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Create a Culture
of Safety


Three Easy Steps
to Making an
Flooring Decision

Plus: NATURAL LEARNERS – College of Educaton and Human Services Building, Mt. Pleasant
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24 Flatliners
Critical Flooring Installation at Healthcare Facilities

FEATURES 28 Greenprint for the Future

Three Easy Steps to Making an “Eco-Intelligent”
Flooring Decision


14 On the Jobsite
Building Beyond the Book

30 Natural Learners
College of Educaton and Human Services Building at
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant
18 Create a
Culture of
8 Industry News
9 Safety Tool Kit
36 Product Showcase
40 People in Construction
44 CAM Welcomes New Members
44 CAM Buyers Guide Updates
45 Construction Calendar
46 Advertisers Index


This month’s Flooring Feature includes an overview of the challenges faced by
flooring contractors working in healthcare environments. The DMC Children’s
22 Friends in Low Places
Great Lakes Ceramic Tile Council
Hospital of Michigan Autism Center in Novi provides an excellent example.
Photo by Matthew Austermann, courtesy of Master Craft Carpet Service, Inc.

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PUBLISHER Kevin N. Koehler

EDITOR Amanda M. Tackett


David R. Miller


GRAPHIC DESIGN Marci L. Christian

Chairman Robert J. Michielutti, Jr.,
Michielutti Bros., Inc.
Vice Chairman Brian J. Brunt,
Brunt Associates
Vice Chairman Glenn E. Parvin,
Treasurer R. Andrew Martin,
F.H. Martin Constructors
President Kevin N. Koehler

DIRECTORS Stephen J. Auger,

Stephen Auger + Associates Architects

M. James Brennan
Broadcast Design & Construction, Inc.

James C. Capo,
DeMattia Group

Brian D. Kiley,
Edgewood Electric, Inc.


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Zervos Group,Inc. Society of Professional Engineers; the

Michigan Society of Professional Engineers;
and the Society of American Military
• BONDS Engineers (SAME).
ACEC/M also elected the following
officers and Board of Directors: President-
• CONTRACTORS Elect – Andrew McCune, Wade Trim, Taylor;
INSURANCE Treasurer - Keith Swaffer, PE, NTH
Consultants, Detroit; National Director –
Tom Long, PE, Rowe Professional Services,
• ENVIRONMENTAL Flint; Board of Directors: Wally Alix, PE,
INSURANCE Hubbell Roth & Clark, Pontiac; Kirk
Branson, PE, Parsons Brinckerhoff MI,
Lansing; Michael Cooper, PE, Harley Ellis
• LIFE & HEALTH Devereaux, Southfield; Larry Fleis, PE, Flies
& Vandenbrink Engineering, Grand Rapids;
Over 50 Years John Friel, PE, HNTB Michigan, Detroit;
John Hiltz, PE, Orchard Hiltz & McCliment,
Livonia; Mark Kramer, PE, SME Inc.,
of Experience
Plymouth; Ruben Ramos, PE, Testing
Engineers & Consultants, Detroit; James
(248) 355-4411 Susan, PE, Fishbeck Thompson Carr &
Huber, Grand Rapids; and Amy Trahey, PE,
24724 Farmbrook Rd. Great Lakes Engineering Group, Lansing.

Southfield 48034 ACEC of Michigan elects new

Rudolph/Libbe Companies and
President and Board of
Gus E. Zervos Steve M. Zervos BHP ENERGY, LLC to Build One
The American Council of Engineering
CEO President of the World’s Most Energy-
Companies of Michigan (ACEC/M), Efficient Data Centers
Lansing, has announced the election of Rudolph/Libbe Companies and its
Paul Wade, PE, as its president for 2009- subsidiaries, BHP Energy and GEM, Inc.,
2010. will build one of the world’s most energy-
GSV STAKING, LLC Paul Wade was installed as president efficient computer data centers for Syracuse
during ACEC Michigan’s Annual University. The data center is expected to
CONSTRUCTION Conference, which was held recently at the use 50 percent less energy than a typical
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East data center of today, making it one of the
STAKING SERVICES Lansing. Roger Johr, past president, “greenest” computer centers in operation.
presented the President’s Pin to Wade and The project addresses a critical concern
also announced the new Board of Directors for modern data centers around the world,
during a special ceremony at the conference. namely ever-spiraling energy consumption
20 Years Paul serves as Chairman of the Board of and cost driven by growing demand for
Directors for Spalding DeDecker Associates, computer services such as Internet
Inc. (SDA), a civil engineering, surveying, communication, entertainment, global
and landscape architecture firm in commerce and services. Data centers in the
Rochester Hills. As Chairman, Paul plans United States annually consume more than
Using State-of-the-Art Equipment
and manages the firm’s business 62 billion-kilowatt hours of electricity, an
development policies and objectives. Paul is
Call Brian Loch
amount equivalent to the electricity
At (248) 930-4818 a licensed professional engineer with 36 consumed by approximately 5.8 million U.S.
years of experience in design, project households. The total annual cost is about
For Information management, inspection, and construction $4.5 billion; if current trends continue, that
supervision of civil engineering projects. usage could double by 2011. Wade is very active in ACEC/Michigan, Syracuse University and IBM selected
where he has served in various posts, BHP to integrate a tri-generation concept
including treasurer and chair of the into the world’s most advanced data center.
Scholarship Committee; as chair of the This system includes 12 micro-turbines that
Michigan Design and Construction run on natural gas and produce 65 kilowatts
Coalition; currently serving on the Civil each. The center will make its own heat and
Environmental Advisory Committee for air conditioning. Waste heat from the micro-
Michigan Tech; completing his 18th year on turbines will be linked to absorption
his community’s Zoning Board of Appeals; chillers, which will use the heat energy to
serving his community as a director on the make cold water to cool the computers. Downtown Development Authority; During winter, waste heat from the micro-
additional involvement in the National turbines can be used to make hot water for

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an adjacent building. Computers will be servers – a conversion which results in

cooled with water rather than air. The on- power loss. Directly generating DC power
site electrical tri-generation system will on-site eliminates those power losses.
allow the data center to operate completely IBM will provide more than $5 million in
off-grid. equipment, design services and support.
BHP is an authorized distributor of The New York State Energy Research and
Capstone Turbine power generation Development Authority is contributing $2
systems. Capstone Turbines are compact, million to the project expected to reach
affordable energy systems that reduce completion by the end of 2009.
energy costs while helping to protect the
environment with near-zero emissions.
As a more in-depth explanation, the
SME Earns State Recognition
liquid cooling system will use double-effect
for Supporting Employees in
absorption chillers to convert exhaust heat the Military
from the micro-turbines into chilled water to The Michigan Committee for the
cool the data center’s servers, with sufficient Employer Support of the Guard and
excess cooling to handle the needs of an Reserve (ESGR) recently presented Soil and
adjacent building. Materials Engineers, Inc. (SME), Plymouth,
Server racks will incorporate IBM’s Rear
Mike Neuman, PE, SME senior project
with an “Above and Beyond Award.” The
Door Heat eXchanger “cooling doors” that
engineer, accepted the ESGR "Above and
award is given to employers that provide Beyond Award."
use chilled water to remove heat more exceptional support to its employees who
efficiently than conventional room-chilling serve in the U.S. military. Michael J.
methods. Sensors will monitor server Neuman, PE, senior project engineer at ESGR is chartered by the Department of
temperatures and usage to tailor the amount SME, nominated the firm. Mike returned Defense and operates within the Office of
of cooling delivered by each Rear Door Heat home safely after serving 15 months in the the Assistant Secretary of Defense – Reserve
eXchanger—further improving efficiency. police transition training program in Iraq. Affairs. The Michigan Committee for ESGR
The project also will include a direct With over 30 years of engineering receives its guidance from the National
current (DC) power distribution system. In a experience, Mike helps SME clients with Committee for ESGR, headquartered in
typical data center, alternating current building and parking deck restoration Arlington, VA. The mission of ESGR’s
electricity is delivered by a central power projects. He specializes in material Michigan branch is to gain and maintain
plant through the local utility’s electric grid engineering services and provides solutions employer support for those employees who
and then converted to DC to power the to issues related to structural materials. serve in the Guard and Reserve.


The Importance of Trade Specific

Association Safety Committees
s most of you know, CAM has a Safety A library was set up for all members
Committee made up of safety to have access to shared written safety
professionals from several CAM documents, such as safety programs
member firms. We are a general committee. and hazard analyses for the differing
This article, submitted by Dennis Quinn from types of installation and service work
the John E. Green Company, speaks of the pertinent to mechanical contracting. Training is now provided for
value of industry specific committees and in apprentices, journeyman and supervisors in topics directly related
not letting business competition get in the way to this work. The committee is well represented in the construction
of safety. Dennis is a member of the CAM industry with seats on safety committees within CAM and the
Safety Committee. Mechanical Contractors Association of America. We also have a
- Joe Forgue, Director of Education & Safety committee member sitting on the MIOSHA Construction Safety
Dennis Quinn

Construction Association of Michigan Standards Commission. Our collective knowledge and experiences
Safety Director,

are an important resource in forming these, and many other,

John E. Green

At the end of 2006, a few of my fellow safety colleagues from initiatives.


competitive mechanical contracting firms began to explore the By putting aside competitive differences, we have been able to
possibility of forming a safety committee within the Mechanical focus on preventing accidents within the mechanical trades. The
Contractors Association of Detroit (MCA Detroit). We invited safety MCA Detroit membership has gained value from this program
representatives from any member firm to attend our meetings. Since through increased safety awareness and a decreasing number and
2007, meetings have been held every other month at the MCA Detroit severity of injuries. We strongly feel that an effective safety
offices and we report to the association board twice annually. committee is an essential piece of any successful trade association.

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Wholesale Hay and Straw was ready to be lifted.
For the past 80 years Hyster Company has
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different models of lift trucks configured for
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Hyster ’s lift trucks have the widest
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We can drop trailers, Hyster Company continues to
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vans or flatbeds. with this year’s introduction of the E45-
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Hyster Company also continues to pursue
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Awards and Accolades at

Skyline High School:
The Sky’s the Limit
Ann Arbor’s new Skyline High School
continues to collect industry awards and
accolades for excellence and promises to
serve as a model for similar projects across
the country. Completed in May 2008, the
$85 million dollar educational facility has
already garnered three major honors: the
project received a coveted Engineering
Society of Detroit 2009 Design and
Earth Retention Systems - Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, MI

Construction Award; the Associated

General Contractors of Michigan’s 2009
Build Michigan Award; and the Washtenaw
Contractors Association’s 2009 Pyramid
Award. The 381,000-square-foot high school
has also earned LEED Silver certification
from the United States Green Building
The team for this stellar project included
Dan Thome, District Manager
the Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS);
Midwest District Office
TMP Associates, Bloomfield Hills;
Mitchell/Mouat Architects, Ann Arbor;
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Peter Basso Associates, Troy; and Granger

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made it all possible,” says AAPS


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Some of the project’s unique challenges
include installing over 80 miles of

underground piping for one of the largest

horizontal geothermal fields in the country,
constructing three traffic roundabouts

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The project was featured in the National
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announced improvements that will support

rapid market development including a new
five-year standard warranty, tower options
up to 140 feet, and an increased distribution
and installation network. As demand
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to carbon reductions, clean air improvements

and overall environmental benefits.
A Scottish-based company, Proven Energy
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wind turbines that can help reduce or
eliminate electrical bills for home and
business owners, schools, and municipalities.
These types of wind turbines can also
provide electricity for remote applications,
such as telecommunications sites operating
in isolation from existing power. Known as
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turbines manufactured by Proven Energy are
in operation worldwide.
According to the American Wind Energy
Association’s most recent small wind turbine
global market study, at least 219 companies
manufacture, or plan to manufacture, small
wind turbines in the world. The US market
for small wind turbines – those with
capacities of 100 kW and under – grew 78
percent in 2008 with an additional 17,300kW
of installed capacity.
Ten percent of the turbines Proven Energy
sold last year were in the United States, a key
area for market development for the growing
company. New incentives are helping to
bring in a wave of new project development.
A federal incentive signed into law by
President Obama in February awards U.S.
taxpayers with 30 percent of the cost for
installing new systems by way of a tax credit
through the year 2016. Commercial entities
may be able to receive this incentive in the
form of a grant for the next two years. Rural
small businesses and agricultural producers
may also qualify for a 25 percent grant
towards Proven Energy wind turbine
projects through the USDA in a program
funded by the Rural Energy for America
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wind project costs even more.
Proven Energy wind turbines installed in
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Already in 2009, Proven Energy has

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he new Novi Public
Library on Ten Mile and
Taft is not your parent’s
library. A broad sweep of
glass curtain wall and an outdoor
patio for reading in the fresh air
turns this library into an “open
book.” Skylights drawing daylight
into the 56,000-square-foot interior
dissolve the cloistered feel of many
older libraries. A library as an
introduction to a world of bright
ideas is more than just a metaphor at
this contemporary facility under
construction by The Dailey
Company of Lake Orion.

As design architect, Toronto’s Diamond

& Schmitt, and lead architect BEI
Associates, Inc., Detroit, married glass to
wood on both the interior and exterior.
On the interior, a clerestory with a wood
screen will mark the main entry and
lobby; divisions of glass and oak will
lightly separate some spaces. On the
exterior, the west-facing glass curtain
wall will feature an array of phenolic
wood panels in each bay.
Enclosing this concave arc of glass and
wood is potential double trouble easily
managed by The Dailey team. A double
radius curtain wall and a long lead-time
for the phenolic panels are among the
challenging assignments on this jobsite
located within Novi’s municipal campus.
“One section of the curtain wall has a 240-
foot radius, and then the wall changes to
a 770-foot radius,” said Vince
Washington, Dailey superintendent.

the Book
Building Beyond
Added Paul A. Danko, Dailey project
manager, “We have a long lead-time of 14
weeks for the phenolic panels.” Shipped
all the way from the Netherlands, the
panels were probably on a freighter
plying the waters of the Atlantic in early
July. Once on American soil, these
custom panels of varied sizes had to be
fabricated and attached to companion
insulated panels before installation on the
two-story library.
Once complete, the 30-foot-tall curtain
wall will serve as a large picture window
into the past. The glass curtain wall will
offer a welcome vista of a new park
surrounding the City’s historic town hall, a
By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor simple, wood-framed structure the size of
a one-room schoolhouse. Before the
Photography by Marci Christian current project, the City moved the town

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hall from the library site to an adjacent

parcel, clearing the way for construction of
this contemporary library that will house
both a fireplace reading room and several
computer labs. Novi residents will soon
enjoy the comforts of a quiet hearth for
reading, coupled with the technological
access of the Information Age.

The Dailey Company broke ground in


February 2009, aiding both its own and

the existing library’s operations by
bringing sanitary sewer and site utilities
to the jobsite almost immediately. The
existing library – a modest building
constructed in 1976 as a joint library and
City Hall - is located directly to the east of
the busy jobsite. “Installing a temporary
drive to the existing library’s receiving
dock kept the library in operation and
made way for the sanitary tap,” said
Danko. The name for quality, integrity and professionalism
The Dailey Company managed spring in construction for over 70 years.
rains and owner revisions with equal
aplomb. During excavation, installation

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jobsite during excavation and installation
of concrete foundations, leading to a few
working Saturdays to maintain the pace
of the project.

A Conquest Construction crew member is

busy installing metal studs inside of a steel
beam to form the north wall, or bookend,
of the emerging library.

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take full advantage of all the natural light

entering the building,” said Danko.
“Bioswales will be installed on site to
retain stormwater and to reuse water
with the aid of an irrigation well/pump
being installed to feed the landscape
sprinkler system.”
Sustainability and a host of innovations
are moving the City of Novi’s library
system into the 21st century. The new
library will double the collections space
and will house a café, computer labs,
large meeting rooms, a puppet theater
and a youth area, complete with an old
Indy racecar to entice youngsters into the
world of the word. A local history room
and even a gift shop will complete this
new $10 million dollar facility.
As part of Phase II, Dailey will
demolish and convert the existing library
into a parking lot to service the new
facility, slated to open in the spring of
2010. Building this new gift for the
community is the job of The Dailey
Company and its team of trade
contractors. This well-done job includes
Karrie Gudinas, Leidal & Hart Mason Contractors, hoists CMU units, the building blocks of this the work of Fanning Howey Associates,
Inc, Novi, IT designers; Kehrig Steel, Inc.,
56,000-square-foot library.
Ira Township, steel; CEI Michigan, LLC,
Howell, roofing; CEI Electric Co., Walled
Even as the structural steel frame rose, interior. Skylights line a linear atrium, Lake, electrical; The Dynamic Group, Inc.,
The Dailey Company managed revisions drawing daylight into the building’s core Farmington Hills, fire suppression; Ideal
driven by the City’s request to revamp and over a main stair formed of glass Contracting, Detroit, concrete work; and
storage space into administrative areas handrails with wood caps. “A daylight Sunset Excavating, Livonia, earthwork
and additional community rooms. “We harvesting lighting control system will and utilities.
put together four different conceptual
budgets to revise the storage layout and
add a few community rooms,” said
Danko. The revision changed the
exterior arrangement of window
openings in the south building face.
By early July 2009, the jobsite was in
full swing with crew from USA Plumbing,
Ray Township, attaching overhead
plumbing on the second floor, Conquest
Construction Co., Inc., Livonia, installing
metal studs and performing the carpentry
contract, and Leidal & Hart Mason
Contractors, Livonia, laying CMU on the
south wall.
Brick will clad three of the four
building elevations. Completing the
building enclosure, a white roof was
installed to reduce cooling costs and
promote sustainability. A white roof
reflects solar radiation, reducing the Heat
Island Effect – a demonstrable increase in
temperature in developed areas from the
collective heat wave generated by dark Christopher Darke, Leidal & Hart, is
pavement, rooftops and less vegetative working on the wall, helping to build
cover. the southern “bookend” of this eagerly
Sustainability is also part of the library
anticipated library in Novi.

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Create a
of Safety
By Nancy Coffey, Hartland Insurance Group

s a contractor working on a increasingly complex task. THE STRUCTURE OF YOUR SAFETY TEAM
construction project, managing Also, while your insurance professional or The size and complexity of your business
and preventing injuries can save insurance company may be of assistance to will determine the actual size and scope of
you time and money. Insurance you with respect to many aspects of your your Safety Team. The following information
costs are a key element in the overall cost of safety program, their involvement and offers you a proposed structure of a typical
construction. If you can decrease jobsite visibility will be limited relative to yours. The Safety Team identifying all functions of the
accidents below industry standards, this safety director and the other members of team. Please keep in mind that, given the
may give you a competitive advantage in the Safety Team, on the other hand, are at size of your company, one individual may
the bidding process. We all know how a the jobsite constantly. Ultimately, the key actually be assigned more than one team
debit Experience Modification Rating (EMR) factors that will determine the success of function. Therefore, in practice you may wish
can increase our work comp premiums. your Safety Program, as evidenced by your to streamline this proposed structure to fit
Even more painful, a high EMR can actually company’s ability to avoid work related your actual situation and needs.
disqualify you as a bidder on some projects. injuries, are:
A debit EMR is a clear indication that Safety Director
jobsite safety is either being ignored or not • Management’s ongoing commitment to The safety director has overall
being managed properly. A designated achieving the ultimate goal of sustaining responsibility and authority for
Safety Team lead by a safety director is a first zero injuries on the job; implementing your safety program in
step in gaining control of claims. accordance with company goals and
While a safety director will have overall • The consistent and sincere effort of a well- objectives. The safety director should report
accountability and responsibility for your designed Safety Team; to the president/owner on a regular basis on
company’s safety program, in many cases all safety activities and review all results.
they cannot do the job alone. The job of • The level of individual responsibility that
designing, communicating and enforcing your employees take in their own safety Accident Prevention Coordinator
the company’s safety policy, identifying and and the safety of their fellow employees; Oversees and coordinates all the accident
correcting unsafe hazards and conditions in and prevention activities for the company. This
the workplace, training employees, instilling includes supervisory activities, enforcement
safety awareness, and responding to • The resulting change in culture of your of safety rules, compliance with MIOSHA
accidents in a prompt manner is an employees to think safety first. regulations and programs, implementation

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of the company’s safety awareness achieve. Management commitment is, of this pressure is consistent, visible
program(s), and training. course, at the top of the list of any management support for the safety
organizational project. Its presence is program. It helps if management
Claim Coordinator especially important in safety activities. understands that supporting safety is a win -
The claim coordinator has the Many pressures push supervisors and win proposition. The employee wins
responsibility for coordinating all accident employees to ignore safety procedures and because his or her risk of injury is greatly
investigations, providing prompt medical policies. The only thing that can counteract reduced. The company wins because
attention, monitoring disability and large
medical claims, monitoring temporary duty
arrangements, and maintaining all accident
record keeping functions as required by

Safety Committee
The Safety Committee is composed of key
members of the Safety Team and a
representative number of employees. It
should meet monthly and have the
following responsibilities:

• Conducting independent safety

inspections of the jobsite (or facility);

• Making recommendations to the safety

director to improve jobsite (or facility)

• Receiving and evaluating all employee

safety suggestions;

• Reviewing and analyzing all accident

investigation reports; and

• Assisting in employee training activities.

Supervisors have the responsibility for the
safety of employees in their assigned duties
or jobsite project. The supervisor is
responsible for overseeing the project in a
safe manner, identifying and correcting
unsafe hazards and unsafe acts, assisting in
accident and injury investigation, and
monitoring employee progress once they
return to work from an injury.


In order for the safety program to be
successful, the president/owner of the
company must be personally committed to
and actively support the safety director, as
well as other team members. Otherwise, the
Safety Team members, as well as your
employees, will view your safety program as
“just another management gimmick.” The
end result will be wasted effort, the
continued existence of unsafe acts and
conditions at your jobsites, and continued
work related injuries. This is clearly the
opposite result your company is trying to

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worker’s compensation claims are reduced • Quickly Evaluate Their People Skills
and the company’s insurance premiums will Your supervisors are going to be called
be reduced over time. upon to interface day-to-day with their
employees in the area of safety. Is the
EMPOWER THE SAFETY DIRECTOR supervisor capable of motivating the
As mentioned previously, the safety employees? Does the supervisor
director has overall responsibility and communicate clearly? If the supervisor
authority for implementing your safety does not relate well with people,
program in accordance with company goals problems may result.
and objectives. It is extremely important
that the safety director report directly to the • Quickly Evaluate Their Interest in Safety
president/owner on all safety activities and What has been the supervisor’s own track
include the results. Often companies will record in the area of safety? Does the
arrange the reporting relationship so that supervisor work in a safe manner? Is the
the safety director reports to a lower rank in supervisor looked upon as a good
management. This has proven to be a example to follow? Take the time to
mistake since project schedules may at evaluate your past loss experience from
times be in conflict with safety objectives. previous projects he/she may of overseen.
The safety director must have access to the This can often provide revealing insights
president/owner so that safety hazards are into the potential effectiveness of your
brought to the attention quickly for supervisors and well as potential training
evaluation and decision. needs.
It is also important that the safety director
be empowered by the president/owner in a • Quickly Evaluate Their Training Needs
formal way. It is recommended that a Does the supervisor have sufficient
written communication be created outlining knowledge to do the job as expected? If
the safety director’s responsibility and not, immediately set up training sessions
management’s support of the safety to correct the deficiency. It could be that
program. the supervisor is fully capable of doing
the task but has had very little direction or
Your jobsite supervisors are key to the
success of your accident prevention • Form a Safety Committee
program. Not only are they expected to If properly established and maintained,
assist the safety director in developing plans the Safety Committee can be a valuable
and programs, they are also involved with resource to the management team of your
and are responsible for implementing every company as well as to the safety director.
component of your accident prevention The main goal of an effective Safety
program on the jobsite. Committee is to provide open
The jobsite supervisor is the frontline in communication among management, its
your effort to identify and eliminate hazards safety team members and its employees
and unsafe acts in the workplace that could regarding the company’s safety activities.
cause injury. In most operations they are in It should be a forum for the discussion of
more direct and frequent contact with ideas between management and its
employees than any other supervisory employees as it pertains to safety issues
individual. To put it bluntly, the success of and not a decision making body. As with
your safety program literally hinges on their other aspects of your company’s safety
efforts. effort, the Safety Committee should have
the full support of upper management. If
• Formally Make the Supervisors Aware of this does not happen, it will not be taken
Their Responsibilities seriously. Also, since supervisors are on
It is important that each supervisor be the committee, their interest in your
made aware of their safety safety program will be undermined, as
responsibilities. Discuss with them their well.
job responsibilities and take the time to
convey that you are in this together, that ANNOUNCING THE SAFETY TEAM TO
you view their role in the safety area to be YOUR EMPLOYEES
a critical one, and that you are counting Once the Safety Team has been fully
on their support. organized, the next step is to announce the

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team in a positive way to all employees as a

whole. The goal here is to promote the
Safety Team as “their team” and to
communicate management’s sincere
interest in the safety of all employees of the
The best way to do this is by first making a
sufficient number of copies of an
announcement (translated into other
languages if necessary) from the
president/owner to all employees
confirming management’s total
commitment to the safety of the
organization. The formal announcement
should be provided to each member of the
Safety Team and placed on all bulletin
boards throughout your location for all to
see. Second, it is recommended that an
introductory meeting be held with all
members of the Safety Team in order to
“launch” the team concept and the
importance of their respective roles in the
program. Ideally the president/owner of the
company should be in attendance and
personally communicate the company’s
support and commitment to the company’s
safety program - and to the team’s efforts in
this regard. Third, it is extremely important
to communicate the Safety Team to the
company as a whole at least on an annual
basis at a meeting.
At first, the challenge of putting together
or modifying a safety program can seem
overwhelming. Determining where to start,
what to do, how to proceed are not easy
tasks. The main purpose of this article is to
provide you with an overview of how to
create a safety team to help prevent work
related injuries. Changing your operation to
reflect a culture of safety takes time. As with
any successful operation, working together
and fully utilizing the talents and ideas of
your employees is absolutely critical. By
working effectively together you can make a
real difference to your company as well as
the welfare of your employees. You will
benefit by having the reputation as a safety-
oriented contractor and the big payoff of
reduced injuries, saved lives, and reduced
insurance costs.

Nancy Coffey is the VP of Commercial at

Hartland Insurance Group (HIG) in Auburn
Hills. She worked 25 years as a commercial
underwriter for three local insurance carriers
before joining HIG. She can be reached at 248-

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Friends in
Low Places
By David R. Miller, Associate Editor

arth Brooks may be famous for his friends in low places, but America, GLCTC also offers unparalleled access to expertise through
contractors can also benefit from knowing a few people its own member contractors, as well as membership in many
who are willing to stoop down to floor level – after all, associations including the Marble Institute of America, the National
ceramic tile contractors do some of their best work down Tile Contractors Association and the Materials and Methods Standard
there. There are many occasions when trade contractors can benefit Organization. This wealth of information is a goldmine for contractors
from the collected experience of others, and the Great Lakes Ceramic and architects.
Tile Council (GLCTC) can link them up with several “friends” who just
happen to work in low places for this very purpose. ARCHITECTS NEED FRIENDS TOO
Keeping up with the latest specifications can be a challenge with
CLIMBING THE LADDER any single trade. When one needs to keep abreast of every applicable
Members of the Detroit Ceramic Tile Contractors Association trade, as architects do, the task can become unmanageable.
(DCTCA) may often work on the lower portions of a building, but the “We like to make certain projects contain the right specification
GLCTC, which is the promotional arm of the DCTCA, extends their when they come out in the pre-bid format,” said Von Koss. “We run
reach to the highest levels of the industry. into a lot of old, outdated specifications. There are a lot of canned
“We represent the interests of our association in the national programs out there, and people tend to put in all the new things
spotlight,” explained Kurt Von Koss, a consultant for GLCTC. “We have without taking out all of the old things. I still run into specifications
two voting seats on the ANSI 108 committee, which determines tile that call for mixing your own grout. I’ve been in the business for 30
specifications. We also have one voting seat on the Tile Council of years and I’ve never mixed my own grout.”
North America Handbook Committee, and their handbook is the bible As new information keeps getting added, the specifications grow
of the tile industry.” larger and larger, and they often contain information that is
Having a voice on these committees helps contractors in a number contradicted on the plans or even elsewhere in the same
of ways. In some cases, a tried and true installation method may have specification. Removing all of the outdated information yields a much
been used for years without a written specification. GLCTC has more manageable document that is far more likely to be read and
worked with ANSI to develop specifications for some of these at the understood. Simply put, it is much easier to miss something in a 10-
request of their members because written specifications protect page specification than it is in one that is only half-a-page long.
contractors. Architects who are familiar with the specification know GLCTC also facilitates the flow of information by providing
exactly what is expected of the contractor. Disputes can arise if numerous classes and presentations on tile related topics, and by
owners or architects are unhappy with the finished product, but making up-to-date specifications readily available. In addition to the
contractors who faithfully follows the specification in these cases obvious benefits for architects, contractors also benefit because they
always have a sturdy leg to stand on. Of course, not all specifications can present information on life cycle costing and other tile benefits to
are created equal. GLCTC also uses its influence to make sure that owners and design professionals. This benefit, along with so many
specifications reflect the needs of their members. others, is only possible because of support from DCTCA members.
“We’ll jump out of our seats when we don’t think something is “We’re out to better the entire industry, but we could obviously do
appropriate,” said Von Koss. “For example, some time ago, more with more support,” said Von Koss. “With a concentrated effort,
manufacturers submitted specifications for gypsum underlayments. we can get things in front of the committee and we can also do things
There are parts of the country where that works well, but we’ve had locally to help contractors out. Instead of fighting the battle yourself,
several failures. We proved our point and kept it out of the spec.” you can fight with the combined expertise of 18 other contractors.”
According to Von Koss, a proposed specification is placed in front of With friends like the GLCTC, member contractors have little need for
the entire ANSI committee for review if it receives a single negative whisky to drown or beer to chase their blues away. It’ll be ok.
vote or abstention, and GLCTC has two votes. Even a vote of approval
can mandate this step if it is accompanied with a reason for further Great Lakes Ceramic Tile Trustees
consideration. Although GLCTC cannot guarantee that every Philip Bianchini • Empire Tile and Marble Co.
specification will be perfect, the Council will make sure that every Frank Fazi • F.D. Berardino Tile, Inc.
member’s concerns are heard. Gerald Chioini • Carlo Tile & Marble Co.
In addition to working with ANSI and the Tile Council of North Mike Maiuri • Shores Tile Co., Inc.

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I a flat line is not always a bad thing in a

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Medical environments place additional
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able to withstand multiple cleanings because
stains from blood or chemicals like Betadine®
are a virtual certainty. Fluids also have a
tendency to splatter; so resilient flooring in
healthcare facilities often includes flash
coving to cover the bottom portion of the
wall, which complicates the installation
process. Seams must be sealed through a
complicated heat welding process that
eliminates crevices in which germs can
New healthcare facilities also demonstrate
a strong trend towards creating a more
relaxing, homelike feel. Since walls are often
cluttered with alarm boxes and countless
medical devices, floors are often to largest
unbroken surface upon which comforting
graphics can be placed. Teddy bears or other
child-friendly images are increasingly
common in pediatric areas, but each of these
images represents a break in the material that
must be sealed. Installers use a heat gun to
melt a thermoplastic rod for this purpose.
This meticulous task requires the patience of
a saint and the steady hand of a highly
trained flooring contractor, but it only
represents one of the many skills that are
typically needed in medical environments.
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installations, flooring contractors employed

on healthcare projects also contend with
demanding work environments.

Most healthcare work takes place at or near
existing facilities. Safety of patients, staff,
visitors and contractors is of paramount
“Emergencies can happen at any time,”
said Ulfig. “We’ve even worked in dementia
wards and psych wards where we needed to
account for every single razor blade we
brought in. A lot of contractors can’t handle


those requirements.”
Since this work often takes place in full
view of the public, contractors are expected
to meet many of the stringent rules followed
by the hospital staff. Smoking on the jobsite
is often curtailed, and any behavior that
reflects badly on the facility will not be
Every line seen here represents a break in the material that must be sealed in a healthcare environ- tolerated. Contracts often allow for fines to
ment. Only a highly trained flooring contractor should attempt this task. be levied against contractors who ignore the
rules, but the possibility of alienating a steady
client is an even greater risk that few
facilities are the most technically advanced the necessary skills to the job. contractors can afford to take. Workers also
and the hardest to install,” said Dan Ulfig, “INSTALL is a selling point when we work must often adhere to strict infection control
president of Master Craft Carpet Service, Inc., with hospitals,” said Tom Egan, vice president measures that can require setting negative air
Redford. “Healthcare demands great service of Ideal Floor Covering, Rochester. “They pressure in work spaces, controlling dust, and
and highly skilled labor, but our INSTALL know that they are getting well-trained wrapping debris before removal, among
certified flooring mechanics can provide the people instead of someone who just put a other things.
detailed work that is needed to satisfy the sign on a van.” The United Brotherhood of Carpenters
customer.” In addition to dealing with tricky recently launched a course entitled, “Best
Fortunately, there are many training
options for contractors who want to prepare
their workforce for the rigors of healthcare
work. Everyone interviewed for this article
spoke highly of the INSTALL program.
INSTALL, an acronym for International
Standards and Training Alliance, partners with
mills and manufacturers in the floor covering
industry, contractors, and the United
Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners to
provide training programs that are
“INSTALL offers classes where you can
continuously upgrade your skills,” said
Charles Shock, president of Shock Brothers
Floor Covering, Inc., Roseville. “Installation
contractors want to make sure that their
people know what they are doing when they

get out to the jobsite and manufacturers

want to make sure that their products are
being installed properly.”
INSTALL also provides a way for contractors
to differentiate themselves from their
competition. Architects who specify INSTALL
certified contractors on healthcare projects,
or for any other work for that matter, can rest Flooring materials must be able to withstand multiple cleanings because stains from blood or
assured that the flooring contractor brings chemicals are a virtual certainty.

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Practices in Healthcare Construction in

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In addition to working in the pubic eye,
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“The floor needs to be as smooth as
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Fortunately, the flooring contractors
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Back to Basics Three Easy Steps to Making an

“Eco-Intelligent” Flooring Decision
By Sara Molina, Senior Interior Designer, Integrated Architecture
looring is a product that most people take for granted. Tripping selecting a more “environmentally friendly material” that would not last

F over the infinite possibilities, sustainable flooring materials are

now readily available for clients at every budget level, pattern,
and color. Though there’s still room for improvement, we no
longer have to compromise performance, aesthetics, or cost when
specifying environmentally friendly flooring materials. While it is
as long and require replacing or refinishing. The same can be said about
style, color, and pattern. Selecting a timeless design will avoid the
problems associated with short-lived trends and new environments
that quickly look dated.

important to maintain sustainable criteria, there are also a number of THIRD STEP: KNOW YOUR SUBSTRATE
functional requirements that must be achieved. These include Aesthetics and function certainly do play a large role in creating a
affordability, durability, slip-resistance, ease of maintenance, availability, successful flooring solution. However, the most important ingredient
and other factors. Going green is more than simply buying a may never see the light of day once it is installed. Substrate is the single
sustainable product, as even the seemingly greenest materials can flooring material that is critical to the success of the floor. No matter
weigh heavily on the environment. Truly sustainable floor decisions how sustainable, economical, or functional the flooring material is, the
begin with a thoughtful process, one of eco-intelligence. product is only as good as the substrate upon which it rests. Key to its
success is the control of moisture content in concrete floors. Mistakes
FIRST STEP: CONSIDER RECYCLE & REUSE relating to moisture problems in the concrete cause billions of dollars of
The amount of recycled content, although important, should not be losses each year.
the first or the only criteria used when choosing flooring. The first step It’s not enough to choose the right substrate and manage moisture
for both new construction and renovation is to consider flooring from a content. Sustainable floors must also take advantage of water-based
holistic point of view. Among the most sustainable options is reusing adhesives and sealants. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency now
available flooring material rather than purchasing new. By reusing mandates the manufacture of product that has little or no off-gassing of
flooring, the environmental costs of manufacturing new would be volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which may react to high moisture
avoided. For new construction this would include the use of reclaimed and pH levels. The VOC off-gassing poses health risks such as
flooring material from deconstructed buildings or lumber salvaged headaches, dizziness, watery eyes, and asthma, and has caused cancer in
from waterways or urban areas. laboratory animals. Testing moisture levels in concrete is not only a
requirement of commercial flooring standards, but also a key
For renovation projects, sustainable questions begin with the component in maintaining any flooring materials warranty.
following: Another concern related to concrete under floors is pH, the measure
• What’s going to happen to the existing flooring? of acidity in a solution. High moisture levels contribute to higher pH
• Is there a way to reuse it on site as a floor or in another use? levels that may eat away at the surface of the concrete causing damage
• Can the flooring be donated locally for someone else to reuse? to the adhered flooring materials in most cases. An anhydrous calcium
chloride test for moisture emission rate and an alkalinity test should be
Fashion cycles dictate the waxing and waning of styles, and performed to determine if a moisture migration system or blocker
eventually, everything old is new again. Reusing the existing flooring system should be considered. Accurate testing prior to installation,
could provide a sense of history, and offer many creative and aesthetic along with understanding the chemical components of the flooring
benefits, including saving time, money, and preventing landfill waste. materials and adhesives being considered, will not only save time and
Don’t underestimate the nostalgia factor. People love it when the past money but will eliminate the need to replace the flooring later and
catches up with the present. eliminate or greatly reduce the risk of health impacts to occupants.


Eco-intelligent building professionals include the function and life The golden rule should be “Floors Must Function First.” There is a
expectancy of each product as part of the equation used to determine variety of requirements that each flooring type must achieve in order
sustainability, and flooring is no exception. As an example, when for the installation to succeed, and ultimately for the floor to function. It
selecting a sustainable flooring material for a lobby or atrium, important is better to understand the product and make eco-intelligent flooring
considerations include the ability to withstand the elements and choices rather than those simply based on sustainable attributes.
respond well to high levels of foot traffic and heavy rolling loads. Becoming eco-intelligent and bringing about better alignment of
Comparing the green attributes of a flooring with its function and life- interior finish materials results in better educated clients, collaboration
cycle costs includes considering the material’s ability to respond to the of all parties in the project, and enhanced awareness amongst all parties
weather. Buildings in areas with snow or heavy rain are more likely to involved. The misapplication of a floor type may lead to inappropriate
experience soiled flooring, salt tracks, mud, and other debris. Selecting installations and higher costs in the long run.
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Natural Learners
B y D a v i d R . M i l l e r , A s s o c i a t e E d i t o r
p h o t o g r a p h y b y J u s t i n M a c o n o c h i e

icking up new skills can be a struggle for most of us, but was repurposed to meet the needs of complex needs of those who
learning comes as almost as easily as walking or breathing for wish to share the gift of learning with others, but in spite of CMU’s
a lucky few. What feels forced for average students seems demonstrated expertise in this area, the structure itself never fully
quite natural to others, and these natural learners can usually rose above its limitations.
look forward to great success in academic endeavors. A unique new “The program was very successful, but they were limited by the
educational building at Central Michigan University seeks to enhance capacity of the space,” said Tod Stevens, AIA, LEED AP, principal for
the scholarly potential of everyone who walks through its doors by SHW Group. “Some of the offices were separated only by wire mesh to
providing an environment that is conducive to learning in a setting allow for air flow. We looked at renovating the existing building, but it
that is in harmony with nature. The project team for the College of just didn’t fit their needs.”
Education and Human Services (CEHS) Building, which is seeking Gold Once the decision to create a new facility was made, attention
Level certification under USGBC’s LEED® program, includes architect quickly turned toward finding a suitable location on campus. A site
SHW Group, Berkley, and general contractor Walsh Construction, that once contained apartments emerged as a logical choice. Its
Detroit. location along well-traveled pedestrian routes affords the prestige the
well-respected program deserves and also allows for a footprint that
LESSON PLANNING maximizes natural light inside the building. Abundant windows have
The teacher education and professional development program at the added benefit of offering a glimpse of the CEHS programs to
CMU has operated out of Ronan Hall on the northwest side of campus anyone who passes by. The building houses the education program,
for many years. The venerable building has served those seeking an early childhood development center, a reading clinic, classrooms
knowledge since opening as the campus library in 1956. The building and laboratories, so there is plenty to see.

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In addition to accentuating the positive

aspects of CMU’s educational offerings, the
building also addressed some negatives
presented by the campus itself. Stormwater
backups were a problem, but they should be
greatly alleviated by the green roof atop the
CEHS Building.
“There is a lot of roof area, so putting all of
the runoff into an underground retention
system would have resulted in a very large
system,” said Stevens. “We still have an
underground system, but we will not release
a full flow during a rain event.”
The stormwater flow will be greatly
diminished because the plants found on the
green roof will retain much of it. The four-
story structure sits atop a much larger single
story base. The building’s green roof
encompasses a total of 27,705 square feet:
the south high roof at the penthouse level is
8,970 square feet; the south low roof above
area C and the child development lab is 5,604
square feet; the lecture hall area is 4,398 The Outdoor Reading Pavilion
provides one of the many
square feet; and the north wing is 8,733
opportunities to learn in a natural
square feet. environment at the CEHS Building.
Six varieties of sedum are planted in a
specialized Nylon mat that contains growth Abundant interior glass
medium, compost and fertilizer. The mat is brings daylighting into
only about one inch thick, and even when nearly every corner of
covered with a couple additional inches of the building, while

growth medium, the total weight is still low also creating a
enough to allow for a fairly modest feeling of
engineered roof load of 18 pounds per openness.
square inch. Like many other building
features, the green roof contributed towards
a number of environmental and aesthetic
Abundant interior glass brings daylighting
into nearly every corner of the building while
also creating a feeling of openness. Walls
between classroom and corridor spaces will
include translucent glass that essentially
functions as see-through chalkboards.
Images can be projected onto these walls as
well, but pull-down screens were also
installed. The entire facility functions well as a
natural learning environment.


The building enclosure at CEHS can only be
described as state-of-the-art. Unlike most
wall systems, which are designed to keep
water out, CEHS is clad with 4’ x 12”terra cotta
rain screen panels that actually let water in.
By freely transmitting air, the terra cotta
panels prevent water from collecting inside
wall cavities while also allowing for
circulation that speeds up the drying process,
thereby creating a healthier environment and
reducing maintenance concerns. Water is
kept out of occupied spaces by a backing
material that is treated with high R-value

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Walls between classroom and corridor spaces include translucent glass that essentially
functions as see-through chalkboards.

insulating foam. This approach is common in Although the creativity of the design team
Europe, but fairly new in the United States. should not be discounted, LEED guidelines
“Terra cotta was a new façade for to the provided a general framework for sustain-
area workers with and we needed to find ability. To achieve the desired result, a solid
contractors who were qualified to work with understanding of the program was required
the system,” said Paul Yambor, project at all levels within the project team.
manager for Walsh Construction. “Our “Some of the smaller contractors are still
biggest concern was that the terra cotta was learning about LEED,” admitted Yambor. “We
supported off the structural steel. Normally had to do some of the work for them, or at
tolerances are around an inch. On this job, least write the reports and show them where
they had 1/8” tolerance.” to get information or buy products.”
With the framework and the panels Online reporting has greatly simplified this
expertly installed, the entire assembly process in recent years and most suppliers at
combined to create a very efficient wall least have a familiarity with the program at
system. Employing displacement ventilation this point. Most contractors experienced little
further enhanced energy efficiency and difficulty in mastering the system, making
indoor air quality. Instead of bringing high them the first of many natural learners to pick
velocity air in from above, lower velocity air up valuable skills at the CEHS Building.
enters the space at occupant levels.
Occupants act as “chimneys” as cool air is THE FOLLOWING SUBCONTRACTORS AND
drawn toward their bodies, where it is PROFESSIONAL CONSULTANTS
warmed enough to naturally rise up to CONTRIBUTED THEIR SKILLS TO THE
exhaust vents at the top of the space. Air can PROJECT:
be introduced at a warmer temperature and • Access Flooring – Data Supplies Co.,
at a lower velocity because it need not mix Plymouth
with ambient air, resulting in significant • Architectural Handrail – HDI, Lancaster,
energy savings. PA

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• Asphalt Paving – Pyramid Paving &

Contracting Company, Essexville
• Auditorium Tables – American Seating,
Grand Rapids
• Banner Drops – Britten Services, Traverse
• Carpet and VCT – Ideal Floor Covering,
• Caulking and Waterproofing – Helms
Caulking & Mercury Building
Restorations, Inc.,
• Jennison
• Ceilings and Drywall – William C.
Reichenbach Co., Lansing
• Civil Engineering Consultant – Wilcox
Civil, Farmington Hills
• Curtainwalls and Glazing – Lansing Glass
Company, Lansing
• Door and Hardware Supplier – A&C
Builders Hardware, Inc., West Branch
• Ductwork – Dee Cramer, Inc., Holly
• Electrical – Circuit Electric, Inc., Byron
• Elevator – KONE, Inc., Wayne
• Exterior and Interior Masonry, Slate The building’s green roof encompasses a total of 27,705 square feet on a total of four
Façade – Boettcher Mason Contractor, separate roof surfaces.
Inc., Bay City

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• Exterior Timbers – Timber Systems, • Overhead Doors and Fire Doors – • Spray Foam Insulation – Stony Creek
Lapeer Detroit Door & Hardware Co., Madison Services, Inc., Ypsilanti
• Fencing – Riteway Fence Co., Sterling Heights • Structural Concrete and Sitework –
Heights • Owners Representative – Kennedy Fessler Bowman, Inc., Concrete
• Fire Protection – Total Fire Protection, Construction, Saginaw Construction,
Inc., Grand Rapids • Painting – Niles Construction Services, • Flushing
• General Trades – Signature Sealants & Inc., Flint • Structural Steel Erection – Wolverine
Waterproofing, Berkley • Playground Equipment Installation – Steel Erectors, Inc., Dexter
• Hard Tile – American Southwest Stone Vela Construction, Detroit • Structural Steel and Miscellaneous
Company, LLC, Livonia • Playground Equipment Supplier – DP & Metals – Builder’s Iron, Inc., Sparta
• Irrigation – Marc Dutton Irrigation, Inc., Hoffman Play Works, Inc., Brighton • Surveying – ROWE Incorporated, Mount
Waterford • Playground Surface – NO FAULT Sport Pleasant
• Insulation – Ticon, Inc., Midland Group, LLC, Baton Rouge, LA • Terra Cotta and Composite Panel
• Laboratory Cabinets – Farnell • Plumbing – Mid-State Plumbing & Installation – Universal Wall Systems,
Contracting, Inc., Linden Heating, Inc., Mount Pleasant Inc., Grand Rapids
• Landscaping – Landmark Landscaping • Projection Screens – City Animation Co., • Terra Cotta Supplier – NBK Ceramic,
Services, Inc., Milford Lansing Marblehead, MA
• Library Storage – The Casper • Re-Steel – Quality Re-Steel Inc., Brighton • Testing Agency – Materials Testing
Corporation, Okemos • Resinous Flooring – VanGuard Concrete Consultants, Inc., Grand Rapids
• Marker Boards – Claridge Products, West Coating, Grand Rapids • Toilet Partitions and Accessories –
Bloomfield • Roofing and Green Roof – Schreiber Contract Specialties, Inc., Kentwood
• Metal Stairs – General Steel Erectors, Inc., Corporation, Detroit • Window Shades – Creative Windows,
Sterling Heights • Sitework – Carrigan Development, Inc., Ann Arbor
• Millwork – Horizon Millwork Port Huron
Manufacturing, Wayne • Slate Shingles – Stephenson Subcontractors and professional consultants
• Miscellaneous Metals – Van Dam Iron Corporation, Flint listed in the Construction Highlight are
Works, Inc., Grand Rapids • Slate Supplier – Booms Stone Co., identified by the general contractor, architect or

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Expansion joints bisect buildings to allow The inclusion of fasteners provides a

for structural movement caused by thermal, value-added benefit to Metal-Era customers.
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The new indexable nail puller
features a pry bar, and measures 12
inches. The forged alloy head adjusts
The new hybrid wall system is designed to 14 angles and 180 degrees for
maximum versatility and enhanced
New Tile Collection from Shaw
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EMSEAL Joint Systems Ltd. has switches to electric power when needed.
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can be powered by other renewable energy

sources or waste heat.
The DuHybrid system operates in one of
two modes. The renewable energy mode is
the default mode of operation. Based on the
application, in this mode the unit can
generate over 20 TR (tons of refrigeration) of
cooling and dehumidification using
renewable energy sources such as solar
thermal and geothermal water. In the
electric mode of operation an embedded
compressor is activated to enable efficient
cooling and dehumidification by utilizing
the waste heat of the compressor as an
internal energy source. The DuHybrid
system can be supplied in one of the three
configurations – 1400CFM, 2400CFM and
3400CFM – that cover a broad range of
commercial and industrial needs for air
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Additional benefits of the DuHybrid
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humidity and temperature independently
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With its 2009 introductions, the global

kitchen systems leader brings together
superior skills and materials to create three
new models under its most popular design
With its Kubus double bowl sink
(KBK160), Franke puts together the winning
combination of the finest quality materials
and the leading fireclay manufacturing
processes into the most requested configu-
ration. It is now available in both White and
Linen. Franke’s new 30-inch Farm House
apron front (FHK710) brings the brand’s
classic styling to an improved 30-inch
model, in either White or Linen. This
Franke Fireclay Combines replaces an earlier 28-inch version, in order
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Later in the year, the popular Oceania
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IDEAL LanTEK® II certifiers deliver that allows a copper link to be tested against at $6,414 (U.S.). All are packaged in a
outstanding performance, diagnostics and two different performance standards with a lightweight carrying case that features a
speed. Complete Category 6/ISO Class E single Autotest. This makes it easy to test a hard yet flexible outer shell and a form
tests are performed in only 14 seconds, link to current standards as well as measure fitting EVA foam interior to protect the
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The three models of the LanTEK® II allow
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The hardware of the LanTEK® II achieves
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display with bright, energy-efficient white
LED backlighting that is viewable in any
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viewing angle. In addition, a new lithium
ion battery reduces weight and increases
work time to an amazing 18 hours between
charges. The batteries feature two charging
modes: a standard 8 hour charge when the
battery is charged in the handset, or for a
fast 4 hour charge, simply remove the
battery from the handset and plug the
power cord directly into the battery.
To meet the expanding storage needs of
technicians, the LanTEK II features a large
internal memory with capacity for up to
1,700 Category 6 measurements with
graphs. Plus, the certifier's standard USB
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drives for quick offloading of saved tests.
Push-to-talk (PTT) functionality with the
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Like the previous generation, LanTEK® II
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permanent link measurements with a single
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The Albert Kahn Family Jason Macdonald, RLA,

of Companies (Kahn) , a a landscape architect in
leading provider of Wade Trim’s Municipal
architecture, engineering, Services Group in Taylor,
planning, design and has earned his professional
management services, is registration. To become
proud to announce that the registered in Michigan,
Michigan Chapter of the Whitney Prentice Fine Shugars landscape architects are Macdonald

American Institute of Architects (AIA) has R.L.Deppmann Company, a Southfield- required to pass the Landscape Architecture
chosen Stephen Q. Whitney, FAIA, LEED® based manufacturers representative, Registration Exam, a rigorous five-section
AP to receive the 2009 Gold Medal award. recently announced the following staff exam, and complete an approved program
The Gold Medal is the highest achievement members who have earned their LEED AP of professional education including three
that an architect can attain in the state. As accreditation: Paul Prentice and Mark Fine years of work experience under the
Chairman and CEO of Kahn, Whitney has a (outside sales) who work out of the supervision of a registered landscape
passion to continually challenge and inspire Southfield facility; and Dave Shugars architect.
the architecture industry. (engineering sales manager) who works out
of the Grand Rapids facility.
Triangle Associates,
Ryan Maibach, vice president of Barton Inc. , based in Grand
Malow’s Specialty Contracting division, has Library Design Associates, Inc., with Rapids, has announced that
been selected by Building offices in Plymouth and Powell, OH, Leslie Vander Boon earned
Design+Construction recently announced that Jennifer her Certified Payroll
magazine as a 2009 "40 Kotelnicki has achieved the status of Professional (CPP) accredi-
Under 40" winner. Leadership in Energy and Environmental tation. Vander Boon has
According to the magazine, Design accredited professional for been with the construction Vander Boon
he is one of 40 industry commercial interiors (LEED AP). Kotelnicki firm for the past five years,
professionals under the age joined Library Design in 1998, has been and has held positions of cost accountant,
of 40 who are among “the Maibach responsible for all interior design projects in specialty projects group coordinator/cost
brightest stars in the Public and Academic Library markets. accountant, and most recently general
architecture/engineering/construction accountant/payroll.
universe." An alumnus of Purdue
University, Maibach has been with the Soil and
company for 12 years, becoming vice Materials A.Z.
president in 2008. Engineers,
Inc. (SME) is
Inc. , a
Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED) , based pleased to construction
locally in Southfield, and The Center for announce management
Health Design, based in California, have that Joshua company
announced that several members of the M. Parker, PE, Parker Bedenis based in
Schlenke McCarroll
HED healthcare design studio have recently staff engineer Brighton,
earned professional accreditation in in the firm’s recently announced that Michael Schlenke,
evidence-based design. Nearly half of Plymouth project director, and John McCarroll ,
HED’s healthcare design staff is now office, has project manager, have recently earned their
accredited. become a LEED AP designations.
Harless Shook
Kevin Akey , a principal of AZD Engineer in Pat Fiscelli, vice president of Lifting Gear
Architects in Bloomfield Hills, recently had Michigan. Also, SME recently announced Hire Ltd. , nationally headquartered in
his home chosen by Architectural Digest’s the appointment of three new officers: Illinois with
Top Designs Open Auditions for 2009. The Timothy H. Bedenis, PE; James M. Harless, local offices in
competition took place in California, and Ph.D., CHMM, RBP; and Larry W. Shook, PE, Troy, retired
there were over 250 entrants in the category. who were named as vice presidents. from the
company at
the end of May
HKS Architects , locally based in C2AE , a full-service architectural, 2009. Fiscelli
Northville, has announced that Ron Dennis engineering, and planning firm, recently helped launch Pat and Tony Fiscelli

was elected to the ranks of the College of announced the addition of six new Lifting Gear ’s North American
Fellows of the American Institute of employees to the firm’s Lansing and Grand headquarters 19 years ago. His son, Tony
Architects (AIA). Dennis is a senior vice Rapids offices: Glenn Burkhardt, PE; Mark Fiscelli, will assume the role of president of
president of HKS Architects’ Dallas office. Vysoky, RLA; Judson Brood; Abigail USA Operations, effective June 2009.
Larimer; Derek Ambs; and Robert Farrier.

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Stephen Auger + Associates Architects Inc.

(SA+A), an architectural firm based in Lake Orion,
is pleased to announce that Leadership Oakland has
selected Heather Obrecht White, SA+A business
manager, to participate in Leadership Oakland XX.
Leadership Oakland, recognized as one of the top
leadership programs in the county, each year
chooses 50 developing leaders to delve into the Obrecht White
issues facing the region – from education, government and the
justice system to health and human services, ethnic diversity, media
and the arts.

Acoustics By Design, based in Grand Rapids and

one of the leading independent acoustical
engineering and audio-visual design firms in the
Midwest, recently hired Peter Laux, Ph.D. as chief
scientist and senior consultant. Previously with
Johnson Controls & Prince Corporation in Holland,
MI, Laux has over twenty-five years of experience Laux
in the acoustics, noise, and vibration fields.

White Construction , a construction

management/general contracting firm based in
Detroit, is proud to announce that Andrew Roy has
received LEED Accreditation by the U.S. Green
Building Council (USGBC).

Testing Engineers and Consultants (TEC)

recently announced that Donald Kaylor, PG (IN,
TN), CP, has joined their staff as manager of environ- innovation and excellence
mental assessment. Kaylor has over 18 years
experience in managing environmental projects.
in everything we do

Contracting Resources, Inc., a Brighton-based,

design-build and construction management
company, recently hired Julie Laycock as the firm’s
marketing coordinator. Laycock has over 13 years
experience in marketing relating to construction and

Paul J. Dwaihy, an attorney who concentrates his

practice on defending medical liability litigation
with a particular emphasis on birth trauma cases,
recently joined the Medical Liability Practice Group
of Plunkett Cooney, Bloomfield Hills, one of the
Midwest’s oldest and largest full-service law firms.

Kelly Watson, project manager of Anchorville- 1-800-456-3824

based Thompson-Phelan Group, has received her
certification as LEED AP, New Construction
Accredited Professional. Thompson-Phelan Group
is a commercial design and build firm functioning engineers scientists architects constructors
in the Great Lakes area.


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Prein&Newhof (P&N), a full-service civil engineering firm with

offices in Grand Rapids, Holland, Byron Center, Muskegon and
Kalamazoo, celebrated its 40th anniversary in May 2009. The firm
still works with a number of the communities it began serving in the
1970s; thirty percent of their current clients have been working with
P&N for two decades or longer.

Plymouth-based DeMattia Group, one of the Midwest’s leading

real estate development, architecture and construction firms, was
part of a ceremonial groundbreaking held in April 2009 for the
Dhake Industries Global Headquarters addition. The Dhake
Headquarters is located on Northville Road in Plymouth, and is
scheduled for completion in September 2009.

Centex Corporation, one of the largest U.S. homebuilders, has

selected Whirlpool Corporation , Benton Harbor, as a Centex
Sustainability Partner. Accordingly, Centex will install ENERGY
STAR® qualified Whirlpool® and KitchenAid® refrigerators,
dishwashers and laundry appliances as standard in Centex Energy
Advantage homes nationwide.

Contracting Resources, Inc., a Brighton-based, design-build and

construction management company, has announced the following:
completion of a 4,400-square-foot suite renovation on the 2nd floor
of a medical office building located in Dearborn; and a new contract
awarded by EA & S Investments, LLC for the interior renovations to
Floors 4 through 7 of the Beaumont Business Center located in
Troy. The latter renovation entails 75,000 square feet of space,
including new HVAC equipment.

The Detroit office of SmithGroup is providing architecture,

engineering, interiors, lab design, lab planning, and site design
services for the new Plant Sciences Expansion at Michigan State
University in East Lansing. The new $40M building will house
state-of- the-art research lab space for Plant Biology, Plant Research,
Plant Pathology, Biochemistry, and Horticulture programs. It is
targeted for completion in 2012.

Sachse Construction of Birmingham recently completed a new 10-

screen movie theater in Woodhaven. “Emagine Woodhaven” will
be the first movie theater in that southern Detroit suburb. Sachse
broke ground in November 2008 on the $6-million project. The
41,000-square-foot precast concrete building will feature stadium
seating for 1,600 and all-digital projection and sound technology.

Testing Engineers and Consultants (TEC) is working on

Michigan’s first Stimulus-Funded project located in Ogemaw
County, near West Branch. The general contractor, Six-S, Inc. of
Waterford, has retained TEC to provide concrete batch plant certifi-
cation services for this project.

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The Michigan Department of Rand Construction Engineering, Inc., a

Transportation (MDOT) recently awarded a Brighton-based construction company,
three-year “indefinite delivery of services” recently completed a JP Morgan Chase
(IDS) contract to G2 Consulting Group, a Bank branch in Rochester Hills. The branch
geotechnical, environmental and is to receive LEED Silver Certification from
construction services engineering firm the USGBC. Also, Rand Construction has
headquartered in Troy. The IDS contract is been selected as construction manager for
in effect on an as-needed basis from January the new Hindu Temple of Canton.
1, 2009 through December 31, 2012, in an The 37,000-square-foot building began
amount not to exceed $4 million over the construction in spring 2009, with
contract’s duration. In other news, G2 completion scheduled for early next year.
Consulting Group also announced that they
have designed an extensive foundation that
made it possible to build the newly opened
160,000-square-foot Shelby Macomb
Medical Mall on a highly visible site with
soft blue clay soils; it is located in Shelby
Township. Also, G2 Consulting is now
offering pile driving analysis (PDA) services
to help construction and engineering
companies meet a new Michigan
requirement for PDA on certain deep pile
foundation construction projects.

HKS Architects, PC has relocated its office

to the historic Water Wheel Centre building
in downtown Northville, 30 miles northwest
of downtown Detroit. Previously located in
Farmington Hills, the move allows the firm
to increase its workspace from 9,000 square
feet to more than 14,000 square feet.
Formerly the Historic Ford Valve Plant, the
building is a significant landmark in
downtown Northville and was originally
designed by Albert Kahn.

Van Buren Public Schools, Belleville, has

selected Fanning Howey
Architects/Engineers, Novi, to plan and
design their $79.9-million high school
project. The project will improve, remodel,
and replace the high school on West
Columbia Avenue. Approximately 52,000
square feet of the existing building will be
renovated, while the majority of the existing
building will be demolished.

NBS , a longstanding provider of

workplace furniture and related products
based in Troy, is pleased to announce the
acquisition of the Bay City and Lansing-
based firm, Allied Office Interiors. The
acquisition was effective in May 2009.

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W E L C O M E N E W M E M B E R S - B U Y E R S G U I D E U P D AT E

Consulting Services
xDispute Avoidance Program
xReal Time Dispute Resolution
xDispute Review Board
xInitial Decision Maker
xProject Neutral
xExposure Analysis
xTechnical Expert Coordination
xClaims Preparation and
248.583.1221 SYSTEMS, WARREN

As you all are probably aware, the 2009 Construction Buyers Guide has been out on the street for
several months now. In an effort to keep our information as accurate and up-to-date as possible, we’re
including here all the changes and corrections we have received for members’ company listings as of
August 5. Changes from the book are in bold.
To see continually amended company listings, check out the Buyers Guide Online at, 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 $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 2010 Buyers Guide. We will gladly answer any questions regarding
charges on invoices.
Preparation for the 2010 Buyers Guide has begun – look for renewal forms in your mail. Deadline
September 15, 2009.

CAM Workers’ Kirco/Manix Associates, Inc. Fraco, USA Percha Caulking Co.
Compensation Plan (Formerly KIRCO 29593 Costello Dr. (Formerly State Wide
Harvard Square II Construction, Inc.) New Hudson, MI 48165 Caulking Co.)
18645 Canal Rd., Suite 4 101 W. Big Beaver Rd., Phone: 248-361-9631 1772 Majon Dr.
Clinton Twp., MI 48038 Suite 200 Fax: 248-667-9259 Highland, MI 48356
Phone: 586-790-7810 Troy, MI 48084 Phone: 248-887-5168
Fax: 586-790-7929 Phone: 248-680-7180 Dan Jordan Electric Fax: 248-889-4493
Fax: 248-680-7181 33625 32 Mile Rd.
Richmond, MI 48062
Phone: 586-421-4313

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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
Sep. 29 – Golf Outing, Sawmill Golf Club, Saginaw
Sep. 29 – Tri-City Builders Exchange (TCBX) Summer/Fall Social Outing

Sep. 15 – Wabeek Country Club, Bloomfield Hills Reserve a spot in this outing by calling Josh Meyer at 989-754-4872.
Sep. 15 - CAM Golf Outing - “Old Timers”

Reserve a spot in this outing by calling Diana Brown at 248-972-1000.

Last year’s NECA Show in Chicago, IL drew over 10,000 visitors. This
Sep. 12-15 – NECA Show and Convention

year’s event will be held in Seattle, WA. CAMTEC, the training & education center of the Construction
CAMTEC Class Schedule

Event and Exposition details are available at Association of Michigan, has announced its summer/fall class schedule.
For registration information, or to obtain a catalog, call (248) 972-1133.

This event will take place at the Multi-Lakes Conservation Association Sep. 8 - Blueprint Reading II – Intermediate
Sep. 22 – CAM Sporting Clays Shootout

in Commerce Township. A steak dinner will also be served. Sep. 9 - Construction Industry Technician (C.I.T.)
For more information, or to register, call Gregg Montowski at 248-972- Sep. 9 - OSHA 10-hr.
1000. Sep. 10 - Blueprint Reading I – Basic
Sep. 16 - FA, CPR, AED Combined
Sep. 17 - AIA Contracts
Building Connections is the largest annual gathering of the Sep. 22 - Construction Contracts and Subcontracts
Sept. 24 – Fifth Annual Building Connections

construction community in Southeast Michigan, providing a unique Sep. 24 - Project Management Commercial/Residential
opportunity for informal and social interaction while supporting the Boy Sep. 29 - Construction Liens/Payment Bond Claims
Scouts of America, Detroit Area Council. This year’s event will take place Sep. 30 - Asbestos Awareness Training
at the Detroit Yacht Club. Oct. 6 - Scheduling and Planning
For more information, call 313-361-4228 or e-mail Oct. 7 - Techniques for Delayed Projects Oct. 28 - Lien Law/Payment Bonds

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Acme Maintenance Service ........................12

Aluminum Supply Company -
Marshall Sales, Inc. ..................................6
Aoun & Company ......................................32
Boy Scouts of America ................................34
Since 1963, the GREAT LAKES Bryco Inc. ......................................................25
CERAMIC TILE COUNCIL has CAM Administrative Services ....................3
CAM-Affinity ............................................IBC
CAM - ECPN................................................42
assisted our members and
the Architectural and Design CAM Expo ....................................................17
community in selecting the CAM - Membership ....................................35
proper ANSI installation CAM Workers’ Comp. ................................11
Capital Insurance Group ............................29
Cipriano Coating Technology ....................23
methods for ceramic tile.
If you have any installation Concrete Moisture Control ........................15
specification questions, DTE Energy ................................................BC
please give us a call… Dailey Company, The..................................15
Danboise Mechanical ..................................20
Deppmann Company, R.L. ........................29
we’re here to help.


Contractors Association ........................27
P.O.BOX 696 • FARMINGTON, MI 48332 Doeren Mayhew ..........................................21
248-476-5559 • 734-622-9468 FAX Eldorado Tile and Marble ..........................23

8/7/06 12:44 PM Page •1 WWW.GLCTC.US

GLCTC@CORE.COM Facca Richter & Pregler, PC ......................10
Fishbeck Thompson Carr & Huber ..........41

G2 Consulting ..............................................46
GSV Staking, LLC..........................................8
GEOTECHNICAL Great Lakes Ceramic Tile Council ............46
Guy, Hurley, Blaser & Heuer, LLC ............13
Hartland Insurance Group ........................19

Jeffers Crane Service, Inc. ..........................11
Kapnick Insurance Group ..........................21
Keegan Hay Co., LLC ................................10
MasonPro, Inc. ............................................39
Master Craft Carpet Service, Inc. ..............27

DABBA DO Michigan CAT............................................IFC

Michigan Propane Gas Association ............7
Navigant Consulting ..................................25
Nicholson Construction Company............12
North American Dismantling Corp. ........37
Oakland Community College ....................37
From topsoil to bedrock and every layer in between – the geotechnical,
environmental and construction engineering experts at G2 can’t wait to Oakland Companies....................................23
Osborne Trucking &
Osborne Concrete, John D. ....................45
unearth your site’s possibilities.

Plante & Moran, PLLC ..............................43

Roth Incorporated ......................................44
Troy, MI: 248.680.0400

SMRCA ........................................................38
Brighton, MI: 810.224.4330

TEMP-AIR, Inc. ............................................11

Chicago, IL: 847.353.8740 TES Consultants, PC ..................................20
Valenti Trobec Chandler, Inc. ......................5
Walsh Construction Company ..................33
Wayne Bolt & Nut Co. ................................32
UNEARTHING POSSIBILITIES Zervos Group ................................................8

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