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DECEMBER 2008 VOL. 29 • NO. 13 • $4.00 IN THIS ISSUE:

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FEATURES 36 The Top Gun of Temporary Heat
Making
Making the
the Difference
Difference in
in Michigan’s
Michigan’s Bitter
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Don’t
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When
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ECONOMIC 42 Cold Weather and Hot Jobs


OUTLOOK Keeping
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the Heat
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the Jobsite
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18 Michigan Construction
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22 Economic Solutions
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residents Jim Phelan and Jack Thompson Project” was, and still is, their unique
probably couldn’t have told you what the application of that concept. The approach
Entrepreneurial Adventure
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Anchorville-based Thompson-Phelan either in all probability. But Jim and Jack “Total Project” became the cornerstone of
Group, Inc. celebrated their 50th anniver- knew they had a great idea. Terminology this company’s success.
sary this past summer. The commercial aside, they went into business. They took Setting up shop in their garage, Jim pro-
design and build firm was established in their innovative concept of Total Project vided the design in design/build, and Jack
Anchorville by Jack Thompson and James design-and-build contracting and jumped handled construction. Business was good
W. Phelan, the father of current company into the entrepreneurial game. for the new firm, prompting the team to
president and general manager, Mike Design-and-build was a new concept at make the leap from residential to commer-
Phelan. The award-winning firm has per- that time. The concept meant that an cial buildings. They never looked back.
formed over 850 architecture and construc- entire project from concept through archi- Today, Jim and Jack are both gone, but
tion projects through the Great Lakes for a tectural design and final construction their legacy lives on in the Thompson-
long list of state businesses and municipal- would be handled by one entity, thus min- Phelan Group, Inc., still headquartered in
ities. imizing errors and maximizing communi- Anchorville. With a niche market in com-
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tion family members are still active in the tion to the new building. the old library was refurbished and reused
firm’s operations in Michigan and Ohio. The Hastings Public Library’s excellence in several areas of the new library, particu-
Many of the company’s early design- in the use of sustainable practices is larly in the second-level Michigan Room,
and-build projects are still vital facilities demonstrated by the roof gardens and rain which houses the library’s local and state
and developments located throughout garden that process water runoff from the history collection, a community meeting
southeastern Michigan. Over the past five building and parking lot to return cleaner room, and staff offices.
decades, Thompson-Phelan Group has left water to the water table. Recycled and The library staff continues to promote
its mark across Michigan, having pro- sustainable materials are used throughout sustainability by providing educational
duced innovative and award-winning the library, including carpeting, chairs, opportunities for the public, developing an
projects from historic downtown Monroe desks, and wall coverings. Furniture from outstanding sustainability circulating
and metropolitan Detroit to Ludington
and the Upper Peninsula.
Although much has changed since
Thompson-Phelan Group’s humble begin-
nings 50 years ago, one thing has remained
stable: the success of Jim and Jack’s “Total
Project” design-and-build services. Today,
we all know the meaning of entrepreneur.
The word describes the Jims and Jacks of
yesterday with new names and new hori- COMMERCIAL ● RESIDENTIAL ● INSTITUTIONAL
zons, but still embodying the same desire
for innovation and independence in busi-
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Hastings Public Library Earns ● BOARDROOM ● GUEST SUITE


Title of the State’s First LEED®
Gold Public Library
Hastings Public Library has been DESIGN, SERVICE & INSTALLATION
awarded LEED® Gold certification from
the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
It is now the first and only public library in
Recent Notable Projects:
the State of Michigan to receive this level
● The Fifth in Royal Oak
of certification. A gold certification recog- ● Greektown Casino
nizes a superior level of energy and envi-
ronmental performance. A ceremony to
● Providence Hospital

officially certify the new library was held


● Bon Secours Hospital

in late October 2008.


● The Whitney Restaurant

As architect-of-record, Grand Rapids- ● Palace of Auburn Hills

based C2AE provided design services


including architectural design, civil,
● Lawrence Tech

mechanical, electrical and structural engi-


● Bloomfield Township Library

neering, project management, landscape


● Southfield Library

architecture, LEED certification services, ● Marriott Suites

and construction administration. Lansing-


based construction managers, The
● Staybridge Suites

Christman Company, worked closely with


C2AE and the library staff to propose sys-
Featuring:
tems and materials and to recommend
substitutions that substantially reduced
the project budget.
The 20,000-square-foot, two-story
library anchors the east end of State Street,
the city’s main east-west thoroughfare, on
a brownfield site. The main features 10662 Northend ● Ferndale Michigan 48220

include the building’s character, which ref- Phone: 248.547.6777 Fax: 248.547.6678
erences downtown Hastings’ 1900s-era w w w. a m e r i c a n f i r e p l a c e d i s t . c o m
façade character. Efficient, clean air circu-
lation, use of sunlight indoors, and many
recycled products contributed to the
MICHIGAN’S LARGEST LIVE DISPLAY SHOWROOM
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collection, and establishing October as of LEED green building rating systems, architectural firms, schools and universi-
Sustainability Month. The addition of solar expansive educational offerings, the ties from across the country.
panels to generate electricity will be the last industry’s popular Greenbuild Otsego High School is a new 208,800-
of the library’s construction projects. Panel International Conference and Expo, and a square-foot facility featuring an impres-
installation should be completed in 2008. network of 72 local chapters, affiliates and sive entrance that opens onto a two-story,
The LEED Green Building Rating organizing groups. For more information, 24,700-square-foot Commons Area. The
System™ is a feature-oriented rating sys- visit www.usgbc.org. Commons serves as the unifying space
tem that awards buildings points for satis-
fying specifieThe LEED Green Building
Rating System™ is a feature-oriented rat-
Otsego High School Featured
ing system that awards buildings points
in Educational Interiors
for satisfying specified green building cri- Showcase Honoring the
teria. The six major environmental cate- Nation’s Most Outstanding
gories of review include Sustainable Sites,
Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere,
Learning Environments
TowerPinkster’s recent work for Otsego
Materials and Resources, Indoor High School has been honored as one of
Environmental Quality, and Innovation the nation’s most outstanding learning
and Design. environments. TowerPinkster is a 70-per-
The USGBC is a nonprofit membership son architecture and engineering firm with
organization whose vision is a sustainable offices in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids.
built environment within a generation. Its The project has been selected for publica-
membership includes corporations, tion in Penton Media’s American School &
builders, universities, government agen- University® (AS&U) 2008 Educational
cies and other nonprofit organizations. Interiors Showcase, an annual competition
Since USGBC’s founding in 1993, the honoring educational interior design
Council has grown to more than 13,000 excellence. A jury of American Institute of
member companies and organizations. Architects members and education admin-
USGBC provides a comprehensive family istrators evaluated submissions from

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and creates a hub between three major gories: new construction, re-develop- mous positive social impact on the city
zones: academics, fine arts and athletics. ment, and a special impact project. The and potential future financial impact once
Carefully chosen interior materials create Detroit East Riverfront, 3.5 miles of public complete. They praised its design as
individual “store-fronts” for access to the Detroit River waterfront linked by a con- “comfortable for two people walking or
media center, administrative offices, coun- tinuous RiverWalk, parks, plazas and for half a million stretched along it for the
seling, school store, gymnasiums, auditori- green spaces, won the new construction fireworks.” The judges also commended
um and cafeteria. award. The Detroit Riverfront its use of recycled materials in the pavil-
The new high school is 64,000 square Conservancy is the project’s owner, devel- ions. Judges also commented on the
feet larger than the previous facility and oper, and property manager. major obstacles the project overcame,
consumes 25 percent less of the energy Impact Awards judges noted its enor- including dealing with multiple property
requirements. Sustainability goals were
achieved through the controlled use of nat-
ural daylighting, energy-efficient building
systems and renewable materials. The cir-
culation path also boasts a pedestrian
bridge and a large, two-story, glass wall
that floods the space with natural daylight
from a supervised and self-contained out-
door courtyard.
The building is equipped with the latest
technology, including interactive smart
boards, ceiling-mounted projectors, and
document cameras. The entire building is
wireless, providing new instruction
opportunities outside the classroom.
Other amenities include an elevated walk-
ing track and fitness room, competitive
and practice gyms, tiered computer labs,
an 800-seat performing arts auditorium
and a completely renovated stadium with
artificial turf and a synthetic track.
“Otsego Public Schools is grateful to
have employed TowerPinkster’s design
expertise in the development of Otsego
High School,” said Denny Patzer, superin-
tendent for Otsego Public Schools. “We
needed the high school facilities to be flex-
ible to adapt to 21st Century educational
requirements as they emerge across all dis-
ciplines. The new state-of-the-art Otsego
High School campus allows us to do this
today, and to prepare our students for the
unforeseen opportunities of the future.”

Three Detroit Real Estate


Developments Win 2008 CREW
Detroit Impact Awards
Three Detroit real estate developments
have won 2008 Impact Awards from the
Detroit Chapter of Commercial Real
Estate Women (CREW Detroit): the
Detroit East Riverfront, the Detroit
Institute of Arts (DIA) master plan expan-
sion and renovation, and Whitdel
Apartments, a historic southwest Detroit
apartment renovated into affordable
housing aimed partly at aspiring artists.
The awards were presented at a
September luncheon held at Oakland
Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills.
Awards were granted in three cate-

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SAFETY TOOL KIT owners, brownfield issues and removal of

I
cement silos.
The East Riverfront project team includ-
Safety and Health Management ed several companies with a CREW Detroit
member, including the Detroit RiverFront
t cannot be fall by the wayside and the whole thing Conservancy of Detroit; LaMont Title of
stressed enough will come crashing down on you. The Detroit, the organization providing title
that manage- results could be catastrophic. Similar to insurance, and JJR of Ann Arbor, the archi-
ment commitment the three-legged stool concept I’ve dis- tect, designer and engineer.
is a vital key to the cussed before (safety, production and qual- As the re-development winner, the DIA
success of any safety ity) if one of these five legs is a bit short, expansion and renovation included a
Joseph M. Forgue and health program. the other four cannot make up the differ- 30,000-square-foot expansion, enhanced
Director of Education
Without this com- ence very easily. The first two elements are entrances, improved interior circulation
mitment, virtually key to overall success; management must paths, and upgrades to both the building
& Safety Services

nothing gets accomplished. A commonly be committed, but so must the employees. systems and the exterior wall construction
accepted method for evaluating manage- Without this cooperation the system won’t for the purpose of maintaining critical
ment commitment is to look at your over- work. Each element deserves a more in- gallery environmental conditions.
all Safety and Health Management depth look to identify effective ways to Impact judges commended the success-
System, or SHMS. MIOSHA does it, most implement them into your safety and ful completion of a highly complicated
insurance companies do it, and you should health program; these will be the topics for multi-phase project that includes a great
too. There are five main elements to an my next four Tool Kits. If I can be of any deal of unseen work and technology, such
effective SHMS: management leadership, assistance to your safety program in the as the sophisticated new environmental
employee involvement, worksite analysis, meantime, you can always find me at the control equipment. They also cited its
hazard prevention and control, and safety end of 248-972-1141 or by tremendous social impact, with the new
and health training. No single element is e-mail at forgue@cam-online.com. design creating more convenient access to
more important than the other, but let one the world-class art collection for native
Detroiters and visitors. CREW Detroit

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O A K L A N D C O M M U N I T Y C O L L E G E

member company SmithGroup of Detroit


was the project’s architect of record.
The special impact award was granted
Build Your Future
to The Whitdel Apartments project, a
$5.75-million renovation of a 31,000- Management Team Now
square-foot historic southwest Detroit
apartment into 32 affordable housing units OCC construction management and skill trade programs offer
for aspiring artists and others. The proper- unique short-term training options, ideal for your company’s future
ty also includes a community garden, managers and skilled trades workers. Many programs can be
gallery space, studios and space for art completed in as little as two semesters:
workshops for artists, neighborhood chil-
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with AISC, and finally as an advisor in the an active “agent provocateur” who isn’t William W. Brown and Joseph J. Hunt.
Steel Solutions Center. He worked closely afraid to stir the pot to move ideas forward Brown is the president of Ben Hur
with the fabrication industry, especially in and has been instrumental in pushing for Construction Co., and Hunt is the general
the Midwest, and is very respected by both unified specification. president of the International Association
the fabrication and design community. He AISC’s Special Achievement Award of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and
Reinforcing Iron Workers. They were
awarded this year’s Special Achievement
Award for their work in developing and
nurturing I.M.P.A.C.T., which is a
labor/management partnership designed
to bring together local unions and their
signatory contractors to address mutual
problems and create solutions to those
problems. For more information on AISC’s
Individual Awards and past recipients,
please visit www.aisc.org/awards.

Historic Corcoran Gallery of


Art to Renovate Roof
The Christman Company Selected as

The Corcoran Gallery of Art has entrust-


Construction Manager

ed Lansing-based The Christman


Company to provide construction man-
agement at risk pre-construction services
and to implement a challenging $10 mil-
lion renovation project. Christman will
renovate the glass roof of the historic
building at 17th Street and New York
Avenue NW. Work on the roof and its
extensive skylight system is scheduled to
occur in phases, beginning in February
2009 and finishing in fall 2010. The
Corcoran’s exhibitions program will con-
tinue as planned, and the building will
remain open to the public.
“The renovation of our roof will renew
the grandeur of the historic building, and
also secure the interior environment to
protect and preserve the art treasures
inside,” said Christopher Leahy, the
Corcoran’s chief financial officer. “We
know from Christman’s previous work on
similar projects, including their recent his-
toric renovation of the Lincoln Cottage
and Visitor Education Center for the
National Trust, that they will bring togeth-
er the right skilled tradespeople and arti-
sans to work sensitively with a historic
structure such as this. Their expertise and
reputation in planning and implementing
historic renovations of this type made

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Founded in 1890, the Corcoran College of Art + Design is


Washington’s only college of art and design offering Bachelor of
Fine Art degrees in photojournalism, digital media design, fine
art, graphic design, interior design, and photography; Associate
of Fine Art degrees in digital media design, fine art, graphic
design, and photography; a five-year Bachelor of Fine
Arts/Master of Arts degree in fine art and teaching; a Master of
Arts in teaching; and two-year Master of Arts degrees in art edu-
cation, interior design, exhibition design, and the history of deco-
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CHRISTMAN COMPANY

rative arts. The College’s continuing education program offers


part-time credit and non-credit classes for children and adults.
Founded in 1894, The Christman Company has grown to
become one of the country’s leading construction firms, currently
ranked as 164 in the Engineering News-Record (ENR) 400 list of
top contractors nationally, and in the ENR 100 list of top construc-
tion management at risk firms.
Christman is presently managing a wide range of construction
them a perfect choice as our partner for this demanding project.” projects in the preservation, institutional, healthcare, educational
The project involves replacing in-kind the copper and flat roof and other market sectors. Christman preservation projects
areas, as well as the glass skylights. The roof consists of nearly an include the Virginia Capitol, the Michigan State Capitol, the
acre of single-pane wire glass pitched skylights laid into a cop- “Golden Dome” administration building at Notre Dame
per-clad framing system. University, Richmond Center Stage historic theatre, Georgia
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, a privately-funded institution, College & State University’s Black Box Theatre and bookstore his-
was founded in 1869 as Washington’s first and largest non-fed- toric restoration, the headquarters exterior restoration for
eral museum of art. It is known internationally for its distin- National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, the U.S.
guished collection of historical and modern American art as well Capitol West Egress Door and Stair Renovation, the Lincoln
as contemporary art, photography, European painting, sculpture Cottage and Visitor Education Center historic renovation for the
and the decorative arts. National Trust for Historic Preservation, and many others.

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DON’T BLUSH
WHEN YOU FLUSH

BY DAVID R. MILLER, ASSOCIATE EDITOR


PHOTOS COURTESY OF HUBBELL, ROTH & CLARK, INC.

M
ost people are trying to adopt more eco-friendly ways,
but many would be shocked, and maybe even a little
embarrassed, at the environmental impact of the chain
of events they set into motion every time they use the restroom.
Massive amounts of energy and toxic chemicals are usually
used to process wastewater, and waste solids also must be prop-
erly disposed of. Engineers Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc.,
Bloomfield Hills, and construction contractor Irish Construction
Company, Howell, are working on a groundbreaking waste-
water treatment plant upgrade in Delhi Township that will
make this process much more green.
When the project is complete, a two-stage digestion process,
called the Integrated Biomass to Energy System (IBES), will treat
the waste solids. The Delhi Township project is the first
American application of this process, developed by HESCO.
Waste solids will be held in two 19’ x 14’ feed sequencing tanks
until a sufficient quantity is obtained to support the digestion
process. From there, waste solids will be piped to two 19’ x 24’
thermophilic (hot) stage tanks, where it will be heated to
approximately 131° F and held at that temperature for about
two days. Waste solids will be cooled to about 98° F in the last
two 40’ x 24’ tanks for the final messophilic (warm) stage.
A floating cover on this messophilic tank will put gasses under

Messophilic tanks will be fitted with floating covers that will


constant pressure while maintaining an airtight environment to
preserve the anaerobic environment.

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put gasses in the tanks under constant


pressure while maintaining an airtight
environment to preserve the anaerobic
(without oxygen) environment needed
for the process to occur. The project also
involves the construction of a block build-
ing, with a unique water-themed brick
pattern installed by Schiffer Mason
Contractors, Inc., Holt, to house pumps,
heat exchangers and gas handling equip-
ment, among other items.
The digestion process will yield Class A
biosolids, which have viable commercial
applications, and methane, which will
operate microturbines to provide electri-
cal power. These highly efficient micro-
turbines will spin at 96,000 RPM, thereby
generating 500-600° F of excess heat. A
water loop running through a heat
exchanger will let this waste heat be uti-
lized to warm sludge in the process tanks.
A 950,000 BTU boiler was placed in the
new building, but it will hopefully never
by fired as heat from the microturbines
supports the entire digestion process.
The microturbines will also generate
about 60 kilowatts of electrical power, a
significant portion of the approximately
350 kilowatts used by the plant.
“Right now, we are making a Class B
Digester gas conditioning/compression equipment is being placed in the control
building in this photograph.
product, so there are tight restrictions
about where it can be used as a fertilizer,”
said Sandra Diorka, director of public
services for Delhi Township. “We are also
flaring the gas that we produce, so the
potential energy is being wasted.”
Class A biosolids are a much more
desirable than Class B. Fertilizer is only
one of many potential applications.
“Class A is the most treated biosolid
product you can get per industry stan-
dards,” explained Tom Grant, project
manager for HRC. “You can even dry it
further than what we are currently plan-
ning and use it as a coal substitute for
coal-fired power plants.”
It important to note that these useful
biosolids and the energy producing
methane are all being produced without
toxic chemicals. Environmentally-con-
scious Delhi Township residents will be
able to flush with pride when this innova-
tive digestion process begins early next
year.

A unique water-themed brick pattern highlights the purpose of the facility.

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ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

MICHIGAN CONSTRUCTION
BY DON WILSON OUTLOOK 2009
T
he level of activity in southeastern employment. The former measures the office, industrial and retail leasing activity
Michigan’s housing market and its inflation-free dollar value of the region’s and steady loss of jobs (measured on an
various problems are regularly production of goods and services based on average basis), since 2001, non-residential
reported. On the other hand, the status of data calculated by the U. S. Bureau of investment diminished in 2004 through
the commercial and industrial markets for Economic Analysis, while the latter tracks 2006 from its peak in 2003 before turning
the region’s commercial building industry payroll wage and salary job levels at pri- upward in 2007 and leveling off in 2008. In
garners only infrequent attention. That is vate sector employer establishments. 2008, the Spending Plans Index climbed to
because of the long time period between Employment has slackened in recent years an estimated level of 125 (1996=100) from
the planning and design of a project and as the output of goods and services has 89.2 in 2007 with approval of $1.9 billion in
its actual construction. According to a 2005 weakened. This is attributed to the loss of plans to expand the Marathon Refinery in
survey of architectural firms by the market share with the Detroit automakers, Detroit. This occurred despite the disap-
American Institute of Architects (AIA), the and the decline in sales and output in pearance of about another 40,000 jobs dur-
average time period between the award of other regional industries that are depend- ing 2008.
a contract to design a project and the let- ent on, or supported by, the auto indus-
ting of the contract to start construction is try’s production volumes and its high Southeastern Michigan non-residential
an average of about one year. The survey wage and salary earnings. construction put into place is contrasted
showed the design phase through contract with building spending plans authorizing
award requires less than six months for The path of non-residential real estate the start of construction in Chart #3, enti-
about 40 percent of projects, and more investment, non-residential building tled “Southeastern Michigan Non-
than 25 percent extend beyond one year. spending plans and private sector employ- Residential Building Spending Plans /
That implies the balance, around 35 per- ment, is portrayed in Chart #2 entitled, Construction Product”. Construction put
cent, require an even a longer time span. “Southeastern Michigan Private Sector into place, as gauged by CAM’s
These long lead times might also be why Employment / Non-Residential Real Southeastern Michigan Construction
non-residential building activity across Estate Investment & Building Spending Product Index, is estimated to have slowed
southeastern Michigan was still moderate- Plans”. CAM’s Southeastern Michigan to a level of 80 in 2008 (1996=100), down
ly strong in 2007, while residential con- Non-Residential Real Estate Investment from 103.7 in 2007.
struction was still looking for a bottom Index reflects the inflation-adjusted mar-
three years after it peaked. ket value of overall investment in commer- As shown in the chart, the volume of
Private sector employment tracks cial land and buildings, while CAM’s construction going into place in 2004
regional economic growth, as portrayed in Non-Residential Building Spending Plans through 2008 was 52 percent to 54 percent
Chart #1 entitled, “Southeastern Michigan Index measures the value of spending lower in four out of five of those years than
Gross Regional Product / Private Sector plans authorized for construction of new at its last peak in 2002. That decline was
Employment”. This chart compares structures, as well as renovation and/or considerably above the 73 percent plunge
CAM’s Southeastern Michigan Gross replacement of existing facilities. Based on that occurred between the previous crest
Regional Product Index with private sector the uncertainty following 2000’s peak in in 1987 and the next trough in 1993. The
Chart 2 Chart 3
Chart 1

S. E. MICHIGAN PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYMENT / NON-RESIDENTIAL REAL S.E. MICHIGAN NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDING SPENDING PLANS /
S. E. MICHIGAN GROSS REGIONAL PRODUCT / ESTATE INVESTMENT & BUILDING SPENDING PLANS CONSTRUCTION PRODUCT
PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYMENT Investment / Spending Plans Index (1996=100) Employment Advanced One Year (000,000)
(1996=100)
Regional Product Index (1996=100) Employment Advanced One Year (000,000) Spending Plans Index Construction Product Index
190 2.4
125 2.4 Chart # 2 200 180
Chart # 1 Chart # 3
2.35
2.35 170 180 160
120
2.3
2.3 160
140
115
150 2.25
2.25 140
120
2.2 2.2 120
110 130
100
2.15 2.15 100
105 110 80
2.1 2.1 80
60
100 2.05 90 2.05 60

2 2 40
40
95
SEM Regional Product Private Sector Employment 70
1.95 Investment Index Spending Plans Private Sector Employment 1.95 20 20
Spending Plans Construction Product
90 1.9 50 1.9 0 0
95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08

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Chart 6

S. E. MICHIGAN BUILDING OCCUPANCY LEVELS MICHIGAN BANK CONSTRUCTION, LAND DEVELOPMENT & S. E. MICHIGAN NON-RESIDENTIAL SPENDING PLANS &
Delinquency Rate (%)
MORTGAGE LOAN DELINQUENCY CONSTRUCTION PRODUCT / CHANGE IN PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS
Occupancy Rate (%) Spending Plans / Construction Product Index
Jobs (000)
100 3.5 200
(1996=100)
80
Chart # 4 Chart # 5
Chart # 6
180
3 60
95
160
40
2.5
140
90
20
120
2
85 100 0
1.5
80
-20
80
1 60
-40
40
75
0.5 -60
Retail Industrial Office 20
Construction & Land Development Residential Mortgage Commercial Mortgage Spending Plans Construction Product Private Sector Jobs
70 0 -80
0
90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 05 Q1 05 Q2 05 Q3 05 Q4 06 Q1 06 Q2 06 Q3 06 Q4 07 Q1 07 Q2 07 Q3 07 Q4 08 Q1 08 Q2 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09

reason for that is less overbuilding in Index. Three situations suggest that the ities are profiled in Chart #4, entitled
Page 1

expansion phase of the last cycle through potential for formulation of building “Southeastern Michigan Building
2002. Another reason is the volume of spending plans will continued to be Occupancy Levels”. According to the lat-
work associated with new hospital con- depressed in 2009: est issue of the Detroit Metro Area Market
struction, hospital renovation and hospital Statewide employment is expected to Report, published by the Friedman Real
expansion projects in process or completed decline again in 2009, according to the lat- Estate Group, 79 percent of office build-
in 2007 and 2008, per data shown in the est update of the “Michigan Economic ings and 88 percent of industrial facility
tabulation of “Crain’s Largest Outlook” by the University of Michigan space was occupied at the end of 2007,
Construction Projects”, published annual- Research Seminar in Quantum Economics. with office space stagnant and industrial
ly by Crain’s Detroit Business. A significant share of those job losses will down another notch from 2006. According
Without the Marathon Refinery project, be concentrated in southeastern Michigan, to separate data tabulated by Colliers
spending plans in southeastern Michigan as they have been since 2001. International and other sources, only 87
would have dropped to an estimated level percent of retail space was leased at the
of 55 in 2008 (1996=100), 38 percent below A second condition is the weakening end of 2007, about the same as the two pre-
the 2007 level of 89.2 as gauged by CAM’s level of building occupancy. The occupan- vious years.
Non-Residential Building Spending Plans cy rates of industrial, office and retail facil-
The third factor depressing develop-
ment of building plans for future construc-
tion is an increasing unwillingness to lend
funds for financing non-residential real
estate and construction activity just as
there has been for the residential market.
This is confirmed by the trend in loan
delinquency set forth in Chart # 5, entitled
“Michigan Bank Land Development,
Construction & Mortgage Loan
Delinquency”. 2.9 percent of the value of
land development and construction loans
Providing guidance, service, and outstanding at F.D.I.C. insured Michigan
banks were overdue by 30 to 89 days on
comprehensive financial solutions… June 30th, 2008 the latest period reported,
compared with 2.2 percent one year earli-
• Investment Management er. And 1.0 percent of the values of com-
mercial mortgages were delinquent, up
from 0.9 percent. By comparison, 1.5 per-
• Retirement Plans
cent of the value residential mortgages
• Financial Planning
• Business Continuation & Wealth Transfer had fallen behind on June 30th, up from
Investment Consultants to Construction Association of Michigan 1.0 percent one year earlier.

Based on these facts, CAM’s


Southeastern Michigan Spending Plans
For a consultation contact:
Daniel M. Yuhn, CPA Index is expected to slip to a level of 60
Phone: (248) 353-6570 Ext.314 (1996=100) in 2009 while the Construction
Product Index is projected to fall to 70
(1996=100) as shown in Chart #6, entitled
E-mail: daniel.yuhn@LPL.com
Website: www.Legatia.us “Southeastern Michigan Non-Residential
Spending Plans / Construction Product /
29100 Northwestern Hwy., Ste. 405, Southfield, MI 48034 Change in Private Sector Jobs”.
Securities Offered Though LPL Financial Member FINRA/SIPC

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ECONOMIC OUTLOOK

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• BONDS
• CONTRACTORS Summits Address
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o component of the competitive nesses viable and competitive.


landscape in the Michigan con- The June summit, “How Do We Stay
struction industry is an “island Competitive in Michigan?” had an atten-
unto itself. ” This includes labor, contrac- dance of more than one hundred people,
tors and owners, major corporations, end- and included more than 40 executives rep-
users and providers such as healthcare or resenting owners. The impressive roster of
energy, and government. panelists included Oakland County
All of these entities have contributions to Executive L. Brooks Patterson; Wayne
make towards meeting the pressing chal- County Executive Robert Ficano; Detroit
lenges facing the construction industry and Medical Center President and CEO Mike
the Michigan economy of the 21st Century. Duggan; Doug Gipson, executive vice pres-
In addition to meeting the immediate chal- ident & chief nuclear officer, retired, DTE
lenges of healthcare, job creation and ener- Energy; Mari Kay Scott, director, Global
gy costs, an overriding goal for the Worldwide Facilities Group, Capital
Michigan construction industry must Projects, General Motors; and John Ferchill,
include growing and enhancing its role as developer and CEO of The Ferchill Group,
one of the key drivers of the Michigan econ- who revitalized the Book-Cadillac in down-
omy. town Detroit.
This year, in order to address these chal- In his opening remarks at the first sum-
lenges and meet this goal, the Michigan mit, Douglas C. Buckler, executive secre-
Regional Council of Carpenters & tary/treasurer, Michigan Regional Council
Millwrights (MRCC) initiated a series of of Carpenters and Millwrights, emphasized
Michigan Economic Solutions Summits. that “many factors have contributed to the
The first was held in June 2008, and the challenges we face, including infrastructure
most recent in September 2008, both taking and transportation issues, maturation of
place at the Mabry Center in Warren. The industries, global competition and national
purpose of these summits was to strengthen policy making. Our goal today is to show
partnerships among labor, owners, health- you, the owner, how progressive, business-
care and government, and to provide a minded skilled trade unions like the MRCC
forum to share concerns, discuss issues, and form partnerships with owners and signa-
develop solutions to keep Michigan busi- tory contractors that can save costs and

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keep them competitive during tough tion workers, but growth will come and a Publicity Works is a focused, full-service
times.” quality, productive, motivated work force is marketing and public relations firm that prides
what has helped make Michigan’s construc- itself on the relentless pursuit of results.
Among the advantages Buckler highlight- tion industry one of the nation’s finest.” Publicity Works was founded in 1997 on the
ed: The MRCC’s next Michigan Economic single premise that discerning clients needed
Solutions Summit is scheduled for better representation and the highest degree of
• The MRCC skilled trades workforce is May 2009 in Grand Rapids. Watch for personal service. Publicity Works is a certified
highly trained, safety certified, and an announcement regarding the date, loca- woman-owned business – certification obtained
already drug tested through a random tion, agenda and reservation from the Women’s Business Enterprise
drug-testing program. information. National Council (WBENC). Publicity Works
• The MRCC’s coverage spans the entire is located in Royal Oak.
State of Michigan, including the Upper
Peninsula.
• The MRCC’s flexibility in meeting the
needs of ownership on a contract-specific
basis.

In September, the Summit reconvened


STAYING CURRENT

with more than 200 people in attendance to


review June’s meeting and to address key
issues identified at that time. The attendees
included owners, contractors, business
agents and executives from construction
industry associations.
Speakers and presentations included
James C. Epolito, president and CEO,
Michigan Economic Development
Corporation, and chairperson, Michigan
Economic Growth Authority; Roger Luksik,
vice president of investments for Fifth Third
Bank discussed Michigan’s Economic
Results; Daniel J. Loepp, president and
CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan,
discussed HealthCare Economic Solutions;
and Pete Harvatin, MRCC representative,
Next Generation Services Group

inc.
discussed Best Practices in Hospital
Maintenance.
A consideration of Michigan Jobs Today Next Generation Environmental, Inc.
was highlighted by a film industry initia-
tives panel discussion, which featured Asbestos and Lead Abatement, Envorinmental Remediation,
Harvey Grace, president & CEO, Grace &
Wild Studios, and James Dingeman, senior
Specialty Coatings

business development executive, Oakland


County; also, Dianne Byrum, spokesperson
for Marathon Oil, led a Marathon Oil
21st Century Salvage, Inc.
expansion case study.
After thanking attendees at the second
Industrial and Commercial Demolition,

summit and noting the positive contribu-


Dismantling, Salvage and Strip Out
tions of the speakers, Buckler stated in his
closing remarks, “We all recognize that our
respective industries, Michigan’s economy,
High Tech Industrial Services
and technology are ever-changing.
Acceptance, adaptation, and willingness to
Industrial Cleaning, Water Blasting, Duct Cleaning
embrace these changes will characterize
and Plant Decommissioning
those who thrive beyond these difficult
times.” CHARLIE MARTIN cmartin@ngsg1.com
Buckler also stressed, post-Summit, that
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Michigan’s construction industry must look
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DEMOLITION

A
fter 25 years as a heavy equipment Adamo superintendant Jay Barnes, two sup- Detroit-based firm’s long list of repeat clients
operator, Adamo Demolition Co.’s Harry port operators, and three laborers, Jewel used rank among the largest industrial enterprises
Jewel maneuvers the massive jaws of a his experience in pulling down the right steel and construction managers in the region,
steel grapple as if it were an extension of his column and dismantling a strategic section of including SeverStal North America, Delphi and
own hand. As lead operator for Adamo’s demo- wall to bring down the 96,000-square-foot American Axle, as well as Walbridge, Barton
lition of the former Montgomery Ward’s retail giant in just over three weeks of heavy Malow Company, Turner Construction, Alberici
department store in East Dearborn, Jewel oper- demolition. Constructors and DeMaria Building Company.
ated a CAT 385CL UHD and its multiprocessor In business for over 40 years, Adamo Masters of controlled destruction, Adamo
with finesse to trigger the calculated collapse Demolition and its experienced workforce demolished the Montgomery Ward’s building
of this neighborhood landmark. Working with have a proven track record of success. The under contract to another repeat client,

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namely the City of Dearborn. “We have worked


with Adamo Demolition in the past, and they
have always been very professional and cus-
tomer conscious,” said Steve Guile, Dearborn’s
deputy director of economic and community
development.

LAYING THE GROUNDWORK


Adamo Demolition brought its expertise to
bear on bringing down this stout building, a SALES RENTALS
four-story structure originally built in 1937 as a
dramatic expansion of a much smaller building
ERECTIONS DELIVERY
constructed in 1928. Once a retail mainstay at
SHORING SCAFFOLDING
the southeast corner of Michigan and Schaefer
SWING STAGING TRASH CHUTES
Avenues, Montgomery Ward closed its doors in
SCAFFOLD PLANKS Since 1952 EXPERT DESIGN
2001, temporarily passing into the hands of a
FALL PROTECTION AND
developer before being purchased in 2005 by
the City of Dearborn, said Guile. TRAINING 1-800-693-1800 SAFETY SERVICES
Adamo obtained the demolition contract
shortly after Southfield-based REDICO LLC, the
site’s new developer, secured a tenant and
launched plans for a three-story medical office
building for Oakwood Hospital, as well as a
parking deck and a phased-in retail building in
the property’s northwest corner. The southeast
corner of the property may support a 110-unit
senior housing facility, added Guile. Hobbs +
Black Associates, Ann Arbor, is the architectural
firm for the development, slated for construc-
tion by The Dailey Company, Lake Orion.
Adamo Demolition arrived on site on Sept. 2,
2008 to prepare the building for demolition.
“Preparatory work included asbestos abate-
ment, removal of universal waste, and pumping
eight to 10 inches of water from the base-
ment,” said Richard M. Adamo, president of this
family-owned and operated company. Seven

EARTHMOVING, LLC
years without electricity had halted sump
pump operation, inundating the basement
with water and temporarily hindering the
efforts of Farmington Hills-based NTH
Consultants Ltd. to take a core sample to assess
soil conditions and bearing capacity for the
new development. MASS GRADING • SITE UTILITIES
The Adamo team turned on the engines of Earth Moving Site Development
its equipment arsenal at the end of the second
week in September, commencing demolition
Subdivisions • Apartments • Condominiums Manufactured Home Communities
of this steel-framed building supported on a
Commercial Sites • Schools
grid of concrete columns in the basement
Hospitals Public or Private Streets
below. Exterior brick and interior plaster form Sand and Gravel Pits
the building’s material cloak. Safely removing Parks and Recreation Areas
this large structure from the existing urban fab- Soil Erosion Controls • Seeding
ric was the core concern of the project.
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DEMOLITION

PHOTO COURTESY OF ADAMO DEMOLITION

Adamo Demolition’s equipment arsenal takes the first bite out Adamo Demolition’s skilled crew took down the Montgomery Ward
of the 96,000-square-foot building. building in just over three weeks of heavy demolition.

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BEING A GOOD NEIGHBOR


Being a good neighbor required a solid
demolition plan. In this tightly woven strip of
shops, the east half of the building looms
about 50 feet above a beauty salon and its
neighbor, Wonderland Music. The first order of
business was erecting a protective shield of
plywood and scaffolding to deflect potential
debris from damaging neighboring roofs. As a
further precaution, Adamo demolished the
upper reaches of the building’s east section by
hand.
With hand demolition in progress, the steel
teeth of the grapple took its first bite into the
brick wall of the building’s south face. The
Adamo team used a CAT 345 to demolish this
two-story section, completely removing the
20,000-square-foot office and storage area
within five days. Meanwhile, the crew contin-
ued hand demolition, removing a sizeable por-
tion of the east wall until a machine could safe-
ly take over the demolition. “We wanted to
avoid even the possibility of having the full
height of the wall cave in on the buildings
below,” said Adamo. Because Adamo
Demolition knows its business, the salon and
music shop remained open for business
throughout this carefully planned and execut-
ed project.
As another task, the Adamo team had to
torch and separate several steel beams to cre-
ate a clear pathway for the collapsing building
sections.“We had to physical separate intermit-
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is really the key element in all of our jobs.” of Dearborn City Hall on Michigan Avenue. The REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
The Adamo team demolished the last rem- high-visibility project was not only under the Adamo Demolition next turned its attention
nant of the old department store on a cool but watchful eye of Adamo Demolition’s client, but to demolition below grade. “The basement and
sunny Saturday in early October. Previous also in full view of the global community on the majority of the foundation walls will be
removed,” said Adamo. “Portions of the foun-
dation walls remain along Michigan and
Schaefer. We will then backfill the basement
with an engineered fill of Class II sand.”
Most of the concrete from the foundations
and the rest of the building will be sent to a
crusher for recycling into 21 AA crushed con-
crete, a material typically used as a base for
commercial parking lots. Steel pieces are being
sent to the scrap yard for reprocessing into
new product.
Sorting and segregation of concrete, steel
and other debris was an ongoing process
throughout the job. “We had three operations
underway simultaneously,” said Adamo. “We
had the main demolition, the sorting of materi-
als with the grapple, and the shearing of the
salvageable steel scrap into specified lengths.
Demolition contractors, by trade, have always
been in the forefront of recycling. We try to
mitigate as much material going to the landfill
as possible. From a cost standpoint, as well as
an environmental standpoint, we try to recycle
as much material as we can.”
Adamo estimates between 70 and 80 per-
cent of approximately 10,000 yards of debris
were recycled. The high recycling rate is a
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C
onstruction of I-75 near Bay City in the the recycling of a certain percentage of demo- spring working in this family-owned and oper-
late 1950s created a new road into the lition debris. ated business. Regarding the firm’s recycling
future for a young Art Dore, now chair- As part of the growing call for sustainability, efforts and the entire project, “We were very
man of Bay City-based Dore & Associates the City of Birmingham’s Department of pleased with their performance and their abili-
Contracting, Inc. The son of a local farmer, Dore Engineering & Public Services (DPS) required a ties,” said Lauren Wood, DPS assistant director.
began purchasing soon-to-be-demolished recycling rate of 50 percent or greater for “They are very good at what they do.”
homes standing in the direct path of the debris generated by the demolition of the As pioneers in recycling and environmental
emerging interstate. He learned early the value Barnum School, a 106,000-square-foot building abatement - Dore & Associates was one of the
of recycling as he disassembled the low-cost embedded in a residential community along first firms in the country to bring asbestos
homes and began salvaging and selling nails, Purdy Street near downtown Birmingham. abatement under the umbrella of the demoli-
wood, and other building materials. Recycling Dore & Associates actually recycled 60 to 65 tion contractors’ scope of work - the company
was his baptism in the demolition business. percent of the estimated 10,800 tons of debris attained an even higher recycling rate for a
The practice now serves his international com- generated from the school’s demolition, school demolition project in Lower Marion,
pany well as pioneering municipalities, school according to Ed Dore, vice president of opera- Pennsylvania. While the school mandated a
districts, and other entities begin to mandate tions and only one of eight of Art Dore’s off- recycling rate of 90 percent, Dore & Associates

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achieved a stunning 97 percent recycling rate. project. Basically, wood debris from the interi- the Barnum School was constructed in 1912,
Before demolition, the Dore crew even or’s extensive wood floors and walls would followed by additions in 1929 and in the 1950s
removed and recycled the ceiling tiles in the “contaminate” the debris pile and virtually and ‘60s. Dore & Associates first tackled interi-
Pennsylvania school, returning the tiles to the block efficient extraction of brick, concrete, and or dismantling of the school’s modern single-
manufacturer for conversion into new ceiling steel. Once commingled, “the wood and other story wings. Following an efficient work
tiles.“Recycling is a good way to cut your land- materials could not be easily segregated,” said sequence, as one crew took down the modern
fill costs, and it is the responsible thing to do,” Dore.“We had to be very cautious about keep- structures, another crew began interior dis-
said Dore. “We would much rather make good ing these materials segregated in order to recy- mantling of the main, two-story expanse of the
products out of demolished materials than cle at least 50 percent of the building.” school’s older core.
haul them to a landfill.” Using an array of demolition equipment,
Beyond the Barnum project, a citywide Dore & Associates selectively removed wood MEMORIES PRESERVED IN LIMESTONE
requirement for recycling of a select percent- and other combustible materials from the inte- Before sinking the demolition grapple into
age of demolition debris in Birmingham “may rior before structural demolition. Dore the old school, Dore & Associates salvaged the
be considered in the future,” said Jana Ecker, describes the basic demolition strategy: “First, original limestone and brick entrance to the
director of planning for the City of a CAT excavator ‘ate’ its way into one end of the 1929 building as a tribute to the Barnum
Birmingham. building. We then entered the interior, using a School and as a lasting memory for the gener-
little Bobcat skid steer and a mini-excavator to ations of schoolchildren who once poured
AVOIDING MIX-UPS knock down and drag out the wood walls, through this ornate school door. Retaining one
Before demolition of the Barnum School, floors and other combustible materials, leaving of two chimneystacks from the original 1912
Dore & Associates arrived on site July 1, 2008 only the masonry and steel frame of the build- building preserved the memory of this portion
and spent the next two-and-a-half weeks con- ing standing. After structural demolition, it was of the neighborhood school.
ducting asbestos abatement and removal of then easy to segregate the masonry and steel Hand demolition was required to separate
universal waste, such as PCB ballast, mercury with our other equipment.” the ornate entrance from the main structure.
switches and other hazardous items. After pro- This same sequence of selective interior dis- “It required a significant amount of hand
ject launch, the recycling mandate and the mantling followed by wholesale demolition work and preparation to demolish
decision to salvage pieces of the beloved old structural demolition was repeated in the the building without damaging the entry,” said
school shaped the entire course of the Barnum building’s many additions. The original core of Dore. “We used chop saws with large masonry

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blades to cut through the walls completely. We using six different pieces of equipment, includ- more and more prevalent. Economics really
cut the entrance free, cleaned up the edges, ing a CAT loader, a few trusty Bobcats, and a mandates that a contractor recycle some of the
and left a gap of probably one to two feet convoy of CAT excavators, ranging from a CAT material.”
between the entry and the portion of the 312 and 330 to a CAT 345 and 350. Recycling saves hauling and landfill costs,
building slated for demolition. This left ade- Thanks to crew and machine, all the brick, but in some instances can add slightly to the
quate space for the main building to collapse steel and concrete were recycled, including all project’s schedule. “It all depends on the level
without damaging the entry.” of the footings and foundations of the main of recycling that is required,” said Dore. “At the
The school’s front entrance and its compan- building and its 12-foot-deep basement, plus project in Lower Marion with its 90 percent
ion stair have been preserved and will serve as the slab-on-grade concrete of the two modern recycling rate, our numbers were slightly high-
one of several entries to a new recreation area wings. “Our machines pulverized the concrete, er, because far more hand demolition was
currently under construction on the 9-acre site. essentially ‘chewing’ off and segregating the involved.”
“The old front entrance is architecturally beau- rebar from the concrete,” said Dore. At Barnum,
tiful and aesthetically pleasing,” said Wood. Dore estimates about 300 tons of steel were WORKING IN THE ‘B’
“The restored arch and the chimney stack will sent to the scrapyard for melting and repro- Recycling and salvaging by both hand and
serve as focal points of the new park.” cessing, about 7,000 tons of concrete were sent machine is all in a day’s work for this experi-
Before park construction, Dore & Associates to a crusher for recycling, and an estimated enced company. The core challenge in this pro-
had to demolish the old school’s masonry and 3,000 to 3,500 tons of debris, mainly wood, ject was conducting a major demolition opera-
steel structure, plus sort and segregate the went to a landfill. tion in the middle of a residential area, said
debris for recycling. “We used four CAT excava- Recycling has been a long-standing tradition Dore. Managing dust and traffic were para-
tors with different attachments – buckets, for Dore & Associates since its establishment in mount. As a solution, Dore & Associates used a
grapples, hammers and pulverizers – to per- 1976. “Recycling is something we have been water canon and a fire hose to control dust,
form the various tasks needed to segregate the doing for 32 years, and it has always been our while the city required a specific route through
materials and meet the recycling goal,” said philosophy to recycle as much as possible,” the neighborhood for the convoys of heavy
Dore. Altogether, Dore & Associates demol- said Dore. “It was unusual for a demolition equipment. “We didn’t trade any paint with the
ished and then recycled the building remains company back then, but now it is becoming cars in the neighborhood,” quipped Dore.

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Wood praises Dore’s onsite superintendent


Huey Robertson for his excellent management
and his cooperative spirit in dealing with resi-
dents clustered around the Purdy Street site.
“He worked very well with the different depart-
ments of the city, and kept the job going,” said
Wood. “He was very cooperative in working
with the public, as well.”
Dore & Associates completed work on the
site in late September 2008, leaving the neigh-
borhood with a fresh canvas of earth for the
shaping of a new recreation area in the heart of
Birmingham. This new oasis of green will offer
“newly reconfigured soccer and softball fields,
extensive walking paths, and sitting areas in a
landscaped site with an abundance of trees
and possibly garden areas,” said Wood. M.C.
Smith Associates and Architectural Group, Inc.,
a Grand Rapids-based architectural firm, pre-
pared the master plan and the design for the
park. At publication time in mid-October, ABC
Paving Co., Trenton, was already on site work-
ing on the pathway, playground and parking Dore & Associates demolished the building and recycled its remains using six different
lot. pieces of equipment. The firm recycled about 60 to 65 percent of the estimated 10,800
Beyond the borders of Birmingham, Dore & tons of debris generated from the school’s demolition.
Associates has a host of commercial and indus-
trial clients, including Ford Motor Company,
GM, and National Steel in Detroit. Beyond
Michigan, the company has about 10 to 15 pro-
jects underway at any given time across the
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is demolishing several wings and a children’s
hospital for John Stroger Hospital in down-
town Chicago. The almost one-million-square-
foot project ranks as one of the largest endeav-
ors in the company’s 32-year history. “The main
hospital is on the National Register, and they
are trying to salvage and re-utilize it in some
way,” said Dore. “We are now reconstructing
foundations in the removed wings and sealing
the openings with walls, as well as performing
a great deal of utility work on the site.”
Dore & Associates primarily works in the
Midwest and the eastern United States, but
tackles work across the entire country, as well
as internationally. The wide-ranging compa-
ny demolished a 19-story radar tower in
Scrunda, Latvia and has performed work in
Mexico and Canada. Art Dore, himself, has
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years, beginning with work near his home-
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essary. Until that day, they will make contin-
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PRODUCTS

G FOR
R ETHE
E FUTURE
N P R I N T
CLIMATE CHANGES CHALLENGE CONSTRUCTION
By Prof. Bill Moylan, PhD, PMP, FESD
Eastern Michigan University
seasons of autumn, winter, spring and sum-

W
eather has always been one of the conditions in Alaska and Siberia, desert heat
many challenges inherent for con- mer (and not the two seasons of “winter in Nevada and the Middle East, and the sub-
struction. Weather has been a most sledging and road construction”), poses the tropical jungle-like ecology of Florida and
convenient truth postulated by constructors gambit of temperature extremes and load Southeast Asia. The extremes of a remote,
to explain schedule delays, poor workman- hauling limitations. As the Michigan con- inhospitable environment can be as threat-
ship (e.g., rain damage), or latent defects struction firm ventures to other parts of the ening to the worker psychic as a hazardous
(e.g., leaky roofs), which leads to the basis for country and the world, weather extremes waste discharge, extreme heights, or the
many construction claims. Our state of and the corresponding challenges persist. potential of a trench cave-in. Personal safety
Michigan, renowned for its glorious four The Michigan constructor may face the arctic protection for workers is essential in all cases,

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as well as the need for the worker to be per- world. Personally, I had a job offer to work on construction of this mega-complex, to truly

T
sonally aware and agile. the North Slope several years back. The work impact the economy of the Metropolitan
Without arguing the merits of global period was “9-to-5” as in 9 days on / 5 days Detroit region and State of Michigan, must
warming or cooling, climatic change chal- off, working a 12 hours on / 12 hours off shift. proceed with all due haste. In my opinion, the
lenges constructors to consider seriously the In addition,“AM” and “PM” is inconsequential project already is frightfully behind. Making
need for energy conservation alternatives. in the land of the midnight sun. Now think the construction project schedule 24/7 will
Unfortunately, construction sites typically are “Aerotropolis,” the industrial and logistical be the energizer necessary to make it a win-
not shining examples of energy efficiency. complex which will span and link the Detroit ner all the way around - economically, envi-
Construction equipment, be it gasoline or Metro and Willow Run airports. The ronmentally and ecologically.
diesel powered, will run continuously, which
is wasteful and environmentally harmful.
Construction waste is many times a part of
the landfill left behind. Although green
building construction is heavily touted by
facility owners and architects, considering
the ‘carbon footprint’ of the construction
project itself is atypical for the construction
planner.The philosophy of lean construction,
which strives to minimize if not eliminate
waste, must also include the consideration of
the impact on the environment and ecology
caused by the construction activity to be
truly holistic in its thinking as it claims.
Herein I would like to suggest several
opportunities for energy conservation within
the problems posed, which address the lean
construction tenets. First, the use of electric
power for construction equipment is worth
considering. Hybrid pickup and heavy trucks
would provide a tremendous cost savings in
fuel, efficiency, and vehicle maintenance.
Since pickups and heavy equipment run in
idle for long periods of time on a construc-
tion site of a large facility or on the road
grade, the hybrid truck is the wiser choice
than conventional gasoline or diesel. While
the hybrid vehicle is stopped (in idle), it is not
‘burning’ (discharging) fuel (electricity).
The use of electrical power is also worth
considering for large road construction
equipment, cranes, and other construction
equipment powered traditionally by diesel.
The electric powered Zero Emission Vehicle
(or ZEV) for construction would make great
use the regenerative braking feature where
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PRODUCTS

D
eadlines are nothing new to contrac- just shut down. They would do small jobs
tors. They never change, even when for customers when they had to, but
conditions do, so builders are always they tried to avoid working in the
looking for ways to minimize the impact of winter until fairly recently. In the
adverse conditions. Cold weather has last few years, some new prod-
always been an issue on Michigan jobsites, ucts have come out that
but on time completion is far more likely help make masons
today with new products that are gradually more productive.”
transforming construction into a year-round These new products
activity. Masonry is among the trades most fall into two general cate-
plugged into a
impacted by winter conditions, but gories: those that heat mate-
120-volt grounded
Masonpro, Inc. in Northville, offers an entire rials or the ground prior to instal-
outlet to provide heat
line of products that let masons work in lation, and those that trap heat or
that warms the water
almost any weather condition. speed up the bonding process during
and, ultimately, the sand.
and after installation.
The pile should be covered
WHY TEMPERATURE IS SO IMPORTANT
with an insulated tarp for best
Cold weather can impact any outdoor GENERATING HEAT
results and the water will reach its
work, but masonry is particularly vulnerable Mixing warm materials together obvious-
maximum temperature in 6-12 hours,
to temperature variations. ly produces a warm product. Since mortar is
resulting in warm sand after an overnight
“Water is very important in masonry,” usually 2/3 to 3/4 sand, masons have devel-
run. Even though Volcano Rods cannot be
explained Don Hunson, sales manager for oped many ways to heat sand piles on job-
used to warm the cement component of
Masonpro. “The hydration process has to sites.
mortar, as moisture from the barrel would
occur between the mortar, which is made “The traditional way to heat the sand was
infiltrate the material, warm sand and water
with water, and the unit, which is the block to dump it over a culvert pipe and then build
result in a serviceable cold weather mix. The
or the brick. When hydration occurs, fines a fire in the pipe,” said Hunson.
Volcano Rod uses very little energy and has
[finely crushed or powdered material] inside This technique had obvious drawbacks.
virtually no environmental impact.
the mortar get accepted into the unit. That Someone had to come in early to start the
Electric blankets, commonly used to thaw
is what creates the bond. If the water is fire and constant attention was needed to
the ground for concrete work, can also be
frozen, hydration can’t occur and you don’t feed the fire and keep it going, which pulled
used to warm sand for masonry applica-
get a proper bond.” workers away from the revenue generating
tions. Successful cold weather masonry pro-
The bond between mortar and masonry business of placing masonry units. Fires also
jects start with warm materials, but products
unit creates the wall’s structural integrity. presented a safety hazard and produced
designed to prevent heat loss are often nec-
Since not having a proper bond can lead to bothersome smoke.
essary, as well.
collapse, contractors usually avoid unneces- The Volcano Rod, manufactured by
sary chances. Heatron and distributed in Michigan by
POST INSTALLATION
“I have been with Masonpro since ’91,” Masonpro, offer a better solution. Users sim-
Masons have long understood the bene-
said Hunson. “At that time, we had some cus- ply position sand around a 55-gallon drum
fits of keeping worksites warm and they
tomers who said that it was too hard to be that is 3/4 full of water and immerse the
have employed many different types of
productive during the wintertime, so they Volcano Rod. A cord above the water can be
physical barriers to trap heat over the years.

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In addition to the work area, masonry
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PHOTO BY JOE GUTIERREZ

Wilkie & Zanley, Architects, Wyandotte, sized windows overlooking the airport

A
vacant industrial building next to
Detroit Metropolitan Airport and built by J.S. Vig Construction runways and McNamara Terminal in view,
seems like an unlikely candidate Company of Taylor. power walking as jets lift skyward adds a
for conversion into a community recre- Wilkie & Zanley made full use of the certain zest to any workout.
ation center with all the ambiance of a pri- existing building, even supporting an ele- Coupled with the vibrant layering of
vate athletic club. Inspired design and vated running track on the crane rail different interior materials, an eatery and
cost-conscious construction turned this columns of the original industrial struc- juice bar, an almost 20,000-square-foot
pre-engineered building into the premier ture. The elevated track is the perfect place pool area with a hot tub, lazy river and lap
Romulus Athletic Center designed by to launch a fitness program. With over- pool, plus a banquet and conference room

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called Cirrus, “I don’t know why anyone to consolidate the concession and pool A site concern in the pool area was a
wouldn’t want to join this club,” said equipment buildings into one structure,” web of soon-to-be-abandoned utilities.
Dennis J. Levko, Vig vice president and said Levko. “The original cost for the two The cost-savvy company again saved the
project manager. “Whether we built it or separate structures was $600,000, but the city invaluable dollars. Rather than delv-
not, this facility is absolutely amazing. resulting consolidation of them realized a ing below the foundations of the existing
The architecture is so well done; it is eye savings to the owner of $300,000.” building and relying on extensive and
catching from the very first moment you Arriving on site in late April 2006, Vig’s expensive shoring, Vig Construction
walk in.” first construction concern was managing injected a flowable fill concrete into the
Wilkie & Zanley’s design gave wings to the high water table on the 16.5-acre site. utilities, allowing some to remain in place.
this existing 40,000-square-foot rectangu- Vig employed an atypical dewatering “We filled the actual pipes solid, so they
lar box, adding an additional 48,400 square strategy, again saving the owner a signifi- would act as a solid entity underground,
feet of space to the west and south sides of cant sum. High-tech dewatering wells eliminating any voids,” said Levko. “This
the building. The west pool addition is would have cost $60,000 to $80,000, but move alone saved the city over $85,000.
formed of compound angles converging to Vig used a system based on the strategic We came up with this value engineering
a sharp point, evoking the energy of flight; placement of pipe wells at a cost of idea after lengthy discussions with the
the silver, heavy ribbed metal panels and $20,000. “We have been able to achieve the architect and engineering firm.”
window fenestration draw inspiration same success as a high-tech dewatering As another site issue, stormwater facili-
from the architecture of the nearby airport. well with the use of our unique design,” ties for this $19.3 million dollar project
As sleek as a streamlined wing, the said Levko. were placed underground to meet Federal
entrance canopy is also formed of com-
pound angles and metal panels. PHOTO BY JOHN S. WILKIE

“Structurally, some areas also have a cer-


tain weightlessness that incorporates the
idea of flight,” said David M. Zanley, prin-
cipal of the firm. “The pool’s large glass
walls are underneath a metal overhang
and convey a sense of weightlessness. The
metal appears to rest on the glass, because
from the outside you just see the glass wall
and not the supporting structure which is
hidden on the inside.”
With its series of suspended ceilings, the
interior has the same sense of weightless-
ness. “In spaces where we do have ceil-
ings, they never go wall to wall,” said
Zanley. “The lighting is also varied and
that is inspired by the way the airport
looks at night.”

THE FLIGHT PLAN


Seldom used and vacant for roughly five
years, the building was purchased by the
City of Romulus and turned into a stun-
ning 88,400-square-foot recreation center
with the aid of tax increment financing.
City surveys, public meetings and a grand
tour of community recreation centers
throughout metropolitan Detroit led to a
series of continually evolving program-
ming options in the project’s design phase.
Design and construction also over-
lapped to a certain extent. “We were in
construction documents,” said Zanley.
“When they came on board, we were prob-
ably half way through our process.” Vig
Construction came on board with the zeal
of a personal trainer trying to whip its The copper-colored interior makes an
client into shape, in this case fiscal shape. engaging fitness center that fully uses the
“In regards to the outdoor pool amenities, existing industrial building. Removal of
damaged concrete flooring led to the
we were requested by the owner to save
creation of a sunken area now serving as
money ‘any way possible.’ Through exten- the perfect border of the main fitness center.
sive research and teamwork, we were able

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BEATING OLD MAN WINTER


Wilkie & Zanley made full use of the
existing industrial building, a steel-
framed, slab-on-grade structure with
metal siding and masonry walls. Fire
protection, insulation and the metal roof
(with application of a new coating) were
retained, along with much of the existing
masonry walls. Altogether, the original
400 x 100 box of the building now houses
the gymnasium, fitness center and locker
rooms. “We slipped a mezzanine and run-
ning track into the existing volume of this
essentially one-story building,” said
Zanley.
The main alteration was stripping the
metal siding and installing glass to draw
natural light into the facility. New addi-
tions along the front or west building face
“were kept low, letting light into the larger
PHOTO BY JOE GUTIERREZ
volume beyond via an upper band of win-
Glass walls draw natural light into the Aviation Administration regulations pro- dows all along the existing building,” said
Romulus Athletic Center’s west pool hibiting the placement of aboveground Zanley. The main addition houses a youth
addition. The nearly 20,000-square-foot stormwater basins and ponds near air- gym, teen center, daycare facility, lobby,
aquatic oasis features a hot tub, lazy ports. These surface waters often attract and five different pools in an expansive,
river and lap pool. large congregations of birds, a known air light-filled space; a separate addition con-
traffic hazard. tains the Cirrus conference area. In total,

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GETTING INTO THE FITNESS ZONE


Wilkie & Zanley designed a phenomenal interior fully utilizing
the existing building and even transforming flaws into advan-
tages. Removal of damaged concrete flooring in the center of the
pre-engineered building led to the design of a sunken area now
serving as the perfect border for the main fitness center. “Heavy
coiled steel had been dropped in this area,” said Levko. “What
could have been a problem area was turned into a design feature.”
The sunken fitness area and its rubberized flooring is part of the
seamless flow of diverse materials defining the interior spaces of
the recreation center’s open floor plan. As a small sample, wood
siding (actually gym flooring) forms the wall of the eatery and
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Exposed building systems also mark the Consultants:
interior, including the original steel • Civil Engineers – OHM Engineers,
columns painted a pleasant copper color Livonia
and orderly rows of exposed mechanical • Mechanical/Electrical Engineers –
ductwork and electrical conduit. Part of MA Engineering, Bingham Farms
the running track railing is actually an • Structural Engineers – Darvas
exposed structural steel truss. “The 75- Associates, PC, Ann Arbor
foot-long truss forms an interesting back- • Interiors Consultant – PPC Design,
drop in the fitness area,” said Zanley. “It Novi
has a strength to it, and it plays off of the • Aquatic Consultant – Robertson
building’s exposed structural columns.” Pool Design, Northville
The only hidden component is the com- Subcontractors:
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to create texture and to contrast with the Northville
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Composite white metal panels mark the
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cpa@aouncpa.com city,” said Keyes. “For us, it was a ‘no Company, Inc., Troy
brainer’ picking the team of Wilkie & • Rolling Counter Doors & Side
Zanley and Vig Construction, and they Folding Grille – Detroit Door &
delivered.” As part of project delivery, Hardware, Madison Heights

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• Tile – Artisan Tile, Inc., Brighton • Food Service Equipment – Stafford


• Wood/Rubber Flooring – Gustafson Smith, Inc., Chicago, IL
Sport Floors, Mason • Alarm, Access, Sound & Closed
• Rough Carpentry, Drywall and Circuit TV – ASC Security Systems,
Accessories – Huron Acoustic Livonia
Tile, Inc., Mt. Clemens • Swimming Pool, Spa, Splash pad
• Painting – J&B Painting, Livonia and Accessories – Baruzzi
• Resilient Tile, Wall Base and Carpet– Construction, Brighton
SCI Floor Covering, Inc., Southfield • Optical Turnstils – DataNet
• Safety Surface – Superior Play Inc., Systems, Inc., Livonia
LLC, Howell • Hydraulic Elevator – Otis Elevator,
• Hollow Metal Doors, Frames, Wood Chicago, IL
Doors – Tanner Supply Company, • Fire Protection – Dynamic Fire
Toledo, OH Protection, Newport
• Operable Panel Partitions – • Plumbing – JF’s Plumbing, Inc.,
Gardiner C. Vose, Inc., Madison Heights
Bloomfield Hills • HVAC – Robertson-Morrison,
• Floor Mats (Materials Only) – Ann Arbor
Advance Specialties, Clawson • Electrical – Douglas Electric,
• Toilet & Bath Accessories – Wyandotte
International Building Products, • Voice & Cabling – GSI, Inc., Troy
Livonia • Pool Pump Controls – Solution
• Metal Lockers – Rayhaven, Control Services, LLC,
Southfield Clinton Township
• Athletic Equipment & Bleachers – The construction manager, architect or owner
CM Associates, Brighton identifies professional consultants and
• Climbing Wall – NICROS, Inc., subcontractors listed in the Construction
St. Paul, MN Highlight.

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Backed by Milwaukee’s 5-year tool war-


ranty and 2-year battery warranty, the
2420-22 comes with two 12V LITHIUM-
ION batteries, 30-minute charger, 2
HACKZALL blades and carrying case.
The 2420-22 accepts both HACKZALL
and SAWZALL® style blades and is avail-
able as an individual tool or as part of a
combo kit.
For more information on the full line of
Milwaukee power tools and accessories,
please call 1-800-SAWDUST or visit
1-1/2” PVC on a single charge.
www.milwaukeetool.com.
The 2420-22 delivers a 1/2”
stroke 3,000 times per minute for a
smooth yet aggressive cut, and utilizes a
New M12 HACKZALL™ keyless QUIK-LOK™ blade clamp to Parterre’s New Patina Flooring
ensure quick and easy blade changes.
Reciprocating Saw From The lightweight design offers less user
Offers Aged Style
Milwaukee fatigue, as well as one-handed operation. With the look of metal and stone aged
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation Compact design makes it easier for users by Mother Nature, one of Parterre’s
has introduced the M12 HACKZALL™ to access tight spaces or awkward angles. newest products, Patina, delivers sophisti-
Reciprocating Saw, a compact, lightweight The HACKZALL features a variable speed cated style to resilient flooring. Part of the
saw designed for powerful, versatile cut- trigger that provides increased user con- company’s HardCore Collection, Patina
ting in tight spaces for virtually all trades- trol and all-metal gear case and gears that features a technical breakthrough that cre-
man as they tackle plumbing, electrical, live up to Milwaukee’s legendary durabil- ates an iridescent, yet stone-like design
remodeling and HVAC applications. ity. Additional features include a Built-in that seems to change as you move around
Featuring a 12V LITHIUM-ION battery, LED Light and Battery Fuel Gauge that it. The effect is similar to the way sunlight
the HACKZALL cuts over 80 pieces of displays the remaining run-time. plays on surroundings in nature.
Like other HardCore products, Patina
reflects the beauty of aged surfaces com-
bined with the versatility, durability and
comfort of resilient flooring. It’s well-suit-
ed for most any commercial setting,
including retail, hospitality, healthcare
and corporate environments. Patina is
available in 18” x 18” square tiles and five
metallic colors: Brass, Zinc, Platinum,
Rose Gold and Silver.
Parterre’s new HardCore collection fea-
tures several other stone and metal
inspired products including Grid, Monet’s
Garden and Metallon. These products are
also designed to coordinate effortlessly

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with Parterre’s wood and Fused Floor high torque in wood and steel. disengages the tool drive system if the
collections. HardCore resilient tile The Hilti Active Vibration Reduction drill bit sticks and the tool starts to rotate
contains 25 percent post consumer and 20 (AVR) provides optimum operator protec- too quickly, thereby providing additional
percent post industrial recycled content tion and a high level of working comfort operator protection.
and is 100 percent recyclable. even during long periods of use. A mass Thanks to its exceptionally powerful
For more information, visit Parterre damper system suspended on springs motor and impressive speed of 360 r.p.m.,
online at parterreflooring.com or call 888- inside the casing absorbs vibration in the the TE 80 ATC-AVR sets new standards
338-1029. tool’s longitudinal axis while the grip, and leaves nothing to be desired in terms
which is decoupled from the rest of the of drilling and chiseling performance. It
tool, efficiently absorbs even vibrational also comes complete with a built-in Theft
Hilti TE 80 ATC-AVR torque. Protection System (TPS) in order to help
Another safety feature, unique to Hilti, ensure that this highly desirable tool
Combihammer
is Active Torque Control (ATC), an elec- remains in the hands of its rightful own-
Coupled with this high power of its ers. When the system is activated, unau-
tronic rapid cut-out system that
new 1700-watt motor, Hilti’s new TE 80 thorized use of the tool is impossible,
ATC-AVR has sought after features like making theft pointless.
Active Torque Control (ATC), Active As Hilti drill bits and chisels are always
Vibration Reduction (AVR), and a Theft developed together and perfectly matched
Protection System (TPS), which combine to the applicable electric tools, profession-
to make it a tool that is well-suited for al users benefit from system performance
heavy drilling and demolition. that adds up to much more than just the
The TE 80 ATC-AVR makes light work of sum of its components.
a wide range of demanding jobs For more information on the Hilti TE 80
including hammer drilling in the 3/4” to 6” ATC-AVR Combihammer, please contact
diameter range in concrete, masonry and Hilti Customer Service. From the U.S., call
natural stone, drilling through-holes up to Hilti, Inc., at 1-800-879-8000, or in Spanish,
6” in diameter in concrete and masonry, call 1-800-879-5000; from Canada, call
heavy chiseling work and drilling with Hilti (Canada) Corporation at 1-800-363-
G2_CAM_v3_06 7/12/06 1:47 PM Page 1
4458. Additional information can also be
found online at www.us.hilti.com or
www.ca.hilti.com.
GEOTECHNICAL

ENVIRONMENTAL Industry Ornamental Iron

PHASE IIS
Launches New Custom Line of
CONSTRUCTION Ornamental Iron Railings
ENGINEERING Industry Ornamental Iron (IOI) has
extended its line of handcrafted North
American-made wrought iron products to

PHASCINATE
include high-end railings.
The new ornamental iron railing line
consists of 16 designs that can be custom-
fitted to each project, or clients can submit
drawings, sketches, blueprints and photos

US
of their preferred railing design, and IOI
will create the railing to spec. Pricing
G2 can’t wait to start digging for solutions to your most
varies according to the style, size, and
challenging environmental issues, from phenols to difficulty of the job (amount of heating
and hand forging), such as bias or radius.
phosphorus. Railings are custom painted to match any
environment.
Troy, MI: 248.680.0400 For info on IOI, call 1-800-915-6011 or
Brighton, MI: 810.224.4330 visit www.industryiron.com.

Chicago, IL: 847.353.8740


www.g2consultinggroup.com

UNEARTHING POSSIBILITIES

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Plustek Introduces Security corrosion-resistant coating that enables


Network Video Recorder direct-to-metal application on new or
clean metal without the need for primers,
Plustek has announced am extension in thinners and clean-up solvent, further
the video surveillance arena with the reducing overall emissions.
launch of the Plustek NVR 4000, a For additional information, contact
Network Video Recorder that provides Krylon Products Group at 1-800-777-2966;
motion-JPEG recording that connects fax 1-800-243-3075; or visit
directly to a network and is managed http://go.kpgind.info/pr.
through a LAN or the Internet. Working
concurrently with Axis, Mobotix,
Panasonic, and Pelco IP cameras, the
Plustek NVR 4000 helps record images
and manages up to four IP cameras at the
same time.
The NVR 4000 bundled software appli-
cation enables simultaneous recording
and remote access to live views and play-
back of recorded images from up to four
network cameras. With a built-in 320 GB
hard drive, recording speed up to 60 fps
(frames per second) in VGA (640x480 pix-
els), 120 fps in QVGA (320x240 pixels),
and QCIF (160x120 pixels), the Plustek
NVR 4000 makes it easy to detect
shoplifters, reduce false alarms, increase
personal safety, and view any premises for
security needs, making it ideal for loca-
tions such as shops, gas stations, business-
es, hotels and offices.

Features include a distributed manage-


ment system, high-speed video recording,
weekly scheduled recording, an auto IP
system, an ultra-slim compact size and a
module design.
The new NVR4000 will soon be avail-
able from TigerDirect, New Egg, PC mall,
Buy.com and other major e-tailers. Stores
and other vendors interested in carrying
Plustek’s award-winning lineup of prod-
ucts may contact Plustek directly at
infousa@plustek.com.

Krylon Products Group


Reformulates Krylon®
Industrial Iron Guard®
Direct-to Metal Enamel
Krylon Products Group has reformulat-
ed its Iron Guard® coating in compliance
with VOC regulations of 100 g/L for
industrial maintenance coatings. In
addition, most of the colors are now free
of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs).
Iron Guard is a high-gloss, waterborne,

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BIDDING Richelieu Introduces Dimmable


LED Lighting Line
Richelieu has added a new collection of LED lighting. It is

MADE available in a range of models and finishes for applications as


vast as one’s imagination.
With the new dimmable LED lighting line, users can take

EASY! advantage of numerous LED advantages and benefits. It offers


long life with up to 50,000 operative hours with 70% of the lumi-
nous flux guaranteed. Clean light is provided, with no infrared
(IR) and ultraviolet radiation. It provides a high safety factor due
to low voltage. A cool touch with minimal heat is provided (no
burn risk). Furthermore, it eliminates maintenance costs resulting
from broken light bulbs, offers lower energy consumption, and is
high in performance.
LED Dream® delivers on style, innovation, and technology.
They come together to create a unique lighting design. With this
lighting model, the steel insert on the screen functions as an elec-
tronic touch on/off switch. It can be installed surface-mounted,
semi-recessed, or recessed.
LED Shine® is an LED spotlight which is ideal for commercial,
office, furniture and residential applications. It is surface mount-
ed for easy installation. This model is compact yet delivers high
light output. LED Shine connects up to 8 lights on one power
supply with or without dimming.
LED Modus® is a modular system consisting of an aluminium
profile with the use of one or more 1.2W LEDs. These lights can
be installed in continuous rows up to 10W and it has been
designed for use with its touch on/off switch.
LED Net SP® features a square body with slightly rounded cor-
ners. It can be surface mounted with its square trim ring. This
model appears square, but the recessed portion of the light is
round like standard recessed puck lights. LED NetSP® can con-
nect up to 8 lights on one power supply with or without dimming.
LED Pixel OB® can be installed under a cabinet close to the

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wall for illumination of the kitchen countertop thanks to a 20
degree angle of its trim ring. It can also be recessed like a stan-
dard puck light and can connect up to 8 lights on one power sup-

NEW SOFTWARE! ply with or without dimming.

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H4S 1V4; phone, 866-832-4010 or 514-336-4144; fax, 514-336-6896;
e-mail:ttrempe@richelieu.com or website: www.richelieu.com.

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Roncelli Inc., Sterling Heights, one of Dennis Raymo has been engineering spans more than 35 years and
Michigan’s largest construction firms, has named Director of covers all market segments. Since joining
named Thomas Wickersham as company Communications for the MICCO in 2002, he has significantly expand-
president. Wickersham has been with the American Council of ed MICCO’s client-centered approach and
company for 21 years. Gary Engineering Companies of strategic planning process to further cement
Roncelli, who had been Michigan (ACEC/M), the the company’s presence in southeast
Roncelli’s president since Michigan Society of Michigan.
1989 and is now Chairman Professional Engineers Raymo

of the Board, made the (MSPE) and the Michigan section of the Hobbs+Black Associates, Inc. is pleased to
announcement. Wickersham American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). announce the following recent hires to the
was previously Roncelli’s Ronald W. Brenke, executive director of the firm’s Ann Arbor architectural and interiors
Wickersham chief financial officer (2006- three statewide, Lansing-based engineering staff: Russell Hinkle, AIA, CSI CCS, LEED AP
08), treasurer (1990-2005) and controller organizations, made the announcement. as project architect; Maria Kook, AIA, LEED
(1987-90). He is a graduate of Walsh College, Raymo brings more than 20 years of media AP, as an associate fulfilling the role of proj-
where he earned his Bachelor of Accountancy and public relations experience to the three ect manager; and Chantelle Marshall, IIDA,
degree, and is a past Chairman of the Board organizations, including 15 years in daily as a designer / documents leader for the
of the Construction Association of Michigan. newspapers and eight years as a press secre- Hobbs+Black Retail Studio. New hires to the
tary and editor with the Michigan House of firm’s Lansing architectural and engineering
Heather Obrecht White, formerly of The Representatives. staff are: Michael D. Belt, AIA as project man-
Frank H. Boos Gallery, Inc., has joined the ager; and Jonathon DeMond, PE, as a struc-
architectural firm of Stephen Auger + Robert P. Washer has been tural engineer.
Associates, Lake Orion, as business manager. named president of Pontiac-
The firm is located in downtown Lake Orion, based MICCO Construction,
and has been providing architectural, plan- LLC, one of Michigan’s lead-
ning and property consultation services for ing construction manage-
over ten years. ment/general contracting
firms. Washer’s experience
Washer
in construction and
Hinkle Belt DeMond

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The Detroit Chapter of the National Constructors, Inc.; Shannon Newbery of A1 ing firm, The Kirkwood Group, where she
Association of Women in Construction Quality Restoration; and Sarah specialized in providing pre-development
(NAWIC) recently elected its 2008-09 Board Santostefano of O’Brien Construction. studies and marketing strategies.
of Directors. Laurel
Johnson, PE, senior project Jason McFadden, EIT, Richard Trudelle, PE, of EAM Engineers,
engineer in the Shelby project manager in Barton Inc., a Troy-based MEP engineering firm, has
Township office of Soil and Malow’s Southern Region, earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and
Materials Engineers, Inc., has been selected by Environmental Design) accreditation from
was elected vice president Consulting-Specifying the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). In
of the NAWIC Detroit Engineer magazine as a 2008 addition, Thomas Saccaro has been promot-
Chapter. The 2008-2009 Johnson "40 Under 40" winner. The ed to associate of the firm.
Board also includes: presi- award is given to 40 build- McFadden
dent - Carol Varga of Sorensen Gross ing industry engineers under the age of 40 Detroit-based Spalding DeDecker
Construction Company; corresponding sec- "who stand out in their academic, profession- Associates, Inc. (SDA), a regional civil engi-
retary - Marilyn Mitchell of Evans & Luptak al, personal and community achievements," neering and surveying firm, has appointed
PLC; recording secretary - Nola Lee of according to the magazine. McFadden, 25, is C h e r y l
Aluminum Supply Co., Inc.; treasurer - one of only three winners under 30. Gregory, PE
Donielle Wunderlich of George W. Auch as an associ-
Company; immediate past president - Tracy Koe Wick has joined Southfield- ate. The firm
Kathleen Dobson of Alberici Constructors, based Neumann/ Smith has also hired
Inc.; and directors - Cheryl Anthony of A r c h i t e c t u r e David P. Eno,
Beaumont Services Company; Karen Hill of (Neumann/Smith) as direc- PE as trans-
the Construction Association of Michigan; tor of client services, where portation Gregory Eno
Rachael Jennings of Beaumont Services she will manage consulting project man-
Company; Susan Long of Klochko services and client relations ager.
Equipment Rental Company; Mickey for the firm. For the past
Marshall of North Coast Commercial nine years, Wick managed Koe Wick
Roofing; Ednette Mixon of Alberici her own real estate consult-

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Walbridge, a Detroit-based multi-national


full-service constructor, has appointed
Adorno F. Piccinini as director of new
business development. Walbridge President
Richard Haller made the announcement. Two
new business development managers were YOUR SINGLE SOURCE COATING CONTRACTOR
also appointed: Joseph M. Di Iorio and John
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Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional facilities. Providing concrete Polishing Systems,
Prein&Newhof, Grand we can create highly durable and low maintenance floors from your existing concrete.
Rapids, recently expanded We combine our years of experience with today’s technology to provide the proper
its Geographic Information surface preparation and coating system to match each clients need.
Systems (GIS) capabilities
by adding Edward
Dempsey, GISP, to its staff.
Dempsey will serve as a GIS
Dempsey
specialist in the firm. Also,
Prein&Newhof welcomes
Thomas J. Newhof as its
new business manager. His
responsibilities will include
management of Accounting,
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Grand Rapids branch.
Miedema brings with him 9 Miedema
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ence in the West Michigan area and is a wel-
come asset to the Klochko team.

Daniel B. McMahon has


joined Plunkett Cooney,
one of the Midwest’s oldest
and largest law firms, as a
senior attorney in the firm’s
Bloomfield Hills office. A
member of the firm’s
Banking, Bankruptcy & McMahon
Creditors’ Rights Practice
Group, McMahon focuses
his practice in the areas of
loan workouts and foreclo-
sures, bankruptcy, commer-
cial real estate, loan docu-
mentation and construction
loans. In other news, James Thomas
C. Thomas, an Of Counsel
attorney with the firm, was recently named
to the American Trial Lawyer Association’s
(ATLA) Top 100 Lawyers list for Michigan.
The Arab American Professionals Network
also recently honored Thomas as the Arab
American Professional of the Year.

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DiClemente Siegel Design exam. DSD is ing, energy management consulting, architec-
Inc. (DSD) is pleased to headquar- ture, commissioning and infrastructure eval-
announce that three staff tered in uations.
members, Andy Wieland, Southfield
project manager; Megan with a branch Detroit-based SmithGroup, the nation’s
Knudson, EIT and mechani- office in 13th largest architecture and engineering
cal designer; and Burton, MI. firm, has promoted six employees of its
Andrea Zammitt, architec- Wieland Knudson Zammitt Detroit office to associate: Lokman Abbas,
The firm
tural project designer, have successfully offers innovative and sustainable design solu- PE; Chris
passed the LEED Professional Accreditation tions in mechanical and electrical engineer- Coulter, LC,
I E S N A ;
A n d r e w
Dunlap, RA,
NCARB, CDT;
Mario El-Cid,
PE; Brad Coulter Westphal
Reuther, PE; and Laura Westphal, CPSM.

C O R P O R AT E N E W S
Located in Columbus, MI, Dan’s Cement
was recently ranked by Inc. as number 1,068
on its annual ranking of the 5,000 fastest-
growing private companies in the country.
The list is the most comprehensive look at the
most important segment of the economy –
America’s independent-minded entrepre-
neurs. Taken as a whole, these companies

It’s easy... represent the backbone of the U.S. economy.

Bloomfield Hills-based Plunkett Cooney,


one of the Midwest’s oldest and largest law
REFER AN ASSOCIATE TO firms, has brought home the 2008 American
Heart Association (AHA) Heart Walk
BECOME A MEMBER OF OF. Lawyer’s Cup for the second consecutive
year. The AHA presents the Lawyer’s Cup to
Help us increase our membership base, which will the top fund-raising law firm for its annual
enable us to expand our range of services, keep pricing Metro Detroit Heart Walk, which benefits the
organization’s heart attack and stroke aware-
consistent and better serve the membership.
ness, prevention and research efforts.
Plunkett Cooney surpassed its $20,000 goal
Think of people and firms that you do business this year, netting $21,797. Last year, the firm
with that are not listed in the Construction Buyers Guide. took top honors with more than $17,000 in
These people are not members of your association. donations.
Sign these firms up for membership in CAM and you will receive
Contracting Resources, Inc., a Brighton-
$50 toward renewal of your MEMBERSHIP, based, design-build and construction man-
CONSTRUCTION PROJECT NEWS subscription agement company, has been awarded a new
OR contract and completed two projects. The
firm recently completed design-build servic-
one of the following, a $50 HOME DEPOT Gift Card
es for William Beaumont Hospital’s (Troy)
or a $50 SPEEDWAY Gas Card renovation of an existing 2,961-SF Cardiac
for each member firm you sign up! Weight Training/Rehabilitation area into a
Vascular Lab with a 3-bed preparation area
Call the CAM Membership Dept. today and nursing station, plus the completion of
four physician office renovations. In
(248) 972-1000 or (616) 771-0009 addition, St. William School in Walled Lake
Also visit us at www.cam-online.com awarded Contracting Resources their new
entrance addition project.
Annual dues to CAM are $295 with a first time $90 initiation fee.

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The Mason Contractors’ Association (MCA)


offices have moved to a new location. Their
new contact information is: 24725 West 12
Mile Rd., Suite 385, Southfield, MI 48034-
1801. Phone: (248) 208-9878; Fax: (248) 208-
9883; Web: www.mcamichigan.org

Lindab’s national sales manager, Jay


Dunbar, confirmed that Air Design Inc. (ADI),
of Southfield, is the newest representative
firm for the international air duct systems
manufacturer. Air Design Inc. represents
quality major manufacturers of commercial
and industrial heating and ventilating.
Through its Southfield headquarters, ADI
serves the HVAC industry in Michigan’s
lower peninsula.

The Shelby Township office of Soil and


Materials Engineers, Inc. (SME) was recently
awarded a contract to provide construction
materials services (CMS) for Lapeer
Community Schools (LCS). SME is working
with LCS, Barton Malow Company, and
French Associates to provide these services.

Plymouth-based DeMattia Group, one of


the Midwest's leading real estate develop-
ment, architecture and construction firms,
conducted the following lease transactions
for several DeMattia Group business park
properties: MetroWest Technology Park -
Plymouth Township (Part D Advisors, Inc.);
Plymouth Oaks Business Center - Plymouth
Township (D&M Holding, Inc.); Spinnaker
Center - Plymouth Township (Mitutoyo);
Sheldon Place Shopping Center - Plymouth
Township (Woody’s Bar-B-Q); Washtenaw
Business Park Retail Center - Ypsilanti
Township (Profiles Hair Salon, Leo’s Coney POLISHED STAINLESS POLISHED
OLISHED BRASS SATIN STAINLESS
Island, Wireless Zone).

The Michigan Minority Business U UNIQUE METAL PRODUCTS, INC.


Development Council (MMBDC) presented
Barton Malow Company, Southfield, with a
2008 Corporate ONE Award, recognizing the
M WHEN FINISH & APPEARANCE ARE PARAMOUNT
company's business diversity program and CUSTOM FABRICATOR
support of MMBDC goals. Cheryl Bowlson, P SPECIALIZING IN HIGHER END METALS
corporate director of business diversity,
accepted the award. Doug Maibach, vice ARCHITECTURAL • RESIDENTIAL • SECURITY
president for corporate affairs, was also in
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tion with members in both the corporate and
public sectors, is dedicated to creating busi- 1921 Hilton
ness opportunities for certified minority Ferndale, Michigan 48220
business enterprises. Barton Malow has won
the Corporate ONE Award for seven of the (248) 545-4566
ten years it has been conferred.
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BELLA CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION -

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PRUDENVILLE LAFONTAINE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP/FLEET &
COMMERCIAL SALES - HIGHLAND
CHARGER ENVIRONMENTAL, LLC -
GROSSE POINTE MCGRAW ELECTRIC COMPANY A
DIVISION OF SACHS ELECTRIC CO. -
CITY RENOVATION & TRIM INC - LIVONIA
AUBURN HILLS
MCNAUGHTON MCKAY ELECTRIC CO. -
CLASSIC PAINTING II, LLC - HOWELL FLINT

DETROIT CONCRETE COMPANY, LLC - MIKE'S MUFFLER - MONTROSE


WALES TWP.
NORTH MISSION DOOR - MT. PLEASANT
DYCON, INC. - NEWPORT

HIGH
NOWAK CABINETS, INC. - MIDLAND
EXOTIC ROBOTICS, INC. - CLINTON TWP.
OLIVIA'S TRANSPORT - MILFORD
FOUR SEASONS BUILDING MAINTENANCE -
SHELBY TWP. PUSH TWENTY TWO - PONTIAC

EXPOSURE GRAHAM MASONRY & WATERPROOFING -


SAGINAW
RKS CONTRACTING - COMMERCE TWP.

SELECTIVE STEELS & ALLOYS, INC. -


GREENFLAG PROFIT RECOVERY BY WARREN
TRANSWORLD SYSTEMS -
When You BINGHAM FARMS SPARKLE PRO-CLEAN, INC. - SAGINAW

Advertise In HARBOR HILL MARINA, LLC - CLINTON TWP. SUPERIOR PLUS FIRST AID - GRAND BLANC

CAM Magazine! HGI A SPECIALTY STEEL COMPANY - THE WINDOW MAN PLUS, INC. - WHITE LAKE
TOLEDO, OH
UNIFIED TECHNOLOGIES, LLC - NOVI
(248) 969-2171 J & M CONTRUCTION CO. INC. - DETROIT
VANTAGE HOMES - LINDEN
Fax (248) 969-2338 J MARTIN CARPENTRY - CHESTERFIELD

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CONSTRUCTION
CONSTRUCTION CALENDAR

CALENDAR
Please submit all calendar items no less than six weeks prior to the event to:
Calendar Editor, CAM Magazine, P.O. Box 3204, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302-3204.

Industry Events

Dec. 3 – CREW Holiday Celebration


The Detroit Chapter of Commercial Real
Estate Women (CREW Detroit) is having a
holiday celebration at the Scarab Club in
Detroit on December 3.
Additional information is available at
www.crewdetroit.com.

Dec. 5 – Endangered Historic Places Feb. 4-5 – CAM Expo 2009


Nomination Deadline CAM is pleased to announce that this
The National Trust for Historic year’s exposition will again be hosted at
Preservation is accepting nominations, the Rock Financial Showplace, conve-
which can now be submitted online, for its niently located in Novi, at the crossroads
2009 America’s 11 Most Endangered of I-696, I-275, and I-96. This will be a
Historic Places® list. wonderful location to reach the commer-
For more information, e-mail cial construction and design industry pro-
11Most@nthp.org, phone 202-588-6141, fessionals of Michigan.
or please visit the website at: CAM members are strongly encouraged
www.PreservationNation.org/issues/ to attend CAM Expo 2009, which will be
11-most-endangered. celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a
new Green Building Showcase and a
Contractors’ Showcase and Reception.
Jan. 1 – SOURCE Awards Call for Entries Visit www.cam-online.com for more
Cooper Lighting has announced a call information, or call (248) 972-1000.
for entries for its 32nd Annual SOURCE
Awards national lighting design competi-
tion. Entries must be postmarked by
January 1, 2009. Training Calendar
To request a complete list of rules, call
770-486-4800 or visit visit the company
website at www.cooperlighting.com. Cooper Lighting’s SOURCE will offer the
following educational classe in 2008:
December – Lighting Fundamentals/
Jan. 14-17 – Hardscape North America Lighting Basics.
The focus of this show in Atlanta, GA is The SOURCE is located in Peachtree
to provide education including certifica- City, GA. Visit www.cooperlighting.com
tion courses, products and technology to or call 770-486-4680 for more information.
contractors and installers who build seg-
mental pavements and retaining walls and
also to provide networking opportunities.
To learn more, visit
www.HardscapeNA.com.

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ADVERTISER INDEX

Acme Maintenance Service......................................43


Aluminum Supply Company - Marshall Sales ....47
American Fireplace & Barbeque Dist. ......................9
Aoun & Company, P.C. ................................................48
Broadcast Design & Construction, Inc...................40
CAM Administrative Services .....................................3
CAM-Comp.......................................................................8
CAM ECPN ......................................................................54
CAM EXPO ....................................................................IBC
CAM Membership........................................................58
C.F.C.U..............................................................................29
Cipriano Coating Technology ..................................57
Clark Hill, PLC.................................................................19
Connelly Crane Rental................................................13
Cummins Bridgeway .....................................................8
Curran Crane Co., J.J....................................................27
D&R Earthmoving, LLC ...............................................25
Danboise Mechanical .................................................49
Detroit Dismantling Corp..........................................33
Deppman Company, R.L...............................................6
Doeren Mayhew...........................................................38
Douglas Electric ...........................................................49
Fishbeck Thompson Carr & Huber, Inc. .................37
G2 Consulting Group..................................................52
Glass and Mirror Craft ................................................61
Gutherie Lumber Company......................................10
Guy, Hurley, Blaser & Heuer, LLC ..............................26
Hartland Insurance Group ........................................51
Hertz Equipment Rental ............................................35
Jeffers Crane Service ..................................................31
JetHeat, Inc. ...................................................................38
Kem-Tec ..........................................................................59
Klochko Equipment Rental Company...................15
LPL Financial..................................................................20
• Membership and General MasonPro, Inc................................................................41
McCoig Companies .....................................................32
Information about CAM Metro Detroit Signs.....................................................55
• 2008 Construction Michigan Concrete Paving Association................39
Navigant Consulting...................................................62
Buyers Guide Next Generation Services Group ............................23

• Labor Relations Services Nicholson Construction.............................................50


North American Dismantling Group.....................BC
• Construction Federal Oakland Community College ..................................13
Oakland Companies ...................................................56
Credit Union Operating Engineers Local 324 .................................5
• CAM Administrative Osborne Trucking &
Osborne Concrete, John D . ................................46
Services and CAM Comp Plante & Moran, PLLC..................................................11
• Construction Events PM Technologies..........................................................21
Providence Steel & Supply Inc.................................27
Calendar SMRCA.............................................................................12

• News Publications Scaffolding Inc. .............................................................25


State Building Products .............................................57
Including Construction Superior Materials Holdings, LLC............................14
Project News, CAM TES Consultants, PC.....................................................60
• Programs and Services Magazine, Planroom and ThyssenKrupp Safway, Inc.........................................39
Trend Millwork, LLC....................................................IFC
Including Member Electronic Project News, Unique Metal Products, Inc. .....................................59
Discount Programs Construction Preview Valenti Trobec Chandler, Inc. ......................................7
and Services and Much More! W. W. Williams................................................................53
Wayne Bolt & Nut Co. .................................................22
Wilkie & Zanley Architects ........................................48
Wilson Construction Consulting.............................43
Wolverine Tractor & Equipment Co........................28
Xpert Technologies .....................................................34
Zervos Group ................................................................22

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