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MECHANICAL/ ELECTRICAL Meeting Mechanical Needs at Oakwood Southshore Medical Center Addition Toledo Zoo Creates First SolarWalk in the Nation

IS YOUR WEBSITE HURTING YOUR BUSINESS? Marketing Strategies that Get Results


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34 Finding New Ground Moving from Industrial Plants to Native Plants at the Refuge Gateway

CONSTRUCTION HIGHLIGHT 16 Is Your Website Hurting Your Business? Marketing Strategies that Get Results

20 On the Jobsite Ronnisch MICCO Star in the Production of Royal Oak’s New Emagine Theatre

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22 Oakwood Heathcare System Delivers for Quality Care

The Yellow Brick Road Leads to Mercy Memorial Hospital in Monroe

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Stephen J. Auger, AIA, Stephen Auger + Associates Architects

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From the desk of the President March 2011 Dear CAM Members, I am excited to announce the launch of a new product from the Construction Association of Michigan. Unveiled in January, the Michigan Construction Marketplace – a one-stop online e-commerce center for equipment dealers, suppliers, material providers and anyone involved in any type of construction or building. Check out flier in this month’s CAM Magazine. The Michigan Construction Marketplace connects those who are looking to sell with those who are looking to buy. The site features 22 different categories of Construction Equipment and several categories of Building Materials and Supplies, Real Estate, Vehicles and General/Other. Other features include links to sellers’ websites, auction houses, dealers, financing and rental companies. Reasonably priced, the Michigan Construction Marketplace offers a variety of selling packages: $20 for a four-week ad with one photo; $25 for an eight-week ad with four photos; and specially-priced dealer packages and banner advertising opportunities. Responding to an ad is FREE and no commissions are charged to the seller; that’s right, you sell it for $5,000.00 and you keep $5,000.00. Construction companies looking to buy good, new or used, reasonably priced equipment and supplies will find the Michigan Construction Marketplace an invaluable tool. Driving usage is important to the site’s success, so please tell a friend and be sure to check it out yourself at or thru the CAM website at Access is free and available to everyone. Our Motto is: Sell it, Find it, Buy it! For more information on the Michigan Construction Marketplace, contact Cathy Jones at 248-972-1115 or at Sincerely,


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Clark Construction’s AwardWinning Safety Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary Clark Construction’s industry-leading safety program achieved yet another milestone as the company celebrated the 10th anniversary of its widely recognized efforts in late December 2010. During the past ten years, Clark Construction, Lansing, has logged more than 2.65 million hours without lost time due to injury. “Achieving ten years without lost time due to injury is practically unprecedented in the construction industry, and could not have been achieved without the total commitment of the entire Clark team,” said Clark Construction CEO Charles Clark. “I am proud of all of our employees for their continued commitment to a safe work environment and our overall safety program.” The Clark safety program has been heralded during the past ten years with several highly prestigious awards. Earlier this year, Clark Construction became the first

construction company in Michigan to receive the MIOSHA CET Platinum Award for having achieved 2.5 million work hours without lost time. Also included among Clark’s other safety recognitions in recent years: CET Gold Award from MIOSHA for outstanding accomplishments in safety ● Safety Excellence Award from the Michigan Chapter of Associated General Contractors (AGC) ● Outstanding Safety Performance Award from the Accident Fund Insurance Company of America ●

Clark was also the first Michigan contractor to enroll in a landmark government/industry safety alliance involving Michigan AGC and MIOSHA. Much of Clark’s success in its safety program can be attributed to its comprehensive, ongoing safety training programs. All Clark employees participate in continuing safety education each year.

“Everyone at Clark Construction is serious about safety, and that attitude is obvious in the level of engagement in each of our training programs,” said Clark Construction’s Chief Financial Officer, Tony Rohac. “Our commitment to safety has not only protected our workers, but it continues to provide our clients with quality construction without interruption or incident. An added benefit is the impact our program has had on trade contractors, which has been instrumental in reducing lost time injuries to trade contractor employees by 70 percent.”

Detroit Medical Center Kicking Off $300 Million in Projects, Awards First $60 to $70 Million Detroit Medical Center (DMC) officials recently made good on their promise to get right to work on hospital construction projects by announcing contracts totaling over $60 million just four days after DMC’s landmark partnership with Vanguard Health Systems was sealed. “What better way to start the New Year

SAFETY TOOL KIT Best Practice for Pre-Task Plans – Safe for Everyone By Joe Forgue ikipedia defines a Best Practice as: “A technique, method, process, activity, incentive, or reward which conventional wisdom regards as more effective at delivering a particular outcome than any other technique, method, process, etc.” I have made the point before that OSHA/MIOSHA standards are merely minimum requirements when it comes to keeping your workers safe, and are a good framework upon which to build an effective safety program. If we apply the above definition, we can clearly see that there is a lot of room for improvement on the basic standards. As an example, many of you require, or have worked on a jobsite which requires, that hard hats be worn at all times while “within the fence.” There are no OSHA or MIOSHA standards that require that level of protection; rather it’s done as an industry Best Practice. Since we should always be on the lookout for the best way to keep people safe at work, it only makes Joseph M. Forgue

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sense to incorporate Best Practices into our safety routine. Probably one of the best examples of a Best Practice is the routine use of PreTask Plans. Though not required by any standard they are, in my humble opinion, the best way to ensure a worksite that is as safe as it can be. I have discussed these previously and many of you are doing them already. By always searching for the best way to maintain a healthy and safe work environment, you can ensure a stable and profitable outcome. I also want to remind you that we are still offering free Focus Four hazard training and safety program consulting under our Grant from MIOSHA-CET. And don’t forget to submit your application for the 2010 CAM Safety Achievement Award. If you had a safe year in 2010, why not get some recognition for it? If you haven’t received an application, you can get one from the CAM website at, via the Safety page. You can also contact me at or 248-972-1141.

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than by moving forward with eight DMC construction projects,” said Michael Duggan, DMC president and CEO. “We promised our patients, our employees and the City of Detroit that we would aggressively move in the bulldozers and forklifts once the agreement was final. Now we start fulfilling that promise – and this is just the beginning.” Architectural/engineering firms were recently announced on eight DMC projects and construction management firms were recently announced on two of those projects. Contracts totaling $50 million dollars went to the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center and to private room renovation at DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital. Brinker LLC was awarded the Children’s construction contract and Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott was awarded the A/E contract. Auch/Mig was awarded the Huron Valley construction contract and Stuckey Vitale was awarded the A/E contract. The five-level, 105,550-square-foot Children’s specialty center will house a pediatrics clinic, adolescent medicine,

outpatient rehabilitation, specialty clinics and 200 physician office suites to meet growing demand for outpatient services. Children’s Hospital served nearly a quarter of a million outpatient and emergency department patients in 2009. The center represents the first expansion of the DMC central campus in almost three decades. “Just over a year ago, the DMC approached us for help,” said Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano. “They showed us plans and ideas that gave us confidence in them. We delivered, resulting in the largest investment known to the City of Detroit. Now, we start a new year with new development projects being awarded to local companies, and more importantly, getting people back to work.” Two major architectural projects were recently announced: the five-story, 150,000square-foot Cardiovascular Institute and Multispecialty Building awarded to Harley Ellis Devereaux, and the Sinai-Grace Hospital Emergency Department awarded to SmithGroup Incorporated. The Sinai-Grace project will double the size of the emergency room and will add 46 new ICU

beds. The $110 million dollar Cardiovascular Institute project and the $77 million dollar Sinai-Grace expansion both start in fall of 2011. Other contracts for architectural work over $10 million are: ● A $10.7 million dollar central, unified lobby at Harper University Hospital awarded to Neumann/Smith Architecture and slated to begin this summer. ● A $23 million dollar surgical services renovation at Harper University Hospital awarded to HKS and slated to start this summer. ● An $8 million dollar unit renovations at Harper University Hospital awarded to Stuckey Vitale and slated to start this fall. ● An $8.4 million dollar new operating and pre/post operating room at Detroit Receiving Hospital awarded to Stuckey Vitale and slated to start this fall. For a complete project list, please visit and click on the Construction Outreach Banner.

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NEWS school, they can accomplish their dreams.” Added Councilman Pugh, quoting a Mayo Angelo poem: “When you learn, you teach. When you get, you give.” He praised Jackson, and told the students: “(If ) you don’t have to know a lot to teach, teach what you know. (If ) you don’t have to have a lot to give, give what you have.” In that spirit, he honored Jackson, a man who truly shines with the spirit of Detroit. For more information on the Carpenters’ Christmas for Kids event, contact Stephanie Givens at or call Publicity Works at 248.691.4466.

Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Mike Jackson, Honored with Spirit of Detroit Award The Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters (MRCC) Executive SecretaryTreasurer Mike Jackson was honored with a Spirit of Detroit Award for his charitable activities and outstanding service to the City of Detroit by Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh. Jackson was honored at the Annual Carpenters’ Christmas for Kids holiday party in December at Spain Dual School. Jackson was surprised and touched by the tremendous honor. A Spirit of Detroit Award can be requested from a council member for a person, event or organization for an outstanding achievement or service to the citizens of Detroit. The plaque inscription on the Spirit of Detroit sculpture holds true for Jackson. The plaque reads: “Through the spirit of man is manifested in the family, the noblest human relationship.” Another honor received during the ceremony inspired Jackson. Charles McCoy, eighth-grade class president, penned an eloquent and upbeat poem that he read prior to presenting Johnson and MRCC President Rich Davis with an engraved plaque from the Spain Dual School in appreciation of their devoted time and support over the past 14 years. The talented young man is an example of the impact that the MRCC's generosity has had on the students at the school. “This is our way of inspiring hope in Detroit’s youth,” said Jackson. “We believe as long as these children understand the importance of education and remain in



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Building Professionals Support Homes for Our Troops PELLA RAISES MONEY TO HELP BUILD HOMES FOR SEVERELY INJURED U.S. SOLDIERS Thirty events across the U.S. and Canada will bring the building industry together in 2011, and during each event, window and door industry leader Pella Corporation will encourage attendees to donate to help build homes for severely injured U.S. soldiers and their families. Pella has selected the national, non-profit organization Homes for Our Troops as its charitable partner for THE PRO EXPO Presented by Pella(SM) program held in 30 U.S. and Canadian markets January through May 2011. Pella is contributing money to help the Homes for Our Troops cause, and is encouraging others to do so as well. "Through THE PRO EXPO Presented by Pella events, we bring together builders, remodelers, contractors, architects and students to network, share ideas and earn accredited educational credits," said Jarred Roy, trade marketing manager at Pella Corporation. "An important part of this

event is providing attendees with a meaningful charity to which they can donate. Homes for Our Troops is a strong fit for Pella and our partners, given each of our ties to the homebuilding industry." HOW TO HELP Donations can be made through a secure online fundraising site at OEXPO. Or, to make a $10 donation (U.S. currency) to Homes for Our Troops, text the word EXPO to 85944. NON-PROFIT HELPS SEVERELY INJURED VETERANS Since it was founded in 2004, Homes for Our Troops has assisted severely injured veterans and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials, and professional labor. The organization coordinates the process of building a specially-adapted home that enables an injured veteran to live more independently. The homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at no cost to the veterans. "Many veterans are returning home from wars in Iraq or Afghanistan with life-altering injuries sustained while defending the United States overseas," said John Gonsalves, president and founder of Homes for Our Troops. "These American heroes need specially-adapted homes that will allow them to regain their independence and help them and their families rebuild their lives." Injuries include the loss of one or more limbs, varying levels of paralysis and traumatic brain injury. Some veterans also return with blindness, deafness or severe burns. They may be confined to a wheelchair or may need to utilize a wheelchair when they are unable to walk on their prosthetics. Their homes are no longer a place of comfort, but rather filled with barriers that make the simplest tasks difficult, if not impossible, Gonsalves said. HOMES DESIGNED FOR ACCESSIBILITY Homes for Our Troops' specially-adapted homes go beyond Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. They typically feature single-level, open floor plans, roll-in showers, roll-under cooktops and sinks, and other standard accessibility items. Depending on the severity of the injury suffered by the veteran, the homes may also include specialized items like lift systems, keyless door entry and voice activation controls.

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United Rentals Expands Environmental Stewardship with Launch of Major Sustainability Program CLEAN CONSTRUCTION, SAFETY AND DIVERSITY AMONG TOP PRIORITIES FOR 2011 United Rentals, Inc. recently announced the launch of an extensive sustainability program designed to foster growth and benefit customers, employees, suppliers and communities. The Sustainable Growth program's new online presence at includes examples of the company's involvement, encourages collaboration via the submission of ideas and suggestions, and offers a comprehensive white paper on Clean Construction. Michael Kneeland, chief executive officer, said, “As we respond to the demand for our services, we are careful to grow in an environmentally responsible manner. We want our sustainability initiatives to have a lasting impact on our operations and supply chain, and build enduring value for all stakeholders of United Rentals. Green practices are more than a sound strategy for growth, they are quite simply the right thing to do.� Heidi Rawe, senior director - sustainability, said, “Issues such as emissions control and energy conservation are becoming increasingly important to our customers, particularly those in the construction field. Sustainable Growth is about demonstrating corporate responsibility while helping our customers address regulatory and cultural changes within their own industries. These are exciting objectives, and we are focused on developing innovative and practical ways to advance them.� Rawe said that the company expects to build on numerous Sustainable Growth initiatives already underway, including: �

Retrofit programs to ensure engine compliance for Tier 3 and Tier 4 equipment

“Clean construction� industry education to help contractors address new regulations � Customer training and train-the-trainer programs that advocate safety and best practices � State-of-the-art GPS technology and hand-held computers to optimize routing, dispatch and equipment loads, and conserve fuel

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NEWS In addition to outlining its initiatives for sustainable growth, the company has identified employee diversity, supplier diversity and safety as continuing priorities in 2011. In 2010, United Rentals recorded the fourth consecutive year of significant improvement in safety performance, and received national recognition for its recruitment of military veterans and supplier diversity practices.

Larry Durkin 1948 – 2010 Larry Durkin passed away on December 17, 2010. He was a Board Member of the Masonry Institute of Michigan, and owner of Durkin & Company Contractors in Washington Township. Larry was married to his childhood sweetheart, Brenda, for 41 years. They have four children and 11 grandchildren. Larry was also a member of the Knights of Columbus in Hale, MI.

Detroit Public Schools Builds a House as a Service-Learning Project In mid-January, Randolph Career and Technical Center began building a threebedroom, ranch-style home to donate to the community. The home will be completed by May 31, 2011 and will be donated to a third party. The home will be built on-site at Randolph and moved to a permanent location upon completion. “The staff and students are excited to begin this academic project which will ultimately improve our community,” said Cynthia Hough, director of the Randolph

Career Technical Center. “This school-wide experience brings our curriculum to life by creating this tangible item that each classroom can contribute to” with their skills and talents. Randolph is receiving a $10,000 service learning mini-grant to begin the project. Donations of equipment, supplies, and cash are being solicited in order to complete the project. The estimated cost of the home is $40,000. The school hopes to have enough support to make the house an annual project. If you would like to donate to the project, please contact Angela Hoston-Montgomery at (313) 870-3600 or

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SALES Clarification CAM recently conducted its 125th Annual Meeting at MotorCity Casino Hotel on February 2, 2011. Awards were presented to the projects appearing in CAM Magazine’s Special Issue 2010. Among the winning projects was Greektown Casino, whose project team included contractor Jenkins/Skanska Venture. The name of Jenkins Construction, Inc. was accidentally omitted from the slide show presentation on that day. CAM regrets this omission and would like to clarify the complete project team on Greektown Casino, below.



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Is Your Website Hurting Your Business? Marketing Strategies that Get Results By J. Christopher Hippler, President, Capital Letters

John O’Neil, president of W.J. O’Neil Co. (WJO), Livonia, witnessed the return on his marketing investment at a client meeting last fall. “A senior VP told me our press releases and new website drew his attention to WJO and helped him decide to initiate the interview process with us,” O’Neil said. He added with a smile, “And the project is huge.” Results. Is there a better way to gauge success? The measure of marketing effectiveness, as in any investment, is Return On Investment (ROI), whether in sales, leads generated, or expansion into new territories. An outdated website is counter productive because it makes a bad first impression. Business relationships and the quality of your work will always be the foundations of your business. But the Internet has changed how business is done. Your website is the online presence of your company and, increasingly, the Web is the preferred way people research businesses. Word-of-mouth has become word-of-mouse. And the competitor you go toe-to-toe with, just pulled a rope-a-dope by launching a new website. I recently spoke with some CAM members who have successfully used marketing tactics tailored to their business to get results. You can, too.



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W.J. O’NEIL COMPANY: EXPANDING IN THE SOUTH In 2003 the service division of WJO was growing, but commercial and industrial construction in Michigan was grinding to a halt. President John O’Neil knew he had to do something. He went south where construction was strong and got WJO licensed in several “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

states. In 2007, WJO was invited to bid on a new Volkswagen plant in Tennessee. In 2008 the company opened an office in Chattanooga and was awarded a contract to fabricate and install utility piping at the facility. “Business will always be about relationships,” said O’Neil, “But marketing creates an awareness of our work and lays the groundwork for building those relationships.”

“Business will always be about relationships, but marketing creates an awareness of our work and lays the groundwork for building those relationships.” John O’Neil President, W.J. O’Neil Co.

With long-range growth plans in both cities, WJO hired Capital Letters, Ann Arbor, to develop a Strategic Marketing Road Map to coordinate WJO’s marketing efforts with its business objectives. Press releases were distributed and its five-year-old website ( was redesigned and launched in June 2010. “The feedback on the new website has been tremendous,” said O’Neil. “We even hired a new employee in Chattanooga who saw our website and contacted us.” Tim Chamberlain, global marketing manager at WJO, added, “In new markets, our marketing is a prospect’s first impression of us. If it’s not a good impression, it may be the last.” ARISTEO CONSTRUCTION: REACHING NEW VERTICAL MARKETS In its 33-year history, Aristeo Construction, Livonia, has grown from a local concrete provider into a full-service general contractor serving clients across North America. Its latest vertical market growth is in alternative wind energy. The cornerstone of Aristeo’s marketing strategy is database marketing. To maintain contact with clients, Targeted Direct Mail (TDM) and a quarterly newsletter, Giornale, are mailed to more than 5,000 clients and prospects. Industry tradeshows play a key role in the development of that database. Visit us online at


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surveys provide Customer valuable feedback, and variable data printing allows messaging to be tailored to specific audiences. Aristeo’s website is at the center of all their marketing, and it is updated regularly. To keep up with marketing best practices, Aristeo belongs to a peer group that meets regularly throughout the year.

Your website is your single most important marketing tool, and its health is vital to your business.

DEVELOP A MARKETING STRATEGY W.J. O’Neil and Aristeo are examples of how smart business decisions and strategic marketing work together to fuel business growth. Step number one: Develop a marketing strategy. Identify your clients (or prospects) and how best to reach them. Now think like your client: how would they benefit from your products or services? What is the value proposition of your company to them? Here are four useful marketing tactics to consider in executing your strategy. A company website may be a prospect’s first impression of your business. If it’s not a good WEBSITE impression, it may be the last. Your website is your single most important marketing tool, and its health is vital to your business. If your website is three years or older, it’s due for an overhaul. Websites SEO is the process of improving the volume and quality of traffic to don't last forever. Web technology is constantly evolving; a once a website from search engines via organic (i.e. not paid for) search state-of-the-art website can become a relic quickly and reflect results for targeted keywords. poorly on your business. A regularly updated News/Press Release section or blog will Whether you’re starting from scratch or overhauling your existing ensure good crawl coverage from search engines, which use website, your work begins with a strategy. CAM members should complex computer algorithms. One factor is whether your website is focus on relationships (testimonials), quality of work (case studies), providing new quality information. The more it produces, the higher and business credentials (years in business, references, professional it is likely to be ranked. organizations, etc.). Developing a website is not for rookies. Your site has to look good Your website should be rich with the content that your customers and function well. A professionally developed website adds or prospects want. Keywords are important for Search Engine credibility to your company. The investment will be amortized and is Optimization (SEO), but don’t lose sight of the fact that your content worth every penny. Once launched, costs can be defrayed by should be written, programmed and designed for your customers. managing the content internally. ●



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ONLINE PRESS RELEASES Traditional press releases were designed to get media coverage and publishers had the final say on what to print. Today, online press releases make you the publisher. They are an inexpensive way to tell your story. But they’re much more: they help you reach your prospects directly. You can optimize press releases with key words and phrases, and target industries, vertical markets, and geographic areas through distribution channels. A good online campaign drives prospects back to your website and creates opportunities for new relationships. ●

TARGET DIRECT MAIL (TDM) For small to mid-sized companies, TDM is an efficient and effective way to maintain contact with customers and prospects. Managing a database can be difficult and time-consuming, but many Michigan printers manage databases for clients. They design, print, mail and provide metrics to measure your ROI after every mail drop – all at a reasonable cost.

TARGETED ADVERTISING Targeted advertising is an excellent way to stay in front of your clients for a modest investment. Trade magazines (and their accompanying websites) and conference programs are good venues. What do your clients read? What shows or conferences do they attend? Think about their habits and practices and act accordingly. CAM Magazine is the most widely read construction magazine in Michigan, so if you’re a subcontractor or a manufacturer, your clients probably read it. Advertising in this publication on a regular basis is a good way to build business relationships and stay in front of your client month after month. ●

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MARKETING: AN INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE In marketing, there are no silver bullets or one-size-fits-all. There are best practices, though, and the first step is to develop a marketing strategy for your business. Know your customers. Know how to add value to their business. Develop a strategy for reaching them.

In a weak economy, there is a temptation to see marketing as a cost rather than an investment. That can be shortsighted. Smart, strategic planning is a better strategy for growth. Marketing is like opening the front door to your business; online marketing is like opening many doors. About the Author

CAM Member Chris Hippler is the owner and principal strategist of Capital Letters, a Business-to-Business marketing company that specializes in the commercial and industrial construction industry. Based in Ann Arbor, Capital Letters ( focuses on getting results for clients through print and online communications. Chris can be reached at (734) 353-9918 or at


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CONSTRUCTION: THE MOVIE STARRING RONNISCH MICCO AT ROYAL OAK’S NEW EMAGINE THEATRE BY MARY E. KREMPOSKY, ASSOCIATE EDITOR A VACANT PARCEL OF LAND AT 11 MILE AND TROY STREET – EARLY MORNING The rumble of a hydraulic excavator breaks the morning stillness as it digs out the first load of dirt on a 1.7-acre site in the heart of downtown Royal Oak. Sept. 7, 2010 marks the beginning of construction on the Emagine Theatre’s new entertainment complex, a 71,727-square-foot movie theater and upscale boutique bowling venue. Local area talent is building this innovative entertainment complex, the first of the Emagine line to link two all-American past times: going to the movies and going bowling. Ronnisch MICCO Joint Venture has the leading role as the construction manager chosen to bring this 10-screen theater and 16-lane bowling center out of the ground. The scene flashes back to the past when this slice of Royal Oak once housed a row of houses, wide alleys, and a corner grocery store. Flash forward to the present: The Ronnisch MICCO team uproots the neighborhood’s old foundations and



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undercuts 3-foot-deep pockets of old debris, ultimately replacing both with engineered fill. Soon a maze of concrete and rebar emerges above grade as the crew places concrete foundations, both trench form and formed wall, on this masonry-bearing building. INSIDE A TENTED MASONRY ENCLOSURE – A COLD, BITTER DAY IN DECEMBER Within a tented enclosure, the masonry crew of Pomponio Construction, Inc., South Lyon, is building the north wall of this new entertainment complex on a cold winter morning. “By starting a project of this size in the fall, the weather became one of the two main challenges on the job,” said Jason A. Gekiere, Ronnisch director of operations. “But we probably had about 60 percent of the building up before the really cold weather hit in December.” A quick pan of the site clearly shows the second project challenge: a jobsite tightly hemmed in by a grid of city streets. “We are basically operating on a zero lot line, so it

makes it challenging for deliveries and for the bracing and construction of the masonry walls,” said Gekiere. With an outside perimeter of only 20 feet between wall and street, the jobsite left little room for a fall zone for these 35- to 39-foothigh masonry walls. “For a typical fall zone, you need the height of your wall plus five feet, but we didn’t have the luxury of space on the outside of the building,” said Pat Domagalski, Ronnisch superintendent. Without room for a fall zone, the Ronnisch MICCO team installed extensive engineered wall bracing anchored by helical piers, a large screw-like anchor placed in the ground to help handle wind loads. The tight perimeter left zero room for material lay down. “The only thing that was done on the outside of the wall was the actual setting up of the scaffolding,” said Domagalski. With such a narrow perimeter and without allowances for forklift use on city streets, Ronnisch MICCO remedied the issue by stationing a 40-ton mobile crane within “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

the building’s footprint to lift materials over the top of the wall and set the brick and limestone units on the scaffold. With the east and south faces complete, a wide-angle view of the masonry walls shows the overall pattern of brick and limestone pilasters that visually break up these expansive walls of white burnished block below and brick above. Zooming in more closely brings the intricate details into view such as rows of soldier coursing, accent bands, and decorative limestone medallions. “Pomponio is doing an excellent job,” said Gekiere. “There is a great deal of detail to the wall; it is quite an intricate masonry job.”

This new entertainment hub will also house two lounges, one on the main floor and one on the upper floor, as well as a full-service commercial kitchen, complete with a pizza oven for the creation of wood-fired personal pizzas for both the movie concession and the bowling center. Two promenades will take movie fans into one of 10 auditoriums in this 1,668-seat theatre. ● One of the finishing touches of the project will be the creation of a streetscape from Troy Street to Main Street in Royal Oak.


BEHIND THE SCENES SWINGING STEEL INSIDE THE Making this all happen will take some BUILDING FOOTPRINT – LATE specialty building systems. “In between MORNING the theater walls, they will have a With its jib and tall boom silhouetted double stud wall system that is against the sky, the crane hoists pieces staggered with three layers of drywall of steel to form the steel support on each side of the wall,” said Gekiere. structure. The south third of the steel “They have actually enlisted an and the steel roof deck was already set acoustical engineer to conduct studies in place by mid-December. “We are to make sure the sound from the working the building from south to bowling center doesn’t interfere with north,” said Gekiere. “As the mason the movie theaters and vice versa. progresses, the steel and the roof is They are calling for installation of a following him.” ceiling panel system in the bowling Gekiere sets the stage for future center that will help break up sound scenes: “We will do the northeast waves. It is a series of acoustical panels quadrant with steel and then as the and drywall drops with different mason finishes the last piece up to the stepped levels.” entrance tower, they will back out and In addition, individual HVAC units the rest of the steel will be set in place. serve each auditorium to prevent For the steel, we will bring in a much sound transfer between the units. “A smaller crane and almost back right out great deal of thought and design went of the building at the tower, which will into the HVAC system for both the be glass and metal panel as opposed to comfort of the guests and to control masonry.” sound transfer,” Gekiere added. “With a Curved standing seam roofs will be movie theater’s AV, projection, and Ronnisch MICCO stationed a crane within the building’s installed on both the entrance tower audio equipment needs, the building’s footprint to lift materials over the wall, set masonry and the canopy arcing over the entry electrical systems are inherently units on the scaffold, and set steel in place. drive to shelter visitors and valet complex. It is a pretty intricate service. Faux spandrel window units mechanical and electrical job.” will flank the entrance, creating the appearance of a storefront but The grand opening of Emagine’s new entertainment complex will actually camouflaging the auditoriums and bowling center within. be spring 2011. Thanks to Ronnisch MICCO’s hard work throughout The crowning touch is installation of a white TPO fully adhered the cold winter, people will be able to enjoy this season’s summer roofing system for this LEED® registered building. blockbusters – plus go bowling with friends – all in a single building in the heart of this popular downtown. SNEAK PREVIEW Below is a sneak preview of the Emagine experience: LET THE CREDITS ROLL Some of the project’s “cast and crew” include CH Royal Oak, LLC, ● An entry clad in porcelain tile steps down into a grand two-story Royal Oak, as owner and Emagine Entertainment, Inc., as operator; lobby directly facing the concession and concierge counters. Both Signature Associates, Southfield, as real estate brokerage and counters will be formed of millwork and granite or another natural consulting services; Studio 3 Design, Inc., Indianapolis, IN as architect; stone surface. A decorative staircase and glass rails will give this entertainment venue even more pizzazz. Westfall Structural Engineering, Ann Arbor, as structural engineer; M.E. Design, Inc., Grand Rapids as mechanical, plumbing and electrical ● “In general, the interior will have high-end but durable finishes, engineer; JLD Designs, Inc., Berkley, as interior designer; Amusement including ceramic tile and cork flooring in the bowling area,” said Entertainment Management LLC, East Brunswick, NJ as entertainment Gekiere. “They are working on finalizing the design of the back bars consultant; RTM Consultants, Inc., Indianapolis, IN as code consultants; and the bars.” and Nowak and Fraus Engineers, Pontiac as consulting and land ● The north third of the building is a bowling center with 12 lanes on surveying engineers. the first level. A mezzanine level overlooking the lanes below will house a multipurpose room and a four-lane private bowling area for corporate parties or other events. Visit us online at


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Delivering for Quality Care By David R. Miller, Associate Editor akwood Healthcare System has a well-earned reputation for quality care, but the hospital group would not be able to continue this tradition at the recently constructed addition to the Oakwood Southshore Medical Center in Trenton until members of the talented design and construction team put their own hard-earned reputations on the line. The project team led by architect Hobbs + Black Associates, Inc., Ann Arbor, and design-build contractor Walbridge, Detroit, delivered a 213,000-square-foot addition, including surgical suites, 72 private patient rooms and a new emergency department, with less




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than 24 months between initial schematic design and final occupancy. Mechanical and electrical engineer Peter Basso Associates, Inc., Troy, mechanical contractor Great Lakes Mechanical, Dearborn, and electrical contractor Maryland Electric Co., Inc., Clinton Township, combined their skills to meet the challenging mechanical and electrical needs of the five-story structure within the accelerated schedule. MEETING MECHANICAL NEEDS From a mechanical standpoint, building a sizeable addition adjacent to a hospital built in the 1960s was a blessing and a curse. One

significant advantage to this approach was found neatly tucked away in the basement of the existing structure. “They had an old, abandoned steam boiler, from back in the days when they used an absorption chiller for cooling,” said James Paul, PE, LEED AP, mechanical engineer for Peter Basso Associates. “It wasn’t being used and it had more than enough capacity to serve the addition.” Even though the addition doubled the size of the hospital, the existing boiler facilitated construction without the addition of a new boiler plant. Detroit Boiler Co., Detroit, assisted with the delicate task of “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

reviving the slumbering beast and retrofitting it to breathe fire once again. Reactivating the boiler was only half the battle, as the project team also needed to deliver steam through occupied areas to reach the new addition. Early in the project, the team thought that a serviceable route had been discovered, but a portion of the run went through a kitchen area that served the existing hospital, and this was found to be too disruptive to the hospital’s food service operations. “That took a little innovation from our field people, but they worked with Peter Basso to find another route,” said Mark Perpich, owner of Great Lakes Mechanical. The project team changed course and insulated the steam line so it could be rerouted across the roof of the existing building. Not all mechanical needs could be met by rerouting systems from the existing hospital. Since the structure had no excess capacity for chilled water, medical vacuum or medical compressed air, all of these systems needed to be installed in the addition. A new sanitary pumping station with over 1,000 feet of piping was installed through directional boring, while relocation of underground storm and domestic water lines was also necessary. Air handling units, the chiller plant and a pump for the cooling tower are housed inside a rooftop penthouse provided by Griffin International, LLC, Chesterfield. Although this portion of the structure looks like it was built on site, it is actually a modular unit that was shipped in 11 sections that were hoisted up more than 80 feet and pieced together on the roof. The prefabricated mechanical room is centered around a customized Mammoth IPEC™ unit that includes evaporative-cooled condensing equipment, high-efficiency screw compressors and FANWALL TECHNOLOGY® by Huntair®, which lets smaller fans and motors operate closer to their peak efficiencies, resulting in reduced energy costs. The modular approach cut construction time while providing cost savings, as well. Innovative problem solving was not limited to mechanical trades, as the project also posed a host of electrical challenges. PROVIDING POWER Much like the mechanical work, many electrical challenges involved routing power through the existing hospital to the new addition. Some ceiling spaces were too tight for conduit installation in the existing Visit us online at


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Equipment for the heating and plumbing systems are housed in this basement mechanical room, but air handling units, the chiller plant and a pump for the cooling tower were placed in a modular penthouse that cut construction time and provided cost savings.

hospital, so the project team substituted a space-saving bus duct that was routed through other areas of the building. “When you tear apart ceilings in a 40-yearold hospital, you don’t really know how much room you are going to have,” said Kurt Odrobina, project manager for Maryland Electric. “Steve [Stephen Bryk, electrical engineer, Peter Basso Associates] came over and we designed the bus duct with our supplier in the field. We measured, the supplier drew it, Peter Basso approved it, we CAD’d it, and it worked.” Getting it to work was not as easy as it sounds because bus duct does not offer the flexibility that is associated with conduit.



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Only straight lines and 90-degree angles are possible, so the team spent about two-anda-half weeks performing field measurements to facilitate the design. A single error or half-an-inch could have brought the project to a standstill while the team went back to the drawing board. Ed Patricca, general foreman for Maryland Electric, left a few pieces out of the order until the exact dimensions needed could be determined through field measurements. Electrical service to the addition and the existing hospital is now provided through double-ended, medium voltage switchgear and a new double-ended substation that was placed in the basement of the addition. “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®


These two transformers each weigh 14,000 pounds. They were placed atop round sections of conduit and manually rolled through the basement to be installed as part of the double-ended switchgear that is located at the front of the hospital.



The substation and transformers are quite large and options for placing them in the basement were limited. “The only way to get into the basement was along the back of the building, because there was a glass wall there,” said Odrobina. “There was no way to lower equipment into the basement, because the building was already sitting on top of it. We hung equipment on the outside wall with a crane and the crew used ropes to manually pull it in.” The glass wall, along with a knee wall that supported the glass, was left open to allow the equipment to be pulled inside. Crane access was limited by site constraints and architectural reveals on the exterior. Crews might have expected a break after pulling the two, 14,000-pound transformers inside, but that was merely a warm-up for the workout that would follow. All equipment was placed atop round sections of conduit and manually rolled into position across the basement floor. Fortunately, the project team also found a few ways to reduce labor on the job. Hospital rooms typically include a large number of outlets to accommodate medical equipment. Since the patient rooms are mirror images of each other at Southshore Medical Center, the project team was able to simplify the installation process with a modular system. “There might be eight outlets in a patient room wall and each one is usually installed individually,” said Bryk. “Here, you put the system in, wire it, and you are done.” Some electrical work was performed very close to existing patient rooms; so hydro vac excavation was used to prevent damage to underground systems. A jet of water was injected into the ground, which created a slurry of dirt and water that could be vacuumed up. The process was loud, but temporary plywood walls were erected to contain the noise. Maryland Electric also installed electrical gear as soon as it arrived on site, as limited laydown space was available. Thanks to the efforts of a dedicated project team, the entire job ran with a similar level of efficiency. GETTING THE JOB DONE A typical schedule for a project as complex as the Southshore Medical Center expansion would have allowed 12 months for design followed by 18 months of construction, according to the engineers and project managers who coordinated Visit us online at

mechanical and electrical work for the project; yet less than 24 months passed between schematic design and final occupancy. Walbridge worked to streamline the process by using Building Information Modeling (BIM) to combine input from the various trades into a single model. As complex as BIM can be, Walbridge earned high praise for seeing to the much less technical details that can contribute to success. “It can be as simple as starting meetings on time,” said Perpich. “I know that sounds very elementary, but we’ve all been to meetings where people come in 20 minutes late. Here, if the meeting was at 9:00, it started at 9:00.” In addition to starting on time, meetings were also planned in advance to cover necessary information efficiently and thoroughly. Perpich cited the startup procedure as a good example of a complex process that was made much easier by the amount of planning that went into it beforehand. In addition to running efficient meetings, Walbridge also brought a great

deal of knowledge and experience to the table. “One thing that Walbridge did was that they had people who understood each trade,” said Odrobina. “We could speak to them without having to educate them. We were able to get the electrical changes and additions taken care of very quickly because of these people.” Odrobina went on to explain that a company in Walbridge’s position would typically explain the need for changes to the owner. Owners often have questions, but a thorough knowledge of the trades involved put the answers to these questions within easy reach. Otherwise, these queries would have been redirected back to the electrical contractor or engineer – a process that can be time consuming and wasteful. In this case, the owner benefited from the collective knowledge of the entire team, but it was the leadership from the top that really set the project apart. “I attribute the success of this job to the leadership of the people who worked on it,” said Paul.

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“Save a polar bear, install a solar panel” could well be the unofficial motto of the Toledo Zoo. This new breed of zoo hosts over 1,400 solar panels as part of the SolarWalk, the first major photovoltaic array installed at any zoo in the nation. Created by Rudolph/Libbe, Inc., a design/build contractor with offices in Walbridge, Ohio and Plymouth, Michigan, Solar Walk is a bright orange snake of steel winding along the sidewalk from the parking lot to the zoo entrance. With solar panels for “scales,” this rare “animal” is a fitting introduction to a next-generation zoo pairing animal care with care for the natural world. At this progressive institution, animal footprints and the zoo’s carbon footprint travel side by side. The Toledo Zoo is a Polar Bear International Arctic Ambassador Center, one of a handful of organizations endorsed by leading polar bear scientists and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for being actively engaged in helping to save the polar bear’s ice-covered Arctic Ocean habitat through reduction of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Projected to generate 104,000 kilowatts annually, SolarWalk will reduce the zoo’s annual carbon dioxide output by 75 metric tons a year – an amount equivalent to the carbon dioxide emitted by 15 medium-sized cars in a year. In realizing its “green” vision, the Toledo Zoo had a helping hand from its next-door neighbors in northwestern Ohio. First Solar, a thin-film solar technology firm headquartered in Tempe, Arizona with a

research and development facility in Perrysburg, Ohio, donated the solar modules and provided design and engineering assistance. Rudolph/Libbe donated its project management services and assembled the team of Romanoff Electric Co., LLC, a Toledo electrical contractor; JDRM Engineering, a Sylvania, Ohio electrical design firm; and Sponseller Group, a structural engineering firm based in Holland, Ohio. As design/build contractor, Rudolph/Libbe admirably handled every facet of this custom installation, all while delivering a safe project on schedule and on budget. In fact, the Toledo Zoo selected design/build for the first time in its history - and a contractor well versed in its methods - to complete the project in time for its Lights Before Christmas program. “We deliver a great number of projects with a tough design and a tough schedule, but that is our forte,” said Gary Haas, Rudolph/Libbe vice president. “We are very proud of this job. It is a nice attraction for the zoo and shows the zoo’s commitment to energy conservation.” ART WITH A SOLAR FLAIR The power generated from this whimsical solar snake will offset the zoo’s energy use during periods of peak electrical demand. Termed peak load shaving, this targeted approach trims electrical costs, for utility companies charge a higher amount for energy consumed at peak demand. The new $1.475 million SolarWalk feeds its “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

The SolarWalk, an array of 1,400 solar panels mounted on a tube steel frame, is projected to generate 104,000 kilowatts annually.

A bluebird perched on a sun ornament is the perfect finial for this “green” project. The decorative finials include hand-blown glass globes equipped with energy-efficient LED lights.

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sinuous curve of its 12-inch tube steel frame, the entire SolarWalk is part energy-efficient technology and part public art. Blending the two took a knowledgeable contractor able to generate custom solar solutions. In the case of the ornamental posts, Rudolph/Libbe installed an innovative blocking diode to maximize power production. The posts tower above and cast a shadow on the rows of solar panels as the sun tracks across the sky. A shadow on a solar panel is the equivalent of throwing water on a campfire. “If we were to allow that one shaded panel to produce only a fourth of the amount of power of which it is capable, it would draw down the voltage of the other six panels on the electrical circuit,” explained Slattery. “The blocking diode allows us to shut one panel down versus shutting the entire circuit of six panels down. Essentially, this blocking diode permits an installation to operate at maximum efficiency despite a shaded panel.” Rudolph/Libbe’s knowledge is rooted in an impressive solar portfolio. As an industry leader in northwestern Ohio’s growing solar

marketplace, Rudolph/Libbe has already delivered eleven commercial, utility-scale solar projects, including three for the 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard, a 2.1 megawatt solar array on 12 acres for Westwood Solar, and First Solar’s 2.4 megawatt rooftop solar array, a project ranking as one of the largest rooftop solar arrays east of the Mississippi River. Rudolph/Libbe was even involved in research and development efforts on many a project to help determine the most effective technology to employ on the job. This solarsavvy firm also is a member of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners.

The SolarWalk hosts a display on alternative energy at every pairing of column and bench along the route.

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soak up optimal levels of sunlight. Ideally, all solar panels in an installation should be set at the same angle, the optimal placement being due south at an azimuth angle of 180 degrees, said Slattery. The SolarWalk has both multiple and less than ideal angles. The walkway bends into a major curve in the middle of its 1,400-lineal-foot trajectory. Even the two relatively straight

runs are placed at different angles. “In this project, we had two different azimuth angles,” said Slattery. “Part of the array was at 148 degrees in the azimuth plane; the other was at 134 degrees in the azimuth plane.” The solution: multiple inverters converting DC to AC. Instead of one inverter serving a single, large block of solar panels, Rudolph/Libbe installed 16 different inverters

of varying sizes to service segregated clusters of solar panels. “With all the differently angled panels producing at different levels, the single inverter would track power production and actually operate at a happy medium,” said Slattery. “But each panel would not operate at its optimal efficiency. Placing multiple inverters allows panel clusters in the same plane to operate at the same voltage output.” Use of multiple inverters also “created a truly custom wiring scheme at every panel configuration, eliminating much of the cookie-cutter wiring on a typical solar array,” said Slattery. “With a little creative engineering, we achieved great results, proving that with engineering and technology solar now becomes a viable option on a less than ideal site.” In addition, the SolarWalk and other projects demonstrate that solar energy is possible even in the fickle sunshine of the Midwest. What makes it possible is thin film solar technology.“Thin film technology allows you to harvest solar energy at lower light levels,” said Slattery. “It will actually generate electricity at levels of light at which other panels won’t even generate any output at all. Thin film technology allows you to produce power in a longer window of the day.” SOLAR POWER’S DAY IN THE SUN? Custom work wasn’t confined to the solar panels. Rudolph/Libbe also established a customized reporting program offering detailed diagnostic capabilities for repair and maintenance and live data collection on SolarWalk’s power production. Plus, the SolarWalk has an interactive computer kiosk at the beginning of the walkway for visitor education, as well as displays on alternative energy at every pairing of column and bench along the route. Like a forest canopy, the SolarWalk offers a shaded shelter beneath its solar panels. The elevated steel frame does triple duty as a mount for the panels, as an art work, and as a wire chase to conceal electrical equipment. Rudolph/Libbe delivered this custom solar project in just six months, beginning design in April 2010, starting construction in August, and turning the project over in midNovember in time for the zoo’s Lights Before Christmas program. Thanks to Rudolph/Libbe, the SolarWalk glowed brightly during the holiday season and will continue to gather filaments of sunlight for years to come. At last, solar energy may be having its day in the sun even in the overcast Midwest.



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Finding New Ground MOVING FROM INDUSTRIAL PLANTS TO NATIVE PLANTS AT THE REFUGE GATEWAY B Y M A RY E . K R E M P O S K Y, A S S O C I AT E E D I T O R alking the grounds of what will become the gateway and visitor center to the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (DRIWR) is like time traveling through three different centuries. In one direction is the quiet forest of Humbug Marsh, the last mile of natural shoreline remaining on the U.S. mainland of the Detroit River. With oaks over five feet in diameter, Humbug Marsh is a vision of presettlement America. In the other direction, native plants give way to industrial plants in a tableau rooted in the 20th century. The Refuge Gateway is tucked between the two in a 44-acre parcel of land poised to become a 21st century model of sustainability. Under a master plan formulated by Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson Associates, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Wayne County Division of Parks, a dedicated team transformed this former industrial site into a wetland fringed in cattails and a gently rolling upland dotted with deer. In Phase I, Glencorp, Inc., an earthmoving contractor based in Shelby Township, carved the wetlands and sculpted the uplands now rippling across half of the site where on a bright morning a deer mounts a rise, its sleek form outlined against the twin stacks of the Trenton Channel Power Plant. “What attracts people is the paradox of what we are doing,” said John H. Hartig, PhD, refuge manager, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. “People




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wonder, ‘How can you take a Brownfield site and restore habitat? How can you be in the shadow of a major power plant and do this?’ It’s a paradox, but it is also a great model. If it can be done here, it can be done anywhere.” How is it being done? The first half of the answer is the support of DTE and other corporations, the backing of the Kresge Foundation and similar institutions, plus sheer community enthusiasm. The second half of the answer is the expertise and talents of Glencorp, Hamilton Anderson and other companies in Michigan’s design and construction industry. Constructing a wetland is second nature to Glencorp. For over 15 years, the company has been excavating, sculpting and re-seeding ponds, wetlands and other watery havens for ducks, turtles and water lilies. The work was done for commercial developments, but little did anyone know how valuable this talent would become for a site directly next door to this rare mile of natural shoreline. This talent for building ponds and boggy places has been a godsend for the Refuge Gateway. “The quality of Glencorp’s work was truly exceptional,” said Hartig. “They were phenomenal to work with, and they went the extra mile for us.” Thanks to Glencorp and Hamilton Anderson, the first seeds of change “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

have already been planted. Once buried in an underground storm drain, the final stretch of Monguagon Creek has been released, or daylighted, and now flows freely into a newly excavated basin and an emergent wetland seeded with water lilies, arrowhead, pickerel weed and other native wetland plants. As part of Phase I, Glencorp mixed and spread six inches of sandy loam over the sculpted uplands, said Steve Normand, Glencorp field supervisor. Part of the uplands will soon be planted with oak and hickory seeds and saplings. Once mature, this oak-hickory grove will mark the return of the original forest species to a site that formerly housed an automotive brake manufacturing plant for over 40 years.

But the Refuge Gateway is growing more than native vegetation. This born-again landscape is growing hope. “Clearly, one of our goals is to grow hope and inspire the next generation,” said Hartig. “Inner-city kids who have never been to northern Michigan can get into the woods and see bald eagles that nest on Humbug Island. Our goal has always been to give all kids a compelling experience and to develop the next generation of conservationists and sustainability entrepreneurs.” Hartig believes the Gateway and the entire Refuge offers economic hope to the Detroit metropolitan area by helping to rebrand its rustbelt image, replacing it with a shining riverfront of natural attractions, including world-class hunting, fishing and birding, as well as sailing and boating. “It could help attract and retain the next generation of employees,” said Hartig.

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John Hartig, refuge manager (left), and Rob Lange, Glencorp (right), witness the release of the former underground Monguagon Drain. The lower Detroit River is an undiscovered gem largely unknown even within metropolitan Detroit. Hartig lists some of its natural attributes: It is one of the three best places in North America to watch migrating hawks whose numbers can reach 350,000 during fall migration.


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The newly excavated settling basin is held in a precision-graded bowl of earth and rock.

Thousands of canvasback, black ducks and other waterfowl are attracted to the wild celery beds of the Detroit River, plus the shallows of the Trenton Channel are prime feeding grounds for waterfowl. “We have a driving tour of 27 locations of world-class birding experiences in a 45-minute drive,” said Hartig. About 40 species of fish use Humbug Marsh as a spawning and nursery ground. The marsh is also one of the few homes for the threatened fox snake, the rare Cup plant and threatened species of dragonflies. This Noah’s Ark for birds, fish and waterfowl is all within a short drive of nearly 7 million people in the Detroit-Windsor metropolitan area. The 5,700-acre Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge - the first International Wildlife Refuge in North America – heralds Humbug Marsh as its centerpiece, but includes islands, coastal wetlands, marshes, shoals, and waterfront lands along 48 miles of lower Detroit River and western Lake Erie shoreline. The Refuge Gateway will draw attention to the natural wonders of the entire Refuge and this rare marsh. In 2009 and 2010, Phase I saw the creation of wetland, upland prairie and

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oak-hickory forest habitat on the west half of the site. In 2011, Phase II calls for natural shoreline restoration of the riverfront portion of the Gateway site. A fishing pier in the heart of the world’s walleye capital and a floating boat dock is slated for construction in 2012. The dock will be the new home of the Great Lakes School Ship that takes schoolchildren out on the river to learn environmental education from the living laboratory of its waters. In 2013, the Refuge hopes to break ground on a world-class, Platinum LEED® visitors’ center that will have geothermal heat, photovoltaic cells, and other sustainable features. “We are working with DTE on a possible fuel cell on site, so the building would be a net exporter of energy,” said Hartig. “What a great teachable moment.” Other sustainability measures currently in place include re-using dead ash trees killed by the infamous Emerald Ash Borer as railings for a Humbug Marsh bridge. Plus, “the utility poles on the bridge are used poles from DTE,” said Hartig. “Concrete from an abandoned road in Humbug Marsh was removed, crushed to 21AA and used as the base for interpretive trails.”

DISCOVERIES BELOW GRADE Glencorp played a pivotal role in bringing Phase I of this grand vision to life. The company excavated approximately 60,000 cubic yards of material to create the basin and the wetland, said Tony D’Agostini, Glencorp estimator. Glencorp began the basin’s big dig in August 2009, first removing the top 5 feet of soil before carving through 9 feet of hard clay to reach the

limestone bedrock, said Normand. The wetland is a shallow, saucer-like excavation only a foot-and-a-half to two-feet deep. These seemingly simple ponds were not easy to dig or to design. Glencorp encountered massive footings the size of a Hummer after beginning excavation. “We unearthed at least a hundred of these huge footings,” said Normand. “The footings ended up being anywhere from 16 feet to 18 feet wide.” The mammoth structures were the last vestiges of the demolished automotive plant and its outlying buildings. Leaving most of the footings in place was a wise budgetary move. “With the cooperation of Wayne County, the engineering team, and the DNRE, we were able to save a great deal of money by leaving the footings in place and adjusting the ponds in certain ways,” said Ronald A. Marino, Glencorp president. A new plan altered the grading and the shoreline contour of the two ponds, ultimately nudging the pond edges slightly toward the west. “We worked closely with Glencorp to locate all the footings and to quickly redevelop the grading plan to avoid these structures,” said Burke Jenkins, Hamilton Anderson project architect. “The general location of the basin stayed the same, but the edges and undulations changed dramatically.” Mother Nature provided her own share of underground obstacles in the form of a line of glacial erratics, large rocks bulldozed down from Canada by the Pleistocene glaciers. These boulders were stockpiled for later use as aesthetic features or as wildlife platforms within the basin and wetland. “Smaller stone found on site was used during construction to line and reinforce the drainage channel and as a filter,” said Jenkins.




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“Some of the concrete footings discovered during excavation were used within the site as fill to raise the grade.� In another instance of site recycling, Glencorp used the ponds’ excavated soil to shape the upland elevations. “The fill from the excavated Monguagon area never had any contamination, so we have used it to build up the rest of the site,� said Allison Krueger, landscape designer, International Wildlife Refuge Alliance.

MAKING THE GRADE Glencorp worked their magic both below and above grade. The basin and wetland have shorelines as irregular and natural as Mother Nature’s own. But an even more difficult task was the precision grading needed for flood control and maintenance of proper water levels in the wetland. For as natural looking as the wetland system appears, as a matter of necessity, water flow on this rehabilitated site is a highly regulated system. The site will showcase some of the habitat of an earlier era, but the Refuge Gateway is still in the middle of a major metropolitan area with its network of paved roads, parking lots, and other impervious surfaces. The hard surfaces of modern life are hard pressed to achieve the land’s soft, sponge-like capacity to absorb rainwater. “A tremendous amount of rainfall comes into our system,� said Krueger. “When it rains an inch, the levels in this wetland can raise half a foot.� The design of the Hamilton Anderson team controls stormwater and the daylighted Monguagon drain through accurate sizing of the two ponds, the grading of land forms and outlet elevations, plus actual mechanical pumps. ASTI Environmental, Brighton, took samples at the outlet to determine water quality. CDM, a firm headquartered in Cambridge, MA with local offices in Detroit, Ann Arbor and Lansing, analyzed the drainage areas and expected flow volumes of the Monguagon Storm Drain. “While complete data regarding the entire drainage area was not available within the scope of the project, the design was based on the overall capacity of the existing storm drain,� said Jenkins. “This approach ensured our design would not negatively impact the system upstream.� Design and excavation of the two ponds – both basin and wetland – was a carefully calibrated operation. “We think we can just dig a pond, but it actually requires a great deal of planning and control,� said Krueger. “We had a tremendous support team of engineers, hydrologists and designers figuring out how deep and how wide the ponds needed to be Visit us online at

and at what elevations the outlets needed to be placed.� Two outlets are located along the southern property line dividing the Refuge Gateway and Humbug Marsh. “One outlet goes into the marsh, and if there is too much water, one goes into the Detroit River,� said Normand. Glencorp meticulously followed the grading

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of the system. We had to balance the elevation, so we would outlet to the river at a certain point without the river backing into the wetland and basin when river levels are up.” Another goal of this hydrological and topographical challenge was to maintain the proper level of water within the wetland in varied seasons, ranging from the wet month of April to the dry month of August. “A wetland system has to be engineered and graded to properly hold X amount of water at the desired levels,” said Marino. For further water control, a pump and an underground agri drain is

a flooding mechanism for Humbug Marsh to assist in the control of Phragmites, an aggressive invasive plant currently taking over wetlands throughout Michigan,” said Jenkins.



Glencorp broke open the Monguagon Drain as excavation and earthwork neared completion. The “silent spring” is now over for this once buried stretch of Monguagon Creek that will be alive with the sound of croaking frogs and bird song this spring. This newly created basin and wetland system can now fulfill its water quality mission. First, sediment settles to the bottom of the holding pond and cleaner water enters the wetland. “Nutrient uptake by plants in the emergent wetland further enhances water treatment,” said Hartig. Routing the water through the delta of Humbug Marsh recreates the natural trajectory of Monguagon Creek and acts as another natural filter before the water enters the Detroit River. The water now flowing into the river is of higher quality than the sediment and particulate-laden water carried in the former drain and directly emptied into the Detroit River. This influx of water will also aid in stopping invasive plants from taking over Humbug Marsh. “Clean water from the basin will be used as

In Phase I, Glencorp’s pivotal work in re-creating the natural face of the land and freeing its waters will create habitat and boost the health of the Detroit River directly next door to Humbug Marsh, a rare piece of original America officially designated in late December 2010 as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. “Personally, the DRIWR gateway project has been an extremely rewarding project,” said Jenkins. “It has afforded me the opportunity to work collaboratively with a team of extremely talented and knowledgeable people. The clients and the stakeholders are extremely passionate about the project and their desire to achieve the vision is inspiring.” Slated for 2011, Phase II calls for the creation of emergent and submergent marsh habitat along the river’s actual shoreline. Many are heartened by the creation of a new wetland on the river, for over 97 percent of coastal wetlands have been destroyed. According to Krueger,



All of this hard work will bear fruit this spring as Glencorp’s wetland plantings push through the muddy edges and begin to bloom. “We completed the seeding and some planting on the ponds before the winter,” said Marino. “In 2010, we reshaped the areas outside the wetland.” Glencorp’s soil shaping skills transformed the remainder of this flat parcel into an undulating series of swales, berms and rises designed to “focus the connection of the Gateway site to the Detroit River and Humbug Marsh, and to create diverse habitats,” said Jenkins. These habitats include a scrub shrub zone and upland prairies to be seeded with Canadian wild rye, big bluestem, and other grasses. “The site will demonstrate the habitats that once existed along the Detroit River and will give visitors a chance to observe these environments as they develop over time,” said Jenkins. Hamilton Anderson Associates’ rendering unveils the grand vision for the Refuge Gateway. Ultimately, the Gateway As a third service, the will host a visitor’s center, a kayak/canoe launch, a restored shoreline, and a fishing pier and boat launch for the Great Lakes School Ship. land forms are clean fill placed above some of the site’s five capped and remediated areas, said Hartig. The capped areas will remain located on a berm between the between basin and wetland. “The agri intact and will not be disturbed below grade by any building structure. drain allows you to adjust the elevation at which water flows from the For example, a parking lot will be “located to take advantage of the basin to the wetland,” said Jenkins. concrete cap as a base,” said Jenkins. “Grading was designed to elevate From pond shapes and land forms to outlet elevations, Glencorp met the parking lot high enough above the cap to allow for any all design directives much to the Refuge’s satisfaction. “We had a great underground drainage and base that would be needed. The parking lot team of designers, but the reason we love Glencorp is that they built the is sloped to move the surface water off the parking lot where we can design perfectly,” said Krueger. As part of the team, CI Contracting, treat it in bioswales and rain gardens in non-capped areas. Brighton, served as Glencorp’s underground site utilities subcontractor.



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outbreaks in the area, according to a historical marker outside the Refuge Gateway. In 1948, an oil incident caused a massive duck kill, leading to protests by conservation and sportmen’s groups and ultimately to the enactment of state water pollution laws. The land and the water have seen and have been many things, but they have seldom been allowed to be

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the Gateway’s current shoreline - and the entire shoreline of the Detroit River minus Humbug Marsh - is composed of successive layers of fill built out into the river over the decades. Unnatural shorelines typically have an immediate steep drop-off into the river. At the Refuge Gateway, the upcoming project (under a different construction team) will restore the shoreline’s gentle natural gradient and re-create fish spawning areas. Occupied for centuries, the soil and water of the lower Detroit River bear the imprint of history, both light and dark. Wyandot encampments have left pottery shards and arrowheads in the soil in and near Humbug Marsh, according to Hartig. Tecumseh, the great Shawnee leader, fought in the Battle of Monguagon or the Battle of the Oakwoods that took place in the area during the War of 1812, according to Wikipedia. In a diverse hodgepodge of uses, Krueger said the Humbug Marsh area has been a sheep farm; its companion island once housed a hunting lodge. The history of the last three centuries also lives in the river. In the early 1900s, raw sewage pollution resulted in typhoid fever and cholera

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enovating and expanding Mercy Memorial Hospital in Monroe would have seemed like an insurmountable challenge to many. The project would entail working on a site that has served the area’s healthcare needs since 1929 and is nestled within a tightly packed residential area. The final building dating back to the ‘20s, which had been converted for office use, was removed as a part of the project, but the oldest functioning hospital building was built in 1962 and no major expansions have taken place since the 1960s. Mercy Memorial Hospital was in dire need of a complete overhaul to update its tired image, enhance technical capabilities, and improve its market position. The project team delivered a 70,000-square-foot addition and renovated 77,000 square feet of existing space over a four-year period towards this end. Transforming the hospital’s maze of hallways into a navigable pattern ranked among the most challenging aspects of the project, but the team turned to the Wizard of Oz for inspiration as visitors now simply follow a Yellow Brick Road through the facility to reach their destinations. Creating a path that visitors instinctively follow was one of many wise solutions devised by construction manager Contracting Resources, Brighton, and architect Hobbs + Black, Ann Arbor.


ENHANCING THE EXPERIENCE Improvements made at Mercy Memorial Hospital begin at the front door, where visitors step into a “Town Square” that has been outfitted with fresh retail offerings and easy to follow signage. From there, they begin their journey on the Yellow Brick Road that radiates outward in two directions and travels through new and renovated portions of the facility to provide access to all hospital departments. Before this easyto-follow path was opened to them, visitors actually needed to walk



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outside to traverse the building. There was a path leading from the north and south ends of the hospital, but it was only open to staff members who could navigate the complex maze of corridors without getting lost. Patients entering the facility through the emergency room, for diagnostic procedures, or for scheduled surgeries, also benefit from a streamlined process. “We created a logical progression for coming in as a patient and following through to radiology, the cath lab and surgery departments,” said John Barker, executive vice president of Hobbs + Black. “There is a quick link to all of these departments from the central core.”

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Creating this link was easier said than done, as many additions were added to the hospital over the years, which greatly impeded the facility’s ability to function as a whole. The surgical department was located in the lower level, yet it was quite undersized by modern standards. Since expanding horizontally underneath the hospital would have been impossible, the entire surgical center was relocated to newly constructed spaces. The new surgery center features four operating rooms, two procedure rooms, and all private pre-op and recovery areas. About 50 percent of the facility’s mechanical equipment was replaced to meet the expanded needs of the larger facility and electrical feeds were all meticulously routed from a remote powerhouse behind the hospital. Other significant improvements include a 25,000-square-foot emergency center, a major new entry on the south end of the hospital, and a renovated radiology department. The exterior was also given an updated look, but this was done with respect to the architecture that was already in place. Brick matching the existing structure was incorporated into the design, but it was combined with extensive glass and linear elements to give a more timeless appeal. By the time the project was done, the entire hospital was completely transformed. “We touched every part of the hospital: the operating room, emergency room, radiology, waiting areas, front door, patient rooms, and medical office centers,” said Jim Lawrence, vice president of Contracting Resources. “Keeping the hospital running while doing such significant renovations and additions was a challenge.”

Anytime existing facilities are renovated, there is always the potential for unforeseen complications. Crews cut into scarce parking space when they had to relocate an existing 10-foot diameter storm drain that was shown in another location on as-built drawings. They also had to remove existing ductwork that had been slated for reuse, but was found to be too dirty, all while systematically

performing the work to preserve the airflow and to never let air pass from old ducts to new. Any unexpected work needed to be carefully coordinated with the hospital staff. “We did our best to warn them, especially when noise was involved,” said Dave Melville, project manager for Contracting Resources. “There were some things that would be loud no matter what we did.”

GETTING THE JOB DONE Mercy Memorial Hospital remained open during the entire project, even as access to the main front entrance, loading docks, emergency departments, and other parts of the facility were closed off. Temporary tunnels, enclosures and access points were needed to bring people in to where they needed to be, while stringent dust control measures were adopted to maintain a clean and safe environment. The project was divided into at least 12 phases to prevent any single activity from impacting hospital operations. “Phasing was a big issue, as it is with a lot of hospital facilities,” said Thomas Chasty, associate, Hobbs + Black. “It was a constant partnership with the hospital. We provided our expertise on how the project could function, but we also depended on their expertise in patient care.” Visit us online at


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Fresh retail and food service offerings were a vast improvement for Mercy Memorial Hospital.

The project team used drilling and water injection for digging whenever possible to control noise, but jackhammers were needed when crews encountered bedrock while installing a new elevator. Since this area was right next to the patient tower, great care was taken to complete this work as quickly and quietly as possible. Although the process involved some inevitable growing pains, the fact that it went as smoothly as it did given the tremendous operational constraints is a testament to meticulous planning and unquestionable professionalism. The quality of the finished product speaks for itself, but the strongest evidence of a job well done comes in the hospital’s decision, in partnership with Karmanos Cancer Institute and the Toledo Clinic, to rehire Contracting Resources and Hobbs + Black to design and build the Stewart Road Cancer Center on a site two miles away. Completion of this 12,700aquare-foot facility is anticipated in spring 2011. Since this facility will be much smaller than the hospital, a Yellow Brick Road probably will not be needed for wayfinding, but the technical wizardry of the project team will undoubtedly shine through as surely as it does at Mercy Memorial Hospital. THE FOLLOWING SUBCONTRACTORS AND PROFESSIONAL CONSULTANTS CONTRIBUTED THEIR SKILLS TO THE PROJECT: • Access Flooring – Gardiner Vose, Bloomfield Hills • Asphalt Paving – Buckeye Asphalt Paving, Toledo, OH



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Even with this updated interior, the project team found a way to honor the Hospital’s rich history by preserving the existing archway on the left.

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emissions performance. Miura’s zero-sideclearance design is the ideal solution for boiler room upgrades that increase steamgeneration capacity while conserving physical plant space. Installation of multiple LX-300 boilers enables larger-scale applications to optimize steam plants for superior energy management of sitespecific demand requirements and load profile. The on-demand capability of Miura boilers makes them particularly well-suited for multiple-installation configurations in which boilers can be selectively turned on or off as needed, as opposed to idling on standby and consuming energy while waiting for next-demand response For more information, visit

Cooper Lighting Introduces High-Performance LED Sign Light Cooper Lighting, a division of Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE), has introduced the Marquis LED Sign Light, a highperformance LED luminaire in the optimized for the extremely stringent IESNA RP-19 Roadway Sign Lighting standard. The fixture's innovative optical design produces even illumination, exceeding the very high IESNA standard for sign lighting uniformity, while providing a benchmark warm white light of 4000K correlated color temperature (CCT) with no sacrifice in lumen output or lighting performance. The Marquis LED Sign Light can provide energy savings greater

The Marquis LED Sign Light can illuminate a sign up to 16 feet tall with luminaire spacing up to 12 feet. Its unmatched optical performance results from six precisely aimed optical modules, optimizing the light output to render uniform illumination. With typical outdoor LED products standardized on a cold blue color temperature (60006500K CCT) to maximize lumen output, the Marquis LED Sign Light provides specifiers and end-users with the preferred warm white color choice with no sacrifice in lumen output while providing the color rendering vital to this application. Featuring durable construction coupled with a low profile housing that minimizes obstruction to the sign by the luminaire, the Marquis LED fixture also offers quick and easy installation with three available mounting configurations as well as tool-less entry. The fixture can be mounted to illuminate up or down, making the installation simple regardless of the orientation. Cooper Lighting's precision engineering practices and rigorous testing standards at its world-class LED Innovation Center guarantee a reliable product that will withstand harsh outdoor environments. The Marquis LED Sign Light is backed by a five“Voice Of The Construction Industry”®




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CertainTeed AirRenew Gypsum Board Greatly Reduces VOCs Circulating Indoors, Contributes to Healthier Living and Working Environments Recent testing of CertainTeed’s AirRenew™ gypsum board demonstrates this ground-breaking new product’s ability to improve indoor air quality (IAQ). AirRenew significantly reduces, for up to 75 years, harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that circulate indoors. Built on a patent-pending, innovative technology, AirRenew uses two technologies to actively improve IAQ. First, AirRenew helps clean the air by capturing VOCs, specifically formaldehyde and other aldehydes, and converting them into inert compounds that safely remain within the board. The effectiveness of this technology was validated using ISO16000-23, an indoor air performance test for evaluating the reduction of formaldehyde concentration by sorptive building materials. Additionally, AirRenew features M2Tech(R) technology, which is specially engineered to provide enhanced protection against moisture and mold. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, sources of VOCs inside a building include pressed wood products that are made using adhesives, such as subflooring, shelving, cabinets and furniture, as well as carpets, cleaning materials, paints, and many other household items. Other factors, such as mold and mildew, particulates, ventilation rate, temperature, and humidity can also impact indoor air quality. CertainTeed’s AirRenew features a wide range of performance and installation benefits. It can be finished with water-based acrylic and epoxy paints or breathable wallpaper, and can ultimately be recycled



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just as regular gypsum board. AirRenew, also designed for fire resistance, is lightweight, does not require special tools and is easy to cut and install. AirRenew helps building and design professionals meet the VOC concentration limits, mold resistance and recycled content criteria recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® certification program. AirRenew is available for sale across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit

New DeckLighting Systems™ Simply & Reliably Enhances the Safety & Ambiance of Patios, Decks & Outdoor Stairways The new DeckLighting Systems from StairLighting System™ LLC, provides homeowners, professional deck builders and contractors with an extremely simple and reliable method for increasing the ambiance and safety of both new and existing patios, decks and outdoors stairways. Designed with a custom low-voltage DC system and easy-to-use Plug & Play wiring harness, the system’s new Decklighting Kit was especially developed to dramatically reduce installation times, while lighting deck rails, stairs and posts for only a few pennies each month. To assist the needs of all individual users, StairLighting System sells three different Decklighting, Postlighting and Outdoor Stairlighting Kits, which can be used independently or in unison. Designed for new as well as retrofit installations, each light kit contains everything necessary for installation including light fixtures with unique LED three-beam spotlights, patented Plug & Play wiring harness and a complete set of fasteners. The systems’ power delivery technology is also UL listed and Energy Starcertified for high energy efficiency. Furthermore, the company is dedicated to customer service. All lighting kits are normally shipped with detailed installation instructions within 24 – 48 hours of the receipt of orders. Representatives are also available through a 24-hour help phone line

to answer installation questions. In addition, deck designs and specifications can be faxed or emailed directly to the company so the appropriate deck lighting solution can be developed specifically to fit individual applications. Once installed, all three lighting systems are then virtually maintenance-free with each of the LED lights generating 80 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and rated for 100,000 hours of operation or 12-plus years if used 24-hours-a-day/sevendays-a-week. Other specific benefits include: a photocell technology that senses ambient light and turns deck lights on and off as needed; a choice of white, black or antique bronze (Postlighting Kit) finishes, which blend nicely with nearly any deck finish or patio décor; a lighting design that does not create heat and as a result attracts less insects and is safer for pets and children; and a one-year warranty on kit materials and a lifetime warranty on all LED lights. For more information including the pricing for individual DeckLighting Systems solutions, please visit or call 888-305-4232.

Ergodyne Introduces Arsenal® 5506S Tool Rig Ergodyne has announced the addition of the Arsenal 5506S Installer/Drill Holder Tool Rig. The Arsenal 5506S combines comfort, functionality and safety, featuring an ambidextrous drill holder, an aerial tool pouch (Arsenal 5518) and suspenders to evenly distribute weight. Everything has its place on the Arsenal 5506S. With it, workers can ascend or descend from the jobsite using both hands, while always maintaining three points of contact. With the added features of Ergodyne’s patented storm drains and the Arsenal 5518 aerial tool pouch cover flap (with hook and loop closure), the Arsenal 5506S delivers an organizational system that prevents dropped tools and protects them from the elements. Available now at all authorized Ergodyne distributors, the Arsenal 5506S is designed for any worker needing an organizational system to keep their tools nearby and protected – in

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Firestone Announces New Work-Rite Kits new Several Work-Rite™ suspension kits have been developed by Firestone Industrial Products Company, LLC to provide added support to trucks carrying extra weight on the front with equipment like snow plows and winches. Designed to help level the front end of vehicles, Firestone's latest Work-Rite applications are available for 1994-2011 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 4WD trucks (part #8621); 1999-2010 Chevrolet and GMC 2500 HD/3500 HD trucks (part #8629); and 2011 Chevrolet/GMC 2500 HD/3500 HD models (part #8635). The Work-Rite suspension kit, an entrylevel load management system, features micro-cellular urethane load assist springs that are mounted to the vehicle's frame to supplement its factory suspension. The Work-Rite springs are offered in three densities that provide three separate springrates identified by color - white for 1/2-ton trucks, gray for 3/4-ton trucks and black for 1-ton trucks. In addition, Firestone offers the springs in two heights, 3.7 inches and 5.2 inches, to optimize performance for each application. Most Work-Rite kits offer a no-drill design and can be adjusted by the end user for their specific loading scenario using spacers provided in the kit. The kit includes load assist springs, brackets, comprehensive instructions and all necessary mounting hardware for an easy installation that requires basic hand tools and takes less than an hour. A complete list of applications is available by vehicle at

Firestone Introduces Sustainable, Innovative Vegetative Roof System Firestone Building Products Company, LLC, has introduced SkyScape™, an innovative new vegetative roof system featuring a patented, double interlocking tray design. A low-maintenance, highperformance solution, SkyScape provides an Visit us online at

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The highest environmental award in Michigan, the “OEPY,” was recently presented to national Brownfield redevelopment authority Dr. James Harless, CHMM, vice president of Soil Harless and Materials Engineers, Inc. (SME), Plymouth, by the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals (MAEP). The award was presented at the MAEP annual dinner in Ann Arbor. MAEP is the premier association of environmental professionals in Michigan, formed to advance the practice of environmental management in the state. Berkley-based SHW Group, one of the nation’s largest educational architecture and engineering firms, has hired Kevin Rettich, PE, LC, LEED AP to serve as Rettich Mechanical/Electrical/ Plumbing (MEP) Group Leader. Rettich has an extensive portfolio of work in the United States, China, Jordan and Qatar, working on education facilities. Concraft Incorporated, a property restoration company based in Auburn Hills, recently announced that Marisa Ryan has joined the company as a sales and marketing representative.

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Integrated Design Solutions, an architectural and engineering firm located in Troy, is pleased to announce the promotion of five staff members to associate: Thomas B. Carron, PE, senior electrical engineer; David M. Giroux, RA, CDT, architect; Valerie L. Grant, interior designer; Matthew R. Perez, PE, LEED AP BD+C, mechanical engineer; and Kevin S. Marshall, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, senior architect.






Plunkett Cooney insurance coverage attorney, Nicole E. Wilinski, was recently named as an “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly (MLW), a publication serving the state’s legal community. Also, former Plunkett Cooney summer associates Emily M. Wilinski CAM MAGAZINE


Coyle, Catherine M. Derthick, and Mark A. Nasr have returned to the firm as attorneys. They were members of the firm’s 2009 summer associates class.


The consulting firm of Byce & Associates, Inc., Kalamazoo, has announced the following: Adam Doubblestein, PE, LEED AP has been named vice president/project management director; Bryan Webster, PE, LEED AP has been named department manager for the Structural & Civil Engineering & Architectural departments; Webster Richard Hodges, PE, has joined the firm as a structural engineer; and Danielle Holmgren has joined the firm as a civil engineer.


Plumbing Professors, located in Canton Township, has announced that Scott R. Hart, service center manager, and Peter C. Cunningham, sales manager, have been awarded their Master Plumber Licenses by the State of Michigan.

C2AE, a Lansingheadquartered architectural and engineering firm, announced several key hires and appointments in 2010: Eric Rantanen, PE, PMP, LEED® BD+C joined the firm Rantanen as project manager; John Harvey, PE, LEED AP was promoted to the business unit leader position overseeing the Infrastructure teams; Nathan Golin, AIA, is a project architect in the Grand Rapids office; Norm Farhat, PE, is a structural engineer hired as a project manager; and David Holmgren, PE was hired as a project manager in the firm’s Escanaba office.





Interior Partnership Group, Inc. (IPG), a comprehensive design, construction and building services firm in Clawson, has been awarded the following design-build construction projects: Architectural, design and construction services for the renovation and updating of 11,000 square feet in the Administrative Office Building of Arvin Meritor in Troy; architectural, design and construction services for a new 4,300-square-foot Spine Center in the Mendelson Kornblum Orthopedic and Spine Surgeons suite at the St. John’s Macomb Hospital Medical Building in Warren; and architectural, design and construction services for the renovation and updating of 3,100 square feet in the Adult Services and Geriatric Care facility at Easter Seals of Michigan in Southfield. The Southern Wayne County Chamber of Commerce (SWCCC) recently honored Wilkie & Zanley Architects, Wyandotte, with their Image Award. The award goes to an individual or business who promotes a positive image of the Downriver area. Wilkie & Zanley is a division of Sidock Group, Inc. in Novi, and is celebrating their 56th year of architectural practice. Plumbing Professors, Canton Township, a residential and commercial plumbing and sewer repair company, has been awarded the 2010 Angie's List Super Service Award. Less than five percent of companies on Angie's List qualify for the award, which is based on customer feedback and testimonials. In other news, Plumbing Professors has been contracted by the State of Ohio to re-line rain water conductors using its epoxy pipe lining process (CIPP).

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Plunkett Cooney, Bloomfield Hills, one of Michigan’s oldest and largest law firms, recently ranked seventh on the Detroit Free Press’ 2010 list of “Top Places to Work” for midsized companies. This is the firm’s third consecutive honor, but its first top 10 finish. Minute Suites LLC, has chosen Sachse Construction, a Birmingham-based premium commercial construction company, to open its next location at the Philadelphia International Airport.

of the Year. Completed in early 2010, the Green Data Center at Syracuse University in New York is one of the world’s most energy efficient data centers. The 12,000-square-foot facility uses 50 percent less energy and produces fewer greenhouse gases than traditional data centers. GEM Inc. is a subsidiary of the Rudolph/Libbe Companies, which is among the nation’s largest contractors with offices in Ohio, Michigan and Georgia. BHP Energy is a subsidiary of GEM, with offices in Hudson and Toledo, OH.

Syracuse University’s Green Data Center, which is served by an advanced onsite power plant designed and built by GEM Inc. and BHP Energy, of Walbridge, OH, was awarded “honorable mention” as one of three finalists in the international competition for 2010 Project

Lansing-based Clark Construction Company has been named construction manager for the $12.5 million renovation of the University of Michigan’s (U of M) Crisler Arena. Project renovations will include: Replacement of the roof; renovation to the catwalk; new fire detection, alarm and suppression systems; new





smoke evacuation system; emergency egress lighting; replacement of heating and ventilation units; upgrades to the electrical system; replacing seats in the lower bowl/upper bowl to comply with the American Disabilities Act; relocating and widening aisles in addition to adding hand rails to upper and lower bowl; epoxy flooring at aisles and steps; and addition of storage space. The U of M Crisler arena project is scheduled to be completed in late summer 2011. Mid-America Real Estate Group, the Midwest’s largest full-service retail-only real estate firm with offices in Chicago, Milwaukee and Minneapolis, is proud to announce a fourth location in Detroit beginning February 1, 2011. Mid-America Real Estate-Michigan, Inc. will be directed by a number of prominent veterans in the Michigan retail real estate market. The new company will initially handle the project leasing of more than 200 shopping centers and represent more than 50 retailers across the state of Michigan. The new Mid-America Michigan office is located at 6230 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 230, in West Bloomfield.









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BUYERS GUIDE s e t a d p U s you all are probably aware, the 2011 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 February 9. 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 $6 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 2011 Buyers Guide listings have been generated and mailed. If you have questions regarding your invoice, please call the CAM office. ARC/Dunn Blue Reprographics (Formerly Dunn Blue Reprographics) 1009 W. Maple Clawson, MI 48017 Phone: 248-288-5600 Fax: 248-288-1198 Commercial Interior Construction 10489 Jossman Rd. Goodrich, MI 48438 Phone: 248-276-9111 Fax: 248-276-9011


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Great Lakes Specialities P.O. Box 182 Flushing, MI 48433 Phone: 810-644-2280 Fax: 810-644-2282

Pyramid Paving & Contracting P.O. Box 39 Essexville, MI 48732 Phone: 989-895-5861 Fax: 989-895-8905

HKP Landscape Architects 7880 5th St. Dexter, MI 48130 Phone: 734-426-8222 Fax: 734-426-4344

Roemer Utility Services, LLC 2296 Tyler Hills Dr. Traverse City, MI 49685 Phone: 231-218-3433 Fax: 616-604-1745

MSC Blinds & Shades P.O. Box 7 Bronson, MI 49028 Phone: 517-369-7114 Fax: 517-858-1158

Suburban Tile, Inc. (Formerly B&B Ceramic Tile & Marble) 34654 Sandwood Dr. Sterling Hts., MI 48310 Phone: 586-801-2883 Fax: 586-716-1951

Merlo Energy/J.O. Galloup (Formerly J.O.Galloup Co.) (Formerly Merlo Energy) (Formerly Smith Instrument) 1987 Concept Dr. Warren, MI 48091 Phone: 586-755-3110 Fax: 586-755-3255

Superior Materials, LLC 30701 West Ten Mile, Suite 500 Farmington Hills, MI 48336 Phone: 888-988-4400 Fax: 248-592-9074

The following Company was omitted from the 2011 Buyers Guide R. E. Moorhouse & Associates, Inc. General Sign Contractor 1245 Robson Lane Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 Phone: 248-646-7606 Fax: 248-646-8167 E-mail: PARKING LOTS: ADA Signs, Directional Signs & Installation SIGN DESIGN & PLANNING: Wayfinding @Signage Design Services For Interior & Exterior Programs SIGNS: Wayfinding @Signage Design, Fabrication for Campuses, Buildings & Suites, Architectural & Commercial Signage SIGNS – LED: Electric & LED Message Displays, Channel Letters with LED Illumination

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ADVERTISERS INDEX Ace Cutting Equipment ................................................14 Aluminum Supply Company /Marshall Sales ....................................................................6 Aoun & Company ............................................................52 Arc - Formerly Dunn Blue ............................................27 CAM Administrative Services ........................................3 CAM ECPN ........................................................................IBC CAM Magazine Online ..................................................52

Industry Events Mar. 10-11 – 44th Annual Health Facilities Planning Seminar – This event at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids will provide architects, engineers, healthcare executives and other interested professionals with the latest available information to assist them in planning, designing, constructing and maintaining health facilities. Registration forms are available online at Mar. 11-13 – Michigan Home and Garden Show – Attendees will find inspiration from the latest trends in landscaping, gardening and home improvement at this event at the Pontiac Silverdome. Information is available at 800-328-6550 and The show can also be followed on Facebook or Twitter. Mar. 17 – Helical Foundations and Tiebacks Seminar – The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) is holding this seminar in Dallas, TX, in conjunction with GeoFrontiers 2011. For more information, call DFI at 973-4234030.

Apr. 26-28 – Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) – This show, owned by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), sponsored by Kitchen and Bath Business (K+BB) magazine and produced by Nielsen Expositions, will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. For more information, visit

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CAM Newsroom ..............................................................47 C.F.C.U. ................................................................................37 Cochrane Supply & Engineering................................26 Connelly Crane Rental Corp.........................................11 Curran Crane Co., J.J. ........................................................9 DCC Construction............................................................13 D&R Earthmoving, LLC ..................................................36 Detroit Dismantling ........................................................41 Detroit Terrazzo Contractors Association ..............15

CAMTEC, the training & education center of the Construction Association of Michigan, has announced its 2011 class schedule. To register, obtain a class listing, or for more class information, please visit Start Date Class Mar. 2 Excavations the Grave Danger Mar. 8 Accounts Receivable Mgmt. and Collections Mar. 9 Construction Industry Technician (C.I.T.) Mar. 9 Scheduling & Planning Mar. 16 First Aid, CPR & AED Mar. 21 Lien Law/Payment Bonds Mar. 22 OSHA 10-Hour Apr. 19 Blueprint Reading 2/ Intermediate Apr. 19 Documents for Liens and Payment Bonds Apr. 20 Fall Protection Apr. 21 Blueprint Reading 1/Basic

DiHydro Services..............................................................23 Doeren Mayhew ..............................................................17 Efficiency Production ....................................................39 Ferndale Electric ............................................................IFC Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. ..................41 G2 Consulting Group ....................................................17 Hartland Insurance Group, Inc. ..................................43 Hilti........................................................................................24 IBEW Local 252 ................................................................27 IBEW-NECA ........................................................................29 Jeffers Crane Service, Inc...............................................28 Klochko Equipment Rental Company......................35 Limbach ..............................................................................BC Michigan Construction Marketplace ..........................8 North American Dismantling Corp. ..................32, 33 Oakland Companies ......................................................38 Operating Engineers Local 324-JATF ..........................5 Plante & Moran, PLLC ....................................................45 Plumbing Professors ......................................................51 Plunkett Cooney ..............................................................30 R.L. Deppmann Co...........................................................19 R.S. Dale Co.........................................................................31 Robertson & Badrak........................................................11 Rolland L. Stapleton & Associates..............................36 SMRCA ................................................................................53 Sani-Vac ..............................................................................25 Scaffolding, Inc. ................................................................15 Spartan Specialties..........................................................49 Valenti Trobec Chandler Inc./ Griffin Smalley & Wilkerson ............................................7



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