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• Allegiant Urban Design, North Myrtle Architects of Detroit and is also an adjunct
Beach, South Carolina professor of design at the School of
• Owner: LWB Development & Frank Architecture at the University of Detroit
Boulineau Mercy.
• Architect: inFORM studio, Northville, as Honorary Affiliate Members of Detroit
consulting architect with architect-of- AIA: Terese A. Ireland, executive director of
2008 Detroit AIA Honor record, TAG atelier, North Myrtle Beach, Pewabic Pottery, and Daniel S.
Awards Granted for South Carolina Zechmeister, PE, executive director of the
Masonry Institute of Michigan. Under
Exceptional Design and • inFORM studio, Northville Ireland’s leadership Pewabic Pottery now
Dedicated Leadership • Owner and Architect: inFORM studio, advances cultural and heritage tourism for
The Detroit Chapter of the American Northville Detroit by welcoming 45,000 visitors to its
Institute of Architects returned to the grand • Contractor: Sterling Contracting, expanded campus. Zechmeister’s mission is
setting of its first Honor Awards program Farmington Hills to educate architects about the ancient art
held 80 years ago at the Detroit Institute of of masonry construction and to take the
Arts (DIA). Nine projects were recognized for • St. Gertrude Catholic Church, St. Clair resources and talent of his organization into
their exceptional merit at the annual awards Shores the community. His successes include open-
ceremony held in November 2008. The • Owner: Archdiocese of Detroit ing up the structural masonry design course
Ontario Association of Architects selected • Architect: Constantine George Pappas at Lawrence Technological University to
the winning buildings from among 66 AIA Architecture/Planning, Troy design professionals.
anonymous entries. The recipients of the • Contractor: The Dailey Company, Lake
2008 Detroit AIA Honor Awards are: Orion
Preservation Wayne Gives
• James Clarkson Environmental • Wentworth Commons Apartments,
Inaugural Douglas McIntosh
Discovery Center, Indian Springs Chicago, IL
Metropark, Springfield Township • Owner: Mercy Housing Lakefront Award
• Owner: Huron-Clinton Metropolitan • Architect: Harley Ellis Devereaux, Organization Posthumously Honors
Authority Southfield Esteemed Activist
• Architect: SmithGroup, Incorporated, • Contractor: Linn-Mathes, Inc., Chicago, IL The Preservation Wayne Honor Awards
Detroit program was an extra-special event this year.
• Contractor: JM Olson Corporation, St. A 25-Year Honor Award for a work of The awards benefit marked the inauguration
Clair Shores enduring quality was granted to the Detroit of the first Douglas McIntosh Award, an acco-
Zoological Park’s Matilda Wilson Aviary lade granted in honor of the former principal
• Western Michigan University, Wing. Luckenbach|Ziegelman Architects, of McIntosh Poris Associates, a Birmingham
Richmond Center for Visual Arts, PLLC, Ann Arbor and Detroit, is the architect architectural firm with a keen focus on his-
Kalamazoo for this gem owned by the Detroit toric preservation and Detroit’s revitalization.
• Owner: Western Michigan University Zoological Society and the City of Detroit. McIntosh was elected president of
• Architect: SmithGroup, Incorporated, Waterford Construction Co. was the project Preservation Wayne in 2004. He passed away
Detroit contractor. in 2006 at the age of 44.
• Contractor: CSM Group, Kalamazoo In addition, five individuals were recog- The first Douglas McIntosh Award was
nized for distinguished service to the archi- given to The Ferchill Group for revitalization
• St. Joseph’s Rebuild Center, New tectural profession. of the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. The award
Orleans, LA Gold Medal: John V. Sheoris, FAIA. He is a heart-felt addition to Preservation
• Owner: The Father Harry Thompson has had two distinct careers, the first as a Wayne’s 2008 Preservation Honor Awards
Center leading design architect of skyscrapers and presented at an awards ceremony held Nov.
• Architect: Detroit Collaborative Design hospitals around the world, and the second 20, 2008 at the Gem Theater in Detroit.
Center at the University of Detroit Mercy, as an invaluable leader and professor emeri- McIntosh focused his talents and his
Detroit, and Wayne Troyer Architects, New tus of architecture at Lawrence career on preservation. In 1992, he left a
Orleans Technological University. high-profile architectural firm on the East
• Contractor: MDI Construction, Inc., Charles A. Blessing Award: Dennis W. Coast, returning to his hometown of Detroit
Detroit Collaborative Design Center, Archer, JD. Blessing is a prominent urban to make some changes. He partnered with
Detroit planner, and the award honors a person who his childhood friend, Michael Poris, AIA, in
shares Blessing’s vision of a creating a great forming their firm and then setting about
• University Center Lansing Community city. Planning began under the Archer revitalizing Detroit’s neighborhoods and its
College, Lansing administration for Campus Martius, Ford downtown.
• Owner: Lansing Community College Field, and other projects that have improved The gala evening honored all of the win-
• Architect: SHW Group, Berkley the urban landscape of Detroit. ners of Preservation Wayne’s 2008
• Contractor: Granger Construction The Young Architect Award: Thomas M. Preservation Honor Awards, including:
Company, Lansing Roberts, AIA. Roberts is known for his • Lifetime Achievement - Ruth Adler Schnee,
inventive designs for modern structures and architectural and textile designer, busi-
his seamless additions to historic buildings. ness owner, lecturer, scholar; Joe Zainea,
Currently, he is a designer with GunnLevine owner and manager of The Majestic

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Theater and Garden Bowl
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Green Contractor Award recipients are rec-
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mental stewardship through employee
training, environmental risk management
efforts, and energy and resource conserva-
tion, as well as other initiatives. Silverstein
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Safety and Health Management System (SHMS)
ne of my agement leadership, employee involvement, the initial decision to bid on a project to the
goals as your worksite analysis, hazard prevention and final wrap-up, safety should be infused into
s a f e t y control, and safety and health training. the process. Management must be involved
resource is to help Although all elements are crucial to suc- in all elements of your safety program, such
you get past the con- cess, none can be accomplished without as safety meetings, site audits, insurance pro-
cept that construc- management support and leadership. By not grams, safety committees, etc. If manage-
tion safety is about committing to safety, management simply ment isn’t engaged, no one else will be
hard hats, safety leaves it to luck. Unfortunately many of us either. Employees must know that top level
glasses, and other have worked under this type of safety “pro- management is committed to their safety
Joseph M. Forgue personal protective gram.” It’s the “let’s give this a shot and see and will do whatever it takes to get them
Director of Education equipment (PPE). It is what happens” system. Management has to home safely at the end of the day. Without
& Safety Services about creating an be 100 percent committed to the safety and the commitment of management - from the
overall, effective safe- health of their employees. This goes far foreman up to the owner - safety becomes
ty culture. This boils down to having what is above MIOSHA/OSHA compliance. So the an afterthought, many times with disastrous
formally referred to as an effective “Safety question becomes, “How does management results.
and Health Management System” (SHMS). To accomplish this?” As always, if you have any questions,
create an effective program, this concept is First of all, safety has to become an ever- please contact me at 248-972-1141 or at
broken down into five main elements: man- present element in everything you do. From

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renovation process to earn the high-level
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Institute (ALI) represents North American lad- 2008 “Just Build It!”
der manufacturers and is committed to the
Construction Career Expo
highest standards of ladder safety. The ALI
mission is to educate the public about the 1,600 Young People Learned How to
selection, care and safe use of ladders. It also Build Their Future
develops and disseminates the appropriate They soldered pipe. They operated heavy
standards for design, construction, testing, equipment simulators. They laid brick and
care and use of ladders. For more information, block. They raced journeymen carpenters in
please contact ALI at (312) 673-5769 or online nailing contests. They tried their hand at
ALI Releases Revised at architecture using toothpicks and
Standard for Fixed
The American Ladder Institute
(ALI), the national trade association
representing the North American ladder
industry, recently released the updated A14.3
standard to help reduce the personal injuries
of fixed ladder users. “The revised standard
sets requirements for cages, wells and ladder
safety systems used with fixed ladders,” said
Jim Smith, A14.3 subcommittee chairman. “It
also offers fixed ladder users the proper safe-
ty features to safeguard them during ladder
The 2008 version of the A14.3 standard is
endorsed by the American National
Standards Institute (ANSI), and features
requirements for ladder security systems,
changes to graspability in roof hatches,
modifications of ladder safety systems, as
well as guides and graphics for use and
maintenance to assist users of fixed ladders.
The standards are intended to aid manu-
facturers, consumers and the general public.
In addition to A14.3, there are six additional
standards prepared under the supervision of
American National Standards Committee
ASC A14. The standards include: A14.1 -
Wood Ladders; A14.2 - Portable Metal
Ladders; A14.4 - Job Made Wooden Ladders;
A14.5 - Portable Reinforced Plastic Ladders;
A14.7 - Mobile Ladder Stands and Mobile
Ladder Stand Platforms; and A14.9 - Ceiling
Mounted Disappearing Climbing Systems.
All standards are available for purchase from
ALI at
ALI’s ladder safety standards provide tech-
nical specifications and other precise criteria
to be used as guidelines to ensure that
materials, products, and processes are
appropriate to their purpose. Standards
ensure that safety is properly addressed. By
using standards consistently, ladder use
becomes safer and accidents are prevented.
Consumers and business owners can use the
guidelines to ensure that ladders are used
safely and injuries are prevented. In the case
of an injury, attorneys can use the standards
to determine if the correct ladder is being
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marshmallows. They cut and bent pipe.
Approximately 1,600 students from 37
schools in Southeast Michigan were intro-
duced to the broad range of career opportu-
nities available in the construction industry
at the “JUST BUILD IT!” Construction Career
Expo recently held at Eastern Michigan
University’s Convocation Center. The 8th
through 12 grade students tried their hand
at various trades, plus learned about the
education and training requirements of
each discipline.
School officials attending the 2008 “JUST
BUILD IT!” Construction Career Expo gave
the event high marks, because it gave stu-
dents the opportunity to talk directly with
people who work in the construction indus-
try every day. Ginger Mason from the
Monroe Intermediate School District com-
• Membership and General
mented, “The presenters were very open to Information about CAM
interaction with the students, and the stu-
dents really picked up on that. Kudos to all • 2009 Construction
who were connected to the event.” Buyers Guide
Exhibitors included skilled trade appren-
tices, engineers, architects, surveyors, gener- • Construction Federal
al contractors, subcontractors, industry sup- Credit Union
pliers and construction association mem-
bers. The expo provided a career exploration • CAM Administrative
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cational setting.
The Washtenaw Contractors Association in • Construction Events
cooperation with the Washtenaw County Calendar
Workforce Development Board presented the
career expo. Other major sponsors include • News Publications
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Home Building Program, BAC-MCE
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Carpenters Labor-Management Productivity • Programs and Services Magazine, Planroom and
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Local 499 Laborers-Employers Cooperation &
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Education Trust Fund, Regional Career and Services and Much More!
Technical Center, Washtenaw Community
College Residential Construction Program.

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Quote Pad by E. Dewey Little

Fostering Development
ooking for ways to To interest others in the downtown sector, the non-profit sector, and others to
beat the business revival, Saab said,“I had to step back from my come down and give us a hand.” He pointed
downturn? Here’s an role as a builder and put on a developer’s out that his group included financial experts
idea from Ghassan hat. Sometime the two don’t go together, familiar with available programs. “You know,
Saab, president of Flint- but in this case, I had done a little bit of both we have tax credit financing, Brownfield
based Sorensen Gross in my career.” How has this been working empowerment zones, renaissance zones,
Construction Co., Inc. After out? “We found a lot of assistance,” Saab you name it,” Saab said. “There are so many
studying past failed said,“from the government, both at the local programs that no one person, at least some-
attempts by others to redevelop the Flint and the state level, and from the local foun- one who’s trying to look out for a construc-
central city area, Saab and five associates dations, particularly the Mott Foundation, tion company, would have had the ability to
formed a group, called the Uptown Six, ded- which has been an unbelievable catalyst and ferret out all these programs and bring them
icated to revitalizing the downtown commu- driver to everything that’s going on. Now to the table. But when you bring in some
nity. As an investment in a turn-around plan, we’re seeing other developers coming from partners that have a variety of experiences,
Saab said, “We made a pact to put up so out of town. The Durant Hotel, which has all of a sudden the ideas start flowing and
much money and see what we could do to been closed for 36 years, is undergoing a things start to happen.”
help downtown Flint make a comeback. major renovation that will put it back in use
What’s driving this program is not your typi- in the next 12 to 16 months. Restaurants are PROSPECTING DRIVE
cal profit motive that we’re in business for, opening and office users are coming down. With the noticeable shrinkage in project
but we’re trying to do something for the We did one small mixed-use project that had targets, there’s a greater concentration on
community. Forget about profits; obviously retail, office, and loft components, and that acquiring leads. At least that’s been the
we don’t want to lose our money, but we did well. Then we took a beautiful building focus of more than one construction busi-
don’t expect profits. If we succeed in what that had been a bank and turned it into loft ness. “Our average project
we’re trying to do, down the road maybe our apartments, with the first floor being office size and the average project
children will benefit from our investment. space.” duration have both
“The community, in the past, did under- Regarding the various projects. Saab said, dropped in the last five
take several major projects, but none of that “We didn’t do all of the construction, but we years, for our business,” said
was working. We came to realize there’s got did most of it. Then we had to open it up to Michael J. Monahan, presi-
to be a better way to do it. You cannot put a other competitors. Looking back, I’m very, dent of the Eastpointe-
lot of eggs in one basket, and you cannot very pleased with what we’ve been able to based Monahan Co.
come out with a huge project that’s going to accomplish in giving a lot of momentum to “They’re smaller and quicker. We still do larg-
save the town. The answer to redeveloping downtown Flint.” er projects, but on an average, we’re doing
the area, which has seen some hard times, Could a similar collaborative effort work in more medium-sized projects, and the cus-
was one small project at a time. We acquired other communities? Saab thought so. “The tomer expects them to be done in about 60
a lot of buildings for a song, and they we fact that some people are willing to come percent of the time it used to take. So we’re
were probably not worth a song, but we did down and put up their money, their blood, moving pretty fast. That means we have to
acquire them. We started one project at a sweat, and tears into rebuilding a communi- generate more projects, to keep our staff
time.” ty has done a lot to encourage the public busy.”

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What route does he take for locating 24/7 - to do the underground plumbing. We
prospects? “People who know people,” elected to build on top of the existing roof
Monahan said. “That’s been our most suc- with about 2-1/2 feet of foam, and that’s
cessful avenue, and my sense is that we’re on where all the plumbing was installed.”
the brink of generating some decent work For another added touch that was differ-
from that. I do think, in this business, the ent, Barnas said,“The outside of the building
more leads you can generate, the more work has a synthetic plaster that looks just like
you ultimately will get. The other side of brick, but you can’t tell the difference. We
that is a lot of people are sitting on there tried to keep the weight down by not using
hands, waiting to see what happens. There brick. We did that for weight and for cost.”
are a lot of jobs we could be working on, but
for the economy. It’s not just having the PROJECT VIABILITY
money to build, you’ve got to have the nerve In today’s rough and tum-
too.” ble market, there can be a
Regarding a courage-booster to move flip side to winning a job,
ahead, Monahan said, “We need some dra- according to Robert Washer,
matic action to attract people to Michigan, president of Pontiac-based
like they did with the movie industry and all MICCO Construction. “When
the buzz about that. Part of this is because times get tough, you have
it’s such a visible industry, but at the root of to be careful not to get
it, you’re giving them huge breaks, which yourself into just looking for any project that
can only be justified by the fact they’re gen- comes along. You need to do a lot of
erating a huge amount of spin-off business. research to make sure the project is proper-
If you were to try that with other industries, ly funded, and you need to look deeper than
or industry in general, you’d be shocked at you did before. It’s not just about the owner
what would happen in Michigan.” qualifying the contractor, anymore. It’s the
Meanwhile, Monahan remains optimistic contractor qualifying the project - that it’s
because, “the people we’re finding are still fully funded, and that you’re going to have a
motivated to build buildings. Hopefully, the good project.”
issues that slow them down will be solved, What’s the key to this effort? For healthy,
and they’ll march forward. I think there’s a successful projects, Washer said, “You can’t
desire to do business that will bubble to the stick your head in the sand. You’ve got to
top.” use you relationships to find out about new
projects, make sure they are properly
CREATIVE TOUCH financed, and make sure your subcontractor
An important part of base is still strong. We’re bonding a lot more
being more competitive, subcontractors than we have in the past, just
even in the specialized hos- to make sure that they’re there when we
pital sector, often requires need them.”
providing something extra. Washer noted that his closer project
That’s what Jim Barnas scrutiny has gone hand-in-hand with an
finds. He’s a registered expanded search for leads. “Your marketing
architect and owner of department is probably your greatest asset,”
Brighton-based Contracting Resources Inc. he said. “If your people have long-standing
“Once you find an opportunity,” Barnas said, relationships with others in the industry, I
“you have to be more competitive, because think you’re going to find out a little bit ear-
everybody else is in the same situation.” This lier about projects, and in more detail. You
usually involves value-added services, he should try to get in a position where you are
said. “Being very design-oriented, we bring part of a select bidders list, because the one
that to the table.” thing we don’t want to do is just bid every-
His approach, in terms of a specific proj- thing that comes out.”
ect, found expression at a recent hospital
expansion. “One job that we did at
Beaumont Troy to get short-stay beds,”
Barnas said.“It was very fast, and kind of dif-
ferent, on top of the emergency center. We
did some unique things in that job. We did
not go in the emergency center - which is

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By David R. Miller, Associate Editor Photos Courtesy of Pumford Construction
he Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) works

T from several Michigan district offices to protect and
preserve the environment of the state. Those employed in
Bay City will now be able to take steps toward this noble
goal without ever leaving their office, thanks to the efforts
of Pumford Construction, Saginaw. The firm is implementing numer-
ous green features into a single-story, 23,000-square-foot office
building with an additional 2,000 square feet of garage space.
Michigan’s Department of Labor and Economic Growth will also
occupy a portion of the masonry bar joist building. The project team
hopes to earn Gold Level certification under the USGBC’s LEED
rating system. Insulating the building against temperature
extremes was a key part of the overall design strategy.
“We enhanced the shell of the building with a substantial thermal
value,” explained Brian Swedorski, project architect for Pumford
Construction. “We have a two-part wall system with insulated
masonry and an insulated cavity wall on the inside. The stud cavity
wall is completely separated from the exterior wall and that thermal
break also adds insulation value.”
The interior cavity wall will be filled with an efficient batt
insulation product made from recycled denim. The project team has An insulated cavity wall will be added inside the exterior wall
applied for LEED’s energy optimization credit. Based on the seen here, creating a two-part system with a substantial thermal
outstanding thermal performance of the building, the project team value.

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Based on the outstanding thermal performance of the building, Since the building will be a non-smoking facility, smoking was
the project team anticipates an energy savings of 31.5 percent prohibited as soon as the shell was in place.
versus a standard building.

anticipates a savings of 31.5 percent versus a standard building. Air
intakes were also minimized to cut the costs associated with heating
or cooling incoming air. An advanced air filtration system was
installed to actually make this recirculated air cleaner than what
could be brought in from outside. Since the building will be a
non-smoking facility, smoking was also prohibited as soon as the
shell was in place.
A planned generating windmill will further enhance energy
efficiency and a photovoltaic array is also a possibility for the future.
Any energy generated by these systems will be fed back into the
electrical grid, thereby simplifying the design by eliminating the
need for excess power storage. Efficient HVAC units are made even
more economical by an access floor system that allowed for the
placement of supply vents. The entire underfloor space serves as a
plenum that delivers air to the vents at a consistent pressure. Warm
air naturally rises through the occupied space until return vents Recycled materials are included in this Tectum roof deck.
mounted in the ceiling collect it. Although underfloor systems are
inherently efficient, they do place operational constraints on the
construction team.
“They can be a challenge from a construction standpoint,” said
James Jacobs, project manager for Pumford Construction. “There
can be coordination issues regarding the perimeter walls and the
under-floor electrical and mechanical systems. Since the entire
under-floor space acts as the air plenum, you also need to make sure
that it stays clean throughout the construction process.”
Other green highlights of the project include landscaping that
utilizes drought-resistant native plants and a Tectum roof deck with
recycled materials. Interior lights feature switches that are sensitive
to motion and ambient light levels, as natural daylight reaches 75
percent of the occupied spaces, which frequently eliminates the
need for artificial illumination. At press time, this building that is
uniquely fitted to the DEQ’s mission was slated to open in early

This interior wall cavity features a batt insulation product made
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he Parthenon, built in the fifth century BC, still stands in Inc., Roseville, and architect and structural engineer Rich and

T Athens, Greece today, largely because of the sturdy stone
used in its construction. Had other materials been select-
ed, the structure likely would have been lost to the sands
of time. The wisdom of the ancient Greeks is also reflected
in the construction of Detroit’s Greektown Casino. The parking
garage that serves the existing casino and new hotel is a major com-
ponent of this project. Built of sturdy precast concrete and recog-
Associates, Farmington Hills.

The first, and most obvious, feature that sets the Greektown
Parking Garage apart is its size. The garage accommodates approx-
imately 2,700 vehicles on 13 levels, seven of which actually carry
traffic inside the adjacent 32-floor hotel, letting visitors effortlessly
nized with the 2008 Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award travel between the two. An expansion joint was built into the hotel
by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, this structure will to make the two structures structurally independent of each other.
serve the parking needs of casino patrons for years to come. Key “We wanted to be able to come in first and work away from the
members of the project team included construction manager hotel construction,” said Norm Presello, senior project manager for
Jenkins Skanska, LLC, Detroit, precast contractor National Precast, National Precast.

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Although the sheer size of the structure
presented many logistical challenges, com-
plexity was an even greater concern. Vehicles
Working in a straight line might have been
the simplest method, but it was impossible
given the tight confines of the site. The site
traveling between levels are carried by a dou-
ble threaded helix ramp that was constructed
from 280 twisted concrete slabs and 270 con-
complicated the project in another way, as
the structure needed to blend in with neigh-
boring structures. Panels with two separate
vex or concave spandrels to accommodate colors of brick inlays, in eye-catching Rubigo
the sloped driving surfaces. Putting these Red and Jewel Clear, were artfully incorporat-
pieces together required a high degree of
precision, and a tight site that was hemmed in
on all four sides by busy city streets further
ed into the project. Load bearing panels fea-
ture a buff color and were acid washed to add
visual interest. Ruby red column covers and
complicated the process. Simultaneous con-
struction on the 400-room hotel next door
roof spandrels, using a pigmented concrete
mix with crushed granite, were also added as
made both project teams jockey for the avail-
able space. As the garage took shape, its
Despite the structural and architectural Solutions
newly finished concrete decks undoubtedly complexities, National Precast was able to
looked like ideal material staging areas to the complete installation over an eight-month
hotel crews, but the nature of the work per- period, which was overlapped by much of the
formed by National Precast eliminated this five-month drafting and 10-month produc- GROUND
possibility. tion periods. Many issues needed to be over-
“The crane was always within the footprint come before this point could be reached, TECHNOLOGIES
of the deck,” said Presello. “We started work- including several design and production
ing at the west end of the deck, before work challenges that had to be addressed before Jet Grouting
started on the hotel. “When we got to the installation could even begin.
helix, which is located at the center of the Compaction Grouting
deck, we stopped and started working PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER
towards the center from the east, leaving the The greatest challenges associated with Chemical Grouting
helix for last, which was a bit unconventional. the construction of the Greektown Parking
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Finding room for the 3,800 precast concrete pieces that would be National Precast created all the steel forms for this double threaded
created and ultimately installed emerged as a significant challenge. helix ramp in-house, thereby assuming total control of the casting and
assembly process.

is a costly proposition on a project of this size, so a high degree of con- with National Precast, so the forms had to be perfect.
fidence was needed to participate. In fact, National Precast initially “We had special drawings, that showed all the radiuses, and work-
planned on having the concrete forms fabricated by another firm, but ing point dimensions, made by our engineering staff,” said Presello.
there was an understandable reluctance to participate among the “Then there was a lot of going back and forth with the form drawings.
potential form builders. National Precast created all the steel forms in- When we were building the forms, we found that some of the dimen-
house, thereby assuming total control of the casting and assembly sions didn’t work out, so we had to stop what we were doing while the
processes. No matter what the outcome, total responsibility would lie detailers went back and checked their work.”


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removed from the forms.
“If we set a piece down in the yard, it would
hit on three points due to the complex curva-
ture of the slab design,” said Presello. “The
fourth corner wouldn’t be supported and the
piece would ultimately lose its curvature, not
to a large degree, but it would be enough to
cause a problem.”
To overcome this, the project team utilized
a custom-built support to hold up the fourth
corner of the panels, but the difficulties asso-
ciated with handling these unique pieces
continued after the casting process. Finding
room for the 3,800 precast concrete pieces
that would be created and ultimately
installed emerged as a significant challenge.
“When we have a significant project like
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involved,” said Presello. “We had plenty of
room for the double tees and ramp units at
our Shelby facility, however it became a bit
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precast units for prompt delivery to the job-
site from our modest facility in Roseville. It
was also a tight schedule, so the pieces had to
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Fortunately, National Precast has a proud
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he sage advice, “When in Rome, This is the first 60’ multiple cell sion of 60 feet. To meet a demanding pro-
do as the Romans do,” can be CON/SPAN structure of its size in the ject schedule, Premarc utilized two sets of
applied anywhere. A visit to United States and received national recog- forms to fabricate the individual 60-foot
Cheboygan, for example, would nition by winning the 2008 precast arch sections. One set of forms was
not be complete without taking in the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute designed with a 3’-6” lay length or width
scenic Lake Huron shoreline enjoyed by Award for “Best Bridge with Spans of Less to accommodate precasting Con/Span sec-
locals. Ancient Roman wisdom was than 75 Feet”. Premarc Corporation, tions for other states with more restrictive
recently applied to make Cheboygan more Grand Rapids, manufactured the struc- transportation and load limitations, and
enjoyable to residents and visitors alike. tures; Rowe Incorporated, Flint, and the the other set was designed with a 4’-0”
Roman architecture adopted classic Greek Con/Span Division of Contech, Inc., width to permit greater production and
ideas and combined them with advanced Dayton, Ohio were the engineers of record, construction efficiency. Even though the
techniques and materials. The structural and Milbocker & Sons, Allegan, was the heaviest of the precast arches produced
efficiency of the Roman arch, coupled with contractor. The manufacture and place- with the 4’-0” wide forms weighed 32.6
solid concrete, was used to create many ment of the precast pieces for this project tons, they could still be trucked over
structures that still stand today, including carried several unique challenges. Michigan roads without special permits.
the aqueducts that served the city. The Lincoln Avenue Bridge was
The Lincoln Avenue Bridge over the designed to accommodate automobiles
Cheboygan River similarly utilizes precast The Lincoln Avenue Bridge is a six span and snowmobiles, along with pedestrian

concrete CON/SPAN structures that uti- prefabricated concrete arch structure, with traffic on both sides of the roadway, neces-
lize the strength and grace of the arch. each span having an inside clear dimen- sitating a width of about 60 feet. A total of

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17, 3’-6” arches were needed for each of the three westernmost
bridge spans, and 15, 4’-0” arches were needed for the three east-
ernmost spans. The lesser number of precast arch sections required
for eastern half of the bridge resulted in considerable timesavings
for the project team. In addition to the 96 arches that were needed
for the total project, Premarc also fabricated 30 matched-cast head-
walls, 12 wingwall pieces, and 12 nosecones, each with 40-inch
diameters, to serve as architectural end caps over the piers.

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Cheboygan project, special consideration
had to be given to the handling of the indi-
vidual 60’ arch sections.
“When the arches were lying on their
sides in the normal casting position, they
were only 3’-6” or 4’-0” high, but at over
60’ long and weighing around 60,000
pounds, when you are handling relatively
slender precast sections with that kind of
weight, you need to be very careful in your
handling methods”, said Grumbine. “As a
safety precaution, we created a ‘compres-
sion strut’ made from a 60’ piece of H-pile
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Erecting the concrete pieces over the
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Cheboygan River for years, so the project street lighting further enhances the struc- globe. It is clearly displayed by the
team was under constant pressure to ture and a Greenstreak® fractured rib Lincoln Avenue Bridge. The City of
reopen this vital traffic artery as quickly as series formliner was used to give the con- Cheboygan now owns a structure that
possible. In spite of this, the team needed crete a distinctive look under any light- serves residents and visitors alike, thanks
to work around a number of factors that ing. to the pioneering architecture of the
limited access to the river, including the Michigan residents no longer need to Romans and the efforts of a dedicated
spawning season for river fish. The river seek Roman wisdom on the far side of the project team.
also needed to be maintained as a naviga-
ble waterway throughout the duration of
the project. This led to an interesting
dilemma that altered the planned erection
sequence for the bridge.
Arch structures have a natural tendency
to spread out under their own dead load
until they are either permanently grouted
in or the passive interaction of the com-
pacted backfill that surrounds the arches
restrains them. In fact, just one leg of the
four-foot wide arches used for the Lincoln
Avenue Bridge would exert a horizontal
reaction of almost 24,000 pounds. The ver-
tical legs of the structure are typically
secured with tie rods to counteract this
force until the legs can be grouted into
place, but since Span 2 of this structure
was a navigation channel, tie rods in this
case would block river traffic.
Milbocker & Sons cleverly altered their
original intended Span 1 through Span 6
erection sequence so the arches erected
over the span 2 navigation channel could
be set last. With all arches for the other
spans placed prior to those for Span 2, the
opposing forces from Span 1 and Span 3
counterbalanced the leg reaction forces
from Span 2. With this revised erection
sequence, it was not necessary to leave
the restraining tie rods in the arches set
over the navigation channel.
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Grey is the New “Green” ell it’s official and it’s here to stay. According to the United

W States Green Building Council (USGBC), the number of
buildings meeting their Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) standards has increased 62 percent
Why concrete has become the since the close of 2007. Which leaves us searching for simple, long
lasting, and inexpensive methods for creating lower impact “green”
environmentally friendly construction buildings. More and more we are coming to find that the material sit-
material of choice. ting at the foundation of our structures can be used for more than
just footings when it comes to green building. Concrete can be used
in the acquisition of 19 to 21 LEED credits allowing you to capture up
BY AARON HARRIS, to 30 percent of the total number of LEED credits available or 80 per-
cent of the credits needed to receive LEED Certification.
MICHIGAN CONCRETE ASSOCIATION Where is all of this “green” in a material that is traditionally white or
gray? After you pull up to a LEED Certified building where concrete

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is used to its full potential, all you need to do (SCMs). The fly ash and blast furnace slag are only are you getting a high quality sustain-
is step out of your vehicle and our journey both by-products of other industrial able structure, you’re getting a green build-

T begins. See that pristine white pavement
underfoot? Thanks to its high reflectivity,
concrete is helping to prevent what is
known as the heat island effect. Rather than
trapping the sun’s rays, which causes the
processes so we can take their waste and
use it to make our product “greener,” all
while helping you achieve the LEED credits
that you’re seeking. So whether you’re plac-
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heat up, we are reflecting sunlight to keep
our lot cool and the building’s air condition-
ing bill low. Now if I can direct your attention
to the low end of the lot where any rain
water striking our parking surface drains,
and is then carried away by our pervious
concrete. Not only does this material filter
our first flush pollutants, it also replenishes
our natural ground water tables, decreases
the volume of water going to the municipal
stormwater system, and eliminates all reten-
tion/detention ponds from our lot. This
allows us to maintain more green space,
increase the footprint of our building and
save on the cost of our stormwater systems.
Both of these examples are everyday appli-
cations of concrete that we don’t always
think of, but that can help you achieve a
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and out of the cold rain.
As you wipe your feet off on the entryway
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The Pull Pal requires only one person,
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The Pull Pal fits on all types of electrical
boxes and easily attaches to the box directly
or to a plastic ring. The rollers guide the wire
and direct them into the pipe without
touching any edges on the box. The Pull Pal
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the insulation on the wire and creating an
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HILTI Introduces DCH 230 & regulates motor power to suit the material
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clever design and new cutting depth adjust-
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reach the unrivaled and impressive depths
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competitors – conventional angle grinders –
that both cut and grind, but only reach
depths of about 2-1/4 inches.
Designed exclusively for cutting, the DCH
230 and DCH 300 do it exceptionally well,

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The high-performance system is designed
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renovated office and borders its rooftop Co. built this cutting-edge “green” building,

ith its rooftop garden of strawber-
ries and chives and its trail-blazing UrbEn Retreat Center, a community space bringing its own expertise in sustainability to
“green” building systems, A3C filled with an abundant harvest of green this two-story structure in the heart of down-
Collaborative Architecture’s renovated office products, including Paperstone, a countertop town Ann Arbor.
and sustainable showcase offer the industry made of pressurized, organically dyed paper A3C enlisted the services of Irish
and its clientele food for thought. The par- bound in pecan shell resin and sealed in Construction to transform the building – one
tially edible green roof blankets A3C’s beeswax. Howell-based Irish Construction part served as a bakery originally built in

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1915 and another section was built as office up the chimney in a thermal siphoning pulsating charge through a wire loop
space in 1965 - into a learning center for all action,” explained Jacobs. installed around the perimeter of the roof
things green. “Working with Kevin Irish and Secondly, A3C is also the first project in surface in conjunction with a series of elec-
his company has been a real pleasure, Michigan to employ a new roof leak detec- trodes. “We cut a small hole in our roof only
because such a complex project needs a con- tion system called Electric Field Vector the width of a knife blade,” said Jacobs. “The
tractor who buys into the concept of sustain- Mapping® (EFVM) technology, the brain- system found it in less than two minutes.”
ability,” said Daniel H. Jacobs, AIA, senior child of International Leak Detection®, a Thirdly, A3C’s demonstration green roof is
principal. multi-national company with Midwest an oasis of varied vegetation, different irriga-
Both Irish and A3C have the industry’s offices in Rosemont, Illinois. In very basic tion approaches, and both semi-intensive
version of a green thumb. “Our efforts have terms, this proprietary system swiftly pin- and extensive green roof systems. A3C
even intensified, as all of our project man- points the smallest of roof leaks by sending a waters this rooftop garden with rainwater
agers and superintendents are now in the
process of attaining LEED AP status,” said Drawing natural light into the building interior improves the quality of the work environment
Kevin L. Irish, president of the environmen- and boosts staff productivity.
tally friendly firm.
A3C, formerly Environmental Structures,
has been cultivating sustainable design since
the early ‘80s. A3C decided to “walk the
talk” by renovating its own office into a sus-
tainability showcase for clients and for the
community. “We’ve now had calls from all
over the United States expressing interest in
our project,” said Jacobs.

A3C’s sustainable showcase has an
intriguing list of “green” initiatives. Jacobs
believes A3C is also the first private firm, at
least in Michigan, to lease land from a public
entity for use as a geothermal field. A3C’s
geothermal field for its closed loop, earth-
coupled system is installed in the public
alleyway behind the building. Altogether, six
heat pumps and four bores drilled 400 feet
into the earth service 11,000 square feet of
The project was the second geothermal
installation employing split-wall piping in
Michigan. The piping increases the efficien-
cy of a geothermal system’s heat transfer,
reducing the size of the required geothermal
field by about 25 percent and offering a more
cost-effective installation.
Jacobs explains: “The center of the split
wall pipe contains a slurry mix designed to
exit through small openings and encase the
geothermal piping. The encasement fills the
gap between the geothermal piping and the
opening made by the drilled bore. The end
result is increased contact and heat transfer
from the earth to the geothermal system.”
A3C’s pioneering efforts extend from
below grade to the rooftop. First, the roof
features a rarely seen fixture on the Michigan
skyline: two solar chimneys used as passive
cooling devices. If outside temperature and
humidity levels are comfortable, automatic
controls simultaneously open the chimney
louvers and windows on the south side of the
building. “The air in the chimney is substan-
tially warmer than the room air. When the
chimney louver opens the hot air rushes
upward, generating an updraft and drawing
the cooler air from the building’s lower south
side windows through the entire interior and

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and integrated concrete beds and anchor
bolts into the masonry walls to assure proper
steel support, bearing and anchorage.
A tight urban site and a modest-sized
building complicated installation of the actu-
al steel reinforcement beams. Irish
Construction staged the steel beams in the
cramped back alley, hoisted each beam
through a small, upper floor window, and
wheeled the steel members on a trolley-type
system through the tight corners of the build-
ing interior. “We then made small roof pene-
trations at each beam’s final location within
the new grid system layout and lifted each
into position,” said Irish. “We set the beams
on leveling plates in their respective pockets
and tied them into the previously enhanced
wood frame. The connection to the wood
framing was accomplished via some custom-
made saddles and through bolts.”
Working in the tight confines of a down-
town, originally founded in the 19th century,
plus managing the unforeseen conditions of
an early 20th century building were all in a
The lobby welcomes clients and visitors with day’s work for Irish Construction. The com-
rapidly renewable, FSC-certified bamboo pany also had to integrate early 21st century
flooring with an inset of cork, harvested
“green” technology into the building by
walnut wall panels reused as baseboards
inserting the geothermal air handling system
and hand rails, and other “green” features.
and the three 150-gallon tanks of the rainwa-
ter collection into the building’s modest

A3C’s and Irish Construction’s green
thumbs touched every interior finish. A3C
relieved the stress on Mother Nature’s forests
As a sustainable showcase, A3C exposes the by using salvaged wood throughout its
building’s functional elements, including showcase project. A3C worked with Urban
three 150-gallon catchment storage tanks Wood.Org., an organization preserving
used for storing rainwater and irrigating the forests by harvesting diseased trees or trees
rooftop garden. slated for removal from urban construction
sites. The green roof’s north wood decking
stored in three 150-gallon catchment storage and Adirondack chair are made from dis-
tanks and a 300-gallon rooftop, reflecting carded telephone poles of western Cedar.
pond. The catchments and green roof have “The east wood deck is salvaged hickory,
reduced the building’s stormwater run-off by white oak, black locust and Michigan Cedar
34 percent. from different members of the Urban Wood
group,” said Jacobs. Supplied by Lee
A HEAVY LOAD AND A TIGHT SQUEEZE Ullmann, the wood flooring in the UrbEn
The UrbEn Retreat Center, a new rooftop Retreat is Ash wood harvested from trees
addition open to non-profit and government impacted by the emerald ash borer beetle.
organizations, overlooks this bucolic expanse A3C’s own in-house salvaging operation
of green roof. Eighteen steel reinforcement included reusing all of its original doors, as
beams were installed to bolster the structural well as harvesting its own walnut paneling
wood roof joists whose span and age could for reuse as handrails, door trim, and base-
not support the added load of the UrbEn boards. Irish Construction joined the sal-
Retreat, green roof and irrigation pond, said vaging effort by reusing formwork stored in
Jacobs. Added Irish, “We first had to modify its own construction yard for some of the ren-
and upsize the interior wood columns and ovation’s hidden structural components.
their concrete column pads to bear the new “Some of the existing wood materials on site
structural steel support grid.” This task was were salvaged and adaptively reused right
accomplished after installation of temporary on the project,” said Irish.
load cribbing and support of the relevant A3C ultimately recycled over half of all the
floor sections and roof beams. As the next material removed from the interior, said
step, Irish Construction cut beam pockets Jacobs. For his part, Irish went beyond

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recycling the usual concrete, masonry, steel • Drywall - Conquest Carpentry, Cappy Heating & Air
and wood by finding “a local farming opera- Livonia Conditioning, Inc., Livonia
tion that welcomed the used drywall for the • Painting -Thomas Furnari Inc., Utica • Green Roof – Green Roof Services,
ability of its lime content to sweeten acidic • Plumbing - Al Walk Plumbing, LLC, Forest Hill, MD
soils,” said Irish. Ann Arbor • Membrane Roof – Firestone;
The building’s extreme green makeover • Electrical - Turner Electric, Ann Arbor CEI Roofing, Howell
included installation of carpet backing made • Materials Recovery - Ann Arbor • Hardward – Schlage
from reprocessed water bottles in the confer- Recycle, Ann Arbor • Irrigation System - Rainbird
ence room, rubber floors made from recycled • Geothermal – Hardin The general contractor, architect or owner identi-
tires, and FSC-certified bamboo flooring Geotechnologies, Inc., fies subcontractors and professional consultants
called Plyboo. Building systems are equally Indianapolis, IN; listed in the Construction Highlight.
“green.” The restrooms have dual-action
flush toilets and faucet sensors equipped
with a battery recharged by the flow of the
water itself through the faucet aided in
achieving the building’s 30 percent reduction
in water usage.
A range of recessed lighting, compact fluo-
rescents, LEDs, and direct/indirect fixtures,
including four different T-5 light fixtures, is
installed for client review and energy effi-
ciency. Not to neglect the ultimate light bulb
– the sun - A3C infused daylight into their
studio by installing 16 skylights and by
increasing the cafeteria window by 50 per-
cent. “Previously, 10 percent of staff had
direct access to daylight; now 90 percent do,”
said Jacobs. “By allowing the roof rafters to
run through the skylight opening, the rafters
act as a baffle and light shelf reflecting and
diffusing light into the space.”
With efficient lighting, a geothermal
HVAC system, and other measures, A3C has
succeeded in reducing NO2 and CO2 levels
below 50 percent and in achieving energy
savings of 47.5 percent below the ASHRAE
baseline. In the near future, A3C may install
a vertical access wind turbine and photo-
voltaic panels. A3C is now enjoying and
sharing the fruits of its labor: a building that
meets the Architecture 2030 Challenge
(carbon neutral buildings by 2030), and a
green roof with a summer crop of luscious

The following consultants and subcon-
tractors contributed to the project:
• Mechanical/Electrical Engineering -
M.E. Engineering Consultants, PC,
• Structural Engineering - Structural
Design Inc., Ann Arbor
• Green Roof Landscape Design -
Atwell-Hicks Consulting, Ann Arbor
• Masonry - Koch Masonry Inc., Dexter
• Structural Steel Supplier - Michigan
Steel Fabricators, Flint
• Structural Steel Installer, Carpentry -
Irish Construction Company, Howell
• Metal Roofing Supplier - McElroy
Metals, Marshall
• Metal Roofing Installer - RCI, Brighton
• FSC Lumber Suppliers - MC Gutherie,
Livonia; Fingerle Lumber Co.,
Ann Arbor

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DEWALT Launches Durable
Deep Cut Band Saw with 10
Amp Motor and 5” Cutting
DEWALT has launched a portable, deep
cut band saw (DWM120). The DWM120
has a 10-amp motor for increased perform-
ance, a 5” cutting capacity and a servicea-
ble shroud with rubber bumpers for
increased durability. The DWM120 is well

suited for electrical, mechanical, HVAC,
and elevator contractors, as well as fire
protection professionals to cut pipe, elec-
trical metallic tubing (EMT), unistrut,
Chem Link Presents the New Adhesive/Sealant. The ChemCurb System threaded rod and other types of material.
E-Curb still contains no solvents or hazardous A powerful 10-amp motor provides
materials and is entirely safe for users and enough power for users to complete
Chem Link has announced the latest the environment.
addition to its ChemCurb System™ line of heavy-duty applications. Additionally, the
For more information please call the DWM120 has a 5” cutting capacity. This
Penetration Seals. Chem Link introduced Contractor Hot Line, 800-826-1681, or see
the ChemCurb System to the commercial deep cutting capacity allows users to cut 5” x 4 3/4” rectangular material. An easy-
roofing industry in 1995.
The system was introduced as a radical- to-use blade changing lever loosens blade
ly simplified version of pitch pans. The Krylon Products Group Offers tension for quick and efficient blade
ChemCurb is circular, uses less sealer, Krylon® Industrial Multi- changes. The DWM120 also has a fast cut-
requires no flashing, can be installed in Purpose Epoxy ting speed of 100-350 SFM and a variable
under ten minutes, and comes with a no speed dial that allows users to control the
Krylon Industrial Multi Purpose Epoxy
leak warranty. speed of the unit for various applications.
is well suited for use over prepared steel
The system has undergone various DEWALT designed the DWM120 with a
and masonry surfaces in a variety of
improvements from lighter weight to the durable, patent-pending spring steel
industrial applications. This high per-
addition of a one-part sealer to added sizes shroud with a rubber bumper that helps to
formance product works well for structur-
and shapes. The most recent addition to protect the unit. The serviceable shroud
al steel, fabrication and new construction,
the system was the smaller 3” inside diam- also allows users to quickly and easily
with a formulation that can withstand the
eter (i.d.) MiniCurb introduced last year. harsh maintenance demands of immersion continued on page 38
Its form was modified to be much thinner environments.
and lighter weight and to snap together Providing exceptional performance in
without the use of sealant at the joints. highly corrosive environments, Krylon
The latest additions to the system are Industrial Multi-Purpose Epoxy can be
larger versions of the MiniCurb, six-inch applied at temperatures as
and nine-inch E-Curbs. The E-Curbs are low as zero degrees
Environmentally friendly (made with far Fahrenheit. It is available
less material than the original in white, buff and haze
ChemCurbs). And they are Economically gray.
and Efficiently packaged and shipped as For additional informa-
they weigh far less than the original tion contact Krylon
design. The E-Curb family now includes Products Group by phone
three sizes: 3-inch, 6-inch and 9-inch i.d. at 1.800.777.2966, by fax at
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calls for, extending even farther the versa-
tility of this popular system. All sizes come
in handy kits that include curbs, 1-Part
Pourable Sealer and M-1 Structural

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replace worn or broken shrouds on the job- ment blower has an infinitely adjustable Introducing Fiberon®
site without having to take the unit to a air volume valve and automatic backpres- Horizon™ Decking with
service center for repair. Additionally, the sure check valve. The severe service drive
new band saw is equipped with dual-bear- train features heavy-duty chains and PermaTech™ Innovation
ing blade guards for increased durability sprockets, low oil auto shut off, keyed igni- Fiber Composites has introduced
in the blade support system. An tion switch, and high temperature auto Fiberon Horizon decking products with
adjustable material stop can withstand job- shut off. Additional options include radio PermaTech Innovation - a groundbreaking
site abuse during adjustments for various remote control, technology that chemically bonds strong
material sizes. The DWM120 band saw inlet air exten- HDPE (High-density Polyethylene) and
also has a hang hook, allowing users to sion kit, and wood fiber with the most resilient surface
hang the saw without damaging the front material available for low maintenance
handle or guards. outdoor product performance.
For increased control while performing New Horizon decking is engineered to
jobsite applications, the DWM120 weighs set a new industry
15 lbs. and has a soft grip handle, provid- standard for
ing increased comfort and balance. unequaled stain,
Additionally, a large multi-position front scratch and mold
handle can be adjusted for increased com- resistance. With its
fort and enables users to make more accu- exceptional stain resist-
rate cuts. An internal steel structure bridg- ance, Horizon decking
ing the front and rear magnesium castings is also easy to clean
offers a stiffer and more rigid saw body for without the need for
smoother, straighter cuts. An ultra bright special cleaners.
LED sight light, mounted directly over the exhaust pipe heat cowling. Designed for con-
blade, aluminates the line of cut for For more information, contact: Alex sumers who demand
improved visibility on jobsites. Cvijovic, Wm. W. Meyer & Sons, Inc., 1700 beauty and low-main-
For more information, visit Franklin Blvd., Libertyville, IL 60048-4407; tenance durability, phone 847-918-0111 x 231; fax 847-918- Fiberon Horizon deck-
8183; or visit ing is as stylish as it is
New Meyer Series 600 3G strong. Four rich designer colors (sand,
Locking Leg Prevents brick, bronze and slate) require no paint-
Insulation Blowing System ing or staining, and reversible boards pro-
Wm. W. Meyer’s “Third Generation” Vandalism and Theft vide natural wood grain patterns. An
Series 600 Insulation Blowing System has Stone Construction Equipment, Inc., has environmentally friendly product,
been built on the same platform as their introduced an exclusive Locking Leg for Horizon contains over 50% recycled mate-
larger contractor proven blowing its Right Built Champion™ and Buddy™ rial. Backed by a 20-year limited warranty,
machines. Designed with the entry level by Stone Mortar Mixers. The patent-pend- Fiberon Horizon decking also resists fad-
contractor in mind, the Series 600 3G com- ing Locking Leg easily attaches to the ing, splinters, termites, and decay, offering
bines a simplified mechanical drive, pre- mixer’s axle in place of the tire and helps a deck surface that will remain beautiful
calibrated factory settings and a 3-way to deter vandalism and theft. The Leg is for years to come.
remote switch that precisely controls air well suited for rental houses and also pro- Horizon Decking is complemented by
and material assuring optimum coverage tects contractor’s equipment investments. Horizon railing, featuring a smooth low
and production rates. The Series 600 can Two different size Locking Legs are maintenance exterior that protects the rail-
be depended on for fast, accurate open available. The smaller Leg fits Stone ing from harmful sunlight, harsh winters
blow, sidewall or “netted” cavity work. Champion Mortar Mixer models 655PM, and blazing summers.
Available in two Models - the 601 with a 2- 655PMP, 855PM and 855 PMP. It can also Contractors who install Horizon deck-
cylinder air cooled gas engine and the be used on the EXD 850 and EXD 1100 ing boards will benefit from a useable sur-
Model 603 with a mechanical power take models of the Buddy by Stone mixers. The face on both sides, so there's no need to
off. larger Leg worry about workers fastening down the
The Series 600 is packed with features works on the wrong side. Boards come in 12', 16' and 20'
such as a “Live Bottom” processing hop- Buddy by lengths (grooved for hidden fasteners or
per with a large 3 bag holding capacity, Stone EXD square edge for traditional installation), so
maintenance free agitator arm/pad assem- 1300GD and contractors can cut fewer boards, creating
bly, and fold-down loading shelf. It also EXD 1300BD less scrap per job.
has a high-speed material conditioner with models. The Fiberon product family is sold to
easy access front inspection door and For more professional contractors and dealers
quick-change shredder tines. The Series information, through a national network of
600’s precision-machined rotary airlock call 585-229- distributors. To learn more, visit
feeder has fully sealed vane tips/ends and 5141, or visit; call
shaft, lubricated for life bearings with w w w. s t o n e - 1-800-573-8841; or send e-mail to
shaft seals, and easy access front seal
change out door. The positive displace-

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Atlas Copco
Introduces SB 302
Hydraulic Breaker
Atlas Copco Construction
Tools, LLC introduces the SB
302, the first mid-range addi-
tion to the company’s new
generation of SB hydraulic
breaker attachments. The
breaker is well suited for dem-
olition, road construction,
trenching, landscaping and
secondary breaking.
Thanks to a higher efficiency design, the
SB 302 offers a high power-to-weigh ratio
and delivers a maximum impact rate of
1,380 blows per minute, a 48-percent
increase over its predecessor. The 670-
pound breaker is suitable for carriers in the
4.5 to 9 metric ton weight class and
requires oil flow of 13.2 to 21.9 gallons per
minute at a pressure range of 1,450 to 2,175
The unique solid body concept of the SB
range features a one-piece design that con-
tains all integral parts in the same iron
alloy casting for exceptional strength and
reliability. The SB 302 does not utilize side
bolts and separate components for the

Since 1968
front head, cylinder and back head.
The breaker’s slimline design allows for
better operator visibility and easy posi-
tioning in confined spaces such as during “SPECIALTY CLEANING”
indoor demolition and narrow trenching.
A new hammer mechanism with recoil
dampening that reduces vibrations by up
to 53-percent compared with previous SB

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Routine maintenance of the SB 302 is sim- Commercial • Industrial • Institutional
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The bushing’s increased length provides
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For added equipment reliability, the SB Restroom/Laboratory/Paint • Exhaust Systems
302 features a built-in pressure relief valve EXTERIOR BUILDING CLEANING
as standard equipment to protect the break- Architectural Metal • Precast • Brick • Stone
er from exceeding recommended operating
pressure. The accumulator has been cast INTERIOR BUILDING CLEANING
into the main body of the breaker for a more Degreasing • Prep for Paint • Exhaust Fans • Floor Cleaning
rugged design, and uses a new charge DEEP CLEANING
valve, which is now flush with the accumu- Machinery De-greasing • Kitchen Facilities
lator cover for optimum protection. These
Parking Deck Cleaning • Warehouses
new features eliminate the step of unbolting
the accumulator when re-sealing the break-
Loading Docks • Compactors
er and the need for constant charging of the 40 Years In Business
accumulator. The SB 302 is covered by a
limited three-year warranty.
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The RONNISCH After a nationwide search, the Focus: Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc. (SME) is
Construction Group, one of HOPE Board of Directors has appointed pleased to announce the addition of two
the Midwest’s leading William F. Jones, Jr. as chief executive offi- new hires to their Environmental Services
providers of construction cer. Jones, former chief operating officer Group. Shawn Arndt has joined SME as a
management, general con- of Chrysler Financial, has provided lead- staff geologist in their Plymouth office,
tracting, and ership to Focus: HOPE for several years and Alicia Schlaudt has joined SME as a
Design/Build services, as a member and current chair of the staff geologist in their Kalamazoo office.
headquartered in Royal Focus: HOPE Board of Directors. His Both will assist SME’s Sustainable
Oak, announced that it has named Daniel appointment became effective January 1, Development Team.
Plantus to fill the position of new business 2009.
development. He will be involved in the
commissioning of new client relations Plunkett Cooney, one of
and the development of business strate- The Detroit Chapter of Commercial Real the Midwest’s largest full-
gies, tactics and plans that will enable Estate Women Detroit (CREW Detroit) service law firms, has
RONNISCH to continue with its growth recently elected its 2009 Board of recently announced two
plans and increase future market shares. Directors and officers. They are as fol- new hires to its staff. Erin
lows: President/National Delegate: Murphy, a member of the
Leanne Bowen (Jones Lang LaSalle); firm’s Insurance Law and
Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr President-Elect/National Delegate and Litigation Practice Group,
& Huber, Inc. (FTC&H) Sponsorship Liaison: Rachele Downs (CB is an attorney in the firm’s
Engineers, Scientists, Richard Ellis); Secretary and Detroit office. Gary
Architects, Constructors, is Communications Liaison: Janice Purcell Francis, a member of the
pleased to announce the (Rossetti Architects); Treasurer: Susan firm’s Labor and
addition of Jason Vander Shipman (Stout Risius Ross, Inc.); Director Employment Practice
Kodde, PE to their Grand and Impact Awards Liaison: Donna Group, is an attorney in
Vander Kodde
Rapids office. Vander Hanson (Plante & Moran, PLLC); Director the firm’s Bloomfield Hills Francis
Kodde joins FTC&H as a senior engineer and Programs Liaison: Jelane Raycraft office. He focuses prima-
with the civil group. (Grunwell-Cashero Company); Director rily on traditional labor law, employment
and Membership & Member Services law and employee benefits (ERISA).
Liaison: Jumana Judeh (Judeh &
Associates); Director and Outreach
Liaison: Alicia Buisst (Key Bank Real C2AE, a full-service architectural, engi-
Estate Capital); Director and Golf Outing neering and planning firm, is pleased to
Liaison: Kathleen Hudson-Beitz announce that two members of its
(SmithGroup, Inc.); and Past Landscape Architecture & Planning Team
President/Nominating Chair: Gail von have successfully passed the Landscape
Nemith Taylor Arsenault
Staden (Gensler). Architect Registration Examination
Neumann/Smith Architecture , (L.A.R.E.) to become Registered
Southfield, has added three new mem- Landscape Architects: Amy Mazure, R.L.A.,
bers to its staff: Curtis Nemith joins as Duro-Last Roofing, Inc., Saginaw, is and Joe Wright, R.L.A.
project architect; Tracey Taylor, NCIDQ joins pleased to announce the addition and pro-
as lead interior designer; and Jessica motion of several employees to its corpo-
Arsenault joins the administrative team. rate staff. New hires include: Roger Bowser Novi-based Fanning/Howey Associates,
has been hired as a corporate accounts Inc., Architects-Engineers, is pleased to
sales representative; Scott Franklin has announce the promotion of Tracy Petrella
Rochester Hills-based joined the sales team; James Schriber has to project manager. Petrella is an associ-
civil engineering and land been hired as Northeast Regional sales ate member of the American Institute of
surveying firm, Giffels- manager; Sara Jesse has been hired as a Architects, and is active in both the AIA
Webster Engineers , has switchboard operator; Karl Melcher as sales Detroit Emerging Professionals
announced the appoint- literature clerk; and Ryan Buetow, Joshua Committee and the AIA Michigan
ment of Mark Collins to Burk and Charles Deuscher have joined the Strategic Planning Committee.
senior project manager. In Duro-Last Quality Assurance Department
this role, Collins will man- as service techs for Michigan. Promotions
age the planning, design and construction include: Jason Sieveke promoted to Contracting Resources, Inc., a Brighton-
of private development projects. Southeast Regional sales coordinator; and based, design-build and construction man-
Adam Scully, Kristofer Emerick, Adam agement company, has hired Steve Cibor as
Johnson and Michael Pawlaczyk have joined a project superintendent. Cibor has more
the Sales Department as customer service than 20 years of healthcare and commer-
representatives. cial/industrial construction experience.

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based in
Saginaw, has
the addition
of three new
Haring Knoll
Steven Haring as an off-site
project manager provid-
ing services to Northern SALES RENTALS
Michigan; Kristin Knoll as
the firm’s marketing and
communications coordi-

nator; and Stephen Rau as

a project manager and

Barton Malow Company,

headquartered in
Southfield, has hired Lee

as the business develop-
Sellenraad, CCM, LEED AP,

ment director for Barton
Malow’s Central Region,
responsible for the auto-
motive and manufacturing group.
Sellenraad’s responsibilities include busi-
ness strategy and plan development,
industry promotion, expanding and
strengthening operations-based deliver-
ables, and bottom line sales and opera-
tional performance for the automotive
and manufacturing group nationwide.

Whirlpool Corporation, Benton Harbor,
recently announced that Richie Heumann,
senior account manager of the firm’s
North Atlantic Division, became one of a
select group of building professionals
nationwide to earn the Certified Graduate
Associate (CGA) from the National
Association of Homebuilders (NAHB)
University of Housing. Heumann also
earned the Green Certified Professional
(GCP) designation from the NAHB in

Clayco Inc., a full-service real estate
development, design and
construction firm, recently
announced the appoint-
ment of Rob Williams as
senior project manager in
its Detroit office. Williams
will hold a leadership role
on multiple projects with- Williams

in Clayco's industrial business unit.

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SmithGroup, Inc., one of all safety program that incorporates a Spalding DeDecker Associates, Inc. (SDA),
the nation's leading archi- positive safety culture, operational safety a regional civil engineering and surveying
tecture, engineering, inte- plans and worker training programs. firm, has been named to the Detroit Free
riors and planning firms, John Carlo, Inc. is committed to their core Press: Top Workplace List. This list identi-
has hired Ann Kenyon, AIA, belief that “Safety is Not Negotiable”. fies the leading workplaces in the Detroit
LEED AP, as co-leader of area based upon the opinions of the
the Health Studio at the employees. The results of the employee
firm's Detroit office. For the fourth consecutive year, the survey were compared across organiza-
Kenyon is a registered architect and proj- Michigan Minority Business Development tions, with the best 75 companies out of
ect manager with over 11 years of experi- Council (MMBDC) has named Barton Malow 191 that participated, appearing on the list.
ence, who has a master of architecture Company , Southfield, the 2008
degree and a bachelor of science in archi- Corporation of the Year in the
tecture degree from the University of Construction Sector. The award is pre- The 9th Annual Oliver/Hatcher
Michigan. Kenyon will co-lead sented to corporations who actively Construction Charity Golf Outing held last
SmithGroup's Detroit office Health Studio include certified minority suppliers in fall raised $101,000 for the Child and
with Anne Belleau-Mills, AIA. In this part- their procurement opportunities; assist in Family Life Department at the University
nership, Kenyon and Belleau-Mills will the development of minority suppliers; of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
work together in business development, and promote supplier diversity and busi- Oliver/Hatcher’s donations total more
marketing, and leading local and regional ness development within their corpora- than $610,000 in nine years, and the firm
project pursuits. tion and with their vendors and other is proud to remain the largest supporter
organizations. MMBDC has honored of the Child and Family Life Department
Barton Malow with this award 10 times in at Mott Hospital.
the last 14 years.
Mark J. Bennett, senior
counsel at the Detroit law
firm of Miller Canfield, and Duro-Last Roofing, Inc., Saginaw, recent- Brighton-based Contracting Resources,
leader of the firm’s ly donated over 4,500 square feet of roof- Inc., a design-build and construction
Climate Change Practice ing membrane to Beacon House in management company, has recently com-
Team, recently spoke on Marquette. Beacon House is an inde- pleted two healthcare projects: the reno-
“Monetizing Carbon pendent organization that provides lodg- vation of Henry Ford Health Systems’
Finance Assets in a Real ing and other support services in a Education & Research Building to include a
Estate Transaction” at the Sustainable “home-like” environment for patients, new MRI for Henry Ford’s Department of
Property Transactions Conference in San their caregivers, and family members Neurology Research; and the renovation
Francisco. At Miller Canfield, Bennett traveling to Marquette County for med- of Terumo’s Ann Arbor Cardiovascular
focuses his practice on climate change, ical treatment. Four roofing contractors facility to create a chemistry lab.
green building and sustainable develop- in Michigan came together to help with
ment, carbon finance, real estate develop- the cause: Duro-Last Roofing, Inc.; Local
ment, environmental risk management, Roofing of L’Anse; Lake State Roofing, Inc.
environmental due diligence, LEED certi- of Iron Mountain; and Great Lakes Roofing The Greenleaf Trust hosted a ground-
fication and government economic incen- of Sault Sainte Marie. These companies breaking event recently to celebrate the
tives. all donated their time to help install the construction of its new office in down-
roof. Pellow Roofing and Sales of town Birmingham. The five-story, mixed-
Marquette coordinated the ordering of use building is being developed by
the roof, removed the rock ballast, and Catalyst Development, LLC on a Brownfield
C O R P O R AT E N E W S provided the crane and labor for the site at the corner of Woodward Avenue
installation. and East Maple Road. The CSM Group is
John Carlo, Inc., Clinton Township, was construction manager overseeing con-
recently awarded the 2008 Contractor struction of the new building designed by
Safety Award at the American Road & Lincoln Electric, one of the world leaders Eckert-Wordell Architecture. Soil and
Transportation Builders Association in the design, development and manufac- Materials Engineers, Inc. (SME), Plymouth,
(ARTBA) National Convention in Chicago. ture of arc welding products, has opened is working with the project team to pro-
This award recognizes those contractors its innovative new Automation Center of vide construction materials services and
that have achieved outstanding worker Excellence, adjacent to its Cleveland environmental consulting.
safety performance. John Carlo, Inc. was world headquarters. The state-of-the-art
top honoree in the category of 500,000 or 100,000-square-foot facility is designed to
fewer employee hours worked. The com- showcase the company's comprehensive
pany demonstrated exceptional OSHA robotic welding solutions and investment
Recordable Rates for the 2007 calendar in one of the fastest growing areas of
year, in addition to a well-balanced, over- welding.

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Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.
(FTC&H), Engineers, Scientists, Architects, Wilson Construction Consulting
Constructors, played host to a small dele- offering proactive representation for Sub Contractors
gation from the Distretto Tecnologico
Trentino (DTTN), an Italian consortium
spearheading Italy’s Green Building
Find the security in having your Company and next
movement. FTC&H has partnered with Construction Project protected by over 25 years of
DTTN on several initiatives in Italy seek- construction experience.
ing LEED Green Building certification.
The DTTN delegates worked and
observed operations at FTC&H’s Grand
Rapids headquarters while visiting sever-
al project sites last fall. Representatives
from FTC&H have visited Italy seven
times over the past year to provide LEED
administration and engineering support
to DTTN as they work to establish the
Green Building Council – Italia.

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

Industry Events For more information, contact Suzy Mar. 4-7 – AGC 90th Annual Convention –
Carter at 866-423-7233 or info@michi- The 90th Annual Convention of the
Feb. 4-5 – CAM Expo 2009 – CAM is pleased, or visit Associated General Contractors of
to announce that this year’s exposition America (AGC) will take place in San
will again be hosted at the Rock Financial Feb. 26 – 2008 Beyond Green™ High- Diego. This year, the event will include
Showplace, conveniently located in Novi, Performance Building Awards Reception – the 2009 National Student Championship
at the crossroads of I-696, I-275, and I-96. The Sustainable Buildings Industry and the AGC Campus, a new forum for
This will be a wonderful location to reach Council will hold its 2008 Beyond Green students and early-career professionals.
the commercial construction and design High-Performance Building Awards For more information, visit
industry professionals of Michigan. reception in conjunction with an educa-
CAM members are strongly encouraged tional briefing for lawmakers and the pub-
to attend CAM Expo 2009, which will be lic on Capitol Hill. Apr. 21-22 – Michigan Construction Career
celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a Award winners will be invited to pres- Days – The 2009 Michigan Construction
new Green Building Showcase and a ent their projects as exemplary models for Career Days, sponsored by the
Contractors’ Showcase and Reception. high-performance buildings and initia- International Union of Operating
Visit for more infor- tives. Winners of both the 2007 and 2008 Engineers Local 324, will take place at the
mation, or call (248) 972-1000. Beyond Green Awards will be highlighted Ingham County Fairgrounds.
with a poster display. Contact Brindley Byrd at 517-492-5575
Feb. 4 – Apr. 1 – Architectural Lectures – The More information is available at or for more information,
University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) School or visit
of Architecture has announced its 2008-09
lecture series. Upcoming lectures include: Feb. 26 – Mar. 29 – Rock Financial Showplace
Feb. 4 – “Untitled” – Susan Sellers, 2x4 Shows – Upcoming exhibits at the Rock
Design, New York Financial Showplace, Novi, will include Training Calendar
Mar. 18 – “Metrogramma. The the Cottage and Lakefront Living Show
Architecture of Public City. The Future of from February 26 to March 1, and the Novi
Michigan Concrete Paving Association
History.” – Andrea Boschetti and Alberto Backyard, Pool and Spa Show from March
Certification Classes
Francini, Metrograma, Milan, 27 to March 29.
The Michigan Concrete Paving
Italy Call 1-800-328-6550, or visit
Association (MCPA) will offer the follow-
Apr. 1 – “Urban Landscapes + or
ing classes at the following locations:
Provocations – Walter Hood, Hood for more infor-
Design, Oakland, CA mation.
Level I Full Class (Re-certification takes
For more information, call the UDM place on the last three days of each class):
School of Architecture at 313-993-1532 or Feb. 27 – Construction and Design Awards
Feb. 9-13, Mar. 9-13 – Detroit
visit Entry Deadline – All entries for The
Feb. 23-27 – Grand Rapids
Engineering Society of Detroit’s (ESD)
Mar. 16-20 – Gaylord –
Feb. 9-12 – 58th Annual Industrial Construction and Design Awards must be
(may be one day shorter)
Ventilation Conference – This event will be received by February 27. These awards
Mar. 23-27 – Lansing
held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference were conceived 35 years ago to encourage
Center in East Lansing. More than 25 elevation of the standard of practice in the
Level II Recertification – Jan. 27-29
industrial ventilation experts from across construction industry and they honor the
Visit for more
the U.S. and Canada will provide instruc- three primary members of the building
information or call 800-678-9622.
tion and lectures on the design, construc- team: owners, designers and constructors.
tion, use and testing of, ventilation sys- Questions may be directed to Leslie
tems. The four-day early registration fee is Smith at 248-353-0735, ext. 152, or
$750, which includes handout materials Additional information is
and meals. available at

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Acme Maintenance Service ..........................................39

Allingham Corp ................................................................10

Aluminum Supply Company -
Marshall Sales, Inc. ......................................................23

Amalio Corporation ........................................................13

CAM ADS................................................................................3

CAM Affinity ....................................................................IBC

CAM On-line Planroom ....................................................6

Concrete Moisture Control ..........................................21

Danboise Mechanical ....................................................34

Detroit Dismantling Corp. ............................................43

Doeren Mayhew ..............................................................26

G2 Consulting ....................................................................13
CAM offers custom reprints
of articles appearing in Glass & Mirror Craft..........................................................15

Hartland Insurance Group ............................................11
Call today! Hilti, Inc.................................................................................30
(248) 972-1000 Jeffers Crane Service, Inc ........................................37, BC

Liquid Calcium Chloride Sales, Inc. ............................26

MasonPro, Inc.....................................................................25

McCoig Materials..............................................................24

Navigant Consulting ......................................................41

Next Generation Services Group................................27

North American Dismantling Corp. ..........................31

Oakland Community College ......................................21

Oakland Companies ........................................................20

Osborne Trucking & Osborne Concrete,
John D................................................................................7

Plante & Moran, PLLC ......................................................35

SMRCA ....................................................................................7

Scaffolding Inc...................................................................41 Spartan Specialties ..........................................................19

State Building Products..................................................39

TEMP-AIR, Inc. ....................................................................37

TES Consultants, PC ........................................................44

Testing Engineers & Consultants ................................31

Trend Millwork ................................................................IFC

Valenti Trobec Chandler ..................................................5

W.W. Williams ........................................................................9

Wayne Bolt & Nut ............................................................13

Wilson Construction Consulting ................................43

Zervos Group ....................................................................37

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