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Cranbrook Art Museum Renovation & Collections Addition Reopens The Cranbrook Art Museum recently reopened in Bloomfield Hills, following a $22 million renovation and addition, designed by SmithGroupJJR, Detroit. The 2 ½ -year project entailed construction of the museum's new Collections Wing and restoration of Eliel Saarinen’s iconic 1942 structure. The new three-story structure adds 31,200-square feet to the museum’s existing gallery and offices. This transformational model allows for open display of Cranbrook’s collected works – 6,000 pieces of art, architecture and design – in handsome storage vaults accessible to students, academics and artists. The addition also creates a much needed receiving area for new pieces arriving at the museum. “The completion of the new wing definitely positions the museum to bring its collection to life for a new generation of artists, students and visitors,” said project designer Paul Urbanek, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C. The existing museum also received substantial upgrades as part of the building project. The main mechanical plant was redesigned to regulate temperature and humidity at a constant level year-round. These and other improvements created a sophisticated conservation environment for the museum’s artwork – critical to ensuring the institution maintain its accreditation from the American Association of Museums (AAM). AAM certification impacts a museum’s ability to lend and receive prominent exhibits. The Collections Wing is composed of three rectangular volumes decreasing in height and width as the building progresses northward, away from the museum – one of Cranbrook’s most iconic




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architectural monuments. The west façade is a modest brick wall that steps down as the volumes recede. Void of fenestration, its deep brown-toned bricks are clear-coated and trimmed with fine stainless steel blades, providing a crisp, yet understated complement to Saarinen’s original design. A lone stainless steel bench is the building’s only accent. Marking the convergence of the new Collections Wing and the square arch atop the Chinese Lion stair, this element creates a space where visitors can reflect upon the subtle connection between Saarinen’s classic design and the new addition. Also unique to the facility is a series of 12-foot-high zinc-clad steel panels that enclose the Collections Wing’s service court. The panels act as a counterpoint to the lead-coated copper panels on the red brick New Studios Building, designed by noted Spanish architect, Rafael Moneo. Completing the exterior composition is a large, square stainless steel-clad projected window. Here, the deep brown masonry wrapping the structure from the west unites with a light red brick – matching that used by Moneo – on the east façade. The intersection of these elements visually connects the new facility with neighboring structures and defines the Seminar Room within. In the restored museum galleries, most changes are out of sight, hidden behind walls. One exception is the main entrance, which on the inside had to be slightly reconfigured by removing two closets to create the necessary air lock to maintain temperature and humidity. The other exception is the restoration of Saarinen's innovative coffered ceiling lights. Additionally, exterior plazas and stairs were renovated and equipped with underground heaters to remove the need for corrosive salt. The Collection Wing’s interior is an expression of utilitarian

concrete block construction enhanced to an artistic light. Joints of standard gray block have been raked and the concrete’s soft coating retained to create a subtle, luminous backdrop to finely crafted details throughout. Primary openings within the block have stainless steel plate surrounds. Mahogany plank doors with custom stainless steel push/pulls are introduced to accentuate the act of crossing each threshold. Circulation paths give way to recessed niches of stainless steel and granite, which provide additional spaces for the display of art. Cranbrook Academy of Art has been described as “America’s Bauhaus,” denoting its impressive contributions to American modernism. The new Collections Wing enhances Cranbrook’s vision to promote learning about art within a renowned architectural icon.

Michigan’s Top Engineering and Surveying Projects Recognized at Annual ACEC/M Excellence Awards Ceremony The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC/M) recently honored 13 firms for engineering and surveying excellence during the association’s annual awards ceremony. Since 1965, firms have competed to receive ACEC/M’s top honor – the prestigious Eminent Conceptor Award. This year’s engineering Eminent Conceptor winner was Ruby+Associates, Farmington Hills, for the Conversion of the Ottawa Street Power Station Project in Lansing. The project converted an abandoned vintage power station into the corporate headquarters


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diseases, such as bronchitis and tuberculosis. Some studies also indicate an association with lung cancer. On April 19, 2012, the Senate held a Committee Hearing on this issue. Labor was represented by Detroit Local #1 Bricklayers’ and Allied Crafts instructor Tom Ward, a CAMTEC guest instructor, who did a magnificent job both in his initial testimony and in his answers to different senators. You can access video of this meeting by visiting the webpage for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Click on “Hearings” and search for “Time Takes Its Toll: Delays in OSHA’s StandardSetting Process and the Impact on Worker Safety.” Tom’s initial testimony can be found from 65:50 to 71:50. He fields questions from committee members at 105:20, 127:50 and 132:15. He did a great job speaking on behalf of all construction workers. For more information on the dangers of silica, visit or access MIOSHA's Silica Fact Sheet at CAM MAGAZINE

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Harbor, for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi 2011 inventory project. This surveying project involved the creation of a Geographic Information System (GIS) to inventory their road system. The result was nearly doubling the existing inventory and obtaining 25% additional road funding. Seven firms were honored with the Honorable Conceptor Award, the secondhighest award of achievement: Fishbeck,

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Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc. Named 2012 ACEC/Michigan “FIRM OF THE YEAR” The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC/M) recently presented the 2012 “FIRM OF THE YEAR” award, its highest firm honor, to Soil and Materials Engineers (SME), headquartered in Plymouth. This is the only award program instituted to recognize ACEC/M member firms for their leadership in professional and community service. Recognition is based on actions taken by a member firm to progressively develop its management practices and for assuming leadership roles in community outreach activities and ACEC/M programs that strengthen the profession for all ACEC/M members. “SME was chosen as Firm of the Year for providing leadership to ACEC members and for its continuous active participation in advancing awareness of the mission of the consulting design profession,” stated ACEC/M Executive Director, Ronald W. Brenke, PE. Highlights of SME’s many honors include 2011 Metropolitan Detroit’s “101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For” Award. The company is also an active advocate of educating future engineers by employing college interns every summer and Mentoring a Girl in Construction Camp (MAGIC Camp). SME employees participate in Habitat for Humanity, Engineers Without Borders, and numerous other non-profit groups. Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc., with over 200 professionals, provides civil engineering consulting in the geosciences, materials and the environment. Geotechnical services include site evaluation,

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Klochko Equipment Rental Company and Wacker Neuson Announce Road Show Klochko Equipment Company will be hosting a day-long road show event along with Wacker Neuson. On Thursday, July 12, join Klochko Equipment in Melvindale from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm to see the new CRT 60, 10-foot ride-on trowel. Test your skills with the Vertical Digging System Excavator Challenge. Network with other leading contractors. Learn about machine trade-in incentives. FREE food and beverages will be provided – come in for lunch! Klochko Equipment is located at 2782 Corbin, Melvindale, 48122. For more information, phone (313) 386-7200 or visit or

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Michigan Dealership Acquisition Klochko Equipment Rental Company, Melvindale, is proud to announce that it has acquired dealership status for the following equipment brands: Hyundai, Magnum, Genie, JLG, Sullaire, Skyjack and Wacker Neuson. The addition of the dealership status for these brands will allow Klochko to add and complement their existing fleet. The new acquisitions will also allow them to offer customers new equipment purchasing, financing options and warranty service. Parts and service are available for the new brands, as well as customer-owned equipment currently in the market. With branch offices in Fair Haven, Saginaw and Melvindale, this strategic move will allow Klochko Equipment Rental to better serve the Southeastern Michigan construction equipment sales and rental community.

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Awarded Prestigious LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Grand Rapids, recently received LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is the USGBC’s leading rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings. Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in the state to be awarded Gold certification and one of just two dedicated children’s hospitals in the nation to achieve this designation. There are only 25 hospitals in the United States that currently hold LEED Gold certification, the second highest designation a hospital or building can attain. “We are very proud to be recognized by the USGBC,” said Bob Connors, MD, president, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. “Conserving environmental resources while

creating the best healing environment for patients and their families was an important goal for this project.” Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital worked with URS Corporation, Turner Construction and Wolverine Building Group to design and build the new children’s hospital to achieve LEED certification for energy use, lighting, water and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable design elements. LEED Gold certification was based on a number of green design and construction features including: Reduced water use through low flow plumbing fixtures, and high efficiency irrigation; Energy savings from high performance building envelope, heat recovery, HVAC, and lighting design and controls; Reduced impact on environment through use of regional products and products containing recycled content; Healthy indoor environment through selection and use of materials that minimize emission of indoor air contaminants. The new hospital dramatically changed the skyline on Michigan Street's "Medical

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You & YouTube: When Words Won’t Do By Chris Hippler ver have words fail you when trying to describe the benefits of working with your company? Video may be the answer, and the construction industry lends itself to video beautifully. Maybe it’s time you and YouTube met. Let me introduce you. YouTube is now the second largest search engine after Google. What does that mean? It means that more and more, people are online choosing to Chris Hippler get information by watching it rather than reading it. And by the way: Google owns YouTube. We often advise our clients to include video in their marketing strategy. We produce the videos, post them on YouTube, and link them to their website. The videos help tell their story, and improve their Search Engine Optimization (SEO). In a nutshell, videos can increase traffic on any website. There are a lot of construction stories best told with video, and there are some other benefits too.


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2. Be Entertaining - B2B videos can be engaging. Your prospects don't just want to be informed and educated; they want a little entertainment, too. Tell a story. 3. Creative use of Still Photography - Ken Burns made the style of movement on still images an art form in his Civil War documentaries. Panning over a photograph (of a jobsite, for instance) can tell a story better (and less expensively). 4. Brand It - Create simple title slides that include your company logo. Customers and prospects need to visually connect this video to your company, and opening with the company logo is a good way to do that. Another way is to discreetly superimpose your logo in the lower right-hand corner of the video. It will always be seen. A video is like a virtual new business development person prospecting for your business 24/7. You create the video once, upload it to YouTube, and your video salesperson goes to work for you around the clock. Remember: In the online world, content is king, and that would make video content the king of kings. Like I said before, most people would rather watch something than read something – especially online. “Marketing on the Level” is a monthly column written specifically for the commercial and industrial construction industry. Got an idea for a column, or a question about marketing? Contact Chris @ or 734-353-9918, or visit Capital Letters at CAM MAGAZINE

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The Ventcon management team (left to right) includes Vice President Scott Smith, President Todd Hill and Vice President & General Manager Dennis Monaghan.

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n business for 42 years, Ventcon, Inc., Allen Park, has always stayed one step ahead of its competition. In adopting a revolutionary new product called KoolDuct, this progressive HVAC sheet metal mechanical contractor has taken more than one step beyond its competitors. KoolDuct® is a giant leap forward for Ventcon - the largest duct work fabricator and installer in southeastern Michigan and for the entire sheet metal industry that has been relying on sheet metal as the traditional staple of the trade virtually since the industry’s inception. Composed of rigid phenolic insulation panels, KoolDuct is a pre-insulated ductwork system with an amazing array of benefits, ranging from cost and energy reduction to boosting the




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health and safety of building occupants. On this fresh, exciting venture, Todd W. Hill, Ventcon president, says, “As a company, we are very excited to be part of it. It’s a great feeling, because it has been a long time since anything this new has entered the sheet metal industry.” Intent on installing and fabricating KoolDuct, both for itself and other companies, Ventcon is currently the sole authorized fabricator of KoolDuct in Michigan. Kinsgspan Insulation Ltd., the United Kingdom manufacturer, explains the exact composition of this system: “The panels from which Kingspan KoolDuct System ductwork is fabricated comprise a non-fibrous premium performance rigid thermoset modified resin “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

is serviced by ductwork fabricated from the Kingspan KoolDuct System, and the other by traditional sheet metal ductwork insulated with glass fiber wrap.”

FIRST AT FIRST NATIONAL Thanks to Ventcon, KoolDuct is making inroads into the Michigan marketplace. May 2012 marked the first sizeable installation of KoolDuct in southeastern Michigan. Ventcon is fabricating and installing KoolDuct for the build-out of tenant space for a prominent company leasing six floors in the 26-story First National Building in downtown Detroit. “We are installing KoolDuct in the mechanical rooms,” said Hill. This fortunate tenant will soon reap the benefits of the KoolDuct System, beginning with swift installation and reductions in energy and cost. As pre-insulated ductwork, KoolDuct is inherently more efficient to install, because it reduces the installation of ductwork and insulation from a two-step approach – first ductwork installation followed by wrapping the ductwork in insulation – to a single-step process. Plus, KoolDuct’s lighter weight eases handling and speeds installation, giving KoolDuct the ability to meet aggressive schedules, Hill added. KoolDuct’s lighter weight also boosts employee safety. KoolDuct also has impeccable “green” credentials, including having been installed in the U.S. Green Building Council’s new Platinum LEED world headquarters in Washington, D.C., according to Fran Lanciaux, Delta Air Systems, the Perrysburg, OH firm supplying Ventcon with product for the fabrication of the KoolDuct system. The Ice House, a 26-unit condominium development in Philadelphia’s Fishtown, is another Platinum LEED building opting for the KoolDuct System. Locally, Ventcon will soon be fabricating and installing KoolDuct in the LEED-registered Hamtramck Recycling Center. Kingspan Insulation’s product literature condenses the long list of benefits of this cutting-edge system into three areas: cutting energy, cutting carbon emissions and cutting costs. These three benefits are demonstrated in a Kingspan White Paper prepared on a project for the Luther Home of Mercy in Willingston, OH, said Lanciaux. According to the report, Kingspan “commissioned MDA Engineering, Inc. to undertake an independent study dedicated to comparing the performance and costs of two different air distribution systems in two buildings, which are virtually identical in all respects but the building’s HVAC ductwork specification. One building

CUTTING ENERGY AND CUTTING CARBON • The report’s executive summary states: “Ductwork fabricated from the Kingspan KoolDuct System proved to be more airtight, with an air leakage rate 80 percent less than that of the glass fiber insulated sheet metal. This equates to an estimated energy saving of 24 MMBtu per annum – the equivalent of 188 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions over a 30year period.” • KoolDuct also has a very high R-Value for a given thickness of material. “In only 7/8

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inches, KoolDuct offers a value of R-6, and at 1-3/16 inches it offers R-8.1, which compared to fiberglass is about one-third the thickness to achieve the same RValue,” said Lanciaux. • According to the Kingspan White Paper, KoolDuct is able to meet the demands of “energy codes that are becoming increasingly stringent, with over 60 percent of states adopting at least IECC 2006 or equivalent, and over 70 percent of states committing to IECC 2009 or equivalent by 2013.” Overall, “buildings are responsible for over 40 percent of global energy use and one third of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and have the most potential for delivering significant and cost-effective GHG emission reductions.”


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CUTTING COSTS • According to the Kingspan White Paper, “Ductwork fabricated from the Kingspan KoolDuct System also proved to be more cost-effective than the sheet metal equivalent, saving nearly 17 percent on capital cost. In addition, it is predicted to save 7.5 percent on operational cost, and over a 30-year period, an estimated 14 percent on whole life cost. • “This reduction in projected operational cost is derived largely from the reduction in fan power required to drive the ventilation system. The lower capital cost results primarily from the lower labor cost associated with the Kingspan KoolDuct System, largely a result of the increased speed with which it can be installed,” not only because it is a one rather than a twostep process, but also because KoolDuct sections can be fabricated in lengths up to 13 feet long. This can mean fewer sections and less handling. (The analysis of operational energy usage, CO2 emissions and cost, was conducted using TRANE Trace 700.)



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FIRE SAFETY AND HEALTH BENEFITS • Ductwork fabricated from the KoolDuct System is the only one of its kind in the world to become UL Listed to Safety Standards for UL 181. “KoolDuct has gone through the grueling UL181 testing and certification process,” said Lanciaux. “One of the most significant reasons KoolDuct is so advanced is its propensity not to burn or smoke, unlike almost any insulation used in our industry.” (The curious can watch a demonstration of its fire resistance on YouTube.) • Kingspan KoolDuct System offers both sustainability and individual health benefits. In the first instance, the rigid phenolic insulation panels with aluminum surfaces are CFC/HCFC-free. In the second instance, the airstream flowing through the ductwork flows over sealed aluminum surfaces, reducing the risk of loose fibers entering the air handling system. KoolDuct is particularly specified in food processing, pharmaceutical, medical and other clean air environments. • “KoolDuct is also mold resistant,” added Hill. “It is excellent for high humidity

areas. Because it is closed-cell foam, it won’t take on water.” In fact, the very first KoolDuct installation in the United States may have been Florida State University’s Marine Biology Laboratory, said Lanciaux. KoolDuct has been used in the United States since 2001. A variant of KoolDuct “was in use in Europe in the mid-‘60s,” said Lanciaux, “but at that time the type of foam was different. It would never have passed the UL testing. But the components that went into the fabrication of KoolDuct were developed at that time, including connectors, flanges and other components needed to be able to effectively use KoolDuct as a substitute for traditional metal ductwork.” THE KOOLDUCT CLASSROOM The Sheet Metal Workers International Association is providing a trained cadre of KoolDuct fabricators and installers. Local 80, representing the six counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Sanilac, began offering classes in 2011. “We have held probably six daytime classes for journeyman and two classes strictly for apprentices during the day,” said Richard Flood, Local 80 instructor. “Another two classes were completed in April 2012.” The entrance of Ventcon into the KoolDuct market has spurred an increase in the number of classes. “We have held two night classes, as well,” said Flood. “When the night classes were first offered back in September of last year, only one person signed up and the class was cancelled. Once the word got out that Ventcon had a job working with KoolDuct then the demand went from one person to about 13 or 14 people wanting to get into the second round of night classes. Those classes started around January of this year.” About 50 people have already gone through the program. Participants must have a minimum of 24 contact hours, usually meaning three eight-hour day classes or 11 three-hour night classes. This July a new class of apprentices will be trained in the KoolDuct system. “In September, we will start our night classes again, offering at least one KoolDuct class,” said Flood. “Depending on demand, we might possibly have two classes.” Now beyond the mere training phase, the KoolDuct system is moving from the classroom to the marketplace, thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of Ventcon, a company with a tradition of taking the next step into the future.

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reedom of information legislation, commonly referred to as sunshine laws, guarantees public access to information that is held by the government. This is a vital check against corruption and malfeasance in any public endeavor. Since they practice in open courtrooms, legal professionals should also be accustomed to having their work on display. Renovations to The University of Michigan Law School Academic Building and the Hutchins Hall Student Commons addition provide an introduction to this concept through the abundant use of glass. The project team that delivered this breathtaking transformation was led by design architect Hartman Cox, Washington D.C., project architect Integrated Design Solutions, LLC, Troy, and construction manager Walbridge, Detroit. But Edwards Glass Co., Livonia, played a key role in bringing the light of day into the space. The glazing scope of work was separated into




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three sections - the bridge, the skylight, and South Hall. THE BRIDGE The first task involved replacement of an existing bridge clad in deteriorated metal siding that was completely removed from the building. A new structure, complete with an extensive glazing system, was then installed above what would eventually be the new Robert B. Aikens Commons. “Challenging and complicated are the projects that fit within our company”, said Ross Winiemko, project manager for Edwards Glass, “The bridge was a geometrical nightmare that required nearly six weeks of intensive layout, engineering, and design that had to occur immediately upon procurement of our contract.” The contract was released in December of 2010 with the bridge requiring completion by

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SKYLIGHT AND SOUTH HALL The most striking feature of the former courtyard below, now known as the Robert B. Aikens Commons, is the glass atrium ceiling that comprised the second major aspect of the project for Edwards Glass. Featuring approximately 300 pieces of five-foot by fivefoot glass arranged in a segmented barrel vault, the ceiling floods the space with natural light while offering breathtaking views of the existing law school structures. The engineering and design required for the skylight system entailed precision field measurements of the underlying steel structure coupled with unique


accepted for missing the deadline, so material needed to arrive in a timely fashion and it needed to be used efficiently once on the jobsite. The east and west elevations each feature six bays with seven windows arranged in two rows each, but all of the effort spent on procurement would be wasted if these complex pieces did not come together in the field.. All of the pieces did come together; due in large part of the intense teamwork completed beforehand, but the bridge was not the only challenge for Edwards Glass to overcome.

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intersections with existing building conditions around the perimeter. The third piece of the project for Edwards Glass to tackle involved installation of approximately 200 custom Gothic window assemblies in the newly-constructed, 100,000square-foot South Hall. Since each window assembly contained six to eight windows, the

exterior façade is actually brightened with the presence of 600 to 800 windows. Though South Hall bows to modern sensibilities, as it achieved Silver Level Certification under USGBC’s LEED rating system, it also fits in perfectly with the North Commons Building as an extension of The University’s classic Law School. Most observers would simply assume

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that the stately structure always graced the intersection of State and Monroe Streets on the picturesque campus. A reverence for timeless ideals such as honesty and fairness is found at the core of the modern legal system, so anyone who hopes to succeed in this endeavor must understand these principles. Unique stained glass pieces that depicted various legal concepts helped to reinforce these lessons for students at The University of Michigan Law School for many years. Preserving these pieces for future generations was of paramount importance. Edwards Glass worked alongside Full Spectrum Stained Glass, Colon, MI, to preserve and display the University of Michigan’s unique stained glass collection. This husband and wife team possessed the expertise to collect these specimens, repair what could be fixed, replicate exact matches for what could not, and skillfully place the stained glass in the new atrium and South Hall building. Though the company excelled at putting small pieces together, working within the massive scope of this project was a new experience. Fortunately, work on previous projects had forged a good working relationship between the two glass companies. “John and Valerie McCartney of Full Spectrum were incredibly prepared for the endeavor and challenges that this particular project had in store,” said Winiemko. “Working with them on previous projects really helped us to understand where they were coming from, and it allowed them some insight as to where we were coming from in regards to the complexities and processes that are required on such a large project.” Winiemko saw the tremendous value that Full Spectrum brought to the table, so he was more than willing to lend a little of his own expertise to keep the project moving forward. Meeting modern fire codes was another area where the skills of a full-service glazing contractor were needed. Once the atrium was enclosed, its walls needed to serve as a twohour fire barrier to prevent fire from spreading to the adjacent building. The stained glass was installed on both sides of the fire rated structure that was an inch-and-a-half thick and this assembly was mounted in custom millwork that artfully cloaks the overall thickness of the glass. Only the stained glass is visible to the casual observer. Law students at The University of Michigan will develop a better comprehension of complex legal principals, but they will also understand simple ideas like the importance of practicing law under the light of day. They will experience this concept every day thanks to the dedicated team that worked to bring golden rays of sunlight into their learning environment. “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®


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Economic WEllnEss Denn-Co Secures Henry Ford and DMC Contracts By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor ealthcare construction is proving to be part of the cure for the economic ailments afflicting carpentry contractors in southeastern Michigan. Buildout of an Endoscopy & Pain Management Suite for Henry Ford Health Systems Columbus Center in Novi is only one of a growing number of healthcare projects easing the industry’s economic pain as the nation slowly climbs out of recession. “Now that projects are picking up, healthcare is basically the first to open its doors to new work,” said Tom Moore, project manager, Denn-Co Construction, Inc., the Detroit-




based carpentry contractor for HFHSColumbus. “In fact, the healthcare sector is our primary customer right now.” As subcontractor to the George W. Auch Company, Pontiac, Denn-Co is filling this approximately 25,000-square-foot suite with beautiful laminate millwork and cabinetry. Denn-Co has been successful in competitively bidding numerous packages for virtually all of the carpentry work within HFHS-Columbus Center, a three-story, 131,000-square-foot healthcare facility near 12 Mile and Haggerty Roads. “We’ve done the carpentry work for almost this whole

Photos by Marci Christian building, except for the drywall portion of the Endoscopy & Pain Management Suite,” said Moore. Beyond this particular building, Denn-Co’s craftsmanship is visible in nearly every Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) facility in southeastern Michigan, including HFHS Ford Rd. Medical Center in Dearborn. Working under competitively bid contracts for the Auch Company, Denn-Co has performed its carpentry craft at HFHS facilities ranging from Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital on West Grand Boulevard to Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital on Maple Road. “We “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

worked with Auch on the West Bloomfield facility’s surgical areas and on its ‘Main Street’ area,” said Moore. As work gears up at the Detroit Medical Center’s $800 million dollar healthcare renovation and expansion, Denn-Co seems to be in sync with the DMC’s official logo: “Always There.” Denn-Co has already secured at least five projects, including the sixth floor renovation of the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, 9th floor Webber North and South, Old Hutzel Surgical/Lab Renovation and the second phase of the Harper University Hospital Surgery Renovation. This “health-conscious” carpentry contractor is installing drywall, acoustical ceilings and finish carpentry within these facilities. “It is full-scope carpentry,” said Moore. “We are also competitively bidding multiple DMC projects.” Denn-Co’s designation as a Detroit-based business has helped the company in the process of securing DMC work. “They (DMC) are looking for Detroit-based businesses and ones that meet the community participation requirements,” said Moore. “In Detroit Public School projects, we were very proactive in obtaining local people to meet the project labor agreements per our contract requirements.” Moore adds, “We’ve also done quite a bit of work at McLarenMacomb, the former Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center, but DMC is the hot ticket right now.” PICTURE PERFECT LAMINATE Denn-Co brought all of its experience in the healthcare arena to bear in the suite build-out for the Endoscopy & Pain Management Clinic in HFHS- Columbus. The millwork blanketing the reception area and nurse stations beautifully simulates natural wood veneer in two different plastic laminates: a midsection of honey gold Maple with a pronounced, or feather-back, grain and a main expanse of amber Cherry stained laminate. Over the years, Denn-Co has installed the same combination of laminate throughout the entire HFHSColumbus interior, including the first floor reception areas for Internal Medicine and Pharmacy, as well as Rehab Services/Athletic Medicine. Within the Endoscopy & Pain Management Suite, Denn-Co also installed Cherry laminated millwork for the bases and cubby storage areas in an assortment of locker rooms for physicians and staff. As a cost-effective but visually appealing material, plastic laminate is now the Visit us online at

preferred choice in medical environments. “It is cost prohibitive to work with solid woods and veneers,” said Moore. “Years ago, this would have all been veneer, but it’s a sign of the times that budget is everything. The hospitals need to expand, but they need to watch their costs. Laminate is an aesthetically pleasing and durable product

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The laminate remarkably board,” said Moore. simulates natural wood, while “The turnaround on the rest of the material shop drawings and assembly for the reception area approvals was very succeeds in generating a warm, fast, allowing everyone welcoming ambiance. Denn-Co to get out in front of installed Corian solid surface the schedule. We have countertops and stainless steel been working with GI accent strips on the main for about three years. expanse of the reception desk. They have done a The final touches of this classic great job for us.” material assembly are panels of GI-Millworks’ fast etched and clear glass set in a pace and accuracy was grid of solid wood mullions. especially appreciated Denn-Co installed all of these when the client elements, as well as an interior requested the original counter behind the reception project schedule be desk and the laminate accelerated by a Over the years, Denn-Co Construction has installed an appealing combination of honey cabinetry. month. Denn-Co gold Maple and amber Cherry stained plastic laminate throughout Henry Ford Health Installation was swift and Systems Columbus Center in Novi. The above millwork is housed in the recently began the project in flawless, because of GI- completed Endoscopy & Pain Management Clinic. January 2012 and Millworks, Inc.’s meticulous field completed the project dimensions and fabrication. “The installation on this one has gone in late April rather than the originally scheduled date in early June absolutely fabulously,” said Moore. “Because GI has done a great job 2012, said Moore. on field dimensions, changes have been minimal on this job.” GI-Millworks, Plymouth, was also pivotal in meeting an aggressive WORKING IN MEDICAL ENVIRONMENTS schedule. “As soon as the contracts were released, GI jumped on Beyond finish carpentry and millwork, Denn-Co also installed the

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suite’s solid wood veneer doors, as well as frames and hardware. Denn-Co’s full scope of work for the finish carpentry package included miscellaneous specialties, curtain tracks for patient recovery rooms, and wall protection in the form of crash rails, hand rails and wall protection sheets. In addition, Denn-Co supplied and installed stainless steel, an important material for infection control in all medical facilities. Within the Endoscopy & Pain Management Suite, stainless steel basins and counters are installed in eight operating rooms containing laminate cabinetry and tile walls, as well as in the soiled holdings and the scope wash room. Auch Construction boosted indoor air quality during construction through the use of HEPA negative air machines. “It creates negative air pressure in the suite we are working in,” said Moore. “When we open the door the dust will not blow out in a plume into adjacent occupied areas.” Clearly, Auch’s and Denn-Co’s extensive healthcare experience has sharpened the ability of each firm to work in occupied areas with extreme sensitivity to patient needs. At

Denn-Co Construction installed the clinic’s solid wood veneer doors, as well as frames and hardware.

HFHS-Columbus, Denn-Co used a Gradall 543C-6 lift to hoist virtually all of the millwork to a temporary landing area created on the third floor to avoid literally disrupting operations in a working medical facility. On similar projects, Auch and DennCo schedule any work capable of generating excessive noise and vibration on the weekend or during the early morning hours before patient arrival. The quickening pace of healthcare construction is sure to ease the economic strain of carpentry contractors in southeastern Michigan. Denn-Co anticipates more projects at DMC, as well as another major but non-medical project – the long-awaited Cobo Hall expansion. Currently, Denn-Co is installing temporary walls within Cobo Hall to segregate new construction from existing areas of this prominent convention center. With the DMC and Cobo Hall expansions at hand, plus the unfolding of other healthcare construction, the prognosis is clearly improving for the economic well-being of commercial carpentry contractors in this region.

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The FSC provides certification for wood products that are responsibly forested. Whether it is hard maple gymnasium flooring or solid core oak doors, with this certification, ot so long ago, using wood in a sustainable, responsible way was a designer knows that for every tree harvested, another is being a challenge for designers. It was difficult to reconcile the responsibly planted. undeniable warmth and rich character wood products provide Eucalyptus, typically grown in Brazil, is another wood product that with the intrinsic concern about environmental impact. Today, however, renews itself quickly, and was recently awarded certification from the a green revolution has taken place in the wood industry, providing FSC. Often referred to by the brand name “Lyptus,” eucalyptus is a harder multiple sustainable wood applications. From procurement, to its wood that has a beautiful, and at times, wild grain and color variation. renewable rate, to installation methods and applied finishes, options for When stained, it can appear similar to cherry or oak. Lyptus is often used selecting and using wood have expanded to include a wide range of as flooring or paneling. At Michigan State University’s Wharton Center for green options. Performing Arts, TMP selected eucalyptus for the Center’s very visible Lifecycle is a consideration when selecting any material, but even donor wall. more so with wood products. Some trees take 50 years to become As sustainable practices have become more mainstreamed, substrate mature, while others renew themselves very quickly. Bamboo, for materials that were traditionally found behind finish materials are now example, is actually a type of grass that is one of the fastest growing being featured for their texture and exotic aesthetic. Seedboard plants on earth. Bamboo can be used as flooring, paneling, or even in (manufactured from flower hulls), and wheatboard (produced from textiles. When selecting bamboo, a designer must be aware of its wheat stalks) are well-known natural agrifiber substrates that make durability characteristics. It can be presented as edge grain, end grain, or beautiful finished cabinets and woodwork. Bamboo and Palm wood flat grain. Fibers, or strands, of bamboo woven together using resin can make excellent plywood with edges that can be featured on countertops be compressed under heat and pressure to obtain a very durable or cabinets. For a more exotic look, tambour bamboo paneling, palm flooring option. This type of product is referred to as “Strand Bamboo.” At wood paneling, or coconut shell tiles add texture and sustainability to the Michigan State University School of Hospitality, TMP chose any project. carbonized bamboo for the culinary learning labs as a wall covering, As sustainable as new wood products have become, no sustainable another application for this versatile product. When bamboo is practice is as effective as reclamation and reuse. Reclaimed wood carbonized, it means that heat is applied to adjust the natural color of the products can provide a project with character, history and often an bamboo. interesting story. Whether it is reclaimed wood flooring used again for Another fast-growing material is cork, which has a long history as a that use, or salvaged wood from building sites laminated into paneling, resilient, insulating, and sound deadening material. 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This popular boutique hotel in Ann Arbor now sports a stunning new porte-cochere and entry.

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great place to stop for a Lowenbrau in 1937 was the High Speed Inn on Washtenaw Avenue in Ann Arbor. A sales representative for this popular beer personally visited the little diner singlehandedly responsible for selling the most Lowenbrau of any eatery between Detroit and Chicago. Herman Weber and his brother were the force behind this successful eatery and its companion pinball arcade and gas station. The brothers went on to build a restaurant on Jackson Avenue in 1961, ultimately transforming a business that began as a roadside diner into a regional icon, simply known as Weber’s. Today, a great place to stop for a gourmet meal and quality accommodations is Weber’s




Hotel and Restaurant. This landmark hospitality haven re-invented itself once again with an amazing exterior transformation in 2011. Weber’s has shed its outdated exterior skin of painted cedar and buff-colored brick and donned a sleek, contemporary cloak of materials, complete with an airy, light-filled porte-cochere. “This is the first major work to the building exterior since 1985,” said Steven P. Brouwer, president of A.R. Brouwer Co., LLC, the Dexter-based construction management firm entrusted with revitalizing this well-known establishment. A.R. Brouwer Co. had to work in the midst of a bustling hotel and restaurant, with long-lead items imported from Spain, and with a number of building additions constructed over time by

different contractors building the same elements using completely different details, resulting in the need for creative problem solving of complex as-built conditions. “They are a great construction management firm,” said Ken Weber, president of this family-owned business at a recent luncheon presentation. Weber’s serves the finest food and hires only the best companies, including JPRA Architects, an international architectural firm headquartered in Farmington Hills. “An owner needs an architectural firm with a design vision and an understanding of the market, and one with the ability to get it right the first time,” said Weber at the luncheon. “This is what JPRA did for us.”

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the dramatic new porte-cochere, one of two new entries so pivotal in the exterior’s remarkable transformation. The new logo says it all. The W in the word Weber’s stands alone and retains its familiar ornate script, while the entire name is displayed below the iconic W in a clean, sans serif font. “I think the logo is a sort of microcosm of what was done with the entire building,” said von Werder. Vestiges of the original Weber’s Restaurant are preserved, including a stained glass window on the building’s east face. At the entry to the restaurant, a small gap in this assembly of building forms was left open to offer a sightline to the chimney and sloped roof of the restaurant’s original A-frame structure. A LAYERED EFFECT Weber’s is actually a cluster of buildings constructed in successive waves, beginning in 1961 with the restaurant and closely followed in 1967 with construction of a sizeable portion of the hotel. A pool enclosure was added in 1969, a kitchen expansion in 1974 and the Habitat Lounge in 1975. More additions followed in the ‘80s with the end result being a layered building of varied materials and parapet heights. “The building has a sort of additive or cumulative massing, which is the approach we took to the entire renovation,” said von Werder. The newly renovated exterior is a pleasing layering of materials. The hotel’s stunning new porte-cochere is blanketed with Prodema and metal panels. A series of skylights, traveling the

length of this grand portal, is flanked by metal panels and a tempered glass canopy that widens the porte-cochere without detracting from its lightness. Modern Mirror & Glass Co., Roseville, installed all of the intricate pieces of this gorgeous canopy that is a far cry from the original 1967 entry composed of painted cedar and deep glu-lam timbers resting on brick piers. “It was a darker, more compressed entry that was about five or six feet lower than the new porte-cochere,” said von Werder. Said Weber at the luncheon, “I saw the schematic in JPRA’s office, and I knew immediately it would be beautiful.” For the restaurant entry, the project team replaced the painted cedar wood siding with a split-face natural stone veneer and new brick, making the entrance more pronounced and creating an appealing weave of materials. Other significant alterations include replacement of a band of white plywood along the entire parapet with four feet of new thin brick. The main body of the building alternates between Prodema panels and newly painted expanses of original brick. “The Prodema couldn’t be used everywhere,” said von Werder. “The Prodema is an example of the selective application of exotic materials. We also used what we termed the creative application of standard materials.” In two locations, JPRA positioned common industrial floor grating vertically on the exterior wall, adding an element of surprise to this unique mosaic.


RESPECTING THE PAST The exterior renovation moved the building into the 21st century without marring the familiar landmark’s core identity. Weber’s is more than a building. This Ann Arbor institution is filled with the memories of countless weddings, University of Michigan football celebrations, surprise birthday parties and five decades of Mother’s Day breakfasts. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary on Jackson Avenue and its 75th year in business, Weber’s retains its original architectural form, but welcomes guests with a “fresh wash of materials to the whole building,” said Mark von Werder, JPRA associate and project manager. “The building is fully recognizable as Weber’s, but it is contemporary, sharp, clean and crisp.” JPRA preserved the building’s rhythm of prominent, vertical window surrounds, extending above the roof line and traveling the full length of the four-story hotel. Replacing the original surrounds of hunter green cedar with metal panels – courtesy of supplier Shaffner Heaney - creates a building in tune with 2012. “If you took a picture in black and white, you would still recognize the form of the building as Weber’s,” said von Werder. The building’s profile and massing is preserved but clad in a collage of new materials, including sleek Prodema panels composed of a phenolic resin core with natural wood veneer. Unlike products formed of photographic images of wood, Prodema does not repeat the same grain pattern over the face of the building, creating a truly elegant and upscale cladding for the Weber’s of the 21st century. Prodema covers sections of the original brick façade and much of

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Made in Spain, Prodema is part of a rain screen system separated from the building’s waterproofed exterior by a two- to two-and-aquarter-inch gap.

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS Transforming the exterior of this regional icon turned into quite an adventure in design and construction on the fly. Peeling away the old materials revealed a host of diffing details and as-built conditions. For example, the 1985 addition to the hotel replicated the same rhythm of vertical window surrounds, but once the cedar was removed, A.R. Brouwer Co. encountered completely different details even behind the same building elements. “Weber’s was built by different contractors in different ways over different time periods, but we had to make it look the same around the entire building,” said Jeremy T. Zeigler, A.R. Brouwer Co. superintendent. “As we were working around the building, this was a continuous occurrence. The easiest way for me to deal with it was immediately.” A constant stream of phone calls and emails between Zeigler and JPRA’s design team of von Werder and Eileen Devine, lead project designer, resolved each detail. Having a close working relationship between the contractor and architect was a necessity in a job with such



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intense as-built conditions. “About 75 percent of the time Jeremy would come up with a costeffective solution that we ended up doing after we saw that it fit into our design concept,” said von Werder. The roof line is only one example of turning hidden variability into a consistent exterior façade. “We had to add some height to the building to make it continuous all the way around the structure, because different contractors over time added varying amounts of insulation on all the buildings,” said Zeigler. With the Prodema having a tight quarter-inch tolerance, the insulation and other material details had to be uniform. WORKING IN A WAVE The windows proved to be the most difficult detail to resolve, because the windows are not all the same size and because of the wide variations in existing details discovered after peeling away the cedar surrounds. “We had to make quite a few modifications, and we had to create several new details to make the windows appear uniform,” said Zeigler. A.R. Brouwer Co. worked in a wave-like sequence on the windows and the surrounds, carefully pacing each trade to immediate follow the other around the entire building. Consequently, all five to six of the trades needed to work on the windows and the surrounds were on site at the same time, making it easier to resolve this complex brew of existing and new details. “We could resolve the issue at that very moment, and I wouldn’t have to shut everyone else down,” said Zeigler. Brouwer lists the wide variety of trades working in each window area. “Each opening included carpentry, waterproofing, glass, metal siding and roofing,” said Brouwer. “That work was completed by Conquest Construction, RAM Construction Services, Modern Mirror, Universal Walls and Corporate Roofing, respectively. We had to have eight lifts onsite for the trades.” Conquest Construction’s installation of Prodema followed the creation of new window areas. “The Prodema is made in Spain and takes 16 weeks to ship to Ann Arbor,” said Brouwer. “As one of the first steps on the job, we ordered it in March and it arrived in early June, and was immediately sent for precision cutting. We advised the carpenters from Conquest Construction that they needed to be extremely cautious in cutting and installing the Prodema paneling since ordering replacement sheets was not an option. The crew did a great job in meeting this requirement. After all the pieces had been installed, we were still able to provide Weber’s with a surplus that had been included in the original order for future replacements.” PERFECTLY PLUMB The Prodema is actually a rain screen system, separated from the building’s waterproofed Visit us online at

exterior by a two- to two-and-a-quarter-inch gap. “Rain screen technology reduces heating and cooling loads, because it offers air circulation and ventilation, among other benefits,” said von Werder. Aesthetically, the Prodema panels form a pattern of horizontal lines traveling around building corners and down the vertical face of the building. A.R. Brouwer Co. successfully delivered a sleek, flush façade in a perfectly aligned grid despite the fact that the existing

building is not actually plumb or even perfectly square. Adding another level of complexity, the Prodema has tighter tolerances than the building’s existing brick and block, meaning any deviation would be clearly visible. One of the keys to a perfectly plumb installation was shimming Prodema’s aluminum track. Prodema is attached via Z clips to a track of aluminum vertical and horizontal bars. “We shimmed the aluminum track to create true vertical lines,” said Zeigler.

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“We also had to shim the aluminum out to create corners that were actually square all the way up the building. Because of these efforts, the Prodema looks the same over five different building additions.” The south face is almost entirely covered in this beautiful material. Given the wonderful end result, no one could tell the amount of effort poured into its creation. The south face has a three-inch jog in one section created by the projection of an emergency stairwell. “We had to build the wall almost all the way out to one of the window surrounds,” said Zeigler. Because of a small, covered parking area tucked beneath the south side of the building, bringing the wall forward left a façade gap on the pier-like ends of the south side. Unique aluminum channel details were created on opposite sides of the south wall to smooth over this anomaly. Clearly, this exterior renovation was an exercise in precision details. A.R. Brouwer Co. brought the same attention to detail to the entire face of the building, including setting deeper grout lines for the new thin brick, allowing the new brick to match the weathered grout lines of the existing brick. In other alterations, newly installed windows are larger and have fewer horizontal mullions than the existing windows, and previously underutilized

space near the hotel entrance has been transformed into a new outdoor patio. THE FRIDAY FIRE DRILL All of this intricate work had to be coordinated with hospitality operations. The trades had to work on designated blocks of rooms or only one particular wing at a time. “This whole job was very scheduled,” said Zeigler. “The trades had to get done in a specific timeframe, because the rooms in that area would be occupied by guests the next day.” Every week A.R. Brouwer Co. conducted the Friday Fire Drill to camouflage construction operations from hotel and restaurant guests. “We cleaned the site thoroughly and tucked all eight of the lifts on site in a back corner behind some trees,” said Zeigler. At times, work blackouts were instituted during special events, such as the Ann Arbor Art Fair. Weber’s and A.R. Brouwer Co. worked closely together to get the job done. “None of this would have been possible without the cooperation of Ken Weber and his staff,” said Brouwer. Public safety was paramount around an operating hotel and restaurant. “The primary safety concern involved maintaining a separation between construction workers and



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the restaurant and hotel guests, as well as Weber’s staff,” said Brouwer. “We utilized temporary fencing, safety scaffolding, man lifts and the use of safety harnesses and barricades to address these concerns. This effort was coordinated by Jeremy Zeigler and our safety consultant who inspected the site each month.” The entire Weber family inspected the site over the course of a project that began March 2011 and reached completion September 2011. Even founder Herman Weber, now 98 years old, toured the site during construction, surveying this exciting new chapter in the long history of this much-loved community gathering place. Weber’s, A.R. Brouwer Co. and JPRA are proof positive that in both the hospitality and the construction industries, paying attention to service and every little detail definitely paves the way to success. THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES ARE AMONG THE SUBCONTRACTORS AND SUPPLIERS THAT WORKED ON THE WEBER’S EXTERIOR RENOVATION: • Demolition – Top Grade Excavating, Manchester • Asphalt Paving – Nagle Paving, Novi • Landscaping – Gee Farms, Stockbridge • Foundations – Poured Brick Walls, Brighton • Building Flatwork – Concrete Construction, Fowlerville • Site Flatwork – GM & Sons, Inc., Whitmore Lake • Masonry – Koch Masonry, Dexter • Prodema Paneling (supplier) – Rice Associates of Michigan, Farmington • Structural Steel – Ann Arbor Fabrication, Dexter • Aluminum Grating (supplier) – Ohio Gratings, Inc., Canton, Ohio • Aluminum Channels (supplier) – Pinnacle Engineering, Manchester • Rough Carpentry – Conquest Construction, Livonia • Waterproofing and Caulking – RAM Construction Services, Livonia • Plaster – Gerald L. Milliken, Chelsea • Metal Cladding (window surrounds) – Universal Wall Systems, Inc., Grand Rapids • Membrane Roofing – Corporate Roofing Company, Detroit • Glass and Skylights – Modern Mirror & Glass Co., Roseville • Painting – Cavalier Painting Company, Sterling Heights • Plumbing – John Darr Mechanical, Inc., Ann Arbor • HVAC – Fuller Heating Company, Ann Arbor • Electrical – A&N Electric, Ann Arbor • Breakmetal - Aluminum Supply Co., Detroit The above list is supplied courtesy of the construction manager.



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New Link-Belt® 210 X3 Series Now Available The new Link-Belt 210 X3 Series Excavator is now available in North America in Standard and Long-Front models. The 210 X3 features an all new ROPS cab with new interior, new Interim Tier 4a engine technology with 10-percent better fuel efficiency, 7-percent more lift capacity, 3percent faster cycle times and improved serviceability. Additionally, the 210 X3 can be equipped with an optional auxiliary hydraulic system which allows the operator to change both pressure and flow settings from inside the cab without having to lift a wrench. The 210 X3 is equipped with an advanced, electronically-controlled Isuzu diesel engine to deliver unparalleled performance and power to respond to peak demands of heavy digging and lifting applications. This advanced engine is EPA certified to Interim Tier 4a standards utilizing cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR) and diesel particulate filter technology (DPF). A new variable-geometry turbocharger provides high velocity air flow at lower RPM’s for clean, efficient combustion and power even when performing precision tasks at slower speeds. The 210 X3 features an all-new Fuel Management System to squeeze every ounce of power from every drop of fuel. This intelligent new fuel efficiency system controls consumption by lowering engine rpm during non-critical functions. With a high-pressure common-rail fuel injection system, there’s no wasted fuel with precision, electronically-controlled Visit us online at

metering. In combination with additional engine controls such as Auto-Idle, the advanced Fuel Management System reduces fuel consumption by up to 10-percent to lower overall owning & operating costs like never before. The X3 Series cab is 5-percent larger and more expansive with enhanced visibility to the right without blocking the view to the travel motors. With a large, 7-inch LED color monitor to interface with the machine, an operator can easily navigate a full menu of user-friendly functionality to take full command of the 210. An operator will also feel safer in the ROPS-Certified cab, especially with the standard rear-view camera which displays a panoramic view of the worksite from the rear of the machine; optional side-view cameras are also available. Other notable new cab features include: a Fuel Consumption Gauge on the monitor to assist in determining operating characteristics; newly designed joysticks with single-swipe wiper function and radio mute buttons; new MP3 audio input, improved air-flow of Climate Control A/C and heat; repositioned fuse box for easy access. With 20 programmable languages, display messages can be read by virtually anyone. And, all Link-Belt excavators are equipped with a standard control pattern changer so every operator can feel right at home in an X3. Refinements to the X3 Series hydraulic system have resulted in gains in lift capacity and up to 3-percent faster cycle times. Many of the innovative hydraulic features of generation’s past have been carried through to the new X3, including the smooth

Enhance the Look of Your ‘Hardscaping’ EnviroSAND is Stable, Durable and Environmentally-Friendly Making the decision to redo your driveway, walkway or patio with interlocking paving stones is a big investment. A cobblestone, paver or brick driveway is among the most expensive ways to finish your hardscaping project, and when it is finished you want to make sure you have a product that looks as good five years down the road as it does the day it’s installed. That means a driveway, walkway or patio that is level, with no weeds creeping up in the joints between the paving stones. EnviroSAND is a stabilized joint sand that is specially designed for use with paving stones. It is a combination of traditional jointing sand and an organic glue made from a renewable plant resource. The plant glue is designed to form an adhesive gel that binds sand particles together every time the EnviroSAND is in contact with water. This gel protects the sand from washing out of the joints, which is the number one cause of joint sand loss in a paver system. In a rainfall simulator, re-enacting a twohour torrential downpour, EnviroSAND experienced an average 2.7% material loss, while traditional sand washed out in seconds and the leading polymeric sand lost 17.4%. And when sand washes out, weeds creep in! There is a misconception that weed growth in pavers occurs from below, growing up under the paving stones. The truth is, weed growth in a paver system is primarily caused by seeds getting trapped in the joints from above and flourishing into a CAM MAGAZINE JUNE 2012




nuisance. Above keeping the sand in the joints, EnviroBOND has developed a natural weed deterrent to tackle this problem. Initially started by scientifically altering the plant composition to prevent bio-degredation, EnviroBOND stumbled on a natural weed deterrent. By simply elevating the pH of the material, EnviroSAND creates a toxic environment for which seedlings can’t germinate. By preventing these seeds from germinating, EnvirobBOND provides a unique and functional weed deterrent. About EnviroBOND EnviroBOND is a company that developed in the 1990s through the combination of landscape design and environmental awareness. Developed in Canada and currently distributing through Canada, USA and Europe, EnviroBOND’s products have evolved with “Green Science” being the foundation and backbone of their portfolio. For more information, contact Stephen Murdoch, Enterprise Canada (905) 682-7203 or

Torching Solutions Introduces SPARCS System Helps Avoid EPA V-E9 Violations and Reduce Opacity Emissions Torching Solutions developed SPARCS (Smoke Particulate Air Reduction Cyclone Systems), a smoke particulate reduction system, as the answer to a perceived problem concerning “opacity” issues involving the torch-cutting of certain metals. This smoke problem has plagued the metal recycling industry for years. Torching Solutions developed the SPARCS system to help metal recycling yards with torchcutting operations avoid EPA VE-9 violations and reduce opacity emissions. The system is in its fourth generation as Torching Solutions has worked on research and development to perfect its design. SPARCS is a portable, modular unit that is fabricated from heavy gauge steel. It is a selfcontained structure with low operating costs and is easily maintained. The system



draws in air from torching operations, filters out particulates and exhausts the air at a greatly reduced opacity. SPARCS works like a cyclone vacuum system that filters out particulates. It incorporates fans that create a vortex and negative pressure that allows the system to draw the smoke into the fan and then takes the smoke through a set of chambers and a series of filters to remove particulates prior to exhausting therefore reducing opacity. The torch operator cuts metal placed inside wind break doors to prevent crosswinds from allowing smoke to be blown towards the operator. When the unit is turned on, the fans pull the smoke through the cyclone system to remove the particulates as the operator is torching. The patent-pending SPARCS systems are easy to install and maintain and allow operators to torch a variety of sizes, shapes and metals. Torching Solutions will offer custom sizing for the SPARCS system to meet a variety of demands and to give metal recycling yard owners and operators flexibility. Torching Solutions LLC, based in Flint, MI, designs, builds and services torching solutions systems for the metal recycling and welding industries. Torching Solutions also provides consulting services to recycling industries to help owners and operators of metal recycling yards streamline torching operations. The company provides yard torching area design layout. The company also provides training for owners and employees on torch cutting and best management practices approved by the Association of Environmentally Responsible Recyclers of Michigan (AERRM). For more information, contact Torching Solutions, LLC, 5061 Energy Drive, Flint, MI 48505; toll-free: 855-99-TORCH; fax: 810-7859758.

A.R.E. Deluxe Commercial Unit Truck Cap, Pickup Vault Accessory Ideal for Surveying Industry For the surveyor who demands quality and versatility, A.R.E. offers a variety of truck caps and organizational solutions specifically designed to meet the needs of the surveying industry. A leading truck cap manufacturer for more than 40 years, A.R.E. offers their Deluxe Commercial Unit (DCU) Series truck cap designed to give

professionals the power to create a customizable solution for their work trucks. Made of fully welded aluminum frame construction, the durable truck caps are available in cap heights from 20-36 inches and feature STRATTEC® lock cylinders in folding T-handles on all doors. A.R.E. offers more than 200 options to customize the DCU, including a variety of door and window configurations, toolboxes, ladder racks, roof racks, interior fabric liners, side panels and organizational solutions. All A.R.E. truck caps are custom-built to exact specifications. In addition, surveyors can pair the DCU cap with the A.R.E. Pickup Vault – a lockable drawer system that provides heavy-duty secure storage in the truck bed. Featuring a no-drill installation, the Pickup Vault comes with two drawers with a standard depth of 5 5/8 inches, a drawer bulb seal and folding compression locks. The surface of the Pickup Vault can support up to 2,000 lbs. and includes an adjustable tie down system to secure additional cargo. A.R.E. offers a three-year warranty on materials and workmanship for the DCU. The A.R.E Pickup Vault comes with a limited lifetime warranty. To learn more, visit or call 1.800.649.4ARE.

Hilti TE 5000-AVR Demolition Hammer The new Hilti TE 500-AVR Demolition Hammer delivers the best power-to-weight ratio in its class with exceptional working comfort that construction professionals have come to expect from Hilti. Weighing in at only 12.6 lbs. with 5.5 ft-lb of impact energy the TE 500-AVR features a step less hammering regulator that delivers the best possible breaking performance in masonry and concrete. This covers a wide variety of applications such as concrete repair work and surface preparation, plaster and tile removal, as well as creating wall breaches and through penetrations in walls and floors. The built-in Active Vibration Reduction (AVR) system features a fully decoupled handle, which minimizes vibration and “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

allows for longer periods of continuous use. The TE 500-AVR also features an Active Cooling System that keeps the motor, electronics and hammering mechanism cooler, for added durability and longer tool life. The TE 500-AVRalso features a constant on switch for ease of use during long periods of use. And, the side handle features full radial and axial adjustments providing a secure grip in virtually any position. When used with the innovative Hilti TE-YP Polygon Self-Sharpening Chisels the TE 500AVR achieves peak breaking performance, which also means less down time, because there’s no need for re-sharpening of the chisels. The Hilti TE 500-AVR is built to last in the most demanding jobsite conditions. For added peace of mind, the TE 500-AVR is backed by Hilti Lifetime Service, a unique feature that includes two years of no-cost coverage (some limitations apply). For more information on the Hilti TE 500AVR Demolition Hammer, please contact Hilti Customer Service. From the U.S., call Hilti, Inc. at 1-800-879-8000 or visit; from Canada, call Hilti (Canada) Corporation at 1-800-363-4458 or

standards and the benefits of a rental program. When it comes to FRC, professionally managed rental programs are particularly important because of the specialized laundering process helps maintain the garments’ level of protection for the wearer. Cintas Corporation also provides personal

protective equipment such as face shields and balaclavas, voltage tools, task wear and more. The Carhartt Rental Workwear line launched in 2010 as part of an exclusive partnership between Cintas Corporation and Carhartt, which was founded in 1889 and is a global manufacturer of premium

Cintas Corporation Introduces New Carhartt Flame Resistant Jean Cintas Corporation, North America’s largest uniform supplier, has added the Carhartt Flame Resistant (FR) Jean to its exclusive line of Carhartt Rental Workwear. The new product was prompted by the overwhelming success of the Carhartt Rental Workwear line and the increased demand for flame resistant clothing. The Carhartt FR Jean is a Hazard Risk Category 2 garment made with 14.75ounce, 100% flame resistant cotton denim. It features a relaxed fit and leg openings that fit over work boots for added comfort. The Carhartt FR Jean combines the durability, quality and comfort of the Carhartt brand with Cintas’ high service Visit us online at





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CAM MAGAZINE JUNE 2012 by Larson Electronics Announces Addition of LED Wall Pack Light from Larson Electronics has announced the release of a powerful LED wall pack light designed to provide a

highly effective alternative to metal halide fixtures. Producing output comparable to 400 watt metal halide wall packs, the LEDWP-400 offer improved performance through greater durability, faster start times, and an up to 4-5 times longer operation life. With no ballast and solid state design, the LEDWP400 provides a highly durable and reliable alternative to incandescent and HID fixtures that provides comparable output without sacrificing efficiency. The LEDWP-40 LED wall pack light from Magnalight produces intense illumination compared to traditional metal halide fixtures over the life of the unit. Far more efficient and powerful than incandescent wall pack fixtures, the LEDWP-400 incorporates a light assembly containing twelve 3.33 watt LEDs matched with a special reflector to produce light output that compares to that of metal halide units. With no ballast, waterproof and powder coated aluminum housing, LEDs rated at 50,000 life hours, and a polycarbonate lens, this unit is extremely durable and reliable. The LEDWP400 is a waterproof and vapor proof fixture, allowing it to achieve ETL approval for use in wet locations and serve in both indoor and outdoor applications equally well. The 110 – 270 VAC multi-voltage capability of this LED wall pack light offers operators versatile power connection options that allow installation in most applications where voltages commonly include 120 - 210 and 240 VAC. The LED assembly of this unit requires no ballast, and offers an operational life over three times that of HID units and over ten times that of halogen lamps, while requiring no startup or cool down periods and producing far less heat. Highly efficient LED operation with an operational life of 50,000 plus hours means this unit will provide years of reliable illumination without the maintenance or re-lamping costs associated with traditional HID or incandescent fixtures. Included stainless steel mounting hardware provides added resistance to rust and corrosion and allows 380/180 degrees of rotational adjustment so operators can set the unit for optimal light placement once installed. Magnalight by Larson Electronics has provided industrial grade spotlights and lighting equipment to the military and industrial sectors since 1967 and manufactures and sells a wide variety of LED “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

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Two New 'Instant Brake' Grinders from Metabo Revolutionize Grinder Safety Ideal for heavy duty grinding and cutting applications Metabo Corporation, a leading international manufacturer of professional grade portable electric power tools and abrasives for heavy duty metalworking, industrial, construction and welding applications, introduces two new angle grinders that are designed to stop wheel rotation in two seconds or less when the Deadman safety switch is released, greatly reducing the likelihood of injuries. Ideal for heavy duty grinding and cutting applications, both the WEPBA14-125 Quick and WEPBA14-150 Quick feature a longlasting 12.2 A motor and 1,400 watts of power. The WEPBA14-125 Quick offers a noload speed of 10,000 rpm and a maximum wheel diameter of 5”. The WEPBA14-150 Quick provides a no-load speed of 9,000 rpm and a maximum wheel diameter of 6”. Both new ‘instant brake’ grinders offer a mechanical brake system that stops a grinding disc in two seconds or less, or stops thin cutting wheels in one second or less. The tools also feature Metabo’s auto-balance technology that replaces a traditional backing flange with an auto-balancing flange pressed onto the spindle. While the tool is in use, ball bearings automatically offset out-of-balance conditions present in the grinding accessory, reducing vibration significantly. This unique feature helps to reduce the risk of cumulative work-related disorders, such as white finger syndrome, minimizes operator fatigue, and increases the life of the grinding disc, as well as the tool, by a minimum of 50%. For more information, please visit or contact Terry Tuerk, Metabo Corporation, 1231 Wilson Drive, West Chester, PA 19380. Email:; website: Visit us online at

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Skanska USA’s building business unit recently announced that Kristin Goodchild has been promoted to director of business development for Michigan. In her new role, Goodchild Goodchild will lead business development efforts for western Michigan, northern Illinois and Indiana in the areas of healthcare, higher education and K-12. Goodchild, who has 14 years of construction industry experience, is entering her fourth year with Skanska, where she began as a project controls administrator. Lansing-based C2AE, a full-service architectural, engineering and planning design firm, recently announced the addition of Andy André, PE, to its leadership team in the role of business unit leader. In his role as business unit leader, André will be responsible for the oversight of C2AE’s southern municipal, André northern municipal and transportation teams, focusing on business development and growth, as well as management of the unit’s operational issues. André brings more than 15 years of experience in management, engineering and business development to his role at C2AE. UNISTRUT DETROIT is pleased to announce that Brian Blust is now the territory manager for Michigan. UNISTRUT DETROIT is one of five service centers in the Midwest under the corporate umbrella of Blust UNISTRUCTURAL SUPPORT SYSTEMS LTD. Together, they have the largest inventory of UNISTRUT metal framing in the U.S.

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Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc. (HRC), Bloomfield Hills, recently announced the election of Daniel Mitchell, PE, to vice president on its Board of Directors, and has named Charles Hart, PE and Donna Martin, CDA, as associates. Mitchell has over 22 years of professional experience, is a registered professional engineer in the state of Michigan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University. Hart is a registered professional engineer in the state of Michigan, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan and is a member of the American Public Works Association, American Society of Civil Engineers and the Transportation Research Board. Martin, CDA, in her position as associate, will directly interface with the Board of Directors and will be responsible for all business office functions. Martin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Walsh College and is a Certified Design Accountant. Attorney Karen Beach recently joined Plunkett Cooney, one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law firms, as a member of the firm’s Appellate Law Practice Beach Group. A member of the firm's Bloomfield Hills office, Beach’s appellate practice includes handling claims involving medical liability, insurance coverage (environmental contamination, automobile injuries and construction defects), general liability, regulatory issues and domestic relations (family law). Admitted to practice in Michigan’s state and federal courts, Beach is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association and the DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar. Beach received her law degree from Duke University School of Law.

Triangle Associates, Inc. recently named David Burd, LEED AP, as project architect. Burd’s responsibilities include providing architectural services and Burd pre construction project management on design/build and design/assist projects. He will also assist the estimating group with constructability reviews and building code requirements. Burd brings extensive building information modeling (BIM) experience which will enhance Triangle’s BIM services. Burd earned his Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s degree in architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy. Spalding DeDecker Associates, Inc. (SDA), Rochester Hills, a regional civil engineering, landscape architectural, and surveying firm, has named Maria Sedki, PE as vice president Sedki and municipal department manager. Sedki, PE received a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan. With 18 years of experience in the engineering industry, Sedki was promoted from municipal project manager to municipal department manager. Ms. Sedki holds Professional Engineering licenses in Michigan and Ohio. Rochester Hills-based Spalding DeDecker Associates, Inc. (SDA), a regional civil engineering, landscape architectural and surveying firm, has announced its 2012 Board of Directors: Steve Benedettini; Beth Coyle; Catherine DeDecker, PS; Cheryl Gregory, PE; Christopher Robbins, PE; George Platz, PS; and Thomas Sovel, PE. The directors have appointed the following officers: Chairman of the Board, George Platz, PS; President/CFO, Steve Benedettini; Vice President/Secretary, Thomas Sovel, PE; Vice President/Treasurer, Catherine DeDecker, PS; Vice President, Thomas Dohr, PE; Vice President, Cheryl Gregory, PE; Vice President, Christopher Robbins, PE; Vice President, and Philip Westmoreland, PE.

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Spence Brothers, Saginaw, has been awarded the Corporate Community Service Award by the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce. The firm was acknowledged for its contributions of leadership, service, volunteers and philanthropy. Known for its construction management, general contracting and design/build services, Spence Brothers and its employees take part in many community volunteer and charitable activities, including the United Way and Leadership Saginaw, the Young Professionals Network, at the READ Program. Progressive AE, a Grand Rapids-based architectural firm, has been hired by the Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) of Flint for work on the expansion of the alternative energy fueling station in Grand Blanc Township. The fueling station provides compressed natural gas and hydrogen to fuel appropriately equipped busses; the expansion will enable MTA personnel to store and work on the vehicles that use the fuels. Progressive AE will be working with STV Engineering, Inc., of Douglasville, PA on the project. Swartz Creek Community Schools recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction for their high school’s new 45,000-square-foot performing arts center, for which Clark Construction, Lansing, will be the project manager. The performing arts center, located on the west side of the existing high school, will feature a 650-seat auditorium with an orchestra pit. The backstage will contain: a 1,500-squarefoot scene shop; two major dressing rooms; storage areas; other support spaces; and band, choir and drama classrooms. The cost of the project is estimated at $13.6 million, and the estimated completion date is August 2013. The project will also include renovation of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Site work will include reconfiguring traffic flow of the high school site to improve circulation, parking and pedestrian safety. This will require a new entry drive, a bus loop and a parent loop. The architect for the Swartz Creek Community Schools Performing Arts Center is SHW Group, LLP, Berkley.

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Please submit all calendar items no less than six weeks prior to the event to: Calendar Editor, CAM Magazine, P.O. Box 3204, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302-3204. June 2, 2012 – Special Dreams Farm Golf Outing & Fundraiser Help support Special Dreams farm, a nonprofit organization that helps special needs adults to accomplish meaningful, noncompetitive work. St. Clair River Country Club – St. Clair, MI 11:30 am – Registration 1:00 pm – Shotgun Start 5:00 pm – Cocktails and Silent Auction 6:30 pm – Dinner 7:30 pm – Awards, Raffle and Auction Winners Cost - $100 per person, $400 per team. Dinner only - $50 per person Contact Gayle at (586) 615-3518 or visit

June 8, 2012 – Making LEED ND Happen for Neighborhood Development Learn how developers and municipalities can leverage LEED advantages to add value and higher investment returns to projects. Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Cost - $75 per person; Returning ND Forum I Attendees - $45 Online registration required: LEED ND Forum II Registration at

CAM Golf Outings 2012 June 14 – Bay Pointe Golf Club, West Bloomfield July 17 – Dunham Hills Golf Club, Hartland August 21 – Fieldstone Golf Club, Auburn Hills September 10 –Wabeek Country Club, Bloomfield Hills To register or for sponsorships, contact Diana Brown (248) 972-1000 or visit: June 28, 2012 – NAWIC Detroit Chapter 183 Golf Outing & Fundraiser Join the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) for their Fourth Annual golf outing and fundraiser. Proceeds benefit the Detroit Chapter Educational Funds. Fieldstone Golf Club, Auburn Hills, MI 9:00 am - Registration and Breakfast 10:00 am - Shotgun Start 6-packs on the carts, lunch at the turn, dinner banquet to follow. Cost - $70 per person, $280 per foursome. Dinner only - $30 per person Contact Donielle Wunderlich or Mickey Marshall (248) 799-9700 or Great Lakes Ceramic Tile Council AIA/CEU Programs Ongoing “Lunch and Learn” programs are now available for all firms interested in better understanding the technical aspects of proper specification and installation methods for ceramic tile and stone. Contact the Great Lakes Ceramic Tile Council at (248) 476-5559 or CAMTEC June Classes CAMTEC, the training and education center of the Construction Association of Michigan, has announced its June 2012 class schedule. To register, obtain a class listing, or for more information, please visit the CAM website at

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MIOSHA 10-Hour Class First Aid, CPR & AED Combined Class (held at Tri City-Saginaw) Doing Business with the Federal Government – Understanding the Risks and Rewards

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BUYERS GUIDE Updates s you all are probably aware, the 2012 Construction Buyers Guide is out on the street. In an effort to keep our information as accurate as possible, we’re including here all the changes and corrections we have received for members’ company listings as of May 5. Changes from the book are in bold. To see continual, up-to-date, complete company listings, check out the Buyers Guide Online at, updated monthly. Check back to this section every month in CAM Magazine to get heads-up information and news involving the Construction Buyers Guide. Questions? Contact Mary Carabott at 248-972-1000 for answers and to find out how to add to your online listings. To obtain additional copies of the Guide, stop by the CAM office and pick them up at no additional charge, or send $7 per book for shipping to have the books sent to your company via UPS. Please call ahead of time for authorization if you need more than 20 copies. Invoices for the listings have been generated and mailed. Prompt payment ensures a good-standing membership and ability to list in the 2012 Buyers Guide. We will gladly answer any questions regarding charges on invoices. Please Note: Buyers Guide renewal contracts will be mailed in early August. These forms must be returned promptly to ensure your company’s listings will be printed with accuracy.


Terry – Dziadosz Associates, Inc. 2983 Chandler Ave. Lincoln Park, MI 48146 Phone: 313-381-2651 Fax: 734-362-8620

A-1 Specialty Services 1416 W. Eight Mile Rd. Ferndale, MI 48220 Phone: 248-744-5241 Fax: 248-744-5242

6K Construction Co. 2862 Stanwood Pl Brighton, MI 48114 Phone: 810-225-3314 Fax: 810-222-4200

Construction Solutions, Inc. 529 Carberry Hill Dr. Brighton, MI 48116 Phone: 734-741-0500 Fax: 734-741-0602

Stuart, Franey, Matthews & Cahntres, PC P.O. Box 307 Southfield, MI 48037 Phone: 248-324-2200 Fax: 248-324-8888

EJ (Formerly East Jordan Iron Works) 301 Spring St. East Jordan, MI 49727 Phone: 800-626-4653 Fax: 231-536-4458


J & LManagement Corp. 20372 Eureka Rd. Taylor, MI 48180 Phone: 586-783-9696 Fax: 586-783-9775 The McFate Group, Inc. 114 N. Main St., Ste. 10 Chelsea, MI 48118 Phone: 734-433-0020 Fax: 734-433-0027 Metro Detroit Climate Control (Formerly Reliable Energy Systems, Inc.) 25122 Jefferson Ave. St. Clair Shores, MI 48081 Phone: 586-772-5310 Fax: 586-772-6577 National Environmental Group, LLC, 645 Griswold, Suite 1300 Detroit, MI 48226 Phone: 313-237-6878 Fax: 313-962-8478

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A purposeful, professional Blog is considered the base to a successful Social Media presence. Using your Blog to showcase your project or product will provide you with plenty of information worth Tweeting and Facebooking. It will connect your business with consumers and other businesses and will drive traffic back to your website. Whether you’re just starting or looking to polish an existing Blog, you can’t afford to miss this class. Join us 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on July 26th for a comprehensive start-to-finish workshop, covering everything from naming your Blog to generating revenue. This is more than your average informational seminar! We will cover the “What is, Why for me, and How to” in this hands-on class. Attendees will be expected to arrive with their laptop, prepared to work on their Blog and will spend the day learning tips and tricks on how to drive traffic to their site. $100 Members/$150 Non-Members. Lunch is included. For registration information contact CAMTec at 248-972-1000, or via email at Or register online at








John Deere ......................................................7

Interface Financial Group..........................17

Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union Local #1 ..............10

MIOSHA ..........................................................17

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

McCoig Materials ........................................27

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MasonPro, Inc. ..............................................39

Council of Carpenters ..........................BC


North American Dismantling Corp. ........7

CAM Membership ........................................42

Oakland Companies ......................................8

Connelly Crane Rental Corp. ....................39

Oakland Metal Sales, Inc. ............................6


Delta Air Systems ........................................16

Peterson Glass Company ..........................17

Detroit Carpentry JATC ..............................23

Plante Moran PLLC ......................................20

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Plunkett Cooney ..........................................35



Hartland Insurance Group, Inc. ................19

Aluminum Supply Company/ Marshall Sales..........................................30

CAM Magazine..............................................17



A. R. Brouwer Co., LLC..................................31

CAM Comp ....................................................36




Contractors Association ......................37

Rick's Portables ............................................24

Doeren Mayhew ..........................................40

SMRCA ..........................................................12

Edwards Glass ..............................................21

Scaffolding, Inc. ............................................32

Facca Richter & Pregler, P.C. ......................27

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G2 Consulting Group..................................37

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

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Goldstein, Bershad & Fried, P.C.................25

Woods Contruction, Inc. ............................27

Grunwell-Cashero ........................................11

Zervos Group ..................................................7

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