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homeowners even greater water-heating efficiency. “ENERGY STAR seeks to keep its product criteria relevant by keeping pace with changing technologies in the marketplace,” said Steve Ryan, with the ENERGY STAR program at the Environmental Protection Agency.“In a recent poll, 77 percent of people are aware of the ENERGY STAR label and see the value in it. We work to keep the brand meaningful by making sure it continues to indicate cost-effective savings with no loss of amenity. Storage water heaters are becoming more efficient, and this change recognizes that fact.” Water heaters that meet the increased criteria offer homeowners significant savings in gas consumption even when compared to today’s 0.62 EF models, providing up to 14 percent greater savings than a conventional gas model. According to ENERGY STAR calculations, 0.67 EF models only consume 224 therms per year. Gas storage heaters with a 0.62 EF consume 242 therms annually, saving up to 7.3 percent more than a conventional model. Several gas storage heaters with a 0.67 EF are currently available, including many new products recently developed in preparation for the upcoming change. There are also a number of other water heater models that carry the ENERGY STAR label, including electric heat pump, solar thermal and tankless units. Sponsors of the Coalition for ENERGY STAR Water Heaters (CEE)—A. O. Smith, Bradford White, Rheem and Rinnai—offer many of these models. Plumbers can check with their distributors and local utilities on the availability of new 0.67 EF gas storage models and rebate offers in their area. Visit the Coalition online for more information on local utility rebates and other water heating efficiency news at Please visit for more information about CEE. ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 50 different kinds of products, new homes, and commercial and industrial buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR designation prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency specifications set by the government. In 2007 alone, Americans, with the help of the ENERGY STAR program, saved about $16 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 27 million vehicles.

Joe Neussendorfer Receives Commendation from State of Michigan’s Safety Agency
Joe Neussendorfer recently received a commendation from the State of Michigan’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) and the Construction Safety Standards Commission for his outstanding work on Construction Safety Standard Part 2, Masonry Wall Bracing. Neussendorfer has Neussendorfer been involved in construction industry safety issues for over 35 years. He is the past president of Masonry Institute of Michigan, a past executive director of Mason Contractors Association, and a long-time member of Engineering Society of Detroit. Neussendorfer also provides annual Masonry Outlook column for CAM Magazine.

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Dow Corning Receives $1.2 million from U.S. Department of Energy to Improve Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings
The United States Department of Energy has awarded $1.2 million to Dow Corning Corporation to develop an insulating facade system that may significantly increase the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. The funding will assist Dow Corning in the development of a silicon-based, high-efficiency building insulation system which could be used in retrofit and new construction applications. The insulation project is focused on achieving thermal resistance values of R-40 or greater for exterior insulation and finish systems, which would make building facades as many as eight times more energy efficient. “We commend Secretary Chu and the Department of Energy’s commitment to reducing the energy usage of U.S. buildings,” said Stephanie Burns, Dow Corning chairman, president and CEO. “These DOE investments will help the United States take another step towards economic recovery, energy independence and a cleaner environment.” Dow Corning’s energy-efficient insulation material is one of 58 projects awarded more than $76 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding by the DOE to support advanced energyefficient building technology projects and the development of training programs for commercial building equipment technicians, building operators, and energy auditors. “These projects will help the United States lead the world in advancing energy-efficient technologies,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “Energyefficient commercial buildings will help our country cut its carbon emissions and energy costs while the training programs will upgrade the skills of the current workforce and attract the next generation to careers in the emerging clean-energy economy.” For more information, please visit

AIA Michigan Honors Harley Ellis Devereaux Principals
AIA Michigan recognized Dennis M. King, FAIA, Principal and Corporate Chairman of Harley Ellis Devereaux, and C. Richard Hall, FAIA, Principal and Healthcare Studio Leader of Harley Ellis Devereaux, during the chapter’s Awards Ceremony held in early May at the Book Cadillac Hotel. King was presented with the AIA Michigan Gold Medal, the highest honor that AIA Michigan can bestow upon a member. The award is presented in recognition of notable contributions to AIA Michigan and for outstanding achievements in the profession. King joined Harley Ellis Devereaux in 1979 as a project manager. He was elected a principal in 1981, taking on leadership of the firm’s project management discipline. King became the sixth president and chief executive officer of the firm in 1991. In 2005, King was awarded


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the AIA Detroit Gold Medal. He also directed Harley Ellis Devereaux to AIA Michigan Firm of the Year honors in 2000. His other honors include election as a 1992 member of the AIA College of Fellows, AIA Detroit President in 1984, AIA Michigan President in 2007, and election as a 1999 Fellow of the Engineering Society of Detroit. Hall has been elected to the AIA College of Fellows. He was formally inducted into the College of Fellows at the 2010 AIA National Convention and Design Expo in Miami in mid-June. This honor is awarded to members who have made contributions of national significance to the profession. Hall’s singular practice of healthcare architecture spans 31 years. He has served as adjunct faculty at Lawrence Technological University’s School of Architecture for over 30 years, and guest critic at the University of Michigan School of Architecture regarding healthcare facilities design. He has lead an award-winning studio for the past 14 years, showcased by 18 architectural and engineering healthcare awards over the last decade. Hall has been principal-in-charge of over three million square feet value of healthcare facilities, ranging from master plans to replacement hospitals.

AIA Michigan Hosts Celebration of Architecture
The American Institute of Architects Michigan presented plaques for architectural excellence to the owners, architects and constructors of 12 buildings at its annual Celebration of Architecture in early May at the Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit. A diverse jury of eight architects from across the United States who are members of the National AIA Committee on Design examined 71 buildings. Carol Rusche Bentel, FAIA from New York chaired the jury. The award-winning buildings and individual honors are listed below.

DTE Energy Campus Enhancements, Detroit Category: Building Architect: Neumann/Smith Architecture Owner: DTE Energy Contractor: Walbridge Landscape: Grissim DTE Energy Campus Metz Andriese Associates Mechanical/Electrical: Peter Basso Associates Structural: Desai/Nasr Consulting Engineers Photos: Maconochie Photography

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Major areas covered by the standard include training, restricted zone requirements, signage, wind speed determination, wall heights, bracing requirements and inspections. Although most of these apply directly to either the masonry contractor or controlling contractor, pretty much all contractors on the site (see above) will have to have at least an awareness level of training. The standard was updated due to the severity of the problem. Although not a frequent problem, a collapsing wall can have catastrophic results. To find out more about the new standard, go to and click on Construction Safety and Health in the standards section. Remember: CAMSAFETY is offering free, on-site Focus Four safety training under our Grant from MIOSHA. To find out more about this opportunity, or if you have questions or comments, contact me at 248-972-1141 or at You can also visit our website at

n May 28, 2010 the new masonry wall bracing standard went into effect. Here in Michigan that translates to an update of MIOSHA’s Part 2. In effect, these updates bring all contractors working in the general area of a masonry wall under the umbrella of the standard. The standard states in part: “An employer shall provide training by a qualified person to any employee who enters a restricted zone of a masonry wall under construction.” For most construction sites this brings in most of the contractors working on the site. But first a couple of definitions: What is a “restricted zone?” Simply put, the zone is the height of the wall plus four feet on the long sides and four feet out from each end. Who is a “qualified person?” This is a person who has extensive knowledge of the subject matter demonstrated by “a recognized degree, certificate, professional standing, or by extensive knowledge, training, and experience.” As with any other area requiring a “competent,” “qualified,” or “authorized” person, it is up to the employer identify and designate them.





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Western Michigan Western Michigan University of Art University of Art Richmond Center for Visual Arts Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Kalamazoo Category: Building Architect: SmithGroup Owner: Western Michigan University Contractor: CSM Group Photos: Hedrich Blessing Laszlo Regos Photography

Shadow Pavilion, Ann Arbor Category: Low Budget/Small Project Architect: PLY Architecture Owner: Matthaei Botanical Garden Contractor: PLY Architecture Photos: PLY Architecture

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Herbert H. and Herbert H. and Barbara C. Dow Barbara C. Dow Center for Visual Arts Center for Visual Arts, Interlochen Category: Building Architect: Cornerstone Architects Inc. Owner: Interlochen Center for the Arts Contractor: Hallmark Construction Photos: Brian Kelly Photography

Park House, Ann Arbor Category: Building Architect: PLY Architecture Owner: Ji Hye Kim Contractor: PLY Architecture Photos: PLY Architecture

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St. Andrew’s St. Andrews Episcopal Church Episcopal Church, Ann Arbor Category: Building Historic Preservation Architect: Quinn Evans | Architects Owner: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Contractor: J. C. Beal Construction Inc Photos: Philip Dattilo (after images) Quinn Evans Architects (before images)

Thal Residence, Thal Residence Birmingham Category: Twenty-five Year Architect: Luckenbach/ Ziegelman Architects PLLC Owner: Bruce and Ileane Thal Contractor: Snyder and Snyder Construction Company Photos: Dan Bartush and Robert L. Ziegelman, FAIA

University of University of Michigan Michigan Museum Museum of Art of Art, Ann Arbor Category: Building Architect of Record: Integrated Design Solutions Design Architect: Allied Works Architecture, Portland, Oregon Owner: The University of Michigan Contractor: Skanska USA Building Inc. Photos: Jeremy Bitterman

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Constructing Community, Building Lives
DPS School Construction Program Puts Detroit Back to Work
By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor

erry Alexander was one of over a thousand Detroit residents standing in line in a light rain outside the downtown offices of IBEW Local 58 to attend the DPS School Construction Project’s first Skilled Trades Resource Fair. Detroit Public Schools (DPS), Walbridge Joint Venture, and the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council sponsored the event for Detroit residents with trade experience, and to register residents for training and apprenticeship programs. Both groups are being encouraged to be part of the Detroit Public Schools’ three-year capital improvement construction program funded with $500.5 million in federal stimulus dollars. Alexander is a student in the Henry Ford Focus Hope Weatherization Program, a training initiative teaching students installation of insulation and energy-efficient windows and doors, as well as helping students obtain OSHA certification and certification in lead and asbestos abatement. “I am interested in gaining employment, and I am trying to be part of something that is helping to build up the City,” said Alexander. Alexander’s training in cost-effective, energy-efficient systems, and his goal of aiding in the revitalization of his hometown, blends perfectly with the objectives of the DPS School Construction Project. DPS plans to save roughly 10 to 15 percent in annual operating costs through installation of energy-efficient building systems, said Mark Carter, deputy executive director of the Detroit Public School’s construction bond program. “We are putting in insulation and insulated glass,” said Carter. “We are updating heating systems. We are trying to be very costeffective with the money we spend.” All the schools will have the same equipment, allowing DPS to buy in volume and streamline maintenance. “The uniform maintenance will be less, because all the new schools will have the same equipment,” said Carter. “We are trying to incorporate uniformity in light fixtures, plumbing Mark Carter fixtures, and HVAC. This will save a great deal of money, and if a water pump breaks down in a school, more than likely somewhere in that district there will be a spare water pump that will fit anywhere.” DPS and the Walbridge Joint Venture have brought the same sense of fiscal stewardship to the actual bidding and construction process. “In the first three bids – for the new Martin Luther King High School and the additions and renovations to J.R. King and Marcus Garvey Academy - we saved almost $4.5 million dollars from our estimated budget,” said Carter. “I think the construction team has done an excellent job. Between the Walbridge Joint Venture and DPS, I am getting the best price and the best contractors.” The Walbridge Joint Venture for Detroit Public Schools includes Walbridge, Detroit; Fanning Howey Associates,


Inc., Novi; and Brailsford & Dunlavey, Washington, D.C. DPS has also pared down its own construction department to four select individuals. “We have a very small team,” said Carter. “We are not management heavy whatsoever. We are Breaking ground at Martin Luther keeping our management King, Jr. Senior High School costs small, because it’s all about kids and putting as much money in the schools as we can. “In fact, when Robert C. Bobb, DPS emergency financial manager, hired me, he told me, ‘I want you to know that these kids are the reason for this program,’” continued Carter. “His heart is in the right place, and that is probably the most important part of this program for all of us. He is setting the tone as the leader. This isn’t about the buildings. This isn’t about money. This is about helping the kids.” $500.5 MILLION IN CONSTRUCTION BY JUNE 2013 In rapid succession, the school doors closed for the summer on June 18, 2010, and crews arrived on June 19 to launch the construction of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School and renovations and additions, one at J.R. King PK-8 and the other at Marcus Garvey PK-8. As part of DPS’ 30-month construction program, DPS also launched an aggressive summer program to refurbish existing schools with new paint, carpet and light fixtures, plus provide security upgrades for the majority of schools. A new security center is also slated to come on line this fall. Wasting no time, “We probably let close to $80 million dollars worth of contracts in May 2010,” said Carter.“We are working feverishly.” DPS isn’t wasting any dollars, either. DPS is structuring each project as a design-build contract with a guaranteed maximum price. “Mr. Bobb has used these principles before,” said Carter. “There won’t be any cost overruns on the schools.” Some of the trades will fall into the design-assist category. “We are going to be looking for design-assist from the building trades,” said Ed Schmidt, a Fanning Howey architect responsible for the design facet of the joint venture program manager team. Addressing the large crowd at the first Skilled Trades Resource Fair, he added, “We are going to be looking for quite a bit of work from the trades to help the completion of design to make sure that these projects come in on budget and on schedule.” This accelerated program will put in place $500.5 million dollars worth of construction by June 2013. At the job fair in early June, Schmidt provided an overview of the program for a host of eager
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Detroit job-seekers: The program calls for the construction of seven new projects, including three major high schools and four PreK-8 schools as part of DPS’ plan to reduce middle schools. As of early June, “two of these schools are about to be awarded,” said Schmidt. “There will also be 11 renovation projects, ranging from fairly large $30 million dollar projects for some of the high school renovations to about $6 million to $7 million dollars on some of the smaller elementary, middle school renovations.” Decommissioning, demolition and re-purposing of buildings, along with technology and security initiatives, all are part of the first package. Construction on the first two new PK-8 schools, totaling $41 million, started in June in the Brightmoor and Clark Park neighborhoods. A combined contract for work on both schools to be completed by 2011 was awarded to a Detroit-headquartered firm that will net $19 million in savings for the district. The new $20.5 million PK-8 school in the Brightmoor neighborhood will be located at the present Harding Elementary School site on Burt Road on the City’s west side. The 45-yearold Earhart Middle School and outdoor portable classrooms will be torn down to make way for a new $20.5 million LEED Silver Certified PK-8 school to be located on Scotten Avenue overlooking Clark Park in southwest Detroit. The PK-8 projects total six schools, that together amount to $116 million in contracts awarded so far in the $500.5 million construction project. “Thanks to voters for the passage of a $500.5 million bond issue last November, we are building or completely remodeling 18 schools that, within three years, will allow our students to be educated in stateof-the-art facilities that you see in the best school districts,” said DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb in a recent statement. “The PK-8 schools, which we are pleased are $19 million below budget, will help the district to consolidate space and Robert C. Bobb save long-term operating and maintenance costs while replacing outdated structures with 21st century learning environments. “And, as we promised during our Proposal S campaign, these projects are providing thousands of jobs to Detroit residents and work to Detroit companies, as evidenced by the fact that each of the first six projects include companies that are Detroitheadquartered,” Bobb said. Renovation and additions at Henry Ford
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competitive against a larger contractor who buys more than a small contractor. This was our way of kind of leveling the field.” DPS is also investing in the people of Detroit, creating a project that rebuilds the district’s building stock and strengthens the human “infrastructure” through training and job opportunities. DPS is donating classroom space at Randolph Vocational School for pre-apprentice programs taught by DPS and union instructors, and available to DPS students and DPS graduates who meet the qualifications. “The union has been a wonderful partner,” said Carter. “We want their expertise to help kids with the apprenticeship program. “Even if someone tests poorly in math, English or other areas, we offer remedial training,” said Carter. “We will help you get through the math exam and teach you the skills you need even if you are out of school. If a person is up to 21 years of age – even if they do not have a GED or high school diploma – we will help them enter a union program.” This effort is a combined program of the Michigan Building Trades Council and the DPS Randolph Vocational School. As a further initiative, DPS is trying to include summer interns from Wayne State University and other schools, as well. “If you want to go to school in construction management or engineering, we are going to have opportunities for people within our management teams in different construction companies,” said Carter. “We are trying to make this a wide open program with opportunities for everybody. When I address young people, I tell them, ‘You are the future of Detroit. You are the ones that are going to define where this city goes. We are just helping to start the program. The big push for the City will be with the next generation.” OPENING THE DOOR OF OPPORTUNITY A series of job fairs are yet another door of opportunity for Detroit residents. Kevin White, director of procurement for the DPS’ capital improvement program, addressed the crowd assembled at the Skilled Trades Resource Fair in June, including Carlyle Haynes, an unemployed Detroit resident with 15 years of experience in welding, fabrication, electrical, and plumbing work. He waited at the head of the line, having arrived at 6 a.m. “I need a job, so I can move on in life,” said a hopeful Haynes. Job seekers attended the fair, filling out registration forms that will be gathered by DPS and forwarded to the various unions. According to White, DPS will conduct several fairs and establish a referral system. “The highest priority for hiring will be given to Detroit residents first, as part of the Project Labor Agreement (PLA) that the district has negotiated,” said White. Under the PLA, apprentices will perform up to 25 percent of the total work hours on the program. Seventy-five percent of those apprentice hours must be filled by Detroit residents on a craft by craft basis. Under the PLA, 65 percent of journeyperson hours must be performed by Detroit residents, also on a craft by craft basis. Penalties will come into play for not meeting these numbers, but “there are bonuses for employers who meet or exceed these numbers,” said White. The DPS Bond Program will give priority to Detroiters across the board. Also under the PLA, non-union contractors can participate in the DPS construction program if they sign a letter of assent, committing to the payment of union wages and fringe benefits on the DPS project they are seeking to build. “Union tradespeople will be the majority of the work force,” said Carter. “They will be the first put back to work. We are estimating that there will be anywhere from 1,100 to 1,500 jobs, maybe 2,000, as the whole program progresses.” “Because of the economy, the trades union haven’t let many apprentices in because the unions have been full of journeymen,” continued Carter. “There is also a $500 million dollar Detroit Medical Center expansion supposedly coming on. It’s more than just the schools. This will give the kids the key to get into this type of work. Take this
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High School, Denby High School and Western has recently been released for bids, along with new construction of a public safety headquarters and operations center. A joint venture of Jenkins/Granger Construction is currently constructing Martin Luther King, Jr. High School, a project scheduled for completion by the 2012 school year. White/Norr is busy building the JR King addition; Dumas Concepts is working at Marcus Garvey. AN INTENSE SELECTION PROCESS The DPS construction program has established a transparent and uniform selection process for awarding contracts across the whole school district. Carter describes the transparent and thorough process structured to select the best design-build team for each project. “We have five envelopes that come in on bid day,” said Carter. “We ask for proof of bond from a bonding company, not just a bonding agent. We ask for their guaranteed maximum price bid as well as any alternates. We get all the qualifications, including the experience of the different individuals, who the team will be on the project, and the project approach.” The envelopes “are given to seven people on a Qualifications Committee who then advance two or three contractors from the initial group,” continued Carter. “They are scored using a 100-point system evaluating experience, concepts, and Detroit participation. Contractors with the highest number of points, as well as their price, advance to the Interview Selection Committee, a group consisting of four people who conduct the interview. We narrow it down to one or two out of that group. We then have one more selection committee interview. “Each time we interview them, the questioning becomes more critical and intense,” said Carter. “At the end, we make a recommendation, scoring on a 40-point system for each interview. We then make our recommendation to Mr. Bobb.” Carter credits the savvy selection process and the cost reduction from the estimated budget to an astute and cohesive team. “Both Mr. Bobb and ourselves have really selected a good team,” said Carter. “Because we all have different backgrounds, we can ask good questions and effectively sort through the bid process.” Carter, himself, has a deep background in construction and in Detroit. He has served as a project manager at the University of Michigan, a project engineer at DPS, and as general superintendent and area leader in the construction of stadiums across the United States, including at Comerica Park and Ford Field for Hunt Construction. Carter has constructed stadiums for the New York Mets and teams in Washington, D.C. and Kansas City, but he has returned to Detroit to become a deputy executive director for a vital construction program in his own hometown. As critical path manager at a long roster of stadiums, Carter can clearly understand and skillfully “play” the construction game. “There was one contractor who thought he could hide some fees that I caught, and he is not allowed to bid anymore,” said Carter. DETROIT: THE NEXT GENERATION Asked what message Carter would like to communicate to contractors, he answered, “Of course, we want the best price. That’s one of our top priorities, but we also want to have a great deal of City inclusion. We want Detroit subcontractors, residents, and Detroit-based and headquartered businesses.” The mass buying power of the DPS may even strengthen the competitiveness of smaller City of Detroit contractors in the bidding process, plus save the district dollars. “DPS has priced out HVAC units and boilers, and because of our mass buying power, if it is lower than what the contractor can get, they are allowed to use that,” said Carter. “We are trying to save money that way. We may get more of a bulk discount than a small contractor, so it will help small contractors, especially city contractors. If you can buy in volume, it helps you become more




opportunity to get the training you need, because the work will be there, sooner or later, if you have the skills.” The schoolhouse doors of all DPS facilities will be wide open to the community. Martin Luther King High School will even have an inhouse medical clinic for kids and the community. “It will have a separate entrance so the public and the students can’t intermingle,” said Carter. “DPS is donating the building. A local hospital is bringing in qualified medical personnel and equipment.” Plus, educational campuses will offer college courses for high school students and the community. “We’ve also had numerous meetings with each of the schools, … and we are encouraging the community to be involved in the process,” said Carter. A sense of mission drives Carter and the entire DPS team. “I had a chance to go to Miami to build another stadium, but this is home,” said Carter. “Kids basically have one chance in life to get to a (good) earning level. What is exciting to me is that we are developing a community program. This isn’t just going in and building a school and leaving. We are hoping it will help promote neighborhoods and families coming back to the City.” DPS has launched a website at THE FOLLOWING TRADE UNIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS PARTICIPATED IN THE SKILLED TRADES RESOURCE FAIR: • Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) • Architectural Contractors Trade Association (ACT) • MUST – Management and Unions Serving Together • Roofers and Waterproofers Union, Local 149 • Heat and Frost Insulators, Local 25 • Operators, Plasterers and Cement Masons, Local 67 and 514 • Brick Layers and Allied Craft Workers, Local 1 • International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 324 • Detroit JATC-Electrical Industry Training Center, NECA and IBEW Local 58 • Mechanical Contractors Association, • Detroit - Michigan Laborers Training and Apprenticeship Institute • Sheet Metal Workers, Local 80 • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Painters, IUPAT District Council No. 22 • Detroit Carpenters Apprenticeship School • Detroit One Stop Service Center, • Iron Workers, Local 25 • Michigan Works! • City of Detroit Human Rights Department • Ross Technical Center • Michigan Builders and Construction Trades Council

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aining access to clean water is as easy as turning on a faucet for most Americans, but few stop to consider the complex mechanisms that make this possible. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) is tasked with a monumental responsibility in supplying water for approximately four million people spread over a 1,079-square-mile service area that spans eight counties. Fortunately, the DWSD can call upon Michigan’s abundant supply of talented design and construction professionals to aid with this task. Construction manager Colasanti Construction Services, Inc., and engineer Tetra Tech, both of Detroit, are assisting DWSD with a substantial renovation of the Southwest Water Treatment Plant, one of five facilities that process all water entering the system. “The purpose is to modernize and automate the plant,” said Steven Schulte, MEP manager for Colasanti. “We’re installing equipment that will help with the process of collecting and treating sludge.” Several processes are used to purify water from the Detroit River before it is sent into the distribution system. The first, called flocculation, utilizes a series of paddles that are moved through the water to agitate it so sediment, also called floc, is sent to the bottom. This sediment falls into a sedimentation basin during the sedimentation process. This massive receptacle is divided into four sections, with the total square footage of the floor measuring nearly 300,000 square feet. Currently, this basin needs to be dewatered to let workers manually scoop sludge out, but the upgrade will include a chain and flight collector system with longitudinal and cross collectors that will slowly sweep the floor and collect sludge automatically underwater while the system is in


operation. Collected sludge that is currently transported offsite for further processing will also be treated and dewatered in a new residuals storage building after the project is completed. Another portion of the project involves attaching a new access tunnel to the raw water tunnel that supplies the Southwest Water Treatment Plant. Existing manholes and a series of probes will be used to locate the 12-foot diameter concrete and masonry tunnel before an auger is used to create a cylindrical excavation down to the crown of the existing tunnel. Specially trained divers will do some of this work underwater, as the tap point is well below the water level. Once the casing and manhole sections are in place, water will be allowed into the excavation to seek its natural level. This work will require careful timing and coordination with DWSD. “When we tap the top of the raw water tunnel, we need to make sure that they have their existing pumps turned off,” said Schulte. “We need to have the pressures as even as possible above and below the tap point so the divers don’t get swept away. A section of the tunnel could also fly up and hit them if there is too much pressure.” The Southwest Water Treatment Plant currently has a pumping capacity of 240 million gallons per day and it is the only plant that provides service for Grosse Ile, so much of the work must be scheduled for the six cooler months of the year that are “off-peak” for water usage. Even with this operational constraint, the project team hopes to have these significant improvements in place within two years.




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Michigan Court of Appeals Affirms Personal Liability of Corporate Officers Under the Michigan Builder’s Trust Fund Act
By Peter J. Cavanaugh, Esq. Cavanaugh & Quesada, PLC
roof that a corporate officer personally misappropriated contract proceeds “is not necessary to find an officer liable” for a violation of the Michigan Builder’s Trust Fund Act (MCL 570.151, et seq). “[A] reasonable inference of appropriation arises from the payment of construction funds to a contractor and the subsequent failure of the contractor to pay laborers, subcontractors, materialmen, or others entitled to payment.” So declared the Michigan Court of Appeals recently in another decision affirming the principle (and risk) of personal liability for the owners of construction companies under the Michigan Builder’s Trust Fund Act (MBTFA). In BC Tile & Marble Co. v Multi-Bldg Co., __ Mich. App __, 2010 Mich. App LEXIS 1036 (Mich. Ct App, April 13, 2010), the defendant general contractor built and sold a condominium (Unit


5) to a homeowner. Although the contractor received funds at the closing for Unit 5 to pay his tile and marble subcontractor, the contractor failed to pay the subcontractor citing defective workmanship and delayed performance. The subcontractor, who had recorded and served a construction lien just four days prior to the closing, then filed suit to foreclose his lien, and included a claim against the contractor’s president, in his individual capacity, for violation of the MBTFA. BACKGROUND The MBTFA provides that upon receipt of payment from the owner, a trust is created for the benefit of contractors, laborers, subcontractors and suppliers, and makes the contractor or subcontractor who receives the payment a trustee of the funds. The MBTFA on

its face is a criminal statute, but the courts have also recognized a civil cause of action under common law. To make out a civil cause of action under the MBTFA, a plaintiff must establish the following elements: • The defendant is a contractor or subcontractor engaged in the building construction industry; • The defendant was paid for labor or materials provided on a construction project; • The defendant retained or used those funds, or any part of those funds; • The funds were retained for any purpose other than to first pay laborers, subcontractors, and materialmen; and • The laborers, subcontractors and materialmen who were engaged by the defendant to perform labor or furnish material for the specific construction project. See, Livonia Bldg. Materials Co. v Harrison Construction Co., 276 Mich. App 514, 519 (2007). In BC Tile, plaintiff asserted that the president of Multi-Bldg Co. was personally liable because he had signed the closing documents that allowed for payment to other contractors, but not BC Tile. The president denied that he had any day-to-day involvement with or exercised any decision-making for the particular condominium project. The president further denied that he had personally received any of the funds at closing. While the Court of Appeals agreed that “there is no evidence here that [the president] personally used the funds owed to BC Tile,” it found that these facts were not dispositive of the MBTFA claim. First, the Court of Appeals reiterated its decision in People v Brown, a case arising out of a criminal prosecution under MBTFA: “there is no requirement that contract payments be made directly to the officer of the corporate contractor in order to hold the officer individually responsible under the MBTFA.” 239 Mich. App 735, 743-744 (2000). Second, relying on its 2007 decision involving civil claims, the Court of Appeals noted: “In Livonia Bldg., the defendant contractor received funds for a project but did not pay the plaintiff in full. The corporate officers gave testimony regarding their decision to put the funds received in various accounts and subsequently, their actions in writing checks to entities other than the plaintiff. This Court found that the individual corporate officers ‘acted in direct contravention of the MBTFA.’ According to this Court, there was sufficient evidence to create a presumption of
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misappropriation and to find the corporate officers individually liable.” The Court of Appeals concluded in BC Tile that the president of the construction contractor should not have been dismissed from the case, and reversed the trial court’s ruling. The president of the construction company thus faces a trial and a possible personal judgment. Unfortunately, the court’s decision in BC Tile is not an isolated incident, but is part of a growing body of law that makes it easier for unpaid subcontractors and suppliers to pierce the corporate veil and reach individual officers and shareholders. A number of cases even go so far as to put the burden of proof on the defendant to account for contract proceeds, rather than the plaintiff who is bringing the lawsuit. Michigan case law, however, limits claims under the MBTFA to private construction projects. In 1981, the Michigan Supreme Court was asked to interpret coverage of the statute. In doing so, the Supreme Court determined that the MBTFA covered only private work, and was not meant to cover public construction projects. This curious distinction has persisted for nearly 30 years. Although there have been several efforts to correct this anomaly in the law through changes in the law, none of these legislative efforts has gained much traction in the House or Senate. BANKRUPTCY ISSUES Not addressed in the BC Tile decision, but another significant issue for individual defendants, is the impact a trust fund claim can have in the context of a personal bankruptcy. Since the MBTFA is predicated on the existence of a trust, a violation of the statute is also a breach of the contractor’s fiduciary duties. Under the bankruptcy code, fraudulent conduct while acting in a fiduciary capacity is known as “defalcation,” and is one of the specified grounds for excluding a claim from discharge. Said another way, a claim under the MBTFA is a debt that can survive a bankruptcy when most other claims are discharged. To avoid such long-term personal liabilities, contractors and subcontractors must take care in these turbulent economic times to address shortfalls in payment with subcontractors and suppliers by securing waivers and releases that include officers and shareholders, especially when making compromise payment agreements, and documenting the reasons for non-payment to subcontractors and suppliers where facts and circumstances warrant the withholding of payment.

Mr. Cavanaugh practices law in Royal Oak. His practice is concentrated on business and construction law matters, including litigation, arbitration, and mediation of contract, construction lien and payment bond claims. He represents contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. For more information about the Michigan Builder’s Trust Fund Act, you can e-mail him at or visit his firm online at
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By Ronald B. Rich, Esq.
ne needs only to look into the business climate in Michigan to see how the downturn in our economy has impacted the construction industry. We have seen businesses small, medium, and large fall prey to a total downturn in construction. Additionally, the banks and other financial services are squeezing the blood out of suppliers, subcontractors and general contractors, making it more difficult to survive. In this economy you cannot afford to ignore the fact that the Michigan Construction Lien Act and applicable bond statutes were created to help protect your company and help you get paid. We recommend that you create a company policy of either appointing someone in-house or hiring a firm to file the appropriate lien and


bond papers. The difficulty is not in preparing the forms, but in deciding when to file and who has the ultimate responsibility of filing. As a threshold matter, to be entitled to a construction lien, you must “provide a physical improvement to real property.” That is, you must provide labor or materials, on a private project. It is never too early to request a copy of the Notice of Commencement which gives you all the necessary information you will need to file the Notice of Furnishing. The Notice of Furnishing must be filed within twenty (20) days of your first providing labor or materials and be served certified upon the general contractor and owner/designee. You need to do nothing further at that time except keep the certified return receipt cards in your possession.

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Owners and general contractors do not like to see liens filed on a project they are involved with. If you are not paid within ninety (90) days from your last furnishing of labor or materials on a private project, you must record and serve the claim of lien. The lien is filed with the county register of deeds where the property is located. You must serve the owner certified and we recommend you also serve the general contractor and bank, if known. The lien will not guarantee payment but will cause immediate concern and alert the owner to the fact that you must be paid, in fact it is a cloud on their title. Public jobs must be bonded. The general contractor is required to provide a qualified bond. If you do not have a contract directly with the principal (general contractor) under the bond, you must provide a thirty (30) day bond notice to the owner, principal, and bond company. If not paid within ninety (90) days, you must file a bond claim. The bonding company is a surety for the general contractor/principal and once a bond claim is filed, the process of collecting from the bonding company and/or general contractor begins. Affording your company lien and bond rights does not guarantee payment. Following the process alerts the owner as to who you are and the fact that you expect to be paid. If not, you have let them know that you will enforce these claims if made timely pursuant to the law. Your actions can affect draws from the owner to the general contractor, and within days you should be contacted in an attempt to resolve the claim. Your actions, in clouding the title to property, are never received well by an owner, and therefore they will require action to clear title. Once a suit is filed, you again must protect your rights. Even though the suit can be complicated with many parties, usually they are resolved prior to foreclosure. We recommend that you hire qualified counsel who knows how to minimize your costs and that you protect your claim in the foreclosure lawsuit. Our economy has changed dramatically. There is less work to be had at a lower price as competition has increased among those remaining contractors. Therefore, protecting your lien and bond rights is an essential part of doing business. There are no guarantees, but you can take a big step towards collecting what is rightfully yours for a minimal cost.

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BY J OHN L ACY P HOTOGRAPHY, PROSHOOTER . COM he Architectural Contractors Trade Association (ACT) recognized four area subcontractors for their hard work and outstanding construction projects at the 15th Annual INTEX Achievement Awards held in late April at the Troy Marriott. This year's INTEX Award ceremony honored the nominees and their projects completed in 2009. Established in 1995 to acknowledge outstanding achievements in Interior & Exterior construction projects, the INTEX Achievement Award is open to all union contractors. The ACT Promotion Committee and a panel of architects judge the projects. Criteria for the award include aesthetics, workmanship, and difficulty of installation and scope of work. In the past 15 years, over 43 INTEX Awards have been given out to 30 different companies. ACT thanks the panel of


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ord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles in the Hindu tradition, must have heard the prayers of the 1,200 members of the Hindu Temple of Canton. A narrow linear site, cost constraints and a protracted site plan approval process did not deter this devoted community from building a 37,500-square-foot temple six times the size of its original facility. Once housed in a small brick building with cinder block walls, the temple has blossomed into a newly constructed worship space with a grand prayer hall enveloping the devout in its rose-colored walls. Carved lotus flowers mark the 9-foot-tall, two-inch-thick oak


entrance and vestibule doors that open into an interior also housing a welcome center, seven classrooms, and a library containing rare and ornately illustrated manuscripts from India. A multi-purpose hall on the lower level has an extensive stage, a fully equipped kitchen and 15-foot-high ceilings. The main level is a fitting place for the deities; the lower level is the perfect space for weddings, discourses, and other community events. As the project team, Rand Construction Engineering, Inc. and Lindhout Associates Architects AIA, PC, both of Brighton researched some of the practices of what is often considered the oldest living
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THE SECOND OBSTACLE: A NARROW LINEAR SITE Rand and Lindhout worked closely with the Temple Board over the course of the entire project, for the building’s structural system and interior corridors are intimately linked to the religious practices of Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma. “The real name of our religion is Sanatana which means forever,” said Shah. The full name - Sanatana Dharma – is Sanskrit for eternal law. Hindu is merely the name first ascribed to the people living near the Indus River in northern India. THE FIRST OBSTACLE: SITE PLAN APPROVAL Other lessons were in store for the project team throughout this Rand’s path as construction manager of this unique building fascinating endeavor. The 900-person prayer hall had to provide began about five years ago with the construction of a manufacevery worshiper a clear view of the seven deities placed on turing facility for Manoj Sachdeva, the temple’s Chairman of the individual granite platforms along a main altar. This requirement Board and a supplier for the automotive industry. Sachdeva became steered the project toward design and construction of an extremely a satisfied repeat client over the course of several years. “We long clear span. “The 14 trusses for the free span are 115-foot-long,” selected Rand because of their reputation,” said Suresh Shah, a said Haskins. “But with longer spans comes deeper structural Temple board member. “Our Chairman has worked with them in the members.” past and provided good At 18 feet in height, reports of Rand. They the basement walls are definitely great.” are exceptionally The project team deep, and the 3-footfirst began meeting in thick footings late 2006 with extremely robust, Sachdeva to establish both to address the a program and to clear span’s structural prepare some simple needs and to meet sketches. The first community wishes obstacle was for a spacious obtaining site plan banquet facility on approval. Shortly after the lower level. “The purchasing the Temple did not want property along Cherry anyone to feel like Hill Road in 1985, the they were in a community built a basement, so we modest temple, created 15-foot-high adding a multiceilings with added purpose hall in 1994 room for mechanical for a grand total of space,” said Eckstein. 6,800 square feet of The depth of the space. Even as the Temple Stante Excavating, Wixom, excavated just over 20,000 cubic yards of soil for excavation even altered grew, Canton Township the basement. Poured Brick Walls, Inc., Brighton, placed 1,300 cubic yards of concrete and 43 tons of steel reinforcement for the basement. the traditional sequence began to be filled with of construction. “Because subdivisions, creating a of the height of the basement walls, they have a tendency to want to clash of interest when the Temple decided to expand in 2006 and to push in,” said Eckstein. “We had to first install underground move from a location directly on Cherry Hill to a position deeper plumbing, mechanical and electrical work and get the basement into the linear site and closer to adjacent residential neighborhoods. slab poured before we even backfilled.” Rand waited almost four “It took a year to go through the site plan approval process,” said months to be able to backfill around the outside perimeter of the Eckstein. basement walls. Sensitive to neighborhood concerns, the Temple and the project The narrow linear site added another level of complexity to the team blocked visual access and general noise with berms, excavation and to the entire design and construction process. For landscaping and appealing masonry screen walls. “We have safety, the height of the basement walls required a deep, broad buffered the building from the neighborhood,” said Eckstein. “There excavation with a series of stepped tiers. Rand successfully is going to be a forest of trees planted on the site.” managed tiered excavation on a tight linear site with a single access Placing the building’s five mechanical units on a specially built road on the east side of the property. “It was challenging to manage lower roof, wrapped on all sides in a stockade of sound absorption the flow of construction and vehicle traffic back into the south panels, effectively blocks the sight and the sound of the rooftop
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religious tradition in the world, to build this jewel of a temple with sensitivity to its modes of worship and a keen eye for cost. The end result is a temple of ancient forms but modern materials. “We were shown images and forms of what to study for the temple’s two domes,” said John Eckstein, Lindhout project architect. “The ancient domes were handcrafted by artisans in India, but could not be duplicated cost-effectively in the United States. We presented variations of several domes for the temple’s review, and opted for a pre-finished, aluminum-clad dome built using modern methods.” Ultimately, Rand shaved “a million dollars off of the original budget through value engineering of mechanical, electrical and other systems,” said David R. Haskins, project manager of Rand Construction, the design-build construction manager of the $7.8 million dollar project.

units. “The lower roof covers the last 25 feet of the south end of the building,” said Haskins. “The panels around the perimeter are specially manufactured sound absorption panels that are a type of metal panel with weather-resistant bats. Because the roof and panels create a recessed area about six feet lower than the main roof, you can’t really see any of the mechanical components of the building.”






creator and absolute God in Hinduism. “The chanting of OM is a powerful vibration going through mind and soul,” said Shah. The painted OM sets the inner tone for the devotee entering the next tier, namely a barrel-vaulted vestibule with a welcome center and library to the west. The third tier widens into a lobby aglow with a chandelier suspended from the interior of a second dome. Coat and shoe racks flank the lobby, creating areas for temple members to take off their shoes and wash their hands. Turning toward the left, temple members enter a corridor, round the corner, and enter the prayer hall directly facing the seven deities. This graceful house of worship has a delicate beauty expressed in cornice details painted a bright gold. Elegant chandeliers, reused from the existing temple, illuminate the THE THIRD prayer hall painted in OBSTACLE: COST a calming shade of Rand and Lindhout rose. The domed successfully delivered archways over each a beautiful building deity platform are on a tight budget. The flowing, curvilinear exterior masonry is a lines coming to a sharp pleasant blend of light, The prayer hall’s 115-foot-long clear span allows every worshipper a central point. “It points neutral colors ranging upward as a symbol directing from beige to champagne and clear view of the altar. Rand installed 14 trusses to create this serene us to the Almighty,” said Shah. a light yellow. With an eye for worship space. The new prayer hall cost, the exterior façade is will enable the Canton temple to expand the number of deities from composed of several varieties of concrete masonry products: a five to seven. In Hinduism, the deities are the many incarnations, concrete masonry burnish block product simulating a stone base; a aspects or manifestations of God through time. “Hinduism believes brick product called C Brick that is actually made of concrete rather that there is only one God,” said Shah, “but incarnations at different than clay; and custom fabricated EIFS that add detail and character stages.” to a series of faux columns, window arches and lotus medallions. The The prayer hall also houses the havan, a place for fire ceremonies extensive screen wall has a similar masonry composition, complete within this beautiful worship space. Rand installed an exhaust with lotus medallions. system to service the havan, as well as in-floor heating in tile areas “The C Brick is an oversize brick that is a bit more durable and on the perimeter of the hall’s carpeted expanse. Because temple cost-effective than clay, but still provides the same appearance as members do not wear shoes in the hall, in-floor heating is in all tile traditional clay brick,” said Haskins. areas leading from the shoe storage area to the prayer hall. The roof materials reflect the same devotion to traditional forms A wise use of funds made it all possible. “The building is very combined with attention to cost. “We emulated the tile roofs of ornate, but yet we had to be smart with how the client spent his India, but used a metal product,” said Haskins. “The 16 small cupolas money,” said Eckstein. “Classrooms and offices are more functional, on the roof look like copper but are actually copper-painted less flash. The biggest challenge was, “How do you hit the budget aluminum.” when you have certain demands, such as a banquet facility in the basement with a fully operational stage?’” A NEW TEMPLE BLOSSOMS Stage construction called for pouring a slab on top of the floor The project team nimbly managed every obstacle to deliver a slab, erecting masonry walls and installing a sand infill before wonderful new temple to the Sanatana Dharma community of building the platform, itself. The multi-purpose hall has a sophiswestern Wayne County. At heart, the building’s form is a path to the ticated audiovisual system, a fully equipped commercial kitchen, prayer hall expressed in a series of ground-level tiers, widening in and an elegant lobby. Thanks to the dedicated and savvy team of successive increments, until the devotee reaches this core space. Rand Construction and Lindhout Associates, the Sanatana Temple in The path to prayer begins with the long, narrow entrance canopy Canton now has a wonderful place to worship, to conduct dance, lined with an underside of stained pine and topped with a dome. music and yoga classes, and to hold its major festivals. Namaste. The dome exterior and interior is hand painted with the OM sign, the first sound of the universe uttered by Lord Brahma, the name of the section,” said Haskins The narrow linear lot complicated the logistics of maintaining existing Temple access. “We had people coming in for services even as we were building a new de-acceleration lane and widening Cherry Hill and constructing the building, itself.” The test tube-shaped site even slightly altered the interior configuration. In the Sanatana Dharma religion, the deities must face the east and the worshippers must enter the temple facing the deities. This practice was problematic on a narrow site stretching along a north-south axis. Even though the main entrance is on the north, Lindhout created an interior corridor allowing Temple members to enter the prayer hall directly facing the deities.




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CONSULTANTS AND SUBCONTRACTORS, SANATANA (HINDU) TEMPLE OF CANTON • Civil Engineer – Boss Engineering, Howell • Trailer Rental – Williams Scotsman, Brighton • Temporary Fencing – National Construction Rentals, Columbus, OH • Grouting – Brown Drilling Company, Inc., Howell • Earthwork – Stante Excavating, Wixom • Asphalt – Nagle Paving Company, Novi • Landscaping – Crimboli Nursery and Landscape, Canton • Dumpster Gate – South Lyon Fence, South Lyon • Footings – Poured Brick Walls, Inc., Brighton • Flatwork – The Gilardone Company, Novi • Masonry – Teera Construction Co., Livonia • Steel – Service Iron Works, South Lyon • Carpentry – Conquest Construction Co., Inc., Livonia • Millwork – Doors & Drawers, Dexter • Roofing – Royal West Roofing, Whitmore Lake • Caulking – JC Pattock, Pinckney • Waterproofing – Williams Watertite, Wixom • EIFS – Pollock Plastering, Temperance • Doors & Hardware – A&C Builders Hardware, Warren • Rolling Grilles – Overhead Door West Commercial, Waterford • Glass – Calvin and Company, Flint • Acoustic Panels Interior & Exterior – PCI Industries, Oak Park • Hard Tile – B&B Tile and Marble Co., Inc., Fairhaven • Wood Flooring – Foster Specialty Floors, Wixom • Flooring – USA Floorcovering, Livonia • Painting – Cavalier Painting, Sterling Heights • TA & TP – RE Leggette, Dearborn • Marker Boards & Fire Extinguishers – Architectural Building Components, Oak Park • Flagpole – Rocket Enterprise, Warren • Coat Racks, Proj. Screens – Rayhaven Group, Inc., Southfield • Signage – JL Geisler Corp., Warren • Folding Partitions – Urbans Partitions and Remodeling Co., Northville • Architectural Domes, Lanterns – Campbellsville Industries, Inc., Campbellsville, KY • Crane Company – JJ Curran Crane Co., Detroit • Food Service Equipment – Gold Star Equipment, Inc., Oak Park • Elevators – Otis Elevator Company, Farmington Hills
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• Audio Visual – Henk Audio, Taylor • Fire Protection – Tri Star Fire Protection, Plymouth • Plumbing – Shank Coupland Long Co., Flint • HVAC – Dee Cramer, Holly • Electrical – McSweeney Electric, Wixom • Awnings – Signature Awning, Livonia • Decorative Painting – Ken Williams, Detroit

• Deity Granite – Perfect Marble and Tile, Sterling Heights • Curtains – Tobins Lake Sales, Whitmore Lake Subcontractors and professional consultants listed in this feature are identified by the general contractor, architect or owner.






TORLYS Leather™ Floors Create a Sensation
TORLYS Inc. has created a breakthrough floor for today’s home: luxurious, environmentally responsible flooring crafted with recycled leather. Stunning in its look and feel, TORLYS Leather is a bold, remarkable floor that is available through select channels across the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and New Zealand. Like all TORLYS Smart Floors, TORLYS Leather ensures long-lasting performance. TORLYS Leather is produced to be very dense and to stand up beautifully to the wear and tear of everyday living. TORLYS Leather carries a 25-year residential wear warranty. The floors are suitable for all areas of the house with the exception of bathrooms. Inspired by the quality of fine Italian leather, TORLYS has created a distinct collection that includes eight different styles with names such as Trieste, Novara Black and Modena Wine. TORLYS Leather floors made with recycled leather are finding their way into virtually every room in the house. From living rooms, media rooms, home offices, kitchens and bedrooms to even mudrooms, this floor makes a dramatic and unique statement. The floor’s stunning looks are enhanced by extra-long planks and oversized tiles. While leather floors have been produced before, they have been available only in glue-down formats for limited and customized applications, usually accessible only to a select group of very high-end customers. TORLYS Leather Floors are made with leather fibers recycled from the manufacture of jackets, upholstery, belts, shoes and handbags, making use of material that would otherwise find its way to local landfills. The recycled leather is adhered to a premium HDF (high density fiber) “smart core” made from top quality exterior grade wood with no added formaldehyde. These floors feature a cork backing - a totally renewable resource and a natural insulator – for extra comfort, warmth and quietness. This innovative use of cork eliminates the need for an underlay in most cases, saving time and money on installation. In addition to the environmental benefit of using recycled leather, TORLYS Leather Floors contain no harmful VOC emissions, no added formaldehyde, and exceed California Indoor Air Quality standards. The floors can be re-installed and used up to three times under the same twenty-five year residential warranty. Visit for more information.

General Equipment Company’s New Carpet Dryer Provides Powerful, Quiet Operation
General Equipment Company has introduced the CD10P Carpet Dryer to accommodate a wide variety of carpet and surface drying needs. The blower is built to withstand abuse, but is light enough to be easily carried. Its powerful, yet quiet fan accelerates the evaporation process of minor flooding events to help prevent the formation of mold and mildew. Powered by a 1-horsepower, 3-speed motor, the CD10P can be plugged into a standard 115VAC outlet. At the highest speed setting it produces a maximum airflow rate of 3,800 CFM, while generating only 72 decibels of sound (quieter than a telephone dial tone). The blower can be positioned horizontally, vertically or at a 45-degree angle to yield the desired results. It is also stackable for either operational or storage purposes. The CD10P’s housing is constructed from high-density, noncorrosive polyethylene, which is not only durable, but also light. The machine weighs just 42 pounds, and it includes a balanced handle for easy transport. The fan is constructed from galvanized steel, and the inlet screens are non-corrosive to endure damp environments. Other standard features include a 25-foot extension cord and a damage-resistant on/off switch. For more information, contact General Equipment Co., 620 Alexander Drive S.W., Owatonna, MN 55060; call 507-451-5510 or 800-533-0524; fax 507-451-5511 or 877-344-4375(DIGGER5); or visit the website at

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Green Glue’s Noiseproofing System for Walls and Ceilings Keeps Noise Out
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has introduced its Green Glue noiseproofing system for walls and ceilings. The system comprises four products and makes it easy to incorporate sound isolation into wall and ceiling designs and substantially reduce noise transmission. Applying a specialized sound-damping material to walls and ceilings can significantly cut back the noise transmission. Adding just one layer of the Green Glue Noiseproofing compound, a viscoelastic damping material, between two sheets of drywall can effectively eliminate up to 90 percent of noise, even at lowfrequencies. It can be used in any fire-rated assembly according to the International Building Code; it doesn’t contribute to mold growth, and it has almost no odor. When building a brand new wall, mechanically decoupling or isolating it using double studs, staggered studs, sound clips, or a resilient channel prevents noise from moving from one side of the wall to the other through physical vibration. The Green Glue Noiseproofing Clips are designed with maximum low-frequency sound isolation in mind, and they can reduce a significant amount of noise. Rated with Sound Transmission Class (STC) values in the 60s, they are among the highest-performing sound clips available today. Sound conduction is a major contributor to flanking noise – sound that can travel over, under, or around a wall, and through sonic weak points like doors, electrical outlets, and cracks. An acoustic sealant like the Green Glue Noiseproofing Sealant protects those weak points when walls are first put up. And when it comes to retrofitting, the sealant can be applied to any cracks between the walls, ceilings, floors, windows or doors to effectively reduce noise transmission 100-fold or more. Squeaky floorboards in the room above are another contributor to noise being transmitted through ceilings. Green Glue Noiseproofing Joist Tape eliminates the squeaks generated when foot traffic causes sub-flooring and joists to rub together. The Joist Tape acts as a sound isolating buffer when applied between joists and sub-flooring, and its low thermal conductivity improves energy efficiency. To learn more about The Green Glue Company and noiseproofing, visit

IDEAL IENet Pro™ is First Hand-Held Tester Specifically Designed to Troubleshoot Industrial Ethernet Cabling
IDEAL Industries, Inc. unveiled the IENet PRO Industrial Ethernet Cable Tester. Optimized for LAN testing efficiency, the IENet PRO empowers network professionals to instantly verify the integrity of two-pair and four-pair Industrial Ethernet cables, and to assure proper terminations by detecting opens, shorts, miswires, reversals and split pairs in fractions of a second. With its integrated RJ-45 (UTP/STP) and shielded M12 coax interfaces and Profinet® formatted results, the IENet PRO is the only hand-held tester specifically designed for this cable type. The IENet PRO’s ergonomic design puts full-featured Industrial Ethernet cable testing in the palm of the operator’s hand. A single button push selects between voice, 2 and 4 pair data, or video, keeping user interactions at a minimum to help prevent mistakes and unnecessary repetitions. In addition to detecting wiring faults, the IENet PRO will measure cable length and indicate correct wiremap to T568A/B standards for shielded and unshielded cabling. It will also warn the user of voltages on cables, blink network hubs for visual cable tracing, and generate four unique tones to make fault isolation easier. Straightforward “Pass” or “Miswire” results are displayed in the Profinet® Industrial Ethernet format on the unit’s LCD screen. This bright backlit full dot matrix screen is easy to read even in dark wiring closets, and viewable in extreme low-light environments. The unit’s detachable remote enables one-person operation, eliminating the need for technicians to be at both ends of the cable

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Kwikset handle offering. The Belleview handle is available with a list price ranging between $90 and $116 depending on choice of function and finish, which include: Bright Brass, Antique Brass, Satin Nickel, Satin Chrome and Venetian Bronze. The handle also offers a lifetime mechanical warranty, a 5-year finish warranty, can be ordered with either the traditional pin and tumbler cylinder or with SmartKey re-key technology with BumpGuard™ protection, and includes ANSI/BHMA Grade 3 deadbolt security. The Balboa lever features a new reversible wave-style design to easily accommodate a right or left-handed door, and uses a similar set screw design as that featured in the Kwikset Signature Series™ levers. The Balboa lever is offered in the same variety of finishes as the Belleview with list prices ranging from $31 to $60 depending on function and finish. The Balboa is ANSI/BHMA Grade 3 certified, and like the Belleview offers the same lifetime mechanical warranty, 5-year finish warranty, and can be ordered with either the traditional pin and tumbler cylinder or SmartKey re-key technology with BumpGuard protection. For more information on these or other Kwikset products, call 1-800-327-LOCK or visit

under test. The standard IENet PRO package (part #33-772) comes with one remote with an RJ-45 and M12 interface. It is also available with eight remotes (Part #33-773). Remote ID numbers are indicated on the LCD display. Industrial Ethernet cables differ from standard network cables found in commercial or residential applications. Industrial Ethernet cables are more ruggedly constructed to ensure optimum network performance and uptime, even when subjected to damaging EMI, extreme temperatures, crushing, vibration, corrosive chemicals, and UV exposure. For more information, contact Ideal Industries, Inc., Becker Place, Sycamore, Illinois 60178; phone 1-800-947-3614; fax: 1-800-533-4483. On the Web: Follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

Italian Styling and Unique, Contemporary Design Define the Ercole Pendant by Targetti
Targetti introduces the Ercole Pendant. Advanced lighting technology and an energysaving, compact fluorescent light source create an ambience filled with passion and charm. The Ercole represents Italian lighting culture at its best. The Ercole’s classic, geometric shape ensures adaptability among a wide range of settings. Rich, exciting colors focus attention and provide interest to the design and layout of any room. The Ercole is designed with a polyurethane shade painted in any one of five glossy colors: iris purple, orange, polished black, pearl white or yellow mustard. The diffuser is made of durable polycarbonate. For greater design adaptability, the light fixture comes in two sizes: 41.3˝ or 59.1˝ diameter as well as two lighting options for each size - downlight or up and downlight. The Ercole is mounted directly to the ceiling with four aircraft cables. For more information regarding the new Ercole Pendant, including technical specifications and photometrics, please contact Targetti Poulsen USA Customer Service at 954-349-2525, or visit Targetti online at

MFM Building Products Introduces Peal & Seal® Powerbond White 250
MFM Building Products Corporation has introduce Peel & Seal PowerBond White 250. The product is specifically designed to tape seams on insulated aluminum panels and can be used as a flashing material for roof and gutter repair, window flashing and as a general-purpose waterproofing product. Peel & Seal PowerBond White 250 uses a highly aggressive Broad Temperature Spectrum asphalt adhesive that is combined with a proven UV-stable outer film to form a long-lasting protective barrier. The end result is a taped seam that prevents leaks and reduces storm water damage. The product is very aggressive, making it easy to install even at temperatures as low as 25°F. The product is offered in 50’ rolls in both 4” and 6” widths, and in white only. The main features of Peel & Seal PowerBond White 250 are that it provides water/weather proofing, aggressively sticks to most surfaces for a sealing bond, self-seals around fasteners, conforms to odd shapes and is backed by a 12-year Limited Warranty. Installation of Peel & Seal PowerBond White 250 as easy as removing the release paper and pressing it into place. The product can be cut using scissors or a utility knife. PowerBond White 250 adheres to the roof deck and itself when overlapped. Finish installation by rolling the seams with a hand roller. For more information concerning Peel & Seal® PowerBond White 250 or MFM Building Products Corporation, please contact the company at: MFM Building Products, P.O. Box 340, Coshocton, OH 43812; phone: 800-882-7663; fax: 740-622-6161; website,; or e-mail,

Kwikset® Introduces New Belleview™ Handle and Balboa™ Lever Door Hardware Design Families
Kwikset today announced the availability of two new door hardware designs – the Belleview handle and Balboa lever. These new, affordable designs are both available with SmartKey™ re-key technology built-in, allowing homeowners a greater level of home security and convenience at a price that won’t break the bank. The Belleview handle sports a new beveled arch design in a traditional style. The Balboa features a new reversible wave style lever, so it can be used on either right or left-handed doors for added convenience. With its arched shape that provides a new take on a traditional design, the Belleview was intended to bring an updated look to the




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acquisition, design and construction, to maintenance, restoration and redevelopment. Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering, Inc. (F&V), a Grand Rapids-based turnkey Civil/Environmental Engineering and Architectural firm, is pleased to announce that Bob Czerew Czerew, Bob Bouwkamp, Ron Donajkowski, Tim Fitzgerald and John Nelson have joined their staff. Czerew, AIA, has recently joined the firm and brings over thirty years of experience in the Bouwkamp architectural field. Previously, he was a founding principal in his own architectural firm. Bouwkamp, PE, is working as a project manager and electrical systems manager in F&V’s Grand Rapids office. Nelson Donajkowski has joined the firm’s Traverse City team as a construction inspector, specializing in infrastructure. Fitzgerald was recently hired as a site superintendent for construction management projects out of the firm’s Midland office. Nelson, CPESC, has joined F&V as an engineering technician with their Civil Engineering Group in Kalamazoo. He has several erosion control and stormwater management certifications, and is actively involved in lake, stream and watershed organizations in southwest Michigan. F&V has built a growing engineering and architectural practice with eight offices throughout Michigan and Indiana. Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED), an award-winning, full-service design organization based locally in Southfield, recently announced that Susan King, AIA, was honored as King the “Mindful Metropolis Readers’ Choice 2010: Best of Mindful Chicago Award Recipient” for Best Green Architect. Mindful Metropolis, a monthly magazine dedicated to connecting Chicago’s conscious community, held the inaugural Green Carpet Gala at the Marmon Grand in Chicago’s Historic Motor Row District. HED has offices in Southfield, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Berkeley.

Ryan Maibach, vice president of Barton Malow Company, Southfield, recently received the honor of 2010 Outstanding Young Engineer, by the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD). The Maibach honor was conferred at the SoundBoard Theatre at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit on June 23. Each year since 1953, ESD has presented the award to an engineer under age 35 who has made significant contributions to the engineering community. Maibach has been with Barton Malow for 13 years. A graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering Management, he was promoted to vice president in 2008. With a strong interest in recruiting and mentoring young professionals, he oversees the company’s LEAPS (LEArning Practicum for Students) internship program and is a member of the Purdue University Construction Engineering and Management Advisory Board. Hartland Insurance Group, Inc., Auburn Hills, recently announced that agent Dick Ferguson has joined their firm, where he merged his recent business from A.O. Underwriters with Ferguson Hartland. Ferguson has been in the insurance business since 1967 when he began with Employers of Wausau. He has specialized in insurance and contract surety for the construction industry since 1977. Most recently he has developed an insurance program for the Motorsports industry, which provides track coverage for drag racers and road racers. Gerald Belian, PE, vice president and principal at Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc. (SME), Plymouth, was recently honored by the Notre Dame Club of Detroit as the Club’s Belian “2010 Award of the Year” recipient. Belian is a former president of the Notre Dame Club of Detroit. He was recognized for his outstanding contributions, and long-time service and dedication to the Club. As vice president/principal at SME, Belian is involved with senior project management and business development for development and redevelopment projects. With over 40 years of experience, he helps clients at every stage of development and ownership, from site
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Hanner has more than 16 years of experience in the construction industry, and is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in construction management. AIST is a non-profit organization that advances the technical development, production, processing and application of iron and steel. AIST has more than 15,000 members worldwide and includes iron and steel producers, suppliers, academics and students. The Rudolph/Libbe Companies is among the nation’s largest contractors and employs nearly 1,500 construction trades through offices in Lima, Toledo, Cleveland and Walbridge, OH; Plymouth, MI; and Atlanta, GA. Somat Engineering, an international Inc., engineering consulting firm headquartered in Detroit, has added a project manager and staff engineer to their Civil Engineering Park Services Group. Michael Park, PE, joins the firm as project manager for Civil Engineering Services. Park has worked in the consulting and construction industry for more than 15 years, and specializes in the areas of municipal and private infrastructure. Emil Bunek III also joins the Civil Engineering Services group as staff engineer. Bunek’s experience is in water main design, project coordination and Bunek construction materials testing. Grand Rapids-based Triangle Associates, Inc., a general contracting, construction management, design/build services and sustainable/LEED consulting firm, recently Watt announced the following two appointments. Mitchell Watt, AIA, has been appointed to the position of president of the firm. He will also retain his role as chief business development officer and Datema will continue to direct the company’s sales, marketing, and preconstruction activities. Craig Datema, AIA, has assumed the newly created role of chairman and CEO of Triangle. He will be responsible for long-range strategic planning, emerging markets, geographic expansion and community service.

Jim Hanner, project manager for Rudolph/Libbe Inc.’s Plymouth office, has been elected chairman of the executive committee of the Detroit Chapter of the Hanner Association of Iron and Technology (AIST) for the 2010-2011term.




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s you all are probably aware, the 2010 Construction Buyers Guide has been out on the street for several months now. In an effort to keep our information as accurate and up-to-date as possible, we’re including here all the changes and corrections we have received for members’ company listings as of June 15. Changes from the book are in bold. To see continually amended company listings, check out the Buyers Guide Online at, updated mid-month. Return to this section every month in CAM Magazine to get heads-up information and news involving the Construction Buyers Guide. Questions? Contact Mary Carabott at 248-972-1000 for answers and to find out how to add to your online listings. No updates will be made to the online Buyers Guide from July 15 thru January 30. To obtain additional copies of the Guide, stop by the CAM office and pick them up at no additional charge, or send $6 per book for shipping to have the books sent to your company via UPS. Please call ahead of time for authorization if your firm requires a substantial number of copies. Invoices for the listings have been generated and mailed. Prompt payment ensures a good-standing membership and ability to list in the 2011 Buyers Guide. We will gladly answer any questions regarding charges on invoices. Preparation for the 2011 Buyers Guide has begun – look for renewal forms in your mail in early August.


American Professional Painting, Inc. 16908 Birwood Ave. Royal Oak, MI 48073 Phone: 248-547-3659 Caremor, Inc. 7060 Kensington Rd. Brighton, MI 48116 Phone: 800-917-6486 Fax: 810-360-4088 Carter Lumber 1990 E. US Highway 223 Adrian, MI 49221 Phone: 734-216-3163 City Re-Steel, Inc. 3970 Second St. Wayne, MI 48184 Phone: 734-728-7200 Fax: 734-728-1739 F&P Painting, Inc. 52020 Van Dyke Ave. Utica, MI 48316 Phone: 586-323-4140 Fax: 586-323-9877 Goddard Coatings Co. 4800 Joslyn Rd., Suite A Lake Orion, MI 48359 Phone: 248-393-6320 Fax: 248-393-6329 George A. Granger, PE, LLC 4000 Portage St., Suite 111 Kalamazoo, MI 48001 Phone: 269-344-7377 Fax: 269-344-7472 S.E. Kalchik Mechanical, Inc. 9367 Chubb Rd. Northville, MI 48167 Phone: 248-449-5070 Fax: 248-449-5272 Kolbi Pipe Marker Co. 416 W. Campus Dr. Arlington, IL 60004 Phone: 800-499-8450 Fax: 800-596-3057 Lakeside Interior Contractors 36870 Eckel Rd. Perrysburg, OH 43551 Phone: 419-867-1300 Fax: 419-867-9590 Midwest Infrared Services, Inc. 7906 Brooklyn Rd. Jackson, MI 49201 Phone: 517-320-0240 Shear-Weld 27995 Johnson Rd. Grosse Ile, MI 48138 Phone: 734-676-1300 Fax: 734-676-3100 HCSS-Heavy Construction Systems Specialists, Inc. 13151 W. Airport Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77478 Phone: 800-683-3196 Fax: 713-270-0185 Heritage Window & Door, Inc. P.O. Box 361360 Grosse Pointe, MI 48236 Phone: 313-893-2000 Fax: 313-893-2007 IaComp Construction, Inc. 930 Commerce Dr. Westland, MI 48185 Phone: 734-354-9491 Fax: 734-459-3250 Integrated Design Solutions, LLC 1441 W. Long Lake Rd., Suite 200 Troy, MI 48084 Phone: 248-823-2100 Fax: 248-823-2200

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Aluminum Supply Company/Marshall Sales..........5 CAM Affinity ..................................................................27 CAM ECPN ....................................................................IBC CAM Magazine ..............................................................37 CAM Membership ......................................................IFC




CAM Michigan Construction Marketplace ..........10 Cavanaugh & Quesada, PLC ......................................19 Connelly Crane Rental Corp. ....................................15 Detroit Terrazzo Contractors Association ............23 Doeren Mayhew............................................................17 Facca Richter & Pregler, P.C. ......................................15


Oct. 3-8 – SFPE 2010 Professional Development Conference and Exposition The Society of Fire Protection Engineers will host this event at the Astor Crowne Plaza in New Orleans, LA. This event will include two days of cutting-edge presentations and an Engineering Technology Exposition with over 40 leading fire protection organizations. More information about this event can be found at

Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. ................17 G2 Consulting Group ..................................................24 Hartland Insurance Group, Inc. ................................36 Hilti....................................................................................35 Kotz, Sangster, Wysocki and Berg, P.C.....................25 Lawrence Technological University ........................13 McCoig Materials ............................................................7 Michigan Concrete Association ..............................11 Navigant Consulting....................................................37 North American Dismantling Corp. ........................20 Oakland Companies ....................................................11 Plante & Moran, PLLC ..................................................31 Plumbing Professors....................................................24 Plunkett Cooney ..........................................................21 Rick's Portables Sanitation, LLC................................20 SMRCA..............................................................................17 Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, P.C. ........................13 Trend Group ..................................................................BC Valenti Trobec Chandler Inc.........................................3 Woods Construction Inc.............................................23

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
Jul. 29-Sep. 16 – ASCC Events The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) has announced the following events: Jul. 29-Aug. 1 – ASCC CEO Forum – Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, Ojai, CA Sep. 16-19 – ASCC Annual Conference – Little America, Salt Lake City, UT More information is available at, or by calling 866-788ASCC (2722).

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

CAM Golf Outings
August 18 – Fieldstone Golf Club, Auburn Hills September 15 – Cherry Creek Golf Club, Shelby Township To reserve a spot in any of these outings, call Diana Brown at 248-972-1000.




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