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13 CAM Annual Doubles Classic 30 Bunker Busting Renovation
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14 How the Current Economic CONSTRUCTION HIGHLIGHT
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Economic Declines of the Past vs. Today’s Downturn

16 On the Jobsite
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8 Industry News
10 Safety Tool Kit
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43 People in Construction
47 CAM Welcomes New Members
48 CAM Buyers Guide Updates
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solar lighting, an Ipe wood boardwalk, a subsurface capillary
drainage system to save water, and recycled steel. The roof’s
membrane, insulation and pavers were also recycled, reducing
landfill waste. Installing a new membrane and flashings over the
existing membrane provided an impermeable waterproofing
system while preserving much of the original roofing system.
“The environmental and economic benefit of forward-thinking
roof design can be quite significant, as demonstrated by Tremco’s
Clinton Presidential Library,” added Silvertooth. Said Deryl
Kratzer, president of Tremco’s Roofing and Building Maintenance,
“We are honored to receive the Center’s design award for the
Clinton Library’s vegetated roof. The design is both beautiful and
highly functional, reflecting the president’s direction, and a
testament to the efforts of everyone who created and installed this
Tremco Incorporated Awarded the Center for
roof, the first on a presidential library.”
Environmental Innovation in Roofing’s
Excellence in Design for Best Vegetated Roof The Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing was
Tremco Incorporated has received national recognition for established as a not-for-profit 501(c)(6) organization headquartered
environmental stewardship and design excellence for the William J. in Washington, D.C., to promote the development and use of
Clinton Presidential Library. The Washington, D.C.-based Center environmentally responsible, high-performance roofing systems
for Environmental Innovation in Roofing presented Tremco the and technologies. For more information on the Center, visit
Excellence in Design for Best Vegetated Roof award during the 2009 or contact the Center at 866-928-2347.
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(MSPE) recently honored 12 firms and six individuals for
engineering and surveying excellence during the associations’
annual awards ceremony.
In February 2009, industry professionals and guests gathered at
The Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth to recognize outstanding Michigan
engineering and surveying projects from the past year. Since 1965,
firms have competed to receive ACEC/M’s and MSPE’s top honor –
the prestigious Eminent Conceptor Award.
This year’s engineering Eminent Conceptor winner was Grand
Rapids-based URS Corporation for the new interchange project
along I-96 at 36th Street in Cascade Township. The interchange ties
into the extension of 36th Street, providing improved access into the
area surrounding Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Interchange project along I-96
The surveying Eminent Conceptor winner was Saginaw-based
Spicer Group for the innovative US-141-MDOT Design Survey in
Iron Mountain. Spicer used 3D depth-sounding equipment, laser
scanning-technology and conventional surveying techniques to
collect data that allowed its client to observe a hydraulic model and
structure scan of the bridge on a computer and view hundreds of
types of measurements.
Five firms were honored with the Honorable Conceptor Award,
the second-highest award of achievement: Fishbeck, Thompson,
Carr & Huber for the Delta Township District Library project; Wade
Trim for the Van Buren Equalization Basin and Forced Main project
in Van Buren Township; NTH Consultants for the Detroit River
International Crossing project in Detroit; RS Engineering for the M-
63 Bridge over Higman Park Road Reconstruction in St. Joseph,
US-141-MDOT Design Survey in Iron Mountain
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Services Company for the Lincoln Bridge during his 34-year service as Engineering, LLC’s highlights include
Replacement project in Cheboygan. ACEC/Michigan executive director. actively serving on nine ACEC/M
Three Merit Awards for engineering were MSPE honored four outstanding committees, taking part in many areas of
presented: Tetra Tech and C2AE for the engineers: Christian G. Youngs, PE, for bridge design as project consultants, and
Michigan Avenue Engineered Rain Gardens Professional Engineer in Government; contributing to numerous local community
in Lansing; Spalding DeDecker Associates Christopher E. Campbell, PE, for organizations.
for the Trenton Sanitary Sewer Overflow Professional Engineer in Private Practice; For more information on the projects
Elimination Program in Trenton; and Tetra Herbert A. Spence III, PE, for Professional submitted and award winners, please
Tech for its Scent-trained Canine and City of Engineer in Construction; and Mahmoud E. contact the ACEC/M offices at (517) 332-
Lansing Project Performance Certification. El-Gamal, PhD, PE, for Professional 2066 or visit the ACEC/M website at
Two Merit Awards for surveying were Engineer in Higher Education. Eminent and
presented: Hubbell, Roth & Clark for the Honorable Conceptor award winners are
Combined Sewer Tunnel Survey and eligible to compete at the National ACEC
Inspection project in Oakland County; and competition in Washington, D.C.
New CAM Preferred Provider –
Spalding DeDecker for the SeverStal NA ACEC/M recently presented its highest
William Jeffrey & Associates
Blast Furnace “C” Rebuild project in honor, the 2009 “Firm of the Year” Award, to (WJA)
Dearborn. The Judges’ Choice Award for RS Engineering, LLC, headquartered in CAM’s history of providing value and
Board Design was given to Tetra Tech for the Lansing. “RS Engineering is an inspiration to improving lives through our “preferred
Michigan Avenue Engineered Rain Gardens all engineering firms,” said ACEC/M providers” has been strengthened by our
entry. Executive Director, Ronald W. Brenke, PE. new relationship with William Jeffrey &
This year’s Vernon B. Spalding Leadership “They started their firm less than five years Associates (WJA). WJA is an independent
Award was presented to Everett S. ago, and have grown into a successful financial management firm that provides
Thompson, PE, PS, to honor an engineering business known for doing quality work.” comprehensive financial planning and
career that spanned more than 40 years. The RS Engineering owners Thomas D. investment management for individuals,
Felix A. Anderson Image Award was Sereseroz and Robert D. Rayl have families and businesses. Bill and his firm
presented to Stephen M. Wagner, who demonstrated immense involvement in the have been a trusted resource for CAM over
introduced many programs and events Association and the community. Some of RS the last few years.

Safety and Health Management System (SHMS)

Hazard Prevention and Control
his month we you will find more hazard then we
continue with information than you can possibly eliminate it. If
our series on assimilate in one sitting. One thing you that’s not possible, we
creating an effective won’t find on either site is a discussion eliminate the exposure to our employees.
safety culture. Last about lowering your EMR, lost workday If we still cannot effectively control the
time we talked case rate, or your recordable injury rate. hazard, we have employees wear
about the third of That’s because for both organizations personal protective equipment (last
the five elements – their primary stated goal is reduction of resort). Keeping this ordered approach to
worksite analysis. workplace hazards. That should be the hazard management will keep all other
This month we will goal of any effective safety and health measurable in check.
discuss the fourth management system. The real focus and As stated on the NIOSH (National
Joseph M. Forgue
Director of Education
element – hazard ultimate goal of your program should be Institute for Occupational Safety and
& Safety Services

prevention and control. the identification, control, and Health) website, “controlling exposures
You’ve heard me talk about lagging elimination of hazards on the jobsite. I’m to occupational hazards is the
indicators such as EMR’s, DART rates, not saying that this isn’t a significant fundamental method of protecting
recordable rates, etc. That’s how we challenge. My point is that if that’s your workers.”
typically measure our safety programs. focus and that’s where you concentrate Don’t forget that CAMSAFETY is now
The problem, of course, is that we’re your energy, your injury rates (and offering free, on-site and hands-on safety
looking at what has happened because chances of getting a MIOSHA citation) are training under our grant from MIOSHA.
we still have hazards on the job. If you reduced significantly. My OSHA 30 To find out more about this opportunity
take a look at the MIOSHA or OSHA students have heard me harp on this contact me at 248-972-1141 or at
website ( or pretty heavily. First we identify the

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During this time of economic and market than 80 samples of 60-mil membrane, were not damaged by 3-inch hail. None of the
uncertainty, the need for independent provided by manufacturers Carlisle SynTec 20 heat-aged targets failed when impacted
thinking, strong management and sound and Firestone Building Products. Tested with 3-inch hail. Fourteen of the 18 field-aged
objective advice is imperative. WJA is material included new, heat-aged and field- EPDM target samples adhered over a 2-inch
committed to a Disciplined Investment aged EPDM. Field-aged EPDM was thick polyisocyanurate insulation substrate
Approach designed to navigate any market comprised of EPDM roofing material that did not fail, and none of the 18 adhered over
environment. Their team of advisors is was removed from existing structures in the a 1/2-inch thick OSB substrate failed.
composed of highly skilled and educated field with 5 to 15 years of actual weather “Given the millions of dollars of economic
professionals who bring expertise, exposure. loss caused each year by hail damage, and
experience and knowledge to assist you in In the tests, 24 of the 25 “new” test targets with the nation going through a period of
accomplishing your goals.
We would encourage you to talk with Bill
to review your goals and discuss strategies in
these turbulent market conditions. Contact
Bill at 248-456-8000; by e-mail; or visit the WJA
website at

U.S. Postal Service Elects to
Create LEED-Certified Postal
Facility in Troy
The United States Postal Service’s Royal
Oak Processing and Distribution Center
(P&DC), located in Troy, will be one of the
first LEED®-certified postal facilities in the
United States. Slated for completion in June
2009, the $9.2 million P&DC renovation and
project includes revamping the former
143,000-square-foot facility into a hybrid
building used for corporate office space and
as a carrier annex for local delivery
Clayco, Inc., a Livonia-based design-
builder, is working to expand the amenities
available at the facility, while also featuring a
high-performance building envelope, high-
efficiency HVAC, lighting and controls, use
of a high percentage of recycled content and
regional materials, stormwater mitigation
measures, and the use of high-performance
plumbing fixtures.

Independent Study Shows New
and Aged EPDM Membrane
Offers High Degree of Hail
In recent testing conducted on behalf of the
EPDM Roofing Association (ERA), non-
reinforced EPDM roof assemblies were found
to offer a high degree of hail resistance over a
variety of substrates. This level of
performance is maintained even as the
membrane ages. The test results provide
scientific validation of existing empirical
data, showing that EPDM roof systems faired
very well in hailstorm events, and
maintained that performance over time.
Jim D. Koontz & Associates, of Hobbs,
NM, conducted the tests for ERA on more

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increased hail activity, property owners and fastened polyisocyanurate insulation, impact over a significant portion of its
building professionals see increased value in mechanically fastened wood fiber board, and expected service life,” said Scott Long, EPDM
installing hail-resistant roofing systems,” 1/2-inch plywood. Hailstones ranging in size product manager for Carlisle SynTec
said John Geary, vice president of technology from 1.5 to 3 inches were propelled at the Incorporated and a member of ERA’s
at Firestone Building Products, and chairman membranes by a hail gun, applying National technical committee. “We believe that this
of ERA’s board of directors. “These test Bureau of Standards technical data to test confirms EPDM’s strong performance in
results provide firm evidence of EPDM’s determine approximate “impact energy.” hail testing.”
high level of performance.” “In the course of this testing, we attempted Further information on this study can be
The EPDM material was fully adhered to to determine in a lab setting how an EPDM found on ERA’s website, at
various 4 x 4-foot substrates: mechanically roof would withstand some degree of hail



Richard J.“Rick” Cianek, past
member of the CAM Board of
Rick Cianek passed away suddenly on
April 6, 2009 at the age of 54. A long-time
friend to CAM, Rick served on the Board of
Directors from 2004 - 2008. He was also an
active participant on the CAM Golf
Committee and the Men’s Bowling
Committee, the Doubles Classic Committee,
and bowled on the CAM afternoon league for
Rick had extensive experience in the
CRANBROOK KINGSWOOD STATE CAPITOL construction industry. He was a past Board
Member of the Masonry Institute of
Michigan, Michigan Mason Contractors
employee of Schuster Construction Services
INSTALLATION OF ARCHITECTURAL SHEET METAL and Superior Materials, and was currently
Rick belonged to the Knights of Columbus
(3rd Degree), and the Elks Lodge #222 in
Flint. He loved fishing, golf, bowling and
CASS SHEET METAL boating. His wife Denise, and three children
Andrew, Claire and Frank survive him.
Memorials may be made to the American
(313) 571- C.A.S.S. Heart Association or the Oakland County
5641 CONNER • DETROIT, MI 48213 Food Bank.

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ongratulations go out to Tom ceremony and the door prize drawings. Joe Murphy; Vice Chairman Rick Cianek;
Tranchida and Bob Brevick, who Mitzel expressed his deep thanks to all of Treasurer, Kevin Koehler; Secretary, Ron
bowled with Detroit Elevator the companies that donated a total of 73 Riegel; Greg Andrzejewski; Larry
Company in Ferndale, for winning the door prizes for the event. The donated Bowman; Vince Finazzo; John Giannotta;
58th Annual CAM Men’s Doubles Classic prizes are always a highlight of this George Krappitz; Ted McGinley; Jim
with a score of 1404. Both Tom and Bob tournament. The conclusion of the day’s Meade; Andy Privette; and Roger Troke.
were among 402 bowlers at the event held events began at 6:30 p.m. when all
on February 28th at Thunderbowl Lanes registered bowlers were invited to join in Mark your calendars for next year’s
in Allen Park. the festive afterglow of card playing. tournament! The 59th Annual CAM
Bowlers began checking in for lane In addition to Tournament Director Men’s Doubles Classic will again be
assignments at 10:30 a.m. Each Ron Mitzel, the Doubles Classic held at Thunderbowl Lanes on February
participant’s highest USBC Average, as Committee includes: Chairman, 27th, 2010.
listed in the 2007-2008 Yearbook, guided
competition in this tournament. Each
team received a handicap of 100% of the Top 10 Final Results:
difference from 400. The prize-check ratio
this year was 1-4, with low in the money CAM 58th Annual Men’s Doubles Bowling Classic
at 1222. Each team was also given one
deck of playing cards, compliments of the
Place Score Prize Winners Partners
CAM Doubles Committee. 1 1402 Thomas Tranchida Bob Brevick
This year ’s highlights included the 2 1402 Abraham Lopez Jack Catton
Tournament High Game of 279 by
Matthew Jarmusevich of Field
3 1374 Earl Keating Sr. Robin Bolyard

Construction. The Tournament High
4 1345 Mathew Jarmusevich Brian Lazenby
Series of 763 was by Anthony Gideon,
5 1336 Jeff Kaszubowski Matt Hass
also with Field Construction, on games of
6 1325 William McGivern Brandon Perilli
249-246-268. 7 1322 Gary Kulchar Daryl Klotz
Tournament bowling began promptly at 8 1316 William Beck Scott McClue
Noon and was followed by a buffet dinner
in the Thunderbowl dining hall. At 5:00
9 1315 Eric Gibbons Matthew Rutkowski

p.m. Tournament Director Ron Mitzel, of
10 1313 Jim Gellish Larry Parkkila
the Mitzel Agency, began the awards
Tie 1313 James Pappas Jr. Ray Cronkhite

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How the Current
Economic Situation
By Don Wilson
ince summer 2008, the gloomy Comparison of the nationwide current preceding peak three years earlier, a slower
statistics about the current economic slump with the Great Depression is pace of decline than the 4.3% reduction that
situation have been represented as inappropriate. U. S. Gross Domestic occurred between the fourth quarter of
the worst slump since the Great Product (GDP) in 2009’s first quarter was 1980 and first three months of 1982.
Depression in the early 1930s. As these an estimated 3.1% below its prior high in Unemployment levels were about 4.1
claims are inconsistent with economic the second quarter of 2008, while higher in the first quarter of 2009 than at
history, and CAM’s membership is household spending (which generates 70% their prior low in the fourth quarter of 2006.
concerned with activities in an industry of GDP) was down an estimated 2.4%. That is the same pace of growth (4.13%)
intricately tied to labor markets, These losses have more resemblance with that developed between the fourth quarter
availability of credit, business confidence the shrinkage experienced in the 1981-82 of 1980 and the first quarter of 1983.
and prices, we thought our readers might recession than in 1929-33. Both measures Joblessness in the Great Depression made a
be interested in knowing more about how would have to deteriorate at about 1% for net increase of 22% from 1929 to 1933. The
the current recession compares with earlier seven more calendar quarters to shrink nation’s Misery Index was at a level of
economic contractions. 10%, but would still be well below the about 13.6 during the 2009’s first quarter,
26.6% and 18.3% contraction posted in the based on the unemployment level in that
A depression by one definition is a early ‘30s. Another contrast can be made period compared with Index reading of
downturn of at least three years with a 10% with employment. The nation’s payroll jobs 27.8, two times higher in the first quarter of
drop in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) (seasonably adjusted) were 4.8% lower in 1983. The contraction of U. S. manufac-
and an unemployment rate above 10%. the 2009’s first quarter than at their turing and construction activities in
There are two accepted definitions of a
recession. One is two consecutive calendar
quarters of economic contraction. The
other is the announcement of its start and
its end by the National Bureau of
Economic Research (NBER) based on
changes occurring in industrial
production, employment, real household
income (income adjusted for change in
prices) and wholesale-retail trade. No one
can argue that the U.S. economy is in a

A nearby table, entitled CHARACTER-
ECONOMIC DECLINES, puts the current
contraction into perspective with earlier
downturns. As the interest of most
business operators and managers usually
relates to the magnitude of change that has
occurred, the table sets forth the depths of
decline as gauged by select indicators from
their previous peak through their next
lowest bottom and for the first quarter of
2009 from the most recent high.

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January to March 2009 from their previous (Harvard) and Jose Ursua, provides some this probability is an eighty percent chance
peak (1.4% average per quarter decline) has insight. Analysis of long term data for of avoiding a Depression, such as in 1973-
not been too different than the 1.4% and several countries and historical linkages 74 when the stock market plunged 49% and
1.1% averages per quarter that took place in between Depressions and stock market in 2001-02 with a 42% drop.
early ‘80s from 1979’s third quarter through crashes indicates there is about a one in five
1983’s first three-month period. chance that U.S. Gross Domestic Product
and consumer expenditures will decline by
Don Wilson is a consulting economist based in

In Michigan, personal income in 2009’s 10% or more as a result of experiencing a
Hartland, Michigan. He has specialized in work-

first quarter was 4.7% lower than at its stock market crash of the magnitude such
ing for trade associations, banks, chambers of

previous high in first quarter of 2007, as has occurred in 2008-09. The opposite of
commerce and municipalities since 1982.

compared with a similar eight-quarter 5.6%
drop between the fourth quarters of 1980
and 1982. Employment, on the other hand,
was about 10% lower in first quarter than at
its prior high in the third quarter of 2007,
compared with the 8.4% descent
experienced during the early ‘80s from
1981’s second quarter through 1983’s first
three-month span. The rise in the
unemployment rate, however, has not been
as fast as in the early ‘80s. Joblessness was
about 6% higher in 2009’s first quarter,
fourteen quarters after its previous low in
2005’s third quarter, while it was 10%
greater in 1983’s first quarter than at its
previous bottom thirteen quarters earlier in
1978’s final quarter. Michigan’s Misery
Index in 2009’s first quarter was consid-
erably less than in the early ‘80s, while the
plunge in manufacturing and construction
industries’ activity has been much higher.

Income in Michigan has declined at a
much more moderate pace during the
current slump than in early ‘80s, with a
much slower pace of inflation than the rate
at which prices were raging in the earlier
period. Employment has fallen faster
because of a steeper drop in manufacturing
and construction activities with the loss in
market share at the Detroit automakers, the
burst of the housing bubble, and the lack of
funds to finance purchases in these high
credit dependent sectors. The Misery Index
is more moderate because of lower rates of
unemployment, interest and inflation.

What are the odds of a Depression?
Historical data shows there have been only
two such instances. The first one occurred
in 1917-21 after World War I when Gross
Domestic Product declined 16% and 27% in
1929-33 in what is now called the Great
Depression. As the nation’s economy has
been subdued for several decades, it is not
easy to develop an accurate estimate about
the odds of a Depression occurring in the
U.S. based on domestic economic data
alone. However, in a working paper
AND DEPRESSIONS” submitted in
February 2009 to NBER by Robert J. Barro

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In March 2009, Crain’s Detroit Business listed
C.S. Mott Children’s and Women’s Hospital
Replacement as the largest construction
project in the state as ranked by estimated cost.

On Schedule and On Budget:
Vital Signs for Massive Hospital in the Healthy Zone

By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor
Photos Courtesy of Barton Malow Company

f building a hospital is a major operation, constructing a $523 Barton Malow joined the project shortly after its fall 2005 interview
million replacement facility is the equivalent of a multiple organ with the University under contract as a construction manager at risk
transplant. For the C.S. Mott Children’s & Women’s with a guaranteed maximum price. October 6, 2006 marked the
Replacement Hospitals in Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan official groundbreaking for this 12-story inpatient tower and a 9-story
placed its confidence in the skilled hands of Southfield-based Barton medical office building, both with a penthouse level and both housed
Malow Company’s experienced healthcare construction team. The within the same massive structure. As part of pre-construction
University, the Dallas-based architectural firm of HKS Architects, PC, services, Barton Malow provided estimating services and partic-
Barton Malow, and a host of trade contractors worked in unison to ipated in the selection of the foundation system for the widely
bring this massive 1.1 million-square-foot replacement hospital out of varying soil conditions across the site.
the ground. “The replacement hospitals contain 348 beds and will
double the square footage of the existing facilities,” said Associate
Director Mary L. Krasny, Hospital Design & Construction, The The site’s subsoil profile revealed an upper shelf of clay hardpan

University of Michigan Architecture, Engineering and Construction. next to an area of deep sand and unsorted glacial till far from the
Midway through construction operations, the project’s vital signs load-bearing strata. Conventional foundations would require
are robust and healthy: the mega-project is on schedule and on removal of a tremendous amount of soil on the till-choked east end.
budget. This construction version of a medical miracle is grounded in Even caissons would not have been the optimal choice given the site’s
creative solutions to site conditions, BIM technology, and an unprece- widely varying depth to hardpan. “The end bearing for a structure
dented level of communication between the entire project team. has to be at much the same elevation to avoid differential
The healthcare experience and camaraderie between Barton settlements,” said Robert Skinner, Barton Malow project director.
Malow’s healthcare team were pivotal in the firm’s selection. “What Variable soil conditions led to the selection of an auger cast pile
struck us was the fact that this is an experienced group of people who system. Compared to caissons, the auger cast piles offer greater
have worked with each other before on other healthcare projects,” flexibility in placement and are more economically feasible in these
said Krasny. “We were looking for strong communications within the soil conditions. “If we did hit rocks or other obstructions, a pile could
team.” be added or moved far more easily than a caisson,” said Skinner.

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Hardman Construction, Inc., Ludington, installed auger cast piles
for both the foundations and for the earth retention system in the
form of a continuous row of overlapping piles. “Because the same
contractor did both, he was driving his own schedule and in control
of the whole system,” said Skinner. This arrangement allowed Site
Development Inc., Madison Heights, (demo and sitework), to begin
their work much earlier than usual. Spence Brothers, Ann Arbor,
(SOG-concrete) is the foundation contractor. “The foundations went
in phenomenally well,” said Skinner.

The building’s massive structural steel frame accommodates the

emerging hospital’s 17-foot-high, floor-to-floor heights and its
massive mechanical rooms built to house state-of-the-art equipment.
“We needed a building that was very stout,” said Krasny. “First of all,
the bay sizes in the hospital’s operating, patient and diagnostic
treatment rooms are larger than in typical commercial construction.
The large steel frame also creates a relatively vibration-proof hospital
for optimal patient care. Medical equipment is so sensitive it picks up
any kind of building vibration.”
Preplanning kept the project on track despite the project’s size and
a wicked winter of snow and high winds. “We released mill orders
during design development,” said Skinner. The project team also
swiftly expedited steel fabrication. “Cives produced all the shop
The auger cast piles – drilled piers smaller in diameter than
conventional caissons – are placed in a cluster and are drilled to a
drawings for the job,” said Skinner. “Both HKS and Barton Malow depth between 40 and 45 feet, an elevation slightly higher than the
sent a team to Cives’ office in Indiana to expedite the shop drawing originally anticipated depth of 50 feet. The series of auger piles are
approval process and allow fabrication to begin early.” As another covered by massive pier caps, some formed of 100 to 150 cubic yards
indicator of the size of this massive job, steel installation consumed of concrete.

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an entire year, beginning in fall 2007 and reaching completion with a
topping out ceremony two days after Christmas 2008.

At C.S. Mott, 2008 was dominated by steel installation, pouring

slabs, and coordinating overhead mechanical, electrical and
plumbing (MEP) packages using Building Information Modeling
(BIM) technology. Thanks to solid planning and BIM, roughing in
these vital MEP systems began in early 2009. Dee Cramer, Holly,
(dryside mechanical) built the model in this contractor-led BIM
project phase. “They took the structural steel model, and they
imported it into our MEP program, along with the floor plans,” said
Skinner. “Because of BIM, we are watching the work go in place now
in our mechanical rooms. Everything fits perfectly.”
Success is also the result of the long-cultivated skill of the MEP
team. “It would be safe to say that we have some of the stronger MEP Midwest Steel, Detroit, (structural steel and misc. steel) erected and
contractors in the Midwest working on the job,” said Skinner. Cives Steel Company fabricated about 13,000 tons of steel. A French
Besides Dee Cramer, the MEP team included Ventcon, Allen Park company named Arcelor Steel fabricated the extremely large steel
(dryside mechanical), and John E. Green Company, Ann Arbor
members. Some of the columns are the size of what is in the Sears
(wetside mechanical), as well as John Darr Mechanical, Ann Arbor
Tower.The flanges on some of the columns are 3 inches thick. Some of
(underground mechanical). The team also included a group of
the full penetration welds took 16 hours. It took days, and they would

electrical contractors composed of Ann Arbor-based Shaw Electric
have to cool the weld down before resuming work.

Company, Ann Arbor as primary; Turner Electric, Dexter (cable
trays); Centerline Electric, Centerline ( lighting); and Dynalectric The University has used BIM on other construction projects, but
Michigan, Troy (fire alarm). Wolverine Fire Protection, Milford (fire this high-tech hospital is the university’s first “full-blown BIM”
protection) rounds out the team, while Horizon Engineering, undertaking for the Hospitals and Health Centers, said Krasny. BIM
Farmington Hills is the University’s commissioning agent for the is also being used for the building’s precast and glass exterior
project. launched in October 2008 and also slated for a year in duration.

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opening of this $754 million replacement Cincinnatti, OH (heliport); Great Lakes Hotel
hospital to a tentative date of September Supply, Detroit (food service equipment);
2012. Pontiac Ceiling & Partition, Pontiac (rough
Other members of the project’s A-team of carpentry); Siemens Building Technology,
trade contractors include Baker Construction Inc., Plymouth Township(controls); Swisslog
Co., Inc., Whitmore Lake (exterior masonry); Healthcare Solutions, Rolling Meadows, IL
C.L. Rieckhoff Co., Inc. Taylor (insulated (pneumatic tube; TMI, Holly (air handling
metal wall panels); Devon Industrial Group, units); and William Reichenbach, Lansing
Detroit (SOD – concrete); FEC Helipads, (fireproofing).

Contract Glaziers, Inc., (CGI) Detroit, (glazed
aluminum curtain wall system) is installing
the unitized glazing system pre-assembled
in controlled factory conditions and
transported in panels to the jobsite. CGI is
using a robot to install the system, avoiding
reliance on a tower crane and allowing the
system to be installed with robot and
operator ensconced in the interior. The robot
extends its arm outside the building frame to
maneuver the glazed units.

The new hospital will be capped off with

an EPDM roof with a helipad and a green or
sedum roof section as part of this LEED®-
registered project. Barton Malow’s team of
trade contractors includes Schreiber
Corporation, Detroit (roofing); Brinker Team
Construction, Detroit (metal studs and
drywall); Otis Elevator, Farmington Hills
(elevators); and High Concrete Group,
Lancaster, PA (architectural precast
concrete). “We have an A-team,” said
The owners of subcontracting firms are
also involved with the project. Even HKS
and the MEP engineer, CCRD, have three
full-time field representatives on the jobsite.
The University’s own team has six different
project managers dedicated to the job, and
even the higher level Krasny has taken on
the project as her main responsibility.
Under contract to Barton Malow, the $523
million base project will be substantially
complete in June 2011. According to Krasny,
the regents have also approved a $231
million build out of shell space within the
footprint of the base building. The
replacement hospital will not be occupied
until completion of the shell space slated for
March 2012. Six months of installing
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Multitasking on the Multiple
Roofs of AAM
By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor Photos Courtesy of LaDuke Roofing & Sheet Metal

n the roofing industry a contractor literally has to “stay on top of LaDuke Roofing’s to-do list included adhering to rigorous safety
things.” LaDuke Roofing & Sheet Metal, Oak Park, successfully guidelines, fabricating custom equipment for use on atypical roofs,
managed the complex details of performing three to six full uncovering and reconfiguring unexpected roofing details,
roofing replacements a year for three years on roof sections minimizing disturbances over production areas, and adapting to
scattered across American Axle & Manufacturing’s (AAM) massive AAM’s shifting production schedule. Accomplishing this demanding
Detroit manufacturing complex. With as many as four different roster of duties was all in a day’s work – a day that typically began at
roofing crews working simultaneously on multiple projects, 5 a.m. “It was one of those projects we will never forget,” recalled
Jacqueline LaDuke Walters, project manager, mastered the art of Walters. “This intense and complicated job required a great deal of
multitasking on AAM’s steeply pitched and unconventionally config- energy, coordination, and incredible safety standards. We had to stay
ured rooftops. The roofing replacements, plus campus-wide repairs, on top of it all the time.”
began in 2006 and included work on eight different plants within Managing this potentially unwieldy project was in able hands of
AAM’s campus near I-75 and Holbrook in Detroit. Walters, the third generation of the LaDuke roofing family to work

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the rooftops of AAM (plants formerly owned by GM Chevrolet), and
the fourth generation in a company founded by her great-grandfa-
ther in 1932.
Customer service and managerial expertise are long-standing
traditions in the LaDuke family. “Being that our company is family-
owned and family-run, each generation teaches the next generation
how to take care of the customer,” said Roger LaDuke, president of
the firm. As part of her education, Walters first clambered onto an
AAM rooftop at the age of 18, watching her father manage multiple
jobs and maintain constant radio contact with a dispersed network
of roofing crews. Today, Walters is taking care of customers with the
same commitment and steely problem-solving ability.

For some commercial/industrial roofing contractors, the world is
still flat, meaning work is mainly confined to standard roofing
projects as level as a parking lot. At AAM, even a single roof is a maze
of multiple elevations, steep pitches and atypical angles. “The roofs
Jacqueline LaDuke Walters, project manager, successfully managed
have penthouses and old saw-tooth skylights, as well as different
three to six full roofing replacements a year, over the course of three
elevations,” said Walters. years, at AAM’s Detroit manufacturing complex.
Navigating this difficult terrain with a full complement of roofing
materials demanded a custom approach.“We had to design our own
custom equipment, platforms, and stands to accommodate some of Because this 41,000-square-foot expanse of roof lacked tie-off
these conditions,” said Walters. “For example, we had to change the points, LaDuke Roofing custom designed its own tie-off system
axles on one of the four-wheel carts to accommodate the slope of using steel cables. “We used a very heavy-gauge steel cable able to
one plant and make it possible for us to bring materials and other support at least three to four people,” said Walters. The cabling is
equipment to the worksite.” tied to another cable running along the ridge and linked to the

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With tie-off points established and safety
monitors in place, LaDuke Roofing began
demolition, removing old fan units and
peeling away aged roofing membranes.
The unexpected came to be expected on
this complex and ever-changing project.
Because the AAM campus is a collection of
production facilities with innumerable
additions tacked on over the years, LaDuke
Roofing discovered quite a number of
unexpected roofing conditions. “The project
required on-the-fly problem-solving,” said
Walters. “For a new roof application, the
project entailed a great deal of custom
analysis and roofing design.” StructureTec, a
Novi-based roofing consultant, and LaDuke
Roofing often devised custom solutions to
these unexpected conditions.
The roofing replacements, plus campus-wide repairs, began in 2006 and included work on eight In terms of daily operations, LaDuke had
different plants within AAM’s campus near I-75 and Holbrook. LaDuke designed its own custom to meld its work with AAM’s production
equipment, platforms and stands, as well as a custom tie-off system using steel cables to schedule. “We had to minimize any distur-
accommodate complex roofing conditions. bance over production areas,” said Walters.
“If any production changed, we had to be
roof’s main structural steel beam. specific details.” Such vigilance was flexible and switch our work to another area.
The custom cable was only part of the rewarded by a safe job and zero lost time for The schedule changed at least twice a week.
elaborate physical “safety net” of warning the entire duration of the project. If it changed, we had to devise a new plan
lines, flags and scaffolding. “AAM is an Security requirements were as tight as and a new schedule. Sometimes, we would
absolute stickler for safety,” said Walters. safety regulations. “Everyone had to check be halfway through the roof system, the area
“They had zero tolerance for any safety in daily and verify their exit at the end of the would not be available, and we had to come
hazards.” LaDuke and AAM also established day,” said Walters. “We even had to work up with a way to make sure the area was
a strong “safety net” of personnel. “Every with Canadian National railway officials at watertight. Basically, we had to be flexible
time we stepped on the roof, we had to have times, because portions of the complex abut and change the schedule on-the-fly.”
somebody inside the plant monitoring for the train track.” Producing a custom job at a standard
falling debris and keeping people away from
the work area,” said Walters. “If we removed
anything from the roof or did any demoli-
tion of any sort, the job had to be scheduled
and that area of the interior cordoned off
and cleared.”
Essentially, each roofing crew had two
safety monitors: an interior plant monitor
and a ground monitor stationed outside the
building to ensure safety during lifting
procedures and other roofing operations.
Walters, herself, coordinated and monitored
the entire effort.
AAM added its own pair of watchful eyes.
“AAM’s own safety director would answer
safety questions and stop by randomly to
conduct safety audits,” said Walters. With
the safety director serving as a type of in-
house MIOSHA inspector, even Walters
herself was not spared correction. Walter’s
earrings – despite sporting an open end or
horseshoe configuration – were spotted and
banned by the safety director. “He said they
were absolutely not allowed, and he came
by the next day to check,” said Walters. “They
were very safety conscious down to very At AAM, roofing conditions included multiple elevations, steep pitches and atypical angles.

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Over and above our heads,
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price, LaDuke Roofing delivered the big Often, little thought is paid to a roof…
three: safety, efficiency, and quality. LaDuke
until it fails.
Roofing applied three different quality
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Walters herself often walked miles a day
managing the multitude of ongoing
projects. But with the LaDuke commitment
to customer service in her genes, she is
accustomed to literally going the extra mile
for customers. “We have a nice relationship
with AAM, because we are willing to go the
extra mile for them,” said Walters. “We have
the ability to design custom equipment and
to dedicate a sizeable amount of personnel
to the project.”
With multiple crews on multiple projects,
Walters nimbly juggled a constant proces-
sion of tasks with unexpected roof
conditions and an abruptly shifting
schedule based on the customer’s produc-
tion needs. “I had as many as four crews
working at the same time,” said Walters. “ On
one roof we might encounter some details
we had to reconfigure, then on another roof
we might have to be flexible over the
schedule. Multiply four crews by four roofs,
and it can be compared to handling four
different automotive race tracks with races
going on at the same time.” LaDuke Roofing
managed this fast-paced project with a firm
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Soaking Up the Sunshine with DerbiSolar
By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor Photos Courtesy of Exterior Protection Systems, Inc.

he energy hog is the ultimate endan-
gered species. Products, materials,
and technologies able to reduce a
building’s energy consumption and
create sustainable structures with a less
hearty appetite for fossil fuels, are beginning
to roll off the global production line.
Performance Roof Systems, Inc. (PRS),
manufacturer of the respected Derbigum line
of roofing systems, strengthened its
commitment to sustainability with the
introduction of DerbiSolar into the North
American market in January 2009.
As a Roof Integrated Photovoltaic (RIPV)
system, DerbiSolar basically integrates solar
panels with a “cool” or white roofing
membrane, reducing heat gain and turning
the rooftop into a power source. DerbiSolar’s
thin film photovoltaic cells are courtesy of
Michigan’s own solar star, namely Uni-Solar,
United Solar Ovonic based in Auburn Hills,
according to Ed Gnott, with Exterior
Protection Systems, Inc., Derbigum’s Michigan
representative. A tradesman finishes the adhesion process for this newly introduced roofing system.
Today’s generation of thin film
photovoltaic cells is able to capture a broader
spectrum of sunlight and are able to operate completion, the largest RIPV installation on panels attached to a modified bitumen sheet
at a lower light level, leading to its use in modified bitumen in the world. enhanced by a proprietary acrylic integrated
frequently overcast states such as Michigan. surfacing technology proven with the
“The new thin film PV cells generate power in GREEN EVOLUTION DerbiBrite system. This surfacing prevents
a much larger window of light, ranging from Gnott traced the evolution of the the migration of oils to the surface of the
relatively overcast to full sun,” said Gnott. Derbigum product line. Derbigum, the firm’s bitumen sheet. These oils are known to
“That is why they will even work in Michigan, flagship product introduced over 30 years attack the adhesives used with most thin film
because it doesn’t take full sunlight to make it ago, is a black, modified bitumen roofing panels and degrade the bond with the
perform well.” membrane. The drive toward “green”building roofing substrate over time. DerbiSolar
DerbiSolar can be used on low slope products inspired the manufacture of technology prevents this occurrence.”
roofing applications, primarily in the DerbiBrite, a white, modified bitumen roofing Plus, DerbiBrite can handle any heat
commercial and institutional markets, said product. “It is a white roof introduced five to generated by the solar film. According to
Gnott. Potential applications include schools, seven years ago in response to LEED and the Gnott, the use of an inappropriate or very thin
retail establishments, and warehouses. push for cool roofs,” said Gnott. roofing membrane may cause the heat
According to an October 2008 PRS news Building on its success, PRS took the next generated by the solar film to degrade and
release, members of the National Roofing step toward sustainability with the shorten the roofing membrane’s lifespan.
Contractors Association toured several introduction of DerbiSolar, a very durable and With an inappropriate roofing membrane,
European rooftop photovoltaic installations, hardy RIPV system that combines solar panels “the roof won’t last as long as the solar film,”
including a DerbiSolar installation in Nantes, with DerbiBrite. A PRS news release explains: said Gnott.
France, home to what will be, upon “DerbiSolar features flexible photovoltaic As a bonus in the snowy Midwest, the heat

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Gnott. DerbiSolar will certainly contribute to new era of sustainability. The rooftops of the
a “green” project’s LEED credits, reduce green- world are part of this change, with some
house gases, and generate its own power sprouting the soft green fuzz of plants, an
from the sun. “Plus, the roof areas without increasing number sporting a white,
solar generation are a white, reflective cool reflective membrane, and others becoming a
roof to reduce solar gain,” added Gnott. platform for solar panels. PRS’s Derbigum is
From cranking up the Model T to plugging on the leading edge, delivering the
in an electric car, the shift from 20th century DerbiSolar system to the North American

r to 21st century technology is ushering in a market in the New Year.

A tradesman verifies the voltage before

generated by the solar film actually allows
the roof to do double duty as a snow melting
system. “It will actually help melt the snow,”
said Gnott. “It will still function with up to six
inches of snow on the solar film.”

The DerbiSolar system begins with a roof
inspection and solar audit. “We have to make
sure the building is a smart candidate for
DerbiSolar,” said Gnott. “The building should
be a little more out in the open. It doesn’t
have to be a large building, it just has to be
correctly placed and without a great number
of extra roof penetrations that create a lot of
shadowing.” Schools, strip malls and
warehouses are all smart candidates for
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well-trained contractors are certified to apply
the DerbiSolar system. “We want very high-
quality contractors to install the roof, because
it is going to be under warranty for 20 years,” 21st Century Salvage, Inc.
said Gnott. “First, we need three or four
Industrial and Commercial Demolition,
people from a roofing company already
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products. The second step is a fairly intensive,
three-day training seminar in Kansas City, MO
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By David R. Miller, Associate Editor Photos by Beth Singer Photography,
Courtesy of SmithGroup

omedian Steve Martin played to the fears of many with his over-the-top portrayal of
a sadistic dentist in Little Shop of Horrors. Fortunately, a real-life version of Martin’s
character has never been documented, but memories of procedures that were a little
too intense can still keep otherwise reasonable adults from seeking out proper
dental care. When they do succumb to common sense, or perhaps simply a nagging toothache,
most are amazed at the great technological leaps that have transformed the practice of dentistry
in recent years. Gentle dentistry can produce winning smiles without creating frowns during
Of course, years of training are required to create these results and the University of Detroit
Mercy (UDM) School of Dentistry has a proud history of providing this instruction. Architect and
engineer SmithGroup, Detroit, and construction manager White Construction Co., Inc., Detroit,
recently renovated an existing facility to house this program. Much like dentists, members of the
project team employed all their skills and expertise to make this process as painless as possible
for UDM.

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MAKING SMILES also had to contend with the existing This floor was converted into two large
The first step in performing a renovation configuration of the first floor, which bore clinics, one for third year students and one for
that would bring smiles to the faces of UDM little resemblance to the clinics planned for fourth year student. Each of these main
students and faculty was finding a suitable the space. clinics was assigned a bold primary color, blue
building. Detroit’s former Kindred Hospital “The first level was a big downside,” said or red, while smaller specialty clinics inside
was a good candidate for a variety of reasons. Varga. “It was the hospital’s diagnostic and were finished with complementary colors to
“The building’s strengths included a treatment block, so it was a maze of corridors assist with wayfinding. Even though many
plethora of patient rooms that could be used with smaller treatment and testing spaces.” interior walls were removed to facilitate the
as offices,” explained Bob Varga, AIA, LEED AP,
design principal for SmithGroup. “In certain
areas, we could reuse entire floors with minor
modifications, and that was very attractive for
UDM. They could provide nice offices for their
faculty at a minimal cost. It took some
thinking to realize the opportunities, but
when you are creative, and a little tight on
money, you start to see things that you
wouldn’t see otherwise. ”
Although the hospital was no longer in use,
maintenance and security personnel kept the
facility intact and the equipment in good
working order. The four-story structure was
converted into office and clinic space, while
an adjacent four-story modular office
building was adapted into classrooms and
laboratories. A location near downtown also
facilitated UDM’s desire to provide needed
dental services for the surrounding
community. The team committed to an
aggressive schedule at the onset of the
project, but the vital nature of the facility and
a solid reputation with the city combined to
help ensure that inspections and permits
were handled in a timely fashion.
“I try not to cry wolf and say that we need
every inspection right now, but we have a 20-
year relationship with the City and we know
who to talk to when we need to get things
done,” said Bernard White, president of White
Construction. “They followed the rules and
inspected everything in accordance with the
code requirements, but we did very well with
getting approvals, even up to and during the
holidays. I think they would do that for
almost anyone, you just need to know who to
talk to.”
The layout of the modular building and the
upper floors of the hospital lent themselves
well to the renovation, but the lower floors
were more problematic. The structure of the
second floor, for example, was not sufficient
to carry the weight of the books that would
be placed in the new library. Adding beams
underneath the existing beams would have
taken up valuable ceiling space needed for
new mechanical and electrical systems on the
first floor, so the project team wrapped the
existing concrete “Ts” with a Kevlar material
that added tensile reinforcement to meet
the loading requirements. The project team

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new layout, there were few structural issues because of the “Part of the reason White [Construction] was chosen for the job was
institutional, multi-level design. Obstructions from columns were that they came into it with a pretty ‘gung-ho’ attitude,” said Varga.
somewhat problematic, but the project team minimized their profile “They approached it with a holistic point of view and they made it
while celebrating the history of the building by removing the gypsum very clear that they were going to get it done instead of dickering
board surrounding them. Solutions to some other problems were not over every little thing that got uncovered.”
quite so simple. The project also represented several exciting prospects for White
LIKE PULLING TEETH “We wanted this job for a lot of reasons,” said White. “We thought it
Overhead space is a scarce commodity in any healthcare space was a great opportunity to do some healthcare work, which is an
because medical equipment often needs complex mechanical and industry we are pursuing. We were also excited to work in the City of
electrical support to operate. Training spaces compound this issue by Detroit on a project that would benefit the community. We wanted
adding several stations where students can learn procedures in the our name to be associated with that. We were very eager and we gave

Obstructions from columns were problematic, but the project team Medical equipment often needs complex mechanical and electrical
minimized their profile while celebrating the history of the building by support to operate. Training spaces compound this issue by adding
removing the gypsum board surrounding them. several stations where only one piece of equipment may be needed in a
facility that is solely focused on treatment.

space where only one piece of equipment may be needed in a facility them some of our best team members to get the job done. They had
that is solely focused on treatment. This was further compounded by my personal commitment, as well as the commitment of everyone on
the desire to create a welcoming environment by raising the ceiling as the team.”
far as possible in the clinics. Aspiring dentists at the school will put gleaming smiles on many
“We were haunted by the ceiling clearances throughout the whole faces over the years, but the first grins at the site undoubtedly came
project because the architect designed for as high of a ceiling as he with the on time and on budget completion of the project that
could get,” said Harold Bundrent, lead project superintendent for resulted from the tireless efforts of the entire project team.
White Construction. “We had to route some of the piping underneath
the structural beams of the floors above, and the existing piping put THE FOLLOWING SUBCONTRACTORS AND PROFESSIONAL
us into a few situations where we had to lower the ceilings.” CONSULTANTS CONTRIBUTED THEIR SKILLS TO THE PROJECT:
The contractor only lowered the ceilings where it absolutely had to • Caisson Inspection, Engineering – Soil and Materials Engineers,
be done, and the end result did not compromise the warm and Inc., Plymouth
inviting space envisioned by the architect. A trellis ceiling in the lobby • Carpentry/Gypsum Wallboard – City Renovation & Trim, Inc.,
area is particularly striking, but it could not have been installed Auburn Hills
without the dedication of every contractor involved. Bundrent • Ceramic Tile – Musante Tile, Inc., Macomb
complimented his entire project team on this effort, but particularly • Concrete – B & B Concrete Placement, Inc., Romulus
those who contributed to the overhead work - Edgewood Electric, • Concrete Reinforcement – Structural Group, Inc., Trenton
Inc., Madison Heights, and Macomb Mechanical, Inc., Sterling Heights. • Demolition – Detroit Dismantling Corp., Detroit
He also had high praise for the architect, who maintained a strong • Dental Equipment Supplier – Benco Dental, Warren
presence at the site responded to over 300 RFIs throughout the • Duct Cleaners – Sani Vac Service, Inc., Warren
course of the project. The architect likewise appreciated the • Dumpster – Capital Waste, Inc., Detroit
contractor’s approach to the job. • Electrical – Edgewood Electric Inc., Madison Heights

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• Expansion Cover – Architectural Building
Components, Oak Park
• Fire Protection – SimplexGrinnell, LP,
Farmington Hills
• Glass and Glazing – Christy Glass Co., Inc.,
• HVAC – Eastern Mechanical, Sterling
• HVAC – Macomb Mechanical, Inc., Sterling
• Lockers – Steel Equipment Company,
• Masonry – Akins Construction, Inc., SHORING SCAFFOLDING
• Masonry – Rambus Brick Services, Oak EXPERT DESIGN
• Masonry – Robovitsky Inc., Southfield
• Masonry, Waterproofing/Caulking – D.C.

Byers Company Detroit, Detroit
• Mechanical – Controlled Temperature, Inc.,
Walled Lake
• Mechanical – Dennis Heating & Cooling,
• Metal Casework – Architectural Systems
Group, LLC, Holland
• Metal Doors and Frames – Tupper Door &
Hardware, Inc., Farmington Hills
• Millwork – Rice and Werthmann, Inc.,
• Mobile Office – American Mobile Office &
Containers, Inc., Warren
• Overhead Doors – Overhead Door West,
• Owner Representative – Hines, Detroit
• Painting/Wallcovering – Midwest Pro
Painting, Inc., Livonia
• Portable Toilet – Acee Deucee Portable
Can, Carleton
• Resilient Tile Flooring – Master Craft
Carpet Service, Inc., Redford
• Revolving Doors – Fuller & D’Albert, Inc.,
Fairfax, VA
• Roofing – Schreiber Corporation, Detroit
• Specialties – Rayhaven Group, Inc.,
• Steel Erection – Matheny Steel Erectors,
Inc., Flint
• Structural Steel – Taft Steel, New Hudson
• Telecommunications – Center Line
Technologies, Inc., Centerline
• Toilet Accessories/Partitions –
International Building Products, Co.,
• Unistrut Supports – Unistrut Detroit
Service Company, Wayne

Subcontractors and professional consultants
listed in this feature are identified by the
general contractor, architect or owner.

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By David R. Miller, Associate Editor Photos Courtesy of The University of Toledo

avage Arena, originally called Centennial Hall, has been an MOAP (MOTHER OF ALL PROJECTS)

S entertainment hotspot and home court for Toledo Rocket
athletic teams since 1976. Over eight million visitors have
come to see superstars like Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, and
John Mellencamp, along with the pulse-pounding courtside
action delivered by a total of 12 Mid-American Conference (MAC)
basketball champion teams. Unfortunately, years of service gradually
took their toll on this popular University of Toledo landmark. In spite
Converting the aging Savage Hall into a state-of-the-art athletic
and entertainment facility was a monumental undertaking. When the
project was at its peak, 256 tradespeople were working
simultaneously inside the 163,000-square-foot space. An ambitious
plan to complete the project without missing a single basketball
game necessitated this approach. This left a nine-month window to
complete $30 million worth of work inside a confined space.
of the excitement that took place inside its walls, Christopher Ewald, “We got all the typical phone calls from subcontractors telling us
AIA, vice president of the architecture and engineering firm SSOE, Inc., something couldn’t be done,”said Andrew Boedeker, project manager
Toledo, unflatteringly described the dated square hulk as for Mosser Construction. “I told them to go ahead and call the
“bunkeresque.” University to tell them to cancel the first game. I never heard a word
Fortunately, SSOE, along with construction consultant Bostleman after that. They just took care of it.”
Corp. of Holland, Ohio, and lead prime contractor Mosser Demolition was a key project challenge; as several structural
Construction, Inc., of Fremont, Ohio, recently combined their talents precast rakers had to be removed before much of the work could even
with a small army of subcontractors to completely renovate the begin. Each raker was cut into pieces weighing nearly nine tons, all of
structure. The bunker at the edge of campus is long gone as newly which were removed though a massive hole cut into the side of the
added windows transmit abundant natural light, and the once building. This temporary entry also facilitated the placement of
uninspiring footprint of the structure has been redefined with equipment inside the structure, including a 150-ton crane, but some
improved approaches and the addition of the Charles A. Sullivan of the precast was out of reach for even this massive machine.
Athletic Complex. The renovated Savage Arena now rivals any “The upper levels of the precast were so far to the outside of the
collegiate facility. building that a crane couldn’t pick them up with the boom fully

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extended,” said Jason Toth, senior project manager for Bostleman
Corp. “They [steel erection contractor Henry Gurtzweiler, Inc., Toledo
and Mosser Construction] put in a trolley system to ride the existing
steel girders and bring the precast away from the edge of the
building, so we could get it with a crane, unload it onto a semi, and get
it out of the building.”
The concrete rakers at Savage Arena provide a slopped surface for
seating in addition to supporting the building. The rakers remain
intact on one side of the facility, while they were all removed and
replaced with three partial floors on the other side. These new floors
allowed for the addition of 12, 24-person suites, 18 loges that can
accommodate up to 24 people, and 194 club seats.
Performing the heavy lifting that was needed to add these floors
while finishing all of the other tasks that transformed Savage Arena,
made for a chaotic work environment. Multiple cranes, along with
countless scissor lifts, forklifts and other pieces of light equipment,
were typically in operation inside the building. Drilling caissons for New suites at Savage Arena offer spectacular views of the action below.
the new addition, along with removal of precast panels and setting of Seats that were redone with a rocket logo are also visible.
structural steel inside Savage Arena, all occurred simultaneously.
“I was here with our superintendent, Rick Jenkins, for about 15-20
minutes during the first or the second week of the project,” said
Boedeker. “I think that we moved about 15 times – not because he ROCKET ATTACK
was pointing things out to me, but because we had to get out of the Michael Karabin, deputy athletic director for The University of
way of all of the materials that were coming out.” Toledo, used the phrase “arms race”when describing collegiate athletic
After the dust settled, the results of remarkable effort became facilities. When one university builds, others quickly try to match or
apparent. surpass the new facility in the constant struggle to attract student

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athletes and fans. If this is the case, other schools in the MAC will be informal search for any sports facility renovation that achieved
responding to Toledo’s rocket attack for years to come. certification under the USGBC’s LEED program. Finding none, they
Most fans will enter Savage Arena via the Charles A. Sullivan concluded that Savage Arena will probably be the first, as Silver or
Athletic Complex. Seven ticket windows were incorporated into the Gold level certification is anticipated.
new ticket office on the ground floor, which lets the staff efficiently Among the Earth-friendly features is a hydronic heat loop system
respond to an increasing surge of fans eager to catch the next game. underneath the gym floor. When activated, the 100,000 lineal feet of
The ground floor also offers easy access to the Rocket Shop, where glycol lines in the system only heat the building up to about six feet
shoppers can get their game on by purchasing some of the 150 above the floor, which keeps the athletes comfortable without
different Rocket gift and clothing items on display. Visitors have a wasting heat on unoccupied areas during practices. The steam is
unique opportunity to see student athletes before the game, as a readily available because steam for the entire campus comes from
glass wall offers a view of the Midnight Blue and Gold equipment six, 600 horsepower steam generators that were added to the
inside the 5,600-square-foot Charlie and Nancy Creech Fitness building’s basement. A new stack was needed to vent steam, and
the project team cleverly designed a massive rocket, complete with
conical fins and a nosecone, for this purpose. Painted in the school
colors, it will most likely be the first thing new visitors notice, but it
is only a small part of the overall experience.
“We wanted to change an evening at the basketball game to an
event,” said Chuck Lehnert, vice president of facilities and
construction for The University of Toledo. “When I stood in a suite on
opening night, and I saw the crowd coming in with every seat full, it
felt like I was at a Tigers or a Red Wings game. It felt good.”
The good feeling experienced by so many fans that night would
not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of the entire
project team.

• Acceptance of Demolished Concrete – Crestline Paving &
Excavating Contractor, Toledo, OH
• Athletic Wood Flooring – Kiefer Specialty Flooring, Inc.,
Savage Arena’s once uninspiring footprint has been redefined with Lindenhurst, IL
improved approaches and the addition of the Charles A. Sullivan Athletic • Caissons – Parks Drilling Company, Akron, OH
Complex. • Cast-in-Place Concrete Maintenance – Ohio Building Restoration,
Toledo, OH
• Chain Link Fences and Gates – Inline Fence, Inc., Shelby, OH
• Cold Formed Metal Framing, Gypsum Sheating, Acoustic Panel
Center, a new facility four times larger than what was previously Ceilings, Wall
available. The strategically placed glass wall also provides an • Treatments, Building Insulation and Firestopping – Valley Interior
incentive to train harder, as the Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame with plaques Systems, Inc., Findlay, OH
honoring 200 former UT student-athletes, coaches and • Concrete Coloring and Finishing – Hoover & Wells, Inc., Toledo, OH
administrators located outside the Rocket Shop is clearly visible. • Environmental and Geotechnical Consultant – TTL Associates,
After seeing all that the ground floor has to offer, most fans will Toledo, OH
ascend a grand staircase to access the second floor and a section of • Environmental Graphics and Signage – Architectural Arts, Toledo, OH
seats that has been redone with an eye-catching rocket design in • Fencing (Temporary) – Right There Rental, LTD, Port Clinton, OH
the school’s colors. Club, loge, and suite ticket holders will probably • Fire Protection – Accel Fire Systems, Inc., Sylvania, OH
opt for the second floor entry, near the UT “Wall of Champions” that • Glass Railing System and Glass Handrails – Spohn Associates, Inc.,
highlights 50 Rocket championship teams in nine sports, which Dayton, OH
provides easier access to their seats. These ticket holders also enjoy • Glass Railings, Aluminum Entrances and Storefronts, Curtainwalls,
access to the Grogan Room, a full service restaurant and bar that lets Window Skylights, Ticket Windows and Glazing – Toledo Mirror
fans experience the game with tableside views and six LCD flat- and Glass, Toledo, OH
screen TVs. The project team cut large openings into the existing • Graphics Consultant – Forty Nine Degrees, Coldwater, OH
precast to let fans experience the sights and sounds of the game as • Hydraulic Passenger Elevators – ThyssenKrupp Elevator
they return to their seats. No matter where their seats are, fans will Corporation, Northwood, OH
have no difficulty seeing the new scoreboard. This $1 million • Joint Sealants – State Wide Caulking Company, Inc., Milford, MI
highlight of the renovation measures 28-feet tall and features four • Landscaping – Oberlanders Tree & Landscape, Bucyrus, OH
video screens with 10 mm pixel spacing that far exceeds what is • Mechanical – Dimech Services, Inc., Toledo, OH
typically found in collegiate venues. • Metal Lockers – Folding Equipment Company, LLC, Toledo, OH
In spite of all the Midnight Blue and Gold, an admirable • Metal Walls and Roof Panels – C.L. Rieckhoff Company, Inc., Taylor
commitment to green in the form of sustainable building practices • Overhead Coiling Doors, Security Gate and Removal of Existing
is also obvious at Savage Arena. The project team conduced an Coiling Doors – Overhead Door Co. of Toledo, Toledo, OH

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• Roof Reinforcing Consultant – MR Ulrich • Surveyor – Feller, Finch & Associates,
Engineering, Inc., Toledo, OH Maumee, OH
• Sawcutting – Duffey Concrete Cutting, Inc., • Temperature Controls – Environmental
Toledo, OH Comfort Services, LLC, Delaware, OH
• Sawcutting, Removal and Patching – The • Temperature Controls/Commissioning –
Spieker Company, Perrysburg, OH Ifacts, LLC, Alexandria, OH
• Seating – Farnham Equipment Company, • Testing and Balancing – Aerodynamics
Westerville, OH Inspecting Company, Dearborn
• Sheet Metal – VM Systems, Inc., Toledo, OH • Thermal Insulation – Thermal Insulation,
• Signage – Roban, Inc., Lakemore, OH Inc., Toledo, OH
• Sitework – Anderzack-Pitzen Construction, • Tile – Wilson Tile & Stone, Inc., Holland, OH
Metamora, OH • Tree Clearing – T & J Excavating & Tree
• Smoke Evacuation System Consultant – Clearing, Holland, OH
Hughes Associates, Baltimore, MD • Visual Display Boards and Projection
• Sound System Consultant – Acoustical Screens – Shreffler, Inc., Perrysburg, OH
Design Group, Inc., Broomfield, CO • Vomitory Curtain Track and Carriers, and
• Sports Architecture Consultant – Ellerbe Privacy Screens – Toledo Decorating
Becket, Kansas City, MO Center, Toledo, OH
• Sprayed Fire-Resistive Materials and • Waterproofing Membrane – Great Lakes
Intumescent Painting – Spray-On Concrete Restoration, Toledo, OH
Fireproofing, Inc., Dimondale
• Sprinkler Design Consulting – Sebench Subcontractors and professional consultants
Engineering, Inc., Atlanta, GA listed in this feature are identified by the general
• Structural and Miscellaneous Steel – Tech contractor, architect or owner.
Dynamics, Inc., Perrysburg, OH

The new scoreboard (top) measures 28-feet tall
and features four video screens with pixel spac-
ing that far exceeds what is typically found in
collegiate venues. A new stack (bottom),
cleverly designed to resemble a rocket, was
needed to vent steam from the six, 600-horse-
power generators in the basement that provide
steam for the entire campus.

• Painting – MLM Painting, Toledo, OH
• Plumbing Consultant – Vision Mechanical,
Toledo, OH
• Precast Demolition/Erection and Steel
Erection – Henry Gurtzweiler, Inc., Toledo,
• Reinforcing Steel, Wire Mesh, Structural
and Miscellaneous Steel, – Dynamic
Currents Corporation, Whitehouse, OH
• Resilient Athletic Flooring, and Carpeting –
Precision Industrial Services, Detroit
• Roof Consultant – Total Roofing
Management, Bowling Green, OH
• Roof Insulation and EPDM Roofing –
Nordmann Roofing Company, Inc., Toledo,

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Reminders of NOAA’s vital mission are
found throughout the Great Lakes
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ost Americans know the story of Noah’s Ark and the Biblical BUILDING A BETTER FACILITY

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could equal Noah’s, as tending to 22 percent of the world’s fresh water
Vital Great Lakes research occurred well before the construction of
the new GLERL, but the job was performed at a facility with many
is an undertaking with ramifications for every species. Architect “I think the biggest design challenge became apparent to us
Neumann/Smith Architecture, Southfield, construction manager J.S. when we toured the existing facility,” said Jim Stock, RA, associate,
Vig Construction Co., Taylor, and an able team of subcontractors, design director for Neumann/Smith. “They had laboratories and
recently combined their talents to create a high-tech facility to offices scattered throughout the building. There was no contact
support this daunting task. The 53,000-square-foot Great Lakes between the scientists. You could be at one end of the building and
Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), located in Pittsfield not see anyone at the other end. Environmental control was also a
Township and commissioned by the National Oceanic and huge problem because the laboratories were not in one central
Atmospheric Administration, is a true NOAA’s Ark – a structure upon area.”
which the survival of every living thing could conceivably depend. To correct this deficiency, the new building was designed to

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promote “cross-pollinization”of the scientists. The building’s circulation
pattern encourages interaction between scientists engaged in
different types of work as they utilize main corridors to access offices,

laboratories and more common areas like conference rooms and
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individually, no matter how small, prevented
many problems.
“I was taught by Ken Neumann to break
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program down, group them by similar
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The individual spaces not only need to
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is consistent with the overriding purpose of
the GLERL. A careless design that wastes
energy or resources would be inconsistent
with the life sustaining purpose of the
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single most progressive thing that we
installed, when compared to other labs,” said
Vig. “Pat Carraher from Detroit Technical
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hood consumes as much energy as a single
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stacks could be consolidated into a single • Exterior Hollow Metal Doors and Frames • Glass and Glazing – Pro-Glass Installation,
rooftop unit, making for a more attractive – Stock Building Supply, Macomb Inc., Plymouth
exterior. • Final Construction Cleanup – AARO • HVAC – Robertson Morrison, Inc., Ann
Sustainable solutions are not limited to Companies, Warren Arbor
laboratory exhaust. Low-VOC materials were • Fire Protection – Ann Arbor Fire • Interior Doors, Frames and Hardware –
specified for interior components including Protection, Ann Arbor Rayhaven Group, Inc., Southfield
paint, carpeting and millwork. Multiple zones • Fireproofing – Spray On Fireproofing, Inc., • Joint Sealants – J & S Construction, Inc.,
were also created for the mechanical system Dimondale Fowlerville
to allow for optimum comfort and efficient • Flagpole – Abbott K. Schlain, Co., • Lab Equipment – Detroit Technical
operation. The new facility was designed to Plymouth Equipment Company, Troy
provide day-lighting and views at offices and
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labs alike. Stormwater filtration and retention
systems were also dramatically upgraded.
Recycled and regionally produced materials
were used to reduce the carbon footprint
associated with construction. The project
team even carefully manipulated the site plan
to preserve a large, 100-year-old oak tree
growing on the site.
“NOAA, along with the EPA, is really on the
forefront of environmental stewardship,” said
Vig. “The entire team worked very diligently
to make this project environmentally
responsible and we took a practical approach
to building green. We were able to utilize
sustainable products while creating a better
work environment. The amount of window
space in this building is dramatically greater
than what they had before.” Michigan’s Structural Repair, Strengthening,
Now operating from a much more
seaworthy vessel, the GLERL, our modern day Waterproofing & Protection Specialists
NOAA’s Ark, will continue its urgent voyage
on our Great Lakes. Since we depend on the
life sustaining qualities of this region, we are
all along for the ride. Structural Repair Building Envelope Repair
• Acoustical Flooring and Operable ‡3OD]D'HFN8SJUDGHV 5HSDLUDQG5HSODFHPHQW
Partitions – Gardiner C. Vose, Inc.,
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• Asbestos Abatement – Environmental
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• Asphalt Curbs and Gutters – Asphalt
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Specialists, Inc., Pontiac ‡$GG5HVWRUH6WUXFWXUDO ‡0HPEUDQHV
• Carpentry, Acoustical and Drywall – &DSDFLW\ ‡3URWHFWLYH6HDOHUVDQG&RDWLQJV
Huron Acoustic Tile, Inc., Mt. Clemens
• Ceramic and Quarry Tile – National Tile
• Civil Engineering – Nowak & Fraus,
Engineers, Royal Oak
• Concrete – Merlo Construction, Northville
• Decorative Metal Fence and Gate –
Industrial Fence & Landscaping, Inc.,
• Earthwork and Utilities – Compeau Bros.,
Inc., Carleton
• Electrical – Stellar Electric, Inc., Taylor
• Epoxy Floor Coating – Kwasny Company, ZZZVSVUHSDLUFRP‡
Inc., Farmington Hills

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• Landscaping and Irrigation – Dynamite
Landscaping Inc., Sterling Heights
• Masonry – DS Building Contractors, Milan
• Metal Wall Panels – Metro Lakes
Construction, LLC, Union Lake
• Millwork and Casework – Doors &
Drawers, Dexter
• Painting – B/C Contractors, Inc., Ypsilanti
• Plumbing – Ken Cook Plumbing, Ann
• Resilient Carpet and Flooring – SCI Floor
Covering, Inc., Southfield
• Roofing and Sheet Metal – Advanced
Roofing, Inc., Westland
• Sectional Doors – Crawford Door Sales,
Inc., Detroit
• Signage – Huron Sign Co., Ypsilanti
• Structural Steel – Ann Arbor Fabrication,
Inc., Dexter
• Tac-Wall – Integrated Interiors, Inc.,
• Window Treatments – The Sheer Shop,
Shelby Twp.

Subcontractors and professional consultants
listed in the Construction Highlight are
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asymmetrical, curved blade. This revolu-
tionary tool is made with hardened plastic
that is reinforced with nylon for durability
and longevity.

protection. A patent-pending alignment sys-
tem provides +/- 10° (20° total) to compen-
Cooper Lighting Introduces
sate for a misaligned back box housing. The
Shaper Decorative Wall
back box housing is available to ship in
Cooper Lighting, a division of Cooper
advance for rough-in purposes and easily
Industries, Ltd., has introduced a new series
installs in drywall, concrete pour or
of Shaper wall sconces offering a wide selec- There is no need to flex or force the edge
brick/masonry. The housing also includes
tion of unique Decorative Elements includ- of this tool against the round surface of the
an integral UP arrow and two leveling vials
ing recycled glass, fabric, resin, colored compound container, as the curved blade
to ensure proper orientation and alignment.
acrylic and bamboo rings for interior and allows the compound to be easily and effort-
A lens/bezel assembly mechanically fastens
exterior environments. The Shaper 613 Rio lessly removed. The compound can then be
to the housing, creating a tight, IP68-rated
Decorative Elements Series is available in deposited directly onto a taping knife, elim-
seal that is independent of the Decorative
two sizes (6" and 8") with a choice of 13 inating the expense and cleaning time of the
Element. The pre-wired POWER-TRAY™
round and square Decorative Elements. The mud pan. It can also be used with a mud
module that contains all the optical and
wall sconces feature a convenient modular pan, if necessary.
electrical elements plugs directly into the
design, multiple energy-efficient lamping For more information, please visit
quick-disconnect in the back box housing,
options including LED, and sustainable
making installation and service fast and
and/or recycled luminaire components, rec-
easy. Lamp options include compact fluores-
ognizing the importance of sustainability
cent, metal halide, halogen and LED. Trim
and environmental responsibility.
rings and finials are available in all standard
The Rio's Decorative Elements choices
Hyster Company Introduces
painted and plated finishes including
include Frosted Acrylic, Crystal Recycled
the H170-190FT Line of Heavy
Chrome, Cooper, Brass, Nickel and White.
Glass, Aquamarine Recycled Glass, Blue
Duty Lift Trucks
The series is ADA compliant. Hyster has introduced the newest addi-
Topaz Recycled Glass, Ruby Red Recycled
For additional information on the Shaper tion to the Fortis® line of lift trucks: the
Glass, Sage Concentric, Terracotta
613 Rio Decorative Elements Series or other H170-190FT. These new trucks accommo-
Concentric, Bamboo Rings, Paper Leaf,
Shaper products, please visit date much larger loads without a dramatic
White Weave, White Swirl, Mocha Swirl and or e-mail us at increase in truck size or expense. Based on
English Toffee Swirl. The recycled glass con- the current Hyster® H135-155FT model
tains 98%-100% post-industrial recycled
materials. The resin is 100% recycled resin. pneumatic truck, these new capacity models
The resin manufacturing process uses water
that has been recycled in a closed-loop sys-
Drywall Compound Retriever
tem, saving over 21 million gallons of fresh
Increases Efficiency While
water each year. Decorative Elements with
Eliminating Waste
botanicals (Bamboo Rings and Paper Leaf) The Custom Drywall Retriever is a new,
are made from sustainable, cultivated crops. one-of-a-kind tool invented to more easily
The Natural Aluminum trim ring uses up to and efficiently remove drywall compound
80% recycled aluminum with no secondary from its container. The product conforms to
surface finishes and is easy to recycle at the the curvature of the container to eliminate
end of the product's life. waste. It can be used effectively with many
The fixture design is comprised of four types of materials and compounds, such as
modular components made of rugged die- mortar, stucco, carpet and tile adhesive.
cast aluminum construction, stainless steel Unique features include an innovative,
hardware, high-temperature silicone gasket, waste-eliminating design; an angled, com-
tempered glass lens and double-finish fortable handle; and an

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offer a longer wheelbase, a more powerful strength and productivity needed when
drive train, and a new mast to accommodate moving heavier loads. With a durable
loads up to 19,000 lb. power train and mast design, turbocharged
Well suited for use with lumber, steel, and diesel engine, and enhanced hydraulics, the
concrete applications, the H170-190FT line Hyster H170-190FT line of lift trucks fea-
offers several features that allow for lifting tures proven efficiency and superior dura-
capacities similar or equal to those of much bility.
larger trucks. A new, heavier VISTA® mast Hyster lift trucks are supported by one of
provides superior load support during lift- the largest and most experienced dealer net-
ing and lowering while offering optimal works in the industry. Hyster customers
operator visibility. The Hyster turbocharged have access to an expansive parts availabili-
and intercooled Cummins QSB3.3 Turbo ty program, in-depth operator training and precision-machined housings of aluminum,
Diesel Engine provides 110HP at 2,400 RPM product customization for special applica- titanium, steel, brass, plastic or low out-
and 305 ft-lb of torque for maximum per- tions. Hyster Company also offers the gassing epoxy, and are available with a vari-
formance. industry’s most ety of standard or custom wire bundles,
To accommodate heavier loads, the H170- comprehensive standard warranty and including AWG #38 through 500 MCM
190FT series is outfitted with an upgraded affordable and flexible financing programs. wires, cables and harnesses in virtually any
drive axle and an oil-cooled brake design, as For more information about Hyster lift length. They are epoxy-sealed to provide
well as larger hubs that increase truck stabil- trucks, or to find a dealer near you, please leak-free performance in a range of operat-
ity. A new modulated brake system provides visit ing environments, from 1x10-10 Torr
consistent pedal travel versus brake line through 15,000 psi, and from 4 K (LHe)
pressure for optimum operator control. To through 200°C. High voltage and low cross-
ensure operator safety, an accumulator is Douglas Electrical section wire feedthroughs operating up to
used to store hydraulic pressure for full Components Ductorseal® 30kV-DC are also available.
braking power in the event of unexpected Hermetic Feedthroughs Conductor counts range from single wires
loss of engine power. Eliminate Leak Paths through 3,200 or more wires. Connector con-
Fully-tested through the Finite Element Douglas Electrical Components, Inc. figurations on both atmospheric and vacu-
Method (FEM) to ensure ruggedness and (DECo) has introduced its Ductorseal® um/pressure sides can be mixed and
durability, the H170-190FT series offers the feedthrough product line, which features matched as needed. Ductorseal
feedthroughs are widely used in applica-
tions ranging from automotive, semicon-
ductor manufacturing, space simulation,
military, and alternative energy, to air condi-
tioning and refrigeration, X-ray, explosion-
proof, oil and gas exploration, and glove-
For additional information on DECo solu-
tions, including product brochures and
videos, please visit our website

Duluth Trading Company
Reveals New Stretchier
Underwear for Guys on the
Duluth Trading Company has introduced
a line of comfortable, diamond knit under-
wear that is well suited for jobsite wear. The
three styles of Duluth Performance
Underwear are 50 percent lighter and 200
percent more stretchy than cotton under-
Comprised of 93 percent nylon and seven
percent spandex, these garments can protect
against chafing, itching and feeling clammy.
Duluth Trading tested fabric used by triath-
letes, rock climbers and other active types
and considered tradesmen's needs for com-
fort, freedom of movement and moisture
wicking to create this product line.
Duluth Trading Performance Underwear
are available in a palette of masculine colors
including: deep hunter, graphite, dark

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Roofscapes Slate and Shake product lines algae, fungus and insects under normal
are embedded with state-of-the-art UV sta- conditions. Additionally, DaVinci roofing
bilizers, have passed extensive industry tiles resist water absorption, which elimi-
testing and are easy to install. No special nates freeze-thaw issues and allows for
tools or training are required to install installation in all weather conditions.
DaVinci synthetic roof products and tiles For additional information call
come pre-bundled with varying widths for 1-800-328-4624 or please visit
hassle-free installation. DaVinci products
resist curling, cracking and fading, mold,

cobalt and black (Performance Boxers);
white and black (Performance Briefs); and
black, dark cobalt, and deep hunter (Boxer
Briefs). Available in sizes Medium to 3XL,
the Performance Boxer, Performance Boxer
Brief - which offers snug-fitting boxer legs
for extra support for climbing, crouching,
and reaching - and Performance Brief styles
breathe for comfort and wick away sweat 10
times better than cotton underwear.
Duluth Performance Underwear is avail-
able online at

DaVinci Roofscapes®
Introduces Bellaforté™
Roofing Tiles
DaVinci Roofscapes®, has introduced the
new Bellaforté™ slate product. The new
synthetic tiles incorporate several patented
features, are interlocking, overlapping and
self-locating, and will be available in a 12-
inch slate profile. The patented
Bellaforté roofing tiles use
a third less material
than traditional syn-
thetic and natu-
ral slate shin-
gles. They
speed and lower
the overall cost for
builders, remodelers,
roofing contractors and
DaVinci Slate is offered in a standard mix
of five individually molded tiles in widths
of 6-, 7- 9-, 10- and 12-inches. This provides
a non-repeating, natural appearance that
eliminates the “man-made” look found in
other synthetic products. DaVinci offers a 4-
inch shingle that can be used with roofing
architectural features (such as turrets), sav-
ing time during installation and creating a
more finished appearance.
Virtually maintenance-free and backed by
a 50-year limited warranty, DaVinci

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IDEAL HeatSeeker™ Thermal toggles to navigate the tracking cursors
Imager Instantly Pinpoints across the LCD screen to measure surface
Hottest and Coldest temperature variations ranging from 14°F to
Temperatures on Live Screen 660°. A full 1,849 temperature measure-
ments can be viewed live on the LCD with
an accuracy of ± 2% or ± 4° F. Images can be
new HeatSeeker Thermal Imager, an afford-
saved to evaluate all temperature points, as
able thermography solution for the predic-
well as marked with text and live voice
tive maintenance of electrical and mechani-
recordings. The provided ThermalVision™
cal systems. Less cumbersome to use than
software makes it easy to view, edit or ana-
traditional thermal imagers, the handheld
lyze images on a PC, as well as to generate
HeatSeeker was designed to meet the
detailed inspection reports.
stringent standards for performance set by
Other market-proven features of the
professional electricians, engineers and
HeatSeeker are a Class II laser, a built-in
building inspectors. the subject that is then blended with a full
LED illuminator for use in poorly lit areas, a
The IDEAL HeatSeeker incorporates an infrared picture to provide added detail to
removable handle, and adjustable emissivi-
Auto Hot/Cold Tracker, a new technology the image under review. Depending on the
ty to improve accuracy.
that automatically pinpoints the hottest and complexity of the image, the technician can
The IDEAL HeatSeeker Thermal Imager
coldest temperatures within a single screen choose to blend the digital photo with 25%,
(Part # 61-844) is immediately available
by highlighting both with dual cursors. Just 50% or 75% infrared to better identify sus-
with an MSRP of $3,500.00 (U.S.).
a quick scan of the Auto Hot/Cold Tracker pected components. The digital image and
Accessories include: USB cable, camera han-
immediately identifies current or potential the thermal can also be shown simultane-
dle, carrying case, power supply, and
problems, such as overloaded circuits, inef- ously in the display. The combination of the
ThermalVision software. An optional car
ficient heat transfer, moisture leakage, or Auto Hot/Cold Tracker and digital/ther-
charger is also available.
fluid distribution for a stuck valve. By locat- mal blending qualifies the HeatSeeker for a
For more information, contact IDEAL
ing potential malfunctions before they wide variety of applications, improving its
INDUSTRIES, INC., Becker Place,
become critical the HeatSeeker lowers main- versatility and value.
Sycamore, Illinois 60178; phone 1-800-947-
tenance costs. Operating the Heatseeker does not
3614; fax: 1-800-533-4483; or visit
For superior accuracy in the field, require specialist training. Once an image is
HeatSeeker captures a "real" digital photo of captured, technicians simply move


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M. Jack Knowles, III of Architects Rick Bogaert and Burke Atwell-Hicks, an award-
Jenkins; Interior Designer Jennifer winning, land develop-
Associates, PC (DBA), a Klapper; and Director of Marketing and ment consulting firm
Dietrich, Bailey and

subsidiary of Business Development Heather Thomas. based in Ann Arbor, has
Also, HAA staff members Douglas announced that Candice
Associates, Inc., Detroit, Atkinson and Russell Baltimore have M. Briere, a land planner,
Spalding DeDecker

was recently appointed by been elected to serve on Detroit’s has received her certified
Governor Granholm to Knowles III Preservation Wayne Board. Atkinson will planner designation from Briere

the Great Lakes Wind Council. The serve as Board president, and Baltimore the American Institute of
Council is an advisory body within the will act as secretary. HAA is further Certified Planners (AICP),
Department of Energy, Labor, and please to announce that Tina Dortch has the professional institute
Economic Growth that will provide citi- joined the firm’s Las Vegas Studio as busi- of the American Planning
zens with a public forum to begin to iden- ness director. Association. Also, Maggie
tify where, in the Great Lakes, wind ener- Allan, an ecological spe-
gy systems may be prudently sited. Adam Bearup of Hybrid Homes, LLC cialist, has received her
and Eric Hughes of Image Design, LLC Leadership in Energy and Allan
Grand Rapids-based have both being nominate as the Environmental Design
Residential Green Building Advocates Accredited Professional (LEED AP) certi-
Associates, Inc. (OCBA) is (RGBA) for the USGBC West Michigan fication from the Green Building
O’Boyle, Cowell, Blalock &

pleased to announce that Chapter. They will each serve a two-year Certification Institute (GBCI).
SuLin Kotowicz, ASLA, has term as RGBA’s.
passed her state licensing Al Janni, engineering
exam and is now a Southfield-based architecture and services manager at
licensed landscape archi- Kotowicz design firm Neumann/Smith Associates Saginaw-based Duro-Last
tect in the State of Michigan. OCBA has recently announced that staff members Roofing, Inc., has been
provided landscape architecture, urban elected by the Single Ply
design, waterfront planning, land plan-
Tracy Koe

ning, and site design services throughout T a y l o r , Nominating Committee to
Wick, Tracey Roofing Industry (SPRI)

Michigan for 45 years. serve as the President- Janni
and Dawn Elect for the 2009-2010
Nadia Yousef

Paul Albanelli, presi- term, which will be followed by his
dent, Albanelli Cement have earned Presidency for the 2010-2011 term. SPRI

Contractors, Inc., Livonia, L E E D Koe Wick Taylor is a leading trade association representing
has been elected president (Leadership suppliers of flexible sheet membrane and
of the American Society of in Energy a wide variety of other components used
Concrete Contractors, St. a n d in commercial roofing systems.
Louis, Missouri, for 2009- Environ-
2010. The ASCC is a non- Albanelli
m e n t a l
profit organization dedicated to enhanc- D e s i g n )
ing the capabilities of those who build accreditation
Yousef Peterson
with concrete, and to providing them a from the
unified voice in the construction industry. U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Over 40 percent of Neumann/Smith’s
The YWCA of Western Wayne County architects and interior designers are
recently named Melissa Demorest, Esq., of LEED accredited professionals. Porter Lapinski Alberts

the SHW Group, an architecture, planning,
Birmingham, Young Professional of the Mark H. Verwys, a part- interior design and engineering firm locat-
Demorest Law Firm, PLLC,

Year. The YWCA is an organization is ner in the Grand Rapids ed in Berkley, has announced the follow-
dedicated to eliminating racism and has office of Plunkett Cooney ing new hires to their staff: Robert Porter,
been empowering women for over 150 law firm, was recently
years. Strengthened by diversity, the named by BTI Consulting
AIA; Joseph Lapinski, EIT; Michael Alberts,

YWCA pulls together members who Group to its 2009 Client and Steven Szerlag, AIA.
PE; Cheryl Bringley; Georgia Zochowski;

strive to create opportunities for women’s Service All-Star Team.
leadership, growth and power in order to Verwys was among 176 Verwys
attain a common vision: justice, freedom, attorneys to be singled out
and dignity for all people. nationally by clients who participated in
BTI’s annual legal industry client satisfac-
Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson tion survey.
Associates (HAA), an architecture and
design firm, has welcomed the following Bringley Zochowski Szerlag
new members to their staff: Landscape

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Bloomfield Hills-based Synergy Group, Improvement practice, University of Michigan, with a B.A.
Inc. recently announced that Mike Bolger has completed the majoring in Social Studies, with concen-
is the latest member of the design-build requirements for profes- tration in Urban Planning and Urban
firm to become LEED Certified. sional LEED accreditation, Affairs. CoreNet Global is a worldwide,
as well as the Certified professional community for mission-criti-
Justin Barringer, project engineer with Green Professional desig- cal knowledge to enhance professional
Taylor-based J.S. Vig Construction nation from the National advancement and enterprise success in
Company, has earned Association of Home Cummings corporate real estate.
LEED accreditation from Builders.
the U.S. Green Building Kim Fricke-Young has
Council (USGBC). J.S. Vig been named to the
Construction Company is
a full-service general con-
American Institute of

tractor and construction Board of Directors. The
Architects (AIA) Michigan

management company. Barringer AIA Michigan has
appointed Fricke-Young to
Richie Heumann, senior account manag- the newly created position
er of Whirlpool Corporation’s North Davids Sikora Stalnaker of professional affiliate
Atlantic Division, was recently recognized advisor. She is employed by Professional
with the “Whirlpool Corporation Trade Novi, is pleased to announce that John L. Concepts Insurance Agency, Inc., Brighton.
Fanning Howey Architects-Engineers,

Relations Industry and Community Davids, Anthony Sikora, and Alivia
Service Award.” The award recognizes Stalnaker have obtained their LEED
Heumann’s ongoing leadership, building Certifications
industry contributions and countless The Engineering Society of Detroit
hours of community involvement. The The Michigan Chapter of CoreNet (ESD), Southfield, has announced the
Whirlpool Corporation is based in Benton Global has awarded its second Real Estate launch of the ESD Institute—a conduit for
Harbor. Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 to communication and ideas designed to
Paul Mardirosian, a Candidate in the bring together some of Michigan’s most
Daniel F. Cummings, a consultant with Master of Urban Planning (MUP), formidable leaders to launch technical
Plante & Moran PLLC’s Grand Rapids concentrating on Urban Economic and business initiatives addressing pri-
office, recently received two “green” des- Development from Wayne State vate and public policies. The Institute’s
ignations. Cummings, who works in the University. Paul graduated with distinc- goal will be to identify initiatives then
firm’s Technology and Process tion and highest honors from the request comments from distinguished
professionals and organizations from the
private and public sectors. An Institute
Symposium about the topic, which would
generate a report or presentation that will
spur action, will follow this.

For the fourth consecutive year, the

Association (MBPA) has named Plunkett
Michigan Business & Professional

Cooney, headquartered in Bloomfield
Hills, as one of “Metropolitan Detroit’s
101 Best and Brightest Companies to
Work For.” Also, The Detroit Free Press
recently named Plunkett Cooney to its list of “Top Places to Work” in 2008, based
upon employee surveys and independent
research about the firm.

The Tanner Supply Company has
opened a second branch in Dexter. The
branch will serve as a sales and service
center. Tanner boasts a wide variety of
products including hollow metal doors,
custom frames, architectural hardware,
and many division 10 products.

HKS Architects, PC – which was repre-
sented by Jones Lang LaSalle – signed a 10-
year lease agreement to move its regional,

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Farmington Hills office to the historic
Water Wheel Centre building in downtown
Northville. The move, effective in
February 2009, will allow the firm to
increase its work space from 9,000 square
feet at its current location to over 14,000
square feet at the Water Wheel Centre.

The American Ladder Institute (ALI), a
national trade association whose mission
is education of the public as to the proper
selection, care and safe use of ladders, has
launched This
user-friendly website is intended to
appeal to a wide audience, ranging from
professionals that work in the construc-
tion trades to consumers who use ladders
in their homes.

Taylor-based J.S. Vig Construction
Company, a full-service general contractor
and construction management company,
announced recently that it has joined the

Founded in 1993, the USGBC is a non-
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

profit trade organization committed to
expanding sustainable building practices.
J.S. Vig also recently opened a new office
based in Ann Arbor that will serve as the
headquarters for Project Green, a green
building resource center designed to
expand the company’s sustainable con-
struction practice area and educate proper-
ty owners, developers and the general
public on the benefits and costs associated
with green building.

was recently notified that Grosse Pointe
Fanning Howey Architects – Engineers

Academy, Grosse Pointe Farms, has been
selected by a panel of distinguished archi-
tectural experts to receive a 2009 Citation
of Excellence Award from Learning By
Design magazine, a publication of National
School Boards Association. Designed by
the Novi office of Fanning Howey, Grosse
Pointe Academy brings a modern learning
environment to its Moran Building with-
out affecting the school’s striking Gothic

Booms Stone Company has earned the
coveted designation of Marble Institute of

Commercial B Contractor, and may now
America (MIA) Accredited Natural Stone

use the official accreditation logo.
Commercial B companies will be firms
that handle smaller scale commercial stone
installations such as hotel lobbies, bank
lobbies, and low-rise interior/exterior
cladding. Booms Stone Company is locat-
ed in Redford.

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TowerPinkster, a 70-person architecture
and engineering firm with offices in
Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids,
announced that the U.S. Green Building
Council (USGBC) has awarded LEED
(Silver) its recent design work for the
Hicks Student Center at Kalamazoo
College. This is the first LEED-Silver proj-
ect in Southwest Michigan.

HR Solutions, Inc., an international
Human Capital Management Consulting
firm located in Chicago, IL, recently
announced its 2008 Employee
Engagement Award Winners. This award
recognizes the top organizations in which
employees rated the highest job satisfac-
tion scores among our 2008 Employee
Engagement survey participants. Local
general contractor
Company, Southfield, earned the Second
Barton Malow

Highest Overall Job Satisfaction Score of
91% favorable.

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As you all are probably aware, the 2009 Construction
Buyers Guide is out on the street. In an effort to keep
our information as accurate as possible, we’re includ-
ing here all the changes and corrections we have
received for members’ company listings as
of March 25. Changes from the book are in bold.
To see continual, up-to-date, complete company listings, check out the Buyers Guide
Online at, updated monthly.
Check back to this section every month in CAM Magazine to get heads-up information and news involving the Construction Buyers Guide.
Questions? Contact Mary Carabott at 248-972-1000 for answers and to find out how to add to your online listings.
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Invoices for the 2009 Buyers Guide listings have been generated and mailed. If you have questions regarding your invoice, call the CAM office.

Acton Rental & Sales Co. Concrete Preparation Services, LLC Glasrock/OMI Michigan Specialty Coatings Smith Enterprises, Inc.
10646 Northend 5005 Cascade Rd. SE, Suite A 7819 W . Jefferson Ave. 2953 Manchester Dr. (Formerly Smith Heating & Air
Ferndale, MI 48220 Grand Rapids, MI 49546 Detroit, MI 48209 Kimball, MI 48074 Conditioning, Inc.)
Phone: 313-391-6500 Phone: 866-937-4305 Phone: 313-350-7817 Phone: 866-45 EPOXY 3767 Wisner Hwy.
Fax: 313-891-6501 Fax: 866-383-8650 Fax: 313-841-2217 Fax: 810-966-8533 Adrian, MI 49221
Phone: 517-265-2492
Architects Collective, PC Cornerstone Engineering, Inc. Hexagon General Contractors, Inc. Mosher, Dolan, Cataldo & Kelly, Inc.
490 Century Lane, Suite 200 28785 Haas Rd. 210 Executive Hills Blvd., Ste. 100 735 Forest, Suite 200 Thermal Wall Construction
Holland, MI 49423 Wixom, MI 48393 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48326 Birmingham, MI 48009 Systems, LLC
Phone: 616-392-2366 Phone: 248-449-7640 Phone: 248-338-8999 Phone: 248-258-9453 P.O. Box 506
Fax: 616-392-8990 Fax: 248-449-7641 Fax: 248-338-3139 Fax: 248-258-5998 Armada, MI 48005
Phone: 866-426-2534
Austin Morgan Companies DuBay’s Landscaping Services Integrity Networks, LLC Preferred Glass, Inc. Fax: 810-395-2944
(Formerly Rasin’s Landscape & 27845 Groesbeck Hwy. 901 Tower Dr., Suite 440 P.O. Box 171
Associates) Roseville, MI 48066 Troy, MI 48098 Algonac, MI 48001 W.W. Masonry, LLC
P.O. Box 99456 Phone: 586-777-3024 Phone: 248-822-3122 Phone: 810-794-0686 6656 Oak Hill Rd.
Troy, MI 48099 Fax: 586-777-9322 Fax: 248-708-6007 Fax: 810-794-0687 Ortonville, MI 48462
Phone: 248-457-9680 Phone: 248-627-3435
Fax: 248-457-9685 GreenPipe Industries, Inc. KF Engineering, Inc. R.J. Torching, Inc.
8034 Church St. 1630 Stone St., Suite C 5061 Energy Dr.
Car-Bee, Inc. Grosse Isle, MI 48138 Port Huron, MI 48060 Flint, MI 48505
44300 Grand River Ave. Phone: 877-703-PIPE Phone: 810-364-4120 Phone: 810-785-9759
Novi, MI 48375 Fax: 440-942-7705 Fax: 810-364-7827 Fax: 810-785-9758
Phone: 248-912-9973
Fax: 248-912-9975


Our Primary Client Goals:
Protect Your Assets • Control Your Costs • Provide Exceptional Service
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Hastings Mutual Insurance Company
Hastings, Michigan

888 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 1200, Troy, Michigan 48084
Ph (248) 647-2500 • Fax (248) 647-4689
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Please submit all calendar items no less than six weeks prior to the event to:
Calendar Editor, CAM Magazine, P.O. Box 3204, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302-3204.

Industry Events

The American Society of Concrete
Apr. 30 – May 3 – Kitchen/Bath Industry June 25-28 – CEO Forum

This collection of kitchen and bath Contractors (ASCC) will hold its annual
Show & Conference

products, courses and conference sessions CEO Forum at Nemacolin Woodlands
at the Georgia World Congress Center in Resort, Farmington, PA. The CEO Forum
Atlanta, GA promises to offer the latest is a leadership and executive conference
product advancements, trends and for concrete professionals.
insights to help attendees meet the needs For more information, or to register,
of the marketplace. visit or call the
Online registration is available at ASCC office at 866-788-2722.
Training Calendar
May 12-15 – COAA Course and Conference
The Construction Owners Association
CAMTEC, the training & education
CAMTEC Class Schedule
of America (COAA) will hold the following
center of the Construction Association of
May 12-13 – OTI 201 Course – Predesign
Michigan, has announced its
May 13-15 – Spring Owners Leadership
winter/spring class schedule. For regis- Emergency
Conference, both held at the tration information, or to obtain a catalog, Service Plumbing
Indianapolis Marriott call (248) 972-1133.
Downtown, Indianapolis, IN. Over 30 Years of Backflows
For more information, visit Experience, or call 800-994-2622. OSHA 30 Hr.
Start Date Class Pipe Fitting
AIA Contracts
May 5 –
May 13 –
May 31 – Jun.2 – Greening the Heartland Experienced Team Sewer Jetting
Contracts &
May 19 – Personally
The Engineering Society of Detroit
Answers Your Call Sewer Cleaning
(ESD) and the Detroit Regional Chapter FA, CPR, AED
of the U.S. Green Building Council Combined
May 20 –

(USGBC) will present this event devoted Construction
to green building and sustainability prac- Liens/Payment
May 21 –

tices at COBO center. Hundreds of atten- Bond Claims
dees and exhibitors from Michigan and 11 Controlling &
other states will converge on Detroit to Working on
May 26 –

learn about the latest green innovations Delayed Projects
and incentives. The event will focus on Accounts Receivable 248-471-2230
presenting tangible, practical informa- Management
May 28 –

tion, case studies and proven methods. Lien Law/
Air Conditioning NEW LOCATION

For more information, please visit Payment Bonds
June 9 – Now Serving or
Northern Michigan:
Sheet Metal
Traverse City, MI

Maintenance Commercial &
Sales, Service &

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Acme Maintenance Service ............................46
Allingham Corp ..............................................21
Aluminum Supply Company,
Marshall Sales, Inc. ....................................35
CAM Affinity ................................................IBC
CAM Travel Advantage ................................46
C.A.S.S. ............................................................12
CEI Roofing ......................................................42
Curran Crane Co., J.J. ....................................40
DTE Energy ........................................................3
Earth Retention Systems - Van Andel Institute, Grand Rapids, MI

VERSATILE GEOTECHNICAL CONTRACTORS Danboise Mechanical ......................................49
Detroit Terrazzo Contractors Association ....23
Doeren Mayhew ..............................................46
G2 Consulting ..................................................45
Guy, Hurley, Blaser & Heuer, LLC ................15
Hartland Insurance Group ............................19
Dan Thome, District Manager
J. S. Vig Construction Co. ..............................38
Midwest District Office
5945 W. Main Street, Suite 102 „ Kalamazoo, MI 49009 Jeffers Crane Service, Inc. ........................8, BC
LaDuke Roofing & Sheet Metal ....................21
Phone: 269.353.8421 „ Fax: 269.353.8435
Lifting Gear Hire Corporation ........................9
Liquid Calcium Chloride Sales, Inc. ............49

MasonPro, Inc. ................................................27

Navigant Consulting ......................................50
Next Generation Services Group ..................25
Nicholson Construction Company ..............50
North American Dismantling Corp. ............36
Oakland Community College ........................33
Oakland Companies ......................................48
Oakland Metal Sales ........................................6
Osborne Trucking
& Osborne Concrete, John D ....................18
PM Technologies ..............................................7
Plante & Moran, PLLC ..................................41
R.L. Deppmann Co. ........................................31
Roofing Technology Associates ....................23
SMRCA ............................................................17
Scaffolding Inc. ................................................29
Scheir Products ................................................11
State Building Products ..................................45
Structural Preservation Systems ....................37
StructureTec ....................................................29
TEMP-AIR, Inc. ..............................................38
TES Consultants, PC ......................................47
Trend Millwork ............................................IFC
Valenti Trobec Chandler ..................................5
Wayne Bolt & Nut Co. ....................................47

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Call Tom Farnham at (989) 615-2736 Call Gregg Montowski at (248) 972-1000

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Call Amy Elliot at (586) 757-7100 Call Steve Guadette at (800) 954-0423 Call Ardene Reilly at (866) 834-9166

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