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DPS School Construction Program 22 Great Interiors and Finishes
Puts Detroit Back to Work ACT Honors INTEX Winners at Annual
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26 Greenprint for the Future

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16 On the Jobsite
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28 Building Forever
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18 Personal Liability
Michigan Court of
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Michigan Builders 32 Product Showcase
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20 You Don’t Work for Free 38 CAM Welcomes New Members
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PUBLISHER Kevin N. Koehler
EDITOR Amanda M. Tackett


David R. Miller


GRAPHIC DESIGN Marci L. Christian

Chairman R. Andrew Martin,
FH Martin Constructors
Vice Chairman Brian D. Kiley,
Edgewood Electric, Inc.
Vice Chairman John O’Neil, Sr.,
W.J. O’Neil Company
Treasurer James C. Capo,
DeMattia Group
President Kevin N. Koehler

DIRECTORS Gregory Andrzejewski,

PPG Industries

Stephen J. Auger,
Stephen Auger + Associates Architects

M. James Brennan,
Broadcast Design & Construction, Inc.

Kevin French,
Poncraft Door Company

Frank G. Nehr, Jr.,

Davis Iron Works

Donald J. Purdie, Jr.,

Detroit Elevator Company

Kurt F. Von Koss,

Beaver Tile & Stone

Jacqueline LaDuke Walters,

LaDuke Roofing & Sheet Metal


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Joe Neussendorfer Receives homeowners even greater water-heating efficiency.

“ENERGY STAR seeks to keep its product criteria relevant by keeping
Commendation from State
pace with changing technologies in the marketplace,” said Steve Ryan,
of Michigan’s Safety Agency with the ENERGY STAR program at the Environmental Protection
Joe Neussendorfer recently received a Agency.“In a recent poll, 77 percent of people are aware of the ENERGY
commendation from the State of STAR label and see the value in it. We work to keep the brand
Michigan’s Occupational Safety and meaningful by making sure it continues to indicate cost-effective
Health Administration (MIOSHA) and the savings with no loss of amenity. Storage water heaters are becoming
Construction Safety Standards more efficient, and this change recognizes that fact.”
Commission for his outstanding work on Water heaters that meet the increased criteria offer homeowners
Construction Safety Standard Part 2, significant savings in gas consumption even when compared to
Masonry Wall Bracing. Neussendorfer has today’s 0.62 EF models, providing up to 14 percent greater savings
been involved in construction industry Neussendorfer than a conventional gas model. According to ENERGY STAR
safety issues for over 35 years. He is the past president of the calculations, 0.67 EF models only consume 224 therms per year. Gas
Masonry Institute of Michigan, a past executive director of the storage heaters with a 0.62 EF consume 242 therms annually, saving up
Mason Contractors Association, and a long-time member of the to 7.3 percent more than a conventional model.
Engineering Society of Detroit. Neussendorfer also provides the Several gas storage heaters with a 0.67 EF are currently available,
annual Masonry Outlook column for CAM Magazine. including many new products recently developed in preparation for
the upcoming change. There are also a number of other water heater
Dow Corning Receives $1.2 million from U.S. models that carry the ENERGY STAR label, including electric heat
Department of Energy to Improve Energy pump, solar thermal and tankless units. Sponsors of the Coalition for
ENERGY STAR Water Heaters (CEE)—A. O. Smith, Bradford White, Rheem
Efficiency in Commercial Buildings and Rinnai—offer many of these models.
The United States Department of Energy has awarded $1.2 million Plumbers can check with their distributors and local utilities on the
to Dow Corning Corporation to develop an insulating facade system availability of new 0.67 EF gas storage models and rebate offers in their
that may significantly increase the energy efficiency of commercial area. Visit the Coalition online for more information on local utility
buildings. The funding will assist Dow Corning in the development rebates and other water heating efficiency news at www.eswater-
of a silicon-based, high-efficiency building insulation system which Please visit for more information about CEE.
could be used in retrofit and new construction applications. The ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection
insulation project is focused on achieving thermal resistance values Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money
of R-40 or greater for exterior insulation and finish systems, which and protect the environment through energy efficient products and
would make building facades as many as eight times more energy practices. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 50
efficient. different kinds of products, new homes, and commercial and industrial
“We commend Secretary Chu and the Department of Energy’s buildings. Products and buildings that have earned the ENERGY STAR
commitment to reducing the energy usage of U.S. buildings,” said designation prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict
Stephanie Burns, Dow Corning chairman, president and CEO. “These energy efficiency specifications set by the government. In 2007 alone,
DOE investments will help the United States take another step Americans, with the help of the ENERGY STAR program, saved about
towards economic recovery, energy independence and a cleaner $16 billion on their energy bills while reducing the greenhouse gas
environment.” emissions equivalent to those of 27 million vehicles.
Dow Corning’s energy-efficient insulation material is one of 58
projects awarded more than $76 million of American Recovery and
AIA Michigan Honors Harley Ellis Devereaux
Reinvestment Act funding by the DOE to support advanced energy-
efficient building technology projects and the development of Principals
training programs for commercial building equipment technicians, AIA Michigan recognized Dennis M. King,
building operators, and energy auditors. “These projects will help FAIA, Principal and Corporate Chairman of
the United States lead the world in advancing energy-efficient Harley Ellis Devereaux, and C. Richard Hall, FAIA,
technologies,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “Energy- Principal and Healthcare Studio Leader of
efficient commercial buildings will help our country cut its carbon Harley Ellis Devereaux, during the chapter’s
emissions and energy costs while the training programs will Awards Ceremony held in early May at the
upgrade the skills of the current workforce and attract the next Book Cadillac Hotel. King was presented with
generation to careers in the emerging clean-energy economy.” For the AIA Michigan Gold Medal, the highest
more information, please visit honor that AIA Michigan can bestow upon a King
member. The award is presented in
ENERGY STAR® Program to Increase Water recognition of notable contributions to AIA
Michigan and for outstanding achievements in
Heater Criteria this Fall the profession.
Gas Storage Models to Provide Homeowners Even King joined Harley Ellis Devereaux in 1979 as
Greater Efficiency a project manager. He was elected a principal
This fall, the ENERGY STAR® program will increase the minimum in 1981, taking on leadership of the firm’s
Energy Factor (EF) for gas storage water heaters from 0.62 to 0.67. The project management discipline. King became
increase in criteria, which will go into effect on September 1, 2010, will the sixth president and chief executive officer
bring additional 0.67 EF models to the marketplace, offering of the firm in 1991. In 2005, King was awarded Hall

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the AIA Detroit Gold Medal. He also directed Harley Ellis Devereaux to AIA Michigan Hosts Celebration of Architecture
AIA Michigan Firm of the Year honors in 2000. His other honors include
The American Institute of Architects Michigan presented plaques for
election as a 1992 member of the AIA College of Fellows, AIA Detroit
architectural excellence to the owners, architects and constructors of
President in 1984, AIA Michigan President in 2007, and election as a
12 buildings at its annual Celebration of Architecture in early May at
1999 Fellow of the Engineering Society of Detroit.
the Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit. A diverse jury of eight architects
Hall has been elected to the AIA College of Fellows. He was formally
from across the United States who are members of the National AIA
inducted into the College of Fellows at the 2010 AIA National
Committee on Design examined 71 buildings. Carol Rusche Bentel,
Convention and Design Expo in Miami in mid-June. This honor is
FAIA from New York chaired the jury. The award-winning buildings and
awarded to members who have made contributions of national signif-
individual honors are listed below.
icance to the profession.
Hall’s singular practice of healthcare architecture spans 31 years. He
has served as adjunct faculty at Lawrence Technological University’s DESIGN AWARDS
School of Architecture for over 30 years, and guest critic at the DTE Energy Campus
University of Michigan School of Architecture regarding healthcare Enhancements,
facilities design. He has lead an award-winning studio for the past 14 Detroit
years, showcased by 18 architectural and engineering healthcare Category: Building
awards over the last decade. Hall has been principal-in-charge of over Architect:
three million square feet value of healthcare facilities, ranging from Neumann/Smith
master plans to replacement hospitals. Architecture
Owner: DTE Energy
Contractor: Walbridge
Landscape: Grissim DTE Energy Campus
Metz Andriese
Mechanical/Electrical: Peter Basso Associates
Structural: Desai/Nasr Consulting Engineers
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n May 28, 2010 the new masonry wall bracing Major areas covered by the standard include training,
standard went into effect. Here in Michigan restricted zone requirements, signage, wind speed
that translates to an update of MIOSHA’s Part 2. determination, wall heights, bracing requirements and
In effect, these updates bring all contractors inspections. Although most of these apply directly to
working in the general area of a masonry wall under the either the masonry contractor or controlling contractor,
umbrella of the standard. pretty much all contractors on the site (see above) will
The standard states in part: “An employer shall provide have to have at least an awareness level of training. The
training by a qualified person to any employee who standard was updated due to the severity of the problem.
enters a restricted zone of a masonry wall under Although not a frequent problem, a collapsing wall can
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University of Art Richmond Center for Visual Arts Ann Arbor
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Gold Medal: Dennis M. King, FAIA,
Chairman of the Board of the Harley
Ellis Devereaux Corporation

Robert F. Hastings Award: Ralph W.

King Moxley
Moxley, AIA, URS Director of
Educational Facility Planning for the Michigan office

President’s Award: Glen S. LeRoy, FAIA, Dean of the

College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence
Technological University
For It.
Young Architect Awards: Cory Lavigne, AIA, design LeRoy
director for inFORM studio, a Northville
firm with offices in Myrtle Beach, SC
and New York City; Slobodan “Bob”
Varga, AIA, a senior member of
SmithGroup’s design group.

Honorary Affiliate Members: Josie

Barnes Parker, director of the Ann Lavigne Varga
Arbor District Library; Randall K. Metz,
FASLA, president and design principal
at Grissim Metz Andriese Associates,

Firm of the Year: Quinn Evans

Ann Arbor Parker Metz

Legislator of the Year Representative:

Barb Byrum, 67 District

AIA College of Fellows:

• Michael Corby, FAIA, executive vice
president and design principal,
Integrated Architecture, Grand Rapids
• C. Richard Hall, FAIA, principal and
director of healthcare design services,
Harley Ellis Devereaux
Byrum Corby

• Benedetto Tiseo, FAIA, president of
Tiseo Architects, Inc. He also teaches
professional practice at Lawrence
Technological University.
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Constructing Community,
Building Lives
DPS School Construction Program
Puts Detroit Back to Work
By Mary E. Kremposky, Associate Editor

erry Alexander was one of over a thousand Detroit residents Inc., Novi; and Brailsford &
standing in line in a light rain outside the downtown offices of Dunlavey, Washington, D.C.
IBEW Local 58 to attend the DPS School Construction Project’s DPS has also pared
first Skilled Trades Resource Fair. Detroit Public Schools (DPS), down its own construction
Walbridge Joint Venture, and the Michigan Building and Construction department to four select
Trades Council sponsored the event for Detroit residents with trade individuals. “We have a
experience, and to register residents for training and apprenticeship very small team,” said
programs. Carter. “We are not
Both groups are being encouraged to be part of the Detroit Public management heavy
Schools’ three-year capital improvement construction program funded whatsoever. We are
Breaking ground at Martin Luther
with $500.5 million in federal stimulus dollars. Alexander is a student in keeping our management
King, Jr. Senior High School
the Henry Ford Focus Hope Weatherization Program, a training initiative costs small, because it’s all
teaching students installation of insulation and energy-efficient about kids and putting as much money in the schools as we can.
windows and doors, as well as helping students obtain OSHA certifi- “In fact, when Robert C. Bobb, DPS emergency financial manager,
cation and certification in lead and asbestos abatement. “I am hired me, he told me, ‘I want you to know that these kids are the reason
interested in gaining employment, and I am trying to be part of for this program,’” continued Carter. “His heart is in the right place, and
something that is helping to build up the City,” said Alexander. that is probably the most important part of this program for all of us. He
Alexander’s training in cost-effective, energy-efficient systems, and is setting the tone as the leader. This isn’t about the buildings. This isn’t
his goal of aiding in the revitalization of his hometown, blends perfectly about money. This is about helping the kids.”
with the objectives of the DPS School Construction Project. DPS plans to
save roughly 10 to 15 percent in annual operating costs through instal- $500.5 MILLION IN CONSTRUCTION BY JUNE 2013
lation of energy-efficient building systems, said Mark Carter, deputy In rapid succession, the school doors closed for the summer on June
executive director of the Detroit Public School’s construction bond 18, 2010, and crews arrived on June 19 to launch the construction of the
program. “We are putting in insulation and new Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School and renovations and
insulated glass,” said Carter. “We are updating additions, one at J.R. King PK-8 and the other at Marcus Garvey PK-8. As
heating systems. We are trying to be very cost- part of DPS’ 30-month construction program, DPS also launched an
effective with the money we spend.” aggressive summer program to refurbish existing schools with new
All the schools will have the same equipment, paint, carpet and light fixtures, plus provide security upgrades for the
allowing DPS to buy in volume and streamline majority of schools. A new security center is also slated to come on line
maintenance. “The uniform maintenance will be this fall. Wasting no time, “We probably let close to $80 million dollars
less, because all the new schools will have the worth of contracts in May 2010,” said Carter.“We are working feverishly.”
same equipment,” said Carter. “We are trying to DPS isn’t wasting any dollars, either. DPS is structuring each project as
incorporate uniformity in light fixtures, plumbing a design-build contract with a guaranteed maximum price. “Mr. Bobb
Mark Carter
fixtures, and HVAC. This will save a great deal of has used these principles before,” said Carter. “There won’t be any cost
money, and if a water pump breaks down in a school, more than likely overruns on the schools.”
somewhere in that district there will be a spare water pump that will fit Some of the trades will fall into the design-assist category. “We are
anywhere.” going to be looking for design-assist from the building trades,” said Ed
DPS and the Walbridge Joint Venture have brought the same sense of Schmidt, a Fanning Howey architect responsible for the design facet of
fiscal stewardship to the actual bidding and construction process. “In the joint venture program manager team. Addressing the large crowd
the first three bids – for the new Martin Luther King High School and the at the first Skilled Trades Resource Fair, he added, “We are going to be
additions and renovations to J.R. King and Marcus Garvey Academy - we looking for quite a bit of work from the trades to help the completion of
saved almost $4.5 million dollars from our estimated budget,” said design to make sure that these projects come in on budget and on
Carter. “I think the construction team has done an excellent job. schedule.”
Between the Walbridge Joint Venture and DPS, I am getting the best This accelerated program will put in place $500.5 million dollars
price and the best contractors.” The Walbridge Joint Venture for Detroit worth of construction by June 2013. At the job fair in early June,
Public Schools includes Walbridge, Detroit; Fanning Howey Associates, Schmidt provided an overview of the program for a host of eager

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High School, Denby High School and Western has recently been competitive against a larger contractor who buys more than a small
released for bids, along with new construction of a public safety contractor. This was our way of kind of leveling the field.”
headquarters and operations center. A joint venture of Jenkins/Granger DPS is also investing in the people of Detroit, creating a project that
Construction is currently constructing Martin Luther King, Jr. High rebuilds the district’s building stock and strengthens the human
School, a project scheduled for completion by the 2012 school year. “infrastructure” through training and job opportunities. DPS is donating
White/Norr is busy building the JR King addition; Dumas Concepts is classroom space at Randolph Vocational School for pre-apprentice
working at Marcus Garvey. programs taught by DPS and union instructors, and available to DPS
students and DPS graduates who meet the qualifications. “The union
AN INTENSE SELECTION PROCESS has been a wonderful partner,” said Carter. “We want their expertise to
The DPS construction program has established a transparent and help kids with the apprenticeship program.
uniform selection process for awarding contracts across the whole “Even if someone tests poorly in math, English or other areas, we offer
school district. Carter describes the transparent and thorough process remedial training,” said Carter. “We will help you get through the math
structured to select the best design-build team for each project. “We exam and teach you the skills you need even if you are out of school. If
have five envelopes that come in on bid day,” said Carter. “We ask for a person is up to 21 years of age – even if they do not have a GED or high
proof of bond from a bonding company, not just a bonding agent. We school diploma – we will help them enter a union program.” This effort
ask for their guaranteed maximum price bid as well as any alternates. We is a combined program of the Michigan Building Trades Council and the
get all the qualifications, including the experience of the different DPS Randolph Vocational School.
individuals, who the team will be on the project, and the project As a further initiative, DPS is trying to include summer interns from
approach.” Wayne State University and other schools, as well. “If you want to go to
The envelopes “are given to seven people on a Qualifications school in construction management or engineering, we are going to
Committee who then advance two or three contractors from the initial have opportunities for people within our management teams in
group,” continued Carter. “They are scored using a 100-point system different construction companies,” said Carter. “We are trying to make
evaluating experience, concepts, and Detroit participation. Contractors this a wide open program with opportunities for everybody. When I
with the highest number of points, as well as their price, advance to the address young people, I tell them, ‘You are the future of Detroit. You are
Interview Selection Committee, a group consisting of four people who the ones that are going to define where this city goes. We are just
conduct the interview. We narrow it down to one or two out of that helping to start the program. The big push for the City will be with the
group. We then have one more selection committee interview. next generation.”
“Each time we interview them, the questioning becomes more critical
and intense,” said Carter. “At the end, we make a recommendation, OPENING THE DOOR OF OPPORTUNITY
scoring on a 40-point system for each interview. We then make our A series of job fairs are yet another door of opportunity for Detroit
recommendation to Mr. Bobb.” residents. Kevin White, director of procurement for the DPS’ capital
Carter credits the savvy selection process and the cost reduction from improvement program, addressed the crowd assembled at the Skilled
the estimated budget to an astute and cohesive team. “Both Mr. Bobb Trades Resource Fair in June, including Carlyle Haynes, an unemployed
and ourselves have really selected a good team,” said Carter. “Because Detroit resident with 15 years of experience in welding, fabrication,
we all have different backgrounds, we can ask good questions and electrical, and plumbing work. He waited at the head of the line, having
effectively sort through the bid process.” arrived at 6 a.m. “I need a job, so I can move on in life,” said a hopeful
Carter, himself, has a deep background in construction and in Detroit. Haynes.
He has served as a project manager at the University of Michigan, a Job seekers attended the fair, filling out registration forms that will be
project engineer at DPS, and as general superintendent and area leader gathered by DPS and forwarded to the various unions. According to
in the construction of stadiums across the United States, including at White, DPS will conduct several fairs and establish a referral system. “The
Comerica Park and Ford Field for Hunt Construction. Carter has highest priority for hiring will be given to Detroit residents first, as part
constructed stadiums for the New York Mets and teams in Washington, of the Project Labor Agreement (PLA) that the district has negotiated,”
D.C. and Kansas City, but he has returned to Detroit to become a deputy said White. Under the PLA, apprentices will perform up to 25 percent of
executive director for a vital construction program in his own the total work hours on the program. Seventy-five percent of those
hometown. As critical path manager at a long roster of stadiums, Carter apprentice hours must be filled by Detroit residents on a craft by craft
can clearly understand and skillfully “play” the construction game. basis. Under the PLA, 65 percent of journeyperson hours must be
“There was one contractor who thought he could hide some fees that I performed by Detroit residents, also on a craft by craft basis. Penalties
caught, and he is not allowed to bid anymore,” said Carter. will come into play for not meeting these numbers, but “there are
bonuses for employers who meet or exceed these numbers,” said White.
DETROIT: THE NEXT GENERATION The DPS Bond Program will give priority to Detroiters across the
Asked what message Carter would like to communicate to board. Also under the PLA, non-union contractors can participate in the
contractors, he answered, “Of course, we want the best price. That’s one DPS construction program if they sign a letter of assent, committing to
of our top priorities, but we also want to have a great deal of City the payment of union wages and fringe benefits on the DPS project
inclusion. We want Detroit subcontractors, residents, and Detroit-based they are seeking to build.
and headquartered businesses.” “Union tradespeople will be the majority of the work force,” said
The mass buying power of the DPS may even strengthen the compet- Carter. “They will be the first put back to work. We are estimating that
itiveness of smaller City of Detroit contractors in the bidding process, there will be anywhere from 1,100 to 1,500 jobs, maybe 2,000, as the
plus save the district dollars. “DPS has priced out HVAC units and boilers, whole program progresses.”
and because of our mass buying power, if it is lower than what the “Because of the economy, the trades union haven’t let many
contractor can get, they are allowed to use that,” said Carter. “We are apprentices in because the unions have been full of journeymen,”
trying to save money that way. We may get more of a bulk discount than continued Carter. “There is also a $500 million dollar Detroit Medical
a small contractor, so it will help small contractors, especially city Center expansion supposedly coming on. It’s more than just the schools.
contractors. If you can buy in volume, it helps you become more This will give the kids the key to get into this type of work. Take this

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opportunity to get the training you need,
because the work will be there, sooner or later,
if you have the skills.”
The schoolhouse doors of all DPS facilities
will be wide open to the community. Martin
Luther King High School will even have an in-
house medical clinic for kids and the
community. “It will have a separate entrance so
the public and the students can’t intermingle,”
said Carter. “DPS is donating the building. A
local hospital is bringing in qualified medical
personnel and equipment.” Plus, educational
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Making Improvements
at the Other End of the Faucet
By David R. Miller, Associate Editor

aining access to clean water is as easy as turning operation. Collected sludge that is currently

G on a faucet for most Americans, but few stop to

consider the complex mechanisms that make this
possible. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department
transported offsite for further processing will also
be treated and dewatered in a new residuals
storage building after the project is completed.
(DWSD) is tasked with a monumental responsibility in Another portion of the project involves
supplying water for approximately four million people attaching a new access tunnel to the raw water
spread over a 1,079-square-mile service area that tunnel that supplies the Southwest Water
spans eight counties. Fortunately, the DWSD can Treatment Plant. Existing manholes and a
call upon Michigan’s abundant supply of talented series of probes will be used to locate the
design and construction professionals to aid 12-foot diameter concrete and masonry
with this task. Construction manager Colasanti tunnel before an auger is used to create a
Construction Services, Inc., and engineer Tetra cylindrical excavation down to the crown
Tech, both of Detroit, are assisting DWSD with a of the existing tunnel. Specially trained
substantial renovation of the Southwest Water divers will do some of this work
Treatment Plant, one of five facilities that underwater, as the tap point is well
process all water entering the system. below the water level. Once the casing
“The purpose is to modernize and automate and manhole sections are in place, water
the plant,” said Steven Schulte, MEP manager for will be allowed into the excavation to seek
Colasanti. “We’re installing equipment that will its natural level. This work will require
help with the process of collecting and treating careful timing and coordination with DWSD.
sludge.” “When we tap the top of the raw water
Several processes are used to purify water from the tunnel, we need to make sure that they have their
Detroit River before it is sent into the distribution system. existing pumps turned off,” said Schulte. “We need to
The first, called flocculation, utilizes a series of paddles that are have the pressures as even as possible above and below the
moved through the water to agitate it so sediment, also called floc, tap point so the divers don’t get swept away. A section of the tunnel
is sent to the bottom. This sediment falls into a sedimentation basin could also fly up and hit them if there is too much pressure.”
during the sedimentation process. This massive receptacle is The Southwest Water Treatment Plant currently has a pumping
divided into four sections, with the total square footage of the floor capacity of 240 million gallons per day and it is the only plant that
measuring nearly 300,000 square feet. Currently, this basin needs to provides service for Grosse Ile, so much of the work must be
be dewatered to let workers manually scoop sludge out, but the scheduled for the six cooler months of the year that are “off-peak”
upgrade will include a chain and flight collector system with for water usage. Even with this operational constraint, the project
longitudinal and cross collectors that will slowly sweep the floor team hopes to have these significant improvements in place within
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its face is a criminal statute, but the courts have

also recognized a civil cause of action under
common law. To make out a civil cause of
action under the MBTFA, a plaintiff must
establish the following elements:
• The defendant is a contractor or
subcontractor engaged in the
building construction industry;
• The defendant was paid for labor or
materials provided on a construction
• The defendant retained or used those
funds, or any part of those funds;
• The funds were retained for any
purpose other than to first pay
laborers, subcontractors, and
materialmen; and
• The laborers, subcontractors and
materialmen who were engaged by
the defendant to perform labor or
furnish material for the specific
construction project.
See, Livonia Bldg. Materials Co. v Harrison
Construction Co., 276 Mich. App 514, 519 (2007).
In BC Tile, plaintiff asserted that the president
of Multi-Bldg Co. was personally liable because
he had signed the closing documents that
allowed for payment to other contractors, but
not BC Tile. The president denied that he had
any day-to-day involvement with or exercised
Michigan Court of Appeals Affirms Personal any decision-making for the particular
condominium project. The president further

Liability of Corporate Officers Under the denied that he had personally received any of
the funds at closing. While the Court of Appeals

Michigan Builder’s Trust Fund Act agreed that “there is no evidence here that [the
president] personally used the funds owed to
BC Tile,” it found that these facts were not
By Peter J. Cavanaugh, Esq. dispositive of the MBTFA claim.
Cavanaugh & Quesada, PLC First, the Court of Appeals reiterated its
decision in People v Brown, a case arising out of
a criminal prosecution under MBTFA: “there is
roof that a corporate officer personally 5) to a homeowner. Although the contractor

no requirement that contract payments be
misappropriated contract proceeds “is received funds at the closing for Unit 5 to pay made directly to the officer of the corporate
not necessary to find an officer liable” his tile and marble subcontractor, the contractor in order to hold the officer
for a violation of the Michigan Builder’s contractor failed to pay the subcontractor individually responsible under the MBTFA.”
Trust Fund Act (MCL 570.151, et seq). citing defective workmanship and delayed 239 Mich. App 735, 743-744 (2000).
“[A] reasonable inference of appropriation performance. The subcontractor, who had Second, relying on its 2007 decision
arises from the payment of construction funds recorded and served a construction lien just involving civil claims, the Court of Appeals
to a contractor and the subsequent failure of four days prior to the closing, then filed suit to noted:
the contractor to pay laborers, subcontractors, foreclose his lien, and included a claim against “In Livonia Bldg., the defendant contractor
materialmen, or others entitled to payment.” the contractor’s president, in his individual received funds for a project but did not pay the
So declared the Michigan Court of Appeals capacity, for violation of the MBTFA. plaintiff in full. The corporate officers gave
recently in another decision affirming the testimony regarding their decision to put the
principle (and risk) of personal liability for the BACKGROUND funds received in various accounts and
owners of construction companies under the The MBTFA provides that upon receipt of subsequently, their actions in writing checks to
Michigan Builder’s Trust Fund Act (MBTFA). payment from the owner, a trust is created for entities other than the plaintiff. This Court
In BC Tile & Marble Co. v Multi-Bldg Co., __ the benefit of contractors, laborers, found that the individual corporate officers
Mich. App __, 2010 Mich. App LEXIS 1036 (Mich. subcontractors and suppliers, and makes the ‘acted in direct contravention of the MBTFA.’
Ct App, April 13, 2010), the defendant general contractor or subcontractor who receives the According to this Court, there was sufficient
contractor built and sold a condominium (Unit payment a trustee of the funds. The MBTFA on evidence to create a presumption of

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misappropriation and to find the corporate Mr. Cavanaugh practices law in Royal Oak. His practice is
officers individually liable.” concentrated on business and construction law matters, including
The Court of Appeals concluded in BC Tile litigation, arbitration, and mediation of contract, construction lien
that the president of the construction and payment bond claims. He represents contractors, subcontractors,
contractor should not have been dismissed and suppliers. For more information about the Michigan Builder’s
from the case, and reversed the trial court’s Trust Fund Act, you can e-mail him at
ruling. The president of the construction or visit his firm online at
company thus faces a trial and a possible
personal judgment. Peter Cavanaugh
Unfortunately, the court’s decision in BC Tile
is not an isolated incident, but is part of a
growing body of law that makes it easier for
unpaid subcontractors and suppliers to pierce
the corporate veil and reach individual officers
and shareholders. A number of cases even go Cavanaugh|Quesada plc
so far as to put the burden of proof on the
defendant to account for contract proceeds, A Law Firm Designed for Construction
rather than the plaintiff who is bringing the
Michigan case law, however, limits claims
under the MBTFA to private construction
projects. In 1981, the Michigan Supreme Court
was asked to interpret coverage of the statute.
In doing so, the Supreme Court determined
that the MBTFA covered only private work, and
was not meant to cover public construction
projects. This curious distinction has persisted
for nearly 30 years. Although there have been
several efforts to correct this anomaly in the
law through changes in the law, none of these
legislative efforts has gained much traction in
the House or Senate.

Not addressed in the BC Tile decision, but
another significant issue for individual
defendants, is the impact a trust fund claim can
have in the context of a personal bankruptcy.
Since the MBTFA is predicated on the existence
of a trust, a violation of the statute is also a
breach of the contractor’s fiduciary duties.
Under the bankruptcy code, fraudulent
conduct while acting in a fiduciary capacity is
known as “defalcation,” and is one of the
specified grounds for excluding a claim from
discharge. Said another way, a claim under the
MBTFA is a debt that can survive a bankruptcy
when most other claims are discharged.
To avoid such long-term personal liabilities,
contractors and subcontractors must take care
in these turbulent economic times to address
shortfalls in payment with subcontractors and
suppliers by securing waivers and releases that
include officers and shareholders, especially Protecting Your Business
when making compromise payment
agreements, and documenting the reasons for in a Changing World
non-payment to subcontractors and suppliers
where facts and circumstances warrant the
withholding of payment.
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By Ronald B. Rich, Esq.

bond papers. The difficulty is not in preparing the forms, but in

ne needs only to look into the business climate in
Michigan to see how the downturn in our economy has deciding when to file and who has the ultimate responsibility of
impacted the construction industry. We have seen filing.
businesses small, medium, and large fall prey to a total As a threshold matter, to be entitled to a construction lien, you
downturn in construction. Additionally, the banks and other must “provide a physical improvement to real property.” That is, you
financial services are squeezing the blood out of suppliers, sub- must provide labor or materials, on a private project. It is never too
contractors and general contractors, making it more difficult to early to request a copy of the Notice of Commencement which gives
survive. you all the necessary information you will need to file the Notice of
In this economy you cannot afford to ignore the fact that the Furnishing. The Notice of Furnishing must be filed within twenty (20)
Michigan Construction Lien Act and applicable bond statutes were days of your first providing labor or materials and be served certified
created to help protect your company and help you get paid. We upon the general contractor and owner/designee. You need to do
recommend that you create a company policy of either appointing nothing further at that time except keep the certified return receipt
someone in-house or hiring a firm to file the appropriate lien and cards in your possession.

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like to see liens filed on a project they are
involved with. If you are not paid within Ronald B. Rich, Esq is managing partner
ninety (90) days from your last furnishing of of Ronald B., Rich & Associates, Farmington
labor or materials on a private project, you Hills,Michigan,specializing in Collections,
must record and serve the claim of lien. The Construction, and Lien/Bond filing service.
lien is filed with the county register of deeds 248-851-4411,
where the property is located. You must
serve the owner certified and we Ronald B. Rich
recommend you also serve the general
contractor and bank, if known. The lien will
not guarantee payment but will cause
immediate concern and alert the owner to
the fact that you must be paid, in fact it is a
cloud on their title.
Public jobs must be bonded. The general
contractor is required to provide a qualified
bond. If you do not have a contract directly
with the principal (general contractor) under
the bond, you must provide a thirty (30) day
bond notice to the owner, principal, and
bond company. If not paid within ninety
(90) days, you must file a bond claim. The
bonding company is a surety for the general
contractor/principal and once a bond claim
is filed, the process of collecting from the
bonding company and/or general
contractor begins.
Affording your company lien and bond
rights does not guarantee payment.
Following the process alerts the owner as to
who you are and the fact that you expect to
be paid. If not, you have let them know that
you will enforce these claims if made timely
pursuant to the law.
Your actions can affect draws from the
owner to the general contractor, and within
days you should be contacted in an attempt
to resolve the claim. Your actions, in
clouding the title to property, are never
received well by an owner, and therefore
they will require action to clear title.
Once a suit is filed, you again must protect
your rights. Even though the suit can be
complicated with many parties, usually they
are resolved prior to foreclosure. We
recommend that you hire qualified counsel
who knows how to minimize your costs and
that you protect your claim in the
foreclosure lawsuit.
Our economy has changed dramatically.
There is less work to be had at a lower price
as competition has increased among those
remaining contractors. Therefore, protecting
your lien and bond rights is an essential part
of doing business. There are no guarantees,
but you can take a big step towards
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their time indoors, which makes it sustainable building. When it comes to the use period.
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in which we spend our leisure time, and our The indoor air quality of a building is most often driven by the requirements of
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The Canton Sanatana Dharma community ritually

closed the existing temple in mid-June and held a
grand procession into the new temple on June 20 with
children dressed as Lord Krishna, Lord Ganesha or one
of the other deities. Ritual installation of the deities
and the formal grand opening will be held in late
August in a celebration called Murti Pratisinsanhtha.

Building Forever
Rand Construction Builds Rare Jewel of a Temple
By Mary e. Kremposky Photos Courtesy of
Associate editor rand Construction engineering, inc.

ord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles in the Hindu tradition, entrance and vestibule doors that open into an interior also housing
must have heard the prayers of the 1,200 members of the a welcome center, seven classrooms, and a library containing rare
Hindu Temple of Canton. A narrow linear site, cost constraints and ornately illustrated manuscripts from India. A multi-purpose
and a protracted site plan approval process did not deter this hall on the lower level has an extensive stage, a fully equipped
devoted community from building a 37,500-square-foot temple six kitchen and 15-foot-high ceilings. The main level is a fitting place for
times the size of its original facility. Once housed in a small brick the deities; the lower level is the perfect space for weddings,
building with cinder block walls, the temple has blossomed into a discourses, and other community events.
newly constructed worship space with a grand prayer hall As the project team, Rand Construction Engineering, Inc. and
enveloping the devout in its rose-colored walls. Lindhout Associates Architects AIA, PC, both of Brighton researched
Carved lotus flowers mark the 9-foot-tall, two-inch-thick oak some of the practices of what is often considered the oldest living

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religious tradition in the world, to build this jewel of a temple with units. “The lower roof covers the last 25 feet of the south end of the
sensitivity to its modes of worship and a keen eye for cost. The end building,” said Haskins. “The panels around the perimeter are
result is a temple of ancient forms but modern materials. “We were specially manufactured sound absorption panels that are a type of
shown images and forms of what to study for the temple’s two metal panel with weather-resistant bats. Because the roof and
domes,” said John Eckstein, Lindhout project architect. “The ancient panels create a recessed area about six feet lower than the main
domes were handcrafted by artisans in India, but could not be roof, you can’t really see any of the mechanical components of the
duplicated cost-effectively in the United States. We presented building.”
variations of several domes for the temple’s review, and opted for a
pre-finished, aluminum-clad dome built using modern methods.” THE SECOND OBSTACLE: A NARROW LINEAR SITE
Ultimately, Rand shaved “a million dollars off of the original Rand and Lindhout worked closely with the Temple Board over
budget through value engineering of mechanical, electrical and the course of the entire project, for the building’s structural system
other systems,” said David R. Haskins, project manager of Rand and interior corridors are intimately linked to the religious practices
Construction, the design-build construction manager of the $7.8 of Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma. “The real name of our religion is
million dollar project. Sanatana which means forever,” said Shah. The full name - Sanatana
Dharma – is Sanskrit for eternal law. Hindu is merely the name first
THE FIRST OBSTACLE: SITE PLAN APPROVAL ascribed to the people living near the Indus River in northern India.
Rand’s path as construction manager of this unique building Other lessons were in store for the project team throughout this
began about five years ago with the construction of a manufac- fascinating endeavor. The 900-person prayer hall had to provide
turing facility for Manoj Sachdeva, the temple’s Chairman of the every worshiper a clear view of the seven deities placed on
Board and a supplier for the automotive industry. Sachdeva became individual granite platforms along a main altar. This requirement
a satisfied repeat client over the course of several years. “We steered the project toward design and construction of an extremely
selected Rand because of their reputation,” said Suresh Shah, a long clear span. “The 14 trusses for the free span are 115-foot-long,”
Temple board member. “Our Chairman has worked with them in the said Haskins. “But with longer spans comes deeper structural
past and provided good members.”
reports of Rand. They At 18 feet in height,
are definitely great.” the basement walls
The project team are exceptionally
first began meeting in deep, and the 3-foot-
late 2006 with thick footings
Sachdeva to establish extremely robust,
a program and to both to address the
prepare some simple clear span’s structural
sketches. The first needs and to meet
obstacle was community wishes
obtaining site plan for a spacious
approval. Shortly after banquet facility on
purchasing the the lower level. “The
property along Cherry Temple did not want
Hill Road in 1985, the anyone to feel like
community built a they were in a
modest temple, basement, so we
adding a multi- created 15-foot-high
purpose hall in 1994 ceilings with added
for a grand total of room for mechanical
6,800 square feet of space,” said Eckstein.
space. Even as the Temple Stante Excavating, Wixom, excavated just over 20,000 cubic yards of soil for The depth of the
grew, Canton Township the basement. Poured Brick Walls, Inc., Brighton, placed 1,300 cubic yards of excavation even altered
began to be filled with concrete and 43 tons of steel reinforcement for the basement. the traditional sequence
subdivisions, creating a of construction. “Because
clash of interest when the Temple decided to expand in 2006 and to of the height of the basement walls, they have a tendency to want to
move from a location directly on Cherry Hill to a position deeper push in,” said Eckstein. “We had to first install underground
into the linear site and closer to adjacent residential neighborhoods. plumbing, mechanical and electrical work and get the basement
“It took a year to go through the site plan approval process,” said slab poured before we even backfilled.” Rand waited almost four
Eckstein. months to be able to backfill around the outside perimeter of the
Sensitive to neighborhood concerns, the Temple and the project basement walls.
team blocked visual access and general noise with berms, The narrow linear site added another level of complexity to the
landscaping and appealing masonry screen walls. “We have excavation and to the entire design and construction process. For
buffered the building from the neighborhood,” said Eckstein. “There safety, the height of the basement walls required a deep, broad
is going to be a forest of trees planted on the site.” excavation with a series of stepped tiers. Rand successfully
Placing the building’s five mechanical units on a specially built managed tiered excavation on a tight linear site with a single access
lower roof, wrapped on all sides in a stockade of sound absorption road on the east side of the property. “It was challenging to manage
panels, effectively blocks the sight and the sound of the rooftop the flow of construction and vehicle traffic back into the south

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section,” said Haskins creator and absolute God in Hinduism. “The chanting of OM is a
The narrow linear lot complicated the logistics of maintaining powerful vibration going through mind and soul,” said Shah.
existing Temple access. “We had people coming in for services even The painted OM sets the inner tone for the devotee entering the
as we were building a new de-acceleration lane and widening next tier, namely a barrel-vaulted vestibule with a welcome center
Cherry Hill and constructing the building, itself.” and library to the west. The third tier widens into a lobby aglow with
The test tube-shaped site even slightly altered the interior config- a chandelier suspended from the interior of a second dome. Coat
uration. In the Sanatana Dharma religion, the deities must face the and shoe racks flank the lobby, creating areas for temple members
east and the worshippers to take off their shoes and
must enter the temple wash their hands.
facing the deities. This Turning toward the
practice was left, temple members
problematic on a enter a corridor,
narrow site stretching round the corner, and
along a north-south enter the prayer hall
axis. Even though the directly facing the
main entrance is on seven deities.
the north, Lindhout This graceful house
created an interior of worship has a
corridor allowing delicate beauty
Temple members to expressed in cornice
enter the prayer hall details painted a
directly facing the bright gold. Elegant
deities. chandeliers, reused
from the existing
THE THIRD temple, illuminate the
OBSTACLE: COST prayer hall painted in
Rand and Lindhout a calming shade of
successfully delivered rose. The domed
a beautiful building archways over each
on a tight budget. The deity platform are
exterior masonry is a flowing, curvilinear
pleasant blend of light, lines coming to a sharp
neutral colors ranging The prayer hall’s 115-foot-long clear span allows every worshipper a central point. “It points
from beige to champagne and clear view of the altar. Rand installed 14 trusses to create this serene upward as a symbol directing
a light yellow. With an eye for worship space. us to the Almighty,” said Shah.
cost, the exterior façade is The new prayer hall
composed of several varieties of concrete masonry products: a will enable the Canton temple to expand the number of deities from
concrete masonry burnish block product simulating a stone base; a five to seven. In Hinduism, the deities are the many incarnations,
brick product called C Brick that is actually made of concrete rather aspects or manifestations of God through time. “Hinduism believes
than clay; and custom fabricated EIFS that add detail and character that there is only one God,” said Shah, “but incarnations at different
to a series of faux columns, window arches and lotus medallions. The stages.”
extensive screen wall has a similar masonry composition, complete The prayer hall also houses the havan, a place for fire ceremonies
with lotus medallions. within this beautiful worship space. Rand installed an exhaust
“The C Brick is an oversize brick that is a bit more durable and system to service the havan, as well as in-floor heating in tile areas
cost-effective than clay, but still provides the same appearance as on the perimeter of the hall’s carpeted expanse. Because temple
traditional clay brick,” said Haskins. members do not wear shoes in the hall, in-floor heating is in all tile
The roof materials reflect the same devotion to traditional forms areas leading from the shoe storage area to the prayer hall.
combined with attention to cost. “We emulated the tile roofs of A wise use of funds made it all possible. “The building is very
India, but used a metal product,” said Haskins. “The 16 small cupolas ornate, but yet we had to be smart with how the client spent his
on the roof look like copper but are actually copper-painted money,” said Eckstein. “Classrooms and offices are more functional,
aluminum.” less flash. The biggest challenge was, “How do you hit the budget
when you have certain demands, such as a banquet facility in the
A NEW TEMPLE BLOSSOMS basement with a fully operational stage?’”
The project team nimbly managed every obstacle to deliver a Stage construction called for pouring a slab on top of the floor
wonderful new temple to the Sanatana Dharma community of slab, erecting masonry walls and installing a sand infill before
western Wayne County. At heart, the building’s form is a path to the building the platform, itself. The multi-purpose hall has a sophis-
prayer hall expressed in a series of ground-level tiers, widening in ticated audiovisual system, a fully equipped commercial kitchen,
successive increments, until the devotee reaches this core space. and an elegant lobby. Thanks to the dedicated and savvy team of
The path to prayer begins with the long, narrow entrance canopy Rand Construction and Lindhout Associates, the Sanatana Temple in
lined with an underside of stained pine and topped with a dome. Canton now has a wonderful place to worship, to conduct dance,
The dome exterior and interior is hand painted with the OM sign, the music and yoga classes, and to hold its major festivals. Namaste.
first sound of the universe uttered by Lord Brahma, the name of the

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CONSULTANTS AND SUBCONTRACTORS, • Audio Visual – Henk Audio, Taylor • Deity Granite – Perfect Marble and Tile,
SANATANA (HINDU) TEMPLE OF CANTON • Fire Protection – Tri Star Fire Protection, Sterling Heights
• Civil Engineer – Boss Engineering, Howell Plymouth • Curtains – Tobins Lake Sales,
• Trailer Rental – Williams Scotsman, • Plumbing – Shank Coupland Long Co., Whitmore Lake
Brighton Flint
• Temporary Fencing – National • HVAC – Dee Cramer, Holly Subcontractors and professional consultants
Construction Rentals, Columbus, OH • Electrical – McSweeney Electric, Wixom listed in this feature are identified by the
• Grouting – Brown Drilling Company, Inc., • Awnings – Signature Awning, Livonia general contractor, architect or owner.
Howell • Decorative Painting – Ken
• Earthwork – Stante Excavating, Wixom Williams, Detroit
• Asphalt – Nagle Paving Company, Novi
• Landscaping – Crimboli Nursery and
Landscape, Canton
• Dumpster Gate – South Lyon Fence,
South Lyon
• Footings – Poured Brick Walls, Inc.,
• Flatwork – The Gilardone Company, Novi
• Masonry – Teera Construction Co., Livonia
• Steel – Service Iron Works, South Lyon
• Carpentry – Conquest Construction Co.,
Inc., Livonia
• Millwork – Doors & Drawers, Dexter
• Roofing – Royal West Roofing,
Whitmore Lake
• Caulking – JC Pattock, Pinckney
• Waterproofing – Williams Watertite,
• EIFS – Pollock Plastering, Temperance
• Doors & Hardware – A&C Builders
Hardware, Warren
• Rolling Grilles – Overhead Door West
Commercial, Waterford
• Glass – Calvin and Company, Flint
• Acoustic Panels Interior & Exterior –
PCI Industries, Oak Park
• Hard Tile – B&B Tile and Marble Co., Inc.,
• Wood Flooring – Foster Specialty Floors,
• Flooring – USA Floorcovering, Livonia
• Painting – Cavalier Painting,
Sterling Heights
• TA & TP – RE Leggette, Dearborn
• Marker Boards & Fire Extinguishers –
Architectural Building Components,
Oak Park
• Flagpole – Rocket Enterprise, Warren
• Coat Racks, Proj. Screens – Rayhaven
Group, Inc., Southfield
• Signage – JL Geisler Corp., Warren
• Folding Partitions – Urbans Partitions and
Remodeling Co., Northville
• Architectural Domes, Lanterns –
Campbellsville Industries, Inc.,
Campbellsville, KY
• Crane Company – JJ Curran Crane Co.,
• Food Service Equipment – Gold Star
Equipment, Inc., Oak Park
• Elevators – Otis Elevator Company,
Farmington Hills

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Green Glue’s Noiseproofing System for Walls IDEAL IENet Pro™ is First Hand-Held Tester
and Ceilings Keeps Noise Out Specifically Designed to Troubleshoot
Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has introduced its Green Glue Industrial Ethernet Cabling
noiseproofing system for walls and ceilings. The system comprises IDEAL Industries, Inc. unveiled the
four products and makes it easy to incorporate sound isolation into IENet PRO Industrial Ethernet
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Applying a specialized sound-damping material to walls and empowers network
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growth, and it has almost no odor. and split pairs in fractions of a
When building a brand new wall, mechanically decoupling or second. With its integrated RJ-45
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Noiseproofing Joist Tape eliminates the squeaks generated when also warn the user of voltages on cables, blink network hubs for
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Industrial Ethernet cables differ from standard network cables lifetime mechanical warranty, a 5-year finish warranty, can be
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Ryan Maibach, vice acquisition, design and construction, to

president of Barton Malow maintenance, restoration and
Company, Southfield, redevelopment. WSR 18-A Reciprocating Saw
recently received the honor
of 2010 Outstanding Young Fleis & VandenBrink
Engineer, by the Engineering Engineering, Inc. (F&V), a
Society of Detroit (ESD). The Grand Rapids-based turn-
honor was conferred at the Maibach key Civil/Environmental
SoundBoard Theatre at the MotorCity Casino Engineering and
Hotel in Detroit on June 23. Each year since Architectural firm, is pleased
1953, ESD has presented the award to an to announce that Bob
engineer under age 35 who has made Czerew, Bob Bouwkamp, Czerew
significant contributions to the engineering Ron Donajkowski, Tim
community. Maibach has been with Barton Fitzgerald and John Nelson
Malow for 13 years. A graduate of Purdue have joined their staff.
University with a Bachelor of Science degree Czerew, AIA, has recently
in Construction Engineering Management, he joined the firm and brings
was promoted to vice president in 2008. With over thirty years of
a strong interest in recruiting and mentoring experience in the
young professionals, he oversees the architectural field.
company’s LEAPS (LEArning Practicum for Previously, he was a
Students) internship program and is a founding principal in his
member of the Purdue University own architectural firm.
Construction Engineering and Management Bouwkamp, PE, is working as
Advisory Board. a project manager and
electrical systems manager
Hartland Insurance in F&V’s Grand Rapids office.
Group, Inc., Auburn Hills, Donajkowski has joined the
recently announced that firm’s Traverse City team as a construction
agent Dick Ferguson has inspector, specializing in infrastructure.
joined their firm, where he Fitzgerald was recently hired as a site
merged his recent business superintendent for construction
from A.O. Underwriters with management projects out of the firm’s
Hartland. Ferguson has been Ferguson Midland office. Nelson, CPESC, has joined F&V
in the insurance business as an engineering technician with their Civil
since 1967 when he began with Employers of Engineering Group in Kalamazoo. He has
Wausau. He has specialized in insurance and several erosion control and stormwater
contract surety for the construction industry management certifications, and is actively
since 1977. Most recently he has developed involved in lake, stream and watershed
an insurance program for the Motorsports organizations in southwest Michigan. F&V
industry, which provides track coverage for has built a growing engineering and
drag racers and road racers. architectural practice with eight offices
throughout Michigan and Indiana. Cut more,
Gerald Belian, PE, vice
president and principal at Harley Ellis Devereaux cordless.
Soil and Materials (HED), an award-winning, Come in for a demonstration.
Engineers, Inc. (SME), full-service design
Plymouth, was recently organization based locally Hilti. Outperform. Outlast.
honored by the Notre Dame in Southfield, recently
Club of Detroit as the Club’s announced that Susan
“2010 Award of the Year” Belian King, AIA, was honored as
recipient. Belian is a former the “Mindful Metropolis King
president of the Notre Dame Club of Detroit. Readers’ Choice 2010: Best
He was recognized for his outstanding of Mindful Chicago Award Recipient” for Best
contributions, and long-time service and Green Architect. Mindful Metropolis, a
dedication to the Club. As vice monthly magazine dedicated to connecting
president/principal at SME, Belian is involved Chicago’s conscious community, held the Detroit Hilti Center Grand Rapids
with senior project management and inaugural Green Carpet Gala at the Marmon 28190 Sc
hoolcraft Rd. Hilti C
business development for development and Grand in Chicago’s Historic Motor Row Livonia, MI 48150 640 44th StrStreet
eet SW
redevelopment projects. With over 40 years District. HED has offices in Southfield, 734-522-7660 Grand
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
of experience, he helps clients at every stage Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, and 800-879-8000 616-534-7368
of development and ownership, from site Berkeley.

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Jim Hanner, project Hanner has more than 16 years of includes iron and steel producers, suppliers,
manager for experience in the construction industry, and academics and students. The Rudolph/Libbe
Rudolph/Libbe Inc.’s is a graduate of Western Michigan University Companies is among the nation’s largest
Plymouth office, has been with a bachelor’s degree in construction contractors and employs nearly 1,500
elected chairman of the management. AIST is a non-profit construction trades through offices in Lima,
executive committee of the organization that advances the technical Toledo, Cleveland and Walbridge, OH;
Detroit Chapter of the development, production, processing and Plymouth, MI; and Atlanta, GA.
Association of Iron and Hanner application of iron and steel. AIST has more
Technology (AIST) for the 2010-2011term. than 15,000 members worldwide and Somat Engineering,
Inc., an international
engineering consulting firm
headquartered in Detroit,
has added a project
manager and staff engineer
to their Civil Engineering
Services Group. Michael Park
Park, PE, joins the firm as
project manager for Civil Engineering
Services. Park has worked in the consulting
and construction industry for more than 15
years, and specializes in the areas of
municipal and private
infrastructure. Emil Bunek
III also joins the Civil
Engineering Services group
as staff engineer. Bunek’s
experience is in water main
design, project
coordination and Bunek
construction materials

Grand Rapids-based
Triangle Associates, Inc., a
general contracting,
construction management,
design/build services and
consulting firm, recently
announced the following Watt
two appointments.
Mitchell Watt, AIA, has
been appointed to the
position of president of the
firm. He will also retain his
role as chief business
development officer and
will continue to direct the Datema
company’s sales, marketing, and pre-
construction activities. Craig Datema, AIA,
has assumed the newly created role of
chairman and CEO of Triangle. He will be
responsible for long-range strategic
planning, emerging markets, geographic
expansion and community service.

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American Professional George A. Granger, PE, LLC S.E. Kalchik Mechanical, Inc.

s you all are probably aware, the 2010 Construction Buyers Guide
Painting, Inc. 4000 Portage St., Suite 111 9367 Chubb Rd.
has been out on the street for several months now. In an effort to 16908 Birwood Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 48001 Northville, MI 48167
keep our information as accurate and up-to-date as possible, we’re Royal Oak, MI 48073 Phone: 269-344-7377 Phone: 248-449-5070
Phone: 248-547-3659 Fax: 269-344-7472 Fax: 248-449-5272
including here all the changes and corrections we have received for
members’ company listings as of June 15. Changes from the book are in Caremor, Inc. HCSS-Heavy Construction Kolbi Pipe Marker Co.
7060 Kensington Rd. Systems Specialists, Inc. 416 W. Campus Dr.
bold. Brighton, MI 48116 13151 W. Airport Blvd. Arlington, IL 60004
To see continually amended company listings, check out the Buyers Phone: 800-917-6486 Sugar Land, TX 77478 Phone: 800-499-8450
Guide Online at, updated mid-month. Fax: 810-360-4088 Phone: 800-683-3196 Fax: 800-596-3057
Fax: 713-270-0185
Return to this section every month in CAM Magazine to get heads-up Carter Lumber Lakeside Interior Contractors
information and news involving the Construction Buyers Guide. 1990 E. US Highway 223 Heritage Window & Door, Inc. 36870 Eckel Rd.
Adrian, MI 49221 P.O. Box 361360 Perrysburg, OH 43551
Questions? Contact Mary Carabott at 248-972-1000 for answers and to Phone: 734-216-3163 Grosse Pointe, MI 48236 Phone: 419-867-1300
find out how to add to your online listings. No updates will be made to Phone: 313-893-2000 Fax: 419-867-9590
City Re-Steel, Inc. Fax: 313-893-2007
the online Buyers Guide from July 15 thru January 30. 3970 Second St. Midwest Infrared Services, Inc.
To obtain additional copies of the Guide, stop by the CAM office and Wayne, MI 48184 IaComp Construction, Inc. 7906 Brooklyn Rd.
pick them up at no additional charge, or send $6 per book for shipping to Phone: 734-728-7200 930 Commerce Dr. Jackson, MI 49201
Fax: 734-728-1739 Westland, MI 48185 Phone: 517-320-0240
have the books sent to your company via UPS. Please call ahead of time for Phone: 734-354-9491
authorization if your firm requires a substantial number of copies. F&P Painting, Inc. Fax: 734-459-3250 Shear-Weld
52020 Van Dyke Ave. 27995 Johnson Rd.
Invoices for the listings have been generated and mailed. Prompt Utica, MI 48316 Integrated Design Solutions, LLC Grosse Ile, MI 48138
payment ensures a good-standing membership and ability to list in the Phone: 586-323-4140 1441 W. Long Lake Rd., Suite 200 Phone: 734-676-1300
Fax: 586-323-9877 Troy, MI 48084 Fax: 734-676-3100
2011 Buyers Guide. We will gladly answer any questions regarding charges Phone: 248-823-2100
on invoices. Goddard Coatings Co. Fax: 248-823-2200
Preparation for the 2011 Buyers Guide has begun – look for 4800 Joslyn Rd., Suite A
Lake Orion, MI 48359
renewal forms in your mail in early August. Phone: 248-393-6320
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CAM Affinity ..................................................................27

CAM ECPN ....................................................................IBC

W E L C O M E N E W M E M B E R S CAM Magazine ..............................................................37

CAM Membership ......................................................IFC

SAGINAW FARMINGTON HILLS CAM Michigan Construction Marketplace ..........10

AMBASSADOR STEEL FABRICATION, LLC VIKING BUILDING MATERIALS, INC. Cavanaugh & Quesada, PLC ......................................19

G & G STEEL, INC., WALL & ASSOCIATES, LLC Connelly Crane Rental Corp. ....................................15
Detroit Terrazzo Contractors Association ............23
Doeren Mayhew............................................................17

Facca Richter & Pregler, P.C. ......................................15

CONSTRUCTION Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. ................17

G2 Consulting Group ..................................................24

Please submit all calendar items no less than six weeks prior to the event to:
Hartland Insurance Group, Inc. ................................36

Calendar Editor, CAM Magazine, P.O. Box 3204, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302-3204.
Kotz, Sangster, Wysocki and Berg, P.C.....................25
Industry Events Oct. 3-8 – SFPE 2010 Professional
Development Conference and Exposition
Jul. 29-Sep. 16 – ASCC Events Lawrence Technological University ........................13
The Society of Fire Protection Engineers
The American Society of Concrete
will host this event at the Astor Crowne
Contractors (ASCC) has announced the McCoig Materials ............................................................7
Plaza in New Orleans, LA. This event will
following events:
include two days of cutting-edge
Jul. 29-Aug. 1 – ASCC CEO Forum – Ojai Michigan Concrete Association ..............................11
presentations and an Engineering
Valley Inn & Spa, Ojai, CA
Technology Exposition with over 40 leading
Sep. 16-19 – ASCC Annual Conference – Navigant Consulting....................................................37
fire protection organizations.
Little America, Salt Lake City, UT
More information about this event can be
More information is available at North American Dismantling Corp. ........................20
found at, or by calling 866-788-
ASCC (2722). Oakland Companies ....................................................11
Training Calendar
Green Advantage® Training and Plante & Moran, PLLC ..................................................31
Certification Exam
Attendees can become certified in the Plumbing Professors....................................................24
latest green building practices, technologies
and techniques by attending this training Plunkett Cooney ..........................................................21
session on October 5 at the IHM
Motherhouse in Monroe. An exam will be Rick's Portables Sanitation, LLC................................20
held at M-TEC at Henry Ford Community
College in Dearborn. SMRCA..............................................................................17
CAM Golf Outings For more information, call 734-241-3660.
August 18 – Fieldstone Golf Club, Auburn Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, P.C. ........................13
September 15 – Cherry Creek Golf Club, Trend Group ..................................................................BC
Shelby Township
To reserve a spot in any of these outings, Valenti Trobec Chandler Inc.........................................3
call Diana Brown at 248-972-1000.
Woods Construction Inc.............................................23

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