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CAM Magazine August 2007

CAM Magazine August 2007

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Published by Matthew Austermann
CAM Magazine August 2007, featuring Construction Law, Interiors & Finishes.

• Examining Detroti Dilemma
• On the Jobsite: Living History at the Yankee Air Museum, Willow Run Airport

• Changes to the Michigan Construction Lien Act - A Look at the Changes to the State Legislature
• Updates A201 and Resolving Claims for Contractor Disputes

• ACT Honors INTEX Winners
• Interior and Finishes Trends Drive Professionals in a New Ways - Office Renovation n Farmington Hills Showcases Latest in Design

• Turning an Old Factory Into an Idea Machine - Renovated Factory Evolves Into an Original and Imaginative Design Environment

• Industry News
• Safety Toolkit
• Product Showcase
• People in Construction
• and Much More!

CAM Magazine is published by the Construction Association of Michigan.
CAM Magazine August 2007, featuring Construction Law, Interiors & Finishes.

• Examining Detroti Dilemma
• On the Jobsite: Living History at the Yankee Air Museum, Willow Run Airport

• Changes to the Michigan Construction Lien Act - A Look at the Changes to the State Legislature
• Updates A201 and Resolving Claims for Contractor Disputes

• ACT Honors INTEX Winners
• Interior and Finishes Trends Drive Professionals in a New Ways - Office Renovation n Farmington Hills Showcases Latest in Design

• Turning an Old Factory Into an Idea Machine - Renovated Factory Evolves Into an Original and Imaginative Design Environment

• Industry News
• Safety Toolkit
• Product Showcase
• People in Construction
• and Much More!

CAM Magazine is published by the Construction Association of Michigan.

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ACT Honors Intex Award Winners Today’s Office Design Trends

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18 Economic Outlook
Examining Detroit’s Delimma

40 Interior and Finishes Trends Drive Professionals in New Ways
Office Renovation in Farmington Hills Showcases Latest in Design


22 On The Jobsite

Living History at the Yankee Air Museum, Willow Run

CONSTRUCTION LAW 24 Changes to the Michigan Construction Lien Act
A Look at the Changes to State Legislature

46 Turning an Old Factory Into an Idea Machine
Renovated Factory Evolves Into an Original and Imaginative Design Environment

28 Updated A201 and Resolving Claims

Changes on the Horizon for Owner and Contractor

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Thomas E. Doyle,
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NEWS Hobbs + Black Honored at Michigan Interior Design Awards

Hobbs + Black won both Best of Competition and Best Interior Design awards in the hospitality category for this stunning design of Majority restaurant in Lansing.

The Michigan Chapter of the International Interior Design Association recently awarded Ann Arbor-based Hobbs + Black Associates, Inc. several 2007 Michigan Design Excellence Awards. The firm won both a Best of Competition award and Best Interior Design award in the hospitality category for its design of Majority restaurant in Lansing. The project designers at Hobbs + Black are James Sharba, Staci Bakkegard, and Betsy Wager, IIDA. The 5,500-squarefoot, 125-seat restaurant is an eclectic composition of vintage-to-vogue décor and edgy, hip architectural elements. The modern urban atmosphere with a traditional twist, the upscale setting, and private dining room appeals to casual diners looking for a downtown destination. Hobbs + Black earned Best Interior Design award in the healthcare category for the firm’s interior design of Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital’s Center for Health Services in Brownstown. The




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designers are Emily Uphaus, Betsy Wagner, IIDA, John S. Barker, AIA, H. James Henrichs, AIA, Charles Huber and Timothy Murdock. This ambulatory care center and medical office building was planned and designed to provide a welcoming, healing environment instead of the sterile design often associated with hospitals and medical facilities. Slate tile and warm wood finishes were selected to embody the hospitality theme to welcome visitors rather than overwhelm them. The talented architectural firm also earned a Special Recognition for Creative Use of Open Office Plan for its work for the Eaton Corporation in Ann Arbor. The designers are Betsy Wagner, IIDA, Lori Martens, Emily Uphaus, Thomas Phillips, LEED AP. The core office space features an open floor plan conducive to team building and informal interaction, promoting collaboration between their engineering and sales staff. The open meeting areas that were created are known as “think tank” spaces to support such informal interactions.

The MISS DIG Board of Directors assembled for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new MISS DIG headquarters in Auburn Hills. (L-R) Robert Richard, Sr. VP of MichCon; Paul Preketes, Sr. VP Energy Delivery, Consumers Energy; Dan O’Leary, MISS DIG director, MichCon; Kathie Fournier, CEO & executive director, MISS DIG System, Inc.; Bruce Campbell, president of MISS DIG System, Inc., Conex Corporation; Steve Spohn, Spohn Construction; John Wallace, MISS DIG director, Detroit Edison; and Dirk Dunham, MISS DIG director, Consumers Energy.

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To launch 811 in Michigan and celebrate MISS DIG’s new state-of-the-art headquarters in the City of Auburn Hills in Oakland County, a May 9th ribbon-cutting open house event was held. State and local officials, and representatives from statewide organizations and utilities attended. One the country’s first one-call centers, MISS DIG began operations almost 37 years ago. Since that time the center has taken nearly 15 million calls for locating services. MISS DIG has more than 900 members, including utilities, municipalities and others who value the services provided.

Despite Michigan’s High Unemployment Rate, SSOE’s Growth in State Continues with New Jobs and Expanding Offices
International Architecture and Engineering Firm Grows 30 Percent in 2006
With a presence in Michigan for 30 years and three offices in the state, SSOE, Inc. – one of the nation’s largest architecture and engineering firms – is planning at least 25 percent growth in each of its Michigan offices in the next year, despite the struggles of the state’s industrial base and an unemployment rate significantly higher than the national rate. Headquartered in Toledo and with deep roots in Michigan, SSOE currently employs approximately 160 professionals in the state, 26 percent of whom were hired in the last 12 months. The firm’s growth in Michigan, which is home to 25 percent of SSOE’s owners, includes offices in: • Midland, which is preparing for 50 percent growth; the office currently employs 25. • Portage has doubled its office size to 6,500 square feet in order to accommodate the 40 percent growth in staff; a 25 percent growth is expected by year end; the current staff count is 22. • The Troy office, within the past two years, has increased staff by 30 percent and plans to add additional staff by year-end; the office currently employs 116.

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eager to impact the design of facilities across the nation and around the world. In a global economy, services such as ours are in high demand, despite local conditions, and that means creative professionals become extremely valuable assets.” SSOE is one of the global leaders in architectural services for the auto industry, as well as for clients in the healthcare, retail, education, science and technology, biofuels, chemical, food, glass, mining and personal care industries. The firm’s Michigan clients include University of Michigan Healthcare Systems, Beaumont Hospital, Mercy Healthcare System, Meijer, Rite Aid, Toyota Ann Arbor, Hemlock Semiconductor, Dow Chemical, Marathon Petroleum Company, Michigan Consolidated Gas Company, Consumers Energy, Great Lakes Gas Transmission, Coca-Cola, Sara Lee, Ralston, and Pfizer. SSOE’s Michigan office also manages projects from other states for clients that include Quaker, ConAgra, Hershey, Lowes, PetSmart, Mervyns, Safeway, and Albertson. SSOE recently launched a nationwide recruitment effort to hire 200 architects and engineers by the end of 2007 to assist in meeting its growth in nearly every market that it serves. The firm operates from 16 offices across the United States and in China. Last month, SSOE announced a major expansion in Phoenix, which will serve as the hub of its western-U.S. operations, particularly in the healthcare and retail sectors, and opened a new office in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park to serve the growth of that region particularly in the pharmaceutical, education, biofuels, and science and technology sectors. Founded in 1948, SSOE, Inc. is an international design firm and ranks 14th among the nation’s largest engineering and architecture firms (Building Design and Construction, 2006) and 12th among firms in the manufacturing sector (Engineering News-Record, 2007). Demonstrating fast and consistent growth, in 2006, SSOE posted a 30 percent revenue growth making it the third consecutive year the company has grown its revenue more than 15 percent. With nearly 800 employees and multidisciplined LEED™ certified professionals employed in 16 offices around the world the company has earned a solid reputation in facility design for the healthcare, retail, automotive, education, and science and technology markets. SSOE is also noted for experience in civil engineering, and
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process engineering for the biofuels, chemical, food, glass, mining and personal care industries. SSOE has completed projects in 48 states and 32 countries, and is approaching 60 years of excellence in engineering and architectural design. Visit www.ssoe.com for additional information and career opportunities.

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Western Michigan University Dedicates Visual Arts Facility
SmithGroup-Designed and CSMConstructed Facility Creates Passage Between ‘Art and Learning’
Construction is completed for the privately funded $13 million Richmond Center for Visual Arts at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. Designed by SmithGroup and built by CSM, Galesburg, the 44,000-square-foot facility includes specialized spaces for the center’s permanent collection and for traveling exhibits, along with student lecture halls, studio space and a student lounge. The new center completes the university’s fine arts campus. “The building's design screams its use and will literally become the bridge that connects the university's fine arts community,” proclaimed Evie Asken, director of WMU Campus Planning. Prior to the facility’s completion, Asken said, “I see the Richmond Center for Visual Arts as a very strong architectural statement for the Western Michigan University Campus.” The ‘Art and Learning’ design features include a sculpture garden, terrace and connectors. Leading up to the entrance of the Center is a 20,000-square-foot sculp-

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phere for the learning spaces, a curved zinc wall panel frames the exterior of stacked lecture halls situated on the 1st and 2nd floor. This approach creates a concentrated space that maximizes seating for 177 art education and art history students. The Center is named in honor of WMU Alumni, James and Lois I. Richmond, who donated $2.5 million towards the Center’s construction. In recognition of their dedication to the arts, WMU invited the Richmond’s to be part of the University’s design review. James Richmond is a well-known Kalamazoo artist with a long-time association with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. SmithGroup Principal Designer, Paul Urbanek, reiterates, “The design result was greatly influenced by the valuable critique that Jim and Lois offered during design reviews throughout the process.” The new Richmond Center for the Visual Arts marks another successful collaboration between SmithGroup’s Detroit office and Western Michigan University. Additional projects include the College of Health and Human Services Building and the new Student Recreation Center. Exhibit consultant is Don Desmett of Desmett Fine Arts, Kalamazoo.

ture garden for professional traveling exhibits, followed by a series of raised terraced steps marching up to a soaring, 21/2-story lobby. Rising above via secondstory entrances, a three-part grouping of pedestrian glass ‘connectors’ physically connects visitors of the Center to additional School of Fine Arts buildings, including the Dalton Center and the Miller Garage/Auditorium. Copper roof and walls will give the Richmond Center an ever-changing appeal. The Center’s structural envelope uses a combined flat and standing seamed roof system. Overlapping bent vertical and horizontal copper planes on the walls and roof leave colorful, linear rainwater impressions that complement the precast concrete wall panels. The Center houses a 1,500-square-foot, bridge-like student lounge on the second floor that overlooks 5,700 square feet of combined student and main exhibit space. The remaining gallery space for the 700-square-foot permanent gallery is separated by the use of individual, colorcoded wall panels. To create a non-competitive atmos-

O-Ring Sprinkler Replacement Program Ends
Building Owners Have Until August 31, 2007 to Receive Free Replacement and Installation
The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International recently learned that Central Sprinkler Company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have announced that the Voluntary Replacement Program (VRP) for O-Ring Sprinklers will end on August 31, 2007. Property owners who have not yet submitted a VRP claim must submit "Proof of Claim" and "Waiver and Release of Claims" forms to Central Sprinkler Company postmarked by August 31, 2007, to receive free replacement sprinklers and installation. BOMA International filed a lawsuit on June 1, 2001, seeking removal and replacement of the O-ring sprinklers on behalf of its members after independent testing




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revealed that some of Central's O-ring sprinklers could degrade over time, affecting how the sprinklers activate in a fire. Specifically, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), an independent, not-for-profit product safety certification organization, found that due to degradation from salts, water minerals and other contaminants some of the sprinkler heads with the O-ring seal required a higher water pressure to operate than was available in some buildings. On July 9, 2001, after a two-year investigation, Underwriters Laboratories revised its UL Standard for Safety for Automatic Sprinklers for Fire Protections Service, UL199, so that O-ring seal sprinklers would not be permitted after January 2003. Central Sprinkler Corporation, an affiliate of Tyco Fire Products, recalled its Oring fire sprinklers on July 19, 2001, in cooperation with the CPSC. BOMA International's lawsuit was settled in 2002 and resulted in the implementation of enhancements to the CPSC recall program. This is the first time in its history that the CPSC has ended a recall. "It is imperative that building owners who have not had Central Sprinkler Corporation O-ring sprinklers replaced act

o what exactly constitutes “too much” safety? In a recent discussion with a very experienced construction worker, the comment was Joseph M. Forgue made that there Manager of Education were so many & Safety Services safety requirements (on a particular job) that is was surprising any work was getting done. In a recent accident, a truck driver was killed as he sat in his cab at a jobsite waiting to dump his load of sand. The truck next to him was in the process of dumping his load when the hydraulics failed. The truck tipped over crushing the victim who was just sitting there. The solution: Don’t let trucks sit next to each other when they dump. The result: One truck having to wait to position until the other one is done dumping AND has lowered his box. The “argument”: That takes too long – time is money, you know (see Safety Alert #23). If you take a few minutes to review work-related fatalities in Michigan (http://oem.msu.edu/miface.asp) it doesn’t take too long to figure out a couple of things. Specifically, accidents are rarely caused by a single factor. Accidents result from a compilation of problems that work together to produce a disastrous result. Until we can figure out which “lynch pin” we can pull out to stop an accident, we will still have to look at any and all factors, regardless of how trivial they may seem. My experience has shown me that fatalities can result from things many of us would never dream could happen. When it comes to safety, sweating the small stuff is still a pretty good idea. If I can be of any assistance to your safety program you can always find me at the end of 248-972-1141 or forgue@cam-online.com.


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square-foot facility will have the capacity to produce 10 million gallons of biodiesel per year using a full spectrum of feedstocks, including crude, refined and recycled vegetable oils and animal fats. It will be the sixth such production project completed by Biodiesel Industries in recent years. Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. is providing planning, design and engineering services for the Detroit center. DeMaria Building Company is providing preconstruction and construction management services. Groundbreaking for the multi-million dollar facility coincided with other City of Detroit-sponsored events held in celebration of National Transportation Week in mid-May. Construction is targeted for completion in December of 2007. When asked to comment on the firm’s involvement in this venture, Kahn’s Director of Research and Technology and Principal for the project, Peter Lynde, PE, LEED AP, said, “This exciting project represents one of the first biodiesel production facilities located in the heart of an urban environment. It offers many unique design challenges, including an important need to blend with the surrounding neighborhood, as well as complement the research character of adjacent TechTown.” DeMaria Building Company Vice President Darren Murray stated, “The Biodiesel Industries project is another groundbreaking project for DeMaria in the alternative energy market. We are very excited to be part of such a great team involved in bringing biodiesel production to Detroit. This facility will create excellent opportunities for employment in our local community.” Kahn presently serves as Engineer of Record for recently completed projects at NextEnergy’s headquarters in Detroit’s TechTown. The firm’s work at the site


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Detroit-headquartered firms Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. and DeMaria Building Company have been selected by Biodiesel Industries Inc. to design and construct its new biofuel production facility in Detroit’s Midtown near the New Center Area. NextEnergy, DaimlerChrysler and other major industry players will join forces with Biodiesel Industries on this pioneering project. The group will work in partnership toward a common goal of biodiesel advancement and implementation. Research conducted at this facility will help to both diversify Michigan’s economy and strengthen the U.S. economy by reducing its reliance on foreign oil. Upon completion, the new 13,000-




The rendering shows the pioneering project of a biodiesel plant. DeMaria Building Company and Albert Khan Associates were selected to construct the facility.




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includes a laboratory build-out and alternative fuels platform endeavor. Phases two, three and four of the alternative fuels platform projects were completed in conjunction with DeMaria Building Company. DeMaria is the Contactor of Record for this facility. Additional work in the alternative energy market for Kahn includes a biodiesel facility for Gulf Coast Energy in Livingston, Alabama, as well as a recently completed hydrogen storage, generation and dispensing facility for North Dakota Power Cooperative in Minot, North Dakota. DeMaria is design/builder for another biodiesel plant in Adrian, Michigan. In 2006, DeMaria also served as design/builder for a new 130,000-squarefoot bus terminal that features a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station for the largest fleet of CNG-powered buses in Michigan at the Blue Water Area Transit in Port Huron. The transit project was completed in December 2006. The City of Indianapolis has embarked on an ambitious program to bring sanitary sewer service over the next 20 years to the more than 18,000 homes within the city limits that are now served by septic systems that are failing or will be near failure over this time period. Up until now, most of the projects under this Septic Tank Elimination Program (STEP) have carried capital costs of a few million dollars, and have been done mostly by local contractors. However, several upcoming STEP projects will carry estimated costs of $20 million or more, with potential for out-ofstate contractors arising from the increased workload. Other major projects that will be coming up soon in the city’s Long Term Control Program include an Interplant Connector Tunnel and Open Cut project to be bid in 2008 at a currently estimated cost of $150 million; improvements to the two advanced wastewater treatment plants valued at over $200 million that will be bid over the next several years; and a deep tunnel system that will cost anywhere from $400 to $600 million. The first of the larger STEP projects was scheduled to be advertised in June 2007, with bids opened six weeks after advertisement. This project is known as the Franklin/Southeastern STEP. The project will be built in a heavily residential area
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and will entail significant traffic control, careful sequencing of work, roadway reconstruction, drainage improvements, and utility coordination. Major elements of the project include the following: sewer service provided to over 530 homes; over 44,000 feet of 8-30 inch SDR-21 or SDR-35 PVC pipe placed at depths up to 22 feet. Over 31,000 feet of the pipe to be laid is 15 inches or less in diameter, with over 32,000 feet placed at depths of 14 feet or less; three bored 24-48 inch casings crossing intersections; over 51,000 feet of various types of ditch restoration; over 26,000 feet of RCP drainage pipe varying in size from 12 to 60 inches in diameter; and 123 sanitary manholes, including several drop structures, 111 drainage inlets, and 104 storm drain manholes. The City of Indianapolis encourages interested contractors to learn more about the STEP project noted above and the City’s overall sanitary and stormwater improvement program. For more information on the Franklin/Southeastern STEP project, please contact Anne Marie Smrchek at (317) 327-7029 or by e-mail at asmrchek@indygov.org. For more information on the city’s overall capital improvement program, please contact Bob Masbaum at (317) 327-2319 or by e-mail at bmasbaum@indygov.org.

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The photos published in CAM Magazine’s July Construction Highlight were taken by Christopher Lark Photography. We apologize for the omission.

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he southeastern Michigan econoern Michigan in 2006 than in 2000. BLS my is now in the seventh year of surveys of employer establishments an economic contraction proindicate 240,000 private sector wage duced mainly by restructuring in the and salary jobs were eliminated operations of the Detroit automakers as between 2000 and 2006 through layoffs, their market share continues to shrink. retirements and outsourcing. However, Collectively, Chrysler, Ford and a concurrent BLS survey of households General Motors’ share of the North regarding participation of household American motor vehicle market (with members in labor force, and IRS tabuladomestic models built in the North tions of the tax returns of self employed American plants they operate) fell from persons, indicate a significant propor66.1% in 2000 to 55.9% in 2006 and will tion of wage and salary job cuts were probably slip again into the 53% to 54% offset by about 142,000 persons electing range in 2007. As a consequence, based to go to work for themselves, either on on tabulations by the U. S. Bureau of a full-time or part-time basis, in 2001 Labor Statistics (BLS) and Internal through 2006. Revenue Service (IRS), there were Many business owners and managers about 98,000 fewer private sector wage in Michigan, never having had to operand salary jobs and self-employed perate in such sluggish economic condisons in the labor markets of southeast- Forecast for such an extended time period, Emplm't tions

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are becoming more perplexed regarding when the region’s economy will turn around initiating the positive effects that will gradually have on household and business spending. It is a fact that such an extended period of economic decline will eventually be followed by stability for a period of time before job growth can restart. Wage and salary employment rolls, regularly monitored at employer establishments in several industries, and self-employment data derived from surveys in the household sector, are the most readily available and comprehensive measures of the status of the business conditions in any geographic area and its many industries. Earnings from that employment, likewise, comprise the largest portion of household disposable income and its buying power. Employment in all labor market segments of the southeastern Michigan service area of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), per the University of Michigan’s Institute of Industrial and Labor Relations, is forecast to remain flat at 2.72 million through 2009, down from 2.83 million in 2000, as published in SEMCOG’s report entitled, “A REGION IN TURBULENCE AND TRANSITION: THE ECONOMIC AND DEMOGRAPHIC OUTLOOK FOR SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN THROUGH 2035.” Job levels are then projected to rise fractionally through 2019 when employment is projected to return its previous peak in 2000. The question then that has to be asked is: Why will the recovery be so slow and prolonged? The Detroit automakers’ share of the U. S. and Canadian motor vehicle market is expected to continue to diminish in the years ahead. Detroit’s vehicles have become viewed in the marketplace as having fewer ownership benefits than the products of foreign automakers as the North American motor vehicle market has assumed a more global make-up. With the rise in gasoline prices since 2005, there has been a shift in vehicle demand away from gasoline slurping pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and vans to more fuel-efficient passenger cars. That means the Detroit automakers will be selling even fewer vehicles, as Detroit accounts for only 38% of the North
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American passenger car market (with vehicles built in the North American plants they operate) compared to 68% of the market for trucks, SUVs and vans. Also, Detroit automakers generate most of their profits on truck, sport utility, and van products, whereas the cars they sell make a lesser contribution

to gross operating profits. Chrysler, Ford and General Motors operate manufacturing facilities that, as a whole, are not as lean as the North American operations of foreign producers. According to the HARBOUR REPORT published annually by Troy-based Harbour Consulting, Chrysler, Ford and General





LEAN, published by the Harbour-Felax Group, a consultancy based in Royal Oak. Another reason the southeastern Michigan economy will remain lethargic is the fact that demand for cars and trucks is likely to show little growth during the next few years. The nation’s households have a significant debt burden and most are not adding very much, if anything, to their savings. Also, there is no pent-up demand for cars and trucks because of the very aggressive price incentives and low interest rates offered through 2005. The path of southeastern Michigan’s household income, a bellwether of its spending power, has always been closely reliant on the production of the Detroit Big Three automakers that is illustrated in an accompanying chart. As a result, it is doubtful whether employment in the region will ever again record any significant increase considering the improvements in productivity required in the operations of Detroit automakers (and the industries dependent on them) if they are to survive and compete effectively. Southeastern Michigan’s involvement with the domestic automakers is also impacted by their restructuring plans. As the Detroit automakers’ review and decide where to downsize, their selection of operations to partially or completely shutter is having a greater impact on their facilities in other states than in southeastern Michigan. While this strategy lessens dependency on the automotive industry in select areas of other states and Canada and maintains industry jobs in southeastern Michigan, it increases the vulnerability of southeastern Michigan to future cyclical and secular change in the industry. Between 2000 through 2006, the manufacturing segment of the private labor market in SEMCOG’s service area suffered a 34.5% loss in wage and salary employment (excluding some administrative positions) as the U. S. and Canadian production of the Detroit automakers dropped 15.2% from 10.5

Motors require more hours to produce a vehicle and its major components than Japan’s automakers who now account for a 36% share of the U. S. and Canadian motor vehicle markets. This is confirmed by a front page article in a June 14, 2007 issue of the WALL STREET JOURNAL where it states, “The Detroit Big Three say they pay union workers $70 to $75 per hour, when wage, healthcare and pension expenses are factored in. By comparison, Toyota and other Asian auto makers, according to Big Three estimates, pay $40 to $45 an hour at their U. S. plants.” The Detroit automakers, then, are at a profit disadvantage and the unfavorable impact that can have on retail selling prices (sales revenues) and the availability of funds (profits) for investment. Detroit makes an estimated $2,400 less per vehicle in pre-tax profit than Japan’s top three leading automakers, according to a report entitled AUTOMOTIVE COMPETITIVE CHALLENGES: GOING BEYOND



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million units to 8.9 million and vehicle output of foreign automakers surged 40.6% from 3.2 million units to 4.5 million. If that pace of job loss in southeastern Michigan manufacturing (averaging 6.6% annual in 2000-06) accompanying the Detroit automakers production cutbacks (an annualized loss of 3%) is any indication of the impact of future market share losses and productivity improvements, the region’s economy will be making more downward adjustments in the years ahead. In order to offset an equivalent annual rate of decline in manufacturing employment during the future and match the rich paychecks those jobs generate, non-manufacturing employment must post a 2.8% annual gain instead of declining 0.8% per year as occurred in 2000 through 2006. Another event that will probably inhibit growth in southeastern Michigan employment is legislation pending before the U. S. Congress that proposes an increase in Corporate Average Fuel Economy to 34 or 35 miles per gallon over the next decade or so. That will require a significant investment by Detroit’s automakers when their current funds are being devoted to improving their operations and their products to try to compete more effectively, and investors are very skeptical of the Detroit’s automakers ability to bring their North American operations back into the black. A study recently completed by the automotive consultancy, IRN, Inc. of Grand Rapids, warns the no fewer than the six southeastern Michigan plants assembling various models of pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles (accounting for 50% of state vehicle production) could be at risk if that legislation pending before Congress is passed and becomes law. Don Wilson is a consulting economist based in Hartland, Michigan. He has specialized in working for trade associations, banks, chambers of commerce and municipalities since 1982.
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made on behalf of freedom. That is what we want to teach, show and tell.” Fundraising to support the first phase is currently taking place. This portion of the project will include construction of a visitor’s center and administration building, a museum, a hangar for flyable aircraft, and another hangar for aircraft restoration. A historic schoolhouse has also recently been moved to the site and it will be restored to house a library and archives. The goal is to complete this phase by 2012, and the buildings will be clustered in an arrangement reminiscent of an actual World War II air base. Those who want the total experience can even fly in vintage Yankee Air Museum aircraft for a fee. Frederick Gore, AIA, senior design architect for URS, is currently involved in the Yankee Air Museum project and has taken advantage of this rare opportunity offered by his client.

Buildings at the Yankee Air Museum will be clustered in an arrangement reminiscent of an actual World War II air base. Those who want the total experience can even fly in vintage aircraft, including the B-17 seen here.

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“I flew in the B-17 and the B-25,” he said. “First and foremost, I was surprised at how small they were - they were not built for comfort. The B-17 flew at 20,00025,000 feet with open air, so it was extremely cold. It was also extremely noisy; you needed to be face-to-face with someone and yelling at the top of your lungs to be heard.” Gore admitted that discomfort is what made the strongest impression on him, but unlike those who flew in combat, he did not have a vital mission to perform during his flight. His experience gave him a hands-on understanding of the difficulties faced by World War II pilots and crews, thus demonstrating the real importance of the Yankee Air Museum. Through the efforts of Michigan’s design and construction community, these valuable lessons will hopefully never be lost.
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ffective January 3, 2007, the State Legislature has modified the Construction Lien Act to impose additional duties upon project owners or designees with respect to sworn statements and lien waivers. These additional duties may be imposed upon general contractors and construction managers as they are often identified as the designees on Notice of Commencements. In regards to the sworn statement, the applicable changes to the lien act are codified in MCLA 570.1110(6) that provides: (6) On receipt of a sworn statement, the owner, lessee, or designee shall give notice of its receipt, either in writing, by telephone, or personally, to each subcontractor, supplier, and laborer who has provided a notice of furnishing under section 109 or, if a notice of furnishing is excused under section 108 or 108a, to each subcontractor, supplier,


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and laborer named in the sworn statement. If a subcontractor, supplier, or laborer who has provided a notice of furnishing or who is named in the sworn statement makes a request, the owner, lessee, or designee shall provided the requester a copy of the sworn statement within 10 business days after receiving the request. Under the prior version of the lien act, project owners could avoid paying twice for work performed, if the owner relied upon the sworn statement when making payment to the contractor. To take advantage of this protection, the Construction Lien Act mandated that the project owner obtain a fully executed sworn statement containing all the subcontractors and suppliers. The new amended Michigan Construction Lien Act adds an additional obligation to project owners/ designees. The owners/designees can no longer merely rely upon the contractor’s sworn statement to avoid liens, unless the owner/designee takes steps to give notice of receipt of a sworn statement to each supplier or subcontractor who provided a notice of furnishing, or if notice of furnishing is excused under the act, to each subcontractor or supplier listed on the sworn statement. The owner/designee is permitted to give such notice in writing, in person or by telephone under the new lien act. The owner/designee is required to give a supplier or subcontractor if requested, a copy of the sworn statements within 10 business days of said request. Interestingly, the new lien act amendment is silent as to how the owner/designee is to document this notice to suppliers and subcontractors. In the absence of any statutory directive, the owner/designee should be prepared to provide some form of evidence (preferably written) that the required notice was in fact tendered to the suppli“Voice Of The Construction Industry”®


ers and subcontractors on the subject project. These statutory amendments have also caused modifications in the statutory sworn statement form. As a consequence, all laborers, suppliers and subcontractors who issue sworn statements should take steps to modify their sworn statement forms accordingly. The new sworn statement form can be seen under the lien act MCLA 570.1110(4). The amended Construction Lien Act also imposes an obligation upon project owners/designees to verify the authenticity of a lien waiver received by a project owner or designee. The majority of the substantive lien waiver changes can be found at MCLA 570.1115(7) that provides as follows: (7) Subject to subsection (8), an owner, lessee, or designee shall not rely on a full or partial unconditional or conditional waiver of lien provided by a person other than the lien claimant named in the waiver if the lien claimant has either filed a notice of furnishing under section 109 or is excused from filing a notice of furnishing under section 108 or 108a unless the owner, lessee, or designee has first verified the authenticity of the lien waiver with the lien claimant either in writing, by telephone or personally. In essence, the new language requires the owner/designee to verify the authenticity of a waiver. If the project owner/designee has provided a notice of commencement as mandated by the Construction Lien Act, the project owner/designee is required to verify the authenticity of each full or partial unconditional or conditional waiver of lien provided by a laborer, supplier or subcontractor who has issued a notice of furnishing on the subject project. If the project owner/designee has not provided a notice of commencement, the project owner/designee must verify the authenticity of each full or partial unconditional waiver of lien provided by a person/company other than the lien claimant named in the waiver. The amended act provides that the authenticity of the waivers be verified by the project owner/designee with the lien claimant either in writing, by telephone or personally. As with the sworn stateVisit us at www.cam-online.com

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ment portion of the amended statute, the act does not specify a particular procedure for documenting verification. As a consequence, a project owner/designee should be prepared to provide some form of evidence (preferably written) that the project owner/designee has taken steps to verify the waivers. The Amended Michigan Construction Lien Act has also modified the lien waiver forms. Changes to the lien waiver forms for partial unconditional, full unconditional, partial conditional and full conditional waivers can be seen under MCLA 570.1115(9). It’s obvious the new changes impose a burden upon the owners, lessees or designees. On occasions, general contractors or construction managers will shoulder this new burden as they are identified as designees on Notices of Commencements. To avoid this new burden, some general contractors and construction managers will attempt to shift this verification obligation on to its subcontractors by contract. It is unknown whether a court would enforce such a contractual provision that shifts this statutory burden. Despite these changes to the Construction Lien Act, the new obligations may be short lived on commercial projects. State Senators Garcia and Basham are introducing legislation (Senate Bill 487) to make technical corrections to the Amended Construction Lien Act. Senate Bill 487, still pending at publication time, would make the amended changes made earlier this year applicable only to residential construction projects. Consequently, the aforedescribed changes may be short lived. However, for now owners, designees, lessees and contractors must be aware of the new burdens with respect to sworn statements and lien waivers. About the Author: Bruce M. Pregler, J.D., is a partner in the law firm of Facca, Richter & Pregler, P.C., a Troy-based law firm specializing in construction litigation and the representation of contractors, design professionals, developers and suppliers. Mr. Pregler is also a past chairman of CAM’s Board of Directors.
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The Updated A201 and Resolving Claims: Changes on the Horizon
by: John M. Sier, Esquire and John V. Tocco, Esquire
ver the last several decades, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has promulgated numerous contract documents for the construction industry. Virtually all contractors involved with commercial construction are familiar with the AIA A201-1997 General Conditions of the Contract for Construction (A201-97). Within the A201-97 are specific provisions describing the process for resolving claims and disputes between the owner and contractor. An updated version of the general conditions (A201-07), currently under review and tentatively due out in late 2007, may include significant revisions to the dispute resolution process.


The A201 in various forms has been in circulation for over a century. Approximately every ten years the AIA updates the document, revising the language for various reasons, including: • Certain provisions are unclear and subject to competing interpretations, precipitating project disputes and lawsuits; • Design requirements and responsi bilities, as well as construction means and methods, advance and change, requiring an attendant revision in the documents; • Input on changing markets from risk management groups, such as insurance and surety providers; • Court decisions based on major litigation arising out of the agreements; and • Project participants, including owners and contractors, take issue with certain provisions and demand revisions to more closely address their needs. An example of a previous revision was the inclusion of the mediation process as a necessary step in the dispute resolution procedures described in A201-97. The drafters recognized the trend in the legal community, and society in general, that mediation was becoming a viable method for resolving disputes.

Over the last two years, the A201-97 has been going through another round of proposed revisions in anticipation of the 2007 edition. The process generally entails document drafts by various committees, which are then circulated among select groups within and outside of the AIA. The comments and suggestions by these groups are then considered in the development of the new version.

The claims and dispute resolution process delineated in the A201-97 is relatively straightforward. Essentially a three-tier process, with litigation as the unofficial fourth tier, the process is represented by the flowchart on the following page.

Step 1: The contractor submits the claim to the architect for an initial decision. The architect may request additional information, such as more thorough documentation. Although not specifically stated, the architect usually confers with the owner before making a determination; the A201-97, however, provides that the architect is not to “show partiality” to either the owner or the contractor. If the claim is approved, a change order is issued and the matter is resolved. Step 2: Once the architect renders a decision, the dissatisfied party may submit a demand for mediation as a precondition to
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arbitration. The owner and contractor then participate in the mediation process, under the rules set forth by the American Arbitration Association (AAA). The AAA maintains a panel of trained construction mediators to facilitate the resolution of project disputes. If the mediation is successful, either a settlement agreement is reached or a change order is issued and the matter is resolved. Step 3: If no settlement is reached in mediation, the parties are considered to be at an impasse. The dissatisfied party may then demand arbitration pursuant to the AAA rules. The AAA also maintains a panel of trained arbitrators with diverse construction experience. After both sides present their respective cases, the arbitrator sets forth a binding award, which may be confirmed by a court with the appropriate jurisdiction. Step 4: Although not specifically addressed in A201-97, the parties may have the ability to initiate litigation either to avoid arbitration or to challenge the arbitrator’s final decision. This course of action is
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problematic at best, since the wording of the arbitration provision satisfies the requirements of state and federal law, allowing a court to compel the parties to participate in arbitration. Furthermore, convincing a court to overturn an arbitrator’s decision, while not impossible, is nonetheless a rare occurrence. Courts are reluctant to disturb an award handed down by someone perceived to be an expert in the construction industry, particularly where the parties selected the process and had at least some input on the arbitrator.

Of special note to contractors are three proposed changes to the dispute resolution process that may appear in A201-07. The first, which may significantly diminish the architect’s role in the dispute process, is the ability at the outset of the project to designate an Initial Decision Maker (IDM). Although at this time the exact procedure for IDM selection has yet to be determined, the authority to make the choice will probably be retained by the owner and memorialized in the owner/general contractor contract. The IDM will review claims, consult with

the parties, and recommend approval or denial to the owner. Previous versions of the A201 assigned this responsibility to the architect; subject to the final language in the A201-07, if the owner does not designate an IDM, the architect retains these responsibilities. The second potential change provides the parties the option to choose litigation over arbitration when a binding decision is necessary. There have been lengthy discussions regarding the inclusion of a menu of dispute resolution options in the owner/general contractor agreement whereby the parties can implement their choices. If arbitration is designated as a component of the process, it likely would have to be demanded simultaneously with mediation, which remains a mandatory step in the process. The original promise of arbitration was that it was a cost-effective and efficient method of dispute resolution, presided over by highly trained arbitrators with extensive knowledge of the construction industry. There is a perception, strongly disputed by some, that arbitration does not work as well as it once did. Some of the complaints against arbitration include:

• With extensive discovery demands and numerous motions, arbitrations have become too legalistic and now mirror litigation, but without the meaningful appellate review; • Delays and foot-dragging by one or more of the parties can extend the time it takes to resolve a matter to such an extent that some believe arbitration takes longer than litigation; • The perception that arbitrators allow admission of excessive amounts of irrelevant testimony and evidence, prolonging the proceedings; and • The arbitrator is perceived to have the authority to make an award that not only does not have to comport with the contract, but also can ignore prevailing statutory and case law. Working in conjunction with the owner/contractor agreement, the A201-07 addresses these complaints by providing the parties with the ability to choose which dispute resolution techniques will be included in the process. Some owners and their attorneys strongly believe that participating in arbitration may not always be in their best interests. Moreover, some parties take the

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position that choosing litigation provides a tactical advantage over a financially weaker opponent. The threat of litigation, a potentially costly endeavor, could act as a sword of Damocles hanging over the opposing party’s head, possibly creating an atmosphere for a quicker settlement of the matter. A third change proposed for A201-07 involves joinder, which is the legal concept that allows parties to a suit or arbitration to bring in additional parties when there are common factual or legal issues. The language in previous A201 versions specifically prevented any other party, typically the architect, from being joined in an arbitration between the owner and contractor. This prohibition is partly removed in A201-07, unless another document, such as the owner/architect agreement, specifically precludes joinder. Furthermore, although previous general conditions were silent on joinder of subcontractors to an arbitration, A201-07 specifically allows it. This flowchart represents the proposed dispute resolution process now under consideration for the A201-07. Step 1: The initial steps in the process occur at the signing of the owner/contractor agreement; the IDM is designated and the binding dispute resolution process is chosen and they are memorialized in the agreement.

Step 2: The contractor submits the claim to the IDM who has authority, with respect to claims, similar to the architect in previous A201 versions. Step 3: Participation in mediation is a condition precedent to the binding dispute resolution phase. Unless the parties agree otherwise, the AAA is named as the administrator of the mediation process.

Step 4: If the mediation ends in an impasse, and litigation was chosen in the owner/contractor agreement as the binding resolution method, the matter would be filed in the appropriate court. If arbitration was chosen, however, AAA would administer the matter unless the parties have agreed otherwise. The parties can attempt to join other entities as needed to achieve a


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complete resolution in the matter. This may be problematic, however, unless the other entities’ contracts clearly require participation in the ADR process. Step 5: If litigation was chosen as the binding resolution method, one or more of the parties may have the right to appeal the verdict to a higher court. If arbitration was the chosen method, one or more of the parties may object to the arbitrator’s award in the appropriate court. As previously discussed, however, overturning an arbitrator’s award is improbable, at best. In the past, when a contractor received the project documents that included the A201-97 general conditions, it knew what its rights were with respect to claims and dispute resolution. The proposed A201-07, however, may contain language that could significantly impact the process. Moreover, the revisions will likely impact subcontract language and the participation of subcontractors in the dispute resolution process. Prior to signing the owner/contractor agreement, the contractor should review the

dispute resolution selections with respect to the IDM and binding resolution method, and determine what impact those choices may have on the execution of the project.

About the Authors:

John M. Sier, Esq. John Sier is a Principal at the law firm of Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook. He concentrates much of his practice in dispute avoidance and resolution in construction contract issues as the head of the firm’s commercial litigation group. In the construction industry, Sier has experience in analyzing legal aspects of various project delivery methods, including drafting construction contracts, as well as assisting in dispute resolution and project completion. He currently serves on contract document committees for national organizations working on revisions to various construction industry contracts. He received his Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in Mass Communication and Journalism from Drake University Law School and Graduate School in 1986.

John V. Tocco, Esq. John V. Tocco is an attorney and principal of Tocco Construction Consulting, concentrating his professional practice on providing mediation and arbitration services for construction disputes and construction claims and project management consulting. For many years Tocco worked as an estimator and project manager for general contractors, as well as serving as Director of Operations for a subcontractor/supplier. Tocco is an adjunct professor of civil engineering at Lawrence Technological University. He has taught courses in ethics, project management, cost estimating, risk management and construction law. Tocco also serves as an adjunct professor of law at Michigan State University, teaching a course in construction law.

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2006 RESILIENT FLOOR INTEX WINNER MASTER CRAFT CARPET SERVICE - UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT MERCY CALIHAN HALL • Project Manager: Garrett Maki • GC: Seelbinder • Architect: Integrated Design Solutions 2006 RESILIENT FLOOR FINALIST AND NOMINEES WERE: • Shock Brothers Floorcovering Northridge Church, Phase III • Turner Brooks, Inc.- Warren City Hall & Library • Continental Interiors - DMC Children's Hospital • Continental Interiors - St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Surgery • Master Craft Carpet Service - Bon Secours Hospital • Shock Brothers Floorcovering - Henry Ford Ambulatory Care Center 2006 CARPENTRY INTEX WINNER NELSON MILL CO. - HENRY FORD AMBULATORY CARE CENTER • Project Manager: David M. Hug • GC: George W. Auch Company • Architect: Hobbs + Black Associates, Inc. 2006 FINALIST AND NOMINEES WERE: • Brunt Associates- Northridge Church, Phase III • George I. Landry- Ernst & Young US, LLP

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hen employees moved into the new Trott Financial Center in Farmington Hills this spring, they walked into one of Michigan’s largest renovation projects of the year. Beyond the soothing design in some areas and the vibrant feel in others, each renovated inch represented the latest trends, products and methodologies in interior design and finishes. The 200,000-square-foot commercial building was once Compuware’s headquarters (prior to its relocation to downtown Detroit). Now the building houses almost 700 employees who occupy 600 work stations and 70 private offices in neutral, caramel and blue tones.

“It was a big undertaking, and it’s now a showcase. We aimed to create a comfortable environment for employees and customers,” said Peggy Krug, senior vice president of American Processing Company, Farmington Hills, the group heading the renovation and move for four companies now in the Trott Financial Center. In order to achieve a balance of design and function, the company called in some of Michigan’s well-connected experts in space planning and design. The team had a far bigger challenge than making the space look nice. They had to meet stringent requirements – and the driving forces behind many of today’s interiors.

The center’s planners first evaluated the space before sorting through swatches. Some of the building’s infrastructure that had been in place for two decades remained in place, but much of it had to be redressed. Not only did they aim for a productive workplace, they planned for security, regulation and environmental factors. Each of those factors helped lay the groundwork for all of the center’s final design elements. “Every detail serves a purpose. Whether a client is expanding, downsizing or adapting technology, interior designers should be prepared to meet the project goals and provide innovative solutions,” said Harrell Scarcello, founder of
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Scarcello Associates, a space planning and interiors design firm in Bingham Farms. As a professional trend, technology allows interior designers to plan spaces with a real world-view. Moving from pencil and paper sketches, technology and new software help designers tailor to specific needs. Clients can view a 3-D interior solution – with accurate space specifications and color – long before implementing a plan. Every part of today’s rooms is influ-

come in. They want to do what’s good for the planet. That’s a paradigm shift in thinking,” said Kenn Rickman of Interface, Inc., a leading producer of modular carpet. More companies are focusing on “cradle to cradle” manufacturing. For example, carpet business sample books are being supplemented or replaced by super realistic printed digital images. Some companies are setting up local recycling centers that will take any brand of carpet. Regulation is another big driver for

design community needs to understand the regulation and trends. A lot of competitors stay in old ways. That won’t help them to grow,” said Miller. TODAY’S TOP-TO-BOTTOM INTERIOR TRENDS The influences run deep in other interior elements and finishes. Following are some of the products and ideas in today’s marketplace, as researched and provided by Scarcello Associates.

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enced by several factors, but environmental concern is particularly moving interior designers and manufacturers to change. “Everyone is trying to get on the environmental bandwagon. Corporations are pretty good about environmental stewardship and have the dollars. Small retailers don’t have money, but the calls are starting to
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interiors. For example, the government is legislating less light per square foot. Several states have energy level codes. California is driving the standards, but Michigan is adapting quickly, according to Mike Miller of Gasser Bush Associates, Livonia, a southeastern Michigan lighting representative for 85 manufacturers. “The

• Ceilings with Style – “Looking up” has become more interesting in newly created interiors. Ceilings are becoming more deconstructed. Moving away from the old model of a monolithic plane, ceilings are more interesting with options such as perforated metal. Several manufacturers have curved acrylic panels and interestCAM MAGAZINE AUGUST 2007



Earth tones with strong hints of copper and terra cotta areas are popular. New trends include accents of bright lemon yellows, lime green, fuchsia and orange. Subtle colors that play with different textures can be used to create interest.




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ing drywall drops that break up the ceiling plane. Exposed ceilings continue to be a popular choice for an edgy, loft-like feel. • No More Wallflowers - Wall finishes have changed less dramatically. Many changes are driven by environmental concerns. Paint is now available in low- or no-VOC formulas. Vinyl wall covering is increasingly being fabricated without harmful PVCs. Metallic inks remain popular in wall coverings. Translucent polyester resin or acrylic panels and art glass are great tools for layering space and allowing a subtle complexity to vertical space and sight lines. Many acrylic panels are sandwiched over interesting grasses, leaves or beads and also have environmental properties. Slab type art glass can also be used for stair railings and treads. High performance paints are increasingly being used for durable surfaces in high traffic areas. Some have a slight metallic sheen for a sophisticated upscale look. • Flooring Futures - Environmental stewardship has become a major influence in floorings. Carpeting now comes with higher recyclable content with longer life. Customers can ask vendors for service quotes to assure that replaced flooring won’t end up in landfills. And environmentally friendly doesn’t necessarily equate to “drab.” There’s an increased use of carpet tile with patterns and textures that are less regimented. The patterns are designed for use of the entire product, not a design needing specific configurations that would leave scrap. Carpet patterns are becoming bolder with unexpected color combinations and less directional designs. Interior designers will often use texture rather than color to add interest. Ceramic tile, carpet and resilient flooring have been commonplace in the past. Natural materials are in. New resilient options in linoleum are going mainstream. Linoleum offers stylish designs and environmental advantages. It is natural and renewable. Environmental friendly and good-looking woods are entering the market, such as bamboo and mesquite. Cork flooring is making a big return, but customers need

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to be careful of maintenance. Recycled rubber also is used for a good resilient surface. Other flooring trends include ceramic tile in large sizes and interesting trim pieces including metal. Porcelain now comes with a subtle stone, textile or leather look.
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• Trends Lighting the Way - Much like flooring, lighting is designed with the environment in mind. Trends are leaning toward lower wattage that results in energy savings. Architects and designers had been building with high lights levels. Now there’s a tendency to design lower ambient lights with task lights where a
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supplement is needed. Indirect and natural lighting will continue to emerge. The human-controlled light switch will become non-existent. Lighting sensors will determine occupancy before turning on (or off) the lights. In lighting design, color and pattern are driving forces. For example, a north wall may be purple, a south wall may be yellow, and the lights have gels and filters to splash more color. Light emitting diode (LED) lighting provides dynamic color options and accents. It also provides energy savings and better maintenance. For years lighting was the parabolic, throwing down straight down light streams. Now lighting technology is spreading the beams in all directions. New light bulbs and lamps are allowing innovative solutions. • Millwork & Cabinetry - There are new surfacing products for counter tops. Many have a less plastic look and some new engineered quartz surfaces have depth and an intriguing sparkle. Vertical surfaces are still commonly laminate or wood, but there are some interesting options on the market. Substrates made without formaldehyde will increasingly be specified. Countertops in concrete and environmenal terrazzo-like materials are also being used in commercial projects. Exotic woods and interesting grain patterns and stains are popular, but all smart designers stay away from any endangered woods. • Topping it with Color and Furniture Earth tones with strong hints of copper and terra cotta areas are still popular. New trends include accents of bright lemon yellows, lime green, fuchsia and orange. Subtle colors that play with different textures can be used to create interest. For a new look, all of these colors are coupled with bright white furniture. Flooring textures are more pronounced with area rugs reminiscent of ‘60s shag.

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Before light, there was the void. Before the great novel, War and Peace, there was the blank page. Creating something out of nothing is all in a day’s work at Latcha + Associates, a marketing firm specializing in print media primarily for automotive clients. With the skill of Contracting Management Corporation and Hoeft Associates, Inc., both of Brighton, Latcha has turned a blasé, dilapidated blank of a building into an office as original as the marketing materials pouring out of its studios, work spaces and the company’s own Zen Room, an unconventional brainstorming space devoted to generating a host of bright ideas for its clientele.
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Structural steel becomes custom furniture in this unconventional conference room table for Rocket Studios, a company under the growing Latcha umbrella.

“We wanted to create a space that is original and imaginative, and fill it with surprises that inspire unconventional thought,” said Dave Latcha, president of this growing company in a recent press release. Turning concrete into a koi pond, a structural I beam into track lighting, and asphalt into infill for a door panel certainly fits the bill. The building’s unusual use of common materials loosens those tightly wound brain circuits and lets the creativity flow, helping Latcha’s talented employees produce inspired materials for this full-service marVisit us at www.cam-online.com

keting company specializing in complex, multi-channel communications. At the company’s new Farmington Hills address, the discarded and the industrial are the raw materials of interior design. A rolling metal door becomes a ceiling-to-floor window blind in the main conference room, and an electrical wire drum wrapped in corrugated metal is a table base in another of the facility’s four distinctly “unstuffy” conference rooms. The interior’s retro industrial approach is certainly apropos for a building that once housed an assembly line for automotive

seating. Vacant for four years, the building sprouted potholes in its parking lot and weeds near its loading dock. But the price was right, and with a modest budget and a wealth of creative ideas, Latcha purchased the 75,000-square-foot building in 2004, turning “an eyesore into eye candy,” said Latcha Vice President Lisa Chapman in a recent press release. “We bought it, tore everything out (including our hair), then rebuilt it, made some really cool stuff, and the next thing we knew, we were moving in 70 plus employees.”



The interior celebrates all things automotive and industrial. A collage of old highway signs fills the glass panels of a conference table custom fabricated by Jeremy Wetzel, CMC project superintendent. In this same account conference room, a lighting soffit suspended over the table is an actual glass and aluminum industrial door, and asphalt infill replaces the traditional glass in the panels of the entry door. At Latcha + Associates, add inspiration to the list of things money can’t buy. Formed of creative, cost-conscious elements, the Latcha facility proves originality doesn’t require a big budget. “We have had clients come in and say, ‘Gee, you spent a lot of money on this,’ but we didn’t,” said Scott T. Hoeft, AIA, principal of Hoeft Associates now a part of Marquette-based Integrated Design, Inc. “We used common materials in unusual and creative ways.” The project’s creative twists required a flexible design and construction team during demolition and throughout construction. Every piece of demolished material was scrutinized for possible reuse and reincarnation as a surprise element in the building interior. A large number of owner-driven changes kept the project team on its toes throughout the course of construction. “That’s part of the reason Latcha wanted to work with Contracting Management Corporation, because we are flexible,” said Kevin Wetzel, president of Contracting Management Corp. Hoeft Associates provided a steady stream of new and revised drawings to keep pace with the imagination of Latcha + Associates whose owners took an active role in shaping this uncommon facility. The subcontracting team also stepped up to the plate. “I had to have contractors who were willing to change constantly,” said Wetzel. “I held weekly coordination meetings with the trades every Tuesday morning Contracting in the commons area.” Management Corp. assembled this dynamic project team, including Hoeft Associates, Inc., T2 Designs, Inc., a Brighton-based interior design firm, and a long list of skilled construction trade professionals who helped shape this unorthodox building near Grand River Avenue and Halsted Road. “It was the most difficult but most rewarding project I have ever done,” said Wetzel. “It is a beautiful building. I was a musician for most of my life, so I understand the creative side. I also understand the construction side of the building, meaning ‘Let’s make a decision, let’s do it, and get it built.’”
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Expert airbrushing and application of epoxy sealant converted concrete into a faux Koi pond. A full-service kitchen (below) is part of this tropical paradise in the middle of an office building.




A STARTER HOME Wetzel’s inner musician and inner contractor learned to work in perfect harmony to build this unique facility. His inner developer also brought a different set of talents to the table, for Wetzel even managed the twoyear search for the right building beginning in 2002. His experience bringing European companies to Michigan and aiding the firms with property acquisition and development was a definite boon to the project. “With the help of Jon Savoy, principal at Lee & Associates (a Novi real estate services firm), we spent two years looking at buildings and providing Latcha with various design-build proposals,” said Wetzel. “Altogether, we looked at about nine different options before arriving at renovating the Farmington Hills building in 2004.” Planning was in a state of constant flux as Latcha + Associates is a company in motion, having generated two spin-off enterprises during site selection and one in post-construction. Currently, Latcha has 80 employees and three other companies under its umbrella: Rocket Studios, a full-service production company for retouching, type and computergenerated imaging; Shooterz, a photography group; and Hallwood Studios, a photo/video studio with a 225-foot-long stage. Dave Latcha began his enterprise eight years ago as a company of one working from his home. Six years later, Latcha had 70 employees working in a cramped 10,000square-foot office in Livonia. Contracting Management linked the Livonia office to an adjoining 5,000-square-foot office, while continuing the search for the perfect piece of real estate with the aid of Lee & Associates, a real estate service firm in Novi. The Farmington Hills building was in a sorry condition, but this 75,000-square-foot building on a 10-acre site offered room for expansion and space for a massive indoor photographic studio. But the tired facility needed an extreme makeover before Latcha’s growing family of companies could call this old seating factory home. WIRED FOR NEW GROWTH Beginning in January 2005, Contracting Management completely gutted the interior of this complex of three buildings – the main masonry and steel building and two preengineered structures - built from roughly 1960 to 1986. The main building now houses Latcha + Associates, a small pre-engineered building (once freestanding and later attached) contains the Commons, and the
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mechanical units and install 14 new rooftop units. From rooftop units to electrical wiring, Contracting Management Corp. removed it all, bringing the building up to code wire by wire and pipe by pipe.“The building also had a great deal of old crock tile sanitary piping that was deteriorated or broken,” said Wetzel. “We brought in a camera snake to investigate the piping underground, under the floor, and outside of the building to determine location and condition. Overall, in the main building we saw cut 25 percent of the floor to get at the sanitary lines and utilities.” More work was in store below grade as Contracting Management Corp. grappled with virtually an underground lake. “There is a high water table under portions of the building,” said Wetzel. “We had to saw cut the floor to get into the catch basins and reconfigure the piping. In one area, there was actually standing water 4 feet down requiring us to dewater.” RETHINK, REUSE, RECONFIGURE Dewatering, rewiring and rerouting gave this once-abandoned industrial building a new lease on life. But Dave Latcha, an aficionado of industry as art, wasn’t about to discard everything in this treasure chest of industrial components. Every item was scrutinized for possible reuse before being hoisted into the dumpster. “We even stipulated in the bidding documents that nothing leave the site during demolition without approval,” said Wetzel. One of the salvaged pieces is a mezzanine originally located in the back of the second pre-engineered building. “Scott suggested we take apart the freestanding mezzanine that was installed right in the middle of the high bay shop area that now houses Hallwood Studios,” said Wetzel. “It was originally configured in a square with a bridge. We cut, reassembled, and reconfigured the mezzanine, adding it to the existing mezzanine in Rocket Studios whose offices are next-door to Hallwood.” This reshuffling of space created a sizeable mezzanine capable of housing all the CAD stations for Rocket’s entire 3-D department. “We doubled the amount of square footage on Rocket’s second or mezzanine level,” said Wetzel. Relocating the freestanding mezzanine also freed space in Hallwood Studios, creating one of the few places in the country where cars and trucks can be effectively photographed indoors. “Hallwood is as large as an aircraft hanger with a 225foot-long area available to properly photograph a vehicle indoors, which requires a sizeable distance,” said Wetzel. Beyond the salvaged mezzanine, components large and small were analyzed for reuse. “As we took items out we were constantly asking how can we reuse it, whether the it was a mezzanine, an overhead door or piping,” said Hoeft. “We asked how could we reuse it in the new facility and make it either a functional component or a piece of art that would fit the theme of the building.” Latcha and Chapman even saved a broken pane of laminated glass, marred by a spider’s web of fractures, and installed it in Chapman’s office. The broken glass fits the imaginative design of this inner executive sanctum containing a reupholstered fiberglass couch found at a garage sale and other unexpected pieces. The discarded was salvaged and the industrial is exposed throughout the complex. The ceiling and its spaghetti of mechanical ductwork, gas piping, and conduit are exposed in a display of construction in the raw. Near the executive offices, the original concrete floor of the seating factory – complete with a manhole cover salvaged from another portion of the building - is exposed and sealed with clear epoxy in another celebration of the industrial.
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second pre-engineered structure shelters Rocket Studios in one portion and Hallwood Studios in the cavernous back section. This structurally sound but seriously dilapidated building needed some major surgery, beginning with the installation of a new EPDM roofing system over 40,000 square feet of the complex. The main 32,000-square-foot masonry building was stripped bare, including the removal of the beehive of interior office walls composed of 8-inch masonry block walls. Contracting Management Corp. also removed a vast web of electrical wiring throughout the entire complex. “We probably removed a million lineal feet of wire from this building,” said Wetzel. Contracting Management Corp. replaced the main building’s original 240-volt electrical service, making the facility compatible with the 480-volt service in the newer building sections. “We had a combination of two electrical services for the building,” said Wetzel. “Since we were replacing 12 of the 18 mechanical rooftop units powered by the 240, my suggestion was to gut out all the 240, reroute the wiring, and power the building from the 480 service. DTE came and removed the transformers and poles.” Contracting Management Corp. brought in the heavy artillery in the form of a helicopter to remove the 12 old rooftop

A garage door as lobby windows is another example of Latcha + Associates creative reshuffling of materials. This sectional glass and aluminum door actually allows easy placement of a revolving display of vehicles – in this case a 1931 Ford Model A.




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THIS OLD OFFICE Limited by code and function, many old systems and pieces of the original structure had to be discarded. The solution was to give new components the character of old industrial materials – and to expose it all. In Latcha + Associates’ main office,“new PVC drain piping runs from the roof along the length of a steel column in the main office,” said Wetzel. “Both pipe and column are fully exposed. Plus the contemporary piping for storm water drainage was constructed to resemble the original lead piping from the 1960s – the date of the main building’s construction.” Resembling an old warehouse or New York loft, a curvilinear, almost ceiling high masonry wall snakes through the south section of Latcha’s main office space, dividing the offices from the lobby and conference rooms and helping to direct traffic flow through the building’s varied spaces. The masons installing this new 16-inch block and brick radius wall were instructed not to lay a picture-perfect wall, but to infuse the new wall with the character of an old brick warehouse. Companions to the “old” masonry wall include a wall clad in corrugated metal panels and another formed of cherry veneer plywood broken into different shapes and held in place by exposed bolt fasteners, said Hoeft. All the wall treatments add to the building’s retro industrial edge as do the undulating, multi-layered levels of perforated metal
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Using common materials in uncommon ways is part of the design magic of the building interior. As one example, chain link fencing is used as balcony railing in Rocket Studios.

in glass was custom fabricated by Jeremy Wetzel. “Everywhere you look there is the unexpected touch,” said Hoeft who credits the work of Lisa Chapman and Traci Taylor, the project’s interior design consultant, for the high caliber of the interior design. Altogether, over 40 different colors of paint and a varied palette of metal, brick and wood turn this abandoned factory into a powerful idea machine for Latcha + Associates and its companion companies. FROM FACTORY TO OFFICE The project team creatively reshuffled the building interior and exterior, converting overhead industrial doors into office windows and basically altering the structure’s entire fenestration. The main conference room was a former truck dock equipped with

a hoist for moving product from dock to shop floor. Each industrial component of the old dock was resurrected in some fashion. “We infilled the opening of the truck dock with glass and used the rolling overhead door as an electrically operated window blind,” said Hoeft. Contracting Management Corp. painted the hoist’s heavy steel I beam, wired lights along its length, and suspended the entire assembly over the conference room table to form an unconventional light fixture. “We changed all the windows throughout the building, adding larger windows at the corners and creating new entrances at the east, west, and south entry points,”said Hoeft. “The west entrance grants access to a 6,000to 7,000-square-foot space, separated from the main building and ideal for either a tenant or for another Latcha spin-off company.” The project team dramatically altered the main building entrance. Once a basic door, the main entry sports a contemporary industrial edge. A new canopy with a vertical expanse of exposed metal deck and a curved, custom-fabricated steel beam shadows two large expanses of sectional glass and alu-

minum. The actual door is embedded in one “garage” door; the second expanse is an actual rolling door allowing easy placement of a revolving display of cool cars in the main lobby. “The main entry, enlarged glass openings, and piers of burnished block break up the entire façade and help create a warm and inviting appearance,” said Hoeft. The company’s new front door underwent several transformations, adding to the ongoing evolution of the project. “After we entered construction, a completely different idea for the main entrance was arrived at that now included the burnished block piers,” said Wetzel. “One of the big challenges on the project is that the company is so creative and dynamic.” Contracting Management handled the changes by tight coordination with the trades and with the architect. “I called Scott daily and asked him to draw the changes as fast as he could,” said Wetzel. As soon as the drawings arrived, the information was channeled to the trades involved. “It was vital to have good trades who worked well together, and who, if I called them and said,‘I need you tomorrow,’ they were here.”
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WALKING ON WATER AT WORK Building as usual was not part of the job description for a growing company that eschews business as usual. At a place where bright ideas are the bread and butter of the company, creative daydreaming is part of the job description. Capturing those ephemeral wisps of inspiration is nurtured in Latcha + Associates’ own Zen Room, a brainstorming haven with soft couches, subdued lighting and a continuous tack board lining the walls. Crazy ideas and pet dogs are both welcome, all for the cause of converting the Relaxation Response into a marketable Eureka to promote automotive products. The jumble of books and CDs in this unconventional think tank include 1001 Ways to Energize Employees, and Creative Block Pack, The Success Edition: Two Powerful Creative Thinking Tools. A strong current of ideas flowed through this evolving project. Three different interior design tacks were considered for the Commons alone, beginning with a ’50s diner theme before ending up at the beach. The Commons is the ultimate employee lunchroom and gathering space, a faux tropical paradise complete with white beach sand, a cedar deck, and a token pink flamingo, plus a full-service kitchen. The winter doldrums would have a hard time gaining a foothold in this unorthodox gathering space where people can even walk on water … or at least on the surface of a simulated koi pond. Latcha + Associates initially wanted an actual pool as the focal point of this beachfront gathering space. After an indoor pool proved infeasible, Latcha performed the ultimate magic trick: convert an expanse of concrete into a pond. Rocket Studios’ own Rudy Laslo, one of the premier graphic artists in the automotive sector, airbrushed a pool on a curvilinear swatch of concrete, expertly simulating the light reflections in a glistening pool of faux water and even “stocking” the pond with painted koi. Adding epoxy sealant to the surface and white beach sand and ceramic tile to the edge completed this tropical resort in the middle of an office building. The pool is nestled in a cedar deck custom built by Dexterity Construction to help bring a bit of the Sun Belt to Michigan’s Rust Belt. Artisan Tile installed the sea-blue ceramic tile framing the koi pond, as well as the gorgeous slate floor leading into this open, sunlit space. And speaking of sunlight, part of turning a former industrial building into a beach was the welcome infusion of natural light into the interior. Contracting Management carved
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new windows into this pre-engineered building, but the structural bracing had to be left in place over the new windows in the wall. “The original bracing looked kind of odd,” said Hoeft. “Lisa Chapman came up with the idea of duplicating some of the bracing members to form a more appealing pattern.” A new entrance in the form of an overhead glass and

aluminum sectional door opens up to a patio and grassy courtyard, complete with a hammock and a place to grill. Between pool and patio, this relaxation zone lets people unwind, allowing ideas to bubble to the surface in this gathering space designed to “unite the creative forces in the building,” said Latcha in a press release. The





Today, this massive photography studio “has a 20-foot-high lathe and wet plaster seamless cove wall with radius corners,” said Wetzel. The cove wall offers photographers of indoor vehicles a backdrop without seams, lines or edges. Photographs taken in mountains, deserts and other rugged environments, for example, are shot on location and then downloaded into a computer program, explains Wetzel. In the workstations of this growing company the outdoor photos and the indoor vehicle photos are then merged, and details right down to the dirt and water spraying off of the tires as a truck charges through a stream are computer generated for automotive clients. Near this unique photography studio are more modest-sized photo shoot rooms, as well as a fitness area with locker room and showers, and a hallway containing an almost floor-to-ceiling chalkboard for scribbling thoughts, images and ideas that may pop into the minds of the talented staff. This miracle near Grand River Avenue opened in May 2006. Inspired reuse and just the plain old skill and design sense of a host of companies and individuals shaped this unique facility. Thanks to the talents of Jeremy Wetzel, converting trash into treasure with only a welding torch and scrap metal produced the many custom tables in the conference rooms and the custom furnishings throughout the facility. Dave Latcha himself welded a conference room table with the help of a neighbor and the creative reuse of steel I beams from the old seating factory. With a modest budget and a wealth of creative energy, Latcha + Associates, Contracting Management Corporation, and Hoeft Associates, now part of Marquette-based Integrated Designs, Inc., have transformed this dilapidated building in Farmington Hills into a showpiece created to showcase their talents and inspire employees. ABOUT THE COMPANY Contracting Management Corp. is a design/build construction management firm that began operations in December 1998. Over the past eight years, the firm has provided construction management services for clients such as Siemens Medical, GDX Automotive (a subsidiary of General Tire Company), Forest City Technologies, Swoboda USA, and Moeller Manufacturing. A recent project entailed the construction of a manufacturing building housing the production of water purification systems for the military in Iraq. Given the project’s pressing military use, Contract Management Corp. completed the approval, design and construction effort in only three months. THE FOLLOWING FIRMS CONTRIBUTED THEIR EXPERTISE TO THE PROJECT: • Civil Engineering - Alpine Engineering, Novi • Testing Consultants - CTI & Associates, Brighton • Wall Coverings - Integrated Interiors, Warren • Fire Suppression - Jackson Associates, Inc., Walled Lake • Lighting Engineers - JCA Engineering, Livonia • Landscaping - J.W. Christmas and Associates, Inc., Milford • Real Estate Brokerage - Lee & Associates, Southfield • Mechanical / Electrical Engineers - ME Engineering Consultants, Plymouth • Electrical Contractors - Advantage Electric & Controls, Inc., Shelby Twp. • Ceramic Tile Flooring - Artisan Tile, Inc., Brighton • Lawn Irrigation - Bate & Reece, Inc., St. Clair Shores

light-filled Commons consumes a mere 3,700 square feet of space, but is a pivotal meeting ground for the entire facility with the offices of Latcha + Associates spread out to the south and Rocket and Hallwood Studios stretching to the north. With its yellow-painted banisters, exposed ductwork and corrugated metal walls, Rocket Studios continues the building’s retro industrial theme. Imaginative design converts common chain-link fencing into a funky but appealing – and cost-effective – balcony railing for the transplanted mezzanine. Chainlink fencing is employed as a type of barrier wall in the corridor, offering the option of blocking access, if necessary, between companies. The back of the complex is an aircraft hangar-size expanse large enough to host two indoor photo or video shoots of vehicles simultaneously. Contracting Management Corp. completely demolished the interior, removing the small offices servicing this former manufacturing space, shot blasting the oily residues from the old concrete floor and applying a high gloss epoxy sealant, and infilling old pits that once contained equipment called shakers used to test car seats for rattling, durability and fit.

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• Blueprint Copies - Bid PDQ, Brighton • Glass & Framing - Carlson Glass & Mirror, Brighton • Flatwork / Curb & Gutter - Concrete Construction, Inc., Fowlerville • Brick Cleaning - Corliss Brick Cleaners, Inc., Farmington Hills • Asphalt Paving - D & H Asphalt Company, Hamburg • Mechanical Contractors - Design Comfort Co., Howell • Carpentry - Dexterity Construction, Inc., Howell • Glass - Edwards Glass, Livonia • Environmental Remediation - Fibertec Industrial Hygiene Services, Inc., Holt • Mechanical Contractors - Fuller Mechanical, Ann Arbor • Saw Cutting - Gerkin Saw Cutting, Breaking & Drilling, Inc., Howell • Equipment Rental - Grand Hi Reach, Brighton • Security Systems - Guardian Alarm, Southfield • Lightening Protection - Guardian Equipment Company, Novi • Electrical Contractor - Hawley Electrical Contracting, Bloomfield Hills • Vaults/Safes - High Tech Safe & Lock, Howell • Huron Valley Fire Extinguishers, Walled Lake • Underground Excavation & Piping - J & R Excavating, Wixom • Painting & Caulking - JW Painting & Decorating, Inc., Macomb • Demolition - Kodiak Contracting, Inc., West Bloomfield • Epoxy Sealants - Kwasny Company, Southfield • Porta-Johns - Lashbrook Excavation & Septic, Howell • Roofing - Lutz Roofing Company, Inc., Shelby Twp. • Dumpsters - Metro Sanitation, Warren • Sigh Company - Michigan Wholesale Sign, Wixom • Plumbing Contractor - MJR Mechanical, Fowlerville • Environmental Testing - MWH Americas, Inc., Novi • Flags - Old Glory Flags & Flag Poles, Inc., Livonia • Overhead Doors - Overhead Door of Huron Valley, Whitmore Lake • Footings/Foundations - Poured Brick Walls, Brighton • Structural Steel - Premier Steel Construction, LLC, White Lake
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• Flooring - Quality Floor Covering Co., Oak Park • Bath Accessories - R.E. Leggette Company, Dearborn • Doors & Hardware - RK Hoppe, Lyon Twp. • Blinds - The Sheer Shop, Shelby Twp. • Fencing - The Fence Spot, Inc., Brighton • Cleaning Supplies - TriCounty Cleaning Supplies, Brighton • Ceiling - W.E.H.A., Redford

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added new art patterns to the Absorptive Series, including skulls, flames and barbed wire. New Chill-Its Absorptive Series products include: • High Performance Dew Rag (6615) and High Performance Cap (6630) – Designed for comfortable wear under hats and helmets or alone, both dew rag and cap are made of Hi Cool fabric to quickly transport moisture away from the body. An absorbent terry headband and elastic band help give these headwear options a secure, comfortable fit. • High Performance Hat with Neck Shade (6650) – The wide neck panel on this hat provides vital sun protection, while Hi Cool fabric and absorbent terry headband combine to optimize wearer comfort. Available in high-visibility lime or orange, these hats make workers hard to miss on the jobsite. • Western Bandana (6600) – Made of Hi Cool fabric, the Chill-It Western Bandana moves sweat away from the brow and doesn’t saturate like cotton versions. Machine-washable, this one-size bandana comes in several colors. • High Performance Headband (6605) – Hi Cool fabric moves moisture away from the body for fast absorption. An absorbent terrycloth band under the headband provides additional protection from sweat, while an elasticized band ensures a snug fit. Chill-Its Evaporative Series products cool workers through evaporation. New additions to this popular series include: • Cooling Towel (6602) – For workers who need help cooling off periodically throughout the day, the ChillIts Cooling Towel offers cool comfort and sweat absorption at the ready. Made of a special synthetic chamois material, this soft, washable towel cools on contact and for extended periods, far surpassing any

Ergodyne Helps Workers Keep Their Cool

Ergodyne announced the expansion of its Chill-Its lines with new cooling headwear, vests and towels designed to keep workers cool, dry and productive. Several products within the Chill-Its

Absorptive Series are made of Hi Cool, a high-performance wicking fabric that quickly moves moisture away from the body for fast evaporation and optimal comfort. In addition to new materials, Ergodyne has also

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cotton or synthetic alternative. • Chill-Its Evaporative Cooling Vest (6665) – This model combines a quilted nylon outer layer and special inner fabric layer embedded with super-absorbent acrylic polymers. To cool down, workers simply soak this lightweight, durable vest in cold water and enjoy instant cooling relief. With a V-neck design, this vest is available in silver or lime and in sizes Medium through 3XL. • Chill-Its Hard Hat Neck Shade (6670) – Helping workers stay cool and keep the sun off their necks, this easy-to-attach hardhat neck shade has a water-repellant liner, quilted nylon outer layer and activated polymer embedded fabric inside. Workers in more intense heat environments (foundries, chemical plants, power plants, etc.) for long periods of time, require a more intense cooling solution – not only for comfort and productivity, but for safety. A new solution for Ergodyne’s Phase Change series is the Hi-Vis Cooling Vest (6200), which maintains a constant 58 degrees Fahrenheit and a cooling cycle of up to four hours. This hi-vis orange vest uses Level 2 ANSI-certified tape; is made of a flame-resistant material that lasts up to 50 washings; has an adjustable hook and loop closure that allows for optimal fit, and exceeds FTMS 191-5903. For more information on Ergodyne’s complete line of gear, visit www.ergodyne.com or call 800-225-8238.

Downey Products Announces Top Spin Application for 2007 Ford F-250 & F-350

Ford Super Duty owners can outfit their heavy duty workhorse with a Top Spin™ tonneau cover from Downey Products. The customized, top-mount rollup system uses low-profile rails, which are rounded and contoured to the shape of the pickup bed for an original equipment appearance. The rails, constructed from black anodized aluminum, are securely positioned to the bed by top-drive clamps. To ensure gear is properly protected, the Top Spin features a tear-proof, UV-coated, tri-laminate fabric cover, which resists stretching and shrinking in extreme weather conditions. The cover is fastened with a Velcro™
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maximize load capacity and improve the ride and handling of cars, trucks, SUVs, vans and motorhomes. While Firestone air helper springs can be inflated like a tire, the company also offers on-board compressor kits so adjustments can easily be made from the driver’s seat at any time. Many of the company’s kits offer timesaving no drill installations. Ride-Rite air helper springs are installed between the vehicle’s frame and suspension and offer added load support in addition to vehicle leveling. Load carrying capacities vary between 3,000 and 5,000 lbs. per set. Sport-Rite air helper springs mount between the frame and the suspension to enhance the vehicle’s ride characteristics, while also keeping the vehicle level. Designed for small pickups, SUVs and vans, Sport-Rite air springs support up to 3,000 lbs. per set. Coil-Rite air helper springs mount inside an existing open coil spring suspension and allow for adjustable spring rates that are superior to standard coil springs. They support between 500 and 1,000 lbs. per set. Individual air springs, air components, service parts and air accessory systems are listed along with part numbers, detailed diagrams and descriptions. The catalog includes technical tips along with frequently asked questions and answers. In addition, dealers will find sales and marketing information describing the company’s preferred dealer program, website and point-of-sale materials. A list of vehicles that can benefit from Ride-Rite, Coil-Rite, Sport-Rite and LevelRite air helper springs can be found at www.ride-rite.com.

fabric system and locked into placed by a spring-loaded auto latch. The latch is easily disengaged by a pull cord on the cover’s underside. Top Spin is backed by a limited lifetime warranty from Downey Products. The cover ships fully assembled to make installation (and operation) a fast and simple one-person process. For more information visit them at www.global-accessories.com/corp/ or call the company toll-free at 800.736.1610.

Firestone Industrial Products Offers Air Helper Springs Catalog

Firestone Industrial Products has updated its 44-page air helper springs catalog so consumers and counter people can easily select the right product for their vehicle. Included in the literature is a complete application guide listing part numbers along with detailed descriptions of the company’s Ride-Rite™, Sport-Rite™, CoilRite™ and Level-Rite™ products. Firestone air springs help level the load,




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Gamewell-FCI Takes Poisonous Gas Detection Seriously

Gamewell-FCI, part of Honeywell’s Life Safety Group, announced the addition of a broad range of sophisticated multi-gas detection devices and controllers. The Vulcain-Commercial Series of gas monitoring devices for parking structures, mechanical-type rooms and occupied living spaces can operate as either standalone units or be networked to an installed base of fire alarms or building control systems. These new detection offerings represent an addition of 86 different devices to an already comprehensive product portfolio offered by Gamewell-FCI. One portion of the Vu l c a i n - C o m m e r c i a l Series consists of gas monitoring devices for enclosed parking structures and garages. These detectors can be installed to activate ventilation fans when common vehicle emissions such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide reach hazardous levels. Controlled fan runtime and temperature stabilization can lead to large reductions in maintenance and energy costs. A building’s mechanical room is the hub of its HVAC system, making it important for gas detection systems to be installed within these types of rooms. Gamewell-FCI’s VulcainCommercial Series includes detectors designed to monitor for deadly refrigerants and explosive gases. Rooms containing boilers, chillers, electrical systems, fuel storage, as well as metering and communications closets, all present potential to leak hazardous gases, creating a critical need for these specialized gas monitoring devices. Increasing numbers of workplaces and residential buildings are relying more heavily on air handling systems to provide adequate oxygen for all occupants. The potential for carbon dioxide build-up from human respiratory exhalation can have harmful consequences. To safeguard
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top-fill, gravity-fed soap dispensers or sensor-operated dispensers are also options on the new SloanStone 7000 series. Although the new SloanStone models have increased their aesthetic appeal to suit any restroom décor, they’re as rugged and vandal-resistant as ever. SloanStone withstands heat, resists stains and chemicals, and features design integrated overflows for each supply, as well as grid strainers that lead to separate waste lines, to better handle runoff and prevent clogs. The new SloanStone models come in 24 solid and speckled finishes. For more information on the new SloanStone 7000 series lavatories, contact Sloan Valve Company at 10500 Seymour Avenue, Franklin Park, IL 60131. Telephone 800-9-VALVE-9 (800-982-5839 ext. 5609), fax 800-822-0683, or visit: www.sloanvalve.com

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the health of those within these buildings, Gamewell-FCI now offers advanced infrared carbon dioxide detectors as part of the Vulcain-Commercial Series. Built for commercial or industrial applications, this detector line can be easily mounted to a wall or duct for superior airflow monitoring. For more detailed information on Gamewell-FCI’s product portfolio, including the complete Vulcain-Commercial Series, visit www.gamewell-fci.com.

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Sloan Valve Company announced its new 7000 series SloanStone solid-surface lavatory systems. The 7000 series installs quickly and is completely serviceable from the top, keeping service people off their knees. SloanStone has reliable and

durable hardwire electronics on the market, and sensor faucets’ optional 0.5gpm aerators offer the significant water conservation. SloanStone’s new continuous curve basin design, in a wide array of designer finishes, eliminates the “institutional” look of most commercial lavatories, yet stands up to any high-use restroom application. SloanStone 7000 series systems offer improvements from the inside out that make these lavatories quick to installing and easy to service. In fact, every serviceable component of these models is accessible via the removable latching lid on top of the unit. Installation is an easy, oneperson job. The new double- and triple-station systems incorporate true point-of-use sensor faucet operation for accurate, water-efficient hand-washing. For lower impact installations, these lavatories are also available with any of Sloan’s battery-powered or hardwired Optima® sensor-operated faucets, as well as Sloan’s QuickTop™ manual hand-washing faucets. Manual

Golden Needle Awning Presents Digitally Printed BackLit Awning Fabric

Golden Needle Awning presents Digitally Printed Back-Lit Awning Fabric with a Protective Seal Coating that provides protection from abrasions and UV. This combination of high quality inks and laminated coating allows for a 5-year warranty, setting this printed awning fabric on the cutting edge of the progressive Digital textile market. Digital printing on a large scale format is enhanced by Vector Graphic design capabilities allowing for crystal clear artwork, custom colors, complex patterning such as plaids and brick designs, photos and any other computer generated graphics. CAD systems allow for increased quality by transferring the design straight from the computer to the fabric. For more information, call Golden Needle Awning at 517-404-6219 and ask for Bill Thompson in marketing, or e-mail firedog@shianet.org.
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Hickory Hardware™ announced the launch of its new security and replacement hardware program. Hickory Hardware’s security and replacement program features attractive packaging, easy-to-understand installation instructions, and a full range of products with new and updated finishes. The new Hickory Hardware line includes the company’s most popular security pieces, ranging from patio door locks to ancillary locks, and the addition of several new products based on market research and customer-driven demand. In response to increased consumer interest in whole-house coordination, products are available in updated, popular finishes like Stainless Steel and Venetian Bronze. Designed to help consumers choose the best products for their security needs, the new line’s packaging includes simple messages that address the most important concerns for each type of product. Hickory Hardware’s security and replacement products also include revised, easy-tounderstand instructions and detailed photos that clearly identify the proper application of each piece. New merchandising will be released to support the program. Hickory Hardware’s security and replacement products will replace all First Watch brand products, and will be available in hardware stores and home improvement centers this summer. For sales or marketing information, please call Hickory Hardware toll-free at (877) 560-6100 or e-mail info@hickoryhardware.com.
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providing an outstanding level of client service. DSA Architects, Berkley, has announced three new engineering employees. William E. Vernier III, PE, Margaret M. Robertson, and Lawrence Mangindin, PE recently joined the firm. Kristen A.G. Schleick, AIA, AICP, of Ann Arborbased Hobbs + Black Associates, Inc., was recently presented with the Emerging Architect Award by the AIA Huron Schleick Valley Chapter, and was elected as the chapter’s vice president/president elect. Also, Hobbs + Black is pleased to announce that Adriaan Van Velden has joined the firm as an assoVan Velden ciate in the firm’s expanding Design Studio. Van Velden is also a member of the South African Institute of Architects and is a registered architect with the South African Council for Architects.

Professional Concepts Insurance Agency (PCIA), Brighton, is pleased to Mike announce that Cosgrove has taken over the role of president and chief operating officer for Cosgrove the firm. Also, Kim Fricke has assumed the role of chairman and chief executive officer. Barry K. Rigby, of Holland, OH, has been named vice president of retail development and leasing with Rudolph/ Libbe Properties, Inc. The firm has offices in Walbridge, OH and Canton, MI.

Orion-based Applied M a n u f a c t u r i n g Technologies, Inc. (AMT), a leading supplier of factory automation design, engineering and process consulting services, has Merhib announced the appointment of Jordan Merhib as the company’s sales manager. Mr. Merhib will be responsible for AMT’s worldwide sales of factory automation engineering, design and consulting services. Mark Kramer, PE, president and chief operating Soil and officer of Materials Engineers, Inc. (SME), Plymouth, has been elected by ASFE/The Best People on Earth, a not-forKramer profit association of earthengineering firms, as the Director-at-Large for their 2007-08 Board of Directors.


Kelly Parkinson, of Madison Heightsbased Allegra Print & Imaging, has been recognized recently by the Allegra Network franchise system as one of the Top Ten International Sales Performers in North America. The award is presented annually and is based on sales volume and


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P r e i n & a Newhof, full-service engineering firm based in G r a n d Rapids, has Cruickshank elected three new associates at its most recent shareholders’ meeting: Timothy Bergstrom, PE; Christopher Cruickshank, PE; and Brandon Hildreth, PE.

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Neumann/Smith Architecture, Southfield, has announced that Reem Akkad, an interior designer at the firm, recently earned LEED ® accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Madison Heights-based Detroit Door & Hardware named Company has Kevin Rucinski, P.E. as general manager and chief operating officer (COO). The addition of a COO will Rucinski allow Detroit Door to improve their internal operations, while advancing and expanding their customer base. Environmental Maintenance Engineers, Inc., an environmental contractor remediation based in Inkster, has made the following announcements: Don DeRoo and Stacey Supanich received Certificates in Thermography after successfully completing training courses in St. Petersburg, FL; and that Jason Hayes-Sheen has passed the Certified Water Damage Restoration Technician examination and received certification issued by The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC).



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Granger Construction, Lansing, has also appointed James Anderson to the position of project engineer for the Sparrow Health System West Wing Addition in Lansing. Anderson Anderson earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Michigan. Also, the company has hired 11 college students as part of its 2007 Summer Intern Program. Majoring in Construction Management or Civil Engineering, the interns will gain valuable hands-on experience while serving as staff members on various Granger Construction projects throughout the state. Taylor-based Wade Trim, providing engineering, surveying, planning, oper ation s, Fisher Podnar landscape architecture, and construction services, has made the following announcement: William Fisher, PE; Kristen Podnar, PE; and Scott LaSalle, PE, have earned LaSalle their Professional Engineer Licenses. Professional Engineers are required to pass two exams, earn a bachelor degree in engineering, and complete four years of engineering work experience.



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Royal Oak-based Ronnisch Construction Group has made the following promotions: Janet Gekiere from sales & marketing coordinator to business development manager; Jeff Cooper from superintendent to project manager; and Tracie Gajewski from reception/administration to project coordinator. Also, the company has hired Kathy Ams as sales & marketing coordinator; and Jessica Vallance as reception/administration.

Warren-based FH Martin Constructors, Inc. has hired David Veighey and Frank Mahlau as project superintendents. Both men have 30+ years of experience in the construction industry.


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JPRA Architects, currently of Farmington Hills, in conjunction with Whitehall Real Estate and Ronnisch Construction Group, broke ground on their new 30,000-square-foot office building within the Campus Park development in Novi. The event took place in June 2007. JPRA Architects is an award winning architectural and environmental graphics firm specializing in the retail industry and hospitality sectors, both nationally and internationally. Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc. (SME), Plymouth, has been retained by Biofuel Industries Group, LLC to assist with development of the NextDiesel biodiesel plant in Adrian. SME is providing environmental consulting services for the 30,000square-foot NextDiesel facility. Ghafari Associates, LLC, Dearborn, is designing the facility.

Detroit-based law firm Miller Canfield is pleased to announce that Midwest Real Estate News magazine ranked the firm fourth on its list of 2007 Best of the Best Real Estate Law Firms in the Midwest, making it the top-ranked Michigan-based law firm. The results were published in the magazine’s May 2007 issue. Miller Canfield completed 800 real estate transactions in 2006. Of those transactions, 65 were valued at $5 million to $14 million, and 22 were valued at more than $15 million. Transactions included commercial, industrial, shopping centers, land, office buildings and multi-family matters, as well as commercial mortgage loan closings.

American Institute of Architects. The firm received honors for 20+ years of practice, along with the Firm Founder Award for President William S. Hobbs. In addition, Hobbs + Black Associates, Inc., has also been selected by Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) to design their new suite in Dominos Farms Office Park in Ann Arbor. TAQA is a glob-

al energy investment company with strategic and financial investments oil and gas, power, water, infrastructure, and mining sectors throughout the world. Spalding DeDecker Associates (SDA), a Detroit-based civil engineering firm, was recognized with a Michigan Concrete Pavers Association (MCPA) award for

Southfield-based Barton Malow Company was presented the 2007 AON Build America Award for The University of Virginia, John Paul Jones Arena, New Construction category at the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) 88th Annual Convention in San Antonio, The AON Build Texas last spring. America Awards recognizes and showcases the best of the best in construction. Barton Malow was chosen out of nearly 100 projects nominated for this award. Ann Arbor-based Hobbs + Black Associates, Inc. was recently recognized by the Huron Valley Chapter of the
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Ferndale. The construction of the 65,352square-foot, four-story, mixed-use retail/residential building is scheduled to be completed in June 2008.

their work as the prime consultant for MDOT’s I-94 Overlay Project. SDA has also recently re-launched their company website at www.spaldingdedecker.com. The new site features a fresh, new look that reflects the culture and expertise of SDA and its employees. SDA is also pleased to announce contracts with the following clients: Beaumont Services Group – Independence Township Site Planning & Engineering; City of Inkster – Combined Sewer Overflow – Sewer Separation and Project Performance Certification; MDOT - Road Scoping Program for I-96 (Wayne/Livonia areas), US-12 (Michigan Avenue), and I-375 (Detroit); Six-S, Inc. Concrete Paving & Excavating - Surveying and mapping services for MDOT; MDOT Road Commission for Oakland County and the City of Troy – Livernois Road Repaving 15 Mile to Big Beaver.

The Commercial Contracting Group, Auburn Hills, was recently honored by General Motors Corp. as a 2006 Supplier of the Year, for overall business performance in providing GM with world-class parts and service. The 15th annual award took place in the spring in Orlando, Florida. Testing Engineers & Consultants, Inc., Troy, was selected to provide the construction testing and inspection for the new Nordstrom store at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi. The two-story, 165,000-square-foot store will be located on the southeast corner of the mall, and will open this fall. Group, Ronnisch Construction Southfield, has been selected as construction manager for the interior and exterior restoration/renovation of the EcksteinLakie building located in Royal Oak. Also, Ronnisch has been selected as construction manager for the interior restoration/renovation of the Galaxy Plus buildRonnisch ing located in Troy. Construction Group, also has been awarded the Lofts on the Nine project in

The Byron Center office of Prein&Newhof has moved to 365 EightyFourth Street SW, Suite 4. The new 3,800square-foot facility is located just west of US-131, only 1.3 miles east of the office’s former location at 1360 Eighty-Fourth Street.

Retail strategy and design firm, JGA in Southfield, has received a Visual Merchandising Award by the National Association of Store Fixture Manufacturers, for All the Hoopla located in the Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi. The firm was also recently honored with 2006 Retail Store of the Year Awards for three of its design projects: All the Hoopla – Twelve Oaks Mall, Novi, (Hard Lines); The North Face – Somerset Collection, Troy (Soft Lines); and an Honorable Mention for the store Springfield in Madrid, Spain (International Soft Lines). These awards came from a leading industry publication, Chain Store Age in its annual design competition.

Detroit-headquartered Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. (AKA) recently joined Planetree to celebrate the grand opening of its newly renovated headquarters offices in Derby, CT. Encompassing 2,500 square feet of space, the newly renovated office suite once served as a patient unit for the medical center. AKA provided architectural and interior design services that transformed the space into a first class corporate office environment. The Detroit-based lighting design team of SmithGroup, the world’s 12th largest architect, was awarded a Michigan IESNA Award (the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America) for Visteon Village Corporate Headquarters, Van Buren Township. Also, the firm has been named one of the best firms to work for in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, according to the May 2007 issue of Building Design + Construction Magazine.
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Sterling Heights Center, a new 289,000square-foot retail development located at the intersection of 16 Mile and Dequindre Roads, received general contracting servColasanti Construction ices from Services, Inc., with Atwell-Hicks serving as civil engineer. The Van Hooser Partnership designed the structure; St. Louis, MO-based The DESCO Group is the developer.




Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool Corporation has been selected as the only appliance manufacturer of the Consensus Committee for the National Green Building Standard™. As part of the committee, Whirlpool Corporation will help transform the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Model Green Home Building Guidelines into a national green standard, certified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Harley Ellis Devereaux, with offices in Southfield, and its partner companies were involved at a number of levels in the design, planning and project management of the nation’s newest - and largest forensic science facility. Grand opening festivities were held in May for the new Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center in Los Angeles. Harley Ellis Devereaux provided project management, architectural and interior design, and mechanical and electrical engineering support for the project.

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s you all are probably aware, the 2007 Construction Buyers Guide has been out on the street for several months now. In an effort to keep our information as accurate and upto-date as possible, we’re including here all the changes and corrections we have received for members’ company listings as of June 15. Changes from the book are in bold. To see continually amended company listings, check out the Buyers Guide Online at www.cam-online.com, updated on the 15th of every month. Return to this section every month in CAM Magazine to get heads-up information and news involving the Construction Buyers Guide. Questions? Contact Mary Carabott at 248-972-1000 for answers and to find out how to add to your online listings. No updates will be made to the online Buyers Guide from July 15 thru January 15. To obtain additional copies of the Guide, stop by the CAM office and pick them up at no additional charge, or send $5 per book for shipping to have the books sent to your company via UPS. Please call ahead of time for authorization if your firm requires a substantial number of copies. Invoices for the listings have been generated and mailed. Prompt payment ensures a good-standing membership and ability to list in the 2008 Buyers Guide.We will gladly answer any questions regarding charges on invoices. Preparation for the 2008 Buyers Guide has begun – look for renewal forms in your mail in early August.



Applied Building Technologies, Inc. 6500 Roosevelt Allen Park, MI 48101 Phone: 800-251-5136, 313-389-3270 Fax: 313-389-3744 Artistic Floor Covering, Inc. 50303 Hayes Rd. Shelby Twp., MI 48315 Phone: 586-677-9767 Fax: 586-247-2877 CMC Joist & Deck (Formerly: Nicholas J. Bouras, Inc.) 2500 Harte Dr. Brighton, MI 48114 Phone: 810-494-4330 Fax: 810-494-4340 Frost Masonry, Inc. (Formerly: Diamondback Masonry, Inc) 10825 Alpine Riley Twp., MI 48041 Phone: 248-514-0868 Fax: 810-392-2063 Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas, Inc. 30800 Northwetern Hwy., Suite 100 Farmington Hills, MI 48334 Phone: 248-932-8300 Fax: 248-932-8301 Gemelli Concrete, LLC 133 E. Pond Dr. Romeo, MI 48065 Phone: 586-752-7873 Fax: 586-752-7836 Horizon Millwork Manufacturing 35660 Clinton St. Wayne, MI 48184 Phone: 734-405-0700 Fax: 734-405-0703

Icon Glass Systems, Inc. 37666 Amrhein Rd. Livonia, MI 48150 Phone: 734-338-3200 Fax: 734-338-3201 Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies 37564 Amrhein Rd. Livonia, MI 48150 Phone: 734-655-8181 Fax: 734-655-8183 JCK & Associates, Inc. 8615 Richardson Rd., Suite 100 Commerce Twp., MI 48390 Phone: 248-363-2553 Fax: 248-363-1646 ModSpace (Formerly GE Equipment Services – Modular Space) 8277 Rawsonville Rd. Belleville, MI 48111 Phone: 734-461-6010 Fax: 734-461-6760 Pasky & Sons., Inc. 7710 Richardson Rd. West Bloomfield, MI 48323 Phone: 248-366-1800 Fax: 248-366-1813 Pella Windows & Doors, Inc. 1026 Doris Rd. Auburn Hills, MI 48326 Phone: 248-292-5000 Fax: 248-292-5001 Prefered Consulting & Investigations 5226 State St., Suite 2 Saginaw, MI 48603 Phone: 989-790-8895 Fax: 989-790-8897

Q. Enterprises, Inc. 8602 Wildwood South Lyon, MI 48178 Phone: 248-437-8286 Remax 100 Dynasty Group, Inc. 26870 Beck Rd. Novi, MI 48374 Phone: 248-348-3000 Sunbelt Rentals (Formerly Nations Rent) 1335 E. Eight Mile Rd. Hazel Park, MI 48030 Phone: 248-546-0500 Fax: 248-546-6656 Testech, Inc. 8164 Executive Dr. Lansing, MI 48917 Phone: 517-622-3000 Fax: 517-622-3009 Valley Painting, Inc. 5042 Exchange Dr. Flint, MI 48507 Phone: 810-736-3835 Fax: 810-736-4615 VisiCom Services, Inc. 2534 S. Rochester Rd. Rochester Hills, MI 48307 Phone: 248-299-0300 Fax: 248-299-0395 Steven A. Wright, PC 13854 Simone Shelby Twp., MI 48315 Phone: 586-532-8560 Fax: 586-532-8571

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Sep. 13-16 – ASCC Conference The American Society of Concrete Contractor’s (ASCC) Conference at the Westin Charlotte in Charlotte, NC will include business and technical speakers, demonstrations and roundtable discussions. For more information, call the ASCC office at 866-788-ASCC (2722), or visit www.ascconline.org. Sep.14-Oct. 15 – AOD Conference The Associated Owners & Developers (AOD) will host industry forums on the following dates at the following locations: Sep. 17-18 – Washington, D.C. Oct. 15 – Atlanta, GA Visit www.constructionchannel.net or call 703-734-2908 for more information.

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
Aug 1-Dec.14 – Cooper Lighting 2007 Class Schedule The SOURCE, the training facility located at the Cooper Lighting headquarters in Peachtree City, Georgia, has released a 2007 calendar of classes for the lighting and design community. Additional information and registration can be found online at www.cooperlighting.com/education.

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