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48 A Green Product Directory
Your Guide to the CAM Green Awards

52 Expo Goes Green in 2009
Welcome to CAM Expo’s Green Building
Product Showcase

56 Greenprint for the Future
CAM Honors Michigan’s Sustainable Design

and Construction Projects

18 Celebrating 100 Years! 60 Expo 2009 Show Preview
CAM Men’s Afternoon Bowling Celebrating our 25th Anniversary
League is Honored
62 Expo 2009 Floorplan
20 Care for a Little $$$
for Your “Green”? 64 Exhibitor Booth Listings
Future Incentives
for Sustainability
66 Alphabetical Exhibitor Directory
22 On the Jobsite
A Major League
Demolition at Tiger Stadium CONSTRUCTION HIGHLIGHT


26 The Top Five Safety
Issues for 2009
CAM Safety Committee Identifies
Top 2009 Hazards

74 Building the Home Office
VED Software of Farmington Hills
36 Pushing the Envelope
A3C’s Truth Wall and
Green Roof Put Building DEPARTMENTS
Envelopes to the Test
10 Letter from our Editor

42 Fortress Thermax at 735 Forest 11 Industry News
Dow Seals the Deal on 16 Safety Tool Kit
Energy-Efficient Steel 80 Product Showcase
Stud Construction
86 People in Construction
92 CAM Welcomes New Members
93 Construction Calendar
94 Advertisers Index

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PUBLISHER Kevin N. Koehler
EDITOR Amanda M. Tackett

David R. Miller

GRAPHIC DESIGN Marci L. Christian

Chairman Jeffrey W. Cohee,
Frank Rewold & Son, Inc.
Vice Chairman Rick J. Cianek,
Fraco Products
Vice Chairman Ted C. McGinley,
Gutherie Lumber Co.
Treasurer Robert J. Michielutti Jr.,
Michielutti Bros., Inc.
President Kevin N. Koehler

DIRECTORS Stephen J. Auger,
Stephen Auger + Associates Architects

Brian J. Brunt,
Brunt Associates

James C. Capo,
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Brian D. Kiley,
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R. Andrew Martin,
F.H. Martin Constructors

John O'Neil, Sr.,
W.J. O'Neil Company

Glenn E. Parvin,

Jacqueline LaDuke Walters,
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property owners, developers and the gener- expertise and expand our ‘toolbox,’” said J.S.
al public on the benefits and costs associat- Vig COO Valerie Vig. “We recognize that
ed with green building,” said J.S. Vig while LEED certification may not be feasible
President Joseph Vig, LEED AP.“We will advo- for every building, every project may benefit
cate for LEED-certified building when appro- from sustainable building practices. Project
priate, but our ultimate goal is to have a Green will focus on sustainability as a start-
showcase to educate our customers and the ing point not an afterthought. At the end of
architectural community about the costs the process, we will be providing our clients
and benefits of ‘green’ site selection, design with all of their options.” In addition to
and construction practices. We will have sev- Project Green, J.S. Vig plans to have all com-
eral LEED AP personnel devoted exclusively pany project managers LEED accredited by
J.S Vig Construction Company to reviewing a development’s concept and the spring 2009.
Opens Ann Arbor Office and providing early suggestions and associated The Project Green announcement repre-
budgets. This will become a resource center sents a formalization of J.S. Vig’s experience
Announces Formation of where any architect or owner can go to in sustainable construction. Nearly every
Project Green obtain feedback regarding the cost and fea- one of the company’s current projects incor-
J.S. Vig Construction Company recently sibility of implementing green building con- porates green building principles, including
announced that it has formed Project Green, cepts into a proposed development or reno- a large development in Austin, Texas that is
a green building think tank that expands the vation.” complying with the basic components of
company’s sustainable construction practice J.S. Vig Vice President Greg Copp, PE, LEED Austin’s Green Building Program. J.S. Vig is
area. J.S. Vig will initially locate its Project AP and Project Manager Justin Barringer, also serving as construction manager for the
Green staff at 157 E. Hoover in Ann Arbor. LEED AP are overseeing the initiative.“As one new National Oceanic and Atmospheric
The facility will contain a resource library of Southeast Michigan’s fastest-growing Administration’s state-of-the-art Great Lakes
devoted to sustainable construction. contractors, we saw a great opportunity to Environmental Research Laboratory located
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Engineering Council Partners
with Detroit Science Center to
create ACEC Design Center
Hands-On Exhibits Demonstrate Career
Possibilities for Michigan Students
The glory of past engineering feats and
the bright promise of a future career in engi-
neering are coming together at the Detroit
Science Center. In July 2007, the Detroit
Science Center unveiled an 80-foot long
model of the Mackinac Bridge in celebration
of the 50th anniversary of Michigan’s most
famous bridge. In fall 2008, the American
Council of Engineering Companies of
Michigan (ACEC/M) began celebrating the
promise of Michigan’s future by teaming
with the Detroit Science Center to begin
work on the ACEC Design Center.
Ronald Brenke, executive director of
ACEC/M, said the design center would
inspire and educate Michigan students
about available careers in the varied fields of
engineering. With the “Mini Mac” as a back-
drop, Brenke and Mark Smolinski, ACEC
national director, presented Detroit Science
Center President and CEO Kevin Prihod with
a check for $15,000. The donation is the first
of numerous ACEC-member contributions
that will total more than $40,000 by 2009.
“The ACEC Design Center will be a bridge
to the future for talented Michigan students
who are interested in pursuing careers in

Ronald Brenke, executive director of ACEC/M
(right), and Mark Smolinski, ACEC national
director (left), presented Detroit Science
Center President and CEO Kevin Prihod with
its first donation.

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engineering,” Brenke said. “ACEC members dreams will begin here.” Chicago Federal Building
throughout Michigan understand the Prihod said the gallery’s ACEC exhibits are
importance of showing young people exact- taking the Detroit Science Center down an Earns LEED Certification
ly what engineers can create. The engineer- exciting new road. “You simply will not see The U.S. General Services Administration’s
ing leaders of tomorrow will be walking these types of unique exhibits anywhere (GSA) state-of-the-art Chicago Federal
through these exhibits, and we want to else,” said Prihod. “These exhibits will expose Building has received LEED for Commercial
show them the possibilities that lie ahead young people to the importance of engi- Interiors certification from the U.S. Green
for them. The goal is to get them excited neering. Interactive exhibits will make it fun Building Council. The certification covers
about engineering - and Michigan will reap and interesting. We want to provide that the $67 million renovation of the first five
the benefits of their talents.” inspiration, and show them that engineering floors and a portion of the lower level of the
The Detroit Science Center’s is cool.” 10-story building.
Transportation Infrastructure Gallery will Prihod said the more than 500,000 stu- “GSA has a very strong national sustain-
house the ACEC Design Center for at least dents and adults who visit the science cen- able design program,” said Scott R. Bonney,
the next ten years, along with numerous ter each year will be able to take on the role AIA, LEED AP, project designer with
other exhibits detailing Michigan’s vital of engineers by designing roads and Southfield-based Neumann/Smith
infrastructure, including bridge design and bridges, controlling traffic, inspecting tun- Architecture. “They require every new build-
road construction. The ACEC Design Center nels and more. Visitors will also gain a better ing and significant renovation to become
will also offer hands-on, interactive exhibits. understanding of the materials used to build LEED certified. Their commitment to sus-
“We want to stress engineering as a Michigan’s infrastructure. The exhibits in the tainable solutions greatly assisted the
career, and the ACEC Design Center will ACEC Design Center will be built at the sci- design team in clearing the hurdles leading
showcase the engineering profession to ence center’s 25,000-square-foot facility in to certification.”
children and students for many years,” said Ferndale; most will be completed by 2010. Robert Theel, GSA’s chief architect for the
Smolinski, PE, founder of G2 Consulting The Detroit Science Center is located at Great Lakes Region, said, “GSA is committed
Group, Inc. of Troy and Brighton. “We all 5020 John R St. in Detroit, and online at to sustainable design principles. A vital part
remember the toys and tools that inspired of our core mission is to reduce consump-
us to become engineers. We think that many tion and costs through careful materials

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selection and intelligent integration of ener- ment office space.” over a ten-year life cycle. These measures
gy efficiency into our building designs, while When the building was originally con- included air-to-air total energy recovery,
creating effective and efficient work envi- structed, it featured exposed concrete ceil- reconfiguration of the chilled water system
ronments for federal workers.” ings, columns, and beams, creating an arche- into a true primary-secondary pumping sys-
The renovation focused on consolidating typal industrial loft-style interior. After the tem, and installation of high-efficiency
several operations of the Department of building was purchased in 1952, suspended pump motors and variable frequency drives
Homeland Security into one government- lay-in ceilings, a conventional overhead-duct on major mechanical systems.
owned building. Formerly, the operations HVAC system, and recessed fluorescent One area where the sustainable design
had been housed in various leased locations lighting were installed. As part of the current and historic preservation goals could be
in Chicago, including the offices of renovation, many changes were needed to jointly met was in the ceiling area changes.
Citizenship and Immigration Services, meet GSA’s sustainable requirements and to The suspended ceiling from the earlier reno-
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and restore the building to its original loft char- vation was removed to expose the original
Customs and Border Protection. The Clark acter. ”The loft-like design of the office inte- concrete structure. This change added the
Street Design Group - a joint venture com- riors is in keeping with nearby office and res- height needed to accommodate the raised
prised of Neumann/Smith Architecture, HDR idential conversions of early 20th century access floor, provided room for more appeal-
Architecture, Inc., and Syska Hennessy Group buildings in Chicago’s South Loop,” said ing indirect lighting, and exposed the full
– designed the 240,000-square-foot renova- Theel. height of the large windows to allow natural
tion. Perhaps the most significant sustainable daylight to penetrate deeper into the office
Renovating this historic building to meet alteration in the building was the addition of space.
sustainable design standards was quite the an underfloor air distribution system (UAD).
challenge.“Constructed in 1911, the building Compared with a conventional system, an ADDITIONAL SUSTAINABLE HIGHLIGHTS
fills the entire block at 536 South Clark Street underfloor air system is considered to be INCLUDE:
in Chicago’s South Loop area,” said Bonney. more energy efficient. • Low-flow toilets and urinals as well as
“Originally built as the headquarters of the Along with the UAD, all energy-efficiency faucets with spring-activated handles to
map and atlas publisher Rand McNally measures used on the project were evaluat- help reduce water consumption
Company, it was purchased in 1952 by the ed based on a whole building energy simu- • Carpet, paints and adhesives low in
federal government and turned into govern- lation and were proven to be cost effective volatile organic compounds (VOCs) used

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on all renovated floors to enhance indoor sive public transportation system and no “The entire team [designers, constructors,
air quality on-site parking to minimize automobile and owner] should be commended for their
• Use of Forest Stewardship Council- congestion and pollution commitment to this achievement,” said
certified wood to avoid destruction of • Use of products manufactured with Bonney. “It’s been a long road to get here,
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challenge? Mason Run Earns International
Economic Development Award
Mason Run, a sustainable residential rede-
velopment of a Brownfield site in Monroe,
has won the International Economic
Development Council (IEDC) Economic
Development Award in the Neighborhood
Development Initiatives category. IEDC hon-
ored the City of Monroe, Soil and Materials
Engineers, Inc. (SME), and Crosswinds
Communities during an awards ceremony at
the IEDC’s Annual Conference in Atlanta,
“Economic development efforts have long
been a keystone in the quest to bolster the
economy and improve quality of life in every
locality across the country,” said Robin
Roberts-Krieger, IEDC chair. “As the nation
continues to tackle longstanding challenges

We thrive on it! in the midst of an inhospitable financial cli-
mate, these efforts have taken on an even
greater significance. With the award, we laud
trendsetting organizations like SME for lead-
ing the charge.”
Mason Run is the new icon of a classic
American small town. For over eight years,
the City of Monroe, Crosswinds
Communities, SME and others have worked
together to transform a 50-acre abandoned
paper mill site into a thriving 500-home
community. It is one of the largest New
SPECIALIZING IN THE CONSULTING, DESIGN AND Urbanism projects constructed on an urban
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INSTALLATION OF ARCHITECTURAL SHEET METAL WORK idential sustainable development. The team
developed a creative funding program using
multiple, leveraged brownfield redevelop-

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environmental and site preparation costs,
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plex financing package was structured to
correspond to the four remediation/con- Wilson Construction Consulting
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$2.5 million in response costs and made the
project economically viable.
The International Economic Development
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leadership and excellence in economic
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The Dream Lives at Special
Dreams Farm
Special Dreams Farm, the first and only
farm for developmentally disabled adults in
Michigan, can now proudly proclaim, “WE

HAVE OUR OWN FARM!” On October 23, the
organization closed on a classic 31-acre farm
located on Fred Moore Highway in St. Clair
Township. Included with the 31 acres is 10
acres of heavily wooded land, a turn-of-the-

century farmhouse, a large barn, a three-car
garage and three additional out buildings.
Formerly a dairy farm, this is a perfect site to
provide meaningful work for developmen-
tally disabled adults.
“Our special farmers have been at work TERRAZZO can be thick or thin,
splitting and stacking wood, cleaning the DETROIT TERRAZZO heavy or light, textured or smooth,
inside of their farmhouse, and laying out
areas for spring planting,” said Larry Collette,
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CAMSAFETY is Awarded
ou may remember that I have previous- sessions will provide information and tips that your people can
Joseph M. Forgue ly written about the four leading causes immediately implement, making their work environment signifi-
Director of Education of fatalities in construction which are cantly safer. Once a worker has completed all four sessions they will
& Safety Services
commonly referred to as the “Focus Four”: receive a course completion pocket card. We feel this training has
falls, electrocutions, being struck by something, or getting caught in significant value (though the cost is FREE), and the fact that we’ll
something. Each topic has aspects unique to each and every jobsite. conduct it at your location at a time you specify, makes it virtually
I’m a firm believer that one of our most effective weapons against irresistible. There are some logistics involved, of course, but if
these hazards is knowledge. Because of that, CAMSAFETY applied for you’re interested, please contact me at 248-972-1141 or at
- and was awarded - a Grant from MIOSHA’s Consultation, Education,
and Training (CET) Division to provide construction companies with And, as promised previously, over the course of my next few Tool
training on these four topics. Kits, I will be discussing the five main elements to an effective SHMS:
At no cost to you, we will evaluate your operations and customize management leadership, employee involvement, worksite analysis,
these four training sessions to directly address your unique hazards. hazard prevention and control, and safety and health training. Each
We will bring this to your location and present it to your workers element deserves a more in-depth look to identify effective ways to
with minimal interruption to your work. These 30 to 45 minute implement them into your safety and health program.

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Thanks to generous people in the con-
struction industry, a new heating and cool-
ing system, plumbing system, and electrical
service will be installed in the 1900s vintage
farmhouse. Young Supply Co., Chesterfield,
has donated the heating system, and instal-
lation is being done courtesy of Livonia-
based W.J. O’Neil Company and its employ-
ees, who are members of Pipefitters 636 and
Sheet Metal Local 80. W.J. O’Neil personnel
with Plumbers Local 98 members are han-
dling plumbing upgrades. Charlie Hayter of
IBEW Local 58 is handling the new electrical
service and distribution work with volun-
teers from IBEW Local 58. Jim Helton, a
retired electrician from UAW Local 160 and
father of special farmer Kelly Helton, is also
contributing. This work is essential in provid-
ing a comfortable and safe farmhouse for
the group’s famers and staff.
Upgrades to all the Special Dream Farm
buildings will be ongoing for sometime.
Because meaningful work for special adults
is the organization’s core purpose, Special
Dreams Farm intends to have its farmers par-
ticipate in the upgrades as much as possible,
while keeping their safety and well being a
top priority. Special Dreams Farm will contin-
ue to need support and expertise from the
construction industry during the building
improvement process. Improvements will be
made as funds allow.
If you were not a part of the organization’s
2008 “Land Ho” Cruise last July, you missed a
great party. Participants cruised Lake St. Clair
and the Detroit River aboard the 138-foot
yacht christened Ovation. The lively crowd
enjoyed dinner and dancing with the full
moon topping off a perfect evening. Special
Dreams Farm received many compliments
on this fun evening. Will they do it again?
The answer is a resounding yes! Please mark
August 7, 2009 for the Special Dreams Farm
2009 “Land to Hoe” Cruise aboard the
Ovation. For more information please visit

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CAM Men’s Afternoon
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Toll Free (888) 867-4764 Bowling League
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Celebrates 100 Y
Clinton Twp., MI 48035-3704

n October 14, 2008 the CAM Men’s Afternoon
League began its 2008-09 season at Fairlanes Bowl
in Madison Heights. This kickoff was special,
however, because the Afternoon League was also celebrat-
ing its 100th Anniversary! Past league members joined
current members for a special commemorative ceremony
before the start of bowling.
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Lawyers Specializing In Construction Litigation
A plaque honoring the Afternoon League’s
100th season was presented by the U.S.
Bowling Congress, Metro Detroit Association.
■ Contract Disputes ■ A/E Liability
Pictured left to right: CAM President Kevin ■ Corporate Matters ■ Arbitration
Koehler; League Secretary/Treasurer Ron ■ Lien & Bond Claims ■ Construction Claims
Riegel; CAM Chairman Jeff Cohee; USBC
Manager Mark Martin; League President Ron
Mitzel; League VP Art Crowe. Patrick A. Facca Gerald J. Richter Bruce M. Pregler
Michael A. Hassan
league for 30 or more years: Ron Mitzel of
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League member Andy Privette, of United
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A LITTLE $$$$$

The need for sustainability in all aspects of gy producers for their contribution to solv- Act 295 does not require utilities to provide
our daily life has dramatically increased in ing the energy equation. The Federal net metering beyond 1 percent of its in-state
the last several years. For most of us, sustain- Government has renewed and expanded tax peak load for the preceding calendar year,
ability is reinforced when we open the incentives designed to help with the cost of and is a 10-year program. Hopefully, this per-
monthly gas bill or at the pump while filling energy efficient upgrades. centage is increased due to public demand
your tank. Thoughts of smaller, more effi- and rampant photovoltaic (PV) System
cient cars, more insulation in the attic, turn- Governor Granholm signed into law Public installations. Net metering requires proper
ing down the thermostat, and combining Act 295 on October 6, 2008. This “Clean, installation according to the National
trips to save miles and gallons are thoughts Renewable and Efficient Energy Act” man- Electrical Code and equipment certified by a
running through all of our heads. Obviously, dates that “10 percent of the state’s energy nationally recognized testing laboratory.
fewer trips and lower thermostat settings come from renewable sources by 2015, regu- Why would you go through all this trouble to
represent the low-hanging fruit. All of us latory reform that protects Michigan install PV panels on your roof to generate
can make modest changes in our behavior ratepayers and allows utility companies to electricity? Michigan’s net metering law
and reap modest energy savings. Energy build new electricity generation in Michigan, allows electricity generated in excess of cur-
efficiency is the other side of the equation. and a requirement that utilities meet an rent customer need to be credited and car-
More efficient structures require less energy additional 5.5 percent of Michigan’s annual ried over to subsequent billing periods. This
to maintain an acceptable comfort level. A electricity demands through energy efficien- is good.
capital investment is generally required on cy by 2015.” While this is a good first step
top of behavior changes when energy sav- toward enjoying the benefits of renewable Think of the utility as the storage device
ings and retained lifestyle are concurrently energy, Part 5, Net Metering, is the most inter- for your PV system. A system sized to provide
desired. We have all lived through the finan- esting section for the smaller consumer. a year’s worth of electricity will spin your
cial market woes of the last year. We are told meter backwards during the sunny summer
money is tight and that banks have tight- For those not ‘tuned in’ to green defini- months. Net metering saves those extra kilo-
ened their lending criteria. So how will you tions, net metering is a method of crediting watts as credits to be used during the winter
fund the building improvements you have customers for electricity that they generate months when demand is more than genera-
decided are necessary to reach your energy on-site in excess of their own electricity con- tion. Advocates of ‘green energy’ will
savings goals? sumption. Net metering has been a rallying approve of Michigan passing a net metering
point over the years for many earth-friendly law. However, they will argue against the 1%
Help is on the way. On the local level, the individuals who longed to be part of the of peak load regulatory ceiling, the disincen-
State of Michigan has a two-pronged solution to electrical generation from non- tive for individuals to produce electricity
approach: new regulations that require renewable sources. The Michigan version of beyond their annual needs, the wording of
renewable energy as a percentage of total net metering is intended to limit each cus- the method used to compute the carried for-
production, and a “net metering” provision tomer to generation capacity designed to ward credit, and the absence of any actual
to compensate small scale renewable ener- meet the individual customer’s electric need. payment for excess production. Any strong

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advocate for solar produced energy will be
pleased with the public support of this nec-
essary movement toward renewable energy.
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he storied field of Tiger Stadium still famed corner of Michigan and Trumbull in put all the equipment together for a job this
remains, preserving the memory of mid-June 2008. size.” Brehse also served as onsite project
baseball legends and championship Mobilization spanned the course of two manager, working along with Mike Farrow,
teams. Preserving the field and a section of weeks, but the project team needed more the owner of the Farrow Group who main-
stadium behind home plate from dugout to equipment than a bat and ball to play this tained a strong onsite presence throughout
dugout partially determined the sequence of game. Six to seven truckloads alone were the project.
demolition that took place during the dog needed to transport the disassembled pieces At the job’s peak, over eight pieces of
days of summer and into the early fall of of a single CAT 385 to the site. “It then took equipment were operating at one time. “Not
2008. The Farrow Group, Inc. of Detroit two days to put that machine together,” said all required that much effort to assemble and
entered into its first joint venture with Michael Brehse, MCM vice president. “There mobilize, but a few did take that level of
Bloomfield Hills-based MCM Management are a significant number of man hours, truck- intensity,” said Brehse. The roster of major
Corp. The newly formed team arrived at the ing hours and mechanic hours required to equipment included the CAT 385, 375, and

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several 330s, as well as a few material han- required the expertise of Farrow Group- could reach the tower and finish taking it out.
dlers and loaders. MCM Management’s expert operators and At peak manpower, we had 8 operators plus
the use of a CAT 385 UHD machine that pro- supervision and trucking personnel.”
vided a safe, efficient platform. The Cat 385 A different team of CATs played hardball
June 30, 2008 marked the launch of actual has a reach of 140 feet, while the light towers in Tiger Stadium in the summer of 2008. The

demolition of the 52,000-seat stadium (anoth- loom 165 feet above the stadium field. “The CAT 385 high reach did most of the take-
er firm had performed environmental abate- operator could reach at least to the bottom of down with the aid of a CAT 375; both
ment the previous year). The joint venture the light tower,” said Brehse. “They would machines slicing steel like a pair of scissors
initially broke through the ring of the 80- to simply weaken it and cause it to lean. Once with their shear attachments. The majority of
90-foot-high stadium by cutting a notch into it was leaning in the proper direction, they CAT excavators on the job used LaBounty®
a section at centerfield. This ideal stretch of
stadium posed several advantages: the
expanse was clear of both tall billboards and
light towers rising 130 feet and 165 feet,
respectively, above grade; the demolition
team had immediate access to this part of the
stadium; and centerfield was one of the low-
est parts of the stadium.
Farrow Group-MCM Management had to
cut the notch and perform the entire job with-
in a very tight, limited space. “Because we
were preserving the field, we had very little
room to go at the building,” said Brehse.
With access to the field restricted, the team
cut the initial notch from outside of the stadi-
um. “The equipment worked on this section
from a small parking lot located between the
stadium and the Fisher Freeway Service
Drive,” he explained.
After carving a gap into the structure,
Farrow Group-MCM Management worked
its way toward third base, demolishing
directly into the side or cross section of the
stadium ring. The demolition team stopped
near third base and reversed course after
Detroit City Council voted to retain a section
of stadium behind home plate in early
August, said Brehse. Returning to center-
field, the demolition team then began work-
A Cat 385 UHD removes
upper-level floor sections
ing its way in the opposite direction toward from right field.
first base. “Once the structure was down, we
began slab and footing removal following a
similar sequence around the site,” he added. Dust suppression equipment soaks
the work area as excavators work to
sort material for recycling.
Height and a restricted site converged to

make for a difficult job. “Height was always
an issue, because we had to work closely
against the building,” said Brehse.
“Technically, that was one of the trickier
issues; we just didn’t have the room.”
The height at the stadium’s joints or sepa-
ration points ranked the project above aver-
age in difficulty. “At both locations where
we stopped demolition, a light tower rose
right on the joint,” explained Brehse. “We
had to take the towers down in a way that
didn’t allow the towers to swing back into or
fall over onto the part of the stadium we were
Safe removal of all the light towers

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Inbound trucks pause briefly before being loaded during demolition of right field.

shears (LaBounty is a hydraulic tool business built at grade or above, removal work below
unit of The Stanley® Works). “The 385 did grade was confined to column piers and
the higher elevation demolition, and the 375 spread footings,” said Brehse. Farrow Group-
did some of the lower elevation work,” said MCM Management essentially completed all
Brehse. “The height of the 385 and its ability demolition on the 10.8-acre site by September
to work at elevation made it invaluable for 17, 2008.
the takedown. Its horizontal reach is also Debris sorting and removal was a continu-
greater than average.” Two mist machines ous process throughout the job. “As soon as
managed the dust with the help of a water that material hit the ground, it was passed
truck that also kept the streets clean. from one operator to the next for process-
Public safety was another core concern. ing,” said Brehse. A bucket attachment on
The joint venture had two security guards on the CAT 375 was used to remove concrete
duty 24/7, and installed perimeter security debris from the foundations. Loading materi-
fencing with a privacy screen to reduce traf- als was a job for the CAT 330 with a grapple
Zervos Group,Inc. fic congestion caused by curious drivers attachment and a material handler with a
slowing down to witness this high-profile magnet. Completing the team’s equipment
demolition. Perhaps, the pedestrian bridge arsenal, a rubber-tired loader was used for
• BONDS over the freeway proved to be the best safety moving machines and equipment and load-
measure. “We always had spectators,” said ing out material.
Brehse. “They had a great view of the job “Roughly 94 percent of the stadium by
from the bridge, and they were in a safe weight was recycled or reused,” said Brehse.
INSURANCE place.” The ferrous scrap (5,000 gross tons of iron
Managing demolition along the Trumbull and steel) and the nonferrous scrap (40 tons
face was a particular concern. “A ramp on the of aluminum, stainless steel and copper)
• ENVIRONMENTAL Trumbull side actually cantilevered over the were taken to a scrap reprocessor. About
INSURANCE sidewalk,” said Brehse. “If you stood on the 13,000 gross tons were recycled with only 800
sidewalk, this ramp inside the stadium from gross tons taken to a landfill as refuse. About
• LIFE & HEALTH one level to another was literally above you.” 7,700 gross tons of brick, block, and concrete
For safety and control, “traffic control plans debris was sorted and cleaned on site and
Over 50 Years included double lane and complete closures then processed and reused as road material
on Trumbull,” said Brehse. The joint venture for Woodland Meadows landfill.
also worked at night for about two-and-a- The Farrow Group handled all of the
of Experience
half weeks. “The ramp could only be com- trucking of off-site disposal. “The Farrow
pleted working from the street,” said Brehse. Group’s trucking fleet is fabulous and fabu-
(248) 355-4411 “By scheduling operations in the evening lously maintained,” said Brehse. “The
during this phase, we didn’t interrupt nor- Farrow fleet was one of the key benefits of
24724 Farmbrook Rd. mal business hours and worked with other working with the company.” The strong
establishments to maintain access.” team effort of the Farrow Group, Inc. and
MCM Management Corp. certainly proved to
Southfield 48034
be a winning combination for this challeng-
Demolition below grade was minimal. ing project.
Gus E. Zervos Steve M. Zervos
“Because the majority of the stadium was
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he best way to prevent an accident is volunteer their time in an effort to enhance looking for work in new markets.
to anticipate how it could happen. safety performance, along with a collective “ASI has traditionally stayed in Southeast
Some hazards are easy to detect and knowledge of the topic that is unparalleled. Michigan,” said Adam Wilberding, safety
correct. For example, most properly Armed with the insights of the CAM Safety director for Asphalt Specialists, Inc., (ASI),
trained people understand when hardhats Committee, safety professionals should be Pontiac. “Now, we’re getting into Indiana,
and eye protection are advisable, but safety able to do what they do best – anticipate Ohio, North Carolina and Maryland. As we
managers need to see far beyond the obvi- how the challenges discussed in this article stretch out, we are also assessing some of
ous in the performance of their duties. Like apply to their work and take action to pre- the systems that we have set up. Some may
everyone else in the construction business, vent negative consequences. According to not work as well outside of Michigan. It
they also work against the backdrop of an the CAM Safety Committee, the following places more of a preparation and planning
uncertain economy that has challenged are the top five safety issues for 2009: burden on us, not only for safety, but for all
every aspect of the industry. of our operations.”
CAM Safety Committee members were 5. EXPANDING INTO NEW MARKETS Bidding on work in different states often
recently interviewed to identify what will People are coping with Michigan’s eco- entails learning a new set of applicable safe-
likely emerge as the five greatest challenges nomic woes in a variety of ways. Many ty regulations. Expanding operations to
for safety professionals in the coming year. depend on CAM’s Construction Project include new types of work, similarly requires
The committee includes representatives Information Group, which provides the most learning new requirements pertinent to that
from construction management, subcon- comprehensive project reporting in the activity. Many states simply operate under
tracting and insurance firms who share a state, to keep abreast of opportunities. An Federal OSHA guidelines, while twenty-four
common commitment that drives them to increasing number of contractors are also other states, including Michigan and the

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commonwealth of Puerto Rico, have their inspectors with trade experience, versus to safety performance, as well as the lead
own plan. State-run plans must be at least as some other states that tend to place more contractor’s right to remove a subcontractor
stringent as OSHA, and large cities like New emphasis on academic degrees. for breach of contract. Even so, Michigan
York and Chicago can also enforce their own Even after getting a sense of how the rules contractors who have grown accustomed to
set of safety rules. Knowing these rules is will be enforced, the task of safety profes- working with a familiar group of contractors
only part of the challenge for safety profes- sionals seeking work in new areas still is not must be vary wary of those who might
sionals. complete, because they must also hire local attempt to line these items out of a contract
“Some of the idiosyncrasies of the differ- subcontractors. Pre-qualifying subcontrac- before signing it.
ent programs are very interesting,” said tors based on their experience is always a Even after getting a signed contract with
Gordon Wall, safety director for John Carlo, good idea, but more research is required clear-cut requirements, non-performing
Inc., Clinton Township. “It can be difficult to when entering a new market. subcontractors can still be difficult to get rid
understand how the rules are enforced. You “We don’t just open up the Yellow Pages of. One safety professional frankly admitted
would think that OSHA is OSHA, but enforce- and pick out a subcontractor,” said Tracey that he did not recall ever having replaced a
ment in Ohio is radically different than it is in Alfonsi, safety director for Danboise subcontractor for safety reasons. He simply
Florida, and both are radically different from Mechanical, Inc., Farmington. “We go out stopped their work until they took correc-
North Carolina.” and ask for referrals to find out who is con- tive action and “babysat” them until the job
was complete. Needless to say, those sub-
contractors were not invited to submit bids
for future work.
Regional variations in the workforce can
also complicate safety efforts. Members of
the Safety Committee specifically cited
states with large migratory populations as a
concern because employees can simply
move on after valuable time has been spent
on safety training. Language barriers can
provide additional training challenges. Work
outside the United States, even as close as
Canada and Mexico, adds new cultural and
regulatory hurdles for safety professionals to
Even though many Michigan contractors
are actively seeking opportunities in other
areas, one particular occupation is still find-
ing plenty of work right here in Michigan.
Contractors are looking for opportunities outside Safety professionals are increasingly being
of Michigan, which often entails learning a new tasked with finding ways to thwart jobsite
set of applicable safety regulations. thieves.

Construction is a broad activity that sidered reputable by other people who do Jobsite theft might not seem like a safety
encompasses a wide variety of activities. the same kind of work that we do. Then we issue, but only the largest companies can
OSHA regulations reflect this by being audit their safety program, get copies of afford to assign loss prevention as a single
somewhat vague and open to interpreta- their insurance certificates, and get our- responsibility for an employee. Loss preven-
tion. Imprecise terms like “reasonable,” or selves listed as additional insureds. We also tion is therefore becoming part of a typical
directives that instruct employers to inspect make sure that their limits are acceptable safety professional’s ever-expanding job
for hazards without spelling out how often and equated to the risks of whatever work description.
this should be done, give safety profession- they are doing. A locksmith, for example, will Everyone on CAM’s Safety Committee
als the latitude to apply their own judgment, need less insurance than a crane company. agreed that theft is linked to the economy,
but this flexibility is also granted to safety We also ask for their current EMR on their so Michigan contractors can expect to deal
inspectors. Since they have the authority to insurance company’s letterhead. We audit with this issue until conditions improve.
make their own decisions, the background all of that paperwork, and if it doesn’t exceed Given the lucrative market for stolen equip-
of safety inspectors becomes a key consider- a certain level, then they can’t work for us.” ment and materials, no strategy can guaran-
ation for contractors who will work with Even with that level of scrutiny, subcon- tee success, but safety professionals can take
them. One key difference that was noted by tractors can still present unacceptable risks proactive steps to address the issue.
a member of CAM’s Safety Committee was when they arrive on the jobsite. Most con- Many committee members have experi-
with states, like Michigan, that tend to hire tracts contain standard language pertaining enced positive results with the LoJack Stolen

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Vehicle Recovery System, with one person very difficult to cut off with a saw, he holds
even having a 100 percent recovery rate, employees responsible for stolen equip-
although he was unable to prosecute. ment unless the heavy chain that secures
Another committee member has had very the equipment is cut. He has not lost any
good luck with a particular equipment com- equipment off trucks for one year after
pany that offers a device to aid in tracking implementing this policy.
stolen equipment. Other manufacturers Guards and cameras can also be deployed
offer a variety of theft deterrence technolo- to watch over jobsites, but these devices
gies, and safety professionals would be well aren’t infallible. Jobsite thieves have
served to research these before offering become quite skilled at detecting the pat-
their input to the person who makes pur- terns of guards and cameras. One member
chasing decisions. In addition to knowing Loss prevention is becoming part of of the committee even relayed a story of a
their equipment, safety professionals must the job for safety professionals. Theft contractor who lost several ladders in a park-
also know where their crews are working. is linked to the economy, so ing lot that was covered by a moving cam-
“Supervisors have a tendency to leave contractors can expect to deal with era. The thieves simply timed their activities
their trucks running,” said Wall. “They turn this issue until conditions improve. so the actual theft took place while the cam-
around and their trucks are gone. You need era was focused on other areas of the lot.
to change the way you work in high crime the possibility of employee complicity. One The cloud of increased jobsite crime can
areas. You need to teach your employees committee member even makes a point of have a silver lining, as one member of the
how to defend themselves.” checking trucks from which equipment is committee noted the advantage of learning
Of course, not all employees are victims in reported stolen, especially when the inci- to run a tighter ship. Keeping a closer watch
these cases. Reports of stolen equipment dent occurs in the driveway of an employee. on the jobsite tends to keep everyone a little
should be carefully scrutinized to eliminate After switching to a new type of bolt that is more honest. One committee member

Terry Griffin Steve Brandon Tom Statly
Bill Pirret Fred Ternes Mark Provo
Tom Torzewski Mike Osmer Lillian Durham
T.J. Griffin George Provo Charlene Brady
John Budde Jeff Hamlin Pat Williams

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recently installed cameras at his sites, for “We need to enforce the regulations that are managers are sometimes saddled with the
example. Unfortunately, the placement of in place and continue with education.” responsibility of implementing them.
the cameras prevented him from seeing a Several committee members contend Committee members generally disliked this
face during a recent break-in, but he did that, by changing widely accepted terminol- trend, with most fearing that it would dis-
catch an employee backing into another ogy and industry practices, the new stan- tract them from other duties. Pat Bellm,
vehicle. After an initial wave of denials, the dard will require a significant educational president of Bellm Safety Health
camera images gave him the evidence he effort with no foreseeable benefit. Even Environmental Consulting Services, Sylvania,
needed to have the employee take account- though the release of the new standard is OH, pointed out that it might seem like a
ability for his actions. not expected until 2010 or 2011, the chal- logical pairing, given the fact that safety pro-
In addition to theft and the occasional lenge in 2009 will be in being heard. The fessionals already have some responsibility
employee mishap, safety professionals also comment period for the new standard is for employee health and also often have
need to keep their eyes peeled for many closed [at press time], but it could be re- some insurance responsibilities, but she
anticipated changes. opened if enough people speak out in believes that fitness programs are better left
opposition. Industry associations also let in the hands of others.
3. REGULATORY CHANGES AND individuals amplify their clout by speaking “They really fall in more with HR,” said
WORKPLACE TRENDS with a single unified voice that represents Bellm. “When you start to think about the
Safety professionals can always opt to many members, and several have already personal medical information that might
exceed requirements, but workplace regula- done so in this case. become available through the program,
tions form the minimum standards under Having a new standard to follow is not confidentially requirements really make it
which all contractors are expected to oper- always a bad thing and associations are more appropriate for HR.”
ate. In many cases, adherence to these uniquely positioned in this regard, as well. Besides, many committee members were
guidelines is the only protection workers As stated earlier, safety professionals are free willing to concede that they usually are not
can expect, so any proposed changes are to exceed regulatory standards, and a com- the most popular people at jobsites because
carefully scrutinized before they are enact- prehensive “Best Practices” guide can pro- of their responsibility for enforcing safety
ed. OHSA’s Confined Space Standard, which vide insight on the industry practices that requirements. Few seemed to relish the idea
of taking cheeseburgers or cigarettes away
OSHA’s Confined Space from people. Even though their jobs might
Standard is currently being put them on a few employees’ bad sides,
revised. Safety professionals there are tasks that make policing jobsites
must keep their eyes peeled seem easy by comparison. Many safety
for changes like these in 2009 managers are finding that responsibility for
and beyond. complex insurance issues is included with
their job description.

Safety professionals often have some
responsibility for decisions regarding insur-
ance coverage. To understand the chal-
lenges this will entail in 2009, one must first
be familiar with insurance market trends.

CAM Safety Committee members were recently
interviewed to identify what will likely emerge
is currently being revised, provides an excel- are most likely to produce a desirable out- as the five greatest challenges for safety
lent example. Not a single member of CAM’s come. By combining the expertise of many professionals in the coming year.
Safety Committee would endorse this pro- industry leaders, CAM is currently working to
posed change, and several were openly crit- develop a “Best Practices” guide for con-
ical. The rationale for the new standard is struction safety. When this is finished, print-
the simple fact that workers are being killed ed copies will be available for all members.
or injured in confined spaces, but committee In addition to regulations and guidelines
members who expressed an opinion believe that govern their operations, the responsi-
that these incidents take place when bilities of safety professionals are also influ-
contractors fail to follow the existing stan- enced by trends in the workplace. Many are
dard. being asked to wear more hats as compa-
“There is nothing wrong with the current nies strive to compete in a challenging econ-
standard,” said Phill Andrews, quality/safety omy. Employee fitness programs, for exam-
manager for Roncelli, Inc., Sterling Heights. ple, are increasing in popularity, and safety

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that insurance has been less expensive for
the business customer. Most experts agree
that the market will begin to harden some-
time in 2009. The recent challenges in the
finance and insurance industries may now
actually be expediting this market harden-
ing. Safety programs, loss prevention and
risk management are always important,
because loss histories tend to have long
‘tails’ that can effect your rates for years.”
Market forces that influence insurance
rates are quite complex, and not everyone
on the Safety Committee agrees that the
market is hardening now, when it will begin
to harden, or how profoundly prices will be
affected when it inevitably hardens in the
future. The potential for a hardening insur-
ance market in 2009 should put safety pro-
fessionals on notice that rates could go up,
and that losses could compound this. Losses
are also more likely to result in not having a
policy renewed in a hard insurance market.
The bottom line is that market uncertainty
simply provides another incentive for boost-
ing safety efforts. Even if prices remain
steady, contractors will still benefit from
improved safety performance.
Low insurance rates can also challenge
safety professionals. Losses are more diffi-
cult for insurance companies to absorb if
they are making less money on policies.
They are becoming more proactive to man-
age their own liability.
“Fewer and fewer are simply relying on a
copy of the safety manual,” said Bob Heuer, a
partner with Guy, Hurley, Blaser & Heuer, LLC,
Troy. “A lot of inspections are going on right
now. Insurance companies are sitting down
with safety people, asking questions, and
making sure that they feel comfortable that
everything in the manual is actually being
Having another set of eyes focused on
procedures can be a huge benefit, making
insurance providers an important safety
partner. When claims do occur, contactors
who enjoy close relationships with their
insurance carriers can also be more likely to
be given the benefit of the doubt.
“When an accident happens, and an
underwriter has a loss control professional
who is out in the field interacting with
insureds, the underwriter will have a much
higher comfort level,” said Bellm. “They will

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understand that it is an exception to the
rule. That is one benefit of having a good
relationship with your insurance company’s
loss control person.”
Employee driving records are a good
example of a situation where contractors
and insurance companies can work together
to solve problems. Since insurance policies
cover the actions of drivers employed by the
policyholders, insurance carriers often check
these records. Employees who drive for
companies are increasingly being required
to report motor vehicle infractions to their
employers, so the call from the insurance
agent comes as less of a surprise than it once
“Five years ago, the surprise call was the
norm, but lots of contractors now subscribe
to a Secretary of State subscription service
where they get the MVR [Motor Vehicle
Report] for their employees once a year,”
said Heuer. “The situation is evolving in a

Responsibility for complex insurance issues is more frequently falling on the shoulders, or at least
the desks, of safety professionals.

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good way, and I think the insurance industry they were not anticipated. device for manhole covers, which can weigh
is partially responsible for pushing it.” “We look at what we spent last year and up to 750 pounds.
Contractors can explore a number of whether we expect to spend more or less “All I did was show them [management]
options with their insurance agent to this year,” said Alfonsi. “If I need to exceed the tool and say, ‘We’ve had people break
remove a driver from their policy, but none my budget, it is our CFO’s responsibility to their feet or hurt their backs, and it has cost
of them are ideal. They can set up a special figure out where I am getting the money us money,’” he said. “I can buy this tool for
policy for the employee or make some sort from. I’m never told,‘You can’t buy anything $300 and save us ten-grand.”
of arrangement to put the employee on a else this year.’” Manhole covers can be manually lifted
watch list. Insurers may be more receptive Some safety professionals may contend without the device in full compliance with
to this approach if it includes some sort of with a less flexible budget and they may OSHA regulations, but the savings that
remedial training to address the employee’s even need to justify their own existence on a would result from a single injury that is
driving issues and they may even require financial ledger. Fortunately, they can. averted make a compelling case for exceed-
this. Contractors can also force drivers to use Instead of impeding productivity, as is the ing regulatory requirements in this case.
their own vehicles for company business, common misconception, safety efforts often Even though some safety professionals
but they must be sure that the driver has contribute to timely completion of tasks. might balk at the notion of placing a dollar
sufficient coverage and that their company People simply tend to be more productive value on the services they provide, the
is listed as an additional insured party on the when they canconcentrate on the task at ability to do so is becoming increasingly
driver’s insurance policy. Termination is hand instead of keeping an eye on an unsafe important in a cost cutting culture.
another option, but employers might be load overhead or balancing precariously “It is the safety professional’s responsibili-
reluctant to part with workers who, except without proper fall protection. ty to convince management,” said Alfonsi. “If
for their driving abilities, are an asset to the
company. One member of the Safety
Committee even chauffeured foremen to
keep them on the payroll.
As insurance companies look to manage
their risks, driving records will likely be scru-
tinized more closely in the future.
“From the experience of my clients, if they
have 25 employees and there aren’t a couple
that the insurance company deems unac-
ceptable, that’s a miracle in any industry,”
said Heuer.
Insurance professionals will not be the
only people keeping a close eye on costs in
2009. Safety professionals will likely have to
balance their important duties with mount-
ing budgetary pressure, as well.

Many contractors are currently experienc-
ing reductions in revenue. With less money
coming in, most are looking for ways to cut
With less money coming in, most contractors will keep a
tighter hold on their funds, making pressure to reduce
“When resources get tight, safety is usual- costs the #1 safety issue for 2009.
ly the first thing to fall because it isn’t
thought of as a ‘profit center,’” said Andrews.
“A lot of companies are loosing safety Accidents present an unacceptable toll in you are doing the job right, safety will pay
resources because management doesn’t human misery and they also cost money. for itself. When people are being more pro-
have enough money. Staffs are being down- One committee member documented a 97.5 ductive and not getting hurt, you are seeing
sized, training budgets are shrinking and percent reduction in wasted man-hours a return on your safety investment.”
people are trying to get a little more use out resulting from accidents and incidents over Even for safety managers who can
of safety equipment.” a one-year period after he joined his compa- demonstrate their value to their employers,
Members of CAM’s Safety Committee ny. Needless to say, he has no trouble justi- 2009 looks like it will be a challenging year.
operate under different types of budgets. fying his paycheck. Hopefully, the insights presented in this arti-
Some reported not having any budget, while Safety managers can also demonstrate cle will help them prepare for what lies
others are simply asked to estimate expendi- savings by finding out about new innova- ahead.
tures under a “soft” budget without putting tions that keep workers safe. Wall recently
off any needed purchases simply because discovered the Silver Slider®, a safe lifting

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Pushing the Env e
A3C’s Truth Wall and Green Roof
Put Building Envelopes to the Test
By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor Photos courtesy of A3C – Collaborative Architecture

n the newly renovated offices of A3C house gas emissions. The Truth Wall displays learning lab exhibiting an array of lighting
Collaborative Architecture in Ann Arbor, four different types of insulation with the options, glass samples, and other building
the truth will not only set you free, it may ultimate aim to gather performance data for components, as well as a diverse “quilt” of
even save you money. With rising energy use as a guide to clients and as an educa- different roofing membranes and types of
costs and erratic weather, the 21st Century is tional tool for the community. green roofing systems.
taking a toll on the pocketbook, people and The Truth Wall is only one part of A3C’s A3C is working with the Sustainable
the planet. The Truth Wall in A3C’s new addi- sustainability showcase and UrbEn Retreat Design Research Lab (SDRL) in the University
tion is part of the quest to pinpoint building Center. Working with Howell-based Irish of Michigan’s Taubman College of
materials and systems with the ability to Construction Company, A3C turned its entire Architecture and Urban Planning, and with
reduce energy use, energy costs, and green- 6,000-square-foot building into an intensive the Hands On Museum in Ann Arbor on

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structuring and disseminating some of its
sustainability research on its recently reno-
vated office and rooftop addition. The new
addition houses the UrbEn Retreat Center, a
conference space overlooking an expanse of
green roof and now available for use by local
government and non-profit organizations
focused on the environment. The center
features the Truth Wall and will also have dis-
play panels on the energy efficiency of
green roofs and other sustainable systems.
Once fully launched, this learning lab of a
building will provide “convenient truths” on
a broad range of systems and products by
detailing how each manages the particular
energy efficiency demands of southeastern
Michigan’s finicky climate. “Some of this
data already exists, but now we will have
data available specifically for southeastern
Michigan,” said Daniel H. Jacobs, AIA, princi-
pal of A3C Collaborative.

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A3C is working with the Sustainable Design Research Lab at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning to assess
the thermal performance of the varied roof membranes and green roof systems on this innovative rooftop laboratory.

Originally built in 1916, the existing build- siding over a Green Guard moisture barrier Bonded Logic, LLC shreds and converts blue
ing has 12-inch-thick brick walls and has very and drainage layer. The exterior grade 5/8- jeans into all-cotton insulation. In this case,
little exposed surface. “The building is inch plywood on 2 x 4 stud framing is urea the insulation has an R-value of 13 or 3.7 per
trapped between two buildings (the rooftop formaldehyde-free. Next, the 5/8-inch dry- inch. The neighboring middle panel con-
addition juts out above the main office), so wall interior sheathing has a recycled con- tains another 100 percent recycled product:
the walls have never felt cold as a result,” said tent of 90 percent; the interior is then fin- post-consumer newspapers shredded to
Jacobs. “We parged an exposed little west ished with Sherwin Williams’ low-VOC Green form cellulose insulation with an R-value of
section on the inside to eliminate air infiltra- Pro paint.” 13.3 or 3.8 per inch. “We selected cellulose
tion that otherwise could have occurred The Truth Wall’s rectangle of glass reveals and recycled blue jean fabric scraps because
through an old building like ours. For this the four different insulation types tucked of their environmentally friendly characteris-
reason, we did not add any insulation to the within the wall cavity. Traditional fiberglass tics,” said Jacobs.
office during the current renovation.” insulation fills the far right panel, but unlike Completing the Truth Wall is a composite
the standard pink or yellow-colored fiber- panel of cellulose and closed cell urethane
GOING GREEN WITH BLUE JEANS glass, this material is white – a telltale mark spray foam called Tiger Foam. “The compos-
The interior of the UrbEn Retreat Center is of urea formaldehyde-free insulation. “We ite wall uses one inch of Tiger Foam to seal
a cozy rooftop enclave with a view of A3C’s selected the fiberglass insulation as our the wall, blocking the infiltration of outside
garden-like expanse of green roof to the baseline due to its popularity in the building air through any cracks or openings,” said
north and the Truth Wall forming a part of its industry,” said Jacobs. “We did provide an Jacobs. “We used self-sticking vapor barrier
southern face. The Truth Wall pushes the enhanced product as it is urea formalde- in the other three cavity spaces to reduce
envelope even further than the main build- hyde-free and also has an increased density, the effects of air movement within the wall.
ing with a wood frame certified by the which reduces the risk of air movement We also used the spray around objects, such
Forest Stewardship Council, and a wall through the insulation.” This particular as exterior electrical junction boxes and
assembly of sustainable materials whose fiberglass insulation has an R-value of 15 or behind piping in exterior walls.”
3.5-inch cavity space is filled with both stan- 4.3 per inch. Using the spray foam insulation in combi-
dard and alternative insulation. Jacobs first The next panel in the Truth Wall is insula- nation with cellulose boosted the R-value of
details the UrbEn Retreat’s wall assembly: “It tion made of pre-consumer, 100 percent this sample panel. “We sprayed the foam
is composed of James Hardie cement board recycled blue jeans. A company called insulation on the wall first before filling the

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remaining 2.5 inches of the cavity with cellu- because you want to gauge how effectively date, but we will include a big disclaimer
lose,” said Jacob. “We created this enhanced the insulation is knocking down the cold saying, ‘Please don’t make any judgments.
cellulose wall to beef up the R-value to 16.5 before it gets to the room side of the wall,” Please wait for a full year’s worth of data.”
(the foam has an R-value of 7 per inch and said Jacobs. A3C’s partnership with the Hands On
the cellulose again has an R-value of 3.8 per At publication time in November, A3C was Museum will teach the benefits of sustain-
inch) to see if it made a significant difference working out the kinks in the Truth Wall and ability to the community. Besides the Truth
in performance.” True to its sustainability only had sufficient data to track the most Wall, “we are in the process of working with
mission and to federal regulations, the effective insulation for maintaining optimal the museum director to make information
on our geothermal system and green roof
available to the community at large,” said
Jacobs.“Our hope is to transmit images from
a camera aimed at our green roof to a video
monitor in the museum.”
“Professor Mojtab Navvab, Ph.D., FIES of
the University of Michigan’s Sustainable
Design Research Lab (SDRL) is assisting us
with assessing the thermal performance of
our project,” added Jacobs. “The majority of
that sampling is with the green roof, but he
is also assisting with the Truth Wall and the
Pilkington Glass sample wall that displays
various tints, solar reflectances and U val-

A3C’s rooftop continues this green exper-
iment. According to information provided
by A3C, “the demonstration green roof
includes semi-intensive and extensive instal-
lations, three different systems (monolithic,
tray, and mat), and three different design
styles (meadow, park and alpine), as well as
The Truth Wall’s rectangle of glass reveals four different insulation types (right to left): urea irrigated and natural settings. The roof
formaldehyde-free fiberglass, recycled blue jeans, cellulose insulation from post-consumer newspa-
planting includes over 25 plant varieties and
pers, and a composite panel of cellulose and closed cell urethane spray foam. Sensors implanted
about an inch-and-a-half in the wall cavity feed data to a row of digital displays. over 2,500 plugs and plants – all hand plant-
ed.” A lower roof contains different color-
coated membrane roofs whose thermal per-
closed cell foam contains no ozone-deplet- temperatures in the summer. As a prelimi- formance is also being recorded and ana-
ing chemicals. nary finding, the shredded blue jeans have lyzed.
The cellulose wall and its companion proven to be the most effective insulation “The SDRL is assisting in the development
foam insulation were installed as part of an for the summer. “At this point, I would be of our database, layout of sensors, and
experiment to balance cost and perfor- reluctant to say that it was the winner for the recording thermal performance characteris-
mance. “Foam insulation is used in higher year, but I would say that for the air-condi- tics of our membrane and green roofs,” con-
performing wall and roof construction, par- tioning season the Bonded Logic performed tinued Jacob. “We will be working with them
ticularly where a wall or roof cannot be vent- better than the other three,” said Jacobs. to assess the annual performance of the dif-
ed and there is a need to avoid condensa- The Truth Wall’s south-facing exterior ferent roof types for southeastern
tion,” said Jacobs. “Our composite system absorbs sunlight throughout the day, offer- Michigan.”
was trying to find an optimal balance ing a good test of the insulation’s ability to A series of thermal roof sensors are
between better R-value and cost, since an all block heat and retain coolness in the air- already collecting data every four minutes
foam wall is more expensive than cellulose.” conditioning season. on A3C’s rooftop haven and its black, gray,
Jacobs will complete the fine-tuning of buff and white-colored roofing membranes.
READING THE WRITING ON THE WALL the Truth Wall by January 2009. A3C will Once again, a full year’s worth of data col-
As part of the Truth Wall, a series of digital then begin tracking the data on a daily basis lected throughout the course of the heating
displays provide a continuous reading of the throughout the course of an entire heating and cooling season is needed to arrive at a
thermal performance of each insulation and cooling season, spanning from January more definitive conclusion. “What we know
type, plus a digital reading of both interior through December 2009. “We will share our now is that a green roof is a great way of cut-
and exterior temperatures. The source of the data with the community once we set up ting down your air conditioning loads,” said
digital reading is a series of sensors implant- our linkage with the Hands On Museum, Jacobs.
ed about an inch-and-a-half into the wall. which will happen in early 2009,” said Data collection began on the first day of
“The sensors are embedded in the wall, Jacobs. “We will share what is happening to summer in 2008 and clearly demonstrated

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The National Advantage
the benefits of a green roof in the air-condi-
tioning season. The day began at a pleasant
60 degrees F and reached a high of 75
degrees F before falling to 58 degrees F. The
recorded temperature of the traditional
black membrane roof began at 65 degrees F
and soared to 100 degrees F before falling to
60 degrees F. “It gained 25 degrees more
heat than the actual outdoor temperature as
a result of the black membrane absorbing
the sun’s infrared rays,” said Jacobs. “The
three lighter-colored roofs gained anywhere
from 10 to 15 degrees less than the black,
but they all gained more heat than the out-
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roof proved the cooling power of Mother
Nature. The green roof only reached 70
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“The area directly below the green roof
never contributed any heat load to the
building at all during the day,” said Jacobs.
“Quite the contrary. It actually cooled the
Recipient of the
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A3C also turned its attention to another
key component of the building envelope:
windows. “We worked with Eagle Window
and selected their insulated glass with low E
film and argon gas,” said Jacobs. “We used
the same in an existing window in our café.
The center’s energy-efficient envelope –
along with an innovative geothermal system
and other initiatives – helped the project
earn the City of Ann Arbor’s first Energy
Challenge Award and aided A3C in meeting
the Architecture 2030 Challenge (a commit-
ment to reduce greenhouse gases by a cer-
tain percentage until attaining zero carbon
emissions by 2030). Lessons learned from
this innovative project may help building
owners, the community, and the design and
construction industry meet the challenges
of the 21st Century as we collectively try to
shrink a carbon footprint the size of Bigfoot
to a sustainable and livable size.

Editor’s Note: In an upcoming issue, CAM
Magazine will detail the full range of innova-
tive sustainability initiatives packed into this
architectural office in downtown Ann Arbor,
as well as the tale of its design and construc-
tion. The building is registered with the
USGBC and designed to LEED-CI Gold certi-
fication standards.

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Dow Seals the Deal on Energy-Efficient Steel Stud Construction
By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor Photos Courtesy of Dow Building Solutions

sultation with hundreds of architects from

usiness as usual doesn’t satisfy the Marszalek in a recent conversation at his
proactive management team of across the country. new office in 735 Forest, a building applying
Mosher, Dolan, Cataldo & Kelly “In my opinion, the THERMAX™ Wall for LEED Gold certification. “It didn’t cost us
Commercial, a Birmingham-based System will become the standard wall any more money than a traditional system,
developer and construction manager. Not assembly for this industry by providing and we were able to move tenants in faster,
satisfied with the status quo, the company superior insulation and air barrier protection because THERMAX™ Wall System shaved
wanted a different approach to steel stud plus penetration sealing,” said Steve two months off the schedule. Plus, it’s also
wall construction for its new office and Marszalek, a principal with Mosher, Dolan, incredibly energy efficient. That’s the way to
mixed-use building called 735 Forest. Cataldo & Kelly, in a recent Dow publication. build.”
Unhappy with the exterior ‘outsulation’ “The system is a well thought-out approach As architect of 735 Forest, Victor Saroki,
plane of a concurrent project, the firm began to enhancing the building envelope.” FAIA, echoes Marszalek’s enthusiasm for
seeking alternatives and asking questions. Mosher, Dolan, Cataldo & Kelly built the both the constructability and energy effi-
True to its name, Dow Building Solutions in 35,000-square-foot structure with ciency of the system. “The THERMAX™ Wall
Midland provided the answer. The answer is Templeton Building, Rochester Hills. System is truly innovative because it reduces
in a sealed envelope, meaning a building Mosher, Dolan, Cataldo & Kelly took the the number of trades involved in erecting
envelope - specifically a different type of THERMAX™ plunge and now are reaping the the wall assembly and, because of the spray-
wall assembly - now enclosing 735 Forest in benefits of their decision, both in better con- applied interior wall insulation, the smallest
an energy-efficient cocoon. 735 Forest is the struction efficiency and energy efficiency. penetrations are eliminated,” said Saroki,
first building in the world to use the THER- “We accepted the challenge of change, and principal of Victor Saroki & Associates
MAX™ Wall System created by Dow in con- now we have this great system,” said Architects, PC, in a recent Dow publication.

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“As architects, we are concerned that our point within the wall cavity in the same way the inside. All those steel studs are now kept
building designs are energy-efficient, a cold pop can on a hot summer afternoon warm, and that is how the system minimizes
because this reduces the impact on our becomes coated with a film of water. “The condensation and increases your energy
resources,” Saroki continued. “Likewise, our same thing happens on a gypsum board on efficiency.” Added Marszalek,“Instead of get-
clients share this agenda. With the THER- a steel stud wall,” said Kontranowski. ting moisture drive through the exterior into
MAX™ Wall System, we’re designing a more “Condensation forms inside your wall, the interior and having dew points settling
responsible building for today and for the breeding mold and lowering energy effi- into the walls, placing the insulation on the
future.” As Dow Building Solution’s senior ciency.” outside of a building pushes the dew point
market manager, Mike Kontranowski, often Dow rolled up its sleeves and began a outside of the steel studs.”
says, “THERMAX™ Wall System is efficient at research effort and outreach drive to gain As part of the system, Dow selected THER-
every level.” the expert opinions of close to a hundred MAX™ (ci). The THERMAX™ family of prod-
ucts existed, but THERMAX™ (ci) is a new
product featuring a different facer. The
THERMAX™ (ci) was chosen for its high
moisture resistance, its ability to perform
extremely well in full-scale fire tests for com-
mercial construction, its high R value of 6.5
per inch, and its thin profile. “We needed a
very high R value product, because we want-
ed to keep it as thin of a wall profile as pos-
sible,” said Kontranowski.
The thickness of the THERMAX™ (ci)
ranges from 5/8” to 3” with the 3-inch sheet
provides an R-value at 19. “It all depends on
what level of energy efficiency an owner
wants to achieve and in what climate zone
the project is located,” he continued. “We
would recommend 1.5-inch spray with 1.55
inch THERMAX™ (ci) as a minimum in north-
ern climate zones.”
The THERMAX™ family of products has
THERMAX™ (ci) Exterior Insulation weighs just 12 pounds per board, allowing faster installation. been around for over 20 years, but was used
primarily in metal building construction and
in high-humidity structures. “It is one of the
only insulations that can be left exposed in
buildings such as wineries, warehouses and
THE ROAD TO GREENBUILD different architects. Dow conducted focus in areas where they wanted to pressure
Dow officially launched the THERMAX™ groups at many of the large architectural wash the product,” said Kontranowski. “This
Wall System at Greenbuild held in Boston in shows, including the AIA’s national conven- shows the product has a very high water
November 2008. But the road to Greenbuild tion. “We also did a study through McGraw- resistance.”
began several years ago with a question: Hill to further understand some of the char- With its large-sized sheets covering a
How does a building lose energy and how acteristics of steel stud walls,” said building story from floor to ceiling, THER-
do we stop it? There are many routes, but Kontranowski. “They took a larger subset of MAX™ (ci) provides a continuous fortress of
two pathways are air infiltration through a architects from across the country, plus their insulation for energy management that
wall and through steel stud wall construc- own data systems on building design. We does double duty as a moisture barrier sys-
tion, said Kontranowski. “Those are two very used all of that information to build a sys- tem, said Marszalek. As an added moisture-
critical areas that were reducing the energy tem.” resistance aid, the THERMAX™ (ci) also has
efficiency in buildings today,” he continued. shiplap joints, a type of joint that forces
“We asked ourselves, ‘How do we stop air FORTRESS THERMAX™ water to run down the sheet rather than
infiltration and how do we stop these ther- The resulting system is composed of three enter the building.
mal losses in steel studs?’ We set to work on different products working in unison: THER-
ways to minimize these issues, and that is MAX™ (ci) Exterior Insulation, closed cell THE MIRACLE FOAM
how the THERMAX™ Wall System was born.” STYROFOAM™ Brand Spray Polyurethane As the second component, the closed cell
The THERMAX™ Wall System addresses Foam (CM Series), and WEATHERMATE™ spray foam was applied on the interior of the
three areas of steel stud wall construction: Flashings. The THERMAX™ (ci) sheathing is THERMAX™ (ci), effectively filling any gaps,
thermal bridging, air infiltration, and con- placed outside the steel studs. “Placing the cracks or penetrations. Using a non-ozone
densation or dew point. In basic terms, cold insulation outside stops all your thermal depleting proprietary blowing agent called
may seep into a building through the steel breaks,” said Kontranowski. “Now the build- Enovate, the spray foam was applied after
studs. Cold air hits warm air in the wall ing is not experiencing heat transfer installation of the brick veneer ties to seal
assembly and condenses or reaches dew through every steel stud from the outside to the penetrations created by sliding the brick

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ties through the THERMAX™ (ci). The spray foam adds additional R value from our vantage point,” said Marszalek.
This closed cell foam hardens and forms a and even strengthens the wall.“Everything is Mosher, Dolan, Cataldo & Kelly were discon-
formidable barrier that minimizes air infiltra- sealed tight and bonded tightly against the certed about the cost and the profile of a
tion and water intrusion. ?The key is the steel studs,” said Marszalek.. “After spraying, wall assembly on another one of their many
spray foam,” said Marszalek.“The spray foam the THERMAX™ (ci) is now adhered directly projects.“At this other project, adding inches
solves at least half a dozen problems we to the spray foam and directly to the studs. to the wall assembly was pushing the plane
have encountered over the last 25 years of It actually strengthens the wall.” of the building too far out,” said Marszalek.
building. I think the biggest issue that most As the third component of this three-in- “This has cost implications and structural
buildings have is air infiltration. This system one system, THERMAX™ Wall System uses considerations that also alter the sequenc-
in our belief solves that problem. There is no WEATHERMATE™ Flashing Tape made of ing of trades. The traditional system is what
air migration between the inside and out- pure butyl to seal the outside board joints of we have been doing for the last 25 years. We
side of the building. With no air moving into the THERMAX™ (ci). The butyl eliminates challenged ourselves, and we decided to do
the building, warm and cold air is separated non-adhesion concerns in cold applications it another way.”
and it never triggers condensation. Now you and any problems in hot weather construc- Mosher, Dolan, Cataldo & Kelly contacted
have to integrate with your mechanical sys- tion. With WEATHERMATE™ Flashings seal- Dow for advice on the construction of their
tem, because you’ve effectively tightened ing the joints, THERMAX™ (ci) tight against new building at 735 Forest. When Dow’s
up your building quite well.” the steel studs, and the closed cell spray southeastern Michigan representative, Bill
Kontranowski concurs regarding the foam forming an impenetrable barrier, this Waddell, told them about this brand new
impact of air infiltration, “Look at how much energy-efficient system is a fortress against product, Mosher, Dolan, Cataldo & Kelly
air infiltration takes place in a building. You air infiltration, condensation and thermal decided to take a leap of faith. The leap was
have to increase your energy consumption bridging. not blind. Marszalek spent months working
to condition all that air. If you can control with Dow and also with Mason Pro to detail
the air you are conditioning in the building – TAKING THE LEAP the nuts and bolts – or in this case the brick
and this system allows you to do that – it The 735 Forest project was at the happy ties – of this system. “We looked at the way
really cuts down on your energy costs and in confluence of problem and solution. “The masonry is installed in the system, how to
turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions.” system couldn’t have come at a better time fasten brick ties through it, how the win-

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dows integrate into an assembly, and then how to flash the entire
building so that it is watertight,” said Marszalek.“All of these consid-
erations were pivotal to the success of this project.”
A brick tie on the outside of the building could transfuse cold into
the building and trigger condensation. With the aid of Northville-
based MASONPRO, Inc., Mosher, Dolan, Cataldo & Kelly selected a
FERO brick tie with a series of small holes that help break the trajec-
tory of the energy as it tries to follow the path of the brick tie into
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in a 33 percent reduction in the number of brick ties on the building
“Jeffrey Snyder, MASONPRO president, spent a great deal of energy on Detroit’s best known distributor/supplier of architectural
this effort,” said Marszalek. “Snyder is probably one of the foremost metal building products.
experts on brick ties in the area, and I would say even in the Midwest.” In-stock sheet items:
Mill, Anodized & Painted Aluminum, Copper, Galvanized, Stainless & Painted
A NEW COMFORT ZONE Steel; also, Aluminum Extrusions in Mill & Anodized finish and available in
custom shapes. Custom fabricated sheet metal wall panel systems and acces-
By stepping out of its comfort zone, Mosher, Dolan, Cataldo & Kelly sories; gutter & downspout, fascia & coping systems, all (FA) Factory Mutual
is now enjoying the comforts of a building with high thermal per- approved; brake forming, sawcutting, welding & shearing.
formance and vastly improved energy efficiency. In the design Distributors of PAC-CLAD Petersen Aluminum Building Products. Family-owned
phase, the 735 project team employed a whole building energy and operated since 1948, serving the industry & customers in the masonry,
modeling program from the Department of Energy to assess the glass & glazing, roofing and display industries.
building’s overall energy efficiency.The model examines the synergy Recently named the 2007 Jeffery Butland Family-Owned Business of the
between the roof insulation, window systems, the number of build- Year by the Small Business Association.
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percentage of energy saved over the ASHRAE Standard 90.1 – 2004,”
said Marszalak. THERMAX™ Wall System also provides a LEED EQ 7.1
credit for Thermal Comfort: Design and a LEED ID 1.1 to 1.4 credit for
innovation in design.”

Live simply is a common adage among the passionately “green.”
Of course, it probably isn’t referring to a wall assembly, but the
advice still applies. A traditional wall assembly requires four trips
around the building exterior to install the exterior gypsum, rigid
foam insulation, waterproofing membrane, and finally the exterior
finish. A single sheet of THERMAX™ (ci) basically does the job of the
first three layers of a traditional system.
Because this three-in-one system uses fewer materials and has
fewer installation steps, it is easy on the owner’s pocketbook, on the
contractor’s schedule, and on the crew in the field. “Every time you
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The spray-applied interior wall insulation A key part of the three-in-one THERMAX™ Wall
eliminates the smallest penetrations. System, the spray foam adds additional R value
and even strengthens the wall.

Wall System is now installed in two hotels in
Midland. The system will be installed next
year in a police station in Texas, and in at
least four army barracks across the country.
systems add to the system’s appeal. The carpenter could install the wall studs “Three other hotels in Michigan are going
As another schedule aid, the system can and much of his work from the building inte- with the same system next year,” said
be installed in winter conditions. With only rior with only the limited use of an outside Kontranowski. “We have many leads next
the steel studs and windows installed, THER- lift. “From a construction standpoint, it is year for many projects in Michigan.
MAX™ (ci’s) high R value was able to turn the very unique to be able to build a wall stand- Incredibly, we’ve been having just great
building interior into a warm cocoon. This ing on the floor of the building interior,” said response rates from architects and general
THERMAX™ cocoon allowed the contractor Marszalek. The moisture resistance, thermal contractors across the country. People are
to begin spray foaming in the middle of win- management and durability of the THER- excited because we developed the system
ter on a 17° F day with a below zero wind MAX™ Wall System even allowed Mosher, with all of the industry in mind and with
chill. “We only had to use one small heater Dolan, Cataldo & Kelly to wait until spring to their input. That is why it is being accepted
that was able to condition the entire build- install the brick veneer. very positively in the market.”
ing,” said Marszalek. The THERMAX™ Wall System benefits the As the daily headlines attest, it is no longer
The THERMAX™ Wall System dramatically entire project team. Mosher, Dolan, Cataldo business as usual in the natural world or in
improved the sequence and efficiency of the & Kelly should know, because they served as the boardroom. Companies ready to tackle
work. “We got the next set of trades in here owner, developer, contractor and tenant of challenges with different solutions can bring
immediately,” said Marszalek. “In this 735 Forest. “This whole effort can help a fresh transfusion of options, reinvigorating
instance, we were able to put the steel studs everybody,” said Marszalek. “The contractor their own businesses and offering possible
up, put the insulation board on, spray it, and is going to be able to turn the product over new paths for their industries as a whole.
then we were able to have the electricians, faster and get better synergy among the Mastering the art of the possible, Mosher,
the HVAC, and trades involved in tenant subcontractors. I get excited, because it is Dolan, Cataldo & Kelly and Dow Building
build out install their work in a comfortable just so easy to build with this system. I hope Solutions have delivered a compelling
environment in the dead of winter,” added it becomes the industry standard.” option to the jobsite and a tangible
Marszalek. In addition to 735 Forest, the THERMAX™ approach to reduce energy consumption.

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elow is a selective list of some of the • Paint – H&H Painting, Kalamazoo (ld); • Green Roof Mat System — XeroFlor
environmentally friendly products O’Leary Paint, Lansing (m), (low VOC America
that form and fill The Christman materials and regional materials) (One of lightest weight green roofing
Building, the Green Project of the Year • Carpet Tile – Allied Office Interiors, options)
Award winner, and the four projects earning Lansing (ld); Shaw, Dalton, GA (m) and • Local Woods for Test Deck —Urban
honorable mention awards in CAM’s Green Millikan, LaGrange, GA (m), (recycled Wood.Org
Building Awards. materials and low VOC materials) (Wood harvested from urban areas where
(Note: m= manufacturer; ld = local distribu- • Ceiling Tile – DSI Acoustical, Lansing (ld); construction or disease claiming trees.
tor when applicable) USG, Walworth, WI (m), (recycled materi- Saves virgin forest to process CO2)
als and low VOC materials) • Doors & Hardware — Ingersoll Rand,
• Air Handling Units – Thermal-Netics, Inc., Schlage Lock & Hardware
Auburn Hills (ld); McQuay International, • Dual Action Pressure Assisted Toilets, One
Minneapolis MN (m) (energy efficiency) Pint Urinal and Sensor Faucet with Hydro
• Boilers — Shaw Winkler, Inc., East Lansing Electric Generator Capability – Zurn,
(ld); Lochinvar, Lebanon TN (m) (energy Balfrey-Johnston
efficiency) (Helped reduce water consumption by
30% due to water conserving features.
Urinal avoids problems with ureatic acid
build-up and high maintenance costs of
waterless urinals)
• Lighting/Daylighting — Gasser Bush
• Burnished Concrete Block — Grand Blanc
Cement Products
(Locally produced exterior building
THE CHRISTMAN BUILDING • Cement Board Siding — James Hardie
• Carlisle White EPDM Roof – Modern Bldg Products
Roofing, Inc., Grand Rapids (ld); Carlisle A3C COLLABORATIVE SHOW- (Contributes to Regional Mtrl, recycled
SynTec, Carlisle, PA (m), (reduced heat CASE & URBEN RETREAT content with minimal waste stream)
islands). • Leak Detection Methodology — • Zinc Siding and Window Trim —VM Zinc
• Wood Windows – Restored by ReView, N. International Leak Detection (One of the lowest energy consuming
Kansas City, MO, (materials reuse) (System provides ability to detect leaks products to process, manufacture and
• Aluminum Windows – Blackberry before and after without flood testing) recycle)
Window and Door Systems, Kalamazoo • Green Roof Tray System — LiveRoof / • Work surfaces and casework – Doors &
(ld); Traco, Cranberry Township, PA (m), Hortec Inc. Drawers
(recycled content and energy efficiency) (4” trays made from recycled content • Flooring (Bamboo and other product
• Access Floor – G3 Technologies, Bryon material with reusable sides) lines) — Master Craft
Center (ld); Tate Access Floors, Inc., • Green Roof Irrigation System — Rain Bird
Jessup, MD (m), (recycled and regional (System utilized drip irrigation and
materials, energy efficiency, increased weather station data to create high-
indoor air quality) efficiency system)

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• Water Recycling Carwash System — Site Cleanup • Implosions & Hazardous Waste Removal
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• Structural Steel, Misc. Metals – Nucor
Yamato & Steel Dynamics
(84% post-consumer recycled content;
15% post-industrial recycled content;
product manufactured with 500-mile
radius of project)
• Wall Cladding– Alcoa (Reynobond),
(45% post-consumer recycled content)
• Metal Studs – Dietrich Industries
(20% post-consumer recycled content;
40% post-industrial recycled content;
product manufactured with 500 mile
radius of project)
• Particle Board– Roseburg (SkyBlend)
(100% post-industrial recycled content;
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• Ceiling Grid – Armstrong (Metal Works), content; 6% post-industrial recycled con- • Low VOC Content Paint – Sherwin
(45% post-industrial recycled content) tent, product manufactured within 500 Williams (Pro Mar 200 Wall Primer, Block
• Acoustic Ceiling Panels – Armstrong mile radius of project) Filler SW, Pro Classic Acrylic S.G.
(Olympia) • Carpet Tile – Shaw (Synthesis 111 SQ EW 24) Waterborne Epoxy, Pro mar 200 Interior
(3% post-consumer recycled content; (15 post-industrial recycled content, Eggshell)
49% post-industrial recycled content) exceeds current Carpet and Rug Institute • FSC-certified Wood Doors – VT Industries,
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(Doors: 707 & 727; Frames: M-Style 12 to Program requirements) • Waterless Urinals — Falcon Waterfree
16 ga), (24% post-consumer recycled Technologies (Model U1)
• Sensor-Operated Faucet – Speakman
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• Sensor-Operated Faucet – Chicago (Model

• Recycled Content Tile – Beaver Tile, Troy
(ld); Royal Mosa, Maastricht, Netherland
• THERMAX HD Wall Outsulation – Dow
Building Solutions, Midland (ld, m)
• Recycled Content Drywall – Ryan Building
Materials, Southfield (ld); National
Gypsum, Charlotte, NC, (m)
• Reflective Roofing – Duro-Last, Saginaw
(ld, m)
• Recycled Content, Locally Manufactured
Exterior Pavers – Mosher & Associates,
Birmingham (ld); Navastone, Cement City,
MI (m)
• Recycled Content, Locally Manufactured
Parking Blocks – Ideal Shield – Plastics R
Unique, Detroit (ld, m)
• Low-Flow/Dual-Flush Plumbing Fixtures –
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(ld); Kohler, Highland, WI (m)
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Electric Blankets • Recyclable Carpet – Riemer Floors,
Bloomfield Hills (ld); Shaw, Baton Rouge,
Insul-Blankets LA (m)
Winter Mortar Admixtures • FSC Wood Veneers – Daiek Woodworks,
Sterling Heights (ld); Dooge Veneers,
Grand Rapids (m)
Your Complete Winter Protection Source! • Energy-Efficient HVAC Equipment –
Carrier Great Lakes, Livonia (ld); Carrier (m)

CALL 1-800-659-4731 • Windows & Doors – O.L. Bolyard Lumber,
Rochester Hills (ld); Weathershield,
Medford, WI (m)

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Goes Green in 2009
Welcome to CAM Expo’s Green
Building Product Showcase!

Expo is unrolling the hardening and polishing the concrete.
“green carpet” for its Concrete polishing offers clients a deep rich
Expo guests with a luster finish, a flattened surface, and a glossy
special section devoted exclusively to envi- appearance.
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visit our environmentally friendly - and just
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about this growing class of products in the
design and construction industry. Visit com-
panies from throughout the area and
beyond who have come to share their
unique “green” products. Save your own
energy, and visit this concentrated hub of that is mineral-based. Sedum plugs were
sustainable products all conveniently locat- Please Visit DUNN BLUE REPROGRAPHICS planted throughout the area to provide
ed in a special section of the show floor. at Booth 607 some much need greenery.
(The below group of companies reflect Dunn Blue Reprographics’ Green Project The City of Auburn Hills Public Safety
exhibitors on board as of publication time in Information Management Solutions (PIMS) Building was installed as a semi-intensive
mid-November.) offers a long list of “green” services, includ- greenroof. This allowed us to plant a larger
ing: PlanWell Legacy, EWO, Sustainable variety of plants, such as black-eyed Susan,
Plotter Manufactures, Recycled Bond, Project ornamental grasses and daisies.The planting
Plan Recycle Services, Bidcaster, Project media was up to nine inches deep along
Ready Print Button, ECO – Board, Project Plan with a four-inch layer of small drainage
Recycled Products, and USGBC Awareness. stone. Since the rooftop was ground level,
Dunn Blue is a leader in our field for envi- most people do not even realize that it is a
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practices. Our firm will assist you in develop- existing landscaping as if it was originally a
ing ways to lighten your company’s carbon part of it.
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our best ECO friendly services that are now systems on the market. Having the option to
Please Visit DIAMOND SHINE CONCRETE available to help us all maintain a sustainable use more than one allows your greenroof to
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“Uncover the Hidden Beauty in Concrete” and discuss these offerings with us. We are function you need.
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However, the benefits of natural concrete, can be obtained from the installation of a the local A&D community, owners, and gen-
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The polished concrete industry is rapidly be viewed by some of the staff as they are based solutions and have aligned ourselves
becoming very popular to all industries, as it traversing through the area. The makeup of with manufacturers that understand the
provides durability and aesthetic value. the roof is a protection layer, a drainage importance of building for the future.
Polished concrete is a process that enhances sheet to channel excess runoff, and four Hufcor, Inc.: As a U.S. Green Building
the natural beauty of existing concrete by inches of a specially made planting media Council member, Hufcor continues to be a

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and Construction Projects TOWNSHIP
Owner: LaFontaine Automotive Group, Highland Township
CAM has instituted a new award called the Green Building of the Contractor: Bloom General Contracting, Inc., Redford
Year to offer the industry information and insight into sustainable Architect: Studio Design St., Westland
design and construction. As we inaugurate a new tradition, this Other members of the “green” team include Young & Young
year’s winner of the Green Building of the Year Award is The Architects, Bloomfield Hills (LEED architectural consultant); M.E.
Christman Building in Lansing. The 57, 875-square-foot project was Engineering Consultants, Plymouth (engineering); and Newman
designed by SmithGroup in collaboration with The Christman Consulting Group, LLC, Bloomfield Hills (LEED consultant).
Company as project developer, construction manager, and also
proud occupant of its own new headquarters that also houses sev- NEW METRO HEALTH REPLACEMENT HOSPITAL, WYOMING,
eral other tenants. Congratulations on creating both a sustainable MICHIGAN
building and preserving the beauty and craftsmanship of a histori- Owner: Metro Health Hospital, Wyoming
cal structure. Contractor: Turner/Christman Joint Venture, Detroit, Grand Rapids
CAM Magazine has also recognized the amazing “green” commit- Architects and Engineers: HDR, Inc., Omaha, NE
ment and accomplishments of four projects with an honorable men-
tion, listed alphabetically: 735 FOREST
Owner, Contractor: Mosher, Dolan, Cataldo & Kelly Commercial,
Owner and Architect: A3C Collaborative Architecture, Ann Arbor Architect: Victor Saroki & Associates Architects, PC, Birmingham
Contractor: Irish Construction Co., Howell Other members of the “green” team include Newman Consulting
Other members of the “green” team include M.E. Engineering Group, LLC, Bloomfield Hills (LEED consultant); MAE Engineering,
Consultants, PC, (mechanical/electrical engineering); Structural Bingham Farms (mechanical engineering); and L & A Associates,
Design Inc., Ann Arbor (structural engineering); Hardin Farmington Hills (engineering & surveying).
Geotechnologies, Inc., Indianapolis, IN (geothermal system); Atwell-
Hicks Consulting (green roof landscaping) and Green Roof Services
LLC, Forest Hill, MD (green roof ).

The Christman Building Earns Green Building of the Year Award
Designed by SmithGroup in collaboration with The Christman
Company as project developer and construction manager, The
Christman Building is the first building in the world to receive dual
LEED Platinum certification (for both core and shell and for com-
mercial interiors). The Christman Company needed to relocate its
headquarters to a larger building, but wished to remain in down-
town Lansing. The company’s development arm selected a land-
mark downtown building on a designated Brownfield site for its new
headquarters and for this milestone green and historic preservation
project. Formerly known as the Mutual Building, the original struc-
ture was built in 1928 to house the headquarters of Michigan Millers
Mutual Fire Insurance Company.
The project team shared their significant accomplishments: “It
was accomplished while adhering to the rigorous requirements of
the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation, there-
by enabling the owner to secure approximately $2.5 million in fed-
eral and state historic tax credits.
“The Christman Building clearly demonstrates that sustainable

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design and construction does not have to cost significantly more • Security Systems – Guardian Security Services, Southfield

than conventional construction. For the CS project, the costs • Wood Flooring – Gustafson Sport Floors, Okemos (low VOC mate-
associated with achieving the owner’s sustainability goals represent rials)
1.3 percent of the total budget, 67 percent of which are related to • Selective Demolition – HBC Contracting, Lansing (recycled mate-
the USGBC LEED certification process. For the CI project, the costs rials)
associated with achieving the owner’s sustainability goals represent • Painting – H and H Painting Company, Inc., Kalamazoo (low VOC
0.7 percent of the total budget, 95 percent of which are related to and regional materials)
the USGBC LEED certification. Ignoring the financial benefits of • First and Third Floor Millwork/Cabinets – Klein Cabinets,
increased occupant comfort, health, and productivity, the owner Westphalia
expects to see a four-year return on its investment in green • Dumpsters – Knight Transportation, Zeeland (recycled materials)
construction through the building’s increased energy efficiency.” • Elevators – KONE, Grand Rapids
• Interior Glazing – Lansing Glass Company, Lansing (daylighting)
The following subcontractors were part of The Christman Company’s • Pewabic Tile Salvage – Lansing Tile and Mosaic, Inc., Lansing
“green” dream team: (materials reuse)
• Pipe Investigation – A-1 Drain Cleaning and Plumbing Services, • Doors, Frames, Hardware – Ledy Survey Group, Lansing; Metal
Lansing (Reuse of underground drain systems) Frames, Inc., Lansing (recycled and regional materials)
• Skylight – Aaron Glass Company, Inc., Lansing; Al Bar-Wilmette • Landscaping – Mid Michigan Turf Care, Inc., Owosso (water-effi-
Platers, Wilmette, IL (daylighting and recycled materials) cient landscaping)
• Resilient Flooring – Allied Office Interiors, Lansing (recycled and • Temporary Heating – Mobile Air, Inc., Madison Heights (indoor air
low VOC materials) quality during construction.
• Bituminous Paving – American Asphalt, Inc., Lansing (recycled • Roofing – Modern Roofing, Inc., Dorr (reduced heat islands)
and regional materials) • Curved Wall Faux Copper Finish, Atrium Banners – Omnitec
• Metal Wall Panels – Architectural Metals, Inc., Portland (recycled Architectural Specialties and Paul Mink, Lansing
materials) • HAZMAT Survey – PM Environmental, Inc., Lansing
• Ornamental Steel – Bach Ornamental and Structural Steel, Holt • Wood Window Restoration – Re-View, North Kansas City, MO
(recycled and regional materials) (materials reuse)
• Steel Window Restoration and Replacement – Blackberry • Stone Floor Restoration – Rotunda Marble and Stone
Window and Door Systems, Kalamazoo (materials reuse and Restoration, Dearborn (materials reuse)
energy efficiency) • Metal Toilet Partitions, Toilet Access, Lockers – S.A. Mormon and
• Hard Tile, Stone Counter Tops – Booms Stone, Redford Company, Grand Rapids (recycled and regional materials)
• Fire Protection – Brigade Fire Protection, Belmont (recycled • Mechanical Systems – Shaw Winkler, Inc., East Lansing (energy
materials) efficiency)
• Decorative Painting – Building Arts and Conservation, Saline • Testing – SME, Lansing
(Low VOC materials) • Third Floor Furniture – SOS, Lansing (recycled materials)
• Structural Concrete, General Carpentry, Temporary Protection • Electrical Systems, Temporary Electrical, Historic Light Fixture
Historical Items, Pedestrian Protection, Atrium – Christman Restoration – Superior Electric, Inc., Lansing (energy efficiency,
Constructors, Lansing (recycled and regional materials (con- materials reuse)
crete); FSC certified wood for carpentry materials daylighting) • Mechanical System Controls – T.H. Eifert, Lansing (energy effi-
• Generator Purchase – Cummins Bridgeway, Grand Rapids ciency)
• Masonry – Cusack’s Masonry, Hubbardston (materials reuse) • Mechanical Testing and Balancing – Technical Energy Solutions,
• Bronze Door Restoration – Custom Architectural Sheetmetal Inc., Byron Center (energy efficiency)
Specialists, Inc. (CASS), Detroit (materials reuse) • Janitorial Service – The Clean Team, Lansing (green cleaning)
• Movable Wall Partitions – DBI Office Interiors, Lansing (recycled • AHU, RTU and Chiller – Thermal-Netics, Inc., Auburn Hills (energy
and regional materials) efficiency)
• Sheetmetal for Mechanical Systems – Dee Cramer, Holly • ADA Lift – ThyssenKrupp Elevator, Grand Rapids
• Fencing – DeWitt Fence Company, Lansing • Millwork/Cabinets Remain Bldg. – Trend Millwork, Lincoln Park
• Structural Steel, Deck, Stairs, and Miscellaneous – Douglas Steel (low VOC materials; recycled content)
Fabricating, Lansing (recycled and regional materials) • Window Shades – Triangle Window Fashions, Grandville
• Plaster/Drywall/Acoustic/Insulation – DSI, Lansing (recycled and • Signage – Visual Entities, Grand Rapids (educational program)
regional materials) • Waterproofing – Western Waterproofing, Livonia
• Linoleum, Tile and Stone Cleaning – Ellis Cleaning Co., Lansing • Mass Demolition – X-treme Demolition,
(materials reuse) Grand Rapids (recycled materials)
• Asbestos Monitoring – Fibertec, Holt
• Access Flooring – G3 Technologies, Byron Center (recycled and
regional materials; energy efficiency; increased indoor air quality)
• Excavation and Site Utilities – Genesee Bay Constructors, Haslett
• Electrical Systems Data – Gibson Clone, Mason
• Finish for Bronze Door Restoration – Golden Eagle, Harrison Twp.
(materials reuse)

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CAM Magazine posed two questions to the project team of each themselves, but also address the intangible qualities a green roof can
award-winning green building: What key lessons in sustainability does bring to a project such as features like being inviting and tranquil.”
the project offer the design and construction industry; and what are
the pivotal sustainability features of the project? Below are the LaFontaine Buick Pontiac GMC Cadillac
insightful answers of each project team. Lessons in Sustainability
Alan Bloom, Bloom General Contracting, Inc.: “People want build-
Green Building of the Year – ings that are energy efficient with a lower life-cycle cost and that are
The Christman Building perceived by the public as environmentally friendly, while offering a
Lessons in Sustainability better working environment for their employees. It is important to
“We feel that the major lesson we learned from this project was that have an energy-efficient design that utilizes controllability of systems.
there is a natural synergy when combining a historic preservation pro- Especially during the recent economic circumstances, it has become a
ject with a sustainable project. This synergy resulted in a showcase greater priority to design and operate an energy-efficient building
project that did not cost much more than a ‘typical’ one.” that will not only save utility costs, but will save maintenance and
replacement costs during the lifespan of the building.
Pivotal Sustainable Features “A sustainable building that utilizes recycled products and has a
“We would cite three: 1) the fully-integrated design process used positive environmental impact through methods, such as stormwater
throughout the project; 2) the historical preservation aspects of the management, is better for the environment therefore, more favorable
project that resulted in retainage and reuse of much of the historic fab- to consumers or tenants. Employee morale and productivity are
ric of the building; and 3) the downtown/urban location of the project boosted, because they enjoy features like natural lighting, a view to
that facilitates urban revitalization, community connectivity and avail- the outside, better indoor air quality and the ability to control their
ability of alternative transportation options.” own lighting, heating and cooling.”
Stanley Tkacz, Studio Design-ST: “All of the items needed to make a
A3C’s Sustainable Showcase & UrbEn Retreat ‘green’ program work are everywhere. Spend some time to research
Lessons in Sustainability and investigate those elements that work the best for your program
“While a sustainable project does not need to cost more to build before you put the pencil to the paper or the shovel to the ground.
then a good quality comparable building, it does require working with Your clients will love you for it!”
someone who has taken the time to understand those attributes that
can contribute in a positive way to the success of your project. Pivotal Sustainable Features:
Identifying where resources can be acquired or specifying the right Alan Bloom:“This facility utilizes 45, 300-foot deep wells as the heart
products to begin with can make the construction process run so of the geothermal heating and cooling system. The owners will have
much more smoothly. In addition having construction professionals no natural gas bills associated with general heating requirements and
who have been trained to look for things that can be done to make a their employees will enjoy controllability of the systems through 29
building healthier and higher performing also contributes to the like- individual zones. The combination of 85 skylights and solar tubes pro-
lihood of a successful project as well.We need all members of the con- vide natural lighting for 90 percent of the building occupants and are
struction team whether builder, architect, subcontractor or consultant tied to photo cells, motion sensors and timers that automatically shut
to be working towards creating and achieving high-performance sus- the energy- efficient lighting off when natural light levels are sufficient
tainable buildings. Only then can we begin to bring the change neces- and/or when a space is not occupied, again saving energy dollars.”
sary to make a meaningful difference in things like climate change and
energy independence.” New Metro Health Replacement Hospital
Lessons in Sustainability
Pivotal Sustainable Features “The key lesson is that sustainability can be economically and real-
“Clearly our pivotal sustainable feature is our vegated “green” roof. istically achieved. LEED Accredited Professionals (AP’s) are instrumen-
The roof is set up as a teaching tool, demonstration site and building tal in making that happen.When a project is staffed with LEED AP’s on
outdoor amenity. We are collecting data for use by the Southeast BOTH SIDES of the design and construction equation, then there is a
Michigan building community once we have completed a full year of more common language by which to find sustainable solutions with-
assessment on the benefits of coatings and green roofs in positively in each other’s realm of expertise. This was one of many reasons why
effecting the thermal performance of buildings. Metro Health Hospital was such a success.”
“Data collected from the first day of summer gives clear evidence of
the positive effects of green roofs over plain or coated membrane Pivotal Sustainable Features
roofs regarding eliminating thermal load due to the roof’s absorption “Site preservation formed the very roots by which Metro Health
of solar radiation. Our photo collection of the growth of the roof will Hospital was launched. It is the underlying sustainable feature. Vast
help prospective owners understand the pros and cons of various areas of native grass prairies were re-seeded to replicate the open
green roof systems. The positive effects of a green roof, especially the fields previously found within the new Hospital’s footprint. Irrigation
park-like setting outside the windows of our meeting room, speak for comes from on-site water, not city water. Rain gardens have

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developed mini-ecosystems. Generous park- techniques, such as an overlay district, 735 rates simple, green technologies that pro-
ing lot islands are populated with deciduous Forest sets the tone for future develop- vide generous energy and water savings.
vegetation to reduce the heat island effect. ments in Birmingham’s Triangle District. Some of these technologies include fresh
Vegetated shelterbelts were preserved as Furthermore, the building incorporates a air ventilation systems, water-efficient
much as possible for wildlife habitat. In fact, unique palette of green materials ranging plumbing fixtures, and an ERV (Energy
their patterns guided the layout of all streets from exterior metal panels high in recycled Recovery Ventilator) that utilizes the ener-
at the new medical village campus.” content and long-lasting brick to locally gy produced from running the various
manufactured roofing components and mechanical components of the bistro,
735 Forest Indiana limestone. located within this mixed-use building, for
Lessons in Sustainability • Mechanical Systems: 735 Forest incorpo- other equipment.
“This project provides two key lessons: 1)
Green design doesn’t have to cost more. As
in CAM’s Special Issue 2008 by John Kelly,
President, Mosher, Dolan, Cataldo & Kelly
Commercial, “We had a fixed budget even
though we made a moving target for an end
product.” Going green was incorporated
into the existing budget. 2) Furthermore, as
many green proponents have echoed, this
project proved that well-designed, quality
buildings are inherently green. The project
team decided to pursue LEED certification
during steel erection – a bit too late some
might say. However, 735 Forest, with archi-
tectural elements such as provisions for plen-
tiful daylighting, concrete and steel building
components, and efficient mechanical sys-
tems, made the quest for LEED plausible.
And, this timing also proves that sustainability
can be incorporated at anytime – if you design
and construct a quality building to start with.”

Pivotal Sustainable Features
“We feel that many of the green features at
735 Forest are pivotal, including:
• The Dow THERMAX™ Total Wall System
• Branding: The development team branded
735 Forest by partnering with product
manufacturers, such as Kohler, Dow,
Relume, and Durolast (full list available at These manufactur-
ers are pushing the green envelope by pro-
viding water-efficient and waterless
plumbing fixtures, creating unique insulat-
ing systems, reducing energy consumption
with LED lighting, and manufacturing
solar-reflecting and heat-island-reducing
roofing. By establishing partnerships, 735
Forest becomes a showcase and testing
ground for cutting-edge products.
• Site Planning and Building Architecture:
One of the most important things we can
do on a “green” a project is to locate the
building in an urban area. Another inte-
gral site planning element is to reuse an
existing site where infrastructure is already
in place and depletion of outlying land is
not necessary. 735 Forest accomplishes
both of these items. By providing a
mixed-use building in a rapidly redevelop-
ing community and utilizing planning

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Welcome to

Following the awards will be the Contractors’ Showcase Reception.

Expo 2009 will be held at the Rock Financial
Showplace in Novi, on February 4th and 5th. General contractors will be displaying their services on table top
The 25th edition of this must-see event for displays. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be
industry professionals is sponsored by the Construction available.
Association of Michigan (CAM).
CAMTEC, the educational division of the Construction Association
This year's show will have over 20,000 square feet of display of Michigan, will have new updated educational opportunities.
space and feature over 70 exhibitors. The 2008 program schedule will include programs for architects,
The event gets underway at 10 a.m. with the 4th annual VIP contractors, owners and suppliers.
Reception and Show Preview on Wednesday, February 4th. The Seminar registration information is available by calling CAMTEC at
official opening ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. 248-972-1000.
Many exhibitors plan to launch new construction-related equip- CAM will hold its Annual Meeting at the Rock Financial Showplace
ment, tools and services. "Contractors, designers, and construc- beginning at 11:30 a.m. on February 4th, the opening day of CAM
tion buyers will be able to actually see, test and learn about the Expo.
newest equipment, products and services available," said Ron
Riegel, CAM manager of expositions. "New this year is the Green "Tickets to CAM Expo 2009 are now available in several locations
Products Showcase. This new area is dedicated to exhibitors with and can be picked up at CAM headquarters," said Riegel.
environmentally friendly buiding products or services." "However, the most convenient way to get tickets to the show is to
pre-register online now at CAM's website:"
The CAM Magazine Special Issue Awards are on Thursday, Attendees pre-registering before January 15th will have their name
February 5th. Each architect and general contractor of the 2008 badges mailed, and those pre-registering after January 15th can
Special Issue's 12 featured projects will be receiving a commemo- pick up their badges at the door of CAM Expo.
rative plaque. CAM President Kevin Koehler and Jeff Cohee,
2008 Chairman of the CAM Board of Directors, will present the There is still time for exhibitors to join the show. Call CAM
awards. Expositions at (248) 972-1000.

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CAM Expo 2009
List as of 12/17/08

A2 Faux Flooring .............................. 713 LB Foster Co. ...................................... 601 Munter

AAA Galvanizing/Hamilton, Inc. .. 302 Garland Co., Inc. ................................ 507 NES Equ

ACM Panelworx, Inc. ...................... 209 Greenroofs of North America ...... 508 New Ca
Abstract Concrete..............................713 MC Gutherie Lumber Co. .............. 121
Ace Cutting Equipment Hansen Marketing Services, Inc. ..123 Local #3
& Supply .............................................. 126
Hartland Insurance Group, Inc. ....107 Pro-Tec
Adaptive Environments.................. 711
Hertz Equipment Rental ................ 600 Safety S
Balfrey & Johnston, Inc. .............. 500
Hoover Treated Wood Service
Blue Book ............................................ 105 Products, Inc. ...................................... 504 & Electr

Broner Glove & Safety .................... 402 Hoover Wells, Inc............................... 602
CPR Connection Jeffers Crane Service
of North America .............................. 300 of Michigan ........................................ 309 Speedw

Caremor, Inc. ...................................... 404 Johns Mansville ................................ 502 Staffco

Cloverdale Equipment Co. ............ 804 Kerkstra Precast ................................ 201 State of
Concrete Moisture Control, Inc. .. 307 Labor Ready, Inc. .............................. 205
Construction Equipment Guide.. 305 Lars/David, Inc. .................................. 407 Services

Detroit Carpentry JATC .................. 301 Larson’s Insurance Urban's
Solutions Agency ..............................203 & Remo
Diamond Shine
Concrete Polishing ............................506 Linsco Private Ledger...................... 406 Valenti
Dunn Blue Reprographics ............ 606 MNLA-Michigan Nursery
& Landscape Association.............. 113 Gardine
Efficiency Production, Inc. ............ 208
McDowell & Associates....................303 Venture
Energy Shield, Inc. ............................ 401
Memtech, Inc. .................................... 403 WW Wil
Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. ..............709
Michigan Propane Wolveri
Gas Association ..................................405

Michigan Surveyors Supply.......... 306

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h #30
17/08 With todayʼs fast track projects you will no
longer have to wait for a concrete slab to dry
before you can install floor covering.
.............. 601 Munters ................................................118 Concrete Moisture Control Inc. specializes in preventing or resolving
moisture-related flooring problems-in some cases in as little as 4 hours.
.............. 507 NES Equipment Rental .................. 200
Service available nationwide.
rica ...... 508 New Castle Corporation/
Roman Stone Works, Inc. .............. 503 CMCI has protected over a million square feet of floors.
.............. 121
Operating Engineers - 1st Unionized Moisture Remediation Company in America -
es, Inc. ..123 Local #324 JATF, Inc. ........................ 304
We at CMCI look forward to being a part of your solution…
p, Inc. ....107 Pro-Tec Equipment, Inc. ..................119 It is never too early to call us... It is never too late!

.............. 600 Safety Services, Inc. .......................... 802

Service Pro Plumbing
.............. 504 & Electric ..............................................700 866.404.CMCI (2624)
.............. 602
Simpson Strong-Tie ..........................120
Interior Demolition SpecialistS

.............. 309 Speedway/SuperAmerica, LLC ......801

.............. 502 Staffco Services ................................ 400

.............. 201 State of Michigan
DLEG/MIOSHA ................................... 206
.............. 205
Sterling Cleaning
.............. 407 Services, Inc. ...................................... 408

Urban's Partition
...............203 & Remodeling Co. ............................ 605

.............. 406 Valenti Trobec Chandler
Insurance Group .............................. 800

............. 113 Gardiner C Vose, Inc. ........................ 509

...............303 Venture Graphix ................................112

.............. 403 WW Williams ...................................... 207
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...............405 Experienced Innovative Timely
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A2 Faux Flooring .............................. 713 LB Foster Co. ...................................... 601 Munters ................................................118

AAA Galvanizing/Hamilton, Inc. .. 302 Garland Co., Inc. ................................ 507 NES Equipment Rental .................. 200

ACM Panelworx, Inc. ...................... 209 Greenroofs of North America ...... 508 New Castle Corporation/
Roman Stone Works, Inc. .............. 503
Abstract Concrete..............................713 MC Gutherie Lumber Co. .............. 121
A2 Faux Flooring ACM Panelworx Inc Ace Cutting Equipment Balfrey & Johnston Inc
Operating Engineers
709 S 7th St 357 Croft Dr Ace & Supply
Cutting Equipment Hansen Marketing POServices,
Box 37137 Inc. ..123• Oak Park
LocalMI 48237
#324 JATF, Inc. ........................ 304
Ann Arbor MI 48103 Tecumseh ON Canada N8N 2L9 & Supply .............................................. 126 Contact: George Johnston
25806 Novi Rd Hartland Insurance Group, Inc. ....107 Pro-Tec Equipment, Inc. ..................119
Contact: Gary Grover Contact: Mark Marklj Novi Environments..................
Adaptive MI 48375 711 (313)864-2800 • (313)864-7219 Fax
(734)646-9195 (866)501-9744 Contact: Ron Measel Hertz Equipment Rental ................ 600 Safety Services, Inc. .......................... 802
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Blue(248)449-4946 Fax 105 Products, Inc. ...................................... 504 & Electric ..............................................700
Products/Services: Custom Interior The Blue
Broner Glove & Safety .................... 402 Hoover Wells, Inc............................... 602 Book
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State-Of-The-Art Decorative Resinous & Connection
Panels, Reduced Lead Time, Engineered, CPR Products/Services: Retail300 Jeffers Crane Service
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of North America .............................. of Michigan ........................................ Speedway/SuperAmerica, LLC ......801
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Staffco Services WW Williams Wolverine Power Systems Inc
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Building the
Home Office By David R. Miller, Associate Editor Photography by Matt Austermann

omputers have shifted from misunderstood curiosities to every- of Feng Shui, but differs in the details. Vastu Shastra influenced every
day fixtures over a surprisingly short period of time. People design decision for this unique facility, right down to the door hard-
who would have balked at the notion just a few years ago now ware, giving the project the feel of a high-end residence. Applying
routinely depend on these machines to track their finances, keep their this level of detail to a state-of-the-art office building required an
cars running, and even operate their homes in some cases. Increases extraordinary effort on the part of the entire project team, design
in the number of computers in use, and the varied tasks assigned to builder, The Garrison Company, Farmington Hills.
them, has fueled a growing need for companies that specialize in
designing, programming and maintaining them. Years of practice PROJECT GOALS
have made architects and contractors increasingly adept at meeting VED Software, founded in 1996, operated out of rented office space
the facility needs of the technology sector. in Farmington Hills before commissioning the construction of its new
Residential design is entirely different. People usually want to exert headquarters. Sampath Seshadri, president and CEO of the firm, saw
a higher level of control over their personal spaces. Decision-making the project as an investment opportunity that would yield an imme-
can become more difficult when people realize that they will literally diate benefit with the elimination of monthly rent payments. He also
have to live with their selections. Project teams often need to do a lit- included approximately 4,000 square feet of medical office space in
tle more hand-holding to guide owners through these difficult choic- the 15,000-square-foot structure, which he plans to rent out as an
es. Still, some firms specialize, and even excel, in this demanding field. additional revenue source. This arrangement allows VED Software to
The new headquarters for VED Software in Farmington Hills pre- enjoy a financial return from rent in a desirable location while also
sented many of the challenges found in both types of work. The grow- offering the flexibility to expand the business into the rented spaces
ing software company needed a functional workspace, complete with in the future. Building the new headquarters as an investment meant
a high-tech server room. At the same time, the owner wanted a facil- creating a structure that could function well under a typical American
ity built in harmony with physical and metaphysical forces, guided by business model.
the Indian principles of Vastu Shastra, which is similar to the concept “The rules of Vastu Shastra had to be taken into consideration, but

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we also had to consider my business,” said
Seshadri. “Someone else might be using this
building in 10 years, so it also needed to
blend in with the American way of doing
Most office buildings tend to be very simi-
lar. Architects have had years to learn how
offices typically function and how floor plans
can contribute to, or detract from, these oper-
ations. Adapting a working strategy to the
principles of Vastu Shastra required a fresh
approach by the designers at The Garrison
“Vastu Shastra takes advantage of energies
and their flow in various locations,” said
Seshadri. “The rules also say what sorts of
people should sit in what locations and in
what directions they should face.”
In addition to the placement of offices,
Vastu Shastra also provides guidance on the
locations of restrooms, material selections
and the need for natural light, among other
things. Site selection was critical, with a
square shape being desirable. Fortunately, a The saltwater aquarium in the
suitable site that was large enough to accom- background (above) was placed so
modate the “L”-shaped footprint of the build- it could be viewed from the entry
ing was found. The site was landscaped to vestibule or from the conference
feature a raised Southwest corner and a grad- room seen here.
ual slope towards the North and the
The headquarters delivers a
Northeast, with the water in the Northeast
welcoming feel (right), beginning
corner and the sanitary line on a specific side with this entry vestibule that is
of the building. The site worked with this con- outfitted with attractive tile and
figuration, although some utility rerouting a skylight.
was required. Once the site was in hand, the
staff at The Garrison Company began work- Design was guided by Vastu Shastra,
ing to first understand, and then create an but the building also had to function
architectural design, under the principles of as a typical American office space
Vastu Shastra. (below).

Implementing Vastu Shastra into a func-
tioning headquarters building required an
unusual degree of coordination with the
“This was really more like high-end resi-
dential work,” said Mark Tucker, president of
The Garrison Company. “It was pleasantly and
meticulously personal and very hands-on.
Whenever they had to make decisions about
colors or textures, they touched and felt
them. We didn’t just show them pictures in a
catalog. It took an intensive design effort to
find what they wanted, but I think they are
happy with the result.”
Seshadri confirmed Tucker’s impression -
he was indeed happy with the level of serv-
ice provided by The Garrison Company.
Seshadri feels a deep personal connection to
the company he built. In fact, VED Software
gets its name from the first three letters of
the name Vedha, Seshadri’s wife, who was
also instrumental in developing the design

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& Associates, Inc.
Manufacturers Representatives

5143 S. Telegraph Road
Dearborn Heights, MI 48125
(313) 292-6100
FAX (313) 292-5071
• Acme Engineering Products
• Airtherm
• Berner
• L.J. Wing
• Moffitt Corp.
• Q-Mark
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Employee comfort was not overlooked, as this attractive break area clearly demonstrates.
• RSI/Nesbitt
• Sterling Radiator
• Titan Air
concept. In addition to The Garrison Transforming the vision for VED Software
• Wing Draft Inducer Company, many subcontractors also went into reality during a four-month construction
the extra mile to develop a structure consis- period was further complicated by a hectic
tent with their shared vision. travel schedule that frequently took Seshadri
“I know the landscaper actually went to the overseas. Technical details needed to be
Home Depot to look at a particular type of ironed out and Seshadri hired Bob Formisano,
rose bush,” said Joyce Lawton, project man- Grosse Pointe, to handle these and manage
ager for The Garrison Company. “She [Vedha] the project as an owner’s representative.
knew what she wanted, but she didn’t know According to Trevor Gavan, project architect
the name of it, so they drove over and for The Garrison Company, many challenges
looked.” revolved around the desire to place building

Vastu Shastra guided the placement of offices and the direction they face.

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• Windows – Harris Glass, Inc., Redford
Subcontractors and professional consultants listed in the Construction SINCE 1984
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jaw replacement, enhanced stability and lines that improve oil flow, combine to
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allows for proper airflow and increases the 92110; phone (619) 224-LIVE (5483); web- tasks: checking plumbs, leveling, setting
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Dotworkz Introduces IP
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Dotworkz has released an IP camera
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Designed for camera-side deployment, the
Zarlink module adapts a standard single
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Ethernet output, simplifying installation
and expansion of IP video systems by pro-
viding an extended point-to-point connec-
tion of up to 2,000 meters over single-
stranded multi-mode optical fiber. In com-
parison, the reach of coaxial cable is limit-
ed to 300 meters, while twisted-pair cop-
per cabling is restricted to about 100
About the size of a deck of cards, the
Zarlink module is mounted within the D2
to completely protect it from extreme envi-
ronmental factors or vandalism. It oper-
ates on standard 12 VDC or optional 24
VDC power, using less than 2 watts per
The use of fiber in video surveillance
applications eliminates the need for multi-
ple switches and long runs of expensive
analog shielded copper cables. Fiber cable
also adds security, as it is not vulnerable to
tapping or prone to weather corrosion,
and supports the evolution towards mega-
pixel camera deployments.
For more information contact Dotworkz,
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unfavorable lighting conditions. Several
attachment points on the tool allow it to be
Ecoglo® Photoluminescent
mounted on various wall mounts or mag-
Lighting Systems Help Prevent
netic brackets, ceiling clamps or telescopic Injuries from Slips, Trips and
braces for easy setting up in all positions for Falls
a wide range of demanding leveling and Ecoglo Photoluminescent Lighting
alignment jobs. Systems employ a combination of photo-
The Hilti PMC 36 Combilaser also luminescence and an anti-slip mat that cre-
comes complete with the Hilti Lifetime ates a highly visible edge in all
Service. Hilti provides this comprehen- light conditions, allowing peo-
sive, top-class service for the entire life of ple to move about safely and
the product—completely free of charge for efficiently 24 hours a day. Ecoglo
the first two years from date of purchase— is also resistant to UV rays and
covering repair or replacement of defec- weather conditions, making it
tive parts (even parts subject to wear and suitable for outdoors use.
tear) and including free pick-up and return The Ecoglo product line
transport. After that, Hilti continues to includes: stairway products that
prove the quality of its products by setting feature photoluminescent and anti- mum glow efficiency.
a repair cost limit – for the entire life of the slip properties for step-edge contrast The strips quickly become charged and
product. strips; stair nosings and thresholds and emit a steady green glow that will contin-
For more information on the Hilti PMC wayfinding products that feature photolu- ue to glow in the event of a power outage
36 Combilaser, please contact Hilti minescent and anti-graffiti-coated emer- until all the absorbed energy is exhausted.
Customer Service. From the U.S., call Hilti, gency signage; handrail strips; aisle mark- Ecoglo’s high brightness design ensures
Inc., at 1-800-879-8000, or in Spanish, call ers; and seat numbers. that it will be visible to people in a dark-
1-800-879-5000; from Canada, call Hilti Ecoglo’s built-in photoluminescent strip ened stadium or high-rise building for
(Canada) Corporation at 1-800-363-4458. is made up of strontium aluminate pig- many hours following a blackout, allow-
Additional information can also be found ment that absorbs light from both solar ing sufficient time for egress.
online at or and artificial sources. The patented appli- Ecoglo products have been tested for cation process embeds the pigment in a durability in the lab and in real-life instal-
clear, durable polymer that ensures maxi- lations. Ecoglo’s hard, long-lasting finish

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will maintain its luminescence for the life
span of most buildings, and it’s a less
expensive alternative to standard emer-
gency lighting systems.
For more information, visit

ETP Liquidtight Connectors
Well Suited for Demanding,
Space-Sensitive Industrial &
OEM Applications
The ETP 4QS is an easy-to-install, long-
lasting connector for use with liquidtight
flexible metallic electrical conduit. The 4QS
offers electrical contractors and OEMs, a
compact form factor for a tighter turning
radius, along with a rugged design that
withstands the most abusive environments.
The ETP 4QS is UL Listed for use in
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systems, such as petrochemical plants and MEET CONSTRUCTION UNCERTAINTY
other heavy industrial applications. It is
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a zinc-plated steel body and nut for the
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iron/zinc plated design for the 45° and 90°
James French, 248.641.2450 or
bodies. Both ensure a long service life, Turn to us for direction[s].
minimizing costly service calls.
The 4QS has a captive gland that stays
in the connector, making installation
quick and easy, along with a hex-shaped
gland nut and an extra long hub that
enables the use of bushings to protect con-
ductors from abrasion. The reusable fer-
rule can be disassembled to save time and
money in retrofit jobs.
ETP 4QS Connectors are available in
trade sizes 3/8-inch to 2-inches, with body
designs of straight, 45° and 90°, insulated or
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Specialties, Auburn Hills,
Gamalski Building

recently announced that
Joe Murphy has joined their
company in the Automatic
Door Division. Murphy
brings 35 years of automat-
ic door experience to the Murphy LaMore Arlington Podges

job. Murphy also previously served as a Daniel C. LaMore, PE, has been promoted to
past Chairman of CAM’s Board of senior vice president in charge of
Directors in 2001. Gamalski Building Christman’s West Michigan business oper-
Specialties is a distributor of Horton ations, who will continue to lead the
Automatic Door products, as well as a full Grand Rapids-headquartered business
line distributor of Division 8 and 10 prod- unit; Jeffrey R. Arlington has been promot-
ucts. ed to vice president in charge of
Christman’s Southeast U.S. business oper-
ations, leading business operations from
Christman’s Augusta, GA office; Patrick B.
Podges has been promoted to vice presi-
dent in
charge of
Cash Frederickson Kettlewell Michigan
The Christman Company, a professional business
construction services firm headquartered operations,
in Lansing, has announced the following working Kayser Bailey

promotions within each of the Christman from Christman’s Ann Arbor offices; Brian
organization’s three affiliate companies - P. Kayser has been promoted to vice presi-
The Christman Company, Christman dent of technology; and Angela E. Bailey
Capital Development Company and has been promoted to vice president of
Christman Constructors, Inc.: James M. marketing and corporate communications.
Cash has been promoted to president and
COO of Christman Capital Development; Victor Lukasavitz, PS, president of Gould
Steven J. Frederickson was promoted to Engineering, Inc., Flint, is pleased to
president and COO of The Christman announce that Mr. Geric Rose, PS/PE, has
Company; and Michael Kettlewell was successfully completed the testing for his
appointed to the executive committee; professional engineering license.

Farmington Hills-based Architectural
Contractors Trade Association (ACT) pre-
sented its 2008 Associate Member of the
Year award to Dave McCatty with Ryan
Building Materials, at their annual
Appreciation Night in September 2008.
Staley Chappelle Holmstrom
This is Ryan Building Material’s second
time winning the Associate of the Year,
Ronald D. Staley, Hon. AIA, FAPT, has been first award was presented to them in 2004.
promoted to senior vice president in
charge of both Christman’s Historic J.S. Vig Construction Company, Taylor,
Preservation Group and Mid-Atlantic recently announced that Tina Camargo has
Business Operations, based in the compa- joined the
ny’s Washington, D.C. office; Matthew T. full-service
Chappelle, MACPA, has been promoted to general con-
senior vice president in charge of finance, tractor and
who will also play a key role in construction
Christman’s real estate development affili- management
ate, Christman Capital Development company as
Company; John A. Holmstrom, PE, has been bookkeeper. Camargo Farsakian
promoted to senior vice president in Also, Steve Farsakian has joined the com-
charge of special projects for Christman; pany as chief estimator.

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business development. W. Bernard White,
PE, president and CEO of White has joined Barton Malow
Bruce Watts, PE, LEED AP,

Construction made the announcement. Company as director of
Crain has over 27 years of construction their Chicago office. He
industry and real estate experience. will be responsible for
operations leadership
including the recently
Benchick Davis-Holts Miller & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), awarded University of Watts
The Federation of Defense

DeMaria Building Company, Detroit, is at its recent Annual
pleased to announce the following new Meeting in Alberta, project. Watts brings extensive experience
Chicago, Joe and Rika Mansueto Library

hires and promotions: Natasha Benchick Canada, announced its in the construction industry, having served
has been hired in the position of cost engi- 2008-2009 Executive as both the contractor and client in his 25-
neer; Carmalita Davis-Holts has been hired Officers and Board of year career.
in the position of administrative assistant; Directors. Among them is Barney

Aaron Miller has been Steven L. Barney of Plunkett Cooney law Southfield-based
hired in the position of firm, Petoskey, as president. In his accept-
assistant project superin- ance address, Barney noted that the FDCC recently announced the
Skanska USA Building Inc.

tendent; and Jon Raynes will continue in its role as a leader in the promotion of Mark Dumas
has been promoted from legal community, developing programs to vice president of
cost engineer to project which assure that the highest standards of Environmental Health and
engineer in the Healthcare knowledge are maintained, and that the Safety, from safety direc-
and University Group at pursuit of justice is kept at the forefront of tor. Dumas has been with Dumas
the company. the profession and its members. Skanska for 20 years. He moved to the
safety program ten years ago, that over-
White Construction, a Detroit-based con- Contracting Resources, Inc., a Brighton- sees safety activities, training and
struction management/general contract- based, design-build and construction man- implementation for Skanska employees
ing firm, is proud to announce the addi- agement company, has recently hired and all subcontractors working on
tion of Ehrlich J. Crain as vice president of Marcy Colbert as a project engineer. Skanska projects.

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Advanced Systems , Clawson, has Professional (AP). In her seven years with Southfield-based
received Foundation Software’s New User SME, Katt-Cassidy has assisted clients
Award. with LEED consulting and certification, Inc. (DSD) is pleased to
DiClemente Siegel Design

At the Foundation Software User’s condition assessments for building reuse, announce the promotion
Conference, held recently in Ohio, three recycling/material reuse programs, green of four staff members:
contractors from across the U.S. were materials selection and specification, and Jonathon French, PE was
recognized for meeting everyday business building restoration consulting. promoted to associate;
challenges with creative solutions and Andy Wieland, project French

help from Foundation for Windows con- Somat Engineering, Inc., an global, infra- manager, was promoted to
struction accounting software. Advanced structure engineering and consulting firm senior associate from asso-
Systems, a designer of conveyors and headquartered in Detroit, is pleased to ciate; Bart Reed, PE was
material handling sys- announce that Jay Shah, promoted to senior vice
tems, was able to cut its PE, vice president of cor- president from vice presi-
overhead payroll by porate development, was dent; and Sam Molin, PE
$39,000 annually and recently appointed to the was promoted to senior
reduce hours for the State Hospital Finance vice president from vice Wieland

accounting/support staff. Authority by Governor president.
Ronda Bussa, controller, Jennifer Granholm. The
was presented with the Michigan State Hospital Shah SmithGroup, the 9th largest architecture
New User Award. Finance Authority and engineering firm in the U.S. and based
(MSHFA) issues bonds and make loans to in Detroit, has hired Darin
hospitals, nursing homes, homes for the Daguanno, AIA, former
SMSI, CDT, LEED AP, project aged, and certain retirement housing project designer/architect
Amanda Katt-Cassidy,

architect for Soil and providers to finance and refinance the of inSTUDIO, Northville.
acquisition, construction, improvement or Daguanno will be integral
(SME) , Plymouth, has alteration of hospital facilities. to SmithGroup’s Office/
Materials Engineers, Inc.

become a Leadership in Workplace, Government &
Energy and Cultural Studios. Daguanno
Environmental Design Katt-Cassidy
(LEED) Accredited


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has announced that Rob Walrich has been
National Construction Enterprises (NCE)

named president of Ann Arbor Ceiling &
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Roncelli Inc., one of Michigan’s largest
construction firms, based in Sterling
Heights, has promoted David Roncelli and
Scott Roncelli to executive vice president
positions. The announcement was made
by Roncelli President Thomas Wickersham,
who said the promotions reflect the many
contributions David and Scott Roncelli
have made to the company’s success since
they joined
Roncelli Inc.
in 1979 and
1980, respec-
tively. The
two previ-
ously held
vice presi- D. Roncelli S. Roncelli
dent posi-
tions at the company. David Roncelli was
most recently vice president of marketing,
and Scott Roncelli was most recently vice
president of operations.

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Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool Corporation is the only appli- moved its Ann Arbor office a new location.
Corporation’s dedicated program for build- ance manufacturer with an on-staff NKBA Their new office is located at: 3985 Varsity

ing and design professionals, The Inside certified design and marketing team. Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108. Telephone:
Advantage, recently announced that 734-971-0030.
Andrea Hutchins, AIA, and Dan Page-Wood,
associate AIA, have earned Associate C O R P O R AT E N E W S Barton Malow Company, headquartered
Kitchen & Bath Designer (AKBD) creden- in Southfield, recently announced the fol-
tials from the National Kitchen & Bath lowing: The company’s concrete division
Association (NKBA). With the accomplish- (TEC), an environmental, geotechnical and has been named to the CC100 list as one of
Testing Engineers & Consultants, Inc.

ments of Hutchins and Page-Wood, construction materials testing firm, has America’s largest concrete companies in
2007 by Concrete Construction Magazine.
Based in Oak Park, Barton Malow’ con-
crete division is the second largest concrete
contractor in Michigan and offers com-
plete self-performed capabilities for con-
crete construction. Also, Barton Malow
Company, along with Crittenton Hospital
Medical Center and the Barbara Ann
Karmanos Cancer Center, broke ground
for the new Karmanos-Crittenton Cancer

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Georgia. The new entity will be known as
or truck (2) This service is offered to you as a benefit (3) This service is offered
to your family and friends with your referral (4) You will receive the best price
“Gaskins, a Barton Malow company.”
for your used vehicle.

✓ FINANCING: (1) Quick approval (2) Lowest rates available (3) Purchase or The acquisition was completed in October
lease plans offered through dealerships or banks (4) All dealer rebates are

✓ CONVENIENCE: The Detroit office of SmithGroup is pro-
viding consulting design, lab design and
(1) Professional, customer & friendly service (2)
Evaluation and analysis of the vehicle that best suits your needs and your

lab planning services for the new ETB proj-
pocketbook (3) No need to shop dealer showrooms or be pressured into buying

ect at Purdue University Calumet (PUC)
or leasing without all the facts (4) Comparison shopping done for you (5) Your

Campus. The planned approximately
new car or truck delivered to your home or office.

77,000 gross square feet, $40M facility will
address several critical facilities and infra-
structure challenges existing at Purdue
University Calumet.

For the second year in a row, the

Association (MBPA) has named Turner
Michigan Business & Professional

Construction Company, Detroit, one of
“Metropolitan Detroit’s 101 Best &
Brightest Companies to Work For”. The
award recognizes firms that utilize innova-
Do yourself a favor. Call your buying service today. You will be treated to

tive methods and practices in human
professional, experienced, customer friendly, and no hassle service.

resource management, recruiting and
retaining employees. Firms that receive
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this award also maintain a high level of
their friends and family. Do them a favor too!

(586) 757-7100
employee satisfaction as evidenced by a
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conducted by the MBPA as an evaluation
Call today:

for the annual prestigious award. Over
(Everything Very Simple)
Automotive Sales & Leasing
Endorsed Service Provider
100 Turner employees live and work in

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Saginaw-based EXCEPTIONAL Metals, a Engineers, for their work on the Cannon woodlands, pine forests, and wetlands.
division of Duro-Last® Roofing, Inc., recent- Township Trail. The 19,000-foot-long sce- The trail also includes wooden boardwalks
ly unveiled its revamped company web- nic trail connects Cannon Township Hall over wetlands and low-lying areas, a view-
site. The new website can be found at and Townsend Park. The Prein&Newhof ing area, and a bridge over Armstrong and features team routed the trail through meadows, Creek.
the complete product line for metal edge
accessories, easy navigation, and access to
product data specifications. EXCEPTION-
AL Metals manufactures high-quality
metal products designed for use with any
roofing system.

Duro-Last® Roofing, Inc. , Saginaw, is
pleased to announce the addition of a roof-
ing blog to its website. The purpose of the
Duro-Last blog is to communicate with
readers about roofing industry issues,
while enabling readers to respond to posts
with their own comments. The Duro-Last
roofing blog will provide a forum for key
Duro-Last personnel to interact with
building owners, architects, roofing con-
tractors, and other stakeholders in the

C2AE, a full-service architectural firm
based in Grand Rapids, announced recent-
ly that it has achieved LEED Gold certifica-
tion by the U.S. Green Building Council’s
(USGBC) for the Hastings Public Library,
making this first and only public library in
Plunkett Cooney has been part of
the State of Michigan to receive this level Michigan’s construction industry
of certification. C2AE served as the since 1913. Clients tell us they
Architect of Record for the project; design
services included: architectural design;
appreciate our fearless determination
civil, mechanical, electrical and structural
to obtain the right result from the
engineering; project management; land- boardroom to the courtroom.
scape architecture; LEED certification
services, and construction administration. A leading advisor to developers, design
DeMattia Group, one of the Midwest’s professionals and contractors, Plunkett
leading real estate development, architec- Cooney can provide legal counsel to
ture and construction firms, has finalized
the architecture and construction of the St.
assist you in achieving your business
Clair County Community Mental Health
Authority’s new regional facility. The new
facility consolidates the Authority’s multi-
ple service programs within a single cam-
pus location totaling 65,000 square feet.

Rochester-based Bolyard Lumber, a deal-
er of premium Weather Shield® Windows
& Doors, has won a 2009 ProSales SCOTT H. SIRICH
Excellence Award and the “Focused Construction Law Practice Group Leader
Excellence in Innovative Thinking” cate- (248) 594-8228 •
gory in Window & Door Magazine’s 2008
Dealers of the Year Awards.

Prein&Newhof, a full-service engineering
firm based in Grand Rapids, has achieved
an Honorable Mention from the Michigan
Section of the American Society of Civil

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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 Training Calendar
Jan. 14-17 – Hardscape North America – The For more information, call the UDM School Michigan Concrete Paving Association
focus of this show in Atlanta, GA is to provide of Architecture at 313-993-1532 or visit Certification Classes
education including certification courses, The Michigan Concrete Paving Association
products and technology to contractors and (MCPA) will offer the following classes at the
installers who build segmental pavements and following locations:
retaining walls and also to provide networking Performance Building Awards Reception – Level I Full Class (Recertification takes place
Feb. 26 – 2008 Beyond Green™ High-

opportunities. The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council on the last three days of each class):
To learn more, visit will hold its 2008 Beyond Green High- Jan-12-16, Feb. 9-13, Mar. 9-13 – Detroit Performance Building Awards reception in Feb. 23-27 – Grand Rapids
conjunction with an educational briefing for Mar. 16-20 – Gaylord
lawmakers and the public on Capitol Hill. (may be one day shorter)
Sales Seminar – This annual event to honor Award winners will be invited to present Mar. 23-27 – Lansing
Jan. 25-27 – Duro-Last Roofing 2009 National

Duro-Last roofing contractors for their sales their projects as exemplary models for high- Level II Recertification – Jan. 27-29
achievements during the previous year will be performance buildings and initiatives. Visit for more infor-
held at the Hilton Beach Ocean Walk Village in Winners of both the 2007 and 2008 Beyond mation or call 800-678-9622.
Daytona Beach, FL. Green Awards will be highlighted with a
For more information, contact Fred Sitter at poster display.
800-248-0280, or visit More information is available at
Feb. 4-5 – CAM Expo 2009 – CAM is pleased to
announce that this year’s exposition will again
be hosted at the Rock Financial Showplace, Living Show- Exhibits at the Rock Financial
Feb. 26 – Mar. 1 – Cottage and Lakefront

conveniently located in Novi, at the crossroads Showplace will include log, timber frame and
of I-696, I-275, and I-96. This will be a wonder- cedar homes, cottage rental, designers, cottage
ful location to reach the commercial construc- furnishings, lakefront homebuilders and real-
tion and design industry professionals of tors, lakeshore maintenance, boats and docks,
Michigan. outdoor recreational equipment, non-profit
CAM members are strongly encouraged to environmental organizations, government
attend CAM Expo 2009, which will be celebrat- agencies, financing and other products and
ing its 25th Anniversary with a new Green services.
Building Showcase and a Contractors’ Call 1-800-328-6550, or visit
Showcase and Reception. for
Visit for more infor- more information.
mation, or call (248) 972-1000.

Feb. 4 – Apr. 1 – Architectural Lectures – The Entry Deadline – All entries for The
Feb. 27 – Construction and Design Awards

University of Detroit Mercy School of Engineering Society of Detroit’s (ESD)
Architecture has announced its 2008-09 lecture Construction and Design Awards must be
series. Upcoming lectures include: received by February 27. These awards were
Feb. 4 – “Untitled” – Susan Sellers, 2x4 conceived 35 years ago to encourage elevation
Design, New York of the standard of practice in the construction
Mar. 18 – “Metrogramma. The Architecture industry and they honor the three primary
of Public City. The Future of History.” – members of the building team: owners,
Andrea Boschetti and Alberto Francini, designers and constructors.
Metrograma, Milan, Italy Questions may be directed to Leslie Smith
at 248-353-0735, ext. 152, or
Apr. 1 – “Urban Landscapes + Provocations Additional information is available at
– Walter Hood, Hood Design, Oakland, CA

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Ace Cutting Equipment & Supply ....................66 D & R Earthmoving ................................................53 Hansen Marketing ................................................31
Acme Maintenance Service ................................37 Danboise Mechanical ..........................................93 Hartland Insurance Group ..................................59
Advantage Electric ................................................18 Detroit Carpentry JATC ........................................67 IBEW Local 252........................................................53
Allingham Corp ......................................................21 Detroit Dismantling Corp. ..................................65 Jeffers Crane Service, Inc ..............................13, 61
Aluminum Supply Company Detroit Terrazzo Contractors Association ......15 JetHeat, Inc...............................................................11
- Marshall Sales, Inc. ........................................45 Diamond Shine Concrete, Inc.............................63 Klochko Equipment Rental................................IBC
Amalio Corporation ..............................................87 DiHydro Services ....................................................76 L. A. Mechanical ......................................................54
Bennett Holland & Associates............................76 Doeren Mayhew ....................................................32 Lifting Gear Hire Corporation ............................12
Broadcast Design & Construction, Inc. ............33 Dunn Blue Reprographics ..................................64 Liquid Calcium Chloride Sales, Inc. ..................64
CAM Administrative Services ..............................3 Duross Painting Company ..................................78 MasonPro, Inc. ..................................................39, 50
CAM Affinity ............................................................51 Efficiency Production, Inc. ..................................68 McCoig Materials ..................................................77
CAM ECPN ................................................................47 Executive Vehicle Sales ........................................90 Michigan Concrete Paving Association ..........84
CAM Membership ..................................................81 Facca Richter & Pregler, P.C. ................................19 Michigan Propane Gas Association..................69
CAM Workers’ Comp. ............................................18 Ferndale Electric ......................................................9 National Construction Rentals, Inc ..................41
C.A.S.S. ......................................................................14 Fishbeck Thompson Carr & Huber ......................6 Navigant Consulting ............................................85
C.F.C.U. ......................................................................25 G2 Consulting ........................................................89 Nicholson Construction Company ..................94
Ceiling Pro Masters, Inc. ......................................32 Glass & Mirror Craft ..............................................41 North American Dismantling Corp. ................49
Cipriano Coating Technology ............................89 Glazing Contractors Association ......................35 Oakland Community College ............................11
Cloverdale Equipment Co. ..................................55 Great Lakes Ceramic Tile Council......................78 Oakland Companies..............................................88
Cochrane Supply & Engineering ......................86 Griffin Smalley & Wilkerson, Inc.........................28 Oakland Metal Sales..............................................79
Concrete Moisture Control ................................65 Gutherie Lumber Company................................16 Operating Engineers Local 324........................IFC
Curran Crane Co., J.J. ............................................37 Guy, Hurley, Blaser & Heuer, LLC ........................83 Osborne Trucking
& Osborne Concrete, John D ........................80
PM Technologies ....................................................29
Plante & Moran, PLLC............................................17
Plunkett Cooney ....................................................91
Premier Electronics................................................92
R.L. Deppmann........................................................44
R.S. Dale Co...............................................................72
Roman Stone Works ..............................................73
SANI-VAC Services, Inc. ........................................21
SHW Group ..............................................................10
SMRCA ......................................................................82
Safety Services........................................................BC
Scaffolding Inc...........................................................8
Earth Retention Systems - Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, MI
Schier Products ......................................................70
State Building Products ......................................85
Sullian, Ward, Asher & Patton, P.C. ....................77
TES Consultants, PC ..............................................24
Temp Air....................................................................19
Testing Engineers & Consultants ......................49
Trend Millwork ..........................................................5
Dan Thome, District Manager
Valenti Trobec Chandler ........................................7
Midwest District Office
W.W. Williams ..........................................................71
5945 W. Main Street, Suite 102 „ Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Wayne Bolt & Nut ..................................................92
Phone: 269.353.8421 „ Fax: 269.353.8435 Wilson Construction Consulting ......................15
Woods Construction Inc. ....................................77
Zervos Group ..........................................................24

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