from both top handle and barrel grip jig saw designs to provide superior cut control and balance. At only 4.1 lbs and 8.75” long, the M12™Jig Saw is also the most compact, lightest weight professional cordless jig saw on the market today. A 3/4” stroke length and 0-2,800 SPM variable speed trigger deliver fast and accurate cuts in multiple materials, while the Quik-Lok™ T-Shank blade clamp and tool free 45° bevel capability allow for quick and easy tool adjustments. An LED light highlights the cutting surface for improved visibility.

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REDLITHIUM ™ Battery Technology Milwaukee’s new REDLITHIUM™ batteries provide up to 40% more run-time, 20% more power and 50% more recharges than other Lithium products on the market. The new technology will also operate in extreme temperatures as low as 0°F/-18°C and will run 20% cooler, with fade free power and no memory effect. For more information on the full line of Milwaukee® power tools and accessories, please call 1-800-SAWDUST or visit






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Magnalight by Larson Electronics Announces Release of Ultra-Portable Explosion Proof LED Area Light With Tripod Larson Electronics’ has announced the release of the EPL-BS-161MTP1-100 a tripod mounted LED light for hazardous locations. This unit is UL rated as Class 1 Division 1 – 2 Groups C & D and Class 2 Division 1 - 2 and uses a 16 inch LED light head to produce 10,000 lumens of light while drawing only 150 watts. The 8 pound collapsible tripod elevates the light head to 12 feet. Larson Electronics’ added a 150 watt, tripod mounted explosion proof

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light to its growing array of hazardous location explosion proof lights. The EPLBS-161M-TP1-100 Class 1 and Class 2 Division 1 - 2 LED light can cover 8,000 square feet of area. The highly durable, watertight LED light is equipped with a nonsparking tripod that can securely elevate the light to 12 feet, while collapsing to 3 feet. At a weight of under 8 pounds, the tripod can serve as a short pedestal type stand or a full blown telescoping tripod, offering the operator the choice to take the light up on scaffolding or set it right on the tank floor. The light can effectively bring 8,000 square feet to a bright white illuminated condition, to heights of 30 feet. Equipped with a 100 foot SEOOW cord and explosion proof plug, the EPL-BS-161MTP1-100 explosion proof LED light can be used both as an LED blasting light and as a light source for coating and painting applications. This unit is multi-voltage capable and can be configured to operate on 120-277 volts 50/60 Hz. The LED light head measures 16 inches in diameter which allows it to fit through most standard size manholes and entry points. The LED light head can be removed from the tripod, the tripod collapsed, and the entire assembly passed through a manhole and reassembled once inside. Larson Electronics’ offers a wide array of LED blasting lights and LED explosion proof lights to support operators in the coatings industry. You can learn more by visiting or calling 1-800-3696671 (1-214-616-6180 international).

Chicago Pneumatic BRK 55 Hydraulic Breaker has Power and Flexibility A favorite with construction and rental companies, Chicago Pneumatic BRK 55 hydraulic breakers are the ideal choice for a broad range of road building and maintenance applications. Delivering 1,450 blows per minute, the BRK 55 delivers dependable power and performance working on asphalt, concrete or frozen soil. Chicago Pneumatic BRK 55 hydraulic breakers feature a slim design, Visit us online at

giving operators an effective line of sight to the working tool point, boosting productivity. Operators are able to get to work quickly because the BRK 55’s hoses are fitted with flat face HTMA quick release couplings for fast, easy connections in all work environments. The couplings are designed to fight the dust and dirt that can build up on work sites. The BRK 55 is well balanced and is without external side bolts or other protruding machine parts that can come into contact with the operator, further improving comfort and productivity. These units can be used with both 8 gallons per minute or 5 gallons per minute PAC Power Packs. Compact and fuelefficient, the low-maintenance and exhaust-free BRK 55 stands up to even the coldest temperatures. Chicago Pneumatic offers vibroreduced handles as an option on the BRK 55 hydraulic breaker. These handles provide a more ergonomic and comfortable grip, designed to reduce the reactive force experienced by the operator, and dramatically reduces operator fatigue while also increasing overall productivity. Other optional accessories for the BRK 55 include oil-flow dividers, which reduce flow and pressure, allowing operators to run tools from hydraulic-powered carriers. The addition of one or two 23-foot extension hoses allows operators to extend working ranges up to 69 feet without significant drops in pressure. For more information, contact Eudes Defoe (216) 571-7615; or visit

Cintas Releases New Carhartt Rental Active Jacket Cintas Corporation, North America’s largest uniform supplier, has added a popular Carhartt Jacket to its Carhartt Rental Workwear line. This addition was prompted by an overwhelming demand by Cintas customers, many of whom work outdoors and in cold temperatures. The Carhartt Rental Active Jacket is available in Carhartt brown and features a quilted flannel lining for warmth, an attached hood, two large lower outside front pockets and secure inside pockets, triple-stitched seams for added durability and a heavyduty zipper. It is available in sizes small through 5XL. The Carhartt Rental Active Jacket, along with the rest of the Carhartt Rental Workwear line, was developed exclusively for Cintas. Workers will appreciate the styling, durability and rugged performance one would expect from Carhartt with the added benefits of laundering, repair and replacement that accompany a Cintas Rental Program. The Carhartt Rental Workwear line was launched in 2010 as part of a new partnership between Cintas and Carhartt, which was founded in 1889 and is a global manufacturer of premium rugged apparel. The Carhartt Rental Workwear line also includes a Work Shirt available in blue and sandstone, a Carpenter Jean, a 5-Pocket Work Jean, and a Dungaree Pant available in navy and duck brown. For more information about Carhartt Rental Workwear from Cintas, visit:

Pro-Tech Offers V-Plows for Sidewalk Snow Removal Pro-Tech Manufacturing and Distribution offers its V-Plow Sno Pushers, which are specifically designed for sidewalk snow removal. V-Plows have universal couplers for attaching to both skid steers and tractors, allowing snow and ice professionals to make the most of their existing equipment. Three models of V-Plows are available with four-, five- and six-foot widths. Constructed CAM MAGAZINE





from 1/2-inch hardened steel for a sturdy cutting edge, they’re fully hand-welded to withstand even the toughest operating conditions. In addition to their durable, yet lightweight design, V-Plows are engineered for top performance. The “V” configuration is precisely angled to slice through snow, while the moldboards are perfectly rounded for windrowing. The cutting edge is steel for optimal ice scraping. Furthermore, maintenance is kept simple thanks to replaceable wear shoes and steel edges. Like all other components, Pro-Tech manufactures these wear parts with high-strength steel, which is designed to last longer than other aftermarket options. V-Plows are backed by a 10-year limited warranty. For more information, contact Pro-Tech Manufacturing and Distribution, 711 West Avenue, Rochester, NY 14611. Call 888-787-4766, e-mail, or visit

New Auto-balanced 5" Angle Grinder from Metabo - Safer, More Comfortable, Extends Tool and Wheel Life Significantly Metabo Corporation, a leading international manufacturer of professional grade portable electric power tools and abrasives for industrial, construction and welding applications, now offers the 5" WEPA14-125 Quick angle grinder featuring Metabo's unique autobalance system that extends both tool and wheel life, while making the grinder safer and more comfortable to use. The WEPA14-125 Quick, ideal for heavy duty cutting and grinding applications, features a long-lasting 12.2 A motor, 1,450 watts of power, 29.2 inch-lbs of torque and a no-load speed of 10,000 rpm. Metabo's auto-balance technology replaces a traditional backing flange with an auto-balancing flange pressed onto the spindle. Ball bearings automatically offset out-of-balance conditions present in the grinding accessory, while the tool is in use, reducing vibration significantly. The lower vibration levels in the new grinder decrease the risk of cumulative work related disorders, such as white finger syndrome, minimizing operator fatigue and have the ability to increase the life of a grinding disc by 50%. The reduced vibration also extends the grinder's internal components longevity by up to 50%, keeping the tool in service for a far longer period than grinders that do not account for the effects of vibration on internal tool components. The WEPA14-125 Quick also features Metabo's VibraTech (MVT) side handle that reduces vibration up to 60% for increased user comfort over an extended work period. The angle grinder's Quick toolless wheel change system saves time and energy when replacing wheels, making the operator more efficient. Safety




features include a non-locking paddle switch, a current interruption switch, a toolless locking wheel guard with seven positions and the Metabo "S-Automatic" safety slip clutch to protect against kick-back by absorbing the torque created should the wheel bind or snag. Further extending the tool's life span, the WEPA14125 Quick has an improved and sonically-balanced fan paired with improved venting and more efficient internal ducting that increases air flow over the motor by 15%. This new grinder also features one of the most effective dust protection systems on the market. The system includes an encapsulated on/off switch and auto-stop carbon brushes, double-lipped labyrinth sealed bearings, Metabo's unique dust-deflecting winding protection grid and epoxy coated field coil windings. Advanced electronic features on the grinder include an electronic winding temperature monitor with LED display, electronic soft start feature and electronic speed stabilization. As with all of Metabo's grinders, the WEPA14-125 Quick is covered by Metabo's XXL warranty. This free warranty extends the normal one year power tool warranty to three. For more information, please visit or contact Terry Tuerk, Metabo Corporation, 1231 Wilson Drive, West Chester, PA 19380. Tel: 800/ 638-2264; Fax: 800/ 638-2261; E-mail:; Web:

Leica PowerDigger 2D Named Equipment Today Magazine’s “Contractor’s Top 50 Products” Equipment Today Magazine named Leica PowerDigger 2D to its “2011 Contractor’s Top 50 Products” list. Leica PowerDigger 2D raises the bar in excavator guidance by reducing the need to check grade increasing site safety and decreasing labor costs. The system combines the engineering and grade checking processes into one step, all at the fingertips of the operator in the safety of the cab. Operators simply set up a rotating laser and work directly from the laser plane, or they just bench off a known height reference and go to work. The Leica PowerDigger 2D system comprises of three inclinometer sensors which are attached to the boom, stick and 'dog bone' on an excavator. The three sensors use trigonometry to calculate the exact position of the bucket teeth. This simple concept allows machine operators to see the position of the excavator arm and bucket on the in-cab display in real time. For more information about Leica PowerDigger 2D, please visit

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Scott Cashero, president of Grunwell-Cashero Company, Detroit, recently announced that Larry Darling has joined the firm as Masonry Conservator and Director of Technical Darling Services. Darling brings over thirty five years of technical expertise to Grunwell-Cashero. He has authored numerous papers and programs on building restoration and masonry preservation. He served as the Michigan Director of the International Masonry Institute (IMI) prior to serving as the National Director of Education, and Director of Masonry Restoration for IMI. Darling will consult on local projects and national accounts, and is also developing proprietary technical seminars and building assessments for owners, facility managers and design firms. Grunwell-Cashero specializes in building restoration, rehabilitation and preventive maintenance. They have offices in Detroit, Toledo and Cleveland. Robert J. Kraemer, principal and cofounder of Detroit-based Kraemer Design Group, PLC (KDG), recently announced that Heather McKeon has been promoted from studio director to interiors director and also named an associate in the firm. As interiors director, McKeon McKeon will be leading both the Interior Design Studio and the company’s Procurement Studio. As a newly named associate, she joins the executive team and will now be directly involved in the management of the company with a special focus on marketing and public relations. SHW Group, one of the nation’s largest educational architecture and engineering firms, has announced the promotion of 11 individuals at its Berkley office. These promotions represent two new levels of distinction at SHW Group, associate and associate principal, which are designed to enhance the future leadership of the firm. The 11 promotions at SHW Group’s Berkley office are part of the introduction of these new distinctions. Patrick Calhoun, Joe Mitra and Kevin Rettich were promoted to associate principal. In addition, Kevin Aalderink, Tom Baier, Jennifer Durham, Patrick Kanary, Alexis Kim, T.J. O'Connor, Mickey Walsh and Caz Zalewski were promoted to associate.

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Justin Rossi has accepted a position as national accounts director for Rudolph/Libbe Inc. in Walbridge, OH. Rossi will lead Rudolph/Libbe’s national accounts growth strategy. He is responsible for managing sales, marketing, estimating, and project management activities for national accounts projects. Rossi has more than 15 years of construction and business development experience, and is a LEED Rossi Accredited Professional. The Rudolph/Libbe Companies are among the nation’s largest contractors with offices in Lima, Toledo, Cleveland and Walbridge, OH; Plymouth, MI; and Atlanta, GA. Benton Harbor-based ABC Supply Co., Inc. has promoted Tom Towers to branch manager of its store in Benton Harbor. ABC Supply is the largest wholesale distributor of Towers roofing in the United States and one of the nation’s largest distributors of siding, windows and other select exterior building products. Towers joined ABC Supply in 2009 at its Roscoe, IL branch. James J. Murray, a partner in the Petoskey office of law firm Plunkett Cooney and City Attorney for the cities of Petoskey and Boyne City, was recently reappointed to the Board of Directors of the Michigan Murray Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) and to the Board of the Michigan Municipal League Legal Defense Fund (LDF). As a MAMA board member, Murray will work with his colleagues to advance the organization’s goals, which include strengthening the quality of legal representation of municipal corporations through continuing education, serving as a research organization for corporate counsel representing MML cities and villages, creating a forum for consultation among members, and honoring individuals who have made significant contributions in the area of municipal law. Murray has been a partner with Plunkett Cooney since 1998.

Michael F. Cooper, PE, MBA, LEED AP, managing principal of Harley Ellis Devereaux’s Detroit office, presented his paper on high performance building design at the October 2011 Cooper Tradeline Conference on College and University Science Facilities in Scottsdale, AZ. Cooper’s presentation, “HVAC Decisions that Slash Operating Costs and Raise Space Utilization,” focused on the importance of a fully integrated architecture and engineering building design team, strategies to drive early decision making, and the opportunities that exist to drastically reduce operating costs and maximize a building’s usable square footage. To request a copy of Copper’s presentation, contact him directly at or (248) 233-0146.



Ann Arbor-based Carl Walker, Inc., a nationally recognized consultant in the parking industry, recently completed a 385space parking structure expansion to the west side of the Thompson Street Parking Structure on the campus of the University of Michigan. The eight-level expansion is an integral part of the University of Michigan’s Parking & Transportation strategic plan to provide parking for anticipated incremental growth in demand, and to replace parking lost on central campus due to various construction projects. A two-story, 9,000square-foot office building was constructed adjacent to the parking structure and houses the relocated and expanded Parking and Transportation Services Office and Budget and Planning Office. The existing Parking Services Office located along the south end of the Thompson Street Parking Structure was demolished and the space modified to create approximately 875square-feet of enclosed bicycle parking and space for a grounds maintenance storage room. With the addition, the entire parking structure now accommodates approximately 1,060 vehicles.






The Moore Trosper Construction Company, Holt, has recently achieved their 2011 MBE Certificate and is now affiliated with the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC). Company presidents, Brian and Ted Moore, are enrolled members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Moore Trosper Construction Company embraces this heritage and endeavors to incorporate tribal beliefs and values into the company philosophy. The company has more than three decades of experience in preconstruction services, financing, space planning, turnkey building, construction management, general contracting, design/build, renovations and alterations, pre-engineered building, and tenant lease space.


Showing its commitment to vibrant communities, Giffels-Webster civil engineering and surveying firm is moving its headquarters to its existing Detroit office, and its Oakland County location to a new Birmingham office. The Detroit office is expanding its existing space to accommodate triple the staff, housing the executive offices and accounting department, as well as teams of civil engineers and surveyors. Giffels-Webster is applying for headquarters status with the City of Detroit. Giffels-Webster’s Oakland County office was previously in an industrial park and will now be located near downtown Birmingham. With these office moves, Giffels-Webster will be centrally located in Detroit’s tri-county area with Macomb, Oakland and Wayne offices. The Detroit headquarters is now located at 28 W. Adams St., Suite 1200; the Birmingham office is located at 1025 East Maple.

Contracting Resources, Inc., a Brightonbased, design-build and construction services company, is providing construction services for the new Livingston County branch of United Bank, located in the 205 West Building. The new bank will offer 2,700 square feet of retail banking space with offices, a conference room, vault, and retail teller stations. The project’s completion was anticipated at the end of 2011. Pucci & Vollmar is the Architect. Plunkett Cooney, a law firm headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, was included in the Detroit Free Press list of “Top Places to Work” for the fourth consecutive year. Each year the Detroit Free Press partners with WorkplaceDynamics of Exton, PA to conduct its Top Workplaces survey. Plunkett Cooney ranked 20th out of 35 companies in the survey’s medium size category. In addition to employee surveys, WorplaceDynamics conducts its own independent research to validate employee feedback.




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February 8, 2012 – Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow CAM is pleased to announce their annual tradeshow, to be held once again at MororCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. Show hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Along with numerous exhibits for construction products and services, this one-day event will also include the CAM 126th Annual Meeting, the CAM Magazine Special Issue Awards, Green Project Awards, and Project of the Year Award, along with much more! Visit for more information, or call Ron Riegel, manager of expositions, at (248) 972-1000.

July 26-29, 2012 - American Society of Concrete Contractors, CEO Forum Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. For more information call 866-788-ASCC (2722) or visit

September 20-23, 2012 - American Society of Concrete Contractors, Annual Conference Wyndham Lisle – Chicago Hotel For more information, call 866-788-ASCC (2722) or visit

CAMTEC Class Schedule


Start Class Jan 18 or Mar 18 - FIRST AID, CPR & AED COMBINED (1 session) Jan 24 - ELECTRICITY: THE INVISIBLE KILLER (MTI Level 1) (1 session) Jan 26 - AIA CONTRACT FORMS (1 session) Jan 31 - PAY WHEN PAID & OTHER KEY TERMS EVERY CONTRACTOR & SUB SHOULD KNOW (1 session) Feb 2 & Feb 23 - OSHA 10-HOUR (2 sessions) Feb 14 - MITIGATING CONTRACT RISK (1 session) Feb 28 through Mar 1 - DESIGN PHASE, BIDDING AND PROPOSALS (3 sessions) Mar 6 - EXCAVATIONS: THE GRAVE DANGER (MTI Level 1) (1 session)

CAMTEC, the training and education center of the Construction Association of Michigan, has announced its February/March 2012 class schedule. To register, obtain a class listing, or for more information, please visit CAM’s website at




Jan 17, 19, 23, 30 - OSHA 30-HOUR (4 sessions)


Jan 18 – Apr 18 - BLUEPRINT READING (12 sessions) No Class 2/29/12 & 3/7/12

& W E LC O M E N E W M E M B E R S Auto Doctor, Southfield

Global Sales Team, Clinton Twp

Cassar & Associates, Keego Harbor

Kurek Tool Inc., Saginaw

Constructive LLC, Ferndale

strataWORKS LLC, Port Huron

Cut & Core Concrete Cutting LLC, Madison Heights

Unistrut Detroit, Cincinnati

Design Comfort Co. Inc., Howell

Verdeterre Contracting, Inc., Canton

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ABTEK Financial ..................................................................43

Construction Tool & Supply Co. ....................................46

Michielutti Brothers ..........................................................18

ARC/Dunn Blue ..................................................................42

Cummins Bridgeway ........................................................12

Michigan Concrete Association ....................................69

Ace Cutting Equipment ..................................................33

Curran Crane Co., J.J. ........................................................87

Michigan Construction Marketplace ..........................83

Aluminum Supply Company/

D.J Conley ............................................................................92

Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters ................65

Marshall Sales ..................................................................8

DKI Inc. Demolition ..........................................................72

North American Dismantling Corp. ............................35

Amalio Corporation ..........................................................69

Desai / Nasr Consulting Engineers, Inc. ......................14

Oakland Companies ........................................................31

Aoun & Company ..............................................................18

Detroit Carpentry JATC ....................................................32

Oakland Metal Sales, Inc. ................................................20

Beals Hubbard, PLC ..........................................................81

Detroit Terrazzo Contractors Association ..................49

Operating Engineers Local 324-JATF ........................IFC

Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers

DiHydro Services................................................................57

Plante Moran, PLLC ..........................................................15

Union Local #1 ..............................................................21

Doeren Mayhew ................................................................58

Plunkett Cooney ................................................................16

Broner Glove and Safety..................................................27

Executive Vehicle Sales, Inc.............................................42

R.L. Deppmann Co. ............................................................94

CAM Administrative Services ..........................................3

Facca Richter & Pregler, P.C. ............................................33

R.S. Dale Co. ........................................................................11

CAM ECPN ............................................................................73

Fishbeck, Thompson,

SMRCA ................................................................................49

CAM Magazine ............................................................81, 84

Carr & Huber, Inc...........................................................52

Safety Services ..................................................................BC

CAM Membership..............................................................85

G2 Consulting Group........................................................72

Sani-Vac ................................................................................79

CAMTEC ................................................................................61

Glazing Contractors Association ....................................9

Scaffolding, Inc. ....................................................................7

CAM Workers’ Compensation Plan ..............................19

Hartland Insurance Group, Inc.......................................29

Spartan Specialties............................................................71

C.A.S.S. ................................................................................28

IBEW Local 252 ..................................................................14

Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, P.C. ..............................78



Jeffers Crane Service, Inc. ................................................47

Testing Engineers ..............................................................82

C.F.C.U. ................................................................................53

Kelly and Son Trailers ......................................................45

Unistrut ..........................................................................36, 37

CSI Geoturf ..........................................................................75

Kem-Tec ................................................................................79

Valenti Trobec Chandler, Inc./

Cipriano Coatings ..............................................................43

Klochko Equipment Rental Company ......................IBC

Griffin Smalley & Wilkerson ........................................5

Concrete Moisture Control ............................................72

Kotz, Sangster, Wysocki and Berg, P.C. ........................23

Woods Contruction, Inc. ..................................................12

Connelly Crane Rental Corp. ..........................................52

MasonPro, Inc. ....................................................................22

Zervos Group ......................................................................35

Construction Points Plus ................................................44

McCoig Materials ..............................................................84




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