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ABOUT THE COVER Detroit Dismantling Corporation performed selective demolition as part of revitalizing the David Stott Building in downtown Detroit. The team of Bedrock, Walbridge and Kraemer Design Group is bringing this Art Deco gem back to life. As part of its scope of work under Walbridge, Detroit Dismantling was tasked with removing the building’s stranded elevator cabs, along with the hoist cables, counterweights and all of the mechanical equipment in the penthouse levels. Photos Courtesy of Detroit Dismantling Corporation


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On a recent site, he programmed a drone to follow an exact flight grid. By repeating the same flight weekly, G2 was able to create a detailed timelapse video of the construction process. “All of these innovations will enable us to better serve our clients’ needs by giving them a more complete understanding of their projects while also reducing costs and improving outcomes,” Hargrave-Thomas says. “Drones are becoming an increasingly important tool in the construction engineering business. I’m glad we’ve a developed this expertise.”

NAWIC ANNOUNCES 2017 AWARD RECIPIENTS G2 CONSULTING FLIES DRONES TO CLIENTS’ ADVANTAGE If drones can deliver burritos for Chipotle and goods for Amazon, what other business uses might these unmanned aircraft serve in today’s world? One local business that’s been an early adopter of drone technology is finding out. G2 Consulting Group, a Troy-based geotechnical and environmental services firm, has been flying drones over and around its clients’ construction sites to provide a clearer, more comprehensive view of a project’s scope and progress. G2 Consulting Principal Noel Hargrave-Thomas is an FAA licensed drone pilot who started flying drones “just for fun” in 2014 and soon recognized how helpful they could be in providing overhead visual inspections of potential and actual job sites. As a result, G2 Consulting became one of the earliest businesses to use drones to assist clients in visualizing their projects. “We’ve used our drones on projects like telecomm towers and commercial buildings to improve job safety. We can fly close to existing structures and 8 CAM MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2017

audit them for a number of issues without having to send a climber up,” Hargrave-Thomas says. “This enables significant cost savings to building owners while helping to determine the exact scope of work required.” In addition to documenting construction projects, the drone footage also gives clients a much better understanding work site progress because they’re actually able to see everything that’s occurred, Hargrave-Thomas says. He describes mapping construction sites on a daily basis to provide 3D model of the site and creating scaled 2D mosaic imagery that contractors use to document progress and material usage. New 3D cameras can provide aerial 360-degree access footage to show clients what their project will look like and how it will fit into the surrounding environment. There are also drones with upward pointing cameras that enable project managers and their clients to visually inspect the bottoms of bridges, overhangs and indoor roofing as well as thermal imaging cameras for roof inspection and facility energy audits. Drone technology is evolving so quickly that Hargrave-Thomas believe their future uses are almost limitless.

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is pleased to announce the recipients of its Future Leader of the Year, Member of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Awards. The mission of the awards is to recognize outstanding efforts of NAWIC members. The 2017 Future Leader of the Year Award winner is Romina Byrd, SHRMCP, president of NAWIC’s Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter. Byrd is the Director of Education and Training for Miller and Long Concrete Construction. During her 20 years at Miller and Long, she has created and facilitated a number of programs to promote careers in construction, and personal and professional development. She was instrumental in the onset of the company’s Students Construction Trade Foundation and its Academy of Construction and Design. Since 2002, Byrd has brought together the company’s apprentices to participate in the annual Big Build Festival at the National Building Museum, a hands-on festival for children. Just months after joining NAWIC, Byrd became her chapter’s president, growing its membership more than 600 percent in under two years. Shelie Gaffron, will be recognized as NAWIC’s 2017 Member of the Year. “The Voice of The Construction Industry®”


Gaffron, a member of NAWIC’s Fort Worth, Texas Chapter, is a PreConstruction Specialist/Estimator at AUI Partners, LLC. Since joining NAWIC in 2012, she has served her chapter as president-elect, vice president, secretary and director. She has also chaired numerous chapter and regional committees. She was selected as her chapter’s 2016 Woman in Construction, and is a member of the Construction Management Advisory Board at Tarrant County College. NAWIC’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Linda Young, CBT, CIT. A member of NAWIC since 1985, Young is a member of the San Diego, California Chapter. She has served as NAWIC national president, president-elect, vice president, and treasurer. She has also served as a NAWIC region director and president of the NAWIC Education Foundation. She has held every office on her chapter’s board and chaired numerous chapter, region and national committees. During her time with NAWIC she helped found her chapter’s CAMP NAWIC, which introduces young women to the construction industry; helped her chapter set up a 501 (c)(3) foundation—NAWIC Future Construction Leaders Foundation, of which she is currently president; and mentored numerous women. She is the owner of C-SOS Consulting. Byrd, Gaffron and Young were honored at the NAWIC Awards Gala on August 18 during NAWIC’s 62nd Annual Meeting and Education Conference in Anaheim, California. NAWIC members from across the country will gather at the Hyatt Regency Orange County for the Conference. Contact Autumn Daughetee, NAWIC communications director, at or (800) 552-3506 for more information about the NAWIC Awards, or visit the NAWIC website at


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GOVERNOR SNYDER LAUNCHES SECOND PHASE OF GOING PRO CAMPAIGN TO CHANGE OUTDATED PERCEPTIONS OF PROFESSIONAL TRADES State Departments Working to Transform Image, Promote Value of Career Technical Education The professional trades are a pathway to high-quality careers for Michiganders and continued economic strength for Michigan. The State of Michigan recently launched a new campaign to correct outdated perceptions of Career Technical Education and the opportunities it presents. The second phase of the state’s Going PRO campaign is designed to change the discussion about the professional trades, enhance career tech programs and better connect the business and education communities so Michigan students can embrace opportunities for rewarding careers. “We need to think differently about career tech education, enhancing the value these programs can bring to students and the community as a whole,” Snyder said. “We must reach more students, parents and counselors because too many people are not getting the message about the highpaying, high-demand, and meaningful careers available in the professional trades.” The next chapter of the Going PRO campaign was kicked off by Gov. Rick Snyder and Roger Curtis, director of the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development, at the Governor’s Education and Talent Summit in Lansing. Students, parents and educators will see the next generation of a campaign aimed at making them more aware of the choices available to further their education in ways outside of a four-year college degree. The need for a professional trades 10 CAM MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2017

push is great in Michigan because skilled talent is an important factor when job providers look to grow and locate. According to the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives: - Professional trades will account for more than 500,000 jobs in the Michigan economy by 2024, accounting for 16 percent of all job growth during that period. - Professional trades are projected to grow 50 percent faster than the statewide average during that time. - The median wage for professional trades occupations is 45 percent higher than the Michigan statewide median wage for all occupations The Going PRO campaign, started last year with billboards and signs at events across the state, is part of an effort to transform career tech education across the state, addressing challenges raised by educators, businesses and other stakeholders in a recent series of roundtable discussions hosted by Curtis and State Superintendent Brian Whiston. “We’re not downplaying going to college, but we’re ‘up-playing’ the other paths that people can take to get goodpaying jobs in growing fields,” Curtis said. “All education is about making our kids career ready. But we have to make sure our CTE programs are as strong as they can be. We heard loud and clear about challenges – from all sides. Now we’re going to help make the difference that needs to happen for the future of Michigan ad our kids.” Curtis debuted a new Going PRO video, kicking off a campaign of real people doing real jobs. The state also will soon unveil a new website and Pathfinder, a tool that will help youth and their parents explore career options and how to take advantage of them in the coming months. “This is just the beginning,” Curtis said. “We must change the conversation about professional trades. This is vitally important for our children, our communities and our state as a whole.” “The Voice of The Construction Industry®”

MUSKEGON COUNTY AWARDED VETERANFRIENDLY EMPLOYER CERTIFICATION Muskegon County has been awarded the Bronze level Veteran-Friendly Employer certification by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA). Muskegon County is the only county in the State of Michigan that has been awarded this status as a full County. This award recognizes Muskegon County’s continued efforts to hire and support veteran talent in its workforce. With this award, Muskegon County agrees to fully recognize, honor, and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. The County will provide its managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve. “We appreciate the values, leadership, and unique skills Service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists, and Veterans” says Kristen Wade, Muskegon County Human Resources Director. “We will continually recognize and support our country’s Service members and their families, in peace, in crises, and in war.” MVAA recognizes employers that commit to military veteran recruitment, training and retention practices by awarding those employers Gold, Silver and Bronze level status as VeteranFriendly Employers. MVAA’s Veteran-Friendly Employer program helps qualified organizations recruit and retain top veteran talent while providing others a road map to improve their recruitment efforts. For questions about the MVAA Veteran-Friendly Employer Certification, please contact

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t’s that time of year! Registration for the CAM Annual Safety Leadership Conference is open. The CAM Safety Leadership Conference is a professional development conference designed for new and experienced safety professionals. The conference is brought to you through a partnership between CAM and the Greater Detroit Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). The conference this year will be hosted by Oakland Community College and held at their Auburn Hills campus. In Michigan, we are seeing injury and illness rates trending upward as newer workers move into the workforce and our existing workforce nears retirement age. As the volume of work increases, we are seeing a greater need for both skilled labor and skilled safety professionals, project managers and informed owners to successfully bring these projects to completion in a safe and efficient manner.



The Safety Leadership Conference provides the opportunity to participate in educational sessions on trending safety topics, MIOSHA standard updates, safety leadership, diversity in the workforce, and many more topics. Participants will have the opportunity to network with fellow safety professionals and safety equipment vendors to see what innovations they are bringing to the market. They will also have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions to our panel of industry experts about how they manage safety and health in their organizations and the challenges they see in our industry moving forward. As safety professionals, we are tasked with the implementation of the means and methods to keep our workers safe and to protect our companies’ interests from the risk associated with many construction activities. In 2015 MIOSHA reported that, in the construction sector alone, we had approximately 5,400 recordable injuries

with nearly 2,200 cases that resulted in days away from work, job transfer or restriction (MIOSHA Non-Fatal Injury & Illness Data 2015). In 2016 MIOSHA reported 43 occupational related fatalities which is the highest fatality rate that we have had since 2006 when we had 52 program related fatalities. These fatalities and injuries can be prevented, and the Safety Leadership Conference will assist you with identifying the skills, tools and methods available to meet this very important goal. For more information on the conference schedule, sessions, our exhibitors, and directions to the conference please visit our conference page at or scan the QR code in this article. For questions regarding registration, sponsorship or exhibiting at this show, contact Jason Griffin by phone at (248) 972-1141 or by email at “The Voice of The Construction Industry®”


Is There a Green Roof in Your Future? The Essential Elements to Green Roof Success A Discussion with Nathan Griswold, President of Inhabitect, LLC By Douglas Elbinger, Energy Systems Analyst, Newman Consulting Group LLC

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s green roofs become more popular and ‘early adaptors’ are proving their value, more design teams are considering them for their ecological, environmental and economic benefits. Once a design team has decided to include a green roof within their scope of work, the first hurdle is design specifications. This document needs to be prepared, so the real questions can be answered for all stakeholders: How does it work? What will it cost? What are the bottom line energy, economic and environment benefits? Is there a cost benefit analysis? Fortunately, you don’t have to go this alone. There are seasoned experts who can walk you through the design process of a successful green roof. After a bit of research, I became acquainted with Nathan Griswold, president of Inhabitect, LLC in Traverse City. Griswold’s team has been involved with over 1,000 green roof applications in North America within the last 14 years. Talking with him, I learned that there are seemingly endless design considerations that will be reviewed during the specification writing process, but there are a handful of questions that should be considered mandatory. Before we dive into the design consideration, let’s review some of the basics.


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What Kinds of Energy Benefits Can I Expect? Green roofs are commonly credited with being able to provide energy benefits to a building owner. This is true, but in some climates year-round and in others it fluctuates based on seasonality and outside air temperatures. The biggest energy reductions and saving come during the warmer, “cooling days,” of summer when a building’s air conditioning is being used and green roofs are not in dormancy. The plants are living and breathing during the growing season. They transpire and the moisture within the soil (growing media) is evaporating, a combined phenomenon known as evapotranspiration. There is “force-field” above the plants which is cooler than the outside air. This fact coupled with the protection the profile of the green roof, which holds moisture, does not allow the heat of the summer to make its way into the building as much as it would without a vegetated rooftop.


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A cross-section of a typical green roof.

How Much Does a Green Roof Cost? The cost of a green roof will vary depending on the size; project location; type of system specified; maintenance regime; expectations of the owner; the overall growing media (soil) depth; plant choices; and many others. Because of the numerous variables involved, we ask that you contact us directly for budget pricing on the green roof you have in mind. We have the knowledge to provide an economical and high-quality green roof application.

Why Do I want a Green Roof? Every customer is interested in a green roof for different reasons. This technology provides triple bottom line benefits to those who adopt it, and each development will embrace a handful of benefits because it suits their goals for that given project. These social, economic and environmental benefits are vast and available within both the public and private sector. This means that a green roof is value added infrastructure, unlike most traditional forms of infrastructure. If I had to pick three reasons people build green roofs, I would say the number one reason across North America is for their ability to mitigate storm water management. They act like a sponge and soak up rain water, and slow it down before it leaves the jobsite; this is very helpful to most civil engineers. The second most common reason green roofs are utilized is to create living space on a rooftop. This provides the owners with a unique vantage point from a space that is traditionally not part of a home or office building design. Third, many developers and homeowners are offering rooftop living spaces because this helps to increase the value of their development or home.

Can a Green Roof be Installed on a Sloped Roof? Yes, there are specialized green roof assemblies that can be used to install vegetation on almost any slope. Inhabitect’s team has played a role in the installation of a green roof that actually measures 81 degrees of slope.

Do Green Roofs Leak? The short answer is no. A high-quality green roof should be installed over a highquality waterproofing membrane. If done correctly, a green roof should increase the lifespan of your waterproofing, not interfere with its performance.

Six Essential Design Considerations As Nathan explains, “The first two years are critical to the success of an extensive green roof. Most extensive green roofs that are successful during establishment most likely include the following six essential elements:

How Much Does a Green Roof Weigh? A standard Extensive green roof assembly (shallow media depth) will weigh around 18-36 lbs. per square foot; an Intensive (deep media depth) assembly will weigh at least 34 lbs. per square foot at full saturation.

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1) Water Source: Although the amount of water required will be dictated By the amount it rains, the owner should still expect to have a water source available on the roof. If the roof is too large to be watered by hand as needed during the vital first two years of establishment, an irrigation system, even if temporary, should be considered. 2) Roof Access: All roofs need to be visited and visually inspected on a regularly scheduled basis, and a green roof is no different. If there is not access to all levels of the green roof, maintenance will likely be performed less frequently, if at all, and problems will ensue. 3) Maintenance Budget: Extensive green roofs are “low” maintenance; there is no such thing as a “no” maintenance green roof. A primary reason why some early extensive green roofs did not live up to their potential was due to lack of regular maintenance. Extensive green roofs require care during establishment. Budgeting for regular maintenance - typically a contract between the installing landscaper and the building owners - should be in place. 4) Dedicated Maintenance: Ideally, the contractor who installs the plants will maintain them during establishment. This will benefit the building owners because the contractors are familiar with the project details. Qualified green roof system suppliers, such as American Hydrotech, work with highly qualified and approved installers who are dedicated to a project’s success. 5) Plant Selection: The plants selected for extensive green roofs are critical to the roof’s success. A qualified supplier should have knowledgeable personnel available to walk design teams through the plant selection process, be available after installation to evaluate the plants progress, suggest the maintenance required, and provide any solutions if a plant is suffering. American Hydrotech, for example, has numerous regional specific plant lists that are fully covered under its two-year maintenance and “thrive warranty” program. 6) Growing Media: A properly planned and designed extensive green roof should include an engineered lightweight growing media. It should be low in organic matter and have a limited percentage of clay/silt content. American Hydrotech, who has a dedicated soils expert on staff, has developed specific growing media blends, known in the marketplace as “Lite Top,” for every roof environment. If the wrong growing media is used irreversible and extremely expensive problems could arise such as problems with drainage and media compaction. Extensive roofs can effectively provide all the benefits expected from green roof technology such as energy savings, mitigation of the urban heat island, and storm water management. It is critical that they are installed and maintained from day one. Taking these essential steps for getting your green roof off to a good start is critical to its long-term success. As you can see, there is a learning curve to understanding and planning a green roof. To learn more, I recommend visiting the Inhabitect, LLC website: or contact Nathan Griswold, president, Inhabitect, LLC by email at

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By Karl Daubmann, Dean and Professor, Lawrence Technological University

he thought of driverless cars was never on my list of desires, until I began commuting. My drive to work used to be two miles (if I drove) but now it is 40 miles each way. Before this change, driving was a deliberate activity that often brought joy; now it is necessary action and out of my control. This change in lifestyle has given me an opportunity to listen to audio books, refine my perspective on technology, and ponder issues like the driverless car. Now that driving is a chore, I’d happily outsource its automation. This change in my thinking about driving has lead me to consider design technology and how our industry is evolving technologically. In Marty Neumeier’s book MetaSkills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age, he discusses what he calls “the robot curve” and makes the case that any activity that can be pushed toward automation will be. Rather than seeing this in the context of losing jobs, he positions this technological pressure positively by interrogating the uniquely human skills that we can leverage - the highest being creativity. Given my role in design and education, this positioning of creativity in our Knowledge Economy is an obvious opportunity. My research has been moving into areas of manufacturing, robotics, and automation. I’ve been examining how these topics are transforming what we do as designers



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and architects, and how it is changing our responsibilities and contractual relationships. In robotics, there is a similar paradigm to Neumeier’s robotic curve called ‘The Five D’s of Industry.’ These D’s are the initial and appropriate tasks for automation and robotics: dull, dangerous, dexterous, dirty, and domestic. As my commute moved from a joyous activity to one of dullness and drudgery, I began longing for autonomous driving. Considering the five D’s in our own work might simultaneously help us to consider aspects of automation in design and construction but also help us identify where the truly creative activities reside. As an interesting case study, I had a recent opportunity to tour a dairy farm in the thumb of Michigan that has been operated by the same family for more than three generations. A recent change on the farm is the four robots that milk the 350+ cows. Cowbells have been replaced by “fit-bits,” and as the cows line up to be milked, the robot uses a laser scanner to locate and position the four individual suction cups. Now the cows also line up themselves when they want to be milked.

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While this robotic application certainly demonstrates the application of the five D’s, it also highlights the way that various industries are making use of technology. We’ve known about robots in the automotive industry for some time, but I was surprised by the level of complex technology this dairy farm incorporated. Beyond milking, the farmer has a digital dashboard that tracks data on the activity, health and milking characteristics of each cow. The farmer is able to tweak the numerous inputs in response to feedback. Beyond the clear parallels to a design process, the transformation to a high-tech farm brought new opportunities to the overall business model. New technologies might allow us


to change long-held business models in our industry and rethink contractual relationships in hopes to provide better products or a higher level of services to our clients. We’ve become accustomed to an onslaught of data and we rely on data to make decisions. I follow two sports and I’m amazed at the amount of sensors and terabytes of information generated by the individual “boats” in the America’s Cup and the “cars” in Formula 1. The data is streamed live to engineers around the world who are helping to make split second decisions during a race. The collection of data in these industries is inexpensive while the interpretation is high-level and carried out by those with experience. Many architecture and engineering firms are collecting data from their finished projects to offer feedback during the design of future projects. This approach will become more commonplace and should begin finding its way into BIM software packages. As a designer places a smart part in BIM it should be able to tell you the cost and energy implications of doing such. On a broader scale, Helsinki, Finland has a city-wide digital planning platform that allows decision makers to simulate the energy impact of future construction on neighboring buildings. Imagine the types of data that would be helpful to you to make design or business decisions. Another key phenomenon that I understand much better because of my commute is the network effect. This comes from economics and is when a product or service gains additional value as more people use it. If I drive home late at night, the data available to my traffic app is not as robust as it might be when there are more people on the road. I trust the traffic app more when there are more people feeding it input and as a result it is more valuable. Rhinoceros (or Rhino for short) is an example of design software that has advanced because of its open approach taking advantage of the network effect. “The Voice of The Construction Industry®”

Tapping into advanced users and letting them write scripts and develop plug-ins has pushed the capabilities of the program into many interesting new places and added incredible capability beyond what the developers imagined. As these ideas become more widespread designers will be responsible for the design of buildings and the tools they use. For those designers educated before computers, the phrase ‘drawn-by-hand’ has a meaning of working with pencil and paper. Lately, I’ve heard young designers using the same term - but with a different meaning. They are using the computer. To them, drawn-by-hand means the act of drafting in software where there is a one-to-one correlation between a movement or click of the mouse with what they view on the screen. This drawn-byhand approach is in contrast to automation, macros, scripts, or plugins that generates the geometry by leveraging the processing power of the computer. While I would never consider design to fall prey to the five D’s, there are aspects that are taking advantage of digital automation. I don’t always follow the directions of my traffic app or my GPS. When I don’t follow it, I know something that it doesn’t or I have a preference about a particular route. The nice thing is that it adapts and re-routes based on my decisions - we have an understanding. I’m curious how you might be leveraging different forms of technology to advance the design in your office, to bring increased efficiency on-site, or to open up new avenues for new types of work. Given my role as Education Director on the AIAMI Board, Dean of the College of Architecture and Design at LTU, and technology thought leader, I would like to find ways that the profession and education might advance these ideas and identify new areas for design, construction, and research collaborations.

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Rising Auto Insurance Rates and How to

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onstruction companies with company cars or auto fleets have been seeing increased costs affect their bottom line for a few years now. They have experienced the rising cost of equipment, increases in registration fees, and have especially felt it in regards to their insurance premiums. The insurance industry nationwide has seen an increase in rates for auto insurance, and recently The National Association of Insurance Commissioners named Michigan the second highest average cost of insurance per vehicle. There are several different factors that have been contributing to the increase in auto insurance premiums.


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foreman is on the road. The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. A small amount of drivers will pull off the road to return a text or email, but the increase in accessibility to mobile applications, social media and mobile radio has also become a major issue. A National Safety Council survey found that 74 percent of drivers surveyed used Facebook while driving. Distracted driving leads to more accidents, and more accidents drive up insurance costs. More Injuries & Fatalities 2016 data from The National Safety Council estimates that 40,000 people died in motor vehicles crashes in 2016 - a six percent rise from 2015, and a 10-year high. That is a 14 percent increase in deaths since 2014, and is the biggest twoyear jump in more than five decades. Fatalities are more likely to reach policy limits or settle at larger than normal claim

settlements. Larger claims lead to higher insurance costs. More Miles Driven than Ever Estimates released by the Federal Highway Administration in February 2017 show that U.S. driving topped 3.2 trillion miles last year. It is the fifth straight year of increased mileage throughout the nation. The Insurance Information Institute research states that increases in vehicle technology, highway design, and public policy have helped drive down the frequency of claims in the past five decades, but collision frequency has gone up the last three years and tracks with the spike in miles driven. The amount of miles driven directly correlates to the increase of employed individuals and the increase of business revenue, which is a good thing for most businesses, but it does directly affect the amount of automobile losses. Driving distance also factors in to the increase in losses. Fewer miles mean less risk. For example, a local service truck “The Voice of The Construction Industry®”


that only services a handful of cities may cost less to insure than a truck that provides service throughout an entire state. More miles driven equates to more exposure for your fleet to incur losses. More Cars on the Road There were 17.6 million new cars sold last year, according to Autodata Corp. Gas prices nationwide have become more affordable and are at their lowest since 2009, per the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Financing has been made easier and credit companies are offering longer term loans. All of this has increased sales, and has also given Americans the ability to buy larger vehicles that are typically more expensive. The value of your car or truck might drive the cost of insurance up. Trucks that haul equipment or material have higher premiums because their operations need to be factored in. The value and usage of your vehicle directly affects your insurance premium costs.

Increase in Technology The rising cost of vehicles and the ability to finance more expensive vehicles does nothing to help when the new, more expensive vehicle is in an accident. These vehicles are more expensive to repair when there is an accident. In the past, a minor fender bender might have been under the deductible, but now the claim is an out-of-pocket expense for the company and a larger loss on their loss history. The cost to repair LED lights, sensors, cameras and other technology drives up the claim. Severe Weather Michigan contractors know a lot about the issues that arise out of driving in snow. Also, heavy rain, hail storms, fog and flooding can also be issues attributed to weather that can cause auto claims. Based on 2005–2014 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 22 percent of crashes were related to weather.


Steps to Take to Help Lower the Cost Now that you know some of the factors on why commercial auto insurance has seen dramatic increases, here are some steps to help control your companies cost. Review Driver‘s Motor Vehicle Records Insurance companies review all driver motor vehicle records. Having a driver with issues could keep you from getting competitive rates with a competitive carrier and drive your claims up. • Do a pre-screen of all new hires motor vehicle records • Pull your employee-drivers’ motor vehicle records quarterly and inspect their driving habits off the job • Be aware of who can and cannot drive a company vehicle to avoid bad drivers getting behind the wheel • Make sure you are complying with HIPAA and that you get a signed consent before reviewing

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Fleet Safety Program Most insurance companies that are insuring construction risks are asking whether or not the contractors have a Fleet Safety Policy for their employees. A large number of construction companies have put these programs in place. This is an area that does not get looked at as often, or reviewed as frequently, as a company’s Employee Safety Policy. A Fleet Safety Policy allows a company to put controls in place to help deter your drivers from bad behaviors, and to enforce corrective action steps for problem drivers. Implement a basic Fleet Safety Policy for your company if you do not have one. If you do have a policy, here are a couple of suggested additions: • Distracted Driving Statement - Have a section devoted to discussing the rules on cell phone usage, texting and other mobile device usage while operating

• Personal Use Statement - Outlines the company’s stance on using a company vehicle on personal time. Explain whether passengers or family members are allowed to ride in the vehicle or use the vehicle. Passengers riding in a company truck who are injured can increase a claim significantly.

• MVR Requirements - This allows the company to establish rules on the number and types of violations that are allowed, and what the consequences are if the employee exceeds the allowable limit. • Corrective Action - This details what steps will be taken if the driver cannot be safe, follow company rules, or has issues with their MVR. • Employee Sign Off - This ensures that the employee is acknowledging receipt of the Fleet Safety Program and that he/she is aware of the consequences for not following these rules. Technology New developments in technology and services provided online have helped equip construction employers with tools to help screen and monitor their employees. These services can reduce the cost of insurance or help avoid claims. • Pre-Employment Screening Program - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) helps companies make more informed hiring decisions by providing secure, electronic access to a commercial driver’s five-year crash and three-year inspection history from the FMCSA Motor Carrier Management Information System. • MVR Service - Use an online service to get motor vehicle records. This will allow you to screen new drivers, review current drivers and maintain records for DOT.


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I N S U R A N C E • GPS - This helps construction companies track their vehicles, track their employees work efficiency, speeding habits and fuel efficiency. • Crash Impact - Crash impact technology on newer vehicles may lower the likelihood and severity of an auto claim. Some form of the crash impact technology is available on all vehicles now, including the new models of extra heavy trucks. • Dash Cameras - Cameras can be used to monitor employees and their habits, but have also been used to defend or litigate auto claims.


The rising cost of auto insurance is a national issue, but one that we especially feel in the State of Michigan. Being educated on the cause of rising costs and having controls in place to help mitigate losses will better prepare you to avoid the issue from crippling your business. About the Author: Ken Kelbert is a certified insurance counselor and account executive at VTC Insurance Group, Troy. VTC Insurance Group is the largest independent insurance and surety agency in Michigan. It has been helping members of the construction industry manage their total cost of risk by providing competitive products and services since 1957. Ken can be reached at or (248) 530-3277.

Safe Driver Rewards Program • Maintain an ongoing Safe Driver Program. You can reward drivers for a certain number of miles or length of time of incident-free driving. Research Insurance Costs before Buying • Many business owners consider premium rates when choosing vehicles to add to their fleet. Research rates on a vehicle prior to purchasing the vehicle Coverage Review • If you have an older fleet or want to self-insure some of your vehicles, consider dropping physical damage coverage. • Research the benefits of raising your deductible. It may be beneficial to pay smaller claims out-of-pocket to maintain good loss history. You would be reserving the auto insurance for more significant claims that may negatively affect your insurance premiums more dramatically. • Combine insurance companies for your auto and other lines of coverage together to get a multi-policy discount. Claims Happen • Report claims immediately to give your insurance company the ability to manage the claim from the beginning. This may avoid increased costs, delays in payment and allow the insurance company to inspect the loss if needed.

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ismantling is demolition with finesse. Detroit Dismantling Corporation successfully applied this fine art to the revival of one of downtown Detroit’s Art Deco masterpieces. Working under contract to Walbridge, Detroit Dismantling’s selective interior demolition of the David Stott Building involved working within the elevator shafts of this 38-story building and down below in the three subbasements approximately 40 feet below grade. Whether above or below grade, this complex, sometimes dangerous, undertaking showcases Detroit Dismantling’s ability to work safely and efficiently, while offering custom solutions to seemingly impossible tasks.


Heavy Lifting Detroit Dismantling arrived on site at the David Stott Building in October 2016, and set to work tackling one of the most difficult tasks in a skyscraper: the elevators. Ironically, in its heyday, the David Stott Building was known for the

sheer speed of its six elevators, ranked, at the time, as among the fastest in the United States, according to a Walbridge press release. “Newspapers raved how they could zip riders up the tower at 835 feet a minute, letting them reach the top of the tower in about 30 seconds,” according to At the time of Bedrock’s purchase, only one elevator was operational. This elevator, along with its two other companions in the south elevator bank, will be outfitted with new cabs and equipment. The north bank’s three elevator cabs were trapped in the 450-foot-long vertical shaft, having come to a halt at three different floor heights and having remained in place since the closure of the building. With the operating systems defunct, “the elevator cabs just stopped at roughly the 20th, the 11th and the sixth floors,” said Detroit Dismantling Vice President Jeff Dore. “These elevator cabs were all trapped on the upper floors, along with their massive 9,000 lbs.

counterweights. The penthouse mechanical equipment that originally hoisted the elevator cabs was nonoperational, and proved to be unsalvageable.” Detroit Dismantling was tasked with removing the stranded cabs, along with the hoist cables, counterweights and all of the mechanical equipment in the penthouse levels. The job would require some heavy lifting. Unlike contemporary elevators, these vintage cabs and counterweights are made of heavy steel and cast iron. “Each cab weighed 6,500 lbs. or three tons,” said Dore. “The cabs are made of heavy steel, even the cab roof and deck were made of heavy plate steel. “The cast iron counterweights are 9,000 lbs.,” continued Dore. “The counterweights are formed of individual weights stacked on top of each other. They are probably about four-feet-wide by eight or nine inches, and are roughly fourinches-thick. The cables, attached to the counterweights, counterbalance the cab weight.”


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Fast-Track Dismantling The weight of cab and counterweight, working inside an immense vertical shaft measuring 450 feet in length and the fasttrack demands of the job makes it all seem like mission impossible. For Detroit Dismantling, it’s just another day on the job. The company has a well-trained crew schooled in safe practices, a depth of experience capable of generating custom solutions, and extensive knowledge of cutting-edge equipment capable of executing difficult maneuvers under a tight timeline. Detroit Dismantling brought all three capabilities to the north elevator bank. Counter-intuitively, the project began with hoisting the cabs all the way to the roof deck in order to be able to lower the heavy counterweights to ground level. Dore explains, “In order to return the counterweights to their respective racks safely in the basement of the building, each of the 6,500 lb. elevator cabs had to be rigged and manually hoisted by the

crew up the entire 450-foot elevation of the building, allowing the counterweights to return to their cradles on the sub-level floor. Once the counterweights were cradled, the crew could begin to gradually lower the cabs to the basement where they could be safely dismantled.” Detroit Dismantling used a custom solution to hoist these heavy-weight cabs. “Not many companies could do this, especially at that height,” said Dore. How do you raise and then lower a three-ton elevator cab to ground level? Very carefully is the only part of the answer that can be revealed in this proprietary phase of the project. Detroit Dismantling executed this difficult task safely and on time, using two shifts to deliver this fast-track project in only six weeks. “It took three days alone to rig and bring down each elevator cab and the counterweights,” said Dore. Given the danger of working in a 450foot elevator shaft, Detroit Dismantling religiously followed safety practices. “Our

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guys are all trained riggers, and we used 100 percent fall protection,” said Dore. “If we had to open a door, say at the elevator shaft itself, we installed MIOSHAapproved barricades and signage.” Safely Working in a 450-foot Vertical Shaft The difficult work in the north elevator bank wasn’t over. Housed in a concrete shaft, an elevator bank is an open lattice of steel members with attached vertical steel rails for every cab and counterweight and concrete-enclosed steel I Beams at every floor. After removing the cabs, Detroit Dismantling had to torch and cut the cab and counterweight steel rails lining the full height of their respective vertical shafts like a series of railroad tracks moving skyward. “The rails were located on the sides and in the back, essentially around the entire perimeter of each shaft,” said Dore. “We also had to completely remove the structural beams between the three shafts.” To ensure safety, Detroit Dismantling engineered a custom swing-stage platform with independent fall protection. The specialty swing stage was built to conform to the exact size of the elevator shaft itself. “If the swing stage was smaller than the shaft, the crew would have to move or swing around too much, and it would be dangerous,” said Dore. “The swing stage also had its own motors that raised the crew up to the necessary work level.” The pieces of rail were removed in fivefoot sections at a time, each piece weighing 70 to 80 pounds. “They were essentially very heavy pieces of angle iron,” said Dore. “Once removed, we would open the floor doors and hand the pieces of rail to a waiting crew member.” After dismantling, the north bank’s shaft spaces will be repurposed for new electrical rooms on each level. “Additionally, one shaft will be enlarged to incorporate a new freight elevator,” said Dore. Into the Void Detroit Dismantling worked with equal ease below grade. The company removed the top concrete layer of the vaulted sidewalk, a below-grade structure “The Voice of The Construction Industry®”


up and down the multiple floors with only the use of a single, operable elevator that was not adequate for our equipment.” Always on the edge of innovation, Detroit Dismantling invested in Husqvarna PRIME™, a line of state-of-the-art, electric, high-frequency concrete-cutting saws, as preparation for this project. Detroit Dismantling first saw this cutting-edge piece of equipment at the National Demolition Association’s annual tradeshow in Las Vegas. In March 2017, Detroit Dismantling purchased several from Ace Cutting Equipment & Supply, Inc., Novi. Detroit Dismantling is now one of the first companies in Michigan to have this tool in its equipment arsenal. On the market for less than a year, this piece of equipment worked its magic throughout the 38 floors of the David Stott Building. The crew worked rapidly and efficiently to create the four to five openings per floor, thanks to Husqvarna PRIME’s new concrete cutting saw. “This A Cutting-Edge Tool for Cutting portable, lightweight saw’s computer Concrete system automatically senses and Detroit Dismantling worked within the switches to the available power, whether interior of the David Stott Building, cutting it is 220v single phase or 480v three 230 new concrete floor openings for new phase,” said Dore. mechanical shafts. “The building’s mixedMobility is another bonus of this uses demanded a huge amount of new recently introduced concrete-cutting saw. utilities to be run from floor to floor, which The traditional system has cumbersome required numerous new mechanical hose lengths and a large hydraulic shafts,” said Dore. pump/motor unit. “The PRIME line is just Detroit Dismantling anticipated the a little square box the size of a briefcase,” cumbersome logistics of working with said Dore. “We were able to carry the unit traditional concrete-cutting equipment in up to the Stott’s roof, attach a power cord the David Stott Building. Said Dore, “The to it and go. It has the power of a concern our project management had hydraulic system, so we still get the same during the bidding of this work was level of production. These saws proved moving large concrete-cutting equipment to be a huge asset for us on this project. and countless lengths of hydraulic hoses For us, the mobility of the saws was a key factor, and we were very impressed by the unprecedented power they had as opposed to previous electric saws we have tried on the market. Another advantage is the PRIME electric saw eliminates the dangers of high-pressure hoses, as well as possible oil Detroit Dismantling cut 230 new concrete floor openings for new mechanical shafts in the David Stott Building. Detroit Dismantling’s contamination due to investment in Husqvarna PRIME™, a line of state-of-the-art, electric, highleaking hoses and faulty frequency concrete-cutting saws, provided efficiency and mobility on this challenging jobsite. connections.” that extends 10 to 15 feet from the building’s edge to the street. The vaulted sidewalk - basically a buried concrete box with a lid – exists around the entire perimeter of the building. Failing due to water damage, the vault’s top concrete layer needed to be demolished and replaced anyway. Detroit Dismantling took this opportunity to use the opened vault as an access point into the deep “roots” of the building’s three sub-basements. “Using a Broderson carry deck crane, we were able to drop our rigging right down into the basement,” said Dore. “The crane removed the concrete slab of the deepest basement, or Lower Level Three, to make way for new plumbing and new electrical conduits. We also demolished the masonry partition walls in the sub-basements, hauling the concrete and brick debris out in skip box, essentially a large steel container.”

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Detroit Dismantling used three of these cutting-edge concrete saws at the David Stott Building. “Husqvarna even sent a representative to the jobsite to train our crew,” said Dore. A constant focus on the latest technology and the best safety practices has fueled Detroit Dismantling’s success. To safely cut the 230 concrete openings, “We had to shore the concrete up underneath as we cut it,” said Dore. “We always had a spotter on the floor below for safety. We then did the saw-cutting, and lowered the cut pieces mainly from the buck hoist that was installed in the last four to five months.” Restoring the View Detroit Dismantling’s focus then shifted from floors to windows and walls. The company removed the interior plaster around thousands of windows in the building to make way for new window frames. Detroit Dismantling also handled the interior selective demolition of walls as part of creating new floor plans in different areas of

the building. “The Owner performed the abatement and did some soft or light selective demolition prior to our arrival on site,” said Dore. Detroit Dismantling has touched almost every part of the building interior. The company still has about one month left at the David Stott Building. “We are down to working on the Detroit Dismantling arrived on site at the David Stott Building in October 2016, and set to work both in the 38-story building’s elevator shafts and lower floors, removing in the three sub-basements, approximately 40 feet below-grade. some roof drain piping that has now been relocated and finishing aroma of brewing coffee in the new dwelling some punch-list items,” said Dore. spaces and the bustle of new businesses in Many of the grand old buildings of Detroit its retail and office zones. It’s made possible are re-opening their once-shuttered doors. not only with the investment of Bedrock, but The David Stott Building will soon house because of the hundreds of experienced bustling retail, office and apartment space; trades doing what they do best. Detroit its once empty rooms will be filled with the Dismantling’s high level of skill and depth of knowledge in tackling the building’s heights, depths and everything else in between snaps into place one more piece of the puzzle that will ultimately put Detroit back together again.

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David Stott: The Flour King’s Building Now Under Renovation fortune built on flour originally funded construction of this 1920s vintage skyscraper in downtown Detroit. David Stott, a 13-year-old English immigrant who came to the Detroit area in 1866, ultimately amassed a fortune as the owner of one of the largest flour mills in the Midwest, according to the Detroit Free Press archive dated January 15, 1974. In 1928, his descendants built what was then the fourth tallest building in Detroit. On the exterior, the David Stott building’s lower reaches are well-appointed in marble, limestone and Corrado Parducci sculptures; its interior lobby has an ornate decorative plaster ceiling. But it is the building’s overall form - its unique “sky print” – that attracts the eye in a city known for its powerhouse early 20th Century architecture. The upper reaches of this mainly reddish-brick building rise in a series of tiers or setbacks, each seemingly nestled within the other and all topped with an ornate


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profile and light-colored materials. In an image well-suited to a building honoring Detroit’s Flour King, it resembles a welldecorated wedding cake built of masonry with elaborately sculpted “icing” rimming the top of the upper tiers. In the recent past, its unique charm has drawn architects to establish offices in the building and a prior tenant to open a Sky Bar. Located at the corner of Griswold and State streets, the David Stott Building now occupies prime real estate in Detroit’s revitalized Capitol Park. Owned by Bedrock, the building is now in the able hands of Walbridge and Kraemer Design Group, both of Detroit. The same team that turned the lights back on in the David Whitney Building is now renovating this 210,000-square-foot architectural gem into a mixed-use building. Another downtown Detroit mainstay, the Detroit Dismantling Corporation, has successfully tackled the selective interior demolition of the 450-foot-tall building.


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Eat, Drink and Be Healthy New Indoor Farmers Market Opens in Bay City

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alk into Bay City’s new indoor farmers market and take in the edible collage of apples, radishes, sweet cherries and bouquets of lettuce leaves. To this horn of plenty add the aroma of home-made cinnamon rolls and freshly brewed coffee. Opened in June 2017, City Market is helping to turn Bay City’s classification as a food desert into its exact opposite: The market is a cornucopia of fresh local food, creating a healthy form of “dessert” for the residents of Bay City and the surrounding community. Bay City-based Serenus Johnson Construction, a home-grown design/build and general contracting firm in business since 1919, along with William A. Kibbe & Associates, a multi-disciplinary architectural and engineering design firm headquartered in Saginaw, converted what was originally a JCPenney Building into this refreshing new usage of urban space. The City Market project is Serenus Johnson’s third substantial renovation with the same developer at this site. “Their team has longevity, and being local these days is very important,” shared developer, Rod Hildebrandt. “The entire Woolwine family stands behind their company, and is accessible whenever anything arises, including on evenings and weekends. I would recommend them highly.” William A. Kibbe & Associates worked with the developers on the architectural design of this $3 million-dollar food haven. Kibbe also provided engineering services for the interior and exterior renovation of the Market’s existing building. Architectural design included vendor booth layouts, restroom expansion, interior design, new exterior windows, a new building façade and roof structure. Electrical, mechanical and plumbing design included renovations to existing systems, and introduced an innovative new design for the building’s LED lighting, HVAC, electrical service and distribution. “William A. Kibbe & Associates and Serenus Johnson have a long and successful track record of partnerships on past projects in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region,” said Kibbe’s Senior Project Architect Donald Haeger, RA, AIA. “We’re pleased to add City Market to that list, and to have been involved in this exciting addition to Bay City.” Over the years, a series of different tenants occupied this former JCPenney store. City Market’s Manager, Ruthy Shemanski, briefly describes the existing building’s history and conditions: “The existing building underwent multiple renovations, and the former store was host to several different businesses, most recently, Home Hospice Advantage. This company’s 15,000 square feet of office space was subdivided into a labyrinth of interior walls and corridors, and had extensive drywall ceilings.”



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William A. Kibbe & Associates’ team created interior renderings to help visualize the space and its potential for transformation from a former office into a vibrant market full of individual vendors. Design work initially Once a JCPenney Building and most recently the offices of Home began in November Hospice Advantage, the team responsible for developing and 2016; the project team, renovating the new City Market includes (shown left to right): Market Manager Ruthy Shemanski; Serenus Johnson Construction President working under an Bill Woolwine; and City Market Developers Matthew Meehan and Rod aggressive schedule, Hildebrandt. had to complete the renovation in June 2017. return gable on the roof to prevent Prior to Serenus Johnson’s involvement leakage. and joint development efforts, City Market Shemanski details the overall demolished the interior walls, removed the infrastructure improvements necessary to drywalled ceilings and tore out the transform an existing building into an carpeting throughout the space. “Once indoor farmers market: “Water, electrical ceilings were torn down it was revealed and waste systems all had to be updated that our sprinkler system needed to be substantially to accommodate the needs updated,” said Shemanski. “The exposed of vendors within the market. At times, deck also needed to be sprayed with fire these had to be recalculated and adjusted retardant to ensure the safety of market based on vendor changes within the goers and vendors. This became a market or the expanded needs of these challenge as the material on the deck was vendors. The team of architects and from the 1920s. The deck material, called engineers at William A. Kibbe & Steeltex, is made of kraft paper. It was Associates worked with Serenus Johnson difficult to secure documentation on and inspectors to ensure that our systems testing of a fire retardant that would work would accurately accommodate the with this material. needs of the market. “Per building code, all vendors were “In addition, there were many vendor required to use Class C materials on their changes along the way that required close walls,” continued Shemanski. “If there communication between the City Market was no fire rating on the product they manager, vendors and the electricians, wished to use, we used our painting plumbers, builders, engineers, inspectors company to coat all materials with fire and architect in order to keep the project retardant.” According to Lake Painting, on track, as well as to avoid mistakes and Midland, the flame retardant paint used any re-doing of work.” with the material on the deck was Flame As a constant task, Serenus Johnson Control 133. employed several strategies to control As another concern, multiple vendors tenants’ exposure to the noise and dust required specific types of sinks, ceilings common on a construction jobsite. The and lighting. Serenus Johnson market is on the main level of the building, coordinated installation of new floor sinks but tenants occupied a mezzanine area with the existing floor structure and and a basement. “Our staff and infrastructure. “Plumbing was a major construction team made every effort to challenge, because we had to install new control these concerns by adjusting work floor sinks while taking into account the times,” said Shemanski. “Construction existing piping, as well as the steel beams took place prior to or after staff and and joists,” said Serenus Johnson Project tenants left the building. Windows were Foreman Keith Woolwine. The taped off, and at times, the air handler construction team also fed new electrical was turned off to keep dust and fumes to power to the booth areas, and installed a minimum.” Visit us online at


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success of City Market has Post-construction, approximately been overwhelming, and the 47 vendor stalls were created within reaction of the community the new market, along with a has been positive. For the commercial demonstration kitchen first time, our 501c3 nonand community seating areas. “It profit is able to provide a took a great team effort from all place for our community to contractors and vendors to work buy fresh, local, good food. together to meet the schedule,” said City Market is helping to Serenus Johnson Project Manager remove the food desert Jim Stacer, PE. classification of our area. We With the help and determination look forward to providing this of their subcontractors, Serenus resource for our community Johnson Construction was able to A proud City Market and Serenus Johnson team stands in the interior of for many years to come!” meet the scheduled June 7th grand Bay City’s indoor farmers market and surveys the fruits of their labor. This food oasis is no opening date, completing the Shown left to right are: Serenus Johnson Project Manager Jim Stacer; Market Manager Ruthy Shemanski; and Serenus Johnson Project Foreman mirage. Stop by such project in just under four months. Keith Woolwine. vendors as the Dost Family The entire market area has concrete Farm and GCC Organics. End a perfect polished floors, and each vendor booth County Department of Health, said day at City Market’s Artisanne Chocolatier has a steel grid and wall system built to Shemanski. or Bee Leaf Teas or spend a Sunday support plumbing and mechanical work. The harvest is in, and this indoor afternoon at Devout Sprout. City Market All the MEP work was done to meet each farmer’s market opened its doors in June has a full plate of food venues, ranging vendor’s requirements and expectations, 2017. “Our first week saw upwards of from restaurants to bakery, meat and as well as the demands of the Michigan 35,000 members of the community come coffee shops. Department of Agriculture and the Bay through our doors,” said Shemanski. “The Thanks to City Market, Serenus Johnson Construction and William A. Kibbe & Associates, Bay City has an exciting - and wonderfully edible - new development in the heart of its downtown. “On behalf of Serenus Johnson, it has been a pleasure working with the developer on our third significant renovation at this site,” shared Serenus Johnson Construction’s President Bill Woolwine. “We greatly appreciate the investment in our hometown of Bay City.” This list of vendors at Bay City’s City Market includes Artisanne Chocolatier, Bee Leaf Teas, Brewtopia, Cinnamom, Country Dairy, Devout Sprout, Dost Family Farm, Elaine’s Bake Shop, GCC Organics, Half Mile Handmade, Heidi’s Darn Good Cookies, Market Fresh Threads, Mr. Chips, New Earth Micro Farm, Oily Apothecary, Pennell Farms, Ro Ro’s, Sambuca Café, That Guy’s Meats, That Guy’s BBQ, The Mt of Olive Oil Co., The Pantry, The Petal Boutique, Those Nature People Herb Haus, Tiny Apple Store, VanillaBean Bake Shop, Whyte’s Fishery, Willow’s Garden Juice Bar, and Winding River. -Information Compiled by Emily Woodruff of Serenus Johnson Construction, Edited by CAM Magazine. 32 CAM MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2017

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The Project Team Building Owner: The Times Properties, Bay City Market Manager: Ruthy Shemanski Serenus Johnson Project Manager: Jim Stacer, PE Serenus Johnson Project Foreman: Keith Woolwine William A. Kibbe & Associates Senior Project Architect: Donald Haeger, RA, AIA William A. Kibbe & Associates Architectural Designer, BIM Manager: Jaret Rice


The transformation from office building to indoor market included new exterior windows, a new building façade and roof structure. William A. Kibbe & Associates worked with the developers on the architectural design.

• Bathroom Toilet Partitions/Accessories Steel Equipment Co., Pontiac • Plumbing, Gas Piping, Piping Insulation, Fixtures - Jacob’s Plumbing, Bay City • Roofing - Valley Roofing Company, Inc., Bay City • Dri-Design Wall Panel System - Custom Exteriors, Muskegon • Ductwork, Mechanical Systems, Exhaust Fans - Custom Engineering, Linwood • Tubelite Aluminum Accent Trim - Valley Glass Co., Saginaw • Electrical Wiring, Metering, Lighting Clements Electric, Inc., Bay City • Painting - Lake Painting, Inc., Midland • Re-Grade and Asphalt Installation Pyramid Paving & Contracting Co, Bay City • CMU, Brick, Masonry Rebar, Mortar and Grout - Boettcher Masonry, Bay City • Furnishing of Countertops - McClelland Millwork, Inc., Vassar Visit us online at




Eaton Introduces a HighPerforming LED Retrofit Kit Engineered for Quick Installation, Saving on Labor Costs and Simplifying Upgrades Power management company Eaton has introduced the Metalux Cruze™ LED Retrofit Kit, an energy-efficient solution featuring simple and quick installation for customers wanting to easily upgrade from fluorescent luminaires to LED technology without the need to install a new fixture. Saving on installation labor costs, the high-performing and aesthetically-styled LED system features the latest solid state lighting and driver technology for optimal performance, while providing energy savings of more than 50 percent compared to select fluorescent fixtures. Ideal for offices, healthcare, educational and retail applications, Eaton’s LED retrofit kit utilizes the existing fluorescent luminaire’s housing to save on the cost of purchasing a complete fixture, while also reducing material disposal cost in a retrofit project. The highly efficient light-emitting diode system with an advanced optional design provides optimal light uniformity while delivering high performance efficacy of up to 138 lumens per watt. Available in 2’ x 2’ and 2’ x 4’ sizes, four stocked lumen levels and two color temperatures at 85+ color rendering index, the product is designed to last 60,000 hours at 75 percent lumen maintenance The Metalux Cruze Retrofit Kit is available with a variety of control options including an optional integrated sensor system, optimized to meet energy codes for occupancy sensing and daylight 34 CAM MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2017


harvesting. Factory wired for out-of-thebox operation using thoughtful default setting, the system reduces time and complexity with no additional wiring and lighting control without adds commissioning. If the application demands more, an optional handheld remote is available for field adjustments to make changes to one or more fixtures. The system achieves the lowest installed cost as compared to traditional control products. In addition, the retrofit kit is available with Eaton’s connected lighting systems, including the WaveLinx Wireless Connected Lighting System and the LumaWatt Pro Connected Lighting System powered by Enlighted. The WaveLinx wireless system is a simple to install “no new wires” system that eliminates the cost and complexity of meeting code and programming advanced control systems while providing a flexible and reconfigurable wireless topology for on the fly space adjustments through a mobile app. The LumaWatt Pro system powered by Enlighted allows enterprise customers to take advantage of the system’s advanced LED lighting technologies and wireless sensing capabilities to acquire actionable, granular data on lighting energy performance, space utilization, real time location services and building system integration. The product is DesignLight Consortium® qualified, making it eligible for energy rebates. For more information, visit

Packed with Performance The New Hilti Gas-Acuated Fastening Tool GX 3 The new Hilti Gas-actuated fastening tool GX 3 is the only tool of its kind because it does not require an external battery to operate. Just load the tool with Hilti gas and pins and get to work. Replacing the popular Hilti GX 120, the new GX 3 boasts several upgrades including better performance in cold weather, smoother piston operation, increased pins per gas charge and an improved nail transport mechanism to significantly reduce nail jams.

The curved magazine of the GX 3 provides greater accessibility and can hold up to 40 nails between the lengths of ½” and 1-1/2”. The tool’s power adjustment provides control of the nail embedment depth, as well as allows for simple nail jam removal. The easy to read gas gauge lets the user know exactly how much gas they have left. Operators can stay productive longer because the GX 3 does not use an external battery, require general maintenance or need cleaning. The GX 3 can fasten up to 900 nails on a single GC 41 gas can. It makes fast work of attaching track to steel or concrete, wire mesh for lath/plaster and waterproofing. It is also extremely efficient at fastening Hilti’s full portfolio of electrical fixtures and elements. The GX 3 is covered by the most comprehensive tool service warranty on the market: Hilti’s 20/2/1 - 20 years of repair or replacement of defective parts; two years no cost repair including wear and tear; and a guaranteed 1-day repair center turn-around times. For more information about the new Hilti GX 3, please contact Hilti Customer Service. From the U.S. call Hilti, Inc. at (800) 879-8000 or visit; from Canada, call Hilti (Canada) Corporation at (800) 363-4458 or visit

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CIR Additive System for Materials Blending in Pavement Rehab The Roadtec CIR Additive System is used in the cold-in-place recycling of asphalt pavement in the repair and rehabilitation of asphalt-paved roads. The system is used to transfer, measure, and inject either emulsion or foamed asphalt to the cutter housing of the milling machine. The additive is then thoroughly blended with the milled material and transferred for paving. Roadtec cold-in-place recycling (CIR) equipment makes it possible to repair damage to a roadway in one single pass, while reusing up to 100% of the existing material. Savings potentials are expected to be significant, not only through re-use of material, but also by reducing equipment requirements, and through time savings. The CIR process removes a portion of an existing asphalt pavement by milling to a depth of 2” to 4” (50 to 100 mm), and then repaving it with reworked asphaltmix with additives. As the name implies, CIR is accomplished without heating the asphalt mixture, before or after placement. Depending on the structural requirements of the overall pavement and its intended use, the CIR typically receives a wear course such as a chip seal or HMA overlay to complete the road before returning it to traffic. Single unit systems do not include a method of screening and crushing. Mounted to the rear of the milling machine, the CIR Additive System is the same width as the mainframe of the milling machine. For Roadtec cold-in-place recycling equipment specs, features, and pdf downloads, go to: s/productdocs/CIB_Brochure.pdf

Larson Electronics Releases Intrinsically Safe LED Headlamp Larson Electronics LLC, a leading industrial lighting company, announced the release of a new intrinsically safe LED headlamp (EXP-LED-HL-404-DFX) to be added to its expanding catalog of products. This LED lamp is designed as a hands-free lighting solution in hazardous locations. This new intrinsically safe LED headlamps features two beam settings: high and low. In low beam mode, this LED emits 100 lumens of white light reaching 246’ with a runtime of 4.5 hours. In high beam mode, the headlamp emits 200 lumens of white light reaching 328’ with a runtime of 2.5 hours.


This headlamp features several safety features. A locking mechanism protects the battery component, giving operators safe access to the inner compartment. An adjustable headband enables users to securely fit this LED to their helmets or directly on their heads. This intrinsically safe lamp is ATEX/IECEx approved and IP67 waterproof with a T4 temperature code. Applications for this intrinsically safe LED include, but are not limited to: Hazardous locations, construction sites, chemical processing plants, refineries, oil and gas, mining, gas facilities, agricultural sites, fire-fighting, task lighting, confined spaces, portable lighting, temporary lighting, emergency lighting, and more. Larson Electronics provides expedited service for quotes, customer support and shipments. Visit them on the web at or call (800) 3696671 to learn more about all of Larson Electronics’ lighting products, or (214) 616-6180 for international inquires.



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Georgia Boot Hammer HD Collection a Heavy Hitter at the Jobsite

Bosch Daredevil® HighSpeed Auger Bits are Optimized for Use in Cordless Power Tools

Georgia Boot’s new Hammer HD collection, a tough, durable work boot fit for the most rugged jobsites, is now available at retailers and online at The Hammer HD is a work boot to rely on every day, and is built to last. The Hammer HD outsole is non-marking and resistant to abrasion, chemicals, heat and oil. The vamp is quadruple-stitched for incredible durability, and the heel is also covered in an abrasion-resistant material. The uppers are made from full-grain leather, and the boots also feature the Georgia Waterproof System, a wider toe box, an ergonomically fit safety toe for additional comfort, and Georgia Boot’s popular Comfort Core 5 insole.

Bit Design Ensures Up to 2x More Holes per Battery Charge Increased runtime in cordless power tools is the desire of every tool user, so a drill bit that improves the battery-runtime is an attention getter. Bosch Daredevil® HighSpeed Auger Bits are the power tool industry’s first to be engineered to work with cordless drills in high-speed mode. And thanks to optimized design that features decreased-pitch tips, these bits provide up to 2x more holes per battery charge. Bosch Daredevil High-Speed Auger Bits have reinforced tips for superior performance against nail hits, which means up to 2X longer life than standard auger bits. Bit tips are designed to optimize feed rate so they can drill through wood and wood with nails in high-speed mode. A fortified spine on the bit provides added strength during aggressive drilling and material removal. Effective bit length for Bosch Daredevil® High-Speed Auger Bits is 61/2”, which allows users to employ them in between studs and in tight spaces. Bit diameters range from 1/2” to 1-3/8”. To learn more about the Bosch Daredevil High-Speed Auger Bits or to find a local dealer, visit or call 877-BOSCH-99. 36 CAM MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2017

The Hammer HD boots are available in 6inch and 8-inch styles with composite toe. Suggested retail prices are $149.99 for the 6-inch style, and $159.99 for the 8-inch style. For over 75 years, Georgia Boot® has been a leader in the work footwear market. Based in Nelsonville, OH, the company manufactures and markets quality work and outdoor footwear. The company’s products are available in nearly 3,000 retail and catalog outlets. For more information, call (740) 753-9100 or visit

AIR LIFT COMPANY RELEASES NEW LOADLIFTER 7500 XL SERIES FOR 2000-2010 GM 2500HD / 3500 PICKUPS Air Lift Company’s brand new product line, the LoadLifter 7500 XL™, is now

available for the 2000-2010 GM 2500HD and 3500 pickups. Providing up to 7,500 lbs. of load-leveling capacity, it is Air Lift’s heaviest-duty load support solution, able to provide all the same benefits as other Air Lift load support products, but at lower air pressures, which results in increased ride comfort. The LoadLifter 7500 XL series features a pair of massive 7-inch, doubleconvoluted air springs that eliminate the problems frequently faced when towing and hauling, including squat, trailer sway, body roll, and bottoming out. The larger volume of these air springs allows these benefits to be provided at lower air pressures, creating a noticeable difference in ride quality. The air springs help to evenly raise and support the rear weight, making towing and hauling safer and more comfortable with optimal braking and steering control. All LoadLifter 7500 XL kits feature Air Lift-exclusive upper and lower roll plates, engineered to protect the air springs from sharp edges, while increasing the load capacity by 10%. The air springs themselves are built like a tire, reinforced with 2-ply fabric for maximum strength and topped with ultra-high-strength corrosion-proof nylon composite end caps, which are as strong as steel but Weigh much less. For GM 2500HD and 3500 pickups, adding the LoadLifter 7500 XL adds the load-leveling capabilities that heavy-duty towers and haulers are looking for, with the added benefit of complete adjustability. Air adjustable from 5-100 PSI, the vehicle can be ready for any weight, keeping cargo safe no matter the situation. This LoadLifter 7500 XL air spring kit requires no drilling into the vehicle frame and is compatible with most fifth wheel and gooseneck hitches. The standard installation can usually be completed in two hours or less, made easy with the inclusion of an illustrated instruction manual and Air Lift’s impressive customer “The Voice of The Construction Industry®”


service department. For convenient inflation and deflation of the air springs, Air Lift also offers automatic, wired and wireless on-board air compressor systems. All Air Lift products are backed by an industryexclusive lifetime warranty that covers the air spring and all kit components. The company also ensures satisfaction with a 60-day, money-back guarantee on load support air springs and on-board compressor systems. For more information about Air Lift’s LoadLifter 7500 XL, visit

Key Features: • Armortex®-backed palm for enhanced cut protection • Contrast color fingertips for hand signaling • Reinforced thumb saddle wear area • Breathable poly mesh construction


• Low-profile molded hook and loop closure with ID space • Pull-on tab for easy on/off • EN 388: 2543 E; ANSI/ASTM Cut A6 For more information or to purchase any Work Gear®, email Tenacious or call (800) 2258238 or (651) 642-9889.

ERGODYNE BOOSTS CUT RESISTANCE OF TRADES GLOVES SERIES Ergodyne has strengthened the cut resistance in its Trades Gloves Series. The Armortex®-backed palm on the new ProFlex® 812CR6 Utility + Cut Resistance Gloves delivers enhanced protection from cut, slash and puncture without significant loss of dexterity or flexibility. The new 812CRs are based on the best-selling ProFlex® 812s, and incorporated end-user feedback in the design. The cut-resistant Armortex® is composed of stronger materials including Kevlar® and stainless steel. Plus, red contrasting color fingertips allow for more visible hand signaling on the job. Many work gloves with a similar level of cut protection on the market are stiff and inflexible, limiting dexterity for detail work and causing hand fatigue. With the 812CRs, workers who require a high level of cut and slash protection on the job don’t have to sacrifice durability and dexterity to get it.

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SKILSAW Introduces SOUTHPAW™ Circular Saw Introducing SOUTHPAW™, the ONLY All-Magnesium Left Blade SIDEWINDER™ Circular Saw. SKILSAW’s best-in-class 15 Amp DualField™ motor increases cooling and extends tool life. Its rugged all-magnesium construction reduces weight and goes even further to dissipate motor heat. Southpaw allows users to see it all. With its blade located on the left, you have improved blade and cut-line visibility for enhanced accuracy. Plus, with 56-degree precision beveling capacity, you get the added capacity for a wider variety of cuts. Now you’re set up for all-day success. Count on legendary SKILSAW® durability and performance to get the job done. Feature Benefits: • Left blade SIDEWINDER™ Improves blade and cut line accuracy and visibility • All Magnesium construction Reduces user fatigue and adds durability • Powerful Dual-Field™ Motor Increases cooling and extends tool life • Best-in-class torque Improves productivity and increases speed of cut • Extended 56 degree bevel Adds capacity for a wider variety of cuts • Ergonomic handle w/soft grip Provides comfortable grip for both left and right handed users • Worm drive styled guards Directs dust away from user • Lightweight design Reduces user fatigue • STAY True Guarantee 180 days to return saw with no questions; 1 yr. limited warranty For more information, call SKILSAW at (877) 754-5999 in the U.S., or in Canada call (800) 387-8304.

Larson Electronics Releases a 16 Foot Telescoping Light Mast with 360° Rotating Capabilities Industrial lighting specialists Larson Electronics have announced the release of a 16-foot telescoping light mast with 360° rotating capabilities. The LM-16 is a fold-over light mast that provides a safe and effective way for operators to quickly deploy lights, security cameras and other equipment to elevations of sixteen feet. The LM-16 produced by Larson Electronics features a rotating boom that allows for 360° of rotation, a removable mast head for storing mounted equipment when not in use, and an easy fold over assembly for transportation purposes. This light boom can be extended to a height of 16 feet for effective coverage and collapsed to 10 feet. The mast is elevated from its folding position with a 1,000 pound hand winch that is fitted with 3/16” cable. A second 1,000 pound winch provides the 10 to 16 foot elevation of the mast. The 360° rotation is provided by a single T-Handle. By loosening the T-Handle, operators can rotate the mast with ease in 38 CAM MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2017

either direction. It can be locked into place once the desired position is found by tightening the T-Handle. These light masts are typically mounted to trailers or other stable surfaces by a 15” x 13”, ¼”-thick mounting baseplate which has been predrilled to accept six, ¾” anchor bolts. A 36”-wide and ¼”-thick mounting plate is attached to the upper section of the mast which provides a strong and stable platform for lights or equipment. When lowered to 10 feet, the mast can withstand winds up to 125 miles per hour. The light tower weighs approximately 275 pounds and can easily support and lift 150 pounds of weight. Larson Electronics produces a full range of industrial and commercial lighting equipment, telescoping light towers, explosion proof lighting, and LED work lights. To view the entire Larson Electronics line of industrial grade lighting solutions, visit them on the web at You can also call (800) 369-6671 to learn more about all of Larson Electronics’ lighting products, or call (214) 616-6180 for international inquires. “The Voice of The Construction Industry®”

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Quinn Evans Architects has hired James Zwolensky, AIA, LEED AP, as a senior associate in the firm’s Ann Arbor office. Zwolensky has more than 25 years of Zwolensky experience in the planning and design of higher education, government, and commercial facilities. He will assume a senior management role on major projects in higher education, in particular.




The Board of Directors of TMP Architecture, Inc., Bloomfield Hills, has promoted five professionals within the firm. John Waldrop, Christenson AIA, LEED AP was promoted to principal and now serves as director of operations. Thomas Barber, AIA and Greg Farrer, CSI, CDT are now senior associates. And Lauren O’Neal M. Christenson, NCIDQ and Danielle C. O’Neal, AIA have been promoted to associates of the firm. Saginaw-based WTA Architects is pleased to announce that senior associates, Kenneth C. Lemiesz, AIA, 36CFR61, and Paul Andrew Haselhuhn, AIA, LEED AP, have advanced to partners of the firm. Serving as project leaders, they have assisted clients in the design and construction of key projects throughout the state.



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Ruby+Associates, Inc., Bingham Farms, recently announced that four of its professionals have passed the Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Plinka Exam and have obtained professional engineering licensure from the State of Michigan licensing board. Katrin Bosch, Tim Francisco, Bethanie Rider and Marinna Plinka took the PE civil structural exam and received the positive results from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The four now hold active license status with Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

CMS Energy and Consumers Energy have announced that Jean-Francois Brossoit, currently senior vice president of Brossoit transformation and shared services, will succeed Dan Malone, senior vice president of engineering, and assume his responsibilities when Malone Malone retires Nov. 1, 2017. Brossoit will assume the new role of senior vice president of transformation, operations support and engineering. Malone has spent 33 years with the company, serving as a leader in several positions. He was instrumental in transforming Consumers Energy’s generating plants to be clean and lean, highlighted by a 25 percent reduction in the company’s carbon footprint when seven coal-fired plants closed last year.


Troy-based Peter Associates Basso (PBA), Michigan’s largest MEP engineering organization, is pleased to announce 13 new team members. New DiCicco include hires mechanical engineer Alec Cramer to the Healthcare/Labs Group; mechanical engineer Arjun Thirumaran to the Higher Education Hatsios Group; electrical engineer Carmen DiCicco; mechanical designer John T. Hatsios to the Corporate Office and Government Group (COG); and CAD Specialist Jason E. Flint. New summer co-ops include Madeline Oesch, mechanical design co-op for the Higher Education Group; Stephanie Jewell, mechanical design co-op for the K-12 Group; electrical design co-op Zachary Bussey to the K-12 Group; electrical design co-op Emma Kusnier to the Higher Education Group; electrical design co-op Shai Bishop to the COG Group; Jonathan Worthy mechanical design co-op to the COG Group; Garik Goldwater, electrical design co-op, to the Healthcare/Labs Group; and Kody Rhodes, mechanical design co-op, to the Healthcare/Labs Group. Brett Verner, field operations manager for Triangle Associates, Inc., Grand Rapids, was recently appointed to the Construction Safety and Health Verner Committee of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) - West Michigan Chapter. The Safety Committee, comprised of a variety of safety directors from West Michigan construction companies, oversees the organization’s safety training evaluation process (STEP), safety consulting and training, site safety inspections, safety recall, and MIOSHA standards and inspections.



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to continued Due commitment to onsite project safety, Wolverine Building Group, Grand Rapids, has brought on staff a second safety Tighe director, Steve Tighe. Coinciding with Wolverine’s expanding presence in the region, Tighe’s responsibilities will focus on the east side of the state and in the Detroit area, specifically. Tighe comes to Wolverine from MIOSHA, where he served as a senior construction safety consultant. TowerPinkster, an architecture, engineering, and interior design firm, has added ten new employees in the first half of 2017 to its offices in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. Tom Sturr joined the team as senior






project architect. Nick Wallis, a Lawrence Technological University graduate, is in the process of completing his architect registration exams to become a fully licensed architect. Karl Kinkema has joined the team as a senior project architect. Angela Bowles has returned to West Michigan from California and is enjoying putting her interior design knowledge to use around the Grand Rapids area. Lindsay





landscape designer, has also returned to the Grand Rapids area having lived in Washington. Also from the West Coast, Elizabeth Slaski has joined the team as an architectural Covey designer. Douglas L. Milburn has joined the firm as project manager. TowerPinkster has welcomed Kyle Boston to the team as a mechanical designer. Rosa Kelly has been hired as an administrative coordinator. Nick Covey is now an I.T. support specialist.





Holland-based Elzinga & Volkers (E&V) recently announced the promotion of two executives and the addition of an executive committee member. Tony Roussey, the previous vice president of operations, has been promoted to chief operating officer (COO), Roussey and Joe Novakoski, PE, previously the vice president of project management, has been promoted to vice president of operations. Grace Silva, CFO of E&V, has been Novakoski added to the E&V executive committee – the first female in E&V history. Also, E&V recently announced the addition of 24 new employees in various positions and the promotions of four existing Silva employees. Of the 24 recent hires, 18 are new positions created to keep up with growing demand of construction services in West Michigan. New field personnel include: Christopher Workman, field engineer; Dan Blamer, field manager; Joel Cartwright, carpenter; Jon Hegwer, field manager; Kevin Zalis, interiors carpenter; Mark Kersten, interiors carpenter; Michael Roney, field manager; “The Voice of The Construction Industry®”

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Miguel Delao, carpenter apprentice; Robert Erickson II, interiors division; Robert Schroeder, field manager; Scott Scherer, carpenter; Tyler Compagner, equipment operator; Chad Kiester, interiors carpenter; and Tony Selzer, carpenter. New office and project support personnel include: Alaina Ekdom, marketing manager; Cory Loomis, senior project estimator; Curt Hielke, project manager; Kelsey Juergens – marketing assistant; Kristen Hauck – project coordinator; Melissa Tolsma, project coordinator; Matt Wintjes, assistant project manager; Max Schmidt, assistant project manager; Rachel Austin, director of corporate initiatives; Jim Badalucco, director of business development (EV Group); Tricia Eikey, administrative assistant (EV Group); and Julie Beckhusen, office administrator (Coldwater Office). Promotions include: Mike Chrisman, corporate trades manager; Mike Seiferlein, warehouse manager; Jamie Schippa, corporate safety coordinator; and Brad Giha, senior project manager.

CORPORATE NEWS Consumers Energy has broken ground on its third wind energy project, Cross Winds Energy Park II in Tuscola County’s Columbia Township. Michigan’s largest energy provider is working with lead contractor White Construction, Detroit, which has built access roads and constructed concrete foundations for the 19 new turbines, which will be 499 feet tall and generate up to 44 megawatts. White Construction was also the contractor for Consumers Energy’s Lake Winds Energy Park near Ludington. Phase II construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 and go into commercial operation in January 2018. In addition, Phase III plans have been approved for Consumers Energy’s Cross Winds Energy Park by Columbia and Akron townships. This final phase of the park is expected to go into commercial operation in 2020. Hamilton Anderson Associates (HAA), Detroit, collaborated with Bedrock Real Estate Services to renovate 45 West Grand River - an existing five-story building, into a mixed-use development in Detroit’s historic Capitol Park District. The 12,000-square-foot building was constructed in 1895 and renovated several times over its long history. As a result, many of Visit us online at

the historic details were no longer part of the building. HAA designed the new façade based on photographs from the 1920s of this historic building. The mixed-use development with a “unique design” includes office/medical and ground floor retail. The first tenant is Henry Ford Health Systems, which opened their Henry Ford Quick Care Center to service the downtown area. Granger Construction Company has announced the opening of a new office in Columbus, OH. Granger’s new office, located at 175 S. Third Street, will provide preconstruction, construction management, general contracting and design-build services to the greater Columbus market. The new office in central Ohio expands the number of Granger locations, adding to its Michigan offices in Lansing, Grand Rapids and Novi. Granger’s Columbus office opened in July 2017. Contracting Resources, Brighton, has announced work on the following projects. Coretek Services, Farmington Hills – consisting of an 18,500-square-foot interior renovation to a previous Harley Davidson dealership, the new use for the building is a corporate office for Coretek Services. Clinton Arts Center, Clinton – a new 15,000-square-foot, two-story Clinton Arts Center (CAC) building on a zero-lot line in downtown Clinton, MI, including art studios, display galleries, restaurant, retail space and offices; expected completion early 2018. Aldi Supermarkets, Comstock Park and Clinton Twp. - projects consist of a 3,400-square-foot expansion to the existing food markets as well as a complete remodel of the existing stores. 2/42 Community Church, Ann Arbor – project consists of a renovation to an existing 48,000-square-foot single story warehouse; three phases of work to suit the owner’s temporary and long-term needs. American Controls, Inc. (ACI), Farmington Hills, has announced their new website at The website has been completely redesigned to offer visitors insight into various liquid handling solutions. ACI, a distributor of pumps, meters, valves and hoses, is also recognized as the world’s largest assembly-line final fill manufacturers. The new website will be updated regularly with the new product launches and business activity. Wolverine Building Group, Grand Rapids, is happy to announce that a public ground-


breaking ceremony for Craig’s Cruisers’ 36,000square-foot addition took place on July 18 in Wyoming, MI. Craig’s Cruisers is located at 5730 Clyde Park Ave., Wyoming, MI 49509. The expansion will be home to a trampoline park, laser tag arena, and an indoor roller coaster. The $2.4 million project is scheduled to be completed in February, 2018. Grand Rapids-based TowerPinkster is excited to announce the growth of its engineering services to include structural engineering. The multi-discipline firm will now offer architecture, mechanical, electrical and structural engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, and planning services. Additionally, TowerPinkster has announced the expansion of its Grand Rapids office, located in the historic Junior Achievement Building in the Heartside District, on the corner of Division and Fulton. In 2013 when the firm first moved in, they occupied only one side of the second floor space. Soon doubling its staff, they occupied the entire second floor, and now are poised to expand again into the south side of the first level.














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September 14-17, 2017 American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) Annual Conference, Arizona Grand Resort, Phoenix, AZ For more information or to register, visit or call the ASCC office (866) 788-2722 September 21, 2017 Boy Scouts Building Connections - The Parade Company, Detroit A CAM-sponsored construction industry networking event to benefit the Boy Scouts of America, Great Lakes Field Service Council. Register at or call (248) 972-1000. September 25-27, 2017 National Coil Coating Association (NCCA) Fall Technical Meeting, Renaissance Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX Fall meeting to include seminars on coatings, economics speaker, presentations on innovative products, and a trade show. For more information or to register, visit or call (216) 241-7333. October 6-10, 2017 National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Convention and Tradeshow, Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA This NECA event will include seminars, job fair, executive leadership sessions, educational workshops, networking opportunities, and a closing concert by Huey Lewis and the News. For more information or to register, visit

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