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IN THIS ISSUE:

“VOICE OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY”

CONSTRUCTION INSURANCE Contractural Risk Transfer: What Does it Mean to Your Company? 2010 Insurance Resource Guide

RENOVATION/ RESTORATION Evangelista Revitalizes Rackham Interiors

SAVING FACE THE FINE ARTS BUILDING FAÇADE STILL STANDING Plus: FIELD OF SEAMS – New EMU Practice Facility at a Fraction of the Cost


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FEATURES 10 NAWIC Hosts MAGIC Camp 2010 Introducing High School Girls to the Trades

28 Contractual Risk Transfer Enter Into Your Next Contract with New Insights

30 Insurance Resource Guide 2010 Listing of Insurance Agencies Specializing in Construction Insurance and Bonding Capabilities

CONSTRUCTION HIGHLIGHT

12 Member Feature Family-Owned Shelving, Inc. Celebrates 50 Years of Successful Business

RENOVATION/RESTORATION 16 Giving Voice to History Evangelista Revitalizes Rackham Interiors

22 Saving Face J.C. Beal Construction Preserves the Historic Façade of the Fine Arts Building

25 Greenprint for the Future Commercial Building & Retrofit, Inc., Saves Clients Thousands of Dollars and Bundles of Energy with Their Savvy Sealed Insulation Systems

32 Field of Seams EMU’s New Practice Facility at a Fraction of the Cost

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Industry News Safety Tool Kit Product Showcase People in Construction Buyers Guide Update CAM Welcomes New Members Construction Calendar Advertisers Index

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PUBLISHER EDITOR

Kevin N. Koehler Amanda M. Tackett

ASSOCIATE EDITORS

Mary E. Kremposky David R. Miller

PRODUCTION DIRECTOR GRAPHIC DESIGN DIRECTOR OF MARKETING ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Matthew J. Austermann Marci L. Christian Gregg A. Montowski Cathy A. Jones

DIRECTORS OFFICERS Chairman

R. Andrew Martin, FH Martin Constructors

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Brian D. Kiley, Edgewood Electric, Inc.

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John O’Neil, Sr., W.J. O’Neil Company

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James C. Capo,

President

Kevin N. Koehler

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Frank G. Nehr, Jr., Davis Iron Works

Donald J. Purdie, Jr., Detroit Elevator Company

Kurt F. Von Koss, Beaver Tile & Stone

Jacqueline LaDuke Walters, LaDuke Roofing & Sheet Metal

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AMERICAN INHOUSE DESIGN AWARD

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2005 Gold Award

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NEWS building’s insulation. • A 40 percent reduction in potable water use by using energy-efficient plumbing technology. Valerio DeWalt Train Associates of Chicago designed the building, and George W. Auch Company of Pontiac was the general contractor. Sited at the east end of the existing 75,000-square-foot Troy campus building, the Barry Center includes nine classrooms, a 40-workstation library, an auditorium, two seminar rooms, three conference rooms, and a marketing focus group room. One-fourth of the construction materials were local. The building was constructed with 78,000 bricks, more than 15 miles of electrical wire, and 235 tons of structural steel. More than 80 percent of the building’s wood was from FSC-certified forests and rapidly renewable resources. “Since we opened the Barry Center, many have expressed their appreciation of its features, both visible and invisible,” said Christine Stout, Walsh College director of Facilities and Auxiliary Services. “When we see how comfortable the students are in the building, we believe that former Walsh President Jeff Barry would be proud to have his name on it. Thanks must certainly be given to all who dedicated time and effort to this project and to the process of receiving this certification for our amazing green building.” For more information, please visit www.walshcollege.edu.

United Rentals Extends Partnership with ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for 2010-2011 Season Equipment Rental Leader Provides Support Through National Branch Network United Rentals recently announced that it has renewed its partnership with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition for the upcoming season. The Emmy award-winning television show will begin building more new homes for worthy families this month, in preparation for the premiere of its eighth season on ABC in September. The 2010-2011 season marks the fourth consecutive year that United Rentals has served as the preferred construction equipment supplier for Extreme Makeover, which relies on local contractors and community volunteers to build a house in just seven days. United Rentals' integrated approach to customer service mobilizes the resources of more than 550 branches, a key benefit to Extreme Makeover as the show travels across the country. Michael Kneeland, chief executive officer of United Rentals, said, “We are very pleased to once again support Extreme Makeover in raising the profile of volunteerism in America. Our employees take this partnership to heart. They find ways to solve equipment needs at even the most rural sites or when a call comes in at midnight. The race against time is intense, but the quality of service we provide is very similar to the 'extreme' commitment we show our customers every day.”

Walsh College Jeffery W. Barry Center Merits LEED® Gold Certification The award-winning Jeffery W. Barry Center on the Walsh College Troy campus has been LEED® Gold certified by the U.S Green Building Council. The USGB recognized the 37,000-square-foot, two-level classroom building for adhering to green design and building practices related to sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. “We had planned for LEED Silver and hoped for – and proudly received – LEED Gold,” Walsh College President Stephanie Bergeron said. “We created an energyefficient, comfortable learning environment for a unique student population largely comprised of working professionals who attend classes in the evening. With the Barry Center, Walsh demonstrates that environ-

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mental values can be successfully integrated into a great educational atmosphere.” Ground was broken in 2006 and the building opened for classes in January of 2008. Benefits already accrued to the environment for following green design and building practices include: • In 2009, 70 percent of the Barry Center’s electricity came from green, rapidly renewable resources. • Every year, approximately seven million gallons of water are captured and filtered in bioswales and a constructed wetland before being recharged into the water supply. • Annual savings of 825,000 gallons of water and $5,000 in city fees through landscaping with native plants that do not require irrigation. Scenery that changes with the seasons is an added benefit. • Waste heat converted into electricity through energy recovery technology. • A 20 percent increase in energy performance achieved by doubling the

Kahn Designs Award-Winning Hospital for Aurora Health Care AIA Recognizes Aurora and Project Team for Use of Innovative BIM Technology in Design and Construction The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently announced the 2010 recipients of the Sixth Annual Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP) Building Information Modeling (BIM) Awards. Aurora Health Care’s newest hospital, located in Summit, Wisconsin, received the Institute’s highest technology honor: a Citation Award in BIM Excellence. AIA honored recipients at a special reception and award ceremony recently held in Miami. The AIA award also honored firms that played an integral role in the planning, design and development of this state-ofthe-art acute care facility, including Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. (Kahn), architect; Hammes Company, project manager; and Mortenson Construction, as construction manager. “A facility of this size and scope “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®


required an advanced team of project management, design, and construction professionals,” said Michael Scholl, Vice President, Hammes Company. “High standards were set for the team members as we were all held accountable to deliver a facility to exceed the expectations of Aurora Health Care.” BIM is a building development tool that incorporates modeling concepts, information technology, and software solutions to help design and construct a building project. The tool has grown in popularity in recent years as it improves ease of document retrieval, boosts communication and productivity within a project team, and increases visibility of the project plans. The increased visibility allows key executives and stakeholders to feel more in tune with a phased development project. “While designing this large, complex medical center, the project team committed

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to an integrated approach of proactive communication and creative solutions with BIM,” says Cynthia Pozolo, AIA, vice president and director of architectural development, Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. “For us, BIM proved to be a crucial tool to drive and manage the overall design.” Aurora Medical Center is an 802,000square-foot medical campus that includes a medical office building and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic. The hospital employs a full range of diagnostic and treatment options in a facility designed to enhance patient healing through the utilization of natural elements, healing gardens, and calming views. The project team implemented several sustainable, or “green,” elements during the design of the facility, including a stormwater management system and natural daylighting with expansive windows. The resulting facility is a vibrant medical campus that is anticipated

to direct additional economic development within the community. “This team was challenged with a tight, fast-track schedule for a hospital of this size,” said Mark Sherry, Vice President, Mortenson Construction. “BIM merged the design model into the construction models and provided tangible benefits, such as concrete lift drawings, prefabrication of mechanical systems, and enclosure visualization. Each of these proved critical in constructing this top-quality facility within an extremely accelerated schedule.” The following firms were also recognized in conjunction with Aurora Medical Center: KJWW Consulting Engineers, MEP designer; R.A. Smith National, civil engineer; Theiss Interiors, interior designer; Mariani Landscape Design, landscape designer; Karlsberger, laboratory consultant; Lerch Bates, vertical transportation consultant; and E.F. Whitney, food service consultant.

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Greenleaf Trust Celebrates Ribbon Cutting Greenleaf Trust, a Kalamazoo-based wealth management firm, recently hosted a dedication event to officially mark the opening of the Greenleaf Trust Building. Gone is the abandoned gas station at the corner of Woodward and Maple in downtown Birmingham. In its place, a five-story, mixed-use building established to anchor the expansion of Greenleaf Trust in Southeast Michigan. SME worked with Catalyst Development, LLC, CSM Group, the construction manager, and Eckert Wordell Architecture to redevelop this high-profile Brownfield site. SME helped secure $1.3 million in Brownfield tax increment financing to help defer some of the cost for redeveloping the property. The Plymouth-based firm provided Brownfield due diligence consulting, including environmental site assessments to assist in liability management, as well as geotechnical engineering and construction materials services. SME designed an earth retention system around the proposed building perimeter and incorporated environmental protection features to surround the new building foundations. SME also developed an underpinning system to support the foundations of the adjacent restaurant so excavation would not cause movement, and continually monitored vibrations during construction. The firm’s materials group tested structural concrete, structural steel, fireproofing, masonry, fluid membrane air barriers, roofing, and deck coating. SME also made recommendations on “green” product selection and wrote the Brownfield credit for LEED certification. The building will be the first in Birmingham to achieve LEED Silver Certification. Patti Owens, managing director of Catalyst Development Co., LLC,

SAFETY TOOL KIT Joseph M. Forgue

A Corrective Action Plan – Be Prepared

Director of Education & Safety Services

By Joe Forgue, Director of Education & Safety Services

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f you’ve bid on or are doing any work for the University of Michigan, you may have been asked to submit a “corrective action plan” based on your safety record. We’ve had calls from several CAM Members wondering what to do. It seems that the U of M people who ask for these documents aren’t very forthcoming with either why they are being requested, or exactly what is supposed to be “corrected.” A quick evaluation of the information you submitted should reveal the problem, however. Take a look at your Experience Modification Rating (EMR). If it’s over one (1), that’s a problem that should be addressed (actually if it’s over .80 I’d be concerned). The rating is based on, among other things, your frequency and severity of injuries. Next, take a look at your OSHA recordable and lost work day case rates. These are compared against industry standards ad compiled by the bureau of labor statistics (www.bls.org). As you can see, all three items tie in together and relate back to injuries. Regardless of what U of M is asking, it is paramount to a successful safety program that you learn from the past and act on it. I recently sat down with a contractor to evaluate

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whether or not they were recording their injuries properly on their OSHA 300 log. With a few exceptions they were, but more importantly we identified a hidden trend. We found that over 50 percent of their injuries were hand injuries, and this was an industry where you might not expect to see that. The company developed a plan to solve that problem by getting to the root cause of the accidents and developing effective prevention strategies. What they did, without knowing it, was to develop a corrective action plan. It was really that simple. The bottom line here is that whether you perform work for the University or not, take a look at your injury history and see what you can do, going forward, to prevent future problems. Then if you’re asked for a “corrective action plan” you don’t have to panic - you’ll already have one. Remember: CAMSAFETY is offering free, on-site Focus Four safety training under our Grant from MIOSHA. To find out more about this opportunity, or if you have questions or comments, contact me at 248972-1141 or at forgue@cam-online.com. You can also visit our website at www.cam-online.com. “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®


Are You ConneCted? said: “SME is the first development partner I call whenever Catalyst sets out to identify a new building site. The value their team brings to all of our projects is measured in our pre-construction preparedness for whatever conditions exist on site, the quality of solutions we undertake to both clean up a site and to ready it for a new building and the actual dollars we add to the bottom line as a result of SME’s knowledge, expertise and customer-centered service delivery model. SME continuously assumes an unwritten leadership position within the development team, working every day to assure this owner of their commitment to a successful project from beginning to end.” For more information, visit us at www.sme-usa.com.

Strategies for Launching a Handyman Division Handyman Marketing is offering a contractor’s marketing plan of action specifically developed for contractors who want to increase their business and profits by establishing a Handyman Division. The plan is designed to deliver excellent marketing results on a small budget. The printed materials for the Contractor’s Plan of Action are available from Handyman Marketing, a business based in Des Plaines, IL. The materials form the basis of the one and only integrated Handyman Advertising & Marketing Campaign, ready for contractors to distribute in 30 days or less. The materials are practical, proven and guaranteed to boost profits, customer loyalty and dramatically increase the contractor’s new Handyman Division sales. The plan of action shows six ways of “how, when, and where” to distribute the printed materials in order to reach homeowners and the contractor’s customer base. The step-bystep Marketing Material Distribution Blueprint has been fine-tuned through experience and proven to work. Mitchell Glaser, a Northwestern University graduate, consulted with marketing specialists to develop the Handyman action plan. “Now that the real estate business is down in many areas, it only seems logical for residential and commercial contractors to take advantage of this new business opportunity. They have all the skilled employees, equipment and business experience to ‘just do it’ – now,” said Glaser. For further information contact Handyman Marketing, 1140 Howard Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60018, phone (800) 383-2098, handymanmarketing@yahoo.com.

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NAWIC Hosts MAGIC Camp 2010

Report and Photos by Marci Christian s July temperatures soared into the 90’s a group of high school girls donned hard hats and learned the value of ‘sweat equity’ with hands-on construction work. The Detroit and Lansing NAWIC Chapters, Oakland Community College Construction Management Program, and Womencenter, sponsored this year’s “Mentoring a Girl in Construction (MAGIC) Camp.” From July 12 – 16 students learned the basics in an assortment of trades, including electric wiring, carpentry, plumbing, operating tools and equipment. A structure of plywood walls, floor, toilet and a window was used for the instructing process. Projects also included a few to take home: a bench, a lamp, and a tabletop water feature. MAGIC Camp was the inspiration of Diane Quimby and Renee Connor beginning in 2006. Connor is the National Executive Director of MAGIC, a member of the Sugarloaf Georgia Chapter of NAWIC, and president of Precision Tapping, Inc. “It has been so much fun to be here and see how this camp runs,” said Connor. “We have 20 camps going on across the U.S. this year. Last year we reached 450 girls. To actually get to see other camps is an awesome opportunity.”

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This year’s students in the NAWIC Detroit MAGIC Camp were: Shiretha Young, Kellie Sullivan, Jeniece Carter, Kyrstian Sheridan, Baylie Campbell, Alissa Robinson, Katherine Kilgore, Melanie Street, Kindall Baisden, Xavier Vance, and Charlene Coutteau. MAGIC Camp Sponsors include: Alberici Constructors, Inc.; Clark Construction Company; Detroit Plumbers Local 98; George McIntosh, Inc.; George W. Auch Company; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; International Industrial Contracting Corporation; International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324; Ironworkers Local 25 Training Center; Klochko Equipment Rental Company Inc.; Local Trowel B.A.C. Trades of Michigan; Martha Stack-Dreier, RA,CSICDT Project/Architect/Specification Writer; Michigan Council of Carpenters; Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT); NAWIC, Michigan Chapter #183; NAWIC, Michigan Chapter #177; Oakland Community College, Orchard Ridge Campus; Operating Engineers 324; Skanska USA Building Inc.; Sorensen Gross Construction Services; The Home Depot; The Somerset Collection; and Tomboy Tools. “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®


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Pictured (left to right): Joan Aiello (Secretary), Jim Aiello (VP Marketing), John Schodowski (VP Operations), Joe Schodowski (President), Mike Schodowski (VP Sales), Helen Schodowski (Founder) and Jack Schodowski (Founder).

Reaching the Top Shelf Shelving, Inc. Celebrates 50 Years in Business By Mary E. Kremposky Associate Editor uccessful companies don’t allow their business plan to collect dust on the shelf. With its agile and savvy response to market trends, it’s no wonder Shelving, Inc. is celebrating 50 years of successful operation. Using its storage and shelving products to optimize the use of space for clients, the Auburn Hills-based firm is thriving in a down economy by making wise use of a contemporary form of space: cyberspace. Shelving, Inc. has set up shop in that new Mall of America called the Internet and is taking advantage of the vast opportunities of E-commerce.

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Photo By Marci Christian When Jack Schodowski began the company in December 1960, the Internet was literally something in outer space, having been initially developed – according to WikiAnswers - as part of the Soviet Union’s launch of the first Sputnik satellite in 1957. Back on Earth, Detroit and the automotive industry were booming, and Jack Schodowski decided to leave his position as sales representative for Interlake Steel, one of the largest manufacturers of steel racks and slotted angle shelving in the country, to launch his own custom industrial shelving enterprise. “He wanted to control his own destiny,” said his son and current company president, Joe

Schodowski. The firm’s first office was located on Riopelle in Detroit’s warehouse district now east of GM’s World Headquarters. The senior Schodowski made “sales calls on automotive manufacturers and their suppliers the old-fashioned way – door-to-door and face-to-face,” said Schodowski. “He was so excited getting his first order he left the customer’s office without the purchase order.” This is only one of many company stories of this successful second-generation family business that has survived five recessions and the Great Recession. “We have thrived because “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®


we don’t cut corners,” said Schodowski. “We have never provided a shelving or rack system that has failed under weight stresses. We engineer our shelving systems to meet and exceed our customer’s storage capacities and specifications. Plus, we don’t under-spec our products just to win a job.” A commitment to quality, the ability to deliver and a strong work ethic permeates the company whose leadership includes: John Schodowski, vice president of operations; Mike Schodowski, vice president of sales; and Jim Aiello, a brother-in-law who is vice president of marketing for this growing enterprise with 15 full-time and five part-time employees.

Inc.’s long history of success, and marked the entrance of another business-savvy family member into the company fold. Matriarch Helen Schodowski took over as president, earning accolades as Woman Business Owner of the Year from the National Association of Women Business Owners. She steered the company through the beginning of its transition from a predominately automotive clientele to a more diversified customer base. For most of its years in business, the company serviced the booming automotive supply market in Detroit’s heyday. The firm’s pallets, racks and shelves were stacked with the raw materials, engines and heavy-duty engine parts that were the glory of the Motor City’s automotive empire. “For the first 40 years, the automotive market, including manufacturers and their supplier base, was probably 90 percent of our business,” said Schodowski. “Now, it is less than 10 percent of our business.” Shelving, Inc. began preparing for the shift well before the recent economic meltdown and the resulting cataclysmic corporate “car accident” led to the bankruptcy of GM and Chrysler and the closing of dealerships. “In 1998, Chrysler was 20 percent of our business and now they are less than one percent of our business,” said Schodowski.

GROWING THE BUSINESS With knowledge, ambition, and a large contact base, the senior Schodowski grew the business, hiring a sales force and a cadre of welltrained fabricators and installers. “He took on more inventory and opened up a warehouse on Grand River Avenue in Detroit in 1963, followed by a larger warehouse on West Chicago Boulevard in 1968,” said Schodowski. Shelving, Inc. then established a warehouse in Auburn Hills in 1978 and constructed a two-story office in 1994 to accommodate its growing staff. The 1990s saw the continuation of Shelving,

Shelving, Inc. began knocking on the doors of hospitals, universities, law enforcement, and government offices to diversify its markets. The firm began a parallel effort to expand its goods and services. “In the 1960s, we were a one-product company,” said Schodowski. “Now our 450-page catalog has over 15,000 products, all of which relate to storage and material handling. With shelving as our core, our line has blossomed into many different types of shelving products from wire and plastic to wood, metal and pallet shelving.” As the end result, Shelving, Inc. now supplies heavy-duty shelving, racks, wire shelving, lockers and other storage equipment to restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals, retail stores, distributions centers, government facilities, and military installations. One of the largest orders was supplying pallet racking for the 1-million-square-foot Steelcase distribution center in Grand Rapids. “This was a large seven figure project for us, and we completed the design, engineering, materials and installation on time and under budget,” said Schodowski. The client supplies a floor plan with building column locations. As maestros of optimal space utilization, Shelving, Inc.’s job is to layout an arrangement of shelving and racks with the capability of

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efficiently storing as much product as possible. “We’re in the storage and organization business,” said Schodowski. “Our motto is ‘Making Space Work Better.’” In addition, the firm created a more efficient space planning and storage system for the University of Michigan Press by inserting highdensity shelving into the workspace. Shelving, Inc. also supplied several thousand lockers for Beaumont Hospital’s campus expansion in Royal Oak. “We were the low bidder, and we also completed that project on time and under budget,” he said. GOING ONLINE, B2B, B2C The year 2000 was a watershed year in Shelving, Inc.’s corporate history. The new millennium marked the entrance of Joseph Schodowski as president and the launch of www.Shelving.com, a business-to-business website created to generate sales leads. The company’s reach expanded from a 200-mile radius surrounding Detroit and covering seven to nine counties in Southeast Michigan to a national enterprise extending into every corner of America. “Going online opened up our markets geographically,” said Schodowski. “Up until 2000, 99 percent of our business was in Southeast Michigan. In 2000, we began getting sales calls from Florida and New York.

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Only two years later, the company entered the world of E-commerce and took its first online order from a New York firm. “In 2002, we converted www.Shelving.com into an Ecommerce site by actually offering our products for sale online,” said Schodowski. “People loved it.” Shelving, Inc. enjoyed a 25 percent increase in sales from 2001 to 2002. Overall, the company more than doubled its sales in the next eight years. Today, a staff person at Shelving, Inc. monitors a bank of four different computers, encircling her desk in an arc of PCs and delivering Shelving, Inc.’s products to millions of homes, businesses, and institutions across the country. “The top four states for our business are the most populous states, namely New York, California, Texas and Florida,” said Schodowski. In September 2007, the company launched a second website at www.TheShelvingStore.com, a business-toconsumer site that has already serviced home businesses, interior designers, consumers and several law firms. “It’s the best part of our business,” said Schodowski. “It has experienced double-digit growth and accounts for a third of our total revenue. We also have a storefront on East 11 Mile Road in Madison Heights to meet the storage needs of the consumer market.”

Going online expanded the company’s customer base. Orders range from providing lockers to a well-known fashion line called Vera Bradley to supplying TA-50 Military Readiness Lockers to Fort Bragg for troop deployment. Shelving, Inc. even received an order from the USS Iwo Jima, a marine carrier plying the Atlantic. “The commander placed an order over a ship-to-shore radio requesting special racks for storing undisclosed products on the ship,” said Schodowski. “We had to ensure that the racking system components were delivered to the naval port in Virginia within a three-day window while the ship was in port and before it went back out to sea.” Another client was a microbiologist at Harvard University. “We designed a shelving system for his computer work area that had to hold seven computer monitors, as well as space for his two cats who could then be near him while he did his research,” said Schodowski. In addition, the IRS hired Shelving, Inc. to design a mobile aisle shelving system to store records and files. “The high-density shelving storage system was installed in a highly secured work area requiring our installation crew to undergo security background checks,” recalled Schodowski. Out-of-state Internet sales remained the same and even rose during the recent Great

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Recession. But overall sales declined, “because the local market took such a dive,” said Schodowski. Despite Michigan’s rough economy, Shelving, Inc. was able to post a record year in revenue in 2008 and a record year in profitability in 2009. “Despite lower revenue from 2008, we cut our operating expenses to a level that made us more profitable,” said Schodowski. Shelving, Inc. has a knack for turning obstacles into opportunities. With the high number of companies downsizing their facilities, Shelving, Inc. now focuses a portion of its work on “supplying labor services to tear down existing storage systems and then move, design and rearrange the systems to optimally fit the downsized facilities,” said Schodowski.

supply levels are without requiring an expensive and sophisticated bar code system.” Celebrating 50 years in the space utilization business, Shelving, Inc. seemingly offers every shelf, rack and locker system known. Shelving, Inc.’s 15,000-square-foot warehouse in Auburn Hills contains shelves with a capital S. The massive, modular and stackable units have the ability to create a mezzanine within a building. Closet shelving efficiently stores tools or

clothes, while pallet shelving can store 8,000 pounds of materials. Shelves from the wallmounted to freestanding, from decorative to the industrial, and from wood to wire and glass fill the warehouse with every organizational system devised under the sun and now listed online. Clearly, Shelving, Inc. is the place to go to attain the Holy Grail of organization: a place for everything and everything in its place.

FUTURE DIRECTIONS At the half-century mark, Shelving, Inc. is continuing its explorations in cyberspace. “In the future, I see us building more niche Ecommerce sites,” said Schodowski. “We are going to design a new site called www.ShelvingandRack.com, which focuses on industrial shelving and racking for commercial and industrial customers.” Shelving, Inc. is essentially organizing its presence in cyberspace with three different websites targeting different markets. The company will also be launching new product lines on www.Shelving.com in its quest to make the website the ultimate go to place for all things shelving. “We are redesigning www.Shelving.com to appeal to both commercial and residential customers,” said Schodowski. They are also developing a product line devoted to “green” or environmentally friendly shelving that may include recycled plastic bins, bamboo shelving, and shelves coated with low VOC paint. “We have been ‘making space work better’ with our shelving, racks, lockers and other storage equipment since 1960,” said Schodowski. “We will continue to focus our efforts on being the best provider of shelving and storage equipment to our customers no matter where they are located. With the Ecommerce sites we manage, our sales team, installation crew and our engineering expertise, we can design, engineer, and install just about any size project – large or small – that requires better utilization of space.” New customers include the battery manufacturing plants beginning to set up shop in Michigan. Shelving, Inc. continues to supply school and hospital projects for local contractors, as well as service the needs of contractors, themselves. “The properly designed shelving system will not fail under weight stresses and will allow a contractor to store their tools, materials and supplies safely and neatly,” said Schodowski. “They know exactly where everything is and what their Visit us online at www.cammagazineonline.com

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vangelista Corporation, New Hudson, has restored a classic space within one of the most prominent buildings in Detroit’s Cultural Center. With its decorative cornices and tall windows encased in an ornamental bronze grille, the long-vacant library within the Horace H. Rackham Education Memorial Building has been brought back to life as an appealing study hall for Wayne State University’s Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD). Working with JW Design, Royal Oak, as architect and Strategic Energy Solutions, Berkley, as engineer, Evangelista Corporation inserted contemporary infrastructure into this second-floor study space, while preserving the former library’s Art Deco elements. The same project team undertook the conversion of a Rackham kitchen and cafeteria into a state-of-the-art Hearing Sciences Laboratory. WSU leases the entire wing of this grand old building from the University of Michigan as clinical and classroom space for both CSD and the Psychology Department.

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CITY BEAUTIFUL Designed by Harley, Ellington and Day in the 1930s, the Rackham Building rises across Farnsworth from the Detroit Institute of Arts and near the Detroit Public Library. All three buildings form the Cultural Center Historic District placed on the U.S National Register of Historic Places in 1983. All three were created in the first half of the 20th Century as part of the City Beautiful movement, a grand vision to inspire social harmony and civic virtue through the creation of monumental and beautiful buildings. The building’s namesake was one of the original stockholders of Ford Motor Company. “Henry Ford and other leaders used to hold meetings in the building in the 1940s,” said Vince Pulsinelli, Evangelista project manager and superintendent. The Rackham Building contains storied but now unused spaces, including a former bowling alley, a poolroom, and a large auditorium. “The auditorium is unbelievable,” said Pulsinelli. “It is like a small Fox Theater. At one time, the library, itself, was one of the focal points of the building.” Today, the former library inspires CSD students to excel in the disciplines of speech-language pathology and audiology. Modest in square footage but grand in height, the 25-foot-tall study space has a mezzanine and a main room now with Wi Fi access and a host of new technologies “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®


ENTERING THE 21ST CENTURY Evangelista launched the project in late May 2009 with demolition of old shelving, woodwork and carpeting. Another step in the renovation was inserting contemporary infrastructure without marring the room’s appearance. The Evangelista crew worked behind the scenes – or actually above and below – to hide all wiring and conduit. The Evangelista crew worked above and walked across the plaster ceiling to thread all the wiring for wall sconces, light fixtures, operable blinds, and a projection system and screen into the new study hall. “We actually walked right on top of the plaster ceilings, and sometimes crawled, to fish the wiring down the wall,” said Pulsinelli. “Back in those days, the plaster was thick, almost an inch-and-a-half, and the ceiling solidly built with lathe and black iron.” Installing the electrical floor mounts entailed a repeat performance within the ceiling space of the first-floor lobby. “We crawled on our hands and knees to get under the lobby’s plaster ceiling,” said Pulsinelli. Thanks to the intrepid crew, this historic room is now serviced with contemporary infrastructure, including a row of window shades that rise and fall in sync. The only remotely visible piece of infrastructure is a new sprinkler system composed of small, discreet circles in the ceiling that release and “pop down” in the event of a fire. PAST MEETS PRESENT The hall is a study in the classic character of historical buildings. The Evangelista team of trade contractors repaired the stately row of tall, narrow windows, replacing several broken panes of glass and cleaning the bronze interior mullions by hand with a special solution, said Pusinelli. These elegant windows draw in natural light and offer a wonderful view of the Art Deco bronze grille covering the window exterior. The decorative abstract floral pattern is repeated in the newly cleaned and restored mezzanine railing. The Evangelista team also restored the function and character of the main room’s original lights by disassembling, rewiring, Visit us online at www.cammagazineonline.com

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threaded through its plaster walls and ceilings. Flexible, functional, charming and elegant, Evangelista’s renovation of this jewel of a study hall has given CSD faculty and students a great place to work and study.

Evangelista Corporation brought this long-vacant library back to life as a study hall for Wayne State University’s Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders.

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The 25-foot-tall study space has a mezzanine and a main room with Wi Fi access and a host of new technologies threaded through its plaster walls and ceilings.

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Anthony Cacace, Ph.D., CCC-A, one of the leading authorities on tinnitus research in the country, is now conducting cutting-edge research in this newly renovated laboratory.

and cleaning the metal fixtures. “The light fixtures didn’t work at all,” said Pulsinelli. “We removed the old-style wiring, and then rewired the lights and installed new lamps.” New pendant fixtures in the mezzanine complement the original light fixtures and

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Conversion of a former cafeteria into a lab included removal and restoration of the original wood wainscoting and its installation in Cacace’s office.

are a vast improvement over the 2 x 4 fluorescent fixtures formerly in place. Evangelista also cleaned, but left untouched, two bands of decorative painting from the 1930s. The first band is the main room’s ornamental plaster cornice painted to

resemble metal with complementary vertical bands of turquoise and coral. The second is a decorative strip dividing the mezzanine and main ceilings with a geometric pattern in varied hues of green. “They wanted to use the cornice and decorative strip as a focal point of “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®


the room,” said Pulsinelli. Contemporary materials, colors and patterns, such as those in the new carpeting, complement these original elements. Contemporary insertions also bring their own functionality and flair to the study space. Clustered panels of white marking boards have replaced old wooden bookshelves. DIRRT panels have replaced old bookshelves with backlit panels, illuminating the lovely leaf patterns of these turquoise-colored glass and acrylic panels. In one instance, Evangelista altered the actual space by inserting a new dividing wall to carve out a small conference room. As in the main spaces, new carpeting and a new coat of paint complete the transformation. Marrying the old and the new, Evangelista worked an original wheel-shaped light fixture into a standard acoustical ceiling. Of the study room overall, “It is wonderful and incredibly flexible,” said Jean Andruski, chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. “The students use it for study, and we use it for different seminars, while the new conference room is used for faculty meetings. The psychology department has even borrowed the study space from us for training seminars.” New tenure-track faculty even delivered presentations in the newly renovated facility. This unique and newly renovated enclave aids the department in attracting quality faculty and students. “It is really an appealing space,” Andruski added. “We show it off to everybody we can. It is really one of those things that sets us apart.” In the study hall’s elevator lobby, Evangelista added to the facility’s historical character by refurbishing the former library’s old wood card catalogue, a shelving unit composed of dozens of small cubbies once filled with the well-thumbed index cards commonly used by libraries across the globe before the computer age. Evangelista worked throughout the summer and finished in late September 2009 on this distinctive study space, as well as miscellaneous flooring installation and painting for miscellaneous stairways and hallways. FROM KITCHEN TO LABORATORY Evangelista worked concurrently on the conversion of a former kitchen and cafeteria into a lower-level laboratory. Anthony Cacace, Ph.D., CCC-A, one of the leading authorities on tinnitus research in the country, is now conducting cutting-edge research in this former eatery. The room was in terrible disarray before Visit us online at www.cammagazineonline.com

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the Evangelista team took over and renovated the 800-square-foot space by interior demolition and installation of new drywall ceilings and walls. The newly renovated space now houses two specialty sound-treated testing booths (both outside of Evangelista’s scope of work) that aid in a number of research initiatives. One booth is

used to conduct national research on a cutting-edge method of suppressing tinnitus called trans-cranial magnetic stimulation. “There are very few people in the country and only a couple places in the world that use this method of stimulating the brain to suppress tinnitus,” said Cacace. Cacace is on the brink of submitting his

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research for publication. In the future, students in the newly renovated study hall may be reading research results generated in the laboratory below them. As part of the renovation, Evangelista removed and restored the old wood wainscoting on the perimeter of the former cafeteria and re-installed it in Cacace’s office. “It wasn’t in great condition,” said Pusinelli, “but we fixed it up to retain some of the old flavor of the building.” Added Cacace, “They did a nice job.” Of the lab itself, Cacace is equally pleased. “Now students have a nice place to work,” he added. The opening of the new study hall and Cacace laboratory in late January 2010 was music to the ears of the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders. The project is also a testament to the skill of Evangelista Corporation. News must travel, for the company is already hard at work remodeling the Music Department in Old Main, as well as a lower-level coffee shop in the Student Activities Building, and an elevator project in the adjacent Education Building, according to Mark A. Evangelista, P.E., president of the company. Gaining more projects is always a sound reward for a job well done. RACKHAM LIBRARY AND CACACE LABORATORY SUBCONTRACTORS:

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Saving Face J.C. Beal Construction Preserves Historic Façade PHOTO BY MARCI CHRISTIAN, CAM MAGAZINE

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J.C. Beal Construction, Inc., a Detroit and Ann Arbor-based general contracting and construction management firm well-versed in historic preservation, has managed the ultimate restoration feat: preserving an ornate façade but demolishing the actual building, or in this case, buildings. A vital piece of Detroit’s history is now preserved as part of a project Olympia Development began in the summer of 2009. With J.C. Beal Construction’s expertise, the project delicately preserved the façade of the historic Fine Arts Building located at 44 West Adams Avenue on Grand Circus Park in the heart of Detroit’s sports and entertainment district. Constructed in 1905, the Fine Arts Building is one of the earliest commercial building designs of Louis Kamper, the famed Detroit architect who designed the Book Cadillac Hotel, the Book Building, and the Cadillac Square Building, as well as many prominent residences in Indian Village and other Detroit neighborhoods. “Historic preservation is extremely important,” said Atanas Ilitch, president of Olympia Development, in a prepared statement. “After careful study in conjunction with well-known authorities in building preservation, construction and architecture, including the Detroit Historic Commission and Preservation Wayne, we were confident that the façade of the historic Fine Arts Building could be preserved. The façade ultimately will be integrated into a new development that will occupy the site at some point in the future.” The façade essentially fronts two buildings in direct alignment behind the now preserved building face. “The Fine Arts Building was linked to the Adams Theatre below grade and via an upper-level skywalk,” said Fred J. Beal, president of J.C. Beal Construction, Inc. Only an alley separated the two buildings with the Adams Theatre facing West Elizabeth St. and the Fine Arts Building fronting Adams. Totaling 175,000 square feet, both buildings were in extremely poor and structurally unsound condition. As of late 2008, the floor systems had greatly deteriorated and the roofs had collapsed over large areas of both buildings. While the Adams Avenue or Fine Arts Building Façade retained considerable historic character, the structures themselves had been determined through careful study to be unsalvageable on any reasonable economic basis. J.C. Beal Construction, Inc. undertook the intricate task of securing the Fine Arts Building Façade along Adams, and then separating and removing the remainder of the buildings from the facade, based on plans and specifications prepared by SmithGroup Incorporated, Detroit; American Structural Engineers, PLLC, Grosse Pte. Woods; and J.C. Beal Construction Inc.

A series of 66-foot-deep caissons and a massive steel frame hold the ornate façade in place.

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The façade stabilization system was anchored by a series of 66-foot-deep caissons carefully drilled through the sidewalk by Toledo Caisson Corp., Ottawa Lake, and a massive steel frame fabricated and erected by Nelson Iron Works, Detroit. Beal Incorporated prepared the façade for this work, securing and/or removing loose materials, and Adamo Group, Detroit, undertook the separation of the façade from the rest of the structures, and the mass demolition of both buildings. Other participants in the project were Shamrock Fence Company, Inc., Southgate, and B & B Concrete Placement Corp., Inc., Romulus. Among the special challenges faced by the project team was the façade’s poor condition and the presence of significant amounts of asbestos-containing materials throughout the buildings. However, the project went extremely well, primarily due to the great teamwork exhibited by all involved. The $2 million dollar Fine Arts Façade Stabilization & Fine Arts Building / Adams Theatre Demolition project took five months and was completed on Sept. 15, 2009.

Beal Incorporated prepared the façade for the delicate operation. Adamo Group separated the façade and demolished the two buildings.

The commitment of Olympia Development, the historic preservation expertise of J.C. Beal Construction, and the skill of a host of trade contractors have preserved this ornate façade for future generations and created a great redevelopment space in Detroit. “This façade preservation will maintain the character of the streetscape and neighborhood, which dates back more than 100 years,” said llitch.

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A Building Blanket and a Blank Check, Courtesy of CBR By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor Photo Courtesy of Commercial Building & Retrofit, Inc. nsulating your business from high-energy costs is the business of Commercial Building & Retrofit, Inc. (CBR). The Troybased firm has been unrolling the white carpet – 45 million square feet of polypropylene-faced fiberglass to be exact – for over 30 years. More than a product, CBR installs a tightly sealed insulation system that has saved industrial buildings, sports facilities, and school gymnasiums in Michigan, and across the nation, a cumulative $15.7 million dollars in heating costs a year. The savings mount to well over $100 million over the course of its three decades of operation. Add another cool $15.7 million in air-conditioning savings for a grand total of $31.4 million extra dollars in the coffers of its clients every year – dollars available for business expansion rather than paying high utility bills. CBR’s most recent project was the result of a commercial realtor discovering the firm in CAM’s Buyers Guide. As a result, CBR spent the early summer of 2010 installing three inches of R-10 fiberglass insulation in an existing 100,000-square-foot industrial facility in Livonia. The insulation is working its magic by immediately saving the building occupant $70,000 through reducing the tonnage needed to aircondition this large space. “If he didn’t

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CBR installs a tightly sealed insulation system that has saved industrial buildings, sports facilities, and school gymnasiums in Michigan – and across the nation – a cumulative $15.7 million dollars in heating costs a year.

insulate the building, he would have had to spend $70,000 more in HVAC equipment to cool the building,” said Gary D. Yurich, CBR president. As shown by this Livonia retrofit, commercial realtors can more readily lease an insulated and energy-efficient building.

“The insulation made the building look brand new, and the resulting energy efficiency is why this building leased over any other building on a block lined with ‘For Lease’ signs,” said Yurich. “It was the same story with another 100,000-square-foot building we recently insulated. In today’s CAM MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2010

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market, if someone is looking for a building, they are looking for one that has a clean look and is energy efficient.” Amazing savings in cost and energy are available for the insulation savvy. “It costs about .70 cents a square-foot to heat this 100,000-square-foot building,” said Yurich. “With insulation, the building can be heated for .35 cents a square-foot. You’re talking a minimum $35,000 dollars in savings every single year. If you put in more insulation, the savings are even larger.” The typical payback is under five years for heating and 2.5 years for both heating and cooling a building. With a 2.5-year payback, a company with a tenyear lease will enjoy 7.5 years of income from investing in an insulation system. “Seven-and-a-half years of saving $35,000 to $70,000 a year is not chump change,” said Yurich. “It’s big money.” Clearly, insulation will help lower actual business overhead. “Everyone is looking for ways to cut their overhead to be competitive,” said Yurich. “This is a way to reduce your energy costs and to cut your overhead at no risk.” Insulation is that rare animal that never fails to provide a return on investment. Unlike investing in the stock market, insulation offers a guaranteed return on investment. “This is the only investment with zero risk,” said Yurich. “You cannot lose money on insulating your building.” As an added bonus, federal energy tax credits and DTE utility rebates aid the cause of energy-conscious building owners. The federal initiative provides .60 cents a squarefoot energy tax credit for energy-saving insulation, lighting and HVAC systems. Despite these tantalizing benefits, Yurich estimates less than five percent of industrial buildings are properly insulated, presenting a tremendous opportunity to boost the energy efficiency of our nation’s industrial building stock. Roofing standards for new construction have a higher thermal value, but billions of square feet of existing industrial buildings are basically heating the outdoors. A TIGHTLY STITCHED QUILT CBR’s ceiling insulation at the Livonia facility resembles a tightly stitched quilt of white fabric. Without a tight seal, warm air will enter the breaks in the insulation and will condense as it enters the cold air space of the roof sheet. “The owner of this facility originally tried to insulate the building himself,” said Yurich. “It didn’t work, because

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he installed it incorrectly and developed a condensation problem. It was raining inside his building, because the warm air entered the seams in the insulation and condensation formed between the insulation and the roof sheet. We installed a test area for him, and once he saw our work, it was a done deal.” First, the CBR crew attaches a series of hanger clips that support rows of tubes over the entire ceiling. Working with a team of two

“Clearly, insulation will help lower actual business overhead. Everyone is looking for ways to cut their overhead to be competitive...this is a way to reduce your energy costs and to cut your overhead at no risk.” – Gary D. Yurich, CBR president

people on two separate lifts, one team threads or feeds the insulation roll over the top of one tube while the second team pulls the roll as taut as a well-installed tarp. After pulling the rolls, the crew starts cutting, fitting and seaming the insulation together with staples every three inches on center. “This building is 300 feet long, so there is a thousand staples in every run,” said Yurich. The crew fastens the insulation ends, makes precision cuts around trusses and other ceiling obstacles followed by stapling the insulation into place. “Attention to detail is critical in insulating a building,” said Yurich. CBR has thoroughly trained crews of employees. “We do not subcontract our work out to other people to install,” he added. This tight, protective thermal barrier prevents heat from leaving in winter and radiant heat from pushing into the building in summer. “With tightly sealed insulation, you only heat or cool the building one time,” said Yurich. “Every time the HVAC comes on after the first initial heating or cooling, it is replacing lost heat or lost cooling. A properly installed insulation system stops the loss of

conditioned air, and that is the source of your energy savings. “Insulation really is a technical field,” continued Yurich. “Our whole system is installed in a professional manner, creating an energy-efficient building and a quiet and comfortable work environment. Noise reverberates through the whole industrial facility. The insulation absorbs sound, knocking the noise level down by 50 percent.” Besides industrial buildings, CBR has installed its insulation system in tennis clubs, sports facilities, airplane hangars, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities across the country. In Michigan, CBR has performed work for universities, the State of Michigan, and Oakland County. “We have installed insulated steel panels for Oakland County maintenance buildings,” said Yurich. “We also insulated all of the gymnasiums for the Fraser School District. It brightened the gymnasiums up and quieted their buildings down, plus the schools obtained a huge energy savings from it all.” One of CBR’s large insulation projects was a metal framed fabric structure at an indoor tennis facility in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Another large project was insulating 3 million square feet of buildings throughout the United States for the Pioneer Seed Company, an Iowaheadquartered firm owned by DOW Chemical. “They turn metal buildings into coolers to keep the seed at 55 degrees or less, enabling Pioneer to store seeds for almost three years,” said Yurich. “In case of drought, they are never without seed the following year.” Preparing for an energy-efficient future and saving cost now is what CBR is all about. “I offer five- to10-year warranties and have jobs from 1984 that are just as good as the day I installed the system,” said Yurich. “Twenty-five years from now, this insulation system will have paid for itself five to ten times over.” Insulation may not have the buzz of solar, wind or other new technologies, but this energy-efficient workhorse of the green marketplace has the ability to save significant dollars and dramatically slash the energy usage of buildings across America. CBR’s tightly sealed system blankets a building – and with its tremendous reduction in utility usage – virtually issues the building tenant or owner a blank check for thousands of dollars in annual savings. “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®


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Contractual Risk Transfer By Oakland Companies Insurance ontractors enter into contracts with other parties every day. Some states require that certain contractors maintain safe working conditions and control hazardous exposures. In some cases, states allow contractors to transfer risk to downstream subcontractors via a contract, so that the party with the most direct control over the hazard causing a loss bears the financial responsibility for that loss. Whether a General Contractor (GC) or primarily a trade subcontractor, Contractual Risk Transfer is an important component to consider in a contractor’s operation. Before getting into the elements of Contractual Risk Transfer, let’s look at the difference it can make in two different claims scenarios.

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Example 1: AGC building a private home subcontracted to a roofing contractor without using a written contract. An employee of the subcontractor fell on the job and was injured. Without contractual indemnification rights in place, the GC’s insurer might pay a sizeable claim settlement, potentially resulting in higher insurance premiums for the GC. Example 2: AGC subcontracted construction of a walkway to a concrete contractor, using a written contract containing Contractual Risk Transfer provisions. A pedestrian fell and was injured on the walkway. Based on the indemnification and other contract provisions, the claim would be handled by the subcontractor’s insurer, having no effect

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on the GC’s loss history. Some elements of Contractual Risk Transfer include the following: • Written and Executed Contract: In most states, the respective rights and obligations of parties are determined through a written contract before the work begins. In turn, this is an insurance policy prerequisite in order for that contract to be considered an “insured contract.” Unless there is an “insured contract” in place before the work begins it is unlikely that there will be effective and enforceable risk transfer under the parties’ insurance policies. Contracts should clearly identify the parties so that there is no dispute as to which parties are entitled to enforce the rights, responsibilities and obligations provided by the contract. In addition, the project, work and price should be clearly specified to eliminate any claims that the terms are ambiguous. The goal is to eliminate any ambiguity that will defeat the parties’ intent concerning risk transfer. • Indemnification and Liability: Subject to state law, standard (and enforceable) contractual risk transfer provisions include these basic elements: - Specifying that the subcontractor is liable to the GC for losses caused by the GC’s negligence; and - Requiring the subcontractor to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the GC from and against all claims, losses, costs, fines, damages or other liabilities arising from the subcontractor’s activities. The contract should specify that these provisions apply to personal injury

claims made by the subcontractor’s employees against the GC. • Additional Insured for Ongoing and Completed Operations: The contract can specify that the GC be made an additional insured for ongoing operations to cover those hazards at the jobsite. As there is often significant exposure to claims that arise after the work has been done, it’s advisable to include a provision in the contract that also names the GC as an additional insured for completed operations. This covers the scenario in “Example 2.” • Waiver of Subrogation: The contract can specify that a ‘waiver of subrogation’ clause be added to the General Liability, Auto and Workers’ Compensation policies in favor of the GC. This clause provides that the subcontractor’s insurer would have no right to recovery from the GC or its insurer, for the GC’s negligence. For builder’s risk and installation floaters, the waiver is usually limited to losses covered by insurance. • Insurance Requirements & Limits: The contract can require what kind of insurance the subcontractor must carry and set the corresponding limits that must be purchased. - Limits should be carefully evaluated so that they cover anticipated risks associated with the subcontractor’s services. - Consider contractually requiring the coverage to be placed with an appropriate carrier, perhaps specifying that a carrier has an excellent rating from “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®


an agency such as A.M. Best. - The GC should obtain copies of the insured endorsement additional providing coverage along with certificates of insurance. This is especially important when a claim arises years after the work is completed and the parties need to establish which carrier was on the risk under an occurrence policy that included completed operations coverage. • Jobsite Responsibility for Safety and Clean-up: The contract can require that the subcontractor maintain a safe workplace by assuming responsibility for compliance with all safety laws and regulations, cleans-up, and debris removal on a daily basis to help control jobsite hazards that pose a danger to on-site employees and the general public. • Additional Insured Status on a Primary and Non-Contributory Basis: Additional insured status conveys rights under a liability policy that a hold harmless agreement does not, including entitlement to defense and coverage for the additional

insured’s negligence. Additional insured status can be required on a primary and non-contributory basis.

This article is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice; for legal advice please seek the services of a competent attorney.

• Maintenance of Contracts and Job Records: The maintenance of contracts and records may help establish coverage and the potential liability of a GC and/or subcontractor. As the latency period for claims may be protracted in certain jurisdictions, a GC may consider consulting counsel to establish a sufficient records retention period for its subcontracting and insurance agreements. Contractual Risk Transfer is an area that is constantly changing. A qualified construction attorney may be able to assist in reviewing contract forms. Working with an independent insurance agent and insurance company, with a specialty in construction, can help ensure that effective contractual risk transfer requirements are in place and that the protection intended by the parties will be enforceable in the event of a dispute.

Neil Flaherty is Assistant Vice President Contracting Strategic Business Unit for Selective Insurance Company of America of Branchville, NJ. Selective Insurance Company of America is ranked the 48th largest P&C Insurance Group in the United States of America. Barry L. Hunt is Vice President of Oakland Companies in Troy, Michigan. Oakland Companies specializes in servicing the insurance and bonding needs of contractors.

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Photos Courtesy of Turner Construction Company thletic programs provide benefits for students and colleges alike. They provide a competitive environment where athletes can condition their bodies and fine tune their game, all while developing teamwork and leadership skills that can serve them on and off the field. Winning programs bring prestige to a

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university while also boosting ticket sales, but institutions must be willing to invest in their programs to realize this benefit. Eastern Michigan University (EMU) recently enhanced practice opportunities for its athletes and the surrounding community with an innovative inflatable dome manufactured by Missouri-based “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®


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foot Welcome Center, covered pavilion and drop-off area combine to enhance the function of the facility. Utilizing a fabric structure resulted in significant cost savings for EMU on the project, which was led by architect and engineer BEI Associates, Inc., Detroit, and construction manager Turner Construction Company, Detroit.

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culmination of months of planning. Weather was crucial, as even a light accumulation of snow could prevent proper inflation. Workers needed to walk on the fabric to keep structural cables in position while the dome inflated, so snow also posed a slip and fall hazard against the slick vinyl surface. Snow sliding down the dome onto workers below was another concern. The surface area increased as the structure was inflated, so even the slightest breeze could create a wave that would impede the process. As the structure continued to grow, it placed pressure against a series of stainless steel cables that hold the shape of the inflated structure. Uncontrolled movement of these heavy cables was a potential hazard during the inflation process until pressure was strong enough to prevent shifting. “We had to wait for the ideal conditions, so we were in a holding pattern,” said Carlstedt. “We checked the weather at 6:00 every morning and waited for ideal conditions, which we got on the third day.” The foundation for the dome was meticulously prepared prior to installation. A total of 365 anchor bolts were set to within a 1/8” tolerance to line up with existing anchor points in the fabric of the dome. The placement of these bolts was further complicated by necessary coordination with entryways and electrical sleeves for interior power and lighting needs. A massive 2.5-million-pound concrete grade beam supports the structure, but not in a way to which most contractors are accustomed. “Normally, you design a foundation to keep a building from sinking,” said David Oz, PE, LEED AP, project director for BEI Associates. “In this case, we needed to keep it from blowing away.” The grade beam, which Carlstedt described as a “2 ½-million-pound anchor” was actually designed deeper than what code would typically require due to uplift and lateral pressure of the fabric structure. The structure that sits atop the grade beam offers a dizzying array of athletic training possibilities, but many challenges needed to be overcome even after the dome was inflated for them to be realized.

project team. Most doors into the structure serve as airlocks to preserve inside air pressure, but two emergency side doors provided direct access to the outside air that was needed to promote drying of the subgrade. The only problem was that leaving those doors open for extended periods of time would cause a drop in pressure that could cause the dome to collapse.

“I continually opened the emergency door to purge out the humidity and allow the air handler to cycle in dry air. All of this was done under the watchful eye of the dome manufacturer,” said Carlstedt. For the dome to truly function like a facility that was built in the conventional way, the project team needed to find a way to include all of the systems that are

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An adjacent 1,000-square-foot Welcome Center, covered pavilion and drop-off area combine to enhance the function of the factility.

routinely found in buildings. “We had to coordinate with all of the mechanical and electrical equipment,” said Carlstedt. “Since there are no structural walls within the dome, adding a receptacle,

lighting panel, or anything that was mechanical, meant fastening it to the grade beam.” In addition to accommodating the horizontal dimensions of a regulation

sports field, the dome was also designed with sufficient height to keep the ceiling from interfering with the game below. Although a 75-foot ceiling is well within striking distance of a professional kicker, the

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This article, and many more, are available online at www.cammagazineonline.com project team found that it provided an acceptable safety margin for the collegiate level after conducting research with the EMU Athletic Department and compiling data from college punters. Of course, a tear in the fabric could put the ceiling within kicking distance of any team very quickly, so the quality of the material received close scrutiny. “It should never tear on its own,” said Carlstedt. “If it does tear, it is reparable. If there were to be a loss of pressure due to damage, the air handling unit would increase air flow to compensate to build pressure back up to a safe level.” The EMU Indoor Practice Facility will not last as long as a conventional structure, but with an anticipated lifespan in excess of 15 years and at a fraction of the cost, it allowed the college to build a facility that fills a variety of needs. EMU’s fabric structure may be a field of seams, but it is the stuff of dreams for the college, the student body, and the surrounding community.

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THE FOLLOWING SUBCONTRACTORS AND PROFESSIONAL CONSULTANTS CONTRIBUTED THEIR SKILLS TO THE PROJECT: • Accessories – R.E. Leggette Company, Dearborn • Athletic Accessories – Sator Soccer, Torrance, CA • Carpentry – Frank McBee, Ypsilanti • Carpentry – Turner-Brooks, Inc., Madison Heights • Concrete – Amalio Corporation, Sterling Heights • Dome Manufacturer – Arizon Structures, Maryland Heights, MO • Electrical – Ferndale Electric Company, Inc., Ferndale • Electrical – Tri-County Electric, Saline • Fencing – Industrial Fence and Landscaping, Inc., Detroit • Glass and Glazing – Calvin and Company, Flint • Landscaping – Margolis Nursery, Ypsilanti • Masonry – Leidal and Hart Mason Contractors, Inc., Livonia • Mechanical and Electrical Equipment – Turner Logistics, Detroit • Mechanical and Plumbing – Robertson Morrison, Inc., Ann Arbor • Miscellaneous Steel – Casadei Structural Steel, Sterling Heights • Miscellaneous Steel – Van Buren Steel & Fabricating, Inc., Belleville • Painting – Detroit Spectrum Painters, Warren • Paving – Nagle Paving Company, Novi • Sitework – J.J. Barney Construction Visit us online at www.cammagazineonline.com

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FibaTape® Drywall Finishing Expands Product Line with Composite Corner Tape

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FibaTape has added a new corner tape to its line. The new FibaTape Composite Corner tape is made of a highly durable PVC, coated with a tight-fibered matrix. The composite corner tape forms easily and features a fold line (“recess”) down the center of the tape allowing it to fold quickly and become adjustable to any angle for straight, durable and professional corners and angles. The new corner tape is easy to use and remains rigid, yet flexible, even when wet. FibaTape Composite Corner Tape provides contractors the professional results they expect and DIYers professional quality in an easy-to-use product. FibaTape Composite Corner Tape is easy installation with standard compounds. No nailing, adhesive, special tools or fasteners are required. The product is also well suited for inside or outside corners and off angles. It is easily adjusted for any angle while still providing crisp corners. FibaTape resists dents, paint chipping, shrinkage and cracking problems, is waterproof and rustproof, and straightens common framing irregularities for vertical off angles. The product also features holes to promote quick drying and better bonding. Since the tape promotes quick drying, it can be second coated immediately and only requires a very light finish coat. FibaTape composite corner tape is available in 2-3/8” x 25’ and 50’ rolls. Each roll is packaged in a convenient dispenser box, and shipped 6 each per case. For more information, please contact Saint-Gobain

Finn’s T60 Series II HydroSeeder® Provides Multiple Options for Small and Midsized Projects

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Finn Corporation’s T60 Series II HydroSeeder is a versatile, economical solution for seeding and mulching projects. The unit is available as either a trailermounted model, the T60T, or a skid-mounted model, the T60S. Both are well suited for yielding professional results on small and midsized hydroseeding applications. Powered by a 25-horsepower Kohler Command gasoline engine with electric start, the T60 includes a durable steel tank with a 600-gallon liquid capacity. The tank accommodates 1,550 pounds of granular solids or 200-250 pounds of fiber mulch, allowing users to cover up to 7,200 square feet per load with seed, fertilizer or mulch. The T60 features reverse mechanical paddle agitation and liquid recirculation, which yields a high quality slurry. Liquid recirculation keeps heavy solids in suspension, while the agitator thoroughly mixes the slurry. The result is a consistent discharge from the hose, even with tough material, such as wood-based mulches. The agitator is hydraulically controlled, so it can operate at a different speed than the rest of the machine. Operator controls are conveniently located at both the front and rear of the unit.

A 65-gpm, direct-drive centrifugal pump with electric clutch allows the HydroSeeder to discharge slurry up to 90 feet from the end of the hose. The unit comes standard with a powerful 12-volt electric hose reel and semi-rigid polybraid hose. All components are engineered to maximize output and operation pressure, while minimizing maintenance requirements. The T60T trailer-mounted unit features a low profile for easy material loading and excellent stability, and is equipped with a large toolbox, allowing convenient storage of hoses and nozzles. The trailer is designed with electric brakes and either a ball or lunette eye hitch, and it is DOT approved for towing at highway speeds. Narrow fan, wide fan and long distance nozzle configurations are available. The unit is backed by a 2-year limited manufacturer’s warranty. Typical hydroseeding applications for the T60 include projects on residential areas, golf courses, sports fields, parks and cemeteries. It can also function as a first response firefighter, portable wash-down rig or small water carrier. Furthermore, it mixes and applies various liquid, powdered or solid additives for landscape, soil building, erosion control, cleaning and industrial uses. For more information on the T60 Series II or Finn’s complete line of HydroSeeders, contact Finn Corporation, 9281 LeSaint Drive, Fairfield, OH 45014; call 800-543-7166; fax 513-874-2914; e-mail sales@finncorp.com; or visit the website www.finncorp.com.

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Firestone Building Products Unveils New Modified Bitumen Cool Roofing Solution Firestone Building Products Company, LLC, is unveiling modified bitumen cap sheets made with UltraWhite™ roofing granules, which provide a granule-surfaced, cool roofing solution that enhances light reflectivity and heat emissivity, greatly reducing energy consumption and electricity demand. UL- and FM-code approved, UltraWhite Modified Bitumen Cap Sheets meet requirements for California’s Title 24 regulations and can help achieve points in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system. Firestone UltraWhite granules are applied before the cap sheets reach the rooftop, eliminating the need for field-applied systems that increase labor costs and have the potential to crack or peel. The new cap sheets are resistant to foot traffic and hail, demonstrate good granule retention and do not have metal or plastic film added to the surface, which may cause it to wrinkle or delaminate. Available in SBS and APP modified bitumen cap sheets utilizing Firestone’s innovative UltraWhite granules, the modified bitumen cap sheets can be applied with hot asphalt, heat welding or cold adhesive and are compatible with steel, concrete, plywood and wood decks, providing great versatility and appeal. They are well suited for both new and reroof applications and may be included in the 20year Firestone Red Shield™ Warranty. When installed using Firestone insulation and a cover board, UltraWhite cap sheets are eligible for a 25-year Firestone Red Shield Warranty. For more information, visit the Firestone Building Products Company website at www.firestonebpco.com. Visit us online at www.cammagazineonline.com

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Foundation Software Can Improve Accounting, Job Costing and Reporting Foundation® for Windows® Job Cost Accounting, Project Management & Scheduling Software for Construction features Microsoft® SQL technology and is recognized for its ease of use, robust accounting modules, Executive Dashboard for instant geographical analysis and unlimited reporting capabilities. Foundation also offers a complete payroll service for construction. This service, called FCPS, focuses on the unique payroll processing, tax filing and construction reporting needs of contractors. The service easily handles construction payroll complexities like multiple states and localities, plus multiple jobs with varying pay rates. FCPS is also one of the few services that provides construction specific reporting, like certified payroll. For more information, contact Frank Osborn, inside sales representative, at 800-246-0800 or fosborn@foundationsoft.com.

General Equipment Company’s New Downforce™ Blower Features Multipurpose Use General Equipment Company introduces the new EP20ACP Downforce Convection Blower for a wide variety of applications, such as drying damp environments, keeping personnel cool or diluting contaminated air. Used as a dryer, the EP20ACP employs convectional air patterns to effectively dry entire rooms within a matter of minutes. To do so, the multi-bladed propeller draws warm, dry air from above and forces it downward at a high velocity. The air then disperses across an entire floor, drying wet surfaces along the way. The box design also allows the fan to be positioned horizontally to produce high volumes of air for other ventilation purposes. The EP20ACP contains a 320-watt, 2-speed motor that can be plugged into a standard 115VAC outlet. At its highest speed setting, the 20-inch-diameter fan produces a maximum airflow rate of 3,500 CFM. Even at such a high air volume, the glass-reinforced propeller keeps sound levels to a minimum.

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This versatile machine features heavy-duty construction to withstand tough conditions and is highly portable. With a housing constructed from high-density polyethylene, the blower weighs only 53 pounds. To assist in transportation, the EP20ACP contains a telescoping handle and caster wheels, and it is also stackable for easy storage. Other standard features include powder-coated safety screens and a 25-foot extension cord. For more information, contact General Equipment Co., 620 Alexander Drive S.W., Owatonna, MN 55060; call 507-451-5510 or 800-533-0524; fax 507-451-5511 or 877-344-4375(DIGGER5); or visit the website at www.generalequip.com.

New Hilti Coring Systems Offer the Power to Put Construction Pros Ahead The new DD 350 and DD 500 Coring Systems from Hilti give construction professionals the power to increase diamond coring productivity. These new coring systems represent a significant extension to Hilti’s diamond systems family. Together with the already familiar and highly successful Hilti DD 200diamond coring machine, professional contractors now have a choice of three drive units that cover virtually all coring applications. These extremely powerful units not only provide strong performance, they also form a simple, easy-to-use system. The new coring machines are equipped with innovative, watercooled, high-frequency motors. Designed for the new DD generation of diamond coring systems, these powerful new motors are rated at 3600 and 5500 watts respectively in the DD 350 and DD 500. This 1000 Hertz high-frequency technology not only

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achieves high performance, it also reduces weight and cuts maintenance costs as the motors are brushless. Equipped with 10speed electronic gearing (E-gears),the new motors deliver a constant power output over the entire diameter range and allow speed to be adjusted while the motor is running. The built-in Iron Boost function provides useful extra performance for coring through rebar. This new generation of extremely powerful drive units makes light work of coring in diameters up to 24 in. Specially optimized for the DD 350 and DD 500 systems, the H2S and H6S line core bits feature segments with a height of 0.39 in, and a diamond matrix finely tuned to match the power output of the new machines. The continued development of these core bits has resulted in performance improvements that translate into higher potential cost savings for the customer. H line core bits feature standard 1.25-in, 7 welded connection ends for long life and trouble free operation. Drilling corner holes, penetrations for pipes and cables, large-diameter drilling, deep-hole drilling and coring in highlyreinforced concrete are only a few of the many applications for which these new diamond coring systems are ideally suited. The power controls on the drive units indicate optimum feed pressure, making the system easy to operate under a wide range of conditions. The folding DD-HD 30 drill stand, designed for use with all three DD drive units, remains rigid and secure even when set up for oblique drilling, allowing angles of up to 45° to be tackled without difficulty. Technical qualities aside, Hilti’s new diamond coring systems also offer proven performance in terms of safety features and total cost of ownership: the clearly arranged control panel with convenient service indicator reminds the user well in advance of the need for servicing. Thanks to Hilti’s comprehensive Lifetime Service, the owner has no servicing or repair costs whatsoever during the first two years, or 200 operating hours, whichever comes first. For more information on the Hilti DD 350 & DD 500 Coring Systems, please contact Hilti Customer Service. From the U.S., call Hilti, Inc., at 1-800-879-8000 or visit www.us.hilti.com; from Canada, call Hilti (Canada) Corporation at 1-800-461-3028 or visit www.hilti.ca.

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Jenny Products, Inc. Offers Wheeled-Portable Compressor with High-Volume, Two-Stage Electric Pump

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Jenny Products, Inc. introduces its W5B30P two-stage, electric-powered compressor. The wheeled-portable unit is designed to produce high air flow while meeting the demands of tough jobsites. The W5B-30P includes a 30-gallon air tank and features Jenny’s “W” pump, a fourcylinder, two-stage pump with long piston strokes for producing large volumes of air at high pressure ratings. It delivers 18.1 CFM at 100 PSI or 17.9 CFM at 175 PSI. The pump is belt driven by a 5-horsepower electric motor, which requires a 230-volt, singlephase electrical source. Numerous features come standard with the compressor to optimize its reliability and reduce its maintenance requirements. These include a directional air shroud and a large flywheel for keeping pump temperatures low. Also, Jenny’s professional-duty “Ultimate Blue” synthetic pump oil protects the unit’s pistons, crankshaft, bearings, rings and cylinders through a splash lubrication system. Furthermore, the compressor’s thermal overload protection helps prevent costly damage to the motor. For easy maneuvering and positioning around the jobsite, the W5B-30P includes two fully pneumatic tires, and convenient lifting handles are integrated into opposite ends of the compressor’s frame. Additionally, the compressor comes equipped with a manual tank drain, safety relief valve, large canister intake with replaceable filter elements, special unloading valves, protected fittings, and tank, regulator and outlet pressure gauges. Options include an oil sight glass, air line filter, lubricator, and a CSA-approved model. For more information, contact Jenny Products, Inc., 850 North Pleasant Avenue, Somerset, PA 15501-1069; call 814-445-3400; fax 814-445-2280; or visit the website at www.jennyproductsinc.com. “Voice Of The Construction Industry”®


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The Southeast Michigan Roofing Contractors Association (SMRCA) recently announced the winners of their annual college scholarships. Four scholarships were granted to college-bound dependents of employees of member roofing contractors. This year’s winners are: Shelby Gilliam of Taylor; Monique Horon of Emmett; David Pomaville of Sterling Heights; and Robert Stewart of Royal Oak. Applicants were asked to submit an essay on “How Important is the Roofing Industry?” Each winner received $1,000 in scholarship money contributed by SMRCA, Roofers Union Local #149, and the Employer Contractor. The Board of Directors of Fanning Howey, a planning and design firm based in Novi, is pleased to announce the appointment of Carl H. Baxmeyer, director of the firm’s Solutions Group, as a principal in the firm. Baxmeyer has provided consulting services to Fanning Howey clients regarding demographics, facility planning, community Baxmeyer engagement, and bond issue campaign development. He is a member of the American Planning Association, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and the Council of Educational Facility Planners International. Andrew McCune, PE, executive vice president of Wade Trim, was named president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC/M). ACEC is a national professional association representing more than 5,500 privatepractice consulting engineering firms. The Michigan Chapter represents more than 100 consulting McCune engineering, surveying, architectural and related engineering companies. During his one-year term as president, McCune will manage the Council and preside over meetings for the Council, Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. McCune has been actively involved in ACEC/M for 10 years and has served as president-elect, treasurer, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors. Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc., headquartered in Plymouth, recently announced the addition of David W. Bird, PE as principal consultant to their geotechnical team in the firm’s Indianapolis, IN office. Bird has over 35 years of geotechnical engineering experience, and is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in ten states, including Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

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Schonsheck, Inc., a design, construction, and supply/erect company specializing in commercial buildings, expansions, and renovations, recently signed a contract with Ventower Industries, LLC, to construct their new 115,000-square-foot heavy industrial crane building in Monroe. The building will be manufactured by Nucor Building Systems, a division of Nucor Corporation. Schonsheck, Inc. is based in Wixom, and is celebrating 25 years in business in 2010. G2 Consulting Group recently provided construction engineering services during the construction of the new 73,000square-foot Emagine Theater entertainment complex in Royal Oak. The development is located at the northwest corner of 11 Mile Road and Troy Street, just east of Main Street. The site is currently a parking lot behind the Main Art Theater. The two-level entertainment complex will include a 10-screen theater with nearly 1,700 seats; a 16-lane upscale “boutique bowling center,” bar and restaurant. Owner Emagine Entertainment of Plymouth expects the $14-million project to create 100 jobs, according to media reports. Construction is scheduled for completion in April 2011. Cunningham-Limp of Farmington Hills is the project construction manager. G2 Consulting Group is a full-service engineering firm based in Troy, also with offices in Brighton and suburban Chicago, IL. Clark Construction Company, Lansing, has been selected to serve as construction manager for major renovations planned for the Lincoln Consolidated Schools in Ypsilanti. The $35 million bond program includes seven school buildings plus transportation and maintenance facilities. The Lincoln Consolidated Schools project will include renovations at: Brick Elementary; Childs Elementary; Model Elementary; Redner Elementary; Lincoln Middle School; Lincoln High School; and Hoffman Alternative High School. Renovations vary by school but will include classroom additions, gymnasium and auditorium additions, administrative offices upgrades, and significant interior and infrastructure renovations. Pre-construction planning is underway for the Lincoln Consolidated Schools project. Construction is slated to begin in April 2011 with completion planned for October 2012.

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BUYERS GUIDE s you all are probably aware, the 2010 Construction Buyers Guide has been out on the street for several months now. In an effort to keep our information as accurate and up-to-date as possible, we’re including here all the changes and corrections we have received for members’ company listings as of August 5. Changes from the book are in bold. To see continually amended company listings, check out the Buyers Guide Online at www.cam-online.com, updated on the 15th of every month. Return 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. No updates will be made to the online Buyers Guide from July 15 thru January 30. 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 your firm requires a substantial number of copies. Invoices for the listings have been generated and mailed. Prompt payment ensures a good-standing membership and ability to list in the 2011 Buyers Guide. We will gladly answer any questions regarding charges on invoices. Preparation for the 2011 Buyers Guide has begun – look for renewal forms in your mail. Deadline is September 15, 2010.

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Detroit Cornice & Slate Co. Ferndale MI 248.398.7690

M.W. Morss Roofing, Inc. Romulus MI 734.942.0840

Dave Pomaville & Sons, Inc. Warren MI 586.755.6030

J. D. Candler Roofing Co., Inc. Livonia MI 313.899.2100

LaDuke Roofing & Sheet Metal Oak Park MI 248.414.6600

Newton Crane Roofing, Inc. Pontiac MI 248.332.3021

Royal Roofing Co. Orion MI 248.276.ROOF (7663)

Christen/Detroit Detroit MI 313.837.1420

Lutz Roofing Co., Inc. Shelby Twp. MI 586.739.1148

North Roofing Co. Auburn Hills MI 248.373.1500

Schena Roofing & Sheet Metal Co., Inc. Chesterfield MI 586.949.4777

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Industry Events Sep. 14 – Alliance to Save Energy Policy Summit – Global leaders will assemble in Washington, D.C. for a discussion on energy efficiency. For more information, visit www.ase.org/summit. Sep. 14-16 – Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo – Sessions and exhibitors at this show, presented by JD Events and held at the Navy Pier in Chicago, IL, will address the ideas, practices, products and solutions that improve the design and management of current healthcare facilities and plan the facilities of tomorrow. More information is available at www.hcarefacilities.com. Sep. 15 – CAM Old Timers Annual Golf Outing Sep. 15 – Cherry Creek Golf Club, Shelby Township. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. To reserve a spot in this outing, call Diana Brown at 248-972-1000.

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Sep. 16-Oct. 12 – ASCC Events – The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) has announced the following events: Sep. 16-19 – ASCC Annual Conference – Little America, Salt Lake City, UT Oct. 11-12 – Third Annual Showcase of Concrete Construction at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville, MD (in partnership with the Maryland Ready Mix Concrete Association) More information is available at www.ascconline.org, or by calling 866-788-ASCC (2722). Sep. 28 – CAM Sporting Clays Shootout – This event will take place at the Hunters Creek Club in Metamora. The day starts with an optional warm-up practice shoot from 10:00 a.m. until Noon. Lunch will be served at Noon, followed by a mandatory firearms safety orientation and an overview of the Sporting Clays course. The shoot will begin at 1:30 with a shotgun start. The conclusion of the event will be the perch dinner, during which awards and prizes will be announced.

Aluminum Supply Company/Marshall Sales........................5 Aoun & Company, P.C. ..............................................................24 Bricklayers & Allied Local No1 of MI Craftworkers ............9 CAM Administrative Services ................................................BC CAM - Affinity ............................................................................IBC CAM - ECPN ..................................................................................36 CAMMagazineOnline.com ......................................................42 CAM - Membership....................................................................43 CAMSafety ....................................................................................41 CAM - TradeShow ........................................................................7 CAM Workers’ Comp. ................................................................11 C.A.S.S. Sheet Metal ..................................................................20 Capital Insurance Group ..........................................................27 Connelly Crane Rental Corp. ..................................................42 Deppmann, R.L. ..........................................................................14 Detroit Terrazzo Contractors Association ..........................13 Doeren Mayhew ........................................................................39 Energy Shield ..............................................................................19 Evangelista Corporation ..........................................................17 Facca Richter & Pregler, P.C. ....................................................11 G2 Consulting Group ................................................................31 Guy Hurley Blaser & Heuer, LLC..............................................35 Gwyer Reprographics................................................................11 Hartland Insurance Group, Inc. ..............................................21 Hilti..................................................................................................33 Larson's Insurance Solutions Agency ..................................13 MasonPro, Inc...............................................................................11 Navigant Consulting..................................................................19 Nicholson Construction Company........................................41 North American Dismantling Corp.......................................39 Oakland Companies ..................................................................29 Plante & Moran, PLLC ................................................................37 Plumbing Professors..................................................................34 Plunkett Cooney ........................................................................15 Rick's Portables Sanitation, LLC ............................................27 SMRCA............................................................................................45 Scaffolding Inc.............................................................................24 StructureTec Corporation ........................................................27 TEMP-AIR ......................................................................................34 Trend Group................................................................................IFC Valenti Trobec Chandler Inc. ....................................................3 Zervos Group ..............................................................................31

For more information, or to register, call Gregg Montowski at 248-972-1000. Oct. 3-8 – SFPE 2010 Professional Development Conference and Exposition – The Society of Fire Protection Engineers will host this event at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans, LA. This event will include two days of cutting-edge presentations and an Engineering Technology Exposition with over 40 leading fire protection organizations. More information about this event can be found at www.sfpe.org. Oct. 12-15 – 2010 ULI Fall Meeting and Urban Land Expo – The Urban Land Institute will host this event at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The program will include topical, timely real estate industry association information and candid, provocative speakers. More information is available at www.uli.org.

Oct. 21-23 – ASCE 140th Annual Civil Engineering Conference – This year’s American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) conference will be held at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Sessions will focus on a variety of issues and there will also be symposia and tours celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Hoover Dam. For more information, visit asce.org.

Training Calendar Green Advantage® Training and Certification Exam Attendees can become certified in the latest green building practices, technologies and techniques by attending this training session on October 5 at the IHM Motherhouse in Monroe. An exam will be held at MTEC at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn. For more information, please call 734-241-3660.

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