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Bringing Bright Ideas to St. John Health’s New Novi Bringing Bright Ideas to St. John Health’s New Novi Hospital Hospital

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22 On the Jobsite

On the Move in Detroit – The Rosa Parks Transit Center On the Move in Detroit – The Rosa Parks Transit Center

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Former Brownfield Site Transforms Into New Former Brownfield Site Transforms Into New Urbanism Residential Development Urbanism Residential Development Geotechnical Issues Complicate Van Andel Institute Geotechnical Issues Complicate Van Andel Institute Expansion in Grand Rapids Expansion in Grand Rapids

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SSOE. “SSOE’s total economic impact on the Toledo area alone is significant. Based on our revenue and local payroll, SSOE accounts for $1 out of every $156 dollars generated in the five-county area encompassing Lucas, Fulton, Ottawa and Wood Counties in Ohio and Monroe County in Michigan. SSOE also supports an additional 400 jobs in ancillary businesses by being based in Toledo” SSOE currently employs approximately 540 professionals in Ohio, 20 percent of which represent positions created in the last 12 months. The firm’s growth in Ohio includes offices in: • Toledo – Headquarters, within the year has increased its staff by nearly 30 percent and also expanded its office space downtown last year by moving its corporate officers two blocks down to the Hylant Building. SSOE is again preparing to move 25 more employees to the Hylant Building to make way for additional operations staff. • Cincinnati – Increased employee count from 9 to 20 in 2007 alone. Plans for 2008 include additional hires based on a strong backload of process engineering and machine design work.

Pregler Elected to CFCU Board

The Troy law firm of Facca, Richter & Pregler, P.C. is pleased to announce that Bruce M. Pregler has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Construction Federal Credit Union. Mr. Pregler is an attorney specializing in construction, real estate and commercial litigation. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. Pregler served as legal counsel to the Construction Federal Credit Union, and is a past president of the Board of Directors of the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM).

With a presence in Ohio for nearly 60 years and three offices in the state, SSOE, Inc. – one of the nation’s largest architecture and engineering firms – has increased its number of employees by 40 percent nationally in the past 12 months. Despite the struggles of the state’s industrial base and an unemployment rate significantly higher than the national rate, SSOE’s Ohio offices make up nearly half of that growth. Earlier this year, SSOE launched a nationwide recruitment effort to hire 200 architects and engineers by the end of 2007. That number was reached in August and there are still 75 positions in Ohio alone for which SSOE is currently recruiting professionals. “Our revenue grew 30 percent in 2006, and we are projecting 25 percent growth for 2007,” said Tony Damon, CEO of

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• Lima – Lima has increased its staff count to 34, a 35 percent increase over 2006.

SSOE is one of the global leaders in architectural and engineering services for the automotive industry, as well as for clients in the healthcare, retail, education, science and technology, biofuels, chemical, food, glass, mining and personal care industries. The firm’s Ohio clients include: Bowling Green State University, Chrysler, ConAgra, Ford Motor Company, Greater Ohio Ethanol, Honda, J.M. Smucker Company, Marathon, Owens Corning, Pilkington, Procter & Gamble, TRW Automotive, and The University of Toledo. SSOE’s Ohio offices also manages projects from other states for the following clients: Blue Earth Biofuels, Caterpillar, Coca Cola, Cummins Engine, FedEx, Freedom Fuels Biodiesel, General Motors, Glacial Lakes Energy, Hemlock Semiconductor, Hershey, Nissan, The University of Michigan, and Toyota.

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ANSI standards and ASTM test methods. The information presented in the handbook represents a consensus of over 21 national and regional organizations, including the Ceramic Tile Distributor Association, the Marble Institute of America, the Materials and Methods Association and the Great Lakes Ceramic Tile Council. Each installation recommendation requires a properly designed,

The Tile Council of North America, Inc. (TCNA) recently released the 2007 Handbook for Ceramic Tile Installations, a publication containing 89 pages of invaluable specification i n f o r m a t i o n . Included in this new addition are seven new setting methods. As the industry’s guide for installation practice, the handbook includes information and guidelines for ceramic tile, glass tile, mosaic tile, porcelain tile and quarry tile. A copy can be obtained from the Great Lakes Ceramic Tile Council. The handbook is a guide created to assist in clarifying and standardizing installation specifications for ceramic tile. The handbook is revised on an annual basis to present architects and specification writers with current, accurate data on ceramic tile installations. The quick reference details and outlines in the handbook cover most installation methods and conditions. This 43rd edition marks the 62nd
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Barton Malow|Skanska Pledge to Protect Construction Workers at Beaumont Hospital’s Troy Expansion Project

Barton Malow|Skanska, a joint venture, the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG), the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA), and the Greater Detroit Building and Construction Trades Council signed the Beaumont Troy Phase 1 Project Partnership Agreement on Sept. 5th to protect construction workers at Beaumont Hospital in Troy. The partnership goal is enhanced safety and health protection and zero injuries for workers on a major expansion project at the hospital. The joint venture team of Barton Malow Company and Skanska USA
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Building Inc. are serving as the design/builder for the first phase of a three-phase expansion project for Beaumont, Troy. The expansion project includes an emergency center addition, a critical care tower, and a comprehensive outpatient services center. All construction is expected to be complete in 2009. “Barton Malow and Skanska are building a cutting-edge healthcare facility with the commitment to send every construction worker home healthy and whole, every day,” said DLEG Director Keith W. Cooley. “We applaud these two premier companies who build world-class facilities nationwide. This project is an outstanding example of the work we need to speed Michigan’s economic growth.” The construction industry is one of the most hazardous industries in Michigan. Only about four percent of Michigan’s workforce is employed in construction, however, construction fatalities account for more than 40 percent of all fatal workplace accidents. All partners are committed to creating an environment where the ultimate goal is zero tolerance for workplace injuries.

The partnership agreement has been established to raise awareness and promote safety for all personnel employed in the Beaumont Hospital, Troy construction project. Recognizing that engineering techniques alone are not enough to ensure that exposures to hazards are controlled, the program includes coordination, monitoring and educating the personnel involved in the project. These components will be implemented through the same principles of management control applied throughout all phases of the project. "The partnership that we’re creating today can only help to further raise awareness about construction worker safety, and that’s always a welcome goal," said Patrick Devlin, CEO of the Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council. "Hopefully, in the long term, these kinds of partnerships will become the norm on jobsites across the state of Michigan." Partnerships are an important emphasis in MIOSHA’s Strategic Plan to improve the health and safety of workers through cooperative relationships with

groups, including trade associations, labor organizations, and employers. Partnerships move away from traditional enforcement methods and embrace collaborative agreements. “This joint venture between Barton Malow and Skanska brings together two great organizations with the same philosophy–zero tolerance for unsafe acts and conditions, said Mark S. Klimbal, CSP, corporate safety director, Barton Malow Company. “Partnering with MIOSHA allows us to utilize all the team members in the pursuit of that goal. Through this cooperative effort, we can focus even more resources on the requirement to run a project driven by safety, quality, and productivity.” Said David Reece, senior vice president, Skanska USA Building Inc., “The MIOSHA Partnership at William Beaumont Hospital-Troy is an affirmation of Skanska’s Injury Free Environment program. It brings government, building trades, construction managers, and building owners into a cohesive group emphasizing safety and high-quality construction. It affirms our commitment to having

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Local 67; Plumbers Local 98; Roofers Local 149; Sheet Metal Local 80; Sheet Metal Local 292; Sign, Pictorial & Display Workers Local 591; Sprinkler Fitters Local 704; Teamsters Local 247; and Tile, Marble & Terrazzo Local 32. Barton Malow|Skanska and the partnering trade unions and subcontractors endorse the ultimate goal of ZERO INJURIES on the Beaumont Hospital, Troy project. The key elements of the site specific Safety and Health Program for the project include: • Adherence to all safety policies, procedures, and MIOSHA standards. • 100 percent fall protection over 6 feet, including steel erection and roof work. • 100 percent eye protection. • All crane operators will be Certified Crane Operators (CCO). • Substance abuse testing through M.U.S.T. or equivalent program – adherence by all trade contractors. • Pre-Task Safety Plans (PSPs) to be completed and submitted to Barton Malow|Skanska by contractors prior to beginning critical work. • PSPs must be posted at the work area,

all workers go home to their families in the same condition they started the day.” Signing partners included: Jennifer Macks, project executive; David Reece, project executive; Mark Klimbal, corporate safety director; Mark Dumas, environmental, health and safety director, Barton Malow|Skanska; Keith Cooley, DLEG director; and Doug Kalinowski, MIOSHA director. The Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council was represented by Shorty Gleason, president; Patrick Devlin, CEO; and Edward Coffey, business representative. The Greater Detroit Building and Construction Trades Council and its affiliate unions are supportive of this partnership. The partnering unions include: Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights; Asbestos Workers Local 25; Bricklayers Local 1; Boilermakers Local 169; Cement Masons Local 514; Elevator Constructors Local 36; Glaziers and Glassworkers Local 357; I.B.E.W. Local 58; Iron Workers Local 25; Laborers Local 1076; Laborers Local 1191; Operating Engineers Local 324; Painters D.C. No. 22; Pipefitters Local 636; Plaster

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is relatively simple: we just don’t give this hazard its due. Whether it’s low or highsloped roofs, scaffolding, steel, or any other reason we are in the air, gravity will always want us back down on the ground. Of course gravity doesn’t care how we get there. We also discount that its not really fall that kills us, it’s how we land. I don’t necessarily mean “the sudden stop” but rather the position. A blow to the head, regardless of the fall distance, usually results in a lost time injury if not a fatality. Take the case of the worker mentioned above who used a chair to change a light bulb. As he fell he hit his head against a table and was killed. Such a tragic waste. Remember a fall – from any height – is serious business. NEVER take it for granted. If I can be of any assistance to your safety program you can always find me at the end of 248-972-1141 or by e-mail at forgue@cam-online.com
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and reviewed with workers prior to beginning work. • Contractors shall provide a Competent and/or Qualified Person for work operations as identified by MIOSHA and/or Barton standards Malow|Skanska. • Barton Malow|Skanska and the partnering employers on this project will uniformly enforce a disciplinary action plan for employees who fail to work in a safe manner. Automatic dismissal from this project shall result from any willful or deliberate violation of safety rules or safety polices and procedures. “The MIOSHA program is dedicated to working with employers to find innovative ways to enhance workplace safety and health,” said MIOSHA Director Doug Kalinowski. “Through partnerships, MIOSHA can offer employers a voluntary, cooperative relationship to eliminate serious hazards and achieve a high level of safety and health.” The partnership does not preclude MIOSHA from enforcing its mission of addressing complaints, fatalities, or serious accidents, nor does it infringe on the rights of employees to report workplace hazards. MIOSHA has an existing partnership with Barton Malow and Walbridge Aldinger to demolish the Davey Terminal/Hotel complex at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and create the new North Terminal. All partners have worked diligently to protect employees on that project and with over 600,000 man hours worked to date, there has not been a lost-time incident on the North Terminal jobsite.

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topic of discussion at IFMA’s annual membership recruitment open house held at Forgotten Harvest in late August. Forgotten Harvest’s Communications Director Monica Luoma said that the food recovery organization was pleased to host the IFMA membership meeting and thanked the group for their generous support over the past few months. She then led IFMA members and potential members on a tour of the new facility, pointing out the furniture that was donated by IFMA members and noting other areas where the group may assist Forgotten Harvest in the future. IFMA member Bill Orlowski, facility planner for ArvinMeritor, suggested that IFMA work with Forgotten Harvest after hearing that they were preparing to move into a new 20,000-square-foot office and warehouse facility last spring. "Once the call was made to help Forgotten Harvest move into and operate their new facility help poured in from all directions," he said. The chapter was eager to assist in several areas, including space planning, move management, document storage, janitorial and systems furniture. Forgotten Harvest Advisory Board Member Marilyn Beckham said, "Facilities people have great jobs because they get to visualize a space and then see it brought to reality and to really see the results of their work. I enjoyed showing the IFMA members how our shell of a former Pep Boys/discount flea market turned into a beautiful space with the help of our facility management friends. For example, our conference room, which IFMA used during their meeting, was 100 percent donated by IFMA members. We would be sitting on the floor otherwise! Now we have a large enough space for training, and we can invite our partners and even community groups to share the space, too. We've come a long way thanks to our IFMA friends!" Luoma singled out several IFMA member companies, thanking them for their in-kind donations of goods and services: ArvinMeritor, Campbell-Ewald, Detroit Office Interiors, DocuStore, Flooring Services Inc., Garland Company, Harley Ellis Devereaux, Haworth, Palmer Moving & Storage, NBS, Supply Pro, and Wayne State University facilities. Robert Beuter, president of the IFMA chapter and global account manager at Haworth, noted that the group will continue to provide facility management services to Forgotten Harvest. “Our members are very experienced, knowledgeable
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director of SmithGroup’s Chicago office. “Her strong personal presence and analytical style has built key relationships with Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, trading firms, pharmaceutical companies and professional services firms, so we’re confident Angie is the professional to help accelerate our success in the Chicago market,” Vazzano added. Several of AREA Design’s 20 active clients in Chicago, including DDB Chicago, Exelon Corporation, The HON Company, and the Harrington College of Design are positive about the merger with SmithGroup. “The value of this merger comes in the form of access to SmithGroup’s nationally recognized experts in innovative, client-focused, inspiring workplace design,” Lee said. “Simultaneously, AREA Design clients will benefit from the invaluable resources of SmithGroup, a large, multi-discipline firm.” Lee founded AREA Design to provide clients with creative solutions for office environments. The merger between the two firms will also allow many of SmithGroup’s national workplace clients an enhanced level of service, according to Rebecca Nolan, IIDA, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, who leads SmithGroup’s national practice for the workplace sector. “Angie is an accomplished, recognized leader in workplace design,” said Nolan. “We are delighted that we will have the opportunity to work with her and her staff’s significant talent and experience in the Chicago market where many of our national clients have large offices or even headquarters locations.”

IFMA Holds Membership Recruitment Meeting at Charity Partner Forgotten Harvest

Helping feed the hungry doesn’t just mean serving soup. The members of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), a southeastern Michigan organization of facility managers and building suppliers, have donated their talents and resources to furnish and ensure the smooth operation of Forgotten Harvest, one of the nation’s leading food recovery programs. IFMA members have made a long-term commitment to helping Oak Park-based Forgotten Harvest as their chapter charity program. Future opportunities to assist the food recovery organization were a

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and dedicated to efficient facility operations,” said Beuter. “We are happy that the chapter was able to help Forgotten Harvest improve their service to soup kitchens, shelters and churches that feed hungry people.” Forgotten Harvest still has a wish list of unmet facilities needs. Interested donors should call Angelo Torcolacci, IFMA member director of business development for NSA Architects, Engineers, Planners at (248) 477-2444. During the IFMA meeting, Chapter Membership Chairman John Nowacki, senior manager at Spectrum Strategies, outlined the advantages of belonging to IFMA. As an international professional organization with over 18,000 members worldwide, IFMA provides up-to-date information on industry and legislative matters, opportunities to improve individual skills and knowledge, professional accreditation and more. “In addition to educational and certification programs, chapter membership provides an outstanding opportunity for networking with peers and professionals in the facility management field through membership meetings and community services events,” said Nowacki. IFMA is an international, not-for-profit association dedicated to promoting excellence in facilities management. Incorporated in 1980, IFMA provides educational programs that assist in developing strategies for managing human, facility and real estate resources. IFMA also awards a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) designation to experienced facility managers who pass a rigorous exam. The Southeastern Michigan Chapter, with over 250 members, is the second oldest IFMA chapter. For more information about IFMA visit www.ifmasemichigan.org.

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“We talked with smaller, emerging companies,” Balasia said, “and they said their biggest problem in other career fairs was competing with huge corporations that had these amazing displays. So we decided to limit the fair to companies that employ fewer than 500 people, and we will standardize the banners for the companies. That way, everybody has a uniform look. “We’ll be asking about 75 to 100 of the associations to bring us two to three of their up-and-coming companies. Because we’re doing the interviewing the same day, our idea is to show students that there are opportunities with all of these companies that they probably have never heard of before… try to shift their perception.” Does he see this as a one-time matchmaking occasion?

hen it comes to concern about retaining construction talent in Michigan, there’s a young electronics entrepreneur with a plan to match engineering graduates with homegrown employers. Brian Balasia, president of Digerati Solutions, Detroit, said, “What I’ve seen, specifically with the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan (U of M), is that we historicalBalasia ly focused on placing students with very large corporations, and, as the marketplace has shifted, more opportunities for students are emerging in smaller, rapidly-growing companies. I imagine that’s somewhat similar in the construction industry.” Problem: How do you contact these emerging companies?

“One of the things we found out,” Balasia said, “is they have tie-ins with business associations. There are about 320 business associations with offices in Lansing. Each one of those organizations knows of two or three stars… small companies that are really starting to grow. They’re inadequately staffed, and they’re looking for engineering talent. Solution: In Conjunction with U of M, he has arranged to hold an on-campus Entrepreneurial Opportunities Fair in March 2008.

“We’re going to use it as a pilot event,” he said, “and then, hopefully, take it to other universities in Michigan.” For more information about the Entrepreneurial Opportunities Fair, call Brian Balasia at (313) 963-4440. BRAIN-DRAIN BLOCKER Another aspect of talent retention efforts in construction involves intern-seeking programs by larger companies, such as Detroit-based Walbridge Aldinger. Describing the attitude behind their talent search, Richard Haller, president and COO, said, “I don’t really look at the economic engine of the State as a driver for
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my future, and, as a business leader, you cannot turn your back on developing talent within an organization. If you do, you’ll come to a period of time where you reach a Haller plateau, where you have no talent and no ability to grow or improve your business. “So despite the present economic doldrums, this year we’ve brought in more interns than ever before. We have a very aggressive developmental cycle that we need to put into place so that we get the kind of talent that we need in the future.” In his view, reality has a lot to do with perspective. “We look at bringing in talent as an investment in the future,” he said, “not a drag on this year’s earnings.” What seems to keep interns interested in construction as a career?

business. It starts out with a training plan and a career path. Developing talent has to do with three phases: first, you’re training just to maintain competence; then you learn to expand your knowledge in order to provide more services; and the third phase is leadership development. “You give them a variety of job assignments in different facets of the industry, and with mentoring relationships, you give them a kind of personal consultant, if you will. That brings talent in. You create a stronger link than a paycheck, a sense of wanting to be in this culture… a fulfilling culture.” INSIDE JOBS Working a wide range in the age spectrum, from young execs to retired seniors, seems to provide the marketplace for at least one interior designer. Based on a background in high-end corporate and hospitality interiors, upscale senior centers offer a promising new venue for renovations and new projects, according to Timothy Gawel, creative director, Ford & Earl Associates, Inc., Troy.

Haller said, “You give them a plan with the opportunity to cycle through a lot of different aspects and perspectives of the

“It’s the amenity of service that I think everybody is tracking,” he said, “because hospitality has gone into the corporate market sector, and it’s going into healthcare.” Gawel Noting the boom in healthcare construction, Gawel sees growth “for anybody surrounded by that. If it’s an accounting firm whose major client is a healthcare institution, they’re probably going to be in an expansion mode. We would supply professional design services, maybe of a hospitality nature, to the healthcare market. Hospitality has been a mainstay here for the past several years.” Noting another promising aspect of that market, Gawel said, “We’ve started to target senior living because there’s a tie-in between hospitality and healthcare.” With growing numbers of Baby Boomers who are retirement bound, focus on upscale senior living design makes sense to Gawel. “Of the two that we’ve done, one was really tailored to a more affluent clientele who’s selling valuable

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property to move into a hospitality environment comparable to where they had been living,” he said. “It wasn’t as much senior living as it was independent living for an affluent clientele. “That’s one market, and the other market would be a financial sector down from there. This is kind of a new business sector. It’s about function and styling.” HANDS-ON SURVIVOR Perhaps you’ve heard the expression “you should dance with the person you bring to the party.” It’s one that Dominic J. Maltese, Jr. takes to heart. He’s convinced that returning to a hands-on approach to projects has kept him afloat during troubled times… and he’s been doing construction projects for some 32 years, presently as owner of Plymouthbased D.J. Maltese Consulting, LLC. Maltese After starting out in a close-contract mode, Maltese said, “We’d expanded to almost 40 employees, where I

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was basically selling the jobs and assigning them to a project manager and a team. They weren’t getting built the way I would build them. Owners weren’t very happy because they weren’t getting what they thought they were going to get, which was me and the way I do things.” How did that change? “Now I’m on the job daily, but not full time. Basically, I’ve gone from a three-tier process to a two-tier.” He previously had a project manager, a superintendent, and himself. Now the projects consist of superintendent/project manager plus himself, and he deals directly with the owner. “So I’m back to the communication system where I have charge,” Maltese said, “because that’s what my customers want.” His hands-on approach extends to his choice of subcontractors, as well. “I work with more trades that are on-the-job owners, rather than hiring a company that just brings in random employees, because I get better workmanship, better response, and

overall customer satisfaction from the customer. The owner/workman is also more in control of the project, so that it doesn’t get out of control.” Recalling his work on the Detroit Opera House restoration and other projects some 20-plus years ago, Maltese said, “I was hands-on for all of those projects back then, and every one of them was successful, and everybody was happy. That’s where I’m at again today… it’s a much better process.” MEETING QUAGMIRES To meet or not to meet, Shakespeare might have asked if he lived in today’s meeting-clogged world. It’s a question posed to Gary E. Mach, quality administrator at Harley Ellis Devereaux, Southfield. “I think one of the biggest problems is that the person calling the Mach meeting,” Mach said, “is doing it only for their own benefit. Those

meetings are simply one-way information dumps. Such meetings are a great example of meetings that probably didn’t need to take place, particularly in today’s electronic environment. There are better ways of distribution, such as conference calling or via e-mail.” In his view, many meetings could be avoided, by examining their purpose. “Is it something that really lends itself to a group,” Mach said. “Some things groups do better. You do get a lot of ideas involved, but, at the same time, it’s expensive. If you look around the room and figure what everyone’s hourly rate is, the average meeting could easily run into thousands, or tens of thousands, of dollars. “You could ask yourself, in some processes, wouldn’t we be better off to have one person carry this, or maybe one or two, or maybe one person who makes a decision and simply reports back to the group with the answer.”

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Hoisting materials and problem solving on the jobsite are all in a day’s work for DeMaria Building Company. After handling the presence of hidden utilities, the company’s next task is enclosing the building before winter. Blaze Contracting, Inc. excavated 10,000 to 15,000 cubic yards of soil (photo right), creating a terraced, or stepped, excavation to ensure safety.

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he transit center named in honor of the late civil rights hero and long-time Detroit resident, Rosa Parks, is setting in motion the development of a new approach to public transportation in the heart of the Motor City. This past summer, DeMaria Building Company, a City of Detroit headquartered business, poured the foundation for the new benchmark on the road to expanded public transit, namely a facility offering a single point of transfer for three different bus systems and a link to the People Mover located only 50 feet away. DDOT, SMART and Transit Windsor buses will all converge on this triangular, 2.5-acre site near Michigan and Cass Avenues in downtown Detroit. The emerging Rosa Parks Transit Center has been strategically placed “to take advantage of existing bus routes and the close proximity of the city’s major arteries of Michigan, Woodward and Gratiot Avenues,” said Timothy C. Miles, project manager, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. “The site is a hub adjacent to the People Mover, is directly located on the main thoroughfare of
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Michigan Avenue, and is well positioned for any future expansion of public transit.” Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Norman L. White outlines the driving force behind creation of the new center. “There is a need for adequate public transit to serve those who work, shop and seek government and other services in downtown Detroit,” said White. “There is also a need for the commercial and institutional uses in downtown Detroit to have reliable and convenient public transportation service and facilities that can be used by their employees and clients.” Ruby Dixon, DDOT project manager, said the project “is consistent with DDOT’s overall objective to meet this public transit need by enhancing its transit service for downtown and by re-establishing the traditional single point where riders can make transfers between all buses that will be entering or leaving downtown.” DeMaria broke ground in May 2007 on the 25,000-square-foot building and its two flanking pods, the south pod housing retail space and the north containing an emer-

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gency generator. Created to shelter transit patrons and house retail space, the building will be nestled in the tip of Detroit’s new transportation triangle. At the base of the triangle, great white canopies will be rooted in the central island of a looped roadway serving as the circulation route for the daily parade of buses. The seven canopies will tower dramatically over the isle and roadway. “The facility is meant to be a centerpiece,” said Joseph Koram, project manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff Michigan, Inc. (PB), the architect of the facility. “DDOT wanted something that would stand out and be an attractive focal point for the city.” Parsons Brinckerhoff was involved in the project at its very inception, helping to launch this new integrated approach to public transit. “Detroit did not have a single transfer point integrating several different bus systems,” said Sharmila Mukherjee, PB’s lead transportation planner, certified project manager. “Cadillac Square just serviced DDOT, making it difficult for people transferring from one bus system to another and offering no weather protection. Chicago has several integrated transfer points, and with this new center, Detroit has now made a good start.” SUBTERRANEAN SURPRISES The Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit (EDC) launched the project with the demolition of the Lindell AC Bar on the south end of the site. Existing building foundations from the 1930s and 1940s were removed on the north end of the site to carve out space for the new center’s 14-foot-deep basement. Blaze Contracting, Inc., Detroit, handled excavation, earthwork, utilities and underground sanitary water, including relining a 100-year old sanitary line in place through a specialty subcontractor. Blaze excavated 10,000 to 15,000 cubic yards of soil as part of the mass excavation for the main building, creating a terraced or stepped excavation to ensure safety. “Stepping it back – the deeper we go down the further back we move the excavation – is an important safety measure,” said Gayl W. Turk, Blaze director of business development. “But this meant we had to work close to the street’s right of way, requiring vigilance in that area to prevent washing out the road.” The discovery of a hidden duct bank also demanded the vigilance of the excavation contractor and the entire project team. A former roadway called State Street slices through the site, its surface removed but its subterranean web of utilities intact. In mid-August, much of this buried network
USA Form created triangular custom forms for the top of the caissons that will support the seven canopies, or tensile structures. DeMaria will install caissons to a depth of 20 feet below grade.

DeMaria was busy forming the walls and bringing the main building out of the ground by mid-August.

was exposed, including modern orange and white fiber-optic lines crossing the site in sharp contrast with the clay crock infrastructure originally installed in 1917. “It is still in use, but as they upgraded the system, they abandoned the clay crock,” said Trey Neubauer, DeMaria project manager. Despite positioning the building to avoid the infrastructure grid of the former roadway, this unknown clay crock-encased utility duct bank was discovered 10 feet below grade and inside of the footprint of the basement. The duct bank has 20,000 active communication lines running through the site from the AT&T building located across Cass Avenue. “The biggest hurdle we have encountered so far with the entire project has been the hidden utilities,” said Darren Murray, DeMaria vice president, commercial and industrial groups. AT&T suspended the duct bank with steel shoring, allowing DeMaria to pour the concrete walls around the newly discovered bank. Yellow straps hold the 80-year-old clay crock to the steel shoring beams. “We are basically constructing the building around all of the existing utilities and this hidden duct bank, coordinating our work with AT&T’s shoring system,” said Nick Annoni, DeMaria project superintendent. “We evaluated the locations of our concrete walls to determine where they could best place their supports. This enabled us to make as much progress as possible.” Added Murray, “We also worked with AT&T to basically limit the shoring, so we could install as much work as possible.” Monday morning meetings with AT&T maintained the tight coordination needed to efficiently manage this unexpected discover. AT&T will excavate and remove soils for installation of a new duct bank and the addition of new conduit before DeMaria’s removal and infill of the existing duct bank and its shoring system in December. Other subcontractors on the jobsite include D & M Plumbing, Great Lakes Mechanical, Chamberlain Glass and Metal, Inc., Broadcast Design, and Keystone Fence. HURDLE NO. 2: WINTER Self-performing the concrete foundation work, DeMaria completed forming and pouring one of the two pods and all of the footings for the main building by August 2007. The firm began pouring the north and west walls by mid-August, and as of late August, “continued forming around the basement area to bring ourselves out of the ground,” said Murray. As electrical contractor, Alpha Electric, Inc., Detroit, installed conCAM MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2007

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house a security office formed mainly of concrete. A glass window in the oval will overlook the open floor plan of the general public spaces on the main level and the mezzanine. The building will be clad in glass curtain wall, glazed and burnished block installed by Dixon Masonry, and terra cotta accent walls on the exterior and interior. “It is actually clay tile that is used on roofs, except this is actually going to be on the outside wall and in places in the interior,” said Annoni. Enclosing this glass, concrete and masonry building before winter

In this rendering, seven immense canopies will provide shelter for transit users and will serve as an attractive focal point for the new Rosa Parks Transit Center, designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff Michigan, Inc.

duit in the concrete forms before the pouring of the walls to avoid exposed conduit on the center’s board form-finished concrete walls. Nearly all the concrete walls will feature a board form finish simulating the pattern and striations of natural wood. “All the walls that DeMaria is forming have a liner panel to provide a board form finish making the concrete resemble boards on a wall,” said Murray. A 50foot-tall, oval-shaped structure at the very apex of the triangle will

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is the next project hurdle. “At this point, the biggest hurdle our team had to overcome is coordinating work on the duct bank and still maintaining the schedule,” said Murray. “It is going to be a race to get the building up and enclosed, so we can work inside throughout the winter.” By November, foundations will be complete and DeMaria will be pouring basement floors and the structural steel will be on the verge of rising above grade. The final building will have three levels: the basement level will house restrooms and staff functions; the main level will house ticket offices, light vending, and waiting areas; and the upper or mezzanine level will house retail space. THE CROWNING TOUCH For Alpha Electric, the building’s trapezoidal shape and the project’s array of atypical light fixtures, such as interior pole lighting resembling outdoor streetlights, add another layer of challenge to the electrical contract. LED and metal halide lighting will illuminate the immense tented canopies hovering over the site. Alpha will install the ring-shaped light fixtures inside each of the seven tensile structures. “Before the canopies are even installed, we will tackle some serious coordination issues,” said Edward K. McCrary, Alpha’s vice president of construction. “One of these issues is the fact that the lighting must be integrally connected into the steel structure of the canopies.” Costa Mesa, California-based USAShade and Fabric Structures, Inc. is the specialty contractor installing the actual canopies formed of a trademarked Kevlar-like material designed to virtually last forever. “There are probably only a dozen contractors in the world that can do something of this size,” said Annoni. “There are almost 50 pages of engineering drawings for the canopies, because the wind load has to be managed, especially since they are only 50 feet from the People Mover rail.” DeMaria will install the underground utilities and caisson foundations for the seven canopies or tensile structures. DeMaria will install caissons to a depth of 20 feet below grade, taking care not to interfere with the existing web of underground utilities. Indiana-based USA Form has already created the triangular-shaped custom forms for the top of the caissons that will support each tensile structure, as well as the custom forms for the building’s concrete security oval. The great, wing-like canopies will not actually be installed until July 2008 with DeMaria coordinating the overall pace of the project, working closely with USAShade and Fabric Structures on the final completion of
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the project. The new Rosa Parks Transit Center, named in honor of the civil rights icon who changed history on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955, is boosting the cause of public transit in Detroit now and possibly in the future. “DDOT is conducting the Detroit Transit Opportunity Study,” said Mukherjee. “The

study is in the very preliminary planning phase, but it is looking at multiple modes of transit, such as light rail.” In perhaps six to 10 years, light rail may possibly service Michigan Avenue and other main arteries. If such a vision coalesces, the Rosa Parks Transit Center is in the right location to service this new transit approach in the Motor City.

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ost adults remember the story of Cinderella, who was transformed from a Plain Jane to the belle of the ball with a little help from her Fairy Godmother. Brownfield sites can have similar potential, and few sites provide a better Cinderella story than Mason Run, a New Urbanism residential development in Monroe where the possibilities were actually hidden by a thick blanket of cinders for many years. The City of Monroe and Crosswinds Communities, Inc., Novi, saw past the ash to the valuable real estate underneath, and worked to develop a plan to restore the site.

ABOUT THE SITE Mason Run is situated on the former site of the Consolidated Packaging Company’s Northside Plant. The facility closed in the mid-1970s and it remained vacant until the company formally declared bankruptcy in the mid-1980s. The approximately 50-acre site was purchased by the City of Monroe in 1987 for a mere $10, but serious liabilities

came with this bargain-basement price. “The buildings were in very bad shape,” said James Harless, PhD, CHMM, RBP, senior consultant for Soil and Materials Engineers (SME), Plymouth. “There was criminal activity going on at the site, so it was a public nuisance and a danger. Something had to be done.” The first step in abating the nuisance was hiring a contractor to raze the building, which the city did in 1991. The facility was demolished down to grade level, and the basements were filled in with soil. “There were around 350,000 square feet of buried basements that we had to dig out and get rid of because they would interfere with home construction, and earlier testing had indicated contamination inside,”said Harless. “We didn’t really know what was there because the building was demolished before environmental assessments were done, but we knew that there were some environmental issues. There was an underground storage tank by the scale house that had leaked.

There were also some indications of PCBs near an old transformer.” None of these issues would have dissuaded a motivated developer from utilizing the land, but a larger problem impeded progress for several years. Coal ash from an onsite coal-fired plant that provided process steam for the facility was disposed in a two-foot thick layer on over 40 acres of the site. This dumping was done legally, well before any regulations would have prohibited it, but it still complicated reclamation efforts. “We ended up with about 150,000 cubic yards of ash that we had to deal with,” said Harless. “When we sampled it, we found that it wouldn’t be suitable for a residential development. We couldn’t put it around basements because we were afraid that it could corrode the concrete. People also wouldn’t want to buy a house with a coal ash yard because its hard to grow things in coal ash.” Typically, this coal ash would simply be scooped up and hauled away for disposal, allowing for construction on the soil below.
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This would not work at Mason Run because the two feet of elevation provided by the ash was needed to link up with existing utilities. Landfill disposal of the ash plus replacement with clean fill to provide the necessary elevation would have put the cost of reclaiming the site out of reach. On the other hand, a project could be financially viable if a way to use the coal ash was devised. Powdery fly ash exhausted by the power plant’s stacks would have been of little use, but this is not what was disposed of at the site. Much more dense ash scraped out of the bottoms of the boilers was found instead, and it lent itself to a unique application. “This stuff [the coal ash found at Mason Run] has tremendous bearing capacity,” said Harless. “When we scrape it up, it gets mixed in with a little bit of the underlying clay. If we wanted to take a sample out of the stockpile, we needed to use a pickaxe to do it. Ash is commonly used under Michigan roadways and half the City of Monroe is built on ash.” Keeping with that tradition, SME and the project team devised a way to build Mason Run on the ash that was found at the site. RECLAIMING THE LAND Underneath the Victorian and Craftsman touches that define Mason Run lies an intricate network of underground layers. Ash at the site was considered contaminated before

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it was removed from the site, but once it was excavated, stockpiled, and tested, it was determined by the MDEQ to be inert fill under a separate set of environmental regulations. This provided the flexibility needed for a solution to both the ash management cost and site elevation problems. Clean soil needed to restore the site elevation was excavated from beneath roads and parks in the development, and the ash was placed in the excavations. All ash used at Mason Run is covered by pavement in the roadways of at least two feet of clean soil in the parks. Since pavement was used to provide a cap over the ash, the material could be piled right up to grade level underneath roadways. Filling this additional space with ash posed a difficult challenge in surveying and excavating the site. One challenge faced by the project team was backfilling the large open holes created when the buried basements were demolished. “When we were backfilling under the roadways and parks inside the basement excavations, we had to bring the ash and adjoining soil layers up together to keep the ash centered where we wanted it,” said Harless. “It made for an interesting backfilling challenge. We would bring the ash up a couple of feet and then we would bring the soil up a couple of feet to make sure we could keep the ash buried under the road.” The project was separated into five Phases. Only 17 homes were included in Phase I, so

the project team could assist with advance sales by quickly completing a set of model homes. A portion of the site with no existing basements was selected for Phase I to further speed construction. This approach also let the developer demonstrate the advantages of the “New Urbanism” design. New Urbanism is intended to combat urban sprawl by placing newly created neighborhoods inside existing urban boundaries, instead of in suburbs. Keys to making this approach work include pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods designed to minimize increases in vehicular traffic that could overwhelm existing infrastructure, and homes that blend in with existing neighborhoods while offering modern amenities to attract buyers. Roadways are usually fairly narrow to slow vehicular traffic while creating a safer environment for pedestrians. The infrastructure costs of developing Mason Run on a former industrial site were also greatly reduced because sufficient water, sewer and electrical service capacity was already in place to serve the paper mill. Existing roads also provided access to the site. Successful New Urbanism developments diminish the environmental impact of commuter traffic while improving quality of life by bringing people closer to their neighbors and their places of employment. Mason Run, for example, is within walking distance of Monroe’s picturesque downtown and photos of existing houses were used to make sure

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Photos of existing houses were used to blend the development into the neighborhood.

that the new development blended seamlessly into the neighborhood. Underground obstacles slowed the pace as the project team started working on subsequent phases. Items found underneath the surface included poured-in-place concrete vaults that were part of wastewater treatment plant and numerous pipes, including one filled with lead paint sludge that ran 180 feet underneath the former mill basement. The ash-filled original channel of Mason Run Creek was also unearthed. Every unforeseen discovery mandated a new game plan. “We needed to be agile and we designed the environmental response program to provide the continual operations monitoring and coordination that allowed us to respond quickly when we needed to,” said Harless. “If something unexpected was uncovered, we directed crews to work in another area while we identified and characterized the issue. We then brought them back and directed them on how to deal with it.” The project team is currently working on the fifth and final Phase of the development. Over 140,000 cubic yards of ash have been economically reincorporated into the site, leaving only 10,000 cubic yards for the remaining work. Monroe’s Cinderella story will not end when the last cinders are buried or the clock strikes midnight. Instead, the work performed at Mason Run will preserve the value of the land for generations to come.
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Kalamazoo office. “The existing shallow foundations are on sand. Even though it is a medium dense sand, there is a risk of causing additional settlement any time you are digging around sand that is supporting a structure.” Despite the risk, and due to the sloping topography of the site, extensive digging and earth retention were needed to build the new addition. Contractors needed to dig through a 15-foot layer of sand and very dense hardpan or clay till. The new foundations extended 30 feet below the foundations for the existing building. “Earth retention procedures were critical in order to minimize movement,” said Thome. “How we constructed the earth retention systems would directly impact the movement and its effect on the existing building.” The likelihood of undermining the existing foundations led to a precise deflection criteria outlined in the specifications by the owner’s geotechnical engineer, Materials Testing Consultants (MTC) of Grand Rapids. “Our main objective was to minimize the deflection of the existing structures,” said Thome. “Permanent wall deflections needed to be held to 0.1% of wall height in these areas. With this tight of a criteria, it was important for us to continuously monitor wall movements in real time” . Before steps to preserve the status quo could be considered, the exact condition of the site needed to be ascertained. Pre-construction surveys and secondary measuring devices were conducted
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ince opening in 2000, the Van Andel Institute (VAI) in Grand Rapids has quickly gained stature as a premier biomedical research and educational facility. VAI’s reputation will continue to grow with the planned 2009 opening of a 240,000-square-foot addition to the existing 162,000-square-foot building. Key project team members for the addition – which will provide space for administrative offices, triple the Institute’s laboratory space, and house the new VAI Graduate School – include architect of record Rafael Vinoly, New York, NY, and construction manager Owen-Ames-Kimball Co., Grand Rapids. A series of complex geotechnical issues needed to be addressed before the potential of the VAI expansion could be realized. Nicholson Construction Company, headquartered near Pittsburgh, PA laid the groundwork for the project by installing the temporary and permanent earth retention systems that made the project possible.

ASSESSING THE SITUATION The original VAI was built in a river valley with shallow foundations. The land following the downward slope towards the river was the only suitable location for the addition, so deeper foundations were needed. The debris carried by the water over the years is usually found on sites near rivers. Sand is common, along with cobbles and boulders that are typically found at the water’s edge. “We needed to be concerned about undermining the existing foundations,” explained Dan Thome, district manager of Nicholson’s

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before the first shovelful of dirt was upturned. After work commenced, a number of automated measurement tools were deployed to immediately alert crews as soon as movement was detected. The CYCLOPS, developed by Nicholson’s sister company Sol Data, was a key component in this effort. The system is a fully-automated surveillance system comprised of a motorized total station with computer-controlled video target acquisition. Nicholson temporarily fixed 50 different prisms at various elevations along the sides of existing buildings and on the newly constructed retaining walls. The prisms were read automatically by CYCLOPS once every 15 minutes, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Increments as small as one millimeter can be detected, and the device can be set to notify key personnel by e-mail or cell phone depending on the severity of the movement. The information gathered by this equipment was vital, because the slightest disturbance in the site could have undermined the existing foundations. As with any project, risk must be balanced against overall project costs. To this end, a number of different earth retention systems were utilized to achieve this balance.

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The post-tensioned anchor being installed here provides extra support for the beam and lagging wall.

METHODS USED Different earth retention systems were chosen for the VAI addition based on location and movement criteria. Temporary systems included simple cantilevered soldier piles and wood lagging, internally braced soldier piles and wood lagging, post-tensioned anchored soldier piles and wood lagging, and continuous augercast piles with post-tensioned anchors. A permanent earth retention system included jet grout underpinning with soil nailing and shotcrete facing. The techniques involving soldier piling were used to construct approximately 16,000 square feet of earth retention at various locations where movement was less critical. Soldier piles are driven into the ground using pile driving equipment or vibratory hammers. Due to the sensitivity of existing structures, all piling was drilled at the VAI project to minimize vibration. Where cuts were greater than 15 feet, the soldier beam and lagging walls received post-tensioned anchors. However, at locations adjacent to the existing historical Emmanuel Lutheran church, built in 1857, the deeper cuts were designed for an internally braced system where anchors could not be placed underneath the church. A continuous augercast wall with post-tensioned anchors was also installed at the site. The construction sequence used at the site to build the new addition required the temporary relocation of the existing VAI truck dock.

The temporary location, just above a 3,650 square foot section of the earth retention wall, imposed additional surcharge loads. In this area it was necessary to build a more rigid earth retention system. “Augercast piles are drilled adjacent to each other,” said Thome. “They create a stiffer system than a typical soldier pile and lagging wall because they hold soil back with concrete elements instead of wood lagging.” In addition to building the wall in this area, the same equipment was also used to construct deep foundations for the temporary dock by placing 50 each 120-ton capacity augercast piles. The most sensitive area of the entire site was located directly under the existing foundations of the VAI building. In this area, a permanent 6,750-square-foot wall was designed using jet grout underpinning with soil nailing. In addition to the face stability issues involved with excavating sand next to the existing footings, MTC was also concerned about sand layers within the till layer directly beneath the upper 15 feet of sand. Jet grouting was a logical solution to overcome this by providing both ground treatment at the sand layers within the till while also providing face stability and underpinning at the footing locations while helping with surcharge loading during the initial excavation. Jet grouting is installed by drilling to the required depth, then building soil cement columns with high
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pressure grouting (3,000 psi) when the drill string is withdrawn at predetermined intervals. The grouting process/withdrawal rate is fully automated by preprogramming the parameters into a computer in order to provide uniformly constructed columns. After the jet grout underpinning columns are constructed and cured, the excavation process for the soil nailing operation begins. Soil nails create retaining walls that reinforce a soil mass without excavating the soil behind the wall. The installation of soil nails involves three stages that are repeated in 5foot lifts. The area in front of the wall is excavated, or in this case, the jet grout columns were exposed. Next, soil nails were installed and grouted in place at predetermined horizontal intervals. Finally, a reinforced shotcrete facing was installed. The end result of the various types of groundwork performed by Nicholson was a stabilized site that is ready to accommodate the new VAI addition. The new facility will undoubtedly lay some groundwork of its own as it enhances biomedical research and educational capabilities in the region.

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pus ring road three years ago, Center Line installed all the duct banks for the campus’s primary power and communications system. Center Line also executed the electrical contract for the hospital’s Assarian Cancer Center and for the healthcare provider’s ADT medical office building. Designed by NBBJ, Columbus, Ohio, the current project is a massive undertaking entailing construction of a three-wing hospital rising seven floors above the basement level. The Y-shaped building will be connected to the medical office buildings to the west and the ADT medical office building, as well. Center Line holds the $21 million dollar electrical contract calling for the installation of two substations, approximately 300 electrical panels, three generators with paralleling switchgear, and a 1300 kva uninterrupted power supply system. Korda Engineering, also of

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Columbus, Ohio, served as the electrical engineer on the project. TESTING THE WATERS Center Line arrived on the jobsite in April 2006 and will remain until the new hospital opens in late summer/early fall

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approach to design and construction, namely the use of advanced 3D modeling to coordinate the intricate web of infrastructure supplying heat, water, medical gas and light to one of Southeast Michigan’s largest new hospital projects. “The 3D CAD drawing (or model) offers a three-dimensional view of the space that shows exactly where everyone’s work is to be placed,” said Hodges. “It minimizes conflict between systems within the space and minimizes the need for the removal and re-installation of work on the site.” The 3D model or coordination drawing is the product of a tight team effort. Center Line’s coordination team consisted of Alan Chisholm, Fred Wood and Roger Kort. “The project team worked together to coordinate the generation of the 3D CAD drawing,” said Hodges. Limbach Company, Pontiac, and Western Mechanical Contractors, Clinton Twp., inserted their systems first because air ducts and other mechanical components typically consume the most space in the ceiling plenum. “Those drawings were then distributed to other trades who added their work into the space,” said Hodges. Repeated meetings resulted in a coordinated drawing showing the integrated placement of every system. “Each trade signs off on the coordination drawing, and that drawing then becomes the installation and the as-built drawing for the project,” he added. Providence Hospital’s major expansion marks the first time Center Line Electric has utilized 3D modeling. “It is the first time and it is probably not the last,” said Hodges. “This up-and-coming approach is going to be the way things are done.” The firm had an experienced CAD department in place, but added personnel skilled in 3D CAD for this project. This influx of skills and personnel is an asset to the company’s design department as they move forward in an ever-changing construction market. Generating the 3D model or coordination drawing in a meeting room ultimately saves times in the field, but the crew must strictly adhere to the dictates of the carefully coordinated plan. “Using a 3D CAD drawing, the job is laid out and the measurements are in place, meaning there is no question as far as where the material goes,” said Hodges. “The crew just has to install the system according to plan.” The drawing or model tells the individ“Voice Of The Construction Industry”®

ual electrician in the field the exact location to install the work. “Our electricians just follow that print, but it has got to be followed without encroaching on somebody else’s space,” said Hodges. “Using your designated space and installing the work according to the drawing (or model) is the whole key to the process.” The 3D approach proved invaluable on a project with six to seven different systems crowded into the ceiling plenum above every hospital corridor, including mechanical HVAC, mechanical plumbing and water, fire suppression, electrical, medical gas, nurse call, public address and other communication systems contained in a 24 to 30-inch-wide cable tray. The 3D model helped Center Line install electrical components into the odd angles of the building. “There are no 90 degree angles in this building,” said Hodges. “We are running conduit, rectangular bus duct runs for all the feeder risers, and everything else from one wing to another of a Y-shaped building.” Over the course of the St. John project, Center Line traveled the learning curve, moving from 3D CAD neophyte to an eager participant in this new approach. “We were a bit apprehensive at the start because we had never done this type of 3D work before,” said Hodges. “We are very receptive to doing another 3D project, now that we’ve seen it in use.” THE MATERIAL PIPELINE Efficiency and coordination shaped every facet of this massive $21 million dollar electrical contract executed under a GMP, or guaranteed maximum price. Approximately 50 Center Line electricians labored on the sprawling hospital complex. As its skilled cadre of electricians installed conduit, Center Line management installed a pipeline of a different type: a pathway of materials moving efficiently from the wholesaler to the hands of every electrician on the site of the massive facility. “Achieving efficiencies in material acquisition, material handling and material installation is the key to making a large multi-story project successful,” said Hodges. Taking advantage of a growing industry trend, Center Line purchased its light fixture package from a wholesale house willing to manage material handling. “The wholesale house received all the lighting and palletized the fixtures, labelVisit us at www.cam-online.com

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ing the fixtures by type and area of installation,” said Hodges. “We ordered the material out to the site only as needed. The fixtures arrive labeled as to type and location, and they are delivered directly to the area in the building where they will be installed.”

This arrangement minimizes material handling, saving time and labor. The material handling fee of the wholesale house pales in comparison to the cost savings. “The cost of not having the service is much higher than the fee when taking into consideration lost time and materi-

als,” said Hodges. “If you stockpile the material on site, the crew has to spend time searching for the material and then moving it to the point of installation. Stockpiling sometimes seems to result in missing or broken fixtures, forcing us to special order the fixtures and perhaps incur the added cost of air freight.” Linking the purchase package with material handling “is starting to be more requested in the industry,” added Hodges. “Efficiency is the whole key to this business. Everything is so fasttracked now and margins are always so low that the only way to be profitable is to create efficiencies.” With such efficient business practices, Center Line is continuing to thrive despite Michigan’s stormy economic weather. Detailed mockups of patient rooms, containing the exact type of furniture and light fixture, forged a more efficient project. “We could see ahead of time what problems might be encountered or what spaces might be tight, allowing us to better plan the installation of the 200 patient rooms,” said Hodges. A WINNING TEAM Beyond efficiency measures, Center Line’s core of skilled electricians and management is the rock-solid foundation of this successful electrical contracting firm. “Center Line is proud of our nucleus of quality people, especially our supervision,” said Hodges. “Everybody puts in the effort to get the job done efficiently and on time.” Center Line’s seasoned core includes Dick Tadajewski, on-site project manager; Jerry Glugla, project general foremen; and dedicated field foremen Dale Birch, Michael Bruyere, Russell Welch, Rich Hawley and Darrin DeBastos. The commitment of Center Line’s personnel has helped cement the firm’s business relationship with the hospital that has endured for over 20 years and that includes extensive work on the healthcare providers’ Novi and Southfield campuses, as well as many of its medical office satellites. “I feel as though the people we have working for Providence are not only assets to our company, but they are assets to Providence Hospital, as well,” said Hodges. “They know the facilities inside and out. They can help Providence in many different ways on both existing and future projects given their thorough

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knowledge of the hospital’s facilities. They even call some of our team directly at home if they have a problem.” Center Line’s skilled cadre of electricians in the field and CAD operators in the office have proven their ability to deliver power and light to one of the region’s largest healthcare providers. Using both cutting-edge 3D CAD drawings and efficient business practices, Center Line continues its long history of bringing bright ideas and quality electrical contracting services to large facilities throughout Michigan.

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eople have certain expectations when they walk into a big box retail store, but Affirmations decided to challenge these preconceptions by transforming half of a vacant big box store on Nine Mile Road in Ferndale into a 17,000square-foot community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. In these stores, aisles are brightly lit to illuminate the merchandise, but the lack of windows essentially immerses shoppers in a retail cocoon with no connection to the outside world. Tight market competition has also discouraged big box retailers from employing green building practices, although some leaders in the field have recently changed their stance on sustainability.
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Adapting the former F & M Drug Store into an environmentally friendly space that is open and welcoming to the entire community was a unique challenge for the project team led by architect Luckenbach Ziegelman Architects, PLLC, Bloomfield Hills, and construction manager The Monahan Co., Eastpointe. UNDERSTANDING THE NEED Prior to the completion of the new facility, Affirmations rented space in a converted apartment building nearby. The space was not ideally suited to meet the needs of the organization. “We were renting spaces that were individual suites,” said Carolyn Burdi, building and design committee chair for Affirmations. “We didn’t have contiguous space; different suites of different sizes were broken up on different floors. We also had too many people who wanted to use the space, so we were turning groups away. We needed more space, so we needed to decide if we wanted to rent, buy or build.” A volunteer committee spent 18 months identifying needs and wants for the organization, and just as importantly, how much money could be raised to meet them. By talking with the membership and reviewing the history of the organization, the committee was able to visualize a facility that would serve current and future needs for Affirmations. Other locations were considered, but a strong desire
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to keep the 15-year-old organization in Ferndale became evident as the committee gathered input from members. By narrowing the search for a site down to a specific city, even one as vibrant as Ferndale, the committee was narrowing its options. Fortunately, the committee included people with expertise in finance, real estate and architecture. Leslie Thompson, Affirmations CEO and staff representative on the committee, was even a member of the Ferndale Downtown Development Association (DDA). The smallest pebble falling in the Ferndale business pond sent ripples that were easily detected by this tuned-in group, and the closing of a store as large as the former F & M was no mere pebble. The committee evaluated a number of vacant sites and buildings, including the F & M, and fished out a golden opportunity. Many problems faced at the old facility were corrected with the new. Persons with disabilities were not well served at the old building, as steep stairs immediately greeted them upon entry. All floors are accessible by elevator at the new ADAcompliant facility. Air conditioning was also a welcome improvement from old to new. Although it was well suited for the project, the F & M store did present some challenges. ADAPTING THE SPACE The former F & M store featured a large footprint, but programmatic requirements quickly filled up the available floor space. The building had a basement, but it didn’t cover the entire footprint of the first floor. Excavating the unusable portion of the basement would have added more cost than value, so the project team worked to make best use of the available space. Despite contending with about 4,000 square feet of unexcavated space, the project team was able to fit in a media center and library, a game room, a youth center, a helpline office with health resources, and two meeting rooms. None of these spaces feel like they are located in a basement because of a well thought out floor plan that transmits light from windows and two massive skylights into every space. Few interior walls interfere with the transition of natural light, essentially making the space a large atrium. “Right from the beginning, our approach was to design a three-dimensional open space as much as possible,” said Robert Ziegelman, FAIA, principal, Luckenbach Ziegelman Architects, PLLC. “We didn’t have a lot of square footage to
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work with and we had a lot of programs to fit into the building.” Getting the space classified as an atrium reduced the need for corridors and enclosed stairways, but creative interpretations of building codes always receive careful scrutiny from code officials. “The key was getting the entire building classified as an atrium, which was made possible by the 2003 International Building Code,” said Michael Kirk, project manager for Affirmations. “It is a highly unusual interpretation of the code because the atrium definition is most commonly associated with shopping malls, where you have a large open space at the center surrounded by rooms with fire-rated staircases. In this case, there is no fire separation anywhere in the building.” In addition to being code compliant, the building also needed to be safe. Code officials ultimately accepted the atrium classification allowed by the building code, but they added a few special requirements to enhance life safety. “Quite a few systems needed to be added to get everyone to sign off on it,” said Kevin Monahan, project manager for the Monahan Co. “There are five large smoke evacuation fans. In the event of an alarm, all the exterior doors blow open automatically and the five fans on the roof engage to evacuate all of the smoke out of the building. We tested it with smoke machines and even though the smoke was so thick you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face, it was evacuated within four minutes.” The elaborate smoke evacuation, along with full sprinkler coverage and augmented exit signage, delivers a level of life safety

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consistent with any code compliant structure, but heralding the outstanding design of the facility goes far beyond merely blowing smoke. The project will receive a 2007 Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Detroit and is currently on track to obtain certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program. Sustainable design efforts marked every aspect of the project. GOING GREEN The first step in adapting any building for a new use is to evaluate which components are useable and which should be replaced. A desire to embrace sustainable building practices complicated this process for Affirmations, as the flow of waste materials leaving the jobsite was carefully scrutinized. “We had to think ahead before we started removing things,” said Monahan. “Portions of the roof were left in place because we didn’t want to adversely affect the amount of material going into the waste stream. We couldn’t find a place that would recycle the old roofing material, so we left the old roof on and roofed over it.” Large cavities in the building envelope that were earmarked for insulation also made a handy storage spot for unsalvageable building materials. Insulation was installed as dictated by the project specifications, but additional space was filled in with material that could not easily be recycled. This method helped the project team achieve a goal of diverting 50 to 75 percent of the material that left the facility from the waste stream and the debris may also provide additional insulation value over and above what was specified. Building materials that could be salvaged for their intended purpose, like cinderblocks for example, were an even better value from a LEED standpoint, as they could help with waste diversion and building reuse goals. If materials leaving the site receive a fair amount of attention, this pales when compared to materials entering the site. Suppliers needed to have local manufacturing capabilities to minimize the impact of shipping while simultaneously being able to provide materials that met the environmental criteria and the desires of the owner. Compromise was an inevitable part of the process. Paint is a good example of a compromise item. Affirmations wanted a variety
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Glass, on the other hand, needed no compromise. The project team was able to find the perfect product to meet every need and want. First and foremost, Affirmations wanted their community center to be welcoming for the entire community, so large amounts of glass were placed facing Nine Mile. Minimal tinting was required to keep the open and inviting look, but reflective capabilities were needed to gain LEED points for energy efficiency. Catalog choices were all far too dark for the application, but the project team discussed their needs with the manufacturer, when eventually the architect suggested a way of meeting the criteria by simply turning one of the glass layers inside out. Affirmations also applied some unorthodox thinking for the spectacular Sky Deck that overlooks the heart of Ferndale’s downtown. Manufactured plastic decking that met the environmental criteria was available, but the simulated wood grain finish was incompatible

An open and airy design (left) lets natural light pervade every inch of the space. The facility (below) includes a spacious entrance and façade off Nine Mile, as well as a more private entrance at the opposite side of the building. Visitors using either are welcomed into the space in this expansive lobby with its centrally located reception desk.

of colors to fill a variety of needs. Imperfections in the existing basement ceiling could likely have been masked with a dark color, so black was originally the color of choice. Unfortunately, darker pigments are more difficult to incorporate into low-VOC paints; so LEED-compliant black paint could not be found. The bright colors of the rainbow flag associated with the gay and lesbian community were also problematic. Much of the colorful furniture in the facility was also donated, which further complicated the process of creating a coherent design with the limited paint options. After much searching, the project team was able to find strawberry and slate blue paints to bring in darker colors, and the flaws in the basement ceiling are barely noticeable underneath a thick coat of white paint.

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with the sleek modern design of the Sky Deck. The underside of the decking was tinted a dull metallic gray that complemented the design beautifully, so the product was simply installed upsidedown. The faux wood finish is also protected from the pounding of foot traffic, so it could be flipped over to expose this unworn surface if a future redesign of the Sky Deck introduced a more contemporary design. Every material that went into the building was carefully scrutinized from an environmental standpoint. These materials were also combined in an ingenious way to meet the needs of Affirmations members and visitors. FILLING THE NEED Some of the biggest challenges associated with designing the Affirmations community center were associated with the varied needs of patrons, which conflicted at times. Many people involved with the early planning expressed a strong desire for a facility that was open and welcoming with lots of glass, while others felt that too many windows could scare away potential visitors who wanted more privacy. The solution was to create a high-profile windowed façade and entrance that offers enticing views from Nine Mile into the facility’s cyber café and art gallery. No windows offer a direct view into the building from the opposite side of the building, and an entrance on this side provides easy access to more private areas including offices and the community room. An expansive lobby and a centrally located reception desk ensures that visitors will be personally welcomed into the space no mater which entrance they choose. The open and airy design carries natural light from the windows and two massive skylights let natural light pervade every inch of the space, even those rooms clustered by the more private entrance. In addition to illumination, the design also transmits a feeling of community. “In our old facility, there were no reception, welcome or common areas for people to gather in,” said Thompson. “People would come in for a program, close the door, and the place would look empty. There could be 100 people there, but it looked empty. We wanted this to feel like a community center where people could see one another without being hidden away.” The exploding popularity of the center speaks to the success of this approach. Initial goals called for doubling the numVisit us at www.cam-online.com

ber of people served in the first year. About 500 people visited the old facility each week, but the new location is already welcoming in 1,400 people a week in its first few months of operation. Flexible spaces that can be configured for a variety of activities further enhance the growing appeal of the facility. The community room seats 125 and it features rubber-com-

posite flooring to accommodate athletic activities, toddler playgroups and other activities. Supplies, including theatrical lighting, sound equipment and staging, are kept in a nearby room to maximize the flexibility of the space. The second level of the building offers seven different meeting rooms, two of which are dividable by partitions and have access to natu-

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ral light, along with the Board Room, a meditation space for private or informal meetings and access to the Sky Deck. The many flexible spaces housed within the Affirmations community center can only add to the diversity of programs offered at the facility, making it an open environment upon which the entire city of Ferndale can take great pride. THE FOLLOWING SUBCONTRACTORS AND PROFESSIONAL CONSULTANTS CONTRIBUTED THEIR SKILLS TO THE PROJECT: • Carpentry – Brinker Team Construction Company, • Carpet – Action Floor Covering, Inc., Livonia • Cement Plaster – Russell Plastering Company, Ferndale • Ceramic Tile and Floor Sealing – Calidad, LLC, Livonia • Civil Engineer – Nowak & Fraus, Engineers, Royal Oak • Concrete Flatwork – V & O Contracting, Inc., Clinton Township • Data and Phone – Intelysis, Inc., Madison Heights

Despite contending with about 4,000 square feet of unexcavated space, the project team was able to fit in a library, a game room, a youth center, a helpline with health resources, and two meeting rooms into the basement.

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• Demolition – DKI, Inc., West Bloomfield • Design/Build Electrical Consultant – Strategic Energy Solutions, Inc., Ferndale • Design/Build HVAC Consultant – JRED Engineering, Dearborn Heights • Electrical – High Line Electric, LLC, Clinton Township • Electrical Engineer – Berbiglia Associates, Inc., Farmington Hills • Elevator – Schindler Elevator Corporation, Livonia • Fire Protection – Academy Fire Sprinkler of MI, Inc., Troy • Floor Mat – Kadee Industries, Inc., Cleveland, OH • Footings and Underpinning – 6 K Construction Co., Inc., Milford • HVAC – Finesystems Mechanical, LLC, Ferndale • Glass and Aluminum – Armor Glass & Metal, Inc., Ferndale • Granite – Wolverine Stone Company, Warren • Hollow Metal, Doors and Hardware – Airtec Corporation, Detroit • Interior Design and Furniture – Interior Dynamics, Inc., Troy • Kitchen Equipment – Stafford Smith, Inc., Ferndale • LEED Consultant – Newman Consulting Group, LLC, Bloomfield Hills • Lockers – Shelving, Inc., Auburn Hills • Lumber – National Lumber Company, Warren • Masonry – Hicks Masonry Company, LLC, Shelby Township • Mechanical Engineer – Sellinger Associates, Inc., Livonia • Metal Siding – Exterior Metals, Inc., Burton • Millwork – Gregory Brothers Manufacturing, Warren • Operable Partitions – Gardiner C. Vose, Inc., Bloomfield Hills • Paint – J & B Painting, Livonia • Plumbing – Express Plumbing Heating & Mechanical, Inc., Oxford • Rolling Grille – KVM Door Systems, Clinton Township • Roofing – Rubber Baby Roofing, Inc., Fraser • Signage – Embree Sign Company, Grosse Pointe Park • Sitework – Service Construction, LLC, Southfield • Shelving, Pockets and Gallery Hanging System – Library Design Associates, Inc., Plymouth
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• Skylight – Acurlite Structural Skylights, Inc., Berwick, PA • Steel – Kehrig Steel, Inc., Ira Township • Structural Engineer – Desai/Nasr Consulting Engineers, Inc., West Bloomfield • Temperature Controls – Etgar, Co., Inc., Southfield • Testing Laboratory – Testing Engineers and Consultants, Inc., Troy

• Toilet Accessories and Partitions – Progressive Plumbing Supply, Co., Warren • Waterproofing – D.C. Byers Company, Detroit

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The entire range of the new Dräger X-plore 1300 Series masks feature advanced filtering media and an ergonomically designed form, thus offering the user the optimal combination of comfort and ease of use. In addition, a unique strap tension adjuster is provided on all masks to allow the user to comfortably secure the mask against their face. For more information, call Draeger Safety at 412-788-5671.

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Dustier, dirtier and more demanding workplace environments require the use of masks that protect against potentially harmful airborne particulates. To meet this requirement, Draeger Safety, Inc. has announced the development of a new range of filtering facepiece respirators, the Dräger X-plore 1300, with focus on comfort and easier handling. For protection against solid and aerosol particulates there are (5) different mask styles to choose from in protection levels N95 and R95. The available N95 filtering facepieces, X-plore 1350, utilize a foam nose pad to ensure a good seal, textile-elastic head straps for added comfort, are available with or without climate control comfort exhalation valve and available in S/M and M/L sizes. The R95 filtering facepieces, X-plore 1360, have an extra wide nose sealing strip to aid sealing in the nose area and textileelastic head straps for added comfort. The X-plore 1360 filtering facepiece respirators are available with or without exhalation valve and available in S/M and M/L sizes. In environments where nuisance organic vapor odors exist, the X-plore 1350 Odor Control is an excellent solution. An extra carbon filtering layer reduces nuisance gases that are below the permissible exposure limit (PEL) – helping workers to breathe easily on the job. The odor control masks are available in an N95 protection level, with built in climate control comfort exhalation valve and available in S/M and M/L sizes.

Flip Clip® Instant Storage™ Puts Your Things in Their Place

Flip Clip® Instant Storage™ provides a simple and most innovative solution for homeowners, renters, contractors, gardeners, or anyone else with storage needs. Flip Clip is a universal storage and organization system for 2x lumber (studs, joists and rafters) in garages, attics, basements, storage sheds, and more. The moveable, flexible unit installs in seconds without tools using an over-center latch mechanism. Flip Clip’s teeth bite into the 2x wood and can hold up to 75 lbs. With 70% of garages unfinished, Flip Clips offer a practical, comprehensive storage solution. To install, simply clip a Flip Clip to a wall stud. Then, attach the appropriate accessory for your storage needs to the Flip Clip using the Secure-Lock pin. Flip Clip instant storage solutions are easy to set up, and then to amend, adjust and rearrange, as your storage needs change. In the past 20 years, garages and what’s being stored in them have changed. In addition to snow shovels, homeowners now have snow blowers; sitting beside the lawn mower is a leaf vacuum, a chainsaw and a power lawn edger. Besides bicycles, families need to store bike helmets, water
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bottles, gloves and even special shoes. Families store baby strollers, car seats, sports equipment, wood for the backyard fireplace and more. Typically, none of it is organized. Currently, Flip Clip offers 18 different accessories for storing a wide range of products-from screwdrivers to bicycles to canoes. New storage accessories are released frequently. Each Flip Clip retails (MSRP) for $4.64; storage accessories sell in kits (which include the necessary Flip Clips) ranging in price from $5.00 to $25.00. Each Flip Clip is made from carbon steel and is zinc plated for corrosion resistance. Inspire Industries is part of the Inspire Design Group, LLC, which designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes unique and practical consumer products. Inspire Industries and Inspire Design Group, LLC is located at 2219 Eagle Drive, Middleton, Wisconsin 53562. For more information, visit www.flipclipstorage.com, or phone 608-831-1224.

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tion/commissioning time; hot-swappable, plug-in cartridge that can be replaced onsite without interruption of the gas detection network; and advanced zoning capabilities resulting in fewer false alarms. Well suited for new and existing parking structures, Honeywell’s wireless gas detection system can utilize both wireless and fixed detectors for those hard-to-reach areas. The 301W detector uses a proprietary, encrypted wireless mesh network to communicate signals to a 301C controller that can handle up to 50 wireless detectors in addition to 96 fixed devices. Unlike point-to-point or point-to-multipoint communication, if the communication path fails, the system automatically finds an alternative wireless pathway. This enables continuous contact, even for hard-to-reach or obstructed areas. When unsafe levels of carbon monoxide are reached, the ventilation system can be activated via relays — at multiple levels and varying speeds depending on the concentrations of CO measured. The 301W utilizes self-testing diagnostics and an accurate, reliable electrochemical sensor technology that virtually eliminates false alarms. The 301W wireless gas-detection system meets both U.S. and Canadian safety standards, UL/CSA 61010-1, and uses the 2.4GHz ISM wireless band which is available for license-free use all over the world. Honeywell Analytics offers a wide range of gas-detection devices to suit all types of applications and industries. For more information about our products and services, please visit: www.honeywellanalytics.com, e-mail: detectgas@honeywell.com, or call toll-free 1-800-538-0363.

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supports the weight of equipment and materials, but help contractors maintain cost of ownership. The trailers are covered by a 5-year limited warranty. Graco Spray Rig Systems include these standard items: Graco proportioning equipment, heated hoses, spray guns, material supply systems, diesel generator and air compressor, and are available in 28-foot gooseneck, 16- or 20foot tagalong, and custom solutions including box truck and sea containers. For additional information about Graco Mobile Spray Rigs and other coatings and equipment, please visit foam www.graco.com or an authorized Graco distributor.

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Hi-Perf Ridge Vent Maximizes Net Free Air

Metal-Era, Inc., has introduced the newest engineered solution to the MetalEra Airflow product line, the Hi-Perf Ridge Vent. The Hi-Perf Ridge Vent provides for
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proper venting at the ridge, which is critical for any roof design utilizing ventilation. Unlike other ridge vents, Hi-Perf is designed to accommodate individual venting requirements. Therefore, regardless of the amount of airspace underneath the roof covering, Hi-Perf is manufactured proportionately to provide the correct amount of net free vent air. Hi-Perf’s unique, all metal construction withstands heavy snow loads and will not compress under stress. The ridge vent is both weather and bug proof. Hi-Perf Ridge Vent has excellent water resistance properties and has passed water infiltration test TAS 100(A) and Miami-Dade approval is currently in progress. The Hi-Perf Ridge Vent accommodates both standing seam and shingled roofs and the low profile cover is available in .040”, .050” and .063” aluminum and 24 gauge steel. It is engineered to allow for maximum design flexibility with no exposed fasteners and also allows for shingle attachment directly onto the ridge vent. Slotted fastening holes are provided for proper thermal movement and correct fastener placement and spacing. The HiPerf Ridge Vent is manufactured in 12’ lengths for quicker installation. Hi-Perf is the perfect accompaniment to Metal-Era’s Structeavent product line which provides intake venting at the eave. The Hi-Perf Ridge Vent is available immediately; for more information, visit www.metalera.com/airflow or call 800558-2162.

sists of a balanced constructed foam board that provides a structural panel with up to 80% reduced weight when compared to conventional panels of plywood, particleboard and MDF. Panels can weigh as little as 12 oz. per-squarefoot. Panels can accept a variety of edging options including edge capture, edge insert, outer edge band, edgebanding,

and corner post. Panels are laminated with special glue that results in greater moisture resistance. When plywood face materials are used, the product has water resistance capabilities. Kerfkore’s Foamkore panels are available in a nominal panel size of 4’ x 8’ with a thickness that runs the gamut from 1/2” up to 3”. Standard face and back panels

The Kerfkore Company Now Offers Foamkore in a Panel Thickness Up To 3”

The Kerfkore Company now offers its fast growing Foamkore in a panel thickness up to 3”. Foamkore (patent pending) is a lightweight cost-effective alternative to traditional panels that features polystyrene foam core and thin face materials. It con-

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phone: 800-637-3539 or 912-264-6496; fax: 912-262-9763; e-mail: info@kerfkore.com, website www.kerfkore.com.

are available in the following: hardboard, fiberboard, Luan plywood, Poplar plywood, and Birch plywood. Additional options include marine grade plywood and melamine faced hardboard face and The panels can be painted, back. veneered, or laminated for producing design possibilities as vast as one’s imagination. Applications include furniture, exhibits, ceilings, walls, signage, displays, partitions, shelves, stage props, doors, marine panels, recreational vehicles, dance floors and much more. The extruded polystyrene core has been ASTM E84 tested with results of 5-10 Flame Spread and 60-200 smoke development which falls in a Class A qualification. The addition of the face materials must be taken into consideration for overall fire rating. Custom sizes, thickness, and materials are available. Additional information, samples and literature are available from: The Kerfkore Company (a division of Interior Products, Inc.), 2630 Sidney Lanier Drive, Brunswick, GA 31525;

Hickory Hardware Introduces Madico Feltac Heavy-Duty Nail-on Felt Pads

Hickory Hardware™ has introduced the Madico Feltac Heavy-Duty Nail-on felt pads. Easy to install and use, Feltac Nail-on felt pads provide floor protection from everyday wear and tear and provide more soundproofing than standard vinyl or plastic leg tips. Nail-on-Feltac Felt is a good material to protect hard surface floors, and Madico’s Feltac felt pads combine sticking power, softness, stability, thickness, and durability to provide the very best floor protection product. Feltac Heavy-Duty Nail-on felt pads fit into nylon discs that can be screwed into or nailed onto furniture legs for a secure fit without messy adhesive and include a drill bit to avoid splitting furniture legs.

Available in a neutral tan color, Feltac Nail-on felt pads are excellent for use on linoleum, ceramic, tile, laminate and hardwood floors for homes, offices or commercial buildings. Hickory Hardware’s Madico Feltac Heavy-Duty Nail-on felt pads range in MSRP from $4.54 to $11.14 USD. For sales or marketing information, contact Hickory Hardware toll-free at (877) 556-2918 or e-mail info@hickoryhardware.com.

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joined the firm as an intern architect; Jerry Garrison is an architect who will Frost Reis work on educational projects for the firm; Stephen Frost has been hired as an architectural technician; and John Reis is an architect who will work with the firm’s commercial, educational and healthcare clients.

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N o v i - b a s e d Fa n n i n g / H o wey Associates, Inc., an architectural and engineering firm, recently named James Doby, PE, as the firm’s structural engineering discipline director. Paul Shay, PE, LEED AP, has also been added to the Structural Engineering Team, and Ed Pryzwara has joined the Novi office in the Technology Design Group, led by Dwayne Henderson, RCDD. Detroit Door & Hardware Company, Madison Heights, has realigned its sales structure to better meet the demands of their changing customer needs. This new direction is led by the sales leadership team consisting of Tim Ford, vice president of marketing and general Dan sales manager; Brodzik, vice president of direct sales; and Dave Lense, vice president of project sales. By changing the sales approach from a product driven focus to a customer based sales model, Detroit Door will provide a more seamless sales process to every customer.

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Lake Orion-based The Daily Company, a commercial contractor/construction manager offering a full range of services, has announced that Christine Bunch has been promoted Bunch to project manager from project engineer. Ms. Bunch has over eight years of experience in the construction industry.

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Troy-based SSOE, one of the nation’s largest architecture and engineering firms, has announced the appointment of Ayers Morison, Jr., AIA, LEED AP as design leader. Morison Morison possesses more than 30 years of design experience with a wide array of clientele. Wigen Tincknell Meyer & Associates, an architectural and planning firm located in Saginaw, has announced the addition of the following personnel to its Erin staff: Sigelko Garrison Sigelko has

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Jason Macdonald has joined Wade Trim’s Taylor office where he will provide community planning and environmental design services to municipal and private sector clients. Macdonald Macdonald has over 10 years of experience working for land planning and landscape architecture firms. Wade Trim has 18 offices throughout Michigan and six additional states. They provide engineering, surveying, planning, operations, landscape architecture, and construction services for transportation, water resources, land development and municipal government projects. The Roofing Industry Promotion Fund (RIPF), Warren, made the following announcement: The Governors for the Scholarship Grant Committee awarded four scholarship grants to college bound students at a meeting held recently at the Roofers Union Local #149 office in Detroit. Commercial roofing contractors of the Southeast Michigan, through Southeastern Michigan Roofing Contractors Association (SMRCA), along with the Roofers Union Local #149, annually award scholarships to dependents of employees of member roofing contractors. This year’s winners were Jason Lee of Orion; Sarah Pomaville of Sterling Heights; Holly Warnos of Royal Oak; and Sarah Zalewski of Fraser.
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Gould Engineering, Inc. announced that Martin Spees has successfully completed the testing for his professional engineering license. Spees provides professional services for Spees clients in the discipline areas of transportation planning and engineering, as well as being the field engineering services coordinator for the firm’s projects. Gould Engineering provides civil engineering, land surveying, and development planning to its clients throughout Lower Michigan from its office in Grand Blanc Township, Genesee County. Prein&Newhof, a Grand Rapids-based full-service engineering firm, has welTrevor comed Wagenmaker, PE, as a project manager in their Grand Rapids office. Wagenmaker Wagenmaker has over 17 years of engineering experience, specializing in the design of water and wastewater treatment plants, wastewater collection systems, and water distribution systems.

Detroit-based Clayco has added Mel Oakley as the director of pre-construction services in the Detroit office. Oakley is responsible for local and national pre-construction Oakley services, project buyouts, and additional operational duties.

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Sherice Carter and Lesley Blades recently joined the staff at TMP Associates, Inc., a full service architectural/engineering firm based in Bloomfield Hills. Carter joins TMP’s Marketing Department as a public relations professional. Blades joins TMP’s Portage office as an interior designer.

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Shelia J. Monohon, director of client relations for Giffels-Webster Engineers, has been reappointed to SEMCOG’s Community and Economic Development Advisory Council. The council is composed of community leaders and professionals committed to working for the welfare of local government in Southeast Michigan. Monohon offers 20 years of civil engineering expertise in planning affordable housing developments throughout Michigan.

PSI, a leading independent engineering testing and consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Shyam Veeramachineni has been promoted to senior vice president overseeing all of PSI’s operations in Texas. Previous to his promotion, Veeramachineni was a district manager responsible for PSI’s operations in the Detroit Metro area. Also, PSI has promoted Mahmoud El-Gamal, PhD, PE, to district manager overseeing PSI’s operations in the Detroit Metro area. El-Gamal will also hold concurrent positions as chief engineer and Geotechnical Services department manager.

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Detroit-based Inforum, Michigan’s premier organization helping women lead and succeed, is beginning its 2007-08 program year with its new team of talented staff members, including: Chief Operating Officer Barbara Palazzolo, APR; Vice President Linda Gaertner; Events Manager Paola Capicchioni; and Communications Manager Leslie Herrick, APR. With more than 2,200 members from a broad cross-section of Michigan’s business community, Inforum is one of the largest and most prestigious business forums for women in the nation. Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc. (SME), Plymouth, has promoted eight members of its staff: Jamie Buckingham to senior geologist; Christopher Byrum, PhD, PE, to senior project engineer; Elaine Nading to manager administrative and human resources services; Rohan Perera, PhD, PE, to senior project engineer; Mark Quimby to senior environmental specialist; Jason Schwartzenberger, PE, to Senior project engineer; Amy Sutherland, PE, to project engineer; and Keith Toro, PE, to senior project engineer.

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The Kresge Foundation headquarters in Troy and the Warren Civic Center in Warren have won 2007 Impact Awards from the Detroit chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW Detroit). The CREW Detroit Impact Awards recognize two southeast Michigan commercial property developments that made significant positive impacts on their surrounding communities. The winners received their awards at a September 20th luncheon at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills.

The Michigan Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) awarded the porous pavement project at Willard Beach Park in Battle Creek the “2007 Public Works Project of the Year” in the Transportation – Less than $2 Million category at the 53rd Annual Michigan APWA Awards Banquet. APWA honored the City of Battle Creek and Soil and Materials Engineers (SME), Plymouth, for innovative sustainable design.

Turner Construction Company has been named one of “Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For” by the Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA). The award recognizes firms that utilize innovative methods and practices in human resource management, recruiting and retaining employees. Firms that receive this award also maintain a high level of employee satisfaction as evidenced by a survey of randomly selected employees conducted by the MBPA as an evaluation for the prestigious award.

Ontario-based National Industries recently announced plans to build a freight car manufacturing complex to be located at the Barton Riverfront Industrial Park in The Shoals, Alabama. Detroit’s Albert Kahn Associates, Inc., a leading architecture, engineering, planning, design and management firm, has been commissioned to serve as Architect/Engineer of Record for the new facility.

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Great Lakes Granite & Marble Co. has earned the coveted designation of Marble Institute of America (MIA) Accredited Natural Stone Fabricator. Great Lakes Granite & Marble is a residential natural stone contractor that has been in business serving the metro Detroit area since 1989. The company has grown into a full service Marble & Granite Fabricator with a 48,000-square-foot facility in Redford.

The law firm of Butzel Long, with Michigan offices in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Ann Arbor, Lansing and Holland, has opened a new office located at 551 5th Avenue in New York City. The firm also has offices in Florida and internationally in Asia.

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DSA Architects, Berkley, has recently completed the new Information and Technology Center for Jackson Community College. The Information and Technology Center is a strong new symbol for the college and is the foundation for a renaissance on campus. DSA Architects is a member of SHW Group; they have offices in Michigan, Texas and Virginia.

The Intelligent Transportation Society of Michigan (ITS-Michigan) was named the “Outstanding State Chapter” by ITS America during the opening session of the Society’s 2007 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Palm Springs, California. This is the third time the Michigan chapter has won the award.

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Oct. 20-Dec. 4 – Public Comment Period The American Society of Civil Engineers’ Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE/SEI) will conduct a public comment period on the second supplement to its Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures standard (ASCE 705). For more information, visit www.asce.org. Nov. 7-9 – GreenBuild Conference and Exhibition The U.S Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held in Chicago, IL. Attendees will learn more about the rapidly growing green building industry including the LEED“ green building rating system. Visit www.greenbuildexpo.org for more information. Nov. 10 – Arts Alive Gala This black-tie fundraiser will serve as a grand opening celebration for the Detroit Institute of the Arts following a six-year building project. For more information, call 313-833-7967. Nov. 11-14 – Energy Efficiency Global Forum & Exposition This event at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center in Washington, D.C. will attract an estimated 1,000 professionals, policymakers, and academics to forge partnerships and develop “best practices” and strategies to respond to the increasing global demand for energy. information, visit For more www.eeglobalforum.com. Nov. 14-16 – COAA Fall Leadership Conference The Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) will hold this event at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Spa in Las Vegas, NV. Call 1-800-944-2622 for more information, or register online at www.coaa.org. Nov.14-Dec.14 – Cooper Lighting 2007 Class Schedule The SOURCE, the training facility located at the Cooper Lighting headquarters in Peachtree City, GA, has released a 2007 calendar of classes for the lighting and design community. Additional information and registration can be found online at www.cooperlighting.com/education.

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Acme Maintenance Service, Inc....................................56 Advance Concrete Products Co....................................32 Advantage Electric..........................................................34 American Pipe Lining ......................................................9 Aoun & Company, P.C. ..................................................12 Broadcast Design & Construction, Inc.........................21 CAM Administrative Services ........................................3 CAM Affinity Program .................................................17 CAM Expo .......................................................................20 CAM On-line Planroom.................................................55 Cochrane Supply & Engineering..................................14 Connelly Crane Rental Corp. ........................................41 Cummins Bridgeway .....................................................10 D & R Earthmoving, LLC ..............................................28 Danboise Mechanical ....................................................12 Doeren Mayhew..............................................................37 Edgewood Electric, Inc. .................................................24 Efficiency Production, Inc..............................................25 Facca Richter & Pregler, P.C. .........................................49 Fast Signs..........................................................................38 Ferndale Electric ............................................................BC G2 Consulting Group .....................................................15 Galloup Company, J.O.................................................IBC Gutherie Lumber...............................................................8 Guy, Hurley, Blaser & Heuer, LLC ...............................11 Hale Contracting, Inc. ....................................................16 Hartland Insurance Group, Inc.......................................6 Hertz Equipment Rental ..................................................7 Hilti, Inc............................................................................50 Hydro X (ML Chartier) ..................................................27 IBEW Local 252 ...............................................................15 Integrated Engineering Associates...............................37 Jeffers Crane Service, Inc. ..............................................52 Kem-Tec ............................................................................58 Laramie Crane .................................................................16 Madison Electric Company ...........................................31 Makita Tools.....................................................................33 Marshall Sales, Inc. .........................................................48 MasonPro Inc...................................................................36 McCoig Holdings, LLC ..................................................35 Michigan CAT .................................................................13 Midwest Vibro .................................................................18 Navigant Consulting .....................................................43 Nicholson Construction Company ..............................31 North American Dismantling Corp. ............................49 North Electric Supply Company, Inc. ..........................39 Oakland Companies .......................................................46 Operating Engineers Local 324 ..................................IFC Osborne Trucking & Osborne Concrete, John D........54 Osterman Electric Company, Inc., Rich .......................18 PM Technologies .............................................................29 Plante & Moran, PLLC...................................................51 Plunkett Cooney..............................................................45 Premier Electronics, Inc. ................................................10 Rocket Enterprise, Inc. ...................................................28 Rooter, MD.................................................................34, 57 SMRCA ............................................................................42 Scaffolding, Inc................................................................27 Seedguy Hydroseeding..................................................53 Service Construction, LLC.............................................41 Shelving, Inc. ...................................................................29 State Building Products..................................................56 Sunset Excavating ...........................................................43 Valenti Trobec Chandler, Inc. ..........................................5 Virchow Krause...............................................................19 W.W. 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