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Restarting the Engine:
Part of Highland Park
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Meeting the Energy Challenge:
MSU’s Anthony Hall
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A "No Regrets" Energy Policy Stresses Energy
Efficiency for Michigan
16 U.S. Department of Labor Builds
Enforcement in the Construction
18 Established Contractor Uses PP-R Pipe
for A/C Retrofit on 83-Year-Old
School Campus
John E. Green Company Installs 21st Century Piping in
Direct-Bury Heat Pump Application at the University of
Detroit Jesuit High School

22 Meeting the Energy Challenge:
Retro-Commissioning Michigan State University’s
‘Showcase Project’ - Anthony Hall
26 Getting the Big Picture at COMTEC
30 Woodward Avenue:
The Re-Invention of an All-American Road
36 Restarting the Motor City’s Engine:
Part of Ford Highland Park Complex Slated for Renovation
40 Keeping Southeast Michigan On Track:
M-1 RAIL Construction Slated for Summer 2014
42 A Picture of Good Health:
The Dexter Wellness Center Opens on Baker Road
8 Industry news
10 marketing on the level
12 safety tool Kit
46 product showcase
52 people in Construction/Corporate news
54 Construction Calendar
54 Welcome new members
54 advertisers Index
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PUBLISHER Kevin N. Koehler
EDITOR Amanda M. Tackett
GRAPHIC DESIGN Marci L. Christian

Chairman Eric C. Steck
Amalio Corporation
Vice Chairman Todd W. Hill
Ventcon, Inc.
Vice Chairman Mary K. Marble
Marble Mechanical, LLC
Treasurer Larry S. Brinker, Jr.
The Brinker Group
President Kevin N. Koehler

DIRECTORS Stephen J. Hohenshil
Glasco Corporation
Brad Leidal
Leidal & Hart Mason Contractors, Inc.
Giuseppe (Joe) S. Palazzolo
Detroit Spectrum Painters, Inc.
John Raimondo
Roncelli, Inc.
John W. Rieckhoff
C.L. Rieckhoff Company, Inc.
Kevin F. Ryan
Powerlink Facility Management Services
Preston Wallace
Limbach Company, LLC
Donielle Wunderlich
George W. Auch Company
Ironworkers Local Union 25
Gary Boyajian
Stevan Bratic
Bratic Enterprises, LLC
Marty Burnstein
Law Office of Marty Burnstein
George Dobrowitsky
Daniel Englehart
Peter Basso and Associates, Inc.
Chris Hippler
Capital Letters
Dennis King
Nancy Marshall
Aluminum Supply Company
Rick Rys
Hi Def Color
Sanford (Sandy) Sulkes
International Building Products, Inc.
James Vargo
Capac Construction Company, Inc.
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Guardian Environmental
Services, Inc. – Celebrating 30
Guardian Environmental services, Inc. (GEs) of
livonia, a heating and cooling (hvaC) mechanical
contractor, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in
2014. GEs co-owners, John C. philbin a former
hvaC tech and anthony
D’ascenzo, a former
plumber, saw the market for
commercial hvaC
mechanical services to
complement a growing
plumbing services segment.
GEs began as a sister
company to Guardian
plumbing and heating, Inc.,
which started in the early ‘60s and is still going
strong today. GEs specializes in commercial
hvaC, offering maintenance contracts and project
according to tom Barker, GEs vice
president/sales, the company’s focus and
consistency is the same today as it was 30 years
ago. “our biggest accomplishment is the fact that
we have been successful for 30 years with the
same leadership,” he said. “We have been
successful during the ups and downs of our local
GEs focuses on several “critical” environmental
needs of its commercial customers, including
those who operate healthcare operations and data
centers. one of their Detroit-area customers who
depend on GEs to maintain its critical data center
as well as mechanical systems throughout its
facility is raymond James, a diversified financial
services company located in
lisa Kerr, manager of office
services for raymond
James, said that GEs is the
only mechanical company
she has known since she
began with her company 19
years ago. that’s saying a lot
about the value of this long-
term business relationship. “our corporate office
has very high standards and GEs has always met
them,” Kerr said.
the GEs workforce is comprise of members of
operating Engineers local 324, a group that is
dedicated to finding good opportunities for its
members which includes working at GEs. “We
have an apprenticeship program and currently
have apprentices working for us,” said Barker. “We
think the best techs are the ones we train
Consumers Energy Teams Up
with Food Banks to Distribute
85,000 Energy-Efficient Light
Bulbs to Michigan Families
Consumers Energy is helping families across
michigan to save energy and money this year by
donating 85,000 energy-efficient light bulbs
through food banks.
“Energy efficiency has provided more than
$575 million in savings to the homes and
businesses we serve. By doing this, we continue
to make good on our promise to help michigan
save energy in a practical, everyday way,” said
Garrick rochow, Consumers Energy’s vice
president of customer operations and quality.
feeding america West michigan food Bank is
giving out about 40,000 EnErGy star®-
qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (Cfls)
through its network of food pantries. another
2,500 will be distributed through the food Bank
of south Central michigan in Battle Creek.
families receive a package of two Cfls, along
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with information on the bulb’s benefits and other
energy-saving tips.
“this is the third year Consumers Energy has
distributed Cfls through our network,” said
feeding america West michigan CEo Ken
Estelle. “By helping our clients save money on
their energy bills, Consumers is giving them a
better shot at affording the food they need to lead
healthy lives.”
“We believe this donation will make it a little bit
easier for our neighbors to make ends meet,”
Estelle said.
Cfls can last up to 10,000 hours, or nine
years. they produce 75 percent less heat than
traditional bulbs, making them safer to operate
and more energy efficient – saving about $30 in
electricity costs over each bulb’s lifetime.
the Cfls are distributed by Earthtronics
(www.earthtronics.com), which is based in
muskegon. Consumers Energy has increased its
commitment to Earthtronics and other West
michigan businesses by $125 million and is
increasing its spending on all michigan goods
and services by $1 billion from 2011 to 2016, all
through its participation in the pure michigan
Business Connect program. for more
information, visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com.

Integrated Design Solutions
Celebrates 15 Years of Success
Projects, People & Passion Showcased
in New Site: www.ids-troy.com
the team of architects,
engineers and designers at
Integrated Design solutions
(IDs), troy, are pleased to
announce their new online site, www.ids-
troy.com, with a mission to connect and share
their pride and passion about their business, their
projects and the people who have enabled their
success for the past 15 years.
With an obsession for efficient and effective
design, the seven partners of IDs have led by
example to strengthen their respected firm’s
reputation. now in the 15th year of sustained
growth and remarkable work, their focus
continues to be on the successful integration of
both architecture and engineering into creative
and cost-effective client-centered solutions.
the new website profiles interesting stories
with behind-the-scenes details of many of their
projects, featuring their keen understanding of
university research Centers and K-12 Education,
the nuances of the ever-changing healthcare
Industry, and their leadership role in developing a
new paradigm in university residential life and
student Engagement spaces. Working with
national design partners is a known specialty for
IDs and it’s showcased in their work designing
new art museums and Collegiate sports Centers.
the rapidly-growing Data Center market is also
on their list of accolades.
Collectively, seven partners bring over 250
years of experience to the firm: richard Bracci;
richard DeBeliso; Kirk Delzer; David DiCiuccio;
Charles lewis, michael nowicki, and paul
stachowiak. IDs has almost 100 team members
with expertise in master planning, programming,
architectural planning and design, space
planning, interior design, facility condition
analysis, mechanical engineering, electrical
engineering, lighting design, technology design,
commissioning, energy modeling, sustainable
design and lEED consulting.
their portfolio includes projects in higher
Education, student housing, K-12 Education,
sports & recreation, healthcare, research
facilities, technology, Data Centers, Industrial &
automotive, Civic & Cultural, Workplace and
Worship spaces. the new online presence for
IDs is just the beginning of a digital connection
with their community.
visit www.ids-troy.com.
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McGregor Pool Honored at
2014 Governor's Awards for
Historic Preservation
QEA’s Rehabilitation of Minoru
Yamasaki's Modern Masterpiece at
Wayne State University Returns
Qualities of “Serenity, Surprise and
scott Woosley, executive director of the
michigan state housing Development authority
(mshDa), and state historic preservation officer
Brian Conway presented 12 recipients with 2014
Governor's awards for historic preservation at the
state capitol on thursday, may 7th.
the mcGregor pond & sculpture Garden project by Quinn Evans architects
and mcCarthy & smith, Inc. restored the modern masterpiece by minoru
yamasaki located at Wayne state university in Detroit. Drawing inspiration
from the original design and drawings, the team restored the pool’s
character while employing new strategies and technology for improving its
functionality. the pool and sculpture garden once again epitomize
yamasaki’s design philosophy of “serenity, surprise, and delight.” QEa's
project team included Elisabeth Knibbe, faIa, lEED ap; richard hess;
lauren parker; and ruth mills, ma, ms. Beckett & raeder was the
landscape architect and mcCarthy & smith, Inc. served as contractor for
the project.
"historic preservation is vital to
michigan," Woosley said. "It is vital
to the quality of life of our citizens;
to the vitality and economic strength
and stability of our communities; to
maintaining the unique
characteristics of our cities, towns
and rural areas; and to the sense of
who we are as michiganders.
historic preservation keeps us
"the Governor's awards help
educate the public about the impact
of historic preservation and the
transformative effect it has on
communities," Conway said. "historic preservation teaches us about the
past, brings tourists to town and helps put older vacant buildings back on
the tax rolls."
In michigan between 2003 and 2013, historic rehabilitations using the
federal historic preservation tax credits resulted in more than $1.7 billion in
investment. In 2013, completed historic rehabilitation projects in michigan
alone totaled $146 million in investment. the state historic preservation
office, part of mshDa, initiated the award program in 2003 to recognize
outstanding historic preservation achievements reflecting a commitment to
the preservation of michigan's unique character and the many cultural
resources that document michigan's past.
BY ChriS hippLer
preSiDeNt, CapitaL LetterS
efore I started Capital letters, I worked at
some of the biggest ad agencies in the
world for 18 years. the Big Boys.

they’re big in every way. they have resources
to do deep, penetrating research; global
networks to build brands recognized worldwide;
and, most importantly, rich veins of really smart
people who develop strategic marketing
programs that launch and sustain those brands.
In the Detroit market, the Big Boys orbit
around automotive oEms and their suppliers. I
worked on the ford, Chrysler and Dodge
accounts, in roles that included senior writer,
producer, and regional creative director.
What did I learn from the Big Boys that I apply
to my Capital letters clients? plenty. here are two
key lessons:
1. Build Your Brand
Big agencies spend billions of dollars every
year defining, building and defending their clients’
brands. think Coca Cola, toyota and ford.
these companies know their brand is their single
most valuable asset. the toyota brand was
recently named the world’s most valuable brand.
Its value? $29 billion.
your brand is the foundation of your marketing.
seth Godan, author and marketing expert,
defines brand this way:
“a brand is the set of expectations, memories,
stories and relationships that, taken together,
account for a consumer’s decision to choose one
product or service over another. If the consumer
(whether it’s a business, a buyer, a voter or a
donor) doesn’t pay a premium, make a selection
or spread the word, then no brand value exists
for that consumer.”
Without a brand, your business is a
commodity. you will be in a bidding war with your
competition with no discernible competitive edge.
Whether you are a sole proprietor, a mid-sized
business or a large distributor, your brand is more
than the sum of your parts. Build your brand. It
takes time, but it will pay dividends in the end.
2. Sell Benefits, Not Features
What benefits do your services or products
deliver to your clients? It’s not your product or
service; it is the problem your product or service
If you’re of a certain age, you will remember
when minivans only had three doors. I was on the
team that helped launch a new model of the
Chrysler town & Country, and its most obvious
new feature was a fourth door; a sliding door
behind the driver’s seat.
the fourth door was the feature but what was
the benefit? there were many, but two were
huge: parents could more easily get their kids in
and out of car seats, and older people could
more easily get in and out of the vehicle. Guess
what was featured prominently in all the
advertising and marketing materials? the launch
was a huge success.
Identify your clients’ pain points, then position
your products or services as the solution to their
Big Lessons, Smaller Doses
marketing is the lifeblood of any business, big
or small. I learned a lot of lessons from my
agency years. I make sure my team delivers
those lessons to my clients every day, in smaller
“Marketing on the Level” is written specifically for
CAM members and the commercial and industrial
construction industry. We are specialists in
developing and maintaining websites, and online
marketing. Ideas for a column, or questions about
marketing are always welcome! Contact Chris @
chris@capitallettersmarketing.com or 734-353-
9918, or visit www.capitallettersmarketing.com.
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n may 30, 2014 the Cam safety achievement awards were
presented to 28 member companies. safety achievement awards
are earned by achieving Days away/restricted/transfer rates
(Dart) and recordable Injury and Illness rates (Ir) below 2012
construction industry standards, 2.0 and 3.7 respectively, while maintaining
an Experience modification rating (Emr) below 1.0. all of our applicants
were categorized by hours worked, then by their Incident rate, and finally,
in the case of a tie, the Experience modification rate was considered. We
awarded Gold, silver, Bronze and honorable mention certificates in each
hours worked category. all of the entries received combined to equal
5,466,710 hours worked. more than half of the entrants reported ZEro
injuries in 2012.
The 2013 Safety Achievement Awards
In addition to the awards ceremony and full breakfast, attendees enjoyed
a presentation by ronald Weglarz, attorney with lacey & Jones, llp.
Weglarz discussed workers’ compensation law and recommended
strategies for properly documenting an incident and how to speed return
to work for an injured employee.
We’d like to congratulate all of the award winners. Entries for the 2014
safety achievement awards will be accepted beginning January 1, 2015.
this is a good way to gauge the effectiveness of your safety program and an
opportunity to brag to your customers. In the meantime, I wish you all a safe
and prosperous season. If I can be of any assistance, please feel free to
contact me at (248) 972-1141 or by e-mail at alfonsi@cam-online.com.
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hen Governor rick snyder laid out his
vision for a “no regrets” energy future by
2025, he called for an emphasis on
eliminating energy waste, and replacing coal with
cleaner technologies – natural gas and renewable.
“michigan needs an energy policy that ensures
we can be adaptable, have energy that is reliable
and affordable, and protect our environment,”
snyder said. “We should set a reasonable,
achievable, and efficient range of goals for 2025.”
michigan’s 2008 energy laws require annual
efficiency gains equal to one percent of total utility
electric sales, and that 10 percent of our electricity
come from renewable sources by 2015. Even
though these goals are near the low end of states
that have adopted similar standards, the results
have been spectacular.
Back in november 2012, Governor snyder
delivered a special message on energy and the
environment. he called for a one-year study (already
completed) after voters rejected a ballot proposal
that would have amended the constitution to
require michigan utilities to derive at least 25
percent of their annual electric retail sales from
renewable sources by 2025. the michigan Energy
office and michigan public service Commission
held seven public forums and submitted four
reports to the governor. one of the reports found
that it's theoretically feasible for michigan to achieve
renewable energy standards as high as 30 percent
by 2035, with a minimum of state involvement…
dependent mostly on market forces.
SNYDer LaiD out SeveraL keY GoaLS
For the State’S eNerGY poLiCY:
energy efficiency: for every $1 invested in
efficiency programming, ratepayers see a $3.55
savings in total utility system costs. pursuing
energy efficiency is actually less than a third of the
cost of producing new electricity capacity. What’s
more, the michigan public service Commission
found that renewable energy is significantly less
expensive than electricity from a new coal plant
would be - approaching almost half the cost of coal.
Creating Jobs: Energy programs are also
creating jobs for michiganders that can’t be
outsourced. from large companies, like midland-
based Dow, to small contractors and retailers, the
state’s energy efficiency policies are employing
michiganders across the state. more than 200
michigan companies are engaged in the wind and
By Douglas Elbinger, Energy Systems Analyst, GreenLancer.com
The Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Union
Local #2 of Michigan proudly continues the tradition of excellence.
Michigan Governor rick Snyder. “Michigan
needs an energy policy that ensures we can
be adaptable, have energy that is reliable,
and protect our environment.”
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solar supply chains alone and michigan’s
manufacturing base is returning, while universities
across the state are pivoting to offer training in these
burgeoning industries. Due to its cutting-edge
technology, one company in Eaton rapids is
manufacturing wind turbine hubs and exporting
them across the globe.
adaptability: as part of the foundation of
adaptability, eliminate energy waste and reduce
coal and replace it with newer, cleaner technologies
– natural gas and renewable.
reliability: michigan should become a leader in
reliability in both reducing the average number of
outages and their length. additionally, ensure that
our state never experiences massive outages due
to lack of supply.
affordability: In the area of affordability,
michigan residential customers should spend less
on their combined energy bills (electric and natural
gas) than the national average. In addition, michigan
needs to ensure that energy-intensive industries
can choose michigan for job and investment
decisions to better compete.
protection of the environment: michigan’s
energy generation needs to be part of a healthier
future, reducing mercury emissions, pollution that
creates acid rain, and particles in the air for the
health of michigan. the Governor’s
recommendations come after his special message
on Energy and the Environment in november last
year and after the submission last month of four
energy reports by mpsC Chairman John D.
Quackenbush, and michigan Energy office Director
steve Bakkal.
keepiNG MoNeY iN MiChiGaN
finally, investing in energy efficiency and
renewable energy allows michigan to have control
over its energy future. Efficiency gains and
renewable power are displacing expensive fuels
that michigan imports from other states. almost 60
percent of michigan’s electricity comes from coal –
every lump of it mined elsewhere – resulting in
roughly $1.3 billion that permanently leaves
michigan’s economy every year because it is spent
to buy imported coal.
hiGhLiGhtS oF the report
on-shore wind energy would likely continue to
be the main supplier of renewable energy, while
fracking could help michigan tap into its natural gas
resources. Environmental activists have fought
against fracking, a controversial method of
accessing underground natural gas, but snyder
said michigan “is a role model for fracking done
right.” snyder also called for more competitive
energy rates for industrial customers, but expressed
caution about eliminating the 10 percent cap on
alternative energy suppliers. a regulated market, he
said, offers utilities stability.
“Choice creates a lot of challenges and
problems, so I wouldn’t jump to say increasing
choice is the answer,” he said. to counter this
position, state rep. mike shirkey, r-Clarklake,
introduced legislation to remove the 10 percent cap
in an effort to increase competition. he said the
status quo is completely unacceptable, adding that
his bill is meant to initiate debate on the issue.
several environmental and pro-renewable energy
groups praised snyder’s message. the governor
said he wants to remain vigilant about the control
of mercury emissions, acid rain and air pollution to
better protect the state’s natural resources.
michigan Environmental Council president Chris
Kolb said snyder laid out a strong vision,
recognizing the importance of both energy
efficiency and renewable energy. "We believe that
concrete targets are key to keeping the momentum
going, and we look forward to working with all
parties to make that happen.” members of Clean
Energy now, a coalition associated with liberal
advocacy group progress michigan, criticized
snyder for not proposing specific policy changes.
“We expected Governor snyder to outline concrete
goals for how he will move michigan’s energy policy
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mployers in every business look for avenues to improve their bottom
lines. In the particularly competitive construction industry, the u.s.
Department of labor (Dol) has seen an increase in violations of the
fair labor standards act as some employers shortchange employees in
an attempt to bolster their potentially narrow profit margins while remaining
able to win bids. the Dol’s Wage and hour Division (WhD) is taking an
aggressive and proactive stance against such violations nationwide.
Increasingly, developers and prime contractors coordinate production,
but contract out the physical work to smaller subcontractors who employ
workers themselves, or who further subcontract the work on site. Because
subcontractors must compete against numerous other small contractors
in their localities to win bids, they face an intense pressure to lower the cost
of their services, often at the expense of workers’ wages and employment
WhD is employing new strategies to combat this ‘race to the bottom’
culture so that construction workers in this country will not see their wages
and benefits undercut, and so that law-abiding employers will not face unfair
competition from contractors who use a workforce so eager for work that
it is willing to settle for substandard wages and work in unsafe conditions.
WhD enforces federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and
child-labor requirements of the fair labor standards act (flsa). Covered,
non-exempt workers are entitled to a minimum wage of not less than $7.25
per hour effective July 24, 2009. non-exempt workers must be paid
overtime at a rate of not less than one-and-one-half times their regular rates
of pay after 40 hours of work in a workweek. the flsa also prohibits
hazardous work for minors under age 18, and restricts minors under age
16 to certain occupations and hours of employment.
WhD is committed to combat the prevalence of pay practices in the
construction industry that violate the flsa, such as paying straight time
for overtime (often in cash, “off the books”); allowing employees to “bank”
overtime hours which are later paid at straight time when they have a “short
week”; failing to pay for work performed prior to or after regular working
hours, such as loading and unloading materials and tools needed for the
day; failing to pay travel time between jobsites or between a main office
and a jobsite; failing to maintain complete and accurate records of each
employee’s daily and weekly hours worked; and misclassifying employees
as “independent contractors.”
the misclassification of employees as independent contractors is an
alarming trend, particularly in the construction industry. the practice is a
serious threat both to workers entitled to good and safe jobs, as well as to
employers who obey the law. misclassified workers are deprived of overtime
and minimum wage protections, forced to pay taxes that their employers
are legally obligated to pay, and are left with no recourse if they are injured
or discriminated against in the workplace. By misclassifying these workers
as independent contractors and not employees, these workers are further
denied protections like unemployment insurance and family and medical
leave, which are afforded to employees. honest employers have a difficult
time competing against those who circumvent the law through such
misclassification and may not be paying the proper overtime compensation,
fICa, unemployment insurance taxes, or workers’ compensation
premiums. the department is committed to leveling the playing field for
employers who play by the rules, as well as for the american taxpayers who
are, in turn, severely cheated by such practices.
the Department’s misclassification Initiative, launched under the auspices
of vice president Biden’s middle Class task force, is making great strides
in combating this pervasive issue and to restoring these rights to those
denied them. In september 2011, secretary of labor hilda l. solis
announced a major step forward with the signing of a memorandum of
understanding (mou) between the Department and the Internal revenue
service (Irs). under this agreement, the agencies will work together and
share information to reduce the incidence of misclassification of employees,
to help reduce the tax gap, and to improve compliance with federal labor
laws. Wage and hour is also partnering with individual states, whose
statutes are also being skirted by this practice, further resulting in millions
of legally-due tax dollars remaining unpaid. last year WhD hired over 300
new investigators to help combat these practices.
Each year, WhD regional and local offices plan and execute enforcement
and outreach initiatives to target and to remedy such widespread labor
violations. When violations are found, the agency vigorously pursues
corrective action, using all enforcement tools available – including litigation,
administrative subpoenas, civil money penalty assessment, and the
assessment of liquidated damages – to ensure accountability and to deter
future violations. Increasingly, WhD is seeking the assistance of upper-tier
contractors to assist in ensuring that their subcontractors operate in
WhD is currently conducting a nationwide enforcement initiative focusing
on residential construction - another sector where WhD has observed high
incidences of noncompliance affecting the wages and working conditions
of many vulnerable workers. this ongoing initiative involves on-site
investigations of work sites, including payroll record reviews, employee
interviews, and the examination of potential joint-employment situations to
determine the prevalence of flsa violations. Investigations usually include
all levels of contractors and subcontractors on a jobsite.
additionally, WhD engages key employer associations to help provide
employers with compliance assistance information, and to secure
cooperation in promoting industry-wide compliance and accountability.
similarly, WhD conducts outreach to workers and community groups to
demonstrate the agency’s commitment to addressing systemic wage and
child labor violations and to encourage vulnerable workers to come forward
with potential violations. In 2010, the agency launched the secretary of
labor’s “We Can help” campaign, specifically to reach such vulnerable
workers who may not otherwise be aware of their rights or file complaints
if those rights have been violated.
the Wage and hour Division remains committed to providing the tools
necessary to assist construction companies in achieving and maintaining
full compliance with the labor statutes administered by the agency. for more
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flsa, call the Division’s toll-free helpline 1-866-
4us-WaGE (1-866-487-9243). Information is
also available on the internet at
for more helpful information, please refer to the
following links for flsa fact sheets on the Web:
Fact Sheets from the Fair Labor Standards
act (FLSa)
Fact Sheet #1: the Construction Industry under
the fair labor standards act (flsa) –
Fact Sheet #21: recordkeeping requirements
under the fair labor standards act (flsa) –
Fact Sheet #61: Day laborers under the fair
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ocated in inner-city Detroit, University of Detroit (U of D) Jesuit High
School and Academy was founded in 1877. The school has prospered
through good times and bad by focusing on its founder’s Jesuit values
and preparing students to become community leaders. This commitment to
academic excellence, faith and service has drawn students from the Greater
Detroit area and resulted in a stellar reputation. According to the school
website, each member of the 2013 graduating class was accepted to a
college of their choice, which included 19 Jesuit universities and four Ivy
League institutions.
The majority of the current campus was built in 1930, and while staff
considered leaving the urban site for a new building in the suburbs in the mid-
1990s, the decision was made to renovate the existing campus. The
50,000-square-foot residence building had originally served as the residence
for the school’s priests, but now serves as counseling, meeting rooms and
administration space.
A boiler house located 120 feet from the residence building originally
contained a coal-fired boiler that served radiators in the school. In recent
decades, the boiler house was upgraded with more modern equipment,
including water source heat pumps, while also being configured for future
Summer ruSh Job
In summer 2013, the engineering staff committed to bringing a central air
conditioning system to the main residence building. However, the timeframe
to complete the job was tight, as construction couldn’t begin until mid-June
and needed to be finished by mid-August.
The school engineering staff called upon long-time mechanical services
partner, John E. Green Company, Highland Park, for design-build support.
Director of plant operations at U of D Jesuit, Bob Williams, worked closely
with John E. Green’s Mark Bobrowski, senior mechanical engineer
preconstruction services, to devise a plan that would work for the historic
facility. Bobrowski, a U of D alumnus, has provided engineering support for
his alma mater for over 15 years.
Bobrowski has designed a huge variety of mechanical projects ranging
from automotive process piping to hospitals and schools, and has spent the
last 40 years working for John E. Green. The company was founded in 1909
and is consistently rated as one of the largest, most diversified, full-service,
union mechanical and fire suppression contractors in the U.S.
When it came to the design of this project, the solution was pretty
straightforward. Three new Daikin 2-ton water source heat pumps were
installed in the residence building and tied in with existing valves in the boiler
house. This new arrangement would supply the main residence building with
heat pump water and also provide extra capacity for up to 20 new heat
pumps in the residence building that will be adjoined to a new Science Wing
addition scheduled to be built in 2014-15.
With the equipment decided upon, Bobrowski and Williams still faced one
conundrum: the 4-inch supply and return lines running roughly 120 feet
between the boiler house and the residence building needed to be buried in
a new trench, and neither Williams nor Bobrowski were enthused about the
traditional pipe options for this application.
“My concern was, with the pipe being in the ground and exposed to the
elements, what would the life cycle of the pipe be?” Williams recalled. “Were
Established Contractor Uses PP-R Pipe for
A/C Retrofit on 83-Year-Old School Campus
John E. Green Company Installs 21st Century Piping in Direct-Bury
Heat Pump Application at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School
By Barry Campbell, Aquatherm VP of Advertising & Media Relations
Photos Courtesy of Aquatherm
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we going to have to insulate it, or put it in a
concrete chase or whatever, and Aquatherm came
to the table and seemed to be the answer because
we didn’t have to insulate it.”
Seeking the right ApplicAtion
Bobrowski had been introduced to Aquatherm
by Cindy Zatto with V.E. Sales Company, Inc.
Based in St. Clair Shores, V.E. Sales serves as the
local Aquatherm manufacturer’s representative
and has built a reputation for thorough and
exceptional support in several construction-related
markets, with a specialization in flow control.
Aquatherm is a polypropylene-random (PP-R) pipe
system that has been used to solve plumbing,
HVAC, and industrial pipe problems throughout
North America for the last six years.
“Cindy had told me about Aquatherm and we
were looking for the right application where we
could use the product and check it out,”
Bobrowski said. “On this job, it seemed like a great
fit. You wouldn’t put normal plastic pipe in the
ground for this application – and I don’t like putting
pipe in the ground at all – but with this product I’m
not worried about it.”
One of the reasons Bobrowski and Williams
were comfortable with direct-burying Aquatherm
Blue Pipe® was the heat fusion connection
method used to join pipe and fittings. The pipe and
fitting are placed on a 400-500 °F iron and then
connected. For typical 4-inch connections, the
pipe and fitting are left on the iron for only one
minute. This bonds the pipe and fitting at the
molecular level without the use of chemicals or
mechanical connections, and it eliminates
systematic weaknesses and fail-points. The heat-
fused fittings maintain the same properties as the
pipe itself, so physical stresses will not
compromise their integrity.
Several John E. Green installers participated in
the standard Aquatherm training course
conducted by Zatto, and the proper fusion welding
equipment was rented. Once the trench was dug
and the building penetrations completed, the crew
began fusing 4-inch Aquatherm Blue Pipe. “We
just basically threw it in the ground – I watched the
guys do the installation and it was pretty slick,”
said Williams. “The guys who were doing it were
brand new to the system themselves, but once
they got a few fusion connections done, it went
pretty good and quick, and I think we took several
hours out of the job, because the installation went
so well,” he added.
SAvingS on multiple levelS
The quick installation time was important since
the 6-foot-wide and 5-foot-deep trench was
layered with sand and exposed throughout the
pipe-laying portion of the project. While the team
had budgeted for the trench to be uncovered (and
an excavator operator required onsite at his hourly
rate) for eight or nine days, it only took six days. “If
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we had put steel or welded pipe in, it would have
taken a lot longer. It went fast… faster than we
were expecting,” Bobrowski added.
Using Aquatherm in lieu of steel also presented
savings since the former didn’t require insulation.
“Since it’s heat-pump water, it’s not too hot or too
cold and the pipe has some insulating value so we
didn’t need to insulate it in the ground,” Bobrowski
Despite this being the first experience with
Aquatherm for both John E. Green and the school,
the project came off without a hitch. “Initially it
looked like it [Aquatherm] cost a bit more than
steel pipe, but it fit the application and cost wasn’t
the first priority, but it was close,” Bobrowski said.
green to go with green
Williams also liked the idea that PP-R is an
environmentally friendly pipe option. “We always
look to use green products, but at the same time
that isn’t our main concern because when you ‘go
green’ oftentimes it costs you a lot of ‘green’ and
we can’t kill a project because of that. But we
always look at ways of doing things green and
obviously Aquatherm is a green product.”
And since the new four-story Science Wing will
be a showcase of state-of-the-art,
environmentally friendly products, Aquatherm is
being considered for the domestic water supply
and HVAC pipe systems. The fact that the
products come with a 10-year multimillion-dollar
warranty, and that PP-R is not targeted by scrap
thieves, are other benefits that might factor into
the decision.
With one successful job in the books, John E.
Green also plans to use Aquatherm on other jobs
for which it’s a good fit. “I put this product in the
ground and I’m not going to have to worry about
it deteriorating or leaking. We even looked into
whether we would be able to drive heavy
equipment over it and that checked out okay too.
I’m not a fan of putting pipe underground, but this
was a good option,” concluded Bobrowski.
About the Author: Before graduating from
Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of
Journalism with honors, Barry Campbell had
already launched a professional writing career as
a reporter and working for the Associated Press.
His career spans nearly three decades, including
award-winning work in the newspaper, trade
magazine (with a more decade in HVAC), and
marketing/advertising/PR fields. As Aquatherm’s
VP of advertising & media relations, Campbell
provides a unique perspective on all media-related
and marketing matters and works to educate
North America about the benefits of
polypropylene-random pipe.
u of D alumnus and John e. green
company Senior mechanical engineer,
preconstruction Services, mark bobrowski,
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this is the starting point of the project,
where the heat pump water system was
extended to the residence building using
Aquatherm blue pipe®, which is behind the
blind flanged connections his arm is
resting on.
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n an effort to challenge building owners and the construction and design
industry to create more efficient buildings, President Barack Obama started
the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) -
(energy.gov/betterbuildingschallenge) - a program that is part of the
President’s greater Climate Action Plan (http://www.whitehouse.gov) that
challenges leaders around the country to “modify and improve building
systems and achieve energy reduction of more than 20% by the year 2020.”
According to the U.S. DOE’s website, “More than 190 organizations have
taken the Better Buildings Challenge, representing more than three billion
square feet of building space across diverse public and private sectors, more
than 600 manufacturing facilities, and close to $2 billion in energy efficiency
financing.” Organizations committing to the Better Buildings Challenge agree
• Conduct an energy efficiency assessment of their building portfolio and
pledge an organization-wide energy savings goal.
• Take action by showcasing an energy efficiency project and implementing
a plan to achieve lasting energy savings.
• Report results by sharing cost-effective approaches for saving energy and
performance data that demonstrates the success.
One of those organizations committed to the BBC program is Michigan
State University (MSU) - one of only 21 DOE BBC Education Partners
nationwide. According to Namrata Kolachalam, Office of Public Affairs
Department of Energy, “The Higher Education sector has many options for
committing to sustainability and tracking improvement over time. The Better
Buildings Challenge often aligns with other campus sustainability efforts such
as building LEED certification or the American College and University
President’s Climate commitment, where energy reduction contributes
significantly to achievement. By setting a goal, these (Education) Partners
track their energy performance, share their energy data, and showcase
successful projects and models for implementing energy efficiency across
their organizations.”
According to its website, “In addition to pledging to meet the challenge,
MSU is committed to decrease energy use across its campus, utilizing a
strategy that profiles individual buildings and identifies upgrade opportunities.”
Following its determination to pursue the challenge in 2012, MSU created a
Building Profile Ranking System and Energy Use Index (EUI) Data, which





By Camille Sylvain Thompson, Marketing Communications Coordinator, Peter Basso Associates, Inc.
Contributing Writer - Randy Wisniewski, Principal, Director of Contract Administration &
Commissioning, Peter Basso Associates, Inc.
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provided energy data for 40 campus buildings.
After careful examination, MSU made the decision
to submit Anthony Hall as its “showcase project”
for the BBC.
Troy-based Peter Basso Associates’ (PBA)
commissioning (Cx) group, led by Randy
Wisniewski, has provided retro-commissioning
(RxA) services since 2007 for more than 70
projects, and Cx services on over 300 projects,
since 1993.
PBA’s relationship with MSU is almost as
extensive as its commissioning experience;
including providing MEP engineering design
services to the University for over 20 years, on over
125 (including 20 combined Cx/RxA) projects. Like
its Cx partners at MSU, PBA was eager to take on
the challenge of providing RxA services for
Anthony Hall and to be a part of the DOE’s BBC.
Anthony Hall is used today as it was intended
nearly 50 years ago - as a laboratory/classroom
facility. Included within the building are the
Department of Animal Science; Department of
Food Science & Human Nutrition; Meats
Laboratory – USDA Inspected; MSU Dairy Lab
Processing and Dairy Store; and university
classrooms with a total seating capacity of 891.
The building provides space for research
performed in keys areas of animal agriculture that
are a priority to producers, sustainable agriculture
and basic biology, and interface with areas of
biomedical and environmental relevance.
Constructed in 1955, MSU’s Anthony Hall, a
319,176-square-foot laboratory/classroom
building, underwent an extensive renovation in
1997, receiving a $39 million facelift that included
a complete mechanical and electrical infrastructure
systems upgrade, interior demolition and the
installation of research and diagnostic labs.
As a reflection of its long-term commitment to
energy conservation and sustainability, MSU
joined the BBC and was tasked with making a
decision on which project to submit as its
“showcase project.” Out of 40 buildings, MSU
selected Anthony Hall as its ideal pilot project to
meet the BBC.
MSU’s objectives for meeting the BBC with
Anthony Hall were to “enhance safety, reduce
waste, increase occupant comfort, reduce
greenhouse gas emissions, improve operations
and improve energy-efficiency.”
Since the renovation in 1997, users and
occupants of Anthony Hall had been experiencing
issues relating to thermal comfort within the facility
that would logically suggest potential deficiencies
in the relatively new HVAC systems.
Topping the list of user/occupant complaints in
Anthony Hall was a seasonal fluctuation in thermal
comfort, lack of ventilation and space/building
pressurization issues during both the heating and
cooling seasons.
Also concerning was the discovery during the
RxA process that Anthony Hall was using 257,544
BTU/square-foot of energy annually - a 20 to 30
percent greater energy usage than comparable
In order to successfully meet MSU’s objectives
through the RxA process, PBA began with a
thorough review of existing building documentation
including mechanical as-built documents, as-built
control drawings, and building utility data from the
previous five years.
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Anthony hall project: myers plumbing and
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Following review of documentation, a third party
Test and Balance (TAB) survey was performed by
Aerodynamics Inspecting Company of Dearborn,
on 100 percent of the existing air handling
equipment, hydronic equipment and their
associated terminal devices. Aerodynamics
prepared and provided test and balance reports
to the team that summarized all of its findings.
Following review of existing documentation and
the TAB survey, PBA performed field condition
assessments and extensive functional
performance testing of Anthony Hall’s existing
HVAC systems, including Air Handling Units
(AHUs); air distribution terminal boxes and
temperature controls; lab exhaust systems;
miscellaneous building/lab exhaust systems;
steam and steam condensate systems; heating
hot water systems and chilled water systems.
Through the mechanical systems RxA process
and the TAB survey, PBA identified mechanical
equipment and operational deficiencies that
resulted in system control issues, thermal comfort
issues and poor energy efficiencies, and placed
them into four categories: Deficiencies corrected
during RxA; Maintenance and repair deficiencies
to be corrected through MSU’s maintenance
budget (M&R); Energy conservation measures
(ECM) which included new technology, new control
strategies utilizing existing HVAC components
and/or deficiencies requiring engineered repairs;
and lastly, facility improvement measures (FIM)
which included new technology, new control
strategies and replacement of HVAC components.
The pie chart below shows the energy savings
for each of the four RxA categories.
Many RxA and M&R repairs - including control
setpoint adjustments; repairs to variable frequency
drives; repairs to fire dampers and faulty dampers;
calibrating fume hoods; thermostat control issues;
airflow control devices; corrections to improperly
wired return/exhaust fans, etc. - were made by
MSU during the RxA process.
As a laboratory/classroom facility with multiple
lab spaces, the facility was designed to have
space pressurization controls to maintain
laboratory spaces slightly negative to adjoining
non-laboratory spaces, while keeping the building
as a whole slightly pressurized with respect to the
outdoors. During the air handling systems control
evaluation, PBA discovered that the building
pressurization controls were not functioning.
Pressurization control issues had caused a need
to override air handling equipment temperature
controls and excess outside air to be brought into
the building by the building’s air handling units.
PBA recommended that the airflow monitoring in
conjunction with air flow tracking controls be
implemented to provide proper space and building
pressurization, while reducing the outside air flow.
Also affecting building pressurization, the
headered laboratory exhaust systems control was
unstable resulting in less than desired laboratory
airflow control and increased energy usage. An
exhaust re-entrainment/dispersion study was
performed by Rowan Williams Davies and Irwin,
Inc. (RWDI) that determined that the existing
exhaust fan stack velocities could be safely
reduced without re-ingesting exhaust into Anthony
Hall or surrounding buildings. Based on the results
of the study, PBA determined that variable speed
drives (VSDs) could be added to the existing
constant speed exhaust fans to vary the fan
speeds in response to varying laboratory exhaust
requirements. This stabilized control of the
exhaust systems improved laboratory airflow
control improved spatial and building
pressurization and reduced energy consumption.
In addition, the following is a sampling of ECMs
and FIMs identified and recommendation for
implementation to achieve the goals of the project:
• Install/repair insulation on steam, chilled water
and hot water piping systems
• Install variable-speed drives (VSD) on cooling
tower fans and lab exhaust
• Install air-flow monitoring and repair economizer
damper controls
• Implement demand-ventilation control
strategies in auditoriums, including measuring
air quality
• Install air-quality sensors in laboratories to
reduce number of air changes per hour, while
at the same time maintaining a safe lab
• Install heat-recovery units in exhaust air stream
• Repair or replace failing HVAC system
• Upgrade building Direct Digital Control (DDC)
• Replace pneumatically controlled VAV terminal
units serving non-laboratory areas with direct
digital control (DDC) terminal units; connect
DDC terminal units to lighting system motion
sensors to reset space temperature control set
points and/or close terminal unit dampers
during periods rooms are not occupied
• Connect lighting system motion sensors in
lecture halls to lecture hall-dedicated HVAC
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and/or shut down HVAC systems
when lecture halls are not occupied
• Install motion sensors at fume hoods
to reduce exhaust airflow through
fume hoods when fume hoods are
not being used, while maintaining a
safe lab environment
• Through direct digital control system,
schedule and turn off HVAC
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Implementation of PBA’s recommendations for Anthony Hall began in May
2013, with completion expected during summer 2014. Costs for
implementation total $5,216,363 with a
projected payback period of 8.7 years.
Implementing all of the proposed Energy
Conservation Measures (ECMs) and
correcting system deficiencies is expected
to reduce Anthony Hall’s current energy
consumption by 28 percent, which will bring
the building’s energy usage in line with more
efficient buildings of its type, and will also
meet and exceed the DOE’s BBC of over 20
percent energy reduction by 2020. It has
also created new jobs for local contractors
and MSU staff, another important goal of the
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services performed at Anthony Hall.
“The assistance from our
consultants with commissioning efforts on
campus has been very valuable,” according
to Lynda J. Boomer, LEED AP, BSEE, PE,
MSU Design Administrator. “Bringing in a
team of experts to review our systems and
operations provides a fresh look at items that have been functioning, but
perhaps not operating at peak efficiency. Existing building commissioning
process has identified many potential energy conservation measures with a
good return on investment.”

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nowledge is power. This well-known
phrase certainly holds true in emergency
management. Macomb County’s new
Communications & Technology Center (COMTEC)
keeps its eyes wide open in the form of a 20 x 50-
foot video wall equipped with up to 54 different
screens. Almost an entire interior wall is blanketed
in video screens that monitor major road
intersections, weather information and national
and local news.
Given its knowledge of power, Metro Electric
Engineering Technologies, Inc., Romeo, installed
the electrical systems and power infrastructure
that energizes this massive digital eye, as well as
the remainder of the 25,000-square-foot building.
The Dailey Company, Lake Orion, constructed and
Partners in Architecture, PC, Mt. Clemens,
designed this $13.5 million center created to better
serve, defend and protect the citizens of Macomb
The bank of 70-inch video screens is under the
watchful eye of a combined force of four different
county agencies: Sheriff’s Office Dispatch, the
Macomb County Road Department’s Traffic
Operations Center, the Information Technology
Data Center and the Emergency Management &
Communications Department. “COMTEC
combines the efforts of four county agencies, plus
local police, fire and EMS dispatchers all under one
roof,” said Director Vicki Wolber, Macomb County
Emergency Management & Communications.
This formidable combination of forces makes
the facility one of the first and among the largest
communications and technical operations centers
of its kind in the country. “From an operational and
response standpoint, it made sense to co-locate
these departments,” said Wolber. “The four
departments interact on a daily basis to provide
routine services. In the event of large-scale
emergencies and disasters, the agencies strongly
depend upon and support one another in
responding to the needs of the community.”
COMTEC offers a winning combination: It
boosts the level of public services and makes
efficient use of scarce resources. “Our center is a
model program for other communities to follow,”
said Wolber. “Placing all of these operations in one
location has maximized our scarce resources for
funding, equipment and personnel, has eliminated
duplicate services, equipment and technology, and
has allowed us to become a more efficient and
effective provider of our services.”
A CoordinAted ConstruCtion
Metro Electric was part of the project’s winning
combination of companies. “Metro Electric
provided quality workmanship and personnel,”
said Wolber. “In all of my interactions with them,
their staff was knowledgeable, pleasant and easy
to work with.”
Metro Electric worked as the electrical
subcontractor to The Dailey Company, while Motor
City Electric Technologies, Inc., Detroit, provided
data cabling under contract to the county. The
design and consultant team also included Current
Design, LLC, Rochester Hills, electrical consultant;
MA Engineering, Birmingham, MEP engineer; and
Metro Technology Services, Mount Clemens,
technology designer.
Wolber commends The Dailey Company for its
expert coordination of the entire construction
process, high praise indeed coming from an
emergency management director charged with
coordinating public security during the most
insecure of times. “They worked well with our
project team and kept our project managers
informed of the project’s progress on a daily basis,”
said Wolber. “They had a large amount of
coordinating to perform between not only their
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own subcontractors, but also other contractors and vendors that were
brought in by the county. They willingly worked with these contractors, and
were able to seamlessly blend the various functions into their project timeline,
always remaining conscious of the end goal of completing the project on time
and of providing quality work.”

Zero power outAges
Clearly, this dedicated project team has delivered a state-of-the-art facility.
Whether tracking the course of a major snowstorm, a tornado or a public
safety threat, COMTEC offers Macomb County residents a well-coordinated
and comprehensive level of protection. A key part of Metro Electric’s mission
was to protect COMTEC’s power supply by installing two emergency
generators and two Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems.
The two systems serve two different halves of an existing building complex.
The Dailey Company carved out the COMTEC space from the interior of an
existing building attached to and located behind the road commission offices
fronting Groesbeck Highway. Metro Electric then installed a 421 kw
generator in one building and a 300 kw in the other. “The generators are large
enough to allow that building to operate at 100 percent capacity,” said
President Joseph Brewer, Metro Electric Engineering Technologies. “The
building will never experience a power outage. The command center will
always stay up and running.”
Metro Electric also installed a new UPS system and its companion battery
bank. Designed to protect against power spikes, the battery bank
continuously operates the UPS system. The bank is especially important in
those fleeting seconds before the emergency generators takeover during a
power outage. “If the power goes out, the generator starts within 12
seconds,” said Metro Electric’s Project Manager Bill Wilson. “The UPS system
prevents any spikes, because it continuously operates and always maintains
a constant level of power to the data systems. Once the generator turns on,
it then powers the UPS system during an outage.”
Thanks to Metro Electric, emergency power for emergency response is now
a given. “The county was lacking a fully functional Data Center and Emergency
Operations Center, including having no backup power,” said Wolber.
The new COMTEC facility has come to the county’s rescue in other ways.
“The Road Department’s Traffic Operations Center needed to be updated
and expanded to handle the new 250 traffic cameras that will be installed
throughout the county,” Wolber said. “The Sheriff’s Office Dispatch needed
additional space, technology and equipment in order to expand their
centralized dispatch services to other agencies and departments within the
MAking ConneCtions
The path to this transformation began early. “We created buy-in early in
the project and obtained the commitment from all necessary parties,” said
Wolber. “We secured funding well in advance of project initiation.” United
by the same shared goals of service improvement and wise use of scarce
resources, “we put aside political differences, jurisdictional control and
department ‘silos’ for the betterment of our citizens and personnel,” she
The county’s selection of The Dailey Company aided the project
immeasurably. “From the onset of the project, the county team had a great
deal of confidence in The Dailey Company, because the contractor
demonstrated a great understanding of what the project entailed, and why

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we were doing it,” said Wolber. “Their staff is extremely knowledgeable and
competent, and they brought the project in on-time.” In fact, The Dailey
Company guided this fast-track project to completion in just seven months
from start to substantial completion.
The Dailey Company demolished the north wall of the future COMTEC
building, ultimately expanding the building footprint outward an additional four
to five feet to make room for the new video wall, said Peter Locke, COMTEC
emergency management aide. The Dailey Company created a series of
walkways behind the video wall for ease of maintenance and service. “If a
screen has to be replaced and we
are in the middle of an incident,
we don’t have to set up
scaffolding for the repair,” added
The interior was gutted to
create an open, two-story tiered
floor plan. Essentially, the
dispatch stations are in an open
lower area directly adjacent to the
massive video wall; emergency
management is located in a
mezzanine-type area on the upper
level. “A large section of the
existing second-floor slab and
structure was removed and new
structural steel installed to create
the new tiered second floor,” said
Paul Danko, Dailey project
The Dailey Company worked
directly adjacent to the road
commission’s occupied offices. “Keeping the existing facility and all county
departments safely open and operating throughout construction was an
essential component of the job,” said Danko.
For Metro Electric, coordinating and connecting with the county was as
important as the actual electrical connections. “We coordinated our work
with the county to meet their needs,” said Brewer. In the few instances of
power disruption, Metro Electric scheduled some work on the weekends and
worked closely with the county during weekday operations. “The county was
wonderful to work with throughout the entire project,” added Wilson. In
addition, Metro Electric carefully phased the installation of LED site lighting
to accommodate the road commission’s use of the parking lot.

getting wired
Metro Electric also had to manage the complexities of installing multiple
systems in the existing building’s modest-sized spaces, ultimately making for
a highly concentrated and compressed electrical installation. “It was a very
detail-oriented project with multiple systems,” said Brewer, “but we have great
electricians who pay attention to details.” Approximately four to 10 Metro
electricians worked on the COMTEC project.
Brewer lists some of the actual systems: “For the electrical systems, we
have conventional power, battery-backed up power, and surge suppression-
type power. The lighting is a combination of LED and fluorescent.” Wilson
adds, “The facility also has an intricate dimming system that gives the county
control of lights at different levels in different parts of the building.”
Adding to the technical complexity, Metro Electric also installed all the new
wiring and power infrastructure for two new data centers, one servicing the
video wall in the COMTEC building, and the other servicing a data center for
the entire county that was installed in the lower level of the road commission’s
offices. Motor City Technologies managed all the data cabling for the new
data centers and the entire COMTEC facility. “Motor City Electric
Technologies did an outstanding job with our low voltage cabling and related
work,” said Wolber. “We had a lot of changes and additions to this area of
the project, but they were innovative and cost conscious in meeting our
requests. They participated in our project meetings, and kept our team up-
to-date on their portion of the project.”

serving the publiC
Macomb County unveiled the new COMTEC facility in December 2013.
Wolber lists the new systems in this state-of-the-art, 24/7 facility: Enhanced
9-1-1 phone system; a signal lab and traffic light monitoring system; new
MCC7500 dispatch radio
consoles; and a new computer-
aided dispatch and records
management system available in
early 2015. In terms of stations
and spaces, COMTEC has eight
traffic monitoring positions; 14
current dispatch workstations with
the capacity for an additional 11;
and 24 emergency operation
center workstations, as well as
offices, a conference room and
training center.
“Our public safety capability will be
greatly improved through multiple
modes of interoperable
communications by multiple
agencies and jurisdictions, as well
as improved information sharing
and dissemination,” said Wolber.
“Our responders will be better
equipped and trained, our citizens
better informed. All of this will aid the public safety in our community and
provide a more resilient community during emergency and disaster
Locke offers examples of COMTEC in action: The Traffic Operations
Center quickens the response of ambulances to emergency runs by
controlling traffic lights remotely, even to the point of creating four-way red
lights to stop traffic in all directions. The entire system is linked to a GPS
map able to call up the location of every fire station, police station, hospital,
school, waterway and hazardous material site in Macomb County.
According to Locke, the video wall can be reconfigured to display a variety
of screen configurations, ranging from the display of all 54 screens, all the
way down to eight screens or even a single screen. The video wall is a two-
way street, meaning COMTEC personnel can post their own damage
assessment reports and share other information on the big wall. Headphones
permit selective listening to information relevant to each department or
The video wall and command center is ringed by offices on both levels. In
the command center, moveable posts identify flexible workstations for the
Red Cross, the county executive and even a public health team, said Locke
during a tour of this impressive center. Acoustical wall panels and strategically
placed white noise boxes in the ceiling plenum proper acoustical control – a
vital feature in a facility based on accurate communication in emergency
In a small room overlooking the command center, COMTEC even has a
special room reserved for licensed, volunteer HAM radio operators. “If
something was to happen with the 800 megahertz system used by our radio
systems, HAM radios can establish communications with other HAM
operators anywhere in the world,” said Locke. “In fact, these radios are linked
to HAM operators we have assigned and placed at every hospital in the
Macomb County residents can rest easy with such a sophisticated
the dispatch stations are in an open lower area directly adjacent to the
massive video wall, while emergency management is located in a
mezzanine-type area on the upper level. the dailey Company removed a
large section of the existing second-floor slab and structure and installed
new structural steel to create the new tiered second floor.
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protective eye watching every disturbing weather
pattern, traffic incident, and calamity. Thanks to
the expertise of Metro Electric Engineering
Technologies, The Dailey Company and Motor City
Electric Technologies, the COMTEC facility is up,
running and ready to serve the county. “I would
gladly and willingly work with all of these
contractors and their personnel again,” said
Wolber. “Our architects, the Dailey Company’s
subcontractors and Motor City Electric
Technologies made this a dream project. They all
took great pride in their work, and it shows. We
have a wonderful, state-of-the-art, public safety-
related operations center due to their hard work,
diligence and expertise.”

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Heating. Newly christened as Metro Electric
Engineering Technologies, the company entered
the education market at full speed under Brewer’s
leadership. Metro Electric ultimately became one
of the larger contractors in the school arena.
Today, the company has a long list of large high
school projects to its credit, including Belleville and
Battle Creek High Schools, as well as
Birmingham’s Seaholm High School. The firm has
also performed complete remodeling of the
electrical systems of Rochester High School and
Rochester Adams. Currently, Metro Electric is
working on the new Bloomfield Hills High School.
“We didn’t miss much in the down economy,”
said Brewer. “We have been going strong, and I
definitely thing we are growing.”
Metro Electric even opened a new residential
division in fall 2013. “We see the need for quality
electricians in the residential service market,” said
Brewer. “It’s not necessarily a stronger market, but
just another opportunity. We’ve turned down so
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ourselves, ‘Why aren’t we doing this?’” Clearly,
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“It won’t be long before LEDs will be in every fixture,” said Brewer. “It is gaining and increasing two-
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ignificant portions of Woodward Avenue
are on the brink of a major transformation,
both in the buildings lining this storied
route and in the transportation mode, itself.
Designers are unrolling plans and contractors are
plotting schedules for a host of new
developments, some nearing completion and
others in the design phase. A new chapter is
unfolding in the long history of this major
transportation artery that cuts a diagonal swath
across the Detroit metropolitan area from
downtown Detroit north to Pontiac.
The PasT: Time Traveling on
WooDWarD avenue
every August, millions of car buffs flock to
Woodward Avenue to get their annual muscle car
fix. But time-traveling back to the ’50s celebrates
only one era of this grand historical avenue.
Woodward Avenue began as a native American
footpath called the saginaw trail. the forces of
history turned this tree-lined path, threading its
way through marshes and other wetlands, into a
“corduroy road” lined with wood planks for
wagon travel. According to the Woodward
Avenue Action Association (WA3), over the
course of history, it was a toll road, a railroad
right-of-way, and an interurban route, all before it
entered the Automotive Age.
the advent of automobiles began to shape the
roadway. in 1909, the first mile of concrete
roadway in the world was placed between six
mile and seven mile roads, according to WA3.
in 1916, the entire 27-mile stretch of Woodward
Avenue was paved from Detroit to Pontiac, and
in 1919 the first three-color traffic light appeared
on the thoroughfare.
the rest is not only history, it is our history as
a community and a region. ford began building
the model t in 1910 and full-scale mass
production began in 1914 at the ford highland
Park Plant. As the Automotive era accelerated,
about 43 percent of Detroit’s wealth was located
along Woodward Avenue by 1927, according to
WA3. Part of this prosperity gave rise to the fox
theatre, the Detroit institute of Arts, and other
grand structures.
The PresenT: neW DeveloPmenTs
anD TransiT links on The m-1 rail
today, redevelopment of these grand historic
buildings along Woodward Avenue will benefit
from construction of the m-1 rAiL, a 3.3 mile
modern streetcar system that will run along
Woodward Avenue between Larned street in
downtown Detroit to West Grand Boulevard in
the new Center area.
one such building is the incomparable David
Whitney Building, currently being renovated by
Walbridge. slated to open fall 2014, the building
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was part of the landscape
along the Woodward Corridor
leading into downtown Detroit,
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is located on Woodward Avenue and the south end of Grand Circus Park.
Whitney Partners, LLC, a venture of roxbury Group and trans inns
management, is undertaking the redevelopment of this famed building.
David Di rita, a founder and principal of the roxbury Group, comments
on the synergy between the redeveloped Whitney, the m-1 rAiL and the
People mover. “the m-1 rAiL will have a station in neighboring Grand
Circus Park,” said Di rita. “While not physically connected to the David
Whitney, the m-1 rAiL station will be directly across Park Avenue from the
building, and a very short walk to the Grand Circus Park People mover
station at the David Whitney.
“in fact, the Grand Circus Park stations of both systems represent the
one point where the two share a direct connection, which would enable
passengers on one system to transfer to the other. We believe this
connection, combined with the David Whitney’s spectacular public atrium,
will enhance the overall success of the David Whitney, particularly at the
retail level. the building has historically served as a gateway to downtown
Detroit, and with its full restoration and strategic location at the crossroads
of these two transit systems, we believe it will become the premiere
gathering place for downtown Detroit’s growing entertainment district.”
Construction of the m-1 rAiL itself is expected to start this summer.
Alameda, California-based stacy and Witbeck is the contractor. Detroit-
headquartered White Construction is a subcontractor charged with building
the 20 stations serving the m-1 rAiL. “White Construction has had the
opportunity to work on so many significant projects in the City of Detroit.
the m-1 rAiL is another very significant project that is going to connect
more dots and contribute to Detroit’s continued growth/development,” said
W. Bernard White, P.e., President, White Construction.
Clearly, transportation sparks development. together, these two forces
generate a bustling sense of vitality and a creative hum that makes a city
feel alive. “We anticipate that the m-1 rAiL line will attract more residential
development, because millennials in particular really value transit options,”
said midtown, inc. executive Director susan t. mosey. “We also feel that
more businesses will consider the area once the rail is operational, since it
will be more convenient to visit multiple locations both in midtown and
downtown Detroit.
mosey mentions several projects poised for construction in the midtown
area. “A number of new projects have been announced recently in advance
of rail construction,” said mosey. “one is a new flagship location for
hopCat, a Grand rapids-based company that plans to develop a bar,
restaurant and small rock club on Woodward.” in addition, Wayne state
university will be working with a private development group to bring about
250 more units of housing targeted towards young professionals, as well
as conference space and a 150-room hotel.
the m-1 rAiL and its linkages to other transit modes will create a better
living environment for residents and visitors, alike. “rail will create more
convenience for area residents and businesses,” said mosey. “it will also
allow folks to traverse the area, avoiding costly parking charges, especially
to visit larger downtown events, stadiums and entertainment venues.
“the m-1 rAiL will also link to the Amtrak station in the northern end of
midtown and to the People mover system downtown, as well as to the rosa
Parks transit Center, which is also in downtown Detroit,” said mosey.
for the rest of Woodward Avenue, “a Bus rapid transit (Brt) system is
planned for the Woodward Corridor, which will also eventually create a
connection to the northern suburbs,” said mosey. in a Brt system, the
vehicles travel in exclusive lanes, avoiding traffic. “Brt systems also have
the ability to manipulate lights, and they have stations similar to light rail,”
added Woodward Avenue Action Association executive Director Deborah
schutt. “it doesn’t make short stops like local bus service. for most stops,
you would have to have at least one mile between a stop.”
the following project descriptions highlight some of the exciting new
developments along the Woodward corridor.
The DaviD WhiTney BuilDing
Kraemer Design Group
the historic David Whitney Building in downtown Detroit opened to the public
as a retail and professional services building in 1915. the 19-story building
features a four-story rotunda entry that rises 70-plus feet from street level.
Walbridge, Detroit, is serving as construction manager on the building’s
renovation and restoration, which began in march 2013. the $92 million mixed-
use project includes a 136-room Aloft hotel by starwood, 105 residential
apartments, 11,000 square feet of meeting and ballroom space, and first-floor
restaurants, bars and shops. it is located on Woodward Avenue, across the
street from Grand Circus Park and close to both Comerica Park, home of the
Detroit tigers, and ford field, home of the Detroit Lions.
Walbridge has saved original marble floors, corridors and walls, elevator
fronts, some windows and most of the doors in the renovation effort. rooms
that make up the hotel and residences inside the building will be all new
construction beyond the corridor walls, featuring new mechanical and electrical
infrastructure. the atrium skylight that rises four floors above the ground floor
is being restored.
Designed by Graham, Burnham & Co. of Chicago, the grand building was
completed in 1915. Closed in 1999, the building remained vacant until its
acquisition by Whitney Partners. As the redevelopment team, Whitney Partners
employed federal and state historic tax credits, as well as new market tax
Credits, with Bank of America serving as senior lender and tax credit investor.
the David Whitney is scheduled to re-open in the fall of 2014.
kraemer Design Group, Detroit, is the architect of record on the David
Whitney Building. the building, named for Detroit lumber baron David Whitney,
Jr., was originally designed by famed architect Daniel Burnham. kraemer
Design is now working as the architect, interior designer and historical
consultant on the transformation of the iconic building into a modern-day Aloft
hotel/residential facility that juxtaposes traditional early 20th Century architecture
with high-tech modern design elements. the transformation of this building
from a silent reminder of some of the hardships our city has faced into a vibrant
gateway to the now bustling downtown is a huge win for the entire Detroit
community and economy. —Information courtesy of Walbridge and Kraemer
Design Group.
Wsu PhysiCian grouP meDiCal offiCe BuilDing
Neumann/Smith Architecture
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neumann/smith, Detroit and southfield, designed a five-story medical office
building and a four-story parking structure in Detroit’s thriving midtown district
David Whitney Building
to replace outdated and undersized existing facilities. this catalyst will help
continue the revitalization and rapid growth in the region, including the much
m-1 rAiL project.
the new medical building will house clinical and office space for the
Wayne state university Physician Group. Ground-level retail space is also
included in both the medical office building and parking structure.
the building will be only two stories high near the parking structure to
preserve openness in the naturally ventilated deck while providing daylight
and open views from the upper office levels. the lowering of the building
also creates an accessible roof terrace on level three that is adjacent to
meeting rooms and staff break areas. Completion is slated for spring 2016.
the design is an assembly of timeless materials including warm brick,
limestone and precast concrete, as well as deeply recessed glass and
aluminum windows in a handsome composition. these traditional materials
and building forms are counterpointed with modern sloping glass features,
aluminum sunscreens and glass stairs that will establish an iconic new
image for the Wayne state university Physician Group.
the development of this structure represents a more than $60 million
investment in midtown, regional job creation and most importantly, an
improved and more accessible environment for patient care. Phase one is
projected to begin this summer and the building is slated to be complete
by spring 2016. —Information courtesy WSU and Neumann/Smith
WooDWarD/Willis BuilDing
Quinn Evans Architects
The Monahan Company
more than 10 years ago, when midtown Detroit was still the university
Cultural Center Association, the organization began the process of
developing a new building at the northwest corner of Woodward and Willis,
said Ann Arbor-based Quinn evans Principal elisabeth knibbe, fAiA, LeeD
AP. After assembling the site, design began for first-floor retail and upper-
floor residential. early designs were very traditional, reflecting the historic
character of the buildings in the union street and Garden theater blocks
to the south. over time, both the uses for the new building and its design
the monahan Company, eastpointe, started construction in early may.
the building will have 4,250 square feet of first-floor retail/restaurant spaces
facing Woodward. one of the retail spaces will provide a gallery and formal
entrance to Lawrence technological university’s (Ltu) Detroit studios on
the second floor. the remainder of the 27,000 square feet of office space
on the upper floor will be leased to creative users, such as Quinn evans
Architects, who will occupy part of the third floor.
the design evolved into a very contemporary interpretation of a traditional
downtown commercial building. Like a traditional commercial building, the
first floor will have glass storefronts. unlike a traditional design, the retail
will hide 35 parking spaces below and behind the building that will be
accessed from a new green alley to the west. Like a traditional design, the
façade will be clad in brick, but unlike a traditional design, it will have accent
of smooth and textured metal siding. instead of a cornice, the building will
have metal sun screens. instead of a corner turret, the building will have a
projecting glass cube overlooking Woodward. it will also have projecting
bay windows. the result is a contemporary design that will contribute
interest to the varied character of Woodward Avenue in midtown.
in may, the monahan Company began removal of underground debris
left over from former buildings that once occupied the site. Debris removal
and replacement with suitable soil for building is expected to dominate the
first month of work on the site. “Concrete foundations will be started in
June, and then the structural steel is due to arrive to start assembling the
building in mid-July,” said Project Director John e. monahan, the monahan
the company is slated to build and/or renovate even more midtown
buildings, including the 3401 Cass Building and the existing strathmore
Building, just around the block from Woodward and Willis. “the strathmore
is going to be developed into apartments,” said monahan. hamilton
Anderson Associates, inc., Detroit, is the architect on the strathmore.
the monahan Company has already built quite a few projects in the
midtown area, including the recent completion of the final phase of the
Woodward Garden theater Block, el moore Greens Development, 4130
Cass Building, sherbrooke manor, newberry hall Apartments, the Detroit
Artist market, the uPA elementary school, and the historic first
Congregation Church, and finally the Auburn as a prime contractor rather
than the Cm/GC.
the monahan Company has also worked on numerous projects in Brush
Park, an area sometimes considered as part of midtown. these projects
include Crystal Lofts, Garden Lofts, 291 edmund Place, 255 Winder and
the John r. rowhouses. — Information courtesy Quinn Evans Architects
and The Monahan Company.
Wsu mulTiDisCiPlinary BiomeDiCal researCh
Harley Ellis Devereaux
Barton Malow Company/Brinker Group
Located at 6187 Woodward Avenue, the multidisciplinary Biomedical
research Building (mBrB) is a key component in Wayne state university’s
(Wsu) application for a Clinical and translational science Award from the
national institutes of health. the addition and renovation will support
scientific programs, such as biomedical engineering, cardiovascular, diabetes
and metabolism, systems biology and computational systems biology.
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research laboratories supporting these themes will be wet and dry, and
will include shared support and core laboratories. the project will also
include private offices, support services, and provide various flexible
conferencing facilities that incorporate state-of-the-art technology
provisions for presentations and teleconferencing. Completion is slated for
April 2015.
the proposed 2.75-acre site encompasses a full city block north of the
main Detroit campus. two buildings are currently sited on the property:
the American Beauty and iron Works (ABiW) Building constructed in 1920
and the Dalgleish Cadillac Dealership constructed in 1927. the two-story,
83,300-square-foot ABiW building will be demolished and the site
backfilled. the property vacated by the demolition, along with the remaining
property within the city block will be developed as parking to support the
the existing three-story Dalgleish dealership will be renovated and
repurposed. As presently conceptualized, approximately 127,682 gross
square feet of the existing building will be repurposed to maximize available
net area, site development, and new construction to support approximately
196,500 gross square feet of combined space. An exterior courtyard
between the new and renovated space will maximize daylight opportunities
and support the project’s goal of achieving LeeD Gold certification.
Wsu’s new $77 million multidisciplinary Biomedical research Building
will provide wet and dry research space and is designed to promote
scientific discovery through team science. henry ford hospital’s Bone and
Joint Center will join with Wayne state university to create a true
multidisciplinary research center that brings together 60 principal
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Collaboration, transparency, and flexibility are the attributes that will advance
innovation in medical research.
the existing building formerly housing the Dalgleish Cadillac dealership
will be restored maintaining the historical brick and stone façade. A new
addition extending toward Woodward will be sheathed with a fritted glass
curtain wall, producing a high-tech counterpoint to the turn-of-the-century
historic structure. natural light and views are enhanced while allowing a
glimpse into the innovation occurring within. A terra cotta sunscreen will
embrace the street façade extending over the roof and highlighting the
primary entrance.
internally, a unifying three-story space will extend the length of the
southern edge containing circulation, amenity and conference spaces. the
existing structure will house the wet labs in an efficient core directly below
two large roof monitors bringing natural light into this research environment.
Wet labs are flexibly designed to respond to a variety of research team’s
needs. Glass walls separate wet lab and dry lab office space proudly
displaying the research activities. the addition is an open research
environment offering opportunities to foster team science through
collaborative interaction. —Information courtesy of Barton Malow Company,
Southfield, and Harley Ellis Devereaux, Southfield.
neW DeTroiT evenTs CenTer
Barton Malow-Hunt-White
the new events center is the anchor of the $650 million public-private
catalyst development project that will redevelop an underutilized area in
downtown Detroit into a dynamic mixed-use district of retail shopping,
residential living, entertainment venues and office space. it will create a
continuous, walkable environment from downtown to midtown, transitioning
seamlessly from day to night and weekday to weekend.
the approximately 650,000-square-foot multipurpose events center will
be home to the Detroit red Wings and attract major entertainment events to
Detroit. the state-of-the-art facility will feature premium seating and amenities
of a contemporary first-class professional sports and entertainment complex.
of the project costs, olympia Development of michigan will contribute
$367 million, or 56 percent, and the state of michigan and the Downtown
Development Authority will contribute $283 million, or 44 percent. it is
expected that the project’s economic impact on Detroit, the region and state
will be $1.8 billion.
“We are thrilled and honored to be selected as the construction team to
build the new events center right here in Detroit,” said ryan maibach,
President, Barton malow-hunt-White. “this project will be locally sourced
and have a significant economic impact on our community. it is a core
component of Detroit’s revitalization strategy and we are proud to lead the
efforts of the many Detroit workers and businesses that will play a major role
in building this state-of-the-art events center.”
Bernard White, President, White Construction, is equally thrilled, “We are
very excited about the project. someone said to me that we have now
achieved a ‘hat trick’ because we have worked on Comerica Park, ford
field, and now the new red Wings hockey arena. that’s three in a row.”
White Construction has an extensive portfolio of significant Woodward
Avenue projects to its credit, including the Woodward-mack streetscape,
youthVille Detroit, hudson’s site Premier Garage (underground), Campus
martius Park, and the Wsu area fifth third Bank. Celebrating its 25th
anniversary, the firm has been involved in a host of projects that have
reshaped this 313-year-old city on the straits. “As construction manager for
the Detroit riverWalk, the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority on the
waterfront and Campus martius, we have enjoyed great opportunities to
successfully manage projects that support downtown Detroit and the
Woodward corridor,” said White. —Information courtesy of Barton Malow
Company and White Construction.
WrighT-kay BuilDing renovaTion
Neumann/Smith Architecture
Sachse Construction
the scope of work included complete restoration of the Wright-kay
Building, originally the schwankovsky temple of music, one of the oldest
buildings in downtown Detroit. the six-story, 19,500-square-foot building
now houses neumann/smith's preservation studio and the offices of the
minority partnership practice, hannah-neumann/smith. the project called
for all new mechanical, electrical, bathrooms and plumbing, as well as new
elevators and windows. the project started out as a full historic preservation
project, but mid-way through construction a more relaxed approach to the
restrictions on demolition and restoration of gutted floors allowed a more
m@dison-like "embrace the raw" approach for the tenants. this Bedrock
real estate services project was completed in August 2013.
neumann/smith, Detroit and southfield, chose to stay with the historic
preservation approach on their suite. the firm developed the construction
documentation for the suite and developed space plans for floors two, five
and six for potential future tenants. the third floor was scanned utilizing
3D laser scan technology and the scans were used to develop the detailed
preservation scope of the build-out of the floor.
the project included all new base mechanical and electrical systems and
suite build-out engineering and documentation. Bathrooms were designed
to “Bedrock” standards as was the lobby. façade restoration was also part
of the scope. retail was developed as a “white box” waiting for a tenant.
—Information courtesy of Neumann/Smith Architecture.
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enry ford made history on oct. 7, 1913. that fateful day marked
the launch of the moving assembly line at the ford highland Park
Plant. model t’s began rolling off the assembly line of what became
known as the Crystal Palace – a factory whose incredible use of glass drew
daylight into industrial spaces. Designed by Albert kahn, the 1.8 million-
square-foot factory reduced production of the model t from 12.5 hours to
93 minutes, lowering the price of the automobile, increasing ford’s market
share and ultimately boosting worker’s wages from $2.34 a day to the
famous $5 a day.
April 15, 2014 marks another historic day for this storied site. A little
over a century later, the Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3)
officially acquired two buildings within this national historic Landmark. the
non-profit group purchased the 40,000-square-foot sales and
administration building fronting Woodward Avenue and the single-story,
8,000-square-foot executive service garage directly behind it.
Both buildings have a stout frame of reinforced concrete. the service
garage has large glass skylights, marking it as part of the site’s famous
Crystal Palace. Limestone trim and Pewabic tile accent the brick façade
of this sturdy but lovely four-story administration building. the building’s
size and its location along Woodward Avenue make it ideal for use as a
gateway to the site and as an Automotive heritage Welcome Center.
“tens of thousands of people will see the building as they drive up and
Part of Ford Highland Park Complex Slated for Renovation
By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor
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down Woodward Avenue,” said WA3 executive
Director Deborah schutt. “the Automotive
heritage Welcome Center is envisioned to be on
the ground floor of the two buildings. We will
lease the three upper floors, because we need a
sustainable source of income to operate the
welcome center operations.”
WA3 has embarked on a $17 million capital
fundraising campaign slated for 2014, 2015 and
part of 2016. “in April, we received new cost
estimates based on a historic resources report
compiled by the state historic Preservation
office,” said schutt. “the $17 million price tag
would be to completely restore the exterior of the
building and the ground floor to the secretary of
interior historic standards.” According to schutt,
WA3 plans to open the center in 2018 after
selection of a project team and a design and
construction period of a year-and-a-half.
once open, the Automotive heritage Welcome
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Wa3 recently acquired the historic administration and executive garage of the ford highland Park plant. a capital fundraising campaign will
result in the amazing revitalization of the building that steered production of the model T.
The $17 million price tag
would be to completely
restore the exterior of the
building and the ground floor
to the Secretary of Interior
historic standards.
Deborah Schutt
WA3 Executive Director
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Center may spur interest in the site and in similar
historic sites throughout the region. “it would
direct visitors to other automobile heritage sites
throughout southeast michigan,” said schutt. the
welcome center would also celebrate the
incredible spin-off innovations that have come out
of the automotive industry. the rocket technology
that lifted America into space was born in the
motor City. “Chrysler developed this technology,
and General motors created the first vehicle that
roamed on the moon,” said schutt. “General
motors even developed the pump for open heart
she explains this largely unknown link. “An
engineer at Gm had to have open heart surgery,”
said schutt. “At that time, most people never
made it, because the technology just didn’t exist
to pump the blood adequately when the heart was
stopped during surgery. his fellow engineers at
Gm actually sat down with the doctors and from
these discussions emerged the pump now used
in successful open heart surgeries.”
this is only one discovery in a long list of
amazing technologies that have emerged from the
automotive industry and that will be brought to
light in the once-shuttered front office of henry
ford’s Crystal Palace. “there are countless stories
such as this that we don’t recognize and
celebrate,” said schutt. “What we hope to convey
in this Automotive heritage Welcome Center is
what has come out of the automotive industry in
terms of innovation.”
the spirit of invention is still alive in Detroit. “We
are going to talk about the innovations of the past
and present, as well as those we might see in the
future,” said schutt. “We will devote a portion of
the welcome center to Automation Alley. this area
could feature current businesses that are on the
cutting-edge of innovation.”
once funding is raised, WA3 will need the
innovation and skills of Detroit’s design and
construction industry to bring the building back to
life. “if it was not an Albert kahn building, it
wouldn’t be standing,” said schutt. “the building
has not been occupied, heated or secured since
the 1970s, and scavengers have taken materials.”
the flat roof is in good condition and the front
windows are mostly secured, but the windows are
broken in the back of the building. “the water
came through these windows and down the
floors,” said schutt, “but the concrete ‘bones’ of
the building are still strong. it also is a handsome
and well-designed building.” A developer toured
the building and just assumed the exterior brick
work was redone. “When i told him the brick is
original, he remarked, ‘you’re kidding. the
condition is fabulous,’” recalled schutt.
in the future, WA3 hopes to purchase the
70,000-square-foot building directly behind the
executive service garage. this facility was an add-
on to the site’s original factory, which housed
traditional stationary assembly for the model t.
overall, the historic plant has 11 buildings on
site, including the actual “Chrystal Palace” factory
and its glass atriums. While some buildings in this
historic complex are neglected, “two buildings on
the site are fully occupied and ford motor leases
space in the factory building,” said schutt. “the
factory is of great importance to us, because it is
really the most historically significant part of the
site. the assembly line came into its own in the
redevelopment of this massive factory already
has a living model or template in Brooklyn, new
york. “the Brooklyn factory was built after the
highland Park one, but it is almost a twin,” said
schutt. Post redevelopment, “the Brooklyn
building is now fully occupied. it houses a great
number of employees and businesses, so it just
shows the re-use potential of the highland Park
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WA3 is also involved in work along Woodward
Avenue in the Park District between six and eight
mile roads. “We assisted with the administration
of several façade improvement grants, and we
work on beautification efforts, such as our annual
sunflower planting program,” said schutt.
“Basically, we coordinate and act as a
clearinghouse to assist several different groups in
that area.” WA3’s future plans for another stretch
of Woodward Avenue include implementing a bike
lane demonstration project from six mile to i-696.
founded in 1996, WA3’s broad mission is using
the past to economically redevelop the present
and future. “We are taking our heritage story and
leveraging it with the best planning techniques,”
said schutt, “all for the purpose of placemaking
Woodward and helping it become sustainable into
the future.”
WA3 is dedicated to telling the public the
heritage of an avenue dotted with over 300 historic
sites from Pontiac to downtown Detroit. As such,
it is a designated michigan heritage route and an
All-American road in the national scenic Byways
Program. today, Woodward Avenue’s sense of
place and its wonderful stock of historic buildings
is a force that can fascinate visitors and residents
alike and help to rebuild a city.
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onstruction is underway on the much-anticipated
m-1 rAiL streetcar Project. this new transit line
could be an economic powerhouse and a key link
in an expanding mass transportation network for the City
of Detroit and all of southeast michigan. m-1 rAiL Chief
operating officer Paul Childs recently offered CAm
magazine an overview of the project, including a past,
present and future timeline on the construction of the m-1
rAiL. As of late may 2014, “the design of the rail, systems, road and bridge
work is complete,” said Childs. “We are nearing completion on the last of 13
isolated sites along Woodward Avenue, south of Adams street, where
underground utility relocation work has been taking place since December
m-1 rAiL also issued a request for Qualifications (rfQ) for its tech Center
(Vehicle maintenance & storage facility) in may, and a request for Proposals
(rfP) for the tech Center was slated to be issued in June. “Also in June, our
Construction manager/General Contractor will sign contracts with its
subcontractors,” said Childs.
“We anticipate proceeding with the track construction activities in early summer
2014,” continued Childs. “We are anticipating track construction will commence
this summer. Construction of our tech Center is on track to begin this fall. in
2015 as track construction continues, we will begin the process to secure our
o&m vendor and likely receive shipment of the first streetcar late in the year.”
Childs also offered information on the benefits and capabilities of the m-1
rAiL, as well as on future transit developments made possible by its
Cam magazine: how will this new 3.3 mile street car system
benefit Detroit and southeast michigan?
Childs: the business, philanthropic leaders and government agencies who
were early supporters of the m-1 rAiL streetcar Project always intended for the
streetcar to be a catalyst that helped to jumpstart the creation of a larger, more
robust regional transportation network in southeast michigan. it’s going to serve
as a connector to multiple modes of transit – from local and commuter buses
to intercity and regional networks — that currently travel or are planned to travel
into the city.
the m-1 rAiL streetcar will accelerate the transformation of the corridor in
the way residents, employees and visitors interact with the neighborhoods in
and around greater downtown. it will ignite more opportunities for economic
development and jobs along corridor.
Both Lawrence technological university and the popular Grand rapids-
based Brewery hopCat have already made decisions to move along Woodward
Avenue, and others are following. A market analysis indicates the streetcar
could help leverage the construction of 10,533 new housing units and over five
million square feet of new commercial space within a quarter-mile of the
streetcar route (2015-2024).
Cam magazine: Can you describe the phasing of the project?
Childs: We are still finalizing our construction planning, but it is expected that
track construction will occur in two segments. the first segment will occur in
the Central Business District south of Adams street. in segment two, north of
Adams street, in addition to track construction, our partners at the michigan
Department of transportation will be doing a curb to curb rebuild of Woodward
Avenue along with the i-75 and i-94 bridges.

Cam magazine: Where will the operations center facility for
the m-1 rail be located? What might be its square footage, its
location, its visual appearance?
Childs: the tech Center will be located in Detroit’s north end neighborhood
on Woodward Avenue between Custer street and Bethune street. the facility
will be between 17,000 and 20,000 square feet; however a design is unavailable
at this time because we are working with the local community to develop criteria
for its exterior elements.

Cam magazine: Can you provide a description of the actual
Childs: the streetcars will service 20 stations at 12 locations. sixteen of the
stations will be curbside while the remaining four will be center running. the
station design will reflect surrounding historic and local elements. the stations
will be ADA compliant and provide level boarding. m-1 rAiL stations will have
signage, energy efficient lighting, dynamic message boards, security systems
and ticket vending.

Cam magazine: What factors led to the selection of stacy and
Witbeck, and also White Construction, as the firm selected to
build the stations?
Childs: stacy and Witbeck is an established leader in the construction of
streetcar systems located in urban cores. the company is uniquely qualified to
manage all of the moving parts associated with a project of this scale. stacy
and Witbeck set the standard for how to construct the best modern streetcar
lines in the united states, and Detroit deserves to have nothing short of the
best working on its streetcar project. stacy and Witbeck has brought White
Construction on to be one of its key contractors. their local knowledge has
been invaluable to stacy and Witbeck.
Cam magazine: Can you state three core challenges of the
actual work? What issues do you anticipate and how will the
construction team manage these core issues and challenges?
Childs: As with any urban core infrastructure project first on the list is
underground utilities. We have done extensive work on mitigating those risks,
including extensive yearlong meetings with all parties, developing a 3D model
of the known utilities and working with our utility partners to mitigate extensive
utility moves via a “protect in place” approach.
Another core challenge is communicating with the community as to the “why,
what and when” of the construction efforts. We have an extensive outreach
effort that was modeled after some of the best industry practices. our efforts
with our two advisory comities, Business and Community, have been insightful
and encourage open and honest communications.
for a last core challenge, it’s all about keeping all the moving parts in sync,
and we are using a program office approach to keep legal, communication,
finance, construction and community engagement all on the same page.
Cam magazine: What will be the total number of jobs created
during construction? What will be the total jobs created in
terms of operating and maintaining the m-1 rail?
Childs: it is estimated that more than 700 jobs will be created to construct
the various elements of constructing the streetcar system. We’ve also been
working aggressively with local partners to develop training and apprenticeship
programs so that Detroiters will have the support they need to pursue the
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construction job opportunities made available by this project. We’ve calculated
that about 45 permanent jobs will be created once the streetcar system is

Cam magazine: What are some project requirements, such as
Buy america (Buy america provisions ensure that
transportation infrastructure projects are built with american-
made products)? What is the percentage of DBe firms engaged
in the project?
Childs: some requirements the m-1 rAiL streetcar Project must follow, given
its status as a federally funded transportation project, include: Buy America plus
adherence to all the procurement standards. m-1 rAiL’s commitment is for 20-
25 percent of the project to go to DBe firms, which is twice the average for the
top 50 transit agencies. m-1 rAiL is working diligently, within the legal limits,
to create opportunities for DBe firms within all available project elements.

Cam magazine: Can you describe the actual streetcar?
Childs: the modern, sleek streetcars will be ADA compliant and offer level
boarding. each streetcar will be climate controlled, have amenities such as Wi-
fi and bicycle storage, on-board ticket and the option to operate without
overhead wires. the vehicles will function both on and off wire as a normal part
of their daily operations.

Cam magazine: What is the vision for the future in terms of
light rail in the City of Detroit?
Childs: m-1 rAiL always intended to build a 3.3 mile streetcar, however at
one point m-1 rAiL decided to leverage its resources to support the City of
Detroit’s proposed light rail system that was to travel eight miles; however when
that project was unable to proceed because of city finances, m-1 rAiL
resurrected its original plan to build a catalytic 3.3 mile streetcar system.
Because of m-1 rAiL, there is now up to $60 million of private funding from
the streetcar project that can be used as a match to build a connected transit
project, like the Bus rapid transit plan that is being discussed at the state level.
We look forward to being involved in bringing effective mass transit to the entire
southeastern michigan area in the future.

m-1 rail hosTs TWo CommuniTy forums for neW TeCh
in late may 2014, m-1 rAiL, in partnership with Vanguard Community
Development Corporation, hosted the first of two community forums with north
end residents to discuss the tech Center to be built on the east side of
Woodward Avenue between Custer street and Bethune street. total budget
available for design and construction of the tech Center is $6.9 million.
A request for Qualifications (rfQ) was issued by m-1 rAiL to identify design-
build teams interested in constructing a tech Center. “the tech Center is an
important component of streetcar operations because it’s where our technology,
vehicles and team will be housed,” said m-1 rAiL’s Chief operating officer Paul
Childs. “the rfQ will help identify the contractors that are best qualified to
build the tech Center before we issue the request for Proposal; and the
community forums will assist us in identifying some of the exterior elements to
include in the rfP.”
the second Community forum was held June 19 at triumph Church in
Detroit. it was structured like a workshop to allow north end residents to
provide valuable input to various design aspects of the facility.
the tech Center is proposed to be a bi-level facility sized between 17,000
and 20,000 square feet. the selected contractor will design and construct the
following elements:
• maintenance building
• electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems
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• Landscaping and exterior aesthetic elements
• other work as described in the rfQ
m-1 rAiL uses a two-step procurement process for this contract. responses
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the shortlisted firms received the request for Proposal (rfP). the rfP was a
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the m-1 rAiL streetcar project is the first major transit project led and funded by
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ace up your Nikes and run a few laps on the Dexter Wellness Center’s
second-story track. The first lap will take you on a heart-healthy tour of
several of the spaces within this recently opened, 48,000-square-foot
wellness center. Get into the zone as you jog past the cardio area on one
side and the light-filled gymnasium on the level below. Zip past circuit training,
free weights and a Pilates studio in this moveable feast of exercise options,
and feel stress dissolve as you round the corner with the mind/body studio
on the left and the shimmering waters of the pool below. In fact, two pools
– a warm therapy pool and a lap swim pool – bask in the natural light pouring
in from the almost floor-to-ceiling windows. Complete this tour around the
track with a view of the group exercise studios and the specially designated
stretching zone. Clearly, Dexter-based design/build general contractor, A.R.
Brouwer Company, LLC has created a wonderful place to get active, get well
and get fit.
Dexter Wellness Center is healthy for the individual and for the local
economy, particularly for the Baker Road corridor it calls home. The facility
is the second building to be constructed within the Dexter Town Center along
Baker Road. The first development is a 22,000-square-foot retail/office
building completed in fall 2010 on this Brownfield redevelopment site,
according to Steve Brouwer, president of A.R. Brouwer Company and the
representative for the owners and developers of both facilities.
As any ex-couch potato knows, the transition to wellness is not always
pretty. This held true for the beginning phases of the project itself. Originally
designed in 2007, the Dexter Wellness Center was put on hold during the
Great Recession of 2008. “The Dexter Wellness Center was originally
approved in 2007, but ran into financing roadblocks in 2008,” as stated in
the A.R. Brouwer Company’s submission to the Ann Arbor Business Review’s
2012 Deals of the Year Award. “With the construction industry being
particularly hard-hit, the project was tabled. A.R. Brouwer Company brought
it back to the forefront in late 2011.” Ultimately, the company earned a spot
as one of three finalists in the Construction and Development category.
As part of the project’s resurrection, the building was completely
redesigned in 2012. Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative, an architectural firm with
offices in Orlando, Florida and Denver, Colorado, crafted open and light-filled
spaces that amp up motivation and play their own part in making exercise a
source of that well-known and pleasurable endorphin high.
Ultimately, “the vision of the project’s owners and support from the
community were essential to the project’s success,” said Brouwer. The
successful “deal” for the development of this new building is based not only
on the owner/developer’s forward progress, but also on a long-term
The Dexter Wellness Center Opens on Baker Road
By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor Photos Courtesy of A.R. Brouwer Company
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agreement between the owners and developers and the Chelsea-Area
Wellness Foundation (CWF) as the majority tenant and manager of the
wellness center. Steve Brouwer cultivated the relationship with CWF to “seal
the deal” for a successful development and a healthier community.
Under Executive Director Amy Heydlauff, CWF is a tax-exempt private
foundation dedicated to creating a culture of wellness and to fostering
sustainable improvements in community health in the populations served by
the school districts of Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester and
Stockbridge. CWF is part of an innovative program called the Five Healthy
Towns Project (5H). According to the 5H website, “5H is a ground-breaking,
innovative project that involves planning and funding of a community-wide
wellness plan. The goal of 5H is to create the healthiest five communities in
the Midwest. Chelsea, Dexter, Grass Lake, Manchester and Stockbridge, in
partnership with CWF, are working together on a wellness plan that
incorporates existing programs and new strategies to impact community

consTrucTion: a TeaM sporT
The Dexter Wellness Center is a step forward in making this area the
healthiest in the Midwest. The first step in building the actual structure was
demolition of an existing 100,000-square-foot warehouse and remediation
of the Brownfield site. However, “Demolition was delayed due to
owner/tenant negotiations, starting two months later than expected,” said
Brouwer. Despite the delay, the construction team had to enclose the
building by November in order to make forward progress in the winter
Despite these obstacles, A.R. Brouwer Company kept the project on pace.
Not only did they enclose the building by November, the company completed
the new wellness center a full eight weeks ahead of schedule. As part of a
successful strategy, A.R. Brouwer Co., Ohlson Lavoie, the owners and
developers and CWF communicated on a regular basis throughout the entire
project. “This helped to expedite decision-making and ultimately kept the
project on schedule,” said Brouwer.
The close teamwork extended to the entire subcontracting team. “Another
element that really pushed the pace of this project was the subcontractors,
who were essentially handpicked for the job,” continued Brouwer. “A.R.
Brouwer Company has long-standing relationships with these
subcontractors, which resulted in a noteworthy atmosphere of true
teamwork.” Safety awareness and commitment is part of maintaining this
good rapport. “We are pleased to report that there were no injuries, and
therefore we didn’t incur any lost time,” said Brouwer.
This sense of camaraderie and safety awareness extended to the tenants
in the other Dexter Town Center building. “The entrance to the site is shared
with an existing building that is home to multiple local businesses, including
a highly trafficked pharmacy,” said Brouwer. “Ensuring that these businesses
could continue to operate smoothly and maintaining the safety of their patrons
were top priorities.”
Masonry LinTeLs: supporTing The scheduLe
On-site fabrication of sizeable masonry lintels for this masonry-bearing
building was also essential to expediting construction and adhering to the
aggressive schedule. Overall, the building has 35 masonry lintels, varying in
length from 12 to 28 feet and weighing from 3,000 to 8,000 lbs. “A portion
of the old warehouse that existed at the site was utilized to provide a covered
work area for the masons to construct the lintels,” said Brouwer. “As each
section was properly cured, it was moved out to the wellness center and set
in place. After all the lintels were fabricated, the last portion of the old
warehouse was demolished to make way for a new parking lot.”
Because of this expeditious on-site fabrication of masonry lintels, all the
walls were in place even before the steel framework for the interior of the
second level arrived on-site. Steel was then craned in through the top of the
building and erected for the ultimate purpose of supporting the equipment
loads and occupancy loads of an upper level subjected to heavy athletic
success in MoTion
A.R. Brouwer Company delivered this $9.5 million gem in June 2013. The
end result is open, light-filled spaces hosting a complete “menu” of wellness
options. On the first level, the gymnasium anchors the north end, and the
two pools anchor the east end. Both spaces are bursting with natural light,
courtesy of generous windows lining the length of the outer walls.
Opening the main west entrance, the visitor encounters a healthy lounge
stocked with nourishing foods – a core pillar of the four elements of CWF’s
philosophy, the elements being Eat Better, Move More, Connect with Others
in Healthy Ways, and Avoid Unhealthy Substances.
The front half of the first level also houses a 2,000-square-foot physical
therapy practice, massage rooms, a conference room and Kids in Motion - a
safe, brightly colored children’s area in clear view of the reception desk. The
east half of the first level unfolds into even more wellness spaces, including a
group cycling room, and a lounge and locker room complex, complete with
a series of relaxing saunas to soothe those tired muscles.
Glowing testimonials on Dexter Wellness Center’s website is proof of the
The construction and post-construction photos show one of the
facility’s two pools – a warm therapy pool and a lap swim pool. Both
pools bask in the natural light pouring in from the almost floor-to-
ceiling windows.
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project’s success. One satisfied member said,
“What appealed to me first was its expansive
layout. I love the fact that everywhere I look, I see
natural lighting and the outdoors. Sunny days in
the pool are like being at the beach!”
Clearly, the project was a success, thanks to
A.R. Brouwer Company and its subcontracting
team who exercised their collective construction
muscle to build this amazing and motivating facility.
The project was such a success that A.R. Brouwer
Company decided to host a Project Closeout
Reception for the subcontractors, suppliers and
project team. One supplier said, “In my 20 plus
years of being a supplier, I have never been invited
to this kind of event.” A subcontractor
commented, “This project really was different.
Everyone worked together as a team, which is not
always the case, especially on a project of this size
and with such an aggressive timeline. It really took
a lot of teamwork and cooperation between the
various trades to get this done – and it was great!”
The project owners have even provided and
displayed a plaque recognizing not only the owner,
general contractor, architect and engineering
team, but also listing every subcontractor and
supplier that contributed to the project. This
sincere respect for everyone’s contribution is
certainly part of the four elements, specifically
Connecting with Others in Healthy Ways.
Clearly, the Dexter Wellness Center is devoted
to health and well-being in every way. Brouwer
adds, “The Dexter Wellness Center will not only
boost the local economy, it will also further the
revitalization of the Baker Road corridor, further the
mission of CWF and improve the wellness of
Dexter residents.”
dexTer WeLLness cenTer
general contractor: A.R. Brouwer Company,
LLC, Dexter
architect: Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative,
Orlando, FL
civil engineer: SmithGroup JJR, Ann Arbor
structural engineer: Westfall Structural
Engineering, Ann Arbor
• Alarm System – Allstar Alarm LLC, Whitmore
• Saunas – AM-FINN Sauna and Steam,
Eagle, ID
• Pools – B & B Pool, Livonia
• Steel – B&A Steel Company, Inc., Chesterfield
• Brick Supplier – Belden Brick Sales Co., Fraser
• Roofing – Bloom Roofing Systems, Inc.,
• Gym Equipment – C & M Associates, Brighton
• Concrete Flatwork – Charles Sinelli & Sons, Inc.,
• Carpentry – Conquest Construction, Livonia
• Windows & Blinds – Creative Windows
• Material Testing – CTI & Associates, Wixom
• Waterproofing – D.C. Byers Co., Inc., Wixom
• Cabinetry & Millwork – Doors & Drawers, Dexter
• Ceramic Tile – East Side Tile & Marble, Inc.,
• Masonry Block Supplier – Fendt Builder’s
Supply, Inc., Farmington Hills
• Insulation – Full House Insulators, Inc.,
• Plaster – G.L. Milliken, Chelsea
• Landscaping – Gee Farms, Stockbridge
• Site Concrete – GM & Sons, Inc.,
Whitmore Lake
• Lockers – Hollman, Inc., Irving
• Electrical – Hopp Electric, Chelsea
• Site Utilities – Iron Creek Contractors, Inc.,
• Painting – J. Furnari, Rochester Hills
• Caulking – J.C. Pattock, Pinckney
• Exterior Signage – Johnson Sign Company,
• Masonry – Koch masonry, Dexter
• Specialty Flooring – Kuhn Specialty Flooring,
Commerce Township
• Plumbing – MasterCraft Plumbing,
Whitmore Lake
• Fire Protection – Maverick Fire Protection, Inc.,
Garden City
• Glass – Modern Mirror & Glass Co., Roseville
• Paving – Nagle Paving Company, Novi
• Foundations – Poured Brick Walls, Brighton
• Concrete Floor Polishing – PPC Solutions,
• HVAC – S & M Heating, Southfield
• Fencing – South Lyon Fence & Supply, Inc.,
New Hudson
• Fire Extinguishers – Spears Fire & Safety
Services, Inc., Ann Arbor
• Interior Signage – Takeform Architectural
Graphics, Medina, NY
• Doors & Hardware – Tanner Supply Company,
• Elevator – ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corp., Livonia
• Earthwork – Top Grade, Manchester
• Flooring – USA Floorcovering, Livonia
• Mirrors – Wolverine & Moore Glass Co., Dexter
The general contractor provided the list of
subcontractors in the Construction Highlight.
The dexter Wellness center has an extensive menu of fitness spaces, including a mind/body
studio on the left and a walking/running track weaving throughout the upper level of the
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The Rinnai E50C Condensing
Boiler - Ideal for Smaller
Residential Applications
The ideal solution for residential home-heating
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IcyBreeze Introduces
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Just in time for warm weather, IcyBreeze
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Larson Electronics Temporary
Construction LED String
Industrial lighting specialist Larson Electronics
reveals their newly designed work area LED string
lights. The 10 watt LED lamps on this work site
light set provides higher quality light than 50
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The WAL-SL-5-LED work a rea string lights from
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Each lamp is protected by a yellow plastic
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lights overhead. Multiple light stringers can be
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These lights are configured to operate with 120V-
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Larson Electronics carries an extensive line of
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Proven and Improved - Hilti TE
70-AVR and TE 70-ATC/AVR
The next generation of Hilti TE 70 Combihammers
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Cooper Lighting Expands its Lumark
Crosstour™ LED Wall Pack Series to Meet
High Lumen Output Needs
Satisfies Wall Mount and Area/Site Lighting Applications
While Providing Increased Efficiency and Savings
Cooper Lighting, a division of diversified power management company
Eaton, has expanded its Lumark Crosstour™ Light Emitting Diode (LED)
line of wall packs to include the Crosstour MAXX luminaires. Designed to
efficiently satisfy high lumen output needs, the Lumark Crosstour™ MAXX
LED wall pack and site luminaires deliver up to 7,416 lumens replacing up
to a 400-watt metal halide fixture, while consuming only 85 watts and
providing up to 85 percent in energy and maintenance savings.
Featuring a patent-pending architectural design that incorporates
integrated high output LEDs, the Crosstour MAXX series is optimized to
maximize optical control and efficiency. Ideal for retrofit or new construction,
the product series meets multiple lighting needs, including wall/surface,
inverted mount, perimeter and area/site lighting applications. Available in
both full cutoff and refractive lens designs, the Crosstour MAXX series is
offered in four lumen packages, including two 50-watt and two 85-watt
configurations to replace 250-watt and 400-watt metal halide fixtures,
respectively. Products are available in both 3500 kilowatt (K) and 5000K
correlated color temperatures and are suitable for professional buildings,
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Crosstour MAXX series products are available with an optional 90-minute
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offering of input voltages from 120 to 480 volts allows for maximum site
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Providing uniform illumination, the Crosstour series’ superior optical
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greater than 85 percent at 60,000 hours, allowing it to be virtually
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Fixtures are offered in a Carbon Bronze and Summit White color and
have a five-year warranty. The luminaires are DesignLights™ Consortium
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Larson Electronics New LED Wobble
Light with Step-Down Transformer
Leading manufacturer and distributor of industrial lighting
Larson Electronics announces the release of a 48 watt LED
wobble light. The WBL-4X4LED-100-X24I from Larson
Electronics consists of four LED lights with machined
aluminum housings mounted on top of a frame to give a full
360° range of light.
The WBL-4X4LED-100-X24I self-righting light from Larson Electronics
contains four LED light heads that produce 720 lumens each with a
combined 48 watts while drawing only 2 amps from a 24 volt DC power
source. Each light contains four Seoul P4 3-watt LEDs that produce 180
lumens each and are arranged in rows to produce a high purity
flood light with 35° optics to produce a wider beam spread and
more light over a larger area nearer the fixture. With its low
center of gravity, the frame is built so that vibrations or solid
knocks won’t tip the light over. This LED light system has
an inline switch for on/off control and can be operated with
24 volts DC.
The LED lights comprised in this unit are waterproof and have
an IP68 rated construction that is designed to withstand
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SAF-HOLLAND Introduces
CBXy Series of Yoke Mount
Air Suspension Axle Systems
SAF-HOLLAND, a leading global manufacturer
of suspensions, fifth wheels and landing gear,
introduces the industry’s first integrated Yoke
Mount Air Suspension Axle System, the CBXy
Series. The new CBXy yoke mount model is
designed to work in conjunction with the low
profile CBXu underslung model. The yoke mount
allows for load equalization, and is specially
designed for lowboy and drop deck trailer
The cast steel yoke mount beam provides
strength and durability, yet is the lightest design
in the market. The SAF 5.75-inch diameter axle
comes with INTEGRAL™ air disc brake P89 or
drum brake wheel end package with industry
standard spindles or optional parallel spindles.
The yoke mount is available on the SAF
CB25Xy with a 25,000-pound capacity and the
CBX25-30y, rated for 30,000 pounds of load
carrying at creep speed and 25,000-pound on-
highway operations. For 22.5-inch or larger tire
applications, SAF’s X-Series is an industry-
leading lightweight system, featuring a 5.75-inch
For low profile trailer applications that require
17.5-inch and 19.5-inch wheel sizes, the SAF
CBu and CBy suspension models accommodate
12.25-inch x 7.5-inch drum brake packages.
The CBXy Series is coated with BLACK
ARMOUR™ metal protection, which chemically
bonds with metal to form a protective skin that is
impervious to water and anti-icing chemicals.
For more information, contact SAF-HOLLAND
USA, Inc., 1950 Industrial Blvd., Muskegon, MI
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Lincoln Electric Introduces Jessi Combs
Women’s Welding Gear Ready-Pak®
Everything a Female Professional Fabricator Would
Lincoln Electric has just added the Jessi Combs Women’s
Welding Gear Ready-Pak® to its Welding Apparel
product group. Female welders no
longer need to wrestle with
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The new Ready-Pak includes
the following gear:
• Lincoln® industrial duffle bag
• VIKING™ Jessi vs. The Robot™ 3350 Series auto-darkening helmet
• Jessi Combs Women’s Shadow™ FR welding jacket
• Jessi Combs MIG/stick welding gloves
• Jessi Combs Steelworker® gloves
• Women’s Starlite® clear safety glasses
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Lincoln Electric Brings a Complete Orbital
TIG Solution to Weld Various Pipe and Tube
Sizes and Applications
New Clamp-On Style Weld Heads and Off-Board Feeders
Expand the Orbital System for Welding Smaller-Diameter
Pipe and Tube
The Lincoln Electric Company is bringing welding operators in refineries,
power generation and pressure vessels a single system solution for welding
various pipe and tube sizes with the new HELIX® C450 and C663 weld
heads. With these orbital TIG (gas tungsten arc welding) clamp-on weld
heads, operators not only can weld large diameters with no upper limit; they
also can weld smaller tubes and pipes with outside diameters ranging from
1.315 to 6.63 inches. The new weld heads are designed for use with the
company’s APEX® 2100 orbital welding system, which includes all the
welding components required for orbital TIG welding.
The HELIX C series orbital TIG, clamp-on weld heads are engineered to
perform consistent and repeatable welds. The HELIX C450 weld head is
designed for pipes and tubes with outside diameters of 1.315 to 4.5 inches,
while the HELIX C663 weld head is designed for 1.9 to 6.63 inch diameters.
They are rugged, compact and easy to install and position on pipes and
tubes. Most importantly, the HELIX C series weld heads have a water-cooled
motor housing and torch to ensure extended performance and greater cycle
ratings in heavy-duty, high-heat applications.
The new, clamp-on heads are designed for use with the company’s new
HELIX WF20S and WF20B orbital wire feeders. The new feeders use a
precision wire-feed motor to ensure calibrated and consistent wire-feed
speed through the length of the weld. The intuitive HELIX design allows the
operator to change wire spools in under a minute, without tools.
Released in 2013, Lincoln Electric’s APEX 2100 orbital welding system is
engineered for diverse applications in demanding environments and restricted
spaces. With this system, operators can retrieve specific weld programs for
Metro™ Safety Eyewear from
Gateway Safety: Stylish
Protection On and Off the Job
The Federal Occupational Health agency of the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
has designated July as Eye Injury Prevention
Month, meaning now is the ideal time to reinforce
for employees that eye protection is a lifestyle
rather than a workplace dictate. The fact is,
according to OSHA, approximately 2,000
workers per day are affected by preventable eye
injuries, while 44.1 percent of these eye injuries
occur at home, says the Healthcare Cost and
Utilization project. Metro™ safety eyewear from
Gateway Safety is designed to embrace and
encourage the constant approach to vigilant
protection by delivering modern-day styling and
the comfort that true compliance requires.
Gateway Safety’s Metro is designed with just
that intent. Melding safety with comfort and
modern styling, Metro offers a choice of four
appealing frame colors to flatter men and women
both. Glossy black or soft caramel frames provide
a vintage look, while bright, rosy pink or warm,
classic tortoise shell make a stronger statement.
All four styles provide a polished appearance and
come in a variety of lens options.
Weighing less than an ounce, Metro safety
eyewear has a soft nosepiece and contoured
temple tips, meaning it is also supremely
comfortable for all-day wear. And the durable,
wraparound polycarbonate lens meets ANSI
Z87.1+ requirements and blocks more than 99.9
percent of damaging UVA, B, and C rays. Metro
perfectly satisfies employees’ need for style both
on and off the job, so don’t be surprised to find
your staff choosing all-day safety, no matter the
task at hand.
For more than 65 years, Gateway Safety has
been designing and manufacturing award-
winning, cost-effective safety products in eye,
face, head, hearing, and respiratory protection.
Gateway Safety works hard to provide personal
protective equipment that workers want to wear–
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improve the overall welfare of their employees,
and reduce the high costs associated with
workplace injuries. With many products
independently certified to meet ANSI and CSA
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are safe, durable, and of the highest quality. For
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each application to maintain quality control procedures and gather weld
information for future statistical reporting. The APEX 2100, paired with the
HELIX T55, HELIX C663 or HELIX C450, is ideal for applications in nuclear
energy, thermal energy, petroleum processing and aerospace.
Along with the HELIX T55 weld head, the company recently released the
new Blue Max® orbital TIG wire for high-alloy welding. The ultra-clean wire
surface, precision-layer winding and tight control tolerances help deliver
consistent weld quality.
With the APEX 2100 orbital welding system, a number of orbital TIG wires
(including the new Blue Max orbital TIG alloy) and now the HELIX C series
clamp-on weld heads, Lincoln Electric is fully equipped with an array of
solutions to meet the needs for orbital TIG welding operators. For more
information about these solutions, contact Lincoln Electric at 888.935.3878.
Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and
manufacture of arc welding products, robotic arc welding systems, plasma
and oxyfuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in the brazing
and soldering alloys market. Headquartered in Cleveland, OH, Lincoln has
45 manufacturing locations, including operations and joint ventures in 19
countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering
more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its
products and services, visit www.lincolnelectric.com.
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Larson Electronics Explosion
Proof 400 Watt Metal Halide
Tank Light
Leading manufacturer and distributor of
industrial lighting equipment Larson Electronics
has announced the release of a new 400 watt
explosion proof metal halide tank light. The EPL-
TL-C-F cart mounted portable light
produces 75,000 lumens of
light while drawing only 400
watts of power.
explosion proof
portable tank light
from Larson Electronics
is rated Class 1 Division 1
and uses a 400 watt metal
halide lamp to produce 75,000 lumens of light
that is capable of illuminating 20,000 square feet
of work area. The 400 watt metal halide lamp is
mounted on top of an aluminum cart with solid
rubber wheels and provides a portable and easily
mobile source of hazardous location illumination.
Often referred to as a “tank light,” this unit is
considered universal due to its ability to be
passed through any conventional manhole such
as those found in petrochemical containers and
ship storage tanks. This explosion proof tank light
provides a safe, versatile and convenient lighting
alternative to the cumbersome setup of string
lights and is ideal for use in confined spaces such
as those found in marine storage tanks, the
petrochemical and agricultural industries.
Further adding to the versatility of this tank
light, Larson has developed a flange mount
option that enables operators to mount the light
head in a suspended position from an overhead
man way. The flange wraps around the edges of
the man way and the light is mounted to the
flange assembly by an included threaded brass
rod. This unit is offered in an 18-inch or 24-inch
diameter version and is easily passed through
most conventional manholes and entryways. The
cart and lamp assembly are designed to be easily
disassembled without tools, passed through
manholes and then reassembled once inside the
tank or enclosed area. Included with this unit is
250 feet of SOOW cord that ends in a 1523
explosion proof plug. This unit can be configured
to operate on 120 volts or 230/240 volts for
international use.
Larson Electronics produces a full range of
hazardous location lights, explosion proof LED
work lights, portable work lights, explosion proof
flashlights and LED trouble lights. You can view
Larson Electronics’ entire line of lighting products
at Larsonelectronics.com. You can also call 1-
800-369-6671 to learn more about all of Larson
Electronics’ lighting products or call 1-214-616-
6180 for international inquires.
Quinn Evans Architects
(QEA), Ann Arbor, announced
that Principal Ilene Tyler, FAIA,
FAPT was recently honored for
a lifetime achievement award by
the Michigan Historic
Preservation Network (MHPN),
along with her husband Norman
Tyler. The recognition came as a
result of their more than forty-
year partnership committed to
preserving communities
through advocacy, teaching and
professional practice.
Additionally, QEA has
announced the promotion of
Ann K. Dilcher, AIA, LEED AP, to principal of the
firm. Dilcher joined QEA in 1997 and previously
served as project manager in the Ann Arbor office.
Robert LaLonde, vice president of Clark
Construction Company, has
been selected as a Board
member of the Ferris
Foundation. Ken Lawless,
executive vice president of Clark
Construction Company,
previously served as a Ferris
State University Board member.
Established in 1991, the
foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit with the
purpose of advancing the mission and goals of
Ferris State University by generating and managing
private support. LaLonde is an alumnus of Ferris
State University and graduated with a degree in
construction management.
Troy headquartered G2 Consulting Group, an
engineering services firm specializing in
geotechnical, environmental and construction
engineering services, recently
announced that Jason Stoops,
PE, a 13-year G2 employee
who manages the Ann Arbor
office, and Tony Poisson, PE, a
17-year G2 veteran who
manages the firm’s Chicago
office, have become associate
members in the firm. Stoops
recently returned to Ann Arbor
to open G2’s newest office.
Poisson also began in the Troy
office before moving to Chicago
in 2004 and ultimately
managing its operations in
Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.
Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. (FTCH)
Engineers ● Scientists ● Architects ● Constructors
is pleased to announce Lillian L. Woolley, PE has
joined FTCH’s Environmental Services Group in
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their Novi office as a senior chemical engineer. She
has over 20 years of air quality experience
obtained in regulatory agencies and the energy
industry, enabling her to provide a well-rounded
perspective on permit applications, compliance
programs, rule interpretation, and auditing.

REDICO, a national real estate
development, investment,
construction and property
management company
headquartered in Southfield,
has announced that David
Haboian has joined the firm as
senior vice president of
operations. He will oversee the
operation and management of REDICO’s
commercial and real estate portfolio.
Triangle Associates, Inc., Grand Rapids,
recently named
Datema, LEED
AP, and Alicia
Espinoza as
managers; and
Jeff Behm,
Adam Holcomb and Vern Sommers as project
Clark Construction, Lansing, recently
announced that the Michigan Chapter of the
American Public Works Association (APWA)
awarded Project of the Year for 2013 to the City of
Troy’s Multi-Modal Transit Facility; Clark
Construction served as construction manager on
the project. The project won in the category of
Structures $5-$25 million. The Project of the Year
awards promote excellence in the management
and administration of public works projects by
recognizing those who work together in
completing public works projects. The $6.3 million
Multi-Modal Transit Facility was completed in
2013. The facility includes a 2,000-square-foot
building, which provides a waiting area and public
restrooms. It replaces the Amtrak stations with a
safer transportation center. The project also
includes sidewalks, a pedestrian bridge, a SMART
bus stop area, and an upgraded parking area.
Detroit-based Adamo Group has begun
demolition of the GM Service Parts Operations
(SPO) facility in Swartz Creek to make way for a
$10 million renovation. Interior deconstructing of
the facility’s universal waste and asbestos
abatement started in April 2014. GM held a
renovation ceremony at the Swartz Creek facility
on May 15, announcing its investment plan to
improve the center, which includes moving the
main entrance and creating a new façade;
warehouse, paint facility, and IT upgrades; and a
new security office and medical center. Exterior
demolition of the 211,000-square-foot plant is
scheduled to begin in August 2014. Since part of
the facility will remain operational throughout and
after the demolition, great emphasis is placed on
comprehensive dust and noise management to
ensure the safety and comfort of plant workers.
Adamo’s demolition crew will utilize conventional
excavators with shear and grapple attachments to
perform the building separation, and will sort and
recycle all extracted metals. The project is
scheduled for completion in October 2014.
General Contractor A.R. Brouwer Company,
Dexter, is nearing completion of interior
renovations for TLS Productions, Inc. (TLSP) new
40,000-square-foot headquarters located at 78
Jackson Plaza in Ann Arbor. TLSP’s relocated its
corporate headquarters from Brighton to the new
Ann Arbor location in December 2013. Brouwer
Company and architect Meier Architects have
completed numerous projects together. This
project included selective interior demolition to
make way for new partitions and doors; new
cabinetry and countertops for the employee break
room kitchenette; new flooring and wall coverings
throughout; and modifications to the building’s
plumbing, HVAC, and electrical systems. A sales
display area and logo wall are a highlight of the
main entrance, and provide ample space for TLSP
to showcase its products and services. A 2,300-
square-foot truck well and loading dock will
complete the renovation, and will include two
manual spring-loaded dock levelers and insulated
overhead doors.
Brighton-based A. Z. Shmina, Inc. has been
named the recipient of the “Best Project Team”
2014 Pyramid Award by the Washtenaw
Contractors Association. The recognition was
awarded for their outstanding work as the
contractor for the Mobile Accelerator project for
The University of Michigan in the $3 Million to $25
Million Project Category, and was presented at the
2014 Pyramid Award Ceremony. Each of the
honored projects and organizations were
celebrated by 200 owners, architects and
contractors who gathered for the annual
Construction Industry event in Ann Arbor. The A.Z.
Shmina group, with offices in southeast Michigan,
specializes in many distinct building construction
project types and delivery methods including:
Public & Commercial Facilities; Hospital &
Healthcare Facilities; and Industrial & Water
Treatment Facilities. The Construction Company
traces its roots back to 1916 in Detroit, and is
credited for many recognizable buildings and
landmarks in southeastern Michigan.
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November 10 – 12, 2014 – 1800SWEEPER
Sweeper Summit
Detroit, Michigan
This annual gathering serves as an innovative
think tank for the commercial sweeping industry.
Members from over 25 different states who are a
partner of 1800SWEEPER, including CAM
member ProSweep, will be in attendance.
To register or for more information, visit
Upcoming Fall CAMTEC Classes
Classes held at CAM Headquarters in Bloomfield
Hills, unless otherwise noted
G Sept 17 – FIRST AID / CPR & AED
G Sept 29 & 30 – OSHA 10-HOUR TRAINING
For more information, contact Pat DuFresne or
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Ace Cutting Equipment ........................................37
Aluminum Supply Company/
Marshall Sales ........................................................6
Aoun & Company ....................................................27
Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
Union Local #2 ....................................................14
CAM Affinity ............................................................IBC
CAM Comp ................................................................15
CAM ECPN..................................................................53
CAM Jobsite Posters ..............................................45
C.F.C.U. ........................................................................35
Cochrane Supply & Engineering ........................11
Connelly Crane Rental Corp. ................................51
Creative Surfaces ....................................................37
D.J. Conley ..........................................................25, 53
Demolition Man ......................................................33
Detroit Dismantling................................................23
DiHydro Services ....................................................13
Doeren Mayhew......................................................49
Farnell Equipment Company ..............................24
Ferndale Electric ........................................................7
Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. ..........24
G2 Consulting Group ............................................51
GenPower Products, Inc. ......................................33
Hartland Insurance Group, Inc. ..........................47
IBEW Local 252 ........................................................11
Ingham County Land Bank ..................................13
J.J. Curran Crane ......................................................39
Jackson Associates, Inc. ........................................13
Jaimes Trusses and Wall Panels ............................5
Jeffers Crane Service, Inc.......................................17
Lawrence Technological University ..................17
Limbach ....................................................................BC
McCoig Materials ....................................................38
Next Generation Services ....................................19
North American Dismantling Corp....................53
Oakland Companies ..............................................20
Operating Engineers Local 324-JATF ..............IFC
Plante Moran ..............................................................9
R.L. Deppmann Co. ....................................................8
R.S. Dale Co. ..............................................................21
Rolland L. Stapleton................................................29
SMRCA ........................................................................39
Testing Engineers....................................................11
Valenti Trobec Chandler, Inc./
Griffin Smalley & Wilkerson ..............................3
CAM Golf Outings 2014
July 14 - Links of Novi, Novi
August 12 - Fieldstone Golf Club, Auburn Hills
Sept. 29 - Indianwood Golf and Country Club,
Lake Orion
To register or for sponsorship information,
contact Diana Brown at CAM (248) 972-1000, or
visit www.cam-online.com.
July 17 – 20, 2014 – American Society of
Concrete Contractors Concrete Executive
Leadership Forum
La Posada de Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
The ASCC is a non-profit organization
dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of
concrete contractors and those who build with
concrete, and to providing them a unified voice
in the construction industry. Members include
concrete contractors and contracting firms,
manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in
the concrete industry such as architects,
engineers and educators. The ASCC is one of the
largest concrete associations with approximately
500 member companies in the United States and
To register call (866) 788-2722 or visit
September 18 – 21, 2014 – American Society of
Concrete Contractors Annual Conference
Westin Westminster, Denver, CO
The ASCC is a non-profit organization
dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of
concrete contractors and those who build with
concrete, and to providing them a unified voice
in the construction industry. Members include
concrete contractors and contracting firms,
manufacturers, suppliers and others interested in
the concrete industry such as architects,
engineers and educators. The ASCC is one of the
largest concrete associations with approximately
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